Posts Tagged ‘19th century


Who has made a difference? Part VI (article for the week of 1/25/10)

The focus this week… farmers of Page County during the 19th century. We only get a snippit of their lives from the census records (agricultural data), but, in this week’s article, I offer-up a sampling of what they engaged in during the years since Page’s founding, through the 1890 census. Livestock seems to be the big feature of the years prior to the Civil War, though I’m pretty sure grain was just as big (it’s just that the census doesn’t offer a good deal to help clarify just how much grain was being produced). Grain certainly shows up in the years after the war, with significant production of Indian corn and wheat. Yet, the stats are just stats. The real focus is on the farmer, his wife, and children and what they had to endure to make the products of the farm a factor in the growth and development of Page County.This is why farmers are in a category unto themselves and should be recognized with those who made a difference in Page County in the 19th century.

Next week… the merchants of the 19th century in Page County.


Who has Made a Difference? Part II (article for the week of 12/28/09)

Carrying-on from last weeks Heritage & Heraldry column in the Page News and Courier, I added two more groupings of significant people of Page County, Virginia in the 19th century; 1) African-Americans, and 2) women. I spent most of the time focusing in African-Americans, specifically the contributions made by Bethany Veney (see The Narrative of Bethany Veney: A Slave Woman, here), John M. “Jack” Dougans, Noah Thornton*, Charles Brown, and Andrew Jackson. I also included the names of slaves left to us only because of their rebellion against the “peculiar institution,” including “Captain”, “Martin”, “Dan” and others.

For other stories about the history of African-Americans in Page County in the 19th century, see my blog Too Long Forgotten.

*See the story that I wrote about Noah Thornton in my blog Southern Unionists Chronicles.