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GENEALOGICAL NOTES AND ANECDOTES

   

DESCENDANTS
of
JOHN F. COMPTON
(BEF 1644 - AFT 29 May 1713 and BEF 5 March 1718)

   

G0497A: John F. COMPTON [007]
Birth: BEF 1644, <Charles County, Maryland, British North America>
Death
: AFT 29 May 1713 and BEF 5 March 1718, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Marriage: ABT 1670, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Spouse
: Mary CLARKE (ABT 1646, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BEF 29 May 1713, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [See
G0497A: Mary CLARKE in Descendants of Robert CLARKE the SURVEYOR (1611 - AFT 14 July 1664 and BEF 21 July 1664.]

Child 1: Matthew COMPTON I (1671, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 9 August 1747, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m. *Susannah BRISCOE (ABT 1687, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 11 January 1738/39, Charles County, Maryland, British North America)

Child 2: John COMPTON (ABT 1672, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1713/14, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m. Unknown UNKNOWN, ABT 1692

Child 3: Samuel COMPTON (Sr.) (ABT 1673, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 21 May 1701 and BEF 6 March 1703/04, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m. Anne UNKNOWN

Child 4: Eleanor (Elender) COMPTON (ABT 1674, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BY 1698, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America) [F]: m. Capt. Henry HARDY (ABT 1670, Picawaxon, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 21 December 1705 [Will signed] and BEF 20 September 1714 [Will proved], Charles County, Maryland, British North America), 1 August 1694, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Note 1: The parentage, place, and date of birth of John F. COMPTON are uncertain. His middle intial was "F" and it seems possible that he was related to the family FARSON which was settled in Delaware. It is known that on 12 June 1665, a survey was taken for him of 800 acres of land, an estate called "Brathwood," which was recorded on Lord Baltimore's rent rolls. By some researchers, he is believed to have been the immigrant who arrived in British North America in 1664.

Note 2: Last Will and Testament of John F. COMPTON: Charles County, Maryland: 29 May 1713:

  In the name of God Amen. The 29th of May 1713. I, John COMPTON, being sick and weake of body but of sound and perfect memory praise be to God for the Same, and knowing the uncertainty of this life on earth and being desirous to tittle things in order, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

That is to say first and principally I Commend my soul to almighty God my Creator assuredly believeing (sic) that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins and be saved by the precise Death and merits of my blessed Saviour and redeemer Christ Jesus, and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent and Christian manner.

As to my Executors hereafter named shall be thought meet and convenient, and as touching such worldly Estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me, my will and meaning in the same shall be employed and bestowed as hereafter by this my will.

First I will that all my Debts and duties as I owe in right or conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truly Contented and paid or ordained to be paid by my Executors hereafter named within Convenient time after my Decease.

Item - I give and bequeath to my  eldest Sonne John two thirds of my Patent Land that lies both in Charles County and Saint Marys County and allso (sic) two thirds of my moveable Estate, both household goods and horses or whatever value of right or Justice belonges (sic) to me.

Item - I give and bequeath to my Sonn Matthew the one third part of my Patent Land that lies both in Charles and Saint Marys Countys. All the Land in both Countys being divided in three parts, my eldest Sonn John Shall have two and my Sonn Matthew one and my Sonn Matthew allso (sic) the third part of my personall (sic) Estate.

Item - I will that neither my Sonn John nor my Sonn Matthew shall enjoy my lands no longer than these shall live and then itt (sic) shall goe (sic) to the next ears (sic- heirs) apparent of them both and so as any or one of the family of the Comptons shall continue in this world, either of the ears (sic- heirs) of my Sonn John or my Sonn Matthew COMPTON.

Item - I will that my Sonn John shall immediately enjoy one third part of my Patent Land together with my wife.

Item - I appoint my Sonn John and my Sonn Matthew Joint, Executors of my last will and testament as  witness my hand and seal this 29th of May 1713.

Delivered as  my last will and testament before signing and sealing.
                   John F COMPTON
Philip BRISCOE Sen. John X FARSON Susannah BRISCOE

On the back of this will was endorsed the following probate to wit,

Charles County, Philip BRISCOE Seni(or) John FARSON and Susannah BRISCOE subscribing witnesses to the written will, Depose on the holy Evangetial of almighty God that they either of them saw John COMPTON within named sign and seal the within instrument as his last will and testament and that he published and declared the same to be and there at the time after so doing he was of sound and perfect mind and memory to the best of their knowledge before this fifth day of March Anno Domini 1718.

Reference: Charles County, Maryland, Orphans Court Wills 1665-1767  (Will #3 1704-1733, pp. 78-79, Liber 15, folio H of R, Folio 8) - Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland

Note 3: Mary CLARKE, the wife of John F. COMPTON, was born and baptized a Catholic. Contrary to what is frequently said, she was not first the widow of Robert Douglas, the son of John Douglas and Sarah <Bonner>, who were married about 1655. If Robert Douglas was born about 1667, in Blithwood, Picawaxon, Charles County, Maryland, as seems plausible, this would have been too late for him to have been a husband to Mary CLARKE. Robert Douglas died, in Charles County, Maryland, in 1694.

Because she is not mentioned in the Will of John F. COMPTON, it can be thought that Mary CLARKE was deceased in advance of his writing it.

Note 4: John COMPTON, the son of John F. COMPTON and Mary CLARKE, predeceased his father.

Note 5: After the death of Eleanor (Elender) COMPTON, Capt. Henry HARDY was married to Ann UNKNOWN (died after 10 October 1717 [Will signed] and before 13 December 1717 [Will proved] in Charles County, Maryland) who had been married first to Richard ASHMAN, Sr. (died after 11 May 1698 [Will signed] and before 20 June 1698 [Will proved] in Charles County, Maryland). After the death of Capt. Henry HARDY, she was third married to William FORESTER (died after 17 April 1717 [Will signed] and before 25 May 1717 [Will proved] in Charles County, Maryland).

Jane Baldwin Cotton, Maryland Calendar of Wills:

  HARDY, Henry, Charles County, 21st December 1705;
20th Sept., 1714.
To wife Ann, executrix, and heirs, 1/3 of personal estate.
to daughter Ann, all land, tenements, etc.., of "Hardys Purchase" and 1/3 of personalty at 16 yrs. of age; she to be brought up in Protestant Church as established by law.
To kinsman Henry, son of George HARDY, and heirs, of Loughborow, Lessester County, residue of personalty and land afsd. Should daughter Ann die without issue and he dying without issue, to pass to his brother George and heirs, and successively to the family of HARDY and to next of kin.
Executors: Philip BRISCOE and his son John,
Overseer: Walter Story.
Test: Richard Coe, Richard Beaumont, Magins Sinclair, Mary
Sinclair. 13.738

FORESTER, Ann, widow, Charles County, 10th October, 1717;
13th December, 1717.
To son John ASHMAN and to daughter Mary, wife of Richard ANKRUM, 150 acres, "St. Edmonds," lying at Portobacco and formerly in possession of William FORESTER, testator's deceased husband, to be equally divided between them. Son John lacking issue, land to pass to the heirs of daughter Mary aforesaid.
To son Richard ASHMAN, personalty.
To granddaughter Ann OLIVER, personalty.
To James PENNY, personalty and to the rest of grand-children, personalty. The legacies to children of Mary ANKRUM being delivered from plantation at Portobacco.
Residue of estate to be divided equally among test. 3 sons, John and Richard ASHMAN and Richard ANKRUM, who are named as executors.
Test: Walter Story, Wm. Puttneck, Charity Thompson,
11. 421.
Testator directs that whatever is due to Henry HARDY, a legatee under will of her former husband, Henry HARDY, shall remain in hands of her son Richard ASHMAN till sent for.

By Richard ASHMAN, Ann UNKNOWN engendered Elizabeth ASHMAN (29 July 1680, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [F]; Richard ASHMAN, Jr. (4 February 1682, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]; John ASHMAN (1683/84, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]; Mary ASHMAN (3 August 1685, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [F]: m1. Richard ANCRAM (died 1726, <Stafford County, Virginia>, British North America); m2. William MATTHEWS, Sr. (ABT 1675, New Castle County, Delaware, British North America [adult baptism 6 July 1695 at Old Swede's Church, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware] - AFT 20 September 1739 [Will signed] and BEF 22 March 1740 [Will proved], Monocacy, Prince George's County, Maryland, British North America), ABT 1739, <Stafford County, Virginia>, British North America; Standish ASHMAN (1 October 1687, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]; Edward Hardy ASHMAN (12 June 1691, Charles County, Maryland, British North America -?) [M].

Charles County Hundred Rent Rolls Name Index Part 2 (D0-J)

Family Name Charles County Hundred Rent Roll Page Sequence Tract Name Other Mentioned
           
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 294 44 ASHMANS PURCHASE PROMISE
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 289 11 BACHELOR HARDYS PURCHASE
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 294 45 BAKERS ADDITION BAKERS REST
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 291 23 PROMISE  
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 295 50 ST. JAMES ROBINS, BURFORD
HARDY, Henry Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary 298 73 WARDS CHANCE  

Land Records: Piccawaxen (or Wm & Mary Parish) Hundred Rent Rolls (1642-1753): Charles County, Maryland:

  1.) Charles County Hundred: Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary

2.) Rent Roll Page: 289

3.) Sequence: 11

4.) Tract Name: BATCHELLOR

5.) Acres: 450

6.) Survey Date: 14 May 1651

7.) Acres Held by Tenant: 150

8.) 1642-1753 In Possession of: HARDY, Henry

9.) Surveyed For First Name: Francis

10.) Surveyed For Last Name 1: Posey

11.) Surveyed For First Name 2: John

12.) Surveyed For last Name 2: Burlaine

13.) Full Description of Tract: Surveyed: 14 May 1651 for Francis Posey and John Burlaine on the East side of Potomack river beginning near the mouth of Batchellors Creek

14.) Watercourse: Batchelors Creek

15.)

16.) Other Mentioned Tracts: HARDY’S PURCHASE

17.) 1642-1753 Note 1: Henry HARDY which he resurveyed 14 May 1681 by the name of HARDY’S PURCHASE

18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) 23.) 24.) 25.) 26.) 27.) 28.) 29.) 30.) 31.) 32.) 33.)

34.) 1642-1753 Source Record "Dates: 1642-1775, Description: 8, CH, pp. 283-464, i of tracts, Accession No.: 17,616-2, MSA No.: S 18-15, Location: 1/24/1/2 "

35.) 36.)

Record Format 1.) Charles County Hundred 2.) Rent Roll Page 3.) Sequence 4.) Tract Name 5.) Acres 6.) Survey Date 7.) Acres Held by Tennant 8.) 1642-1753 In Possession of 9.) Surveyed For First Name 1 10.) Surveyed For Last Name 1 11.) Surveyed For First Name 2 12.) Surveyed For last Name 2 13.) Full Description of Tract 14.) Watercourse 15.) Landmarks 16.) Other Mentioned Tracts 17.) 1642-1753 Note 1 18.) 1642-1753 Note 2 19.) 1642-1753 Note 3 20.) 1642-1753 Note 4 21.) 1642-1753 Note 5 22.) 1642-1753 Note 6 23.) 1642-1753 Note 7 24.) 1642-1753 Other Names 1 25.) 1642-1753 Other Names 2 26.) 1642-1753 Other Names 3 27.) 1642-1753 Other Names 4 28.) 1642-1753 Other Names 5 29.) 1642-1753 Other Names 6 30.) 1642-1753 Other Names 7 31.) 1642-1753 Other Names 8 32.) 1642-1753 Other Names 9 33.) 1642-1753 Other Names 10 34.) 1642-1753 Source Record 35.) 1753-1777 In Possession of 36.) 1753-1777 Source Record

For more about Capt. Henry HARDY, see note 68 under G0498A: Robert CLARKE the SURVEYOR in Descendants of Robert Clarke the Surveyor (1611 - AFT 14 July 1664 and BEF 21 July 1664).

Land Deals, Wills, Marriage, Names of Parents: The Ashman-Hardy-Ancoram/Ancram - Forster, Matthews-Beals Families, 1698-1813: Opal M. Lousin, Apt. 730, 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062-5962 (1998):

 

Richard ASHMAN was living with his wife Anne and children in Charles County, Maryland, when he made his will on 11th of May 1698. The will was probated on 20th of June 1698. The children are listed as having been born or lived at the head of Wicomico River. Elizabeth was born 29th of June 1680. Richard was born 4th of February 1682; the will gave him part of a tract called “Promise.” To John, born about 1683/84, was given half of Baker's Addition. To Mary, born 3rd August 1685, was given the other half of Baker's Addition. To Standish, born 1st October 1687, was given the residue of "Promise”. To Edward Hardy ASHMAN, born 12th June 1691, was given “Ashman Parche.” Before the inventory was completed about 1701, Anne Ashman married Captain Henry HARDY, a magistrate official who had witnessed the will.

William FORSTER inherited by will from his wife Dorothy a parcel of land of 150 acres called St. Edmonds at the head of Portabacco Creek. By his will made 17 April 1717 and probated 25th May 1717, he left this tract to his widow, Ann. The inventory was made 24th June 1717. [William FORSTER married Ann about 1716.]

