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2151 The Battle of the Walled Fountain left Raymond slain and dismembered on the field and Antioch open to harassment by Nur al-Din. The Zangid threat was lifted when Baldwin III moved in force from Jerusalem. Poitiers, Raymond de Prince of Antioch (I19193)
 
2152 The birth date for William is that given by his headstone. The birth date for Joseph is from the 1900 U.S. Census. Family F0521
 
2153 The British force, numbering approximately 2,000 men, were commanded by Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart and encamped at Eutaw Springs when attacked by Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Pickens, Gen. Andrew (I15243)
 
2154 The California death certificate gives a birth year of 1883. Bryars, Laura (I6092)
 
2155 The census gives a year of birth as 1883 although 1882 is most likely given that brother, James Lemuel, is consistently reported as being a year younger. This would correspond to her death certificate which reports her age as 81 in May 1964. Cavender, Mary Elizabeth (I7175)
 
2156 The census reflects 1896 as the year of birth. Bryars, Hector E (I4169)
 
2157 The children of William Owsley are conjectured based on temporal and geographical proximity. Owsley was in Putnam County, Georgia by 1814. An index for the 1820 U.S. census for Putnam County then reports the Owsley (or Ousley) households as follows:

-Jesse C.;
-John; and
-William.

These are contiguous listings in Capt. Eli Buckner's District. (By birth years, Jesse and John the probable sons of William.) Other contemporaneous Owsley records for Putnam County include:

-the 1813 marriage of Sally Owsley to Henry Smith;
-an 1817 tax listing for David Baldwin (married to Elizabeth Owsley in 1804 in Greene County);
-the 1820 marriage of Delphia Owlsey to Thomas Ferrill; and
-an 1824 tax listing for Jesse C. Owsley (Captain John M Clark's District).

The Baldwins were in Jones County by 1830. In 1831, Baldwin endorsed the petition of Pleasant Owsley to act as guardian of his siblings, all illegitimate children of Lucy Owsley.
 
Owsley, William H. (I0086)
 
2158 The city of Ascalon, held by the Fatimids and, as such, a ready base of operations against Christian Jerusalem, fell to the Baldwin III. The city had been invested in January. Jerusalem, Baldwin III of King of Jerusalem (I1986)
 
2159 The Cluniac Priory of Marigney-sur-Loire Normandie, St. Adela de Ctss de Blois (I11195)
 
2160 The community was located in Upshur County until Gregg County was separated from southern Upshur County on April 12, 1873.  Turner, Thomas Jefferson (I10613)
 
2161 The consort of Pepin (and mother of Herbert I) is unknown. Family F3139
 
2162 The County of Edessa was one of the Crusader states in the 12th century. Its seat was the city of Edessa (present-day Sanliurfa, Turkey). Jerusalem, Melisende of Queen of Jerusalem (I1980)
 
2163 The couple were betrothed in 1498 but consanguinity required a papal dispensation. Its issuance coincided with the death of Cecily and brought the proposed match to an end. Family F2003
 
2164 The Daily Home (Talladega, AL)
Tuesday, December 11, 2001

BIRMINGHAM - Funeral service for Cornelia Bryars (Nita) Gray, 91, was Friday at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel with the Rev. Ben Hogan officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Gray died Dec. 3. She was a member of Central Park United Methodist Church and had been employed by Blach's Department Store. She was active in the PTA and Cub Scouts. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Gray Jr.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Robert M. Gray of Sylacauga, James E. Gray III of Melborne, Fla., and T. Randolph Gray of Birmingham; daughter, Alice Gray McLendon of Birmingham; brother, Cameron Bryars of Theodore; sisters, Reba Bryars Tomson of Birmingham, Margaret Bryars Hadden of Saraland and Mary Elizabeth Bryars of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Central Park United Methodist Church.

