The Quest for Brian Boru

Brian Boruma Mac-Cennetig Koning van Munster (925-1014)

I can’t believe what has happened over the last few days! I’m still in a daze!

I was working with my flowers in the front yard shortly after St. Patrick’s Day when a name suddenly sprang into my mind.

Brian Boru!

Then, I had to sit back on the grass and reflect upon the name for a few moments.

Why am I thinking of that? I wondered. I hadn’t thought of that name in years! Why now? Why didn’t I think of it on St. Patrick’s Day just a few days ago?

I remembered thinking about Saint Patrick on March 17, but not Brian Boru.

My mind traveled back forty-nine years ago when Howard and I were considering names for the baby we were going to have in August.  We had debated this issue on and off from the day we were engaged.


“How about Ninian!” Howard suggested for his ancestor, Ninian Beall.

“Oh no, we won’t!” I spluttered. “The kids would call him Ninny or Nincompoop!”

[Years later, I told Brian how his father wanted to name him Ninian. His response: “Thank God you steered him away from that one!]

“Well, how about Ryland?” — another Beall name. “We could call him Ryland Hugh Beall!”


The Bealls had unusual names, and I made it my mission not to bestow any of them on our offspring. At the same time, I didn’t want any of the usual names. In the words of the old song: “Every Tom, Dick, and Harry’s called John–John–John! Every Tom, Dick and Harry’s called John!”

“Well, we’re going to have a girl anyway,” I said. “And her name will be Susannah Michele.”

“I’m not so sure I like that one,” Howard responded.

Several weeks after that, we turned our television on and tuned in to a favorite program. The actor’s name? Brian Keith!

“Hey–that’s what we can name our boy!” Howard announced.

“What?” I asked, bracing myself for some outlandish concoction.

“Brian Keith Beall!”

My response was almost immediate.

“Then people will call him Brian Boru!

“Who’s that?” Howard asked.

“Oh, some old Irish king!”

I only knew two things about Brian Boru back then: One–that he was Irish and, two–that he was a king!

“So–our son will be a king!” Howard decided.

I had to think about it for a while. Shortly after that, I discovered a book on the meaning of names.

“Hey, guess what Brian means?” I announced.


“Thunderous speaker!”

“So–he’ll become a famous speaker. Maybe he’ll become President!”

I continued thinking about the whole thing, toying with the name in my mind: Brian! Brian! Brian! I didn’t know of any Brians in Howard’s family or mine. So this would be a first!

It is an Irish name! I smiled.

I knew I had some Irish blood in my family, but I didn’t know how much back then. According to a recent Ancestry DNA test, I am 20% Irish, something that would make my ancestors smile. And Howard is 21% Irish!

The name slowly grew on me and pretty soon we were telling everyone, “Well, if we have a boy, his name will be Brian Keith Beall.

Then a problem developed with Keith!

We were living in Louisville, Kentucky at the time, and a neighbor boy had the first name of Keith. Whenever his dad walked down to see us, Keith would tag along with him. He had sticky fingers, and I had to watch him like a dog whenever he was in the house. It wasn’t long before I registered my objection.

“I don’t want our son’s middle name to be Keith!” I told him.

“Why?” Howard asked.

“Because of that kid up the street.” Fortunately, I came prepared. “And I have a perfect replacement!”



And that became the baby’s name!


Brian Scott Beall was born August 6, 1968 in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

“Brian Boru!” I said softly as I held him in my arms–my nickname for him.“The little Irish king!”

A few days later, the birth certificate lady entered the room.

“Have you decided upon a name for this little fellow?” she asked.

“Brian Scott Beall!” I told her.

She stopped writing and glanced down at me.

“Have you been talking with the woman down the hall?” she asked.

“No,” I answered, puzzled. “We decided upon his name a few months ago. Why?”

“The woman down the hall couldn’t decide upon a name for her little boy. She was expecting a girl. We put our heads together and came up with Brian Scott!

So there were two Brian Scotts born about the same time in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky!

The nickname Brian Boru stuck for a while however. Whenever Brian woke up, I would call him that name, and he would grin. But as the years passed and he engaged in mischief from time to time, Boru was replaced with his real middle name:


And I forgot all about the Irish king until a few days ago.

* * *

So why am I remembering him now?

I left the yard and returned to the house. Curiosity lured me to the Internet, and I began seeking information about the famous king. The following are selected paragraphs from a Wikipedia article:

Brian mac Cennétig, called Brian Bóruma, Brian Boru, Emperor of the Irish (c. 941–23 April 1014), (English: Brian Boru, Irish: Brian Bórumha or Brian Bóru), was an Irish king who ended the centuries-long domination of the High Kingship of Ireland by the Uí Néill. Building on the achievements of his father, Cennétig mac Lorcain, and brother, Mathgamain, Brian first made himself King of Munster, then subjugated Leinster, making himself ruler of the south of Ireland. The O’Brien Clan regard him as their founder. (1)….

In death, Brian proved to be a greater figure than in life. The court of his great-grandson Muirchertach Ua Briain produced the Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh, a work of near hagiography. The Norse Gaels and Scandinavians too produced works magnifying Brian, among these Njal’s Saga, the Orkneyinga Saga, and the now-lost Brian’s Saga. Brian’s war against Máel Mórda and Sihtric was to be inextricably connected with his complicated marital relations, in particular his marriage to Gormlaith, Máel Mórda’s sister and Sihtric’s mother, who had been in turn the wife of Amlaíb Cuarán‎, king of Dublin and York, then of Máel Sechnaill, and finally of Brian. (2)…

There are many legends concerning how Brian was killed, from dying in a heroic man-to-man combat to being killed by the fleeing Viking mercenary Brodir while praying in his tent at Clontarf. He is said to be buried in the grounds of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the city of Armagh. Legend dictates he is buried at the north end of the church. (3)

Brian Boru had four wives. According to the article:

Brian’s first wife was Mór, daughter of the King of Uí Fiachrach Aidne of Connacht. She is said to have been the mother of his sons Murchad, Conchobar and Flann. Later genealogies claimed that these sons left no descendants, although in fact Murchad’s son Tadc is recorded as being killed at Clontarf along with his father and grandfather.

Another wife, Echrad, was a daughter of Carlus mac Ailella, King of Uí Áeda Odba, an obscure branch of the southern Uí Néill. She was the mother of Brian’s son Tadc, whose son Toirdelbach and grandson Muirchertach rivalled Brian in power and fame.

Brian’s most famous marriage was with Gormflaith, sister of Máel Mórda of Leinster. Donnchad, who had his half-brother Tadc killed in 1023 and ruled Munster for 40 years thereafter, was the result of this union.

Brian had a sixth son, Domnall. Although he predeceased his father, Domnall apparently had at least one surviving child, a son whose name is not recorded. Domnall may perhaps have been the son of Brian’s fourth known wife, Dub Choblaig, who died in 1009. She was a daughter of King Cathal mac Conchobar mac Taidg of Connacht.

Brian had at least three daughters, but their mothers are not recorded. Sadb, whose death in 1048 is recorded by the Annals of Innisfallen, was married to Cian, son of Máel Muad mac Brain. Bé Binn was married to the northern Uí Néill king Flaithbertach Ua Néill. A third daughter, Sláine, was married to Brian’s stepson Sihtric of Dublin.

According to Njal’s Saga, he had a foster-son named Kerthialfad.(4)

Now, THIS is the clincher:

The descendants of Brian were known as the Uí Briain (O’Brien) clan, hence the surnames Ó Briain, O’Brien, O’Brian etc. “O” was originally Ó which in turn came from Ua, which means “grandson”, or “descendant” (of a named person). The prefix is often anglicised to O’, using an apostrophe instead of the Irish síneadh fada: “´”. The O’Briens subsequently ranked as one of the chief dynastic families of the country (see Chiefs of the Name).

Brian’s third great-granddaughter was Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd (c. 1097 – 1136), Princess consort of Deheubarth in Wales, leader of the “patriotic revolt” and battle that contributed to the Great Revolt of 1136. (5)


“So where do we go from here?”

The house was empty. I had been pouring over information about Brian Boru for a greater share of the day, interrupting the plans I had already made.

“Wouldn’t it be funny if I find him sitting somewhere in our tree?”

I laughed. For years, I heard my mother-in-law talk about her kings and queens, specifically Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Supposedly, the connection was on her Polk line, but I could never find it. I finally ended up with Fulbert the DePollock (1075-1173), and the accompanying notes:

Fulbert was also known as Fulbert the Saxon.  He was a noble and territorial king who came from Normandy France to England as Chamberlain of William the Conqueror.

**Normans were Scandinavian invaders (Danish vikings) who began to occupy Normandy in the early 9th century.  The Normans came into Scotland, building castles and founding noble families. 

***The Saxons were a large group of germanic people. (which would now be eastern Germany and Netherlands) – eventually invaded (or migrated to Great Britain) in the middle ages.(5)

Fulbert’s son was Robert DePollock, but I could find no Robert the Bruce.  At most, the family swore fealty to him and fought for him and named their sons after him. but I do not believe there was any blood relationship. My presumption is supported by the following statement from a Wikipedia article regarding the Pollock name:

Pollok was later divided into Upper and Nether Pollok. It is believed that later Polloks had land confiscated and given to the Maxwell family for supporting Edward I’s puppet “Scottish” king, Edward Balliol, against Robert the Bruce.(6)

[Note: The Polloks and the Maxwells had a “tight fit!”]

And I discovered an item concerning the use of the middle name Bruce with several Robert DePollocks/Polks in my mother-in-law’s line. This is from the Clan Pollock website regarding Robert Pollok/Polk the Immigrant:

The middle name �Bruce� never appears as part of Robert Polke�s name in the colonial records. (This was first introduced in Mary Winder Garrett�s articles on the Pollok/Polk family (1896) and repeated in �Polk Family and Kinsmen.� Unfortunately it has been widely used ever since, but should be omitted.) (7)

There is a connection with Robert the Bruce, on Howard’s father’s Magruder line, however.  Alexander Magruder (b. 1610) and Robert II of Scotland were direct descendants of Charlemagne. So I presume the relationship between the Magruders and Robert the Bruce is collateral and not direct. I’m currently working on these lines and it will take me a while to complete my article on the Magruders.

“Back to my Irish king!” I decided.

That’s when I spotted the O’Brien surname in the paragraphs I posted above, and I started looking for a direct connection. I checked my side of the tree first and came up empty handed. Then I checked Howard’s side of the tree and discovered an O’Brien on his mother’s side of the family–Honor Osborn O’Brien (1645-1701). She married Edward Mariarte (1645-1667). Her father was Brien O’Brien (1610-1665) and her mother was Honor Osborn (1645-1701). Their descent winds down through my mother-in-law Mildred’s Lawrence, Dorsey and Warfield  lines, and straight up through the Briens/O’Briens.

The chase was on!

For the sake of brevity, I won’t retrace all the hills and valleys I pursued today. But in the end, I discovered that Brian Boru (925-1014) was our Brian and his sister Debbie’s 29th great-grandfather, Howard’s 28th great-grandfather, and Howard’s mother Mildred Lee Warfield Beall’s  27th great-grandfather! (She traded in her Scottish King for an Irish King! And my father-in-law Edward Leyburn Beall, Sr. inherited the Scottish King as a collateral!) Brian Boru  would also be the 30th great-grandfather for our daughter Debbie’s three children: Joshua, Jason and Amanda! 

Yes, we have an Irish king in the family! And he is a direct ancestor!



(1), (2), (3), (4) Brian Boru. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 10 March 2017. Available online at

(5) Clan Pollock. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 12 December 2016. Available online at

(6) Pollok. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 16 December 2016. Available online at

(7) John F. Polk, Ph.D., Historian. “From Lifford to America: Scotch-Irish and Pollock Beginnings in America � Part 3,” Clan Pollock International Website. First Published in the November 2008 Pollag.  Copyright: April 8, 2001-March 22, 2017. Available online at:


Finding “The Bruce”: The Qwest for Robert the Bruce (1274-1329)




Off to Georgia–Introduction: The Beall, Grogan, Joyce, Hill and Camp Families

Rev. Edward L. Beall (1907-1992)


Today is March 11, 2017!