Ann FORSTER, widow, made. her will on 10th October 1717, and it was probated 13th December 1717. The inventory was made in January. She left to her son John ASHMAN and to her daughter Mary, wife of Richard ANKRUM, 150 acres called St. Edmonds, lying at Portabacco. She said that her son Richard ASHMAN was to have the services of the Englishwoman, Charity Thompson, for the next two years of her term. She mentioned her daughter Ann OLLOVER, James PENNY, and the children of Mary ANKRUM; and Ann’s three sons, John ASHMAN, Richard ASHMAN and Richard ANKRUM were named executors.

Whatever was due to Henry HARDY, a legatee under the will of her former husband, Henry HARDY, was to remain in the hands of her son Richard ASHMAN until the legatee sent for it.

Ann FORSTER's daughter Mary was the wife of Richard ANCHORAM, who bound himself to John ASHMAN, 22 February 1723, to abide by division made of part of a tract called St. Edmonds, devised to John ASHMAN and Mary ANCHORAM by their mother. This record was made 9th June 1726, conveyance being completed 24th November 1726.

Thus the two real estate deals held in common by Mary ASHMAN ANKRUM and John ASHMAN were evidence of their brother-sister relationship and her marriage to Richard ANCHORAM.

10 Oct 1717 - will of Ann FORSTER, widow of William FORSTER.

13 Dec 1717 - will of Ann FORSTER was probated. 150 acres called "St. Edmonds" on Portabacco Creek was left to her son John ASHMAN and to her daughter, Mary, wife of Richard ANKRUM. She gave her son Richard ASHMAN the services of Englishwoman, Charity Thompson, for the next two years of her term. Also mentioned were her daughter Ann OLLOVER, James PENNY and the children of Mary ANKRUM; and her three sons. John ASHMAN, Richard ASHMAN and Richard ANKRUM were named as executors.

Oliver and Elizabeth MATTHEWS of Newcastle County, Delaware, were the parents of William MATTHEWS, who was born July 6, 1695 and baptized at Old Swede’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware, when he was about twenty years old. William, a weaver, and his wife Mary were the parents of Elizabeth, born about 1729/30, and William, Jr., born June 19, 1732, in Stafford County, Virginia. When they moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland, they sold a tract of land called STOR Plantation, containing 50 acres, on 28th September 1733 to Mary's brother, John ASHMAN, planter, and his wife, Anne ASHMAN.

On 25th March 1734, William MATTHEWS, Sr., took a lease to farm a part of Carrollton between Monocacy Village and the Potomac River and containing 200 acres from Charles Carroll, Esq., of Baltimore. They were living in Monocacy when their daughter Mary was born in 1734. Their daughter Hannah was probably born there, and their daughter Margaret was born on the 2nd day of the 2nd month 1740.

The parents were. not members of the Quaker Church until about 1734 or 1735. William, Sr., became very active in the church He and some other men from the Meeting were imprisoned for three months in a prison about 20 miles away for their testimony against a hireling priest. Henry Ballinger and William MATTHEWS, Sr., were trustees for the Monocacy Meeting when in 1739 Meredith Davis deeded them five acres of his land known as "Good Luck."

However, William did not live long and made his will on the 20th of the 9th month, 1739, and it was probated 22nd of March 1740. Mary was made the executrix. William said to pay first his funeral expenses and discharge his debts and then to give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law Sarah ANCRAM a gray mare and a “ewe commonly called hers". The others mentioned were his daughter Elizabeth, his son William, his daughter Mary, his daughter Hannah and the child “his wife is big with” (Margaret). The balance of the estate was left to his "loving wife Mary."

Note 6: About Samuel COMPTON, Sr.:

  Samuell COMPTON 25.123 A CH £52.16.10 #12672 March 6, 1704
The amount of the inventory is equivalent to #12672.
Payments to: Phill. BRISCOE, John Rowland, Mathew COMPTON, Henry HARDY, John Stansbury, John Simpson, Walter Storry, Richard Cone,
Administratrix: Anne DIXON (relict), now wife of Thomas DIXON.
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William Timothy 25.123 A #6640 April 12, 1705
Payments to: William Herbert per Phillip BRISCOE, Edward Chapman, Dr. Vinner, Robert Yates, Christopher Shadwell,
Administrator: Samuell COMPTON (deceased on folio 123) by Thomas DIXON.
===
William Timothy 20.264 A CH £23.14.0 #3924 May 14, 1701
The amount of the inventory is equivalent to #5688,
Payments to: Grace Timothy widow of deceased), John Rose, William Herbert and his wife Sarah (executrix of Ralph Smith), William Nicholls, Phillip BRISCOE, Gerrard Fowke.
Administrator: Samuell COMPTON.
===
William Timothy 11B.27 I CH £23.14.0 May 21, 1700
Items in the possession of Samuell COMPTON of St. Mary's County.
Appraisers: Thomas DIXON, John Gwine.

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G0496A: Matthew COMPTON I [006]
Birth: ABT 1671, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Death: AFT 19 March 1744/45 and BEF 9 August 1747, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Father:
John F. COMPTON (BEF 1644, <Charles County, Maryland, British North America> - AFT 29 May 1713 and BEF 5 March 1718, Charles County, Maryland, British North America)
Mother: Mary CLARKE (ABT 1646, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BEF 29 May 1713, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [See
G0497A: Mary CLARKE in Descendants of Robert CLARKE the SURVEYOR (1611 - AFT 14 July 1664 and BEF 21 July 1664.]

Marriage: BEF 1702
Spouse: *Susannah BRISCOE (ABT 1687, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 11 January 1738/39, Charles County, Maryland, British North America)

Child 1: John COMPTON (9 November 1702, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]

Child 2: Philip COMPTON (5 November 1705, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]

Child 3: Susannah COMPTON (6 February 1707, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ABT 1787, Loudon County, Virginia) [F]: m1. Robert WHITELY (ABT 1703, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BY 1744, Fairfax County, Virginia, British North America); m2. Henry TAYLOR, ABT 1745, Fairfax County, Virginia, British North America

Child 4: Matthew COMPTON II (26 June 1709, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 4 March 1770, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m. *Rachel HOWARD (1714, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1787, Charles County, Maryland), 31 December 1731, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Child 5: Eleanor COMPTON (1 December 1711, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [F]: m. John SLYE (ABT 1695, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, British North America - ?)

Child 7: Sarah COMPTON (24 March 1714, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BEF 1747) [F]: m. <John> PARKER

Child 8: Samuel COMPTON (19 May 1716, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?) [M]

Note 1: Last Will and Testament of Matthew COMPTON I: Charles County, Maryland, 19 March 1744/45:

  In the name of God, Amen.  Matthew COMPTON, Senior of Charles County, in the province of Maryland being in good health and memory blessed be God but considering the frailty of this life and that all flesh must yield when God by death calls, do make this my last will and testament.

In manner and form following publishing all other former wills by me made incomplete.

Item - I commit my soul to God that gave it to me for its future happiness through the merits of my Creator and merits of my Redeemer Jesus Christ my body after my decease.

I commit to the earth till resurrection to be burried as my Executor hereafter to be named shall think fit and for what wordly goods God hath been pleased to intrust me with, after just debts and funeral charges being paid, I dispose of the same as followeth:

Item - I give and bequeath to my son Samuel COMPTON all that part of my Estate he is possessed with in Virginia and also 2 shillings sterling in bar that he shall not claim any other part of my Estate.

Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna WHITELY 2 shilling sterling in bar that she shall not claim any other part of my Estate.

Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Eleanor SLYE 2 shillings sterling in bar that she shall not claim any other part of my Estate.

Item - I give and bequeath to my grandson Matthew Compton PARKER 2 shillings sterling in bar that he shall not claim any other part of my Estate.

All the rest of my Estate both reall and personal both houses, lands, goods and chattels, I give and bequeath to my son Matthew COMPTON and his heirs forever whom I constitute, ordain and appoint to be the Executor of this my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of March, Anno Domni 1744/45.  Signed sealed published and declared by Matthew COMPTON lent to be his last will and testament.

In presence of us.  Geo. BRISCOE and Wm. HOWARD

On the back of the foregoing will was endorsed the following:  To wit,

Charles County, on the fifth day of September 1747, came Geo BRISCOE and William HOWARD, the subscribing witnesses to the written will and made oath on the Holy Evangelists that they saw Matthew COMPTON sign the written testament of writing and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of their judgments of sound and disposing mind and memory.

Before Walter Hanson

Reference:  SLC Fil #13761 Will #4 1734-1752, pp. 235-236, Liber 25, Folio 150, Charles County, Maryland Orphans Court

Note 2: Discussion of the family BRISCOE is to be found in in A Branch of the Piscataway Dunn Family by Anthony J. Christensen.

Note 3: About Susannah COMPTON, from Becky Bass Bonner and Josephine Lindsay Bass, My Southern Family: A Genealogical Study of Historical Southern Families:

  "In Fairfax County, a Robert WHITELY died intestate prior to 1744. That year, the court records (Will Book A, p.50) show his widow, Susanna(h) WHITELY, to be the administrator of his estate. Later (Will Book A, p.75), there was an appraisal of his estate 'at the plantation of Robert WHITELY.' The appraisal included a boat and one old warming pan. The next year, the records show (Will Book A, pp. 125 and 134) the administrator to be Susanna TAYLOR. She had married Henry TAYLOR, a widower with several children, between 1744 and 1745. (By 1751, they had a son John).

"In Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1755, a lease from Robert Carter to Henry TAYLOR listed William WHITELY as the son of Susannah TAYLOR by her former husband (Robert WHITELY). Susannah Compton Whitely TAYLOR survived her husband Henry by many years and died about 1787. Loudoun County court records show a settlement of her estate. (Deed Book R, p. 94 - 29 December 1787).

"Implied Marriages of Fairfax County, Virginia, p. 217: 'TAYLOR, Henry & Susannah WHITELY, administratrix of Robert WHITELY (Deed Book D1, part 1, pp. 225 - 227; Will Book Al, part 1, p. 126).

"Court records in Charles County, Maryland, just across the Potomac River from Fairfax County, Virginia, help identify Susanna WHITELY's background.

"She was the daughter of Matthew and Susanna (BRISCOE) COMPTON and the granddaughter of Philip and Susannah (SWAN) BRISCOE. In 1740, Matthew COMPTON named his daughter, Susannah WHITELY, in his will.

"The same year, Susannah BRISCOE, widow of Philip, willed her 'granddaughter Susannah WHITELY a warming pan and to the remaining children of my daughter Susannah COMPTON one shilling each.' Matthew COMPTON's will is in Will Book AC4, page 235, and Susannah BRISCOE's will in the same book on page 116. Other wills in these families tie the relationship together."

Note 4: John SLYE, the husband of Eleanor COMPTON, was the son of Robert SLYE (Jr.) (ABT 1663, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 18 April 1698, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Priscilla GOLDSMITH (BEF 1680, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 1726, Charles County, Maryland, British North America). After the death of Robert SLYE (Jr.), Priscilla GOLDSMITH was second married to Robert SINCLAIR [BEF 1680 - BEF 22 March 1724/25).

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G0495A: Matthew COMPTON II [005]
Birth: 26 June 1709, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Death: 4 March 1770, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America
Father:
Matthew COMPTON I (1671, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 9 August 1747, Charles County, Maryland, British North America)
Mother: *Susanna BRISCOE (ABT 1673, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?)

Marriage: 31 December 1731, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Spouse: *Rachel HOWARD (1714, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 23 May 1789, Charles County, Maryland, British North America)

Child 1: William COMPTON (4 March 1733, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 6 December 1804, Charles County, Maryland) [M]: m. Mrs. Susannah BRISCOE (née WILSON) (ABT 1731, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ?), 19 November 1758, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Child 2: Susanna COMPTON (1 February 1734/35, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1811, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [F]: m. Joseph TURNER (1 March 1745/46 - 1810, St. Mary's County, Maryland)

Child 3: Stephen COMPTON (25 December 1736, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 20 November 1784, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m1. Mary WARREN, AFT 1757: m2. Elizabeth UNKNOWN, AFT 1776

Child 4: Samuel COMPTON (25 October 1737, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 5 January 1765, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) [M]: m. Sara TRUMAN (ABT 1740, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America - ?), ABT 1758, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Child 5: Zachariah COMPTON (19 March 1738/39, La Plata, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1790, Bluefield, Mercer County, [West] Virginia: interment at Culpeper County, Virginia) [M]: m. Mary Ann MIDDLETON (ABT 1737, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America - 31 July 1811, Culpeper County, Virginia), AFT 1771

Child 6: Margaret COMPTON (27 May 1740, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America - December 1817, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America [F]: m. Edward WILDER (ABT 1730, <Washington County>, Maryland, British North America - 1789, Charles County, Maryland), 31 January 1769, Charles County Maryland, British North America

Child 7: Elizabeth COMPTON (21 May 1742, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 28 June 1785, Nelson County, Kentucky) [F]: m1. *Walter BRISCOE (12 May 1742, St. Mary's or Charles County, Maryland - 1783, drowned in the Salt River, Nelson County, Kentucky), 13 May, 1762, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America: m2. Joshua HOBBS, 2 April 1786, Nelson County, Kentucky

Child 8: Philip COMPTON (21 April 1744, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 1798, <Culpeper County>, Virginia) [M]

Child 9: Matthew COMPTON III (31 December 1745, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 19 March 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia) [M]: m. Mary UNKNOWN, ABT 1765, Culpeper County, Virginia

Child 10: John COMPTON, Major (28 February 1747, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 10 January 1803, Jefferson County, Kentucky) [M]: m. *Elizabeth BRISCOE (28 March 1751, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 4 November 1790), 12 February 1771, Charles County, Maryland, British North America

Child 11: Barton Alexander COMPTON (3 December 1753, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - BY 3 November 1784) [M]

Child 12: Alexander COMPTON (16 September 1755, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America -?) [M]: m. Mary JOY, 4 October 1782, Charles County, Maryland

Child 13: Edmund Howard COMPTON, Capt. (10 June 1759, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 28 March 1838, Nelson County, Kentucky) [M]: m1. Suzannah UNKNOWN (ABT 1765, <Hardin County>, Kentucky, British North America - AFT 5 November 1791 and BEF 28 September 1796, <Hardin County, Kentucky), BEF 5 November 1791: m2. Sarah ("Sally") FOSTER (29 December 1766, <Nelson County>, Kentucky, British North America - 15 April 1837), 28 September 1796, Nelson County, Kentucky)

Note 1: The names of Matthew COMPTON II's children are listed in the Parish Register of Trinity Episcopal Church in Charles County, Maryland. William, Stephen, and Zachariah, not named in the Parish Register, appear to be the eldest sons. Matthew COMPTON II's Will names Stephen, Matthew, John, Barton, Alexander, and Edmund Howard. Stephen COMPTON's Will names all except Barton who, it is presumed, was dead at that time. Stephen, in his Will, refers expressly to "my brother, Zachariah." It is known that Matthew COMPTON obtained grants of land, in Charles County, Maryland, in 1733, the year in which his eldest surviving child was born.

