Fairfax County VA Anniversary

Compiled, written by Jim Moyer, updated May 27, 2017, 6/7/2017, 6/10/2017

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Virginia Regiment Capt. George Mercer Company*  is listed as a participant on this website.

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See George Mercer bio here.

See Captain George Mercer Company here.

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FAIRFAX COUNTY ANNIVERSARY

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Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693–1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck.

Fairfax County was formed in 1742

from the northern part

of Prince William County.

It was named for

Thomas Fairfax,

6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron

(1693–1781), proprietor of

the Northern Neck.

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The Fairfax family name is derived

from the Old English phrase

for “blond hair” – Faeger-feahs.  …

In 1757,

the northwestern two-thirds

of Fairfax County

became Loudoun County “

–  Wikipedia.

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Map from wikipedia

Fairfax County will

mark its 275th anniversary

with events celebrating our history.

The signature celebration

of the anniversary

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will take place on

June 17, 2017 

from 10am-4pm

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This is not a still photo. Navigate Google Car with your Mouse or Touchscreen.

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in the area surrounding the

Historic Fairfax Courthouse

located in central Fairfax.

And for this special day,

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Nicholas Fairfax, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron

Lord and Lady Fairfax

will be attending the celebration

as our honored guests

all the way from England. . .

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Links on

Nicholas Fairfax, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Fairfax,_14th_Lord_Fairfax_of_Cameron

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More on the current Lord Fairfax –

http://www.hawki.co/security-risk-management/nicholas-fairfax–lord-fairfax-of-cameron-

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SO,

WHY is the

Mercer Company of the Virginia Regiment

showing up?

Here?

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We’re recruiting.

Just like we did 261 years ago.

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See just one letter about this:

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To George Washington

4 January 1756

From Thomas Bryan Martin

Greenway Court. Jany 4: [1756].

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Dr Sir.

The Bearer hereof Capt. Bailis is now going up to Joyn the Prince Wm Detatchment, by Order of Colo: Lee he Applyd to me for a discharge which I Refusd, as I daly Expect to hear from you.1 He Informs me that the Men are almost Naked and as the Expence of mentaining them is very great, I think they ought to be discharged, as soon as it can be done with Safty. I am Sir Your very Humbl. Servt

B. Martin

ALS, DLC:GW. Martin mistakenly dated the letter 1755 instead of 1756.

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1. In early Oct. 1755, after receiving word of the Indian raids south of the Potomac not far from Fort Cumberland, Thomas, Lord Fairfax, asked Col. Henry Lee, county lieutenant of Prince William, to send 100 militiamen up to Winchester.

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On 19 Oct. Fairfax reported to Dinwiddie that 256 militiamen from Fairfax, Culpeper, and Prince William counties were in the town. As Martin indicates here, the Prince William contingent was at this time still on the frontier beyond Winchester. John and William Baylis both were captains in the Prince William militia.

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Source:

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Editor’s Note:

MARCH 25, 1751 was the old beginning of that year..

JANUARY 1, 1752  is now the new beginning of the year.

Maybe the wrong dating of the year  in the letter just goes to a habit Martin had.

See Calendar Change.

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See this  link Captain George Mercer

who also was Colonel George Washington’s aide de camp.

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About the Current Lord Fairfax


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May 30, 1985

Lord Fairfax, for whose family Virginia’s most populous county and its county-seat city and this San Francisco suburb are named, still lives.
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No, he’s not the same Lord Thomas Fairfax, Baron Cameron, who in colonial days was proprietor of all Northern Virginia, and a friend and neighbor of George Washington.
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The current Lord Fairfax, Baron Cameron — by given name Nicholas John Albert Fairfax, age 29 — is a stockbroker in London. The 14th in his line, he never has visited either of the places that bear his name (or the Fairfax neighborhoods of Oakland and Los Angeles, for that matter), and didn’t even know of this California town’s existence until Patricia Arrigoni, a local resident, contacted him.Arrigoni, writing last month in this county’s local daily, the Marin Independent Journal, recounted her search for Lord Fairfax while on a study program in Britain a few years back.
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A friend checked a reference book and found that there was a young Lord Fairfax living in Holyport, a town in Berkshire, north of London. Arrigoni reported:”We found our way down a narrow country lane to a gatehouse which identified the Fairfax house. A long sweeping driveway led up to the red brick manor house set amid acres of manicured lawns and colorful gardens.”
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The lord’s younger brother answered a knock on the door and said “the lord’s not here,” and invited her to return, which she never did.

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But she later sent the Fairfaxes

a local guidebook that contained information

about Charles Snowden Fairfax,

the Virginia-born 10th generation heir

who declined the lordship

and who came to California in 1849

and bequeathed his name to this town.

(Charles Fairfax’s nephew returned

from Virginia to Britain to claim the title,

and his heirs have carried it on.)

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“Although the British Fairfax family knew all about Fairfax, Va.,” Arrigoni wrote, “they did not know anything about Fairfax, Calif.

“We corresponded briefly . . . with the current lord and I asked if he knew the name of the Fairfax Lord who had returned to England and resumed the title. He replied a couple of months later from London. He said he had gotten married, was living in London and worked as a broker in the stock exchange.”

He said it was his grandfather, Albert, who returned to England in 1908 to claim the title.

Fascinating. Arrigoni offered in her article to host the incumbent lord if he should ever find his way to California. Wouldn’t it be great fun if Fairfax County, Va., were to find some excuse — is there a fund to promote tourism? — to invite Lord Nicholas Fairfax for a high-panoply ceremonial visit, and then send him on a super-saver trip out here to California. Metro Scene would go along for the ride.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1985/05/30/lord-fairfax-lives/59589162-8648-4d70-b3cc-975068e3cdf8/?utm_term=.04fd3862be60

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More on the Current and Real Lord Fairfax

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Fairfax,_14th_Lord_Fairfax_of_Cameron

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The honorary Lord Fairfaxes

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mountvernon/lord_and_lady.htm

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http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/braddock/awardrecipients/lordandladyfairfax.htm

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