Saturday, July 24, 2010

Okay, you probably won’t understand much in this next bit but I am looking for something to amuse me today while I wait for some documents for another story….so here we go. This bit follows Prudence Taylor Elmore Myers’ trials and tribulations from birth to her first marriage to her move to Ohio and her marriage to Ralph Myres. I don’t have enough documentation to prove all of this but it is fun looking through the bits and pieces and putting a story together…….WHOOOOO HAAAAAA!

Prudence Taylor was the daughter of William and Mary Pearson Taylor born in Berkeley County, District 96, South Carolina on 11th month, 10th day, 1780. I believe Prudence to be my 2nd great grandmother. She had three older siblings, Samuel, Martha and Jonathan.

Now for this twist in the plot….When she was either less than two years old, her father died on 10 12 1781 as is stated on almost all family sites OR, he wrote his will on 10 12 1781 and died in 1789 when there is some evidence that his will was entered in court records. (Yes, a bit of understatement on my part.)
Newberry County S.C. Estates
Box 361, Pkg. 36. 361-365
LWT 10 Oct 1781 Proven 28 Jul 1789 Bk. A, P. 70. Or, if that reference does not suit your fancy, try the next one.
Recorded in Will Book "A" Page 69
Proved March 4th 1789
Test. W. Malone Clk. Ct. (Original Will not in Files of Probate)
To whom it may Concern Know Ye That I William Taylor of Bush River Ninety six District in South Carolina being of Sound mind and Memory do this Tenth day of the 10th Month October in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & and Eighty One; make and Publish this my Last will & Testament in Manner following, That is to say, First I Give to my son Samuel, the Plantation whereon I now Live Containing Two hundred and fifty Acres of Land, And I Give & bequeath to my son Jonathan Taylor one other Plantation or Tract of Land Containing One hundred Acres of Land & one other Tract of Land Containing One Hundred Acres of Land Originally Granted to Matthew Brooks and William Nelson, which sd Plantations or Tracts of Land as aforesaid I Give and bequeath to my said Sons Samuel Taylor & Jonathan Taylor to them their Heirs and Assigns forever, And to my Daughter Martha Taylor, I Give and bequeath the sum of Two hundred pounds of Lawful Current Money of South Carolina Aforesaid, I also Give to my Youngest Daughter Prudence Two Hundred pounds of Like Money, to be paid out of my Debts that will be due to me which said Debts, Bonds, Notes or Otherwise my Executors herein Named are to Collect & pay to my said Daughters when they Arrive & be of Age in Law, And Provided either of my Daughters Should Decease in her Nonage The sd Sum of Two Hundred pounds shall Revert and be paid the other as aforesaid The Residue & Remainder of All my Personal Estate I bequeath to my Wife Mary Taylor for & during her Widowhood to be by her possessed for her Use & the Maintenance and Education of my Said Children, but if she Should Marry before my Said Children Should Arrive at their Several Ages in Law that then in such Case my Execrs do take into their hands my Said Personal Estate for the Use above mentioned, & Lastly I do make and Ordain Samuel Pearson & Mercer Babb Executors to this my Last Will & Testament, In Witness Whereof I have to this my last Will & Testament set my hand & Seal the day & year above Written
William Taylor (Seal)
Signed Sealed and Delivered by the Said William Taylor as & for his last Will & Testament in the Presence of Us who where present at the Signing & Sealing Thereof
Samuel Kelley
Joshua Reeder
Samuel Ridgdell

Prudence’s grandfather, Samuel Pearson, died in Bush River on January 8, 1790.

Prudence’s mother, Mary Pearson Taylor married 2nd John Mills in Newberry County on 2 28 1793.
Prudence’s grandfather Jonathan Taylor died in the first part of 1795.
Will of Jonathan Taylor Newberry County, South Carolina Will book A, page 274. Proved May 18, 1795. While Prudence is not specifically named in the will, as an heir of William Taylor, she would have inherited part of the tract of land mentioned in his will.
"….I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son William Taylor decd the whole Tract of Land whereon his Widow not Lives…."

