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FROM 1266 A. D. 

"He wco cares not whence he came 
cares not whither he goes." — Ben Jonsoa. 



Of the Twenty-first Generation in Direct Male Line. 





"Genealogy of the Baskerrille Family," of 1912 


Page 13 — line n — "elswhere" should be "elsewhere." 

Table A— "Rabiou" should be "Robiou." 

Tables C and L and pages 57 and 61 — "Dickerson" should be 

Table F Contd. — "Anna 7 H. m. Reynolds", should be 

"m. H. C. Terrell." 

Table F Contd.— In "Mary T Eaton Hamilton" and "Mary 8 
Eaton Tarry, " "Eaton" should be "Etiphemia." 

Table F Contd.— "Wm. 8 Baskervill Tarry" should be Wm. s 
Burwell Tarry." 

Page 54 — line 6 — "Baskevill" should be "Baskervill." 

Page 81 — line 23 — "Allston" should be "Alston." 

Opp. p. 89, Retro. Table — "James Murray d. 1772, vestry 1742" 
should be "1764" and "1746." 

Opp p. 89, Retro. Table — "Wm. Baskerviil, b. 1763" should 
be "1756." 

Opp. p. 101, Eaton Table — Wm. Eaton, who married Senora 
Macon, was a son of Genl. Thomas Eaton. "Thos. Eaton 
m. Anna Boiling" should be "Anna Bland" ; right bottom — 
"Elizabeth Frear m. Chas. 8 Baskervill" should be "Mar- 
garet Freear. 

Opp. p. 117, Coleman and Embry Table — "John Coleman, 
deeds 1714-25" should be "1784." 

Opp. p. 117, Coleman and Embry Table — "Henry Embry, Jr., 
d. 1756" should be "1753," "m. Priscilla Blount" should 
be "Priscilla Wilkinson," see Supplement. 

Page 120— line 6 — "1448" should be "1748." 

Page 122 — line 28 — mark out "doubtless," and after "Coleman" 
add "born in 1764 or earlier was too young." 



Family Table, condensed, * 

English Descent: 

English Table, 8 

English Gleanings, - - - - - - x 3 

Some English Grandmothers, - - - - 32 

Virginia Baskervilles: 

Tables A to L, after 38 

First Generation, 39 

Second Generation, - - - - - - 4-6 

Third Generation, 47 

Mecklenburg Branch, 5 2 

Fourth Generation, ------ 54 

Tennessee Branch, 60 

Fifth Generation. 65 

Sixth Generation, 7° 

Hamilton Family, 80 

Cumberland and Pulaski Branch, - - - 84 

Allied Families: 

Retrospective Table, 88 

Introduction, ------- 89 

Barber-Dennett Family, 9° 

Norvell Family, ..---- 96 

Minge and Harrison Families, - 97 

Eaton Family, - io1 

iv contents. 

Allied Families: page 

Embry Family, 117 

Coleman Family, 121 

Gordon Family, 123 

Murray Family, 127 

Boiling Family, 133 

Kennon Family, 147 

Worsham Family, - 151 

Rolfe Family, 155 

Pocahontas and Powhatan, .... 167 


Early Conditions in Virginia, - - - - 179 

Bostoke Lineage, - 185 

Mainwaring Lineage, ----- 189 

Winnington Lineage, 191 

First Baskervyle Deed, ----- 193 

Ancestors in Colonial Assemblies, - - - 199 

Present Conditions at Old Withington, - - 201 


Extract from York County Records, - - Frontispiece 
Banquet Hall, at Dives, View i, - - Page 15 

Same — View 2, showing Shield of Baskervilles, " 15 

Pen Sketch of Baskerville Shield, - " 49 

Entrance to Old Inn at Dives, - - - '* 129 

to ii\t ^emorg of nqj ,3[ai{j£r, 

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on 3IaJtuar^ 14% 1900- 

Printed for Private Distribution. 


This record has been written from time to time during 
several years, as the writer has been able to gather the in- 
formation from many sources, and as he may have had the 
time and inclination to do so. It has been a work of much 
interest and pleasure, and a fair amount of success has been 
gratifying. Family exaltation or glorification has not at any 
time entered into the writer's thoughts or intention, but it 
has been a gratification to find so long a line in direct male 
descent of a family always of ladies and gentlemen. The 
proverbial skeleton in the closet, often feared in such a search, 
has not appeared, and the record is clean and untarnished. 

The Baskerville family has always maintained a good 
and honorable position among the gentry of England. 
Its historical record is certain, definite, and continuous, and 
it is found in most standard English genealogical books. 
And a direct honorable lineage of twenty-two generations 
through unbroken male descent, from father to son, through 
more than six hundred and fifty years, is probably rather un- 

The search and record has been chiefly retrospective, and 
no particular attempt has been made to enroll all the living 
members of the family. But any Baskerville descendant will 
doubtless find his lineage within one or two generations, and 
be enabled to trace the connection. 

Much of the information contained in this sketch is en- 
tirely new, as far as the writer knows. The English con- 
nection of the family seems never to have been accurately 
traced before. And the old Mecklenburg tradition that the 
first Baskerville settler in that county was an immigrant from 


England, and possibly named John, was erroneous, as will 
be shown in the sketch. Apparently the Virginia family 
have never known before of the Cheshire connection. 

This sketch has been written for the writer's family with 
no thought of publishing it among other people, or that they 
would take any interest in it. Therefore it is more or less 
personal, and relates particularly to the writer's personal 
connection. It is printed chiefly for preservation. 

On the cover, the title page, and the headings the older 
spelling of the name with the final e is adopted, although 
the writer does not himself use it. 

The writer desires to express his thanks to Mr. Wm. G. 
Stanard, Secretary of Virginia Historical Society, to whom he 
is indebted for facts, which started the search, and for other 
help from time to time ; and also to Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, of Wil- 
liamsburg, who has kindly given important information sev- 
eral times. 

Richmond, Va., October ist, 1912. 



Ormerod's History of Cheshire. 

Earwaker's History of East Cheshire. 

Burke's Landed Gentry. 

Burke's Commoners of Great Britain. 

Dictionary of Family Names, Lower. 

The Virginia Magazine, (Va. Hist. Soc.) 

William and Mary College Quarterly. 

Records of York Co., Va. 

Records of Charles City Co., Va. 

Records of Goochland Co., Va. 

Records of Cumberland Co., Va. 

Records of Lunenburg Co., Va. 

Records of Mecklenburg Co., Va. 

Records of Prince George Co., Va. 

Records of Amelia Co., Va. 

Records of Granville Co., N. C. 

Records of the State of N. Carolina. 

Records of Brunswick Co., Va. 

Records of Halifax Co., Va. 

Records of Elizabeth City Co., Va. 

Records of Henrico Co., Va. 

Records of Surry Co., Va. 

Land books of the State of Va. 

Bristol Parish Vestry Book and Register. 

Bruton Church, Goodwin. 

Bristol Parish, Slaughter. 

Meade's Churches. 

Heads of Families, First Census of United States. 

Wheeler's History of North Carolina. 




Virginia Historical Collection. 

Original List of Emigrants, &c, Hotten. 

Brown's Genesis of America. 

Brown's First Republic of America. 

Virginia Heraldica, Crozier. 

Virginia County Records. 

National Encyclopedia of American Biography. 

North Carolina Colonial and State Records. 

Water's Gleanings. 

Hening's Statutes. 

Baskervill Famil) Bible. 

Abstracts of N. C. Wills, Grimes. 

Anderson's Hamilton Family. 

Family Genealogical Tables, private. 

Private Letters. 

Historical Registers of the Continental Army, Heitman. 

Virginia and Virginians, Brock. 

Harleian Manuscripts. 

And some others. 





A. D. 

1066 — Martels de Baskerville, came from Normandy as one 
of the leaders of William the Conqueror. — Burke. 

1 109 — Radulphus de Baskerville, "» mentioned in tax levy. 
Robertus de Baskerville, j — Burke. 

1 1 52 — Robert de Buscheville, witness to a charter in the 
Cheshire records. 
Sir Robert Baskerville, Kt., of Erdisley, m. Agnes, gr. 
d. of Rees ap Griffith, Prince of South Wales. — 
Burke. His son was 

1154-1188 — Sir Ralph de Baskerville, Lord of Erdisley. 
(Herefordshire). His son was 
Sir Roger de Baskerville, of Erdisley. His son was 

1189-1199 — Walter de Baskerville, of Erdisley. His son was 

1216-1272 — Walter de Baskerville, of Erdisley, and so on at 
Erdisley, Herefordshire — Burke. From some mem- 
ber of this family seemsto have come the following 
line of our ancestors, (Ormerod), viz.: 

I. tSiR John 1 de Baskervyle, Kt., grantee of Old With- 
ington, Cheshire, who married Matild , 1266. 

tThe names of our ancestors printed in Small Capitals. 

2 Baskerville Genealogy. 

2. John 2 de Baskervyle, of Old Withington, m. Nichola 

, records 1298-1334. 

3. John 3 de Baskervile, of Old Withington, records 1315- 


4. Thomas 4 de Baskerville, of Old Withington, m. Idonea 

Blurton, records 1366-1386. 

5. William 5 Baskeryyle, of Old Withington, records 

1420- 1 446. 

6. William 6 Baskeryyle, of Old Withington. 1464-1480. 

7. Randle Baskervile, of Old Withington, m. Agnes Bos- 

tock, records 1477-1483. 

8. William 8 Baskerville.* of Old Withington. records 


9. William 9 Baskerville,* of Old Withington, m. Agnes 

Mainwaring, records 1483-1503. 
'""^.orge 10 Baskervile, of Old Withington, m. Cecily de 
Bradford, records 1517-1542. 

11. William 11 Baskervile, of Old Withington, m. Eliza- 

beth Henshaw, records 1579. 

12. Thomas 12 Baskervile, of Old Withington, m. Margaret 

Kinsey, d. 15S8. 

13. Thomas 13 Baskervyle, of Old Withington, m. Dorothy 

Adderly, b. 1566, d. 1625. 

14. John 14 Baskeryyle, of Old Withington. "m. Magdaline 
Hope, b. 1599, d. 1662. 

15. John 15 and l of Va - Baskeryyle, 5th son of last, b. 1637, 

d. 1679, emigrated to Virginia about 1662, m. Mary 

16. George 2 Baskeryyle, of York Co.. Va., m. Elizabeth 

Norvell, b. abt. 1675. 

17. George 3 Baskervyle, of York Co., Ya., m. Martha 

Minge, d. 1777. 

18. William 4 Baskeryill, of Mecklenburg Co.. Ya., m. 

Mary Eaton, b. ir^fd. 1814. 

19. Charles 5 Baskervill, of Mecklenburg Co., m. Eliz. A. 

Coleman, b. 1788, d. 1834. 

*Earwaker thinks the 8th and 9th names were of the same man. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 3 

20. Henry 6 E. C. Baskervill, of Richmond, m. 1st I. A. 

Hamilton, b. 1817, d. 1900. 

21. P. Hamilton 7 Baskervill, of Richmond, m. E. M. 

Skelton, b. 1848. 

22. Hamilton 8 Meade Baskerville, of Richmond, b. 1882. 

Note. — The descent from Sir John de Baskervyle, 1266, 
is direct, from father to son, and positive. 

This table was traced to the writer because it was made 
for his own family, printing for preservation being an 




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For us in Virginia our history naturally divides itself 
into three periods, viz. : 

1st. Before A. D. 1266, when Sir John de Baskervyle, 
Kt, our lineal ancestor, acquired Old Withington, Cheshire, 
England, and settled there; 

2nd. From 1266 to 1662, when John Baskervyle, our 
first Virginia ancestor, emigrated from Old Withington to 
York Co., Va. ; 

3rd. After 1662, comprising the history of the Virginia 
Baskcfvilles in Virginia and eiswhere. 

During the first period we cannot record a continuous 
lineage, but we have here and there isolated records of the 
family history, which enable us to trace it with a fair degree 
of certainty, as the name seems to be confined to this one 
Norman famih . 

Burke in his "Landed Gentry" tells us "The family of 
Baskerville is one of the most ancient and honorable in Eng- 
land.'' It is not large or numerous, as compared with some 
other families: it has always occupied a good position so- 
cially and otherwise ; and the references to it in standard 
genealogical records are fairly numerous and authentic. 
These conditions make it possible to work out its history 
with reasonable accuracy, the writer being of the twenty- 
first generation in direct male descent from Sir John de 
Baskervyle, who acquired Old Withington in 1266. 

"The family is of noble Norman origin, and came from 
the parish of Baskerville, now Bacqueville, in the arondisse- 
ment of Dieppe, department of Seine-Inferieure, on the Eng- 
lish Channel. The head of the family, Martels de Basker- 

14 Baskerville Genealogy. 

ville, was at the battle of Hastings in 1066, as one of the 
leaders of the army of William the Conqueror, with whom 
he had come over." (Dictionary of Family Names, Lovver, 
p. 20.) 

We know nothing of the family before 1066 in Nor- 
mandy. That is a sealed book to us, but it would doubtless 
be a very interesting subject of investigation. 

In June, 191 1, there was held in the city of Rouen, a 
celebration of the millenial anniversity of the settlement of 
the Norsemen under Rollo, or Rolfe, or Robert, as he was 
later called, in Normandy. The Baskerville ancestor was 
doubtless one of the party. 

When William the Conqueror invaded England in A. D. 
io65, his fleet was finally assembled at a small town named 
"Di/es-Sur-iYIer," at the mouth of the river of that name. 
a little S. W. of Honfleur, and not far S. W. from Havre. 
There is now in this town a large building used as an inn, 
cal:td "L'Hostellerie Guillaume ie Conquerant," and in its 
banquet hall, called "Galeae des Compagnons," is painted on 
the walls the names and coats-of-arms of the leaders of the in- 
vading army. Among these occur those of Baskerville. W r e 
also find them on the Battle Abbey Roll in Battle Abbey near 
Hastings, England, which was founded by William the Con- 
queror in fulfilment of a vow made by him during the battle. 
A copy of this Roll will be found in the Virginia State Library. 
The name Baskerville occurs twice upon it, i. e., in the list 
cf leaders, where it is spelt "Basktrviie," and over the coat- 
of-arms, where it is spelt '"Baskerville." This is the coat 
of arms. It is the same at Dives and in the Battle Abbey, 
and the name in both places is spelt "Baskerville." 


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The accompanying" pictures illustrate the painting's at 
Dives. The first two views and the pen sketch were kindly 
sent me on March 10th, 1910, at my request by Mr. Jas. E. 
Dunning, U. S. Consul at Havre, France, he having obtained 
them for me from M. Le Reniois, proprietor of "X/Hostellerie 
Guillaume ie Conquerant." The last picture was given me by 
Mrs. Henry E. Baskervill, having been sent to her from Dives 
by a friend. 

The first two are photographs of the inside of the "Gal- 
erie de Compagnons" one from each end. The Baskerville 
shield is distinctly shown in the second picture marked with a 
cross. It is at the far end in the first, and cannot be dis- 

The third picture is a pen and ink sketch of the Basker- 
ville shield kindly made by M. Le Remois. the proprietor of 
the hotel, showing die colors of the painting. The last pic- 
ture shows the entrance to the hotel. The gentleman who 
sent it, and some other pictures not shown here, stated: "I 
find on examining the cards that the name of De Baskerville 
is on the large list, as I saw it at the most ancient Hotel of 
Guillaume le Conquerant at Dives, and not on the smaller 
list in the church. This quaint hotel has one grand banquet 
hall, wherein ail wails are covered with the shields and names 
of the knights, including De Baskerville. It seems that an 
artist, who took up his abode here, painted all these for his 

16 Baskerville Genealogy. 

own and the delectation of all who come after. Much of 
it is restored, much new, and some very old." 

It- would be a delightful task some day to go there, and 
on the spot make a farther investigation of the history of the 
family here in Dives and elsewhere in Xormandy. 

M. Le Remois, in his letter to Air. Dunning, of which I 
have a copy, says, "I have the honor to send you enclosed two 
post cards showing the hall, where the shields of William's 
companions are painted, according to the list which is kept in 
the ancient church of the town of Dives. On one of the cards 
I have made a little cross, showing the position of the shield of 
Baskerville, but as one can not see the color of the shield 
I have copied the wording on the coat-of-arms (pen sketch)/' 
The date of the paintings in the hall are not known, but 
please note that M. Le Remois states that they "are painted 
according to the list which is kept in the ancient church of 
the town of Dives." Of this list apparently the gentleman 
who sent the postal cards to Mrs. Henry E. Baskervill, did 
not know. 

The date of the preparation of the Battle Abbey Roll is 
very uncertain. It is evidently much later than the time of 
the Conquest, probably some time during the 14th century, 
and it is claimed that it was somewhat altered by the monks, 
and new names inserted to please patrons. Thus there is 
some uncertainty about the names, it is true, as there is 
about a great deal of the personal history of these early pe- 
riods, and yet we have no reason to doubt the genuineness 
of the name of Baskerville on the roll. The name, slightly 
altered, is still found in Xormandy in the parish of Bacque- 
ville, and the name occurs, as stated, from time to time in the 
English annals very shortly after the Conquest. As for in- 
stance on the tax list of 1109, only 43 years after the Battle 
of Hastings ; and again the establishment of the Hereford 
Baskervilles at Erdisley early in the twelfth century. The 
genuiness of the name on the roll is generally accepted by 
prominent genealogists. The list of the Conqueror's followers 
in the old church at Dives is said to have been compiled from 

Baskerville Genealogy. 17 

Domesday Book and other authentic records. And the paint- 
ing's on the walls of the old inn seem to have followed the list 
in the old church. They are mentioned here, because they are 
interesting, not because they are of any particular historical 

"In ye olden time"' proper names seem to have been 
spelt very loosely and with many variations, and this was the 
case in regard to the name Baskerville. The Norman name 
seems to have been "Baskerville'' : on the Battle Abbey Roll 
we find it "Baskervile," and "Baskerville"; in the Hereford- 
shire records it seems to have been always "Baskerville* 7 ; 
and in Cheshire we find "Easkervylc," "Baskervile." "Bask- 
ervill," (as the Virginia branch have spelt it for several gen- 
erations), "Baskirvile," "Baskyrville," and " Baskerville,." and 
then back again to "Baskervylc," which seems to have become 
the confirmed spelling for the Cheshire branch, and to have 
been used for several generations in Virginia. This is in- 
variably the spelling in the records cf York Co., Va., the 
first Baskerville records in Virginia. 

In Burke's Landed Gentry, Vol. I, p. 63, we find the. 
following : 

"The family cf Baskerville is one of the most ancient 
and honorable in England. Its name is upon the roll of Bat- 
tle Abbey. It has ever maintained the highest rank among 
the gentry, and it can boast of the blood of the Plantagenets. 

The Baskervilles came into Herefordshire soon after 
the Conquest- and settled at Erdisley. They became con- 
nected with the best families of the country, served the office 
of sheriff no less than twenty-one times, and were elected 
knights cf the shire in eleven parliaments. 

In the year A. D. 1109, 43 years af:er the Conquest, 
Henry I, on the marriage of his eldest daughter, levied a 
territorial impost of three shillings for every hide of land, 
and returns were made in consequence by the barons. &c, in 
which Adam de Port returns the names of Radulphtjs de 
Baskerville and Hugo de Lacy, and that of Robertus de 

18 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Their pedigree has been authentically deduced., and is 
duly registered in the College of Arms. 

Sir Robert Baskerville, Knight of Erdisley Castle, in 
the county of Hereford, married Agnes, daughter and heiress 
of Nesta, daughter of Rees ap Griffith, Prince of South 
Wales, and was succeeded by his son 

Sir Ralph de Baskerville, Lord of Erdisley, in the 
time of Henry II. (1154-1188), who married a daughter of 
Drogo, brother of Richard Lord Clifford, and was succeeded 
by his son 

Sir Roger de Baskerville, of Erdisley, living in the 
reign of Henry II, who espoused a daughter of Sir Roths de 
Gros, Knt., Lord of Orcop, and was succeeded by his son 

Walter de Baskerville, of Erdisley, in the reign of 
Richard I (1189-1199), who was succeeded by his son 

Walter de Baskerville, of Erdisley, who married 
Susan, daughter of Sir John Crigdon, Knt., and had three 
sons, Walter of Erdisley, time of Henry III (1216-1272) : 
Richard (Sir), of whom we are about to treat; and George, 
Lord of Lawton and Pickthorne. The second son of Wal- 
ter de Baskerville was 

Sir Richard de Baskerville, M. P. for the Co. of 
Hereford in 1295 and 1297 — became Lord of Erdisley on the 
death of his elder brother," &c, &c, &c, through a long 
line to the present representative (1881) 

"Walter Thomas Mynor Baskerville, Esqr., of Clyrow 
Castle, Radnorshire, b. Jany. 7th, 1839, and his brother, Her- 
bert Witherstone Baskerville, born Sept., 1841." 

This table gives only the direct line through the oldest 
surviving sons, who inherited by right of primogeniture. The 
other descendants, who were of course much more numerous, 
doubtless scattered through this and other surrounding coun- 

About 1 1 52 we find in Cheshire that Robert de Busch- 
erville was witness to the charter of Randle Gemons to the 
Abbey of Werburg. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 19 

Next we come to a definite and positive point of depar- 
ture for the family lineage, beginning our second period. 

In A. D. 1266, Sir John de Baskervyle was grantee of 
a moiety (half) of Old Withington in Cheshire. This is the 
first definite record of the Cheshire branch of the family, and 
we have an unbroken male line of descent from this Sir John 
de Baskervyle of A. D. 1266 to ourselves, through 650 
years, and twenty-one generations of honorable descent to the 
writer's generation, a condition which few families can right- 
fully claim. The full table of this descent will be found else- 

We may assume with a reasonable claim to certainty that 
these Baskervyles in Cheshire are a branch of the Hereford 
family. Apparently this was the only family of this name in 
the kingdom, and other branches were established from it 
authentically, as will be noticed later, so that there was no 
other source from which the Cheshire branch could have 

We will take up first the Cheshire branch, from which 
we can with absolute certainty trace our descent. Please ob- 
serve that in this branch with a few exceptions the name is 
spelt regularly "Baskervyle," and this spelling continued in 
Virginia as long as the family remained in York Co., until 
about A. D. 1740. 

Quite a number of the prominent writers on genealogy 
give detailed accounts of the Cheshire Baskervyles. We find 
it in Burke's Landed Gentry, (which may be found generally 
in public libraries), in Earwaker's East Cheshire, where there 
is a full table of descent, in Ormerod's History of Cheshire, 
which is fuller and more in detail than the others (in the 
writer's library), and doubtless in many other works on the 
history and gentry of Cheshire. We have adopted Ormerod's 
account as the basis of our sketch and will follow it closely. 
We will also make use of Earwaker's statements. 

The County of Chester was erected into a "county pala- 
tine," by William the Conqueror and granted to his nephew, 

20 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Hugh Lupus, whom he made Earl of Chester, and almost 
royal authority over iV was given to him. 

It had an independent parliament and eight barons. 
Henry VIII subordinated it to the English parliament, but it 
did not send representatives until 1549, and the separate juris- 
diction ceased only after 1831. 

The county was divided into seven "Hundreds," one of 
which was Macclesfield Hundred. This was divided into 
eleven "Parishes," one of which was Prestbury Parish. This 
parish was divided into thirty-two "Townships,"' one of which 
was Old Withington, the seat of the Baskervyles. 

Old Withington does not appear in the "Domesday" sur- 
vey, finished in 1086, because it was included in the parish of 
Chelford, and the two are still assessed jointly in the county 
rate. At an early period the manor formed a part of the 
estates of the Ardernes of Aldford, under whom it was held 
by the Camvilles of Co. Stafford. Afterwards "a release of 
all homages or rents" was granted to Robert de Camville, and 
in 1266 he (Camville) granted one moiety of the manor to 
Oliver Fitton, and the other moiety to Sir John de Basker- 
vyle. The whole manor subsequently became vested in the 
Baskervyles, and has descended to the present possessor 

This continuation of possession of an ancestral domain 
in a direct, unbroken male line is a very remarkable and un- 
usual thing, even in England. The changes have been slower 
in Cheshire than in other counties, and yet in that county 
there are only four families who have held their estates so 
long, viz. : the Tattons of Wythenshawe, the Stanleys of Ai- 
de rly, the Davenports of Woodford, and the Baskervyles of 
Old Withington. 

"Old Withington Ha'lU the family seat, was nearly re- 
built in 1819 by the possessor, and is a spacious and handsome 
mansion situated among park like grounds and at the end of a 
fine avenue to the right of the road from Middlewich to Mac- 
clesfield, about eight miles distant from the latter place. The 
township is on the edge of the hundred, and the general 

Baskerville Genealogy. 21 

surface of the ground varies little from the flatness of the 
district towards Northvvich, but the hills on the border of the 
Staffordshire frontier enliven the distant prospect, and the 
profusion of forest trees in the surrounding hedgerows breaks 
the monotony of the foreground." 

We have a picture of the house, as rebuilt in 1819. 

The following statement contains all the information we yf , /?_ 
can gather in regard to t h e m . The records of the early period v-t.A^j 
are very meagre, and have doubtless been thoroughly exam- /%> 
ined by the genealogists from whom these notes are obtained. 

On the earliest list of chief men of Macclesfield 
Hundred, containing ninety-eight names, all who had 
sufficient land to entitle them to be called on juries, 
occurs the name of "William Baskervill" (so spelt), 
which looks very familiar. This was in 1445, thirty years 
after the battle of Agincourt, and just before the "War of the 
Roses." So in 1579, the middle of the reign of Queen Eliza- 
beth, occurs another list of knights, esquires, gentlemen, and 
freeholders containing ninety-six names, and among them 
again "William Baskervill"* (of course another man.) 

There is not much information in regard to the family 
at that time. The names are found in records of juries, 
witnesses to deeds and charters, lawsuits, and other such pro- 
ceedings. Some of these are rather amusing. In 1477 Wil- 
liam Baskervyle and his son Randle. or Randal, and Ralph 
and John Baskervyle, sons of Randle, (three generations), 
were bound over by a £40 recognizance to keep the peace to- 
wards John Henshawe of Chilford. A hundred years later 
one of them, also named William, married Agnes Henshawe. 

The heads of the family from time to time acquired other 
estates and domains by right of inheritance of their wives. So 
Thomas Baskervile, of Old Withington, Esqr., who died 
in 1588, married Margery, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas 
Kinsey of Blackden, gent., and inherited the domain of Black- 
den and Goosetrey, through his wife. And after that time he 
was "Thomas Baskervile, of Old Withington and Blackden,, 
Esqr./' and his heirs retained the same title^. So John Bask- 

22 Baskerville Genealogy. 

ervyle, of Old Withington and Blackden, Esqr., who died in 
1784, married Men. 1st, 1731, Mary, daughter and final heiress 
of Robert Glegg, of Gayton, Esqr. Robert Glegg died and 
was succeeded by his son, William Glegg, who died without 
issue in 1758. John Baskervyle, pursuant to the will of Wil- 
liam Glegg, in order to inherit the Glegg estate of Gayton, 
assumed the name of Glegg in place of Baskervyle, and the 
name of the family at Old Withington has since then been 
Glegg, or Baskervyle Glegg. This seems to us mercenary 
and objectionable, but it is not an unusual occurrence in Eng- 
land, and many men of great prominence and fame have done 
the same thing. One conspicuous example is found in the 
present Lord Bishop of London, Rt. Rev. Arthur Foley Win- 
nington-Ingram, D. D., who visited Richmond during the Gen- 
eral Convention of 1907, and was so popular. The family 
name was "Wlnnington," and his father assumed that of^In- 
gram in order to inherit an estate. Moreover this assump- 
tion of the name "Glegg" occurred about a hundred years 
after John Baskervyle, the Emigrant, the ancestor of the 
Virginia Baskervilles, came to Virginia about 1662, as will 
appear later. And yet we cannot help feeling a little resent- 
ment that it should have been so. However, it is so, and has 
been since 1758, and the representative of the family in 1881 
was John Baskervyle Glegg, oi Old Withington and Gaytpn, 
esqr., born Nov. 10, 1876, his father having died in iSyj.^JJU^M-^ ■'- 

They were all loyal members of the Church of England, 
and continue so, and their Virginia descendants are with few 
exceptions Episcopalians. They worshipped at the chapel at 
Goosetrey, where they were baptized and buried for many 
years. Later most of the baptisms and some of the burials 
occurred at the chapel at Chelford. 

One of the parishes of Northvvich Hundred is "Goosetrey 
cum Barnshaw Chaplry," which contains the townships of 
"Barnshaw cum Goosetrey," Twemlowe, Blackden, and Lees. 
Of these Blackden and Goosetrey were inherited, as previ- 
ously stated, by the Baskervyles through Margery, daughter 
of Thomas Kynsey, of Blackden, gent., (the latter died and 

Baskerville Genealogy. 23 

was buried at Goosetrey March 2nd, 1590), who married 
Thomas Baskervyle, of Old Withington, gent., (died and 
buried at Goosetrey 1588). This seems to have been the first 
recorded burial of a Baskervyle at Goosetrey. After this 
most of the baptisms and burials seem to have occurred here 
until after John Baskervyle, of Old Withington and Blackden, 
esqr., (died Jany. 19th, 1784, aged 78, monument at Goose- 
trey), married Mary Glegg on March 1, 1731, (died Febry. 

21st, 1784, aged , monument at Goosetrey), when all the 

baptisms and some of the burials occurred at the chapel at 

The Goosetrey Chapel was a "chapel of ease'' to the 
Vicarage of Sandbach, and had been established previous to 
I 35°, when "there was granted a license to bury at Goose- 
tree on account of the distance from the mother church, in 
which (license) all oblations for funerals and otherwise are 
reserved for the Church of Sandbach." The chapel, as 
stated, was in Xorthwich Hundred, five or six miles S. E. 
from Old Withington Hall. Reference is made to a map of 
Chesshire in Ormerod's History, Vol. I, p. xlvii, where 
Goosetrey, Chelford. and Old Withington Hall may be located. 

The table of descent of the Kinseys of Blackden, and 
other information in regard to them, and to Goosetrey, will 
be found in the history, Vol. Ill, p. 131 and f. 

The present (1881) chapel at Goosetrey is a plain but 
neat and commodious building of brick, with a tower erected 
in 1792. The church yard is on the bank of a small brook, 
forming a parallelogram, which appears to have been the site 
of the ancient manor house of Goosetrey. In this chapel and 
the one at Chelford are many interesting monuments of the 
Baskervyles and Gleggs. We will mention only some of 
those of our own ancestors , as having special interest for us. 

In the chapel at Goosetrey on an old wooden tablet sus- 
pended in the vestry is the following inscription, viz. : 

"John Baskervyle, of Old Withington, in the county 
palatine of Chester, who took to wife Magdaline, daughter of 
George Hope, of Queens Hope, in the county of Flint, Esq. 

24 Baskerville Genealogy. 

"He had issue six sons. viz. : George, who died in his 
minority, Thomas, Lawrence, Randle, John [who emigrated to 
Virginia about 1662. — P. H. B.], and Henry [whose wijl on 
record in London identifies the Emigrant. — P. H. B.], and six 
daughters, viz.: Rebecca, Elizabeth, Magdaline, (deceased); 
Katherine, Alary, and Elizabeth, (surviving). He died ye 
sixteenth day of February anno Domini MDCLXII, and about 
sixty-third yeere of his age." He was the last of our Eng- 
lish grandfathers. 

Then follows the coat-of-arms, which will be described 

On another tablet is inscribed : "Here lyeth the body of 
Magdalen, daughter of George Hope of Dodleston, in the 
county palatyne of Chester, Esqr., the relict of John Basker- 
vyle_, of Old Withington, in the said county palatyne of 
Chester, Esqr., by whom she had yssue several sonnes and 
daughters. She died the XIX day of April, in the year 1670, 
aged 66 years." She was the last of our English grand- 

Then follows the coat of arms. 

The font (in the Goosetrey chapel) is octagonal, orna- 
mented with quartrefoils in panels round the upper part, and 
with shields round the base, the bearings of which are defaced. 

A survey of Goosetrey church taken 1569, (Harl. MSS, 
2151, 66), notices the arms of Kinseys, Venables, &c, and the 
memorial of John Baskervyle of Old Withington and his wife 
already noticed. The vicarage is the gift of the Vicar of 
Sandbach, and it is of the gross value of £300 per annum. 
The population in 1882 was 623. In i860 Wm. Geo. Armis- 
tead, M. A., became vicar and continued in 1882. 

The Chapel cf Chclford is situated in the township of 
this name, in the Macclesfield Hundred, four or five miles 
N. W. of Old Withington Hall, as will be seen on Orme- 
rod's map. It is a "chapel of ease,'' granted with the entire 
"vill" (township) by Robert de Worth just before his death 
in 1266, with his body to be buried there, to the monks of 
Chester, "'who shall celebrate mass there on Sundays and two 

Baskerville Genealogy. 25 

week days," al! of which, and other features and conditions, 
are confirmed in a charter (deed) given by him in the year 
named. The manor of Chelford finally passed to the Main- 
warings, and was divided up to various purchasers. The 
burials of Easkervyles there all seem to be subsequent to the 
emigration of John Baskervyle, about 1662. except that of 
Mrs. Dorothy (Davenport) Baskervyle, second wife of 
"Thomas Baskervyle. of Old Withington and Blackden, gent.," 
the grandfather of John 1 Baskervyle. This burial occurred 
in 1654. 

Near the banks of the stream, which bounds one side of 
the park of Astle Hall, and adjacent to the high road, is this 
Chapel of Chelford, a neat modern building of brick, erected 
in 1774. In this chapel, East of the North aisle, is found a 
panel, upon which there was originally a portrait, but that 
it might be turned into a monument, this was overlaid with 
paint, as a ground for the lettering of the inscription. And 
below the arms of Baskervyle impaling Davenport of Calverly, 
with crests of both families, is an inscription. The effect is 
now very curious, the operation of time on the paint having 
brought out in dim, shadowy form the features of the person 

The inscription is as follows : 

"On ye death of Mrs. Dorothy Baskerville, who died y e first day of 
Febru, and was interred y e 3 r<1 of Febr., 1654, at Chelford. 

This little He, this narrow roome, contains more worth shutt up in 

Than can my Tongue or Pen expresse; to Rich, to Pore, to Fatherlesse 
Our Dorothy a Dorcas was; but now shee" gone, shee s dead alas — 
Let us behinde then melt to tears, few liv d her life, though some her 

years — 
What said I; she is gone (not yett), God's Pearles are in his cabinett. 
Shee* chang 1 ; not dead; dyes, th' day starr onely setts to rise." 

This Airs. Dorothy Baskervyle was not our ancestor. 
She was the second wife of Thomas Baskervyle, grandfather 
of John Baskervyle, the Emigrant. His first wife, our an- 
cestor, was Dorothy Adderly, who was buried at Goosetrey. 

26 Baskerville Genealogy. 

The table of descent preceding this sketch, taken from 
Ormerod's work, will give the names, and such facts about 
each one as we know. It is given just as we find it. 

The last of our English ancestors were John 1 * Basker- 
vyle, of Old Withington, b. 1599, d. 1662, and Magdaline 
(Hope) Baskervyle, his wife, d. 1669. They had six sons and 
six daughters. The oldest, George 15 Baskervyle died under 
age, and the family estate was inherited by the second son, 
Thomas 15 Baskervyle, from whom the present owners are de- 
scended. The fifth son was John 15 Baskervyle, the Emi- 
grant, born 1637, baptized at Goosetrey, Oct. 1st, 1637, who 
came to Virginia, and settled in York Co. about the time of 
his father's death in 1662, or soon after, as he was on record 
as Clerk of York Co. in 1664. The sixth son, Henry 15 Bask- 
ervyle, born in 1646, died in 1676, and was buried at Goose- 
trey. His will is on record in Somerset House, London, and 
the following is an abstract: 

"Henry Baskerville, citizen of London. Will 26th 
Febry., 1675-6; proved 19th May, 1676. To my 
brother Thomas Baskerville and wife £12 for mourning. To 
my brother Thomas Hund and wife £12 for mourning. To 
my brother Thomas Cowper and wife £12 for mourning. To 
my sister Gregg the sum of 16. To my brother Randall Bask- 
erville £6 for mourning and £5 per annum for life. To my 
goddaughter Katherin Baskerville iio for a piece of plate. 
To Mr. Thomas Edge and Mr. William Jenkyns, ministers, 
£5 apiece. To my brother, John Baskerville, in Virginia, 
£10. To Joan Eaton and Mary Morley, maid servants to my 
brother Lawrence Baskerville £3 apiece. To Mr. Henry Aston 
and wife and to my cosen Swetanham 20s apiece to buy them 
rings. To my friends, Mr. Hugh Noden, Mr. Thomas Yates, 
Doctor William Vaughan, Mr. John and Mr. Charles Hearle, 
Mr. Richard Newstub, Mr. Richard Malcher, Mr. Thomas 
Jackson of Bromfield, and Mr. Thomas Cowles, being all my 
countrymen, 10s. each for a ring. All the rest to my executor 
and brother Lawrence Baskerville. Witnesses, Richard Mal- 
cher, Tho. Cowles." (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. XV, p. 58.) 

Baskerville Genealogy. 27 

The names in this will identify the Cheshire family, and 
the fifth brother John as having gone to Virginia. His pres- 
ence in York Co., Va., in or before 1664, the only person of 
that name on record in Virginia at that time, and the 
Cheshire spelling of the name, which was continued in York 
Co. for a generation or two, render the identification com- 

This completes the record in England, and this history 
will next be taken up in that of the Virginia Baskcrvillcs. 

The coat-of-arms is the same for the several branches of 
the family, viz. : 

Arms : Argent, a chevron Gules between three hurts. 
This is the same as in the old hall at Dives, France, and on 
the Battle Abbey Roll, and is represented on page 15. 

The crests are different for the different branches of the 
family. That for the Hereford and Oxford branches is de- 
scribed, as follows : 

A wolf's head, erased, argent, holding in its mouth a 
broken spear or staff, or head argent, imbrued gules. 

Motto, Spero ut fidelis. This seems to be used only by 
the Oxford branch. 

The crest for the Cheshire branch (our own) is: 

On a wreath, a forester vert, edged or, holding over the 

right shoulder a cross-bow or, and with the other hand in a 

leash a hound — passant Argent. 

28 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Thus our coat of arms and crest appears as follows : 

SK c- i ,% ' V" - ' v'--' 4^' ' *Q\ 

It remains to say a few words about the other English 

The original settlement was in Hereford at Erdisley, 
where they built a castle, of which only the site remains, and 
this branch of the family was most prominent. Camden in 
his Brittanica in the account of Herefordshire speaks of 
"Erdisley, where the famous and ancient familv-TBASKERViLLE 
have long inhabited, which bred in old time so many noble 
knights." An abbreviated sketch of them has been given on 
p. 18, bringing them down to Walter Thomas Alynor Basker- 
ville, Esqr., of Clyrow Court, Radnorshire, b. Jany. 1839, the 
head of this family in 1847. 

This branch has a royal descent, which was engrafted 
into it, when Sir James Baskerville, Knight, of Erdisley, liv- 
ing in 1433, married Elizabeth Touchet, daughter of John 
Touchet, Baron Auoley, living 1405, who was descended from 
William the Conqueror. Charlemagne. Henry I of France, 
Llewellyn the Great. Prince of North Wales, &c. This will 
be found in Burke's Commoners of Great Britain, Vol. II, p. 
XVIII, in the Va. State library. This does not affect the 
Cheshire branch. 

For a full and long account of the Erdisley (Hereford) 
family, see Burke. 

Opposite p. 38. 

"At Erdisley, like so many ether places in this county 
(Herefordshire), is the site of a demolished castle, or rather, 
as recorded in the Domesday Book, 'of a fortified dwelling', 
domus defensabiiis,' 'builded,' says Taylor in his History of 
Gavelkind (a peculiar kind of land tenure), 'because of its 
vicinity to the Welsh borders.' " — Beauties of England and 
Wales, Brewer, London, 181S, Vol. 6. p. 547 (Herefordshire). 

Baskerville Genealogy. 29 

Several celebrities, descended from this family, are men- 
tioned in the encyclopedias. 

Sir Thomas Baskerville (died 1597) was the son of 
Henry Baskerville, Esqr., of the city of Hereford, and is de- 
scribed as "of Good Rest. Warwickshire." He was a promi- 
nent general in the English army, and obtained a high repu- 
tation as a military commander. He led several successful 
military expeditions, and accompanied several voyages under 
Drake and Hawkins, as a military commander. He died of 
fever at Ficqueny, in Picardy, France. June 4th, 1597, and 
was buried in St. Paul's, London, with a monument. Of 
course, this was consumed in the Great Fire of 1666. 

Sir Simon Baskerville, M. D., (1574-1641), phvsician, 
son of Thomas Baskerville, apothecary, &6* v , descended from 
the Baskervilles of Herefordshire. He attained great eminence 
in the profession, and was appointed physician to James I, and 
afterwards to Charles I, who conferred knighthood upon him. 
It is related that he had a hundred patients a week, and he 
amassed so much wealth as to acquire the title ''Sir Simon 
Baskerville, the Rich." Further it is recorded of him that he 
was a great friend to the clergy and never took any fees 
of them, or of any suffering cavalier. &c, &c. He died July 
5, 1641, and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, where a 
mural monument was erected to his memory, which was 
also burned in 1666. An abstract of his will may be found 
in the Va. Hist. Soc. library, in "Genealogical Gleanings in 
England," Waters, proved by his wife. "Dame Catherine Bask- 
erville," but it is not of special interest. 

John Baskerville, the printer, (1706-1775) born at Sion 
Hill, Wolverley. Worcestershire, on Jany. 28th, 1706, was 
probably the most widely known of the name. He acquired 
his prominence as a printer solely by his genius, and energetic 

A more detailed account of these people, and others of 
the name, may be found in tiie Dictionary of National Biogra- 
phy (English), Leslie Stephens, 1885, ' m the Virginia State 

30 Baskeryille Genealogy. 

Another branch of the family, an offshoot of the Here- 
ford famiiy, is found in the Baskerviiies cf Crowsley Park, 
Oxfordshire, of which the representative in 1882 was 

John Baskerville, Esqr.. of Crowley Park, Oxfordshire, 
J. P., and D. L. ; Lt. Coin. Oxfordshire Hussars, formerly 
Major of 14th Hussars ; born Nov. 9th, 1839, m. Caroline, 
daughter of Win. Chas. Henry, Esqr., of Haffield, Co. Here- 
ford, and has issue : 

Geoffrey, b. 23rd Augt, 1870. 
Humphrey, b. 1879. 
Clara Juliet. 
Maud Lucy. 

This is a branch of the ancient family of Baskerville, as 
follows : 

Philip Baskerville, who settled in Wilts (son of Sir 
Walter Baskerville of Erdisley, K. B., by Elizabeth his sec- 
ond wife, daughter of Henry ap Milo ap Henry) had by Ag- 
nes, his wife, daughter of John Harnlyn of that county, 

John Baskerville, who settled Malmesbury, married and 
had two sons, Francis and John, the latter 

John Baskerville. of Malmesbury, Wilts, buried there 
Nov. 3rd, 1681. And so on through a iong line to the present 
representative first stated. 

A full account of the Oxfordshire family will be found 
in Burke's Commoners of Great Britain, Vol. VII, p. xviii, 
in Va. State Library. 

The writer en route to England, crossing the Atlantic in 
the Atlantic Transport Co. steamer "Minehaha" in July 1900, 
met on board Capt. Lund of the English army, retired, and 
his wife, Mrs. Lund. When I met her, she was attracted by 
my name, and told me that her earliest and lifelong friends 
were Misses Baskerville of Oxfordshire, whose family was 
one of the best in the country, and who were very attractive 
people. It seemed to be a bond of union between us, and she 
was very gracious, and cordial. We found her a very at- 

Baskerville Genealogy. 31 

tractive lady. Her friends were evidently of this CrowJey 

Park family. 

Thus we see that there are at present at least three dis- 
tinct branches of the Baskervilles in England, all of good 
standing among the gentry, viz. : 

1. The Hereford family, of which the representative in 1881 


Walter Thomas Mynor Baskerville, Esqr., of Clyrow 
Castle, Radnorshire, born Jany. 7th, 1839; 

2. The Oxford family of which the representative in 1881 was 

John Baskerville, Esqr., of Crovvley Park, Oxfordshire, 
J. P. & D. L. ; Lt. Coin, of Oxfordshire Hussars, former 
Major of 14th Hussars; born Nov. 9th, 1839, m - Caro- 
line, daughter of Wm. Chas. Henry, Esqr., of Haffield, 
Co. Hereford ; 

3. The Cheshire family, if they may be called Baskervilles, 

of which the representative in 1881 was 
John Baskervyle-Glegg, b. Nov. 10, 1876. 

The lists, which we have, are only those of the heads of 
families, the oldest sons inheriting by right of primogeniture. 
The families have been quite large, and it may well be under- 
stood that in the lapse of so many centuries the descendants 
have multiplied into a vast host. Of course many of these 
have become empoverished, particularly under the English 
method of inheritance, and many have, perhaps, become ob- 
scure and sought maintenance and occupation in the lower 
ranks of life. This is the case with every family. But the 
name is wide-spread and well known in England, and holds 
an honorable and good position, with nothing to be ashamed 
of. The writer has acquired a habit of spelling the name to 
people here in America, but in England he found this unnec- 
essary, as he was often told "You need not spell it — we are 
very familiar with the name." But they all spelt it with a>"e" 
at the end of it. He did not know of the Cheshire branch 
then, and did not investigate the name in that country. k 


Now we take up the English grandmothers, the ladies 
who married into the Baskervyle family of Cheshire, before 
John 1 * Baskervyle emigrated to Virginia about 1662. 

We do not know the names of some of them, and some 
of them are from other counties than Cheshire, to histories of 
which the writer has not hitherto had access, our chief source 
of information being Ormerod's History of Cheshire. But 
some of them we can trace. 


Agnes, daughter and co-heir of Nicholas Bostoke, of 
Modburlegh, 2nd son of Sir Adam de Bostoke, Lord of 
Bostoke, married Raxdle 7 Baskervyle, she being alive in 
1423. She was a daughter of a very distinguished family. 
The Bostokes are said to have decended (and the full lineage 
is given) in the direct male line from Osmlr, the Saxon 
proprietor of Bostock or Botestoch, Cheshire, also lord of 
Shipbrook and of several other townships, in the time of 
Edward the Confessor (1041-1066), whose father is also 
given. Of the descendants of Osmer in the fifth generation 
Sir Warren Bostock ( 1 155 ) married Hawise, daughter of 
Hugh de Kaveltoc. Earl of Chester, who ditd 1180, and 
through this family the lineage may be traced to the ancestor 
of the Dukes of Normandy,, and to Alfred the Great. 

