BLAKE-AMBROSE FAMILY HISTORY
Reprint of the History
RUTH (MASON) ANDERSON
her 1970 Updates
Part One - Ancestors of Simon S. Blake and Mary Magdalena Ambrose
Part Two - Descendants of Simon S. Blake and Mary Magdalena Ambrose (2F)
with some collateral lines
descendants of Simon S. and Mary M. (Ambrose) Blake are many and are widely
scattered throughout the United States. It is truly a family which typifies the
settlement of America from earliest times to the present. While they were not
frontiersmen they were among the pioneers who went forth to clear the land, make
homes and build towns in areas as they became available for settlement.
All of the
immigrant ancestors of the Blake-Ambrose family arrived in America before
the War of the Revolution and some were among the earliest settlers of New
England and Virginia. They came from the troubled places of England and Europe
where persecution and privation were prevalent. They landed at the ports of
Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Jamestown, but within a generation we find
them beginning to converge in the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland, the
two colonies which granted the greatest freedom to the individual and which were
most tolerant in religion. They ultimately gathered in the southern tier of
Pennsylvania counties and in Frederick and Washington counties of Maryland
before crossing the Endless Mountains in search of land, independence and
was the spirit of dissent as well as an intensity of religious fervor, and all
were avid for land. The Abbott and Walling families were established members of
Roger Williams' colony in Rhode Island by 1650; Charles Gorsuch had left the
Church of England and Virginia for Maryland where Quakers were accepted; and the
Walborns and Batdorfs went through untold hardships in search of the kind of the
farming land they had left in Germany finding it eventually in Lancaster and
Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Blakes were devout Methodists and in every line
descended from the Rev. Burdine Blake there may be found ministers or
missionaries. Matthias Ambrose helped establish the first Reformed Church in the
Monocacy Valley of Maryland; Christian Walborn and Martin Batdorf did the same
for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Tulpehocken Valley of Pennsylvania.
motive which impelled a settler to leave one home for another was to possess
land of his own. As soon as grants from the king to colonizing companies made
land available, people were there to occupy it. Movement away from New England
began early, partly for religious reasons and partly for more fertile land. The
Germans landing in Philadelphia pushed westward quickly for farm land. The soil
of Virginia was exhausted from tobacco culture years before the Revolution, and
the colonists in their search for a better living, moved north and south before
attempting to cross the mountains which faced them on the west.
County, Maryland was the focal point of settlement for our families, thereby
illustrating perfectly the statement made by Dieter Cunz that "Frederick
County was the first place in America where immigrants from England met and
mingled with the continental European." In fact, all our ancestors were in
that vicinity or in nearby Pennsylvania at the time of the Revolution, ready at
the end of the war to follow the path made by the frontiersmen through the
pass made by the Potomac River and its tributaries.
Ambrose family was among the first to settle in Brothersvalley Township, Bedford
County, Pennsylvania. At a later date the Blakes joined other Maryland families
who had gone to Morrison's Cove in northern Bedford County.
generation passed before the Ambroses ventured another move west, going first to
Clinton County, Indiana, and about twenty years later to the far frontier in
Wisconsin on the banks of the Kickapoo River in Richland County. The Blake
family dispersed in many directions across the newly opened western lands
‑ to Ohio, the Indian Territory, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
Simon Blake took up land in the town of Orion, the center of settlement and
supplies for Richland County on the northern bank of the Wisconsin River. The
first year he was engaged as a clerk in a store and it was no doubt there that
he met Mary Ambrose whose family had recently arrived from Indiana. They were
married in 1855 and remained in Wisconsin as did many of their children, but
others continued on to the Pacific Coast. One such was the family of James E.
and Viola (Blake) Mason. Their story of going by covered wagon to Rooks County,
Kansas, living there during eight years of drought and catastrophe, then moving
on to Spokane County, Washington, again by covered wagon, will be told in a
further publication on the Mason-Bradshaw family.
As one of
their children, born in a sod house in Kansas, I am grateful for the opportunity
I have had for doing personally the research which has led back to so many of my
immigrant ancestors. My thanks go to the relatives who have supplied information
on the more recent generations, especially to Mrs. Arline Ambrose Ringhand of
Oregon, Wisconsin, who gathered the Ambrose material; to Mrs. Marian Hadden
Jones of Denver who spent many hours in research on the early history of the
Blake family; to Glenn A. Lovell of Oak Park, Illinois, for his interest and
encouragement; to Mrs. Marian Pratt O'Brien of Santa Monica, California, for
technical assistance; and to Glenn Allan Abbey, Foreign Service Officer of the
United States Department of State, now deceased, who started me on the search
for my ancestors.
I wish to
express my appreciation for the cooperation and courtesies extended to me
by the many County Court Houses, libraries and Historical Societies in
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.
Arvid E. Anderson)
Cruz, California 95060
BLAKE-AMBROSE FAMILY HISTORY
of Simon S. Blake and Mary Magdalena Ambrose
Simon S. Blake and (3) Mary Magdalena Ambrose.
S. Blake was born in Martinsburg, Bedford (later Blair) Co. PA. , Oct. 29, 1829
and died in Richland Center, WI March 5, 1904. Mary Magdalena Ambrose was born
near Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., PA April 30, 1836 and died in Richland Center,
WI May 10, 1909. They were married in the town of Orion, WI Jan. 18, 1855. Both
are buried in the Oak Ridge cemetery there.
a youth Simon's experiences were many and varied. Until he was fourteen he was
in school or helped his father on the farm. Then he tried his hand at learning
the trades of merchant tailor, blacksmith and axmaking, but finally engaged in
teaching. When he was seventeen he tried to enlist in the service of the United
States for the Mexican War. As he was underage and his parents withheld their
consent, he returned to ax-making until he was twenty‑one. In the fall of
1852 he visited relatives in Ironton, OH then went on to Arkansas where he
worked in the lumbering business for seven months. Returning to Pennsylvania
he taught school for a four‑month winter term.
is not certain that Simon's brothers, Thomas and Charles, accompanied him to
Richland County, WI when he went there to take up land in 1854, but it was not
long before they, as well as his sisters' families - The Brennemans and
Hamiltons - joined him. Land at $1.25 an acre enticed many from the east to
settle in this part of the frontier. At this time the Ambroses arrived from
Indiana. The land was still virgin forest so these first settlers established
their homes in the same fashion their fathers had made homes in the forests of
Pennsylvania by clearing the land, building log cabins and planting crops.
entered 120 acres of land on Sections 17 and 18 of the town of Orion then went
to work in the village as a clerk in a store. Quite possibly it was there he met
Mary Ambrose (3) now a girl of nineteen, and he lost no time in proposing. They
were married the following January. He left the store in the fall and taught a 3-month
term of school at Pleasant Hill in the town of Eagle. The next spring they
settled on his land on Oak Ridge and continued to live there until their latter
years when they moved to the town of Richland Center.
had three small children - Sylvester, Ida and Viola (1) when Simon responded to
the call of Abraham Lincoln and enlisted in the 25th Wisconsin Volunteer
Infantry for a term of three years. He was wounded at Decatur, GA, in July, 1864
on Sherman's march to the sea. He used to tell his children how the ladies from
the plantation mansion brought him food and water until he was taken from the
battlefield to the field hospital. As his wound was serious he was sent from
there to the Harvey General Hospital in Madison, WI and remained there until he
received a disability discharge on March 20, 1865.
Blake was interested in public affairs and held several town offices. In
politics he was a Republican, and Viola would often be his companion in
attending political rallies. He was deeply religious and helped to establish the
Methodist church on Oak Ridge. This log church is no longer in existence but
nearby in the cemetery Simon and Mary Blake lie buried.
Magdalena Ambrose was nine years old when her parents moved from the old
homestead near Ligonier, PA to Clinton Co., IN. They settled on land near
Russiaville and remained there until 1854 when they migrated with their
relatives, the Kanables, to Wisconsin.
is remembered as a quiet, unassuming person busy with the care of raising a
family of ten children, two of whom died in infancy. She seldom attended church
as she was usually preparing dinner for the preacher who still had one, perhaps
two, appointments yet to make. Their home was not a home of plenty, but they
were hospitable and willing to share - a characteristic of most frontier people.
Fremont 1856 - 1921. Mar. Ida Halsey.
No issue. Buried in East Side Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.
Elmira 1858 - 1941. Mar. William S.
Genoa 1861 - 1956. Mar. James Eddy
Estella 1863 - 1940. Mar. 1) Elbion
Ewing, 2) Joseph Davis
Caroline 1865 - 1948. Mar. Luzern Pugh
Ambrose died in infancy
Jane 1869 - 1918. Mar. Wallace
Burdine died in infancy
Belle 1873 - 1941. Mar. Charles
Pearl 1876 - 1973. Mar. Wallace
their dates and descendants see Part Two.
Burdine Blake and (5) Mazey Ann Simpkins.
Blake was born Jan. 13, 1800 in Lancaster Co. , PA and died Aug. 26, 1874 in
Martinsburg, PA. Mazey Ann Simpkins was born in February of 1794 in Washington
Co., MD and died April 1, 1867. in Martinsburg, PA. They were married in
Washington Co. Dec. 14, 1818 by the Rev. Mr. Keedy of the Methodist Episcopal
are no records to tell us of the exact place of Burdine's birth. His father,
James, as a founderer went from place to place in the course of his occupation,
and no doubt went to the furnaces in the Blue Ridge Mts. of Maryland from those
in Lancaster Co. PA. It must have been there that he met Burdine's mother, Ann,
after his first wife's death. A man with five small children would not remain
long unmarried. It was natural that Burdine would become a moulder under his
father's supervision. The Simpkins family who lived between Beaver Creek and
Boonsboro were probably neighbors.
Ann Simpkins (5) was the seventh child in a family of ten children: seven girls
and three boys. She was six years older than Burdine at the time of their
marriage and twenty‑four years old. She was probably considered an
"old maid", but her picture taken years later reveals her as a gentle,
sweet person, poised, and no doubt capable. That she was sensitive about the
difference in their ages is revealed by the fact that in all Federal Census
reports she gives her age the same as her husband's, but the truth is revealed
on her tombstone.
1820 shortly after the birth of their first child, James, they joined the flow
of settlers leaving Maryland for Morrison's Cove in Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA.
James Senior and Junior were already at the furnaces in Huntington Co., PA.
Morrison's Cove was a broad, fertile valley in the heart of the Appalachian Mts.
which were known to the early settlers as the Endless Mountains. Burdine took up
land, as did his brothers, Simon and James, and became primarily a farmer, but
it was by no means his sole interest.
is probable that Burdine was influenced in his decision to become a preacher by
the Rev. Jacob Gruber who was a dynamic and unconventional evangelist of that
time and area. Ella Snowberger writes of him in "Bygone Days in the
Cove" as follows:
Burdine Blake, pioneer farmer, at one time owned several hundred acres of land
in and toward the north and west of Martinsburg. . . Sensing the need of
missionary work among the forgemen working at the Peter Schoenberger iron banks
at Rebecca Furnace, Henrietta Ore Hill, Maria Furnace, Neff's Mill and Royer, he
entered the ministry. Daniel Bloom, a tanner, answering the call, associated
himself with Rev. Blake. The two of them, the farmer preacher and the tanner
preacher, established mission points in the school houses at these various
places and spread the gospel under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Physically a powerful man and blessed with a stentorian voice, Burdine
Blake preached with fist and tongue. As proficient at quelling a riot as at
exhorting, the iron‑workers, hard‑boiled lot as many of them were,
regarded him with profound respect... In instances when some unruly spirit was
moved to unseemly outburst during divine service, it was nothing unusual for
Burdine Blake to jump down from the pulpit and lay corrective hands on the
recalcitrant. However after the stalwart preacher's reputation for physical
prowess became, established, disorder in and around the mission points became
beautifully rare. Perhaps "Buck and Berry", as they were known, were
at their best at camp meetings in the grove which stood formerly along the
Bloomfield road south of Martinsburg between the State Highway and the River
Brethren church. . . The old exhorter left an imprint on the religious life of
this section which the exigencies of time cannot blot out."
was ordained an elder, and his name appeared in the Minutes of the Central
Pennsylvania Annual Conference as such until 1870. By terms of his will his
house and the lot on which it stood became the property of the Martinsburg
Church as long as it was used as a parsonage.
children of Burdine and Mazey Ann Blake were:
b. Sept. 18, 1819, Washington Co., Md.: d. July 6, 1896, Martinsburg, PA. m.