Prudence Taylor married Ridgeway Elmore sometime (probably) early in 1798. This MAY have been her second marriage, some family genealogists think that she was first married to a man named O’Sayle, however if she was there seems to be no proof. And, there does not appear to have been any persons with that last name in Newberry County at that time.
Prudence and Ridgeway were the parents of two daughters, Abigail born on an unknown date, probably died before 1821 and Mahala born April 9, 1800. Ridgeway died between January 17, 1803 when his will was written and March 15, 1803 when the will was probated.
On 9 May 1805 John & his wife Mary & children Enoch & Elijah Mills, & Ann Pearson received on certificate from Bush River MM, S. C. dated 23 Feb 1805 < Records Miami MM, Warren co, Ohio. If you were paying attention, you know that this is Prudence’s mother, step father an two half brothers….I have no knowledge of Ann Pearson.

Warren County was formed in 1803 and then Clinton County was formed in 1810 from part of Warren and part of Highland County.

"According to some estate records for Jonathan Taylor (Here I am assuming this Jonathan was her brother.), it indicates that Prudence Elmore was "about to remove to the state of Ohio in a few days" in a petition dated 21 Sept 1807. And in 1809, Prudence Elmore, Warren Co., Ohio was paid by the estate of Jonathan Taylor for "nursing him in his last illness, burial shroud"". Sue Appleton ^ There is no reference as to where these records are filed, but I’m looking for them.

And now for the next twist of the tale, William T. Elmore. William was apparently the son of Joseph and Martha Taylor Elmore, Prudence’s sister and brother in law. Joseph was also the brother of Ridgeway Elmore. William was born in South Carolina on February 24, 1807, about the time Martha Taylor Elmore died and was then (according to some family members) raised by Prudence and taken to Ohio in 1809. Another sub plot and twist; Joseph and Martha also had a daughter, Mary, born about 1806 who was raised by her father and accompanied him to Ohio a few years later. By this time, Joseph had a new wife and they lived about 4o miles from where William was living at the time but there is no record that there was ever any contact.

Children of Ralph Myers, all believed to have been born in Clinton County, Ohio.
Nathan born May 21, 1811.
Samuel born November 4, 1812.
Mary born August 21, 1814.
Ralph unknown birth date.

Caesars Creek Monthly Meeting started in 1810.

John Mills (Prudence’s step father) dies in Clinton County, Ohio on August 9, 1814. Death recorded at Caesars Creek MM, Ohio.

Guardianship for "Mahaly" (Mahala) Elmore apparently started 1816 in Newberry County, South Carolina.
Ralph Myers died in Clinton County between April 24, 1820 when he wrote his will and October 13, 1820 when his will was probated, Volume Q, page 27, Clinton County, Ohio Wills. His will states, in part:
"…..I will and bequeath to the management and disposal of my step daughter Mahala Elmore for the raising, maintaining and schooling of my children, namely William Elmore, Nathan, Samuel, Mary and Ralph Mires….." The will goes on to state that Ralph is the youngest son and that Ralph’s (Sr.) estate was to be managed until the son Ralph reached maturity, then sold and the money divided equally between the heirs. The executor of the will was Jesse Arnold who managed the estate until his death in 1832 then John Arnold (who married Mahala Elmore) managed the estate. The will also states that if Mahala can not care for the children, that they are to be placed in the care of Caesars Creek Monthly Meeting. There is no record that the children were placed in the care of Caesars Creek.
There is no mention of his wife in the will confirming (to me) that Prudence had died prior to April 24, 1820.
The will is signed, "Ralph Mires".
On various estate papers the name appears as Mires, Myers, Miars and Miers and sometimes two or three on the same document.

The earliest Clinton County land tax record that I have is for 1820. The record shows that Ralph owned two parcels of land totaling 194 acres in Chester Township near Turkey Run (a creek) that drains into Caesars Creek, the tax bill appears to have been $3.18 total for both parcels. Two of his neighbors are Elijah Mills, Prudence’s half brother and John Mills, either the estate of John Mills Sr. or John Mills Jr..

