Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ahnentafel #481 - Mary Yowell

Mary Yowell or Howell

Probably not Howell, I'm not finding any Howells in Orange County, Virginia. 

Born: ca. 1720

Died: Unknown

Buried: Unknown

Married: James Fitzgerald - a James Jarrell married Mary D. Yowell Nov. 4, 1837 Orange Co., Virginia - recheck date - is it 1737?  Yes, it's 1837, not 1737 . . . back to the drawing board.


Yowell, Clark. Yowell: A Genealogical Collection, Somerville, NJ: C.P. Hoagland, 1931.

The Yowell Family in America

The first member of the Yowell family to migrate to the New World was Thomas Yowell, who according to this deposition given on Kent Island, Maryland, May 20, 1640, was born in the parish of Wilbarson, Northamptonshire, England. No data is available on this parish, but we find recorded the marriage of Steven Ule, of Stowe, to Margaret Lewes on October 4, 1590. Also, in Castor Parish, June 5, 1592, is recorded the marriage of Jeremy Yowle and Joane Sergeant.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Notebook - Scotland

Betts, Jerry. Highland Scot Settlers in North Carolina: 1732-1776, The Highlander, Sep/Oct 2003

It was early in the 1730s when Scots began to leave the Highlands in favor of "The New World."  However, it was only after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1745 - and the resulting British attempts to destroy the clan system - that the pace of emigration became significant.

Most of the earlier setters in North Carolina had come from Virginia and South Carolina because North Carolina's shallow and treacherous coastline was difficult for large ships to navigate. The Scots among these early settlers were primarily Lowlanders.

Highlanders had settled along the Cape Fear River as early as 1724. In 1729, however, the colony of North Carolina was royalized, making the disposal of unclaimed lands the responsibility of crown officials.  The decision was made to award land grants (of 320 or 640 acres) to individuals in the colony who could show themselves capable of cultivating the acreage, and in about 1732 the first real settlement was established.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Ahnentafel #480 - James Fitzgerald

James Stephen Fitzgerald

Born: ca. 1720 probably in what would become Orange County, Virginia
Died: Franklin Co., Kentucky

Buried: Unknown

Married: Mary Yowell or Howell


1762 - Oct. 28, Orange Co., VA - Deed from Thomas & Ann (Bullard) Smith to James Fitzgerald £32 for 400 acres.

1763 - June 22 - Orange Co. & Albemarle Co., VA - James & Mary Fitzgerald sold 200 acres to Charles Douglas for £16

1810 - Kentucky Census, Montgomery Co., census

Monday, July 30, 2018

Notebook - Virginia #2, Part III

Fothergill, Augusta & John Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966.

The 1790 census records for some Virgina counties were destroyed during the War of 1812.

My [Augusta Fothergill] effort has been to make use of the first personal property tax lists for those counties then extant in order to supply this deficiency.  The lists are not absolutely conclusive since some men did not pay taxes if they were indigent, exempt for physical disabilities or if they held certain political or military offices.  However, in some instances we find taht some of the latter paid on some of their personalty.

Ordinarily it would have seemed wiser to have published the tax payers as they occurred in the original lists but in all but ten of the counties they have already been letter grouped by the enumerators so that any value as to neighbors has been destroyed.

Fayette and Lincoln Counties of the present Kentucky have been included, then being in Virginia, but the lists for Jefferson County having been removed to Kentucky could not be included as I am only using those lists in our [Virginia] state archives.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ahnentafel #478 - (--?--) Linton

(--?--) Linton

Born: by 1740

Buried: unknown

Married: by 1760

Records / Possibilities:

1743 - Lower Makefield, Bucks Co., PA - property taxes - a Benjamin Linton property assessed at £15 and he paid 3s, 9d in taxes.
Thomas Cogal single at Benja. Lintons paid 9s. - probably not
1760 - Falmouth, Stafford Co., VA - a John Linton, overseer for Colo. Thomas Lee Stafford, p. 130,
William Allason's Falmouth Store Index, probably not

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Notebook - Virginia #2, Part II

Joyner, Peggy. Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpeper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Countyies, 1710-1780, Vol. III, Portsmouth, VA: Joyner, 1985.