Margaret Ellen Brown, March 14, 1844. Their children were John W., James,
Ulysses Grant, William Packer, Millard Fillmore, Charlotte, Burdine, Mary and
b. April 25, 1821; d. June 8, 1899 in Ogle County, IL; m. Catherine Gearhart,
May 18, 1843. Their children were Albert McClay, Charles E., Wilbur, Laura,
Millard Fillmore, William and Franklin G.
1823 ‑ 1907. M. Mary Ellen Murray. Their children were James F., William
Burdine and Daniel F.
b. Feb. 3, 1825; d. Aug. 24, 1870. M. 1) Henry Brenneman, Aug. 11, 1844 by whom
she had five sons, Martin, Albert L., Anthony, Alexander Marion and Henry Burdine; m. 2) Waldron Drew, 1855 by whom she had Josephiae Blanch, Samuel
Wesley, Hubert Lee, Cordelia, Caroline and Elmer Ellsworth.
b. _____ d. 1906/7 in Wisconsin; m. Jacob Hamilton. Their children were John,
William Byrdine and Laura.
b. Aug. 23, 1831. Children: Fannie and Orren
24 June, 1834; d. Nov. 24, 1905. M. Sarah C. Taylor. Children: Belle Saloma,
Mazey E., Hattie D., Harlan Burdine, Etta, James T., Dr. Charles W.
the 1850s sons Simon, Charles and Thomas went to Wisconsin. William spent a few
years in Washington Co., MD before moving on to Ogle County, IL. Burdine, Jr.
went west then returned to Ohio before settling in West Virginia. The husbands
of Mazy Ann and Rebecca Jane moved their families to Richland Co., WI and
settled near Simon. Charles and Thomas eventually established themselves in
Iowa. James alone remained in Martinsburg.
months after the death of Mazey Ann Blake in 1867 Burdine married Mrs. Barbara
Stiffler, a widow with grown children: At the time she was a Catholic but joined
the Methodist Church in 1871. By terms of his will, Burdine was to be buried by
the side of Mazey Ann in the Martinsburg cemetery.
Walker Ambrose and (7) Salome Kanable.
Walker Ambrose was born July 21, 1798 near Ligonier, PA, and died Aug. 7, 1880
in the Town of Forest, Richland Co., WI. He married Salome Knable (7), Jan. 22,
1824 in Somerset County. She was born Dec. 30, 1804 in Milford Township, Bedford
(now Somerset) Co., PA., and died Nov. 27, 1882 in the Town of Forest, Richland
County, WI. Both are buried in the Old Hopewell Cemetery on Hopewell Ridge near
Ambrose and Knable families were originally neighbors in Somerset Co., PA, but
John's father moved to Ligonier Valley in Westmoreland Co. about 1790. Their new
home was about twenty‑five miles distant, over Laurel Hill on the Forbes
Road to Pittsburgh ‑ not too far to maintain contact with friends and
relatives in Milford Township but a rugged trip over the mountains nevertheless.
It seems that John Walker was the only one of the family to return to Somerset
Co. for his bride, and according to the baptismal records of Sanners Lutheran
Church they remained near their Knable relatives.
1845 they joined Sally's parents in moving with their entire family to Clinton
Co., IN. All but the four youngest of this family of fifteen were married at
this time. Nine years later, Levi Kanable with nine of his sisters and their
families migrated to the frontier in Richland County, WI. They had been preceded
by other Clinton Co. residents who had returned and told them of this land which
was now available and so much like their earlier home in Somerset County. Did
they long for the wooded hills during their stay on the plains of Indiana?
Farming may have been easier there, but clearing the land of trees and building
log cabins had been the 'heritage of these families for three generations.
on the Wisconsin River was the center of settlement and supplies. The Ambroses
remained here for a few months then went into the woods to take up land in the
Town of Forest whose village settlement came to be called Viola.
first town meeting was held at the home of John Walker Ambrose April 1, 1856.
The following year he was elected a supervisor of Richland County. He was known
as a successful farmer and held an honored place in the community.
children of John Walker and Salome (Sally as she was known) Kanable were:
Amanda 1824-1903 Mar. 1) John Counts 2) Ed Thayer
William 1826-1901 Mar. 1) Mary Ann Gifford 2) Caroline Austin
Kanable 1829-1904 Mar. Rachel Ewing
1831-1850 Mar. Bedford Gifford
1833-1912 Mar. Levi Gochenaur
Magdalena 1836-1909 Mar. Simon S. Blake (3)
1839-1863 Died of wounds during Civil War. Buried at Gettysburg.
1842-1928 Mar. 1) Rachel Bender 2) Emma Short
1845-1924 Mar. Morton Weston
Blake and (9) Ann………………….
has been found no record for the birth date of James Blake other than the 1830
Federal Census of Woodbury township, Bedford Co., PA. He and his third wife,
Polly, appear to be living in the home of his son Burdine and at that time he
was between 70 and 80 years of age. His will was probated in Bedford County Aug.
28, 1845. Place of burial is not known. No dates at all are known for Ann (9)
except that the 1820 Census for Woodberry Twp., Huntingdon Co. places her in the
age group 26-45. Her maiden name is not known but inasmuch as her first child
was named Burdine (4), which is most unusual as a given name, it is believed
that it might also be her family name. Ann died prior to 1834 when James wrote
his will in which he names his wife, Polly.
Blake appears in the 1790 Federal Census as a resident of Rapho Twp., Lancaster
Co., PA. This township at that time lay along the northern boundary of the
county and included the first low range of mountains of the Appalachian chain.
Tax records list James Blake as a "founderer" which was an important
and skilled job in the iron furnaces which dotted South Mountain from Berks
County to the Maryland border. A high grade of iron ore was mined in this area
from earliest days to the present time. As mines developed we find the
"iron master" taking his skilled workers from place to place, so a
study of the movement of the Blake family follows along the line of furnaces
from the Mt. Hope Furnace Lancaster Co., where his record first appears, to the
furnace in Drumore township near the Susquehanna river, thence to Maryland a
back again to Pennsylvania in Franklin, Huntingdon and Blair Counties.
and his first wife, Sarah (maiden name unknown), had five children according to
the family record: Elizabeth, Thomas, James, Henry, Simon. There appears in the
Salem Lutheran Church record of Lebanon, PA, the baptism of an Isaac Blakes on
Nov. 30, 1798 whose parents were James Blakes and wife. No further record of
this child has been found, neither do we find a census record for James for the
year 1800 so it may be assumed that wife and child may have died and that he was
living with his five children with relatives in Pennsylvania or Maryland. He
must have remarried shortly after Sarah's death for Ann (9) is the mother of
Burdine who was born Jan. 13, 1800. Another child of this marriage, Maria, died
census of 1810 finds James Blake in Drumore Township. In 1815 he buys land from
George Withers, iron master, for a consideration of $4,208.00, sells some of it
in 1823 as a resident of Woodbury Twp., Bedford Co., but he is listed as a
non‑resident taxpayer in Drumore Twp., from 1816 to 1828. During this
period he was probably working in the furnaces of Huntingdon Co. for we find him
and his son, James in Woodbury township of that county for the 1820 census.
These two Woodbury townships should not be confused with each other; Woodbury of
Huntingdon Co., and North Woodbury of Bedford are now in Blair Co.
and Orphans Court Records show that James and his sons James, Simon and Burdine
with their families were living in Blair County in the vicinity of Martinsburg
by 1830. James's will provided that his wife, Polly, was to receive yearly
rental or full possession of lot and two houses in Martinsburg as long as she
remained a widow. At her death or marriage said property was to be sold and
proceeds to be divided equally between "my three sons: James, Simon, and
Burdine. Eldest son, James, to have farm on which I now reside, about 70 acres,
also desk. Burdine to have 20 acres of woodland adjoining and lying between his
other land and that of son Simon Blake, also silver watch. Son Henry Blake now
of Kentucky to receive $1,000.00 to be paid him by Simon in consequence of farm
sold to him by me, $150.00 annually until the whole is paid. Grandson John
Righart $100.00 to be paid by Simon one year after date. Grandchild Ann Blake
daughter of son Thomas $50.00; grandchild Sarah Blake daughter of Thomas Blake
$75.00 also my bureau." This will was probated Aug. 28, 1845. Polly died in
August, 1876 at the age of 80.
children of James and Sarah Blake were:
b. May 11, 1789 Mar. _______ Righart
b. Feb. 29, 1792; d. 1830 Mar. 1) Polly Mosier 2) Ann Morrison. Burdine was the
executor of his will which is recorded in Washington Co., Md.
b. Jan. 1793; d. 1859 Mar. Sarah
b. Feb. 26, 1795
b. Nov. 29, 1796; d. 1849 Mar. 1) Jane Wade May 28, 1816-; 2) Nancy
children of James and Ann Blake were:
Simpkins and (11) Ruth Walling.
has been found concerning the youth of William Simpkins. Early records of the
family are found in St. Thomas's Parish at Garrison Fox Baltimore Co., MD, but
later records show that the family was living across the Potomac River in Loudon
Co., VA, at the time of his father's death in 1772. His age as given in the
Chancery Court Paper #5677 indicate that he was born in 1755. His marriage to
Ruth Walling (11), March 20, 1780 is on record at St. John's Lutheran Church,
there were numerous Simpkins relatives living in Washington Co. MD. It is
possible that William and his mother returned there shortly after his father's
death. His military service during the Revolutionary War shows that he enlisted
in the 6th Maryland Regiment, 2 June 1778 a was discharged 1 April, 1779.
purchased land from his father‑in‑law, James Walling, (22) located
on Beaver Creek, southeast of Hagerstown. Both he and his wife appeared to give
depositions in the Chancery Court Case brought by William Worley and his wife,
Ann Walling, against her father in 1795. William served as constable for Upper
Antietam Hundred from 1804 to 1820. He died March 14, 1831. No record has been
found of the death of Ruth Walling Simpkins.
is the order in which the children were named, not necessarily the order of
birth. Their children as named in his will were:
Mar. Dec. 5, 1805 Henry Guyton
Mar. March 21, 1809 William Woltz
According to his military record for service in the War of 18 he was born
in 1785 in New Jersey and at the time of his enlistment, Jan. 23, 1813, he was
single and by occupation a cordwainer (shoemaker). By Warrant #20301, he
received 160 acres of bounty land. Mar. Roer Kadle, March 23, 1822.
Mar. Sept. 11, 1817 John Spencer
deceased. His daughter to be considered an equal heir with the rest of the
Ambrose and (13) Susan Walker.