And to confuse, just a bit more, there is this parting shot. Since there does not seem to be much written history of Ralph’s family, nor my relative Nathan, I will include a few lines from the obituary of Samuel Myers, brother of Nathan and son of Ralph.
Anderson (Indiana) Morning Herald, February 13, 1895.
"……Mr. Myers was born eighty-two years ago the 4th of last November in Clinton County, Ohio. His parents were South Carolina Quakers, and from them he inherited that love for truth and honesty which were chief characteristics of the man."
"When but eight years of age he was bound out to a firm of weavers and learned the trade at the loom. At seventeen he went to Cincinnati and was soon toiling for a dairy firm, and there spent the season of the famous cholera epidemic of 1832."

One other thing, there is no record of the Myers family being Quaker in Clinton County until 1831, 10, 27. Mary (Miers) recrq
Yes, I am aware of the 1969 Myers Family History written by Herman Myers shortly before his death. In that history he lists Ralph’s first wife as Prudence Baker and his second wife as Mrs. Elmon. I could find no evidence that Ralph was married twice. If you use a bit of whoooo haaaaaa here you transfer Elmon to Elmore and transfer Baker to candle stick maker to Taylor. Of course you need to be versed in children’s rhymes for that last bit.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Left: Land office at Greenway Court.
Right: Greenway Court, Virginia home of lord Fairfax.
Since I have made some effort at telling the tale of the Gabbert (Lockhart) family in the Frederick County area, I thought it only fair to cover some of the Mendenhall side of the family in Frederick County as well.
I have stated this before but you are probably a relative of mine…..SO, I will go through it again. Frederick County was formed from part of Orange County in 1738 and the administration started in 1743; Berkeley County was formed from part of Frederick County in 1772; 1863 Berkeley County became part of West Virginia.
And now, before I start with the family, a little history….well, very little. This area was subject to Indian raids during the 1750’s and 60’s. Basically the entire county was claimed by lord Fairfax who had a royal patent. Today we would consider the county’s most famous resident during this time period to have been George Washington.
Those entries that credit Hopewell Friends History:
Hopewell Friends history, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia; records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and meetings reporting to Hopewell; two hundred years of history and genealogy, John Walter Wayland; Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends; Hopewell Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends).
It appears that the first of this side of the family to arrive in what was then Orange County (later Frederick County), Virginia Colony were my 7th great grandparents Richard and Charity Grubb Beeson.*
A Richard Beeson was in Orange County (later Frederick County) when he attended a marriage ceremony at Hopewell on December 11, 1735.
1736, 2 mo. 24 Richard Beeson, wife, and family at New Garden ( Pennsylvania) (Certificate to Hopewell, then Orange County.).
Hopewell Friends History. ^
"One of the large, land-owning Quaker families to come into the present Berkeley County was Richard Beeson, born in 1684, who had married Charity Grubb in 1706. George Robinson and John Poteate had received a king’s patent from the Lt. Gov. Gooch for 1,650 acres of land laying on both sides of the Tuscarora Creek on Nov. 12, 1737 (1735). They sold this tract of land to Beeson for 70 pounds on Sept. 28, 1737. This tract of land was of excellent quality and ran on both sides of the present Tuscarora Creek from Martinsburg to just west of Nollville."