Johns-Ridout's Mortuary Elmwood Chapel directed the service.  
Bryars, Cornelia Randolph (I4192)
 
2165 The date is provided in the minutes of the Powelton Baptist Church. Owsley, Penelope Poring (I0739)
 
2166 The date of birth for James is questioned. Most Hadley family historians give his date of birth as 1813, but without source. Census records consistently report the date of birth as 1826; however, the accuracy of any information reported from 1880 forward is questioned as the principal was a fugitive from justice. (After his conviction for the murder of Green Berry Bryars and two of his sons, Hadley, along with his father and brother, Jesse, decamped to Texas, and then Clay County, Florida where they assumed the name Lindsey.) The date of death given for his mother (again a date that is only secondarily sourced) and the provision in his father's will argues against the late date. Hadley, James (I7570)
 
2167 The date of birth is alleged at International Genealogical Index v. 4.02, file nos. 455799 and 457819. Marriage information is at IGI, file no. 2078030. Dickinson, Werner Leird (I0998)
 
2168 The date of death is given by inquiry of the Grand Jury for Escambia County, Florida (Spring Term 1853). Shomo, Capt. Joseph W. (I5241)
 
2169 The date of death is given by the muster roll of deceased officers and soldiers of the Mounted Regiment of Creek Indian Volunteers.
 
Moniac, Sam (I5124)
 
2170 The date of the donation of Rebais abbey to the church of Paris by "Robert earl and countess Adele." It is most likely that this refers to father and daughter, not husband and wife. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines speaks of Herbert as the in-law of Robert and of his wife as the sister of Hugh Capet. Family F3134
 
2171 The death of Baldwin V created a brief succession crisis. With the gates of Jerusalem barred, Lord Kerac, the Patriarch Heraclitus and the Master of the Temple Gerard de Ridefort (who nursed a grudge against Raymond of Tripoli) saw to it that Baldwin's mother, Sibylle was crowned in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The promise to divorce Guy was broken and he too was crowned. Nobles closeted with Raymond of Tripoli at Nablus put forward Kerac's stepson Humphrey as king; however, Humphrey, a retiring sort, declined the offer. Baldwin Ibelin quit the kingdom for Antioch. Raymond allied himself with Saladin.q Jerusalem, Sibylle of Queen of Jerusalem (I19309)
 
2172 The death of Charles IV without a direct heir set off a succession crisis that triggered the Hundred Years War. Charles's sister, Isabella, sought the French Throne in opposition to the claim of the cadet Valois branch. (Charles of Valois was the grandnephew of King Philippe IV.) As an alternative to Isabella, her son King Edward III was pushed forward but this received little French support. Valois took the crown and Edward took to the battlefield. France, Charles IV de King of France (I13238)
 
2173 The death of John W. Wilkins is assumed since he is not named as a beneficiary under his fathers 1878 will. His relationship is assumed based on his appearance in the William Wilkins household in the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses. Wilkins, John W. (I13749)
 
2174 The defeat at the Horns of Hattin decimated the ranks of the Templars. Aside from battlefield losses, Saladin took the expedient measure of having his Templar prisoners murdered. Grand Master Gerard de Rideford, however, was spared and ransomed. But Rideford, true to his impulsive nature and lack of tactical acumen, led his cohort beyond the support of the Latin army during Guy's ill-fated assault at Acre on 4 Oct 1189. Captured yet again, he was summarily executed. The post remained open until the elevation of Sablé. Sablé, Grand Master Robert IV de Lord of Cyprus (I19624)
 
2175 The Duchy of Gascony de Gaveston, Piers 1st Earl of Cornwall (I14375)
 
2176 The Duchy of Normandy was lost with the capitulation of Rouen to Philip on 24 Jun 1204. John I King of England (I10786)
 
