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

Colorado Rockies. Photo taken September 2016

Genealogical research can often be so perplexing. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest through the trees! Such is the case with my husband’s fifth great grandfather, John Camp!  I began this search a year ago with the intention of starting with my father-in-law, Rev. Edward L. Beall (which I did). I was then planning to move through the generations leading up through John Camp. That’s when I encountered a HUGE mess  and sank down in the mud.

Colorado Moose in a stream. Photo taken September 2016.

Years ago, one of my husband’s aunts, Belle Beall, undertook this massive project. She and her husband George had no children, so she spent her spare moments in libraries and in state and national archives tracing out Howard’s father’s ancestry. She produced a wonderful manuscript of her endeavor. Howard became interested in the ancestry and using her manuscript as a guide, he embarked on a quest, retracing her steps. He was especially interested in finding his Revolutionary War ancestors. And that interest led him eventually to John Camp. But the question quickly became this: which John Camp?

Unfortunately with the advent of computers and increasing interest in the search for ancestral roots, the meticulous endeavor of accuracy has been lost. When I waded into John Camp’s information, I discovered a hodge-podge of gunk and was forced to start all over again. Howard’s quest for his ancestor became my quest as well. I wanted to straighten out the records. There were so many John Camps in Virginia and their information was all blended into one. In an effort to prove the identity of Howard’s ancestor, I first had to prove the John Camps who were not his ancestor first. Several trips to our local branch of the National Archives proved fruitful.  And I made some interesting discoveries

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Captain John H. (Hamlin) Camp (1754-1820) of Gloucester County, Virginia.

Grave of Capt. John Camp of Gloucester County, Virginia from Find-a-Grave.com, Photo by Bobbie Camp Floyd, Memorial No. 9756441

 

This marker on John Camp of Gloucester’s grave is in error. He was in the Gloucester Militia. He stayed in Gloucester County during the War. And the Gloucester Militia was not part of the 1st Virginia State Regiment. I will explain that later.

  • Captain John H (Hamlin) Camp of Gloucester County, Virginia was not Howard’s ancestor. He was born in 1754 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and he died the 29th of April, 1820 in Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee. I do not know the identity of his parents and am beginning to believe that he had been orphaned and was raised possibly by another Camp family: John Camp (1719-1784) and his first wife, whose name has been suggested as Mary Madison. She was the mother of the elder John Camp’s children: William Camp, Sr. (b. 1742); John Camp (1743-1779); George Camp (1744-1779); Frances “Frankey” Camp-Hudson (1746-1846); and Lucy Camp (1748-1796). On February 11, 1782, John Camp married Mrs. Elizabeth Sims (1717-1785) in Greensville County, Virginia.(1). [Note: The reference here to Greensville County, Virginia connected me with John H. Hamlin Camp! He lived there at one time.]  The elder John Camp was the son of Thomas B. Camp II (1691-1751) and Mary Ivy/Ida Marshall (1697-1757), grandparents of Howard’s ancestor. And because of his middle name Hamlin, John H. Hamlin’s mother’s surname may have been Hamlin.
  • On September 13, 1775, John H. (Hamlin) Camp of Gloucester County was “Nominated Captain in the Gloucester County Militia by Committee of Safety.”(2)
  • On March 11, 1776, John H. (Hamlin) Camp of Gloucester County was listed as “John Camp for pay and expenses of his Co. on Duty in Gloster…23 14 5,”(3)
  • By 1779, John Camp of Gloucester County moved to Mecklenburg County Virginia, where he appears on the census records for 1779 through 1782. (4)(5)
  • In 1782, John of Gloucester married Elizabeth Wall (1760-1800) in Mecklenburg, County. Their children were: Dr. John Hamlin Camp (1783-1829); William Parrish Camp (1792-1875); James Wall or Wythe Camp (b. 1800).
  • By 1783, John of Gloucester had moved his family to Greensville County, Virginia, where they appear on the census. (6)
  • On November 24, 1791, John of Gloucester again engaged in military service, per the following: “Benj. Simmons, Capt., Edmund Lucas, Lieut & John Camp, Ensign, sev. took oaths of their resp. offices in Militia of this Co. & to suprt Constit.” (7)
  • Subsequently on August 23, 1793, “Lieut. John Camp took the oath of office (p.219).” (8)
  • And finally on October 24, 1799, “..John Camp is recommended as Capt. in room of Edmund Lucas who is rec. as Major & George Cain as Lieut. in room of John Camp.” (9)
  • On January 13, 1803, John Camp of Gloucester married Elizabeth Gilliam in Greensville County, Virginia. (10). And sometime between 1803 and 1808, John Camp of Gloucester and his family moved to Tennessee. The earliest land record I found for him is dated 1805 in Davidson County, Tennessee.(11)
  • On September 19, 1808, John Camp of Gloucester married Martha Ward Jones (1755-1823) in Davidson County, Tennessee (12), (13)
  • On December 19, 1812, John of Gloucester received a warrant for Tennessee land. (14)
  • John of Gloucester died April 29, 1820 in Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee, and he is buried in the Elkton Cemetery. (15)

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Pvt. John Camp (1761-1832)

This document is often included on Howard’s ancestor’s records. It is for a John Camp who lived in Brunswick County, Virginia.

This section will focus on John Camp of Brunswick County, Virginia since his Revolutionary War Pension file often appears on Howard’s Ancestor’s records.

