The Ringing of the Bells–Part four: Alexander Beall (1649-1744)

Zion Church Cemetery from Location of the old Beall Farm and Cemetery.

Zion Church Cemetery from Restoration completed 2011. Photo by Sandy & Dennis, August 17, 2011. Location of the old Beall Farm and Family Graveyard, Urbana, Frederick, Maryland

Alexander Beall (1649-1744) Find-a-Grave Memorial

Birth: Aug. 22, 1649
Saint Andrews
Fife, Scotland
Death: 1744
Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County
Maryland, USA

Alexander Beall was buried in Prince George’s County on the Beall Farm which in 1748 was realigned into Frederick’s County, MD. He was the immigrant ancestor of my Beall line.
He was baptized 11 October 1649 in St. Andrews Church, in Fife County in Scotland. His brothers, William, James, and Andrew, all located in Maryland. They came to Maryland before 1685, according to the “Beall Genealogy” on pages 130-131.WILL OF ALEXANDER BEALL.
“In the name of God, Amen, the sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred forty and three, I, Alexander Beall of Prince George County, being weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore, Calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say, Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my Body, I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection, I shall receive the Same again by the Mighty Power of God, and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it bath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give, devise and bequeath of the same in the following manner and form:
Item.–I give and bequeath to my Brother, Robert Beall, all my wareing apparel. I give and bequeath to Lingon Willson’s wife, Mary, my shase and harnise.
Item.–I give and bequeath to my Negro Woman, Ann, her freedom for ever.
Item.–I give and bequeath to my Son, William Beall, my Dwelling Plantation and Land, being part of two Tracts of Land called Neighborhood and Largoe, which Lyeth on the South Side of the South West Branch of Potuxen with All and Singular the appurtenances thereto belonging to him and his heirs forever.
Item.–I give and bequeath to my Son, Ninian Beall, the other part of a Tract of Land Called, Largoe, which I now hold and enjoy lying on the North Side of the aforesd South West Branch of Potuxen Commonly Called Menellas quarter, w’th all and Singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging, to him and his Heirs forever.
Item.–I give and bequeath that all the Remaining part of my Estate be divided into five Equall parts, that is to say, one fifth part to my Son, William Beall; one fifth part to my Son-in-law, John Jackson; one fifth part to my Son, Ninian Beall; one fifth part to my decd Son, John Beall’s children (that is nominated in his Will for the Division of the Remains of his Personall estate) to be equally Devided between them; and one fifth part to my Deceased Son, James Beall’s children now Living, to be equally divided between them, and my will is that my Estate be devided into five equall Lotts and two of them which I have given to my two Sons (John and James), children be exposed to sail by any one that the Majority of the said Children thats of Age shall agree on and the Profitts ariseing thereby to be Divided according to the true Intent of this my Will.
And Lastly, I do ordain, Constitute, my Sons, William Beall, Ninian Beall and John Jackson to be Ex’rs of this my last Will and Testament hereby making Void all other Will by me heretofore made,
in Witness, I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the day and year first above written.ALEX’R BEALL.
Probate, Sept 5th, 1744.
Meredith Davis.
John S. X. Curry.
Joseph Beall.”Dated: January 16, 1743
The Will was proved on September 5,1744 Prince George’s County vol 23 Pg 543-5Family links:
Elizabeth Coombes Beall (1650 – 1743)*Children:
John Beall (1688 – 1742)**Calculated relationship
Zion Church Cemetery
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Candee
Record added: Oct 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 137013278(1)