2177 The earliest estate settlement with a creditor is dated 09 Aug 1856. Bryars, Stephen (I0651)
 
2178 The English, outnumbered and under the command of Bedford, defeated a combined force of French, Scots and Lombards. The latter were under the command of Jean, count of Aumale. "The battle of Verneuil was the military high point of John, duke of Bedford's regency in France, and of English fortunes on the Continent as a whole. For the duke's reputation it was a triumph: he had won against the odds, seemingly through sheer application of honor, bravery and personal skill. * * * If Vernueil was the apex of England's military fortunes and of Bedford's personal command, the years that followed comprised a slow and painful descent from glory, victory and supremacy." Jones, 43-44. of Lancaster, John 1st Duke Bedford, KG (I9440)
 
2179 The feast day of St. Edward the Confessor. of Westminster, Edward Prince of Wales (I12794)
 
2180 The Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle, 50th Edw. II. Poyntz, John (I11874)
 
2181 The first faint glimmerings of medieval Spanish history begin with Alphonso III. (866-914) surnamed "the Great." Of him also nothing is really known except the bare facts of his reign and of his comparative success in consolidating the kingdom known as "of Galicia" or "of Oviedo" during the weakness of the Omayyad princes of Cordova. Alphonso IV. (924-31) has a faint personality. He resigned the crown to his brother Ramiro and went into a religious house. A certain instability of character is revealed by the fact that he took up arms against Ramiro, having repented of his renunciation of the world. He was defeated, blinded and sent back to die in the cloister of Sahagun. It fell to Alphonso V. (999-1028) to begin the work of reorganizing the Christian kingdom of the north-west after a most disastrous period of civil war and Arab inroads. Enough is known of him to justify the belief that he had some of the qualities of a soldier and a statesman. His name, and that of his wife Geloria (Elvira), are associated with the grant of the first franchises of Leon. He was killed by an arrow while besieging the town of Viseu in northern Portugal, then held by the Mahommedans. (For all these kings see the article Spain: History.) Asturias, Alfonso III de King of Asturias (I18922)
 
2182 The first faint glimmerings of medieval Spanish history begin with Alphonso III. (866?914) surnamed "the Great." Of him also nothing is really known except the bare facts of his reign and of his comparative success in consolidating the kingdom known as "of Galicia" or "of Oviedo" during the weakness of the Omayyad princes of Cordova. Alphonso IV. (924-931) has a faint personality. He resigned the crown to his brother Ramiro and went into a religious house. A certain instability of character is revealed by the fact that he took up arms against Ramiro, having repented of his renunciation of the world. He was defeated, blinded and sent back to die in the cloister of Sahagun. It fell to Alphonso V (999-1028) to begin the work of reorganizing the Christian kingdom of the north-west after a most disastrous period of civil war and Arab inroads. Enough is known of him to justify the belief that he had some of the qualities of a soldier and a statesman. His name, and that of his wife Geloria (Elvira), are associated with the grant of the first franchises of Leon. He was killed by an arrow while besieging the town of Viseu in northern Portugal, then held by the Mahommedans. (For all these kings see the article Spain: History.) León, Alfonso V de King of León (I18892)
 
2183 The first wife of Josiah Gammon is unknown. Family F1949
 
2184 The following article by Ronnie O. Bodine was first published in the December 1999 issue of the Owsley Family Historical Society Newsletter.

ROBERT MIDDLETON, the immigrant ancestor, was transported to Maryland, along with Benjamin Arnold and Thomas Thornton, by Benjamin Rozer of Charles County, Maryland prior to 16 Feb 1671. Born c1651 (being aged 'about 30' in a deposition filed Aug 1681), he died shortly before 6 May 1708 in Prince George's County, Maryland when Mary Middleton and John Middleton signed the bond to administer his estate. In 1681 the Council at St. Mary's City commissioned him a coronet in the Mounted Troops under Captain Randolph Brandt. In 1696 he was appointed a justice and also a coroner for Prince George's County. From 1704-1708 he was a warden and vestryman of St. John's Church of Piscataway Parish at Broad Creek. He secured his first land in 1679, being a 112 acre tract called "Wickham." He was married in 1672 to Mary Wheeler, daughter of Major John Wheeler and his wife Mary. John Wheeler gave to Robert and Mary Middleton "for fatherly love and natural affections" his 365 acre plantation "Wheeler's Hope." Besides the five known sons, there may have been others and surely daughters as well.