  • John Camp of Brunswick was born in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1761 and he died in Brunswick County, Virginia on November 25, 1832. I do not know anything about his parents, but I suspect that he is lodged somewhere in the huge Camp family of Virginia and that he is probably a distant cousin of Howard’s ancestor. According to a comment I placed on his Ancestry page: “Marriage Records of Brunswick County, Virginia 1730-1852 by Augusta B. Fothergill (no date), page 18: 26 Aug. 1793, Camp, John to Patsy Justys, George Johnson sec. Name sometimes shown as Kemp. Patsy and John Camp have not been found in an 1850 census.” (16)  If the records are correct, Patsy died in 1798. John may have remarried soon after her death, as discussed in the next two sections.
  • A number of people have called John Camp of Brunswick’s wife Martha Patsy Justice. There is a John E. Camp of Halifax County, Virginia, who married Martha Johnson April 5, 1826 in Halifax County, Virginia. (17) The records of the two John Camps are often combined. They were separate individuals. John Camp of Brunswick lived in Brunswick County all of his life. John E. Camp of Halifax appears to have remained in Halifax County. The only thing pertaining to John E. Camp of Halifax regarding the Revolutionary War is the rejection of his pension application pertaining to his lack of six months’ service. (18)
  • John Camp of Brunswick had two children: Peter G. Camp (b. 1799) and Polly Camp (b. 1805). He may have had a second marriage, and perhaps his wife’s first name was Martha.
  • John Camp of Brunswick appears on the 1810 Census for Mulherrin, Brunswick County, Virginia. (19)
  • In 1818, John Camp of Brunswick filed his application for a pension for service in the Revolutionary War. According to records in his file, he was a private in Col. Campbell’s Virginia Regiment, and he served for 18 months. He was wounded at Guilford Courthouse. Apparently, he was approved for a pension at first at first and was then denied. He was re-instated after his death in 1832. His wife and two children received back pay. According to his pension file, John died in Brunswick County, Virginia November 25, 1832.(20)

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Captain John Camp (1752-1801) of Culpeper County, Virginia

 

Last Will and Testament of Capt. John Camp Will dated 1801

Second page of Capt. John Camp Will (1801)

Capt. John Camp was born in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1752, and he died in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1801. The probate date for his will is May 11, 1801. (21)  According to his ancestral chart, he is Howard’s 1st cousin 7 times removed, and Brian and Debbie’s 1st cousin 8 times removed. He was the son of  Ambrose Camp (1723-1769) and Ann Marshall (1739-1764)Howard’s 7th great aunt and uncle. Ambrose Camp was the son of Thomas B. Camp II (1691-1751) and Mary Ivy/Ida Marshall (1697-1757), referred to previously. They were Howard’s 7th great-grandparents.

The sad thing about Capt. John Camp is that his records have been confused with John H. (Hamlin) Camp of Gloucester County. My purpose here is to unsnarl the spaghetti. John H. (Hamlin) Camp was in the Gloucester County Militia during the Revolutionary War and was never in the Continental Army. Capt. John Camp of Culpeper County, Virginia was in the 3rd Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army, according to the following statement:

  • John Camp (1752-1801) served as lieutenant and captain (1776) in the 3rd Virginia Regiment. He was born and died in Culpeper VA. (22)

He was either injured or ill because he only appears of record in service for one year. And he was relatively young when he died (age 49). His Find-a-Grave entry does not indicate where he is buried. The location and/or cemetery are unknown.(23)

John had two marriages. The first wife’s name is unknown. Many people use the names of John Hamlin Camp’s wives, but that is not accurate. So I will list her as unknown here. The children of his first marriage follow:  Elizabeth Betsy Camp (1772-1798); James Camp (1773-1816); Robert Ambrose Camp (1774-1839); Ellen Camp (1776-1792).

In 1777, John married his second wife Sarah Pollard (1750-1798) in Culpeper County, Virginia. Their children were: Thomas Camp (b. 1786); William Marshall Camp (1788-1845); Sarah Sally Catherine Camp (1795-1830); Mildred Milly Ann Camp (1796-1875); John Camp (n.d.); Richard Camp (n.d.).  John’s children’s names are supplied in his will dated May 11, 1801. It was entered into probate June 15, 1801. (24)

 

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Lieut/Capt. John “Caswell” Camp (1743-1821/22)

 

Lt. John Camp, Revolutionary War soldier
http://nathankempnetwork.happywebsite.biz/lumc-rwm.htm
Buried near Greenville, SC at Lebanon United Methodist Churchyard.
Whether the remains of Lt. John Camp are still buried here in the old cemetery or if they were removed to the Lebanon Churchyard a mile away, his commemorative marker stands at Lebanon near the D.A.R. monument erected by the Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter D.A.R.

Lieut/Capt. John “Caswell” Camp is my husband’s fifth great-grandfather. He was born October 13, 1743 in Orange County, Virginia, and he died between 1821-1822 in Jackson County, Georgia. I seriously doubt that his middle name was “Caswell.” I think that a number of researchers used this name to distinguish this John from the other “ten million John Camps” of record!

