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Member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania 

and of the 

Historical Societies of Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania 

Press of 

The new Era printing Company 

Lancaster. Pa. 




Copyright, 1909 
By Samuel Gordon Smyth 


Dutch Consul and Histoiuan 




I — 1 



With sentiments of affectionate esteem, this vokmie is respect- 
fully dedicated to my dear friend and kinsman, Major S. A. 
Duke, of Baxter, Arkansas, whose counsel and support, wisely 
and practically rendered, has sustained the compiler of these pages 
through many years of patient, but persistent, endeavor; and in 
grateful recognition of the knowledge and the pleasure the writer 
has absorbed from his genial personality, his cheering optimism 
and his common-sense philosophy during the happy days of our 
companionship at home and abroad. 

Samuel Gordon Smyth. 
" Rylmont," 

West Conshohocken, Pa., 
July 24, 1909. 


" Pride in descent from men of the type of our early colonists, is held 
to be entirely consistent with our democratic institutions. They were the 
pioneer Americans, men who under great discouragements and with vast 
labor, planted strong and deep the foundations of our commonwealths. 
It is worth while to make this fact plain. . . . hence, the spirit of pre- 
serving the memory of the great though humbly worked-out deeds of our 
ancestors in the gloomy obscurities of the colonies in their forest days." 

Boston Transcript. 

" The very base of family feeling is respect for the past, for the best 
possessions of a family are its common memories. . . . We must learn 
again to value our domestic traditions. A precious care has preserved 
certain monuments of the past. So antique dress, provincial dialects, old 
folk-songs, have found appreciative hands to gather them up before they 
should disappear from the face of the earth. What a good deed to guard 
these crumbs of a great past — these vestiges of the souls of our ancestors! 
Let us do the same for our family traditions, save and guard as much 
as possible of the patriarchal — whatever its form." 

From Rev. Chas. Wagner's Simple Life. 



This work now before you is a genealogy and history of the 
related families of John Van Meter, Thomas Shepherd and John 
Duke: settlers between 1730 and 1750 of the Northern Neck in 
the Valley of Virginia; conspicuous figures in the formative 
period, as their descendants have been in later developments, — 
of Frederick and Berkeley counties in what is now western Vir- 
ginia. The annals of those earlier days are of the hardships and 
adventures of border-life in the pioneer-period and concerns, too, 
the welding of diverse racial elements into an American body- 

In the adventures and the work, as the annals graphically evi- 
dence, these fathers were conspicuous and foremost, and the 
story of their respective descendants who were related in so 
remarkable and unusual degree, is the story of the establishment 
of a community upon which the character of the fathers is in- 
delibly stamped and which has exercised an appreciable and pro- 
gressive influence in every part of the Union. It is the outgrowth 
of conditions in a period that has no parallel in the history of 
any other country at any time, and out of which, and from such 
as these, has been evolved this wonderful American nation. 

It is not without a sense of his own personal limitations and the 
responsibilities of such an undertaking, that the compiler has 
essayed the role of a family biographer and genealogist. It is 
the fruit of many years of patient investigation and study; and 
of a determination to preserve, in some tangible form, the results 
attained. It grew out of circumstances where, in at least two 
instances, the work of others along the same lines was left unfin- 
ished and became subsequently lost. 

The compiler has made extensive and painstaking research in 
state and county civil records, military rosters, church and Bible 
registers and in private documents and correspondence. He has 
industriously consulted and collated all reputable authorities, and 
with patience and thoroughness, has traced and compared family 
histories and local traditions, verifying or correcting these essen- 
tials of trustworthy genealogy. 

The work is a tentative genealogy, meaning that the factor of 
error and omission, if not altogether eliminated, has been mini- 
mized and reduced to a negligible quantity. It is given to the 
reader without further apology, as the compiler's best effort to 
approximate the truth in the family's history. 

This opportunity is taken to express the compiler's grateful 
appreciation of the valuable assistance and counsel given him in 
the preparation of this work by Mrs. C. C. Foster of Indianapolis, 


Ind. ; Mrs. Wm. P. Mercer of Elm City, N. C. ; Miss Sally Lee 
Powell of Shepherdstown, W. Va. ; Major S. A. Duke of Baxter, 
Ark. ; Col. J. T. Holmes of Columbus, Ohio ; Clinton Gage, Esq., 
of Oak Lane, and Dr. John W. Jordan, Librarian of the His- 
torical Society of Pennsylvania, of Philadelphia; Prof. W. A. 
Obenchain, Pres. of Ogden College of Bowling Green, Ky. ; Prof. 
J. C. Hubbard of Clarke College, Worcester, Mass.; Prof. 
Charles Magee of Conshohocken, Pa. ; W. W. Van Meter, Esq., 
of New Orleans, La. ; Hon. R.T. W. Duke of Charlottesville, Va. ; 
Rev. F. T. McFaden, D.D., of Richmond, Va. ; Mrs. W. Sam^ 
Goodwyn of Emporia, Va. ; and by many others_ whose interest 
in this work has been practically demonstrated either by contri- 
butions of data and information; by sensible advice or in other 
channels — lent a helping hand in its development: to each of 
whom my sincere thanks are now extended. 

West Conshohocken, Pa., 
July 24, 1909. 





In the New World 3 

American Origins 7 

Louis DuBois 22 

Jan Gysbertson Van Meteren 25 

The Virginia Grant and Settlement 26 

The Hite Grants and Assignments 29 

The Deed of Gift 30 

Will of John Van Metre 31 

Descendants of Sarah Van Metre, 1 37 

Descendants of Johannes Van Metre, II 37 

Descendants of Mary Van Metre, III 43 

Descendants of Rebecca Van Metre, IV 43 

Descendants of Isaac Van Metre, V 56 

Descendants of Elizabeth Van Metre, VI 57 

Descendants of Henry Van Metre, VII 58 

Descendants of Rachael Van Metre, VIII 96 

Descendants of Abraham Van Metre, IX 96 

Descendants of Jacob Van Metre, X 122 

Descendants of Magdalena Van Metre, XI 132 

The Van Meters of Penn'a., Maryland and Virginia 132 


The Shepherds of Washington County, Maryland 141 

The Land Grant to Thomas Shepherd 147 

Thomas Shepherd : His Will, Etc 150 

Thomas Shepherd of Shepherdstown 154 

Will of Elizabeth Shepherd 159 

Customs and Dress of the Pioneers 160 

The Ohio Company and its Object 162 

Nemacolin's Path 162 

Journey of William Brown to the Ohio 163 

The Route to " the Ohio country." 163 

Chronological Record of David Shepherd 164 

The Pluggy's Town Expedition 180 

Official and other Correspondence 182 

Will and Inventory of David Shepherd 186 

Will of Moses Shepherd 187 




Notes on the Teague Family 189 

Descendants of David Shepherd, 1 191 

Descendants of Sarah Shepherd, II 201 

Descendants of Elizabeth Shepherd, III 205 

Descendants of William Shepherd, IV 216 

Descendants of Thomas, Jr., Shepherd, V 222 

Descendants of John Shepherd, VI 229 

Descendants of Mary Shepherd, VII 234 

Descendants of Martha Shepherd, VIII 235 

Descendants of Abraham Shepherd, IX 244 

Descendants of Susannah Shepherd, X 248 


Derivation of Family Name 257 

English and Irish Sources 263 

Duke of Colonial Virginia 264 

Duke of Colonial Carolina 277 

John Duke, the Pioneer of the Valley 291 

His Settlement in Frederick Co., Va 297 

The Harper's Ferry Dukes 302 

The Descendants of John Duke 304 

The Descendants of William Duke, II 317 

The Descendants of Francis Duke, III 352 

The Descendants of John Duke, IV 373 

The Descendants of Robert Duke, V 374 

James Duke of Charlestown, W. Va 379 

Duke of Norfolk Co., Va 383 

Duke of Brooke Co., W. Va 386 

Duke of Durham, N. C 388 

Duke of Indiana 390 

Other Duke Families 392 

Dukes' in First U. S. Census, 1790 395 

PART IV. Appendix 

The Van Metres of Fairfield Co., Ohio 399 

The Kentucky Van Meters 400 

Morgan Van Metre 402 

The Hedges Family 403 

Van Metre-Mitchell-Funston 404 

Extracts from Shepherd Mss 406 

Rezin D. Shepherd 4^8 

Henry Shepherd 408 

Index 410 

• • • 




Arms of the Van Meterens of Holland (frontispiece) 

Emmanuel Van Meteren, Dutch Consul and Historian 8 

The Van Meteren House in Holland 9 

Capt. C. J. Van Metre 74 

Mrs. E. A. Obenchain 75 

Major W. A. Obenchain 84 

Samuel Roberts Van Metre 117 

W. W. Van Meter, Esq 132 

Crest of the Shepherds of Devonshire, England 141 

Crest of the Shepherds of Shepherdstown Virginia 141 

Col. Moses Shepherd 192 

Mrs. Lydia B. Shepherd-Crugar 192 

Rev. Thomas Mclntire, Ph.D 197 

Mrs. Harriet Mclntire Foster 200 

Arms of the Dukes of Sufifolk, England 257 

An Early Home of the Dukes in Devonshire, England (birth- 
place of Sir Walter Raleigh 264 

Hon. R. T. W. Duke, Sr 271 

Hon. R. T. W. Duke, Jr 271 

Tombs of Nannie Duke Jones and Miss Annie C. Lee 288 

Fac-simile pages of old Duke Record 294 

Ruins of The U. S. Arsenal, Harpers Ferry, W. V 302 

Seige of Fort Henry, Wheeling, W. Va 307 

Francis K. Duke, Esq 325 

Samuel Gordon Smyth 339 

Mrs. Mary E. Duke-Smyth 339 

Rev. Frank T. McFaden, D.D 343 

David Duke 355 

Hon. S. A. Duke 358 

Col. Charles Talbot Duke 368 

Henry. J. Duke 377 

John W. Duke 392 





Long years before the English people had obtained a foothold 
in the present State of New York, the Dutch, one of the then 
world-powers, had carefully explored, took possession of and was 
rapidly planting her sons upon a vast province which extended 
from the Connecticut River on the east and passed over the Dela- 
ware to the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay ere the other mari- 
time nations were aware of the significance and extent of the 
Dutch dominion in the New World. Upon this magnificent terri- 
tory was bestowed the nam.e of New Netherlands. From the 
day, in 1609, when Henry Hudson rode the waters of the North 
River in the famous " Half Moon" till the present — the impress 
of the Dutch is ineradicably stamped upon the land and its inhabi- 
tants. The exploring expedition of Captain Hudson which as- 
cended the river that bears his name had for its object one more 
attempt to find the fabled and long-sought passage to the western 
sea and though it failed to achieve that purpose, yet it marked 
one of the earliest epochs in the romance of western colonization 
and in this historic event one of its most interesting features is the 
realization that it was brought about through the influence of one 
of the family of Van Meteren. We are told by the late John 
Fiske — who was one of our most learned historians — that it was 
due to Emmanuel Van Meteren, himself a famous historian in 
his day, and at the time Dutch Consul, resident in London, that 
Captain Henry Hudson was persuaded to enlist in the service of 
the Dutch East India Company and was given command of the 
expedition which opened the era of Dutch influence in America. 
Whether or not the advice of Consul Van Meteren was extended 
to his own family and acted upon by some of them in later genera- 
tions, it is impossible to say; they came, however, whether his 
counsel was responsible or not. From Hudson's period, through 
all the succeeding years, to Governor Leisler's time, the Dutch 
rule over New Netherlands was supreme. As the years passed 
on there came from the cities and provinces of Holland an ever- 
increasing stream of immigrants made up, for the greater part, 
by farmers, traders, burghers and mariners ; men of respectability, 
thrift and enterprise. They found among the waterways in and 
about New Amsterdam snug harbors and havens so like those 
beyond the sea, but more promising in freedom and prosperity 
than those they had ever before known. They were a numerous 
and flourishing people ; the tide of their progress met the flow of 
Puritan colonists who came down the coast from the bleak and 


rock-bound shores of Massachusetts Bay; they spread over the 
southern end of Long Island, and here were founded the Dutch 
towns of New Utrecht, Flatbush, Gowanus, Gravesend, Breuck- 
lyn, until the multiplying communities interlaced each other, while 
over the Hudson were the villages of Bergen, Communipaw and 
the fishing hamlets of Staten Island. Their inhabitants were 
mostly rivermen, but the prosperous burgher of the busy marts 
of Manhattan came to abide among them and lived in the tidy 
boweries that stretched along the Sound shores, or up the " lordly 
Hudson " or down to Staten and Coney's Islands. Crossing the 
Kill-von-Kull, they mixed with the incoming Scotch and English 
settlers about Perth and when mere village limitations no longer 
marked their bounds they passed on, with the trader and the 
peltry hunter, to more distant conquests. 

Grants of land — many of them of princely size — were made on 
the upper reaches of the Hudson ; their proportions extended far 
into the forests until the realms claimed from the wilderness by 
the invading Dutchman extended to the northern lakes. It was 
then that the patroonships were introduced and witnessed the 
translation of Old World feudalism — patterned from the baronies 
of the fatherland — to the primitive wilds of the forest-girt 
Hudson. The Indians receded toward the interior, but in his 
passing, as in parting with his ancient possessions, he occasionally 
exacted revengeful recompense as he fell back before the advance 
of a relentless and resistless force. The love of barter was strong 
in the Dutch character; it was infectious and dominant, and its 
insidious influence drew largess from the tribesmen inhabiting the 
uttermost parts of these Dutch dominions ; here and then was 
laid the foundation of that spirit of commercialism whicli, long 
since, made New York dominant in the trade of the western 

In the second decade of the latter half of the seventeenth cen- 
tury a settlement was founded on the west shore of the Hudson 
among the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, some sixty odd 
miles above the bay, by the Dutch and some French Huguenot 
immigrants who had obtained patents there. These pioneers were 
joined by others from Manhattan and its surrounding commu- 
nities and in a short while the fertile valleys of the Wallkill and 
the Esopus sheltered a group of thrifty villages. Thus in the 
decades between 1660 and 1680 the settlements known as New 
Village (Hurley), Wyltwick, Esopus, Marbletown (Mormel) and 
New Paltz were founded in close proximity to each other. Be- 
hind them rose the bulwark of the Catskills and beyond these 
mountains, and out of their western slopes, the head springs of 
the Delaware rose and so provided a trail for the tribes of the 
mountains by which they found intercourse with their southern 
contemporaries. Over the three thousand and more acres of fer- 
tile lands peopled by these different social refugees, a new Pala- 


tinate arose and the pilgrims from the Rhine sought here that 
peace and tolerance which was denied them in their old homes 
beyond the sea. But, while escaping the religious and political 
persecutions and the devastation of their property abroad, they 
were destined to meet here new terrors and stranger experiences 
in the very sanctuary which Providence seems to have raised up 
for them. Suffering and disaster in terrible form awaited them 
from the Indians and many were thus actually martyrs for con- 
science sake. In 1663 the savages fell upon the inhabitants of 
Esopus with barbaric fury ; the village of Hurley was burned, 
several of the settlers were killed and wounded, and, retreating 
toward the Minnisink Mountains, the Indians carried away many 
captives, among whom were the wives and children of the Du 
Bois and Van Metre families. This attack, styled in the narra- 
tives of colonial history the Second Esopus War, dispersed many 
of the settlers ; some of them, going far to find security, passed 
down the Delaware Valley to the Dutch settlements in the vicinity 
of New Amstel (New. Castle, Del.), where a few permanently 
remained. Months later, the Indians who had caused this trouble 
were found and punished by Captain Martin Kreiger and a band 
of Dutch soldiers, and the captives, on the very eve of diabolic 
torture, were rescued and restored to their families. It was not 
long after this event that peace and prosperity once again reigned 
over the Hudson Valley region. 

One benignant feature which grew out of intercommunal rela- 
tions and interests of the villagers who were of differing racial 
temperament, was the harmony .which prevailed throughout the 
settlements. The Dutch and the French Huguenots forget their 
political antagonisms, their social and religious lines of cleavage, 
and fraternized in a common bond of sympathy and self-protec- 
tion. These conditions were constantly strengthened and at length 
unified by intermarriage and its resultant kinship, so that before 
the first native generation had reached maturity the social, civil 
and economic environment had become so radically changed that 
the Dutch tongue was used principally in the domestic circle and 
the French languge in civil and ecclesiastical affairs. 

There was one church in the earlier d^ys : the Reformed Dutch. 
It was located at Wyltwyck (Kingston), where all might wor- 
ship, where most of the children were baptized. Here was kept 
by successive pastors or dominies, with rare fidelity and thorough- 
ness, the records of marriages and baptisms. These records were 
carefully preserved and were recently edited and published, and 
for the period from 1662 to a comparatively recent date now form 
a valuable index of the inhabitants of that part of Ulster County, 
N. Y. In scanning the pages of this register one finds the names 
of foreparents of families now scattered world-wide. From this 
place many of the descendants of those early settlers migrated to 
the newly settled parts of Pennsylvania, or were of those who 


pressed on into Maryland and Virginia, and later were in the 
forefront of that conquering host of heroic pioneers who carried 
civilization into the south and west, and so redeemed the wilder- 
ness and banished forever the scourge of the redmen. 

Coincident with the settlement of New York by the Dutch a 
Swedish colony was planted on the west side of the Delaware 
during the reign of Gustavus Adolphus. Peter Minuit was sent 
over from Sweden by his sovereign to govern the little colony. 
In the space of the dozen or more years that New Sweden flour- 
ished, several small settlements were made on either side of the 
Delaware by these people, principally along the creeks and about 
the coves of the river. The aggressive trading propensities of 
these hardy men and the rapid expansion of their communities 
excited the jealousy and invoked the wrath of the Dutch, and 
very soon precipitated a dispute with the government at New 
Amsterdam. It was claimed that the Swedes had encroached 
upon the territorial rights and were colonizing the Dutch posses- 
sions. The controversy was suddenly brought to an end in 1655 
by the appearance among the Swedes of the formidable and irre- 
pressible Governor Stuyvesant, who, with an armed force behind 
him, compelled the surrender of the subjects of Charles X., who 
was then the Swedish king in the place of Queen Christina, the 
renunciation of the Swedish pretensions and the acknowledge- 
ment by them of the overlordship of New Netherlands to all the 
lands by them inhabited on both sides of the Delaware (Fiske's 
Dutch and Quaker Colonies, Vol. I., pp. 208-210). Stuyvesant 
lost no time in persuading some of his people, then living in New 
Amsterdam and its adjacencies and colonists freshly arriving, to 
emigrate to this new and subjugated country. He was successful. 
After this time many ships coming direct from Holland with their 
loads of settlers were directed to the Delaware settlements, and 
here, too, in time, the same process of assimilation between the 
Swedes and the Dutch took place as was then being enacted be- 
tween the Dutch and the French Huguenots on the shores of the 
upper Hudson. 

On the east shore of the Delaware, or South River, as it was 
called by the Dutch, the Swedes had been seated for some years, 
their possessions extending southward from Fort Nassau, nearly 
opposite the present city of Philadelphia, to Fort Elsinborg near 
Penn's Neck. There were several little settlements along the 
small streams intervening between these points ; here the same 
commingling between the racial types was occurring. The river 
formed no barrier, but rather a convenience, for their intercourse ; 
both races being of a maritime tendency, the river afforded them 
a natural highway for their trading and easier access to their 
villages than by the roads which had to be cut through the forests 
and swamps. Thus we find them on the banks of Raccoon, 
Cohansey, Maurice, Salem, Timber and other creeks on the eastern 



shore, and along the Christiana, Brandywine, MisspilHon, White 
and Red Clay and other creeks on the west side of the Delaware. 
These settlers often crossed the river to attend the churches on 
the opposite shore, the mills and the trading stations. 

There was an overland path between the Dutch settlements at 
New Amsterdam and at New Amstel; it crossed the Passaic, the 
Rahway and the Raritan rivers and touched the Delaware at the 
Falls, now Trenton, N. J., and thence, by fording, to the Penn- 
sylvania side and keeping along its western bank to the sites of 
the old Swedish plantations on the Pennepack and on the Schuyl- 
kill they passed down to the present town of New Castle, Del. 
At Christiana Creek they could follow its northerly direction until 
at a point where the Delaware peninsula was the narrowest they 
could cross overland to the Head of Elk and by that tributary 
reach the Chesapeake and farther on to the more distant points 
in the provinces of Pennsylvania and Maryland and the colony 
of Virginia. The overland path of 1675 was called the Kings 
Highway ; later it became the main artery of communication 
between New York and Philadelphia. It remains to-day a well 
preserved and popular thoroughfare between those two important 
eastern cities. 

Another path much traveled in colonial days was the one used 
by the settlers of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, in the 
Province of East Jersey, to reach the settlements along the Dela- 
ware. This one crossed Burlington County from the first named 
points and intersected the Delaware at Matinicunk Island (be- 
tween Bristol and Burlington) and joined the "King's Path" on 
the Pennsylvania side of the river. 

It was by these primitive routes that the various and widely 
separated settlements in the middle colonies were connected and 
by which they continually acquired growth from the ever- 
increasing flow of pioneers, who, setting their faces southward 
from the earlier and more thickly settled parts eastward, formed 
the stream of emigration which pierced the Blue Ridge at the 
Potomac and rapidly absorbed the virgin valleys beyond. Thus 
it is set forth in order that we may more readily trace and follow 
the trend of our progenitors in their earlier movements and final 
settlement in Maryland and Virginia. 


Our first introduction to the search for the Van Metre ancestry 
comes to us, strangely enough, through the work of the American 
historian, John Fiske, in his " Dutch and Quaker Colonies " (Vol. 
I., p. 70 et seq.), in which he refers to Captain Hendrick Hudson 
and states that : "... the moment that history first actually knows 
him is the first day of May, 1607, when he sailed from Greenwich 



in command of an Arctic expedition ; but we also know that he 
was a citizen of London; and the Dutch historian Van Meteren, 
who was Consul at London, tells us that there was a warm friend- 
ship existing between Henry Hudson the navigator, and Captain 
John Smith." Farther along, in a reference to the Dutch East 
India Company, he says: "Their offers were probably made 
through his [Henry Hudson's] friend, the Dutch consul Van 
Meteren," and again : " it was Hudson's friend Van Meteren who 
declared that English was only ' broken Dutch ' ; " and farther 
along that, " Hudson, in 1608, knew scarcely a word of Dutch." 

From some notes in reference to the pedigree of Emmanuel Van 
Meteren, Dutch Consul, historian and chief of the College of 
Dutch Merchants of London, 1583, we learn that he was born in 
Antwerp 9th June, 1535; died in London 8th April, 1612, at the 
age of yy years. He was the son of Jacob Van Meteren of Breda, 
who printed at Antwerp the Coverdale Bible, the first in English, 
and one of the rarest of printed books, a copy of which was sold 
in 1903 by the Appletons in New York for $3,000. Jacob Van 
Meteren married Ottilia Ortels, daughter of William Ortels of 
Augsburg, and the grandfather of Abraham Ortels, or Orteleius, 
the world-famed geographer. Jacob's father was Cornelius Van 

Emmanuel Van Meteren married first, in 1562, a Miss Van 
Loobeck, who died in 1563 ; he then married second, in 1564, Ester 
van der Corput, daughter of Nicholas van der Corput, Secretary 
of Breda, and son of Johan van der Corput, a former mayor of 
the same city. By this wife Emmanuel Van Meteren had thirteen 
children, of whom nine were living in 1612, three sons and six 
daughters, and the widow surviving. It is said that Emmanuel 
was buried in St. Denis' Church, London, where a monument 
was placed over his remains by his " wedouwe en negen kinderen." 

A recent writer describes the Van Meteren coat of arms, as 
given in French by Riestap in his " Armorial General," as follows : 
"Meteren (van), Hollande, ecartelle aux i et 4 d'argent, a une 
fleur de lis de queules ; Aux 2 et 3 d'or, a deux fasces de queules, 
accompagnies de huit merlettes du meme rangee en orie. Comier 
la fleur de lis." 

The coat of arms of the Van Metere family of Holland was 
quartered : first and fourth of silver, with a fleur de lis, red 
(gules) ; with second and third of gold (yellow), with two fesses, 
red ; accompanied with eight martlets of the same color arranged 
in orle, that is, around the outer rim of the shield. The crest, a 
fleur de lis. [The fleur de lis was the royal emblem of France.] 

The armorial bearings of the Cuicks, Van Meteren were: 
" Gules, with two fesses argent, accompanied by three martlets 
of the same, arranged two and one." In plain English : the shield 
had a red ground with two horizontal bands, silver or white ; and 



three martlets (in heraldry: a sort of swallow without feet, 
denoting cadency — a younger son) arranged two and one, either 
*.' or .'.. 

The " Huize Meteren," situate in the Heerlykheid Metere, in 
Geldermalsen, Holland, as shown in the picture, was a stately 
building, the residence for many generations of prominent mem- 
bers of the Meteren family, and subsequently by others probably 
stranger to the blood. 

This mansion stood in a beautiful park of magnificent trees, 
some of which were of great height and dimensions. Rebuilt in 
1768-69, it has at last served its day and was sold in December, 
1906 ; within a short time thereafter it was torn down. The grand 
old trees also went under the hammer and were cut down, too; 
some of them sold for more than 100 florins ; one, in particular, 
brought the sum of 154 florins; the prices ranged in American 
equivalent from $40 to $60 each. My correspondent writes : 
" All is gone ! all except the money obligations which rest upon 
or are inherent to the Heerlykheid, of which, one of the heaviest 
is the annual payment of 200 florins towards the salary of the 
preacher at Meteren. 'Tis a pity ! Sic transit gloria mundi ! " 
[W. A. O.] 

The Van Meteres who came to America from Holland derive 
their name, it is said, from van, " of," and meteren, a town in the 
province of Guelderland, Holland. 

H one examines the map of Holland it will be found that the 
Rhine, flowing down from Germany into the Netherlands, as it 
approaches the sea divides itself into several branches. Upon 
one of these is Arnheim, the chief town in Guelderland ; it is 
located about fifteen miles distant from Amsterdam. Utrecht 
is on another estuary which flows into the Zuyder Zee. The 
Waal is the principal branch of the Rhine and takes its course 
westerly until it unites with the Meuse and its waters from that 
point to the sea is called the river Merwe. On the right bank 
of the Waal, as it nears the Meuse, is situated the pretty little 
town of Theil, twenty-two miles W. S. W. of Arnheim, and 
further down on the left, where the waters of the two rivers 
meet, is the island of Bommel, on the west side of which stands 
the castle of Loevenstein, made famous in 1619 as the prison of 
Grotius. Thus within the radius of a few miles lies the father- 
land of the Van Meteren, the Eltings and others whose names 
appear in documents relating to the earlier history of coloniza- 
tion in this country. 

The first evidence found in the records of the actual presence 
of any of the Van Metre family in America is contained in the 
Hst of passengers arriving in the " Fox " at New Amsterdam, 
I2th September, 1662 [Passenger Lists: 1657-1664, Doc. Hist. 
N. Y., Vol. HI., pp. 52-63; Year Book Hist. Soc. N. Y., 1896]. 



Among them were Jan Joosten, as he signs his name, from Tieder- 
welt, with wife and five children, aged 15, 12, 9, 6 and 2^ years. 
" He removed to Wyltwik [Kingston] in the summer ( ?) of 
1662." [Doc. Hist, of N. Y.] On March 30, 1671 he had from 
Governor Lovelace a deed for a lot in Marbletown [N. Y. Land 
Papers, L, p. 37] and a confirmation, nth October, 1671, of a 
thirty acre lot of ground in Marbletown [ibid., p. 42]. His wife 
was Macyken Hendricksen ; the names of their children and the 
probable order of their birth were: Lysbeth, Catharine, Geertje, 
Joost Janse and Gysbert Janse, the two sons born probably circa 
1656 and 1660, respectively. From the Probate Records of Ulster 
County, N. Y., which sets forth the testamentary disposition of 
Jan Joosten Van Meteren, dated i6th December, 1681, it develops 
that Joost Janse was the elder son, and, according to the pro- 
visions therein, received the heir-at-law's usual double portion. 
Following the custom of the time it would seem that the daughters 
were older than the sons, as they are named in priority to the 
sons. Jan Joosten's wife Macyken, is supposed to have been the 
sister of Femmetjen Hendricksen, who married Joost Adriensen 
of Pynaker, Holland, on 20th March, 1663-4. She was of Mep- 
pelen, Province of Dreuth, Holland. Upon the decease of Joost 
Ariencesen of " Boswick upon Long Island," circa 1685, Jan 
Joosten was appointed administrator and tutor to the decedent's 
children and arbitrator in proceedings regarding the sale of some 
land in Hurley which had been sold to Derick Schepmoes by Joost 
Adriensen in his lifetime. 

Jan Joosten settled, with his wife and family, in Wyltwick 
[Kingston] late in the summer of 1662 and nothing more is learned 
of them until the Minnisink Indians came down upon the settle- 
ments on the Hudson, raiding and burning the villages of Hurley 
and Kingston on June 7, 1663, and carried away captives the 
wife and two of the children of Joosten. Unfortunately Captain 
Martin Kreiger's journal, which gives a lengthy account of his 
successful pursuit of the Indians and the rescue of their pris- 
oners, fails to name the children, but we presume that one of 
them was Jan's son, Joost Jans, because of his subsequent asso- 
ciation with the Indians and his knowledge of their ways. 

In a list of the inhabitants of Ulster County, N. Y., who sub- 
scribed to the oath of allegiance between the 21st and 26th of 
October, 1664, the name of Jan Joosten appears. After this 
time mention of his name and his growing prominence in the 
civil and religious afifairs occurs with more or less frequency in 
the records of Kingston and its vicinity, and are noted here in 
chronological order. In 1665 he was appointed refereee in a 
law-suit and sometime later the appointment of " schepen," a 
minor judiciary position, which, under the laws of New Nether- 
lands, gave him jurisdiction in all civil actions under the sum of 
100 guilders [$60], but in cases above that sum they must be 



referred to the Director-General and his Council ; he could also 
pronounce sentences in criminal cases, subject to appeal [Hazard's 
Annals, p. 223]. From about this time Jan Joosten was in active 
demand to witness or serve as sponsor at the baptisms of many 
children at the homes of his friends and relatives ; in some cases 
the baptisms were celebrated " at Jan Joosten's, in the presence 
of the whole consistory." This distinction was probably due to 
the fact that he had been elected a deacon in the Reformed Dutch 
Church at Kingston in 1667. He was still " schepen " in 1668. 
On 6th October, 1673, he was selected as one of the four magis- 
trates of Hurley and Marbletown, where he appears to have pos- 
sessed property in 1671. The other magistrates who served with 
him were Louis du Bois, Roelof Hendricksen and Jan Broersen. 
On the overthrow of the Dutch government and its possessions 
coming under English rule, the inhabitants of New Netherland 
were required to swear allegiance to the new sovereign, and thus 
again we find his name among those who performed this act of 
fealty in Ulster County, on ist September, 1689. 

We now approach a very interesting part of Jan Joosten's 
career, that which relates to the land grants he obtained in the 
Province of East New Jersey, a period which extends from 1689 
to 1706. 

In partnership with Jan Hamel, who /;;. Gertrude Krom or 
Crom [alias Girty Jans] ante 1683, supposed to be the daughter 
of Jan Joosten ; they appear in the Province of East Jersey about 
169s with other Dutch adventurers, and on the i8th October of 
that year they purchased jointly from Edward Hunloke, of Win- 
gerworth, Burlington County, who was Deputy Governor under 
Dr. Daniel Coxe, a plantation of 500 acres, located at Lassa, or 
" Lazy," Point on the Delaware River, in Burlington County. 
The property was on the path frequented by the Dutch traders 
in passing between the settlements on the Delaware and the lower 
Hudson, and is now marked by the site of the city of Burlington, 
N. J. It is situated about twenty miles northeast of Philadelphia 
and was originally settled by three or four Dutch families, " who 
were there," says Governor Philip Carteret, "in 1666," and to 
whom he confirmed patents in 1678. It was subsequently the 
home of Peter Jegou, a noted colonial character, and included the 
island of Mattiniconch in the river opposite. 

The record of purchase shows that title was acquired by " John 
Joosten and John Hamel both now, or late of Sopus [Esopus] 
New York, yeomen." On the same date Hunloke gave the pur- 
chasers a bond guaranteeing them undisputed possession of the 
premises. The day following Joosten and Hamel, there was exe- 
cuted and delivered to Edward Hunloke, a mortgage on the 500 
acres [see N. J. Col. Arch., ist Ser., Vol. XXL, p. 464]. 

On the 5th June, 1696, "Jan Joosten, late of Burlington Town- 
ship," executes a power of attorney to William Wood, of Chester- 



field Township, Burlington County, authorizing the latter to col- 
lect his debts. The inference here is that Jan had returned to 
Ulster County, N. Y. Joint ownership in Lassa Point, however, 
was held by Joosten and Hamel until the ist May, 1699, when, 
by deed of conveyance, " John Joosten of Marbletown, Ulster 
Co., N. Y., transfers to John Hamel of Lassa Point, Burlington, 
his share of the plantation bought of Edward Hunloke." Jan 
Joosten again appears in the Province of East Jersey as an indi- 
vidual purchaser of lands in Somerset County. By deed from 
Governor Andrew Hamilton and Agnes, his wife, dated 13th 
September, 1700, several parcels of land were conveyed to "Jane 
[Jan] Joosten of Marbletown, Ulster County, N. Y., yeoman." 
The lands were designated as unappropriated and unsurveyed 
tracts, lying contiguous and located on the South Branch of the 
Raritan River, which was in the vicinity of the present town of 
Somerville. The plantation, aggregating 1,835 acres, was made 
up of four parcels: No. i, 835 acres, adjoining lands of John 
Campbell and John Drummond; No. 2, 250 acres, adjoining lands 
of Hendrick Coursen and the waters of the South Branch; No. 3, 
250 acres, adjoining the preceding, and No. 4, 500 acres, adjoin- 
ing William Med ford and waters of the South Branch. This 
section, the broad fertile meadows on the Raritan bottoms, was 
being rapidly settled by the Dutch, and some Scotch people from 
Long Island and the Lower Bay shore, who made their advent 
about fifteen years before this time. Jan Joosten Van Meteren 
is also on record as being in Piscataway [now South Amboy] 
Township on September 13, 1700 [see N. J. Col. Arch., ist Ser., 
Vol. XXL, pp. 318, 497, 517]. 

The actual place of residence of Jan Joosten at this period is 
not learned, but in the N. J. Cal. of Wills [p. 480] is found the 
date of the filing of the inventory of the personal estate of " Jan 

Joosten of ," dated 13th June, 1706, marked Dutch. 

This instrument gives the value of his estate at £245.14.0 and 
includes six negro slaves (a man, a woman and four children at 
£145). Appraisers were: Joris [George] Van Neste and Hen- 
drick Reinersen ; sworn to by John Van Mator, in Burlington. 
The appraisers were neighbors to each other and were residents 
on the South Branch of the Raritan. In the same neighborhood 
were other Dutch residents, emigrants from Kingston, among 
whom were : Thomas and George Haal, Abraham de la Aleter, 
Cornelius du Bois, Adrian Molenaur and Hendrick Traphagen ; 
they were scattered along the main stem of the Raritan, at Three 
Mile [Franklin Park] and Six Mile [New Brunswick], and at 
a later period there came into this vicinity the families of Bodine, 
Powelson, Eoff and Brown, each of whom are represented in this 
genealogy through the intermarriages of their descendants [see 
Hist. Somerset County, N. J., pp. 561 et seq. ; also Dr. Messlar's 
Hist.]. At Raritan (now Somerville) was the Reformed Church ; 



it was the oldest congregation and in it the settlers, who were 
mostly Dutch, worshiped. About 171 5 a Reformed Dutch church 
was organized at the head of the Raritan. Rev. Theodorus 
Jacobus Frelinghausen was its first pastor; among its elders in 
1719 were Abraham de la Meter, Cornelius Bogart, Jans Hen- 
drickson and Andreas Ten Eyck, all formerly of Kingston. This 
became subsequently the Readington church on the North Branch. 

In Liber D of Deeds, p. iii, at Somerville, N. J., is found a 
deed dated 30th November, 1803, from Gilbert Bodine and Catha- 
rine, his wife, conveying to Gabriel Caskhuff, of Amwell Town- 
ship, an undivided one-third part of a plantation, late the prop- 
erty of Isaac Bodine, which was purchased by the said Isaac 
Bodine (grandfather of the said Gilbert), one part from Volkert 
Done, by indenture dated 6th September, 1746; and another part 
from Isaac Van Maitre by indenture dated 1714; both tracts or 
parts together, contained 100 acres and was situate in Bridge- 
water Township, Somerset County, N. J. The Isaac Van Maitre 
mentioned in this deed was probably the same who was " received, 
7 Nov., 1731, on confession of faith " in the North Branch Church 
[see Readington Church Records]. 

When the will of Hendrix MuUinar, one of the pioneer settlers 
of the South Branch, was probated, 4th March, 1 718-19, it was 
learned that Arience Mullinar (a son of the testator) and Isaac 
Bodine were named as executors ; they both renounced, however, 
whereupon the court appointed Isaac Van Metere, of Salem 
County, N. J., as executor in their stead; Johfi and Henry Van 
Metere, also of Salem, and probably brothers of Isaac, were his 
" fellow-bondsmen." The will was administered in June, 1719. 

A search among the archives of the State Department at Tren- 
ton, N. J., brought out the record of another transaction which 
further evidences the presence of the Van Meteres in Somerset 
County at an early date. It is the record of a conveyance of a 
tract of land (area and consideration not mentioned) situate on 
the west side of the South Branch of the Raritan River and is 
identified as a part of tract No. i of the 835 acres granted to Jan 
Joosten by Governor Hamilton in 1700. The grantors are John 
Van Meter, of Somerset County, Province of East Jersey, yeo- 
man, and Margerat, his wife, to Hendry Millar [Hendrix Mul- 
linar?] of said county. The deed is dated i6th November, 1719, 
and the description reads as follows : 

" All that tract of land situate lying and being upon the west side of 
the South Branch of Raraton River in the said County of Somerset afore- 
said now in the peaceable possession and enjoyment of him the said 
Hendry Millar. Beginning at a Red Oak tree on the bank of the South 
Branch marked on the east side and running North West by West 120 
chains, thence Southwest by South 44 chains, thence Southeast by East 
147 chains to a Walnut tree at the said bank and point of the meadow 
marked on three sides thence along the South Branch to where it begins." 



The deed is signed : John Vanmetere and Margret Van Metere, 
who makes her mark. The tract is bounded by lands of John 
Campbell, John Drummond, of " Londine," other lands of John 
Van Metre and the South Branch, and is estimated to contain 37 
acres. John Drummond was formerly a burgess and merchant 
of Edinburgh and afterward Deputy Treasurer of Scotland [see 
Liber C, p. 2, East Jersey Deeds, at Trenton, N. J.]. 

It will be necessary at this point to return to the subject of Jan 
Joosten Van Meteren at Marbletown, from which the compiler 
digressed for the purpose of following the development of the 
emigrant ancestor into a New Jersey land-owner, and in order 
that the subsequent career of some of his children may be traced 
before entering upon the genealogy of the family beginning with 
John Van Metre, of Virginia. 

Among the five children of Jan Joosten and Macyken Hendrick- 
sen Van Meteren was his son, Joost Jans, who was probably born 
in France, Holland, or in the German Palatinate, circa 1656. In 
the testamentary disposition written by Jan Joosten Van Meteren 
under date of i6th December, 1681, appears the following: 

"Wife Macyke shall retain full possession (of the estate). She con- 
sents that the survivor shall possess everything: lands, houses, personal 
property, money, gold, silver — coined or uncoined. After their decease, 
the property to be inherited by their children. Jooste to have one-half of 
the entire estate first. Jooste and Gysbert to have the land at Marble- 
town, Jooste one half and then the other half to be divided between them. 
Geertje Crom to have the land at Wassemaker's land. Children of 
Lysbeth, deceased, to have their portion, in money, from the other 

Benjamin Bovoost \ Csig-ned") / J^" Joosten 

Levereyn Ten Hout J ^ ^ ^ l Macyken Hendrix (her mark). 

[See Ulster Co., N. Y., Probate Records.] 

It would thus appear than Jooste Jans was the eldest son, and 
it is believed that the daughters were older than the sons. From 
the records of the Reformed Dutch church at Kingston the fol- 
lowing is abstracted : 

" Jooste, Jan, J. M. of Meteren b. in Gelderland, residing in Mormur 
(Marbletown), and Sara Du Bois, J. D. of Kingston, residing in the 
Nieuwe Pals (New Paltz), married in the Pals 12 Dec, 1682. First 
publication of the Banns, 18 Nov. 

Sara was a daughter of Louis du Bois, was baptized 14th Sep- 
tember, 1664. The children of Jooste Jans and Sara (du Bois) 
Van Meteren were: Jan, b. 14 Oct., 1683; Jan Joosten, Maken 
Hendrikse and Jacob du Bois, sponsors ; Rebekka, b. 26 April, 
1686; Gysbert Crom and Catryn du Bois, sponsors. Lysbeth, b. 
3 Mar., 1689; David du Bois and Janneken Meulenaer, sponsors. 
Isaac, b. circa 1692 (record missing) ; Hendrix, b. i Sept., 1695; 
Abram du Boys and Jan Hamel, sponsors. All further reference 
to Joosten Janse seems to have ceased with the record of his 



youngest son Hendrix's birth in 1695 and the impression prevails 
that he either died about this time or disappeared in some hunting 
adventure, or Indian f atahty. When Louis du Bois' will was pro- 
bated at Kingston, 23d June, 1696, it was found that of the eight 
devisees, one share was allotted " to the heirs of Sara's deceased." 
This appears to be an irresistible argument that his daughter, the 
wife of Jooste Jans, was dead. This, however, is not proven so 
by subsequent records. What may have happened is probably 
this: Jooste Jans and his wife Sara may possibly have been absent 
from Kingston during the hiatus between the birth of their 
daughter Lysbeth, 1689 and the date of her father's will, which 
was in 1694. In this period Lysbeth, the child, disappears and 
Isaac is born. The writer is without knowledge of what ever 
became of the child Lysbeth, or the place and date of birth of 
Isaac. The parents may have gone back to Holland, or circum- 
stances may have arisen which would have caused Louis Du Bois 
to consider his daughter dead, and this possibly accounts for the 
statement in his will. In a codicil of Louis du Bois' will, to me 
of unknown date, my authority says : " But in the codicil there 
were specified bequests altering this (the former) method, though 
probably possessing an equality." This language and alteration 
may have been due to the return of Jooste Jans and his wife Sara 
to Kingston, where Hendrix, their son, was born in 1695. Cer- 
tain it is that Sara du Bois was alive and active for many years 
after the date of her father's will. 

"Rebekka van Meteren, j. d. born in Mormeltown [Marbletown] and 
residing in Kingston, m. — Sept., 1704, — Cornells Elten, j. m. born in 
Horle [Harley] and residing in Kingston. Banns first published 3 Sept., 
1704" [Kingston Marriage Register]. 

It is evident that the parents, or the mother, at least of Rebekka 
Elting, was absent from Kingston for another period during 
which time three or four children were born to the Eltings ; but 
when their child " Zara " was baptized at the Kingston church, 
6th February, 1715, Sara du Bois and her son, Jan Van Meteren, 
appeared as two of the four sponsors on that occasion. (This 
child Sara afterward m. Colonel John Hite, son of Jost Heydt, of 
Virginia.) And this was the only time among the baptisms of 
ten of the Elting children that Sara du Bois was present. She 
was busy elsewhere. The scene of the Van Meteren's activity is 
now shifted from the Hudson to the Raritan in New Jersey, 
where Jan Joosten probably died in 1706. His son, Jooste Jans, 
being probably deceased and the latter's son Jan being the eldest 
and the heir at law, according to the customs of the law of descent 
at that time prevailing, naturally became the successor of his 
father's rights and the largest beneficiary of the estate of his 
grandfather. He it was, undoubtedly, who administered the lat- 
ter's estate and filed the inventory of Jan Joosten's personalty at 



Burlington in 1706. He had, prior to this time, became identified 

with his grandfather's interest in the Province of East Jersey and 

had settled somewhere on the Raritan in Somerset County, where 

he is supposed to have married circa 1705, ist, Sarah Bodine (or 

Berdine, according to traditions), probably the daughter of Peter 

or Isaac Bodine, who came to that locality in the trend of settle- 

j^ ment up the Raritan Valley from Staten Island, N. Y., where a 

,Q number of French Huguenots had settled many -years before. 

^ Their children were: I., Sara, bap. Somerville, 30 Oct., 1706; II., 

— Johannes, bap. 28 April, 1708; and III., Maria, bap. 26 April, 

._[ 1709 [records of Ref. Dutch Church at Somerville, N. J.]. The 

"^ wife of Jan Van Metre ig supposed to have died about this time 

S" and he m., 2d, Margerat i^i "< ■» '! ' • '' ,"whom we know was his wife 

in 1719. They had issue: IV., Rebecca, b. circa 171 1 ; V., Isaac, 

b. circa 1713; VI., Elizabeth, b. circa 1715; VII., Henry, b. circa 

1717; VIII., Rachael, b. circa 1719; IX., Abraham, b. circa 1721 ; 

X., Jacob, b. 1723, and XL, Maudlina, b. circa 172^. 

Isaac Van Metre, son of Jooste Janse and Sarah du Bois Van 
Metren, b. circa 1692-3, also emigrated to New Jersey, where he 
w. 1st (sup.), Catalina, the widow of Molenaer Hendrickse, who 
died circa 1719, in Somerset County, N, J., and whose will Isaac 
administered as executor [see N. J. Col. Arch., Cal. of Wills, Vol. 
XXIII., p. 332; Records First Presby. Church of Phila.]. He 
m., 2d, circa 1725 Annetje [Hannah], daughter Gerritt Wyncoop, 
of Moreland Manor, near Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 1698. 
They afterward removed to Salem County, N. J. Isaac had a 
family of eight children, some of whom emigrated with their 
parents to the Valley of the South Branch of the Potomac ante 


Henry Van Metere, son of Jooste Janse and Sara du Bois Van 
Metere, b. Marbletown, N. Y., ist September, 1695, also migrated 
to New Jersey and was of Salem County, N. J., when he became 
fellow-bondsman with his brother John as securities of the second 
brother Isaac for his faithful administration of the estate of 
Hendrix Mullinaer, deceased, of Somerset County, ince Isaac 
Bodine, renouncing. His name appears later in the Van Metre 
land transactions in Salem County, N. J. 

The further movements of the Van Metres in the lower prov- 
ince of New Jersey may now be traced through the abstracts of 
deeds recorded at Salem, here chronologically arranged. 

" 19 June, 1714. Col. Daniel Cox [Agent of the Proprietors of West 
Jersey, at Burlington] grants to Jacot du Bois, of the County of Ulster, 
N. Y., Sarah du Bois of Salem; John and Isaac van Metre, also of Salem, 
— 3,000 acres of land in Salem Co. [Liber D. D., p. 316, Salem Deeds, at 
Trenton, N. J.l." "These parties divided their lands by the compass; 
the du Bois taking theirs on the north side of a line : the Van IMeters on 
the south side. The Van Metres continued to purchase until they owned 
a very large portion of the land reaching from the overshot mill in Upper 
Alloway's Creek, near Daretown, southeasterly to Fork Bridge : about 



6,000 acres in all " [see Shourd's History of Fenwichs Colony, pp. 

The persons mentioned, the grantees, were Sara du Bois, wife 
or widow of Jooste Jans Van Metre ; her brother Jacob, and her 
two sons, John and Isaac Van Metre, who were now moving 
southward from Somerset County. Here at least Isaac was to 
be estabhshed upon a plantation of his own near his uncle Jacob 
and under his advice and oversight, as Isaac then could have been 
but 22 years of age. 

22d May, 17 16, John Powell conveys to John Van Metre 600 
acres of land on Alloway Creek, in Salem County [Liber DD, p. 
41, Salem Deeds]. 20th day of ist mo. [March], 1720: John 
Dickinson, Jr., son of John Dickinson, the elder, conveys to Isaac 
Van Metre certain lands, containing 50 acres which John Champ- 
ney, grandson and heir of Major Fenwick, conveyed to said Dick- 
inson and adjoining lands of the elder Dickinson, on 26th August, 
1719 [Liber D, p. 206, Salem Deeds]. 

loth July, 1721, William Trent, of Trent town, in Province of 
West Jersey, conveys to Isaac Van Metre, a certain tract or piece 
of land, containing 320 acres, situate in Salem County, and is 
called " Piles Grove Mannor Plantation," which land had formerly 
been in possession of Thomas Hall and upon his death had re- 
verted to his widow, Sarah Hall [Liber D, p. 209, Salem Deeds]. 

May 27, 1726, Sarah de Bois, of Salem, Province of West 
Jersey, " for and in consideration of the love, good will and affec- 
tion which I have & do bear toward my loving and dutiful Son 
Isaac Van Meter of the above Province and County aforesaid, 
yeoman " — grants all that parcel and neck of land lying between 
Nickomus Run and the main branch of Salem Creek; bounded 
by Benjamin Acton's land on upper side and on Pile's Grove land 
on the lower side, containing 302 acres. All this said land, except 
100 acres without any allowance for roads, which said 100 acres 
is to lay adjoining to Benjamin Acton's land, etc., etc. Witnesses : 
Samuel Elwell, Barent du Bois [son of Jacob du Bois], Chas. 
Crossthayt. Possession whereof was taken 28th May, 1726, by 
the said Isaac Van Metre in his own proper person in the presence 
of Jno. Whitall, Cornells Eltinge and James Inskeep [Liber D, p. 
203, Salem Deeds]. 

25th March, 1730, John Van Metre, of Prince George's County, 
Maryland, yeoman, conveys to Cornelius Newkirk, of Salem, N. 
J., 200 acres of land. The recitation in the deed shows that the 
land conveyed was part of the original purchase of 3,000 acres 
from Colonel Daniel Coxe, 19th June, 1714; that subsequently 
400 acres were set apart by Jacob du Bois, Sarah du Bois and 
Isaac Van Metre to John Van Metre as his dividend ; it consisted 
of fast land, marsh and swamp and 20 acres for roads, as set 
forth in a certificateby Benjamin Acton, surveyor. On the above 
3 17 


date John Van Metre conveys the one-half of the said 400 acres 
to Cornehus Newkirk, adjoining the 200 acres that Elisha Bassett 
purchased of the said Van Metre. Witnesses were : Catharine 
Van Metre ("H" her mark), John Millar and William Burkett. 
[See Liber DD, p. 41, Salem Deeds.] 

23d March, 1734, John Van Metre, in consideration of the sum 
of £200 paid by Isaac Van Metre, and for divers other good rea- 
sons, conveys all that certain land, marsh and meadow (except 
no acres sold out of the said tract to John Tyler) next adjoining 
to said Tyler's land (locality and quantity not mentioned), 
[Liber E, p. 32, Salem Deeds.] 

22d March, 1739, Thomas Hill, of town and county of Salem, 
N. J., merchant, conveys to Henry Van Metre, of Pile's Grove, 
in said county, yeoman, 200 acres of land. The recitation in the 
deed shows that whereas William Hall, of Salem, merchant, 
deceased, was seized of 400 acres of land, he, by deed of sale, 
dated loth March, 1 701-2, conveyed the above mentioned 400 
acres to John Hoffman, and he, by his will, dated 4th February, 
1714, bequeathed 100 acres to his eldest son John Hoffman; and 
to his son Nicholas 100 acres and they became lawfully seized 
thereof of 200 acres which they jointly conveyed to Peter Steel- 
man. Peter Steelman, by his deed dated i6th May, 1721, granted 
the said 200 acres to Thomas Hill, of the town and county of 
Salem, father of the said Thomas Hill, the first party to these 
presents, who thereafter died so seized intestate, whereupon the 
said 200 acres devolved upon the said Thomas Hill, the younger, 
as his only son and heir at law. The same was conveyed for the 
sum of £85 proclamation money [Liber K, p. 213, Salem Deeds]. 

20th March, 1750, Isaac Van Metre, of Salem, and Ann, his 
wife, yeoman, conveys a certain tract of land in Salem County to 
Aaron Burr, of Newark, E. J., clerk. Herein is recited the 
descent of title from Daniel Coxe and in which " Sarah du Bois 
ah Van Metre " is specifically mentioned, and that the above Isaac 
had received 430 acres in a division dated ist September, 1716 
[Liber Jk, p. 391, Salem Deeds]. 

In further reference to Isaac Van Metre, whom, as we have 
seen, had his first children baptized in the First Presbyterian 
Church at Philadelphia, it is recorded that he and his friends 
residing in Pile's Grove were anxious to have a place of worship 
established among them and they made persevering efforts to 
obtain it. On the 22d of May, 1739, Isaac Van Metre, "on behalf 
of himself and many inhabitants of Pilesgrove," made application 
to the Philadelphia Presbytery to this effect, but the project met 
with considerable opposition from the congregation at Deerfield, 
in Cumberland County, a few miles away. The matter dragged 
along for the two succeeding years, the people meanwhile wor- 
shiping in a school house and at private residences ; the movement, 
however, being finally successful, a covenant was signed organ- 



izing the Presbyterian Church of Pittsgrove [Pile's Grove], and 
among the first to sign the covenant were : Isaac Van Metre, 
Hannah, his wife, their son Henry and daughter Sarah; and 
among the thirty or more signatures following appear the names 
of Cornelius Newkirk, his wife Rachael and their son Abraham ; 
Barent du Bois and his wife Jacomyntje. The first marriage 
there was that of Isaac's daughter Sarah to John Richman, 27th 
January, 1741/2. Under the influences of this church Isaac's 
children were reared and a number of them have been among its 
leading officers; Isaac was one of the first elders [see Original 
Records of Pittsgrove Church]. 

The date of John Van Metre's settlement in Maryland can only 
be approximated. He was perhaps long familiar with this part 
of the country, and may have traversed it with his father while 
following the trails with the Delaware Indians southward from 
the headwaters of the Delaware, which rose in the mountainous 
country adjacent to the Dutch settlements in Ulster County, N. Y. 
In 1730 Prince George's County, Maryland, extended from the 
Patuxent River to the western limits of Lord Baltimore's pala- 
tinate. This county was indebted for much of its earlier popula- 
tion to the emigrants from Pennsylvania and eastward. The 
border troubles between the two Provinces of Maryland and 
Pennsylvania had much to do with its settlement, and the disputes 
between these proprietary governments led many settlers of the 
adjacent counties of Pennsylvania to remove to the valley of 
Frederick, to the Monocacy and its neighboring streams. The 
Dutch element, perhaps, were the first to establish themselves in 
these localities ; coming down from New York by way of Penn- 
sylvania, they were found in western Maryland as early as 1725 
[see Thomas Chalkley's journal]. One of the most traveled 
paths from the German settlements of Lancaster and York coun- 
ties. Pa., which led into Maryland was the Monocacy-Conoco- 
cheague road, which was evolved from an Indian trail. The 
Conococheague road led southward from a point five miles west 
of Codorus Creek in York County, Pa., where the Monocacy road 
makes a bend toward the southwest, and led to Fort Conoco- 
cheague in the Cumberland Valley, Pa., thence to Fort Frederick 
on the Potomac [see Spangler Genealog}']. For those living on 
the east side of the Delaware, in the counties of Salem and Cum- 
berland, N. J., they were only obliged to cross the Delaware River 
to reach Christiana [Wilmington] or New Amstel [New Castle] 
and from these points proceed, by much frequented paths, to the 
head of Elk and from thence by the waters of the Chesapeake 
and its tributaries reach their destination via the Potomac Falls 
[Harper's Ferry] in the Valley of Virginia. It was perhaps by 
one or the other of these routes that John Van Metre and his 
friends reached the Monocacy. It is probably due to him that 
his friends and relatives began to colonize along that stream, for 



here were found the Eltings, Vernoys, Croms, Van Metre and 
other famihes from the Hudson River communities. CorneHus 
Elting was a brother-in-law of John Van Metre. In the pubHc 
records at Upper Marlborough, Prince George's County, Mary- 
land, is found the record of purchase of two tracts of land by 
Cornells Elting " formerly of Ulster County, N. Y., now being 
at Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., Md.," from Sarah [Bjradford, 
17th October, 1729, one tract called " Melburn," containing 270 
acres, and another tract called " Darby Island," contained 146 
acres. The latter tract was conveyed by Cornelius Elting to his 
nephew, John Thompson, by deed dated 3d May, 1746, to which 
conveyance Isaac Hite, John Hite and Isaac Eltinge were wit- 

The first record of John Van Metre is found in an entry in the 
Frederick County, Md., records, 8th November, 1726, being the 
date of a grant of land to John Van Metre, named " Metre," 
containing 300 acres and located at the mouth of a run called 
" Metre's Run," falling into the Monocacy. It is said that it was 
upon this property that the battle of Monocacy Junction was 
fought during the Civil War. At the above date the granted 
land lay in Prince George's County. In the sale of some of his 
land in Salem County, N. J., to Cornelius Newkirk, 25th March, 
1730, the grantor describes himself as " of Prince George's Co." 
He also acquired other lands in Maryland, some of which lay 
upon the Antietam Creek in what is now Washington County, and 
it was while he was a resident in this province that he cast wistful 
eyes beyond the Potomac, upon the rich virgin land of the great 
valley leading southward and dreamed of larger conquests. 

At a point in the foregoing pages it was stated that Jooste 
Janse Van Metre was supposed to have died about 1706. The 
last record concerning him is found in the baptismal register of 
the Reformed Dutch Church at Raritan [now Somerville], N. J., 
where his name appears with that of Kathleyn [wife of Isaac] 
Bodyn as sponsors at the baptism of his granddaughter Sarah, 
the eldest child of Jan [John] Van Metere, 30th October, 1706. 
Whether or not he died in that year, or later, and where his death 
occurred, are still unsolved problems. It is, however, the convic- 
tion of the writer that Jooste Janse was none other than " John 
Van Meter, the Indian trader," and if it be true, that fact would 
help to explain the periods of absence from his Ulster County 
home and assist in identifying him as the "John Van Meter of 
New York," referred to in the following sketches which, while 
differing in dates, generally agree in the main facts. 

In an article relating to the last of the Southern Indians, which 
appeared in the J^'irgiiiia Historical Magazine [Vol. HI., p. 191, 
footnote], it states that "Mr. John Van Meter of New York 
gives an account of his accompanying the New York Delaware 
Indians in 1732 (?) on their raid against the Catawbas. They 



passed up the South Branch of the Potomac and he afterward 
settled his boys there." The Catawbas and Cherokees were an- 
cient foes of the Delawares and the latter drove them from their 
home in the CaroHnas westward through Virginia and Pennsyl- 
vania and some of them finally settled in Kansas. 

A writer in the West Virginia Historical Magazine [Vol. II., 
p. 17] states that John Van Meter was with the Delaware and 
Cayugas in 1725 (?), and this statement seems to have been 
repeated from Kercheval's " History of the Valley." Kercheval 
derived his information from the immediate descendants of the 
participants in the border wars and Indian troubles in Virginia. 
The " History of the Valley" [p. 51] gives a traditional account 
of the coming of the Van Meters to Virginia and the circum- 
stances connected therewith : 

" Tradition relates that a man by the name of John Van Meter, from 
New York, some years previous to the first settlement of the valley, dis- 
covered the fine country on the Wappatomaka [South Branch of the 
Potomac]. This man was a kind of Indian trader, being well acquainted 
with the Delawares, and once accompanied a war party who marched to 
the South for the purpose of invading the Catawbas. The Catawbas 
however anticipated them — met them very near the spot where Pendleton 
Court-House now stands, encountered, and defeated them with great 
slaughter. Van Meter was engaged on the side of the Delawares in this 
battle. When Van Meter returned to New York, he advised his sons, 
that if ever they migrated to Virginia, by all means to secure a part of 
the South Branch bottom, and described the land immediately above ' The 
Trough ' as the finest body of land which he had ever discovered in all 
his travels. One of his sons : Isaac Van Meter, in conformity with his 
father's advise came to Virginia about the year 1736-37, and made what 
is called a tomahawk improvement. Mr. Van Meter returned to New 
Jersey and came out again in 1740 . . . and in the year 1744 removed with 
his family and settled on the land." 

This narrative by Kercheval has been freely accepted and copied 
by most writers who have had occasion to refer to the Van Metre 
pioneers in Virginia. 

Scharf's "History of Western Maryland" [Vol. II., p. 1204] 
gives the following account : 

"At the mouth of the Antietam [then in Prince George's Co., Md.], 
between 1730-1736, occurred the famous battle between the Catawbas and 
the Delawares, by which the Catawba secured the victory. This occurred 
at what is now the coke-yard of the Antietam Iron Works, three miles 
from Sharpsburg, where numerous skeletons and war implements have 
been found from time to time." 

The beautiful "Valley of Virginia" lies beyond the western 
slopes of the Blue Ridge. The Shenandoah enfolds it on the 
south and the Potomac and its branches on the north and west. 
Lord Fairfax called it " The Northern Neck," and its settlement 
may fairly be said to have begun with the actual granting of an 



immense area of land in what then was Spottsylvania County, 
Virginia, by Governor Gooch and his Council, at Williamsburg, 
Virginia, to John and Isaac Van Metre, 17th June, 1730. 


Out of much that has been written and from what has been 
more recently discovered by investigation concerning this inter- 
esting and influential ancestor of the Van Metre family of 
America the following record has been compiled for this work. 

Louis du Bois, a French Huguenot, was born 28th October, 
1626, in La Bassee, near Lille, in the Province of Artois, France. 

He died at Kingston, Ulster County, N. Y., 1696 [will 

proved 27th March, 1696] ; was m. at Mannheim in the Lower 
Palatinate of Germany, loth October, 1655, to Catharine, daughter 
of Mathese Blanchan [a co-refugee with the du Bois from French 
Flanders] of Wicres, Artois [or Marseilles], France. 

Mrs. Anna Louise Thompson, of Clinton, Iowa, a lineal descen- 
dant of the above Louis du Bois, in connection with M. Le Turcq, 
of the Genealogical Institute of Paris, has developed the du Bois 
line of ancestors running back to the days of the Scyrii, and in- 
cludes descent from Charlemagne, Emperor of the West ; Alfred 
the Great ; Hugh Capet, King of France, and Henry I., Emperor 
of Germany. A chart has been worked out showing the most 
important of these lines, the correctness of which, Mrs. Thompson 
avers, has been verified by comparison with different sources of 
information; and where the line is broken, the cause is attributed 
to the summary action of Louis XIV. 's minister. Cardinal Alazarin, 
and Marshall Turenne, who decreed that the names of many of 
the noble families of the realm who espoused and held to the 
faith of Protestantism should be erased from the rolls and the 
documentary history of France and their property be confiscated. 
Such, then, was the law in respect to all " heretics." Airs. 
Thompson further adds that Louis du Bois was a second son ; 
that the titles and arms of de Fienncs were revived and that he 
assumed them, and that the line de Fiennes became extinct with 
the death of the Marchioness de Poyanne in 1761. 

The first line in the chart begins with Guelph, Prince of the 
Scyrii (A. D. 476) ; a descendant of his in the fourteenth genera- 
tion, Azo, Marquis of Liguria (A. D. 1030), married Marie, a 
descendant of the powerful house of Este in Italy. The Estes 
were of the Actii of Rome, who settled in Italy and Lombardy 
about 500 B. C. 

-" Guelph, grandson of Azo and Marie, and Count of Bavaria and 
Saxe (A. D. 1107), in. Judith, a descendant of Charlemagne. 

A great grandson of Guelph and Judith, Henry V., Due de 
Bavaria and Saxe (A. D. 1195), ni. Matilda, a descendant of 



William the Conqueror, through Henry I. and Henry H. of 

Henry VI., the son of the above and Due de Bavaria and Saxe, 
m. A. D. I200 Agnes, Countess of Palatine, a descendant of 
Alfred the Great. 

A descendant of Henry VI. and Agnes (Mademoiselle) Claude 
de Lannoy, was m. to Charles du Bois, Seignieur des Querder, 
who was a descendant of Macquaire du Bois, Count de Roussey, 
A. D. I no. 

The line of descent from Charles du Bois and Claude de Lannoy 
I St generation: Eustache, Seigneur des Querder and de Fiennes, 

m. 1st Gille de Renel; m. 26. Jeanne St. 01. 
2d generation : Guislain des Fiennes, Count de Clarmont, who m. 

Jeanne de Longueville. 
3d generation: Marc de Fiennes, Seigneur des Querder, ;«. Made- 

laine d'Ognies. 
4th generation: Maximillian de Fiennes, Seigneur des Querder, 

m. Catharine Cecil Germand. 
5th generation: Maximillian des Fiennes, m. Louise Charlotte 

d' E'tamps. 
6th generation: Chas. Maximillian des Fiennes, m. Henrietta de 

Reignier de Boisleau. 
7th generation : Chretien Maximillian des Fiennes, m. 

(not on record, but a Huguenot, as supposed by M. 
Le Turcq — record erased). x$ 

8th generation : Louis du Bois de Fiennes, b. Oct.^ 1626, who evi- 
dently took refuge from religious persecution in Mannheim, 
Germany, where he wl Catharine Blanchan in 1655. Their two 
eldest children were born in Mannheim, and in 1660 the family 
came to America. 

The du Bois des Fiennes appear to have been a military family 
and to have furnished to France some able soldiers. The first 
Maximillian beside being a Count was " Marischall des camps et 
des armees du roi." His son Maximillian was lieutenant-general 
" du armees du roi." Chretian Maximillian, Marquis des Fiennes, 
was captain of cavalry in his father's regiment. 

The erasure of the record of Chretien's marriage and family, 
the Chretien known to have been the father of Louis du Bois, 
makes a break in Louis' Hne of descent and it was done, obviously, 
to destroy official record of his ancestry because of his being a 
" heretic " ; to prevent him or any of his descendants from ever 
afterward establishing a claim to the title and estates. But in 
this connection, continues Mrs. Thompson, " certainly there were 
not two branches after the resumption of the title of Marquis des 
Fiennes. It does not seem that Louis could belong to the line 
des Fiennes, as the writer of ' The Du Bois Family ' says he does, 



and be other than the son of Chretien Maximilhan, Marquis de 

Louis du Bois emigrated from Manheim to America with his 
family circa 1660 and eventually settled at New Village (now 
Hurley], near Kingston, Ulster County, N. Y., where he rapidly 
rose to prominence in the civil and religious affairs of the settle- 
ment. He was one of the twelve original patentees of New Paltz, 
a village next to Hurley ; he later became one of the magistrates 
of the jurisdiction comprising the villages of New Paltz and 
Hurley. Before this period, however, the settlement had been 
attacked by Indians who burned Hurley; they killed and injured 
many of the inhabitants and carried into captivity all the family 
of Louis du Bois, the wife and three children of Jan Joosten Van 
Metern and others, all of whom were carried off to the fastnesses 
of the Catskill Mountains. This event, which occurred 7th June, 
1663, was known in history as the Second Esopus War. Captain 
Martin Krieger, an old Dutch soldier and a familiar figure in the 
earlier Dutch settlements on the Delaware, organized, and, with 
Louis du Bois, headed an expedition to rescue the captives and 
chastise the Indians. After three months of ineffectual warfare 
they finally rounded up the savages on September 3, 1663, de- 
feated the Indians and restored the captive women and children 
to their homes. In connection with these tragic experiences, Pro- 
fessor Obenchain, of Ogden College, Bowling Green, Ky., sends 
me the following relation : 

"About ten weeks after the capture the Indians decided to celebrate 
their escape from pursuit by burning one of their captives. For their 
victim they selected Catharine du Bois and her baby, Sara, who afterward 
married Joost Janse Van Veteren. A cubical pile of logs was arranged and 
the mother and child were placed upon it ; when the Indians were about 
to apply the torch, Catharine began to sing a Huguenot hymn she had 
learned in earlier days in France. The Indians withheld the iire and 
listened. When she finished they demanded another song and then 
another. Before the last hymn was finished Dutch Soldiers arrived, the 
captives were all rescued and the Indians terribly punished." 

Again, in 1670, when the Indians were on the warpath, Louis 
du Bois served in the colonial forces against them.' He is credited 
with being the founder and first elder of the French Reformed 
Church at New Paltz. He left a family, a widow, who after- 
ward m. Jean Cotton, and ten children, and their descendants are 
numerous, prominent and influential throughout the country, one 
of whom was Garrett A. Hobart, Vice-President of the United 
States during the first term of President McKinley's adminis- 




It is deemed desirable to add here the record of another of the 
Van Meteren family because of the popular belief that he was a 
near kinsman of Jan Joosten Van Meteren, i. e., a first cousin of 
the Hudson River pioneer. This record is compiled from various 
historical and genealogical sources. 

Jan Gysbertsen Van Metre [John Gilbert Van Metre] is said 
to have emigrated from Bommell, Province of Gelderland, Hol- 
land, to New Amsterdam in 1663, bringing with him a son, Kryn 
Jansen Van Meteren sup. b. in Bommell, loth March, 1650. The 
compilers of the various records of Long Island state that Jan 
Gysbertsen settled at New Utrecht, L. I., in 1663. There is no 
statement referring to his wife. He was assessed on the rolls as 
an inhabitant of New Utrecht for the years 1675, '76, '83 and '98; 
that he was a magistrate in 1673 ; deacon of the Dutch Church in 
1683. After 1698 his name disappears from that locality, but 
reappears at Middletown, Monmouth County, Province of East 
Jersey, whence he is supposed to have come in that year. In the 
latter locality he is supposed to have ni. his second wife, Hester, 
daughter of James Grover, Jr., of Middletown, in whose will, 
dated i8th March, 1714/15, mention of his son-in-law, John 
Gysbertsen, is made. Further evidence of this fact is found in a 
mortgage dated 19th November, 1700, given by Jan Gysbertsen 
and his wife Esther, of Monmouth County, to Gerardus Beekman, 
of King's County, N. Y., on 149 acres of land located in the 
former county. The land of Jan Gysbertsen adjoined those of 
Captain John Bowne on Hope River in the year 1700. In the 
inventory of the estate of Captain John Bowne, of Mattewan, 
Middletown Township, filed 9th April, 1716, the name of John 
Ghisberson not only occurs, but also those of Cryne Jansen, John 
Van Metre and Thomas Shepherd, all of whom are noted as 
mortgagors in an exceedingly long list of debtors to Bowne's 

The son of Jan Gysbertsen, and the only one of whom there is 
any present knowledge, was Kreign, or, as it is variously given, 
Quryn, Kryn, Chrine, Chrynyonce, etc. Jansen Van Meteren 
[John Van Metre] settled at New Utrecht with his father and 
married there, 9th September, 1683, Neeltje Van Cleef. On the 
25th March, 1675, Krein purchased " Thomas Jans new farm, in 
New Utrecht, for 2,000 guilders." He appears on the assessment 
rolls there from 1675 to 1709; a member of the Dutch Church, 
1677; mentioned in Dungan's Patent, 1686; deacon, 1699; assessed 
for 49 acres in New Utrecht, 1701, and removed to Middletown, 
1709; died there loth March, 1720, and his wife, ist January, 
1747. Issue: I Jan, b. 26 April, 1687; d. y. ; 2 John, b 17 April, 
1688, m. Ida Hendrickse; 3 Ida, b. 24 Aug., 1691, m. John, son 



of Adrian Bennett; 4 Gysbert, b. 24 Feb., 1694, m. Macyke Hen- 
drickse; 5 Engleteje, b. 30 Sept., 1696, m. John Andersen; 6 Ben- 
jamin, b. 22 Jan., 1702, m. Elizabeth Laen; 7 CorneHa, b. 24 May, 
1704, m. Hans Van Cleef ; 8 Cyrenius, b. 28 Aug., 1706, m. Abigail 
LetTerts, and 9 Joseph, b. 5 Feb., 1710, m. Sarah Schenk. 

I John Van Metre, son of Chryne Jans, in. 17th October, 1717, 
Ida, daughter of Ruyk Hendricksen van Suydam (lieutenant of 
troop in Flatbush, L. I., 1715) on June 6, 1727, his father-in-law, 
residing at Flatbush conveys to John Van Metre, of Middletown 
Township,, Monmouth County, N. J., a tract of land adjoining 
lands of the heirs of Quryn Van Metre, containing 152 acres and 
located in Middletown. John was a communicant of the Dutch 
Church at Freehold 1713; deacon, 1739. He died 10 Jan., 1761. 
His children as noted by Beekman, were i Cryn Jan, b. 28 Sept., 
1718. 2 Ryck, b. 16 April, 1720, m. Micah Osborne. 3 Gilbert, 
b. 14 Jan., 1722. 4 Janetje, bap. 29 Oct., 1724. 5 Nealtje, bap. 
14 Aug., 1728. 6 Marija, b. 7 Jan., 1731, m. Daniel Polehemous. 
7 Eyda, b. 12 Feb., 1733, m. Benj. Sutphen. 8 John, b. i Feb., 
1735 ; d- y- 9 Cornelia, b. 4 July, 1737. 10 Cornelius, b. 14 Aug., 
1739. II Geertje, b. 27 Nov., 1744, m. Aert Van der Bilt, 1763. 

The will of this John Van Metre dated 7 March, 1758, and 
proved ist April, 1761, gives the names of the testator's wife and 
children in the following form and order : Widow Eitie ; sons : 
Chrineyonce ; Richard ; Guisbert ; John ; daus. Youmachie Sut- 
phen Vally van Lery ; Eitie Sutphen ; Mary ; Caty ; Hune and 
Charity. The will also contains the request that his son John 
shall be maintained by Guisbert van Metre as long as he shall live. 

The descendants of Jan Gysbertsen have been recorded here, 
because it has been claimed by some of the family historians that 
this Jan Gysbertsen van Meteren was the ancestor of the Vir- 
ginia Van Metres — the father of John Van Metre, the Indian 
trader. As the former line has been traced in detail and all the 
Johns accounted for, so that now the honor claimed for Jan 
Gysbertsen may be eliminated from any further consideration in 
connection, with the Virginia branch of the family. 


At a Council held at the Capital the 17th day of June, 1730. 
Present : the Governor. 

. Robert Carter John Carter 
James Blair Rd. Fitzwilliam 
Wm. Byrd John Grymes 
John Robinson Wm. Dandridge 
John Curtis, Esqrs. 

Several petitions being this day oflfered to the Board for leave to take 
up land on the River Sherando on the North-west side of the Great 



Mountains, Robert Carter, Esq^, Agent for the Proprietors of the- 
Northern Neck moved that it might be entered that he on behalf of the 
s*. Proprietors claimed the land on the s". River Sherando as belonging 
to the sd. Proprietors & within the limits of their Grants it belonged sole 
to the Proprietors to grant the sd. lands wch moven at his request is 
entered and then the Board proceeded to the hearing of the s"* Petetions. 

On reading at this Board the Petition of John Van Metre setting forth 
that he is desirous to take up a Tract of land in this Colony on the West 
side of the Great Mountains for the settlement of himself & Eleven chil- 
dren & also that divers of his Relations & friends living in the Govern- 
ment of New York are also desirous to move with their families & 
Effects to Settle in the same place if a Sufficient Quantity of Land may be 
assigned them for that purpose & praying that ten thousand acres of 
land lying in the forks of Sherando River including the places called 
by the names of Cedar Litch & Stony Lick and running up between the 
branches of the s''. River to complete that Quantity & twenty thousand 
acres not already taken up by Robert Carter & Mann Page, Esq''^., or any 
other, — lying in the fork between the sd. River Sherando and the River 
Cohongaroola [Potomac] & extending thence to Opeckon & up the South 
Branch thereof may be assigned for the Habitation of himself his family 
& friends. The Governor with the advise of the Council is pleased to 
give leave to the sd. John Vanmeter to take up the sd. first mentioned 
tract of ten thousand acres for the Set'lem't of himself and his family. 
And that as soon as the Petitioner shall bring on the last mentioned tract 
twenty families to inhabit on that this Board is satisfied so many are to 
remove thither Leave be & it is hereby granted him for surveying the 
last mentioned Tract of twenty thousand acres within the limits above 
described in so many Several Dividens as the pef. & his sd. partners shall 
think fit. And it is further ordered that no person be permitted to enter 
for or take up any part of the afsd. Lands in the meantime provided the 
sd. Vanmeter & his family & the twenty other families of his Relations 
and friends do settle thereon within the space of two years according 
to his proposal. 

Isaac Vanmeter of the Province of West Jersey having by his petition 
to this Board set forth that he & Divers other Germans Families are 
desirous to settle themselves on the West side of the Great Mountains in 
this Colony he the Petitioner has been to view the lands in those parts & 
has discovered a place where further such Settlement may Conveniently 
be made & not yet taken up or possesed by any of the english Inhabitants 
& praying that ten thousand acres of Land lying between the Land sur- 
veyed for Robert Carter, Esqr. the fork of Sherundo River & the River 
Opeckon in as many several Tracts or Dividends as shall be necessary 
ffor the Acomodation and settlement of ten ffamilies (including his own), 
which he proposes to bring to the sd. Land. The Governor with the 
advise of the Council is pleas'd to order as it is hereby Ordered that the 
sd. Isaac Vanmeter for himself and his Partners have leave to take up 
the sd. Quantity of ten thousand acres of Land within the limits above 
described & that if he bring the above Number of Families to dwell there 
within two yeares Patents be granted him & them for the same in such 
several Tracts & Dividends as they shall think ffit & in the Mean time 
that the same shall be reserv'd free from the entry of any other p'son. 
[MSS. Journal of the Governor and Council (1721-1734), p. 364, Rich- 
mond, Va]. 

Within the two years allowed in the grant the Van Metres who 
were expected to carry out the conditions regarding the coloniz- 
ing of the grant had negotiated a transfer of their rights to Joist 
Hite a native of Holland, but more recently of the Perkiomen 



region in Philadelphia County, Pa., whence he had came via 
Germantown, — from Kingston. He is presumed to have been a 
relative of John Van Metre through his wife who was Anna 
Maria DuBois. At the time the grant was made to the Van 
Metres, Hite had a large plantation and some mill property on 
Perkiomen Creek in what is now Montgomery Co., Pa., — a 
property now owned by Hon. Samuel W. Pennypacker, ex-Gov- 
ernor of Penna. After Hite had acquired the Van Metre grants 
it appears that he entered into a partnership with Robert McKoy, 
also of Penna. The transfer by the Van Metres to Hite was 
made on 5th Aug., 1731, and on the following 25th of October 
Messrs. Hite and McKoy obtained orders from Council for 
100,000 acres of land on the west side of the Blue Ridge under 
the same conditions, as to its colonization — were exacted of them 
as those by which the Van Metres were bound. It was in that 
year, 173 1, that Jost Hite and Robert McKoy made perma- 
nent settlement upon their possessions in Western Virginia (see 
W. Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. I., pp. 53, 54; also W. S. Laidley's 
letters). Hite having disposed of his lands and mill in Pennsyl- 
vania in 1730 — proceeded with his family of adult children, some 
friends and relatives — 16 families in all, — to York, Pa., and 
thence by the way of the Indian trail along the Conococheague 
through the Cumberland Valley to the Potomac and by passing 
through the gap in the Blue Ridge at Harper's Ferry, entered the 
Valley of Virginia and made his first settlement, it is claimed, — 
at New Muhlenburg (see Times-Despatch, Richmond, Va., 18 
Nov., 1904). 

Orange Co., Va., was taken from Spottsylvania Co., in 1734 
and it was within the limits of the new county of Orange that 
the 40,000 acres granted to the Van Metres was located, and one 
of the first patents issued was for 1,020 acres of land being a part 
of the original Van Metre grant made by Virginia to Jost Hite 
under date of 5 Aug., 1734 (Grant Book, 15, p. 276, Richmond). 

On the third day of October, 1734, thirty four grants, for lands 
in varying quantities, were made to as many colonists in Orange 
Co., the aggregate number of acres being 19,033. Among the 
various grantees are the names of John Van Metre, 885 acres; 
Thomas Shepherd, 220 acres ; Richard Morgan, 500 acres ; Rich- 
ard Paulson, 834 acres, and Benjamin Burden, 1,142 acres. Some 
of these pioneers were from the Provinces of East and West 
Jersey, and were in all probability, more or less intimately asso- 
ciated with the Van Metres and Hite in earlier days and localities. 

Between 1734 and 1744 — the year following the establishment 
of Frederick Co., out of Orange Co. — 82 other grants were made 
to as many difi^erent persons ; these grants probably absorbed the 
whole of the Van Metre-Hite-McKoy original interests and the 
passing of title by these grantors to the many grantees occasioned 
long years of contention and litigation between Hite and McKoy 



of the one part and Thomas, Lord Fairfax, of the other part, 
upon the latter's claim that he had prior ownership of the North- 
ern Neck; the dispute lasted until 1786 and was finally settled 
by decree of Court in Hite & McKoy's favor, and after the two 
principals had laid long in their graves. 


XXVI April, 1734. 
Present : The Governor 
Cole Digges Will Randolph 

John Robinson John Taylor 

John Grymes Philip Lightfoot, Esq'"\ 

Thomas Lee 

Present also, Com'"''. Blair, William Byrd, John Curtis, Esq'■^ On read- 
reading a petition from the inhabitants on the North West side the Blue 
Ridge of Mountains, praying that : some persons may be appointed as 
Magistrates to determine Differences and punish Offenders in regard; 
the Petitioners live far remote from any of the established Counties within 
the Colony. It is the Opinion of the Council that Joost Hyte, Morgan 
Morgan, John Smith. Benjamin Bourden and George Hobson be ap- 
pointed Justices within the limits aforesaid and that they be added to the 
(-Qj^mrs q£ |.j^g Peace for the County of Spottsylvania, until there be 
sufficient number of inhabitants on the North West side of s"^. Moun- 
tains to make a County of itself. But that the persons above named be 
not obliged to give their attendance as Justices of the Court of Spottsyl- 
vania. [Journal of Councils, 1721-1734, p. 485; State Library, Rich- 
mond, Va.j 

Jost Hite and McKay were in 1735, granted extension to settle "till 
Christmas, 173S," to comply with the terms of their grants and in the 
meantime they may proceed to survey [vide. p. 494]. 

Petition of St. Marks in Orange County, praying the descretion of the 
Council with regard to the poor of the new intended Parish of St. Thomas 
already separated from St. Marks, but not yet erected into a parish of 
themselves — is postponed until after the Oyer and Terminer Court ; — as 
also, the petition of the inhabitants of the newly intended Parish of St. 
Thomas, praying to be erected into a distinct County from Orange by 
name of the County of Frederick, as by law directed, they answering the 
— to those now of sufficient number of inhabitants for that purpose, who 
are greatly distressed by reason of their distance from Orange Court — is 
postponed at the same time. Council held at the Capital 29 April, 1741 
[Vide Vol. 1722-73, p. 35]. 1743. Justices named for County of Frederick 
when erected in October next — if no opposition takes place : Morgan 
Morgan, Richard Borden and others [Vide Vol. 1722-1773, p. 80, State 
Library, Richmond, Va.] 


On the 30*" June, 1730, an Order of Council was made granting leave 
to John Van Metre of New York to take up 10,000 acres of land lying 
in the fork of Sherando River, including the places called Cedar Lick and 
Stoney Lick, and running up between the branches of the river for quan- 
tity, for the settlement of himself and family of eleven children; and 



(as soon as he should bring thirty families to settle the same) 20,000 
acres more of lands not before located by Robert Carter and Mann Page, 
or any other persons, lying in the fork of the Sherundo and Cohongoruta, 
and extending thence to the Opequon. Two years were allowed to locate 
this entry and all others were forbidden to locate the lands in the 

John Van Metre and Isaac Van Metre also obtained leave by another 
order of Council, to take up 40,000 acres including the other 30,000 acres. 
In 1731 the Van Metres assigned their rights under these orders of 
Council, to Joist Hite and Robert McKay of Pennsylvania; and on i^' 
October, in same year, on petition of Hite and McKay, setting forth thrit 
they and their families, and an hundred other families were desirous of 
removing to Virginia, and praying a grant of 100,000 acres of land to 
seat themselves upon, another Order of Council was made granting them 
leave to locate that quantity of land, between the lands of John Van 
Metre, Jacob Stoever and John Fishbach and others, and the residue 
upon and including the branches of the Sherundo above Stoevers, Fish- 
bach and his partners ; and that upon 100 families migrating and settling 
on the lands granted, patents should issue to them for such proportions 
as they should agree among themselves. Hite and company were thus 
entitled to locate 140,000 acres of land. In June, 1734, an order of 
Council was made declaring that Hite & Co. had complied with the terms 
of the grant, in respect to the first 40,000 acres, and directing that patents 
should be issued accordingly to the respective surveys thereof. The sur- 
veys were deposited in the Land Office, but the patents were not issued. 
Hite and Co., proceeded in the location of 54 families on them. But the 
whole 140,000 acres being within the bounds of the Northern Neck, as 
claimed by the Proprietor, he, in 1736, entered a caveat against the issu- 
ing of patents for them ; and as we have seen, the order of the King in 
Council, of 1733, had restrained the Colonial government from perfecting 
the grants. After the determination of the dispute between the Crown 
and the Proprietary, covering the bounds of the Northern Neck, Hite and 
his company claimed their patents insisting that the order of Council under 
which they claimed, were grants within the intendment of the Act of 
1748, and were therefore confirmed by that Act, when Lord Fairfax in- 
sisted that only the titles of lands granted by patent were confirmed by 
the Act. In 1749 Hite brought suit in Chancery. In 1771, Oct., the 
Plaintiff obtained a decree. Lord Fairfax appealed to King and Council. 
After the Revolution, Hite appealed to Court of Appeals. The General 
Court reversed . . . and case removed to High Court of Chancery. The 
papers and decrees in the case afford most complete information as to 
the origin and circumstances, etc. [See: Revised Code of Virginia, Vol. 
II., 1818-19, pp. 346-7.] 


1744, Sept. 17. Deed of gift from John Van Metre of Frederick Co. 
Va. for love and affection to Isaac my eldest son, Henry second son, 
Abraham third son, Jacob fourth and youngest son; Maudlena, wife to 
Robert Pewsey my youngest daughter, Solomon Hedges Esq''., Thomas 
Shepherd, James Davis, and Robert Jones, sons in law — gives, grants, etc., 
all stalyons, geldings, mares and colts, running in the woods, branded on 
the left shoulder with letter " M," to be divided equally, the part to my 
said daughter shall l)e appropriated to her use, and under the care of my 
executors named in my will. 4 young mares and their increase to each of 
my grandsons Johannes Van Metre, son of Johannes deceased; and the 



same to John Lessige, son of my daughter Rachael deceased when they 
shall arrive at age of 21 years. If the within mentioned Robert Jones 
do not quit-claim to a pretended right to 100 acres of land and other 
pretended demands on me, the said John Van Metre, for which he hath 
no right, then the proportion of said creatures shall be given to my 
daughter, Mary wife to said Jones and to her children at the discression 
of my executors. 

John Van Meter. 
Witnesses: Jonas Hedges, Joseph Carroll [Fredrick Co. Va., Records]. 


In the name of God Amen, the Thirteenth day of August one thousand 
seven hundred and forty five, I. John Van Metre in Frederick County 
in the Colony of Virginia being sick in body but of sound mind and 
Memory praise be given to God for the same and calling to mind the 
uncertainty of this Transitory Life, am willing tlirough Divine Assistance 
to settle and Dispose of those Temporal blessings which it hath Pleased 
God beyond my Deserts to bestow upon me and therefore making this 
my Last Will and Testament Disannulling all other wills and Testaments 
heretofore made by me, &c. Imprimis, I commend my soul into the hands 
of God that gave it, hoping thro the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ it 
will be accepted and my body to be Interred with Deacency at the Dis- 
cretion of my executors hereafter named. I also will that all my Just 
Debts and Demands whatsoever in Right of Conscience is Due to any 
to be Discharged and paid (as also funeral expenses) By my executors 
and as to my Real and Personal Estate, I Will, Dispose Devise Give and 
Bequeath it in the manner following, that is to say. First my will is that 
my well beloved wife Margerat Van Metre Have the third part of my 
moveable estate, also one room which she likes best, to Dwell in, in my 
dwelling House, and one third part of the Orchard next the Run with 
the keeping of one Riding Horse and two Milch cows, Linnin and Well- 
ing Yarn to be wove her Bed and Bedding the said Room and Liberties 
to be by her possessed during Her Dureing Life, without controle hinder- 
ance or molestation of any person whatever. 

Second, Item, I give Will Devise and bequeath unto my son Abraham 
Van Meter and his Heirs Lawfully Begotten, a Certain Parcel Tract of 
Land Bought by me of Francis Prichard on Opekan Run against the 
Land formally Bequeathed to him, said Tract Begins at an Elm Tree being 
the East corner of the said Tract between a Line Tree Hickory Saplin 
and aforesaid Elm Saplin By Opekan Run side thence down the same to 
the Beginning Tree of afsd. Pricherds Tract, thence South Fifty five 
Degrees West, one Hundred and Ten Poles, to the afsd. Beginning Elm 
Tree, containing by Estimation one hundred acres of land be it more or 
less. Provided there should be no Heirs Male or Female of my said Son 
or Sons (Hereafter named) Live to arise to the age of Twenty one Years, 
that then after the Decease of my s'd son or sons afsd. or their Heirs, 
that then their part of Land to be equally Divided amongst the rest of 
my Surviving Devisees 3'* hereafter mentioned, Furthermore I also give 
Unto my s'd son Abraham Van Meter on Certain Tract of Land being and 
Situate on Opequon Run in the County afrs'd and to his Heirs Lawfully 
Begotton being part of Four hundred and Seventy five acres of Land 
Bought of Jost Hite, Beginning at or about two yards below a Pine Tree 
on a high Bank on Opeckon Run called the Allan Hill, and running 
thence by a Division Line North Sixty five Degrees East sixty Polls, to 
a small Hickory thence North Twenty Degrees West Twenty Eight Poles 



to a Black Oak then North Twenty Degrees West Sixteen Poles then 
North Fifteen Degrees East two hundred and nine Poles to a Spannish 
Oak another corner of the Original survey Thence North twenty Degrees 
West sixteen Poles to the First Beginning head of the survey of the 
original Tract by Opeckon Run side near a White Oak marked thus 
IVM, then up Opeckon Run to the Beginning Pine, containing by esti- 
mation Two hundred and thirty seven acres of Land be it more or less 
&c. the same I also Give Devise and Bequeath to him my son Abraham 
and his Heir Lawfully Begotten, Under the same Restrictions and Limi- 
tations as I have Bequeathed unto him the above mentioned Land Bought 
of Francis Pricher, also I Give Devise unto my said son Abraham (a 
son of my wife aforesaid thirds of my Movable Estate and Legacies are 
paid) an equal proportioned. Childs' part therefrom as well as Lands to 
be Disposed of if any there be as of all things else &c. 

Fourth I also Will, Give Devise and Bequeath unto my son Abraham 
Van Metre and to his lawful Heirs the Southernmost part and half moiety 
of four hundred acres of land for me and in my name to survey for him 
his Heirs afrs'd which land I have Jos Hite's Bond for procuring a Pat- 
tent, which if he shall not obtain the said Pattent he is to have the 
said Bond for Recovering so much as will amount to his share or Pro- 
portion according to his dividend of s'd Tract and the same Land to be 
held and enjoyed by him under the same Restrictions and Limitations as 
the above mentioned Land Namely the Land Bought of Francis Pricher &c. 

Fifth, I Devise Will and Bequeath unto my son Isaac Van Meter and 
his Heirs Lawfully Begotten one Part or Tract of Land being part of 
the Tract of Land whereon I now Dwell, Beginning at a Bounded stake 
at the end of Sixteen Poles in the first Line of the Original Tract Run- 
ning thence with the said Line South Thirty Degrees West Sixty full 
perches, then South Eighty one Degrees East One hundred and Eighty 
Eight Perches, the North Five Degrees East Ten Poles then South Eighty 
one Degrees East One hundred and Eighty Poles until it intersects the 
line of the Intire Tract then North one hundred Poles to two white oaks 
at corner of the Intire Tract then North Fifty two Degrees West Fifty 
Poles to a Black Oak another Corner of the Intire Tract then North 
Eighteen Poles then South Seventy-six Degrees West to the Beginning 
Stake, containing by computation Two hundred and Fifty acres of Land 
be it more or less. Provided the said Isaac Van Meter make sale of the 
Land he has at Monocacy and deliver one fourth part of the price thereof 
to his Brother Jacob and the other three fourths to be either applied to- 
ward improving the Land herein Bequeathed otherwise laid out in other 
Lands and the s'd. to be held under the same Restrictions and Limita- 
tions, as those lands Will and Bequeathed to my son Abraham as afore- 
mentioned. Also I Give and Devise unto my said son Isaac Van Meter 
after my afs'd wife's thirds of my Movable Estate and Legacies are paid 
an Equal proportional Child's part arising therefrom as well of my Lands 
which are to be Disposed of if any there be as of all also my Movables &c. 

Sixth Item, I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my son Henry Van Meter 
his Heirs Lawfully Begotten one certain Parcel Tract of Land situate 
and being in Frederich County on Opeckon Run whereon the said Henry 
now dwells. Beginning at the Spannish oak standing by Opeckon at a Lick 
in the Branch of s'd Run and running thence into the woods East Twenty 
Poles to a Black Oak thence South Eighty three Degrees East Ninty two 
Poles to a White Oak then East one hundred and fifty one Poles to a 
Hickory in a Line of the original survey thence down the same to a Run 
that falls into Opeckon Run thence down the same into Opeckon Run 
where a Spring is at the mouth thereof then up Opcckan Run to the 
Beginning Spannish Oak containing by estimation about four Hundred 
acres of Land be it more or less, with Liberty to such as possessed the 



land below the mouth of the said Run to get the water and have and 
possess part of the said Spring at the mouth of said Run, and hold and 
enjoy the said land under the same Restrictions and Limitations as my 
son Abraham and his Heirs &c. and if my said son should decease before 
his wife Eve. . . . Also I give and Devise unto my said son Henry after 
my aforesaid wives third of my Movable Estate and Legacies are paid 
an equal proportional Child's part arising therefrom as well as my lands 
which are to be disposed of if any there be as of all else &c. 

Seventh — Item I will Devise Give and Bequeath unto my son Jacob Van 
Metre and his Heirs Lawfully Begotten, one piece or tract of land, being 
part of Tract whereon I now dwell. Beginning at a Bound Hickory stand- 
ing at the end of the Eighty Poles in the first Line of the Original and 
running thence with the said Line North Thirty Degrees West Fifty six 
Poles then South seventy one Degrees East two hundred and twenty four 
Poles then North sixty six Degrees East Twenty four Poles then North 
Eighty two Degrees East Eighty Poles then North Eighty five Degrees 
East one hundred and Forty Poles then North fifteen Degrees west 
twelve Poles to a Black Oak being one of the corner trees of the original 
Tract then North Forty two Degrees West Eighty two Poles to a Hickory 
then North sixty eight Poles until it intersects Isaac Van Meter's Line 
thence traversing the several Courses of the said Isaac's Line to the 
Beginning Containing by estimation two hundred and thirty three acres 
of Land with that part of the Plantation whereon I now dwell together 
with all the Houses, Orchards on the said part Parcel, Tract of Land 
excepting as before excepted unto my wife to hold and enjoy the same 
under the same Restrictions and Limitations as is aforementioned unto 
my son Abraham and his Heirs &c. Also I give Devise and bequeath 
unto my said son Jacob after my wifes Third part of my Movable Estate 
and Legacies are paid an equal proportional Child's part arising therefrom 
as well as my lands which are to be disposed of if any there be as of all 
else &c. 

Eighth, Item, I will Devise give and Bequeath unto the Heirs Begotten 
[on] the body of my daughter Sarah wife to James Davis, one Piece or 
Tract of Land, part of the Tract of land whereon I now dwell Beginning 
for the same at the first Beginning Tree of the Intire tract and Running 
thence South Thirty degrees West Sixteen Poles to a stake then North 
Seventy-five Degrees East two hundred and ninty two Poles to a cross 
the Intire Tract then around the several courses Joining Rebeccas land to 
the Beginning Containing by computation two hundred and Twenty acres 
of Land, more or less to be held under the same Restrictions, Titles, Limi- 
tations as aforesaid. Also, I give and Bequeath unto my said Daughter 
after my said wife's Thirds of my Moveable Estate and Legacies are 
paid an equal proportional Child's part arising therefrom as well of my 
Lands wh are to be Disposed of if there be of all else. Provided, and it is 
my Soul Intent and Meaning that James Davis together with his wife 
Sarah give Good and sufficient security unto my Executors, for the sum of 
her Proportional part of my Moveable Estate arising to be paid unto their 
Heirs, equally divided amongst them when they shall arrive at the age 
of twenty one years, and on Refusal of such security the Proportional part 
so arising to remain in the hands of my Executors until the Heirs afore- 
said arrive at the age aforesaid &c. 

Ninth, Item, I will Devise Give and Bequeath unto my daughter Mary 
wife of Robert Jones and to the Heirs of her body Lawfully Begotten 
one certain piece or Tract of Land being part of the Tract whereon I 
now Dwell beginning at a large White Oak by a Hole in the Ground it 
being a corner of the original Survey of the Whole Intire Tract and 
Running from the said oak South twenty one Degrees West two hundred 

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and eight Poles then South forty two degrees west forty two Poles to a 
White Oak by a Mead on a corner of the Original Tract thence South forty 
two Degrees East Sixty Poles thence North Fifty four Degrees East three 
hundred and forty Poles until it Intersects the Line of the Intire Tract 
then with the same eighteen Degrees East Sixty five Poles to a Hickory 
Corner of the Original Tract thence North Thirty Degrees East eighty 
poles to the afs White Oak by Spring it being another Corner of the 
Original Tract then North Fifteen Degrees West Seventy Poles thence 
South Eighty three Degrees West Eighty Poles to a Black Oak then South 
ten Degrees West Fifty six Poles to a stake by a corner of a fence then 
East by the said fence to another stake then thirty Degrees then West one 
hundred and sixty four Poles to another stake then Northwest sixty six 
Poles to the Beginning containing by estimation three hundred and fifty 
acres of Land be it more less the same to be held and enjoyed under the 
same Restrictions and Limitations above mentioned in the Lands Willed 
and Bequeathed to my son Abraham Van Metre and his Heirs &c. Also, 
I give and Devise unto my said Daughter Mary wife to the said Robert 
Jones after my afsd Wife's Thirds of my Movable Estate and Legacies 
are paid an Equal Proportional Child's part arising therefrom as well of 
my Lands which are not to be disposed of if any there be as of all else, 
Provided, and it is my Soul Intent and meaning that Robert Jones With 
his wife Mary give Good and sufficient security unto my Executors for 
the sum of her proportional part of my Movable Estate, arising to be 
paid unto their Heirs equally divided amongst them when they arrive to 
the age of Twenty one years, and on Refusal of such security, the Pro- 
portional part so arising to remain in the hands of my Executors until 
the Heirs afs"* arrive af"*. 

Tenth, Item, I Devise Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Rebecca 
wife to Solomon Hedges, Esq., and to her Heirs Lawfully Begotten of 
her body one parcel or Tract of land being part of the tract I now Dwell 
on Beginning at a corner marked Black Oak the lower most corner on 
the east side of the meadow and running with the lines of the Original 
Tract North Thirty three Degrees West One hundred & ten Poles to a 
Black oak then South Seventeen Degrees West one hundred and Fifty 
eight Poles to a Hickory then South Sixty Degrees West and Ninty five 
Poles to a Black Oak then South Fifteen Degrees West one hundred and 
thirty six Poles and in a corner of the other Tract then crossing the said 
Tract North seventy nine Degrees East one hundred and sixty Poles until 
it shall intersect the Line of the Intire survey then with the same North 
Twenty five Degrees East two hundred and forty four Poles to the Begin- 
ning Black Oak containing by estimation two hundred acres of Land and 
meadow be it more or less to be held and enjoyed by the Heirs of the 
said Solomon and Rebecca Lawfully begotten of her body under the same 
Restriction and Limitations as is mentioned to Abraham Van Meter's 
Heirs, &c. Also I give and devise unto my said Daughter Rebecca after 
my said wife's Thirds of my Movable Estate and Legacies are paid an 
Equal Proportional Child's part arising therefrom as well as of my Lands 
which are to be disposed of if any then be as of all else, &c. Provided, 
and it is my soul Intent and meaning that Solomon Hedges and Rebecca 
his Tvife give Good and sufficient security unto my Executor's for the sum 
of her Proportional Part of my Movable Estate arising to be paid unto 
their Heirs Equally Divided amongst them when they shall arrive to the 
age of Twenty one years and on Refusal of such Security, the Proportional 
part so arising to remain in the hands of my Executors until the Heirs 
afs" arrive at the age afs** &c. 

Eleventh, Item, I give Devise and Bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth 
Wife to Thomas Shepherd and to the heirs of her body Lawfully Begotten 



One Certain Tract or piece of Land being part of the Tract whereon I 
now dwell beginning at the South corner of the above Devised Land and 
running thence with the same North Fifty four Degrees East Three hun- 
dred and Forty Poles until it shall Intersect the Line of the Intire Tract 
thence Traversing the Lines of the Intire Tract round to the Beginning, 
containing by computation three hundred acres of Land. Also one other 
Tract of Land Lying situate and being in Prince George's County in the 
Province of Maryland known by the name of Pelmel. Beginning at a 
bounded Ash standing at the upper end of a Tract of land called Antetum 
Bottom on the Bank of Potomack River containing one hundred and 
sixty acres of Land according to the Certificate of Survey under the same 
Title Restrictions and Limitations as in afs* Bequest and Devise unto my 
son Abraham Van Meter and his Heirs. Also if Robert Jones should be 
scarce of Water or his Heirs, or anyother the Devises or their Heirs into 
whose Hands the Lands shall come into, then it shall and may be Lawful 
for them to Digg a Trench to Convey the Water from the Run into the 
said Land with [out] Interruption of him the said Thomas Shepherd or 
his heirs afore*^*. Also I give and Devise unto my said Daughter 
Elisabeth wife to Thomas Shepherd after my afs'' wife's Thirds of my 
Movable Estate and Legacies are paid an equal Proportional Child's part 
arising therefrom as well of my Lands which are to be Deposed of if 
any there be as of all else &c. Provided, and it is my Soul Intent and 
meaning that Thomas Shepherd and Elisabeth his wife Give Good and 
sufficient security unto my Executors for the sum of her proportional 
part of my movable Estate arising to be paid unto their Heirs equally 
Divided amongst them when they shall arrive at the age of Twenty one 
Years, And on Refusal of such security the Proportional part so arising 
to Remain in the Hands of my Executors until the Heirs afs* arrive at 
the age afsd &c. 

Twelvth, Item, I Devise Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Magda- 
lena the sum of twenty shillings, as her full Legacy whereby when paid 
or tendered to her by my Executors is discharged and fully acquitted from 
any Right Title or Interest or in or to my Real or Personal Estate and 
I do Devise Will and Bequeath unto her Heirs Lawfully Begotten on her 
body a Certain Tract or piece of Land being part of the Tract whereon I 
now Dwell beginning at a marked Red Oak saplin being a corner of the 
original survey of the Intire Tract and Running thence North Thirty 
Degrees East Twelve Poles, then South Seventy one Degrees East two 
hundred and twenty four Poles then North sixty six Degrees East twenty 
four Poles then North Eighty two Degrees East Eighty four Poles then 
south Eighty Poles then south ten West fifty six Poles then East twenty 
Poles then North West sixtysix Poles to a white oak by a Hole being a 
corner of the survey of the Intire Tract then with the Line of the same 
to the beginning Black oak saplin Containing by estimation two hundred 
and fifty acres of land be it more or less to be held and enjoyed by the 
heirs of my said Daughter under the Limitations and Restrictions accord- 
ing to the Devise made to my son Abraham van Meter's Heirs, &c. Also 
I give and Devise unto the Heirs of my said Daughter Magdalena after 
my wife's Thirds of my Movable Estate so arising to remain in the hands 
of my Executors until her heirs arrive to the age of Twenty one years 
and then equally between them and for want of such Heirs to be equally 
divided amongst the other Devisees &c. 

Thirteenth Item, I will Devise Give and Bequeath to the son of Daughter 
Rachael deceased (viz) John Leforge a certain tract of land containing 
two hundred acres being part of four hundred acres of land which my 
son Abraham Van Meter hath Divided to him, which two hundred acres 
of Land are to be held and enjoyed under the same Restrictions and Limi- 



tations and Intails as aforementioned &c. as also two Breeding Mares, 
and if it so happen that he should die that then the said mares shall be 
given to his two cousins namely Johannes Van Meter son of Johanes Van 
Meter deceased and Joana daughter of the said Johanes deceased &c. 

Fourteenth, Item, I will Devise and Bequeath unto my Grandson Johan- 
nes Van Meter son of my Eldest son Johannes Van Meter Deceased and 
to his Heirs Lawfully Begotten a certain parcel of Land being the upper- 
most part of the afs** four hundred and seventy five acres of land which 
I purchased of Jost Hite Beginning at the afs" Pine Trees mentioned in 
the second clause of my Bequest to my son Abraham Van Meter out of 
part of the same Tract and running thence with the same Division Line 
Between him and my son Abraham North sixty Degrees East sixty Poles 
to a small Hickory Saplin standing on the Line of the Survey of the 
whole Intire Tract then with the same South twenty three Degrees East 
two hundred and Fifty seven Poles to a White oak standing at a corner 
of the original survey and is the uppermost corner of the Land mentioned 
in Jost Hite's Deed then running with the Line of the said Deed to 
Opeckon Run and Down the same to the afs* Pine Tree containing by 
estimation two hundred and thirty eight acres be it more or less. Pro- 
vided the said Johanas Delivers an equal share of his Land at Monokasy 
or the value thereof to his sister Joana Daughter of Johannes Van Meter 
Deceased, then this Land Willed and Bequeathed to my Grand son Johan- 
nes Van Meter is to be held by him Under the same Restrictions and 
Limitations as aforementioned in Abraham's Bequest, Also I will that 
my said grandson Johannas have two Breeding Mares, &c. 

Fifteenth, Item. I will that if any veins or any sort of mines should at 
anytime hereafter be Discovered on any part of my Lands herein men- 
tioned, Given Willed Devised and Bequeathed, and that the same should 
arise amount or become of more value than Fifty Pounds that then such 
Mines to be equally divided amongst my Devisees and every of them to 
have equal share or proportion of the same with Liberty of Roads to 
and from the same for Transporting of such mine also Liberty to Digg 
and make search and Trail for such Mines in Co-Partnership with the 
rest of the Devisees, &c. 

Sixteenth, Item, I also Will Devise Give and Bequeath the sum of Ten 
Pounds Virginia Money to be paid by my Executors to my grand-chidren 
to Johannes Van Meter and Joana Van Meter the sum of Fifteen Pounds 
when they arrive to the age of twenty one years of age. 

Seventeenth, Item I do nominate. Constitute and Appoint my son-in-law 
Thomas Shepherd, Abraham Van Meter and Jacob Van Meter my sons 
joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament Impowering them to 
act and perform according to what is contained in every Clause being 
Contained in five Sheets of Paper Disannuling and making void all other 
Wills and Testaments by me in any wise by me heretofore confirming this 
and no other as my last Will and Testament. 

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and 
Year above Written. 

signed John Metor [seal] 

Signed sealed Published and Pronounced and Declared by the said John 
Van Meter as his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us ; 

Edward X Morgan 

Andrew Corn 
Joseph Carroll. 
[Probated at Winchester Va. 3* Sept. 1745]. 




I. Sarah Van Metre (John^), eldest daughter of John Van 
Metre, born in Somerset Co., New Jersey, and baptized, accord- 
ing to the register of the Reformed Dutch Church at Somerville, 
N. J. (Records of the Holland Society, New York), on 30 Oct., 
1706; died after 1745; married circa 1725 James Davis (prob- 
ably of the family of James Davis of Pilesgrove, Salem Co., 
N. J. — Pilesgrove Church Record). A James Davis was killed 
by the Indians on one of their raids along the upper Potomac 
valley, in 1757 (Kercheval's History of the Valley). By the 
terms of her father's will Sarah was devised 220 acres of land 
out of his possessions in Frederick Co., Va., 1745. On July 9, 
1754, James Davis conveys this property to his wife's youngest 
brother Jacob Van Metre (Frederick Co., Va., Records). 


H. Johannes Van Metre (John^), eldest son of John and 
Sarah (Bodine) Van Metre was born on the Raritan, in Somerset 
Co., N. J., and was baptized at Somerville, N. J., 28 April, 1708 
(Records of the Reformed Dutch Church), died in Alaryland 
circa 1730; married Rebecca Powelson who was probably a 
descendant of Capt. Hendrick Pauelson, several of whose family 
were settled along the North Branch of the Raritan, between 

John Van Metre having emigrated, circa 1725, to the Mona- 
cocy in Prince George's Co., Maryland, the son Johannes prob- 
ably joined him there, after his marriage, accompanied by several 
friends and relatives. Here his two children were born : Jo- 
hannes, Jr., and Joanna. Religeously venerated family tradition 
asserts that Johannes, Jr., was " the first white child born west 
of the Blue Ridge." But that statement can hardly be maintained 
since the Monacocy settlement is east of the Blue Ridge, unless 
this child was born in the valley of Virginia whilst his parents 
were with John Van Metre — the grandfather — when he was in 
Virginia to obtain the grant of lands from Governor Gooch, 
However, Johannes Van Metre remained a colonist in Maryland 
and probably died in Prince George's Co., during the prevalence 
of an epidemic which raged among the settlers on the Potomac 
in 1732-33, and which carried off many of the inhabitants in its 
fearful ravages. It is said that his widow, Rebecca, married a 
son of Jonas Hedges whose wife was Agnes Powelson, a sister 
of Rebecca, but these statements are univerified. Issue: 

I, Johannes, Jr.; 2, Joanna. 



I. Johannes, Jr. (John\ Johannes^), son of Johannes and 
Rebecca (Powelson) Van Metre was b. circa 1730; d. circa 1818; 
m. 1st Josina Taylor; vi. 2d circa 1790, "when in his 60th year," 
a young German woman and by whom he is said to have had nine 
children, several of whom were under age at the date of their 
father's death. His will does not mention his wife's name nor 
allude to her, and the inference is that he died a widower. 

During the minority of Johannes and his sister Joanna they 
were under the care of their uncle Jonas Hedges and his wife 
Angelitje (Agnes). Their grandfather, John Van Metre, named 
them among legatees in his will (1745) and gave them person- 
alty in his Deed of Gift (1744). Some difficulties having arisen 
in the distribution of the grandfather's estate, these children 
appealed to the Court of Prince George's Co., Md., and by it 
Jonas Hedges was appointed their guardian, 7 Oct., 1747. An 
action in chancery was taken by their guardian against Abraham 
and Jacob Van Metre, their uncles, and executors under the will 
of John V^an Metre. Jonas Hedges filed his account in Court, 
as Guardian, in 175 1; the wards having probably attained their 
majority prior to this time. 

Johannes had an estate in Maryland called " Pipe Meadow " ; 
it probably lay on Pipe Creek which emptied into the Monocacy 
in Price George's Co. Jointly, with his wife Josina's endorsement 
thereon, 22 acres of it was conveyed to Michael Raymer, 5 Aug., 
1759. This particular piece of property was called: "End of 
Strife" (Book F, p. 837, Frederick Co., Md., Records). The 
original tract called " Pipe Meadow " was composed of 350 acres ; 
and the elder Van Metre on July 18, 1745, had sold 150 acres of 
it to the above Michael Raymer, under power-of-attorney run- 
ning to Baltis Foutz. A further conveyance was made of the 
remaining 178 acres which was described as located at the mouth 
of Carver's run — ^by young Van Metre — which did not bear the 
wife's endorsement — on 21 June, 1759 (29 Nov., 1759), to Wil- 
liam Burns, the husband of his sister Joanna (Bk. F, p. 899). 
Having disjxjsed of Pipe Meadow, Johannes removed into Berk- 
eley Co., Md. (then Frederick Co.), and settled a property on the 
bank of the Opequon east of the present town of Martinsburg, 
W. Va. — while his sister and her husband, Wm. Burns, located 
near the present village of Kearneysville. Jefferson Co., W. Va. 
Johannes Van Metre was very fond of hunting. His death, it 
is said, was the result of having thrown himself upon the ground 
while heated, after one of these expeditions, thereby contracting 
pneumonia. His will is recorded at Martinsburg and was pro- 
bated 12 Oct., 1818. In it his land is described as being on the 
road from Opequon to " Traveler's Rest," former residence of 
Gen. Chas. Lee, of the Revolution; and that it shall go to his 
male issue as a " Home in Common for all my children until the 



youngest son attains the age of 21 years." His son Thornton 
is to have his dwelHng plantation ; and the three sons, Ezra, John 
and Thornton, " shall be chargeable with the clothing, schooling 
and support of my daughters: Catharine, Eliza, Josina, and 
Marie Van Metre." Then the instrument goes on to say : " Deem- 
ing it improper to hold a human creature in bondage during life 
I direct that my negro woman Hannah shall be emancipated when 
my son John arrives at age of 21 years, and at that period my 
executor pay her the sum of $5.00 for each of my children as a 
token for the attention she has shown toward my family." 
" Mulatto Mary " is to be emancipated when Thornton comes to 
age of 15 years. "All my younger slaves to be emancipated 
when they respectively arrive at age of 28 years and that all 
their descendants be emancipated when they arrive at same age." 
John Alburtis is named as Executor; but by a codicil of later date 
his eldest son Ezra is made a co-executor with Alburtis. Issue : 
3, Nancy; 4, Ezra; 5, John; 6, Thornton; 7, Catharine; 
8, Eliza; 9, Josina; 10, Marie; and 11, a child d. y. 

2. Joanna Van Metre (John^ Johannes^), dau. of Johannes 
and Rebecca (Powelson) Van Metre, was born on the Mono- 
cacy, in Prince George's Co., Md., circa 1732. The date of her 
birth and death are determined by the inscriptions found upon 
her tombstone in the burial plot on the homestead near Kearneys- 
ville, Jefferson Co., W. Va., which was, until recently, the prop- 
erty of the late John Baker Kerfott, Esq., one of her descend- 
ants. Joanna died 21 August, 1801," in the 69th year of her age." 
She m. William Burns, who was born 1718 and died 31 Dec, 
1806. They were both buried, side by side, in the little graveyard 
on the Kearneysville farm. 

The Burn's homestead, originally containing 350 acres, was 
granted to William Burns by patent from Lord Fairfax; and 
lay on the west side of Opequon Creek. This property was 
devised by his will to his grandson William Burns the eldest son 
of the testator's son George. In the event of William's death 
without issue the property was to pass to William's brother 
Joseph. Another property which the testator bought of the 
Hedges was bequeathed to testator's daughter Rebecca. It con- 
tained 300 acres of land and was situated on the Warm Springs 
road. The will also mentions testator's brother : " Robert Burns 
now of Pennsylvania " ; Abraham Van Metre, Sr., and the latter's 
nephew, Abraham, son of Jacob Van Metre ; and appoints son 
John Burns and Abraham Van Metre, Sr. (his son-in-law), Ex- 
ecutors (Book 4, p. 123, Martinsburg Records). Issue: 

12, George; 13, William; 14, John; 15, Robert; 16, Hannah; 
17, Ruth; 18, Elizabeth; 19, Mary; 20, Isabella; 
21, Margaret; 22, Rebecca. 



3. Nancy Van Metre (John^, Johannes-, Johannes^), dau. 

of Johannes and Van Metre, b. 29 June, 1794; d. ; m. 

circa 1815, John Alburtis, who was b. 14 May, 1794. Issue: 
23, E. G. Alburtis, b. Berkely Co., Va., 6 July, 1817; d. 21 
March, 1875 ; m. 20 Dec, 1842, Mary C. Swartz ; issue, 
a son and seven daughters. E. G. Albertis was a cap- 
tain in the Mexican War ; was also a captain in the 
Wise Artillery and as such took part in the suppression 
of John Brown's raid upon Harper's Ferry, Va. He 
also served in the Civil War, and subsequently became 
clerk of the Berkeley Co., Va., Court. (Norris's His- 
tory, Lower Shenandoah, Va.) 

5. John Van Metre (John^ Johannes-, Johannes^), m. Mary 

7. Catharine Van Metre (John^, Johannes-, Johannes^), m. 
Pierce — em. to Ohio. 

8. Eliza Van Metre (John\ Johannes^, Johannes^), m. i, 
James Russell ; m. 2, William McLean. 

9. Josina Van Metre (John\ Johannes-, Johannes-^), m. John 
E. Van Metre. 

10. Marie Van Metre (John\ Johannes-, Johannes^), m. 
Abraham E. Van Metre, son of "Colonel" Isaac Van Metre 
(IX. 12), which see. 

12. George Burns (John^, Johannes-, Joanna^), son of Wil- 
liam and Joanna (Van Metre) Burns, b. ; d. ; ni. 10 

July, 1799, at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., Va., Agnes, dau. of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Rawlings) Hedges. Issue: 

24, William Burns ; 25, Joseph Burns. 

13. William Burns (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^), m. Magda- 
lena Van Metre. 

14. John Burns (John^, Johannes^, Joanna^), m. Fanny 

15. Robert Burns (John\ Johannes^, Joanna^), m. Rebecca 

16. Hannah Burns (John\ Johannes^, Joanna^), m. Abra- 
ham Van Metre. 

17. Ruth Burns (John\ Johannes^, Joanna-''), m. Daniel 

18. Elizabeth Burns (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^), m. Abra- 
ham Van Metre. 

19. Mary Burns (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^), w. Isaac Van 




20. Isabella Burns (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^), m. James 

21. Margaret Burns (John^ Johannes^, Joanna^), m. Henry 
F. Whitnack. He was one of the pioneers who emigrated to the 
Valley from New Jersey. He served in the War of the Revolu- 
tion as an officer in Gen. Daniel Morgan's regiment. Died at age 
of 92 years (see Cranmer's History of Wheeling, p. 830). Issue: 

26, Hannah ; 27, Eleanor ; 28, Ruth ; 29, John G. ; 30, Sarah ; 
31, Margaret; 32, William; 33, Joseph; 34, Rebecca. 

22. Rebecca Burns (John^ Johannes^, Joanna^), in. William 
Van Metre. 

26. Hannah Whitnack (or Whitney) (John^, Johannes^, 
Joanna^, Margaret*), b. ; d. ; m. Samuel Roberts. 

29. John G. Whitnack (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), son of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitnack, b. ; 

d. ; m. Mary A. Carl (or Carroll). He was born near 

Martinsburg, 1787, d. 1854. Was soldier in War of 1812. Issue: 

35, Margaret ; 36, John ; 37, Eli Carroll ; 38, John S. ; 
39, Samuel; 40, Eliza; 41, Mary V.; 42, David. 

30. Sarah Whitnack (John^, Johannes^, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), dau. of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitnack, m. 
Robert Campbell. 

31. Margaret Whitnack (John^, Johannes^, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), dau. of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitnack; m. i 
Joseph Van Metre. 

32. William Whitnack (John^ Johannes-, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), son of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitenack; m. 
widow Sarah Mounts. 

33. Joseph Whitnack (John^, Johannes^, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), son of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitenack; m. 
his cousin Ruth Southwood Burns, dau. of Robert Burns. 

34. Rebecca Whitnack (John^ Johannes^, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), dau. of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitenack; m. 
Nicholas Strayer. 

31. Margaret Whitnak (John^ Johannes^, Joanna^, Marga- 
ret*), dau. of Henry F. and Margaret (Burns) Whitnak, b. Va., 
1780; d. 7 Oct., 1865; m. Joseph Van Metre (John\ Abraham^ 
Abraham^), son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, 
18 Aug., 1800. He removed from Berkeley Co., Va., in the fall 
of 1809 and settled, with their family, at West Liberty in Ohio 
Co., Va. Issue : 

43, Gabriel; 44, Robert; 45, Sarah; 46, Joseph W. ; 47, Vin- 
cent; H. (For continuation of this line see IX., No. 
23, et. seq.) 



37. Eli Carroll Whitnak (John\ Johannes-, Joanna^, John 
G.*), son of John G. and Mary A. (Carl) Whitnak; m. i Sophia 
Evans ; m. 2 Ehzabeth Martin. 

38. John S. (son of John S.),w. Ameha Morgan; 39, Samuel 

(son of John G), m. Smith; 42, David (son of John G), 

m. Ehzabeth Pollock. 

Note: Among those settling in Ohio County was Joseph Van 
Metre, a great uncle of Vincent H. Van Meter, who built Fort 
Van Meter. John Van Meter, his brother, took up the land 
where West Liberty now stands and left a man in charge named 
Black, who built Black's Cabin ; Abraham Van Meter afterward 
owned this land and sold 2 acres of it to Ohio County for £20. 
Joseph Van Metre, the father of Vincent H. Van Meter had 5 
brothers : Abishua, Josiah, Ashahel, Abraham and Isaac ; and 
three sisters : Ruth, Naomi and Elizabeth. Joseph was killed in 
crossing the Ohio River to hunt (Cranmer's History of Wheel- 
ing, P- 833). 


Johannes Van Metre, II. (son of John, first of Berkely), is 
credited, by Mrs. C. E. Van Metre, recently writing to a local 
Ohio newspaper, with being the grandfather of Jacob Van Metre 
who was living on the Hockhocking River near Lancaster, Ohio, 
about the year 1801. She supposes him to have been the son of 
Johannes, Jr. (sometimes called " Honce " and " Hannie " accord- 
ing to some old Virginia records the compiler has seen), who m. 
Josina Taylor and were living near Martinsburg, Va., between the 
years 1780 and 1800. According to this writer: Mr. Jap. Van 
Metre of Middletown, Indiana, — is of that descent. She adds 
that this Jacob Van Metre of Lancaster was an old fashioned 
gentleman ; fond of stock and enterprising, and who lived to be 
92 years of age. He had a dau. Josina who, while in Virginia 
m. a Rev. Hickman and finally removed to Indiana where the 
family became prominent. The following references may throw 
light on this subject: 

1. Daniel Van Metre, living at Muddy Prairie, on the Hock- 
hocking (or the Sciota), near Lancaster, O., in 1799 (see Trans. 
Alleghany Mag., Vol. I., p. 104). 

2. Jacob Van Metre, living 4 miles east of Hocking River, 
where a town is laid off called West Lancaster, Fairfield Co., 
May 19, 1801. (See Trans. Alleghany Mag., Vol. I., p. 104). 

3. Henry and Jacob Van Metre among the first settlers near 
Urbana, O., in Champaign Co., 42 miles from Columbus ; 1807 
(see Howe's Hist. Coll. of Ohio, p. 81). 

4. John Van Metre among first lot purchasers at Lancaster, 
sale 1801-2 in Fairfield Co., Ohio (see Centennial Lancaster, O.). 




III. Mary Van Metre (John^), dau. of John and Sarah 
(Bodine) Van Metre, b. in Somerset Co., N. J., and baptized 
in the Reformed Dutch Church at Somerville (Raritan), N. J., 
26 April, 1709 (Records of Holland Society of N. Y.), d. after 
1745; in. circa 1728-30, Robert Jones, probably the Robert 
Jones who was a settler on the Perkiomen in Philadelphia Co., 
Penna., and who joined Jost Hite's Colony in the settlement of 
the Valley of Virginia. By her father's will Mary is devised 350 
acres of land " where I now dwell " in the vicinity of the forks 
of Opequon Creek. 


IV. Rebecca Van Metre (John^), dau. of John and Margerat 
( ?) Van Metre, b. Somerset Co., N. J., circa 171 1 ; d. circa 1770; 
m. circa 1735, Solomon, eldest son of Joseph Hedges and his wife 
Catharine Stalcop, daughter of John Stalcop, an early Swedish 
settler of Salem Co., N. J., who afterward removed to New 
Castle, Pa. (now in the state of Delaware). John Stalcop's 
wife was Catharine, the daughter of John and Madelina Erick- 
son who were among the earliest inhabitants in the Swedish 
settlement at Lucas Point on the Delaware, near Salem, N. J. 
Joseph Hedges was also in New Jersey, afterward in Chester 
Co., Pa., whence, after his marriage, he emigrated to and located 
on a plantation at Monocacy in the Province of Maryland where 
he died in 1732. In his will he describes himself as of " Manac- 
quacy." The return of his estate was made 17 February, 1732-3, 
and was appraised by Robert Jones and Henry Ballinger (Book 
I, p. 203; Prince George's Co., Md.). One of the descendants of 
Joseph Hedges writes me that Joseph Hedges was either the son 
of Samuel Hedges of the Province of West Jersey, or of Thomas 
Hedges, Justice of Anne Arundel Co., Md., 1674 ; and of Baltimore 
Co., Md., 1675 ; Clerk of Baltimore Co., 1689-1694-95 ; who signs 
as Civil Officer of Baltimore Co., 1696. 

Solomon Hedges was born 1710. He probably married Re- 
becca Van Metre at the Monocacy settlement circa 1735 and 
immediately thereafter removed to Orange Co., Va., settling on 
the South Branch of the Potomac — his residence afterward fell 
within the limits of Frederick Co., when it was created 1748. 
From his father's will it appears that Joseph Hedges died seized 
of 400 acres of land on the Opequon in Virginia which are " to 
be cleared and paid for out of my estate." 200 each of this 
land are devised to testators two sons : Charles Hedges and Peter 
Hedges ; while to Solomon is devised " a tract of 285 acres lying 



at Manacquacy Creek on the west side." The executor (Solo- 
mon) is instructed " to purchase acres of land on ' Opechan ' 

which shall be equally divided between ' my two sons ' Jonas 
Hedges and Joseph Hedges," and " to purchase 190 acres of land 
at Manacquacy" out of the estate for "my son Samuel" (Book 
I, p. 203, Prince Geo. Co. Wills). This is evidence of the earliest 
purchase of land in the Valley of Monocacy in Frederick Co., 
Md., and was probably made by John Van Metre or Jost Hite. 

The first recorded purchase of land by Solomon Van Metre 
was made 10 April, 1738 (Orange Co. Records, Book i, p. 481) 
by Edward Davis late of Orange Co. to Solomon Hedges of 
same county who for the consideration of 5 shillings conveys a 
piece of land containing 275 acres lying on the west side of 
Sherundo (Shenandoah) River and Opequon Creek on a branch 
of the Hangaloota (Potomac) called Tullises Branch, it being a 
part of 875 acres granted unto said Edward Davis, 12 Nov., 1735, 
it adjoined lands of Peter Hedges. Witnesses were Peter and 
Joshua Hedges and Richard Morgan. On the same date as the 
preceding Peter Hedges also acquired by purchase from Davis 
300 acres of the 875 acre tract — Solomon Hedges was one of the 
witnesses thereto. 

The Court of Orange Co., Va., on 23 June, 1738, appointed 
Solomon Hedges and Jost Hite road-viewers. 

In 1740 Solomon Hedges sold his patrimony in Maryland, two 
farms called " Hedges Hogg " and " Hedges Delight " and the 
conveyance was acknowledged by Rebecca Hedges before the 
Justices of Prince George's Co., Md., 8 May, 1740 (Lib. 7, fol. 

Frederick County having by this time, 1744, been established 
out of Orange Co., Solomon Hedges was appointed a Justice of 
the new county and was sworn 8 June, 1744 (Frederick County 
Court Journal) ; and on the 5th October, 1745, was commissioned 
the Coroner of Frederick Co. In this year also, Rebecca, his 
wife, received on the death of her father a legacy of 200 acres of 
his estate and a child's share in the personalty. 

By the setting off of Hampshire Co. in 1753, from Frederick 
Co. the home of Solomon Hedges now lay in the new county; 
when the youthful surveyor George Washington was engaged in 
laying out lands in the Northern Neck for his patron Lord Fair- 
fax, Solomon Hedges obtained and had surveyed to him, a farm 
on Patterson's Creek about 40 miles above its confluence with the 
Potomac. In later days when Washington made his " Journey 
over the Mountains to the Ohio," he stopped at Solomon Hedges 
for entertainment, and refers to him as " one of His Majesties 
Justices of the Peace" (Kercheval's History of the Valley; Max- 
well's History of Hampshire Co., Va.). 

The Hedges gradually acquired other landed possessions among 



Hampshire's hills ; one tract containing 320 acres granted by the 
Proprietor of the Northern Neck 18 February, 1760, and another 
of 102 acres adjoining the first which was also granted by the 
Proprietor 16 February, 1760. These lands were situated on 
New Creek, Hampshire Co. (now Mineral Co., W. Va.) and 
were leased to Peter Sternberger i Aug., 1760. Solomon owned 
another piece of property on New Creek containing 250 acres 
which he sold to Thomas Dean nth June, 1789. 

The property in Frederick Co., Md., that was his wife's inheri- 
tance was disposed of to their son and heir-at-law Silas Hedges 
on 13th August, 1770, and to John Wilson of Frederick Co., Va. 
On 14 Oct., 1783, and on 5 July, 1786, Solomon Hedges was 
granted patents for lands on Buffalo Creek in Ohio County, Va. 
When David Shepherd, his brother-in-law, became High Sheriff 
of Ohio County, Va., 6th April, 1778, Solomon Hedges became 
his surety in the sum of £3,500. The bond is recorded at Wheel- 
ing, W. Va., 1778, April 8th. " In the former Commission of the 
Peace for Ohio County there must have been a mistake in the 
recomendation placing that of Silas (Hedges) prior to that of 
Solomon Hedges. Said Solomon having formerly acted as Jude 
(Judge) in the Court of Hampshire, this Court therefore would 
pray that Solomon aforesaid be inserted the first in the list of the 
new Commission." On the 2nd June, 1778, Solomon Hedges 
came into Court and took oath as Justice of the Peace. And 
it was " ordered that Solomon Hedges and Jno Williams, gen- 
tlemen, — distribute the public land consigned to this county upon 
proper and sufficient certificates to them presented." From this 
date to and including 7 Aug., 1780, Solomon Hedges and his son 
Silas were Justices of the Courts of Ohio Co., Va., sometimes 
the father and at other times the son was presiding Judge of the 
Court. At the latter date Virginia's jurisdiction over any part of 
Pennsylvania ceased. (Annals of Carnegie Museum, Vol. HI., 
Pt. I, Dec, 1904.) Solomon Hedges died in Dec, 1801. His 
will is recorded at Wheeling, W. Va. 

The children of Solomon and Rebecca Hedges, were: 
I, Silas; 2, Joseph; 3, Joshua, who emigrated to Marietta, O. ; 
4, Rachael ; 5, Catharine, and 6, Rebecca. 