On Beeson property a "……meeting house called "Providence" was established by 1738. There were 249 acres there that were sold by Richard Beeson and his wife, Charity, to Richard Beeson Jr. on December 1745, when the meeting house and cemetery had been established. This early cemetery, one of the oldest known in the state, now belongs to the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission." ^
In the above quoted article I have corrected the patent date to match the copy of said patent in the Library of Virginia. I have a copy of the above land grant and it is made out to George Robinson only. If you use Google Maps to search for Nollville, West Virginia and use the zoom-in, you can find the location of Providence Quaker Cemetery; the Beeson property was north of the cemetery, stretched out along the Tuscarora (the blue line north of the area).
It is believed that the first meetings of Providence Meeting were held in the home of Richard Beeson.
Hopewell MM issued a certificate to Richard Beeson and wife on 1754, 9, 2 and they were received at New Garden MM, North Carolina on 1754, 11, 30.
Hopewell Friends History ^
1736, 9 mo. 27, Mordica Mendenhall and wife, at New Garden.( Pennsylvania) (Certificate to Hopewell, then Orange County.).
Hopewell Friends History. ^
Mordecai and Charity Beeson Mendenhall, my 6th great grandparents, migrated to what was to become Frederick County with Charity’s parents and settled on 200 acres of land purchased from the Beesons for 20 pounds on October 28, 1743. The property seems to have been on both sides of Tuscarora Creek adjoining Charity‘s brothers and parents.
Frederick County Deed Book 1, page 20. ^
Richard Mendenhall, son of Charity and Mordecai, my 5th great grandfather was born in what was to become Frederick County on November 1, 1737.
Mordecai Mendenhall, wife and children were received on certificate at Cane Creek MM, North Carolina on 1752, 3, 7. The certificate was issued by Hopewell MM on 1751, 3, 6.
Hopewell Friends History ^
Mordecai’s parents, John (Jr.) and Susanna Pierson Mendenhall, my 7th great grand parents, also moved to the area in about 1747.
John Mendenhall (Mendinghall) is on the list of voters December 11, 1755. He voted for the winning candidate, Mr. Hugh West. Poll taken in Frederick County, Jul 24, 1758, which elected two members to the House of Burgesses from Frederick County, again voted for West and Captain Thomas Swearington, both appear to have lost.
Susanna Pierson Mendenhall died in Frederick County April 30, 1765. John died in Berkeley County, Virginia in 1773. If you read the formation of counties above, you will see that Berkeley County was formed in 1772 so both John and Susanna probably died at the same place. It is possible that both John and Susanna Mendenhall are buried in the "old" Providence Meeting Cemetery.
William and Mary Reese (Rees) Dillon my 6th great grandparents were in what was to
become Frederick County by November 9, 1739 when William purchased 219 acres from John Littler for 7 pounds.
Frederick County Deed Book 7, page 65. ^
I could not find a record of the marriage of William and Mary. Some genealogy sites say they were married prior to their arrival in Frederick County, others say they were married in Frederick County, but none cite any records.
"10 February 1743/44 O. S., FOB 1, pp. 29-30