Note 2: About Matthew COMPTON II, from Becky Bass Bonner and Josephine Lindsay Bass, My Southern Family: A Genealogical Study of Historical Southern Families:

  "Aug 1747 Charles County: Peter DENT is removed from his office of constable [of Newport East, Maryland], and Matthew COMPTON appointed in his room; (next consecutive entry) bench warrant ordered and issued for Proprietary vs Peter DENT [reason not specified but may have to do with unsatisfactory performance as constable]

"16 April 1752 Charles County: William Ward and Notley Ward of Charles County, planters, sold to Mathew COMPTON of Charles County part of tract 'Wilton' of about 150 acres, at the time in possession of Thos Pettet; Anne the wife of William Ward voluntarily acknowledged deed in court "

Note 3: Last Will and Testament of Matthew COMPTON II, St. Mary's County, Maryland: February 1770:

  In the name of God Amen.  I Matthew COMPTON of St. Marys County, in the province of Maryland, taking into consideration the uncertainity of this most transitory life, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

First and principally, I give my soul to Almighty God that gave it to me, whom He in His wisdom shall see fit to call me home, trusting in His infinite mercy through the above merits and mediation of Jesus Christ for the full pardon and remission of all my sins, and that at the judgment day of account when all men shall appear before the Tribunal of the Just and everliving God, I shall be counted worthy to be summoned amongst those that shall have that Blessed and heart rejoicing soul and a prouncement unto them come ___ Blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  As to my body, I commit it to the Earth from whence it was taken, to be buried by my executrix hereafter named, in a Christian like manner, and asto my Temporal Estate, which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, after all my just debts are paid, I give and bequeath in the manner following - sinpinnis

I give and bequeath unto my pious and well beloved wife, Rachael COMPTON, my whole Estate both real and personal during her widowhood, but if it should be her pleasure to marry, then my will and desire is that my Estate, aforesaid be divided amongst my six children as follows. Viz

The Tract or parcel of land whereon I now dwell called Wornout, I give and bequeath unto my sons Barton, Alexander and Edmund Howard COMPTON to be for their support and maintenance untill they arrive to full and lawful age, and no longer thou after my said wife’s death or marriage, my children aforesaid come to full age, I give and bequeath the aforesaid Tract or parcel of land called Wornout unto my son Stephen COMPTON and his heirs forever but if my said son Stephen should die without heirs, then I give and bequeath said Tract of land unto my son Matthew COMPTON and his heirs forever and if my said son Matthew should die without heirs, then I give and bequeath said Tract of land unto my son John COMPTON and his heirs forever and in case my said son John COMPTON should die without heirs, then I give and bequeath said Tract of land unto my son Barton COMPTON and his heirs forever, and if my said son Barton should die without heirs, then I give and bequeath said Tract of land unto my son Alexander COMPTON and his heirs forever, and if my said son Alexander COMPTON should die without heirs, then I give and bequeath said Tract of land unto my son Edmund Howard COMPTON, and his heirs forever.

After my wife’s death or marriage, it is my will and desire that my personal Estate be equally divided amongst my six children Matthew, John, Samuel, Barton, Alexander and Edmund Howard COMPTON and provided my wife should die or marry before my children come to lawful age, to take the Estate into their own hands then I do hereby nominate and appoint my son John COMPTON to be guardian for my said children and to take their Estate immediately into his hands.

Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Rachael COMPTON whole Executrix of this my said Will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Day of February Anno Domini 1770.

Signed, sealed and published    /s/ Matthew COMPTON  (Seal)
pronounced and declared in the
presence of us

Robert Slye Wood
Henry Morris
Samuel BRISCOE

In September 1770, you Rachael COMPTON, as Executrix of Matthew Compton, solomonly make oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that this is the only true Last Will and testament of Matthew Compton late deceased that has come to your mind, hand, possession or knowledge.

    Sworn before Owen Allen, Deputy, St. Mary County
      ________ September 1770

3 September 1770
Then Rachael COMPTON widow of deceased, made her election and chose to abide by the Will.

    ______ Owen Allen  Rachael (mark) COMPTON

Saint Mary’s County, to wit:

On the 5 day of September, 1770, came Robert Slye Wood, Henry Morris, two of the three subscribing witnesses to written Last Will and Testament of Matthew COMPTON, late of this county, aforesaid deceased and severally made oath on the Holy Evalgels of Almighty God that they did see the said Matthew COMPTON, the Testator therein named, sign and seal this Will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to the said Will, in the presence, and at the request of the aforesaid Testator and that they did so each other together with Samuel BRISCOE the other subscribing witness, subscribe those names thereto as Evidencios.

       Sworn before Owen Allen Deputy
       St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Reference:  Maryland Hall of Records, Wills, Liber 38, Folio 53, pp. 592-593

Note 4: Rachel HOWARD, the wife of Matthew COMPTON II, was the daughter of William Stevens HOWARD (3 November 1684, Pocomoke, Somerset County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 15 December 1733 and BEF 29 April 1734, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Elizabeth UNKNOWN.

The Will of William Stevens HOWARD of Charles County, Maryland, planter, was signed 15 December 1733 and proved 29 April 1734. It mentions daughter Rachel, wife of Mathew COMPTON. [Maryland Calendar of Wills, vol. 7, p. 78]

William Stevens HOWARD was first married to *Sarah BRISCOE (Will proved 20 May 1735), the daughter of Col. and Dr. Philip BRISCOE (ABT 1648 - 1724) and Susannah SWAN.

Concerning William Stevens HOWARD, the following reports are of interest:

  WHITE, John, Pocomoke, Somerset County, 1st June, 1685; 3rd October, 1685. To eldest son William and heirs, 800 A., part of “Buckingham and 500 A., part of “Partner's Choice.” To second son Stevens and heirs, “Coldicott” at decease of wife Sarah. [Page 166] To third son John, eldest daughter Eliza:, youngest daughter Sarah, and their heirs, 700 A., residue of “Buckingham” and 650 A., “Unity;” should any die without issue, survivor or survivors to inherit deceased's portion. To daughters Tabitha and Priscilla, twins, 700 A., “Newport Pannell.” To William TRIAL and cousin William Stevens HOWARD, personalty. To wife Sarah, executrix, residue of aforesaid land, “Partner's Choice,” and 1/3 of residue of estate, real and personal. Test: Eliza: Stevens, Robt. Paine, Henry Ayres, Jno. Vigerous, Edmund Harwood. 4. 200.

STEVENS, William, Rehoboth, Pocomoke, Somerset County, 29th August, 1687; 26th March, 1688. To Sarah WHITE, widow, plantation during life which “she now lives on.” To Stevens WHITE, son of said Sarah, and heirs, said plantation at her death; also property on which testator lived, and “The Points.” To John WHITE's child. and their heirs., 200 A., (unnamed) in common. To cousin William WHITE and heirs, 500 A. (unnamed). To cousin Eliza: WHITE and heirs, 500 A., “Cedar Hall.” To 3 youngest daughters, of sister WHITE, viz., Tabitha, Priscilla, and Sarah, personalty. To Edward (or Edmond) HOWARD and his son, William Stevens HOWARD, and heirs, land (for description see will). To George, second son of Edmond (Edward) HOWARD, land (for description see will). To Benjamin Keysar, 300 A., part of “Rich Ridge,” and personalty in Rehoboth Town. To wife Eliza:, executrix., dower rights, and to hold land bequeathed to Stevens WHITE aforesaid during life. Test: Philip Hammon, Thos, Prunell, Henry Seafield. 4. 296.

Thomas, son of Mrs. Jane TANEY, married by 1717/1732, Sarah BRISCOE, daughter of Philip and Susannah (SWANN) BRISCOE; she married 2nd, William Stevens HOWARD (MWB 14:647, 21:344; CH Co. Probate Record R#2:212; MCHP # 4584)

Note 5: Susannah WILSON, the wife of William COMPTON, was first married to *Hezekiah BRISCOE (ABT 1710, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ABT 1757, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) about 1748. Hezekiah BRISCOE was the son of Capt. John BRISCOE (1678, Charles County, Maryland, British North America- AFT 13 January 1733 [Will signed] and BEF 8 April 1734 [Will proved], Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Eleanor WILLIAMSON.

Concerning Capt. John BRISCOE, the following report is of interest:

  Maryland Calendar of Wills:

BRISCOE, John, Charles County, 13th January, 1733; 8th April, 1734.

To wife Eliner, executress, dwelling plantation during life, at her decease to son Philip and heirs and 1/3 of personal estate. Son John and heirs, "Baltimore's Gift," where he now dwells, on condition he make over his right in the third part of land belonging to father Williamson to sons Samuel and Hesekiah and their heirs; and personalty. Son James and heirs, tract where mother Susanna dwells. Daughter Mary HAW and heirs, 134 A. in St. Mary's County; and personalty. Son Samuel and grandson Williamson BRISCOE, personalty. Residue of personal estate to 5 of child., viz.: Samuel, Philip, James, Hezekia and daughter Matharn BRISCOE, and Elizabeth BRISCOE.

Note 6: Mary WARREN, the wife of Stephen COMPTON, was first married to Notley MADDOX (1698, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 10 June 1757 and BEF 13 August 1757, Picawaxon, Charles County, Maryland, British North America). She was the daughter of John WARREN (18 June 1687 - BEF 13 February 1714, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Judith TOWNLEY (ABT 1680 - ABT 1722, <Charles County>, Maryland, British North America) of Hatton's Point, Charles County, Maryland.

Note 7: Last Will and Testament of Stephen COMPTON, Charles County, Maryland: 3 November 1784:

  My will is, that for the use and benefit I have had of my son-in-law John MADDOX estate that he the said John MADDOX have in his own right all that tract of land known as Hansons Survey and also part of land called Bargain I bought of John Brown WILDER, carpenter, James, Charity and her children and future increase form the date of my will, but if he does not choose to take the legacies in lieu of any claim he may have against me, my will is that the whole be sold by my executor, or such part as may be sufficient to satisfy him.

To my niece Ann COMPTON, daughter of my sister WILDER:1 A negro Pall

To nephew William S. COMPTON: Horse, furniture, etc.

To nephew Henry T. COMPTON: 100 pounds

I have made deeds of Gift to my three children in law, Sarah H. MADDOX, Elizabeth H. MADDOX, and John MADDOX of negroes, etc. I now confirm said deeds.

To my dear Mother Rachel COMPTON: 2 negroes, and at her death the negro Lurana to the children of my sister Susanna TURNER.

To my mother Rachel COMPTON: Cow and calf, etc.

To Elizabeth Hanson, daughter of Walter Hanson: One negro Rachel

Balance of my estate to be divided among my brothers and sisters, viz.: Zachariah, Matthew, John Alexander, Edmund Howard, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Susanna, share and share alike.

Executor: brother Edmond Howard COMPTON

Witnesses: Robert Crain  Stephen COMPTON
Amelia Powell
Elizabeth Thompson

3 November, 1784   Probated 20 November, 1784

1. my sister WILDER: This is Margaret COMPTON who was married to Edward WILDER (ABT 1730, <Washington County>, Maryland, British North America - 1789, Charles County, Maryland), in Charles County Maryland, on 31 January 1769.

Note 8: Sara TRUMAN, the wife of Samuel COMPTON, was the daughter of Henry TRUMAN (BEF 1696 - BEF 23 March 1756 [Will proved], Prince George's County, Maryland, British North America [Will proved]) and Ann MAGRUDER (1712, Prince George's County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 8 April 1760 [Will signed] and BEF 24 June 1760 [Will proved], Prince George's County, Maryland, British North America ). Henry TRUMAN was a Justice of Prince George's County, Maryland for 15 years, including 1745. Henry TRUMAN was the son of Thomas TRUMAN (Will signed 14 January 1716/17) and Sarah BRISCOE (Will proved 20 May 1735), the daughter of Col. Philip BRISCOE (ABT 1648 - 1724) and Susannah SWAN.