John Camp came from a huge family. His father Thomas Camp III was born in King and Queen County, Virginia on February 8, 1717, and he died January 8, 1798 in Island Ford, Rutherford County, North Carolina. Thomas had two marriages with twelve children from each marriage, or a total of twenty-four children. Thomas Camp’s Find-a-Grave entry lists the family as follows:

Thomas Camp- Margret Carney – new headstone
10/17/2011
BL Allison
BL Allison originally shared this on 25 Sep 2012 Ancestry.com. Provo, Utah.  Stone located in Family Cemetery, Island Ford, Rutherford County, North Carolina

Marriage No. 1: Winifred Starling ((1720-1761)–August 1737, Accomack, Virginia

  • Edmund K. Camp (1738-1834)
  • Rev. Joseph Wilson Camp (1741-1820)
  • John Camp–the subject here
  • Nathaniel Camp (1745-1800)1763-
  • Thomas Camp IV (1747-1811)
  • Starling Camp (1749-1851)
  • Hosea Camp (1751-1857)
  • William Camp (1753-1827)
  • Alfred Camp (1755-1772)
  • Benjamin Alston Camp, Sr. (1757-1832)
  • Elizabeth Camp (1759-1850)
  • Joel Camp (1761-1762)

Marriage No. 2: Margaret Carney (1744-1824)–1762, poss. Brunswick, Virginia

  • Crenshaw Camp (1763-1808)
  • James Camp (1765-1817)
  • Daniel Camp (1766-1798)
  • Lewis Camp (1768-1836)
  • Adam Camp (1769-1769)
  • Stephen Camp (1771-1846)
  • Larkin Camp (1773-1773)
  • Eunice Camp (1775-1820)
  • Aaron Camp (1778-1861)
  • Ruth Camp (1780-1852)
  • George Camp (1782-1835)
  • Joshua Camp (1786-1849) (25)

According to a Wikipedia article, Orange County was created in August 1734 when Spotsylvania was divided. (26) Culpeper County was later established from Orange County, Virginia in 1749. (27) The Thomas Camp family had settled in Orange County, where several of their children were born, including John Camp. The section where they were living became Culpeper County, and the Camp family resided there until the Spring of 1776 when the Revolutionary War was underway. Thomas Camp’s first wife, Winifred Starling, died in Culpeper County in 1761.(28) Thomas married his second wife Margaret Carney (1744-1844) about 1762. And then came the Revolutionary War.

 

The Early Days

On January 30, 1764, John Camp married a cousin by the name of  Mary Minnie Tarpley (1740-1820/1822).(29) Mary was born October 30, 1740 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Colony of Virginia, and she was the daughter of James Tarpley (1692-1765) and Mary Camp (1708-1758).  According to a note on my tree:

  • John Camp married Mary Tarpley of Williamsburg, VA, sister of Rev. John Tarpley, founder of Methodism in VA. and a descendent of Wm. Tarpley of Bruton parish. (30), (31)

Mary Camp’s parents were Thomas Camp the Immigrant (1661-1711) and Catherine Barron (1672-1715). And her brother was Thomas B. Camp II (1691-1751)her husband John Camp’s grandfather.

The children of John and Mary Tarpley Camp have been identified in John’s will:

  • Annie Naomi “Anneiniomy” Camp (1762-1853)Annie and her husband John Hill (1760-1831) will be the focus of another article. They are Howard’s ancestors.
  • Winifred Camp (1764-1832). She married Thomas Kinsman (1760-1783). Their daughter was Elizabeth Mahon Kinsman (b. 1780).
  • Thomas “Scary Tom” Camp (1765-1823). His wife was Susanna D. Wagoner (1755-1820). Their children were Elizabeth Camp (b. 1781), Patience Drucilla Camp (1792-1883); Nancy Camp (1798-1840).
  • James Camp (1733-1833). His wife was Mary Ragsdale Berry (1757-1812). Their children were: John “Big Head” Camp (1785-1877); Sarah Camp (1785-1832); Robert Berry Camp (1787-1863); James Camp (1789); Merritt Camp (1789?); Talbort Camp (1789?); Joseph Camp (1791-1847); Eli Camp (b. 1793); Starling Camp (1793-1830); Mary Camp (b. 1805).
  • Starling Camp (1771-1851). Starling married Anna Elizabeth Helm (1772-1857). Their children were: Sarah Camp (1804-1881); William Camp (1808-1866).
  • Abner Mason Camp (1775-1853). His wife was Elizabeth Ragsdale (1776-1854). Their children were: Edmund Napolean Camp (1799-1827); Arthur Tarpley Camp (1800-1868); Satira Camp (1805-1892); Hiram Camp (1806-1874); Mary Camp (1811-1900); Martha Camp (1814-1906)
  • Kezziah Camp (1777-1835). She married Benjamin Arnold (1769-1840). Their children were: Ann Nancy Arnold Hendrick (1797-1879); Sarah Arnold Moore (1799-1868); Temperance Arnold Hamilton (1801-1857); Winifred Arnold Washington (1802-1868); Alston Arnold (1804-1887); Malinda Arnold (1805-1830); Claramond Arnold (b. 1807).

The son of John Camp and his second wife Mary:

  • John Camp, Jr. (1791-1840). John Camp, Jr. is the “mystery man.” John Sr. crossed out “to my son John’s children” in his will, and John, Jr’s  name constantly appears in printed materials with no dates. People have added John Camp, Jr. to their trees with a host of wives, including his mother. For a long time, I left him off the list. However, I’ve recently changed my mind. I believe there was a John Camp, Jr. and he was the son of John Camp Sr. and his second wife, Mary (surname unknown).  John Sr. and Jr. may have eventually parted company over various issues. John Sr. may have disinherited him as well. John Jr. may have been the “prodigal son” in the family. A son John Jr.’s age appears in John Sr.’s household on the 1800 Census for Greenville, South Carolina.(32) I found a John Jr. on Georgia records living in the same area as John Sr.
  • John Camp, Jr. was born in South Carolina in 1791 (33). John Jr. appears on the Georgia Tax Digest for 1809 in Jackson County, Georgia on the same list with John Camp, Sr.(34)  He also appears on the 1820 Census in Walton County, Georgia, where he had evidently moved and settled.(35), On October 16, 1822, he was admitted to the Georgia Prison System on a conviction of manslaughter  in Walton County, Georgia, and he was sentenced to a prison term of five years.(36) He may be the John Camp who appears on the 1830 Census for Carroll County, Georgia (37), and the John Camp who appears on the 1840 Census for Henry County, Georgia (38) His wife was approximately his age. According to the 1840 Census he had three sons born in 1810, 1820, and 1821/1822 and two daughters born abt 1820 and 1826. That would certainly account for his prison term. His prison record describes him as being 5 ft. 6 in. tall, sandy hair, of dark complexion and blue eyes.

