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Re: Anthony Family in Westmoreland County, Va.
Posted by: Rosemary Mahan (ID *****3402) Date: June 03, 2002 at 17:05:24
In Reply to: Anthony Family in Westmoreland County, Va. by E.M.Bryant of 507

I have quite a bit of information for you. Much of this information is from a book that I have, titled "Fifty Seven Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia," which is the ancestral record performed by Ruth Lincoln Kaye, a professional genealogist. Other information is from research that I have performed in the court house and through census records.

I will first begin at the beginning of the Anthony record that she has listed:

"1. John Anthony (flourished 1812) of Richmond County

John Anthony (spelled Antony) and wife Susan are recorded as the parents of Thomas Anthony, hereinafter, on the latter's death certificate.

He may have been the same John Anthony who served in the War of 1812, 111th Regiment of Virginia Militia, Captain John Brown's Company of Infantry, in service from July 15 to August 5 of 1813 as a private.

A John Anthony, Jr., is listed in the 1820 census from Westmoreland.

(Family member believe the Anthonys originated in Essex County, formed in 1692 from Old Rappahannock County. A search of Essex records produced the will of John Anthony, probated 15 March 1725, bequeathing a 'child's part of my estate to wife Hannah, the rest to minor son John, daughters Ann, Sisanah and Prisilla' with executor bonded for 100 lbs. sterling. The estate must have been sizable.)

2. Thomas Anthony (1813c-1859)

The death record of Thomas Anthony discloses that he died at age 46 on 10 April 1859 of bilious fever, and was the son of Jno. and Susan Anthony.

A resident of Richmond County, his marriage bond to Nancy Jenkins of Richmond County, is dated 6 September 1837. James C. Sanders acted as security, and Rheuben Jenkins was a witness. Nancy had to be over 18, otherwise would have had to had to have permission to marry. Thomas could not write his name, merely gave a mark.

Thomas Anthony is identified as the father of Vincent A. Anthony, hereinafter, in a family letter, undated, written by a graddaughter of Vincent's by name of Annie Hennelly.

A farmer of little means, Thomas died intestate. His estate was appraised on August 27, 1860. Against credits of $22.87 he left debts totalling $224.86 in two classes: first class creditors were listed as Henry W. Anthony (owed $28.51 including interest for saving the crop of Thomas Anthony after his death), rent of $15.90 which was owed William Carter, and rent owed Richard C. Gutridge of $5.30. These first class creditors received, respectively, $13.12, $7.32, and $2.43. Second class creditors to whom were owed $175.15 received no division of the estate at all.

Children of Thomas and Nancy Anthony:

Vincent A., hereinafter
Hester Ann (1837-1922, buried at Nomini Baptist churchyard, near Templeman's Corner, Westmoreland)
Alice Virginia (b. 1854c, married Thomas Sydnor Jones at age 22 on 28 December 1876.)
James Daingerfield Anthony (b. 1853c in Richmond County; m. 1st Mary Ann Barrett on 2 Feb 1876, 2d on 25 March 1880 Emma Jane Vinson, 3d on 19 October 1893 Parolina Gutridge, widow, age 37. On this last record James' first name is recorded in error as William. He was farmer of Westmoreland.

3. Vincent A. Anthony (1837c-1882)

His father, Thomas, having died intestate in 1859 leaving debts, Vincent had to borrow money to buy a horse and yoke of oxen. On 3 August 1860, with the clouds of Civil War approaching, Vincent borrowed from John D. Belfield in order to buy his livestock.

He then went off to war and served as a private in the 9th Virginia Cavalcade, Company K, from Richmond County. His war service was also corroborated by his graddaughter Annie Hennelly.

At unknown time, also according to Annie, he married Henrietta Weedon, about whom no other information can be found.

[Vincent is often confused with another Vincent Anthony of Richmond County, farmer, who at age 31 on 26 April 1854 married Henrietta Beverton, age 35, single, daughter of Henry Davis Beverton and Elizabeth. This Vencent would have been born in 1823, and it is highly unlikely that he would have served in the Civil War.]

At some period after the War, Vincent removed to Westmoreland County, where he lived at Hague, Cople District. He died on 20 May 1882, age 47, of pneumonia. His death was reported by his wife Henrietta, who did not know the names of his parents. His age is also in question, for it is more likely he was 45 than 47, because of the marriage bond of this parents in 1837.

