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Friday, February 10, 2017


husband of 9th great-grandmother
William married Ursula Painter who was also the wife of my ninth great grandfather Dr. Mordecai Moore.... the following is a quote from the source....

Two of the South River settlers from Virginia, were brothers­ in-law and neighbors.
They were Colonel William Burgess and Richard Beard. Their wives were thus recorded in the Virginia Magazine of History: "Edward Robins, born in England 1602, came to Virginia in the bark Thomas, in 1615. He was of Northampton, now Accomac County, and built "Newport House," now Eyreville. His daughter Elizabeth married William Burgess, of Maryland. His daughter Rachel married Richard Beard." (Standard, Vol. 3.)
After William Stone, of Northampton, became the first Protestant governor, Beard and Burgess removed to Maryland. The next record from the same source mistakes the son for the father, when it states: "Beard made the first map of Annapolis." It was Richard Beard, Jr., surveyor of Anne Arundel, who made the map. His father died in 1675, before Annapolis had been named. William Burgess began, at once, his commanding career. In 1655, he was one of the Council of War to condemn Governor Stone,--the very man he had followed to Maryland.
In 1657, he was named, first by Governor Josias Fendall, a commissioner and associate justice of the new County of Anne Arundel. Declining to take the necessary oath, on the ground it was not lawful to swear, his plea was rejected and another name was substituted. In 1660, when Governor Fendall had been banished, and Philip Calvert had succeeded him, William Burgess sent in a petition reviewing his former refusal to take the oath, and ascribing it to the influence of ill-advised friends. He announced his determination, henceforth, to devote his remaining days to the service of the proprietary. His petition was favorably received and he was set free without fine or trial.
In 1661, he was placed in command of the South River Rangers, and was ordered to send all Indian prisoners to St. Mary's for trial. In 1663, he was placed at the head of the Anne Arundel Commissioners.
In 1664, he was high sheriff of Anne Arundel. Upon receiving orders to go against the Indians, he named his successor, Major Richard Ewen, from whose family he had taken his second wife.
In 1665, Charles Calvert, son of Lord Baltimore, having succeeded his uncle Philip, honored William Burgess in the following commission:
Captain William Burgess,
Greeting,--Whereas, Diverse Forraing Indians have of late committed divers murthers upon our people, I have thought fitt to raise a sufficient number of men. Now know ye that I reposing especial confidence in your fidelity, courage and experience in martial affaires, have constituted, ordained and appointed you Commander-in-Chief of all forces raised in St. Maries, Kent, Charles, Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties.
Given under my hand, 34th year of his Lordship's Dom., 1665.
Charles Calvert.
Then follow instructions for the campaign.
Major Thomas Brooke was ordered "to raise forty men and march to Captain William Burgess, in Anne Arundel, there to receive orders from him as Commander-in-Chief. Ordered that Captain William Burgess raise by presse, or otherwise, thirty men with arms and ammunition to proceed according to former orders."
Charles Calvert.
Some Seneca Indians had killed several English settlers in Anne Arundel. The following reward was offered: "One hundred arms length of Roan Oake, for bringing in a cenego prisoner, or both of his ears, if he be slain. "In 1675, Colonel William Burgess and Colonel Samuel Chew were ordered to go against the Indians on the Severn.
In 1679, it was ordered, "That Colonel Burgess supply Baltimore County with twenty men from Anne Arundel, for the defense of that county."
In 1681, Robert Proctor, from his town on the Severn, Thomas Francis, from South River and Colonel Samuel Lane, from the same section, all wrote urgent letters stating that the Indians had killed and wounded both negroes and English men "at a plantation of Major Welsh's," and "had attempted to enter the houses of Mr. Mareen Duvall and Richard Snowden."