1721 - Spotsylvania County created from Essex and parts of King & Queen and King William

1731 - Prince William County created from the northwest portions of Stafford & King George

1733 - Privy Council ordered a commission to determine the actual boundaries set forth in the 1688 charter. Josiah Dickinson in The Fairfax Proprietary explained:

The findings of the commissioners confirmed Lord Fairfax's claim to the land in the fork of Rappahannock, now Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties, and to the land lying between the head spring of the Rapidan and the head spring of the Potomac Rivers.  In other words, it would be better understood to say that the entire boundary was from the mouth of Rappahannock River to the head spring of the Rapidan branch, at the top of the Blue Ridge between Madison and Green Counties, thence a straight line seventy-six and one-half miles to the head spring of Potomac Rier, now the Southwest corner of Maryland, and thence down the Potomac River to the Chesapeake Bay and with the Bay to the beginning.

1734 - Orange County created by the General Assembly, becoming effective January 1, 1735.

1738 - Orange County citizens living west of the Blue Ridge petitioned for county.

1743 - Frederick County formed and first court held.

1745 - Augusta County formed and first court held.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ahnentafel #477 - Ruth Beall

Ruth Beall

Born: ca. 1734
Died: after 1780

Buried: Unknown

Marriage: John Ogle 1752 in Frederick Co., Maryland

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Notebook - Virginia #2, Part 1

Crozier, William. Virginia County Records, Vol. I Spotsylvania County, 1721-1800, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1971
Robertson, Robinson, Maulding, Shepard, Breeden, Beazley, Jones, Minor, Taylor, Taliaferro, Morgan

Heavener, Ulysses. German New River Settlement: Virginia, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976.
The First Settlement Beyond the Alleghanies - The caption that furnishes the subject for the first chapter of this narration, as above, is not original with the writer, but has been used by other writers and historians as referring to "Draper Meadows" settlement, as well as to be used in reference to the whole settlement of southwest Virginia; but more especially the "Middle New River Settlements."  The purpose of the writer is to give the subject a restricted sense. Not in the spirit of controversy or antagonism, but merely to arrive at conclusion, based upon indubitable facts the writer is put to the necessity of showing that the "German New River Settlement," centering in and around the "Horse shoe bottoms" of New River and the mouths of [Tom's] and Stroubles Creeks and extending from this center has priority claims over "Drapers Meadows" by several years.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ahentafel #476 - John Ogle

John Ogle aka Jehu

Born: Aug. 5, 1731 All Saint's Parish, Frederick Co., Maryland
Died: in either Frederick Co., Maryland or Monroe Co., Illinois

Buried: Unknown

Married: Ruth Beall in Frederick Co., MD 1752


1766 - petitioner, Frederick Co., MD Jehu Ogle listed on census

Friday, July 6, 2018

Notebook - Dad's Families No. 1

Downstairs Notebooks
Blackford, Charles. "Four Successive John Minors," The Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Vol. X, No. 1, June 1903, Richmond, VA: The Virginia Historical Society.
The Minor family in Virginia, with its connections, is one of the most numerous within its boundaries. From the first of the name to the present day its members have been influential in their respective communities, but have shunned office, and hence are as not as well known as many families of less real merit but fewer peculiarities.

