Page images
PDF
EPUB

(2) Whom did his son Captain Robert Kennon marry? And what were their children's names?

(3) Who was the father of Nancy Eppes, the wife of John Collier, and mother of Benjamin Collier? Who was her mother?

(4) What is the connection between the Kennon and Isham families, and through what marriage was it established?

Information on any of these points will greatly oblige,

CHARLES C. McGEHEE,

679 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga.

WISDOM-GOODE-BENNETT-HAWKINS.

Information is desired concerning:

1. Ann Wisdom, second white child born in America. She was born in the Virginia Colony.

2. The name of the wife of Joseph Goode, son of John Goode, of Whitby, and his second wife, Ann Bennet.

3. The parentage of Ann Bennet, wife of John Goode of Whitby. 4. The parentage of Sarah Hawkins, first wife of Gen. John Sevier. They were married in 1762.

MARY HOSS,
Nashville, Tenn.

ASTEN-ROBERTSONS.

I desire to call attention to what I think is a mistake in name in the notice of Colonel Asten (Virginia Magazine, Vol. III, 401-2). I saw and copied the tombstone inscription in 1863, and feel quite certain it was "leftenant Collonel Walker Asten" and son "Walker Asten," instead of "Walter" as printed.

I would like to have a request inserted in the Magazine that all of the Robertson descent communicate their pedigrees to me for a history of the Robertsons I am preparing for publication. I have many families of and from Virginia, and it seems almost impossible to connect the earlier branches with a parent stock. I would like to know the descent, if any, of William Robertson, clerk of the Council under Governor Spotswood, the ancestry of Pleasant Robertson, of Culpeper county, Jeffrey Robertson, of Westmoreland county, William Robertson, of Charles City, William Robertson, known as "Scotch Will," the Robertsons, of Chesterfield, apparently at least three families, and many others.

The scope of my research covers the clan history from twelfth century,

the family history in Great Britain, and some hundred or more American families of the name, a large proportion being from Virginia and extending over the west and southwest.

R. S. ROBERTSON,

Fort Wayne, Indiana.

NICHOLAS WHITE.

Wanted to find the names of the parents, relatives, or the place of residence prior to 1643, of Nicholas White, who married Susanna, daughter of Jonas and Francis White, of Westover, England, and who was made freeman at Dorchester, Mass., May 10, 1643.

MRS. CLARENCE H. HAYES,

Boston, Mass.

DAVID COOKE.

With what family was David Cooke connected in Virginia? He was born about 1785; son of a wealthy slave owner; went to Philadelphia on attaining his majority; was a man of affluence; said to have been born in Alexandria, and returned there often, on pleasure trips.

He was the youngest of ten children, all of whom died early save a sister, Elizabeth, who married a Mr. Stretch, of Philadelphia.

E. W. LEAVITT,

18 Somerset St., Boston, Mass.

NECROLOGY.

GEORGE BROWN GOODE, was born in New Albany, Indiana, on the thirteenth of February, 1851, and died at "Whitby," his home on Lanier Heights, in Washington City, on the sixth of September, 1896.

He graduated from Wesleyan University at Middletown, Connecticut, in 1870, and later studied at Harvard under Louis Agassiz, whose influence, no doubt, was felt throughout his future work in the field of science, and which perhaps helped to make him one of the foremost zoologists of America, and indeed of the world.

He was intimately associated with those eminent scientific men, the physicist Joseph Henry, the naturalist Spencer F. Baird, and the astronomer and physicist S. P. Langley, the present secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

His great life work was the organization and development of the United States National Museum, of which he was placed in charge by Professor Baird in 1877, and in 1887 he was made Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in charge of the National Museum.

In 1880 he was Commissioner of the United States to the International Fisheries Exibition at Berlin, and in 1883 he served in a similar capacity at the London Fisheries Exibition.

In August, 1887, upon the death of Professor Baird, Doctor Goode was appointed to succeed him as United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries, but after serving a short time he resigned in order to devote his energies to his labors in the National Museum.

As author of "Virginia Cousins," a history of the Goode family, he has left a valuable memorial of his eminent skill in genealogical research.

J. Temple DoSWELL was the eldest son of Paul T. and Fannie Doswell (nee Gwathmey), and was born in Hanover county, Virginia, November 14, 1817. He removed to Texas in the early days of the republic and soon located in Galveston. With Colonel Michel B. Menard, the founder of the city, he formed a co-partnership there under the firm name of J. T. Doswell & Co., and built up a large and profitable cotton factorage commission business. The warm relations existing between the two partners is evidenced by the fact that Colonel Menard's only son was named Doswell Menard, in honor of Mr. Doswell, and that one of Mr. Doswell's sons was named Menard Doswell, in honor of Colonel Menard.