Howard’s seventh great-grandfather, Alexander Bell/Beall, was born in August 22, 1649 in Saint Andrews and Saint Leonards, Fife, Scotland to Alexander Bell (1625-1655) and Elizabeth Ramsey (1625-1655). He was christened in St. Andrews Church October 11, 1649.(2)  He changed his surname spelling to Beall after arriving in Maryland. It is interesting to note that while the name is pronounced with a long E in most of the United States, it is still pronounced Bell in areas of the East Coast–something Howard and I encountered when we traveled there in the 1990s. Alexander was seventeen when he immigrated to Maryland in 1666.(3) There are actually two immigration records for an Alexander Bell (spelled Beall) to Maryland on the immigration lists. One is for seventeen-year old Alexander, who immigrated to Maryland in 1666. The other is for a thirty-one year old Alexander, who immigrated to Maryland in 1680.(4) This could be the same Alexander. He may have traveled back to Scotland on business and then returned to Maryland. An article titled “Biography” originally submitted by ShellyLDavis to states:

Some American genealogies state that Alexander Bell reached America in 1666, after collapse of Cromwellian rule. The continuing oppressive military rule of Charles II in Scotland, however, was ample cause to seek a life elsewhere. It is not known whether Alexander arrived with his parents or alone or indentured or via the Caribbean as a released military prisoner, as is said of his contemporary Ninian Beall.(5)

According to a collection of biographical notes compiled by Walter Beall of Winston-Salem, North Carolina:

Alexander Beall settled in Charles or Calvert County, from which Prince George’s County was formed in 1695. It is in the latter County that first references of him were found. Alexander and his descendants in Maryland, moved ever northward in the State, so it is probable that before he is found in 1716 living “halfway between Marlborough and the Eastern Branch” ‎(now the Anacostia River)‎, he had earlier settled to the south.
In 1695 Alexander was one of those signing an “Association Address presented to his Sacred Majesty ‎[King William]‎ upon news here arrived of the horrible intended conspiracy against his Royal person . . .,” and is described therein as one of the “Civil Officers & Magistrates of Prince Georges County. Among others signing the felicitation was Samuel Magruder, joint grandfather with Alexander of Samuel and Josiah Beall of this line.
By the year 1695 Alexander Beall must have had large holdings of land. Some of his later acquisitions have been identified as “Largoe” which lay on both sides of the southwest branch of the Patuxent River and a nearby tract named Neighbourhood both due east of now the District of Columbia, and Friendship Enlarged not far distant.
Court records of Prince George’s County disclose that in January, 1697, Alexander Beall was a member of the Grand Jury, in June 1698 he was a member of the Grand Inquest, and in March 1699 he was Foreman of the Grand Inquest.(5)

Alexander Beall had two wives, both named Elizabeth–something that makes research difficult. In all likelihood, first wife and the mother of his children was Elizabeth Coombs (1650-aft 1710), and his second wife was Elizabeth Buckerfield-Bates (1685-1743). Many people believe that both wives died in 1743–the year before Alexander–and that Alexander married the second wife after 1708.

Elizabeth Coombs was the daughter of Enoch Coombs (1625-1710) and his wife Barbara or Barbary (b. abt 1625). Enoch Coombs came from Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland and is probably the same Enoch Coombs in the following record collection:

Contributed by: James Hughes

URL: 1/000057/html/am57–27.html
URL title: Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1666-1670 Volume 57, Page 27
Provincial Court Proceedings, 1666

Enoch Combs aged 28 yeares or thereabouts: Examined & saith
That Tho: Martin sould to Timothy Gooddridge one man seruant by
name Roger Williams to serue the said Gooddridge the full & Com-
pleate terme of flue yeares & further saith not
Sworne in open Cort Philip Caluert Enoch Coomes

1666 Enoch COMBES is subpoenaed in Calvert County, and testifies in Provincial Court that he is “aged 28 yeares or thereabouts: Examined & saith That Tho: MARTIN sould to Timothy GOODDRIDGE one man seruant by name Roger WILLIAMS to serue the said GOODDRIDGE the full & Compleate term of fiue yeares & further saith not. Sworne in open Court Philip CALUERT Enoch COOMES. (SW: Goodridge

By 1664 No County. Enoch COMBS, on 20 Mar 1664, demanded land for transportation of himself, wife Barbara, son Enoch, and Anne HAWTIN (servant). These four rights were sworn to by Enoch COMBS before Thomas TRUMAN, Deputy Commissioner, and “Upon the aforegoing assignment George LINGAN (see below) had warrant for 300 acres dated the 8th day of April, 1665, returned 19th day of October, 1665.” (Fanny Gough Manuscript)

