Prince William County Virginia Clerk’s Loose Papers



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12 June 1903

Southern Railway Company – Wm. Treverow

Seanor, Penn. - I accept service of the within notice, and waive all time limit, and agree that the Company may proceed at once to construct its work upon the within described land, as in former article of agreement on payment of one hundred twenty five dollars

Given under my hand this 12th day of June 1903

Wm. Treverow

Post Office – Holeopple, Sumerset, Co. Penn.

State of Virginia:

County of Prince William, To Wit:

I, E. Nelson, a County Clerk in and for said county, do hereby certify that H. F. Lynn, J. P. Manuel, W. M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin, and J. W. Latham 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 Wm. Treverow 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 under my hand this 6th day of July 1903

E. Nelson

In the County Court of Prince William County, Virginia in the matter of

Southern Railway Company

vs

Wm. Treverow



It appearing to the court that legal notice has been given to said, Wm. Treverow of this motion, and upon the motion of the attorney for the Southern Railway Company, the Court doth appoint H. F. Lynn, William M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin, J. W. Latham, & J. P. Manuel (any three of whom may act) disinterested free-holders of the county of Prince William, State of Virginia, for the purpose of viewing the land of the said Wm. Treverow, or so much thereof as the Southern Railway Company may want and as is more particularly described by the paper hereto attached, and after hearing such evidence as either party may offer, shall ascertain and report to the court, together with the oath required to be administered in such cases, what will be a just compensation for said land and for the damage to the residue of the tract, beyond the peculiar benefits in respect to such residue, from the work to be constructed. Said commissioners shall meet upon the premises and proceed to comply with this order upon the 6th day of July 1903
12 March 1903

Southern Railway Company vs B. S. Robertson

To B. S. Robertson, 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

Executed – 28 February 1903 by delivering to B. S. Robertson a copy hereof.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff, Prince William County

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I, W. M. Reid, 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 B. S. Robertson 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 B. S. Robertson 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 J. P. Leachman

To J. P. Leachman, 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

Executed – 28 February 1903 I accept service of the within notice.

J. P. Leachman

February 28, 1903

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I, W. M. Reid, 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. P. Leachman 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. P. Leachman 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. A. Marsteller

To S. A. Marsteller, 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

Executed – 28 February 1903 by delivering to S. A. Marsteller copy hereof.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff, Prince William County

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I, W. M. Reid, 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 S. A. Marsteller 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 S. A. Marsteller 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 W. R. Free Jr.

To W. R. Free Jr., 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

Executed – 28 February 1903 by delivering to W. R. Free Jr. a copy hereof.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff, Prince William County

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I, W. M. Reid, 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 W. R. Free Jr. 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 W. R. Free Jr. 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 Henry Skinner

To Henry Skinner, 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

Executed – 28 February 1903 by delivering to B. S. Robertson a copy hereof.

J. P. Leachman

Sheriff, Prince William County

State of Virginia

Prince William County, to wit:

I, W. M. Reid, 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 Henry Skinner 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 just 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 Henry Skinner 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
We, H. P. Lynn, J. P. Manuel, Wm. M. Wheeler, J. C. Colvin & J. W. Latham appointed by the County Court of Prince William county, by its order of the 12th day of March 1903, to ascertain what will be a just compensation for such part of the land of the freehold whereof Henry Skinner is tenant, as is proposed to be taken by the Southern Railway Company for its purposes, do certify, that after taking the oath hereto attached, on the 12th day of March 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 there described to us as follows: according to plat and blue print and description hereto attached and hereby made a part of this report, and upon a view of the part aforesaid, and upon such evidence as was before us, we are of the opinion and do ascertain that 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. Twenty-Five Dollars will be a just compensation.

Given from under our hands this 12th day of March 1903

H. F. Lynn

Wm. Wheeler

J. M. Latham

J. C. Calvin

J. P. Manuel

Henry Skinner



P. O. B. at a point on the north line of the right of way of the Virginia Midland Railway and the line dividing the lands of S. A. Marsteller and Henry Skinner same point being N. 49° W. 42 feet from center of the present main track and 987 feet west of M. P. 38; thence N. 49°W. 52’ along said dividing line to a point, thence South 56° 57’ W. 234 feet being parallel and 50 feet distant from said north line of right of way to a point on the line dividing the lands of Henry Skinner and S. H. Sheppard; thence S. 87° 30’ E. 82 feet along said dividing line to a point on the said north line of right of way; thence N. 56°57’ E. 176.5 feet along said north line of right of way to the point of beginning. Containing .23 acres.
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 just compensation for such of the land of which Henry Skinner is tenant of the freehold, as is wanted for the purposes of said Company H. F. Lynn, J. P. Manuel, William Wheeler, J. C. Colvin, and J. W. Latham, commissioners appointed by this court on the 12th day of March 1903, for the purpose f ascertaining such compensation, having taken the oath prescribed by law in such cases before W. M. Rice a Justice of the Peace of this county, which oath, with the certificate thereto of the said Justice, has been returned to and filed in the office of this Court, and it appearing that the said Commissioners met together upon the said land upon the day designated in a notice given to the said tenant of the freehold, as is required by law, that having viewed the land, and having heard such proper evidence as either party desired to offer, they ascertained that for such of the said land as is desired by the said Company for its purposes, and 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 twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be a just compensation, and the said Commissioners having forthwith returned to this court their report setting forth their said action, and no good cause having been shown against the said report, the same is hereby confirmed and ordered to be recorded by the Clerk of this Court, together with this order of confirmation in the land records of this county, and the SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY, having paid the sum so ascertained to the parties thereto entitled, or into Court, the title to that part of the land for which said compensation has been allowed and paid as shown by the plat attached to the said report is absolutely vested in the SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY, and it appearing that there is a dispute as to the parties established to the said fund it is ordered that W. N. Lipscomb a commissioner of this court do ascertain to whom the said money is properly payable and in what shares if payable to more than one person, shares if payable to more than one person. said commission to give the notice required by law before proceeding to such ascertainment.

(In Prince William County Court, March 14th 1903 this report, plat and order confirming the condemnation of the land of Henry Skinner by the Southern Railway Company was presented to the court was ordered to be recorded

Teste. E. Nelson, clerk



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