Major Francis wrote, and Colonel Nicholas Gassaway added: "I have but nineteen men of all the Coll Troope, and cann gett noe more-men are sick, and of them half have noe ammunition, nor know where to gett it. There is such a parcell of Coll. Burges foote Company in the like condition for ammunition. The head of the River will be deserted, if we leave them, and they have no other reliefe. Wee marched in the night to the releife, Major Lane sent to our releife about thirty foote more, but we have noe orders but to Range and Defend the Plantations, which we shall doe to the best of our skill, and I suppose, if Baltimore County wants assistance that at this time it cannot be well supplyed from Anne Arundel; we have stood to our Arms all night and need enough. Just now more news of three families robbed at Seavern.
Your humble servts.,
Tho. Francis, Nich. Gassaway."
Major Samuel Lane wrote: "The county of Anne Arrundll at this time is in Greate danger. Our men marched all Monday night, the greatest part of South River had been most cutt off. Wee want Ammunition exceedingly, and have not where-with-all to furnish half our men. I hope your Ldpp. will dispatch away Coll. Burges with what Ammunition may be thought convenient. I shall take all the care that·lyeth in me, but there comes daily and hourely Complaints to me that I am wholly Imployed in the Country's Service.
In haste with my humble service,
Sept. 13th, 1681. Samuel Lane."
Robert Proctor wrote that Mr. Edward Dorsey had come to him very late in the night, with the news of robberies by the Indians upon the Severn.
Upon such information, followed the decisive order to Colonel William Burgess and Colonel Thomas Tailler, "to fight, kill, take, vanquish, overcome, follow and destroy them."
Colonel Taylor commanded the horse, Colonel Burgess the foot, and both were Protestants.
From that date on to 1682, Colonel Burgess was a delegate to the Lower House; from 1682 to his death in 1686, he was in the Upper House. He was upon many committees.
His epitaph is a most remarkable condensation of his eventful life. It reads:
"Here lyeth the body of Wm. Burgess,
Esq., who departed this life on ye
24th of January, 1686, Aged 64 years: leaving his
Dear beloved wife, Ursula and eleven
children, viz.: seven sons and four daughters,
And eight grand-children.
In his life-time, a member of
His Lordship's Deputy Governors;
A Justice of ye High Provincial Court;
Colon of a regiment of Trained Bands:
And sometimes General of all ye
Military Forces of this Province.
His loving wife, Ursula, his executrix
In testimony of her true respect,
And due regard to the worthy
Deserts of her dear deceased
Husband, hath erected this monument."
The historian, Geo. L. Davis, says of Colonel Burgess:
"He was himself, through his son Charles, the ancestor of the Burgesses of Westphalia; through his daughter, Susannah, of the Sewalls of Mattapany-Sewalls, closely allied to Lord Charles Baltimore; through his granddaughter, Ursula, of the Davises of Mt. Hope, who did not arrive from Wales before 1720; and through a still later line, of the Bowies of Prince George."
Colonel Burgess left an exceedingly intelligent will of entail; naming his sons and daughters, Edward, George, William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Charles, Elizabeth, Susannah, Anne. I give to my sonne William my message land where I now dwell, near South River, together with eighteen hundred acres adjoining, which I purchased of George Westall, and one part whereof is a Town appointed called London, provided my wife, Ursula, shall live there until my son is of age. I give unto William, all of "Betty's Choice," in Balto. Co., near Col. Geo. Wells, containing 480 acres. I give to my sonne, John Burgess, four tracts, "Morley's Lott," "Bednall's Green," "Benjamin's Choice," and "Benjamin's Addition," lying near Herring Creek, some 800 acres. I give to my sonne, Joseph, lands purchased of Richard Beard, near South River, called "West Puddington," and "Beard's Habitation," 1300 acres. I give to my sonne Benjamin, a tract, "Bessington," near the Ridge, also "Burgess Choice," near South River. I give to my sonne, Charles, a