I. Silas Hedges (John^ Rebecca-) son of Solomon and Re- 
becca (Van Metre) Hedges was b. 2 Dec, 1736, on South Branch 
of Potomac in Frederick Co., Va., died at his homestead on 
Buffalo Creek, 6 miles west of Wellsburg, Brooke Co., Va., 17 
May, 181 1 ; m. i, a Miss Mummy; 2, Margaret Hoagland, said 
to have been a sister of Capt. Henry Hoagland of Brooke Co., 
Va., and children of Capt. Derrick Hoagland. Margaret Hoag- 
land was b. 16 Sept., 1751, and d. 24 March, 1837, at McConnells- 
ville, Ohio. It is believed that Silas Hedges was one of Col. 
Zane's party to Redstone Old Fort (Brownsville, Pa.), on the 



Monongahela River in the spring of 1765, where he hved for a 
short time before he married Margaret Hoagland (see Draper's 
Notes, Vol. 9, p. 132, at Madison, Wis.). 

Silas Hedges was very active in the campaigning against the 
French and Indians, and is thought to have served as an officer 
with the levies. He settled on Buffalo Creek, Ohio Co., Va., in 
1773. His name is frequently found in the Minute Book of the 
Virginia Court which was held at Fort Dunmore (Pittsburg) for 
the District of West Augusta, 1775-76 (see Virginia Hist. Mag., 
Vol. 4, p. 403), and at the organization of the first Court of Ohio 
County held at Black's Cabin, on Short Creek 6 Jan., 1777, the 
oath was administered to him as one of the Justices of that 
County, and at the same time was recommended to the Court as 
Colonel of the Militia (see American Pioneer, Vol. H., p. 377; 
Ann. of Carn. Museum, Vol. IH., pt. i, Dec, '04). Before this 
he was a member of the Committee of Safety, which was organ- 
ized at the house of Ezekill Dewitt 27 Dec, 1776, and at its 
second meeting was appointed one of the inspectors of the troops 
enlisted by Capt. John Lemon for Continental establishment in 
the War of the Revolution (see Am. Pioneer, Vol. II., p. 396). 
He was chairman of the meeting of this Committee held 8 Feb., 
1777, and at this time made his report on the inspection of 
Lemon's men. Governor Patrick Henry wrote him to proceed 
with a military organization in Ohio, Co., on Continental estab- 
lishment and addressed him as Chairman. With Andrew Foutz 
he went down to Wheeling in 1777, to assist in burying the dead, 
after Capt. Forman's defeat. He was also enrolled at this time 
as a member of Capt. Ogle's company and took part in the siege 
of Fort Henry (Shepherd's Papers, Vol. IV., pp. 16-20). On 
June 7, 1777, he sold 607 lbs. bacon to Francis Duke, the Com- 
missary of Fort Henry; and in August, 1777, received a store of 
ammunition for the use of the militia of Ohio County from Col. 
David Shepherd, the commandant of Fort Henry (see Draper's 
Notes). On 7 April, 1778, Lieut. Gov. John Page of Virginia 
appointed him Colonel of the Militia of Ohio Co. and the com- 
mission was read in open Court (Minute Book of the Ohio Co. 
Court) ; and at the same time was recommended by the Court, as 
Fligh Sheriff of the County. Silas superseded, as Colonel of 
Militia, his cousin Col. David Shepherd, who had been advanced 
to the Lieutenantcy of the County. On the 25 of April, 1778, Silas 
Hedges served on a court martial that tried and honorably 
acquitted Col. Shepherd for proclaiming martial law in Ohio 
county without the order and authority of the court, when the 
safety of the settlers was jeopardized. At the organization of 
the court on January 7, 1777, Silas was appointed by the court to 
contract with Abraham Van Metre and obtain two acres of land 
for the county buildings [Minute Book of court of Ohio Co., Va.]. 
During the whole time that the courts were held at Black's Cabin 



in Ohio County, or until 1780, Silas was one of the county jus- 
tices. His commission as colonelof the militia he resigned to Gov. 
Beverley Randolph, Sept. 7, 1789, because of old age and infirmi- 
ties. Silas Hedges was tall in stature and slim, nearly six feet in 
height and very straight, and of dark complexion. He had ten 
children, all but two of whom were born on Buffalo Creek, in 
Ohio County. Issue: 

7, Joseph, b. circa 1770; d. 1793, while on a scouting expedition 

against the Indians to recover stolen property. 

8, Solomon, b. circa 1772, near Redstone, on Monongahela; d. 


9, Catharine, b. 9 Sept., 1775; d. ; m. Israel Robinson. 

10, Silas, b. 18 Oct., 1777; d. . 

11, Elizabeth, b. circa 1779; d. ; m. 2 Nov., 1797, Joshua 


12, Rebecca, b. circa 1781 ; d. ; m. Ezekiel Huyett. 

13, Isaac, b. 17 January, 1788; d. Mill Grove, Morgan Co., O., 

9 May, 1876. 

14, Ruth, b. May, 1791. 

15, George, b. 22 Nov., 1793; d. Muskingum River, Ohio Co., 

, 1841. 

16, Joanna, b. circa 1795 ; in. William Fonts. 

2. Joseph Hedges (John,^ Rebecca-), son of Solomon and Re- 
becca (Van Metre) Hedges, b. in Virginia; d. 30 Sept., 1821 ; m. 
Margaret Vanmetre. She d. 19 Nov., 1823. They lived between 
Wellsburg and West Liberty, in Brooke Co., Va. Joseph donated 
the ground on a part of his farm upon which the Kentish Metho- 
dist Church stood, seven miles south of Wellsburg. They came 
about 1772. A Joseph Hedges served in the Indian campaign of 
1758-59 in Capt. Rutherford's company of Rangers, for Berke- 
ley (then Frederick) Co., Va. Land bounty certificate was granted 
him for land in 1763 (see Crozier's " Colonial Militia of Virginia," 
p. 38). Issue: 

17, Ruth, b. circa 1767; d. ante 1820; m. Frazier. 

18, Rebecca, b. circa 1769; d. 14 May, 1813. 

19, William, b. 12 Nov., 1771 ; d. 22 May, 1839 ; m. Sarah Dunlap. 

20, Rachael, b. circa i772)'f d- 5 ^"- Isaac Meek. 

21, Solomon, b. circa 1775; d. s.p. 25 April, 1815. 

22, Abraham, b. circa 1777; d. 7 Jan., 1828 (drowned in Ohio 


23, Catharine, b. circa 1779; d. 11 Oct., 1823; m. Storey. 

24, Jemima, b. circa 1781 ; d. 25 Feb.. 1833; m. Ninian Cash. 

25, Samuel, b, 26 Dec, 1783; d. 17 Dec, 1865. 

26, Silas, b. 1786; d. 16 Nov., 1834. 

27, Joseph, b. 1789; d. 12 July, 1824. 

3. Joshua Hedges (John,^ Rebecca-), son of Solomon and 
Rebecca (Van Metre) Hedges, b. in Frederick Co., Va., April 



1744; d. circa 1790; m. Elizabeth (Chapline of Washington Co., 

Md.). Issue: 

28, EHzabeth ; 29, Mary, b. ; d. circa 1797, s.p. ; 30, Abigail ; 

31, Anne; 32, Joshua; 33, Samuel; 34, Solomon; 35, 


4. Rachel Hedges (John/ Rebecca-), dau. of Solomon and 
Rebecca (Van Metre) Hedges, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1745; 

d. ; in. Capt. William Vause, a son probably of Wm. Vause, 

who emigrated from New Jersey to the Virginia settlements. Issue : 

36, William ; ^y, Theodosia ; 38, Jemima ; 39, Solomon ; 40, Re- 
becca; 41, Susan; 42, Abraham; 43, Thomas. 

5. Catharine Hedges (John,^ Rebecca-), dau. of Solomon and 
Rebecca (Van Metre) Hedges, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1748; 
d. ante 1801 ; m. George McCullough, of Hampshire Co., Va., 
whose first wife was sup. to have been Catharine, the dau. of 
Isaac Van Metre, of New Jersey, and brother of John Van Metre, 
of Virginia. George McCullough was one of the famous Mc- 
Cullough family who were noted scouts and Indian fighters of 
the Ohio border. George and his wife removed to Ohio County, 
where he became one of the justices. Their children are pre- 
sumed to have been (see will of Thomas Newberry, Ohio County, 
1777) : 

44, George; 45, Rebecca; 46, Jane; 47, Silas, d. s.p. in War of 
1812; 48, Wihiam, Capt., d. s.p. War of 1812. 

6. Rebecca Hedges (John,^ Rebecca"-), dau. of Solomon and 
Rebecca (Van Metre) Hedges, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1750. 

7. Joseph Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Silas^), son of Silas and 

Hedges, b. circa 1770, near Redstone Old Fort (now 

Brownsville, Pa.) ; d. Dec, 1793, while on a scouting expedition 
against the Indians, who had stolen horses (Barber & Howe, 
Hist. Coll. of Ohio, pp. 202-3). The manner of his death is 
related in various ways by different writers, but it is recorded 
by L. C. Draper in his extensive notes (Vol. 9, p. 122). His 
death occurred on Bird's Run, a southern tributary of Mill Creek, 
and about twelve miles below Cambridge, Ohio Co., Va. (vide 
Vol. 10, p. 2). He, with other men, were scouting for Indians 
who had stolen horses and other plunder from the settlers along 
the waters of the Ohio. When found he had from five to seven 
shots through his body, and his death, according to the story of 
his brother Isaac and sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Rowland and Ruth 
Meeks, was very tragic. At that time he was a member of the 
Ohio County militia and had been made ensign in a rifle com- 
pany in that year, his name being in the roster of Capt. Henry 
Hoagland's company (see Draper's Notes, Vol. 10, p. 2, p. 126; 
Vol. 9, p. 122, p. 160). 



8. Solomon Hedges (John/ Rebecca,- Silas^),son of Silas and 
Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. circa 1772, near Redstone Old 
Fort (Brownsville, Pa.) ; d. circa 1817 in Arkansas; m. Susannah, 
dau. of Sarah Miller (who was the daughter of Andrew Fonts, 
of West Liberty, Brooke Co., Va.). They had no children. Solo- 
mon made his first trip against the Indians in Capt. Sam Brady's 
Co., in the Beaver Block House expedition in 1791. He then 
joined Capt. Faulkner's, or Capt. Ben. Lockwood's Co., and was 
out in St. Clair's defeat near Fort Jefferson, 4th Nov., 1791, at 
which time his company had to cut their way through the line of 
the savages. After St. Clair's defeat Solomon said he would 
never go to farming again " for the best farm in Brooke County." 
He was appointed lieutenant of the Rifle Co. of Ohio Co., 7th 
Jan., 1794. and was again with Brady in his expedition of 1794. 
He had served in 1793 in McCullough's scout and was in Linn's 
defeat, where " he had an arm broken, a shot in the breast and 
one in his belley," says Draper. He also spied with the Wetzells 
and other famous scouts. Solomon was with McMahon in his 
scout of 1792, and in February, 1794, he and Levi Morgan organ- 
ized a scout and took some prisoners. In the War of 1812 he 
was out in the relief of Fort Meigs. Solomon was a large, stout 
man, weighing in his younger days about 175 lbs., always fond of 
hunting and kept a pack of dogs. For better hunting he went to 
Kentucky, where he killed many bears. While in Kentucky he 
also did some farming where he lived in Greenup County. From 
Kentucky he went to Arkansas, spending two years there ; was 
there in 1816 and while there was robbed by the Osages. Re- 
turning to Kentucky with his wife and a little boy whom they 
took to raise; still unsettled they set their faces again toward 
Arkansas, meaning to go to Little Rock, but before going arranged 
for another hunting trip and before he could start upon it he 
was taken down with black jaundice and died. His widow re- 
mained in Kentucky and remarried (see Draper's Notes — in 

9. Catharine Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Silas^), dau. of Silas 
and Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. 9 Sept., 1775, on Buffalo 
Creek; d. 19 Dec, 1845; ^"- 4 Feb., 1794, in Brooke Co., Va., 
Israel Robinson, who d. 12 May, 1845, was ^ son of Aaron Robin- 
son, who came from the Forks of the Youghiogeny River, and 
his wife Mary, or Mercy, Pearce, who was b. 29 Jan., 1746, and 
d. 19 Nov., 1797. Israel Robinson belonged to the Ohio County 
miHtia and his name is found upon the Roll of Honor of Ohio 
Co. He was in the Hocking expedition with Capt. Sam Brady, 
who at that time, 1794, commanded the Pennsylvania spies. After 
his marriage he settled on the waters of Salt Creek, in Muskingum 
Co., O. In stature Israel Robinson was a little short of six feet, 
but heavily formed (see Draper's Notes at large). Issue: 

S 49 


49, Aaron; 50, Silas; 51, Mercy; 52, James, b. 3 March, 1804; 
d. young and unmarried; 53, Israel; 54, Lewis, b. 18 
Sept., 1806; d. in Muskingum Co., O. ; 55, Isaac; 56, 

Peggy, b. 26 March, 181 1; d. ; 57, Rebecca, b. 5 

Feb., 1813; d. num.; 58, Sarah, b. 22 April, 1815; d. 22 
May, 1871, in Morgan Co., O., m. Wm. Mclntire, lived 
near New Athens, O. ; 59, Elizabeth. 

10. Silas Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Silas^), son of Silas and 
Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. on Buffalo Creek, Va., 18 Oct., 
1777; d. after i860; in. Mary Cox. They lived at Athens, Ohio. 
His recollections of the Hocking expedition and Col. Wm. Craw- 
ford's campaign are noted by Draper (see his Notes). He was 
with his brother Joseph when the latter was killed by the Indians 
in 1793 on Bird Run. His name is on the muster roll of Capt. 
John Elson's Co., who drew arms at Point Pleasant, and serving 
in the ist Virginia regiment in the War of 1812. During this 
year he went to Fort Meigs on six month's service and left there 
in April, 1813, going to Norfolk, Va.; in i8i4he was in the "three 
month's service" (see Pan Handle History of Virginia). 

11. Elizabeth Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Silas^), dau. of Silas 
and Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. circa 1779, on Buffalo Cr., 

Va., d. ; m. 2 Nov., 1797, by Rev. Joseph Doddridge, to 

Joshua Meek, who was an ensign in the Rifle Co. of Ohio County 
commanded by Capt. Wm. Connell. The Meeks lived in Guern- 
sey Co., O. Issue: 

60, Isaac Meek. 

12. Rebecca Hedges (Jolin,^ Rebecca,- Silas^), dau. of Silas and 
Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. on Buffalo Cr., Va., circa 1781 ; 
d. ; m. Ezekiel Huyett. Issue : 

61, Silas; 62, Solomon; 63, Joseph; 64, Hezekiah ; 65, Emman- 

uel; 66, Ruth; 67, Ehzabeth; 68, Hetty; 69, Catharine; 
70, Rebecca, 

13. Isaac Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Silas^), son of Silas and 
Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. on Buffalo Cr., Va., 17 Jan- 
uary, 1788; d. 9 Alay, 1876, at his residence Millgrove, Morgan 
Co., O. ; in. 3 Oct., 1809, Mary Fouts, dau. of Andrew and Nancy 
(Lemon) Fouts. Mary Fouts was b. 2 Aug., 1791, and d. 3d 
Nov., 1876. In 1816 Isaac removed to Morgan Co., O. Issue: 

71, Solomon, in. Susan McGonigal, of Morgan Co., O. 

72, Charlotta. 

73, Joanna, b. circa 1814; d. ; in. James A. Gillespie, of 

Morgan Co., O. 

74, Absalom, b. circa 1816; i)i. Elizabeth Barlow, of Oregon. 

75, Sarah, b. circa 1820; in. John Barrett, of Morgan Co., O. 

76, Margaret ; yy, Nancy ; 78, Joseph ; 79, Ruth ; 80, Isaac, b. 

circa 1830; d. 19 April, 1904; in. Satira A. Coburn, of 



8i, William. 

14. Ruth Hedges (John/ Rebecca,- Silas^), daii. of Silas and 

Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. on Buffalo Cr., Va., 

circa May, 1791 ; d. ; m. 3 Oct., 1809, Samuel Rowland. The 

Rowlands lived and died at McConnellsville, O. They left issue. 

15. George Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Silas^), son of Silas and 
Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. Buffalo Cr.. Va., 22 Nov., 1793 ; 

d. , 1841, on the Muskingum, in Morgan Co., O. ; m. Elizabeth 

Koontz. George's name is on the muster roll of Capt. John H. 
Elson's Co., 1st Regt. of Va., that drew for arms at Point Pleas- 
ant for service in the "War of 1812" (see History of the Pan 
Handle of Virginia). 

16. Joanna Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Silas^), dau. of Silas 
and Margaret (Hoagland) Hedges, b. on Buffalo Cr., Va., circa 

1795 ; d. at McConnellsville; m. 9 May, 1819, William Fonts, 

son of Andrew and Nancy (Lemon) Fouts, of West Liberty, 
and had issue. 

17. Ruth Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Joseph^), dau. of Joseph 
and Margaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. circa 1767; d. ante 1820; 
m. Frazier. Issue: 

82, William ; 83, Rachael ; 84, Ruth. 

19. William Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Joseph^), son of Joseph 
and Margaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. 12 Nov., 1771 ; d. 22 May, 
1839; 111. 15 Aug., 1802, by Rev. James Hughes, Sarah Dunlap. 
They were living in Brooke Co., Va., but afterward removed to 
Morgan Co., O. Issue: 

85, Martha, b. 29 April, 1803; d. unm. 

86, Margaret, b. 18 July, 1804; d. unm. 

87, Prudence, b. 26 April, 1806; d. . 

88, Rachael, b. 4 Nov., 1807; d. umn. ; lived at McConnellsville, 

Morgan Co., O. 

89, Jane, b. 25 Aug., 1810; d. unm.; Hved at McConnellsville, 

Morgan Co., O. 

90, Ruth F., b. 25 Sept., 1813; d. unm.; lived at McConnells- 

ville, Morgan Co., O. 

91, William, b. ; d. 12 Aug., 1881, and is buried in Holmes 

Cemetery, near Cadiz, Ohio. 

92, Daniel, b. . 

20. Rachael Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Joseph^), dau. of Joseph 
and Margaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. in Virginia circa 1773; 

d. ; in. Isaac Meek, who was one of the prominent men of 

his time; was adjutant on Col. David Shepherd's staff in the 
Coshocton campaign of 1791 (see Shepherd Papers, Vol. IV., p. 
3) ; sheriff of Ohio Co., June 20, 1792, to June 15, 1793 ; collector 
May II, 1793, and served as one of the justices of Brooke Co., 
Va., at its first court held 23 May, 1797. In the latter years of 



his life he hved about five miles from Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson Co., 
Ohio (see Draper's Notes; PanHandleHistory of West Virginia). 

22. Abraham Hedges (John/ Rebecca/ Joseph^), son of 

Joseph and JMargaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. circa ; drowned 

in Ohio River, 7 January, 1828; m. Edith Carter. Issue: 

93, Joseph ; 94, Samuel ; 95, Julia E., m. Smith ; 96, Green- 
bury, W. ; 97, Abraham Van Metre. All reared near 
West Liberty. 

24. Jemima Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Joseph^), dau. of Joseph 
and Margaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. area 178 1 ; d. 25 February, 
1833; ni. 1812 Ninian Cash. Issue: 

98, William; 99, Susan, b. ; d. 1890; m. Samuel Lewis; 

100, Sarah; loi, Daniel; 102, Drusilla. 

25. Samuel Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,^ Joseph^), son of Joseph 
and Margaret (Van Metre) Hedges, b. 26 Dec, 1783; d. 17 Dec, 
1865; m. 26 October, 1809, Prudence Dunlap. Issue: 

103, Abraham, b. 30 June, 181 1 ; d. 21 May, 1813. 

104, Wm. Dunlap, b. 12 Dec, 1812; d. 4 June, 1867. 

105, Sarah, b. 4 Oct., 1814; d. 9 April, 1816. 

106, Martha D., b. 27 April, 1816; d. 20 Aug., 1870. 

107, Rachael Meek, b. 17 Oct., 1817; d. 28 Jan., 1897. 

108, Sarah Jane, b. 9 Nov., 1819; d. 8 Mar., 1841. 

109, Margaret, b. 4 Jan., 1820; d. 4 Sept., 1821. 

no. Prudence, b. 9 Nov., 1822; d. 21 Oct., 1823 (?). 

111, Samuel, b. 20 Jan., 1825 ; d. 29 May, 1886. 

112, EHzabeth, b. 2 Dec, 1827; d. . 

28. Elizabeth Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Joshua^), dau. of 
Joshua and Elizabeth (Chapline) Hedges; m. King. Issue: 

113, Elizabeth. 

30. Abigail Hedges (John,^ Rebecca,- Joshua^), dau. of Joshua 
and Elizabeth (Chapline) Hedges; m. Swain. Issue: 

114, Elizabeth. 

31. Anne Hedges (John\ Rebecca-, Joshua^), dau. Joshua 

and Elizabeth (Chapline) Hedges, b. ; d. ; m. 

Robertson. Issue : 

115, Elizabeth. 

32. Joshua Hedges (JohnS Rebecca-, Joshua^), son Joshua 
and EHzabeth (ChapHne) Hedges, m. . Issue: 

116, Elizabeth, b. ; d. ; m. Morgan. 

117, Phoebe, b. ; d. ; in. 21 Dec, 1820, William 


34. Solomon Hedges (John\ Rebecca-, Joshua^), son Joshua 
and EHzabeth (Chapline) Hedges; m. . Issue: 

118, Elizabeth. 



49. Aaron Robinson (John^, Rebecca-, Silas^, Catharine*), 
son of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 2.2 Oct., 1796; 
d. 5 April, 1866, in Muskingum Co., Ohio, m. 21 Feb., 1821, 
Elizabeth Crumbaker. Issue: 

119, Catharine; 120, Lucinda; 121, Louisa; 122, Jefferson; 
123, Jacob M. ; 124, Israel; 125, Lewis; 126, Aaron; 
127, Benoni ; 128, Isaac. 

50. Silas Robinson (John^ Rebecca^, Silas^, Catharine*), 
son of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 13 Jan., 1798; 
d. in Hancock Co., 111. ; m. Polly Warne. Issue : 

129, Allen; 130, Zill; 131, Abram; 132, Mergaline. 

51. Mercy Robinson (JohnS Rebecca-, Silas^, Catharine*), 
dau. of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 26 June, 
1800, in Guernsey Co., O., d. 29 Nov., 1894; m. 25 Nov., 1824, 
Jesse Warne, who was b. 29 June, 1801 ; d. 19 May, 1877. Issue: 

133, Elizabeth Jane, b. . 

134, Amizet, b. 7 Dec, 1826; d. 5 Aug., 1854. 

135, Sarah R., b. 28 Mar., 1829; d. 30 Dec, 1905. 

136, Margaret, b. 16 July, 1831 ; d. 18 Nov., 1886. 

137, Zeambra, b. 2!^ Oct., 1834; d. . 

138, Catharine, b. 6 Jan., 1838; d. 9 Oct., 1890. 

139, Fernandez, b. 13 Nov., 1840. 

53. Israel Robinson (John^ Rebecca^ Silas^ Catharine*), 
son of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 3 March, 
1804; d. 23 Dec, 1872, in 111. ; m. Peggy Warne. Issue; 

140, Jehu; 141, Warne; 142, Elbridge; 143, Sarah; 144, Lu- 

cinda; 145, Mahala. 

55. Isaac Robinson (John^ Rebecca^, Silas^, Catharine*), 
son of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 28 Mar., 
181 1 ; d. in Muskingum Co., O.; m. Mary Ann Pierce. Issue: 

146, Rebecca. 

59. Elizabeth Robinson (John^ Rebecca^, Silas^, Catha- 
rine*), dau. of Israel and Catharine (Hedges) Robinson, b. 2 
Sept., 1817; d. 19 Sept., 1864; m. William Sims. Issue: 

147, Israel; 148, Welcome; 149, Catharine; 150, Martha Jane. 

60. Isaac Meek (John\ Rebecca-, Silas^, Elizabeth*), son of 
Joshua and Elizabeth (Hedges) Meek. He filled many important 

public offices in Ohio Co., Va. ; m. 3 Rachael Hedges ; m. i 

Roberson. They lived 5 miles from Mt. Pleasant, Smithfield 
Twp., Jefferson Co., O., and were buried in the Holmes Cemetery, 
near Cadiz, O. Issue : 

151, William, b. , 1808; d. 12 Aug., 1881. 

76. Margaret Hedges (John\ Rebecca-, Silas-"*, Isaac*), dau. 

of Isaac and Mary (Fonts) Hedges, b. circa 1822; d. ; m. 

Sept., 1843, George T. Turner, of Morgan Co., O. ; they had 7 
children. Issue : 



152, Ruth, b. 23 March, 1857; m. March 1886, Eugene A. 
Hawkins; 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158. 

79. Ruth Hedges (John\ Rebecca^ Silas^ Isaac*), dau. of 
Isaac and Mary (Fonts) Hedges, b. 1828; m. 26 March, 1850, 
Alexander Rodgers, of Washington Co., O. He d. 24 Nov., 
1899. Issue: 

159, Mary C. ; 160, Isaac F. 

161, Ella M., b. 30 July, 1864; d. 20 Jan., 1903; m. W. F. 


162, Charles C, b. 25 Nov., 1870; w. Flo. Herryman, of Van 
Buren Co., Iowa. 

80. William Hedges (John\ Rebecca^, Silas^, Isaac*), dau. 

of Isaac and Mary (Fonts) Hedges, b. circa 1832; d. ; m. 

Elizabeth Mills, of Millgrove, Morgan Co., O. Issue: 

163, Jessie S. 

82. William Frazier (John\ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Ruth*), son 

of and Ruth (Hedges) Frazier, b. 10 Feb., 1810; d. 19 

Sept., 1870. at Sparta, 111.; m. 8 Feb., 1834, Margaret Nace, b. 
23 April, 181 3. In his earlier years Mr. Frazier was a tanner, 
then later a farmer. Both his wife and himself were devout 
Presbyterians. Issue : 

164, Wm. Augustus, b. 10 Jan., 1832; d. 3 June, 1833. 

165, Mary E. ; 166, Joseph N. ; 167, Wm. Henry; 168, Mar- 

garet Jane; 169, Samuel Creighton, b. 17 April, 1846; 
d. in Civil War, 16 June, 1864. 

170, George A., b. 27 May, 1849. 

87. Prudence Hedges (John\ Rebecca-, Joseph^, William*), 
dau. of William and Sarah (Dunlap) Hedges, b. 26 April, 1806; 
d. ; m. Samuel Campbell. Issue : 

171, a son; 172, Lucinda, living. Rural Dale, Washington 

Co., O. 

96. Greenbury W. Hedges (John^, Rebecca-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*), son of Abraham and Edith (Carter) Hedges, b. ; 

d. ; in. . Issue: 

173, Margaret; 174, Albert. 

99. Susan Cash (John\ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Jemima*), dau. of 

Ninian and Jemima (Hedges) Cash, b. ; d. June, 1890; 

m. Samuel Lewis. Issue: 

175, Hattie, b. ; d. ; m. 1904, Frank Woodmansee. 

100. Sarah Cash (John^ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Jemima*), dau. 

Ninian and Jemima (Hedges) Cash, b. ; d. 21 Jan., 1899; 

m. 16 Aug.. 1833, John Gregory, who d. 27 Sept., 1876. Issue: 

176, William, b. 18 Sept., 1834; d. ; m. Melissa Meeks, 

Bellaire, O. 

177, Jemima, b. 4 May, 1836; d. 17 March, 1876; unm. 



178, Ninian, b. 11 Dec, 1838; d. 16 April, 1888. 

179, David, b. 2 June, 1841 ; d. 1866; lived at Milliken's Bend, 


180, Samuel, b. 27 Aug., 1843; d. 13 Aug., 1872; emigrated to 

S. W. Texas. 

181, Mary, b. 10 Sept., 1845 5 lives, Langford, S. Dakota. 

182, Warner Rogers, b. 27 Sept., 1852; d. ; m. 6 Dec, 

1890, Eliza Johnson. 

183, Sue, b. II Nov., 1856. 

151. William Meek (John\ Rebecca^, Silas', Elizabeth*, 

Isaac^), son of Isaac and Rachael (Hedges) Meek, b. 1809; 

d. 12 Aug., 1881 ; m. . Issue: 

184, a dau. ; m. Geo. B. Holmes, Cadiz, Ohio. 

152. Ruth Turner (John^, Rebecca^, Silas', Isaac*, Marga- 
ret^), dau. George T. and Margaret (Hedges) Turner, b. 23 
March, 1857; ni. March, 1886, Eugene A. Hawkins. Issue: 

185, Frank A., b. 6 Aug., 1887; 186, James H., b. 30 July, 


159. Mary C. Rogers (John^, Rebecca-, Silas', Isaac*, Ruth^), 
dau. of Alexander and Ruth (Hedges) Rodgers, b. 25 Dec, 1850; 
d. 1896; m. John Miller, of Van Buren Co., Iowa. Issue: 

187, a son, b. 1895. 

160. Isaac F. Rodgers (John^, Rebecca'^, Silas', Isaac*, Ruth'), 
son of Alexander and Ruth (Hedges) Rodgers, b. 12 Feb., 1853; 
d. ; tn. Louisa Kitz, of Van Buren Co., Iowa. 

165. Mary E. Frazier (John^, Rebecca-, Joseph', Ruth*, Wil- 
liam^), dau. of William and Margaret (Nace) Frazier, b. 16 July, 
1835; d. 3 March, 1868; m. 1850, Thomas Orr. Issue: 

188, William; 189, Margaret; 190, Samuel; 191, Renwick^; 

192, Millville; 193, Renwick-; 194, Thomas, of Roney's 
Point, W. Va. 

166. Joseph Nace Frazier (John^, Rebecca^, Joseph', Ruth*, 
William^), son of William and Margaret (Nace) Frazier, b. 24 
May, 1837; d. Nov., 1897; ^'^- Sarah A. Patterson, at Denver, 
Col., lives 1443 Cleveland Place, Denver, Col. Issue: 

195, William; 196, Mary; 197, Joseph; 198, Anna; 199, Fannie. 

167. Wm. Henry Frazier (John\ Rebecca-, Joseph', Ruth*, 
WilHam^), son of William and Margaret (Nace) Frazier, b. 27 
Jan., 1840; d. 10 Feb., 1904; m. June, 1866, at Citronelle, Ala., 
Mary Thompson. He was a merchant and a teacher. Issue : 

200, ; 201, ; 202, ; 203, ; 204, . 

168. Margaret Jane Frazier (John\ Rebecca-, Joseph', 
Ruth*, William^), dau. of William and Margaret (Nace) Frazier, 

b. 26 Dec, 1843; d. ; m. 11 Oct., 1864, Capt. S. B. Hood, 

who was b. 1834; Supt. City Schools, at Sparta, 111., for 40 
years. Issue : 



205, Sadie B., b. 25 Sept., 1869; d. 

206, Wm. Jos., b. 25 Dec, 1871 ; ni. ist June, 1898, . 

207, John Alex., b. 13 March, 1873; Asst. Cashier, Armour 

Packing Co., St. Louis, Mo. 

208, Samuel Bateman, b. 20 July, 1875. 

209, George Alfred, b. 20 Nov., 1878. 

210, Robert Davis, b. 7 April, 1881 ; m. . 

211, Allen Carson, b. 25 May, 1886. 

178. NiNiAN Gregory (John^, Rebecca^, Joseph^, Jemima*, 
Sarah^), son of John and Sarah (Cash) Gregory, b. 11 Dec, 
1838; d. 16 Sept., 1892; m. 22 Jan., i860, Rachael Sutton, who 
d. 16 Sept., 1862; m. 2d Rachael Kirkendell. Issue: 

212, Samuel Pennell, b. i860; d. 1864; 213, Charles. 

205. Sadie B. Hood (John^ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Ruth*, Wil- 
liam^ Margaret Jane"), dau. of Capt. S. B. and Margaret J. 
(Frazier) Hood, b. 25 Sept., 1869; m. 28 Aug., 1897, Rev. J. G. 
Kline, of Boulder, Col. Issue: 

214, Vivian; 216, Lorrain L. ; 217, Mary Margaret. 

206. William Joseph Hood (John\ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Ruth*, 
William^ Margaret Jane*'), b. 25 Dec, 1871 ; d. — ■. — ; m. ist 
June, 1898, . Issue: 

218, Phyllis; 219, Josephine. 

208. Samuel Bateman Hood (John^ Rebecca^, Joseph^, 

Ruth*, William^ Margaret Jane**), b. 20 July, 1875; d. ; m. 

1897, Rose Starm. Issue: 

220, Thornton. 

209. George Alfred Hood (John\ Rebecca^, Joseph^, Ruth*, 
William^, Margaret Jane*'), son of Capt. S. B. and Margaret J. 

(Frazier) Hood, b. 20 Nov., 1878; d. ; m. Aug., 1902, 

Ethel Brown. 

221, Ethel Brown. 


V. Isaac Van Metre (John^), son of John and Margaret 
Van Metre, b. circa 1713, probably in Somerset Co., N. J., called 
in his father's will "my eldest son" (Johannes being deceased), 
d. in Frederick Co., Va., ante 1748; ni. Elsje (Alice) Scholl, of 
Somerset Co., N. J. (Records Raritan Church at Somerville, N. 
J.), circa 1736. John Van Metre in his will imposes upon his son 
Isaac the condition precedent to receiving his legacy, that Isaac 
shall sell his land on the Monocacy (Md.), etc. It is shown by 
the records that Isaac and his wife subsequently conveyed a tract 
of land called " Isaac's Inheritance," containing 200 acres, situate 



at the mouth of Liganore Creek (which empties into the Mono- 
cacy) in Prince George's Co., Md., to Jacob Stoever, of same 
County, 2 Oct., 1744 (Prince Geo. Co., Md., Records). AHce 
Van Metre survived her husband and was granted letters of ad- 
ministration on her husband's estate, 7 February, 1748. She m. 
2d Mr. Morgan circa 175 1. Captain Richard Morgan, of Frede- 
rick Co., Va., was her bondsman. She filed her account in the 
name of Morgan " late Alice Van Metre," at a subsequent date 
(Frederick Co., Va., Records). It is significant, in this connec- 
tion, and with the christian name of her second husband that the 
children of Thomas and Elizabeth Van Metre Shepherd, of Shep- 
herdstown, should call Capt. William Morgan, son of Capt. Rich- 
ard Morgan, " Cousin Wm. Morgan " in their references to him. 

Isaac Van Meteren (for so the name is found upon the record) 
was receivea into membership of the Reformed Dutch Church at 
North Branch (Readington) on the Raritan, "on confession of 
faith" 6th Nov., 1731 (Records of Readington, N. J., Church). 

By his father's will Isaac was given 250 acres of land situate 
on a drain of the Potomac known as Van Metre's Marsh; 120 
acres of this tract was sold by Isaac's son John, 6th March, 1770, 
to a Mr. Dunn, in which transaction John is mentioned as " son 
and heir-at-law of Isaac Van Metre, deceased." (Berkely Co., 
W. Va., Records.) Issue: 

1, Peter, bapt. 23 July, 1738, at Raritan Church, Ref. Dutch. 

2, Johannes, bapt. 6 June, 1740; m. Elizabeth ? at North 

Branch Ref. Dutch Ch. 

3, Margaret, bapt. 6 June, 1740, at North Branch Ref. 

Dutch Ch. 
The children were probably named: Peter, for his mother's 
father; Johannes and Margritje, for their father's parents, 
respectively. It is claimed that this Margaret Van Metre married 
one of her cousins, either Joseph Hedges, son of Solomon and 
Rebecca (Van Metre) Hedges; or, Joseph Van Metre, son of 
Abraham, who was b. 1740 and d. 1823. The will of Joseph 
Hedges, which was probated in Prince George's Co., Md., in 
1753, mentions wife Mary (Book A, i, p. 85). This, however, 
could not have been the Joseph meant, but Joseph, Jr., son of 
Joseph, and brother of Solomon. 


VI. Elizabeth Van Metre (John^), dau. of John and Mar- 
garet Van Metre, b. probably, in Somerset Co., N. J., circa 1715; 
d. circa 1793, at Shepherdstown, Va. ; m. circa 1733, probably in 
Maryland, Thomas Shepherd, the pioneer colonist at Mecklen- 
burg (afterward Shepherdstown, Frederick Co., Va., incorpo- 
rated in 1762 and so named in his honor). It is supposed that 



Thomas and Elizabeth were married in Prince George's Co., Md., 
where Mary Shepherds Hved, and immediately thereafter crossed 
the Potomac into the Colony of Virginia and settled vipon the 
grant that Thomas Shepherd obtained from Jost Hite. For further 
data and descendants in this line see Shepherd Genealogy — Part 
II. of this book. 


VII. Henry Van Metre (John^), third son of John and Mar- 
garet Van Metre, b. Somerset Co., N. ]., circa 1717, d. in 

Virginia circa 1793; m. ist Eve ; 2d ante 1757, Hannah 

; 3d Elizabeth Pyle, of Ohio Co., Va. License issued 8 

April, 1777. Henry inherited, by the terms of his father's will, 
" 400 acres of land where I now live." There is considerable 
documentary evidence regarding this Henry Van Metre and his 
migratory movements ; the first of these is found recorded in the 
Journal of the Frederick Co., Va., Court, under date of " xi of 
7ber, 1744," which states that Henry Van Metre is appointed 
overseer of the road from Noah Hampton's Mill, on the road to 
Cape Capon, near James Cody's. 

On April 5, 1757, Henry Van Metre, jointly with his wife 
Hannah, transfer to Abraham Van Metre a tract of 150 acres of 
land which had been granted to said Henry and Abraham by 
Samuel Bryan, 12 Nov., 1747; on the same date Henry Van 
Metre conveys by deed another tract of land, containing 64 acres, 
which had been granted said Henry and Abraham Van Metre by 
Jacob Van Metre. This deed was unsigned, but is acknowledged 
by Henry Van Metre and his wife Hannah. (Records at Win- 
chester, Va., and Obenchain, July-Aug., 1905.) 

Henry Van Metre, Joseph Van Metre, John Lemon, Nicholas 
Mclntyre and Edward Lucas, soldiers, of FrederickCo., Va., were 
paid 7 shillings each for services in resisting Indians; Sept., 1758 
(Boogher's Gleanings of Virginia History, p. 81, and Virginia 
Colonial Militia, by Crozier, p. y2). They are rated as privates 
in Capt. Thomas Speak's Company, Virginia Colonial Militia. 

While still remaining a resident of Virginia, Henry kept mi- 
grating westward, until he reached what is now southwestern 
Pennsylvania, the border land then in controversy between the 
Colony of Virginia and the Province of Pennsylvania. He took 
up his residence in this territory which later became Bedford, 
and afterward Washington, then Green counties of Pennsylvania. 
Here he took up land on Muddy Creek adjacent to his brother, 
Jacob Van Metre, and his name appears on the assessment roll 
of Springhill Township in 1 772-1 773, rated as a taxable. In the 
latter year some sort of disturbance of the peace occurred and 
Henry, Jacob and Abraham Van Metre were indicted by the 



"Grand Inquest of Quarter Sessions," July 6, 1773, on two bills, 
for riot. These bills were found and presented to the Court of 
Yohogania Co., Va., which exercised jurisdiction over this part 
of Pennsylvania (see History of Washington Co., Pa., p. 152, 

On 23 February, 1775, Henry Van Metre is recommended, 
among others, as a proper person to be added to the Commission 
of the Peace for the County of West Augusta (Virginia juris- 
diction), and on the i8th of April, 1776, Henry Van Metre and 
Ebenezer Zane were appointed viewers, to view old road from 
Conrad Walter's to mouth of Wheeling; and again, on 20th Au- 
gust, 1776, Henry Van Metre was among those persons recom- 
mended to be added to the Commission of the Peace for Augusta 
Co., Va. (see Carnegie Museum Annals, Vol. I., pp. 533, 564, 
565; 1902). 

Henry Van Metre's name appears among those who received 
warrants for lands for military services ; 400 acres were granted 
in Washington Co., Pa., 25th May, 1785, with 250 additional acres 
in the year 1786. 

There is also found in the entries on the old mill books in pos- 
session of the Shepherd family at Shepherdstown, Va., a brief 
memorandum referring to " Henry Van Metre, Sr., £12. 3. o 

In his will, dated 3d March, 1790, and probated at , 1793, 

Henry Van Metre mentions his wife Elizabeth and children: 
Nathan, Joshua, Hester, Henry and Joseph, the latter then de- 
ceased at the date of the will, which recites : " My son Joseph Van 
Metre's estate which lies on the west side of the Ohio River in 
the Indian country." It is to be supposed that the above children, 
excepting Joseph, were the children of his second wife Hannah ; 
the issue of his first wife, Eve, having already been provided for 
as they arrived at maturity. One of the executors of his will was 
William Gorrell, who m. a dau. of Jacob, brother of Henry. Issue : 
I, John ; 2, Joseph ; 3, Henry, Jr. ; 4, Isaac ; 5, Jacob ; 6, Hannah ; 
7, Ruth; 8, Nathan; 9, Joshua; 10, Hester. 

I. John Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), son of Henry and Eve 

( ) Van Metre, b. in Virginia, circa 1738; d. in Ohio, or 

Brooke Co., Va., circa 1803 ; m. ist ; m. 2 Mrs. 

Jemima Bukey, widow of John, and mother of Zachariah Bukey. 
She was appointed administrator of the will of her former hus- 
band, 6 July, 1778; Joseph Van Metre was one of the appraisers 
of his estate. John Van Metre was granted land by his father, 
ante 1779, in Berkeley Co., Va., adjoining other lands owned by 
his brother Isaac and known as Flagg's Mill ; the latter was 
erected at the mouth of the Tuscarara as it empties into the Poto- 
mac, two miles from Martinsburg, W. Va. When Bedford Co., 
Pa., was organized in 1771 it was of disputed Virginia territory. 



John Van Metre was then Hving in Rosstraevor Township, near 
his uncle, Jacob Van Metre ; here he was rated as a taxable. The 
Virginia-Pennsylvania boundary controversy was settled in 1783 
and Washington Co., Pa., was erected out of Bedford County in 
that year. Rosstraevor Township fell within the limits of the 
newly created county and John Van Metre's domicile was located 
near where Waynesburg, Greene Co., Pa., now stands ; he had 
at this time 300 acres of land and a family of nine persons A 
John Van Metre on view of road from Providence Mount's Mill 
at Augsburg Ferry to Catfish Camp (Augusta-town), was ap- 
pointed by the Augusta Court 22 February, 1775 (Ann. Carnegie 
Mus., Vol. I., p. 527). During the period of his residence on 
the Pennsylvania frontier John Van Metre was very active in the 
military movements against the Indians. He was appointed en- 
sign of militia of Yohogania Co. (Va.), 28 June, 1779 (Yohogania 
Court Journal). He commanded a company of Westmoreland 
Rangers and is variously mentioned in connection with the militia 
on the western waters between the years 1778-1783. Also a John 
Van Metre, Jr., was a member of the Stokeley Rangers during 
the same period (Penna. Arch., 3d Ser. ; Draper's Notes ; Wither's 
Chronicles, and Kercheval's History of the Valley, 2d ed., p. 204). 
The records of warrantees for land in Washington Co., Pa., show 
that John Van Metre, Sr., had 300 acres surveyed to him ; and a 
similar amount to John Van Metre, Jr., in Bedford County, in 
1784. John Van Metre later removed with his family to the 
Ohio country, settling near where Wellsburg, Brooke Co.,W. Va., 
now stands, and is supposed to be identical with the Captain John 
Van Metre who was recorded as being at Beech Bottom, above 
Wheeling, in 1789. In 1783 occurred the murder of the wife and 
the infant child and the fifteen-year-old daughter of John Van 
Meter. The wife and child were butchered in the door of their 
dwelling. . . . The girl was washing at a spring and wore a sun 
bonnet which prevented her from seeing the approaching savage, 
who tomahawked her where she was bending over the spring. 
Three of Mr. Van Meter's children — sons, aged about eleven, 
eight and six years respectively — were playing in a field near the 
house, but discovering the Indians, all efifected their escape, but 
John, the youngest, not so active as his brothers, was overtaken 
and carried away by them. While these events were transpiring 
Mrs. John Spahn, a niece of Mrs. Van Meter, was on her way 
to visit her aunt; upon nearing the house she observed the air 
to be filled with feathers, which caused her to suspect that some- 
thing was wrong, which was confirmed by closer observation and 
convinced her of the presence of Indians. At once she grasped 
the clapper of the bell fastened to the neck of her horse, while 
she urged the animal to its utmost in an opposite direction and 
was the first to convey the intelligence of the presence of the 
redmen. The locality of this tragedy was on the farm now 



owned by Eugene Ridgeley (1902), situated on the waters of 
Short Creek, about four miles southwest of West Liberty. 

In 1805 the young John Van Meter was found with a party of 
Wyandotte Indians in northern Ohio, where they were stopping 
at a trading post operated by Isaac Zane, the proprietor, in the 
neighborhod of Columbus. Mr. Zane discovered John Van 
Meter, now as much an Indian as the others, and learned that he 
was the one captured in 1783. Mr. Van Meter, the father, was 
still living in Virginia and was communicated with, who sent his 
two sons with instructions to bring John home and take up a 
civilized life. They came, saw and were convinced of John's 
identity. John consented to return and with six or seven squaws, 
one of whom was John's wife, went to Virginia. He visited his 
father for several weeks and was much gratified, but could not 
be persuaded to remain. Some years later he again visited Vir- 
ginia, but in the meantime his father had died. 

Several years after the murder of his wife John Van Meter, 
Sr., m. the widow of John Bukey, an early emigrant from New 
Jersey. One child was the issue of this marriage, Sarah, who m. 
the late Robert Patterson, of Wheeling, W. Va. (see Hist, and 
Biog. Ohio Co., W. Va., p. 32). 

The following excerpt from the diary of Col. Isaac Van Metre, 
of Oldfield, Va., a descendant of Isaac, the brother of the pro- 
genitor of this line and one of the original Virginia grantees, is 
here given, as it probably relates to the young John Van Metre 
who was captured by the Indians and adopted their mode of life: 

"Tuesday, April 28 [1801]. This day we passed an Indian Camp 
where I was introduced to John Van Metre, who was taken prisoner when 
a child and is so accustomed to the Indian habits that his firiends cannot 
prevail upon him to leave them. He shook hands with me and called 
me ' Captain,' and appeared to take more notice of me than of my com- 
panions. I bought a set of beaver stones of him for Aunt Rebecca. His 
wife was handsomely built, but rather old for him. She would not speak 
English. I asked him in her hearing how many children they had, he 
told me none. I told him he looked able to get children which caused 
her to smile modestly ; but she attended to her skin dressing. We re- 
turned and lodged at Rankinson's " (Trans-Alleghany IVIagazine, p. 100). 
Rankinson's Bottom is on the Sciota, not far from Chillicothe, O. 

John Van Metre at one time lived at Van Metre's Fort on 
Short Creek in Ohio County, but in 1789 he lived on a farm near 
it when the Indians attacked his home, killed his wife, a daughter 
and two small sons and took the three elder sons captive. 
Hannah was the name of the daughter that was killed ; she was 
at the spring doing some washing — the place is still called Hannah's 
Spring. John Van Metre was at a neighbor's, but on hearing of 
the murder hurried home from Chas. Hedge's, where he was 
breaking flax with three or four men. The captured children 
were Abraham, Isaac and John, the two former finally making 
their escape, but John remained with the Indians and adopted 



their mode of life, and though he sometimes visited his father, he 
could not be persuaded to return home. John Van Metre after- 
ward married the widow of John Bukey, an early emigrant from 
New Jersey (see Doddridge's Border Narratives, Appendix, pp. 
307-8). Issue: 

II, John; 12, Hannah, killed by the Indians; 13, Isaac; 14, 
Abraham; 15, Sarah. 

2. Joseph Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), son of Henry and 

Eve ( ) Van Metre, b. in Virginia, circa 1740; d. ante 1790; 

he was unmarried. He was killed by the Indians where Branden- 
burg, Meade Co., Ky., now stands. The locality was then in 
Hardin County ; the town was founded by a man who is said to 
have married a Van Metre (W. A. O.). Brandenburg, capital of 
Meade Co., Ky., is on the Ohio River, sixteen miles below the 
mouth of Salt River and forty miles below Louisville ; was founded 
by Col. Solomon Brandenburg (Collin's Kentucky, Vol. II., pp. 


Mrs. C. E. Van Metre, in correspondence recently with a local 

Ohio newspaper, says : " Abraham Van Metre, son of John, of 

Berkeley Co., Va., had a brother, Henry, whose son Joseph was 

the father of an Abraham, who was the grandfather of Mr. David 

Kilgore, of Anderson, Ind." 

3. Henry Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), son of Henry and Eve 

( ) Van Metre, b. Virginia, circa 1742 ; d. in what is now 

Greene Co., Pa., circa 1803 ; 111. Martha or Margaret . He 

was probably the same Henry Van Metre who was granted land 
in Greene Co., Pa., on a Pennsylvania warrant 25 May, 1785, and 
patented to him in 1787. He had, however, warranted to him 
on 26 October, 1787, 393 acres of land in Washington Co. (record 
in office of Secretary of Internal Affairs at Harrisburg, Pa.), a 
part of which he sold to Azariah Davis, amounting to 625 acres. 
There appears also to have been patented to him 200 acres of land 
in Cumberland Township, in the same county, in 1781. One of 
his descendants is authority for the statement that he and his 
son Absalom, both of whom were living in Greene Co., Pa., in 
1796, that they then owned considerable land in Mason Co. (W.) 
Va. (D. S. Van Metre Letters), and of having had surveyed to 
him in 1780 a tract of 400 acres on Cross Creek, in Ohio County, 
Va. (Pa. Arch., 2d Ser.). Henry Van Meter was assistant judge 
of Washington County Court under the Constitution of 1776; he 
was commissioned 11 February, 1785. He was also a commis- 
sioner of Washington Co., Pa., in November, 1788 (Crumrine's 
History of Washington Co., pp. 249, 469). Henry Van Metre 
laid claim, by tomahawk right, to all that beautiful and valuable 
valley known as the Randolph settlement on the south side of 
Pumpkin Run (the Swan Record). This settlement was in 



Greene Co., Pa. From his will, probated in the latter county in 
1803, the names of the following children are obtained: 

16, Joseph; 17, Jesse; 18, Absalom; 19, Henry, Jr.; 20, Abra- 
ham; 21, John; 22, Alice; 23, Sarah; 24, Rachael; 25, 
Elizabeth ; 26, Phoebe ; 2.^, Rebecca ; 28, Martha ; 29, 
Mary. Also grandsons: Joab, Henry and William 
In the census of Washington County for 1790 the family of 
Henry Van Metre are enumerated : 2 in heads of family ; 3 free 
white males ; 6 free white females, with Joseph, Jesse and Absa- 
lom heading their own individual families. 

At a Court held for Greene Co., Pa., 6th June, 1803, was heard 
the petition of William Thomas, a minor, asking the Court to 
appoint Martha Van Metre (his grandmother) his guardian; 
this woman was the widow of Henry Van Metre, deceased (see 
Hanna's History of Greene Co., Pa.). 

4. Isaac Van Metre (John^ Henry-), son of Henry and 

Van Metre, b. in Virginia 1750; d. 1798; m. circa 1775/6 Hester, 
daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Borden) Beck, the latter being the 
granddaughter of Benjamin Borden, Sr., one of the earliest set- 
tlers and largest grantees of land in the Valley of Virginia and 
an emigrant from New Jersey. Hester was b. in Rockbridge 
Co., Va., in 1760 (W. A. O.). 

Henry, the father of Isaac, by deed of lease and release, dated 
8th Dec, 1779, conveyed to his son the tract upon which Flagg's 
Mill was built. It was located on the Tuscarara, near Martins- 
burg, Va. Isaac Van Metre conveyed the Flagg's Mill property 
to John Snively in 1780. Isaac served as a private in Lewis and 
Clark's expedition and was allotted 108 acres of land in Clark's 
grant on the Ohio for his services (see English's Conquest N. W. 
Territory, Vol. II., p. 849). Issue: 

30, Hannah; 31, Mary; 32, Elizabeth; 33, Placentia; 34, Jacob; 
35, Joseph ; 36, Sallie Hawkins. 

5. Jacob Van Metre (John,^ Henry^), son of Henry and 

Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., 1752; d. 12 April, 1838. He 
is said to have m. ist a German woman by the name of Coven- 
hoven, by whom he had issue. His first wife dying in Kentucky, 
he m. 2d Rebecca Rollings (or Rawhngs), daughter of Rebecca 
V.-M. Rollings, who was the daughter of Jacob Van Metre ("Val- 
ley Creek Jake"). She is said to have been born in Kentucky 
in 1772; was drawing a pension as a soldier's widow in 1840, at 
which time her age was stated to be 63 years. There is record 
of a deed by Jacob and Catharine, his wife, of Bedford Co., Pa., 
to William Hanscher, for certain property, dated 21 August, 1772. 
There is a tradition that his first wife's name was Catharine 
Rhoades, but a contemporary annalist writes that her name was 
Covenhoven. Kentuckians called him" Miller Jake." Heaccom- 



panied his uncle Jacob ("Valley Jake") from Virginia and set- 
tled near him in Severen's Valley, Ky. At a point about five 
miles below his uncle's location Jacob built a mill and a still and 
was known thereafter as " Miller Jacob." He also built a fort 
on his land located about five miles from Elizabethtown, Hardin 
County, which was known as Van Metre's Fort (Collin's Ken- 
tucky, Vol. n., p. 24). In 1832, in the application for a pension, 
he declared that he was born in Frederick Co., Va., and was then 
in his eightieth year; that in January, 1778, was commissioned 
an ensign at Fort Henry, Va., in the militia for Kentucky ; in 
April, 1778, aided in recruiting the company, then marched under 
Capt. Harrod, descended the Ohio in company with Captains 
Leonard Helm and Joseph Bowman, all under Col. George R. 
Clarke. At the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville) they were joined 
by other troops from the western parts of Virginia and from 
Kentucky and then they took all villages and posts east of the 
Mississippi ; was in service eight months. Returned home. Re- 
sided in Jefferson Co., Ky., was appointed by Governor Jefferson, 
7 May, 1782, a captain and marched with Lewis and Clark's expe- 
dition that fall (Pension Statements, Part i. Vol. V., p. 28, 
Draper's Notes). Ensign Jacob Van Metre was allotted 2,156 
acres of land (same amount as a lieutenant) in Clark's grant on 
the Ohio (Collin's Kentucky, H., p. 738). 

" On the north side of Barren River," says Collin's History of 
Kentucky, " about a quarter of a mile above the old Van Metre 
ferry and three miles from Bowling Green, some beech trees are 
still standing which indicates the camping ground in the spring of 
1775 of an exploring party of thirteen from the new settlements 
of Harrodstown." 

(A Rebecca Van Metre was a pensioner, Hardin Co., Ky., 
1840; aged 63.) Issue: 

37, Abraham ; 38, William ; 39, Henry ; 40, Jacob, b. 1787 ; d. 
1872; 41, Ruth, b. 1789; 42, Washington; 43, John; 44, 
Hannah ; 45, Rebecca ; 46, Nancy ; 47, Laetitia ; 48, Ma- 
hala ; 49, Edwin. 

6. Hannah Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), dau. of Henry and 

Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1755; d. ; m. 

1st Hite ; ui. 2d Jackman (probably of Washington Co., 

Pa.). Issue: 

50, Thomas, and 51, Nancy Hite; 52, Samuel; 53, Polly; 54, 
Malinda Jackman. 

7. Ruth Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), dau. of Henry and- 

Van Metre, b. in Virginia, 1758; d. 1840; in. circa 1779 Capt. 
Samuel Gill; he d. 1822. The marriage bond was signed by her 
brother, Isaac Van Metre, and Samuel Gill. Her father, Henry, 
was the proper person to have signed the bond, but Ruth, it is 
believed, took offense at her father's third marriage and had gone 



to live in Isaac's family. After their marriage Capt. Gill and 
his wife removed to Botetourt Co., Va., where Isaac's family- 
lived. The Gills afterward removed to Garrad Co., Ky., some 
time prior to 1790, where they were visited by Jacob, her brother, 
in 1833, while the latter was a member of the Kentucky Legisla- 
ture (Obenchain Letters). Issue: 
55, Cassandra; 56, Mary; 57, Samuel; 58, Elizabeth; 59, Wil- 
liam; 60, Erasmus; 61, Joseph; 62, Patsey; 63, Emily. 

8. Nathan Van Metre (John,^ Henry^), son of Henry and 

Van Metre, b. in Virginia circa 1760; d. ; in. circa 1780 

Mary Ann Pyle, the dau. of Elizabeth Pyle, his father's third 
wife. Nathan lived in Virginia near his father in Berkeley 
County. By his father's will Nathan was bequeathed the Berke- 
ley County homestead, with the bulk of the personal property, 
subject to his step-mother Elizabeth's dowry and certain legacies 
to be paid to other children named in the will. Nathan is pre- 
sumed to have been the eldest son of Henry Van Metre by his 
second marriage to Hannah Pyle (the sister of his third wife 
Elizabeth Pyle?). There was probably no issue by the third mar- 
riage and the children of the first wife, Eva, being already pro- 
vided for in the testator's lifetime. To Nathan's son Joseph was 
bequeathed the lands of Nathan's deceased brother Joseph, " lying 
on the west side of the Ohio." This grandson of Henry after- 
ward went out to Ohio and took possession of the inheritance 
and was known as " Virginia Joe." Issue : 

64, Joseph; 65, Daniel; m. ? 1798, Ruth Harp, of Berkeley Co., 

9. Joshua Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), son of Henry and 

Hannah (Pyle) Van Metre, b. in Virginia circa 1762; d. ; m. 

. It was " to Joshua his heirs and assigns " that the father 

devised the land which was the property of his deceased son 
Joseph, lying in " Sufferin's " (Severn's) Valley, "District of 

10. Hester Van Metre (John,^ Henry-), dau. of Henry and 

Hannah (Pyle) Van Metre, b. in Virginia circa 1765 ; d. ; m. 

. Her father required in his will that Hester was to live in 

Nathan's family " while she maintains her single state — or she 
shall have three negros in lieu of Nathan's care." 

13. Isaac Van Metre (John,^ Henry,- John^'), son of John 

and Van Metre, b. ; d. ; m. Rachael . By 

the terms of his father's will, dated 2 March, 1797, and probated 
at Wellsburg, Brooke Co., W. Va., Isaac was devised one-half of 
the remainder of his estate, jointly with his brother Abraham, 
after the widow's 100 acres were taken out, leaving about 146 
acres to be thus divided. It was part of a tract of 400 acres 
granted to John Van Metre by the Commonwealth of Virginia 
14 July, 1786. According to the Land Tax records of Brooke 

6 65 


Co., W. Va., this land was on the waters of Short Creek and 
were held between the heirs until about 1815. Issue: 

66, Mordecia. 

14. Abraham Van Metre (John,^ Henry,- John^), son of 

John and Van Metre, b. ; d. ; m. . He was 

living on Short Creek, Brooke Co., Va., and had 212 acres in 1815. 

15. Sarah Van Metre (John,^ Henry ,2 John^), dau. of John 
and Jemima (Bukey) Van Metre, b. Brooke Co., Va., after 1789; 

d. ; in. 1809 Robert Patterson, In 1809 Robert Patterson 

and his wife Sarah deeded her right of dower of 10 acres from 
her father John to her brothr Abraham Van Metre, 6 June, 1809. 

67, Col. Patterson, of St. Mary's. 

16. Joseph Van Metre (John,^ Henry,- Henry^), son of 

Henry, Jr., and Van Metre, b. in Virginia; d. ; m. 

Elisabeth Aikens. In the census of Washington Co., Pa., for 
1790 (p. 248) Joseph Van Metre is rated as having two persons 
in the list of heads of families and four free white males under 
sixteen years of age and four free white females, including heads 
of family. His name is found among the warrantees for land 
in Cumberland Township, Washington Co., Pa., in 1781 for 200 
acres; and again (township not named) for 300 acres, 25th May, 
1785, and 250 acres, 20 February, 1786, all in Washington Co., 
Pa. Prior to this time a Joseph Van Metre name is recorded 
among others as being taxed on a small holding in Rosstraevor 
Township, Bedford Co., Pa., in 1773. Joseph Van Metre's death 
is related by Cyrus Van Metre, Esq., of New Castle, Ind. Joseph 
had gone back to Pennsylvania on horseback and on his return 
through Kentucky the horse got away from him, came on, swam 
the Ohio River and made his way home. When search was made 
for Joseph he was found dead on the Kentucky side of the river. 
It was believed by his family that his horse had thrown him off 
or had run under a leaning tree, or something like that, as there 
were no signs on his body that the Indians had killed him. 
" My mother remembered the story of his death very well." His 
son Absalom's dau. Maria m. David V. M., May 8, 1807. Issue: 

68, Absalom, living in Adams Co., Ohio, circa 1804. 

18. Absalom Van Metre (John,^ Henry,- Henry^), son of 
Henry and Martha Van Metre, b. in Virginia ; was noted as a 
single man among the taxables of Cumberland Township, Wash- 
ington County, in 1781. But in the census of 1790 he is noted 
with two in family, probably himself and wife. With his brothers, 
Henry and John, they emigrated to Mason Co., Va., in 1800, 
where they purchased lands and where some of their descendants 
resided for many years. Issue : 

69, Rezin. 



22. Alice (or Elsie) Van Metre (John/ Henry,- Henry^), 
dau. of Henry and Martha Van Metre, m. circa 1780 Azariah 
Davis, probably a native of Chester Co., Pa., b. 12 February, 1756; 
d. Utica, Ohio, 1839, aged 83 years. Azariah Davis's name first 
appears in the Hst of taxables of Charlestown Township, Chester 
Co., Pa., for the years 1765-1766, in which he is stated to be a 
single man. This Azariah may have been the father of this sub- 
ject. In 1781 Azariah Davis's name appears among the taxables 
in Washington Co., Pa., taxable in Rosstraevor Township, West- 
moreland County, 1783; head of family and owning 350 acres of 
land in Washington County and warrantee in same for 400 acres, 
16 Nov., 1784 (Penn'a Arch., 3d Series). Ensign 2d Company, 
4th Battalion, Washington County militia, 1781-82 ; purchased 
tract of land from Henry Van Metre at an early date, which, by 
the erection of Greene Co., Pa., in 1796, fell within its limits; 
recorded as owning 125 acres of land in Cumberland Township, 
Washington County, under date of 1792; grantor of land in Jef- 
ferson Township called "Long Metre" in 1801. Was of Welsh 
ancestry; emigrated from Greene Co., Pa., to Knox Co., O., in 
181 1 ; died there and was buried at Newark, Licking Co., O. His 
wife Elsie died in Pennsylvania between 1794 and 1800; at the 
latter date he m. 2d Mary (Harrington) Smith, of Hagerstown, 
Md. She d. i Sept., 1839 (see Family Letters). Issue: 

70, Henry; 71, William; 72, Azariah; 73, Martha; 74, Rebecca; 
75, Sarah; 76, Elizabeth; yy, Rachael, ;». Uzzel Stevens; 
no issue. All born in Greene Co., Pa. 

23. Sarah Van Metre (John,^ Henry,- Henry^), dau. of 
Henry and Martha Van Metre, b. Virginia, 1759, d. 1825 ; m. there 
1772 Col. Charles Swan, son of John Swan, of Loudon Co., Va. 
He was born there 1749. In the removal of the Van Metre, 
Swan and Hughes families from the region of the Potomac, 1767, 
it is said that Charles was then but eighteen years of age. Sarah 
rode behind him on the same pillion during all that long and peri- 
lous journey and five years later they were married. Chas. Swan 
erected his cabin in Carmichael's Valley. During the Indian 
attacks and scares he frequently removed his family to the fort 
and participated in the scouting expeditions up the Youghiogheny, 
the Cheat or the Ten Mile Creek. He was a colonel in the Revo- 
lutionary War, an Episcopalian in religion and the founder of 
the Church of England chapel at Carmichaelstown, which edifice 
afterward became the well-known Greene Academy in 1809. 
Justice Henry Van Metre took his oath of affirmation, allegiance 
and fidelity on 16 Sept., 1777. He resided on the same farm in 
Greene County from the date of his marriage till his death in 
1832. He was the owner of 1,300 acres of land bought from the 
government and located where the city of Lexington, Ky., now 
stands. After his marriage he tomahawked an area of 600 acres 



near Carmichaelstown, and when his sons were married he built 
them each a home and gave them lOO acres of land apiece. 

It is said that at the date of these pioneers from Virginia about 
1767, the Swans, Hughes and Van Metre were middle-aged men 
and each had children nearly or quite grown (see the Swan 
Family Fecord). 

78, Henry, b. Greene County, 12 March, 1774; d. Grave Creek, 

Va., 26 March, 1823; m. 1796 Elizabeth Bowen. Emi- 
grated to Marshall Co., W. Va. Issue twelve children. 

79, John, b. 5 Nov., 1776; drowned in a spring when a child. 

80, Martha, b. 11 July, 1778; m. 17 Dec, 1795, Thomas H. 

Lucas. Fifteen children. 

81, Elizabeth, b. 26 Dec, 1779; d. 30 Jan., i860; m. 15 Oct., 

1799, James C. Seaton. Ten children. 

82, Thomas, b. 13 Nov., 1781 ; d. 11 April, 1845, i" Fayette 

Co., Pa.; m. ist Elenora Anderson and had 10 children; 
m. 2d 16 Nov., 1837, Harriet Barclay; i dau. 

83, John, b. 10 Dec, 1783; m. Mary Barclay; emigrated to 

Tenn. and Mo. ; left issue. 

84, Mary, b. 6 Dec, 1785; m. Mr. Collins, who d., leaving one 

son ; m. 2d Isaac Burson ; no issue. 

85, Charles, b. 9 Dec, 1787; m. 24 Jan., 181 1, in Greene Co., 

Margaret Barclay; emigrated, 1856, to Knox Co., O. ; 
she d. 1863; he d. 1873; ^3 children. 

86, Sarah, b. 5 Jan., 1790; m. ist Elias Flennagan and had one 

son ; m. 2d Rev. George Vannaman at Findley, Ohio. 

87, Phoebe, b. 17 March, 1791 ; d. 16 March, 1856; m. 4 Sept., 

1812, John F. McLain and had 9 children. 

88, William, b. 17 April, 1794; d. 5 March, 1847; ^"- Mary 

Murdock in 1818; she d. 14 Oct., 1863; surviving family 
emigrated to Greene Co., Wis., and had issue, 10 

89, Richard, b. 14 Sept., — ; d. Uniontown, Pa., 29 Dec, 1873; 

m. 1818, Susan Gregg, b. 22 May, 1795 ; d. 22 June, 
1866; had issue, 7 children. 

90, Jesse, b. i July, 1798; m. Phoebe Jennings; emigrated to 

Ohio, then to Peoria, 111. ; they had issue, 8 children. 

91, Anne, b. 23 July, 1800; d. inf. (From Family Record of 

John Swan, of Greene Co., Pa., by Col. S. D. Swan, of 
Creston, Iowa). 

30. Hannah Van Metre (John\ Henry-, Isaac^), dau. of 
Isaac and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, circa 1778; m. 
McFerran, of Botetourt Co., Va. 

31. Mary Van Metre (John^, Henry-, Isaac^), dau. of Isaac 
and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, circa 1781 ; m. Chas. 
Hedrick, of Charlestown, (W.) Va. 

32. Elizabeth Van Metre (John^ Henry-, Isaac=^), dau. of 



Isaac and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, circa 1784; 
m. Benjamin Carper, of Botetourt Co., Va. Issue: 

92, James; 94, George; 95, Joseph; 96, Mary Ann, m. Dr. 
Macajah Pendleton. 

33. Placentia Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Isaac^), dau. of 
Isaac and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, circa 1786; m. 
Mr. McFerran. 

34. Jacob Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Isaac^), son of Isaac 
and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, 24 Jan., 1788; d. 2y 
Feb., 1874; m. 24 Jan., 1816, Patsey Usher Shrewsbury, b. 9 
Sept., 1792; d. 28 Feb., 1874. She was the granddaughter of 
Col. John Dickinson and his wife, Mary Usher, who was a grand- 
daughter of Counsellor Perry, of Dublin, Ireland; she died 27 
Feb., 1874. Although apparently in her usual health, she passed 
calmly away the following day. Jacob Van Metre was born at 
White Stone Tavern, near the dividing line between Botetourt 
and Rockbridge Counties. At the close of the War of 1812 he 
went to Charlestown (now West) , Va. In 1818 moved to Bowling 
Green, Ky. In 1833 was elected to the Kentucky legislature. 
Jacob Van Metre was a man of many excellent qualities. His 
success in business attest his energy, his enterprise, and fine judg- 
ment. He was kind hearted and charitable ; upright and sincere. 
His motto, in a long, easy life, extending over half a century, 
was : " Never give up." Issue : 

97, William Steele, b. 29 April, 1817; d. 10 Jan., 1884; ni. 

21 Dec, 1844, Mary E. Shrewsbury. 

98, Mary Jane, b. 29 Sept., 1819; d. . 

99, Julia Ann, b. 18 Oct., 1820; d. . 

100, Caroline Eve, b. 11 July, 1822; d. . 

loi, Samuel Kirk, b. 26 March, 1824; d. . 

102, Charles Joseph, b. 22 May, 1826; d. ; m. i Oct., 

1878, Mrs. Kate Moss Overall, of Paducah, Ky. 

103, Sarah Frances, b. 25 Oct., 1828; d. Jan., 1883. 

104, Clinton Clay, b. 20 July, 1834; d. 30 Jan., 1875; was a 

Civil Engineer. 

35. Joseph Van Metre (John^ Henry-, Isaac^), son of Isaac 
and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Fincastle Co., Va., 7 Sept., 
1790; d. Smyth Co., Va.,8 Nov., 1873; m. 15 Sept., 1815, Damaris 
Lackland, who d. 8 Nov., 1879. Joseph was a soldier in the 
War of 1812. He moved from Botetourt Co., to Marion, Smyth 
Co., Va., in 1855, where he and his wife died and were buried. 

Issue : 

105, Robert Logan, b. 1818; d. 15 Dec, 1862, in Arkansas; m. 

twice ; no issue. 

106, Martha Hester, b. Oct., 1820; d. May, 1825; d. unm. 

107, Ellen Mary, b. March, 1822; d. April, 1895, unm. 



io8, Margaret Jennings, b. 26 Feb., 1824; d. July, 1832, unm. 

109, William Alfred, b. Oct., 1825 ; d. Sept., 1854, unm. 

no, Sarah Elizabeth, b. Aug., 1829; d. 3 June, 1908. 

111, Ida Virginia, b. June, 1831 ; d. March, 1833. 

36. Sallie Hawkins Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Isaac^), 
dau. of Isaac and Hester (Beck) Van Metre, b. Virginia, 4 Aug., 
1794; d. 13 April, 1881, in Greenup Co., Ky. ; m. 20 Dec, 1814, 
Dr. Eleazer Sweetland, Capt. Chenango Co., N. Y., Militia; 
Justice of Peace in Botetourt Co., Va., and a Mason of high 
degree; d. 28 Oct., 1838, at Pattonsburg, Va. 

112, Elizabeth, b. 12 Sept., 1815; 113, Mary Hester. 

114, Charles Gould, b. 10 April, 1818; d. 24 Nov., 1858, unm. 

115, Samuel McFerran; 116, Martha H., b. 2y Sept., 1823; 

d. 22 March, 1835 ; m. Elijah Walker. 

117, Isaac Van Metre. 

118, Henry Petit, b. 29 July, 1827; d. 1877; m. 1857, Augusta 


119, William Albert, b. 27 April, 1829; d. 1863; Capt. C. S. A., 

killed at Gettysburg, Pa. 

120, Sallie E. ; 121, James Otis; 122, Caroline; 123, Margaret, 

51. Nancy Hite (John\ Henry-, Hannah^), dau. of Hite 

and Hannah (Van Metre) Hite, b. ; d. ; m. her ist 

cousin Joseph Evans, Jr., son of Joseph and Mary (Van Metre) 
Evans. Issue : 

124, Martha A., b. ; d. ; m. Lusk, of Lan- 

tL caster, Ky. 

55. Cassandra Gill (John\ Henry^, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. 

Samuel and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. 

Aldrich. Issue : 

125, Joshua; 126, John; 127, Emily, m. Andrews; 128, 

Eliza, m. Dunn; 129, Marie, m. Rainey; 

130, Patsey, m. Tillot. 

56. Mary Gill (John\ Henry^, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. Samuel 

and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. 

Aldrich. Issue : 

131, Emily, m. Pettus ; 132, Marie, m. Tillot; 133, 

Almira, m. Warren; 134, William; 135, Alex- 
ander; 136, Robert. 

58. Elizabeth Gill (John\ Henry-, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. 
Samuel and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. Wil- 
liam Owsley, who was Governer of Kentucky, 1844-1847 (Col- 
lin's Kentucky, Vol. I., p. 53). Issue: 

137, Amanda; 138, Amelia, m. Anderson; 139, Almira, 

m. Goodloe ; 140, Elizabeth, m. Albert G. Talbot; 

141, E. Boyle, living, Louisville, Ky. 



60. Erasmus Gill (John^ Henry^, Ruth^), son of Capt. 

Samuel and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. Nancy 

Smith. Issue : 

142, Theresa, m. Worthington; 143, Martha, m. 

Drane; 144, Mildred, m. Sneed. 

61. Joseph Gill (John^ Henry-, Ruth^), son Capt. Samuel 

and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. Theresa 

Boyle. Issue : 

145, Boyle ; 146, Samuel ; 147, Joseph W., living Danville, 
Ky., 1890. 

62. Patsey Gill (John^ Henry-, Ruth^), dau. Capt. Samuel 
and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. John Gill. 

Issue : 
148, Ruth; 149, John; 150, Malcolm. 

63. Emily Gill (John^, Henry^, Ruth^), dau. Capt. Samuel 
and Ruth (Van Metre) Gill, b. ; d. ; m. George. 

151, WilHam; 152, Theresa; 153, James. 

64. Joseph Van Metre (John^ Henry-, Nathan^), son of 

Nathan and Mary A. (Pyle) Van Metre, b. ; d. (sup.) 

Hardin Co., Ky., circa 1870; m. ^ — „ said by J. B. Kerfott 

to have married a Van Metre and removed to Hardin Co., Ky., 
in 1812, and was there known as "Virginia Joe." Issue: 

154, A. Morgan, b. ; d. at Martinsburg, W. Va. 

65. Daniel Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Nathan^), son of 
Nathan and Mary A. (Pyle) Van Metre. A Daniel Van Metre 
m. Ruth Harp, 1793 (Berkeley Co., W. Va., M. L.), and mention 
is made in numerous places upon the old store accounts of the 
Shepherd family at Shepherdstown. Issue: 

155, Joseph B., living at Van Clevesville, W. Va. 

68. Absalom Van Metre (John^ Henry^, Joseph^), son of 

Joseph and Elizabeth (Aikens) Van Metre, b. ; located in 

Adams Co., Ohio, circa 1796. Issue: 

156, Maria, b. 7 Jan., 1804; m. David Van Metre, b. Highland 

Co., O., 18 July, 1805. They afterward removed to 
Fayette Co., Indiana. From thence they removed to 
Delaware Co., Ind., in 1824. (For continuation of this 
line, see IX. 164.) 

69. Reazin Van Metre (John^, Henry^, Henry^, Absalom*), 

son of Absalom and Van Metre ; lived in Mason Co., Va. ; 

m. . Issue : 

157, Oliver H. P., b. circa 1818; d. after 1891, in Mason Co. 

70. Henry Davis (John\ Henry^, Henry^, AHce*), son of 
Azariah and Alice (or Elsie Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., 
Pa., 1781 ; m. ist Rachael , who d. 1848; m. 2d Anes. 



In 1849 Henry was living near Homer, Vermillion Co., 111. Issue: 
158, Henry; 159, John; 160, Martha Hardin; 161, James 
Hayes; 162, Abraham; 163, Joseph. 

71. William Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry^ Alice*), son of 

Azariah and Alice (Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa., 1783; 

d. 13 June, 1859; ^'^- 1806, Lydia Fields whose parents formerly 

lived in Hamilton Co., O., but later emigrated to Spencer Co., 

Ind. Issue : 

164, David; 165, Sydney; 166, Lydia; 167, Azariah; 168, 

Mary Ann; 169, George; 170, Stephen; 171, John; 

172, Amanda; 173, William. 

^2. Azariah Davis (John^ Henry^, Henry^, Alice*), son of 

Azariah and Alice (Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa.; m. 

. Issue : 

174, John; 175, Hayes; 176, Polly Garsuch; 177, Rebecca 
J}). Martha Davis (John^, Henry-, Henry^, Alice*), dau. of 
Azariah and Alice (Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa., 7 
Dec, 1784; d. 19 Dec, 1828; m. ist James Harrington Smith, of 
Hagerstown, Md., ist Sept., 1804. Mr. Smith made a trip to 
Ohio as early as 1800, and in 1809 the couple emigrated and 
settled in Morgan Township, Knox Co., purchasing 125 acres 
of heavily timbered land located on the Martinsburg Road, four 
miles northeast of Utica. They cleared and improved their land 
by enduring the privations and hardships of pioneer days. They 
raised wool and flax from which they spun and wove their cloth- 
ing. The settler learned blacksmithing and, being the only 
" smithy " in the neighborhood, made a profitable living. He was 
a soldier in the War of 1812. James H. Smith m. 2d 26 Jan., 
1830, Margaret Honey. He d. while working in his sugar camp, 
29 March, i860; his second wife died 24 July, 1863. Both were 
members of the Owl Creek Baptist Church. Issue : 

178, Azariah; 179, Benjamin; 180, Mary, b. 15 Jan., 1809; d. 
24 Feb., 1809 ; 181, John, b. Knox Co., O., 12 Jan., 1810 ; 
d. of yellow fever, 28 June, 1833, at New Orleans; 182, 
Sarah A. ; 183, Rebecca ; 184, James H. ; 185, Henry D. ; 
186, Rachacl; 187, Caroline C. ; 188, Rees; 181^, Mary 
2d, b. 5 Feb., 1812; d. 17 July, 1830; m. 30 Aug., 1828, 
Rees McClelland; 186^, Cornelia Smith, dau. of Jas. 
H. and Martha, 73 (Davis) Smith, m. Mr. Nemire, of 
Putnam Co., Ohio., and had issue: (i) Mary Ann 
Nemire, who m. Mr. Townsend, of Putnam Co., O. ; 
a. a child. (2) Charity Nemire, who m. Thomas Mc- 
Dougle. They lived in Putnam Co., O., where she d. 
1907. Issue, 6 children, 
74. Rebecca Davis (John^ Henry-, Henry^, Alice*), dau. of 
Azariah and Alice (Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa.; w. 



1796, Jacob Hanger; they emigrated to Ohio in 1809 and settled 

in southeastern part of Morgan Township, Knox Co. Issue: 

189, Azariah; 190, Peter, d. single, aged 21; 191, Andrew; 

192, Jackson; 193, Jacob; 194, Mary; 195, Rhoda, d. 

■ unm.; 196, Ellen; 197, Caroline, d. unm.; 198, Sarah; 

199, Harriet. 

75. Sarah Davis (John^ Henry^, Henry'', Alice^), dau. of 
Azariah and Alice (Van Metre) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa.; m. 
George Miller, who emigrated from Pennsylvania to the Licking, 
in Ohio. Issue: 

200, Lydia, in. Carmine Thrapp ; 201, Ruth, m. Cox; 

202, Mary, m. Jewel ; 203, William ; 204, John. 

95. Joseph Carper (John\ Henry-, Isaac^, Elizabeth*), son 
of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Van Metre) Carper, rn. Ann West. 


205, Elizabeth, in. Echols ; 206, Robert ; served in C. S. 

A.; killed 1862; 207, Wyndham; 208, Ariana, in. 11 
Sept., 1866, Wm. B. Bean. 

98. Mary Jane Van Metre (John\ Henry-, Isaac^ Jacob*), 
dau. of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, b. 29 
Sept., 1819; m. 23 Feb., 1837, William Cooke, of Bowling 
Green, Ky. Issue: 

209, John J., b. 30 Oct., 1839; d, 12 March, 1896; m. 1873, 

Lula Pevay. 

210, Alartha A., b. 11 Feb., 1842; in. 2^ Nov., 1864, Capt. 

Daniel Kearney. 

211, Charles L., b. 29 April, 1845; ^'^- Jan., 1895, Ellen Dahl. 

212, Samuel C, b. 20 Nov., 1848; d. 17 Jan., 1854. 

99. Julia Ann Van Metre (John^, Henry-, Isaac^, Jacob*), 
dau. of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, b. 18 
Oct., 1820; in. 2^ Nov., 1836, Atwood G. Hobson, of Bowling 
Green, Ky. Issue : 

213, Lucy U., b. 2 Oct., ,1837; d. 19 March, 1838. 

214, Mary Eliza, b. 5 Aug., 1840. 

215, Ellen Francis, b. 31 March, 1842; d. 15 March, 1853. 

216, Wm. Edward, b. 31 March, 1842; in. 5 March, 1863, Ida 

Thorn. W. E. Hobson, late Postmaster of Bowling 
Green, Ky., was formerly Colonel 13th Regt. Kentucky 
Volunteers, C. S. A. 

218, Jonathan, b. 8 Dec, 1845. 

219, Joseph V. M., b. 8 May, 1848. 

220, George, b. 23 Sept., 1864. 

100. Caroline Eve Van Metre (John^, Henry^, Isaac^, 
Jacob*), dau. of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, 
b. Va., II July, 1822; in. 23 June, 1841, George Bradley Adams. 




221, Wm. Usher, b. 30 Jan., 1843; wi. Mary Clarkson. 

222, Mary Leland, b. 28 July, 1844; d. 2 March, 1893; ^- ist 

Feb., 1865, J. J. Hilburn, of BowHng Green, Ky. 

223, Samuel Tyler, b. 12 July, 1846; d. 17 Dec, 1893; m. 5 

Nov., 1878, Sallie Porter. He was town marshal of 
Bowling Green, Ky. 

224, Julia Woodbury, b. 2 Jan., 1849; ^^- n Dec, 1884, Wil- 

liam R. Carson. 

225, Charles Joseph, b. 26 Oct., 185 1 ; m. 14 Dec, 1873, Mary 

Z. Harrison. 

226, George Bradley, b. 7 Oct., 1853 ; m. 16 Nov., 1882, Fannie 

P. Allen. 

loi. Samuel Kirk Van Metre (John^ Henry^, Isaac', 
Jacob*), son of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, 
b. Va., 26 March, 1824; m. 5 March, i860, Cessna J. Sharp. 


227, Martha U., b. 28 Feb., 1861 ; d. 1862; 228, Chas. Clinton, 

b. Sept., 1862. 

229, Mary U., b. i Oct., 1865; m. Dec, 1884, Eugene Miller. 

230, William Sharp, b. Sept., 1867; m. 2 Sept., 1891, Ella 


102. Charles Joseph Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Isaac', 
Jacob*), son of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, 
b. at Bowling Green, Ky., 22 May, 1826; m. i Oct., 1878, Mrs. 
Kate (Moss) Overall, of Paducah, Ky. They have no issue. 

After spending some years in the management of his father's 
plantation, he, in partnership with his elder brother, William, 
engaged in steamboating on the Green and Barren Rivers in 1856, 
and continued in it until the breaking out of the Civil War in 
1861. He then entered the Quartermaster's service of the Con- 
federate States Army and continued in that duty until 1865. 
After the close of the war he and his brother William resumed 
steamboating, and, in connection with it, engaged in the lumber 
business. In 1868 they joined a syndicate known as the Green 
and Barren River Navigation Co., and leased from the State of 
Kentucky the Green and Barren Rivers — that is, the State's im- 
provements in the way of locks and dams — for thirty years. 
Their franchise was sold to the Federal Government some ten 
years before the expiration of the lease. In the same year, 1868, 
he and his brother purchased Grayson Springs, in Grayson Co., 
and managed it themselves until 1884. Capt. Van Metre is now 
residing on a farm near Bowling Green. He is a most estimable 
man, hale and hearty, though now in his 83rd year, and kind 
and charitable. He has always been a very active man, and no 
one stands higher in the community than he does ; a man of 
Sterling character; progressive and public spirited and much in- 




liy ciiuri sy of the Lonfederate I eiernn. 



terested in education. About three years ago he was elected 
Chancellor of the Western State Normal School, which was es- 
tablished in Bowling Green by the Legislature of 1906 (W. A. O.). 

103. Sarah Frances Van Metre (John\ Henry^, Isaac^, 
Jacob*), dau. of Jacob and Patsey U. (Shrewsbury) Van Metre, 
b. 25 Oct., 1828; d. Jan., 1883; m. 14 Jan., 1856, Manoah P. 
Clarkson. Issue : 

231, James V. M., b. 14 April, 1858; m. Nannie Clarkson; 
233, Clinton Clay, b. 18 Dec, 1859; d. 18 March, 1864. 

no. Sarah Elizabeth Van Metre (John^ Henry^, Isaac^, 
Joseph*), dau. of Joseph and Damaris (Lackland) Van Metre, 
b. Aug., 1829; d. 3 Jan., 1908; m. 6 Jan., 1880, Col. John E. 
Helms, of Morristown, Tenn., who d. 1906. Mrs. Helms was 
one of the best known and most successful teachers among the 
educators of western Virginia. For twenty years — from 1874 
to 1894 — she was the principal of the primary department of the 
Marion Female College, at Marion, Smyth Co., Va., and in that 
capacity had the shaping of the minds of her pupils and the 
moulding of their character at the most impressionable period of 
their lives ; the result has been of enduring beneficence to them 
and a lasting honor to Mrs. Helms. Her great power and suc- 
cess are attributed, by a contemporary writer, to those cardinal 
qualities which she possessed : " her high conscientious conception 
of her life work; her purity of thought, of speech and of life; 
devotion to her friends, and in her consecration to her life-work." 
No issue. 

112. Elizabeth Ann Sweetland (John^, Henry^, Isaac^, 
Sallie H.*), dau. of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) 
Sweetland, b. 12 Sept., 1815; d. i July, 1892, in Botetourt Co., 
Va. ; m. 14 Jan., 1840, Thomas Jefferson Obenchain, of Bote- 
tourt Co., Va. 

Virginia Heroine, Mrs. E. A. Obenchain. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Obenchain, of Virginia, in whose veins ran good old 
Dutch, English and Norman, French Huguenot, and German blood, in- 
laerited the excellent qualities, and especially the courage, of her pioneer 

In the summer of 1864 Gen. Hunter marched with a large force up the 
Valley of Virginia to attack Lynchburg from the rear. Mrs. Obenchain's 
two older sons were in the Confederate arrqy. Her husband was on duty 
with the Home Guard in the fortifications' at Lynchburg. Her youngest 
son, then but fifteen years of age, to save it from capture had ridden to the 
country a horse she greatly prized, because a gift from her brother, Capt. 
William A. Sweetland, who was killed the year before at Gettysburg. 
Her oldest daughter was from home, at school. She was left alone, then, 
with her five younger children, all girls, ranging in age from four to 
thirteen years, and the youngest was at the time very ill. 

Her eldest son had left at home some six or eight pounds of sporting 
powder. When Hunter's advance guard appeared on the hills on the 



opposite side of James River from Buchanan, Mrs. Obenchain, fearing 
that her house would be searched by Federal soldiers when they entered 
the town, and wishing to save her son's powder, carried it over to St. 
John's churchyard, which adjoined her premises, and concealed it under 
some rank, matted grass near an old tombstone in the rear of the church, 
where, from the sacredness of the place, she supposed it would be secure. 

During the day Federal soldiers had ransacked the house and taken 
many small articles of value and all her provisions. Later another squad 
of soldiers appeared at the front door in charge of a sergeant, who in- 
formed Mrs. Obenchain that he had orders to burn her house. Recovering 
quickly from this startling announcement, she calmly replied, " I am help- 
less, and at your mercy." — ^While standing in the door with her sick child 
in her arms pleading with the sergeant for the sake of her children, a 
Federal officer rode up. On learning the object of the squad he asked 
the sergeant to do nothing until he could communicate with General 
Hunter. Galloping at once to headquarters, he succeeded in getting the 
order countermanded and quickly returned with the welcome news. 

The ofificer gave his name as Alexander and addressed Mrs. Obenchain 
as " Cousin Lizzie." Whether really related or not is not known. He 
knew that she had two sons in the Confederate Army. Learning that 
there were other Federal soldiers in the backyard he went out and ordered 
them to leave the premises at once. 

After seeing that his order was obeyed, he came back into the house, 
manifested much interest, spoke words of sympathy and assurance, and 
promised her protection. Shortly after leaving he sent some provisions, 
and also a surgeon, who prescribed for her sick child and supplied the 
necessary medicine. 

As has been said, Mrs. Obenchain supposed the powder would be safe 
where she had concealed it in the churchyard. How great, then, was her 
amazement when, on going out on the back porch at about ten o'clock at 
night, she saw several fires burning in that part of the churchyard and 
soldiers lying around them on the grass. She realized the situation at 
once. " Should fire get to that powder," she thought, " and in the explo- 
sion any injury be done, the soldiers, supposing it intentional, would be- 
come infuriated and burn the town." The mere thought of being the 
cause of such a calamity, however innocent, was more than she could bear. 
Immediately calling her housemaid, she said, pointing to the churchyard: 
" Hannah, look at those fires over there and the soldiers lying around 
them ; you must go there at once and get that powder away." 

" La ! Miss Lizzie," said Hannah with a look of terror in her face, " I 
wouldn't go over dar among dem Yankees for de whole worl'." 

" Then I'll go myself," said her mistress, starting at once. 

" And I'll go with you," said the faithful Hannah, trembling in every 

Followed by the servant, Mrs. Obenchain went out through the garden 
and crept cautiously up to the dividing fence. Soldiers were stretched 
out on the ground, here and there, on the other side, fast asleep. Some 
of the fires were spreading slowly in the grass. Thinking only of what 
might happen to others, she whispered to the servant to remain where she 
was, climbed the fence noiselessly, crept lightly among the sleeping forms, 
secured the powder, and returned safely with it to the house. 

When told afterwards that she was in great peril at the time ; that if 
she had been detected when coming out with the powder in her possession, 
she would have been suspected of attempting to do what she had gone 
there to prevent, and would doubtless have been subjected to violence she 
smilingly said: " O, I never once thought of myself." 

Like the Roman matrons of old, Mrs. Obenchain was a woman of 
remarkable fortitude and self-control. If she ever shed a tear when at 



any time her sons left home for the field of duty, she took care not to 
let them see it. It was only when they returned that she wept, as she 
tenderly threw her arms around them. But her tears then were tears of 
joy. And yet there was never a more affectionate and devoted mother. 
Her life was a life of constant solicitude and self-sacrifice for her children. 
She was ever watchful and patient ; and to her repeated lessons, whole- 
some precepts, and noble example they are mainly indebted for all their 
higher aspirations. 

Mrs. Obenchain was always kind and charitable to others, and ever ready 
to lend a helping hand in sickness or distress. During the war a hospital 
was established in her town, Buchanan, Va., for sick and invalid Con- 
federate soldiers. To them she was a minstering angel. When told 
of a remark made about her by a convalescent soldier as one day he was 
slowly wending his way to her house to get some delicacy she had 
promised him — the remark that she was the best woman he had ever met — 
she modestly said : " I am only doing my duty, trusting in the Lord that 
some one will do the same for my sons should any misfortune befall them 
while they are away from home." 

" Kind hearts are more than coronets. 
And simple faith than Norman blood." 

That simple faith Mrs. Obenchain had in the highest degree. She did 
what she could and trusted in the Lord, and in all the trials and troubles 
of this life her faith remained unshaken to the end. 

Broken in health in her last years, she passed away peacefully in Wythe- 
ville, Va., July i, 1892, in the seventy-seventh year of her age, 

" In the great history of the land, 
A noble type of good, 
Heroic womanhood." 

Mrs. Obenchain's eldest son, Maj. William A. Obenchain, now President 
of Ogden College, Bowling Green, Ky., received an appointment in the 
artillery of the regular Confederate army in 1861, but served throughout 
the war in the engineer corps. He was promoted in 1864 for " skill and 
meritorious conduct," and was one of the staff engineers of the Army of 
Northern Virginia in the last year of the war. 

Her second son, Capt. Francis G. Obenchain, now of Chicago, served 
also throughout the war in the Botetourt (Virginia) Artillery. At Port 
Gibson on May i, 1863, this splendid battery of six guns, of which he 
was then orderly sergeant, was placed in the forefront to be sacrificed, if 
necessary, in the effort to hold Grant in check. It fired the first gun in 
that battle, bore the brunt of the engagement the greater part of the day, 
and suffered heavily in men, horses, and guns. At noon, all the lieuten- 
ants present for duty being killed and the captain disabled, the command 
of the battery devolved upon 3'oung Obenchain, then but twenty years of 
age. The last to leave the field with the two guns that could be brought 
off, he did excellent service in covering the retreat of the Confederate 
troops. He was conspicuous throughout the day for coolness and bravery, 
and was known afterwards in Pemberton's army as " the little fighting 
sergeant." Soon after he received promotion for " distinguished valor 
and skill " and commanded the Botetourt Artillery during the siege of 
Vicksburg. (From the Confederate Veteran, Nashville, Tenn., Feb., 1906.) 

234, William A. ; 235, Francis Gardiner ; 236, Martha Mary, 
b. March, 1845; d. 11 March, 1846. 



237, James Thomas, b. March, 1849; d. 23 June, 1892; m. 4 
May, 1884, Frances Lou. ColHns ; 238, Laetitia Ann, 
b. 27 June, 185 1. 

239, Carohne, \ num. 

240, Margaret S., j twins: b. 14 Oct., 1853; m. 20 Sept., 1906, 

Nathaniel S. Dickenson, of Russell Co., Va. 

241, Alice Virginia, b. 9 March, 1856; m. 10 Feb., 1903, 

Zachary Taylor Atkins, of Marion, Smyth Co., \''a. 

242, Lura Borden, b. 13 Aug., i860; m. 22 Dec, 1902, George 

Barston Flint, of Anniston Alabama. 

243, Florence Maffitt, b. 31 Aug. 1864; d. 31 May, 1881. 

113. Mary Hester Sweetland (John\ Henry^, Isaac^, Sallie 
H.*), dau. of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, 
b. 14 Sept., 1816; d. 30 June, 1846; m. 1 March, 1837, George 
Walter Strickland. Issue: 

244, William E., b. 22 Feb., 1839; m. 23 Aug., 1863, Margaret 

Rebecca Chinn. 

245, Sallie Ann, b. 4 May, 1842; m. 5 June, 1862, Peter B. 


246, Mary G., b. 1843; d. 17 April, 1870; m. 28 Oct., 1869, 

Nash J. Evans. 

115. Samuel McFerran Sweetland (John^, Henry-, Isaac^, 
Sallie H.*), son of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweet- 
land, b. 3 Feb., 1820; d. 17 April, 1856; m. ist Martha V. Aber- 
nathy ; m. 2d Mary Jane Abernathy. Issue : 

247, Venetia, b. 19 Aug., 1849; d. 2^ Jan., 1850. 

248, Samuel R., b. 15 Sept., 1856; m. 18 Dec, 1879, Maggie 

Lowe, of Giles Co., Tenn. 

117. Isaac V. M. Sweetland (John^ Henry-, Isaac^, Sallie 
H.*), son of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, 
b. 24 April, i826( ?) ; in. 2d June, 1844, Martha Russell. Issue: 

249, John S., b. 20 April, 1846; 250, Mary H., b. 30 June, 

1847; ^"- 18 March, 1846, T. A. Love. 

251, Anne H., b. ii July, 1848; m. March, 1870, William C. 


252, Chas. R., b. 30 Jan., 1850; d. 17 March, 1850; 253, Eliza- 

beth O., b. 21 March, 185 1; ;;/. 1873, James Hill; 254, 
Maggie P., b. 22 Oct., 1855; '"■ 1874, Thos. J. Haile. 
255, Carrie, V. M., b. 3 June, 1857; d. Sept., 1871 ; 256, Louis 
R., b. 14 Feb., 1859. 

257, Martha W., b. 1 1 Jan., 1861 ; ;;/. Dec, 1886, Dr. Silas W. 


258, Virginia W., b. 3 Aug., 1862; m. Feb., 1883, L. M. 

San ford. 

259, Sallie R., b. 27 July, 1867. 



120. Sallie E. Sweetland (John^, Henry^, Isaac^, SalUe 
H.'*), dau. of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, 
b. i6 June, 1831 ; m. 25 April, 1861, Luke Powell. Issue: 

260, Henry, b. 21 Jan., 1862; 261, Mary, b. Feb., 1864; m. 

Foster; 262, Lucy, b. 11 Jan., 1866; 263, Lilly, b. 

5 Nov., 1867; 264, Luke, b. 15 May, 1873. 

121. James Otis Sweetland (John^, Henry^, Isaac^, Sallie 
H.*), son of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, 
b. 14 June, 1833; m. 3 Jan., 1856, Martha V. Scott. James O. 
Sweetland was a member of the California Legislature. Issue: 

265, Jefiferson D., b. 11 Febr., 1857; d. 16 June, 1857. 

266, Laura V., b. 17 March, 1858; m. 31 Oct., 1875, Stephen 

R. Heath. 

267, George Lee, b. 10 March, 1861 ; 268, Carrie, b. 20 Nov., 

1864; d. 8 Feb., 1870. 
269, Henry P., and 270, William A., twins, b. 13 June, 1866; 
Henry P. d. 5 March, 1885. 

271, Laurence G., b. 9 July, 1871. 

122. Caroline Sweetland (John^, Henry-, Isaac^, Sallie H.*), 
dau. of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, b. 
12 Feb., 1835; d. 20 Oct., 1890; m. 26 Jan., i860, Sylvanus H. 
Walcott. Issue : 

272, William L., b. 26 Dec, i860; 273, Albert S., b. 6 Sept., 

1863; d. 14 May, 1875. 

273, Viola L., b. 29 June, 1865 ; m. 18 Feb., 1890, Martin B. 


274, Mattie W., b. 15 Sept., 1867; d. 29 Jan., 1890; m. 18 Jan., 

1888, Emery W. Foreman. 
27s, Lura D., b. Dec, 1869; d. 25 Feb., 1870; 2j6, Alanson 
H., b. 26 July, 1872. 

277, Ella v., b. 2y May, 1875. 

123. Margaret Sweetland (John^, Henry-, Isaac^, Sallie H.*), 
dau. of Dr. Eleazer and Sallie H. (Van Metre) Sweetland, b. 
17 Aug., 1837; m. 25 March, 1862, J. N. Powell. Issue: 

278, Charles E., b. 5 Dec, 1864; 279, Anna F., b. 2 July, 1866; 

m. 15 Jan., 1899, E. E. Chrisman; 280, Minnie B., b. 
30 Sept., 1868; 281, Carrie E., b. 5 Aug., 1871. 

137. Amanda Owsley (JohnS Henry^, Ruth^, Elizabeth*), 
dau. of William and Elizabeth (Gill) Owsley, m. Clifton Rodes 

Issue : 

282, Robert, b. circa 1824. 

157. Oliver H. P. Van Metre (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^. 

Absalom*, Reazin^), son of Reazin and Van Metre, b. 

Mason Co., Va., circa 1818; m. Miriam Sayre. Issue: 

283, David S., who was an Attorney-at-Law, Parkersburg, 

W. Va. 



164. David Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry', Alice*, William'), 
son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. Greene Co., Pa., 
1809; d. 1882; m. Mary Coon. He served as 2d Lieut, in the 
Mexican War. Lived in Spencer Co., Indiana. Issue. 

284, William, b. 1828; m. ist Dorcas Mclntire; m. 2d Emma 


285, Frank, b. 1830; m. Ophelia Jones, Lives Clermont Co., 


286, Caroline, b. 1834; vi. ist Thos. McCoy; m. 2d John M. 


287, Mary, b. 1839; ni. Merion Jackson. Lives Spencer Co., 


288, Stephen, b. 1843; ^'^- Emma Chase. Lives Warrick Co., 


289, Sydney, b. 1848; m. Adam Baum. Lives Spencer Co., 


290, John, b. circa 1852; m. ist Orvilla McCoy; m. 2d Amer- 

icus Turner. 

165. Sydney Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.=^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), dau. of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 1811; m. 
Benjamin Stites. Issue: 

291, Benton, m. Desdemonia Doolittle; 292, Olive, vi. James 

Romine ; 293, Emma, m. Johnson ; 294, John, m. 

Elizabeth Johnson; 295, George. 

166. L\t»ia Davis (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), dau. of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 16 Feb., 
1815; d. 8 Jan., 1878; ni. George Nichols, b. 18 Sept., 1817; d. 
2 Sept., 1905. They lived in Clermont Co., Ohio. Issue: 

296, Sydney Olive, b. 12 Jan., 1848; d. 28 Sept., 1906; m. 

167. Azariah Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry^ Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 23 July, 
1817; d. 8 Aug., 1876; m. 26 Nov., 1843, R"th Patton, b. 3 
March, 1823; d. i Nov., 1901. Issue: 

297, Lucien M., b. 24 April, 1845; '"■ ^9 Oct., 1875, Miss 

Whitaker. He is a Methodist minister, living in Cler- 
mont Co., Ohio. 

298, John W., b. 20 April, 1847; d- «'^'"- 1889. Was a 


299, Alonza A., b. 13 Jan., 1850; d. 1852; 300, Wm. C, b. 

29 Aug., 1852; d. 17 May, 1897. 
301, Emma E., b. 27 Jan., 1855; 302, George W., b. 9 March, 

303, Charles W., b. 18 June, 1862; 304, Edward C, b. 6 

June, 1864. 
305, Lillie M., b. 6 April, 1867; 306, Albert L., b. 2 Oct., 1869. 



i68. Mary Ann Davis (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
William^), dau. of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 26 
March, 1818; d. 20 Oct., 1886; in. 18 Oct., 1836, William B. Dun- 
ham, of Hamilton Co., O. ; b. 8 Aug., 181 1 ; d. 16 Feb., 1897. Issue : 

307, Mary Drusilla, b. 14 Aug., 1837; d. 24 Sept., 1904; ni. 

circa 1856, Samuel Pury. 

308, W. Edwin, b. 12 Nov., 1843; d. i March, 1898; m. 12 

Sept., 1866, . 

309, Lydia, b. 26 Jan., 1850; m. Clark. 

169. George Davis (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, m. ist Pauline 
Baldwin; 111. 2d Phoebe Griffiths. Issue: 

310, William, m. Dunham; 311, Sydnia, wj. West Griffiths ; 

312, Viola; 313, George, m. Orvilla Crow. 

170. Stephen Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. Hamilton 
Co., O., 1822; d. Chrisney, Spencer Co., Ind., 1882; m. 1846, 
Nancy Patton, b. 1824, the daughter of James Patton, of Brown 
Co., Ohio. Stephen Davis served in the Civil War. Issue: 

314, Lydia; 315, Emma; 316, George, b. 1856, m. Sarah Wise; 
317, Stephen. 

171. John Davis (John^Henry-, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, William^), 
son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 1824; m. CaHsta 
Ward, of Withamsville, O. John Davis served as a captain in 
the Union army during the Civil War. Issue : 

319, Nettie; 320, Arabell; 321, Fremont; all m. and living in 
Spencer Co., Ind. 

172. Amanda Davis (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), dau. of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. 1826; m. 
Jonathan Pancoast ; resided at El Paso, Tex. Issue : 

322, Endora; living at El Paso, Tex. 

173. William Davis (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^), son of William and Lydia (Fields) Davis, b. Hamilton 
Co., O., 1829; d. Cincinnati, O., 1896; m. Elizabeth Hahn, of 
Newtown, Hamilton Co., O. Issue : 

323, Florence, b. 1850; m. Pharoah Chrisney, b. Alsace, France ; 

brother of the founder of Chrisney, Spencer Co., Ind., 
John B. Chrisney. 

324, Stephen C, b. 1853; d. 1894; m. 1874, Kitty Odour, who 

d. 1890. 

178. Azariah Smith (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 

Martha^), son of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Greene 

Co., Pa., 20 Jan., 1805; d. 1847; ^"- 6 Oct., 1825, Charity Jewel, 

who d. 1880. They removed to Putnam Co., O., 1836. Issue: 

325, Corneha; 326, James; 327, William; 328, John JuHan; 329, 

Leonidas ; 330, Pheobe; 331, Leander. 

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179. Benjamin Smith (John^ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha'^), son of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Greene 
Co., Pa., 27 Jan., 1807; d. 9 March, 1900; m. 1833. Martha Brown, 
a native of Virginia; b. 4 March, 1809; d. 26 Sept., 1870. Ben- 
jamin Smith entered the last 125 acres of government land in 
Morgan Township, Knox Co., O. In his boyhood he attended 
school in a log cabin near his home ; it had seats made of slabs, 
greased papers for windows and clay floor. Issue: 

332, Martha Jane, b. 31 March, 1834; d. 1855 ; 333, Sarah Ann, 
b. 16 Oct., 1836. 

182. Sarah Ann Smith (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^), dan. of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Knox 
Co., O., 5 Feb., 1814; d. 23 Feb., 1901 ; m. 4 Feb., 1841, John 
Wesley McCune, d. 14 Jnne, 1892. They moved to Illinois in 
1852, and in a few years later to Iowa, where they buried four 
children ; the widow then returned in 1893 to Knox Co., O. Issue : 

344, James H. ; 335, Margaret R. ; 336, Charles; 337, Henry; 
338, Alexander; 339, Ettwina. 

183. Rebecca Smith (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^), dau. of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Knox 
Co., O., 28 Jan., 1816; d. 13 Nov., 1883; "'• 26 Nov., 1844, Henry 
Crumley, who d. 188- ; they lived in Van Wert Co., O. Issue: 

340, Oscar, m., lives in Defiance, O. ; issue four children. 

341, Sarah, m. Fair, lives at Rose City, Mich.; issue four 


342, Margaret, m. Eagy, lives in Van Wert Co., O. Issue 

three children. 

184. James H. Smith (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 
Martha^), son of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Knox 
Co., O., 28 Aug., 1818; m. April, 1844, Harriet Todd, of Putnam 
Co., O., where he went to reside in 1842. He held a number of 
county offices of honor and trust. Issue: 

343, Lafayette N. ; 344, Louisa M. ; 345, Kossouth ; 346, Julia 

R. ; 347, Annie C. ; 348, Jefferson D. The three sisters 
live in Ottawa, O. 

185. Henry D. Smith (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^), son of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Knox 
Co., O., 6 Dec, 1820; d. on the old Smith homestead, i June, 1887; 
m. 1848, Sarah McVey, who d. 14 Jan., 1854. Issue: 

349, Martha A.; 350, an infant b. 7 Jan., 1854; d. Jan., 1854. 

He m. 2d 30 Dec, 1858, Hannah Harris, b. 27 Sept., 

1837; d. 30 Dec, 1893. 
351, Elza H. ; 352, Emma V.; 354, B. Franklin, b. 10 Jan., 

1862; 355, S. Caroline; 356, George M.; 357, Rees, d. 

inf. ; 358, Mary A. 



1 86. Rachael Smith (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^), dau. of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. Knox 
Co., O., i6 April, 1823; d. near Carthage, Mo., 1872; m. 1845, 
Newton McVey, who d. Carthage, 1904. Issue : 

359, Margaret; 360, Adaline ; 361, Vorhees ; 362, Rees Oscar; 
363, Florence; 364, Flora; 365, Caroline, d. inf. 

187. Caroline Campnet Smith (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, 
Alice*, Martha^), dau. of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, 
b. Knox Co., O., 8 April. 1826; d. 16 March, 1906; in. 24 Oct., 
1844, in Morgan Township, O., John James Tulloss, b. 11 Sept., 
1820; d. 15 April, 1903. For sixty years this couple lived on 
their farm, located four miles northwest of Utica, O. Both 
received their early education in the subscription schools held in 
log. cabins ; both were members of the primitive Baptist Church 
and both were buried in Fairview Cemetery, not far from their 
old home. Issue : 

366; Emily, b. i Aug., 1845 > d. 23 Oct., 1861 ; 367, Byram L. 

368, John James, b. 2y Sept., 1848; d. 3 April, 1879; taught 

school at St. James, Nebraska, from 1874-1877. 

369, Rees P. ; 370, George W. ; 371, Cynthia A., b. 3 April, 1858. 

372, Caroline C, b. 22 Aug., 1861. These two sisters are both 

living in the old Tulloss homestead near Utica, a family 
home for ninety-seven years. 

373, Benjamin F., b. 3 Oct., 1854, residing at Uralda, Veralda 

Co., Tex., 19 Sept., 1881. He went to Texas in 1877 
and there taught schools in different towns of that State. 

188. Rees Smith (John\Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Martha^), 
son of James H. and Martha (Davis) Smith, b. i Dec, 1828; 
murdered by Mexicans in Arizona Territory in 1871 ; in. Alice 
Fly, a Spanish woman. Rees emigrated to California in 1849; 
represented California in State Legislature. Issue: 

374, Cornelia; 375, Camilious Rees; both lived in Nappa City, 

Cal, 1871. 

189. AzARiAH Hanger (John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 

Rebecca^), son of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, m. 

; died at age of yy years. Issue: 

376, Elza; 377, Sarah Bell. 

191. Andrew Hanger (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 

Rebecca^), son of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, m. 

; had nine children and at age 74 years he was a minister of 

the Christian denomination. 

192. Jackson Hanger (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 

Rebecca^), son of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, m. 

; d. 1907 in Tennessee at home of his daughter, at the age 

of 76 (b. 1831). Had two children. 



193. Jacob Hanger (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 

Rebecca^), son of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, 7n. ; 

had nine children ; d. in Illinois, aged yy. He also was a minister 
of the Christian denomination. 

194. Mary Hanger (John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Re- 
becca^), dau. of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, m. 

; had five children; d. in Iowa, aged 45 years. 

198. Sarah Hanger (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Re- 
becca^), dau. of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, in. Elza 
Harris; d. 24 Sept., 1888. Issue: 

378, Jacob; 379, Morgan; 380, Jackson; 381, Mary, unm.; 382, 
Elizabeth ; 383, Rebecca. 

199. Harriet Hanger (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Rebecca^), dau. of Jacob and Rebecca (Davis) Hanger, d. in 
Illinois, aged 40 years ; in. Daniel Boyd. Issue : 

384, Mary; 385, Rebecca. 

204. John Miller (John^ Henry 2, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, Sarah^), 
son of George and Sarah (Davis) Miller, b. i Sept., 1810; d. 11 
Feb., 1884; in. 23 Feb., 1832, Cornelia Clutter; in. 2d 23 April, 
1848, Elizabeth Helphrey, b. 23 May, 1827 ; d. 10 Feb., 1896. Issue : 

384, William, b. 5 April, 1833; m. ist MeHssa King; m. 2d 

Mary Paul. 

385, Cinderella; 386. Rachael ; 387, Calvin, b. 17 Jan., 1839; 

in. Elizabeth McClelland ; 388, Charles ; 389, John Frank- 
hn; 390, Mary Elsie; 391, Emma Alice; 392, Ira V. ; 
393, Lillian C. ; 394, Ella, b. 5 April, 1866; in. 26 March, 
1889, Charles S. Johnson, b. 22 Sept., 1864; no issue. 

234. William Alexander Obenchain ( John\ Henry^, Isaac^, 
Sallie H.*, Elizabeth Ann^), eldest son of Thomas Jefferson and 
Elizabeth Ann (Sweetland) Obenchain, was born in Buchanan, 
Va., 27 April, 1841 ; m. 8 July, 1885, EHza Hall Calvert, of 
Bowling Green, Ky., dau. of Thomas Chalmers and Margaret 
(Younglove) Calvert, and a descendant of James Hall, Scotch- 
Irish, who, on emigrating to America, settled in Derry, now 
Londonderry, Township, Dauphin Co., Pa., in the first quarter 
of the eighteenth century and moved with his family to Iredell 
County, North Carolina, in 1751. Mrs. Obenchain is the gifted 
writer of many poems, essays and short stories, which have 
appeared from time to time in leading magazines and is the author 
of " Aunt Jane of Kentucky," the exceptional merit of which 
attracted the attention and received the commendation of Presi- 
dent Roosevelt. This book, depicting the quaintness and sim- 
plicity of character in certain phases of life in rural Kentucky, 
became at once widely popular and reached its fourteenth edition 
almost within two years of its publication. Copies of it have 
been printed in Braille for the use of the blind. Mrs. Obenchain 



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is prominent also in the equal rights and suffrage movements for 
women and has written and published, over her real name, many 
able and trenchant articles on these subjects. The father of W. 
A. Obenchain was of German and Welsh ancestry and a promi- 
nent and successful merchant up to 1861 ; was a man of great 
native ability and lofty character, cominanding in appearance, 
pleasing in address, and of sterling integrity, which he preserved 
to the last. He was possessed of a fine judicial mind and actuated 
by a high sense of duty and he had the courage of his convictions 
with the firmness of an old Roman. As an official of the old 
Virginia type " he dignified the position of magistrate for more 
than a quarter of a century. His decisions were characteristic 
for their justice and equity to all litigants; and by his honesty 
and devotion to duty and his zeal in the enforcement of the laws, 
his reputation extended even beyond his own State." His was 
one of those rare cases in which the office seeks the man. Such 
was the esteem in which he was held by men of all political opin- 
ions, both as an official and as a man, and such was his popu- 
larity that even in his old age, and against his wishes, he was 
continually re-elected to office, and he died suddenly, in 1895, i" 
Wytheville, Va., at the age of 81, while still in the harness. He 
was buried with Masonic honors, having been a member of that 
order for more than forty years. Major W. A. Obenchain 
graduated with the highest honors in his class at the Virginia 
Military Institute in 1861 ; was appointed second lieutenant of 
artillery in the regular army of the Confederate States, but was 
soon after transferred to the engineer corps, in which he served 
with distinction throughout the war. He was promoted captain 
for " skill and meritorious conduct " in 1864, and was one of the 
staff engineers of the Army of Northern Virginia the last year 
of the war. He was professor of mathematics and engineering 
in the Hillsboro (N. C.) Military Academy, 1866-1868; professor 
of mathematics and commandant of cadets in the Western Mili- 
tary Academy at New Castle, Ky., under Gen. E. Kirby Smith, 
1868-70; professor of modern languages and commandant of 
cadets in the University of Nashville, 1870-1873 ; was elected 
professor of mathematics in Ogden College, Bowling Green, Ky., 
in 1878, and president of that institution in 1883. He ranks high 
as an educator, has been the recipient of many educational honors 
and has been elected a member of many learned and scientific 
societies. Issue : 

395, Margery, b. 19 Sept., 1886; 396, Wm. Alexander, b. 21 

Sept., 1888; 397, Florence Hall, b. 2 Nov., 1891 ; 398, 

Cecelia Calvert, b. 25 March, 1895. 

235. Francis Gardiner Obenchain (John^, Henry-, Isaac^, 
Sallie H.*, Elizabeth A.^), second son of Thomas Jefferson and 
Elizabeth Ann (Sweetland) Obenchain, b. Buchanan, Va., 15 



Feb., 1843; ^'^' 25 Nov., 1875, Anna L. Brown, youngest daughter 
of Col. A, S. Brown, of Memphis, Tenn. Captain Obenchain 
made a good record in the private school of Wm. R. Gait, one 
of the ablest teachers in Virginia, but his education was cut short 
by the breaking out of the war. He immediately entered the 
Confederate service, at the age of 18, and served throughout the 
war. At the battle of Port Gibson, May i, 1863, the splendid 
battery of six guns, the Botetourt (Virginia) Artillery, of which 
he was the orderly sergeant, was placed in the forefront, to be 
sacrificed, if necessary, in the effort to hold Grant in check. This 
battery fired the first gun in the battle about daylight, and soon 
attracted upon it the concentrated fire of two or more Federal 
batteries. It bore the brunt of the engagement, and, being in an 
exposed position, lost heavily in men, guns and horses. At noon 
all the lieutenants present for duty being killed and the captain 
disabled, the command of the battery devolved upon young Oben- 
chain, then but twenty years of age. He was the last of his com- 
mand to leave the field, late in the afternoon, and with two guns, 
all that could be brought off, he rendered excellent service in 
covering the retreat of the Confederate troops. He was con- 
spicuous throughout the day for coolness and bravery, and was 
afterwards known in Pemberton's army as " the little fighting 
sergeant." He soon received promotion for " distinguished valor 
and skill," and commanded a force of infantry and artillery 
during the siege of Vicksburg. Such was his reputation for 
coolness and bravery, that, when a Federal gunboat grounded 
close to the shore near Vicksburg and it was decided to make an 
attempt to capture it at night, he was selected to command the 
attacking force. " In the early part of June, 1863, one of the 
Federal gunboats ran aground at shore on the east side of the 
Mississippi River, and at a point southeast of my part of the 
line of defense. The river bottom was quite wide then and 
covered with a dense growth of trees. On the fifth of June I 
received orders to make preparations to capture the vessel that 
night; and that I would be supported by Major W. H. Halsey, 
with part of the 42d Georgia Infantry. Major Halsey bore a 
reputation for bravery and coolness. At that time the enemy 
had possession of that part of the river bottom, but in what 
manner we had no means of knowing. All my men knew the 
conditions, and I could already see that at heart some of them 
did not relish the idea. My instructions were, if successful in 
capturing the vessel, to man it and fight it for all it was worth 
in destroying the vessels of the enemy ! About sundown the 
gunboat succeeded in getting afloat and steaming away, making 
it impossible to capture her." He is a man of considerable cul- 
ture, strong convictions and great force of character and has for 
many years been a broker in Chicago. Issue : 



399, Jeannette Brown, b. 22 Aug., 1876; Fellow in Anthro- 

pology in the Chicago University, and member of the 
Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity. 

400, Ehzabeth Sweetland,b. 15 Aug., 1878; 401, Fannie Maude, 

b. 16 Jan., 1881 ; m. 26 Nov., 1902, John Cocke Aber- 
nathy, of Miami, Florida; 402, Alexandra Borden, b. 28 
April, 1885. 

237. James Thomas Obenchain (John^ Henry^, Isaac^ 
Sallie H.*, Elizabeth A.^), third and youngest son of Thomas 
Jefferson and Elizabeth Ann (Sweetland) Obenchain, b. in Buch- 
anan, Va., 8 March, 1849; d. Nashville, Tenn., 23 June, 1893; w- 
4 May, 1884, Frances Lou Collins, of Nashville, Tenn. The war 
between the States beginning when he was but twelve years of 
age, his education was limited, but he had a native ability, a 
strong character and a winning manner. Though modest and 
unassuming, he possessed some of the elements of leadership, and 
had always at heart the good of his fellow-man. He was the 
promoter and one of the three founders of an association of 
retail clerks in Nashville, Tenn., known as the Retail Clerks' 
Union, which brought about their emancipation from long and 
trying hours of service. Prior to that time these clerks were 
required to be on duty from early in the morning until half-past 
ten and eleven o'clock at night. This organization compelled the 
proprietors to close their stores not later than seven in the even- 
ing. In recognition of his services he was elected vice-president 
of the union at its organization, and he held that position until 
his death. In May, 1875, while living in Dallas, Texas, he was 
shot in the breast and dangerously wounded by a drunken des- 
perado, without any provocation whatever, while sitting on the 
front steps of his boarding house. The bullet could not be ex- 
tracted, but his life was finally saved; it is doubtful, however, if 
he ever fully recovered from the effects of the wound. He died 
lamented by all who knew him. No issue. 

283. David Samuel Van Metre (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, 
Absalom*, Rezin^, Oliver H. P.**), son of Oliver Hazard Perry 

and Miriam (Sayre) Van Metre, b. 1849; w«. 1878, Hoover. 

D. S. Van Metre was a lawyer, living in Parkersburg, W. Va. 

He had a son : George Van Metre, painter, 201 Dorgenois 
Street, New Orleans, La., b. 1879, at Point Pleasant, W. Va. He 
left home in 1898, enlisted in the United States Army and was 
stationed at Jackson Barracks, near New Orleans; afterwards 
served in Cuba. 

Brothers and sisters of David Samuel Van Metre and children 
of Oliver H. P. Van Metre, were : 

a. William C, m. Crumb ; resides Washington, D. C. 

b. Oliver, m. Stuart; resides in Missouri. 

c. Abner, m. Sarah Collins; resides Point Pleasant, W. Va. 



d. Daniel W., m. Yeager; resides Point Pleasant, W. Va. 

e. Ellen, resides Point Pleasant, W. Va. 

/. Catharine, resides Point Pleasant, W. Va. 
h. Anna, resides Middleport, O. 

Note: My correspondent relates the story of a David Van 
Metre who lived about Middleport, O., who was then at the age 
of 105 years. Also tells of a Hoot Van Metre residing near 
Middleport, O., who in 1884 or 1885 was then 107 years of age 
and saw him pitch a sheaf of wheat to the thresher, though he 
had to be helped up to the wheat stack and taken down again 
after this performance. This man resembled an Indian in appear- 
ance and characteristics. 

314. Lydia Davis (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^, Stephen®), dau. of Stephen and Nancy (Patton) Davis, b. 
1847; w^- 1866, Isaac Strode. Issue: 

403, William, b. 1867; m. ist Clara Lee; m. 26. Nellie Earl. 

404, Flora, b. 1869; m. Chas. Bays; 405, Etta, b. 1876; m. Rev. 

Ulysses Hartley, of Chrisney, Ind. ; 406, John, b. 1881 ; 
m. Lily Doss, of Christian Co., Ky. 

315. Emma Davis (John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Wil- 
liam^, Stephen''), dau. of Stephen and Nancy (Patton) Davis, 111. 
Joseph Stoats. Issue : 

407, Mary Eva, b. 1870; m. Joseph Fella; 408, Nancy Josephine, 
m. Cornelius Harris, of Chrisney, Ind. 

317. Stephen Davis (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, AHce*, Wil- 
liam^, Stephen**), son of Stephen and Nancy (Patton) Davis, m. 
1st Addie Witherholt; 111. 2d Martha Cockerell. Issue: 

409, Nancy Cockerell, m. Chas. Putnam; 410, Minnie, m. John 

324. Stephen C. Davis (JohnS Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
William^, William®), son of William and Elizabeth (Hahn) 
Davis, b. 1853 ; ^- 1894 ; m. 1874, Kitty Odour, who d. 1890. Issue : 

411, Clarence, b. 1878, at Cincinnati, O. ; resides in Oregon. 

412, Florence, b. Cincinnati, O., 1880; m. 1903, Meredith Sharp, 

of Central City, Ky. ; he is a veteran of the Spanish- 
American War; resides Terre Haute, Ind. 

328. John Julian Smith (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, Azariah"), son of Azariah and Charity (Jewel) Smith, 
b. Knox Co., O., 9 Aug., 1830; m. 6 April, 1854, Mary Ann Nagle, 
of Putnam Co. They returned to Iowa in 1864. Issue: 

413, Melvina B. ; 414, Mina; 415, Belle. 

334. James Harrington McCune (John\ Henry-, Henry, 
Jr.^, Alice*, Martha", Sarah A.®), son of John Wesley and Sarah 
Ann (Smith) McCune, b. Knox Co., O., 1843; d. 7 April, 1892; 
m. 24 March, 1869, Mrs. Mary G. (Edwards) Ruble. He was a 



soldier in the Civil War; was confined ten months in a Southern 
military prison at Camp Ford. Issue : 

416, Alice Josephine. 

335. Margaret Rachael McCune (John^, Henry^, Henry, 
Jr.^, Alice*, Martha^, Sarah A.**), dau. of John Wesley and Sarah 
Ann (Smith) McCune, b. 23 Alarch, 1845; d. 14 Dec, 1884; w. 
20 Aug., 1879, Charles E. Thompson. They reside at Woodburn, 
Iowa. Issue : 

417, John Henry; 418, Merle Edward, b. 23 Aug., 1882; living 

in Minneapolis, Minn. 

343. Lafayette N. Smith (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, James H.^), son of James H. and Harriet (Todd) 
Smith, b. Oct., 1849; d. 19 Feb., 1905; w. Mary Rogers, of Toledo, 
O. Issue : 

419, Bessie; 420, Carice; 421, Charles H. 

348. Jefferson D. Smith (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, James H.''), son of James H. and Harriet (Todd) 
Smith; w. 1889, Mary Bone. They reside near Homer, O. Issue: 

422, Earl; 423, Mable; 424, Harry; 425, Pearl; 426, John; 427, 

349. Martha A. Smith (John\ Henry^ Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D.«), dau. of Henry D. and Sarah (McVoy) 
Smith, b. 14 Aug., 1850; m. 16 Dec, 1869, Wm. Spencer Eagle. 
They reside near Newark, O. Issue : 

428, Ella M.; 429, Charles O. ; 430, Daisey D., b. 11 June, 
1875; m. 28 Nov., 1901, Clinton N. Bernhardt, of Co- 
lumbus, O. Issue : 

431, Bessie, b. 14 Aug., 1877; d. 20 Sept., 1877; 432, Roy 
Spencer, b. 9 May, 1890. 

351. Elza H. Smith (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, Henry D.®), son of Henry D. and Sarah (McVey) 
Smith, b. 10 Dec, 1859; m. 1892, Jenny Earlwine. They reside at 
Mansfield, O. Issue: 

433, Basil; 434, Overna; 435, Guy ; 436, Paul; 437, Susan; 438, 
Isaac; 439, a child. 

352. Emma V. Smith (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D.®), dau. of Henry D. and Sarah (McVey) 
Smith, b. 12 Jan., 1861 ; m. ist Benjamin Clampet; m. 2d Air. 
Hieronymus. Reside Monett, Mo. 

440, Mary. 

355. S. Caroline Smith (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D."), dau. of Henry D. and Sarah (McVey) 
Smith, b. 29 Jan., 1863; m. 29 Jan., 1886, David Geisick; he d. 
March, 1892; in. 26. George Williams; he d. 1907. Widow lives 
in Denver, Colo. Issue : 



441, Henry L., b. 1887; d. 1889; 442, Emma F. ; 443, Mable 
H., d. 1890. 

358. Mary A. Smith (John\ Henry^ Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D.*^), dau. of Henry D. and Sarah (McVey) 
Smith, b. 2"] March, 1873; m. ist Thomas Wright; m. 2d A. A. 
LaValle, deceased. Widow hves in Denver, Colo. Issue : 

444, Marie. 

360. Adelaide McVey (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, RachaeP), dau. of Newton and Rachael (Smith) Mc- 
Vey, m. 12 Oct., 1873, Marshall Earl, of Carthage, Mo. Issue: 

445, Frank L. ; 446, Orla M. ; 447, Edna D. All reside Bil- 

lings, Mont. 

363. Florence McVey (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ RachaeP), dau. of Newton and Rachael (Smith) Mc- 
Vey, m. Mr. Woods ; have four children. They live in Lock- 
wood, Mo. 

364. Flora McVey (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, RachaeP), dau. of Newton and Rachael (Smith) Mc- 
Vey, m. Samuel Stevens, of Garden City, Mo. They have three 
children and reside in Eureka, Kan. 

367. Byram L. Tulloss (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Caroline C.®), son of John James and Caroline C. 
(Smith) Tulloss, b. i Dec, 1846; m. ist 4 Nov., 1869, Josephine 
R. Van Buskirk, who d. 16 May, 1879; m. 2d 1880, Sarah E. 
Dennis, who d. 18 March, 1885 ; m. 3d 1886, Mrs. Maggie Car- 
penter. He is a druggist and lives at 2098 Sullivant Ave., Co- 
lumbus, O. Issue : 

448, Clyde E. ; 449, Nora; 450, Harry; 451, Josephine R., b. 23 
March, 1881 ; 452, Dennis. 

369. Rees p. Tulloss (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, Caroline C.*'), son of John J. and Caroline C. (Smith) 
Tulloss, b. 24 Oct., 1852 ; d. by accidental rifle shot, 29 Oct., 1886; 
m. in Putnam Co., O., 1880, Nina D. Weaver, of Leipsic, O. Issue : 

453, Rees Edgar; 454, Decilina, b. 9 Sept., 1883, lives Leipsic, 
O. ; 455, Fred. Wayne, b. 22 April, 1886, d. 3 Jan., 1893. 

370. George W. Tulloss (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Caroline C.*'), son of John J. and Caroline C. (Smith) 
Tulloss, b. 21 March, 1856; m. 20 Sept., 1883, Avarilla Boner. 
Mr. Tulloss is a Baptist minister; they live on their farm west of 
Frederickstown, O. 

379. Morgan Harris (John^ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 

Rebecca^ Sarah*'), son of Elza and Sarah (Hanger) Harris, m. 

Ella Salm, of Meadville, Pa. Issue: 

456, Sylvester, b. 1890. 



380. Jackson Harris (Johni, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Re- 
becca^, Sarah®), son of Elza and Sarah (Hanger) Harris, m. 
Mary Miller; he d. 11 June, 1886, aged 36 years. Issue: 

457, Charles, killed in action in the Philippines while serving 

in the U. S. service, 19 April, 1900; buried at Utica, O., 

458, Walter; 459, Elsie ; 460, Herbert, d. aged 2 years (see 390). 

382. Elizabeth Harris (John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Rebecca^, Sarah"), dau. of Elza and Sarah (Hanger) Harris, m. 
. Issue : 

461, ; in. John Hayden, of Mt. Gilead, O. 

383. Rebecca Harris (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Rebecca% Sarah"), dau. of Elza and Sarah (Hanger) Harris, 
m. Joseph Martin. She d. 19 April, 1889. Issue: 

462, Mabel ; 463, Ira. 

384. William Miller (John^ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), son of John and Cornelia (Clutter) Miller, b. 
5 April, 1833; m. ist Melissa King and had: 

464, Bettie Davis, m. 2d Mary Paul. 

465, Henry; 466, Frederick; 467, John; 468, William. 

385. Cinderella Miller (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), dau. of John and Cornelia (Clutter) Miller, b. 15 
March, 1835; in. Dennis Bricker. Issue: 

469, Clara ; 470, Lorin. 

386. Rachael Miller (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), dau. of John and Cornelia (Clutter) Miller, b. i 
April, 1837; m. Alexander Bell. Issue: 

471, Sydney; 472, William; 473, Mellisa; 474, Mary. 

388. Charles Miller (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), son of John and Elizabeth (Helphrey) Miller, b. 
5 July, 1849; *'^- Lillian King. Issue: 

475, Clyde; 476, Nellie; 477, King. 

389. John Franklin Miller (John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^ 
Alice*, Sarah^, John"), son of John and Elizabeth (Helphrey) 
Miller, b. 10 June, 1851 ; m. Melissa Baughman. Issue: 

478, Effie ; 479, Myrta. 

390. Mary Elsie Miller (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), dau. of John and Elizabeth (Helphrey) Miller, 
b. 3 Dec, 1853; m. Jackson Harris. Issue: 

480, Charles (see 380). 

