Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Minor Botts

Male 1802 - 1869  (66 years)


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  • Name John Minor Botts 
    Born 16 Sep 1802  Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jan 1869  Richmond, Henrico, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I026836  Tree1
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2020 

    Father Benjamin Gaines Botts,   b. 29 Apr 1776, Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1811, Richmond Theater Fire, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Jane Tyler,   b. 1782, Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1811, Richmond Theater Fire, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married Abt 1798  Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Whiting Blair,   b. Abt 1806, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1845, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married 1822  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F45589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 




    • John Minor was a southern statesman who was a great friend of Ab raham Lincoln. President Lincoln reportedly wanted John Mino r on his cabinet but couldn't appoint him because John Minor wa s a southerner. The empty chair in Lincoln's cabinet was report edly for John Minor. Source: Beckie Botts

      Member of Virginia State Legislature 1833-1839. U. S. Represent ative from Virginia 1839-1849. He was a political enemy of Presi dent John Tyler and a close friend of Henry Clay. He opposed se cession.

      He was involved in dealings with Lincoln to prevent the War up t o the night before Lincoln's ships sailed to "resupply" Fort Sum ter which provoked the War.

      First day of March 1862 Habeas Corpus suspended in Virginia an d marshall law effected. A hundred men under Captain Goodwyn, u nder General Winder (Andersonville), take John Minor Botts priso ner in solitary confinement in a small jail nearby.

      "Auburn," located in Culpeper County, Virginia was deceded to Jo hn Minor Botts on December 10, 1862 as payment for legal counci l by Franklin Stearns.

      John Minor was under confederate house arrest at "
      Auburn" in virginia during the War. Auburn was the site where S tuart and 2,000 CSA Calvery narrowly avoided capture. Auburn i s close to the Culpeper Court House.

      John Minor was the author of "The Great Rebellion, Its Secret Hi story, Rise, Progress and Disatrous Failure." 1866

      He helped found Virginia's Republican Party, Source: David Bott s
      VA Rep of Whig Party that tried to impeach President John Tyle r in 1843. He served six years in the Virginia legislature an d ten years in the U. S. Congress.
      Lawyer, Congressman and Author

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