The first of the blood in Virginia was Meindert Doodes and his wife Mary Geret: both were from Holland. He was a sea captain who abandoned the sea and settled on the lower waters of the Rappahannock in Virginia, about 1650.  His wife belonged to a family of some social and political distinction in Holland.  The son of Meindert Doodes assumed the name of Doodes Minor - whether the "Minor" was another term for "Junior," or was a corruption of Meindert, does not appear.  Minor Doodes and Doodes Minor were both naturalized in October, 1673, by the same act of the House of Burgesses and by their respective names.  The wills of Meindert Doodes and Doodes Minor are both of record in Middlesex county. By the will of the former he leaves his estate to "his son Doodes Minor."  By the will of Doodes Minor who married a Miss Mantague, a part of his estate was given to his son Geret Minor, whose name was derived from the family name of the wife of Meindert Doodes.  His name was afterwards corrupted into "Garret," and has been extensively used in the Minor family ever since. This Geret Minor, son of Doodes Minor, was the father of

The first John Minor who was born in 1707, and on the 14th of November, 1732, married Sarah Carr, daughter of Thomas Carr and his wife Mary Dabney. This Mary Dabney was born January 22d, 1685. The estate known as "Topping Castle," on the north bank of the North Anna river, in Caroline county, was given John Minor by his father-in-law Thomas Carr. This first John was a Justice of the Peace and a man of strong mind and will and was of great influence in his community. He and his wife Sarah Carr had eleven children, the eldest of whom was

Monday, July 2, 2018

Ahnentafel #474 - (--?--) Towson

(--?--) Towson

Born: by 1740


Married: by 1760

Barnes, Robert. Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1975
  • Towson, Abraham 1 Jan. 1745 Elizabeth Mahorn St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore Co. 158
  • Towson, Richard 26 Dec. 1758 Tabitha Rutledge St. John's & st. George's Parish, Baltimore Co., 218
  • Towson, William 24 Feb. 1735 Ruth Gott St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore Co. 155
Records / Possibilities:

1789 Maryland - William Towson, U.S. Revolutionary Pension/ Bounty Land Warrant Application 2210 - 200, Lieut. issued May 25, no papers 

1790 Baltimore Co., MD Census 
Charles Towson family on Back River Upper Hundred
  • 1 male 16+
  • 6 females
  • 3 slaves

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Notebook - England / Canada / Ireland / Scotland No. 1

"A Charlemagne Line of Descent," Genealogy Magazine, Vol. XI, No. 5, January 1924.
  1. Charlemagne, 743-814, married Hildegarde of Savoy.
  2. Carloman, died 880, king of Germany, married Carentia.
  3. Arnulf, 863-899, Emperor, married Helingardis of Saxony.
  4. Hedwiga, married Otto the Illustrious Duke of Germany, died 912.
  5. Henry I the Fowler, King of Germany, 876-936, married Matilda, daughter of County Thiedrich, a descendant of Wittekind, the last King of Saxony before Charlemagne.
  6. Otto, the Great 912-973, Roman Emperor, married first, Edith, daughter of Edward, the elder King of England, who died 925.
  7. Luitgarde, died 953, married, 947, Conrad the Red, Duke of Lorraine and Franconia. he died 955.
  8. Otto II Duke of Franconia, married Judith.
  9. Henry of Hezelon, Duke of Franconia (Rehnish France), married Adelaide, daughter of Eberhard, Count of Alsace.
  10. Conrad II, the Salic, died June 4, 1039, Roman Emperor, 1027 married 1016 Gisels of Swabia, a descendant of Louis IV of France who married Gerberga, daughter of Henry I, the Fowler, King of Germany.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ahnentafel #472 - David(?) Parks

David(?) Parks

Born: ca. 1740?
Died: unknown

Buried: unknown

Married: unknown


Coldham, Peter. Settlers of Maryland 1679-1783, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2002 - Land Records
Arthur Parks - Dorchester - Collier's Forest - 101 - 29 Sep 1761 - BC14/367; BC15/112
Patrick Parks - Kent - Sim's Farm - 89 - 3 Nov 1739 - LGB/43; LCG/20
William Parks of Annapolis, gent: - Prince George's - Park Hall - 50 - 29 Nov 1732 - PL8/704; AM1/236
William Parks - Baltimore - Parks Death Knot - 222 - 5 Mar 1764 - BC22/550; BC27/452