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Between 1764 and 1768, the John Camp, Sr. and his wife, Mary Tarpley moved to Orange County, North Carolina, where their first four children were born: Annie, Winifred, Thomas and James. By 1770 the John Camp family relocated to 96 District in South Carolina, where their daughter Sallie was born. And by 1771, the family relocated to Rutherford County, North Carolina where Starling, William and Abner were born.

In September 1775, John Camp reportedly left his family in Rutherford County and journeyed to South Carolina where he joined the Spartan Regiment of Militia under the Command of Col. John Thomas, Sr, and where he served for approximately three months. If so, He would have participated in 96 District November 19, 1775, Great Cane Break December 22, 1775, and the Snow Campaign December 23-30, 1775.(38)  It may have been during this period of time when he met the Roebucks of Virginia–a group he would encounter later during the war. After the 1775 campaigns, he returned to his family in North Carolina.

 

The Culpeper Minute Men of Culpeper County Virginia and the 1st Virginia State Regiment at Valley Forge

Symbol of the Culpeper County Minute Men, Culpeper County, Virginia

By January 1776, John was back in Culpeper County, Virginia where his father still lived, although he was planning to move to North Carolina. His wife and children either remained in North Carolina with monthly visits from John, or they went with him.  I believe in the first version because it would have been difficult traveling with a family of young children at that time.  John wasn’t in Culpeper County, Virginia long before becoming a lieutenant under Capt. Gabriel Jones in the Culpeper Minutemen.  On March 1, 1776, John Camp was paid for five rifles purchased for arming the public, and his father Thomas was paid for wagon hire for the public.(39)

Several records are important here and I cite them from my tree:

  • John Camp served as Lieut under Capt Gabriel Jones/Col Geo Gibson, who led 1st co. of Minute Men from Culpeper Co. Took over as Capt after Capt.Jones died of wounds. One item I recall reading said that a young lieutenant by the name of John Camp called frequently on Capt. Gabriel Jones. (40) The following is a brief account of Capt. Gabriel Jones:
    • Gabriel II was a Revolutionary officer, first as a Captain of the Marines with a ship at Fredericksburg (Stewart – “History of Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution” – p. 209), and later as a commander of one of the companies of the Culpeper Minute Men. (Burgess – “Virginia Soldiers of 1776” – p. 1244). The latter book records that Captain Gabriel Jones received 4,000 acres bounty. (Land located in Kentucky.) Additional bounty for one year, three months, three days service was given May 6, 1840 to his daughter, Mary Jones Wigginton. (Military Warrants from the Virginia State Library, Archives Division – Numbers 2920 and 8793.) Captain Gabriel Jones led out one of the first companies of the Culpeper Minute Men (“St. Mark’s Parish”, p. 19) who were organized after Patrick Henry, then commander of the Virginia troops, sent for assistance. The first companies included 150 men from Culpeper, 100 from Orange, and 100 from Fauquier. Laurence Taliaferro of Orange was colonel; Edward Stevens of Culpeper, lieutenant colonel; and Thomas Marshall of Fauquier, (father of the Chief Justice), Major. The flag used by the corps bore in its center a rattlesnake coiled, above which was inscribed “The Culpeper Minute Men”; on either side, “Liberty or Death”, and beneath, “Don’t Tread on Me”. The troops were dressed in green hunting shirts; buck tails hung from their old hats; and from their belts swung tomahawks and scalping knives. In the course of the war eight companies of eighty-four men each were raised in the county. Evidently Captain Gabriel Jones became ill or was possibly wounded, for he died after February 4 and before March 1, 1777, a young man, probably in his late 30’s. (Council Journal 1776-77, pp. 318 and 367). In writing of his death Robert Pollard states that Captain Jones’ health became infirm in service, and after languishing for sometime, he departed this life. He says further that as a neighbor he visited the Captain often during his illness, and that since he was confined to his bed, he wrote letters for the officer. Pollard was also intimately acquainted with the First Lieutenant, afterwards Captain John Camp, who made frequent calls on Captain Jones during his illness for orders relative to the Company. (Letter from Robert Pollard – Virginia State Library – Archives Division – Bounty Warrant 1838.) Gabriel Jones was buried in a Slaughter family graveyard at “Milton”, situated on the road from La Grange to Brandy Station. After the Slaughters, “Milton” was owned for many years by the Fitzhugh family, and when Judge John W. Jones visited it in 1893, searching for some trace of the Captain’s grave, only the Fitzhugh section of the cemetery was enclosed, all Slaughter graves being indistinguishable. (41)

