In 1653, Alexander Magruder married Margaret Braithwait (1635-1671) in Prince George’s County, Maryland. They were Howard’s eighth great-grandparents. Alexander had been in Maryland for a little over a year and had already acquired land. Sometime within that time frame, he brought his daughter, Annaple, to Maryland. It is possible that Margaret Braithwait took the young child into her care. She was the daughter of Capt. William Braithwaite (1570-1649), and she was born May 9, 1635 in Hawkshead, Lancashire, England. As previously noted, William Braithwaite was “..a member of the First Assembly of MD in 1637; Commander of the Isle of Kent, in 1633 which was the earliest seat of the Proprietary Government of Maryland. He was acting Governor of the Province in 1644.”(1) Margaret was apparently the child of a first wife, whose name is currently unknown. William Braithwaite married Heleanor (Eleanor) Stephenson (b. 1614) in 1638 in Calvert County, Maryland.
The children of Alexander Magruder and Margaret Braithwait follow:
- Col. Samuel Magruder I (1654-1711)–Howard’s seventh great-grandfather. He will be covered in the next article.
- James Magruder (1658-1685). James Magruder is mentioned in his father’s will. He was born about 1658 in Upper Marlboro, Calvert, Maryland, and he died 23 Dec 1685 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland. His wife’s name is unknown. They had one daughter: Isabel or Isabella Magruder, who was born about 1685 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and who died after 1739 in Maryland. She had two marriage, one to Alexander Lindores, about whom nothing else is known, and another to John Henry (1656-1739). The Henry’s had a daughter named Eleanor Henry. I have no additional information
- John Magruder (1662-1685). John was born in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, Maryland in 1662, and he died in 1685 in Calvert County, Maryland. He is presumed to have died unmarried. I have no other information about him.
After Margaret’s death, Alexander married Elizabeth Hawkins (1634-1677) about 1670 or 1671. And here we run into a controversy. Some people believe Annaple was Elizabeth’s daughter. That is unlikely since Annaple was born in England in 1649 and Alexander didn’t marry Elizabeth Hawkins until 1670 or 1671 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Some people believe he married a Sarah Hawkins, but I could find no record of that. It is possible that Elizabeth Hawkins’ full name was Sarah Elizabeth Hawkins or that Margaret Braithwait’s middle name was Sarah. I am inclined to favor the Elizabeth Hawkins’ connection with Sarah, making her full name Sarah Elizabeth Hawkins.
The children of Alexander and Elizabeth Hawkins Magruder follow:
- Alexander Howard Magruder III (1671-1746). Alexander was born in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 1671, and he died May 20, 1746 in Prince George’s County. His wife was Susannah Busey/Bussey (1675-1746). Their children were: (a) Priscilla Magruder (b. 1700); (b) Ann Magruder (b. 1712-1776); (c) Sarah Magruder (1713-1733); (d) Alexander Magruder (1716-1779); (e) Elizabeth Magruder (1717-1753); (f) Eleanor Magruder (1720-1800); (g) Nathaniel Magruder (1720-1793); (h) Hezekiah Magruder (1729-1806)
- Nathaniel Magruder (1675-1734). Nathaniel’s wife’s name was Mary. Their children were: (a) George Magruder; (b) Ann Magruder; (c) Elizabeth Magruder; (f) Mary Magruder; (g) Susannah Magruder. I do not have any dates for these people.
- Elizabeth Magruder (1676-1749). Elizabeth was born in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I have no additional information about her. She did not marry Col. Ninian Beall’s son, Ninian Beall, Jr. Some people believe that she did.