It is difficult to believe that my father-in-law was born 110 years ago today on March 11, 1907. He was such an energetic person it is difficult to imagine him as anything else.  He wanted to ride a cable car in Estes Park, Colorado one summer and asked our son Brian to ride with him. Ed wanted to ride it, but he didn’t ride it alone. So Brian went along, having inherited the same spirit of adventure from his grandfather. I don’t believe for a minute that Ed Beall developed that  spirit of adventure on his own. He had help from his ancestors!

George Heugh Beall Family. Front L-R: Dickson Beall, George Hugh Beall, Grogan Beall (middle), Minnie Grogan Beall, George Beall, Jr. Back L-R: Lawrence Beall, Rachel Beall, Helen Beall, McPherson (Mac) Beall, Edward Leyburn Beall, Sr. Another daughter, Kenna Dalton Beall (1891-1901) had already died when this picture was taken

The following is a brief summary of his life:

Birth: Mar. 11, 1907
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1992
Boone County
Arkansas, USA

Edward L. Beall, Sr. was born March 11, 1907 to George H. and Minnie Grogan Beall in Durham, NC. He graduated from the Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. His first pastorate was the Springfield Presbyterian Church, Sykesville, Maryland, where he met Mildred Lee Warfield. They were married in the church September 5, 1936. The Bealls had four sons, all of whom are living: Howard Lee; Dickson Hugh; Haynie Prince; and, Edward Leyburn, Jr. The Bealls served churches in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas and Valencia, Venezuela. Ed enjoyed traveling, and he and his wife took numerous trips to Europe and to the Middle East. He was a member of Rotary.
Mildred Lee Warfield Beall (1917 – 2007)
Community Church of the Rockies Columbarium
Estes Park
Larimer County
Colorado, USA

Rev Edward L. Beall and Mildred W. Beall Grave, Community Church of the Rockies Columbarium, Estes Park, Colorado.

This article series is dedicated to Edward L. Beall, Sr. and focuses on four of his mother’s lines:

  • Grogan
  • Joyce
  • Hill
  • Camp

Each article in this series will be devoted to one family group except the fourth. The Camp line will be broken down into three or four articles. That line has been the most challenging to do, and I want to give it full benefit.

I am deviating from the original Beall series I was working on before our son’s death last year, but plan to return to that line later. For the past three or four months, I have been researching these specific lines–a project Howard assigned to me. I grumbled at first. But my attitude quickly changed. Not only has the project been stimulating, it has become quite addictive. As a result, I am in it for the ride.

My father-in-law was an interesting person. He was all-business when presiding in his pulpit, but he also enjoyed a certain amount of adventure. He was around 72 years old when he stood on skiis for the first time. The family lived in Georgia during World War II, and he climbed the patrol towers along the coast in search of German planes. Howard’s earliest memory of him occurred when they were living in the mountains outside Stuart, Virginia. After a heavy snow, Ed went out to shovel a path. A toddler at the time, Howard climbed on the table to see his father’s upper torso and snow flying in all directions. I guess that was a strange sight for a little kid!

Ed was devoted to his ministry and spent most of his time in his churches. Everyone in the family needed to be present and accounted for–there was no skipping services. We were sitting together in a car once, and I asked him whether his family had always been Presbyterian.

“No, my father was a Lutheran,” he told me. “And my mother was a Baptist.”

I think the elder Bealls decided that the Presbyterian Church provided a perfect bridge between the two. On Ed’s father’s side of the family,  George Heugh Beall was returning to his roots. The ancestral Bealls came from a Presbyterian background in Scotland.

My father-in-law was also drawn to famous speakers if he felt they had something important to say. And he made certain he shook their hands afterward. I remember writing a research paper for a composition class in college years ago. The subject? Clarence Darrow.

“I met him once,” Ed told me.

“Clarence Darrow!”

“I shook hands with him! But I preferred William Jennings Bryan over Darrow. Darrow’s handshake was cold and as limp as a dish rag! William Jennings Bryan shook your hand like he meant it!”

And the other famous speakers he heard and later shook hands with? John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Billy Graham, to name a few. I imagine he even shook hands with President Harry S. Truman since Howard’s family once lived in Independence, Missouri and only a few blocks away from the Truman house!

Happy 100th Birthday, Edward Beall!

Settle back! Buckle up! Get ready for the ride!


The Generations

  • GENERATION 1: Howard Lee Beall (b. 1937) and Barbara Ann Inman (b. 1943)
  • GENERATION 2: Edward Leyburn Beall, Sr. (1907-1992) and Mildred Lee Warfield (1917-2007)
  • GENERATION 3: Minnie Brengle Grogan (1869-1948) and George Heugh Beall (1867-1936)
  • GENERATION 4: Martin Grogan (1928-1891) and Nancy Kinner Dalton (Price) (1830-1894)
  • GENERATION 5: Elizabeth Joyce (1800-1848) and John Price Grogan (1797-1872)
  • GENERATION 6: Margaret Peggy Hill (1785-1848 and Alexander Taylor Joyce (1772-1829)
  • GENERATION 7: Annie Naomi Camp (1762-1853) and John Hill (1760-1831)
  • GENERATION 8: Lieut/Capt. John “Caswell Camp) (1743-1821/1822) and Mary “Minnie” Tarpley (1740-1789)


Part One: Minnie Brengle Grogan (1869-1948)

Part Two: Martin Grogan (1828-1891)

Part Three: Elizabeth Joyce (1800-1848)

Part Four: Margaret Peggy Hill ) (1785-1848)

Part Five: Annie Naomi Camp (1762-1853)

Off to Georgia–Part Six: “Will the Real John Camp—?” [Lieut/Capt. John “Caswell” Camp (1743-1821/1822)]






The 7:10 to Heaven: Brian Scott Beall (1968-2016)–A Mother’s Memory

Photo taken at Fort Garland, Colorado June 2009

Photo taken at Fort Garland, Colorado, June 2009

It was one of those hot, sticky Missouri summers where the sweat rolled off of us, causing us to stick to the furniture.

We had just returned from an afternoon swim at the local lake. Brian and Debbie hurried down the lane to the pond  behind the house where they were building a fort. I landed on an upholstered platform rocker, wondering when autumn would fall. Presently, I heard the back door slam, water running in the bathtub and the door slam once again.

“Brian, what are you doing?”

No answer. I looked through the window and saw him running down the path.

Oh well!

Howard was busy pulling weeds in the front yard. He was always busy out there.  As for me, I pulled the knob on the TV set and collapsed once again on the chair.

About a half hour later, I wandered down the hallway to the bathroom, where I was greeted by a loud sound from the bathtub.


What in the world is that?

Peering over the edge of the tub, I was greeted by a large bull frog sitting in water.


And I wasted no time in racing out to the back deck to register my displeasure.


Brian appeared at the end of the path.

“Well, he wants to stay in the house!”


“Okay! Okay!”


I stood at the window and watched Brian carry him down the path toward the pond.

Years later when I reminded him of this adventure, Brian stated, “Oh no! You didn’t call me BRIAN BEALL. You called me BRIAN SCOTT BEALL. And when I heard my middle name, I knew that I was in trouble!”


Brian Scott Beall was born August 6, 1968 at 3:45 P.M. in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky–our first born child. And I must admit I was somewhat terrified. Unlike many of my friends from school and my sister, I did no babysitting while growing up. At most, I may have held one or two babies–but beyond that, I was clueless. My mother-in-law, Mildred Warfield Beall, came to stay with me my first week home. Howard was teaching school and the year was just beginning for him. Rather than leave me alone to my own uncertainties, Mildred came to the rescue. I don’t know what I would have done without her. And I cried after she returned home.

Howard's parents: Mildred Lee Warfield Beall (1917-2007) and Rev. Edward Leyburn Beall (1907-1992) standing behind their house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Winter 1963.

Howard’s parents: Mildred Lee Warfield Beall (1917-2007) and Rev. Edward Leyburn Beall (1907-1992) standing behind their house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Winter 1963.

Brian and cousin Kari Jo's baptism, November 1968, Farmington Presbyterian Church, Farmington, Missouri. Their grandfather, Rev. Edward L. Beall, performed the baptism. Kari Jo is the daughter of Howard's brother, and Prince's wife Cleone.

Brian and cousin Kari Jo’s baptism, November 1968, Farmington Presbyterian Church, Farmington, Missouri. Their grandfather, Rev. Edward L. Beall, performed the baptism. Kari Jo is the daughter of Howard’s brother, and Prince’s wife Cleone.

My new role as mother left me clueless. I stood beside his crib and watched him smile in his sleep. My own parents would be coming on vacation in October to see their first grandchild. That should give me time to figure out what I was supposed to do with the little fellow.

One morning I carried him into the living room and sat down in my comfortable chair, arching my legs on the footstool. Brian rested against my legs and looked at me as though wondering “Who is this strange person?” I think I smiled first and said, “Hi!” He smiled. And then I knew we connected. He wrapped his tiny hands on each index finger and smiled again. After that, it was Row, Row, Row Your Boat — The Teensie Weensie Spider, and Pee Paw–a word that eventually became his word for Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Brian getting his bath when my parents were in Louisville, October 1968

Brian getting his bath when my parents were in Louisville, October 1968

My parents Gordon Loren Inman and Elva Gail Spence Inman arrived on their vacation trip. I kept looking through the window of the front door for them and put Brian back in his bed. I had already experienced one disaster that morning with a furnace vent cleaner. We had just installed a new furnace in the house. Well, the new furnace was installed a few days previously, but the vents weren’t cleaned out,  and the pilot light wouldn’t stay on. So Howard called the people that morning and told them to “get out here” and “clean the vents!” It was chilly that morning. We needed heat with a new baby in the house. The man arrived, blew out the vents, lit the pilot and left. And I stood in the dining room in tears. Having spent several days cleaning the house to make it spotless for my parents, I now needed to reclean it and get it in shape before my parents arrived. Fortunately, the task was quickly finished just as their car pulled up in front of the house. Our dachshund Heidi was elated. She loved my parents and hadn’t been getting as much attention since Brian arrived.

“I couldn’t believe you are a mother until I saw your little baby!” my mother told me as we looked at the sleeping Brian.

As I recall, they were there about a week. We even went on an excursion to Stephen Collins Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home.” That was Brian’s first road trip. He did just fine.

Did I mention the little squeaky noise he made while being fed? I had joined The La Leche League in Louisville just before Brian was born because I was determined to breast feed him. I took him to a meeting one night and he decided he wanted a night cap. All eyes traveled to Brian as he noisily enjoyed his feast–the squeakiest little baby in the room!

Springtime in Louisville took us out to the yard where Brian enjoyed his swing set and playing in his walker. He also had a stroller and a swing, both of which he plainly enjoyed.

Brian and me, late Spring 1969, Louisville, Kentucky

Brian and me, late Spring 1969, Louisville, Kentucky

Howard had started a master’s program in counseling through Western Kentucky University that spring and decided that we would move to Bowling Green in June. So we sold our house and moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky in June 1969. It took us a while to find a place to live there, but we found a place by late October or early November and were in Bowling Green until the following July.

Howard and Brian in front of our house in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Howard and Brian in front of our house in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Taken December 1969

Brian sitting on our front porch in Bowling Green, Kentucky, June 1970

Brian sitting on our front porch in Bowling Green, Kentucky, June 1970

Before the Summer of 1970, however, we made a trip to Cedar Rapids to see my parents, where some generation photos were made.

Four generation photo: my maternal grandmother Oda Elizabeth Hopper Spence (1894-1981); my mother Elva Gail Spence Inman (1917-2003); Brian and me

Four generation photo: my maternal grandmother Oda Elizabeth Hopper Spence (1894-1981); my mother Elva Gail Spence Inman (1917-2003); Brian and me, Probably taken Summer 1969

Three Generations: my dad Gordon Loren Inman (1908-1974), Brian and me. This was taken on one of our spring jaunts

Three Generations: my dad Gordon Loren Inman (1908-1974), Brian and me. This was taken on one of our spring jaunts. Taken Spring 1970













Howard and Brian on the porch of his parents home, Auburn, Kentucky the day he graduated from Western Kentucky University.

Howard and Brian on the porch of his parents home, Auburn, Kentucky the day he graduated from Western Kentucky University.


In July 1970, we moved back to my home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Howard had a teaching contract. I was pregnant when we moved there. Brian’s sister Deborah Lee Beall (“Debbie) was born January 12, 1971 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa–the same hospital where I was born. Brian stayed with my parents during the week I was in the hospital and didn’t quite know what to make of a little sister who had just arrived. They squabbled when they were little but bonded well with the passage of time. Debbie, a nurse, would become Brian’s “cheer-leader-in-chief” during his last illness.