a. Capt. John Middleton, born c1673, he died before 1750, probably in Fairfax County, Virginia to which place he had moved about 1741. He was married c1695 to Mary. Court records repeatedly refer to him as 'Captain' supporting the belief he had a militia commission, probably in the Prince George's Rangers. He was elected vestryman of St. John's Church of Piscataway Parish in 1707. As principal heir, he inherited his father's entire estate and established his seat on the family estate of "Wheeler's Hope."

b. James Middleton, born c1675 in Charles County, Maryland; died there shortly before 6 Oct 1769 when his will of 5 Aug 1769 was proved. He married Sarah, daughter of John Smith, who survived him.

c. Thomas Middleton. See 2, following.

d. Robert Middleton, born c1682 in Charles County, Maryland; died probably about 1729. He was married to Elizabeth Smith.

e. William Middleton, born c1686 in Charles County, Maryland; died shortly before 15 Nov 1769 when his will of 15 May 1769 was proved in Charles County. From 1732 to 1741 and again in 1748 he represented Charles County in the General Assembly and from 1739 to 1747 served as a Justice of the Peace. He was married (1) c1712 to Elizabeth Tears, widow of John Keech, and daughter of Rev. Hugh and Ruth (Wynne, Wine) Tear. She was living 16 July 1748 but was deceased by 30 Aug 1758. By the latter date he was married (2) to Henrietta.

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The Middleton family history will be started with the birth of a daughter to Major John and Mary Wheeler on the 22 March 1658, of Charles County, Maryland. This daughter married Robert Middleton and thus we find the name Middleton in Maryland for the first time. He was born about 1651 but the place of his birth has not yet been established as this time. It is believed he is from Somersetshire, England because correspondence is on file in the Maryland Archives between residents of Charles County, Maryland and the above-mentioned place in England. The late Hugh C. Middleton of Augusta, Georgia, expressed the opinion that this Robert Middleton was one of the sons of Anthony Middleton who was, he said, of Charles City, Virginia, in 1623, and that this Anthony was a son of Thomas Middleton who married in England in the late 16th century to a daughter of Dedrick Anthony. (File Case: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania)

Robert Middleton was in Charles County, Maryland as early as 1671. In that year he was transported into Maryland by Col. Benjamin Rosier, along with Benjamin Arnold and Thomas Thornton. From the time of his arrival in Charles County, Maryland until his death in that part of Charles County that had become Prince George County, he was active in advancing both his own and his county's interests in military, civil and church affairs. His wife's parents, Major John and Mary Wheeler were in Charles and St. Mary's counties, Maryland in the 1640's; however, when he settled in Maryland he recorded that he was "from Virginia." He probably went to Virginia where some of his children were born and returned to Maryland. His first child, John Wheeler, was born in 1654. It is not known who Major John Wheeler's wife was, but either she was, or he was a Catholic, or maybe both since the Wheeler family in Maryland ever since this period has been Catholic and some of our Middletons still in Maryland are Catholics. Robert Middleton was an Episcopalian and remained so and most of his children.

Land Transactions and Certificates

Robert Middleton had extensive land interests in Charles and Prince George Counties. Below are listed all the real estate transactions to which he was a party except a few concerning which there is doubt whether it was Robert Sr. or Robert Jr. who was the interested party.

