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8-67. RACHEL BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born 1817 in Richmond, Virginia, and died 27 Apr 1839 in Richmond, Virginia.
Notes for RACHEL BOOTWRIGHT:
Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser
Tuesday, April 30, 1839
Died - On Apr. 27, in her 23rd year, Rachel Bootwright, Dau. of William Bootwright of Richmond. (p.2, c.6)
Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
8-68. WILLIAM BRYAN BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born 1822 in Richmond, Virginia, and died 10 Oct 1902 in Richmond, Virginia. He married ALEXINA CAROLINE PEGRAM 13 Mar 1848 in Richmond, Virginia, daughter of HENRY DAVID PEGRAM and CECELIA FENDALL BELL. She was born 28 Nov 1826 in Hanover County, Virginia, and died 19 Dec 1878 in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia.
Notes for WILLIAM BRYAN BOOTWRIGHT:
William Bryan Bootwright was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of William Bootwright, Sr. and Sarah Bryan. During his lifetime, he moved firstly to Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia, then Clifton Forge, Virginia (after his wife Alexina passed) and lastly back to Richmond where he died. He and Alexina are buried in Shockoe Cemetery.
William, like his father and grandfather before him, operated a mercantile store most of his life. He first entered the business world working in the Bootwright store of his grandfather at 1st and Broad Street in Richmond. After moving to Warrenton, he began his own store to support his growing family. His Warrenton business was located near the courthouse square, on 3rd and Main.
In 1856, William Bootwright was named commissioner of two associated private ventures to improve the road system in central Virginia. He first was appointed as one of 13 commissioners authorized to “open the books” and collect revenue for the newly formed Richmond and Charlottesville Turnpike Company. The commissioners were authorized to raise $200,000 for the venture, whose goal was to lay a graded road between the two municipalities. The commissioners were also given authority to cover the road with 8 foot wide planks as they deemed fit. Later the same year, William also served as commissioner of a second turnpike, the Richmond Turnpike Company. This venture was authorized to raise $20,000 for upgrading the road between Short Pump and Richmond, again, using planks as covering as the commissioners saw fit. Tolls were approved on both turnpikes. The roads changed names over the years, from Three Chopt Road, Deep Run Turnpike and eventually Broad Street Road, generally following the course of modern US Route 250.
William Bootwright Jr., like his father William Sr., was an ardent supporter of the Whig political party. As a young man (22), he participated in “get out the vote” efforts in central Richmond. By 1860, the Whig Party had vanished, and William Bootwright Jr. is shown supporting the Constitutional Union Party’s Bell / Everett ticket. The platform envisioned national unity at a time the nation was about to be torn apart by the Civil War.
William did not fight in the Civil War – he opposed it. He remained in Warrenton, Virginia operating his store. Family lore indicates William was not a secessionist and yet he transacted business with the Confederate Army as they moved throughout the area. Warrenton changed hands several times during the war and the town’s residents never knew whose flag would fly from the courthouse green from day to day.
Photo: William Bryan Bootwright in late 1850s. Source: Frederick Oswald (Pete) Nuckols, Jr.
Susan Caldwell, 1827-1913, was a resident of Warrenton during the Civil War and several of her letters, published in “My Heart it so Rebellious” describe the typical experience and feelings of most of the town’s inhabitants. On July 24, 1861, she writes:
You have by this time read and heard every particular in regard to our glorious victory of Sabbath last…We have several wounded soldiers in our town. One at Mrs. Gaines wounded in the foot…Mr. Boatwright has one from Charleston, SC….
On September 5, 1861, she writes:
Now I must beg you to look up some Tea for me – Mr. Finks said he could not get it by the pound – Grandma is much distressed and has been making inquires at all the stores for tea – tonight she had a sample sent her from Mr. Boatwright’s store at $2.00 per pound…Sister says make inquiries if you can get it by the pound in Richmond and the price – also coffee – the prices are exorbitant here on groceries…
On January 15, 1865, she writes:
…he [the Colonel commanding] had turned them loose on the town to rob and plunder – they were the 8th Illinois Calvary, commanded by Col Clendenning [sic]. They came to Warrenton to bring a pass and a letter to Mrs. Barten (the NY born wife of rector Otto Barten of St. James Episcopal Church in town) for her to go north – Now we paid dearly for Mrs. B’s permit. While all this stealing was going on at our house, the same was going on at the store…the wretches stole all of Mrs. Smith’s meat and much of her bed clothes, took 10 blankets from Mrs. Deshields and meat from Mr. Bragg – also took some articles from Rindsburg – from Boatwrights store and Jno. A. Spillmans….My hand trembles for just as I commenced this letter the cry came “the Yankees are coming” and Sister and I have been trying to hide several articles – and I feel tired out, I have but little fortitude. I cannot stand a great deal more. I long for quiet, I am tired to be living such a life – God help me to be resigned – I long to be a true pious Christian, to live for heaven, but I find it hard…My heart is so rebellious!
