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Henry Sater, born in 1690 in one of the western 
shires of England, of Danish extraction, came to 
this country in 1709, and first settled in Virginia. 
He subsequently became a colonist of the Province 
of Maryland, and established a plantation at Chest- 
nut Ridge, ten miles north of the City of Baltimore, 
from grants of land which he received from Lord 

He married (first) a Miss Stephenson about 1 730 — 
no issue. 

He married (second) 1740, Dorcas, daughter of 
William and Catherine (Allen) Towson, of Towson- 
town, Maryland. 

Henry Sater died May, 1754, at his plantation, in 
the 65th year of his age, and the 46th year of his 

The earliest progenitor of this family of which 
we have authentic information is William Towson, 

who was an original settler from London, England, 
and after whom, Towsontown, Baltimore County, 
Md., was called. 

First Generation in America. 

William Towson, married (first) Catherine Allen 
of London, a descendant of Oliver Cromwell; 
(second) Dinah. He died June, 1 772. 

Second Generation. 

Childrefi of William and Catherine {Allen) Towson. 

1. Ezekiel ; married Ruth. 

2. Rachel ; married Thomas Bailey. 

3. Dorcas ; married Henry Sater. 

4. John. 

5. Thomas. 

6. Ruth ; married Green. 

7. Catherine ; married John Overy. 

8. Charles. 

Child of William and Dinah Towson. 

Third Generation. 

Child of Ezekiel and Ruth Towson. 

Child of Thomas and Rachel {Towson) Bailey. 

Children of Catherine {Towson) Overy. 

1. William Towson Allen. 

2. Isaac Towson Overy. 

Children of Henry and Dorcas { Towson) Safer. 

I. George; born 20th October, 1740; married 
Rachel Hamilton, and lived in Baltimore 
County, Md., until his decease April, 1768, 
aged 28. He left a son and daughter. 

H. Prudence; born 2$th November, 1743; manned 
2 1 St September, 1762, Benjamin Howard of 
Baltimore Co., Md., and then moved to Wilkes- 
boro, in what is now Wilkes County, North 
Carolina. She had four sons and eight daugh- 
ters, and died 22d September, 1822. 

One of her descendants, Mrs. N. M, Turnley 
writes : " My mother told me when I was a lit- 
tle girl something about my grandmother 
Howard, which was so interesting to me that I 
have never forgotten it, although I am now 75 
years old. It was this: 

In those days there were no factories in 
America, and the men did most of the weaving 
of cloth on hand looms. A man by the name 
of Safer had Howard weaving for him, (I im- 
agine he was running a large business of that 
kind). Howard and Sater's daughter concluded 
to get married. Safer opposed it ; but they did 
get married. She jumped out of the dining- 
room window and ran away with him. All 

turned out well, and they were all satisfied after- 
wards. Howard and wife moved to North 
Carolina, and when their daughter Polly grew 
up, grandmother Howard took Polly and went 
with her back to Baltimore, five hundred miles 
on horseback, all alone, to see her kinsfolk. 

This I have no doubt came from the mouth 
of the old lady to my mother in North Carolina, 
where she knew her very well. She also told me 
of some other interesting and amusing occur- 
rences that happened during their travels. I 
think she must have been a remarkable woman, 
of great energy." 

[As Prudence was only eleven years of age 
when her father died, the Safer referred to 
above could not have been Henry Safer; but 
was probably her brother George, who after- 
ward joined them in Wilkesboro.] 

Concerning the ancestry of Prudence's hus- 
band, Mr. Geo. R. Howard of Palestine, Texas, 
(a descendant) writes : " I learned from my 
mother that the Howards were English and 
emigrated from England, and settled in Mary- 

Benjamin Howard was born 17th February, 
1742, and deceased 4th June, 1828. 

III. Henry; born 27th April, 1745 ; married Hannah, 
daughter of John Stansbury of Baltimore Co., 
Md., and lived and died in his native county. 

IV. Discretion; born 3d April, 1749; married 3d 
March, 1 766, Thomas Walker of Baltimore City, 

and had eight sons and three daughters. She 
died 7th Dec, 1823. 

Thomas Walker, her husband, was born Septem- 
ber, 1742, in the then town of Baltimore, near 
Jones Falls, west of a stone mill and near the 
present intersection of Calvert and Bath streets. 
According to the family register : 

" At the age of twenty years he married Discretion 
Sater. Shortly after he took to the pursuit of a 
farmer and settled upon a piece of land near by. 
From this first settlement he removed to a farm, 
four miles south of Westminster in Carroll County, 
where he remained until April, 1796, when he re- 
moved to the City of Baltimore and continued there 
until his death in 1818 (Oct. 18), aged seventy-six 
years, and was buried at the Baptist Meeting House 
upon the plantation of Henry Sater, where he was 
married." His wife is buried by his side. Their 
graves are marked by two marble monuments near 
the front entrance to the church. 

There is a family tradition (perhaps legendary) 
about the elopement of Discretion, in which it is 
related that she ran away from home, and jumped 
upon Thomas Walker's horse, where seated behind 
him, they rode to a minister's and were married. 

Thomas Walker is described as " of middle stature 
though well proportioned. His costume was always 
plain, with the old custom knee breeches and shoe 
buckles, with the clear soul showing through his 
blue eyes — a white brow and bald head bare the 
impress of thought." 

The will of Thomas Walker, executed 12th of 

September, 1816, and probated 24th of October, 1 8 1 8, 
is filed in Baltimore, Md. 

He bequeathes all his personal property to his 
wife, Discretion, and also all his real and landed 
propert}' during her natural life. She is made sole 
executrix. Among his different parcels of real 
estate, was his plantation and tract of land in the 
Forks of Patapsco Falls, called "Society Hills," 
another tract called "Zebulon's Fancy," and another 
tract called " Walker's Paradise," all adjoining and 
being in Baltimore County. 

The earliest account of the Walker family in Vir- 
ginia is contained in the " Genealogy of the Page 
Family in Virginia," by Dr. R. C. M. Page, in which 
he says : " The Walkers of Virginia, came from 
Staffordshire, England, about 1650, at an early 
period in the history of the Colony of Virginia. 
The Walker Family Bible is in the possession of 
Dr. Bernard H. Walker of Stevensville, Kings and 
Queens Co., Va., and was printed in 1 589. 

"Thomas Walker, of Gloucester County, Va., pro. 
genitor of the Walker family in Virginia, was a 
member of the Colonial Assembly in 1662." 

This progenitor had a grandson, Thomas Walker, 
of Kings and Queens Co., Va., who had a son 
Thomas Walker, of Albemarle Co., Va., of whom 
Dr. Page's remarks : " He was probably the first 
white man that ever entered Kentucky, having gone 
there in 17 50, or thirteen years before Daniel Boone." 

The history of the Walker family in Pennsylvania, 
and cheir first appearance in America, is as viz.: 
"There were five brothers came from Wales in a 
British trading ship in the year 1699, and landed at 

New Castle. Two of the brothers died soon after 
they landed. Lewis Walker, one of these brothers, 
purchased a large tract of land from William Penn, 
at Valley Forge, where it is said William Penn 
visited him the following year. He erected a com- 
modious stone edifice thereon, at which a meeting 
of the Society of Friends was established in the 
year 1 7 1 3. The same house was occupied by General 
Washington as his headquarters during the Revolu- 
tionary War." — Bioiiraphical History of Lancaster Coutity. 

Isaac Walker, a descendant of this original settler 
writes: "About the year 1700, (as I have been in- 
formed), three brothers by the name of Walker, said 
to be the sons of Isaac Walker, emigrated to Penn- 
sylvania from the Principality of Wales, one of 
them, Lewis Walker, settled at the Valley Forge, 
near the line between Montgomery and Chester 

" He was my grandfather's grandfather, and I 
have been told that he had a brother Thomas, which 
name was a common name among the descendants 
of Lewis Walker. Isaac was also a very common 
name in the family. My own father's name and also 
that of my great grandfather was Isaac. Although 
I am not certain, yet I have reason to believe that 
either Thomas, the brother of Lewis Walker, or one 
of nine of his sons, settled in the southern part of 
our County, contiguous to the Maryland line, as 
there is a large family connection of the Walkers 
in that locality, and there appears to be a strong 
family resemblance between their families and 
ours, and the names Isaac and Thomas are common 
names amongfst them also. 

"My grandfather was the grandson of Lewis 
Walker, and was born in the year 1 746, and in all 
probability your grandfather was the grandson of 
Thomas Walker, his brother. There was also a 
branch of the Walker family settled in the Shen- 
andoah Valley near Winchester, Virginia, who were 
distantly related to my grandfather, and quite 
likely to yours, also the name Isaac Walker was a 
common name in that family, 

" Isaac Walker of Winchester, has visited here at 
our place within my own recollection, (about the 
year 1820), and I heard my father say that he was 
distantly related." Gap,, Pa., April 3d, 1876. 

There is another account by Mary Roberts, of 
Schuylkill, Chester Co,, Pa,, viz. ; " A record of our 
great grandparents, Lewis and Mary Walker, of 
Great Valley, Tredyfflin Township, Chester Co., Pa., 
their families down to the sixth generation that 
have lived in the same place, and the same name of 
the Walker family." 

" Lewis Walker, of Great Valley, by the Spring 
Rehobeth, now the residence of William walker, left 
Meriouth in Wales, in the year 1686, and arrived in 
Pennsylvania in the year 1687, after a tedious pas- 
sage of 13 months. Mary Morris sailed in the same 
ship, whom he afterwards married. He purchased 
a tract of land belonging to David Evans of Radnor, 
Delaware Co., on which he resided some time; he 
then bought a valuable tract of land in the great 
Valley, etc." 

The genealogy of the Walker family, according 
to the memory of Isaac Walker, of Buckley Co., Va., 
January 20, 1846, recites: " My grandfather, Abel 

Walker, moved from Chester Co., Pa., during- or near 
the time of the Revolutionary War, and settled at 
the Falling Waters, near the Potomac River, in 
Buckley County, Va., eight miles from Martins- 

V. John; bom ist April, 1751, removed to Wilkes- 

boro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, with his 
sister Prudence Howard, married and settled 
there, and had a family of several sons and one 
daughter. Wilkesboro is near Holman's Ford, 
on the Yadkin River, where the celebrated 
Daniel Boone then lived, his father having re- 
moved from Buck's Co., Pa., in 1752, when his 
son was 18 years old. 

VI. Joseph; born 25th December, 1753; married 
7th October, 1 784, Hannah, daughter of William 
and Martha Levering, of Roxborough, Pa., and 
had four sons and three daughters. 