The Bostoek lineage is given in full in Ormerod's 
Cheshire, Vol. Ill, p. 253. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 33 

Nicholas Bostock, father of Agnes Bostock, who 
married Randle 7 Baskervyle, was ninth in direct male de- 
scent from Sir Warren Bostoke, who married Hawies, 
Countess of Lincoln (in her own right), and during this 
time they maintained a conspicious standing among the gentry 
of Cheshire. 

For detailed Bostoke lineage see Appendix B. 

The male line of the Bostoke family expired with Wil- 
liam Bostoke, of Bostoke, who died without issue in 1490. 


Agnes Main waring, of Peover, married 'William 9 
Baskervyle, of Old Withington. He died in 1509, and she 
survived him. 

The Mainwarings, of Peover, or Over Pever, or Over 
Peover, have always maintained a good position among the 
gentry of Cheshire. Rannulfus, apparently the first trace- 
able ancestor of the family in the male line, in the time of 
William the Conqueror, owned this township of Peover or 
Pevre and numerous other estates in Cheshire and Norfolk, 
evidently granted to him by William in consideration of his 
eminent personal services, the record being found in the 
Domesday Book. At first they were "lords of Warminchmn," 
where the family seat was, but Sir William Meinwarin, 
Kt., of the seventh generation, second son of Sir Roger 
Mesnilwarin (so spelled), lord of Warminchea. sometime 
about 1250 received from his father the gift of Over Peover, 
and established the family, to which belonged Agnes Main- 
waring, who married William 9 Baskervyle, of Old With- 
ington, sometime before 1509, when he died. He and his 
heirs have continued to reside there to the time of our latest 
information in 1881. It continued vested in the male line 
until 1797, when Sir Henry Mainwaring. of Over Peover, 
bart., born 1729, died unmarried, and devised the estate to 
Thomas Wetenhal, his half brother, the son of his mother by 
a second marriage. Thomas Wetenhal assumed the name 

34 Baskerville Genealogy. 

and arms of Mainwaring, and his great grandson was created 
a baronet in 1804. The history of this family is treated in 
■detail in Ormerod's Cheshire, Vol. Ill, p. 225, and Vol. I, 

P. 477- 

For detailed Mainwaring lineage, see Appendix C. 


Emma Wynington, daughter of John Wynington, 
gent., of Ermitage, married another William 11 Baskervyle, 
of Old IVifhington, who was living in 1517 and 1578. 

The Winningtons, of Winnington, were another very 
ancient family of the gentry of Cheshire, whose full lineage 
will be found in Ormerod's Cheshire, Vol. II, 205, and Vol. 
Ill, 130. They are descended from William de Wyning- 
ton, who seems to have acquired that estate in 1272. Roger 
de Wynington, second son of Robert, the third lord of 
Wynington. acquired in 13 19 a part of an estate in North- 
wich, and became Wynington, of Northwich. Hugh de 
Wyninton, fourth generation from this Roger, about 1403, 
married Cicely, daughter and heiress of Thomas Haslyn- 
ton, of Herm-xtage 3 or Ermitage, and removed to the last 
place, and then the family were the Wynintons, or Win- 
ningtons, of Hermitage. About a hundred years later Emma 
Wyninton married William 11 Baskervyle, as stated. This 
line of Winnington terminated with this generation, her two 
brothers having died without issue. 

For detailed Winnington lineage see Appendix D. 


Margery, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Kinsey, of 
Blackden, esqr.. married Thomas 12 Baskervyle, of Old 
Withington, who died 1588, and she died 1590. 

The Kinseys, of Blackden, had been in possession of the 
family seat for at least a hundred years, and it was inherited 
by this Margery, wife of Thomas 12 Baskervyle. They 

Baskerville Genealogy. 35 

were of the gentry of the county, but we have not much in- 
formation in regard to them. See Ormerod's Cheshire, Vol. 
Ill, 138 and 718. These places are all in Cheshire. 

Dorothy, daughter of Ralph Adberly, of Blackchough, 
Co.. Stafford, gent., who died 1602, and Magdaline, daughter 
of George Hope, of Queens Hope, Co. Flint, esqr., who died 
1669, were the last two English grandmothers, but as the 
writer has no access to family histories of these two coun- 
ties, they have not been traced. Possibly this may be done 

The family tables in the appendices seem to be not much 
more than strings of names, but they are ancestors, and be- 
sides they show that the family connections from the earliest 
times were with the substantial, land owning gentry of Eng- 

With regard to the various spelling of these names of 
people and places, please observe that we have been passing 
rapidly over centuries, and that it is not unnatural that the 
spelling should vary at these long intervals. The spelling of 
our reference books has been retained. 








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Table A. 

John 1 Baskkrvyle=Mary Barber. 
1637-1679. d. 1694. 

Emigrant from Cheshire, England, 
about 1662. Clefk of York Co., 

d. of Col. Wm. Barber, of York Co., 
1602-1669' M. H. B. 1663, and his wife, 
Mary, widow of John Dennett. 

Elizabeth 2 Bas- Mary 2 Busker- Magdalene- Rebecca 2 Bas- 

kervyle, vyle, Baskervyle, keivyle, 

b. before 1668, b. before 1668, b. after 1668, b. after 1668. 

d. before 1693. m. Jno. Batten, m. Jos. White. 

Geo. 2 Baskervylk--Fliz. Norvell, Sarah 2 Kasker- 

b. about 1676, I d. of Hugh vyle. 

Deeds I7i4and 17. | Norvell, of b. after 1674. 
I ]as. City Co. 



John 3 

Mary 3 

George 3 Bas- 

John 3 Basker- 

Hugh 3 Basker- 

Norvell" Bas- 



irah 3 Basker 









d. r777,m Mar- 

York 1738, 

will in York 

will Cumber- 


Hugh's will 

tha Minge, d. 


1745, 0. s. p. 

land 1760, 

0. s. p. 

before 1768.J// 

') 1742; 

0. s. rt*. ' 

went to Meck- 

vestry 1748-.S5- 

■ 7 jl y 

lenburg iy<;2. 



Magdalene 1 

m. Dr Win. I). 


Frances' I rahue, 
Dr. Thos. S. 

John' Basker- 

will Cumber- 
land, 1788, 
o. s. p. 

Richard' Bas- 
m. Martha 
Gude in 1770; 
5 'deeds in 

George 1 Has- 

m. 1, — Scott; 
2, — Cox; 3, 
Priscilla Ches- 
hire; will Cum- 
berland, 1S04. 
See Table 1). 

Wm. ( Barber 


o. s p. 

Daughter, 5 
m. Scott. 

Daughter, 5 
m. Pringle. 

m. Owen. 

Thomas 5 Jno. 5 Barber 

Baskerville, Baskerville, 
d. unm. d. unm. 

Lewis" Rabiou. 

Anthony 5 Rabiou. Chatlotte 8 Rabiou. 

4. Mecki.enuurg Branch. 

Samuel 1 Bas- 
d. 1830, 
m. Staiira 
Booker 1792; 
lieutenant Rev. 
War; Soc. Cin- 
cinnati; went 
to Ohio. 


Polly 5 

Caroline 8 Rabiou. 

Mary 4 Basker- 
m. Bass. 

James 5 

|ohn 4 Baskervill, 
m. Mary Burton; 
no lecord; said to 
have gone to 


Anne 1 Baskervill, 

d. before 1768; 

in. Wm. Lucas, 

u. s. p. 

Martha 1 Minge 
Baskervill, in. 

Fred'k Lucas; 
family moved 

Maiy 1 Baskervill, 
tn. Farrar ; family 
in Mecklenburg. 

William 1 Basic i-:r- 
vili., * *?<■< 1814; 
m. Makv Eaton, 
d. 1842. 

See Table B. 
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George 1 Hunt Bas 
kervill, 176^-1811 ; 
ni. Eliz. Tabb, died 

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William 4 Baskervill=Marv Eaton. 
I7*^-iSi^. d. 1842. 

Charles 5 Basker- 

Y1LL, I7S8-I834, 

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kervill, b. 1789, 
m. Sally Dortch 
1S24, lived at Wa- 

D. Busker- 

Elizabeth" BasUer- 

Mary 5 Eaton Bas- 

Anne 5 Baskervill 

1793, m. 1, 

vill, 1790, 


b. 1800, 

eth Willis; 

m. Col. Ro. Hill 

m. Patrick Ham- 

m. Thomas 

- Wiliains. 

Jones, Shf. Warren 



11 IV-teis- 

Co., N. C. 

See Table E. 

See Table F. 

See Table G. 


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George 1 Hunt Baskervill=Eiizabeth Tabb, 
b. 1765, d. 1811. d. 1S36. 

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William E. 

John" Tabb 

— n -J-. — 

Mary* Anne«=SamueL Douglas, 
Baskervill, went'West. 

1793-1872. See Table K 

Rev. George 6 =Sallie Lewis 
Booth Read. 

b. FS47, 

lohn 5 Tabb=Eliz. Ma'one, 
Baskervill. I went West. 

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Prof. \Villiam=i, Florence 


Adams, of 
Lynchburg, Va. 

2, Janie Mc- 
Tye!re,d Bishop 

McTyeire, Mont- 
gomery, Ala. 

Martha 5 Minge= Dicke^-/ 

Baskervill. son. 

See Table L. 

Margarefssl. L. McKee, 

Memphis, Tenn. 


John' Tabb lames' Read Chas.' Read Wm.' Hunt Geo.' Booth Mary' T. 

h. 1870. 


nskervill. Bask 

h. 1872 {Chi- 
cago, III.), 

m. Catharine 
P. On 


j( Rich- 
mond, Va. 

b. 1874; lum- 
ber. Stanton, 


m. Kate A. 




b. 1876. 

Macon,. Miss, 
m. Mamie 
Hurt, of 
ham, Ala. 

b. 1879. 
in. Rev. W. 
M. Green, 
Del Rio, 

Jno.' Pepper Battle' 
Baskervill, Malovie 
1882-1883. Baskervill, 


b 1886. 

Latham 8 Baskervill, 
daughter b. 1906. 


b. 1995. 

b. 1907. 

b. 191 1. 

2nd m 

John' Adams 




ni. Charlotte 


m. Prof. W. E. 
Martin. Woni- 
College, Mont- 
gomery, Ala. 


m. Warren 
Wall. Farm- 
ville, Va., 
February, 1912. 

Wm.' Malone 

on Atlanta 
daily paper. 

James" Martin. 

Bessie' McKee, Wm.' Lytle 
m. Lawrence McKee. 

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George* Baskerville — t, Scott. 

of Cumberland Co. I 2, Cox. 

Will in " joo.f. I 3, Piiseilia Cheshire. 

John 8 Has 


Sanniel 5 
d. 1794- 

Geoige 5 



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Richatd 5 Eas- 

Henry 5 Bas- 
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Belr-y Judith Minor 
Basker- Basker- Baske 

ville. ville. ville. 

William 5 Barber 
b. Cumberland 1790, 
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d. 1906, 




Martha K. 





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Ida Baskerville, 
m. P. McCaull. 





m. Moore, 

went to 

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Walter Scott 

m. Stover, 

went to 



m. Lyons, 

went to 



Jam'es A. 

Caldwell. Snodrass. 


Roanoke, Va., 
m. Leach. 

James Roy 

m. Carlton, 

went to Wash- 
ington State. 

John B. 




John B. 

William Mary M. 

E. Moore. Moore. 







Rosalie Ida 
Lyons. Lyons 






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Fred- James [ohn 

erick Roy Lyons. 

Lyons. Lyons. 


George John Barber 
Spencer Baskerville, 
Baskerville. 111. Lloyd. 


Cynthia Martha 

Baskerville, Baskerville, 
o. s. p. o. s. p. 


Mary Jennie 

Wright. Wright. 


Mary Baskerville, 
m. Kent. 

Liiia Baskerville, 
m. Kent. 


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Marv Eaton Baskervill^Patrick* Hamilton, 

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Mary" Eiiphemia Charles' 1 Eaton Koben" Alston 

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Alexander 6 


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m. Dr. 
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Wm.» G. - Emniett" 
Morton. Morton. 

Hamilton, m. 

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The Virginia Baskervilles all are descended from John 1 
Baskervyle, who emigrated about A. D. 1662 from Old 
Withington, Cheshire, England. It is true that we find a 
record of a Robert Baskerville. who came from London to 
Virginia in 1635 (Hotten. p. 137), but we see nothing more 
about him, and his name does not appear in the later lists, 
so that it seems certain that he either returned to England, 
or died soon without a family, as happened to most of the 
immigrants at that time. Besides we can definitely trace 
back the lineage of all of the name in this country to this 
John 1 Baskervyle, of York Co., Va., the immigrant of 1662. 
For more than a hundred years they all remained in Virginia, 
but after the Revolutionary War they began to scatter, and 
are now living in many other States, among them North 
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama. Mississippi, 
Texas. Minnesota, California, and New York. But they all 
are traceable back to John 1 Baskervyle. 

For more than fifty years, apparently until the third 
generation, they remained in York Co., and then began to 
drift westward through Charles City Co. to Cumberland Co. 
And after 1747 there are no more Baskervyle records in York 

Of the two 'sons of the third generation, who had de- 
scendants, one settled in Cumberland Co., and after remain- 
ing there about two years sold out and moved to Mecklen- 
burg Co., and established the Mecklenburg branch. The 
other son, who had descendants, settled in Cumberland Co., 
where he and his descendants remained for several genera- 
tions. One of the sixth generation moved from Cumberland 

40 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Co. to Pulaski Co., and established a family there, which 
has become quite numerous, and a good deal scattered. The 
others in Cumberland have all disappeared and there is none 
of the name in the county to-day. 

There were other sons of the third generation, who did 
not leave descendants. Some of them died in York Co., and 
some in Cumberland Co. This will be shown as our history 

The name continued to be spelt Baskervyle, the Cheshire 
spelling, in York Co., as the records show; but in the Cum- 
berland records we find it Baskerville, and in Mecklenburg, 
Baskervill. The Pulaski branch seem to have retained the 
final e. Descendants of the Mecklenburg branch, wherever 
scattered, seem to retain the shorter spelling, except that 
many of the ladies, and some of the men of the youngest 
generation, have added the e. The "general public" insist 
upon the final e, no matter what is said to them. 

For the sake of greater simplicity, we begin to number 
the generations again from the Immigrant, whom we call 
John 1 Baskervyle. 


John 1 Baskervyle, the Immigrant, was born at Old 
/y^^— / 4T> £*> Withington, Cheshire, Eng- 
^yWi^ J&a**^^ytpp land in 1637, and baptized 
^ — S Signature of 1669. " in Goosetrey Chapel, Octo- 

ber 21, of that year. His father was Johx 13 Baskervyle, 
Esqr., of Old Withington, born 1599, and died 1662, and his 
mother was Magdalin (Hope) Baskervyle. See English 

Our knowledge of the first three generations in Virginia, 
viz., John 1 Baskervyle, George 2 Baskervyle, and George 3 
Baskervyle, and their families, comes entirely from the 
records of York, Charies City, Cumberland, and Mecklen- 
burg counties, and as far as the writer knows, nothing was 
known of the first two and little of the thircCuntil by labor- 
ious and careful research they were disinterred, as it were, 

Baskerville Genealogy. 4 r 

from these records. Hence our mere outline of their his- 
tory is bare and dry. 

John 1 Baskervyle came to Virginia probably about or 
soon after the time of his father's death, in 1662, as on 
February 24th, 1664, he was clerk of the court of York Co., 
Va., when Wm. Hay made oath before him (see records). 
He remained clerk until his death, about April 1st, 1679. 
On February 24th, 1679, the records of the court were signed 
by him. Those of the next session of the court held April 
24th, 1679, were signed by Richard Awborne, who had, on 
that date, been appointed clerk of the court, and "ordered to 
take possession of the records, etc. from Mrs. Baskervyle, 
Relict of Mr. John Baskervyle, deceased, late clerk of the 
court." And in the records of this court is included a docu- 
ment, signed by John 1 Baskervyle, clerk, and bearing date 
March 19th, 1679. Thus his death occurred between March 
19th and April 24th, 1679, probably about the first of April. 

Our knowledge of the records of York Co. has been 
obtained from notes received from the present clerk of that 
county and from a careful examination of the copy in the 
Virginia State Library. And upon this our sketch is based. 
We have on files copies of many deeds, wills, court orders, 
and other records, which will be found very interesting. 

In the frontispiece is shown a facsimile reproduction of a 
part of a page of the York Co. records bearing date October, 
1671, in the handwriting of John 1 Baskervyle, the clerk, 
and attested by his signature. 

The references to John 1 Baskervyle, as he was county 
clerk, are very numerous, and show that he was held in high 
esteem. The mere fact that he was clerk of the court so 
soon after his arrival as an immigrant, when he was only 
about twenty-five years old, shows his peculiar fitness and 
value, as to education, intelligence and character. And the 
records show that he was appointed administrator or executor 
for many estates, and had several general powers of attor- 
ney given him by several persons, some of them evidently 

42 Baskerville Genealogy. 

capitalists in London, and others neighbors, who esteemed 
him very highly. In some of these he is spoken of in terms 
of high respect and affection. For instance John Myhill 
calls him his "loving friend," and Richard James his "good 

The following order of the York Co. court in 1672 is 
interesting, as showing the value of small articles at that 
time, which now would not be worthy of notice. It is quaint 
and peculiar, and characteristic of the times. "In the differ- 
ence between John Baskervyle, Exr. of Mr. Jeffrey More, 
deed., pie., (plaintiff), and Air. John Risly and Susanna, his 
wife, defts. in chancery, it is ordered on their answer, that 
they deliver unto the said Baskervyle, Exr., as aforesaid, 
one old Lantherne. one old Sheete, one old hatt, one pre shoes, 
one old blanket, one old knife and sheath, five pocket hand- 
kerchiefs, one old iron pott, and one old hoe, as also pay 

With all these various trusts and all this business in his 
hands, he seems at his death to have left his estate somewhat 
involved, as some of the claims against it were not for a 
long time, if ever, satisfied. And yet his son, George 2 , in 
17 14, sold a landed estate, which he had inherited from his 
father, indicating that the estate was not insolvent. The 
deed given for this land recites: "the same conveyed to his 
(George 2 ) father, John 1 Baskervyle, by John Horsington, 
by whom it was patented in 1662." The older records are 
somewhat mutilated and imperfect, but neither the clerk of 
the court in the original records, nor the writer in the copy 
in the State Library, have been able to find a record of the 
deed from John Horsington to John 1 Baskerville of this 
land. The grant on the Virginia State land books describe it 
as "350 A. of land, part thereof in the parish of Marston, 
from a marked corner white oak on the North side of the 
main swamp of St. Andrew's Creek, by the land of Thomas 
Pankerman — the residue on the main branch of St. Andrew's 
Creek." This is doubtless the estate on which John 1 
Baskervyle and his family lived. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 43 

Before 1660 (year of the Restoration in England) York 
Co. court was held at the different large plantations, but we 
find a statement that about this time it began to be held on 
the West side of Wormley's Creek, at a place called York, 
about a mile below the present Yorktown. Afterwards, about 
1676, court was held at "Halfway House," on the road be- 
tween Yorktown and Williamsburg (Middle Plantation). 
And yet we find in the York Co. records the following order 
of the Court on April 24th, 1677, John Baskervyle being 
clerk ^of the court: "There being no house to keepe court in, 
the magistrates are permitted to keepe court in the house 
lately belonging to Thomas Hansford, whose estate for his 
rebellion and treason is forfeited to his sacred Ma tie . Dated 
March 21st, 1677." — (Records 1675-1684, Va. State Library). 

The court was not removed to Yorktown until 1698, and 
that place was not settled until 1691, twelve years after the 
death of John 1 Baskervyle. And so it was at old "York" 
and "Halfway House" that his service as county clerk was 
chiefly rendered. See Appendix A. 

In the inventory of his estate was included English books 
valued at three pounds sterling (equal to $75 now), and Latin 
books valued at one pound sterling (equal to about $25 now), 
which Mr. Bruce, in his Institutional History of Virginia 
(Vol. I, p. 436), says would indicate a collection of books of 
some importance. 

He died, as stated, about April, 1679, and there was evi- 
dently some confusion about his affairs, and no will recorded. 
On October 10, 1679, his widow was summoned to court to 
show cause why she should not settle certain claims against 
his estate, and she pleaded that she had not administered on 
her late husband's estate. John Page seems to have been ap- 
pointed administrator on December Sth, 1679, and a sale of 
his effects ordered on January 1st, 1680. But probably Page 
did not qualify, as on February 24th, 1680, William Sher- 
wood, one of the creditors, was appointed administrator, and 
took charge of the estate. "The goods" of the estate were 
sold "by outcry,'" and on December 24th, 1680, the adminis- 

44 Baskerville Genealogy. 

trator filed an inventory of the proceeds of the sale. There 
seems to have been some litigation about the estate, and 
some judgments entered for and against it, until on August 
24th, 1683, "a quietus was granted to Mr. Wm. Sherwood, 
Admr. of the estate of Mr. John 1 Baskeryyle, deceased, hav- 
ing made it appear he hath paid beyond the assets." This 
Wm. Sherwood was a prominent citizen and lawyer of 
Jamestown, whose name appears frequently in the history of 
the period. He was at one time Attorney General of the 
colony. (See Tyler's Cradle of the Republic, p. 82 and als). 

From the English records (Ormerod and als.) we know 
that John 1 Baskeryyle was born in 1637 at Old Withington, 
Cheshire, England, the fifth son of John 13 Baskeryyle, of 
Old VVithington, and his wife, Magdaline (Hope) Basker- 
yyle. His next brother, the sixth son. Henry Baskervyle, 
went up to London to live, and his will, executed February 
26, 1676, and probated May 19th, 1676, is on record in 
Somerset House, London, (Ya. Hist. Mag., Vol. XV, p. 58). 
An abstract of this will be^gruen on p. 26. Comparing the 
names of the legatees with the names of his brothers and 
sisters on p. 24, we see that the identificion is definite and 
positive. And he speaks of his brother, John 1 Baskervyle 
in Virginia, to whom he gave £10, which is equal to about 
$250 now. 

John 1 Baskervyle married Mary Barber, daughter of 
Lt. Coln. William Barber (or Barbar), who was one of 
the most prominent men of York Co., and of this section. 
He was Justice of the Peace in 1652, and his name coming 
first in the court records shows him to have been the pre- 
siding justice. He was also colonel of militia, member of the 
House of Burgesses, and held other offices. See Barber 

When Col. Barber's will was made, on May 1st, 1668, 
(probated July 26, 1669), John 1 and Mary Barber Bas- 
kervyle had two children, Elizabeth and Mary, who were 
mentioned in the will, and hence the marriage must have 
occurred several years before that date. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 45 

When the will of Mrs. Mary Barber, wife of Coln. 
Wm. Barber, was made on April 25th, 1674, (probated June 
3rd, 1676), her grand children Elizabeth, Mary, Magdalene, 
and Rebecca Baskervyle were mentioned. 

And when the will of Mrs. Mary (Barber) Baskervyle, 
wife of John 1 Baskervyle, was made on July 12, 1693 (pro- 
bated June 25, 1694) Elizabeth 2 was not mentioned, showing 
she had died. But there were mentioned the other three, 
Mary 2 , Magdalene 2 , and Rebecca 2 , mentioned in the other two 
wills, and also two others, George 2 and Sarah 2 , who had evi- 
dently been born after April 25th, 1674. 

Mary 2 had been married to John Batten, and Magdalene 2 
to Joseph White, and the grand children, Mary 3 Batten and 
Mary 3 White, had been born. George 2 was the only son, and 
was born sometime between April 25th, 1674, and 1679, as 
his father died about 1st April, 1679, and Sarah 2 seems to 
have been the youngest. In regard to the Battens, although 
we shall see later that William Batten in 1697 was appren- 
ticed to a carpenter, yet they seem to have been in comfort- 
able circumstances, as Ashael or Asrael Batten, father of John 
Batten, had 600 A. of land on the North side of Queen's 
Creek, nearly opposite the Capital Landing. On Apr. 3, 165 1, 
he patented 1,000 A. of land in York. See Land Books. "He 
married four times, 1st the mother of Mrs. Elizabeth Paulin, 
who was 70 years old in 1712, 2nd Constant, by whom he had 
Sarah and Constant, 3rd Ursula, by whom he had John, and 
4th Anne," &c, &c. (W. & M. Q. IV, p. 2). 

Thus John 1 and Mary (Barber) Baskervyle had six 
children : 

Elizabeth 2 , born before 1668, died before July 12, 1693 ; 

Mary 2 , born before 1668, married John Batten; -->-• - 

Magdalene 2 , born after 1668, married Joseph White; 

Rebecca 2 , born after 1668; 

George 2 , born after Apl. 25, 1674; our ancestor; 

Sarah 2 , born after Apl. 25, 1674. 

We have copies of these wills on file. 

46 Baskerville Genealogy. 


George 2 Baskervyle, between John 1 Baskervyle and 
George 3 Baskervyle, was something like Isaac between 
Abraham and Jacob, that is, that we know a good deal about 
his father and his son, but very little about him. He was 
born, as stated, between 1674 and 1679, and is first mentioned 
in his mother's will dated July 12th, 1693, in which among 
other things she bequeathed him '"her largest iron pot," doubt- 
less a very valuable thing at that time. Next on May 24th, 
1697, an indenture was recorded in York Co., binding "Wil- 
liam Batten for seven years as apprentice to Israel Swallow, 
carpenter, with the consent of his uncle George 2 Basker- 
vyle." He is not called guardian, but was doubtless of age 
at that date. 

Again he was present as witness at a court held June 
24th, 1699, when he received forty pounds of tobacco for one 
day. And again on Sept. 24th, 1701, when he received eighty 
pounds of tobacco for two days. 

Then we find mention of him in a series of deeds from 
1714 to 1717. Of these: First we find on the York Co. records 
dated November 30th, 1714, a deed from George- Baskervyle, 
of Bruton parish, York Co., to Ralph Graves, for 350 A. of 
land with houses, &c, thereon in the said parish "being ye 
land formerly of John 1 Baskervyle, formerly of ye county of 
York, deceased, father of ye said George 2 , and by him was 
purchased of and from John Horsington, to whom ye land 
was granted by patent bearing date ye 18th day of March, 
1662." The consideration was "ye sum of two hundred 
pounds sterling money of Great Britain" and "a plantation 
and part of a tract of land called 'Boar Quarter' together 
with eight hundred and twenty-five acres of land thereunto 
belonging." The clerk of York Co. writes that after a care- 
ful search he can not find a record of the deed from John 
Horsington to John 1 Baskervyle, nor can the writer find it 
in the Virginia State Library. The deed from George 8 Bas- 
kervyle to Ralph Graves is a very quaint and interesting 

Baskerville Genealogy. 47 

document and will be found in Appendix E. The deed from 
Ralph Graves to George 2 Baskervyle for "Boar Quarter" is 
on record. 

Then there are on record three deeds from George* 
Baskervyle conveying the land of "Boar Quarter." 

The 1st dated April 23rd, 1716, to Wm. Wise for 100 A; 

The 2nd dated April 24th, 1716, to Wm. Wise for 200 A; 

The 3rd dated June 15, 1717, to Thos. Roberts for 425 A. 

This seems to leave 100 A. of the "Boar Quarter" tract, 
but we can find no other deeds from George 2 Baskervyle. 

Again on Augt. 19th, 1717, Philip Lightfoot was plaintiff 
in a suit against George 2 Baskervyle, which was dismissed, 
the plaintiff not prosecuting. 

Again in the deed of 1714 to Ralph Graves, Elizabeth 
Baskervyle, wife of George 2 Baskerville, waived her 
dower right to the property, showing that he was married, 
and that his wife's name was Elizabeth. 

This is all the record we have of George 2 Baskervyle. 
It establishes him as a link in our chain, gives his locality, 
and some dates. He was the only son of his father, and the 
only man of the name in all the colonies at that time. Hence 
the next generation of Baskervyles, which was larger, were 
his descendants. This history continues to be derived en- 
tirely from the county records, and in order to substantiate its 
accuracy the Baskervyle records will be given and the family 
history built up from them. 


During this period the family exodus from York Co. oc- 
curred, and the record will be given chronologically and by 
counties. And first from York Co. we rind that in 173S an 
action in detinue against Jno. Pegram from John 3 Baskervyle 
was dismissed. Next in 1747 we find on record the will of 
Hugh 3 Baskervyle, in which he bequeaths his property to his 

Sarah 8 Baskervyle, and in case of her death without is- 
sue to 

48 Baskerville Genealogy. 

George 4 Baskervyle, son of 

John 3 Baskervyle. 

And there are no more Baskervyle records in York Co. 

Next in Charles City, where only a few mutilated rem- 
nants of the records of this period are preserved, we find that 
George* Baskervylle was a member of a grand jury in May, 
1742. Also that No well 3 (or Norvell) Baskervyle had a suit 
brought against him in Augt., 1742. 

Also in Southampton Co. that on motion of John Bask- 
erville, a witness for Francis Nowell (or Norvell) in a suit, 
it was ordered that said Nowell pay 590 lbs. of tobacco to 
John Baskerville for two days attendance, and travelling 
ninety miles and returning (doubtless from Goochland Co.) 

Next in Goochland Co., formed from Henrico in 1727, 
(Cumberland was formed from Goochland in 1748), we find 
a deed from George 3 Baskervyle and Tabitha Minge (sister 
of his wife, formerly Martha Minge) given on November 
18th, 1741, to "Wm. Allen, and Mary, his wife, relict of Rob- 
ert Minge - ' (brother of Martha Minge Baskerville, son of 
Valentine Minge. See Minge Family). This George 3 
Baskervyle, who seems at that time to have resided in 
Charles City, where he had married Martha Minge, later 
bought land in Cumberland Co., and still later moved to Meck- 
lenburg Co., and was the ancestor of the ?\lecklenburg Bas- 
kervills. About this time they seem to begin to spell the name 
Baskerville, and we shall adopt that spelling. 

Again in Goochland we find, Sept. 16, 1742, a deed from 
Wm. Allen and wife to "John 3 Baskerville, of York Co.," to 
a tract of 800 A. of land (doubtless in the territory later 
formed into Cumberland Co.), of which we have a copy. 

Next in the records of Cumberland Co. (formed from 
Goochland in 1748) we find the will of Norvell 3 Baskerville, 
made Jany. 9th, 1750, and probated at the Febry. court, 1750, 
in which he gave all of his estate to his brother George 3 
Baskerville, and appointed him executor. He evidently had 
no familv and no direct heirs. 


D£ ^A?K£ RV/LLe 


Baskerville Genealogy. 49 

He was security on. marriage bond of Thos. Lorton and 
Elizabeth Moss (widow) on June 3rd, 1745, in Amelia Co., 
Va. See Wm. & M. Quarterly, Vol. XIX, No. 3. 

Next in Cumberland a deed from Wm. Randolph to 
George 3 Baskerville on Nov. 23rd, 1750, to 960 A. of land, 
the grantor being "Wm. Randolph, Gent., of the parish of 
Henrico, county of Henrico/' 

Next on April 17th, 1752, deed from George 3 Basker- 
ville, including waiver of dower from Martha, his wife, to 
John Howlett, conveying a portion of the last tract. 

Next on October 2nd, 1753, a deed from "George 3 
Baskerville, of Cumberland parish, Lunenburg Co.," 
(whither he had moved, as will appear later), to Collyar 
Barksdale, conveying more of this tract. 

Among the witnesses to the last two deeds (we have ab- 
stracts) are found the names of Thomas Jefferson, of Henrico 
Co., the grandfather of President Thomas Jefferson, Hutchins 
Burton, who later married Tabitha Minge, and Nowell (or 
Nor veil) Burton. 

Next, and last just here, in Cumberland Co. the will of 
John 4 Baskerville, dated Jany. 16th, 1768, and proved Sept. 
27th, 1788, in which he gives his estate to his brothers and 
sisters, evidently leaving no family, and no direct heirs. He 
mentions Samuel 4 , George 4 , Richard 4 , William 4 Barber, Mary* 
Bass, and Magdalene 4 Trabue (the last two having married, 
and the last names being their husband's sirnames). 

We have a mass of other records from Cumberland Co., 
which will only confuse here, and will be found on file. 

Next in Lunenburg Co., Cumberland parish (this Lunen- 
burg Co. [Cumberland P.] was cut off from Brunswick Co. in 
1746, and in 1764 Mecklenburg Co. was formed from Lunen- 
burg, and St. Andrew's parish formed out of Cumberland 
parish), we find a deed dated July 7, 1752, from William 
Willie (a famous preacher who moved to Surry Co., and was 
well known) to George 3 Baskerville to a tract of land on 
Roanoke River and Miles Creek, where he settled. He named 
the place "Waverly" and this was the family seat at first in 

50 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Mecklenburg Co. The writer has copies or abstracts of most 
of these deeds and wills. 

In addition to these records we know from family tradi- 
tion that George 3 Baskerville, who first settled in the terri- 
tory of Mecklenburg, then Lunenburg, married Martha 
Minge, of Charles City Co. 

Now with these data we will construct our history and 

As stated, it is evident that George 2 Baskervyle (the 
second generation, that is the meaning of the figure 2 to the 
right of "George," John 1 Baskervyle, the Immigrant, being the 
first generation) being after his father's death the only man of 
that name in Virginia, the later Baskervyles were his children 
or descendants. Of these we know George 3 , mentioned in a 
deed in Goochland in 1741, in Charles City in 1742, in Cum- 
berland in 1750 to 1753, and in Lunenburg (or Mecklenburg) 
in 1752, died in 1777; 

John 3 , in York Co. record 1738, bought land in Gooch- 
land in 1742 (later Cumberland), in 1748 made vestryman of 
Southam P., Cumberland, in place of \Ym. Randolph, removed, 
still in vestry in 1755 ; 

Hugh 3 , his will in York Co. in 1747, died without chil- 

Xorvell 3 , resident in Charles City Co. in 1742, and his 
will in Cumberland Co. in 1750, died without children; 

Sarah 3 , mentioned in Hugh's will, possibly lived with him 
in York Co.; 

John*, son of John 3 , will in Cumberland, dated Jan v. 16th, 
1768, proved Sept. 22nd, 1788, died without family, and names 
his brothers and sisters, and others to be mentioned later. 

Now Hugh's 3 will names "George, son of John Basker- 
vyle," and the latter (John) must have been John 3 , mentioned 
in the York Co. record of the action of detinue in 1738, and 
not John 4 , whose will was recorded in Cumberland Co. in 
1788, he having evidently died without a family. Hence we 
see that the children of George 2 Baskervyle, and Elizabeth, 
his wife (whom we shall later find to be the daughter of 

Baskerville Genealogy. 51 

Hugh Norvell. of James City Co.). were George 3 . John 3 , 
Hugh 3 , Norvell 3 , and Sarah 3 . There may have been others, 
but we do not know of them. 

Of these Hugh 3 and Norvell 3 died without family and 
Sarah 3 is lost sight of. 

George 3 and John 3 both had families; George 3 was the 
progenitor of the Mecklenburg branch, and its branches, and 

John 3 the progenitor of the Cumberland branch, and 
the Pulaski branch, coming from it. 

Coming back to George- Baskervyle, Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, 
Presdt. of William and Mary College, at Williamsburg, Va., 
who is a genealogist of much experience, and probably knows 
more about the old families of York and James City counties 
than any one else, is quite confident that George 2 Baskervyle 
married Elizabeth Norvell, daughter of Hugh Norvell, 
of James City Co.. a prominent citizen, a member of the ves- 
try of Bruton parish, and holding other public offices'. The 
names of two of the sons, Hugh, and Norvell, certainly seem 
to verify this impression. Her brother, Wm. Norvell. was 
also a member of the vestry, a member of the House of Bur- 
gesses, and held other offices. See Norvell Family. 

Sometime between the series of deeds from George 2 in 
1714 to 1717, and the series of wills, deeds, &c. centreing 
about 1750, chiefly in Cumberland Co., the family evidently 
moved from York Co., some of them spending some years in 
Charles City Co., where George 3 married Martha Minge 
before 1741, probably daughter of Valentine Minge. See 
Minge Family. 

George 2 probably also moved from York Co., as there is 
no record of his will, or inventory of his estate, or anything of 
the kind in the York records. He probably moved to Charles 
City Co. with his sons, but the almost entire absence of rec- 
ords there cuts us off from investigation. He disappeared 
from the records in 1717, probably died in Charles City Co. 
Hugh 3 died in York Co. in 1747 without a family, the 
only one who remained there except possibly Sarah 3 , of whom 
we know nothing. And Norvell 3 , resident in Charles City in 

52 Baskerville Genealogy. 

1742, died in Cumberland in 1750 without a family. As 
stated, this narrows us down to George 3 and John 3 , from 
whom the two branches of the family were descended, t. e., 
the Mecklenburg branch, and the Cumberland branch, with its 
offspring, the Pulaski family, as will appear later. 


First we will take up the Mecklenburg branch, from 
which we are descended. 

George 3 Baskerville, was apparently born in York Co., 
and appears first in the deed of 1741 in Goochland Co. in 
conjunction with Tabitha Minge, his sister-in-law, in which 
they convey to Wra. Allen and his wife, Mary, relict of 
Robert Minge (brother of Martha Minge Baskervyle, and 
Tabitha Minge), their right and title to seven negroes, "in 
consideration that Win. Allen and his wife, Mary, have re- 
linquished to the said George 3 Baskervyle and Tabitha 
Minge all right of dower of the said Mary in and to three 
hundred and seventy-five acres of land in Charles City Co., 
whereof the said Robert (Minge) died seized." 

Then in 1742 he appears in the records of Charles City 
Co,, as stated, where he was then residing. 

Then in 1750 he bought a tract of land in Cumberland 
Co., and doubtless settled there. 

Then in 1752 he sold a part of this tract and moved to 
Lunenburg, later Mecklenburg Co., where he bought a tract 
of land, upon which he settled, and which he called "Wav- 
erly" in the deed to which he is called "George 3 Basker- 
ville of Cumberland Co." 

Then in 1753 he sold the remainder of the Cumberland 
Co. estate, he being called in the deed "of Cumberland parish, 
Lunenburg Co." 

He thus seems to have sojourned in Cumberland only 
a year and a part, having bought there Nov. 23rd, 1750, and 
having bought in Lunenburg July 7th, 1752. He left in 
Cumberland his brother John 3 and his family, who had set- 
tled there in 1742. This family was quite prolific, and at one 

Baskerville Genealogy. 53 

time there were a good many of the name there, bnt there is 
no trace of them now except in the records. 

There seems to be an impression that the first Mecklen- 
burg ancestor came from Cabin Point, Surry Co., where he 
had settled after coming- from England. George 3 Basker- 
ville may during his residence in Charles City Co. have for a 
short time moved to Cabin Point, but there is no trace of 
the name in the records of Surry Co.. and he certainly came 
from Cumberland to Mecklenburg. Moreover, he was never 
in England. 

I was familiar with the old family seat, Waverly, 
in Mecklenburg Co., during my early childhood, when my 
father's uncle. Mr. Wm. Rust Baskervill, lived there. I lived 
for three or four years after my mother's death in 1854 with 
my mother's sister, Mrs. George Tarry of ''Laurel Hill," 
Mecklenburg Co., near Roanoke River, and a few miles 
across it from Waverly, where I used to visit. It was an 
attractive and commodious wooden house with well kept 
grounds. And my great uncle and his family were very hos- 
pitable and kind. The plantation was large, but I do not 
know the number of acres. 

After Mr. Wm. R. Baskervill's death, the Waverly es- 
tate was sold to an outsider, but it has been repurchased 
by his oldest grandson, Mark Alexander Baskervill, who now 
owns it and resides there. 

George 3 Baskerville lived at Waverly from 1752 to his 
death there in 1777, and was also buried there. He acquired 
the respect and esteem of his neighbors, lived an upright life, 
and made for himself an honorable and good position. In 
l 775> a * the beginning of the Revolutionary War, committees 
of safety were appointed for various counties, and on May 
Stiif l 77S, George 2 Baskerville, and William Lucas, the hus- 
band of his daughter Anne, were appointed on the committee 
of safety for Mecklenburg Co. 

The writer has not searched the records of Mecklenburg 
Co., and does not know a great deal of his ancestors there, 
only isolated facts here and there. 

54 Baskerville Genealogy. 

About this time the Mecklenburg Baskervilles dropped 
the final e in the name. In the deed of 1752 of Waverly to 
George 3 Easkerville the name is spelled with the e, and in his 
will executed in 1768, recorded 1777. it is without the e. 


George 3 Baskeville's will was dated November 17, 1768, 
and proved November 10th, 1777. John Burton, one of the 
witnesses being probably the son of his wife's sister, Tabitha 
Minge, who had married Hutchins Burton. His wife had 
evidently died before 1768, as he made no reference to her. 

He named six children, viz: 

John 4 , married his cousin Mary Burton ; 

Anne 4 , married Wm. Lucas ; 

Martha 4 Minge married Frederick Lucas ; 

Mary 4 , married Farrar ; 

William 4 , married Mary Eaton, our ancestors ; 

George 4 Hunt, m. Eliz. Tabb. 

John 4 Baskerville, the oldest, married his cousin, Mary 
Burton. He was of age, when his father's will was made in 
17G8, the other two sons being minors then, and he was ap- 
pointed sole executor, and guardian of his two brothers. In 
a book, "Heads of Families, census 1782 to 1785," in the Va. 
Historical Society library, p. 35, in' the Mecklenburg Co., Va. 
census, probably for 1785, we find "John 4 Baskerville (in his 
family), 8 whites. 17 blacks; William 4 Baskerville, i white, 
6 blacks.'' 

This seems to show that at that time John 4 had quite a 
large family, and that William 4 was still unmarried. 
George 4 Hunt was not mentioned. He was probably a minor 
and included in the family of John 4 . This would probably 
indicate that John 4 at that time had five children. 

A deed was executed Jan'y 10th, 1787. and proved for 
record on July 9th, 1787, by the three brothers, John 4 , Wil- 
liam 4 , and George 4 , evidently partitioning the land inherited 
from their father. His will directed that all of his lands 

Baskerville Genealogy. 55 

should be sold ''next October'' (doubtless after his death) at 
twelve months time, and the proceeds equally divided between 
his sons, and the lands were offered at public sale as directed. 
John 4 and William 4 each seem to have bought certain tracts, 
and other tracts were not sold. George 4 , being still a minor. 
Now this deed seems to have equalized the matter by con- 
veying certain tracts to George 4 , he probably having then be- 
come of age (1787). The land conveyed to him was on 
Miles Creek, but the writer can not find out if it was "Wav- 
erly." This is all we know of John 4 Baskerville and his 
family, except that they are said to have moved to Tampa, 

Another statement is that he died about 1791 leaving only 
one son, who did not long survive him. We cannot tell 
which is correct, not having succeeded in tracing them. 

Anne 4 Baskerville married Wm. Lucas, who was 0:1 the 
Mecklenburg Committee of Safety in 1775. She is mentioned 
in her father's will, and her husband was appointed guardian 
of her younger sisters. Martha, and Mary, who were doubt- 
less still minors. She seems not to have had any children. 
Wm. Lucas' will was recorded in Mecklenburg Sept. 14. 1778. 
the year after the death of George 3 Baskerville. in which 
lie names his wife Anne: brother in law William Basker- 
vill/ sister Hannah Suilivant : cousin Wm. Lucas; god son. 
Henrv Delany, Jr. Witnesses. Henry Delany and John Bas- 
kerviil. Executors. Henry Delany. Wm. Lucas. Jr.. and 
vVm. Baskervill. The Lucas family were prominent people. 

Martha 4 Minge and Mary 4 Baskervill were the third 
and fourth children. They were mentioned in their father's 
will, and to each was bequeathed one hundred pounds sterl- 
ing, three negroes, and certain other residuary interests. 

A recent correspondence with Mr. Jno. H. Lucas, of 
Memphis, Term., has shown that Martha 4 Minge Baskervill 
married Frederick Lucas, and that Mr. Jno. H. Lucas is their 
great grandson. She died in Mecklenburg Co., and the oldest 
daughter married Penn and remained in Mecklenburg. 

56 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Fredk. Lucas, with his other children, Geo. 6 Baskervill L., 
Martha, Mary Hunt, Tabitha, and Nancy, moved to Georgia. 

Geo. 6 B. Lucas married Grace Newton of Ga. Their son 

Frederick 7 Lucas was father of 

John* H. Lucas, who wrote the letter. He says that 
his great grandfather, Fredk. Lucas, was one of six brothers, 
all of whom were soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and that 
"Geo. 6 Baskerville Lucas was with Andrew Jackson at [the 
battle of] New Orleans." 

Judge Charles Alexander, now living at an advanced age 
in Boydton, in a letter to me, which will be mentioned later, 
states that there ''are now" (1909) living in Boydton Mrs. 
Edward Baptist and her children, who are descendants of a 
sister of William 4 Baskervill, who was Mrs. Farrar. This 
Mrs. Farrar was Mary 4 Baskervill. 

William 4 Baskervill, the next child, was our ancestor 
and will be taken up later. 

George 4 Hunt Baskervill was the youngest, and had re- 
cently become of age in 1787, as he was born in 1765. One 
of the witnesses to this deed of 1787 was Robert Baskervill, 
but I can not make out who he was. It would seem that 
John*, William 4 , and George 4 lived together at Waverly. 
John- 4 did not move from Mecklenburg until after 1787, pos- 
sibly not at all, and William 4 lived there at least several 
years after his appointment as clerk -of the court in 1784, as 
Judge Alexander in his letter, previously spoken of, states that 
"he had an office (clerk's office) on the West side of Miles 
Creek on the hill not far from Roanoke River (this must have 
been on the Waverly tract), but on account of ague and 
fever moved it to Lombardy Grove (the old place), where he 
built a dwelling and a store." 

George 1 Hunt Baskervill was born Nov. 18th, 1765, and 
died Dec. 15, 181 1. He married Dec. 17, 1791, Elizabeth 
Tabb, daughter of John"' Tabb, clerk of Mecklenburg Co. up 
to the time of his death in 1775, and a descendant in the fifth 
generation of Humphrey 1 Tabb, who came from England and 
settled in Elizabeth City Co. before 1637, and was the an- 

Opposite p. 56. 

After the death of George 4 Hunt Baskervill in 181 1 
his family continued to live in Mecklenburg- Co., and later 
with his nephew, Charles 5 Baskervill, doubtless after his mar- 
riage in 1813. As stated, his daughter, Mary 5 Anne, was 
married, and after 1816 moved away. Later John Tabb 
Baskervill, who seems to have been the youngest, went to 
live with George 5 D. Baskervill, who had become his guardian. 

George 4 Hunt Baskervill was buried in the family ceme- 
tery at Lombardy Grove, and his tombstone remains there. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 57 

cestor of the Virginia Tabbs. For 1 sketch of the Tabb fam- 
ily see Win. and Mary Ouar., XIII, 122. She died in Dan- 
ville, Va., on Dec. 15th, 1836. 