During the war, William aided the Southern Cause by supplying goods to the Confederate Army, but was careful to make claims to the Confederate Government for reimbursement of his expenses. He is reimbursed $4.50 for expenses incurred while transporting 16 horses and a wagon from Warrenton to Manassas Junction on August 22, 1861. Most likely this payment was for services rendered during the 1st Battle of Manassas, fought one month earlier.
The 2nd Battle of Manassas was fought at the end of August, 1862 and a few weeks later William is again being reimbursed for goods supplied to the Confederates. On September 20, 1862, he received reimbursement of $40 for a “platform scale” provided to the 1st NC Calvary, commanded by Col. L.S. Baker. The 1st NC Calvary served throughout the war and was said to be “First at Bethel, Farthest at Gettysburg and Last at Appomattox.” A commission in this famous outfit meant “a hole in your hide”, as every field officer of the regiment, save one, was either killed or wounded in action during the war.
On September 27, 1862, William is reimbursed $10 for one barrel of flour for “hospital use.” The churches, courthouse and large homes of Warrenton served as temporary hospitals for both sides during the war, though William would only receive compensation for services and goods supplied to the Confederates. On February 25, 1863, William is reimbursed $69 for 60 pairs of yarn socks, at $1.15 each.
This is not to say that William was compensated for all the goods and services supplied to Civil War troops. As the war progressed, Federal troops were able to hold Warrenton with little difficulty, as the scenes of battle moved further south and east towards Richmond.
While Warrenton was in the territory frequented by John Mosby (and the “Gray Ghost” did cause some havoc amongst Federal supply lines and outposts), the town remained firmly under Northern control during the last years of the war. However there were scattered incidents long remembered by the town’s citizens. One is described in a letter to the Richmond Dispatch, signed “Traveler” and dated January 20, 1865, the last year of the war.
I was in the beautiful little village of Warrenton, Fauquier County, on Friday, the 13th of January, 1865; and about half-past 7 o’clock the cry of “Yankees” was heard, and a few soldiers, who were at home sick and wounded, soon mounted their horses and fled. The citizens, who were used to the cry of “Yankees,” and who had often seen them, came out upon the streets. About eight o’clock, down the Baltimore pike could be seen about four hundred approaching. They came in and halted in the principal street — the force extending about four squares. They dismounted; and of all scenes I ever witnessed, this was the most revolting. The soldiers commenced and broke open the following stores, and took the contents of each; filled bags and sacks and carried them off; Dr. Stephens, apothecary; and J. A. Spillman’s, W. Boatwright’s, M. Kotz’s, M. Jackson’s; and they then went into the Warrenton Hotel, kept by a widow lady, stole the blankets off of the beds, and defaced and broke the furniture; and then went to Mr. Rhinesbury’s, and there stole clothes and jewelry, and were very insulting to his family. They were also robbing private dwellings.
The letter *see below) relates incidents of private citizen’s supplies of beef, bed clothing and furniture being confiscated during this incident, all under the eyes of the commanding Colonel.
Such incidents left a lingering resentment in the hearts of Warrenton’s citizens and they were especially incensed when one of their neighbors later claimed to have been loyal to the Federals throughout the War (falsely in their opinion). This was seen as an attempt to get “tainted” Federal funds for losses incurred by “loyal” townspeople, while the “rebels” were offered no such reimbursement. To qualify, a Southerner would have to claim loyalty to the Union and prove he did not actively participate in aiding the Confederates. One Warrentonian making the claim was William Pattie, another storekeeper in Warrenton at the outbreak of hostilities. William Bootwright was called to testify to Pattie’s loyalty and offered this testimony:
My name is William Bootwright. I am fifty six years of age, reside in Warrenton, Fauquier Co., VA, and am Department 7 Post Master. I have been acquainted with William A. Pattie sixteen years. I lived in Warrenton at the time nearing the War of Rebellion. I saw Mr. Pattie frequently during the time, one time about every day. I never heard of his being looked upon as a union man during the fore part of the war. Towards the latter part of the war I heard it talked on the street that he had changed his sentiments and that he was a union man. In the beginning of the war he was looked upon as a good Southern man. I do not recollect any personal conversations of my own with him on that subject. It was a subject that I avoided as my sentiments continued in opposition with war all through.
Mr. Charles Bragg who was Mayor of the town all the time during the war, but who is now dead, was very intimate with me and was in my store almost every day. On one occasion, I think in the latter part of 1862 or first of 1863, he came into my store and said he had just been out to Mrs. Susan Robert Scott’s farm in company with William A. Pattie to buy a horse which Mr. Pattie wanted for one of his sons in Genl. Mosby’s command, and that Mr. Pattie bought the horse and paid eight hundred dollars for the horse for the use of his son in Col. Mosby’s command. Mr. Bragg was considered a great judge of horses and I suppose had been requested to go on that account. Afterwards when William A. Pattie claimed to be a union man I have often heard Mr. Bragg laugh about it and relate the circumstances of buying the horse for his son in Mosby’s Command.
