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Subject: Re: [WVBERKEL] tombstone photos
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 09:52:29 EDT
Martha, we did correspond a couple of years ago. We visited the Berkeley
County historical Society a couple of weeks ago. It was a wealth of
information. As soon as I get everything together I will send or fax you the original
documents. They cover Ferrill, John, and beyond. We will have to go back to
get more information, but the historical society was phenomenal in its
My wife's lineage is close to yours in that the line goes from Miles (1614
in Ireland), Hugh (B. 1653 ? in Piscataway, MD), Thomas (B. 1675 in Prince
George's County, MD), Ferrill (B. 1702 in Stafford County, VA), John (B. !756 ?
in Frederick County, VA). Alexander W. (B. 1795 in Berkeley County, VA
(WVA), d. in Iowa County, Iowa), Isaac, Alexander W. etc.
While visiting the Historical Society Sue met one of her distant relations,
who had done research on the Houseworth family. He led us to the graves of
Isaac and Sarah Houseworth (just south of Winchester, VA), the parents of Nancy
Houseworth. The markers were so eroded that they could partially read.
One thing that we did find was that orphan's papers were filed in the early
1800's on Alexander where he was willed $2000 from John's estate. We have a
copy of the original documents, along with wills, etc.
Alexander W. (B. abt. 1854) was Sue's (my wife's) Grandfather. He was
fought for the Union in the Civil War along with John and an individual named
Scott Houseworth. Alexander was with the 28th Iowa Vol. and was captured in the
third Battle of Winchester and sent to the Libby prison in Richmond. Scott
Houseworth was wounded in the battle, and died 4 days later. He is buried in
the Winchester National Cemetery (we have pictures). I have not been able to
track Scott except that he was born in PA, married a lady from Ohio and
joined the 28th in Iowa City, Iowa.
Alexander (B. 1795) in buried in the Scotch (Welsh) or pioneer cemetery,
along with 21 other rileys (email from Netha Meyer, Assistant Genweb Coordinator
for Iowa County, 6/18/07). Solomon is buried in the Oak lawn ? Cemetery in
Iowa City along with his wife (we have pictures). Also are the graves of
Carl, his adopted son, his wife, and daughter.
Before going back to Berkeley County, we will go to Prince George's County,
MD to look for information on Hugh (Aodh), particularly deeds, etc.
Right now I'm trying to obtain copies of a book by John T. Simmons' book
entitled "History of the 28th Iowa Infantry" He was Chaplin of that unit.
The Winchester site has been commercially developed, so there is not much to
see, but Antietem is being restored to the original 1864 environment. It is
hard to believe that thousands of soldiers were killed there in a 4-acre
Sue also wants to visit the National Archives (sometime in October).
We are still active, and are becoming more interested by the visit to
Keep in touch. Nice to hear from you again. I may have misquoted some of
the dates. I did this from memory.
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