Elizabeth Tabb's brother, Edwin L. Tabb, was also clerk 
of Mecklenburg- Co. from 1814 to 1831. 

George* Hunt Baskervill, and his wife Elizabeth Tabb, 
had at least six children: ^i^Mit.1^. 

A daughter, who died young; cL^a^ll, 

George 5 never married ; 

William 5 Eaton never married ; tAudjbM-e**^ 

Marv 5 Anne? m. November 4, 1814, SarnL Douglas. 

John 5 Tabb, b. AfMal ], t^j, d. J a unh ij' 12, iO* ?, m. 
Margaret Malone, 

Martha 5 , m. Dickefson. / 

George 4 Hunt Baskervill, and his wife lived and^clied 
in Mecklenburg Co., Va. The middle name, Hunt, evidently 
came from the Minge family, as there was a George Hunt 

Beginning with February, 1910, the writer has had a 
pleasant correspondence with Mrs. Chas. D. Martin, of Jack- 
sonville, Ala., who is a great granddaughter of George* Hunt 
Baskervill, and from whom he has received an account of 
this branch of the family. She is descended from the third 
child, Mary 5 Anne Baskervill, wjio married SamueLTJouglas. 

Mary 5 Anne BaskervilL. married Samuel^ Douglas, son 
of Captain James Douglas, who came from Scotland some 
years before the Revolutionary War, and who died in 1782 
from injuries received in falling from the rigging of his own 
ship (he being captain and owner) at Hampton Roads, Va. 

Samuel Douglas and Mary Anne 5 Baskervill Douglas, 
his wife, moved from Mecklenburg Co. after 1816, as his 
son George was born that year in Mecklenburg. They went 
first to Danville, Va.. and lived there some time. Mrs. Geo. 
Hunt Baskervill died in Danville on Dec. 15, 1836. Thence 
they moved to Rome, Ga., where they lived until their daugh- 
ter, Martha Minge Douglas, was married to Dr. George Hoke, 

58 Baskerville Genealogy. 

of Jacksonville, Ala., when they moved again, this time to 
Jacksonville, and lived there with Dr. Hoke and their daugh- 
ter. My correspondent, Mrs. Martin, is the daughter of Dr. 
Hoke and Martha Minge Douglas Hoke, his wife, her maiden 
name being Georgia Hoke. She writes me that her father, 
Dr. Hoke, who died on May 19th. 1863, "was considered the 
most intelligent man ever in this town (Jacksonville). Peo- 
ple here called him an oracle, but so modest in manner, that 
only his most intimate friends knew him to appreciate him.'' 
"He had amassed quite a little fortune/' which was much im- 
paired by the Confederate War. Ex-Gov. Hoke Smith, of 
Georgia, is related to him. 

Her mother's brother, Dr. George Baskervill Douglas, 
who died in 1899, was a noted surgeon in the Confederate 

This sketch, from The Confederate Veteran, of Dr. George 
Baskervill Douglas, grandson of George Hunt Baskervill, 
has been kindly given me by Mrs. Chas. D. Martin, neice of 
Dr. Douglas : 

"Dr. G. B. Douglas, Surgeon, C. S. A. 

The scholar, gentleman, and patriot. Dr. George Basker- 
ville Douglas, died September 7, 1899, at the advanced age of 
eighty-three. He was born in Mecklenburg County, Va., of 
goou Virginia stock. His grandfather, Capt. James Douglas, 
came from Scotland to America some years before the revolu- 
tionary war, and died about 1782 s from injuries received in 
falling from the rigging of his own ship (he being owner 
and captain), at Hampton Roads, Va. 

Dr. Douglas was educated in Virginia, at Patrick Henry 
Academy, in Xorth Carolina, and then in medicine at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. He first began the 
practice of medicine in Salisbury, X. C, where he met and 
married Mary Ellis, a sister of the Confederate "war gov- 
ernor" of >*orth Carolina. 

One son, George Craighead Douglas, was the fruit of 
this union. The latter served valiantlv in the Confederate 

Baskerville Genealogy. 59 

war as sergeant in Kirk's Rangers. S. C. V., though a mere 
boy. He was captured late in the war and confined for 
months in a damp ceil at Fortress Monroe, Va. He was 
never well afterwards. He married, however, and left one 
son, Lieut. R. Spencer Douglas, who has already done brave 
service at Manila in the United States Navy. Thus Dr. 
Douglas is the progenitor of two heroes — son and grandson. 
The venerable Doctor lived to welcome his sailor grandson 
home from Manila after the perils of shot, sea, and hot climate, 
for which he was pathetically grateful. 

Dr. Douglas, having lost his wife, moved to Georgia, and 
married the young Mrs. Rosa Lawton Livingston, who was 
reared at Lawtonville, S. C. Four daughters were born to 
Dr. Douglas by this second wife: Mrs. T. Maryon, of At- 
lanta. Ga. ; Mrs. W. Moultrie Gourdin, Charleston, S. C. ; 
Mrs. T. W. ^Icyrison. YVaycross, Ga. ; and Mrs. James Hamil- 
ton Lewis, of Seattle, Washington .U^rt^r-^t &lcj-4.0-4-i> f r~£L- 

When Georgia seceded Dr. Douglas responded promptly 
to the call of his adopted State, and was commissioned assis- 
tant surgeon of the First Georgia Regulars March 20, 1861, 
and first served at Savannah and Fort Pulaski. When this 
regiment was transferred to the Confederate States service. 
Dr. Douglas was commissioned surgeon on April 27, 1861, 
and reassigned to duty with that command. 

On July (7. 1S61, his regiment was ordered to Virginia 
to re-enforce Gens. Beauregard and Johnston. He was on 
duty at Camp Toombs, on Bull Run, until September, 1861. as 
brigade surgeon of the Sixth Brigade. Georgia Regulars ; Gen. 
Robert Toombs commanding. Dr. Douglas remained with 
this brigade until April, 1862, when he was sent home on fur- 
lough. Before this expired he hastened back to Virginia and 
reported for duty at Richmond, and the surgeon general sent 
him to Danville to organize hospitals. Dr. J. L. Cabell being 
to charge. Large numbers of wounded soldiers from the 
battle of Seven Pines were sent there. He afterwards or- 
ganized hospitals at Petersburg and at City Point. He was 
afterwards at Charleston, Macon, Augusta, and Columbus, Ga. 

6d Baskerville Genealogy. 

Rapid and heavy work was necessary at Columbus, but 
Dr. Douglas was equal to the demands. There were about 
one thousand sick and wounded soldiers there from Upper 
Georgia, Vicksburg, and other points. 

Dr. Douglas continued in charge of these hospitals until 
the close of the war. The Federal forces under Gen. Wilson 
occupied Columbus on Easter Sunday, April 16. 1865. He 
escaoed from the town the night of its fall, intending to 
meet the medical director at Macon, but was captured at 
Seven Bridges on the Flint River. The next day he was 

After the war he settled in Atlanta, Ga., but a destructive 
fire consumed his office with his fine library and much other 
valuable property in the building. This broke him up. and 
he moved to Screven County, where he practiced medicine 
until too feeble. 

Dr. Douglas was beloved by all who knew him. His 
many years of reading and study, with excellent conversational 
gifts, made it a treat to hear him. He was a member of the 
Confederate Veterans' Association at Savannah, Ga." 

When the Daughters of the Confederacy met in Rich- 
mond in November. 191 1, one of the delegates from Charles- 
ton. S. C, was Mrs. W. Moultrie Gourdin, formerly Miss 
Anne Baskervill Douglas, second daughter of Dr. Geo. Bask- 
ervill Douglas, the prominent Confederate surgeon. We saw 
her several times during her visit, and found her very attrac- 
tive and pleasant. 


Dr. John Tabb 5 Baskervill ( 1801-1874) married Mar- 
garet Malone of Memphis, Tenn., and moved to that city. 
From them descended the Tennessee branch. His name and 
address having been given by Mrs. Martin of Jacksonville, 
Ala., the writer has had a correspondence with Prof. Charles 
Read 7 Baskervill, formerly of the University of Texas, now 
of the University of Chicago, descended from John Tabb 1 

Opposite p. 60. 

John 5 Tabb Baskervill was the ward of his cousin, 
George 5 D. Baskervill, and lived with him. He graduated 
in medicine in a Philadelphia medical college, and practiced 
medicine until he was thirty-seven years old, in 1838. About 
this time he became very much interested in religion, and was 
so impressed with it at a Methodist meeting, that he gave up 
his profession of medicine, became a Methodist minister, 
and devoted the remainder of his life earnestly to that calling. 
Later he married and moved to Tennessee, as stated, and in 
1849 ne bought an estate near Mason. Tenn., where his son, 
Rev. George B. Baskervill, now resides. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 6i 

Baskervill (see table), who has kindly furnished me with the 
table of this branch, and I have had two pleasant, friendly 
letters from him. 

The third son of John Tabb 5 Baskervill, Professor Wil- 
liam Malone G Baskervill, formerly professor of Randolph- 
Macon College, Ashland, Va., and later professor of Vander- 
bilt University, had a wide reputation as an educator, and 
wrote several books, which attracted attention. While living 
in Ashland he visited at the writer's father's house. In 1887 f? 
he married Florence, daughter of Jesse Adams^sqr., of Am- 
herst Co., Va., andVthed in Germany m~ 18 9 9 , "where also his 
oldest son was born. Me— j^afe^a^v^etketfet- mmtstcr. - He 
married secondly Janie McTyeire^and left three children of 
this marriage. See table. Ji~ts cU-<-J^ -u-^ ^asuLtnMe^ c ^ ( T^ ^ '. 

The second son of John Tabb 5 Baskervill is Rev. George 
Booth 8 Baskervill, also a Methodist minister, who is now 
(1911) living in Mason, Tenn. He has a numerous family, 
and is the father of Prof. Chas. Read Baskervill of the Uni- 
versity of Chicago. 

Martha 5 Minge Baskervill married Mr. Dickerson. They 
had four children, and they and their descendants, as far as 
we know them, are given in the following table. Of these 
Mrs. S. H. Hawes is a resident of the handsome suburb of 
Richmond, called Ginter Park. 

We have noticed all of the fourth generation (of the 
Mecklenburg family), and their descendants except our own 
ancestor William 4 Baskervill, born in 1763, died Nov. 15th, 
1814, who was the great grandfather of the writer. He was 
only fourteen years old when his father died in '1777, his 
brother John 4 being the oldest, and there being three daugh- 
ters between them. John 4 was of age in 1768, when his 
father's will was made, as he was appointed executor and 
guardian of his two brothers, William 4 and George* Hunt. 
And George 4 Hunt became of age a short time before 1787, 
when a sale of land was made for distribution. This would 
place John's 4 birth before 1747, before his father settled in 

62 Easkkrville Genealogy. 

Cumberland, and George 4 Hunt's birth (the youngest) was in 


As previously stated, in the first census of the United 
States, published in 1785, taken 1782 to 1785, we ■ find in 
Mecklenburg Co.. Ya., John 4 Baskerville, with eight whites 
and seventeen blacks in his family, and William 4 Basker- 
ville with one white and six blacks. 

George 4 Hunt Baskerville was not of age, and was 
doubtless counted in his brother John's family, which would 
indicate that at that time John* had five children, he hav- 
ing married his cousin. Mary Burton. William 4 was of age 
but not married, and so had no family, except himself. John 4 
and his family moved, we are told, to Florida, and it must 
have been after 1787. And then they are lost, as we hear 
nothing more of them. 

They all lived together at "Waverly," and William* 
staid there until some time after he was appointed clerk of 
the county in 1784, as he is said to have had an office (as 
clerk) near the Waverly residence, until he moved from that 
place. In 1786 William 4 Baskervill married Mary Eaton, 
called "Polly" Eaton, daughter of Charles Rust Eaton 
(died 1822), and Elizabeth (Jeffries) Eaton, his wife, 
and grand daughter of William (died 1759) and Mary 
(Rives) Eaton, of Granville Co., X. C. She was a iady of 
unusual intelligence and strength and character, and for many 
years after her husband's death managed her own estate. She 
survived him for twenty-eight years. Her father, Coin. Wm. 
Eaton, was a wealthy man and her inheritance was doubt- 
less large. See Eaton Family. 

William 4 Baskervill was for many years clerk of 
Mecklenburg Co.. from 1784 until his death, in 1814, when 
he was succeeded by Edward L. Tabb. Mr. Hutcheson, the 
present clerk of the county savs : "He was an officer in the 
Revolutionary War (in the State militia), going out as 
second lieutenant in the Mecklenburg Co. company, although 
at that time being very young, Judge Samuel Hopkins being 
captain, and Xoel Burton, doubtless a relative, first lieutenant. 

Baskekville Genealogy. 63 

Eecause Noel Burton died, and some one else, and not he, 
was appointed first lieutenant, he resigned, and thencefor- 
ward was employed in the commissary department until the 
close of the war. Upon his return to Mecklenburg in 1784* 
he was appointed deputy clerk by John Brown (a Scotch- 
man by birth, and father of James Brown, Jr., so long the 
popular and efficient Second Auditor of Virginia), who was 
clerk of the county. Soon after this Mr. John Brown was 
appointed clerk of the General Court of Virginia, which re- 
quired his residence in Richmond. He offered his resigna- 
tion to the 'Justices °f ^e Court of Mecklenburg' in these 
words: 'I am willing to resign the clerkship of Mecklenburg 
Co., provided Mr. William 4 Baskervill, with whose qualifi- 
cations and attention to business you are acquainted, could 
be appointed to the office, upon which condition only you 
are to consider this letter as being my absolute resignation.' 
He was appointed clerk.'* . Thus he was clerk for about 
thirty years, and enjoyed to an unusual degree the respect 
and esteem of those around him. He was evidently a man 
of unusual strength of character, energy, and enterprise. Al- 
though he was county clerk with its exacting duties, and in 
addition had the care and management of his plantations 
(for he seems to have had several), his restless energy was 
not satisfied, and he became a merchant, and a very success- 
ful one. Mr. Hutcheson continues: ''In 1790 Mr. William 4 
Baskervill associated himself in a merchantile business with 
Mr. Alexander Boyd (a Scotch gentleman of large capital 
and the founder of the family of his name in this country) 
at the court house (now Boydton), and with Mr. Joseph 
Speed, doing a large mercantile business at Old Store (now 
Lombardy Grove)." 

The statement of Mr. Hutcheson that William* Basker- 
vill, the writer's great grandfather, was a lieutenant in the 
Revolutionary War is confirmed by the Journal of the House 
of Delegates of Virginia of Monday, March 12, 1778, (copy 
in Va. Hist. Soc. library), in which it is stated that he had 
been on the 26th day of November, 1776, appointed a lieu- 

64 Baskerville Genealogy. 

tenant in the Continental service, and was afterwards ''turned 
over into that (service) of this Commonwealth, and immedi- 
ately entered upon the duties of his office." 

The writer has recently (1909) received from Judge 
Charles Alexander, of Boydton, Mecklenburg Co., Va., a 
very interesting letter of information and recollections of the 
olden time, previously referred to. He is seventy-four years 
old, and has always been a friend of the family and well in- 
formed about its history. He states that Mr. William 4 
Baskervill, so long clerk of the county, "had a clerk's office 
on the West side of Miles Creek on the hill, and not far 
from Roanoke River (this must have been on the Waverly 
tract), but on account of ague and fever moved it to Lom- 
bardy Grove (the old place), where he built a dwelling and 
a store. There was also a tannery and a blacksmith shop. 
It was the gayest and most aristocratic place in the county, 
as it was in the neighborhood of other persons of wealth, edu- 
cation and refinement. 

I can just recollect Mrs. William 4 Baskervill, who 
was your great grandmother, and can distinctly recollect 
when she died, when I was six years of age." 

Mr. William 4 Baskervill prospered in his business, 
and accumulated a large estate for Virginia in those days, 
as his will, of which I have a copy, shows. He lived with 
his family at old Lombardy Grove, "Old Store" above re- 
ferred to, and must have moved there about 1790, when we 
went into business with Mr. Speed, as stated, or later. He 
died there in 18 14, aged 5$^ and we may wonder if his life was 
not cut short by the excessive cares of his varied business, 
as most men of the family have lived longer than that. 

Mrs. Mary Eaton Baskervill, his wife, survived him 
twenty-eight years, until 1842, and with her unusual capacity 
for business was much engaged with the management of 
her estate. I remember when a child, hearing accounts of 
her energy and how she used to ride about in her "coach and 
four" looking after her overseers and giving her directions. 

When the writer's grandfather, Charles 5 Baskervill, 
was married in 1813, a settlement was built for him about 

Baskerville Genealogy. 65 

a mile from old Lombardy Grove, where he and his family 
lived thereafter. He died in 1834, and was survived eight 
years by his mother. He will be mentioned later. 

Judge Alexander in his letter, previously referred to. 
also states that there was a John Baskervill, who was a 
dentist, "a trade picked up in those days," and that he was v &r*v- v 
a first cousin of the writer's grandfather, Charles Basker- ux^J^^ 
vill. This must have been John Tabb Baskervill, born 1802, u ^ ^ a ^ 
who married Miss Malone and moved to Memphis, Tenn. , /, / 

He also states ''there are (in Boydton) descendants of a /• 
sister of Mr. \Vm. Baskervill, (the writer's great grand- a^rtr^ 
father), a Mrs. Farrar. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Ed- ' 

ward Baptist of this place (Boydton), who has a number of 
children. Mrs. Baptist was a Rolfe. She is descended from 1 . 
George 3 Baskervill." This Mrs. Farrar was M^ry 4 Basker- 
vill, daughter of George 3 Baskervill, of whom Wm. Lucas, 
brother-in-law, was guardian, as Martha 4 Minge Baskervill 
married Frederick Lucas. 

The will of Mr. William 4 Baskervill, of which we have 
a copy, is a very interesting document. It shows the posses- 
sion of a larger estate, and a rather complicated disposition of 
it — also a tender care and careful provision for his wife. 
Three of his children, Elizabeth, 5 Mary 5 Eaton, and 
Charles 5 were already married (1814). The distribution of 
:he feather beds among the legatees was most carefully made, 
showing they were as highly valued then, as they are ab- 
horred now. 

A very striking provision in the will is that in case his 
wife should marry again and have children, they also should 
be provided for out of his estate, a most remarkable and un- 
usual feature, which shows he was a big hearted man. One 
of the witnesses to the will was William 5 E. Baskervill, who 
was a son of his brother, George* Hunt Baskervill. 


William 4 and Mary (Eaton) Baskervill had three 
sons and three daughters, viz. : 

66 Baskeryille Genealogy. 

i. Charles, 5 our grandfather, born 17SS, died 1834, aged 46; 

2. William Rust, 5 b. 17S9, m. Sally Dortch 1824, lived at 

Waverly ; 

3. George D.,**-b. 1793, m. 1st. Elizabeth Willis 1815; 2nd. 

Williams, lived in Petersburg'; 

4. Elizabeth, 5 b. 1790, m. Coin. Ro. Hill Jones; 

5. Mary Eaton, 5 m. Patrick Hamilton, our grand parents ; 

6. Anne, 5 b. 1800, m. Thos. Turner. 

William 4 and Mary Eaton Baskervill were both 
buried in the old cemetery at old Lombardy Grove, as were 
Charles 5 Baskervill and his wife (the writer's paternal 
grandparents), also many other members of the family. 

As we come nearer to our own time, and the family 
rapidly becomes more numerous, it becomes much more diffi- 
cult to retain the unity and continuity of this sketch. In 
order to accomplish this, as far as possible, we will first take 
up and dispose of the collateral lines, and afterward the 
direct lines, from which we are descended. 

William 5 Rust Baskervill, although the second child, 
was the last of them married. He was born in 1789, and in 
February, 1824. when he was thirty-five years old, he mar- 
ried Sally Dortch, whose mother was Martha Eaton, sister 
of Mary Eaton, who married William 4 Baskervill, 
Martha Eaton having married Mr. Dortch. See Eaton Table. 
And thus they were first cousins. He evidently inherited 
Waverly from his father, and he always lived there with his 
family, his older brother, Charles, who married in 1813, hav- 
ing settled at (new) Lombardy Grove. When the writer 
was a small child, probably about 1858, he used to visit 
his great uncle, Wm. R. Baskervill, at Waverly, and he has 
the most pleasant recollections of it. At that time both of his 
children, Dr. Robert D. Baskervill, and Cousin "Jennie,'' 
were grown, and the former had married Miss Betty Alex- 
ander (1857), was settled in his own home, a few miles 
from Waverly. and was then a practising physician. At that 
time Waverly was a beautiful place. The house was wooden, 
as were almost all of the residences in the county. But it 

Opposite p. 66. 

The inscription on the tombstone of William 4 Basker- 
vill, my great grandfather, in the old family graveyard at 
Lombardy Grove, still standing, is: 

"This monument, which covers the remains of William 
Baskervill, late of Lombardy Grove, is erected by his three 
sons, Charles, George, and William, as a feeble testimonial 
of their affection for him when living, and veneration for 
his memory. 

Born May the 12th, 1756, 

Died November the 6th, 1814, 

Age 58 years, 5 months, 24 days." 

Baskerville Genealogy. 67 

was handsomely built, with the yard neatly enclosed, taste- 
fully laid off with broad walks, and adorned with noble trees 
and pretty grass and flowers. The walks were covered with 
the whitest gravel, and the whole was kept in beautiful order 
by a competent gardener. They had a large garden, a large 
portion of which was devoted to flowers, and contained a 
green house. Aunt Sally was particularly successful with 
her flowers, and the beautiful beds of China astors made a 
great impression upon me. They were in comfortable cir- 
cumstances financially, and the expenditures were liberal. It 
was a most attractive place to visit. This place is noticed 
at some length, because it was the old ancestral home. 
Uncle Wm. R. Baskervill lived to be an old man. His wife 
died, and he lived with his daughter, Virginia, who never 

married. He died in , and the old place passed into 

the hands of strangers. Later his oldest grandson, M. 
Alexander Baskervill, bought the estate and is now residing 

Dr. Robert 6 D. Baskervill built up an unusually success- 
ful practice, and acquired a considerable reputation beyond 
his own locality. It is said of him, "He had more than a 
local reputaton as a physician and surgeon. His contribu- 
tions to the medical journals of his day were widely read by 
the medical profession, some of them having been translated 
and republished in medical journals of foreign countries. 
He was one of the most influential men in Mecklenburg Co. 
Baskerville (station on the Southern R. R.) was named in 
honor of him." 

The children of Dr. Robt. D. and Betty Alexander 
Baskervill are as follows : 

1. Mark 7 Alexander, owns and lives at the old ancestral 

seat, "Waverly." 

2. Saiiie T T., m. Clemt. T. Xeblett, of Lunenburg; 

3. Nannie 7 C, unm., lives with Wm. R. at the old home ; 

4. Mary 7 (Meta) E., m. J. Tabb Nebiett, of Lunenburg; 

5. Robt. 7 D., lives in Norfolk, Va. ; 

68 Baskerville Genealogy. 

0. William 7 R., m. Sallie Boyd Burwell March I, 1911; 

lives at his father's old place ; 

7. Bettie 7 P., m. Fredk. H. Hobbs, of Greenville Co., now 

live in Norfolk. Va. ; 

8. George 7 , practicing medicine in Winona, Miss. (1911). 

The next child of this fifth generation was Elizabeth 5 
Baskervill, born 1790, and the first to be married. On 
April 9th, 1807, she married Coin. Robert Hill Jones, Sheriff 
of Warren Co., N. C. They had at least three children, viz. : 

1. Edward 6 Pugh Jones, who lived in New York City and 

was the father of Mrs. Frances 7 Jones Ricks, of 
Saluda, N. C, who spends her winters in Washing- 
ton City, and with whom the writer has had some 
correspondence ; 

2. Robert 6 Jones, who was Sheriff of Warren Co., N. C. ; 

3. Martha 8 Jones, who married Sam'l. Goode. 

These appear in Table B, and the writer may learn more 
of them. 

Next we come, in the fifth generation, to George 3 D. 
Baskervill, born 1793. The middle name is probably -Dortch/' 
after Mr. Dortch, who married his mother's sister, Martha 
Eaton. Judge Alexander states that he lived most of his 
early life at Bloomberg, Warren Co., N. C, and later 
moved to Petersburg, Va., where he was living during the 
writer's early childhood. On November 21st, 1815, he mar- 
ried Elizabeth Willis, and they had a large family of children, 
whose names will appear in Table B. Late in life, 
after the death of his first wife, he married Miss Wil- 
liams. There was one daughter to this marriage, Octavia, 
who died unmarried. His son, George" D. Baskervill, lived 
in Prince George Co., Va., until his death a few years ago. 
He had several children who are still living in Prince George 
and Dinwiddie counties. The writer has met only one of 
them, Miss Emily Baskervill, of whom he has pleasant 
recollectons. She has since married. 


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FlMM A PUUTKAn I'AINTKO IN i;"XlluN LIMM'T A. I >. 1812. 

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Anne 5 Baskerville, the youngest of the family, born 1800, 
married Thos. Turner, of Williamsborough, Granville Co.. N. 
C, and had a large family, whose names appear in Table 
G. Of these, Mary Veal Turner, probably the oldest, 
married Wm. B. Hamilton, the oldest brother of the writer's 
mother, as will appear in the sketch of the Hamilton family. 

This leaves of the fifth generation only Charles 5 Bas- 
kervill, the writer's grandfather, and Mary 5 Eaton - Basker- 
vilLj who married Patrick Hamilton on December 24th, 
.1813, also the writer's grand parents. We will take up first 
the former. 

Charles 5 Baskervill was born 1788, and died 1834. 
He was married twice. First on September 29th, 1813, he 
married Elizabeth Anne Coleman (d. 1821), the writer's 
grandmother, daughter of Coln. Henry Embra Coleman, 
of Halifax Co., Va. See Coleman family. He settled at 
Lombardy Grove, about a mile from his father's residence, 
where the family resided until the death of his second wife 
in 1868, when a grand daughter, Mrs. Lucy Watkins Betts, 
came into possession, who still lives there. 

The writer regrets that he knows very little about these 
grand parents. Their lives were doubtless smooth and 
eventless, and there was probably not much to record. His 
father died in 1814, the yea* after the marriage, and his 
mother lived twenty-eight years longer, surviving him 
(Charles) six years. The residences being so near there was 
doubtless much intercourse. His father's estate was large 
and the sons inherited large plantations, and negroes and 
other personal property necessary to carry them on. In addi- 
tion the capital in the mercantile business was estimated at 
fifty thousand dollars. Charles was of age, and the two other 
sons under age. The father's will requested that they would 
join in co-partnership to continue the business, both at Old 
Store (Lombardy Grove), and Christiansville, Charles being 
already in the business, and the sons-in-law, Robt. PL Jones 
and Patrick Hamilton, being their advisers. In the will 
the capital in the business is stated to be "ten thousand 

70 Baskerville Genealogy. 

pounds," showing that the English denominations of money 
were still in use. It does not appear how long this business 
arrangement was kept up, but in Charles 5 Baskervill's 
will, executed October 23rd. 1827, and proved April 20, 
1835, there is no mention of the mercantile business, although 
the writer thinks it was kept up until after his death. It is 
said to have been kept up until 1850. The wills of both 
William* 1 and Charles 5 Baskervill are on file. 


Charles 5 Baskervill's first wife died, and he married 
2nd in 1823, Lucy Goode, of Mecklenburg Co., d. 1868. 
There were four children by the first marriage, and five by. 
the second, viz : 

1. William 3 Baskervill, b. 1816. d. abt. 1895 I 

2. Henry 6 Embra Coleman Baskervill, b. 1817, d. 1900, 

the writer's father; 

3. Mary 3 Ann Elizabeth Baskervill, b. 1819, d. 1873; 

4. Charles 6 Baskervill. b. 1821, d. 1890; 

1. Sam'l. 6 Goode Baskervill, b. and d. in 1824; 

2. Lucy 6 Goode Baskervill, b. 1827, d. 1836; 

3. George 6 Thomas Baskervill, b. 1829, d. 1863 — killed at 

Gettysburg ; 

4. John 6 Eaton Baskervill, b. 1832, d. 1833; 

5. Sarah 6 Alice Baskervill, b. 1834, d. 1852. 

All of this sixth generation are now dead, and the 
present family consists of their children and grandchildren. 
This record will give a few statements about this genera- 
tion, and then as far as available the names of the children 
and grandchildren. 

The first is the writer's oldest uncle, Coin. William 5 
Baskervill, of Buena Vista, Mecklenburg Co.. Va. He doubt- 
less settled there (four or five miles from Lombardy Grove), 
when he was married in 1839 to Miss Susan Jiggetts. He 
lived there until some years after the Confederate war, and 

Opposite p. 70. 

Additional information in regard to my grandfather, 
Charles 3 Baskervill, is interesting. 

His two younger brothers, George and William, were 
educated at William and Mary College, but he, being the 
eldest son, was sent by his father to the University of Edin- 
burgh. His own sons, following the example of their ma- 
ternal grandfather, Col. Henry Embra Coleman, attended 
Hampden Sidney College, which had practically been founded 
by the Venables, who were connected by marrjage with the 
Embrys and Colemans. 

Charles 3 Baskervill attended the University of Edin- 
burgh four years, spending his vacations in London and on 
the Continent. He doubtless graduated, but we have no 
definite record of it. He was a fine classical scholar, spoke 
French, and had fine literary taste. Judging from his por- 
trait, he must have been attractive in appearance. 

During some of his visits to London his portrait was 
painted there, tradition says by a pupil of Sir Joshua Rey- 
nolds. This portrait is now the property of Mrs. H. Tucker 
Graham, Hampden Sidney, Va., formerly Miss Lilian Gordon 
Baskervill, a granddaughter, who has kindly furnished the 
information in this slip. 

After completing his course he came home from Edin- 
burgh during the War of 1812, and it is said that the arrival 
of the portrait before him alarmed his mother very much, as 
'lie feared that he had either been captured or was dead. 

He is said to have met his wife, Elizabeth Coleman. 
while she was visiting her cousin, Mary Anne (Da vies) Whit- 
tle, wife of Fortescue Whittle, parents of Bishop Whittle, 
who lived near Whittle's Mill, Mecklenburg Co., Va. Mrs. 
Graham once visited at this quaint old home, "the oldest 
c he ever saw," then owned and occupied by Dr. Conway 
Davies Whittle and his wife. Gilberta Sinclair, who were very 
kind to her. 

Elizabeth Anne Coleman w^s barely fifteen years old 
when she was married, following a custom so prevalent at 

that period, and was twenty-four when she died, in 1821, soon 
after the birth of her youngest son, Charles. 

At her marriage in 18 13 her father's present to her in- 
cluded a "colonial" silver service, now belonging to mem- 
bers of the family, and also a beautiful necklace, brooch, and 
ear-rings of pearls and diamonds, all of which are said to 
have been lost, except the brooch, which now belongs to a 

Grandfather, Charles 5 Baskervill, died suddenly on March 
22nd, 1834. He had his two younger brothers, William and 
George, to dinner with him, and at the table was stricken 
with apoplexy. This was soon after the birth of his youngest 
child, Sarah Alice Baskervill. At that time his two older sons, 
William and Henry, were students at Hampden Sidney Col- 
lege, the former in his senior year. After his death the fol- 
lowing obituary was published in several newspapers : 

"Departed this life suddenly, on the 21st ult., at Lombardy 
Grove, Mecklenburg County, Charles Baskervill, Esq., in the 
46th year of his age. leaving a wife and seven children, with a 
numerous circle of friends and acquaintances, to mourn their 
untimely and unexpected bereavement. 

"In the death of this most estimable man. his wife has 
been deprived of a mild and affectionate husband ; his seven 
children of a most indulgent and fond father ; his aged mother 
of a dutiful son ; his brothers and sisters of a liberal, gener- 
ous and affectionate brother ; and the society, in which he 
had so long and honourably lived, of one of its brightest orna- 
ments — an unaffected, unpretending gentleman, a useful, up- 
right citizen and an honest man. For all the virtues, which 
adorn the character of the true Virginia gentleman Charles 
Baskervill stood pre-eminently high, and we are reminded by 
this truly distressing dispensation of an all-wise and all-pow- 
erful Providence, that it too often falls to the lot of many 
to be snatched from the stage of action in the full tide of 
their usefulness, while many who are mere drones in the hive 
cf society are permitted to drag out a wretched and useless 
existence, cumberers of the ground. He died in the full en- 
jovment of every temporal good, and we hope with a prospect 

of being succeeded by children, who will be ambitious of emu- 
lating his many virtues.*' 

George 4 Hunt Baskervill died in 1811, and William" 1 
Baskervill, my great grandfather, in 1814. Grandfather. 
Charles 3 Baskervill, was married in 1813. After the death 
of George 4 Hunt Baskervill, his nephew, Charles 5 Baskervill, 
took charge of his uncle's widow and children, and they lived 
with him. This was doubtless after his own father's death 
in 1814. Grandfather's brother. George 5 D. Baskervill, be- 
came the guardian of John 5 Tabb Baskervill, who went to 
live with him. This was probably later. The family con- 
tinued to live with Charles 5 Baskervill, and some of the de- 
scendants have expressed their appreciation of his kindness 
to them. 

In 1814 Mary 5 Anne Baskervill, daughter of George 4 
Hunt Baskervill. married Samuel A. Douglas, as stated else- 
where, and sometime after the birth of their son, George 
Baskervill Douglas, in 1816, they moved to Danville, Va., 
carrying Mrs. George Hunt Baskervill with them. She died 
there in 1836, showing they remained there up to that time. 

Apparently the other members of the family remained in 
Mecklenburg, and continued to live with Charles 5 Baskervill. 
Certainly his cousin, Martha Minge Baskervill, had her home 
there for a Ions: time. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 71 

raised a large family, whose names will appear in Table 
B. He served for many years in the House of Dele- 
gates (of Virginia), and was a fluent speaker, and a very de- 
termined advocate. It is said that on one occasion, wishing 
to prevent what he thought an obnoxious measure from being 
enacted by the majority, he got the floor of the house and 
spoke for six days until the day of final adjournment, and 
being fluent he was never at loss for a word throughout his 
lengthy speech. The writer, during his childhood, knew him 
well, as he staid with us when in Richmond, and he was an 
amiable, kindhearted, and accomplished gentleman. The title 
"Colonel" was doubtless merely one of respect, so often used 
in Virginia. Some years after the Confederate War he 
bought a plantation nearer Clarksville, Va., where he spent the 
latter years of his life. 

Late in life, some years after the death of his first wife, 
he married Mrs. Alice Sturdivant, who survived him, dying 
in 1909. 

Probably the most tragic and pathetic episode in the 
history of the Baskervill family was the death, in April, 1909, 
of Howard C. Baskervill, a young Presbyterian Missionary 
to Persia, at Tabriz, Persia, where during the popular up- 
rising, leading a sortie out of Tabriz, then besieged, in an 
attempt to get food for the strrving women and children, he 
was killed. He was the oldest son of Rev. H. C. Baskervill, 
of Minnesota, and grandson of Coin. Wm. 6 Baskervill, just 

The following clippings from the newspapers give all the 
information we have of the tragedy. 

Tabriz, Persia, April 20, 1909. 

A young A.merican, H. C. Baskerville, until recently a 
teacher in the Presbyterian school here, was killed this morn- 
ing outside Tabriz while leading a sortie of Nationalists from 
the city. The object of the expedition was to open a way for 
the bringing in of provisions, of which the city stands greatly 
in need. It was not successful. 

72 Baskerville Genealogy. 

St. Paul. Minn... April 20. 

Howard C. Baskerville was twenty-four years old. ac- 
cording to his mother, who with the young man's father. 
Rev. H. C. Baskerville, resides at Royalton, Minn., where 
the latter is pastor of the Presbyterian Church. 

Confirmed by Consul Doty. 

Washington, D. C, April 20. 

A dispatch to the State Department from Consul Doty, 
at Tabriz, confirms the killing- of Baskerville. 

The activity of Baskerville in assisting the Persian revo- 
lutionists against the government became known early this 
month. Possible complications were avoided by the prompt 
disavowal by the Presbyterian mission at Tabriz of all of 
Baskerville's acts. 

The mission gave orders also that he either refrain from 
interfering in Persian politics or resign his position. 

Tabriz, Persia, April 22. 

The funeral of H. C. Baskerville, the former teacher in 
the American Mission School, who was one of the leaders 
of the revolutionaries and was killed last Monday while lead- 
ing a sortie against the Shah's troops, was held yesterday 
with military honors. The entire consular body was present. 

H. C. Baskerville was a graduate of Princeton Uni- 
versity, class of 1907. and left this country early that fall for 
Persia under a two year's contract to teach in the boy's 
school, which is run in conjunction with the Presbyterian 
mission at Tabriz. His contract expired this June and he 
was expected back to enter Princeton Theological Seminary 
in the fall. He had already engaged his room at Princeton. 
He' has a brother, who at present is a student in the Princeton 
Theological Seminary. 

There are two brothers at Macalester College, St. Paul. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 73 

Princeton, April 29. 

Charles S. Baskerville. a senior in the Princeton Semi- 
nary, made public to-night a cablegram from the Persian 
revolutionary leaders to his father, offering condolence for 
the death of Howard C. Baskerville, who was killed while 
leading a sortie from Tabriz. It read as follows: 

Persia much regrets the honorable loss of your 
dear son in the cause of liberty, and we give our 
parole that future Persia will always preserve his 
name in her history, like that of Lafayette in 
America, and will respect his venerable tomb. 

Satar Khan and Jomani Ayaleti. 

The message was forwarded to Baskerville's father, now 
in Minnesota. 

London, April 22. 

The Chronicle prints a despatch from Tabriz, describing 
the death of H. C. Baskerville, the young American teacher 
who sacrificed his position as master of the mission school 
on March 31, to help in the defence of the starving town. 

The correspondent, explaining that profound demoraliza- 
tion succeeded the former courage and confidence of the de- 
fenders, says that Baskerville himself arranged five times to 
attack the besiegers with a prospect of success, but each 
time the courage of the ultimate authorities failed and the 
organization broke down. 

Then, when the chances of success were gone, the 
authorities, in dire despair, appealed to Baskerville to lead the 
attack of which they had previously disapproved. Basker- 
ville pointed out the hopelessness of the effort . as the de- 
moralization of the citizen troops was complete. Finally, 
however, he consented, although he knew he would lead a 
forlorn hope. 

After waiting at the rendezvous for five hours for his 
men to assemble Baskerville led 150 to the onset, but by 
the time they got within range of the besiegers' rifles their 

74 Baskerville Genealogy. 

numbers had dwindled to nine. Nevertheless, Baskerville gal- 
lantly began an attack with his handful. He was shot through 
the heart at the head of his followers, dying almost imme- 

Mary Ann Elizabeth 6 Baskervill, b. 1819, d. 1873, the 
only daughter by the first marriage, on May 12th, 1837, mar- 
ried Richard Venable Watkins, of Charlotte, and later of 
Halifax Co., Va. They settled in Halifax Co., at their home, 
Mayo, near the North Carolina line, where the family lived 
until after his death. During the writer's childhood he had 
the good fortune to live in this family for many years, where 
he received every kindness. It was truly a most attractive 
and refined Christian family. The names of the children 
will be found in Table H. 

Charles 8 Baskerville^, b. 1821, d. 1890, was the youngest 
of the children of the first marriage. He married very early, 
on November 17, 1841, Miss Margaret Haynes Frear, whose 
mother, Betty Eaton Frear. was daughter of John R. Eaton, 
brother of Mary Eatox, wife of Wm. 4 Baskervill, his grand- 
father. He moved to Mississippi, and continued to live 
there, and they raised a large family of children, some of 
whose names will appear in Table B. He was a major of 
cavalry in the Confederate army, and a gallant soldier. 

His only son, Charles 7 Baskervill, became a physician, 
volunteered to go to Memphis during the yellow fever epi- 
demic of 1879, an d died there of the fever. 

The son of Dr. Charles 7 Baskervill is Professor Charles 8 
Baskervill (fourth generation of this name) now of New 
York City, who has made a very high position for himself 
in the scientific world. The following is a sketch of him 
taken from the National Encyclopedia of American Biog- 
raphy, Vol. XIII, p. 300.. in the Va. State Library. It is 
accompanied by a portrait of him. 

"Charles 8 Baskerville, chemist and educator, was bom 
in Noxubee Co., Miss., June 8, 1870, son of Charles and 

Baskerville Genealogy. 75 

Augusta Louisa (Johnston) Baskerville. After completing 
his preliminary education he entered the University of Mis- 
sissippi, where he studied during the year 1SS6-87, and then, 
having changed his attendance to the University of Virginia, 
was graduated there in 1890. He pursued post graduate 
studies at Vanderbilt University in 1890-91, and at the Uni- 
versity of Berlin in 1893. In 1891 he became a member of 
the chemical department of the University of North Caro- 
lina, serving as instructor 1891-94; assistant professor 1894- 
1900; and professor and director of the physical laboratory 
1900-04. In 1904 he accepted the chair of Chemistry at the 
College of the City of New York, where he still remains. 

Professor Baskerville is a fellow of the American Asso- 
ciation for the Advancement of Science, and was chairman 
of its section of chemistry 1902-03 ; is a member of the 
council of the American Chemical Society : a member of the 
German Chemical Society ; a fellow of the London Chemical 
Society; and a member of the Society of Chemical Industry, 
and of the Washington (D. C), North Carolina, and New 
York Academies of Science. He is the author of ''School 
Chemistry, 1898," and of nearly a hundred papers and articles 
on chemical topics. 

As an experimenter he deserves high rank among 
American scientists, particularly on account of his brilliant 
discoveries in connection with radio-active substances. After 
ten years of investigation he finally established the fact that 
thorium, hitherto supposed to be an element, is really a 
combination of two substances, called by him carolinium, 
after the State of North Carolina, and berzelium, after Ber- 
zehus, a Swedish chemist, who discovered thorium nearly a 
century ago. These new elements were first found by Prof. 
Baskerville in the monazite sand of North Carolina. 

By virtue of this achievement he has the unique distinc- 
tion of being the first American chemist to discover a new 

76 Baskerville Genealogy. 

He was married April 24th. 1895, to Alary Boylan, 
daughter of George H. Snow, of Raleigh. N. C. They have 
one son and one daughter.'' 

He is the author of several other books on chemistry 
besides those mentioned above. 

Of the children of the second marriage of Charles 5 
Baskervill, the first two and fourth died in childhood. 

George 8 Thomas Baskervill, the third, b. 1829, d. 1863, 
married Lucy Goode in 1849, an d settled in Granville Co., 
N. C. He was a most admirable man, and an intelligent, 
cultivated gentleman. He had talent for mechanical work, 
and in his spare moments, with the help of a rough carpenter, 
he beautified his home with ornamental green houses, etc. 
He also developed a talent for portrait painting, and with 
scraps left by a professional he painted a good portrait of 
his wife. 

When the Confederate War came he raised a company 
and joined the Confederate army as captain of this company, 
and made a most gallant soldier. He was killed at the bat-< 
tie of Gettysburg gallantly leading his company in Genera 1 
Picket's famous charge. 

He had three children, whose names are recorded in 
Table B. 

Sarah Alice* Baskervill, the youngest, who survived in- 
fancy, died in Richmond, while attending school, in her 18th 
year, at the home of the writer's father. At the time of her 
death she was engaged to be married to Coin. John M. 
Patton, of Richmond. 

Henry Embra Coleman 8 Baskervill, the second son. 
was the writer's father. He was born Oct. 14, 181 7, and 
died January 4th, 1900. He graduated at Hampden-Sidney 
College, where the sons of the family were educated. This 
was a Presbyterian institution, and the Baskervills have been 
always from the beginning to the present day Episcopalians. 
But this college was near and well conducted, and therefore 
they went there. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 77 

After graduation, his father having died while he was 
at college, he moved to Petersburg, where he engaged in 
the dry goods business. After several years, probably about 
1845, ^ ie moved to Richmond and entered the wholesale 
grocery business with Mr. Lewis Webb, and Air. John L. 
Bacon, under the firm name of Webb, Bacon & Co., 
and they were located on Main street near Fifteenth. 
On February 10th, 1846, he was married to Miss Isa- 
bella Alston Hamilton, daughter of Mr. Patrick 
Hamilton, of Burnside, Granville Co., N. C, the writer's 
mother. See Hamilton family. For two years they boarded 
with Misses Rebecca and Martha Murray, who were related 
to him. I do not know where the boarding house was, 
but I have now, in my library, a small round mahogany 
table, which was bought for my mother's room at this house. 
In 1848 they rented and occupied a good house on Franklin 
street, South side, third door East from Seventh street, re- 
cently pulled down to make room for the new temporary, 
postofficc (1910). where the writer was born and spent his 
early childhood. Later, probably in 1852, they moved to a 
much larger house on the same square, now number 711 E. 
Franklin, and a part of the Young Women's Christian Asso- 
ciation building, where my mother died in 1854, July 8th. 
My father continued to rent the house from Mr. Stewart 
and to reside there until his second marriage in 1866, when 
he bought the house number 207 E. Franklin and occupied 

After my mother's death the four children, myself, 
Isabella, Mary, and Henry, in order of birth, were kindly 
taken by our aunt, Mrs. George (Mary Eaton Hamilton) 
Tarry, of Mecklenburg Co., my mother's older sister, and 
kindly, lovingly, and tenderly taken care of. In the Spring 
°* *®55 * ne two younger children died of scarlet fever, Mary 
Eaton Baskervill on March 3rd. and Henry E. C. Basker- 
viJl, Jr., on March 6th, and they were buried by their mother 
in Hollywood cemetery. 

7 s Baskerville Genealogy. 

About 1S57 I was sent by my father to my paternal aunt 
Mrs. Richard V. (Alary Anne Elizabeth Baskervill) Watkins 
of Mt. Mayo, Halifax Co., Va., to go to school with her 
boys, and I remained there until about January 1st 1S65 
when I was sent to the Virginia Military Institute, then 
quartered in the old alms house at Richmond, being just six- 
teen years old. After the war, by preference, I went to the 
University of Virginia, where I remained five years and took 

£rl~ « / fe*%«n*iSo| my father entered the Confederate armvis. 

■UXU^urr., an aid to Brig _ Genend ^^ j remember ^ ^ ^ 

ing had only one hand, having lost the other in Mexico. As 
a child I was much interested in his being able to put on a 
kid glove with his teeth, and to mount his horse without 
assistance. After the war he engaged in the service of the 
Khedive of Egypt, and other foreign service. Later my 
. » father was on Genl. "Stonewall" Jackson's staff with the rank 
^^v ftUoi Major, and had charge of the commissary department of 
.^innnr^ the corps, having been selected on account of his known 
business ability. He served for several years and then had 
a spell of typhoid fever, at Gordonsville I think, which en- 
tirely undermined his health, and he was compelled to retire 
from the service. 