391. Emma Alice Miller (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), dau. of John and Elizabeth (Helphrey) Miller, b. 
16 March, 1857; m. Eli J. Stickle. Issue: 

481, Ralph; 482, Rollin; 483, Lillian. 



392. Ira V. Miller ( John^ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Sarah', 
John**), son of John and Ehzabeth (Helphrey) Miller, b. 8 Feb., 
i860; in. 12 Nov., 1885, Ida McClelland. Issue: 

484, Lawrence V., b. 9 June, 1891. 

393. Lillian C. Miller (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, 
Sarah^, John"), dau. of John and Elizabeth (Helphrey) Miller, 
b. 29 Jan., 1863 ; m. Wm. A. Alsdorf . Issue : 

485, Maxwell. 

401. Fannie Maude Obenchain (John^, Henry^, Isaac^, 
Sallie H.*, Elizabeth A.^, Francis G.*'), dau. of Francis G. and 
Anna L. (Brown) Obenchain, b. 16 Jan., 1881 ; m. 26 Nov., 1902. 
John Cocke Abernathy, of Niami, Florida. 

486, John Francis, b. 1903. 

413. Melvin B. Smith (John^ Henry^ Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Azariah®, John J.'^), son of John Julian and Mary A. 
(Nagle) Smith, m. . Lives in Rock Valley, Iowa. 

Issue : 

487, Zoe; 488, Pearl; 489, Jesse; 490, Cecil; 491, Mrs. Zella 

(Smith) Harless. 

414. Nina Smith (Johni,Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Martha^, 
Azariah*^, John J.'^), dau. of John Julian and Mary A. (Nagle) 
Smith, m. Frame (or France). Issue: 

492, Laura W. 

415. Belle Smith (John^, Henrys Henry, Jr.^ Alice*, Martha^ 
Azariah**, John J.^), dau. of John Julian and Mary A. (Nagle) 
Smith, m. Compton. Issue : 

493, Cecil S. 

416. Alice Josephine McCune (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, 
Alice*, Martha^, Sarah A.*^, James H.''), dau. of James H. and 
Mary G. (Ruble) McCune , b. 13 April, 1870; d. 18 June, 1896, 
at Woodburn, Iowa; m. 17 March, 1892, John C. Stewart. 

Issue : 

494, George Harrington, b. Woodburn, Iowa, 30 Dec, 1892; 

resides with Cynthia and Caroline C. Tulloss, at Utica, 
O., since 1896. 

417. John Henry Thompson (John^ Henry^ Henry, Jr.^, 
Alice*, Martha^ Sarah A.«, Margaret R.'), son of Charles E. 
and Margaret R. (McCune) Thompson, b. 29 May, 1880; m. 
. Lives Des Moines, Iowa. Issue : 

495, Merle. 

428. Ella M. Eagle (John\ Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D.«, Martha A.^, dau. of Wm. S. and Martha 
A. (Davis) Eagle, b. i Dec, 1870; d. 6 May, 1898; m. 18 Oct., 
1894, S. Wilkins Haas. 



496, Laurence E., b. 4 Oct., 1895. 

429. Charles O. Eagle (Johni, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry S.^ Martha A.^, son of Wm. S. and Martha A. 
(Davis) Eagle, b. 12 June, 1873 ; m. 23 Sept., 1897, Jessie G. 
Miller. Issue : 

497, Forest L., b. 31 Dec, 1899; 49^, Dorothy M., b. 7 Aug., 

1904; d. 6 May, 1907; 499, Flossie J., b. 17 Nov., 1906. 

442. Emma F. Geisick (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^ Henry D.'', S. Caroline'^), dau. of David and S. Caroline 
(Smith) Geisick, b. 1889; m. Dec, 1906, Rufus Hughes. Issue: 

500, David, b. Sept., 1907. 

448. Cl\tde E. Tulloss (John^, Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, Caroline C", Byram L.^), son of Byram L. and Jose- 
phine R. (Van Buskirk) Tulloss, b. 11 Jan., 1871 ; m. April, 1892, 
Margaret Huffman. He is a representative of the Columbus 
Pharmical Co., of Columbus, O. Issue: 

501, Reginald B., b. 7 July, 1893; S^^, Isabella R., b. 9 July, 


453. Rees Edgar Tulloss (John\ Henry-, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Martha^, Caroline C.^ Rees P.^), son of Rees P. and Mina D. 
(Weaver) Tulloss, b. 28 July, 1881 ; m. 18 June, 1908, Alpha 
Miller, of Springfield, Ohio. He is a graduate of the College and 
Theological Seminary of Wittemburg College, Springfield, Ohio, 
and is now serving, as a Lutheran minister, at Constantine, Mich. 

Issue : 

503, Frances Louisa, b. 27 March, 1909. 

458. Walter Harris (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, 
Rebecca'', Sarah^, Jackson^), son of Jackson and Mary (Miller) 
Harris, m. Mandie Smith. Issue : 

504, Charles Arthur, b. circa 1904. 

459. Elsie Harris (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Re- 
becca'', Sarah*^, Jackson^), dau. of Jackson and Mary (Miller) 
Harris, m. Dwight Young, of Delaware, O. Issue: 

505, Mary Roxanna, b. circa 1904. 

462. Mabel Martin (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr^, Alice*, Re- 
tecca^, Sarah**, Rebecca^), dau. of Joseph and Rebecca (Harris) 
Martin, in. Martin Stetzer. Issue: 

506, Gladys; 507, Joseph, b. 1908. 

463. Ina Martin (John^, Henry^, Henry, Jr.^, Alice*, Re- 
becca^, Sarah^, Rebecca^), son ( ?) of Joseph and Rebecca (Harris) 
Martin, m. ■ . Issue : 

508, a son, b. 1904. 




In the name of God, Amen. I Henry Van Mater, of Berkely County 
& Commonwealth of Virginia, feeling infirmity of body but of perfect 
mind and memory, and therefore reccolecting the mortality of human 
nature, do make and Constitute this my last Will and Testament. After 
my just debts and burial charges are paid, I do give and dispose of my 
wordly estate in manner and form following, that is to say I do give 
devise and bequeath unto my son Nathan Van Mater all my landed estate 
in the County of Berkeley and Commonwealth, of Virginia, as well the 
plantation whereon I now live as all the tract or tracts of land which I 
have in said County of Berkeley, to him my said son Nathan and his 
heirs and assigns forever. I do give and bequeath imto my son Henry 
Van Mater five pounds Virginia currency, to be paid to him by my son 
Nathan. I do give and bequeath unto my son Joshua one hundred pounds 
Virginia currency to be paid to him by my son Nathan at the end of two 
years after my decease. I do further Will and bequeath unto my said 
son Nathan Van Mater, in addition to my Berkeley lands aforesaid, the 
following negroes namely: Sam, Gim (sic), Peter and Dinah, to him, his 
heirs and assigns, provided he takes his sister Hester into his family, or 
otherwise maintains her in a proper manner during her single state; and 
provided he fails or neglects to make such proper provision for her as 
aforesaid, then and in that case the three last mentioned negroes shall 
vest in her the said Hester forever. I do give and bequeath unto my 
wife Elizabeth, in addition to her third of my landed estate and in lieu 
of her part of my personal estate, the following legacy to wit ; one negro 
girl to be purchased as soon as she may think it convenient, out of my 
estate, not exceeding eighteen nor under ten years of age ; my two old 
negroes, viz : Beck and Jim, the feather bed and furniture whereon we 
now sleep together with her choice of six milch cows and one third of my 
dry cattle, her choice of two horses, a third of my sheep, and one third 
of all my household and kitchen furniture, together with all the movable 
estate which belonged to her when we were married, and of which I die 
possessed, to her, her heirs, and assigns, together with a full third part of 
my hogs and provisions and all the other moveable part of my estate, 
except the aforesaid four negroes bequeathed to my said son Nathan. It 
is also my earnest will and desire that she may have an uninterrupted 
home in my present dwelling house during her widowhood. The tract of 
land which did belong to my son Joseph Van Mater lying and being 
situate on the west side of the Ohio River, in the Indian country and 
which did devolve to me on his death, together with all the said Joseph's 
personal estate (my negro boy Gim only excepted) I do will devise and 
bequeath to my aforesaid son Joshua and his heirs and assigns forever, 
and the other tract of land lying and being situate in the Sufferer's Valley, 
in the District of Kentucky, Which was also the property of my said 
son Joseph, and at his death devolved to me by operation of law, I do 
give and devise to my Grandson Joseph Van Mater, the son of my afore- 
said son Nathan, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. And the residue 
of my estate after the disposition and payment of the respective legacies 
above recited of every kind and of every determination, I do further 
give will devise and bequeath unto my aforesaid son Nathan Van Mater, 
his heirs and assigns forever, and he my said son Nathan is in conse- 
quence thereof is to pay unto my daughter also two hundred dollars 
specie within a twelvemonth of my decease. I do hereby make ordain, 
constitute and appoint my said son Nathan Van Matre and my friend 
William Gorrell my sole executors of this my last Will, interest for 
interest, for the intents and purpose in this my last will contained to take 



care to have the same performed according to my true intent ( ?) and 

In Witness whereof, I the said Henry Van Matre have to this my last 
Will and testament set my hand and seal the third day of March, in 
the year of our Lord, seventeen hundred and ninty. 

Signed sealed and delivered by the his 

Said Henry Van Matre, as, and for (Sig.) HENRY H VAN METRE 
his last Will and Testament in the mark 

Presence of us who were present [seal] 

at the signing and sealing thereof: 

John McCulloch William Allen 

Jacob Vandever Abraham AM Merlot 


This will was probated \^ 
December, 1793. 


This ferry was situated on Barren River, near Bowling Green, Ky. 
It was owned by Jacob Van Metre who came to Bowling Green in 1818, 
and was where the old " Salt River Road " from Louisville crossed 
Barren River. The ferry was just below an island, and in low water the 
river could be forded ; notwithstanding this fact the ferry was very 
profitable — renting for $1,200 a year. This ferry is no longer used. The 
river is spanned by an iron bridge about a mile below — some 300 yards 
above the steamboat landing. The present road to Louisville — the old 
Louisville and Nashville pike, crosses Barren River on a wooden bridge 
at the foot of College Street — a few hundred yards above the L. & N. 
R. R. bridge. Owing to a big bend in the river, this bridge, while some 
four miles by water above the Van Metre ferry, is only about one mile 
from the steamboat landing [C. J. Van Metre Letter]. 

The first railroad in Kentucky was constructed about 1832 to Double 
Springs on Green River in Warren County. It was over a mile long and 
was built by Jacob Van Metre and Jacob R. Skiles [Collin's Hist. Ky., 
Vol. II., p. 747]. 


It Flows Into The Ohio South of Louisville, Ky. 

Salt river, sacred to defeated candidates, is a real stream. While not 
navigable, it is used every winter as an ice harbor by the towboats which 
go out of Pittsburg for the South. 

Salt river empties into the Ohio about twenty-five miles south of Louis- 
ville. It is a small stream, which flows from the Kentucky hills to the 
great water, and is as tortuous, as crooked and as unpleasant to navigate 
as the mind can imagine. Yet it is navigated for a short distance from 
its mouth by steamers of light draft. Flatboats and rafts are floated 
down upon its bosom. Before the Civil War it was an important stream 
in the matter of bringing Kentucky whiskey down in the flatboats to a 
point where they could be unloaded to a river steamer. Refractory slaves 
were generally assigned to the task of bringing these boats down, as the 
work was arduous. 

Salt river became a bugaboo among the negroes, and it was from the 
unplesant character of the work on this river that " a trip up Salt river " 
came to be used in politics to express the destination of a defeated 

The name is supposed to have come from the salt springs which flow 
into it at its source. (Exchange.) 




VIII. Rachael Van Metre (John^), dau. of John and Mar- 
garet Van Metre, b. probably in Somerset Co., N. J., circa 1719; 
d. ante 1744. Mentioned in her father's will as "deceased"; 

w. circa 1736, Leforge (or Lessige as is given in Deed of 

Gift) probably of the family of that name living in Middlesex 
Co., N. J. Issue: 

I, John, b. ; d. ; mentioned in his grandfather, John 

Van Metre's will, as being under age (in 1744). 


IX. Abraham Van Metre (John^), son of John and Mar- 
garet Van Metre, b. Somerset Co., N. J., circa 1721 ; d. in Berke- 
ley Co., Va., circa 1783; m. ist circa 1742, Ruth Hedges, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Catharine (Stallkop) Hedges, of Prince 
George's Co., Md., sister of Solomon Hedges, Esq., who m. Re- 
becca, the sister of Abraham Van Metre. When Ruth Van Metre 
died, he m. 2d Mrs. Martha Wheeler (nee Roberts). By his 
father's will Abraham was bequeathed a tract of 100 acres of 
land on Opequon Creek which was purchased from Francis 
Prichard ; another tract, also on Opequon Creek and called 
" Allan's Hill," comprising 237 acres, purchased of Jost Hite, 
and still another half moiety of a property, equalling 200 acres, 
which Jost Hite had given his bond to purchase for John Van 
Metre, were also inherited by Abraham from his father. By a 
deed of conveyance, dated 3d May, 1768, it appears that Abra- 
ham secured the last mentioned land by patent from Lord Fair- 
fax, under date of 28 Oct., 1754 (Frederick Co., Va., Records), 
and 100 acres of it was granted by Abraham Van Metre to 
Samuel Roberts (probably a brother of his (Abraham's) second 
wife) by the first mentioned conveyance. 

Abraham Van Aletre was appointed by the Court of Frederick 
Co., Va., 8 March, 1748, to be "overseer of road from Simon 
Linders to Old Sayds." 

Abraham, like all of the Van Metres who were famous grazers 
and cattle traders, had extensive business relations with the 
frontier posts that were established along the borders during the 
advance of the settlers towards the Ohio Valley. With the 
pioneers who pressed farther into the wilderness and effected 
settlements in the most desirable localities, Abraham and his 
brothers were among them. Many emigrants from Virginia 
began to settle within the borders of southwestern Pennsylvania 
after the Indians had been dispersed and peace seemed to have 
restored confidence among the inhabitants. In looking over the 



History of Washington Co., Pa., for the year 1772, it appears 
that when the grand inquest of the Quarter Sessions was held, 
on July 6 of that year, an indictment for riot was found against 
Abraham, Henry and Jacob Van Metre ; and John, John, Jr., and 
Thomas Swan; the locality was then in what is now Greene Co., 
Pa. (History of Washington Co., Pa., p. 152). 

The following is a record of one of his cattle-trading expedi- 
tions up the Ohio under date of 4 July, 1774. 

"Then rec* of Abraham Van Meeter Three Steers & one Cow; one 
Stear & one Cow mark'' a crop and half peny in ye neare Eare — half 
peny the of Eare. One Stear an mark** the other mark* half crop in the 
neare Eare and Slit in the of Eare. Being Appraised by Jacob Van 
Meetre & Edward Polke according to order of Capt. John Connolly 
Commander of Fort Dunmore. Being for the use of Government of 
Virginia & Appraisement to Sixteen Pounds ten Shillings. Rec'* by me " 
William Harrod [Documentary History of Dunmore's War, p. 68, 

Abraham Van Metre acquired settlement rights to lands in 
Ohio Co., Va. ; these were located on the waters of Short Creek, 
but some of it was not surveyed until 1786, long after he was 
deceased, but it became then the property of his heirs (Survey 
Book, No. 2, p. 48; Wheeling, W. Va.). A portion of this land, 
called Black's Cabin, and located on Short Creek, was the scene 
of the organization of Ohio County which was created out of the 
District of West Augusta, on Jan. 6, 1777, and afterwards estab- 
lished at West Liberty. 

The following is a part of the record of the first Court held at 

"Black's Cabin 6. January 1777; ... & Forasmuch as the tract of land 
agreed upon for holding Coarts at in future doth of right appertain unto 
Abraham Van Meetre of Opeckan Creek in the County of Bartley, 
Ordered therefore, that Zachariah Sprigg, Silas Hedges, Esquires be ap- 
pointed to Contract and Covenant with s** Van Metre for not less than 
Two acres of sd tract Including the Cabbin and Spring. In behalf of 
this County, for the purpose of erecting and Building thereon a Coart- 
house, Prison and other necessary publick Building, for any sum not 
exceeding Twenty pounds, & Report make of their procedings therein 
as soon as may be to this Coart. signed, David Sheepherd" (See Ann. 
Carnegie Museum, Vol. III., No. i, Dec, 1904). 

" Know all men by these presents that I, Abraham Van Metre, of 
Bartley [Berkely] County, Colony of Virginia, do bargain and sell for 
the Consideration of Twenty pounds paid when Sur'y** of the County 
current Money to the Court of Ohio County & Successors a Lott of Land 
Containing of Two acres which I claim lying on the Head of the Northerly 
Fork of Short Creek known by Black's Cabin, Boun'd as follows : — 
Beginning at a White Oak standing near the head of a spring & Run- 
ning thence N. 56 W : 20 pole to a stake. South 34 W : 16 Pole to a stake 
thence S : E : 20 : p. to a stake N : 34 : E : 16 : p. to the Beginning, Con- 
taining Two acres land for the use Publick of the sd County. I do Bind 
myself my Heirs & assigns and forever quit my claim for the above two 

8 97 


acres as witness my hand & seal this day of March one thousand seven 
hundred and seventy-seven. 

Abraham Vanmetre [seal] 

Interlined before signing: 'l Acknowledged in Open Court — 

Witnesses : Andrew Pouts r ordered to be recorded. 

Conrad Stroup, John Spahn. J Test : James McMecken, C. C." 

8 April, 1777: "Ordered that a Court house be erected and that John 
M'"Cullogh High Sheriff, — be ordered to put the contract up at Publick 
auction to the lowest undertaker, on Abraham Van Metre's ground" 

3 Nov., 1777 : " Ordered that the Sheriff pay Abraham Van Metre 20 
pounds for the lands which the County took to build Court house and 
prison on, — out of the money by him collected of the tithables in this 
county." (See Ann. Car. Museum, Vol. HI., p. i, Dec, 1904.) 

A stockade was afterward erected on the Short Creek land a 
,few miles above its juncture with the Ohio River, which became 
known as Van Metre's Fort. This property later fell to the pos- 
session of Abraham's son, Joseph Van Metre, and after his death 
the latter's eldest son, Morgan, inherited it (Washington-Irvine 
Correspondence, p. 302 ; Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, Vol. 
II., p. 444). From 1777 to 1782 Major Samuel McCullough com- 
manded at Fort Van Metre, styled the Court House Fort, from 
the circumstance of the first court of Ohio County in northwest- 
ern Virginia being held in it immediately after the organization 
of Ohio County from West Augusta. The Fort was one of the 
first erected in this part of Virginia and it stood on the north 
side of Short Creek, about five miles above its confluence with the 
Ohio (Pan Handle History of West Virginia, p. 134). The 
well-known Van Metre Fort was located in Richland Township 
(now) Brooke Co., W. Va. (vide p. 303). In this vicinity, were 
living at this time, John Duke, Francis Duke, Jr., Morgan Van 
Metre, John Van Metre, Wm. Dunlap, David Mclntire, Wm. 
Shepherd, Hezekiah Thornburg, Charles Hedges and many others 
whose families came from the northern neck of Virginia, and all 
were in one way of another related. 

It is probable that Abraham Shepherd was with Squire Boone 
at his station " Painted Stone" in now Shelby Co., Ky., in 1779- 
( Collin's Kentucky, Vol. II., p. 24), and is recorded as being 
with Capt. Wm. Harrod's party " at the Falls " (now in Jefiferson 
and Shelby Counties, Ky.) in 1780 (Collin's Kentucky, Vol. I., 
p. 12). 

In his will dated 21 Dec, 1780, and probated in Berkeley Co., 
Va., 18 Nov., 1783, no mention whatever is made of his wife and 
it may be presumed that his second wife was deceased at this 
date, 1780. There were ten children in his family and Jacob the 
only one not mentioned in his will as a legatee ; the sons Jacob 
and Isaac, with son-in-law William Gorrell, were executors. It 
is said that of his children, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Re- 
becca and Mary were by his first wife, Ruth Hedges (or Ruth 
Hedges Bentley, a widow as has been sometimes stated), andl 



John, Ruth, Daniel and Hannah were the issue of his second 
wife, Mrs. Martha Wheeler Van Metre (B. F. Van Metre, Bio- 
graphical and Genealogical Sketches). The older set of children 
seem not to have participated in the provisions of the will, and 
in such case it is believed that he provided for them at the time 
of his second marriage, if we accept the theory that there were 
two sets of children. To Daniel was devised the father's present 
dwelling, on Opequon, containing 235 acres of land which came 
" by Patent from Governor Gooch's Office " ; to son John certain 
land in Ohio ; to Ruth and Hannah a tract of land in Ohio County 
containing 400 acres ; to daughter Rebecca, wife of John Spahn, 
there is a bequest. In the sworn statement of account, filed by 
his executors, in Berkeley Co., and recorded 22 Sept., 1800, there 
is no mention made of Jacob, Rebecca and Daniel, but equal 
" legacies " were paid to Isaac, Hannah, Mary, John and Abra- 
ham; and to Reuben Forman and Drusilla Van Metre similar 
amounts, and Henry Van Metre, Jr. (probably a grand-nephew), 
a small bequest. I take it that Reuben Forman was probably 
the husband of Ruth ; the basis of this opinion is found in a 
statement made by J. B. Kerfott, who was familiar with the 
Berkeley County family, and who wrote that " Ruth married a 
Forman and zvent West." The Drusilla Van Metre who is 
charged in the account as having received a child's share in the 
cash distribution was probably the widow of Joseph Van Metre. 
The contention has been made that Joseph's wife was a Margaret 
Morgan whose parentage is as yet unascertained. This may 
have been, and he may have married a Drusilla Morgan whom he 
left his widow upon his death circa 1780/1. The fact that 
Drusilla and not Margaret receives an equal child's share in the 
cash distribution seems to give weight to the latter theory. In 
the account there appears also a charge made by the Executors 
of £12. 10. o " for expenses in going to West Liberty and con- 
veying the Court House place " ( Berkeley Co., Va., Records, 
Martinsburg, W. Va.). Issue: 

I, Jacob ; 2, Isaac ; 3, Abraham ; 4, Joseph ; 5, Rebecca ; 6, Alary ; 
7, Ruth; 8, Hannah; 9, Daniel; 10, John. 

The present site of West Liberty was originally improved by 
Abraham Van Metre (IX.). His daughter Ruth in. Reuben 
Foreman ; another daughter, named Hannah, m. Providence 
Mounts. Foreman and Mounts (or Mounce) laid out the town 
which was organized 20 Nov., 1787, and was the first in Ohio 
Valley. This section was known as the " Short Creek Country," 
and was principally settled by pioneers from Pennsylvania, Mary- 
land and Virginia. Major Samuel, Major John, Abram and 
George AlcCullough were brothers. George was a farmer (" Ohio 
Coun'.y History and Biography," pp. 15, 16, 17, and 787) . Accounts 
of the deaths of Joseph Hedges and Wm. McCullough (Howe, 



Hist. Coll. Ohio, p. 202), Gen. Hand's Expedition in the Squaw- 
Campaign, winter of 1777-1778; Col. Wm. Crawford, command- 
ing. This consisted of about 400 men ; among its officers was Col. 
Providence Mounts, of Mounts Creek, which empties into the 
Youghiogheny River (Draper's Notes, Vol. HI., No. i, p. 27). 
John Van Metre, Morgan Morgan, Van Swearingen, and others, 
ordered by the Augusta Co., Va., Court, 22 Feb., 1775, to view 
a road from Providence Mounts's Mill, by Augsberg Ferry, to 
Catfish Camp (Washington, Pa.), Feb. 24, 1775; Court orders 
Providence Mounts, Wm. Crawford and Paul Froman to view 
the most convenient way for a road from Mounce's Mill to Fro- 
man's Mill. 

May 17, 1775, Court orders Providence Mounts, and others, 
to view road from Major Crawford's to Indian Creek (see Ann. 
Carnegie Mus., Vol. H., 19—; pp. 527, 534, 539). 

I. Jacob Van Metre (John^ Abraham-), son of Abraham and 
Ruth (Hedges) Van Metre, b. Va., 1745; d. Berkeley Co., Va., 
circa 1806; /«. Isabella Evans who was probably of the family 
of John Evans, of Evans Fort, which was located at Big Spring 
about two miles from Martinsburg (see Kercheval, History of 
the Valley, p. 70). His will states that his sons Isaac and Abra- 
ham had already received their share in his lifetime, but that 
Joseph was to have part of the land upon which Jacob, the testa- 
tor, then lived, which adjoined lands of Samuel Roberts. Issue: 

II, Abraham, 12, Isaac; 13, Jacob, Jr.; 14, Magdalena; 15, 

Nancy (or Ann); 16, Ruth; 17, Isabel; 18, Mary; 
19, Elizabeth; 20, Joseph. 

3. Abraham Van Metre (John^, Abraham-), son of Abra- 
ham and Ruth (Hedges) Van Metre, b. Virginia, Dec, 1751; 
d. 30 Dec, 1834; m. Elizabeth, b. 20 Oct., 1753, dau. of William 
and Joana (Van Metre) Burns. Issue: 

21, Ruth; 22, Naomi; 2^, Joseph; 24, Josiah, b. 21 Aug., 1781 ; 
d. 6 April, i872(?); 25, Abraham; 26, Ashahel; 2y, 
Abishua; 28, Isaac; d. unni.; 29, Elizabeth. 

4. Joseph Van Metre (John^, Abraham-), son of Abraham 
and Ruth (Hedges) Van Metre; b. Virginia, circa 1743; d. 
circa 1780-81, on the Ohio River; m. either Margaret Morgan or 

Drusilla , or both, for it is difficult, in the absence of positive 

record of the fact, to reconcile the family traditions on the one 
hand that Margaret Morgan was his wife, with the record in 
the account of Joseph's father Abraham's estate filed, by his 
executors, in Berkeley Co., Va., 22 Sept., 1800. In this account, 
the executors, Jacob Van Metre (son) and William Gorrell (son- 
in-law) charge themselves with having paid, in settlement of the 
estate of Abraham Van Metre, as part of the legacies, to Hannah 
Van Metre, £50. 11. i3; to William Gorrell, in right of his wife 



Mary, £52. 10. o; to Reuben Forman and Drusilla Van Metre, 
ii04. 2. II. No mention is made of either Ruth (who is said, 
by J. B. Kerfott, "to have married a Forman and gone west), 
nor of Joseph or his widow Margaret, in which case they would 
have been named, or their heirs, if deceased; therefore, I am of 
opinion that the Reuben Foreman was the surviving son of Capt. 
WilHam Forman who was killed at Grave Creek Narrows by the 
Indians, in 1777, with his two eldest sons, and that Drusilla Van 
Metre was the surviving widow of Joseph Van Metre — each en- 
titled to a full child's part, the aggregate named in the settlement 
paid to them equalling, practically, the sum paid Hannah Van 
Metre and Mary Gorrell. There were a number of Morgans liv- 
ing in the Ohio settlements in the vicinity of Wheeling, Va., and 
it is claimed that ]\Iargaret Alorgan was a near relative of Gen. 
Daniel Morgan, of Revolutionary fame, and it is also a fact 
that Drusilla was a common baptismal name among the Morgans. 
It is possible that Joseph Van Metre may have been twice mar- 
ried ; first to Margaret Morgan to whom is credited the maternity 
of the several children, and at her death have married a sister 
Drusilla ; but this is theorizing. He is frequently referred to as 
having married "his ist cousin." 

The death of Joseph Van Metre was, like others of the Van 
Metres, a tragic one ; the condensed substance of the circum- 
stances traditionally current in the family is that he lost his life 
while crossing the Ohio River, near Tiltonville ; he was last seen, 
by a Mr. Hite, in a boat on the river and is supposed to have 
been either shot by the Indians, or lost his life by the capsizing 
of his boat. Nothing more was ever heard of him. The finding 
of his gun on a sand bar in the river, with his name upon it, 
many years afterward, only served to deepen the mystery. This 
event probably occurred about the year 1780. 

Joseph Van Metre owned Fort Van Metre, on Short Creek, 
Va. (Washington-Irvine Correspondence, p. 302), and after his 
death it passed into the possession of his son Morgan Van Metre. 
During his later years he seems to have been very much in evi- 
dence in County Court affairs in the newly created County of 
Ohio, in Virginia. In the year 1778 he is frequently mentioned on 
the Court Journal as an appraiser in the estates of John McCul- 
lough, John Bukey, Francis Duke and Thomas Glenn. There 
was a hiatus in his activity of this character for the year 1779, but 
were renewed again in 1780 when he served as appraiser in 
Thomas Ryan's estate ; and his last appearance on the records 
was as a juryman in the case of DeLong vs. Snediker, 5 June, 
1780. The inventory of Joseph Van Metre's estate was filed in 
supplements between 2 March, 1782, and 19 Nov., 1784; the 
amount aggregated £135. 5. 16, as returned by Samuel McCul- 
loug, John Mitchell and John Wilson, appraisers. Issue : 



30, Morgan; 31, Joseph; 32, William; 33, Abraham; 34, 
Ibba(?) John(?) ; 35, Isaac; 36, Margaret; 37, David; 
38, Naomi. 

5. Rebecca Van Metre (John\ Abraham-), dau. of Abraham 

and Ruth (Hedges) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. Brooke Co., 

W. Va., ; m. ist John Spahn ; he died ante 1796. She w. 2d 

Joseph Morgan, son of Edward Morgan, an immigrant to Rich- 
land Township, Ohio County, from Berkeley, W. Va. John 
Spahn was living in West Liberty in 1777 (see Pan Handle Hist. 
W. Va., pp. 304-5). Rebecca (V. M.) Spahn-Morgan had eight 
children, among whom: 

39, Josiah Morgan, b. 3 May, 1796; d. i Oct., i860; m. 17 Oct., 
1822, Susan S. Foreman ; 40 ; 41 ; 42 ; 43 ; 44 ; 45 ; 46. 

6. Mary Van Metre (John\ Abraham^), dau. of Abraham 

and Ruth (Hedges) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. ; m. 

William Gorrell. Issue : 

47, Jacob, ;;;. Isabella Evans ; 48, James ; 49, William ; 50, 
Joseph; 51, Abraham; 52, Rachael, m. Joseph Cheno- 
with; 53, Hannah, m. Jonas Quick; 54, Ruth, m. Tunis 

7. Ruth Van Metre (John^ Abraham-), dau. Abraham and 

Van Metre, b. Virginia ; m. Reuben Foreman ; went west 

(J. B. Kerfott, Ohio County Biography and History). The whole 
of the land upon which West Liberty, Brooke Co., W. Va., now 
stands was owned by Reuben Foreman and William Mounce. 
Captain William Foreman, who was killed by the Indians at 
Grave Creek Narrows, 27 Sept., 1777, came from Hampshire 
Co., Va., or from near Martinsburg, Va., and at the time of 
his death was under orders from Col. David Shepherd at Fort 
Henry (Wheeling) ; with Capt. Foreman was killed his two sons. 
This was in Marshall Co., W. Va. Colonels Shepherd and Zane 
and Martin Wetzell buried the bodies (see History of the Pan 
Handle Counties of West Virginia, pp. 301, 363). 

8. Hannah Van Metre, m. Col. Providence Mounce, of 
Youghania Co., Va. 

9. Daniel Van Metre (John\ Abraham-), son of Abraham 

and Van Metre, b. in Virginia, ; d. ; m. (sup.) 

16 April, 1793, Ruth Harp. By his father's will Daniel inherited 
his father's homestead on Opecquon Creek in Berkeley Co., Va., 
containing 235 acres ; was probably the youngest son. In an old 
account book kept by the Shepherds, of Shepherdstown, there 
is an entry under date of 1796: " Daniel Van Metre's note £91. 6. 
3." A Daniel Van Metre was living, in 1801, at Muddy Prairie, 
near the Sciota, in Fairfield Co., O. (see Trans- Alleghany Mag., 
p. 104). 



11. Abraham Van Metre (John\ Abraham^, Jacob^), son of 
Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, 27 Oct., 1773 ; 

d. ; m. 1791, Hannah Burns, dau. of William and Joanna 

(Van Metre) Burns. Issue: 

55, Jonathan, b. 7 Jan., 1793; d. 3 July, 1823. 

56, Jacob, b. 12 Nov., 1794; d. 30 April, 1845; m. Margaret 


57, Isabel, b. 2 Feb., 1797; d. ; m. John Chenowith. 

58, Rebecca; 59, William Burns, b. i July, 1801 ; d. . 

60, Ailse, b. 25 March, 1804; d. 19 April, 1855; 61, Abraham. 

62, Abner, b. 25 Oct., 1808; d. 25 March, 1864. 

63, Ruth; 64, Elizabeth; 65, Daniel, b. 2y Sept., 1818; d. unm. 

8 Feb., 1826. 

12. Isaac Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^), son of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. 

Berkeley Co., Va., circa 1828; m. Mary Evans (?). She was 
living in 1831. Issue: 

66, John Evans; 67, Jacob, m. after 1831, Emily Shepp. 

68, Evans, unm. 1831 ; 69, William, ni. after 1831, Lucy Shepp. 

70, Isaac, Jr., d. circa 1831, umu. ; 71, Abraham E. ; 72, Joseph, 

m. after 183 1 Miss Sowers. 
73, Margaret (see IX., 30) ; 74, Isabel; 75, Mary, probably 2d 

wife Thos. Tabb (see IX., 19). 

13. Jacob Van Metre, Jr. (John^, Abraham^, Jacob^), son of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, 

; d. ; m. Clarissa La Rue, dau. of James and Clara 

(Billups) La Rue (see Hist. Low. Shenadoah, p. 656). Issue: 

76, James L. Evans, b. ; d. ; m. 1854, Betty Keyser, 

who d. March, 1857. 

14. Magdalena ("Leny") Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, 
Jacob^), dau. Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, 

; d. ; m. William Burns, her cousin, son of Wm. Burns 

and Joanna Van Metre (II., 2, 13). Issue: 

yy, John, m. ist Sarah Lemon; m. 2d Eliza Coles. 

78, Isaac, m. Sarah Southwood ; 79, William, m. Jane Marshall. 

80, Jonathan, in. Nancy Williamson; 81, Caleb, m. Sidney Wil- 
liamson ; 82, Mary, ni. her cousin, Ashahel Van Metre, 
son Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre. 

83, Alice, m. Jacob Sharkle. 

84, Elizabeth, m. Joseph Dust ; 85, Rebecca, m. John Dust. 
86, Joanna, m. Eli Bell, of Kentucky; 87, Isabel, m. ist Jacob 

Gorrell, 2d Morgan V. Kline. 
88, Ruth, m. Henry Furry ; 89, Rachael, d. unm. 

15. Nancy Van Metre (John\ Abraham^ Jacob^), dau. of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. ; 

m. 14 Aug., 1805 (see M. L. Berkeley Co., Va.), Abraham Van 



Metre, her cousin, son of Abraham and EHzabeth (Burns) Van 
Metre (IX., 3, which see). He was b. 4 Nov., 1783. They 
lived on Opequon Creek about three miles east of Alartinsburg, 
Va. Nancy Van Metre was the first woman physician in the 
Valley of Virginia (E. W. V. M. Letter). Issue: 

90, Isaac, b. 1805; 91, Elizabeth; 92, Ruth; 93, Isabel; 94, 

Abishua; 95, Abraham; 96, Ashahel ; 97, Henry; 98, 

Anne; 99, Mary; 100, James. 

16. Ruth Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^), dau. of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. 

; m. 7 Aug., 1799 (M. L. Berkeley Co.), Joseph Gorrell, her 

cousin, son of William and Mary (Van Metre) Gorrell (IX., 6, 
50). Issue: 

loi, Isabel, m. Van Gorrell; 102, Joseph, in. Eliza H. Burns; 
103, William. 

17. Isabel Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^), dau. of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. 

; m. her cousin, Abraham Gorrell, son of William and Mary 

(Van Metre) Gorrell. Issue: 

102, Van, m. Isabel (loi) his first cousin. 

103, David; 104, Jacob; 105, Isabella, m. Benj. Boley. 

106, Abraham, m. Isabella Gorrell; 107, Mary, m. John Taylor 

Van ]\Ietre, son of John and Josina. 
108, William B., m. Isabella Henshaw; 109, Elizabeth, m. J. B. 

Wright; no, Ruth, m. B. F. Burns. 

18. Mary Van Meter (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^), dau. of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. 

; ill. 1797, John Evans. Issue: 

III, Abraham, in. Miss Vallen; 112, Jacob, m. Mary Walker. 
113, Tilletson, m. Mary A. Orr; 114, John, m. Mary Bell. 
115, Isaac v., m. Selena Dawson; 116, Hezekiah, in. Miss Bell. 

117, Westley H. 

19. Elizabeth Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^), dau. 

of Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; d. 

; m. Thomas Tabb, who m. 2d Mary Van Metre ( ?). Issue: 

118, Isabel, m. Abraham P. Van Metre; 119, Elizabeth, m. 

Jacob McQuilken; 120, James, d. unui.; 121, Jacob, in. 
Susan Jackson. 

20. Joseph Van Metre (Jolin^, Abraham^, Jacob^), son of 

Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre, b. Virginia, ; m. 

(M. L. 18 Sept., 1802) Nancy Evans. Issue: 

122, Joseph; 123, Isabel; 124, Nancy. 

21. Ruth Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^), dau. of 
Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. 20 March, 1772; 
d. ; m. Robert Phillips. Issue: 

125, Elizabeth, m. Mr. Ramsey; 126, Fanny. 



22. Naomi Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^), dau. 
of Abraham and Ehzabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. 29 January, 
1775 ; d. ; m. Samuel Roberts ; was his second wife. Issue : 

127, John; 128, Josiah; 129, Samuel; 130, Elizabeth. 
131, Joseph; 132, Eliza, in. Samuel Van Cleve. 

133, Naomi, «?. Abraham Van Metre, her cousin, son of Abishua 

Van Metre. 

23. Joseph Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Abraham^), son of 
Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. Berkeley Co., 
Va., 5 Dec, 1778; d. Jan., 1822; /;z. Aug. 18, 1800, Margaret 
Whitenak, his cousin, dau. of John G. and Mary A. (Carl) White- 
nak (I., 4, 35). His wife Margaret was b. 1780 and d. 7 Oct., 
1865. Issue: 

134, Gabriel, b. 7 Aug., 1801, d. 1803; 135, Robert, b. 19 Nov., 

1803; 136, Sarah, b. 14 March, 1808. m. 26 Nov., 1835, 
Robert Duncan; 137, Joseph W. ; 138, Vincent H. 

26. Ashahel Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^), son 
of Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. 26 Nov., 1785 ; 
m. Mary Burns, his cousin, dau. of William and Magdalena (Van 
Metre) Burns. Issue: 

139, Abraham, in. Mary Chuppuck ; 140, Elizabeth, m. J. Strider. 

141, Naomi, m. J. H. Strider; 142, Rachael, in. Thomas Files. 

143, Sarah, m. John B. Files ; 144, Isabel, m. Asbury Tabler. 

145, Mary, in. David Gorrell, her cousin, son of Abraham and 

Isabel V. M. Gorrell. 

27. Abishua Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^), son 
of Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. 29 Aug., 1788; 
m. Elizabeth Tabb, emigrated to Kentucky. Issue: 

146, Robert, in. Miss McClery ; 147, Abraham, in. Naomi 

Roberts, his cousin. 

148, Elizabeth, in. Joseph Roberts, son of Samuel and Naomi 


149, Isaac, m. Mary Abel; 150, Frances, m. John Avette. 

151, Abishua, d. mini., was blind; 152, William, in. Miss 

153, Jacob; 154, John; 155, Mary. 

29. Elizabeth Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^), 
dau. Abraham and Elizabeth (Burns) Van Metre, b. 25 Dec, 
1795; d. July 28, 1820; in. John Evans Van Metre, son of Col. 
Isaac and Isabel (Evans) Van Metre. He in. 2d Josina, dau. of 
John ("Honce") Van Metre Issue: 

156, John, in. Anne Alburtis (prob. dau. of John Alburtis). 

157, Isaac Taylor. 

30. Morgan Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^), son of 

Joseph and Margaret, or Drusilla, Morgan Van Metre, b. ; 

ni. Margaret Van Metre, dau. of Isaac and Mary (Evans) Van 



Metre. He died leaving issue. She m. 2d Wm. McDaniel. Issue : 

158, Mary Ruth, b. ante 1831 ; m. Mr. Harlan. 

159, Margaret, b. ante 1831 ; m. George McKown. 

160, Rebecca, b. ante 1831 ; 161, James; 162, Anna; 163, Evan- 

gehne, m. Jos. Miller. 

31. Joseph Van Metre (JohnS Abraham-, Joseph^), son of 
Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. 1770; 
d. in Ohio County, 1841 ; m. circa 1791-5, Mary Jolly. She was 
of Irish descent. They located in Highland Co., O., in 1796; 
while they were living in this county Joseph was wounded by the 
Indians. The Indians surrounded a squad of white men in a 
block house, on the west side of the Ohio River and fired througli 
the door, the ball cutting a gash across the top of Joseph's head. 
About 1805 he removed with his family to Fayette Co., Ind., 
settling near Alquina, from whence they removed, about 1824, to 
Delaware Co., Ind., where Joseph died near Yorktown. Issue: 

164, David; 165, Alsey; 166, ; 167, . 

32. William Van Metre (Jolin^ Abraham-, Joseph^), son of 

Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. ; 

d. ; m. Sarah Bell. Issue: 

168, Dr. Milton; 169, Newton; 170, Laetitia, in. Abraham 
Suman; 171, Harrison; 172, Perry. 

33. Abraham Van Metre (JohnS Abraham-, Joseph^), son 
of Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. 
1778; d. ; m. circa 1798, Sarah Morgan. Issue: 

173, Jacob; 174, Morgan; 175, Hannah; 176, Catharine. 

35. Isaac Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Joseph^), son of 

Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. ; 

d. 4 July, 1835 ; m. 9 March, 1797, Mary Caldwell, dau. of William 
and Mary (McCune) Caldwell, both of Scotch-Irish lineage. 
Isaac crossed the Ohio into Indiana, where all his children except 
Margaret were born on a farm near Anderson. He finally dis- 
posed of his homestead and emigrated with two or three of his 
brothers to Bourbon Co., Ky. (Goodwyn). Isaac is said to have 
died near Chesterfield, Madison Co. (C. V.). Issue: 

177, Margaret; 178, Joseph; 179, William; 180, Agnes; 181, 
Morgan; 182, Sarah; 183, EHzabeth ; 184, Isaac; 185, 
Mary Ann. 

36. Margaret Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^), dau. 
of Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. 
; d. ; m. John Van Metre. Issue: 

186, Cynthia; 187, Henry; 188, Joseph; 189, Wm. Jackson, m. 

Margaret Johnson. 
190, Mary, m. Jacob Chismond; 191, Peter, d. 1865, m. Sophia 




37. David Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph'^), son of 

Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre, b. ; 

d. ; in. Marie Van Metre. Issue: 

192, Henry Jolly; 193, Mary J.; 194, Elma; 195, Samantha. 

196, Joseph, b. ; d. 10 May, 1862, uiim., Marine Hospital, 

St. Louis, Mo. 

197, Absalom, b. ; d. aged 12; 198, Abner; 199, Osee Bell. 

200, Edwin, b. ; d. ; m. ; soldier in Cuban War ; 

editor Legor " Times," Portsmouth, Legor Co., Okla- 

201, Agnes, m. Samuel Rotan, Holden, Miss. 

202, David, unm., editor newspaper at Velasco, Texas. 

203, Cyrus. 

38. Naomi Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^), dau. 
of Joseph and Margaret or Drusilla (Morgan) Van Metre; b. 
; d. ; m. Joseph D. Van Metre. Issue: 

204, William Wallace, m. Sallie ; lives Kingsville, Mo. 

205, John D., d. unm. 

206, Joseph Josephus, m. Ann Jackson ; 207, Peter Lewis, m. 

Lucy Colven. 

208, Mary Elizabeth, d. unm.; 209, Marie Emmeline, m. Mr. 


209, Margaret, m. Mart Dodd. 

48, James Gorrell (John\ Abraham^, Mary^),son of William 

and Mary (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. Nancy 

Boley. Issue : 

211, Benjamin; 212, Mary, m. Shammell; 213, William. 

214, Elizabeth, m. Witt; 215, Fanny, m. Pitman, of 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 
216, John B. ; 217, F. F. 

49. William Gorrell (John^, Abraham-, Mary^), dau. of 

William and Mary (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. 

Nancy Van Metre. Issue : 

218, Van, m. Catharine Miller; 219, Joseph, m. Priscilla Blue, 
220, William, m. Sarah Johnson (?) ; 221, Anthony, «i. Malvina 

222, Mary, m. Thomas Gorrell ; 223, Susan, d. ^inm. 
224, Jacob, m. Sarah Johnson (?) ; 225, Ann, ni. Luther Van 

226, John, killed by Indians ; 227, Rachael, d. unm. 

50. Joseph Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Mary^), son of Wil- 
liam and Mary (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. Ruth 

Van Metre, dau. of Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van Metre. 

51, Abraham Gorrell (John^, Abraham^, Mary^), son of 

William and Mary (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. 

Isabel Van Metre. Issue : 



228, Joseph C, ni. Mary Turner; 229, Mary B. 

230, Isabella E., in. Chris L. Tabb, of Martinsburg, W. Va. 

58. Rebecca Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Abra- 
ham*), dau. of Abraham and Hannah (Burns) Van Metre, b. 2 
May, 1797; d. 26 April, 1831 ; vi. John Schell. Issue: 

231, Hannah, ;;z. Shaner; 232, Isabel, m. Wellshance. 

233> Jol^n ; 234, John. 

61. Abraham Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Jacob^, Abra- 
ham*), son Abraham and Hannah (Burns) Van Metre, b. 25 
Oct., 1805 ; d. 25 May, 1864; m. Marie Van Metre. Issue: 

235, Henry Clay; 236, Isaac; 237, Mary Eliza, w. Hugh Camp- 
bell; 238, John. 

63. Ruth Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Abraham*), 
dau. of Abraham and Hannah (Burns) Van Metre, b. 12 May, 
181 1 ; d. 15 Jan., 1855; ;;/. Jacob Stepp. Issue: 

239, Abraham; 240, Isaac; 241, Ma^rgretta. 

64. Elizabeth Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Abra- 
ham*), dau. of Abraham and Hannah (Burns) Van Metre, b. 
14 June, 18 — ; d. Dec, 1843; "'• Frederick Deck. Issue: 

242, Susan; 243, Rebecca; 244, Ruth; 245, a son, m. Ellen 

66. John Evans Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Isaac*), son of Isaac and Mary (Evans) Van Metre, in. ante 
183 1, Josina Van Metre, his cousin, dau. of John and Josina 
(Taylor) Van Metre. Issue: 

246, Isaac Taylor, b. ante 1831. 

71. Abraham E. Van Metre (John^ Abraham^, Jacob^, 
Isaac*), son of Isaac and Mary (Evans) Van Metre, in. Marie, 
dau. of John and Rebecca (Powelson) Van Metre. Issue: 

247, Isaac, b. aiite 1831. 

75. Mary Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Isaac*), dau. 
of Isaac and Mary (Evans) Van Metre (was probably second 
wife of Thomas Tabb). (See IX., 19.) Issue: 

248, Nancy, m. Thomiah Boley ; 249, Mary, m. John B. Gorrell. 
250, Nathan; 251, John; 252, Susan; 253, Susan, m. Samuel 

W. Strider. 

80. Jonathan Burns (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^,Magdalena*), 
son of William and Magdalena (\"an Metre) Burns, ni. Nancy 
Williamson. Issue : 

254, John, m. Miss Foch; 255, Catharine; 256, Mary. 

91. Elizabeth Van Metre (JohnV, Abraham", Jacob^ Nancy*), 
dau. of Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 30 Nov., 1807; d. 

; ;n. John S. Files. Issue: 



257, John Burns; 258, Thomas, in. Rachael Van Metre, his 
cousin; 259, EHzabeth. 

92. Ruth Van Metre (John^ Abraham^, Jacob^, Nancy*), 
dau. Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 4 Dec, 1809; m. Henry 
Rutherford circa 1830 and emigrated to the Miami River Valley, 
"making their journey on horseback and crossing the Ohio River 
at Wheeling." Issue : 

260, Abraham, m. Eliza Ridgway; 261, Isaac, m. ist Miss 

Worth ; 2d Miss Morrell. 
262, Archibald, in. Eliza Ray; 263, Elizabeth, m. Frank Hall. 
264, Mary, m. Mr. Hesse; 265, Eliza. 

93. Isabel Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*), 
dau. Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 30 April, 181 1; d. 22 
Nov., 1885; }n. Colbert Anderson. Issue: 

266, Ceracy, m. Wm. Bealor; 267, Mary Catharine; 268, Jane 
Staten; 269, James. 

94. Abishua Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*) 

son of Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 4 Dec, 1813; d. 

m. Nancy Morris. Issue 

270, Abraham; 271, Smith; 2^2, Ashahel, m. Miss Pitzer; 273, 
John, b. 1835 ; d. 14 Oct., i860. 

95. Abraham Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob'', Nancy*), 
son of Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 15 April, 1816; d. 
; ill. Eliza Russell. Issue: 

274, Scott; 275, Barney; 2y6, Martin, m. Miss Bradshaw; 277, 
Sarah ; 278, Mary, w, John Honest ; 279, Martha, m. 

96. Ashahel Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*), 
son of Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 16 April, 1818; d. 24 
Dec, 1897; w. 1844, Mary M. Willhelm. Issue: 

280, Isabel; 281, Ruth E. ; 282, Ellen Jane; 283, James Henry. 

97. Henry Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*), 
son and Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 26 April, 1820, on 
the Opequon, about three miles from Martinsburg, W. Va. ; d. 
17 June, 1894; m. Mary Whitson. Issue: 

284, Elijah W. 

98. Anne Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Jacob^, Nancy*), 
dau. Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 11 April, 1822; d. 12 
Dec, 1888; m. James CoUahan. 

99. Mary Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^ Nancy*) 
dau. of Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 7 July, 1825 ; d 

m. Foster Rutherford. Issue 

285, Ruth, m. John Kendall; 286, Eliza R., m. Chas. Hollis 
287, Ella R., m. Asbury Troxell. 



100. James Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*), 

_--^aii. Abraham and Nancy Van Metre, b. 7 June, 1828, Hving 

igoy; 1)1. Catharine Hoorne, 18 Dec, 1855. Issue: 

288, Mary Ann, b. 6 Oct., 1856; d. 27 May, 1886; m. Aaron 

Funderbush, of Cohimbia, S. C. 

289, George Wm., b. 31 Aug., 1858; d. ; m. Nov., 1891, 

Rose AHce Farrell. He was surveyor of Berkeley Co., 
W. Va., and Hved at Martinsburg, W. Va. 

290, James M., Jr., b. 5 Dec, i860; d. ; m. 19 Aug., 1886, 

Mary Riley, lives in Columbia, S. C. 

291, Abraham Henry, b. 2 March, 1865; d. Sept., 1894; m. 

Mary Myers. 

292, Ruth Isabel, b. 13 Nov., 1867; d. ; ni. 5 April, 1889, 

Philip Myers. 

293, Eliza K., b. 13 May, 1875 ; d. 16 April, 1886. 

294, Isaac David, b. 8 July, 1878. 

loi. Isabel Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Ruth*), dau. 

of Joseph and Ruth (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. 

her cousin. Van Gorrell. Issue: 

295, Joseph ; 296, Jacob ; 297, Isabel ; 298, Ruth. 

102. Joseph Gorrell (JohnS Abraham-, Jacob^, Ruth*), son 

of Joseph and Ruth (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; m. 

Eliza H. Burns. Issue : 

299, Lanny, 111. Alex. Newcomer; 300, Lucy Louise, m. J. 

Walper Snyder. 
301, Jennie Virginia, in. John Blue; 302, Washington, m. Mary 

A. Miller. 
303, John Burns, m. Rebecca Miller; 304, Joseph Baker, m. 

Mary Norris. 
305, Benjamin F., m. Virginia Herndon ; 306, George W., m. 

Drusilla Gainhurst. 

307, , a son, who m. Catharine Moore. 

103. David Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Isabel*), son 
of Abraham and Isabel (Van Metre) Gorrell, m. Mary B., his 
cousin, dau. of Ashahel and Mary B. Van Metre. Issue : 

308, Ruth, m. Seaton Magruder. 

104. Jacob Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Isabel*), son 

of Abraham and Isabel (Van Metre) Gorrell, b. ; d. ; 

m. ist Miss Bols; m. 26. Hannah Burns; m. 3d Mrs. Thomas 
Tabb. Issue : 

309, Mary Bols, m. George Newcomer; 310, Weaver ford Bols, 

m. Daniel Burns. 
311, Abraham Burns, m. Miss Gorrell; 312, Jacob Tabb, m. 

112. Jacob Evans (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Mary*), son of 
John and Mary (Van Metre) Evans, m. Mary Walker. Issue: 
313, Henry; 314, Clarissa; 315, Mary. 



ii8. Isabel Tabb (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Elizabeth*), dau. 
of Thomas and Ehzabeth (Van Metre) Tabb, in. Abraham P. 
Van Metre (a desc. of Henry^). Issue: 

316, Mary Martha. 

130. Elizabeth Roberts (John^, Abraham", Abraham^, 
Naomi*), dau. of Samuel and his second wife Naomi (Van 
Metre) Roberts, m. Samuel Van Cleve. Issue: 

317, Benjamin; 318, Frances, m. William Van Cleve. 

131. Joseph Roberts (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, Naomi*), 
son of Samuel and Naomi (Van Metre) Roberts, 111. his cousin, 
Elizabeth, dau. of Abishua and Elizabeth Tabb Van Metre. Issue : 

319, D. W. ; 320, Alfred; 321, Melvina; 322, Elvira, m. 

Van Metre ; 323, Rorilla, m. Sisson ; 324, Oregon ; 

325, Julia, m. Tabb; 326, Isaac. 

135. Robert Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Abraham^, 
Joseph*), son of Joseph and Margaret (Whitnack) Van Metre, 
b. 19 Nov., 1803; m. 1822, Mahala, dau. of John Henson Wheeler, 
who was b. 1778; d. 1849. She was b. 5 Feb., 1805. Robert 
Van Metre lived and died on the old Van Metre homestead at 
West Liberty, W. Va. Issue : 

327, Henrietta ; 328, Margaret ; 329, Anna ; 330, Samuel Roberts ; 
330^, Joseph Whitnack, m. Spark. 

137. Joseph W. Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham', 
Joseph*), son of Joseph and Margaret (Whitnack) Van Metre, 
b. in Ohio Co., Va., 25 June, 1812; d. — Jan., 1858; m. 1837, 
Eliza, dau. of William and Margaret Ray. 

332, Margaret ; 333, Sarah ; 334, Catharine, d. aged 10 years. 
335, Joseph Vincent, living in Scott Co., 111., in. his cousin, 
SalUe Ray, dau. of Thomas and Julia (Curtis) Ray. 

138. Vincent H. Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham', 
Joseph*), son of Joseph and Margaret (Whitnack) Van Metre, 
b. in Ohio Co., Va., 7 June, 1817; m. 6 March, 1845, Margaret A. 
Whitnack, dau. of John G. and Mary A. (Carroll) Whitnack, of 
Berkeley Co., Va. (see II., 29). No issue. He d. 24 April, 1901. 

139. Abraham Van Metre (JohnS Abraham-, Abraham', 
Ashahel*), son of Ashahel and Mary (Burns) Van Metre, m. 
Mary Chappuck. Issue : 

335, Elizabeth ; 336, Jennie. 

143. Sarah Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham', Asha- 
hel*), dau. of Ashahel and Mary (Burns) Van Metre, m. her 
cousin, John Burns Files, son of John Snowden and Elizabeth 
(Van Metre) Files. Issue: 

337, Mary Elizabeth; 338, Sarah; 339, Jennie, m. Ronald 
Alpert; 340, John; 341, WilHam. 



146. Robert Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Abraham^, 
Abishua*), son of Abishua and Elizabeth (Tabb) Van Metre, b. 

; d. ; m. Miss McClary. Issue: 

342, Alice, m. Mr. Ambrose; 343, Mary, m. Mr. Watkins; 344, 
Elizabeth ; 345, Sheridan ; 346, Eliza ; 347, Darby ; 348, 

164. David Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, Joseph*), 
son of Joseph and Mary (Jolly) Van Metre, b. in Highland Co., 
O., 18 July, 1805 ; d. Delaware Co., near Middletown, Ind., 20 
Dec, 1882; m. . David was farming in Richwood in Feb- 
ruary, 1827. (This correspondent, Mr. Cyrus Van Metre, of 
Middletown, Ind., in his letter, February, 15, 1908, says that 
Margaret (Morgan) Van Metre, widow of Joseph Van Metre, 
m. 2d John Seaman, and had three children, John, Jeremiah and 
Elizabeth; the latter m. ist Bazil Neely and had John and Bazil 

Neely; she m. 2d Gouldin, and surviving him, died at the 

home of her son John Neely and was buried in Mount Pleasant 
Cemetery, near Yorktown, Delaware Co., Ind. Issue: 

349, Cyrus ; 350, a dau., living in Missouri. 

165. Alsey Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, Joseph*), 

dau. of Joseph and Mary Jolly, b. Highland Co., O., m. ist 

McCullough, who emigrated to Delaware Co., then to Wabash 
Co., Ind., where he died; in. 2d Cusick and had issue: 

351, Nancy, m. Thomas Windsor; 352, Rebecca, m. Abner Van 

353, Elizabeth, m. Daniels ; 354, Margaret, m. Samuel 

Clevinger, who lived near Windsor, near the line of 
Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind. It is also stated 
by above correspondent that Alsey Van Metre m. Wil- 
liam Curry and had five children, among whom a dau. 
in. Mr. Phiol and removed to Kentucky. 

168. Dr. Milton Van Metre (John\ Abraham^, Joseph^, Wil- 
liam*), son of William and Sarah (Bell) Van Metre, m. in Dela- 
ware Co., Ind., Nellie . Issue : 

355, a dau., who m. Reuben Thompson ; resides Muncie, Ind. 

171. Harrison Van Metre (John\ Abraham^, Joseph^, Wil- 
liam*), son of William and Sarah (Bell) Van Metre, m. Martha 
Brandon. Issue : 

356, a dau., who m. Arthur Franklin, of Dalesville, Ind. 

172. Perry Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, William*), 
son of William and Sarah (Bell) Van Metre, /n. Amelia Brandon; 
live at Dalesville, Ind. Issue: 

357, John; 358, Charles A. (probably Supt. of Public Schools 

of Delaware Co., Ind.) ; 359, Williard. 

173. Jacob Van Metre ( John\ Abraham^, Joseph^, Abraham*), 
son of Abraham and Sarah (Morgan) Van Metre, b. ; d. 



; m. Mary Black, dau. of Capt. Adam Black, of Black's 

Fort in W. Va., who was a soldier of the Revolution. Issue: 

360, Abraham, d. iinm.; 361, Henry; 362, Morgan; 363, Jacob 

James ; 364, John ; 365, Joseph ; 366, Robert ; 367, Polly, 

d. unm. ; 368, Sarah, m. Mr. Dennison, of Oxford, 


174. Morgan Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*), son of Abraham and Sarah (Morgan) Van Metre, b. 
; d. ; m. Rebecca Knott. Issue: 

369, Hannah, m. Henry Lupher; 370, Sarah, m. Henry, son 

of Jacob Van Metre. 
371, John; 372, Abraham; 373, Elsie; 374, Drusilla, m. 

Brandt, of Kilgore, Carroll Co., O. ; 375, Morgan, m. 

Polly, lives Magnolia, O. 

175. Hannah Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*), dau. of Abraham and Sarah (Morgan) Van Metre, m. 
William Knotts. Issue: 

376, William ; 2>77> John ; 378, Rebecca, m. Wibb. 

176. Catharine Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, 
Abraham*), dau. of Abraham and Sarah (Morgan) Van Metre, 
b. ; m. . Issue : 

379, Rebecca ; 380, Harriet. 

177. Margaret Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Joseph^, 
Isaac*), dau. of Isaac and Mary (Caldwell) Van Metre, b. 29 
May, 1798, in Bourbon Co., Ky. ; d. June, 1835, in Anderson, 
Ind. ; m. 1821, James W. Brown, major Indiana Militia. Issue: 

381, Mary, b. 1822; d. ; m. Chapman. 

382, Isaac v., b. 12 July, 1826; d. 15 May, 1863; m. EHza- 

beth Carroll, of New Jersey. 

383, Wm. Josephus, b. 1828; d. 1862; 384, Sarah, b. 1830; 

d. 1895; m. 1st Ward; m. 26. Martindale; 

m. 3d James Guy. 
385, Samuel Lafayette, b. 1832; d. 1849. 

186. Cynthia Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Mar- 
garet*), dau. of John and Margaret (V. M.) Van Metre, b 

m. Simon Summers. Issue 

386, John V. ; 387, William ; 388, Dr. Henry ; 389, Ferriby 
390, Jane Davis. 

187. Henry Van Metre (JohnS Abraham-, Joseph^, Marga- 
ret*), son of John and Margaret (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; 

m. Elizabeth Summers. Issue: 

391, Margaret Moore; 392, Jasper; 393, William. 

188. Joseph Van Metre (John\ Abraham^, Joseph^, Marga- 
ret*), son of John and Margaret (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; 

m. Julia McCalister. Issue: 

9 113 


394, Lewis ; 395, Margaret, m. L. P. Shoemaker, Middle- 
turn, Ind. 

192. Henry Jolly Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^ 
David*), son of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b. 

m. Eliza Miller. Issue 

396, David P. ; 397, Laetitia ; 398, Richard T. ; 399, Joseph, 
d. unm. 

400, Mary, m. Samuel Summers, of Yorktown, Ind. 

401, Jane, in. ist Fountain; m. 2d Bowyer, of 

Anderson, Ind. 

193. Mary J. Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, David*), 

dau. of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; m. 

Mathias Pitzer, Magnolia, Ind. Issue: 

402, Cyrus; 403, Warren; 404, Vileta; 405, Joseph; 406, David; 

407, Jasper; 408, Laura; 409, Morton. 

195. Samantha Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Joseph 
David*), dau. of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b 

vi. David. Nation. Issue 

410, Mary Jane, m. Whitson; 411, Sophia, m. Wm. 

Riddle, Iberia, O. 
412, Josephine, m. White; Columbia, Mo.; 413, Oscar 

O., num., Velasco, Tex. 
414, Cassius, Velasco, Tex. ; 415, Lowly ( ?), m. Williams, 

Richmond, Tex. 

198. Abner Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, David*), 
son of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; m. Eliza- 
beth A. Stewart; she d. 1898. Issue: 

416, Lilian, m. Whitlow; 417, Peter Cyrus, b. ; d. 

Dec, 1904; m. and had issue. Was editor "Herald" 
and Postmaster, Warrensburg, Mo. 

199. Osee Bell Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Joseph^, 

David*), dau. of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; 

in. John Snider, Holden, Mo. Issue: 

418, Will, T. S., in city mail service, Warrensburg, Mo. 

203. Cyrus Van Metre (John^ Abraham-, Joseph^, David*), 

son of David and Marie (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; d. ; 

m. 1st Sarah C. Sayford, d. 27 Jan., 1901 ; m. 2d Laura V. Say- 
ford, 19 March, 1905 ; lives near Middletown, Ind. Issue: 

419, Dr. Cassius Emmet, b. ; m. 16 Sept., 1895, Minnie 

May MacFarland. 

420, Augustus Abner, b. ; m. 2y Dec, 1894, May Lois 


421, Naomi J., in. Wm. A. Painter; 422, Joseph. 

423, Chas. Cyrus, in. Margaret Rinker; 424, Marie, in. Chas. 
S. Shedron. 



229. Mary B. Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Mary^, Abraham*), 

dau. of Abraham and Isabel (V. M.) Van Metre, b. ; d. 

; m. J. Baker Kerfott, of Martinsburg, W. Va. Issue: 

425, Clarence P., m. Rebecca Kratz ; 426, Hetty Bell, m. Mil- 
ton S. Miller ; 427, Mary Baker, m. J. Henry Bogert ; 

428, Joseph Gorrell, m. ; 429, Fanny Quick, 

m. C. M. Siebert, of Martinsburg, W. Va. 

259. Elizabeth Files (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
Elizabeth^), dau. of John S. and Elizabeth (V. M.) Files, b. 

; m. William Orndorff. Issue: 

430, Florence; 431, Harriet; 432, Julia; 433, Fannie; 434, 

Robert ; 435, Nettie, m. Sigler, of Shepherdstown, 

W. Va. 

267. Mary Catharine Anderson (John^ Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, IsabeP), dau. of Colbert and Isabel (V. M.) Anderson, 
m. George Henry. Issue: 

436, Clara Bell, m. John Henry ; 437, Doll, m. Henry Bayless. 

268. Jane Staten Anderson (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, Isabel), dau. of Colbert and Isabel (V. M.) Anderson, 
b. ; m. Wm. Riddelberger. Issue: 

438, Lou ; 439, Jennie ; 440, Charles. 

270. Abraham Van Metre (John^ Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
Abishua^), son of Abishua and Nancy (Morris) Van Metre, 
b. ; m. Sarah Fisher. Issue: 

441, Allen; 442, Smith. 

271. Smith Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
Abishua^), son of Abishua and Nancy (Morris) Van Metre, 
b. ; m. Miss Pitzer. Issue: 

443, Anne. 

275. Barney Van Metre (John^ Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
Abraham"^), son of Abraham and Eliza (Russell) Van Metre, 
b. ; m. Sarah Wolf. Issue: 

444, Ernest. 

277. Sarah Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
Abraham^), dau. of Abraham and Eliza (Russell) Van Metre, 
b. ; VI. Price. Issue: 

445, Abraham. 

280. Isabel Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Nancy*, 
AshaheP), dau. of Ashahel and Mary A. (Willhelm) Van Metre, 
b. II Nov., 1848; d. 13 July, 1880; m. 24 Dec, 1867, Joseph 
Strine. Issue: 

446, Mary Ella, b. 20 Feb., 1869; in. 6 March, .1888, John, 

son of John B. and Sarah V. M. Files; he was b. 28 
Dec, 1859. 



281. Ruth Elizabeth Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob-\ 
Nancy*, AshaheP), dau. of Ashahel and Mary A. (Willhelm) 

Van Metre, b. 16 Sept., 1850; d. ; m. 6 June, 1878, Rev. Wm. 

Hesse, D.D., of Lutheran Church at Brookeville, Pa. Issue: 

447, Mary Agatha, b. 8 July, 1880; 448, Luella Virginia, b. 23 

Nov., 1882. 
449, Chas. F. v., b. 9 Feb., 1885 ; 450, Margaret Jane, b. 3 

June, 1887. 

451, WilHam Nelson, b. 16 Oct., 1890. 

282. Ellen Jane Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, AshaheP), dau. of Ashahel and Mary A. (Willhelm) 

Van Metre, b. 25 Sept., 1852; d. ; m. 26 July, 1877, Peter 

E, Strine. Issue: 

452, Margaret, b. 22 Oct., 1878; d. 18 July, 1879; 453, Philip, 

b. 14 Oct., 1897. 

283. James Henry Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, AshaheP), son of Ashahel and Mary A. (Willhelm) Van 
Metre, b. i Nov., 1862; d. ; m. Sept., 1895, Ora Jones. 

Issue : 

454, Margaret Susan, b. 9 April, 1896. 

284. Elijah W. Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, Henry^), son of Henry and Mary (Whitson) Van 
Metre, b. ; ni. Mary Byers. Resides at Washington, D. C. 

Issue : 

455, Earl, at Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. ; 456, Louisa, 

at Womans College, Baltimore, Md. 

291. Abraham Henry Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, 
Nancy*, James''), son of James and Catharine (Hoorne) Van 
Metre, b. 2 March, 1865; d. Sept., 1894; m. 3 Feb., 1886, Mary 
Myers. Issue : 

457, a dau. ; 458, a dau. ; both live at Pittsburg, Pa. 

308. Ruth Gorrell (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^, Isabel* 
David^), dau. of David and Mary B. (V. M.) Gorrell, b. 

d. ; m. Seaton Magruder. Issue 

459, David L. ; 460, Robert; 461, William; 462, Thomas 
463, Edward; 464, Allen. 

316. Mary Martha Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Jacob^ 
Elizabeth*, IsabeP), dau. of Abraham P. and Isabel (Tabb) Van 
Metre; b. ; iii. Samuel W. Strider. Issue: 

465, Virginia Ann, m. Benjamin F. Harrison, of Shepherds- 

town, W. Va. 

318. Frances Van Cleve (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^, 
Naomi*, ElizabetlP), dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth (Roberts) 
Van Cleve, b. ; d. ; m. William Van Cleve. Issue: 

466, William; 467, Lucy; 468, Frances. 




327. Henrietta Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham-^, 
Joseph*, Robert^), dan. of Robert and Mahala (Wheeler) Van 
Metre, b. 15 April, 1823; m. 2 Feb., 1842, Jacob Fowler, who d. 
17 April, 1867. Issue: 

469, Robert, b. i Sept., 1843 > *'^- 1863, Sarah Hamilton. 

470, Eliza, b. 13 Jan., 1846; d. inf. 

471, Mary J., b. 18 April, 1855; d. 2 Jan., 1876; m. — May, 

1873, Dr. D. Hughes. 

472, Flora, b. 21 Feb., 1857; m. ist 30 Aug., 1857, A. F. Lane; 

m. 2d 22 Oct., 1884, Henry O. Hiser. 

328. Margaret Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, 
Joseph*, Robert^), dau. of Robert and Mahala (Wheeler) Van 
Metre, b. i Dec, 1825 ; d. 18 May, 1872; m. 21 Dec, 1843, Othey 
E. Price. He d. 5 Sept., 1853. Issue: 

473, Mahala, b. 19 Jan., 1845 5 ^^- ^ April, 1867, B. B. Tarman. 

474, Isaac, b. 19 Nov., 1847; d. 11 Nov., 1906; m. 29 Feb., 

1869, Mary Cunningham. 

475, Joseph v., b. 3 Dec, 1850; m. 30 Jan., 1881, Charlotta 

Naomi South. 

476, Amarilla, b. 4 Oct., 1852; d. inf.; 477, Francis, b. 5 Jan., 

1854; d. inf. 

478, Vincent, b. 22 Aug., 1856; m. 25 Nov., 1883, Anna 


479, Sarah A., b. 21 June, 1859; d. 15 July, 1891 ; m. 30 Aug., 

1877, Merrick Cox. 

480, Emma Augusta, b. 3 April, 1864; d. inf. 

481, Mason O., b. 5 Sept., 1865; m. 21 Jan., 1891, Maggie A. 


482, Mary C, b. 2 March, 1870; m. 27 May, 1890, William 
W. Baker. 

329. Anna Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, Joseph*, 
Robert^), dau. of Robert and Mahala (Wheeler) Van Metre, 
m. Webster D. Wallbridge; they live in Appleton City, Mo. 

Issue : 

483, Maggie, m. 1886, Chas. Duffy; 484, Willis P., m. 1886, 

Ella Long. 
485, Frances C, m. 1888, Ed. C. Gird; 486, Ruby Ellen, m. 

1885, Wm. McElheney. 
487, Robert E., ni. 1899, Gussie Smith; 488, Frank ]\I., m. 

1902, Lydia Schrinke. 
489, M, Jean, m. 1896, Bert Rogers; 490, Henrietta, m. 1900, 

Willis B. North. 

330. Samuel Roberts Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abra- 
ham^, Joseph*, Robert^), son of Robert and Alahala (Wheeler) 
Van Metre, was born on the Old Van Metre homestead near 
West Liberty, Va., where his grandfather, Joseph Van Metre, 



located over one hundred years ago. Mr. Van Metre's birth 
occurred 8 Aug., 1836. He remained on the farm until eighteen 
years of age then he began teaching school, but later his occupa- 
tion was steamboating. He finally settled down to mercantile 
life in which he has continued for nearly fifty years; he m. 22 
Aug., 1 861, Miss Josephine, dau. of Isaac and Laura (Stanton) 
Johnson. He helped to organize the Citizens' National Bank, 
and Board of Trade of Marietta; also the Farmers' Mutual In- 
surance Co. of Washington County, Ohio, and was president of 
same for twelve years, and treasurer and director of the former. 
He also helped to organize and wrote the By-Laws of the Mutual 
Cyclone and Windstorm Association of Columbus, Ohio, and is 
a director and the vice-president of the same; and also of the 
Federation of Mutual Insurance Associations of Ohio ; and of 
the Co-Operative Mutual Fire Associations of the United States. 
Until recently he owned a three hundred acre farm upon which 
he raised fine grades of cattle and sheep. Mr. Van Metre is still 
in the mercantile business and owns one of the finest residences 
in the beautiful pioneer city of Marietta, where he loves to enter- 
tain his relatives and friends. Issue : 
491, Laura, b. 17 Oct., 1862, umn.; 492, Mary; 493, Wyllis, 

b. 23 Oct., 1869, m. 5 June, 1895, Grace Applegate. 

No issue. They reside in Marietta, O. 

331. Elizabeth Van Metre (JohnV, Abraham-, Abraham^, 
Ashahel*, Abraham'^), dau. of Abraham and Mary (Choppuck) 
Van Metre, m. Wirt Tabler. Issue: 

483, Naomi ; 484, Matilda; 485, Laura; 486, Bessie; 487, Cora; 
488, Clayton. 

332. Jennie Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, Asha- 
hel*, Abraham^), dau. of Abraham and Mary (Choppuck) Van 
Metre, m. Corbin Tabler. Issue: 

489, Ernest; 490, Lillie; 491, Ray; 492, Henry; 493, Mildred; 
494, Edith. 

333. Mary Elizabeth Files (yohn\ Abraham-, Abraham^, 
Ashahel*, Sarah^), dau. of John B. and Sarah (V. M.) Files, 
b. ; ni. David Pitznagle. Issue: 

494, Cora; 495, Sarah; 4950-, John Wilbur. 

336. John Files (John\ Abraham-, Abraham^, Ashahel*, 
Sarah^), son of John B. and Sarah (Van Metre) Files, b. 28 
Dec, 1859; m. 6 March, 1888, Mary E. Strine (No. 442), dau. 
of Joseph and Isabel (V. M.) Strine. Issue: 

496, Mabel, b. 18 Aug., 1892; 497, Thomas, b. 11 Sept., 1894. 

498, Ella, b. 6 July, 1896; 499, Chas. James, b. 20 Sept., 1898. 

500, Virginia Bell, b. 15 May, 1901 ; 501, Theodore, b. 27 
Sept., 1903. 



337- William Files (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, Ashahel*, 

Sarah^), son of John B. and Sarah (Van Metre) Files, b. ; 

m. Anna Bell Knight. Issue : 

506, Eliza; 507, John S. ; 508, Anna. 

357. Henry Van Metre (JohnS Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*, Jacob^), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, b. 

; m. his cousin, Sarah, No. 366, dau. of Morgan and Rebecca 

(Knott) Van Metre. Issue: 

509, William; 510, John; 511, Isaac; 512, Rebecca. 

358. Morgan Van Metre (John^ Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*, Jacob^), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, b. 

; in. Jennie Sheriff, dau. of Jennie Sheriff (nee Black) a 

sister of Morgan's mother, Mary Black. Issue : 

513, William; 513^, James; both living in western Pennsyl- 

vania; 513!, Mary Ann. 

359. Jacob James Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, Joseph^ 
Abraham*, Jacob"), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, 
b. , 181 5; d. ; m. Mary Dean. Issue: 

514, John Newton, killed in army, unm., 1864; 515, Amanda 


516, Eleanor Dean, m. Dewitt Clinton Moore; no issue; resides 

at Berkeley, Cal. 

517, Hannah Marie; 518, Matilda Aramintha; 519, Mary 

Frances; 520, Leah Steel; 521, Sylvester Fremont. 

360. John Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Abraham*, 

Jacob^), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, in. 

. Issue : 

522, Josephine ; 523, Lula. 

361. Joseph Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*, Jacob^), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, b. 
; d. ; in. . Issue: 

524, AHce ; 525, Addie ; 526, Frederick. ■ 

362. Robert Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*, Jacob^), son of Jacob and Mary (Black) Van Metre, b. 
; in. . Issue: 

527, Emma, in. Derby ; 528, a dau. 

371. Morgan Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Abra- 
ham*, Morgan^), son of Morgan and Rebecca (Knott) Van 
Metre, m. Policy ; living in Magnolia, O. Issue : 

529, Rebecca, m. Swenk; resides in Magnolia, O. 

379. Isaac V. M. Brown (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, Isaac*, 
Margaret®), son of James W. and Margaret (Van Metre) Brown, 
b. 12 July, 1826; d. 15 May, 1863; in. 24 Dec, 1846, Elizabeth 
Drummond Carroll, of New Jersey, granddaughter of Loudon 



Carl, a soldier of the Revolution. Isaac was a tanner, farrier and 
a circuit rider. Issue : 

530, James W., b. Sept., 1847; d- Oct., 1847. 

531, Anna Louise, b. Logansport, Ind., 9 Jan., 1849; ^'^- 1874, 

Watson Thompson ; resides at Clinton, la. 

532, Mary Eleanor, b. 16 Oct., 185 1 ; d. Aug., 1853. 

413. Peter Cyrus Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, 
David*, Abner^), son of Abner and Elizabeth A. (Stewart) Van 
Metre, b. ; d. ; m. . Issue : 

533, Elizabeth. 

416. Augustus Abner Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, 
David*, Cyrus^), son of Cyrus and Sarah (Say ford) Van Metre, 
m. 27 Dec, 1894, Mary Lois Davis. Issue: 

534, Herschel D. ; 534^, Julia C. ; 535, Mary E. ; 536, Benjamin 

Cyrus, of Middletown, Ind. 

417. Naomi Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph®, David 
Cyrus^), dau. of Cyrus and Sarah (Sayford) Van Metre, b. 

d. ; in. James A. Painter. Issue 

537, James O., in. Flo. Wishart; resides at Middletown, Ind. 

420. Marie Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^ David*, 
Cyrus^), dau. of Cyrus and Sarah (Sayford) Van Metre, m. 
Chas. C. Shedron. Issue: 

538, Arthur; 539, Osee Bell; 540, Elroy; 541, Charles, m. 
r Mattie Sykes; 542, Josie; 543, Lowly. 

42T. Clarence P. Kerfott (JohnS Abraham-, Mary®, Abra- 
ham^ Mary^), son of J. Baker and Mary (Gorrell) Kerfott, b. 
; wi. Rebecca Kratz. Issue: 

544, Clarence R. ; 544I, J. Conrad ; 544^, Mary Louise ; 544!, 
Ruth; 545, Robert R. 

422. Hetty Kerfott (John\ Abraham-, Mary®, Abraham* 

Mary^), dau. of J. Baker and Mary (Gorrell) Kerfott, b. 

m. Milton S. Miller. Issue 

546, Mabel Lee; 547, Florence S. ; 548, Mary Baker; 549, 
Charles J.; 550, Anna Ruth; 551, Fred. 

423. Mary Baker Kerfott (John^ Abraham-, Mary®, Abra- 
ham*, Mary'O. ('au. of J. Baker and Mary (Gorrell) Kerfott, b. 
; m. J. Henry Bogert. Issue' 

552, Mary Kerfott; 553, Eleanor Bird. 

433. Doll Henry (John^ Abraham-, Jacob®, Nancy*, IsabeP, 
Mary C.**), dau. of George and Mary C. (Anderson) Henry, m. 
Henry Bayless. Issue : 

554, Margaret; 555, Lottie; 556, Boyd; 557, Ella; 558, Jesse. 

492. Mary Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Abraham®, Joseph*, 
Robert^ Samuel R.**), dau. of Samuel R. and Josephine (John- 
son) Van Metre, b. 5 Nov., 1864; m. 4 Sept., 1884, Capt. O. J. 



Stowe; they reside at Ventura, California, where Capt. Stowe is 
engaged extensively in fruit growing and shipping. Issue : 

559, Josephine Johnson, b. Jan., 1886; w. at Santa Barbara, 

Cal., Edward Wileman, Sept., 1907. 

513. Anna Louise Brown (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, Isaac*, 
Margaret^Isaac'^),dau. of Isaac V. M.and EUzabeth D. (Carroll) 
Brown, b. 9 Jan., 1849; ^"- 1874, Watson Thompson, of Syracuse, 
N. Y. Issue : 

560, Ralph; 561, Eleanor Foster, twins, b. 9 Nov., 1874; Ralph 

d. 23 Oct., 1876; Eleanor d. 9 Nov., 1874. 

515. Amanda Jane Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, 
Abraham*, Jacob^, Jacob J.'^), dau. of Jacob J. and Mary (Dean) 
Van Metre, in. David Porter. Issue: 

562, Preston. 

517. Hannah Marie (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, Abraham*, 
Jacob^, Jacob J."), dau. of Jacob J. and Mary (Dean) Van Metre, 
m. John Kaser. Issue: 

563, Kyle K. ; 564, Avelrose ; 565, Lorin; 566, Aramintha; 

567, Esther ; 568, Elmo ; 569, Clarence. 

519. Mary Frances Van Metre (John^, Abraham-, Joseph^, 
Abraham*, Jacob^, Jacob J.^), dau. Jacob J. and Mary (Dean) 
Van Metre, in. Miller. Issue: 

570, Brunetta Frances, m. Mr. Wetmore ; no issue. 

571, Charles Emmet, in. Ruby Thomas. 

520. Leah Steel Van Metre (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^, 
Abraham*, Jacob^, Jacob J.**), dau. of Jacob J. and Mary (Dean) 
Van Metre, ni. . Issue : 

572, a son ; 573, a son. 

521. Sylvester Fremont Van Metre (John^, Abraham^, 
Joseph^, Abraham*, Jacob^, Jacob J.®), son of Jacob J. and Mary 
(Dean) Van Metre, m. . Issue: 

574, a son. 

537. James O. Painter (John\ Abraham-, Joseph^ David*, 
Cyrus^ Naomi"), son of James A. and Naomi (Van Metre) 
Painter, in. Flo. Wishart. Issue : 

575, Carl. 

538. Arthur Shedron (John\ Abraham^, Joseph^, David*, 
Cyrus^ Marie"), son of Chas. C. and Marie (Van Metre) 
Shedron, m. . Issue : 

576, a child. 

559. Josephine Stowe (John^, Abraham-, Abraham^, Joseph*, 
Robert^ Samuel R.", Mary^), dau. of Capt. O. J. and Mary (Van 
Metre) Stowe, 111. at Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept., 1907, Edward 
Wileman. Issue : 

577, Richard Stowe, b. Oct., 1908. 



571. Chas. Emmett Miller (John, Abraham, Joseph, Abra- 
ham, Jacob, Jacob J., Mary F.), son of and Mary (Van 

Metre) Miller, ni. Ruby Thomas. Issue: 

578, Lorin; 579, Eleanora. 


Jacob Van Metre (John^), youngest son of John and Mar- 
garet Van Metre, b. in Somerset or Salem Co., N. J., 1723; d. 
near Elizabethtown, Hardin Co., Ky., 16N0V., 1798 (seeWither's 
Chronicles, p. 123; Collins' History of Kentucky, II., p. 312); 
m. 1738, Letitia Strode, probably a daughter of James Strode, an 
early settler of Frederick Co., Va., who lived, circa 1770, near 
Mecklenburg, Va. Letitia died in Kentucky, 25 Dec, 1789. 

By the terms of his father's will Jacob received a devise of 
233 acres of land; it was a portion of the land upon which his 
father had lived and adjoined that inherited by his brother Isaac, 
" together with all houses and orchards on the said parcel or tract 
of land." Jacob acquired otherwise certain grants of land in 
Virginia by patent. With his wife they conveyed 170 acres of 
the latter to his brothers, Henry and Abraham, 31 March, 1755, 
*' being part of the patent upon which said Henry lives." 

Jacob and his wife "Lettice" conveyed on 4 June, 1764, 16 
acres to Thomas Thornburgh; it was a part of tract devised by 
his father's will to James Davis, husband of his sister Mary. 
This was reconveyed to Jacob again. 

Jacob and Lettice made a lease of some land in Frederick Co., 
Va., to Jacob Vandever, 17 March, 1769. 

Jacob Van Metre is mentioned in Major Carlyle's reports for 
a "waggonage" account, 20 Dec, 1754 (Governor Dinwiddie's 

About 1768-9 Jacob deemed it desirable to move farther west, 
as many of the inhabitants of the Valley of Virginia were then 
doing, and after disposing of much of his property, accompanied 
John Swan, Thomas Hughes and others in a tour of the south- 
western parts of Pennsylvania, then claimed as a part of Virginia 
territory. " They reached the vicinity of the present Carmichaels- 
town and tomahawked such enclosures as they desired. The 
place of settlement was on Muddy Creek. Returning to Vir- 
ginia they brought back their families and household effects on 
pack horses, the slaves walking and driving the stock, and the 
whole train, aggregating about fifty persons, followed the route 
cut out by Braddock's army as far as it lay in their course, 
after which they cut a way for themselves." Swan and Van 
Metre located near each other on some bottom land not far from 
the mouth of Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela, 
in Cumberland Township, where, it appears, Jacob Van Metre 



had acquired a grant of 400 acres in 1759 (see Hale's Trans- 
Alleghany Pioneer, p. 259; Trans-Alleghany Mag., Vol. II., pp. 
9, 11), and is credited with settlement made thereon in 1770 (Pa. 
Archives, 3d Series, Bedford Co., Tax Transcripts). Here the 
two neighbors erected a strong stockade which was known on the 
frontier as Fort Swan and Van Metre (see Frontier Forts of 
Pennsylvania, Vol. II., p. 441). Certificates for settlement were 
granted them by the Commissioners "in the fifth year of the 
Commonwealth." The region was known among Virginians in 
those days as Monongalia County, in the District of West 
Augusta. The records of Washington Co., Pa., evidence the fact 
that an application No. 2405, dated 3 April, 1769, a tract of land 
called " Burgundy," situated on the west side of Monongahela, 
containing 211 acres, 3 perches, was granted to Jacob Van Metre; 
it was surveyed 13 Oct., 1769 (Dept. Int. Affairs, Harrisburg, 

Jacob Van Metre and Lettice are among the names of signers 
for the organization of The Regular Baptist Church of Jesus 
Christ at Uniontown (Fayette Co.), Pa., which was constituted 
at Great Bethel, 7 Nov., 1770. A stream called Van Metre's 
Run is in Perry Township, and a Peter Van Metre was the owner 
of a saw mill near its mouth. This stream probably emptied into 
Jacob's Creek, which is in its vicinity (see History of Fayette 
Co., Pa., pp. 316, 713). In 1773 Jacob's name was enrolled 
among the taxables of Rosstraevor Township, and on the 6tli 
July of the same year, he, with one of his brothers and several 
others, were indicted by the grand inquest of the county for 
"inciting to riot" (History of Washington Co., Pa.). 

Jacob Van Metre and Lettice Strode, his wife, and Abraham, 
son and heir of Jacob and Lettice, his wife, of the Province of 
Pennsylvania, and settlement of Muddy Creek, waters of Ohio, 
232 acres in Van Metre's marsh, part of 1,785 acres granted to 
John and Isaac Van Metre as part of 40,000 acre grant. 1773. 
Deed Bk. No. 2, Martinsburg. (W. W. Van Metre.) 

On the 6 Dec, 1774, Joseph Hill was appointed constable "in 
room of Jacob Van Metre" (see Ann. Carnegie Museum, Vol. 
I., p. 526). 

It is noted that Jacob Van Metre was one of " the Committee 
from Augusta County, Va., which met at Pittsburg, 16 May, 
1775." And on the minutes of the Court of Yohoghania Co., 
Va., 23 March, 1779. which met at Andrew Heath's farm near 
West Elizabeth, it is recorded that "Jacob and Abraham Van 
Metre and others have produced recommendations from the 
Court of Alonongalia Co., Va., to pass unmolested to the falls 
of the Ohio (Louisville, Ky.), which was read and approved." 
It is recited in Collins' History of Kentucky, Vol. II., that Jacob 
Van Metre moved from the waters of Muddy Creek in south- 
western Pennsylvania, where he had resided several years, to 



what afterward became Hardin County, Ky. A tradition exists 
in the family that Jacob took boat at Fort Pitt in 1779, and went 
down the Ohio, landing at Bear Grass, now Louisville, Ky. The 
foregoing record from the minutes of the Yohogania County 
Court seems to confirm this tradition. The last documentary 
evidence of his residence in what is now Pennsylvania is found 
in an item in the Journal of the Washington County Court, under 
the date of 1781, which states that Jacob Van Metre is appointed 
one of a jury of view " to view a road from Washington's Mill to 
Capt. Van Swearingen's ferry on the Monongahela, and thence to 
Catfish Camp" (Washington, Pa.). General Washington's mill 
was located where Perryopolis, Fayette Co., Pa., now stands ; and 
Van Swearingen's ferry was at Greenfield (see History of Wash- 
ington Co., Pa.). 

As new counties were erected in southwestern Pennsylvania, 
the region about the Forks of the Yohogania fell first in one 
county and then in another, which accounts for the apparently 
different localities with which Jacob's name is associated. 

Capt. Abraham Shepherd, nephew of Jacob Van Metre, when 
writing to his brother. Col. David Shepherd, Lieutenant of Ohio 
Co., Va., who was then living on Wheeling Creek, tells him, 
Nov., 1778, that he stopped at his Uncle Jacob's "on the Creek." 
This refers to the Monongahela trail which lay between the 
Potomac and the Ohio Rivers. From the head of Muddy Creek 
to the head of the south fork of Wheeling Creek was only a few 
miles westward across country. 

In the fall or winter of 1780, Capt. James Helm, Col. Andrew 
Hynes and Samuel Haycroft, with others from Virginia, settled 
where Elizabethtown (capital of Hardin County), Ky., now 
stands. The spot was in Severen's Valley, forty odd miles from 
Louisville, and was then in Nelson Co., Ky., from which Hardin 
County was set off in 1792. These pioneers erected three forts 
or block houses about a mile apart and were the only settlements, 
at that day, between Green River and the Ohio (see Hale's U. S. 
Wars, p. 217; Shepherd Papers, Vol. IV., p. 3; Collins's Ken- 
tucky, Vol. II., p. 307). 

Among those who joined this colony at this time were Jacob 
Van Metre, his wife, three sons and seven daughters, viz., Mrs. 
Margaret Haycroft (wife of Samuel), Susan and her husband. 
Rev. John Gerrard ; Mary and her husband, David Hinton (who 
was drowned in the Ohio River while on the way) ; Jacob, Jr.; 
Isaac ; John ; Rebecca ; Rachael ; Ailcey and Elizabeth Van Metre, 
and a family of slaves ; most of them opened farms in Severen's 
Valley. Rev. John Gerrard was installed the first pastor of the 
second Baptist Church established in Kentucky. The church 
was organized 17 June, 1781, near Hyne's Station with eighteen 
members. Gerrard was afterward captured by the Indians and 
never heard of again (see Collins's Kentucky, II., p. 308). 



Jacob Van Metre was active in military operations along the 
Ohio; served under Gen. George Rogers Clark in Kaskaskia 
campaign of 1778; he commanded a company in Clark's expe- 
dition against the Indian renegades under Girtv in 1782; and 
was on the Coshocton campaign in Capt. William Crawford's 
company under command of his nephew, Col. David Shepherd 
in 1791 (see Wither's Chronicles, p. 133; Shepherd Papers, Vol. 
IV., p. 3). In his younger days Jacob served in Capt. Richard 
Morgan's company from Mecklenburg, Va., in the French and 
Indian War, 1 756-1 758 (see Shepherdstown Register, 14 Jan., 


When he located on Severen's Valley Creek, about two miles 

above the present site of Elizabethtown, Jacob erected a fort, as 
other settlers had done ; it was known as Van Metre's Fort ; it 
was the scene of an Indian scare, 13 Oct., 17QO (Collins's History 
of Kentucky, Vol. II., pp. 307-308). 

Fom the fact that Jacob Van Metre and his nephew Jacob, the 
son of Henry, came together from the Muddy Creek settlements, 
and both locating on Severen's Valley Creek, not far apart and 
each having mills, the elder man was distinguished by the style 
of " Valley Creek Jake " and the nephew as " Miller Jake," 
because of his milling pursuits. Issue: 

I, Abraham; 2, Isaac; 3, John; 4, Rachael, m. Pritchett; 

5, Margaret; 6, Jacob; 7, Elizabeth; 8, Rebecca, ni. ist 

Rollinger, m. 2d McKenzie; 9, Susan; 10, 

Mary; 11, Alcinda; 12, Ellen, m. Kline; 13, Wil- 

1. Abraham Van Metre (John^, Jacob-), son of Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, m. ^l^r^^Ci—^'^ He, it is said, was 
killed by the Indians about sixty miles from his father's home, 
and to have left surviving four sons and four daughters (see J. 
C. Van Metre's and W. W. Van Metre's Letters). The names 
of the husbands of the daughters were Messrs. Swank, Edlin, 
Ashby and Goodwin ; and a son, supposed to have been Abraham, 
Jr., m. Mary, or Nancy, Evans (see Mrs. Mary Ann Wale's 

2. Isaac Van Metre (John\ Jacob"), son of Jacob and Letitia 
(Strode) Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., 2 Feb., 1759; d. 4 
June, 1808, in Grayson Co., Ky. ; m. ist Mrs. Martha (HublDard) 
Hoagland, widow of Capt. (Henry?) Hoagland ; m. 2d Jane 
Carson, by whom there was no issue. Isaac was the first circuit 
rider and the first Clerk of Grayson Co., Ky. ; was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier and a pensioner in Grayson Co., Ky. In the min- 
utes of the County Court of Augusta, Va., 17 April, 1776, the 
record is made of the probate of the last will of Larkin Pierpoint, 
deceased, in which the name of Isaac La Meetre appears as a 
witness. Issue : 



14, Frances, b. 16 Oct., 1784, m. her first cousin, James Hay- 
croft; 15, Abraham; 16, Jacob, b. 2 April, 1789, d. Otter 
Creek, Ky., 30 Sept., 1832. 

17, Nancy, b. 9 July, 1791, m. ist John Porter. Isaac Van 

Metre and John Porter were of the number who formed 
the settlement at Losantiville (Cincinnati), 28 Dec, 
1788. Porter was a member of the Kentucky House of 
Representatives from Logan County, 1802, 1806; and 
from Bath Co., 18 17, 1824-25, 1829 (Collins's Ken- 
tucky, Vol. H., pp. 433, 733). 

18, Elizabeth, b. 15 Aug., 1794; ;n. Joel Morrison. 

19, Isaac Hoagland, b. i Jan., 1796; 20, Polly, b. 9 July, 1798. 
21, Letitia, b. i March, 1800; 22, Hubbard, b. 6 Aug., 1802. 

23, Matilda, b. 28 Aug., 1807; was second wife of John Porter. 

3. John Van Metre (John\ Jacob"), son of Jacob and Letitia 

(Strode) Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1761 ; in. a 

J^Jf^CC^JSliss Strode, probably a daughter of Samuel Strode, who erected 

Strode's Station on Strode's Run in Kentucky. John Van Metre 

lived for a time in southwestern Pennsylvania. Issue: 

24, Ottersee; 25, Moses; 26, Strode; 27, Cyrus; 28, Zillie, m. 

circa 1808, John Kellar; 29, Cynthia, vi. circa 1810, 
Fred. Kellar ; they lived at Glendale, Hart Co., Ky. ; the 
Kellars were sons of George and Sarah (Hedges) 
Kellar, who were probably settled at Kellar's Station 
on Bear Grass Creek in Jefferson Co., Ky., ante 1780. 
Catharine Kellar is said to have m. Wm. Van Metre. 
30, John, said to have ni. a Kellar also; 31, Nathan, b. 1790. 

5. Margaret Van Metre (John% Jacob-), dau. of Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., circa 1760; 
m., at Fort Pitt, circa 1779, Samuel Haycroft. He was born in 
Virginia 11 Sept., 1752; d. Kentucy, 15 Oct., 1823. The Hay- 
crofts accompanied Jacob Van'AIetre and others into Kentucky 
in 1780 and settled in Hardin Co. He built a station and soon 
became prominent in county aft'airs ; was sheriff in 1802 ; Judge 
of Court of Quarter Sessions, 1803 ; Assistant Judge of the Cir- 
cuit Court of Elizabethtown and later a member of the Legisla- 
ture. He served in the War of the Revolution and his widow 
Margaret is recorded as drawing a pension while living in Hardin 
County in 1840; her age at that time was given as eighty years. 
"Judge Haycroft was a farmer, an honored and useful citizen" 
(Collins's Kentucky, II., p. 311). Issue: 

32, Samuel ; 33, James, m. his first cousin, Frances, dau. of 
Isaac Van Metre. 

6. Jacob Van Metre (John\ Jacob-), son of Jacob and Letitia 
(Strode) Van Metre, b. Frederick Co., Va., 4 Oct., 1762; d, 
Meade Co., Ky., 2y February, 1852 (Collins's Kentucky, Vol. II., 



p. 311); m. 16 Nov., 1786, Elizabeth Rhodes (probably dan. of 
Henry Rhodes, Sr., named as supervisor in Brother's Valley 
Township, Bedford Co., Pa., 18 July, 1771). Elizabeth Rhodes, 
at her marriage, was of Hardin Co., Ky. ; b. 1770; d. 1852. Jacob 
is said to have succeeded to the Muddy Creek, Pa., homestead 
on the death of his father. In Kentucky he was known as " Val- 
ley Jake." Issue : 
34, Sarah; 35, Abraham; 36, John, who lived and died in 

Meade Co., Ky. 
^y, Joseph, called in Kentucky " Virginia Joe," in. Elizabeth 
Evans ; 38, Thomas ; 39, Susan ; 40, Jacob, who d. in 
Washington, 111.; 41, Henry; 42, Daniel; 43, Nathaniel, 
m. a Miss Doney, sister of his brother Abraham's wife; 

44, Elizabeth; 45, Mary, who m. Leevis, and lived 

in Bedford, Taylor Co., la. ; 46, David. 

47, Rebecca sup.), in. Jacob Van Metre, son of Henry^ Van 

Metre. A Rebecca Van Metre was a Revolutionary 
soldier's widow, drawing pension in Hardin Co., in 
1840, at which time her age was given as 63 years (b. 
1777) (Collins's Kentucky, Vol. II., p. 321). A Rebecca 
Van Metre, of Hardin Co., is said to have in. Robert 
Harris, i Dec, 1806. Cynthiana, Ky., is claimed to 
have been named for two Van Metre women (O. O. 
Nation). This town is the capital of Harrison Co., 
i Ky., was founded on the Licking by Robert Harris in 

1793, and named for his two daughters, Cynthia and 
Anna (Family tradition, Collins's Kentucky, Vol. II., 
P- 321). 

7. Elizabeth Van Metre (John\ Jacob-), dau. of Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, m. ist John Swan, Jr., son of 

John Swan, of Loudon Co., Va. ; m. 26. McNeil ; m. 3d 

Vantner, or Vertrees. 

10. Mary Van Metre (John^, Jacob^), dau. of Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, ni. ist David Hinton, who was 
drowned while crossing the Ohio while the family were emigrat- 
ing to Kentucky ; m. 26. Chenowith. Issue : 

48, John Hinton ; 49, Hetty Hinton, in. Walter Briscoe. They 

had a son William. hy,X, 3HA^\ H^jh^^hi^'^"^**^'^^^ 

11. Alcinda Van Metre (John^, Jacob^), dau. Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, m. ist James (or Jacob) Rhodes; 
m. 2d Mclntyre. 

13. William Van Metre (John^ Jacob-), son of Jacob and 
Letitia (Strode) Van Metre, w.(?) Phoebe Hart in Monongalia 
Co., Va., 1795 (Trans.-Alleghany Mag., Vol. II., p. 57). A 
Nathaniel Hart settled in Kentucky. He came from Pennsyl- 



vania. William Van Metre in. Catharine Kellar, of Kentucky, 
circa 1805 (Mrs. W. S. Goodwyn's Letter). 

15. Abraham Van Metre (John^, Jacob-, Isaac^), son of 
Isaac and Martha (Hoagland) Van Metre, b. Hardin Co., Ky., 
17 Aug., 1786; d. circa 1850. He was engaged in the Indian 
wars in Indiana and contracted phthisis while foraging for 
beeves in the swamps of Indiana during the time he was fighting 
Indians (W. W. Van Metre Letters) ; m. 1807, his first cousin 
Sarah, dau. of Jacob and Catharine Van Metre. Issue: 

50, Miles Haycroft; 51, Isaac; was poisoned by eating wild 
parsnips, a deadly vegetable, looking so much like the 
table variety as to sometimes even deceive the frontiers- 
man (W. W. Van Metre Letters). 

52, Jacob; 53, Joseph, m. Lawson; d. 1845; 54* Jeremiah, 

d. aged 20 years. 

55, Hubbard, d. 1845; 5^, Elizabeth, m. Carlton; 57, 

Matilda; 58, Sarah P., m. Wortham; lives in 

Leitchfield, Ky. 

30. John Van Metre (John^, Jacob-, John^), son of John 

and (Strode) Van Metre, m. Kellar. John met a 

tragic fate while riding his horse, in being thrown against a tree 
and killed. The scene of the accident was in the neighborhood 
of Rock Creek, in Grayson Co., Ky., where John was then a 
resident (J. C. Van Metre's Letter). Issue: 

59, Samuel, a physician; d. at Charlestown, 111., 1872. 

60, John; 61, a dau. 

31. Nathan Van Metre (John^, Jacob-, John^), son of John 
and (Strode) Van Metre, b. 1790; in. . 

62, John, b. 1820. 

35. Abraham (W.) Van Metre (John\ Jacob-, Jacob^), son 
of Jacob and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Van Metre, b. 1790; m. Miss 
Dorsey. Abraham flatboated on the Mississippi until 1814-1815. 
He offered his services to General Jackson and served in the 
Battle of NewOrleans, Jan. 8, 1815. Afterward settled in Wash- 
ington, 111. Issue: 

63, Rhodes ; 64, Jacob ; 65, William C. ; 66, Endemile ; 67, Mary ; 

68, Edward Abraham ; and probably, 69, Joseph, a 
lawyer of New Orleans. 
69, A Joseph Van Metre m. Mrs. Cynthia Latin, a widow of 
New Orleans, circa 1861. He was a lawyer; but went 
•to Texas, at close of war, and bought a sheep ranch. 
He sold this out later and returned to New Orleans ; 
while on the voyage back he was taken sick and d. in 
1865 (Family Tradition). "Josephs Vans Meater, 
died 25 Nov., 1865, at Lousiane Hotel; aged about 63 
years. (Signed) Declaration of a friend" (From 



Minute Book, City Board of Health, New Orleans, 
1865). Joseph Van Metre, lawyer, living at New 
Orleans 1842-1846, at No. 14 Exchange Place (N. O. 
City Directory), was consulted by Miles H. Van Metre 
in reference to some legal matters, in 1845. His dying 
at a hotel indicates no home circle ; " declaration by a 
friend " implies absence of very intimate associates, and 
lack of entry or record in wills, or " succession " books 
between 1 865-1 870, indicates his decease in modest, or 
probably humble circumstances. The Hotel Lousiane 
of that day cannot be at present located (W. W. Van 
Metre's Letters). 

37. Joseph Van Metre (John\ Jacob-, Jacob^), son of Jacob 
and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Van Metre (sometimes called Virginia 
Joe?), m. and settled in Petersburg, Ind., and had: 

70, Grotias ; 71, Henry, who were the ancestors of an influ- 
ential family of Van Metres in Iowa. 

39. Susan Van Metre (John\ Jacob-, Jacob^), dau. of Jacob 
and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Van Metre, b. 9 April, 1796; d. 1872; 
m. 1820, Joseph Woolfolk. Issue : 

72, Mary Jane, b. 10 Sept., 1820; m. 1840, Henry K. Wale. 

They lived in Jasper Co., Mo., where he d. 24 Jan., 1878. 

50. Miles Haycroft Vajvt Meter (John^, Jacob-, Isaac^, 
Abraham*), son of Abraham and Sarah Van Metre, b. in Ken- 
tucky, 1810; emigrated to Kendall Co., 111., 1836, and in 1850, 
to shores of Lake St. Croix, N. W. Wisconsin. Was captain in 
Illinois militia, 1847, when there was some local trouble with the 
Irish settlers. Lived in Wisconsin till his death, 1898. He 
m. 1829, Mary Pirtle Litsey. Issue: 

73, Davis Rhodes ; 74, Marion Lafayette ; 75, James Herbert, 

b. 1834; d. I May, 1908. Was a heutenant in the 
Union Army. 

76, John H., formerly a captain in the Union Army, now living 
at Kincaid, Kan. 

yy, Mary Ellen, b. 15 Feb., 1844, in Kendall Co., 111., uitm., 

lives at Hudson, Wis. ; 78, Cassander Palestine, in. 

Dyer, living at Hudson, Wis. ; 79, Henry, killed at 
Chickamauga, Tenn. 

80, Abraham Chenowith, d. at Hudson, Wis., 1897; 81, Ed- 
ward, b. 1853 '> '"• 1883, Anna McLeod. He d. at Hud- 
son, Wis., 14 Nov., 1908. 

57. Matilda Van Meter (John^, Jacob-, Isaac^, Abraham*), 
dau. of Abraham and Sarah Van Metre, m. James W. Conklin, 
who was a son of David Conklin, one of the first settlers of 
Grayson Co., 111. Issue: 

82, Abraham Van Meter, m. Elizabeth Butler, dau. of Miner 

10 129 


Butler. Abraham d. 15 Dec, 1906, leaving two sons and 
five daughters. 

83, Palestine, in. Wortham. Resides at Leitchfield, Gray- 

son Co., Ky. 

62. John Van Meter (John^, Jacob^, John^, Nathan*), son 

of Nathan and Van Meter, b. circa 1820; vi. . 


84, Jackson C, b. 1857; living at Bowling Green, Ky. 

70. William Briscoe (John^, Jacob-, Mary^, Hetty*), son of 
Walter and Hetty (Hinton) Briscoe, m. Miss Slaughter, dau. of 
Robert Slaughter, of Hardin Co., Ky. Issue: 

85, Abbie; 86, Nannie; 87, a son. 

73. Davis Rhodes Van Meter (John^, Jacob^, Jacob^, Abra- 
ham*, Miles H.^), son of Miles H. and Mary P. (Litsey) Van 
Metre, b. at Falls of Rough Creek, Grayson Co., Ky., 7 July, 
1830; resides at Washington, 111.; in. 1856, at Washington, 111., 
Susan Baker. Issue : 

88, Ida, b. 4 July, 1857; m. 22 Feb., 1877, John Drury ; resides 

in Nebraska. 

89, Lettie, b. 30 May, 1859; m. 5 April, 1906, Chas. Pufifer; 

resides at Chicago. 

90, Nellie, b. i Sept., 1861 ; m. ist 27 Dec, 1882, Jeremiah 

Riegel; m. 2d 12 Dec, 1905, A. W. Pinkney; resides 
Peoria, 111. 

91, John Wesley, b. 15 Oct., 1863; in. 5 June, 1890, Ona Ran- 

dolph ; resides at Oklahoma. 

92, Elizabeth, b. 25 May, 1865 ; m. 3 Sept., 1896, John Chas. 

Roberts ; resides at 103 High Street, Peoria, 111. 

93, Estina, b. 9 Jan., 1867; in. 30 Oct., 1888, Lester Birkett; 

resides at Washington, 111. 

94, Chas. Henry, b. 5 Sept., 1868; m. 19 May, 1902, Hattie 

Cardwell ; resides at Chicago, 111. 

95, Geo. Williams, b. 23 April, 1871 ; m. 4 Aug., 1898, Bertha 

Lehman ; resides Oklahoma. 

74. Marion Lafayette Van Meter (John'^, Jacob-, Isaac^, 
Abraham*, Miles H.^), son of Miles H. and Mary P. (Litsey) 
Van Meter, b. " Falls of the Rough," Grayson Co., Ky., i Oct., 
1832; m. 12 Feb., 1857, "i Illinois, to Marian Julia Wallace Bell, 
who was the great-great-granddaughter of Col. James Slaughter ; 
and great-great-great-granddaughter of Major Philip Clayton ; 
both officers in the War of the Revolution. Marion L. Van Meter 
was taken by his father to Kendall Co., 111., in 1836, and to Wiscon- 
sin in 1852, returning to Illinois in 1854 where he was married. 
He was a bridge-builder and mill superintendent. Moved to 
Tolone, Champaign Co., 111., in 1871 ; farmed there for six years. 



Removed to El Paso, 111., in 1877, and took up the work of a 
building contractor. Retired and moved to Urbana, 111., in 1893. 
Mother died there 10 July, 1904. He was not in Civil War nor 
held any political office, but was well-to-do. Issue: 

96, Mary Telva; 97, Anna Roberta, b. 22 May, i860; resides 
at Urbana, is professor of Household Science, Univer- 
sity of Illinois. B.A. and M.A, degrees. 
98, Luella Bell; 99, Arthur Lee, b. 21 July, 1867; tmm.; 
owner of Tolono Light and Power Works, Tolono, 111. 
100, William Wathem, b. 8 Aug., 1871 ; in. 11 May, 1899, 
Catharine Caborn. General contractor ; Vice-president 
Contractors' and Dealers' Exchange, New Orleans. No 
loi, Margaret J., b. 26 Sept., 1873 ; d. 6 Dec, 1880. 

102, Helen J., b. 13 Oct., 1875; in. 1896, C. J. Alyea, with the 

North American Insurance Co. ; lives at Urbana, 111. ; 
no issue. 

75. James Herbert Van Meter (John^, Jacob^, Isaac^, Abra- 
ham*, Miles H.^), son of Miles H. and Mary P. (Litsey) Van 
Meter, b. at Falls of Rough Creek, Ky., 7 March, 1834; d. i 
March, 1908; m. 5 Nov., 1855, his cousin, Mary E. Van Meter, 
of Washington, 111. James H. served as lieutenant in the Union 
Army, 1862-65. Issue: 

103, Emma, in. Rodney Hurlburt ; lives at Minneapolis, Minn. 

104, Hattie, m. George Williams ; lives at St. Paul, Minn. 

105, William S., d. Nov., 1906; 106, Howard C. ; lives at St. 

107, Victor, deed.; 108, Clifford C. ; lives at Hudson, Wis. 

78. Cassandra Palestine Van Meter (John^, Jacob-, Isaac^, 
Abraham*, Miles H.^), dau. of Miles H. and Mary P. (Litsey) 
Van Meter, b. in Grayson Co., Ky., 22 April, 1836, in the year 

that her father emigrated to Illinois ; m. Dyer, at Hudson, 

Wis., i860; he is deceased. Issue: 

109, Celesta; no, Henry M. ; lives at San Antonio, Texas. 
Ill, John, b. 1863; d. 1880; 112, Bertha; 113, Ambrose; living 
in Mexico; 114, Max; with Quarter-Master's Depart- 
ment on Isthmus of Panama; 115, Mary V.; living in 

80. Abraham Chenowith Van Metre (John\ Jacob-, Isaac^, 
Abraham*, Miles H.^), son of Miles H. and Mary P. (Litsey) 
Van Meter, b. Kendall Co., 111., 2 Jan., 1842; d. 29 Jan., 1899; 
fn. — . Issue : 

116, Frank; 117, Claude; 118, Carl; 119, Guy. 

85. Abbie Briscoe (JohnS Jacobs Mary^, Hettie*, William^), 

dau. of William and (Slaughter) Briscoe, ni. Benjamin 

Helms Bristow, son of Francis M. and Emily (Helms) Bristow, 



who was the daughter of Benjamin Hehns, of Ehzabethtown, 
Ky. Hon. Benjamin H. Bristow was Secretary of the Treasury 
during President Grant's administration (W. A. O.)- 

96. Mary Telva Van Meter (John\ Jacob-, Isaac^, Abra- 
ham^ Miles H.^, Marion L.*^), dau. of Marion L. and Marian J. 
W. (Bell) Van Metre, b. i March, 1858; m. 1882, Daniel I. 
Durfey. They live retired at Tolono, 111. Issue : 

120, Jeanette, m. John Leslie; lives at Tolono 111. 

121, Franc; 123, Dorothy; 124, Donald. 

98. LuELLA Bell Van Meter (John\ Jacob-, Isaac^, Abra- 
ham*, Miles H.^ Marion L.*'), dau. of Marion L. and Marian J. 
W. (Bell) Van Meter, b. 2 March, 1862; m. 1889, William C. 
Warwick. They live in Laurel, Miss., where Mr. Warwick is 
connected with the M. J. & K. C. R. R. Issue: 

125, Robert; 126, Margaret. 

100. William Wathem Van Meter (John^, Jacob^, Isaac'', 
Abraham'*, Miles H.^, Marion L.*'), son of Marion L. and Marian 
J. W. (Bell) Van Metre, b. 1871 ; member Contractors' Exchange, 
New Orleans, La.; m. 11 May, 1899, Catharine Caborn, of Mt. 
Vernon, Ind., dau. of Jas. L. Caborn, of Boston, Lincolnshire, 
England. On her maternal side she is related to the Neals and 
McDowels, of Virginia and Kentucky. No issue. 


Magdalena Van Metre (John*), dau. of John and Margaret 
Van Metre, b. probably in Somerset Co., N. J., circa 1725; d. 
after 1745; m. circa 1742-45, Robert Pewsey. In her father's 
Deed of Gift Magdalena is styled " my youngest daughter." 
Nothing respecting this branch of the family has been found, 
excepting the following brief memoranda from the Journal of 
the Frederick Co., Va., Court. 

"7th May, 1745, Robert Pewsey files an action vs. Jacob Van 
Metre." The case was continued from court to court and finally 
decided in favor of plaintiff, 6 Aug., 1745, and on 4 Oct., 1745, 
the court orders that Robert Pewsey pay Jacob Van Metre 100 
lbs. of tobacco for attending court four days as an evidence in 
case of Pewsey vs. Ann Lilburn. 



While an inhabitant of Orange Co., Va., John Van Metre, 
"yeoman," gives bond to Joseph and Thomas Palmer, of West- 
chester Co., N. Y., agreeing to convey to them a tract of land 




called " Metre " lying on the Monocacy River in Prince George's 
Co., Md., containing 300 acres. This bond was dated 9 Nov., 
1739; the transaction seems to have been consummated on 5 Aug., 
1 74 1, when Van Metre made deeds to Thomas Palmer for 138 
acres, for three parcels of land; and to Joseph Palmer for 162 
acres, also in three parcels, all being parts of the aforesaid tracts 
called " Metre," in Prince George's Co., Md. Only a short time 
before his death, which occurred in 1745, in Frederick Co., Va., 
John Van Metre gave power of attorney to "my well-beloved 
friend, Baltis Fouts," of Prince George's Co., Md., to make a 
deed for 150 acres of land in the latter county, called " Meadow," 
to Michael Raymer. John Van Metre made other purchases of 
land in Frederick Co., Va., besides those heretofore noted, prin- 
cipally a grant obtained from Lord Fairfax, of 1,786 acres under 
date of March 24, 1736, and located in Orange County; another 
of 100 acres on Opequon Run, bought of Francis Prichard ; 
another, also on the Opequon, of 475 acres, called " Allen's Hill," 
purchased of Jost Hite; and still another from Hite, of 400 acres. 
By the terms of his will the aggregate of 3,338 acres are be- 
queathed to his children. A draft, in the possession of the writer, 
shows that much of this devise was in a solid area located near 
the headwaters and about the forks of the Opequon, in Frederick 
Co., Va. One parcel, however, lay in Prince George's Co., Md. 
This tract, containing 162 acres and called " Pelmel," was situate 
at or near " Antetum " bottom on the Potomac River. This 
particular property was bequeathed to his daughter, Elizabeth, 
the wife of Thomas Shepherd. It has been asserted that much 
of the land upon which Shepherdstown, W. Va., is built, was 
part of Van Metre's original holding. This is questioned by Col. 
J. T. Holmes who has made much study of the matter and writes 
me that " the land was granted to Thomas Shepherd by the Royal 
Governor of Virginia some ten years, as I remember dates, before 
Shepherd laid out the town of Mecklenburg (subsequently Shep- 
herdstown). He did not find a town there when he bought, but 
caught .some of the German drift from the Colonies of New York 
and New Jersey, and more especially from Pennsylvania, in those 
days, toward the Shenandoah and the valley of the South Branch 
of the Potomac, and otherwise, through that region, and carried 
and courted it by conferring the German name on the village — 
Mecklenburg. John Van Metre never owned land upon zvhich 
Shepherdstown stands" (see his letters, 2y Jan., 1905). 

Writers on the early history of the western Virginia borders 
have mentioned four Van Metres as the original emigrants to the 
Valley, i. e., John, Isaac, Abraham and Jacob, supposedly brothers. 
This may be questioned, as only two Van Metres came into the 
valley originally — ^John, 1728-1730; and Isaac, 1744. The former 
died in 1745; the latter was murdered by Indians in 1757. In 



John's family were his sons, Abraham and Jacob ; in Isaac's were 
his sons, John, Isaac and Henry; these were probably confused 
by earlier writers and alluded to by Mr. B. F. Van Metre (see 
his Genealogies and Biographies, p. 48) , where he says : 

" Four of his [John Van Metre's] sons came to Virginia about the year 
1740 ( ?) viz : Abraham, Isaac, JLacob and John. Abraham and John 
settled in Berkeley Co., on the east side of the Allegheny Mountains. 
Jacob settled at lower end of the South Branch Valley, and Isaac in 
the beautiful valley of the South Branch, known as ' Indian Old Fields. ' " 

There is no doubt that those mentioned by Mr. Van Metre 
were, John Van Metre, from Maryland, his two sons, Jacob and 
Abraham, and John's brother Isaac, of " Old Fields," and his 
son, Henry. Foote mentions : " among settlers in the immediate 
vicinity of Shepherdstown, on the Cohongorooten (the Iroquois 
name for the Potomac), in 1734, were Jacob Van Metre and 
brothers" (see Sketches of Virginia, 2d Series, p. 15). Neither 
Kercheval nor Doddridge refer to four brothers, but to two only. 

As to Henry Van Metre, there is this to be said : George Wash- 
ington, in " My Journey over the Mountains," states that 

" Henry Van Metres is on ye branch and was living on ' ye Trough,' 
Old Fields. Ye Trough is a couple of ledges of mountains impassable 
running side by side together for eight miles and ye river down between 
them, ye must ride round ye back of ye mountain for to get below them." 

Colonel Washington stopped at Henry Van Metre's for two 
days in April, 1747-48. Henry Van Metre also entertained 
Leonard Schnell and John Brandmuller, two Moravian mission- 
aries who were making a tour of the settled parts of Virginia 
from October to December, 1749 (see Va. Hist. Mag.; also W. 
Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. IV., No. 3, p. 230). 

Among memoranda left by John Duke, of Frederick Co., Va., 
appear the following notes: "4 June, 1757, John Vermeter owes 
me 21 shillings paper money for 6^ yards linen cloth." This 
was probably John's son John who was living then in Duke's 

Another interesting fact in connection with the Van Metre 
family, of Frederick Co., relates to their participation in the elec- 
tion of George Washington to the Virginia House of Burgesses 
at the election held in Winchester 24 July, 1758. Washington 
received the votes of Isaac's sons, John and Henry, and of 
John's sons, Abraham and Jacob; but the Van Metres were 
divided, however, on the vote for Washington's colleagues (two 
Burgesses being then voted for), John and Abraham voting for 
Captain Swearingen, and Jacob and Henry voting for Mr. West. 

1736, March 23. Jost Hite sells to John Van Metre for £205, 
475 acres on Opequon Creek, " part of a tract on which John 
Selbour lives," Orange Co., Va., DB. i, p. 21 (see "The Ger- 
man Element in the Shenandoah Valley," p. 62). 



" 1736, July 20. Ordered that Morgan Morgan, Morgan Bry- 
ant, John PetiHs, and John Van Metre, or any three of them, 
being first sworn before a Justice of the Peace of this County — 
do meet and value and appraise the money and estate of Robert 
Whorlington and make report on their finding " (Journal, Orange 
Co., Va., Court). 

1737, March 24. Jost Hite acknowledged his deed of lease and 
release to John Van Metre and same is admitted of record {vide 

1738, Aug. 24. John Van metre appointed road receiver at this 
court. Deed of lease and release of Richard Morgan to John 
Van Metre confirmed at this court (vide same). 

1745, Sept. 3. Probate of John Van Metre's will; and appoint- 
ment of Richard Morgan, Peter Van Cleve, John Hite and 
Thomas Hart, or any three of them, as appraisers (Frederick 
Co., Va., Journal of Court). 

For many years a dispute existed between Virginia and Penn- 
sylvania as to the ownership of the territory embraced in the 
northern part of the present state of West Virginia, and western 
Pennsylvania. This dispute was not infrequently accompanied by 
violence. On June 15, 1776, the Virginia Convention proposed 
a temporary dividing line. The matter was finally decided by 
commissioners appointed by the two states. Rev. James Madison 
and Robert Andrews on the part of Virginia, and George Bryan, 
George Ewing and David Rittenhouse for Pennsylvania; in 1779 
they reached an agreement which was confirmed by the two states. 
The final report, however, of the commissioners appointed to 
run the line, was not made until 23 Aug., 1785. — Hening: X., 
519-537 (see Va. Mag. of History, July, 1908, p. 48, footnote). 

Some of the children oj ^John Van Metre, in their movements 
westward from the "Valley o I Virginia, followed the upper course 
of the Potomac to Will's Creek (Cumberland, Md.), thence cross- 
ing the Alleghanies by Nemacolin's Path or Braddock's Road, 
reached the headwaters of the Yohoghany and Monongahela 
on the other side of the mountains and then gained communica- 
tion with the valley of the Ohio River, that great highway of 
the pioneers and the gateway into our western empire. The 
great wilderness into which they penetrated was still within the 
jurisdiction of Virginia, a part of her, as yet, undefined District 
of West Augusta, a territory of which the counties bordering the 
upper Ohio named Yohogania, Monongalia and Ohio formed 
the entire southwestern section of Pennsylvania and by that 
Province claimed as part of her county of Cumberland — disputed 
soil. Its area extended into Pennsylvania as far north as the 
junction of the Alleghany and Kiskiminetas Rivers and eastward 
to the summit of the Laurel Hill Range, a section to-day repre- 
sented by the Pennsylvania counties of Westmoreland, Washing- 



ton, Fayette and Greene, with parts of Bedford and Alleghany, 
and with Pittsburg (then Fort Pitt) as the dominant center. 
The contention for the possession of this territory between " the 
Old Dominion " and the Province of Pennsylvania was finally 
settled in the latter's favor about 1783. In the meantime the 
Virginia counties of Monongalia, Yohogania and Ohio had been 
effaced and in their place came the Pennsylvania counties recited 
in the foregoing. 

During the period of disputation the Penns sold land in these 
western counties at £5 the 100 acres and Virginia at ten shillings 
for the same amount. Each government allowed a preemption 
right by improvement or actual settlement when and where there 
was no interference with a prior claim, official grant or survey. 
The settlers had the privilege of deferring payment for their 
grants until their claims were perfected. These privileges were 
confined to southwestern Pennsylvania, and while the majority 
of the settlers in the Forks of the Yohoghany and other streams 
tributary to it were held under Virginia, rights were granted in 
the triangle on the opening of the land office in Pennsylvania in 
1769, which included grants by the Penns, along Chartier's Creek 
(see History of Westmoreland (Pa.) County). 

Jacob Van Metre, as it appears by the records, was the first 
of the younger generation to make settlement on any of the 
western waters ; he acquired a tract of 400 acres, called Burgundy, 
on Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River, near 
where Carmichaelstown now stands and about fourteen miles 
east of the present town of Waynesboro, in Greene Co., Pa. The 
date of his settlement is given as 1769. In the following year he 
added another 400 acres by certificate from the Commission " in 
the Fifth year of the Commonwealth," which was assigned to 
David Duncan in 1770. Three years later, among the taxables 
of Rosstraevor Township, Bedford County, are found the names 
of John, Jacob and Joseph Van Metre. Rosstraevor Township 
was then in Westmoreland County. In the same year, 1773, 
among the taxables in Springhill Township, Westmoreland 
County (but now in Fayette County), were Jacob, Henry and 
Abraham Van Metre. These were probably sons of Henry Van 
Meter, son of John, of Virginia. Four hundred acres were sur- 
veyed to Henry Van Metre, Jr., in Washington County, 25 May, 
1785 ; 300 acres were surveyed to John Van Metre, Sr., and 400 
acres to Jacob Van Metre in Washington County, 17 Dec, 1784. 
Also, on the same date and in the same county, 300 acres were 
warranted to Joseph Van Metre, surveyed 20 Feb., 1786; and to 
John Van Metre, Jr., in Bedford County, 300 acres. On the 17 
May, 1780, Abraham Van Metre applies, on a Virginia entry, for 
400 acres on the waters of Cross Creek in Ohio County, upon 
which was built the court house of that county. In a list of the 
inhabitants of Cumberland Township, Washington Co., Pa., who 



were rated for the Effective Supply Tax in 1781 appear the names 
of Henry and Absalom Van Metre. 

The Indians along the Ohio kept up a predatory and brutal 
warfare upon the settlers of these western counties. Their raids 
became so frequent and destructive that companies of " frontier 
rangers " were raised and organized for the protection of the 
inhabitants. Westmoreland and Washington Counties were the 
principal ones covered by the operations of the rangers. Among 
the officers of this military establishment were Captains John, 
Thomas and James Van Metre, between the years 1778 and 1783 
(Pa. Arch., 3d Series). 

" At a court continued and held for Berkeley County, Va., the 
1 8th day of October, 1780, John Van Metre formally appeared 
in Court and the oath prescribed by a Resolution of the General 
Convention, and was sworn as a Major in the Militia of the 
County" (see Minutes of Berkeley Co., Va., 1779-1782). 

For some breach of laws or usages of the royalist government 
an indictment " by the King " was found against Henry Van 
Metre at the first court held for Westmoreland Co., Pa., 6 April, 
1773 (see History of Westmoreland County, p. 53). 

Among the gentlemen chosen members of the Committee for 
the District from the inhabitants of that part of Augusta County 
that lies west of Laurel Hills, at a meeting held at Pittsburg, the 
i6th day of May, 1775, were Jacob Van Meteren, David Shep- 
herd and John McCullogh (vide, p. 451). 















Prince George's County, prior to 1748, was the westernmost 
county: the wild and mountainous frontier of the Province of 
Maryland. In that year all the territory lying west of the mouth 
of the Monocacy Creek and extending northerly along the Potomac 
to the fartherest limits of the Province, was erected into a new 
county called Frederick. Virginia, likewise, about the same time, 
created on the south side of the Potomac, with an area co-exten- 
sive with that of the Maryland County, a new county also named 
Frederick, so that the Potomac River was not only the dividing 
line between the Province of Maryland and the Colony of Vir- 
ginia, but was also the line of demarcation between the two 
counties of Frederick; each of them, by growth, development and 
political conditions, became in turn divided and subdivided until 
at this time the scenes of interest in the history of the Shepherd 
family are concentrated within the borders of the present counties 
of Jefferson, in West Virginia, and Washington, in Maryland, the 
Potomac, scarcely more than a stone's throw wide, separating 

Among the earliest settlers in the distant parts of Prince 
George's County and taking up their abode along the Potomac 
and its tributaries were the Spriggs, Bealls, Chaplines, Cresaps, 
Shepherds and others no less notable in the early annals of pro- 
vincial Maryland. They were granted large tracts of land, 
which tracts, by a unique custom fostered and still prevalent in 
that State, were given peculiar designations, at once stamping 
upon these plantations individuality and distinction. Instances 
are: " Skipton on Craven," "Dutch Folly," " Sprigg's Delight," 
" Shepherd's Discovery," " Shepherd's Purchase," " Chursley 
Forest," " Antietam Bottom," and a thousand others of like char- 
acter. The earliest of these grants were obtained by colonists 
who advanced westward from the tidewater counties on Chesa- 
peake Bay to the mountains long before the venturesome Scotch- 
Irish and the Dutch elements found the valley trail leading from 
the northerly Province of Pennsylvania, an Indian highway to 
the fords of the Potomac, and thus into the heart of Virginia. 

Documentary evidence, which furnishes the basis of the argu- 
ment, is found first in the Land Record Office at Annapolis ; they 



show that Shepherd famihes were among the earliest in Anne 
Arundel, Calvert, Baltimore and Prince George's counties. In 
the first Inventory Book of the latter county the initial presence 
of a Shepherd is revealed; it states that on i6 March, 1698, James 
Beall was appointed administrator, Thomas Sprigg and Will 
Offutt, appraisers of the estate of Thomas Shepherd, deceased. 
The return of same, filed 6 April, 1699, gives the valuation of his 
estate at £3 2s. 8id. 

William Shepherd, of Prince George's Co., Md., carpenter, 
conveyed, 12 Oct., 1717, to Philip Gitting (son-in-law of Thomas 
Cresap) his plantation called " Mt. Arraras," at the head of 
Beaver Dam Run, and running out at the Eastern Branch (near 
Washington, D. C), containing 140 acres (F. 16); and on the 
same day Shepherd took title from John Bradford to a tract of 
land containing 150 acres, situate in the western part of Prince 
George's County, designated as " Shepherd's Purchase," the same 
being a part of a tract called " Chursley Forest " ( F. 45 ) . Whether 
or not William Shepherd held title to the remainder of " Chursley 
Forest" does not appear; evidently he did, for on the 18 Dec, 
1721, he became the grantor of a part of "Chursley Forest," 
containing 150 acres, to John Bradford, merchant, the considera- 
tion being £143 i8s. 9d. (I. 243) ; and the parcel called "Shep- 
herd's Purchase" (containing 150 acres) was conveyed by Wil- 
liam Shepherd to James Brooke, 27 Oct., 1739, for about the 
same consideration as that obtained and mentioned in the con- 
veyance to John Bradford in 1721. This deed bears the endorse- 
ment of Sarah Shepherd, wife of said WilHam Shepherd, and 
the witnesses were Joseph Chapline, John Gold, Peter Brentijo 
and John Shepherd (who made his mark) (Y. 147). 

William Shepherd, now styled " Senior," becomes grantee, by 
a deed dated 16 April, 1741, from John Moore, "Planter," and 
both of Prince George's County, " to all that tract of land called 
' Shepherd's Purchase,' containing 50 acres, and being a part of 
'Antietam Bottom,' situate in Prince George's Co., on the bank 
of the Potomac River, and adjoining a tract called ' Sprigget's 
Delight.' " This deed was witnessed by Thomas Cresap and 
Joseph Chapline (Y. 300) ; with this item the land operations of 
William Shepherd disappear from the records. 