They moved to the West in 1 8 1 1 with six 
children, and settled in Crosby Township, 
Hamilton County, Ohio. 

According to the History of Hamilton County* 
" they landed at Cincinnati and pushed their 
way across the country to the fertile Congress 
lands beyond the Great Miami, where he first 
settled among friends near Harrison, and then 
in 181 2, he farmed a place at Round Bottom in 
the fertile Miami Valley. In 181 3, he bought 
a tract of about three hundred acres from Capt. 
Jacob White, occupied by his son, Prudence 
White, at ten dollars per acre, having declined 

to purchase in the Mill Creek Valley, where 
Cumminsville now stands, on the ground that 
it was too high. The original Sater tract^is 
now in part the property of John and Jacob 
Schwing, adjoining the farm of Thos. E. Sater, 
and in part is owned by the Shaker Society. 
Here Joseph Sater made his pioneer improve- 
ments, and remained until his death. 

Joseph died there 27th October, 1833, His 
widow who was born i6th Januar}^, 1764, died 
9th April, 1854, in the 91st 3-ear of her age. 

Most of these records are from the family 
Bible of Joseph, and are furnished by his grand- 
son, Mr. Thomas Enoch Sater of Preston, Ohio, 
who writes : 

" The above are the first generations of Saters 
born in Baltimore County, and State of Mary- 
land. * * * Grandmother Sater lived with 
me for several years before her death, and died 
at my house, and she gave me the old Bible 
which I prize very highly." 

Fourth Generation. 

1. Childre7i of George and Rachel {Hamilton) Sater. 

Charles, the son, lived south of Westminster, Md., 
and afterwards moved West. 

There was a daughter, from whom sprang a branch 
of the Merryman family. 

[ These records are very incomplete — no history 
of the descendants of George Sater could be ob- 

II. Children of Benjamin and Prudence {Sater) Howard. 

1. Discretion; born July 29th, 1764; married 21st 

February, 1782, Thomas Isbell. 

2. Phillip ; born 6th January, 1 766. 

3. Mary; born 1768. 

4. George; born 4th February, 1770. 

5. Sarah; born 21st October, 1771. 

6. Elizabeth; born ist February, 1774. 

7. Rachel; born 27th December, 1776. 

8. Rebecca; born loth February, 1778. 

9. Benjamin; born nth March, 1780; married Betsy 

Walker. Died 21st July, 1825, Wilkes County. 
His son, George R., born 6th January, 18 18. 

10. Cornelius; born 7th April, 1782; married Del- 

phia Hagler. 

11. Nancy; born 20th February, 1784; married 

Joseph Callaway. They had one son, Thos, H. 

12. Prudence; born 1787; died 1788. 

Thomas Isbell, son of James and Frances (Liv- 
ingston) Isbell, who married Discretion Howard, 
was born 27th June, 1753 in Albemarle County, Va., 
and died 27th October, 18 19. His widow died 26th 
June, 1848. 

The above is a transcript of the family records as 
kept by Benjamin Isbell, son of Thomas and Discre- 
tion Isbell, in their old family Bible, and is furnished 
by his son, Mr. D. R. Isbell of Mouse Creek, 
McMinn County, Tenn. 

Benjamin Isbell wrote over twenty years ago 
as viz: 

" The Isbells, my father's connections, immigrated 
from England, as I have been informed, and settled 

in Virginia. My father's given name was Thomas. 
He married my mother, Discretion Howard in 
Wilkes County, North Carolina. My wife and I 
have raised eleven children and those now living 
are doing well. I have written the foregoing for 
the satisfaction of my children and grandchildren. 
I was eighty-four years of age on the 19th of October 
last, and I have this, the 17th day of February, 1870, 
written out the foregoing and signed it. 

(Signed) Benjamin Isbell. 

P. S. — My father and mother were members of 
the Baptist Church at Kings Creek, Wilkes County, 
North Carolina." 

Prudence Sater was the progenitor of a long line 
of descendants in the States of North Carolina, 
Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Texas 
and Indiana. 

HI. Children of Henry and Hannah {Stansbury) Sater. 

1 . Henry (third) ; married Patsey, his cousin, daugh- 

ter of John Sater. 

In 1803, they removed to the Wabash. 

2. Joseph (unmarried); emigrated to Louisville, 

Ky., 1799. 

3. Thomas; married Keturah, daughter of John 

Bond, and lived near Manchester, Baltimore 
County, Md. They had eight sons and three 

4. George; died in 1798 in Baltimore County, (no 



5. John (unmarried); in 1803 emigrated to the 


6. Dorcas ; married Stansbury, and removed to 

the Wabash in 1803 also. 

There was practically an exodus of most of this 
family West in 1803, since which event we have no 
record of them, with the exception of the family of 
Thomas and Keturah Safer, whose register is fur- 
nished by Mr. John W. Safer of Baltimore City, 
Md., their grandson. 

IV. Children of Thomas and Discretion {Sater) Walker- 

1. Elijah; born 17th March, 1767; married 3d 

March, 1794, Malinda, daughter of Elias Magers. 
Died 17th November, 1796. 

His widow married Samuel Lelly, and died 
1 8th April, 1840. They had one daughter. 

2. Henry; born 25th May, 1769; married 20th 

August, 1784, Hannah, daughter of Elias 
Magers. Died 30th January, 1799. 

His widow died i8th April, 1820, leaving a 
son and daughter. 

3. Prudence; born 28th May, 1770; married 8th 

January, 1788, Edward Welch. She died 2d 
August, 1840. 

4. Thomas; born 28th September, 1773, and died 

ist August, 1 78 1. 

5. Rebecca ; born 27th August, 1776, and died ist 

November, 1796. 

6. Dorcas ; born 26th August, 1779, and died 4th 

January, 1784. 

7. Sater Thomas; born nth May, 1783, and died 

6th March, 1786. 

8. Isaac; born 226 February, 1786; married 12th 

May, 181 2, Gulielma, daughter of Moses Foster, 
of Belair, Harford County, Md., and had two 
sons and six daughters. Died 3d October, 1868. 
His widow died 5th November, 1874. 

Isaac Walker's native city was Baltimore. His 
ancestors on both sides came to this country about 
1700. In early life he engaged in mercantile pur- 
suits and was associated in business with his 
brother Joshua. His residence in Baltimore, says 
Mrs. Ridgely, his niece, is the present site of Ham- 
ilton Easter's dry goods store, Baltimore street 
near Light street. 

During the war of 1812, he served in the 39th 
Regiment of Maryland militia, commanded by Col. 
Benjamin Fowler, and was engaged in the battle of 
North Point. Mr. Walker belonged to the Society 
of " Old Defenders of Baltimore." 

In the spring of 1831 he removed with his family 
to New York City. Some time before this he freed 
all his slaves. 

In Colton's Gazetteer of the U. S, of 1858, Mr. 
Walker's name is mentioned as the fourth largest 
taxpayer in Missouri. 

During the last war he was a pronounced Union 
man, and gave one of his hotels in St. Louis, Mo., 
for government use without receiving any compen- 

In personal appearance he was very striking, over 

six feet in height, with an erect form, and ruddy- 
complexion when beyond eighty years of age. 

Gulielma Foster, his wife, was descended (through 
her mother), from Wm. Jones, of Deer Creek 
Hundred, an original settler from Bristol, England, 
who was granted a patent of land from Lord Balti- 
more loth of May, 1729. 

Her grandfathers, Robert Kennedy and Samuel 
Foster, were in the War of the Revolution, and her 
father, Moses Foster, served in the 7th Regiment 
Maryland Troop during the Revolution, and was 
awarded a tract of land westward of Fort Cumber- 
land, Washington County, pursuant to an act of the 
General Assembly passed November Session 1788, 

9. Sater Thomas; born Sept., 1788; married loth 

March, 1807, (by Rev. Archibald Maclay) Cath- 
erine Ann, daughter of Thomas Kell}^ and died 
24th July, 1 849. They had five sons and nine 
Sater Thomas Walker, like his brother, was in 
the War of 181 2, and belonged to the Maryland 
Chasseurs. He was baptized 5th May, 18 16, and 
ordained a Baptist Minister in 1826. 

In 1842 he was made one of the corporators of 
the church (founded by his grandfather Sater) by 
an act of the Legislature creating trustees. His 
wife was born 19th October, 1788, and died 9th 
October, 1846. 

10. Charles; born nth August, 1791 ; married 31st 

March, 1833, Mrs. Cox of Washington County, 
Mississippi, (where he resided many years). 
He died 30th March, 1846. 

II. Joshua; born 20tli September, 1793; married 

23d February, 1823, Mary Raborg. She died 

I St July, 1845, having had eight sons and nine 

daughters. He married again 13th May, 1846, 

Elizabeth, daughter of John Stouffer, and died 

26th August, 1854. 

Joshua Walker was a prominent merchant of 

Baltimore and possessed a great deal of property. 

He formerly owned the Carleton House, corner of 

Leonard street and Broadway, N. Y. City, where 

he resided He also had a large plantation and 

country seat on the James River, near Richmond, 


The family register of Thomas Walker is in the 
possession of his grandson, Mr. Isaac H. Walker, 
of this city, and was received from the late Patrick 
Henry Walker, son of Noah Walker of Baltimore, 
many years ago. 

Mr. Sater Thomas Walker of Baltimore, son of 
the Rev. Sater Thomas Walker, has also preserved 
the " Walker " family records. 

V. Childre?i of John Sater. 

There were several sons and one daughter, Patsey, 
who married her cousin Henry, eldest son of Henry 
and Hannah Sater. 

No record of this family in North Carolina, after 
their removal. 

VI. Children of foseph and Hannah {^Levering) Sater. 

I. Martha; born 13th January, 1786; married 
Henry Sater. Died 6th August, 181 2, 

2. Henry; born 5th May, 1788; died 3d April, 

1 8 10. 

3. Joseph; born 20th February, 1791; married 27th 

January, 1820, Elizabeth Pottenger; he died 2d 
September, 1834. 

4. William; born 17th September, 1793; married 

September, 181 3, Nancy Jones, daughter of 
John Jones, a pioneer from Maryland, to the 
valley of the Whitewater in 1809, and a de- 
scendant of Wm. Jones, the original settler 
from Bristol, England. 

Wm. Sater, according to the " History of Hamil- 
ton County, Ohio," occupied a portion of the old 
homestead in Crosby township, Hamilton County, 
Ohio, and after his father's death, built the brick 
mansion in which his son (Thomas Enoch) resides, 
and died there 30th January, 1849. 