During his absence from home his residence was sub- 
.rented to Hon. Alexr. H. SteSfes, V. P. of the Confederate 
States, with furniture of all kinds, including silver, books, 
etc., and also the servants, my father reserving the privilege 
of a room whenever he should desire it. He and Air. Ste^s, 
who was a very lovable mar^became very close friends and 
after the war when Mr. Sterns was in Richmond, he 'staid 
at my father's house. During this period, from time to time 
when my father was at home, I would come to pay him a 
visjt^and occupy his room with him. I learned to know Mr 
Stevens very well and to be much attached to him, as he was 
pleasant and kind to me. When he went back to Craw- 
fordsville a few months before the close of the war, the fric- 

Baskerville Genealogy. 79 

tion with President Davis making this best, he carried with 
him Henry and Antony, the two sons of my father's cook, 
Nancy, then about grown, as he had become attached to 
them, with my father's cordial approval. And when he was 
carried to prison, they went with him as far as Hampton 
Roads, and are frequently spoken of in his "Prison Diary/' 
recently edited and published by Mrs. Avary. 

After the war my father sub-rented his house to Dr. 
and Mrs. Petticolas, and he and Dr. O. A. Crenshaw had 
rooms and boarded with them. I continued from time to 
time to visit him there, being a student at the U. of Va., and 
spending at least the summer of 1865 in Halifax Co. 

In 1866 he married Miss Eugenia Buffington, daughter 
of Coin. P. C. Buffington, who lived where the city of Hunt- 
ington, W. Va., is now located. She was a very lovely and 
attractive lady, and the writer was very much attached to 
her. After some years of ill health she died on March 20, 

In 1876 he married Mrs. Margaret A. Humphries, for- 
merly Miss Stribling, a most estimable and accomplished 
lady, who died on January 21, 1884. 

In 1866 he moved to 207 E. Franklin street, having pur- 
chased the house, where he and his family lived until his 
death on January 14, 1000, in the 83rd year of his age 

He was a successful man of business, and of scrupulous 
integrity and honor, having always the highest esteem and 
respect of people around him. 

For many years he was a vestryman of St. Paul's church, 
and very much interested in it. 

The writer has felt at liberty to record here personal 
incidents and recollections, because this sketch is made chiefly 
for his. own family, and other people will be allowed the 
privilege of passing over it, if they prefer. Other personal 
references will be added in manuscript after the sketch is 

I will only add that my brother, Henry Eugene Basker- 
ville.. a prominent architect of Richmond, who married Miss 

8c Baskerville Genealogy. 

Ethel Marsh, of Eastern, Pa., is now residing with his family 
including his little son, Henry Coleman Baskerville, at n 
E. Franklin street, in this city. 

Next going back to p. 69, we take up Mary Eaton 5 
Baskervill, who in 1812 married Patrick Hamilton, of 
Burnside, Granville Co., N. C. These were the writer's 
maternal grandparents. 

The number of Hamiltons is as of the stars in the heavens 
or the sand upon tne sea shore, and it does not necessarily 
involve any relationship, or one near enough to notice. This 
makes the tracing of our lineage more difficult. 

Patrick 5 Hamilton was born at Burnside, Lanarkshire, 
Scotland, on May 31st, 1789, and died at Burnside, Granville 
Co., N. C, on June 28th, 1S50. He was a member of the 
famous Scotch family of Hamilton, which for so many cen- 
turies was very conspicuous in that country. The history of 
the family is elaborately described in The History of the 
House of Hamilton, by John Anderson, the genealogist, to 
which reference is made. It is traced back to Bernard, a 
near kinsman of Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, and. 
ancestor of William the Conqueror. One of the family was 
made Earl of Warwick, by William the Conqueror, in 1076, 
ten years after the battle of Hastings. The direct ancestor, 
Robert, Earl of Mellent, was one of the prominent advisers 
and leaders in the battle of Hastings, and was the recipient 
of many lordships and manors at the hands of King William. 
He became Earl of Leicester, and from him descended a 
long line of Earls of Leicester, from whom the Hamilton? 
came, all of which will be found in Anderson's book, a par- 
tial copy of which the writer has in his Hamilton Book. 
From this Leicester family were descended the Scotch family 
of Hamilton, and their history is found in that of Scotland. 
It will not be attempted here. It is sufficient to state that 
our family is a part of this great family. 

The following is taken from Lower's Dictionary of 
Family Names in the Va. State Library: "Hamilton is a 
corruption of Hambledon, a manor in Buckinghamshire. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 8i 

William de Hambledon. a younger son of Robert de Beau- 
mont, third Earl of Leicester, is said to have gone about the 
year 12 15 into Scotland, where he was well received by 
Alexander II. From him sprang all the nobles and other 
Scottish lines of Hamilton.'' 

"The Hamiltons are a migratory race, and are to be 
found in almost every region of the world. In the kingdom 
of Sweden alone there are three noble houses of this name 
descended from officers who served Gustavus Adolphus in 
the thirty years war." (Grant's Memoirs of Sir John Hep- 
burn, p. 33.) 

Our immediate branch were of East Quarter, Burnside, 
Parkhead, and other manors in Lanarkshire. We can not 
definitely carry it farther back than the following: 

James 1 Hamilton, of East Quarter, is on record as of 
1655. His son was 

John 2 Hamilton, of East Quarter, record 1709. His 
son was 

John 3 Hamilton, younger, of East Quarter, who mar- 
ried Janet Arbuckle about January 20. 1752. Their son 

William* Hamilton, of record 1766, of East Quarter, 
Burnside, and Parkhead. married Euphemia Allston. of 
Muirburn, near Parkhead,' 1780. These last had seven sons 
and three daughters, whose names are recorded in the Table 
F. Ail seven of the sons emigrated to America, of whom 
Patrick, 5 our ancestor, the youngest, came over about 1807, 
and settled in Williamsborough, Granville Co., X. C.. as did 
several of his brothers. He brought sufficient inherited capi- 
tal with him to establish himself in mercantile business, in 
which he was successful. He bought and settled at his place, 
called "Burnside," near Williamsborough, where he lived with 
his wife Mary 5 Eaton (Baskervill) Hamilton, and raised 
a large family. He was a man of high type, of high intel- 
lectual and moral character, and gained the respect and es- 
teem of his neighbours and acquaintances. He acquired a 
particular reputation for justice and fairness in his dealings 

82 Baskerville Genealogy. 

with others, and many disputes and differences of his poorer 
neighbours were referred to "Squire Hamilton" for final arbi- 

Patrick 5 Hamilton died in 1850 without a will. His 
sons, Wm. B., and Ch. E. Hamilton, were his administrators. 

As stated, in 181 2 he married Mary Eaton Basker- 
vill, and they had seven children : 

William Baskervill Hamilton, born at Lombardy Grove, m. 

Mary V. Turner May 11, 1836, d. at Enterprise, 

Miss. ; 
Alary 6 Euphemia Hamilton, b. January 4, 1815, m. Geo. Tarry 

May 3, 1832, d. July 29, 1890; 
Charles' 5 Eaton Hamilton, b. January 22, 181 6, m. 1, Jane 

Coleman; 2, Mrs. Sally Watkins; 
Robert 6 Alston Hamilton, b. July 17, 1818, m. I, Sarah Alex- 
ander; 2, Mrs. Martha Morton; 
James 6 Hamilton, b. June 19, 1820, m. Maria Abert; 
Isabella 6 Alston Hamilton, b. June 22, 1823, d. July 3, 

1854, m. H. E. C. Baskervill, 1846, the writer's 

parents ; 
Alexander 6 Hamilton, b. November 2, 1824, m. Anna Young, 

of Waverly, Miss. 

Of these the writer's uncle, William 6 B. Hamilton, mar- 
ried Mary Veal Turner, of Williamsborough, whose mother 
was Anne 5 Baskervill, sister of my grandfather, Chas. 5 Bask- 
ervill. See table F. He first went into business in Richmond, 
Va., and lived in a good wooden house at Grace and Seventh 
streets, where later Dr. Francis Deane lived, and where 
now the Seventh Street Christian Church is situated. Later 
he moved to Mobile, Ala., and conducted a cotton business 
for many years. They had three children, whose names will 
appear in the table. 

Mary 6 Euphemia Hamilton, b. January 4, 181 5, d. No- 
vember 29, 1890, on May 3, 1832, married Mr. George Tarry, 
who lived at his residence, Mt. Laurel, Mecklenburg Co., Va. 
When the writer's mother died in 1854, he and his two little 

Baskerville Genealogy. 83 

sisters and baby brother were carried there to live as already 
stated. We found another family of orphans there, the chil- 
dren of Aunt Mary's younger brother Charles, who were both 
motherless and fatherless, while we had a good kind father left 
to us. The same loving - care was given to ail of us, and no 
chiidren ever had a better home. No kinder or better people 
ever lived than our uncle and aunt, and they could not have 
been better to us. if we had been their own children. I might 
say much more, but this is not the place to indulge my feelings 
in regard to it. 

They had two children: 

Mary 7 Hamilton Tarry, b. August 27, 1838, d. October 8, 
1858. She was married to Fleming Jeffries March 10, 1857, 
and died without children ; 

George 7 Patrick Tarry, b. April 12, 1811, d. . He 

married Mary G. Rawlins June 8, 1870, and inherited and lived 
at the family seat at Mt. Laurel. He died from injuries re- 
ceived in an accident in a buggy. They had a large family, 
whose names are recorded in Table F. 

Of Charles 6 Eaton Hamilton, b. January 22, 1816, we 
know little, not much more than the names of his family. He 
married first Jane Coleman, sister of the writer's grandmother, 
Mrs. Charles 3 Baskervill, and second Mrs. Sally Watkins, 
formerly Sally Tarry, neice of the writer's uncle, George 
Tarry. The names of the family are recorded in Table F. 

Robert 6 Alston Hamilton, b. July 17, 1818, was for many 
years a merchant in Petersburg, where many of his descend- 
ants are now living. He married first Sarah Alexander, of 
Mecklenburg Co., and second Mrs. Martha Morton, for- 
merly Martha Venable. Her father was conspicuous, and a 
member of Congress, and her mother was a grand daughter 
of Isabella Alston, of Scotland, sister of Euphemia Alston, 
mother of Patrick* Hamilton. The names of the family are 
recorded in Table F. 

James Hamilton, b. June 19, 1820, moved to Mississippi 
and ipent his life there. He married Maria Abert, and had a 
large family, whose names are recorded in the table. 

84 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Isabella 6 Alston Hamilton, b. June 22, 1823, d. July 
3, 1854, was the writer's mother. She married H. E. C. Bas- 
keryill, and died quite young. 

Alexander 6 Hamilton, b. November 2, 1S24, d. , 

moved to Mississippi, married Anna Young, of Waverly, 
Miss., and had a family, whose names are in Table F. 


And now having given a brief account of what we have 
found out about our own branch of the family, descended 
from George 3 Baskervill, who established it in Mecklenburg, 
and its several offshoots, we go back again to the third gen- 
eration, and take up John 3 Baskerville, the only brother of 
George 3 Baskervill, who had descendants. 

Our knowledge of him is solely from the records, and 
of his descendants partly from the records, and partly from 
a table of descent kindly sent us by Mr. John 7 Barbour Bas- 
kerviile, of Roanoke, Ya., one of the descendants. 

Jchn 3 Baskerville (he and his descendants retain the final 
e) is first on record in York Co. in 1738. Next in 1742 
he bought a tract of land and settled in what was then 
Goochland Co., and after 1748 Cumberland Co., Cumberland 
having been formed from Goochland in that year. The deed 
is on record, and we have a copy. We find records of his 
being a vestryman of the Episcopal Church in 1748 and 1755. 
He seems to have had seven children, the names of whom and 
their descendants, as far as we know them, appear in Table D. 
Of these Magdalene* and Richard 4 had descendants, who con- 
tinued to live in Cumberland Co., but we have no knowledge 
of them beyond their grandchildren, as shown in Table D. 
Another son, Samuel 4 Baskerville, was a lieutenant in the 
Revolutionary army. The following summary is taken from 
Heitman's "Historical Register of the Continental Army,'' 
p. 453: "Samuel Baskerville (Ya.), ensign 10th Ya., 3rd Dec, 
1776; 2nd Lieut. 2nd JanY., 1777; 1st Lieut. 5th April, 1778. 
Regiment designated 6th Ya. Sept. 14th, 1778. Taken pris- 
oner at Charlottesville 12th May, 1780; exchanged July, 1781, 

Baskerville Genealogy. 85 

retired 1st Jan'y, 1783, was paid to 15th Nov., 1783; died 
29th Augt, 1830." 

We find in another record that he died in Madison Co., 
Va. In another record he is spoken of in a deed as of Pow- 
hatan Co., Va., and in October, 1792, he married Statira 
Booker, of the county. (W. & M. Q, 15, 258.) He was an 
original member of the Society of Cincinnati. He is said on 
Mr. Jno. 7 B. Baskerville's table to have had two children. 
Polly and James, and to have gone to Ohio. T-he -last may 
be-an-xrriDx^as we find from Saffel's Records of the Revolu- 
tionary War, that he died in Madison Co., \^on Au°t 20th 
1830. O-iu, ' 

This leaves of the children of John 3 Baskerville, George 4 
Baskerville, the ancestor of the Pulaski branch, and the only 
one, whose descendants we have succeeded in tracing to the 
present time. See Table D. 

Of his sons, Wihmm 5 Barbour Baskerville. b. in Cum- 
berland in 1790, m^tfoVulaski C^^m^6^^^ 
He had a large family, and his descendants are settled in Pu- 
laski ond the adjoining counties. We do not know what has 
become of the other descendants. 

The family has entirely disappeared from Cumberland 
Co., I am informed by rhe clerk, as it has from York and 
Charles City counties, and the name occurs there now only in 
the records. The writer has numerous copies and extracts, 
and from these and the table sent me, as stated, our Table D is 
constructed. The table sent me is particularly interesting, 
because, it was made up by Mr. John Barbour" Baskerville, 
father of Mr. John 7 Barbour Baskerville, from his personal 
knowledge and recollections at a very advanced age. He died 
in 1906 at the age of ninety-three, and his father died in 
1883. also at the age of ninety-three. This presents an un- 
usual case of longevity in father and son, the latter being 
seventy years old when his father died. 

As far as the writer knows, there has never been any 
acquaintance or intercourse between the Pulaski branch and 
cur own, except a few letters between the writer's wife, and 


86 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Mr. Jno. 7 B. Baskerville's family, when they kindly sent us 
the table of descent. This has been only the accidental re- 
sult of moving apart. Our knowledge of this branch is con- 
fined to the statements in Table D. 

Opposite p. 86. 

Later the following interesting information has been re- 
ceived from Mr. John 7 Barber Baskerville, of Roanoke: 

William 5 Barber Baskerville about 1826 moved from 
Cumberland Co. to Montgomery Co., later Pulaski Co., Va., 
which was formed in 1839 from Montgomery and Wythe 
Counties, and settled at Lovely Mount, now Radford. He 
ieft Cumberland with his son. John 6 Barber Baskerville, then 
about thirteen years old, and several servants, to look for a 
place to settle. They spent the winter near New Dublin, and 
in the next spring he purchased land east of New River. 
During the summer he brought his wife and a number of 
servants to the southwest to Lovely Mount. 

Later, about 1839, or early in the 40's, he moved to Mis- 
souri, where he lived in the Counties of Cass, Cooper, and 
Henry. During the Civil War he equipped a company for 
the Confederate Army. His son, William 6 Baskerville, now 
residing at Montrose, Mo., (1913), was one of the pioneers 
in California. He made several trips over the Santa Fe 
trail, on one of which he was attacked by Indians, near where 
is now Yuma, Arizona, and was tomahawked and desperately 
wounded. The scar, in which a finger can be laid, is still 

Another son. James 5 A. Baskerville, had a pronounced 
fondness for the frontier, livingr also his entire life on the 
edge of civilization. At a very early age he left Missouri ior 
the far West, and was heard from at intervals in Utah, Idaho. 
Montana, California and Washington. He was a hunter and 
trapper, and in his old age drifted into the valley of the Methow 
River (Okanogen Co.) in Washington, and took up land 
120 miles from a railroad. He made a good selection, but 
he did not live to see that country as it is today, said to be 
the finest fruit and particularly apple section in the country. 

Major John 5 Barber Baskerville, son of Richard 4 and 
Martha (Goode) Baskerville. located in Carroll and Gray- 
5on Counties. Va., and for many years conducted a store 
near Hillsville. He owned a good deal of property in that sec- 

Mr D.„ _ ,-._ 

tion, including that on which Grayson Suiphur Springs was 
located, and which is now owned by the Appalachian Power 
Co.. and is the site of one of its power plants. He died un- 

John 6 Barber Baskerville, father of my informant, re- 
mained in Pulaski Co., Va., when his father went West. He 
began the practice of law in 1838. and retired in 1893, having 
practiced for fifty-five years. During this time he remained 
in Pulaski Co., but had more than a local reputation as a 
lawyer. During and immediately after the Civil War he 
was clerk of the courts of Pulaski, and in this capacity signed 
the county money. After his retirement from practice, when 
more than eighty years old, he was Mayor of Pulaski, not- 
withstanding his great age, and his mental faculties remained 
unimpaired until about the time of his death in 1906, when 
he was 93 years old. A young lady, who knew this old gen- 
tleman and his wife well, told us before his death that '"he 
was a grand old man," and his wife "the dearest, sweetest old 
iady," and gave us their address. 

Mrs. John 7 B. Baskerville, formerly Miss Leach, is a de- 
scendant of Col. Gerard Fowke, mentioned on p. 92 of this 

With regard to the spelling "Barber" or "Barbour" in 
this family, Mr. John 7 B. Baskerville writes me that it may 
be spelled either way, as both are used by members of the 
family, but "Barber" seems to predominate. In the state- 
ments sent me by him and his wife, both were used. Of 
course this is a retention of the name of Col. Wm. Barber. 
of York Co., which has not occurred in our branch of the 



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N. E. — Read from bottom up. 

rristam Boiling, 

if Bradford, York, 



Edward Bolling=Magdalme Greene, 

of Bradford. ] of Horsford, York. 

Eustace Rolfe=Joanna Jener. 
Norfolk, Engl'd, I 
m. May 27, 1560. 

John Rolfe= 
Norfolk, Engl'd, 
b. 1,562, in. 15S2. 

^Dorothea Mason. 

Powhatan, . 
b. about 1547, 
d. before 1622. 

Robert Bolling=Anne Clarke, 
of London, j of London, 
living .633. 

[olm Eaton, John Boiling— Mary - 

immigrant 1635, of London. | 
inventory 16.15. 


John Rolfe=Pocahontas, 
from England, | b. about 1596, 
b. 15S5, d. 1622, d. 1617. 

came to Va. 

Capt. Francis 
Poythress, came 
over 1633, M. H. 
B. 1644-49. 


>mas Rolfe=Jane Poy- 
b. 1615. I thress. 

Col. Win. - M>s. Mar 
ber. R.1602, I Dennett, 
d. 1669 d. 1676. 

lames Minge, 
Clk. Gnl. Ass. 


Robt. Har 
rison, York 
Co. 1645- 

York Co. 

Robt. BolIing=Jane 

Immigrant I Kolfe, 
)66o, b. 1646, m. 1675, 
d. 1709, I d. 1676. 
M. H. IS. "1704. I 


sham, d. I , m. 

about 1670. 2d, Fr. 

I Eppes.she 
I died 167S. 

John liaskervyle - Marv Hugh Nor 

immigrant 1662, 1 Harrier, veil, of [as 

b. !<v, 7 , d. i6 ?9 , 1 rl. Ifc9i City CO 

m. about 1664. ! 

See English 

fable, p. 8. I r 

1694-1 7 1 8. 

James=Amadea John Eaton, 
Minge, I Harrison, records 

W.M.B. ', uum.H&. Vw«kCo« 

1680-S4. b. belore 1689-92. 
_ I 1647- I » 

Richard=Eliz. Wor- 
Kennon, I sham, b. 
land grant | about 1656. 
1O70. m. abt. J 

1676, d. 1696. I 

I I 

Mrs. Eliz. Col. Henry; -Martha John=Mary 

Jeffreys, Embry, Sr., I . Boiling, i Kennon, 

of M. C, Unlit, ifioo. I b. 1676, h. abt. 

d. will 1742. d. 1763, d. 1757. 1&77. 

M. H. B. 


M. H. B. 


I I 

George^Ehz. Nor 
Basker- I veil, living 
vyle, of 1714. 

Minge, Ch, 
City Co., 
1716, will 

Col. Wni. 

Eaton, b, 

.1690, d. 

1759. M. 
H. B, 1146 
and later. 


Capt. Os- Col. Henry=Pris 

borne |e(T 
revs, N 
land Co 
C, grov 
in 1742. 

Embry, Jr 

b. abt. 1720, 

M. H. B 


Rev. Alex 

Gordon, Murray, 
Blount, fr. Scotland fr. Scot- 
beforei763 -land, d. 

George Haskervill— Martha .Minge, 
Mecklenburg I records 1741-52 

1752, d. 1777, ni. ] cl. before 176ft. 
before 1741. 


Rust Eaton, 
b. abt. 1743. d. 
1822, M. Col. Ass. 
1776, I.t. Col. 
Rev. War. 

Eliz. John Coleman= 

Jeffreys. M Leg. 1781. | 






1/72, '■ 
Br. P. 

s Gordon=Margt. 

came from Scot- j Murray, 
land with his | b. 1748. 

I 17S6. I 

William Baskervill^Maru Eaton, 
b. 17*3, d. 1814. I d. 1S42. 

Henry Embra Coleman=Aune Gordon. 

Charles B-iskerviII=Elizabetli Coleman, 
b. 1788, d. 1834. I d. 1821. 

H. E. C. Baskervili=I. A. Hamilton, se 

b. 1817. d. 1900. I b. 1823, d. 1S54. 

P. II. Baskervill 
b. 1848. 

E. M. Skelton, see Skeltc 


Hamilton M. liaskerville, 
b. 1882. 


Next we will take up some of the allied families, whose 
daughters married into the Baskerville family, and thus find 
where some of our grandmothers came from. 

Is is remarkable how rapidly grandparents multiply, as 
we look backward, as they double in number each generation. 
We find that in the tenth generation back, if there were no 
inter-marrying, there would be 1,024, an d in the twentieth 
generation 1,048,576. The writer is of the twenty-first genera- 
tion from the original Baskervyle settler at Old Withington. 

We do not propose to follow all of these up, only a few 
of the writer's Virginia grandparents. 

It is very interesting to observe how wide-spreading the 
connections are. In Virginia it is true that almost all of the 
old educated families have intermarried more or less, and 
thus a relationship, near or remote, is established between 
them. All of the older families must have come from the 
tidewater section, because only that was settled then. As the 
interior was opened up, these families moved farther inland, 
and also immigrants were added to them. 



John 1 Baskesvyle, the Immigrant, the first of the Bask- 
ervills in Virginia, about 1664 married Mary Barber, daugh- 
ter of Lt, Coln. William Barber, of York Co., Va. 

Coln. Barber was born in 1602, died in 1669. There 
were a number of immigrants during the earlier period of 
colonization of this name, and several instances of the name 
"William" among them. Our only record of immigrants to 
Virginia before 1700 is that of Hotten. for the year 1635, m 
which we find two persons named Wm. Barber, one said to 
be seventeen years old and the other twenty-two. These ages 
do not conform to his birth, but there may be some errors in 
the figures. In 1634 William Barber is on record as a land 
owner in Elizabeth City County. Again he appears in 1638 
as a land owner in York Co., where in a deed a tract of land 
is said to border on his land. This seems to be the first 
record of him in York Co. After this his name appears quite 
frequently. We do not know with certainty where he came 
from, but a study of Earwaker's "East Cheshire" shows us 
that the name Barber occurs frequently there, and that they 
were evidently people of good standing. 

In a list of Cheshire knights in 1579 occur the names 
Ralph and John Barber, the latter of Crokesloff. In a list of 
land holders of Cheshire in 1648 occur James Barber and 
John Barber. And so through a long list of references of a 
later date, and in this list the name "William" occurs fre- 

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In 1548 Sir Thos. Barber, a priest in orders, was present 
at the Bishop's visitation at Prestburv. 

Gravestones in Prestbury churchyard show that 

George Barber, of Prestbury, was buried on February 
5, 1637, and 

Thomas Barber, of Prestbury, was buried on December 
27, 1659; 

George Barber, B. A., incumbent of Disney, July 9, 1765; 

James Barber was mayor of Macclesfield in 1653-4; 

Henry Barber was mayor, 1672-3; 

John Barber was mayor, 1711-12, and also 1728-20, 

In view of the marriage of John 1 Baskervyle, so soon 
after his arrival in Virginia, to Mary Barber, it seems a fair 
inference that they had known of each other before, and that 
this Coin. Wm. Barber came from Cheshire. There were 
other families named Barber in the State, as the one in Rich- 
mond Co., which seem not to have been the same, although 
they may have been related. 

Capt. William Barber, of Richmond County, died 1721, 
will recorded then, seems to be of an entirely different family 
from our Lt. Coln. Wm. Barber, of York County, b. 1602, d. 

In Wm. & M. O., Vol. 17, p. 176 and ff., are recorded 
several wills, in which this Richmond County family is men- 
tioned, sec pp. 176, 181, and 182, where many names are 
mentioned. They seem very much the same as in the York 
family. So "William," "Mary," "Thomas," "Elizabeth," &c. 
It seems very probable they were related. 

Lt. Coln. Wm. Barber was a conspicuous citizen of 
York County, and his prominence extended to State affairs. 
There were several land grants to him, as in 1652, and at 
other times, given chiefly for the transportation of persons 
brought, or induced to come, into the colony, 40 to 45 acres 
being awarded for each person. The grant of 1656 for 538 
A. seems to include other patents issued in 1642 and 165 1. 
He was evidently a large land proprietor. The records show 
him a man of affairs, and a constant participator in public 

•92 Baskerville Genealogy. 

affairs. He was made Lt. Colonel, commanding the militia 
of this and probably the adjoining counties. In 1652 he was 
made Justice of the Peace, and continued so for many years, 
during most of the time being the presiding justice. 

In 1663 he became a member of the House of Burgesses, 
this being what was called the ''Long Assembly," because it 
lasted from. 1663 to 1675. Gov. Sir Wm. Berkeley was so well 
pleased with the assembly that he did not dissolve it. Coin. 
Barber continued a member of the assembly untii his death 
in 1669. 

In 1660 the Governor, Sir Wm. Berkeley, Coin. Wm. Bar- 
ber, Coin. Gerard Fowke, Coin. Kendall, Thos. Warren, Raw- 
leigh Traverse, and Thos. Lucas, were superintendents for the 
erection of the State house in Jamestown (Brock's Virginia, 
Vol. I, p. 113). In December, 1662, and September 10th, 
1663, he being a member of the House of Burgesses, was 
chairman of a committee from that body to treat with the 
Governor about a State house. Other similar instances 
might be recorded, but these are sufficient to show his promi- 
nence and usefulness in the State and his community. In 
those days, when education and culture were not so common, 
the enlightened, educated gentlemen were chosen to fill the 
offices, and politics is supposed to have been on a different 
plane from the present day. 

The. following is an extract from the York County 
Record? in the Virginia State Library, Book "Records 1657- 

"Coln. William Barber, on 10th April, 1662, having 
been appointed sheriff, petitions the Governor (Sir Wm. 
Berkeley) that on account of his age he be excused, and that 
Col. Henry Gooch be appointed. The Governor orders that 
the request is most unwillingly granted, and that Lt. Col. 
Gocch is appointed." 

He married Mrs. Mary Dennett, widow of John Den- 
nett, who had died in 1646. John Dennett patented 250 A. 
land in James City County on AugL 14, 1635- As there seem 
to be no references to him in the York County records, he 

Baskerville Genealogy. 93. 

doubtless lived in James City County. She had three Dennett 
children, half brother and sisters, of course, of Mary Barber,. 
the wife of John 1 Baskervyle, and thus related to us. Their 
names will be found on the table after p, 9$, and their history 
is interesting as showing the standing of the family. 

The oldest, a son, Thomas Dennett, married Anne Booth, 
daughter of the clerk of York County, who preceded John 1 
Baskervyle. Thomas Dennett died in 1673, and Anne 
(Booth) Dennett, the widow, married secondly William Clop- 
ton, and became the ancestress of the Clopton family of Vir- 
ginia, formerly quie prominent. Margaret Dennett, the 
youngest, married John Juxon, a close relative of the famous 
Archbishop Juxon, of Canterbury, who attended, as spiritual 
adviser, Charles I, when he was executed. These Juxons 
were people of means, but the sons of this marriage all re- 
turned to England. 

There may be found in the Va. Hist. Magazine, Vol. XV, 
p. 319, an interesting abstract of the will of Elizabeth Milnor r 
born Elizabeth Juxon, of the Strand, Co. Middlesex, Eng- 
land, widow, as of March 20, 17 19, in which she leaves large 
legacies to her Virginia Juxon and Timson cousins. 

One of Margaret (Dennett) Juxon's daughters, Mary 
Juxon, married Samuel Timson, who had come from England 
in 1677. These Timsons were entitled to their coat-of-arms 
in the books of heraldry. It is said that some of their tombs 
are still preserved in York County with the coat-of-arms cut 
upon them. Also Thomas 3 Barber, nephew of Mrs. Mary 
(Barber) Baskervyle, married Mary Timson. A good deal 
about the Juxons and the Timsons may be gleaned from the 
Wm. & Mary Quarterly in the Va. His. Soc. library. 

Lt. Coln. Wm. Barber and Mary, his wife, had two 

Thomas Barber, b. 1653, d. 1718, maintained (as did the 
grandson, Wm. Barber), his father's position in the com- 
munity. Both he and his son, William, were Justices of the 
Peace, members of the Houses of Burgesses, and held other 
public offices. We cannot undertake to follow them here. 
A brief summary will be found in the table. 

94 Baskekville Genealogy. 

Mary Barber, who married John 1 Baskervyle about 
1664, died in 1694, surviving her husband eighteen years. 

The son, Thomas- Barber "Capt. Thomas Barber, of 
Hampton parish, York Co.," in the records, was born 1653, 
Justice of the Peace 1678, member of the House of Bur- 
gesses in 1680-1703, and died 1718. He married first Eliza- 
beth Petters. 

His son, William 3 Barber, born about 1675, v *' as church 
warden of Hampton parish in 1703, Justice of the Peace in 
1705, Burgess in 1710. 

Lt. Coln. Wm. Barber died in 1669, and his wife in 
1676, and we have copies of the wills of both. Also that of 
Mrs. Mary (Barber) Baskervyle, who died in 1693. The y 
are very quaint in expression and interesting, and the first 
two long and intricate. All of the children, and grandchil- 
dren, and others are mentioned, thus giving much personal 
information. The spelling is remarkable, and they indicate 
that the famih was in very comfortable financial circum- 

At the time of Col. Barber's death (1669) as stated, he 
had only two children, Mrs. Mary Barber Baskervyle, 
wife of John 1 Baskervyle, Clerk of York Co., and Thomas 
Barber, the latter being under nineteen years of age. Col. 
Barber, in his will, appointed his wife executrix, and his 
son to become joint executor, "when he shall have become 
nineteen years old." He bequeathed one hundred pounds 
(equal to about $2,500 of our present currency) to his 
daughter, Mary Baskervyle ; one negro, three cows, six 
ewes and one ram to his granddaughter. Elizabeth Basker- 
vyle ; one horse, three cows, six ewes, and one ram to his 
granddaughter, Mary Baskervyle; one cow and one horse 
to Mary Dennett, daughter of his stepson, Thomas Dennett ; 
and one horse to Elizabeth Miles (or Mills), daughter of 
his stepdaughter Sarah (Dennett) Miles; all of his lands to 
his son, Thomas Barber ; all of the remainder of his estate, 
"moveables and unmoveables." to his wife and son. She 
(wile) was to "have the tuition" of the son, until he be of 

Baskerville Genealogy. 95 

age (evidently nineteen). If she marries again, (she did 
not), the son was to be sole executor, and she to receive 
only the legal dowry. A queer provision is, "It is my will 
that there be no funeral at all for me, but as to my interring 
I leave it to the discretion of my executrix." 

The will of Mrs. Mary Barber, wife of Col. Wm. 
Barber, and formerly wife of John Dennett, dated April 25, 
1674, and probated June 3., 1676, is chiefly remarkable for the 
number of legatees, there being twenty. She mentions her 
daughter, Mary Baskeryyle, and her children, Mary, Eliza- 
beth, Magdalin, and Rebecca Baskervyle. George 2 and 
Sarah were born after 1674. Also her daughter, Sarah 
(Dennett) Collins, formerly Sarah Mills, her husband, 
Matthew Collins, and her children, Elizabeth, Mary, John, 
and Sarah Mills, and Martha, Mary, and Sarah Collins. 

Also her granddaughters Anne and Sarah Dennett, 
daughters of her son, Thomas Dennett. 

Also her granddaughters Mary and Elizabeth Juxon, 
daughters of her daughter Margaret (Dennett) Juxon. 

Also her son Thomas Barber, and her son-in-law, John 1 
Baskervyle, her executors. 

Mrs. Mary (Barber) Baskervyle's will, dated July 
12, 1693, and proven June 25, 1694, seems to show that her 
estate was small. Her legacies, chiefly of small personal 
property, were to her children, and the remainder was to 
be divided among George 2 , Rebecca, and Sarah, all young 
and unmarried. A striking item is a bequest of "the biggest 
iron pot that I have to my sonne George 2 ." At this early 
period iron cooking utensils had to be brought from England, 
and were valuable. She mentions her daughter, Mary Battin 
(or Batten), and her granddaughter, Mary Battin, Jr., also 
her daughter Magdalin White, and her granddaughter, Mary 
White ; also her daughters Rebecca and Sarah Baskervyle, 
and her son, George 2 Baskervyle ; also her brother, Thomas 
Barber, her "coz." Samuel Timson, and her son-in-law, 
Joseph White, as executors. 

96 Baskerville Genealogy. 


George 2 Baskervyle, son of John 1 Baskervyle, mar- 
ried, most probably, Elizabeth Xorvell, daughter of Hugh 
Norvell, of James City Co. In a deed from George- Basker- 
vyle in 1714, conveying land in York Co., his wife "Eliza- 
beth''' relinquished her dower right. The names of two of 
her sons were "'Hugh" and '"Xorvell." From these circum- 
stances and his general knowledge of the families of James 
City Co., Dr. Lyon G. Tyler thinks she was a daughter of 
Hugh Xorvell, as stated. He is better informed as to the 
families of this section than any other living man, and I 
do not doubt the accuracy of his judgment. Unfortunately 
all the records of James City Co. prior to 1865 have been 

The Xorvells were evidently prominent in James City 
Co. From Goodwin's Bruton Parish we find that "Capt. 
Hugh Xorvell" was in the vestry in 1694, and as late as 
1710, and that he was present at frequent meetings. Also 
that he died in 1716. George and William Xorvell were 
also at different times in the vestry. William Xorvell was 
a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776. (Meade's 
Churches, Vol. I, p. 63) — (Bruton Church). He was a 
grandson of Hugh Xorvell, who was a vestryman of Bruton 
Church in 1710. (Wm. and M. O., Ill, 175). George Xor- 
vell was doubtless the brother of Wm. Xorvell. 

We find the following in the York Co. records: George 
Norvell, Sept. 24th, 1685. judgment vs. Wm. Clopton for 
£4.4. [He died in 1686 — Bruton Church, 135. This is 
doubtless the same Wm. Clopton who married Ann Booth 
Dennett, widow of Thomas Dennett, the last having died in 
1673, and who was the half brother of Mary Barber Bas- 
kervyle, wife of John 1 Baskervyle.] 

Hugh Xorvyle, 1700, suit vs. Watts, dismissed. 

Hugh Xorvile, 1698, brought suit against Lewis BurwelL 

Capt. Hugh Xorvile, Dec. 14. 1699, brought suit as. 
assignee &c. 


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m. Ehz. — — .deed 1741 

will 1746. 


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VVyatt 8 Walker, 
of Chas. City Co., 
b. 1762. d. 1832. 

Geo." Walker. Kobt." Walker. Valentine 6 Freeman" 
Walker. Walker. 

of Richmond Co., Ga.; deed Chas. City 18 
W. & M. Q., 16, 139. 

John 7 Minge. m. 
Sarah Harrison, 
sister of President 

Geo.' Hunt Minge, 

m. Fr. Dandridge, 

will 1808. 

Rebecca 7 Jones Minge 
ni. John Dandridge. 

Anne 7 Shields Minge, 
never married. 

Tabitha' Minge, 
m. Htitchins Burtoi 

Mary Burton, 
m. John' Baskervill. 

Chas 5 Baskervill. 

H.« E. C. Baskervill. 

P. 7 II. Baskervill. 

H. 6 M. Baskerville, 

Judith' Bray Minge, 
m. Edmund Christian. 

Dr. John* 
friend of 

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Ladd 1S27. 

George 8 
m. Mary 

Eliza" Anne 8 

Minge, Ming?, 

m. Hugh m. David 

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Note. — In 1775 David and George Minge were < 
W. & M. Q., Vol. 5, p. 200. 

. the Committee of Safety for Charles City county, probably 1776 and 77. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 97 


George 3 Baskervyle married, before 1741, Martha 
Minge, of Charles City Co., probably daughter of Valen- 
tine 3 Minge. The Minges were another prominent old 
family of this section. Most of the old Charles City records 
have been destroyed. A few of the old books remain, but 
Charles City Court House being very inaccessible, the writer 
has been unable to make an examination. All the information, 
which we ha-e, is derived from the William and Mary Quar- 
terly, edited by Dr. L. G. Tyler, President of William and 
Mary* College. See Vol. V, p. 195. 

James 1 Minge was clerk of the General Assembly of 
Virginia in 1673 and 1676, and was a friend of Nathaniel 
Bacon, Jr. He resided in Martin Brandon Parish, Charles 
City Co., (afterwards Prince George Co.) In 1693 James 2 
Minge, probably son of the first named, was clerk of James 
City Co. In 1693 a deed was recorded in York Co., naming 
the following children of Robebt Harrison, gent., of York 
Co., viz.: "Nicholas, Robert, James, Amadea (Harrison). 
wife of James 2 Minge, of Charles City Co., gent., and 
Frances, wife of Thomas Shands." 

In 1635 Robert Harrison, aged 32. emigrated from 
London to Virginia in the ship "Abraham," Jno. Barker, 
master. (Hotten). This places his birth in 1603. 

On December 29th, 1662, he confessed judgment in 
York Co., a bill of exchange having been returned protested. 

On December 6th, 1662, a land grant of 389 acres to 
Robert Harrison is recorded in York Co. 

The first mention of Robert Harrison in the York Co. 
records seems to be on December 20, 1645, when we find a 
judgment in his favor against a tenant for a crop. His will is 
on record, dated February 24th, 1667, an ^ proved April 10th, 
1668. I have a copy. His death doubtless occurred shortly 
before the last date. In the will he speaks of his dead wife, 
and names his children as above, but the two daughters were 

98 Baskerville Genealogy. 

not yet married. His daughter Amadea or Aniedea, was 
evidently the oldest and the favorite, the others being- ap- 
parently under age. She was called "Amedea Harrison/' 
and hence was unmarried. She was made executrix of the 
will, and was requested to remain in the residence, have the 
use of the plantation, and the personal property on it, and by 
inference to take care of the other children, until Robert 
(doubtless the youngest) should come to the age of twenty- 
one. There were many small legacies to her, showing his 
affection and consideration for her. We have a copy of the 
will on file, and as that of an ancestor it is interesting. 

There are several deeds on record in York Co., in No- 
vember, 1692, in which the heirs of Robert Harrison, Sr., 
Nicholas, Robert, James, Amadea, and Frances, all alive then, 
convey certain land, one of them from James 2 Minge and 
Amadea (Harrison) Minge, his wife, and Thomas Shanes 
(or Shands) and Frances (Harrison) Shanes, his wife, show- 
ing these marriages had occurred before that. 

In 1712 deeds were recorded in Surry Co. from James 3 
Minge, "eldest son of James Minge, dec'd." This James 
Minge must have been the third in descent. He probably 
moved to Xorth Carolina, as in 1722 James Minge, of Xorth 
Carolina, appointed Capt. Edward Wyatt, of Prince George 
Co., Va., his attorney in fact. 

Valentine 3 Minge is mentioned in 1716 as a son of 
James 2 Minge, dec'd. A deed recorded in Surry Co., and 
dated March 18, 1741, from John 4 and George 4 Minge to 
Benjamin Harrison is for land given to them by their father, 
Valentine 3 Minge, who made his will March 18th, 1719. 

John 4 Alinge lived at Wyanoke, in Charles City Co.. and 
his widow, Elizabeth, qualified on his estate in 1746. (Charles 
City Record). He left among other children John 5 Minge, 
Jr., who was one of the justices of Charles City Co. as early 
as 1737. He married Rebecca (Jones?), administrator of 
Thos. Collier, dec'd, and had David 1 ' Minge. eldest son. (See 
1st Call's Reports. Harrison vs. Harrison). David" Minge 
married Christina Shields, daughter of James Shields, of York 

Baskerville Genealogy. 99 

Co. He was a man of large estate. His will, dated May 
16, 1779. was proved November 7th, 1781, and names issue: 
(1) John 7 , eldest son, under age; (2) George 7 Hunt Minge, 
to whom was given the plantation called "The Row," all 
lands in Xorth Carolina and stocks of every kind thereon 
with fifty negro slaves; (3) Rebecca 7 Jones, who married 
John Dandridge; (4) Ann 7 Shields, who never married (will 
proved in Charles City Co. in 1800) ; (5) Judith 7 Bray, named 
in codicil as born since the making of his will (she married 
Edmund Christian, of Charles City Co.) To his wife, Chris- 
tina, he left for life, and afterwards to son John 7 , all his 
lands in Weyanoke, including Kittiwan, Harveys, Miles, Col- 
liers, and other lands adjoining, with twenty negro slaves, 
and his chariot and four horses, and drivers Billy and Charles. 
She married secondly Collier Harrison, eldest son of Robert 
Harrison, (uncle of YVm. Henry Harrison, President of the 
United States), by whom she had Elizabeth Collier Harrison. 
John 7 Minge, son of David , married Sarah Harrison, 
sister of the President, and had issue: 

1. Dr. John s Minge (a warm friend of President Tyler), 
who married Mary Adams ; 

2. Benjamin 8 Minge, married Jane Atkinson; 

3. Collier* Harrison Minge, married, in 1827, Anna Maria 
Ladd, of Charles City Co. ; 

4. George 3 Minge, m. Mary, dau. of Benj. C. Harrison; 

5. Eliza 8 Minge, m. Hugh Xelson, of Petersburg, Va. ; 

6. Anna s Minge, m. David Dunlop, of Petersburg, Va. ; 

7. David 8 Minge, m. Eleanor Adams. 

George 7 Wm. Hunt Minge lived in Charles City Co., 
and made his will in 1808. He married Frances Dandridge, 
and names his sister (probably sister-in-law) Mary Wilson, 
wife of John Wilson, and his children, Mary, David, and 
George. See Minge Table. 


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:.. . H IN FAMILY. 

London to Barbadoes, 1635; inventory York county, 1645. 

Edward and Abigail S. Jones, 

people of wealth in James City county, 

Va.; lie was vestryman of Hruton 

Coin. Gideon H. Macon=PrisciIla Jones, 
prominent in James City county, I 
Vn., in 1680; vestryman of Brutoii 
Parish and of St.' Peters Church, 
New Kent Co.,Va.; of large means. 1 

William 2 Eaton, 
records York county 1674-1694. 

John* Eaton, 
records York county 16S6-1714. 

1st of York county, moved 1st to 
Prince George county, and then to 
Granville county, N.'C, b. about 
1690, d, 1759, M. H. 15., Colonel, and 
other offices; married about 1717. 

William 1 F.aton=Mary Rives. Samuel' Eaton, 

Prince George ^ 

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Harrison Macon, John Macon, 
married, no 

Martha Macon, d. 1716, m. Orlando 
Jones, of Williamsburg, second son 
of Rev. Rowland [ones, of Bruton 

Church, Williamsburg, Va. 

.Nathaniel Macon, b. 1757, d. 1837,. 
m. Hannah Piummer 17S:, was a 
conspicuous M. C, candidate for 
Vice President of U. S. 

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Geo. Washington Priscilla J. five others. 

Macon. Macon. 

ra. Win. 

Scnora— Willi am 5 
Macon Eaton, Br. 
I Gen'l ill 
Rev. War. 

Eaton m, 
r, Anthony 
2, Col. 

Anne 5 
Eaton, m. 

daughter, in. — ^— ^ Dandridge. 
Mary Dandridge, 
m. 1, John Custir,, 

2, Pres'i Geo. Washington. 

Mary 5 
Eaton, m. 

Sarah 5 
Eaton, m. 

Thomas 5 
Eaton, b. 
abt. 1742, 
m. Anna 
Br. Gen, in 



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Elizabeth 5 Chas.'Rust 
Eaton, m. Eaton, b. 
Daniel abt. 1743, d. 

Welden, 1S22, m. 
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b. about 


Nathl. M. Martin, 
of Richmond, Va., 
b. about iSos. m. 
Su«n Gilinour. 



13 or 14 others. 

Wm..* Eaton. 
Rosa Gilmori 

Buckner 6 Eatc 

111. Peter 

Walter K. 
Martin, m. 
i, Heath, 

Martin, in. 

Martin, m. 


Susan 7 Eaton, 
m. Sam Peter 

Laura 7 Eaton, 
m. Wm. 

Bettie 7 Eaton, 
m. John 


Robt. Good oe- 'Susannah Martin-'=L. H. Bullock. 
I I 

Coi. lohn Somerviile=Mary Goodloe. 

Rich'd Bullock. 

Marv' EaTON, 

ni. William 1 

liASKLKVILL. 1 786. 

Elizabeth" Anne« Eaton, d. Letitia" Eaton, John" R. Eatun=Susan 

Eaton, m. before 1S1S, in. in, Wm. Smith. 'Somen 

Doitch. Mark Alexander, I 

3d wife. I 

Lucy llullock, 
m. — Bullock. 

R. A. Bullock, 
Williamsboro, N. C. 

Ciias.' Has 
kekvill, ii 

1, Eliz. A. 

2, Lucy j 
Goude. 1 

Wm. 7 Rust Geo.' D. Elizabeth' Maky'Eaton Anne' Bas- Sally 7 

Baskervill, Baskervill, Baskervill, Baskekvii.l, kervill, Dortch. m 

m. Sallv 111. 1, ■ m. Ro. H. in. Patrick in. Thos. Wm .•'• R. 

