1800 - 1856 (56 years)
||Adie, George  |
||1 Apr 1800
|Related to my family
||Leesburg, Loudoun Co., VA
||2 May 1856
||Buyer, Stier and Related Families
||7 Apr 2009 |
Rev. George Adie
Born: April 4, 1800
Died: May 2, 1856
From the inscription on his grave:
“Recter of St. James Church, Leesburg. 23 years & 11 mos.
His only charge.
Erected by his congregation.”
There is a quotation from Corinthians on the obelisk that is unreadable.
He married Mary E. Powell, daughter of Cuthbert Powell, making William H. Gray his brother-in-law, on December 22, 1835 at Llangollen. His son Robert Leighton Adie died as a child and other son Louis B. Adie attended the Virginia Military Institute and was killed during the Civil War.
On public record is his Last Will and Testament, dated 1865, in Will Book 2L on page 179. It leaves all of his possessions to his wife and names her his executor, an uncommon practice in the mid-19th Century. Also in Will Book 2L on page 311 is a record of his estate sale in 1857 where numerous pieces of farm machinery and animals were sold. In Will Book 2M on page 312 is his account that was administered by his wife and completed in 1858. All of these items are transcribed and located in the Appendix in addition to a guide to the account listing the businesses and locations addressed in the notes.
On August 7, 1839, as rector of the church, he purchased property on Loudoun Street with trustee William A. Powell from Conrad R. Powell and James McIlhany. It was sold just after his death by a group of trustees including William H. Gray.
In addition to his service at St. James, Adie also provided services in Upperville, Middleburg, and Aldie. As noted in the Virginia Old Churches, Vol. 2: Old Church Ministers and Families of Virginia, he served as Chaplain for the Belmont Women’s School ran by Miss Margaret Mercer. Belmont had been the estate of Ludwell Lee and is now Belmont Country Club. Adie would hold Sunday services for students in the large hall then hold smaller services for poor families in the neighborhood at a small chapel Miss Mercer had constructed on the grounds in 1840.
The Lewis File on Greenwood Farms notes that Adie owned the farm for many years until his widow sold it to H.T. Harrison in 1856.
The article “St. James, Leesburg, From 1734,” notes that during his long ministry, he had a new church constructed.
Adie shows up in District 1, Loudoun Co., Va., in the 1840 Census with one white male under five and one 30 to 40 , one white female under five and one 20 to 30. He owned no slaves.
In 1850, his real estate was valued at $7,500. His household included wife Mary , sons George , Lewis , Edmond and Cuthbert , daughters Marry , Margaret and Ellen , brother-in-law Cuthbert Powell Jr. , free black male labourer Frederick Steptoe and free mulatto woman Rachel Watson .
One item noted in his account is a payment to E. Snowden for $10. Snowden was the editor of the Alexandria Gazette and the payment was for Adie’s obituary, which ran on May 9, 1856. It is transcribed here:
Died, on Saturday evening, May 3rd, at 6 o’clock, at Greenwood, near Leesburg, Va., the Rev. GEORGE ADIE, late Rector of St. James’ Church, Shelburn Parish, Leesburg, from a sudden illness which terminated a gradual and painful decline of health.
Seldom have we to record the death of such a man. For near a quarter of a century has he lived in our midst as an irreproachable pattern of all that was good and manly and lovely in life. Coming among us twenty-five years ago, fresh with his commission to preach a Gospel which he had lived, he has at length sealed his testimony to its truth and excellency, by a death as free from distress and gloom, as peaceful and lovely as the tenderest affection could have wished from him.
Gentleness, meekness, charity, a delicate and instinctive shrinking from aught that was selfish or ostentatious, a love of peace, and yet a fearless boldness in duty, were the prevailing traits of his character. During his long residence among us his influence has been uninterruptedly for good. As a friend he was sincere and steadfast, forgiving and conciliating. As an adviser he was calm and judicious. No one we believe could have drawn and bound to himself so universally the affection and confidence of a congregation and community as he did. His life may well be studied as an example of what a man and a christian ought to be. With all the contemplative seriousness of one whose affections were set on things above, he united the cheerfulness and genial warmth that throw a charm around the social and domestic circle.
As a minister he was beloved and reverenced by his brethren. They could not but love him in that harmonious intercourse which has so long continued. Standing long as an older brother among the fathers of Israel, his well well known face will no longer be seen in our Convention meetings, where he was always joyfully welcomed. His influence there was like the influence of the sun, quiet but strong.
At home, in his own Church, his beloved St. James’, his services have been acceptable and useful, till disease and weakness caused him again and again to resign his charge. Up to within a few weeks, he continued to preach in the Church made vacant by his last resignation. How could he live and yet not proclaim that Gospel which was the warrant of all his hopes of happiness. But his ministrations in these earthly tabernacles are at an end. As a king and priest washed in the blood of the Lamb, he serves before the altar in the Heavenly sanctuary night and day. His body sleeps under the shadow of the Church in the green fresh sod on which so often he trod, but the glorified spirit is mingling in scenes of celestial brightness. His bereaved family especially must mourn more bitterly than even his people, the painful event, because it has taken an affectionate and tender husband, parent and brother out of the happy household. It leaves a vacant seat at the fireside round which before, all gathered to be loved and instructed. It had taken away the stay and comfort of the wife, and the guide and protector of the little ones. Our loss, indeed, we cannot feel as yet; we must learn to feel it, as we long to see that face, which shall see no more in the flesh. We are left to mourn; but “with him it is well.”
“Life’s duty done; as sinks the clay,
Light from its load, the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say,
‘How blest the righteous when he dies.’”
- [S339] International Genealogical Index (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of May 5, 2007).