His widow was born 3d August, 1790, and died 
3d September, 1871, and had five sons and three 

5. Dorcas; born 31st of October, 1796; married 

Henry Kilbourne; she died i8th July, 1839. 

6. Thomas; born 12th January, 1801 ; married 3d 

June, 1824, Eleanor Pottenger; he died October, 

7. Mary Ann Levering; born 5th March, 1805; 

married February, 1825, Stout Atherton ; she 
died 27th April, 1835. 


Fifth Generation. 
I. Children of TJiomas and Discretion {Howard) I shell. 

1. Prudence; born 5th September, 1783; married 


2. Benjamin; born 19th October, 1785; married 

17th February, 181 8, Martha Parkes in Wilkes 
Co., N. C, who was born loth April, 1799. 
He died 23d July, 1870. His widow died 15th 
July, 1840. 

3. John; born nth February, 1788; died 27th 

October, 1825 ; no issue, 

4. Frances; born 2d July, 1791; married Micajah 


5. Livingston; born 15th April, 1794; married 

Edmonds ; had three sons, 

6. Elizabeth; born 1 8th November, 1796; married 

Nimrod Ferguson. 

7. Thomas; born 29th January, 1800; married 

Lucinda Petty, and had a son and a daughter. 
Died 29th November, 1865. Lucinda died May 
20th, 1886. 

8. Mary; born 31st December, 1803; married 

Joseph Tucker. 

9. James; born 1 2th September, 1806; married 19th 

March, 1833, Rutelia, daughter of Robert and 
Margaret Houston, of Knox Co., Tenn. They 

had two sons and three daughters. He died 
Dec. 6th, 1 87 1. 

Thos. Isbell served five years during the Revo- 
lutionary War. 

[The above is from the family Bible of Major 
James Isbell of Talladega, Alabama, now in pos- 
session of his son-in-law, Wm. P. Armstrong, Presi- 
dent of First National Bank, Selma, Ala., and from 
records furnished by Mr. James M. Isbell, Black- 
stone, N. C] 

Thomas Isbell, Jr., remained on the old home- 
stead in Wilkes County, N. C. Livingston and 
James went to Alabama, where the latter engaged 
in banking business at Talladega. 

Mary (Isbell) Tucker settled near Cleveland, 
Tenn., and the two sisters Frances and Elizabeth, 
who both married Fergusons, removed to Indiana. 

Benjamin and Martha (Parkes) Isbell had eleven 
children, the eldest of whom, Mrs. N. M. Turnley, 
has furnished most of the register relating to this 
branch of the family. 

II. Children, of George Howard. 

1. John R ; who lived near Athens, Tenn., had five 

sons and four daughters. 

2. Cornelius ; who lived on the Tellico river, Mon- 

roe Co., Tenn., had two sons and two daughters. 

3. Benjamin ; who married Fanny Hall, and died 

leaving two sons and one daughter. 

4. Burton ; who lived in Blunt Co., Tenn,, married 

Fanny, his brother's widow, and had three sons 
and three daughters. 

5. Walter W. ; married Martha Hardin, and lived 

in Monroe and Polk Counties, Tenn. Has four 
sons and one daughter. 

6. Johnson ; lived first on the Tennessee river in 

Monroe County; but afterwards in Fork Creek 
Valley where he died. Had sons and daughters. 

7. Elvira ; married Buck Lattimore, and settled on 

the Tennessee river. Died two years ago. 
Had two sons and two daughters. 

8. Narcissa ; married Henry, and settled and died 

in Blunt County, Tenn., leaving four sons and 
one daughter. 

HI. Children of Cornelius and Delphia [Hagler) 

1. William H; married Eliza Steed, and lived in 

Athens, Tenn. Had one son and seven daughters. 

2. Benjamin ; married Miss Wood. 

3. Walter; 

4. Prudence; 

5. John; 

6. Elizabeth; 

7. Cornelius; 

Cornelius and Delphia Howard lived in Bradley 
County near Cleveland, Tenn. 


IV. Children of Thomas mid Keturah (Bond) Sater. 

1. John; born i8oi; married Catherine Whilh elm ; 

died 1 88 1. She died 1865. They had six chil- 

2. Elihu; (deceased). 

3. ESROM; 

4. Manasseh; 

5. Ephraim; 

6. Henry; 


8. Abijah; 

9. Thomas J. ; deceased an infant. 

10. Sarepta ; deceased. 

11. Clarissa; 

12. Miriam; deceased an infant. 

Clarissa and Abijah moved to Indiana, where 
they are living. 

V. Child of Elijah and Malinda {Magers) Walker. 

Rebecca ; married Little John. She had one daugh- 

VI. Children of Henry and Hannah {Magers) Walker. 

I. Noah; married 1832 Sarah, daughter of Patrick 
Caughey; deceased 2d February, 1874. They 
had two children. 

He owned and resided for many years at " Dum- 
barton," a country seat of 500 acres in the sub- 

urbs of Baltimore, near Pikesville, on the Green 
Spring Valley road. He was engaged in business 
at the corner of Baltimore and Grant streets, Balti- 
more, Md. The front of his store was adorned 
with the celebrated marble statue of Washington, 
since presented to the city and now in Druid Hill 
Park, Baltimore. 

2. Dorcas; married Michael Caughey, nephew of 
Patrick. She had four children. 

VH. Childreyi of Isaac and Giilielma {Foster) Walker, 

1. Louisa; born 21st February, 181 3; married 7th 

August, 1 83 1, George W. Bull of Baltimore; 
and died 12th May, 1836, leaving two sons. 
She lived and died in Baltimore. After her 
death her husband moved to New York where 
he died, April, 1871. 

2. Julia Ann; born 13th October, 1814; married 

7th July, 1834, by the Rev. Archibald Maclay 
of New York City, to his son Archibald Maclay, 
Jr., M. D., of New York ; she died 29th October, 
1885. She had five sons. 

Dr. Archibald Maclay, Jr., was born in New York 
City, 20th of March, 181 2, and resided in his native 
city, practicing medicine, until his death the ist 
of November, 1892, where he was widely known. 

Rev. Archibald Maclay, his father, was born at 
Killearn, Scotland, 14th May, 1776, the son of 
Archibald and Jean Thomas Maclay. The pater- 
nal homestead, known as Green End, on the banks 

of Loch Lomond, was occupied by his ancestors for 
a great many generations, as they belonged to a 
very ancient highland clan. He well remembered 
the character " Old Mortality," made famous by Sir 
Walter Scott, and said : " When a boy, I have often 
seen Old Mortality, who always made his home at 
my mother's house when he visited our part of the 
country, and the deeply thrilling incidents which 
he told me of the martyrs and the sufferings they 
endured for Christ's sake, left a permanent impres- 
sion on my mind." 

It is related of Dr. Maclay's paternal grand- 
mother, who was a woman of strong character, 
that by her address and knowledge of Gaelic, she 
saved her native village from pillage and destruc- 

Graduating from the University of Edinburgh, 
he married Mary, daughter of Wm. Brown of Glas- 
gow, and sailed for America 28th October, 1805. 

From 1809 to 1837 he occupied the pulpit of the 
Mulberry Street Baptist Church, New York City, 
and continued to preach up to a short time of his 
death, which took place 2d May, i860. 

Among the records of a meeting held in Balti- 
more, 27th October, 1836, for the organization of 
the "Maryland Baptist Union Association," includ- 
ing the Sater Church, is the following : Rev. Archi- 
bald Maclay of New York, present by request. 

" He belonged to a race of ministers who may be 
justly regarded as the pioneers of the Baptist de- 
nomination in this country, and whose names are 
associated with the origin and progress of the 
various societies now permanently established." 

3- Thomas ; born 20th of August, 18 16; married at 
Council Bluffs, Iowa, 12th June 1871, Mary- 
Charlotte, daughter of Dr. Edward S. and Mary- 
Brown Austin Williams ; and died 22d Novem- 
ber, 1882. They had four sons and one daughter. 

4. Emily Discretion; born 29th March, 1819; mar- 

ried 30th September, 1840, Judge Gilbert M. 
Speir of New York City. She had three sons 
and four daughters, and died 9th of February, 

Gilbert McMaster Speir, son of Archibald and 
Margaret Speir, was born at Ballston Springs, Sara- 
toga Co., N. Y., 14th September, 181 2, and graduated 
from Union College in 1832. He was admitted to 
the N, Y. Bar, May, 1839, and practiced law until 
November, 1873, when he was elected Judge of the 
Superior Court, N. Y. City, and served on the Bench 
until December, 1881. He was Vice-President of the 
Century Club, and Trustee of Manhattan Savings 
Institution, College of Physicians, etc. Deceased 
2d May, 1894. 

5. Ann Eliza; born 8th of July, 1823; married 

November, 1857, William M. Gawtry of New 
York. She has had one son and one daughter. 

Wm. M. Gawtry was born at Elvington near 
York, England, January loth, 1808. He was a mer- 
chant and importer in N. Y. City for many years, 
with John Mortimer, the firm being Mortimer & 
Gawtry. Mr, Gawtry was one of the early resi- 
dents at Long Branch, N. J., and was identified 
with the improvements and development of that 

city. He occupied the adjoining house to Gen- 
eral Grant, which he afterwards sold to Collector 
Murphy. Deceased i6th December, 1893. 

6. Mary Matilda; born i8th of March, 1823; mar- 

ried 1 8th February, 1845, Peter I. Nevius of New 
York City, and had four sons and three daugh- 
ters. She died 7th of June, 1870. 

Peter I. Nevius was born 21st October, 1822, and 
descended from Johannus Nevius, who was a 
"Schepen" or alderman of New York in 1655. 

His father, Peter I., held the same office in 1829. 
Peter I. Jr., was associated with his father in busi- 
ness in the same store. No. 1 1 South street, where his 
father had commenced in 1800, and continued until 
his death, 8th of July, 1883. 

7. Augusta Rebecca; born 6th of May, 1825; mar- 

ried January, 1848, Silvanus F. Jenkins of New 
York City. She has had two sons and one 

Silvanus F. Jenkins was born in New York, 25th 
March, 1818, and has been engaged in business in 
his native city all his life. Is treasurer of the Sea- 
men's Bank for Savings, which position he has 
filled for many years. 

8. Isaac Henry ; born in New York City 22d of 

June, 1831 ; married loth of December, 1856, 
Cornelia daughter of William H. Macy of New 
York. They have one son. 

Isaac Henry Walker was Vice-President of the 
" Sun Mutual Insurance Co." for several years, and 

is Cashier of the Leather Manufacturers National 
Bank of New York, He belongs to the Sons of the 
Revolution, and is a member of the " Society of the 
War of 1812." 

