Philip Henry Powers is the last Clarke County Educator we will cover in our mini-series, for now, and boy is he an interesting one.
Born April 10, 1828 to William Afton Powers and Alice Maher Saunders, in King and Queen County Virginia, Philip spent his life as an educator, a soldier, a farmer, and a father.
This week, along with our weekly educator profile, we bring you the ugly side to missing or unrecorded information. History is, and has always been, recorded by the winners, the victors, the socio-economic leaders, often to the near complete exclusion of those deemed "the losers." Many historians joke about the prevalence of the "old white man syndrome," the idea that history is written and dominated by old white men (at least in western culture), but it's a real problem. Women, Persons of Color, and most minority groups are generally left out of the narrative, and it makes forming an image of those peoples rather difficult.
The educator chosen for this week is Fannie Jenkins, a Clarke County native and educator, who also happened to be black.
This week we bring you the story of Theodora Cox, a Millwood native and a life-long Va educator. Once again, quarantine restrictions made researching her life a tad difficult, so this is an incomplete study.
Theodora Cavalier Cox was born December 30, 1887 in Virginia to parents William H. Cox ( 1844 - 1912) and Margaret Nagle (1851-1930). She was the youngest of 3 girls.
Fun Fact: each census record places her parents' birth location in different states AND countries. William's death certificate lists him as having been born in New Jersey, and Margaret's death certificate lists her as having been born in Baltimore. Why the census records are so wild is unknown.
"U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; School Name: State Teachers College at Harrisonburg; Year: 1935
Today we bring you the brief story of Lillie May Glover.
Born: abt 1852
Married: Aug 24, 1875
Died: Jan 12, 1939
Stella Davenport Moore was born on the 8th of January 1910 in Clarke County, Virginia. She was the second daughter of Ammishaddai Moore and Stella Davenport Richardson, and she was born into an old Clarke County family. The Moores had been in the area since before the Civil War. The family home was Upton, an estate in Millwood.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.