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Bit about Quakers

It began during a period of much religious upheaval in England during the mid-1600s, as people questioned the established church and sought new ways to understand Christianity. The emerging faith community gathered around the leadership of George Fox and others who encouraged people to be guided by a direct, firsthand encounter with the Spirit. These Quakers were seeking an authentic return to “primitive Christianity,” as practiced by the followers of Jesus in the first century. For more on early Quaker history, see the QuakerSpeak video How Quakerism Began

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ahnentafel #470 - Henry Baughman

Anthony Henrick Baughman aka Henry Baughman, Bachman

Born: 1750 Germany
Died: 1822 Baltimore, Maryland ?

Buried: Unknown

Married: 1775 Maria Barbara (--?--) in Manheim Twp., York Co., PA


The more I look at these records, the more I think they are about at least two people.  I'm not sure why Henry would go to York Co., Pennsylvania and then back to Baltimore, when most of his family was moving farther west into Ohio.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Notebook - Military #1 - Part 2

Bizzell, Virginia & Oscar Bizzell. Revolutionary War Recors, Duplin & Sampson Counties, North Carolina: Contributions to Genealogy, Newton Grove, NC: Sampson County Historical Society, 1997.
Wiggs, John, private, militia cavalry & infantry, widow's pension #W4398. Soldier was born 25 Jan. 1758 in Dobbs Co. (now Wayne), NC & was living there when he enlisted and always lived there except for 10 to 12 years that he lived in Sampson Co.  Then he returned to Wayne Co. where he applied for a pension on 1 Oct. 1832. He was placed on the pension roll 22 July 1833 at age 76. His pension was $30.71 per annum and a total of $92.13 was received by him. 
Soldier married 1782 in the Sampson area to Cherry (--?--). They had five children of which the oldest was: 
  1. Daniel b. ca. 1783 & removed to Alabama
  2. Raiford b. ca. 1785
  3. Grace b. ca. 1787 md. Lewis Gurley 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ahnentafel #468 - (--?--) Porter

(--?--) Porter

Born:  by 1743
Died: Unknown

Buried: Unknown

Married: by 1762

Records / Possibilities:
Barnes, Robert. Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1975
  • Porter, Aaron 19 Aug. 1740 Jane MacKenny St. George's Parish, Baltimore Co., 317
  • Porter, Alexander 5 Dec. 1759 Ann Beachamp Coventry Parish, Somerset Co., 64
  • Porter, James 21 Jan. 1744/5 Anne Rippen Leeds' List of Marriage Licences, Talbot Co., 51

Monday, June 4, 2018

Research Notes - Elkanah Lathrop / Lothrop

Son of Ezra Lathrop

Elkanah b. 11/9/1754 Norwich CT md. ? d. in either VT or Canada. His father Ezra died on Elkanah's sixth birthday. Elkanah's sister Charity married David Galusha in Shaftsbury, Bennington Co., Vermont in 1773.

Henry Lathrop's biographical sketch in the History of Lawrence Co., IL puts Elkanah in New London, CT in 1781:

"His [Henry Lathrop's] father Russell Lathrop, was born in Fairfax County, Vt., and the grandfather, Elkanah Lathrop, was a native of Connecticut in which State he lived when the British and Tories burned New London. This atrocious act stirred him deeply and with many others he aided in driving the enemy out of the neighborhood."

James B. Lathrop's biographical sketch in the History of Decatur Co., IN gives this information:

In Memoriam - Gordon Butler

Gordon Leroy Butler, age 76, of Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of Batavia, Illinois, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital-Cincinnati North. He was born Thursday, April 30, 1942 in Dahlgren, Illinois to Minor and Rachel (nee Hutchcraft) Butler.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

In Memoriam - Eshmal Porter

Eshmal LaVern Porter, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Thrive Assistant Living in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

He worked as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas and after retirement he joined the staff of his church and became an ordained minister serving with small groups.

Eshmal had served in the U.S. Navy and was therefore buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 17.  His Celebration of Life was held at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.