tract, purchased of Vincent Lowe, at the head of Sasafras River, of 1600 acres, and another of Vincent Lowe, on the Susquehannah, of 500 acres; provided, if any should die before attaining age, then every such tract shall descend to the eldest then living. I give all the rest of my estate, here or in England, to my dear wife, Ursula, at pleasure, and she shall have the care of the education of my children and the use of their portions. I desire that she shall be my executrix, with my friends Major Nicholas Sewall, Major Nicholas Gassaway and Captain Henry Hanslap, as supervisors, and to each of them I grant £5. WILLIAM BURGESS. (SEAL.)
His sons, Edward and George, had been provided for before his will. His daughters received £300 in money, plate and other personals.
His seal-ring of gold was willed to his daughter, Susannah, wife of Major Nicholas Sewall. She was the daughter of Colonel Burgess, by Mrs. Richard Ewen. Colonel Burgess bore arms, as the existing impression of his seal reveals, of a family of Truro, in Cornwall, but was akin to the Burgesses of Marlborough, Wilts County. (Or a fesse chequy, or, and gules, in chief, three crosses, crosslet fitchie of the last.)
Except Charles Burgess, of Westphalla, who married a daughter of Captain Henry Hanslap, the succeeding Burgess name was alone handed down by Captain Edward Burgess, the son who came up from Virginia with him. John and Joseph died early; Benjamin, under the will, claimed their estates, but finally compromised with Captain Edward. Benjamin sold his whole estate and went to England. George, after holding the office of High Sheriff, joined his wife Catherine, the widow Stockett, in deeding all their estate, and removed to Devon County, England.
Ann-Thomas Sparrow, and died the same year. Jane Sewall of Major Nicholas and Susannah Burgess-Clement Brooke, son of Major Thomas. Their daughter, Elizabeth Brooke, became the mother of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton. William Burgess, Jr., inherited the homestead; he married Ann (Watkins) Lord, daughter of John Watkins, the stepson of Commander Edward Lloyd. Burgess' will left 1,000 acres in Baltimore County to his wife's children by her former husband, Mr. Lord.
His mother became the wife of Dr. Mordecai Moore, and remained upon the homestead, near Londontown, until her death, in 1700. She was the heir of Nicholas Painter, long clerk of the Council, whose will left a large estate to her children. She was buried by the side of Colonel Burgess.
Captain Edward Burgess, was in the life-time of his father, commissioner for opening the port of Londontown; justice of the Provincial Court and "Captain of the Foote." He was the executor and heir of Captain George Puddington.
The Chew genealogy records: "Sarah, daughter of Samuel Chew, of John of Chewtown; married a Burges." She was the wife of Captain Edward Burgess, whose oldest son, Samuel, was named for Samuel Chew. Captain Burgess' will left his estate to his sons Samuel and John, having already deeded lands to his daughter, Mrs. Margaret Ware and Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholson. Mrs. Sarah Burgess, his widow, left hers to "my daughters Ann White, Sarah Gaither and Susannah Richardson." Benjamin Gaither, her son-in­ law, was made executor. Samuel Burgess (of Captain Edward), married Mrs. Elizabeth Durbin. Issue, Edward, Benjamin and Elizabeth.
John Burgess (of Captain Edward) married, first Jane Macklefresh (of David). Issue, William, Benjamin, Samuel, Sarah, Ann and Susannah.
He married second, in 1733, Matilda Sparrow. Issue, John, Joseph, Edward, West and Caleb Burgess, all revolutionary patriots, whose history belongs to Howard County.
Upon the homestead tract of the late General George Stewart, of South River, is the original site of Colonel William Burgess' home; from which, upon a commanding hill, may be seen his tombstone, quoted above. Surrounding General Stewart's home are massive oaks, which bear the imprint of ages. Upon this site, too, stood the home of Anthony Stewart, of the "Peggy Stewart," who came into possession of Colonel Burgess' home tract, which later passed into General Stewart's possession. The two families, with similar names claim no relation to each other. The road leading past the historic place and on to All Hallows Church, about three-fourths of a mile west, is the same over which General Washington passed from Annapolis to Mt. Vernon, in 1783. Along this road are yet to be seen wayside oaks, that reveal the remarkable richness of this South River section, when occupied by our early settlers.
