Alsop Family of Spotsylvania County

William Samuel Alsop (Jan. 1838?-6 Jan 1913) and George Edward Alsop (30 Jul. 1839-10 Nov. 1907) were sons of Joseph M. Alsop (1805-1872) and his wife, Sarah Ann French (1816-1886), who had married in March 1837. This family of Alsops owned a farm called Red Field. (William S. Alsop v. George E. Alsop etc. Index no. 1913-014) During the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (8-21 May 1864), the Alsop house at Red Field was near “the Bloody Angle,” the site of the most intense day of fighting (12 May 1864) of that battle. The total casualties (Union and Confederate) on that day were about 17,000 men.

George E. Alsop attended the University of Virginia in sessions 34-35 (1857-1859). He received his M.D. from the Medical Dept. of the University of Louisiana in 1862. His was the last class before the end of the Civil War. That school is now Tulane University.

George married Virginia Louisa Yerby (1845-1895). Their children were Ernest Braxton, Hannah Meredith Yerby, Mary Eloise Power, George Yerby, Frederick William, and Caroline M. Alsop.

During the Civil War, George served as an assistant surgeon in the CSA. He was assigned to the Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Va., where he served for 3 years. By 1870, the U.S. Census gives his profession as “retired physician.” After his wife died, George E. Alsop lived in Newport News with his daughter and son-in-law. George and Virginia Alsop are buried in the Confederate Cemetery, in Fredericksburg, Va.

William S. Alsop attended the University of Virginia in sessions 36-37 (1859-1861). He married Louisa (called “Loulie” or “Lula”) Minor Young (1838-1909) on 2 Apr. 1861, just a few days before the Battle of Fort Sumter. The couple did not have any children. During the Civil War, William was the “Acting Commissary of Subsistence” in the 9th Regiment of Virginia Cavalry (Johnson’s Cavalry), CSA. He rose to the rank of captain.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, William and Louisa were listed as living in the “Poor House;” his profession was given as “retired farmer.” By the time of the 1880 U.S. Census, William and Louisa were living with her father, John James Young, in Fredericksburg.

William S. Alsop states in his 1909 chancery suit against George E. Alsop and the rest of the family, that he “and his wife have not lived together agreeably since about 1890.” Having been given life tenancy of the Red Field house in his father’s will, William lived alone at the main house, and the farm at Red Field was rented out, one half of the rent going to William and one half to Louisa. Joseph Alsop had entrusted the management of the farm and the money to his son George, so William had no control over it. (Complaint, William S. Alsop v. George E. Alsop etc. Index no. 1913-014.)

In the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Censuses, William continued to live at Red Field, but in the chancery suit, he requested that the farm be sold and the money secured in the bank for his (and his estranged wife’s) support. By 1912, the farm had been sold, and William lived in Fredericksburg. Louisa had died in 1909 and was buried in the Fredericksburg City Cemetery in the Young plot. William died in 1913, and was also buried there, but not with his wife.

[N.b. I should note that there was another William Samuel Alsop (1827-1907), a doctor, living in Fredericksburg during the lifetime of the William we are concerned with. This man was in the part of the Alsop family that owned LaVue in Spotsylvania County. It is sometimes difficult to separate the two men in the records.

George E. Alsop’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation Books, and his death date is from his obituary. William S. Alsop’s birth date is uncertain, because he wrote it once as “Jan 1830” and once as “Jan. 1839” in the Matriculation Books. From his ages listed in the U.S. Census over the years, it seems most likely that he was born in 1838, but that will have to be confirmed by more research. His death date is from his obituary.]

References:

  • Alsup, Jerry David. Alsop’s Tables, v.3, pt 1. Bloomington, IN, 2012.
  • Alsop and Young tombstones, Fredericksburg City Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery. Findagrave.com.
  • “Capt. W. S. Alsop dead.” The Free Lance (Fredericksburg, Va.), 7 Jan. 1913, p.3.
  • “Dr. George E. Alsop [obituary],” The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.), 12 Nov. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038615/1907-11-12/ed-1/seq-5/&gt;
  • Krick, Robert K. Roster of the Confederate dead in the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery. Fredericksburg, VA, 1974.
  • “Mrs. Lula M. Alsop dead.” The Free Lance, 6 Nov. 1909.
  • Spotsylvania County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1812-1913. William S. Alsop v. George E. Alsop etc. Index no. 1913-014. Local Government Records Collection, Spotsylvania County (Va.) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  • United States Census, 1850-1910, index and images, FamilySearch.org.
  • “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSKQ-DPD : accessed 18 May 2014), William S. Alsop, 1861-1865; citing military unit 9th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Johnson’s), Confederate Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M382, roll 1 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 881395.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J3HD-K6D : accessed 18 May 2014), William S Alsop, 1862; citing “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia,” Fold3.com; military unit Ninth Cavalry (Johnson’s Regiment), NARA microfilm publication M324, roll 87.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRQ9-3G8 : accessed 13 May 2014), Wm. S. Alsop and S.U. Young, 02 Apr 1861; citing Fredericksburg, Virginia, reference p10 rn194; FHL microfilm 2048487.
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