See Colonial Settlers of Prince George's County, Maryland, by Elsie Jourdan, 1999, Oklahoma Historical Society Library, p. 347:

  TRUMAN, Ann: Will signed 8 April 1760; Will proved 24 June 1760: children Thomas, James, Sarah, Henry, Jane, Alexander, Edward

Also see Truman and Related Families of Early Maryland, by Henry C. Peden, Jr.

Note 9: Concerning Zachariah COMPTON:

  Information from Records of Charles County, Maryland: Deed Book G3 P529 - Stephen COMPTON of Charles County, Maryland, planter, and Mary, his wife, formerly Mary WARREN, to Zachariah COMPTON of same place, planter, sum of 10 shillings consideration, "all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in County aforesaid, and known by the name of Warren's Discovery, containing by estimation 280 acres of land more or less, which said tract of land was devised to the said Mary by her father John WARREN . . . to hold said tract of land during the natural life of Zachariah COMPTON and to or for no other use whatsoever."

Witness: John Winters and Robert Horney

/s/ Stephen COMPTON /s/ Mary COMPTON

Deed Book L3 P90 12 March 1762 - Zachariah Compton of Charles County, Maryland, planter, to Stephen Compton of same place, planter, sum of . . . . . shillings (sum obliterated) a parcel of land commonly called Warren's Discovery, containing by estimation 280 acres more or less to hold for the life of Stephen Compton.

Note 10: Philip COMPTON, for the Revolutionary War, recruited 42 men in Culpeper County, Virginia. He obtained land grants in Nelson County, Kentucky in 1796 - one for 2000 acres and one for 326 acres for 3 years service in the Continental Line.He also obtained grants in Green (1796) and Hardin (1796) Counties, Kentucky and, in 1798, a further grant in Nelson County.

Note 11: Matthew COMPTON III should not be confused with Matthew COMPTON (ABT 1752, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America - AFT 6 April 1818, Breckenridge County, Kentucky), the son of Samuel COMPTON (Jr.) (ABT 1725, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America - ABT 1772, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America) and Elizabeth UNKNOWN, who married Theodosia Scott EARLE (14 November 1754, Stafford County, Virginia, British North America - AFT 6 April 1818, Breckenridge County, Kentucky) about 1778 in Culpeper County, Virginia. [See Note 3 under G0493A: Matthew COMPTON IV.] Samuel COMPTON (Jr.) was the son of Samuel COMPTON (Sr.) (ABT 1673, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - AFT 1725, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America) and Unknown UNKNOWN. [See above, Child 3: Samuel COMPTON (Sr.) under G0497A: John F. COMPTON.]

Theodosia Scott EARLE was the daughter of Samuel EARLE (1692, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America - 1772, <Botetourt County>, Virginia, British North America) and his second wife, Elizabeth HOLBROOK, whom he married on 13 January 1754, in Stafford County, Virginia. Theodosia Scott EARLE had a sister, Betty EARLE, born on 6 September 1756 in Stafford County, Virginia.

About the children of Matthew COMPTON III and Mary UNKNOWN, see Note 10 under G0493A: James WOOD in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).

About the children of Matthew COMPTON and Theodosia Scott EARLE, see Note 3 under G0493A: Matthew COMPTON IV.

Note 12: Concerning Edmund Howard COMPTON, who was evidently a member of the Society of Cincinnati, Elizabeth Nance has preserved the following family Bible note:

  Edmund H. COMPTON departed this life on Sunday morning March the 28th 1838 at 11 o'clock and 30 minutes PM aged 79 years 9 months and 18 days.

He served as an Ensign in the 1st Continental Regiment May 27, 1777. He served as a Lieutenant in the 1st Maryland Continental Regiment, February 18, 1780 - 1783. Capt, Revolutionary War, Society of the Cincinnati

Note 13: Maj. John COMPTON began the Revolutionary War as a Private in Col. Thomas Ewing's battalion of the Maryland Flying Camp. [See Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 73.5 (May 1939) pp. 89-90.]

From the Bible-record of Maj. John COMPTON, as preserved by Ms. Sarah Browder, The Woodlands, Texas:

                      BIRTHS

John COMPTON, February 28th, 1747
Elizabeth COMPTON [his wife], no date given
Phillip Briscoe COMPTON, April 27th, 1772
Eleanor Williamson COMPTON, September 4th, 1774
Alexander COMPTON, July 10th, 1777
John COMPTON, Jr., June 20th, 1779
Leonard Briscoe COMPTON, September 30th, 1781
Samuel COMPTON February 2nd, 1789

                    DEATHS

John COMPTON (Sr.) January 10th, 1803
Elizabeth COMPTON, November 4th, 1790
Philip B. COMPTON, no date given
Eleanor W. COMPTON [wife of Jeremiah CRABB], December 26th, 1851
John COMPTON (Jr.), September 18th, 1855
Leonard B. COMPTON, February 5th, 1841
Samuel COMPTON, June 1st, 1826

Editorial Note:

  All of the children of Maj. John COMPTON and Elizabeth BRISCOE were born in Charles County, Maryland. Eleanor Williamson COMPTON died in Henry County, Kentucky; and Phillip Briscoe COMPTON died in Kentucky. The migration of this family-group to Kentucky appears to have occurred before 1800.

Note 14: Sarah ("Sally") FOSTER, the wife of Edmund Howard COMPTON, was the daughter of United States Senator Anthony FOSTER (Jr.) (Tennessee) (13 March 1740/41, Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, British North America - 3 November 1816, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee: interment 4 November 1816 in Davidson County, Tennessee) and Virginia Rose ("Rosa") COLEMAN (20 December 1742, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - 5 August 1816, Logan County, Kentucky: interment 6 August 1816 at Long-Foster Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky); and she was the widow of John READ (ABT 1764, <Nelson County>, Kentucky, British North America - BEF 1796) whom she married 10 July 1785 in Fairfax, Culpeper County, Virginia.

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G0494A: Zachariah COMPTON [004]
Birth: 19 March 1738/39, LaPlata, Charles County, Maryland, British North America
Death: 1790, Bluefield, Mercer County, [West] Virginia
Interment: Culpeper County, Virginia
Father:
Matthew COMPTON II (26 June 1709, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 4 March 1770, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America)
Mother: *Rachel HOWARD (1714, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1787, Charles County, Maryland)

Marriage: BY or ABT 1770
Spouse: Mary Ann MIDDLETON (ABT 1737, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 31 July 1811, Culpeper County, Virginia)

Child 1: Walter COMPTON (Sr.) (ABT 1770, Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - 1808, <Culpeper County>, Virginia) [M]: m1. Henrietta HACKLEY (ABT 1770, Fauquier County, Virginia, British North America - BY 16 February 1798, <Culpeper County>, Viriginia), 23 September 1788, Fauquier County, Virginia: m2. Elizabeth ADAMS (ABT 1777, <Culpeper County>, Virginia - ?), 16 February 1798, Culpeper County, Virginia

Child 2: Richard COMPTON (ABT 1771, Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - ?) [M]: m1?. Elizabeth CUMMINS (or COMENS), 4 October 1790, Lincoln County, Kentucky: m2?: Martha PATTON, 3 October 1811, Greene County, Kentucky

Child 3: George Washington COMPTON (1775 [date from Bible record], Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - January 1824 [Will proved], Culpeper County, Virginia) [M]: m. Sarah DUKE (13 December 1775, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, British North America - 31 March 1862, Roscoe, Coshocton County, Ohio: interment at Old Roscoe Cemetery, Roscoe, Coshocton County, Ohio), ABT 1795, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America

Child 4: Edmund Howard COMPTON (7 July 1777 [year-date from Bible record], Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - 30 January 1866, Rappahannock County, Virginia) [M]: m. Elizabeth YATES (28 October 1782, <Culpeper County>, Virginia - AFT 1810, <Page County>, Virginia), 23 January 1800, Culpeper County, Virginia

Child 5: Matthew COMPTON IV (1778, Charles County, Maryland - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Nancy VAUGHN (8 February 1780, Culpeper County, Virginia - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee), 23 December 1806, Culpeper County, Virginia

.Child 6: Stephen COMPTON (1779 [date from Bible record], Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - 17 June 1853, Rappahannock County, Virginia) [M]: m. Elender ("Nellie") DUKE (ABT 1775, Virginia, British North America - ?, Rappahannock County, Virginia), 16 September 1802, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America]

Child 7: Daniel Howard COMPTON (1781 [date from Bible record], Charles County, Maryland or Culpeper County, Virginia - 18 October 1860, <Morrow County>, Ohio) [M]: m1. Elizabeth ("Betsy") YATES (9 February 1782, Culpeper County, Virginia - 2 February 1838, Culpeper County, Virginia), 23 December 1800, Culpeper County, Virginia: m2. Sarah MARTIN (ABT 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia - ?), 11 June 1839, Culpeper County, Virginia

Child 8: Lawrence COMPTON (ABT 1783, Culpeper County, Virginia - ?) [M]

Child 9: Turner COMPTON (ABT 1785, Culpeper County, Virginia - ?) [M]: m. Sarah PRICKETT (26 June 1792, Prickett's Fort, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia - 25 March 1831, Prickett's Fort, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia), 4 August 1823

Note 1: Zachariah COMPTON held the rank of Private in Lieutenant-Colonel Elias Edmonds's Virginia Artillery Regiment (First Virginia State Regiment of Artillery) during the Revolutionary War. But it seems that, as late as 1782, Zachariah COMPTON continued to reside in Charles County, Maryland. He later moved to Culpeper County, Virginia and is said to have died in Bluefield, Mercer County, [West] Virginia while visiting one of his sons.

Note 2: Among researchers, there is some disagreement concerning the offspring who should be attributed to the paternity of Zachariah COMPTON. Further information would be most welcome.

Note 3: Information from the records of Charles County, Maryland:

  Deed Book G3 P529 - Stephen COMPTON of Charles County, Maryland, planter, and Mary, his wife, formerly Mary WARREN, to Zachariah COMPTON of same place, planter, sum of 10 shillings consideration, "all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in County aforesaid, and known by the name of Warren's Discovery, containing by estimation 280 acres of land more or less, which said tract of land was devised to the said Mary by her father John WARREN . . . to hold said tract of land during the natural life of Zachariah COMPTON and to or for no other use whatsoever."

Witness: John Winters and Robert Horney

/s/ Stephen COMPTON /s/ Mary COMPTON

Deed Book L3 P90 12 March 1762 - Zachariah Compton of Charles County, Maryland, planter, to Stephen Compton of same place, planter, sum of . . . . . shillings (sum obliterated) a parcel of land commonly called Warren's Discovery, containing by estimation 280 acres more or less to hold for the life of Stephen Compton.

Note 4: Mary Ann MIDDLETON, whom Zachariah COMPTON married, appears to have been the widow of Randolph Morris HAWKINS whose Will was signed, in Charles County, Maryland, on 2 December 1769 and proved, also in Charles County, on 16 January 1770. The inventory of Randolph Morris HAWKINS's estate was recorded, in Charles County, on 5 May 1770 (Charles County Inventories: 1766 - 1773, pp. 316 - 319).

This Mary Ann MIDDLETON, the widow of Randolph Morris HAWKINS and the wife of Zachariah COMPTON, was the daughter of James MIDDLETON (29 March 1726, Jordan Manor, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 24 August 1790, Jordan Manor, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Sarah SMITH. Inventory of James MIDDLETON's estate was taken, in Charles County, Maryland, on 20 January 1791 and recorded on 24 January 1791.

Note 5: Henrietta HACKLEY, the first wife of Walter COMPTON, was the daughter of James HACKLEY (ABT 1645, King George's County, Virginia, British North America - ?) and Mary FREEMAN (ABT 1647, King George's County, Virginia, British North America - ?).

Note 6: Richard COMPTON moved to Green County, Kentucky in 1799.

Note 7: United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of George COMPTON [Born AFT 1766 and BEF 1784]

  4 free white males under 16
1 free white male 10 through 15
1 free white male 26 through 44
2 free white females under 16
2 free white females 10 through 15
1 free white female 26 through 44
2 slaves

Note 8: Sarah DUKE, the wife of George COMPTON, was the daughter of William DUKE, who married Mary RICKETTS in Frederick County, Maryland about 1770 and who died in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1818.

Note 9: United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of Stephen COMPTON [born AFT 1766 and BEF 1784]

  3 free white males under 16
1 free white male 26 through 44
2 free white females under 16
1 free white female 26 through 44
2 slaves

Note 10: Death record found in Rappahannock County, Virginia: "Howard COMPTON, 31 December 1880, aged 72, son of Stephen and Nellie COMPTON."