Ambrose was born June 26, 1762 probably in the Conococheague Valley in
Pennsylvania and died in Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland Co., PA, Jan. 27, 1833.
Susan Walker was born
Jan. 8, 1768, in Frederick Co., MD, and died Nov. 22, 1843,
in Ligonier Valley, PA. Both are buried in Brant's Cemetery south of Ligonier.
and Susan raised a family of twelve children and most of them settled in western
Pennsylvania. Three married into the Welshonse family and four married Bitners.
1788 - 1872 Mar. Lena ________. Jacob settled in the vicinity of the
present McConnellsburg and descendants still live there.
1790 - 1862 Mar. Henry Welshonse
1792 - 1847 Mar. Henry Johnson
1794 - 1843 Mar. George
1796 - Mar.
1800 - 1843
Mar. Daniel Bitner
1806 - 1868 Mar. Sarah Bitner
Mar. Alexander Bitner
Mar. Martha Bitner
Knable (Kanable) and (15) Magdalena Enos.
b. 1781; d. 1871 in Russiaville. Magdalena b. 1786; d. 1875 in Russiaville.
was with Jacob that the final form of spelling the family name was reached. From
the German Knobel it had gradually been altered to Knebel, Kneble, Knable; but
when Jacob and Magdalena moved with their entire family from Somerset Co., Pa.
to Indiana they changed the spelling to Kanable.
was born in 1781 in Washington Co., Md. shortly after his parents had arrived
from Berks Co., Pa. He was about twelve years old when the family moved again
into what is now Somerset Co., Pa. We do not have the exact date of his marriage
to Magdalena Enos but it was probably in 1803 or early 1804. According to family
tradition she was born in Somerset Co., her family having migrated from
Northampton Co., Pa. several years before the 1790 Federal Census.
and Magdalena had seventeen children, two of whom died in infancy. Jacob farmed
in summer and taught school during the winter. He served as Justice of the Peace
for twenty years during which time he performed ninety‑nine marriages.
Records of the family are found in Sanners Lutheran Church in Milford Township.
They sold their farm in 1845 and moved to Clinton Co., Indiana. They located in
Honey Creek Township about 1‑1/2 miles west of the town of Russiaville.
Woody describes the settlement as follows: "At the time of its first
settlers the counties of Howard, Grant, Miami arid Clinton were owned by a band
of Miami Indians under the chieftainship of Little Turtle. A French nobleman
married a sister of Little Turtle. To this union was born a son who was named
John Richardville who inherited the tribal hunting grounds. His name when given
the French pronunciation sounded as though it was like Roosherville and with a
little modification was later applied to the village." The Kanables arrived
shortly after the purchase of this land by the U. S. government when it was
opened for settlement.
Jacob and Magdalena are buried in the Russiaville Cemetery.
children are as follows:
(7) Mar. John Walker Ambrose
Mar. Leah Wengert
b. 1807 Mar.‑ 1) Catherine Bittner 2) Rebecca Younkin
b. 1809 Mar. Mary Tedrow
b. 1810 Mar. William Walter
b. 1811 Mar. Barbara Schultz
1813 unmarried in 1850
b. 1815 Mar. 1) Elizabeth Baldwin 2) Nancy Idial
b. 1816 Mar. William Weigle/Wigle
b. 1818 Mar. John Gribble
b. 1820 Mar. 1) Catherine Masters 2) Mary Lawrence 3) Polly Fritz
(Amy) b. 1822 Mar. Michael Schultz
b. 1825 Mar. James Wiltrout
(Magdalena) b. 1826 Mar. John Brumbaugh
b. 1829 Mar. Thomas Chandler
Leigh Larson notes:
born February 2, 1813, in Pennsylvania.
Mary Knable was born about
1816 in Pennsylvania.
In 1850, William and
Mary (Knable) Weigle and children are living in Derry Twp., Westmoreland
Co., PA, where he is a Farmer.
William Weigle (age 50)
served in the Civil War, having enlisted June 29, 1863, at Livermore,
PA, and assigned to Company A, 54th Pennsylvania Militia Infantry.
1860, William and Mary (Knable) Weigle and children are living in
Livermore, Westmoreland Co., PA, where he is a Carpenter.
In 1870, William Weigle
and children (but no Mary) are living in Livermore, Westmoreland Co.,
PA, where he is a Carpenter.
It is possible that
Mary (Knable) Weigle died 1860 - 1870 in Westmoreland Co., PA.
William Weigle and children (but no Mary)
are living in Livermore, Westmoreland Co.,
PA, where he is a Carpenter.
William Wigle died July 15, 1880, in
Co., PA, at age
77. Buried in Livermore Cemetery, Derry, Westmoreland Co., PA.
. . . . Blake and . . . (17 ).
immediate ancestors of James Blake have not been identified. They were of
English descent and family tradition has it that they descended from the family
to which Admiral Blake belonged. Admiral Robert Blake was a naval hero under
Oliver Cromwell. There is also the story that an ancestor, was attached to the
court of Queen Caroline. Another story is that there is a Blake window in
Winchester Cathedral. More recent and positive evidence is the recollection of
Viola and Ida Blake of an English lawyer visiting in their home when they were
children who was looking for a Blake descendant to return to England to participate
in the settlement of an estate. Their father, Simon (2) was not interested. The
West Virginia branch of the family have the story that several brothers came to
this country before the Revolution to evangelize for the Methodists. This is
credible as there is a strong religious bent in many of the lines ‑ almost
to the point of fanaticism. Ministers, missionaries and devoted church workers
are found in each generation. In general the family has been affiliated with the
families were found early in the settlement of America, notably in Maine, New
Hampshire and Massachusetts and in the south - states of Virginia, Maryland
and the Carolinas. Descendants of widely separated lines located on the Eastern
Shore and Western Shore of Maryland, and today the name is common in the
Baltimore area. The ancestry of the Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake leads back to
this area and the family claims descent from both William Blake, the poet, and
the admiral's family (Admiral Blake himself was not married). Further search on
the family might be made in Ireland as one branch was settled there on extensive
estates during the time of Prince John in the twelfth century. It is possible
that Robert Coleman, the iron master of Pennsylvania who came from Ireland
brought the family over to this country, as they seemed to be skilled iron
county history in Maryland states that the James Blake family was of German
origin which is incorrect. They may have settled among the Germans there and
intermarried with them. Research indicates that James Blake if his father was
not an immigrant, belonged to a Virginia or Maryland family.
(18) ……… . Burdine and . . .(19 ).
Ann's maiden name was Burdine the geographical distribution of families of that
name in 1790 was the same as that of Blake. There were a number in Virginia at
that time. Variations in spelling of this name
are Burden, Berdine, Beardin, Berden, etc.
(20) John Simkins and (21) Mary Gorsuch.
are many unanswered questions about the father of William Simpkins (10). We were
not sure his name was John until we read the deposition of Mary Simpkins (21),
William's mother in the Chancery Court Proceedings File #5677 in which she
states she formerly lived in Loudon Co., Va. then we found that a John Simkins
was deceased in 1772 in Loudon Co. and the inventory was signed by men whose
names also appeared in the Court Case. Mary's age at the time of her deposition
April 30, 1795 was sixty‑five.
the Hall of Records, Annapolis, there is an original manuscript signed by
Priscilla Simkin on a statement of accounts for John Simkin in Capt. James
Brown's Co. in Queen Ann's County. He is listed as "common soldier",
#90 in a total number of 120. The list was dated Feb. 22, 1748. Why should his
mother be signing for his account in 1745 which apparently was not settled or
recorded until 1748? Was he needed at home during this period of Indian uprising
or was he under age? The Simkins land known as ''Simkins Repose" lay near
the village of Garrison which was probably named for the old Indian fort erected
there and was near the fairly new road which had been made leading from
Baltimore to Frederick.
Paul's Church in Baltimore established a "chapel in the woods" at
Garrison Forest which was known as St. Thomas's Parish. Simkins records appear
in both but John's first children appear in the latter:
25 Dec. 1746 This is probably the John who became so prominent in early Allegany
and Garrett County history. He had extensive land holdings, was associate judge
of Allegany Co. in 1791 and was a Member of the House of Delegates for a number
of years. Married first, Mary Jenifer; second, Elizabeth Lamar. Died in 1827.
2 Feb. 1748.
29 Dec. 1750.
further records appear in this parish so it is probable that the family was
moving during the next few years into Frederick County or across the Potomac
River into Loudon County.
b. 1754/5. It is probable that Dickinson (Dicker son, Dickeson) Simkins of
Washington Co. and Cumberland, Md. is a brother who was born between 1750 and
1754 - the period for which we have no record.
to his father's will (1739) John was the recipient of the residue of lands after
the bequests to his sisters. In 1749
he began selling portions of his holdings. There are several entries at the
Land Office up to 1767. Perhaps it was at this time he moved away from the
Baltimore area where Mary's family lived. By the terms of her father's will she
received one negress.
Walling and Mary Malott (23).
Walling was born in 1727 probably in New Jersey and died in Washington County,
Maryland in 1811. There seems to be no question about these dates which were
obtained from the papers of Mary Long Dickerhoff in her application for
membership in D. A. R. #146493, but many other items do not corroborate other
reliable and official records. Anna Elizabeth Strock may have been the name of
his first wife, but other records state that Mary Malott was his wife in 1754.
By his own statement in 1795 in the Chancery Court Proceedings #5677 he was a
widower and had no son at the time his daughter Ann was married in 1782; and his
daughter Sarah Shimer said that he had five places and five daughters. Mary
Malott died sometime before 1787 when he married Mary Mercy Stull.
records which show that Mary Malott was the wife of James Walling are found in
the Balance Book #1, folio 106, Frederick Co. , Md. on file in the Hall of
Records in Annapolis. They also show that she was his wife in 1754 in Accounts
Liber #36, folio 2,37 which was the settlement of the estate of Theodor Malott
(46) wherein his daughter "Mary Walling wife of James Walling" is
James Walling is referred to in Frederick County deeds as James Walling, Jr. and
also as Col. James Walling although the latter appears to be a courtesy title as
the Daughters of the American Revolution gives his rating as Captain for his
service in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Maryland Militia.
of the information about this .family was derived from the Chancery Court
Proceedings, file #5677, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis. James's oldest
daughter, Ann (Nancy), and her husband William Worley brought suit against her
father in 1.793 for possession of the tract of land called "Old Fox
Deceived" which he had promised her when she would marry. Her marriage
apparently had displeased him so he had not transferred this property to her but
had sold it to John Winders and Edward Rutter. Ann was the only one of his
children who had remained with him until his last marriage. This document is
revealing as to the relationships within the family.
holdings were extensive and lay east and southeast of Hagerstown. In 1769 James
Walling, Sr. (44) and James, Jr. disposed of seven tracts of land and apparently
James, Sr. came to live with James, Jr., a situation which resulted in
ill-feeling within the family, especially with his brother, Delashmutt.
mentioned in the Chancery Court Proceedings and in James' will are as follows
although the order of birth is uncertain:
William Worley, son of Brace Worley June 18, 1782
1756 Mar. John Shimer Mary Mar. Joseph Drake
b. 1763 Mar. William Simpkins (10) March 20, 1780
Mary Mercy Stull:
Aug. 31, 1789 d. March 12, 1823
March 28, 1791 Mar. William Reynolds Dec. 5, 1809
Sept. 23, 1797 Mar. Elie Woltz June 29, 1816, d. May 2, 1867. Buried in the
Hagerstown Cemetery, but when the old cemetery was disposed of in 1885 the
bodies were removed to a private lot in Williamsport.
