Prince William County Virginia Clerk’s Loose Papers



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3 February 1903

Harrington vs Southern Railway Company

The Commonwealth of Virginia: To the Sheriff of the County of Prince William, greetings: We command you to summon Southern Railway Company to appear at the Clerk’s office of our Circuit Court of the county of Prince William at the court-house thereof, at the Rules to be holden for said court, on the First Monday in March next to answer John Harrington and Thomas Harrington of a plea of trespass on the case. Damage Four Hundred Dollars. And have then there this writ. Witness Edwin Nelson, Clerk of our said court, at the court-house, the 3rd day of February 1903, and in the 127 year of the Commonwealth.

E. Nelson, Clerk

Executed the within summon February 12th 1903 by delivering to T. F. Coleman agent for the Southern Railway Company at his place of business at Manassas Va. a copy thereof, there being no president, vice president, treasurer, auditor or director of the said Southern Railway Company who are inhabitants of my county to whom I could deliver the process.

J. P. Leachman, Sheriff

Prince William County



3 February 1903

John Mellon vs Southern Railway Company

Summon

The Commonwealth of Virginia: To the Sheriff of the County of Prince William, greetings: We command you to summon Southern Railway Company to appear at the Clerk’s office of our Circuit Court of the county of Prince William at the court-house thereof, at the Rules to be holden for said court, on the First Monday in March next to answer John Mellon of a plea of trespass on the case. Damage $250.00 Dollars. And have then there this writ. Witness Edwin Nelson, Clerk of our said court, at the court-house, the 3rd h day of February 1903, and in the 125 year of the Commonwealth.

E. Nelson

Executed the within summons February 12, 1903 upon the Southern Railway Company by delivering to J. F. Coleman, agent of the said Southern Railway Company, at his place of business at Manassas, Va. a copy hereof – then being no President, Vice President, and Treasurer, Auditor or Director of the said Southern Railway Company to whom I could deliver the summon an inhabitant of my County.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff of Prince William County


28 February 1903

Southern Railway Company vs J. K. Conner

To J. K. Conner, you are hereby notified, that the Southern Railway Company, a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the state of Virginia for a work of internal improvement, wants in fee simple for its proper railroad purposes, a piece or parcel of land situated in the county of Prince William, State of Virginia, of which you are the tenant of the freehold; bounded and described as follows; to wit: According to the description hereto attached and hereby made a part of this notice.

The President and Directors of said Company cannot agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to said land, and the said company desiring said land, above described, will, by its attorney, on the 12th day of March 1903 move the county court of Prince William County sitting at Manassas, Va., to appoint five (5) disinterested freeholders of said county, any three of whom may act, for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for said land.

Southern Railway Company

H. H. Downing, Counsel

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I W. M. Rice, a Justice of the peace in and for the said county, do certify that H. F. Lynn, Wm. M. Wheeler, J. W. Latham, J. P. Manuel & J. C. Colvin have this day made oath before me in my County aforesaid, that they will faithfully and impartially ascertain what will be a just compensation for such of the land, of the freehold whereof J. K. Conner is tenant, as is proposed to be taken by the Southern Railway Company for its purposes, and that they will truly certify the same.

Given from under my hand this 12 day of March, 1903

W. M. Rice

Justice of the Peace in and for Pr. William County

In the matter of the application of the Southern Railway Company, a Company incorporated for a work of internal improvement, for the appointment of Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a jut compensation to the owners of the land upon the line of improvement of said Company within Prince William county for such of the said lands as are proposed to be taken by such Company for its purposes whereof J. K. Conner is tenant of the free hold, and it appearing that notice of such application has been duly given as by law is required and that the President and Directors of the said Company cannot agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to such land, H. F. Lynn, J. W. Latham, Wm. M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin & J. P. Manuel five disinterested freeholders, any three of whom may act, are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for such land, any one or more of whom attending on the land may adjourn from time to time until the business shall be finished, and it is ordered that the said Commissioners, after taking the oath prescribed by law, shall proceed to view the land proposed to be taken by the said Company for its purposes, and after viewing the same, and hearing such proper evidence as either party may offer, shall ascertain what will be a just compensation for such land, and the damage to the residue of the tract of which it is a part, beyond the peculiar benefits to be delivered in respect to such residue from the work to be constructed, and shall report their findings forthwith to this court. The said Commissioners shall meet upon the land upon 12 day of March 1903


