The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 1

WILLIAMSBURG, March 1, 1770.
Last Sunday morning died: Mrs. MARGARET HORNSBY, the spouse of Mr. THOMAS HORNSBY, of this city, merchant. Her illness was short; but her life (not in number of years, but in the discharge of every religious and moral duty) may be truly said to have been long. To the most exemplary piety she joined the most extensive charity, wherever she found an object deserving it. Her death is sincerely regretted by all who had the happiness of her acquaintance, and her loss will be severely felt by the poor. Her remains were accompanied to the grave on Tuesday last by all the principal inhabitants of this city.

Virginia Gazette (Rind) March 1, 1770

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The tombstone of Thomas and Margaret Hornsby in the Bruton Parish churchyard reads, "Here lies in hopes of a Blessed Resurrection the Remains of Mr. Thomas Hornsby who was for many years a Merchant in this City He was Born in Lincolnshire in England, January 17, 1702 and died May 27, 1772 the Remains of Mrs. Margaret Hornsby Wife of Mr. Thomas Hornsby who died February 2 . . .1770 Aged 66 Years"

Sources: Godson, Guide p26

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