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March 2021 Issue
In this issue:
  • Robert Booth's Legacy: Early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer
  • Is this a Cemetery? Mount Sinai Cemetery clean-up planned
  • Honoring Those Interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery -- Part IV
  • Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest
  • About us
  • Archive of back issues
Robert Booth's Plantation Home.

Early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer:


Robert Booth’s Legacy

By Harold Gladstone



Five years before Thomas, 6th Lord Fairfax granted 17,296 acres of land Northwest of Lovettsville to his recently appointed land agent and cousin Colonel William Fairfax , Robert Booth was granted 600 acres of land near the Potomack <sic Potomac> River, East of the Short Hill on a tributary of the Dutchmans Creek. With this Land Grant, Robert Booth became the first recorded land owner near what is now Lovettsville, Virginia. Thereafter, until well after the American Revolutionary War, land in this area could only be leased from William Fairfax (and heirs) or be purchased or leased through the Robert Booth Land Grant.

Little is known about the life of Robert Booth. He’s believed to be English, of Anglican faith and probably born sometime before 1700. His parents are unknown, but he may have descended from one of the many Booth families known to have populated the Virginia tidewater and Chesapeake Bay areas of the late 1600’s , but no documented connection to those families has been found. He was married, probably circa 1715 , to Sarah Filmore in Prince Georges County, Maryland and had four children of record: John, Jane, Ann and James . The Filmore surname can also be found in late 1600 Chesapeake Bay area although no documented connection is known to exist for Sarah either. What enticed Robert to settle West at the time is unknown, but his legacy suggests he lived off the land as a farmer and landlord. He died circa the first of March 1760 , and outside his land holdings, was not a man of wealth , with an estate inventoried at 16£. Although his estate bequests were defined by his will, a number of unforeseen circumstances occurred after his death that had a profound effect on the eventual estate settlement. It wasn’t until some 76 years later that the courts finally resolved the various claims arising from Robert Booth’s Will.
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Mount Sinai Cemetery lot as seen from Britain Road, February 2021

Is this a cemetery?

Family and Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery are planning a Spring clean-up, as a first step toward a restoration of this cemetery which was active from at least 1887 to 1955, perhaps longer. The cemetery now sits on private property, and has been subject to much neglect and damage over the years. 

With the support of the Lovettsville Historic Society, and a number of the neighbors, the Family and Friends group is appealing to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and other County officials for assistance in restoring this historic African-American burial ground.

Lovettsville Historical Society researchers and others have now documented about 30 burials in Mount Sinai Cemetery, although only a dozen headstones are now visible. According to neighbors, there could be as many as 80 to 100 burials here. 

If you have any information or questions about Mount Sinai Cemetery, or if you would like to support our efforts, please contact us at

Honoring Those Interred
at Mount Sinai Cemetery

Part IV

by Claudette Lewis Bard and Gilbert Timbers
Loudoun County aerial photo of Mount Sinai Cemetery site, April 2019. Church foundation is on left, cemetery is on right.

This month we are continuing our series about those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery. Among those discussed will be a family who were among the several thousand African Americans in Loudoun County who were free people of color before Emancipation. Additionally, we will talk about a gentleman who exercised his right to vote despite obstacles put in his way, and two young women who met early deaths, one the victim of a crime.

We will discuss Matilda Payne, Martha A. Young, Luther M. Young, Kate Redman, and members of the Timbers family: Ruth Ann Timbers, Thomas Henry Timbers, and Elizabeth Timbers.

A contribution by Gilbert Timbers on the family of Thomas Henry Timbers will also  be found below.
Continue reading about Mount Sinai

Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest:

Wed., Mar. 3, at 1:00 p.m. – “George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father:”  A Virtual Conversation. Join Greg May in a conversation with award-winning author David O. Stewart as he shares his thoughts on how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States. David O. Stewart turned to writing after a career practicing law in Washington, DC, defending accused criminals and challenging government actions as unconstitutional. He is a national bestselling and award-winning author of four previous books on American history. He is formerly the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. Greg May is a historian of the Early Republic who recently published a political biography of Albert Gallatin, Treasury secretary for Jefferson and Madison. He is now writing about John Randolph of Roanoke’s emancipation of his 400 slaves in the 1840s. Greg graduated from the College of William and Mary and the Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Powell on the Supreme Court, and then practiced law for thirty years. Register in advance for this program:

Wed., Mar. 3, at 7:00 p.m. – "The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution," with COL Kevin Weddle, Ph.D., USA Ret. The Saratoga campaign was one of the most important episodes in American history. The British hoped their ambitious, yet fatally flawed strategy would finally lead to victory of the rebellious Americans in 1777. However, a combination of distance, geography, logistics, and an underestimation of American leadership and fighting ability, led to the loss of an army and what one American general called "the Compleat Victory”. U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation. Register here.

Thurs, Mar. 4, at 10:00 a.m. – “Writing Your Family History:” A Virtual Workshop. Writing your family history is a great way to preserve your research and share what you’ve found with your family members. Norah Schneider, Library Genealogy Associate at the Thomas Balch Library, will go over the different parts to writing your family history and answer your questions on the writing process. This is a virtual class that will be offered online. Registration is required.

Fri., March 5, at 1:00 p.m. – African Americans in the US Navy during the Civil War, with Brad Stone. Museum of Civil War Medicine Education Coordinator John Lustrea will have a conversation with Museum volunteer Brad Stone about the role of African Americans in the US Navy during the Civil War. Making up 20% of enlisted sailors by the end of the war, the contributions of black sailors were truly indispensable to the Union war effort. During the program Mr. Stone will outline the remarkable progress made by African Americans in the navy and how they dealt with prejudice. You can tune in live by visiting or at the scheduled time.