Note 11: Elender ("Nellie") DUKE, the wife of Stephen COMPTON, was the sister of Sarah DUKE, the wife of George COMPTON. They were the daughters of William DUKE, who married Mary RICKETTS in Frederick County, Maryland about 1770 and who died in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1818. Their siblings were: Edward DUKE [M] (ABT 1780, Shenandoah County, Virginia - ABT 1837, Rappahannock County, Virginia): m. Mary VAUGHT (the daughter of Simeon VAUGHT), 22 December 1800, Shenandoah County, Virginia; Richard DUKE [M]: m. Elizabeth MCDOUGLE, 14 November 1799, Culpeper County, Virginia; Rachel DUKE [F]: m. Walter MORELAND, 12 March 1804, Culpeper County, Virginia; Delila DUKE [F]: m. Elisha RICKETTS; Elizabeth DUKE (29 January 1766 - ?) [F]: m. Benjamin MCDOUGLE (15 September 1762 - 1843, Rappahannock County, Virginia); George Washington DUKE (11 August 1786, Maryland - 8 May 1863, Ohio County, Kentucky: interment at Duke Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky) [M]: m. Elizabeth VAUGHT (28 February 1790, Shenandoah County, Virginia - 19 May 1871, Ohio County, Kentucky), 12 December 1807, Shenandoah County, Virginia; and John Jackson DUKE (ABT 1804, Shenandoah County, Virginia - ?) [M]: m. Catherine MENEFEE, 31 December 1829, Culpeper County, Virginia.

Mary and Elizabeth VAUGHT were sisters, the daughters of Simeon VAUGHT and Unknown UNKNOWN. Theit siblings were: Abraham VAUGHT [M]: m1. Martha BAGGERLY, 23 October 1798, Shenandoah County, Virginia: m2. Martha ROWLAND (the daughter of George ROWLAND), 2 January 1815, Shenandoah County, Virginia; James VAUGHT [M]: m. Polly OAKLEY (the daughter of George OAKLEY), 13 August 1804, Shenandoah County, Virginia; Phebe VAUGHT [F]: m. Samuel CAVE (born ABT 1790, Maryland, as the son of Thomas CAVE whose Will was proved in Fauquier County, Virginia in September 1797), 21 June 1816, Shenandoah County, Virginia); Frances VAUGHT [F]: m. William THOMAS, 22 May 1801, Shenandoah County, Virginia; Ephraim VAUGHT [M]: m1. Unknown UNKNOWN: m2. Phebe HAWLEY (the daughter of Peter HAWLEY, a resident of Montgomery County, Virginia in 1833), 2 April 1796, Shenandoah County, Virginia; John VAUGHT [M]: m1. Unknown UNKNOWN: m2. Sary STALLINGS (the daughter of Griffin STALLINGS and Elizabeth UNKNOWN), 24 December 1798, Shenandoah County, Virginia; and Ephraim VAUGHT (11 January 1797, Shenandoah County, Virginia - May 1870, Warren County, Virginia) [M]: m. Mary ROWLAND (2 October 1799 - 9 February 1878: interment at Bear Den Cemetery, Browntown, Warren County, Virginia), 23 December 1822, Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Mary ROWLAND and Martha ROWLAND were both the daughters of George ROWLAND and Unknown UNKNOWN.

A miscellaneous record in the Minute Dockets of Shenandoah County, Virginia, named the 9 children of Simeon VAUGHT, as well as names of husbands of the daughters. The record stated that Simeon Jr and John VAUGHT predeceased their father.

It is not documented that Elisha RICKETTS who married Delila DUKE, the daughter of William DUKE, is the same as the Elisha RICKETTS, the son of Anthony A. RICKETTS. However, Delila had a niece who married an Anthony RICKETTS. In addition, Anthony RICKETTS, Jr., the son of Anthony A. RICKETTS, moved from Frederick or Montgomery County , Maryland to Shenandoah or Warren County, Virginia and lived just across the mountain from the lands of William DUKE and of Zachariah COMPTON. It is possible, then that the Elisha RICKETTS, who married Delila DUKE, was the Elisha RICKETTS, son of Anthony A. RICKETTS, who died in Shenandoah County, Virginia, about 1826.

Note 12: Because he signed his name as "E. Howard Compton," investigators have been uncertain as to whether Edmund Howard COMPTON's first name must have been "Edmund" or "Edward." The census of 1810 suggests that his first name was "Edward." The Bible-record shows that his first name was "Edmund." His "call" name, in any event, was "Howard."

United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of Edwd COMPTON [born AFT 1765 and BEF 1784]:

  3 free white males under 16
1 free white male 26 through 44
1 free white male over 45
3 free white females under 16
1 free white female 10 through 15
1 free white female 26 through 44

Note 13: Regarding Edmund Howard COMPTON, Mary Elizabeth Hite, in My Rappahannock County Story Book (Deitz Press, Richmond, Virginia 1950) says: "In the long, long ago, at the head of the 'hollow' (Harris Hollow in Rappahannock County) lived Howard COMPTON and his wife. Mrs. COMPTON was the doctor of the "Hollow." She grew her herbs and concocted her own medicinal potions. She was the midwife who saw the babies safely into the world."

Elizabeth YATES, the wife of Edmund Howard COMPTON, was the daughter of James YATES (3 May 1763, Albemarle County, Virginia, British North America - 1828, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America) and Lucy Warfield PARTLOW (ABT 1765, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, British North America - ?, <Culpeper County>, Virginia.

Note 14: Below is what appears to be census data for the household of Daniel Howard COMPTON whose "call" name, evidently, was "Howard."

United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of Howard COMPTON [born AFT 1765 and BEF 1784]:

  2 free white males under 16
1 free white male 26 through 44
3 free white females under 16
1 free white female 26 through 44
2 slaves

Although reports from descendants give the date of birth of Daniel Howard COMPTON as 1 August 1779, the Bible-record dates his birth as having occurred in 1781.

Note 15: Elizabeth ("Betsy") YATES, the first wife of Daniel Howard COMPTON, was the daughter of Michael YATES (ABT 1722, Caroline County, Virginia, British North America - 1789, Caroline County, Virginia) and Ann ESTES (30 March 1751, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - ?), who were married 29 April 1776. Ann ESTES was the daughter of John ESTES (ABT 1725, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - ?) and Mary MARSHALL (ABT 1725, Culpeper County, Virginia, British North America - ?). Previously, Michael YATES was married to Martha MARSHALL on 11 September 1756, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Michael YATES was the brother of George YATES (ABT 1727, Caroline County, Virginia, British North America - ABT 1777, Caroline County, Virginia, British North America) who married Frances Fielding LEWIS, about 1750. Frances Fielding LEWIS was the daughter of John LEWIS and Frances FIELDING. George YATES and Frances Fielding LEWIS were the parents of James YATES who sired Elizabeth YATES, the wife of Edmund Howard COMPTON. Therefore, Elizabeth YATES (28 October 1782, <Culpeper County>, Virginia - AFT 1810, <Page County>, Virginia) and Elizabeth ("Betsy") YATES (9 February 1782, Culpeper County, Virginia - 2 February 1838, Culpeper County, Virginia) were first cousins once removed.

Michael YATES and George YATES were the sons of George YATES (ABT 1701, Baltimore County, Maryland, British North America - 1742, Caroline County, Virginia, British North America) and Ann DEAVER.

Note 16: United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of Matthew COMPTON IV [born AFT 1765 and BEF 1784]

  1 free white male under 10
1 free white male 26 through 44
1 free white female 26 through 44
1 slave

Note 17: United States Census, 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia: Household of Turner COMPTON [born AFT 1784 and BEF 1804]

  1 free white male 16 through 25

Note 18: Sarah PRICKETT, the wife of Turner COMPTON, was the daughter of Jacob PRICKETT (Jr.) (15 April 1758, Mt. Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, British North America - 14 April 1826, Prickett's Fort, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia: interment at Prickett's Fort Cemetery, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia) and Jemima KENDALL (1761, Aquia Creek, Stafford County, Virginia, British North America - 23 December 1809, Prickett's Fort, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia: interment at Prickett's Fort Cemetery, Monongalia County, [West] Virginia) who were married, about 1779, in [West] Virginia. Some researchers give the place of birth of Jemima KENDALL as Greene County, Pennsylvania.

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G0493A: Matthew COMPTON IV [003]
Birth: 1778, Charles County, Maryland
Death: BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee
Interment: Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee
Father:
Zachariah COMPTON (19 March 1738/39, La Plata, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1790, Bluefield, Mercer County, [West] Virginia: interment at Culpeper County, Virginia)
Mother: Mary Anne MIDDLETON (ABT 1737, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 31 July 1811, Culpeper County, Virginia)

Marriage: 23 December 1806, Culpeper County, Virginia
Spouse: Nancy VAUGHN (8 February 1780, Culpeper County, Virginia - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee)

Child 1: Alexander J(ones?) COMPTON (1809, Culpeper County, Virginia - 1855, Smith County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Martha WOOD (1811, <Shenandoah County>, Virginia - AFT 1855, Tennessee), 4 September 1827 (Bondsman: Matthew COMPTON), Wilson County, Tennessee [See G0492A: Martha WOOD in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).]

Child 2: Howard Wilson COMPTON (1815, Culpeper County, Virginia - 12 November 1866, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Mary CANTRELL (14 February 1819, Trigg County, Kentucky - AFT 1850)

Child 3: William Turner COMPTON (26 September 1817, Culpeper County, Virginia - 27 October 1879, Golden Pond, Trigg County, Kentucky: interment at Long Creek Cemetery, Golden Pond, Trigg County, Kentucky) [M]: m. Rachel Amanda NUNN (2 October 1819, Shenandoah County, Virginia - 22 December 1896, Golden Pond, Trigg County, Kentucky: interment at Long Creek Cemetery, Golden Pond, Trigg County, Kentucky), 11 October 1837, Wilson County, Tennessee

Child 4: Mary Ann COMPTON (27 May 1821, <Wilson County>, Tennessee - 12 May 1903, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Green Cemetery, Bildad, DeKalb County, Tennessee): m. Shadrack GREEN (12 May 1820, Warren County, Tennessee - 8 November 1881, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Green Cemetery, Bildad, DeKalb County, Tennessee), 6 June 1840, Warren County, Tennessee

Child 5: Richard COMPTON (1825, <Wilson County>, Tennessee - ?) [M]: m. Ann UNKNOWN

Note 1: Matthew COMPTON IV, his wife Nancy VAUGHN, and their son Howard Wilson COMPTON were residents of Wilson County, Tennessee in the 1830s and, while there, were members of the Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church - just inside Smith County.. From the evidence of the church's records, Matthew COMPTON and Nancy VAUGHN appear to have departed Wilson County for Warren County, Tennessee in the late summer or autumn of 1838.

  Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records, vol. 1, p. 20:
   
  April Term  <1830> Church sat in conference. Opened the door for the reception of members. Received Brother Zachariah Worley by by letter. The Committee appointed to labor with the Church at Hogans Creek, report that they have received satisfaction from them. Then proceeded to appoint Brother Edward Turner & Samuel Walker deacons for this church. Agreed that help be called for from Salem by Brother Dedman Emons and Spring Creek by Brother Archibald Allen - from Round Lick by Brother COMPTON1 to Ordain our Deacons on Saturday before the third Lords Day in July next. Dismissed letter Susannah Davis by letter.

       Mo Allen.

  1. Brother COMPTON: This is either Matthew COMPTON IV or his son, Howard Wilson COMPTON.
   
  Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records, vol. 1, p. 33:
   
  September Term 1836. Church sat in conference Opened the doors for the reception of Members, none came forward.  1st Case the Church took up the case of the Brethren who had refused to commune, and they requested to assign the reason for it. The following Brethren state Brother Bradley, Brother William Lancaster, Brother H. COMPTON,1 Brother A. Hunt, Brother John Casky, Brother Joseph Casky, stated that it was on account of Br Bethel's name being on the convention. Wright professed to be hurt for publickly stating that he was living in adultery. The Church say that that he shall give satisfaction for it, laid over until next conference. Case 3d  The letter to the association read and received  Case 4th Dismissed by letter Bro. David Ellis and Wife.  Margaret Burchett, Mary Lancaster and Mary Hicks by letter. Brother Bethel professed to be grieved with Brother Wright for publickly accusing him of living adultery.  Taken up by the Church and referred till next conference.
   
  1. Brother H. COMPTON: This is Howard Wilson COMPTON, the son of Matthew COMPTON IV.
   
  Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records, vol. 1, p. 38:
   
  October Term  1838  church sat in conference opened a door for the reception of members Recd none  2nd  dismist by letter, the following Brethern and Sisters, Jane Fuller, Nancy Fuller, Sarah Belleford, Sarah Anderson, Lorenza Hartwell, John Hall and Matthew COMPTON,1 Nancy COMPTON,2 Mary Pew.  The minutes of our last meeting being read then dismist in order 

         Sion Bass    Mdr
         Samuel Paschal  Clk

  1. Matthew COMPTON: This is Matthew COMPTON IV.

2. Nancy COMPTON: This is Nancy VAUGHN, the wife of Matthew COMPTON IV.

Note 2: On 16 October, 1850, the United States Census for the 16th Civil District, Warren County, Tennessee was taken. On page 55, it shows the household of Matthew COMPTON IV:

  Mathew COMPTON, male, aged 72, born in Maryland
Nancy COMPTON, female, aged 72, born in Virginia
Carolane HEATH, female, aged 20, born in Tennessee

Note 3: For Matthew COMPTON IV, an alternative lineage has been claimed, giving him the name and dates of William Matthew COMPTON IV (17 November 1779, Maryland - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee). Under this name, he is said to have been the son of William Matthew COMPTON III (31 December 1746, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 1 November 1809, Culpeper County, Virginia) and Theodosia Scott EARLE [See Note 11 under G0495A: Matthew COMPTON II.]. His siblings are said to have been: Richard COMPTON [M]; Garrett COMPTON (ABT 1777, Culpeper County, Virginia -?) [M]: m. Charlotte YATES; Edward COMPTON [M]: m. Rebecca MURPHY, 1799; Charles COMPTON [M]; and Truman COMPTON [M].