Brian, age 3, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Brian, age 3, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. June 1971

Deborah Lee Beall at six months of age. Taken June 1971, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Deborah Lee Beall at six months of age. Taken June 1971, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brian attended Garfield Elementary School in Cedar Rapids from 1973-1975 during Kindergarten and First Grade. We moved to Kansas City, Missouri after my graduation from Mount Mercy College.  While in Third Grade at Renner School north of Parkville, Brian became a member of a cub scout troupe. I was the Den Mother for his pack. Our most memorable occurrence? A week of daytime camp activities! “Snakes stay in their holes! Leave the other wildlife alone!” the cub scouts were told. I remember sitting in a puddle in the pouring rain, wondering how I had gotten talked into this! But for Brian, it was a week of fun. The cub scouts made rockets they shot off the last day of the camp. Brian’s rocket placed second highest.

We were in Kansas City until 1977 when we moved to the Missouri Ozarks for a three-year stint. That’s where the frog-in-the-bathtub incident occurred. I had long known Brian had a special love for animals beginning with Heidi the dachshund. He and his sister  had a rabbit named Peetie and guinea pigs galore. We didn’t know guinea pigs could be so productive! By the time we moved to the Ozarks, a cat named Louie moved into our house. He belonged to the former residents and took off for the woods the day they were moving. Louie was joined in December by Heidi the poodle. She belonged to Howard’s parents, and they let us take her back to Missouri with us. Brian thought that all of nature belonged in the house. Besides the frog, Louie and Heidi, Brian brought a box turtle named Red Top inside the house, as well as a rabbit named Christie.  We also had a pony named Red. Brian did not attempt to bring Red indoors!  Brian had a couple of gold fish named Bubbles and Fattie. When the goldfish died, Brian took them outside and buried them beneath our bedroom window. Then he placed tiny crosses on their graves. And then he wanted to have a funeral for them. Howard joined the ceremony and said a prayer for the fish. I had never witnessed a funeral for fish before. The big problem was keeping Louie from digging them up.

The pet drama continued well into our move to Colorado. In seventh grade, Brian rescued a cat named Lucky. One of his teachers was looking for a home for Lucky, and Brian volunteered. Lucky died just before Brian entered the Army. I guess he sensed Brian was going away for a long time.  Several years later, he brought our little cat, Shadow, home while out making pizza deliveries. Shadow’s owner was a rookie for the Denver Broncos that year. He and his wife felt sorry for the kitten when they were gone. We had several additional rabbits, a dog named Gigi, a second Louie cat, a hamster named Tidbit and much later, our daughter Debbie’s dog Ramsey. In the end, Ramsey and Shadow lived with us the longest. Both have been gone for some time. Shadow died in 1997; Ramsey died in 2005. Brian went on to acquire his own pets after his marriage: a cat named Cheeto, a German Shepherd named Thor–both of whom lived a long time. Another dog named Sparky joined the club and died about a year ago. Some years ago, Brian and LuAn adopted two cats from a rescue place: a Siamese named Moe and a big bundle of love named Melvin. Melvin is the lone survivor. We often thought Brian should have been a veterinarian.

In August 1980, we left the woods for the plains and mountains of Colorado. By the time we made our move, Brian was a full-blown Pittsburgh Steelers fan–something that did not ingratiate him with Bronco supporters in Denver. He later had a habit of going to Bronco games dressed in Steeler garb. Someone once yelled at him, “Why don’t you go back to Pittsburgh?” Brian’s response? “Never been there!”

He delivered newspapers in junior high and later delivered papers as an adult for extra cash. “All of Colorado should be proud to have such a wonderful paper boy!” one client wrote the supervisor. “He’s the best newspaper deliverer I’ve ever had!” wrote another.

Brian and school did not mix well during his junior high and high school years. He was a visual learner, and he was dyslexic. When he was in seventh grade, he made a family tree book–something his dear old mother helped him with. I gave him the pictures; he wrote the stories to go with the pictures. Of course I told him the stories as he wrote them. “Only A+” I ever got!” he remembered. By high school, he was completely bored.  Howard and I turned gray over his driving escapades as well as his speeding tickets.  So Howard enrolled him in Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado. He joined the Army after graduation, where he became a field artillery surveyor. He did his basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then went to Germany for the rest of his tour where he served at Herzo Base. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Perfect Service. After his discharge, he returned to Denver where he rejoined his family.

The day of Brian's graduation from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1996

The day of Brian’s graduation from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1997

In May 1990, I received my master’s degree at the University of Colorado of Denver.  Brian came to my graduation and while we were posing together in the front yard, Brian told me, “Mom, I met someone last night. Her name is LuAn!”  He had fallen in love with a woman while in Germany–something that didn’t work out. And then he met LuAn.

Brian's Army photo. I'm not sure whether this was taken at Fort Sill or in Germany

Brian’s Army photo. I’m not sure whether this was taken at Fort Sill or in Germany



Brian and me the day I received my Master's Degree, May 19, 1990.

Brian and me the day I received my Master’s Degree, May 19, 1990.











Brian and LuAn were married in the front yard of their home March 9, 1991. March 9, 2016 would have been their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Brian and LuAnn on their wedding day, March 9, 2016

Brian and LuAnn on their wedding day, March 9, 2016



Brian and LuAn taking their vows. Brandon is standing in the foreground

Brian and LuAn taking their vows. Brandon is standing in the foreground








Luan, Brandon and Brian heading out for a Christmas party, 1991

LuAn, Brandon and Brian heading out for a Christmas party, 1991


The following year on August 22, 1992, Brian’s sister Debbie married Dee Wall. Jr. in our back yard. Brian was the disc jockey at her wedding.

Debbie Beall and Dee Wall wedding, August 22, 1992

Debbie Beall and Dee Wall, Jr. wedding, August 22, 1992









Brian worked ten years for Jolly Rancher  Candies and two years for Budweiser. He graduated from Red Rocks Community College in fire science. In 2003, he became a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, where he worked for fourteen years.  A lover of sports, Brian organized a softball league with friends from Jolly Rancher. As I recall, they played for several seasons. He traveled extensively with the railroad including a several month stint in Illinois.  He loved to travel–a love he acquired while in Germany. He and LuAn made several trips to the Indianapolis 500. He wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby but didn’t make it there. He even had his name on a season ticket list for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That would not come to pass either.

About five or six years ago, Brian and LuAn joined Calvary Chapel in Broomfield. They were both immersed–the second time for LuAn and the third time for Brian– and they became active participants in their church. They went on a Healing Waters Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic in 2012 or 2013. Brian and LuAn co-founded the Bean Saver Project that feeds hungry children. That project is still active.

In May 2014, Brian went to a high school graduation in Parker, Colorado. Jason Wall, one of our grandsons and Brian’s nephew, was graduating from Thunder Ridge High School in Douglas County. I remember sitting on the bleachers, looking for Brian. Presently, he arrived and sat on the bench next to me. He was dressed in his Pittsburg Steeler’s attire.

Dee Wall, Jason Wall, Brian Beall, May 2014, Parker, Colorado

Dee and Jason Wall, Brian Beall, May 2014, Parker, Colorado

Brian seemed fine that day. After the ceremony, we went to Debbie and Dee’s house for food and celebration. An hour or so later, Brian went into the bathroom.  When he came out, he said he was going home. We didn’t think anything about it at the time.  Then in July, he drove over to our house and said he had something to tell us.

“I have cancer!” he said.

Of course, I didn’t want to believe it. Our daughter was diagnosed with the beginning stages of breast cancer two years previously. She underwent a double mastectomy and hasn’t been troubled with it since. But during her ordeal, they discovered a mutant gene in the family that makes a person carrying that gene more susceptible to any form of cancer. Brian had the same gene. He was suffering from Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Surgery was scheduled for October 22, 2014.  And Debbie organized a team of supporters on his behalf called Team Brian.

Team Brian: Debbie, Brian, Mandy, Dallas, Jason, Dee, LuAn, Joshua

Team Brian:  Front L-R–Debbie, Brian, Mandy, Dallas; Back L-R–Jason, Dee, LuAn, Josh


Brian underwent his surgery on October 22, 2014. At that point, the operation was successful. They had to redo his esophagus and cut out about half of his stomach. He believed he was cancer free. He would return for a check-up in January. But he really seemed great that fall. And we believed the cancer was gone.

Brian Scott Beall (1968-2016)

Brian Scott Beall (1968-2016)

Unfortunately, it returned. Brian told me he knew it was back–he could tell!  He also added, “Well, Jesus is going to heal me, whether in this world or the next!”

In January 2015, he began a three or four month heavy deluge of chemo. He became so ill, he couldn’t keep food down. The doctor told him he would fight cancer the rest of his life and by fall, forbade him from ever returning to work.  And so began the alternating periods of chemo-non-chemo-hydration, etc. which eventually took their toll on him. I might add that Brian and Debbie were quite adept at keeping us out of the loop on all of this. The first time I learned he was in the hospital was in September 2015. He called saying he needed a ride home! So we drove to the hospital to pick him up. He told me he would be waiting in the lobby. I didn’t see him, so I asked the lady sitting at the front desk.

“He’s still in his room!” she told me while giving me the number.

When I knocked on the door and opened it slowly, there sat Brian, eager to get out of that place. He needed to go in for hydration and had been there a few days.

The last time we saw him when he looked good was on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015. He went with us to Applebee’s for their Veteran’s Day Special. It was the first time he had an evening out without going to a doctor or hospital since this whole thing began. We left Applebee’s that night confident Brian was on the mend.

Brian and me at Applebee's, November 11, 2015

Brian and me at Applebee’s, November 11, 2015

Howard and Brian at Applebee's, November 11, 2015

Howard and Brian at Applebee’s, November 11, 2015









Christmas told us another story. Brian called on the 23rd, announcing Debbie had arrived, and he wanted us to come over for our Christmas. I remember saying, “Right now?” When we arrived, we saw a different Brian. He did not look well at all, and his legs were swollen with edema. Nevertheless, we carried on with our celebration and went home.

Brian spent the first three weeks of 2016 in the hospital. He went home, but was no better. So he went to another hospital and was told the other hospital had not been treating him properly. He had gained 51 lbs. of liquid on his legs! He was in that hospital for another week getting re-corrected.

I’m not sure whether he was in the hospital in early February. But he began having difficulty breathing. In my last telephone conversation with him, he told me his cancer had spread into his intestines and elsewhere. So I knew it would take a major miracle for him to be healed during this side of life. LuAn drove him to the hospital on Sunday afternoon, February 28, 2016 about an hour after we talked with him on the phone. He said he couldn’t talk long because of a shortness of breath. He didn’t go by ambulance and was a walk-in. They said he had fluid on his lungs. On Monday, they planned to drain it. They would keep him overnight, and LuAn could pick him up and take him home on Tuesday morning. I don’t know whether they drained the fluid. But on Tuesday morning, March 1, 2016 Brian passed away at 7:10 A.M. between the shift change. The night shift checked on him as they left. He was alert. The day shift arrived and checked on him, and he had passed. LuAn arrived on the scene and discovered that he had died. Debbie called us about 9:30 and  told us we needed to go to the hospital because “Brian passed away this morning.” The cancer didn’t kill him. I believe the pneumonia did.

Our sweet Brian was gone!

The room was empty. The others went out in the hallway. I stood beside the bed and held and kissed his hands. My sweet baby was only 47 years of age! I remembered holding him in my arms and kissing his tiny little face after he was born. Presently, I grabbed the metal bar of the bed and pulled myself up in bed beside him. Then I kissed his face–told him I loved him–and said goodbye.


After a passing, tears flow with fond memories of a loved one gone. Brian will forever be in our hearts. His memorial service  is Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at Calvary Chapel, 1200 Miramonte, Broomfield, CO–an informal service. Brian would have wanted it that way. He will have a military burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in South Metro Denver at a later date. More than likely, that will be in April. A leather cover will deck Brian’s urn. He was a leather-type of guy and would have liked that as well.