Note: A Mary Shepherd is witness to the baptism of Theo- 
dora, daughter of James Moore, on 21 June, 1735. This baptism 
and several others was performed in this neighborhood by Rev. 
Johannes Casper Stoever, an itinerating Evangelical minister. 

John Bradford, who figures in the Shepherd grants, held title 
to lands also, on Rock Creek (now in the District of Columbia). 
In 1 7 19, when a church was organized, the chapel was erected 
in what was called Rock Creek Hundred; not only did John 
Bradford contribute 100 pounds of tobacco towards its erection, 
but he also gave the 10 acres of ground upon which it was built, 



and this was the beginning of the famous old Rock Creek Church 
of Prince George's Parish, 

In 1728 the Governor of the Province was petitioned to divide 
this parish and create a new one in the western part of the county ; 
among the petitioners were Thomas and William Shepherd. 
Thus All Saint's parish came into existence with its church at 
Rockville (now in Montgomery County), twelve miles farther 
west. In 1742 there were districts in this parish and that one 
in which the Shepherds lived was called Antietam Hundred, and 
among the communicants of All Saint's at this time was William 
Shepherd, Sr., and William Shepherd, Jr., Thomas Shepherd not 
being among those mentioned. Query : Was it not because he 
reappeared in Frederick County (or Orange, as it then was), 
Va., in 1733/34? 

As to John Shepherd: record is found of a transfer of land 
by him to John Penson, both of Prince George's County, under 
date of 3 June, 171 5 (I, 686) ; and on the 24th May, 1726, the 
administration bond of Charles Digges, in the estate of John 
Shepherd, deceased, of Prince George's County, is approved by 
the court. 

By a deed of conveyance dated 22 Nov., 1752, John Shepherd 
takes title from Thomas Shepherd, both of Frederick Co., Md. 
(Frederick erected 1748), to a tract of land called "Shepherd's 
Purchase," being part of a tract called "Antietam Bottom," 
lying on the Potomac River and containing 50 acres. Witnesses 
were: William Griffitts and Joseph Chapline (B. 662). It is 
evident that this is the John Shepherd who made his mark as 
witness to one of William Shepherd's land transfers. Query: 
Was Thomas Shepherd, the grantor, in this instance, the son and 
heir-at-law of William Shepherd and was he conveying the home- 
stead to a brother, he himself having interests in Virginia? It 
may be safely presumed, I think, that William Shepherd left at 
least four children : Thomas, John, William and Mary. 

Note: A Mary Shepherd, sponsor at a baptism at Monocacy, 
Md., in 1734 with John Hillis. (Fletcher.) 

John Shepherd (the man who "made his mark") conveys to 
Mattias Ulrich Hopman, by deed dated 9 April, 1762, a tract of 
land called " Tichneck," or " Richneck," containing 54 acres (G. 
466). Query: Was this "Shepherd's Purchase" renamed and 
resurveyed and thus increased to 54 acres? A few weeks later 
John Shepherd takes title from Thomas Mills (probably father 
of Lieutenant John Mills, who m. David Shepherd's daughter 
Ruth), on 14 June, 1762, to a tract of land called "Shepherd's 
Discovery"; it was part of " Resurvey of Antietam Bottom," con- 
taining 64 acres, situate on the north side of the Potomac River 
in Frederick Co., Md. In both deeds in which John Shepherd 
appears in the capacities of grantor and grantee the witnesses 



were Peter Bainbridge and Moses Chapline (brother of Joseph) 
(H. 28). 

In the will of John Shepherd, of Frederick Co., Md., dated 9 
Dec, 1764, probated 13 Feb., 1765 (A. i, p. 228), he names his 
wife Sarah, his children : Nathan, Thomas, William, Sarah, Dru- 
silla and a child unborn (afterward Margaret). To Nathan the 
homestead in Maryland is devised ; to Thomas and William are 
bequeathed lands which the testator owned on Back Creek, in 
Frederick Co., Va., while the daughters inherited personal prop- 
erty. All the children, except Nathan, are stated to be under age. 

This reference to Shepherd possessions in Virginia reveals, 
upon further investigation, an interesting piece of information 
and lends a significant phase in its relation to the Maryland Shep- 
herds. A group of Shepherds are found located in Frederick 
Co., Va., who were civilly prominent in the period 1744-50. 

Thomas Shepherd, of Prince George Co., Md., d. circa 1698, 

I f 

William Shepherd, of Pr. Geo. Co., John Shepherd, of Pr. Geo. Co., Md., d. 1726, 
d. circa 1741/45, 

m. Sarah m. Issue : 

John "j 711. Jane left issue 
Nathan V all of Frederick Co., Va. 
William j [see Winchester, Va. , Record]. 

I . .1 I . ^ 

Thomas, of Shepherdtown, William,Jr., of Rock Creek, John, of Frederick Co., d. 1765, 

b. 1705, d. 1776, 
m. Elizabeth Van Metre. all of Washington Co., 

m. Sarah 

David b. 



1 1 1 1 1 
Thomas, Nathan, Sarah, Drusilla, Margaret. 



T i^r\\\ 

John, who 




speaks of 




" Unklc Thomas, 

" David 




Sarah, m. Matthias Spong, June, 1817. 

Mary "J 
Martha / 







John Shepherd and Thomas Shepherd were overseers in 1745; 
John Shepherd had a suit vs. Nathan Shepherd, 1745 ; John Shep- 
herd is deceased in 1746, leaving a wife Jane and children un- 
named; Thomas Shepherd, appraiser, 1746; suit John Shepherd 
vs. Fitzimmons, 1748; William Shepherd under-sheriff, 1748; 
surveyor, 1750; and Nathan Shepherd tithable, 1748. Of the 
foregoing, Thomas Shepherd was the settler at Mecklenburg, and 
John Shepherd lived, one of them — perhaps the earlier one — at 
the head of Bullskin Creek, which ran into the Shenandoah beyond 
Charlestown, Va. The John Shepherd who d. in Frederick Co., 
Md., 1765, left lands on Back Creek, near the North Mountain 
and about nine miles from the Potomac. 



The query naturally arises, in view of the similarity in Christian 
names and the circumstances in connection with these property 
matters : Was there not blood kinship between these respective 
families of Maryland and Virginia? In the absence of family 
records, traditions or other personal data to afford a clue to its 
solution, the writer hazards a genealogical analysis such as this: 

In a suit instituted by David Shepherd, eldest son and heir-at- 
law of Thomas and Elizabeth Shepherd, in the year 1764, which 
was meant to determine and perpetuate the metes and bounds 
of " Pell Mell," the testimony of Joseph Chapline, who made the 
survey for John Van Metre (father of Elizabeth Shepherd) in 
1743, states "that it lay on the Potomac river above Swear- 
ingen's ferry, and adjoined a tract called ' Antietam Bottom.' " 
Jacob Van Metre, son of John and brother of Elizabeth Shep- 
herd, who was a witness to the survey, gave similar evidence. 
Mecklenburg is said to be only three miles above the mouth of 
the Antietam Creek, and as Packhorse ford was just below Meck- 
lenburg and " the only fordable crossing for miles above or 
below," and as Thomas Shepherd was given permission by Act 
of Assembly of Virginia in October, 1765, to establish a ferry 
"from his land in the town of Mecklinburg, in the County of 
Frederick, Va., over Potomac to his land opposite thereto in the 
Province of Maryland, etc., etc.," it can readily be seen that either 
"Pell Mell" was "his land" referred to, or else he owned other 
lands at that point and wanted further convenience for himself 
and the public, instead of continually resorting to the Packhorse 
ford some distance below. Swearingen's ferry probably inter- 
vened between these points, for in 1766 the General Assembly 
revoked its grant to Shepherd " because the same being but a 
small distance from a ferry already established from the lands 
of Thomas Swearingen over Potomack in Maryland" (History 
Lower Shenandoah, pp. 319-371). 

It is recorded that David Shepherd and his wife Rachael, by 
deed dated in 1767, conveyed " Pell Mell," containing 162 acres, 
to Jacob Vandiver, of Salem, N. J. ; and by the will of the latter, 
dated 1772, this land was devised to Vandiver's granddaughter 
Phoebe, afterward the wife of Dr. Clarkson Freeman, of Somer- 
set Co., N.J. In whatever way the transaction may have occurred, 
it is a matter of record in Washington Co. (erected 1776), Md., 
that title to " Pell Mell " at a later date became vested in Abraham 
Shepherd, brother of David, the grantor to Vandiver, so that 
before the close of the century Abraham Shepherd began dis- 
posing of " Pell Mell " piecemeal in the following way : 

1797' Nov. 18, release 20 acres woodland to George Batson 
(L. 47). 

1797, Nov. 27, deed 70^ acres to John Blackford (Z. 286). 

1797, Nov. 27, deed q% acres, with dwellings, to Abram Myers 
(Z. 284). 

" 145 


1813, Nov. 24, deed 7of acres to Henry Thomas Swearingen 
and Benoni Swearingen Blackford (Z. 282). 
Making a total of the divisions of " Pell Mell" aggregating 171! 
acres (which probably included a gain of about 95 acres in the 
resurvey of " Pell Mell "). Thus that plantation passed into alien 

In the descriptions of the tracts thus variously conveyed, those 
to Batson and to Blackford particularly recite that these lands 
adjoin the "Resurvey of 'Pile's Delight.'" Now "Pile's De- 
light " was a neighboring plantation bordering the Potomac, 
which in the period 1743-50 belonged to Col. Edward Sprigg 
(History Western Maryland, Vol. 11., p. 985), and in 1814 was in 
the ownership of Philip Ground (Z. 679). "Pile's Delight" and 
part of "Addition to Pile's Delight," the former containing 157! 
acres, the latter 114 acres, were sold by George Ground, the son 
and executor of his father, Philip Ground, to Thomas Shepherd 
("Unkle Thomas" of the chart), of Washington Co., Md., as 
will appear by deed dated 16 April, 1814 (Z. 697). According 
to further records the conditioned payments of the purchase 
money not, apparently, having been made by Thomas Shepherd, 
the grantee, he gives the property, some months later, as security 
to John Blackford for the balance of the conditioned payments 
(A. A., 61), the deed reciting that the land is part of two tracts 
lying on the Potomac River called " Antietam Bottom Resur- 
veyed," or "Antietam Bottom," and " One Husband " and " Addi- 
tion to One Husband," the latter section being the late dwelling 
place of Philip Ground, deceased, and adjoining lands of Benoni 
Swearingen, Jacob Bedinger, Sarah Chapline and others (A. A., 
61). Thomas Shepherd, the (supposed) owner of this land, by 
his will (Liber C, 9), dated 24 March, 1817, probated 9 April, 
1817, names his wife Leah and children John, Joseph, David and 
Sarah Shepherd. This agrees with the census report of Wash- 
ington Co., Md., for 1790, which gives information that Thomas 
Shepherd, of that county, had a family at that date of wife, three 
sons and a daughter above sixteen years of age then living. 

John Shepherd, of Washington Co., Md., is also enumerated 
in the census of 1790 for himself, five sons and four daughters 
above sixteen years of age. Query : What John Shepherd was 

John Blackford and Abram Myers were executors of the will 
of the foregoing Thomas Shepherd. 

In a deed dated 5 April, 1819, John Blackford and Abram 
Myers, executors, John, Joseph and David Shepherd, Mathias 
Spong and Sarah, his wife, children and heirs of Thomas Shep- 
herd, deceased, jointly convey to John Youtsey, also of Washing- 
ton Co., a tract of I22f acres, being parts of a tract composed 
of " Pile's Delight " and " Addition to Pile's Delight," situate in 
Washington Co., and adjoining lands of John Shepherd (D. D., 



693). This latter John Shepherd was probably one of the heirs 
mentioned above. 

John Youtsey, jointly with David Bowles, of Frederick Co., 
Md., reconvey the same parcels to Joseph and David Shepherd 
and Mathias Spong, Jr. (who had m. Sarah Shepherd, 10 June, 
1817), by deed dated 11 May, 1822 (F. F., 961), the brother 
John eliminated from this deal was the owner of an adjoining 
property containing 93 acres called " Three Springs," purchased 
from the heirs of Amos Eakle, deceased (G. G., 890). 

The foregoing Sarah Spong is believed to have been buried in 
the Shepherd family burying ground at Shepherdstown, W. Va., 
where, it is said, none but those of Shepherd blood are allowed 

Thomas Shepherd, 3d, grandson of Thomas ist, died 9 Nov., 
1832, at the home of one of his children (Sarah, who m. George 
R. Weber) in Washington Co., Md. His son, Thomas C. Shep- 
herd, was living at Blackford's Ferry, where his first child was 
born, and in 1836 the family removed to Illinois. 

Col. John Blackford, of Washington Co., Md., was a promi- 
nent man in his day and was living in the county as late as 1830. 

Among accounts in the old books of Abraham Shepherd which 
are in possession of his descendants at Shepherdstown, there are 
to be found several memoranda, such as: " 1799 — Thomas Shep- 
herd of Maryland, to Clark's notes: £3. 12. o" and "£15. 5. 0." 
etc., etc., these showing, at least, business relations, if not those 
of family ties, between these families. 


" George, the Second. To all men knowe ye that for the Consideration 
mentioned in an Order of our trusty and well beloved William Gooch 
Esq"'* our Lieut Gen' and Commander-in-chief of our Colony and Dominion 
of Virginia in our Council of the said Colony the Twelvth day of June, 
One thousand Seven hundred and thirty four. We Have given granted 
and confirmed and by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors — 
Do give grant and confirm unto Thomas Shepherd one certain Tract or 
Parcel of land containing Two hundred and twenty-two acres lyeing and 
being on the West side of Sherrando River and designed to be included 
in a County to be called the County of Orange being part of Forty 
thousand acres purchased by Jost Hite from Isaac and John Vanmatre 
who had obtained orders of our said Lieut. Gov"", in Council to take up 
the land upon certain conditions therein expressed which were made the 
Seventeenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and thirty and 
bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at a White Oak marked T.S. 
on a hill on the south side of Cohongaluta and on the east side of a 
branch called the Falling Spring below a fall in said run and running 
thence South eight degrees westerly six Poles south twenty degrees west 
Forty-four Poles thence southwest seventy-two Poles to a hickory saplin 
thence south thirty degrees west Forty Poles to a White-oak by a meadow 
thence north seventy degrees west crossing the said meadow one hundred 
and eighty poles to a double red oak on a hillside thence south seventy- 
three degrees east two hundred and twelve Poles to the first station — 



Witnesseth to Have and to Hold and to beholden yielding and paying, 
Provided &c., &c. 

In Witness — witness our trusty and well-beloved William Gooch, Esq"" 
our Lieut. Gov"" and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Domin- 
ion of Virginia at Williamsburg under the seal of our said Colony the 
third day of October one thousand seven hundred and thirty-four in the 
eighth year of our reign. 


(Book of Grants, No. 15, p. 306, in Register of Land's Office, Rich- 
mond, Va.) 


Captain Thomas Shepherd, founder of Shepherdstown (for- 
merly Mecklenburg), West Virginia, settled there circa 1732; 
was born circa 1705; died 1776; married, circa 1733, Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Van Metre, " the Indian Trader," grantee of 
extensive tracts of land in Spottsylvania Co., Va., from Governor 
Gooch in 1730. Elizabeth Van Metre Shepherd was born, prob- 
ably in New Jersey, circa 1715; died at Shepherdstown, W. Va., 
1792-3- Issue: 

I, David, b. Jan., 1734; d. Ohio Co., Va., 2 Feb., 1795. 

II, Sarah, b. circa 1736; d. Shepherdstown, 18 Oct., 1780. 

III, Elizabeth, b. 3 Oct., 1738; d. Shepherdstown, Va., 1788. 

IV, William, b. circa 1740; d. Wheeling, Va., 1824. 

V, Thomas, b. 1743 ; d. Shepherdstown, Va., 1792. 

VI, John, b. 1749; d. Red Oak, Ohio, 31 July, 1812. 

VII, Mary, VIII, Martha, twins, b. circa 1752; Martha d. 

Brooke Co., Va., circa 1825. 

IX, Abraham, b. 10 Nov., 1754; d. Shepherdstown, Va., 7 Sept., 


X, Susannah, b. i Sept., 1758; d. Wheeling, Va., 13 April, 1835. 



1734, Oct. 3. Grant from Governor Gooch and Council of 
Virginia of 222 acres of land on west side of Sherrand [Shenan- 
doah] River, in Orange Co., Colony of Virginia, being part of 
the original grant of 40,000 acres made to John Van Metre, the 
father-in-law of Thomas Shepherd, by order of Council, 17 June, 
1730 (No. 15, Book of Grants, p. 306, Richmond, Va.). 

— . Settled upon his grant, which was located near a crossing 
of the Potomac known afterward as the Packhorse ford and was 
the only crossing of the Potomac for many miles east or west of 
it (History of Lower Shenandoah, p. 319). 

1738, Oct. 26. Payment made to Thomas Shepherd for one 



wolf's head, by certificate of Richard Morgan, " gent " — o. 14. o 
(Frederick Co., Va., Court Journal). 

1739, June. " Thomas Shepherd having attended court one day 
as a witness for Daniel Chancey vs. Wm. Williams, desires to be 
allowed for same. Be it therefore ordered that we pay him for 
the same according to law" (Orange Co. Court records). 

— , April 6. View of road to Thomas Shepherd's Mill ordered 
(Frederick Co., Va., Court Journal, Bk. i, p. yy). 

1744, Oct. 12. Thomas and wife Elizabeth Shepherd, bene- 
ficiaries in Deed of Gift from John Van Metre (Frederick Co., 
Va., Deed Bk., i, p. 211). 

1745, 9ber 7. Thomas Shepherd appointed overseer of road 
in place of Van Swearingen, gent (Frederick Co. Court Journal, 
No. 2, p. 2). 

1746, June 3. Thomas Shepherd, Richard Morgan, Van Swear- 
ingen and Wm. Chapline, or any three of them, to appraise estate 
of Edw. Chambers (Frederick Co. Court Jovirnal, Bk. 2, p. 103). 

1757, March i. Thomas Shepherd to be overseer of road from 
Swearingen's Ferry to Jacob Kite's, in room of Abraham Teague 
(Frederick Co., Va., Court Journal, No. 7, p. 180). 

1762, Nov. Act of Assembly of Virginia authorizing Thomas 
Shepherd to erect the town of Mecklenburg (Hening's Statutes, 
Vol. 7, p. 600). 

1765, July 25. Thomas and Elizabeth Shepherd convey lot 
No. 50 in Mecklenburg to David Shepherd (Frederick Co., Va., 
Court Journal, No. 9, p. 425). 

— , Oct. Act of Assembly authorizing Thomas Shepherd to 
establish a ferry at Mecklenburg (Hening's Statutes, Vol. 8, p. 

1766. Act of Assembly repealing the foregoing privilege 
(Hening's Statutes, Vol. 8, p. 262), "because the same being at 
a very small distance from a ferry already established from the 
land of Thomas Swearingen over Potomac in Maryland" (His- 
tory of Lower Shenandoah, p. 371). 

1772, Aug. Thomas Shepherd obtained permission to erect 
a mill on a stream of water runnning through the town of Meck- 
lenburg (History of Lower Shenandoah, p. 227). 


Established by Act of Assembly of Virginia, October, 1765. " Be it 
enacted by the Governor, Council and Burgesses of the present General 
Assembly and it is hereby enacted by authority of the same— That a ferry 
be established and constantly kept, from the land of Thomas Shepherd 
in the towp of Mecklinburg, in the County of Fredrick, over Potomack 
River, to his land opposite thereto in the Province of Maryland; the price 
of a man, three pence ; and for a horse the same ; and for the trans- 
portation of wheel carriages, tobacco, cattle and other beasts, the ferry 



keeper may demand and take the following rates, to wit : For every 
coach, chariot, or waggon, and the driver thereof, the same as six horses ; 
and for every cart, or four-wheeled chaise and the driver thereof, the 
same as for four horses ; and for every two-wheeled chaise, or chair, the 
same as for two horses ; and for any hogshead of tobacco, the same as 
for one horse ; and for every sheep, goat, hog or lamb, one fourth part 
the ferriage of one horse, according to the price hereinbefore settled 
at the said ferry." [Hening's Statutes at Large [Va.] Vol. 8, pp. 146-147]. 
This grant was revoked by the Assembly in November, 1766. 


In the name of God, Amen. — L Thomas Shepherd, Sen' of the town of 
Mecklinburg, County of Berkeley, and Colony of Virginia, being sick and 
weak of body but of sound and perfect sense and memory, thanks be given 
to God, and considering the uncertainty of life, do make publish and 
declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following 

Item I give and bequeath to my son William Shepherd a certain tract 
of land in the aforesaid County and Colony, being part of a tract of 
land granted to me by the Right Honourable Thomas, Lord Fairfax, by 
deed dated June 12, A. D. 1751 and bounded as follows: Beginning at a 
hickory standing near a sink hole, a corner of the original, and running 
thence with the same, west one hundred and eighty poles to two black 
oaks, a corner between me and William Morgan, the 2nd thence with 
Morgan's line S. 16 degrees E. II2 poles to a double White oak, being 
a corner to the said Morgan ; then N. 63 degrees E. 23 poles to a white 
oak, then S. 83 degrees E. 63 poles to a hickory, then S. 77 degrees E. 50 
poles to a stake to a marked black oak on the original line, then leaving 
the original line and running across the tract N. 10 degrees E. 120 poles 
to the beginning tree, laid out for one hundred and four acres more or 
less to him and his heirs and assigns forever. 

Item I also give and bequeath unto my said son William three lots in 
the town of Mecklinburg known by No. 83 No. 84 and No. 85 to him 
and his heirs forever. Item I also give and bequeath unto my said son 
William my saw mill in the town of Mecklinburg and all the utensils and 
appurtenances thereunto belonging to him and his assigns forever. Item 
I give and bequeath imto my son Thomas Shepherd a certain tract of 
land in the said county and Colony being a part of the same tract as 
that is that I have devised to my son William and bounded as follows : 
Beginning at a hickory, the beginning to the land devised to my son 
William, and running across the tract with his line reversed S. 10 degrees 
W. 120 poles to a stake, Williams' corner, standing on the line of the 
land of the original running thence with the same S. 77 degrees E. 120 
poles to a locust stake near a marked hickory sapling on a line of the 
original, then leaving the original line and running across the tract N. 
16 degrees E. 162 poles to a stake on the first line of the original, thence 
with the same S. 80 degrees W. 102 poles to a red oak an original corner, 
thence N. 72 degrees W. 41 poles to the beginning, containing 104 acres 
more or less, to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item I give and 
bequeath unto my said son Thomas a lot in the town of Mecklinburg 
known by No. 63 to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Also I give 
and bequeath to my said son Thomas my grist mill standing on the said 
lot No. 63 and also the utensils thercuntobelonging to him and his heirs 
and assigns forever. Ite)n I give and bequeath unto my son John Shep- 
herd a certain tract of land in the said County and Colony being a part 
of the aforesaid tract and also a part of another tract for which I have 



the King's patent and bounded as follows : Beginning at a stake near a 
marked hickory sapling on the first mentioned original line, it being the 
corner to that devised to my son Thomas and running thence with the 
original line S. T] degrees E. 51 poles to a black oak, a corner to that 
tract for which I have the King's patent then reversing the lines of the 
same S. 70 degrees E. 180 poles to a White oak, an original corner, then 
No. 30 degrees E. 40 poles to a hickory, an original corner then leaving 
the original line and running across the tract. No. 68^ degrees W. 45 
poles to an apple tree planted by a rock, thence N. 56 degrees W. 206 
poles to a small hickory sapling standing on the division line between this 
devised to my sons John and Thomas, then with the said division line to 
the beginning, containing 104 acres, more or less, to him and his heirs 
and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath to my said son John 
a piece of land adjoining the town of Mecklinburg, beginning at a marked 
rock, the beginning of that tract of land that I have conveyed to my son 
Abraham and running thence with his line S. 19 degrees E. i pole through 
the middle of a spring in the mill branch, then crossing the same the 
same course continued 22 poles to a hickory bush on a line with Mill 
street, thence with the said Street S. 26 degrees W. till it intersects 
with the original of the entire tract then S. TZ degrees E. to a locust 
stump a corner to Nicholas Mclntyre and William Brown, thence by a 
straight line to the beginning to him and his heirs and assigns forever. 
I. also give and bequeath to my said John my new mill standing on the 
above land to him devised with all the utensils and appertenances there- 
unto belonging to him and his heirs and assigns forever. But if my 
said sons William Thomas and John all or either of them die without 
lawful heirs of their own body, lawfully begotten, then it is my devise 
that the lands and other legacies so devised be after his or their decease 
be sold and the money so arising be equally divided among my surviving 
sons Item I will and bequeath unto my son Abraham all my lands that 
remain to him and his heirs and their heirs forever. It is my will and 
devise that my son Abraham or his heirs allow my beloved spouse the 
free use of two acres of my meadow in any part she pleases of the 
same and the dwelling house and Garden and ten pounds a year during 
her natural life. Also I will and bequeath unto my said son Abraham all 
the yearly rents that shall arise from the town of Mecklinburg both from 
out lots and in lots to him and his heirs and their heirs, forever. But 
under this restriction that he the said Abraham and his heirs at any time 
hereafter shall not debar his brothers William, Thomas or John or either 
of them or either of their heirs, but not their assigns from making draws 
on his land for the use of their mills provided he is not damaged thereby. 
It is also my Will and devise that what part of Lots No. 62 and 82 
remains now unsold shall always remain in the hands of my son Abra- 
ham and of his heirs and shall not by him nor them be sold nor improved 
but be open for the use of the mills, they, my sons, William, Thomas and 
John, and their heirs and assigns, paying him the said Abraham and his 
heirs yearly twelve shillings sterling as a ground rent forever. I will and 
bequeath unto my said son Abraham the one half of my personal estate 
after my funeral charges and just debts are paid. It is my Will and 
devise that my son Abraham and his heirs may add any number of lots 
to the town of Mecklinburg, that he or them thinks proper out of the 
lands hereby to him and them devised and to grant deeds in fee simple 
to the purchasers of them. It is my positive order that my said son 
Abraham or his heirs pay or cause to be paid unto my daughter Susannah 
or her heirs or assigns in the following manner — twenty five pounds on 
her marriage day or when she arrives to the age of eighteen years, and 
twenty-five pounds yearly for three years thence next ensueing making 
up in the whole one hundred pounds. It is also my positive order that 


my son John or his heirs pay or cause to be paid unto my daughter Mary 
or to her heirs and assigns one hundred pounds in the following manner: 
twenty five pounds twelve months after my decease and twenty five pounds 
yearly for three years thence next ensuing. It is also my desire that my 
son William or his heirs pay or cause to be paid unto my daughter 
Martha or to her heirs or assigns fifty pounds in the following manner; 
twelve pounds ten shillings twelve months after the time of my decease 
and twelve pounds ten shillings yearly for three years thence next ensueing 
making up the whole fifty pounds. It is also my desire that my son 
Thomas, his heirs executors administrators pay or cause to be paid unto 
my daughters Sarah and Elizabeth one hundred pounds in the following 
manner, twenty five pounds in twelve months after the time of my de- 
cease and twenty five pounds yearly for three years thereafter to them 
and to their heirs. Item I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth one 
good feather bed and furniture and her choice of the milch cows and 
her choice of a riding horse and saddle. It is my express Will and 
devise that my sons William, Thomas and John or their heirs do each 
of them pay or cause to be paid unto my beloved spouse ten pounds 
yearly during her natural life making up thirty pounds yearly. I will and 
bequeath to my son David and to his heirs and assigns one half of my 
personal estate after my just debts and funeral charges are paid also 
a bond of sixty pounds which I have of my son Abraham. I will and 
bequeath to my grandson Thomas Thornbnrg and unto his heirs and 
assigns forever a lot in the town of Mecklinburg known by No. 53. I 
will and bequeath to my daughter Martha or to her heirs or assigns for- 
ever a lot of ground in the town of Mecklinburg known by No. 3. I 
will and bequeath to my daughter Mary and to heirs and assigns forever, 
a lot in the town of Mecklinburg, known by No. 2, also a feather bed and 
furniture and a cow and calf. I will and bequeath to my daughter 
Susannah and to her heirs and assigns forever a lot in the town of 
Mecklinburg known by No. 37, also a feather bed and furniture and 
a cow and calf. It is my Will and positive order that the sums of Money 
left to be divided among my children by their grandfather John Van 
Metre deceased, be included in these legacies by me devised and if any 
of my legatees shall refuse to give receipts to the executors for their 
part of that sum when they shall be capable of receiving it then it shall 
be lawful for my executors to retain so much out of their respective 
legacies as shall be sufficient to discharge the said John Van Metre's 
legacies aforesaid. As I have left several lots in the town of Mecklin- 
burg to my children and grandchildren it is my positive Will that while 
they or their heirs possess them they shall be clear of ground rents but 
if any or all of them should sell their lots or any part of them then the 
person or persons so purchasing shall pay or cause to be paid to my son 
Abraham or to his heirs such quit rents as are paid by the other inhabi- 
tants of the said town. It is my desire that the lot in the town of Meck- 
linburg on which the English Church stands known by No. 40 be the 
sole use of the Parish of Norbonne free from Ground rent and my heirs 
to give to the vestry a deed for it if required as I have left several sums 
of money to be paid by my sons unto my daughters, it is my positive 
order that my executors at the time of my decease take bonds of my 
sons to secure the payment of such sums to my daughters when they 
become due and if any or all of my sons shall refuse to give such bonds 
then it shall be lawful for my executors to seize — a part of the legacies 
that — devised to either or all of them so refusing as shall be of value 
sufficient to discharge the sum or sums. As my son IVilliatn is gone 
abroad if he should never return home then it is my will and desire that 
after my decease that the said mill we rented out by my executors till 
Thomas, his eldest son comes of age and the rents made use of to dis- 


charge his just debts and to pay his sisters the sums of money that I 
have devised to them to be paid by him and to pay for the education of 
his children and what is over of the rents to be equally divided among 
his three children and the other lands that I have devised to him is to be 
for the use of his children and widow during her widowhood but if she 
marries she is then to have no more benefit from anything that I have 
devised to my son William and it is my desire that when my son IVil- 
liam's son Thomas comes of age I will and bequeath him the saw mill 
and lots No. 83 and No. 84 to him and his heirs and assigns forever and 
when my son IVilliam's son William comes of age I will and bequeath 
him the land formerly devised to his father to him and his heirs and 
assigns forever and when my son William's daughter Sarah comes of age 
I will and bequeath her Lot No. 85 to her and her heirs and assigns 
forever. I constitute and appoint my sons Abraham Shepherd, John 
Shepherd and my wife Elisabeth, Executors of this my last Will and 
Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this twenty-third day of March in the year 1776. 


Signed Sealed and Delivered by the Testator as his last Will and 
Testament in presence of 
Edward Lucas, Junr. 
Henry Cookus, Junr. 
Thomas Worley 
Henry Scheets 
Robert Coshburh. 

At a Court held for Berkeley County, the 20" day of August, 1776. 

The last Will and Testament of Thomas Shepherd deceased was pre- 
sented in Court by Abraham Shepherd one of the executors therein 
named who made oath thereto according to law and the same being 
proved by Edward Lucas, Jun', Henry Cookus, Jun''. and Thomas Worley, 
the same is admitted to record and on the motion of the said executors 
who entered into bond together with William Morgan and Martin Wool- 
ford his securities in the penalty of one thousand pounds conditioned 
for his true and faithful administration of the said estate. Certificate is 
granted him in due form. 

Teste. Will Drew, C. C. Court. 

[From " The Shepherdstown [W. Va.] Independent," Wednesday, Janu- 
ary I2th, 1898.] 



In Obedience to an Order of 
directed we have met this 9"* day 
estate of M'. Thomas Shepherd as 

Berkely Court to us the Subscribers 
of September 1776, and appraised the 
was brought to our view. 

5 Horn Cattle year old 



Big brown steer 


Large steelyards 

White backed steer 


small steelyards 

Brindle steer 

2. 0.0 

frying pan 

a red heifer 

2. 0.0 

grid iron 

brown cow with white face 


shovel & Tongs 

bell cow 

2. 0.0 

Brass mortar & pesell 

little black cow 

3- 0.0 

Brass hatchet 

red brown cow 

3. 0.0 

old box of iron 

2 yr old red steer 

Hand saw 



and Red year old 

a plough & Irons & Clevis 

a harrow and teeth 

cross cut saw 

grindstone & axletree 

4 wagon hoops 

New iron — 2 bars, 2 peices spindle 

pewter — 4 plates, 2 dishes, 3 basins 

I porringer — 2 spoons 

4 Knives — 4 forks. Tea kettle 

tin half gallon and quart 

pewter halfgallon & quart 

stew pot and old pot 

Dough trough 

Tubs, Big wheel (Mothers) 

piece of cloth (Abrahams) 

a closet 

bed and furniture 

bed and furniture 

parcel wheat 

parcel Barley 

Cutting box 

12 Se 

a Brown Horse 
a White Horse 
a White Mare 




Big Augur 

half bushel & old Lumber 

2 Brass clocks 

sheep shears 


4 bottles 

money scales 

parcel of books 

Grubbing hoe 

Old iron & Lumber 

big pot 

broken-edge pot [Mother's! 

a case of drawers 

a trunk 

1/2 doz chairs 

a table 

parcel of wheat in the barn 

old wheat stack 

parcel rye 

stack Hay 



Wagon and gears 

Bay Horse 

Bay & sorrell horses, black horse. 

17 October 

part of Lock chain 
six sheep (Mothers) 

Sledge hammer & crowbar 

pair maul & rings 

12 sheep. 

a jug 

a watering pot 

sum total £258.4.9 

Witnesses : Martin Woolford, Edward Lucas Jr., William Morgan. 
At Court, Berkely Co. 1777, 19 August. 


It has never been established by the writer after exhaustive 
study and research, nor has it been brought to hght in any of the 
correspondence with his descendants, nor from the various tradi- 
tions concerning him, as to who were the ancestors of Thomas 
Shepherd ; whence he came, when or where he married, nor any- 
thing concerning the youth and antecedents of the progenitor of 
the extensive line of descendants of this most worthy of Virginia 
patriarchs. The one dominant tradition which has been handed 
down through the generations is : 

" Three brothers : Thomas, John and William — came to this country 
from Shropshire [Wales] and landed at Annapolis, Md., Thomas settled 
at Shepherdstown ; John in Maryland, in what is now Washington County 
and William went to the West." [Family correspondence; W. Va. Hist. 
Mag., Oct. '02, p. 28.] 



John Shepherd, Esq., of Chicago, 111., writes: 

" Thomas Shepherd may have been descended from Thomas Shepherd 
who was a member of the London Virginia Company, and one-sixth 
owner of the Virginia grant. As the latter was a London Merchant and 
a Director in the Colony, he furnished a lot of the money to forward the 
enterprise. He evidently sent many of his relatives to the Virginia 
colony who occupied positions as parish priests, collectors. Justices of 
the Peace, &c." 

Another view is projected by one of the descendants of Thomas 
Shepherd which involves a comparison between the crest used by 
the Shepherd families of Kingston and Devonshire, in England, 
with the one engraved upon a piece of ancestral plate in posses- 
sion of Mrs. Abraham Shepherd, of Shepherdstown ; there is 
but a sHght difference in the design of the two devices, and 
strongly supports the presumption that the family was of English 
origin, a branch probably of one of the Devonshire houses. That 
a scion of the latter stock did emigrate to this country is deter- 
mined by the fact that the will of a Thomas Shepherd, of Cecil 
County, Maryland, which was probated i Sept., 1756, contains 
this item : " to my cousin Thomas Shepherd, son of John Shep- 
herd of Columpton, in Devonshire, in the Kingdom of Old England 
the sum of ^50." Now Columpton is in that district of Devon- 
shire where many Shepherd families lived at that period and in 
a part of the county which contributed so many brave and hardy 
mariners to the fleets of Drake, Raleigh, Davy and Gilbert. 

The arms borne by the Devonshire family referred to are 
described : " Sa a fesse ar. ; in chief three pole axes of the second." 
Crest: "on a mount vert, a stag lodged reguard ar. vulned. on 
the shoulder, gu " (Burke's General Armory, Ed. 1878, p. 20; 
also Fairbairn's Crests, Plate 51, crest 9). In the crest in pos- 
session of the Virginia family an arrow protrudes from the 
wounded shoulder, while in the English crest the wound alone is 
shown, " which," writes another of the descendants, " verifies the 
statement always made by my grandmother, that the family was 
originally English." 

The compiler of this genealogy, in the course of his investi- 
gations, found the record of a group of Shepherd brothers, bear- 
ing the names of Thomas, David, John and James that had come 
to the Province of East Jersey about 1683, from County Tip- 
perary, Ireland. There was also a Moses Shepherd living in the 
Shrewsbury settlement, in East Jersey, at the same time, but his 
connection with the four brothers above named is undetermined. 
The four first named, after a short residence in East Jersey, 
removed to West Jersey and severally settled on both banks of 
the Cohansey Creek, in Salem County. These brothers were 
Baptists, but later identified themselves with the Quakers, and 
many of their descendants so remain. Nothing has been found, 
however, to connect these families with those of the Virginia 



Valley; but there is some significance in the similarity of family 
names and in the fact that a number of East Jersey families from 
Salem County about the time of the youth of Thomas Shepherd 
emigrated to the Potomac region and settled along the small 
tributaries of what was then Prince George's County, Md. 
Among those pioneers were the IMorgans, Hedges, Hardins, 
Nevilles, Holmes, Van Metres and others whose names became 
more or less prominent in the colonization of the Valley of Vir- 
ginia. Richard Morgan and the Van Metres in particular were 
the original patentees of land in about Shepherdstown (West 
Virginia Historical Magazine, April, 1903, pp. 125 et seq). 

In Scharf's History of Western Maryland (Vol. i, p. 501) 
reference is made to the erection of certain parishes in the wes- 
tern parts of the Province (Maryland). It is there stated that 
St. John's Parish, in 1719, was co-extensive with Prince George's 
County, a vast territory reaching from the settlements at the head 
of Chesapeake Bay into the heart of the Alleghanies. In 1726 
St. John's Parish was divided ; all the region lying beyond the 
eastern branch of the Potomac, including Rock Creek and Poto- 
mac Hundreds, and the section which afterwards became the 
District of Columbia, was allowed to retain the old name, while 
the new parish, which included the western remainder of the 
county, was called St. George's Parish. Upon the petition of a 
number of the inhabitants living in the western portion of St. 
George's Parish permission was granted in February, 1728. for 
the erection of a new chapel for their greater convenience. 
Among those subscribing funds for the building of the new 
place of worship were Thomas and William Shepherd. This is 
the only instance where Thomas Shepherd's name is mentioned 
by Scharf, and deducing from the fact that Thomas Shepherd 
was then living in the uppermost part of the parish, he had only 
to cross the Potomac to possess the virgin lands where he after- 
ward established his home. William Shepherd remained in 
Maryland, for his name is found among the petitioners of 1740 
praying for a division of St. George's Parish and the creation of 
All Saint's Parish, which was to extend northward and westward 
from Great Seneca Creek, and to include within its limits Antie- 
tam Hundred. At about this period there were several Shepherd 
families living in that part of Prince George's County, as the 
county records at Upper Marlboro will bear ample evidence ; and 
that particular part of the Province where they lived formed a 
part of Frederick County after its creation in 1748, and so again, 
in 1776, another change brought the locality within the limits of 
Washington County and it so remains. 

When Jost Hitc began to dispose of his lands in Spottsylvania 
Co., Va., which had been assigned to him by John and Isaac Van 
Metre, among the first to procure desirable parcels was Thomas 
Shepherd, who purchased 222 acres on the south side of the 



Cohongoluta (Potomac). The record of the grant was dated 3 
October, 1734, the same year in which Orange County was set 
off from Spottsylvania County. The grant thus fell within the 
bounds of the former. Shepherd made his selection at a point 
on the bank of the Potomac near the crossing afterward called 
" Packhorse ford " by the settlers. An additional grant of 450 
acres by Lord Fairfax, 12 June, 1751 (Land Grants, Bk. G, p. 
457, Richmond), increased Shepherd's possessions. These were 
supplemented by a purchase from Capt. Richard Morgan, 5 Aug., 
1762, of 50 acres ; and again, on 15 Jan., 1768, when Lord Fairfax 
conveyed to him 222 acres, so that the combined acreage which 
Thomas Shepherd owned in the vicinity of "Packhorse ford" 
aggregated about 1,000 acres; and the settlement which followed, 
due no doubt to some German influence, became known as 

In the meanwhile (1745) Thomas Shepherd's father-in-law, 
John Van Metre, had died and in his will had bequeathed to his 
daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Shepherd, a plantation 
of 162 acres called " Pell Mell," which lay on the opposite side 
of the river in Maryland adjacent to the Antietam Creek, which 
had been surveyed for John Van Metre in 1743 by Joseph Chap- 
line. Subsequently this property became the property of David 
Shepherd, the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Shepherd. 

On the beautiful wooded bluff overlooking the sinuous wind- 
ings of the Potomac, and beyond it, the low slopes of the Mary- 
land shore ; and on both sides of a small, but swift, run that 
tumbled down over the rocky ledges of a defile leading to the 
river, Thomas Shepherd founded the settlement, which, in years 
to come, was destined to honor his name. Less than a mile below 
was the old " Packhorse ford " marking the main trail — the path, 
which, from time immemorial, the savages had worn deep into 
the soil from intercourse between the tribes of the north and 
those of the soulu — but now absorbed by the constantly increas- 
ing volume of pioneers passing down and through to the settle- 
ments of Maryland and Pennsylvania to be distributed, at this 
point, over the various Indian highways toward the south. 
Thomas Shepherd was shrewd enough to realize the importance 
of the location and its strategic advantages for trade and barter 
with the Indians and with the emigrants that flowed, like a 
stream, over his land. 

It is said that his first settlers were thrifty German mechanics. 
Whoever they may have been, they were encouraged by the enter- 
prising energy of Thomas Shepherd, and an industrious com- 
munity was soon developed. Then a fort was erected, for the 
times were full of menace, and the Indians were growing more 
restless and troublesome under the influence of the French 
parties who sought to control the commercial and territorial 



advantages along the Ohio. To Shepherd's Fort came the settlers 
in times of danger, for protection, and it is no doubt due to these 
circumstances that Thomas Shepherd received the title of Cap- 
tain which Kercheval, and some other writers of border history, 
gave him. "The Fort" was built of stone and erected in the 
centre of the village, and there remained until 1812 when it was 
demolished and a brick building erected on its site (W. Va. Hist. 
Mag., Oct., 1902, p. 31). 

As Mecklenburg grew in population, its proprietor resource- 
fully met the expansion by enlarging its bounds. Mills were 
erected; a ferry projected, and other inducements followed the 
laying out of the town. The disposition of lots was made upon 
the terms recited in an old document, now in the possession of 
one of the proprietor's descendants, which reads : 

" The said Thomas Shepherd executed an article in writing wherein 
he covenanted and agreed with the subscribers thereto to lay off 20 lots, 
Yi an acre in each lot ; to let each subscriber have one lot during the 
continuance of the Indian war free and clear from rent or any encum- 
brance; and at the end of the then Indian war each subscriber should 
pay fourty shillings current money of Virginia ; and on payment of the 
said fourty shillings each subscriber, his heirs or assigns, should receive 
a sufificient title for his lot, subject to the yearly rent after the then Indian 
war, of five shillings sterling, and for making the said titles and com- 
plying with the covenants and agreements above mentioned the said 
Thomas Shepherd bound himself, his heirs, executors and administrators 
in the penal sum of one thousand pounds like current money of Virginia, 
to be paid to the subscribers in his non performance " [West Va. Hist. 
Mag., Oct. '02, p. 30]. 

Samuel Washington is said to have received one of these lots. 
The Act of Incorporation of the town, in 1762, reads in part, 
as follows : 

" Whereas it is represented that Thomas Shepherd of Frederick Co., 
hath laid off some 50 acres of his lands — on the Potomac in said county, 
with lots and streets for a town, and has disposed of many of said lots, 
the purchasers thereof have made their humble application that the said 
land may be established a town, being pleasantly and commodiously situ- 
ated for trade ; that the same be established a town by name of Mecklin- 
burg, and when the free holders shall have built upon and saved their 
lots, according to the conditions of their deeds, it shall be entitled to all 
the rights of other towns" [Hening's Statutes of Va., Vol. VIII, p. 600; 
West Va. Hist. Mag., July, 1901, p. 31, &c.]. 

After the death of Thomas Shepherd the name of the town 
was changed from Mecklenburg to Shepherdstown. 

In the establishment of the ferry over the Potomac — which was 
located just below the present bridge over the river, and at the 
mouth of a ravine through which flows the water power for 
Shepherd's several mills (fed from copious springs above the 
town) and crossing the deep pool in the river as it sweeps around 
the curve at Shepherdstown — there seems to have been strenuous 



rivalry with Thomas Swearingen, a landed proprietor of Mary- 
land, who was operating a similar public conveyance a little 
farther down the stream. Swearingen's ferry, established by law, 
in 1755, was more recently known as Blackford's ferry, both 
families having intermarried ; the ferry was long continued by 
these families. 

Thomas Shepherd was granted ferry privileges by the General 
Assembly of Virginia, in 1765, only to have them revoked the 
following year (Hening's Statutes of Va., Vol. VIII., pp. 146, 
263). His son, Abraham, succeeded again, in 1778, and met with 
a repeal in 1779 "because it was at a very short distance from the 
lands of Thomas Swearingen in Maryland" (Hening's Statutes 
of Va., Vol. X., p. 197; Virginia Historical Society Collections). 
Which of these proprietors was the victor, eventually, the com- 
piler is unable to say. 

Thomas Shepherd died in 1776; his wife, Elizabeth, in 1793. 
They had a family of ten children, all of whom grew to maturity, 
married, and left a host of worthy descendants. 


In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Shepherd of Berkely County 
and Commonwealth of Virginia being poorly in health but of perfect 
mind & memory, thanks be given itnto God Calling unto mind the mor- 
tality of my body knowing that it is appointed for us all once to die, do 
make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say prin- 
cipally and first of all I give and reccomend my soul unto the hand of 
Almighty God who gave it and my body I reccomend to the earth to be- 
buried in a decent manner by the one hereafter appointed nothing doubt- 
but at the General ressurrection I shall receive the same again by the 
mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it 
hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the 
same in the following manner and Form. Firstly I give and bequeath to 
my son David Shepherd, my Bible in full for his part of my estate, Also, 
I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah Eoff all my estate viz; as 
to legacies, back rents &c. all [and] every part of my estate to the said 
Susannah Eoff and her heirs forever, whom I request my body to be 
decently buried by — out of my said estate. I do hereby utterly revoke 
and disannul all and every other former Testament Wills and Legacies 
bequests and executors by me in any wise before named willed and be- 
queathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will 
and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal this tenth day of July one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six. 
Signed sealed and delivered and acknowledged in tbe presence of Thos. 
White, Thomas Thornburg and Nicholes Shill 


Proved by the oaths of Thomas White and Necoles Shall two of the 
subscribing witnesses thereto, at a Court held for Berkely Co. 12 June 
1793, and on the motion of John Eoff who made oath according to 



law certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration 
of the estate of said Elizabeth Shepherd deceased — with the Will an- 
nexed no executor being named therein. &c &c. Abraham Shepherd 
bondsman in the sum of £1000. &c &c 


Most of the frontier cabins of those early days were fashioned 
in a rude style. The furniture consisted of a few pewter dishes 
and spoons ; but mostly of wooden bowls, trenchers and naggins ; 
or of gourds and hard-shell squashes. Iron pots, knives and 
forks were brought from the east, along with salt and wire, on 
pack-horses. " Hog and hominy " were the chief food, " Johnny 
Cakes" and pone being the only bread at supper; mush and milk 
was the standard dish ; when milk was scarce, molasses, bear's 
oil, or ham gravy were the substitutes. The " truck patch " at- 
tached to every cabin supplied the roasting ears, squashes, pump- 
kins, beans and potatoes and these were well cooked with pork, 
venison and bear's meat. 

The frontier dress for the men was partly Indian ; the chief 
article being the hunting shirt, which was a loose frock, open 
before, with large sleeves, reaching half way down the thighs 
and lapping over the waist-belt a foot or more. The cape was 
large and handsomely fringed with ravelled cloth ; the belt had 
suspended on one side the bullet-bag and tomahawk, and on the 
other side the scalping knife in a leathern sheath. A pair of 
drawers, or breeches, and fringed " leggins " covered the legs, 
while moccasins, of dressed deer-skins, served much better than 
shoes. They were neatly made of a single piece, with a gather 
seam along the top of the foot and another from the bottom of 
the heel, without gather, as high as the ankle joint. Flops neatly 
tied to the ankles and lower parts of the legs by thongs of doe- 
skin, so as to exclude dirt, snow and sand, were left on each side. 
Each hunter made his own moccasins, in a few hours, with a 
moccasin awl, which, together with a roll of buckskin and thongs 
or whangs for mending, was part of the regular trappings. In 
cold weather the moccasins were well stuffed with deer's hair or 
dry leaves, but in wet weather moccasin-wearing was only a 
decent way of going barefoot — due to the spongy nature of the 
leather. Owing to this, Indians, as well as whites, were much 
afflicted with rheumatism, and this was the reason why, at night, 
all slept with their feet to the fire. Very frequently young fron- 
tiersman became so enamoured of the Indian dress that drawers 
were laid aside, and the leggings made to come well up on the 
thigh, and the breeches-clout adopted, which last was a piece of 
linen, or cloth, nearly a yard long, and eight or nine inches wide. 



This passed under the belt, before and behind, leaving the ends 
for flops with ornamental ends hanging over the belt. Where this 
belt passed over the hunting shirt, the upper part of the thigh 
and part of the hips were naked. Doddridge asserts that the 
young hunter, instead of being abashed by his nudity, was proud 
of his Indian dress, frequently entering houses of worship thus 
clad. Their appearance did not, however, according to the vera- 
cious chronicler, " add much to the devotion of the young ladies." 

The linsey petticoat and bed gown formed the universal dress 
of the women, with a small hand-made kerchief about the neck. 
They went barefoot in warm weather, while in cold their feet 
were covered with moccasins, or coarse shoe packs. 

The garments of both men and women were hung aroung the 
cabin on wooden pegs. The young women of those days knew 
nothing of curls, rufiles, rings, jewels, or other modern adorn- 
ments. Instead of the toilet they had to handle the distaff, or 
shuttle, the sickle or weeding hook, contented if they could obtain 
their linsey clothing and cover their heads with a sun bonnet. 

Doddridge gives an interesting account of the manner in vogue 
in these rude times of settling a young couple for life. Their 
cabin was built by neighbors. First were the choppers, then those 
who hauled or sorted the logs on the chosen spot. The best 
axemen searched the woods for a straight-grained tree, from 
three to four feet thick, for making clapboards for the roof. 
These were split four feet long with a large iron, and wide as 
the timber would allow, and were used without hewing. Others 
still got out puncheons for the floor, by splitting young trees and 
hewing the faces with a broad axe. They were half the length 
of the floor they were intended to make. The second day was 
alotted for the raising. Four cornersmen were first selected, 
whose business was to notch and place the logs. The rest raised 
the timbers to their places. When the cabin was raised a few 
rounds high the sleepers and floor began to be laid. Next a door 
was made by cutting the logs on one side so as to make an open- 
ing about three feet wide ; a wider opening was made for the 
chimney, which was built of logs and made large to admit a back 
and jambs of stone. The roof was formed by making the end 
logs shorter until a single log formed the "comb" of the roof. 
On these the clapboards were placed, the ranges of them lapping 
some distance over those next before, and kept in their places by 
logs resting on them. A third day was spent levelling off the 
floor, furnishing up, making a rude floor table, bedstead and 
three-legged stools. Then the masons made billets for chinking 
up the cracks between the logs, which were plastered over with 
mud mortar. The cabin being thus finished and furnished, the 
house warming took up a whole night — ^and consisted of a vigor- 
ous dance, made up of the bride and groom's relations, and all 
»2 i6i 


the neighbors. On the following day the young couple took 
possession of their new house (see McKnight's Old Fort 


The Ohio Company was organized in Virginia, in 1748, under a 
royal grant. Thomas Lee, of Virginia, formed the design, and 
twelve other persons were associated with him, among whom 
were Lawrence and Augustine Washington, brothers of George. 

The purpose of the Ohio Company was to divert the trade of 
the Indians, north of the Ohio and its headwaters, southward, 
by the Potomac route, and to settle the country around the head 
of the Ohio with English colonists from Virginia and Maryland. 
To this end the king granted the Company 500,000 acres of land 
" west of the mountains," to be taken chiefly on the south side of 
the Ohio, between the Monongahela and the Kanawha, but with 
privileges to take part of the quantity north of the Ohio. 200,000 
were to be taken up at once, free of quit-rents, or taxes to the 
king, for ten years, upon condition that the Company would, 
within seven years, seat 100 families on the lands ; build a fort ; 
maintain a garrison and protect the settlement. 

Many settlements were made on lands supposed to be in Vir- 
ginia but were afterwards disclosed to be within the charter 
limits of Pennsylvania. This provoked the French and Indian 
traders and stirred up the Indians to hostility. Christopher Gist 
was the Company's agent to select the lands and conciliate the 
Indians. The Company imported large quantities of goods for 
trade with the Indians and established posts for trade. Among 
the posts established were Wills Creek, Redstone (Brownsville, 
Pa.), on the way to the forks of the Ohio (Frontier Forts of 
Pennsylvania, Vol. II., p. 162). 

Governor Dinwiddle, to encourage enlistments to prevent the 
French settling on the Ohio, grants 200,000 acres (Dinwiddie 
Papers, Vol. L, p. 97). 


What is called " Nemacolin's Path " was a great Indian trail 
which led east from the " forks of the Ohio " (Pittsburg) through 
southern Pennsylvania. At the instance of the Ohio Company, 
Nemacolin, a well-known Delaware, who resided at the mouth of 
Dunlap's Creek, Fayette Co., Pa., "blazed" the forest path from 
Wills Creek (Cumberland) to the Ohio, which was the original 
tracing of that great highway now known as the National, or 
Cumberland Road. In 1753 it was well marked and cleared of 





30 lodged at Griers 


May I Lodged at Moun- 




Charaty or alms 

0— I- 


2 Thos Wills 




bushes and fallen timber, so as to make it a good pack-horse road. 
" Gists's Plantation " was located on this road which afterwards 
became Braddock's Road. This, says Judge Veech, was a mis- 
nomer, it should have been called Washington's Road for he made 
it to Gists ; from Gists's to Turtle Creek it was Braddock's (Ap- 
pendix to Old Fort Duquesne, pp. 482-3). 




"April the 28"" 1786, W" Brown and Thomas Shepherd set out for 

[going out] [returning] 

About 4 o'clock Opekon 0=0=8. May 8 Lodged at Catfish — McNeals 
and lodged at Cauffmans 0=1=4. 9 Lodged at Christians Gap 

29 Boyd's ferry o=:i=6. 10 and Crossed Monongahela 

and lodged at Kings at Lodged at Levi Springers 

12 loddged at Mountains 

13 Griers 

14 at Wm. Grays 

15 at J. Spongs at Bath Town 

16 at Shepherdstown. 

Route out: Opequon, Cauffmans, Boyds's Ferry, Kings, Griers, 
the Mountains and Thos. Wills. 

Returning: Catfish (Washington, Pa.), Christians Gap, Mo- 
nongahela, Levi Springers (Uniontown, Pa.), Mountains, Griers, 
Wm. Grays, Springs (Berkeley Springs, W. Va.) and Shep- 

Wheeling to Catfish, Pa., 25 miles, to Springers, to Blue Ridge. 
The route of the National Road to Uniontown and Braddock's 
Road to Cumberland. 


" In relation to the road taken by Thomas Shepherd and William Brown 
in 1786 when they visited the region west of the Alleghany Mountains, 
where John Grove and his wife Mary Brown Grove had settled, — I will 
give you such information as may be at my command. 

" The original road was nothing more than an Indian trail, which was 
known as Nemacolin's trail, until Washington came over it in his cam- 
paign of 1754. At that time he cut his way through the forest and made 
it possible for General Braddock the following year to convey his muni- 
tions of war over the old trail to what is now Fayette Co., Penna. when 
he was on his way to Fort Duqusne [now Pittsburg] to attack the French 
and their Indian allies. You will remember that Braddock's army was 
ambushed at the Monongahela, near where the city of Braddock stands, 
and the General mortally wounded, and many of his men slain on the 



" Had it not been for Washington and his Virginians, none of Brad- 
docks' army would have escaped, as they knew nothing of Indian warfare. 
After the disastrous defeat of the army and the fatal wounding of Gen- 
eral Braddock, the army protected by the Virginia frontiersmen under 
Washington retreated to what is now known as Dunbar's Camp on the 
summit of the Alleghany Mts., about 5 miles east of the present site of 
Uniontown, Pa. Here Braddock died and his remains were carried to a 
point on the Braddock Road about 10 miles east of Uniontown, where 
he was buried in honors of war and the wagon train ran over the newly- 
made grave to destroy all marks of his burial so that the body would 
not be disinterred and the head scalped by the Indians. The old Brad- 
dock Road was located on the course of Nemacolin's Path, and led from 
Winchester, Va. by way of Wills Creek [now Cumberland, Md.] to Great 
Crossing of the Youghiogheny River [now Somerfield, Pa.], thence across 
the Chestnut and Laurel Ridges of the Alleghany Mountains to Wash- 
ington's Spring on the summit of Laurel Ridge. From Washington's 
Spring the Braddock Road took a course north westerly toward Mt. 
Braddock, or Col. Gist's plantation. From Wills Creek to Great Cross- 
ing was a distance of 41 miles, and thence to the site of Uniontown, a 
distance of 22 miles, or 63 miles from Cumberland to Uniontown. The 
road taken by Brown and Shepherd was no doubt identical with that of 
Braddock and Washington thirty one years previous. 

" At Washington's Spring on the top of Laurel Ridge, a road known 
as Nemacolins, or Dunlap's — bore westward and came down the western 
slope of the Mountains through what is known as Lick Hollow, to the 
town (now of Hopwood), passing through its southern part, and thence 
on to Brownsville, 12 miles, thence to Catfish [Washington, Pa.] 24 miles 
additional, and thence to Fort Henry [Wheeling] 31 miles further. This 
seems to have been the terminus of the Journey of Brown and Shepherd. 

Levi Springer spoken of in record of their trip, lived about i mile 
northwest of Uniontown, and there is now a Levi Springer, an old 
bachelor, living on the old farm, which is located in North Union town- 
ship. The Springers were very early settlers, having moved from near 
Winchester, Va. Many of the early settlers were Virginians, and came 
from the frontier in the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester. 

"The Scotch Presbyterians [Scotch-Irish] were natural born frontiers- 
men and fighters. They seem chosen for the duty of preparing the 
border county for those who were to follow and assist in developing 
the wilderness." (Letter M. M. Hopwood, Apl. 19, 1907.) 


Ohio County, Va., as originally created (1776) extended north- 
ward to the mouth of Cross Creek, southward to the moutli of 
Middle Island Creek and from the Ohio River, eastward, so as 
to include the present Townships of Hopewell, Independence, 
Buffalo, Blaine, Donegal, the East and West Finleys, and parts 
of Canton and Franklin, in Washington Co., as well as the west- 
ern one-third of Greene Co., Pa. 

Black's Cabin, where the first courts of Ohio County were held, 
was on the north fork of Short Creek, about eleven miles north- 
east of Fort Henry (now Wheeling, W. Va.), and about six or 
eight miles northwest from Fort Alexandria, in Washington Co., 



Pa. There was Van Metre's Fort, and not far away was Rice's 
Fort, on Buffalo Creek, in Washington Co., Pa., and Beeman's 
and Ryerson's Stations in Greene Co., Pa., and Fort Jackson, 
now Waynesboro. 

Its southern part has been made into a number of new Vir- 
ginia (now West Virginia) Counties, and its northern part, above 
the mouth of Short Creek has been divided into Brooke and Han- 
cock Counties (W. Va.), while, by the actual running of the 
western boundary of Pennsylvania, in 1784-5, it lost all its old 
possessions in Pennsylvania. 

The Court of Ohio County was removed from West Liberty 
on Short Creek to Wheeling in 1796 and its records are to be 
found in the office of the county clerk in the court house for 
Ohio County, in that city. Black's Cabin is now West Liberty, 
W. Va. (see Annals Carnegie Museum, Vol. IIL, Dec, 1904). 

1755. David Shepherd married circa 1755-1757, Rachael 
Teague, who, it is believed, was the daughter of William Teague, 
a landowner of Frederick Co., Va., who, about 175 1, disposed of 
his landed possessions and emigrated to the Carolinas. His sons 
were Edward, Abraham, Elijah and Moses. 

1758. In the election held throughout Virginia in 1758 for 
representatives to the House of Burgesses, George Washington, 
then a young militia officer stationed at Fort Loudon (Winches- 
ter, Va.), was one of the candidates and for him Thomas and 
David Shepherd, father and son, voted (see West Virginia Hist. 
Mag., Vol. I., Part I., 19). 

1 761. David Shepherd soon became a land owner and an active 
man of affairs in Frederick County ; a record is found of taxes 
on his land and paid by him to William Hatch on June 25, 1761. 

1763, March 4. David Shepherd, one of the justices of the 
Frederick Co., Va., Court, held this day (Frederick Co., Va., 
Order Bk., No. 11). 

1763. He had become, at the age of thirty years, one of the 
" gentlemen Justices " of Frederick County and was present at a 
court held 4th of March in that year at Winchester (see Court 
Journal, Frederick Co.), and on the 3d of April following it is 
also recorded that he paid his county and parish levies for that 
year to Wm. Nelson. 

1764. David Shepherd entered suit 26 April, 1764, to estab- 
lish and perpetuate the bounds of a tract of land in Washington 
Co., Md., called "Pell Mell," to which he then held title, the 
land in question being the inheritance of his mother, Elizabeth 
Shepherd, from her father, John Van Metre (see Frederick Co., 
Va., and Frederick Co., Md., records). 

" Pell Mell " was located on the bank of the Potomac River at 
a point probably opposite, or nearly so, to the present town of 
Shepherdstown, W. Va. It adjoined lands of Thomas Swear- 



ingen, who later established a ferry from his property to the Vir- 
ginia side of the Potomac. The " Pell Mell " tract contained 
about 162 acres; it had been surveyed for John Van Metre in 
1743 by Joseph Chapline, according to his testimony and that of 
Jacob Van Metre, a brother of David's mother, who was a youth 
at the time, and the property lay between Swearingen's lands and 
a larger tract called " Antietam Bottoms," which flanked the 
westerly side of Antietam Creek and was largely owned by a 
Maryland family of Shepherds. Having established the metes 
and bounds of " Pell Mell," David Shepherd sold it 4 June, 1769, 
to Jacob Vandever, of Salem, N. J. The transfer was endorsed 
by Rachael Shepherd 24 June, and the deed recorded 11 July, 
1769 (see Frederick Co., Md., records). 

In this year, also, he paid £5 to Samuel Oldham for taxes on 
his Virginia lands. 

In this year David Shepherd had some dispute with Thomas 
Swearingen and was brought before the Court of the Province of 
Maryland, held at Annapolis, 27 Oct., 1769. Col. Thomas 
Prather was summoned to Annapolis to testify in this case as a 
witness, under penalty of £5. Shepherd and Prather accordingly 
appeared before Judge Stewart, one of the Justices of the Pro- 
vincial Court at Annapolis, on the date named (see Shepherds- 
town Register, Jan., 1903). 

1764, July 25. Thomas and Elizabeth Shepherd convey lot No. 
50 in Mecklenburg to David Shepherd (Court Order, Bk. 9, p. 
425, Frederick Co., Va.). 

1765, August 8. David Shepherd and Hugh Stephenson give 
bond to the King for a faithful keeping of a ferry from the land 
of Thomas Shepherd at the town of Mecklenburg to the opposite 
shore in Maryland, and the said David Shepherd hath undertaken 
to keep the same. 

Acknowledged in open court by David Shepherd and Hugh 
Stephenson (Frederick Co. Order Book, No. 10, p. 460). 

1767. David Shepherd is allowed 50 pounds of tobacco for 
his services as witness at the May term of Court of Frederick 
Co., Va. He is also credited with having paid £5 for yearly 
dues (see Shepherd Mss.). 

1770, Nov. 9. The old order book of Frederick Co., Va., Court 
(No. 15) records that Van Swearingen was ordered to pay to 
David Shepherd 50 pounds tobacco for attending court two days 
as a witness to prove William's will. 

1770. David Shepherd left Shepherdstown with his family 
and settled near Wheeling, which was established in 1769, at the 
forks of Big and Little Wheeling creeks, where he built a block- 
house (see Shepherd MSS., Madison, Wis.). ^., i -^ 

1772. David Shepherd and Rachael, his wife, of Nofbonne 
Parish, in Berkeley Co., Va., convey to Samuel Washington 



(brother of Col. George Washington) a half-acre lot in Meck- 
lenburg (Shepherdstown, Va.), being part of a tract of 222 acres 
patented to Thomas Shepherd, 3 Oct., 1734 (see County Records, 
Martinsburg, W. Va.). 

1772. In an interview with Mrs. Lydia Cruger, the daughter- 
in-law of Col. David Sheoherd, she said that David Shepherd 
purchased from Silas Zane land, of which he had " tomahawked " 
I, OCX) acres, at the Forks of Wheeling Creek. The Zanes and 
others came overland from Redstone (Brownsville, Pa.) by way 
of Catfish (Washington, Pa.) and Scotch Ridge, thence down 
the same path afterward taken for the National Road, to the 
Forks. Zane went down Wheeling Creek (June, 1772) and with 
others occupied the fine lands along the Wheeling, Buffalo and 
Short Creeks. Among those persons were David Shepherd, the 
Mitchells, Van Metres, Millers and others. Many of the settlers 
of this part of West Virginia were from the upper counties of 
Virginia and Maryland (see DeHaas, pp. 82-83). 

When David Shepherd settled on Wheeling Creek he brought 
with him from Shepherdstown region three blacksmiths, a horse- 
shoer and several mechanics for the new settlement (see Preston 
Papers, Vol. XXL, p. 203, at Madison, Wis.). 

The sources of the main stem of Wheeling Creek, which 
empties into the Ohio River, are found in three tributaries which 
rise in Washington Co., Pa., Big Wheeling in East Finley Town- 
ship, Middle Wheeling in West Finley, and Little Wheeling in 
Donegal Township ; Little Wheeling and Middle Wheeling unite 
at Triadelphia and empty into Big Wheeling at Shepherd's Mills, 
near Elm Grove, near City of Wheeling (Creigh's History of 
Washington Co., Pa., p. 47). Travelers to Wheeling probably 
used the old Catfish Path (later Cumberland National Road) 
from Brownsville (see Washington and the West, p. 123). 

1772, April 17. At about the first session of the Court of 
Berkeley Co., Va., Robert Worthington and David Shepherd 
were appointed coroners for the county and sworn in (Norris's 
History of Lower Shenandoah, p. 226). 

, May 19. David Shepherd appointed coroner (vide, p. 


, June 16. David Shepherd paid quit rents to Robert 

Stephens for land in Berkeley Co., Va., for years 1768, 1769, 
1770 and 1771 (see Shepherd MSS.). 

1772, Aug. 18. David Shepherd appointed a road viewer from 
Mecklenburg to Key's Ferry (Berkeley Co. Order Book). 

. " Wm. Morgan, cousin," is appointed overseer of the 

road from Robert Lemon's to Mecklenburg in the room of 

(Berkeley County records). 

-, 17. David Shepherd for one old wolf's head, i — 5 — O. 

1773, March 17. David Shepherd, Wm. Shepherd and Nicho- 
las Mclntire: jurymen. 



1773. Among the certificates granted to settlers on western 
waters by Commissioners Francis Peyton, Philip Pendleton and 
Joseph Holmes, sitting at Redstone Old Fort in 1779 was one to 
David Shepherd for 400 acres of land on the upper side of the 
Little Kanawha in Monongalia Co., Va., about five miles from 
its mouth, to include his settlement made in 1773 (see Trans- 
Alleghany Magazine, Oct., 1902, p. 24). This certificate was 
granted according to a clause in Section IV. of the Act of General 
Assembly of Virginia, May, 1779, to wit: 

"That all persons who at any time before the first day of January, 
in the year 1778, have really and bona fide settled themselves, or their 
families, or at his, her, or their charge, have settled others upon any 
waste or unappropriated lands on said western waters, to which no other 
person hath any legal right or claim, shall be allowed for every family so 
settled, four hundred acres of land, or such smaller quantity as the party 
chooses, to include such settlement." ..." And if any such settlers shall 
desire to take up a greater quantity of land than is hereby allowed them, 
they shall on payment to the treasurer of the consideration money re- 
quired from other purchasers, be entitled to pre-emption of any greater 
quantity of land adjoining to that allowed them in consideration of settle- 
ment, not exceeding 1000 acres, and to which no other person hath any 
legal right or claim." (Trans. Alleghany Mag., Vol. I., p. 63.) 

Under the above conditions Moses Shepherd, the youngest son 
of David Shepherd, was also granted by the Commissioners of 
Monongalia Co., Va., at the same time and place: 

"400 acres on a small drain of the Ohio river, about 2 miles below 
Bull Creek, to include his settlement made in 1773, with a pre-emption 
to 1000 acres adjoining." (Vide Vol. H., p. 24.) 

1774. David Shepherd receives warrant from Lord Dunmore 
for 1,063 acres of land under the King of Great Britain's procla- 
mation of 1763, lying in the Forks of Wheeling, in the County 
of Augusta. This warrant was afterward confirmed and signed 
by Governor Benjamin Harrison, 18 March, 1784 (H. McL F.). 

. Col. William Crawford took up lands on the Wheeling, 

in 1774, for Col. David Shepherd (see Draper's Notes, Madison, 

In the spring of 1774 David Shepherd moved to the Forks of 
Wheeling, where he purchased the settlement right of Silas Zane. 
Dunmore's War breaking out, Col. Shepherd removed to the 
crossing of the Yohoghany, near now Connellsville. In the fall of 
1774 he returned to Wheeling. Col. Shepherd made a fort on 
his place to which the up-creek people resorted, erected a mill in 
1775, a single-geared wheel; commanded at the siege of Wheeling 
in 1777, and commanded some men in the Tuscarawas campaign 
(Draper's Notes, Vol. II., No. 4, p. 37, 1845). 

1774. Col. Crawford writes Col. Washington, 13 May, 1774: 
" We this day received some news from Wheeling, and several 
inhabitants of that place have gone back and are planting their 



corn. David Shepherd, who lives at Wheeling, moved his family 
up to my house ; he has gone back himself to plant his corn " 
(Shepherd Papers, Vol. XV., p. 84). 

, May 25. Neighbors are building a stockade fort at 


. Among those called (by Court of West Augusta Dis- 
trict) by Lord Dunmore to serve on the Commission of Oyer and 
Terminer for the County Court of West Augusta to December, 
1774, was " David Shepherd, living west of the mountains " 
(History of Washington Co., Pa., p. 204). 

1774, August. Resolves of Lord Dunmore's army, in which 
they say : 

" We will exert every power within us for the defense of American 
Liberty, and for the support of her just rights and privileges . . . when 
regularly called forth by the unanimous voice of our countrymen." 

This event occurred at Pittsburg (Fort Dunmore) on the return 
of the army from their attack on the Shawnees on the Sciota, in 
August, 1774 (see Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio, p. 408). 

1775. Shepherd's Fort was erected in 1775 by David Shep- 
herd at the Forks of Wheeling (now Triadelphia), upon the spot 
now occupied by Mrs. Crugar. It was almost an exact square, 
with block houses at two of the corners, so as to command the 
walls either way. Cabins were arranged along the inner side and 
the place perhaps was one of the most complete and safe in the 
west (see Wills DeHaas, p. 311). 

, 20 March-i6 May. David Shepherd at Fort Pitt as 

member of Augusta Co., Va., Executive Committee of Safety 
(H. McL F.). 

, 16 May. David Shepherd's name appears among those 

appointed as a Committee for Augusta Co., Va., on this date, and 
at which meeting Resolutions were adopted approving the action 
of their New England brethren declaring for the Colonies, etc., 
and taking stand against the tyranny of England (see American 
Archives, 4th Series, Vol. H., p. 614). 

" Among those called into a meeting of the inhabitants of that part 
of Augusta Co. that lies on the west side of Laurel Hill, at Pittsburg 
the 16 day of May, 1775, — were George Croghan, Jacob Van Metre, ^^^7 
liam Vance. David Shepherd, John Swearingen and others. At this meet- 
' mg Resolves were made approving the spirited action of their New Eng- 
land bretheren and proposing to follow their example, and voting money 
to be used by the Deputation to the General Congress" [Hist. Washington 
Co. Pa. p. 74]. [Hist. Westmoreland Co., Pa., p. 451.] 

, May 17. David Shepherd applies for 1,600 acres of land 

through Wm. Crawford, surveyor: 400 acres on Peter's Run; 400 
adjoining the Great Wheeling; 400 on west side Middle Island, 
and 400 adjoining same on east side Middle Island, to include his 
improvements and erect a mill. 



, 19 Sept. Fort Dunmore. David Shepherd (of near 

present Wheeling) took the usual oath to his Majesty's person 
and government and subscribed the ab (juriatum) oath and test, 
and then took the oath of a J. P. and a Justice of the County- 
Court in Chancery and of a Justice of Oyer and Terminer. 
President Judge, David Shepherd (History of Washington Co., 
Pa., p. 209). 

1776, April. Colonel George Morgan was appointed Indian 
Agent for Middle Department with headquarters at Pittsburg 
(see Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, Vol. I. or II., p. 18). 

1776. David Shepherd was appointed Lieutenant of Ohio 
County by Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia. 

In early New England each town had its train-band or com- 
pany of militia, and the companies in each county united to form 
the County Regiment. In Virginia it was just the other way. 
Each county raised a certain number of troops and because it 
was not convenient for the men to go many miles from home in 
assembling for purposes of drill, the county was subdivided into 
military districts, each with its company, according to rules laid 
down by the Governor. The military command in each county 
was vested in a County. Lieutenant, an officer answering in many 
respects to the Lord Lieutenant of the English shire at that 
period. Usually he was a member of the Governor's Council and 
as such exercised sundry judicial functions. He bore the hon- 
orary title of " Colonel," and was, to some extent, regarded as 
the Governor's deputy ; but in later times his duties were confined 
entirely to military matters (see Fiske's Virginia and Her Neigh- 
bors, pp. 41-42). 

Ohio County was a military colony formed out of the District 
of West Augusta, Va., by Act of Legislature. 

David Shepherd was directed by Charles Simms, Secretary of 
Virginia, to raise a company of militia, under instructions from 
the Convention of 1776, and to administer the oath (H. McI. F.). 

1776, 20 Aug. David Shepherd and John Carmen, gentlemen, 
appointed by the Court held at Pittsburg, this date, to contract 
with persons to build a house 14 feet by 24 feet with a " petition " 
in the middle, "to be used for a gaol at Augustatown" (History 
of Washington Co., Pa., p. 210). 

, Sept. 4. Letter dated at Wheeling, addressed to David 

Shepherd, informing him of his appointment, on that day, as 
commissary of the troops on the Ohio. Letter was approved by 
the Council of the County, signed by Dorsey Pentecost, County 
Lieutenant (see Shepherd Papers, Vol. I., p. — ). 

The Ohio frontier reached from the Alleghany Mountains to 
Kittatinny on the Alleghany River, forty-five miles above Pitts- 
burg, then on the west side thereof down that river and the Ohio 
to the mouth of the Great Kanawha. The only posts of impor- 
tance below Fort Pitt at this date were Forts Henry and Ran- 



dolph. The former was built at the commencement of Lord 
Dunmore's War (then called Fort Fincastle) in 1774, and the 
latter was erected by Virginia in 1775 (Frontier Forts, Vol. I. 
or II., p. 18). 

1776, Sept. 4. At a council held on this date Dorsey Pentecost 
writes David Shepherd that he has been appointed commissary 
for the stations along the Ohio from Grave Creek to Fort Pitt. 
Foot-note adds that David Shepherd was chosen County Lieu- 
tenant in January, 1777, for the newly erected county of Ohio, 
and acted in that capacity till his death in 1795 ; that he com- 
manded Fort Henry during its siege in 1777, and led a regiment 
on Broadhead's Coshocton expedition (1781). During 1783-85 
served in the Virginia Legislature and during the Indian wars 
was efficient in guarding the borders (Thwaites, The Revolution 
on the Ohio, pp. 195-196). 

1777. January 6. At a court for Ohio County, Va., held at 
Black's Cabin on Short Creek (the following is taken from the 
court proceedings) : ** Sworn in as J. P. of Ohio Co., by John 
McCullogh, High Sheriff — David Shepherd, who administered 
the oath to the other Justices." The Court recommended that 
David Shepherd be recommended to his honor, the Governor, as 
County Lieutenant for this county. Proceedings signed by David 
Shepherd, who presided at court held the following day (Annals 
Carnegie Museum, Dec, 1904). 

Black's Cabin, the scene of the convening of the first court of 
Ohio Co., Va., is now called West Liberty and lies at the head 
of Short Creek, Ohio Co., about six miles from the Ohio River. 
Beech Bottom Fort was erected on Buffalo Creek, Ohio County, 
twelve miles above Wheeling and three miles below Wellsburg 
(the present county seat of Brooke Co., W. Va.). Here fifteen 
or twenty families forted in 1776 (Draper's Notes, ). 

, Jan. 29. At a meeting of council of war held at Catfish 

Camp in the District of West Augusta: among those present was 
David Shepherd, Esq., County Lieutenant. Among the Resolu- 
tions adopted was one designating the house of David Shepherd, 
of Ohio County, as a proper place for a magazine. It was also 
resolved that Thomas Jones, or some other person, be appointed 
by the County Lieutenant to open shop for the making of arms 
and the repairing of tomahawks, scalping knives, etc., at the 
house of Col. David Shepherd (History of Washington Co., Pa., 
p. 187). 

, March 4. David Shepherd is appointed by Council of 

Virginia to be Colonel of Ohio County and David Rogers Lieu- 
tenant (Journal of Executive Council of Virginia). 

1777, March 24. David Shepherd notifies Governor Patrick 
Henry of the situation on the Ohio and says that he has eighty 
miles of frontier and his militia consists of only 350 effective 
men; he had ordered fifty militiamen to Wheeling; fifty to Grave 



Creek, and fifty to Beech Bottom. Foot-note adds: Beech Bot- 
tom Fort stood about three miles below Wellsburg and twelve 
miles above Wheeling, in what is now Buffalo District, Brooke 
Co., W. Va. It was occupied in 1777 and protected the settle- 
ment of the Hedges family (see Thwaites, The Revolution on the 
Ohio, p. 242). 

. On the same date Colonel Shepherd applies for supplies, 

to which Governor Henry responds later and adds that he wants 
Shepherd to do nothing to offend the Delaware Indians, but to 
protect and give them assistance when necessary, because they are 
friendly (see Thwaites, The Revolution on 'the Ohio, pp. 243- 

1777, April 12. Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia addresses 
David Shepherd as Colonel of Ohio. 

, June 2. David Shepherd takes the oath as Colonel of 

Ohio County in open court (Annals of Carnegie Museum, Dec, 

, June 28. David Shepherd appointed Lieutenant of Ohio 

County in place of David Rogers, resigned (Mrs. H. McI. F.). 

The Indians leagued with the English having become quite 
active and sanguinary along the Ohio border, much correspon- 
dence in relation thereto ensued between Governor Patrick Henry 
and Colonel David Shepherd. In a letter dated at Fort Pitt, 29 
July, 1777, the Governor instructs Colonel Shepherd to supply 
Wheeling with provisions and ammunition, suggesting also that 
he appoint a Deputy (which he probably did in the person of 
Francis Duke, his son-in-law). A letter from the agent, Geo. 
Morgan, about this time says : 

" I shall depend on you alone to supply all the Stations in Ohio County ; 
' neither money or anything in my power shall be wanting to assist you, 
&c.' — Aug. 19. Co!. Shepherd at Fort Henry [Wheeling] issues to Silas 
Hedges, 10 lbs powder for use of the Ohio militia. — Sept. i. Historic 
siege of Fort Henry by a large body of Indians. Among the slain were: 
William Shepherd, the Colonel's eldest son, and Francis Duke, his son- 
in-law, who was the Commissary at Fort Henry. For 23 hours, under 
command of Col. Shepherd, 35 settlers and militia assisted by their wives 
and daughters in loading guns and moulding bullets, — successfully re- 
sisted the attacks of the savages. Colonel Shepherd's report of the affair 
is as follows: 'i Lieut, and 14 privates killed; I captain and 4 privates 
wounded.' By the best judges here who have seen the plans laid by the 
Indians, and their breast-works and blinds in the last action, it is thought 
their number must have been between two and three hundred, . . . the 
destruction of cattle is not yet ascertained. A number of distressed 
families have moved off — yet a number remain for want of horses." 

Such is the terse account of an encounter, by the commander, who 
lost among the rest his son and son-in-law! (Shepherd Papers). 
Foremost on the list of brave defenders was Col. David Shepherd, 
whose good conduct on this occasion gained for him the appoint- 
ment of County Lieutenant from Patrick Henry (Lewis's His- 
tory of West Virginia, p. 167). 


-, Sept. 3. Colonel Shepherd appeals to Fort Pitt for aid 

(Hand Papers, Vol. III., p. 97, Madison, Wis.). 

, Sept. 8. David McClure writes to General Hand at the 

instance of Colonel Shepherd, " the people of Wheeling Fort are 
in sore need of men and provisions " (Frontier Wars MSS., Vol. 

I., P- 93)- 
, Sept. 15. Reporting to General Hand, Colonel Shepherd 

writes : " i Lieut, and 20 men rank and file fit for duty — sick and 

wounded : i Capt. and 4 rank and file." He appeals for troops, 

saying that the times of some of the men have expired, while 

others are protecting Beech Bottom (Frontier Wars MSS., Vol. 

I., p. 94). 

Major Chew was sent in response to the urgent needs of Colonel 

In consequence of the great loss of men at Wheeling in Septem- 
ber, 1777, and the loss of his son William and son-in-law Francis 
Duke, it was determined in the fall of that year to abandon the 
place and send the families to Redstone. The fort was accord- 
ingly evacuated, o.y Sept., 1777, and soon after the Indians burned 
it to the ground (DeHaas, p. 311). 

It appears from Colonel Shepherd's note-book that Shepherd's 
Fort at the Forks of Wheeling broke up about the 3d or 4th of 
September, Capt. David Williamson escorting the people away 
(Hand Papers, Vol. IX., p. 55). 

, Oct. 3. Col. David Shepherd writes General Hand: 

"Your timely relief by Major Chew was very acceptable as we 
could not bury the dead before he came." Major Chew writes 
General Hand, same date, and says : " Since my arrival Col. 
Shepherd and myself have buried those unfortunate men in the 
late action — a moving sight ! cruelly butchered soon after death " 
(see DeHaas, and H. McI. F.). 

, Nov. 15. Colonel Shepherd is ordered to draw fifty men, 

who, with one hundred from interior of the State, will garrison 
Ohio County. While so doing he will receive Continental pay 
for a Colonel (Hand Papers, Vol. III., p. 97). 

1778, April 4. Col. David Shepherd writes General Hand that 
he "has 21 men at Fort Henry, 15 at Beech Bottom, and 12 at 
forks of Wheeling; that the men are better than former soldiers 
and [he] does not need to use so much compulsion" (Frontier 
Wars MSS., Vol. II.). 

, April 6. Colonel Shepherd present at court. Ordered 

that David Shepherd, Esq., officiate in the office of High Sheriff 
for this county, in the stead of Jno. McCullogh, deceased, agree- 
able to an Act of Assembly in that case made and provided. 
David Shepherd executed his bond of office for 500 pounds and 
produced Solomon Hedges, Samuel Mason, Joseph Ogle and 
Andrew Fonts as sureties, who were accepted by the Court. 



Likewise one other bond of 3,000 pounds conditioned for his 
faithful collecting and duly accounting for all office fees by him 
received, etc., and produced Samuel Mason, Joseph Ogle, Solo- 
mon Hedges and Andrew Fonts as sureties, who were likewise 
accepted. Ordered that the same be recorded (Annals Carnegie 
Museum, Dec, 1904). 

, April 7. David Shepherd produced a Commission from 

his honor, John Page, Esq., Lieutenant-Governor of this State, 
appointing him Lieutenant of Ohio Co., same was read and sworn 
to in open court. 

David Shepherd, appointed by the court to appraise the estate 
of Walter Colhoon, deed., was sworn and ordered to make return 
to next court, and was also appointed appraiser of the estate of 
Rogers McBridge, deed. Upon the motion of George McCullogh 
to this court, wherein he has exhibited certain instances of David 
Shepherd having acted out of the line of his office as Commanding 
Officer of the Militia, by commanding certain officials of militia 
without the recommendation of this court ; whereupon this court 
has thought that information be made to his Excellency, the Gov- 
ernor, praying that he may take cognizance thereof as to him shall 
seem meet. Whereupon David Shepherd came into court and 
produced sundry commissions of certain gentlemen that he had 
commissioned in the time of the courts' recess and prayed that 
the court would regulate the said commissions as to them shall 
seem meet, as he acknowledges that he had no intention to de- 
tract from the prerogative of this court, as he was conscious that 
the urgent necessity of the times compelled him to act thus, and 
further prays that this court would proceed to recommend suit- 
able officers to fill up the sundry vacancies in the militia. Colonel 
Shepherd came into court and prays the opinion of the court as 
to whether he, in the case of his commissioning certain militia 
officers, of the County Militia,, within the recess of the court for 
that purpose, was intentionally to detract from the prerogative 
of this court in that case, or not. 8 April. The court are of 
opinion that he did not. Two members ignoramus. David Shep- 
herd surrenders to this court the appointment of Isaac Meeks 
as Lieutenant of Militia, and Isaac Taylor as Deputy Sheriff 
(Ann. Car. Museum, Dec, 1904). 

1778, June I. David Shepherd continued in the Commission of 
the Peace, and took the oath as a Justice. His commission, by 
the Governor, appointing him High Sheriff was read and sworn 
to in open court. Rezin (Virgin), Joseph Ogle and Andrew 
Fonts, bondsmen (vide). 

, June 2. David Shepherd was ordered by the court, as 

Sheriff of the County (Ohio Co., Va.), to advertise to the lowest 
undertakers the building of the " Publick Building " of the County 
according to the dimensions therein contained. A recognizance 



against Samuel Mason for disposing of and exchanging some of 
the Continental stores at Fort Henry, was exhibited by David 
Shepherd, whereupon the defendant came into court and asked 
the charge in part ; whereupon the court have considered that 
Samuel Mason, aforesaid, be fined 5 pounds ; return into the 
hands of Colonel Shepherd an equally good gun, or the value 
thereof, valued by Reazin Virgin, and Joseph Hoge, sworn for 
that purpose, valued at 17 pounds. Furthermore, it appears to 
this court that Samuel Mason, aforesaid, had exchanged his own 
property for the stores aforesaid with a certain V. Doulton, D. Q., 
in the Continental service. 

Upon Colonel David Shepherd's motion, ordered that requisi- 
tion be made to the Justices of Yohogania County to call upon the 
Commissioners for adjusting the boundary line between the 
County of Yohogania and Ohio as soon as possible, and report 
their proceedings, so the militia in the disputed territory may 
forthwith be called upon, if required. 

Upon motion of David Shepherd, ordered that his mark, a crop 
in the right and swallow fork in the left, be recorded. 

David Shepherd protests against the sufficiency of the jail of 
this County (Ann. Car. Mus., Dec, 1904). 

, June 24. The court ordered that Colonels David Shep- 
herd and Wm. Crawford lay out the prison bounds for the County 
of Yohoghania and report to the court (Hist. Wash. Co., Pa., 
p. 16). 

, Aug. 4. David Shepherd, an evidence in the case of 

John Huff assaulting the court. 

, Nov. 3. David Shepherd, as Sheriff, ordered by the 

court, to pay Abraham Van Metre 20 pounds for the land the 
County took to erect the public buildings on. Administration 
upon the estate of Francis Duke (his son-in-law), deed., is 
granted to Colonel David Shepherd, he having complied with 
the law. 

David Shepherd is allowed by the court, for extra services, 
310 lbs. tobacco. 

David Shepherd, "gent." with secretary, acknowledge their 
bond for his collection of the County Levy, which include these 
items : 

David Shepherd's account presented to court: 

Extra services for i year 28.14.0 
for expenses to Winchester or 

Rather Zane's work 100. 0.0 

for balance of last year's acct. 14. 6.6 

David Shepherd appointed a viewer for the nearest and best 
way for a road from Jacob Wolf's to the County line leading 



toward Redstone, and make report to next court (Ann. Car. 
Mus., Vol. III., pt. I, Dec, 1904). 

1778, 24 June. At Court held 24 June, 1778: Ordered that 
William Crawford and David Shepherd, gent., do lay out the 
prison bounds of this County agreeable to law. 

Whereupon, Wm. Crawford and David Shepherd made report 
as follows : " Beginning at a black oak standing Easterly from the 
Court house and marked with 6 notches and extending thence 
southerly, by a line of marked trees to a white oak near and 
including a Spring thence northerly by a line of marked trees 
including the house of Paul Matthew, to a white oak, thence by 
a line of marked trees to the beginning." Same is ordered to be 
recorded (see Minutes of Court of Yohogania County, Va., held 
at Augusta-town (now Washington, Pa.), and afterwards on the 
Andrew Heath farm, near West Elizabeth, Pa., 1776-1780 
(Reprint of Ann. Carnegie Mus., Vol. II., p. 245). 

1779, July 17. General Daniel Broadhead, commanding at Fort 
Pitt, invites Colonel Shepherd to go with him on an expedition 
up the Alleghany (Draper's Notes). 

, Nov. 8. Colonel Shepherd issues orders to captains who 

failed to appear with proper muster rolls ; . . . certifies, as mag- 
istrate to offices in classing men for military service (Shep- 
herd Papers, Vol. V., p. 94). 

, Dec. General Irvine, commanding the Department of the 

West, in reorganizing the regular army, finds a garrison at Fort 
Wheeling, of one Continental officer and fifteen privates (Butter- 
field's Crawford Exp. against Sandusky). 

1780, March 6. Court ordered that Wm. Scott, Silas Hedges, 
"gent," be recommended to his Excellency, to appoint one of 
them to serve as a Sheriff in room of David Shepherd. 

, April 5. Colonel David Shepherd and Major McCullogh 

were in attendance at the Convention at Fort Pitt, to propose 
plans for a general defense of the frontier. Shepherd said he 
could not aid, as nearly all in his district were enrolled in Penn- 
sylvania. Ohio County sent about 200 men on Crawford's Expe- 
dition (Butterfield's Crawford's Expedition against Sandusky). 

David Shepherd himself was carried on the rolls of the Wash- 
ington Co. (Pa.) Frontier Rangers (Penn. Archives, 3d Ser., 
Vol. XXIIL, 199, and 4th Ser., Vol. V., p. 421). 

, Sept. 17-18. Colonel David Shepherd present at a con- 
ference with the Delaware Indians at Fort Pitt (Shepherd MSS., 
H. McI. F.). 

, Oct. 17. F. W. Johnson addresses Colonel Shepherd in a 

memorial praying for the opening of a new state west of the 
Alleghanies (Shepherd Papers). 

, Nov. — . Colonel Daniel Broadhead organizes an expe- 
dition against the disaffected Delawares. The forces were to 



rendezvous at Fort Wheeling. They were mostly volunteers and 
numbered about 300. They crossed the Ohio and marched by the 
nearest route to the principal Delaware villages on the Muskin- 
gum (now Coshocton, O.) (Butterfield's Crawford's Expedition 
against Sandusky). 

1 78 1, April 7. General Broadhead (succeeding General Mc- 
intosh in command at Fort Pitt), in command of the 8th 
Pennsylvania Regiment, set out from Fort Pitt with 150 regulars; 
at Wheeling he picked up Colonel David Shepherd, Lieutenant 
of Ohio Co., Va., with 134 militia, including officers; beside these 
were five friendly Indians eager for Delaware scalps (Withers's 
Chronicles of the Border, pp. "jy, 78). 

, April 10. Colonel David Shepherd's name appears 

among field officers on pay rolls of Coshocton Campaign (Dra- 
per's Notes; H. McI. F.). 

1782, Sept. 14. Ebenezer Zane, writing from Wheeling, on 
this date, to General Irvine, refers to Fort Henry then being 
surrounded by the enemy and British "cullars" (colors), and 
demanding surrender. Being refused they attacked the fort and 
were repulsed, and so again for four times, till the enemy retired, 
Sept. 13, having begun the siege on Sept. 11, 1782 (Butterfield's 
Crawford's Expedition against Sandusky, p. 277). 

. A daughter of Colonel Wm. Crawford was raised by 

Colenel Shepherd, of Wheeling Creek. She married a Mr, Thorn- 
burg. At her marriage. Colonel Shepherd gave her 100 acres of 
land at the village of Triadelphia. This was after her father had 
been burned at the stake (DeHaas, p. 380; Preston Papers, Vol. 
XXIX., p. 12). 

1783, Feb. 6. "There are not more than two companies of 
Militia at this time, in the County, and they all live in forts dur- 
ing the summer season and are very much distressed" (Draper's 
Notes, Vol. XL, p. 178). 

, March 3. Col. David Shepherd, writing to the Governor 

of Virginia, says : " the Indians have done no mischief this Spring, 
as yet ; people are moving back to their plantations very fast 
and if no mischief is done our country will soon be settled again 
(Draper's Notes, Vol. XL, p. 178). 

, June 23. David Shepherd entered 1,000 acres of land 

on the Ohio River, three miles above the mouth of the Middle 
Island Creek; the grant to include the improvements made in 
1771 (Shepherd MSS., and H. McI. F.). Middle Island Creek 
rises in Doddridge Co., W. Va., enters the Ohio at Pleasants, 
about 25 miles below Fishing Creek, the latter being about 26 
miles below Grave Creek (see Thwaites, The Rev. on the Ohio, 
P- 213). 

1784, Sept. 28. Philadelphia, 28 Sept., 1784; In council: The 
Comptroller-General's accounts were read and approved. Among 

13 177 


the items was one for provisions furnished the Washington Co. 
(Pa.) mihtia, by David Shepherd (History of Washington Co., 
Pa., p. 68.) 

1785 April. David Shepherd mentioned as Sheriff of Ohio 
Co., Va. , also as Member of Virginia Legislature for years, 
1783-85 (Draper). 

, June 23. Governor Randolph writes, advising Col. David 

Shepherd to provide for trouble with the Indians. Letter from 
Edmund Randolph dated from the Constitutional Convention 
and addressed to David Shepherd, refers especially to the for- 
mation of a new state west of the Alleghany Mountains — a matter 
in which Colonel Shepherd was interested (Draper's Notes). 

1786, Colonel Shepherd deeming it safe to bring back his 
family, rebuilt his fort (DeHaas, p. 311). 

1787, April 30. Colonel Shepherd writes Governor Randolph 
asking for arms and ammunition " as the Indians have begun 
depredations and the country is in a very defenceless state " 
(Draper's Notes, Vol. XII., p. 141). 

, Oct. 22. David Shepherd exchanged 500 acres of land 

on treasury warrant, for 1,000 acres of land granted to Benjamin 
Johnston, 29 June, 1782, who assigned same to David Shepherd. 
The 1,000 acres were situated in Ohio Co., Va., on the waters of 
Little Grave Creek, adjoining Joseph Tomlinson and Dorsey 
Pentecost. Wm. Shepherd, Agent, to Robert Woods, Surveyor 
Ohio Co. (Survey Book, No. 2, Wheeling, W. Va.). 

, Nov. 10. Colonel Shepherd informs the Governor of 

Virginia that Indians have killed about forty people on the 
frontier of the County (Draper's Notes, Vol. XII., p. 54). 

1788, May 15. Colonel Shepherd again writes that the Indians 
have become quiet again (Draper's Notes, Vol. XII., p. 181). 

1788, Oct. — . David Shepherd, George McCullogh, and 
others, appointed Oct., 1788, by Act of Assembly, Trustees of 
Randolph Academy (Hening's Statutes, Vol. 12, p. 661). 

Randolph Academy was established at Clarkesburg, on the 
Monongahela River, in Harrison Co., Va.. in 1787. It has a 
prominent position as an influential center of learning among a 
highly intelligent class of pioneers. It was succeeded by the 
Northwestern Academy in 1843 (Trans- Alleghany Magazine, 
p. 128). 

1789, June I. Governor Beverley Randolph writes Col. David 
Shepherd an extract from a letter he received from Gen. George 
Washington (then President), to the effect that the United States 
will take up the Government west of the Alleghanies, thus reliev- 
ing Virginia of the same, and requesting Colonel Shepherd to 
discharge all ofiflcers connected with the County government, and 
act for the United States instead of for Virginia. 

1790, Colonel Shepherd reconstructed his fort at forks of 



Wheeling. This time it was built of sycamore logs three inches 
in thickness and twelve feet long. They were placed in mortised 
logs, one plank resting upon the other. There were bastions on 
the corners and port-holes along the sides (DeHaas, p. 311). 

. Colonel Shepherd reports 50 persons killed by the 

Indians in Ohio County, in 1790; among them Captain Boggs's 
son (Draper's Notes). 

1791, March 10. Colonel Shepherd receives documentary au- 
thority from Henry Knox, Secretary of War, to protect the 

, March 25. Governor Beverley Randolph writes Colonel 

Shepherd requesting discharge of Shepherd's men who are em- 
ployed by Virginia, as the protection of the frontier is now in 
the hands of the general government. 

, April 10-28. Col. David Shepherd commands a force in 

the Coshocton Campaign; this was most important and far- 
reaching in its results, as it pushed the Delawares back to the 
Muskingum and Tuscarawas Rivers and they never returned 
(Shepherd Papers, Vol. IV., p. 3). 

Pay-roll of Staff Officers of Coshocton Expedition for State 
of Virginia, commanded by Colonel David Shepherd. Expedi- 
tion lasted from April 10 to 28, 1791. The officers were: David 
Shepherd, Colonel ($575.00 per month) ; Samuel McCulloug, 
Major; Isaac Meeks, Adjutant; Wm. Mclntire, First Major; 
James Lemon, Second Major; Jonathan Zane, Spy (Shepherd 
Papers, Vol. IV., p. 3). 

, May 6. Col. David Shepherd applies to the Secretary of 

War for arms and ammunition " on account of attacks on the 
frontier and its defenceless condition" (Draper's Notes, Vol. 
XIII., p. 15). 

, May 31. Secretary of War ordered 100 arms, 2 barrels 

of powder, and 400 lbs. of lead to be delivered to Colonel Shep- 
herd out of the magazine at Fort Pitt. 

1792, Aug., 12. Col. David Shepherd certifies to service of 
George McCullogh, Jr., as spy for Ohio Co. (Shepherd Papers, 
Vol. III., p. 102). 

1793, Jan. 3. Same record as preceding {vide 109). 

, Jan. 17. Colonel Shepherd writes General Wayne in 

reference to instructions concerning the spies to be employed 
(Shepherd MSS.). 

, Feb. 23. He pays George McCullogh, Ja., $107.12 for 

services as spy, in the year 1792 (Shepherd Papers, Vol. Ill, 
p. 103). 

, Col. David Shepherd said to have commanded an expe- 
dition in the Tuscarawas Campaign. 

, June 7. Colonel Shepherd certifies, as Co. Lieut., to 

services of Jeremiah Williams, James Smith, and George Mc- 



Cullogh, as scouts for Ohio Co., and on Sept. 21 James Smith 
and George McCullogh made oath before Colonel Shepherd, 
Co. Lieut., that they had faithfully served as scouts (Shepherd 
Papers, Vol. III., p. no). 

1795, Feb. 2. Col. David Shepherd died on his old plantation 
at Fort Shepherd, and was buried in the graveyard by the Old 
Stone Church, at Elm Grove, on Wheeling Creek (H. Mel. F.). 

David Shepherd was an Episcopalian. He stood a little short 
of six feet. Good sense, brave, honest, liberal and benevolent ; 
cheerful and good natured, and greatly beloved. He spent much 
of his later time on Wheeling Creek, and Catfish, tending his 
mills. His old houses were burnt, but his mill was unmolested, 
except, sometimes the Indians would set it running and leave it. 
(From interview with Mrs. Lydia Crugar, daughter-in-law of 
Colonel Shepherd, bv L. C. Draper: Draper's Notes, Vol. II., 
No. 4, p. 37, 1845.) ■ 

— , Oct. 10. Moses Shepherd, executor of estate of David 
Shepherd, deed., credited by cash received of He. Thornburg, 
£85. o. o. 

1799, April 5. Power of attorney of David Shepherd, formerly 
of Berkeley Co., Va. — at present ( ?) of Chillicothe, Ross Co., 
Ohio — to transfer his lands in Virginia, found of record at 
Martinsburg, Va. 


Journal of the Executive Council of Virginia, 1776-1777. 

"Tuesday the 4'" day of March, 1777. 
Present : 

His Excellency, the Governor, &c. &c. 
Ordered that commissions issue, appointing David Shepherd Colonel, 
David McClure, Lieut Colonel, and Samuel McCullough Major of the 
County of Ohio." 

Wednesday the 12"" day of March, 1777. 
Present : 

His Excellency the Governor. &c &c. 

The Board having from time to time received undoubted intelligence 
of repeated Hostilities Committed on the subjects of this Commonwealth, 
by the Indians of Pluggy's town ; and notwithstanding the just Remon- 
strances, made to them on the subject by our Agents for Indian affairs 
they have not been brought to a sense of duty, but from the repeated 
injuries, there is the greater reason to believe an increased insolence 
instead of that good neighborhood we wish to cultivate with all the 
Indian tribes. And wlicrcas the obstinate and wicked disposition of 
the said Indians of Plugg's town have been represented to Congress, 
and they seem to have no prospect of concilation, but have referred to 
this Board the propriety of making war upon them if it can be done 
without exciting Jealousy and Discord with the neighboring nations. 
Resolved that George Morgan esquire, superintendent of Indian affairs, 
and Col. John Neaville, or in the case of his absence, Robert Campbell, 



esquire, do confer with such Chiefs of the Delawares and Shawnese 
Indians as may be relied on for secrecy and fidelity, and represent to them 
the necessity of Chastiseing the said Indians, and in case the said Gentle- 
men shall find that the said Shawnese and Delawares do not give Reason 
to apprehend discord with them by reason of such proceedings, that three 
hundred men of the militia, commanded by a Colonel, Major, six cap- 
tains six Lieutenants, six ensigns and a proper number of non-com- 
missioned officers be ordered to make an expedition to the said Pluggy's 
Town in order to punish that people for their unprovoked cruelties corn- 
mitted on the Inhabitants of Virginia. That the officers commanding this 
Expedition have it charge at their peril and that of all those concerned 
that no Injury, provocation or ill treatment of any kind be done or 
suffered to the Delawares and Shawnese Indians through whose country 
the pass. But on the other Hand that the said officers strictly charged 
and commanded to conduct themselves toward them, as our faithful 
friends and Bretheren Government being determined to avenge the least 
injury done. 

That the officers commanding this expedition apply to George Morgan, 
esquire, for ammunitions, provisions and stores necessary for the party, 
who is requested to give every assistance in his power to forward the 
undertaking, that the commanding officer ought to be directed to show 
to women, children, and such of the men as surrender themselves, and 
to send all prisoners taken by his Party, belonging to the said Pluggy's- 
town to this city, and as the success of this expedition will depend the 
dispatch with which it is conducted. 

Resolved that if a majority of the field Officers and Captains who are 
to be engaged in it, shall judge best that the men shall be directed to 
march on Horseback, finding their own horses, and carrying their own 
provisions, and that they out (?) to receive a reasonable allowance for 
so doing. 

Resolved that Colonel David Shepherd of Ohio County be Comman- 
der in Chief of this Expedition, That Major Taylor of Yohogania County 
be Major; and that they nominate the Captains and subalterns officers 
out of those commissioned in the counties of Monongalia, Yohoghania 
and Ohio or either of them. 

Letters on the above subject were written to Messieures Morgan and 
Neville, and Colonel David Shepherd. Copies filed and ordered to be 

I, W. G. Stanard, do hereby certify that the foregoing are true copies 
from the original Journal, now in the Virginia State Library. 

(sig) W. G. STANARD. 
Richmond, Va., 22d January, 1902. 

Pluggy was a noted Mingo chief, killed in an attack on Mc- 
Cleliand's Station, at Royal Springs (now Georgetown, Ky.), 
29 Dec, 1776 (Collins's History of Kentucky, Vol. I., p. 178). 

Pluggy was a Mohawk Indian, who, with a band of unorgan- 
ized and undisciplined followers, had migrated westward about 
1772, and settled upon the present site of Delaware, Ohio (see 
Thwaites, The Revolution on the Ohio, p. 56). 

Williamsburg, April 12, 1777. 

Sir: — The expedition against Pluggy's Town is to be laid aside by a 
Resolution of Congress. I am sir, your Hbble servt. 

Cor David Shepherd, Ohio P. Henry. 



This Resolution of Congress was adopted 25 jNIarch, 1777, 
upon the receipt of a letter from Col. George Morgan, dated 15 
March, in which he deprecates any expedition into the Indian 
country " which involve us in a general and unequal Quarrel 
with all the nations who are at present quiet but extremely 
Jealous of the least encroachment on their lands " (see Thwaites, 
The Revolution on the Ohio, p. 247). 


Col. Shepherd to Gen. Hand. 

Fort Henry, 22 Aug. 1777 

In obedience to your order I have called all the men to this place that 
is under pay and have removed my family likewise, but there seems to be 
a great confusion in this county concerning it. I have ordered Capt. 
Ogle to keep up a scout between this fort and Beech Bottom. Likewise 
Capt. Mason to send a party to scout between this and Grave creek. I 
shall order such scouts and spies over the river as our strength will admit 
of. Captain*" Shannon, Leach and Merchant arrived here on the 20'". 
inst. and seem very well behaved and obliging. Our Captains is making up 
their Companies as fast as possible ... we are preparing the fort as fast 
as possible and / shall soon have it Indian proof. 

I am sir, with respect, 
Your humble servant 

David Shepherd. 
To General Hand. 

CoL. Shepherd to Gen. Hand. 
[Frontier Wars MSS., Vol. H, p. 7.] 

Fort Henry, March 10, 1778. 
Dear Sir: 

I received your favor by John Green which informed me of your safe 
arrival at Fort Pitt. I am glad to hear that our neighbors is spirited 
enough to turn out on the last occasion, and for my part, I partly concur 
with you in the scheme proposed, all the people I spoke with concerning 
it join in sentiments in favor of the scheme. I cannot as yet give you 
an exact account what numbers of men I can [supply] you with, but I 
have summoned all the Captains in the County to meet on Friday next in 
order to send men to the stations and other purposes, when I expect to 
give you a better account. But at this time I expect to furnish you with 
30 men if possible against the day appointed. I have sent by Lieut. Berry 
53 rifles, 8 muskets, likewise 915 lbs lead and there remains in store 390 
lbs. The state of the store I shall attend to and do all in my power to 
secure the provisions as soon as I can collect some men. Our brave Beef- 
eater's time is out and they are all returning home to tell of the great 
exploits they have done on the Ohio, but I hope they will send us better 
men the next time. As for news I have none, but the people are well 
pleased with our last trip. 

Sir, I am, with respect, 

Your humble servant, 

David Shepherd. 



Abraham Shepherd to David Shepherd. 

Mecklinburg, May 2.2^ 1778. 
Honorable Brother: 

It is with infinite pleasure I inform you of my safe arival home to my 
affectionate Mother, which perhaps may tend something to soothe her un- 
happy situation. I find many things not according to my wish, but live in 
hopes [of] seeing them better. I condoll with you for your misfortunes 
and hope your manly fortitude may ever support you in the most distress- 
ing misfortunes and to live in hopes of seeing better. I am on parole. 
No time limited for that reason you cant expect news. My health is not 
perfect, but not dangerously ill. I left my friends well on Long Island. 
Mother is well with all friends here. Remember me to all friends there. 
Sally has arrived safe here. . . . never let Hope, the sole Comfort of the 
wretched, forsake you. And believe [me] Dear Sir, I am, with Due 

Your most dutiful 
& affectionate 

Abram Shepherd. 
I arrived yesterday. 

(Draper's Notes, Vol. II., No. 6.) 

Abraham Shepherd to David Shepherd. 

Mecklensburg, Jan. 18, 1779. 
. . . Believe me — Mankind is not to be trusted — I am sorry to inform 
you I have some apprehensions of being called to the British, as I am not 
confident of my being exchanged — I have likewise the pleasure of inform- 
ing you the ferry is established in my name. Mother, since you were 
here, has been almost " delerious " but since this affair has asserted in 
my favor she appears in as good spirits and as hearty as I ever saw her 
in my life. I do every thing I can to make her happy, which I shall ever 
esteem my greatest duty and happiness. . . . 

Abram Shepherd. 

Capt. Wm. McMahon, a Magistrate of Ohio Co. Va. to Capt. Hutchins. 

21 Sept. 1786. 

The difficulty of securing hands, occasioned by the late alarms, is beyond 
conception ; several have engaged and disappointed me. Wheeling is be- 
come a garrison. The inhabitants to a man, as high up as Zanes' have fled, 
except Tomlinsons and Shepherds, and a few about the Mingo bottom who 
are building blockhouses . . . Alarm came by a certain William Newland 
... he was under oath not to inform, or spread the alarm, except to tell 
Zane and Shepherd to be on their guard. Zane has made every necessary 
preparation. Shepherd has made none, rests assured they (the Indians) 
cannot spare their men in such numbers as Clarke's Expedition is now in 
their County. (Shepherd Papers, Vol. XV., p. 29.) 

CoL. Shepherd to Governor Beverly Randolph. 

Ohio County, 13 May 1789. 

The continued depredations of the savages on our frontier under our 
situation is truly alarming, and of consequence increases when we find 
that a proclamation has been issued by Governor Mifflin of Pennsylvania 



offering reward of one thousand dollars to any person who will appre- 
hend some men or any of them who killed some Indians at the mouth of 
Big Beaver Creek, Alleghany Co., west of Ohio (calling it an atrocious 
act), and as some of that party were under my command from this 
county, I conceive it my duty to inform your Excellency of the facts which 
induced our men to attack the enemy in their quarters. 

About the id*** February last a party of Indians murdered in a most 
cruel manner, five persons near the mouth of Buffaloe Creek ; plundered the 
houses of all that were valuable, and made off. Upon this I thought it 
expedient to send out four spies for our better security who soon re- 
turned with intelligence of the enemy's approach. Upon this a party from 
the different companies assembled at the mouth of the Buffaloe, where they 
were joined by a party from Washington County, crossed the Ohio, and 
under the direction of the spies went to meet the enemy, who, finding 
they were discovered, made off, and kept along the lower hills, that it 
was with great difficulty our men could follow their tracks, into a place 
known by the name of Big Buffaloe Licks, — where a council was held by 
the officers, in which Capt. Brady, being one of the spies, well knowing the 
subtlety of Indians, informed them that they would retire to some distance 
until the return of our men, or probably go to their usual place of rendez- 
vous, at the mouth of Big Beaver, a block house erected by A. Wilson & 
Co. who were notoriously known to supply them with ammunition and 
arms of all kinds ever since war has been declared against them. Under 
these considerations, twenty six volunteers from the party proceeded on the 
trail, and soon found by their movements that the blockhouse was their 
intention upon which they crossed the hills, and fell upon the trail about 
three miles distant from that place. They sent forward spies, who re- 
turned with intelligence of the enemy's having encamped opposite the 
block house ; upon this our men left their horses with two men and de- 
feated the enemy; killed four men and one who was not known 
from a man by the dress until too late. This is a true statement of the 
facts as they were communicated to me by persons which were present 
and whose veracity I can confide in. For further particulars I shall 
refer you to the bearer, Capt. Connel, who is acquainted with every circum- 
stance of what there happened, likewise those which have lately taken 

During the last year 29 persons have been most cruelly murdered, yet, 
upon the authenticity of A Wilson & Co. does Gov. Miffilin send out his 
proclaimation. His government, it appears, is not confined to Pennsyl- 
vania and his information is from those who have feasted upon the 
blood of our fellow citizens by supplying the savages with every instru- 
ment necessary for our destruction. 

If we have erred in being avenged of our enemy, w^ are willing to be 
corrected by your Excellency, upon whom we, at this dangerous period, 
rely, in hopes you will if possible, make provision to relieve us from 
distress, I remain, your Excellency's most 

Obedient and humble servant 
(Sig) David Shepherd. 
To His Excellency, 

Beverly Randolph. 

William Duke to Col. Shepherd. 

Berkeley Co., October 18, 1791. 
Honorable Col. 

I embrace this Opportunity to let you know I am in good health at 
this present time, hoping these few lines will find you and your family 
in good health too. 



I intend to be out to see you in a short time if I am spared, and to see 
if you will let me have the land which you promised to secure for me, 
and as you promised before Capt. M'Intire and my Father. I therefore 
hope your Honor will be as good as your word. If you intend not to let 
me have the Land, I hope you will send me word by first opportunity 
you can get, in order that I may then know how to manage concerning 
the land. For as I have my Brother Francis' Obligation and a Bill of 
Sale of the Land for the making of it good to me, I intend to make my 
Brother's Estate pay me the money that I paid for the Land and the lawful 
Interest due upon said money, and I hope, to prevent any trouble between 
your Daughter and me, that you will fulfill your promise as a man of 
Honor should do, and in so doing you will much oblige your Honour's 
Obedient and very humble servant 

William Duke. 
To the Hon. Col. David Shepherd 
living in Ohio County — favored by Mr. Moses Shepherd. 

Philadelphia, February 25, 1792. 

I thank you for the information respecting the intention of the Tomlin- 
sons' and others to dispute my title to a tract of land called the Round 

I wish these persons and many others who may be disposed to dispute 
m.y title to that land to be informed in the most explicit and pointed 
manner, that it is my fixed determination to defend, at all events every 
inch of that land which is within the lines of my patent. If, therefore, 
any encroachments are made thereon, the person or persons by whom they 
are made may depend upon being prosecuted as long as there shall be a 
shadow of right or justice in so doing. 

I have nothing to say respecting any surveys which may be made without 
the lines of my patent, but let them beware of the consequences of coming 
within them. 

I am sir 

With very great esteem 

Your most Obed* ser'nt 
Geo : Washington. 
To Coll. David Shepherd. 

[Shepherd Papers, Vol. Ill, p. 61.] 

Pound (or Round?) Bottom became the property of General 
Washington through allotment for services in the French and 
Indian War, and by purchases from other grantees he assembled 
587 acres in the tract. It was of exceedingly rich fertility and 
located on the banks of the Ohio River opposite Pipe Creek, 
about fifteen miles below Wheeling, with a frontage on the river 
of two and one-half miles. Thompson, Marshall Co., O., is the 
present postoffice on the tract which was sold by George and 
Martha Washington to Archibald McLean, of Alexandria, 8 
Aug., 1798, for a consideration of $5,870, and when surveyed it 
was found to contain nearly twice the acreage called for in the 
patent of Governor Harrison and the deed of General Washing- 
ton (see West. Va. Hist. Mag., Jan., '02, pp. 73-75). 




In the name of God Amen. I David Shepherd of Ohio County and 
State of Virginia being [sick] in body but of sound and perfect mind, and 
memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this 
my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to 
say) I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachael Shepherd all the 
plantation Whereon I now dwell in the forks of Wheeling Creek during 
her life and Also her feather bed and furniture likewise her Choice of 
three Cows, and two work Horses and a plow and Tackle. And also 
I will bequeath to my wife one Mulato Girl named Nance and one Negro 
man named Tymothy as also all her common and Tea Table furniture. 
I also will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Lee during her lite 
time all that tract or parcel of Land lying and bounded as follows, that 
is to say beginning at the old Grist Mill dam then running with the line 
of Moses Shepherd to the Sugar tree. Corner as mentioned in his, — thence 
with the line of the Original Across Peter's run unto Craig's fork, thence 
down the said Creek unto the beginning, more or less, to hold during her 
Natural life and then to descend to the heirs of William Mclntire, de- 
ceased, I likewise Will unto my three daughters, viz. Elizabeth Lee, Sarah 
Springer and Ruth Mills all the remaining part, of my Estate after my 
just debts & Legacies and Funeral Expenses are paid to be equally divided 
among them, my will is that the " presbiterian " Church have free privilidge 
to build places for public worship and the purpose of burying their dead 
on the lot laid out for them but for no other purpose. I also will and 
bequeath unto my son Moses Shepherd all that part or tract of land with 
all the appurtenances that lies below Little Wheeling and up as far as the 
old Grist Mill dam, thence with a straight line near a N. W. course to a 
Sugar tree Corner, Corner to the original Tract, thence down the Ori- 
ginal Tract, to the Beginning at the Saw Mill, likewise after the death of 
his Mother to have the whole of the Old plantation he paying to his three 
sisters each one hundred pounds Virginia Currency, to be paid in three 
years after he shall enter on the premises but in case he should die with- 
out an heir the old plantation is to be sold so as to be equally divided 
between my three daughters or their Surviving heirs. I likewise will and 
bequeath unto my grand daughter Elizabeth Shepherd twenty-five pounds 
Virginia Currency to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of 
my personal property. I hereby appoint sole executors of this my Last 
Will and Testament Moses Shepherd and John Mills hereby revoking all 
former wills by me made. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand & Seal the 20**" day of January in the year of our Lord 1795. 

(sig) DAVID SHEPHERD [seal]. 

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named David Shep- 
herd as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have here- 
unto subscribed our names, as Witnesses, in the presence of the testator 
William Flahaven Abner Springer 

Francis Drake [Duke] William Mclntire. 

A copy 

Teste : Moses Chapline, Clk. 
(W. B. L., p. 31 — Wheeling Records.) 



APRIL 27, 1795. 


Nineteen head of cattle 123.50 

Five head horses I73. 

Ten head sheep & i ram I5- 

One waggon & plow 29.50 

I Bed and Bedstead 16 & 12 28. 

1 Bedstead Cord 2. 

2 Coverleads 4- 

3 Lettis and 2 steel naps 8. 

I Hand vise & sundry iron tools 7. 

3 sickles and 2 sets horse gears 6. 

3 books 3.50 

4 yards Broadcloth 24. 

One man's sadle 2.50 

Eleven head Hogs 33. 

I ax, ten cut saw and bit 2.66 

I Surveyor's Compass and instruments 30. 

I pair stillyards & i gold weight 1.83 

Executors : Moses Shepherd and John Mills. 
Appraisers : George Sticker, Moses Williams, Lewis Bonnett. 
A true copy ; Moses Chapline, Clerk. 

(From Settlement Book No. I 
p. 83, 1795; Wheeling, W. Va.) 


In the Name of God Amen. 

I Moses Shepherd of Ohio County, in the State of Virginia, do 
make and constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form 
following, that is to say: i^* I will and direct that all my just debts be 
paid 2^ I give and bequeath to my wife my lands lying above big Wheeling 
Creek and adjoining the same and little Wheeling Creek being divided 
from the estate on which I now live, by both the said creeks together with 
the improvements thereon, including the grist and saw mills, the tavern- 
house now occupied by Mrs Gooding, to have and to hold the same, with 
the appurtenances to her and heirs and assigns forever. 

3'' All the household and kitchen furniture remaining in my possession, 
at the time of my decease, I devise and bequeath to my said wife and 
her assigns. 

4*" my negro man Jack and his wife Susan and their family, children 
or other descendants — I give to my said wife and her assigns. 

5'" all my other lands except my home plantation including those I 
claim in a suit with persons of the name of Larue, and those I claim in a 
suit with a person of the name of Richelos, if recovered, I devise to my 
executrix to be sold and the proceeds thereof together with the proceeds 
of such part of my personal estate as she may think proper to sell after 
payment of just debts to be by her vested in Bank stock. 6'" And whereas 
I have sold some tracts of land which I have not conveyed and on some 
of which the whole, and on some, part of the purchase money is due. I 



do therefore, hereby authorize and empower my executrix to execute all 
such contracts to all interests [intents?] and purposes as I could do if in 
life, and if any such lands should fall back to my estate for want of pay- 
ment by or without suit, I do devise and direct that they be sold and the 
proceeds after payments of just debts be vested as aforesaid. 7*'' I do 
devise and bequeath my home estate whereon I now live, to my said wife 
for and during her natural life, the same being my estate lying between 
the forks of Wheeling Creek. 8*" After the payment of just debts when 
the proceeds of the sale aforesaid and of the sale of such personal estate 
as my executrix may dispose of, shall be vested as above, and also the 
proceeds of the sale of all my slaves except those above mentioned, which 
I hereby direct to be made and vested as aforesaid I give and bequeath 
the same to my said wife together with the use, dividends or profits of 
all the monies aforesaid so to be vested to hold the same so as to be 
vested to her and her assigns. 

9" After the decease of my said wife my will is that my said home 
plantation or estate be sold and the proceeds of such sale to be equally 
divided between the children of my sisters Elizabeth Lee, Ruth Mills and 
Sarah Springer so that if any of them be dead the issue of such deceased 
are to take part of his, her or their parcel. 

Hereby revoking all others I do make, ordain, publish and declare this 
to be my only last will and testament and I do appoint my said wife Lydia 
Shepherd to be the whole and sole executrix thereof and so declare that 
she shall not, by the Court, be held to give security. 

Witness my hand and seal this first day of January 1830. 

signed, sealed, published and 
declared in presence of us : 

Archie Wood John Good 

John Carter Thos Thornburg 

[Wheeling, W. Va., Records.] 

Notes from "A Tour to the Western Country Through the States of 
Ohio and Kentucky, &c, &c, 1807-1809," by F. Cuming. 

" At two miles from Wheeling I passed a very handsome house, a fine 
farm and a mill of a M"". Woods, on the left. ... A mile further I passed 
Mr. Chapline's fine merchant mill; and a mile and a half beyond that, 
where the valley narrows, I observed on the left some very remarkable 
loose rocks. . . . Half a mile beyond this I stopped at a M"". Eoff's neat 
cottage and good farm where everything had [evidence?] of plenty and 
comfort. Four or five genteel looking young women were all engaged in 
sedentary domestic avocations, and an old lady served we with some milk 
and water which I had requested, after which I resumed my walk. A mile 
up the side of a creek brought me to M''. Shepherds Mill and elegant house 
of cut stone. Here the creek forks and the road also ; one of the forks 
called Big Wheeling coming from the southeast, and the right-hand road 
leading along it from Morgantown ; the left fork called Little Wheeling, 
which forms the Shepherd mill-race, coming from the eastward and the 
road toward Washington (Pa.) leading along it through a narrow valley 
with small farms wherever a bottom or an easy declivity of the hills 
would permit. . . . From here I proceeded to McKinley's Tavern, four 
miles from Shepherd's." 

[See Cranmer's Hist, and Biog. Ohio Co. (W. Va.), p. 141.] 




Persons of this name were located at an early date in the 
Northern Neck of Virginia, whence they probably came from the 
adjacent counties of Maryland. In Cecil County, Md., where 
some of the family lived, the tombs of several may be seen, it 
is said, in the graveyards of old St. Mary Ann's Parish, in the 
vicinity of Rising Sun and at Northeast. Among those that lie 
in the churchyard of St. Mary Ann's are tombs dating back to 
1720, of William and Elijah Teague, one of whom may or may 
not have been the ancestor of William Teague, a record of whom 
is found in the Frederick Co., Va., court house. He was a settler 
on the Hite-Van Metre lands ; the date of his grant has not been 
ascertained, but his property was a part of a 300 acre tract, then 
in Orange County, granted to Richard Pendall, 3 Oct., 1734; 
88 acres of it was conveyed by Pendall to William Teague, 20 
June, 1742. Subsequently Teague acquired several other parcels 
of land in Frederick County: 145 acres from Richard Pendall, 
121 from James Brown, " lying on the south side of the Cohongo- 
luta river" (Potomac River above its confluence with the Shenan- 
doah), and another 145 acres granted by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, 
II Oct., 1750. The property from Pendall is described as being 
on a branch of the " Shenandore " River, called the " Cattail 
branch," etc., while the one from Brown was situate on the 
Potomac, probably between Martinsburg and Mecklenburg, and 
it is uncertain upon which, if either of them, he resided. A 
small stream, called " Teague's Run," empties into the Potomac 
in the vicinity of Shepherdstown, which may have acquired its 
name from the circumstance of having its headspring on one of 
the old Teague properties. 

In 1 75 1 William Teague prepared to emigrate to the Carolinas 
and began to dispose of his properties. The conveyances, accord- 
ing to the Frederick Co., Va., records, were as follows: June 13, 
1751, to Benjamin Sebastian, 88 acres; to Elijah Teague, his son, 
17 Aug., 1751, 145 acres; on same date, to Robert Fulsham, 121 
acres; and on 3 Oct., 1751, 145 acres to Abraham Teague (per- 
haps another son). Thus his entire holdings, approximating 500 
acres, were relinquished. Elijah Teague and his wife Alice 
transferred to Wm. Crawford adjoining tracts of 64 and 128 
acres respectively on 4 Aug., 1753, for which certificates of deeds 
of lease and release were made to Elijah and Abraham Teague 
by William Teague, and recorded 12 Feb., 1752. The sale to 
William Crawford of the preceding two tracts aggregating 192 
acres was confirmed to Crawford by the bond of Edward Teague, 
recorded 10 Oct., 1753. Edward Teague is described as the 
eldest son and heir-at-law of William Teague, late of Frederick 
County, but lately removed to some part of Carolina. The reci- 



tation in the bond reads : " Whereas the above named WilHam 
Crawford purchased from Ehjah Teague part of the said tracts 
which said EHjah Teague, who is a brother of the said Edward, 
had formerly purchased from his father WiUiam Teague before 
he removed to Carohna, etc." 

The tract of 145 acres which Abraham acquired was recon- 
veyed by him and Ann,his wife, 2 0ct., 1753, to Margaret McKee, 
widow, and (her sons?) Wilham and James McKee. 

Edward Teague, who is described as the eldest son of William 
Teague, was, prior to 1747, grantee of a portion of the Hite-Van 
Metre lands lying on the west side of the Sherando (Shenandoah) 
River. He conveyed a part of it to Richard Mercer, 3 Sept., 
1745. He obtained by grant from Lord Fairfax, 13 March, 175 1, 
a tract of 400 acres lying near the river Cohongo (Potomac) in 
Virginia, 100 acres of which was disposed of by him to William 
Morgan, 31 Jan., 1756. This tract is supposed to have been in 
the immediate vicinity of Mecklenburg (head of Teague's Run?). 
Moses Teague was a witness to the deed to Wm. Morgan and 
William Shepherd was a witness to the conveyance from Wm. 
Teague to Robert Fulsham, 17 Aug., 175 1. 

On July 13, 1744, William Teague was assignee of Jno. Bald- 
win. Moses Teague was appointed constable vice James Thurston. 

7 Feb., 1748. Edward Teague was appointed by the Court 
one of the appraisers of the estate of Isaac Van Metre, deceased 
(son of John Van Metre, Jr., and grandson of John ist of Berke- 
ley), whose widow Alice was the administratrix (she afterward 
married a Morgan). This estate lay in the neighborhood of 
Opequon Creek, near its confluence with the Potomac. 

Edward Teague appointed arbiter in the case of Fitzimmons vs. 
John Shepherd, 7 June, 1748; Abraham Teague, grantor to 
Thomas Mayberry, 11 Sept., 1749. (The first will probated in 
Ohio Co., Va., was that of Thomas Mayberry, who probably 
emigrated thence, with other pioneers, from the Potomac.) 

7 March, 1754. Edward Teague, overseer of road from Jacob 
Hite's to Swearingen's Ferry, and prior to March, 1757, Abraham 
Teague performed like service at same place and was succeeded 
by Thomas Shepherd in March, 1757. (All the preceding rec- 
ords are from county records at Winchester, Va.) 

A William Teague polled his vote for Major Blackburn for 
Burgess, in King William Co., Va., election of 1741 (Boogher's 
Gleanings of Virginia History, p. 116). 

It is evident that the Teagues, Shepherds, Morgans, Crawfords, 
Van Metres, Hites and others were identified with the Mecklen- 
burg locality, and there is reasonable grounds for a presumption 
that Rachael Teague, the wife of David Shepherd, was a daughter 
of either Abraham or Moses Teague, or, perhaps, of William 
Teague. She had two sons : William, the eldest, and Moses, the 
youngest child, with a daughter intervening. 




I. David Shepherd (Thomas^), son of Thomas and Elizabeth 
(Van Metre) Shepherd, b. at Mecklenburg, Va., Jan., 1734; d. 
at Forks of Wheeling, Va., 2 Feb., 1795 ; m. circa lys^/S, Rachael 
Teague. Issue : 

I, William, b. Mecklenburg, Va., d. Sept., 1777, in siege of 
Fort Henry; 2, Elizabeth, b. Mecklenburg, Va. ; 3, Ruth, 
b. Mecklenburg, Va. ; 4, Sarah, b. Mecklenburg, Va., d. 
25 Oct., 1832, at Uniontown, Pa. ; 5, Moses, b. Mecklen- 
burg, Va., II Sept., 1763; d. 29 April, 1832, at Wheel- 
ing, Va. 

1. William Shepherd (Thomas^ David"), son of David and 
Rachael (Teague) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., circa 1753; 
killed in the siege of Fort Henry (Wheeling), Va., i Sept., 1777; 
m. Rebecca McCullough, sister of Hugh McCullough, circa 1776. 

Issue : 

6, Elizabeth, b. Wheeling, Va., 1777; was living in 1795. 

2. Elizabeth Shepherd (Thomas^ David-), dau. of David 
and Rachael (Teague) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va.,- circa 
1755 ; d. 1792; m. ist circa 1774, William Mclntire, son of Nicho- 
las Mclntire, formerly of Mecklenburg, Va. ; killed by Indians at 
Limestone, Ky., 1792 ; m. 2d John Lee. Issue of William Mclntire : 

7, David; 8, Eleanor; 9, Sarah; 10, Rachael; 11, Harriet; 12, 

Ruth; 13, Joseph, b. at Triadelphia, Ohio Co., Va., 2 
March, 1779, d. 14 May, 1842; 14, William, b. on Wheel- 
ing Creek, Va., 1773; 15, Thomas Lee. 

