[Background: I've been assembling photographs of Ann Daingerfield Zwicky (born Ann Walcutt Daingerfield) as a present for my grand-daughter. Ann died about 20 years before Opal was born, so Opal doesn't know much about her.
Previous installments: here, with photos of baby Ann with her father, Keene, and baby Elizabeth with her mother, Ann; and here, with a photo of Ann setting off on her junior year abroad in France. I have four more (postings to come) photos scanned in, and I put all 7 of these photos on a disc for transfer to the iPad that Opal uses; that was one of my Christmas presents for her. Unfortunately, my searches through the boxes of photographs came to a halt when my damaged right hand could no longer cope with handling the pictures. So (waiting for the bad hand days to pass) I turned to the internet, and to family history -- the history of the Daingerfields, their kin, and their connections.]
Exploring records can be a vexing task. They are riddled with errors, large and small: plenty of typos, mis-spellings, misreadings, unverified reporting, dubious recollections, and speculation. My Daingerfield adventure started with the account of Foxhall A. Daingerfield (a celebrated breeder and trainer of thoroughbreds) and his daughter Elizabeth Daingerfield (equally famous in this field), in the 1922 History of Kentucky, vol. 4, by William Ellis Connelley and Ellis Merton Coulter.
This took me way back into the 19th century, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where Daingerfields and Parkers (and the occasional Lee) were thick on the ground. From the History of Kentucky, p. 27, with many annotations by me:
The late Foxhall A. Daingerfield [hereafter FAD] was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, at Westwood, February 8, 1839 [father LeRoy Parker Daingerfield, mother Juliet Octavia Parker]. He was educated at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, in the class that was broken up by the outbreak of the war between the states. During the war he served as captain under General Stuart in the Eleventh Virginia Cavalry, was promoted to major of the regiment, and was five times wounded. Following the war he practiced law at Harrisonburg, Virginia, for a quarter of a century, and then took up the breeding of trotting horses at Culpeper. He remained there until he accepted the invitation of his brother-in-law, Mr. [James R.] Keene, to take charge of Castleton [Farm, outside of Lexington, Kentucky]. [The assertion that James R. Keene was FAD's brother-in-law is dubious.] He was largely responsible for Castleton’s fame as a thoroughbred selection center, and he also made the home widely known for its hospitality, and during his life entertained many prominent people there.
Foxhall A. Daingerfield married Miss Nettie Gray [Henrietta H. Gray], of Harrisonburg, Virginia, who is still living. [m. 23 Nov. 1863 in Rockingham Co. Va.] She was the mother of eight children: Algernon, secretary of the Jockey Club of New York [b. June 1867]; J. Keene, an attorney at Lexington [b. Jan. 1886 in Va.]; Bessie Parker [Isabella P. b. 1864 in Va., d. 8 May 1944 in Fayette Co. Ky.]; Miss Elizabeth [Elizabeth P., b. 1870 in Va., d. 9 Dec. 1951 in Fayette Co. Ky.; note the honorific "Miss Elizabeth" -- she was also known as "Miss Lizzie"]; Henderson; Mrs. A. C. Norman, of Seattle, Washington [this is messed up: Henderson -- the only one of these people I actually knew -- was Mrs. Attilla C. Norman, and a son, William, is missing from the list]; Juliet Parker [b. Apr. 1876 in Va., d. 20 May 1945 in Fayette Co. Ky.; listed as Julia in the 1910 census, Julia Octavia P. Daingerfield in the 1880 census]; and Mary J., wife of A. C. Van Winkle, a Louisville attorney [b. Feb. 1881 in Va.].
[FAD died 3 Jan. 1913 in Lexington Ky.]
A much-condensed version on the site of the Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg:
Major Foxhall Alexander Daingerfield initially opposed secession but was often cited for gallantry in combat. A graduate of the law school of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) [note correction of the History of Kentucky account], he served as a major in the Eleventh Virginia Cavalry. In the fall of 1861, he served as an orderly and courier to Gen. Robert E. Lee. After the war, he served for a time as mayor of Harrisonburg, Clerk of the Court for Rockingham County, and eventually moved to Kentucky where he served on the Kentucky State Racing Commission. His wife,”Nettie” Gray Daingerfield was the daughter of Algernon S. Gray, a delegate from Rockingham County to the Virginia Secession Convention. She was also an author, having published the book, “That Dear Old Sword,” in 1903.