Source is Liber CC:607/7:551 per Gibbs (CC:607 Film No.: SR 8201; Transcript. 7:551 [SR 7349]; MSA SC 4341-4166). Note that the date is probably old style in which case, the above oath was 20 Mar 1665 NS. George LINGAN was also of Calvert County. This may be the Enoch COOME who, with Joseph BOORMAN on 1 Apr 1660, witnessed a Lancaster County, Virginia deed gift of a cow from Adry HILL, widow, to Christopher KILBY (Rec 09 Nov 1664). Combs Researcher Ray Montgomery adds that the sameyear, Luke GARDNER transported William DARNALL, Jane OFFUN and an Anne HOWTON). Also note early ALVEY-HAWTIN marriage in England (Jeff Alvey’s Genealogical History Site)

16 Nov 1663 – 21 Mar 1665/66 Enoch COMES and Henry SEWELL witness a deed between William JOHNSON of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and Frances ARMESTRONG [ARMSTRONG] of Talbot County. (Also Joseph HAMBRIDGE and Matthew HARDEN)

This record does not show whether it was executed in Talbot County, Maryland or in Rappahannock County, Virginia, but the witness Henry SEWELL implies Talbot County. Other than this record, the earliest found for Enoch in Maryland, he is not found in Talbot (although a later record implies he formerly resided there).

5 Jul 1669 Calvert County, Maryland. Enoch COOMBES sits on a jury.

16 Sep 1669 (Calvert Co MD) ENOCH COOMES witnessed the will of Quaker Leader Richard PRESTON.

Enoch Coombes patented Largoe, which lyeth on the north side of southwest branch of the Patuxent River, before it came into possession of Alexander Beall. Enoch had a daughter named Elizabeth Coombes. Her godmother was Joane, Lawson, Reade, Mounten, Tyler, Beall, wife of John Beall, immigrant of 1670. Joane left Elizabeth a legacy in her will of 1675. +alexander+beall&db=online&areas=10&head=online&booknum=&category=&words=c oombes&first=alexander&last=beall&cmd=context&id=37c22ffa24#hit1

17 Feb 1700/01 (St. Mary’s Co MD 20:216) Inventory. Henry BIGGS. Feb 17, 1700. Appraisers: Robert CLARKE, Enoch COMES. List of debts: Daniel LAWRENCE, Steven BEMBERRIGG, Richard RIGALL, Jr. (Abstracts of the Inventories And Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland 1699-1704 Volume 6, V. L. Skinner, Jr.)

02 Jun 1701 (St. Mary’s Co MD 20:207 #6806) Estate Accounts. Henry BIGGS. £15.10.0. Recieved from Daniel LAWRENCE, Steven BOMBRIGG, Richard RIDGELL, Jr. Payments to: Ethelred TAYLOR (administrator of John WRIGHT), Robert CLARKE, Enoch COOMES, Henry HENNINGTON, Arthur YOUNG paid to BROWNE & EMES, Robert COOMES, Elias HENNINGTON & Mary BIGGS, Mr. Thomas HATTON. (Abstracts of the Inventories And Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland 1699-1704 Volume 6, V. L. Skinner, Jr.)

Robert CLARKE married Sarah COMBS, d/o Abraham COMBS of Old Rappahannock Co VA & St. Mary’s Co MD. It is not yet known which Enoch COMBS the above is (I or II?), nor whom Robert COMBS might have been (this is one of only two Robert COMBS records found in early Maryland and for several generations thereafter… see 1706 St. Mary’s), but see Middlesex County, Virginia for a 1698 Robert COOMES where also is found a Robert and Sarah CLARK.
Contributed by: James Hughes