Brian was called “Bri” and “Brian” by Howard. I called him “Honey” and “Brian”–and yes–occasionally Brian Scott Beall! –but not recently, thank goodness!  LuAn called him “Honey”–a term he called her as well. Brandon called him “Dad.” And four little girls–Trinity, Kanoe, Brooke and Delaney–called him “Pappy.” Debbie and Dee’s children-Joshua , Jason and Amanda–called him Uncle Brian, as did a host of nieces and nephews named in his obituary. He was a nephew in his own right to Dickson and Joan Beall, Prince and Cleone Beall, and Edward Leyburn and Marilyn Beall–Howard’s brothers and their wives. His Uncle Ley called him “A.J.”–a term inspired by some of Brian’s early driving activities. He was “Cuz” to a host of cousins. Most  people called him “Brian”. Some people called him “Mighty Mouse” because he was short and able to “bend steel in his bare hands!”  My Grandfather Spence called him “Bub” the first time he saw him at four months of age. Brian will be missed by many.

Here are some interesting facts about Brian:

1. He was born during Leap Year (1968) and he passed away during Leap Year (2016)
2. He was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and passed away in another St. Anthony’s Hospital.
3. When Brian was born in 1968, a crazy presidential campaign was underway. We were watching the Republican Convention the night I went into labor and had just heard Eisenhower’s speech when things within my body began happening. Brian was in this world during the Democratic convention–that crazy thing in Chicago resulting in the Democratic implosion. When Brian passed away in 2016, another presidential campaign is underway and viewing the cast of characters involved, there is probably another implosion enroute..
4. Brian was born August 6, 1968 and passed away on March 1, 2016. There are five months between March and August. If you add one day, you get the number “6”). (Kind of a wacky connection, but it is there).
5. Brian’s wife LuAn was born and raised in southern Indiana, just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. She once joked and said, “I was probably the girl who winked and smiled at you in a grocery store!” They met in Denver, Colorado. I was trying to think of a connection between Kentucky and Colorado, and this must be it. Her father lived a few blocks from our house in Louisville during the time that we lived there!

I recall reading an article the day after Brian’s passing about some strange radio signals from outer space. The signals are sporadic and come at unpredictable intervals. They are several light years away, but they are really beginning to puzzle the people who are studying them.

Smiling, I said aloud: “Brian is churning up the universe while driving the 7:10, his own heavenly train!”

"See ya!"

“See ya!”





The Ringing of the Bells–Part Eight: The Other Patriarch– Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) and the Mystery of Sarah Beall (1659-1734)

Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717)

Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717)

Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) was larger than life–an understatement by most accounts. Born in Scotland, he was captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, transported to Barbados where he cut sugar cane as an indentured servant. From there, he made his way to Maryland where he acquired large amounts of land. He had two marriages: one in Scotland and the second in Maryland. Most of his children came from his second marriage. He was a close associate of Alexander Magruder (1610-1677). Until recent years, most people have accepted that Col. Ninian’s daughter, Sarah Beall (1659-1734) married Alexander Magruder’s son, Col. Samuel Magruder (1654-1711). Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall were Howard’s seventh-great grandparents. Alexander Magruder and Col. Ninian Beall were Howard’s eighth-great grandfathers. It has been established that Alexander Magruder’s second wife Margaret Braithwaite (1635-1670) was the mother of Col. Samuel Magruder. It has also been accepted that Sarah Beall’s mother was Col. Ninian’s second wife, Ruth Polly Moore (1648-1707).

I am about to upset the apple cart!

But I will provide some background material before upsetting it!

A short account of the life of Ninian Beall appears in the Compendium of American Genalogy:

“From the Compendium of American Genealogy First Families of America, Vol. 6, p.756: “BEALL (Beal, Beale), Col. Ninian (b Largo, Fifeshire, Scot.,1625-d 1717), as prisoner of Cromwell was exiled to Barbadoes, 1650; to Prince Georges Co., Md., ca. 1652; later planter in Calvert Co., Md.; lt., 1668, 76; dep. surveyor, Charles Co.,1684; chief mil. officer, Calvert Co., 1689; maj. Calvert Co.militia, 1689; high sheriff, 1692; col. of militia, 1694; mem.Gen. Assembly, 1697-1701; Md. Gen. Assembly passed “Act of Gratitude” for distinguished Indian services, 1699; ruling elder, and “Father of Presbyterianism in Md.”; m Elizabeth Gordon (d in Scotland); m 2d. 1668-70, Ruth (1652-1707), dau. of Richard Moore, of St. Marys Co., Md., m Jane –.” ” LDS Spouse: Chaddock Gordon Birth: About 1625 in Scotland Death: Scotland He held a commission as cornet in the Scotch-English army, raised to resist Cromwell. He fought in the battle of Dunbar, 9/3/1650 against Cromwell. He was captured and made to serve 5 years servitude and sent to Barbadoes, West Indies. In 1652 he along with 149 other prisoners appeared in the province of Maryland.(1)


Our Summer With Ninian Beall began in May 1992 while enroute to Pennsylvania, where I was beginning my doctoral studies. Howard had been researching him for some time, and he wanted to see and to touch everything pertaining to his ancestor. So we took the long route to Pennsylvania by way of Maryland and fulfilled some of Howard’s ambitions. Our first stop was a place called Calvert Manor.

Calvert Manor in Maryland. Photo taken May 1992.

Calvert Manor in Maryland. Photo taken May 1992.

I wish I could remember its exact location. As I recall, it was owned by a sportsman’s club, and they were in the process of sealing it off from public access. So I imagine we were the last outsiders to walk the grounds and take pictures of it.  It overlooked the Pawtuxent River and probably dated back to the 1670s. I hope that someone has current information about it. I’m not sure whether Ninian Beall ever lived in this place. If so, it may have been when he was the High Sheriff in 1692.



Communion set presented to Presbyterian Church by Col. Ninian Beall. Photo taken Summer 1992

Howard with communion set presented to Presbyterian Church by Col. Ninian Beall. Photo taken Summer 1992



Before leaving Colorado, Howard contacted the Presbyterian Church in Maryland where a portion this communion service set is kept. Colonel Ninian Beall gave it to the Presbyterian Church in Maryland in 1707. We were able to stop there while enroute to Pennsylvania and were allowed to see it–something Howard considers a treasured event.

Dumbarton House, Washington DC. Photo taken Summer 1992. Headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames. We visited Dumbarton House on our Washington DC Trip. The house was transferred from Col. Ninian's son, George Beall, to his son, Thomas Beall.

Dumbarton House, Washington DC. Photo taken Summer 1992. Headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames. We visited Dumbarton House on our Washington DC Trip. The house was transferred from Col. Ninian’s son, George Beall, to his son, Thomas Beall.


Our trip would not have been complete without our visit to Dumbarton House, which is today a museum owned by The National Socity of Colonial Dames. We walked the grounds and also went through the museum. According to Ruth Beall Gelders: “It is recorded that George Beall, son of Ninian’s son Ninian, was born in 1729 in the home built on Rock of Dumbarton. Another house was built at 1703 32nd Street, at the corner of R Street on “Rock of Dumbarton” by William Dorsey. It is known as “Dumbarton Oaks.” From August through October 1944, the first conference of the United Nations was held at Dumbarton Oaks. Dumbarton Oaks had several owners until it was acquired by Robert Woods Bliss who gave it to Harvard University. A research library has been collected containing about 10,000 volumes relating to gardening, Byzantine and early Christian art. This is one of the finest museums and libraries in the world on Byzantine and early Christian art. The present mansion was built about 1800.(2)

Front photo of Dumbarton House By dbking - Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

Front photo of Dumbarton House
By dbking – Flickr, CC BY 2.0,


St. John's Church, Washington DC with Howard standing in front of it. Taken Summer 1992

St. John’s Church, Washington DC with Howard standing in front of it. Taken Summer 1992

We also visited St. John’s Church in Washington. D.C. where Col. Ninian Beall’s memorial plaque is located. This church is commonly called The Church of the Presidents. The marker was originally placed on a huge boulder in front of the church. It has since been relocated to the side of the building.

Original site of the Ninian Beall Plaque, St. John's Church, Washington, DC. Photo Taken Summer 1992

Original site of the Ninian Beall Plaque, St. John’s Church, Washington, DC. Photo Taken Summer 1992

Ninian Beall plaque on the side of St. John's Church, Washington DC. Photo taken Summer 1992

Ninian Beall plaque on the side of St. John’s Church, Washington DC. Photo taken Summer 1992

The Plaque reads: “”Colonel Ninian Beall, born Scotland, 1625, died Maryland 1717, patentee of the Rock of Dumbarton; Member of the House of Burgesses; Commander-in-Chief of the Provincial Forces of Maryland. In grateful recognition of his services “upon all Incursions and Disturbances of Neighboring Indians” the Maryland Assembly of 1699 passed an “Act of Gratitude.” This memorial erected by the Society of Colonial Wars in the District of Columbia, 1910.”(3)






Ruth Beall Gelders provides a list of some of Col. Ninian’s properties:

  • “Beall’s Pleasure” – The house is up a narrow, private road on the left, 16.3 miles N.E. along Bladenton Road from Old Toll Gate, or at Bladensburg. Rd. and H Street, but is visible from the main road. This early colonial and brick house was built in 1795 by Benjamin Stoddard, 1st Secretary of the Navy, and confidential agent in securing rights for the Capital City. This fine example of Georgian architecture was built of brick burned at clay pits still visible on the grounds. The house was erected on foundations of a still earlier house, probably one built by Ninian Beall when he first patented the land and gave in the name in 1706.
  • “Mackall Place” – On R street between 28th and 29th in Georgetown. Soon after 1717, George Beall came to live on his inheritance called the Rock of Dumbarton, and this small structure may have been his first home here. It consists of a large room with a huge fireplace which was still standing when this description was written. Later, when the Rock of Dumbarton was sold to make part of the City of Georgetown, Beall built, about 1750, the large brick mansion at what is now 3033 N Street, northwest of the oldest brick houses now in the District. This is the house to which Jaqueline Kennedy and her children moved and in which they lived for a year when they left the White House after the death of President Kennedy.
  • “Ninian Beall’s Pleasure Map” – Land around the headwaters of the Anacostia had been patented in 1696 to Ninian Beall who sold it to Dr. John Gerrard. Charles Calvert, descendant of the Lords Baltimore, acquired it through marriage to Gerrard’s daughter. Calvert’s daughter Eugenia sold 60 acres in 1742 for the town of Garrison’s Landing.
  • “Dumbarton – Washington House” 1647 30th Street at R Street. Built by Thomas Beall shortly after he inherited the Rock of Dumbarton from his father George Sr. in 1784. At that time he gave his elder brother, George Jr., the Beall mansion on N Street. The new home “Dumbarton” went to Thomas’ daughter Elizabeth Ridley as a wedding present when she married George Corbin Washington, great-nephew of the President. It was inherited by their son, Lewis Washington, who sold it to Elisha Riggs, co-founder with W. W. Corccoran of Riggs National Bank.
  • “Inspection House for Tobacco” – Ninian Beall received the patent for the Rock of Dumbarton in 1703. Some years later, George Gordon acquired some of the land and also acquired “Knave’s Disappointment’ from James Smith. He renamed the land “Rock Creek Plantation.”
  • “Rosedale,” 3501 Newark, and “Woodley,” 3000 Cathedral Ave. – Both estates were part of a much larger tract, 1300 or 1400 acres west of Rock Creek and extending beyond the Cathedral grounds, which George Beall acquired in 1720 and described as an addition to the Rock of Dumbarton grant to his father.
  • “Dumbarton House” Q street in Georgetown – This red brick mansion was built by the Bealls and occupied by them until 1796. “Dumbarton” later belonged to Joseph Nourse, first Register of Treasury, and to Charles Carroll. It is now the headquarters for the National Society of the colonial Dames of America. Dolly Madison fled here when the British burned the White House in 1814.(4)

We were able to find some of these properties on our excursion, including the Jacquelyn Kennedy house. When we were there in 1992, the owner was a Mrs. Fox, who was connected with the Twentieth Century Fox family. I have a picture in my album, but have not scanned it as yet.

Our Summer of Ninian Beall came to an end in August. While I kept busy with papers, research, classes and discussion groups, Howard continued his quest for Col. Ninian. At that time, he firmly believed his connection to Col. Ninian was through Ninian Beall, Jr. (1674-1710). Since then, “Yours Truly” discovered the connection was through Col. Ninian’s daughter, Sarah Beall (1659-1734), As previously noted, she became the wife of Col. Samuel Magruder (1654-1711). Their daughter, Verlinda Magruder (1690-1745), married John Beall (1688-1742). And John was the son of the immigrant, Alexander Beall (1649-1744), a cousin of Col. Ninian Beall. Sadly, Howard had to pack away Ninian Beall, Jr. and gravitate toward the Alexander Beall-Alexander Magruder group.