3. Ruth Shepherd (Thomas\ David-), dau. of David and 
Rachael (Teague) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., circa 1757; d. 
; m. John Mills, lieutenant, afterward a captain, in the Con- 
tinental Army. He settled, about 1793, at Elm Grove, Forks of 
Wheeling, and was still living in Ohio Co., Va., at the close of 
1833 (see Saffell's Soldiers of the Revolution, p. 551, and History 
of Pan Handle Counties of Virginia). Issue: 

16, Juliet, b. , m. John Feay ; 17, Moses, b. , living in 

Ohio Co., Va., 1879; 18, Lydia, b. , m. Francis 

Melton; 19, David, S., b. ; 20, Elizabeth, b. ; 

21, William, b. ; 22, Sarah, b. 

4. Sarah Shepherd (Thomas^, David-), dau. of David and 
Rachael (Teague) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va. ; d. Uniontown, 
Fayette Co., Pa., 25 October, 1832; 111. ist 1773, Francis Duke, 
son of John Duke, of Berkeley Co., Va., and was killed at the 
seige of Fort Henry (Wheeling, Va.), i Sept., 1777; m. 2d 1780, 
Levi Springer, of Uniontown, Pa., who was b. 4 May, 1744, and 
d. 23/26 March, 1823. Issue by Francis Duke: 

2;^, John, b. 1774/5; 24, Francis, b. 1777; for descendants of 
Nos. 23 and 24 see Duke Genealogy, Part III. 



25, Sarah, b. 9 Dec, 1782; 26, David, b. 3 Jan., 1785; 27, 
Dennis, b. 3 March, 1787; 28, Rachael, b. circa 1789/90; 
29, Job, b. 15 Aug., 1792; 30, EHzabeth, b. 2^ Feb., 1794; 
31, Lydia, b. circa 1798; 32, Hannah, b. 15 Dec, 1801. 

5. Moses Shepherd (Thomas^ David-), son of David and 
Rachael (Teague) Shepherd, b. (sup.) Shepherdstown, Va., Nov., 
1763; d. WheeHng, Ohio Co., Va., 29 April, 1832; in. Lydia 
Boggs, who resided near Redstone Old Fort in 1784. " Lydia 
Boggs became quite famous for her courage in times of danger, 
as well as for her narrow escape from death. During the siege 
at Wheeling she moulded bullets until her arms were blistered, 
and once, when captured by the Indians and carried down the 
Ohio River, she effected her escape by compelling her horse to 
swim the river" (Crumrine's History of Washington Co., Pa., 
p. 674). She was b. 26 Feb., 1766; d. Wheeling, Va., 26 May, 
1867, in her io2d year. She m. ist circa 1785, Moses Shepherd, 
and upon his death, in. 2d a former partner of Mr. Shepherd, 
General Daniel Crugar, a native of New York State. She had 
no issue by either marriage. Col Moses Shepherd was a very 
wealthy and influential resident of Ohio Co., Va., and had much 
prominence in national affairs after the organization of the gov- 
ernment. While yet a boy he served in the Revolution in Capt. 
Lewis Bonnett's company of militia, and as aid to his father, Col. 
David Shepherd, who was the commandant at Fort Henry and 
Lieutenant of Ohio County, Va. He took up large tracts of land 
in the river valleys of western Virginia and also inherited much 
of his father's large estate in the vicinity of Wheeling. In 1798 
he erected upon the site of Fort Shepherd, in the forks of Wheel- 
ing Creek, a handsome colonial mansion which is still standing 
in excellent preservation and known as " Monument Place." 
Moses Shepherd also constructed large sections of the National 
Road, which extends from the city of Cumberland, Md., to St. 
Louis, and through which his fame and fortune was largely aug- 
mented. Many of the famous men of his day were visitors to 
his fine home and he in turn was a notable and familiar figure in 
Washington during sessions of Congress. He is buried at the 
" Old Stone Church," on the hill at Elm Grove, overlooking the 
Forks of Wheeling and the great national highway (see also 
West Virginia Historical Magazine for January and July, 1903). 

7. David McIntire (Thomas\ David-, Elizabeth^), son of 

Major William and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; m. 

; lived on Big Wheeling Creek, near Wheeling, Va. Issue : 

33, David Shepherd ; 34, William ; 35, George, b. ; 36, Silas 

C., b. ; 37, Charlotte, b. , m. Jos. Welsh; 38, 

Elizabeth, b. ; 39, Lydia, b. , m. Calvin Hen- 

dershott; 40, Sarah, b. , m. Jas. M. Dillon; 41, Jane, 

b. , m. Nelson Mallory. 





8. Eleanor McIntire (Thomas^ David-, Elizabeth^), dau. of 
William and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. circa 1777; d. 

; m. Zadoc Springer (probably son of Levi and Sarah (S. 

Duke) Springer). Issue: 

42, Levi, b. ; 43, Job, b. ; 44,Hervey,b. ; 45, Jona- 
than, b. ; 46, Dennis, b. ; 47, Elizabeth, b. , 

m. ElUs Bailey; 48, William S., b. ; 49, Jacob, 

b. ; 50, Ann, b. , w. Noah Morrison; 51, 

Morgan, b. •. 

9. Sarah McIntire (Thomas^ David-, Elizabeth^), dau. of 

William and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; d. ; 

m. ist John Martin; m. 2d George Feay, d. circa 1815 ; m. 3d 
John Seaman. The Feays, who came from the upper Potomac 
region in Virginia, settled on the Wheeling Creek about 1775, 
Joseph Feay living there in 1879 (History of Pan Handle Coun- 
ties of Virginia). Issue: 

52, Joseph Feay; 53, Eliza Feay, m. Moses Creighton; 54, 
George Feay, m. Sarah ; a, Thomas. 

10. Rachael McIntire (Thomas^, David^, Elizabeth^), dau. 

of WilHam and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; d. ; 

m. William McClelland. Issue: 

55, George Dawson, b. . 

11. Harriet McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^), dau. 

of William and EUzabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; d. ; 

m. William Templeton. Issue: 

56, Joseph, b. , m. Ellen ; 57, Samuel, b. ; 58, 

Thomas, b. ; 59, Harriet, b. ,w. Joseph Woods. 

12. Ruth McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^), dau. of 
William and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; d. 

fti. John Collins. Issue 

60, Thomas, b. ; 61, Mary, b. , m. Noble Woodward 

62, Sarah, b. , hl Joseph Lee ; 63, James, b 

64, John, b. ; 65, Elizabeth, b. , m. John Mc- 

Cracken ; 66, Ellen, b. , m. Hillary Austin. 

13. Joseph McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^), son of 
William and EUzabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. at Triadelphia, 
Ohio Co., Va., 2 March, 1779; d. near Reynoldsburg, Fairfield 
Co., Ohio, 14 May, 1842; m. 21 Oct., 1798, Jane, dau. of James 
and Martha (Dickey) Crawford; she was b. at Bridgeport, Conn., 
6 May, 1779, and d. in Ohio, 17 Nov., 1865. She was a sister of 
David and Dr. Isaac Crawford, founders of Crawfordsville, 
Washington Co., Iowa. Joseph McIntire held large land posses- 
sions near Columbus, O., where he lived and raised a large 
family. Issue: 

67, William, b. 29 Dec, 1803, d. 28 Dec, 1886, m. Mary Long- 
shore; 68, Martha, b. 10 April, 1805, m. Nathaniel 
14 193 


Painter; 69, Elizabeth, b. 21 Oct., 1806, m. James Col- 
lins; 70, James, twin, b. 13 Sept., 1809; 71, Sarah, twin, 
b. 13 Sept., 1809; y2, David, b. 11 Aug., 181 1, d. 9 Jan., 
1891, m. Margaret Sloan; y;^, Margaret, b, 2 Jan., 1813, 
in. Abraham Alorferd; 74, Thomas, b. 25 Dec, 1815, d. 
25 Sept., 1885, ^"- Mary E. Barr; 75, Ruth, b. 6 June, 
1816; 76, Joseph, b. 12 Dec, 1817, ni. Mary Howard, b. 
31 Oct., 1828, d. 29 May, 1901 ; yy, Shepherd, b. 2 
March. 1822, d. inf.; 78, John, b. 16 Jan., 1823, d. 24 
Jan., 1884, m. in Philadelphia, Pa., i April, 1852, Eliza- 
beth Louisa McDonald. 

14. William McIntire (Thomas^ David-, EHzabeth^), son 

of William and Elizabeth (Shepherd) McIntire, b. ; d. ; 

m. . Issue : 

80, Jane, m. George Adams; 81, David; 82, Marjory, m. John 
Terhune ; 83, James ; 84, Dorinda, in. Jas. B. McIntire ; 
85, George; 86, Elizabeth, m. C. Brown; 87, Joseph; 88, 

15. Thomas Lee (Thomas\ David-, EHzabeth^), son of John 

and Elizabeth (Shepherd-Mclntire) Lee, b. ; d. ; m. 

Friend. Issue: 

89, Elizabeth ; 90, William ; 91, Joseph. 

16. Juliet Mills (ThomasS David-, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. 

John and Ruth (Shepherd) Mills, b. ; d. ; in. John 


20. Elizabeth Mills (Thomas^ David-, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. 

John and Ruth (Shepherd) Mills, b. ; d. ; m. Joseph 

Shaw. Issue : 

92, Harriet ; 93, John ; 94, Thomas ; 95, Ruth, m. Alex. Gaston ; 
96, Margaret, m. Joseph Gibbons ; 97, Joanna, m. John 
Rynhart; 98, Eleanor, ;;/. William Stewart; 99, Sarah, 
m. Scott; 100, Elizabeth, in. Hugh Walker. 

21. William Mills (Thomas\ David-, Ruth^), son of Capt. 
John and Ruth (Shepherd) Mills, b. ; d. ; in. . 

Issue : 
loi, William; 102, John; 103, James; 104, Sarah J.; 105, 

Minerva; 106, Cardine; 107, Catharine, b. ; m. John 

Hall Gassoway; 108, Ruth, ju. James Nixon. 

22. Sarah Mills (Thomas\ David-, Ruth^), dau. of Capt. 

John and Ruth (Shepherd) Mills, b. ; d. ; in. George 

McCreary. Issue : 

109, George; no, Jane; iii, Elizabeth; 112, Henry; 113, John. 

25. Sarah Springer (Thomas^ David-, Saralr\), dau. of Levi 
and Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 9/12 Dec, 1782; d. 

; m. 1799-1800, in Uniontown, Pa., William Harbaugh, of 

Pittsburg, who emigrated to New Lisbon, Columbiana Co., O., 



in 1803, a saddler by trade; merchant at New Lisbon, 1809-1819; 
farmer till his decease in 1833. William Harbatigh was the first 
postmaster in Columbiana Co., O. ; one of the justices of the 
peace of that county, and was a Representative in the Ohio Legis- 
lature for several terms. When the State was divided into mili- 
tary districts he was appointed by the Legislature Quartermaster- 
General of the Fourth District. This district was the theater of 
war at the time of Commodore Hull's surrender. Harbaugh sup- 
plied the troops with tents, forage and provisions. It is said that 
he built the first flouring mill in his county and his product was 
sent down the Ohio to New Orleans. Issue : 

114, Lila, b. 7 Dec, 1801, m. DeLorme Brooks, issue ten chil- 
dren; 115, Susan, b. 3 July, 1804, m. David Whitacre, 
issue four children; 116, Jacob, b. 18 Jan., 1806; 117, 
Rachael, b. 16 Nov., 1810, m. Warrick Martin, issue 
seven children; 118, Sarah, b. 13 June, 1812, m. William 
Cocks; 119, Dennis, b. 18 July, 1814, d. unin. 1856; 120, 
Springer, b. 16 March, 1816, m. Roxa. Brooks, dau. of 
Thos. Brooks, of Montpelier, Vt. ; 121, Elizabeth, b. 16 
Nov., 1817, d. 1845; I2i|, William, b. 23 Mar., 1818. 

26. David Springer (Thomas^ David-, Sarah^), son of Levi 

and Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 3 Jan., 1785; d. ; 

m. his cousin, Elizabeth, dau. of Dennis and Ann (Pricket) 
Springer. David removed to the west about 1835, his two eldest 
sons remaining in Pennsylvania. Issue : 

122, Shepherd, b. 21 Sept., 1805, d. 1853; 123, Marshall; 124, 
Isaiah; 125, Nathan; 126, Jacob; 127, Oliver; 128, 
Albert; 129, Lafayette; 130, Rachael; 131, Levi. 

27. Dennis Springer (ThomasS David-, Sarah^), son of Levi 
and Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 3 March, 1787; d. at 
.Uniontown, Pa., i March, 1866; m. 22 March, 1821, Sally Brown- 
field at Winchester, Va. ; she was b. 26 Sept., 1797; d. 17 Jan., 
1871. Issue: 

132, Mary Ann, b. 25 Dec, 1821 ; 133, Ehzabeth B., b. 12 Dec, 
1823 ; 134, Lydia J., b. 4 Feb., 1827, m. Albert J. Rizzer ; 
135, Sarah J., b. 9 July, 1829; 136, Levi B., b. 22 Jan., 
1832; 137, Catharine, b. 28 Dec, 1838, m. P. P. Craig. 

29. Job Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^), son of Levi and 

Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 15 Aug., 1792; d. ; m. 

Mary Lewis, of Fayette Co., Pa. Issue : 

138, Daniel, m. Ella J. Walker; 139, Ewing B.,b. 16 July, 1826; 
140, Ruth A.; 141, EHza; 142, Jacob L., killed while 
serving in Union army. 

30. Elizabeth Springer (Thomas^ David-, Sarah^), dau. of 
Levi and Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 28 Feb., 1794; d. 
15 Oct., 1828; m. William Hibben, of Wilmington, O. Issue: 



143, Anna M., m. John McLean; 144, Sallie M., m. Abraham 
Hiveling; 145, Rebecca ]., m. Franklin Conover; 146, 

WilHam; 147, George E., 711. Patience ; 148, 

Alpheus; 149, David. 

32. Hannah Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^), dau. of 
Levi and Sarah (Shepherd-Duke) Springer, b. 15 Dec, 1801 ; d. 
; m. Wright. Issue: 

150, ]\Iary E., m. Jas. H. Collins, Pittsfield, Mass. 

40. Sarah McIntire (Thomas\ David-, Elizabeth^, David*), 
dau. of David McIntire, b. ; d. ; m. James M. Dillon, 

Issue : 

151, Marie; 152, David; 153, Harriet. 

41. Jane INIcIntire (Thomas^ David-, Elizabeth^, David*), 

dau. of David McIntire and , b. ; d. ; m. 

Nelson Mallory. Issue : 

154, Harriet, w. Wm. McDougal ; 155, Jane Anne, m. Daniel 
Shepherd; 156, Jeanette. 

48. William Springer (ThomasS David-, Elizabeth^ Eleanor*), 

son of Zadoc and Eleanor (McIntire) Springer, b. ; d. 

; m. . Issue : 

157, Zadoc; 158, Ellen J., m. Geo. C. Martin; 159, Virginia. 

49. Jacob Springer (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, Eleanor*), 

son of Zadoc and Eleanor (McIntire) Springer, b. ; d. ; 

m. . Issue : 

160, Job; 161, Caroline. 

50. Ann Springer (Thomas\ David^ Elizabeth^, Eleanor*), 

dau. of Zadoc and Eleanor (McIntire) Springer, b. ; d. ; 

m. Noah Morrison. Issue : 

162, Eliza; 163, William; 164, Ellen; 165, Elizabeth. ^ 

52. Joseph Feay (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, Sarah*), son 
of George and Sarah (McIntire) Feay, b. ; d. ; m. Bar- 
bara King. Issue : 
166, William G. ; 167, Sarah, m. Edwin Roe, 1861/5 ; 168, Annie 
King, in. John S. Creighton ; 169, Alary, d. luun. at Elm 
Grove, Ohio Co., Va. ; 170, Francis. 

54. William (or George) Feay (Thomas^, David'-, EHzabeth^, 

Sarah*), son of George and Sarah (McIntire) Feay, b. ; d. 

; m. Sarah . Issue: 

171, Jennie E., vi. Thomas Gist; 172, Margaretta, m. ist 

Binkham, ;;/. 2d Bennie Feay. 

57. Samuel Templeton (ThomasS David-, Elizabeth^, Har- 
riet*), son of Wilham and Harriet (McIntire) Templeton, b. 
; d. \m. . Issue: 

173, Alice Olivia, m. Middleton. 


REV. 'lilUAlAS Ak IN TIRE, Ph.D. 


59. Harriet Templeton (Thomas\ David-, Elizabeth^, Har- 
riet*), dau. of William and Harriet (Mclntire) Templeton, b. 
; d. ; m. Joseph Woods. Issue: 

174, Olivia. 

67. William McIntire (Thomas^ David% Elizabeth^, Joseph*) , 
son of Joseph and Jane (Crawford) Mclntire, b. 29 Dec, 1803; 
d. 28 Dec., 1886; in. Mary Longshore. Issue: 

a, Susan ; b, Albert ; c, Rosetta. 

70. Elizabeth Crawford McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Eliza- 
beth^, Joseph*), dau. of Joseph and Jane (Crawford) Mclntire, 

b. 21 Oct., 1806; d. ; m. James Collins. Issue: 

174, Mary Jane, m. Jacob Adams; 175, David; 176, Minerva, 
m. E. D. Gonelly; 177, Joseph; 178, Charlotta, m. Asa 
Sanders; 179, Louisa; 180, Robert. 

y2. David McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, Joseph*), 
son of Joseph and Jane (Crawford) Mclntire, b. 11 Aug., 181 1 ; 
d. 9 Jan., 1891 ; m. in Monmouth, 111., 8 May, 1834, Margaret 
Sloan, b. 13 April, 1816; d. 17 April, 1900. Issue: 

a, Samuel, b. 26 May, 1835 ; m. 20 Aug., 1870, Anna Arthur. 

b, Joseph, b. i Sept., 1837; d. 24 Jan., 1885; m. 13 Feb., 1862, 

c, Jane, b. 14 Oct., 1839; m. 22 March, 1861, James Parks, d. 

I Aug., 1899. 

d, George, b. 26 March, 1843; d. 27 April, 1883. 

e, David C, b. 28 June, 1846; m. 25 Oct., 1881, Helen Ingram. 
/, Andrew, b. 17 Feb., 1850; m. 28 Feb., 1873, Ida May Boyce. 
g, Mary, b. Feb. 8, 1853 ; m. 19 Feb., 1870, Robert Newbank, 

d. 24 Jan., 1 89 1. 
hj Esther Lee, b. 6 March, 1856; resides at Monmouth, 111. 
i, Margaret, b. 7 June, 1857; m. 29 April, 1877. 

75. Thomas McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, Joseph*), 
son of Joseph and Jane (Crawford) Mclntire, b. 25 Dec, 1815, 
at Reynoldsburg, O. ; d. in IndianapoHs, Ind., 25 Sept., 1885; m. 
26 Sept., 1843, Mary Elizabeth Barr, dau. of John and Nancy 
(Nelson) Barr, of Columbus, O. She was b. 15 July, 1825, and 
d. 21 June, 1899. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mclntire, Ph.D., was tv;o 
years at Hanover College, Ind. ; graduated from Franklin College, 
New Athens, O., 1840; from Princeton Theological Seminary, 
1842 ; instructor Ohio Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1842-45 ; founder 
and superintendent Tennessee Deaf and Dumb Institute, Knox- 
ville, Tenn., 1845-50; book store in Columbus, O., 1850-52; 
supt. Indiana Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1852-79; supt. Michigan 
Deaf and Dumb Institute, Flint, Mich., 1879-82; founder West- 
ern Pennsylvania Institute for Deaf and Dumb, 1883-85, Wilkins- 
burg. Pa. Issue: 

181, Harriet Newell, b. Barr Homestead, 30 July, 1844. 



182, Alice, b. Knoxville, Tenn., i Dec, 1847; c^- 28 Jan., 1863. 

183, Susan Van DeMan, b. Barr Homestead, 28 Oct., 1850; 

d. 9 March, 1899. 

184, Martha Livingston, b. IndianapoHs, 30 July, 1853; m. 

Charles Martindale, 10 July, 1878. 
■ 185, Frances, b. Indianapolis, Ind., 23 Jan., 1856; w. at Flint, 
Mich., II Jan., 1882, Moses Ross. 

78. John McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^ Joseph*), 

son of Joseph and Jane (Crawford) McIntire, b. 16 Jan., 1823; 

d. 24 Jan., 1884; 111. I April, 1852, at Philadelphia, Pa., Elizabeth 

Louise McDonald. She was born in London, England; came to 

America while an infant. Issue: 

a, Charles Thomas, b. 4 July, 1853, has a Cuban record; b, La 

Salle Vandeman, b. 30 Jan., 1855; c, Wm. Newell, b. 13 

May, 1857; d, Frank Shepherd, b. 7 Dec, 1859, d. 26 

Oct., 1886; e, Harry Ellsworth, b. 7 May, 1862, d. 12 

July, 1863 ; /, Henry, b. 8 Sept., 1863, d. 7 Nov., 1863. 

87. Joseph McIntire (Thomas\ David-, Elizabeth^, William*), 

son of William and McIntire, b. ; d. ; m. 

. Issue: 

186, Eleanor; 187, Matilda; 188, Jane. 

88. Mary McIntire (Thomas\ David-, Elizabeth^ William*), 

dau. of William and , b. ; d. ; m. Roger Duffey. 

Issue : 

189, William A. 

98. Eleanor Shaw (Thomas\ David-, Ruth^, Elizabeth*), dau. 

of Joseph and Elizabeth (Mills) Shaw, b. ; d. ; m. 

William Stewart. Issue: 

190, William; 191, Thomas; 192, Armstrong, b. ; m. 

; issue: a, Nancy; b, Ellen. 

99. Sarah Shaw (Thomas\ David-, Ruth^, EHzabeth*), dau. 

of Joseph and Elizabeth (Mills) Shaw, b. ; d. ; m. 

Scott. Issue : 

193, Harriet. 

100. Elizabeth Shaw Thomas\ David-, Ruth^, Elizabeth*), 

dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth (Mills) Shaw, b. ; d. ; 

m. Hugh Walker. Issue: 

194, John; 195, Emmaline, m. Mayhew; 196, Virginia, 711. 

James Meeks; 197, Cecelia. 

116. Jacob Harbaugh (Thomas\ David-, Sarah^, William*); 
son of William and Sarah (Springer) Harbaugh, b. 18 Jan., 1806, 

at New Lisbon, O. ; d. ; m. 5 July, 1832, Elizabeth Converse. 

Issue : 
198, Porter William, b. 17 July, 1833; 199, M, Josephine, b. 6 
Sept., 1836. 



ii8. Sarah Harbaugh (Thomas\ David-, Sarah^, William*), 
dau. of William and Sarah (Springer) Harbaugh, b. 13 June, 

1812, at New Lisbon, O. ; d. ; m. William Cocks; emigrated 

to Oregon. Issue : 

200, Sarah, in. William Rinehart and removed to Oregon; 201, 
Henry; 202, Caroline, m. Caleb M. Sickler; 203, Annie, 
1)1. Jared S. Hinds; 204, Roxa S. ; 205, Elisha B. 

122. Shepherd Springer (Thomas^ David-, Sarah^, David*), 

son of David and Elizabeth Springer, b. 21 Sept., 1805 ; d. , 

1856; ni. Eliza Clements, of Fayette Co., Pa. She died in 1891. 

Issue : 
206, Athilla, b. 6 Sept., 1828, m. D. Gillespie; 207, Josiah, b. 
29 May, 1830; 208, Isaac, b. 9 Sept., 1833, ^^^- A. Brown; 
209, David, b. 2 Feb., 1835, m. Elizabeth Cruse; 210, 
EHzabeth, b. 29 May, 1837, d. 30 Oct., 1871, m. J. O. 
Todd; 211, John, h. 1840; 212, Sarah E., b. 1843, d. 
1847; 213, Rebecca, b. 1845, d. 1845; 214, Margaret, b. 
1847, ^"- S. Martin; 215, Rebecca-, b. 30 Sept., 1852, d. 

123. Marshall Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, David*), 

son of David and Elizabeth Springer, b. ; d. Birmingham, 

Pa., ; m. Susan Thompson. Issue: 

216, James T. ; 217, John C. ; 218, Charles A.; 219, Rachael; 
220, Hannah F. ; 221, David M. ; 222, William E. ; 
223, Emma G. 

134. Lydia J. Springer (Thomas^, David^, Sarah^, Dennis*), 

dau. of Dennis and Sally (Brownfield) Springer, by 4 Feb., 1821 ; 

d. 21 March, 1865 ; in. Albert J. Rizzer, of Cumberland, Md., 25 

Sept., 1845. He d. 5 Dec, 1869. Issue: 

224, George S., b. 6 July, 1846, m. Emmaline Rice ; 225, Florence 

M., b. 22 Aug., 1847, ^"- Jol'in H. Kunst; 226, Mary F., 

b. 9 Oct., 1849; ^^7' Henry Benj., b. 25 Jan., 1852, m. 

Mary Kelso; 228, Albert A., b. i Nov., 1854. 

137. Catharine Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, Den- 
nis*), dau. of Dennis and Sally (Brownfield) Springer, b. 28 
Dec, 1838; m. 24 Feb., 1864, P. P. Craig. Issue: 

229, Albert R., b. 2, Jan., 1865; 230, Charles H., b. 9 Sept., 
1867; 231, Walter C, b. 3 June, 1869. 

138. Daniel M. Springer (Thomas\ David-, Sarah^, Job*), 

son of Job and Mary (Lewis) Springer, b. ; d. — July, 

1882; in. 23 Sept., 1841, . Issue: 

a, Mary R., b. 8 Jan., 1843 I ^> Thomas W., b. 3 Sept., 1844, 
d. 30 Aug., 1864, in Salisbury Prison; c, John S., b. 
14 March, 1846, d. i June, 1864, in Andersonville 
Prison; d, Elizabeth, b. 15 March, 1848; e, William, b. 



19 Feb., 1850; /, Ruth, b. 6 May, 1852; g, Sarah, b. 
15 Oct., 1854; h, JuHa, b. 7 April, 1857. 

139. EwiNG B. Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, Job*), 

son of Job and Mary (Lewis) Springer, b. ; d. ; m. 

, and settled in Ohio. Issue: 

a, Jacob, b. i May, 1848; h, James L., b. 27 Sept., 1849; ^> 
Mary D., b. 10 July, 185 1 ; d, John W., b. 15 Jan., 1853; 
e, Elva E., b. 19 Oct., 1859. 

181. Harriet Newell McIntire (Thomas^ David-, Eliza- 
beth'', Joseph*, Thomas-^), dau. of Rev. Thomas and Mary E. 
(Barr)" McIntire, b. Columbus, O., 3 July, 1844; m. 16 July, 
1873, Chapin C. Foster, on Indianapolis. He served in the Union 
Army, enlisting 18 May, 1864, in I32d Regiment Indiana Volun- 
teers; mustered out 17 Sept., 1864; was aid-de-camp to General 
Milroy during Morgan's Raid through Indiana. Mrs. Foster is a 
prominent member of the Daughters of The American Revolution 
— National number, 1999; State Regent, 1892-1898; First Honor- 
ary State Regent since 1898. Issue: 

232, Mary McIntire, b. 6 Aug., 1874; d. 13 June, 1905. 

233, Robert Sanford, b. 10 June, 1876; 234, Martha Martin- 

dale, b. 12 Nov., 1880. 

183. Susan Van DeMan McIntire (Thomas^, David-, Eliza- 
beth-', Joseph*, Thomas^), dau. of Rev. Thomas and Mary E. 
(liarr) McIntire, b. Columbus, O., 28 Oct., 1850; d. March 9, 
1899; m. II Sept., 1872, Merrick E. Vinton, of New York 
City, N. Y. Issue: 

235, Thomas M., b. 5 Oct., 1874, at Indianapolis, Ind. ; m. June, 

1902, Mary Tofifrey Wheeler. 

236, Stallo, b. 19 Dec, 1876; 237, Almus, b. 31 July, 1878; 

m. 24 Feb., 1904, Anne Mary Hurty. 

238, Merrick, Jr., b. 17 Aug., 1883, in St. Paul, Alinn. ; d. 

7 May, 1907, in San Francisco, Cal. 

192. Armstrong Stewart (Thomas^, David^, Ruth^, Eliza- 
beth*, William^), son of William and Eleanor (Shaw) Stewart, 
b. ; d. ; m. . Issue : 

239, Nancy; 240, Ellen. 

209. David Springer (Thomas^, David^, Sarah^, David*, 
Shepherd^), son of Shepherd and Eliza (Clements) Springer, 
b. 2 Feb., 1835; m. Elizabeth Cruse. Issue: 

241, Eliza, b., 23 Oct., 1858, d. 1858; 242, Sarah(?), 

b. . 

210. T'J.izai'.icth Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, David*, 
Shepherd'"'), dau. of Shepherd and Eliza (Clements) Springer, 
b. 29 May, 1837; d. 30 Oct., 1871 ; m. J. O. Todd, 1855. Issue: 

243, Ross M., b. 15 Dec, 1856; 244, Catharine C, b. 31 March, 





1858; 245, Mary L., b. 24 Aug., i860; 246, John H., 
b. 7 Jan., 1863; 247, Eliza E., b. 26 Nov., 1864; 248, 

Thomas, b. ; 249, John S., b. Sept., 1868; 250, Sally 

G., b. 8 July, 1870. 

214. Margaret Springer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, David*, 
Shepherd^), dau. of Shepherd and Eliza (Clements) Springer, 
b. 1847; d. ; m. 28 Jan., 1868, Lucius Martin, of Union- 
town, Pa. Issue : 

251, Minnie, b. 21 March, 1869; 252, William, b. 21 June, 
1872; 253, Annie E., b. 21 June, 1876. 

224. George S. Rizzer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah'^, Dennis*, 
Lydia J.^), son of Albert S. and Lydia J. (Springer) Rizzer, b. 
6 July, 1846; d. ; m. 19 Feb., 1868, Emmaline Rice, of Cum- 
berland, Md., and settled in Springfield, Ohio. Issue: 

254, Louis R., b. Jan., 1869; 255, Chas. W., b. Sept., 1870; 
256, Lucy A., b. July, 1873. 

225. Florence M. Rizzer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, Dennis*, 
Lydia J.^), dau. of Albert S. and Lydia J. (Springer) Rizzer, 
b. 22 Aug., 1847; ^^^- 2 March, 1871, Louis H. Kunst. Issue: 

257, Sarah L., b. 16 Sept., 1872; 258, George H., b. 16 May, 

227. H. Benjamin Rizzer (Thomas^, David-, Sarah^, Dennis*, 
Lydia J.^), son of Albert S. and Lydia J. (Springer) Rizzer, b. 
25 Jan., 1852; d. ; m. 5 Aug., 1875, Mary Kelso, of Cum- 
berland, Md. Issue : 

259, Lydia F., b. 30 April, 1876. 

232. Mary McIntire Foster (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, 
Joseph*, Thomas^, Harriett M.*^), dau. Chapin C. and Harriet 
N. (McIntire) Foster, b. 6 Aug., 1874; d. 13 June, 1905; m. 
19 April, 1904, at Indianapolis, Ind., Chas. H. Morrison. Issue : 

260, Robert Foster, b. 10 June, 1905. 

233. Robert Sanford Foster (Thomas^, David-, Elizabeth^, 
Joseph*, Thomas^ Harriet M.®), son of Chapin C. and Harriet 
'N. (McIntire) Foster, b. 10 June, 1876; m. 10 Oct., 1896, Edith 
Lucille Gray dau. of Rev. W. H. and Elsie (McFairn) Jeffries, 
of Indianapolis. Mr. Jeffries d. 22 Dec, 1894. Issue: 

261, Mary Edith, b. 31 July, 1907. 


II. Sarah Shepherd (Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., circa 1736; 
d. Shepherdstown, Va., 18 Oct., 1780; m. circa 1751-2, Thomas 
Thornburgh, who d. at Shepherdstown, 1789. His will is re- 



corded at Martinsburg, W. Va. (Bk. 2, p. 44) ; dated 30 July, 
1787; probated 21 Oct., 1789, and his wife is not mentioned 
therein ; children recited : 

I, Thomas, b. 1752 (only one mentioned in his grandfather, 
Thomas Shepherd's will); 2, John; 3, Hezekiah ; 4, 
Josiah; 5, William; 6, Azariah ; 7, Mercy; 8, Sarah 
(will probated at Martinsburg, Va., 1795). 

1. Thomas Thornburg (Thomas\ Sarah-), son of Thomas 
and Sarah Thornburgh, b. — Sept., 1752; d. 10 May, 1793, and 
is buried in the Shepherd family burying-ground at Shepherds- 
town, W. Va. ; m. 1772. Issue: 

9, Thomas, b. 1773; 10, John, mentioned in his grandfather's 
(Thomas Thornburgh) will, 1789; 11, Ephraim; 12, 

2. John Thornburgh (ThomasS Sarah-), son of Thomas and 

Sarah (Shepherd) Thornburgh, b. circa 1755; d. ; ;/;. 

. He is mentioned in the settlement of the estate of Thomas 

Shepherd, Jr., 1793, and in old Shepherd papers, 1793-98; 
trustee of Shepherdstown, 1796. Issue: 

13, Thomas, b. ; m. Margaret Millar. 

3. Hezekiah Thornburgh (Thomas\ Sarah^), son of Thomas 

and Sarah (Shepherd) Thornburgh, b. ; d. ; m. 

-. (History Pan Handle Counties of Virginia.) He is men- 

tioned as one of two brothers who emigrated from the vicinity 
of Shepherdstown, Va., and settled about the forks of Wheeling 
Creek, in Ohio Co., Va., where his relatives, the Shepherds and 
the Dukes, were already seated. He was a witness to a deed 
from Col. David Shepherd to the latter's grandson, Francis 
Duke, dated 29 Jan., 1795, and is credited on the old books at 
Shepherdstown as having remitted to Moses Shepherd £85, being 
part of David Shepherd's estate, in 1795. His first wife was a 
niece of Capt. Wm. Crawford, who was so barbarously martyred 
at the stake in Wyandotte Co., O. (Howe's Hist. Coll. of Va., 
p. 117), while on the ill-fated Sandusky Expedition in 1782. 
After which the niece was taken into the family of Col. Shep- 
herd, and upon her marriage to Thornburgh was granted 200 
acres of land in Triadelphia Township, Ohio Co., Va., by Col. 
Shepherd. His second wife is not recalled. Issue: 

14, John; 15, Thomas; 16, David; 17, Moses; 18, Ephraim, 
settled in Iowa; 19, Sarah, m. Wm. Martin, no issue. 

6. AzARiATi Thornburgh (Thomas^, Sarah^), son of Thomas 

and Sarah (Shepherd) Thornburg, b. ; d. ; m. 18 Aug., 

1793, Drusilla Morgan, by Rev. Moses Hoge, at Shepherdstown, 
Va. (Berkeley Co., Va., M. L.). 



9. Thomas Thornburgh (Thomas^ Sarah-, Thomas^), son 

of Thomas and Thornburgh b. 13 July, 1773; d. 4 Nov., 

1861, married three times: 

Married ist, Dec, 1813, Barbara Byers, b. 8 Dec, 1795; d. 
5 July, 1828. Issue: 

21, Sarah Ellen, b. Oct., 1814, d. 9 Dec, 1818; 22, John Conrad, 
b. 31 Oct., 1816, d. 25 Jan., 1817; 23, Prudence Eliza- 
beth, b. 14 Dec, 1817, d. uiiin.; 24, Solomon, b. 26 
April, 1820; 25, Mary Shepherd, b. 2 July, 1822, d. 
23 Nov., 1857; 26, Rebecca Ripply, b. 17 Oct., 1824; 
27, Samuel Thomas, b. 14 Dec, 1826, d. 19 Oct., 1831. 
Married 2d, 9 Oct., 1828, Maria Barbara Swingle, b. 18 Jan., 
1804, d. 23 Oct., 183 1. Issue: 

28, Jacob Smith, 18 June, 1829, d. 5 Nov., 1831 ; 29, Margaret 

Catharine, b. 2 Feb., 1831. 
Married 3d, 13 Nov., 1832, Maria Myers, b. 25 Feb., 1804; d. 
29 Feb., 1876. Issue: 

30, Isaac Newton, b. 18 Aug., 1833; m. EUatta T. Rockwell, 

of Washington, D. C. 

31, Collins Unseld, b. 16 Jan., 1835 ; m. Nora C. Millar, i860, 

Cabell Co., W. Va. 

32, Wm. Henry, b. 19 Nov., 1836, d. 14 April, 1837; 33, Geo. 
Fouk, b. 19 March, 1838; m. Mary Frances Griffin, Cattletts- 

burg, Ky. 
34, Uriah Millar, b. 12 Nov., 1840; 35, Maria Coe, b. 23 Dec, 

1848; d. 31 Jan., 1856. 
Note: Thomas Thornburgh m. Sarah Ellis 30 May, 1806. 
Thomas Thornburgh ni. Margaret Martin 25 June, 1812. 

13. Thomas Thornburgh (Thomas^, Sarah^, John^), son of 

John and Thornburgh, b. ; d. ; m. 12 Dec, 1837, 

Margaret, dau. of John and Sophia (Clendinin) Millar, of the 
Kanawha Valley. She was b. 25 Nov., 1813; d. 19 Aug., 1859. 
Thomas Thornburgh was a successful farmer and merchant of 
Cabell Co., Va. Beginning in 1857 he represented that County 
in the Virginia Legislature; in 1872 he was a member of the 
Constitutional Convention of West Virginia. He was a Master 
Mason and for forty-six consecutive years was the Secretary 
of Cabell Lodge, No. 13, F. & A. M. Issue: 

36, John (Lieut. C. S. A.), m. Mary Long, of Mason Co., 
W. Va. ; 37, George, m. Nannie Millar; 38, Bayley, m. 
Nettie Samuels ; 39, Elizabeth, in. Dr. A. R. McGuiness ; 
40, Ellen, m. Capt. Will Hovey, U. S. A.; 41, Mary; 
42, Margaret (see W. Va. Hist. Mag., Oct., 1901, p. 2y). 

14. John Thornburgh (Thomas^ Sarah-, Hezekiah^), son 

of Hezekiah and Thornburgh, b. 1796; d. ; m. 

Jane Abernathy. She was b. 1793, d. 1843. John Thornburgh 



settled with his father at the forks of WheeHng Creek and on 
his father's death succeeded to the homestead property and was 
still living, in 1879, one of the oldest inhabitants in that section 
of the country. Issue: 

43, Rachael, m. Jeptha Thornburgh ; 44, Elizabeth, ni. Henry 
Shepherd Thornburgh. 

15. Thomas Thornburgh (Thomas\ Sarah^, Hezekiah^), son 

of Hezekiah and Thornburgh, b. ; d. 1871 ; 111. Ann 

Lunsford, and lived near the Forks of Wheeling. Issue: 

45, Rachael, living 1879 on the Old National Road, Elm Grove, 

tiiim. ; 46, Sarah, m. Millar ; 47, Wm. C. ; 48, a dau, 

in. Waddell. 

16. David Thornburgh (Thomas^ Sarah-, Hezekiah^), son 

of Hezekiah and • Thornburgh, b. ; d. ; m. ist 

Sarah Martin, who was born in Pennsylvania, in 1812. Issue: 

49, Daniel ; 50, Henry Shepherd, m. his cousin Elizabeth Thorn- 
burgh; 51, Jeptha, m. his cousin Rachael T. ; 52, Wil- 
liam; 53, John; 54, Thomas; 55, Martha. 

Married 2d, Rachael, dau. of John Feay, his cousin, and a 
descendant of John Feay, who m. Mary Shepherd, dau. of 
Thomas^ Shepherd. No issue. 

24. Solomon Thornburgh (Thomas^, Sarah-, Thomas^, 
Thomas*), son of Thomas and Barbara (Byers) Thornburgh, 

b. 26 April, 1820; d ; m. Mary Staley (or Stanley), dau. of 

Stephen Staley. They soon afterward removed to Cabell Co., 
Va., and settled at Barboursville. The Thornburgs.were Welsh 
and the Staleys German. Solomon was a farmer and merchant, 
and represented Cabell Co. in the Virginia Legislature. The 
Thornburgs came from Shepherdstown (W. Va. Hist. Mag., 
Oct., 1901, p. 2y). 

43. Rachael Thornburgh (Thomas\ Sarah-, Hezekiah^, 
John*), dau. of John and Jane (Abernathy) Thornburgh, b. 

; d. ; m. her cousin Jeptha Thornburg (son of David 

Thornburgh) . Issue : 

56, Morgan ; 57, Isaac ; 58, Sarah. 

44. Elizabeth Thornburgh (Thomas\ Sarah-, Hezekiah^, 
John*), dau. of John and Jane (Abernathy) Thornburgh, b. 

; d. ; ;;/. her cousin Henry Shepherd Thornburgh (son 

of David). Issue: 

59, Martin. 

48. A daughter of Thomas Thornburgh (Thomas^, Sarah^, 
Hezekiah^, Thomas*), b. ; d. ; ni. Waddell. Issue: 

60, Sarah E. 

52. William Thornburgh (Thomas^, Sarah-, Hezekiah^, 

David*), son of David and Thornburgh, b. ; d. ; 

m. Hattie Bush, of Ohio. 



59. Martin Thornburgh (Thomas^ Sarah^, Hezekiah^, 
John*, Elizabeth^), son of Henry Shepherd and Elizabeth (Thorn- 
burgh) Thornburgh, b. 1865, now Hving at Thornburgh Place, 
Triadelphia, Ohio Co., W. Va. Was formerly associated with 
James Pursell in a grocery business at Elm Grove, established 
by Moses Shepherd in the eighteenth century. 


ni. Elizabeth Shepherd (Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and 

Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., 2 or 

3 Oct., 1738 O. S.; d. 1788; m. 3 May, 1762, William Brown, 

of Mecklenburg, Va., who was b. 13 Sept., 1724 O. S. ; d. 24 

July, 1 80 1. (Probably son of Thomas Brown who d. circa 

1756.) Issue: 

I, John, b. 16 Feb., 1763; 2, Elizabeth, b. 27 Dec, 1764; 3, 

Thos. Abraham, b. 25 Feb., 1767, d. Nov., 1768; 4, 

Mary, b. 15 Sept., 1768; 5, Sarah, b. Sept., 1771, d. 

24 Jan., 1845; 6, William, b. 24 March, 1774, d. 29 

May, 1774; 7, Shepherd, b. 14 April, 1775-6, d. 1817; 

8, George W. (or Barry), b. 22 Oct., 1777, called "Barry 

Washington," living 1801 ; 9, Hannah Matilda, b. 11/22 

Nov., 1781, m. Dr. Evans. 

I. John Brown (Thomas^, Elizabeth-), son of William and 
EHzabeth Shepherd IBrown, b. Mecklenburg, Va., 16 Feb., 1763; 

d. ; m. . According to a note in his father's day 

book, John was living on General Stephens's land in 1786. He 
is again mentioned in his father's books in 1794. His cousin, 
Moses Shepherd, writes, in 1778: " I am on my way to Williams- 
burg with my uncle Abraham." 

4. Mary Brown (Thomas^, Elizabeth^), dau. of William and 

EHzabeth (Shepherd) Brown, b. 15 Sept., 1768; d. 1812; 

m. 6 Feb., 1785, John Grove, a descendant of Hans Groff, some- 
time Baron Von Welden, of Switzerland, who fled to America 
in 1696 and some years later settled in the beautiful Pequea 
Valley in Lancaster Co., Pa. It was his son Jacob who became 
the ancestor of the numerous Grove families of Washington Co., 
Md. (History of Washington Co., Md., and Scharf's Western 
Md., Vol. II., p. 1218). 

John Grove and his wife, Mary Brown, settled in western 
Pennsylvania, and reared a large family, where many of their 
descendants now live. Issue: 

10, Sarah, b. 13 Dec, 1785, m. Lemuel Hall; 11, Jacob, b. 29 
Aug., 1787; 12, Elizabeth, b. 24 Sept., 1789, m. John 

Spark; 13, Catharine, b. 26 Jan., 1791, m. Auld ; 

14, Shepherd, b. 14 March, 1793; 15, John, b. i Feb., 



1795, in. Anna jMcGuilliams ; 16, Parry, b. 2 Feb., 1797, 
m. Mary Sprinkle; 17, Levi, b. 6 Dec, 1798; 18, Han- 
nah M., h. I Dec, 1800; )ii. Elias Parshall ; 19, William 
Brown, b. 12 April, 1802, ///. Nancy Allendar; 20, 
Stephen, b. 15 Feb., i8o-|., ;//. Ann Coldron; 21, Harvey, 
b. 19 Feb.. 1806, HI. Elizabeth Lackey; 22, Mary, b. 
6 Jan., 1808; m. John Ground. 

5. Sarah Brown (Thomas^, Elizabeth-), dau. of William and 

Elizabeth (Shepherd) Brown, b. 6/16 Sept., 1771 ; d. 24 Jan., 

1845; in. 1795, William Eaty (supposed son of Rev. Henry and 

Christina (Lemon) Eaty; he was a soldier in the War of 1812; 

was wounded on Lake George ; died 24 Jan., 1845. He is credited 

on William Brown's store books: Dec, 1800, for wheat delivered; 

and on 26 Feb., 1802, for expenses incurred in proving William 

Brown's will. Issue: 

23, Elizabeth, b. 25 Sept., 1797; 24, Henry, b. 23 Feb., 1800, 

d. 2 Aug., 1832, d. s.p. ; 25, Hannah AL, b. 5 Jan. or 

June, 1803, d. April, 1839; 26, Shepherd B., b. 25 Feb., 

1805, d. 24 Dec, 1835/45, d. s.p. ; 2y, Susannah, b. 20 

Dec, 1807, d. 2 April, 1865 ; 28, Abraham S., b. 5 Jan., 

1811, d. s.p. 

7. Shepherd Brown was a merchant in New Orleans about 
1825. Coming to Baltimore to buy goods he somehow fell out 
of a window and was killed (L. K. Hall, Greensboro, Pa., 1907). 

10. Sarah Grove (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, ]\Iary^), dau. of John 

and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 13 Dec, 1785; d. ; ni. Lemuel 

Hall, of Fayette Co., Pa. Issue : 

29, John, b. circa 1805, d. circa 1827; 30, ]Martha, b. 1807, ;;?. 
Fred. Mestrezett; 31, James S., b. 1809, in. Elizabeth 
Steigner; 32, William, b. 181 1, m. Isabella Graham; 
33, Elizabeth, b. 1814, unm., living 1907, age 93; 34, 
Mary, b. 1817, m. David Jenkins; 35, Matilda, b. 1820, 
in. Jacob Cove; 36, Leroy K., b. 22 Nov., 1824, in. 
Valinda A. Hennen. 

11. Jacob Grove (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, ]\Iary^), son of John 

and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 29 Aug., 1789; d. ; ;;;. 

• Issue : 

27, Rachael, ;;/. Wilson; 38, IMary, in. Kelso, a 

Dunkard preacher; 39, John; 40, Kessia F. ; 41, Hannah 
M., in. Allender. 

12. Elizabeth Grove (ThomasS Elizabeth^, Mar}^^), dau. of 

John and Alary (Brown) Grove, b. 24 Sept., 1789; d. ; m. 

1st John Sparks; m. 2d Thomas Schreyer. Issue: 

42, John Sparks ; 43, Adaline Sparks ; 44, Elizabeth Schreyer, 

in. Rev. Henderson, a Cumberland Presbyterian 



minister , removed to Oregon ; 45, Rebecca Schreyer, 
m. Dr. Miller, removed to Illinois ; 46, Harvey Schreyer, 
m. , left family of girls. 

13. Catharine Grove (Thomas^, Elizabeth^, Mary^), dau. of 

John and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 26 Jan., 1791 ; d. ; m. 

James Auld. Issue: 

47, John; 48, Mary, in. Sprinkle; 49, Adelaide, in. 

Nixon; 50, Elizabeth, in. Parshall; 51, Martha, m. 

Kelso; 52, James; 53, William; 54, David, m. 

Rhoda Jennings ; 55, Hannah Cofifman ; 56, Catharine, 
m. Leidy; 57, Jane, m. Thompson. 

16. Parry Grove (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^), son of John 

and ]\Iary (Brown) Grove, b. 2 Feb., 1797; d. ; m. Mary 

Sprinkle and removed to Ohio. Issue : 

58, Melvina, m. Biery; 59, Elizabeth, in. Bryan; 

60, Sarah; 61, Harvey, in. Bixler; 62, John, m. 


18. Hannah Matilda Grove (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Alary^,), 
dau. of John and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. Masontown, Pa., i 
Sept., 1800; d. at McClellandstown, Pa., 28 April, 1881 ; m. 1817, 
Elias Parshall, Jr., who was b. circa 1796 and d. at McClellands- 
town, Pa., 4 July, 1882. Issue: 
63, Vincent, b. 12 Dec, 1817, d. 25 ]\Iay, 1898; 64, Harvey, 
b. 19 July, 1819, d. 5 June, 1822 ; 65, William Grove, 
b. Sept., 1821, d. 4 July, 1883; 66, Reuben, b. 9 Nov., 
1823, d. 26 April, 1884, unin.; 67, > Emily, b. 25 Sept., 
1825, d. 12 June, 1902 ; 68, Mary, b. 30 Aug., 1827, d. 
10 July, 1906; 69, James M., b. 12 Aug., 1829, d. 11 
Feb., 1903; 70, Maria, b. 7 May, 1831, d. 16 Sept., 1873, 
m. Wm. Porter, no issue; 71, Hamilton, b. 10 Jan., 1833, 
d. 2 Oct., 1833 ; y2, Nelson, b. 23 Feb., 1834, <^- ^ July, 
1834; y^, Elizabeth, b. 9 Alarch, 1836; 74, Caroline, b. 
27 Jan., 1838; 75, Hannah M., b. 2 Feb., 1840, d. 28 
Oct., 1844; 76, Stephen Colvin, b. 13 Feb., 1842, d. 9 
Nov., 1844; 77, Sarah Helen, b. 11 Oct., 1844. in. 4 Jan., 
1882, Melancthon J. Crow, no issue; 78, Louretta, b. 
17 Aug., 1845. 

20. Stephen Grove (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^), son of 

John and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 15 Feb., 1804; d. in. 

Elizabeth Ann Coldron, of German Township, Fayette Co., Pa. 
Stephen Grove was auditor of German Township, in 1842. 
Family moved to Ohio, thence to Indiana. Issue : 

79, Mary; 80, Hannah M. ; 81, Emma; 82, John; 8$, Eleanor; 
84, William; 85, Calvin; 86, Miles. 

21. Harvey Grove (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^), son of John 
and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 19 Feb., 1806, d. ; m. Eliza- 



beth Leckey, dau. of Thomas Leckey, of German Township. 
Harvey was school director from 1857-62; and two terms as- 
sessor, circa 1843. Issue: 
87, Mary Louise, m. Geo. W. Hess ; 88, Hannah M. ; 89, Naomi, 
m. Aaron Moore; 90, Reuben, m. Hettie C. Higgen- 
botham; 91, Rhoda; 92, Ehzabeth, m. ist Wilham 
Jeffreys, 2d Henry Coonley; 93, Mary. 

22. Mary Grove (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^), dau. of John 

and Mary (Brown) Grove, b. 6 Jan., 1808; d. ; m. ist John 

Grund ; m. 2d Immell. The family moved first to Ohio and 

later to Indiana. Issue : 

94, Hannah M. ; 95, Mary ; 96, Jefferson ; 97, George ; 98, James. 

23. Elizabeth Eaty (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Sarah^), dau. of 

William and Sarah (Brown) Eaty, b. 25 Sept., 1797; d. ; m. 

15 Aug., 1816, Peraquin Greenwood, b. 22 July, 1790, son of 
Benjamin and Elizabeth Greenwood, of Shepherdstown, Va. Issue : 

99, Benjamin H., b. 20 Oct., 1819, d. , 1851 ; 100, James 

W., b. 28 Jan., 1821, d. 21 June, 1903; loi, Sally Ann, 

b. 30 April, 1823, d. 21 Jan., 1888, m. Loshorn ; 

102, Sebastian E., b. 10 Aug., 1825, d. i June, 1869; 103, 
Matilda, b. Feb., 1828, d. 13 May, 1889; 104, Shepherd 
MacDonald, b. 13 Nov., 1831, d. s.p. 

25. Hannah Matilda Eaty (ThomasS Elizabeth^ Sarah^), 
dau. William and Sarah (Brown) Eaty, b. 5 June, 1803, d. April, 

1839; m. Gommerd and moved to western Pennsylvania. 

2y. Susannah Eaty (Thomas^, Elizabeth^, Sarah^), dau. of 

William and Sarah (Brown) Eaty, b. 20 Dec, 1807; d. 2 April, 

1865; in. II Dec, 1832, John George Unseld, son of John and 

Mary (Haines) Unseld, of Shepherdstown, Va. Issue: 

105, Henry, b. 9 Oct., 1833; 106, George Montgomery, 

d. in childhood; 107, John George, Jr., b. 17 March, 

1838, living 1904; 108, Benjamin Collins, b. 18 Oct., 

1843; d. . 

36. Leroy K. Hall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Sarah*), son 

of Lemuel and Sarah Grove Hall, b. 22 Nov., 1824; d. ; m. 

3 July, 1851, Valinda A. Hennen, b. 1829. Issue: 

109, E. Grove, b. 26 March, 1853; no, Emma F., b. 8 Nov., 
1854; III, Ella Virginia, b. 14 Nov., 1856; 112, Catha- 
rine Hennen, b. 28 Nov., 1858; 113, Sarah E., b. 23 
Jan., 1865; 114, William Lee, b. — , 1866, d. num., 
resided in Chicago, 111.; 115, Fred A., b. 22 Feb., 1869; 
116, George B., b. 8 Feb., 1871. 

54. David Auld (ThomasS Elizabeth-, Mary^ Catharine*), 

son of James and Catharine (Grove) Auld, b. ; d. 3 April, 

1887; m. 28 Oct., 1 841, Rhoda Jennings, b. ; d. 8 June, 1883. 



117, Porter, b. , d. 19 Dec, 1906, m. and left issue; 118, 

Vincent P., b. , d. 9 June, 185 1 ; 119, Amanda S.; 

120, Hannah M., b. , d. 2 July, 1884. 

63. Vincent Parshall (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 

M.*), son of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall, b. 12 

Dec, 1817; d. 25 May, 1898; in. 23 Feb., 1843, Ann EHza Crow, 

of Berryville, Va. Issue : 

121, Hannah M., b. 14 May, 1844, num.; 122, Laura, b. 10 May, 

1846, m. Silas F. Baughman; 123, Nancy Louise, b. 16 

June, 1847, unm.; 124, Elias Calvin, b. 15 Oct., 1849, d. 

16 Dec, 1901 ; 125, Isaac Hamilton, b. 22 Sept., 1851, 

m. Francis Palmer, 7 Feb., 1878; 126, Mary E., unm.; 

127, James Worthington. 

65. William Grove Parshall (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*), son of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Par- 
shall, b. Sept., 1821 ; d. 4 July, 1883 ; m. April, 1864, Martha A. 
Hawks. Issue : 

128, Wm. Worthington, b. 18 June, 1866, m. 11 June, 1902, 
Ameha Baldwin; 129, Louise P., d. inf.; 130, Delafield, 

d. inf.; 131, Emily, b. 8 Nov., 1875, d. , m. 11 Oct., 

1899, Frank R. Crow; 132, Vesta, d. aged 12 years. 

67. Emily Parshall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Hannah 
M.*), dau. of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall, b. 25 
Sept., 1825 ; d. 12 June, 1902; m. 11 Dec, 1845, John T. Worthing- 
ton. Issue : 

133, Hannah M., b. 1849, ^^- 22 Aug., 1883, George E. Pomeroy, 

Toledo, O. 

68. Mary Parshall (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Hannah 
M.*), dau. of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall, b. 30 
Aug., 1827; d. 10 July, 1906; m. 27 Dec, 1849, Thomas W. 
Lyons, of Uniontown, Pa. Issue : 

134, OHver Grove, b. 18 April, 1851, d. 14 Aug., 1864; 135, 

Ella Caroline, b. 8 Nov., 1854, d. 10 April, 1896; 136, 
Hannah M., b. 12 May, 1861, m. Frank Snider; 137, 

Elizabeth Lee, d. inf.; 138, William John, b. , d. 29 

Oct., 1868, m. Emma Lynn. 

69. James M. Parshall (Thomas\ Elizabeth^, Mary^ Hannah 
M.*), son of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall, b. 22 
Aug., 1829; d. II Feb., 1903; m. 22 Dec, 1865, Mary Higgin- 
botham. Issue : 

I39j William James, b. 22 June, 1867; 140, Robert Vincent, w. 
Annie McCain. 

73. Elizabeth Parshall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*), dau. of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall; b. 9 
March, 1836; m. 9 May, 1861, George Porter, of Uniontown, Pa. 

Issue : 
'5 209 


141, Elizabeth, b. 23 May, 1862; 142, Edward Tiffen, b. 3 
April, 1866, m. Julia McShane; 143, George, m. 28 May, 
1900, ]\Iary Moore. 

74. Caroline PARSHiVLL (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 

M.*), dau. of Elias, Jr.. and Hannah ^I. (Grove) Parshall, b. 27 

Jan., 1838; m. 9 April, 1856, Thomas N. Wiltner, of McKeesport, 

Pa. Issue : 

144, John Seaton, b. 24 Jan., 1857, ni. Cordelia Ramage; 145, 

Reuben Parshall, b. 6 April, 1859, m. Tenona Alle- 

baugh; 146, Florence, b. 15 Dec, 1865; m. Wm. A. 

Applegate; 147, Frank, b. 15 Sept., 1870, ui. Jennie Mc- 

Combs; 148, Wm. Worthington, b. 24 March, 1873, "^• 

Maud Morris; 149, Helen, b. 14 April, 1877, iii. ist 

Samuel Gwynne, 2d William Wirt. 

78. LouRETTA Parshall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*), dau. of Elias, Jr., and Hannah M. (Grove) Parshall, b. 17 
Aug., 1845 ; "'• 14 Nov., 1872, Dr. George W. Neff, of Mason- 
town, Pa. Issue: 
150, Robley P., b. 21 Jan., 1874, d. 6 Aug., 1874; 151, Hannah 

M., b. 12 Feb., 1875, ;;/. 26 June, 1906, Norman Powell; 

152, Mary Anne, b. 5 June, 1877, d. ; m. Wilham 

White; 153, Louretta Parshall, b. 11 Nov., 1879, m. 

Chester Lingle; 154, Elizabeth Porter, b. 21 March, 

1882; in. Harold Stevens. 

87. Mary Louise Grove (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Har- 
vey*), dau. of Harvey and Elizabeth (Leckey) Grove, b. ; d. 

; m. George W. Hess. He was prominently identified with 

stock-raising, mercantile business and banking. At the time of 
his death he was the holder of much valuable real estate and coal 
lands. Issue: 

155, Laura Bell, ?». Monroe M.Hopwood; 156, John Ellsworth, 
111. Lida Jeffries. 

89. Naomi Grove (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Harvey*), 

dau. of Harvey and Elizabeth (Leckey) Grove, b. ; d. ; 

m. Aaron Moore, of Redstone Township, Fayette Co., Pa. He 
was a farmer and stock-breeder. Issue: 

157, Mary, in. George Porter, Jr.; 158, Harry; 159, Charles, 

90. Reuben Grove (ThomasS Elizabeth-, Mary^, Harvey*), 

son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Leckey) Grove, b. ; d. ; 

m. Plettie C. Higginbotham, of Redstone Township, Fayette Co., 
Pa. He was assessor of German Township, Fayette Co., Pa., 
1868. Issue: 

160, William E., m. Martha McShane; 161, Annie, m. Joseph 
Acklin ; 162, Ettie C, in. Frank Jamison; 163, Minnie 
A., ;». Robert ^McLaughlin ; 164, Corena B. ; 165, Reuben 



O., Jr., fii. Maud Vernon; i66, Harvey E. ; 167, Frank 
L. ; 168, Uriah H. ; 169, Bertha. 
92. Elizabeth Grove (Thomas^ EHzabeth-, Mary^, Harvey*), 

dau. of Harvey and EHzabeth (Leckey) Grove, b. ; d. ; 

m. ist William Jefifries, of German Township, Fayette Co., Pa. 
They removed to Dwight, 111. After her first husband's death 
she m. 2d Henry Coonley (no issue). Issue (Jeffries) : 

170, Ettie; 171, Lonnie; 172, William; 173, Norvel, 

100. James W. Greenwood (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Sarah'^, 
Elizabeth*), son of Peraquin and Elizabeth (Eaty) Greenwood, 
b. 28 Jan., 1821 ; d. 22 June, 1903; m. [Betsey Eaty( ?)]. Issue: 
174, James W. ; 175, Shepherd L., m. 1870, Ellen L. Byers, 
resides at Bedington, Va.; 176, Thomas C.; 177, Ben- 
jamin E. ; 178, C. Frank, m. 14 June, 1887, Mary C. 
Trayman; 179, Margaret. 

loi. Sally Ann Greenwood (Thomas^, Elizabeth^, Sarah^, 
Elizabeth*), dau. of Peraquin and Elizabeth (Eaty) 

Greenwood, b. 30 April, 1823; d. 21 Jan., 1888; m. ist Bill- 

myer; 111. 2d Orndorff. Issue: 

180, Thomas Billmyer ; 181, Charles Billmyer; 182, William 
Billmyer; 183, Shepherd Orndorff. 

107. John George Unseld, Jr. (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Sarah^, 
Susannah*), son of John George and Susannah (Eaty) Unseld, 
b. 17 March, 1838; m. 3 Feb., 1881, Emma Jane Ronemous. 

Issue : 

184, George Peterlain, b. 12 Nov., 1881, unm., living at Shep- 

herdstown, W. Va. 

109. Eugene Grove Hall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Sarah*, Leroy K.^), son of Leroy K. and Valinda A. (Hennen) 
Hall, b. 26 March, 1853; m. ist Flora Yeager, 25 Sept., 1879; m. 
2d Kate Springer ; resides at Connellsville, Pa. Issue : 

185, Charles S., cashier Broad Street National Bank, Scottdale, 

Pa. ; 186, Eugene G., Jr. 

no. Emma F. Hall (ThomasS Elizabeth^ Mary^, Sarah*, 
Leroy K.^), dau. of Leroy K. and Valinda A. (Hennen) Hall, 

b. 8 Nov., 1854; d. ; m. 26 Sept., 1875, Samuel Blackburn, 

of Woodstock, 111. Issue : 

187, Ethel; 188, Chester. 

III. Ella Virginia Hall (ThomasS EHzabeth-, Mary^ Sarah*, 
Leroy K.^), dau. of Leroy K. and VaHnda A. (Hennen) Hall, b. 
14 Nov., 1856; in. Wihiam Edgar Moore, Dec, 1880. Resides 
at Fairchance, Fayette Co., Pa. Issue: 

189, A. Harmer Grove, b. ; assistant cashier and director 

Fairchance National Bank; 190, Flora, m. Har- 

stead, of Fairchance, Pa.; 191, Susie, imm., teacher; 
192, Fannie; 193, Bertha; 194, Arthur. 



112. Catharine Hall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Sarah*, 
Leroy K.=*), dau. of Leroy K. and Vahnda A. (Hennen) Hall, b. 
28 Nov., 1858; tn. 14 July, 1881, Rev. Thomas I. Collings, of 
Spokane, Washington. Issue : 

195, Ira V. ; 196, Leroy Collins. 

113. Sarah Elizabeth Hall (Thomas\ Elizabeth^ Mary^, 
Sarah*, Leroy K.^), dau. of Leroy K. and Valinda A. (Hennen) 
Hall, b. 23 Jan., 1865 ; m. ist Frederick A. Hallock, 7 Oct., 1890; 
2d E. W. Mills. Issue: 

197, Florence E. Hallock. 

115. Fred A. Hall (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Sarah*, 
Leroy K.^), son of Leroy K. and Valinda A. (Hennen) Hall, b. 
22 Feb., 1869; m. 14 May, 1891, Ella Sue Palmer. Resides at 
Minneapolis, Minn. Issue : 

198, Gertrude; 199, Helen. 

116. George B. Hall (ThomasS Elizabeth'-, Mary^ Sarah*, 
Leroy K.^), son of Leroy K. and Valinda A. (Hennen) Hall, b. 
8 Feb., 1871 ; m. Ahce Donifer (now deceased), 3 July, 1896. 
Resides at Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, 111. Issue two children : 

200, 201. 

117. Porter Auld (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ Catharine*, 

David^), son of David and Rhoda (Jennings) Auld, b. ; d. 

19 Dec, 1908. Issue : 

202, David; 203, Vincent P.; 204, Arthur. 

119. Amanda S. Auld (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Catha- 
rine*, David^), dau. of David and Rhoda (Jennings) Auld, m. 
Alexander D. Foster. Issue: 

205, Bertie M., w. Ed. P. Junker ; 206, David A., m. Elva Coon ; 
207, Samuel D., m. Charlotta Adams; 208, Edwin A., 
125. Isaac Hamilton Parsh all (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Vincent^), son of Vincent and Ann E. (Crow) Par- 
shall, b. 22 Sept., 1851 ; m. 7 Feb., 1878, Frances Palmer. Issue: 
209, Ralph; 210, Vernon; 211, Leo; 212, Mabel; 213, Blanche; 
214, Raymond. 

128. William Worthington Parshall (Thomas^, Eliza- 
beth-, Mary^ Hannah M.*, William G.^), son of William Grove 
and Martha A. (Hawke) Parshall, of Uniontown, Pa., b. 18 
June, 1866; m. 11 June, 1902, AmeHa Baldwin. Issue: 

215, William; 216, Louisa. 

131. Emily Parshall (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*, William G.''), dau. of William Grove atid Martha A. (Hawks) 
Parshall, b. 8 Nov., 1875 ; w. 11 Oct., 1899, Frank R. Crow. Issue : 

217, Martha; 218, Francis. 



135. Ella Caroline Lyons (ThomasS Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Mary^). dau of Thos. W. and Mary (Parshall) 
Lyons, b. 8 Nov., 1854; d. 10 April, 1896; m. 25 Dec, 1878, 
Daniel P. Morgan. Issue : 

219, Alice, b. 28 Oct., 1879, m. E. S. Browne; 220, Etta, b. 23 
July, 1881 ; 221, Howard W., b. 16 July, 1883; 222, 
Thos. W., Jr., b. 25 Aug., 1885; 223, Daniel S., b. 10 
June, 1900; 224, George Neff, b. 29 March, 1896. 

136. Hannah Matilda Lyons (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Mary^), dau. of Thomas W. and Mary (Parshall) 
Lyons, b. 12 May, 1861 ; d. ; m. 3 Sept., 1890, Frank Snider. 

Issue : 
225, Joseph L., b. 25 Aug., 1894; 226, Mary L., 227, Marguerite , 
L., twins, b. 20 Dec, 1895 ; 228, Thomas W., b. 13 June, 
1897; d. 24 July, 1898; 229, Frank L., b. 30 Aug., 1898. 

138. William John Lyons (Thomas^ Elizabeth^, Mary^, 
Hannah M^, Mary'), son of Thos. W. and Mary (Parshall) 

Lyons, b. 29 Oct., 1868; b. ; d. ; w. 11 July, 1895, Emma 

Lynn. Issue : 

230, infant; 231, Mary, b. 21 June, 1897; 232, Etta, b. 27 Oct., 
1898; 233, Gertrude, b. 16 May, 1900; 234, Hannah, b. 
27 Aug., 1902; 235, Thomas, b. 9 July, 1904; 236, James 
Lynn, b. 8 July, 1906. 

139. William J>m:es Parshall (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Jgjffes M.^), son of James M. and Mary (Higgin- 
botham) Parghall, b. 22 June, 1867; d. ; m. , Union- 
town, Pa. / Issue: 

237, Jamefe M. ; 238, Mary ; 239, Cox. 

140. Robert Vincent Parshall (Thomas^, Elizabeth2,Mary^, 
Hannah M.^, James M.^), son of James M. and Mary (Higgin- 

botham) Parshall; b. ; d. ; m. 21 March, 1898, Carrie 

McCain. Issue: 

240, Robert; 241, a dau. 

141. Elizabeth Porter (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.'*, Elizabeth^), dau. of George and Elizabeth (Parshall) Porter, 
b. 23 May, 1862; d. ; m. June, 1888, . Issue: 

242, Geo. Ewing Porter, b. 9 March, 1889; 243, Mildred Eliza- 
beth, b. 9 March, 1891 ; 244, Sara Constance, b. 2;^ Feb.. 
1893 > ^45' Mary Caroline, b. 26 March, 1897; 246, Alice 
Trevor, b. April, 1899; 247, Cecil William. 

142. Edward Tiffin Porter (Thomas^, Elizabeth^, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Elizabeth''), son of George and Elizabeth (Parshall) 

Porter, b. 3 April, 1866; d. ; m. 21 March, 1894, Julia 

McShane. Issue : 

248, George, b. 2 Feb., 1896; 249, Edward Tififin, Jr., b. Jan., 



144. John Seaton Wiltner (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Caroline^), son of Thomas N. and CaroHne (Par- 
shall) Wiltner, b. 24 Jan., 1857; d. ; m. 9 April, 1878, Cor- 
delia Ramage. Issue : 

250, Helen; 251, Wayne; 252, George, deceased. 

145. Reuben Parshall Wiltner (Thomas^ Elizabeth", Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Caroline^), son of Thomas N. and Caroline (Par- 
shall) Wiltner, b. 6 April, 1859; d. ; m. Terrona Allebaugh. 

Issue : 
253, Louretta; 254, George ;-255, Caroline. 

146. Florence Wiltner (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary=^, Hannah 
M.*, Caroline^), dau. of Thos. N. and Caroline (Parshall) Wilt- 
ner, b. 15 Dec, 1865 ; d. ; m. 1893, William A. Applegate, of 

McKeesport, Pa. Issue : 

256, Corrine ; 257, Florence ; 258, Caroline ; 259, William. 

147. Frank Wiltner (ThomasS Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*, Caroline^), son of Thos. N. and Caroline (Parshall) Wilt- 
ner, b. 15 Sept., 1870; d. ; m. 18 Sept., 1895, Jennie McCombs. 

260, Guy Carlton; 261, Ernest Rupert; 262, Clifford; 263, 264, 

148. William Worthington Wiltner (Thomas^ Elizabeth^, 
Mary'*, Hannah M.*, Caroline^), son of Thos. N. and Caroline 

(Parshall) Wiltner, b. 24 March, 1873; d. ; m. 6 March, 

1893, Maud Morris. Issue : 

266, Nina Davis ; 267, Edgar Pomeroy ; 268, Harold. 

149. Helen Wiltner (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*, Caroline^), dau. of Thos. N. and Caroline (Parshall) W^ilt- 

ner, b. 14 April, 1877; d. ; m. ist 2 Feb., 1899, Samuel 

Gwynne ; in. 2d William Wirt. Issue : 

269, Marion Wirt; 270. 

152. Mary Ann Neff (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, Hannah 
M.*, Louretta^), dau. of Dr. George W. and Louretta (Parshall) 
Neff, b. 5 June, 1877; d. ; m. William White. Issue: 

271, Mary Harriet. 

153. Louretta Parshall Neff (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^, 
Hannah M.*, Louretta^), dau. of Dr. George W. and Louretta 
(Parshall) Neff, b. 11 Nov., 1879; d. ; m. Chester Lingle. 

Issue : 

272, Louretta ; 273, Gertrude. 

154. Elizabeth Porter Neff (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Mary^ 
Hannah M.*, Louretta^), dau. of Dr. George W. and Louretta 
(Parshall) Neff, b. 21 March, 1882; d. ; m. Harold Stevens. 

Issue : 
274, Elizabeth. 



155. Laura Bell Hess (ThomasS Elizabeth-, Mary^, Harvey*, 
Mary L.^), dau. of George W. and Mary L. (Grove) Hess, b. 

; d. ; m. Monroe Moreland Hopwood, attorney-at-law, 

Uniontown, Pa. Issue: 

276, Harold Ellsworth ; 277, Eleanor Mary. 

156. John Ellsworth Hess (Thomas\ Elizabeth^, Mary^, 
Harvey*, Mary L.^), son of George W. and Mary L. (Grove) 
Hess, b. ; d. ; in. Lida Jeffries. Issue: 

278, Walter M. ; 279, Laura M. ; 280, George W. 

157. Mary Moore (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, Harvey*, 
Naomi^), dau. of Aaron and Naomi (Grove) Moore, of Red- 
stone, Pa., b. ; d. ; in. George Porter, Jr., of Uniontown, 

Pa., electrical mining engineer. 

159. Charles Moore (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, Harvey*, 

Naomi^), son of Aaron and Naomi (Grove) Moore, b. ; d. 

; in. Mary Seaton. Issue: 

281, Wendell. 

160. William E. Grove (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Mary^, Har- 
vey*, Reuben^), son of Reuben and Hettie C. (Higginbotham) 
Grove, b. ; d. ; in. Martha McShane. Issue : 

282, Mary; 283, Grace; 284, Porter; 285, Carl. 

174. James W. Greenwood (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Sarah^, 
Elizabeth*, James W.^), son of James W. and Green- 
wood, b. ; d. ; m. 19 Dec, 1871, Mary Unseld. Issue: 

286, Harry S., b. 14 Nov., 1872 ; 287, Harvey H., b. 30 Dec, 
1876; 288, Clara B., b. 25 April, 1880. 

176. Thomas C. Greenwood (Thomas^ Elizabeth-, Sarah^, 
Elizabeth*, James W.^), son of James W. and Green- 
wood, b. ; d. ; in. Sept. 2, 1884, Catharine Waters; re- 
sides at Roanoke, Va. Issue : 

289, Milford, b. 2 July, 1887, d. 11 Nov., 1894; 290, Anna M., 
b. II July, 1889; 291, Laura, b. 4 March, 1892; 292, H. 
Lawrence, b. 7 Oct., 1896; 293, H. Wellman, b. 4 April, 

177. Benjamin E. Greenwood (Thomas^, Elizabeth-, Sarah^, 
Elizabeth*, James M.^), son of James W. and Green- 
wood, b. ; d. ; m. 23 Dec, 1889, Rosa V. Lumbert; 

living at Portsmouth, Va. Issue: 

294, Lillian M., b. 18 Oct., 1890, d. 15 Aug., 1894; 295, Edna 
L., b. 4 Nov., 1893, d. 28 July, 1894; 296, Raymond R., 
b. 26 July, 1895. 
179. Margaret E. Greenwood (Thomas\ Elizabeth-, Sarah^, 
Elizabeth*, James W.^), dau. of James W. and Green- 
wood, b. ; d. ; in. 27 Sept., 1881, T. B. Miller; lives at 

Roanoke, Va. Issue : 

297, Edward S., b. 2 Jan., 1882. 



219. Alice Lyons Morgan (Thomas^ Elizabeth^, Mary', 
Hannah M.*, Mary^ Ella Caroline"), dau. of Daniel P. and Ella 

Caroline (Lyons) Morgan, b. 28 Oct., 1879; d. ; m. July, 

1898, E. D. Browne. Issue: 

297, Morgan; 298, Louretta. 


IV. William Shepherd, third son of Captain Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, born in Mecklenburg, 1737, 
married Mary Clark (who was probably a daughter of the sister 
of William Clark, schoolmaster at Shepherdstown, 1793). In 
his father's will dated 1776, William is referred to as " being 
abroad," meaning doubtless that he was absent from home with 
the militia then in active duty along the western frontiers of Vir- 
ginia. It was probably to this William Shepherd that a warrant 
was issued, dated Feb. 24, 1776, at Williamsburg to a William 
Shepherd for £3. 13. o. express hire (Am. Hist. Reg., Vol. II., 
p. 858). This probably reveals the cause of his "being abroad" 
and the line of duty upon which he was engaged. Thomas Shep- 
herd bequeathed to his son William a tract of 104 acres of ground 
out of the Fairfax grant of 1751, and three towns lots in the 
town of Mecklenburg, Nos. 83, 84 and 85. The first official 
record referring to William Shepherd is that of his appointment 
as a juryman by the Berkeley County Court, March 17, 1773, and 
also as one of the viewers of a road to be laid out from Robert 
Buckle's to Hall's Mills. I take this to mean a highway from 
the Rattling Springs property on the Potomac above Harper's 
Ferry to the Shenandoah, where Hall's rifle works subsequently 
were located. In the same year he is found in company with 
his uncle, Henry Van Metre (6 April, 1773), in the disputed 
territory of Pennsylvania and Virginia — Westmoreland County. 
Both their names appear upon the court records of that county 
(History of Westmoreland Co., Pa., p. 58). After his father's 
decease he removed to the Indian country, as the western shores 
of the Ohio were then called, and settled among his friends on 
Wheeling Creek, one mile above where his nephew, Moses Shep- 
herd, afterward lived. In the new country he became a surveyor 
and was often engaged in this line of work. Like his brother, 
he was an earnest participant in the military affairs of the border 
and at various periods his name appears on the militia rosters 
of Ohio County. In 1778 he was fined 54 pounds of flour (Shep- 
herd Papers, Vol. IV.. p. 63). In Dec, 1779, his name appears 
as a private on the roll of Col. Benjamin Flower's regiment and 
connected with the department of Military Stores (Pa. Arch., 2d 
Ser., Vol. XV., p. 383), and is rated among the taxables of Ohio 
County, Va., for 1784 (Flistory Pan Handle Counties of West 



Virginia, p. i6i). At some period during the progress of the 
Indian troubles along the Ohio he obtained from, and receipted 
to his brother, Col. David Shepherd, for " Rifle No. 66 and a 
shot bag" (Shepherd Papers). 

In 1787 William Shepherd's name appears upon the muster 
roll of Captain Lewis Bonnett's company of militia, and on Dec. 
226. of that year David Shepherd makes him the assignee for 
1,000 acres of land by virtue of a Pre-emption Warrant No. 
2487 granted to said Shepherd 23 June, 1783, assignee of David 
Duncan, who was assignee of Jacob Van Metre, lands situated 
in Ohio County on waters of Little Wheeling. Two days later, 
24 Dec, 1787, there was granted to William Shepherd 925 acres 
of land, by virtue of an entry on a Pre-emption Certificate No. 
2507, granted Robert Woods for 1,000 acres situate in Ohio 
County, on waters of Wheeling where a small branch falls into 
Wheeling Creek, and corners to lands of John Feay and David 
Shepherd (see Survey Book No. 2, pp. 87 et seq., Wheeling, 
W. Va.). 

In 1779 William Shepherd reappears in Mecklenburg, a fact 
mentioned by his brother Abraham in a letter to another brother. 
Col. David Shepherd; and while there William signed deeds for 
a transfer of some property which was recorded at Martinsburg. 
In 1 79 1 his name again appears on the pay rolls of the militia 
of Ohio County under date of October 21. By indenture dated 
6 Nov., 1794, William Shepherd, of Ohio Co., Va., conveys to 
William Stephenson, also of Ohio County, Va., a tract of 112 
acres situate in Ohio Co., Va., part of a larger tract granted to 
William Shepherd, 2y Oct., 1785. The witnesses thereto were: 
Solomon and Elizabeth Nighswanger and John Clark. William 
Shepherd is a witness to deed of conveyance dated 29 Jan., 1795, 
from David Shepherd to his grandson, Francis Duke, for 42 
acres of land on Short Creek; and on the tax list for 1802 in 
Ohio County this item is found : " Wm. Shepherd Dr. to Flour 
108 lbs. £6. 6. 8." 


IV. William Shepherd, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Van 

Metre) Shepherd, b. sup. Mecklenburg, Va., 1739; d. — , 1824, 

at WheeHng, Ohio Co., Va., aged 87 years; m. Mary Clark (sup. 

dau. of William Clark, of Mecklenburg, Va., schoolmaster). 

This family later (after 1776) removed to Ohio River. Issue: 

I, Thomas; 2, William, b. March 1769 (in Sussex Co., N. J.?), 

d. 4 June, 1833, in Putnam Co., Ind. ; 3, Sarah, d. inf. ; 4, 

Sarah, b. 25 Dec, 1777, d. 23 Oct., 1822; 5, EHzabeth, 

m. Mr. Willitts and lived in Chillicothe Co., O., in 1827 ; 

6, Ruhamah, b. 23 Oct., 1778, d. 23 Nov., 183 1. 



1. Thomas Shepherd (Thomas\ William-), son of William 

and Mary (Clark) Shepherd, b. , d. ; m. . 

They emigrated to Ross Co., O. ; he died in Shepherdstown, Va. 

Issue : 
7, Joseph, b. lo July, 1786, d. 2 Aug., 1858, m. Polly Betz (or 
Bates) ; 8, David, m. Elizabeth Bates, 1802 ; 9, James, m. 
Frances Daily, 1804; 10, John, d. Galliopolis, m. Betsey 
Van Metre; 11, Sarah, m. John Mills; 12, Mary, m. 
James Wiley. 

2. William Shepherd (Thomas^, WilHam^), son of William 
and Mary (Clark) Shepherd, b. (sup.) Sussex Co., N. J., March, 
1769; d. Putnam Co., Ind., 4 June, 1833; m. 15 Oct., 1792, "at 
House of William Shepherd on Patterson's Creek, Va." He 
served in Corps of Artificers, Continental troops of New Jersey, 
as a private, from i April, 1780, to i Aug., 1782, granted pension 
in 1819; m. ist Eleanor Peck, b. 15 May, 1771, d. 29 Aug., 1829 
( ?) ; m. 2d Mary Henthorne. Issue : 

13, Jonathan, b. 12 Oct., 1794; 14 Lewis, b. 27 Dec, 1797; I5» 
Thomas, b. 26 Feb., 1799; 16, Lewis, b. 15 Jan., 1800; 
17, John, b. 18 Oct., 1801, m. 25 Dec, 1832, Harriet 
Bonnet (Wheehng Records) ; 18, David, b. 14 Oct., 
1803; 19, William, 20, Eleanor, twins, b. 11 May, 1806; 

21, Elizabeth, b. 16 Nov., 1812, in. Paul; 22, Mary, 

b. 10 March, 1813; m. Ming; 23, Sarah, b. 15 July, 

1815, m. Newhall; 24, Henry, b. 16 June, 1817 

(see Wheeling Records) ; 25, Eleanor, b. . Among 

those who were pioneers in Wirt Co., Va., he came from 
the South Branch of the Potomac in 1796 ( ?) and set- 
tled where the town of Elizabeth now stands (Lewis' 
History of West Virginia, p. 698). 

From sworn statement of Lewis Cheney, J. P., Clinton Co., 
Ind., 18 Oct., 1850. 

4. Sarah Shepherd (Thomas\ William=^), dau. of WilHam 
and Mary (Clark) Shepherd, b. 25 Dec, 1777; d. 23 Oct., 1822; 
m. Benjamin Mills, of Wheeling, son of Levi and Elizabeth 
(Dunn) Mills, 25 April, 1796. They Hved first at Wheeling, but 
later removed to Morgan Co., Ind., where Benjamin and Sarah 
Mills are buried. In William Brown's account books there is 
this entry: "1789, Aug. 26, Received of Wm. Brown 10 gold 
rings and 10 coverlids for Sally Shepherd a cording to order of 
her father William Shepherd, and I say received of me:" (signed) 
John Eofif. Issue : 

26, Elizabeth, b. 17 Feb., 1797; d. 19 July, 1803. 

27, William, b. 8 March, 1799; d. 20 Oct., 1822 or i832( ?). 

28, Rebecca, b. 3 June, 1801 ; d. 28 March, 1872. 

29, Elizabeth, b. 10 Nov., 1803; d. 17 Oct., 1864 (or 1874?), 

at Waverly, Ind. 



30, Thomas, b. 3 July, 1806; d. 24 Feb., 1887. 

31, Benjamin, b. 25 July, 1809. 

32, Ruhamah, b. i June, 1812; d. 29 Aug., 1865. 

33, Gabriel-Jacob, b. 11 April, 1815; d. 3 Jan., 1856. 

34, Sarah, b. 5 Aug., 1818; d. 30 May, 1894, at Cowley, Kan. 

6. Ruhamah Shepherd (Thomas^ William-), dau. of Wil- 
liam and Mary (Clark) Shepherd, b. 2^ Oct., 1778; d. 23 Nov., 
1831 ; m. 8 Dec, 1795, Jacob Wetzell, who was b. 16 Sept., 1765 ; 
d. 2 July, 1827, who removed from Wheeling, Va., with his 
family 1819; settled near the site of Indianapolis, where six gen- 
erations of his descendants have succeeded to the old homestead. 
Jacob was the son of John and Mary (Bonnet) Wetzell. Issue: 

35, Sabra, b. 22 Feb., 1798, d. 20 Jan., 1822; 36, Cyrus, b. 

I Dec, 1800, d. 16 Dec, 1871 ; 37, Maria, b. 2 July, 
1803, d. 18 Jan., 1843; 38, Eliza, b. i July, 1806; 39, 
Sarah, b. 28 Sept., 1809; 40, Hiram, b. 27 May, 1813, 
d. 20 Dec, 1855 ; 41, Emily, b. 2 May, 1816, d. 4 March, 

7. Joseph Shepherd (Thomas^ William-, Thomas^), son of 

Thomas and Shepherd, b. 10 July, 1796; d. 2 Aug., 

1858; m. 21 April, 1819, Polly Betz (or Bates). Issue: 

42, William ; 43, Amanda ; 44, Ophelia ; 45, Orlando ; 46, James ; 
47, John; 48, Margaret; 49, Joseph. 

8. David Shepherd (Thomas\ William-, Thomas^), son of 

Thomas and Shepherd, b. ; d. ; m. 1803, 

Elizabeth Bates. 

II. Sarah Shepherd (Thomas\ William-, Thomas^), dau. of 

Thomas and Shepherd, b. ; d. ; m. John 

Mills. They removed to Perry Co., O, 1812. Issue: 

50, Thomas; 51, Adaline ; 52, Mary Ann; 53, Rebecca; 54, 
Warner; 55, Emily; 56, Ashford; 57, Sarah. 

15. Thomas Shepherd (Thomas^, William-, William^), son 
of William and Eleanor (Peck) Shepherd, b. 26 Feb., 1799; d. 
at Wheeling, Va. ; m. Elizabeth McHenry, b. 2y March, 1806. 

Issue : 
58, William; 59, Ruhamah; 60, Mary Jane; 61, Francis M. ; 
62, John; 63, James L. ; 64, George W. ; 65, McDonald; 
66, Henry Edward ; 67, Mary ; 68, Sarah. 

16. Lewis Shepherd (Thomas^ William-, William^), son of 

William and Eleanor (Peck) Shepherd, b. 15 Jan., 1800; d. ; 

m. 24 April, 1827, Sarah Fleming, of Indiana. Issue: 

69, Mary J., b. 27 July, 1829; 70, Drusilla, b. 6 Jan., 1831 ; 
71, Melinda, b. 29 Oct., 1833; 72, Emily, b. 14 Jan., 
1836; 73, Martin V., b. 9 July, 1838; 74, Martha, b. 
23 Oct., 1840. 



20. Eleanor Shepherd (Thomas\ William-, William^), dau. 
of William and Eleanor (Peck) Shepherd, b. ii ^lay, 1806 (or 
1809); d. ; ni. James Renforth. Issue: 

75, Mary. 

28. Rebecca Mills (Thomas\ William-, Sarah^), dau. of 
Benjamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. 3 June, 1801 ; d. 28 
March, 1872; m. Levi Rench. Issue: 

76, Sarah, b. 7 Nov., 1822; 77, Otto, b. 14 Jan., 1825; 78, 

Catharine, b. 16 July, 1828; 79, Cassandra, b. 14 Feb., 
1830; 80, Mary Naomi, b. 3 Sept., 1832; 81, Levi, b. 
5 Oct., 1838; 82, Eli K., b. 3 Sept., 1840; 83, Ulysses, b. 
26 Jan., 1844, 

29. Elizabeth Mills (Thomas^ William-, Sarah^), dau. of 
Benjamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. 10 Nov., 1803; d. 17 
Oct., 1864/74, at Waverly, Ind. ; m. 13 April, 1828, her first 
cousin, Cyrus Wetzell. Issue: 

84, Sabra Malvina, b. 16 Jan., 1829, d. 26 Aug., 1830; 85, 
Sarah M., b. 10 Sept., 1831, d. 23 March/Sept., 1886; 
86, Elizabeth Missouri, b. 29 Aug., 1836, d. 29 April, 
1847; 87, Francis Marion, b. 6 Oct., 1839, d. 27 July, 
1899; 88, Gabriel Jacob, b. 4 June, 1843, ^- 24 April, 

30. Thomas Mills (Thomas\ William-, Sarah^), son of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. 3 July, 1806; d. 24 Feb., 
1887; m. Sallie Tull. Issue: 

89, Wm. Shepherd; 90, Milton; 91, Andrew J.; 92, Sarah; 
93, Elizabeth; 94, Thomas. 

31. Benjamin Mills (Thomas\ William-, Sarah^), son of 

Benjamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. 25 July, 1809; d. ; 

m. Dolly Aldrich. Issue : 

95, Benjamin; 96, Sarah. 

32. Run AM AH Mills (Thomas\ William-, Sarah^), dau. of 
Benjamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. i June, 1812; d. 29 
Aug., 1865; ^"- David Howre. Issue: 

97, Thomas; 98, Emmanuel; 99, Benj. Franklin; 100, Sarah; 
loi, Gabriel. 

34. Sarah Mills (Thomas^, William-, Sarah^), dau. of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah (Shepherd) Mills, b. 5 Aug., 1818; d. 30 May, 
1894, at Cowley, Kansas; m. ist A\\a.u McLane; in. 2d John 
Harrow. Issue : 

102, Sarah Jane McLane; 103, John Harrow, b. 12 Jan., 1854; 
104, Annie Harrow, b. 5 March, 1858. 

35. Sabra Wetzell (Thomas\ William^, Ruhamah^), dau. 
of Jacob and Ruhamah (Shepherd) Wetzell, b. 22 Feb., 1798; 
d. 20 Jan., 1822; m. Dr. Charles Newton. Issue: 



105, Amanda, b. 9 Nov., 1819; 106, Sabra, d. 17 Oct., 1822. 

37. Maria Wetzell (Thomas^ William^, Ruhamah^), dau. of 
Jacob and Ruhamah Wetzell, b. 2 July, 1803; d. 18 Jan., 1843; 
m. David Allen. Issue: 

107, Correna; 108, Elena; 109, Thurza. 

38. Eliza Wetzell (Thomas\ William^, Ruhamah^'), dau. of 
Jacob and Ruhamah (Shepherd) Wetzell, b. 11 July, 1806; d. 
; m. James S. Kelley. Issue: 

JIG, Nancy; iii, Amanda; 112, WilHam; 113, Oscar. 

39. Sarah Wetzell (Thomas\ William-, Ruhamah^), dau. of 
Jacob and Ruhamah (Shepherd) Wetzell, b. 28 Sept., 1809; d. 
; m. Thomas Low. Issue: 

114, Caroline; 115, Adaline. 

40. Hiram Wetzell (ThomasS William-, Ruhamah^), son of 
Jacob and Ruhamah (Shepherd) Wetzell, b. 27 May, 1813; d. 
20 Dec, 1855; in. Alzedah Aldrich. Issue: 

116, Cyrus Oscar, b. 11 Feb., 1838; 117, Sabra Shepherd, b. 
9 Nov., 1839; 118, Olive Ruhamah, b. 28 Sept., 1841 ; 
119, Jacob Hiram, b. 16 March, 1847. 

85. Sarah Melvina Wetzell (ThomasS William^, Ru- 
hamah^, Elizabeth*), dau. of Cyrus, Jr., and Elizabeth (Mills) 
Wetzell, b. 10 Sept., 1831; d. 23 Sept., 1886; m. 26 Aug., 1852, 
William Nelson McKenzie, of Glasgow, Scotland. Issue : 

120, Cyrus W., 3d, b. 23 Aug., 1853; 121, Elizabeth J., b. 21 
Feb., 1856; 122, Lewis, Jr., b. 4 Dec, 1858; 123, Wil- 
liam Wilson, b. 28 June, 1861 ; 124, Sarah, b. 21 Feb., 
1864; 125, Wm. Donald, b. 12 Feb., 1869, m. Emma 
Vaders; 126, Kenneth Seaforth, b. 20 Feb., 1874. 

120. Cyrus Wetzell McKenzie (ThomasS William^, Ru- 
hamah^ Elizabeth*, Sarah M.^), son of Wm. N. and Sarah M. 
(Wetzell) McKenzie, b. 23 Aug., 1853; d. ; m. Molly Park. 

Issue : 
127, Kenneth Seaforth; 128, Wm. Nelson; 129, Sarah Mel- 
vina; 130, Doric May. 

121. Elizabeth Jane McKenzie (Thomas\ William^ Ru- 
hamah^ Elizabeth*, Sarah M.^), dau. of Wm. N. and Sarah M. 

(Wetzel) McKenzie, b. 21 Feb., 1856; d. ; m. Horace Hines 

Fletcher, resides at Indianapolis, Ind. Issue: 

131, Elizabeth Malvina, b. 17 June, 1882. 

122. Lewis Wetzell McKenzie (Thomas\ William^ Ru- 
hamah^ Elizabeth*, Sarah M.^), son of Wm. N. and Sarah M. 
(Wetzell) McKenzie; b. 4 Dec, 1858; m. Mary Ann Councilman. 


132, Frank McKenzie. . ' 

221 ~^ 



V. Thomas Shepherd (Thomas^), son of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. circa 1743; d. Shepherdstown, 
Va., 1793; m. 1773, Susannah, dau. of Richard and Sarah 

(Shepherd-Wilhams) Hulse; she afterward m. Brooke; she 

d. at Shepherdstown, Va., 17 Nov., 1839, and is buried in the 
Shepherd burial ground. Issue: 

I, Thomas, b. 3 Nov., 1774, d. 9 Nov., 1832; 2, David; 3, John, 
111. Elizabeth Van Metre; 4, Joseph, m. Mary Bates; 5, 
Sarah, m. James Wiley or Anthony Kearney; 6, Eliza- 
beth, d. II Oct., 1804; 7, James; 8, Mary, m. Francis 

1. Thomas Shepherd (Thomas\ Thomas^), son of Thomas 
and Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. 3 Nov., 1774, d. 9 Nov., 
1832; m. 15 Oct., 1805, at Shepherdstown, Va., Mary Byers 
(probably dau. of Joseph or Conrad Byers, of Shepherdstown, 
Va.). She was b. there 13 Dec, 1779; d. 25 Nov., 1870, at the 
home of her son-in-law, Philip Weber, in Sangamon Co., 111. 

9, Thomas C, b. 28 June, 1806, m. Ella Miller; 10, Henry, b. 
3 Dec, 1807, d. 1850; II, Susan, b. 1809, w. Geo. R. 
Weber, April 25, 1832; 12, Amanda M., b. 8 Nov., 1812, 
m. Philip W. Weber; 13, Mary, b. 31 Oct., 1813, m. S. 
B. Smith, b. Nov. 14, 1833; H, Joseph, b. 11 July, 1816; 
15, John J., b. — 1821, in. ist Susan Pettus. d. s.p., m. 
2d Mrs. Annie Lewis, no issue, live Lincoln, 111.; 16, 
Sarah C, b. 5 July, 1823; 17, James. This family lived 
at Blackford's Ferry, Washington Co., Md., till 1836, 
then removed to Sangamon Co., 111. Administration on 
the estate of his father, Thomas 3d, was granted to 
Thomas C. Shepherd, 27 Feb., 1833, and apcounts were 
filed on 4 March, 1834, and 2 April, 1835 (Wash. Co., 
Md., Lib. C, Fol. 9). 

18, (Henry, named in administrator's account as an heir). 

2. David Shepherd (ThomasS Thomas^), son of Thomas 
and Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. Shepherdstown, Va.; d. 
; m. 1823, Elizabeth Betz (or Bates). 

4. Joseph Shepherd (Thomas\ Thomas^), son of Thomas 
and Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. 10 July, 1786; d. 2 Aug., 
1858; m. 21 April, 1809, Mary (Polly) Bates. Issue: 

19, William; 20, Amanda; 21, Ophelia; 22, Orlando; 23, 

James; 24, John; 25, Margaret, m. Henry Osborn, Oct. 
31, 1832; 26, Joseph. 



6. Elizabeth Shepherd (Thomas\ Thomas-), dau. of 

Thomas and Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. ; d. ii Oct., 

1804; m. circa 1803, Captain John Leland Tabb, son of WilHam 
and Joanna (Tompkins) Tabb, of Gloucester Co., Va., and a 
descendant of Robert Tabb and Ehzabeth Elhott, formerly of 
Gloucester Co., Va. Captain John Leland Tabb served as Lieu- 
tenant in Captain Van Bennett's company of light infantry, 
attached to the 57th regiment (Lieutenant-Colonel Mason's) of 
Virginia militia in War of 1812. He d. 14 July, 1839, and is 
buried, with his wife, in the Episcopal churchyard, at Shepherds- 
town, W. Va. Issue : 

2y, Elizabeth, b. 11 Oct., 1804, d. 14 Oct., 1863, m. 23 Jan., 
1823, Nathaniel Mitchell, of Mitchell's Gardens, Cam- 
bridge, Dorchester Co., Md. 

7. James Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas-), son of Thomas and 

Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. ; d. ; in. ist Julianna 

Catharine . Issue : 

28, Louisa Eleanor, b. 12 July, 1810; 29, Eliza Catharine, b. 
25 Aug., 1817; 30, Mary Henrietta, b. 24 Aug., 1819; 
m. 2d 5 May, 1828, Amelia Humphreville, of Lancaster, 
Pa., b. 21 Dec, 1801 131, Amelia Llenrietta, b. 2 July, 
1829; 32, William Beecher, b. 24 April, 1831, d. 31 
March, 1832; 33, Robert Douglass, b. 21 April, 1833, 
d. 12 May, 1835 ; 34, Edward Clarence, b. 24 July, 1835 ; 
35, Henry Smith Mayer, b. 25 Sept., 1836; 36, Susan 
Randolph, b. 6 Aug., 1838, d. 2;^ Sept., 1872; 37, Ann 
Hammond, b. 7 Aug., 1841, d. 14 Jan., 1868. 

8. Mary Shepherd (ThomasS Thomas-), dau. of Thomas 
and Susannah (Hulse) Shepherd, b. ; d. ; in. . 

9. Thomas C. Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^), son 
of Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 28 June, 1806; d. 

; m. 3 July, 1834, Ella Miller, of Shepherdstown, Va., b. 

24 June, 1813; d. (both living 1876). This family "lived 

at Blackford's Ferry, Washington Co., Md., until after their 
first child was born, then they removed to Illinois, 17 Nov., 1836," 
to a farm six miles south of Springfield which had been pur- 
chased the previous spring. Issue : 

38, Thomas B., b. 28 Sept., 1835, at Blackford's Ferry, Md. ; 
39, John H., b. 2 Feb., 1838 ; 40, William B., b. 6 June, 
1840; 41, Charles M., b. 18 Nov., 1841 ; 42, Mary E., 
b. 5 Jan., 1849. 

10. Henry Shepherd (Thomas^ Thomas^, Thomas^), son of 
Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 3 Dec, 1807; d. in 
Sangamon Co., 111., i860; m. 1833, Mary Peaff, after which date 
they moved to Chillicothe, and to Sangamon Co. in 1838; in 1849 
went to California during the gold excitement. Issue: 



43, Jeanne; 44, Harriett, m. Geo. Metier who d. 1872, and had 
issue one daughter. Mother and daughter live at Peters- 
burgh, Monard Co., 111. 

11. Susan Shepherd (ThomasS Thomas', Thomas^), dau. of 

Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. — 1809; d. ; m. 

I May, 1832, George R. Weber, who was b. in Baltimore, 29 May, 
1808, but removed with his parents to Shepherdstown, W. Va. 
After their marriage Geo. R. Weber and his wife removed to 
New York City, where Mrs. Weber soon died. The widower 
returned to Shepherdstown and later removed to Springfield, 
111., where he was married, 1836, to Catharine Welsh. 

12. Amanda M. Shepherd (Thomas^ Thomas^, Thomas^), 
dau. of Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 8 Nov., 1812; 
d. ; m. 18 June, 1839, Philip W. Weber, who was b. Shep- 
herdstown, Va., 28 Jan., 1812. He went south in 1835, where 
he built a mill, with other parties, at Raymond, Miss. ; sold out 
and came to Springfield, 111., 1837, where he married in 1839. 
He went to California in 1849 ^"^1 returned in 1859 and after- 
ward engaged in farming with his brother, John B. Weber, near 
Pawnee, Sangamon Co., 111. Issue: 

45, John P., b. 19 March, 1840; 46, Mary E., b. — 1842; 47, 

William B., b. 11 March, 1844, d. ; m. i Jan., 1867, 

Henrietta Lough; 48, Amanda, b. 3 March, 1846, tn. 
9 May, 1869, John W. Blakey; 49, Sarah C, m. 12 
Dec, 1867, Balaam M. Brown; 50, Emma S. 

13. Mary Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^), dau, of 

Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 31 Oct., 1813; d. ; 

m. 15 Nov., 1833, ^t Sharpsburg, Md., S. B. Smith, who was b. 
Martinsburg, Va., 10 June, 1810. He was four times sergeant at 
arms — as assistant and as principal — in Illinois Legislature 1850 
to 1854. He and his wife were living three miles south of 
Rochester, Sangamon Co., 111. Issue : 

51, Andrew, b. in Pickway Co., O., 3 Aug., 1837. He is a 
merchant ; married and lives in Boise City, Idaho. 
Andrew Smith was in Berkeley Co., Va., at the begin- 
ning of the Rebellion and voted against the Ordnance 
of Secession. He was forced into the Confederate Army 
by receiving a severe bayonet wound, but refused to 
take the oath of allegiance or perform military duty. 
Some whisky was offered him which he could not be 
induced to drink; it was carelessly left in the way of 
some of their own men, one of whom drank it, not 
knowing that it was poisoned, and he died in two hours. 
Andrew Smith escaped from the Confederates and 
joined the Union Army in Washington, D. C, and after 
a brief term of service was discharged on account of 



physical disability (see History of Sangamon Co., 111.). 

52, William, b. 5 Jan., 1839, in Alleghany City, Pa., m. 5 Sept., 

1866, Lou Ray. 

53, Henry H., b. 10 Oct., 1840, in Pittsburg, Pa., m. 14 Nov., 

1864, Mrs. Lavinia Wakeley. 

54, Joseph H., b. 23 Jan., 1844, in Alleghany City, Pa., m. 

Mary I. Craig. 

55, Thomas C, b. 31 March, 1848, m. Anne Craig. 

56, Amanda L., b. 31 March, 1848, d. 19 Nov., 1869. 

57, Mary P., b. — , 1853, d. 4 Oct., 1869. 

14. Joseph Shepherd (Thomas\ Thomas-, Thomas^), son of 

Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 11 July, 1816; d. ; 

m. 1st 16 March, 1848, Fanny Smith, b. Franklin Co., Pa., 25 
Oct., 1818; d. 19 Feb., 1863; m. 2d Mrs. Lydia (Byers) Haggard. 

Issue first wife : 

52, J. Thomas, b. 18 Jan., 1849; d. ; m. 4 Sept., 1872, 

Amanda Whitecraft, Pawnee, 111. 

53, James H., b. 19 Oct., 1853; d. ; m. 10 Sept., 1874, 

Jessie F. Winchester, b. 3 Oct., 1856, in New Jersey, 
lived near Springfield, 111. 

54, Fanny A., b. , d. 14 Dec, 1869; 55, Salome C. ; 56, 

Joseph F. ; 57, Amanda E. 
Issue second wife : 

58, William C. ; 59, Lydia. 

16. Sarah C. Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas^, Thomas^), dau. 
of Thomas and Mary (Byers) Shepherd, b. 5 July, 1823; d. 

; ni. 1837, Dr. E. C. Williams. Dr. E. Clagget Williams, of 

Martinsburg, Va., son of Dr. Edward O. and Elizabeth Williams, 
was born on what is known as the Swan Pond Place, in Berkeley 
Co., Va., in 1815. His mother was Miss Elizabeth Claggett. 
Dr. E. C. Williams, graduated from Jefferson Medical College, 
Philadelphia, 1839. Issue: 

60, Edward C. ; 61, Louis M„ m. Miss Grey; 62, Thomas S., 
m. Anna Byers, dau. of Wm. Byers; 63, Frank C, 
d. Jan., 1889, m. 1878, Miss Small, of Martinsburg; 
64, Mary Elizabeth, m. Abraham Shepherd ; 65, Rich- 
ard H., d. young, thrown from horse at age of 12 ; 66, 
Richard K. C, b. — , 1848; d. — , 1861 ; 67, Millard, 
F., b. — , 1855, d. — 1877. 

27. Elizabeth Tabb (Thomas^, Thomas^, Elizabeth^), dau. 
of Capt. John L. and Elizabeth (Shepherd) Tabb, b. 11 Oct., 
1804; d. 14 Oct., 1863; m. 23 Jan., 1823, Nathaniel Mitchell, of 
Mitchell's Gardens, Dorchester Co., Md., son of Reuben and 
Ruth (Lee) Mitchell, of Maryland; a Revolutionary patriot. 
Nathaniel Mitchell was a soldier in the War of 1812. The family 
removed to New Lisbon, Ohio. Issue : 

16 225 


68, John L., b. 24 Nov., 1823; d. 11 Dec, 1879; m. Caroline 


69, Charles Henry, b. 18 Aug., 1827, living in California; 70, 

Edward Lee, b. and d. inf.; 71, Virginia Lelia, b. 20 
Oct., 1 83 1, d. 27 May, 1888, m. Col. Chas. Benjamin 
Stephenson, C. S. A., great-grandson of Lieut. Wm. 
Stephenson, of Harper's Ferry. 

^2, Elizabeth Ruth, b. 26 July, 1834; d. 11 Aug., 1885; m. 
Judge Oliver H. P. Shiras. 

y;^, Wm. Kempe, b. 29 Oct., 1836, d. 24 April, 1881 ; 74, Ellen 
Jane, b. 17 March, 1839, lives in California; 75, Ann 
Harriett, b. 15 Dec, 1841, d. 16 March, 1900; 76, James 
Lee, d. s.p. 

31. Amelia Henrietta Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas^, 
James^), dau. of James and Amelia (Humphreville) Shepherd, 

b. 2 July, 1829; d. ; m. 29 March, 1853, James Finley. 


yy, Robert; 78, Rosalind; 79, William Short. 

34. Edward Clarence Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas^, 
James^), son of James and Amelia (Humphreville) Shepherd, 
b. 24 July, 1835; d. 5 Sept., 1907, at Frederick City, Md. ; m. 17 
Aug., 1870, Amelia Shock. Mr. Shepherd was professor of 
mathematics for twenty-five years in Frederick College, and for 
several years past was the efficient tax collector and register of 
the city of Frederick, Md. Issue: 

80, Edward Clarence, b. 24 Jan., 1876, m. , issue, 

E. C. Shepherd 3d; 81, Anna Isabel; 82, Clinton Webb; 
83, George Randolph. 

38. Thomas B. Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas^, Thomas^,. 
Thomas C.^), son of Thomas C. and Ella (Miller) Shepherd, b. at 

Blackford's Ferry, Md., 28 Sept., 1835 ; d. ; m. 26 Oct., 1859, 

Araminda Pyle. Issue: 

84, Thomas A. ; 85, Ann ; 86, Mary E. 

39. John H. Shepherd (Thomas\ Thomas-, Thomas', 
Thomas C.*), son of Thomas C. and Ella (Miller) Shepherd, b. 2- 
Feb., 1838; in. 6 Oct., 1869, Ann Pyle. Issue: 

87, Araminda. 

40. William B. Shepherd (Thomas^ Thomas-, Thomas', 
Thomas C.*), son of Thomas C. and Ella (Miller) Shepherd, b. 6' 
June, 1840; in. 22 Oct., 1867, Elizabeth K. Brown, b. 20 Oct., 
1848, near Wheeling, Ohio Co., Va., living near Woodside, 111. 

Issue : 

88, Alice Virginia. 

41. Charles M. Shepherd (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas', 
Thomas C.*), son of Thomas C. and Ella (Miller) Shepherd, b. 18. 



Nov., 1841; m. II Nov., 1869, Sarah E. Ford. Chas. M. Shep- 
herd enHsted for the Union Army at Springfield, III., 20 July, 
1861, Company B, nth Regiment Missouri Infantry, serving 
three years. Issue : 

89, Charles Raymond, b. 26 Sept., 1875. 

42. Mary E. Shepherd (Thomas^ Thomas^, Thomas^, Thomas 
C.*), dau. of Thomas C. and Ella (Miller) Shepherd, b. 5 Jan., 
1849; d. ; m. Lawson Pyle. Issue: 

90, Mildred. 

47. William B. Weber (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^, 
Amanda M.'*), son of George R. and Amanda M. (Shepherd) 

Weber, b. 11 March, 1844; d. ; m. i Jan., 1867, Henrietta 

Lough. They reside at Pawnee, Sangemon Co., 111. Issue : 

91, Frank; 92, Andrew. 

49. Sarah C. Weber (Thomas^ Thomas^, Thomas^, Amanda 
M.*), dau. of George R. and Amanda M. (Shepherd) Weber, b. 
; d. ; in. 12 Dec., 1867, Balaam N. Brown. Issue: 

93, Ida Belle ; 94, Fanny May. 

52. William Smith (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^, Mary*), 
son of S. B. and Mary (Shepherd) Smith, b. 5 Jan., 1839, in 
Alleghany City, Pa. ; m. 5 Sept., 1866, Lou Ray. Issue three 
daughters, living in Champaign Co., 111. : 

95, Lillian ; 96, Grace ; 97, Jessie. 

53. Henry H. Smith (Thomas\ Thomas-, Thomas^ Mary*), 
son of S. B. and Mary (Shepherd) Smith, b. 10 Oct., 1840, in 
Pittsburg, Pa.; d. ; m. 14 Nov., 1864, Mrs. Lavinia Wake- 
ley, at Three-Mile Creek, Utah. These children live in Box Elder 
Co., Utah : 

98, Mary P. ; 99, Francis A, ; 100, George W. 

54. Joseph H. Smith (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^, Mary*), 
son of S. B. and Mary (Shepherd) Smith, b. 23 Jan., 1844, in 

Alleghany Co., Pa.; d. ; m. 15 Feb., 1872, Mary J. Craig, at 

Springfield, 111. Issue: 

loi, (a child). 

60. Edward B. Williams (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^, Sarah 
C.*), son of Dr. E. Claggett and Sarah C. (Shepherd) Williams, 

b. ; d. ; in. Miss Laura Henshaw, dau. of Levi Henshaw, 

Esq., of Berkeley Co., Va. Issue : 

102, Edith Claggett; 103, Sallie C. ; 104, Levi Edward. 

61. Louis M. Williams (Thomas^ Thomas-, Thomas^, Sarah 
C.*), son of Dr. E. Claggett and Sarah C. (Shepherd) Williams, 

b. ; d. ; in. Miss Grey. He was in Sangemon Co., 111., 

when the Civil War began and enlisted on the first call for men 
in the Seventh Illinois Regiment of Infantry for three months, 



then again in Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry for three years. 
y\gain he enlisted in 1864, as a veteran, and was honorably dis- 
charged at the close of the war. He m. Miss Grey and removed 
to Texas. 

66. Richard Keene Claggett Williams (Thomas^, Thomas^, 
Elizabeth^, Elizabeth*), son of Dr. E. Claggett and Sarah C. 

(Shepherd) WilHams, b. , 1848; d. , 1861 ; m. Mary V. 

Chapline, dau. of Abraham and Ann (Adler) Chapline, of Prince 
George's Co., Md. Issue: 

105, Nannie Claggett, m. Jos. S. Bragonier; 106, Otho, m. 
Florence Rowan Kearney. 

68. John L. Tabb Mitchell (ThomasS Thomas^, Elizabeth', 
Elizabeth*), son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Tabb) Mitchell, b. 
24 Nov., 1823; d. II Dec, 1879; m. CaroHne Smith. Issue: 

107, Catharine; 108, Edward; both live in California. 

71. Virginia Lelia Mitchell (Thomas\ Thomas-, Elizabeth^, 

Elizabeth*), dau. of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Tabb) Mitchell, 

b. 20 Oct., 1831 ; d. 27 May, 1888; m. Colonel Chas. Benjamin 

Stephenson, C.S.A., of Harper's Ferry, Va., great-grandson of 

Lieutenant William Stephenson of the Revolution. Issue : 

109, Ella Isabella; no, South Carolina; in, Edward Lee; 112, 

Charles Tabb; 113, EHzabeth Mitchell; 114, Roberta 

Lee; 115, Andrew Pickens. 

73. William Kempe Mitchell (Thomas^, Thomas-, EHza- 
beth^, EHzabeth*), son of Nathaniel and EHzabeth (Tabb) 
Mitchell, b. 29 Oct., 1836; d. 24 April, 1881 ; m. Mary Harris, a 
niece of Rear-Admiral J. N. Miller, U. S. N., who was the grand- 
son of Mary Tabb and Samuel Hedges. Issue: 

116, WiHiam Kempe, Jr.; 117, Virginia; 118, Alice, m. Louis 

75. Ann Harriet Mitchell (Thomas^, Thomas-, Elizabeth', 
Elizabeth*), dau. of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Tabb) Mitchell, b. 
15 Dec, 1841 ; d. 16 March, 1900; m. Frederick Doolittle. Issue: 

119, Oliver; 120, Carl; 121, Elizabeth; 122, Frances. 

105. Nannie Claggett Williams (Thomas\ Thomas-, Eliza- 
beth', Sarah C.*, Richard K. C.^), dau. of Richard K. C. and 

Mary V. (Chapline) WiUiams, b. ; d. ; in. Joseph S. 

Bragonier. Issue : 

123, Dr. Richard K. C. Bragonier; lives in Shepherdstown. 

106. Otho Williams (Thomas\ Thomas-, Elizabeth', Sarah 
C.*, Richard K. C.^), son of Richard K. C. and Mary V. (Chap- 
line) Williams, b. ; d. ; m. Florence Rowan Kearney, a 

descendant through another branch, from Thomas Shepherd, 
founder of Shepherdstown, Va. Issue: 

124. Nannie Claggett. 



113. Elizabeth Mitchell Stephenson (Thomas^, Thomas^, 
Elizabeth^ Elizabeth*, Virginia L.'*), dau. of Col. Charles B. 

Stephenson and Virginia Lelia Mitchell, b. ; d. ; m. Dr. 

Campbell Caldwell Fite, of Tennessee. Issue: 

125, Frank; 126, Northcote. 


VI. John Shepherd, in 1785, is charged with wheelwright 
material upon old account books at Shepherdstown, Va. 

In 1787 he removes to Ohio County, Va. On 22 Feb., 1802, 
Nathan Shepherd and Mary, his wife, convey to John McConnell 
lands on waters of Buffalo Creek, Ohio Co., Va., lying at a small 
beech drain adjoining lands of Beal Plumer, Joseph Hedges and 
John Shepherd, being 100 acres of a tract granted to Derick 
Hoagland, who conveyed same to John Shepherd, and by said 
Shepherd was conveyed, 6 April, 1795, to Nathan Shepherd 
(Wellsburg, Brooke Co., Va., Deed Bk., No. 2, p. 507). 

From 1802 to 1815, inclusive, his name is found upon the list 
of taxables in Brooke Co., Va., for land situate on Buffalo Creek, 
96 acres ; and in the latter year his holdings were increased to 376 
acres (Tax Lists Brooke Co., Va., at Wellsburg). 

His name is also found among the list of privates in the West- 
moreland County militia (Pa. Arch., Ser. IV., Vol. V., p. 455). 


VI. John Shepherd (Thomas^), son of Thomas and Elizabeth 
(Van Metre) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., circa 1749; d. at 
Red Oak, O., 31 July, 1812; m. circa 1773, at Mecklenburg, Va., 
Martha Nelson. John Shepherd lived in Shepherdstown, Va., 
till 1787, and from thence removed to Buffalo Creek, and from 
thence to Maysville, Ky. ; remaining there but a short time, he 
removed to Red Oak, O., where he lived at the date of his death. 
He served in Capt. William Cherry's company, 4th Va. Regt. Inf., 
April, 1777, to March, 1778; was a member of a Alasonic Lodge 
at Ripley, O., a Presbyterian in religion and a miller and mill- 
wright by occupation. All his children, except John, the youngest, 
were born in Shepherdstown ; John was born on Buffalo Creek. 


1, Elizabeth, b. 14 Feb., 1774; d. in IlHnois, 17 Feb., 1858; m. 

Andrew Moore. 

2, Abraham, b. 13 Aug., 1776; d. in Illinois, 16 Jan., 1847; ^^ 

Margaret Moore. 

3, Isaac S., b. 13 Sept., 1777; d. Red Oak, O., 19 Feb., 1811. 



4, Mary, b. 19 April, 1779; d. Red Oak, O., 7 June, 1846; m. 

Wm. Dunlap. 

5, Jacob, b. 19 Nov., 1780; d. Red Oak, O., 8 Oct., i868( ?). 

6, Sarah, b. 15 Dec, 1786; d. Red Oak, O., 11 July, 1832; m. 

Wm. Mills. 

7, John, b. 31 Aug., 1788; m. Nancy Baird. 

1. Elizabeth Shepherd (ThomasS John-), dau. of John and 
Martha (Nelson) Shepherd; b. Shepherdstown, Va., 14 Feb., 
1774; d. in Illinois, 17 Feb., 1858; m. Andrew Moore. Issue: 

8, Sarah, m. John Denny; 9, Martha, vi. James McClung; 10, 

Shepherd, m. Margaret Hawthorne; 11, Robert, m. 
Fanny Luper; 12, Andrew, d. at age of 16; 13, John, b. 
18 Feb., 1809, d. 10 May, 1899; 14, Polly; 15, Reggy; 
16, Alexander; 17, Amanda. 

2. Abraham Shepherd (Thomas\ John-), son of John and 
Martha (Nelson) Shepherd, b. Shepherdstown, Va., 13 Aug., 
1776; d. in Illinois, 16 Jan., 1847; ni. ist Margaret Moore, 1799. 
He was a captain of a company in the First Brigade, Second 
Division, Ohio militia, in War of 1812; in service from 2 Sept., 
1812, to 22 Aug., 1813 (Adams Co., O., History). Issue: 

18, William, b. 16 June, 1800; d. Georgetown, O., 1806. 

19, John H., b. 10 Oct., 1801 ; d. 20 April, 1832. 

20, Nancy, b. 18 May, 1803; d. 27 Dec, 1878. 

21, Polly, b. II April, 1805; d. 4 Aug., 1837. 

22, Isaac, b. 14 Jan., 1808; d. 10 Nov., 1836; m. Betsey Poage. 

23, Campbell A., b. 10 March, 1810; d. 6 Nov., 1882. 

24, Amanda, b. 9 Dec, 181 1 ; d. Dec, 1837. 

25, Margaret, b. 21 Dec, 1813; d. 3 Oct., 1820. 

26, Elizabeth, b. 30 April, 1815 ; d. 11 April, 1842; m. Bartemus 


27, Sarah, b. 5 April, 1818; d. 30 Jan., 1838. 

Abraham Shepherd m. 2d 1819, Harriet Kincade. Issue: 

28, Andrew Kincaid, b. 15 Nov., 1820; 29, Martha Ann, b. i 

March, 1823. 

4. Mary Shepherd (Thomas\ John-), dau. of John and 
Martha (Nelson) Shepherd, b. 19 April, 1779; d. 7 June, 1846; 
m. William Dunlap. Issue : 

30, Amanda; 31, James (Rev.), b. 6 Sept., 1804, d. 31 March, 
1883; 32, Milton (Dr.) ; 33, Nancy, b. 25 May, 1809, d. 

19 May, 1846; 34, Alexander (Dr.), b. , d. 16 Feb., 

1894, at Springfield, O. ; 35, Shepherd; 36, Betsey Ann; 
37, William, m. Grace Hopkins. 

5. jAcon Shepherd (Thomas\John2), son Qf John and Martha 
(Nelson) Shepherd, b. 19 Nov., 1780; d. 8 Oct., i868(?) ; m. 3 
June, 1802, Agnes Johnston. Issue: 

38, Smiley, b. 9 March, 1803; d. 4 April, 1882. 



39, Nelson, b. 6 Dec, 1804; d. 22 Oct., 1888. 

40, Johnston, b. 27 Feb., 1807; d. 5 Aug., 1874. 

41, Isaac N. (Rev.), b. 29 May, 1809; d. 3 July, - 

42, Keziah, b. 5 March, 1812; d. 3 Sept., 1873. 

43, Sarah, b. 10 April, 1814; d. 3 March, 1835. 

44, Reazen, b. 3 Aug., 1813; d. 31 Dec, 1893. 

45, Albert, b. 13 Jan., 1819; d. 2 April, 1824. 

46, Harvey, b. 22 April, 1822 ; d. 3 April, 1824. 

47, Nancy A., b. 10 Oct., 1824; d. 31 March, 

6. Sarah Shepherd CThomas^ Tohn-). dai: 

/^piii, 10^4. 

31 March, 1876. 

6. Sarah Shepherd (Thomas\ John-), dau. of John and 
Martha (Nelson) Shepherd, b. 15 Dec, 1786; d. 11 July, 1832; 
i». I June, 1805, William Mills. Issue: 

48, Amasa ; 49, Susannah, in. Thomas Parnell ; 50, Margaret 
Jane, m. Robert Leedom, of Manchester, O. ; 51, Sarah 
May, in. Samuel Moore; 52, John, in. Polly Devoe; 53, 
James, in. Polly Ellis; 54, Willis, m. Hester Bassett; 
55, Shepherd, in. Nancy McDaniels; 56, Campbell, in. 
'Eliza. Jane Glaze. 

7. John Shepherd (Thomas^, John-), son of John and 

Martha (Nelson) Shepherd, b. 31 Aug., 1788; d. ; m. Nancy 

Baird. Issue : 

57, Martha Ann, in. Pearson; 58, Harvey (Dr.), d. 1867, 

at Lawrence, Kan. ; 59, Eliza Jane ; 60, Sarah Amanda, 
m. Darwin Bowen; 61, J. Milton, m. Miss Dale, of Vir- 
ginia; 62, Albert, m. Ann Dale, of Virginia (sister of 
Miss Dale) ; 63, Mary, in. a Methodist minister, of War- 
renburg, Mo.; 64, Worcester; 65, William. 

18. William Shepherd (Thomas^, John-, Abraham^), son of 
Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 16 June, 1800; d. 
, 1806, at Georgetown, O. ; m. Hannah Newkirk. Issue: 

66, Marshall; 67, Marie Antoinette. 

19. John H. Shepherd (Thomas^, John-, Abraham^), son of 
Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 10 Oct., 1801 ; d. 
20 April, 1832; in. Caroline Butt. Issue: 

68, John ; 69, Allen. 

20. Nancy Shepherd (Thomas^, John^, Abraham^), dau. of 
Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd; b. 18 May, 1803; d. 
27 Dec, 1878; in. 1st Robert Coulter. Issue: 

70, Alfred. 

Nancy Shepherd m. 26. Alexander Wishner. ' Issue : 

71, Harriet; 72, Jacob; 73, Adrian. 

21. Polly Shepherd (Thomas^ John^, Abraham^), dau. of 
Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 11 April, 1805; 
d. 4 August, 1837; in. George Southerland. Issue: 

74, Harvey; 75, Elijah. 



22. Isaac Shepherd (ThomasS John^ Abraham^), son of 
Abraham and ^Margaret (Moore) Shepherd; b. 14 June, 1808; d. 
10 Nov., 1836; m. Betsey Poage. 

23. Campbell A. Shepherd (Thomas\ John-, Abraham^), son 
of Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 10 March, 
1810; d. 6 Nov.. 1882; m. Mary Ann Johnston. Issue: 

76, John Horatio, U. S. A., b. 13 May, 1839, d. 27 June, 1872, 
m. Caroline Rose Schutt ; yy, Mary Johnston, b. 21 
]\Iarch, 1841; 78, Margaret Butt, b. 7 May, 1843; d. 6 
March, 1888; 79, Adrian Campbell. 

24. Amanda Shepherd (Thomas\ John-, Abraham^), dau. of 
Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 9 Dec, 181 1; d. 
Dec, 1837; m. Dr. Robinson. Issue: 

80, Adonijah. 

26. Elizabeth Shepherd (ThomasS John-, Abraham^), dau. 
of Abraham and Margaret (Moore) Shepherd, b. 30 April, 1815; 
d. II April, 1842; m. Bartemus Stephenson. 

30. Amanda Dunlap (Thomas^ John^ Mary^), dau. of Wil- 
liam and Mary (Shepherd) Dunlap; w. ist Dr. Henry Foster. 

Issue : 

81, Nancy Ann. 

Amanda Dunlap ;». 2d William McCague, leaving no issue; m. 
3d Rev. Samuel Crother. Issue: 

82, Mary ; 83, Willie. 

31. James Dunlap (Rev.) (Thomas\ John-, Mary^), son of 
William and Mary (Shepherd) Dunlap, b. 6 Sept., 1804; d. 31 
March, 1883; m. Mary Stewart. Issue: 

84, Archibald ; 85, George S., d. 27 Jan., 1885, at Chattanooga, 
Tenn. ; 86, Margaret Mary ; 87, Nettie S. ; 88, Amanda 
S. ; 89, Alice S. ; 90, Chas. James S. 

32. Milton Dunlap, Dr. (Thomas\ John-, Mary^), son of 

William and Mary (Shepherd) Dunlap, b. ; d. ; m. 

Frances Kincaid. Issue : 

91, Mary; 92, Nancy; 93, Matilda; 94, William; 95, Shepherd; 
96, Caroline; 97, Robert (Dr.) ; 98, David; 99, Arthur; 
100, Charles; loi, Fanny; 102, Samuel. 

34. Alexander Dunlap, Dr. (ThomasS John^, Mary^), son 

of William and Mary (Shepherd) Dunlap, b. ; d. 16 Feb., 

1894, at Springfield, O. ; m. Elizabeth Bell. Issue: 

103, Charles ; 104, Shepherd ; 105, Mary Elizabeth. 

38. Smiley Shepherd (Thonlas^ John-, Jacob^), son of Jacob 
and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 9 March, 1803, d. 4 April, 
1882; m. Elizabeth Paul. Smiley served in Indian war, 1832, 
under Capt. Willetts. Issue : 



io6, Augustus, b. 7 Feb., 1830; m. 1863, Ellen B. Shepherd; 
107, Nancy Jane, b. 2 Feb., 1833; d. i Feb., 1852; 108, 
Sarah Ann, b. April, 1835, d. Oct., 1836. 

39. Nelson Shepherd (ThomasS John^, Jacob^), son of Jacob 
and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 6 Dec, 1804; d. 22 Oct., 
1888; m. Mary Baird. Nelson Shepherd, served in Indian war, 
1832, in Capt. Geo. B. Willett's Co., under Col. J. Straun. Issue : 

109, Milton, b. 2 July, 1832, d. 7 April, 1852; no, Cyrus, b. 
20 Dec, 1833, d. 20 Nov., 1864; in, Lyle, b. 21 Jan., 

1835, d. ; in. 3 Feb., 1869, Caroline King; 112, 

Albert, b. 15 Aug., 1840, d. 1900; 113, William; 

114, John B., b. 3 Aug., 1844; 115, James H., b. 22 
Sept., 1846; 116, Austin N., b. 24 Nov., 1848; 117, 
Mary A. 

40. Johnston Shepherd (Thomas^ John-, Jacob^), son of 
Jacob and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 27 Feb., 1807; d. 5 
Aug., 1874; 111. ist 1831, Melinda Livingston. Issue: 

118, William Wiley, b. 24 Oct., 1832, d. ; m. Mary A. 

Moore; 119, Ellison Livingston, b. i April, 1835; d. 

; ni. Priscilla Robinson. 

Johnston Shepherd m. 2d, 1837, Mary Henry. Issue: 

120, Sarah Ann, b. 2 June, 1839, d. 14 Jan., 1896; 121, Henry 

Baring, b. 21 March, 1841 ; 122, Mary Elizabeth, b. 4 

Dec, 1844, d. II Sept., 1878; 123, Margaret Agnes, b. 

19 Sept., 1845. 

41. Isaac N. Shepherd (Rev.) (Thomas^ John-, Jacob^), son 
of Jacob and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 29 May, 1809; d. 
3 July, 18 — ; m. 1839, Hannah Barker. Issue: 

124, Ellen, b. 2 Oct., 1840; 125, Jacob Henry, b. 29 Sept., 1842; 
126, Juhus Buckner, b. 2^ Jan., 1845 ; 127, Edwin Hop- 
kins, b. 12 Aug., 1847; 128, Chas. Melville (Rev.), b. 24 
Feb., 1853; 129, Herbert, b. 8 Jan., 1856. 

42. Keziah Shepherd (TliomasSJohn^Jacob^),dau. of Jacob 
and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 5 March, 1812; d. 3 Sept., 
1873 ; m. Edwin Hopkins. Issue : 

130, Alonzo Albert, b. 17 Nov., 1837; 131, Melinda Shepherd, 
b. 2 June, 1841, d. Feb., 1886; 132, Luther Shanklin, b. 
4 July, 1844, d. 21 Oct., 1865. 

44. Reazon Shepherd (ThomasS John^, Jacob^), son of Jacob 
and Agnes (Johnston) Shepherd, b. 3 Aug., 1816; d. 31 Dec, 
1893; m. 29 Dec, 1852, at Greenfield, O., Sarah Amanda Wilson. 

133, Edwin Arthur, b. 29 Dec, 1853 ; 134, Cora Wilson, b. 20 
April, 1855; 135, Franklin Crothers, b. 14 July, 1858; 
136, Wilson Nelson, b. 9 June, 1861, d. 2 April, 1891. 



76. John Horatio Shepherd (Thomas^, John-, Abraham^, 
Campbell A.*), son of Campbell A. and Mary A. (Johnston) 
Shepherd, b. 13 May, 1839; d. 2."] June, 1872; m. Caroline Rose 
Schutt. Issue: 

137, Edwin Avery, b. . 

85. George S. Dunlap (Tllomas^ John^, Mary^ James*), son 
of James and Mary (Stuart) Dunlap; d. Chattanooga, Tenn., 27 
Jan., 1885; m. Fanny Alexander. Issue: 

138, Jessie; 139, Margaret; 140, Grace. 

87. Nettie S. Dunlap (Thomas\ John^, Mary^ James*), dau. 

of James and Mary (Stuart) Dunlap, b. ; d. ; m. 

Kurtz. Issue: 

141, Carrie, m. Fisher, Springfield, O. ; 142, William; 

143, Harrod. 