There are several sub-stories here, which I’ll take up in other postings: the interlocking of James R. Keene with FAD, the tale of Algernon Daingerfield, the history of his son Foxhall A. Daingerfield Jr. (known as “Fox” to everyone), and the interlocked stories of two Kentucky horse farms, Castleton and Haylands (both still operating). In any case, FAD lived a long and complex life.
Here, I’ll start by unpacking the details of FAD and his children. In tabular form:
Foxhall Alexander Daingerfield (1839-1913); m. Henrietta H. (“Nettie”) Gray in 1863; 8 children, one dead by 1900. The children, in the order of their birth:
Isabella P. Daingerfield (“Bessie”) (1864-1944) . Never married.
Algernon Daingerfield (1867-1945). Twice married, one child by each wife.
Elizabeth P. Daingerfield (“Lizzie”) (1870-1951). Never married.
Henderson Daingerfield / Henrietta H. Daingerfield (“Henderson”) (1874-?)
Juliet Parker Daingerfield / J. Octavia P. Daingerfield (“Jule”) (1876-1945). Never married.
William P. Daingerfield (b. ca. 1879; dead by 1900)
Mary J. Daingerfield (“Jay”) (1881-?). Married, at least one child [I'm still researching Jay].
James Keene Daingerfield (“Keene”) (1886-1947) [hereafter JKD]. Married, two children.
JKD was the youngest of the set. His son, J. Keene Daingerfield Jr., or simply Keene, was Ann Daingerfield Zwicky’s father; after the University of Virginia, Keene went into one of the family businesses (training racehorses) and then became a racing steward (in effect, a judge, thus approaching the other of the family businesses, the law), ending his working life as the senior state steward for the state of Kentucky (judging races at Churchill Downs in Louisville and Keeneland in Lexington).
We get from FAD to Opal in 5 steps: JKD, Keene, Ann, Elizabeth, Opal. So FAD is Opal’s parent^5, her great-great-great-grandfather.
Brief note on Lizzie: She took over the management of Castleton Farm in 1913 after her father (FAD) died. She moved to Haylands farm in 1918 and also managed the Hinata stock farm; the great racehorse Man o’ War entered stud there in 1921. She then assumed management of Faraway farm when it was bought for her by Samuel D. Riddle, owner of Man o’ War, and managed Faraway until Oct. 10, 1930, when she resigned because of ill health. She died Dec. 9, 1951 at a nursing home in Lexington.
A few Lizzie photos, with her aging in them:
Caption: Portrait of Elizabeth Daingerfield of Lexington, Kentucky, known as one of the most successful breeders of racehorses in the world. She is wearing long gloves, a hat and dress with buttons the entire way down. A frame has been drawn onto the photograph and it has been attached to card stock. Handwritten at the top of the image: Miss Elizabeth Daingerfield of Lexington. (photo between 1925 and 1936)
Caption: Elizabeth Daingerfield, horse breeder, with Man O’ War, here 12 years old, at Hinata Farms near Lexington, Kentucky. Man O’War’s torso is pictured as he stands with groom John Buckner, who wears a warm-up jacket and hat and holds the bridle, and breeder Elizabeth Daingerfield, who wears a geometric cardigan and hat and looks at the camera. (1929-06-04)
Caption: Portrait of Elizabeth Daingerfield of Lexington, Kentucky, known as one of the most successful breeders of racehorses in the world. She is wearing a hat and possibly a fur around her neck. The photograph is somewhat fading and damaged in three of the corners. Handwritten on back of image: Miss Elizabeth Daingerfield, In charge of Man ‘O War. (Famous race horse). (photo between 1925 and 1936)
I’m still searching for a photo of a young Ann on the back of Man o’ War.