What do I know about Sarah Beall?

[NOTE: I am citing a number of sources in this section in order to identify Sarah Beall. I believe her date of birth was 1659, as stated in this article. Other sources provide different birth dates for her, one at late as 1669. I have acknowledged all these sources in this section and discussed them. But I believe she was born in 1659 as stated below.]

I’ve spent the last week trying to answer that question. As a result, I’m about to shake things up all over again. Believe me–this has been a ride!

Sarah Beall was born abt 1669[sic]  in Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States. She was the daughter of Colonel Ninian Beall (1625-1717) and Ruth Polly Moore Beall (abt 1637-abt 1712).

Sarah married Francis Watts in 1678 in Prince Georges County, MD. Francis is the son of Edward Watts (1620-1690) and Anne (Sherman) Watts (1620-1651). This couple had one known daughter, Sarah Watts.

Sarah married Col. Samuel Magruder in 1685 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. This couple had 7 known sons and 4 known daughters: Samuel, Ninean, John, James, William, Alexander, Nathaniel, Verlinda, Mary, Elizabeth and Elinor (or Elenor).

Sarah died on 9 May 1734 in Anne, Arundel Prince Georges, MD, USA. She was 76 years old. (5)

What I posted here is the general opinion people have of Col. Ninian’s daughter, Sarah Beall. The Francis Watts information in this particular biography was new to me because I had never heard of him before reading this piece! And it raised an immediate question concerning Sarah’s age. If she were born in 1669 and if she married Francis Watts in 1678–she would have been only nine years old! And so I discarded Francis–temporarily! A Find-a-Grave Memorial for Francis Watts provided me with a new interpretation:

Birth: 1650
Stafford County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1711
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA

Francis Watts was born abt 1650 in Stafford County, VA. Francis is the son of Edward Watts (1620-1690) and Anne (Sherman) Watts (1630-1665). Francis married Sarah Beall in 1678 in Prince Georges County, MD. This couple had one known daughter, Sarah Watts. Apparently, Sarah and Francis were divorced as both remarried and had other children by other spouses.Francis married Margaret Purdy in 1698. This couple had 4 known children: John, Francis, Richard and William.Death 1711 Age: 56 All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA All Hallows Register.Burial 171112 Apr Anne Arundel Co, Maryland Source: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (All Hallow’s Protestant Episcopal Church Collection) – Parish Register 1700-1724, p. 7 [MSA SC 2458 M 221]; Parish Register 1669-1721, p. 43 [MSA SC 2458 M 221].Probate 1713 Anne Arundel Co, Maryland Source: Abstracts of the testamentary proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, V L Skinner; Maryland. Prerogative Court. Court Session: 1 August 1713 22:56 Exhibited accounts of John Hardin on estate of Francis Watts (AA).Family links:
Edward Watts (1620 – 1690)
Anne Sherman Watts (1630 – 1665)Spouse:
Sarah Watts Beall Magruder (1659 – 1734)*Children:
Sarah Watts Warman (1679 – 1710)**Calculated relationship
All Hallows Church Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Stella
Record added: Feb 03, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104561634 (6)

“All Hallows Church Cemetery–the Brick Church?”

Yes, we were there! But not in 1992. We were there in 1998 after I had graduated with my doctorate and while we were on our way down to North Carolina. Both of us had to do research there. We were visiting a friend in Maryland near Birdsville. She took us to that cemetery! I remember walking around, looking at the stones before deciding no one we knew was buried there! How little did we know.

Sarah’s 1669 birthdate still plagued me however. If born in 1669, she was still nine when she married Francis. Col. Ninian married Ruth Moore in 1668. Perhaps I was missing something.

And what if Sarah wasn’t Col. Ninian’s daughter?

I reread all the research materials I had accumulated over the years about Sarah, including her Find-a-Grave Memorial linked to Francis Watts. It was there where I discovered a birth year for Sarah of 1659! And this discovery led to a new problem.

Ninian Beall did not marry Ruth Moore until 1668!

“Oh dear!”

I was back to the drawing board once again, rereading everything I had collected, including some theories that Francis Watts’ first wife was not Sarah Beall, but Sarah Mills! This Sarah Mills is also projected as the wife of Col. Samuel Magruder!

Here we go again!

People also have Sarah Beall married to James Offutt The Immigrant (1648-1711). Then they twist it around and have her married to James Offutt’s grandson–Judge James Offutt (1690-1782). In the first case, James Offutt The Immigrant (1648-1711) married a Rachel probably in England before coming to America. The marriage record suggests that her surname may have been Beall, but no one seems to know.(7)  Judge James Offut (1690-1782) (the grandson) had two marriages–both of them to Bealls. The first is also to a Rachel??? (Beall), only this Rachel is sometimes described as a daughter of Col. Ninian Beall and Ruth Moore. That is not correct. I will get into that later! Judge James Offutt’s second marriage is to a Sarah Beall (1717-1779). This Sarah was a daughter of Howard’s sixth great-grandparents, John Beall and Verlinda Magruder.

And yes, there is a problem concerning Sarah Beall!

She is not mentioned in Col. Ninian’s will. Making matters worse, many of the Calvert County records were destroyed when they were moved from St. Mary’s to Prince Georges County. They were also destroyed by fire on several other occasions. So there is no primary source stating absolutely and forever establishing that Sarah Beall was a daughter of Col. Ninian Beall! In other words, there is really no way of absolutely proving or disproving it. What we are facing is an accumulation of theories from a variety of informants who build their theories from secondary sources. These sources are used to support their arguments. And that is exactly what I am doing here! Someone suggested that everyone is entitled to an opinion. I am presenting mine.

A number of basic secondary sources support the Sarah-as-Ninian’s-daughter theory. They provide a starting point but are secondary sources since they are record transcriptions. Some of these sources follow:

  1. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Sarah Beall and Samuel Magruder married in 1686. (8)
  2. Family Data Collection-Individual Records state that Sarah Beall wsas the daughter of Col. Ninian Beall and Ruth Moore. The records also state that Sarah was born in 1659 in Maryland, and that she married Samuel Magruder in Prince Georges County in 1685. The records also state that she died May 9, 1734 in Prince Georges County. (9)

Virtus Edmondson’s “Notes on Sarah Beall” particularly caught my attention since it cites a number of secondary sources in the text:  ”

ID: I13244

  1. Name: Sarah BEALL
  2. Sex: F
  3. ALIA: /Bell/
  4. Birth: 1661 in Prince Georges County, Maryland?
  5. Birth: 1661
  6. Death: BEF 1 MAY 1734 in Prince Georges County, Maryland
  7. Note:

    Alternate Birthplace: Fifeshire, Scotland
    There is much conjecture abourt Sarah Magruder’s Maiden Name. Many researchers incorrectly idenified her as Sarah Beall, daughter of Ninian Beall. There is a possibility that she was a Beall relative from Scotland. Page 35, Early Settlers of Maryland, Gus Skordas lists a Sarah Bell (i.e Beall) transported in 1675. MD Liber 18, Folio 306. In a biographial sketch on John Beall (of Alexander’s line) on page 215, Volume 6 EFSM it says that John’s wife Verlinda Magruder was “d/o of Samuel Magruder & Sarah Bell (MCW VII.113);” (10)

An article titled “Who Was Mary?” describes the problem in depth. The following is a section from Rick Saunder’s website at

There are several myths that have attributed Mary, wife of John POTTINGER, and Sarah, wife of Samuel MAGRUDER as being children of Ninian BEALL. While that has been disproved, in that the evidence shows that Ninian’s daughter Mary married Andrew HAMILTON, the thought remains among some researchers that they were BEALL sisters, and relatives of Ninian. The couples were related in that Samuel MAGRUDER in his will call John POTTINGER his “brother” [brother-in-law]. Recent research of Brice Clagett (Nov. 2001) concluded that John POTTINGER married Mary MULLIKAN and Samuel MAGRUDER married Sarah POTTINGER, sister to John. This was based on relationships derived from John DEMALL in his 1725 calling Robert POTTENGER, son of John and Mary his “cousin.” Research of mine in Feb. 2002 concluded that he overlooked that Robert POTTENGER’s wife Ann EVANS was niece to DEMALL’s wife, Mary EVANS. While CLAGETT’s research could still be valid, and Mary a MULLIKIN and Sarah a POTTENGER, it cannot be considered as proved. The theory which at present has the most validity is that Samuel MAGRUDER’s wife Sarah may have been the daughter of William MILLS and wife Tabitha, and thus a step-daughter to Tabitha’s second husband Thomas BLANFORD. Some MAGRUDER researchers believe that John POTTENGER may have had a short-lived marriage to Samuel MAGRUDER’s sister Elizabeth. Note, though, that in 1706 the estate of William MILLS, Jr., there was a payment to “John POTTENGER for the use of Martha BLANFORD.” Martha was a daughter of Thomas BLANFORD and wife Tabitha, and half-sister to the MILLS children. Another popular myth is that Ninian BEALL had a daughter Margery that was the second wife of Joseph BELT, who first married Ninian’s daughter Hester/Esther. Margery was nee WIGHT, and the widow of Thomas SPRIGG. Ninian BEALL died between 15 Jan. and 28 Feb. 1717 when his will was written and probated in Prince George’s Co., MD. His wife Ruth was living on 12 Sep. 1713 when she acknowledged a deed with her husband,but probably died before Ninian wrote his will. (11)

The Sarah Mills/Col. Samuel Magruder theory is currently in vogue. I have dismissed the Francis Watts connection, although someone posted a comment on the Francis Watts’ Find-A-Grave Memorial, stating that his first wife was Sarah Mills. I cannot substantiate this claim since people who support the Mills/Magruder theory aligned Sarah Mills’ birth and death dates with the original Sarah Beall’s. As already pointed out, there is no way a young child eight, nine or ten years of age would have married Francis Watts. And there is no way to substantiate the names of William Mills’ daughters (with the exception of Tabitha) since he does not name them in his will:

On January 18, 1663, William Mill patented his first tract of land called Trenant.  In the will of John Boage, written July 8, 1667 and proven on December 16, 1667, legacy was left to his countryman, William Mill. Through this legacy William Mill became the possessor of more acreage of  Trenant, Dunbar, and Haddington which had been patented to John Boage in 1663. These tracts adjoined William Mill’s own tract of Trenant. The property of William Mill is marked today by a point on the Patuxent Bay called “Milltown Landing”. Milltown Landing Road runs through the original William Mill’s property.  

William Mill wrote his will in Calvert County, Maryland. on March 13, 1676.  It was proven on April 26, 1676. In his will he bequeathed his tracts of land, previously mentioned, to his sons after the death of his wife. His wife, Tabitha, was named as executrix.  The will mentioned his eldest son,William Mill Jr., his second son, John Mill, and  daughters# (unnamed – but one known to be Tabitha, who married Edward Willet; another is thought to be Sarah, who may have been the wife of Samuel Magruder). (12)

My attention focuses on the Virtus Edmonston reference to a Sarah Bell who immigrated to Maryland from Scotland in 1675.(13).  This focus is not misplaced.  What follows is my theory!


Sarah Bell/Beall (1659-1734)

Colonial families of the United States descended from the immigrants who arrived before 1700 sets the stage for this scenario:

There really had arrived and recorded in the Land Office at Annapolis at Annapolis, and otherwise disposed of two women immigrants, named Sarah Bell and Mary Bell, as follows:

Mary Bell arrived in 1666. See Vol. X, folio 417, Land Office, Annapolis.

She m. Peter Elzey, Nov. 11, 1672 Somerset County. See Original Court Records, Vol. DBIKL local court, Somerset County, 1672

Sarah Bell arrived 1675. See Vol. XVIII, folio 306, Land Office, Annapolis.

She m. Sept. ____, 1681, James English of Somerset County. See Original Court Records, DBIKL local court, Somerset County, 1681.

It is estimated that a Sarah Bell and a Mary Bell appeared about this time in what is now Prince Georges County, and that they came with these above mentioned 25 immigrant families that came with the Rev. Nathaniel Taylor.

They must have been very  attractive Scottish lassies, for Samuel Magruder (1661-1711), married Sarah Bell in 1686, and John Pottinger (1662-1735), married Mary Bell about the same time.