Cornelia Macy, his wife, is a direct descendant of 
two of the original pilgrim fathers who came over 
in the first voyage of the Mayflower, John Rowland 
and Edward Tilley, who landed at Plymouth Rock. 
They also signed the first form of government ever 
drawn up in this country, and recorded as viz. : 

13. John Howland (in Carver's family). 

15. Edward Tilley (with wife, died before the 
end of March). No. in family — 4. 

She also traces her lineage back to Col. John 
Gorham, who was famous in the French and Indian 

The instructions for Major Benjamin Church, Commander 
of the forces raised for his Majesty s service against the 
French and Indian enemy and rebels concludes with the fol- 
lowing : 

"You are to advise, as you can have occasion, 
with Captain John Gorham, who accompanied you 
in this expedition, and is to take your command in 
case of your death. A copy of these instructions 
you are to leave with him, and to give me an 
account from time to time of your proceedings." 

Boston, Aug. 12, 1696. William Stoughton. 

VIII. CJiildren of Safer Thomas and Catherine Ann 
{Kelly) Walker. 

1. Mary Jane; born 4th April, 1807. 

2. (Infant); born nth December, 1809; died 12th 

December, 1809. 


3. Dorcas Angeline; born 15th February, 181 1. 

4. (Infant); born 27th July, 1812; died 27th July, 


5. Caroline C; born 5th August, 181 3. 

6. (Infant); born 15th October, 1814; died isth 

October, 18 14. 

7. (Infant); born ist July, 18 18; died ist July, 1S18. 

8. (Infant); born 23d July, 18 19; died 23d July, 18 19. 

9. (Infant); born i6tli November, 1820 ; died i6tli 

November, 1820. 

10. Ann Rebecca; born 3d February, 1821 ; mar- 
ried 30tli July, 1836, Charles George Ridgely, 
son of Lot Ridgely, and had one son and two 

11. Catherine Ann; born 30th December, 1822. 

12. Josephine S; born 2d September, 1825; mar- 
ried (first) loth August, 1847, Daniel Elbert 
Harrison; (second) i6th October, 1866, Alex- 
ander Applegarth. Had one daughter by first 
marriage. First husband deceased 6th Decem- 
ber, i860. 

13. Georgie Ann; born i6th January, 1828; died 

October 24th 1829. 

14. Sater Thomas; born 13th May, 1831; married 

nth June, 1849, Mary J. Kirby. 

This record is furnished by Mr. Sater Thomas 
Walker, a resident of Baltimore, Md., who served 

during- the Civil War in the First Maryland Veteran 
Volunteers, Col. John R. Kenly, 2d Division, 2d 
Brigade, 5th Army Corps, and was honorably dis- 
charged after Lee's surrender. 

He was in two battles before Petersburg, and also 
at the battle of the Weldon R. R., and Hatcher's 

IX. Children of Joshua and Mary Elizqbeth {Raborg) 

I. Ann Sater; born 23d October, 1823; married 
4th October, 1842, Eugene Levering. 

Eugene Levering was born in Baltimore, 24th of 
October, 18 19, and was the twelfth of fourteen chil- 
dren, and in the direct line of descent from Rosier 
Levering, born in 1600, a refugee in Germany on 
account of the wars and persecutions of the Wal- 
denses and Huguenots. 

The " Levering Genealogy " gives Mr. Levering's 
lineage as viz. : 

Parents. — Peter ; born 4th February, 1 766 ; married 
Hannah Wilson. 

Grandparents: ENOCH; born 21st February, 1742; 
married Hannah Righter. 

Great grandparents : William; born August, 1705 ; 
married Hannah Hardin. 

Great Great grandparents : William; born 4th May, 

1677 ; married Catherine. 
Great Great Great grandparents : WiGARD; born 1648; 

married Magdalena Boker. 

Wigard was one of the pioneer settlers of Rox- 
borough, Philadelphia Co., Pa., who came to America 
in 1685, and brought his son William, aged 8, with 
him. He was naturalized " on the" 7th of the 3d 
month, 1 69 1. 

The Pennsylvania Gazette of February 12th, 1744, 
contains the following notice of his death : 

"Last week died not far from this City, Mr. 
Wichart Levering, aged 109." 

It has since been proved, however, that he was 
only 97. 

Wm. Levering, of the 3d generation, who belonged 
in Roxbury, built the first school house there, and 
gave the land for that purpose. He also built and 
owned the first hotel in that place. 

The Leverings are a well known Baltimore 
family, who have been prominent in mercantile 
and financial circles for over a century. They are 
strongly identified with the Baptist denomination, 
having been members of that church for several 
successive generations. 

Mr. Eugene Levering was for a long time treas- 
urer of the Maryland Baptist Union Association, 
of which his father was one of the organizers, and a 
member of the first executive board. He died in 
June, 1870, having had a family of twelve children. 

2. Mary Elizabeth; born 27th October, 1824; mar- 

ried Armstrong. 

3. Margaret; born 5th October, 1825; died 6th 

October, 1825. 

4. Charles William ; born 25th July, 1826; died 3d 

June, 1 87 1. 

5. Martha Jane; born nth October, 1827; died 

6th April, 1830. 

6. Louisa Maria; born 29th October, 1828; died 

30th August, 1874. 

7. Adeline Augusta; born 23d December, 1829; 

married Graham. 

8. Joshua; born 29th January, 1831. 

9. Thomas Wagner; born 9th June, 1832; died 

30th September, 1862. 

10. Louis Henry; born 6th December, 1833; died 

7th September, 1834. 

11. Christopher Raborg ; born i6th February, 

1835; died 13th July, 1835. 

12. Henry Augustus; born 6th October, 1836; died 
9th August, 1837. 

13. Helen Keen; born 22d February, 1838; mar- 
ried Armstrong. 

14. Edwin; bom i8th June, 1839. 

15. John Nicholas; born 29th March, 1841. 

16. Alice; born 26th April, 1843; married Keyser. 

17. Martha Jane; born 29th April, 1845; married 


Mr. Joshua Walker's first wife, Mary Elizabeth, 
was the daughter of Christopher and Mary Raborg. 

This family record has been contributed through 
the kindness of Mrs. H. W. Armstrong of Relay, 


X. Children of Henry and Martha Sater. 

1. Hannah; born i8th September, 1806; married; 

deceased August, 1856. 

2. Henry; born 4th January, 1808; married. 

3. Joseph L. ; born 19th March, 18 10. He was a 

member of the Baptist Church. 

XI. Children of Joseph and Elizabeth {Pottenger) Sater. 

1. Samuel Pottenger; born 17th November, 1820; 

married Eleanor Buck, 22d October, 1840; they 
had three sons and three daughters. 

2. Joseph Levering Pottenger; born 27th Febru- 

ary, 1822 ; died loth September, 1843. 

3. Susan; born ist January, 1824; married Jas. H. 

Smith, 24th October, 1849; they had three sons 
and a daughter. 

4. Isaac Newton; born 25th August, 1825; mar- 

ried Philena Cone, ist October, 185 1 ; they had 
a son and daughter, 

5. Thomas Jefferson ; born 2d October, 1827. 

6. James Wethero; born 20th August, 1829; died 

1 2th October, 1830, 

XII. Children of William and Nancy {Jones) Sater. 

I. John Jones; born loth June, 1S14; married 19th 
February, 1834, Nancy Larrison ; died April 3d, 
1864. Had eleven sons and two daughters. 

2. Hannah; born i6th July, 1816; died 29th July, 


3. Eliza Ann; born 8th January, 18 18; married 

June, 1843, Wm. B. Hill. They have two sons 
and three daughters. 

4. Sarah; born 19th December, 1819; married 7th 

February, 1843, James Gwaltney. They have 
had three sons and six daughters, 

5. William; born 2d September, 1822; married 

March, 1844, Sarah Jane Skillman, and died 
4th April, 1852. They had two sons and two 

6. Joseph; born 20th November, 1824; married 29th 

March, 1849, Eliza Ann Hedges. They have 
had two sons and two daughters. 

7. Oliver; born 20th June, 1829; married i8th 

August, 1850, Maria Foster, They had five 
sons; he died 7th November, i860, 

8. Thos, Enoch; born 2d November, 1831 ; mar- 

ried I St, Mary Ellen Pottenger, 19th December, 
i858,andhad one son. She died 25th May, 1858. 
He married 26th September, i860, Mary Gwalt- 
ney, They have had one son and two daugh- 

Of this family, Eliza Ann, resided two and a half 
miles north of Mt, Pleasant, Township of Spring- 
field, Sarah lived in Morgan township, Butler 
County, and William lived near her, Joseph, who 
resided on his farm, Crosby township, near his 

brother, Thomas E., was elected township treasurer 
in i860, and served eleven years. Has served as 
school trustee for over twenty-five years, and held 
various positions as township trustee and assessor, 
county commissioner, etc., and is noted for his in- 
tegrity and high character. Murat Halstead said 
of him : " I would with sincerity join in the recogni- 
tion proposed of the faithful and valuable public 
service of Mr. Joseph Safer, whose name is identi- 
fied in this community with vigilance and integrity 
in the discharge of the duties of a position of re- 
sponsibility," and the late Judge Longworth said : 
" It was better to have written on Mr. Sater's 
record, as it was now written, than on the tomb, 
the tribute to his honesty and capability." 

Oliver Safer occupied the original cabin built 
by his grandfather at the old home until about 
1858, when he built a larger house on the same 

John J. Safer, the eldest son, lived nearly all his 
life in Crosby township, of which he was trustee. 
In the late War he was a member of company C. 
69th Ohio Infantry, and was honorably discharged. 
He and his wife were members of the Baptist 

Thos. Enoch Safer, the youngest son, was but 
sixteen years old at the time of his father's death. 
He remained at home, assisting on the farm, and 
when the property was divided, the homestead and 
seventy-five acres fell to his share, which he has in- 
creased but alwa3^s occupied. Mr. Safer was elected 
to Ohio Legislature in 1874, and has held various 
offices of public trust and responsibility. 

XIII. Children of Thomas and Eleanor {Pottenger') 


1. Hannah; born i8th October, 1825; died nth 

August, 1826. 

2. Susannah; born 1 8th December, 1826; married 

Owen Blackes, 1848; they had one son; she 
died 8th August, 1850. 

3. Elizabeth Jane; born 28th June, 1829, 

4. Phoebe Ann; born 30th January, 1831 ; died 

30th April, 1 83 1. 

5. Martha Ann; born 9th March, 1832; died 17th 

February, 1833. 