106. Augustus Shepherd (Thomas^ John^, Jacob^, Smiley*), 
son of Smiley and Elizabeth (Paul) Shepherd, b. 7 Feb., 1830; 

m. 1863, Ellen B. Shepherd. Issue: 

144, Henry Lawrence, b. 17 Nov., 1863; 145, Jessie, b. 5 June, 
1865; 146, Cyril P., b. 7 Nov., 1876; 147, Ethel Claire, 
b. 31 Jan., 1878; 148, Jennie Bailey, b. 25 Dec, 1879; 
149, Bertha Hanna, b. 16 March, 1865. 

III. Lyle Shepherd (Thomas\ John-, Jacob^, Nelson*), son 
of Nelson and Mary (Baird) Shepherd, b. 21 Jan., 1835; m. 3 
Feb., 1869, Caroline King. Issue : 

150, Alma K. ; 151 Maggie. 

118. William Wiley Shepherd (Thomas\ John^ Jacob^ 
Johnston*), son of Johnston and Melinda (Livingston) Shep- 
herd, b. 24 Oct., 1832; d. ; m. Mary A. Moore. Issue: 

152, L. Vernon, b. 21 March, 1863; 153, Harry Lincoln, b. 
3 April, 1865; 154, Sarah May, b. 2 March, 1868. 

135. Franklin Crothers Shepherd (Thomas\ John-, Jacob^ 
Reazon*), son of Reazon and Sarah A. (Wilson) Shepherd, b. 14 
July, 1858; m. 1891, Nellie McKibben, living at Freeport, 111. 

Issue : 
155, Wilbur Leon, b. 8 Oct., 1895; 156, Cora Jeanette, b. 28 
June, 1897; 157, Elinor AHce, b. 23 Aug., 1892. 


VII. Mary Shepherd (Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and EHza- 
beth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. (sup.) Mecklenburg, Va., circa 
1752; d. Brooke Co., Va., m. ist John Feay, who emigrated to 
the vicinity of Wheeling Creek, circa 1780, and was living on the 
creek in 1787 where his lands adjoined those of his brother's-in- 



law, David and William Shepherd. She m. 2d Samuel Bu- 
chanan. Issue : 
I, John; 2, Thomas; 3, Eliza, m. Moses Creighton; 4, George, 
m. Sarah ; 5, Joseph, m. Barbara King. 

I. John Feay (ThomasS Mary^), son of John and Mary 
(Shepherd) Feay, b. ; d. ; m. . Issue: 

6, Rachael, b. ; d. ; m. Henry Shepherd Thornburg, 

of Elm Grove, Ohio Co., Va. 

4. George Feay (Thomas^ Mary^), son of John and Mary 
(Shepherd) Feay, b. ; d. ; m. Sarah . Issue: 

7, Jennie E., b. ; d. ; m. Thomas Gist; 8, Margaret, 

b. ; d. ; m. ist Beckham, m. 2d Bennie 


5. Joseph Feay (Thomas^, Mary-), son of John and Mary 
(Shepherd) Feay, b. ; d. ; m. Barbara King. Issue: 

9, Sarah, m. 1881, Edwin Roe; 10, Annie King, m. John S. 
Creighton; 11, Mary; 12, Francis. 


VIII. Martha Shepherd (Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. Mecklenburg, Va., 1752; 
d. circa 1825; m. Oct., 1771, George McNabb, of Chester Co., 
Pa., who was b. circa 1746; d. 1/4 May, 1818, on his farm three 
miles southwest of Clairsville, Belmont Co., O. Issue: 

1, Elizabeth, b. 24 July, .1772; d. 15 Nov., 1857; m. 28 Oct., 

1794, Isaac Holmes, b. 29 April, 1764; d. 9 June, 1851. 

2, Mary, b. 28 Feb., 1779; d. 26 Feb., 1858; m. 1795, Samuel 

Holmes, b. 26 March, 1776; d. i Jan., 1856. 

3, John, b. 1780; d. Dec, 185 1; in. 1803, Sarah Parrish, of 


4, Sarah, b. 26 Aug., 1783; d. 5 March, 1862; m. 26 Feb., 1799, 

Joseph Holmes, b. 27 Jan., 1771 ; d. 20 April, 1868. 

5, Susannah, b. 12 Dec, 1789; d. 6 July, 1867; w. 14 Dec, 

1809, Joseph Milnor, b. 31 June, 1786; d. 25 Dec, 1861. 

6, George, Jr., b. 1792; d. Oct., 1868; m. 1821, Polly Hoge, 

of Belmont Co., Ohio, d. Oct., 1868. 

I. Elizabeth McNabb (Thomas^, Martha^), dau. of George 
and Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. 24 July, 1772; d. 15 Nov., 
1857; m. 28 Oct., 1794, Isaac Holmes, b. 29 April, 1764; d. 9 
June, 185 1. Issue: 

7, Martha, b. 1795; d. a widow, 1883; m. ist 1815, Joseph 

Wilson; m. 2d Wm. Leeper. 

8, Clunn, b. 1797, d. unm. 1820; 9, Sarah, b. 1799; d. 1884; 

m. Jacob Millisack, 1822. 



10, iMary, b. 1801 ; cl. 1864; m. 1822, James Price. 

11, Nancy, b. 1803, d. 1805; 12, Susannah, b. 1806, d. 1893, 

ni. 1823, Joseph Masters. 

13, George W., b. 1807; d. 1887; m. 19 Jan., 1837, Mary 


14, Samuel, b. 181 1 ; d. 17 May, 1900; m. 8 Dec, 1841, Emily 

E. Pumphrey. 

15, Elizabeth, b. 1815; d. 1891 ; m. 1837, Samuel Jenkins. 

16, John McNabb, b. 1817; d. 1883; m. ist 1839, Miss Jenkins; 

in. 2d 185 1, Emily Stratton, who d. 190 — . 

2. Mary McNabb (Thomas^ Martha-), dau. of George and 
Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. Mecklenburg, Va., 28 Feb., 1779; 
d. 26 Feb., 1858; m. 1795, Samuel Holmes. Issue: 

17, Nackey, b. 1796; d. May 21, 1839; m. Daniel Huffman. 

18, Elizabeth, b. 1797; m. Joseph Lanning, 

19, Obadiah, b. 1799; d. iinni., 2 April, 1849; captain in the 

IMexican War. 

20, Martha, b. 1802; d. ; in. Samuel Osborn. 

21, Mary, b. 1804; d. 24 Feb., 1843; "^- John Dille. 

22, Huldah, b. 1806; d. 22 Aug., 1837; in. Cephas Dille. 

23, Margaret, b. 1809; d. ; in. Isaac E. Osburn. 

24, Phoebe, b. 181 1 ; d. ; in. James Taylor. 

25, Sarah, b. 1813; d. , 1815; 26, Susannah, b. 1815; d. 

, in. George Tipton; 27, Nancy, b. 1816, d. , m. 

George Roberts ; 28, Charlotte, b. 1819, d. , in. 

Francis Ward, living in 1905; 29, Sally, b. 1821, d. , 

m. William Ashton, living in 1905 ; 30, Rebecca, b. 1823, 
d. , m. Hiram King, living in 1905. 

3. John McNabb (Thomas^, Martha^), son of George and 
Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. Mecklenburg, Va., 4 July, 17S ; 
d. Dec, 185 1 ; m. 10 Nov., 1803, Sarah Parrish, of Maryland, b. 
7 June, 1785, d. after 1831. Issue: 

31, Joseph, b. 4 Dec, 1804; in. 26 July, 1827, Jemima Horton. 

32, Isaac, b. 16 July, 1806; in. Sept., 1831, Mahala Bush. 

33, Ehzabeth, b. 14 Jan., 1808; in. 5 Jan., 1828, George Cox. 

34, Addison, b. 22 Jan., 1810; w. 9May, 1835, Winney Thomas. 

35, George, b. 2y Sept., 181 1 ; d. 28 Sept., 1828. 

36, Martha, b. 21 May, 1813; m. 7 Sept., 1837, John Sharpies. 

37, Sarah Ann, b. 12 Sept., 1815; in. 9 Alarch, 1837, John 


38, Maria, b. 12 Oct., 1817; m. William Thomas. 

39, Mary, b. 19 April, 1820; m. 12 April, 1869, James Copeland. 

40, Susannah, b. i Oct., 1821 ; in. 24 May, 1846, Edward 


41, John, b. 5 March, 1824 ; d. 17 April, 1904 ; in. 1849, Susannah 

Adams, b. 1830, d. 12 Aug., 1896. 

42, Obadiah Holmes, b. 17 May, 1826; d. circa 1892. 



43, Margaret Jane, b. 8 Feb., 1831 ; m. ist Dr. Sheldon; m. 2d 

Wm. A. Oliver was living in 1909 ; 43^, John, b. 5 March, 
1824, d. 190-, m. 1849, a Miss Adams, b. 1830, d. 1896. 

4. Sarah McNabb (Thomas^ Martha-), dau. of George and 
Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. 26 Aug., 1783; d. 5 March, 1862; 
m. 26 Feb., 1799, Joseph Holmes, who with Isaac and Samuel, 
were the sons of Obadiah and Mary (Clunn) Holmes, natives of 
Monmouth Co., N. J. They emigrated in 1763 to Virginia and 
removed later to Chartier's Creek, Strabane Township, Washing- 
ton Co., Pa., where their home lay about 2^ miles from Catfish 
Camp (Washington, Pa.). Joseph Holmes and Sarah McNabb 
were married near St. Clairsville, O., and on the same day they 
proceeded to their new home at Emerson, near Mt. Pleasant, O. 
The place where Joseph Holmes lived, died and was buried from 
is on Buffalo Creek, but in full sight of Beech Bottom and the 
Ohio River at that point. The homestead is seventeen miles 
north-northwest of Wheeling. Issue: 

44, George, b. 24 Oct., 1799; d. 29 June, 1886; m. ist 8 March, 

1822, Hannah Lynn; m. 2d 23 Aug., 1824, Tacy Thom- 
son; m. 3d 7 Jan., 1834, Hannah Mansfield. 

45, Mary, b. 25 April, 1801 ; d. Nov., 1882; m. 22 April, 1829, 

John Glasener, who d. ante 1882. 
46a, Elizabeth, b. 26 Dec, 1803; d. 22 June, 1851 ; m. ist 7 

Jan., 1818, Wm. Dickerson; m. 2d 20 Dec, 1822, Isaac 

Thomas, b. 2 June, 1795, d. 21 May, 1876. 
/\.6b, Cynthia, b. 6 Jan., 1805; d. 26 Nov., 1844; m. 13 Jan., 

1 82 1, John Stiers. 

47, Asa, b. 4 Dec, 1806; d. 3 Jan., 1891 ; m. 2 Feb., 1837, Mary 

McCoy, b. 12 May, 1814, d. 18 March, 1901. 

48, Abraham, b. i Dec, 1808; d. 3 May, 1880; m. ist 10 March, 

1836, Rachael Mansfield, b. 14 Jan., 1814, d. 12 Feb., 
1854; m. 2d 15 May, 1856, Phoebe Ekey; still living. 

49, Martha, b. 8 Jan., 1811 ; d. 9 Sept., 1893 ! '"• I3 Nov., 1830, 

John Webb, b. 5 Feb., 1806, d. 15 Jan., 1893. 

50, Joseph, Jr., b. 12 May, 1815; d. 7 March, 1891 ; m. ist 10 

Feb., 1842, Mary J. Heberling, b. 18 April, 1816; d. 16 
March, 1856; m.2d circa i860, Sarah Moore; still living. 

51, Sarah, b. 27 Aug., 1817; d. ; m. 3 Nov., 1841, James 


52, Susannah, b. 19 Feb., 1820; d. 4 Aug., 1878; m. ist 16 Jan., 

1838, Joseph Webb, who died and was buried at sea 
thirty miles off Acapulco, in May, 1850. He was one 
of the argonauts bound for California. " He was at- 
tacked with fever while crossing the isthmus and suc- 
cumbed as the vessel was going up the coast. He left a 
wife, three nice children, and a fine farm, to go away off 



there on an uncertainty." Susannah, m. 2d, circa 1854. 
Joseph Dunlap. 

53, John, b. 6 Dec, 1821 ; d. 20 July, 1829. 

5. Susannah McNabb (Thomas\ Martha-), dau. of George 
and Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. 12 Dec, 1789; d. 6 July, 
1867; m. 14 Dec, 1809, Joseph Milner, b. 31 June, 1786; d. 25 
Dec, 1 86 1. Issue: 

54, George, b. 14 Dec, 1810; 55, Edward, b. 22 Aug., 1812, d. 

30 Dec, 1831, m. Jane . 

56, Sarah, b. 17 July, 1817; m. 3 Sept., 1857, Aquila Cowgill. 

57, John, b. 3 June, 1816, d. , m. Miss Hoge; 58, Rezin, b. 

16 Jan., 1818, d. ; 59, Isaac, b. 25 Feb., 1820, d. 

, m. Isabella McCullogh; 60, Martha, b. i Nov., 

1821, d. , m. John Lynn. 

61, Jesse, b. 8 Aug., 1823; d. i April, 1895; in. 16 Oct., 1866, 

]\Iary Barry, b. 24 Dec, 1840, d. 2 March, 1899. 

62, Joseph W., b. 14 Oct., 1825, d. nnm.,2 Feb., 1863; 63, Jane, 

b. 15 Feb., 1828, d. , m. Joseph Morton; 64, Asa, b. 

23 Oct., 1831, d. , w/. Jane Hair. 

6. George McNabb, Jr. (Thomas^ Martha-), son of George 
and Martha (Shepherd) McNabb, b. 4 April, 1795; d. 21 Jan., 
1868; m. 6 Dec, 1821, Polly Hoge, of Belmont Co., O. Issue: 

65, Martha, b. 20 Sept., 1822; still living; m. 21 Dec, 1859, 

John E. Davis, b. 8 April, 1825, d. 19 Oct., 1895. 

66, Elizabeth, b. 20 Sept., 1826; d. 31 Jan., 1908; m. 14 April, 

1849, Washington Norris, b. Aug., 1824, d. 19 Dec, 1900. 

67, Isaac, b. 8 Jan., 1829; m. ist, 1854, Deborah Devinney, d. 

Jan., 1887; 1)1. 2d Cassandra Murray. 

68, Hannah, b. 11 July, 1831 ; d. 20 Nov., 1906; m. April, 1876, 

Samuel Haskins, b. in England. 

69, Susannah, b. 18 April, 1838; d. Feb., 1873; m. April, i860, 

Edward Burchfield, d. Oct., 1905. 

70, Solomon Hoge, b. 14 Oct., 1838; d. unm. 7 Sept., 1901. 

71, William, b. 15 Aug., 1840; in. 14 July, 1870, Josephine 


47. Asa Holmes (ThomasS Martha-, Sarah^), son of Joseph 

and Sarah (McNabb) Holmes, b. 4 Dec, 1806; d. 3 Jan., 1891 ; 

m. 2 Feb., 1837, Mary McCoy, b. 12 May, 1814; d. 18 March, 

1901. Issue: 

74, James Taylor ; 75, a dau. ; 76, a dau. ; yy, a dau. ; 78, a son ; 

79, a dau.; 80, a son; 81, a dau.; 82, a son; 83, a son, 

b. 29 Sept., 1856. 

74. James Taylor Holmes (Thomas^ Martha^, Sarah^, Asa*), 
son of Asa and ]\Iary (McCoy) Holmes, who was the daughter 
of Thomas and Hannah McCoy (pioneers from western Penn- 
sylvania, at the close of the War of 1812) ; born in Short Creek 



Township, Harrison Co., O., 25 Nov., 1837; lawyer; residing at 
Columbus, O ; m. 28 Dec, 1871, Lucy Kelley Bates, b. 9 Dec 
1850; dau. of Judge James L. Bates, who, from 1851 to 1866' 
was Judge of the Common Pleas Court in the Fifth Judicial 
District of Ohio; and granddaughter of the Hon. Alfred Kelley 
late of Columbus, widely known and prominent in connection 
with the public works and railroad enterprises of Ohio. James 
i S° u ^' received his elementary education in the public schools 
o±_ his home district which was the only preparation he had re- 
ceived, when, m his seventeenth year, he left the farm and entered 
upon a classical course of study in Franklin College, New Athens 
Uhio. His studies were characterized by zealous and indomitable 
industry; he achieved success as an essayist and debater; and 
received his A.B. in 1859. He tutored six classes at his alma 
mater 1858-59 ; in the latter year, was elected to the presidency 
of Richmond College, in Jefferson Co., O., where he remained 
until he was elected to the chair of mathematics in Iowa Weslevan 
University^ at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, July 1862; A.M. from 
Frankhn College, 1862. 

The_ Civil War being now in progress, the professorship in 
the university was declined to accept a call to a larger and higher 
duty— that of service to his state, in the Union Army. Commis- 
sioned as Second Lieutenant of Ohio Volunteers by Governor 
iod, II Aug., 1862, he recruited, within four days thereafter 
a company of iio men, and upon the organization of the company 
was unanimously elected its captain. On the twenty-second day 
of the same month Company G was mustered into, and made a 
part of the 52d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under the 
command of Colonel Daniel McCook, who was one of the 
famous family of " Fighting McCooks." Upon the 31 of Auc^ust 
following, this regiment entered upon the vigorous campaign 
which marked its career to the end of the war, and participating 
in some of its most important engagements; notably those of 
Chickamauga, 1863, Kenesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta The 
March to the Sea, and Savannah, 1864; and in Averysbori and 
Bentonville on the march from Savannah to Raleigh, in 1865 
At Kenesaw the gallant McCook, commanding the brigade feli 
on the enemy's works. Major Holmes had been promoted prior 
to Chickamagua m which, and at Kenesaw, he commanded the 
regiment. In this famous assault of June 27, 1864, the 52d 
Regiment went into action with 450 men and in the " maelstrom " 
of shot and shell lost 108 men, more than 80 of them at the climax 
of the engagement, in the brief space of eight minutes— almost 
25 per cent, of its force. Major Holmes was commissioned a 
heutenant-colonel after this event by Governor Brough and was 
subsequently brevetted to that rank by the President " from the 
13th of March, 1865." After the "muster-out" Colonel Holmes 



turned his attention to the choice of a profession ; he read law 
with Francis Colhns, Esq., of Columbus, and was admitted to the 
bar of the state, in that city, 8 May, 1867, where he has ever since 
resided and practised. Was admitted to the Federal Bar at Cin- 
cinnati, O., 1870; one of the organizers and the Secretary of the 
Ohio State Bar Association, 1880-1890; President of the same, 
1890-1891 ; in the latter year received the degree of LL.D. from 
Franklin College. 

Mr. Holmes is said to possess one of the largest and finest 
priva/te libraries of law and literature to be found in the state. 
His researches in the lines of history and biography are fre- 
quently published, and the manuscript results of his investigations 
and collections are contained in nearly fifty bound volumes, aggre- 
gating more than 40,000 pages. Issue: 
84, Mabel; 85, Constance; 86, Lawrence Asa, b. 23 Oct., 1881, 

m. 19 July, 1909, Dolena Maclvor, South Cove, Cape 

Breton, N. S. She was b. 25 Dec, 1881 ; 87, Helen, b. 

ID April, 1887; d. 8 May, 1887; 88, Eleanor, b. 14 

March, 1892. 

81. Mary Ellen Holmes (Thomas^, Martha-, Sarah^, Asa*), 
dau. of Asa and Mary (McCoy) Holmes, b. 2 Feb., 1849; w^- ^ 
March, 1870, Samuel McCleary Dickerson, b. 13 April, 1844, son 
of Joseph and Mary (Jones) Dickerson, and grandson of Thomas 
and Mary (Curry) Dickerson. Issue: 

89, Lucy Bates, b. 30 Sept., 1871 ; m. Rev. Geo. R. Grose, of 

the M. E. Church. 

90, Oliver Hamline, b. 19 Nov., 1873, tuwi. C. E. ; 91, Gertrude. 

84. Mabel Holmes (Thomas\ Martha-, Sarah^, Asa*, Jas. 
T.^), dau. of James T. and Lucy K. (Bates) Holmes, b. 13 Oct., 
1874; m. 27 April, 1897, John Dudley Dunham, b. 23 Aug., 1873. 

92, Lucy Bates, b. 9 Feb., 1898; 93, John Milton, b. 11 May, 
1901 ; 94, Theodore Chadbourne, 2 Oct., 1906; 95, Alfred 
Bates, b. 16 April, 1908. 

85. Constance Holmes (Thomas^, Martha-, Sarah^, Asa*, 
James T.^), dau. of James T. and Lucy K. (Bates) Holmes, b. 
20 Sept., 1877; m. 2 April, 1901, Alonzo Hathaway Dunham, b. 
30 Aug., 1874. Issue: 

96, Taylor Holmes, b. 4 June, 1902 ; 97, Harold Hathaway, b. 
I Sept., 1903; 98, Elizabeth Gilmour, b. 13 Oct., 1907; 
99, Marshall Bates, b. 4 Dec, 1908. 

91, Gertrude Dickerson (ThomasS Martha-, Sarah^ Asa*, 
Mary E.'*), dau. of Samuel M. and Mary E. (Holmes) Dicker- 
son, b. 23 Jan., 1878; m. 28 Nov., 1901, Rev. Harry Franklin 
Kerr, of the Presbyterian Church. Issue: 

100, ]\larcus Kerr. 




IX. Abraham Shepherd, the youngest son of Capt. Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, m. 2y Dec., 1780, Eleanor 
Strode, daii. of Capt. James Strode, an early settler of Frederick 
Co., Va., whose lands were located on the waters of the Opequon 
a few miles east of the present site of Martinsburg, W. Va. 
James Strode was one of the first justices of Berkeley Co. (in 
1772) ; a commissioner of revenue; a committee to let the contract 
for the building of the County court house, and one of the town 
trustees of Martinsburg. His son-in-law, Abraham Shepherd, 
afterward became the owner of the Strode homestead, and it is 
claimed that on this estate, in the days of James Strode, Andrew 
Jackson was born, 1765, who, in the course of time, became one 
of the presidents of the United States. It is said that Jackson 
was born on the Strode farm in 1765 and shortly after was taken 
by his parents on their emigration to the Waxhaw Settlements 
in North Carolina (West Va. Hist. Mag., Oct., 1902, pp. 7-8). 

Abraham Shepherd was just of age when the War of the Revo- 
lution began, and he, like his eldest brother, was an ardent 
patriot and joined the ranks when the call to arms rang through 
the Valley of Virginia and her sturdy bordersmen hastened to 
join the militia — Berkeley Co., Va., gave the cause of the colonies 
her ablest men and many who were destined to be great ; out of 
her free soil sprang no less than five generals of the Revolution, 
besides lesser officials, who gained their laurels in the great 
liberty-giving epoch. Two companies were recruited in the little 
settlement behind the Blue Ridge ; they were riflemen whose name 
brought fear upon the ranks of the enemy: Morgan's and Ste- 
phenson's. Abraham Shepherd became a lieutenant of Hugh 
Stephenson's company when it was recruited at Morgan's Spring, 
near Shepherdstown, and from thence, with its crimson banner 
bearing the device of the Culpepper Minute-men — that company 
started east on its famous " bee-line- for-Boston " March, 17 July, 
1775. The company after a rapid journey reached Boston and 
joined Washington's Army at Cambridge, 10 Aug., 1775 — two 
days ahead of Daniel Morgan's company of riflemen, and several 
days in advance of Cresap's Marylanders — all of whom started 
from their rendezvous at the same time, but each taking different 
routes (Am. Arch., Vol. III., p. i, 2). 

From that day of the muster at Morgan's Spring Abraham 
Shepherd's military career was an active one, and he, brave, 
hardy, enduring — with, at times, perilous service in engagements 
and battles — came out of them unscathed. At the battle of Kings- 
bridge, New York, Nov., 1776, where his superior officers. Colonel 
Rawlins and Major Otho Williams, were wounded, Abraham 
17 241 


Shepherd commanded the regiment of Maryland and Virginia 
riflemen during the remainder of the engagement with great 
courage and credit ; and for their valorous conduct on that occa- 
sion General Washington, only a short time before his fatal ill- 
ness, wrote Captain Shepherd a highly complimentary letter 
(History of Lower Shenandoah, and Lee of Virginia, p. 471). 
After the Kingsbridge engagement Congress appointed Lieutenant 
Shepherd to the command of a company and gave him a cap- 
tain's commission in a Virginia regiment (Am. Arch., 5th Ser., 
Vo. L, p. 1570). 

He served with Col. Daniel Morgan in September and October of 
1777 in the Burgoyne campaign ; and was a witness to the surrender 
of the British general at Saratoga. The Hessian prisoners taken 
at the surrender were sent to the Valley of Virginia under Mor- 
gan's escort and were cantoned near Winchester, and here many 
of them preferred to remain after the war was over. In passing, 
it will be interesting to note that the fine old home of General 
Morgan, which he later erected in Winchester, was by him, 
called " Saratoga " and it is said that some of his former Hes- 
sian prisoners assisted in its construction. 

Some time after the Burgoyne surrender, Abraham Shepherd 
was taken prisoner by the British and was sent to Long Island ; 
he was however paroled and permitted to return to his home in 
Virginia. Upon this subject I quote the following extracts from 
letters to his broher, Col. David Shepherd, of Ohio Co., Va. 
" Mccklinburg, 22 May, 1778; I am on parole; no time limited 
for that reason you can't expect news. My health is not perfect. 
I left my friends well on Long Island. I arrived yesterday." 
Another "Fredericksburg, October, 1778"; and "On Creek, 28 
Nov., 1778" (meaning, perhaps, "on Opequon Creek where his 
expected father-in-law lived, and which letter was carried west 
by his uncle, Jacob Van Metre, whose wife was also a Strode), 
" Am still enjoying unlimited liberty." Writing again : " Mecklin- 
burg, 18 June, 1779," reiterates his "apprehension of being called 
to the British, as I am not confidant of being exchanged," adding 
that "the ferry is now established in my name" (Shepherd 
Papers, Vol. I., p. 117, at Madison, Wis.). It is evident that 
he was either released or exchanged before the summer of i779' 
for he was with the Continental Army of the North and in the 
vicinity of the Hudson River about this time. But before this 
period he was again with Gen. Daniel Morgan's regiment, now 
attached to General Woodford's brigade. 

"Friday, May 6, 1779; Captain Shepherd and myself set off for head- 
quarters. Had a most fatigueing journey over the mountains to New 
Windsor [on the Hudson, 6 miles above West Point] and a tedious rainy 
passage down the river to Light Infantry. We passed headquarters and 
West Point and arrived at the Light Infantry about i o'clock. 



" Saturday, 7", Capt. Shepherd and myself dined at Headquarters and 
lodged at New Windsor" (Memoirs of Gen. John Cropper). 

In August of 1779 he returned to Virginia permanently. A 
number of letters passed from him to his brother David dated 
from various points in the neighborhood of his home, and indi- 
cating, by their tenor, his retirement from service. In December, 
1780, he was married. For his services in the Revolution Captain 
Shepherd, in 1784, was granted 5,000 acres of land by the State 
of Virginia (Saffell's Revolutionary Soldiers, p. 506). 

Settling down to private life, Abraham Shepherd now devoted 
his attention to the development of his personal estate, and for 
the exploitation and well-being of Shepherdstown. His was the 
energetic spirit in the formation of its government and his 
initiative advanced its resources, fostered its industries and 
invested the little town on the bank of the Potomac with such 
dynamic progressiveness that it become a place of real importance. 
Here Rumsey the inventor, and with the village blacksmith, per- 
fected the steamboat and, ably supported by Abraham Shepherd, 
achieved his first success when its trial took place upon the waters 
of the Potomac, 3 Dec, 1787, in the presence of some of the 
most distinguished citizens of the country. Then Shepherdstown 
became nationally known. Following in the steps of this impor- 
tant event came the agitation for the location of the seat of the 
national government. Many, and strongly urged, were the claims 
put forth for its establishment at Shepherdstown. The Shep- 
herds strenuously advocated it ; the newspapers of that section 
rallied to its support and subscriptions were solicited for the 
erection of the Federal buildings — but eventually all these efforts 
failed (Lewis's History of West Virginia, p. 614). Sic transit 
gloria mimdi! 

Abraham Shepherd was an influential, consistent member of 
the Episcopal church (of Norbonne Parish), at Shepherdstown, 
which his father had generously endowed ; and in this connec- 
tion Bishop Meade thus speaks of him: "He was a true friend 
of the church in its darkest days" (Meade's Historic Churches 
of Virginia ; Lee of Virginia, and History of Lower Shenan- 
doah). " He was a thin-visaged, little man of prominent features, 
full of energy, a first-rate farmer, and an unfailing friend of the 
church, traits which have been literally transmitted to some of 
his descendants" (History of Lower Shenandoah, p. 413). 


1778, Oct. Act of Assembly authorizing and granting privilege 
of operating a ferry to Abraham Shepherd from his land, over 
the Potomac, to Thos. Swearingen's land in Maryland (Hening's 



Statutes, Va., Vol. X., p. 197). This was repealed by the As- 
sembly, 1779. 

. Regulating, by Act of Assembly, Oct., 1778, price of 

ferriage, " i man, 6 pence," over Abraham Shepherd's ferry to 
Thomas Swearingen's land in Maryland {Vide, Vol. IX., p. 546). 

1787, Dec. 20. Record of survey of 1,000 acres of land on 
Turkey Run, Ohio Co., Va., and for 700 acres granted 5 April, 
1783, on Gillespy's and Turkey Run (Survey Bk., No. 2, pp. 
81-83, Wheeling), 

1788, Oct. Act of Assembly authorizing Abraham Shepherd 
to build tobacco warehouse at Mecklenburg (Hening's Statutes, 
Vol. XII., p. 778). 

1791, Dec. II. Surveyed for Abraham Shepherd 200 acres of 
land on two military warrants, nos. 1915 and 1919, on the waters 
of Brush Creek. (Sig.) : Nath. Massie; Wit.: John Scott, Dun- 
can McKendrick and John Youkhana, chain bearers (Abr. 
Shepherd's Note-book). 

1792, Oct. Act of Assembly in reference to the establishment 
of a system of tobacco inspection ; among these places mentioned 
that of "at Shepherd's Warehouse, Mecklinberg" (Hening's 
Statutes, Vol. XIIL, p. 481). 

1793, Oct. 26. Surveyed for Abraham Shepherd, warrant no. 
290, 1,000 acres on Backfork, Brush Creek, Ohio County. 

Warrant no. 290. 1,000 acres on East Fork, Brush Creek, 
Ohio County. 

, Oct. 28. Warrant no. 3432, 4,000 acres on waters, East 

Fork, Brush Creek. 

, Nov. 3. Warrant no. 290 (Military Warrant), 1,000 

acres on the waters of Red B(ud?) Creek, northwest of Ohio 
River. (Sig.): Nath. Massie. Wit.: Duncan McKendrick, 
Robert Smith, and Thomas Short, chain bearers. 


IX. Abraham Shepherd (Thomas^), son of Thomas Shepherd 
and Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. 10 Nov., 1754, at 
Mecklenburg, Va. ; d. 7 Sept., 1822, at same; m. by Rev. Daniel 
Sturgis, first rector of the Episcopal Church at Shepherdstown, 
27 Dec, 1780, Eleanor Strode, dau. of Capt. James Strode, of 
Shepherdstown; she was b. 27 June, 1760; d. 23 Sept., 1853. 


1, James Strode, b. 19 June, 1782; d. 5 May, 1789. 

2, Rezin Davis, b. i Aug., 1784; d. 10 Nov., 1865; m. Lucy 


3, Abraham, Jr., b. 13 June, 1787; d. 9 Oct., 1853; w. Helen 

or Eleanora Peck. 



4, James Hervey, b. 5 May, 1790; d. 27 July, 1837, unm. 

5, Henry, b. 4 Jan., 1793; d. 12 Oct., 1870. 

6, Annie, b. 13 June, 1796; d. 16 Sept., 1866; wf. Dr. Thomas 


7, Eliza, b. 26 July, 1799; d. 25 Aug., 1833; m. Edmund Jen- 

nings Lee. 

8, Charles Moses, b. 11 April, 1800; d. Oct., 1851 ; in. Margaret 


2. Rezin Davis Shepherd (ThomasS Abraham-), son of 
Abraham and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. i Aug., 1784; d. 
10 Nov., 1865 ; in. Lucy Gorham, of Massachusetts. She was 
b. 1789; d. at Sweet Springs, Va., 23 Aug., 1814. Issue: 

9, James Henry; 10, Anne; 11, Eliza; 12, Charles Moses; 

1 3, Ellen ; 14, a child, d. Sweet Springs, Va., 4 Aug., 

3. Abraham Shepherd, Jr. (ThomasS Abraham-), son of 
Abraham and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. 13 June, 1787; d. 
9 Oct., 1853; fit. Helen Peck, of Staunton, Va. Issue: 

15, James Hervey, b. — , 1823, m. Florence Hamtranck; 16, 
Catharine, m. Robert A. Lucas; 17, Frances R., m. Rob- 
ert McMurran ; 18, Ellen, ni. ; 19, Henry 

St. John; 20, William Meade; 21, Robert F., d. in Civil 
War; 22, Valeria, m. Mr. Carter; 23, Alexander H., 
d. in Civil War ; 24, Lucy ; 25, Mary. 

5. Henry Shepherd (Thomas\ Abraham-), son of Abraham 
and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. 4 Jan., 1793; d- 12 Oct., 1870; 
m. 7 May, 1822, Fanny E. Briscoe, b. 7 May, 1800, dau. of Dr. 
John and Eleanor (Magruder) Briscoe, of "Piedmont, Jefferson 
Co., W. Va." Issue : 

26, Mary Eleanor, b. 18 July, 1824, d. 18 Aug., 1825 ; 2y, Rezin 
Davis, b. 7 July, 1826, d. 2 Nov., 1862; 28, Ann Eliza- 
beth, b. 25 Aug., 1828, d. 30 Nov., 1833; 29, Henry, b. 
13 June, 1831, d. 1891 ; 30, John, b. 9 June, 1833, d. 20 
June, 1879, unm.; 31, Abraham, b. 21 March, 1836, 
was a soldier in the Confederate Army, was captured 
and sentenced to death, but finally exchanged ; 32, James 
Truro, b. 21 Aug., 1838. 

6. Ann Shepherd (Thomas^ Abraham^), dau. of Abraham 
and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. 13 June, 1796; d. 16 Sept., 
1866; m. Dr. Thomas Hammond. Issue: 

33, Mary. 

7. Eliza Shepherd (Thomas^ Abraham^), dau. of Abraham 
and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. 26 July, 1799; d. 25 Aug., 
1833 f ^"- Edmund Jennings Lee, a descendant of Col. Richard 
Lee, of Virginia ; a graduate of Princeton College ; and a lawyer, 



of Shephcrdstown, W. Va., b. Alexandria, Va., 3 May, 1797; 

d. at " Leeland," Shepherdstown, W. Va., 10 Aug., 1877. He was 

the author of "Lee, of Virginia." Issue: 

34, Ellen, b. 23 Sept., 1824, d. at "Leeland" 25 Aug., 1865; 

35, Chas. Shepherd, b. 17 Sept., 1826, lives at Berry- 

ville, Va. 

8. Charles Moses Shepherd (Thomas^, Abraham-), son of 
Abraham and Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd, b. 11 April, 1800; d. 
Oct., 185 1 ; in. Margaret Hook, of Louisiana. Issue: 

36, Harriett; 37, Richard; 38, Charles. 

13. Ellen Shepherd (Thomas^, Abraham-, Rezin D.^), dau. 

of Rezin D., and Lucy (Gorham) Shepherd, b. ; d. ; m. 

Gorham Brookes, of Boston, Mass. Issue : 

39, Peter Gorham; 40, Shepherd; 41, Fannie, m. Mr. Allen, 
of Pittsburg. 

27. Rezin Davis Shepherd (Thomas^ Abraham-, Henry^), 
son of Henry and Fannie E. (Briscoe) Shepherd, b. 7 July, 1826; 
d. 2 Nov., 1862; m. Elizabeth Stockton Boteler, of Shepherds- 
town, W. Va. Issue: 

42, Fanny ; 43, Alexandria ; 44, Davis. 

29. Henry Shepherd (Thomas\ Abraham-, Henry^), son of 
Henry and Fannie E. (Briscoe) Shepherd, b. 13 Jan., 1831 ; d. 
— , 1891 ; m. Azemia McLean, of New Orleans. Issue: 

45, Rezin Davis, an actor; 46, Henry; 47, William J.; 48, 
Augustus M. 

31. Abraham Shepherd (Thomas^, Abraham-, Henry^), son 
of Henry and Fanny E. (Briscoe) Shepherd, b. 21 March, 1836; 
m. 1 87 1, his cousin, Elizabeth, dau. of Dr. E. Clagett and Sarah 
C. (Shepherd) Williams, of Shepherdstown, W. Va. Abraham 
was in the Confederate service during the Civil War; was cap- 
tured and sentenced to death, but was finally exchanged. Issue : 

49, Edward C, b. 17 -Jan., 1872; imni.; Martinsburg, Va. 

50, James Truro, b. 27 March, 1873; 51, Henry Abraham, b. 

8 Jan., 1875, d. 13 Jan., 1875. 
52, Elizabeth Briscoe, b. 15 Dec, i875(?); 53, SaUie C, b. 

4 Dec, 1878, m. Chas. Butler, of Shepherdstown, 22 

Aug., 1900. 
54, Mary Fanny, b. 16 March, 1884; 55* Louisa V. (or Laura), 

b. 16 March, 1888. 

34. Ellen Lee (Thomas\ Abraham-, Eliza^), dau. of Edmund 
J. and Eliza (Shepherd) Lee, b. 23 Sept., 1824; d. at "Leeland," 
25 Aug., 1865; ;;/. 17/18 Sept., 1844, Jo^m Simms Powell, son 
of Cuthbert Powell, of Va. Issue: 

56, Eliza Shepherd, b. , d. 1854; 57, Cuthbert, b. Salisbury, 

Fairfax Co., Va., 29 April, 1849. 



58, Katharine Simms, b. " Salisbury," Fairfax Co., Va., 18 

March, 185 1. 

59, Edmund Lee, b. " Salisbury," Fairfax Co., Va., 16 May, 


60, Simms, b. " SaHsbury," Fairfax Co., Va., 3 Sept., 1854. 

61, Eleanor Strode, b. " Salisbury," Fairfax Co., Va., 14 May, 


62, Laura Stewart, b. "Salisbury," Fairfax Co., Va., 31 May, 


63, Sally Lee, b. " Bedford," Jefferson Co., W. Va., 5 Aug., 


64, Charles Lee, b. Lexington, Va., 19 March, 1868. 

35. Charles Shepherd Lee (Thomas^, Abraham-, Eliza^), 
son of Edmund J. and Eliza (Shepherd) Lee, b. 17 Sept., 1826; 

d. ; in. 16 May, 1849, Margaret H., dau. of Mann H. and 

Margaret (Beale) Page. Issue: 

65, Eliza Shepherd ; 66, Margaret Page ; 67, Charles Randolph ; 

68, Edmonia Louise ; 69, Ellen Byrd ; 70, Phillips Fitz- 
gerald; 71, Edwin Grey; y2, Mann Randolph Page; 
yT„ Eliza Holmes ; 73a, Rezin Davis. 

45. Rezin D. Shepherd (Thomas\ Abraham-, Henry^, Henry*), 

son of Henry and Azemia (McLean) Shepherd, b. ; d. ; 

m. 1st Marie Prescott, who d.-i893; m. 2d, 2 April, 1897, Odette 
Tyler. Rezin D. Shepherd was known in theatrical circles as 
"R. S. McLean"; lived on the "Wild Goose Farm," on the 
Potomac, near Shepherdstown, W. Va. 

■46. Henry Shepherd (Thomas^, Abraham^, Henry^, Henry*) 
son of Henry and Azemia (McLean) Shepherd, b. ; d 

m. Miss Rinehart. Issue 

74, Henry. 

57. Cuthbert Powell (Thomas\ Abraham-, Eliza^, Ellen*), 
son of J. Simms and Ellen (Lee) Powell, b. 27 April, 1849, ^^ 

Salisbury, Fairfax Co., Va. ; d. ; in. 27 July, 1886, at Kansas 

City, Mo., Lucie Sidney, dau. of Wash, and Mary (Dill) Davis. 

Issue : 

75, Lucie Beverly, b. Kansas City, Mo., 13 Jan., 1889; 76, 

Cuthbert, b. Kansas City, Mo., 6 Sept., 1890. 

60. Simms Powell (Thomas^ Abraham-, Eliza^, Ellen*), son 

of J. Simms and Ellen (Lee) Powell, b. 3 Aug., 1854; d. ; 

m. 2 Dec, 1882, at Richmond, Va., Marie Eustace, dau. William 
.and Caroline P. Brent. Issue: 

77, Caroline B., b. Parkersburg, W. Va., 9 April, 1884. 

78, John Simms, b. Parkersburg, W. Va., 5 April, 1886. 

79, William B., b. Parkersburg, W. Va., 20 Aug., 1887. 

80, Ellen Lee, b. Parkersburg, W. Va., 2 Nov., 1889. 



8i, Edmund Lee, b. Parkcrsburg, W. Va., 9 July, 1892. 

82, Lucy Ludwell, b. Parkersburg, W. Va., 29 Sept., 1894. 

61. Eleanor Strode Powell (ThomasS Abraham-, Eliza^ 
Ellen*), dau. of J. Simms and Ellen (Lee) Powell, b. "Salis- 
bury," Fairfax Co., Va., 14 May, 1857; d. ; m. 27 Sept., 

1881, at Shepherdstown, W. Va., Henry W. Potts, son of Joseph 
and Annie (Clay) Potts, of Pottstown, Pa.; b. there 4 Jan., 1847, 
and a descendant of the original Joseph Potts, the pioneer iron- 
master of the Schuylkill Valley, Pa. Issue: 

83, Eleanor Lee, b. Shepherdstown, W. Va., 11 Nov., 1884. 

84, Joseph Henry, b. Shepherdstown, W. Va., 28 Dec, 1887. 

85, Margaret Anna, b. Shepherdstown, W. Va., 10 May, 1890. 

86, Llewellyn Powell, b. Jamesville, S. C, 9 Feb., 1895. 

62. Laura Stewart Powell (Thomas% Abraham^ Eliza^ 
Ellen*), dau. of J. Simms and Ellen (Lee) Powell, b. "Salis- 
bury," 31 May, 1859; d. ; m. 4 May, 1886, at Shepherdstown, 

W. Va., Rev. W. T. Roberts, rector of Old Bruton Parish Church, 
at Williamsburg, Va. Issue : 

87, Ellen Lee, b. at Culpeper, Va., 7 April, 1888. 

88, William Saunders, b. at Harrisonburg, Va., 24 Jan., 1891. 

89, Laura Powell, b. in Mecklenburg Co., W. Va., 13 April, 


90, Edward Lee, b. at Williamsburg, Va., 6 Dec, 1894. 

64. Charles Lee Powell (Thomas^ Abraham^, Eliza^ Ellen*) , 
son of J. Simms and Ellen (Lee) Powell, b. Lexington, Va., 19 

March, 1868; d. ; m. 25 June, 1893, at Los Angeles, Cal., 

Laura Crane Haughawat, dau. of Wm. J. and Ada M. She was 
b. 7 Feb., 1869, at Neosha Falls, Kansas (see Lee of Virginia). 


X. Susannah Shepherd (Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Van Metre) Shepherd, b. in Virginia, i Sept., 1758; 
d. in Wheeling, W. Va., 13 April, 1835; m. in Shepherdstown, 
Va., 15 April. 1777, John Eofif, who was b. 14 Feb., 1752; d. at 
Wheeling, Ohio Co., Va., 13 Feb., 1831. John Eoff is said to 
have been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley at the time of 
Thomas Shepherd's arrival there in 1733, and later was associated 
with Lord Fairfax in sundry land transactions in and about 
Shepherdstown. Evidence of these business relations were found 
in many curious parchments, documents, deeds and papers, which 
were in the possession of Mr. Beverley M. Eoff, at Wheeling, 
about the year 1858. These papers have disappeared entirely 
since that time, otherwise they would at this time have likely 
thrown much light on the obscurity which envelops the American?, 
origin or beginning of the Shepherd family. 



About the year 1789 John Eoff removed from Shepherdstown 
to WheeUng, where he continued in the accumulating of land. 
He was probably a son of Jacob Eofif, Sr., a German Palatine, 
who emigrated to New York, ante 1742; settled in Somerset Co., 
N. J. ; vestryman of Zion Lutheran Church at New Germantown, 
1767; took oath of allegiance in Somerset Co., N. J., 22 July, 
1777; was of the Pluckamin settlement; will probated in Somer- 
set Co., N. J., 10 Sept., 1780; and is said to have been over 100 
years old at time of his death. Issue : 

1, Elizabeth, m. Robert Woods; issue, a son and a daughter. 

2, Susan, in. John White ; issue, a son and five daughters. 

3, Eleanor, m. Andrew White; issue, two sons and three 


4, Naomi, m. ist John Williams; issue, two daughters; m. 

2d Chas. Cecil ; issue, one son and two daughters. 

5, John. 

5. John Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah-), son of John and Susan- 
nah (Shepherd) Eoff, b. Shepherdstown, Va., 2 Oct., 1788; d. 
Wheeling, Va., 28 Jan., 1859; m. 17 Oct., 1812, at Kanawha, Va., 
Helen Starke Quarrier, b. Richmond, Va., 27 Sept., 1793; d. 
Wheeling, Va., 8 Oct., 1876. 

John Eoff was a famous physician of Wheeling, Va. ; educated 
at Jefferson College, Philadelphia, under the supervision of the 
celebrated Dr. Benjamin Rush, and graduated in 1809. Dr. Eoff 
soon became an authority in medicine and acquired an extensive 
reputation and practice. He had an inventive faculty in his own 
domain as a physician, as well as in the general field of physics, 
formulating prescriptions and remedies which were found in 
every household, and the knowledge and use of these formulas 
extended far beyond his native state. In the realm of physics 
he was equally at home. In 1855, he built the first cement houses ; 
they are still standing. His most famous experiment was his 
attempt to manufacture sugar from the juices of sorghum cane, 
but it proved an utter failure, because he could not granulate the 
juices by the various processes he devised. The problem remains 
unsolved to the present day. 

It was about 1849, that he placed black bass, taken from the 
Ohio River and its tributaries, in the tank of a locomotive and 
sent them to the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, where 
they were used to stock the Potomac. He was a close observer 
and student of the habits of fishes. As an authority in piscatorial 
sport, his advice was sought by all classes. His passion for hunt- 
ing was keen and his excursions frequent through his native 
streams and forests in quest of their habitants. He owned, prac- 
tically, all of the lower half of the city of Wheeling, and had 
control of the water front of the Ohio on the Virginia side. He 
built mills, warehouses, houses, tenements and a theatre. He 



lived, as did the gentlemen of his day, without ostentation, but 
in a large and commodious mansion, with slaves, horses and 
equipages at his command. In habits and manners he was a 
simple, kindly gentleman, easily approached, and greatly beloved 
by his neighbors and the citizens generally. Issue: 

6, John Quarrier, b. Charleston, Va., 5 Aug., 1813; d. Wheel- 

ing, Va., 5 April, 1856. 

7, Elizabeth Susannah, b. Charleston, Va., 18 April, 1815; d. 

Philadelphia, Pa., 5 Feb., 1885. 

8, Margaret Alexander, b. Wheeling, Va., 28 May, 1817; d. 

Charleston, Va., 26 Dec, 1884. 

9, Virginia Southgate, b. Wheehng, Va., 15 Oct., 1819; d. 

Washington, D. C, 13 April, 1897. 

10, Beverley McKree, b. Wheeling, Va., 13 Dec, 1822; d. 

Wheeling, W. Va., 2 Jan., 1887. 

11, Caroline Mary, b. Wheeling, Va., 27 Sept., 1827; d. Santa 

Barbara, Cal., 25 Aug., 1896. 

12, Alexander Quarrier, b. Wheeling, Va., 26 Mar., 1828. 

13, Helen Corrina, b. Wheeling, Va., 27 Nov., 1830; d, Wheel- 

ing, W. Va., 24 Sept., 1897. 

14, Charles William, b. Wheeling, Va., 21 Feb., 1833 ; d. New 

York City, 31 Jan., 1854. 

15, Henrietta Miller, b. Wheeling, Va., 20 May, 1836; d. Beth- 

lehem, Pa., 12 April, 1894. 

6. John Quarrier Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah-,. John^), son of 
John and Helen (Quarrier) Eofif, m. Mary Ann . Issue: 

16, William Chapline. 

7. Elizabeth Susannah Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^), 
dau. of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. James S. Stout, 
of Wheeling, Va. ; no issue. 

8. Margaret Alexander Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^), 
dau. of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. Charles S. Whit- 
teker, of Charleston, Va. Issue: 

17, Helen Danbury ; 18, Virginia C. ; 19, Emily S. ; 20, Caroline 

T., d. young; 21, Henry T. ; 22, Corrina S. 

9. Virginia Southgate Eoff (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^), 
dau. of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. Roderick S. 
Moodey, of Steubenville, O. Issue : 

2^, John S., m. May E. ; 24, David, unm.; 25, Helen Q. ; 26, 
Chas. E. ; 2y, James S. ; 28, Virginia ; 29, Beverley E. ; 
30, Roderick S. ; 31, Edward McC. ; 32, Margaret W., 

10. Beverley McKree Eoff (ThomasS Susannah-, John^), 
son of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, ;;/. Harriet Laidley, 
dau. of Robert C. Woods, of Wheeling, W. Va. She d. 10 April, 
1904, at Christiansburg, Va. Issue: 



33, Robert Woods; 34, Elizabeth Stout; 35, John Ravencroft; 
36, Margaret Roberta ; 37, Chas. WilHam ; 38, Josephine 
McCabe ; 39, Virginia Southgate ; 40, Beverley Mc- 
Kree, Jr. 

11. Caroline Mary Eoff (ThomasS Susannah-, John^), dau. 
John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. Henry Tallant, of Santa 
Barbara, Cal. Issue : 

41, Drury, J.; 42, William P.; 43, Beverley E. ; 44, Walter S.; 
45, Edward C. ; 46, Henry K. ; 47, Caroline L. ; 48, 
Alfred; 49, Chas. L. ; 50, Elizabeth B. 

12. Alexander Quarrier Eoff (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^), 
son of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, of Columbus, O. ; 
m. Lavinia C . Issue : 

50a, Mary L. ]., d. inf. ; 50&, John Q., d. unm. ; 50c, Thomas 
Delaplaine. Alexander Q. Eoff d. at Columbus, O., 
2 Feb., 1906, aged 78 years. His wife d. at Carnegie, 
Pa., 9 April, 1906, aged yy years. 

13. Helen Corrine Eoff (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^), dau. 
of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. John P. Gilchrist, of 
Wheeling, W. Va. Issue: 

51, Margaret J.; 52, John Eoff; 53, Caroline T. ; 54, Minnie 
Eoff; 55, Charles Eoff; 56, Henry D. ; 57, Robert A. 

15. Henrietta Miller Eoff (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^), 
dau. of John and Helen S. (Quarrier) Eoff, m. Adams Dodson, 
of Bethlehem, Pa. Issue: 

58, James S. 

16. William Chapline Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, 
John Q.*), son of John Q. and Mary Ann Eoff, m. ist Fannie 
; m. 26. Ella . Issue: 

59, Louise Garrett; 60, Sadie, d. y. ; 61, Laura Maude, unm.; 

62, Ella McCausland ; 63, Oscar Edgerly, d. y. 
William C. Eoff d. St. Louis, Mo., Dec, 1903, in his 63d year. 

17. Helen Danbury Whitteker (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^, 
Margaret A.*), dau. of Chas. S. and Margaret A. (Eoff) Whit- 
teker, m. Geo. W. Harrison, of Piedmont, W. Va. Issue: 

64, Chas. W., d. inf. ; 65, Virginia W. ; 66, Helen; 67, Victoria; 
68, John H. F. ; 69, George W. 

18. Virginia C. Whitteker (Thomas^, Susannah-, John', 
Margaret A.*), dau. of Chas. S. and Margaret A. (Eoff) Whit- 
teker, m. John Dryden, of Charleston, W. Va. Issue : 

70, Chas. W. ; 71, Henry A. 

19. Emily S. Whitteker (Thomas^, Susannah-, John', Mar- 
garet A.*), dau. of Chas. S. and Margaret A. (Eoff) Whitteker, 
m. David S. Smithers, of Charleston, W. Va. Issue : 



72, Benjamin S. ; yi, Rose C. ; 74, Margaret Eoff. 

21. Henry T, Whitteker (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Mar- 
garet A.*), son of Chas. S. and Margaret A. (Eoff) Whitteker, 
m. Emma L. . Issue : 

75, Edith May; ^6, Robert Eoff. 

22. CoRRiNE S. Whitteker (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Mar- 
garet A.*), dau. of Chas. S. and Margaret A. (Eoff) Whitteker, 
m. Dee C. Smoot, of Kanawha, W. Va. Issue: 

y'j, Helen L. 

25. Helen Q. Moodey (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Virginia 
S.*), dau. of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, m. 
James A. CooUdge, of Washington, D. C. Issue: 

78, Helen M. 

26. Charles Eoff Moodey (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^, Vir- 
ginia S.*), son of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, 
of Steubenville, O. ; m. Emma T. . Issue : 

79, Roderick S. ; 80, Chas. Eoff. 

27. James S. Moodey (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, Virginia 
S.'*), son of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, of 
Steubenville, O. ; m. . Issue: 

81, Virginia S. ; 82, Mary; 83, Helen Q. ; 84, Charles. 

28. Virginia Moodey (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Virginia 
S.*), dau. of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, m. J. 
J. Norris, of Jersey City, N. J. Issue: 

85, Henrietta ; 86, Thomas, 

29. Beverley Eoff Moodey (Thomas^, Susannah^, John^, Vir- 
ginia S.*), son of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, of 
Charlotte, N. C. ; m. Lida H. . Issue : 

87, Beverley R. ; 88, Stella H. 

30. Roderick S. Moodey (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, Vir- 
ginia S.*), son of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, of 
Chicago, III; m. Elizabeth . Issue: 

89, Florence; 90, Irene Dora; 91, William S. 

31. Edward McC. Moodey (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Vir- 
ginia S.*), son of Roderick S. and Virginia S. (Eoff) Moodey, 
of Alleghany, Pa. ; m. Florence B. . Issue : 

92, Florence. 

33. Robert Woods Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, Bever- 
ley McK.*), son of Beverley McK. and Harriet (Woods) Eoff, 
of Chicago, 111. ; m. Lily Agnes . Issue : 

93, Harold Rufus. 

35. John Ravenscroft Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, 
Beverley McK.*), son of Beverley McK. and Harriet (Woods) 
Eoff, of Ashland, Va. ; m. Rosamunda Hale, deceased. Issue: 



94, Beverley McK. ; 95, John Ravenscroft, m. Helen Junkin, 24 
Jan., 1906, at Christiansburg, Va. ; 96, Matthew Hale 
Huston ; m. 2d Eloise H. ; 97, Anne Hepburn ; 98, Har- 
riet Woods; 99, Robert Grimshaw ; 100, William Tallant. 

36. Margaret Roberta Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, 
Beverley McK.*), dau. of Beverley McK. and Harriet (Woods) 
Eoff, m. Harry Caldwell, of St. Paul, Minn. Issue : 

loi, Alex. Woods, m. St. Paul, Minn., 21 Nov., 1900, Minnie 
G. Haggerty ; 102, Harriet ; 103, George Baird ; 104, 
Margaret Roberta; 105, Josephine Eoff. 

37. Charles William Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah^, John^, 
Beverley McK.*), son of Beverley McK. and Harriet (Woods) 
Eoff, of Kansas City, Mo. ; m. Henrietta H. . Issue: 

106, Helen Woods; 107, Maude Roemer. 

38. Josephine McCabe Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^ 
Beverley McK.*), dau. of Beverley McK. and Harriet (Woods) 
Eoff ; ui. Friend Cox, of Moundsville, W. Va. Issue : 

108, Roberta May; 109, Cresap Brent; no, Josephine Ruth. 

41. Drury J. Tallant (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^, Caroline 
Mary*), son of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, of Great 
Falls, Mont., m. . 

42. William F. Tallant (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Caro- 
line M.*), son of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, of 
Christiansburg, Va. ; in. Elizabeth . Issue : 

HI, Helen Kyle, d. inf.; 112, Wm. Henry, d. inf.; 113, Walter 

44. Walter S. Tallant (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, Caro- 
line M.*), son of Henry and Caroline M, (Eoff) Tallant, of 
Butte, Mont. ; in. Jennie S. . Issue : 

114, Harry S. 

45. Edward C. Tallant (Thomas^ Susannah^, John^ Caro- 
line M.*), son of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, of 
Santa Barbara, Cal. ; in. Martha D. Issue : 

115, Edward; 116, Charles H. 

46. Henry K. Tallant (Thomas^ Susannah^, John*, Caroline 
M.*) son of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, of Christians- 
burg, Va. ; m. Caroline . Issue : 

117, John Hampton, d. inf.; 118, Hoge; 119, Alfred. 

47. Caroline L. Tallant (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^, Caro- 
line M.*), dau. of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, in. 
Ralph K. Stevens, of Santa Barbara, Cal. Issue : 

120, Ralph T. ; 121, Kinton B. ; 122, Barbara E. 

49. Charles L. Tallant (Thomas^, Susannah^, John^, Caro- 
line M.*), son of Henry and Caroline M. (Eoff) Tallant, of 
Junction City, Kan.; in. Gertrude . Issue: 

123, Kinton. 



51. Margaret J. Gilchrist (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^ 
Helen C.*), dau. of John P. and Helen C. (Eoff) Gilchrist, m. 
William McCoy, of Wheeling, W. Va. Issue: 

124, Helen; 125, Bertha. 

53. Caroline T. Gilchrist (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^ Helen 
C.*), dau. of John P. and Helen C. (Eofif) Gilchrist, /;/. A. P. 
Tallman, of Wheeling, W. Va. Issue: 

126, Helen. 

.58. James S. Dodson (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^ Henrietta*), 
son of Adams and Henrietta M. (Eoff) Dodson, of Bethlehem, 

Pa. ; m. Martha A. . ' Issue : 

126a, Adams. 

59. Louise Garret Eoff (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^ John 
Q.*, William C.^), dau. of William C. and Nannie, or Ella, Eoff; 
m. Edward L. Graham, of Lexington, Va. Issue : 

127, Thomas W.; 128, Edward L. ; 129, John A.; 130, Samuel 

M.; 131, Mary L. 

62. Ella McC. Eoff (Thomas^, Susannah^, John^, John Q.*, 
William C.^), dau. of William C. and Nannie, or Ella, Eofif; m. 
at St. Louis, Mo., '2 July, 1901, William D. Lawton. Issue: 

131a, William D., Jr., b. Topeka, Kan., 2 Aug., 1903. 

65. Virginia W. Harrison (Thomas\ Susannah-, John^, Mar- 
garet A.*, Helen D.^),-dau. of George W. and Helen D. (Whit- 
teker) Harrison, m. Paul D. Milholland, of Reading, Pa. Issue: 

132, James H. ; 133, George H. ; 134, Mary Ann. 

66. Helen Harrison (Thomas\ Susannah-, Tohn^ Margaret 
A.*, Helen D.^), dau. George W. and Helen S. (Whitteker) 
Harrison, m. Robert F. Bopes, of Cumberland, Md. Issue: 

135, Charles;. 136, Victoria H. 

67. Victoria Harrison (Thomas^, Susannah-, John^, Mar- 
garet A.*, Helen D.^), dau. of George W. and Helen D. (Whit- 
teker) Harrison, m. Doddridge F. Graham, of Luke, Md. Issue : 

137, Klein H. ; 138, Helen Q. ; 139, Robert D. 

68. John H. F. Harrison (ThomasS Susannah-, John^ Mar- 
garet A.*, Helen D.^), son of George W. and Helen D. (Whit- 
teker)' Harrison, of Piedmont, W. Va. ; m. Edith . Issue: 

140, Margaret K. ; 141, Frank W. ; 142, Helen W. 

69. George W. Harrison, Jr. (Thomas^ Susannah-, John^, 
Margaret A.*, Helen D.-"^), son George W. and Helen D. (Whit- 
teker) Harrison, of Piedmont, W. Va. ; m. Anna B. . Issue: 

143, Helen H. ; 144,. George. 

107. Maude Roemer Eoff (Tliomas^, Susannah-, John^, Bev- 
erley McK.*, Chas. W.'^), dau. of Chas. W. and Harriet L. 
(Woods) Eofif, m. at Kansas City, Mo., 22 Aug., 1898, Robert M. 
Williams. ' Issue: 

145, Beverley Eofif, b. 3 May, 1903. 







In genealogy much speculation and not a little thought and 
study is given to the subject of the origin of the surname a per- 
son bears, and it generally becomes a more difficult matter to 
determine than the mere collecting and compiling of data which 
the investigator for the historic and chronologic part of the work 
finds in existing records. 

It is deemed necessary at the outset of this work to give, by 
way of introdiiction, some consideration to this phase of the 
genealogy before we take up its development from earlier times 
to those of the present. 

In the medieval era, and in England especially, when the popu- 
lation was small and more generally scattered, when the village 
by the wayside contained but few inhabitants, and large cities 
congested with , humanity did not exist, as compared with the 
examples of concentratjon observed to-day, a man bore but one 
name, and that, a personal one, all that then was needed. 

After the Conquest, in the eleventh century, when the Norman 
followers of William I., son of Robert, le Due of Normandy, 
overran the subjugated isles, it became impossible longer to con- 
tinue the single designation, and for such a one to maintain a 
current identity, without some further distinction, hence the adop- 
tion of surnames came into vogue as the simple result of neces- 
sity and peculiar conditions. From such beginnings it became a 
fixed practice, so that to-day the distinguishing sobriquet each 
one of us owns has become an hereditary thing, " as much a part 
and parcel of man's property as any other of his possessions that 
can be passed on to his direct descendants." 

The earliest changes from the personal to the addition of a 
surname appears, therefore, to have been the outgrowth of con- 
ditions following the Conquest. A later and similar development 
occurred during the Reformation ; and these are said to have been 
the two revolutionary crises in English nomenclature. 

Investigation develops five general sources from which English 
surnames were derived : those from property designation, or local 
peculiarities; vocations which the owner followed ; those of patro- 
nymical origin from personal names of father or mother; from 
rank, title and office ; and those from some mental or physical 
characteristic of its owner (English Surnames, pp. 3,6, 7, 11, 12). 

The surname of Duke, like that of King, Prince, Knight, Baron, 
etc., is derived from the titular class, the nobility; and one author- 
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ity from whom we have Hberally drawn says : " There is no 
reason, however, why our Dukes, Dooks, or Dues, as they are 
more generally found, should not be what they represent, or 
rather, then represented. A Duke was, of course, anything but 
what we now understand by the term, being then, as it more 
literally signifies, a leader, or chieftain, or head" (English Sur- 
names, p. 174) ; or, as another authority expresses it: " The name 
Duke signifies Leader, and is also, according to some writers, a 
nickname for Marmaduke." And "Dukes is another form of 
Duke" (Patronymica Brittanica, p. 96). Barker gives still 
another source : '' Dug," " Tuc," " Tucca," from the Anglo-Saxon 
word Dugan, "to be doughty" (British Surnames, p. 133). 

Scriptural warrant for the antiquity of the title : Duke is found 
in the Book of Genesis (36-15, 18, 40-43), where it is recorded 
by the sacred writer that " the sons of Esau who dwelt in Mount 
Sier were ' dukes ' in the land of Edom." One thousand eight 
hundred and forty years before Christ! In the Revised Version 
they are called chiefs. Thus, by the highest and most sacred 
authority, its earliest use as a biblical term was to denote family 

The first recorded use of the word Duke as a family surname 
appears in Domesday Book, Vol. IV., where an entry is found 
under the head of " Summerset " in Hunderpret division, stating 
that one Walfinus de Duaco (the equivalent of Duke) is a land- 
holder (Rev. S. Ferguson). Its use becomes more common in 
the reign of Richard " the Lion-hearted," and especially in the 
time of King John frequent reference is made to persons of that 
name (Burke's Extinct Peerages, Vol. I.). In Queen Elizabeth's 
long reign it often occurs among the rolls of her ennobled sub- 
jects who were prominently mentioned in the annals of her time 
(XXII. Report of the Deputy-Keeper of Public Records, at 

Duke families are found very early in Ireland. Some were 
residing in County Westmeath in the fifteenth century (O'Hart's 
Irish Pedigrees, Vol. II., pp. 686-8). The will of one William 
Duke, of Kyllenagh Co., Kildare, recorded 1551, is found at 
Dublin. After this early date the family name appears with more 
or less variation in form, and with increasing frequency upon 
the pages of the Irish Public Records. Hanna, in his " Scotch- 
Irish Families of Ulster," estimates that there were in 1890 
within the Province of Ulster 268 persons bearing the name of 

Thus the Dukes were one of the ancient families of England 
and of Ireland. They are among the earliest recorded by Burke 
in his pedigrees of the nobility and of the landed gentry. The 
first mention made of them by this eminent authority is that of 
Roger Duke (Burke's Extinct Peerage, Vol. I.), or, as he is 



called by Bardsley (English Surnames), "Roger le Due." This 
person was Sheriff of London in the early part of the reign of 
Richard I. (1190), the great-grandson of WilUam the Conqueror, 
and it is stated that Roger is supposed to have come from France 
during the Norman period with others of his countrymen in the 
century following the Conquest. Burke also notes one Peter 
Duke, of London, who was granted the right to bear arms in 1620 
(temp Charles IL). This Peter was probably the same who 
accompanied Sir Francis Drake in his enterprise against the 
Spanish West Indies in 1586. His descendants, who settled near 
Saxmundham, Suffolk, were known as the Dukes of Benhall. 
Sir Edward Duke of this line was the father of Elizabeth Duke, 
wife, of Nathaniel Bacon, the leader of Bacon's Rebellion in Vir- 
ginia, in 1676. The father objecting to this marriage resulted in 
her disinheritance. It was from this line also that many of the 
Dukes of tidewater Virginia, so prominent in the early days of 
that colony and of subsequent periods, were descended. 

Other Dukes mentioned in early English history were : Adam 
le Due (Writs of Parliament), William le Duck (English Sur- 
names, p. 174), Nicholas Duke (The Hundred Rolls), and 
Thomas Duke (Calendarium Inquisitorum Post-mortem). 

Among the numerous Dukes mentioned by Burke were those 
of Brampton, Power Hayes, Otterton and Aylesford, in Devon- 
shire, from each of whom sprang many branches (History of the 
Commoners, Vol. III.). In the reign of Queen Mary, daughter 
of Henry VIII., 1553-8, one Michael Duke established an ances- 
tral seat at Power-Hayes in Devonshire. Michael had three 
grandsons, children of his son John ; they were John, George and 
Andrew. John succeeded his father to the title and estates as 
head of the Devonshire line, while George, in 1578, purchased 
the estate and manor of Lake, in Wiltshire, and became the head 
of the branch known as the Dukes of Lake. Andrew, the third 
son, was progenitor of still another line, the Dukes of Bulford 
(Burke's General Armory, p. 304). It wa;^ John, the grandson 
of Michael of Power-Hayes, who, with his son George, that 
afterward became involved with certain other Royalists in an 
attempt to restore the exiled Charles II. to the throne of England. 
In the disastrous defeat which befell the Royalist forces at Salis- 
bury in 1655, some of the leading supporters of the king surren- 
dered to Cromwell ; among these were John Duke, his son George, 
Colonel Penruddock and several others, all of whom were tried 
and sentenced. Eight were accordingly executed, but the Dukes, 
however, were pardoned on condition that they withdraw to Vir- 
ginia, then a general term for the West Indies, and make no 
further attempt against the government of Cromwell (William 
and Mary Quarterly Magazine, Vol. II. , p. 275 ; Economic His- 
tory of Virginia, Vol. I., p. 610). It is now believed that neither 
of them ever came to Virginia as Burke records George's death 



in England in 1655, the year of the uprising, and his father's in 
1671 (Burke's History of the Commoners, Vol. I., pp. 285-6). 
Colonel Pcnruddock is stated by one authority to have been hung 
and by another writer to have been pardoned in company with 
the two Dukes (William and Mary Quarterly Magazine, Vol. II., 

P- 275)- 

The downfall of the monarchy under Charles I. and the suc- 
cess of the army of the Commonwealth became a fruitful oppor- 
tunity for Cromwell to reward his friends and victorious fol- 
lowers by giving them grants of land in Ireland. By Acts of 
Parliament beginning in 1642 and ceasing in 1646 liberal advan- 
tages had been offered to Englishmen to " plant " in Ireland, par- 
ticularly in the Province of Ulster, where it had been proposed 
to propagate a settlement of English and Scotch to offset the 
native Irish on land formerly held by the Irish chieftain O'Neil, 
but had now been confiscated by the Crown for the treasonable 
practices of the Ulster earl in 1641. In the period 1642-1646 
subscriptions for " adventures " for land in Ireland were opened. 
The conditions were easy. Upon payment of i200 one thousand 
acres of land were to be alloted to every subscriber who would 
comply with the terms and conditions. The portents of war 
coming on delayed this scheme, but it did not altogether stop its 
operation, for in 1653 preparations were made for setting out 
these lands to the satisfaction of the subscribers under the Acts 
of 1642-1646. By this time, 1653, and in consequence of the 
war, many of the original subscribers had died, disappeared, or 
had assigned their rights, titles and claims to other parties, who 
subsequently enrolled, so that by this year these Irish lands were 
divided between the remaining original subscribers, the " adven- 
turers," or their successors, the English army and the State, so 
that the provisions of the Acts of Parliament referred to were 
carried out under somewhat changed conditions than originally 
contemplated (O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees, Vol. II., p. 698), and 
many of the Cromwellian soldiers were given land debentures which 
were largely bought up, or otherwise passed into the possession 
of their officers and others interested in the absorption of Irish 
plantations (Prendergast's "Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland," 
2d cd., pp. 204-5, 251, 403-4)- 

Oliver Cromwell had fought in Ireland during the monarchy 
and among his troopers disbanded in County Sligo, in 1643, was 
one of the name of Duke, said to have been a cadet of the house 
of Benhall, in Suffolk, England (O'Hart's Landed Gentry When 
Cromwell Came to Ireland, p. 18). This Duke was granted a 
tract of land at New-Park County Sligo, for which he paid one 
thousand marks ; here he settled and established a family — the 
Dukes of New-Park. John Duke, a son of this trooper, was a 
" titulador," meaning a person liable for poll- or head-tax on 
their title as gentleman, esquire, etc. (men and women over fifteen 



years of age were liable for poll-tax in Ireland, and there were 
other forms of taxation : for hearth-money, chimney, etc., in the 
period 1660-1669). He died in 1679, leaving a son Robert, who 
died in 1731. 

Let us revert for a moment to the Elizabethan era. Following 
the defeat of Gerald, Earl of Desmond and head of the Geraldine 
League in Munster, on November 11, 1584, came the confiscation 
of his vast estate, amounting to about 570,000 acres and spread- 
ing over several counties in Ireland. This was all afterward dis- 
tributed, according to proclamation, to " undertakers " who were 
" conditioned to be younger sons of good families of England " 
and who would " obligate themselves ' to plant ' a certain number 
of families thereon." Some who thus obtained Irish grants 
were : Sir Christopher Hatton, Sir Peter Carew, Sir Walter 
Raleigh, Sir Samuel Hubert, Colonel Francis Cosby and others 
(Magee's History of Ireland, Vol. I., p. 411). In this group of 
" planters," some of whom located in County Cavan, was one 
Henry Duke, later Sherifif of Cavan, and one of the Queen's 
valiant officers whom she subsequently knighted (Report Deputy- 
Keeper of Public Records, Dublin). 

Ireland was in a foment of rebellion. The subjugated Irish 
chiefs were on the one hand and their English conquerors on the 
other hand. The Ulster Confederacy, which grew out of this 
warring condition, was intended to unify the chieftains of the 
north in a compact to wrest the land from the English invaders. 
At its head was the once powerful Lord of Ulster, Henry O'Neil, 
Earl of Tyrone, and Art O'Donnell. After O'Neil, by way of 
reprisal, abducted the sister of Sir Henry Bagnall, Marshal of 
Ireland, and though he married her, it nevertheless fanned the 
hatred of both parties and a conflict was precipitated in 1593. 

In August of that year Sir Richard Bingham, Governor of 
Connaught, and one of the Royal Commissioners to Ireland, with 
a force of followers, was attacked by Sir Brian O'Rurare and 
the Maguires, who had invested Enniskillen. Sir Henry Duke 
and Sir Edward Herbert hastened to relieve the beleaguered 
Bingham, but they were met and repulsed with great loss by the 
Irish, Sir Henry Duke barely escaping alive. Hearing of this 
unfortunate situation, the Lord Deputy, Sir William Fitzwilliam, 
in person, supported by others of the Privy Council, led a supe- 
rior force against the enemy and succeeded in relieving Ennis- 
killen on August 18, 1593 (Magee's History of Ireland, Vol. I., 
p. 421). 

Sir Henry Duke, of Castle Jordan, died 12 February, 1595. 
There were other Dukes in Ireland in the latter part of Queen 
Elizabeth's reign, among whom were James, Richard and Henry 
Duke, each of whom, according to the records at Dublin Castle, 
appears to have been granted royal pardons (22d Report of Dep- 
uty-Keeper of Public Records, Dublin "Index of Fiants"). 



In the lists of original " Adventurers " for land in Ireland in 
the period 1 642-1 646, subscriptions for which were opened in 
England during the reign of the first Charles, is found the name 
of " ffrancis Duke of Westminster" [London] "gent. f200, No. 
33." This entry indicates a grant to that person of 1,000 acres 
in the Province of Ulster. Search has failed to reveal whether 
or not Francis Duke exercised his rights by taking possession of 
the Irish land, or if he assigned them to another. It is signifi- 
cant, however, in this connection that in an early record at An- 
napolis, Md., of the will of Henry Duke, of Baltimore County, 
who died in 1712, the testator bequeaths to his wife Susannah 
his plantation on Patapsco Neck, called " Westminster." 

The state documents in the Public Record Office at Dublin 
give the name of Andrew Duk found on the list of Protestant 
householders residing in Ballymoney Parish, Dunluce Barony, 
County Antrim, in 1740; Hugh Dook and Adam Dook, living in 
County Down in 1691 and 1752 respectively. Several of the 
name of Duck were among the " English " inhabitants in the Bar- 
onies of Dunluce and Kilconrie, on the demesne of Alexander 
Hamilton, Sr., a Scotch " planter," who recovered this great 
estate by suit, in 1740, from the Earl of Antrim; and as recently 
as 1847 the will of one Francis Duke, of Moyad, County Down, 
is recorded at Dublin Castle. 

Certain of the Duke family in England seem to have taken 
prominent interest in the early enterprise of William Penn in this 
country, as it appears from the records contained in the Colonial 
Archives of New Jersey. One Edward Duke, of Aylesbury, 
County Kent, gentleman, and Thomas Duke, of London, draper, 
became owners of 6,000 acres of land in the Province of West 
Jersey, through some business connection with John Fenwick, 
Edward Wade, John Eldridge and others, of London, original 
patentees of the large tract of land in Salem County, which was 
afterwards known as Fenwicks Colony. The Dukes received their 
grant 7 June, 1675, ^^^ it was afterward conveyed by them, in 
1677, to " Edward Gibbon, late of Benenden, County Kent," at 
this time a merchant in New York. 

In the land records of Pennsylvania it is found that Bartholo- 
mew Duke, of St. Giles Parish, County Middlesex, London, a 
baker, figures, through his wife Ann Clarke, who had inherited 
500 acres from her mother in the Province of Pennsylvania. 
Her mother was Jane Clarke, wife of Robert Clarke and daughter 
of Ann O'liffe, a widow, residing at Oxon, England, in 1681. 
Bartholomew Duke disposed of this land in 1716 to James Robins, 
also of London, " meal ffactor," for iio. 

The name of James Duke appears in an account of lands 
granted by William Penn in Pennsylvania " to several purchasers 
in England. Ireland and Scotland." It occurs in an order sent 
by Penn's deputy, Philip Ford, to Thomas Holme, Surveyor- 



General, under date of 22d 3 mo., 1682. The purchase was for 
250 acres in Township plot No. 41. 


Many of the principal Duke families in England and Ireland 
appear to have descended from what is, apparently, the parent 
stock — the Dukes of Otterton Parish, in Devonshire. 

The ancient estate, still retained by the representative branch 
of the family, lies in one of the loveliest regions of genial south- 
eastern England where, on the river Otter, near the village of 
East Budleigh, and within a mile or so of the famous Devon 
coast, may yet be seen portions of the venerable edifice reared by 
the patriarchal forefathers. The parish in which Otterton park 
is situated was granted by William the Conqueror to the Monas- 
tery of Mont St. Michel, in Normandy; here a priory was soon 
after established by John Lackland ; but, in Henry VIII. 's time, 
when, by his acts, the dissolution between the Church and the 
State was eft'ected, the monastic manor was bought by one Rich- 
ard Duke, who, according to an early chronicler, " built a fair 
house upon an ascent over the river Otter which driveth his 
mills underneath his house" (Pole; see S. Baring Gould's Devon, 
1907). Since that time Otterton has remained the seat of success- 
ive Dukes and from whom have sprung various branches known 
as the Dukes of Otterton, of Pinne, and of Colaton Raleigh, in 
Devonshire; of Lake, and of Bulford, in Wiltshire; of Cosenton, 
and JMaidstone, in Kent; of Richmond, in Surrey; of Applesham, 
in Hampshire ; of Castle Jordan, in County Meath, Ireland, and 
of other families bearing the name in different parts of Great 

Representatives of this stock were prominently identified in 
many of the great historical events in the kingdom. Being Devon- 
shire men bred in the blasts of the sea they sailed its trackless 
waters and shared in the spoils and glories of the great Eliza- 
bethan age with Drake, Hawkins, Gilbert and Raleigh; as royal- 
ists they fought and bled for the Stuart and barely escaped the 
puritanical condemnation of Cromwell, who banished, rather than 
executed, some of them ; but they came into their own again upon 
the restoration of Charles II. to the throne. 

They intermarried with the leading families of the shires — 
with Carew, Rolle, Yonge, Bartlett, Channons, Raleigh and 
others. Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, of England, was of this 
blood; and another, the prototype of Sir Roger de Coverley 
whom Joseph Addison, of The Spectator, made famous in por- 
traying — was Richard Duke, a quaint old gentleman whose seat 



at Rulford was near Milstone, in Wiltshire, and in the neighbor- 
hood of the birthplace of the great philosopher. 

It was one of the earlier Richard Dukes, of Otterton, who 
owned Hayes Barton, the birthplace of the brave and gallant Sir 
Walter Raleigh, and to whom the famous captain, when in the 
zenith of his prosperity, wrote in 1584, "but for the natural dis- 
position I have to that place, being born dn that house, I had rather 
seat myself there than anywhere, etc." 

In running through the genealogies of these ancient families 
one is at once impressed with the persistency by which hereditary 
Christian names have been passed down from generation to gen- 
eration ; even to this day, and after the lapse of centuries. Such 
are found in widely separated American families and include such 
baptismal names as Richard, Basil, William, Francis, John, 
George, Robert and James ; all peculiarly significant ancestrally. 

The eldest sons generally inherited these entailed estates and 
resided upon them, leaving the cadets, or younger sons, a small 
bequest and the prospect of a career in the church, the army, or 
the wider and wilder field of adventure in an adventurous age. 
Thus the professions received some scions of the family, but in 
those days when the resources of the new world were attracting, 
by golden dreams, the ambitious youth of Great Britain, doubtless 
many of the Dukes were beguiled to serve and share with the 
sea dogs of Devon in the conquest of a new empire beyond 
the sea. 


The earliest manuscript records of the presence of the Duke 
family in America are found in the Colonial Land Grants of Vir- 
ginia and refer, chiefly, to the conferring of land under " head 
rights " to planting adventurers who had " imported " or brought 
into the colony a certain number of colonists some of whom are 
named, but many only enumerated, upon the land grant records. 
The first of such grants to one of the Duke name occurs under 
date of 13 May, 1673, by Sir William Berkeley to John Duke for 
486 acres in James Cittie Co., situated on the Chickahominy 
River. This grant was followed by other grants to him for land 
under similar conditions, varying proportions, and in divers loca- 
tions, by Berkeley and succeeding governors. And it not only 
appears that John Duke became possessed of great quantities of 
land in this way, but also that Richard, Thomas, Henry, Francis 
and other Dukes profited in the same manner, at slightly later 
periods of the early colonial era. 

From a study of the names of the men who came into the 
colony, whether as grantees or those " imported," there is an 



apparent probability that the larger number of these came from 
the coast counties of southeastern England : Devonshire and 
Wiltshire. The Devonshire men were predominately a sea-faring 
folk and it is reasonably certain that the land that produced such 
■renowned navigators as Drake, Raleigh, Hawkins and Gilbert, 
would also contribute their brave and hardy supporters, recruited 
from the manorial families and yeomenry of the shire. 

It may then be assumed that, as the ancient houses of the 
Dukes of Otterton and Bulford were situated in these counties, 
that the younger sons (and those of the hereditary retainers of 
those houses) preferred to cast their lots with the great captains 
to whom some were related as kinsmen — and participate in the 
adventurous enterprises of their sea-roving chiefs — ^rather than 
remain at home and follow an idle and porti'onless existence upon 
the ancestral estates. Moreover, it was an age when exploration 
and colonization attracted attention and engrossed the minds of 
the daring, and offered an opportunity for, at least, a career of 
excitement, if not one of profit, to the youth of England. 

A learned contributor to the Virginia Historical Magazine has 
stated that " the Carys intermarried with the family of Richard 
Cocke about 1690. This was a Devonshire family as were the 
Brays and Dukes" (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. HI., p. 285). 

The John Duke mentioned in the foregoing was evidently of 
York Co., Va., a land owner there in 1670, and a man of some 
prominence in the colony. On 19 July, 1670, he was assignee of 
the property of Bryan Smith and his wife Dorothy Tucker (York 
County Records). 

John Duke m. Jane, eldest daughter of Lt.-Col. John Scars- 
brooke and his wife, who was Elizabeth Bushrod, the daughter 
of Elizabeth Bushrod, Sr., a sister of Elizabeth Scarsbrook — 
Lydia ni. Thos. Harwood. In the will of Lieutenant-Colonel 
Scarsbrook, he mentions, without naming them " the children of 
my dau. Jane Duke " (see will of John Scarsbrook, d. 1679, York 
County Records). 

It is evident that John Duke enjoyed a prominent civil relation 
to the community in which he lived, as his name frequently ap- 
pears upon the records: juryman, 1677; was appointed one of a 
commission to divide the estate of Wm. Allen, Sept. 24, 1678; 
one of the appraisers of the estate of William Major, 27 Aug., 
1678 ; and appointed attorney by Thos. Raynor, probably in same 
year; a resident of York Co., 1679 (see York Co., Va., Records), 
and probably removed later to James City Co. 

John Duke, a son (?) of the preceding, m. ante 1664, Susannah 
Goodwin, daughter of James Goodwin (who d. circa 1678/9), 
and his first wife Rachael Porter who was said to be of the 
Porters of Warwick, England. The will of James Goodwin's 
second wife, who d. 22 Sept., 1701, names dau. Susannah Duke 



and grandchildren: James and Elizabeth Duke (see William and 
]\Iary Quarterly, Oct., 1897, p. 7; and April, 1894, p. 275; and 
York County Records). James Duke, the son of John Duke, Jr., 
was sheriff of James City Co. in 1719 (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. IL, 
p. 6). 

It seems well to note, in passing, that Elizabeth Duke was the 
wife of Nathaniel Bacon, the instigator and leader of " Bacon's 
Rebellion " ; he died in 1675 ; she lived and remarried, and was 
a contemporary of John and Henry Duke, and was probably 
related to them. 

Henry Duke, thov:ght to have been another son of John Duke, 
Jr., was a justice of Prince George Co., Va., in 1712, and d. there, 
Jan., 1718 (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. VH., p. 400). 

The Ludwell MSS. states that Elizabeth, widow of Henry 
Duke, and James Duke, " gent," were surviving executors of the 
estate of Henry Duke, Esq. (see William and Mary Quarterly, 
Vol. IL, p. 275). A James Duke was Justice of the Quorum in 
James City Co., in 1714 (Va. Mag. of Hist., Vol. II., p. 6). 

Henry Duke, sometimes called " Captain " Henry Duke, and 
often styled " gent," appears to be the next name found upon the 
roll of grantees of " head rights " ; he was probably the most 
conspicuous of the Duke name in early Virginia history, largely 
for his connection and participation with Nathaniel Bacon, who, 
by his boldness, became " the first martyrs to the principles of 
American liberty," the chief figure in " Bacon's Rebellion." Of 
his devotion to Bacon and his cause against the arbitrary rule of 
Berkeley there can be no question. 

" M"". Duke was one of Bacon's good Justices in hastening, forwarding, 
taking and giving of Bacons oathes, and because Bacon's Capt. Nevet 
Wheeler should not want force to fight and destroy the Governor's sol- 
diers, sends two of his own servants that shed the first christian blood, and 
alsoe before that sent me to goe with Bacon the Oceanuchel march ! Hill's 
own words, in his defence against charges of scandal by James Minge." 

From 1680 to 1702 Henry Duke was officially connected with 
the government at Jamestown, as Justice, Sheriff, Burgess and 
Member of the King's Council (see Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. III., 
p. 249). ■ 

Henry Duke's wife was Lydia Hansford, a daughter of Chas. 
Hansford, one of the chief supporters of Nathaniel Bacon (see 
William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. II., p. 275). Henry Duke 
was of the council and sat in judgment at the trial of Grace Sher- 
wood, who was charged by the authorities of Nansemond Parish, 
of being a witch (Va. Hist. Mag., Vol. VII., p. 400). In an 
affidavit taken at the time, in reference to the " barring out " of 
students at William and Mary College, May 2, 1705, he was a 
member of the council. He d. circa 1713-14 (Va. Mag. Hist., 
Vol. VII., pp. 371, 400). 




From 23 Oct., 1690, to April, 1710/11, his name frequently 
appears in the Hst of grantees of land in James City Co. and New 
Kent Co., for locations along the Chickahominy River, Darroy 
Creek, and other waters, tributaries of the James ; the aggregate 
of which, according to the land records, amounted to many 
thousand acres (see Land Office Records, State House, Rich- 
mond, Va.). Henry Duke had at least one son, Henry Duke, 
Jr., who m. Elizabeth and d. in 1724. 

The probabilities are that the above mentioned John and Henry 
Duke were brothers ; and it may be reasonably assumed that 
Richard and Thomas Duke, who were also grantees — the former 
for 400 acres on the King's Road to Piscataway in New Kent 
Co., granted in 1679; and the latter for 430 acres in the Upper 
Parish of Nansemond, granted in 1681 — were also brothers or 
closely related to John and Henry. Richard Duke received head 
rights for himself, his wife, "Ma. Duke" and his son (prob.) 
George Duke ; while Thomas's grant included head rights for 
himself and his son Thomas Duke, Jr. In the description of a 
subsequent grant of land in Nansemond made by Governor 
Spottswood, the relationship is more clearly defined, as the record 
reads : " to Thomas Duke, Jr., and his brother, John Duke," the 
land-mark standing at " their father Thomas Duke's line " next 
to land of Francis Mace (Ad^ace was "imported" by the elder 
Thomas Duke and had obtained head rights from him in the 
previous year). Francis Duke obtained a grant of land in Nanse- 
mond Co. of 231 acres in 1718; this grant adjoined Thomas 
Duke's land. The presence of Francis Duke's name in the colony 
and the repetition of the hereditary family names, as those above, 
indicate the origin of this line among the Dukes of Devonshire, 

Henry Duke d. in Prince George Co., Va., in 1718. 

Inventory of Capt. Henry Duke was recorded in Prince George 
Co., Va., Jan. 18, 1718, and Elizabeth Duke was named as his 

With this introduction relative to the beginnings of the Duke 
family in tidewater Virginia we shall now come to the next stage 
in their geographical expansion. 

Henry Duke, called " brother " in will of Cliveures Duke I., of 
Louisa Co., Va., was living on Indian Creek, in Louisa Co., in 
1789, on land adjoining his brother Cliveures Duke ; and in that 
year made title to certain lands in that locality, to his son 
Henry Duke, Jr. His wife, Ann, joins in the conveyance. The 
wife of Henry, Jr., appears to have been Susannah. Henry Duke, 
Sr., had another son whose name was John. Henry apparently 
disposed of the balance of his land to Cliveures Duke after having 
served in the Revolution and then removed, presumably, to North 



Carolina and there established, it is thought, the line of Dukes 
famous as the tobacco factors of Durham. 

Dorothy Orum who seems to have joined in some of the land 
transactions in which Cliveures Duke was interested may possibly 
have been a sister of Cliveures as the name of Dorothy appears 
frequently among the baptismal names of the Dukes in Devon- 
shire and in Virginia. 

The following line of Dukes are descendants of George and 
Catharine (Barham) Duke, of Wandsworth, Surrey, England. 

Arms : Azure, a chevron between three birds close argent 
membered gules. 

Crest : On a plume of five ostrich feathers two argent three 
azure a sword argent hilt or. 

Motto: In adversis idem. 

Cliveures Duke, Sr., is held to have been, according to the tra- 
ditions of his descendants, the son of Henry Duke, of James City 

Co., Va., King's Councillor, and his wife, Cliveures, who 

was the daughter of an early Huguenot emigre. Cliveures Duke 
was probably born circa 1718, and therefore a son of Henry 
Duke, Jr., as Henry the elder, was deceased not later than 1714, 
according to the evidence in the preceding pages. It is likely he 
was the son of Captain Henry who d. in Prince George Co., Va., 
in 1718, and Elizabeth, his wife, whose name may have been 
Elizabeth Cliveures. Cliveures Duke was a justice of Lousia Co., 
Va., 1764. 

Cliveures Duke, whose name frequently appears in the records 
of Hanover and Lousia Counties, Va., in. circa 1740. He is 
described in old documents as of Little Rivers, in the Parish of St. 
Martin's and County of Lousia, Virginia. He became an extensive 
land owner by the purchase of many thousand acres in the two 
counties mentioned. The following schedule represents a part 
of his realty transactions : 

8 Dec, 1742, from Benjamin Brown, 423 acres; 7 June, 1744, 
from Joseph Swift; 7 Dec, 1750, from John Wright and Wm. 
Birket; 2 May, 1752, from James Yancey, 280 acres; 4 May, 
1752, from John Mervine and wife, and Wm. Mervine, of Amelia 
Co., 420 acres; Feb., 1761, from M. Chinn, 200 acres; 13 May, 
1765, from Robert Yancey; 11 Aug., 1766, from .John Fox, 400 
acres; 28 March, 1774, from Cosby Duke and wife, 423 acres; 
II Jan., 1776, from John Cosby, 400 acres, near Wash's planta- 
tion 30 Sept., 1776, from Richard Terrill, from Capt. Wm. Ter- 
rill, from Robert Dabney, also; 4 Nov., 1777, from Cosby Duke,, 
143 acres. 

Some time before his death, in 1784, Cliveures Duke began to 
dispose of a great deal of his possessions to his numerous children 
and others, among which these are noted : 

14 Aug., 1765, to his son Cosby Duke, 800 acres and 9 negroes. 



11 Aug., 1767, to his grandchild Ann, daughter of his son 
John Duke, of Hanover Co. 

13 Feb., 1769, to his grandchild Amediah, daughter of his son 
James, a negro. 

14 May, 1769, appoints his son Cosby Duke, his attorney-in-fact. 
4 Oct., 1769, convey to his son James Duke, of Hanover, the 

Fox lands on Little Rivers. 

In the same year he was grantor with Cosby Duke and Dorothy 
Orum of 133 acres " on both sides of the Great Mountain Road." 

6 Sept., 1770, conveys to Cosby Duke the land upon which 
Cliveures Duke, Jr., now lives. 

9 April, 1773, gives negroes, etc., to John and Mary Garland 
Duke, children of his son Cosby Duke. 

17 Jan., 1778, conveys 400 acres to George Lumsden, husband 
of his daughter Elizabeth. 

6 March, 1778, gift to his granddaughter Mary, of a negro girl. 

12 Nov., 1783, grantor, with Mary his wife, to John Gunnell. 
1784, contributes to his son-in-law Thomas Swift, a negro. 
30 Dec, 1784, his will is dated and 14 Feb., 1786, date of 

probate of will. 

Cliveures Duke is said to have been at least five times married ; 
the names of his wives in their order are supposed to have been : 
Cosby, Eggleston, Barbara; was in. to Lucy Smith 12 Oct., 1772; 
to Mary Wash, who survived him, 7 April, 1783. The issue from 
these several marriages are said to have been very numerous. 
Some of them were : John, James, Thomas, Cosby, Amy, Henry, 
Dorothy, Elizabeth, Cliveures, William, Hardin, Susannah, and a 
daughter who is supposed to have in. a Cosby, and another 
daughter who m. Henry Clivera(?). 

L John Duke, son of Cliveures, b. circa 1738, m. Nancy or 

Ann and had issue : Mary, Martha and Ann ; all b. ante 1767. 

(The will of this John Duke names his wife Ann and sister 
Elizabeth Lumsden.) 

IL James Duke, son of Cliveures, Sr., b. circa 1740; in. circa 
1758, Keziah Burnley, who after her husband's death, in. 2d 
Samuel Redd. She d. after 1822. Issue of James and Keziah 
Burnley Duke : 

1, Cliveures Duke, HI., b. circa 1760; d. in Albemarle Co., 

Va., in 1818. 

2, James, Jr., b. circa 1762; m. (Mary Munkas, in Henrico Co., 

7 Dec, 1789). 

3, Amediah, b. circa 1764; in. Samuel O. Pettus. 

The issue of Cliveures (IH.) Duke who m. circa 1780, Ann 
Overton Pettus : 

a, Lucy, b. circa 1781 ; in. Nelson Burrus. 

b, Archibald B., b. circa 1782; m. Sarah Dickerson. 

c, James, Jr. (3), b. circa 1784; d. 1844; m. Mary Biggars. 




d, Richard, b. 1786; d. ; m. 1806, Maria Walker. 

The issue of Amidiah Duke and Samuel O. Pettus : 
a, Hugh Pettus (adm. of the est. of his mother Am. D. Pettus), 
m. Barbara Price, and had issue: Samuel O. Pettus, 
killed at San Jacinto, 1836. 
The issue of Lucy Duke and Nelson Burrus: 
a, Richard ; b, James ; c, John, and d, Nelson, Jr. 
The issue of Archibald B. Duke and Sarah Dickerson who was 
the daughter of Wiley Dickerson and his wife Mary, daughter of 
John Carr and Barbara Overton. 

a, Emily; b, Corneha; c, Cliveures; d, Richard; e, Amanda, 

who m. Benj. Johnson; /, Hardenia; g, Lucy, m. 

Trevallian ; h, Caroline ; m. Wheeler ; and i, Archi- 
bald, Jr. 
, The issue of James Duke, Jr., and Mary Biggars, m. ante 1795. 
He is described as of Henrico, and owner of 200 acres of land 
on Beaver Creek, which was disposed of in 1795. He was asso- 
ciated with his brother, Richard, in the management of Rivanna 
Mills. They had a stone mill at Millington and later established 
a mill on Rocky Creek. Appointed to County Bench (Albe- 
marle), 1838. Issue: 

a, Richard Duke, of Nelson Co., Va., m. Virginia Williams. 

Issue : Charles ; Denie, m. Whitehead ; and Marie, 

m. Coles. 

b, Lucy, m. Thomas Ballard and had issue: James; Ann, m. 

Thompson; Dr. T. Edgar, m. Nannie M. Pannell. 

c, Horace, m. and removed to Alississippi ; his dau. Charlotta, 

m. Dr. Wm. Garland Carr, and had issue: James, Ter- 
rill, Nannie, Charlotta, Lucy, Emily, Patty and Daniel 
Carr, of Scooba, Miss. 

Richard Duke, m. Maria Walker, dau. of Capt. Thomas Walker, 
and granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker, of " Castle Hill," 
Albemarle Co., Va. Issue : 

a, William J., m. Emily Anderson, who d. Charlottesville, Va., 
18 Nov., 1905, aged d)"/ years; issue: Laura, Florence, 
and R. W. Duke, who m. Kate H. Hedges, and has 
issue: Charles, Emily, Kate, Elizabeth and Mattie. 

h, Lucy, VI. 1st David Wood, who left issue; m. 2d John H. 
Bills, who removed to Hardman Co., Tenn. They had 
one dau. who d. s.p. 

c, Mary J., m. Wm. W. Smith, removed to Texas; no issue. 

d, ]\Iildred W., m. George C. Gilmer, brother of Governor 

Gilmer, of Virginia. She d. 1900; issue: Frank; Maris, 
m. Cunningham, now deed. 

e, Elizabeth, m. Gen. Robert E. Rodes, C. S. A., who fell at 

Winchester, Va., in 1864; issue: Mary, who m. 



HON. R. 

W. DUKE, Sr. 

HON. R. T. W. DUKE, Jr. 


/, Richard T. W., b. 1822; d. 1898; lived at Charlottesville; 
m. 1846, Elizabeth Scott, b. 1820; d. 1896; dau. of Wm. 
Scott and Margaret Frances (Brown) Eskridge, of 
Staunton, Va. R. T. W. Duke was Colonel of 46th 
Virginia Regiment, C. S. A.; Member 41st and 42d 
Congress, U. S. A. ; and had issue : 
W. R., m. May Coleman ; issue : Cammen Coleman, and 

W. R., Jr. 
R. T. W., Jr., m. Edith Ridgeway, dau. of John Flavel 
and Mary Haines (Harker) Slaughter, of Lynch- 
burg, Va. — I Oct., 1884. Mr. Duke graduated 
from University of Virginia, 1784; Judge Corpora- 
tion (Hustings) Court of Charlottesville, Va., 
Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, and an At- 
torney and Counsellor at Law ; born at Charlottes- 
ville, Va., 27 Aug., 1853. Resides there; issue: 
Mary W. ; R. T. W., 3d, b. 19 June, 1887; John F. 
S., b. II Feb., 1889; William Eskridge, b. 23 Feb., 
1893, and Helen Risdon. Mary Willoughby Duke 
m. Dr. Chas. Slaughter ; she had one dau. ; Mary 
W. D., who m. 1905, Dr. Claude M. Lee, medical 
missionary to China. 
g, Mattie L., d. unni. 
h, Margaret, d. unm. 

i, Sarah, m. Harvey Deskins ; issue : Nannie, m. R. A. Rob- 
/, Charles C, m. Hattie W. Walker, who d. in Texas, leaving 
several sons and daughters. 

in. Thomas Duke, of Hanover Co., Va., b. 1742; d. 1826; m. 
Jane Tilman and had issue : . 

I, John Tilman Duke, b. 1789; d. Hanover, 1863; m. 1810, 
Miss Cox; issue : 
a, Thomas, in. Miss Shacklefoot; b, Edwin P., m. Mary 

Newton ; c, Frederick Cox, m. Miss Page. 
d, Albin Gilpin, b. Hanover, Va., 1827; d. 1902; m. ist 
1863, Elizabeth Gilman, and had issue; in. 2d Mary 
Vass ; no issue. 
Richard Cliveures Duke, b. Hanover Co., Va., 1869; 
m. 1893, Miss Callie Davis, and had issue: 
Maud H., Richard T., Cornelia T., and John L. 
f, Richard, d. unm. ; g, Mary m. Isaac Perrin, of Hanover. 
h, Amelia, m. John Turner, of Hanover Co., Va. 

IV. Cosby Duke, son of Cliveures Duke, Sr., b. circa 1745 ; d. 
circa lyy^; m. Elizabeth (Garland?), who was still living in 1810. 
On August 14, 1765, Cliveures Duke, the father, conveys to his 
son 800 acres of land and nine negroes, and about the same time 



joins with his father Chveures and Dorothy Orum in the con- 
veyance of 133 acres of land on both sides of the road from Great 
Mountain to Hanovertown. On 5 Dec, 1766, Cosby gets a deed 
for land from Wm. Blackwell. His father appoints him attorney- 
in-fact 14 May, 1769. Cliveures Duke deeds land to Cosby upon 
which Cliveures lives. On 6 Sept., 1770, and on 9 April, 1773, 
receives a gift of negroes. Cosby transfers 143 acres of land to 
Cliveures, 4 Nov., 1777, but on 28 March, I774(?), Cosby and 
his wife reconvey to Cliveures Duke 423 acres of the land he once 
conveyed to them. Cliveures's wife, Lucy, was interested in this 
transaction. Cosby Duke's will is dated 7 Dec, 1777, and by it 
his estate is devised to his wife Elizabeth and children: John and 
]\Iary Garland Duke. Issue: 

I, John Duke, b. circa 1762; m. circa 1780, Jane Roy. Issue: 
a, Cosby Duke, b. 1783; d. 1853; served in the War of 
1812; m. ist Martha Mallory and had issue, ten 
children ; m. 2d Miss Martin ; issue, three children, 
among whom : 
i, John Duke, of Negro Foot, Hanover, who d. 1893 ; 

m. , and had a dau., b. 1845, who 

m. P. H. Lowry, of Bracket, Va., and L. T. 
Duke, of Johnson City, Tenn. 
ii, Thomas Taylor Duke, b. Goochland Co., 1813; d. 
1874, in Henrico Co., Va. ; m. 1838, Mary Ann 
Netherland and had issue: 

a, Frances Elizabeth, b. 1839; d. 1840. 

b, Francis Johnston, b. 11 July, 1842, in Hanover 

Co., d. 31 Dec, 1905; he was Secretary 
and Treasurer of the Richmond, Freder- 
icksburg and Potomac Railroad. He m. 
25 May, 1869, Lucy Barton Williamson 
and had issue: Frank W.,b. 1871, tn. June, 
1901, Rosa Pleasants Cocke and had issue: 
William Dabney, b. 1872; Gen. Mgr. Rich- 
mond, Fredericksburg and Potomac R. R. ; 
m. 1904, Jane E. Taylor, of Wake Forest, 
N. C, dau. of President Taylor, of Wake 
Forest, Coll., and had issue: Francis John- 
ston Duke, b. 6 March, 1906. Elizabeth, 
b. 1874, d. 1874; Thomas Taylor, b. 1875, 
lieutenant U. S. A. ; James Netherland, b. 
1877, d. 1891 ; Cora de Jarnette, b. 1878, 
and Lucy Williamson, b. 1880, living in 
Richmond, Va. 

c, Robert Edward Duke, b. 1845; ^- 1903; 'i''^- 

1867, Mattie Smith, who d. 1903, and left 
surviving: Oolah Duke, b. 1868. 



d, Clementine Ann Duke, b. 1847; d- 1880; m. 

1874, Alex. Clay Evans and had Norma, 
b. 1874; d. 1875. 

e, Victoria Juliet Duke, b. 1849; d. 1880; m. 

1868, Henry Hill Doggett, who d. 1870, 
and left issue: Harry Hill, b. 1869; m. 
Alice Barnes, of Richmond, and had : 
Lenora Anderson, b. 1900 ; Victoria Juliet, 
b. 1902. 

/, Louis Napoleon Duke, b. 1853; d. 1891 ; m. 
1878, Barbara , who d. s.p. 

g, Matthew Garrett Duke, b. 1851; d. 1873. 

h, Alice Duke, b. 1857; d. 1859. 
2, Mary Garland Duke, b. circa 1765; m. Jan., 1782, John 

V. Amediah (Amy) Duke, dau. of Chveures Duke, m. 
Thomas Swift. Amy was b. circa 1747. She had issue Rebecca 
and Amediah (both mentioned in their grandfather Duke's will) ; 
Thomas, and Mary, who m. Gabriel Poindexter ante 1784, and is 
mentioned in the will of her grandfather also. 

VHI. Elizabeth Duke, dau. of Cliveures Duke, b. circa 1753 ; 
m. Oct. 12, 1773, George Lumsden, and to whom his father-in- 
law conveys 400 acres of land, 17 Jan., 1778. Not only was 
Cliveures Duke, Sr., and his son Cliveures, Jr., on George Lums- 
den's marriage license bond, but he performed the same gracious 
office for the elder Cliveures when he espoused Mary Wash, 7 
April, 1783. George Lumsden was one of the executors of the 
will of Chveures Duke, probated 14 Feb., 1785. 

IX. Cliveures Duke, Jr., son of Cliveures Duke, Sr., b. 1755, 
as he states in his pension application, made in 1820, for service 
rendered during the Revolution. He d. in 1847. He may have 
m. 1st Elizabeth Burnley, sister of John Burnley, and m. 2d Ann 
Armstrong, widow of Thomas Armstrong, who was b. 1742. 
The supposition of the compiler is that Cliveures Duke, Jr., if 
having m. ist Elizabeth Burnley, may have been legally separated 
from her, as in 1818 he does not appear as one of the litigants in 
Duke vs. Burnley suit, and in 1820 in his pension application 
states that his wife's name is Ann Armstrong, and there is no 
evidence of his having any issue by her, while the issue of Eliza- 
beth Burnley Duke are found named in the papers of the famous 
Duke-Burnley case. They were : Burnley, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, 
Patsey, Lucy and Nancy. In his will the father of Cliveures 
mentioned the son Cliveures as living on his (the father's) land, 
which he bought of Robert Dabney. In a document dated 5 May, 
1784, Cliveures, Jr., is mentioned as having given his daughter, 
Lucy Burnley Duke, a negro girl; and later acknowledges an 

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oblic-ation to James Burnley of ii,6oo. On the 15th Nov., 1800, 
Henry Clivcars(?) receipts him and Ann, his wife, for a negro 
boy Nathan: "for my wife's share in her father's Estate." 7 
Feb 1807, he gives to his daughter Nancy certain slaves; and 
having, it is said, ran through his fortune in one way or another, 
he makes acknowledgment of his poor estate m his pension appli- 
cation in 1820. . Issue: 
I, Burnley Duke. b. ; m. Huldah Brown, sister of Ben- 
jamin Brown, of Amherst Co., Va., and Dr. Edmund 
Brown, of Georgia, and had issue: 

a, Dr. John Burnley Duke, of Kentucky; member Ken- 

tucky Legislature, 1825. 

b, General Benjamin B. Duke, m. Mary P. Winston, dau. 

of Dr. John Winston. General Duke lived and 
died in Louisa Co., Va., April 12, 1819; he is noted 
in a transaction had with Burnley Duke, of Han- 
over Co., Va. 

c, Alfred Duke, b. 1806; d. 1890; m. Ann Elizabeth Good- 

win, dau. of WilHam Doswell Goodwin and Mary 
Winfield Cosby, his wife, of Hanover Co., Va., and 
had issue (see Supplement, William and Mary 
Quarterly, Oct., 1907) : William Burnley Duke, 
Mary Goodwin Duke, who 111. John A. Garratt; 
Elizabeth Ann Duke, d. uiuii.; Sarah Wingfield 
Duke, m. D. Rihon; Philip St. John Duke, who m. 

and had: Alfred Duke, of Howletts, 

Hanover Co., Va., graduate U. of Pa., 1907. 

d, Orlando Duke, emigrated to Natchez, Miss. ; e, George 
W. Duke, emigrated to Missouri; //Lewis Duke, 
emigrated to Kentucky. 

g, Alfred Nelson Duke, b. i8io( ?) ; d. 1852; m. Mary E. 
Timberlake, b. 2 March, 1812; d. 4 March, 1906; 
dau. of Granville and Mary (Richardson) Timber- 
lake. They had issue : 
i, Carolina Fredonia, b. 1840; m. 1862, John C.Millar, 
of Goochland Co., Va., and had Ada, b. 1863, 
m. 1886, Joy Fogg; Florence, b. 1865, m. 1884, 
Lewis Duke, issue six children; Blanche, b. 
1867, d. 1874; George, b. 1870, m. 1894, Jane 
Duke; John C, b. 1879, killed 1899. 
ii, Emma Duke, b. June, 1842, m. 1858, Minor Mc- 
Laughlin, of Caroline Co., Va., and had issue: 
Ridgeii'av.h. 1859, w. 1890, Miss Rolfe and had 
Minor, Jr., and Mary; Olive, b. 1862, m. 1887, 

Sanders and had issue six children ; Vir- 

ginia,h. 1864, ?;;. 1883, Harrison; Morton, 

b. 1866, m, 1894, Smith; Conway, b. 1871, 




unm.; Alma, b. 1875, m. 1895, Joyner; 

James, b. 1878, unm. ; Maude, b. 1880, m. 1901, 
Willis Duke; Minnie, b. 1884. 
iii, Burnley Duke, b. 1844; d. 1844. 

iv, George Duke, b. 1845; d. 1885; m. ; 

issue: Mary, b. 1868, d. 1882; Albert, b. 1871 ; 
Willis, b. 1877, m. 1901, Maude McLaughlin; 

Everetta, b. 1879, m. 1903, . 

V, John Duke, b. 1848; m. 1869, Laura Fogg and had 
issue: Emma, h. 1869, d. 1894, in. 1889, C. 
Jones, issue Laura Mabel, b. 1872, m. 1897, 
— ■ — McGherin and had Willis and Ellwood ; 
Burnley, h. 1876; Maude (?), b. 1881, num. 
vi, Lewis Duke, b. 1850; d. 1854. 
vii, Alberta Nelson Duke, b. 1852 (see Richardson- 
Du Priest Family). 

h, Elizabeth B. Duke, m. Hogue, of Rockingham 

Co., Va. ; issue three daughters. 
i, Sarah Duke, d. unm. ; j, Emma Duke, d. unm. 
k, Alexander Duke, m. 1835, Elizabeth K. Garratt, dau. of 
Alexander and Evalina (Boiling) Garratt; she was 
the dau. of John Boiling, of North Garden, and a 
descendant of the Princess Pocahontas. For some 
years Alexander Duke was connected with the Rev. 
Pike Powers in conducting a high school at Mid- 
way, Albemarle Co., Va. Issue: {i) Susan, who 
m. ante 1875, Col. Horace W. Jones. 
I, Mildred Duke, who ni. George McLaughlin. On her 
death he m. 2d Patsey Duke. 

2, Ann Duke, dau. of CHveures, Jr., m. William Smith. 

3, Elizabeth Duke, dau. of CHveures Duke, Jr., m. Reuben 


4, Mary Duke, dau. of CHveures Duke, Jr., m. Richard Keeling 


5, Patsey Duke. 

XL Hardin Duke, son of CHveures Duke, Sr., b. 1759; d. 
circa 1855; m. 7 April, 1783, Elizabeth Swift, both of Louisa Co., 
Va. Hardin was a soldier of the Revolution and served seven 
years in that war. Issue : 

1, Thomas Duke, his son, m. Jane O. (or Mary) Halliday and 

had issue : 
a, Thomas A.; h, Anne; c, Sarah Lewis; d, Jemima, m. 
H. S. Lowry ; e, Catharine, m. W. B. Cocke ; /, 
Mildred ; h, Frederic ; i, Luther W. 

2, William Duke, m. Sarah L. Richardson, and d. s.p. 

3, James F. Duke, m. Sharp and had issue : 



a, Sarah, who m. William Richardson; b. ; m. Tom 


4, Garland Duke, b. i6 March, 1790; d. 27 Sept., 1875; m. 14 

Jan., 1812, Frances Gibson, b. 28 May, 1795, dau. of 
Gen. Wm. Gibson, who fought in the Revolution, and 
whose wife was Miss Terry, a near relative of General 
Terry, who lived near Fredericksburg. Issue : 

a, John E., b. 29 Nov., 1812; d. 16 March, 1837. 

b, William Garland, b. Jan. 18, 1815; d. 31 July, 1878; in. 

Elizabeth Blades and had Elizabeth. 

c, Richard Hardin, b. Louisa Co., Va., 24 July, 1817; d. 

Richmond, Va., 27 Jan., 1887; in. 24 Feb., 1853, 

Salena Nieblung, of Baltimore. Issue : 

i, Frank Morris, b. 5 Dec, 1853, d. 10 July, 1876; 

ii, Lena M., b. 10 Oct., 1855 ; iii, Charles R. 

H., b. 31 March, i860; iv, Walter Garland, b. 

24 Jan., 1864; V, Florence, b. 7 Sept., 1865. 

d, Barbara Anne, in. Reynolds and had : Kate, who 

in. Sidney Beckwith and had Gladys Beckwith. 

e, George W. Duke, b. 12 Nov., 1825; d. , 1900; m. 

Dorothy Swift. Issue: 

i, Emma, who m. Tiller, of Louisa Co., Va. 

ii, Ida, who m. Gore, of Williamsburg, Va. 

/, Benjamin F. Duke, b. 30 Sept., 1823; d. 5 June, 1866; 

m. and had : 

i, Isabel ; ii, Lewis ; iii, Frank. 

g, Mary E. Duke, b. 12 Dec, 1825; d. , 1905; in. ]:' 

Thomas Bumpass, of Bumpass Station, on C. & O. 
R. R., and have issue: C. W. Bumpass and others. 
h, Alfred, d. unin. 
i, James B. Duke, b. 17 March, 1830; d. in Pueblo, Col., 

1896; m. . Issue: 

i, Melville; ii, Ellen; iii, William; iv, Frank; living 
in Pueblo, Col. 
;', Lunsford, b. 17 Feb., 1832; d. 7 Jan., 1833. 
k, Patrick Henry, b. 3 May, 1834; living at Soldiers' 
/Of ^p t/i^.J^ome, IiaH^3ioHr*Va. ; in. Georgie Wood, of City 

^^"^ Point, Va., and had: 

i, Rosa, who in. Galpin ; ii, James B., of Mem- 
phis, Tenn. 
/, Frances Ellen Duke, b. 18 Aug., 1836; d. Feb., 1862; m. 

Pindall, of Anne Arundel Co., Md. 

m, Julia R. Duke, b. 17 Jan., 1839; d. 27 Oct., 1869; m. 
Walter Leake, a nephew of Judge Leake, and had 
issue : 
i, Mary, who in. Dietrich and lives in Manches- 
ter, Va. , ^ 

5, Richard S. Duke, m. Elizabeth L. HaJliday and had issue: 

276 ^ 


a, Thomas H. ; h, William A. ; c, Sarah C. ; d, Walter L, ; 
e, James L. }~\ ouhJ\J^^A.Aj' 

6, Hardin Litnsford Duke, in. Betsey Richardson. Issvie: 

a, Jabez; b, John, who ni. Blissa Swift aad=kad-iavfma, 
who m. Nuckols. (^:^T'^^ <^ 

7, Mary Duke, in. Nuckols and had issue : 

a, Hardin, who m. Jones; b, Eliza, who m. ist Wm. 

Cocke ; m. 2d W. Nuckols ; c, Louisa. 

8, Elizabeth Duke, m. Nuckols and had : 

a. Ponce; b, Mary, who m. Willhite. 

9, Ann Duke, ;;;. Armstrong and had : 

a, Henry; b, Mary, m. Robert Sharp; c, Miranda; d, 
Margaret; e. Amy. 

10, Louisa Duke, m. Sharp. 

4, C, IV. Walter Garland Duke, son of Richard Hardin and 
Salena (Nieblung) Duke, b. Richmond, Va., 24 Jan., 1864; m. 
27 Nov., 1894, Jane, dau. of Joseph Henderson and Hannah 
(Irving) Terrill and have Irving Terrill Duke, b. 9 Jan., 1901. 

Fontaine Duke, of Hanover, or Louisa, Co., Va., m. Judith 
N. Pryor. 

I. Thomas D. Duke, b. Virginia; d. McNary Co.,Tenn., 1856; 
m. 1825, his fourth cousin, Elvira Duke. Issue: 

I, John Hughes Duke, of Jackson, Tenn., b. 2 Feb., 1830, in 
Louisa Co., Va., removed with parents to western Ten- 
nessee in 1834; m. Dec, 1858, Miss Wisdom, Issue: 
a, Ella ; b, Grace ; c, John Burns. 

11, Jane E. Duke. 

III. LowRY M. Duke. 

IV. Fontaine Pryor Duke. 


Down in the eastern corner of Devonshire in England, about 
three miles from the village of Otterton, the seat of the Dukes 
of Otterton and but a short distance from Budleigh-Salterton, a 
noted watering place on the Devon coast, will be found the birth- 
place of Sir Walter Raleigh, the great Elizabethan admiral. It 
is situated on what is known as Barton-Hayes farmstead. A 
low quadrangular house, quaintly esconsed in a flowery bower, 
indicates the place where he first saw the light. For a long time 
after this event took place it was owned by the Duke family, and 
when the great captain, surfeited with the pleasures, the gayeties, 
and weary of the gilded grandeur of the court which surrounded 
him, turned for repose to the scene of his nativity. It was then 
that he wrote Richard Duke, in 1584, of his desire to purchase 



it. In that letter he says : " But for the natural disposition I 
have in that place, being born in that house, I had rather seat 
myself there than anywhere else." This letter was preserved 
for a long time by the Duke family at Otterton House, but is 
now, I am told, lodged in the museum at Exeter. 

Richard Duke, a descendant of the one to whom Raleigh wrote, 
was of the Otterton line; he was a Westminster boy and was 
educated at Trinity College. In later years he became a noted 
clergyman, and also wrote some good verse, and of such merit 
that Dr. Johnson included them among the classics. Richard 
Duke died in London, lo Feb., 1710-11. The family traditions 
say that he had two sons, Richard and Raleigh, for the Raleighs 
and the Dukes intermarried and Raleigh was the younger brother 
and father of William Duke, who was born at Hayes Farm in 
1709 and came to Virginia, as a boy, under the patronage of his 
kinsman, Col. William Byrd, who seated " Westover," on the 
James. At "Westover" young Duke spent the early years of 
his life preparing himself for future citizenship under the pre- 
cept and example of Colonel Byrd, accompanying him on many 
of his expeditions on the public business and explorations into the 
fastnesses of southern Virginia. It is claimed also that when Byrd 
was one of the commissioners to run the dividing line between 
Virginia and the Carolina province, William Duke was with him ; 
at least it is credited to Colonel Byrd that it was through his 
persuasion and influence, and to the glowing description that he 
gave of the land of Eden, which induced young Duke to settle 
later over the border in the Carolina country ; and there he chose 
a fine plantation near what is now Ridgeway, in Bute Co., N. C, 
called the " Purchase Patent," where he settled about 1735. 

On the Land Grant books at Richmond are records which tend 
to show the presence of William Duke in Virginia at an early date. 

Governor Gooch, on the 28th Sept., 1728, granted to William 
Duke 317 acres of land in Brunswick County, situated on the 
south side of the south fork of Reedy Creek. On the same date 
a grant of 195 acres was made by Governor Gooch to John Duke ; 
it also was located in Brunswick County, on the outward fork 
of Reedy Creek. In the description of the metes and bounds of 
this tract one of its corners is defined as adjoining William Duke's 
land, etc. (see L. G. book. No. 14, pp. 31, 59). 

The presumption is that this William Duke referred to in the 
foregoing grants was identical with Colonel Byrd's protege. 

William Duke married Mary Green, daughter of Thos. Edward 
Green, of Bute Co., N. C, and removed beyond the Roanoke 
about 1735. He built a house on his plantation modelled from 
" Westover," the home of his friend and patron, and furnished 
it with glass windows, said to have been the first introduced into 
that section of the province of North Carolina. The old Duke 
home was destroyed by fire many years ago, but the remains of 



much of its old-time grandeur is found to-day in the beauty and 
arrangement of the surroundings. 

Wilham Duke and Mary Green had several children, among 
whom were: Green, Sally, Tamar, Winifred and Nannie. 

1, Mary Duke, m. Isaac Howze. 

2, Winifred Duke, in. Jonathan Davis and are said to have 

been the ancestors of Jefferson Davis, former President 
of the Confederacy. Jefferson Davis was the son of 
Samuel Davis, a soldier of the Revolution, who after 
the war removed to Christian Co., Ky., where Jefferson 
was born, 3 June, 1808. He was appointed to West 
Point where he graduated. On 30 June, 1835, he m. 
Sallie Knox, dau. of Zachary Taylor, who was then 
Colonel of the First U. S. Infantry and afterward the 
famous general of that name. Jefferson Davis was sur- 
vived by a widow and a daughter, Winnie. 

3, Green Duke, m. . 

4, Tamar Duke, in. ist Mr. Wortham; in. 2d Edward Jones, 

son of Edward and Abigail (Shugan) Jones. Her de- 
scendants are numbered among the Tannahills, Whites, 
Pritchards, Hayes, Greens and others. 

5, Nannie Duke, m. ist (John?) Christmas; m. 2d Robert 

Jones, son of Edward and Abigail (Shugan) Jones, a 
descendant of Judge Jones, one of the judiciary who 
sat in judgment on Charles I. of England. His parents 
emigrated from King and Queen Co., Va., about 1732. 
Abigail Shugan is said to have been the first white 
woman to cross the " Shocco Creek country." After 
the death of Edward Jones she m. 3d Thomas Cook, and 
although there was no issue by this marriage she was 
long and affectionately known throughout the family as 
" Grandmother Cook." Of the children of Edward 
Jones and Abigail (Shugan) Jones, I. Priscilla m. ist 
William Macon ; m. 2d James Ransome, whose son, 
Seymour Ransome, had a dau., Mary Ransome, who m. 
Lewis Duke, and their dau., Indiana L. Duke, in. Hon. 
Daniel R. Goodloe. Nannie Duke and John ( ?) Christ- 
mas lived at Melrose, near Warrenton, N. C. They 
had issue ; surname Christmas. 
6, Sallie Davis ; 7, Lewis Duke. 

8, Henry, an officer in the American navy, who died at sea. 

9, Mary, who in. General Philomel Hawkins, of North Caro- 

lina; issue eleven children. 

10, Patsey, who m. Allison Williams. 

11, Elizabeth Swann Jones, b. 1783; m. Robert Jones, of the 

Halifax line. 

12, Sarah Jones, b. 1785, in. Rev. John C. Glenn; moved to 



Tennessee in 1804; an ancestor of Col. Thomas Allen 
Glenn, of Philadelphia, Pa. ; historian and genealogist. 

13, Thomas Cook Jones, b. 1787; m. Tempie Williams and had 

son, Thomas Jones, of Arkansas. She m. 2d Dr. Calvin 
Tones, of Massachusetts, founder of Wake Forest Col- 
lege, North Carolina. 

14, William Duke Jones, b. 30 Sept., 1788; w. Mary Ann 

Speed, dau. of Joseph Speed, of Mecklenburg, Va. 

15, Ann Winnifred Jones, b. 1790; d. 1820; in. 1815, Rev. 

John Early, one of the pioneer bishops of the Methodist 
Church in the South. They lived at Lynchburg, Va. 

16, Abigail Henry Jones, b. 1792; d. imiii. 

6. Sallie Davis (William^, Winnifred-), dau. of Jonathan 
Davis and Winnifred (Duke) Davis, m. Henry Fitts (see Fitts' 
Family History). 

7. Lewis Duke (William^ Green^), son of Green and 

Duke, m. Mary Ransome. 

10. Patsey Christmas (William^ Nannie-), dau. of John(?) 
and Nannie (Duke) Christmas, m. Allison Williams. Issue: 

17, James ; 18, Mary. 

11. Elizabeth Swann Jones (William^, Nannie-), dau. of 
Robert and Nannie (Duke-Christmas) Jones, b. 1783; m. Robert 
Jones, of the distinguished Jones family of Halifax, N. C. From 
these are descended, among others : Rev. John N. Cole, of Raleigh, 
who VI. Elizabeth Marshall Jones, of Virginia. Mr. Cole is a 
member of the North Carolina Methodist Conference, and super- 
intendent of the Methodist Orphanage at Raleigh. They have 
several children. His sister, Lucy Cole, m. Wm. H. Burwell and 
left a large family. 

14. William Duke Jones (WilliamS Nannie-), son of Robert 
and Nannie (Duke-Christmas) Jones, b. 30 Sept., 1788; m. ist 
Mary Ann, dau. of Joseph Speed, of Mecklenburg, Va. Joseph 
Speed was a man of exalted character, cultured and accomplished, 
and one of the most trusted and influential citizens in the section 
in Virginia in which he lived. He was a descendant, in a direct 
line, from Sir Joseph Speed, of England, b. 1552; historian, geog- 
rapher, antiquarian ; a contemporary of Sir Walter Raleigh. 
Speed's History of England, in its day, was considered a most 
remarkable production. At the age of twenty-six Joseph Speed, 
of Virginia, was a member of the celebrated Virginia Convention 
which proclaimed the Rights of Man. An ancestor of Mary 
Speed (?) was Col. Robert Bignall, of Tarboro, an attorney, and 
secretary of the colony. He was a member of the Committee of 
Safety with two former governors of North Carolina and ren- 
dered efficient service until his death in 1776 (Colonial Records 



of North Carolina). Wm. Duke Jones, m. 2d Mrs. Angelina 
Fennell (nee Peete), widow of Dr. Fennell, of Virginia, and 
daughter of Edwin Peete and Anne Bignall and the niece of Mary 
Ann Speed Jones. Issue of first uxor: 

19, Joseph Speed, b. 7 Oct., 1814, d. May, 1900; 20, Anne 
Bignall; 21, Minerva Temperance; 22, Mary Eliza; 
2;^, John Edwin. 
Issue of second uxor : 

24, Pattie, d. imiu.; 25, Ella Speed; 26, Elizabeth Anne; 27, 
Emma Peete; 28, Mary Williams. 

17. James Williams (William\ Nannie^ Patsey^), son of 
Allison and Patsey (Christmas) Williams, m. Miss Pat Lou. 
They lived near Ringwood, Halifax Co., N. C. They had four 
children : 

29, Pat Lou, m. Col. Thomas Jones, of Woodley, Warren 

Co., N. C. 

30, Sallie, m. John Jones, of Warren Co. They resided at 


18. Mary Williams (William\ Nannie-, Patsey^), dau. of 
Allison and Patsey (Christmas) Williams, m. William Burwell, 
of the noted Spottswood-Burwell line of Virginia. He also was 
a descendant of William Duke, of Devonshire. Issue: 

31, William Henry Burwell. 

19. Joseph Speed Jones (William\ Nannie^ William D.^), 
son of William Duke and Mary A. (Speed) Jones, b. 7 Oct., 
1814; d. 17 May, 1900; in. ist Miss Lucy Pettway, dau. of Mark 
H. Pettway, of Halifax Co.; in. 2d Mrs. Mary Fort, of Balti- 
more, dau. of William and Harriet (Wilson) Fort, both of ancient 
Yorkshire (England) families recorded in the Yorkshire Visita- 
tions. Mary Fort, at sixteen years of age, graduated from the 
Patapsco Institute of Baltimore, then under the auspices of Mrs. 
Myrd Linden Phelps. Losing her father, her home devastated 
by the horrors of war, Mary, with her widowed mother and 
sisters, sought refuge in Virginia and Carolina. In the latter 
state she met and married Joseph Speed Jones, then a man of 
great wealth and of high social position. War swept away his 
fortune, but to his aid came this noble woman. Gathering together 
the children of her own household and those of the country about 
her, she opened, at " Shocco Hill," her home school and educated 
all within her reach. She looked well to the ways of her own 
household and kept all things in perfect order, while every day 
giving lessons in English, Latin, French, music and mathematics, 
and finding time also, with her class in botany, to search out and 
analyze the flowers of the fields and gardens, and to scan the 
heavens with her class in astronomy. Uncomplaining and serene 
in the midst of the conditions of the time she fulfilled her duty 



to her neighbors and her own family. Issue by first uxor : 

32, Mary Speed, deed.; 33, Mark Pettway; 34, Marina Wil- 

Hams; 35, WilHam Robert; 36, Pattie Clark; 37, John 

Buxton Williams; 38, Lucy Barker; 39, Joseph Speed, 

Jr.; 40, Edwin Early; 41, Tempie W., d. inf. 

Issue of second uxor : 

42, Mary Speed; 43, Howard Field; 44, Peter D. ; 45, Nathan 
Wilson, who resides at the ancestral home " Shocco 
Hill," Warren Co., N. C. The Warren White Sulphur 
Springs, which is part of the estate, has long been a 
health resort of national reputation and is located in a 
very beautiful region. It was owned and developed by 
Wm. Duke Jones. Nearby is the home once occupied 
by Robert Jones, his father, in the colonial days, with its 
fragrant bowers and undimmed memories. 

20. Anne Bignall Jones (William\ Nannie^ William D.^), 
dau. of William Duke and Mary A. (Speed) Jones, in. John E. 
Boyd, of Roanoke. He was of the well-known Boyd-Armistead 
family, distinguished in the colonial history of Virginia. Issue : 

46, Mary Speed; 47, John; 48, Parthenia Anne; 49, Henry 
Armistead ; 50, Walter Blaire, m. Miss Bettie Hawkins. 
He was president of the Warrenton R. R. Co., and now 
extensively identified with many other enterprises in 
Warrenton and vicinity; 51, William. 

21. Minerva Temperance Jones (William\ Nannie-, William 
D.^*), dau. of William D. and Mary A. (Speed) Jones, m. Henry 
Fitts. Issue : 

52, James. 

22. Mary Eliza Jones (William\ Nannie-, William D.-''), dau. 
of William Duke and Mary A. (Speed) Jones, m. Joseph Brehon 
Somerville, of Warren Co. They removed to Haywood Co., 
Tenn. Issue : 

53, William J., dcc'd; a former attorney at Memphis, Tenn. 

54, Catharine Vant, dec'd; 55, Mary Speed, dec'd; 56, Rosa 

Claiborne ; 57, Tempie J. ; 58, Sallie Gilmer ; 59, Walter 
E., attorney, dec'd; 60, EHza; 61, Nannie Boyd. 

23. John Edwin Jones (William^\ Nannie-, William D.^), son 
of William D. and Mary A. (Speed) Jones, m. ist Marina Pett- 
way, no issue ; in. 2d Millie Pettway ; m. 3d Miss India Royster, 
no issue : 

62, Millie P., d. y. 

25. Ella Speed Jones (William^ Nannie-, William D.^), dau. 
of William D. and Angelina (Peete-Fennell) Jones, m. Francis 
Marion Hyman, of Martin Co., N. C. ; member of firm of Hy- 
man & Dancy, of Norfolk, Va. Issue : 

63, Maggie, d. in early womanhood. 



26. Elizabeth Anne Jones (William\ Nannie^ William D.^), 
dau. of William D. and Angelina (Peete-Fennell) Jones, m. Col. 
W. S. Davis, of Warren Co. Mrs. Davis d. 1907. Issue: 

64, Wm. Jones, m. Miss Hannah Barham, of Louisburg, N. 

C. ; had issue. 

65, John B., m. Miss Bennie Williams whose mother was a 

Miss Kearney, of the well-known family of that name 
in Warren Co. ; had issue. 

