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 get 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, but continued to pursue his love of history - more precisely, his love of Marshall's history. His extensive research of the 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" (which he co-wrote with T. Triplett Russell). All the while, his collection of documents, photos, and other items pertaining to Fauquier's history, continued to grow.
In 1993, he helped to found the Fauquier Heritage Society (which would later become the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation) with some fellow local historians, including our current FHPF President, Robert L. Sinclair. When the FHPF made its permanent location home of what used to be the Old Carter's Run Baptist Church, it was decided that the building would be dedicated to the man who had devoted so much of his life to collecting and preserving Marshall's history. The John Kenneth Gott Library dedication ceremony was held on May 31, 2003. John's large collection of books, photos, and documents found a permanent home with others like them on the shelves of the John K. Gott Library.
Unfortunately, John passed away in August 2004 at age 75. We at FHPF are grateful for the legacy he left us with as we continue to collect the books and to preserve the local history about which John was so passionate.
John K. Gott's Written Works
Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia. Wills, Inventories and Accounts 1759-1800
The Dixon Valley It's First 250 Years by T. Triplett Russell & John K. Gott
Fauquier County in the Revolution by T. Triplett Russell and John K. Gott
Fauquier County, Virginia Court of Records 1776-1782
Fauquier County, Virginia Deed Abstracts 1778-1785
Fauquier County, Virginia Guardian Bonds, 1759-1871
Fauquier County, Virginia Marriage Bonds (1759-1854) and Marriage Returns (1785-1848)
Flint Hill Farm A History: George Washington's 'Tract on Chattins Run', Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia
High In Old Virginia's Piedmont - A History of Marshall (formerly Salem), Fauquier County, Virginia
An Historical Vignette of Oak Hill, Fauquier County Home of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States and Native Son of Fauquier County by T. Triplett Russell and John K. Gott
Train Whistles and Hunting Horns The History of the Plains, Virginia by Anne Evans and John K. Gott
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 by Trudy J Sundberg and John K. Gott
The Years of Anguish Fauquier County, Virginia 1861-1865 by Emily G. Ramey and John K. Gott