URL title: Combs &c. Families of Calvert County, Maryland
Will of Richard PRESTON of Patuxent, MD., dated 2 Dec. 1699 [nb: 1669]. To my son James PRESTON, if he is alive and returns from England to Md., the use of my plantation in Patuxent during his lifetime until such time as my grandchild Samuel PRESTON comes of age. In the meantime my daughter-in-law Margaret PRESTON is to be provided for if she decides to give him maintenance. My said son James, on the same conditions, is to have my patent for 200 acres called the Neglect and the island upon the Eastern Shore called Barren Island. My land in Great Choptank called Herne lately purchased of Walter SMITH as per patent for 600 acres to my two daughters Rebeckah and Sarah PRESTON during [t]heir lifetimes, then to my son James, but if all should die, then to my kinsmen and John DASSAY. I have a convenant with William TICK, a Dutchman living in Little Choptank, relating to the delivery of cattle by us in partnership and, when this convenant expires, the said Raphe DASSAY is to have all my cattle remaining. My friend and o’seer Edward NORMAN is to be paid his full wages and at the end of his service 585 lbs of tobasso. Thomas BROCKSON is to be paid his full wages and given 1,200 lbs of tobacco and a cow. William PURNELL is to be given a cow, etc. and to be made free on 20 Oct. next. The said John DASSAY is to have goods to the value of £20 from my house or from the goods being sent from England this year. I leave £20 to George HARRIS to be paid in goods if he comes from England this year and half of the debts due to me in tobacco according to the promise I made him when he went with my son James to England. To my grandchildren William and James BERRY 5,000 lbs of tobacco and to my grandchild Rebeckah BERRY some plate which is to come from England. To my kinsman James DASSAY 4,000 lbs of tobacco. To my said son James half the money I have sent for by James CONEWAY. To Thomas PRESTON upon the Clifts I give the tobacco he owes me. To Isaac HUNT I give goods to the value of £5. To William HARPER I give what is due to him by my Bill. The residue of my estate to my said three children. Execs: My friends William BERRY, Peter SHARPE, John TAYLOR of Kent and John MEERES upon the Clifts. Wits: Enoch COOMBES, George DENLINE, Thomas PEALE and William JONES. AWW 20 Aug. 1670 to the son James PRESTON during the absence of the named execs. (Prob 11/333/101).

Richard PRESTON was a leading Quaker … Enoch COOMES above has not been identified, but may be the same who came to Maryland ca 1663 w/wife Barbary [Barbara] & son, Enoch COMBS, Jr. who may have been same (or father of) the Enoch who was later in Prince George’s County. (Research in Progress) Richard PRESTON’S daughter, Rebecca, m 23 Oct 1679 in Talbot County Quaker Lovelace GORSUCH, earlier of Lancaster County, Virginia, s/o John & Anne GORSUCH Lovelace of Hertsfordshire, England, and brother of Richard GORSUCH whose children were named in the 1676 Talbot County, Maryland will of an Edward ROE who was not the same who was also earlier of Lancaster, and whose two daughters married William & John COMBS. Both William FORD, h/o Sarah (Richard1) PRESTON, and Lovelace GORSUCH later removed to Dorchester County, MD, where Lovelace was living when he m 2nd on on 11 Jun 1696, Hannah WALLEY, ” late of Pennsylvania, Spinster,” at the Tuckahoe (Quaker) Meeting, in Talbot County, Maryland!
(Virginia Families…, Gorsuch-Lovelace Family).

Marriage 1 Barba ra MNU Combs b: BEF 1642 in Lancaster County, Virginia

  • Married: ABT 1658 in Old Rappahanock County, Virginia


  1. Enoch Combs b: ABT 1658 in Lancaster County, Virginia
  2. Eliza beth Combs b: BEF 1661 in Calvert County, Maryland
  3. Georg e Combs b: BEF 1667
  4. Willi am Combs b: 1672 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.(7

According to Colonial families of the United States descended from the immigrants who arrived before 1700 for Alexander Beall, 1649-1744. Immigrant:

Enoch Coombs patented Largoe, which lyeth on the north side of of southwest branch of the Patuxent River, before it came into possession of Alexander Beall. Enoch had a daughter named Elizabeth Coombs. Her godmother was Joane, Lawson, Reade, Mounten, Tyler, Beall, wife of John Beall, immigrant of 1670. Joane left Elizabeth a legacy in her will of 1675…

Alexander Beall m. Elizabeth Coombs. She was dr. of Enoch Coombs of P. G. Co., patentee of land called Largoe…

Elizabeth Coombe’s sister Barbara, b. 1704, d. 1799, m. James Magruder, b. 1699, son of Col. Samuel Magruder.(8)

The following are the children of Alexander Beall and Elizabeth Coombs, as identified in his will: (9)

  1. William Beall (1683-1756). William was born about 1683 in Anne Arundel or Calvert County, Maryland, and he died March 30, 1756. His wife was Elizabeth Magruder (1689-1764)–daughter of Col. Samuel Magruder (1654-1711) and Sarah Beall (1669-1734) [daughter of Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) and Ruth Polly Moore (1652-1707)]–and widow of Ninian Beall, Jr. (1674-1710) [son of Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) and Ruth Polly Moore (1652-1707)]. I will save the Magruder-Col. Ninian Beall families for Parts Five and Six. However, the children of Elizabeth Magruder and Ninian Beall, Jr. were: (a) Mary Beall (1704-1705); (b) James Beall (1704-1780); (c) Samuel Beall, Sr. (1706-1780)–whose records are often confused with a cousin: Col. Samuel Magruder Beall (1713-1778)–Howards fifth great grandfather; (d) Ninian Beall (b. 1710) The children of William Beall and Elizabeth Magruder Beall were: (a) Capt. Alexander Beall (1712-1759); (b) Nathaniel Beall (1715-1757); (c) Margaret Beall (1722-1797); (d) Richard Beall (1722-1794); (e) Elizabeth Beall (1728-1768).
  2. Ninian Beall (1686-1744). As can be imagined, this line has been terribly confused. Ninian was born in Upper Marlboro in 1686, and he died January 6, 1744 in Frederick County, Maryland.  Ninian’s wife’s name was Ruth, who died in 1749. Her maiden name is unknown, however some people have suggested Hambleton. I have one son for them: William Beall (1710-1787), who married Sarah Magruder (1713-1734). She was the daughter of Ninian Magruder (1686-1751) and Elizabeth Brewer (1690-1751), and the granddaughter of Col. Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall. Ninian and Ruth were the ancestors of some of the Beall families who settled in Southwest Pennsylvania. I discussed those families in Part Three. I need to do more research on this line–which will result in a future updated article.
  3. Ruth Beall (1686-1719). Ruth was born in 1686 in Upper Marlboro, and she died in 1719 in Upper Marlboro. If those dates of birth are correct, Ruth and her brother Ninian would have been twins. Her husband was John Jackson (1685-1761). I found one daughter for them: Margaret Beall Jackson (1711-1801). Margaret married Capt. Samuel Brewer Magruder (1708-1786)–the son of Ninian Magruder and Elizabeth Brewer, who are mentioned in the previous section–and the grandson of Col. Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall. The daughter of Capt. Samuel Brewer Magruder and Margaret Beall Jackson–Elizabeth Jackson Magruder (1730-1812)–married William Offutt (1729-1786).
  4. John Beall (1688-1742). John is Howard’s sixth great-grandfather. I will cover him in Part Five
  5. James Beall (1690-1733). See below

Alexander’s will definitely identifies two sons who died before he made out his will: James and John. They both married and had families. However, people have confused these two individuals and the records are jumbled. I will save John for Part Five and will discuss James here.