On 14 July 1679, "Wickham" a tract of 112 acres at the "easternmost (end) of Panguaya Manor" was conveyed for him (Charles Co. Rent Rolls, 2:88). On 18 July 1692 or 1693, Robert Middleton, planter, and Mary, his wife, both signed a deed of conveyance to John Clements, "tayler," the consideration being 8000 pounds of tobacco. (Charles Co. Deed Records S-1:127)

In 1683 "Hard Shift," 160 acres, in Charles County, was patented to Robert Middleton. (Land Office Records, cb-3:328) This property was located on the south side of Goose Bay. On 13 March 1688, Robert Middleton and Mary, his wife, sold this tract to Philip Lynes, merchant, of St. Mary's County for 2250 pounds of tobacco. (Charles Co. Deeds PH-1:97)

In 1686, "Saturday's Work," 500 acres in Piscataway Hundred, was patented to Robert Middleton. (Land Office Records 22:227). On 12 March 1688, he sold this tract "on the north side of the Maine Run of Kisconto to Robert Doyne, Gentleman, also of Charles County, for 10,000 pounds of tobacco. The following day "Robt. Middleton & Mary his wife...acknowledged ye within written Indenture to be their act & deed...." (Charles County Deed Records, P-1:99). This valuable tract is situated about 12 miles below Washington on the Oxon Hill Road over Anacostia Bridge and adjoins the estate where Sumner Welles, former Under Secretary of State of the United States, has his home.

On 22 March 1687, the following entry was made: "By virture of a Warrant for 2000 acres we have granted unto William Hutchinson dated 7th of this instant and by assignment to Wm. Middleton, son to Robert Middleton for 123 acres "Godfather's Guift" on Eastern Branch of the Potomac about 4 miles of the Riding Place of the Eastern Branch." (Ref. Land Office Records, 22:379)

Later it was "possessed by Robert Middleton" (Rent Rolls of Piscataway Hundred, Prince George County:148)

On 5 July 1687 "Apple Hill," a 552 -acre tract "in the woods above Piscataway" was surveyed for John Wheeler and Robert Middleton and patented to them 12 June 1688 (Prince George Co. Rent Rolls, I:96). Later Major John Wheeler transferred his interest in this real estate to William Hutchinson. Then on 8 January 1699, "William Hutchinson and Sarah his wife, and Robert Middleton and Mary his wife, all of Prince George County" sold to Francis Marbury this tract for 20,000 pounds of tobacco. (Prince George County Deed Records, A:295).

On 27 March 1688, "Apple Dore," 607 acres, was surveyed for Robert Middleton and Henry Boteler, 367 acres to Middleton and 240 acres to Boteler. The next day "Middleton's Lott," 96 acres, "on the north side of the maid fresh of the Piscataway" was surveyed for Robert Middleton and patented to him on 12 June 1688 (Prince George Co. Rent Rolls, I:96).

Finally, mention should be made of the "Middleton's Kindness," owned by John Clement and Elizabeth his wife, which they conveyed to Thomas and Elizabeth Plunkett, and which the latter couple conveyed to Robert Middleton 14 January 1695.

Robert Middleton's wife: Mary Wheeler

Documentary evidence of the identity of his wife is found in the following quotation from part of a deed of gift from Major John Wheeler to Robert and Mary Middleton. (Ref. Charles Co. Deeds Records, L-1:52)

"This Indenture ye thirtieth day of jany in ye tenth yeare of Dominion of ye Right Honble Charles L. Baltimore Ld Prop of the Province of Maryland etc and in ye yeare of Lord one thousand six hundred eighty and foure Between Jno Wheeler of Charles County in ye province of Maryland gent of ye one part & Robert Middleton & Mary his wife of ye aforsaid County & province of ye other part Witnesseth ye sd Jno Wheeler for and in consideration of ye fatherly love and naturall affection which he hath and bearth towards his naturall borned daughter Mary the wife of the aforesd Robt Middleton and also for divers other good causes & considerations him hereunto more especially moving hath given granted and confirmed and by these....all that tract called Wheeler's Hope (in Charles County) on a fresh run which runneth into Piscataway Creek, laid out for 365 acres...."