John Littler & William Dillon having made their return on the Order for Viewing & laying of the Road from John ffrosts Mill to the main Road between John Littlers & John Milbourns plantation in these Words, We have laid off the Road from Capt ffrost’s Mill thence to Buffler lick thence to the Backside John Bossers field, thence to David Springers thence to the Usual ford thence on the East Side Wm. ffrosts plantation thence along a good Ridge by a Course of Marked Trees to Mathias Elmores thence along the said Elmors Creek to the head, the best Convenientest Way that can be had by Widow Dillons thence by the said Marked Trees to the main Road Leading to Rappahannock between John Littlers & John Milbourns which includes the whole, Its Ordered that the said Road be cleared by the Petrs. and Joseph Burkham & Wm. ffrost are hereby Appointed Overseers of the said Road & its further Ordered that they clear the same According to Law --"
Frederick County, Virginia Road Orders ^
No, I don’t know any thing about the "Widow Dillons" .
Charity Dillon, my 5th great grandmother and daughter of the above, was born in Frederick County on October 14, 1743.
3 June 1746 O. S., FOB 2, p. 102
William Dillon is hereby Appointed Overseer of the Road from Captn Frosts Mill to the Main Road between John Littler & John Milburns in the Room of William Frost & it is Ordered that the Tithables living within Two Miles on Each Side the said Road work on the same And it is further Ordered that the said Wm Dillon cause the said road to be kept in good repair According to Law -
Frederick County, Virginia Road Orders ^
November 15, 1752 purchased (rented) from lord Fairfax 400 acres on both sides of Back Creek.
November 16, 1752 purchased (rented) from lord Fairfax 398 acres on both sides of the dividing ridge of Opeckon and Back Creeks. (See sale below on April 2, 1762.)
November 16, 1752 purchased (rented) from lord Fairfax 384 acres on the drains of the Opeckon. Total 1182 acres.
Land Grants, Library of Virginia.^
It seems that William sold most of these properties within a few years after he purchased them.
William Dillon is on the list of voters December 11, 1755. He voted for the winning candidate, Mr. Hugh West. On a poll taken at the Election of Burgesses, Frederick County, May 18, 1761 he voted for the two winners, Colonel George Washington and Colonel George Mercer. (Yes, that George Washington.)
"At a Court martial Held for Frederick County on Fryday the 9th Day of October 1761..."
"William Dillon (of Capt Lewis Moores Company on the Motion of said Captain) be discharged of further duty at Muster"
Frederick County, Virginia Militia Records, 1755-1761, Little.
On April 2, 1762, William Dillon and Mary his wife sold 398 acres to Joseph Thompson for 500 pounds.
Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 65.
William Dillon died between October 13, 1762 when he made his will and November 3, 1762 when his will was proved in Frederick County Court.
Frederick County Will Book 3, page 96. ^
Mary, wife of William, had remarried to Joseph Bridges before May 1, 1764 when Joseph and Mary Bridges, widow of William Dillon, sold 200 acres (appears to have been part of William Dillon’s estate).
Frederick County Deed Book 9, page 195. ^
Mary Bridges (Dillon) was disowned by Hopewell 2, 7, 1764, married contrary to discipline.
Hopewell Friends History ^
Joseph and Mary Reese Dillon Bridges had one son, Dillon Bridges born December 5, 1764. Some time around 1800 after the death of Joseph, Mary is said to have taken her feather bed and rode horse back to Kentucky to live with Dillon Bridges and his family. Now then, this last bit could be a family tale or a more scholarly, technical term for this would be whoooo haaaaa.
"November 7th 1767, FOB 14 Part 1, p. 185
Mercer Babb is Appointed overseer of the Road from Joseph Bridges Mill to William Dillons Plantation Ordered that the usael Tithables work thereon under him"
Frederick County Road Orders ^
I included the above to show how Joseph Bridges may have met our Mary Reese Dillon…By hot footing it down the road?