66, Mary Ella ; 67, Robert Lee, m. Miss Marioll Betts, dau. of 

Rev. A. D. Betts, of the North Carolina Methodist Con- 
ference, and a noted leader in the prohibition movement 
of 1908. They reside at Wilson, N. C, and have several 
68, Elizabeth Speed, missionary to Brazil; 69, Richard, resid- 
ing at Chicago, 111. ; 70, Frank M., m. Margaret Clark, 
of Wilson, N. C, and has issue: 71, Emma H., ni. Mr. 
Stafford, of Virginia; 72, Joseph Speed, d. y. ; y^, Julian 
C, resides at Warrenton, N. C. ; 74, Angelina Peet, 

2y. Emma Peete Jones (William^, Nannie^, William D.^), 
dau. of William D. and Angelina (Peete-Fennell) Jones, m. 
Henry B. Hunter, of Warren Co., a citizen of prominence ; resid- 
ing at Afton, Warren Co., N. C. Issue : 
75, Frank P. ; 76, Willie Jones, d. 1906, m. Ernest M. Goodwin ; 
yy, Carrie; 78, Lulu, m. L. Jones, of Durham, N. C, 
have issue ; 79, Harry Blount, of Norfolk, Va. ; 80, 
Edwin D. ; 81, Emma Jones; 82, Robert K. 

28. Mary Williams Jones (William^ Nannie-, William D.^), 
dau. of William D. and Angelina (Peete-Fennell) Jones, m. 
Wesley Irby, of Virginia. Issue: 

83, Henry H. ; 84, Frank M.; 85, Ella Hyman; 86, Willie 

31. William Henry Burwell (WilHam^ Nannie^, Patsey^, 
William*), son of William and Mary (Williams) Burwell, m. ist 
Laura Pettway. Issue : 

87, William H., Jr., of Warrenton, m. ist Olive Burton, dau. 

of Rev. R. O. Burton, a prominent Methodist clergy- 
man of Virginia; m. 2d Mary Watson. Reside in 

88, Mark Pettway, ni. Anne Taylor of Virginia. Reside in 


89, Tempie, in. R. B. Boyd, of Virginia, and have several 


33, Mark Pettway Jones (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, 
Joseph S.*), son of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) Jones, m. 
Miss Nannie P. Jones, of Wake Co., N. C. Issue: 



90, Alfred Speed, dec'd ; 91, Mark Harwell, dec'd ; 92, William 
Duke, deputy sheriff of his County, d. at age of 21 
years; 93, Elizabeth Price, in. Geo. W. Davis, of New 
York ; 94, Lucy Pettway. 

34. ]\Iarina Williams Jones (William^ Nannie-, William 
D.^, Joseph S.*), dau. of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) Jones, 
m. Charles Alston Cook, graduate of Princeton College ; attorney, 
afterward district attorney of Warren Co., under President Har- 
rison; member of many state and national conventions; a judge 
of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. In 1903 removed to 
Muskogee, Okla., " that his family might grow up in the great 
west," but always a loyal son of Carolina, and a typical southern 
gentleman. He is a descendant from the Marshalls, Branches, 
Le Noirs, Alstons, Macons and Jones families ; among these an- 
cestors were former governors of North Carolina, and statesmen. 
He was a member of the first Legislature of Oklahoma. Mrs. 
Cook is a woman of rare gifts and both are highly esteemed in 
their adopted home. Issue: 

95, Branch Alston, deed. ; 96, Lenoir ; 97, Bignall Speed, who 
VI. Miss Pearl Stuart, of N. Y. They have several 
children. Reside at Glen Hazel, Pennsylvania. 
98, Josephine Henry; 99, Barker Pettway, dec'd; 100, Charles 
Alston, in United States Army; loi, Marshall Edward, 
assistant postmaster at Muskogee, Okla. ; 102, William 
Jones, financier; 103, Marina Williams, d. y. ; 104, Ben- 
jamin Edwards at the University of North Carolina; 
105, Mary Speed Mercer. 

36, Patty Clark Jones (William^, Nannie-, William D.^, 

Joseph S.*), dau. of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) Jones, m. 

Jonas Carr Williams, son of John Buxton Williams, of Warren 

Co., N. C. She is dec'd. Issue : 

106, Eva Thornton; 107, Joseph Speed, m. Hattie Hill, of 

Louisburg; 108, Lucy Pettway; 109, Tempie Dameron; 

no, Marina Cook, m. Edward S. Paddison, manager 

Carolina T. & T. Co., of Wilson, N. C. 

111, Mark Pettway, manager Henderson Tele. Co.; resides at 

Rocky Mount, N. C. 

112, F. Graham, electrician Oxford, N. C. ; 113, Mary A.; 

114, Pattie Jonas, d. 1909, aged 20 years. 

^7. John Buxton Williams Jones (William\ Nannie^ Wil- 
liam D.3, Joseph S.^), son of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) 
Jones, m. Mrs. Nannie P. Jones, widow of Mark P. Jones, who 
d. 1898. Issue : 

115, Nancy Peters Saunders; 116, Alpheus ; 117, Joseph Speed. 

38. Lucy Barker Jones (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, 



Joseph S.*), dau. of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) Jones, m. 
Samuel S. Reeks. Issue : 

ii8, Samuel Soule, dec'd; 119, Josephine Speed. 

39. Joseph Speed Jones, Jr. (William^, Nannie^, William D.^, 
Joseph S.*), son of Joseph S. and Lucy (Pettway) Jones; m. 
Estelle McKinney, of Texas. Issue : 

120, Alattie Nobles; 121, Lucy Pettway; 122, Willie Estelle; 
123, Helen; 124, Tillet Nobles; 125, Josephine Speed. 

42. Mary Speed Jones (William\ Nannie'^, William D.^, 
Joseph S.*), dau. of Joseph S. and Mary (Fort) Jones, m. Wil- 
liam Mercer, of Edgecombe, N. C. He is descended from the 
Mercers of " Aldie," Scotland, and from the Rouths of England. 
He represented his county twice in the Senate of North Carolina, 
and has repeatedly refused office; graduate of Trinity College, 
N. C, 1876; studied medicine at the University of Virginia and 
graduated from the University of the City of New York ; located 
and practices in his profession at the home of his ancestors. West 
End, Edgecombe Co., N. C. Issue: 

126, Margaret E. ; 127, Mary Fort; 128, John Routh; 129, 
Routh Speed; 130, Lenoir Cook. 

43. Howard Field Jones (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, 
Joseph S.*), son of Joseph S. and Mary (Fort) Jones, m. Estelle 
Brodie, of Wilson, N. C. He is one of the most popular men in 
Warren Co. ; optimistic, talented, and a firm believer in the future 
of his state. He is editor of the Warrenton Record. Issue : 

131, Walter Brodie; 132, Bignall Speed; 133, WilHam Duke; 
134, Ella Brodie; 135, Howard F., Jr. 

44. Peter D. Jones (William^ Nannie^, William D.^, Joseph 
S.*), son of Joseph S. and Mary (Fort) Jones, m. Miss Susan 
M. Daughtry. Issue: 

136, Sallie Mercer; 137, Mary Speed, dec'd; 138, Susan Mercer, 
of Rocky Mount, N. C. 

46. Mary Speed Boyd (William\ Nannie-, William D.^, Anne 
B.*), dau. of John E. and Anne (Bignall) Boyd, m. Joseph Ware, 
of Tennessee. Issue : 

139, Anne Boyd; 140, Grace Arrington, m. Colonel Sanford, 
of Tennessee; 141, William S. 

48. Parthenia a. Boyd (William\ Nannie^, William D.^, 
Anne B.*), dau. of John E. and Anne (Bignell) Boyd, m. Wil- 
liam P. Massenburg, of Louisburg, a member of one of the old 
families of that town. Issue: 

142, John, m. 1908, Nannie White ; 143, Mary Speed. 

49. Henry Armistead Boyd (WilliamS Nannie^ William D.^, 
Anne B.*), son of John E. and Anne (Bignall) Boyd, m. Miss 



Bettie Norwood. He is an attorney and practices and resides 
at Warrenton. Issue: 

144, William Norwood, in. Elizabeth Burwell; 145, Annie 
Jones, m. Prof. William A. Graham, principal of the 
Graham High School at Warrenton. Their home is at 
the old Willcox Institute, once famous in the South as 
a school for young ladies. 

146, Marian Massenburg. 

51. William Jones Boyd (William^, Nannie-, William D.^, 
Anne B.*), son of John E. and Anne (Bignall) Boyd, in. ist 
Miss Mollie Bachelor, of Halifax; m. 2d Miss Cornelia Mills, 
of Halifax. They reside at Ringwood, N. C. Issue: 

147, Anne Bignall ; 148, Pattie B. 

52. James Fitts (William\ Nannie-, William D.^ Minerva 
T.*), son of Henry F. and Minerva T. (Jones) Fitts, m. Miss 
Fannie Bird, of Petersburg, Va. Issue: 

149, Millie, d. y. ; 150, Henry Bird; 151, James H. 

56. Rosa Claiborne Somerville (WilliamS Nannie-, Wil- 
liam D.3, Mary E.*), dau. of Joseph B. and Mary E. (Jones) 
Somerville, in. James Gibson, of Tennessee. Issue: 

152, Nathan, attorney, living at Muskogee, Okla., m. Florence 

153. Joseph S.; 154, James R. ; 155, Jlosa; 156, Mary S. ; 
157, Thomas. 

57. Tempie J. Somerville (William^, Nannie-, William D.^, 
Mary E.*), dau. of Joseph B. and Mary E. (Jones) Somerville, 
m. Judge Henry J. Livingston, of Brownsville, Tenn. ; a descend- 
ant of a long line of distinguished ancestry. Issue : 

158, Mary S. ; 159, Rosa G., m. Mr. Sherman, of Brownsville, 
Tenn. ; 160, Genevieve; 161, Henry ]., Jr. 

60. Eliza J. Somerville (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, 
Mary E.*), dau. of Joseph B. and Mary E. (Jones) Somerville,. 
m. James S. Ment, of Staunton, Tenn. Issue: 

162, George, graduate of University of the City of New York, 

practiced for a while there as a physician, but now of 
Memphis, Tenn. 

163, Tempie, graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 

Lynchburg, Va. 

61. Nannie Boyd Somerville (William^ Nannie-, William 
D.^ Mary E.*), dau. of Joseph B. and Mary E. (Jones) Somer- 
ville, m. W. B. Nash, of Staunton, Tenn. Issue: 

164, Will Brehm. 

66. Mary Ella Davis (WilliamS Nannie-, William D.^. 
Elizabeth A.*), dau. of Col. W. S. and Elizabeth A. (Jones) 



Davis, m. W. H. McCabe, banker of Durham, N. C. Issue: 

165, W. H. McCabe, Jr. 

96. Lenoir Cook (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, Joseph S.*, 
Marina W.^), dau. of Chas. Alston and Marina W. (Jones) 
Cook, 111. George Egbert McLaurine, of Tennessee, a descendant 
of the Haywoods, of Carolina and Tennessee. Issue : 

166, Chas. Alston Cook; 167, Margaret Haywood. 

106. Eva Thornton (William^ Nannie-, William D.^, Joseph 
S.*, Patty C.°), dau. of Jonas C. and Patty Clark (Jones), m. 
C. D. Tharington. Issue : 

168, Marion Speed; 169, Tempie Zollicoffer. 

113. Mary A. Williams (William\ Nannie^ William D.^, 
Joseph S.*, Patty C.^), dau. of Jonas S. and Patty C. (Jones) 
Williams, in. Benj. Tharington. Issue: 

170, Ellen. 

126. Margaret E. Mercer (William\ Nannie-, WiUiam D.^, 
Joseph S.^ Mary S.^), dau. of Dr. William and Mary S. (Jones) 
Mercer, m. Theodore Clyde Tilghman, of Maryland. Issue: 

171, Theo. Clyde, Jr.; 172, Rosa Lynwood. 

127. Mary Fort Mercer (William^ Nannie^, William D.^, 
Joseph S.*, Mary S.^), dau. of Dr. William and Mary S. (Jones) 
Mercer, m. Ernest M. Tilghman, of Salisbury, Md. Issue: 

173, Wm. Mercer; 174, Ernest M., Jr. 

150. Harry Bird Fitts (William^ Nannie^, William D.^, 
Minerva T.*, James^), son of James and Fannie (Bird) Fitts, m. 
Miss Bugby, of New York. Dr. Fitts is a naval surgeon now in 
charge of the Naval Recruiting Station at Indianapolis, Ind. ; a 
man of unusual gifts and a charming personality of manner and 
conversation ; a pleasing writer, and very popular in naval society 
circles. Issue : 

175, George, residing in Richmond, Va. ; 176, Nadja; 177, 
Margaret Chandler Remey; 178, Virginia. 

151. James H. Fitts (William^ Nannie^, William D.^, Minerva 
T.*, James^), son of James and Fannie (Bird) Fitts, m. Miss 
Mary Blair, of Richmond, Va. He also was a naval officer, and 
immediately after his wedding was ordered on a three year's 
cruise, which rather than do, he resigned his commission in the 
navy and accepted a professorship in the college at Blacksburg, 
Va. While en route to the Chicago Exposition where he expected 
to join his brother. Dr. H. B. Fitts, from whom he had been 
separated for many years, a railway collision occurred in which 
he lost his life. His widow afterward in. Mr. Hawes, of Rich- 
mond, Va. (see Fitts Family History). Issue: 

179, James H. ; 180, Moylan Bird. 



There Is, in connection with the records of the Duke family, 
an item of historic but pathetic interest, and the facts of which 
are eminently worthy a place in these pages. 

During the progress of the Civil War, in the year 1862, and 
while William Duke Jones was the proprietor of the White 
Sulphur Springs in Warren Co., N. C, Gen. Robert E. Lee sent 
his daughter, Miss Annie Carter Lee, to that famous southern 
resort to regain her waning health; in spite, however, of all that 
loving hearts and hands could do to check the advance of her 
malady, she lingered awhile and died while at the springs. With 
tender care they laid her remains in what was once the rose- 
garden of Nannie Duke Jones, and here among the tombs of 
departed generations of the Duke family, and the ashes of some 
of the famous patriots of Warren and the old North State, rest 
those of Annie C. Lee. Under the initiative of Mr. Joseph Speed 
Jones, the citizens of Warren County, with loving devotion to the 
memory of the daughter of their great chieftain, now doubly 
afflicted, erected a monument of native granite over her grave. 
The following lines sent by her grief-stricken father form part 
of the inscription on the shaft. 

" Perfect and true are all thy ways 
Whom earth adores and Heaven obeys." 

The following letter, in reference to this subject, written by 
Stephen B. Weeks, Esq., of Greensboro, N. C, appeared in the 
Warren Sentinel under date of 15 Aug., 1866. 

" Honor to whom Honor is Due " 
" Messrs Editors: — 

" Your editorial request for some friend to furnish your paper with an 
account of the erection of the monument to Miss Anne C. Lee, late 
daughter of Gen. R. E. Lee, by the citizens of Warren County, N. C., was 
subsequent to that event, but, as one of the committee of arrangements 
and your friend, I nevertheless would have most promptly responded but 
for the knowledge of the fact that two or three newspaper reporters 
were present, and that a communication from me at that period would 
have been a work of supererogation. Nor would I trouble you or your 
readers now with any remarks upon the subject, but for the reason that 
the honor of erecting this monument has been unintentionally, I am sure, 
given to those who neither claim nor desire it, while the name of Joseph 
Speed Jones, Esq., who alone is entitled to all the honor, is entirely 
ignored by the correspondent of the Petersburg Index. M*". Jones peti- 
tioned to Gen. Bragg, two or three years ago to detail M"". Z. Crowder, 
the patriotic artist, for the special purpose, urging, as an additional reason 
that Mr. Crowder had volunteered in the regular army after he had passed 
the then conscript age, and not ' conscripted,' as reported, that he had 
participated in all the hard fought battles in Virginia up to that time, 
and was then in feeble health. Gen. Bragg promptly consented. 

" Mr. Jones whose patriotism is only equalled by his philanthropy, pro- 
jected and erected this monument, through the aid of Mr. Crowder. 

" Col. Heck and a few of the prominent citizens of the neighborhood 
then proposed to Mr. Jones to allow the citizens of Warren to share its 





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honors, to which he most cheerfully consented, but stated to the meeting 
of those neighbors that he had calculated to defray the whole expense of 
it himself, and had purchased the iron railing to enclose the cemetery, 
which they positively refused to let him do, though he still refuses to 
accept any remuneration for the railing and claims the right to share in 
the expenses of the monument. 

" I am perfectly cognizant of all these facts, and they are well known 
by all of his neighbors ; and hence, as a token of gratitude to him, and 
as an act of Justice to his accomplished wife, the Committee of Arrange- 
ments elected her President of The Ladies Aid Society by acclamation. 
How well she deserved that distinguished honor, you may judge, when I 
inform you, that the letter of invitation to Gen. Lee to attend the erec- 
tion was indited by her in a few hours and without previous notice. 
For its sublime devotion and patriotism, its elegance, harmony and per- 
fection of language, for its soul stirring allusion to the modesty, great- 
ness and goodness of this illustrious chieftain under the vicissitudes of 
fortune, it is not surpassed, in my humble opinion, by any record of 
epistolary belles-lettres. 

" The locality of this monument is within the cemetery of the Jones 
family of this County, on Shocco Creek, near White Sulphur and Shocco 
Springs, in full view of Gen. Jethro Sumner's monument — one of the 
first generals appointed by Congress, and one of the heroes of '76. The 
surrounding country is highly picturesque, and its inhabitants educated 
and refined. It was settled by Edward Jones who emigrated from Virginia 
in 1740, and his wife whose maiden name was Abagail Shugan. Tradi- 
tion informs us that she was the first white lady that crossed the Roanoke 
River. Mr. Jones left a large family of children, and his widow married 
Thomas Cook. She is known to posterity as ' Grandmother-Cook.' She 
was said to have been a remarkable woman for the strength of her intel- 
lect, and for the firmness and energy of her character. In the wilder- 
ness surrounded by savages and wild beasts, and left a widow at an early 
age with a house full of children, by her indomitable energy she raised 
and educated them all to become the leading and most useful citizens 
of the country — five of whom were at one and the same time members 
of our Legislature, and two of them in Congress. Beneath the sacred 
shades of this cemetery once gambolled in girlhood, her daughters — the 
mothers of the Hon^ Nathaniel Macon, Willis Alston, M. T. Hawkins 
and Judge Sewell ; the Hills, the McLemores, — with their compasses and 
hatchets opened the way for civilization in Georgia and Tennessee. The 
Joneses, Eatons, Martins and Greens have left their civic, legal and 
legislative services as a legacy to their country. The Pegrams, and those 
noble brothers, — IMajor Robert and Matt Ransom, beside many others in 
the Southern and Western States are descendants of ' Grandmother Cook.' 

" When I was a boy the aged father and mother of our venerable 
citizen, William Duke Jones, resided hard by the Cemetery. Their com- 
modious and spacious dwelling was on a level plot of ground, gently undu- 
lating from the yard to a pebbled brook, in front and in the centre of 
several acres of ground clad with verdant sward and adorned with the 
original forest trees, grand and hoary with age. It was literally the seat 
of hospitality, refinement and religion. Bishop Early's first wife was a 
member of this family and sleeps in this Cemetery, and the Rev. Messrs 
Glenn and Jones married two of her sisters. What a history this sacred 
spot could unfold, if it had a tongue to speak! Not a solitary tree or 
stone is left to tell the joys and sorrows of its former inhabitants. ' Sic 
transit gloria mundi.' 

" I would give you a description of this exquisitely wrought monument, 
and the highly interesting ceremonies that attended its erection if it had 
not been so graphically done by abler hands. It was eminently proper 

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for the citizens of North Carolina to pay this tribute of affection and 
respect to the daughter of that great and grand man, who so often led 
our sons to Victory against such unequal numbers — and likewise, an indis- 
pensible debt of gratitude they are under to the ladies of Virginia for 
their munificent kindness to our citizen soldiers in sickness aijd health, 
as well as for their pious care in collecting the remains of our hero dead 
into cemeteries and bedecking their graves with floral offerings." 


Inventory of the Personal Estate of William Duke taken 29*'' November 
1793, viz : I walnut desk and book case ; i walnut desk ; i walnut chest 
of drawers ; 3 dining tables ; i dressing table with small glass ; i tea 
table; i square walnut dressing table; 2 kitchen tables; i candle stand; 
I doz. walnut chairs; i walnut arm chair; i doz. parlor chairs; 2 doz 
common chairs ; i large looking glass ; i dressing glass ; i old dressing 
glass ; I eight-day clock ; i bed with four sheets, bed cover and two 
pillows ; 3 beds ; two sheets, 4 counterpanes, 2 pillows, i blanket, 2 bed 
quilts ; 2 beds, 2 pr. sheets, 2 blankets, 4 table covers ; 10 counterpanes ; 
I china press; 2 pr. bed curtains (calico) i pr. bed curtains home spun; 
1 large walnut chest; i large leather trunk; i small trunk; 5 prs Andirons; 

4 Queens China dishes and pudding pans; 25 cups; 26 saucers; 2 delft 
bowls; 12 large bowls; i tumbler; 23 small tumblers; i tureene ; 12 dram 
glasses; 3 wash 6 earthen dishes; 15 earthen plates; 7 pewter dishes; 
3 pewter basins; i porringer; 29 knives and forks; 12 cups and saucers; 

1 milk pot; 25 teaspoons; 19 tablespoons; i coffee mill; i coffee pot; I 
pepper mill; i spice mortar; 2 brass candlesticks; i lanthorne; i pepper 
box; I knife box; 2 jugs; 2 churns; i butter pot; i willow pot; i blue- 
and-white China Mug; 2 delft mugs; 2 decanters; 6 deep earthern plates; 

2 doz. white saucers; 1V2 doz. cups i white water pot; a parcel of lumber 
in the cuddy ; 2 useless saddles ; 64 head of cattle ; 52 hogs ; 2)7 sheep ; 
13 geese; 17 horses; 2 wagons; with gears; i ox cart; i carriage; 2 whip 
saws; I X cut saw; 4 shovels; 18 plow horses; a parcel of wheat; i 
parcel of oats; i set Smith's tools; 2 looms with gears; some old tire; 3 
wash bowls; i butter pot; i jug; 3 jugs with same set; i brass corn (?) ; 

5 pots ; 3 Dutch ovens ; i frying pan ; i skillet ; i gridiron ; i cotton gin ; 
1 water pail ; 2 piggins ; i tub ; 5 bu. hair ; i still ; 7 jugs ; i pickle pot ; 
the crop of fodder and tobacco; 2 barrels with some brandy; a carriage 
with harness for four horses ("coach and four"); 19 hoes; 7 axes; 

3 augers; 2 chisels; i drawing knife; i single chaise; i parcel of collars; 
The Negroes; Squire, Alsey, Sidney, Mingo, Lucy, Abram, Seal, Will, 
Frank, Stephen, Anny, Doctor, Tempy, Tona, Sr., Morina, Anthony, Cloe, 
Essie, Sr. Dilcey, Delph, Ball, Annaday, Sandy, Alsey, Jr., Adam, Sitter, 
Burston, Edom, Aaron, Fed, Patience, Essie, Jr., Grace, Alfred, John, 
Tom, Jr., Mollie, Pat, Dinah, Harvey, Charlotta, Glasgow, Ephraim, Phil, 
Dye, Visey, Phil-nick-nick, David, Jerrie, Tim, Brittan, Phil-glasgow, Jr. 
Holly — 52 Negroes. A number of Bonds the amount of which cannot 
novv be ascertained, but which the administrator is always ready to make 
a division of, as soon as the parties concerned can attend. Several are 
of an old date and as the deceased left no books, it will require some time 
to ascertain how much may be due on them. On the whole it is impos- 
sible at this time, considering the shortness of the notice that an exact 
inventory of the Bonds could be returned. 

GREEN DUKE, Administrator. 


Supplementary Inventory to be added to the Inventory of 29*" Nov. 
1793 Amount of Bonds £1040.0.0 (among other things are 8 panes of 
window glass, 4 bladders of putty and some old continental money). 

Supplemental Inventory of Nov. 1794, 
old notes, many judgements, Virginia money, 1079 lbs. Tobacco — lent to 
Jonathan Davis (his son-in-law). 

Division of Negroes belonging to the estate of Wm. Duke, dec"*, made 
21 day of January 1793 (?). 

Lot No. 1. To Mrs. Duke widow of deceased (naming each) £608. 6.8 

" " 2. To Edward Jones on behalf of his wife, 645.16.8 

" " 3. To Thomas Christmas on behalf of his wife, 616.13.4 

" " 4. To Robert Jones on behalf of his wife Nancy, 595- 0.0 

" " 5. To Green Duke, 637.10.0 

" " 6. Isaac House on behalf of his wife, dec^, 620.16.8 

" Furniture for Mrs. Duke, 83. 90 

" Mrs. Green Duke, 100. 6.8 


The tradition in respect to the earUest ancestor of our particular 
branch of the Duke family of Virginia, as it is recalled by one 
of the oldest living members, is : " That one Colonel William 
Duke, of English origin, came over to Ireland with the army of 
William of Orange in 1691, in command of a troop of horse, and 
that when the war was over Colonel Duke remained in Ireland, 
finally settling in the Province of Ulster. One of his descendants 
was William Duke, of County Down, father of James Duke, who 
came to this country from Warren Point, near Newry, County 
Down, in 1774; served in the American Revolution and married 
Judith Crane in Philadelphia, 11 Nov., 1779." 

Mrs. Margaret Ann Dukesmith, of Charlestown, W. Va., a 
granddaughter of the foregoing James Duke, is my authority for 
this statement, as it was related to me in the summer of 1906. 
She further stated, and this additional information has been con- 
firmed by Mrs. John McFaden, of Harper's Ferry, W. Va., who 
is one of the eldest representatives of the line of John Duke, 
Jr., the emigrant ancestor whom we have under consideration, 
that her parents and grandparents, as well as the children of her 
own generation, recognized and spoke of the children of John 
Duke, Jr., as cousins; and not only exchanging visits and family 
gossip concerning their respective households, but in other ways 
acknowledging kinship of that degree. 

Accepting this statement and its confirmation as substantially 
correct, it then becomes necessary to trace the connection between 
their respective families and establish the basis upon which it is 

Inasmuch as James Duke was born in 1755 and John Duke, 
Jr., was born circa 1720, it is evident that the former belonged 
to a generation younger; and if James Duke and his children 



were cousins to the children of John Duke, Jr., who was of the 
generation corresponding to that of Wilham, the father of James, 
then the proposition argues to the conclusion that John Duke, Sr., 
must have been the father of both John, Jr., and William Duke, 
and he the son of Colonel William Duke, the English officer. 
Now to carry the argument farther : James Duke was a youth of 
nineteen when he came to this country in 1774, and after serving 
in the patriot army from 1779 to 1780 married, and naturally 
seeking the society of his kindred, proceeded to the Valley of 
Virginia by way of Cumberland Co., Pa., and in the vicinity of 
Charlestown, Va., set up his own establishment near that of his 
uncle, John Duke, Jr. Moreover, if there is any significance in 
the transmitting of family hereditary names, it is found in the 
cases of these two men: John Duke, Jr., naming his eldest son 
William and his second son John, and James Duke naming Jiis 
eldest son William and his second son James. 

There were other Dukes about this time in the same neighbor- 
hood in Virginia : George, John and Andrew Duke, whose names 
are perpetuated among descendants of James Duke. All of these 
men served in the American army ; George was killed at the Battle 
of Brandywine, John served through the war and was pensioned, 
and Andrew was lost sight of. Leaving these speculations and 
now to come to the patent facts. 

In the year 1749, living upon the remnant of a vast estate in 
the north of Ireland, were two John Dukes, father and son. 
Both were of the Protestant, farmer class, occupying their hold- 
ings jointly near Ballymoney, County , Ireland, under a lease 

from Felix O'Neil, a descendant of that ancient and once pow- 
erful familv of O'Neil, Lords of Ulster. 

The linen industry was flourishing throughout Ulster about 
this time and the Dukes, in common with their neighbors, were 
actively engaged in this industry in addition to farming. The 
father and son appear to have operated the land together at that 
date and until 1751, when a separation seems to have taken place 
and John Duke, Sr., drops out of sight altogether, and his son 
John Duke, Jr., appears again in Virginia shortly after and where 
he became a landholder in 1764. 

In the decade between 1750 and 1760 a great wave of emigra- 
tion swept over the north of Ireland, carrying thousands of its 
sturdy and industrious people toward a land of better conditions. 
The Province of Pennsylvania attracted by far the greater num- 
ber of these settlers, and it was to this part of the New World 
that John Duke, Jr., with his family of wife and four small chil- 
dren came, supposedly, between 175 1 and 1755. 

It is believed that he landed at New Castle and from thence 
made his way into western Pennsylvania, and from thence into 
Maryland, and finally crossed the Potomac into Frederick Co., 
Va., where we definitely find him established upon a plantation 



of his own in 1764. Certain passages in his diary indicate that 
he was a trader for a time along the emigration trails. These 
trails, leading south from Pennsylvania and the east, were filled 
with pioneers making their way to the borders and pushing the 
lines of civilization further westward, and for their protection 
chains of trading posts guarded the frontiers of Pennsylvania, 
Maryland and Virginia and stretched away into the Carolinas 
from the northwest passes in the Alleghanies. 

From the note-book or diary already mentioned it is evident 
that he was familiar with the route and the characters which trav- 
ersed them, as frequent mention is made of Captain Pearis and 
other traders of the time. 

Captain Pearis was a famous frontiersman and Indian leader ; 
he was a fearless character and an active figure in border history, 
and with a strong and undisputed influence which he wielded 
over the Southern Indians. At the head of bands of Catawbas 
and Cherokees, he led his Indian contingent to the service of Gov- 
ernor Dinwiddle of Virginia, in 1755-1756. He was given a 
command under Colonel George Washington, then at Fort Loudon 
(Winchester), to assist the Virginia militia in the campaign 
against the French and their hostile allies that were at the time 
driving the borderers back to the shelter of the fortified posts in 
the Valley of Virginia. Pearis, while in charge of his friendly 
tribesmen, also rendered aid to Governor Sharpe of Maryland; 
so, too, he performed similar service for the Province of Penn- 
sylvania in 1755-56, in which he commanded a body of new levies 
from the lower counties (Delaware), in Colonel William Clap- 
ham's provincial forces. He was in Virginia in 1761, at which 
time, it appears, John Duke sold him supplies. 

Captain Richard Pearis was a remarkable character and the 
events of his strenuous career are full of interest and excitement. 
After a stormy experience with the military authorities of Vir- 
ginia he removed to an island in the Holston River, which had 
been granted him in 1754, and later established a trading post 
among the Indians of that section, who loved him so well. That 
post is now Greenville, S. C. 

Among other transactions which are recorded in John Duke's 
note-book, it shows that he furnished quantities of salt, wheat and 
other commodities to John Van Metre, also a famous trader, and 
son of the Dutch pioneer of the same name ; and to William 
Morgan, a relative of General Daniel Morgan of the Revolu- 
tion ; and to Edward Lucas, into whose family one of his grand- 
daughters married; and there were many others of prominence 
in the valley with whom he had commercial relations and among 
whom he disposed of his linen cloth and received in return Vir- 
ginia currency, worth about $3.33 to the pound. 

In his account book are entries of loans made to Edward 
Lucas, Charles Burk, John Watson, Henry Pettigrew, William 



Morgan, John and James Wright and to others; and it will be 
comforting no doubt to descendants of these persons to know 
that there are also records of the repayments of these loans. 

The note-book, so often referred to in this narrative, is the 
one tangible link left us by which our kinship is determined and 
its record binds us to this early ancestor. It is the only register 
of that early time which enables us to discover our relationship, 
containing, as it does, the names and dates of birth of his chil- 
dren and grandchildren. This interesting relic is a small parch- 
ment covered book, about three inches wide, five inches long and 
a half inch thick, and is more or less shrivelled by the heat from 
a fire which threatened its destruction several years ago. It con- 
tains about fifty pages of heavy, hand-made paper, which show 
plainly the lines and water-mark of strange and ancient design. 
This iaook was used by our forefather for his memorandum and 
accounts. On the inside of the cover is this inscription: "May 
the first day 1745 John Duke his book," and was evidently started 
about the time of his marriage and life was opening up for him 
its responsibilities. In it our ancestor has recorded, in a clear 
round hand and in the peculiar spelling and phraseology of the 
period, notes as are of a business character ; receipts from his 
landlord in Ireland, receipts for quit-rents paid to Lord Fairfax 
in Virginia, for taxes and county levy, and many domestic hap- 
penings. It is the family register of the births and deaths of his 
children and grandchildren and jottings of interest, historical and 

On the death of John Duke the book passed into the possession 
of his eldest son, William, who used it similarly ; and so on down 
the succeeding generations, each family so acquiring it adding 
some of their own vital statistics and in that respect it is to-day 
the only reliable record of at least the first three generations. 
From a study of its pages light is thrown upon persons and inci- 
dents of pioneer days, of comrades and experiences in the wilds, 
for when these items of fact were placed upon its pages life along 
the forest frontiers of Virginia must have been anything but 
favorable in opportunities for recording, at length, the events 
transpiring about them. 

The registration of the births of John Duke's children is re- 
corded in the following quaint language: 

I. " July the 14*'' day at 10 in the morning Betty Duke was born the 
14*" day of the New Moon the moon was full that night 1747 (dide 


II. " March the 17 ' day at 9 in the morning William Duke was Born 

the 10'" day of the New Moon 1749." 

III. "February the ii"* day Francis Duke was Born at two in the 
morning the moon was in the wan 3 days to come 1751." 

IV. " August the 20"' day John Duke was born at three in the morning 







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V. " May the 4*" day at two in the afternoon Robert Duke was born 


VI. " June 30*" day at i in the morning Mary Duke was born the moon 
was 15 days ould She was full at 12 the next day 1757." 

VII. " July the 5'" day Math" Duke was born the moon was full that 
same day in y'' of 1758." 

VIII. " May 13"" day Margerat Duke was born the moon was in the 
wan one day to come 1760." 

IX. "Novemb"". the 12'" day Mary Duke was born 1762." 

X. " June 17*'' at 4 in the morning the moon was in the wain one day 
to come 1765 James Duke was born in 1765." 

XL " March the 20**" day at 10 at night Jane Duke was born the 22"* 
day of new moon 1769." 

The record then continues with the names of William Duke's 
children and grandchildren : 

" The eage of William Duke's children born in Virginia hartley 
County" [Berkeley County]. 

"Margerat Duke was born Ogest iS/i-y-y-S. 

" Francis Duke was born November 29 1783. 

" John Duke was born May 7, 1786. 

" Robert Duke was born August 9 1788. 

" Mathus Duke was born Jenewary the 5 1791. 

" Nancy Duke was born Aprile the 13 1793. 

" Margerat Hendricks died October 5, 1839, aged 61 years and one month 
and 17 days. 

"William Duke, Dec^ September 13, 1794 [1795] in the 45" year of 
his age." 

The children of Daniel and Margaret Hendricks follow in 
order named: 

" William Hendricks son to Daniel and Margerat Hendricks was born 
December 22**, 1795. 

" Daniel Hendricks was born August 25*" 1797. 

" John Hendricks was born Oct. 30*^ 1799. 

"Tobias Hendricks was born year of our Lord 181 [1801] Nov. the 7'\ 

" Polly Hendricks was born December 13*'' 1805. 

" James Hendricks was born in the year of Our Lord 2 day of July, 

" Eliza Hendricks was born in September 27*'' 1814. 

Sometimes the Hendricks name is spelled " Hendrix " and on 
one of the pages is written the signature of " Eliza hendrickus." 

The little volume contains other domestic chronicles, such as 
an item referring to the teaching of John Duke's children by the 
Rev. John Black, who was then itinerating through Virginia and 
afterward became pastor of Upper Marsh Creek Presbyterian 
Church, in York Co., Pa. 

Another item refers to William Duke: "November the 19, 
1767, William Duke went to Youder Spair to larn his trade." 
This event was probably postponed, as is evident by a subsequent 
entry: " Jan'ry 14 day, William Duke went to Hans Spair to larn 
a trade of the blacksmith 1768 and the said Spair is to pay him 
ten pounds at end of two years help." 



Gibril (Gilbert) Christian's name appears among other notes 
as the purchaser of a crop of wheat, in 1770. One of the curious 
entries is a trading account between John Duke and an employee : 
Daniel Campbell, against whose wages offset charges are made 
in the years 1768-69, which include washing, mending, " linnen," 
" liker," " knife," " wheat," " tabac " and other sundries, as well 
as for occasional advances of cash, all of which are reckoned in 
pounds, shillings and pence " Virginia money." 

Among the contents one reads receipts for produce sold ; of 
rents paid to Felix O'Neil ; levies paid to Sheriff Crane, of Berke- 
ley Co., Va. ; quit-rents to Robert Stephens, agent for Lord Fair- 
fax on the purchase of 1764. This obligation, which Thomas, 
Lord Fairfax, entailed upon all sales of land in the Northern 
Neck, was abolished in the success of the Revolution, along with 
other feudal customs of the baronial proprietor. The items of 
taxes paid to James Crane, the sheriff and justice, extended 
through the years 1764 to 1778, at which time Duke ceased to 
pay the quit-rents as well. 

As John Duke came from a country that was then the strong- 
hold of Calvinism of the most uncompromising sort, so here he, 
like the majority of his compatriots in the valley, was a Presby- 
terian. His neighbors in Frederick County were mostly Scotch- 
Irish, with a sprinkling of German. The former were largely of 
the Presbyterian faith and the latter were Lutherans. Their 
meetings were held at first among individual families until con- 
gregations were organized and preaching held at fixed places in 
the different localities and these were so remote and so widely 
separated that they could only be reached after travelling long 
distances; but neither long, tedious journeys and their discom- 
forts diminished the ardor of the steadfast God-serving pioneers, 
or deterred them from attending on the worship of their heredi- 
tary faith. 

As soon as the Scotch-Irish got a foothold in the Valley of 
Virginia places for Presbyterian worship began to be established 
among the people living in the then wilderness ; and as far as 
western Virginia was thought to extend Donegal Presbytery held 
jurisdiction over it long before the year 1755, when Hanover 
Presbytery was created. Among the ministers called upon to 
supply the various congregations of Hanover Presbytery were 
John Wright and John Black, whose names appear, with some 
frequency, upon John Duke's note-book. 

Somewhere in the district lying west of the Blue Ridge, be- 
tween the headwaters of the Bullskin and the Elk Branch, a small 
church of the Presbyterian denomination had been organized as 
early as 1745, but its site, however, as well as its history, has 
long since been forgotten. This same territory, embracing the 
country from Shepherdstown on the Potomac to Charlestown, 
and including the locality in which the Duke and Lemon families 



resided, was served by missionaries and occasionally by stated 
supplies, and it was not until the latter part of the eighteenth 
century that the four congregations of that period : Shepherds- 
town, Tuscarora, Opequon and Front Royal had separate pastors. 

Dr. John McKnight, whose name appears in the Lemon family 
papers, was preaching to the Bullskin meeting in 1775, and on 
his departure a little time later a division occurred in the congre- 
gation, and a part of the worshippers established the Mt. Carmel 
Church at Mecklenburg (Shepherdstown). The Rev. Moses 
Hoge was called to officiate here and he took charge in 1787, while 
the remainder of the Bullskin congregation, sometimes called 
Hopewell, installed the Rev. Wm. Hill as their pastor, but this 
was not until 1792, the pulpit in the meantime having been sup- 
plied by missionaries. Over the Elk Branch Church the Revs. 
Hoge and Hill divided their ministrations for a number of years. 

The Rev. Moses Hoge, who in after years became one of the 
foremost clergymen in Virginia, came to Shepherdstown in 1787, 
from the South Branch of the Potomac, and served this congre- 
gation till 1807, when he was chosen president of the Hampden- 
Sidney College, succeeding the Rev. Archibald Campbell, who 
had been called to the head of Princeton College, N. J. While at 
Shepherdstown Rev. Moses Hoge conducted a private school 
where many men destined to become famous in history obtained 
their first rudiments in a classical education. 

At Shepherdstown the Rev. John Matthews succeeded Dr. 
Hoge in 1809. It was under the influence of these two beloved 
Presbyterian ministers that John Duke and his family worshipped, 
and where many of his children and grandchildren received their 
spiritual nourishment that in after years was reflected in the 
purity of character and uprightness of life of many of the family. 
William Duke worshipped at Shepherdstown and here his youngest 
daughter, Nancy, became a member at eleven years of age under 
Dr. Hoge's pastorate. H-^"- ;on. Rev. John Matthew Clymer, the 
Presbyterian minister of the church at Ashburn, Loudon Co., 
Va., was named for Dr. Hoge's successor at Shepherdstown, Rev. 
John Matthews. 


1778, June 24. John Duke. Deed of surrender; Wm. 
Stephens to Andrew Devorer ; was proved by the oaths of Samuel 
Thompson and John Duke, and ordered recorded (Minutes of 
Yohoghania Co., Va., Court). 


John Duke came to Frederick Co., Va., at a time when it was 
being rapidlv parcelled out to grantees under Lord Fairfax, who 



held the proprietorship of the Northern Neck by inheritance from 
his Culpepper ancestors. The " Neck " was a vast domain, mil- 
lions of acres in area, lying west of the mountains and from 
which, from time to time, have been carved numerous counties 
of the two Virginias. Over these extensive possessions Lord 
Fairfax held feudal court and custom after the baronial fashion 
in old England. A land office was set up after 1748 and patents 
were issued for grants of land at a few shillings per acre. Many 
of these purchases were surveyed by the youthful Washington, 
who later was destined to become the first ruler of a free and 
sovereign people. Under Fairfax a system of quit-rents were 
entailed upon property bought in his domain and by which a per- 
petual overlordship was intended to be secured to his family in 
much the same manner as that inaugurated by William Penn in 
the Province of Pennsylvania. 

Great tracts of land along the beautiful streams and in the 
wilds of western Virginia, thousands of acres in area, were thus 
disposed of to the first settlers who swarmed into the rich and 
fertile valleys from the overflowing fountains of emigration in 
the eastern colonies. Scotch-Irish, Germans and Quakers were 
among the first to absorb the choicest portions lying at the foot 
and west of the Blue Ridge. There were many who came merely 
as speculating adventurers, but the majority of newcomers were 
well meaning settlers, founding permanent homes. 

Winchester, in the heart of this great manor, at first called 
Fredericktown, was established toward the middle of the eight- 
eenth century. It was at first merely an Indian village, or trading 
post, and was known along the trails as " Shawnee Cabins," but 
with an emigrant population constantly pouring into the vicinity, 
and with increasing conditions of prosperity and favorable loca- 
tion, the post soon became the center of activity for the whole 
valley lying between the Shenandoah and the South Branch of 
the Potomac. 

In 1738 Winchester was made the county seat and a frontier 
military post for the Virginia forces, and it was to dominate a 
territory whose limits extended almost indefinitely toward the 
west, a country practically unknown to the most adventurous 

It was at Winchester that George Washington had his head- 
quarters while surveying for Baron Fairfax, and it was here that 
he, scarcely out of his teens, received his first commission as an 
officer of the provincial militia of Virginia, and as such he was 
entrusted with the strengthening of Fort Loudon. It was here, 
too, he suffered his first political failure, as it was also the scene 
of his first political success, when the citizens of Frederick County 
elected him to the House of Burgesses. In the list of freemen 
who voted for him is found the name of John Duke, several of 
the Lemons, the Shepherds, Van Metres and others whose names 



are more or less connected with this subject. All of these persons 
were probably personally known to Washington in a social, busi- 
ness, or in the military way. 

John Duke, after trading among the valley people for a few 
years, selected and bought a small plantation of 164 acres from 
his neighbor, Robert Lemon, at Rocky Marsh. It was situated 
a few miles above Harper's Ferry and near where Kearneysville 
was established, and but a short distance from the village of 
Shepherdstown, on the Potomac River. At this date, 1765, the 
farm then was located in Frederick County, but by subsequent 
divisions of this county it fell into Berkeley and afterward into 
Jefferson Co., W. Va. The property was a portion of a much 
larger tract which Lord Fairfax had granted to Robert Lemon 
in 1762. Lemon's plantation was called " Southwood Springs." 
The Duke homestead adjoined it and lay in part along the main 
road leading from Shepherdstown to Winchester, and Duke's 
neighbors were the Lemons, William Heath and Burkit Treager. 
Over this whole region during the Civil War the armies of 
Grant and Lee marched and countermarched as they pursued each 
other, until this farm, like many another, was devastated and 
almost abandoned. At this period it was occupied by John Span- 
gler, but quite recently by a party named McSherry. 


Deed of Lease : This Indenture made this first day of April in the year 
of our Lord 1765, Between Robert Leman of the County of Frederick, 
Colony of Virginia, of the one part and John Duke of said County of 
Frederick of the other part Witnesseth : that for and in consideration of 
the sum of 5 shillings current money of Virginia to the said Robert 
Leman in hand paid by the said John Duke at or before the sealing and 
delivery of these presents the receipt hereof he doth hereby acknowledge 
he the said Robert Leman hath granted devised and do farm-let and by 
these presents doth grant devise and to farm-let unto the said John Duke 
a Certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the said County of 
Frederick and bounded as followeth : Beginning at a locust stump near 
and on the west side of the said waggon road that leads from Martins- 
burg to Winchester and extending thence S. 57° E 94 poles near a locust 
sapling in a small valley in the line of Robert Leman's Patent Land thence 
N. 20° E. 123 poles to a white oak and locust on a hill corner to William 
Heath thence along his line N. ']']° 30' W 228 poles near a locust and 
black oak on a ridge thence N. 13° 30' E. 60 poles to a locust stake at 
Burkit Treager's line thence with the same N. '/']° 30' W. 38 poles to two 
hickories corner to Leman's Patent thence S. 50° 30' W no poles to a 
stake in the line thence S. 69° 30' 290 poles to the Beginning Containing 
164 acres which tract or parcel of land was granted to the said Leman by 
Deed bearing date, &c. from under the hand of the Right Honorable 
Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord Proprietor, &c. as may appear, &c, and all 
houses building, orchards, ways waters water courses profits commodities 
hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises hereby 
granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining of in 
and to the said premises & all Deeds Evidences & Writings touching or in 



anywise concerning — To Have and To Hold the said tract or parcel of 
land and all and singular the premises hereby granted and devised and 
every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the 
said John Duke his executors administrators for and during unto the 
full end and term of one whole year from hence next ensuing fully to 
be completed and ended Yielding & Paying therefor the rent of one ear 
of Indian corn to the said Robert Leman on the last day of the said term 
if the same shall be lawfully demanded to the intent and purpose that by 
virtue of these presents and of the Statute for transferring use unto 
possession he the said John Duke may be in the more and full and actual 
Possession of the premises & thereby he be the enabled to accept and take 
a grant and Release of the Reversions and Inheritance thereof to him and 
his heirs. In Witness Whereof the said Robert Leman hath hereunto 
set his hand and seal the day and year above written. 

(sig) ROBERT LEMEN. [s. s.] 

Sealed and delivered in the presence of: 

W'" Heath 

Jonathan Mercer 

This Deed was acknowledged by Robert Leman in Open Court on the 
2* day of April 1765 and ordered to be recorded. And on the same day 
a Deed of Release is given by Robert Leman to which his wife Isabella 
Leman joins — for the same land. 

John Duke was a witness to a deed for 116 acres from Robert 
and Isabella Lemon to William Heath, dated 2 Sept., 1762. 


Deed dated November 1782 Between Thomas Weckerley of Frederick 
County, Virginia, Gentleman, and Elizabeth his wife, of the one part and 
John Duke of the County aforesaid, of the other part for the considera- 
tion of 5 shillings current money of Virginia conveys a tract of land situ- 
ate in the County of Frederick, Va. on the northwest side of the Blue- 
Ridge part of a larger tract taken up by William Rew, containing 44 acres, 
with a quit-rent of one pepper-corn payable on Lady Day next if the same 
be lawfully demanded &c. This instrument as recorded 5 Nov. 1782 bears 
no signature of grantor or witnesses. 


In the name of God Amen, the ninth day of February in the year of 
our Lord 1789 I John Duke, Senior, of Berkeley County, in the Common- 
wealth of Virginia being afflicted and weak in body but of perfect mind 
and Memory thanks be given unto God therefor calling to mind the Mor- 
tality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all once to die 
do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say 
principally and first of all I give and reccomend my soul into the hands 
of God that gave it and my body I recomend it to the earth to be buried 
in Christian-like & decent manner at the discretion of my executors noth- 
ing doubting but at the general ressurection I shall receive the same 
again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate 
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give dispose 
and devise of the same in the following manner and form first of all 
I do allow all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid. Imprimis I 



give leave and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Margerat all my 
land houses stock farming utensils and household furniture freely to be 
enjoyed and possessed by her during her natural life and at the decease 
of my wife Margerat the pewter are to be equally divided among my two 
daughters Margerat and Jane also each of the aforesaid two are to have 
a bed and furniture belonging to a bed to each of my daughters Margerat 
and Jane as also the rest of the household furnishing to be equally divided 
between my two daughters Margerat and Jane at my wife's decease. And 
at my wife's decease the land the landstock and farming utensils are to 
be sold and equally divided amongst all my sons and my daughters and 
after my just debts are all paid any bond or cash that is due to me is 
likewise to be equally divided between my sons and daughters and if any 
of my sons and daughters receive anything of my estate before it is sold 
and divided that it is to be stopped out of their share except the above 
mentioned articles that I have left to my daughters Margerat and Jane 
and I likewise do constitute and ordain David Osbourne, Sen"", my well 
beloved friend and my well beloved wife and my son Robert to be my 
only and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby 
utterly disannul, revoke disavow all and every other former Testament 
Will Legacy and Execution by me in any way before this time named 
willed and bequeathed ratifying and confessing this and no other to be 
my last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and seal the day and year above written. 

(Sig) JOHN DUKE [s. s.]. 
Witnesses: signed sealed, pronounced 
and declared by the said John Duke 
as his last Will and Testament 
in the presence of us the subscribers 
Gasper Walper 
James Glenn 
Thomas Currey 
George Young. 

Proved by the oaths of James Glenn and George Young in Berkeley Co. 
Court 16"' June, 1790. 


In the name of God Amen I Margerat Duke relict of John Duke 
deceased (living in Berkeley County and State of Virginia) being sick 
and weak of body but of sound memory and considering this transitory 
life that it is appointed for all mortals once to die. I bequeath my soul 
to God who gave it hoping for mercie through the merits of Jesus Christ 
and my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently interred by 
my dear husband. As for my temporal affairs which yet remains in my 
hands I will Settle and Dispose of them as follows : Imp'. I will that 
my two daughters to wit : Margerat and Jenny may have the part of the 
crop that was to be mine to be raised by Mathew Duke and Isaac Bean 
and my part of the wheat now in the ground to be wholly given to my 
said daughter — except ten bushels of wheat which I owe to my son John 
which I allow to be paid out of said Crop I also allow my said daughters 
the sum of four pounds nine shillings and two pence due to me by my 
son Matthew Duke which I allow him to pay as soon as possible I appoint 
the same executors mentioned and appointed by my husband in his will 
to see all things performed according to the purport of these presents. 
I likewise revoke any former Wills made by me or in my name verbally 



or in writing by any person or persons but this to be my last Will and 
Testament. Given under my hand and seal this 7"* day of May 1790 
Witnesses: David Osborn 
Isaac Bean 
Jno MacClay 

Margerat X DUKE [s. s.] 
Memo before signing: "Allows my son John to receive $10.00 in lieu 
of above mentioned wheat " 

Acknowledged in open Court by David Osborne and John McClay 20 
Sept. 1791. 


The three eldest sons of WilHam Duke, Francis, John and 
Robert Duke, aged respectively, at the time of their father's death 
in 1795, eleven, eight and six years, when they were old enough 
to do so, learned the blackmith's trade, which had been success- 
fully carried on by their father, and these boys later developed 
into skilled machinists and gunsmiths. 

The United States Arsenal was established at Harper's Ferry 
in 1799 and here these brothers spent the later years of their 
life, first as armorers, then as inspectors of arms in Hall's Rifle 
Works, a branch of the Arsenal, which the government had taken 
over for the manufacture of Hall's patent rifle. It was situated 
on Virginius Island, in the Shenandoah. 

During this era, however, Francis and John Duke found time 
to trudge afoot across the Alleghanies to visit their kindred at 
West Liberty, on the Ohio. While absent they were employed, 
for a time, in building flatboats for the Ohio River navigation. 
The boys in their journey over the mountains had, as part of 
their provision supply, dried wild turkey breasts, and bread ; and 
from time to time gathered along the forest trails such game as 
the use of their rifles would bring to their larder. Their parents, 
William and Mary Duke, had taken the same trip in 1791, but 
they rode horseback over the mountains, along narrow paths and 
difficult passes, with a third horse laden with flour and provisions. 

Francis and John Duke returned to the Ferry in 181 1 and 
found the clouds gathering for the second war with Great 

John Duke enrolled as a private in the Fifth Virginia Militia 
under Col. Thomas Davenport, and, on the 18 of May, 1813, was 
transferred to Captain Langdon Osbourne's Company of the 
same regiment. He was discharged at Craney's Island, Norfolk, 
13 Oct., 1813, and re-enlisting 13 April, 1814, as a private in 
Captain Matt. McCowan's Company, Fourth Virginia Regiment; 
served in the defense of Baltimore ; was promoted to a sergeancy 
and transferred to Capt. Thomas Cockrill's Company. Dis- 
charged at Lambert's Point, Norfolk Harbor, he re-enlisted the 











third time 26 Aug., 1814, in Col. Bushrod Taylor's Regiment, 
and was finally discharged at Washington, 7 Dec, 1814. 

Francis Duke enlisted as a private in Capt. John H. Elson's 
Company, First Virginia Regiment, 16 Sept., 1812; discharged' 
15 April, 1813; re-enlisted as a private in Capt. Wm. Fowler's 
Company, Fourth Virginia Regiment, 13 Feb., 1815, and was 
mustered out at Charlestown, Brooke Co., Va., 11 March, 1815. 

John Duke married Lucy Keys Talbot, of Maryland, and at 
the close of the war settled at Smithfield, Jefferson Co., Va., 
where he conducted a blacksmithing, wheelwrighting and cooper- 
ing establishment. When Hall's Rifle Works renewed operations 
at the Ferry and were requiring skilled mechanics, John Duke 
and his family returned there and he became an employee of the 
Arsenal. His home was on Bolivar Heights; to this he added a 
general store, the first in the neighborhood, and became success- 
ful. Another enterprise in which he was interested was in the 
furnishing of arms and equipment for the Texan Revolutionists, 
for which his knowledge and experience qualified him. These 
were sent over the mountains, by pack-horse, to the Ohio, and 
thence flatboated, by way of the Mississippi, to New Orleans, which 
was the market where the Texans thronged — the soldier and the 
settler — in those days of excitement. John Duke was a member 
of Logan Lodge, F. & A. M., at Harper's Ferry, in his later years. 

Francis Duke was associated with his brother John in the 
business at Smithfield, and when John Duke removed to Harper's 
Ferry, Francis left for Pennsylvania where he found employ- 
ment with a gunsmith at Lancaster. While here he met Elizabeth 
Kendrick to whom he was afterward married at Shepherdstown, 
Va. From Lancaster, Francis Duke went to Philadelphia and 
entered the government service as a gunsmith, and was later 
transferred to Harper's Ferry to fill a similar position in the 
arsenal at that place, and where, later, he became a rifle inspector. 
After his marriage, in 1819, he made his residence in one of the 
government cottages on Virginius Island. The site of his home 
is now obliterated by Lake Quigley, a body of impounded water 
now used as the log boom of a paper mill which stands at the 
head of the island. 

Francis Duke met a sad and untimely fate by drowning. It 
occurred in 1836 and happened while he was residing on the 
island. He had been calling on some friends in the village, and 
was returning home about nine o'clock in the evening. Pass- 
ing along the path which ran beside the Shenandoah from Union 
Street to the entrance of the island, he started to cross the small 
bridge which spanned the narrow, but deep and rapid, water- 
course flowing between the main street and the island. Afflicted 
by which is called " night blindness " he made a mis-step and 
plunged into the swift race-way, which, at this point, rushes be- 



tween high-walled banks in its passage to the Shenandoah. As 
he fell he gave a cry, the only one he uttered, as it is supposed 
that his head struck against the stone wall or the rocks which 
filled the bed of the stream. Unconscious and helpless he was 
carried fast toward the river. His cry was heard by someone 
near and the alarm was given, and an attempt was made to 
rescue him, but the current bore him so swiftly along on its ever- 
increasing width of water, with the darkness opposing — help 
failed, and he was drowned within reach of his friends. At the 
lower end of the island to which the alarm had spread and where 
the waters emptied into the river, a boat was launched and by the 
time the body reached that point the boatmen met it in midstream, 
else, in a few minutes more, it would have disappeared in the 
rapids of the Shenandoah. A few days later Francis Duke was 
interred in the old Harper Cemetery. Business was suspended 
in the town while the people paid their last respects to the memory 
of a popular and respected citizen, an exemplary father and 

After this event, the widow and her children went to reside 
at " Willow Springs " with the widow of Robert Duke, Francis 
Duke's younger brother, but later on they returned to her father's 
home in Lancaster. 

Robert Duke, the youngest of the brothers, was also an em- 
ploy of the government at the arsenal, at Harper's Ferry, and 
rose to be Chief Rifle Inspector, a position he held at the time 
of his death, in 1834. Robert was particularly thrifty in his 
habits and by his industry managed to buy a fine farm on the 
banks of the Potomac River, about three miles above Harper's 
Ferry. "Willow Springs" contained 311 acres, and formerly 
belonged to Joseph McMurran from whom it came, by inheri- 
tance, to his two sons, William and Samuel and from whom it 
was purchased by Robert Duke, in 1830. The plantation con- 
tained great quantities of limestone, iron ore and stone which, at 
this time, is being extensively quarried ; these operations have 
been the undoing of the once beautiful farm; it is no longer culti- 
vated, as of old, but has been given over to the quarrymen and 
railroads, and the latter have literally gridironed it. Here Robert 
Duke lived, also his children and grandchildren, until quite re- 
cently when " Willow Springs " passed into the ownership of 


I. Elizabeth, or " Betty " Duke as she is named in the record 
written by her father, was born 14 July, 1747, and " dide 1773," 
as stated in the quaint marginal note opposite her name. It is 



said that "she married a Blue." No further hght is shed upon 
her history. The Blues, however, were a prominent family and 
mostly numerous in Hampshire County, around Romney and 
Springfield, in the vicinity of which their German ancestor settled 
about 1730. 

II. William Duke was born 17 March, 1749, and died in 
Berkeley County, Virginia, 13 Sept., 1794, in his forty-fifth year. 
He was the eldest son, and was probably born in Ireland. About 
1777 he married Mary Ann, dau. of Nicholas and Christina 
Lemon, of Harper's Ferry. Her mother was a descendant of 
Robert Lemon, a soldier and personal friend of Oliver Cromwell, 
Lord Protector of England, and was born 7 Jan., 1756. She 
died circa 1796, and was buried at " South wood Springs," near 
Kearneysville, in Berkeley County. Her mother married, 2d, 
Rev. Henry Eaty, a Presbyterian minister, by whom she had two 
daughters and a son: Sebastian Eaty, a well-known justice of the 
peace in Clark Co., Va., between 1819 and 1840. 

In the old grveyard at " Southwood Springs " several of the 
Lemon family are buried, and here two were interred, John Duke, 
Jr., his wife Margaret, and some of their children. It is a regret- 
able circumstance that the burial place of these ancestors was 
swept over by the fiery flame of the Rebellion and its desolating 
torch, with other changes since that time, has caused the oblitera- 
tion of their graves. The Duke tombstones were long ago past 
finding, and in this generation there is only the recollection of 
a few fragments of a lettered sandstone from one of the graves 
found in a neighbor's farm-yard wall, and these, too, have now 
disappeared. Thus memory alone recalls the spot where repose 
the ashes of our Virginia forefathers and reminds us of the 
passing of all material things. 

In the settlement of the estate of John Duke the homestead 
was conveyed to Captain James Kearney, April i, 1792, by Rob- 
ert Duke, the executor, and in October of the same year. Captain 
Kearney transferred the title to William Duke. William Duke 
and Mary, his wife, by deed dated 15 Oct., 1793, for the con- 
sideration of £209, Virginia currency, reconveyed to Captain 
Kearney a portion of the homestead containing 47 acres. This 
instrument was witnessed by Elisha Boyd, John Riddle and James 
Kennedy, and recorded at Martinsburg, in Deed Book, No. ii, 
P- 365. 

William Duke died intestate 13 Sept., 1794, and the inventory 
and appraisal of his personal estate was filed 21 Sept., 1795. 
The value of the personal property amounted to £156. 11. i|. ; 
the appraisers were David Moore, David Osbourne and Thomas 





I old Bay mare 

3. 0.0. 

I Bay Mare 

9. 0.0. 

I old Brown Cow 


I Brindle yr'«. Calf 

1. 1 0.0. 

8 Hogs 

5. 0.0. 

2 Milch Cows. 

8. 0.0. 

I set Smith's tools 


364 lbs. Iron partly worked 


3 gridles made and 

I set Plow irons 


32 lbs steel 9c. per lb. 

I. 4.0. 

395 lbs Iron @ 3^/^ c. pr. lb. 

5. 0.7 

I Handsaw, plain & 3 gim- 


0. 6.4. 

pr. steelyards 

0. 9.0. 

I young Bay mare 

12. 0.0. 

I Grey horse colt 

9. 0.0. 

3 Augurs, 4 chisels, 3 draw- 

Knives, a Broad Axe & i 

post axe 

I. 5.0. 

4 hoes, new pr. bellows 


Some old Iron 


I Dutch oven, i cutting 



Barrel, Bucket &c. 

0. 2.6. 

6 cags, I shoeing horse 

0. 6.6. 

I Large Iron Kettle 


some coal & coal rakes 

1. 16.0. 

I Coffee Mill, i gudgeon 

0. 7.0. 

Shovels, Tongs & pot 


I. 3.0. 

2 pots 


I half bushel, pickling tub 

0. 5.0. 

Bed & bedding, old Lumber 

2. 8.9. 

B. L. Bags, 7 books, powder 

Horn, and cotton cards 


I blanket, 4 bread baskets 

0.1 1.4. 

I Washing tub 

0. 2.6. 

AND Appraisal 
I Flax breake 

1 New wagon 
Dresser Utensils 

2 Tea Kettles, i coffee 
can and pepper-mill 
2 Candle-sticks & snuffers 
2 Flat Irons, salt box & 

knife box 

1 Chair, Table, Butter Crock 

2 Frypans, Dutch oven \ 
8 griddle pans and skillet J 

^2 Lamps and stands 
8 Blue Chairs 
2 Arm chairs, 12 Spoons \ 

and one tumbler & i — ) 
I Pewter Teapot & Tea 


1 Bundle Table & 12 chests 

2 Axes, Shovel and Spade 
I Desk and i set Drawers 
I smooth bore gun 
I Man's saddle 
Bed & bedding 
I Man's saddle bed and \ 

bedding, 2 bolsters J 
I case and some bottles "I 

1 big wheel J 

2 Spinning Wheels @ 6 S. 
Hand Irons 
I Dough Trough & Tray \ 

1 old check reel i 

3 Table Cloths 

2 bed quilts 18 
6 sheets, 2 coverlids 
I Little wagon for children 
some flax 

Total 156. 1 1. 1 1/4 


0. 2.0. 

6. 0.0. 

1. 13.0. 

0. 5.0. 

0. 5.6. 

0. 6.0. 

1. 4.0. 
I. 7.0. 

0. 9.0. 

1. 0.0. 

8. 0.0. 
1. 1 0.0. 

o. 9.0. 


0. 7.0. 

1. 15.0. 


III. Francis Duke, second son of John and Margaret Duke, 
born in Ireland(?) 11 Feb., 1751, was killed by the Indians at 
the seige of Fort Henry (WheeHng), Ohio Co., Va., in an heroic 
attempt to reheve the besieged post, i Sept., 1777. He married, 
circa 1773, Sarah, tlie third daughter of Colonel David Shepherd 
and his wife Rachael Teague. Sarah's father, who was a son of 
Thomas Shepherd, the founder of Shepherdstown, Virginia, was 
lieutenant of Ohio County, Western Virginia, and commandant 
of Fort Henry. After the death of Francis Duke, his widow 
married, 2d, Levi Springer, of Uniontown, Fayette Co., Pa., 
where she died about 1835 o^ 1840, after having issue: two sons 
by her first husband, and several children to her second husband. 

" September the first day, 1777, ffrancis Duke was k — led 
[killed] by the Sagues [savages]." 


I — I 










Back of this brief and simple record which John Duke noted 
in his httle book chronichng the death of his son, is a long story 
of Indian persecution, perfidity and barbarity, that for years 
harrassed the border settlers, and had its climax in the first siege 
Wheeling. The incidents leading up to that historic, but tragic 
event, forms a narrative peculiarly interesting to the descendants 
and kinsmen of that brave and fearless youth. His martyrdom 
has been the theme of many writers of border history and may 
be briefly related in these pages. 

On the eve of the War of the Revolution, the various Indian 
tribes along the western border, were giving endless trouble to 
the whites, and committing savage atrocities, with appalling fre- 
quency, among the settlers in the Ohio Valley. So determined 
were they to exterminate the people who were encroaching upon 
their territory to which they had been forced by the advancing 
settlement and development in the valley of Virginia, that Lord 
Dunmore, then governor of the province, declared upon them a 
war of subjugation, and in 1774 took the field and led one of the 
divisions of volunteer militia against them. With General 
Andrew Lewis in command of a similar body of troops, both 
divisions marched upon the Indians. The fierce and disastrous 
battle of Point Pleasant, fought and won by the provincials, 10 
Oct., 1774, at the junction of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, was 
a decided blow, and resulted in the overthrow of the Indians and 
the flight of the allied tribes, known as the Northern Confederacy, 
which was under the leadership of " Cornstalk " the great sachem 
of the Shawnese. These were the " red terrors " of the border. 

In the early summer, just before the expeditions set out. Dun- 
more ordered the erection of Fort Fincastle, being then in Fin- 
castle Co., Va., as an additional post for the protection of the 
white settlers west of Fort Dunmore (afterward Fort Pitt, now 
Pittsburg, Pa.). It was built under the direction of Major Wil- 
liam Crawford and Angus MacDonald, and was situated on a 
high bluff, overlooking the Ohio River, at the mouth of Wheeling 
Creek. The fort was substantially constructed of heavy squared 
timbers, eight feet high and pointed at the top, and furnished 
with sentry boxes at the angles ; it was parallelogram in form, 
and covered an area of about three fourths of an acre. The in- 
terior of the post contained officers' quarters, barracks, store- 
house, well and cabins for families seeking its protection. In 
strength and importance it ranked next to Fort Pitt. A steep 
hill rises inland and between it and the river lay a plain from 
which the forest had been cleared away, so that the fort stood 
in the open, with a few cabins occupied by the settlers near it. 

The Revolution came swiftly on and broke over the colonies 
in the following year, and with it came an alliance between the 
English and the Indians, who were previously allies of the French 



in seeking control of the western waterways. The Indians, aided 
by the fratricidal English, now lost no time in renewing the reign 
of terror on the border and in laying waste the flourishing settle- 
ments, and to an extent far more cruel and sanguinary than ever 
before. The compact against the colonists involved not only the 
worst element of the English, but also the Tory, who proved no 
less subtle, and equally as dangerous and treacherous as his 
copper-skinned ally. This then, was the character of the combi- 
nation arrayed against the patriots in the west. 

The fever of freedom, coupled with the need of self-preserva- 
tion, penetrated to the dwellers in the wilderness with amazing 
rapidity. Organizations, under experimental, or military govern- 
ment, were quickly formed among the harried settlers along the 
border. David Shepherd who had been a colonial officer under 
Lord Dunmore's rule, and had commanded one of the expedi- 
tions against the Indians, and had also been second in command 
at Fort Pitt, at this time, was among the first to throw off the 
English thralldom, directing all his energies and the benefit of 
his civil and military experience toward the accomplishment of 
the cause of liberty. His friend and associate, Dorsey Pentecost, 
of the Council of West Augusta, recorded the appointment of 
Col. David Shepherd, on the 4 Sept., 1776, as Commissary of the 
Virginia troops on the Ohio, then a part of Virginia's territory, 
but now included in the bounds of Pennsylvania. The frontiers, 
extending along the Ohio for a hundred miles, was under Shep- 
herd's official supervision. 

Colonel David Shepherd was the eldest son of Thomas Shep- 
herd and his wife Elizabeth Van Meter. He married Rachael 
Teague about 1756, and with the Zanes, Wetzels and other pio- 
neers from the Potomac Valley, emigrated to the western country 
in 1773, or earlier. On being appointed Commissary of Ohio 
County, he selected as his deputy, his son-in-law, Francis Duke, 
the husband of the Colonel's daughter Sarah. Francis Duke 
was then living on the Ohio ; he was about twenty-nine years of 
age, a strong, brave and fearless frontiersman, and of such who 
were foremost in the winning of the west. 

About 1774, Col. David Shepherd had bought out a tomahawk 
right from Silas Zane, who had pre-empted a claim at the forks 
of Wheeling Creek, six miles above its confluence with the Ohio. 
Here, in the same year, he erected a stockade to which he gave 
the name of Shepherd's Fort, and brought there his family and 
several mechanics from among his old neighbors at Shepherds- 
town. At Beech Bottom, near the mouth of Short Creek, twelve 
miles above Fort Henry, and about three miles below Wellsburg, 
was another blockhouse where Commissary Francis Duke was 
stationed in 1777. The region around it was settled by Scotch- 
Irish gathered there from York, Pa., and from the Valley of 



For months before the attack on Wheehng, the ravages on the 
border continued unabated ; whole famiHes were destroyed, and 
others suffered the loss of one or more of their members. The 
inhabitants of the entire country bordering on the Ohio River 
were alarmed, and measures were taken for their safety. 

On the 13 of March, 1777, Governor Patrick Henry, of Vir- 
ginia, appointed Col. David Shepherd, County Lieutenant, and 
named Fort Henry (that had formerly been called Fort Fin- 
castle, and renamed in honor of Governor Henry) as his head- 
quarters. General Edward Hand, of Pennsylvania, held a like 
command at Fort Pitt, in the District of West Augusta. In the 
summer of 1777 the hostiles quietly prepared for an invasion 
of the valley settlements, and among other depredations planned 
was an attack to be made on Fort Henry, then a prosperous 
village, of perhaps thirty cabins, nestling around the fort. Com- 
panies of militia were hurried into the region from Virginia, 
Maryland and Pennsylvania, and were posted at the various 
blockhouses ; scouting parties ranged the trails and along every 
stream and forest path, and watched and waited to intercept any 
runner or other means of communication. General Hand, who 
had received a hint of the danger, from some friendly native, 
of the proposed attack on Fort Henry, quietly warned Colonel 
Shepherd to be on his guard. He was ordered to leave his own 
fort, with his family, and rendezvous all the forces between the 
Ohio and the Monongahela, at Fort Henry, and strengthen its 
condition. The men from the settlements were organized and 
drilled for its defence ; the women and children were gathered 
into the fort and all suitable and proper preparations were made 
to resist an attack. By Aug. 22, 1777, the date of a letter written 
by Col. David Shepherd to General Hand, the latter is advised that 
" the fort is Indian proof." As the foe did not come, however, 
the idea got abroad, and gained confidence, that it was a false alarm, 
so that by the end of August the fears of the people were lulled 
and they had started off to their various homes to finish up their 
harvesting, and do such other labor as they had been interrupted 
in by the scare. Several of the militia companies had been dis- 
missed, and were now well on their way back to their various 
mustering places, and everywhere vigilance was relaxed ; all 
that were left to keep watch and ward at the point of disturbance 
were two Virginia companies under command of Captains Mason 
and Ogle, who perfunctorily kept their vigils in the vicinity, one 
company scouting between Fort Henry and Beech Bottom, and 
the other watching the country toward Grave Creek. By this 
time, Captain Boggs and Reazin, with their companies, had 
reached the neighborhood of Catfish Camp (now Washing- 
ton, Pa.). 

Early on the morning of the first of September, 1777, the gar- 



rison at Fort Henry was surprised by a body of between three 
and four hundred Indians, who had encompassed it on all sides, 
and opened the attack with savage yells and shot. Before this 
occurred, however, the Indians had come upon the scouting 
parties of Mason and Ogle, before their presence in the locality 
had been suspected, and put them to flight, after the wounding 
of several of the party, including Captain Ogle. In the fort were 
only a few men — perhaps a dozen — and a number of women and 
children, who had remained for a few days longer after the most 
of the men had gone. The attack began about seven o'clock in 
the morning, continued all day and into the night, when the 
Indians, unsuccessful in capturing Fort Henry, withdrew under 
cover of the darkness. 

Many historians of border warfare have written of this siege, 
and while their accounts differ in detail, they all agree that it 
was one of the most desperate in the annals of the frontier. Many 
incidents of bravery and many stories of wonderful escapes have 
illumined their narratives, but among them all there is none more 
pathetic, or heroic, than the manner of Francis Duke's death, 
who, according to all authorities on the subject, endeavored alone 
to aid in the defense of Fort Henry. 

" When intelligence of the investiture of Wheeling, by the savages, 
reached Shepherd's Fort, a party was immediately detached from it, to 
try and gain admission into the beseiged fortress and aid in its defense. 
Upon coming into view, it was found that the attempt would be useless 
and unavailing, and the detachment consequently prepared to return. 
Francis Duke (son in law to Col. Shepherd), was unwilling to turn his 
back on a people straitened as he knew the beseiged must be, and declared 
his intention of endeavoring to reach the fort, that he might contribute 
to its defense. It was useless to dissuade him from the attempt, — he 
knew its dangers, but he also knew their weakness, and putting spurs to 
his horse, rode briskly forward, calling aloud, ' open the gate ! open the 
gate ' ! ! He was seen from the fort, and the gate was loosened for his 
admission — but he did not live to reach it, — pierced by bullets of the 
savages, he fell, to the regret of all. Such noble daring deserved a better 
fate. ... Of the garrison none were killed and only two wounded — the 
heroic Francis Duke was the only white man who fell during the seige " 
(Withcr's Chronicles of the Border, p. 359)- 

" Just before the withdrawal of the enemy, Francis Duke, son in law ot 
Colonel Shepherd, rode up to the fort and had almost gained the gate, 
when an Indian shot him. His death was greatly regretted, as he was 
a brave and generous man, and of much service on the frontier. He had 
been stationed at Beech-Bottom blockhouse, as assistant commissary and 
getting information of the attack, mounted his horse and rode with all 
speed to the scene of the operation. Here alas ! to meet untimely death. 
His remains with those of his brother-in-law William Shepherd, were 
interred near where the Northwestern Bank stands [at Wheeling, W. 
Va.]. In consequence of the great loss at Wheeling in September 1/77, 
and the death of Colonel Shepherd's son and son-in-law Francis Duke, 
it was determined in the Fall of that year to abandon the place and send 
the families to Redstone [Brownsville, Pa.]. The fort was accordingly 
evacuated September, 21, 1777, and soon after the Indians burned it to 
the ground" (De Haas' History of Western Virginia). 



Mrs. Lydia Crugar, widow of Moses Shepherd, the youngest, 
and surviving son of Colonel Shepherd, and daughter of Captain 
Boggs, gives the following account of the incidents preceding 
the siege and of the death of Francis Duke, as she related them 
to Lyman C. Draper the eminent historian. 

" It was near the first of September, 1777, in the morning early. D'. 
Daniel MacMahon desired to move away and sent out one Boyd with two 
negroes up the hill to find the horses to remove on ; Boyd was shot and 
scalped by Indians in ambush and the negroes escaped to the fort. This was 
the first intelligence of the approach of the Indians. Then Captains Ogle 
and Mason, each having a company of militia there (Mason was from the 
waters of Ten-Mile near Washington, Pa.), with a party, about ^ of a 
mile away [found] the Indians in ambush, in [the] bushes on the creek 
bottom and while the men were hunting for the trail, the Indians arose 
from the covert around them and fired upon the whites — shot them down. 
Mason received a flesh wound in the hip and hid himself in a fallen tree 
top full of green leaves. Indians hunted all around him; he seeing them, 
in the night escaped to some neighboring fort. Capt. Ogle escaped to a 
cornfield with a wounded man and concealed themselves in the high horse- 
weeds, and while there a wounded Indian, blood running down and cry- 
ing, and another Indian with him both sitting on the fence within a [few 
feet] of Ogle, and Ogle expecting every moment to be discovered. He 
lay with his gun cocked, intending, if discovered, to sell his life as dearly 
as possible. These Indians remained on the fence and finally went away. 
In the night Ogle took the wounded man with him into the fort. Three 
of the men: William Shepherd, eldest son of Col. David Shepherd; Hugh 
McCullogh [whose sister Rebecca married W". Shepherd] and Thomas 
Glenn, started from the defeated spot for the fort, and young Shepherd 
as he neared the fort, his foot caught in a grape vine and threw him, and 
before he could recover the Indians tomahawked and scalped him. Glenn 
was chased above the fort a little distance up the river, was overtaken 
and killed, McCullogh reached the fort. John Caldwell escaped to Shep- 
herd's fort, 6 miles above Wheeling, where at the forks of Wheeling the 
neighborhood forted though Colonel Shepherd was himself at Wheeling; 
others escaped. 

" Town lots had been sold and several had built cabins and lived in 
them — outside of Fort Henry, and at this alarm, unexpected, the people 
flew to the fort leaving all their property in their cabins, all of which 
was plundered and some of the cabins were burned, and others were 
seized and occupied by the Indians from which to fight. 

" Francis Duke, Deputy Commissary, came from Beech Bottom station 
above, about noon, . . . and made a dash for the fort, so near that the 
Indians did not go for his scalp until after nightfall when they dragged 
his body into one of the cabins and scalped and stripped him. The Indian 
shot down large number of cattle, hogs, sheep, and geese, and took away 
a good many horses, soon after dark they decamped. Thought to have 
been about 300 Indians." 

By the time the companies of Captains Boggs and Reazin 
Virgin had arrived from Catfish Camp, which was during the 
following morning, the Indians had all disappeared. These rein- 
forcements could only help bury the dead and haul the swollen 
cattle into the river. 

After the siege Colonel Shepherd sent his family to Catfish 
Camp, while he returned to his own settlement to restore, as speedily 



as possible, something like order out of the terrible ruin spread 
on every hand. In writing to General Hand at what was then 
Fort Pitt, in a letter dated 3 September, Colonel Shepherd stoic- 
ally ignores his own bereavement and personal losses, but gives 
an account of the affair; but in writing again to General Hand on 
15 September he gives the first definite statement of the casual- 
ties at Fort Henry, he says that " one Lieutenant and fourteen 
men killed, one Captain and four men wounded." Francis Duke 
was likely the lieutenant referred to as his son William was a 
militiaman in Capt. Mason's Company. 

The last entry Francis Duke made in his commissary book is 
dated at Beech Bottom, August 30, 1777. He left surviving him 
a widow Sarah, son John, about three years of age, and a son 
Francis who was a posthvimous child born some months after 
the siege of Fort Henry. His widow afterward married Levi 
Springer, of Uniontown, Pa. 

William Shepherd left surviving him his widow Rebecca; his 
only child, Elizabeth, was born shortly after its father's death. 

Administration on the estate of Francis Duke, deceased, was 
granted to Col. David Shepherd, 3 Nov., 1778, he having com- 
plied with the law, and Jacob Newland, Charles Hedges and John 
Mitchell were appointed by the court, on that date, to appraise 
the estate. At a later date (not recorded) they made the follow- 
ing return to the court : 


A List of Goods belonging to Francis Duke, dec'' 

2 Black cows 

£40. 0.0 

I Mattock 


I Black heifer 

7. 0.0. 

I Broad Axe 

1. 16.0. 

I Bull 

7. 0.0. 

Old Iron 


I yearling heifer 


Old Bell 

0. 6.0. 

I ditto 


I Drawing Knife 


I Pot. wt. 17 lbs. 


2 pr Hames 


2 pr. Irons 

6. 0.0. 

2 Clevises 


I old axe 


I pr. plow irons 

6. 0.0. 

I Ten gal. Kittle 


I adze 


Total £102.0.0. 

IV. John Duke, Jr., third son of John and Margaret Duke 
who came from Ireland with his parents, and is supposed to have 
been born there, was, according to the record in his father's 
memorandum book, born 20 Aug., 1753, and in the same little 
book there is found this quaint reference to his death : " Oct. 
[November] 4th, 1791, John Duke was kled [killed] by the 
Ingins [Indians] about Sun-Rising in the battle of Ganeral Sin- 
kelear [General St. Clair]." His will, recorded at Martinsburg, 
seems to be the only other documentary evidence available con- 
cerning this son; as no wife is mentioned in the will it is sup- 
posed she predeceased her husband. 



Will of John Duke, Jr. 

Second May, 1791, I. John Duke of Berkeley Co., State of Virginia. 
... I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons : James, William and 
John, — my part lately left me by my father of his estate together with all 
other debts dues and demands due to me by others to be equally divided 
among them share and share alike when they arrive at the age of twenty 
one years each. But if any one of them should die before he arrive to 
age then his share shall be divided equally amongst the surviving two, 
but if any two of them shall die before they arrive at age then the sur- 
viving one shall inherit the whole, but provided any one of them shall 
"mary" before he arrives at age then he or they shall receive their 
full " shear " at or upon their marriage day. Appointing brother William 
Duke sole executor. 

Witnesses : Thomas Curry, William Duke and George Lafiferty. 

This will was probated at Martinsburg, Va., 17 January, 1792. 
The following account of the estate of John Duke was pre- 
sented to court by William Duke, his executor : 

To Balance due by William Richardson £11.12. g 

" James Dukes account 2.1 1. 3 

" Smith Work 1.19. 6. 

" Barbery Clu's account 2. 5. i 

" John Kearsley's Note 0.15. o 

" Robert M'Knight's account o. 5- 2 

" John M'Clay for Schooling 1.18. 8 

" John Norris' note with interest 2. 5. 6, 
" Conelius Wyncoop's note & interest 3.3.10. va. 

currency 3.19. 9. 

" Samuel Swearingen's Note 1.19. 0, 

" John Daniel's account o. 9. 2 

" Casper Walpole's account 3.15. 0, 

" Fees paid Reed and White, lawyers (£20.13.8) 2. i. 3 

By Cash for a Judgement against Watson 31.1 1. 0. 

" Cash H. Bedinger (12 dollars 49 cents) 4.13. 8. 

" Cash T. Lafferty o. 9. g. 

" Cash Dennis Stephens o. i. 6. 

To Balance due Estate John Duke 0.18. 10. 

£36.15. II. £36.15.11. 
To T. Brown account and Receipt 1. 12.4. 

" my expenses attending Court 1.10.0.=: 3. 2. 4. 

By Estate Balance 0.18.10. 

Due W"". Duke (Pa. currency) 2. 3. 6. 

(Va. currency) 1.14. 9^. 

Audited. ,5 J.Uy ,-93 (^rpriranngen 

Returned to Court and ordered recorded. 

15 Oct. 1793- (sig) JNOS HUNTER C. B. C. 

In all the annals of savage warfare, there is no event more 
appalling than the story of General St. Clair's defeat ; its bar- 
barous butchery and the effect of it on the American people in 
the infancy of the Republic, and the consequent loss of prestige 
of one of its great generals, will ever be remembered to the 
Nation's regret. 



The army of the Northwest was led by one of the most successful 
Generals of the Revolution, with some of the best and most tried veterans 
of that campaign under his command, which consisted of 2,700 men and 
included among its officers : General Richard Butler and Col. W" Darke : 
The scene of battle was on the Pickway fork of the Maumee, a branch 
of the Wabash River, in what is now Mercer Co., Ohio. The attack 
occurred 30 miles from Fort Jefferson, and was made by a body of 2,000 
Indians from ambush, and lasted three hours. 

Col. William Darke had command of a body of militiamen from Berk- 
eley and Hampshire Counties, Virginia, and these formed the second line 
of defense. In that slaughter these battalions made the two terrific 
charges against the Indians which made Darke's name memorable. The 
confusion of the army was so great, that St. Clair was unable to hold 
the ground won by Darke's heroic advance at the head of the Virginians. 

The main body of the army had camped where Fort Recovery was after- 
ward erected by General Wayne. The Miami villiages were supposed 
to be about twelve miles distant. At this place, — the headwaters of the 
Wabash River, — the army encamped. The front was covered by a creek 
on the other side of the river, while a creek protected the flank of the 
second line. There was no suspicion of danger as the army lay down 
to get some rest. Some few hours before daybreak; and under the ex- 
pectation of attack, or, at least, to have the men in a state of readiness, 
• — the general had the reveille beaten, and the troopes paraded under arms, 
thus they stood watchful till daybreak, when they were dismissed to 
their tents to get some further rest ; but the men had scarcely lain down 
when a rifle, fired by some of the men in front, was followed by an 
irregular volley in the same direction. The drums beat; the officers 
formed the men ; the militia came pouring in from the front ; and in a 
few minutes, all was stir and confusion. The militia coming in pursued 
by swarms of Indians, broke over the ranks of the regulars, and bore 
down all before them. The Indians themselves, penetrated beyond the 
front ranks and tomahawked some of the wounded officers who had been 
carried back to have their wounds dressed. In no long time the whole 
body of the army was encompassed by a livid stream of fire on all sides 
'round. St. Clair was suffering from a fever and was unable to mount a 
horse, but part of the time was carried from place to place on a litter. 
... ; he directed the men to carry him to a place where the firing was 
the heaviest and where the men were falling on all sides. Here the 
brave Col. Darke, an officer of Revolutionary distinction, was trying his 
utmost to allay the consternation of the men, and hold the lines steady. 

When St. Clair came up he directed the Colonel and his men to make 
a sudden and rapid charge with the bayonet ; the charge was made with 
some effect, for swarms of the red backed creatures rose up before the 
lines of infantry, out of the high grass, and fled before them, but the 
soldiers could not overtake them, they recovered their courage and soon 
after, from behind every kind of shelter, — poured such a fire upon the 
soldiers that they in turn were driven back. A second time was the charge 
with the bayonet made and followed with same result. When the artil- 
lery was brought up the horses and men were destroyed before they 
could do any service. . . . the men at last gave way and retreated in a 
panic. The chief of tbe hostiles in this battle, was " Mishikenakwa," or, 
" Little Turtle," a son of a Miami chief by a Mohickan woman. He was 
the chief leader of all the warriors in that part of the country. He died 
in 1812, and his grave is at Fort Wayne (see History of Westmoreland 
Co., Pa., p. 219). 

Another writer states that 



" Every commissioned officer of the Second Regiment, except three, — 
was killed or wounded. Every artillery officer had been killed — except 
Captain Ford. 630 men were lost, 80 of whom were from Berkeley Co., 
Va., and included Col. Darkes's own son Joseph, — a lieutenant, and John 
Duke. 240 men were wounded, including Colonel Darke" (see Lewis' 
Hist, of West Virginia; and St. Clair Papers). 

Major Denny, aid to General St. Clair, states in his journal, 

" The troops paraded this morning at the usual time and had been 
dismissed from the lines but a few minutes, the sun not yet up, when the 
woods in front rang with the yells and tire of the savages." 

For report of his defeat, including list of officers killed and 
wounded see St. Clair's Report to Congress, Nov. 9, 1791, in 
American State Papers, Art. Indian Affairs, Vol. I., pp. 137-138. 

Colonel William Darke, to whom repeated reference has been 
made in these pages, was born in 1736, in Pennsylvania, prob- 
ably in Falls Township, Pa., near the Delaware River, below 
Trenton N. J., where the family of that name settled soon after 
their emigration to America. He came to Virginia with his 
parents, John and Jane (Rush) Darke, about 1742. They settled 
in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry. Mary Darke, a sister of Wm. 
Darke, married Philip Engle, Sr., a pioneer from Lancaster Co., 
Pa., who had located where Engle station (on the B. & O. R. R.) 
now stands; through this union their descendants intermarried 
with the Dukes and other families in the locality. Wm. Darke, 
as a young man, served in the earlier Indian wars of the border, 
and the experience gained for him the meritorious distinction he 
received in service in the War of the Revolution, for he was 
frequently promoted. After the Indian war in the northwest, in 
St. Clair's Campaign, he was made a brigadier general for his 
daring and bravery. His home was midway between Shenandoah 
Junction and Duffields — two stations on the B. & O. R. R., at a 
place now called Darkesville — Jefferson Co., W. Va., where he 
died in 1801. Duffields was formerly known as Elk Branch. A 
Presbyterian Church was very early established at this place, 
and in its beginning was used by itinerating clergymen, and it was 
here that the Darkes, the Dukes, the Clymers and others of that 
faith, in the neighborhood, worshipped. 

V. Robert Duke, born 4 May, 1755, seems to have disappeared 
entirely from view after April, 1792, at which time, as surviving 
executor of the wills of his father and mother, he transferred 
the homestead to James Kearney. Nothing has been found by 
which his line of posterity — if he left any — can be traced; 
although, in the course of the inquiry incident to this work, it 
has developed a family of Dukes who claim a Robert Duke as 
their ancestor, who lived, about the time of our Robert's period, 
in Cumberland Co., Pa. This Robert Duke, it is said, married 



a German woman and their descendants are now living in the 
vicinity of CarHsle, Shippensburg and Chambersburg. A pecu- 
har resemblance in physiognomy, stature and temperament of the 
descendants of this man seems to argue strongly for the presump- 
tion of close relationship ; and these hereditary characteristics are 
so marked that the writer feels justified in adopting this family 
in kinship relation and will include their line, in its place, upon 
these pages. 

VI. Mary Duke, born in America, 30 June, 1757, died in 

VII. Matthew Duke, born 5 July, 1758. Very little infor- 
mation regarding him is to be had. At the date of his mother's 
will, Matthew was farming near the Duke homestead, in Berkeley 
Co. The family tradition is that he never married, and that he 
served in the War of the Revolution as a substitute for Daniel 
Hendricks, the husband of his niece Margaret. He was buried 
in the family plot on Hendrick's farm, near Uvilla, about 1820. 

VIII. Margaret Duke, born 13 May, 1760, is another of 
whom nothing, at present, is known. She was living in 1792 
and was mentioned in her mother's will. 

IX. Mary Duke, born 12 Nov., 1762, said to have married 
some time before the death of her parents, a person by the name 
of Foutz and to have emigrated to the neighborhood of West 
Liberty, in Ohio Co., Va. West Liberty was known as Black's 
Cabin as early as 1777. It was situated at the head of Short 
Creek, about six miles back from the Ohio River, and was for- 
merly the seat of government of Ohio County. When some of 
her nephews visited her, about 1830, they found Aunt Polly 
Fonts a widow, with a son George, living with her at the time. 

X. James Duke, youngest son of John and Margaret Duke, 
born 17 June, 1765. Thus far nothing has been learned concern- 
ing this member of the family. 

XL Jane Duke, youngest daughter of John and Margaret 
Duke, born 20 March, 1767. She married Captain James Glenn, 
of Berkeley Co., Va. A correspondent writes me that " Captain 
Glenn, as a young soldier, met Jane Duke on her return from 
Ireland. She was a tall, beautiful blonde, and intelligent. Her 
three children died young, and she educated her servants." Cap- 
tain Glenn, after the death of Jane, married again, but at his 
death he was buried beside his first wife in the Presbyterian 
churchyard at Shepherdstown, W. Va. 

Captain Glenn was one of the first officers to receive a com- 
mission in the regular army of the United States. 

"Born about 1764, in Berkeley Co., Va., on the sunny slopes of the 
Blue Ridge, and dowered with a fine physique, and military aspirations 
inherited from a sturdy ancestry which shares the blood of Robert Bruce 
and the great scotch clans of Campbell — young Glenn seemed foreor- 
dained for a soldier's career. At the age of 14 he ran away from home 



to join the army under General Nathaniel Greene. At this time (1779- 
80), Greene's army, barefooted, half clad, and famished — made a forced 
march across North Carolina and reached the Dan with only a remnant of 
his shattered army in which James Glenn served as a sharp-shooter. A 
year later the conquering armies of Greene and Washington met at York- 
town, and Glenn shared the glories of Oct. 19, 1781, in the surrender of 

" Upon the reorganization of the Army of the United States, Glenn 
received his commission as Lieutenant. In 1793, Henry Knox, Secretary 
of War, assigned him to special service at Pittsburg, in recognition of 
distinguished merit. The commission hangs upon the walls of his grand- 
daughter's (Mrs. Lillian Glenn Barnes) home at Snow-Hill, Maryland." 

James Glenn was the yotmgest officer sent by General Arthur 
St. Clair, as bearer of despatches, to General Washington at 
Philadelphia, where Congress was then in session. When St. 
Clair's army retreated from Fort Washington, Captain Darke 
was killed at the first fire — Glenn took command in his place. 
All of his own men were killed but eight; of these, only three — 
O'Neal, Morgan and Glenn — lived to reach Shepherdstown. 
Glenn's gallantry in saving the life of his friend Raleigh Morgan 
at this time was an act of extraordinary heroism. He bore 
Morgan's body from the field; making his bugler dismount he 
placed the wounded man on his horse and conducted him to a 
place of safety under fire of three Indians, who followed them 
and continued to fire and hide behind trees until weary of the 
pursuit. For his valor and devoted service. General Washington 
made him adjutant of his regiment. Subsequently, he served as 
recruiting officer and was finally placed on the retired list of the 
United States Army on account of continued ill health, the result 
of hard service and exposure. 

He died when he had passed three score years and ten. His 
age was 63 years. His second wife was Ruth Burns, a native 
of his own county, and by whom he had three children : Elizabeth, 
Mary and Capt. James W. Glenn, who lives at the old home- 
stead " Glenburnie," near Shepherdstown, W. Va. 


II. William Duke, eldest son of John and Margaret Duke, 
born 17 March, 1749, died in Berkeley Co., Va., 13 Sept., 1794; 
m. circa 1777, Mary Ann, dau. of Nicholas and Christina Lemon, 
of Frederick Co., Va. She was born in the vicinity of Harper's 
Ferry, 7 Jan., 1756; d. circa 1796, and was buried at " Southwood 
Springs," near Kearneysville, Berkeley Co., Va. Issue: 

1, Margaret, b. 18 Aug., 1778; d. 5 Oct., 1839. 

2, Francis, b. 29 Nov., 1783; d. 8 Nov., 1836. 

3, John, b. 7 May, 1786; d. 31 March, 1871. 

4, Robert, b. 9 Aug., 1788; d. 16 Aug., 1834. 



5, Matthew, b. 5 Jan., 1791 ; d. circa 1820. 

6, Nancy, b. 13 April, 1793; d. July, 1876. 

I. Margaret Duke (John\ William-), eldest child of William 
and Mary A. Duke, b. Rocky Marsh, Berkeley Co., Va., 18 Aug., 
1778; d. 5 Oct., 1839; in. circa 1794, Daniel Hendricks, a farmer, 
of Berkeley Co., Va., and son of Daniel ( ?) Hendricks and his 
wife Rebecca ( ?) Buckles, dau. of one of the early settlers, who 
located at " Rattling Springs " on the Potomac River, two miles 
above Harper's Ferry, Va. 

The Hendricks family, of the Valley, into which Margaret 
Duke married were one of the earliest and thriftiest among 
the settlers from Pennsylvania. Their ancestors came from 
the Dutch settlement near Philadelphia which antedated the 
arrival of Penn and his colonists by several years, and at that 
time he was prominent in colonial history. Thomas A. Hend- 
ricks, former Vice-president of the United States, who died in 
1885 after having served only a few months, was, with Grover 
Cleveland the President, the first to be elected to those offices 
by the Democratic party since 1857; he too, was of this line, the 
grandfathers of Thomas A. Hendricks and Daniel W. Hendricks 
being brothers. The earlier forefather was " Albertus Hendricon, 
of Locomo " — so runs his will, who was given a patent to lands 
at what is now Lamokin, about a mile west of Chester Creek, on 
the Delaware, in Delaware Co., Pa., in the year 1673. He was 
a constable of the Upland Court in 1676, and a juror of the first 
court under the Penn government. His death occurred in 171 5 
and his will recites sons : Tobias, James, Johannes ; daughters : 
Elizabeth Wright, Isabel Venamon and Katharine Haverd ; and 
grandchildren : Albertus Steer and Helchy, the daughter of 
Tobias ; the executors were the son Tobias and John Salkeld, the 
celebrated Quaker preacher (see Smith's History of Delaware 
County, p. 468; The American Genealogist, Vol. L, pt. 4, p. 
136, 1899). 

The Hendricks and Wrights migrated in 1726 to the west side 
of the Susquehanna, where they became involved in a raging 
border controversy between the Provinces of Maryland and 
Pennsylvania, respecting their boundary rights (see Pennsylvania 
Archives, ist Series). 

Tobias Hendricks settled at what is now known as Oyster 
Point, at the head of the Cumberland Valley, and about two miles 
west of Harrisburg. He was one of the Justices of Chester Co., 
in 1726; died at Oyster Point, in 1739, leaving wife Catherine, 
and children : Henry, Rebecca, Tobias, David, Peter, Abraham 
and Isaac. 

James Hendricks, the brother of Tobias, both sons of Albertus, 
was a noted Quaker, and a carpenter; he also settled on the 
Susquehanna in Lancaster Co., near his brother Tobias, but finally 



passed down the Cumberland Valley to the new settlements on the 
Potomac in the vicinity of Martinsburg. He was probably the 
Major James Hendricks, of the 7th Virginia Line commanded by 
Col. Mordecai Bnckner, in the War of the Revolution (see 
Records of Spottsylvania Co., Va., pp. 526-533). James Hen- 
dricks m. Priscilla , and died at a venerable age, in Berkeley 

Co., Va., in 1795. This couple left several children who inter- 
married with the Lucases, Buckleses, Blues and Van Metres. He 
was the father of Daniel Hendricks who is said to have married 
Miss Buckles, of Rattling Springs, and were the parents of 
Tobias and Daniel ; the latter m. Margaret Duke. 

7, William Hendricks, b. 22 Dec, 1795 ; d. young and with- 

out issue. 

8, Daniel Hendricks, b. 25 Aug., 1797; d. 28 Nov., 1852. 

9, John Hendricks, b. 30 Oct., 1799; d. s.p. 

10, Tobias Hendricks, b. 7 Nov., 1801 ; d. s.p. 

11, Polly Hendricks, b. 13 Dec, 1803; d. . 

12, James Hendricks, b. 2 July, 1812; d. 10 Aug., 1848. 

13, Eliza Hendricks, b. 27 Sept., 1814; d. 28 Aug., 1877. 

2. Francis Duke (John^, Wilham-), eldest son of William and 
Mary A. Duke, b. Rocky Marsh, 29 Nov., 1783; drowned at 
Harper's Ferry, Va., 8 Nov., 1836; m. 20 Nov., 1819, at Shep- 
herdstown, Va., Elizabeth, dau. of Jacob and Rebecca (McNutt) 
Kendrick, of Lampeter Square, Lancaster Co., Pa., a lineal de- 
scendant of Martin Kendig, a Swiss Mennonite who came to 
America from the Palatinate in 1709, and settled in the Pequea 
Valley, Lancaster Co., Pa. He was an agent of the Dutch and 
Swiss emigrants who settled in that part of Pennsylvania, and 
himself was a prominent landowner, preacher and citizen. Eliza- 
beth Kendrick was b. 22 Aug., 1802; d. at Philadelphia, Pa., 6 
Oct., 1869. Lssue: 

14, Ann Catharine, b. 31 Jan., 1821 ; d. 21 Jan., 1863. 

15, Mary Margaret, b. 15 Oct., 1823; d. 28 March, 1825. 

16, Elizabeth Frances, b. 28 Dec, 1825; d. 18 Feb., 1901. 

17, Sarah Jane, b. 27 May, 1828; d. 21 June, 1833. 

18, Francis Kendrick, b. 7 Dec, 1830; d. 9 Sept., 1908. 

19, John Francis, b. 5 March, 1834; d. 28 Oct., 1898. 

20, Rebecca Ellen, b. 14 Jan., 1837; d. 30 Nov., 1899. 

3. John Duke (John\ William^), son of William and Mary 
A. Duke, b. Rocky Marsh, Va., 7 May, 1786; d. at Harper's 
Ferry, Va., 31 Alarch, 1871 ; m. 23 Sept., 1813. Lucy Keys Talbot, 
dau. of Walter and Elizabeth (French) Talbot Shirley, a pioneer 
settler of Chestertown, Md. Her first husband was George Tal- 
bot, of Delaware City, Del., b. 1778; d. at Harper's Ferry, Va., 
19 July, 1862. Issue: 

21, John William, b. 24 July, 1814; d. 23 Sept., 1822. 



22, James Francis, b. 26 Dec, 1816; d. 6 March, 1897, al 

Charlestown, W. Va. 

23, Talbot Shirley, b. 26 June, 1819; d. at Richmond, Va., 29 

July, 1862. 

24, Elizabeth Goff, b. 20 Dec, 1821 ; d. 3 Oct., 1844. 

25, Virginia, b. 8 April, 1825 ; d. 8 April, 1825. 

26, Mary Ann, b. 21 Oct., 1826. 

27, William Vance, b. 7 July, 1829; d. 14 Feb., 1832. 

4. Robert Duke (John\ William-), son of William and Mary 
A. Duke, b. at Rocky Marsh, Va., 9 Aug., 1788; d. at "Willow 
Springs," near Harper's Ferry, Va., 16 Aug., 1834; m. circa, 
181 5, Anna Newton Moore, dau. of Rev. Francis Moore, pastor 
of the Zoar Baptist Congregation (Ketochtin District), and his 
wife Sally Allnut, only dau. of Jesse, son of James Allnut, one 
of the original settlers of Dawsonville, Prince George's Co., Md., 
and his wife, Eleanor Chiswell. The Allnuts were descended — 
in the Newton line — from the progenitor of Sir Isaac Newton, 
the great English scientist and mathematician. Anna N. Moore 
was descended from William Moore who lived in Westmoreland, 
or Prince William Co., Va., and is said to have been the youngest 
son of Lord John Moore who came to South Carolina from 
England. William's son, Jeremiah, ;;;. a Miss Renno, of a 
prominent Maryland family, and removed to Fairfax Co., Va. 
The Moores belong to the Church of England, but one day 
Jeremiah went to hear the Rev. David Thomas preach ; he was a 
well-known Baptist minister of that day, and Jeremiah was much 
impressed with his doctrines ; after this he became a Baptist and 
entered its ministry as did also his son Francis, who was b. in 
Fairfax Co., Va., 18 Sept., 1766; m. 8 Nov., 1792, Sarah C. 
Allnut, and died at Pleasant Valley, 15 Feb., 1831 (Semple's 
Lives of the Baptists; and Virginia Baptist Ministers, p. 386). 


28, Francis William, b. 9 Sept., 1816; d. in 1821. 

29, Robert Newton, b. 18 July, 1818; d. in 1821. 

30, Ann Margaret, b. 24 Aug., 1820; d. in 1821. 

31, Francis William, b. 29 June, 1822; d. i Aug., 1905, Bloom- 

ington. 111. 

32, Robert Newton, b. 12 Sept., 1824; d. 21 Nov., 1879. 

33, Matthew Allnut, b. 29 Sept., 1826; d. 26 Oct., 1879. 

34, Ann Margaret, b. 29 Sept., 1826; d. 28 Aug., 1874. 

35, Mary Ellen, b. 24 June, 1832; d. 18 Aug., 1870. 

5. Matthew Duke (John\ William-), son of William and 
Mary A. Duke, b. 5 Jan., 1791 ; he never married, but lived with 
his sister, Mrs. Daniel Hendricks. He served as a substitute in 
the War of 1812. The date of his death is unknown, but he was 
living in 1822. He was buried in the burial plot on the Hendricks 



farm, where his grave is marked by a sandstone with the letters 
" M. D." carved upon it. 

6. Nancy Duke (John^, William-), second dau. and youngest 
child of William and Mary A. Duke, b. at Rocky Marsh, Va., 
13 March, 1793 ; d. — July, 1876, and was buried at Rocky Marsh. 
She m. circa 1818, Isaac Clymer, Jr., son of Isaac Clymer, Sr., of 
Reading, Pa., and a cousin of George Clymer, Esq., a merchant 
of Philadelphia, and one of the signers of the Declaration of 
Independence. Her husband was a soldier in the War of 1812; 
one of the Defenders of Baltimore and an eye-witness to the 
death of Lord Ross. Isaac Clymer, Jr., was b. circa 1779, and 
d. 10 Oct., 1870. 

" Being recently at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, a friend and brother 
minister who was laboring transiently with me there, proposed to go and 
see his aged mother. With my habit of mind in respect to old people, I 
was seized with a great desire to see and talk with this venerable chris- 
tian person, whose mind, I knew, to be richly freighted with memories 
of by gone days. . . . we made our way, the five miles that intervened, 
over long rough roads, to the rural abode which was the place of our 
destination. But if the greater part of the way was hilly and rocky, we 
were compensated for this by the enjoyment of the scenery. Part of our 
route was along the Potomac, sometimes within a few yards of the 
stream; the B. & O R. R. running on the other side of our road; grand 
cliffs, that sometimes shape themselves into the forms of midair towers, 
and castles overhanging us, and looking down upon the glistening track, 
the river surface and the line of the canal beyond, for here the Chesapeake 
and Ohio canal runs parallel to the Potomac, which feeds it. And here, 
let me say, that M*". Jefferson had good cause to write as he did some 
ninty-odd years ago, about the passage of the blended waters of the 
Shenandoah and the Potomac through the mountains ... as worth a voy- 
age across the Atlantic to see it? I believe there can be few places in our 
country or in the world, that afford such a variety of grand and beautiful 
scenery as does Harper's Ferry locality. 

" Age had made its marks strongly on the once smooth face and active 
frame of the friend we went to see, now nearly eighty-five years of age. 
It was not hard to turn her mind in the direction that I wished; for old 
people, mentally, live much in the past. She talked of the ministers of 
other days ; had heard the first Moses Hoge preach, and expressed a 
strong wish that she just could hear that grandson of his down at 
Richmond. The eminent D'. John Matthews had been, from her earliest 
life and for many subsequent years — her pastor. The Sheperdstown 
church was then a large and powerful one, taking in what in now embraced 
in that and one or two other congregations. And anyone now visiting 
Shepherdstown, and taking a view of the beautiful scenery of the river 
from the Potomac bluffs, will notice a pleasant rural residence, on an 
eminence, on the Virginia side, commanding a view of the water, where 
D'. M. once had his pastor's home. . . . She soon got upon the track of 
her own religious history ; ... at as early an age as three years, she was 
left an orphan. But now after eighty years she remembers, in her 
mother's last days, being taken up from where she was lying by her side, 
on the bed, for the mother to make a last prayer over and for her. _ I 
could not but think how has that dying mother's prayer brought forth its 
fruit ! At five years of age her mind was deeply impressed by an excit- 
ing dream, in which Death in visible form, appeared to her, to call her 
away. She implored him to spare her yet awhile, and he agreed so to do, 
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bidding her, as his awful form disappeared, to make her preparations, by 
the time he should come again. And greatly was I struck, as here the old 
lady, interrupting her recital, turned her bright eyes, suffused with tears, 
into my face and said, in a very impressive tone ' that is what I have been 
trying to do ever since.' Yes, I thought, for these four score years, and 
has it been too long a time for such a work? Her mind from that time 
for years, continued in a state of distress, her sister with whom she lived, 
observed the sadness that seemed to overshadow the child's face, and at 
length, one day, while the young sister was rocking the cradle urged her 
to tell the reason and she did. Her sister, though a pious woman was 
astonished, and exclaimed ' Why, Nancy, you are as innocent as that 
baby.' This gave her some comfort for a while ; but her distress returned, 
for people do not often know of the religious feelings of children or 
make much of them if they do, and this little one was a ' stricken deer ' 
for months and years, till at length, at eleven years of age being at a 
sacramental meeting in Shepherdstown, she heard from the late Rev. N. 
Scott, so well known in many years after in all this region, — a com- 
munion sermon from the text ' Is there no balm, &c.' That text and 
sermon drew the barbed arrow and poured in the balm as a dying Christ 
was held up before the believing and penitent child. She was soon ready 
to profess her faith, and when a proper occasion came for it, appeared 
before the session with some older persons, I think, seven in number. 
D"". Matthews uttered his surprise and interest, in an exclamation about 
' so young a one coming ' in that capacity. Said the child : ' I have lost 
my earthly parents, I feel the need of a heavenly one.' Dr. ]\Iatthews was 
so overcome that he dropped upon his knees before her, almost putting 
his head upon her lap, as she sat before him ; and poured his emotions in 
prayer for this lamb of the fold. No doubt that prayer, too, was one 
that blessed her life ever afterward. 

" Marrying, becoming a mother, and happy in having a husband whom 
everybody in the region knows to have shown him a truly christian 
partner. She was in the habit of attending church at Shepherdstown, 
sometimes taking 'the baby' before, and another child — behind her, on 
the horse ; for in those days, good roads and carriages were not much 
known. She spoke particularly of ' a great revival ' that they had there 
in town, and how during that time, she had once risen not very long 
after midnight and with the assistance of a faithful servant, ridden the 
five miles to town, to a sunrise prayer meeting. In those days we cer- 
tainly had ' some strong minded women,' in the best sense of the term. 
With her growing maternity, she determined at one time, that if the 
Lord should give her another son, she would hope and pray for his being 
a minister. Another son was born, as he grew up he went to College ; 
and she spoke of her concern and her prayers for him. He was named 
after her pastor D'. M., though he had removed ; and was baptised by him 
on a visit to Virginia. That son is now well-known as a faithful, use- 
ful minister of Christ. ... all her children — but one, became hopeful 
subjects of grace, most of them in early life, one at eleven years of age. 
Several have died, and she spoke of the somewhat remarkable piety and 
character of one, a daughter, who died in the bloom of early woman- 
hood. Oh ! said a dying aunt of this young christian, ' let Maggie stay 
near me,' and added, 'if she could but go with me into the dark river, 
and I could hold to her, she would float and I with her.' . . . And when 
this young one herself was consciously about leaving this world, calling 
a beloved but unconverted brother-in-law to her bedside and having her 
head placed upon a pillow, upon his knees, she gazed into his face and 
said? Now, Brother — I am going; I have one legacy to leave you; it is 
my place at the communion table; will you take it? And that sermon 
from dying lips, I believe, was not unheeded for the brother-in-law from 



about that time, had been filHng the place at the Lord's table, and has now, 
I believe, joined her in the communion above. . . . 

"June was in all its glory, all nature dressed in its fullest garb of 
summer beauty, in those days, on one of which we drove back, and the 
evening cast its soft tints over the landscape, and the western sky was lit 
up with the ethereal beauty of such a day's sunset. I could not but think, 
the last days of an aged saint are like this . . . (L. N. in " The Christain 
Observer" of Louisville, Ky., 15 July, 1874). 

Issue : 

36, Joseph, b. and d. in infancy. 

37, Elizabeth, b. i Feb., 1820; d. 16 July, 1894. 

38, Margaret Ann, b. 7 March, 1822; d. 2 Sept., 1840; unm. 

39, Isaac, Jr., b. 5 June, 1824; d. 12 Dec, 1890 or 1891. 

40, Robert, b. 18 Dec, 1826; d. in infancy. 

41, Mary Ann, b. 18 Dec, 1826; d. 16 May, 1842; unm. 

42, Daniel Hendricks, b. 21 June, 1829; d. 30 Jan., 1864, in 

Confederate service. 

43, John Matthews, b. 29 March, 183 1. 

44, EHza Jane, b. — June, 1833 ; d. , 

45, Francis Duke, b. 16 Jan., 1835. 

8. Daniel Hendricks (John^ William^, Margaret^), son of 
Daniel and Margaret (Duke) Hendricks, b. 25 Aug., 1797; d, 28 
Nov., 1852; in. Polly Osbourne. Issue: 

46, Blanche, b. i Nov., 1830; d. . 

47, William, b. 31 Dec, 1831 ; killed in battle of Manassas, 

Va., 21 July, 1861. 

48, Tobias, b. ; 49, Sarah Taylor, b. 15 Aug., 1824, d. 21 

Feb., 1894; 50, Margaret, b. . 

11. Polly Hendricks (John\ WilHam^, Margaret^), eldest 
dau. of Daniel and Margaret (Duke) Hendricks, b. 13 Dec, 
1803 ; «z. William Marshall. They removed to Dayton, O. Issue: 

51, J. William, b. circa 1832; James, b. circa 1836. 

12. James Hendricks (John^ William^, Margaret^), son of 
Daniel and Margaret (Duke) Hendricks, b. 2 July, 1812; d. 10 
Aug., 1848; m. Sophia Snyder, b. 24 Dec, 1808. Issue: 

53, Mary Ellen, b. 25 March, 1832 ; d. 3 July, 1876. 

54, John William, b. 23 March, 1833; ^- • 

55, Elizabeth Jane, b. 24 Nov., 1834. 

56, Susanna, b. 8 Oct., 1836; d. . 

57, Daniel Webster, b. 26 July, 1838; living at Uvilla, Jef- 

ferson Co., W. Va., 1908. 

58, Margaret Ann, b. 13 Sept., 1840; d. . 

59, Virginia Catharine, b. 15 Jan., 1843; ^- 1879. 

60, James Madison, b. 6 Feb., 1844; d. . 

61, Alice, b. 15 Feb., 1849; d. . 

13. Eliza Hendricks (John^, William^, Margaret^), youngest 
dau. of Daniel and Margaret (Duke) Hendricks, b. 27 Sept., 



1814; d. 28 Aug., 1877; m. Edward Lucas (4th), who was b. i 
April, 181 1. He was the son of Capt. Edward Lucas (3d), b. 
7 Nov., 1783; d. — Sept., 1849; who was the son of Edward 
Lucas (2d), b. 3 Dec, 1738; d. 19 March, 1809, who was the 
son of Capt. Edward Lucas (ist), b. 24 Dec, 1710; d. 3 Oct., 
1777. Edward Lucas, ist, who came to Frederick Co., Va., 
in 1725, took up land which is now known as *' Cold Spring," 
near Shepherdstown, W. Va. " He was an Indian fighter and 
a Revolutionary officer and served in the Virginia volunteers 
under Captain William Morgan as first lieutenant, as is attested 
by his furlough papers granted by General George Washington 
and dated at ' Hd'qrts, N. Y., 1777,' all in Washington's hand- 
writing" (Hon. D. B. Lucas to Miss S. L. Powell). The first 
Edward Lucas came from Bucks Co., Pa., and whose ancestor 
came thence from Wiltshire, England, and settled, under grant 
from William Penn, in Falls Township. (Note: There is a 
place called "Cold Spring" in Falls Township, Bucks Co., Pa. 
It is located on the ancient Penn's Manor, about midway between 
Bristol, Pa., and Trenton, N. J. The Morgans above referred to 
may have been of the same family of Morgans who were early 
settled at Durham, Bucks Co., Pa., some of whom are known to 
have emigrated to the Valley of Virginia, as did the Darkes and 
the Lucases at an early date.) Edward Lucas, who was a 
brother of Dr. Robert Armisted Lucas and Lewis Shepherd 
Lucas, d. 5 Sept., 1873. Issue: 

62, Benjamin F., b. 2 Oct., 1837; lieutenant, killed at Gettys- 

burg, Pa., 16 Sept.(?), 1864. 

63, Virginia Mary, b. 12 June, 1839; d. 17 June, 1849. 

64, Edward (5), b. 3 Feb., 1843; d. unm. 

65, Emily Catharine Shepherd, b. 29 Dec, 1846; d. unm. 16 

Jan., 1889. 

66, Margaret Elizabeth, b. 4 May, 1848; d. . 

6y, William B., b. 4 Jan., 1850; d. 9 Jan., 1851. 

68, John Allen, b. 13 Jan., 1852; d. 1896. 

69, Lula May, b. 15 April, 1855 ; d. . 

14. Ann Catharine Duke (John\ William^ Francis^), eldest 
dau. of Francis and Elizabeth (Kendrick) Duke, b. 31 Jan., 182 1 ; 
d. 21 Jan., 1863; m. 9 Aug., 1843, Thomas H. Mensing, Sr., of 
Philadelphia, Pa., son of Frederick Mensing. Thomas H. Men- 
sing was a Union soldier and served in the Civil War. Mustered 
into Company H, 11 8th (Corn Exchange) Regiment, Pa. Vols., 
5 Aug., 1862, as a private; was afterward promoted to be cor- 
poral ; was wounded at Fredericksburg, Va., 13 Dec, 1862 ; 
transferred to 53d Co., 2d Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps, 13 
Nov., 1863. Member of Ulric Dahlgren Post, No. 14, G. A. R., 
of Philadelphia, Pa. Issue : 

70, Thomas H. Mensing, Jr., b. 3 June, 1844; 7^> John F. 




Mensing, b. 9 May, 1846; J2, Pauline Clara JMensing, 
b. I Feb., 1849; 7Zy Anna F. Mensing, b. 19 May, 185 1 ; 
74, Ida Virginia Mensing, b. 4 March, 1858; 75, Eliza- 
beth M. Mensing, b. 8 May, 1862. 

16. Elizabeth Frances Duke (John^ William-, Francis^), 
third dau. of Francis and Elizabeth (Kendrick) Duke, b. Har- 
per's Ferry, Va., 28 Dec, 1825 ; d. 18 Feb., 1901 ; m. 2^] June, 
i860, Charles W. Kinsey, of Bristol, Pa., a descendant of one of 
the early settlers of Bucks Co., Pa., and grandson of William 
Kinsey, a soldier of the Revolution. He was born in 1829; d. 
at Philadelphia, 22 Aug., 1883. Issue: 

76, Elizabeth Frances, b. Philadelphia, 10 May, 1865 ; d. — 
Feb., 1900. 

18. Francis Kendrick Duke (John^ William-, Francis^), 
eldest son of Francis and Elizabeth Kendrick Duke, b. Harper's 
Ferry, Va., 7 Dec, 1830; d. at Cape May, N. J., Sept. 9, 1908; m. 
13 Oct., 1853, at Chester, Pa., Sophia Louise Eldridge, of Cape 
May, N. J., dau. of Thomas and Deborah (Ware) Eldridge, and 
a descendant, in the maternal line, through the Whilldin and 
Gorham ancestry, of John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth 
Tilley, who was long supposed to have been the adopted daughter 
of Governor Carver, of Plymouth (Mass.) colony, passengers on 
the famous " Mayflower," which landed at Plymouth Rock, 20 Dec, 
1620; and also on her maternal side from Joseph Ware and his 
wife, Martha Becket, of John Fen wick's company, who came in 
the ship " Griffith " from London, England, landed and settled 
at Salem, in the Province of West Jersey, 5 Oct., 1675; and also 
of Peter Corson, whose ancestor settled at Brooklyn, N. Y., circa 
1660, from whence Peter Corson came and settled at Cape May, 
circa 1690; and also of the Crowell family, early settlers at Cape 
May from New England, who are said to have been descendants 
of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (see Howland 
Genealogy, Ware Genealogy, Corson, Crowell, Whilldin and 
Eldridge family records). Francis Kendrick Duke, one of the 
honored surviving veterans of the Civil War, received his educa- 
tion in part in the public schools of Lancaster, Pa., which he 
was obliged to give up at an early age on becoming an apprentice 
to Parker McLaughlin, a millwright of Quarryville, Pa. He 
devoted three years to mastering this trade and two years addi- 
tional at house carpentering, thus combining two useful, but 
allied industries ; and his skill in these lines were his only capital 
at the outset of his career as journeyman mechanic. 

About 1850 Francis Duke drifted to Cape May, N. J., with 
other mechanics, and secured employment during the erection 
of the famed hostelry. Mount Vernon. This and other building 
operations occupied his time for another two years ; he then 
returned to Philadelphia and began business on his own account 



as a contractor and builder, and was successful in securing sev- 
eral important municipal contracts for bridges and other public 
improvements. He married Miss Eldridge in 1853, at Chester, 
Pa., at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry W. Sawyer, and there- 
after, for some years, was associated in business with his brother- 
in-law. He removed to Bridgeport, N. J., where he resided for 
a while, finally removing to Philadelphia again, where he was 
living at the outbreak of the Rebellion. When the call came for 
volunteers to serve for three years Mr. Duke responded by re- 
cruiting and organizing a company in the Kensington District 
of Philadelphia, and had them prepared for service by June, 1861. 
Finding the quota of State troops already made up and missing 
an opportunity of joining his company to Colonel Heintzlemen's 
regiment, he was obliged to take his men to Wilmington, Del., 
where he and his men were accepted and mustered into the 
Second Delaware Regiment of State troops, 10 July, 1861. His 
company was Company F, and Duke was commissioned second 
lieutenant of it, and thereafter his personal history forms a part 
of the annals of that famous regiment. 

The Second Regiment of Delaware was the first body of troops 
to organize in that State, under the call for " three-year men," 
organizing 21 May, 1861. It did not have its ranks filled up 
until a few months later, owing to the lack of a State system to 
aid in the work. This occasioned delay and led to the taking 
in of companies from outside the State in order that its organiza- 
tion might be more speedily effected. Col. Henry H. Wharton, 
late a captain in the Sixth U. S. Infantry, was given the com- 
mand of the regiment, but he resigned it in August, 1861, and 
Lieut. Col. W. P. Baily was promoted to the command. 

The regiment rendezvoused at Camp Brandywine and on 
Sept. 17, 1 861, proceeded to Camp Wharton at Cambridge, Md., 
where General H. H. Lockwood, late an instructor of mathe- 
matics in the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and who had been 
appointed colonel of the First Delaware Regiment, commissioned 
Brig. Gen. in August, 1861, instructed them in field tactics. 

The Second Regiment moved with the brigade of General 
Lockwood, Dec. i, 1861, to Accomac Co., Va., and remained in 
that locality till March i, 1862, when it was transferred to Balti- 
more to do garrison duty. In May of that year it joined the 
Army of the Potomac and was assigned to Summer's Corps, 
Richardson's Division, and at the battle of Fair Oaks was placed 
in the brigade of Gen. W. H. French. Here the first serious 
duty of the regiment began and continued almost incessantly 
during the siege of Richmond, participating in the several engage- 
ments of Gains's Mill, Savage Station, Peach Orchard, White 
Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill, from June 27 to July i, 1862. In 
the battle of Antietam the regiment held an advanced position 



and was warmly commended for its bravery. Here they cap- 
tured the colors of the Sixteenth Mississippi Regiment. Out of 
350 men taken into action 70 were killed and wounded. The 
regiment also took a conspicuous part in the battle of Fredericks- 
burg; here also it was in the front and covered the retreat from 
that hotly contested field so ably that it attracted the attention 
of the army (Scharf's History of Delaware, Vol. I., pp. 367 et 
seq.; also New York Times, January 13, 1863), 

The personal experience and incidents in the service of Lieu- 
tenant Duke are sufficiently interesting to be more particularly 
related. He visibly bears the scars of battle and the supporting 
cane he wears are the present-day external evidences of that 
memorable conflict. 

While with his regiment in Accomac Co., Va., Lieutenant 
Duke was attached to the staff of General Lockwood, having been 
appointed district marshall for that county. In November, 1861, 
the Confederates having burned the bridge crossing the Nasso- 
wango River, a branch of the Pocomoke, some distance below 
Snow Hill, Md., Lieutenant Duke was sent by General Lockwood 
with a detail to rebuild it. While on his way to execute the 
order the lieutenant's horse took fright and plunged into a fence, 
breaking the lieutenant's right leg in two places, and he was car- 
ried to the hospital. The wound was so severe and the condi- 
tions so complicated that it was feared he might not recover ; to 
save him, however, preparations were made by the regimental 
surgeon and his staff to amputate the injured limb. Lieutenant 
Duke considered that the loss of the limb was unnecessary and 
desired to retain it even at the risk of his life. His remon- 
strances were of no avail ; the leg must come off decided the 
doctors. In the meantime the wife of Lieutenant Duke, who 
was living in New Jersey, but had been notified of her husband's 
injury and its possibly dangerous consequences, hurried to Drum- 
mondtown, Va., where the regiment was stationed, and had 
arrived just about the time the doctors had determined upon 
for the amputation. While Lieutenant Duke was helpless him- 
self to prevent it, he told his wife that if the doctors persisted 
in proceeding with the operation, that she should take his revolver, 
which lay beneath his pillow, and shoot the first person who 
should lay hands upon him for the purpose. When the doctors 
came into the room and saw the situation they endeavored to 
persuade the wife also that the only hope of saving her husband's 
life was to sacrifice his leg, but she as resolutely refused to sanc- 
tion it, or to leave the room upon their request. The doctors, 
finding her inflexible in her determination, finally yielded to the 
lieutenant and his wife, even if the officer had to die to have his 
own way. After a long and tedious treatment the limb healed 
and the lieutenant recovered, but he was more or less of a cripple 
for life; hence his use of the cane ; and he has to thank his coura- 



geous wife and his own confidence that he has two legs to stand 
on instead of one, or none. 

Lieutenant Duke rejoined his regiment in the following spring 
and it was to take part in its operation on the Peninsula. At 
Fair Oaks he went into the fight with his cane and received a 
bullet in his lame leg, and at Savage Station, 29 June, 1862. he 
was shot in the neck while leading his men in a charge. The 
first lieutenant of the company had fallen earlier in the battle, 
so Second Lieutenant Duke took his place, cane in one hand, 
sword in the other, led the men, with fixed bayonets, across the 
field to dislodge the enemy concealed under the cover of the 
woods, who were rapidly picking off the Union men with unerring 
deadliness. When hit the lieutenant fell, but almost instantly 
regained his feet, and rushed his men " double quick " against the 
sharpshooters. At the critical moment, however, the enemy was 
reinforced and counter-charging out of their cover forced the 
Federals to retreat. Seven of the company were captured, but 
the lieutenant, with the other officers and men, escaped. General 
French, who had witnessed the charge, came up to Lieutenant 
Duke while his wound was being dressed, grasped his hand and 
warmly thanked him for his fearless charge. 

Three days after the aft"air at Savage Station Duke was ap- 
pointed acting quartermaster. While thus engaged he occupied 
a position of great danger during the hottest of the fight at Mal- 
vern Hill; he, however, successfully performed his duties, though 
at this time in no condition physically for it. A few days later 
he was relieved and given command of the Fourth Division of 
the Convalescent Camp at Alexandria, Va. Gathering together 
his invalided comrades in the smoke house of the famous West- 
over mansion, near Harrison's Landing, on the James River, the 
party was soon transferred by transport to the Invalid Camp at 

Remaining at the camp till the i8th of March, 1863, Lieutenant 
Duke, for longstanding disability and at his own request, was 
honorably discharged from the service and returned to Philadel- 
phia. His bravery, efficiency and service have been publicly 
attested by Governor Geary and others prominent in war times 
and since; years afterward, his old commander. General Lock- 
wood, visited him at Cape May and they rejoiced together over 
the leg that was saved at Drummondtown and the sword that was 
wielded at Savage Station. 

After the close of the war Francis K. Duke was active in the 
organization of " The Boys in Blue," the social forerunner in 
Philadelphia of the Grand Army of the Republic. He also was 
one of the organizers of John Mecray Post, No. 40, G. A. R., of 
Cape May, N. J., was one of its earliest commanders and always 
has been zealous for its growth and success. 

Politically Francis K. Duke has always been an active Repub- 



lican. His fealty to his party has ever been of the most stalwart 
character and uncompromising quality, and it has brought him 
his rewards in local political preferment. From 1874 to 1884 
he served as justice of the peace in Lower Township, Cape May, 
N. J. From 1886 to 1891 he was a member of council of Caj^e 
May City and for two years was presiding officer of that body. 
In 1892 he was temporarily in the State of Pennsylvania, remod- 
elling the Red Rose Inn on the estate of Frederick Phillips, Esq., 
near Villa Nova. On his return to Cape May in the spring of 
1893 Francis K. Duke was elected coroner of Cape May County, 
and at the conclusion of his term was elected alderman of Cape 
May City for the term ending in 1899. He was re-elected to the 
same office in 1902 and has continued to fill the position since 
that time. 

Mr. Duke for many years has carried on his business as a con- 
tracting builder and has erected many of the finest cottages and 
hotels on the New Jersey coast. He takes a deep interest in 
fraternal organizations and in the commercial advancement, and, 
in fact, in anything that tends to maintain the prestige of Cape 
May as the " Queen of coast resorts." He is a member of Cape 
Island Lodge, No. 30, F. and A. M., the Fire Department and the 
Board of Trade of Cape May City, N. J. Issue: 

yj, Harriet Louisa, b. Philadelphia, 31 July, 1854; unm. 

78. Mary Elizabeth, b. Bridgeport, N. J., 13 Jan., 1857. 

79, John Francis, b. Mantua, West Philadelphia, 22 Aug., 1861. 

19. John Francis Duke (John^, William-, Francis^), second 
son of Francis and EHzabeth (Kendrick) Duke, b. at Harper's 
Ferry, Va., 5 March, 1834; d. Philadelphia, 28 Oct., 1898; m. 
1st, i860, at Beverly, N. J., Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart Boat, dau. 
of George and Sarah (Bessonett) Stewart; the latter was the 
daughter of Charles Bessonett, deputy postmaster-general during 
the Revolutionary War, and the first person to establish a coach 
line between Philadelphia and New York. His ancestor came 
to Bristol, Pa., about 1720, and was descended of that branch of 
the Bessonett family seated in Dauphiny, France, who at the 
Revocation of the Edict of Nantes fled, first to Ireland, thence to 
America and settled at Burhngton, N. J., in 1692. Elizabeth 
Stewart was the wife of George Boat, a merchant-manufacturer 
of Philadelphia, and upon his death, she m. 2d John Francis 
Duke. She died at Beverly, 12 Aug., 1863. John Francis Duke 
m. 2d, 2 Sept., 1873, Louisa Kinsey, of Bristol, Pa., sister of 
Chas. W. Kinsey, the husband of J. F. Duke's sister, Elizabeth 
Frances. She was also a half-sister of Hon. William Kinsey, 
of Bristol, member of the Senate from the seventh senatorial 
district of Pennsylvania, and he was also a first cousin of her 
husband's first wife, Elizabeth S. Boat, and of the late Hon. B. 
Frank Gilkeyson, former banking commissioner of Pennsylvania. 



Louisa Kinsey Duke d. at Cape May, 27 Aug., 1904. Issue: 

80, Francis K., b. Beverley, N. J., 9 Aug., 1861, by ist uxor; 

111. 22 Aug., 1882, Sarah Emma Williams, of Holmes- 
burg; no issue. 