6. James W. P.; born 30th January, 1834. 

7. Thomas P.; born loth March, 1836. 

8. Samuel P.; born 24th November, 1837. 

9. Mary Eleanor; born May, 1843. 

10. Margaret R. ; born 12th March, 1845. 

11. Joseph Newton; born 25th August, 1847 ; died 

15th August, 1850. 

12. William Henry; born 5th October, 1849. 

XIV. Children of Stout and Mary Ann {Sater) 

A therton 

1. Charles Levering; born 7th February, 1826; 

died 13th September, 1840. 

2. Joseph M.; born 6th July, 1828. 

3. Aaron S.; born 13th July, 1830; died 12th 

December, 1846. 

4. Dorcas Ann; born 17th February, 1832; mar- 

ried loth December, 1834, Francis M. Bilby; 
they had two sons. 


Sixth to Ninth Generations. 

I. Children of Benjamin and Martha {Parkes) Isbell, 
Of Mc Minn Co., Tenn. 

I. Nancy Miriam ; born 25th February, 1819; mar- 
ried 28th May, 1839, to Matthew Jacob Turnley, 
of Alabama. He was born 30th Nov. 1805, and 
died 22d March, 1889. 

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Their children : 

A. Martha Julia; born 8th March, 1840; married 

19th December, 1867, J. M. Armstrong. 

Their children : 

a Turnley. h. Zella A. 

B. George Isbell; born 29th August, 1843; mar- 

ried (first) Miss Woodward, February 1 5th, 1870; 
married (second) Emma Ross. 

G. Mary Ann ; born 6th December, 1845; married 
29th July, 1873, John H. Reynolds, Rome, Ga. 

Their children : 

a. Hughes Turnley. d. May. 

h. Wm. Barton. e. Ruby. 

c. Miriam. /'. John H., Jr. 

Z). James Benjamin; born 5th February, 1848; 
married nth February, 1873, Lulu Phinizy. 

Their children : 

a. Louisa. d. James. 

h. John Phinizy. e. William. 

c. Janie. 

E. William F. P; born 19th November, 1852. 

F. Thomas Howard; born 13th March, 1855. 

G. Frances Amelia ; born 22d February, 1858. 
//. Eppies R; born 19th December, 1859. 

2. Thomas Martin; born 3d March, 1821 ; married 

2 1 St December, 1843, Sarah Ann Terry. He 
died 19th June, 1859. 

Their children : 

A. Mattie ; married Forrest. 

B. William. 
(J. Thomas. 
D. Benjamin. 
A.'. Columbus. 

3. Frances Discretion; born 11th March, 1823; mar- 

ried (first) 30th March, 1852, John Hughes, who 
died 7th March, 1855 ; married (second) 1867, 
W. L. Rice. Deceased 29th January, 1886. 

Their children : 
.4. B. I. 
B. Elizabeth Hughes ; married Wallace K. Sheddan. 

Their children : 

a. Two daughters, and //•. Benj. Isbell Hughes. 

4. Martha Ann ; born 9th November, 1825; married 

3d September, 1844, Robert McMillan. She 
died 27th April, 1850. 

Their children : 
A. James B. B. Alice. 

5. Mary Louisa ; born 5th November, 1827; mar- 

ried 5tli November, 1844, Richard Franklin 
Malone Hampton, who was born 31st July, 
1 82 1, served in Co. A, Third Virginia Cavalry, 
Confederate States Army, and was captured in 
the Valley with Wade Hampton Scouts. Died 
a prisoner of war at Elmira, N. Y., loth Oc- 
tober, 1864. 

Their children : 
A. Robert Isbell ; born 24tli November, 1845 J niar- 
ried 15th November, 1870 (first) Effie Elizabeth 
Clabaugh, (deceased). Served in the Confed- 
erate States Army, and received a rifle ball 
through the lung at the Battle of the Wilderness. 

Their children : 

a. Effie Elizabeth Clabaugh ; born 28th March, 
1872; married 12th May, 1892, Chas. Alden 
Rowland, of Athens, Ga. Their child ( ninth 
GENERATION}, Charles Hampton, born 12th 
May, 1893. 

//. Robert Richard, born 12th March, 1878. 

Robert I. Hampton, married (second) nth January, 
1 88 1, M. Revelle Comer. 

/>*. James. 

fJ. Fannie ; married McGill. 

l>. Emma. 

/t/\ Richard. 

6. Sarah Elizabeth; born 29th September, 1829; 

married 6th December, 1849, Jesse H. Gant. 
Deceased 28th May, 1864. 


Their children : 

A. Thomas Isbell. 

B. Orlando. 

C. Oscar. 

7. James Parkes ; born 20th July, 1831 ; deceased 

19th April, 1850. 

8. Benjamin Howard ; born ist July, 1833 ; deceased 

8th September, 1864 ; served in the U. S. Army 
during late War ; was a private in Co. F. 4th 
Reg., Tenn, Cav. Remains transferred to Na- 
tional Cemetery in Corinth, Miss. 

9. John Williams; born 7th August, 1835. He 

served in the Civil War as Captain of Co. F. 
4th Reg., Tenn. Cav. He died 9th July, 1864, 
near Shelbyville, Tenn,, at Mrs. Grear's, who 
married him while sick. His remains were 
transferred to the National Cemetery at Corinth, 

10. Lucinda Missouri; born 4th July, 1837; mar- 
ried 9th July, 1855, Robert McMillan. 

Their children : 

A. Robert. 

B. Fannie. 

11. Dennis Rowan; born ist September, 1839; 
married 28th December, 1871, Emma E. Callo- 
way ; she was born 29th November, 1846. 

Their children : 

A. John Calloway; born 7th October, 1873. 

B. Ernst; born 22d April, 1878. 


III. Children of Livingston and Edmonds Isbell. 
Of Alabama. 

1. Thomas. 

2. Lewis. 

3. Bowlin. 

II. Children of Thomas and Liicinda [Petty) Isbell. 
Of Blackstone, N. C. 

1. James M. 

2. A daughter. 

IV. Children of James and Rut e Ha [Houston ) Isbell. 

Of Alabama. 

1. Houston. 

2. Thomas L. 

3. Maggie ; married Joseph Hardie. 

4. Fannie ; married Wm. Boynton. 

5. Alice ; married Wm. P. Armstrong of Selma, 


V. Children of John R. Howard. 
Of Athens, Tenn. 

1 . Julia ; married Calvin Cobb ; emigrated to the 

Indian Territory and died there. 

2. Sallie ; married Smith Riggs. Deceased ; left 

two sons. 

3. William H. ; married and died in Chattanooga. 

Left one daughter. 

4. John ; married Mattie Rice ; lives in Knoxville, 

Tenn. Has three children. 

5. Narcissa ; married Samuel Wilson. Died, leav- 

ing a daughter, Elizabeth. 

6. Louisa ; married Charles Mattock. Died, leav. 

ing three daughters and two sons. 


7. James ; living in Chattanooga. 

8. Benjamin ; married Miss Giles. Lives in Chatta- 


9. Cornelius L. ; married Miss Harris. Lives in 

Chattanooga, and has two daughters. 

VL Children of Cornelius Hoxvard. 

Of ^ Jon roc Co . , '/ 'a; >i . 

1. Asbury ; lived and died at Loudon, Tenn. 

2. Samuel ; married Elisha Kimbro's daughter, and 

went West. 

3. Mary Ann ; man'ied, and settled in Georgia. 

4. Amantha ; married, and settled in Georgia. 

VIL Children of Benjamin and Fanny [Hall) Howard. 

1. George. 

2. James. 

3. Ruth. 

VIIL Children of Burton and Fanny {Hall) Howard. 
Of Blunt Co., Tenn. 

1 . Bettie ; married Arnold Cruse. 

2. William. 

3. John. 

4. Carrie. 

5. Maggie ; married Joseph Henry. 

6. Samuel ; married Miss Lawrence. 

IX. {Children of Walter W. and Martha {Hardin^ 


Of Polk Co., Tenn. 

1 . Mary N. ; deceased. 

2. John ; married Diecy, daughter of Boyd McMur- 



Their children : 

A. Mattie ; married. 

B. Nellie. B. Mary. 

C. Walter Lee. E. Cora. 

3. Joseph Sater ; married Mary Howell ; deceased ; 

no issue. 

4. Dennis ; married Bessie Coston ; lives at Sweet- 

water, Tenn. Has one daughter. 

5. James ; married Emma Bronder. They have 

three sons and one daughter. 

X. Children of Buck and Elvira {Howard) Lattimore. 
Of Tennessee River, Tenn. 

1. John ; married Ellen Crawley. 

2. Callaway ; married, and has two daughters, Eliz- 

abeth and Susan. 

3. Bettie ; married Rufus Gaut ; settled near Sweet- 

water, Tenn. 

4. Susan ; married W. L. Cline ; settled near Lou- 

don, Tenn. 

XL Children of Joseph and Narcissa {Howard) Henry. 
Of Blunt Co., Tenn. 

1. George ; married. 

2. Howard. 4. Rufus. 

3. John. 5. Isabell. 

Xn. Children of Wm. H. and Eliza {Steed) Howard. 

Of Athens, Tenn. 
I. James ; married Carrie Lee Brown, and settled in 

Nashville. Deceased February, 1889, leaving 

one daughter, Lee. 


2. Carrie ; married Powell George, and had one 

daughter, May, who married Taylor Lowrey. 

3. Hattie ; married Wiley Gaston. Deceased June, 

1889, leaving one son and one daughter. 

4. Sallie ; married Wm. McGautrey. 

5. Corda ; married George Cannon. Has one daugh- 

ter, Bessie, who married Hays Buffington. 

6. Mary. 

7. Bell ; married Charles Davis, of Athens, Tenn. 

8. Catherine ; married James Reader. Lives at 

Knoxville ; has two sons. 

Xni. Children of John and Catherine ( Whilhehn) Safer. 
Of Baltimore, Md. 

1. Margaret. 

2. Miriam. 

3. Thomas. 

4. Henry. 

5. Keturah. 

6. John W. ; born 1835 ; married, April, 1 861, Sallie, 

daughter of Elisha Jackson, of Black Rock, Md. 
She was born 1832, and died 1865. 

Their children : 

A. Elisha Bradford ; born 1862. 

B. John Albert, born 1864; deceased 1884. 

XIV. Child of Rebecca {Walker) Littlejohn. 
Of Baltimore, Md. 

Theresa; who married Mr. Tongue of Columbus, 


XV. Children of Noah aiid Sarah {Caughey) Walker. 
Of Baltimore, Md. 

1 . Patrick Henry ; married Rosa, daughter of George 

Miltnact, of Pikesville, Md. Deceased in 1887. 