James Haworth, my 5th great grandfather, seems to have migrated to Augusta County, Virginia in 1739.
"1739, 5 mo(nth), 2 (day) James Haworth requests certificate to Opeckon Monthly Meeting, whither he intends to remove."
"1739, 6 mo(nth), 6 (day) Report concerning James Haworth favorable, and he was granted certificate."
Buckingham MM Records, Pennsylvania.^
Okay, WAKE UP! This next bit is complicated and you may need to read it several times. I have been reading it for about a month and think that I finally understand. It appears that James and his brothers John, Stephanus and Absalom joined their uncle Robert Scarborough near a settlement of Friends on Smith Creek when they moved to Virginia in 1739. Uncle Robert’s property was located on Smith Creek about a mile from the Meeting (Smith Creek) and about five miles southwest of present day New Market, Virginia. New Market is located in present day Shenandoah County and the Scarborough property is in present day Rockingham County. This area was first part of Orange County, then Augusta then Shenandoah and then Rockingham was formed from the northern part of the remains of Augusta County. I have taken some time with this because most family sites (and the Haworth Association) claim that James settled in Frederick County on Apple Pie Ridge when he first moved to Virginia. He did not.
We know that the Haworth brothers were in this area in 1742 because they appear on a military roster of Captain Peter Scholl (and for the quick witted, it does not appear that he is related to the Lockhart Scholls) for Augusta County. Peter Scholl was also a resident on Smith Creek.
"Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains: ……..
Capt. Peter Shoull's List: Peter Shoull, Captain; And. Burd, Lieutenant; Math. Skeens, Ensign; Abram Harden, John Hill, Johnath Burley, John Harison, Georg. Clemens, Wm. Halimes, Zebulun Harrison, Jno. Davis, Jno. Taylor, Joseph Burley, William White, Isaac Lotos, Wm. Sherral, Valante Severe, John Cumberland, Jacob Jacobs, Thos. Moor, (Stephanes Haveworth, Jas. Haveworth), John Beeson, Steph. Howard, Absolom Howard, Joseph Howard, John Benson, Benj. Hames (Haines), John Harrison, Thos. Lowker, Griffiths Thomas, John White, Adam Sherral, Rob. Caldwal, John Miller, Will Brizes (Briges), Wm. Carrel, John Hodg, (Absolom Haveworth, John Haveworth.)"
Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement of Virginia, Vol. 2, pages 508-509.^ This list seems to have been copied from, "The Preston Papers, Copies of Musters of Augusta County, 1742."
My mark, Haworth brothers ( ).
James married Sarah Wood at the Smith Creek Meeting in Augusta County November 3, 1743. (There are no records from this Meeting still in existence. James was married to Sarah Wood but the exact date can not be proven.)
My 4th great grandfather, James Haworth, son of James and Sarah, was born January 2, 1752. Since James and Sarah did not purchase property on Back Creek in Frederick County until November, I assume James (the son) was born while the parents were living on Smith Creek.
Absalom (James’ brother) Haworth’s will was probated June 2, 1752 naming James as one of the executors.
James Hayworth, November 17, 1752 purchased (rented) from lord Fairfax 227 acres on both sides of the Great Spring Branch of Back Creek and under North Mountain. (Frederick County, several miles north of Smith Creek)
Land Grant, Library of Virginia. ^ Land surveyed on April 26, 1751.
James and Sarah sold this property to Thomas Doster for sixty pounds on August 4, 1755.
Frederick County Deed Book 4, page 53.^
James and Sarah then settled in Back Creek Valley, where James Haworth bought land (183 acres) from Isaac Thomas in 1755. The farm was located near the fork of Isaac's Creek and Back Creek about two miles below Gainesboro.
"Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley" ^
James Haworth (the father) died October 10, 1757.
The area in which the Haworths lived was known as Apple Pie Ridge and was located about 5 miles north of Winchester. "This was the area that suffered from Indian
depredations in 1756/57; although no Friends were killed, many lost their livestock, including "Sarah Haworth widow" who received 3 of the 35 pounds sent for relief by the Philadelphia QM" (Hopewell Friends History).
Sarah (Wood) Haworth, disowned, widow of James. 24 (day), 12 (month), 1759.
Hopewell MM Records, Book 1.^
Sarah Wood Haworth married 2nd Peter Ruble, 1759. I did not find a record of this marriage but it is stated on the Haworth Family Association web site and in the following document.
A copy of the account of the estate of James Hayworth was filed in Frederick County court on November 4, 1767 naming Peter Ruble and his wife Sarah (Wood Haworth Ruble) as administrators of the estate. The first item listed: "1759 To the Funeral Charges - - - 4-10-0" or 4 pounds, 10 shillings. The oddest item (in my mind) "To cash paid Thomas Dostor for clearing the land out of the Propriators (Proprietor’s) Office - - - 13-1-4" or 13 pounds, 1 shilling, 4 pence." Here, I am assuming, they do not mean with a shovel and broom. ^
