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Fauquier Co. VA & Mosby's Rangers

I've been looking more closely at the white families that my ancestors Uriah Wise and Hannah Strange Berry Wise lived near and/or worked for in northern Virginia. Several had strong ties to John S. Mosby and his "Mosby's Rangers," particularly the Rector, Hathaway, and Blackwell families of Fauquier County. Mosby used the homes of these families as headquarters and hide-aways where he also stashed weapons and ammunition.

Hannah and Uriah were married at the home of James H. Hathaway whose daughter Ann Elizabeth married one of Mosby's men. Hathaways were near neighbors of the Hutchinsons whose household included Hannah's daughter Celia Berry as a servant in 1870. Hannah and Uriah lived near and probably worked for the Rectors in 1870. The Blackwells owned slaves named "Alfred," "Eliza," and "Hannah," who are mentioned in some legal papers dated 1832. (Uriah's parents are named Alfred and Eliza).

John Singleton Mosby (aka "Gray Ghost of the Confederacy") was the leader of "Mosby's Rangers," a band of Confederate army guerilla fighters who caused havoc for Union troops in northern Virginia. Many of them refused to surrender at the end of the Civil War and I suppose some were active in Klan-type organizations that terrorized black people in Fauquier County during Reconstruction. I know there is testimony regarding this violence and intimidation in records of the Freedman's Bureau. (No wonder Hannah and Uriah moved to Pennsylvania!)

I'm also searching through interlibrary loan for the diary of Amanda Virginia Edmonds, who lived in Fauquier County during the Civil War. I hope it might include some information useful for my project.

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Fauquier Co. VA & Mosby's Rangers

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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