12 March 1903

Southern Railway Company vs S. H. Shepperd

In the matter of the application of the Southern Railway Company, a Company incorporated for a work of internal improvement, for the appointment of Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a jut compensation to the owners of the land upon the line of improvement of said Company within Prince William county for such of the said lands as are proposed to be taken by such Company for its purposes whereof S. H. Shepperd is tenant of the free hold, and it appearing that notice of such application has been duly given as by law is required and that the President and Directors of the said Company cannot agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to such land, H. F. Lynn, J. W. Latham, Wm. M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin & J. P. Manuel five disinterested freeholders, any three of whom may act, are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for such land, any one or more of whom attending on the land may adjourn from time to time until the business shall be finished, and it is ordered that the said Commissioners, after taking the oath prescribed by law, shall proceed to view the land proposed to be taken by the said Company for its purposes, and after viewing the same, and hearing such proper evidence as either party may offer, shall ascertain what will be a just compensation for such land, and the damage to the residue of the tract of which it is a part, beyond the peculiar benefits to be delivered in respect to such residue from the work to be constructed, and shall report their findings forthwith to this court. The said Commissioners shall meet upon the land upon 12 day of March 1903



17 March 1903

R. S. Hynson, E. E. Meredith & W. P. Meredith

vs Southern Railway Company

Summon

The Commonwealth of Virginia: To the Sheriff of the County of Prince William, greetings: We command you to summon Southern Railway Company to appear at the Clerk’s office of our Circuit Court of the county of Prince William at the court-house thereof, at the Rules to be holden for said court, on the First Monday in April next to answer R. S. Hynson, E. C. Meredith and W. P. Meredith of a plea of trespass on the case. Damage $800.00 Dollars. And have then there this writ. Witness Edwin Nelson, Clerk of our said court, at the court-house, the 17th day of March 1903, and in the 127 year of the Commonwealth.

E. Nelson

Executed the within process March 17, 1903 by delivering to Coleman, agent of the Southern Railway Company, at Manassas, Va. a copy hereof – then being no President, Vice President, Treasurer, Auditor or Director of the said Southern Railway Company to whom I could deliver the summon an inhabitant of my County.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff of Prince William County



1 April 1903

Hynson & Meredith vs Southern Railway Company

In the Circuit Court of Prince William County, Prince William County, to wit: First April Rules, 1903.

R. S. Hynson, E. C. Meredith and W. P. Meredith, complain of the Southern Railway Company, a corporation duly created and existing under the laws of Virginia, which has been duly summoned to answer the plaintiffs for a plea of trespass on the case, and for cause of action, plaintiffs thereupon state as follows: Prior to and at the time of the occurrence hereinafter mentioned, the plaintiffs were seized of a large and valuable farm in said county in fee simple, which was then in the possession of, occupied and cultivated by, the plaintiffs’ tenant, and adjacent to said farm, the defendants or its predecessor had constructed a railroad then and now owned and operated by the said defendant. And the plaintiffs aver that the defendant in operating said railroad was in duty bound to exercise care and diligence against causing damage by fife to the said plaintiffs’ farm and other farms or farm land lying immediately between said defendant’s right of way and plaintiffs’ said farm, but the defendant failed to exercise proper care and diligence in this respect, but suffered the locomotive engines running over said railroad to be carelessly and negligently constructed, managed and run by its agents and employees, and that, by reason of said careless and negligent construction, management and running, on about the 26th day of March, 1902, by sparks, cinders and coals from said engines, fire to one E.. Conner’s grass land, situate in the county aforesaid, and along said defendant’s right of way for a distance of half a mile or there-a bouts was caused, and by such negligence aforesaid and failure of said defendant to extinguish such fire on the land of said E. R. Conner, the said fire spread to the said farm of plaintiffs’, and the whole of about sixty-seven acres of permanent grass on said plaintiffs’ farm, and being an injury to the free-hold, was destroyed and thereby damage was inflicted upon the plaintiffs to the amount of $750.00.

And for this also, that before and at the time of the committing of the grievances hereinbefore mentioned, the said plaintiffs were lawfully possessed of a certain large amount of wheat straw, situate upon said plaintiffs’ farm, and by reason of said defendant’s carelessness, negligence and failure to extinguish the said fire while upon the farm of the said E. R. Conner, fire to the said plaintiff’s wheat straw was caused, and the whole of about ten tons of valuable wheat straw, situate upon plaintiffs’ said farm as aforesaid, was destroyed and thereby damage was inflicted upon the plaintiffs to the amount of $50.00 The defendant having been requested to pay such damages but refused, and therefore the plaintiffs bring their suit.