Their children : 

A. Noah ; married Miss Matthews. 

B. Dixon ; married Georgie Hoopes. 

C. Henry ; married Alice McMahon. 

D. Samuel Hamilton. 

E. Sarah ; married (first) Chas. Shelton, of Va. ; 

(second) Wm. Councilman, of Md. 

2. Noah Dixon ; killed at the battle of Chancellor- 

ville, on Gen. Stonewall Jackson's staff. 

XVI. Children of MicJiacl and Dorcas ( Walker') 

1. John ; married Elizabeth Caughey, his cousin. 
Their children : 

A. Michael Patrick ; married Mary Rosana Pender- 


B. Sarah. 

C. Dorcas Rowena ; married Wm. West. 

D. Alverta. 

E. John Hamilton ; married Laura Miltnact. 

F. Alice. 

2. Samuel Hamilton ; married Alice Pendergast. 

Their children : 
A. Charles Pendergast, U. S. Consul to Messina, 


B. Noah Walker, a Catholic priest at Laurel, Md. 

C. Frank. 

D. Alverta. 

E. Adelaide. 

3. Noah ; married Mary Jane Twomey. 

Their children : 

A. Catherine ; married Henry Zell. 

B. Alverta ; married Dr. Grindle. 

C. Grace ; married Carrol Zell (nephew of Henry). 

D. Frank (unmarried). 

4. Alverta ; married Charles Moore. 

Their children : 

A. Dorcas. 

B. Mary Bell ; married Edward Bevans. 

C. Alverta. 

D. Elizabeth. 

X Vn. Children of George W. and Louisa ( Walker) 

Of Baltimore, Md. 

I. Thomas Walker; married 13th January, 1858, to 

^ Eliza, daughter of Dr. Robert H. and Eliza 

Labatut Maclay, of N. Y. City. She was bom 

5th of June, 1836, and died nth January, 1868. 

He died ist January, 1864. 

Their children : 
A. Robert Maclay ; married i6th April, 1884, Alice 
Brevoort, daughter of Hon. Frederick A. Potts. 
They have had two children. 

2. George Walker ; married Cecelia DeRuyter. 

Their children : 

A. Chas. DeRuyter. 

B. Genevieve Celine ; married Fridge Riach. 

Their children : 

a. Alexander Fridge. c. Marjorie. 

h. Thomas. d. Genevieve. 

C. Julia Josephine (deceased); married J. W. Ed- 

monds York; left one daughter. 

D. Cecilia Desiree. 

XVIII. Children of Archibald and Julia Ann ( Walker) 


Of New York City. 

1. Archibald; born 19th October, 1837; deceased 

17th December, 1837. 

2. William Walker; born 13th August, 1839; de- 

ceased 5th October, 1839. 

3. Isaac Walker; born 14th May, 1841 ; married 

Laura A., daughter of Sarah Agnes Craig and 
Hon. Wm. F. Havemeyer, of N. Y. City. 

Note.— Isaac Walker Maclay entered the U. S. Military 
Academy at West Point, July 1st, i860, and graduated June I3th^ 
1864, and was appointed 2d Lieutenant, ist U. S. Artillery. 
Served during the late War, 1864-66. Was instructor of Ar- 
tillery to the 69th Reg't New York Volunteers, Transferred 
to Ordnance Corps, 17th September, 1864. Served as Assistant 
Ordnance Officer, Washington Arsenal, Washington, D. C, 
Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts, and Ass't Sup't Springfield 
Armory, Mass., 1867-68. He was Chief Ordnance Officer on the 


Their children : 

A. Julia Havemeyer. 

B. Agnes Craig. 

C. William Frederick. 

D. Henry Havemeyer (deceased). 

JS. Archibald. ^. Laura Grace. 

Staff of Gen. C. C. Augur, Dept. of the Platte, 1868-69, Commis- 
sioned ist Lieut., Ordnance Corps, 13th Nov. 1866, and subse- 
quently stationed at Watervliet and Rock Island Arsenals, 
1869-73. Resigned Nov. 1873 and became Civil Engineer and 
City Surveyor. Has been Topographical Engineer of the Dept. 
of Parks, and Chief Engineer of Long Island R. R. He belongs 
to the Association of Graduates, U. S. Military Academy, Sons of 
the Revolution, the Military Society of the War of 1812, the N. Y. 
Historical Society, and corresponding member Harford Histori- 
cal Society, tad. 

Note. — Wm. F. Havemeyer was born in New York City, 12th 
February, 1804 ; and died 30th November, 1874. He graduated 
from Columbia College in 1823, and was engaged in sugar re- 
fining, 1827-1842 ; President of Bank of North America, 1851- 
1861 ; Presidential elector on the Polk ticket, 1844 ; President of 
the first Commission of Emigration, New York City ; Founder of 
the Pennsylvania Coal Company ; Mayor of New York City, 
1845-1846 ; 1848-1849 ; 1872-1874 ; Chairman of the Committee 
of Seventy, and the leader in the overthrow of the Tweed ring. 

Sarah Agnes, his wife, born 20th July, 1807 ; died 14th Decem- 
ber, 1894 ; was the daughter of Hector Craig, a representative in 
Congress from Craigville, N. Y., 1823 to 1825, and 1829 to 1830, 
when he resigned, and was appointed Surveyor of the Port of 
New York, by President Andrew Jackson. His mother, Agnes, 
was the daughter of Captain Hector McNeil, U. S. Navy, who 
commanded the U.S. Ship Boston in 1777, having been appointed 
third among the twenty-four Captains by Congress, October 
loth, 1776. 

In 1790, James Craig, his father, erected the first paper mill in 
the county, at Craigville, Orange Co., N. Y. Hector Craig mar- 
ried the daughter of John Chandler, a stanch patriot during the 
Revolutionary struggle in America, and a descendant of the 
early settlers of the town of Cornwall, Orange County, N. Y. 


4. Augustus Walker, M. D; born 6th January, 1844; 

graduated at the University of the City of New- 
York, as a physician, in 1865, and practiced 
medicine in N. Y. City for many years. Mar- 
ried Elizabeth Boyd, who died in 1891. 

5. William Walter; born 27th March, 1846; mar- 

ried Marian Bensel. 
Their children : 

A. Alice. 

B. Walter; bom loth December, 1879; de- 

ceased 5th June, 1887. 

XIX. Children of Thomas A. and Mary C. {Williams) 


Of Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

1. Isaac; born 2d March, 1872; died 5th December, 


2. Edward Williams; born 7th January, 1874. 

Note. — William Walter Maclay entered the U. S. Naval 
Academy as Midshipman, Oct. i860, graduated in May, 1863, and 
commissioned Ensign, U. S. N. Promoted to Master, U. S. N., Nov. 
1865. Served on the Ticonderoga in both bombardments of Fort 
Fisher, 1864-65. Appointed on a Light House Board by the 
Japanese Government for lighting Yeddo Bay, Nov. 1866. Com- 
missioned Lieutenant U. S. N., Nov. 1866, and Lieutenant Com- 
mander, Oct. 1868, appointed Fleet Lieutenant and Acting Fleet 
Captain of the U. S. Asiatic Squadron, January, 1868. Was Ass't 
Prof, of Mathematics, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Re- 
signed Oct. 1871. Appointed Ass't Engineer of the Dept. of 
Docks, N. Y. City, Oct. 1873. Received the " Norman Gold 
Medal " from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Nov. 
1878. Is President of the American Portland Cement Co., Glens 
Falls, N. v., and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of 
London, the American Society of Civil Engineers and Manhat- 
tan Club. 


3. Gulielma Foster; born 26th July, 1876. 

4. Brown Austin; born 8th December, 1878. 

5. Archibald Alexander; born 15th July, 1881. 

XX. Children of Gilbert M. mid Emily Discretion 
( Walker ) Speir. 
Of New York City. 

1. Archibald; graduate of New York University, 

and Lawyer, New York City ; belongs to the 
Century Club. 

2. Louisa Gulielma ; deceased, 12th January, 1844. 

3. Emily ; married Dr. Glover Arnold of N. Y. City. 
Their children : 

A. Emily. 

B. Julia. 

C. Anna Louisa. 

4. Isaac Henry; deceased, loth June, 1849. 

5. Anna Louisa ; deceased. 

6. Gilbert M., Jr., Graduate of Columbia College, 

and Lawyer, New York City. 

7. Julia ; married H. T. Wright, Paymaster U. S. 


XXL Children of Wm. M. and Ann Ehza ( Walker) 


Of New York City. 

1. Louisa; married ist June, 1893, Thos. Smith 

Grimke. They have one son, Frederic Drayton. 

2. William ; deceased. 


XXII. Children of Peter I. and Mary Mathilda 

( Walker ) Nevins. 
Of New York City. 

1. Annie Walker f; married Alexis A. Julien, Pro- 

fessor in Columbia College.* 

2. William H. ; married Catherine S. Upham.. 

3. Gulielma Fosterf ; married Dr. Stuart Church; is 

a practicing physician in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

4. Peter I. 

5. Augusta Rebecca ; married John Jacobson, an 

architect of N. Y. City. 

6. Louisa. 7. John Foster. 8. James ; deceased. 

XXIII. Children of Sylvamis F. and Augusta Rebecca 

( Walker ) Jenkins. 
Of New York City. 

1. Gulielma; deceased. 

2. Henry ; deceased ; married Miss Cecil ; left two 


3. Sylvanus F ; of Rochester, N. Y., married daugh- 

ter of Sylvanus J. Macy. They have two chil- 

* Prof. Julien was born 13th February, 1840, and graduated 
from Union College. In 1862, he made a geological survey of the 
islands around St. Bartholomew, and received a gold medal from 
the King of Sweden. In 1872 he was connected with the geological 
survey of Michigan, and in 1875 ^^^-s engaged on the state geo- 
logical survey of North Carolina. Was Vice-Pres. of the N. Y. 
Academy of Sciences in 1884, and one of the founders of the 
N.Y. Microscopical Society in 1883. He was one of the originators 
of the Society of Naturalists of the Eastern U. S. In 1885 he was 
appointed instructor in the Columbia School of Mines. 

t Daughters of the Revolution. 


XXIV. CJiild of Isaac H. and Cornelia {Macy) Walker, 

Of New York City. 

William M. ; married Miss Pauline Dusenbury. 
They have a son, Isaac Henry, 

XXV. Children of Charles G. and Ann Rebecca 

{Walker) Ridgely. 
Of Baltimore, Md. 

1. Charles George ; born 22d June, 1837; deceased 

6th February, 1843. 