Later Mr. Doswell removed to New Orleans, and there carried on a cotton business until the beginning of the late war. His excellent business qualities were then called into requisition by the Confede

His pri

rate Government, which sent him abroad in its fiscal service. vate interests were sacrificed in his devotion to the Southern cause, and the close of hostilities found him nearly penniless.

Though burdened with the care of a large and dependent family, he gathered fresh energy and re-entered the cotton brokerage business in New Orleans, where, as before, he took place in the front rank of busi

ness men.

His keen intelligence, his steady industry and thorough honesty gained him the confidence and patronage of large and wealthy correspondents in the east and abroad; his business became lucrative, and in the course of ten or twelve years he accumulated a comfortable fortune.

Signs of failing health induced him to withdraw from active business; his summer residence in Fredericksburg was made his permanant home, and there the last years of his life were spent in quiet retirement.

He was married in Houston, Texas, January 22, 1842, by Rev. Benjamin Eaton, to Miss Evelina Stone Gray, sister of Judge Peter W. Gray and Mrs. Henry Sampson, whose names are household words both in Galveston and in Houston. Of nine children born of this marriage, only two—Mr. Menard Doswell, of New Orleans, and Mr. Richard M. Doswell, of Fredericksburg—survive.

Mr. Doswell never sought prominence or celebrity, but among all his acquaintances and in all his relations he was held in singular esteem and admiration for his quick and clear perceptions and the unflinching courage of his convictions, as well as for excellence of heart and judgment and sterling integrity in all the practical affairs of his life.

CHARLES H. COCKE was born in Powhatan county Virginia, March 12, 1851. Died in Columbus, Mississippi, June 12, 1896. Was the fourth son of General Philip St. George Cocke, who became prominent in the history of the Old Dominion. He was educated at the University of Virginia, taking a thorough and extensive literary and scientific course, completing his term in 1874, with certificates and diplomas in six schools. The same year he moved to Columbus, Mississippi, where he taught school in 1874-5. He then followed the calling of a planter until 1883, when he had temporary charge of the Franklin Academy.

In 1888 he was elected president of the State Industrial Institute and College, but resigned in 1890. He was at the time of his death, director of the Columbus Insurance and Banking Co.; President of the Columbus Compress Co., and a stockholder in the Tombigbee Cotton Mills.

He was married in 1876 to Miss Rowena L. Hudson, a native of Georgia, by whom he had three children: Fontaine Adger, Charles Hartwell, and Rowena Lockhart. Mr. Cocke was Senior Warden of St. Paul's Church (Columbus), at the time of his death. His widow and three children survive him.

ROBERT GARRETT, second son of the late John Garrett, who was, as is well known, for many years President of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, was born in Baltimore, Md., April 9, 1847. After receiving his preliminary education in the best schools of his native city, he entered Princeton College. After leaving college he went to Europe, where he spent considerable time in travel, returning, however, to the United States in 1871, at which time he entered the Baltimore & Ohio service as assistant to the president. A little later he was elected President of the Valley Division of the Baltimore & Ohio, extending from Harper's Ferry, W. Va., to Lexington, Va.; and during his administration, which continued until February, 1875, the road was brought to a high state of efficiency, and developed into one of the most valuable feeders of the Baltimore & Ohio system. Retiring from the management of the Valley road in 1875, he again devoted several years to travel in various parts of the world and in recreation, and on October 8, 1879, he was elected third vice-president of the Baltimore & Ohio. He was advanced to the position of first vice-president July 13, 1881, and remained such until the death of his father October, 1884, when the directors of the company elected him acting president, and a month later president. His first step of importance after assuming control of the great system was to endeavor to secure control of the P. W. & B. R. R., in which he was thwarted by the Pennsylvania Company when apparently upon the eve of success. Then followed the building of a parallel line to Philadelphia in face of legal and physical obstacles which seemed insurmountable. Soon after this he sold the Baltimore & Ohio telegraph system to the Western Union Company.

He continued as president until October 12, 1887, when he resigned, after which time he lived a quiet life; during that period traveling a great deal both in this and foreign countries.

During Mr. Garrett's incumbency of the office of President of the Baltimore & Ohio, the head of the company was confronted with the solution of financial problems, which proved too much for Mr. Garrett's health, and for more than nine years he was an invalid. Mr. Garrett was married about fifteen years ago to Miss Mary Frick, daughter of William F. Frick, a leading capitalist of Baltimore, who survives.

« PreviousContinue »