Experience Faces from the Past and Other Programs at RELIC

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Provided by Prince William County

There will be plenty to hear, see and do in April at the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas.

“Faces from the Past”

The display “Faces from the Past” features a portrait of two young women that was donated to RELIC some years ago. The women were believed to be two sisters of the Buckley family of Prince William County, and came with the suggestion, partly because of their appearance and dress, that the women may have been of “Indian blood.”

The clothes and jewelry the women wore in the portrait, along with the style of the artwork, indicate that the drawing was made in the late 1870s. The 1880 U.S. Census shows that Albert and Britannia Buckley lived in the Gainesville District with their seven children, including daughters Pocahontas, 27, Columbia, 23 and Pacific, 20. The boys included a son named Powhatan, 25, which seemed to suggest that there might be some truth to a connection to Native Americans.

RELIC staffer Beth Scott traced the family history back several generations and found no evidence of Indian ancestry. It seems the parents simply favored unusual names of historic significance and flair. The picture, along with the research, is on display at the library.

Classes

“Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics” will teach the finer points of researching family history. RELIC’s Don Wilson will demonstrate the techniques of successfully searching and evaluating free, online resources, such as newspapers, passenger lists, maps, books, census and manuscripts that can add detail and interest to a family’s history. The class will be held at the library from 11:00 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. on Thursday, April 18. Register for the free class at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]. Registration is required.

“The Story of Ravensworth” is one of a colonial settlement, early government, tobacco plantations, slavery, civil war, economic expansion, the rise and decline of family farms, and suburban development in Fairfax County. Famous people including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and others not so famous, figured into Ravensworth Plantation’s history. Author John Browne will share the story at the library from 7:00-8:30 p. m. on Tuesday, April 23. Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]. The event is free.

RELIC manager Angie Miller said the fun in researching is in the discovering. “You’re always learning new things. You think you know what happened and then you find out maybe something else happened. There are often surprises.” 

For more information about RELIC and the programs offered there, visit pwcgov.org/relic

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