This was for building material for a house Charles McGann built on Locust Avenue in Waynesboro. The house is located at what was the epicenter of the battle. It still stands today. There are two interesting facts about this invoice. First of all, it's from someone who was a well-known builder and contractor in Waynesboro in those days. As a matter of fact, M. Ree Ellis was the general contractor that built Swannanoa, which has quite a history. It sits atop Afton Mountain, about 5 miles, as the crow flies, from my home. Wikipedia notes this about this grand estate:
Swannanoa is an Italianate villa built in 1912 by millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley (1841–1922) above Rockfish Gap on the border of northern Nelson County and Augusta County, Virginia, in the USA. It is partially based on buildings in the Villa Medici, Rome.
Rockfish Gap is the southern end of the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park and the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is located on the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains, overlooking both Shenandoah and Rockfish valleys. It is located on a jurisdictional border, so it is in both Augusta and Nelson counties.
Intended to be a "summer place" for Richmond, Virginia, millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley and his wife Sally May, it reportedly took over 300 artisans eight years to build the structure, complete with Georgian marble, Tiffany windows, gold plumbing fixtures, and terraced gardens. Built as a token of love from husband to wife, the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship was represented in the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. Despite the lavish expenditure, it was occupied only for a few years following completion in 1912. (Source)Another source claims that:
Harry Byrd suggested to President Coolidge that the estate become the “Summer White House”, but the idea was defeated by a single vote. (I'm not sure what "vote" the source is referring to, but I assume Congress.)
James Dooley served in the Confederate Army as a private in his father’s unit, Company C of the First Virginia Infantry, and was wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg. He also served in the Virginia legislature (about the same time one of my other ancestors did). He married into another prominent Virginia family and became a very successful businessman after the War Between the States.
Also on the invoice is a notation made that part of the balance was paid by "C.H. Withrow."
|Charles H. Withrow|
Some of the personal belongings of Withrow, passed down to me, are currently on loan for an exhibit at the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation Museum.
Charlies McGann, as well as his father and Confederate Veteran were "dirt farmers." It appears from what I've heard and read through the years that Colonel Withrow sort of took Mr. Charlie under his wing and helped him carve out a living in early 20th century Waynesboro. Several of Charlie McGann's daughters were named after some of the Withrow family members, including my grandmother, Helena Chase McGann.
|Confederate Veteran and my|
Interesting what you can sometimes discover just rummaging through dusty old boxes.