John K. Gott

1929-2004

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Unsigned, undated portrait of John Gott in Gott Library Collection. Photo by Laura Kelsey 2021

John Kenneth Gott grew up in Marshall, VA and developed a love of books at a very young age. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1946 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in history at Bridgewater College. He then attended Catholic University to earn his master's degree in library science. ​

 

John became a school librarian and continued to pursue his love of history, especially that of his hometown. His extensive research of the Marshall area led him to write several books on the subject including "High in Old Virginia's Piedmont: A History of Marshall," and "The Dixon Valley: Its First 250 Years." All the while, his collection of documents, photos, and other items pertaining to Fauquier's history continued to grow.

John passed away in August 2004 at age 75. Over decades of researching the history of his native Fauquier County, John Gott accumulated a large personal library of historical and genealogical information. Upon his death, he left his collection to a non-profit foundation to share his library with others. 

Published Work

Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia: Wills, Inventories and Accounts 1759-1800.  

Gott, John K., 1999. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., Inc.

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The Dixon Valley It's First 250 Years.

Russell, T. Triplett, & Gott, John K. 2008. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books.

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Fauquier County in the Revolution. 

Russell, T. Triplett, & Gott, John K. 2007. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books.

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Fauquier County, Virginia Court Records 1776-1782.

Gott, John K. 1993. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books.

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Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds 1759-1778.

Gott, John K. 1988. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books.

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Fauquier County, Virginia Guardian Bonds 1759-1871. 

Gott, John K. 1967. Marshall, VA: J. K. Gott.

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History of Southwood, Fauquier County, Virginia.

Gott, John K. 1966. Published by author.

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Fauquier County: Virginia Marriage Bonds (1759-1854) and Marriage Returns (1785-1848).

Chappelear, Nancy, & Gott, John K., 1965. Washington, DC: Chappelear & Gott.

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Flint Hill Farm, A History: George Washington's "Tract on Chattins Run" Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia

Gott, John K., 2004. Athens, GA: New Papyrus Publishing Company.

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High in Old Virginia's Piedmont - A History of Marshall (formerly Salem), Fauquier County, Virginia

Gott, John K., 2004. Athens, GA: New Papyrus Publishing Company.

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An Historical Vignette of Oak Hill, Fauquier County Home of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States and Native Son of Fauquier County

Russell, T. Triplett, & Gott, John K., 2005. Westminster, MD: Willow Bend Books.

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Train Whistles and Hunting Horns The History of the Plains, Virginia

Evans, D'Anne Evans & Gott, John K.

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Valiant Virginian, Story of Presley Neville O'Bannon 1776-1850: to which is added The O'Bannon Family Descendants of Bryan O'Bannon of Ireland and Fauquier County, Virginia

Sundberg, Trudy J., & Gott, John K.

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The Years of Anguish Fauquier County, Virginia 1861-1865. 

Ramey, Emily G., & Gott, John K.

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The Rambler in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Shannon, John H. & Gott, John K. 1969. McLean, VA: Published by authors.

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