In 1931 an inquiry was placed in the Boston Transcript for information
concerning James Walling. "According to the family Bible record James
Walling married first Mary Melot of Frederick County, Maryland, second, Mary
Margaret Gregg‑, daughter of Robert Gregg of Allegany County, Md. He lived
in the vicinity of Hughes Furnace." This reference can be found in the
Boston Transcript file at the Sutro Library in San Francisco, California. No
further information is given.)
Ambrose and (25) Margaretha . . . ..
Ambrose is presumed to be the son of Matthias Ambrose who settled in the
Monocacy Valley, Md. in the 1730s, but if the latter came to this country as a
widower, age 37, and had children by an early marriage, Frederick could be the
son of Matthias, Jr. who settled in Ayr Township, Bedford Co. , Pa. about 1761.
If not a son, then he was probably living with his brother there, doubtless
helping him to make a home in the wilderness.
was born May 4, 1738 in Maryland. Margaretha, whose maiden name is unknown but
believed to be Countryman, was born Jan. 1 1742. Birth dates of his children
would indicate that they were married in 1762. It is possible that they were
married in Maryland and lived there for a few years. Frederick County records
show that he purchase land in 1764 and sold it again in 1768.
Conococheague Valley in Ayr Township at this time was "the most remote
stronghold of civilization in the primeval forest", however it was being
settled by the migration of German Reformed families from Frederick County, Md.
and the Scotch‑Irish from Lancaster Co., Pa. Indian raids still occurred
which may have been the reason for Frederick and his family living in Maryland
for their first years of married life.
he was adventurous there is no question, for we find him moving on to
Brothersvalley Twp. into the heart of the mountains as soon as it was opened up
for sale. The conjecture that his wife's name was Margaretta Countryman is based
on the fact that the two families were closely associated in both of these
settlements and frequently intermarried. The Countrymans were in Brothersvalley
Twp. before the Ambroses arrived. Frederick first appears on the tax list there
Sons of the American Revolution have accepted the listing in the Pennsylvania
Archives of Frederick Am‑‑ ‑‑1 as his name for service
as First Lieutenant in Capt. Henry Rhoad's Company recruited in Brothersvalley
Township Dec. 10, 1777, but admission to the Daughters of the American
Revolution is based on his service as a patriot as assessor of Bedford County,
elected Oct. 12, 1780. I am indebted to Jane Ambrose (now deceased) of Grove
City, Pa. for the use of her material and papers in qualifying for membership in
family moved to Ligonier Valley in Westmoreland County about 1790. The original
homestead was still standing and occupied by Ambrose descendants when we visited
it in 1949. Frederick and Margaretta are buried in Brant's private cemetery
about three miles south of the town of Ligonier. Their stones are inscribed as
follows: "Frederick Ambrose was born the 4th of May, 1738 and died the 29th
of July, 1821. " Jane Ambrose noted that below this was a bowknot, rake,
fork, sickle, hoe and spade. Above were 19 stars, a shield, and what seemed to
be two eagles. The other stone read "Margaret Ambrose was born the 1st of
January 1742 and died the 11th of September 1809. "
- 1839 Mar. Susan Countryman
- 1787 Mar. Jacob Countryman
- 1851 Mar. Margaret . . . . .
Walker and (27) Vineay ……….
to Williams' "Historical & Biographical Record of Frederick Co., Md.
" vol. 2, p. 1271, George Walker was born before 1732 when the family came
to America. He settled eventually in that part of Frederick County which is now
Montgomery County. George died in 1775 from the bite of a dog resulting in
hydrophobia. He left a wife and six children who are enumerated in the Census of
1776, Lower Potomac Hundred, Frederick Co., Md.
Ferguson was administrator of the estate of George Walker and rendered a
statement of his account 23 July 1775.
Walker family, also of English descent, came into the same area of Frederick
County from Philadelphia. They may have been related but I have not been able to
determine the relationship nor to learn the maiden name of George's wife, Vineay.
It is likely that she took the children after her husband's death to live with
his brother, Jacob, who had migrated earlier to Brothersvalley Township, Bedford
Co., Pa. There Susan would have met Henry Ambrose whom she married ' ca. 1787.
Both families were communicants of the Reformed & Lutheran Church in Berlin,
Knable and (29) Marie Salome Cassell.
Knebel was born in 1753 in the Tulpehocken settlement of Berks Co., Pa. and
baptised in the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stouchsberg there between
Jan. 3rd and March 18th, 1753. His marriage to Marie Salome Cassell is also to
be found in the same record for Nov. 12, 1776. She was born in Bethel township
on Jan. 3, 1753 according to the record of Dr. E. C. Saylor of Berlin, Pa.
only additional reference we found to Marie Salome in Berks Go. was that she was
a sponsor at the baptism of Salome Schmid, daughter of Adam and Maria Elisabeth
Schmid, Jan. 29, 1775 in St. Paul's (Klopp's) Reformed Church in Berks Co. It is
quite possible that one of her sisters was the wife of Adam Schmid, at least
there was a close relationship between the two families.
the Revolution Jacob and Herman Knebel served in Capt. George Batdorf's Company.
In 1779 or 1780 Jacob and his brother, George, migrated with their families to
Washington Co., Md. and settled near Clear Spring in the Conococheague Valley,
that lovely valley whose western vista was the first range of the Endless
Mountain Germans from Pennsylvania and Frederick County, Md. had been among the
first settlers there and had established St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Church
in 1747. In the records of this church we find the birth and baptism of two of
Jacob's children: John, b. Oct. 27, 1789, bapt. June 13, 1790 and Marie
Elizabeth, b. June 21, 1791, bapt. Aug. 7, 1791.
1793 the Knables left Maryland for western Pennsylvania. They settled on a farm
of 400 acres in Milford Township, now in Somerset County. Jacob became an elder
in the Reformed & Evangelical Church. During this period the name of the
family underwent several changes in spelling. When Jacob arrived in Maryland he
was spelling it Knebel or Kneble; in the church records of Milford Township it
became Knabel or Knable.
death date is not known other than that she died before Jacob. Jacob had
disposed of his real estate by articles of agreement with his son Jacob, Jr.
(14) ten years before his death in 1823.
1778 in Berks Go., Pa. Mar. George Friend
Jacob Harbaugh, son of Caspar Harbaugh
record other than his birth in Clear Spring, Md.
Enos and (31) Ann Guin.
on this family are somewhat confusing. Under Lynn Township in Montgomery's
"History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania" appears the story of George
Enos who was captured 'at the age of fifteen by the Indians but later escaped
and returned home. This establishes the date of his birth as about 1742, nine
years before Philip Enos (60) with his wife and one child arrived in
Philadelphia from Zweibrucken. The story gives Ferdinand as his father's name,
but no Ferdinand Enos appears in any tax or church record of that time. Philip
and George Enos are the only ones who appear on the tax list between 1762 and
marriage of George Ennis and Ann Guin on Dec. 16, 1766 at Old Swede's Church in
Philadelphia is recorded in the Pennsylvania Archives, Series II, vol. 8, p.
373. The marriage is further corroborated by the Letter of Administration #15 of
the estate of George Enos, July 1, 1818, Somerset County in which Ann Enos
renounces her right to the administration in favor of John Enos. She is still
living at the time of the 1820 census and is listed as Nancy (Ann) Eanes, widow.
added to the land inherited from his father in Lynn Township, then in
Northampton County, and was taxed for 198 acres from 1786 to 1793. The 1790
census shows a George Enos in Northampton County as head of a household of four
boys under sixteen and five females.
also appears a George Enos in Washington Twp. of Fayette County with a household
of four males over sixteen, four under sixteen and two females. It is my guess
that the latter was more than one family, perhaps relatives or neighbors had
migrated to this section together to locate land and build a home before
bringing the rest of the family. George, Jr. now about twenty and doubtless
married would not come until after 1793. He and Elizabeth bought their land from
Henry Zook in 1799, so the 1800 census finds the entire family with many of
their former neighbors living in what is now Somerset County.
is not certain how many children George and Ann had but there were a number of
girls. The following have been identified:
John Bender, 1802
- 1824 Mar. Daniel Heinbach
1786 - 1875 Mar. Jacob Knable, Jr. (14)
Pennsylvania Archives records the service of George Enes from Northampton County
as of 15 Nov. 1780. "6th Battalion, Col. Hennrich Geiger, Capt. George
Shmaters, 8th class. 'Ofhicier to marchd in the 6 class. george enes, Lef. '
" Series V, Vol. 8, pp. 458, 511 Also there is a Benjamin Ennes. 1st. Bat.
, Capt. Jayne's Co. at Brunswick, July 9, 1776. 2nd Lt. ibid. p. 19; 6th Bat.
Northampton Mil. ,./ 4th Co., May 14, 1778. 2nd. Lt. ibid. p. 431; 6th Bat., N.
Co. Mil., Col. Stroud, Capt. Johannes Van Etten, 2nd. Lt. Benjamin Ennis. ibid.
(40) John Simkins and (41) Priscilla……….
may have been the son of Vincent Sim(p)kins who is mentioned by Savage as an
early settler of Stamford, Conn. who died before 1671. So after his death his
son John sold his portion of his estate and "removed" from the
community. There is no proof that this is the John who appear; in the Baltimore
County, Maryland tax list but it is likely as John, the son of Pilgrim Simpkins,
lived in Boston during this period. See Simkins family (80).
find that John is a taxable on the north side of the Patapsco River, now the
city of Baltimore, from 1701 through 1706. They were member: of St. Paul's
parish and some of their records appear in both of St. Paul's and its 'church in
the woods', St. Thomas's in Garrison Forest. The latter was probably near John's
land grant obtained by him in 1717. This 100 acres was known as "Simkins
Repose" which was increased by another 100 acres in 1734.Further land known
as "Mt. Organ" is mentioned in his will.
will of John Simpkins was written March 14, 1738 and probated April 3, 1739. In
it he mentions his wife, Priscilla, daughters Avrilla Hammond, Mary Hawkins,
Hannah Briant, Elizabeth Harryman, son John and granddaughters Rachel Simkins
and Priscilla Hawkins. Information given in church records is as follows:
Laurence Hammond June 21, 1734
Aug. 6, 1716 Mar. John Hawkins June 12/13, 1733
Robert Harryrman Jan. 24; 1733
(42) Thomas Gorsuch and (43) Jane Ensor.
Gorsuch was born between 1678 and 1680 probably in Baltimore County; died in
1774 (his will was written Sept. 23, 1774, probated Nov. 4, 1774); married Jane
Ensor (43) Aug. 19, 1714. She was born ca. 1690. The date of her death is not
inherited no land from his father but received "Maiden's Choice" from
his father's sister and acquired "Darley Hall" from John Ensor, his
brother‑in‑law. His will also mentions "Friendship",
"Ensor's Choice", and "Loveless's Addition". His children as
named in his will were:
ca 1715; d. 1783
ca 1720; d. 1777
1730/31; d. Aug. 7, 1808; Mar. Elizabeth Merryman March 11, 1755 Elizabeth b.
