| ||Notes for JAMES B. BOISSEAU:|
Email from AS Boisseau to Anne Stiller, Jan 1999:
This James B. Boisseau was killed in the duel at Blanford Cemetery, and was
reported in newspapers across the state ( I have copies from 10 or 11
The story runs that about the year 1820, Ellen Peniston, of Petersburg, Va., engaged herself to two young men at the same time, in a spirit of harmless coquetry, but the two gentlemen took the matter seriously enough to fight a duel over it. They were named Adams and Boisseau, and the fatal encounter took place just back of the old Blandford church, in a pine grove now marked by the graves of the Hamilton family. The two former friends fell dead at the first shot, and the vain and thoughtless girl lived to mourn their hot-headed deed the rest of her life, which continued to a ripe age. (Annals of the Fowler Family Author: Glenn D.F. Arthur Call Number: CS71.F681x, p. 149)Killed in a duel at Old Blandford Church, Petersburg, VA where he fought a man named Adams for the affections of Miss Pennister, a celebrated beauty. Both men, young college students, died almost simultaneously.