Subscribed and sworn to before me at Warrenton VA this 15th day of July, 1875. Geo Tucker
Pattie was influential in post-war Republican circles and since Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party was seen as responsible for the recent “War of Northern Aggression”, Pattie was evidently despised by many in Warrenton. His biggest critic was John Mosby himself. Mosby’s allies, including William Bootwright, were intent on seeing that Pattie was treated as every other Southern white man they knew – no citizenship and no Federal vote, until Virginia as a state was re-admitted to the Union (which happened in 1870). While William Bootwright didn’t support secession, there is no record of his filing a loyalist claim. Not many loyalty claims of Southern Unionists were sustained and William Pattie’s claim was likewise denied (doubtless based on the testimony of William Bootwright and other neighbors of Pattie).
William’s name appeared in the Warrenton newspaper, the “True Index”, several times over the years. When he moved to Covington with daughter Ciscelia Nuckols, his store there was burgled (as had happened during the War).
The Warrenton Whig of April 9, 1860, listed William’s new store.
On June 16, 1866, William advertises a property for sale. The “C.K. Smith” mentioned may have been Alexina’s sister, Czarina Pegram Smith, who lived in Warrenton near the Bootwrights according to the 1860 census.
The Warrenton True Index April 4, 1868 edition listed Fauquier County men whose right to vote had been restored after the war.
Like his father William before him, William Bootwright experienced financial setbacks and was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in 1868. He was involved in several transactions in the late 1860s and 1870s and apparently was able to regain enough capital to open merchandise stores in both Clifton Forge (1880) and Richmond (late 1880s), but it’s not clear to what extent he was able to live independently in his later years. After his wife died, he lived with children for the rest of his life. He died in the Alms House in Richmond, evidently not able to pay for expensive medical care.
After the end of the Civil War, William appears on the excise tax list of Warrenton recorded in 1866.
He pays a total of $28 in tax, assessed as follows:
Piano valued at $200, tax $2
Watch valued at $100, tax $1
Retail Liquor Store, tax $25
Also appearing on the Warrenton list is Mrs. C. A. Brandt, 3Alexina’s sister, taxed $4 for a piano valued at $300. Czorilda Adeline [Pegram] Brandt lived in Warrenton near her sister and William Bootwright seems to have looked after his sister-in-law’s affairs. Mrs. Brandt lived on 1st and Main in Warrenton, while William’s properties were also on Main between 3rd and 4th Streets.
During his lifetime, William Bootwright grew accustomed to mourning. He endured the death of his wife in 1878, 7 of his 8 children (his son Orlando died the year after William) and at least one grandchild. Two of his children died from cholera within a week in 1856 (aged 11 months and 2 years).
WALDEN VS. BEVERLY
In the case of Col. John Walden (complainant) vs. Robert Beverly (defendant), William Bootwright of Warrenton gives the following deposition (transcribed from the Chancery Case record): The Deposition of William Bootwright, a witness of lawful age, taken before John W. Pugh, Commissioner in Chancery of the Circuit Court of Fauquier County, at his office at the Court House of said County, on Thursday, 1st day of August 1867, said deposition being taken by consent of parties by counsel, to be read in evidence in behalf of the defendant in the chancery cause pending in the said court in which cause John Walden is Plaintiff, and Robert Beverly is Defendant.
Present at the taking of this deposition: John Walden the Plaintiff with his counsel James V. Brooke Esq. and John M. Forbes Esq., counsel for the Defendant.
The Deponent William Bootwright being duly sworn deposes and says:
1st Question by Defendant by Counsel: Please state how long you have known the plaintiff
Col. John Walden, whether you had any business transactions with him during the war; if
so, state the nature of them, and the period of such transactions.
Answer: I have known Col. Walden by sight, ever since I have been in Warrenton, some eight years. I had during the war several business transactions with him. In December 1862, Col. Walden came to me, and stated that if he could get the right kind of money (State or Federal money), he thought some money could be made and asked me how much money I could raise. I told him I didn’t know, to call again. I saw a man, and got from him some four hundred dollars in Federal money and some two hundred dollars in State money. I think that is the amount. It is as well as I remember; my papers were stolen from my house during the war. Col. Walden came in, and said that he would purchase the goods, and deliver them in Warrenton to me, which I was to sell, and divide the profits taking out all expenses. I think if my memory serves me right, that it was on the 23rd or 24th of December, 1862 that I received one portion of the goods. The goods I sent to Richmond where they were sold (a portion of the goods, nearly all) by Kent Paine & Co. He brought other goods to me, a week or two after that. He frequently came into my store and I had business transactions with him in a general way. I sold his family some goods, and himself a few.
2nd question by Same: Please state whether any invoice of the goods was rendered to you
by Col. Walden, and if so, whether there was anything upon the invoice rendered to you,
indicating that all the goods upon the paper, were or were not delivered by him, and any
statement of Col. Walden in reference to the same, made to you at or about the time of the
delivery of the same?
(Plaintiff’s Counsel excepts (objects) to this question because it is irrelevant.)
Answer: Yes sir, he brought a bill of the goods and some of them were missing. He stated that the reason they were so was that his family wanted some of them, and kept them. They were checked off however from the bill, when it was rendered to me.
3rd question by same: Did you see Col. Walden at other times during the war, and
especially during the year 1863? If so, state the nature of your intercourse with him.