1718; Mar. William Kelley June 17, 1740
Mar. John Simpkins (20)
(44) James Walling, Sr. and (45)
record of James Walling's birth is found in the Vital Statistics of Providence,
Rhode Island as of April 2, 1705 although the family was living in Salem County,
New Jersey at that time. We have neither the name of his wife, the date of their
marriage nor their death dates. There were several Walling families in New
Jersey, but this was the only James whose date fits and he was mentioned in his
father's will in 1724 together with brothers who are likewise found in Maryland
1733 we find James with two of his brothers, Elisha and William, on the tax list
of Monocacie Hundred, Prince George's Co. , Md. (now Frederick County). James
was probably married before migrating to Maryland. He began buying land which
had just been opened for sale.
earliest record of his holdings is that of the purchase of "Dumb
Hall", 50 acres which was surveyed for him in 1739 and patented in 1744. It
was located in the wilderness about seven miles southeast of Hagerstown on the
south side of Beaver Creek near the mouth.
of his land was disposed of in 1769. Apparently his wife was not living and he
went to live with his son James, an arrangement that did not prove satisfactory.
It is not known how many children James had but among them were:
(46) Theodor Malott and (47) Catherine
Daughters of American Colonists' Lineage Book, vol. 10, p. 104 states that
Theodores Malott was born in France, was a landed proprietor
Washington County, Maryland and died there in 1751. We know nothing more of him
than the mention of his family in his will written Jan. 17,
proved March 19, 1751. The settlement of his estate in 1754 mentions his wife,
Catherine and children:
(23) wife of James Walling (22)
Matthias Ambrose and (49)
the passengers imported on the ship "Pleasant" and qualified at
Philadelphia on Oct. 11, 1732 was Mathias Ambrose, age 37. He signed the ship's
list himself in German script at the Court House which indicated that he was
probably of the upper class and had received an education. It is likely that he
was a widower accompanied by small children (not all ship's lists mentioned
wives or children) as later Maryland records mention adult Ambroses for whom no
immigrant record is given.
name itself had many variations and believed by Glenn Abbey to have been
originally derived from the French d'Amboise. Maryland and Pennsylvania records
have the following forms: Ambrosey, Ambrous, Ambrosa, Ambrosia, Ambrosius,
is known of Matthias until he is established in the German settlement on the
Monocacy River in Frederick County, Maryland in 1743 He is living on the land
surveyed for Adam Spongh where he operates a mill on Captain's Creek. This tract
is called "Gap" and is located on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge
Mountains near the town of Thurmont. The road which winds through the 'gap!
leads to Camp David, President Eisenhower's mountain retreat, and to Hagerstown.
Subsequent lands acquired by Matthias were known as "Arnold's Chance"
and "Arnold's Delight".
settlement on the Monocacy River was established by a colony of Germans on their
way from Pennsylvania to Virginia between the years 1730 and 1734. They were
enticed by the Hon. Daniel Dulaney who offered 200 acres to every family who
would settle in western Maryland for a rent of eight shillings per year. (See
Walling, James #44). Matthias was actively interested in establishing a church
on the Monocacy. He was a member of the Reformed congregation and he lies buried
in the cemetery adjoining Apple's Church, to which he bequeathed three pounds in
his will which was proved in 1784. The stone was barely discernable when I read
it: 10 Fe 1695 - 10 Au 1784.
Tracy believes Mathias' wife was Catherine Spongh (Spohn). Land records of
Frederick County show
Catherine as the name of his wife. No records have been found which give the
birth dates of his older
children but the Monocacy Church has the birth record of Maria Barbara on
January 24, 1743.
children of Matthias Ambrose were:
Mar. Barbara __________, Lived in Ayr Twp., Bedford Co., Pa.
Mar. Catharine _________
Mar. Daniel Weller, son of John Weller
Francis Walker and (53)
only information I have been able to locate on Francis Walker comes from
Williams, "Historical & Biographical Record of Frederick Co., Md.
", vol. 2, p. 1271. It states that the Walker family came originally from
England in the 16th century and fled to Holland because of religious
persecution. In 1732 Francis Walker left Holland for the new world where he
settled in Prince George' (now Frederick) County, Maryland. He was accompanied
by three sons: Jacob, who removed from Frederick Co., to Somerset Co.
Penna. about 1771; George who settled in that part of Frederick County
which is now included in Montgomery County where he died of hydrophobia from the
bite of a dog; and Francis. The family was generally Reformed or
Methodist but Francis, Jr. married a Roman Catholic.
may be a relationship with the Isaac Walker of Prince George Co. An article from
the Baltimore Evening Sun of Oct. 23, 1938 found in the Enoch Pratt Library
states that Isaac was one of three brothers who fled to America by way of France
after the Battle of Cullodon. He called his new home Toaping Castle after his
old home in Scotland. It remained in the Walker family until purchased by the U.
S. government for its Greenbelt Housing Project in 1934.
Christopher Knebel (Knoebel)
and Catharine Walborn (57).
English-speaking clerks of Philadelphia apparently had a difficult time
understanding and writing Christopher's name (as he was unable to write it
himself and only made his mark) when he arrived at that port on the ship
"Charming Nancy" Nov. 9, 1738. The German form was Knobel but it is
spelled variously Knabel, Abel, Creble, Knubel in Strassburger‑Hinke's
"Pennsylvania German Pioneers". He gives his age as twenty on this
next record is that of his marriage to Catharina Walborn, daughte of Christian
Walborn (114), one of the first settlers on the Tulpehocken in Berks County,
Pennsylvania. They were married on Dominica Judica Sunday (two Sundays before
Easter) in 1744 at the Christ Lutheran (Tulpehocken) Church near the
present‑day Stouchsberg. At that time he was living in Bethel Township
probably on the land which was deeded to him by the Thomas Fraeme heirs Feb. 13,
1755. Its location is just east of the Berks-Lebanon County line on a
stream bridged by old U. S. highway #22. It was in this area that the Indians
descended from the mountain passes to harass and massacre the settlers at the
beginning of the French and Indian War.
was naturalized by affirmation before the Supreme Court of Philadelphia in 1767,
and at that time signed his name as Stophel Knebell. Stophel is an old nickname
for Christopher. He died in 1794. His will provided for his wife Catherine and
directed that the remainder of his estate be divided equally among his eight
Walborn was born in 1722 in the Schoharie Valley, New York before the German
migration to Pennsylvania took place. Rev. Lochman of Zoar's Evangelical
Lutheran Church records her death thus: "Died May, 1807, Bethel Township,
Berks Co., Pa. Catherine Knebel, daughter of Christian Walborn and wife
Elizabeth. Married Christopher. They had nine children of whom seven survive.
Her husband preceded her in death thirteen years and she has been a widow since.
Died of old age at 85.”
children of Christopher and Catharine Knebel:
Peter 1745 - 1818 Married Catharine Gerhardt Dec. 7, 1773
Dec. 16, 1747; July 21, 1820 Married 1) Catharine Batdorf; 2) Eva Margaret Emmert
Elizabeth b. Sept. 25, 1748
b. April 24, 1755; d. Aug. 1825 Mar. Barbara
Aug. 16, 1758 Married John Gebhardt March 19, 1782.
1760 Married Anna Marie Hautz June 5, 1781
John Philip Gerhardt May 17, 1774
John Adam Kassel (Kasel, Cassel) and (59) Elizabeth
men arrived at the port of Philadelphia, Sept. 23, 1741 on the ship
"Marlborough", one, John Adam Kasel, a blacksmith, the other, Philip
Cunz, a shepherd from Nohefelden. Had they known each other before this voyage
to America? We do not know, but thirteen years later Adam was appointed
administrator of Philip's estate and the court record describes him as a
"near relation of the deceased". This leads us to believe that perhaps
Adam's wife may have been a member of the Kunz (Kuntz, Cunz) family; otherwise
we know only that her name was Elizabeth.
Adam Kassel was 22 when he arrived in America. He was not the first of the name
to settle in Pennsylvania. As early as 1680 the family of Abraham Cassel,
Mennonites, joined the settlement in Germantown then moved west into Lancaster
County. Perhaps Adam was related to this branch and remained in Germantown a few
years before moving on to take up land in Berks County at the foot of the Blue
Mountains. Although this relationship seems likely I have found no proof that
they were connected.
his lifetime Adam signs his name Kasel or Kassel, but soon public and church
records adopt the English form of the name - Cassel or Castle. Adam
appears on the tax list from 1754 to 1782 in Bethel Township. He owned land in
the Fraeme tract which was transferred to Jacob Geyer as of April 30, 1782. He
signed the "Memorial Against Calling A Convention" in 1779 together
with many of his German neighbors.
is not known when he was married nor how many children he had. Probably most of
them were girls and the records lost to other names.
was confirmed at the age of sixteen in 1761 in the Trinity Reformed Church near
Myerstown. She married Adam Schmidt and her
Salome was sponsor for their daughter, Salome, baptized Jan. 29, 1775, according
to K1opp's Reformed Church record.
b. Oct. 5, 1754; bap. March 24, 1755. As she and
Philip Schmitt appear together as sponsors for the baptism of Adam Schmidt's
fifth child it is likely that they were subsequently married.
and Peter Raiber were married March 30, 1760 according to Host Reformed Church
records. It is possible she belongs to this family.
Aug. 2, 1774 a marriage was recorded in Christ Lutheran Church records which
reads as follows: "John Adam Cassell, Bethel, son of John Adam Cassel and
Elizabeth Gethel, Hanover, Lancaster Co. , daughter of Peter Gethel. "
Whether this is the son of John Adam, the immigrant, or a second marriage of
John Adam himself has been a problem. I incline to the latter. No further record
appears for a John Adam, Jr; the name entirely disappears from Berks County
records after 1785 but reappears in Letterkenny Township, Franklin County in
1786; and the will of Adam Kasel in 1790 in that county is signed in German
script with the same spelling as used at Philadelphia.
1790 census lists Elizabeth Castle as head of the family and the approximate
ages of the two children indicate that they were children of the 1774 marriage.
The Letter of Administration # 158 mentions his son ‑in‑law (or
brother‑in‑law) Jacob Knable (28). The total appraisement of his
estate was 567 pounds.
Cassel is listed as one of the Berks County soldiers who fought in the American
Revolution under Capt. Wolf. He with many others from Berks County began the
trek west after the war and settled in Franklin County. His children according
to his will who survived him were:
sixteen in 1790. He is on the tax list of Letterkenny Twp. beginning in 1797 and
continuing to 1827. He is listed as a storekeeper and after 1803 as a justice of
uncertain, to receive 100 pounds in five years time to commence in 1797.
Philip Enos and (61)
Friederich Krebs reports from the German records that "Philib Enes of
Cleeburg leaves with wife and one child for America. " The ship on which
they sailed, the "Janet", arrived at Philadelphia Oct. 7, 1751. Philip
signed the ship's list himself in German script.
Enos family was undoubtedly Huguenot from the province of Hainault, now in
Belgium. They are listed as emigrants from Zweibrucken to America, but another
branch went to England before coming to Connecticut in 1648. This line traces
its history back to the city of Mons in 1463 when the name was spelled Henno.
must have gone immediately to the frontier across the Blue Mountains by way of
the Schuylkill River. He was living in a four‑mile district called
Brunswick in the vicinity of Fort Franklin at the time of the Indian wars. Most
of the residents of this area fled to the south side of the mountains at the
time of the Indian uprising, but Philip Annes does not appear on the tax list of
Lynn Township until 1762. The name is spelled various ways in the tax list where
he is named from 1762 to 1773; Enes, Annis, Ennes, Enes. In 1767 he was taxed
for 22 acres of clear land and 78 acres of woodland. Philip and George Enos were
early members of Jacob's Church (Reformed) in the nearby village of
Jacksonville. Its early records have been destroyed. Philip's name is found in
the records of the Reformed and Lutheran Church of Lowhill Township in 1769.
have no record of his wife's name. There were probably several children but the
only one of which we have record is:
first of the Simpkins family to arrive in America sometime before 1634 was
Nicholas Simkins from Burcot, Northamptonshire, England. He is listed in Boston
records as "gent. tailor ‑ draper". His occupation was in great
demand during the colonial period so we find his name in several town records:
Dorchester, Cambridge, Yarmouth Barnstable and Boston. He was a member of the
Military Company of Massachusetts which was organized in 1634 to guard against
attack. This was later to be known as the Ancient and Honorable Artillery
Company of Massachusetts, the oldest military organization in the United States.
