Petition on behalf of John Tyler Janes, dated March 4, 1861, received by the House of Delegates on March 8, 1861, Harrison County, Legislative Petitions, Record Group 78, Library of Virginia.
John Tyler Janes, of Harrison County, was born in 1840 and named for John Tyler, the Virginia candidate for vice president that year. In 1861, Janes was displeased with Tyler's conduct during the secession crisis. Tyler served as president of the national Peace Conference that in February failed to find a compromise to reunite the country, and he denounced the recommendations that the conference made to Congress. Janes, his family, and his friends petitioned the General Assembly to change his name to John Minor Botts Janes, in honor of one of the state's most prominent and outspoken opponents of secession. Docketing on the petition indicates that the House of Delegates referred the petition to its Committee for Courts of Justice. The committee did not report it back to the House, and no bill changing Janes's name passed.