Sarah (Wood Haworth) Ruble issued a certificate from Hopewell to Bush River (South Carolina) 1, 2, 1768 with children Jemima, James, George and Elizabeth.
Hopewell Friends History, ^
I did not find any information about Sarah’s membership being reinstated but since she was issued a certificate from Hopewell, obviously she was.
Thomas and Margaret Bowen Rees, my 6th great grandparents, appear to have settled in Frederick County in 1743 when on January 30th they purchased 224 acres from Thomas Littler for 22 pounds, 11 shillings.
Frederick County Patent Book 1, page 31 ^
A man believed to have been his father in law, Henry Bowen, purchased an adjoining 224 acre property from John Littler on January 25, 1743 for 45 pounds.
Frederick County Patent Book 1, page 34. ^
If the above Henry Bowen was in fact Margaret Bowen’s father, Henry Bowen and his wife Jane (Joan) Carter are my 7th great grandparents. Death dates for this couple range from before 1755 to the late 1750’s in Frederick County.
William Rees married Charity Dillon on August 1, 1763 in Frederick County, they are my 5th great grandparents. William was the son of Thomas and Margaret Bowen Rees and Charity was the daughter of William and Mary Reese Dillon. William Rees and Mary Reese Dillon were probably related as distant cousins but this has not been proven.
Mary Rees, daughter of William and Charity Dillon Rees, my 4th great grandmother was born in Frederick County April 12, 1767.
Certificate from Hopewell to New Garden, North Carolina 6, 4, 1772, Wm, Rees, wife, & children.
Hopewell Friends History ^
Thomas and Ruth Large Brown, my 6th great grandparents, moved to Frederick County in 1741.
1741, 1 mo. 2, Thomas Brown requests certificates for himself, wife, and children except his eldest daughter, to the monthly meeting at Hopewell in Orange Co., Va. In order to remove there.
1741, 2 mo. 6, a favorable report on Thomas Brown.
1741, 3 mo. 4, certificate for Thomas Brown to Hopewell.
Buckingham MM Records, Pennsylvania.^
I include the following because in concerns two direct relatives. Thomas Brown’s property was on both sides of Middle Creek. I know that the first order does not specify the road but the second one does.
1 April 1746 O. S., Fob 2, p. 72
Thomas Brown & Mordecai Mendenhall are hereby Appointed Overseer of the Road in the Room of Patrick Gillaspy & John Bails & its Ordered that they cause the said Road to be kept in Good Repair According to Law --
3 March 1746 O. S., FOB 2, p. 204
John Mills is hereby Appointed Overseer of the Road from Middle Creek to Mill Creek in the Room of Thomas Brown & its Ordered that the said John Mills cause the said Road to be kept in good repair According to Law --
Frederick County, Virginia Road Orders ^
Historic Thomas Brown house near Inwood, West Virginia.
Thomas died between December 30, 1749 when he signed his will and May 8, 1750 when the will was probated.
Although Thomas Brown (Sr.) had purchased his property in 1741, lord Fairfax now claimed all of the land in Frederick County. So after Thomas (Sr.) died, on November 18, 1752, sons Thomas (Jr.), Joseph and Samuel bought a land grant from Fairfax for "1056 acres on Middle Creek whereon they live".
Library of Virginia ^.
In the following year, most of the property was sold and only Joseph remained in Frederick County.
Certificate for "Ruth Brown & son Samuel 1753 8 6" from Hopewell to Cane Creek, North Carolina "received 1753 11 4."
Hopewell Friends History ^
Joseph Brown, son of Thomas and Ruth Large Brown, my 5th great grandfather owned and lived in his parents house until the 1760‘s. He sold the home property, 428 acres and the house, to Thomas Ellis on September 12, 1766. Joseph lived in Rowan County, North Carolina at the time of the sale.
Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 219 ^
I did not find a certificate of removal for Joseph however he married Ann Jones Morgan, widow of Henry Morgan, at Cane Creek MM, North Carolina on October 27, 1763.
John and Sarah Bowater Beals, my 6th great grandparents, MAY HAVE BEEN in the far northeast part of Frederick County for a short time and members of Fairfax MM. It appears that John died there in 1745/46. After John’s death, Sarah married Alexander Underwood on February 16, 1748 and removed to Pennsylvania on April 25, 1748.
* A possible exception to this statement is the Wood family. Sarah Wood is listed as being born in Frederick County in 1720. The problem with this is that there was no Frederick County in 1720, the area was Spotsylvania County and then Orange County after 1734. And while several sites list her parents, there is no proof who her parents were.