Nicholas was also the first captain of the Castle, a fortification built on
Castle Island in Boston Harbor.
from Nicholas and his wife, Isobel, is unclear although the line through his
son, Pilgrim, is well established and centers in New England. Among other
children there was a son Nicholas who was one of the first settlers on Oyster
Bay, Long Island, in 1653. Where Vincent, presumed to be the father of
John (40), fits into the family relationship is not known. According to one
story three brothers came to Plymouth in the third expedition after the
Mayflower, James settled in Plymouth, Vincent in Stamford, Conn. and another (?)
in Bedford County, NY. Regardless of who the father of John was, the family was
closely allied with those New England Families, principally from Lynn, who
settled first on Long Island then migrated to South Jersey ca. 1700. Public
records show relationship between those of the name in Maryland and New Jersey
in later generations.
Gorsuch and (85) Sarah Cole.
was the sixth child of Rev. John and Anne (Lovelace) Gorsuch. He was born in
Walkern Parish, County Hertford, England and baptized Aug. 25, 1642. Shortly
after the death of his father the family came to Lancaster Count, Virginia. In
1657 he chose his brother, Richard, as his guardian. He became a member of the
Society of Friends, and it has been suggested that persecution in Virginia led
this group to migrate to Maryland. Charles was one of the first patentees in
1662 to land which is now included in the city of Baltimore. He acquired fifty
acres on Whetstone Point, now the location of Ft. McHenry.
1664 he married Sarah Cole (85), only daughter and heiress of Thomas and
Priscilla Cole, thereby acquiring more land: Cole's Harbor and Maiden's Choice.
For this marriage he was called to account by the Tred Avon Meeting for
"taking a wife contrary to the truth". We do not have Sarah's birth
date. She died some time in the latter part of 1689. Charles married (2) Ann
Hawkins in 1690.
one time Charles Gorsuch owned 5000 acres in Baltimore County but he sold or
mortgaged most of it before 1691. A street in Baltimore is named for him. He
died intestate and Letters of Administration were granted June 27, 1716.
children by Sarah Cole were:
1678, d. ca. 1733
ca. 1686, d. ca. 1746
Ensor and (87) Jane
name Ensor is derived from Edensor in County Derby, England. It is also spelled
Edsor and Edser. John's birth date is not known.
in "History of Frederick County, Maryland" says that Luke and John
Ensor emigrated from England and settled near Cockeysville, Md. They were
planters and owned part of the land on which the city of Baltimore now stands.
John is on the tax list in June, 1692 for land on the north side of Patapsco
Hundred, and again in 1694 on the south side of Back River Hundred.
was married ca. 1690 to Jane, maiden name unknown, who died after 1700. He
married (2) Elizabeth Enloe, widow of Abraham Enloe. Children by Jane were:
Mar. Thomas Gorsuch
ca. 1693; d. April 10, 1771.Owner of Darley Hall
Walling and (89) Sarah Elwell.
was the oldest child of his father who had been a resident in the Providence
Plantations since shortly after the establishment of the colony by Roger
Williams. Apparently he took over the management of the farm after his father's
death in 1674 which left a family of seven children all under age, including
Thomas. Many of the residents of Providence Plantations fled from the Indians to
more settled communities during this period. Town records of Aug. 14, 1676 say
of Thomas Walling that he was "one of those who staid and went not
away" in King Philip's War and so had a share in the disposition of Indian
captives whose services were sold for a term of years. In the unsettled years
ahead he remained loyal to the King of England and took the oath of allegiance
in May 1682.
was married to Sarah Elwell (89) of East Greenwich May 20, 1695. She was born
Aug. 24, 1676 in Gloucester, Mass. , the daughter of Thomas Elwell. They
remained in Providence for the birth of their first two children then joined her
parents who were already part of the New England settlement in Salem County, New
Jersey. Thomas still held the land bequeathed to him by his father, but he deeds
it to his son, Thomas of Cohansey, Jan. 26, 1719. It consisted of 140 acres
about three miles west of Providence on the north side of the river near
Weybosset Hill. His will, dated May 19, 1724 was probated Oct. 22, 1724 in Salem
County, N. J. Sarah survived him but the date of her death is uncertain. His
children as mentioned in his will and the records of Providence were:
March 5, 1698
Feb. 2, 1699
June 20, 1700
Nov. 21, 1701
Sept. 8, 1703
b: April 2, 1705
March 14, 1707
July 26, 1708
April 30, 1709
June 22, 1714
June 22, 1717
only reference we have to the father of Christopher Knoebel is the church record
of the marriage of Christopher and Catherine Walborn in which Christopher is
identified as "the legitimate single son of George Knoebel of
Christian Walborn and (115)
Catherine Elizabeth Batdorf.
was one of the six children of the Walborn family which came from the Palatinate
and settled eventually in the Schoharie Valley, N. Y. late in 1712 or early
1713. His birthdate was ca. 1696 so he was a sturdy young man who helped his
father in the rugged trip from Livingston Manor to Schoharie and during that
first year of bitter struggle for survival in their new home. Catherine
Elizabeth was probably much younger than Christian but she had shared the same
experiences, as the Batdorfs and Walborns lived in the same village in
the Palatines were unfamiliar with the language and were ignorant of the laws
regarding land grants, difficulties arose. Advantage was taken of them and they
felt unjustly treated by the colonial government. In 1722 Governor Sir William
Keith of Pennsylvania, while attending an Indian conference in Albany, became
impressed with the plight of the settlers. He invited them to come to
Pennsylvania. As a result fifteen families accepted the invitation and in 1723
cut a way through the mountains to the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. They
made canoes and rafts to float their belongings and the women and children down
the winding river while the men with their cattle went on foot along the banks.
After several hundred miles and weary weeks of travel they reached the mouth of
the Swatara river near Middletown. They followed its course northeast to the
foot of the Blue Mountains where some of them settled in Bethel township now in
Lebanon County. Among these were the Batdorf family. Others continued on to the
Tulpehocken Valley, and it was here near Myerstown where Christian Walborn
settled. Andreas Walborn, his brother, is recorded as, arriving in 1723,
probably to select land for his father. Among the petitioners for a road from
Oley to the Tulpehocken settlement in 1728 is Adam Walborn so we may assume that
the entire family had arrived in the valley by that time.
Indians had guided the Palatines to this area of forests, many streams and rich
limestone soil. This was the good farming land for which they had been seeking
‑ it was like their fatherland. William Penn had not yet purchased this
area from the Indians so there was delay in obtaining title to their land.
Christian secured his tract of 176 acres on Nov. 2, 1739 from Caspar Wistar for
a consideration of 70 pounds, 8 shillings. It is recorded in Lancaster County
Court House under a misspelling of his name: Christian Walbone.
religious people, the Germans established a church wherever they lived.
Lutherans and Reformed shared houses of worship; in Tulpehocker there were also
Moravians. There was often strife in these groups. Finally in 1743 the Lutherans
built their own church near Stouchsberg in Berks County. Christian, originally a
member of Rieth's Church became a charter member of the new church, and in 1748
was elected president of the Church Council of which Conrad Weiser and Martin
Batdorf were also members.
do not know when Catherine Elizabeth died, but Christian was a widower when he
wrote his will in 1764. It was probated Dec. 11, 1769. The burial place of both
is not known. Children as named in his will were:
John Adam Mar.
in 1744 to Euphrosina Kasterzen
b. 1722; Mar. 1744 to Christopher Knoebel
June 14, 1748 to George Conrad
April 15, 1733; d. Mar. 2, 1816; Mar. Marie Margareta
March 1735; d. March 16, 1813; Mar. Catherine Brucker.
before 1764; Mar. Peter Smith
John Gorsuch and (169) Anne
was born ca. 1600 probably in Ormskirk parish, Lancashire where early records of
the family are found. Records give 1628 as the year of his marriage to Anne
Lovelace which would be a year after her father Sir William Lovelace, was killed
at the siege of Grolle in Holland.
the age of seventeen she was the eldest of a family of eight children. John was
a clergyman and we do not know what parish he served during the birth of his
first four children, but in 1632 he was instituted rector of Walkern parish,
Herts. He lived there for ten years during which time six more children were
added to the family. He was an active Royalist and was finally ejected from his
parish by Parliament. Anne probably lived in hiding with relatives for the birth
of her next child, Lovelace. John was finally killed in 1647 fleeing from his
enemies. It was during this period that Anne's brother, Richard, was committed
to Gatehouse Prison for his support of King Charles I.
had been raised in a family that was interested in the colonization of the New
World; both her grandfathers had been members of the Virginia Company and her
father had willed her his shares in the Company. At the urging of her brother,
Francis, she took her seven children and set sail for Virginia in 1650. A
courageous venture which she did not long survive as she died in 1652 in
Lancaster County, Va.
Their children were:
1631-32, Mar. Oct. 12, 1660 to Catherine Morgan
Nov. 26, 1633 Mar. William Whitby
b. Nov. 19, 1635
b. April 19, 1637
b. March 13, 1638‑9 Mar. 1) Thomas Todd, 2) David Jones, 3) John Oldton
b. May 13, 1641, Mar. ______ Powell
(84) b. Aug. 25, 1642 Mar. Sarah Cole (85)
Mar. 1) Rebecca Preston, 2) Hannah Walley
b. after 1642
Thomas Cole and (171) Priscilla
1 of the Maryland Land Records gives several references to Thomas Cole, age 34,
in 1652 and wife, Priscilla. They first settled on the Severn River in Ann
Arundel County, then in 1668 acquired 550 acres on the north side of the
Patapsco River in Baltimore County. It was known as Cole's Harbour and is now
within the downtown section of the city of Baltimore from Sharp Street east.
Early land records mention a Robert, John and William Cole who may have been
brothers and who came to Maryland with Thomas. Priscilla was living in 1675 and
Thomas in 1695 as witnessed by notes recorded in Maryland Chancery Notes.
is mentioned in Gorsuch references as being the "sole heiress" of
Thomas Walling and (177) Mary Abbott.
is some disagreement as to the parentage of Thomas Walling but there is no
question that the first of the name to arrive in New England were Ralph and
Joyce Wallen who came to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship "Ann". Some
descendants trace their line through Thomas to them, but others indicate that
Thomas was born in England about 1630 and on coming to New England settled in
Roger Williams' colony at Providence.
a letter Roger Williams wrote concerning Thomas Jan. 22, 1651 reference is made
to his conduct in relation to Mary Abbott who was an orphan at the time. They
were subsequently married and Thomas was admitted as a townsman in 1651. Mary
died in 1669 and Thomas married Margaret Colwell (Caldwell), daughter or widow
of Robert Colwell.
became a freeman of Providence in 1655; a commissioner in 1657; and a surveyor
of highways in 1660. He drew lot 72 in a division of land among the proprietors
of Providence in 1665. He died on July 19, 1674 and his will gives us the names
of his children:
April 4, 1753 Lived in Providence, Smithfield, R.I.