Colonel Samuel Magruder, in his will of 1711, mentioned “my brother John Pottinger.” This confirms the relationship between Sarah and Mary Bell, as sisters.

Sarah Bell Magruder named two of her children, Mary and John, as a compliment to  her sister, Mary, and her husband, John Pottinger.  Mary Bell Pottinger named two of her children, Sarah and Samuel, as a compliment to her sister, Sarah, and her husband, Samuel Magruder.

The apparent fondness of Sarah Bell Magruder for Colonel Ninian Beall and his family indicates either a relationship or strong friendship. She named her second son for Colonel Ninian; and in her will of 1734, she makes valuable presents to Mary and Samuel Beall, children of Ninian [2] Beall, (1672-1710).(14)

[Note: Ninian Beall, Jr. was a son of Col. Ninian Beall and Ruth Moore. Mary and Samuel Beall were their children. Ninian Beall, Jr.’s wife was Elizabeth Magruder (1689-1764), a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Bell Magruder.]

Based upon her year of birth (1658/1659) and the location of her birth (Largo, Fife, Scotland), I believe that Sarah Bell was a daughter of Col. Ninian Beall and his first wife Elizabeth Gordon.  I know that some contend there was no first marriage for Ninian. I believe there was and Elizabeth Gordon was his first wife.

For one thing, the Gordons were quite prominent in Scotland, as were the Bells/Bealls and the Magruders/McGregors. The Gordons intermarried with the Sutherlands, as noted in a short history:

The Earldom of Sutherland, the oldest extant in Britain, is said to have been granted by Alexander II, to William, Lord of Sutherland, about 1228, for assisting to quell a powerful northern savage of the name of Gillespie. William was the son of Hugh Freskin, who acquired the district of Sutherland by the forfeiture of the Earl of Caithness for rebellion in 1197. Hugh was the grandson of Freskin the Fleming, who came into Scotland in the reign of David I, and obtained from that prince the lands of Strathbrock in Linlithgowshire, also, the land of Duffus and others in Moray. His son, William, was a constant attendant on King William the Lion, during his frequent expeditions into Moray, and assumed the name of William de Moravia. He died towards the end of the 12th century. His son, Hugh, got the district of Sutherland, as already mentioned. Hugh’s son, “Willielmus dominus de Sutherlandia filius et haeres quondam Hugonis Freskin“, is usually reckoned the first Earl of Sutherland, although Sir Robert Gordon, the family historian, puts it three generations farther back.

The ninth earl died, without issue, in 1514, when the succession devolved upon his sister Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, in her own right. This lady had married Adam Gordon of Aboyne, second son of George, second Earl of Huntly, high-chancellor of Scotland, and in his wife’s right, according to the custom of the age, he was styled Earl of Sutherland. The Earl of Sutherland, when far advanced in life, retired for the most part to Strathbogie and Aboyne, in Aberdeenshire, to spend the remainder of his days among his friends, and intrusted the charge of the country to his eldest son, Alexander Gordon, master of Sutherland, a young man of great intrepidity and talent; and on the countess’s resignation, a charter of the earldom was granted to him by King James V, on 1st December 1527. She died in 1535, and her husband in 1537. Their issue were – 1. Alexander, master of Sutherland, who was infeft in the earldom in 1527, under the charter above mentioned, and died in 1529, leaving, by his wife, Lady Jane Stewart, eldest daughter of the second Earl of Atholl, three sons – John, Alexander, and William, and two daughters; 2. John Gordon; 3. Adam Gordon, killed at the battle of Pinkie, 10th September 1547; 4. Gilbert Gordon of Gartay, who married Isobel Sinclair, daughter of the laird of Dunbeath..(15)

In another account of the Sutherlands/Gordons from the same website states:


The name Sutherland originates in the county of Sutherland, the Sudrland or South land of the Norsemen of Caithness and Orkney. It has been suggested that the Sutherlands are descended from the pre-Christian tribe of the Catti. The modern counties of Caithness and Sutherland were formally known as the province of the cat or land of the people of the cat and a wild cat is on the Sutherland crest. The chiefly line descends from Freskin, progenitor of both the Murrays and the Sutherlands. His youngest son, Hugh, received the lands of Sutherland from King William the Lion in 1197. The Earldom of Sutherland, claimed to be the oldest in Britain, is alleged to have been granted to William, Lord of Sutherland about 1228 and the line remained unbroken until 1514. William, 2nd Earl, fought for Bruce at Bannockburn. The 4th Earl also William, married a daughter of Robert the Bruce. Over the following centuries, the Sutherlands had many feuds with neighbouring clans, particularly the Mackays. The male line was broken when John, 9th Earl died in 1514 and was succeeded by his sister, Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland. She married Adam Gordon who took the courtesy title of the Earl of Sutherland. During the 1715 and 1745 Risings, the Sutherlands supported the Hanoverian cause, their estimated fighting strength was 2,000 men, many of whom were later enlisted in the Sutherland Fencibles, raised in 1759. William, 18th Earl who died in 1766 was the last of the Gordon Earls of Sutherland. His daughter, Elizabeth, married George Granville Leveson-Gower, later Marquis of Stafford, who was created Duke of Sutherland in 1833. The Duke’s ill-conceived “improvements” on his estate caused much misery and led to excessive clearance evictions which took almost the whole population of his lands overseas. When the 5th Duke died in 1963, the Dukedom went to the Egerton Earls of Ellesmere, his niece, however became 23rd Countess of Sutherland whose seat is at Dunrobin Castle.(16)

Looking at the ancestral charts for the Bells/Bealls, Magruders/McGregors, and the Gordons/Sutherlands, these people all had common ancestors!

Elizabeth Jane/Jean Gordon was born about 1627 in Sutherland, Fifeshire, Scotland, and she died about 1668 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland. She appears to have been the daughter of John Thomas Gordon, 14th Earl of Sutherland (1608-1679) and his first wife Jean Drummond (1609-1637). She married Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717) about 1646 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland. They had two sons and two daughters, per the following:

  1. Major Thomas Bell/Beall (1647-1730)–long regarded as the only child of Ninian Beall and Elizabeth Gordon to immigrate to Maryland. He was born about 1647 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland, and he died in 1730 in Calvert County, Maryland. Unfortunately, his records are as confused as the others. He reportedly married Elizabeth Bateman, but there are several marriage records for him. His records appear to be the same as an uncle named Thomas Beall. I can honestly say I don’t know anything more about him.
  2. John Bell/Beall (1647-1725). Appears to have been Thomas’s twin, if the birth dates are correct. I don’t know the origin of the year of death.
  3. Mary Bell/Beall (1657-1720)–already discussed above. She was born in 1657 in Largo, Fife, Scotland, and she died in Prince Georges County, Maryland 1720. Her first husband Peter Elsey died in 1685, causing her to return to Prince Georges that same year. The Elseys had two children:
    1. William Elsey (born 1673)
    2. Ann Elsey (1680-1714).

She married John Pottenger (1661-1735) in Prince Georges, County. They had the following children:

  1. Sarah Pottenger (1688-1743)–Sarah Pottenger was born July 20, 1688 in Marlborough, Prince Georges County, and she died in 1743 in Prince Georges County, Maryland. She has often been confused with her aunt Sarah Bell/Beall. Her husband was Richard Isaac (1679-1759). Their children were: (a) Mary Isaac (1712-1759); (b) Sarah Isaac (1714-1789); (c) Rachel Isaac (1716-1718); (d) Keziah Isaac (1719-1749); (e) Richard Isaac (1720-1792); (f) Drucilla Isaac (1723-1800); (g) Joseph Isaac (1725-1771); (h) Jemima Isaac (1726-1786)
  2. Mary Pottenger (1689-1719)  May was born October 22, 1689 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and she died in Maryland in 1719. Her husband was William Holmes (1687-1741). Their children were: (a) Phebe Holmes (1711-1712); (b) Edward Holmes, b. 1712; (c) John Holmes, b. 1714; (d) William M. Holmes (1715-1758); (e) Mary Holmes (b. 1718); (f) Clara Holmes (b. 1720); (g) Sarah Holmes (b. 1722); (h) Jemima Holmes (b. 1724); (I) Verlinda Holmes (b. 1726); (j) Rachel Holmes (b. 1728); (k) Elizabeth Holmes (b. 1730); (l) Phoebe Holmes (b. 1732).
  3. John Pottenger (1691-1719).  John was born August 20, 1691 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he died March 1719 in Prince George’s County.
  4. Samuel Pottenger (1693-1735)  Samuel was born April 11, 1693 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he died April 7, 1735 in Prince Georges County. His wife was Elizabeth Tyler (1701-1738). Their daughter was Susannah Pottenger (1719-1779).
  5. Robert Pottenger (1694-1738)–[Now, I’m really excited about this one. Robert Pottenger is the great-grandfather of Jim Bowie who died at the Alamo. That means Jim Bowie was a descendant of Col. Ninian Beall!  More about that in a future article! Robert was born February 25, 1694 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he died June 5, 1738 in Prince Georges County. His wife was Ann Evans (1697-1768).  Their daughter was Elizabeth Pottenger (1717-1775).
  6. Rachel Pottenger (1700-1757).  Rachel was born June 20, 1700 in Marlborough, Prince Georges County, and she died October 15, 1757 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Her husband was Richard Purnell (1698-1754). Their children were: (a) Ann Purnell (b. 1720); (b) John Purnell (1722-1754); (c) Mary Purnell (1726-1776); (d) William Purnell (1729-1777); (e) Sarah Purnell (1743-1761); (f) Benjamin Purnell (1743-1767); (g) Verlinda Purnell (1747-1778).
  7. Jemima Pottenger (1702-1734).  Jemima was born  October 2 1702 in Marlborough, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and she died August 2, 1734 in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
  8. William Pottenger (1704-1720).  William was born May 3, 1704 in Marlborough, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he died in 1720 in Prince Georges County.
  9. Verlinda Pottenger (1706-1747). Verlinda was born October 18, 1706 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and she died March 5, 1747 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Her husband was Zephaniah Wade (1705-1746). Their children were: (a) George Wade (1720-1814); (b) John Wade (b. 1723); (c) Daniel Wade (b. 1725); (d) Robert Wade (1731-1795); (e) Eleanor Wade (1733-1764); (f) Zephaniah Wade (1735-1794); (g) William Wade (b. 1737 and d. either 1815 or 1838); (h) Verlinda Wade (1737-1785); (I) William Zethonia Wade (1737-1785); (j) Mary Wade (1739-1753); (k) Sarah Wade (1741-1742); (l) John Wade (1741-1822).

4. Sarah Bell/Beall (1659-1734)–The subject under discussion here.  Sarah married Col. Samuel Magruder. The next article will deal with their family.

People have speculated that Elizabeth Gordon died around the time of the Battle of Dunbar, which would preclude the two daughters, Mary and Sarah. A significant number of people believe she died in 1668, about the time when Col. Ninian married his second wife Ruth Polly Moore (1648-1707). After the birth of the two sons, Col. Ninian was fightin in the English Civil War and was taken prisoner in the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. He was transported to Barbados where he was placed in servitude. I don’t know how often he was able to correspond with his wife in Scotland, but I am certain he did. By early 1650s, he was in Maryland, where he served the rest of his time for Richard Moore. Once he had served his time and was released, he began buying land in Maryland. The name Ringing Bell appears on several land transactions. He probably planned to bring his wife and sons to Maryland, but that didn’t happen. By mid-to-late 1650s, he began recruiting Scottish relatives to immigrate to Maryland. He returned to Scotland in order to complete his endeavor and to see his wife and sons again. That’s when Mary and Sarah were born. And Elizabeth was not interested in moving to Maryland. So the children remained in Scotland with her, and Ninian returned to Maryland to build his legacy.

Ninian returned to Scotland whenever he could to see his family in the early 1660s and to recruit family members and friends to relocate to Maryland. John remained in Europe. Thomas apparently went to America, but his records have been confused. I am not sure when he arrived or whether he actually married. I am suspicious that Ninian returned to Maryland with his daughter, Mary, in 1666 (14). She would have been around nine years old at that time, and Col. Ninian was a bachelor. He knew the Moore family in Calvert County and their daughter, Ruth. It is possible that Ruth became Mary’s nanny. Col. Ninian and Ruth Moore married after the death of his wife.