Dortch.' Willis; 2, Jones. Hamilton. Turner. Baskervill. 

Wil- I 


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Mary' Alex- Anr 
ander, m. and 
Win. A. 




Alex- Mary 7 



Smith, ni. 

H. M E. C Basicekvill— I "A. Hamilton. 



Ino.' S. 
lived near 

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m. Mary 




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Tim 8 

Walton, of 

Henry" Eaton 
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Mary Eaton, called Polly Eaton, who died in 1842, 
daughter of Charles Rust Eaton, of Granville Co., N. C, 
married William 4 Baskeryill, of Waverly, Mecklenburg Co., 
Va., in 1786. 

The Eaton search has been a long one. and a great many 
records have been found, which give much information. But 
chiefly on account of a remarkable absence of wills and records 
of estates in the earlier period we can not obtain lists of 
families, or establish relationships during that period in some 
cases as positively as we would like. 

It seems very probable that the Eatons who settled early 
in Connecticut and in Virginia were scions of the same family 
in Cheshire, England. 

From Ormerod's History of Cheshire (in our library), 
Vol. II, p. 611, we find that Rev. Richd. Eaton (or Eiton), 
Vicar of Great Budworth, Cheshire, England, died and was 
buried January 7th, 1600. He left several children, of whom 
Theophilus, a son. was a London merchant trading in Den- 
mark and the East country. In 1630 he left England for 
America and afterwards was the renowned governor of New 
Haven in New England. He died in Dublin before 1678, at 
which time his son John and his executors sold "The Pole," 
(the ancestral home in Cheshire, England), to Mr. George 
Eaton, direct ancestor of the present possessor [1881]. 
Samuel, another son, was a nonconformist minister. Another 
son, Richard Eaton, B. D., Prebendary of Lichfield in 1607, 
had a son Nathaniel, born 1609, who was the first master of 
New Cambridge [Harvard College] in New England, and 
afterwards died on the king's bench. 

Anne Baskervyle, daughter of Thomas Baskervyle, of 
Old Withington, Cheshire, (latter born 1566, died 1625), 
mentioned in her brother's will, married John Eaton, of Bla.dc- 
den, 1623. See p. 9. : :*: :* 

io2 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Theophilus and Nathaniel Eaton were both in Virginia 
for some time before their return to England, and it is 
supposed that the Virginia Eatons were closely related to 
them, and also came from the Cheshire family. There were 
many emigrants from Cheshire to Virginia during the early 

Starting with the earliest record in Virginia, Thomas 
Eaton, having evidently come over from England earlier, on 
June nth. 1631, received an order of Council authorizing 
him to receive cattle, &c. In 1634 he patented 250 A. of land 
in Elizabeth City Co., and again in 1638 in the same county 
1050 A. in two grants. In 1646 the York Co. records show 
an order of court for the payment by Richd. Wyat of a hhd. 
of tobacco to "Thomas Eaton of London, cururgeon" (indi- 
cating he had returned to England). 

On September 19th, 1650, he made a deed of gift to ''The 
Eaton Free School" in Elizabeth City Co.. which he thereby 
established," of 500 A. of land, with all houses, &p, two 
negroes, twelve cows, two bulls, 20 hogs, young and old, one 
bed-stead, a table, a cheese press. 12 milk trays, an iron kettle, 
pot rack and pot hooks, milk pails, water tubs, and powder- 
ing tubs." This school became famous. The Syms free- 
school had been established in 1635. Thomas Eaton is said 
to have gone back to England and there is no evidence of his 
having left any family in Virginia. He is said to have been 
a relative of Nathaniel Eaton of Harvard. 

Our record of the names of emigrants from England 
seems to be limited to Hotten's lists of 1635. ^ n April. 1635, 
Abigail Eaton, aged 35, with her daughter Mary, aged 4, and 
son John, aged 1, came in the ship Elizabeth from London 
to New England. 

Also in 1035 George Eaton, aged 27, emigrated from 
London to St. Christophers (Hotten) In 1651 George Eaton 
(doubtless the same) patented two tracts of land in Virginia, 
"North of Rappahannock River," aggregating 564 A. And 
in 1652 a patent w r as granted to another for land adjoining 

Baskeryille Genealogy. 103 

his. Then in the Lancaster Co. records we find, as of 1653, 
an inventory of the estate of George Eaton, deceased. (W. & 
M. Quar., II, 267). Then in 1637 land was granted to another 
on account of the head right of Peter Eaton. ( Va. H. Mag., 
VII, 298). Then in 1653 William Eaton patented 200 A. of 
land in Northumberland Co., but he seems to have lived and 
died there, a different Wm. Eaton. There seem to have been 
many Eatons in Tidewater Virginia other than our immediate 
ancestors, and after our \Ym. Eaton went to North Carolina 
another Wm. Eaton was prominent in the vestries of Bruton 
and Bristol parishes, doubtless a close relative. 

Also in 1635 John 1 Eaton, aged 20, came ever in another 
ship to Barbadoes. He probably continued on to Virginia, as 
in 1645 we find in the York Co. records the inventory of John 
Eaton, deceased. Then for almost 30 years we find no men- 
tion of the name in York Co., until in 1674 we find a record 
of a sale of land by William Eaton. Then during the next 
20 years there are four other records of this William Eaton, 
viz.: in 1678 a judgment in his favor; in 1689 a nonsuit and 
damages; in 1691 a judgment against Mrs. Ann Jones; and in 
1694, he being deceased, a judgment against his executors. 
Next in the same county we find twenty records of John 3 
Eaton, first two judgments in his favor in 16S6: then a deed 
conveying land to him. "cordwainer." in 1690, "of Hampton 
P."; then two claims allowed for fees in 1691 ; then two suits, 
in which he was interested in 1692 : then he and his wife. Mary, 
assigned two deeds to others, and a deed was made to him, 
"cordwainer," for "Essex Lodge" containing 1621 A., in 1693; 
from 1694 to 1700 he wab concerned in seven small actions in 
court; in 1695 he was appointed constable of Hampton Parish; 
in 1696 he and his wife, Mary, deeded land : and in 17 14 from 
the State land books we find there was granted to him a patent 
for 429 A. land in Prince George Co. Later we will see that 
a part of this tract was sold in 17 19 by his son, Samuel Eaton, 
indicating that John Eaton had died before that time. 

This mere outline gives us very meagre information of 
William and John Eaton. Several transfers of land indicate 

104 Baskerville Genealogy. 

that they were in comfortable circumstances, and John's wife, 
Mary, is mentioned in 1693 and 1696. 

Next we find in Prince George Co. two records of 
Samuel 4 Eaton, first a deed from him as of August 4, 1719, 
conveying to John Green 250 A., "which is the remainder of 
a patent granted to John 3 Eaton, father of Samuel Eaton, 
being dated December 23, 1714, containing 429 A.," which 
identifies him as the son of John 3 Eaton, mentioned above. 
Then again as of August nth, 1719, Samuel 4 Eaton deeded 
100 A. to John Scoggins. 

Next in order comes William 4 Eaton, whom sun- 
dry deeds and grants will indentify as later Coln. 
William 4 Eaton, of Granville Co., N. C, about whom 
we will have a good deal to say. In 17 17 we find on the 
Prince George Co. records a deed from Jas. Thweat and wife 
for 200 A. land to "William 4 Eaton, of York Co.," in 1725 
on the State land book a grant to him of 303 A. in Prince 
George Co., and on the Prince George records in 1724 a sur- 
vey of this tract ; again in 1732 on the land books a grant to 
him of 204 A. in Prince George Co., and in 1742 a deed from 
"William 4 Eaton, of North Carolina," on the records of 
Amelia Co., Va., which was formed from Prince George Co. 
in 1734, conveying to "x\nthony Haynes, of Prince George 
Co., husband of his daughter Jane," 204 A. of land, patented 
by William' Eaton in 1732. We will find that this indentifi- 
cation of Col:;. William 4 Eaton, of Granville Co., N. C, 
is complete, as shown by his will probated in the office of the 
Secretary of State of North Carolina, in 1759. 

An examination of this record shows that it is extremely 
probable that John 1 Eaton, emigrant in 1635, was the father 

William* Eaton, whose record in York Co. extends 
from 1674 to 1694, who was the father of 

John 3 Eaton, of the record from 1686 to 1714, and that 
he was the father of 

Samuel* Eaton, with a record in Prince George Co. in 
17 19; and of 

Baskerville Genealogy 105 

William 4 Eaton, whose record begins in 1717, and who 
became Coln. William 4 Eaton, of Granville Co., N. C. 
Assuming that his daughter Jane (apparently the second child 
according to his will), already married to Andrew Haynes in 
1742, was at that time not less than 20 years old, and that 
her father was about 30 at the time of her birth, we place 
his birth at about 1690, which must be approximately correct. 

It may be well, looking back for a moment, to state that 
there were Eatons during the earlier and middle colonial 
period also in James City Co., but all of the records of that 
county and of Williamsburg prior to 1865 having been hope- 
lessly destroyed we can not trace them. Most of the earlier 
Prince George Co. records also have been destroyed, only a 
few having been preserved. John Eaton was Burgess from 
James City Co. 1736 to 1739, and died in 1740. 

Now we will resume the history of Coln. William* 
Eaton, later of Granville Co., N. C, whom we have shown 
to have come from York Co., through Prince George Co. 

Granville Co. was formed from Edgecombe Co. in 1746, 
the latter having been formed, it is said, from "Craven Pre- 
cinct" in 1733. Again in 1764 Bute Co. was formed from 
Granville. In 1779 Bute was obliterated and the territory 
formed into the counties of Warren and Franklin. Thus the 
records of this territory are very much scattered and inaccess- 
ible. We have seen that William 4 Eaton went to North 
Carolina before 1742. A patient search to find the records 
of the territory of Granville before 1746 has been absolutely 
unsuccessful, and we shall have to be satisfied with the records 
of Granville. 

Coln. William 4 Eaton's estate in North Carolina, upon 
which he settled, and where he lived, was first in Edgecombe 
Co. until 1746, and after that in Granville Co. After his death 
the territory became Bute Co. in 1764, and Warren Co. in 

In 1746, when Granville Co., N. C, was formed by 
legislature enactment from Edgecombe, William 4 Eaton, 
then about 56 years old, was a prominent citizen. He and 

106 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Edward Jones, were the first representatives of the county in 
the Colonial legislature or House of Burgesses in 1746, and 
he continued to represent the county for several terms. He 
was the first Public Register of the county, and held the 
office until December 19th, 1758, shortly before his death, 
when he doubtless resigned on account of age, or ill health. 

The first court of this county was by an act of legislature 
authorized to be held at the house of William 4 Eaton in 
1746. and there appointed a place for building a courthouse. 
(Colonial Records of North Carolina, Vol. 23, p. 249). 

He was vestryman of St. John's Parish, then Granville 
Co., now Warren and Franklin and part 01 Vance Cos., and 
the first vestry meeting was held at his house. (Ibid). He 
was appointed one of four commissioners to run the dividing 

His residence and estate were in what is now Warren Co., 
at that time Granville Co. He married Mary Rives, but we 
do not know of her family. 

I have procured a copy of the will of Coln. William 4 
Eaton, dated February 19th, 1759, and recorded in the office 
of the Secretary of State. Raleigh, X. C, as of March 20, 
l 759, ° n which day the will was proven "at a court held for 
Granville Co.*' And I desire here to acknowledge the kind 
courtesy of Air. J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State for 
North Carolina, who has taken much trouble to get informa- 
tion for me, even beyond my requests. This contrasts strongly 
with the treatment I have received from some of the county 

In this will he names: 1, his son William 5 ; 2, daughter 
Jane 5 Edwards, wife of Coin. Nathaniel Edwards ; 3, daughter 
Anne Haynes. relict of Andrew Haynes ; 4. daughter Mary 5 
Jones, wife of Robert Jones ; 5, daughter Sarah"' Johnston, 
wife of Charles Johnston ; her former husband. John Thornton ; 
son-in-law D?niel Welden ; 6, son Thomas 5 Eaten; 7, daughter 
Bettie 5 Welden ; 8, son Charles 5 Rust Eatox; grandson 
Eaton Haynes : wife Mary : 9, daughter Martha 5 ; and Daniel 
Welden. All these names will appear in the table. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 107 

There are also a great many deeds to and from William 
Eaton in the records of Granville Co. Al r o the bond, when 
on January 22nd, 1786, William 4 Ba'skervill obtained a 
license to marry Mary Eaton. 

Charles 5 Rust Eaton, mentioned above, son of Wil- 
liam 4 Eaton, was father of Mary 6 Eaton, who married 
William 4 Baskervill. His will dated February 23rd, 1818, 
and probated in November, 1822. is on record in Granville 
Co., and shows that he died in the latter year. 

Coln. William 4 Eaton's will (on file) is interesting. 
Besides showing the names of his family, as stated above, it 
gives some special information in regard to his children. 
William 3 was the oldest of nine, the six daughters probably 
coming next, and then Thomas 5 and Charles 3 Rust, the last 
being apparently the youngest, and both Thomas 3 and 
Charles 3 being under eighteen years of age. Of the daugh- 
ters, Jane 5 , then wife of Coin. Nathaniel Edwards, formerly 
wife of Anthony Haynes, dec'd. was married a second time. 

Anne 5 was then the widow of Andrew Haynes. 

Mary 5 was the wife of Robert Jones, Jr., doubtless the son 
of his old friend, Edward Jones. His wife and this Robert 
Jones, Jr., were appointed executors. ( 

Sarah 5 was the wife of Charles Johnston, having formerly 
been the wife of John Thornton, dec'd. She is mentioned 
twice as Sarah Johnston, and once as Sarah Thornton, the last 
being doubtless through inadvertence. 

Elizabeth 5 was the wife of Daniel Welden. Her portion 
was left to trustees for her benefit, and beyond the con- 
trol of her husband, which was not the case with the other 
daughters. Daniel W r elden was clerk of the court. 

Martha 5 was not yet twenty-one and unmarried. 

To William 5 was given all of his "land, tenements, and 
hereditaments in the counties of Dinwiddie and Brunswick, 
Va., except" a certain tract and property in Petersburg. 

His landed estate, as mentioned in the will, included the 

10S Baskerville Genealogy. 

His lands, tenements, and hereditaments in the counties 
of Dinwiddie and Brunswick, \'a„ and a lot and house in the 
Town of Petersburg; 

His land and plantation in Granville Co., N. C., whereon 
he lived; 

His plantation and land in Granville Co., called "Bowsers," 
and two tracts of land adjoining this; 

A tract of land in Northampton Co., N. C, called Cum- 
broes ; 

His lands, tenements, and hereditaments in Halifax 
County, N. C, and his lots in the town of Halifax; 

The tract of land, whereon Granville courthouse was 
built, and other tracts and surveys of land on Tabb's Creek 
and its branches ; 

His tract of land in Granville Co. called "Gould's'' ; 

His tract of land on Little Fishing Creek called 

His tract on Anderson Swamp ; 

One tract on Smith's Creek called "Hughes'," and an- 
other also on Smith's Creek called "Rayborn's." 

This seems to have been a large possession of land, and 
it was doubtless ail stocked with negroes, animals, imple- 
ments, and other personal property needed for cultivation. 
It indicates that he died possessed of a large fortune. 

After a careful and patient historical research I have 
gleaned the following Eaton references, which I record here, 
as interesting at least to some ieaders, although they may in- 
volve some repetition. In preparing this sketch I have found 
it impossible to avoid more or less repetition and am more 
content with this condition, because it is written more for 
information than for amusement. 

From Ashe's History of North Carolina in the Virginia 
Historical Sociery library, Vol. I, p. 525, I find: 

Charles Eaton was a member of the Colonial Congress 
[of N. C] (from Granville County), which on April 12th, 

Baskerville Genealogy. 109 

1776, declared for independence. Also the Va. Hist. Mag. V, 
73, states that Charles Eaton was a delegate to the House of 
Deputies at Halifax, N. C, April 4th, 1776. And also Thomas 
Eaton, and William Eaton, (the first from Granville County, 
the second from Bute County and the third from Northamp- 
ton County). 

From the North Carolina Colonial and State Records, in 
the Virginia State Library, I have gleaned the following in- 
formation : 

Vol. IV, p. 900. William Eaton (elder) was on March 
1 8th, 1748, appointed by Gov. Gab. Johnston on a committee 
on public claims. 

P. 977. Also on April 6th, 1749, he was appointed by the 
House of Burgesses, he being a member, on a committee to 
examine laws, &c. 

P. 1276 and Vol. V, p. 56. Again in 175 1 and 1753 he 
was a member of the House of Burgesses. 

Vol. VIII, p. 72. Charles Rust Eaton was plaintiff in 
a cause to Hillsboro (Orange County) Superior Court on 
September 24th, 1770. 

Vol. X, p. 205. William Eaton (younger) was appointed 
Lt. Colonel of Minute Men from Northampton County (N. 
C). This and other references show he must have settled in 
this county. 

P. 207. Charles Rust Eaton was appointed Lt. Colonel 
of Minute Men from Granville County. 

P. 215. William Eaton was appointed on the Provincial 
Council from the Halifax District. 

The last three appointments were made by the Provincial 
Congress of North Carolina convened at Hillsboro, on August 
20th, 1775. 

P. 525. William Eaton from Northampton County was 
on a committee to buy arms on April 19th, 1776. 

P. 530. Thomas Eaton was appointed Colonel from Bute 

no Baskekville Genealogy. 

Vol. X, p. 531. On April 22nd, 1776, Charles Rust 
Eaton was appointed Lt. Colonel from Granville County, and 
William Eaton, Colonel from Northampton County. 

P. 584. Thomas Eaton was appointed Colonel of Militia 
from Bute County. (Hawkins resigned). These appoint- 
ments were all made by the Assembly. 

Vol. XIII, p. 885. Here we find a Senate bill of Novem- 
ber 4th, 1779, appointing Coin. Thomas Eaton Brigadier Gen- 
eral, which was later concurred in by the House. 

P. 809. Charles Rust Eaton in 1779 was appointed by 
the Assembly on a large committee, as trustees to receive 
money for lands, &c. 

Vol. XIV, p. x. Coin. William Eaton was by the Assem- 
bly appointed Brigadier General. 

P. 271. Here Genl. John Ashe in a report to Genl. Ben- 
jamin Lincoln of a light, states that Coin. William Eaten was 
said to have been drowned, which proved not to be true. 

Vol. XVII, p. 952. William Eaton was a member of the 
Assembly in July, 1781. 

Vol. XX, p. 198. Thomas Eaton was made Brigadier 
General (doubtless of regulars). 

Vol. XXI, p. 1074. Charles Rust Eaton, Sheriff of 
Granville Co., paid a balance due by him. 

Vol. XXII, pp. 307 and 313. Militia in 1754 and 1755; 
William Eaton (elder) was Colonel of Granville County. 
His regiment consisted of eight companies, 734 men besides 
officers. Capt. Osborne Jeffries was Captain of one of the 
companies. The muster roll of the regiment is given on 
P- 370. 

P. 815. William Eaton (elder) was Sheriff of Gran- 
ville County in 1752 and 1753. 

P. 993. Charles Rust Eaton was by act of Assembly 
on December 23rd, 1776, appointed Esquire (or Magistrate) 
for Granville County, and William Eaton the same for North- 
ampton County in 1779. 

Baskerville Genealogy. hi 

Vol. XXIV, p. 297. Charles Rust Eaton was again 
one of the trustees appointed by the Assembly to receive 
money, &c, for lands granted (patented). 

P. 528. Thomas Eaton, title was made good to him by 
act of Assembly in a deed from David Minge, of Virginia, 
and his sister. Alary (Minge) Wall (children of David Minge, 
of Virginia), in 1783. 

The middle name of our ancestor, wherever it occurs, is 
spelt "Rust," the last letter being L not h or k, as it has 
elsewhere been spelt. 

Gathering up the information from our record, we find 
that Coln. William 4 Eaton married Mary Rives before he 
went to North Carolina, probably about 1715 to 1718. We 
have not succeeded in tracing her antecedence or family. In 
1717 he, then of York Co.. bought 200 A. of land in Prince 
George Co. from Jas. Thweat, and apparently moved there, 
probably about the time of his marriage, as in 1724 and 1725 
there are other records of him there, as previously stated. 
The deed in 1742 to "Anthony Haynes. of Prince George 
Co., husband of his daughter Jane," for 204 A. of land in 
Amelia Co., mentioned on p. 104, in which he was called 
"William 4 Eaton, of Xorth Carolina," shows that before that 
time he had moved to Xorth Carolina, and that his daughter 
Jane, from his will apparently his third child, had already 
been married. We assume her age at that time (1742) as 20, 
and his as about 52, which would place his birth at about 
1690, and his will shows that his death occurred in 1759. 
Continuing to summarize from the scattered information al- 
ready recorded, his will shows that his children were as 
follows, viz. : 

William 5 Eaton, 

Jane 5 Eaton, m. 1st. Anthony Haynes, 2nd. Col. Nathl. 

Anne 5 Eaton, m. Andrew Haynes, m. before 1742, widow 

in 1759, 

Mary 5 Eaton, m. Robert Jones, 


Sarah 5 Eaton, m. ist. John Thornton, 2nd. Chas. Johnston, 
Elizabeth 5 Eaton, m. Daniel Welden, 
Martha 5 Eaton, not 21 yrs. old in 1759, born about 1739, 
Thomas 5 Eaton, not iS yrs. old in 1759, born about 1741, 
Charles 5 Rust Eaton, not 18 yrs. old in 1759, born about 


Coln. Wm. 4 Eaton (Sr.) and Edward Jones were the 
first representatives of the county in the colonial legislature, or 
House of Burgesses, in 1746. and he continued to hold that of- 
fice for several terms. He was the first Public Register, begin- 
ning 1746 and continuing so until shortly before his death. 
The first court of the county was held at his residence by spe- 
cial act of the legislature, and there a place was appointed for 
building a court house. He was a vestryman of St. John's P., 
and the first meeting was held at his house. He was appointed 
one of the commissioners to run the county lines. On March 
18, 1748, Gov. Johnston appointed him a commissioner on pub- 
lic claims. Also on April 6, 1749, he was appointed by the 
House of Burgesses, of which he was a member, on a commit- 
tee to examine laws, &c. He was colonel of the militia of 
Granville Co. in 1754-55, his regiment consisting of eight 
companies, including 734 men, besides officers. Osborne Jef- 
freys was one of the captains, doubtless the father of Eliza- 
beth Jeffreys, who married Charles 5 Rust Eaton. In 
1752 and 1753 he was sheriff of Granville County. All this 
information was obtained from the North Carolina Colonial 
and State Records in the Virginia State Library. 

William 5 Eaton (Jr., the son), on Sept. 9th, 1775, was 
appointed by the legislature Lt. Colonel of Minute Men of 
Northampton Co., (N. C), where he had settled early. On 
August 20, T775, or a little later, he was appointed on the 
Provincial Council from the Halifax district. He was on a 
committee to buy arms April 19. 1776. On October 18., 1779, 
he was appointed Brigadier General by act of Assembly. He 
was a member of the Assembly, or House of Burgesses, in 
July, 178 1. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 113 

Thomas 3 Eaton was appointed by act of Assembly Colonel 
from Bute Co. in 1776. On November 4th, 1779, he was ap- 
pointed Brigadier General. 

Charles 5 Rust Eaton was appointed Lt. Colonel of 
Minute Men from Granville Co. in 1776, April 22. On April 
12th, 1776, he was a member of the colonial congress of N. C, 
which declared for independence. In 1779 he was appointed 
by the legislature on a large committee to receive money for 

lands, &c. He was Sheriff of Granville Co. in . This 

Charles 5 Rust Eaton, b. about 1743, died 1822, married 
Elizabeth Jeffreys, probably daughter of Captain Osborne 
Jeffries, mentioned before, who was son of Mrs. Elizabeth 
Jeffreys, formerly Mrs. Hilliard, who died in 1742, her will 
having been probated at the February court of Northampton 
County of that year. Capt. Osborne Jeffreys was one of her 
executors. (See Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, Grimes, 
Virginia State Library). 

Mrs. Elizabeth Jeffreys in her will mentions her sons John 
Hilliard, Robert Hilliard, William Hilliard, and Osborne Jef- 
freys, and her daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Bfoddie ; her 
grandsons, William, James, Isaac, and Elias Hilliard (sons of 
Wm. Hilliard), and Jeremiah, Jacob, and John Hilliard. 

Osborne Jeffreys was executor of Geo. Anderson, will 
recorded in Granville. N. C, May 7, 1758; also of Robt. Hil- 
liard, will recorded in Edgecomb Co., N. C, May, 175 1. 

These (Charles 5 Rust and Elizabeth Jeffreys Eaton) 
were our ancestors, /v according to a table furnished me by 
relatives, they had seven children, as follows: 

Martha 6 Eaton, m. Dortch, their daughter Sally, married 
Wm. R. Baskervill ; 

Anne 6 Eaton, m. Mark Alexander, 3rd wife; 

Letitia 6 Eaton, m. William Smith; 

Elizabeth' 3 Eaton (Betsy), m. Henry Williams: 

Anne 6 Eaton (Nancy), m. Col. Baily Peyton, of Tenn.; 

John R. 9 Eaten, m. Susan Somerville ; 

Mary 6 Eaton (Polly), m. Wm. 4 Baskervill, January 
22nd, 1786. 

ii4 Baskerville Genealogy. 

This however does not agree with the names mentioned in 
his (Charles Rust Eatox's) will, executed February 23rd, 
1818, and proven March, 1822. I have procured a copy of this 
and find that he mentions his son. John R. Eaton ; daughter, 
Mary Baskervill; children of deceased daughter, Nancy 
Alexander ; daughter, Lettie Smith ; and daughter, Betty 

His wife, not mentioned, must have previously died. Mrs. 
Dcrtch is called Betty, not Martha, as in the table ; and "Eliza- 
beth, married to Henry Williams, and Nancy married to Baily 
Peyton," are not mentioned. There are evidently some errors 
in the table furnished me, as stated. In constructing my own 
table at the end of this sketch I have followed the names in 
the will. 

There are two branches of the Eaton connection, added to 
our table, which seem to be interesting, first that of Wm. 5 
Eaton, who married Senora Macon, daughter of Nathl. Macon, 
of Granville Co., N. C, who was conspicuous both in State and 
Federal affairs, a member of Congress, and candidate for the 
Vice-Presidency of the United States. His sister, Martha 
Macon, aunt of Senora Macon, named Orlando Jones, of Wil- 
liamsburg, Va., and their daughter, . married John Dan- 

dridge, whose daughter, Martha Dandridge, married first, John 
Custis, and secondly, President George Washington. 

Orlando Jones was son of Rev. Rowland Jones, first rector 
of Bruton Church, Williamsburg, and there is a tablet in his 
(Orlando Jones') memory in the aisle of Bruton Church. See 
Goodwin's "Bruton Church," p. 88. 

* Also the late Nathl. M. Martin, of this city, some of 
whose family still remain here, was the son of Wm. Martin, 
and Elizabeth Macon, his wife, the latter being a daughter of 
Hon. Nathl. Macon, and sister of Senora Macon, who married 
William 5 Eaton. 

This connection may be followed farther in a newspaper 
clipping, which I have on file, and also in "Bruton Church," 
and other books of the early colonial period. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 115 

The second branch referred to is that of John 6 R. Eaton, 
only son of Charles 5 Rust Eaton, who married Susan 
Somerville. Two of his daughters married Colemans, brothers 
of Elizabeth Axxe Coleman, wife of Charles 5 Basker- 
vill, the writer's grandfather, and his granddaughter, Eliza- 
beth Frear, married Charles 6 Baskervill, the writer's uncle, 
grandfather of Professor Charles s Baskervill, the distinguished 
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Charles 5 Baskeryill, my grandfather, married Eliza- 
beth Anne Coleman, daughter of Coin. Henry Embry (or 
Em bra) and Anne (Gordon) Coleman. 

Coln. Henry Embry Coleman was the son of John 
Coleman, and his wife Mary, daughter of Henry Embry, Jr., 
of Brunswick Co., and later of Lunenburg Co., Va. 

Charles 5 Baskervill was born in 1786 and died in 1834; 

Elizabeth Anne Coleman, died in 1821 ; 

Henry Embry Coleman was born about 1750; 

John Coleman was born about 1720, died after 1781 ; 

Henry Embry, Jr., was born about 1720, died in 1756. 

My investigation of the Embrys and Colemans has been 
only partially successful, and I have only very meagre reports 
from Brunswick, where the records are in good condition, but 
the clerk too busy to make a search for me. 

Prince George County was formed from Charles City 
County in 1702, and Brunswick from Prince George in 1720, 
(although Howe, and Bishop Meade say it was formed from 
Surry and Isle of Wight), but the records at Brunswick C. H. 
(Lawrenceville) do not begin until 1732. 

From the Journal of the House of Burgesses, 1727-40, 
(Va. Hist. Soc), p. viii, we find: "The formation of Bruns- 
wick was provided for by law in 1720 (Hening, IV, 77-79), 
but it does not appear to have been a fully formed county till 
1732. It's court records date back to that year, and in that 
year it was represented, probably not earlier, in the House ol 
Burgesses. The names of the representatives do not certainly 
appear. Mr. Henry Fox was probably one of them." 

Lunenburg was formed from Brunswick in 1746, and 
Halifax from Lunenburg in 1752. 

Henry Embrie, 20 years old, was an immigrant on board 
the "America" from London, June 23rd, 1635. These immi- 
grants are said to "have been examined by the Minister of the 

nS Baskerville Genealogy. 

towne of Gravesend of their conformitie to the orders and dis- 
cipline of the Church of England, and took the oath of Alle- 
giance." Hotten's List, p. 95, Va. Hist. Soc. 

He may or may not have been grandfather of the next of 
the name, whom I find, viz., Coln. Henry Emery, Sr., of 
Prince George Co., Va. Only a few of the old Prince George 
records are left. The clerk of Prince George County writes 
me there are only four mentions of Henry Embry^, viz. : 

Oct. 28, 1715, mem. of survey of 239 A., p. 752; 

Oct., 1719, mem. of survey of 400 A., p. 755 ; 

Oct. 17, 1723, mem. of survey of 162 A., p. J63 ; 

Oct. 18, 1723, mem. of survey of 129 A., p. 763. 

We find from the Virginia land books that about this time, 
and later, Henry Embry patented a great many grants of 
land, viz. : 

1720-22, in Prince George Co.. two grants, 639 A. ; 

1726-51, in Brunswick Co., eight grants, 2,305 A.; 

1748, in Lunenburg Co., one grant, 237 A. 

There were also patented by William Embry, 1751-55, in 
Lunenburg Co., two grants, 519 A.; and by Henry Embry, 
Jr., 1755, in Lunenburg Co., one grant, 400 A. 

Also from the Prince George Co. records we find that "At 
court held December 13, 1715, Henry' Emery - and others were 
paid rewards for wolves' heads." — Va. Hist. Mag., January, 
1912, p. 87. 

This Coin. Henry Embry, Sr., was evidently the grand- 
father of the wife of John Coleman. It is so stated in his 
will. He died in 1763, his will having been recorded on Sep- 
tember 26, 1763, in Brunswick Co. From all the circum- 
stances we know of his life we may assume that he was born 
about 1690. When the records of Brunswick County begun 
in 1732, he was evidently one of the most prominent citizens 
of that county. In that year he was a vestryman of St. An- 
drew's parish, and Justice of the Peace. He also held the 
offices of Sheriff, Colonel of Militia, and was a member of the 
House of Burgesses from Brunswick Co., in 1736-40. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 119 

Henry Emery, Jr.. was a member of the House of Bur- 
gesses from Lunenburg- in 1748-49, and William Embry held 
the same office in 1754-5S. The last two were his sons. 

The will of Coln. Henry' Embry', Sr.. indicates that he 
had four children, viz. : 

Henry' Embryo, Jr., b. about 1720, d. 1756, m. Priscilla 
(probably Blount), our ancestor; 

William Embry, d. (will) 1760, m. Elizabeth ; 

Mary Embry, m. Merritt; daughter (name not 

known), m. Elliott. 

The will shows that his wife, Martha , survived 

him, but both of his sons, and his daughter, Mrs. Elliott, died 
before the will was made on July 14, 1762, leaving of his 
children only his daughter. Mrs. Mary Embry Merritt, to sur- 
vive him. See abstract of his will on file. 

His granddaughter, Mary Embry, daughter of Henry 
Embry, Jr., was married to John Coleman after the deaths 
of her father (1756), and her grandfather (1763), and before 
1 77 1. The records show that in 1771 they had been married 
and were living in Brunswick County on land inherited from 
her grandfather. In 1781 John Coleman was member of the 
Legislature from Halifax County, showing they had moved 
there. And on September 15, 1784, they sold to Richard El- 
liot, possibly her sister's husband, for £1,500, current money, 
778 acres of land in Brunswick County inherited from her 

Henry' Embry, Jr., and his wife, Priscilla, had at least 
two children, viz. : 

Mary Embry, who married John Coleman, as stated, 

Sarah Embry, m. ist, Issac Read, issue, Priscilla Read; 
2nd. Thos. Scott, issue Wm. Coleman Scott. 

It is probable that Priscilla, wife of Henry Embry, Jr., 
was formerly Priscilla Blount, Blount being a prominent fam- 
ily in Brunswick, and Priscilla a favorite name in the family. 
For Biount family see Ya. Hist. Mag. Vol. V, p. 202. 

120 Baskerville Genealogy. 

There were other families of this name in other parts 
of Virginia, apparently not closely connected with our line, 
and with some variation in the spelling. Thus there was 
a land grant to Ralph Embry in 1662 of 183 acres on 
branches of Poropotank Swamp, in Gloucester Co. ; another of 
400 acres to John Embre on February 10, 1448, in Orange Co. ; 
another of 482 acres to Robert Embry in 1761, and one of 10 
acres to Thomas and Robert Embry in 1792, in Fauquier 
County. This Fauquier family,, apparently, not related to us, 
has now a prominent representative in Judge W. S. Embrey, 
of Fredericksburg, with whom the writer has had a pleasant 

Baskerville Genealogy. 121 


Charles 5 Baskervill married Elizabeth Anns Cole- - 
man. This name has had from the earliest times many repre- 
sentatives in Virginia, and there seem to be several families 
with apparently no connection. This makes our seach for in- 
formation more difficult, and we have not succeeded in tracing 
our connection with the family very far back. But we find a 
good deal about the Colemans earlier, and give some records, 
which may affect us. 

We find in Hotten's lists two Coleman immigrants in 
1635, viz.: 

William Coleman, aged 16, in the ship "Assurance," and 

John Coleman, aged 40, in the ship "Expedition." 

Also the following records : 

Henry Coleman, 1632-42, Elizabeth City Co., 4 land 
grants ; 

William Coleman, 1635, Elizabeth City Co., one land 
grant ; 

John Coleman, 1642, Charles City Co., one land grant; 

John Coleman, 1645, York Co. records, judgment; 

Johi. Coleman, 1714-16, Prince George Co., two deeds; 

John Coleman, and Mary, his wife, 1725, Prince George 
Co., deed ; 

John Coleman, 1724, Prince George County, land grant; 

Francis Coleman, 1716-24, Prince George Co., 3 land 
grants ; 

William Coleman, 1725, Prince George County, deed; 

William Coleman, 1717-37, Prince George County, 6 

From Hening's Statutes, I, 223, we find that on October 
7th, 1634, Henry Coleman was excommunicated for thirty days 
"for using scornful speeches, and for putting his hat on in 
church, when according to the order of the court he was to 
acknowledge and ask forgiveness for his offence." 


We find many other Coleman records, but they do not 
seem to apply to our family. 

With this meagre information it seems very probable that 
John Coleman, of Prince George County, who was married to 

Mary , between 1714 and 1725, was the father of John 

Coleman, probably born about 1720, who married Mary 
Embry, daughter of Henry Emery, Jr., as stated, some time 
between 1763, the date of the death of her grandfather, Henry 
Embry, Sr., and 1771, when the records of Brunswick County 
show that she and her husband, John Coleman, were living 
on her inherited estate in that county. 

John Coleman was member of the Vestry, Antrim's P., 
Halifax Co., after 1752. — Meade's Churches. 

In 1781 John Coleman was a member of the House of 
Delegates from Halifax Co., showing they had moved to that 
county. And in 1784 John Coleman and Mary Embry, his 
wife, sold to Richd. Elliott the estate in Brunswick Co., which 
she had inherited from her grandfather. 

In the first census of the United States, taken at intervals 
from T783 to 1790, in Halifax Co., we find John Coleman, 
four whites (in his family), and fifty-eight blacks (slaves). 

Their son was Coln. Henry Embry Coleman, a promi- 
nent cith en of Halifax County, whose name does not appear in 
this census, he probably being included in his father's family, 
From the Ya. Hist. Mag. IV, 397, we find from an official 
letter: "I find that in ye year 1780 part of ye (public) grain 
in Halifax was sold by Coin. Coleman," doubtless Coin. H. E. 

Coln. Henry Embry Coleman married Anne Gordon, 
daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Murray) Gordon (See 
Gordon family), and had a large family of children as given in 
the following table — who were of the highest standing in their 
community. They were the writer's great aunts and great 
uncles, of whom he knew something during his childhood, and 
has pleasant recollections. But in this little sketch we can 
only give the following very imperfect table. 

Opposite p. 122. 

The following interesting information is kindly given by 
Mrs. Lilian Baskervill Graham, daughter of Col. Wm.' 
Baskerviil : 

"Our great-grandfather, Henry Embra Coleman, at- 
tended Hampden Sidney College [and doubtless graduated 
there]. He was an officer in the War of 1812, and also a 
juror in the trial of Aaron Burr [in 1807.] 

"My father [Col. Wm. Baskervill], when a boy, lived 
at Voodlawn, in Halifax Co., with his grandparents, and went 
to school with his uncles, two of whom were near his age. 
He has told me of the stern, erect bearing of his grand- 
mother [formerly Anne Gordon], whom he was in awe of. 
and of her pride of ancestry. Also that she said that the 
commander of the Scots Grays at Waterloo was her cousin. 

"My old mammy, Evelina [whom the writer remembers 
very well], was the little maid of our great-grandmother. 
Mary Eaton [Mrs. William 4 Baskervill], who at her death 
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Coln. Henry Em bra Coleman, of Halifax County, mar- 
ried Anne (Nancy) Gordon, daughter of Thomas Gordon 
and Margaret (Murray) Gordon. 

My information in regard to the earlier members of this 
family is taken from a letter and statement kindly sent me by 
Mr. Armstead C. Gordon, of Staunton, Ya., placed on file. 

Rev. Alexander Gordon, of Galloway, Scotland,, the first 
of this family in America, emigrated to Virginia before 1763, 
and was Rector of Antrim Parish, Halifax Co.. Ya., from 
which after 1774 he moved about the time of the Revolutionary 
War to Blanford, near Petersburg, Ya. He seems to have re- 
tired from the ministry about this time (Meade's Old 
Churches, Vol. II, p. 10). He was probably a relative of 
Samuel Gordon, of Blandford. a merchant there for many 
years, an important man of the place, and a vestryman of 
Bristol Parish, whose tombstone in old Blandford churchyard 
shows him to have been of ''Craig, in the Stewartry of Kirk- 
cudbright, Xorth Britain/' (8 Hen. Stats., p. 610; 
Slaughter's Bristol Parish, pp. 82-201 ; Wm. & Mary Quar- 
terly, Yol. VI, p. 25 ; Bristol Parish Register, in library of 
Va. Hist. Soc.) 

In his letter of March 18, 1908, to me, Mr. Armstead C. 
Gordon states : The Rev. Alex. Gordon, father of Thomas 
Gordon, your progenitor, was one of the Border Gordons of 
Scotland, and the indications are that he was of the family of 
Eariston in Galloway, that produced the noble Sir William 
Gordon, of Eariston, who was executed for participation in 
"The Fifteen" (the Jacobite insurrection of 17 15 ending at the 
battle of Preston.— P. H. B.) 

There is in the writer's library a story called "The Men 
of the Moss-Hags," being a history of adventures taken from 
the papers of William Gordon, of Earlstoun, in Galloway," 
by S. R. Crockett, in which the Gordons of Eariston figure, and 
which is illustrative of the period and country. It is worth 

124 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Resuming Mr. Gordon's letter, "Some years ago I had 
a correspondence with the then Sir William Gordon, of Earls* 
toun, now dead, who was at that time very old and had been 
one of the 'Six Hundred at Balcalava." But he was unable to 
give me what I sought concerning the Earlstoun family, many 
of the family papers having been burned in a fire at Earlstoun. 

"Rev. Alexander Gordon married in Scotland, but the 
name of his wife is unknown. They had at least one son, 
Thomas Gordon, of Blandford, who was born in Galloway, 
and came to Virginia as a youth with his father. One of his 
descendants by his second marriage, a granddaughter, owned at 
one time a Bible that belonged to him, containing the inscrip- 
tion, 'Thomas Gordon, Galloway." This Bible with other 
family relics was lost during the War between the States. 
Among these relics was a silver snuff box ; once the prop- 
erty of Thomas Gordon, on which was engraved a dexter hand 
arising out of a wreath, and grasping a drawn sword, with the 
motto 'Dread God.' This is the crest of the Gordons of Earls- 
ton." The arms are : 

Arms: Azure on besant (coin) between three boar's heads 
erased or. 

Crest: A dexter hand issuing out of a wreath grasping a 
sword drawn. 

Motto : Dread God. 

Thomas Gordon married first Margaret ("Peggy") 
Murray, born 1748, (see Murray Family) and by this mar- 
riage had a daughter, Anne ("Nancy") Gordon, who mar- 
ried, as stated. Coln. Henry Embra Coleman. 

Thomas Gordon's second wife was Elizabeth Baird, and 
their issue was Dr. Thomas Christian Gordon, of Essex Co., 
Va., who was the father of the late Coin. W. W. Gordon, and 
of Mr. James R. Gordon, of Richmond, Ya. 

There were several Alexander Gordons, who came to 
Virginia about the same time, and our Rev. Alexander Gor- 
don is not to be confounded with the others. As previously 
stated, Margaret Murray married Thomas Gordon, son of 
Rev. Alexander Gordon. Also Mary Murray, younger sis- 

Baskervillf Genealogy. i 25 

ter of Margaret, b. 22nd February, 1754. d. 1823. married 
first Alexander Gordon, a merchant of Petersburg, Ya., and 
a native of Rirkudbright, Scotland. She afterwards married 
secondly Coin. Win. Davies, and from this marriage was de- 
scended Bishop Whittle. (Slaughter's Bristol Parish, p. 201). 

Again Alexander Gordon, a native of Scotland, married 
Susanna, daughter of Rev. Mingo and Lucy Mary (Marye) 
Marshall, the latter born on the Atlantic Ocean on October 
10th, 1729, being daughter of Rev. James Marye and Letitia 
Staige, his wife. He was a native of Rouen, Xormandv, 
France, and was at first a Romish priest there, but became 
Protestant, fled to England in 1729, and took Church of Eng- 
land orders (see Ya. Hist. Coll., Vol. V., p. 186, Va. Hist. 
Soc. library). 

The following sketch of the Gordons in Scotland, taken 
from a newspaper clipping, may interest members of the 
family : 

The earliest of the name was Richard of Gordon, Lord of 
the Barony of Gordon, in Merse, prior to n 50. Other Gor- 
dons figure in history besides Bertram de Gordon, whose arrow 
at Chalons, in 1199, wounded Richard of England. 

Adam Gordon, who married his cousin Alicia , was 

sent by Alexander III, with Louis of France, to Palestine, 
where he was killed. His grandson. Sir Adam, is the an- 
cestor from whom all the Gordons of Scotland are descended. 
He was killed at Halidon Hill. His son, Sir Alexander, was 
the first named of Huntly. 

Sir Adam Gordon, tenth in descent of Gordon and Huntly, 
had a daughter who married a sen of Seton of that ilk, and 
their son, Alexander, assumed the name of Gordon, and later 
became Earl of Huntly. 

The third earl, Alexander, fell at Flodden. George, the 
fourth earl, was killed at Carrichie in 1562, when attempting 
to get the Queen out of the hands of the Earl of Moray. 
George, the sixth Earl of Huntly, was created a Marquis in 
x 599- George, the second marquis, was Captain of the Scot- 
tish Guard of Louis XIII; lost his head at Edinburgh in 1649 

126 Baskerville Genealogy. 

for his loyalty to the cause of Charles I. George, the fourth 
marquis, was created Duke and a great stirring event in Scot- 
tish history was his defence of the Castle of Edinburgh for 
James VII. With George, the fifth duke, the title became ex- 
tinct, but the Marquisate of Huntly went to the Earl of 
Aboyne, descended from George, son of George, the second 
Marquis of Huntly. The Earls of Aberdeen, created 1682, are 
descended from Patrick Gordon of Methlic, who fell at the 
battle of Arbroath, 1445. Two regiments, named the Gordon 
Highlanders, were raised from this clan. The first, Eighty- 
first, formed 1777, the second 1792. The Seventy-fifth were 
the heroes of Dargais. 

The Gordon coat-of-arms, is a shield divided in four parts 
with (1), three wild boar's heads, (2) three lion's heads, (3) 
crescents and (4) stars. The whole is supported by two lions. 
The word "Bydand" (which is Anglo-Saxon, and means abid- 
ing, to abide or endure) is across the top of the whole coat, 
while the motto, "Animo non Astutia" (translated — "By wis- 
dom not by craft") is underneath. 

This coat-of-arms is the original which came from the 
Earl of Huntly, and to which all the Gordons are entitled, but 
the Aberdeen branch uses only the shield, without the two 
lions on the sides, and has the word "Bydand" underneath. 
The Aberdeen branch is the one that scattered. 

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Thomas Gordon, of Bristol Parish, married Margaret 
("Peggy") Murray, b. 1748, daughter of James Murray, 
and Anne Bollixg, his wife. 

"James Murray was a native of Scotland, and of the 
lineage of William Murray, Lord Mansfield. Lord Chief Jus- 
tice of England, the celebrated English jurist. He (James 
Murray) perpetuated the name of the ancestral seat in Scot- 
land in that of his home, 'Athol/ near Petersburg, Ya." 
(Slaughter's Bristol Parish, p. 199). 

He was of the ancient family and clan of Murray, of 
which the Dukes of Athol were the chiefs. The following is 
from Lower's Dictionary of Family Names, in the Ya. State 
Library : 

"Murray, the founder of the clan of Sutherland, settled 
in the twelfth century in the province of Murref, Moray, or 
Moravia (Scotland), comprehending the modern counties of 
Murray or Elgin, and parts of Inverness and Banff, whence 
the family for several generations assumed the name of Mur- 
ref, or De Moravia, w hich they retained, even after their occu- 
pation of Sudrland, or Sutherland, and their elevation to that 
earldom (Rtiymer's Federa), in March 20. 1367. They sub- 
sequently assumed the name of Sutherland. The people did 
the same, and the names of Murray and Sutherland still dis- 
tinguish the bulk of the population near Dunrobin, although 
to a stranger this would scarcely appear obvious through their 
soubriquets Bain (white), Gow (Smith), Roy (red), &c." 