May 20, 1670 1 twins
May 20, 1670
b. Oct. 25, 1672
Thomas Elwell and (179) Sarah
Elwell family was living in Gloucester, Mass. at the time of Thomas's birth Nov.
12, 1654. Sarah Bassett was born in 1654 in Lynn, one of the seacoast towns
where the Elwells had formerly lived. Thomas and Sarah were married Nov. 23,
1675. They remained in Gloucester for the birth of five children which are
registered there. Perhaps it was shortly after the death of his father in 1683
that Thomas migrated with his family to Cumberland County, New Jersey where
relatives and friends from Lynn and Salem were already established.
bought land of Benjamin Acton and in the deed he is mentioned as "late of
New England, now of Salem Towne and County, weaver. " The muster role of
the Cumberland Co. Militia in 1715 listed all males subject to military duty. It
included Samuel Elwell, Sgt. , Thomas Elwell, Insigne, John, and Will Elwell,
all sons of Thomas, and his son‑in‑law, Thomas Walling.
will of Thomas Alewell, Sr. shows him to be a carpenter of Pilegrove, Salem Co.,
N.J. It was dated April 25, 1706 and in addition to his wife, Sarah, mentions
his seven children. Thomas Walling was to have the sixteen acres "where he
now liveth and which were purchased of me."
Mar. Thomas Walling
b. April 26, 1678 Mar. Susannah
b. March 13, 1679‑80 Mar. ______
b. April 8, 1682 Mar. Ann _______
b. May 30, 1684
Mar. Rachel Garrison
b. ca. 1688 Mar. ________ Townzon
John Adam Walborn and (229)
to their emigration to the New World the Walborn family lived in that section of
the Rhine Valley known as the Palatinate. Church records of the family are found
in Wiesbach-Nassau, and it is said that John Adam rented a farm from
that time the whole of central Europe had been a battlefield for as long as
anyone living could remember. Under Louis XIV of France taxation became
unbearable and southwest Germany was plundered and stripped of its resources. In
the winter of 1708‑1709 nature also seemed to conspire against the
inhabitants. It was so cold that fruit trees and vines were killed with frost;
rivers were ice‑bound and even the 'sea froze along the coasts. All hope
was gone for those who tilled the land. For some time Queen Anne of England had
been welcoming Protestant refugees from France and William Penn was urging the
people of the Rhine Valley to come to Pennsylvania. The response was
overwhelming. Thousands left Germany bound for England with the promise of land
in America. Transportation from England to America proved inadequate so London
became a city surrounded by over 13, 000 refugees.
Adam Walborn with wife, Anna Elizabeth, and six children were part of this
throng who suffered privation and delay in reaching their destination in New
York. These immigrants were supposed to work the pine forests to secure tar for
the English navy. Upon arrival in the New World the Walborns were settled on the
east bank of the Hudson River in Livingston Manor. Putting farmers to work in
the forests was an unprofitable venture and the colonial government found it
necessary to provide subsistence for the settlers. Subsistence lists were
preserved and for the years 1710 and 1712 the name of Hans Adam Walborn with
wife and six children appears. In 1711 he volunteered for the expedition against
the French and served with. General Nicholson at Montreal.
the New York enterprise broke down completely and the Germans were told there
would be no more subsistence allotments. They were given permission to leave the
settlement for certain designated areas but the Schoharie Valley was forbidden
to them. Nevertheless about fifty families cut a road from Schenectady to
Schoharie in two weeks time in the dead of winter. One hundred other families
joined them in March. They located in seven villages named for the deputies who
had made arrangements for them. The Walborns settled in Schmidsdorf now located
at the railway station in present-day Schoharie.
with the great landowners and the colonial government still beset the settlement
so plans were made to leave for Pennsylvania. (See 114, Christian Walborn for
further details concerning the migration to Pennsylvania.)
Adam and his family probably arrived in the Tulpehocken Valley about
1727‑8. He was closely associated with Conrad Weiser, the leader of the
group, who settled in nearby Womelsdorf and later became known as Pennsylvania's
Indian ambassador, "friend of colonist and Mohawk. " We have few
records for John Adam, and it is not known to this writer where and when he and
Anna Elizabeth died.
Their children were:
Martin Batdorf (?)
July 24, 1700, Wiesbach-Nassau, Germany; d. Dec. 17, 1782; bur. Nazareth,
Pa. Became a Moravian at Lebanon, Dec. 1747; Mar. Dec. 15, 1721 to Johann George
1710; d. Jan. 10, 1747; Mar. July 20, 1728 to Maria Margaretha Feg. Moravian
records, Bethlehem, Pa.
Oct. 6, 1730 to Peter Schell by Rev. John Caspar Stoever.
Martin Batdorf and (231)
name of Martin Batdorf appears in most of the early records which also list the
Walborn name: the Sirnmendinger list names Anna Battorfin, widow, with two
children (one of which we can assume was Martin); the list of those who left
Schoharie for the Tulpehocken; the petition for a road from Tulpehocken to Oley;
and among the charter members of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church where he
served as a deacon and was a member of the Church Council.
Pennsylvania Martin settled on the banks of the Little Swatara between Frystown
and Rehrersburg later acquiring land adjoining that of Christian Walborn in the
was born in Baden, Germany according to the Lineage Book of the Daughters of the
American Colonists, vol. 12, p. 51. He and his wife, Maria Elizabeth, were still
living in 1767 according to Berks County records. During their lifetime they
deeded their large tract of land to their children arid grandchildren.
Elizabeth (115) Mar. Christian Walborn
Mar. Christian Noecker
Daniel Gorsuch and (337)
was born in March or April of 1569 and died a resident of Walkern parish,
Hertfordshire, England Oct. 8, 1638 at 69 yrs. 6 mos. and "odd days. "
His will was dated Oct. 6, 1638 and proved Nov. 24, 1638 in the Perogative Court
of Canterbury. He was described as "gentleman, late citizen and mercer of
wife, Alice Hall, born Dec. 25, 1574, daughter of John Hall of London. Married
Daniel Gorsuch on April 30, 1599. lived in Weston after his death. Her will was
proved in Canterbury Feb. 3, 1662‑3. Both are buried on the south side of
the chancel in Walkern Church where their son, John (168), was rector for a
time. Walkern village, no longer to be found on the map, was located five miles
east from Stevenage and six miles southwest from Buntingford. Among their
(338) Sir William Lovelace and
(339) Anne Barne.
was baptized at St. Alphege's, Canterbury, Feb. 12, 1583‑84 and died Aug.
12, 1627. He was known as Sir William of Woolwich or Sir William the Younger, of
Bethersden. He was a member of the Virginia Company and an incorporator
of the Second Virginia Charter of 1609. A soldier by profession he took part in
the last siege of Grolle, Holland, where he was killed. His will dated July 15,
:62? was proved June 23, 1628. He was married to Anne Barne ca 1610 whose father
was likewise interested in the Virginia Company. Anne was born ca 1590 and died
in London ca 1633. She was married a second time to Jonathan Browne, LL. D. of
of Anne and William:
Mar. John Gorsuch
- 1658. Poet. As Justice of Kent he presented a petition to Parliament
from the Kentish royalists in behalf of King Charles I for which he was
committed to Gatehouse Prison in 1642. While there he wrote "To Althea from
Francis 1620-1675. Colonial Governor of New York
Ralph Wallen and (353) Joyce
first of the Walling family to come to America were Ralph and Joyce Wallen who
arrived at Plymouth in July, 1623 on the ship ANNE, William Peirce, Master. They
are presumed to be the parents of Thomas Walling. See Chart Number 176.
(354) Daniel Abbott and (355) Mary
was born in Bildestone, England in 1584 and died in 1647 in Providence, Rhode
Island. He came to America in the Winthrop Fleet, landing at Salem in 1630. He settled in Cambridge and requested admission
as a freeman of the Colony. He is listed as a Juror as of Sept. 18, 1630 and is
a freeman in May 1631. He owned a house in 1635 located at the corner of Holyoke
and Mt. Auburn Streets which he sold in 1639 to John Russell and moved to
Providence, Rhode Island. He was one of the fifty-four of the first
settlers there to receive a "homelot. " Nothing is known of his wife,
Mary, except that she survived her husband and died in 1643.
had two children:
Mar. Thomas Walling
(356) Robert Elwell and (357) Joane
an old book entitled "Elwell Ancestry", compiled by Thomas Butler
there is an extended defense made by a Mr. Elwell in a trial for heresy and
blasphemy before Judge Denton at the Stafford Assizes. As no date is given this
writer does not know whether he is Robert Elwell or another member of the
family. He says "I lived then at Wolverhampton
in Staffordshire where my ancestors have lived above eleven hundred years
ever since the Saxons conquered the Britons." Banks gives Robert Elwell's
residence at the time of emigrating to America as the parish of
Stoke‑Abbot in Dorsetshire.
state that Robert came to Dorchester, Mass. in 1634. He owned lots #49 and #74.
He became a freeman of the Colony in 1640. Apparently he married Joane shortly
after arriving in Dorchester and their first child, Samuel, was probably born
there. Then he moved to Salem where the next three children were born. He
finally settled in Gloucester where he remained until his death May 18, 1683. In
Gloucester he was one of two commissioners to "end small causes" in
1651. In 1664 he was a member of the congregation selected to erect a meeting
house. His wife, Joane, died March 31, 1675 and he married, secondly, Alice
Linch, a widow, on May 29, 1676.
of Robert and Joane Elwell were:
ca. 1636; Mar. Esther Dutch
ch. " d. age 6 mos.
Nov. 23, 1639; Mar. Jane Durin. Captured by the Indians and died in captivity in
Dec. 27, 1641; Mar. Mehitabel Millett Josiah b. ca. 1644
ca. 1649; Mar. Mary Dutch
& d. 1651
May 12, 1652
b. Nov. 12, 1654
June 10, 1657; d. May 20, 1658
April 11, 1658
(358) William Bassett and (name
was born in England May 30, 1624. His father, Roger Bassett, died three years
later and his mother married Hugh Burt. When William was eleven years old the
family came to America on the ship "Abigail" as part of the Winthrop
Fleet. They settled in Saugus, later renamed Lynn. We hear no more of William
until the birth of his third child John in 1653. From this time on the family
records appear in Salem. They were involved in the witchcraft trials. The wife
of his son, William, was imprisoned for the offense. Elizabeth's first husband,
John Proctor, was executed in 1692 and she herself was tried but subsequently
released on the same charge.
Oct. 25, 1675 to Sarah Hood
April 1, 1674 to John Proctor
b. Sept. 1653
(179) Mar. Thomas Elwell
b. July 1655; Mar. __________ Sandy
b. 1656; Mar. Elizabeth _______
b. Jan. 1657; Mar. _________ Ruck
b. Feb. 1659‑60; Mar. _________Lille, Woburn, Mass.
b. March 1663
ca. 1664‑5; Mar. Ephraim Silsbee
___________Batdorf and (461) Anna
the Simmendinger Register published in 1717 Anna Badtorffin is listed as a widow
with two children. It is not known when her husband died. One of these is
assumed to be Martin as no other by that name appears on the list.
William Gorsuch and (673)
Hilson, niece of Robert Hillson, London. n the "Visitation of London"
of 1633 William appears as ''Gorsuch, Bishopgate Ward, a merchant. " The
name originated in Lancaster County where records of christenings, marriages and
burials are found in Ormskirk parish. The arms of the family are: Sable, 2 bars
engrailed between 3 fleur‑de‑lis or. Crest: Issuant from a ducal
coronet a lion rampant or.