John Wheeler came to Maryland about 1659. He was Captain of the Charles County Militia, 1676, and its Major, 1689, and was Justice of the County Court in 1685. (Ref. Record of John Wheeler as noted by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland in its 1940 publication, Genealogies of the members and Record of Ancestors: 389). John Wheeler gave his age as 21 years in a deposition dated 22 January 1652. (Maryland Archives, X: 226). As Major John Wheeler he deposed on 22 October 1691 that he was 61 years old. (Charles County Land Records, R-1:275). Mary, his wife, gave her age as 40 years in court on 9 March 1669/70 (Ibid, R-1:275). His will dated 11 November 1693 was probated 9 January 1694/95 (Maryland Wills, 7: 70). By its terms he left bequests or legacies to his 5 sons, but none to his daughters, Mary and Winifred. One of the properties he mentioned was Middleton's Lot, 96 acres, which he devised to his son Francis Wheeler.

Robert Middleton's Military Record:

An Act of Assembly of November, 1678, directed the Treasurer of the Eastern Shore of Maryland to pay Robert Middleton as reimbursement of his expenses incurred in this services against the Nanticoke Indians. (Maryland Archives, VII:100). His rank was not stated.

At the request of Captain Randolph Brankt, dated 20 June 1681, Robert Middleton was that day commissioned cornet (second lt.) in a troop cavalry. (Maryland Archives XV:382,385).

His Civil Appointments:

Robert Middleton was juror at the November 1680 and August 1698 terms of the Provincial Court, (Provincial Court Judgements, WC: 258 and IL:59) and a witness in numerous other cases heard between September 1692 and September 1707.

On 10 September 1689, he demanded 200 pounds of tobacco as the price of one wolf head. (Charles County Land Records P-1:187).

He was commissioned one of the two coroners for Prince Georges County 15 May 1696. (Land Records B:338 and Maryland Archives, XX:546). On 14 June 1697 he was again elected coroner. At the November 1704 term of Court he took again the required oath as coroner. (Land Records B:335). He was still serving when at the September 1706 term of Court was heard. (Provincial Court Judgements, PL-1:17).

His Church Offices:

Robert Middleton was one of the Wardens of St. John's Church, and was present at a Vestry held at Broad Creek for Piscataway Parish 26 August 1704, and attended all Vestry meetings through 9 April 1705. It was noted that on 25 March 1706, "Robert Middleton was present as vestryman & took the required oaths." He was last in attendance as vestryman 10 May 1707. Then among entries 5 April 1708 being Easter Monday was this one: ..."This day likewise was Mr. John Langham chosen in the room of Mr. Robert Middleton late, deceased...."

The other official record of Robert Middleton's decease is found in a bond dated 6 May 1708, "being the seventh of Her Majesty's Reign," described as follows: "Robert Middleton of Prince Georges County; Mary Middleton (widow) administratrix; John Midddleton (eldest son) administrator; Thomas Middleton (second son) surety; Edward Willett, witness, and William Middleton (youngest son), witness." (Ref. Box 2, Folder 20, Prince Georges County Bonds).

Under the date of 16 June 1708, the following entry appears in the records of the Prerogative Court: "The following proceedings returned from Prince Georges Co: ...Mary Middleton and John Middleton adms to Robert Middleton, their administrators bond in common form, with Thomas Middleton their surety in one hundred forty pounds sterling, dated the sixth of May 1708."

Children of Robert and Mary (Wheeler) Middleton:

John Wheeler Middleton was the fist son of Robert and Mary Middleton. He was born 1675-6; died in Fairfax County, Virginia 1754; married Mary_____, and had a daughter, Charity Middleton, who was married to William Luckett. She was born about 1717. He was vestryman of St. John's (Piscataway) Church 1707-1709, 1728-1731; heir to "Wheeler's Hope" 1709; Captain in Colonial forces, 1728-1731; Constable of Piscataway Hundred in 1719.

Thomas Middleton was the second son of Robert and Mary Middleton, bon 1674; died 1744, Prince Georges Co., Maryland; married first Penalope Hatton, daughter of William and Mary Hatton, and had issue: Hatton, Thomas, Mary (wife of William Hawkins), Penelope, Sarah, Elizabeth, Elinor, and Susannah.