Elizabeth Gordon died in 1668. Col. Ninian returned to Scotland to bury his wife and to see that his family was settled. Sarah was around nine or ten at the time of her mother’s death, and she had probably settled into a family. In 1675, as already noted, Sarah relocated to Maryland.

The rest is history!

This series continues with Part Nine: The Family of Colonel Samuel Magruder and Sarah Bell/Beall


[Note: This article has been such a chore to write, I will save Col. Ninian’s second marriage for the last article in this series!]


(1) “Life of Ninian Beall”, first posted to by sharksrus on 05 June 2009., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(2) Ruth Beall Gelders, “Colonel Ninian Beall” (1976). First posted to by scottcotton_1 on 24 Aug 2010., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(3) Ruth Beall Gelders, “Colonel Ninian Beall” (1976). First posted to by scottcotton_1 on 24 Aug 2010., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(4) Ruth Beall Gelders, “Colonel Ninian Beall” (1976). First posted to by scottcotton_1 on 24 Aug 2010., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(5) “Biography of Sarah Beall”. First posted to by beallrose on 07 Feb 2015., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available oline at

(6) Francis Watts Find-a-Grave Memorial. Created by Stella 03 Feb 2013. Website. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(7) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about James Offutt and Rachel? Beall., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(8) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Sarah Beall and Samuel Magruder., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(9) Family Data Collection-Individual Records for Sarah Beall., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(10) “Notes on Sarah Beall by Virtus Edmundson. Originally submitted to by twood1111 on 04 Nov 2013., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at

(11) “Who Was Mary?” Originally submitted to by ladyrodder on 14 Apr 2012., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2016. Available online at Original source: Rick Saunders; Article available online at

(12) “The William Mill Story”, originally posted to by glyordy on 17 Nov 2015., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2016. Available online at

(13) Gus Skordas, Early Settlers of Maryland, Liber 18, Folio 306, Maryland State Archives.

(14) Colonial families of the United States descended from the immigrants who arrived before 1700, pp. 102-103., Provo Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2016. Available online at

(15) “Sutherland” from the ElectricScotland Website. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2014. Available online at

(16) “Sutherland” from the ElectricScotland Website. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2014. Available online at

(17)U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Mary Bell(Beall)., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2014. Available online at

The Ringing of the Bells–Part Seven: Alexander Magruder (1610-1677)–His Second and Third Marriages

Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of College Avenue (Maryland Route 450) and Prince George Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is a To honor the three hundredth anniversary of the coming to Maryland circa 1652 of Alexander Magruder, founder and progenitor of the Magruder family in America, and to the men of his blood who have been students at St. John's College.

Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of College Avenue (Maryland Route 450) and Prince George Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is a
To honor the three hundredth anniversary of the coming to Maryland circa 1652 of Alexander Magruder, founder and progenitor of the Magruder family in America, and to the men of his blood who have been students at St. John’s College.

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:

  1. Col. Samuel Magruder I (1654-1711)–Howard’s seventh great-grandfather. He will be covered in the next article.
  2. 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
  3. 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

Alexander Magruder
James Magruder – John Lane
John (X) Johnson
James (X) Soulivant                                             (original wax seal)
James Guthrey

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)
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The Ringing of the Bells–Part Six: Magruder Family Patriarch– Alexander Magruder (1610-1677): His First Marriage

Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of College Avenue (Maryland Route 450) and Prince George Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is a To honor the three hundredth anniversary of the coming to Maryland circa 1652 of Alexander Magruder, founder and progenitor of the Magruder family in America, and to the men of his blood who have been students at St. John's College.

Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is “To honor the three hundredth anniversary of the coming to Maryland circa 1652 of Alexander Magruder, founder and progenitor of the Magruder family in America, and to the men of his blood who have been students at St. John’s College.” Submitted to by LauraCleland 26 Apr 2009


Birth: 1610
Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Death: 1677
Calvert County
Maryland, USA

Birthplace, Belliclone, Madderty, Perth, Scotland. Alexander Magruder “The Immigrant” arrived in what is now Maryland from Scotland as an indentured servant in 1652. He later became a big landowner and tobacco farmer. 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. He was the ancestor of virtually all white Magruders in America (we are still researching African-American descents). For more information about Alexander and Magruders history, go to His headstone has not been found, that I know of, and the site is on a private wildlife refuge now.Family links:
Samuel Magruder (1654 – 1711)**Calculated relationship
Magruder Family Cemetery
Prince George’s County
Maryland, USA
Created by: JillGat
Record added: May 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89803827 (1)


About 1712, Howard’s sixth great-grandparents, John Beall (1688-1742) and Verlinda/Verlinder Magruder (1690-1745) married in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Thus began the union of two great families in Howard’s line and a direct connection to another member of the Beall family: Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1725). Verlinda was the daughter of Col. Samuel Magruder (1654-1711) and Sarah Beall (1669-1734), [Howard’s seventh great-grandparents] and the granddaughter of Alexander Magruder (1610-1677) and his second wife Margaret Sarah Braithwaite (1635-1671). Sarah Beall was reportedly the daughter of Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1725) and Ruth Polly Moore (1652-1707). This connection makes Col. Ninian Beall and Ruth Polly Moore Howard’s eighth great-grandparents on this line. He has another connection to Ninian Beall through another daughter. I also have the same connection. But I will discuss that in a later article.

As is noted in the above Find-a-Grave Memorial, Alexander Magruder “was the ancestor of virtually all white Magruders in America.” (2)  Howard and I were in a local Family History Center in the early 1990s when Howard discovered his Magruders. He talked about them with a volunteer who was on duty that day. Wise person that I can sometimes be, I made the following remark: “And they were also involved in Watergate!”  Everyone laughed. Watergate was the only knowledge I had of the Magruder name in the early 1990s. Given the statement in the Alexander Magruder’s Find-a-Grave Memorial above, information obtained from a brief articled titled, Jeb Stuart Magruder (1934-2014) (3) and information I discovered from Ancestry while looking at Jeb Stuart Magruder’s line, Howard and Jeb Stuart Magruder were distant cousins. He descends from Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall through their son, Samuel. Howard descends from Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall through their daughter, Verlinda. And my connection is through Col. Ninian’s daughter I will be discussing in a later article. Jeb Stuart Magruder is my 8th cousin once removed.

Alexander Magruder (1610-1677)

The Magruders have a long history.  According to British Roots of Maryland Families, Alexander Magruder was a descendant of Robert II of Scotland and of Charlemagne.(4)  According to a short biographical account submitted to by docinaustintexas:

Alexander Magruder/MacGruether ABT 1610 – 1677 b: ABT 1610 in Perthshire, Scotland d: July 25, 1677 in Calvert County/Prince Georges County, MD

“born in Cargill, Scotland, 1610, captured by Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, sentenced to have his name proscribed from MacGregor to Magruder, and with 150 other prisoners was sent to the Maryland Colony of America. He was bound to some colonist for eight years service. He is thought to have married and started a family in Scotland before his exile, and had had a son Robert MacGregor educated in Edinburgh, who also came to America afterwards.”   ” Alexander MacGreuther, the immigrant, was an Officer in the army of Charles II. He was captured at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and sent as a prisoner of war to Virginia through Barbados. In 1652 he ransomed himself and received a grant of 500 acres of land at “Turkey Buzzard Island” Calvert County, Md. which was near the Patuxent River. At the time of his death in 1677 he owned about 4000 acres of land known as “Craignaigh, Dumbland, Good Luck and Anchovie Hills.”

“He married three times, but our line descends through his first marriage to Margaret Braithwaite. She was the daughter of William Braithwaite who 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.”(5)

Another Ancestry article titled “Magruder Information” notes:


Of the three brothers Macgregor in the Battle of Worcester, James was killed, and Alexander and John were taken prisoner and sent to Barbados, whence they proceeded to Maryland.  By this time the two survivors had changed their name to MacGroother, which in time became Magruder.  John Magruder died without issue.  Alexander Magruder married as his first wife Margaret Braithwaite, daughter of William Braithwaite, Commander of the Isle of Kent, earliest seat of proprietary government in Maryland, member of the first General Assembly of the province, Acting Governor and cousin-german to Cecelius Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.  He married secondly Sarah Hawkins, and thirdly, Elizabeth Hawkins.  His son, Samuel Magruder I, born 1654 in Prince George County, married Sarah Beall, daughter of Col. Ninian Beall, and they became the ancestors of the numerous and prominent Magruders of Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, and elsewhere. (6)

Various researchers suggest that Alexander Magruder had three marriages. I agree that he did, but I differ with them in two respects. Some suggest that his first marriage took place in Europe.  I agree with that contention. About 1648, Alexander Magruder went to England where he met his first wife, a widow by the name of Elizabeth Swindells Greene (1607-1610-1650).  This article will focus on Elizabeth and her daughter Annapel Magruder (1649-1720).

Elizabeth Swindells was born between 1607-1610 in Bristol, Gloucester, England.(7) Her first husband was Thomas Greene (1606-bef. 1648), whom she married in Gloucester in 1627.(8)  Thomas’s first wife was Charity Pritcherds, whom he married June 16, 1623 in St Phillip & St Jacob’s, Bristol, Gloucester, England.(9) I first met Elizabeth Swindells several years ago when I was working on a book: Chasing the “Wild Bunch”: One Woman’s Journey.  Since then, I discovered that Elizabeth’s records have been jumbled with an Elizabeth Lynde and a few other Elizabeths, including another Elizabeth Swindells. I’m going back to basics here. Elizabeth and Thomas had two marriages each: one in which they were each married to someone else, and one in which they were married to each other. In Elizabeth’s case, her second husband was Alexander Magruder. At this time, I do not know whether Elizabeth and Thomas had children. Some people credit them with one son: Lieutenant Henry Greene (1638-1717)–and one daughter: Hannah Greene (1647-1708). Hannah was reportedly born in Massachusetts. Their Thomas Greene apparently went to Massachusetts in 1648. Some people believe his wife went with him and died in Massachusetts. Others do not know when or where she died. I refer back to the record-jumbling between Elizabeth Swindells, Elizabeth Lynde and the other Elizabeth Swindells. I believe Thomas Greene–my Elizabeth Swindell’s husband–died in England before 1648, the year the widow Elizabeth Swindells Greene met and married Alexander Magruder. The Magruders may have remained in England through the birth of their daughter Annaple Magruder (1649-1720), who was born in Bristol, Gloucester, England in 1649. Her mother (Elizabeth Swindells Greene Magruder) may have died in childbirth.

My first introduction to these people came through Annaple. She would eventually immigrate to America and settle in Maryland, where she married Thomas Hooke (1645-1697) about 1679. My interest in this pair stems from their son, James Hooke (1682-1733). Father of the pioneer Hooke/Hook families of southwestern Pennsylvania and my sixth cousin nine times removed, James Hooke married Margaret Thrasher (1690-1738). Margaret was the daughter of Benjamin Thrasher (1668-1741) and Mary Beall??? (1673-1743). Some people think that Mary was a daughter of John Beall and Verlinda Magruder. Some people think she was the daughter of James Beall and Sarah Pearce. Other people think that she was not a Beall at all and that she may have been a Ridgely. I have her listed on my ancestral tree as Mary Ridgely or Beall. The Hookes/Hooks and Thrashers intermarried with my Inghram and Fee families in Colonial Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Hooke arrived in Maryland in 1668 (10). He married Annaple Magruder about 1679 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I do not know when Annaple arrived in Maryland. After her mother’s death, it appears Alexander Magruder returned to Scotland. He no doubt took his daughter with him and placed her with relatives there. Then in 1651 he was involved in the Battle of Worcester, resulting in his capture and transportation over seas. He married Margaret “Sarah” Braithwait (1635-1670/1) in Prince George’s County,  in 1653. It is possible that he brought young Annaple to Maryland at that time.  She is not mentioned in his will, so perhaps he had already provided for her. She did not marry until several years after his death. [Note: Concerning Alexander Magruder’s purported son Robert McGregor who was educated in Scotland–I have not pursued him as yet. He may become a subject of a later article.]