Answer: I saw him on several occasions in which we had conversations in regard to the goods and upon the general topics of the day. I mean during the year 1863.
4th question by the same: What business have you pursued, since you have been living in
the town of Warrenton?
Answer: Merchandizing, sir!
5th question by same: Please state whether you observed during your intercourse with Col.
Walden, in connection with the business transaction referred to above, or in other
interviews with him, anything indicating unsoundness of mind, or incapacity to attend to his
Answer: Not in the least. On the other hand, I though him very shrewd.
6th question by same: Where were you during the war?
Answer: In Warrenton.
7th question by same: Was it your place of residence, and did you remain at home during
the whole war or not?
Answer: It was my place of residence, and I remained at home during the whole war.
8th question by same: Can you state whether you saw Col. Walden during the spring and
summer of 1863?
Answer: I think that I did. I am very well satisfied that I did.
9th question by same: State whether during those interviews you observed any fact, or
heard any expression from Colonel Walden indicating any impairment of intellect, or
incapacity to attend to his business.
Answer: None whatsoever, sir!
10th question by same: Did you or not, regard him as a man liable to become the prey of
artful and designing traders?
Answer: I did not. I considered him a very shrewd man, capable of attending to his own business, else I would never have invested the amount of money I did with him, especially engaging in the business that he was.
11th question by same: Did you observe any change in his capacity, during the whole
period of your acquaintance with him? If so, state when and describe the same.
Answer: No sir, I never observed any changes whatever.
12th question by same: Were you or not apprized at the time of your entering into the
speculation in merchandize with him, that he labored under a disease of the bladder?
Answer: I was.
13th question of the same: Were you or not then apprized of the fact, that he and his wife
had domestic troubles?
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to this question on grounds of irrelevancy)
Answer: I heard rumors to that effect.
14th question of same: Please state whether or not, according to your observation, his
physical disease, and domestic troubles had produced any effect upon his mental
capacities? And if so, to what extent, and to what manner such effect was developed to
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to this question for indefinitiveness as to time, and because
witness has not testified to his own capacity, as a judge in such matters.)
Answer: During the interviews which I had with Colonel Walden, I have never discovered that his mind was in the least affected.
15th question by same: Please state whether you learned from Col. Walden, where he
purchased the goods which were delivered to you in Warrenton?
Answer: I knew at the time, but cannot remember now. He told me at the time, and I had the Bill of the party from whom he purchased them.
16th question by same: Does your memory enable you to state whether he said that they
were purchased in Fauquier County?
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to the question)
Answer: I am very positive that they were not.
17th question by same: Can you say whether he said that they were bought upon the
borders of the Potomac River, or at some point north of it?
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to the question as leading.)
Answer: I think he said as well as my memory serves me, that a portion of them were bought on this side of that River, and the rest came from the other side.
18th question by same: Do you remember any occurrence respecting the point in the town
of Warrenton – of the delivery of the goods to you by Col. Walden, indicative either of
caution, or of the reverse on the part of Col. Walden? If so, please state it.
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to this question on same grounds as have been stated above.)
Answer: I do, one of caution, in that I had better have them carried around, and delivered at my private house.
19th question by same: In your conversation with Colonel Walden during the war upon the
topic of the day, are you able to state what his opinions were in respect to the success or
failure of the cause of the Confederate States? If so, please state them?
Answer: That I am unable now to say. It has been so long. If it had been a business transaction, I might have told you something about it.
20th question by same: What has been your intercourse with Col Walden since the close of
Answer: It has been friendly sir!
21st question by same: Please state to what extent, you have had intercourse with him
since the close of the war?
Answer: Just a passing acquaintance sir, stopping occasionally to have a word or two.
22nd question by same: Have you observed any diversity in his mental capacity, between
the period when you had the co-partnership adventure with him, and the intercourses of
1863, and the period since the war?
Answer: I have discovered none.
23rd question by same: What is your observation in respect to his relative physical state at
the periods stated in the last interrogatory?
Answer: My impression is that for a man of his age he is active a man physically as I ever saw. I see no difference in him physically.
24th question by same: What is Col. Walden’s character according to your observation of
him, as to energy and strength of will?
(Plaintiff’s counsel excepts to this question as irrelevant.)
Answer: I think that he is a very energetic man, and have always thought so ever since I have known him, and that he is a very determined man.
The plaintiff, by counsel, except to so much of the foregoing deposition, whether found in the opinions expressed by witness or otherwise, as is not connected in point of time, with the alleged sale by Plaintiff to Defendant of his land; upon the ground that the capacity or incapacity of the Plaintiff at any other time is not material to the issues between the parties.
1st question by Plaintiff by Counsel: What business transactions did you have with Colonel
Walden during the year of 1863? Please state particularly, and in detail.
Answer: I can’t say that I can state them in detail. They were the ordinary business transactions. He frequently purchased articles at the store. I purchased from him bacon meal and some hay, I think, as well as my memory serves me.
2nd question by same: Please state the date of any such sales to him or purchases from
him and the means by which you fix the same?