Along this road, beautiful views of the broad South River may be enjoyed.
Between Colonel Burgess' homestead and his Londontown tract; there still stands a well-preserved old brick homestead, with massive chimneys and steep roof. It is within sight of the Alms House upon the southern bank of South River. I have not found its builder.
All of the property passed through Colonel Burgess and his son, William Burgess, Jr., to Mrs. Ursula Moore, wife of Dr. Mordecai Moore. From that family, through recorded transfers, it may be traced to the present owners. The most of it is now in the estate of General George Stewart, whose linage has been clearly traced to Kenneth, 2nd, the first Scottish king.
Colonel Burgess' son-in-law, Major Nicholas Sewall, son of Hon. Henry Sewall, of "Mattepany," was a member of the Council from 1684 to 1689. His sons were Charles and Henry. Elizabeth Sewall, widow of the latter, married Hon. William Lee, of the Council, and became mother of Thomas Lee, father of Governor Thomas Sim Lee.
Nicholas, son of Henry and Elizabeth Sewall, married Miss Darnall, of "Poplar Hill," Prince George County.
Their descendants were: Hon. Nicholas Lewis Sewall, of "Cedar Point," member of the convention for ratification of the Constitution of United States; and Robert Darnall Sewall, of "Poplar Hill.''
This was a part of the famous "Woodyard," the house of Colonel Henry Darnall of 1665, whose brother, John Darnall, held "Portland Manor," in Anne Arundel. Colonel Henry Darnall's daughter, Eleanor, became the wife of Clement Hill. Eleanor Brooke Darnall, of the "Woodyard," was the mother of Archbishop John Carroll and Mary Darnall, of "The Woodyard," became the wife of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton. Robert Darnall, grandson of Colonel Henry, lost all the magnificent estate except "Poplar Hill," about eight hundred arces, which came into possession of the Sewalls, through the marriage above mentioned.-(Thomas.)
Lady Baltimore, wife of Charles Lord Baltimore, and widow of Hon. Henry Sewall, was the daughter of Vincent Lowe and Anne Cavendish, of London, and a sister of Colonel Vincent Lowe, of Maryland.
Her daughter, Jane Sewall, became the wife of Hon. Philip Calvert, and her daughter Elizabeth, married second Colonel Wm. Digges, member of the Maryland Council, son of Governor Edward Digges, of Virginia. Colonel Digges was in command at St. Mary's; when compelled to surrender to Captain John Coode's revolutionary forces in 1689. He later removed to "Warburton Manor," nearly opposite to Mt. Vernon.
It was in the garrison of Mattapany, a large brick mansion, the property of Lady Baltimore, descending to her son, Colonel Nicholas Sewall, where Governor Calvert had erected a fort, that his forces retired when attacked by Coode; and it was there that the formal articles of surrender were prepared.
The house and property of the proprietary were confiscated, but came back to the possession of the Sewalls in 1722, by a grant from the second Charles Lord Baltimore, to Nicholas Sewall, son of the original proprietor, and so remained until the present century.
There are on record, at Annapolis, the wills of two residents of Wilts County, England, viz: Anthony Goddard, of Suringden, of Wilts, England, in 1663, left "to William Burgess, of Anne Arundel, his entire estate, in trust for Hester Burgess, of Bristol, England. Joseph Burgess, of Wilts, in 1672, named his brother, William and others. Our records show that Colonel Burgess, of Anne Arundel County, settled the estate. (The Founders of Ann Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland: A Genealogical and Biographical Review from Wills, Deeds and Church Records, Baltimore, MD. by J. D. Warfield, Published by Kohn & Pollock, 1905; Transcribed by Jan Grant; Proofread by Shannon Thomas)


