Parcel 1.1.1

Parcel 1.1.1

Chain of Ownership and Division

Battaile Fitzhugh inherited this parcel following the death of his father, Henry Fitzhugh (Colonel), in 1783. It is Lot 1 of seven lots created by deed A2:186 in the division of parcel 1.1 (Ravensworth North) among Battaile and four brothers.

Division of Parcel 1.1.1

Battaile and his brother Giles Fitzhugh traded parcels in 1796; he sold 600 acres (Parcel to Giles, who sold Parcel 1.1.7 to him.

Division of Parcel 1.1.1

Division of Parcel 1.1.1

Unlike his brothers, who settled on and worked their Ravensworth tracts, Battaile in September 1797 sold all of his land in this parcel and Parcel 1.1.7. The buyers were two doctors, Henry Rose and Augustine Smith. They became the second Ravensworth owners outside the Fitzhugh family, after Colonel William Payne.

This was a joint business venture from which they sought profits by further subdividing and selling the land. After less than a year, they partitioned the land into equal-value shares: 820 acres to Rose (Parcel and 857 acres to Smith (Parcel

Parcel was merged with Parcel 1.1.5 in an exchange of land between Giles Fitzhugh and Mordecai Fitzhugh.

Division of Parcel

Henry Rose’s land, which he had mortgaged, was advertised for sale after his death in 1810.

Alexandria Gazette, Feb. 14, 1812 Valuable Lands for Sale – Under the authority of two Deeds of Trust from Henry Rose, deceased, to the subscribers we will offer at Public Sale on Monday the 16th day of March next, at Fairfax court house, Two TRACTS of LAND – One containing 290 acres, lying on both sides of the Little River Turnpike Road – the other containing about 530 acres, adjoining the first mentioned Tract on the north side, distant from Alexandria and the city of Washington about seven miles. The Tracts will be sold entire, or divided into smaller lots to accommodate purchasers. On both there is a sufficient quantity of wood to support the cleared land. On one a well improved productive Meadow and an inexhaustible quarry of Soap Stone, of which the value for fire places, ovens, &c is now generally understood. The nature of the soil is well adapted to the use of plaister of Paris. The lands adjoin those of the subscriber Wm. Moss, by whom they will be shown to those who wish to purchase – Terms of sale – One third of the purchase money in hand – one third in Six, and one third in Twelve months. Richard M. Scott, William Moss1

The land was sold in two parcels:

  1. Parcel, 535 acres, sold by Richard M. Scott, to whom Rose had conveyed title in trust in 1808, to John Calle Scott in April 1813 for $2862, who sold it a month later to Jonathan Butcher for $5350.
  2. Parcel, 290 acres, sold by Rose’s administrator, sometime between his death in 1810 and 1814, to Nicholas Fitzhugh. Fitzhugh merged it with Parcel The sale was via a personal contract rather than a recorded deed. Rose’s widow, Ann, signed a deed in 1820 relinquishing her dower interest in the property.2
Division of parcels and

Division of parcels and

Division of Parcel

Augustine Smith sold his land in three parcels:

  1. Parcel, a 6-acre lot, sold in 1808 to Chandler Spinks
  2. Parcel, 313 acres, Smith sold in 1810 to William Moss.The land changed hands three times before the Civil War:
    • In 1839, then called Aspen Hill, it was sold to Owen Leddy in settlement of a legal suit between Moss heirs.
    • In 1845, Leddy sold it to James. M. Benton.
    • Benton sold it in 1859 to William Benton.
  3. Parcel, 538 acres, Smith sold in 1814 to William S. Moore. The land passed to two more owners before the Civil War:
    • Moore sold to Jonathan Scholfield and Thomas K. Beale in 1816, who conveyed title to R. J. Taylor in 1847 as security for debt owed Moore.
    • In 1849, sold to Thomas Irwin in a court settlement of a legal suit.3

Parcel 1.1.1 Chain of Ownership Documents

Deed Date Grantor Grantee Parcel Transaction
A2:186 7/11/1797 Court Nicholas, Richard, Mordecai, Battaile & Giles Fitzhugh 1.1.1 – 1.1.7 Survey (1792) and plat for divison of parcel 1.1 into seven parcels bequeathed to these five youngest sons of Henry Fitzhugh (Colonel) (died 1783)
Z1:236 9/1/1796 Battaile Fitzhugh Giles Fitzhugh Sell 600 acres
Z1:480 9/1/1797 Battaile Fitzhugh Augustine J. Smith, Henry Rose 1.1.1 Sell 1677 acres for 5 shillings (token payment, separate financing arranged)
R2:354 3/5/1820 Ann W. Rose Sarah Fitzhugh Sell dower right to 290 acres for $389, confirming earlier sale (c.1810-1814) to Nicholas Fitzhugh by administrator of Henry Rose's estate

The following information was developed from Beth Mitchell’s unpublished deed analysis documentation for Tax Maps 60 and 71 supporting her “Fairfax County in 1860: Property Owners” maps.

Deed Date Grantor Grantee Parcel Transaction
M2:208 4/17/1813 R. M. Scott, Trustee John Calle Scott Sell 526 acres for $2862
M2:352 5/31/1813 John C. & Ann Scott Jonathan Butcher Sell 535 acres for $5350
H2:310 (lost) 1808 Augustine J. Smith Chandler Spinks Sell 16 acres; deed lost, assume this correct deed; lot discovered in metes & bounds from deed F3:3 for adjacent tract.
E3:149 1839 Augustine J. Smith William Moss Agreement of 1/6/1810 to sell, Moss to pay note due to Bushrod Washington. Smith to make deed when note for $4200 is paid
F3:3 6/15/1839 Thomas Moss, Acting Commissioner Owen Leddy Sell for $7833, Aspen Hill, in settlement of suit among Moss heirs
K3:81 9/27/1845 Owen & Malinda Leddy James Benton Sell Aspen Hill farm for $6500
A4:365 1859 James M. & Margaret A. Benton William Benton Sell Aspen Hill for $17,150
N2:352 (lost) 1814 Augustine J. Smith William. Moore Sell 538 acres; deed lost, see P2:218 confirming
P2:218 11/14/1816 William S. & Catharine Moore Jonathan Scholfield & Thomas K. Beale Sell 538 acres
O3:135 12/15/1849 Comm., Circuit Superior Court Thomas Irwin Sell 538 acres for $5.05 per acre; 1 of 2 tracts in deed


  1. “(Valuable Lands for Sale),” Alexandria Gazette, February, 14, 1812, 1; NewsBank/Readex, Database: The Historical Evening Star and Alexandria Gazette, SQN: 10AEC67E3891B080, Newsbank (accessed August 25, 2015).
  2. Numbering of these two parcels departs from the rule of giving the lower number to the earlier transaction. Parcel information was developed much earlier during research on Parcel 1.1.2, before the sale to Scott was discovered.
  3. The histories of Parcel and the division of Parcel were developed from Beth Mitchell’s unpublished deed analysis documentation for Tax Maps 60 and 71 supporting her “Fairfax County in 1860: Property Owners” maps.