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A Gentleman's Purse

gentleman's purse Women did not carry pocketbooks during the 17th to late 19th century, but they had at least one pair of invisible pockets sewn underneath their petticocoat. A pocket was a handy place to keep everyday implements, such as a pincushion, thimble, pencil case, knife and scissors, but so far as money was concerned, coinage was heavy. Many pockets were handmade and they were acquired from the local haberdasher and presented as gifts. Yet despite the effort to conceal pockets, many were stolen from women by cutting the strings. Thus the common phrase "pickpocket" described a thief. The gentlemen had pockets sewn into the linings of their coats, waistcoats and breeches. However, they did have a purse. My guess would be that gentlemen carried no more than five or six shillings in the purse.

What is Aquavitae?

hogsheadsDuring the Middle ages liquors were distilled and used in all of the provinces of ancient Rome. Since those days, the pprocess of distilling liquors has continued. The definition of aquavitae is that it is an archaic name for a concentrated ethanol or aqueous solution an means "all types of distillates." The Virginia colonists distilled liquors for their own use and stored it inside of butts, hogsheads (pictured) and runlets. Popular liquors were peach and apple brandy. The wealthier colonists preferred sack and aquavitae to process their beer and ale. In time, madeira became the most famous form of spirits and was commonly in use during meals. Punch was manufactured from the West Indies using rum or apple or brandy. Impure water in England caused beer and ale to be popular drinks among the commoners ase it was believed that it was wholesome for the boy. Source: Hugh Jones' Present State of Virginia, page 52

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Who are the "Blue Bloods?"

aristocrats The term "aristocrat" refers colloquially to persons who inherit social status whether due to membership in the official nobility or the monied upper class. During 1834 Blue blood was an English idiom noble birth or descent. The idiom originates from the ancient and medieval societies of Europe and distinguishes an upper class. Ironically, the blue blood vessels of the upper non-working class appeared through their untanned skin! Actually, according to Robert Lacey, it was the Spaniards who provided the notion that the blood of an aristocrat was not red, rather blue.

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Oldest Pensioner of the War of 1812 in the U. S.

"George S. Rogers is one of the oldest pensioonsed in the U. S. and is also one of the oldest Methodist ministers. He was born in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1793 and while very young went with his relatives to Kentucky where he lived when the War of 1812 broke out. He at once volunteered and went into the ranks of Captain V. S. Grayson's Company in a Kentucky regiment. He served through the war without being wounded and then returned to Kentucky where he has since lived." Source:The Jones Highlight, Gray's Station, Georgia. February 4, 1888.

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Fauquier County was named for Francis Fauquier, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1758 to 1768. It was created from Prince William County in 1759. The county seat is Warrenton. Among some of the earliest settlers were: John Adams, John Alan, Francis Ash, Carr Bailey, Peter Beach, William Blackwell, Thomas Boggs, John Bronaugh, William Brooks, Thomas Bullitt, John Catlett, John Chilton, John Combs, Littleton Cook, John Coppedge, Peter Cornwell, Morgan Darnall, Abraham Dodson, Elizabeth Etherington, Edward Feagin, John Finnie, George Foote, John Glasscock, Samuel Brigsby, Richard Hall, John Harrison, Peter Hitt, Jacob Holtzclaw, Thomas Jackman, Augustine Jennings, Jeffrey Johnson, William Kirk, Michael Luttrell, Robert Mathis, Joseph Mentor, Simon Miller, John Morehad, Benjamin Newell, Bryan O'Bannon, Peter Pearce, William Pickett, Henry Rector, James Rennolds, William Seaton, William Settle, Edward Twentymen, Tillman Weaver, and Minor Winn.

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