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The Hester Day Family

Hester Day, the daughter of Emmanuel (Imanual) and Virginia (Ginnie) Day, was born into slavery ca. 1860.[1]

On December 20, 1883, Hester married George Smith, the son of Charles and Rose Smith.  Of interest is the listing for Gerrard Smith in George Carter’s 1842 will.  It is not known if he was related to Charles Smith.

George and Hester had at least two children: Mary Elizabeth, born 1885, and James, born 1888.  The couple bought land in Gleedsville in 1889, part of the three acre parcel that Thomas Day had owned and conveyed to Washington Thornton. It was next to the church lot.[2]

On June 1, 1904, their daughter Mary Elizabeth Smith married Arthur Percy Murray, the son of Bushrod W. and Martha F. (Johnston) Murray. They had at least eight children:[3]

Arthur L. – born 1913

Mary E. – born b. 1915

Grace C. – born 1916

Hester D. – born 1918

Mable B. – born 1919 or 1920

Martha – born 1921

Dorothy – born 1924

Evelyn – born 1925

Like many of the men from Gleedsville, Arthur P. Murray was a farm laborer, and he worked at Oatlands for an unknown period of time.  His signature is one of many on the garden shed walls in the garden dependency at Oatlands.[4]

Many descendants of Arthur and Mary still live in Loudoun County or the vicinity and have strong family connections back to Gleedsville.


[1] 1870 Federal Census located on Ancestry.com

[2] Deed Book 7C:344. Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg, Virginia.

[3] Names, ages and approximate birth years compiled from the Federal Census records on Ancestry.com.

[4] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 located on Ancestry.com.  Arthur Percy Murray registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 and listed his occupation as laborer for Mrs. W.C. Eustis at Oatlands.