PROCLAMATION

 

A PROCLAMATION TO HONOR JOHN KENNETH GOTT

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott moved to Fauquier County at two years of age, residing in Marshall, Virginia; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott was maternally descended from a Fauquier family which predates the founding of Fauquier County in 1759; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott attended Fauquier County Public Schools then proceeded onto Bridgewater College, enlisted with the United States Army, and earned a Masters Degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and

           

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott was a long time educator with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott was a nationally recognized author, lecturer, and historian, and the author and editor of numerous books on the rich history of Fauquier County, such as, The History of Fauquier County, 1759-1959; High in Old Virginiaís Piedmont (a History of Marshall); Train Whistles and Hunting Horns (a History of the Plains); and

 

WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott was instrumental in the founding of the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott has given his collection of history books, genealogical manuscripts, research documents and related artifacts to the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott has generously given his time to share with local children the history of Marshall and the northern Fauquier community; and

 

            WHEREAS, in 1999, the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation purchased the Upper Carterís Run Baptist Church, which was constructed in 1771 and renovated and converted into a research library for the Foundation; and

 

            WHEREAS, John Kenneth Gott passed away on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 after a long and courageous battle with cancer; now, therefore, be it

 

            PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of August 2004, That the Board does hereby express its deepest gratitude to John Kenneth Gott and its heartfelt condolences to his family

 

 

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Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board