Celebrate Family History Month

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family-tree-clipart-l3chk5-clipartAre you a person who loves reading biographies? Or reading family histories, on any family, not just your own? If so, you might enjoy these books about families from Fauquier County.

In the United States, October is Family History Month, a time to remember our ancestors and celebrate our roots. In honor of this, join me in recognizing a few of the books in the library’s Virginiana Room collection that feature families with Fauquier County roots.

‘My Heart Is So Rebellious’: The Caldwell Letters, 1861-1865 edited by J. Michael Welton
Susan Emeline Jeffords Caldwell and her husband, Lycurgus Washington Caldwell, lived in Warrenton with their family. Most of the letters are from Susan to Lycurgus, who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, although there are some letters from other family members as well. Susan’s letters are full of family information, as well as conditions and events in Warrenton during the war.

Journals of Amanda Virginia Edmonds, Lass of the Mosby Confederacy, 1857-1867 edited by Nancy Chappelear Baird
Amanda Virginia Edmonds (nickname “Tee”) lived in the upper part of Fauquier County, near Paris, at “Belle Grove.” Her diary gives us an idea of what times were like in this area before, during, and after the Civil War.

Life on a Virginia Farm: Stories and Recollections of Fauquier County by Robert Beverley Herbert
This book, published in 1968, consists of articles previously published in the Fauquier Democrat newspaper. Mr. Herbert grew up on a farm in northern Fauquier County, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. He writes about his experiences on the farm, his family, the history of the area, and the cattle industry.

Joseph Arthur Jeffries’ Fauquier County 1840-1919 compiled by Helen Jeffries Klitch
Mr. Jeffries was a long-time Warrenton resident. He was a member of the Warrenton Rifles during the Civil War, established the Jeffries Pharmacy in Warrenton in 1877, and authored the Directory of Warrenton in the Later Part of the 1880’s. This book, compiled by Jeffries’s granddaughter, is a compilation of articles written by Mr. Jeffries from 1895 through 1919, mostly on people and places in Fauquier County. The book also includes some of Jeffries’s family correspondence from 1860 to 1870.

“Gone Away” With the Winmills: The Story of an American Family from 1884 to 1975 written by Virginia Winmill Livingstone Armstrong
Viola Townsend, from New York, and Robert Campbell Winmill, from the Warrenton area, married in 1913. The family moved to Fauquier County in 1922, settling at Clovelly, a large farm south of Warrenton. This book, written by their daughter, covers their lives in New York and Fauquier County, and their interests, including horse racing.

This is just a sampling of the many stories of Fauquier County families that you can find in the library’s Virginiana Room. Happy Family History Month!

∼ Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

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