Sunday, January 01, 2017



Tuesday, December 20, 2016


  • ID: I02646
  • Name: Ninian BEALL , Sr
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: /Bell/
  • Title: Colonel
  • Birth: 1625 in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland
  • Death: 1717 in "Fife Largo", Prince Georges County, Maryland
  • Burial: Burying Ground "Bacon Hall", Prince Georges County, Maryland
  • Occupation: Deputy Survevor, High Sheriff, and Chief Military Officer
  • Immigration: 1655 Arrived in Calvert County, Maryland
  • Note:
    Ninian Beall died between 15 January 1717, when his Will was written, and 28 Feburary 1717, when his Will was probated.

    Original Spelling of the Beal surname in Scotland was Bell and so was used in early Maryland Records. Good examples of this are to be found on page 35 of Early Maryland Settlers (Gust Skordas):

    Bell, Ninian Liber 11, Folio 195, (of Calvert Co., Planter, Service 1667. This entry probably refers to completion of a second voluntary two year indenture to Richard Hall for which he received land.

    Bell, Thomas Liber WC2, Folio 16. Immigrated 1679

    Members of the Beall family, that is, Ninnian, Thomas, Alexander, James and Robert , were natives of Saint Andrew's Parish, Fifeshire, Scotland, where their births or baptisms are registered in Parish Records. After immigration/transportation an "a" was inserted (reason unknown) and after the first generation Beall was consistently used.

    Also the naming of their Maryland Plantations reflects their Scottish heritage.

    Ninian (Bell) Beall was born in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. For a young man who landed in the Maryland Colony as a military prisoner condemned to indentured servitude, Ninian did very well for himself. In 1650 he was a Cornet in the Scottish Army under General Leslie championing the cause of Prince Charles, the future King Charles II of England against Oliver Cromwell and his Round Heads. He was captured on 3 September 1650 at the Battle of Dunbar. He served as a prisoner either in "Barbados" or Ireland - which is not known. According to when is servitude was completed he arrived in Maryland circa 185

    When he shuffled down the gangplank at St. Mary's, Ninian was bid in by a Planter, whose name is not known. Later he was acquired by Richard Hall, a Calvert County Planter and Burgess. Hall was a Quaker to whom Ninian would later refer to as the "Kindly Quaker" used him as a carpenter. About 1657 Ninian completed his term of servitude and was a free man.

    In the same year Ninian gained his freedom, Oliver Cromwell died. In 1660 The English recalled Prince Charles from exile and Crowned him as King Charles II, the very man for whom he had fought and been condemed to servitude. Doors that had been shut to him suddenly were open. He was welcome in Manor Houses and could date daughters of wealthy. His indenture, if refered to at all, was termed to as "honorable servitude".

    Ninian joined the Militia, where his military expeience and qualities of leadership quickly earned him promotion. As a youth on the coast of Scotland he had acquired skills in sailing. He was to join the select crew, and become 1st Lieutenant on Lord Baltimore's Yacht of War, Loyall Charles. He also studied surveying and became a surveyor. He was a handsome six-footer, with sandy colored hair, wide set blue-gray eyes and a "spare but muscular build". In 1664 he courted and married 16 year old Ruth Moore, daughter of a St, Marys Lawyer and Planter. His first wife Elizabeth Gordon in Scotland had died. He had his two sons in Scotland, who were teenagers by this time, join him in Maryland shortly after his marriage to Ruth.

    Being a Surveyor, with the fee for making a survey from one third to a half of the land involved Ninian rapidly added to the 50 acres he had aquired after the completion of his servitude. Within three years he was describing himself as a "Planter". He acquired the 300 acre "Bacon Hall" plantation, 3 miles southeast of Upper Marlboro, which was his home for nearly the rest of his life. In 1668 he acquired "Batchelors Choice" so named in spite of his comparetavely. He stadily added such plantatios as "Largo", "Beall's Adventure", "Friendship", Beall's Enclosure", Collington Branch" and "Beall's Point". To this accumulation of land he added a Grist/Flour Mill and a Pig Iron Foundry.