Chidlren (some births recorded in Richmond County, marriages in Westmoreland):

Richard Henry Anthony (at age 25 on 25 Nov 1879 m. widow Georgeanne Roe; at age 26 as widower on 23 Jan 1883 m. Jennie Self, dau. of George and Mary; died before 12 Jun 1894 when Jennie married again)

Vincent Orvid (b. 6 Feb. 1860, d. 1944, buried at Carmel Methodist church. In 1889 married Henrietta Self, 1865-1951. Children: Elton, Marvin, Milton 1893-1967, Harry 1888-1947, Frank, Ada Headley, living at Callao, Ethel Harrison living at Mundy Point)

George (b. 1862, d. of tuberculosis, m. Annie and lived at Mount Holly)

Emma (b. 15 Sep 1864, m. a Mr. Middleton)

Margaret Elizabeth (b. 1865? m. in 1887 James Hennelly of Monmouth Co., N.J., had children Annie, Georgeanna, John, all deceased)

Robert Gustin (hereinafter)

Arthur L. (b. 28 April 1870 at Stonewall Township)

Louin Hamilton (b. 11 May 1875 d. 17 August 1953; was called by family "Uncle Bun"; married on 20 May 1900 Ella Jane Thrift of Northumberland County, dau. of Washington Fleet Thrift and Fenton Taylor King; children - Walter Young Anthony, Janie Taylor, Dorothy Meade, Florence who m. Lonnie Pearson and lives in St. Petersburg, FL)

4. Robert Gustin Anthony (31 Dec. 1867 - 8 Feb 1948)

Gus Anthony was born in Essex County, according to his marriage record, but was married and spent most of his life in Westmoreland. He was a merchant of Hague, maintaining what is called now an 'old fashioned general store' just past the intersection of the back road to Acorn as one drives south on Route 202. In Anthony's Store was sold groceries, clothing of all descriptions, shoes, drygoods, in bolts, hardware, toys, general merchandise.

A generous man of happy disposition, he extended credit to neighbors during the hard Depression years and it is said that he never let a person go hungry.

When first married to Lettie (English) in 1897, he lived at Kinsale, where he ran a bar-room. Then they moved to Hague to a house still called 'the old Hague house'. Gus built the family home at Hague which stands southeast of the main intersection and next to the old Hague house, about 1903/4. When his daughter was child he added the front porch.

Gus Anthony left no will. His estate was appriased on 11 Feb 1948 at $2,553.07, of which $1,442.12 was left after settlement of bills.

Norris Fenwick Anthony (1900-1975, buried at Carmel, married Sallie Landman, 1900-1938, had three children, all surviving in 1985)

Lillian Russell Anthony (1904-? (still living at time of report), married Ray Thrift)

Richard Taylor Anthony (1906-1981, m. Ola Trible, living in 1985, no children)"

I found it quite interested about your great grandfather's name. There is no listing in her account of a Thomas Orvid Anthony.

I have some information on a Frank Anthony based on the 1910 census of Westmoreland County. I have him listed as age 15, the son of Vincent Orvid Anthony, age 48, and Henrietta Ada Self (I got her full name from the Westmoreland County marriage records for sons, Milton Robinson and James Marvin), age 46. They had been married for 21 years. I said that they had 9 children, 7 of which were living. The children named were Harry R., age 20; Milton Robinson, age 16; Frank, age 15; James Marvin, age 14; Ada L., age 8; Elton, age 7; and Ethel, age 4.

Milton Robinson Anthony, age 24, married on 21 Feb 1918 to Mary C. Gawen, age 22, daughter of Holly M. Gawen and Ann Elizabeth "Bessie" McKenney (I do McKenney research - that's why I have the info.)

James Marvin Anthony, age 21, married on 6 Feb 1918 (2 weeks earlier than his brother - must have been a busy month) to Mary Gawen's sister, Blanche Pearl Gawen, age 20.

Gus Anthony that was listed above was a merchant and an undertaker. I don't have any information about George and Frank, but it seems that there is a family history for it.

I know this was a lot of information, but I hope it helped. If you need more information (such as references from her research), just let me know.

Rosemary Mahan

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