Answer: From the fact that we had transactions in 1862, and after that Col. Walden would come in and purchase things in the store, and during that time I was the only one doing business in town. I cannot give the exact dates as my books and papers were stolen when the Yankees broke into my store. If I can find any of them I will hand them in.
3rd question by same: Can you undertake to say, speaking from memory alone, and
unaided by any memorandum, that you saw Col. Walden, or had any conversation with him
during the months of May, June and July of 1863?
Answer: I cannot.
4th question by same: When was a settlement, if any, made between you and Col. Walden
of the matters growing out of the transaction of December 1862, to which you have
Answer: I rendered to Col. Walden a statement during the war showing him a return of sales (from Kent Paine & Co. of Richmond) of a portion of the goods; afterwards made out a full statement which I gave to him holding his due bill for Federal money and State money to be returned, and which he refused to return, and was left to Mr. James V. Brooks and John A. Spilman to settle which they did, we both agreeing to be satisfied with their decision.
5th question by same: You have misconceived my question, which merely inquired as to the
time when any such settlement was made, and not the particulars. Please say when it took
Answer: I cannot state accurately the time.
6th question by same: Please state if you can the month and year.
Answer: I cannot state the month or the year. I know that I rendered him a statement during the war, but was unable to obtain a complete settlement for a long time after I rendered the statement.
7th question by same: Can you state the season of the year at which that settlement took
place before the referees?
Answer. I think that it was in the fall of the year, but cannot say positively, as I had a great many transactions with others.
8th question by same: Did you attend before the referees, and upon a settlement being
made were not the neces
Answer: Yes Sir.
9th question by same: Please examine the paper now shown you (marked A) and say
whether it was not filed by you in that settlement, as containing your only charges against
Col. Walden for the year 1863.
Answer. I cannot say whether it contains all the charges, although it may do so. If I had all the papers I could tell. This paper is in my handwriting.
10th question by same: Please examine the pencil memorandum at the foot of said paper,
in these words “paid July 15th 1864”, and say if you know in whose handwriting the same
Answer: I cannot.
11th question by same: From the character of your intercourse with Col. Walden during
the war, and especially during the year 1863, do you consider that you would have been
more likely to form a correct opinion of his exact mental condition, than a physician of
experience, frequently consulted by him with regard to his bodily health, and also with
regard to his domestic troubles?
(Defendant’s counsel excepts to this question as illegal.)
Answer: I cannot say that I could but I was perfectly satisfied in my own mind so far as I had business transaction with him, that he was in his right mind.
12th question by same: Did you keep account books in 1863, in which you made charges
against parties purchasing at your store and not paying their purchases?
Answer: I did, and the book was lost. There were very few persons purchasing except for money, or in trade or barter.
13th question by same: At what time were the sales made by Kent Paine and Co. to which
you have referred?
Answer: I do not recollect now.
14th question by same: Can you come within a month or two of the time when said sales
Answer: I cannot, sir.
15th question by same: Did not Kent & Paine Co. make you a return showing the date and
amount of sales made by them?
Answer: They did.
16th question by same: Please state as near as you can the amount of sales reported by
Answer: I cannot, as they sold only a portion of the partnership goods. I had other goods there, which they sold, and made a return of the sale at the same time. I kept a portion of the partnership goods here, and sold them at my store.
17th question by same: Did not Kent Paine Co. send you a distinct account of sales of the
goods, purchased by Col. Walden?
Answer: I do not now recollect. Kent Paine Co. did not know of whom I purchased goods. I sent them goods at different times.
18th question by same: Can you state the season of the year, when Kent Paine & Co made
the sales of the said goods?
Answer: I cannot, as I did not receive an account of the sales, for some time after they were made.
19th question by same: At what time of the year, and what year was it, that you received
the account of sales?
Answer: I have just said before that I could not tell the season when the sales were made, nor can I say at what season or in what year the account of sales was received by me or except that it was some time after the sale had been made. I have hunted for the papers and have been unable to find them.
20th question by same: You have stated in your answer to the Defendant’s 7th question,
that Warrenton was your place of residence and that you remained at home during the
whole war. Please give as accurate an account of the condition of said town, and its
immediate neighborhood, so far as its occupation by Yankee troops was concerned, during
the year 1863, stating as near as you can, during what portions of that year, such
occupation existed and did not exist?
Answer: That is what I am unable to say at this time.
21st question by same: Can you state how it was in that respect in the months of May, June
or July of that year, or either of them?
Answer: I cannot.
Direct examination resumes
1st question by Defendant by Counsel: Please state whether the goods purchased for the
copartnership by Col. Walden, and delivered to you in Warrenton, turned out to be a
profitable or unprofitable adventure?
Answer: I considered it a profitable one.
2nd question by same: Please state whether the goods so bought and delivered were
“unsaleable and unseasonable” or the reverse?
Answer: At that time any goods would have been sold in Richmond, and I was satisfied with the sale.
3rd question by same: Do you remember whether among the articles purchased was a “lot
(Question excepted to by Plaintiff’s Counsel as not connected with anything testified on
Answer: I do not recollect.
