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land wing of his party. He is an attendant of the Protestant Episcopal church, and of various professional, social and fraternal organizations of high standing.

Mr. Barton married (first) February 19, 1868, Catherine Knight, who died June 11, 1887. daughter of William Knight, of Cecil county. Alaryland. He married (second) June 10, i8go, Gertrude Williamson Baker, daughter of H. S. and Aletta (Hunt) Baker. Children of second marriage: Robert Thomas, now a law partner of his father, graduate of the University of Virginia; Gertrude Williamson, residing at home.

Alexander Berkeley Carrington. A descendant of the old and prominent Virginia families, Carrington, Venable and Cabell, Alexander Berkeley Carrington has attained prominence in the commercial life of the South through his lifelong connection with the leaf tobacco industry. He is a son of Rev. Alexander Broadnax Carrington, and a grandson of Paul S. Carrington, a planter of Ridgeway, Charlotte county, Virginia, and his wife. Emma (Cabell) Carrington.

Rev. Alexander Broadnax Carrington. son of Paul S. and Emma (Cabell) Carrington, was born in Ridgeway, Virginia, in September, 1833. died in March. 191 1. He was an active, useful and honored minister of the Presbyterian church, and during the war between the states served as chaplain under General "Stonewall" Jackson until the latter's death, then under other commanders. His ministerial life was spent in the service of his church in Charlotte and Prince William counties, Virginia. He married Fannie Venable. born at "Long Wood," Prince Edward county, Virginia. died in 1885, aged forty-five years. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Venable, a farmer and tobacco grower of Prince Edward county, born about 1800, and died aged fifty years. He married Mary Scott and had twelve children, one. Paul C. Venable, yet living, a resident of Farmville, Virginia. Children of Rev. Alexander B. Carrington, all living: Charles V., Gratton C, Fannie V., Alexander Berkeley, of further mention.

Alexander Berkeley Carrington was born at Longwood. near Farmville, Prince Edward county, Virginia, January 27, 1862. When he was three years of age his parents moved to Charlotte county, where he was educated, and remained until sixteen years of age. He then came to Danville, where


he was employed by his uncle, Paul C. Venable, a leaf tobacco dealer and worker, with whom he was associated in business until 1891. In that year he became a member of the firm of Dibrell Brothers, leaf tobacco brokers of Danville, and is now vice-president of the corporation. This company transacts a very large business in leaf tobaccos, maintaining branches at Durham, Wilson and Kingston, North Carolina; Henderson, Kentucky ; and South Boston, Virginia. Mr. Carrington is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic order, the Westmoreland Club of Richmond, and is president of the Commercial Association of Danville. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian.

Mr. Carrington married, November 11, 1891, Mary Taylor, born in Danville, daugh- ter of Albert G. and Eliza (Burch) Taylor, both born in Danville, the former deceased. Children: Alexander Berkeley, born January 26. 1895, "ow a student at Hampden-Sidney College, class of 1915; Mary Taylor, born January 23, 1898, a student at Randolph-Macon College: Charles Venable, born January 7, 1903. The family home is at Danville, Virginia.

Robert F. Leedy. The founder of this branch of the Leedy family was Baron Leedy. a German of noble family, who was known in the Shenandoah Valley as the "Dutch Lord." He founded an important family: one of his descendants. Lieutenant-Colonel Leedy, was a member of Washington's staff, and they have ever been men of high standing in the professions, business and agriculture. Colonel Robert F. Leedy, of Lurav. Page county, Virginia, is a great-grandson of Samuel Leedy. grandson of Daniel Leedy, and son of John Leedy, of Rockingham county, Virginia. Colonel Leedy has among his treasures the great Dutch clock, brought from Germany by the founder, which for generations stood in the old homestead and ticked the passing hours.

Daniel Leedv was a farmer of Rockingham county. Virginia ; married Eve Brower, and had issue. Among his sons was John Leedy, born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1826. died 1889. He was a sergeant in a Rockingham county militia company and served with them until Company C of the Tenth Regiment was organized, when he enlisted in that company, and when war broke out between the states he served one