William Matthew COMPTON III, by this account, is then said to have been the son of William Matthew COMPTON II (26 June 1709, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - 14 March 1770, St. Mary's County, Maryland, British North America) and Rachel HOWARD who were married 31 December 1735 in Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland. Except for the fact that William COMPTON appears to have been conflated with Matthew COMPTON III, the offspring attributed to William Matthew COMPTON II and Rachel HOWARD are the same as those attributed here at G0495A: Matthew COMPTON II. The names of the children of Matthew COMPTON II and Rachel HOWARD are documented in the Last Will and Testament of Matthew COMPTON II and in the Last Will and Testament of Stephen COMPTON.

At the last, William Matthew COMPTON II is said to have been the son of William Matthew COMPTON I (ABT 1680, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ABT 1747, Charles County, Maryland, British North America) and Susannah BRISCOE (1687, Charles County, Maryland, British North America - ABT 1739).

Argument against this construction of the lineage of the person here called "Matthew COMPTON IV" - in distinction from "William Matthew COMPTON IV" - begins by noting that there is no evidence that Matthew COMPTON I, whose Will is on record [see above, Note 1, under G0496A: Matthew COMPTON I.], was ever called "William Matthew COMPTON."

Furthermore, in June 1813, Matthew and Theodosia COMPTON were listed in Breckenridge County, Kentucky as having migrated from Botetourt County, Virginia. [See Note 11 under G0495A: Matthew COMPTON II.] And, on 6 April 1818, in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, Matthew COMPTON executed a series of deeds granting one slave to his daughter, Cynthia E. COMPTON, and granting land to his son-in-law, Samuel CRAWFORD, Jr., and to his daughter, Theodosia COMPTON, but reserving lifetime tenancy on the land for himself and for his wife. On this date, he also executed a deed granting land to his daughter, Rhoda COMPTON, the wife of Nathan MILES, but - as before - reserving lifetime tenancy on the land for himself and for his wife. The known children of Matthew COMPTON and Theodosia Scott EARLE were, therefore: John COMPTON [M]: m. Elizabeth BOARD, 22 November 1814, Breckenridge County, Kentucky; Rhoda COMPTON [F]: m. Nathan MILES, 30 September 1816, Breckenridge County, Kentucky; Cynthia E. COMPTON [F]; and Theodosia Earle COMPTON [F]: m. Samuel CRAWFORD, Jr. This is in marked disagreement with the children listed for Matthew COMPTON (under the name of "William Matthew COMPTON III) and Theodosia Scott EARLE in the alternative lineage proposed for Matthew COMPTON IV (under the name of "William Matthew COMPTON IV").

Incidentally, Elizabeth BOARD, the wife of John COMPTON, was the daughter of Absalom BOARD (ABT 1750, Bedford County, Virginia, British North America - died in Breckenridge County, Kentucky) and Martha WHITWORTH who were married about 1773.

The alternative genealogy proposed for Matthew COMPTON IV is, in toto, somewhat unconvincing.

Note 3: Mary CANTRELL, the wife of Howard Wilson COMPTON, was the daughter of Ephraim CANTRELL (5 December 1795, Rockingham County, North Carolina - 1852, Warren County, Tennessee) and Tabitha HICKS (15 January 1799, Kentucky - ?), who were married in 1818.

On 16 October, 1850, the United States Census for the 16th Civil District, Warren County, Tennessee was taken. On page 55, it shows the household of Ephraim CANTRELL:

  Ephraim CANTRILL, male, aged 55, farmer, born in North Carolina
Tabitha CANTRILL, female, aged 48, born in Kentucky
Talma CANTRILL, male, aged 19, farmer, born in Tennessee
Nancy CANTRILL, female, aged 16, born in Tennessee
Laura L. CANTRILL, female aged 14, born in Tennessee
Milton L. CANTRILL, male, aged 12, born in Tennessee
Howard J. CANTRILL, male, aged 9, born in Tennessee
Malvina F. CANTRILL, female, aged 8, born in Tennessee
Elmore F. CANTRILL, male, aged 5, born in Tennessee

Note 4: On 16 October, 1850, the United States Census for the 16th Civil District, Warren County, Tennessee was taken. On page 55, it shows the household of Howard Wilson COMPTON:

  Howard W. COMPTON, male, aged 35, farmer, born in Virginia
Mary COMPTON, female, aged 31, born in Tennessee
Tabitha J. COMPTON, female, aged 10, born in Tennessee
Nancy S. COMPTON, female, aged 7, born in Tennessee
Laura L. COMPTON, female, aged 5, born in Tennessee
William A. COMPTON, male, aged 2, born in Tennessee
Martha R. COMPTON, female, aged 2/12, born in Tennessee

Note 5: About Rachel Amanda NUNN, the wife of William Turner COMPTON, see Note 4 under G0495A: Nehemiah WOOD (Sr.) in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).

Note 6: Shadrack GREEN, the husband of Mary Ann COMPTON and a Baptist preacher, was the son of Joseph GREEN (1797, Cleveland County, North Carolina - 23 June 1883, Warren County, Tennessee) and Sarah MOONEY (1797, North Carolina - 31 July 1863, Warren County, Tennessee, Confederate States of America) who, in 1816, were married in Warren County, Tennessee.

  From Docia (Green) Moore, Descendants of Joseph Green and his sons Shadrack and James Mooney Green from North Carolina (1969):
   
  "Joseph GREEN and wife Sarah came to Tennessee from North Carolina between 1820 and 1840 with their two sons, Shadrack and James Mooney GREEN.1  Shadrack settled in Warren County and James ("Jimmy") Mooney near the Warren and DeKalb county line. Some say he lived in DeKalb County.

"Shadrack GREEN was a preacher for the Old Baptists (hardshell) at Concord church, Warren County, for several years.  He preached the resurrection so strong, he was dismissed.  He then went to the Primitive Baptist at Bildad in DeKalb County, about two years before his death.  He raised a large family.

"James "Jimmy" Mooney GREEN also raised a large family.  He was interested in real estate, buy farms, improving them, then selling them.  Most all his sons seem to be interested in telephone or some electrical work.

"Joseph GREEN was born 1797 and died after 8 November 1881, buried in Concord, Tennessee.  Sarah Green was born 1797 and died 31 July 1863 burial place unknown.  Sarah's maiden name might have been MOONEY as there was a MOONEY in the family somewhere, and James's middle name is MOONEY.2

"Shadrack GREEN was born 12 May 1820 and died 8 November 1881.  Buried in Green Cemetery.

"James "Jimmy" Mooney GREEN was born 2 March 1822 and died April 1900.  Buried in Potter Cemetery."

  Editorial Notes:
   
  1. James "Jimmy" Mooney GREEN was the husband of Elizabeth NUNN (ABT 1821, Shenandoah County, Virginia - 7 January 1846, Warren County, Tennessee). About Elizabeth NUNN and the other marriages of James "Jimmy" Mooney GREEN, see Note 4 under G0495A: Nehemiah WOOD (Sr.) in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).

2. Sarah MOONEY, the wife of Joseph GREEN, was the daughter of James MOONEY (1770, Tryon, Lincoln County, North Carolina, British North America - 1820, Warren County, Tennessee) and Retta PARNELL.

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G0492A: Alexander J(ones?) COMPTON [002]
Birth: 1809, Culpeper County, Virginia
Death: 1855, Smith County, Tennessee
Father:
Matthew COMPTON IV (1778, Charles County, Maryland - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee)
Mother: Nancy VAUGHN (8 February 1780, Culpeper County, Virginia - BEF 1855, Warren County, Tennessee: interment at Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee)

Marriage: 4 September 1827 (Bondsman: Matthew COMPTON), Wilson County, Tennessee
Spouse: Martha WOOD (1811, <Shenandoah County>, Virginia - AFT 1870, Smith County, Tennessee) [See
G0492A: Martha WOOD in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).]

Child 1: Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON (7 August 1829, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee - 13 November 1887, Wilson County, Tennessee) [F]: m. Richard ("Uncle Dick") MARLER (1 August 1823, Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Virginia - 23 May 1902, near Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee), 1846 [See G0491A: Richard ("Uncle Dick") MARLER in Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1903).]

Child 2: Nancy COMPTON (1832, <Culpeper County>, Virginia - ?) [F]

Child 3: Susan COMPTON (1834, <Culpeper County>, Virginia - ?) [F]

Child 4: Durham COMPTON (1836, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee - ?) [M]

Child 5: James COMPTON (1837, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee – 1907, Wilson County, Tennessee: interment at Hearn Hill Cemetery, Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Mary M. ALLEN, (4 February 1837, <Wilson County>, Tennessee - 24 August 1905, Wilson County, Tennessee: interment at Hearn Hill Cemetery, Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee), ABT 1861

Child 6: Martha COMPTON (1840, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee - ?) [F]

Child 7: Margaret ("Peggy") COMPTON (1842, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee – AFT 1870) [F]

Child 8: Candis COMPTON (1844, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee - ?) [F]

Child 9: Richard COMPTON (1845, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee - ?) [M]

Child 10: Mary COMPTON (1849, Wilson or Smith County, Tennessee – AFT 1870) [F]

Note 1: United States Census, 1850: Smith County, Tennessee

  United States Census, Smith County, Tennessee, 1850
Division: South, page 361a
Enumerated: 2 November 1850, by Jefferson Jones

#561-718
COMPTON, A. J.: age 41 (born in Virginia) [M], laborer, value: $1250
Martha: age 39 (born in Virginia) [F]
Nancy: age 15 (born in Virginia) [F], attending school
Susan: age 16 born in Virginia) [F], attending school
Durham: age 14 (born in Tennessee) [M], attending school
James: age 12 (born in Tennessee) [M], attending school
Martha: age 10 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Magaret: age 8 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Candis: age  6 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Richard: age 5 (born in Tennessee) [M]
Mary: age 1  (born in Tennessee) [F]

The household of Alexander J. COMPTON appears in no census for Smith County, Tennessee previous to 1850.

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G0491A: Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON [001]
Birth: 7 August 1829, Tennessee
Death: 13 November 1887, <Wilson County>, Tennessee
Interment: Wilson County, Tennessee
Father: Alexander J(ones?) COMPTON (1809, Culpeper County, Virginia - 1855, Smith County, Tennessee)
Mother: Martha WOOD (1811, <Shenandoah County>, Virginia - AFT 1870, Smith County, Tennessee) [See
G0492A: Martha WOOD in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).]

Marriage: 1846
Spouse: Richard ("Uncle Dick") MARLER (1 August 1823, Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Virginia - 23 May 1902, near Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [See
G0491A: Richard ("Uncle Dick") MARLER in Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1903).]

Child 1: William Newton MARLER (1847, Wilson County, Tennessee - AFT 24 August 1884) [M]: m. Elizabeth ("Betsy") Ann WILLIAMS (born 1849 in Tennessee), 24 August 1884, Wilson County, Tennessee

Child 2: Alexander ("Bud") Jones C(ompton?) MARLER (1849, Wilson County, Tennessee - AFT 23 January 1920) [M]: m. Julia Ada ROWLAND (1852, Tennessee - AFT 23 January 1920), 14 January 1873, DeKalb County, Tennessee

Child 3: John Wesley MARLER (1852, Wilson or DeKalb County, Tennessee - 1933, Wilson County, Tennessee: interment at Hearn Hill Cemetery, near Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee) [M]: m1. Mattie J. HARDY, 24 August 1875: m2. Ella ALFORD (1855 - 1935, Wilson County, Tennessee: : interment at Hearn Hill Cemetery, near Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee), 12 November 1878, Wilson County, Tennessee

Child 4: Charles Franklin MARLER (9 September 1853, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 16 January 1933, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Alice WEST (11 November 1860, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 17 August 1945), 19 December 1877, DeKalb County, Tennessee

Child 5: James ("Jim") Durham MARLER (1855, Wilson County, Tennessee - AFT 8 January 1885, in or near Pine, Camp County, Texas) [M]: m. Lucy Jane SIMPSON, 8 January 1885, Smith County, Tennessee

Child 6: Samuel Dock MARLER (1857, Wilson County, Tennessee - 3 March 1899, near Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [M]

Child 7: Sion Wilson MARLER (18 May 1859, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 28 June 1929, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas: interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas) [M]: m. *Eliza Jane WHALEY (18 February 1866, Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri - 7 July 1927, Nome, Jefferson County, Texas: interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas), 15 October 1885, Lawrence County, Missouri [See G0490A: Sion Wilson MARLER in Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1902).]