In the year 1600 James VI of Scotland (afterwards also 
James I of England), as a reward for his life having been 
saved by Sir David Murray from an attempt upon it by the 
Earl of Gowrie and his brother, presented to him Scone Abbey, 
or Scone Palace, on the Tay, near Perth. It was erected into 
a temporal lordship in his favor, and he (Sir David Murray) 
was afterwards created Yiscount oi Stormont. The great 

128 Baskekville Genealogy. 

chief justice, the Earl of Mansfield, a younger son of the 
fifth Viscount Stormont, was born at Scone, and the Scottish 
peerage is now merged into the British earldom. The Vis- 
counts of Stormont had a residence near the abbey, and hence 
known as the Palace of Scone. The present palace was 
erected on the same site in the beginning of this century. 
Scone (pronounced Scoon), is said to have been the po- 
litical capital of the Pictish monarchy, probably a hundred 
years or more before King Kenneth Macalpine (844-860), 
who united the Picts and Scots. The abbey was founded in 
1 1 15 by Alexander I, succeeding the ancient monastery, which 
was built probably in the beginning of the 10th century. 

This Scone Abbey is a very famous place. In the olden 
time it was the residence of the Kings of Scotland, who were 
crowned there on the "Stone of Destiny," which is sup- 
posed to be the stone pillow, on which Jacob slept at 
Leihel. Numbers of legends are extant as to how the stone 
found its way from Bethel to Scotland. For a time it rested 
on the top of the sacred Hill of Tara, and en it the Kings of 
Ireland were crowned. But from Erin it was mysteriously 
conveyed to Scotland more than a thousand years ago, and by 
King Kenneth II placed on the ground at Scone. King Ed- 
ward i of England invaded Scotland in 1296, carried off the 
stone, and placed it in Westminster Abbey, where it has been 
ever since, and has been seen and touched by thousands of 
American tourists, and where every English sovereign since 
the days of Edward II to Edward VII has been crowned. 

Scone Palace has twice been destroyed — on the first ac- 
casion by Edward I, and on the second by John Knox. There 
are portions of it, however, that are more than a thousand 
years old, and it is full of historic relics, including a piece of 
embroidery by Mary, Queen of Scots, while she was a pris- 
oner at Loch Leven. As stated, it has been in possession of 
the Murray s since 1600. 

While the exact relationship of our ancestor, James Mur- 
ray, of Bristol Parish, to William Murray, Earl of Mansfield, 
can not be positively established, yet it seems certain that they 


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were of the same lineage. The knowledge of this has been 
handed down in the family, and there can be no reasonable 
doubt of it. They were close, contemporaries, the former 
seeming to be a little older, and there could have been little 
difference in their ages. According to Chamber's Encyclo- 
pedia, William Murray, Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice 
of the King's Bench, England, was fourth son of Andrew, Vis- 
count Stormont, born at Perth, Scotland, March 2nd, 1704, 
graduated at Oxford in 1730. became chief justice in 1756, 
was made Earl of Mansfield in 1776, retired from the bench in 
1788 and died in 1793. According to the Encyclopedia Brit- 
tanica he was born March 2nd, 1705, (latter doubtless the 
new style), fourth son. and eleventh child, at Scone, Perth- 
shire, of David, 5th Viscount Stormont, "a nobleman whose 
family possessions had shrunken within so narrow limits, that 
he had to bring up his numerous family with exceeding strict 
economy." Lord Mansfield left no family. 

In "Old Edinburgh," by F. M. Watkeys, Vol. II, p. 187, 
in a chapter "Belles and Beaux," we find the following: 

"In the middle of the eighteenth century the beauty and 
fashion of Edinburgh resorted to the Assembly Rooms in Old 
Assembly Close presided over by the famed and autocratic 
Miss Nickie Murray. 

'Then the Assembly Close received the fair, 
Order and elegance presided there, 
Each gay Right Honourable had her place, 
To walk a minuet with becoming grace; 
No racing to the dance with rival hurry, 
Such was thy sway, O famed Miss Nicky Murray.' 

Miss Nickie Murray, who ruled with aristocratic se- 
verity over these Assemblies, was a sister of the Earl of Mans- 
field. She lived in Bailie Fyfe's Close, and there finished 
young lady cousins from the country, who wished to enter 
society. On hearing a young lady's name pronounced for the 
first time she would say, 'Miss , of what?' If no terri- 
torial addition could be made, she manifestly cooled. Seated 
on a raised throne in despotic dignity she with a wave of her 

13° Baskerville Genealogy. 

fan silenced the musicians, when ic became time for the festivi- 
ties to cease. " 

Interesting historical references to the Murray family are 
quite numerous, and there are prominent representatives now 
in Scotland and England, so that this sketch might be pro- 
longed farther. But what has been recorded is doubtless suffi- 
cient to show the position of the family. It is to be regretted 
that we can not definitely trace back our Murray lineage. 

The first record . that: we have of our ancestor, James 
Murray, is that he'was m the vestry of Bristol Parish. Va., in 
1740. He continued in this vestry until his death in 177^ v^f" 
and was a warden, certainly most of the time. The vestry 
book of Bristol Parish shows when his death occurred, and 
the appointment of his successor. There were many other Mur- 
rays in Virginia prior to this, and the Virginia land books 
show the following grants to them, viz. : 

In 1671, to David [Murray, 113 A. in Lower Norfolk; 

In 1690, to James Murray, 50 A. in Nansemond Co. ; 

In 171 2, to James Murray, 540 A. in Prince George Co. ; 

In 1755, to James Murray, 414 A. in Lunenburg Co. ; 

In 1756, to James Murray, 181 A. in Prince George Co.; 

In 1760, to Richard Murray, 800 A. in Cumberland Co.; 

In 1762, to James Murray, 95 A. in Caroline Co.; 

In 1762, to James Murray, 2.183 A. in Halifax Co.; 

In 1765, to James Murray, 11, 8, 12 A. (3 grants) in 
Lunenburg Co. ; 

In 1765, to James Murray, 20 A. in Prince George Co. 

The first three must have been made to other people, but 
the others to James Murray in Prince George, Lunenburg, and 
Halifax Co., may have been to our ancestor, as the Gordons, 
and Colemans. lived in Halifax County. But the Prince 
George records being lost this matter can not be traced. 

Governor YVyndham Robinson in his "Pocahontas" says: 

"The habits of the family in Virginia were not such as to 

build up their fortunes anew. Eminently free from all vices, 

they sympathized with all who suffered, and were unbounded 

Baskerville Genealogy. 131 

in their liberality and lavish hospitality. William 2 Murray, 
son of James 1 Murray, was from a distinguished stateliness, 
yet engaging simplicity of carriage lovingly called 'The Old 
Duke.' In his family I was at a second home, and surely if 
there ever was one, over which the spirits of benevolence, 
hospitality, loving kindness, and unselfishness, poured un- 
stinted their sweet influences, it was this." 

Tables of descent from James 1 Murray are very fully 
given in Robertson's Pocahontas, and Slaughter's Bristol Par- 
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Boiling, m. Sir 
ki.ii.':. Tem- 
pest, inherited 
liollinu Hull. 

Tristam Boiling, in service of King John ( 1199-1216), received the Boiling property. 
William de Boiling, Lord of Manor (Boiling), 1296-1316. 
Johannes de Boiling, Commissioner of Array, York county, 1318. 
Robert Rolling, m. Elizabeth Thornton, 1349. 
Johannes Boiling, of Boiling, taxed 1379. 

Robert Boiling, in battle of Towton, March 29, 1461, m. Isabel (ten children). 



lines Boiling. William Boiling. Umfrey Boiling. Raynbron Boiling. Troillus Boiling. Amicia Boiling 

7.1 m. 

Edward Boiling, 
inherited Chellow 

o. about 1470 

Several generations. 


Edward Boiling, 
died Chellow 1680. 

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fc.dw.ird Boiling, 
b. 1653, d. 1740, 
sealed at Ilkley, 
"Boiling Farm." 

William Boiling, 
of Chellow, last of 
line, died 1730. 

John Boiling, 
died at Chellow, 
leaving issue. 

Mary Boiling, 

m. Rev. Thos. Lister, 

V. of Ilkley, d. 1745. 

John Boiling. Nathaniel Boiling, 
died before their I father. 


John Boiling, Edward Boiling, 
d. 1729, d. unm. 

o. s. p. 

William Boiling, Elizabeth Lister, 
d. i7Si, m. Ellis Cunliffe. 

heir of Chellow 
and Ilkley estates, 
m. Phcebe Lister. 

John Bolling=Mary Cunliffe 
b. 1746, d. 1.S2S. 
He was last of 
English Boilings. 

Phcebe Lister, 
n. Wm. Boiling. 

Opposite p. 133. 

Bolling Chronology. 

About A. D. 1200, Boiling Manor was granted by King; 
John to Tristam Boiling. 

In 1502 it was inherited by Rosamond Boiling, wife of 
Sir Richard Tempest, and passed to the Tempest family. 

In i64g it was sold to the Lindley Woods, and passed 
from the family. 

In 166c Robert Bolling emigrated to Virginia. 

In 1730 the last of the Chellow (England) Boilings died. 

In 1825 the last of the Ilkley (England) Boilings, appar- 
ently the last in England, died. 

There were Boilings in London, of whom we know noth- 
ing. In the Bradford Parish Church marriage registers un- 
der date of November 22. 1722, is the following entry: "John 
Boiling, pari-h of St. Bartolphs [London], and Ann Oakes, 
cf Boiling [Bradford], spinster."' 

Baskerville Genealogy. 133 


James Murray (died 1772) married Anne Bolling 
(born 1718), daughter of John Bolling (b. 1676, d. 1729), 
and Mary Kennon Bolling (born before 1678). 

Governor Wyndham Robertson in his "Pocahontas" states : 
"Anne Bolling lived to a great age and was of ihe large 
statue, high courage, and awe inspiring bearing of her great 
Indian progenitor, Powhatan." 

From "Histories of Bolton and Bowling (Townships of 
Bradford)," [Yorkshire, England], printed in Bradford in 
1891, in the Virginia State Library, we get the following his- 
tory of the Boilings in England: 

Bolling is the more ancient form and is retained by the 
family, while the name of the township has become Bowling, 
and is still so. 

The township of Bowling contains 1561 acres, and is now 
a part of the borough of Bradford. Formerly it consisted 
of a manorial estate, of which the Boiling family were owners, 
upon which there was a large mansion, Bolling Hall, for cen- 
turies occupied by the Boiling family. 

Bolling Hall, so long the residence of the Boilings, the 
Tempests, and the Lindley Woods, is in its associations and 
style of architecture the most interesting relic of a past age 
left in the immediate vicinity of Bradford. The hall is a 
large majestic building, with a centre and two deep wings to 
the North, and has been built at different periods. The South 
front, opening to the garden, is terminated by two square 
towers of considerable but uncertain antiquity. The rest 
may be assigned to the Tempests in the reign of Elizabeth. 
Within the towers are two deeply embayed windows, and be- 
tween them the hail, which has one vast window of many 
square headed lights. It is about thirty feet long, and has 
2. plain plaster ceiling, which probably conceals a fine oaken 
roof. This is the old hall. The present building is the same. 

134 Baskerville Genealogy. 

somewhat altered. In the book is a picture of the hall as it 
was about 1750, or a little later, which is interesting. "The 
chief feature of interest is the central hall, in which there is 
a mantelpiece of carved oak, reaching to the ceiling-. It is 
supported by two fluted columns, which support a canopy, 
ornamented with oak and vine leaves, and contains two por- 
traits painted on panels, said to be those of Lady Rosamond, 
the last of the Boiling's of Boiling Hall, and her husband, Sir 
Richard Tempest. These portraits are said to have been 
painted from the originals in early life, and if so, they are 
in a remarkable state of preservation." In the book is a pic- 
ture of the mantelpiece. It (the mantel) seems to have been 
erected during the reign of James I, but the portraits may 
have been earlier, and taken from a former work, as Sir 
Richard Tempest died in 1537. The walls of the old part of 
the building are of great thickness. A private chapel was 
once attached to it. 

It is said that Boiling Hall w r as once protected by a moat, 
and surrounded by an extensive park, which from the history 
of the neighborhood seems very probable. There is evidence 
that a deer park formed part of the Boiling estate in very 
early times. 

It is said to have had the traditional ghost, and during 
the second siege of Bradford in the civil wars, Boiling Hall 
was occupied by the Earl of New Castle, the royalist general, 
as his headquarters. 

By the will of Tristam Boiling, proved August 2, 1502, 
the manor of Boiling passed to his daughter Rosamond, and 
her husband, Sir R.ichard Tempest, while his son inherited the 
estate of Chellow. The Tempests held Boiling Hall for some 
generations, and then it passed to the Lindley Woods, doubt- 
less also descendants, although this is not clearly stated. After 
this family vacated it, the house was sub-divided into sections 
and tenanted by various people. The last occupant, Air. J. 
M. Tankard, worthily revived the prestige of the hall. He 
added many articles of antique furniture, armour, pictures, &c, 
with which the hall was well stocked. "At his death, in 1887, 

Baskerville Genealogy. 135 

the whole were disposed of" (doubtless sold). Boiling Hall, 
in 1891, belonged to Mr. John Paley, of Ampton Hall, Bury 
St. Edmunds, his father, the late Rev. G. B. Paley, having been 
the eldest son of Mr. J. G. Paley, who purchased the estate 
in 1834. The hall was then (1891) the residence of Mr. 
Arthur D. Ellis, manager of the Bowling Iron Works. 

The Boilings, of course, had a coat-of-arms, or "family 
shield." There were Boiling coats-of-arms in the stained 
glass windows of Boiling Hall at one time, but they were re- 
moved about 1825 by Thos. Mason, Esqr., when he sold the 
hall, and placed in his new home of Copt Hewick Hall, where 
they remained in 1891, though somewhat broken. The follow- 
ing is a description and sketch of the Boiling shield: 

"Sable on an escutcheon argent three emmets with an 
orle of seven martlets of the second." Of these words "sable" 
means black; "escutcheon" means shield; "argent" means 
silver or white ; "emmets" means ants ; "orle" means outside 
band; "martlets" means martins or swallows (birds). 

Now we will take up the Boiling family. The Boilings 
were not only the most important family of the township, 
but were also of considerable repute in this part of Yorkshire 
generally. The proofs of this are numerous. From evidences 
collected by Mr. Empsall and presented to the Bradford 
Antiquarian Society, illustrating the entire history of this; 
family, we learn that toward the close of the twelfth century 
one Tristam Boiling was in the service of King John, and 
was largely concerned in his interests, and as a reward he 
received the property in Boiling. To this circumstance is 
ascribed the rise of the family. 

In Kirby's Inquest (1296) William de Boiling is described 
as holding three "carucates" (each 80 acres) of land in Boiling, 
and shortly after as lord of the manor, which his descendants 
held for several centuries. 

In a copy of parliamentary writs we find "William de 
Boiling certified to a writ tested at Clepstone, 5th March, 13 16, 
as lord of the township of Bowling, in the county of York." 

136 Baskerville Genealogy. 

"Johannes cie Boiling, of Boiling, one of the Commis- 
sioners of Array, in the wapentake (a county division) of 
Morley, in the county of York. Commission tested at York, 
25th September, 1318." 

By the marriage of Robert Boiling to Elizabeth, daughter 
of Roger Thornton in 1349 the Boiling estate was increased 
by the addition of the manors of Thornton, Allerton, and 

In the reign of Richard II, in 1379, in order to raise 
money, a tax was laid upon such as were able to pay it. 
From this Poll or Head Tax we find a list of twenty persons 
in Boiling subject to taxation, giving their names. Of these 
"Johannes de Bollyng, Esquier, and uxor (wife)" were taxed 
6s. 8d., and the other nineteen, their names being given, 4d. 
each, so that his taxes were more than those of the other 
nineteen, and he was styled "esquire." 

"Passing over (part of) a century we come upon an 
interesting episode in the past history of Boiling, namely, the 
attainder for high treason of one Robert Boiling, and the con- 
fiscation of his estates. In the Wars of the Roses many of 
the landowners of this neighborhood were implicated, and none 
more deeply than Robert Boiling, of Boiling Hall. Like many 
others in Yorkshire he espoused the cause of the Lancastrians 
under the banner of Lord Clifford, of Skipton Castle, and was 
at the battle of Towton on Palm Sunday, March 29th, 14.61. 
In that sanguinary encounter 36.000 men were slain, and the 
Lancastrians were utterly defeated. The result was very 
disastrous to the Boilings. For the part taken in it by Robert 
Boiling he was convicted of high treason, attainted by order 
of Parliament, and deprived of his estates, the manor of 
Boiling being made- over to a partisan of the King named 
Thomas Radclyfe. Robert addressed a petition to King Ed- 
ward IV in 1475. suing for elemenev on the crround that his 
action had boon 'oonly by cumpulsion.' Pardon was granted 
to him. but he and his family were reduced to great straits, 
until finally his estates were recovered, after which he added 
much to them." 

Opposite p. 137. 

The Boiling Chapel in the Bradford Parish Church is 
situated on the South aisle, adjoining the chancel, and until 
recently was separated from the body of the church by an 
iron railing. The chapel is supposed to be contemporary with 
the church, as it is referred to in the Boiling wills. 

In addition to the Boiling and Tempest burials there are 
in the chapel the remains of several members of the Lindley 
Wood family, the Masons, and the Paleys. By arrange- 
ment in 1879 w ^ tn R ev - G. B. Paley, then owner of the 
freehold, the chapel was converted into a clergy vestry, and 
this is still permitted, the owners of Boiling Hall still re- 
taining the freehold. Hist, of Bowling, 1891. 

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Robert Boiling made his will at Boliing Hall in October. 
1485, desiring- to be buried before the altar of Bradford 
Church, to which he left benefactions. He mentioned his wife, 
Isabel, for whom he provided ; his daughter. Amicia, and his 
younger sons. "Jamys, William, Umfrey, Raynbron, and 
Troillus" ; and later his oldest son "Trystam Boiling, son and 
heir," who inherited the landed property, including the manors 
of Boiling and Thornton, and lands in Little Boiling, Brad- 
ford, Clayton, Allerton, Wiisden, Hainworth, Horton, and 

Tristam Boiling, the eldest son, married Beatrix, daughter 
of Sir Wm. Calverley, of Calverley. He was a man of great 
courage, and was a loyal adherent to the Lancastrian party. 
He fought by the side of his father at Tcwton, but being 
young, escaped farther consequences than the disastrous de- 
feat of his party. He died at Chellow, near Manningham, 
leaving an heiress, ( daughter ) Rosamond, who became the 
wife of Sir Richard Tempest, of Bratewell. His will, exe- 
cuted April 7 th, recorded August 2, 1502, is given in the 
History of Bowling. He left the bulk of his estate to his 
daughter Rosamond, including the manor of Boiling, although 
he had a son. Edward, who succeeded him in the Chellow 
estates, which, comprised the manor of Chellow, and a siib> 
stantial residence. The Boilings continued at Chellow for a 
very long period, Chellow being a hamlet of the township of 
Heatcn, and a ,-eparate manor at the time of the Domesday 
Survey. Edward Boiling, just mentioned, was succeeded there 
by his son Tristam. 

The last of this branch of the Boilings in the male line 
was William Boiling, to whose memory a monument was 
erected in the Bradford Parish Church. He was living at 
Chellow in 1698, and died in 1730. His son, John Boiling 
died in 1729, before his father. He left a widow, but no 

A branch of the Boilings migrated to Ilkley, and resided 
"there before 1690, but the last of the male line died in 1740. 

x 3 8 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Finally one John Boiling, descended from the Ilkley 
family, died in 1825, the last of the line in England, and only 
the Virginia representatives were left to sustain the family 

A short sketch, "Memoirs of the Boiling Family," was 
written by Robert Boiling, born 1738, a great grandson of 
Col. Robert Boiling and his wife, Jane Rolfe," of Chellowe, 
Buckingham Co., Va. His father, Major John Boiling, was for 
thirty years in the House of Burgesses. Robert Boiling, 
author of the sketch, was educated at Wakefield, Yorkshire, 
England, by the celebrated Dr. Clarke, and was learned in 
many languages. He named his estate in Buckingham Co., 
Va., "Chellow," after one of the family seats in England, which 
would seem to indicate that the Virginia branch came from 
the "Chellow" branch in England. The sketch was written 
in French, and was not printed until after the death of the 
author. In 1803 it was translated and printed and later an 
appendix of interesting notes was added. The sketch is now 
rare and quite valuable. The writer has a copy with the 
appendix of notes. The following extract, though somewhat 
a repetition of the extract from the History of Bowling, is 
from a different point of view, and is interesting: 

"The Boiling Family is very ancient. Robert Bolling, 
Esqr., in the reign of Edward IV (1461-1483) possessed the 
elegant house of Boiling Hall, near Bradford, in Yorkshire, 
England, where many generations of his ancestors lived in 
the enjoyment of private life. After his death he was buried 
in the family vault in the Church of Bradford, recommending 
his soul to the most Holy Trinity, to the Holy Virgin, and to 
all the Saints. It is probable that his family had been bene- 
factors of that church, and even had built it, since its coat- 
of-arms alone was engraved upon it. This Robert Bolling 
died in 1485, and was succeeded by many others, of. the names 
of Tristam, Nathaniel, &c, until at last Boiling Hall passed 
in succession to the family of the Tempests. 

"Boiling Hall is situated at the distance of one mile from 
Bradford, and nine from Halifax, in the midst of fine scenery 

Baskerville Genealogy. 139 

at the head of an extensive fertile valley, bounded by lux- 
uriant hills, waving over each other, and overtopped to the 
North by the barren heights of Rumble's Moor. At the foot 
of these glides the river Aire, which has its origin in the small 
lake of Malham-watcr in Craven. The house, a large 
majestic building, with a centre and two deep wings to the 
North, has been built at very different periods. The South 
front, opening to extensive gardens, is terminated by two 
square towers of considerable but uncertain antiquity. The 
West tower, decidedly the most ancient, the walls of which 
are five feet thick, was, it is conjectured, originally the en- 
trance to an inner court, no traces of which now remain. The 
rest of the building may be safely assigned to the age of Eliza- 
beth, or probably to that of her immediate successor, as in one 
of the lodging rooms in this part of the house is the date 
'1615' over the fireplace. It was doubtless erected by one 
of the Tempest family, who held the estate at least a century 
and a half." 

The following is from "Junes Mews of the Seats, Man- 
sions, Castles, &c," London, 1829. "Boiling, as it was 
originally spelt, was the manor and residence of a family bear- 
ing the same name, from the origin of local surnames, to the 
reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), when Rosamond, daughter 
and heiress of Tristam Boiling, married Sir Richard Tempest, 
of Bracewell, Knight, and thereby took into that family not 
only Bowling, but [also] the manors of Thornton and Den- 
holme, with lands in Clayton and Oxenhope. In this line it 
continued till the civil wars of the 17th century, when Richard 
Tempest, a weak imprudent man, ruined partly by his own 
extravagancies, and partly by his attachment to the Royal 
cause, sold the estate 10 Henry Savile. Esqr., of Thornhill 
Green, near Wakefield, the immediate ancestor of the present 
family. In 1668 Mr. Savile disposed of it to Francis Lindley, 
Esqr., of Gray's Inn, in whose name it continued till 1760. 
when on failure of issue it descended to Thomas Pigot, Esqr., 
of Manchester, the heir at law, and was by him settled on 

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Charles Wood, Esqr., a captain in the Roval Navy, who re- 
ceived a mortal wound September 3rd, 1782^ m an engagement 
between Sir Edward Hughes and a French squadron in 'the 
East Indies. On his death the manor of Bowling passed to 
his son, Sir Francis Lindley Wood, Bart., who sold it in 
1815 to John Sturges, John Green Paley, and Thos. Mason, 
Esqrs. And on division of the property in 1821 that part of 
the estate, on which the hall is situated, along with the manor 
and a chapel or chantry in Bradford church, attached to the 
mansion, fell to the share of Mr. Mason." 

From the Harleian MSS., Visitation of London, Vol. II, 
p.. 84, we get the following table: 

"Tristam 1 Bollyng of Bradford in Com. Yorke= 

Edward 2 Bollyng of Bradford=Magdaline, da. of Gabriel Greene in 
in Com Yorke. Horsford, Com. Yorke. 

Robert 3 Bollyng of London, sadler=Anne, da. of Thos. Clarke 
and silk throwster now living 1633. I of London. 

I I j j 

John 1 Bollyng. Edward 4 Bollyng. Thomas 4 Bollyng. Annt 4 Bollyng. 

(Signed) Robt. Boiling." 

There is on file in Somerset House, London, 190 Harvey 
(book of record), the will of Robert Bollixg of parish All 
Hallows, Barking, London, (citizen and throwster) — proved 

November 13, , by his relict Anne (the name in the body 

of the will being Bowling). The conditions, circumstances, 
and names mentioned in the will identify it as that of Robert 3 
Bolling above, who signed the table, and also identifies John 4 
Boiling above with John 4 Bollixg of All Hallows, Barking 
parish. Tower St., London, the father of Robert 5 Bolling. 
born 1646, who emigrated to Virginia in 1660, as described 
father on. This enables us to extend our Bolling table three 
generations farther back, but with very litle additional in- 
formation, except merely that ofthe names. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 141 

We have not succeeded in connecting- this table with the 
family history from, the History of Bowling-. It looks as if 
Tristam in the table was descended from Edward, who in- 
herited Chellow, but we have no proof of it. 

Robert 3 Rolling, son of John 4 and Mary Bollixg (of 
the Boilings formerly of Boiling Hall), who lived in the parish 
of All Halioway or All Hallows, Barking parish. Tower street, 
London, the first of the name who settled in Virginia, was 
born in that large city on December 26th, 1646. He arrived 
in Virginia, when only fourteen years of age, on October 2nd, 
1660. In the year 1675 he married Jane Rolfe. daughter of 
Thomas Rolfe, a grand daughter of the Princess Pocahon- 
tas (wife of John Rolfe) whose father was Powhatan, 
that Emperor of the Indians, who gave so much trouble to 
the English ar their first establishment in this country. He 
had by her only one sen, John Bolling, born January 27th, 
1676. After the death of his wife, which happened in a short 
time, Robert 5 Bolling married secondly Anne Stith, daughter 
of John Stith, of Brunswick Co., by whom he had many chil- 
dren, whose posterity is still very numerous. 

This Robert 5 Bolling lived at Kip pax, in the county of 
Prince George, and dying on July 17th. 1709, aged 62 years, 
was buried th^re. The epitaph on his tombstone reads as fol- 
lows : "Here lyeth interred, in hope of a joyful resurrection, 
the body of Robert Bolling, the son of John and Mary 
Bolling, of All Hallows, Barking Parish, Tower Street, Lon- 
don. He was born the 26th of December, in the year 1646, 
and came to Virginia October the 2nd, 1660, and departed 
this life the 17th day of July, 1709, aged sixty-two years, six 
months, and twenty-one dayes." 

'He was sheriff of Charles City Co. in 1699 (W. and M. 
Q., "Vol. V. p. 276). and a member of the House of Burgesses 
from Prince George Co. ifi-1704. (Colonial Va. Register). 

He probably built his home, Kippax. or Farmingdale. or 
Farmingdeil. as it was often called, the last in the "Bland 
Papers," which was situated in Prince George Co. on the 

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South side of the Appomattox River not far from Petersburg. 
John 6 Bolling, the only child of Jane Rolfe Bolling, after 
he was grown, established himself at Cobbs, on the North 
side of the Appomattox, in Chesterfield Co.. but Robert 5 
Bolling and his descendants by Anne Stith Boiling, his second 
wife, continued to live at Kippax until Frances Bolling, 
daughter and heir of Drury Bolling, of Kippax, married in 
l 739> Theodorick Bland, Sr.., of Cawson's, when Kippax passed 
to the Bland family. Col. Theodorick Bland, Jr., of Revo- 
lutionary War fame, inherited Kippax during his father's life- 
time, and occupied it, and his family seems to have resided 
there during the war. The place is mentioned several times 
in the Bland Papers, where it is called "Farmingdell." The 
name Kippax is evidently from Kippax Park, Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, the seat of the Bland family (Plantagenet Roll, p. 369). 

Our interest in the place is only for a short time, as our 
ancestor, John 6 Bolling, established himself at "Cobb's" 
probably about 1700. 

Dr. Slaughter in "Bristol Parish" says: Kippax is now 
(1879) a desolation. The tombstones are mutilated, carried 
off, or destroyed. To preserve the remains from farther dese- 
cration Mr. Robt. B. Bolling, of Centre Hill in February, 
1855, removed them to his vault in Blandford Cemetery. 

Cobb's was the seat of John' 5 Bolling, who was born on 
January 27, 1676, died in 1729, and married Mary Kennon. 
It was situated on the North side of the Appomattox, in 
Chesterfield Co., nine miles below Petersburg, and continued 
in the possession of this branch of the Boiling family for many 
generations. Dr. Slaughter says: "The site is beautiful, com- 
manding long reaches up and down the river, with the steeples 
and other prominent features of Petersburg shining in the 
distance. Not a trace of the old mansion or of the old tombs 
is to be seen upon the ground, nor is there a trace of its his- 
tory in the minds of the people. The tourist, who seeks' it, 
will probably be told by some faithful descendant of Ham that 
he 'never hearn of Mr. Co"bbs.' '.' 

Haskerville Genealogy. 143 

But our interest in Cobb's also is only for a short time, 
as our ancestress, Anne Bolling, daughter of John 
Bolling, married James Murray, and left "Cobb's" to live at 
"Athol," the Murray seat. 

John Bolling devoted himself to commerce, and be- 
came wealthy. Most of the large estates accumulated by the 
early, as \\ ell as by the late colonists, were from the profits 
of mercantile transactions, and mechanical trades, practised 
in addition to farming, which supplied funds for investment 
in lands. It was not so common for the tobacco planter, who 
depended solely on his tobacco crop, to become very rich. 
That crop was so uncertain in its returns that it frequently 
failed to pay the expenses of the current year. But "merchan- 
dising" was more profitable, and many of the planters trained 
their slaves as carpenters, bricklayers, blacksmiths, etc.. and 
contracted to build dwelling houses, churches, barns, etc. The 
old wooden structure, St. John's Church, on Church Hill. 
Richmond, was built by one of the Randolphs, whose slaves 
did all the work, brick and wood, in its construction. 

John 6 Bolling had a gay, lively, and penetrating spirit. 
He lived at Cobb's, where he received all the profits of an 
immense trade with his countrymen, and of one £t& greater df-tCc.- 
with the Indians, and enjoyed at the same time all the pleas- 
ures of society, for which never was there a person better 
formed. The following notice of him and his residence will 
be found in Coin. Wm. Byrd's interesting account of the His- 
tory of the Dividing Line between Virginia and North Caro- 
lina. He says : 'At the end of thirty good miles we arrived 
in the evening at Coln. Bolling's, where first from a primi- 
• tive course of life we began to relapse into luxury. This 
gentleman lives within hearing of the falls of the Appamatuck 
River, which are very noisy, whenever a flood happens to roll 
a greater stream than ordinary over the rocks." Byrd Papers, 
Vol. I, p. (93. 

He was a member of the House of Burgesses from Prince 
George Co. in 1710. 1714, and 1718. (Va. Col. Register). 

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He married Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard Kennon 
of "Conjuror's Neck," by whom he had one son and five 
daughters, as follows : 

John 7 Boiling, b. January 20, 1700. m. 1, Eliz. Lewis — no 
children ; 2, Eliz. Blair — many children. 

Jane 7 Boiling, b. 1703, m. Richd. Randolph, of Curies; 
Mary 7 Boiling, b. 171 1, m. Jno. Fleming; 
Elizabeth 7 Boiling, b. 1709, m. Dr. Wm. Gay; 
Martha 7 Boiling, b. 1713, m. Thos. Eldridge; 
Anne 7 Bolling, b. 1718, m. James Murray. 

They have all been blessed with that fruitfulness formerly 
so desirable, which renders a family numerous, but poor. 

He died at Cobb's and was buried there in 1729. The 
following abstract of his will dated April 29th, 1727, and 
proved August, 1729, is taken from the Henrico Co. records 
(Stanard's Abstracts, p. 222) : 

To wife Mary the plantation (600 A.) he lived on called 
Cobb's, and the negroes belonging to it for life ; also house- 
hold stuff in general, stock of horses, cattle, &c. ; ro "Mr. 
John Fleming, who lately married my daughter Mary." 1207 A. 
over against Liking (Liking was afterwards Bolling Hall), 
four negroes, a negro girl, and money (he mentions having 
promised a portion of £430 to Mary). To daughter Elizabeth 
Bolling 1200 A. adjoining land given to Fleming, and £200. 
Lands at Flat Creek and slaves to be divided between daugh- 
ters Martha and Anne Bolling. To grandson, Richard Ran- 
dolph, £100. All rest of estate to son, John Bolling. 

Here our particular interest in the Bolling family ceases, 
and is transferred with Anne Bolling, our ancestor, to the 

The Boiling family continued to be prolific, and inter- 
married with the best families in the State, such as the Ran- 
dolphs, Blands, etc., and the present representatives of many 
names are very numerous. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 145 

A continuation of the Boiling genealogy may be found 
in Memoirs of the "Boiling Family," "Bristol Parish/' and 
"Pocahontas." ^ f ^ 

We append two tables, .one English from History of 
Bowling, and the other Virginian beginning with the Harleian 
MSS. statement. We can not connect them, but it seems 
most probable that Tristam 1 Boiling of the second table was 
a descendant from Edward Boiling, of Chellow, born about 
1470, particularly as Robert Boiling, of Virginia, author of 
Boiling Memoirs, born in 173S, named his estate in Gooch- 
land Co. "Chellow." 

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Mary Kennon, b. about 1676, d. , who married 

John 2 Bolling in 1698 or 1699, was a daughter of Richard 
Kennon, the Immigrant, who founded the family of Kennons 
in Virginia. He was joint patentee with Francis Eppes, Joseph 
Royall, and George Archer of 2,827 A. of land in Henrico Co. 
on April 1st, 1670. This seems to be the first record of him, 
but he is supposed to have come from England to Virginia 
some years before this. This must have been Lt. Coin. Fran- 
cis 2 Eppes, b. about 1628, d. 1678, mentioned later. Later he 
married Mrs. Worsham, the widowed mother of Richard Ken- 
non's wife. The name Kennon is said to have been pronounced 
Cannon, and sometimes to ave been spelt that way. 

Richard Kennon is mentioned very frequently in what 
is left of the records of Henrico Co., which do not extend 
back of 1677, those before that time having been destroyed or 
lost. He was, for many years, one of the Justices, having 
been appointed at least as early as 1678, and was present at 
many sessions of the court. He seems to have bought and 
sold a great deal of land, and the records of these transactions 
are numerous. In the very front of the oldest book, which 
has been preserved, with only one deed before it, is the record 
of a deed from Edward Robinson, and his wife, Anne, "of 
Bristoll pish (parish) in Henrico Co.," now Che. terfield Co., 
to Richard Kennon for "the land called 'The Neck/' con- 
taining acres," (the record is somewhat mutilated, and 
the numbers of acres is illegible) situated in the parish afore- 
said, and "bounded by land formerly sold Mr. Kennon, Appa- 
marock River, Mr. John Worsham, Nicholas Disson, and 
Swift Creek." This was "Conjuror's Neck," about five 
miles below Petersburg, where he made his home, and 
which remained in the family for many generations. 

Another plantation disposed of in his will, given to his 
son William, was Roxdale, also in Henrico Co., which was 
deeded to him on April 1st, 1679, by Robert Bowman. He 

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also disposed of his mill at Pucketts and the mill tract, also a 
half acre at Bermuda Hundred with houses on it. 

In 16S0 he was a merchant, resident at Bermuda Hun- 
dred, where he is said to have had a large warehouse. In 
16S5 he was factor and attorney for Mr. \Ym. Paggen, a mer- 
chant of London, who had extensive trade in Virginia. To 
provide supplies for his store-house at Bermuda Mr. Kennon 
visited England frequently. In a grant of land to Mrs. Fran- 
cis Eppes, the mother of his wife, in 16S0 she was allowed to 
count his coming into the colony eight times, for which a 
grant of 400 A. of land was made. It was the policy of Vir- 
ginia at that time to encourage immigration by allowing 50 
acres every time a person came into Virginia, and it would 
seem from this grant that Mr. Kennon crossed the ocean as 
many as eight times prior to 1680. 

He was Justice for Henrico County as early as 1678, and 
probably remained so during hij life. 

In 1686 he and Capt. Wm. Randolph were members of 
the House of Burgesses for the county. 

In 1691 he made a deed of gift to his children naming 
Mary, Elizabeth. Martha. William, and Sarah. Judith and 
Richard were not mentioned, and were evidently born after 
that time. 

He died in 1696, and his will dated August 6th, 1694, was 
probated August 20, 1696. 

I have a copy of the will, in which he mentions his son 
William, to whom he gave Roxdale and some other real es- 
tate; his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he gave Conjuror's Neck; 
and his daughter, Judith, to whom he gave certain personal 
property. The other children are not mentioned, including 
Richard, the youngest, who was probably born after 1694. 
Another son, Richard, born 1684, had died in 1688, and his 
tombstone was formerly at Conjuror's Neck. 

As stated Richard Kennon married, probably about 
1676, Elizabeth Worsham, daughter of William and 
Elizabeth Worsham, a sketch of whose family will be found 
on another page. Their children were 

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Richard, b. 1684, d. 1688, tombstone at Conjuror's Neck; 

William, (Coin.), of Conjuror's Neck, vestryman of Dale 
parish, Justice 1710, Burgess.; 

Mary, married John :! Bollixg; 

Elizabeth, married Jos. Royall ; 

Martha, married Robert Munford ; 

Sarah ; 

Judith, married Thos. Eldridge, of Surry; 

Richard, married Agnes Boiling, sister of John Boiling 

Both of the sons were vestrymen of Bristol parish, and 
doubtless this was trtie also of Richard Kennon, but we have 
no record of the vestry until 1720. 

Tables of descent of the Kennon family may be found in 
"Bristol Parish," and in the William & Mary Quarterly, Vol. 
XIV, p. 132. 

Our interest in it passes with Mary 2 Kennon to the 
Bolling family, which will be found on another page. 

Between the first land grant in 1670, spoken of, and 
1761 more than 50,000 acres of land are said to have been 
granted to the family. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 151 


Elizabeth 2 Worsham, daughter of William 1 and 
Elizabeth Worsham, of Henrico County, married Richard 

Our knowledge of our Worsham ancestors is very 
meagre. The Henrico County records, which remain, begin in 
1677, all before that time having been lost or destroyed. And 
as William Worsham, our emigrant ancestor, died not 
earlier than 1670, and not later than 1673. we are cut off from 
that source of information in regard to him, except where 
there may be indirect references to him in the later records, 
as in his wife's will recorded in 167S, or in records referring 
to his children. Besides this we have the record of land 
grants in the Virginia Land Office, and nothing more. After 
1677 the Henrico records relating to the Wor shams are very 
numerous, but as our interest in the family to a great extent 
ceases after the marriage of Elizabeth Worsham to Rich- 
ard Kexxon, we shall follow them to a very limited extent. 

The oldest record of Wm. 1 Worsham seems to be in 
1652, February 15th, when Wm. 1 Worsham and George Wor- 
sham patented 400 A. of land in Henrico County. George 
was probably the brother. 

Wm. 1 Worsham married Elizabeth , (but we do 

not know her family name\ probably about 1655 to 1658. as 
the latter in her will dated July 2S:' 1 -. [678, (Eliz. Eppes), 
mentioned her daughter, Elizabeth 2 Kexxon, already mar- 
ried, and her grandchild, Mary 3 Kexnon. Also her son, 
John Worsham, must have been under age, as she appointed 
her stepson, Francis Eppes, and her son-in-law, Richard 1 
Kennon, executors. Wm. 1 Worsham had died about 1670 
to 1673, and his widow bad married Coin. Francis 2 Eppes in 
or before 1674. Hence we assume that Wm. Worsham died 
1670 to 1673. Coin. Francis- Eppes also died before his wife, 
in 1678. He is said to have died from a wound, probably re- 
ceived from the Indians. (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. III. p. 393). 

15 2 Baskerville Genealogy. 

The Eppes family were not ancestors, but Coin. Francis 2 
Eppes, having- married our ancestress, their children were half 
brothers and sisters to Elizabeth Worsham, who married 
Richd. Kennon, and besides some reference to them, as show- 
ing- the connections and standing of the families, is interesting. 

The Eppes were among the most prominent people of 
Henrico County in the earliest period. Capt. (later Coin.) 
Francis Eppes, was a member of the House of Burgesses in 
1625, and again in 1632. He was patentee of a great deal of 
land. The land books show that he came from England, and 
brought with him his sons, John, Francis, and Thomas, born 
in England. His second son, Francis 2 Eppes, married Mrs. 
Worsham, this being his second marriage also. Both held 
prominent county offices. Lt. Coin. Littlebury 3 Eppes, one of 
the sons of Mrs. Eppes, formerly Mrs. Worsham, was Colonel 
of Militia, Justice in 1699, and member of the House of Bur- 
gesses in 1710, 1714, &c, and died in 1746. He was brother 
of Elizabeth Worsham, wife of Richd. Kennox. Inter- 
esting accounts of this Eppes family may be found in the Ya. 
Hist. Magazine, and the William & Mary Quarterly. The 
statements given show that the whole family connection was 
of the best social standing and respectability. 

George Worsham seems to have lived much longer than 
his brother William. A deed is on record (Henrico) as of 
March 4th, 1717, in which George Worsham conveyed to his 
son William Worsham, 122 A. of land, being a part of a tract 
of 3Q9 A. conveyed to the said Geo. Worsham by patent bear- 
ing date April 29th, 1668. This indicates that this is the same 
man who jointly with Wm. Worsham patented land in 1652. 

There was also a deed of March 7, 1717, from Geo. Wor- 
sham to Richd. 1 Kennox, both of Henrico County, which 
shows that the former was living at that time. 

The records show the appraisement of the estate of 
Charles Worsham on July 7th, 171 2. He must have been 
son of Wm. 1 Worsham, Sr., mentioned in his mother's will. 

John Worsham, son of Wm. 1 Worsham, Sr., became 
sheriff of Henrico on June 1st, 1696, when he gave bond, and 

Baskerville Genealogy. 153 

again on June 7th, 17 14. There are several deeds to land to 
and from John Worsham about this rime. And in three deeds 
Geo. Worsham is called "Sr.," as if there was a "Jr." The 
deed to William Worsham. son of Geo. Worsham, has been 
mentioned. And these two of the second generation, John 
Worsham and Wm. Worsham, were in the vestry of Henrico 
parish from 1730, certainly to Oct. 12th, 1733, when they were 
both present. Ac a vestry held November 2nd, 1731, Capt. 
John Worsham was appointed church warden. Hist, of Hen- 
rico Parish, pare 2, p. 9. 

On September 27th, 1731, at a vestry there were present 
in addition to John Worsham, Joseph and Wm. Worsham, 

In 1733 Dale Parish, now in Chesterfield County, was cut 
off from Bristol Parish, and this accounts for these two drop- 
ping out of the vestry of the latter. 

There are many other Worsham records in the books of 
Henrico County, bat they chiefly of much later dates, and do 
not particularly interest us, as our ancestress, Elizabeth 
Worsham, was most probabiy born before 1660. 

It is interesting to note that in the settlement of her es- 
tate in the Henrico County records in the list of her funeral 
expenses we find charged the following articles, ten pounds of 
butter, two gallons of brandy, half a pound of pepper, half a 
pound of ginger, five gallons of wine, eight pounds of sugar, 
one steer, and three large wethers (sheep). 


Eustace 1 Rolfe=Joanna Jener, 

of Norfolk, England, 
b. 1539. cl - r S93- 

m. May 27th, 1560. 

Robert 1 Rolfe. 
See second table. 

foiiN 2 Rolfe— Dorothea Mason. 
b. 1562, d. 1594, bis 
tomb with inscrip- 
tion at Heacbem. 

ice" Rolfe, 
S5, d. 1.593. 

1ohn :; Roi.fe= 2. Pocaiion 
b. 15S5. emigrated [ 3. Jane Pier 
to Virginia 1612. 

Edward' 1 Rolfe, 
b. 1591. . 

Dorothea 3 Rolfe, 
in. Ro. Redmayn; 
he died in 1625. 

Bermuda' 1 Rolfe 


b. 16]£ 1 

Elizabeth" Rolfe. 

Jane 5 Roi.fe=Robert Roiling, 
d. 1076. I b. 1646, d 1709. 

John" Bulling-— Mary Khnnon, 
h. 1676, d. 1729. I b. before 1678, 

AnNi-. 7 Bolling=Jam*S Murray, 
b. 17 18. d. I7ya>«^. 

Margaret 8 (Peggy) Murray-Thomas Gordon. 
b. 1748. I 


Anns?- i Nancy ^ Gordon=Hknry Kmhha Coleman. 


Eli/. '"Anne Coleman— Charles Baskkrvill. 

Henry 11 E. C. Baskervjli~1 A. Hamilton. 

v>ll— E. fvi. Skelton. 
Hamilton" 51. Baskbrvili.e. 


Elizabeth 1 

Robert 1 Rolfe, b. about 1539, 

m. Margaret Crowe. 


Edmund- Rolfe, 

m. Katheiiue Kothwell. 


Henry 3 Rolfe, 

in. Frances Pigott. 


Francis* Rolle, 

m. Margaret Horsnell. 

Edmund 5 Rolfe, 
m. Eliz. Scott 1676, was of large 
estate and mayor of llie town. 

I I I 

Susan" Catherine" Mary" 

V.o'.'ai. Rolfe. Rolfe. 

'Daughter. 7 

Great-grandmother 8 of 

aiu> with husband to N. Y in 

Eustace' Rolfe. 
See first table. 







in. Goodsell Thrasher, 
went to Prince Edward Island. 
Houoria 10 Thrasher, 
111. John Morrison, 
40 years col., 
secty., &c. 
*Vvin. n I!. Morrison, 
of Detroit, Mich. (1911), 
who furnished this table. 

Two other daughters. 

Mem.— The present (igr r) family 
at Heachem, Norfolk county, Eng- 
land, seems to be descended from this 

See Va. Hist. Mag., XIX, 201. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 155 


Jane 5 Rolfe, daughter of Thomas 4 Rolfe, and Jane 
Poythress (see p. 164), and granddaughter of 

John 3 Rolfe, and Pocahontas, the Indian "Princess," 
married Robert Bclling (see p. 141). 