2. Laura Louisa; born 1850. 

3. Nannie Rebecca; born 1852; married June, 1881, 

Louis Kemp of Frederick, Md. 

Their children : 

A. Charles G. Ridgely; born 21st September, 1882. 

B. May; born i6th May, 1886. 

0. Mamie; born 12th March, 1890. 
I). Lewis; born 30th October, 1893. 

XXVI. Child of Daniel E. and Josephine Safer 

( Walker) Harrison. 

Of Baltimore, Md. 

Augusta H. ; born 26th June, 1859; married Rev. 
David Laughlin, a Presbyterian minister. 

XXVII. Children of Safer Thos. and Mary Jane 

{Kirby) Walker. 
Of Baltimore, Md. 

1. Anne Rebecca; born September 5th, 1850 ; mar- 

ried 28th July, 1867, Frank Sherman. 

2. Sater Thomas, Jr. ; born 27th June, 1857. 

3. Ellen; born 20tli August, 1866; married, 7th 

January, 1889, Frederick Watson. 

4. Mary Lizzie ; born 20th September, 1872; mar- 

ried loth March, 1891, John Mahrer. 

XXVIII. Children of Eugene u.nd Ann SMer ( Wxlker) 


Of Baltimore, Md. 

1. Wm. Thomas ; born 7th July, 1843. 

2. Eugene ; ) , .-u o ^ -u o 

-, * ■ born 1 2th September, 1845. 

3. Joshua ; ) ^ 

Eugene married 1868, Mary E., daughter of 
James D. and Mary Walker Armstrong. 

4. Mary Elizabeth ; born 26th March, 1847; deceased 

3d March, 1868. 

5. Frederick Augustus ; born 19th July, 1849. 

6. Leonidas ; born 12th November, 1850. 

7. Wilson ; born 24th January, 1852 ; deceased, 3d 

February, 1852. 

8. Edwin Walker; born nth November, 1853. 

9. Leonard Matthews; born October 23d, 1855. 

10. Annie Eugenia; born November 20th, 1857. 

11. Franklin Wilson; born June 30th, i860. 

12. Martha; born December 12th, 1864; deceased 

January 2d, 1865. 

Mr. Eugene Levering, with his brothers, William T. and 
Joshua, became partners with their father in 1866, and in January, 
1875, the present firm of four brothers succeeded the old firm. 
It is the largest coffee house in the country. Mr. Eugene 
Levering has been President of the National Bank of Commerce 
of Baltimore, and has been very active in the Baptist Church, 
was one of the Building Committee of the Eutaw Place Church, 
and among the first deacons elected ; is President of the Am. 
Baptist Education Society and Treasurer of the Maryland Baptist 
Union. Joshua Levering has also been connected with financial 
institutions, trust companies, etc., and is prominent in the Baptist 
denomination of Baltimore. 

patent trom Xorb Baltimore 
to Ibenr'e Sater. 

Ibenris Satcr, bis patent, Charles the Second, &c. 
""Wflbite Iball," 50 acres. To all persons, &c. 

Know Ye, that for and in consideration that Henry 
Sater of Baltimore County hath dne unto him Fifty 
Acres of Land within our said Province of Mary- 
land, being due unto him by virtue of a Warrant 
for that quantity granted to him the said Henry, 
the seventh day of January one thousand seven 
hundred and sixteen, as appears in our Land Office 
and upon such Conditions and Terms as are Ex- 
pressed in our Conditions of Plantations of our said 
Province, bearing date the fifth day of April one 
thousand six hundred eighty and four, and remain- 
ing upon Record in our said Province, together 
with such Alteration as in them are made by our 
further Conditions, bearing date the fourth day of 
December one thousand six hundred ninety and 
six and Registered in our said Province. 

We do therefore hereby grant unto him the said 
Henry All, that tract or parcel of Land lying in 
Baltimore County on the North side of Jones' Falls, 
a Branch of Patapsco River called " IV/iiU Hall" 

Beginning at a bounded White Oak standing by 
a small draft of the aforesaid Falls, and on the 


East side of a tract of Land taken up by Thomas 
Carpenter, and running thence East, one hundred 
perches; thence North, eighty perches; thence 
West, one hundred perches; then with a straight 
line to the beginning trees. 

Containing and now laid out for fifty acres of 
land more or less according to the Certificate of 
Survey thereof taken and returned into our Land 
Office, bearing date the sixteenth day of January 
one thousand seven hundred and sixteen, and there 
remaining, together with all Rights, Profits, Bene- 
fits and Privileges thereunto belonging (Royal 
Mines Excepted) : To Have and To Hold the same 
unto him, the said Henry, his Heirs and Assigns 
forever, to be holden of us and our Heirs as of our 
Manor of Baltimore, in Fee and Common Soccage 
by fealty only for all manner of Services, Yielding 
and Paying therefore yearly unto us and our Heirs 
at our receipt at the City of St. Maries, at the two 
most usual feasts in the year (viz.) the feast of the 
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. 
Michael the Archangel, by even and equal por- 
tions, the Rent of Two Shillings Sterling in Silver 
or Gold, and for a fine upon every Alienation of the 
said Land or any part or parcel thereof, one whole 
year's Rent in Silver or Gold or the full value 
thereof in such Commodities as we and our heirs 
or such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed by 
us and our heirs from time to time, to Collect and 
Receive the same, shall accept in discharge thereof 
at the Choice of us and our heirs or such Officer 
or Officers aforesaid. Provided that if the said 
sum for a fine for Alienation shall not be paid to us 


and our heirs or such Officer or Officers aforesaid 
before such Alienation, and the said Alienation 
entered upon Records either in the Provincial 
Court or County Court where the same parcel of 
Land Lyeth within one month next after such 
Alienation, then the said Alienation shall be Void 
and of noe Effect. 

Given under our Greater Seal at Arms this 
twenty and first day of October one thousand 
seven hundred and eighteen. 

Witness our Trusty and Well Beloved John 
Hart, Esq., our Governor and Keeper of our said 
Greater Seal in our said Province of Maryland. 

John Hart. 

XanD ©tBcc of /HbacslanJ), Set: 

I Hereby Certify, that the aforegoing is a true 
copy of the Patent of " White Hall," as recorded in 
Liber P. L., No. 4, folio 44, one of the Record 
Books of this Office. 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set 
my hand and affixed the Seal of the Land 
Office of Maryland, this thirteenth day of 
July, eighteen hundred and ninety-four. 

Philip D. Laird, 

Commissioner of the Land Office. 

1bi0torical SJietcb 


From ^'■Tke Baptist" Baltimore, September 2b, l8g4. 

The above named church was organized in the year of 
our Lord seventeen hundred and forty-two (1742), and 
Henry Sater is represented as its founder, as no doubt he 
was. He was what was called at that day a " General Bap- 
tist " in contradistinction from " Separate Baptists." He 
was a layman, and the historian tells us that " he bore an 
excellent character." He came from England in 1709. 
Soon after his settlement in this colony he invited Baptist 
ministers to preach in his house, by which means a few from 
time to time were proselyted to his sentiments, and after 
many years the church was formed, it being the first Baptist 
Church organized in the State of Maryland. Among the min- 
isters who officiated with this infant church as pastors or sup- 
plies in early times were George Eglisfield, from Pennsylvania, 
George Palmer, Henry Loveall and probably others. Those 
wonderful pioneers of the Gospel, Shubael Stearns, of Mas- 
sachusetts, who was converted under the preaching of Whit- 
field, David Thomas, of Pennsylvania, who married a Mrs. 
Shreeve, of Maryland, and afterwards settled with the Ke- 
tockton Baptist Church in Loudoun County, Va., and John 
Gano, often preached the gospel to these faithful disciples, 
as they journeyed from State to State, for it was no uncom- 
mon thing in that day for Baptist preachers to travel on 
horseback from one hundred to three and four hundred 


miles, preaching as they went, as opportunity offered, in 
private dwellings and barns, but much more frequently in 
shady groves, having " mother earth," with a rustic board 
nailed to the side of a tree for a pulpit and the vaulted 
heavens above for a cathedral ; and how wonderfully did 
God bless the labors of these faithful men ! But Mr. Sater 
may be justly considered not only as the founder of the first 
church, but of the Baptist interest in Maryland. His lib- 
eral assistance in building the house of worship and his 
gifts of land to the church on which the house stands, and 
to the minister as well, are mentioned as peculiar marks of 
his liberality. 

The church immediately after its organization increased 
very fast and began to spread over the country, and soon 
extended over to Opeckon and Ketockton in Virginia ; in- 
somuch that in four years the number of communicants 
amounted to i8i. 

The Opeckton church in Berkley County, Va., and Ke- 
tockton church in Loudoun County, were formed to a great 
extent out of members moving from Sater's church in Ma- 
ryland to Virginia, and out of which grew the " old Ketock- 
ton Association," one of the oldest and most influential 
bodies of Baptists in the State for nearly a century. 

The covenant entered into by this people, that is to say, 
by the " Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church," now Sater's, and 
which was presented to the Governor and Court of this then 
Catholic Province, when the society was taken under the 
protection of the " Toleration Laws," was expressed in the 
following terms : 

" We, the humble professors of the Gospel of Christ, 
baptized upon a declaration of faith and repentance, be- 
lieving the doctrine of general redemption (or the free 
grace of God extended to all mankind), do hereby seri- 
ously, heartily and solemnly, in the presence of the Searcher 
of all hearts and before the world, covenant, agree, bind 


and settle ourselves into a church, to hold, abide by and 
contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, owned by 
the best reformed churches in England, Scotland and else- 
where, especially as published and maintained in the forms 
and confessions of the Baptists in England and Scotland, 
except in infant baptism, modes of church government, the 
doctrine of absolute reprobation and ceremonies. We do 
also bind ourselves hereby to depend and live up to the 
Protestant rejigion, &c." We do also engage with our lives 
and fortunes to defend the crown and dignity of our graci- 
ous Sovereign, King George, to him and his issue forever, 
and to obey all his laws, humbly submitting ourselves to all 
in authority under him, and giving custom to whom custom, 
honor to whom honor, tribute to whom tribute is due. We 
do further declare that we are not against taking oaths, nor 
using arms in defense of our king and country, when 
legally called thereto, and that we do approve and will obey 
the laws of this Province. And further we do bind our- 
selves to follow the patterns of our brethren in England, to 
maintain order, government and discipline in our church, 
especially that excellent directory of the Rev. Francis Stan- 
ley entitled " The Gospel Honor and Church Ornament, 
dedicated to the Church in the counties of Lincoln, Not- 
tingham and Cambridge." We also engage that all persons 
upon joining our society shall yield consent to and subscribe 
this our solemn league and covenant. Subscribed by us 
whose names are underwriten this loth day of July, 1742. 