And further this deponent saith not – [signed] W. Bootwright
William lived with son-in-law Oswald Herbert Nuckols and daughter Ciscelia until her death in 1895. He then moved in with other children, but was eventually placed in the Alms House on Richmond’s Hospital Street. He was buried in his plot at Shockoe Cemetery beside his wife and his children that preceded him in death.
Photo: Alms House, where William Bootwright died in 1902. This photo was taken from the approximate location of William’s grave in Shockoe Cemetery.
See link for William Bryan Bootwright Death Certificate
Source: Frederick Oswald (Pete) Nuckols, Jr.
Obit from Richmond Times-Dispatch, Saturday, October 11, 1902:
Yankee raid on Warrenton.
Warrenton, Virginia, January 20, 1865. To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:
I was in the beautiful little village of Warrenton, Fauquier county, on Friday, the 13th of January, 1865; and about half-past 7 o'clock the cry of "Yankees" was heard, and a few soldiers, who were at home sick and wounded, soon mounted their horses and fled. The citizens, who were used to the cry of "Yankees," and who had often seen them, came out upon the streets. About eight o'clock, down the Baltimore pike could be seen about four hundred approaching. They came in and halted in the principal street — the force extending about four squares. They dismounted; and of all scenes I ever witnessed, this was the most revolting. The soldiers commenced and broke open the following stores, and took the contents of each; filled bags and sacks and carried them off; Dr. Stephens, apothecary; and J. A. Spillman's, W. Boatwright's, M. Kotz's, M. Jackson's; and they then went into the Warrenton Hotel, kept by a widow lady, stole the blankets off of the beds, and defaced and broke the furniture; and then went to Mr. Rhinesbury's, and there stole clothes and jewelry, and were very insulting to his family. They were also robbing private dwellings. They went to the place of M. C. Bragg, and broke into his meat-house and stole some one thousand six hundred pounds of meat. They next visited Mrs. J. Smith, a widow lady, and stole all of her meat and also some of her bed-clothes. This party was led or commanded by one Colonel (David R.) Clendenin, who came to bring a pass to the Episcopal minister and his wife to go to New York, and also offered to send an escort for them when they should get ready to go. Now, the citizens had to pay very heavily for the Rev. Mr. Bartan's pass, and a good many of them speak very freely about it. Mr. Bartan is a German, and his wife is from New York.
The officers in the command of this set of robbers would sit quietly on their horses and say to the men, "Go it, boys," and actually received a part of the plunder. The Colonel was at the minister's house the whole time; and as the citizens would pass along the streets, the Yankees would take their hats, and tried to take watches from the pockets of several citizens. The scene beggars all description. You could see ladies running through the streets begging the officers to give them a guard; and they would laugh at them, and the reply would be that they would soon leave. They remained until about half-past 11 o'clock, and were here about two or two and a half hours; and in that short space of time the loss to the citizens could not fall short of twelve thousand to fifteen thousand dollars in the Yankee currency.--The people certainly bear up under their losses with more grace than any people I ever saw. They say that this is the third or fourth time that some of them have been robbed, but this party of Colonel Clendenin's (Eighth Illinois) has surpassed them all in robbing generally.
Partial history of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry: In January 1864 three-fourths of the Regiment re-enlisted as veterans and on January 11 left Culpepper, Virginia on furlough. During the thirty days of furlough the men spent time with family and also recruited men to replenish the Regiment’s ranks. On return from furlough in February the veterans patrolled Washington until ordered to Alexandria. There the Regiment was divided--one company at Alexandria, two at Acquia Creek, five at Belle Plain and four in Washington. July found the headquarters of Regiment and Company F in Washington, and the remaining companies scattered at Alexandria, Muddy Creek, Maryland and at Camp Stoneman. For the next year, the Eighth Illinois Cavalry had numerous encounters with Mosby’s guerrillas in the Loudon County area of Virginia. After the surrender of Lee on April 10, 1865 arrangements were made for a victory celebration at the 1st Brigade headquarters (the Brigade included the Eighth Illinois Cavalry) to be held on April 15 and among those who had accepted an invitation was the actor John Wilkes Booth. Ironically, following Lincoln’s assassination, the Eighth Illinois Cavalry was one of the Regiments ordered to search for Booth. A detachment of the Eighth Illinois took part in the Lincoln funeral ceremonies in Washington and Lieutenant-Colonel Clendenin of the Eighth was a member of the military commission that tried the conspirators. The Regiment was ordered to St. Louis in June and mustered out on July 17, 1865.
Source: Hard, Abner MD, History of the Eighth Cavalry Regiment Illinois Volunteers, During the Great Rebellion, Aurora, IL (1868).