  • John Camp served as Lieut under Capt Gabriel Jones/Col Geo Gibson, who led 1st co. of Minute Men from Culpeper Co. Took over as Capt after Capt.Jones died of wounds. (42)
  • The Culpeper Minutemen were organized on July 17, 1775 in the district created by the Third Virginia Convention consisting of the counties of Orange, Fauquier and Culpeper. Recruitment began in September 1775 with four companies of 50 men from Fauquier and Culpeper counties each and two companies of 50 men from Orange county.[1] The District Committee of Safety determined that the militia was to meet under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field” on the Catalpa estate near today’s Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper, Virginia.(43)
  • John Camp served w/the Culpeper Minutemen in 1776. That unit was placed into Continental Service as the 1st Virginia State Regiment under Col. Geo. Gibson, replacing the destroyed 9th VA. The 1st VA State Regt. went to Valley Forge.(44)
  • The 1st Virginia State Regiment was a regiment of Virginia Militia that fought during the American Revolutionary War. The regiment was authorized by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in December 1776 as a force of regular troops for the Commonwealth’s defense. In 1777, Virginia had difficulty meeting its quota for the regular line of the Continental Army. As a result, in July 1777 under the command of Colonel George Gibson, the regiment began a march North to temporarily join the Continental Army in the Philadelphia Campaign.[1][2] In January 1778, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act directing that the 1st Virginia State Regiment “now in Continental service, be continued in said service instead of the Ninth Virginia Regiment, made prisoners by the enemy in the Battle of Germantown.” The regiment camped at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78 and at Middlebrook in the winter of 1778-79 and participated in the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment remained in the service of the Continental Army until late 1779 when redeployed Virginia.[5][3] Unlike the standard division of eight found in the regular line regiments of the Continental Army, the 1st Virginia State Regiment consisted of ten companies including one of light infantry.(45)
  • 1st VA State Regiment arrived October 12, 1777 at Valley Forge, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. John Camp was appointed Captain in the 5th Division.  John’s term of service ended April 8, 1778, according to a pay receipt. John returned to Virginia a number of times during his stay at Valley Forge to recruit troops. He did see his family on those occasions.  He received his final pay for the month of April in May.(46) (47)

Referring to my comment earlier in this article about the placement of the 1st Virginia State Regiment marker on John H (Hamlin) Camp of Glocester County’s grave: John H. (Hamlin) Camp of Glocester County was in the Glocester Militia in the Revolutionary War. That unit was militia only. John “Caswell” Camp was in the Culpeper Minutemen which evolved into the 1st Virginia State Regiment. They began as militia and were transferred into continental service at Valley Forge.

 

Off to the Carolinas

 

King’s Mountain Memorial, New Lebanon Methodist Churchyard, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo from Find-a-Grave. Marker includes Lt. John Camp.  Maintained by: Irememberu
Originally Created by: Robin Farley Dixson
Record added: Jan 16, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8285233 https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8285233

 

During the War, John Camp’s family moved to South Carolina, where daughter Kezziah was born. The family may have then moved to Caswell County, North Carolina, where John Camp appears on a list of taxpayers in Gloverston District. (48) The Old First Register No. 360 (granted April 1) shows “John Camp claiming 150 acres of land on the north side of Broad River joining and below Richard Henderson’s land including his own improvement. Also joining land of Mr. Hill, Dec. 4, 1778.” (49) On December 14, 1779, John acquired a land grant in Tryon County, North Carolina: “200 acres on both sides of Second Broad River.”(50)

By 1779, John had moved his family to 96 District, South Carolina, where he became active once again in militia activities. He joined Captain George Roebuck‘s company of Colonel Benjamin Roebuck‘s battalion of the Spartan Militia., where he entered as a private and was promoted to lieutenant. (51) And in September 1780, “John, Nathan, and Thomas Camp (probably John’s brother), another Thomas Camp, a Benjamin Camp and an Edmund Camp participated  in the Battle of Kings Mountain. John served in Roebuck’s Battalion of Spartan Regiment.(52) An account of the Battle of Kings Mountain follows:

      • ” Thomas Camp, my great-grandfather and father of the above twenty-four (24) children, died in 1798. He first lived in the upper part of Virginia. Then moved to Halifax Co. in same state. Then to where Durham, N. C., now is and just before the revolutionary war moved to Rutherford County, N. C., and settled in Ireland (Island) Ford, on the French Broad River. He was a millwright by profession and built and owned the first mill erected in that section, he and his wife were staunch rebels, patriots, and aided the revolutionary, for which they were robbed and pillaged by the British army….”
             [Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, Camp-Kemp Family Hist., Vol. II, p. 10]
  • Some of these individuals fought in the battles of Kings Mountain in September of 1780 and in the cattle-grazing area known as Cowpens in October 1780. The battle Kings Mountain saw the defeat of the left wing of Cornwallis’ army and the loyalist win of the Cowpens enraged Cornwallis even further. This battle is the battle shown in the recent Mel Gibson’s film, “The Patriot”. Thomas Camp Jr. enlisted for the cause and probably fought at the battle of Kings Mountain. Lt. John Camp may have been here at King’s Mountain under Colonel Roebuck. Reverend Joseph Camp was arrested as a spy by General Cornwallis. Nathaniel Camp was also at King’s Mountain and perhaps killed the British General Ferguson. Nathaniel’s son had Ferguson’s conch shell battle horn which later became part of the collection of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Thomas Sr. was probably too old but did provide supplies to the revolution and was said to have had his mill and house at Island Ford on the Broad River taken over by the British and burned. Thomas’ brothers were also supporters of the revolution. Wm. C. Camp wrote much later, “many of the early settlers of the up-country were of English extraction and dissenters of the Established Church of the mother country.”(53)
  • There is a story about 50 British soldiers on their way to King’s Mountain who happened to cross the Camp property in North Carolina. The Camps killed them and buried the bodies. That cemetery is still maintained today. According to Carol Frazier:
    • The Thomas Camp home place is in Tryon Co, NC  called White Oak Plantation.  11,000 acres of Land was granted to Thomas by king of England.  It is still there.  The desc. sold to a developer a few years ago, and they have made a golf and upscale development.  They are from Ireland and have retained the orginal plantation.  There is a “red coat” cemetery on the ground which has been preserved.  On their way to Kings Mt, the red coats passed thru the camp farm, the Camps caught and killed @ 50 and buried them on the spot.  Very interesting.  Lots of history there. (54)
  • It is often reported that John Camp was a member of Sullivan’s Scouts during the Revolution. The organization did not exist. For more information, see Deason Smith.  SULLIVAN’S COMPANY ROSTER AND THE PROBLEM OF ENTRENCHED DISINFORMATION, 1/28/05; http://www.next1000.com/family/EC/sc.soldiers.html (55)