The Will of Alexander Magruder follows:
Will of Alexander Magruder Calvert Co., Md. 10 Feb. 1676
File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Carol Collins. Mroots95@aol.com
In the name of God, amen. This the tenth day of february in the years of our
Lord 1676, I Alexander Magruder being in health of body thanks be to god and
calling me to Remembrance the Uncertaintie of the Transitory life & that all
flesh must yield unto death when it pleased god to call I doe make Constitute
ordaine & declare this my last Will & testament in manner & form following
denouling & pronounceing by this presents all testament & testaments will and
wills hereto fore by me made & declared either by word or writing & this
onely to be taken my Last Will & testament & none other. And first being
sorrie for my Sins from my heart most humbly desireing foregiveness for the
same I give & comit my Soule unto Almighty god my Saviour & Redeemer in whome
& by this merits Jesus Christ I trust & believe assuredly to be saved & to
have full remission & foregiveness of all my sinnes & that my soule with my
body at the day of the resurrection shall rise againe with joy & through the
Merits of Jesus Christ death & passing possess & inherit the Kingdome of
heaven prepared for the Elect Chosen & my body to be buried in such place
where it shall please my Executors hereafter mentioned to poynt. Now for the
settling my temporall estate & such Chattells & debts as it hath pleased god
far above my deserts to bestow upon me. I ord’n & give & dispose the same in
manner & forme following that is to say first I will that those debts &
duties which I owe in Right or Conscience to any p’son or p’sons whatsoever
shall well and truely payd in Convenient time after my decease by my
Well beloved wife Elizabeth Magruder & James Magruder & Samuell Magruder whom
I doe leave & appoint & ordaine them my whole Executrix over my whole
Item: I give & bequeath to my loving wife & her three children two thirds of
my personal estate & that plantation that I now live on to my loving wife
Elizabeth Magruder for her lifetime & after her decease to my son Alexander &
my son Nathaniell to them & their heires forever, and if either of them dies
without issue the the longest liver to have it. The said Land doth Containe
by Patent & Conveyance Eight hundred Acres of land.
Item: I will bequeath to my loving sons James Magruder & John Magruder Nine
hundred acres of land lying on the Western branch of Petuxent River held by
two Pattents called Alexandria & Dumblain to them & their heirs.
Item: I will bequeath to my Son Samuel Magruder five hundred acres of land
lying in the Westerne Branch called Good Luck to him & his heires forever.
Item: I will that my son Samuell shall assist my son James when he is minded
for to goe upon his owne, that is for to say to cleare & fence & build as is
done upon Samuell Plantation hafe as much
Item: I will and bequeath the third Part of my personall estate to my three
sons James Samuell & John Magruder & if either of these my three sons dye
without issue what doth belong to him that is deceased to be equally divided
betwixt the other two & they are to have what estate belongeth to them at the
age of Twenty years & to my daughter Elizabeth at the day of her marriage.
I will & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth two hundred acres of land called
by the name Cragnigh lying in the Westerne branch of Petuxent River adjoining
to my son Samuell’s land her brother & these my sons shall not buy nor sell
not above the value of four hundred pounds of tobacco without the consent of
one of these my Overseers untill they are at the age of twenty five years of
age of this my last Will & testament I request my Well beloved friends Mr.
Nathaniell Truman, Mr. Samuell Taylor, Mr. Ninnian Beale. I pronouce this my
last Will & Testament whereunto I set my hand & seals the day & year above
James Magruder – John Lane
John (X) Johnson
James (X) Soulivant (original wax seal)
Original will, Maryland Hall of Records
also Calvert Co. Will Liber 5, fol. 261(2)
[Note: “Mr. Ninian Beale” mentioned as an overseer of Alexander Magruder’s Will was Col. Ninian Beall.
Alexander Magruder died before July 25, 1677, the date his will was entered for probate in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (3) Alexander and his wives Margaret and Elizabeth are buried on Anchovie Hills, per Alexander’s Find-a-Grave Memorial:
He died and was buried at his home at “Anchovie Hills”, which was located southeast of what is now Magruder’s Ferry and Croom Rd., Brandywine, MD. At that time, Brandywine was called Baden and was in Calvert county, but is now in Prince George’s county…His headstone has not been found, that I know of, and the site is on a private wildlife refuge now.(4)
This series continues with Part Eight: The Other Patriarch– Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) and the Mystery of Sarah Beall (1659-1734)
(1) “Alexander Magruder”, submitted to Ancestry.com by docinaustintexas 23 Nov 2007. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 04 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) Last Will and Testament of Alexander Magruder. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Carol Collins. Mroots95@aol.com. Submitted to Ancestry.com by tim11132 on 01 Dec 2011. Date accessed: 04 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1878 about Alexander Magruder. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 04 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) Alexander Magruder Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 89803827, submitted by GillGat 08 May 2012. Find-a-Grave.com. Date Accessed: 04 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89803827&ref=acom