Washington County, Virginia Minute Book 23, Oct. 1879 - Feb. 1882


Washington County, Virginia Minute Book 23, Oct. 1879 - Feb. 1882.Jack Hockett and Donald Helton. 2018.

From the Introduction:
... The MB covers primarily 1880 and 1881, the years of Rutherford B. Hayes (and later, James Garfield) as President. President Hayes’ wife, “Lemonade Lucy” (Lucy Ware Webb, alias, Hayes) would have been pleased with the stepped up “moral bleaching and scrubbing” given WCV in those years with numerous prosecutions for running houses of ill fame, adultery, fornication, seduction, lewdness, and lewd and lascivious cohabitation, but she would have likely been disgruntled at the seemingly liberal allowances of liquor and bar room licenses accorded in the same period by the WCV Court! These were, as usual, exciting years: On the 31 Mar 1880, Wabash, IN became the first city in the world entirely lighted with electricity; in 1881 President James Garfield was assassinated (02 Jul and died 19 Sep); and in 1882, 29 Mar, the Knights of Columbus organization was incorporated and the outlaw, Jesse James was shot in the back of the head on 03 Apr 1882 by none other than Robert Ford! The book leaves us in early 1882 the year a depression descended upon the USA, lasting until 1885.
This MB is particularly valuable in that minute books or order books in general frequently provide accounts of persons not otherwise captured in DBs, WBs and other major court books. MB 23, as usual, sometimes leaves one with a great yearning for more details on a particular case entry; these would likely be found, if preserved, in loose court papers or one may consult the Chancery Order Books sometimes for more details... .