    Ninian was also rising in the Militia. In 1676 he was a Lieutenant ib the militia unit of his neighbor, Major Thomas Truman, said to be an ancestor of President Harry Truman. In 1689 he became a Major himself. In 1694 he was promoted to Colonel and Commander of the Maryland Militia. He retired from the Militia in 1699 at age 73 at which time a grateful assembly gave him an award of 500 acres of land and the price of "three good, serviceable Negro slaves".

    As a member of the Maryland Assembly he was the leader of a bloc protesting the autocratic pretentions of Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore, and demanding for Marylanders the same guarentees of liberty as were enjoyed in England. Lord Baltimore countered by claiming the right to call the Assembly "in any manner or way I shall think fit". He tried to further restrict the already limited ballot and claimed the sole right to initiate legislation. To assembly session he summoned only the delegates he pleased. Popular measures enacted over his veto, he simply did not put into effect. In 1680, John Coode, a pperrinel insurgent, led an unsuccesful revolt against his His Lordship. In 1689 he saw a better opportunity when the Protestant Majority overthrew King James II, an avowed Catholic and replaced him with the Protestant King William and Queen Mary.

    When the Govenor's Council delayed recognition of the new King and Queen, Coode, supported by Ninian Beall, Nehemiah Blackinston and others organized a Posse of 700 men, forced the surrender of the Proprietary Officials and took over the Colonial Government. The Baltimores
    permanetly lost the power to govern, but retained their Charter Right to make land grants in return for nominal quitrents.

    Ninian who actively encouraged Scots to immigrate to the Maryland colony used the renamed Loyall Charles to ferry new arrivals to the Potomac River Valley. There was already a "New Scotland" down river from Georgetown. He helped people twomother settlements, one near Hyattsville and another inland from the Great Falls of the Patomac.

    Lord Baltimore was selling the rich deep Maryland soil for 200 hundred pounds of tobacco per one hundred acres, the equivalent of about four cents per acre. Ninian, whose affars were prospering, had no trouble in acquiring new grants of land. In 1702 he sought and was the following year was granted 795 acres of choice land in what is now Georgetown. The tract had gained his notice years before when he ran upon it while trailing Indians up the Potomac.
    Probably because the high bluff above the Potomac and te deep ravine of Rock Creek reminded him of his native Scotland he named the new Plantation "Rock of Dumbarton" after a castle crowned promontary on the River Clyde below Glasgow.

    In 1703 he was granted a 225 acre tract which he called "Beall's Levels". This tract is familiar to all Lawyers verifying titles in downtown Washinton, DC. It includes the present day Pennsylvania Avenue with several blocks on each side from 4th Street to the Treasury Building. Past the Treasury Building the boundry turned south to include the most of the White House grounds, the White House site except the northeast corner, the Ellipse and now prestigious area which used to be known as "Foggy Bottoms". He never cared much for this property and after a succession of tobacco crops had exhausted it's fertility, it was sold and the proceeds invested in cheaper and better land north of the Federal District.

    The "Rock of Dumbarton" was a different matter, Although Ninian never lived there, except for camping, he considered it the crown jewel of his domain. The grant started with a tree on the bank of the Potomac near the mouth of Rock Creek. It was termed the "begining tree", with no indication whether it was an Oak, Gum, Hickory or what not. He willed this plantation to his son George.

    When George died in 1780 and it became necessary to resurvey the property, the "Corner Tree" was gone and so was its stump.The problem was solved by third party testimony given by and oldtimer before a special commission. A transcript of this testimony can be seen at the Georgetown Branch Public Library.

    Simon Nichols, age 52, testified that 19 or 20 years earlier he had "then and there been shown by Luke Bernard, Sr., this stump of a tree three or four feet high and the said Luke Bernard, Snr. stated that he was shown it when a tree by John Powell for the corner or begining tree of a tract of land called the "Rock of Dumbarton"." This flimsy testimony provided the key for marking off hundreds of the most expensive residential lots in the Western Hemisphere.