The Military Commission: (left to right) Lieutenant Colonel David R. Clendenin, Brevet Colonel C.H. Tompkins, Brigadier General T.M. Harris, Brigadier General Albion P. Howe, Brevet Brigadier General James A. Ekin, Major General Lew Wallace, Major General David Hunter, Brevet Major General August V. Kautz, Brigadier General Robert S. Foster, the Honorable John A Bingham (Special Judge Advocate), Colonel Henry L. Burnett (Special Judge Advocate), and Brigadier General Joseph Holt (Judge Advocate and Recorder) (Library of Congress photograph)
Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
1850 Census: Name: William Bootwright Date: October 7, 1850 Age: 25 Estimated birth year: abt 1825 Birth place: Virginia Gender: Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Richmond, Virginia Occupation: Merchant Page: 298 Roll: M432_951 1860 Census: Name: William Boatwright Date: July 24, 1860 Age in 1860: 37 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: North East Side of Warrenton and North East Revenu, Fauquier, Virginia Occupation: Merchant Gender: Male Value of real estate: $0 Post Office: Warrenton Roll: M653_1344 Page: 76 Year: 1860 Head of Household: William Boatwright
U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 Name: W B Bootwright State: Virginia Tax Year: 1866 Roll Title: District 7; Monthly and Special Lists; May-Dec 1866 NARA Series: M793 NARA Roll: 6 Business License Tax: Piano - $2, Watch - $1, Retail, Liquor Dealer - $25
1870 Census: Name: William Bootwright Date: July 15, 1870 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1821 Age in 1870: 49 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1870: Center, Fauquier, Virginia Occupation: Merchant Race: White Gender: Male Value of real estate: $4,350 Post Office: Upperville Roll: M593_1645 Page: 442 Image: 416 Year: 1870 1880 Census: Name: B Bootwright Date: June 8, 1880 Home in 1880: Clifton, Alleghany, Virginia Age: 56 Estimated birth year: abt 1824 Birthplace: Virginia Relation to head-of-household: Father-in-law Father's birthplace: VA Mother's birthplace: VA Marital Status: Single Race: White Gender: Male Census Place: Clifton, Alleghany, Virginia; Roll: T9_1352; Family History Film: 1255352; Page: 370.2000; Enumeration District: 2; . living with daughter Cecelia and family Richmond, Virginia City Directories, 1889-90 Name: William Bootwright Location 2: 1918 Broad E Year: 1889, 1890 City: Richmond State: VA 1900 Census: Name: William Boatwright Date: June 5, 1900 Home in 1900: Richmond, Jefferson Ward, Richmond City, Virginia Age: 79 Estimated birth year: 1821 Birthplace: Virginia Race: White Relationship to head-of-house: Father Census Place: Richmond, Jefferson Ward, Richmond City, Virginia; Roll: T623 1738; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 91. living with son Orlander and family
Notes for ALEXINA CAROLINE PEGRAM:
Alexina was the daughter of Henry D. Pegram and Ciscelia Fendall Bell. Born in Richmond, she married William B. Bootwright on March 16, 1848 and the couple moved to Warrenton before the 1860 census was taken. Alexina came into property in the early 1860’s which later became the subject of a dispute between her children and husband. Alexina died in Warrenton, VA and is buried in Shockoe Cemetery. Daughter Ciscelia Czorilda Nuckols recorded an epitaph in the family Bible:
Died on the 19th Day of December 1878 in Warrenton, Fauquier Co. Va, my Darling Mother Alexina Caroline Bootwright at 20 minutes to 12 o’clock in the 52nd year of her age, after an illness of 3 months and 2 weeks of Rheumatism and disease of the Blood and an arterial infection, her remains were placed at her Section at Richmond, Va the 20th Dec.
Source: Frederick Oswald (Pete) Nuckols, Jr.
1850 Census: Name: Alexina Bootwright Date: October 7, 1850 Age: 20 Estimated birth year: abt 1830 Birth place: Virginia Gender: Female Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Richmond, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia Page: 298 Roll: M432_951 1860 Census: Name: Alexina C Boatwright Date: July 24, 1860 Age in 1860: 23 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: North East Side of Warrenton and North East Revenu, Fauquier, Virginia Gender: Female Value of real estate: $0 Post Office: Warrenton Roll: M653_1344 Page: 76 Year: 1860 Head of Household: William Boatwright 1870 Census: Name: Alexina C Bootwright Date: July 15, 1870 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830 Age in 1870: 40 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1870: Center, Fauquier, Virginia Race: White Gender: Female Value of real estate: $0 Post Office: Upperville Roll: M593_1645 Page: 442 Image: 416 Year: 1870Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Children of WILLIAM BOOTWRIGHT and ALEXINA PEGRAM are:
9-101. i. CISCELIA CZORILDA BOOTWRIGHT, b. 19 Jan 1849, Richmond, Virginia; d. 16 Apr 1895, Richmond, Virginia. 9-102. ii. WILLIAM JAMES BOOTWRIGHT, b. 1849, Richmond, Virginia; d. Jun 1857, Richmond, Virginia. 9-103. iii. CZARINA EMELINE BOOTWRIGHT, b. 1851, Richmond, Virginia; d. 13 Apr 1893, Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee. 9-103A. iv. JOHN OLANDER PEGRAM BOOTWRIGHT, b. 1853, Richmond, Virginia; d. 03 Jul 1856, Richmond, Virginia. 9-104. v. HENRY VIRBERT BOOTWRIGHT, b. 1855, Richmond, Virginia; d. 03 Jul 1856, Richmond, Virginia. 9-105. vi. ORLANDO ALMORAND BOOTWRIGHT, b. 29 Jul 1857, Fauquier County, Virginia; d. 21 Jul 1903, Richmond, Virginia. 9-106. vii. WILLIAM HENRY BOOTWRIGHT, b. Mar 1860, Fauquier County, Virginia; d. 28 Oct 1898, Richmond, Virginia. 9-107. viii. ABNER STANFIELD BOOTWRIGHT, b. 12 Nov 1865, Fauquier County, Virginia; d. 21 Mar 1894, Richmond, Virginia.