John 3 Rolfe, her grandfather, in 161 3 married Poca- 
hontas, daughter of Powhatan, the Indian ''Emperor'' in 
Virginia, and thereby furnished to history probably the must 
romantic episode of the early days of this country. 

The name is variously spelled Rolf, Rolfe, Rolph, Rolphe, 
Wrolfe, Wrothe. &c, &c. It is said to be Scandinavian, and 
in Normandy became Rollo. It first occurred in the name of 
Rolf Krake, King of Denmark, about 600 A. D. It was 
brought to England by Rolfe or Rollo, who accompanied one 
of the first Vykings, who overran England. John Rolfe prob- 
ably sprung from some Danish family. 

This family is first mentioned in the Domesday Book 
(eleventh century). There is a record of our branch of them, 
who as far back as 1560 owned Heacham in Norfolk, where 
they still live. 

Heacham is on, or near "the Wash," in Norfolk, on the 
Hunstanton and West Norfolk Rwy., a short distance from 
Sandnugham, where for many years was one of the resi- 
dences of the late King Edward VII, when he was Prince 
of Wales. The family seat of the Rolfes, for many genera- 
itons at Heacham, was Heacham Hall in Heacham Park, in 
1904 the residence of Mr. C. E. Strachan. The house is said 
to be "a substantially build red brick house, showing few 
external marks of the antiquity, which can safely be assigned 
to some parts of it, not visible from the road." Several pic- 
tures of the Hall, and of Heacham may be found in "The 
Kingland's Homeland," by W. A. Dutt, London, 1904. from 
which the above description is taken. It also states, after 
referring to the portrait of Pocahontas in the possession of 
the Elvins, descended through the female line from the Rolfes 

156 Baskerville Genealogy. 

of Tuttington in Xorfolk. "Of the Rolfes themselves there 
are several portraits in Heacham Hall, which now belongs to 
Mr. Holcombe Ingleby, a descendant of the Rolfes on the fe- 
male side." Reference is made also to "Sandringham," by 
Mrs. Herbert Jones, for interesting mention of the Rolfes. 

In regard to Heacham Mr. Dutt says : 

''Heacham, without being a dangerous rival to any village 
along this part of the Xorfolk coast, is a pleasant little place 
for visitors without inclination towards the somewhac boister- 
ous pleasuring, which prevails at many of the more popular 
watering places. It has a flat beach, where there is safe bath- 
ing; also a primitive little harbor, where some small long-shore 
boats and coasting craft occasionally provide a few subjects 
for artists. " Near the station quite a new village has re- 
cently come into existence to meet the demand of summer 
visitors. Travellers to Sandringham, however, are not likely 
to linger long here, and after seeing the church should turn 
to the left against Wheatsheaf Inn and hasten on to Snettis- 
ham. After noticing a rather curious old red brick bridge, 
spanning a little stream to the left of the road, where it forks 
just out of the village, there will be nothing to delay them 
before the next village is. approached." 

"Heacham Church is a structure in the decorated and 
perpendicular styles, standing in the outskirts of the village, 
just beyond the bounds of the park. Formerly it was a cruci- 
form building, and must have been a verv fine one; but it 
has been robbed of its transepts, and the rcof of the nave has 
been considerably lowered. A good piece of old screen work 
remains, dividing the nave and the chancel ; the windows re- 
tain some old stained glass, and there is an old plain font. 
The church contains several memorials to the Rolfes, includ- 
ing a brass to a John Rolfe, who died in 1594, [this was John 2 
Rolfe of our Rolfe table, and the father of John 3 Rolfe, the 
emigrant, and both of them were our ancestors], and a modern 
one to the Rev. S. E. Neville Rolfe, who, we are told, 'being 
dead, yet preacheth.' At the West end there is a good old 
brass to a knight, and in the North aisle the tomb of Robert 

Opposite p. 156. 

From Va. Hist. Magazine, Vol. XXL, p. 105. The in- 
scription on the brass tablet in Heacham Church to John 2 
Rolfe is : 

"John Rolfe, gentleman of Hitcham, died on the twenty- 
ninth day of November, in the year of our Lord 1594, in the 
thirty-second year of his age. While he lived, he was of much 
service to his fellows ; he wished to enrich all his neighbours 
and kinsfolk by assisting the poor with his wealth; nothing 
could be kinder than he was ; he bore the insults of many men 
quietly without offense ; by exporting and importing such 
things as England abounded in or needed, he was of the 
greatest service, inasmuch as he spent both pains and labour 
upon it. Thus he seemed to die as the force of fire is 
quenched by excess of water. For his strength was unim- 
paired, nor had he completed many years when he died. 
His death brought grief to many, but he had done nobly upon 
the consciousness of a well spent life, and the record of many 
benefits not allowed to die utterly." 

John 2 Rolfe had, no doubt, been a successful merchant 
at Lvnn. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 157 

Redmayne, who died in 1625." This Robert Redmayne on 
March oth, 1594, married Dorothea Rolfe, sister of John 3 
Rolfe, the emigrant, as will be seen in the Rolfe table. 

The first entry on the record of the Rolfes of Heacham 
is the marriage of Eustace Rolfe, and Joana (Jener), the 
grandparents of John Rolfe. The registry, as given by Mrs. 
Brathwayte is as follows: 

1560, married Eustacius Rolfe, and Joanna Jener, 
27th May; 

1562, baptized John, filius Eustacii Rolfe, 17th October; 

1582, married Johannes Rolfe, and Dorothea Mason, 
24th September; 

1585. baptized Eustacius and John, filii Johannes Rolfe, 
6th May; 

1585, buried Eustacius. filius Johannes Rolfe, 2nd June; 

1591, baptized Edwardus, filius Johannis Rolfe, 22nd 
February ; 

1 593, buried Eustacius Rolfe, June, 

1594, buried Johannes Rolfe, 1st December; 

1594, married Robertas Redmayn and Dorothea Rolfe, 
Qth March ; 

1625, died Robertus Redmayn. 

From this we learn that John 3 was one of twins born 
May 6th, 1585, and son of John 2 Rolfe atd Dorothea 
Mason, (his wife). 

These English Rolfes were people of good standing and 

See Robertson's Pocahontas. 

JOHN 8 Rolfe presents a very interesting figure in the 
early history of Virginia. He was one of a number of edu- 
cated, cultivated gentlemen, who were among the first colon- 
ists. He left England in 1609 in 'The Sea Adventure,'' Capt. 
Newport, V. Adml. of Va., which should have arrived in Vir- 
ginia in August, 1609. The ship was wrecked on the Ber- 
mudas on x\ugust 7, but all on board were saved. Sir Thomas 
Gates, and a number of other prominent people were among 
the passengers. John Rolfe and his wife were on board, also 

158 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Rev. Richard Buck, later ihe prominent chaplain in the colony. 
An infant daughter was born to the Rolfes after the landing, 
and was baptized on February 21st, 1910, by Rev. Richard 
Buck. The child soon died, and also the mother. Later the 
colonists proceeded to Virginia, arriving there May 23rd, 1610. 

Howe tells us that John 3 Rolfe first appears in the col- 
ony apparently as a highly respectable young gentleman of 
Jamestown, Va., in 1613, who struck by the beauty of the 
young princess Pocahontas, and fascinated by her manners, 
so far superior to the rest of her race, wooed and iwon her 
affections, and obtained a promise of her hand. This was 
when, after having been treacherously captured, she was in 
honorable captivity as a hostage in Jamestown. And this 
turn of affairs so pleased Powhatan, her father, that he 
ceased the preparations for war, which he had begun, and 
sent an uncle and two brothers of Pocahontas to express his 
approval, and witness the nuptial ceremonies at Jamestown, 
which were solemnized with great pomp according to the rites 
of the English Church, by Rev. Alexander Whitaker, after 
she had embraced Christianity and been baptized. 

This is Howe's account. Other historians state that the 
marriage was performed by Rev. Richard Buck, who came 
into the colony with John Rolfe. It is not a matter of great 

John 3 Rolfe was very earnest in his desire to marry 
Pocahontas. In Bishop Meade's Churches, Vol. I, p. 126, 
we find a long and most affecting letter from him to Sir 
Thomas Dale, the Governor, declaring his wish and deter- 
mination to marry her, assigning his reasons, describing his 
feelings, and asking the Governor's approbation. He seems 
to have been much concerned and troubled in mind on the 
subject, and calls God to witness to the purity of his motives, 
and how deeply his conscience had been engaged in the de- 
cision, and that not until much suffering had been endured 
was the decision made. Not only did Sir Thomas Dale ap- 
prove and encourage the alliance, but after writing home 
most favorably of it, he carried them with him to England, 

Basksrville Genealogy. 159 

where they were most honorably received. Their son, 
Thomas Rolfe, was born before they went to England. 

About 1st May, 161 6, they sailed for England in the 
"George," Capt. Argall, in company with Sir Thomas Dale, 
Capt. John Martin and others. Their reception and stay in 
England will be referred to in the sketch of Pocahontas. 

"Nothing but good resulted from the union, and much 
more than is seen or acknowledged may have resulted. Burke, 
the historian of Virginia, after giving the names of some of 
their descendants, adds, 'so that this remnant of the imperial 
family of Virginia, which long ran in a single person, is now 
branched out into a very numerous progeny. The virtues of 
mildness and humanity, so eminently distinguished in Poca- 
hontas, remain in the nature of an inheritance to her poster- 
ity.' " Meade Churches, Vol. I, p. 82, to which reference is 

In the Boiling Memoirs (in our library) I find the fol- 
lowing : 

"John Rolfe has, like all men who have married famous 
women, become better known as the husband of Pocahontas 
than for any merit of his own. He was a prominent, useful, 
and enterprising gentleman, the first white man who engaged 
in the cultivation of tobacco, a well informed writer on sub- 
jects connected with the colony of Virginia, and one whose 
character and services would have reflected credit upon any 
age and country." 

He is described by Sir Thomas Dale as "an English 
gentleman of good understanding," and by Rev. Alexander 
Whitaker, as "an honest and discreet English gentleman." 

The following extract from Stith's History of Virginia is 
interesting, although it somewhat anticipates our history: 

"Previous to his proposed return with his wife from 
England to Virginia in 1617 he was made "Secretary and 
Recorder General of Virginia," which place was now first in- 
stituted. Capt. Argall was in charge of this expedition. The 
Treasurer and Council took care for the proper accommoda- 
tion of Pocahontas and her husband on board the "Admiral" 

160 Baskerville Genealogy. 

ship. But it pleased God at Gravesend to take Pocahontas 
to His mercy in about the two and twentieth year of her age. 
Her unexpected death caused not more sorrow and concern 
in the spectators, than her religious end gave them joy and 
surprise. For she died agreeable to her life, a most sincere 
and pious christian." 

After arriving at Jamestown John Rolfe wrote a long 
letter to Sir Edward Sandys, the Treasurer of the Virginia 
Company, dated June 8th, 1617, in which he referred very 
feelingly to the death of Pocahontas. This letter, with a 
very interesting introduction may be found in the Va. His- 
tory Magazine, Vol. X, p. 134. 

"Her little son, Thomas Rolfe, was left at Plymouth with 
Sir Lewis Speukley, Admiral of the county of Devonshire, 
who desired the care and education of him. (But this 
gentleman got into trouble and had to give him up.) How- 
ever, he was carried up to London and was educated by his 
uncle, Mr. Henry Rolfe, of Narford. Norfolk County, and 
afterwards he became a person of fortune and distinction in 
this country (Virginia.) He left behind him an only 
daughter, who was married to Coln. Robert 5 Bolling. (of 
'Kippax/ on the Appomattox River), by whom he left an 
only son, the late Major John 6 Bolling, who was father to 
Coin. John 7 Boiling, and several daughters, married to Col. 
Richd. Randolph, Col. John Fleming, Dr. Wm. Gay, Mr. Thos. 
Eldridge, and Mr. James Murray (our ancestor.) So that 
this remnant of the Imperial Family of Virginia, which long 
ran in a single person, is now increased and branched out into 
a very numerous progeny." 

After the death and burial of his wife, Pocahontas, or 
Rebecca, at Gravesend, England, John 3 Rolfe returned to 
Virginia. During his stay in England he had been appointed 
"Secretary and Recorder" for the colony, and he retained this 
office until his death in 1622. During this time he was also a 
member of "The Council," being an advisory body to the gov- 
ernor, and also the upper house of the General Assembly, 
when it was in session, the elected House of Burgesses being 

Baskerville Genealogy. 161 

the lower house. Thus he was a member of the first General 
Assembly in 1619, and continued so until his death. In 1621, 
when Sir Francis Wyatt. succeeded Sir George Yeardley as 
governor, John 3 Rolfe was continued as Secretary and Re- 
corder, and member of the Council. It is said that John 3 
Rolfe was the only member of the Council of 1619, whose de- 
scendants can be traced to the present time. 

After his marriage to Pocahontas and before his trip 
to England, John 3 Rolfe resided with his family at Yarina, 
on James River, a little more than a mile below Dutch Gap., 
the old Henricopolis,. and just above Curl's Neck, being about 
twelve miles below Richmond, where he owned a large planta- 
tion, and where his son, Thomas' Rolfe. afterwards resided. 
John 3 Rolfe patented several tracts of land, and this was 
probably one of them. Yarina was at one time the county 
seat of Henrico, and here was also the glebe of Henrico Par- 
ish, where resided Rev. James Blair, founder of William and 
Mary College, and Rev. William Stith, another of its presi- 
dents, who wrcte the History of Yirginia. Not more than 
forty years ago the sites of the glebe, courthouse, jail, and 
tavern were pointed out. Under the name of Aiken's Land- 
ing Yarina was well known during the war of 1861-65, as a 
place of exchange of prisoners (Tyler.) The place is still 
retained as a large estate by the present owner, and there is a 
large mansion, which was built a good many years ago, but 
does not date back to the time of the Rolfes. 

The writer has not attempted to follow the intricacies of 
his places of residence, but after his return from England in 
1617, John 3 Rolfe is found residing on his estate at or near 
Mulberry Island on James River, in the present Warwick 
County, about ten miles below Jamestown, where he had pat- 
ented 1.700 acres of land. This adjoined the estate of Capt. 
Wm. Pierce, whose daughter, Jane, he married, she being his 
third wife. Capt. Pierce was one of the leading men of the 
colony, and was at one time captain of the fort at Jamestown. 
His name was also spelt Pyers, and Poyers. A daughter, 
Elizabeth Rolfe. was born to this marriage, and was four 
years old in 1625, January 25, when she was living with her 

162 Baskerville Genealogy. 

mother, then the wife of Capt. Roger Smith, at James City, 
the father having died in 1622. Later John 3 Rolfe and his 
family were residing at Bermuda Hundred, where he is sup- 
posed to have been killed in the Indian massacre of 1622. 
Thomas* Rolfe, the son of Pocahontas, was then in Eng- 
land. There are 347 names in the printed list of those killed 
at that time. Six of the Council were killed, of whom the 
names of only four were given, not including John Rolfe' s, 
but the two not mentioned are supposed to have been those 
of John Rolfe, and Michael Lapworth. The settlers at Ber- 
muda Hundred, where Rolfe was living, were nearly all 
killed. He is said certainly to have died in 1622. 

The following record, just found, settles definitely the 
question of the death of John Rolfe in 1622. In the Records 
of the Virginia Company, Vol. II, p. 105, we find that "At 
a court holden for Virginia on Monday, 7th Oct., 1622," 
in London, Mr. Henry Rolfe desired that the estate of his 
brother, John 3 Rolfe, deceased, in Virginia, be enquired into, 
and converted to the best use for the maintenance of his 
(John Rolfe's) wife and children, and that he (Henry 
Rolfe) be indemnified for his expense in "having brought up 
the child his said brother had by Powhatan's daughter, which 
child is yet living and in his custodie." And such an order 
was made. Thus we see that John 3 Rolfe had died in Vir- 
ginia, and the news of his death has reached England before 
7th October, 1622. The Indian massacre occurred March 
22nd, 1622. 

From Water's Gleanings, Vol. I, p. 29, Va. Hist. Soc, 
we get the following abstract of the will of John 3 Rolfe: 

"John 3 Rolfe, of James City Co., in Virginia, Esquire, 
dated 10th March, 1621, proved 21st May, 1630, by William 
Pyers (Pierce). 

Father-in-law, Lieut. Wm. Pyers, gentleman, to have 
charge of the two small children of very tender age. 

A parcel of land in the county of Tappahannock between 
the two creeks over against James City in the continent or 
country of Virginia to son Thomas 4 Rolfe and his heirs. 

Opposite p. 162. 

John 3 Rolfe. the emigrant, undoubtedly had a brother 
named Henry, who remained m England, and took care of 
Xhoraas 3 Rolfe. The records of the Virginia Company attest 
this (p. 162). And Mrs. Herbert Jones, in Sandringham. p. 
292, says: "The Virginian colonist [John Rolfe], had a 
brother Henry, called in the Rolfe family genealogy 'of Xar- 
iord,' a spot in Norfolk, where, as attested by its registers, 
one of the family had settled. * * * The descendants of 
Henry Rolfe are easily traced. 7 ' 

His name does not appear in the family registry, as 
given by Mrs. Brathvvayte. from which the first part of our 
Rolfe table was made (see p. 157), and which we followed. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 163 

Land near Mulberry Island in Virginia to Jane my wife 
during her natural life, then to daughter Elizabeth. 

To my servant, Robert Davies, twenty pounds. 

The witnesses were Temperance Yeardly, Richard Buck, 
Robert Davys, and John Milwarde." 

"The witness, Richard Buck, was doubtless the minister 
of that name at Jamestown, who died sometime previous to 
1624, leaving a widow and four children, Mara, Gershon, 
Benoni, and Peleg." (R. A. Brock.) 

The impression seems to prevail with many educated 
people that John 8 Rolfe was a plain, obscure colonist of no 
particular importance, which has been shown to be absolutely 
erroneous. He was one of the most important men in the 
colony, and took the position to which his birth and educa- 
tion entitled him. As Secretary of the Colony he was the 
writer of most of the official reports, and particular attention 
is called to "John 3 Rolfe's Relation of the State of Virginia, 
17th century," which may be found in the Southern Literary 
Messenger for 1839, Vol. V, p. 401, in the Va. Hist. Soc. 

Much of this correspondence may be found in Brown's 
Genesis of the American Republic in the Va. Hist. Soc. li- 

Several of his letters are also extant, and although they 
are expressed in the rather turgid, and long drawn out style 
of the period, yet they show him to be a gentleman of educa- 
tion and refinement, and indicate a high christian character. 

"John 1 Rolfe, John Smith, Ralph Hamor, Wm. Strach- 
ey, and George Sandys, were the writers (of history) among 
the Virginia colonists of this period" (Tyler.) 

His son, Thomas 4 Rolfe, lived until manhood in Eng- 
land, and in 1640 came to Virginia. There is little doubt that 
he settled there on his patrimonial estate at Varina, which has 
already been described. He also owned a plantation of 150 
acres on Gray's Creek, at first called after him Rolfe's Creek, 
which is said to have been "the gift of the Indian Kinge." 
In 1654 he sold this property to Wm. Corker. (Tyler.) 

164 Baskervtlle Genealogy. 

In Hening's Statutes. Vol. I, p. $27, the following enact- 
ment is mentioned: "And be it further enacted and granted 
that Left. Thomas 4 Rolfe shall have and enjoy for himself 
and his heirs forever, ftort James, als Chickahominy fort, with 
foure hundred acres of land adjoining the same, with all edi- 
fices and houses belonging to the same forte, and all boats and 
ammunition at present belonging to the same ffort; provided 
that the said Left. Rolfe doe keepe and maintaine sixe men 
upon the place during the terme and time of three yeares, for 
which time, he, the said Left. Rolfe, for himself and the said 
sixe men are exempt from publique taxes." 

This shows that he was a man possessing substantial 
means, brave, loyal, and possessing the public confidence. 

Another incident recorded of him is the granting to him 
by the Governor, on his petition, permission to visit his In- 
dian kinsfolk, showing that the manhood, generosity, hu- 
manity, and superiority to vulgar prejudice or censure, which 
so pre-eminently distinguished his father, were not dishonored 
or wanting in the son. 

In this permit were mentioned the names "of his aunt, 
Cleopatra, and his kinsman (uncle) Opechancanough." 

Between 1646 and 1663 he patented a number of tracts 
of land, and seems to have become a man of wealth. 

He married Jane Poythress, daughter of Francis Poy- 
thress. A family of this name had already settled in Vir- 
ginia in the immediate neighbourhood of Rolfe's residence at 
Varina, a few miles below on the opposite side of the river. 
And Francis Poythress appears as a member of the House 
of Burgesses in 1644 for Charles City County, then including 
both sides of the river at those points. 

"Francis Poythress came to Virginia about 1633. He 
patented 400 A. of land in Charles City County on Bay lye 
Creek (W.) July 13th, 1637. He was Burgess for Charles 
City County in 1645-47, :nd for Northumberland County in 

1649. He married , and had, besides, according to 

tradition a daughter who married Thomas Rolfe ; a son, Major 
Francis Poythress, Justice for Charles City County, who mar- 

Baskerville Genealogy. 165 

ried Rebecca , and had issue'' (then follows a long 

table of descendants). Ya. Hist. Mag. VII, 71. 

In "Virginia Carolorum," p. 195, (Ya. Hist. Soc), we 
find the following list of land grants to Thomas Rolfe : 

1653, Augt. 8th, 525 A., N. side of Chickahominy River, 
called Fort James ; 

1656, April 25th, 325 A., in James City County; 

1658, Sept. 26, 50 A., an angle in Chicahominy River; 

1663, Sept. 25, 750 A., W. side of Paspetank River. 

Thomas and Jane Poythress Rolfe, as far as we know, 
had only one child, Jane Rolfe, who married Col. Robert 5 
Bolling, the immigrant. 

The Rolfe table appended is recorded here just as we 
found it. It does not include the name of Henry Rolfe, of 
Narford, Norfolk County, the brother of John 3 Rolfe, who 
reared Thomas 4 Rolfe, and we have not added it. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 167 


The marriage of John Rolfe, the Immigrant, and Poca- 
hontas, daughter of Powhatan, the Over-Chief of the In- 
dians in Virginia, or the "Emperor of the Indians,"' as he is 
often called, belongs rather to general history. Reference has 
already been made to the histories of Virginia by Stith. Burke, 
Campbell, Beverley, and others, also to Howe's Virginia, 
Meade's Old Churches, and Robertson's Pocahontas, par- 
ticularly the last. 

Powhatan seems to have been over-chief of most, or all, 
of the Indians in what is now called the tide-water section of 
Virginia, when the English arrived in 1607. A part of his 
dominions had been inherited, but a large part of them had 
been conquered by him. Stith says (p. 53) : "Powhatan 
himself was a tall, well proportioned man of sour aspect, and 
of a very strong and hardy condition of body. His proper 
name was 'Wahunsonacock,' and he had that of Powhatan 
from the town so called near the falls of James River, which 
was the seat and metropolis of his hereditary dominions. And 
he seems to have removed to Werowocomico (on York River, 
first called Pamunkey), for convenience after he extended his 
conquests far Xorth. (Then follows a description of his here- 
ditary countries.) These dominions descended not to his sons or 
children, but first to his brothers, whereof he had three, 
Opitchipan. Opechancanough, and Catataugh ; and then to his 
sisters according to their seniority ; and after them to the heirs, 
male and female, of the eldest sister; and so the rest, but 
never to the heirs of the males. 

He lived in great barbaric state, and magnificence. He 
usually had about his person forty or fifty of the tallest men 
his country afforded, and this guard was after this time : n- 
creased to two hundred on account of the English. 

When Smith was presented to him, he was about sixty 
years of age, something hoary, and of a savage majesty and 
grandeur. ( Then follows the ston of Pocahontas, 'the king's 

168 Baskerville Genealogy. 

darling daughter,' saving Smith's life.) When Pocahontas 
was treacherously captured by the English and carried to 
Jamestown, Powhatan begun to prepare for war. But when 
he heard of her proposed marriage to Rolfe, he was propi- 
tiated and pleased, and sent representatives to express his ap- 
proval (being too wise and prudent to trust himself with the 
English.) And ever after he was friendly to the English. 
The massacre of the English in 1622 occurred after his death, 
and his brother and successor, Opechancanough, was respon- 
sible for that. 

He died in April, 1618, being upward of seventy years 
of age." 

The Encyclopedia Brittanica states : "The country the 
English had settled in was sparsely populated by many small 
tribes of Indians, who owned as their paramount chief Pow- 
hatan, -who then lived at Werowocomico, a village on the 
Pamunkey River (now York River) about twelve miles by 
land from Jamestown. He was succeeded in 1618 by 
Opechancanough, his brother, who carried out the great mas- 
sacre of the English in 1622." 

An interesting article relative to Werocomico will be 
found in the William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. X, p. 1 (Va. 
Hist. Soc.) 

Also a very interesting article, "The Use and Abuse of 
Forests by the Virginia Indians," by Hugh Maxwell, United 
States Forest Service, giving much very interesting informa- 
tion about the Indians of that period, will be found in the 
William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XIX, p. 73 (in our li- 

Pocahontas was a mere child when we first see her. 
Capt. John Smith had been captured by the Indians in Dec, 
1607, and when they were about to beat his brains out with a 
club, she interposed and saved him. There is no reason to 
doubt the truth of this story. She was then about twelve 
years old, and from that time until Smith went to England in 
October, 1609, she was frequently seen at Jamestown, "where 
her amiable and attractive disposition seems to have made her 
very popular. After Smith's departure she is said not to 

Baskekville Genealogy. 169 

have returned to Jamestown until she was treacherously cap- 
tured and carried there in 1613. After that she remained 
there up tti the time of her marriage with Rolfe, about April 
1st, 1614. 

Stith's account is as follows : 

"Long before this Mr. John Rolfe, a worthy young gen- 
tleman and of good behaviour, had been in love with Poca- 
hontas, and she with him. And at this time he made the 
thing known to Sir Thomas Dale, the Governor, through Mr. 
Ralph Kamer, and -wrote him a letter entreating his advice. 
And she likewise acquainted her brother with it (and he, 
Powhatan, their father.) Sir Thos. Dale highly approved of 
it, and the report of this marriage coming to the knowledge of 
Powhatan, it was found a thing acceptable to him by his sud- 
den consent. For within ten days he sent Opachisco, an old 
uncle, and two of his sons to see the manner of the marriage, 
and to do in their behalf what they were required for the con- 
firmation of it, as his deputies. It was therefore solemnized 
in the beginning of April, 1614." 

Sir Thomas Dale, the Governor, in a letter to the Bishop 
of London, dated June 18, 1614, -wrote of Pocahontas: 
"Powhatan's daughter I caused to be carefully instructed in 
the christian religion, who, after she had made good pro- 
gress therein, renounced publicly her country's idolatry, openly 
confessed her christian faith, was, as she desired, baptized, 
and is since married to an English gentleman of good under- 
standing, (as by his letter unto me, containing the reasons of 
his marriage of her. you may perceive), another knot to bind 
this peace the stronger. Her father and friends gave appro- 
bation to it, and her uncle gave her to him in the church. 
She lives civilly and lovingly with him, and I trust will in- 
crease in goodness, as the knowledge of God increaseth in her. 
She will go to England with me ; and were it but the gaining 
of this one soul, I will think my time, toil, and present stay 
well spent." 

In regard to her reception and behaviour in London, 
"Purchas's Pilgrims" tells us : "She did not only accustom her- 

170 Baskerville Genealogy. 

self to civiltie, but still carried herself as the daughter of a 
king, and was accordingly respected, not only by the company 
(London Company), which allowed provision for herself and 
son ; but of divers particular persons of honor in their hope- 
ful zeal by her to advance Christianity. I was present when 
my honourable and reverend patron, the Lord-Bishop of Lon- 
don, Dr. King, entertained her with festival and state and 
pomp, beyond wh«*a I have seen in his great hospitalitie af- 
forded to other ladies. At her return towards Virginia she 
came to Gravesend, to her end and grave } having given great 
demonstration of her christian sincerity, as the first fruits of 
Virginia conversions, leaving here a godly memory, and the 
hopes of her resurrection, her soul aspiring to see and enjoy 
presently in heaven, what here she had joyed to hear and be- 
lieve of her beloved Saviour." Meade's Churches, Vol. I, 
p. 79 and f. 

Sir Thomas Dale, when he went back to England in 161 6, 
carried John Rolfe and Pocahontas, his wife, with him, 
as previously stated, and they landed in Plymouth in June 
of that year. Before she reached London, Capt. John Smith 
petitioned Queen Anne, in her behalf, and it is in this petition 
of June, 1616, that the account of his deliverance by the 
Indian girl first appears. 

After a pleasant sojourn of about seven months, being 
well received by both the court and the people, Pocahontas 
with her husband, embarked for Virginia in the "George," 
Capt. S. Argall (her old captor), but she died at Gravesend 
about February. 1617. ( 'End. Br., XXII, 175). 

She was buried in the chancel of the church at Graves- 
end. The church has been burned, but the registers of births, 
marriages, and funerals were saved. And in one of these 
registers may be seen at this day the brief record of the In- 
dian girl's early fate. It is as follows : 

"1616 [1617], March 21. Rebecca Woolfe, wyffe of 
Thomas ( ?) Woolfe, gent., A Virginia lady borne, was 
buried in this Chancell." (This is from a newspaper clip- 
ping. The inscription is doubtless defaced and hard to read. 

Baskerville Genealogy. 171 

"Thomas" is an error, and "1616" is the old style of reckon- 
ing, the new year beginning then on March 25.) 

Below is given the version of this inscription, or entry, 
from the Boiling Memoirs: 

March 21. Reeecca Wrothe, wyffe of Thomas 
Wrothe, Gent. A Virginia Lady borne was 
buried in the Chancell." 

She was born about 1595, married 1614, and died in 
Gravesend. England, in 1617. and was buried there. 

She was converted to the Christian faith under the minis- 
tration of Rev. Alex. Whitaker, and was baptized. 

Before her marriage. Bishop Meade says of her (Old 
Churches, I, Si): Pocahontas was acknowledged by all to 
be cast in one of the first of nature's moulds, both as to per- 
son and character. (This is high praise from a high source.) 
Her Indian name was Mattoax, but when she was baptized, 
she was named Rebecca. (Read his account. I, pp. 77 to 

82) f . . 

This historical episode ct a marriage of a princess of an 

inferior alien race with an English gentleman, and the long 
line of descent, comprising so large a number of the first fam- 
ilies in the land, is remarkable and unique. A perusal of Rob- 
ertson's Pocahontas will well repay the trouble. It gives a 
sketch of her, and of many of her descendants. They were 
all ladies and gentlemen, and several quite conspicuous names 
are found among them, as those of John Randolph of Roa- 
noke, Bishop Francis M. Whittle, and others. 

Bishop Meade says: "We read of two of his (Powha- 
tan's) sons, and another of his daughters, who also rose su- 
perior to the rest of their race. Of one of the sons, Xau- 
taquas, Capt. Smith says, that be was "the most manliest, 
comeliest, boldest spirit I ever saw in a savage." and of his 
sister, Pocahontas, that she had a "compassionate pitiful 
heart." "The other daughter Sir Thos. Dale endeavored with- 
out success to obtain with a view to another alliance with 
some English gentleman.'' 

172 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Howe says of her : "With Dale, Mr. Rolfe and his inter- 
esting bride, Pocahontas, sailed [for England]. By a com- 
munication from Smith her amiable and valuable conduct was 
made known at court, and every attention was shown her. both 
by the queen and many of the nobility. This excellent prin- 
cess, whose deportment was so far superior to that which the 
condition of her race would authorize one to expect, that it 
won for her universal admiration and esteem, was des- 
tined never more to behold her father, or her native land. She 
died at Gravesend, where she was preparing to embark with 
her husband and child for Virginia. Peace to her gentle 
spirit ! Her memory will not perish while the Common- 
wealth of Virginia endures, or noble and generous actions are 
valued by her sons." 

Governor Robertson says of her in his "Pocahontas," 
p. 4: "The incidents of her life reveal a character of rare 
beauty and worth. There is nothing of myth or legend, of 
the miraculous or incredible about them, save to disbelievers 
in the high virtues of human nature. Except such of them as 
could be known to Smith only, they rest on various and unim- 
pugned authorities. On the faith of them the Queen [Anne] 
and Court of England, its highest and its best people, and in 
as especial manner, the Bishop of London, bestowed on her 
marked and distinguished attentions, inconceivable to have 
been extended to her, except as the meed of extraordinary 
virtues, and that in the presence and midst of many, who, 
had the testimonies to them been capable of being disproved, 
could have readily furnished the means, as some of them were 
known not to be wanting in the will, to disprove them. And 
on the like faith in them History, and Poetry, and Art have 
vied with one another in their several ways in investing her 
name from that day to the present with a halo of surpassing 

It is a very remarkable fact that all the standard his- 
torians of Virginia speak of her in this strain, and all bear wit- 
ness to her very remarkable qualities and attainments. Among 
these we may mention Smith, Stith, Howe, Burke, Meade, 

Baskerville Genealogy. 173 

Brown, Campbell, and Tyler, and there are others whose 
name do not occur to us at present. 

For a Pocahontas table of descent, not practicable here, 
see Robertson's 'Pocahontas." 

In connection with this subject the writer will state that 
three books of Dr. Lyon G. Tyler's, "The Cradle of fhe Re- 
public," "Williamsburg," and "Early English Colonies in 
America," and Mr. Bruce's "Social Life in Virginia in 17th 
Century," are very interesting and instructive, and well worth 

There is only one authentic picture of Pocahontas. The 
following note in regard to this subject is taken chiefly from 
two sources, viz., "Sandringham," by Mrs. Herbert Jones, 
London, 1883, and "Pocahontas," by Governor Wyndham 
Robertson, Richmond, Ya., 1887. 

When Pocahontas was in London in 161 6, her portrait 
was painted, and the picture was still in 1887 the property 
of Mr. Eiwyn, one of the Rolfe family, now and from time 
immemorial, residents of Norfolk County, England. The 
painter is not known. This picture has become known to us 
by the engraving made from it by Simon de Passe, which 
first appeared with other portraits in a volume by the brothers 
de Passe, 1616-23. This engraving has doubtless formed the 
basis for the numerous and varying pictures of Pocahontas, 
which we see in books and on postal cards, but apparently 
most of them have been altered, until they are very different 
from the original. 

Governor Robinson, in his preface to "Pocahontas," states 
that the portrait of Pocahontas given by him "is from a 
photograph taken recently in England from the original por- 
trait of Pocahontas (London, 1616), yielded to my request by 
its present possessor, Mr. Elywn. The work was exe- 
cuted by one of England's best photographers, and under the 
personal supervision of Mrs. Herbert Jones, author of "Sand- 
ringham," containing a most graphic description of 
the original picture." The picture in "Pocahontas" seems to 
be a photograph pasted in. and not an engraving, and under 
these circumstances it seems to be an absolutely reliable copy 

174 Baskerville Genealogy. 

of the original. The other pictures being doubtless frem De 
Passe's engraving, and this from the original painting, this 
fact may account for the differences. Governor Robertson 
adds that his picture is "the only accurate, as well as authen- 
tic reproduction of that painting ever published in the United 
States." The photograph does not show the tall hat, which 
appears in the engravings, and also in a portrait in the Va. 
State library, copied by Mr. William L. Sheppard, who died 
in March, 1912, "from the original." 

It must be that in the darkening and obscuration of the 
original by time the top of the hat has been lost to sight in 
the dark back ground. The photograph seems to show a small 
cap on the head. Possibly the photographer, in order to im- 
prove his plate, "worked up" the little cap instead of the hat, 
which was undoubtedly a feature of the old painting. In 
Mr. Sheppard's painted copy the hat is shown, but no plume as 
in the engravings. Of course he shows the colouring, which 
is not in the engraving or photograph. 

The engravings were drawn "free hand," and are, of 
course, less accurate than the photograph. They vary very 
largely, particularly in the features of the face, the shape 
of the hand, and the fan of ostrich feathers. 

The following is Mrs. Herbert Jones' description of the 
original painting: 

"The dimensions of the picture are two feet six inches 
and a half by two feet one inch. A painted oval encloses the 
portrait. The painting of the face, and of the details of the 
dress, is clear and finished, and shows great delicacy and 
beauty of execution. The whole effect of colouring is rich, 
mellow, and deep-toned, with the indescribable quality shed 
over it, which time alone can give. The portrait is slightly 
smaller than life, the face stamped unmistakably with the In- 
dian type, and denoting intelligence and thoughtfulness, with 
much dignity both in expression, and in the carriage of the 
head. She looks at once royal in birth and in nature. The 
features are handsome and well formed, the lips bright red, 
the skin dark and smooth, and vellum-like with a suspicion 

Baskerville Genealogy. 175 

of copper tint. The eyes are remarkable : prolonged at the 
corners, more meditative than brilliant, like still pools rather 
than flashing- .water. Their colour is rich, decided, unde- 
niably brown, with very blue tints on the white eyeballs. The 
eye-brows are straight and black, the short hair by the ear 
throws out a glistening of pearl earring. The deep lace ruff, 
rising behind, defines sharply the shape cf the face, which 
shows high cheek bones, and the outline narrowing abruptly 
below them, so characteristic of her race. The hat she wears 
on her head, and which in the print has a grotesque appear- 
ance, sinks unnoticed into scarcely less dark back-ground, 
while the richly chased broad golden band round it gives the 
effect of a coronet, and is in happy combination with the 
colouring of the face. She wears a mantle of red brocaded 
velvet, much ornamented with gold buttons. A small, taper 
hand holds a fan of three white ostrich feathers. Around the 
portrait are the words, 'Matoaka Rebecca filia potentiss. Frinc. 
Powhatani Imp. Yirginiae.' On a space beneath, 'Matoaka 
als Rebecka, daughter to the mighty prince Powhatani, Em- 
perour Attanoughkomuck als Virginia, converted and bap- 
tized in the Christian faith, and wife to the worshll. Mr. 
Thomas Rolff.' Close under the figure, within the oval, is 
written, 'Aetatis suae, 21 Ao. 1616.' " 

It seems rather remarkable that in this inscription the 
name of John 3 Rolfe appears "Thomas" Rolfe, as it does in 
the old register of Gravesend Church, in the record of Poca- 
hontas' burial. 

One of the members of the Rolfe family possesses the 
earrings of Pocahontas. Each is formed of a double shell, the 
rare white mussel shell, which is found on the eastern coast of 
Behring's Strait. 

Double shell earrings were universally worn among the 
American Indians, but the white variety was reserved exclu- 
sively for the adornment of priests and princes. The princely 
shells of Pocahontas are set in silver rims, inlaid with small 
steel points, a mounting which suggests that they are set, or 
reset, by English workmanship. 

176 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Another interesting relic has descended in the El win 
family, and has come down to each generation as having be- 
longed to Pocahontas. It is a vase of pale brown earthen- 
ware, covered with uncoloured ornamentation, which is 
moulded in the clay itself. The vase is finished at the top 
with a silver rim. Those who are familiar with Jacobaean 
work would see at a glance the era to which it belongs, and 
would recognize the fact, that it is an original and not a copy. 
This piece of ornamental ware has always been an object of 
great interest to its owners, and has never been known by 
any other name than. "Pocahontas' vase." 




It is interesting to observe the state of affairs in Virginia 
in the early period, during the lives of our first ancestors in 
this country. 

The following little sketch has been taken chiefly from 
the William and Mary College Quarterly Magazine, "The 
Cradle of the Republic," and "Williamsburg," all by Dr. 
Lyon G. Tyler. Much of it consists of direct extracts, and 
some of statements based on information derived from these 

In 1607 Jamestown was occupied and settled by the Eng- 
lish colonists, but the occupation of the country was slow, and 
was attended with great difficulties and suffering. The place 
of settlement had been badly selected, and the mortalitv among 
the settlers was very great, so that in 1610, when the colony 
was actually abandoned, although about 750 persons had, at 
different times, settled at Jamestown, only sixty, less than 
one-twelfth, were left. These abandoned Jamestown, intend- 
ing to go to New Foundland, but near the mouth of James 
River they met Lord Delaware with a fleet bringing immi- 
grants and supplies, and they turned back. 

For twenty years after the landing at Jamestown the 
English settlements in Virginia were confined to the valley of 
the James and to the Accomac peninsula. Nevertheless the 
need of a colony on York River, then known as Pamunkey 
River, to curb the Indian tribes there, had long been recog- 
nized. As far back as 161 1 a fortified settlement there had 
been recommended by the Governor (Dale) at Chiskiak, about 
twenty miles from Point Comfort. But this was not done, 

180 Baskerville Genealogy. 

and in 1622 occurred the great massacre by the Indians. 
After this for some time the people were disposed to stay 
close together for protection, although in 1623 Governor 
Wyatt considered "running a pale between James River and 
York River trom Martin's Hundred to Chiskiack." 

On October 8th. 1630. the Council of Virginia deter- 
mined to plant a settlement in the Indian district called Chis- 
kiack (corrupted into Cheese Cake) on the south side of York 
River. And this was the beginning of York County, where 
our ancestors John 1 Baskervyle, the Immigrant, and Coin. 
Wm. Barber, the father of his wife, lived. 

The leaders of the settlers were two councillors, Capt. 
John Utie, and Capt. John West, the latter, brother of Lord 
Delaware, who were allowed six hundred acres of land apiece 
on York River, on opposite sides of King Creek. Capt. Utie 
settled at "Utimaria" on the. west side, and Capt. West on the 
east side at a plantation afterwards called "Bellfield." Other 
settlers ranged themselves on the river on either side of Utie 
and West, and soon there were two parishes, Chiskiack and 
York. Two years later, in 1632, palisades were run by Gov- 
ernor Sir John Harvey across the peninsula from Archer's 
Hope Creek to Queen's Creek, six miles long, and Williams- 
burg, lirst called [Middle Plantation, was built within the 
centre of the line of palisades (see map in Tyler's Cradle of 
the Republic). 

In 1633 was born at BellfielcL John West, Jr., founder of 
West Point, the first child born on York River. 

In 1634 the colony was divided into eight counties or 
shires, and the English shire government was established. 
Charles River County | one of them, afterwards York County) 
was created, taking in the plantation of York. Court was held 
for many years at the different large plantations, but about 
1660 it began to be held regularly on the west side of W r orme- 
ley's Creek at a place called York, established as stated by Sir 
John Harvey, (about half a mile below the present York- 
town, established later). This was only a few years before 
the advent of John 1 "Baskervyle, the Immigrant, as he came 

Baskerville Genealogy. 181 

over about 1662. But before 1664 he had been appointed 
Clerk of York County. 

Coin. Wm. Barber had been in the colony since about 

Afterwards, about 1676, court was held at "Half-way 
House," on the road between Yorktown and Middle Planta- 
tion. The following extract from the York County records 
of April 24th, 1677, when John 1 Baskervyle was clerk, is in- 
teresting: "There being no house to keepe court in the mag- 
istrates are permitted to keepe court in the house lately be- 
longing to Thos. Hansford, whose estate for his rebellion 
and treason is forfeited to his sacred Majestic Dated at 
Green Spring, March 21st, 1677." 

In 1691 fifty acres of the estate of Benjamin Reade on 
York River was bought for a town called Yorktown. And in 
1698 the court removed to that place, which was about half a 
mile above (old) York. 

Yorktown continued to develop^ until the incident oc- 
curred, which at once proved its glory and destruction. It 
became the scene of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis in 1781, 
but by the war it was reduced to a mass of ruins, and has 
never since regained the trade, which it once had. It was at 
one time a corporation, and had a council and the town seal 
is still preserved. 

At one time Yorktown was quite a thriving and prosper- 
ous place, and in the London Magazine of 1746, it is de- 
scribed as a place of "no inconsiderable figure," "with a great 
air of opulence," and many taverns. The handsome equipages 
of the residents are referred to. But now its glory has de- 
parted, and a sleepy dilapidation has taken possession. 

This small county of York was thus intimately associ- 
ated with the early colonial strength and life. Very near the 
seat of government at Jamestown, and afterwards sharing 
with James City County the new business home of Governor 
and Burgesses, it numbered among its planters those who in- 
fluenced the destinies of all the other counties. 

Church life began at once, and there were three parishes 
within its bounds. Charles P., on Poquoson River; Kischiack 

i$2 Basxerville Genealogy. 

P., seitled in 1630 and made into a parish in 1642; and York 
P., settled in 1632. And when the name of the county was 
changed from Charles City to York, that of Kiskyache P. was 
changed to Hampton P. The first rector of York and Hamp- 
ton parishes was Rev. Antony Panton in 1639-40, and in 1642 
a church was built in York, on the "Temple Farm." the ruins 
of which may still be seen (near Yorktown). When the pres- 
ent church in Yorktown was built in 1098,- the old York 
church is said to have been abandoned. All this shows that at 
this early period, when our ancestors lived in York County, 
there was an active religious life in the community. 

The social life of the community may be described as 
rural and doubtless simple, but the tone and character seems 
to have been fairly good. The laws relating to morals, as was 
characteristic of the English laws of that period, were strin- 
gent and particular, and violations were openly prosecuted and 
punished. The old court proceedings would seem to indicate 
a rather bad condition in this respect. But this was doubtless 
to a great extent due to the tendency to publicity and personal 
punishment for such things. 

The Virginia people were peculiar in their intense rural- 
ism. The eighteenth century was an age of commercial am- 
bition. And yet Virginia relinquished her commerce to for- 
eign factors, used tobacco as currency, and paid her taxes in 
it, and she alone of all the colonies and of all civilized states, 
resisting the universal tendencv of the age, had no debts, no 
banks, no bills of credit, and no paper money. Her lethargic 
condition was doubtless then, as iater, due in a great measure 
to the prevalence of negro slavery, for which Virginia was not 
to blame. England thrust it upon her, and New England 
brought and sold slaves to Virginia, doubtless as long as pos- 
sible. Conditions were in many respects primitive, and it is 
not so remarkable that in 1696 Mrs. Mary Baskervyle be- 
queathed to her only son, George, her ''largest iron pott." 
At that time iron pots, like most other things of manufacture, 
had to be brought from England, and were quite valuable. 

Thus we see that when Coin. Wm. Barber came over, 
probably soon after 1630. things were in a very primitive con- 

Baskerville Genealogy. 1S3 

dition. At that time the English colonies were limited to a 
comparatively small portion of the continent. Holland pos- 
sessed New York under the name of "New Netherlands" 
(1610-1674). Sweden held Delaware under the name of 
"New Sweden" (1638- 1655). And France held or claimed 
all of Canada, the Mississippi valley, and the Atlantic coast 
south of Carolina. x\nd France and Spain held or claimed all 
of the Gulf coast. So that the English possessions were quite 
limited. Even Illinois is said to have been settled by the 
French in 1081. These conditions contrast very strongly with 
those of the nineteenth century. 

