Behind the Scene with – John A. Seaton


John A. Seaton – Washington Bee Newspaper – April 2, 1898

John A. Seaton, his father and his siblings were high achievers. Due to the required length of the newspaper article, “John A. Seaton – ‘A Giant of a Man’”, some unknown facts about John A. Seaton was not in the article.

In 1867, John A. Seaton opened up a bank account in 1867 at the U.S. Freedman’s Bank. On his account, he stated he lived in Alexandria, VA. He listed his wife, Virginia, his son, John A., and his siblings George L. Seaton, Lucinda, Laura, Martha and Mary Ann. He made a $200 deposit in his account.

John A. Seaton was a republican Chairperson from the seventh congressional district of Virginia.

John A. Seaton’s third wife, Elizabeth Ann Grant-Seaton, was born in 1849. She and John married in Camden, New Jersey on April 4, 1890. They had been living together in New York. Elizabeth died on May 23, 1929 at the age of 80. She died at the home that John built in Bealeton, Fauquier, Virginia.

Mr. Seaton last job before his death was with the Equitable Life Insurance Company in New York City. He was one of the bodyguards to Equitable Life Insurance’s vaults.

It was stated in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper, on April 13, 1898 that Mr. John A. Seaton died. The article stated, “Mr. B. Wheatley received from Baltimore, MD, a copper casket, six-feet- eight inches in length, in which the body of John Seaton, who died near Bealeton Sunday night, will be interred. By his will Seaton directed that he be buried in a copper coffin. His funeral will take place in Bealeton on Sunday next.”

You can read the entire article on page 12 at

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Char McCargo Bah on the “Tyra G Show” Frankly Speaking

Back in the Spring, I did a radio interview on the “Tyra G – Frankly Speaking Show” on “Women of Wonder.” Tyra upload the interview to YouTube. You can check out the 51 minutes interview at

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Ellen Elizabeth Carter-Goods – A Special Teacher

Ellen Carter-Goods
1937 Honeymoon Cruise

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette’s story on Ellen Carter-Goods dated September 12, 2018.

Ellen Elizabeth Carter was born on September 21, 1907 in her parents’ home at 614 South Washington Street. Her parents were Douglas Robinson Carter and Elizabeth Campbell. By 1910, the family had moved to 603 South St. Asaph Street. In 1916, the family was living at 821 Gibbon Street. Her father was a skilled carpenter, his occupation was listed in the City Directory as a contractor/builder. He built his own house at 911 Princess Street between the years of 1916-1917. The family was living at the house in 1918.

Ellen was the oldest of ten siblings, only seven lived until adulthood. Between Ellen and her youngest sibling, Alfred Dubois Carter, there was a twenty-year gap. She taught several of her siblings, especially her youngest brother, Alfred. He was in her class at Parker-Gray School.

During the early 20th Century, many women stayed home until they married. Ellen was one of those women. She stayed home until she married Moses Goods, Sr. Also Moses Goods was living at home with his mother in Washington, D.C., when he married Ellen on June 7, 1937. They were married at Roberts Chapel Methodist Church. For their honeymoon, Moses and Ellen went on a cruise. The picture with this blog shows the thirty-year old Ellen on the ship.

Although Ellen’s parents were Methodist, Ellen converted to Catholicism. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. After Ellen and Moses’ honeymoon, they moved to 318 Hopkins Court in Alexandria, VA. After sometime, they moved temporarily to 2719 Sherman Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. In 1950, they moved to 2460 South Lowell Street, Arlington, VA and finally to 420 East Custis Avenue, Alexandria, VA.

You can check out the article, ‘A Special Teacher’ in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper on pages 12 and 30 at

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Richard W. Bentley – 19th and 20th Century Businessman

Behind the scenes of the article on Richard W. Bentley

Inez Howard-Dishman and son, Howard F. Dishman

Mr. Howard Frederick Dishman, Sr., was the only child of Howard Armstead Dishman and Inez Howard. Mr. Dishman’s father, Howard Armstead Dishman, was born in Stafford, Virginia. He migrated first to Washington, D.C., then to Alexandria, Virginia. Howard’s grandfather, Armstead Dishman, was a large property owner in Brooke’s section of Stafford, Virginia.

Howard’s mother, Inez’s parents were Fredrick Howard and Cora Bentley. Inez inherited property from her father’s siblings, James Howard and his sister, Sarah Howard who never married. They left their property to their niece, Inez. The property was 620 and 622 North Alfred Street. Inez passed three pieces of property to her son, Howard F. Dishman. Two pieces of properties from her father’s brothers and one parcel of property from her mother’s father.

Inez’s mother, Cora Bentley-Howard Bank, inherited property from her father at 315 North Patrick Street. Cora’s father was Richard W. Bentley. Cora passed her property to her daughter, Inez. Cora had several siblings, one of them was Lewis (Louis) Bentley. Lewis inherited property from his father, Richard Bentley. He inherited the property at 313 North Patrick Street. His property was given to his daughter, Dorothea C. Bentley-Campbell.

The article stated that Howard Dishman inherited properties from his grandfather, Richard Bentley. The information was somewhat correct; but, he inherited the property through his mother by way of his grandfather. This property was at 315 North Patrick Street and the other properties were from his grandfather’s siblings located at 620 and 622 North Alfred Street.

Mrs. Dorothea Bentley-Campbell is the granddaughter to Richard and Sarah Bentley. Mrs. Dorothea and her two sisters, Teresa and Frankie are the last living grandchildren of Richard and Sarah Bentley. Mr. Howard Dishman, Mr. Lynnwood Campbell and his siblings are the great-grandchildren of Richard and Sarah Bentley.

You can read the Alexandria’s article on Richard W. Bentley – 19th and 20th Century Businessman on pages 11 and 21 at

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