In an article titled “Thomas Hooke: Arrival, Life, Will”, the author notes:

Thomas Hooke was born near London, England, about 1645 to 1650 and died in Prince George County, Maryland, late in 1697 or early in 1698. He came to Maryland on the ship “Goulden Wheat Sheaf” of London in April, 1668. He was bound to Captain James Connaway, merchant of Ratcliffe, County of Middlesex, and the Master of the “Goulden Wheat Sheaf” whom tradition says was his uncle, until he had paid for his passage. As a part of his passage pay he relinquished his right to fifty acres of land that Lord Baltimore was then giving to all settlers who settled within his domains. Fifty others came on the same ship with Thomas and the land to which they were entitled was granted to Captain Connaway in one tract on the northern bank of the Severn River directly north of what is now the city of Annapolis. Here Thomas Hooke lived and labored. How long was required for him to become a freeman is not known, but old records left by Captain Connaway, wherein he stated as early as August of the year 1668 that he had used his rights so far as Thomas Hooke and two others were concerned, leads one to believe that these three had been transported on some special terms not accorded the others. Unfortunately, manyold Maryland records were lost or destroyed during the revolution of 1688 when the Capitol of the colony was removed from St. Marys to what is now Annapolis so that much of the personal history of the early settlers is undoubtedly missing. The Archives of Maryland, however, mentions` Thomas Hooke as a taxable freeman in 1677 when he was assessed thirty pounds of tobacco to help pay the expenses of the colonies’ expedition against the Nanticote Indians. He was the only person in the colony by the name of Hooke who was assessed. In 1681 he was again assessed by the General Assembly of Maryland for thirty pounds of tobacco to help pay expenses incurred for the “Public Good.” At this time there was another Hooke in the colony whose name was on the tax lists. He was Jeremiah Hooke who came to Maryland as an immigrant in June, 1670.

Somewhere about 1680, Thomas Hooke moved to what is now Prince George County and lived on leased land not far from the present site of Laurel. Here he made his will on September 23d, 1697, and left his property to sons James and Thomas with the provision that both sons remain with their mother, “until they be on and twenty years of Eage.” The full text of the will as recorded in Liber I, page 4, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is as follows

“The last Will and Testament of Thomas Hooke of Prince George County, Province of Maryland.

“In the name of God Amen, first I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the ground and after my funeral charges is paid all my debts yt can be made hinistly apps I bequeath as followeth-My will is that my sonn James Hook and my sunn Thomas Hook shall remain with their mother until they be on and twenty years of Eage and if please God, my wife should dy the shall booth be at Eage and at their own disposing, Itam I give to my sunn James my cow betey and all her female increase and to my sunn Thomas I give my cow Pritey and all her female increase and the rest of my good and Chattele I leave to my wyfs disposing. This is my will in witness whereof I have unto put my hand and Seall this 23rd day of September 1697.”

Wittnesses- Henry Dryden
Robert Bigg Signed Thomas Hook Joseph Harrison

It is to be said that Thomas signed his will with a mark and that the final “e” was omitted. All the early records used the final letter and his wife Annaple who signed the administration bond on May 26, 1698, in her own hand, wrote the name Hooke. Undoubtedly the person who wrote the will carelessly omitted the final letter. Succeeding generations, however, almost universally used the simpler spelling.

The inventory of the estate, which listed among other things, a crop of tobacco, three cows and calves, one barron cow, three horses and one yearling, one mare, eight head of hogs, one spinning wheel, one pad, saddle and bridle, money and household utensials, was appraised by Joseph Harrison and James Watts on the 8th of June, 1699, and signed by them. The administrators of the estate were John Wright and “his wife Annaple” and they appeared and swore to the inventory, July 24, 1699. It is quite evident, therefore, that Annaple Hooke married John Wright some time between May 26, 1698, and July 24, 1699.

Thomas Hooke, undoubtedly, was an adherent of the English Church from his first appearance in Maryland. While there are no records to prove this, it is known that his son James and his grandchildren James and John were active members in that denomination. The family in England, for the most part, remained loyal to the established church. Some, however, became militant Puritans and after the fall of the Commonwealth were obliged to seek aid and protection from their loyal kin, who always stood well with Parliament, to avoid persecution.

Thomas Hooke, Jr., son of Thomas and Annaple Hooke, seems to have dropped out of sight altogether. The son James Hook first entered the records of Prince George County in 1708. On November 17 of that year, according to the Queen Anne Parish records, Mary Hook, daughter of James and Margaret Hook, was born.(11)


Notes from the Maryland State Archives follow:

Court Case

23 June 1696Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA

Ordered that Edward Williams by consent of this Court be bound out to Thomas Hook and Annabell his wife according to Act of Assembly.

Administration Bond

26 May 1698Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA

Signed Administration Bond for the Estate of Thomas Hooke as Annaple Hooke


1699Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA

John Wright and wife Annaple were administrators of the Estate of Thomas Hooke 14 July 1699 signed for Inventory of estate of Thomas Hooke.


Thomas died an heir to a large fortune in England reportedly in Glouchestershire (12)

Annaple married John Wright shortly after the death of her husband, Thomas Hooke.  Very little is known about him. He was born in 1659 in England, and he died February 11, 1722 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. John appears to have multiple marriages, and he may have been married to more than one wife at the same time. He arrived in Maryland in 1684, but a note on my ancestral chart reads as follows:

Based on the many “Arrival” dates for John Wright, it appears he did a great deal of traveling to and from Maryland in the early to mid 1600’s, This suggests he was not ever an immigrant but a Capt or Merchant.(13)

Annaple died in 1720, and she is buried in Kent County, Maryland.

This article continues with Part Seven– Alexander Magruder (1610-1677): The Second and Third Marriages




(1) Alexander Magruder Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 89803827, created by JillGat 28 May 2012. Website. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(2) Alexander Magruder Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 89803827, created by JillGat 28 May 2012. Website. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(3) Jeb Stuart Magruder (1934-2014). from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Last modified, 16 Dec 2015. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(4) British Roots of Maryland Families: Appendix: A Bibliography of Royal Descents by Robert Barnes., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(5) “Alexander Magruder”. Submitted to by docinaustintexas 23 Nov 2007., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(6) “Magruder Information”. Submitted to by csm1963 30 Aug 2010., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2016. Available online at

(7) U.S. and International Marriage Records about Elizabeth Swindells and Thomas Greene., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at

(8) U.S. and International Marriage Records about Elizabeth Swindells and Thomas Greene., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at

(9) England Select Marriages, 1538-1973 about Thomas Greene and Charity Pritcherds., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at

(10) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Thomas Hooke., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at

(11) “Thomas Hooke: Arrival, Life, Will”, originally submitted by zaeppley on 12 Nov 2010., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at

(12) Records from the Hall of Records, Maryland, State Archives. Annapolis, Maryland.

(13) Note concerning John Wright: Inman-Spence-Beall-Warfield Family Branches., Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 29 Jan 2016. Available online at









The Ringing of the Bells–Part Five: John Beall (1688-1742)–an Introduction

[Note: Because of the complexity of this article, it will be divided into several sections as noted below.]


John Beall Last Will and Testament, 1742.

John Beall Last Will and Testament, 1742.

Birth: 1688
Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County
Maryland, USA
Death: 1742
Prince George’s County
Maryland, USA

John Beall and Verlinda Magruder Beall, his wife are buried on the old Beall Farm which now resides in Frederick County, MD. (Prince George’s county lines were moved to accommodate the newly formed Frederick County in 1748.) No tombstone for either John or Verlinda Magruder Beall exists today.John Beall, son of Alexander Beall, Jr and Elizabeth Coombes, was born in 1688 in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, Maryland. He married in 1712, Verlinda Magruder in the same county. He died in Prince George’s, Maryland in 1742.Will Box DD No 1 page 475; also Will , Liber 1 pages 235 & 340:
John’s will (Book 1,Page 340, Pr.George Co,Md.) states:
To wife Verlinda, The Grist Mill on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac River called “New Dumfries” and a tract called “Lone Head .” ..
To oldest son Samuel the “Charles & William”, where he now dwells and the “Benjamin” 13 9 acres…
To son Josias 5 shilings having already provided for him…
To son Basil 163 acre s of “Industry” to be conveyed by Andrew Hamilton, deceades adn 100 acres of “Popular Thicket ” near the Monacacy…
To daughter Sarah Offutt, wife of James, 200 acres of “New Dumfries. ” …
To sons John and Clement, The Mill after mothers death and tract “Black Esk” and “Chittams Addition”….Testators share of “Dispute” near Cabbin
John, 223 acres to be made over to me by my brother William or his heirs and the heirs of brother Charles Beall, late of Prince George’s County to be sold to pay debts, also 370 acres of “Poplar Thickett” and 100 acres o f “Three Friends Delight.”…Legacy left to me by my father Alexander Beall to be devided among my daughter Rebecca Magruder, wife of Nathan, Basil, Lucy, John, Hanna, Verlinder and Clement Beall.
Witnesses; James Pearce, John Brown, John Johnson.

As this will documents, John Beall, was the son of Alexander Beall and who was wed to Elizabeth Coombes of Maryland.

Children John and Verlinda Beall compiled from their wills:
Samuel Beall b. 1713
Josiah Beall b. 4 May 1715
Sarah Beall b. 1717 wife of James Offutt
Rebecca Beall b.1719 md. Nathan Magruder
Basil Beall b. 1721
Lucy Beall, b. 1723 spinster See Lucy’s will.
John Beall, b. 1726
Hannah Beall b. 1729
Verlinder Beall b. 1731
Clement Beall b. 1734

Family links:
Alexander Beall (1649 – 1744)
Elizabeth Coombes Beall (1650 – 1743)

Verlinder Magruder Beall (1690 – 1745)

Samuel Beall (1713 – 1778)*
Josiah Beall (1715 – 1768)*

*Calculated relationship

Zion Church Cemetery
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Candee
Record added: Oct 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 137011995  (1)


For many years, some Beall researchers believed their connection with Col. Ninian Beall was lodged through one of this sons.  Howard’s aunt, Isabel “Belle” Clark Beall (1902-1990) (2), discovered John Beall (1688-1742) as Howard’s ancestor years ago by traveling to libraries, court houses, state archives, etc. And although his book contains many errors, Fielder Magruder Beall (1913-1981) is given credit for first discovering and accurately identifying John Beall (1688-1742) through his own research.(3) However, some Beall descendants were so determined to directly connect with Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717), they devised a number of paths to get there per the following:

(1) Some decided that Col. Ninian’s son, John Beall (1647-1720), had to be this John;

(2) Some focused on Col. Ninian’s son, Ninian Beall, Jr. (1674-1710), completely overlooking the Alexander-John connections–and they still do! Just the other day, I noticed a comment someone made on my family tree, informing me that “many people consider Ninian Beall, Jr.” the proper connection–and not John;

(3) Some people accepted Alexander Beall (1649- as John’s father and Alexander Bell, Sr. as John’s grandfather, but they decided Alexander Bell, Sr. (1625-1655) was Col. Ninian’s brother.

All of these paths lead to nowhere. Based on Scottish parish records and existing Maryland records, the Alexander Bells (1625-1655) were cousins of Col. Ninian Beall, with the direct connection to Col. Ninian routed through the Magruders.

The complex nature of this article could result in a book, something I don’t plan to tackle at this stage of the game. Therefore, I will break this article up into sections.  This piece represents Part Five–the Introduction. A list of the remaining sections follows:

Part Six–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Magruder Family

Part Seven–John Beall (1688-1742)–Colonel Ninian Beall (1625-1717)

Part Eight–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Sarah Beall Controversy

Part Nine–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Rachel Beall Controversy

Part Ten–The Family of John Beall (1688-1742) and Verlinda Magruder (1690-1745)

After Part Ten, this series will return to its regular generational pattern.


This series continues with Part Six–John Beall (1688-1742): The Magruder Family




(1) John Beall Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 137011995, Record added by Candee, 09 Oct 2014. Website. Date accessed: 20 Jan 2016. Available online at

(2) The Research of Isabel “Belle” Clark Beall (1902-1990), North Carolina (ca 1930s-late 1950s)

(3) Beall, Fielder M. M. Colonial Families of the United States Descended from the Immigrants: Bell, Beal, Bale, Beale, Beall Family. ISBN 0788421476 (0-7884-2147-6).Softcover, Heritage Books, 2007



Ever play with these things in childhood?

I did! I think we called them Tinker Toys, however.  I remember spending hours building and rebuilding gigantic sculptures, only to dismantle them and start all over again.

That’s what I’m doing right now with Howard’s Beall line.

My plan was to have Part Five completed and ready to release.

That’s not going to happen! I ran into a nest of tangles!

So I’m in the process of unsnaggling that mess and putting it back into some sensible order.

It may be next week before the article is ready!

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