Then came the charge of treason

 

The Treason Charge

It absolutely confounds me that a charge of treason against John Camp and a large number of his family members still holds true. And despite the fact that many of the DAR markers acknowledging the patriotic efforts of John Camp and the other members of his family, the Daughters of the American Revolution will not accept descendants of the Camps for membership into their society.

I remember following a discussion of this problem on a Camp discussion board over a year ago. One person commented that the reason for DAR’s rejection stemmed from the fact that so many Camp descendants were joining DAR that the organization stopped accepting members from that line. Then the treason charge arose, and that is the argument the DAR endorsed: prove these people were exonerated by providing copies of actual court documents concerning their exhoneration and the ban against membership will be lifted.(56)

It is sad but true that there was a charge of treason lodged against the Camps per the following:

  • 1783-COURT-CONFLICT: Hedy Hughes Newton, RUTHERFORD Co NC ABSTRACTS OF MINUTES, COURT OF PLEAS AND QUARTER SESSIONS; 1779-1786;; pp 45,46; DAR Library, Washington DC. NOTE: Photocopy in files of L. C. Preston, Ref. B05.08:1783. CONFLICT: “Whereas, Summonses having issued to the Sheriff to notify the following persons to appear and answer an Inquisition of treason, felony and fortiture found against them by the Grand Jury. To witt: … Grandshaw Camp … John Camp, John Camp Junr. … James Camp … And now being Solemnly called Show cause why their property should not be Confiscated, failed to appear to Show any Cause. It is therefore considered by the Court that their property be ADJUDGED forfited.” COMMENT: All indications are that this is an erroneous record for John Camp (1743-1818), as he was in South Carolina fighting for the American cause. No property was confiscated from him. NC Grant #253 which was “seized,” remained in his possession and was sold by him in 1810. See elsewhere in his records preceding and following. Photocopy in files of L. C. Preston, Ref. B05.08:1783. (57)

Naturally, this topic made an interesting read on the Camp discussion board I was following last year. There is no evidence any of these Camps were convicted. As noted above, John Camp sold the property that was supposedly confiscated along with other properties in Rutherford County. And the Camps did not appear in court as they were ordered to do. Why would they when the members of the grand jury were probably a group of Tories!

Families were as bitterly divided in the South during the Revolutionary War as they were a century later during the Civil War. I remember someone on the discussion board saying that he or she went to Rutherford County to check out the records. The pages pertaining to the conclusion of the treason charge had been mysteriously removed from the record books. The researcher thought the original complaint against these Camps and others came from local Tories, some of them possibly family members who supported the British. Thomas Camp, Sr. had five sons who fought at King’s Mountain: 3 on the side of the patriots and 2 on the side of the British. Culprits making the charge against these Camps and others were probably responsible for removing the pages. If that’s what happened, then the block against the Camps by the DAR for membership in the organization will never be removed. The pages were undoubtedly destroyed, and there is no longer any record.

Court Battles in Spartanburg, South Carolina

One thing can be said about the Camp family: they liked to fight! From 1784 to 1799, John Camp was involved in protracted law suits in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One of the main contenders was a man by the name of John Chism. I don’t know anything about this John Chism. However, he appears to have come from Virginia, and he may have served with Roebuck in the Revolutionary War. If so, then I believe some of this contention could date back to that period of time. Both John Camp and John Chism served in Roebuck’s unit. I won’t go into all the individual suits. A number of them involved actions of trespass.(58)

 

A Second Marriage

Lebanon pre-1832 graveyard
The old 1832 cemetery markers near Princeton, SC. It was in Greenville County when it was created. Today, it is in Laurens County. One of the markers is of John Camp.
aprilreed1 originally shared this to Ancestry.com on 13 May 2010

 

Mary Tarpley Camp passed away in Greenville County, South Carolina in 1789. In all likelihood, she is buried in the New Lebanon Graveyard, although there is no marker on her grave. She may be buried in the vicinity of her husband’s marker.

In 1789 or 1790, John married a second time, and his second wife’s name was also Mary. I do not know her surname, and I have not discovered a marriage record for them. They had one son by the name of John Camp, Jr., who was born in 1791. I have discussed him previously. I have thought that some of John’s civil battles may have stemmed from his choice of a second wife. And it is possible that they had a common law marriage.

On June 3, 1795, John Camp of Greenville County, South Carolina sold to Daniel Miles of Rutherford County, N. C. for 35 lb 150 acres in Rutherford Co., N.C. on Second Broad River. Witnesses: James Camp, Thomas Camp,) etc. (59). Then in 1798, “John Camp applied for a plat for 276 acres on a branch of Peachline Creek, Laurens County, Ninety Six District, Surveyed by Benjamin Arnold.” (60) And sometime between 1800 and 1801, John Camp, his wife Mary, their son, John and other family members left South Carolina for Georgia and first settled in a place called Snoden.