Barli? H)eMcatton of Sater's /iDeettng Ibouse. 

A Place Where the Baptist People of Long Ago Gathered for 

Worship Amid the Forest Primeval. — Their Quaint 

Declaration of Faith. — The Deed, to the End 

of the World, Made by Henry Sater 

in the Year 1742. 

Front the ^^ Baltimore-American^^ February lo, fSt)j. 

Out in Baltimore county, on an elevation known as Chest- 
nut Ridge, stands an ancient Baptist Church in the centre 
of a primeval grove of majestic oaks. On the second Sun- 
day of every June faithful Baptists from this city and from 
various sections of the State journey to this little church to 
worship at the shrine where so many pious men and women 
of two or more generations ago worshiped, and to gaze 
upon the weather-stained tombstones that mutely tell of 
those beneath who had lived and died in the faith. 

This church, so hallowed in its age and so holy in its 
simplicity, is known as Sater's Meeting-house. It was 
named after that pious Baptist, Henry Sater, who over a 
century and a half ago, built and deeded it to his brethren 
in the faith. Through the years that have gone since then 
the church has been carefully preserved, both from the hand 
of progress, which too often is akin to that of vandalism, and 
from decay. Therefore, it stands to-day as its founder built 
it, an object of veneration and admiration of all beholders. 

The history of its founding is like unto the history of 
many other churches in this city which raised their scarred 
spires to Heaven in colonial days. Back in 1709 Mr. Henry 
Sater went out from this city into the primeval forests of 
Baltimore county and purchased a plantation. A portion 
of a ridge, or elevated ground, upon which grew giant chest- 


nut trees, was in this purchase, and the earliest visitors to his 
home soon grew to know this elevation as '' Chestnut Ridge." 
The plantation was in those days a long distance from 
Baltimore Town, but the growth of the latter into a great 
city, and the spread of its population, has brought Chest- 
nut Ridge to within a short distance of its suburbs. Mr 
Sater belonged to that body of religionists known as " Gen. 
eral " Baptists, called so in those early days to distinguish 
them from "Particular " Baptists. He was a religious man, 
and delighted in home service. A Baptist minister was 
always the most welcome visitor to cross his threshold, and 
his hospitality was prodigal. When such a minister came 
his friends and neighbors were notified, and they gathered 
at Mr. Sater's home to join with him in worship. As time 
wore on the members that attended these services grew 
greater, and soon formed a little congregation. Mr. Sater 
then determined to build a suitable place of worship, where- 
in all could gather, and where regular services could be 
held. He looked over his great plantation and decided 
that there was no more beautiful spot upon it than was 
found on the crest of Chestnut Ridge. So he selected there, 
in the heart of a magnificent grove of oak trees, a site for 
his meeting-house. At the foot of this grove there ran a 
little stream of water, since named ** Shoemaker's Run," 
whose clear depths reflected the sturdy trunks of the oak 
trees and whose cool, pure water quenched the thirsts of 
man and beast when they should come from afar to gather 
at the church. In the midst of these beautiful pastoral 
surroundings Mr. Sater built his "meeting-house," and on 
November i6th, 1742, he deeded the house, with one acre 
of land for a burying place, " to the congregation forever, 
to the end of the world." The trustees to whom he made 
the deed were Henry Loveall, Thomas West, William Tow- 
son and William Browne. 



The covenant under which the church was organized 
was very unique. It begins as follows : 

"We, the humble professors of the Gospel of Christ, 
baptized on a declaration of faith and repentance, believing 
the doctrine of general redemption (or free grace of God to 
all mankind), do hereby, seriously, heartily and solemnly, in 
the presence of the Searcher of all hearts, and before the 
world, covenant, agree, bind and settle ourselves into a 
church, to hold, abide by and contend for the faith once 
delivered to the saints. 

"We do further declare that we are not against taking 
oaths, nor using arms in defense of our king and country, 
when legally called thereto ; and that we do approve and 
will obey the laws of this Province. 

"We also engage that all persons, on joining our society, 
shall yield consent to and subscribe to this, our solemn 
league and covenant." 


The instrument of the formal transfer of the property to 
the trustees of Mr. Safer, or the indenture, is just as unique. 
The following was taken from the original, preserved among 
land documents at Towson : 
Henry Sater to Henry Loveall and others. Conveyance. 

This indenture, made this sixteenth day of November, in 
the year of our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and 
forty-two, between Henry Sater, in the Province of Mary- 
land, and county of Baltimore, planter, on the one part, and 
Henry Loveall, Thomas West, William Towson and William 
Browne, in the province and county aforesaid, witnesseth 
that the said Henry Sater, for and in consideration of two 
shillings sterling, to him in hand paid by the said Henry 
Loveall, Thomas West, William Towson and William 
Browne, aforesaid, the receipt whereof he, the said Henry 
Sater, doth hereby acknowledge, that he is therewith fully 


satisfied, contented and paid, and thereof and from all and 
every part and parcel thereof doth by these presents acquit 
and forever discharge the said Henry Loveall, Thomas 
West, William Towson and William Browne, and their heirs, 
executors and administrators, them, and every one of them, 
forever, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, sett over, de- 
livered and forever confirmed, and by these presents do 
give, grant, bargain, sell, sett over, deliver and forever con- 
firm unto the above said Henry Loveall, as pastor, and 
Thomas West, William Towson and William Browne, as 
deacons and elders, to the church congregation or people 
of God commonly called Generall Baptist, and to their 
successors, as such forever as chosen by the Church or 
Congregation, as above said, to the end of the world, an 
end of land situate and lying in or on his dwelling planta- 
tion, otherwise called Sater's addition, beginning at a red 
oak tree marked on four sides, running due north sixteen 
perches, then due west twelve perches, then due south six- 
teen perches, then east to the first-mentioned tree, be the 
same more or less, to have and to hold the said bargained 
land and premises for the building a meeting-house, burying 
place and all other buildings, erections and conveniences 
needful for the church and congregation above said, etc. 
Before : 

Geo. Buchanan, Chas. Ridgely. 

Received a half-penny sterling for an alienation fine of 
the within land for the use of the Lord Baltimore, by order 
of Benj. Tasker, Esq., per Thomas Franklin. 


Thus the church was founded, and soon there gathered 
about a numerous congregation for so thinly-settled a dis- 
trict. The first minister to supply the church was George 
Eaglesfield, of Pennsylvania. He was followed by Paul 
Palmer. Then came Rev. Henry Loveall, the first regular 
pastor of the church. He baptized forty-seven persons, and 


his congregation there numbered fifty-seven members. Mr. 
Loveall remained with the congregation four years. Tradi- 
tion says that Mr. Loveall baptized the first converts in 
Shoemaker's Run, selecting for that purpose one spot where 
the water was deeper than elsewhere. This spot was called 
the "hole," and in it the work of immersion was easy. In 
later years this custom was abandoned, and now the spot is 
remembered chiefly by anglers, who frequent the run to 
seduce from its clear waters the speckled trout which 
abound therein. But loving hearts have guarded the old 
** meeting-house," and it stands to-day a monument to its 
devout and generous builder. Services are regularly con- 
ducted therein, and descendants of those who lie buried in 
the old burial ground gather there on Sunday to kneel 
where their forefathers knelt, and offer their prayers to their 
Maker, even as their foreparents did a century and a half 
ago. The pulpit of the church is now supplied by Rev. 
William Nicholls. 


Xist ot a Century ot tbe 3£arliest i^aptist 

Cburcbes in tbis Country, auD tbeir 

jfirst {pastors* 

Providence, R. I. — Roger Williams, . . . March, 1639 

First Church, Newport, R. I. — Dr, John Clark, . . 1644 

Second Church, NeAvport, R. I. — Rev. Wm. Vaughan, 1656 

First Church, Swansea, Mass. — John Miles, . . . 1663 
First Church, Boston, Mass. — Thomas Gould, 28th 

May, 1665 

North Kingston, R. 1 1665 

Seventh Day, Newport, R. 1 167 1 

South Kingston, R. 1 1680 

Newbury, Mass 1681 

Charleston, S. C. — Wm. Screven 1683 

Cold Spring, Bucks Co., Pa. — Thos. Dungan, . . 1684 

Tiverton, R. R. — Hugh Mosier (Ninth Society), . 1685 

Middleton, N. J. — John Brown, 1688 

Pennepeck, Pa. — Elias Keach, 1689 

Piscataway, N. J. — John Drake, 1689 

Cohansey, N. J. — Thos. Killingsmith, 1690 

Second Church, Swansea, Mass 1693 

Martha's Vineyard, Chilmark. — Rev. Peter Folger, . 1694 

First Church, Philadelphia, Pa.— John Watts, . . 1698 

Welsh Tract, Del— Thos. Griffith, 1703 

First Church, Groton, Conn. — Rev. Valentine Wight- 
man, 1705 

Smithfield, R. 1 1706 

Seventh Day, Piscataway, N. J 1707 

Hopkinton, R. 1 1708 

Great Valley, Pa. — Rev. Hugh Davis, 171 1 

Cape May, N. J. — Rev. Nathaniel Jenkins, . . . 1712 


Burle)', Isle of Wight Co., Va. — Rev. Robt. Nordin, 17 14 

Hopewell. N. J 17 15 

Brandywine, Pa 1715 

Montgomery, Pa. — Benjamin Griffith, 17 19 

Oyster Bay, Long Island, N. Y, — Rev. Robt. Ferks, 1724 

Scituate, R. 1 1725 

Warwick, R. I. . 1725 

French Creek, Pa 1726 

Second Church, New London, Conn. — Rev. Stephen 

Groton, 1726 

Indian Town, Me 1730 

Cumberland, R. 1 1732 

Rehoboth, Mass. — Rev. John Comer, 1732 

Shiloh, N. J 1734 

Sutton, Mass. — Rev. Benj. Marsh, 1735 

South Brimfield, Mass. — (New Wales) 1736 

Ashley River, S. C. — Rev. Isaac Chanler, .... 1736 

Welch Neck, S. C— Rev. Phillip James, .... 1738 
Southington, Conn. — (Farmington Church), Rev. 

John Merriam, 1738 

Leicester, Mass. — Elder Thos. Green, 1739 

West Springfield, Mass. — Rev. Edward Upham, . . 1740 

Kingwood, N. J. — Rev. Thos. Curtis, 1742 

Chestnut Ridge, (Sater's) Baltimore, Md. — Henry 

Loveall, 1742 

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