Many people believe that James and John were the same person and that his name was James John Beall or John James Beall. They assign the same year of birth (1688) and the same date of death (May 18, 1744). Consequently, I could find nothing about James, until stumbling across an article about Alexander Beall’s second wife. Please note the following section from that article:

James, b. 1690, (FMMB:D, 1690) d. 1733, and deceased at father’s death 1744; m. Mary Edmonston, dau of B-NIN-7/1678 Jane Beall and her husband Col. Archibald Edmonston. Caution–This line follows events and children assigned by Heterick. See also B-ALEX-34 for James Beall of James, following Doliante. FMMB and Beall News, p. 12 confuse children of James Beall of Alexander and James Beall of James, with a James and Alexander only found under James of Alexander, and most of James of Alexander’s children placed under James of James. (+) (10)

Jane Beall mentioned in this account was a daughter of Col. Ninian Beall and Ruth Polly Moore!

A summary of James Beall’s Will follows– (The summary identifies his children):


Name: James Beall Sr.
Will Date: 3 May 1733
Will Place: Prince George’s, Maryland, British America
Probate Date: 29 Nov 1733
Death Year: Abt 1733
Text: Beall, James, Sr.,Prince George’s Co.,3rd May, 1733; 29th Nov., 1733. To dau. Jane and hrs., 240 A. of “Labyrinth,” to be laid out as near as may be to dwelling plantation of Samuel Beall. To James Edmondston and hrs., ½ of “Brother’s Content,” to be laid out as near as may be to new dwelling plantation of Michael Cranen. To wife Mary, extx., residue of estate during life for maintenance and education of child.; at her decease to be divided between son Alex., dau. Rachel, sons Robert, Archibald, James, Allen and Thomas, and young. dau. —–, and their hrs.; should any of child. die during minority, their estates to be divided amongst their brothers. Testator empowers James Edmonston and William Beall, Sr., to resurvey lands on or near “Rock Creek,” viz.: “Labyrinth,” “Prevention” and “Batchelor’s Forest” and to make such alterations and additions in sd. land as they shall think proper. Test: Jane Edmonston, Arch. Edmonston, Jr., Ann Simson. 20. 822.
Original Source Name: Land Office
Original Source Location: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Original Source Series: Will books
Original Source Book: 20
Original Source Page: 822 (11)

The listing of children by dates include: (a) Jane Beall (1715-1794); (b) Rachel Beall (1718-1783); (c) Samuel Beall (1721-1794); (d) Alexander Beall (1722-1776); (e) Archibald Beall (1725-1791); (f) James Beall (1728-1804); (g) Allen Beall (1728-1776); (h) Thomas Beall (1730-1783); (I) Charity Beall (1733-1781). Samuel is the only one I can’t identify in the will. I will leave him in this list for now. Charity is the young daughter, whose name is not given.


Elizabeth Buckerfield-Bates was the daughter of Henry Buckerfield (1658-1689) and Elizabeth Parker (1660-1735). Elizabeth’s first husband was William Bates (1648-1708). Their children were: (a) Elizabeth Bates (b. 1704); and  (b) Mary Bates-Beall (1705-1723). Her marriage to William Bates took place around 1700. Most people believe she married Alexander Beall after her husband’s death in 1708. More than likely, it was around 1711. The FoxCemetery article notes:

Elizabeth, daughter of Elizabeth Parker and William Buckerfield, was probably b. England ca 1685 and d in P. G. Co by 1743 (Russell. She m. (1) in England betw 1698 and 1707 William Bates, and had daughter Mary ca 1705. Mary Bates in turn ca 1732 married Lingan Willson, b. PG Co 1702 to Josiah Willson of James and Martha Lingan (Russell/Maternal Ancestry). This marriage may also have produced daughter Elizabeth, who married George Scott and is mentioned in grandmother Elizabeth’s 1734 will. William Bates died, probably in England leaving his widow Elizabeth Buckerfield Bates free to m. (2) Alexander Beall “after about 1708 when the Buckerfield family moved to Maryland.” (Russell). Since she was not mentioned in will, she must have predeceased Alexander.(12)