Bill of Particulars

Damage to 67 acres permanent grass destroyed by fire

on or about March 26th, 1902, at $11.13/67 per acre 750.00

Damage to ten tons of wheat straw destroyed by fire

On or about March 26th 1902, at $5.00 per ton 50.00

$800.00


Johnson and Lion p.q.
6 April 1903

Washington Southern Railway vs William Metzger

In the matter of the application of the Southern Railway Company, a Company incorporated for a work of internal improvement, for the appointment of Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a jut compensation to the owners of the land upon the line of improvement of said Company within Prince William county for such of the said lands as are proposed to be taken by such Company for its purposes whereof William Metzger is tenant of the free hold, and it appearing that notice of such application has been duly given as by law is required and that the President and Directors of the said Company cannot agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to such land, J. P. Leachman, H. F. Lynn, J. W. Latham, J. C. Colvin & J. P. Manuel five disinterested freeholders, any three of whom may act, are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for such land, any one or more of whom attending on the land may adjourn from time to time until the business shall be finished, and it is ordered that the said Commissioners, after taking the oath prescribed by law, shall proceed to view the land proposed to be taken by the said Company for its purposes, and after viewing the same, and hearing such proper evidence as either party may offer, shall ascertain what will be a just compensation for such land, and the damage to the residue of the tract of which it is a part, beyond the peculiar benefits to be delivered in respect to such residue from the work to be constructed, and shall report their findings forthwith to this court. The said Commissioners shall meet upon the land upon 24 day of April 1903


We, H. F. Lynn, J. P. Leachman, and J. C. Colvin appointed by the County Court of Prince William County, by order of the 6th day of April, 1903, to ascertain what will be a just compensation for such part of the land of the freehold whereof William Metzger is tenant, as is proposed to be taken by the Washington Southern Railway Company for its purposes, do certify, that after taking the oath hereto attached, on the 24th day of April, 1903, the day designated in the order appointing us, we met together on the said part of the land, the limits of which part were then and described to us as follows: a parcel of land in Prince William County near Marumsco containing 21.614 acres adjoining lands bought by the said W. S. R.R. Co. from E. L. Cockrell and ___. According to the plat and blue print and description hereto attached and hereby made a part of this report, and upon view of the part aforesaid, and upon evidence as was before us, we are of the opinion and do ascertain that 1st that by reason of the nature of the ground through whereon the proposed line of the said railroad is to pass and the deep cuts of fills to be made it is necessary for the purposes of said company to take for its uses the quantity of land aforesaid as shown by said plat on blue print hereto annexed & for the said part and for the damage to the residue of the tract beyond the peculiar benefits to be derived in respect to such residue from the work to be constructed Three Thousand Three Hundred Dollars will be a just compensation.

Given from under our hands this 24th day of April, 1903

H. F. Lynn

J. P. Manuel

J. C. Colvin

J. P. Leachman



METZGER – Beginning at a point in the property line dividing the lands of William H. Metzger and Edwin L. Cockrell, where the center line of the new alignment of the Washington Southern Railway intersects same at “Station” 259 +61 of said center line; thence along said property line in a north westerly direction a distance of 72.3 feet to a point; thence, through land of Wm. H. Metzger, parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line in a northerly direction a distance of 1907.3 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station” 279 of the said center line; thence at right angles with the center line, in a westerly direction a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 80 feet distance from the center line, in a northerly direction, as distance of 450 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station” 283+50 of the center line of said new line; thence at right angles with the center line, in an easterly direction, a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line, in a northerly direction, a distance of 1750 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station” 301 of the center line; thence, at right angles with the center line, in a westerly direction, a distance of 35 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 100 feet distant from the center line, in an northerly direction, a distance of 1948 feet, more or less, to a point in the line dividing the lands of William H. Metzger and Susan F. Meyers; thence, along said property line, in an easterly direction, a distance of 100-4/10 feet to a point in the center line of the new alignment of the Washington Southern Railway at “Station” 320+ 50 of said center line; thence, by the same course, along the same line, a further distance of 101-4/10 feet to a point; thence in a southwesterly and southerly direction parallel with and 100 feet distant from said center line, a distance of 1951 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station” 301 of the center line; thence at right angles with the center line, in a westerly direction, a distance of 35 feet to a point; thence, parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line, in a southerly direction, a distance of 1750 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station” 283 +50 of the aforesaid center line; thence at right angles with said center line, in an easterly direction, a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 80 feet distant from the center line, in a southerly direction, a distance of 450 feet, more or less, to a point opposite “Station 279 of said center line; thence at right angles with said center line, in a westerly direction, a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line, in a southerly direction, a distance of 1970 – 7/10 feet, more or less, to a point in the line dividing the lands of William H. Metzger and Edwin L. Cockrell; thence along said property line, in an northwesterly direction, a distance of 72-3/10 feet to the place of beginning.

Containing 21 614/1000 Acres, more or less.