8-69. JAMES K. BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born Aug 1831 in Richmond, Virginia, and died 05 Aug 1864 in Petersburg, Virginia.
Notes for JAMES K. BOATWRIGHT:
Obit: Daily Dispatch, August 6, 1864
James, a carpenter by trade, was the son of William and Ann Bootwright (whose last name is sometimes spelled "Boatwright"). James had served before the Civil War in the "Richmond Light Infantry Blues", since 1858.
James enlisted as a Private and mustered into Co. "A", 46th Virginia Infantry on 21 April 1861. On 25 May 1862, he transferred to Company "C", 38th Virginia Battalion of Light Artillery (the company known as the "Hampden Artillery"). He was promoted 8th Corporal of Company C on 15 January 1864, and was killed in action at age 30. Source: Find-A-Grave
1850 Census: Name: James Bootwright Date: October 5, 1850 Age: 17 Estimated birth year: abt 1833 Birth place: Virginia Gender: Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Richmond, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia Page: 297 Roll: M432_951 1860 Census: Name: Jas K Bootwright Date: June 28, 1860 Age in 1860: 26 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: Richmond Ward 2, Henrico, Virginia Occupation: Carpenter Gender: Male Value of real estate: $0 Post Office: Richmond Roll: M653_1352 Page: 287 Year: 1860 Head of Household: Wm Bootwright U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 Name: James K. Bootwright Side: Confederate Regiment State/Origin: Virginia Regiment Name: Capt. E.J. Anderson's Company, Virginia Light Artillery Rank In: Private Rank Out: Private Film Number: M382 roll 5 U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 Name: James K. Bootwright Side: Confederate Regiment State/Origin: Virginia Regiment Name: 38 Batt'n. Virginia Light Artillery (Read's Battalion) COMPANY: C Rank In: Private Rank Out: Corporal Film Number: M382 roll 5 American Civil War Soldiers Name: James Bootwright RESIDENCE: Richmond, Virginia Enlistment Date: 25 May 1862 Side Served: Confederacy State Served: Virginia Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 25 May 1862. Enlisted in Company C, 38th Battn Heavy Artillery Regiment Virginia on 25 May 1862. Promoted to Full 8th Corporal (Estimated day) on 15 Jan 1864. Died Company C, 38th Battn Heavy Artillery Regiment Virginia on 5 Aug 1864. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles Name: James K Boatwright Enlistment Date: 21 Apr 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private Enlistment Place: Richmond State Served: Virginia Survived the War?: No Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Virginia 46th Infantry Regiment on 21 Apr 1861. Enlisted in Company A, Virginia 59th Infantry Regiment on 08 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 13 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 05 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Sources: The Virginia Regimental Histories SeriesBurial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
8-70. SARAH A. BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born 1835 in Richmond, Virginia. She married EDWIN ANDERSON. He was born 1834 in Virginia.
Notes for SARAH A. BOATWRIGHT:
1850 Census: Name: Sarah A Bootwright Date: October 5, 1850 Age: 15 Estimated birth year: abt 1835 Birth place: Virginia Gender: Female Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Richmond, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia Page: 297 Roll: M432_951
8-71. JOHN C. BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born Feb 1838 in Richmond, Virginia, and died 19 Aug 1839 in Richmond, Virginia.
Notes for JOHN C. BOATWRIGHT:
Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser
Tuesday, August 20, 1839
Died - Yesterday, John C. Bootwright, youngest child of William and Ann Bootwright, age 18 months. (p. 2, c.6)
Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
8-72. MARY V. BOOTWRIGHT (WILLIAM8, JAMES7, JOHN6, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, Not Yet Determined1) was born 1840 in Richmond, Virginia. She married WALTER ANDERSON. He was born 1840 in Virginia.
Notes for MARY V. BOATWRIGHT:
1850 Census: Name: Mary V Bootwright Date: October 5, 1850 Age: 10 Estimated birth year: abt 1840 Birth place: Virginia Gender: Female Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Richmond, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia Page: 298 Roll: M432_951 1860 Census: Name: Mary V Bootwright Date: June 28, 1860 Age in 1860: 18 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: Richmond Ward 2, Henrico, Virginia Gender: Female Value of real estate: $0 Post Office: Richmond Roll: M653_1352 Page: 287 Year: 1860 Head of Household: Wm Bootwright
Child of MARY BOOTWRIGHT and WALTER ANDERSON is:
i. GUY C. ANDERSON, b. Jan 1870, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia.
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