Child 8: Richard J. MARLER (died AFT 4 April 1894) [M]: m. Fannie BOYD, 19 July 1884, Wilson County, Tennessee

Child 9: Marion Grant MARLER I (14 January 1867, Wilson or DeKalb County, Tennessee - 4 December 1928, DeKalb County, Tennessee: interment at Alexandria Eastview Cemetery, Section Three, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Anna Nevada HENLEY (13 February 1870 - 7 May 1928: interment at Alexandria Eastview Cemetery, Section Three, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee)

Child 10: Thomas Alva MARLER [M]: m. Florence SNEED (20 October 1867 - 17 November 1933, Rutherford County, Tennessee)

Child 11: Alice MARLER (died 20 January 1897, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee) [F]: m. Robert PATTON, BEF 18 March 1894

Child 12: Florence MARLER (23 July 1871, Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 11 February 1905, Milton, Rutherford County, Tennessee) [F]: m. George Franklin ELROD (11 February 1863, Milton, Rutherford County, Tennessee - 13 October 1930, <Milton, Rutherford County>, Tennessee), 23 April 1891

Child 13: Etta MARLER (died in or near Cottage Hill, Collin County, Texas) [F]: m. Charles BRIDGES

Note 1: Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON, in Wilson County, Tennessee, was found by Jesse Clay MARLER to have been the sister of James COMPTON (7 September 1837, Smith County, Tennessee - 26 September 1907, Wilson County, Tennessee) who was married to Mary M. ALLEN (4 February 1837, <Wilson County>, Tennessee - 24 August 1905, Wilson County, Tennessee). James COMPTON and Mary M. ALLEN are both interred at Hearn Hill Cemetery, Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee. And Jesse Clay MARLER found that Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON's mother was Martha WOOD (1811, <Shenandoah County>, Virginia - AFT 1855, Tennessee) and that she, in turn, was the sister, in Wilson County, Tennessee, of Wiltz WOOD. Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON's father was, therefore, Alexander J. COMPTON (1809, Culpeper County, Virginia - 1855, Smith County, Tennessee). Alexander J. COMPTON and Martha WOOD were married 4 September 1827 in Wilson County, Tennessee.

  United States Census, Smith County, Tennessee, 1850
Division: South, page 361a
Enumerated: 2 November 1850, by Jefferson Jones

#561-718
COMPTON, A. J.: age 41 (born in Virginia) [M], laborer, value: $1250
Martha: age 39 (born in Virginia) [F]
Nancy: age 15 (born in Virginia) [F], attending school
Susan: age 16 born in Virginia) [F], attending school
Durham: age 14 (born in Tennessee) [M], attending school
James: age 12 (born in Tennessee) [M], attending school
Martha: age 10 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Magaret: age 8 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Candis: age  6 (born in Tennessee) [F], attending school
Richard: age 5 (born in Tennessee) [M]
Mary: age 1  (born in Tennessee) [F]

The household of Alexander J. COMPTON apears in no census for Smith County, Tennessee previous to 1850.

It seems likely that Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON's middle name was "KITTRELL," after Thomas KITTRELL, her uncle by marriage. [See Child 5: Susan WOOD (1827, <Wilson County>, Tennessee - ?) under G0493A: James WOOD in Antecedents and Descendants of Nehemiah Wood, Sr. (ABT 1731 - 3 October 1816).]

Note 2: To the marriage of Richard MARLER and Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON, five other children were born who did not survive to maturity.

Note 3: Richard MARLER, who owned a farm, orchards, and pasture for his animals, was a Confederate veteran:

Martha ("Mattie") J. HARTSFIELD (née SHANKS), Richard MARLER's second wife and widow, collected a Confederate widow's pension in Tennessee for her late husband's service under pension number W9770. She applied for the pension, in Wilson County, on 10 December 1929. The application was filed on 24 January 1930 when she was residing in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee. Her application was accompanied by testimony from J. L. Barry and E. S. Bowers, both of Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee, by a letter which appears to have been written by Charles Franklin MARLER, and by her marriage certificate. From her application and the testimony of Barry and Bowers, Richard MARLER's date and place of birth are shown as 1 August 1823, Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Virginia. His date and place of death are shown as 23 May 1902, near Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee. These sources also show that in April 1861, at Statesville, Wilson County, Tennessee, Richard MARLER enlisted in Bass's Company of Smith's Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, Confederate States Army.

This company was successively designated as Capt. Bass's Company, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry; Capt. Bass's Company, 10th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry; and as a unit in the 2nd (Smith's) Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry.

Lieut. Col. E. S. Smith's 10th (also called the 11th) Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry, which consisted of eight companies about February 1, 1862, and nine companies on March 14, 1862 was increased to the size of a regiment in April, 1862 and designated the 2nd (Smith's) Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry. The regiment appears to have been disbanded in May 1862 and two companies subsequently served in Starnes's - subsequently, McLemore's - 4th (also called the 3rd) Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry. Some of the officers and men are found to have served later in the 19th (also called the 2nd) Battalion, Alabama Cavalry which was consolidated with the 14th Battalion, Alabama Partisan Rangers to form the 9th (also called the 7th) Regiment, Alabama Cavalry.

About Smith's Regiment:

 

SECOND (SMITH'S) TENNESSEE CAVALRY REGIMENT

From Tennesseans in the Civil War - pages 54-55

Organized as a battalion February 1862. Increased to regiment April 1862, disbanded May 1862.

Field Officers - Colonel E. S. Smith, Lieutenant-Colonel Zachariah Thomason

This regiment had a short life, and little is known of it. It appears to have been organized as a battalion at Camp Cheatham with eight companies which had been mustered into Confederate Service bewteen November, 1861, and January, 1862. A ninth company was added March 13, 1862, and it was constituted as a regiment in April 1862.

The original companies were as follows;

Captains -

Peter T. Rankin. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Cheatham January 1, 1862. From Marion County (Tenn.) Muster roll bears note that this company was ordered away from Camp Weakley, Nashville, before enrollment was completed. Became Co. "H", 4th (Starnes') Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.

Samuel P. Thompson. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Cheatham January 3, 1862. From Wilson and Smith Counties (Tenn.) Muster roll bears note that this company was ordered away from Camp Weakley, Nashville, before enrollment was completed. Became Co. "G", 4th (Starnes') Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.

Allen Lea. "The Lookout Rangers." Mustered into Confederate Service at Nashville, November 1, 1861. Men from Marion County. Captain Lea and some of his men later served in the 2nd Alabama Cavalry Battalion, of which Lea was first captain and later major.

John F. Thomason. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Tronsdale, November 4, 1861. Men from Marion County. Roll bears a note "arrived at rendezvous October 25, 1861." Most men re-enlisted in Co. "C", 11th Alabama Cavalry
Battalion.

Robert C. Bass. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Cheatham December 13, 1861. Roll bears a note that the company was ordered away from Camp Weakley before enrollment was completed.

Samuel Y. Barkley. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Cheatham January 2, 1862. Roll bears a note that the company was ordered away from Camp Weakley before enrollment was completed.

John D. Wheeler. Mustered into Confederate Service at Camp Cheatham December 23, 1861.

Thomas P. Kinney. No Muster Roll. Organized January 16, 1862. A letter was found requesting that the company be transferred to Colonel Bennett's Battalion.

__________ Malone. No Muster Roll. Organized March 13, 1862. Possibly formed by division of Captain Lea's Company, as there was a 1st Lieutenant Richard T. Malone in that Company.

The battalion was at Camp Cheatham on February 14, 1862, as evidenced by a requisition for sabres, belts, and shotguns, signed by Lieutenant Colonel E. S. Smith.

It was next reported as being near Chattanooga on March 14, 1862. A report from a Federal scout dated April 6, 1862, placed Rankin's Company, 80 men, on the south side of the Tennessee River, opposite Bridgeport, Alabama.

The last record was found in instructions sent by Major General E. Kirby Smith to Brigadier General D. Leadbetter, commanding at Chattanooga, dated April 28, 1862: "Colonel Smith should be arrested on the first pretext, and his regiment placed under the command of an efficient officer. If this cannot be done, select the best companies and organize them into a battalion, and report the remaining ones that they may be dismounted or some other disposition
made of them."

The regiment was disbanded, two of the companies were transferred to the 4th (Stranes') Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. A number of individuals from other companies later served in Alabama organizations.

The letter which Richard MARLER's widow submitted, with orthography and grammar left intact, is as follows:

  Alexandria, Tenn.
Nov. 21, 1929

Mr. W. M. Shanks
Cookeville, Tenn.

Dear Sir:

Replying to your letter of Nov. 19 regarding information for purpose of securing pension for Miss Mattie and answering questions:

4. My father was born at Halifax Court House, Va., either Aug. 1 or Aug. 10, 1823. His name was Richard MARLER.

5. Inlisted in Smith's regiment, Bass' Company from Statesville, Tenn., in Spring of 1861.

6. Served until Spring of 1862. Discharged and sent home for sore eyes after serving a year or more. Almost went blind.

7. Discharged at Bridgeport, Ala., spring of 1862.

8. Was at home, Alexandria, Tenn. disabled.

9. Answered in above questions.

Sam George, who lives on Sycamore in DeKalb County, whose post office is either Gassaway, Tenn., or Liberty, Tenn., RFD was member of same regiment but of Wheeler's company which went out from Alexandria, Tenn. His son, S. M. George, is peddler and comes here every week.

If you care to send me papers I will at first opportunity and with favorable weather go to the home of Mr. George and endeavor to get the information from him, but he is very old and life is uncertain. If you could come to Liberty via Sparta and Smithville over oiled highway 26 any one at Liberty could direct you where Mr. George lives, for if I went to see him it would be necessary for me to take some one with me to do the clerical work.

Regarding the gentleman named Hes Calhoun. There is a man of that name at Smithville but I hardly believe he is a party you want for he is about my age. There are Calhouns at Lebanon and possibly one who might give the desired information but I do not know.

Will be glad to give you any service I can.

Yours very truly,

/s/ MARLER1

1. Only the surname appears in the signature of this letter. Its likely author was Charles Franklin MARLER who, in 1929, was residing in Alexandria, DeKalb County, Tennessee.

Of Smith's Regiment, Rankin's Company was in the vicinity of Bridgeport, Alabama on 6 April 1862. It is likely that Richard MARLER was discharged when the regiment disbanded in May 1862. He was, in any case, discharged at Bridgeport. It is possible that, in 1864, Richard MARLER briefly returned to cavalry service:

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Office of the Adjutant General
Washington 25, D. C.
14 September 1949

  Agaw O-H5

The records show that one R. MARLER was enlisted, 1 May 1864, at Dickson, Alabama, as a private, Company A, Moreland's Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Confederate States Army. The company master roll, dated 17 September 1864, shows him present. No later record of him has been found.

/s/ Edward F. Witsell, Major General, The Adjutant General

Moreland's Cavalry Battalion was organized with seven companies on 1 August 1863. Additional companies were added on 30 January (Co. "I") and 1 February 1864 (Co. "H"), and the battalion was organized into a regiment sometime before 10 June 1864. As a cavalry regiment attached to Johnson's and Roddey's Brigades, Moreland's fought against the Sturgis Mississippi Expedition (1-13 June 1864) and took part in battles at Brice's Crossroads (10 June 1864), Tupelo (14 July 1864) and against Wilson's Raid (22-24 March 1865). Its field and staff officers were: Col. M. D. Moreland, Major J. N. George, and Adjutant John A. Cathey. It was surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, at Citronelle, Alabama, on 4 May 1865.

J. L. Barry and E. S. Bowers, whose testimony is dated 10 December 1929, both served in Smith's Regiment but not in the same company as Richard MARLER: "We both knew Richard MARLER before the war broke out, and knew he went to the war, but we were in different company." Their recollection was that Richard MARLER had served "two or three years." Martha ("Mattie") J. Shanks Hartsfield MARLER's recollection was that her husband had served "more than one year."

Note 4: The marriage of Richard MARLER and Martha ("Mattie") J. HARTSFIELD (née SHANKS) is documented as follows:

 

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

State of Tennessee
County of
Wilson

THIS CERTIFIES THAT R. Marler and Mattie Hartsfield were united by F. B. Srygley in the HOLY BONDS OF MATRIMONY on the 23rd day of July in the year of our Lord 1891 as appears of record in my office in Marriage Record Book 1885 - 1896 page 290.

/s/ F. M. McDaniel
Clerk of the County Court

At his death, Richard MARLER left his widow $2000.

The death certificate of Martha ("Mattie") J. Shanks Hartsfield MARLER, submitted in Putnam County, Tennessee, is as follows:

  Certificate Number: 21520
Deceased Name: Mattie MARLER
Date of Birth: 14 April 1850
Place of Birth: Wilson County
Date of Death: 17 September 1940
Father: John SHANKS
Place of Birth: Unknown
Mother: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Spouse: Richard MARLER
Cemetery: Cedar Grove

Martha J. SHANKS, the second wife of Richard MARLER, was first married, on 29 June 1870, to John James HARTSFIELD (3 March 1826, Tennessee - BEF 1890, Wilson County, Tennessee) who, as a member of the 8th Tennessee (Smith's) Cavalry (C. S. A.) was taken prisoner near Carthage, Tennessee on 7 February 1863. He was exchanged at City Point on the James River on 25 February 1863 and later served in Company K, 4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant-Major on 4 March 1864. His unit was detached to serve as escort for Lieutenant-General John Hood on 12 March 1864.