    In 1751 a booster group, including some members of the Beall family, petitioned the Maryland Assembly to incorporate Georgetown and create a 60 acre subdivision, half of which would be carved out of the "Rock of Dumbarton'. Over George Beall's heated protest, the Act of Incorporation was approved. The 60 acres were divided into 80 lots whose area, after allowing for streets and alleys, was roughly 6/10 of an acre. The lots were sold for $18 each. In todays money the same lot would go for $100,000. The sale of lots and subdivisions in this area was a sustaining income for Ninian's descendents through most of the 19th Century.

    Thomas Beall, George's son and Ninian"s grandson wanted the Capital built on Georgetown Heights, but when the Federal District planner, Charles L'Enfant insisted that the streets be laid out like spokes of a wheel, with the Capital as the hub, Georgetown was ruled out. It had to content itself with being the Capital's most charming and prestigious residental district.

    Ninian was not buried in Georgetown, as was once thought, but at "Bacon Hall", ten miles accross the line in Prince Georges County. It has long since disappeared and its site, along with the burial plot, has been los

    A large bronze plaque is installed on a large oval rock, symbolic of the "Rock of Dumbarton", on Front of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, 3240 O Street NW, with the following inscripton:

    Colonel Ninian Beall, born Scotland, 1625, died Maryland 1717, patentee of the "Rock of Dumbarton"; Member of the House of Burgesses; Commander in Chief of the Provencial Forces of Maryland. In grateful recognition of his services "upon all Incursions and Disturbances of Neighboring Indians" the Maryland Assembly of 1699 passed an "Act of Graditude". This memorial errected by the society of Colonial Wars in the District of Columbia, 1910.

    His name is also inscribed on a monument with 16 other Early Maryland Settlers whose grants embraced the Federal Diustrict. The monument is located on the Ellipse south of the White House.

    Will of Ninian Beall, Prince Georges County, Maryland
    Written: 15 Jan 1717 Probate: 28 Feb 1717

    To son George and heirs 480 acres "Rock of Dumbarton" on Rock Creek and personalty.
    To son Charles and heirs 1000 acres "Dunn Back" on Wattes Creek and personalty.
    To granddaughter Mary Beall and heirs (d/o son Ninian, deceased) after payment of legacies, 1/2 of personal estate, also part of Bacon Hall lying on South side of road to "Mt. Calvert" to have her share at marriage.
    To grandson Samuel Beal, executor and heirs Water ill on Collington Branch and remaining part of "Bacon Hall", providing that at 21 years he makes over to aforesaid a tract of land called "Sams Begining" on South side od road to "Mt. Calvert". Shoulde he be of age to convey land aforesaid, then the entire tract of "Bacon Hall"is bequeath to said granddaughter Mary Beall.
    To son-in-law Andrew Hambelton, personalty.
    To son-in-law Joseph Belt and heirs 245 acres "Good Luck", he to allow heirs of testor 4000 pounds tobacco.
    Two grandchildren (children) of deceased son Ninian, to be cared for and educated.
    Testor directs that a tract of 400 acres "The Recovery" the freshes of Patuxent River, ar head of Weston Branch, and adjacent land bequeathed to Joseph Belt, be sold for payment of debts.
    Sons Charles, Joseph Belt and George to aid executor until he arrives at age 21.
    Test: John Busey, Rebecca Getward, Edward Willet.
    (CW IV.135;Wills,14.504;PG Wills 1.92)
    Colonel Ninian Beall, Prince Georges County: 82 pds 0 shillings,7 pence. Appraisal William Scott, Benjamin Berry (I&A 1.445)
    Colonel Ninian Beall, Prince Georges County: Account 82 pds 0 sh 7 p; 331 pds, 10 sh. 18 Jan 1719 distributed to Administrator. Administrator Charles Beall (A 2.491)

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