The study of the individual histories of the various Eng- 
lish colonies is very interesting, and the differences between 
them very striking. And many of them are still retained. 

New England was settled by Puritans, who came over on 
account of persecutions and of dissatisfaction with the Eng- 
lish government. They established a quasi independent gov- 
ernment of their own, made their own laws, and elected their 
own governors. Virginia was chiefly settled by loyal church- 
men and church women of the established church, who were 
loyal to the home government. They chiefly had their laws 
prescribed, and their governors appointed in London. Using 
the terms of the period the former were "round heads" and the 
latter "cavaliers." While the former were more active and 
energetic, they were strongly inclined to radicalism, and 
•while the latter were more conservative, they were inclined to 
old fogyism. 

After the English revolution of 1648 many cavaliers came 
to Virginia to avoid Cromwell and his Puritans, and thus 
strengthened the tendencies there. 

These are some of the conditions in York County, Va., 
when William Barber, somewhere between 1630 and 1635, 
and John 1 Baskervyle, about 1662, soon after the Restoration 
in England, came over. 

There seem to have been no towns in Virginia except 
Jamestown in these early days, and so when Bacon burned 
Jamestown in 1676, there is said to have been "no other town 

184 Baskerville Genealogy. 

in Virginia." There were other places, but they were doubt- 
less mere hamlets. 

Coin. Wm. Barber and John 1 Baskervyle never saw York- 
town, because the former died in 1669, and the latter in 1679, 
and Yorktown was established later. As stated, prior to 1660 
court was held at the different large plantations, and after that 
time at old York, until 1676, when it began to be held at the 
"Half-way House," until 1698, when it was moved to York- 

This subject is an exceedingly interesting one, and the 
study of it may be continued in "The Cradle of the Repub- 
lic," and "Williamsburg," both by Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, in "The 
Social History of Virginia," by Mr. Bruce, and in many 
other interesting books relating to this period, most of which 
may be found in the library of the Virginia Historical So- 
ciety. Particular attention is called to an article in the Wil- 
liam and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XIX, p. 73, "The Use and 
Abuse of Forests by the Virginia Indians," by Hugh Maxwell, 
United .States Forest Service. 



Randle 7 Baskervyle married Agnes, d. and co-heir of 
Nicholas Bostoke, of Modburlegh, 2nd son of Sir Adam De 
Bostoke, Lord of Bostock. 

The Bostoke family was very ancient, and distinguished. 
They date back to before the time of the Conquest, 1066, and 
through Hawise, sister and co-heir to Randle, or Ranulph, 
third Earl of Chester, and Countess of Lincoln in her own 
right, widow of Robert de Quinci, Earl of Lincoln, who mar- 
ried secondly, Sir Warren Bostoke (or Bostock), they were 
descended from the same old Scandinavian line, which pro- 
duced William the Conqueror. We have two lineage tables of 
the Bostokes, one taken from Harleian MSS., Visitation of 
Cheshire 1580, Va. State Library, and the other from Orme- 
rod's Cheshire, III, 253. There is some variation in the 
names, and the first extends farther back, but otherwise they 
agree. Combining the two we get our table, as follows : 

Harleian MSS.: Ormerod's Cheshire: 

Sir Osmer 1 (Oliver) de Hugh Fitz Richard 

Bostock, Anno 1066, Bostock, 

Hugh 2 Bostock, Osmer Bostock, 

Richard' Bostock, Richard Bostock, 

Roger* Bostock, Roger Bostock, 

Sir Gilbert 5 Bostock, Gilbert Bostock, 

Ranulph 6 de Bostock. William Bostock, 

who married, Margaret, daughter and heir to Warren De 
Vernon, Baron of Shipbrohe, and had issue; 

Sir Warren 7 Bostock, (1155). who married Hawise, 
sister and co-heir to Ranulph, 3rd Earl of Chester and Lin- 

1 86 Baskerville Genealogy. 

coin, and widow of Robert De Quinci, daughter of Hugh 
Kavelioc, Earl of Chester, and had issue ; 

Sir Ralph, 8 alias Sir Henry, (Gilbert in Ormerod), 

De Bostock, who married Eleanor, d. and h. to Poole, 

of Cheshire, and had issue; 

Sir William De Bostock, who married Elizabeth, 
d. of Hugh (James in Ormerod) Lord Audley, and had 

Sir Edward 10 (Philip in Ormerod) Bostock, who had 
issue ; 

Sir Adam 11 Bostock, "he was knighted by King- Edwd. 
I, at the Conquest ot Scotland," who married Jone, d. of Sir 
Wm. Brereton, of Brereton, and had issue ; 

Sir William 12 Bostock, "he : was knighted at the Con- 
quest of France by Kg. Edwd. III." who married d. and h. of 
Sir Richd. Winnington, and had issue; 

Sir Adam 13 Bostock, "knighted at the Battle of Xazaret 
in Spain, by the Black Prince," who married Margery, d. and 
h. to Jno. Whitnall, alias Kingley, and had issue; 

Sir Adam 14 Bostock. "knighted by Kg. Ric. II, and 
after at his own house Kg. Hen. 4 gave him the antelope to 
his crest," who married Jenet, d. of Sir Henry Bradshaw, 
and had issue ; 

Sir Ralph 15 Bostock, "knighted at the Battle of Agin- 
court (1415) by Kg. lien. 5." who married Isabel, d. and heir 
to William Lawton, and had issue ; 

Sir Adam 1 " Bostock, killed at the Battle of Blore Heath, 
anno 1459, time Hen. 6, who married Elizabeth, d. and h. to 
Hugh Venables, Baron of Kinderton, and had issue; 

Nicholas 17 Bostock, of Modburlegh, 3rd son, who mar- 
ried Kathertne, d. and c. h. to Sir William Modburlegh, 
Knt., and had issue ; 

Agnes 18 Bostock. who married Randle 7 Baskervyle, of 
Old Withington, records 1445 and 14S3. 

Hawise, or HawisAj or Hawies De Quinci, previously 
mentioned, who married (2nd) Sir Warren Bostock, was of 
a very distinguished lineage, which is curious and interesting, 
and illustrates the work of the genealogists of these historical 

Baskerville Genealogy. 187 

characters. She married first Robert, son of Sayer De 
Quincy, Earl of Winchester ; was, by gift of her brother, Coun- 
tess of Lincoln, and had also the castle and manor of Boling- 
broke. She married secondly, as stated, Sir Warren De 
Bostoke, Knt., Her father was : 

Randle III, 6th Norman Earl of Chester, &c., a crusader, 
knighted 1188. His father was: 

Hugh II, $th Earl of Chester, &c, called K'evelioc, died 
1 180. His father was; 

Randle II, 4th Earl of Chester, &c, died 1153-55. His 
father was; 

Randle I, yd Earl of Chester, called De Bricasard, and 
le Meschines, who died 1128. He married Lucy, or Lucia, 
widow of Roger De Romera, she being the granddaughter of 
Algar, Saxon Earl of Mercea, died 1059, and buried at Cov- 
entry, who was the great grandson of Alfred, The Great. 

This Randle I, was son of 

Matilda, or Margaret De Abrincis, and her husband 

Randolph De Bricasard, (of Normandy). She was 
daughter of 

Richard De Abrincis,, Viscount of Avrauches, and 
Emma De Contervtlle, his wife, who was half sister to 
William the Conqueror. He was son of 

Turstine le Goz, Viscount of Hiemois (in Normandy), 
and Governor of Falaise, a crusader with Robert, Duke of 
Normandy, before 1035. He was son of 

Ansfrid Goz, Viscount of Hiemois, who was son of 

Ansfrid, The Dane, 1st Viscount of Hiemois, son of 

Rolf Turstain, who was grandson of 

Rognwaldar, Earl of Maere and the Or cades (in Scan- 
dinavia), who was also father of Rollo, 1st Duke of Nor- 
mandy. This Rognwalder was living about 850 in Scandi- 

Such descents might be traced almost indefinitely, and 
these are given only as curiosities. The detailed lineages may 
be found in Ormerod's Cheshire and Americans of Royal De- 
scent, p. 253, the latter in the Virginia State Library. 



Agnes Mainwaring, of Peover or Over Peover, mar- 
ried William 8 Baskervyle, of Old Withington. 

Ranulfus Mesnilwarin, lord of various towns in 
Cheshire and Norfolk at Domesday survey, (completed 
1086), had issue; 

Roger Mesnilwaren, record 11 19, had issue; 

William Mesnilwaren, had issue; 

Rogep Le Mesnilwaren, (1154-1189), had issue; 

Sir Ralph De Mesnilwaren, Knight, justice of Ches- 
ter (1175-1199), married Amicia, daughter of Hugh Keve- 
lioc, Earl of Chester, had issue ; 

Sir Roger Mesnilwarin, of Warmincham,, knight, had 
issue others, and 

Sir William Meinwarin, Knight, second son, lord of 
Over Peover by gift of his father, (1216-1272), had issue; 

William Manwaring,, of Over Peover, lived 1286, had 
issue ; 

Roger Manwaring, of Over Peover, married Christian 
De Birtles, and had issue; 

William Manwaring, of Over Peover, married Mary, 
daughter of Henry Davenport, and had issue; 

William Manwaring, of Over Peover, died 1364, mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Leycester, and had 
issue ; 

Randle Manwaring, of Over Peover, Esqr., married 
Margery, widow of Richard Buckley, of Chedill, in 
Cheshire, and daughter of Hugh Venables, baron of Kin- 
derion, and had issue ; 

19° Baskerville Genealogy. 

John Manwaring, of Over Pcovcr, Esqr., died 1495, 
married Maud, daughter of Robert Legh, of Adlington, esqr. 

Agnes Mainwaring. of Over Peover, who married Wil- 
liam 9 Baskervyle, who died in 1509, was of this family, but 
must have been a daughter of a younger son, as her name does 
not appear in the table. 



Emma Wynington, daughter of John Wynington, 
Gent., of Ermitage, (or Hermitage), married 

William 11 Baskerville, of Old Withington, who was 
living in 15 17 and 1578. 

In the time of Edward the Confessor (1041-1066), Win- 
nington was divided into moieties (halves) of equal extent 
and value. One of these at the Domesday survey was held 
by Ranulphus, the supposed ancestor of the Mainwarings, 
and the other by Osbern Fitz Tezzon, ancestor' of the Boy- 
dells. William Le Boidele, fourth in descent from the last, 
conferred by charier (deed) his share of Winnington manor 
on Lidulph De Twemlowe, son of Wulfric De Croxton, 
who was lord of Croxton and Lache. From him descended the 
Winningtons. He inherited from his father, Twemlowe, 
Croxton, Cranach, and Goosetrey. He was sheriff of Chesh- 
ire in the time of Richard I, and John (1189-1216). The 
other moiety of Winnington had been granted to William De 
Wynington before 1272 by the owner. Robert De Wyn- 
ington 2nd son of Lidulph De Twemlowe, who inherited 
one part of Wynington from his father, married Margaret, 
sole daughter and heiress of William De Wynington, mem- 
tioned above, and thus the whole of Wynington, or Winning- 
ton, came into the family. The following is the table of de- 
scent : 

William De Wynington, had issue; 

Rorert De Wynington, who had issue ; 

Wulfric, lord of Croxton and Lachc, had issue; 

192 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Margery, sole dau. and heir, m. Liulph De Twemlowe, 
lord of Twemlowe, Croxton, Goosetrey, Cranach, and half of 
Winnington in 1199, who had issue; 

Robert De Wynington, of Wynington, married Pe- 
tronilla, , a widow, and had issue ; 

Roger De Wynington, of N orthwich, second son, living 
1331, had issue; 

Laurence De Wynyngton, married Maud Frodes- 
ham, and had issue; 

John De Wynyngton, of N orthwich, living 1403, had 
issue ; 

Hugh De Wynynton, married Cecily, daughter and 
heiress of Thomas Haslynton, of Hermitage, and had issue; 

Piers Wynyngton married Christian, daughter and co- 
heiress of William De Plumley, of Plumley, and had issue; 

Laurence Wynyngton, married Maud, daughter of 
William Sterynton, Esq., of Dothill, and had issue ; 

John Wynyngton, records 1497 and 1504, married 
Margaret, daughter of Jenkyn Mayn waring, of Kerneyn- 
cham, esqr., and had issue; 

Hugh Wynyngton, married Margaret Snelson, and 
had issue; 

Emma Wynyngton, wife of William 11 Baskervyle. 



The following is a copy of the first Baskerville deed on 
record in Virginia, which for this reason, and on account of 
its unusual and quaint expression is included in this book. 
It seems to describe the first Virginia estate owned by the 
family. Its date being November 30th, 1714, it is interesting 
to note that Queen Anne died August 1st, 1714, and on the 
same day George 1st was proclaimed king. The spelling and 
use of capital letters of the copy on the York County records 
is retained . 

This Indenture made ye thirtieth day of November in 
ye first year of ye raign of our gracious soveraign Lord King 
George of Great Brittain, France and Ireland, Defender of ye 
faith &c, and in ye year of our Lord Christ one Thousand 
seven hundred and fourteen, Between Geo. Baskervyle of ye 
Parish of Bruton in ye county of York, Yeoman, of ye one 
part, and Ralph Graves of ye aforesaid Parish of Bruton in ye 
county of York, Yeoman, of the other part. Whereas ye said 
Geo. by Indenture bearing date ye Twenty ninth day of this 
instant month November for ye consideration herein ex- 
pressed did Demise, bargain and sell unto ye said Ralph 
Graves all his Three hundred and fifty acres of land w'th ye 
Plantation, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, scituate, 
lying and being in ye Parish of Bruton and County of York 
aforesaid, being ye land formerly of Jno. Baskervyle formerly 
of ye County of York, deed., father of ye said Geo. and by him 
was purchased of and from Jno. Horsington. to whom ye said 
Land was granted by Patent bearing date ye 18th day of 

194 Baskerville Genealogy. 

March, 1662, (relation being thereunto had may more fully 
appear), bounded as by said recited Indenture is fully and 
particularly expressed and sett forth, with all and singular his 
Dwelling Plantation and three other plantations on ye said 
Land now being with all houses, Outhouses, Orchards, Gar- 
dens, backsides, meadows. Wood, Underwood, Way, Emolu- 
ments, heriditaments, and appurtenances, and also ye Rever- 
sion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders thereof. 

To have and to hold ye said Three hundred and fifty acres 
of Land with ye Plantations, Tenements, hereditaments and 
appurtenances unto ye said Ralph Graves, his Executors, ad- 
ministrators and assigns from ye day next before said recited 
Indenture is dated unto ye End and term of one whole year 
from thence next Ensuing, to ye intent that by virtue thereof 
and of ye statute for transferring uses into possessions ye 
said Ralph Graves might be in actual possession of all ye said 
Lands, Tennements and premises and be thereby enabled to 
take and accept of a Grant and Release of ye Reversion and 
inheritance thereof to him his heirs and assigns for Ever and 
to his and there proper use and behoof for ever. Now this 
Indenture Witnesseth, that ye said Geo. Baskervyle as well 
for and in consideration of ye sum of Two hundred pounds 
sterling money of Great Brittain to him in hand paid and se- 
cured to be paid by ye said Ralph to severall persons by ye 
direction and appointment of ye said George and for his 
proper Debts, as also for and in consideration of a plantation 
and part of a Tract of Land called Boar Quarter, together 
with Eight hundred and twenty-five acres of Land there- 
unto belonging, which ye said Ralph Graves hath granted 
and conveyed to ye said George by deed of sale indented by 
Lease and Release bearing even date with these Presents, 
Executed by ye said Ralph to ye said George (as by ve said 
deeds will more fully appear), ye said money and land being 
well and sufficiently secured and paid to ye said George be- 
fore this time, ye receipt whereof ye said George doth hereby 
acknowledge himself therewith fully satisfied and paid and of 
Every payment and part thereof doth hereby clearly acquitt, 

Baskekville Genealogy. 195 

Exonerate and discharge ye said Ralph his Executors, admin- 
istrators, hath Given, granted, bargained, sold, remised, Re- 
leased, Conveyed and Confirmed, and doth by these presents 
fully clearly, and absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, 
Enfeoffe, Transfer, remise, release, and confirm unto ye said 
Ralph Graves in his actual possession now being by virtue of 
ye said recited Indenture of bargain and sale made to him of 
a year and of ye said statute, and to his heirs and assigns ye 
aforesaid Lands, Tenements, hereditaments, Premises, and 
appurtenances, and all ye Estate, right, title, interest, property, 
claim and demand whatsoever of him ye said George Basker- 
vyle, his heirs &c. of, in, and to ye Premises and Every part 
thereof, and ye Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and 
Remainders thereof and of Every part thereof. To have and 
to hold ye said Three hundred and fifty acres of Land with 
ye Tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances and Premises 
unto ye said Ralph Graves his heirs and assigns and to his and 
their proper use and behoof for ever, with all and singular ye 
Profits, Issues, Rents and privileges thereunto belonging, 
with ail plantations, houses, orchards, Gardens, buildings, and 
Erections of whatever kind, use or fossion (?) so ever, with 
all woods, underwoods, Timber, trees, water springs and 
fountains, with all its Royaltys of hunting, hawking, fishing, 
and fowling, with all liability, privileges, profits, comodities, 
benefits and advantages whatsoever thereunto belonging or 
any wise appertaining according to ye bounds, which are men- 
tioned and expressed in ye fore recited sale or Lease for one 
year. And ye said George for himself his heirs &c. doth fur- 
ther covenant, grant and agree to and with ye said Ralph, his 
heirs, Extors. and assigns in manner and form following 
(viz.), that ye said George at and before ye ensealing and de- 
livery of these Presents had and was lawfully seized of an ab- 
solute Estate of inheritance in fee simple of, in, and to ye said 
granted Lands and Premises and Every part thereof and had 
good right full power and lawful authority to sell and con- 
vey ye same premises to ye said Ralph his heirs and assigns 
for ever according to ye true intent and meaning of these 

196 Baskerville Genealogy. 

Presents, and that after ye Executing of this Presents ye said 
Ralph Graves, his heirs and assigns, shall and may for ever 
peaceably and Quietly have, hold, use, occupy, possess and 
enjoy ye said Land and Premises in fee simple. And that he 
ye said George his heirs and assigns shall and will by virtue 
of these Presents for ever warrant and defend ye Right and 
Title of ye said Land and Premises to ye said Ralph Graves 
his heirs and assigns forever from all titles, Claims, and in- 
cumbrances whatsoever. And ye said George doth promise 
and grant for himself and his heirs &c. that he and they shall 
and will from time to time and at all times for and during 
ye term of Ten years next after this date at ye request of ye 
said Ralph his heirs or assigns and at his or their costs and 
charges in ye Law make, seal, Execute, and legally acknow- 
ledge any other Deed or Conveyance whatsoever for ye legal 
and more certain, and firm conveying of all ye said granted 
Premises to ye said Ralph his heirs and assigns for ever. 

In witness whereof ye said Geo. Baskervyle ye party of 
these Presents hath sett to his hand and affixed his seal ye 
day and year first above written. 

i% '>■-*, Geo. Baskervyle (Seal). 

Signed, sealed, and delivered 

in ye presence of Thos. T. C. Creps, 

Hen. Holdcraft, Phil. Jackson, 


Edward x Nelson. 


At a court held for York County 20th Dec, 1714, Geo. 
Baskervyle in open Court presented and acknowledged ye 
within Deed of Release of Lands, lying in this County to 
Ralph Graves. Also appear Elizabeth ye wife of ye said Geo. 
who being first privily examined voluntarily relinquished her 
right of Dower in ye said Lands to ye said Ralph, which deed 

Baskerville Genealogy. 197 

and Relinquishment on ye motion of ye said Ralph are ad- 
mitted to record. 

Teste: Phil. Lightfoot, Clerk, &c. 

Deeds, Bonds, &c, Vol. 3, pages 40 and 41, 
York County Records, Virginia. 

A Copy— Teste : T. T. Hudgins, Clerk, &c. 



John Rolfe, Council, A. D. 1617-1622, Va. 
Francis Poythress, Ho. of Burgesses, 1644, Va. 
William Barber, Ho. of Burgesses, 1662-1669, Va. 
James Minge, Ho. of Burgesses 1680-1684, Va. 
Richard Kennon, Ho. of Burgesses^ 1685-1686, Va. 
Robert Bolling, Ho. of Burgesses, Aja^, Va. 
John Bolling, Ho. of Burgesses, 1710-1718, Va. 
Henry Embry, Sr., Ho. of Burgesses, 1736-1753, Va. 
Henry Embry, Jr., Ho. of Burgesses, 1746-1753, Va. 
William Eaton, Ho. of Burgesses, 1746, several terms, 
N. C. 

Charles Rust Eaton, Ho. of Burgesses, 1776, N. C. 
John Coleman, Virginia Legislature, 1781, 



A long delayed communication from an attorney in 
England has just this morning been received, August 12, 
191 2. giving information as to the present conditions at Old 
Withington, the Baskervyle family seat in Cheshire since 
A. D. 1266. This book has been printed, and I can get it 
in only as an appendix. 

The estate is still owned by the family, the present 
owner being Mr. John Baskervyle Glegg, who was born on 
November 10th, 1876. He married Miss Ashton, of Ker- 
mincham Lodge, Cheshire, about 1900, and has one son 
about ten years old, and two daughters aged respectively 
about six and four. He does not now reside at Old With- 
ington Hall, but at Willaston, near Nautwich, Cheshire. 
The Hall is leased for a term of years to Mr. Earnest Frank, 
of the firm of G. Gottschalk & Co., merchants of Man- 

The attorney states: "That portion of Old Withington 
Hall which was rebuilt in 1819 is still standing and in an 
excellent state of preservation, being what is termed in this 
country of the Georgian style of architecture. A portion 
of the older structure, built prior to 1819, is still in exist- 
ence at the rear of the Hall, and is occupied partly by the 
servants and partly by the stables, coach-houses and other 

The Hall is beautifully situated, and the grounds im- 
mediately surrounding it are tastefully laid out and well 
kept. The park is finely wooded, and well preserved for 


game, and the whole of the estate is in a highly cultivated 
and first class condition." 

He also enclosed "a survey map showing the whole of 
Withington Park, and a part of Astle Park and the sur- 
rounding country," which I have on file. 



Note. — In the English table beginning on page 8 only ancestors are 

The letters A to K refer to the tables after page 38. 

Abert, Maria, 
Adams, Eleanor, 




F, 82 

96, 99 

C, 61 


99, 100 

Adderly, Dorothy, 2, 9, 35 

Ralph, 9, 35 

Agnes, g. d. of Rees ap Griffith, 

1, 18. 

Alexander, Anne, 100. 

Betty, B, 66. 

Judge Charles, 50. 

Mark, ico, no, 113. 

Mary, 1 00. 

Sarah, F. 82. 

Alfred the Great, 187. 

Allen, William, 48, 52, 96. 

Allied Families, 87. 

Allison, Isabella, F. 

Alston, Euphemia, F, 81. 

William, 100. 

Ambler, Dr., F. 

Ancestors in Colonial Assemblies, 


Arbuckle, Janet, F 

Archer, George, 147, 150 

Anne, 90 

Arrington, S. P., 100 

Atkinson, Jane, 96, 99 

Awborne, Richard, Clerk, 41 

Bacon, John L., 77 

Baptist, Mrs. Edward, 56 

Baird, Elizabeth, 123 

Barber-Dennett Family, 90 

Berber, Anna, 90 

Elizabeth, qo. 

George, 91 

Henry, 91 

James, 90, 91 

Barber, John, 90. 

Mary, 2, A, 44, 88, 90, 95. 
Ralph, 90. 

Thomas, 90, 91, 93. 

Sir Thomas, 91. 

Lt. Col. William, A, 44, 88, 

00, 183, 199. 

William 3 , 90, 93. 

Barksdale, William R., H. 

Baskervill, Amelia, C 

Anne, A, B, G, 54, 66, 69, 

82, 100. 
B. M., C. 

Bettie, B. 

Bettie P., B, 68. 

Charles, 2, B, C, 60, 64, 65, 

66, 69, 70, 74, 82, S8, 90, 

100, 115, 117, 121, 123, 1^2, 

155. 166. 
Prof. Charles R., 60. 

D. E. J., B. 

Lelia, B. 

Elizabeth, B, C, E, 65, 66, 

68, 100. 
Elizabeth A., B. 

Emily, 68. 

George 3 , 46, 65, 84, 88, 96. 
George 4 , C. 

George 3 , C, 57- 

Dr. George 7 , B, 68. 

Rev. George B., C, 6r. 

George D., B, 1, 6, 68, 100. 
George Hunt, A, 54, 65. 

Rev. G. Sumner, B. 

George Th., B, 70, 76. 

Rev. H. C. B, 71. 

H. Coleman, B. 

H. E. C, B, F, 3, 70, 76, 
77, 82, 88, 90, 100, 122, 123, 



Baskervill, Henry E., B, 79. 

Howard C, 71-74- 

I. A. H., B, F, 77- 

James R., B, C. 

John 4 , A, 54, 100. 

John A., C. 

John E., B, 70. 

John G., B. 

John P., C. 

John T. ( C, 57, 60, 65. 

John W, B. 

Katherine, C. 

Latham, C. 

Lilian G., B. 

Lucy, B. 

Lucy A., B. 

Lucy G, B, 70. 

M. Alexander, 67. 

Margaret, C. 
Martha M., A, C, L, 54, 57, 


Mary, 54, 65. 

Mary A., B, C, K, 57. 

M. A. E., B, H, 70, 74- 
Mary E., B, F, 64, 65, 66, 67. 

69, 77, 80, 81, 100. 

Mary T., C. 

Mattie, B. 

Meta, B. 

Nannie C, B, 67. 

Octavia, B, 68. 
P. H., 3, B, F, 88, 90, 100, 

123, 155. 

Dr. Robert D., B, 66. 

Robert 7 D., B, 67. 

Roberta, B. 

S. Alice, B, 70, 76. 

Sallie T. ( 67. 

Sallie T. B., B. 

Samuel G, B, 70. 

Thomas G, B. 

Virginia, B. 

William, 1445, 21. 

William, 1570, 21. 

William, 1703-1814, 2. 
William*, A, 54, 62, 65, 88, 

QO. IOO, 101, 103, Il6. 

William", B. 70, 71. 

William A.. B. 

William' E., C, 57' 65. 

William H., / C. 

William M., Ol, C, St 

William R., B, 53, 66, 68. 
100, 113. 

Baskerville, Betsy, D. 

Baskerville, Blanche, D, 

Cynthia, D 

Elizabeth, D, 

Baskervilles, English Branches: 

Baskerville, George 3 , 49-54 

Drury, D 

George 4 , A, D, 49, 85 

George 5 , D 

George 6 , D 

George S., D 

George W., D 
H. M., 3, B, F, 88, 90, 100, 


Henry, D. 

Baskervilles of Hereford, 17. 

Baskerville, Ida, A, 85. 

James, A, 85. 

James A., D'. 

James R. r D. 

John 3 , 50, 84. 

John 4 , A, 49, 50, 54- 

John 5 , D. 

John Barber, A. 

John 6 B., D, 86. 

John 7 B., D, 84. 

John 7 , D. 

John, of Crowlev Park, 30. 

Judith, D. 

Kate, D. 

Lucv, D. 

Lula', D. 

Magdalene, A, 84. 

Martels de, 1066, 1, 13. 

Martha K., D. 

Mary 6 , D. 

Minor, D. 
Baskervilles, first at Erdisley, 28. 

Baskerville, Henry, D. 

Martha, D. 

Marv 4 , A. 

Mary 7 , D. 

Mary 8 , D. 

Baskervilles, Oxford, 30. 

Baskerville, Parish of, 13. 

Philip, -?o. 

Pollv 5 , A, 85. 

Pollv 6 , D. 

Radulphus de, 1109, 1. 17- 

Sir Ralnh de, 1154, 1, 18. 

Richard 5 , D. 

Sir Richard, 1295, t8. 

Richard 4 , A, 49, 84. 

Robertus de, 1, 17- 

Sir Robert, I, 17. 



Baskerville, Sir Roger de 



Baskervyle, Sarah 3 , 

A, 47- 

Samuel 4 , A, 



Thomas de, 1366, 

2, 8. 

Samuel 5 , 


Thomas, 1587, 


Samuel 6 S, 


Thomas, 1595, 


Sarah 3 , 


Thomas, 1625, 

2, 101. 

Sir Simon, M. D., 


William, 1420, 




William, 1446, 


Thomas 6 . 


William, 1464, 

2, 8. 

Thomas 5 , 


William, 14S3, 


Gen. Sir Thomas, 


William, 1579, 

9, 191. 

Baskervilles, Virginia, 


Bass, Alary, 

A, 49. 

Baskerville, Walter S., 


Batten, John, 

A, 45- 

Waiter T. M., 1839, 


Battle Abbey Roll, 


Walter de, 1216, 



Beaumont, Robert 


Earl of 

Walter de, 1189, 





William 4 Barber, 


Berkeley, Gov. William 


William 5 B., 



Betts, Elisha, 


William 6 , 


Blair, Betty, 


William 4 B., 



133- 144- 

William 6 H., 




William, 1482, 




William, 1483, 


Bland, Theodorick, 


Baskervile, George, 1517, 


Blanton, Julia T., 


Thomas, 1588, 




2, 8. 

William, 1579, 


John de, 


Baskervyle, Anne, 


Blount, Priscilla, 


Baskervyles, Cheshire, 



Boiling, Agnes, 

133. 147- 

Baskervyle, Elizabeth, A, 





94' 95- 

Anne, 88, 127, 


143, 144, 

George, 1540, 



George, 1675, 


Coat of Arms, 


George 2 , A, 40, 45, 





88, 90, 95, 193, 196. 

Edward, 88, 



George 3 , 2, A, 40, 





97, 100. 



George 4 , 



I33> 144. 

Henry, 1676, 


Johannes de, 

132, 136. 

Henry, his will, 


John. 88. 128, 


137, 143, 

Hugh, A, 



144, I47> 155 

, 199 

Glegg, John, 1784, 




133' 144- 

John 3 , 




141, 144- 

JohnV Immigrant, 2, 





22, 26, A, 39-45, 88, 



Robert, 88, 


136, 138. 

183. 193- 

145, 147, 155, 


Sir John de, of 1266 


, 8, 



13, 19. 



John de, 1298, 


, 8. 

Tristam, 88, 


134. 140, 

John de, 1315, 


, 8. 


Magdelene 2 , 





Magdaline, 1669, 


Township and 



Mary, A, 45, 



Will. 'am, 


Norvell, A, 



Willinm de, 

132, 135- 

Randle, 1477, 2, 



Booker, Statira, 


Rebecca, A 



Booth, Anne, 


Sarah 2 , A, 



Bostoke, Agnes, 

2, 8 

, 32, 185. 



Bostoke, Family, 


Coleman, Henrietta 









H. E., 69, 88, 


116, 117, 

Boush, Susannah, 


123, 126, 132, 


Bradford, Cecil}- de, 




82, 116. 

©retire, Elizabeth, 


John, 8a 


117, 199 





Brooks, Mrs. 


Mary M., 


Brown, Jesse. 




Brvan, Thomas P., 


Thomas G., 

1 10. 

Bryson, W. A. 




Brown, John, 


Collier, Thomas, 


Buchanan, Neil. 


Collins, Mary, 

90, 98. 

Buffington, Eugenia, 




90, 95- 

P. C, 




Bullock, L. H., 






Conjuror's Neck, 


147, 150. 



Constable, , 


R. A., 






Cox, , 


Burrall, , 


Craig, Lawrence, 


Burton, Hutchings, 


Cross, , 


Marv A., 



Custis, John, 

100, 114. 

Bunvell,*Sallie B., 


Cumberland Branch 

8, 84 

Buscheville, Robert de, 



Cuthbert, Charles, 


Calverley, Beatrix, 


Dandridge, Francis, 

96, 99. 

Sir William, 




100, 114 

Carrington, Tazewell, 




Cary, juditn, 


Daniel, Pauline, 




Davies, Mary A., 


Th. R., 




Chalmers, David, 


Davis, Mary. 


Claiborne, L., 


Dennett, Anne, 

90, 95 

Oarke, Anne, 



Anne B., 


Clark, Elizabeth, 



90, 92 



Mrs. Mary, 

88. 92 

Chelford Chapel, 



90, 88, 94 




90, 93 




90, 95 

Cheshire, Priscilla, 


. D. 


90, 93-04 

Chester, county of, 


Dicker^on, , 


L. 57, 61 

Clopton, William, 





Coat of Arms, 




Coat of Arms, and Crest, 








Cocke, Anne, 




Coles, Mary, 





Coleman, Charles, ioo, 





Elizabeth A., 2, B 

. 60 


Donan, , 


100, 116, 117, 121, 



Dortch, , 

100, 113. 


Sally, B, 


IOO, 113. 

E. Algernon, 


Douglas, Anne B, 




Ellen M., 




George A., 


Dr. George, 


Dr. George B., 

K, 85. 



Douglas. George C, 
Capt. James, 
James H., 
Martha M., 
Mary B., 
R. Spencer, 
Richard S., 
Rose L., 

Drew, , 


Duke, Lswrence, 

Dunlop, David, 


K, S S. 


K, 58. 

K. 59- 






96. 99. 

Earls of Chester, 
Eaton, Abigail, 
Charles R., 

115. 199- 
Elizabeth J.,' 



100, io5, 113. 

100, 106. 



62, 88, 100, 106, 

100, 11-?. 
101 and f 

100, 101, 102. 
100, 104 and f. 

John, 88, 100, 101, 103, 104. 

John R., 74, 100, 113. 

John S., 100. 

Laura, 100. 

Letitia, 100, 113. 

Mary, 2, A, 54, 62, 88, 100, 

101, 102. 

Martha, 65, 68, 100. to6. 113. 

Nathl., ioo, 101. 1 

Robert V., 100. ' 

Peter, 103. 

Rev. Richard, 101. 

Samuel) 100, 104. I 

Sarah, 100, 106, 122. | 

Susan, 100. 

Susan S., 100. I 

Theophilus, iot. | 

Thomas, 100, 102, 106, 115. j 

William, 62, 88, 100, 103, 

ro4, to6, iog. 
Edward?, Coin. Nathl 

El am, , 

Elliott. Martha, 

Ellis, Mary, 
Embry, Elizabeth, 



Henry, Sr., 88, 116, 

Henry, Jr., 88, 116, 
Embrie, Henry, 
Embrv, Martha, 

Mary, 88, 

Priscilla, 88, 


English Grandmothers, 
Eppes, Francis, 147, 

Epitaphs of Baskervyles, 
Evans, , 

Fairfax, Emily, 






O. C, 

Ferguson, , 

Fifth Generation, 
First Baskervyle Deed, 

Finch, , 

First Generation, 
Fitts, , 


Fleming, John, 
Fourth Generation, 
Fontaine, Rev. J. M., 

Judith B., 
Frear, Bettie E, 



Margaret H., 




K, 58 




118, 199 

117, 199 


1 19-122 

116, 119 

116, 179 


ir6, 119 


150, 151 



1, 17 




A, 54 















133. 144 




IOO, IT 1 ! 



Eldndge, Tho: 

Elliott," , 




100, 106. 

II'. T '7. 

116, K. 

Gay, William, 133, 144 

Garrett, Henrietta, F 

Gilmore, Rosa, 100 

Gilmour, Susan, 100 
Glegg, John Baskervyle, 1876, 

22, 201. 

Goode. Lucv, B, 76. 100 

Samuel, E, 68 



Goodloe. Mary, 


Hamilton, Patrick, 


F,. 66, 



69, 77, 80, 81, 

82, I OCT. 

Goosetrey Chapel, 




Gordon, Sir Adam, 






123, 125, 

Robert A., 


82, 83. 

126, 127. 

Robert P., 


Anne, 88, 116, 


123, 127, 



132, 155. 

Salle A, 


Bertram de, 




Coat of Arms, 


William 4 , 

F, 81. 



Wiliam B., 

F, G, 

69, 82. 



William P., 


James R., 


William W., 




Hargrove, Hester, 


Richard of, 


Harrison, Amadea, 


, 97, 98. 

Thomas, 88, 122, 


127, l66. 



Thomas C, 




W. W., 


Elizabeth C, 

96, 99. 

Gourdin, Mrs. W. Moult 

rie, K, 



59' .60. 


96, 97- 

Graffenreidt, Tscharner 

de, 116. 


96, 99. 

Graham, Alice S., 



96, 97. 

Rev. H. T., 




96, 97- 

Grant, , 



96, 99. 

Graves, Ralph, 


Hawes. S. H, 


Green. Grief. 


Hawkins, Anne N., 




Haynes, Andrew, 




Anthony, 100, 104 

and f. 

Rev. W. L., 




Greene, Gabriel, 




Gregorv. Rodges, 


Henderson, Leonard, 


William A., 


Henshawe, Agnes, 


Gude, Martha, 


Henshaw, Elizabeth, 
Henshawe, John, 


Hall, , 


Hill. William, 


Hambledon, Williarr 



Hilhard, Elias, 


Hamilton, Alexander, F, 82, 84. 

Mrs. Elizabeth, 














Charles E., 

F, 116. 



Edward T., 






Hinton. Mary, 










Henrietta M., 


Hobbs, F. H., 

B. 68. 

I. A., B, F, 

3, 7 

7, 82, 84. 

Hoke. Dr. George, 

K. s8. 

88, 100, 155. 




F, 8t. 

Man- E., 




Sarah L., 



F, 81. 


10, 35- 



Holder? ft. Eliz., 




Hope. Georsre, 

10, 35- 

Lucy T., 




, 10, 35. 


F, 82. 

Horsford. Magdaline. 


Mary E., 


Hugh, Lupus, Earl of Chester, 29. 


21 I 

Humphries, Mrs. Margaret, B, 79. 

Lassiter, Charles, 


Hurt, Mamie, 


Leach, , 


Lee, Herbert, 


Jeffreys, Elizabeth, 

88, 90, ioo, 

Lewis, Elizabeth, 



James H, 

K, 59- 



John W., 


Jeffries, Fleming, 


Ligon, Richard, 


Jener, Joanna, 

88, 155- 166. 

Livingston, Mrs. Rosa L 

.. K, 59- 

Jiggitts, Susan, 

B, 70. 

Lockett, John K., 


Johnson, , 


Logan, Richard, 


Johnston, A. J., 


Lombardy Grove, 

64, 65. 



Long, Henry, 


Jones, Abigail S., 


Love, Mary, 




Lucas, George B., 


Anne M., 



A, 54, 55- 


100. 106. 

John H., 


Edward P., 

E, 68. 





Mary H., 











E, 68. 


A, 53, 54- 


100, 114. 

Lyons, , 







96, 08. 



Robert, E, 68, 

100. 106, 107. 



Robert H., B, E, 66, 68, 100. 

James R., 


Rev. Rowland, 

100, 114. 



Juxon, Archbishop, 





90, 93- 




90, 93- 







Macon, Elizabeth, 


George W., 


Kennedy, , 


Gideon H., 


Kennon Family, 





I47» 148. 




147, 148. 


IOO, IT 4. 


147, 148. 


IOO, TT4. 

Marv, 88, 133, 

144. 147, 155. 

Priscilla J., 


Richard, 88, 133, 

144, 146. 147. 


TOO, 114- 

151, 154, 199. 

Maglenn, Sadie, 



147, 148. 

Mainwaring, Agnes, 2, 

9, 33' 189. 


147, taS. 



Kent, , 




Kinsev Family, 


Malcom, Bessie C, 



2, 9, 21, 34- 








9, 21. 

Marsh, Ethel, 




Martin. C. D., 

K, ?8. 

Kirkman, Fr., 








Knotsford, James, 








Knox, William, 


N. M., 

100, 114. 



Ladd, Anna M., 

96, 99. 

, William, , 

100, 114. 

William, , 100, IT4. 



Martin. W. E., 

W. K., 
Mason, Dorothea, 
Maryon, T., 
McCaull, P., 

McGill, , 

McKee, Bessie, 

John B., 

I. L., 

William L., 
McTyeire, Janie, 
Mecklenburg Baskervills, 

Merritt, Henry, 

Minge, Anna, 



Collier, H., 




George Hunt, 

James 1 , S 

James 2 , 88, 96, 

James 3 , 

James 4 , 

James 5 , 


Judith B., 

96, 97- 


Rebecca J., 





88, 15s. 157 

K, 59 



C, 61 


A, 52 



96, 99 

96, 99 

96, 99 

96, 99 

96, 98 

96, 90 

96, 98 

96, 99 

88, 96, 97 

88, 96, 97, 199 

96, 98 



96, 98, 05 

96, 00 

2, A, 48, 50. 88 

96, 90 
48, 52, 06 
Si, 88, 96. 97. 98 
Minge and Harrison Families, 

9 7 - 

Miles, Elizabeth, 90, 94, Q5 

John, 90, 95 

Mary, 95 

Sarah, 90, 94, 95 

Mills, Adam, oo 

Milnor. Elizabeth Juxon, 93 

Mitchell, Peter, 100 

Moore, , 



John B., 

Mary M., 

William E., n 

Morrison, , I 7 

Mrs. T. W., 50 

William B., 166 

T. W., K 

Morton, Bessie, F. 

Emmett, F. 

Martha, F, 82. 

William G., F. 

Munford, Robert, 147. 

Murray, Anne, 127. 

Cornelia, 127. 

Sir David, 127. 

David, 130. 

Elizabeth, 127. 

Family, 127. 

James, 88, 127, 132, 133, 134, 

John, 127. 

Margaret, 88, 122, 123, 126, 
127, 155. 

Miss Nickie, 129. 

Misses Rebecca and Martha, 


Richard, 130. 

Sukey, 127. 

Table, 127. 
William, Earl of Mansfield, 


William, 127. 

Mt. Laurel, 82. 

Nautaquas, 171. 

Neblett, C. C, B. 

Clem. T., 67. 

J. T., B, 67. 

Nelson, Hugh, 96, 99. 
Norvell, Elizabeth, A, 2, 50, 88, 96. 

Family 96. 

George, 96. 

Huefh, A, 51, 96. 

William, 96. 

Nutall, , 100. 

Old Withington, 1. 

Hall, 20. 

Present condition, 201. 

Ooechancanough, 164, 168. 

Overby, , H. 

Patton, John M., 
Payne. S^llv, 
Petters, Eliz. 
Peyton, Baily, 
Pierce. Tane, 

Plummer, Hannah. 
Pocahontas. 88 

Portrait of, 
"The Pole," 
Porter, Anne, 



155, 161. 
141, 155-167. 



Powell, F. 

Powhatan, 88, 141, 155, 167. 

Poythress, Francis, 164, 109. 

Jane, 88, 155-164. 

Pulaski Branch, 84. 

Quarles, Catharine P., 

133. 144- 
F, 83. 

Rabiou, Anthony, 




Dr. Thomas S., 
Ragsdale, Martha, 
Randolph, Richard, 
Rawlins, Mary G., 
Rebecca, see Pocahontas. 
Redmayn, Robert, 157-167. 

Read, Sallie Lewis, C. 

Reed, Isaac, 116. 

Priscilla. 116. 

Rees ap Griffith, Prince of South 

Wales, 1. 

Reid, Emma, 15. 

Reynolds. , F. 

Henry, H. 

Ricks, , E. 

Frances, J., 68. 

Ridley, Mary, F. 

Rives, Mary. 62, 88, 100, 106, 116. 

Robinson, Thomas, 


Rolfe, Bermuda, 






Elizabeth, 155, 


Eustacius, 88, 151, 




Jane, 88, 133, 141, 


John, 88, 141, 155, 


163, 167, 109. 



Thomas, 88, 155, 


Rollo. Duke of Normandy, 


Roval, Joseph, 


Ruffin, Th. B., 


Sampson, Alice M., B. 

Scone, 128. 

Scott. ; , D. 

Elizabeth A., 116. 

John A., n6. 

Thomas, 116. 

William C. 116. 

Second Generation, 46. 

S hands, Thoma-- 96. 97. 

Sherwood, William, 43. 


Shields, Christina, 
Sims, Elizabeth, 
Sinclair, Elizabeth, 

Skelton, E. M., B. F. 

Skipwith, Cornelia, 

Smith, Lester, 




Somerville, Susan, 


Speed, , 

Spencer, , 

Stanard, William G., 
Stephens, Hon. A. H., 
Stith, Anne, 

Stover, , 

Sturdivant, Mrs. Alice, 

Sydnor, Alice, 

Tabb. Edwin L., 

Talliaferro, , 

Tarry, Albin, 
Charles H., 
Edward R., 
Ethel N., 
Elizabeth A., 
George P., 
Hamilton B., 
Lucy D., 
Marv E., 
Mary H.. 
Nannie G.. 

Taylor, John H., 
Kate A., 

Tempest, Richard, 

Tennessee Branch. 

Third Generation, 

Thornton. John, 

_ Roger, 

Tim<on. ^amuel, 

Trabne. Frances, 

98, 100. 


88, 132. 


, 88, 155. 








100, 113. 

100, 113. 







B, 71. 



A, C, 54- 









F, 82. 

F, 81. 





F, 8^. 








47, 52r 


132, 136. 


00, 93, 95 



2I 4 


Trabue, Dr. William B., 


Watkins, Thos, A., 


Turnbull, Bettie, 

1 100. 










49, 63, 66. 



Webb, Lewis, 




Welch, Charlotte, 


Turner, Dinky, 


Welden, Daniel, 

100, 106. 



White, Joseph, 

A, 45, 95- 



Mar j', 




Whittle Conway D., 






Mary V., 


69, 82. 

Bp. Francis M. f 




James M., 


Thomas. B, 

G, 66, 

60, 100 

John S., 


Tyler, Dr. L. G., 

Preface, 96. 

Lewis N., 


Powhatan B., 




William C, 


Venable, , 


S. Decatur, 


Virginia, Early Conditions, 179. 

William the Conquerei 


Williams, , 

B, 66, 68. 

Walker, Freeman, 






Willis, Elizabeth. 

B, 66, 68. 



Willie, Rev. William, 




Wilson, , 




Winnington, Emma, 

9, 34, 191- 

Wall, Warren, 




Walton, John, 








Ward. Martha, 


Womack, . 


Warlick, D. W., 


Worsham, Charles. 


Fannie F., 


Elizabeth, 88, 147 

, 148. 151. 

George H., 




Jessie D., 




Washington, Prest 

. Geo., 

too, 114- 



Watkins, Charles 





Elizabeth C, 


William, 88. 148 

. 150, 151. 



Wrisrht, Alonzo, 






Henry J., 








John S.. 


Wyatt, Capt. Edward, 




Wysor. , 




Yates. Edward, 






Mary C, 


R. V., 

B, H 

, 74, 78. 

Young. Anna, 

F, 82. 

Mrs. Sallie A. 

F, 82.