Sat., Mar. 6, at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Free Genealogy Webinars. At 10 a.m., explore the 1924 Virginia Racial Integrity Act and its impact on family research today with Ashley Ramey and Emma Ito of the Library of Virginia. At 11:30 a.m., find out about using unusual sources for family history research with Zach Hottel, archivist at the Shenandoah County Library. Both webinars will include information on local historical societies and library resources. Participation is free; advance registration by March 5 is required. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link for the program. Presented with Handley Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. Register here.

Tues., Mar. 9, at 7:00 p.m. – “The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon. Presented by Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian at Mount Vernon. George Washington’s life has been scrutinized by historians over the past three centuries, but the day-to-day lives of Mount Vernon’s enslaved workers, who left few written records but made up 90 percent of the estate’s population, have been largely left out of the story. In "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret," Mary Thompson offers the first comprehensive account of those who served in bondage at Mount Vernon. Drawing on years of research in a wide range of sources, Thompson brings to life the lives of Washington’s slaves while illuminating the radical change in his views on slavery and race wrought by the American Revolution. Register here.

Wed., Mar. 10, at 12:00 noon – “The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: The Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II.” In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will live-stream a lecture and panel discussion with retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mari K. Eder based on her soon-to-be-published book. Eder will take you inside the lives and experiences of the unknown heroes from the Greatest Generation. These women served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII―in and out of uniform, creating a legacy destined to encourage generations of women to come. In her lecture, she will provide a compelling glimpse into the foundations of her book, including what inspired her to tell these women’s stories. Following the lecture, a panel including Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander LTC Courtney Short, the Army War College (AWC)’s Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute’s Professor Dr. Karen Finkenbinder, and 2021 AWC Class President COL Shari Bennett, will provide their own unique perspectives, as well as further discussion of women as leaders and advocates for change in the U.S. military. The lecture can be viewed at A live Question and Answer session will follow the lecture and panelist discussion. Online viewers can participate in the question and answer portion of the presentation by emailing questions to, or by direct messaging the USAHEC on Facebook (

Wed., Mar. 10, at 1:00 p.m. – "Women’s War" with Dr. Stephanie McCurry. Museum of Civil War Medicine Education Coordinator John Lustrea will talk with Dr. Stephanie McCurry about her book Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War. Their conversation examine the myth that war is exclusively a man’s world through the lens of several dramatic stories. From impacting the laws of war to influencing emancipation policies women played a pivotal role in the American Civil War and its legacy. You can tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Fri., Mar. 12, at 6:00 p.m. – Culture and Cocktails: Civil War Flags. Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum (Hagerstown), we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, March 12th, interpreter and historian Sandy Andrews will be joining us over Zoom to show off some new additions to his collection of handmade reproduction flags from the Civil War. The featured cocktail will be: The Broad Stripes and Bright Stars. A delicious blueberry and ginger flavored beverage, this drink even looks like a flag! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch! $10/person. For tickets register at

Thurs., Mar. 18, at 6:30 p.m. – Historians on Tap: Luck of the Irish.  Online Presentation. This month the Historians will be celebrating local connections to the Emerald Isle, as well as some of history's luckiest individuals. Green beer is optional! This program will be presented live on the VPHA Facebook Page. After broadcast it will be available to view anytime at the VPHA YouTube channel.

Thurs., Mar. 25, at 6:30 pm. – "Breaking Barriers: Race, Gender, and Family in the Equestrian Community." Online Presentation. Vicky Moon, author of Sylvia Rideout Bishop Had a Way With Horses, and former Olympian Nina Fout, discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing up, competing, and succeeding in Northern Virginia’s equestrian community. This program will be presented live on the VPHA Facebook Page. After broadcast it will be available to view anytime at the VPHA YouTube channel.

The 2020-2021 Issue of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History is Now Available

The Bulletin began in the 1950s and through its own history has published ground breaking research papers. In this issue, the Bulletin explores the People Enslaved by President Monroe, a lynching in the 1930s, the County Poor House Farm of Loudoun, the Struggle by Black teachers for Salary Equality, and Suffrage in Loudoun.                                                                                                                                                        
This issue also contains articles by two members of the Lovettsville Historical Society: "Loudoun County: Federalist Stronghold," by Nancy Spannaus; and "Loudoun Ranger Reunions," by Edward Spannaus. 

The new issue is on sale at the Lovettsville Museum, and is also available from
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Our Mission:
The mission of the Lovettsville Historical Society is to foster a sense of place and community by preserving, protecting, and educating about the history and heritage of Lovettsville and the  German Settlement.  

   We achieve this by:
    1.  Operating, maintaining, and expanding the Lovettsville Museum in order to acquire, display, and preserve artifacts, documents, and records which relate to our local history;
    2.  Maintaining and operating a physical and online research library for use by historians, genealogists, and the public;
    3.  Educating the public about Lovettsville area history through programs, printed and online resource materials, and events.
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The success of our mission relies heavily upon our membership, which provides the needed resources and also committed volunteers who share our passion for local history. Please encourage your friends, family, and others to join the Lovettsville Historical Society (LHS), or renew their annual membership, to ensure our continued success in preserving and promoting our local heritage.

There are many opportunities for members and others to participate in supporting the Lovettsville Historical Society and also meet others who share in our passion for preserving and promoting our local history. This includes volunteering to help with the museum, fundraising, organizing events, website and social media, and publicizing our activities.  We enjoy hosting special presentations for groups such as Scouts, school classes and tourists. Lastly, the donations of local historical artifacts such as family documents and pictures (or digital scans thereof), ensure that we can continue our efforts to expand our presentation of local genealogical information.

The Lovettsville Historical Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions and membership dues are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.  The Society has been deemed to be exempt from registration under the Commonwealth of Virginia's charitable solicitation law.
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