According to Find-a-Grave records, Alexander Beall, his wife Elizabeth [Note: undoubtedly both Elizabeth Coombs and Elizabeth Buckerfield-Bates],  Alexander’s son, John Beall and John’s wife Verlinda Magruder (Howard’s ancestors), John and Verlinda’s son, Josiah Beall and Josiah’s wife “M”,  are all buried in the old graveyard at Zion (Episcopal) Church Cemetery in Urbana, Frederick County, Maryland. The property was originally called “The Old Beall Farm”, so they were buried in the original family cemetery. The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation website provides the history of the Zion churchyard:

Consecrated in 1802 by the first American Episcopal bishop, the Rev. Thomas John Claggett, Zion was the first church—indeed, the first nonresidential building–in the Sugarloaf Mountain region of southern Frederick County, three decades before the village of Urbana was founded and named by Charles Johnson. For 160 years it was the center of community life in Urbana.
It is the resting place of many leading citizens of Frederick County, including veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War. Among the graves are two Virginian Confederate cavalry officers, one killed at the Battle of Monocacy and the other in a skirmish following it in Urbana in 1864. Zion was also used as a hospital during the Civil War. One of its early ministers founded a prominent girls’ boarding school housed in the nearby mansion Landon.

Among the notables buried at Zion are the founder of Urbana, Charles Johnson, and his father, Roger Johnson, a noted Maryland industrialist of the Federal period and brother of Gov. Thomas Johnson. Also buried there are members of such early families as Worthington, Beall, Murdoch, Delaplaine and Simmons.(13)

Josiah Beall’s Find-a-Grave Memorial notes the following:

According to the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots
Josiah Beall, son of John and Verlinda Magruder Beall, is buried in the “Boxwood Lodge Cemetery” located on the old Elisha Beall home called Boxwood Lodge. However, the cemetery apparently has gone to ruin and the new name is called Old Urbana Cemetery which is next to an old Episcopal Church ruin which is only partly standing.
Josiah Beall died before the revolutionary war began, but his claim to fame was that he was one of the 12 justices of Frederick County, MD who repudiated the Stamp Tax, the first judicial official nullification of English rule in 1765. He was very active in the community as a planter, sheriff, constable, Justice and Coroner.(14)

To Be Continued in Part Five


(1) Alexander Beall Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 137013278. Recorded added 09 Oct 2014 by Candee. Website. Date Accessed: 07 Jan 2016. Available online at

(2) Scotland Select Births and Baptisms about Alexander Bell, 1564-1950., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 07 Jan 2016. Available online at

(3) US and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (1500s-1900s) about Alexander Beall., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 07 Jan 2016. Available online at

(4) US and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (1500s-1900s) about Alexander Beall., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 07 Jan 2016. Available online at

(5) “Biography”–originally submitted to Ancestry by ShellyLDavis 19 Mar 2011., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 07-Jan 2016. Available online at

(6) “Biography: Notes from Walter Beall of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 07 Jan 2016. Available online at

(7) Enoch Coombs Biography, submitted by James Hughes, date unknown., Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(8) Colonial families of the United States descended from the immigrants who arrived before 1700 for  Alexander Beall, 1649-1744. Immigrant,, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(9) Last Will and Testament of Alexander Beall (d. 1744)., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(10) Elizabeth Parker and Her daughter, Elizabeth Buckerfield, posted by FoxCemeteryAssociation 04 Aug 2013,, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(11) Summary of James Beall’s Will (1733)., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(12) Elizabeth Parker and her daughter, Elizabeth Buckerfield, posted by FoxCemeteryAssociation 04 Aug 2013,, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2016. Available online at

(13) Preservation Projects: Zion Church. Frederick County Landmarks Foundation Website. Copyright, 2007: Frederick County Landmarks Foundation. Date Accessed: 14 Jan 2016. Available online at

(14) Josiah Beall Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 118749502. Website. Created by Candee 15 Oct 2013. Date Accessed: 14 Jan 2016. Available online at


















2 thoughts on “The Ringing of the Bells–Part four: Alexander Beall (1649-1744)

  1. Hello! I don’t know if you live in the area, but on September 8, 2019, we (Frederick County Landmarks Foundation) are hosting an open house at the Zion Church and Cemetery 🙂

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