Paul Williamson Howle (p. 219): born 1874; Davis Military Academy, William and Mary, College of Medicine at Richmond; M.D., specialist, teacher at Medical College of Virginia; Episcopalian, two clubs.

Family: father: planter, retired in 1914.
father's father: "extensive planter, a large landholder and owner of many slaves."
father's mother: descendant of member of first assembly of Virginia.
half-sister: wife of prominent Richmond clergyman.
children: one student at Episcopal high school, one pupil at Randolph-Talcott School.

Evaluation: Man with consuming professional interests. Nothing here to indicate social mobility. Another example of planter class turning professional.

Robert Eden Peyton, Jr. (pp. 224 - 225): born 1873; private schools, Richmond college and the U. of Vir.; prominent Richmond lawyer; prominent in bar association; vestryman in Episcopal church; two clubs; status high.

Family: father: planter, justice of peace, Episcopalian.
father's father: doctor, physician, planter, slaveholder.
father's mother: Ann Lee Jones, whose father was associate of Daniel Webster and whose mother was a daughter of Charles Lee, attorney general under Washington and son of Richard Henry lee, the signer.
mother's father: major in Civil War.
father's father's father: a physician and extensive planter.
father's father's mother: daughter of an Episcopalian clergyman who was chaplain of one of colonial governors of Maryland.

Evaluation: Data given shows general tie-up among many families, and accounts for success of subject. Further evidence is shown in that subject served in Spanish-American War under General Fitzhugh Lee. There seems to be no end to the Fitzhughs and the Lees! Civil War seems to have struck father a hard blow -- son recovered.

Major Rutherford H. Spessard (p. 232): born 1986; public schools, Vir. Military Institute; captain in U.S.A., action in France, became major, now asst. supt. of Vir. state penitentiary; social affairs, clubs, etc.

Family: father: "leading and successful merchant" and president of Farmers and Merchants bank of Craig county; member of state legislature 1901 - 1913.
father's father: merchant at Union, W. Vir.
brothers: one cashier of Equitable life insurance, Norfolk; one student at Hampton-Sidney College.
wife: A.B., also active socially

Evaluation: A merchant has son who is a merchant -- banker has son who is given military training and is successful. Nothing unexpected here.

Isaac J. Marcuse (p. 238): born 1867; businessman, once president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce; no other data about his childhood, family, or background.

Sally Randolph Carter (p. 245): born ?; "carefully educated under private teachers"; taught at Edge Hill School, later she and her sister established the St. Timothy's school for girls and conducted it for thirty years; with her sister she owns "Redlands," an old plantation of 900 acres, once the property of their ancestor, John Carter of Shirley, oldest son of "King" Carter.

Family: father: owner of Redlands, planter.
father's father: same.
father's mother: daughter of Col. John Coles of Eniscorthy.
brother: a clergyman.

Evaluation: In one person two great family names are combined; the record of subject is definitely worthy of such a background.

Samuel A. Wilkins (p. 250): born 1882; public school, Professor Hottel's school at Edinburg; farmer, stock dealer; solid businessman in small town.

Family: father: country school, farmer, elder in local church.
father's father: farmer and grain raiser, soldier.
wife: daughter of a farmer.
brothers and sisters: one farmer and orchardist, one farmer, one wife, one "Charles E. of Madison district."

Evaluation: There is nothing amiss here; subject is perhaps better situated than some of the other members of his family, however.

Lewis Williams (p. 256) born: 1868; common school education, learned miller's trade from his father; has part interest in (new) mill, part interest in 600 acre farm; was deputy sheriff; church worker. Small town.

Family: father: public schools, carpenter, millwright, 8 years sheriff, soldier in Civil War, started a small mill.
wife: educated in public schools; taught a few years.

Evaluation: Sheriff begets deputy sheriff, miller begets miller; public school training is characteristic. No jump.

Next Page