(674) John Hall and (675) (Anne
Browne died Dec. 16, 1619. A merchant of London, "sometimes one of the
Bridge Masters. " His will proved Nov. 19, 1618 refers to him as "John
Hall, the elder, citizen and draper of London. " Children:
Will dated Nov. 28, 1644
(337) Mar. Daniel Gorsuch
(676) Sir William Lovelace and
(677) Elizabeth Aucher.
was baptized at St. Alphege's, Canterbury, Sept. 30, 1561; died at Canterbury
October, 1629. He was admitted to Gray's Inn, 1580; knighted for the part he
took in the suppression of the rebellion in Ireland. He was a member of the
Virginia Company and an incorporator of the Third Virginia Charter in 1614. He
married Elizabeth Aucher ca. 1580‑81 who was born between 1561 and 1565,
died Dec. 3, 1627 and is buried in Canterbury Cathedral. Children:
Mar. Feb. 19, 1603 to Sir John Cullimore, mercer.
(678) Sir William Barne and (679)
Barne was born Jan. 21, 1570 and died at Woolwich, Kent, May 7, 1619. William
was knighted at Whitehall July 23, 1603. He Subscribed to the Second Virginia
Company. He married Ann Sandys who was born June 21, 1570 and died 1629. They
had seven children, all sons except the youngest,
Mar. Sir William Lovelace
(708) Thomas Abbott and (709) (name
son of John Abbott; d. 1618.
Roger Bassett and (717) Ann
Bassett is the first known member of this family. He was married April 27, 1623
to Ann Holland. He died sometime before 1627. Ann married secondly Hugh Burt of
Dorking, County Surrey. They sailed for America on the ship, "Abigail"
from Plymouth on Aug. 1, 1635. Ann died in 1673.
Children by Roger Bassett:
William Lovelace and (1353) Anne Lewes.
was born ca. 1525-30; died March 23, 1577. He was admitted to Gray's Inn
in 1549 and called to the bar in 1551. He was elected Member of Parliament for
Canterbury in 1558 and returned three times. In 1559 he was appointed to the
Commission for the Establishment of Religion. In 1567 he was raised to the rank
of "Serjeant‑at‑Law. " On Feb. 28, 1571 he served as
justice of Assize for Oxfordshire. He married Anne Lewes who was buried Feb. 25,
1569. They had seven children among whom was:
Anne's death he married Mary (White) Carrell by whom he had two daughters.
Aucher and (1355) Mabel Wroth.
Aucher, Esq. was born "shortly before 1540"; died Feb. 14,
1567‑68 at Bishopsbourne, Kent. He married Mabel Wroth June 10, 1560. She
was born ca. 1542 and died 1597. After Edward's death she married Richard Hardes.
Edward's and Mabel's names appear on the Memorial tablet to Sir Anthony Wroth in
the Chancel of Bishopsbourne Church.
Mar. Sir William Lovelace
George Barne and (1357) Anne Garrard.
Barne was born ca. 1532; died at Woolwich, Kent, Jan. 2, 1592‑93; was
buried at St. Edmund's Lombard Street, London. He was a citizen and haberdasher
of London, sheriff of London in 1576, Lord Mayor in 1586, knighted by the Lord
Chamberlain June 11, 1587. He married Anne Garrard about 1565. She died Dec. 3,
The oldest of their nine children was:
The Most Reverend Edwin Sandys, D. D. and (1359) Cecily Wilsford.
Sandys was born in 1519 in the parish of Hawkshead, Furnace Fels, Lancashire;
died July 10, 1588, was buried in Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire. He was
educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, receiving an M. A. degree inn 1541.
He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge when Edward VI died in
1553. He supported the Reformation and Lady Jane Grey. When he refused to
proclaim Mary queen at Cambridge he was committed to the Tower of London, then removed to Marshalsea where he was liberated and
escaped to the continent in May, 1554. He returned to England when Elizabeth
became queen. He was made Bishop of Worcester, Dec. 21, 1559; Bishop of London
in 1570; Archbishop of York, 1577 until 1587. He was one of the translators of
the Bishops' Bible. His will, probated May 27, 1590, was a sermon of thirteen
married 1) Mary Sandys, daughter of William of Wadham, Essex; 2) Cecily Wilsford
Feb. 19, 1558‑9. She died early in the year 1610‑11. By her Edwin
had ten children among whom were:
married the daugher of Sir Francis Wyatt
colonial treasurer of the Virginia Company
Mar. Sir William Barne
(1416) John Abbott.
Of Bildestone, Suffolk County, England. Will dated
1588, ae 75 years.
Lovelace and (2705) Alice (Stevens) Shawe.
born ca. 1480; died ca. 1540; married Alice (Stevens) Shawe who died ca.
July 13, 1556 to Austin Cooke
and mayor of Canterbury, 15.36. Daughter:
(1353) Mar. Sgt. William Lovelace
Anthony Aucher and (2709) Affra Cornwallis.
was born ca. 1500; died Jan. 9, 1558; married ca. 1525 Affra Cornwallis. He
inherited the manor of Otterden and purchased the manors of Bishopsbourne and
Hautsbourne in 1548. In 1544 he was granted the manor of Lyminge in Kent by King
Henry VIII. He was agent for the king in the suppression of the monasteries. On
Feb. 22, 1546‑7 he was dubbed Knight of the Carpet by King Edward VI. He
was Marshal of Calais in 1557 and was fatally wounded in the fall of the city on
Jan. 7, 1558. A memorial tablet in the chancel of the church at Bishopsbourne
Anthony Aucher, Kt / Mareschal of Callice/ Govor of Guisnes/Master
of the Jewelhouse/ In the Times of Henry Ye Eight/ Edward Ye Sixt
&Queen Mary/ Slain at Ye Loss of Callice/ 1588/ Affra Cornwallis His
Wife/ Edward Aucher Their Son and/ Mabel Wroth His Wife/ She Was Buried 1597.
daughter Mar. Sir Humphrey Gilbert, the Navigator
Thomas Wroth and (2711) Mary Rich.
was born 1516; died between 1573 and 1575 at Enfield, Middlesex. As his father
died before he came of age he became a ward of the king. He inherited Durrants;
was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge; entered Gray's Inn in 1536.
Oct. 4, 1536 his wardship and marriage was granted by King Hnery VIII to Thomas
Cromwell. In 1539 Sir Richard Rich paid Cromwell 300 marks for the right of
disposing of Thomas Wroth in marriage and betrothed his third daughter, Mary, to
was Gentleman of the Chamber to Prince Edward in 1545; knighted in 1547;
Gentleman of Privy Chamber, 1549; one of the Merchant Adventurers to voyage to
Morocco in 1552. He participated in Sufford's second rising and fled to the
continent until Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1558. He was
commissioner for lord lieutenancy of London in 1569. At the death of King Edward
VI he was one of three who were present.
Among his fourteen children was:
Mar. Edward Aucher.
George Barne and (2713) Alice (Brooke) Rolfe.
George died in London Feb. 18, 1557‑58 and was buried at St.
Bartholomew‑ the‑Less near the Exchange. He was a haberdasher and
sheriff of London in 1545‑46; Lord Mayor of London, 1552; knighted at
Whitehall April 11, 1553. He was one of the first of the Merchant Adventurers to
go to Barbary, Russia, and Genoa. He was an incorporator of the first English
company to be organized for discovery in 1551 and one of the first four consuls
of the Merchant Adventurers.
married Alice Brooke Rolfe, sister of Roger Brooke and widow of Richard Relfe.
She was buried beside her husband on June 2, 1559. They had five children. Among
who married as her second husband Sir Francis Walsingham.
William Garrard and (2715) Isabell Nethermill.
Mar. Sir George Barne
Sandys and (2717) Margaret Dixon.
died between 1546 and 1549. They had seven children among whom was:
Wilsford and (2719) Rose Whetenhall.
(1359) Mar. Rev. Edwin Sandys
Bildstone, Suffolk County.
Lovelace and (5409) Laura Peckham.
Lovelace family has been traced back to John who died ca. 1417. He was
the proprietor of Lovelace Place in Bethersden, Kent. His son, Richard,
ca. 1390‑1466, was apprenticed to William Foucher and admitted a Freeman
of the Mercer's Go. of London in 1415. He married the "heiress of Eynsham.
" Their son; William, married Laura Peckham of the family seated at
Yatdham in Wrotham, Kent, (2704).
- Gules, on a chief indented argent, three martlets sable.
- On a staff raguly vert an eagle displayed argent.
Aucher and (5417) Alice Hilles.
Aucher died Jan. 6, 1508-09. Alice Hillis daughter of Thomas Hill. The Aucher
family has been traced back to the thirteenth century to Nicholas, son of
the Lord of Losenham. Female lines include the names of Churche, Boleyn,
St. Leger, Digges, and Northwode, the latter going back to Geoffrey
de Saye, one of the barons of Runnymede.
Other spellings of the name, which is French or Norman, are Auger, Augier,
- Ermine, on a chief azure three lions rampant or.
- a bull's head erased gules armed or.
Anthony Aucher (2708)
Cornwallis and (5419) Eliza Stamford.
home was in Broome, Suffolk.
(2709) Mar. Sir Anthony Aucher
Wroth and (5421) Jane Hawte.
died in 1536. He was attorney of the Duchy of Lancaster; a commissioner
appointed to inquire into the possessions of Cardinal Wolsey. He married Jane
Hawte (Haute) Goodere, daughter of Sir Thomas Hawte and widow of Thomas Goodere.
Wroths claim descent from William de Wrotham, constable of
Dover Castle in the reign of King John, through his son John Wroth,
sheriff of London in 1331 and lord mayor in 1361.
- Argent, on a bend sable three lions/ heads erased of the field, crowned
- A lion's head erased guardant azure crowned or.
Richard Rich and (5823) Elizabeth Jenks.
(2711) Mar. Sir Thomas Wroth
haberdasher of London during the latter part of the fifteenth century.
- Quarterly 1st & 4th azure, three leopards' heads argent; 2nd &
3rd argent, a chevron azure, between three Cornish choughs sable.
- On a mound
vert, an eagle rising argent, beaked and ducally gorged or.
Sandys and (5433) Margaret Gerard.
family had been seated at Furnace Fels, Lancashire for four generations. Prior to that the father of the first of three Williams,
Robert Sandes, lived at Rattenby Castle, parish of St. Bees, County Cumberland
during the reign of King Henry IV.
- Or, a fesse dancettee between three crosses, crosslet fitchee gules.
- A griffin segreant per fesse or and gules.
Probum non poenitet.
Dixon and (5435) Anne Roos.
Roos line has been traced back through the Thornburgh family to the barons of Runnymede and the kings and courtiers of
England, to the Saxon and Irish kings, to William the Conqueror and his
companions, through the Anjou line to Charlemagne, etc. See Americana, vol. 37,
Wilsford and (5437) Elizabeth Bettenham.
Wilsford died in 1526. The ancestry of Elizabethgoes back through the Bradbury
and Fitz William families to Sir Thomas Dymoke and his wife, Margaret
Welles, who were ancestors of George Washington. Margaret was the daughter
of Sir Lionel de Welles, a Knight of the Garter, a Plantagenet by descent
and a descendant of several of the signatories of the Magna Carta as well as 'of
the kings of Scotland.