 

Off to Georgia

 

Originally the Creek Indian Village of Snodon, it later became Jug Tavern. Today it is Winder. Three counties intersected at Jug Tavern: Jackson, Walton and Gwinnett

Originally the site of a Creek Native American village called Snodon, the town of Snodon came into existence in 1795 when the first white settlers settled there.  That same year, the town became known as Jug Tavern. According to the Winder history website:

  • Winder has a long and rich history. It was a place for early settlement, being first occupied hundreds of years ago by Creek Indians, who called it Snodon. Activities centered around what are now Athens and Church streets. When white settlers established homes and farms near that village in 1793, the town was renamed, becoming The Jug, and, ten years later; Jug Tavern. At that time, the town had a population of 37 persons. The first school was built on 11.5 acres, known as the Academy Lot, located at the intersection of West Athens and Church streets. An historic marker now commemorates the site. For protection from hostile Indians, Fort Yargo was constructed, one of four such forts built in the area by the Humphrey brothers.
  • Jug Tavern grew slowly during the decades before the Civil War. The town, at the time of its origin, extended from the railroad crossing of Broad Street (then known as Jefferson Road) for one-half mile into three counties: Jackson, Walton and Gwinnett. In 1884, Jug Tavern was incorporated by the Georgia General Assembly. It was first governed by a mayor and four aldermen who were elected annually. The first mayor, N. J. Kelly, took the oath of office on January 8, 1885.(61)

Barrow County was eventually created from the three-county uncertainty over jurisdiction, especially in disputes:

  • Two local men became involved in a fight. One of the men, standing in Gwinnett County, shot another man who was standing in Jackson County. The unhappy victim of this affair fell and died in Walton County (Ingram, p. 16). (62)

The first record for John Camp in Jackson County, Georgia is dated December 3, 1801 in which John Camp sold to Joseph Camp, both of Jackson County “100 acres for 100 dollars” (63) He also appears on the 1809 George Tax Records with his son, Abner and his son John Jr. in Jackson County, Georgia. (64) And in 1810, he sold the supposedly confiscated property #253 located in Rutherford County, North Carolina. (65)

 

 

John Camp’s Will

Camp.John.Will.part1
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Originally found on internet, part 1 and 2 http://www.next1000.com/family/EC/camp.john.html Family mentioned in will: wife Mary son Abner Camp son Thos Camp son William Camp daughter Salley Gradon daughter Anniomey Hill daughter Winey Kinmon son James Camp son Starling Camp daughter Kizah Arnold
Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson originally shared this on 15 jul 2015

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Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson originally shared this on 31 Aug 2014
[Note: He crossed out “and to the children of John Camp”]

For years, people claimed that John Camp died in 1813. He lived much longer than that and probably died in 1821 or 1822.  His will was discovered in a suitcase of family papers. It was not signed. The date is difficult to read.  And the will is not recorded. A transcription of that will follows:

John Camp Georgia will
drleeshort
drleeshort originally shared this to Ancestry.com on 01 Mar 2016

The date of the will is difficult to read, but it appears to be December 29, 1819. It is not signed. It is not witnessed. And it is not recorded. I get the sense that John wasn’t too happy with some of his children: they “have all I ever planned to give them” and “I will not give them one more thing.” He was going to leave something to the children of his son by his second marriage–John Jr.–but the original copy shows that part crossed out. Those children are not named.

John didn’t die December 29, 1819. That is the date of his will. John Camp and his second wife appear alive and well on the 1820 Census for Gwinnett County, Georgia:

John Camp and wife Mary on the 1820 Census for Gwinnett County, Georgia. Abner Camp, named Executor of John’s estate in the will, is on the same census roster.

His son, Abner, appears on the same page in a separate household.

John Camp probably died between 1821 and 1822 in Jackson/Walton/Gwinnett County, Georgia. The following indicates the location of his burial.

  • From: TrlHkr@aol.com
    To: CAMP-L@rootsweb.com
    Date: Friday, November 06, 1998 10:47 PM
    Subject: Re: John Camp’s Burial SiteIt is generally stated that John Camp was buried in the Old Grove Cemetery, near the present Lebanon Methodist Church . One has to wonder why someone would take that long trip by wagon (from Jackson Co., GA) just to bury John there. Although, maybe his wife was buried there. John did not linger long in that area, and likely had no particular attachment to it. John Camp’s grandson, Rev. Joseph Camp, dictated a note to his daughter, Laura Camp Bailey, between 1895 and 1900, a typed transcript of which I have seen, in which he states his grandfather “is buried 1 1/2 miles from Jug Tavern on his own place. His grave is covered with Chris—(?) 100 yards from the road”. Jug Tavern is the site of Winder, and Jackson Co. , GA. This grave site is also listed in a book on the grave sites of Revolutionary veterans, which interestingly lists a John Camp at each of the above sites. So take you pick as to burial site. As for me, I think it is more likely near Winder. (66)

And I agree!

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I’m glad I jumped to the end of this series. This article was a challenge to write. The research has taken a year. And it took me a week to write it!