To William Metzger:

Having failed to agree with you on the terms of the purchase of the land of the freehold whereof you are tenant, wanted for the purposes of the Washington Southern Railway Company, a corporation existing under the laws of the State of Virginia, for the work of internal improvements, notice is hereby given you that the said Washington Southern Railway Company will, on Monday the 6th day of April 1903, make application to the County Court of Prince William, Virginia, sitting at Manassas, Virginia, to appoint five disinterested freeholders of the County of Prince William (any three or more who may act) to ascertain and report to the said Court what will be a just compensation for such land of the freehold whereof you are tenant, situated in said County, as is proposed to be taken by the Washington Southern Railway Company for its purposes, and for the damage to the residue of the tract, if any, beyond the peculiar benefit to be derived with respect to such residue from the work to be constructed; the said land proposed to be taken by the Washington southern Railway Company being described as follows: A piece or strip of land lying and being in Prince William County Virginia, near the point known as Marumsco, beginning at a point in the property line dividing your land and the land of the said Railway Company recently purchased from Edwin L. Cockrell, where the center line of the new alignment of the said Railway intersects same at Station 259 + 61 of said center line; thence along said property line N. 63° 13’ W., a distance of 1907.3 feet to a point opposite station 279 of the said center line; thence at right angles with the said center line N. 89° 13’ W. a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 80 feet distant from the center line, N. 0°47’E., a distance of 450 feet, to a point opposite Station 283 + 50 of the center line of said new line; thence at right angles with the said center line S. 89°13’ E.., a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line, N. 0° 47’ E., a distance of 1,750 feet to a point opposite station 301 of the center line; thence at right angles with the center line N. 89°13’ W. a distance of 35 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 100 feet distant from the center line N. 0° 47’ e. a distance of 476.3 feet to a point opposite a point of curve at station 305 + 76.3 of the aforesaid center line; thence by a curve to the right having a radius of 10,211.1 feet concentric with and 100 feet distant from the center line a distance of 1,471.6 feet, in a northeasterly direction, to a point in the property line dividing your land and the land of the Railway Company recently purchased from Susan F. Myers; thence along said property line N. 89° 38’ E. a distance of 101.4 feet to a point in the center line of the new alignment of the Washington Southern Railway at Station 320 + 50 of said center line; thence by the same course along the same line a further distance of 101.4 feet to a point; thence in a southwesterly direction by a curve to the left, having a radius of 10,011.1 feet, concentric with and 100 feet distant from the center line, a distance of 1,475.5 feet to a point opposite a point of curve at station 305 + 76.3 of said center line; thence parallel with and 100 feet distant from said center line S. 0°47’ W. a distance of 476.3 feet to a point opposite station 301 of the center line; thence at right angles with the center line N. 89°13’ W. a distance of 35 feet to a point; thence parallel with and 65 feet distant from the center line S. 0° 47’ W. a distance of 1,970.7 feet to a point in the property line dividing your land and the land of the Washington Southern Railway Company recently purchased from Edwin L. Cockrell thence along said property line N. 63°13’ W. a distance of 72.3 feet to a place of beginning, said parcel of land containing twenty-one and sixty-two hundredths acres, more or less.

The Washington Southern Railway Co,

By E. _________

Richmond, Virginia

March 16th, 1903
3 June 1903

Southern Railway Company vs J. R. Hornbaker

To J. R. Hornbaker – You are hereby notified that the Southern Railway Company, a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the State of Virginia for a work of internal improvement, wants in fee simple for its proper railroad purposes, pieces or parcels of land situated in the County of Prince William, State of Virginia, of which you are the tenant of the free-hold, bounded and described as follows, to wit: According to the description hereto attached and hereby made a part of this notice.

The President and Directors of said Company can not agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to the said land, and the company desiring said land above described, will, by its Attorney, on the 6th day of July, 1903, move the County Court of Prince William, sitting at Manassas, Va., to appoint five (5) disinterested free-holders of said county, any three of whom may act, for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for said land.

This 3rd day of June, 1903

Southern Railway Company

H. H. Downing, Counsel


In the matter of the application of the Southern Railway Company, a Company incorporated for a work of internal improvement, for the appointment of Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a jut compensation to the owners of the land upon the line of improvement of said Company within Prince William county for such of the said lands as are proposed to be taken by such Company for its purposes whereof J. R. Hornbaker is tenant of the free hold, and it appearing that notice of such application has been duly given as by law is required and that the President and Directors of the said Company cannot agree on the terms of purchase with those entitled to such land, H. F. Lynn, J. W. Latham, Wm. M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin & J. P. Manuel five disinterested freeholders, any three of whom may act, are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of ascertaining a just compensation for such land, any one or more of whom attending on the land may adjourn from time to time until the business shall be finished, and it is ordered that the said Commissioners, after taking the oath prescribed by law, shall proceed to view the land proposed to be taken by the said Company for its purposes, and after viewing the same, and hearing such proper evidence as either party may offer, shall ascertain what will be a just compensation for such land, and the damage to the residue of the tract of which it is a part, beyond the peculiar benefits to be delivered in respect to such residue from the work to be constructed, and shall report their findings forthwith to this court. The said Commissioners shall meet upon the land upon 12 day of March 1903

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