81, Herman, b. 5 June, 1874; d. Sept., 1875, by 2d uxor. 

82, Beatrice, b. 18 June, 1875 ; d. May, 1877, by 2d uxor. 

20. Rebecca Ellen Duke (John^, William-, Francis^) young- 
est child of Francis and Elizabeth (Kendrick) Duke, b. at Har- 
per's Ferry, Va., 14 Jan., 1847; d. at Philadelphia, 30 Nov., 1899; 
ni. 1864, James Wier, late lieutenant in the Delaware troops in 
the War of the Rebellion. He predeceased his wife. Issue: 

83, Ellen M., b. 30 April, 1865 ; d. 16 April, 1866. 

84, Ehzabeth M., b. 9 Dec, 1866; d. 10 Dec, 1866. 

22. James Francis Duke (John\ William-, John^), second 
son of John and Lucinda K. (Talbot) Duke; b. at Harper's Ferry 
(Rocky Marsh), 26 Dec, 1816; d. at Charlestown, W. Va., 6 
March, 1897; ^'^- ^3 May, 1836, Sophia M. Martin, of Martins- 
burg, W. Va., b. London, England, 15 July, 1818; d. Champaign, 
111., 18 July, 1897. Issue: 

85, John Francis, b. 6 July, 1837; d. 2 April, 1849. 

86, Leha, b. 18 Nov., 1838; d. 3 Oct., 1844. 

87, Ann Elizabeth, b. 13 May, 1841 ; d. 29 July, 1841. 

88, William Lorrain, b. 27 April, 1845; living at Wilmington, 

N. C, 1908. 

23. Talbot Shirley Duke (John\, William-, John^), third son 
of John and Lucinda K. (Talbot) Duke, b. 26 June, 1819; d. 
Richmond, Va., 29 July, 1862; m. 6 June, 1845, Mary T. Brittain, 
dau. of Joseph, Sr., and Mary Brittain, of Washington Co., Md. 
She d. 22 Jan., 1899, ^"^1 is buried in Camp Hill Cemetery, Har- 
per's Ferry, W. Va. Talbot S. Duke was superintendent's clerk 
at the U. S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry. He was captain of the 
Floyd Rifles of Harper's Ferry, was present and took part in 
the defense of that town during the invasion of John Brown and 
his followers. He later removed to Richmond, became a member 
of the Virginia Assembly and was a noted orator. He was 
buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, adjoining the grave 
of General Pegram : 

"... From his youth the deceased was of studious habits, and being 
fond of reading had acquired a considerable amount of information whicli 
he made practically available. After he was married he read law under 
the direction of Hon. Chas. J. Faulkner, of Va., and was admitted to the 
Bar. Though a ready speaker, chaste and eloquent, yet he never entered 
to any extent upon the practice of his profession. For two sessions he 
represented his native country (Jefferson) in the House of Delegates 
with credit to himself and acceptability to his constituency. At the com- 
mencement of our present national troubles he removed to Fayetteville, 
N. C. and subsequently to Richmond, Va. Shortly after his removal to 
the latter place he was taken with a severe attack of typhoid fever which 


terminated in his death. From the information received concerning his 
sickness and death we have reason to believe that his end was peace. 
... It was his desire to visit once more the home of his youth and gaze 
upon its natural beauties which he so much loved, and to see his aged 
father whose heart had been saddened by death and painful separations, 
but this looked for privilege was denied him. . . he died away from home 
toward which his footsteps were tending and for which his heart was 
longing. A loving wife smoothed his dying pillow and in Hollywood 
Cemetery stranger friends gently laid his remains whence they will come 
forth at the bidding of the last day" (from the Methodist Protestant, 

89, Lelia Elizabeth, b. 22 Dec, 1849; «i. 30 April, 1872, Thomas 

Ewing King, of Lancaster, O. (T. E. King is the 
grandson of Christian King, one of the first settlers of 
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., O., a prominent merchant and 
one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in that 
place. In 1832 Christian m. a Miss Butler, a native of 
New York, and a connection of the well-known Butler 
family of the Mohawk Valley. Their son William was 
the father of Mr. T. E. King.) They reside in Wash- 
ington, D. C. ; no issue. 

90, Walter Robert, b. 18 March, 1846; unm.; living in Wash- 

ington, D. C. 

26. Mary Ann Duke (John'^, William-, John^), third dau. of 
John and Lucinda K. (Talbot) Duke, b. Rocky Marsh, Harper's 
Ferry, W. Va., 21 Oct., 1826; living (1909) at Harper's Ferry, 
W. Va. ; m. 18 April, 1850, Rev. Joseph Alexander McFaden, 
whose grandparents came to this country from Londonderry, Ire- 
land. He was b. at Augusta, Ga., 11 Jan., 1825; d. at Harper's 
Ferry, W. Va., 5 July, 1885. He was an earnest and devoted 
clergyman and a memJaer of the Maryland Annual Conference of 
the Methodist Protestant Church. Issue: 

91, John Duke, b. 19 Oct., 1851 ; 92, Mary Hill, b. 22 June, 

1854; 93, George Henry, b. 14 Jan., 1857; 94, Lucinda 
Shirley, b. 14 May, 1859, d. 13 Aug., 1902, at Harper's 
Ferry; 95, Lillie Lee, b. 3 Oct., 1861, d. 24 Sept., 1865; 
96, Frank Talbot, b. 5 Feb., 1864; 97, Irene Dashiel, b. 
2 Nov., 1872. 

31. Francis William Duke (John\ William^, Robert^), third 
son of Robert and Anna N. (Moore) Duke, b. 29 May, 1822; d. 
at Bloomington, 111., i Aug., 1905; m. 23 Oct., 1855, at Spring- 
field, O., Lydia Thompson; she d. circa 1901. In his youth he 
went west and was lured to California in the gold excitement of 
1849, ^"^d was one of the first to make the overland trip across 
the plains. He spent four years among the diggings. During 
the Civil War he resided in Missouri, but finally removed to 
Bloomington, 111., in 1868, where he was engaged in farming for 
many years. He returned, however, some years ago and has 
lived in the city of Bloomington since. He was a man of high 



ideals and his way was very much esteemed in his circle of 
acquaintances. Issue : 

98, Anna, b. , d. 1880; 99, Kate (Catharine), b. 17 Sept., 

1857, d. circa 1906. 

32. Robert Newton Duke (John^, William-, Robert^), fourth 
son of Robert and Ann N. (Moore) Duke of " Willow Springs," 
Jefferson Co., W. Va., b. 12 Sept., 1824; d. 21 Nov., 1879; m. his 
first cousin, Annie Newton Mohler, 10 Oct., 1846, dau. of George 

A. and Sarah Chiswell Moore, who was the dau. of Rev. Jere- 
miah Moore and sister of Ammishadie Moore, Esq., of Clarke 
Co., W. Va. Robert N. Duke was a prominent famier and a 
justice of the peace for the seventh judicial district, Jefferson 
Co., W. Va., in 1861-62. Issue: 

100, A son, b. 16 Aug., 1847; d. young. 

loi, George Mohler, b. 15 July, 1848; d. Nov., 1904. 

102, Robert Moore, b. 10 Feb., 1850. 

103, Anna Frances, b. 24 Dec, 185 1 ; d. Aug., 1887. 

104, Sarah Griffith, b. 27 April, 1853; d. 13 Mar., 1880. 

105, Emily Newton, b. 9 April, 1855. 

106, Anna Newton, b. 2 Sept., 1859. 

34. Ann Margaret Duke (John\ William^ Robert^), second 
dau. of Robert and Ann N. (Moore) Duke, b. 27 Sept., 1826; d. 
28 Aug., 1874; m. 29 May, 1851, James William Engle, of " Elm 
Springs," near Harper's Ferry, W. Va., b. 5 Aug., 1827; d. 26 
Jan., 1904; son of John and Catharine (Melvin) Engle. 

The Engles of Jefferson Co., W. Va., are descended from 
Melchoir Engle, a German pioneer who emigrated from Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., about 1742 and settled at the head-spring of Elk 
Branch Creek, near a place now called Duffields, a station of the 

B. & O. R. R., a few miles west of Harper's Ferry. His son, 
Philip Engle, served in the Carolina Campaign under General 
Gates, in the War of the Revolution, and at its conclusion re- 
turned to Virginia, where he married ist Mary Darke, the sister 
of General Darke who was a friend and neighbor of the Engles. 

He married 2d Isabella Pollock of the family to which Presi- 
dent Polk was related. By these two marriages Philip Engle had 
eighteen children; on his death, in 1830 — according to his physi- 
cian and biographer — there survived him : eighteen children, 
seventy-five grandchildren and forty-six great-grandchildren — a 
mighty progeny! Philip Engle, Jr., son of Philip and Mary 
(Darke) Engle, b. 1767; d. 1822; was buried in the graveyard on 
the Darke homestead; he m. Lydia Daniels, b. 1771 ; d. 1836. 
Among his issue of five children was John Engle, b. 1795 ; d. 
1865; one of the most prominent and wealthy of the family; he 
owned an estate on the Potomac containing 400 acres, called 
"Rattling Springs," three miles above Harper's Ferry, and a 
large number of slaves. He was an extensive dealer in grain; 



had large grain warehouses and was one of the leading shippers 
in that part of the country. He married ist Catharine Melvin; 
2d Catharine Daniels ; 3d Sarah Ann Engle and had issue by each. 
James W. Engle was the second son of John and Catharine 
Melvin Engle. His first wife was Ann Margaret Duke, dau. of 
Robert Duke, and his second wife was Rebecca Dust, dau. of 
Isaac Dust, Esq., one of the John Brown jurors. James W. 
Engle lived at '' Elm Springs," a lovely home on the banks of 
the Potomac adjoining the "Rattling Springs" estate. He was, 
for forty years, an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, at Duf- 
fields ; was on the County Board of Education when the free 
school system was first organized in Virginia, in i860, and was 
identified actively with its progress at the time of his death ; he 
was a highly respected citizen of Jefferson County. By his wife 
Anna M. Duke he had Issue: ^ 

107, Robert Newton, b. 13 March, 1852; 108, James Melvin, 

b. 29 Nov., 1853; io9> Jessie Allnut, b. 31 Oct., 1855; 

no, Williard F., b. 22 Sept., 1857. 

111, John Frances, b. i Nov., 1859; d. 15 March, i860. 

112, John Francis, b. 13 Jan., 1861 ; d. 8 Jan., 1888, at Eucitius, 


113, Ammishadie M., b. i June, 1865; 114, Carlton Duke, 

b. 8 June, 1868; 115, Mary Ella, b. 8 July, 1870, d. 12 
Nov., 1870. ^ 

35. Mary Ellen Duke (John^, William-, Robert^), dau. of 
Robert and Anna N. (Moore) Duke, b. 25 May, 1832 (or 24 
June); d. 18 Aug., 1870, at Leipsic, Del.; m. 29 March, 1852, 
Rev. Levi Towne, son of Samuel Towne of early New England 
ancestry and a descendant of Richard Town, of Braceby, Eng- 
land, and of William Town who came to Salem, Mass., about 
1630 (see Town Genealogy). Levi Town was b. at Arkwright, 
N. Y., 25 May, 1821 ; he ;//. 2d Christina H. Clayton, 21 Nov., 
1871. Issue 1st uxor: 

116, William Newton, b. Harper's Ferry, 31 Dec, 1852; d. 10 

Oct., 1853. 

117, Annie Moore, b. Conneaut, O., 4 March, 1855; lives at 

Berwyn, Pa. 

118, Mary Margaret, b. Conneaut, O., 8 Nov., 1857; "'• ^in- 

field Hartman, of Philadelphia. 

119, Samuel Francis, b. Centre Road, Pa., 10 Nov., 1861. 

120, Robert Duke, b. Warren, O., 4 Jan., 1866. 

121, George Levi, b. Warren, O., 4 Dec, 1867; d. 25 Feb., 


122, Carrie, b. Leipsic, Del., 17 July, 1870; d. 16 Aug., 1870. 

123, Lavinia, b. Philadelphia, Pa., 29 Dec, 1873; d. ; by 

2d uxor. 



37. Elizabeth Clymer (John^, William^, Nancy^), eldest dau. 
of Isaac and Nancy (Duke) Clymer, b. i Feb., 1820; d. 16 July, 
1894; 1)1. 29 Jan., 1840, Joseph Banes, son of Francis and Susan- 
nah Jones (he was Joseph B. Jones), b. 26 Feb., 1812; d. 15 Feb., 
1864. The following notes from Pennsylvania marriages may 
serve to trace the ancestry of Francis Jones. Falls Township 
meeting (Bucks Co., Pa.), Isaac Ashton m. Deborah Banes, 5 
mo. 31, 1 701 ; Susannah Ashton in. Jonathan Jones, 7 mo. 5, 
1772; Francis Jones, b. Feb. 1777; d. 1841 ; his wife Susannah 
was b. 5 Aug., 1777; d. 1847. Issue of Joseph B. and Elizabeth 
(Clymer) Jones : 

124, Francis Jones, b. 24 Nov., 1840; d. 25 July, 1841. 

125, Francis Jones, b. 12 March, 1842; living at Uvilla, Jef- 

ferson Co., W. Va., 1908. 

126, Isaac, b. 25 Oct., 1843 > d. 27 Nov., 1875. 

127, George W., b. 25 June, 1846. 

128, Margaret, b. 21 Nov., 1848; d. 6 Aug., 1864. 

129, Thomas Hammond, b. 26 Oct., 185 1; living at Harper's 

Ferry, W. Va., 1908. 

130, Susannah Rebecca, b. 26 Oct., 1852. 

131, Mary, b. 3 April, 1856; d. 25 July, 1856. 

132, Mary Elizabeth, b. 3 April, 1856; d. 8 Sept., 1856. Nos. 

131 and 132 were twins. 

133, Nancy Climer, b. 15 April, 1857. 

134^ Robert Magruder, b. 15 April, 1857. Nos. 133 and 134 
were twins. 

135, John M., b. 17 Feb., i860; d. 24 June, 1863. 

136, A^lartha E., b. July, 1863. 

39. Isaac Clymer, Jr. (John^, William-, Nancy^), second son 
of Isaac and Nancy (Duke) Clymer, b. 5 June, 1824; d. 12 Dec, 
1890; m. 20 Nov., i860, Lottie Given, dau. of Col. H. Given, of 
Lewiston, Me., who held a commission in the United States Army 
prior to the Rebellion, but resigned on the breaking out of the 
War because his brothers and sisters had married into families 
divided by its issues. Issue : 

137, John William, b. 1861 ; 138, Charles Woodman, b. 1863; 

139, Isaac Henry, b. 1865, d. 19 March, 1866; 140, 
Humphrey Given, b. 1866, d. 15 April, 1891 ; 141, 
Ella Lee, b. 1869; 142, Isaac Newton, b. 1872, d. 10 
July, 1885. 

43. John Matthews Clymer (John\ William-, Nancy"), fifth 
son of Isaac and Nancy (Duke) Clymer, b. 29 March, 183 1 ; 
living at Ashburne, Loudon Co., Va. ; m. 20 Dec, 1858, at Lewis- 
ton, Me., Ella H., dau. of Col. H. Given, and sister of her hus- 
band's brother Isaac's wife. She was b. 1839; d. 13 July, 1896, 
and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, W. Va. 
Rev. John M. Clymer is a graduate of Delaware College, of 



Newark, Del., 1854, and of Union Theological Seminary, of New 
York, 1858. Licensed, as probationer, to preach in Winchester 
Presbytery, at Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., W. Va., 22 May, 1858. 
Ordained as an evangelist, at Marion, Va., 28 Nov., 1858. Stated 
supply there, 1858-1859; pastor at Woodstock, Va., Nov., 1859- 
1871 ; at Keyser, Va., 1871-1881 ; and is now preaching the Gospel 
at Ashburne, Loudon Co., Va. Issue : 

143, Mary Weston; 144, Frank Lee; 145, Jennie Graham, b. 
April, 1865 ; d. 6 May, 1868, at Woodstock, Va. 

44. Eliza Jane Clymer (John^ William-, Nancy^), fourth 
dau. of Isaac and Nancy (Duke) Clymer, b. June, 1833; d. about 
one year after her marriage to Samuel Knott. 

45. Francis Duke Clymer (John\ William-, Nancy^), 
youngest son of Isaac and Nancy (Duke) Clymer, b. 16 Jan., 
1835; living at Baltimore, Md. ; w. 1867, O. E. Buckingham, 
dau. of William and Rebecca (York) Buckingham, of Harford 
Co., Md. William was the son of Basil and Hannah Buckingham 
who were of English ancestry, and a soldier of the Revolution. 
Francis D. Clymer is a Confederate veteran. No issue : 

46. Blanche Hendricks (John\ William^ Margaret^ 
Daniel*), eldest dau. of Daniel and Polly (Osborne) Hendricks, 
b. I Nov., 1830; m. George W. Brantner, 10 April, 1851. Geo. 
W. Brantner was a Confederate soldier; a son of Samuel Brant- 
ner and Betsey Engle. Issue: 

146, Thomas; 147, William, b. , in. Mary Maddox, lives 

at Shenandoah Junction, Va., and has four children ; 
148, Hendricks; 149, Tobias; 150, George; 151, Edgar; 
152, Lillie; 153, Minnie; 154, Bessie; 155, Harrie; 156, 
Carrie; 157, Ruth. i- 

47. William Hendricks (John\ William^ Margaret^ Daniel*), 
eldest son of Daniel and Polly (Osborne) Hendricks, b. 31 Dec, 
183 1 ; killed at the battle of Manassas, Va., 21 July, 1861 ; m. 
2 April, 1846, Rhuhama Jane Link, dau. of Adam Link, b. 22 
Jan., 1827. Issue: 

158, Adam Link; 159, Sarah; 160, Mary; 161, Tobias; 162, 
Ambrose; 163, Minnie; 164, Catharine. 

48. Tobias Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^ Daniel*), 

second son of Daniel and Polly (Osborne) Hendricks, b. ; 

d. ; m. Margaret Coffenburger. 

49. Sarah Taylor Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
Daniel*), eldest dau. of Daniel and Polly (Osborne) Hendricks, 
b. 15 Aug., 1824; d. 21 Feb., 1894; m. 21 Nov., 1843, Adam, 
son of Alexander and Nancy Link, b. 16 Oct., 1817; d. 26 April, 
1885. Issue: 

165, Thomas J., b. 13 Sept., 1844; 166, Henry Taylor, b. 23 



Feb., 1847; 167, Mary Alexander, b. 31 Jan., 1849, ^^^- 

Jones; 168, Catharine Melissa, b. 22 Jan., 1851, d. 

9 June, 1852; 169, Adam Smeltzer, b. 24 Dec, 1852; 
170, William Harman, b. 6 Jan., 1855 ; 171, John Luther, 
b. I Jan., 1857; 172, Margaret Esther, b. 14 April, 1864. 
50. Margaret Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
Daniel*), youngest dau. of Daniel and Polly (Osborne)- Hend- 
ricks, b. ; d. ; in. Daniel Nichols. 

53. Mary Ellen Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*), eldest dau. of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, 
b. 25 March, 1832; d. 3 July, 1876; m. George W. Johnston. 

Issue : 
173, Annie; 174, John W. ; 175, Virginia; 176, Hester; 177, 
George T. ; 178, David N. ; 179, James H. ; 180, Walter 
M.; 181, Kate; 182, Daniel W. ; 183, Abraham. 

54. John William Hendricks (John\ William^, Margaret^ 
James*), eldest son of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, 
b. 13 March, 1833 ; m. Catharine Snyder. Issue : 

184, Milton B., b. 6 Sept., 1857; 185, Elizabeth, b. i Aug., 1859. 

55. Elizabeth Jane Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*), dau. of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, b. 24 
Nov., 1834; d. ; VI. Robert B. Evans. Issue: 

186, Kate; 187, William; 188, Elizabeth; 189, Rebecca; 190, 

57. Daniel Webster Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*), son of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, b. 26 
July, 1838; living at Uvilla, Jefferson Co., W. Va. ; m. 9 Nov., 
1858, Sarah M. Link. Issue: 

191, Newton Madison, b. 17 May, 1862; 192, Annie L., b. 12 
June, 1866; 193, Harvey, b. 2 March, 1869; 194, James 
Allen, b. 25 Dec, 1871 ; 195, Esther, b. 6 April, 1874; 
196, Leroy, b. 17 July, 1876; 197, Daniel Webster, Jr., 
b. 24 Dec, 1877. 

58. Margaret Ann Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*), dau. of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, b. 13 
Sept., 1840; in. Cephas Sancey (Sensing). Issue: 

198, Emma. 

59. Virginia Catharine Hendricks (John\ William^, Mar- 
garet^, James*), dau. of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, 
b. 15 Jan., 1843; d. 1879; "^- James M. Snyder. Issue: 

199, Virginia; 200, Etta. 

60. James Madison Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*), son of James and Sophia (Snyder) Hendricks, b. 6 
Feb., 1844; in. Ella (or Sarah) Knott. Issue: 

201, Maggie; 202, James; 203, Samuel; 204, Nellie; 205, 



6i. Alice Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, James*), 
dau. of James and Sophia Snyder Hendricks, b. 15 Feb., 1849; 
m. Robert Gordon. Issue : 

206, Evans; 207, Sophia; 208, Hendricks. 

66. Margaret Elizabeth Lucas (John^ William-, Marga- 
ret^, Eliza*), third dau. of Edward and Eliza (Hendricks) Lucas, 
b. 4 May, 1848; m. ist Isaac Jones, son of Joseph Banes and 
Elizabeth Clymer Jones (No. 126); no issue; /». 2d Milton 
Wisler circa 1884, of Philadelphia, Pa.; no issue. 

68. John Allen Lucas (John^, William-, Margaret^, Eliza*), 
son of Edward and Eliza (Hendricks) Lucas, b. 13 Jan., 1852; 
d. 1896; m. 2 Jan., 1876, Martha Porter. They live at Bruns- 
wick, Md. Issue: 

209, Edna May, b. circa 1877; 210, Gertie Etta, b. circa 1878; 
211, Julia, b. circa 1881 ; 212, Henry Allen, b. circa 
1884; d. circa 1897; 213, Levi, b. circa 1887. 

69. Lulu May Lucas (John\ William-, Margaret^, Eliza*), 
youngest dau. of Edward and Eliza (Hendricks) Lucas, b. 15 
April, 1855; d. circa July, 1906; m. 4 Jan., 1876, William R. 
Miller, of Shepherdstown, W. Va. Issue: 

214, Edward Holland, b. 8 Oct., 1877; 215, Imogen, b. 26 Oct., 
1878; 216, Florence H., b. 10 May, 1880; 217, Milton, 
b. 16 July, 1881 ; 218, Maggie Steel, b. 28 May, 1883 ; 
219, Elizabeth, b. 28 Jan., 1886; 220, Raymond W., b. 
March, 1888. 

70. Thomas H. Mensing, Jr. (John\ William-, Francis^, 
Ann C.*), eldest son of Thomas and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, 
b. 3 June, 1844; living at 3142 Howell St., Wissinoming, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. ; m. 4 May, 1869, at Free Church of St. John, Phila- 
delphia, Elizabeth Coleman, dau. of William and Elizabeth (Lee) 
Coleman. The latter's father is said to have been a kinsman of 
Gen. Robert E. Lee, late Commander of Confederate States' 
Army, and a descendant of a former Lord Mayor of London, 
England. Thos. H. Mensing, Jr., was mustered into Company 
H, ii8th (Corn Exchange) Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
5 Aug., 1862, as a private for three years; later he became a 
corporal ; was mustered out of the service at Washington, D. C, 
June, 1865. He served on detached service in Battery E, 5th 
Artillery, Mass., under Capt. Asa Phillips. Wounded in action 
at Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania Court House, Va., 12 May, 1864; 
shell wound in right shoulder. Was in thirty engagements from 
South Mountain to Appomattox. Was detailed to receive all the 
battle flags at the surrender of General Lee's Army, 10 April, 
1865. Member and Past Commander of Colonel Ulrich Dahl- 
gren's Post, No. 14, G. A. R. Vice-president of Survivors Asso- 
ciation, 30 June, 1882 (see History Corn Exchange, or ii8th 

23 337 


Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers). At present in the United 
States Navy Department, at League Island, Philadelphia. 


221, Thomas William, b. lo Oct., 1870; 222, Elizabeth Clara, 

b. 15 July, 1872; 223, Anna May, b. 19 Feb., 1874, d. 9 

April, 1876; 224, Gertrude Viola, b. 21 June, 1877; 

225, William John, b. 8 Aug., 1879, d. 13 Sept., 1879; 

226, Laura May, b. 8 March, 1882. 

71. John Frederick Mensing (John\ William-, Francis^, 
Ann C.*), son of Thomas H. and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, b. 9 

May, 1846; d. ; m. ist Matilda Grey; m. 2d Anne Trephagen. 

Issue : 
227, Edward, b. — 1872; 228, Eleanor, twin to 229, Albert; 

230, Matilda. 

y2. Pauline Clara Mensing (John^, William-, Frances^, 

Ann C.*), dau. of Thomas H. and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, b. 

I Feb., 1849; living at Tacony, Philadelphia, Pa.; in. 22 March, 

1874, John Armstrong, b. i April, 1841 ; d. 7 Feb., 1885. Issue: 

231, Francis Charles, b. 27 April, 1875; 232, James Given, b. 

3 Feb., 1877; 233, William John, b. 9 Aug., 1878; 234, 

Ann Eliza, b. 24 April, 1880; 235, George Elmer, b. 

16 Oct., 1882, d. 2 Oct., 1884. 

73. Anna Florella Mensing (John^, William-, Francis^, 
Ann C.*), dau. of Thomas H. and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, b. 
19 May, 1851; living at Tacony, Philadelphia, Pa.; in. 13 July, 
1868, Benjamin Taylor, b. Leeds, Eng., 25 Oct., 1844. He en- 
listed in the United States naval service at Philadelphia, Pa., 22 
Sept., 1864; discharged 18 July, 1867; served on United States 
steamer " Tacony." Was at Vera Cruz, Mexico, when General 
Santa-Anna was taken ; the " Tacony " convoying the steam- 
ship " Virginia " which brought Santa-Anna to the north. Mem- 
ber Walter H. Newhall Post, No. 7, G. A. R. of Pennsylvania. 

Issue : 
236, James Henry, b. 27 March, 1869; d. i July, 1869. 
2^y, Anna Drusilla, b. 27 May, 1870; d. 3 Dec, 1871. 

238, Benjamin William, b. 30 Aug., 1872; m. 23 Oct., 1901, 

Anna May Chester. 

239, Harry Wilkinson, b. 19 July, 1874. 

240, Ida Virginia, b. 16 Jan., 1877. 

241, Chas. Augustus, b. 5 Nov., 1878; d. 2y Aug., 1879. 

242, Florella May, b. 29 Dec, 1880. 
241, Harvey Elmer, b. 15 July, 1891. 

74. Ida Virginia Mensing (John\ William-, Frances^, Ann 
C.*), dau. of Thomas H. and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, b. 4 
March, 1858; living at Philadelphia, Pa.; m. John Raynor, 19 
March, 1879; b. 3 Nov., 1851 ; d. 25 Feb., 1901. He served as a 
bugler in the United States cavalry, 1874. Issue: 






242, John Shepherd, b. 29 Nov., 1879; 243, WilHam Derrick, 
b. 13 Dec, 1882; 244, Wesley, b. 4 Nov., 1885, d. 4 
June, 1887; 245, Ida Virginia, b. 21 Jan., 1889; 246, 
Naomi Way, b. 12 March, 1891 ; 247, Ehza Viola, b. 
14 April, 1893; 248, Thomas Henry, b. 3 July, 1895. 

75. Elizabeth Maria Mensing (John\ William-, Frances^ 

Ann C.*), dau. of Thomas H. and Ann C. (Duke) Mensing, b. 

8 May, 1862; ;//. 1885, Samuel Laverty, b. 7 Feb., 1858. Issue: 

249, Ida Elizabeth, b. 27 Dec, 1885; 250, Ella Mary, b. 18 

Feb., 1888; 251, John H., b. 25 June, 1890; 252, Samuel 

H., Jr., b. 18 June, 1892; 253, Benjamin W. Taylor, b. 

14 Sept., 1895. 

jd. Elizabeth Frances Kinsey (John\ William-, Francis^, 

Elizabeth F.*), only child of Chas. W. and Elizabeth Francis 

(Duke) Kinsey, b. 10 A'lay, 1865; d. Feb., 1900; m. 13 Sept., 

1883, Charles Crumlie, of Philadelphia. Issue : 

254, Amanda Frances, b. 12 July, 1884; 255, a child, d. 1886; 

256, Charles Wesley, b. Jan., 1887; 257, Eva Mary, b. 

30 May, 1889; 258, Rebecca Ellen, b. 1890, d. 1894; 

259, Albert Edward, b. 15 March, 1894. 

78. Mary Elizabeth Duke (John\ William-, Francis^, Fran- 
cis K.*), second dau. of Francis K. and S. Louisa (Eldridge) 
Duke, b. 13 Jan., 1857, at Bridgeport, N. J.; living at West Con- 
shohocken. Pa. ; m. 24 July, 1879, at the parsonage of the Cold 
Spring Presbyterian Church, Cape May Co., N. J., by Rev. Thos. 
S. Dewing, to Samuel Gordon Smyth, eldest surviving son of 
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Ritchie) Smyth, formerly of Newtown, 
Bucks Co., Pa. ; b. Pennsbury Manor, Falls Township, Bucks 
Co., Pa., 24 July, 1859. His ancestors, in the paternal line, were 
Scotch and English covenanters who, when the family were 
divided by religions differences, were forced to flee from their 
home on the Cumberlandshire border in England, to the lowlands 
of Scotland and from thence, later, to the north of Ireland, settling 
in Armoy, County Antrim, Province of Ulster, about 1650. From 
this place descendants of the Smyths scattered into other town- 
lands of Ulster, still retaining their Puritan faith. Many emi- 
grated to America at different periods where some of them served 
in the War of the Revolution. Jonathan Smyth came to America 
about 1840 and settled in Philadelphia where he m. Elizabeth 
Ritchie, daughter of John and Margaret (MacAlees) Ritchie, of 
Bridgeport, Montgomery Co., Pa. Jonathan Smyth was the eld- 
est son of James and Martha (Grey) Smyth, of "The Mullans." 
Finvoy, County Antrim, Ireland, where he was b. 4 Sept., 1814. 
Elizabeth Ritchie's descent is derived from a Hanoverian soldier 
in William of Orange's army, who came into Ireland about 1688. 
The family name was originally Riche. Elizabeth was born in 



Kilrea, Ireland, ii July, 1831. Samuel G. Smyth was their 
fourth child and was born on Penn's Manor, formerly the resi- 
dence of William Penn, on the Delaware River, in Bucks Co., Pa. 
Samuel received a common school education at Newtown, Pa., 
to which place his parents removed in 1866; on the death of his 
father, in 1873, the boy left home to earn his own living. He 
entered the marine service of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal 
and Iron Co., first as cabin boy, and afterward became steward. 
Leaving this service in 1877, owing to ill-health, he went to Cape 
May, N. J., where he became apprenticed to J. H. Benezet Bro., 
heater and hardware merchants, and remained with them till 
his marriage in 1879, when he removed to Philadelphia, and 
after varied employment there, and in Washington, D. C, he 
finally entered the commercial house of Moro Phillips, Esq., the 
prominent chemical manufacturer, in 1881. From the position 
of shipping clerk at that time he has risen to his present position 
of secretary and treasurer of The Villa Nova Co., Limited — an 
outgrowth of the Phillips interests — Real Estate Operators. 
Politically, Mr. Smyth is an ardent Republican ; has served in the 
local Board of Health and in the Councils of the Borough of 
West Conshohocken, Pa., for several terms and as president of 
these bodies a part of the time. He is a ruling elder in the Pres- 
byterian Church of Conshohocken, Pa., since 1894, and a member 
of its Board of Trustees ; chosen a commissioner to the Synod 
of Pennsylvania, meeting at Bellefonte, Pa., 1896; a member of 
the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and also those of Bucks 
and Montgomery Counties, Pa. ; a past-master and trustee of 
Fritz Lodge, No. 420, F. & A. M. of Conshohocken ; a past-grand 
of Philadelphia-National Lodge, No. 223, I. O. O. F. of Phila- 
delphia ; a member and one of the organizers of George Clay 
Fire Co. of West Conshohocken, Pa., and a Delegate to the 
Republican State Convention which met in Harrisburg, Pa., 1904. 
He is a prolific writer and has contributed many historical papers 
— from original research — to magazines and other publications. 
Resides at " Rylmont," West Conshohocken, Pa. (see Cyclopaedia 
and Biography of Montgomery Co., Pa.). Issue: 

260, Francis Alison, b. Philadelphia, Pa., 7 June, 1880; 261, 
Marion May, b. Philadelphia, Pa., 16 May, 1885; 262, 
Samuel Gordon, Jr., b. Philadelphia, Pa., 21 Nov., 1891. 

79. John Francis Duke (John\ William^, Francis^ Francis 
K.*), only son of Francis K. and S. Louisa Eldredge) Duke, b. 
at Philadelphia, 22 Aug., 1861, living in Atlantic City, N. J., com- 
positor ; m. 24 July, 1881, at Cape May, N. J., Kate Godwin, of 
Philadelphia; b. in Kentucky, 1861 ; d. in Atlantic City, N. J., 24 
Nov., 1905. Issue: 

263, Earle Francis, b. 12 Dec, 1882; d. 8 Feb., 1888; 264, 
Louis, b. 2 July, 1886; living in Atlantic City, N. J. 



88. William Lorrain Duke (John\ William-, John^ James 
F.*), youngest son of James Francis and Sophia (Martin) Duke, 
b. Harper's Ferry, Va., 2.J April, 1845 i living in Wilmington, N. 
C. ; m. 9 Oct., 1871, Emma J. Vann. He entered the Confed- 
erate service early in the spring of 1862, having run away from 
home to enlist; private in Company B, 13th Battalion Light 
Artillery, C. S. A., until 15 July, 1865, when his command sur- 
rendered with Johnson's army to General Sherman, near High 
Point, N. C. He returned to Tallahassie, Ala., where his family 
then lived and afterward removed to Richmond, Va., in 1868 
again removing to Wilmington, N. C. Mr. Duke has a respon- 
sible position with the Atlantic Coast Line Railway Co., in which 
service he has continued since 1868. Issue: 

265, Ahce E., b. i July, 1873, d- 7 Dec, 1878; 266, Minnie L., 
b. 12 Jan., 1875, d. i June, 1877; 267, George F., b. 22 
Feb., 1878; 268, Willie T., b. 15 Jan., 1881, d. 25 Oct., 
1883 ; 269, Lillie L., b. 25 Dec, 1885 ; 270, Mary Stewart, 
b. 24 July, 1895. 

91. John Duke McFaden (John\ William-, John^ Mary 
Ann*), son of Rev. Joseph A. McFaden and Mary Ann (Duke) 
McFaden, b. 19 Oct., 1851, at Concord, Franklin Co., Pa.; m. 
31 Dec, 1879, at Willow Grove, Kent Co., Md., Lucinda Dill. 
Rev. John D. McFaden was born and reared at Harper's Ferry, 
and at the age of nineteen years was converted and joined the 
Methodist Protestant Church and thenceforth determined to 
devote his life to the ministry. He was prepared for his future 
work in the private school of Joseph Barry at " the Ferry " and 
after successfully completing his studies was ordained and has 
since filled acceptably some prominent pulpits, with great credit, 
and has drawn many hundred of persons to the service of Christ. 
He has also organized churches at several places. His charges 
have been Hagerstown, Md., Berlin and Philadelphia, Pa., and 
in the city of Chicago. For the last ten years he has labored at 
Carlton, Neb. He also studied medicine and practices that pro- 
fession in connection with his pastoral work. In addition to 
practice in these professions he is ah expert phrenologist, and 
was a demonstrator and lecturer of this science while living in 
Philadelphia, being a graduate of the American Institute of 
Phrenology and a member of the New York Academy of An- 
thropology. Dr. McFaden has considerable ability as a lecturer 
and his filled many engagements in the chief cities of the country. 
In 1893 he was elected by the National Conference to represent 
them in the Parliament of Religion held at Chicago. He addressed 
that body and when Rand, McNally and Company compiled a 
collection of select addresses made before the Parliament, Dr. 
McFaden's was one of those chosen. His own publication, 
" Our Bible, Our Church and Our Country," his exceeded a cir- 



dilation of 500,000 copies. "The Story of Jesus" also has had 
extensive circulation. Dr. McFaden has established a sani- 
tarium at Concordia, Kan., and it is said that he has the largest 
percentage of cures on record in the west. These various activi- 
ties reflect the wonderful energy and resourcefulness that Dr. 
McFaden it putting forth in behalf of mankind. He resides at 
Carlton, Neb. Issue : 

271, Alexander Duke, b. 4 Oct., 1880, at Baltimore, Md. ; 272, 
Mary Emma, b. 16 Sept., 1883, at Willow Grove, Kent 
Co., Md. ; 273, Shirley, b. 23 Sept., 1892, at Berlin, Pa. 

93. George Henry McFaden (John\ William^, John^, Mary 
Ann*), second son of Rev. Joseph A. and Mary A. (Duke) 
McFaden, b. 14 Jan., 1857, in Dorchester Co., Md. ; m. at Bay 
View, Norfolk Co., Va., 19 Sept., 1888, Lillian McWhorter, of 
Norfolk, Va. Like his brother, George H. McFaden chose the 
ministry for his profession. He became a member of the Vir- 
ginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in 
1886. His first charge was at Oaklette and Bethel in Norfolk 
Co., Va., and then labored in Prince Edward Co., Va. After 
two years' service in this field he was assigned to the Carters- 
ville circuit and did effective work in the ministry there. From 
Cartersville he went to Matthews Co., Va. ; twice, to the great 
satisfaction of the people of his charge, he was returned to them. 
His next assignment was at Gloucester Point ; from thence he 
was transferred to Hanover, then to Manchester, Crewe, and, 
later, to the Wright Memorial Church at Portsmouth, Va. At 
the latter place his labor met with marked success. The Sabbath 
School connected with this church is one of the largest in the 
South, numbering about 500 scholars and the Pastor's Bible class 
having a membership of 65. The church and school have both 
rapidly developed in membership and usefulness under Rev. 
McFaden's pastorate. A cotemporary journal thus characterizes 
him : " As a preacher, he is sound, impressive and at times truly 
eloquent. His manner of speaking is rapid and marked by 
earnestness which inspires a strong belief in his sincerity and 
deep conviction." Since 1906 Rev. George H. McFaden has been 
called to Richmond and is doing a good work in building up a 
congregation in the newer residential district in the vicinity of 
the Washington monument in the western part of the city. Issue : 

274, William Alexander, b. Bay View, Norfolk Co., Va., 11 

May, 1 89 1. 

275, George Henry, b. Norfolk Co., Va., 18 Sept., 1900; d. 25 

Sept., 1900. 

94. LuciNDA Shirley McFaden (John^, William-, John', 
Mary A.*), dau. of Rev. Joseph A. and Mary A. (Duke) 
McFaden, b. 14 May, 1859; d. at Harper's Ferry, Va., 13 Aug., 
1902; m. 6 Jan., 1892, at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., Daniel H. 




Nichols, son of Lewis and Elizabeth Nichols, of Charlestown, 
Jefferson Co., W. Va. He is a contractor and builder and resides 
at Harper's Ferry, and was deputy sheriff of Jefferson County 
1901-1904. Issue : 

276, Lewis, b. 2 Jan., 1893 ! '^77^ Daniel Shirley, b. 25 Dec, 

1895; 278, Frances Minge,b. 21 April, 1897; 279, Joseph 

McFaden, b. 19 June, 1899. 

96. Frank Talbot McFaden (John\ William-, John^, Mary 
A.*), youngest son of Rev. Joseph A, and Mary Ann (Duke) 
McFaden, b. 5 Feb., 1864; m. 10 April, 1890, Mary Minge Friend, 
dau. of Charles Friend, Esq., of Petersburg, Va., and Mary 
(Atkinson) Minge, and is a descendant of John Minge, of 
" Weyanoke," Charles City Co., Va., who m. Sarah, dau. of Ben- 
jamin Harrison of " Berkeley." She is also related to the Pages, 
Nelsons, Lightfoots, Carys and other old Virginia families ; a 
sister of Rev. Charles Friend, of Buchanan, Va. ; Jennie, wife of 
Rev. P. D. Stephenson, of Woodstock, Va. ; Nathalie, wife of 
Rev. James Smith, of Fredericksburg, Va., and of Bessie, wife 
of Professor Willis Bocock, of Athens, Ga. ; and is also a kins- 
woman of Robert A. Mayo, of " Powhattan's Seat," Richmond, 
Right Rev. Thomas Atkinson, of North Carolina, and Rev. Dr. 
J. P. M. Atkinson, who for twenty-five years was president of 
Hampden-Sidney College in Virginia. 

Rev. Frank T. McFaden was born at Salisbury, Md., graduate 
A.B. and B.Litt., Hampden-Sidney College, class 1886; Union 
Theological Seminary, B.D., 1889 ; trustee Hampden-Sidney Col- 
lege, 1894; pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Marion, Va., 
1889-1896, and from the latter date to 1903 of the First Pres- 
byterian Church of Lynchburg, Va., and since 1903 he has been 
the efficient minister of the old First Presbyterian Church of 
Richmond, Va. He was commissioner to General Assembly at 
Nashville, Tenn., 1894, and at Atlanta, Ga., 1901 ; is the Grand 
Regent of the Grand Camp, Royal Arcanum of Virginia, and 
Grand Commander of the Grand Camp, Knights Templar. The 
degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by Washington and Lee 
University in June, 1902. Issue: 

280, Mary, b. 15 May, 1891 ; 281, Natalie Friend, b. i Jan., 
1895 ; 282, Frances Talbot, b. 29 April, 1899; 283, Frank 
Talbot, Jr., b. 17 Sept., 1901. 

97. Irene Dashiel McFaden (John^ William-, John^ Mary 
A.*), youngest dau. of Rev. Joseph A. and Mary A. (Duke) 
McFaden, b. 2 Nov., 1872; living at Cumberland. Md. ; m. 27 
June, 1900, J. E. Wilmer Benjamin, of Harper's Ferry. Issue: 
284, Joseph Wilmer, b. 11 Oct., 1902. 

99. Kate (Catharine) Duke (JohnS William^, Robert^ 
Francis W.*), second dau. of Francis W. and Lydia (Thompson) 



Duke, b. Bloomington, 111., 17 Sept., 1857; d. Bloomington, 111., 
1906; nt. II Sept., 1878, Robert Murray, of Leroy, 111.; d. 1898. 


285, Edna, d. young ; 286, Charles B., living at St. Paul, Minn. ; 

287, Frank R., living at Spokane, Wash. ; 288, Madge, 

living at Bloomington, 111. ; 289, a dau., m. Walter 


loi. George Mohler Duke (John\ William-, Robert^, Robert 

N.*), son of Robert N. and Ann N. (Mohler) Duke, b. 15 July, 

1864; d. Nov., 1904; m. 3 Oct., 1880, Frances E. Chiswell, of 

Maryland; d. Washington^ D. C, 1906. Issue: 

290, Joseph Chiswell, b. 31 July, 1885; 291, George Francis, b. 

II Jan., 1889, d. 21 Aug., 1889; 292, Raymond White, 

b. 12 Aug., 1890. 

102. Robert Moore Duke (John^, William-, Robert^, Robert 
N.*), son of Robert N. and Ann N. (Mohler) Duke, b. 10 Feb., 
1850; m. 9 Feb., 1875, Mary Hester McGary, of Baltimore, Md. 

293, Walter McGary, b. 28 Oct., 1875, m. Aug., 1907, Florence 
E. Jacques; 294, Ann Newton, b. 12 Sept., 1877; d. 21 
July, 1879; 295, John William, b. 26 May, 1879; 296, 
Robert M., Jr., b. 2 Nov., 1881 ; 297, Ann Alena, b. 26 
March, 1886, d. 21 March, 1887; 298, Leslie Daniel, b. 
29 March, 1889. 

103. Ann Frances Duke (John^, William-, Robert^, Robert 
N.'^), dau. of Robert N. and Ann N. (Mohler) Duke, b. 24 Dec, 
1851 ; d. Aug. 1887; m. 27 Oct., 1887, Joseph T. White. Issue: 

299, Aldah, b. 1888; 300, Sallie, b. 1892. 

104. Sarah Griffith Duke (John^, William-, Robert^, Robert 
N.*), dau. of Robert N. and Ann N. (Mohler) Duke, b. 27 April, 
1853; d. 13 March, 1880; in. 17 Feb., 1880, John H. Engle, son 
of John Engle, Sr., of " Rattling Springs," and half-brother of 
James W. and Captain Jacob Engle, of Engle's Station, on the 
B. & O. R. R., Jefferson Co., Va. John H. Engle served in the 
Confederate army for a short time, 12th Virginia Cavalry, but 
being in ill health returned home and resumed farming. No issue. 

108. James Melvin Engle (John^ William-, Robert^, Ann 
M.*), son of James W. and Ann Margaret (Duke) Engle, b. at 
Harper's Ferry, Va., 29 Nov., 1853; living in Washington, D. C. ; 
m. 20 Dec, 1886, Lavinia Hawke, dau. of John S. Hawke, atty.- 
at-law, Washington, D. C, formerly of Springfield, O. Mr. 
Engle is a registrar in the Sixth Auditor's Office, Treasury De- 
partment, and was appointed immediately after the adoption of 
the Civil Service Rule law, 23 July, 1883. Issue: 

301, Claude, b. 1887; 302, Lavinia, b. 1889; 303, Rilla, b. 1891 ; 



304, Melvin,b. 1893; 305, Elizabeth, b. 1894 ; 306, Parke, 
b. 1896. 

109. Jessie Allnut Engle (JohnS William-, Robert, Ann 
M.*), son of James M. and Ann M. (Duke) Engle, b. 31 Oct., 
1855 y ^'/- ^^75' Mary L. Mohler. He was county superintendent 
of public schools, 1896, re-elected 1904. Issue: 

307, Carroll Anderson ; 308, Carrie ; 309, Forrest. 

no. WiLLiARD Fletcher Engle (John\ William-, Robert^ 
Ann M.*), son of James M. and Ann M. (Duke) Engle, b. 22 
Sept., 1857; m. Jennie Royston, of Ohio, 1874. Issue: 

310, Ethel; 311, William; 312, Omer. 

113. Ammishadie Moore Engle (John^ WiUiam-, Robert^ 
Ann M.*), son of James M. and Ann M. (Duke) Engle, b. i 
June, 1865 ; living at Berkeley Springs, W. Va. ; m. 1890, Maggie 
Mohler, dau. of William Mohler. Rev. A. M. Engle is pastor 
of the Presbyterian Church at Berkeley Springs, W. Va. Issue: 

313, Margaret; 314, James Watt; 315, Elizabeth. 

114. Carlton Duke Engle (JohnS William-, Robert^ Ann 
M.*), son of James M. and Ann M. (Duke) Engle, b. 8 June, 
1868; living in Baltimore, Md. ; m. 1893, Bertie Shader. Issue: 

316, a child. 

117. Anna Moore Town (John^ William-, Robert^, Mary 
E.*), eldest dau. of Rev. Levi and Mary Ellen (Duke) Town, b. 
at Conneaut, O., 4 March, 1855; living at Berwyn, Pa.; m. 20 
June, 1876, Theodore F. Van Meter, b. Woodstown, N. J., 27 
Sept., 1844, son of John Van Meter, of Salem, N. J. Mrs. Van 
Meter is actively interested in tlie work of the Baptist Church 
and is president of the Ladies' Aid Society of the Church at 
Newtown Square, Delaware Co., Pa. Issue: 

317, Anna A., b. at Pittsgrove, N. J., 6 April, 1877, d. 23 July, 

1877; 318, Theodore L., b. at Pittsgrove, N. J., 21 June, 
1878; 319, Florence, b. at Pittsgrove, N. J., 24 July, 
1880; 320, Howard, b. at Camden, N. J., 25 May, 1884; 
321, Mary E., b. at Camden, N. ]., 18 Dec, 1885; 322, 
Warren R., b. at Newtown Square, Pa., 29 Oct., 1893. 

119. Samuel Francis D. Town (John\ William-, Robert^, 
Mary E.*), son of Rev. Levi and Mary Ellen (Duke) Town, b. 
Centre Road, Pa., 10 Nov., 1861 ; living at Germantown, Phila- 
delphia ; 111. 27 June, 1889, Clara Louisa, dau, of Dr. Camm, of 
Philadelphia. Issue : 

323, Norman Wesley, b. 23 Sept., 1890; 324, Robert Frank, b. 
30 May, 1893; 325, Ethel Camm, b. 5 Dec, 1894; 326, 
Mary Louise, b. 14 June, 1899. 

120. Rev. Robert Duke Town (JohnS William'-, Robert^ 
Mary E.*), son of Rev. Levi and Mary Ellen (Duke) Town, b. 



Warren, O., 4 Jan., 1866; m. 28 June, 1888, Maude A. Barack- 
man. The personal history of Robert D. Town, writer, author, 
lecturer and humorist, is best told in his own words as appear 
in the Town Genealogy: 

" I moved around pretty lively with my parents the first few years of 
my life, either going wherever they went or they going wherever I went, 
in this way I lived in quite a number of states before I was really able 
to decide which was best suited to my purposes, but finally located in 
West Virginia, on a plantation of 500 acres when I was four or five years 
old. With the assistance of an uncle and quite a number of hands who 
did the heavy work I carried on this farm for a few years, then went to 
Baltimore and served as a clerk in a grocery store, then in a laundry 
establishment, then painted bedsteads in a furniture factory, made trunks ; 
afterwards ran a flouring mill, entered the University of Pennsylvania and 
assisted the Medical faculty in their department. Graduated from a 
Divinity School and got married. I then became an editor, and have 
been a plain newspaper man ever since. As I look back over my life, 
I can see how my diverse employments have all been beneficial. The 
farm brought me industry. In the furniture factory I learned to appre- 
ciate beauty in painting, in the laundry I learned the value of cleanliness 
and neatness of dress, in fact, I can now see that everything I know has 
been learned as I went along. Doubtless if I had more time I might 
have acquired more knowledge. All in all, I have a very interesting life. 
It is even more interesting to look back upon than it was at the time." 

Editor "Judge," New York, 1906, elected vice-president of 

the "Humorist's Association," June 7, 1906. Issue: 

327, Wendell Phillips Duke, b. 24 March, 1889; 328, Marion 

Etta, b. 2 Oct., 1890; 329, Bertha Violet, b. 7 May, 1896. 

125. Francis Jones (John\ William-, Nancy^, Elizabeth*), 
son of Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Clymer) Jones, b. 12 March, 
1842; living at Uvilla, Jefferson Co., W. Va. ; m. 10 March, 1868, 
Mary Alexander Link, dau. of Adam and Sarah (Hendricks) 
Link, of Bakerton, W. Va. Francis Jones enlisted in the Con- 
federate army, became captain in the First Virginia Cavalry, 
serving under Colonel William Morgan in General J. E. B. 
Stuart's Division; was assigned to special duty on the staff of 
General Stuart. Mrs. Jones d. April, 1909. Issue: 

330, Sarah Elizabeth, b. 12 Nov., 1869; 331, Elmer Taylor, b. 
20 June, 1873, d. 15 April, 1875 ; 332, Adam Francis, b. 
20 Aug., 1875; 333' Robert Luther, b. 24 Oct., 1877; m. 
Helen Blackford ; 334, Ernest Drawbaugh, b. 23 April, 
1880; 335, Joseph Carlton, b. 2 May, 1882; 336, Jessie 
Allen, b. 19 Jan., 1884, d. 2 Oct., 1901 ; 337, William 
Morgan, b. 16 Dec, 1891. 

127. George W. Jones (John^, William-, Nancy^, Elizabeth*), 
son of Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Clymer) Jones, b. 25 June, 1846; 
m. 1874, Ann Nichols. Issue: 

338, Joseph; 339, Eliner; 340, Maggie Link, b. June, 1875; 
341, Lillian Bell, b. 1869, d. 30 June, 1870. 



129. Thomas Hammond Jones (John\ William^, Nancy^ 
Elizabeth'*), son of Joseph B. and EHzabeth (Clymer) Jones, b. 
26 Oct., 185 1, Hveryman at Harper's Ferry, W. Va. ; m.26 March 
1873, Sarah Fanny, dan. of Thomas S. and Mary E. (Daily) 
Rockenbaugh. Issue : 

342, Joseph M., b. 31 Dec, 1874; m. Jessie, dau. of Albert 

Benton, of Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry, W. Va. 
She d. Feb., 1909. 

343, Charles N., b. 10 Aug., 1876; 344, Colby E., b. 19 June, 

1880; 345, Robert Ashton, b. 15 Sept., 1881 ; 346, Pres- 
ton, b. 18 Sept., 1888, d. 7 Aug., 1889; 347> Layne, b. 22 
May, 1892. 

130. Susannah Rebecca Jones (JohnS William-, NancyS 
Elizabeth*), dau. of Joseph B. and Elizabeth Clymer Jones, b. 26 
Oct., 1852; 111. Daniel Taylor Morrison; living at Charlestown, 
W. Va. Issue: 

348, Lily, b. circa 1874; 349, Edna Browne, b. circa 1876; 350, 
William Earl, b. CiVca 1879; 351, Elizabeth, b. circa 1883; 
d. young. 

133. Nancy Clymer Jones (John^, William^, Nancy^, Eliza- 
beth*), dau. of Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Clymer) Jones, b. 15 
April, 1857; living at Bakerton, W. Va. ; m. her cousin, Daniel 
Hendricks Nichols, 9 June, 1880; he d. 31 March, 1895, aged 42 
years. Issue : 

352, Anne Pearl, b. 26 Aug., 1881 ; in. 14 Dec, 1905, Henry 

Acher, of Baltimore. 

353, Mattie Florence, b. 24 Oct., 1884; 354, Robert Magruder, 

b. 16 Oct., 1886. 

137. John William Clymer (John^, William^, Nancy^, 
Isaac*), son of Isaac, Jr., and Lottie (Given) Clymer, b. 1861; 
m. . Issue : 

355, Hazel Bergen, b. 19 May, 1893; 356, Nellie Virginia; 357, 
William Roland. 

141. Ella Lee Clymer (John'^, William^, Nancy^, Isaac, Jr.*), 
dau. of Isaac, Jr., and Lottie (Given) Clymer, b. 1869; in. Frank 
Ronemous. Issue : 

358, Elmer Clymer; 359, Frank Davis; 360, Edna. 

143. Mary Weston Clymer (John\ William-, Nancy^, John 
M.*), dau. of John M. and Ella H. (Given) Clymer; in. 28 Oct., 
1884, at Keyser, Va., Rev. F. W. T. Pitman, pastor of Pooles- 
ville Presbyterian Church in Washington Co., Md., 1896. Issue : 

361, Ella Minetta, b. 22 Jan., 1888; 362, Mary Latimer, b. 2 
Sept., 1890; 363. John Matthews, b. 21 July, 1893; 364, 
Lawrence, b. 28 Nov., 1895. 

144. Frank Lee Clymer (JohnS William-, Nancy^ John 
M.*), son of John M. and Ella H. (Given) Clymer; m. at 



Keyser, Va., i8 Aug., 1897, Elizabeth Buckalough. Mr. Clymer 
is a physician Hving at Midlothian, Alleghany Co., Md. Issue: 

365, Frank Lee Clymer, Jr., b. 15 May, 1902. 

147. William Brantner ( John\ William-, Margaret^ Daniel*, 
Blanche^), son of George W. and Blanche (Hendricks) Brantner; 
m. Mary Maddox ; living at Shenandoah Junction, W. Va. Issue : 

366, 367, 368, 369. 

165. Thomas J. Link (John^ William-, Margaret^, Daniel*, 

Sarah^), son of Adam and Sarah T. (Hendricks) Link, b. 13 

Sept., 1844; in. 6 Nov., 1878, Jennie H. Maddox; living at Shep- 

herdstown, W. Va. Issue : 

370, Talzie J., b. 17 June, 1879, d. 17 May, i88o( ?) ; 371, 

WilHam Boyd, b. 6 Sept., 1880; 372, Mamie Esther, b. 

19 Aug., 1885. 

191. New^ton Madison Hendricks (John^, William^, Mar- 
garet^, Daniel*, Daniel W.^), son of Daniel W. and Sarah M. 
(Link) Hendricks, b. 17 May, 1862; in. ist Miss Mohler; 2d 
Miss Warfield. He is a physician. Issue : 

373, Mabel ; 374, Arnold ; 375, Lister ; 376, Margaret. 

192. Annie L. Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, 
James*, Daniel W.^), dau. of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) 
Hendricks, b. 12 June, 1866; in. W. M. Dick. 

193. Harvey Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^, James*, 
Daniel W.^), son of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) Hendricks, 
b. 2 March, 1869; ^- Minnie Brantner. Issue: 

377, Garland; 378, Marge; 379, Elizabeth, 

194. James Allen Hendricks (John\ William-, Margaret^ 
James*, Daniel W.^), son of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) 
Hendricks, b. 25 Dec, 1871 ; m. Lou Lemon. Issue: 

380, Allen. 

195. Esther Hendricks (John^, William^, Margaret^, James*, 
Daniel W.^), dau. of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) Hend- 
ricks, b. 6 April, 1874 ; m. Jesse Engle. 

196. Leroy Hendricks (John^ William-, Margaret^, James*, 
Daniel W.^), son of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) Hend- 
ricks, b. 17 July, 1876; ni. Miss Moore. Issue: 

381, Cora. 

197. Daniel W. Hendricks, Jr. (John\ William^, Margaret^ 
James*, Daniel W.^), son of Daniel W. and Sarah M. (Link) 
Hendricks, b. 24 Dec, 1877; ni. Sallie Link. Issue: 

382, Gilbert ; 383, Mary. 

221. Thomas William Mensing (John^, William-, Francis'', 
Ann C.*, Thos. H., Jr.^), son of Thomas H. Mensing, Jr., and 



Elizabeth (Coleman) Mensing, b. lo Oct., 1870; in. 14 Aug., 

1895, Ellen E. Rollinson, dau. of Joseph and Maria Rollinson, 

of Philadelphia, Pa. Issue : 

384, Walter Williard, b. 17 May, 1896; 385, Clarissa, b. 8 Aug., 

1899, d. 21 Aug., 1899; 386, a child, b. and d. 28 Sept., 

1900; 387, Mabel, b. 2y April, 1902, d. 4 May, 1902. 

222. Elizabeth Clara Mensing (John\ William-, Francis', 
Ann C.*, Thos. H., Jr.^), dau. of Thomas H. and Elizabeth 
(Coleman) Mensing, b. 15 July, 1872; m. 27 Nov., 1895, Ben- 
jamin Franklin Cook, son of Moses F. and Kate Cook, of Wisso- 
noming, Philadelphia, Pa. Issue: 

388, Abraham, b. 11 Nov., 1896; 389, Clarissa Markley, b. 22 
Sept., 1899; 390, Laura, b. 12 March, 1902; 390a., 
Charlotte Florence, b. i June, 1908; 390&, Elizabeth M., 
b. I June, 1908. Nos. 390a and 390& are twins. 

224. Gertrude Viola Mensing (John\ William-, Francis', 
Ann C.*, Thos. H., Jr.^), dau. of Thomas H., Jr., and Elizabeth 
(Coleman) Mensing, b. 21 June, 1877; ^"- 20 April, 1897, Walter 
Duffield Williard, son of David D. and Ellen Smith Williard, 
the latter the dau. of Martin Smith, of Doylestown, Bucks, Co., Pa. / 

Issue :_/ 

391, Gertrude Viola, b. 12 June, 1898. 

226. Laura May Mensing (John\ William-, Francis', Ann 
C.*, Thos. H., Jr.^), dau. of Thomas H., Jr., and Elizabeth (Cole- 
man) Mensing, b. 8 March, 1882; m. 2 May, 1892, Louis Ferdi- 
nand Schaefer, b. Germany, 18 Feb., 1882; son of Ferdinand 
and Elizabeth Hackerth Schaefer. Issue : 1 

392, Ferdinand and Thomas, b. 7 Jan., 1903. '' 

231. Francis Charles Armstrong (John^, William^ Francis', 
Ann C.*, Pauline^), son of William J. and Pauline (Mensing) 
Armstrong, b. 27 April, 1875; ;». May Viola Wolf. Issue: 

393, Frank, b. 16 May, 1906. 

232. James Given Armstrong (John^, William-, Francis', 
Ann C.*, Pauline^), son of William J. and Pauline (Mensing) 
Armstrong, b. 3 Feb., 1877; m. 3 Feb., 1893, Mary Edmunds. 

Issue : 

394, Frank Leroy E. ; 395, Walter Williard; 396, Anna C, b. 

10 Oct., 1905. 

240. Ida Virginia Taylor (John\ William-, Francis', Ann 
C.*, Anna F.^), dau. of Benj. and Anna F. (Mensing) Taylor, 
b. 16 Jan., 1877; m. 29 Nov., 1895, Samuel Carless, b. i May, 
1874, in Staffordshire, England. Issue: 

397, Drusilla May, b. 22 Jan., 1902. 

249. Ida Elizabeth Laverty (John\ William-, Francis', Ann 
C.^ Elizabeth M.^), dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth M. (Mensing) 



Laverty, b. 27 Dec, 1885; m. August Pfeiffer. Issue: 

398, Gertrude V., b. 8 Sept., 1904; 399, Wm. Edward, b. 20 
Feb., 1905. 

260. Francis Alison Smyth (John\ William^, Francis^, 
Francis K.*, Mary E.^), son of Samuel Gordon and Mary E. 
(Duke) Smyth, b. Haddington, Philadelphia, 7 June, 1880; m. 
3 July, 1899, at Cape May, N. J., Florence May, dau. of Abra- 
ham and Emma S. Cavanaugh, of Conshohocken, Pa., No issue. 
F. A. Smyth is a graduate of the Conshohocken High School, and 
entered State College at Bellefonte, Pa., but during the progress 
of the Spanish-American War he left college and enlisted, 12 
Aug., 1898, as a private in the United States Army; was sent 
to~Fort St. Phillip, La., and assigned to duty in Company D, 
1st Regiment, United States Heavy Artillery; some months later 
was transferred to the infantry arm of the service at Newnam, 
Ga., and from there proceeded with his regiment to join the 
army of occupation in Cuba, during the armistice. While sta- 
tioned in the Province of Puerto-Principe was attacked with 
fever and invalided home. Through the personal interest of 
General Merritt, he was permitted to return home, under fur- 
lough, to convalesce. As his disability continued, he was honor- 
ably discharged from the service. Upon recovering his health 
he re-enlisted in the army, doing duty in the Philippines, in 
Hawaii, and was in San Francisco when the earthquake destroyed 
that city ; here he performed special service in connection with 
the restoration of order and provisioning the destitute. Was 
promoted to be corporal in the Marine Service ; his malady, re- 
appearing, however, after a few months' service, and not yield- 
ing to treatment he was finally honorably discharged the service 
for continued disability. Now resides in Manitoba, Canada. 

264. Louis Duke (John\ William^, Francis^, Francis K.*, 
John F.^), son of John F. and Kate (Godwin) Duke, b. Cape 
May, N. J., 2 July, 1886; m. 1906, at Atlantic City, N. J., Mamie 
Llewellyn of that city. Issue : 

3992' Violet Catharine, b. Atlantic City, 10 July, 1909. 

267. George F. Duke (John^ William-, John^, James*, Wil- 
liam L.^), son of William L. and Emma J. (Vann) Duke, b. 
Wilmington, N. C, 22 Feb., 1878; m. 30 Nov., 1898, Lee Yapp. 
He enlisted for service in the Spanish-American War, 27 April, 
1898; served in Company K, 2d North Carolina Regiment, at 
Brunswick, Ga., where the regiment lay camped on waiting orders 
until mustered out, 18 Nov., 1898. Issue: 

400, Thelma F. ; 401, Evelyn E. ; 402, a son, b. i Feb., 1904. 

269. Lillie L. Duke (John\ William-, John^ James*, Wil- 
liam L.^), dau. of Wm. L. and Emma J. (Vann) Duke, b. 25 



Dec, 1885; '"• 26 July, 1904, William W. Christian; living at 
Wilmington, N. C. Issue : 

403, Emily, b. 1905 ; d. 1907. 

318. Theodore L. Van Meter (JohnS William^, Robert^ 
Mary E.*, Anna M.^), son of Theodore F. and Anna M. (Town) 
Van Meter, b. 21 June, 1878; living at Berwyn, Pa.; m. 26 Nov., 
1901, Anna C. Bradford, of Newtown Square, Pa. Issue: 

404, a child, b. and d. 1902; 405, Anna E., b. Feb., 1904; 405a, 

Florence, b. 23 March, 1906. 

319. Florence Van Meter (John% William-, Robert^ Mary 
E.*, Anna M.^), dau. of Theodore F. and Anna M. (Town) Van 
Meter, b. 24 July, 1880; m. 25 Oct., 1905, E. P. S. Spooner. 
Their dau. Florence was b. 21 Sept., 1907. 

322. Adam Francis Jones (John\ William-, Nancy^"*, Eliza- 
beth*, Francis^), son of Francis and Mary A. (Link) Jones, b. 
20 Aug., 1875 ; m. 1903, Alice Lemon, of Shepherdstown, W. Va., 
his cousin. Issue : 

406, a child, b. 1904. 

345. Robert Ashton Jones (John\ William-, Nancy^ Eliza- 
beth*, Thos. H.^), son of Thomas H. and vSally Fanny (Roden- 
baugh) Jones, b. 15 Sept., 1881 ; m. 20 April, 1905, Victor Peach 
Cassell, b. 29 May, 1890. 


250. Ella May Laferty (John\ William^, Francis^, Ann C.% 
Elizabeth M.^), dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth Marie (Mensing) 
Laferty, b. 18 Feb., 1888; m. James Deering, who was b. 24 
March, 1876. Issue: 

a, James M., b. 6 April, 1906; b, Drusilla M., b. 10 March, 

251. John Laferty, enlisted in the United States Naval Serv- 
ice ; was assigned to duty on U. S. S. " Tennessee," which acted 
as one of the scout ships to the world-encircling fleet, and re- 
turned to Hampton Roads, 22 Feb., 1909. 

252. Samuel H. Laferty also enlisted in the United States 
Navy in Aug., 1907; was assigned to duty on U. S. S. "Mis- 
souri," and made the tour with the fleet, which returned on 22 
Feb., 1909, and was reviewed by President Roosevelt, at Hampton 
Roads, Virginia. 

242. John Shepherd Raynor (John\ William-, Francis^, Ann 
C.*, Ida V.^), son of John and Ida V. (Mensing) Raynor, b. 29 
Nov., 1879; ;/;. in New York, 19 May, 1906, Irene Hartman, b. 
25 April, 1887. 

a, a child, b. and d. 6 Sept., 1907; b, John Shepherd, Jr., b. 
28 Jan., 1909. 



321. ]\Iary E. Van Metre (John\ William-, Robert^ Mary 
E.^ Anna M.^), dau. of Theodore F. and Anna M. (Town) 
Van Metre, b. 18 Dec, 1885; m. James Brooke. Issue: 

a, Elizabeth, b. 24 Sept., 1906. 

343. Charles Neal Jones (John^, William-, Nancy^, Eliza- 
beth*, Thomas H.^), son of Thomas H. and S. Fanny (Roden- 
baugh) Jones, b. Harper's Ferry, W. Va., 10 Aug., 1876; m. 
1901, Bertha, dau. of David Beck, of Harper's Ferry. Issue: 

a, Leslie, b. 1901 ; b, Paul, b. Jan., 1904. 

349. Edna Browne Morrison ( John\ William-, Nancy^, 
Elizabeth*, Susannah R.^), dau. of Daniel T. and Susannah R. 
(Jones) Morrison, b. circa 1876; m. a Victor Harder, of Charles- 
town, W. Va. Issue: 

a, Ralph Keith, b. circa 1896; b, a son, b. circa 1903. 


III. Francis Duke, second son of John and Margaret Duke, 
born (sup.) in Ireland, 11 Feb., 1751 ; was killed by the Indians, 
I Sept., 1777, in an heroic attempt to relieve the beseiged garrison 
at Fort Henry (Wheeling), Ohio Co., Va. ; m. circa 1773, Sarah, 
third dau. of Col. David Shepherd and his wife Rachael Teague. 
After the death of Francis Duke his widow 111. 2d Levi H. 
Springer, by whom she had issue: Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, 
Lydia, Rachael, David, Dennis and Job Springer. Sarah Shep- 
herd was born at Shepherdstown, Va., circa 1758/60; m. Levi 
Springer, 1780, at Uniontown ; died there 25 Oct., 1832. Levi 
H. Springer was a resident of Uniontown, Fayette Co., Pa. 
Sept. 3, 1796, he purchased of Jacob Beeson a tract of ground 
adjoining Uniontown, being part of " Coal Run Tract," after- 
ward known as Mt. Vernon. This property now belongs to his 
descendants. His father came from New Jersey and settled on 
the " Apple Pye Ridge," on land surveyed by George Washing- 
ton for Lord Fairfax. Here Levi H. Springer first married and 
after two of his children were born, Levi moved to Fayette Co., 
about 1773 (see History of Fayette Co., Pa.). His first wife was 
Ann Gaddis whom he m. 1768; she d. 1778. He was b. 4 May, 
1744; d. 26 March, 1823. Issue by his first wife, Ann, were: 
Drusilla, Abner, Ruth, Annie, William, Zadoc and Levi H., Jr. 
The latter m. the widow Catharine Todd in 1828. Issue of Fran- 
cis and Sarah Shepherd Duke : 

1, John Duke, b. Ohio Co., Va., 24 June, 1774; d. 14 Jan., 

1849 (from dates inscribed upon his tombstone). 

2, Francis Duke, Jr., b. Ohio Co., Va., 1777; d. near Johns- 

town, Ohio. 
I. John Duke (John\ Francis-), eldest son of Francis and 



Sarah Shepherd Duke, b. Ohio Co., Va., 24 June, 1777; d. in 
Jones Co., Iowa, 14 Jan., 1849; m. ist Catharine Hoover, pre- 
sumed to have been the dau. of Jacob Hoover, formerly of 
Dunkard's Creek, Pa., and later of Capon Springs, Hampshire 
Co., Va. She was living in Johnstown, Ohio, at time of her 
marriage; d. in Licking Co., O., 10 Oct., 1813, and was buried 
in the Canton graveyard in Jackson Co., la. She had nine chil- 
dren. John Duke m. 2d Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler, circa 1821, by 
whom he had six children. After the death of John Duke his 
widow is said to have married again, to Thomas Burrowes, in 
1852, who d. in 1858, without issue, leaving her a widow for the 
fourth time. Papers signed by her, in 1868, bear the name of 
" Elizabeth Duke." John Duke removed from Brooke Co., Va., 
to Ohio, in 1803, with his wife and five small children. He re- 
moved from Ohio to Jones Co., Iowa, with his second family 
when he was at an advanced age. John Duke was the first Justice 
of the Peace of Granville Twp., Licking Co., O. When he first 
came to Licking Co., in 1803, there were only about fifteen resi- 
dents in the County. As heir-at-law of his father, Francis Duke, 
the following record of the survey of the lands which he inherited 
is taken from Survey Book, No. i, p. 227, dated Wheeling, Va., 
Oct. 15, 1785. 

" Surveyed for John Duke, heir-at-law of Francis Duke, deceased, 400 
acres of land in Ohio Co. Va., including his settlement made in 1773, 
by virtue of a certificate from the Commissioners bearing date the 18 
January, 1780, situate on the waters of Short Creek and bounded as 
followeth, to wit: Beginning at a sugar-tree corner to Joseph Kyle and 
with his lines N. 67° E. 28 per. to a black oak and sugar tree thence S. 
65 E 200 per. to two sugar trees corner to James Garrison with his line 
East 160 per. to an Elm corner to Charles Hedges, and with his lines N. 
17 W. no per. to a beech tree thence N. 27 W. 40 per to a sugar tree 
thence N. 12 E. 62 per. to a sugar tree in W". Bonar's line and with 
his line N. 69 W. 49 per. to a sugar tree, N. 77 W. 100 per. to a wash in 
Jemima White's line and with her line S. 14 W. 28 per. to a hickory thence 
N. 7s W. 140 per. to a walnut corner to W"". Dunlap and with his line 
S. 30 W. 26 per. to a poplar thence S. 21, W. 66 per. to a beech tree S. 
12. E. Ill per to the beginning. Variation 21' East." 

ROBERT WOODS, Surveyor. 

This tract of land, lying on Short Creek, was afterward dis- 
posed of by John and Catharine Duke, his wife, in five different 
transactions, to wit : 

To Joseph Hedges, son of Charles Hedges, 7 Mar. 1796, 30 a. 126 poles, 

To Joseph Connell of Brooke Co., Va., 24 Oct., 1797, 136 a., $900.00. 
To Samuel Hedges of Brooke Co., Va., 30 Jan. 1804, 141 a., $1269.00. 
To Joseph Hedges of Brooke Co., Va., 30 Jan., 1804, 12 a. 120 poles, 


To Francis Duke, his brother, 30 Jan. 1804, 100 a., $600.00. 

^4 353 


Issue of John and Catharine (Hoover) Duke: 

3, Levi Hoover, b. Brooke Co., Va., 12 May, 1795. 

4, David, b. Brooke Co., Va., o.y May, 1797. 

5, Wilham, b. Brooke Co., Va., 13 June, 1799. 

6, Sarah, b. Brooke Co., Va., 26 April, 1802; d. 20 June, 1866. 

7, Henry, b. Licking Co., O., 9 Oct., 1806; d. 20 April, i860. 

8, John Shepherd, b. Licking Co., O., 9 Aug., 1808; d. unm. 

circa 1830. 

9, George, b. Licking Co., O., 13 Sept., 181 1. 
Issue of John and Elizabeth Wheeler Duke : 

10, Ruhahma, b. Licking Co., O., 2 April, 1822. 

11, Clarissa, b. Licking Co., O., 1825; d. 22 June, 1843. 

12, Calvin, b. Licking Co., O., 9 Dec, 1826. 

13, Lydia, b. Licking Co., O., 25 March, 1829, 

14, Calista, b. Licking Co., O., 26 May, 1831. 

15, Hannah, b. Licking Co., O., 10 Feb., 1834. 

2. Francis Duke (John^, Francis-), second son of Francis 
and Sarah (Shepherd) Duke, b. Ohio Co., Va., 1777, a few 
months after his father's tragic death. He died at an advanced 
age, at the home of his daughter Elizabeth Prefect, near Johns- 
town, O. Major S. A. Duke writes (1903) : "I can remember 
him well; he was a great rifle shot and could kill more squirrels 
than I could carry." He acquired by purchase the following 
tracts of land in Ohio and Brooke Counties, Va. : 

a. 29 January, 1795. David Shepherd (his grandfather) con- 
veys a tract of 42 acres which was granted to the said David 
Shepherd by Patent Deed, dated 25 July, 1788, on waters of Short 
Creek; consideration £20 Virginia currency (Deed Book 3, p. 114, 
Wheeling, W. Va.). This land adjoined lands of John Duke, 
Morgan Van Metre, John Van Metre and Wm. Dunlap. Wit- 
nesses: David Mclntire, William Shepherd (uncle) and Hezekiah 

h. 30 January, 1804. John (brother) and Catharine Duke, of 
Brooke Co., Va., convey lOO-acre tract on waters of Short Creek 
for consideration of $600 (Deed Book 3, p. 183, Wellsburg, 
Brooke Co., W. Va.). This tract adjoined lands of Daniel Rob- 
erts, Wm. Dunlap and Joseph Kyle. 

c. 25 June, 1810. John Morgan and Sarah, his wife, of Ohio 
Co., Va., convey a tract of land in Brooke Co., Va., containing 
3 roods and 20 perches, for a consideration of $1.00 (Deed Book 
4, p. 306, WellslDurg, Brooke Co., Va.). 

The above lands were disposed of by Francis and Margaret 
Duke as follows : 

To Daniel Tilton, of Washington Co., Pa., 48 acres; considera- 
tion $96.00. 

To John Morgan, of Ohio Co., Va., 6 acres, i rood, 30 perches; 




consideration $10.00. Both of these transfers were dated 10 
May, 1804. 

To Edward Morgan, of Ohio Co., 96 acres on Short Creek, 
Va., for a consideration of $750, dated 30 Jan., 1826 (Wellsburg, 
Va., R.ecords, Deed Books, Nos. 3, 4 and 7). 

Edward Morgan ni. EHzabeth Hedges, 13 Jan., 1829. 
Francis Duke m. circa 1799, Margaret Jackway (or Jacques). 


16, Mary, b. 1800, d. , m. WilHam H. B. Wilson; 17, 

Rachael, b. 1802, d. unm. 1819; 18, Shepherd, b. i Sept., 
1805, d. 19 Aug., 1872; 19, Ehzabeth, b. 1807; 20, Rob- 
ert, b. 1809; 21, Sarah, b. 1813; 22, Nancy, b. 1819. 

3. Levi Hoover Duke (John\ Francis^, John^), eldest son of 
John and Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. Brooke Co., Va., 12 May, 

1795; m. Persis ; both living in Licking Co., O., in 1853 

(Deed Book 53, p. 333, Wheeling, W. Va.). Issue: 

23, Milton (probably), m. Mary Fulton, of Ohio Co., W. Va. 

4. David Duke (John\ Francis^, John^), son of John and 
Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. Brooke Co., Va., 2"/ May, 1797; d. 
Licking Co., O., 23 Sept., 1888; m. ist Martha Larue, i Jan., 
1821, by whom he had one child: Harvey; m. 2d i March, 1827, 
Sarah, dau. of Nathan (d. 10 Sept., 1854) and Hannah Butcher 
Conrad, emigrants from Loudon Co., Va., where Nathan was b. 
5 June, 1779. Hannah was his second wife, she was born in 
Hampshire Co., Va., 7 Jan., 1779, and d. Licking Co., O., 28 
Jan., 1871. Nathan and Hannah Conrad settled in the upper 
valley of the North Fork, Licking Co., O., in 1807. David Duke 
had nine children by his second wife. He .was a carpenter by 
trade and came to Licking Co., O., with his parents, from Brooke 
Co., Va., now one of the " Pan Handle Counties." The Indians 
were still in the Ohio forests and David learned from the Indian 
boys the art of archery and was very skillful at it. The Indian 
boys were his playmates for several years. It is written of David 
Duke that " he was an honest man — the noblest work of God." 
His second wife, Sarah Conrad, to whom he was m. i j\Iarch, 
1827, was b. 24 March, 1805, and d. in Licking Co., O., 20 Sept., 
1877. Issue: 

24, Harvey Larue, b. 2y May, 1823; 25, Salathiel Allen, b. 14 

Jan., 1828; 26, John Crawford, b. 3 March, 1830, d. 15 
Jan., 1904; 27, Nathan W., b. i Dec, 1832; 28, Jonah 
Bowman, b. 15 March, 1835, d. 1908 at Mountain Home 
for Invalid Veterans, Union Army, Tenn.; 29, David 
Milton, b. 25 May, 1838; 30, Sarah Elizabeth, b. 2 
Dec, 1840; 31, William Benton, b. 21 Feb., 1843; 32, 
Joseph Wesley, b. 4 Oct., 1845, ^^- Licking Co., O., 9 
Oct., 1855; 33, Lewis Cass, b. 18 April, 1848, unm., 
lives in Montana. 



5. William Duke (JolinS Francis-, John^), son of John and 
Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. Brooke Co., Va., 13 June, 1799; 
ni. Hannah, dau. (probably) of Henry Bigelow, who laid out 
Johnstown, Licking Co., O., in 1813. Issue: 

34, Lydia A. B. ; 35, Henrietta ; 36, William H. ; 37, George B. ; 
38, Hamilton, b. Johnstown, O., 25 May., 1829, d. 14 
March, 1886. 

6. Sarah Duke (John\ Francis-, John^), dau. of John and 
Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. 26 April, 1802; d. 20 June, 1866; 
m. 20 Nov., 1820, Nesbit Aldin, who d. at Emmaline, la., 27 Jan., 
1859. Issue : 

39, John Ransom, b. 11 Aug., 1821, d. 19 March, 1856; 40, 

Phoebe, b. 31 Aug., 1824, d. y, ; 41, Margaret, b. , 

1826; 42, Mary, b. 28 Nov., 1828, m. 28 Oct., 1849, 
Samuel Clark, no issue; 43, Levi, b. 25 April, 1830; 44, 
Lloyd, b. 24 Oct., 1834; 45, Esther, b. 26 March, 1837; 

d. , 1839; 46, Horton E., b. 13 June, 1840, d. 14 

March, 1873; 47> Albert W., b. i June, 1844, d. 15 Nov., 

7. Henry Duke (John^ Francis^, John^), son of John and 
Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. at Homer, Licking Co., O., 9 Oct., 
1806; d. Johnson Co., la., 20 April, i860; m. Catharine Willis, b. 
181 1 ; d. May, 1882, aged 71 years. Issue: 

48, Sarah Emily, m. Mr. Higgins, living at Shenandoah, la. ; 
49, Ruth; 50, Louise, m. Mr. Shepherd, living at Pierre, 

la.; 51, John Grafton, m. , lives Chalk Level, 

Mo. ; 52, James Crawford, b. 27 Sept., 1842, living at 
Shenandoah, la. ; 53, Henry Wesley. 

9. George Duke (John^, Francis-, John''), son of John and 
Catharine (Hoover) Duke, b. in Licking Co., O., 13 Sept., 181 1. 

Issue : 
54, Calvin, b. 13 Nov., 1833, m. Martha Birge; 55, Mary, b. 6 
Sept., 1835, d. 20 Sept., 1.899; 5^, Nesbit Allen, b. 25 
Dec, 1837, d. 13 Feb., 1888; 57, Zenus, b. 8 Dec, 1839; 
58, Sarah, b. 25 Oct., 1841 ; 59, Matilda, b. 13 Aug., 
1843 ; 60, John, b. 13 March, 1845 ; 61, Eliza, b. 11 June, 
1847, ^"- William Davis; 62, Zena,b. 11 Oct., 1849, d. y. ; 
63, Christina, b. 22 Feb., 1852; 64, Salathiel Allen, b. 3 
May, 1854. 

10. RuHAMAH Duke (John\ Francis-, John^), eldest dau. of 
John and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Duke, b. in Licking Co., O., 2 
April, 1822; d. ; m. i Jan., 1843, William Parr (same, per- 
haps, who was sheriff of Licking Co., O., 1848-1852; member of 
Ohio Legislature 1858-1862, 1868-1872. Issue: 

65, Elizabeth; 66, Elliott; 67, John; 68, Richard; 69, Sabrey; 
70, Malissa; 71, Charles Francis; 72, Hiram; 73, Albert. 



12. Calvin Duke (John^ Francis^ John^), son of John and 
Elizabeth (Wheeler) Duke, b. in Licking Co., O., 9 Dec, 1826; 
m. 17 Aug., 1848, Eliza Ann Mackerel; living at Canton, Jones 
Co., la. Issue : 

74, Joel Francis, b. 12 Sept., 1849; 75, Henry Allen, b. 16 Nov., 
185 1 ; 76, George Ransom, b. 24 [an., 1859, d. 24 Sept., 

13. Lydia Duke (John^ Francis-, John^), dau. of John and 
Elizabeth (Wheeler) Duke, b. in Licking Co., O., 25 March, 1829; 
d. ; m. 17 Dec, 1846, Aaron French. Issue: 

yy, John; 78, Joseph; 79, Calvin; 80, Ira; 81, William; 82, 
Simon; 83, Elizabeth; 84, Eliza; 85, Isaac; 86, Abigail; 
8y, Rose; 88, Sarah. 

14. Calista Duke (John^, Francis^, John^), dau. of John and 
Elizabeth (Wheeler) Duke, b. in Licking Co., O., 26 May, 1831 ; 
m. 19 May, 1849, Simon Parr; living at Monticello, Jackson Co., 
Iowa. Issue : 

89, Endorra; 90, Byron Clinton; 91, Eddie Dorr; 92, Sarah; 
93, Sylvia. 

15. Hannah Duke (John^, Francis^, John^), youngest dau. 
of John and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Duke, b. Licking Co., O., 10 
Feb., 1834; d. at Philadelphia, Pa.; m. Alexander R. Rehm, a 
German. No issue. Hannah was a woman of enormous size, 
her weight being about 600 lbs. 

18. Shepherd Duke (John\ Francis-, Francis^), eldest son of 
Francis and Margaret (Jacques) Duke, b. near Bethany, W. Va., 
I Sept., 1805; d. at Plattesmouth, Neb., 19 Aug., 1872; m. 14 
March, 1826, Lavinia Snedaker. Issue: 

94, Garrett Francis, b. 12 Dec, 1826, d. «wm., 1850; 95,Rachael, 
b. 14 Dec, 1828, d. 24 April, 1830; 96, John Shepherd, 
b. 2 Feb., 1831 ; 97, Edwin M., b. 7 Aug., 1833, d. 13 
July, 1834; 98, Margaret Louise, b. 13 June, 1835, m. 
1859, Lloyd D. Bennett, Plattesmouth, Neb. ; 99, Belinda, 
b. 7 Nov., 1836; 100, Edward Truman, b. 14 Aug., 1838; 
loi, Lenora, b. 15 Jan., 1841, d. i June, 1842; 102, Rox- 
alena Ellen, b. 6 Sept., 1843. 

19. Elizabeth Duke (JohnS Francis-, Francis^), dau. of 

Francis and Margaret (Jacques) Duke, b. 1807; d. ; ni. 

Truman Perfect, of Delaware Co., O., uncle of Judge Lee Estelle, 
of Omaha, Neb. Issue: 

103, Douglass; 104, a son. 

21. Sarah Duke (JohnS Francis^, Francis^), dau. of Francis 

and Margaret (Jacques) Duke, b. , 1813; d. ; m. David 

Corbin. Issue : 

105, Francis; 106, Truman; 107, Shepherd; 108, Sarah. 



22. Nancy Duke (John\ Francis-, Francis^), youngest dau. 

of Francis and Margaret (Jacques) Duke, b. , 1819; d. ; 

m. Levi Corbin. 

24. Harvey Larue Duke (John^ Francis^, John^, David*), 
eldest son and only child of David and Martha (Larue) Duke, b. 
27 May, 1823; m. Rhoda Conard, dau. of Edward, the son of 
Anthony Conard, who was cousin to Nathan Conard. Harvey 
L. and Rhoda C. Duke resided at Fithian, la. 

109, Alice; no, David Raymond, b. 17 Aug., 1852. 

25. Salathiel Allen Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, David*), 
eldest son of David Duke and his second wife, Sarah Conrad, b. 
near Johnstown, Licking Co., O., 14 Jan., 1828; living (1909) at 
Baxter, Drew Co., Ark. ; ;n. 24 Dec, 1849, Ruth Elizabeth Barnes, 
whose parents emigrated west from Virginia and were of Ger- 
man origin. She was b. 27 March, 1828; d. at Baxter, Ark., 19 
Oct., 1900. Mr. Duke is a wonderfully energetic and remarkably 
successful member of the Duke family; he is now (1909) in his 
eighty-first year and as virile as a youth, a typical son of the 
pioneer in his ability to take care of himself. To use his own 
words, he " was born in the woods," and ran away from home 
when he was but fourteen years of age, not only because he had 
been chastised by his father as a result of a quarrel between the 
boy and his elder half-brother over the ownership of a rifle, but 
as much for the reason that it afforded him the excuse and the 
opportunity of obtaining that which his parents could not afford 
— an education — and the chance to learn a trade and be indepen- 
dent. He made his way to Newark, O., and there found employ- 
ment at odd jobs, and when he reached Circleville, sixty miles 
from home, he wrote his parents that he would return if they 
would agree to put him at a trade. A treaty of peace was 
negotiated on this basis and he came back and was apprenticed 
to one George Brown, a Dutch shoemaker, to serve two and a 
half years. After a year or more, during which time young 
Duke was maltreated and half-starved, public indignation caused 
the agreement to be cancelled, but the boy continued to find 
employment at it until he became a proficient journeyman, after 
which he was employed at St. Louis, Burlington and Keokuk. 
At the latter place he decided to go into the mercantile branch of 
his business and formed a partnership with James R. Phillips. 
Between them $100 was put in at the start; a year or two later 
Phillips sold his interest to Duke, who made rapid progress 
toward success. At the end of five years Duke sold out his busi- 
ness and cleared about $35,000 at a time when Keokuk was 
"booming," and after Duke had put all his surplus means into 
real estate. At the close of another five years this fortune, 
through the misconduct of a business confidant, had been dissi- 
pated, and Duke " found himself broken up and ready to go to 




Denver, or the War." Before this time, however, Mr. Duke, Hke 
his father and other male members of his family, had been a 
Democrat and was active in the affairs of that party, but in 1852 
he quit the party on issues arising out of the Kansas-Nebraska 
Bill, and finally became a strong " Wilmot Proviso " adherent. 
When the Republican party was organized in 1856 he allied him- 
self with it and has ever since remained one of its faithful and 
steadfast supporters, and has taken prominent part in its councils 
from local politics to those of national importance, and is still 
one of its ruling factors in his adopted State. I first met him 
shortly after he had come to Philadelphia as a National delegate 
to the Republican Convention which met in that city in June, 
1900. In a letter to me, referring to the approaching Golden 
Jubilee of the Republican party, which was to be celebrated in 
Philadelphia in June, 1906, he writes : 

"I will try to attend the Convention (of Young Republican Clubs), 
if not as a Delegate — then as a private citizen who has voted for every 
Republican candidate for President ; and who attended the Convention in 
the Chicago Wigwam that put Lincoln in nomination the first time." 

Mr. Duke attended the Philadelphia Jubilee of 1906 and took 
his place among the Fremont veterans on that occasion. Mr. 
Duke was a resident of Keokuk, la., during the war; here all his 
children were born and here all died in infancy save one — the 
youngest son — Charles T. Duke, who now resides at IMonticello, 
Ark. On the breaking out of the Rebellion, and although he had 
taken little part in the public agitation up to this time, yet when 
Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipation was published to the 
world Mr. Duke declared his pro-Union sentiments and his deter- 
mination to aid in maintaining the integrity of the Union. 

" When the Emancipation proclamation was issued, I immediately wrote 
Gen. S. R. Curtis, then located at St. Louis and in command of the De- 
partment of the Missouri, — that as the negroes were now emancipated, 
I was ready to take a hand in putting them into service, that by the 
shedding of their blood they might seal their freedom. Gen. Curtis_ at 
once gave me authority to raise a regiment of negroes at Helena, Miss. 
(Vicksburg then being in the hands of the Confederates), where there 
were thousands of them hanging lazily on the heels of the Union Army; 
many of them had escaped from their southern owners and gathering in 
numbers with the progress of the Federal troopes these contrabands be- 
came a positive nuisance about Helena. But Helena having been taken 
out of Gen. Curtis' charge immediately after he had written mc, and placed 
in Gen. Grant's department to facilitate his operations against Vicksburg, 
my plan was halted until Gen. Lorenzo Thomas came out to organize 
negro troopes along the Mississippi River and to demonstrate, if possible 
(for the Rebels and the Copperheads had said that soldiers could not be 
made of them), that the negro could be made a military factor, or work 
as free laborers. They were concentrated at Lake Providence ; organized, 
drilled, equipped and prepared for the field. As I had foreseen, the white 
officers, and men in superabundance, sought promotion in negro regi- 
ments, and when I had revisited a part of the regiment which I had 
undertaken to organize, I found that a Lieut. Col. of an Indiana rcgi- 



ment of Cavalry wanted, and was made Colonel of my regiment: The 
First Arkansas; a INIajor who wanted to be Lieut. Col. was advanced, and 
a Captain who wanted to be its Major accepted the promotion, so I found 
that my chances for duty in that line of service was at an end, and 
promptly realized that I had received no military training it was of im- 
portance that the negroes should be quickly trained for they were much 
needed in 1863 ! 

" Gen. Thomas told me to continue with him and to help put the plan- 
tation business in shape, I did this and it was in this way that I became a 
cotton-planter and a demonstrator of the fact that a bull-whip was un- 
necessary to make a negro work. Many of the cotton plantations along 
the Mississippi had been abandoned by their Confederate owners and 
turning my attention to them I organized the free labor plantations, useing 
the negroes, who were unfitted for military duty, and leasing them many 
of the confiscated plantations and upon which the freedman worked and 
raised cotton successfuly. In connection with this period I was appointed 
by President Lincoln a special Agent of the Treasury, for the collection of 
cotton crops on the abandoned plantations, the crops were sold in the New 
Orleans market for the benefit of the War Treasury. 

" My first plantation I acquired in 1863 ; it was called " The Outpost " 
and lay 2^ miles back from Goodrich's Landing and it was by ' holding 
the fort ' in rather an unusual manner that I got possession of the Good- 
rich plantations and storehouse which used as a trade store. This was 
granted me without solicitation for what the authorities were pleased to 
call my ' heroism ' in holding it, although, as I look back I can see that 
it was only a foolhardy reluctance to retreat." 

This active service w^as of a unique character and fittingly 
exhibited Mr. Duke's resourcefulness, energy and intrepidity — 
traits quite typical of the pioneer fathers. The circumstances 
connected with the holding of "The Outpost" were, no doubt, 
owing to the modesty of the principal actor in it, never noticed 
by writers of war history ; the facts were, however, gathered and 
published later in an Iowa newspaper among its war reminis- 
cences and recently confirmed by Mr. Duke in a conversation 
with the compiler. 

" In the winter of 1863-4 I held Fort Goodrich for ten weeks while 
the troops were withdrawn from this post, and my only defensive arma- 
ment was smallpox ! I found, among some four or five thousand negroes 
who congregated at the Fort from surrounding plantations, about a hun- 
dred cases of smallpox. I had never been vaccinated, but had attempted 
doing it myself with a darning needle, when a boy of 12 years. I decided 
to take my chances with such a defense rather than fly as all other free 
labor planters did — to Vicksl)urg, and other places of safety. The country 
back of Goodrich's Landing was infested with the bloodiest guerrilas of 
the war times, among whom were many of Quantrell's band, including the 
James and the Younger boys. I at once got it into my head that all 
desperadoes were moral cowards, and while they seemed to take desperate 
chances, they always did so after getting the ' drop,' so I, to forestall 
them, took the 'drop' on them, and while I was often reported as dead; 
having had my throat cut ; and all such ghastly descriptions of my mode 
of death, I came out without a scratch notwithstanding the guerillas came 
within a mile of the Fort on an intended raid, but learning that I had a 
smallpox hospital across the gate of the Fort, they turned away and mas- 
sacred all the negroes and Union men they could find at Milliken's Bend, 
10 miles below Goodrich's Landing." 



After the close of the war Major Duke, who had been compH- 
mented by this title as a courtesy for his services in organizing 
the colored troops, disposed of his interests at Keokuk, "la., and 
removed to southern Arkansas, where he bought extensively of 
rich bottom timber and cotton lands and went there to stay. His 
estate, which comprises many thousands of acres, is located in 
Drew County and bisecting it is the Little Rock, Mississippi and 
Texas Railroad. Upon his large possessions Major Duke has 
founded two prosperous towns, Baxter and Dermott ; both are 
populous and enterprising. The former town was named for his 
former friend and political associate, ex-Governor Baxter, and 
for many years Major Duke was its postmaster. In this town is 
located the extensive warehouses and general stores of the plan- 
tation. Mr. Duke, who has always been the active and practical 
friend of the negro and a firm believer in the higher destiny and 
usefulness of the freedmen, employs many hundreds of them, 
and there are many others to whom he leases portions of his 
estate under conditions and environment so favorable they have 
progressed and developed rapidly, fully justifying the Major's 
point of view with regard to their capabilities. His influence 
among them has been a leading one, and he has also supported 
and encouraged them in all their civil rights and privileges. 
With respect to this subject of the negro, Mr. Duke wrote me 
not long ago his sentiments concerning the problem that is dis- 
turbing the public's peace of mind : 

"The negro 'bug-a-boo' that is dwarfing our statesmanship, is truly 
alarming. Our people seem to be losing sight of great national questions 
while they root up from the ground, the lowest sentiments based on a 
hysterical fact, that some time, the negro will acquire the status of 
equality ; and while they are doing this, the Negro is gradually evolving. 
The white man makes laws and constitutions to compel educational quali- 
fications in the negro for suffrage, that, at the same time, they expressly 
exempt the white man from. And they are so blinded by their foolish 
fear that they seem not to look beyond present safety. They are hiding 
their heads in the sand. God and the future generations must work out 
the problem, not we of this generation." 

In the state political campaign of 1868 Mr. Duke was elected 
by a portion of the people — the Reconstructionists — to the House 
of Assembly of Arkansas without his consent, and being unable 
to resign a position which came from the people, dechned to 
attend the sessions of the Assembly. This period, which fol- 
lowed the war, was filled with general unrest and apprehension. 
It was a trying epoch in the South, fraught with dangerous perils 
and events frequently occurred which tried many a courageous 
man ; the outrages of the time cost many men their lives. During 
the period antedating the election of Mr. Duke many of the most 
respected and influential white citizens were disfranchised because 
of their participation in the cause of the Confederacy, while the 



negroes, by Constitutional Amendment, had been given the right 
of franchise almost coincident with their emancipation ; hence 
Major Duke would not serve in a legislature growing out of such 
conditions. Matters grew worse and the Republicans became 
more and further disregardful of the common rights of the peo- 
ple, and all this time the " Ku-Klux " were growing more active 
throughout the South ; men identified with the Federal adminis- 
tration living in that section, and sympathizers of the rehabilita- 
tion of the devastated country, were harassed, tormented and 
made to flee for their lives. Major Duke was one of those who 
was sought but not driven, until his experiences became like those 
of Servoss in Judge Tourgee's novel, " A Fool's Errand," and 
in one particular it was quite similar, except that in Servoss' case 
his daughter married a son of the Confederacy, while Major 
Duke's son married a daughter of the Confederacy! At one 
time during the election of 1868 the Major thought " discretion 
the better part of valor," and in order that he might prolong his 
stay in this world with comfort, he wisely sought seclusion in 
New Orleans until the excitement caused by a report that he was 
secreting arms and encouraging a negro uprising had quieted 
down. An incident occurred about this time which clearly enough 
showed the temper of his southern neighbors. A negro resident, 
replying publicly to a taunt that " the South was going to put 
the negroes back into slavery," said that, " if the South could not 
do it in 1865, when she had only the Yankees to whip, how could 
she expect to do it now, she would have to whip the Yankees and 
negroes both ! " For this audacious utterance the negro was 
"brought out" by the Klan, shot and left hanging as a warning 
to others to guard their tongues. The consequences of this act 
became almost tragical for the Major. During his campaign for 
State Senator in 1872, in addressing an audience in his locality, 
he publicly arraigned some of them with complicity in the negro's 
murder ; but, while the challenge remained unanswered for the 
moment, the Major stood upon the verge of a volcano caused by 
his expressions ; the excitement ran high. He learned of it a long 
time afterward, when one of his staunchest friends of later days 
told him that he was present at that meeting and at its conclusion 
had tried to organize a squad " to take the Major out " and hang 
him, but he had not succeeded. The Major told him that had 
such a thing been attempted there would have been the worst 
kind of trouble, for in that meeting were many men who were 
members of the militia regiment of which Mr. Duke was lieu- 
tenant colonel, and in citizen's clothes, and had any demonstration 
against the speaker taken place, the militiamen would have taken 
a hand in the affair. In 1872 Major Duke was elected to the 
Senate of Arkansas from the district composed of the four coun- 
ties of Chicott, Ashley, Drew and Deshan. Just before the open- 



ing of the session Mr. Duke had the misfortune to get his left 
hand caught in a cotton-gin and the accident nearly cost him his 
hfe; it also kept him home during the first half of the session of 
the legislature. When he was able to attend, he found tliat a great 
outrage was about to be perpetrated on the State by the leaders 
of his party, in sheer violation of what they had been promul- 
gating on the stump during the campaign. The situation, in a 
nutshell, was like this : thinking that the State would fill up and 
progress like the territories had done when opened to settlement 
with enterprising, hustling people of the north, the first legisla- 
tors had made liberal laws encouraging the building of railways 
throughout the State and providing for guaranteeing the pay- 
ment of railroad bonds and their interest, taking first mortgage 
on the roads as security; this plan would have been good enough 
had the scheme worked, but it depended upon a boom which never 
came. In the midst of other troubles the " Ku Klux " organized 
and all sensible northern men who could left the State and took 
their enterprises and enterprising " spurt " along with them ; but 
there had been fifteen or twenty millions of railroad bonds issued 
for which the State stood sponsor. The Democracy charged this 
as a State debt, but the Republicans urged that it was only a 
guarantee to be paid by the State in finished roads. However, 
a bill was introduced in the Senate by which the State was made 
directly responsible for all the bonds, thus relieving the railroads 
of their obligations. Mr. Duke, who had now taken his seat, 
took a strong stand against the bill and did all in his power to 
defeat it. Baxter, the governor, was also opposed to it on the 
same ground, that it was inconsistent with his representations 
before the people. After a long and arduous fight the bill was 
defeated. The controversy between Brooks and Baxter, rival 
candidates for governor, grew out of this question. Baxter 
having been elected and Brooks defeated, the latter carried the 
contest up to the Supreme Court of the State ; that body decided 
in his favor and Baxter was notified to vacate his seat as gov- 
ernor. Brooks was sworn in and placed in possession of the 
capitol. Baxter retired to St. John's College and appealed to 
President Grant, who recognized and sustained him as the right- 
ful governor, and Brooks was forced to capitulate. While these 
legal questions were being adjusted a bitter and bloody feud was 
waged in the city of Little Rock between the rival factions. This 
affair has come down in history as " The Brooks and Baxter War 
of 1874." In this struggle Major Duke was a firm supporter of 
Governor Baxter. 

Thus we have again the view of the strong, courageous and 
rugged personality of S. A. Duke, a typical southwesterner in 
dominance and forcefulness, and a man who lives up to and prac- 
tices the principles of right and honor. Issue: 


III, Horace Barnes, b. 7 Oct., 1850, d. 10 Feb., 1853; 112, a 
daughter, b. 14 Feb., 1853, d. 18 Feb., 1853; 113, Alice 
Minerva, b. 18 May, 1854, d. 18 Nov., 1855; ii4» Jessie 
Attica, b. 10 Dec, 1856, d. 22 Nov., 1858; 115, Charles 
Talbot, b. 21 April, i860. 

All these children were born at Keokuk, la. 

26. John Crawford Duke (John\ Francis-, John^ David*), 
son of David and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. 3 May, 1830; d. 
Boulder, Colo., 15 Jan., 1904; m. 1850, Jane Ulm. Issue: 

116, Rhoda Minerva, b. 1851 ; 117, Horace Allen, b. 1853; 118, 

Wesley Lewis, b. 1855, tn. , lives in Mexico; 

119, Charles Douglass, b. 1858. 

27. Nathan Warren Duke (John\ Francis^, John^ David*), 
son of David and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. i Dec, 1832; d. 
; m. 20 March, 1856, Phoebe Baker. Issue: 

120, Albert Leroy, b. 7 Jan., 1857, d. 14 Jan., 1857; 121, Elmer 
Clark, b. 9 Jan., 1859; 122, Charles Elbert, b. 28 — , 
1862; 123, Leona Dill, b. 13 June, 1864, d. 28 Nov., 
1885; 124, Ora Bell, b. 20 March, 1866; 125, Mary 
Alvada, b. 7 July, 1868; 126, Angie Maud, b. 4 Feb., 
1872, d. 25 Sept., 1873; 127, Vina Estella, b. 28 Nov., 

29. David Milton Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, David*), 
son of David and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. 25 May, 1858; m. 
29 Nov., 1862, Sarah Smith, b. Licking Co., O., 26 March, 1843. 

Issue : 

128, Amy Estelle, b. Licking Co., O., 15 Sept., 1863. 

129, Ida Ethel, b. Licking Co., O., 12 Dec, 1864. 

130, Williard Leslie, b. Licking Co., O., 31 May, 1869. 

30. Sarah Elizabeth Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, David*), 
eldest and only dau. of David and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. 2 
Dec, 1840; d. ; m. Miles Sinkey; living at Richwood, Ohio. 

Issue : 

131, Blanche, b. 14 Nov., 1866; 132, Benton, b. 17 Feb., 1868; 

133, Quinney, b. 8 April, 1874, d. 12 Aug., 1880; 134, 
Olive, b. 8 May, 1878. 

31. William Benton Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, David*), 
son of David and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. 21 Feb., 1843; '"^■ 
16 Sept., 1869, Laverna V. Trevitt, b. at Alexandria, Licking 
Co., O., 25 April, 1847; d. Richwood, Ohio, 16 June, 1907. She 
was a woman of high Christian character and virtues. Issue: 

135, Maud; 136, Hermon Clyde, b. 16 Sept., 1875. 

34. Lydia a. B. Duke (John\ Francis^, John^, William*), 

eldest dau. of William and Hannah (Bigelow) Duke, b. ; 

m. Rev. Marks. 



38. Hamilton Duke (JohnS Francis-, John^ William'*), son 
of William and Hannah (Bigelow) Duke, b. Johnstown, O., 25 
May, 1829; d. 14 March, 1886; m. ist 11 July, 1850, Hannah 
Hebson, b. England, 20 Dec, 1828; d. Johnstown, O., 27 Dec, 
1857; leaving two children; m. 2d Anna L. Wood, 12 April, 1858; 
d. 23 May, 1895 ; leaving four children. Hamilton Duke served 
in the Union Army under General Curtis. Issue : 

137, William Fenton, b. Johnstown, O., 17 July, 1851 ; 138, 

Ella Ventura, b. Johnstown, O., 4 Sept., 1853, /;/. 

; 139, George Curtis, b. 8 Feb., 1861 ; 140, Jimmie 

Grant, b. 16 Sept., 1862; 141, Friend Walter, b. 16 July, 
1867; 142, Essie May, b. 13 May, 1871. 

39. John Ransom Aldin (John^ Francis^, John^, Sarah*), 
eldest son of Nesbit and Sarah (Duke) Aldin, b. 11 Aug., 1821 ; 
d. 19 March, 1856; m. Sarah J. Wilson. Issue: 

143, Mary, m. Woodrufif, lives at Burns, Mo. ; 144, George 

Ransom, lives at Cedar Rapids, Mich. ; 145, Harvey 
Darwin, b. 17 Nov., 1853. 

44. Lloyd Aldin (John^, Francis-, John^, Sarah*), son of 

Nesljit and Sarah (Duke) Alden, b. 24 Oct., 1834; d. ; 

m. Julia Shoemaker. Issue : 

146, Augusta; 147, Mary; 148, Morris; 149, Mary Ann; 150, 

46. HoRTON E. Aldin (John\ Francis-, John^, Sarah*), son of 

Nesbit and Sarah (Duke) Aldin, b. Ohio, 13 June, 1840; d. 14 

March, 1873, i" Wisconsin; rn. ist 22 March, 1863, Mate Sutton; 

m. 2d 10 July, 1870, Melissa J. Fox. Issue: 

151, Fred. M., b. 2 Jan., 1864, living at Maquoketa, la.; 152, 

Leona, b. 7 Sept., 1867, living at Monmouth, la.; 153, 

Lloyd, living at Anita, la.; 154, Charles C, b. 3 Sept., 

1871, living at Great Falls, Mont.; 155, Claude Leroy, 

b. 3 Sept., 1873, d. 31 Jan., 1874. 

49. Ruth Duke (JohnS Francis-, John^ Henry*), dau. of 

Henry and Catharine (Willis) Duke, b. ; d. ; m. John 

Cossan Ferneau. Issue : 

156, James M., b. 14 Oct., 1867; 157, John O., b. 14 Dec, 
1871 ; 158, Nora Mae, b. 27 June, 1876. 

52. James Crawford Duke (JohnS Francis^ John% Henry*), 
son of Henry and Catharine (Willis) Duke, b. Homer, Lickmg 
Co., O., 27 Sept., 1842; m. 26 Sept., 1869, Belle Oppenhcimer. 
James C. Duke served in Company F, 22d Regiment, Iowa Volun- 
teers, in the Union Army. They live at Shenandoah, Iowa. 


159, Ella May; 160, CHfford W.; 161, Iva Bell. 



54. Mary Duke (John^ Francis-, Jolin^ George*), eldest dau. 

of George and Duke, b. 6 Sept., 1835; d. 20 Sept., 1899; 

m. 1859, Edward Wilson. Issue: 

162, Alpha, b. 8 May, i860; m. ist Henry Mayo; m. 26. Daniel 

Mayo ; m. 3d Jack McKenzie. 

163, Horton A., b. 18 Jan., 1862; 111. Jane Winslow. They live 

at Hockspur, Washington. 

164, Laura, b. 4 Oct., 1864; m. M. W. Garrabrant; lives at 

Waterloo, Iowa. 

165, Melsena, b. 20 July, 1866; m. George Rohrer; live at 

Waterloo, Iowa. 

166, Edward, b. 11 June, 1868; m. Lily Oliver; live at Wycena, 


167, Alfred, b. 8 May, 1870. 

168, Albert, b. 19 Nov., 1872; m. Mate Vaughan; live at 

Bethhurst, Miss. 

169, Charles, b. 9 Jan., 1874; m. Wealthy Patterson; live at 

Butte, Mont. 

56. Nesbit Allen Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, George*), 

son of George and Duke, b. 25 Dec, 1837; d. 13 Feb., 1888; 

m. Ella Hilborn. Issue: 

170, Clara Louella, b. 24 Oct., 1858; m. Isaac Leekington. 

171, Rufina Helen, b. 20 Oct., 1859. 

172, Burris B., b. 24 April, 1861. 

173, Alton A., b. 22 Nov., 1862; m. Augusta Fischer. 

174, John W., b. 2 July, 1864. 

175, George A., b. 16 Oct., 1866; m. Jane Fisher. 

176, James A., b. 12 Nov., 1868; m. Eliza Cossy. 

177, Cora A., b. 28 Sept., 1870; m. George Colvin. 

178, Jessie M., b. 9 Feb., 1873 ; m. Henry Smith. 

179, Harry A., b. 8 June, 1876; m. Eva Haller. 

180, Cordia E., b. 4 Dec, 1878; m. Will Fish. 

57. Zenus Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, George*), son of 

George and Duke, b. 8 Dec, 1839; d. ; m. ist Eliza 

Berry; w. 2d Hettie Bull Mullarky. Zenus Duke served as a 
private in the Union Army. Issue : 

181, Israel, b. 10 April, 1866; 182, Lafayette, b. 13 April, 1868, 

VI. Aggie Tisdall, reside at Arsdale, Butler Co., la. 
183, Ralph, b. 6 July, 1871 ; 184, Alinnie E., b. 16 July, 1875, 
in. Charles Guy, reside at Waterloo, la. 

58. Sarah Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, George*), dau. of 

George and Duke, b. 25 Oct., 1841 ; d. ; m. Alexander 

L. Wilson ; living at Denver, Colo. Issue : 

185, George B. ; 186, Emma E., 187, Beatrice, m. C. A. Wilson, 
of Denver, Colo.; 188, Orlando H. ; 189, Martha Attia. 



59. Matilda Duke (John\ Francis-, John^ George*), dau. 

of George and Duke, b. 13 Aug., 1843; d. ; m. William 

Stead ; living at Denver, Colo. 

60. John Duke (John\ Francis^, John^, George*), son of 
George and Duke, b. 13 March, 1845 J ^"- Charlotta Gray. 


190, Fred. A., b. 28 March, 1870; m. Nettie Shaeffer; live at 

Oelwine, la. 

191, Francis, b. 16 May, 1872; m. Annie Bowder; live at 

Oelwine, la. 

192, Emma C., b. 3 July, 1875. 

63. Christina Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, George*), dau. 

of George and Duke, b. 22 Feb., 1852 ; m. ist William 

Johnson ; tn. 2d Wm. H. Brott ; living at Waterloo, la. Issue : 

193, Pearl, b. circa 1878; 194, Ralph, b. circa 1882. 

64. Salathiel Allen Duke (Jolin\ Francis-, John^, George*), 

son of George and Duke, b. 3 May, 1854; d. ; ni. 26 

June, 1877, Sarah Dillenbuck. They live at Reinbeck, la. Issue : 

195, Lizzie Edith, b. 2 April, 1879, m. C. H. Miller, living in 
Minneapolis, Minn. ; 196, Eugene Moses, b. 26 Jan., 
1882; 197, Leo Fern, b. 12 June, 1884; 198, Ethel 
Blanche, b. 12 Dec, 1887. 

75. Henry Allen Duke (John^, Francis-, John^, Calvin*), son 
of Calvin and Eliza A. (Alackerd) Duke, b. 16 Nov., 185 1; m. 
29 Oct., 1875, Rosella-Mackril. They live at Canton, la. 


199, Horton Oscar, b. 12 Aug., 1876; 200, Allen Leroy, b. 17 

Sept., 1880; 201, Idell Floy, b. 19 Jan., 1885, living at 

Onslow, la.; 202, Louis Benton, b. 15 July, 1890, living 

at Canton, la. ; 203, Lotus E., b. 7 July, 1894. 

96. John Shepherd Duke (John^, Francis^, Francis^, Shep- 
herd*), son of Shepherd and Lavinia (Snedaker) Duke, b. 2 
Feb., 1831 ; m. 1853, Rachel L. Hambleton. Issue: 

204, Edgar Hambleton, b. circa 1854; 205, Charles Elbert, b. 
circa 1857. » 

100. Elbert Truman Duke (JohnS Francis-, Franc^s^ Shep- 
herd*), son of Shepherd and Lavinia (Snedaker) Duke, b. 14 
Aug., 1838, at Charlestown, W. Va. ; m. 9 April, 1863, Carolina 
Aurelia Sage ; living at Omaha, Neb.. Issue : 

206, Charles Sage, b. 5 July, 1864, living at Omaha, Neb. ; 207, 
John Shepherd, b. 27 Feb., 1865, Hving at St. Paul, 
Minn. ; 208, Frankie Eloise, b. 1872, m. Fred. S. Knapp, 
1892, at Omaha, Neb. 

102. Roxalena Ellen Duke (JohnS Francis^ Francis^ 
Shepherd*), dau. of Shepherd and Lavinia (Snedaker) Duke, 



b. 6 Sept., 1843; ^- 2 April, 1863; m. Steans Fisher Cooper, b. 
Logansport, Ind., 24 March, 1838; ci. Chicago, 111., 3 March, 1876. 
He was captain of Company M, 2d Nebraska Cavalry, in the 
Union Army ; was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps ; in 
command of 98th Company, and also commanded the fort at 
Quincey, 111. After the Company was mustered out he was trans- 
ferred to Washington, D. C, and was in charge there of the guard 
at Sewards' mansion after the attempted assassination of the 
Secretary. He was mustered out of the service, spring of 1866. 

207, Mattie F., b. 23 Feb., 1864; 208, Leonora, b. 4 April, 1870, 
d. 1870. 

109. Alice Duke (John\ Francis^, John^, David*, Harvey^), 
dau. of Harvey L. and Rhoda (Conard) Duke; m. M. H. Love; 
living at Hot Springs, South Dakota. 

no. David Raymond Duke (John^, Francis^, John^, David*, 
Harvey L.^), son of Harvey L. and Sarah (Conard) Duke, b. 
17 Aug., 1852; m. 9 Aug., 1874, Martha Stevenson. Issue: 

207, Lew H., b. 5 Sept., 1875 ; living at Fithian, 111. 

208, Arlington Ira, b. 6 Aug., 1877; living at Alexis, 111. 

209, Gertrude Alice, b. 9 March, 1879; living at Fithian, 111. 

210, Holly Clay, b. 26 Feb., 1881 ; living at Omaha, Neb. 

115. Charles Talbot Duke (John^, Francis^, John^ David*, 
Salathiel A.^), youngest and only surviving child of Salathiel A. 
and Ruth E. (Barnes) Duke, b. Keokuk, la., 20 April, i860; 
now residing at Monticello, Ark. ; m. 25 March, 1885, Willie, 
dau. of Col. W. F. Slemmons, former Representative from the 
VI. District of Arkansas to the Congress ; late Colonel in the Con- 
federate States Army, and now County and Probate Judge of 
Drew County, Ark. Chas. T. Duke received a classical educa- 
tion at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and later com- 
pleted his course in business and commercial law at the Pough- 
keepsie Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He was associated 
with his father in the firm of Duke & Co., in the management of 
their large interests in Drew Co., Ark. He was formerly Register 
in the United States Land Office, at Camden, Ark., but resigned 
the position to devote his time more fully to the development of 
the firm's business interests. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 
2d Regiment, N. G. of Arkansas; is an executive officer and di- 
rector in several prominent trust and investment companies in 
the southwest; is an ardent Republican and had done active and 
efficient service for the party, and has been brought forward a 
number of times for nomination to prominent offices, but more 
recently was urged to accept the nomination for Governor, but 
as the state is almost overwhelmingly Democratic he failed to see 
the utility of standing against such large majorities, particularly 




after being defeated for Secretary of State at a former election. 
He was one of the " Big Four " Delegates to the National Con- 
vention held in Chicago in June, 1904. He is also a Mason of 
high degree ; is personally very popular, a man of pleasant pres- 
ence, easy conversation and prominent in society. Issue : 

211, Elizabeth, b. Baxter, Ark., 21 April, 1886. 

212, Charles Edward, b. Baxter, Ark., 10 Dec, 1887; c^- 22 

July, 1896. 

213, Marguerite, b. Baxter, Ark., 5 Dec, 1889. 

214, Martha, b. Monticello, Ark., 18 July, 1892; d. Monticello, 

16 Sept., 1892. 

215, David Francis, b. Monticello, Ark., i Sept., 1893; d. 31 
March, 1895. 

216, Catharine, b. Monticello, Ark., 4 Aug., 1894. 

116. Rhoda Minerva Duke (John'^, Francis-, John^, David*, 
John C.^), dau. of John C. and Jane (Ulm) Duke, b. 1851; m. 
1874, James Edward Hubbard ; living at Denver, Colo. Issue : 

217, James Hobart, b. 5 Jan., 1875; 218, John Charles, b. 6 

April, 1879 ; 219, Edward, b. 8 Aug., 1883 ; 220, Mary, 
b. 9 Feb., 1887; 22T, Helen, b. 24 Nov., 1890; 222, Stella 
Marguerite, b. 22 Dec, 1894. 

122. Charles Elbert Duke (John\ Francis^, John^, David^ 
Nathan W.^), son of Nathan W. and Phoebe (Baker) Duke, b. 
1862; VI. 26 Aug., 1886, Emma Smith, b. 11 Nov., 1866. Issue: 

223, Clyde E., b. 14 May, 1887; 224, Warnley C, b. 24 Jan., 
1889; 225, Helen M., b. 9 May, 1896. 

123. Leona Dill Duke (John\ Francis-, John'', David*, Na- 
than W.^), dau. of Nathan W. and Phoebe (Baker) Duke, b. 13 
June, 1864; d. 28 Nov., 1885; m. i May, 1884, D. C. Capell. 

Issue : 

226, Guy, b. 5 Nov., 1885. 

124. Ora Bell Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, David*, Nathan 
W.^), dau. of Nathan W. and Phoebe (Baker) Duke, b. 20 March, 
1866; m. 25 Nov., 1886, M. V. Corbin. Issue: 

227, Ethel L. Duke. 

125. Mary Alvada Duke (John\ Francis-, John^ David*, 
Nathan W.^), dau. of Nathan W. and Phoebe (Baker) Duke, b. 
7 July, 1868; m. 6 Oct., 1887, D. C. Capell, widower of No. 123. 

Issue : 

228, Inez, b. 6 Oct., 1892 ; 229, Bessie, b. 26 April, 1895 ; 230, 

Nelson, b. 22 April, 1901 ; 231, Dorothy, b. 29 March, 
128. Amy Estelle Duke (John^, Francis^, John^ David*, 
David M.^), dau. of David M. and Sarah (Smith) Duke, b. Lick- 

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ing Co., O., 15 Sept., 1863 ; m. 20 June, 1890, Oliver Leonard Bab- 
cock, b. in New York City, 3 Sept., 1862. Issue: 

232, Beatrice Olive, b. at Fort Wayne, Ind., 23 July, 1898. 

129. Ida Ethel Duke (JohnS Francis-, John^ David*, David 
M.^), dau. of David M. and Sarah (Smith) Duke, b. Licking Co., 
O., 12 Dec, 1864; m. 4 Jan., 1883, Samuel Miller, b. at Van Wert, 
O., 15 April, 1861. Issue: 

233, Blanche Marguerite, b. at Fort Wayne, Ind., 16 July, 1891. 

130. WiLLiARD Leslie Duke (John\ Francis-, John^ David*, 
David M.^), son of David M. and Sarah (Smith) Duke, b. in 
Licking Co., O., 31 May, 1869; m. 20 June, 1900, Caroline Miller, 
b. II ]\Iarch, 1880. Issue: 

234, Lawrence Clifford, b. at Fort Wayne, Ind., 10 May, 1902. 

131. Blanche Sinkey (John^, Francis-, John^ David*, Sarah 
E.^), dau. of Miles and Sarah E. (Duke) Sinkey, b. 14 Nov., 
1866. Issue: 

235, Rudy, b. II March, 1888; 236, A. Carl, b. 2 March, 1890; 

237, Frank, b. 8 Nov., 1892 ; 238, Clifford, b. 24 April, 
1895 ; 239, Clarence, b. 4 Aug., 1899. 

136. Herman Clyde Duke (John^, Francis-, John^, David*, 
William B.^), son of Dr. William B. and Lavinia V. (Trevitt) 
Duke, b. Richwood, O., 16 Sept., 1875; m. 16 Sept., 1899, Laura 
J. Cahill, dau. of Benton and Lavinia (Rowland) Cahill. Grad- 
uate of Richwood High School, 1895 5 Eclectic Medical Institute, 
Cincinnati, O., May, 1898; practicing physician at Richwood, O. 

Has issue. 

137. William Fenton Duke (John\ Francis^, John^, Wil- 
liam*, Hamilton^), son of Hamilton and Hannah (Hebson) Duke, 
b. Johnstown, O., 17 July, 185 1 ; m. 16 Jan., 1879, at Drakesville, 
la., Matilda Shepherd, of same. Issue: 

240, Mozelle S., b. 13 Nov., 1879; 24i,Louella, b. 11 Jan., 1881 ; 
242, Hamilton H., b. 15 July, 1883, d. July, 1885; 243, 
lona Hannah, b. 15 June, 1885; ^44' John J.,b. 10 April, 
1887; 245, Essie E., b. 3 Dec, 1891. 

142. Essie May Duke (John^ Francis-, John^ William*, 
Hamilton^), dau. of Hamilton and Ann L. (Wood) Duke, b. 13 
May, 1871 ; living at Oscaloosa, la.; m. 31 Dec, 1891, Lora E. 
Sayles, of Drakesville, la. Issue : 

246, Donald Duke, b. 16 April, 1894; 247, Bonnie Beatrice, b. 
2 Jan., 1897. 

144. George Ransom Aldin (John\ Francis-, John^, Sarah*, 
John R.^), son of John R. and Sarah (Duke) Aldin; m. ist 1874, 
Pheobe F. Ashley; m. 2d 1891, Mary S. Mann. Issue: 

248, Nina, b. 3 Feb., 1875, in. DeLong, living at Fond du 

Lac, Wis.; 249, John R., b. i June, 1877; 250, Alice, b. 



15 Nov., 1879, m. Roy Wilson, living at Marion, la. ; 

251, Lewis A., b. 22 Oct., 1880; 252, Gertrude, b. 10 

Sept., 1882, 111. Fred. Hurst, living at Huntsville, la. ; 

253, Clifford, b. 13 Oct., 1884; 2^4, Beulah, b. 25 Jan., 

1892; 255, Leslie, b. 17 Oct., 1894. 

145. Harvey Darwin Aldin (John\ Francis-, John^ Sarah^ 

John R.^), son of John R. and Sarah Duke Aldin, b. 17 Nov., 

1853 ; ui. 2 July, 1878, Charlotte Clark, b. 27 Aug., 1858. Issue: 

256, Gertrude Sarah, b. 19 Sept., 1879, in. 25 Jan., 1900, S. M. 

Propet; 257, Arthur Darwin, b. 5 Dec, 1882, d. 26 

March, 1883 ; 258, Wylie Evered, b. 11 April, 1885 ; 259, 

Nelhe Warda, b. 15 May, 1888; 260, Dale Clifton, b. 17 

Nov., 1893; 261, Orman Kyle, b. 23 Nov., 1897. 

151. Frederic M. Aldin (John\ Francis-, John^ Sarah*, 
Horton E.^), son of Horton E. and Mate (Sutton) Aldin, b. 2 
Jan., 1864. at Ozark, la.; m. 14 June, 1884, Mary L. Houston; 
living at Maquoketah, la. 

262, Clyde C, b. 28 Oct., 1885; 263, Norman H., b. 4 July, 
1888; 264, Harold B., b. 6 July, 1891, twin; 265, Edith 
A., b. 6 July, 1891, twin, d. 18 Aug., 1895. 

152. Leona Aldin (John^, Francis-, John^, Sarah*, Horton 
E.°), dau. of Horton E. and Mate (Sutton) Aldin, b. 7 Sept., 
1867 ; m. Thomas W. Hamilton ; living at Monmouth, la. Issue : 

266, Ernest, b. 23 June, 1884; 267, Albert Paul, b. 22 May, 
1886; 268, Arthur Lee, b. 28 Oct., 1888; 269, Effie Rose, 
b. I Aug., 1891 ; 270, Mabel Bernice, b. 5 March, 1893. 

156. James M. Ferneau (John^, Francis-, John^, Henry*, 
Ruth^), son of John C. and Ruth (Duke) Ferneau, b. 14 Oct., 
1867; in. 29 Aug., 1892, Clara Williams, b. 19 Aug., 1872. Issue: 

271, Ross, b. 26 Oct., 1893; 272, Donald Claude, b. 11 Sept., 

157- John O. Ferneau (John\ Francis-, John^ Henry*, 
Ruth^), son of John C. and Ruth (Duke) Ferneau, b. 14 Dec, 
1871 ; ill. 2 Dec, 1899, Dora Collins. Issue: 

273, Junietta Bethayne, b. 2 Jan., 1900; 274, Dorothy, b. 12 
July, 1901 ; 275, Laverne, b. 29 July, 1903. 

158. Nora Mae Ferneau (JohnS Francis-, John^ Henry*, 
Ruth^), dau. of John C. and Ruth (Duke) Ferneau, b. 27 June, 
1876; m. 9 Jan., 1901, George R. Estabrooke, b. 24 July, 1859; 
secretary and general manager. The Fisher Governor Co., of 
Marshalltown, la. Issue: 

276, Kenneth Ferneau, b. 5 Jan., 1902. 

160. Clifford W. Duke (JohnS Francis-, John^ Henry*, 
James C.^), son of James C. and Belle (Oppenheimer) Duke, m. 
Crissa D. . Issue : 

277, Vernon J., b. circa 1902; 278, Mildred E., b. circa 1904. 



172. BuRRis B. Duke (John\ Francis-, John^, George*, Nesbit 
A.^), son of Nesbit A. and Ella (Hilborn) Duke, b. 24 April, 
1861 ; m. Ida Huckins. Issue: 

279, Fay Eleanor, b. 12 Jan., 1887; 280, Nina May, b. 7 April, 

186. Emma E. Wilson (John\ Francis", John^, George*, 
Sarah^), dau. of Alexander L. and Sarah (Duke) Wilson, b. 
Waterloo, la., Jan. 31, 1868; m. in South Dakota, 5 Nov., 1890, 
G. Frank Emmert ; she d. in Denver, Colo.^ 27 June, 1907. Issue : 

281, Raymond, b. circa 1892. 

188. Orlando H. Wilson (John^, Francis^, John^, George*, 
Sarah^), son of Alexander L. and Sarah (Duke) Wilson; m. 
Bessie . Issue : 

282, Leonard H., b. circa 1905. 

189. Martha Attia Wilson (John^, Francis-, John^, George*, 
Sarah^), dau. of Alexander L. and Sarah (Duke) Wilson; m. 
Chas. A. Wilson. Issue : 

283, Lee Otto, b. circa 1892; 284, Claudius Clinton, b. circa 

1898; 285, Bessie Nora, b. circa 1902; 286, a daughter, 
b. circa 1906. 

192. Emma C. Duke (John^, Francis-, John^, George*, John^), 
dau. of John and Charlotte (Guy) Duke, b. 3 July, 1875; ni. 
Lamor Sinard ; living at Waterloo, la. Issue : 

287, Marie ; 288, Duke. 

205. Charles Elbert Duke (John^, Francis-, Francis^, Shep- 
herd*, John S.^), son of John S. and Lavinia (Snedaker) Duke, 
b. 1857; in. 1884, Lena Levins. Issue: 

289, Halsey Hambleton, b. 1885 ; 290, Gladys. 

206. Charles Sage Duke (JohnS Francis-, Francis^, Shep- 
herd*, Elbert T.^), son of Elbert T. and Carolina A. (Sage) 
Duke, b. 5 July, 1864; ni. ist ; m. 2d Ella S. Stratton. 

291, Carrie E., b. 1882; 292, Sidney Elias, b. 1894. 

207. John Shepherd Duke (John\ Francis-, Francis^, Shep- 
herd*, Elbert T.^), son of Elbert T. and Carolina A. (Sage) 
Duke, b. 2y Feb., 1865; m. 1887, Mary J. Kinser; living at St. 
Paul, Minn. Issue: 

293, Bernerice, b. 1888. 

209. Gertrude Alice Duke (John^, Francis-, John^, David*, 
Hervey L.^, David R."), dau. of David R. and Martha (Steven- 
son) Duke, b. 9 March, 1879; m. George Cannon; living at 
Fithian, 111. Issue: 

294, Bessie, b. 12 April, 1901. 




IV. John Duke, Jr., third son of John and Margaret Duke, 
b. probably in Ireland, 20 Aug., 1753; was killed in the defeat of 
General St. Clair's forces on the Wabash River, 4 Nov., 1791. 
His wife's name is not known. At the date of John Duke's will, 
2 May, 1791, she is not mentioned in it and the assumption is that 
she predeceased her husband. The will was probated at Mar- 
tinsburg, Va., 17 January, 1792, and the children therein named 
were all stated to be under age when their father made the instru- 
ment. Issue : 

1. James, b. circa 177^; 2, William, b. circa 1776; 3, John, b. 

circa 177^. 

2. William Duke (John\ John-), was living in the vicinity 
of Shepherdstown, Va., in 1826. 

3. John Duke (John^, John-), is said to have married in