 

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ADDENDUM:  The 1st Virginia State Regiment

1st Virginia State Regiment

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Virginia_State_Regiment Updated: 2016-10-29T20:27Z

The 1st Virginia State Regiment was a regiment of Virginia Militia that fought during the American Revolutionary War. The regiment was authorized by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in December 1776 as a force of regular troops for the Commonwealth’s defense. In 1777, Virginia had difficulty meeting its quota for the regular line of the Continental Army. As a result, in July 1777 under the command of Colonel George Gibson, the regiment began a march North to temporarily join the Continental Army in the Philadelphia Campaign.[1][2] In January 1778, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act directing that the 1st Virginia State Regiment “now in Continental service, be continued in said service instead of the Ninth Virginia Regiment, made prisoners by the enemy in the Battle of Germantown.”[3][4] The regiment camped at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78 and at Middlebrook in the winter of 1778-79 and participated in the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment remained in the service of the Continental Army until late 1779 when redeployed Virginia.[5][3] Unlike the standard division of eight found in the regular line regiments of the Continental Army, the 1st Virginia State Regiment consisted of ten companies including one of light infantry.

Contents 1 Field Officers 2 Company Commanders 3 References 4 External links

Field Officers

Colonel George Gibson

Lt. Colonel William Brent Lt.

Colonel John Allison

Major Thomas Meriweather

Company Commanders

Captain Thomas “Ol’Henry” Pollard

Captain William Hoffler

Captain Thomas Ewell

Captain Windsor Brown

Captain John Nicholas

Captain John Holt (replaced Capt. Nicholas)

Captain William Payne

Captain Charles Ewell (replaced Capt. Payne)

Captain John Lee

Captain Thomas Armistead (replaced Capt. Lee)

Captain Thomas Meriweather (promoted to Major)

Captain John Shields (replaced Capt. Meriweather)

Captain William Campbell (replaced Capt. Shields)

Captain John Camp

Captain Angus Rucker (replaced Capt. Camp)

Captain Jacob Valentine (replaced Capt. Rucker)

Captain Abner Crump

Captain Thomas Hamilton References

^ Flagg, C.A. and Waters, W.O.(1913). “Virginia Soldier’s in the Revolution.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography , Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 337-346. ^

Wright, Robert K. The Continental Army. Center of Military History, United States Army, 1983. p. 147 ^

A B Flagg (1913) pp. 337-346. ^

Shelby, John E. The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783. University of Virginia Press, 1988. p. 135. ^

Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 (National Archives Microfilm Publication M246). Roll Box Nos. 93 and 94.

External links The Muster Roll Project: The Friends of the Valley Forge Park

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

Off to Georgia–Part One: Minnie Brengle Grogan (1869-1948)

Off to Georgia–Part Two: Martin Grogan (1828-1891)

Off to Georgia–Part Three: Elizabeth Joyce (1800-1848)

Off to Georgia–Part Four: Margaret Peggy Hill ) (1785-1848)

Off to Georgia–Part Five: Annie Naomi Camp (1762-1853)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!”

“No!”

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.

“What?”

“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!”

“What?”

“SCOTT! What about BRIAN SCOTT BEALL?

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:

“BRIAN SCOTT BEALL! YOU COME HERE RIGHT NOW!”

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!

 

References

(1), (2), (3), (4) Brian Boru. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 10 March 2017. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Boru

(5) Clan Pollock. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 12 December 2016. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Pollock

(6) Pollok. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page last modified 16 December 2016. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollok

(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: http://clanpollock.com/index.php?content=liffordtoamerica3

 

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
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1992
Harrison
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.
Spouse:
Mildred Lee Warfield Beall (1917 – 2007)
Burial:
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.

RIVETT!

What in the world is that?

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

RIVETT!!!

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

“BRIAN SCOTT BEALL! YOU GET YOURSELF IN THIS HOUSE, AND YOU GET THAT FROG OUT OF MY BATHTUB AND PUT HIM BACK IN THE POND WHERE YOU FOUND HIM!”

Brian appeared at the end of the path.

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

“THAT FROG IS NOT GOING TO STAY IN MY HOUSE! NOW, YOU GET IN HERE AND GET HIM OUT OF MY TUB AND PUT HIM BACK IN THE POND! AND DON’T YOU BRING HIM BACK IN THE HOUSE AGAIN!”

“Okay! Okay!”

RIVETT!!

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

 

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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.

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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)

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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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2922979

Front photo of Dumbarton House
By dbking – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2922979

 

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.

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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:
Parents:
Edward Watts (1620 – 1690)
Anne Sherman Watts (1630 – 1665)Spouse:
Sarah Watts Beall Magruder (1659 – 1734)*Children:
Sarah Watts Warman (1679 – 1710)**Calculated relationship
Burial:
All Hallows Church Cemetery
Birdsville
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 http://home.netcom.com/~fzsaund/beall.html:

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!]

References

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

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

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

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

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

(6) Francis Watts Find-a-Grave Memorial. Created by Stella 03 Feb 2013. Find-a-Grave.com Website. Date Accessed: 13 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=WAT&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=22&GScntry=4&GSsr=3401&GRid=104561634&

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

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

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

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

(11) “Who Was Mary?” Originally submitted to Ancestry.com by ladyrodder on 14 Apr 2012. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com: Original source: Rick Saunders; Article available online at http://home.netcom.com/~fzsaund/beall.html

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

(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. Ancestry.com, Provo Utah. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2016. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) “Sutherland” from the ElectricScotland Website. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2014. Available online at http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/stoz/sutherl2.html

(16) “Sutherland” from the ElectricScotland Website. Date Accessed: 14 Feb 2014. Available online at http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/stoz/sutherl2.html

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

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. Mroots95@aol.com
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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
Estate.

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
written

Test:
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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