John James HARTSFIELD was the son of Solomon HARTSFIELD (11 March 1782, Wake County, North Carolina - BEF 1870, Wilson County, Tennessee) and Rebecca J. GUTHRIE (16 October 1788, North Carolina - 9 October 1859, Wilson County, Tennessee) who were married 4 October 1808 in Wake County, North Carolina. John James HARTSFIELD was first married to Martha A. HARLAN (22 June 1832, Wilson County, Tennessee - ABT 1868, Wilson County, Tennessee) on 19 December 1849 in Wilson County, Tennessee. Martha A. HARLAN was the daughter of Samuel J. HARLAN (14 October 1804, Albemarle County, Virginia - 22 August 1886, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee) and Louisiana BRADLEY (June 1804, Amelia County, Virginia - November 1878, Wilsonh County, Tennessee) who were married 24 August 1826 in Wilson County, Tennessee.

John James HARTSFIELD and Martha A. HARLAN engendered: William Andrew HARTSFIELD (18 October 1850 - ?) [M]; Mary Abigail HARTSFIELD (24 January 1853, Wilson County, Tennessee - ?, <Waco, McLennan County>, Texas) [F]: m. Henry Taylor HARLAN (ABT 1843, Wilson County, Tennessee - ?), 19 February 1879; Pamelia J. HARTSFIELD (22 August 1854, Wilson County, Tennessee - 20 November 1904, Wilsonb County, Tennessee: interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Wilson County, Tennessee; Samuel Solomon ("Todd") HARTSFIELD (25 February 1857, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee - 13 March 1927, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee: interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Wilson County, Tennessee) [M]: m. Annie Elizabeth JENKINS (4 June 1860, Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio - 8 November 1929, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee: interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Wilson County, Tennessee), 30 September 1877, Wilson County, Tennessee; Anna HARTSFIELD (1858, Wilson County, Tennessee - 2 September 1928) [F]: m. Thomas W. SMITHWICK, 17 February 1876; and Mattie Eunice HARTSFIELD (8 September 1865 - 24 September 1897) [F]: John H. CLEMMONS, 11 April 1888.

Martha J. SHANKS, first the wife of John James HARTSFIELD and second the wife of Richard MARLER, had no children of her own.

In the United States Census of Wilson County, Tennessee in 1850, Martha ("Mattie") J. SHANKS appeared in the household of her parents, John SHANKS and Jane BURKES, who were married 23 February 1842:

  John SHANKS, 30, male, farmer, born in Tennessee [son of William SHANKS and Patsey WORMACK]
Jane SHANKS, 24, female, born in Tennesse - [Jane BURKES - married 2-23-1842]
Malisaa S. SHANKS, 7, female, born in Tennesse
William G. SHANKS, 5, male, born in Tennesse
Robert S. SHANKS, 3, male, born in Tennesse
Martha J. SHANKS, 6/12, female, born in Tennesse

Note 5: To see photographs of Richard MARLER and Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. COMPTON, go to Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1902) and Elizabeth ("Jennie") K. Compton (7 August 1829 - 13 November 1887): Photographs.

Note 6: Elizabeth ("Betsy") Ann WILLIAMS, the wife of William Newton MARLER, was the daughter of Joshua B. WILLIAMS (ABT 1823, <Round Top, Wilson County, Tennessee> - ?) and Mary ("Polly") MCKEE (1827, Round Top, Wilson County, Tennessee - ?) who were married 3 March 1848, Wilson County, Tennessee.

Note 7: Alice WEST, the wife of Charles Franklin MARLER, was the daughter of Gipson Roy WEST (18 August 1824, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 22 January 1916, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma) and Elizabeth Luiza GROOM (9 January 1827, DeKalb County, Tennessee - 22 July 1863, DeKalb County, Tennessee), who were married in 1846, DeKalb County, Tennessee. Elizabeth Luiza GROOM lies interred in the Salem Cemetery, Liberty, DeKalb County, Tennessee.

Note 8: To see a photograph of James ("Jim") Durham MARLER, go to Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1902): Photographs.

Note 9: John Wesley MARLER and Ella ALFORD are buried in Wilson County at Hearn Hill Cemetery, about 2 1/2 miles east of Watertown on north side of Highway 70 Sparta Pike and Old Alexandria Road. They are listed on the same tombstone. Ella ALFORD was the daughter of James P. ALFORD and Minerva MAULDIN of Bowie County, Texas. James P. ALFORD was the son of Wiley ALFORD and Sophia Valentine DRAKE of North Carolina and Wilson County, Tennessee. The known children of John Wesley MARLER and Ella ALFORD are May W. MARLER, Myrtle C. MARLER, Irene M. MARLER, Jennie M. MARLER, and James Britton MARLER. Of these, the first four are mentioned in Naomi M. Hailey's book, Alford-Drake Family of Middle Tennessee, published in 1982.

Note 10: To see a photograph of John Wesley MARLER, go to Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1902): Photographs.

:Note 11: Florence SNEED, the wife of Thomas Alva MARLER, was later the second wife of Granville Turner MATHES (20 May 1850, Rutherford County, Tennessee - 22 August 1932, Rutherford County, Tennessee) who had been first married to Mary Ellen MARTIN (10 May 1852 - 10 July 1914, Rutherford County, Tennessee).

Note 12: On 10 July 1889, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "A. J. MARLER threshed 206 bushels of wheat from 9 acres." This was Alexander ("Bud") Jones C(ompton?) MARLER who, evidently, was named after his maternal grandfather, Alexander J. COMPTON. The household of Alexander ("Bud") Jones C(ompton?) MARLER is listed in the United States Census for Wilson County, Tennessee, 23 January 1920.

Note 13: On 21 August 1889, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "A. J. MARLER has leased his interest in the sawmill at Helton to Will Malone till January 1st next." Also, "A. J. MARLER left today to visit his brother in Missouri." The "brother in Missouri" was Sion Wilson MARLER who was residing in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.

Note 14: On 18 September 1889, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Frank MARLER's little girl fell from the porch last Friday, stuck the prong of a pitchfork in her head inflicting a wound from which she died yesterday morning." This refers to the daughter, probably Elizabeth, of Charles Franklin MARLER.

Note 15: On 30 October 1889, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Miss Florence MARLER was thrown from a horse and had her arm broken." Florence MARLER was another daughter of Charles Franklin MARLER.

Note 16: On 6 April 1892, the following item, surviving in fragments, was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "S. W. MARLER, son of Richard M__ler living near Alexandria, is_____ Afton, Indian Territory ____ing money." Afton, in Ottawa County, was in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory. From southwestern Missouri, a trip to Afton by Sion Wilson MARLER would not have involved a long journey.

Note 17: On 15 November 1893, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Miss Nannie Barry spent Saturday night with her aunt, Mrs. Alice MARLER." This, of course, was Alice WEST, the wife of Charles Franklin MARLER.

Note 18: On 4 April 1894, the following was reported in the Alexandria Times, the newspaper of record for Alexandria, Tennessee: (Watertown) "Mr. And Mrs. R. J. MARLER, of Alexandria were guests of D. S. BOYD and wife Sunday." This refers to Richard J. MARLER and his wife, Fannie BOYD.

Note 19: On 18 April 1894, the following was reported in the Alexandria Times, the newspaper of record for Alexandria, Tennessee: (Watertown):

  Watertown Stock Show.

To say that the stock show at Watertown Saturday was a success does not half express the case. Soon after twelve o’clock the crowd commenced gathering and by 1 o’clock the town was full.

Alex Young had his horse, Roscoe there, Mr. Brewers was driving Scott’s Almont, and Jess Kitching was astride John Waxie. Bob Neal, Jim Luck, Marion MARLER and many others of which space forbids us mention, showed the people what their horse could do. In all there were between thirty and forty horses present and a few jacks.

Our clever friend, Bob Smith, acted well the part of marshal while the Watertown Brass band enlivened things with their good music.

Note 20: On 4 July 1894, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Mrs. Charlie Palmer and children returned home after a pleasant visit to the family of A. J. MARLER in Wilson county."

Note 21: On 23 January 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "George Elrod and 'Poss' Allen were in town Friday buying mules. Frank MARLER sold one mule to the above parties for $35." George Franklin ELROD, by marriage to Florence MARLER, was the brother-in-law of Charles Franklin MARLER.

Note 22: On 6 March 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Mr. R. MARLER has been confined at home for sometime with sickness." By this date, Richard MARLER was nearly 72 years of age.

Note 23: On 27 March 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Mrs. Julia MARLER of Linwood left for home this morning after visiting friends here." This was Julia ROWLAND, the wife of Alexander ("Bud") Jones C(ompton?) MARLER.

Note 24: On 3 April 1895, the following was reported in the Alexandria Times, the newspaper of record for Alexandria, Tennessee: (Mahone, byline dated 25 March) "Sam MARLER was in our town last week training horses." This refers to Samuel Dock MARLER.

Note 25: On 10 April 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Marion MARLER has left for Texas and California. Sam MARLER went to Nashville last week." Marion Grant MARLER and Anna Nevada HENLEY eventually migrated to California. They are known to have engendered at least three children, Lilliard Forest MARLER [M], Elenor FRAME (née MARLER) (6 January 1904, Tennessee - 27 December 1986, Kern County, California) [F], Marion Grant MARLER (18 December 1905, Tennessee - 18 March 1957, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California) [M], and Abraham Lincoln MARLER (26 February 1909, Tennessee - 20 September 1963, Los Angeles County, California) [M]. [see California Death Index.]

Note 26: On 26 June 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Charlie Palmer and wife visited the family of A. J. MARLER." Also, same date, "A. J. MARLER of Linwood was in town yesterday."

Note 27: On 9 October 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Mrs. A. J. MARLER of Linwood is visiting relatives here."

Note 28: On 18 September 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Bill Bone has a boy in his home, but like Frank MARLER's, they are too young to go to the Fair." This refers to the children of Charles Franklin MARLER.

Note 29: On 18 September 1895, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Sam MARLER has left for the West." This refers to Samuel Dock MARLER.

Note 30: On 22 April 1896, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Smithville) "R. MARLER of Wilson county was here today." This probably refers to the elder Richard MARLER and not to his son, who is usually signified as "Richard J. MARLER."

Note 31: On 6 May 1896, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Forks of Pike) "Jim Barry and family spent Saturday with Jim MARLER and family near Alexandria." This refers to James ("Jim") Durham MARLER, who was named for his uncle, Durham COMPTON.

Note 32: On 20 May 1896, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "A number of our citizens were summoned to Lebanon last week as witnesses in the case of Ford against MARLER." The "case of Ford against MARLER" is described in the loose records of the Chancery Court of Wilson County, Tennessee as follows: "2026 - 1892 Dec. 21 - (O. B.) R. MARLER of Wilson Co., TN and J. T. QUARLES of Dekalb Co., TN Against J. J. FORD of DeKalb and W. M. HARKREADER Clerk & C and J. F. BEARD D. Shff. of Wilson Co., TN. O. W. ROBERTS was appointed admr. of W. W. ROBERTS, dec'd. 2 May 1887. . . ." "2041 - 1893 May 22 - (O.B.) Levy & Ellen PARKINSON whose maiden name was Elen ROBERTS of Dekalb Co., TN against Richard MARLER of Wilson Co., TN, P. W. ROBERTS of Wilson Co., TN. Complt. states that her father W. W. ROBERTS is dead and defdt. O. W. ROBERTS is his admr. 1895 Deposition of J. T. QUARLES, 57. Deposition of James M. VANTREASE, 60. Deposition of O. B. WRIGHT, 70. Deposition of James A. PATTON, 50. - Deposition of Thos. J. ROBERTS, 50, brother of Ellen ROBERTS. - Deposition of D. R. ROBERTS, 51, brother of Ellen. - Deposition of J. J. FORD, 73, atty. for Ellen to remove R. MARLER from guardianship. 'His son R. J. MARLER married a lady who claims to be my sister, while we really are no kin, her father raised me which makes the tie very close between us.'"

Note 33: On 20 January 1897, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Mrs. Robt. PATTON (née Miss Alice MARLER) died this morning of pneumonia after a few days illness."

Note 34: On 21 April 1897, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Cottage Home) "Marshal Frasier (col.), an ex-convict, was tried last evening before Johnson and bound over to court for stealing old Uncle Dick MARLER's money a few nights ago. We hope Gov. Taylor will let him serve out his term this time as he pardoned him out a few weeks ago." This refers to the elder Richard MARLER.

Note 35: On 8 March 1899, the following was reported in The Liberty Herald, the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Tennessee: (Alexandria) "Sam MARLER, son of R. MARLER, died from a hemorrage Friday morning at the home of his father near town." This refers to Samuel Dock MARLER.

.Note 36: To see a photograph of Marion Grant MARLER, go to Antecedents and Descendants of Richard Marler (1 August 1823 - 23 May 1902): Photographs.

Note 37: Map of Wilson County, Tennessee (1895):

Note 38: Map of DeKalb County, Tennessee (1895):


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The following printed work has been consulted:

Jesse Clay Marler. Descendants of Richard Marler (10 August 1823 - 23 May 1903) and Elizabeth [Jennie] K. Compton (7 August 1829 - 13 November 1887) (privately printed, probably Austin, Texas: ABT 1956). Jesse Clay MARLER died in Brazoria County, Texas, 13 May 1973.

Much valuable information was contributed by Mr. James H. L. Lawler.

   

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