He married the second time to Alice, widow of Thomas Smallwood and the third time to Susannah, widow of Geroge Brett. Thomas Middleton was patentee of "Long Point." Their son, Hatton, died in Maryland about 1733; son, Thomas, married Ann____, and moved to Fairfax County, Virginia about 1744-5 to join his Uncle, Captain John Middleton, who had moved there about 1740-41. They left a large descent. Their daughter, Mary, born 1730 in Maryland married Thomas Owsley in 1746 in Fairfax County, Virginia and they had 12 or 14 children, moving to Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1782 where their son, William's son, William Owlsey, became Governor of Kentucky in the 1840's. Congressman Graves and Chilton of Kentucky were descended from Thomas and Mary Middleton Owsley, as was Albert Bledsoe, the great Kentucky orator, writer and Asst. Secretary of the Confederate Navy.

Thomas and Penelope Hatton Middleton had a number of daughters. Mary married William Hawkins. She died ca 1730. One daughter, Sarah, married her cousin, Holland Middleton. (Note: This is our line and will be continued later.) She and Holland Middleton also had daughters named Sarah and Susannah.

Robert and Mary Wheeler Middleton's third son was named Robert, born 1682 and married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith. They had a son, William, but he apparently died young. Robert seems by Maryland records to have been dead in 1734.

James Middleton, born 1689; died 1769; was another son of Robert and Mary Wheeler Middleton. He married Sarah Smith, sister of Elizabeth who married his brother, Robert. This family has been Catholic ever since and are now in Charles County, Maryland. They had many children: Smith, James, Ignatius, Ann who married 1st Thomas Jenkins, and 2nd Charles Deavin, Mary who married a Hawkins, Charity who married a Davis, and Martha who married Marmaduke Semmes. (Thomas Stone, Governor of Maryland and Signer of the Declaration from Maryland was from this James Middleton family.)

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THE MIDDLETON FAMILY
by Ronny O. Bodine

The following article was first published in
the December 1999 issue of the Owsley Family Historical Society Newsletter.

Among the many families that have married into the Owsleys, probably none other is as well known as the Middletons. When Thomas Owsley and Mary Middleton married about 1746, they established a family that made a significant impact on the history of Kentucky. This account draws upon a number of previously published histories and presents the immediate ancestory of Mary Middleton Owsley in compact form. Readers are invited to obtain copies of cited references found in the bibliography at the end of this article.

1. ROBERT MIDDLETON, the immigrant ancestor, was transported to Maryland, along with Benjamin Arnold and Thomas Thornton, by Benjamin Rozer of Charles County, Maryland prior to 16 Feb 1671. Born c1651 (being aged 'about 30' in a deposition filed Aug 1681), he died shortly before 6 May 1708 in Prince George's County, Maryland when Mary Middleton and John Middleton signed the bond to administer his estate. In 1681 the Council at St. Mary's City commissioned him a coronet in the Mounted Troops under Captain Randolph Brandt. In 1696 he was appointed a justice and also a coroner for Prince George's County. From 1704-1708 he was a warden and vestryman of St. John's Church of Piscataway Parish at Broad Creek. He secured his first land in 1679, being a 112 acre tract called "Wickham." He was married in 1672 to Mary Wheeler, daughter of Major John Wheeler and his wife Mary. John Wheeler gave to Robert and Mary Middleton "for fatherly love and natural affections" his 365 acre plantation "Wheeler's Hope." Besides the five known sons, there may have been others and surely daughters as well.

a. Capt. John Middleton, born c1673, he died before 1750, probably in Fairfax County, Virginia to which place he had moved about 1741. He was married c1695 to Mary. Court records repeatedly refer to him as 'Captain' supporting the belief he had a militia commission, probably in the Prince George's Rangers. He was elected vestryman of St. John's Church of Piscataway Parish in 1707. As principal heir, he inherited his father's entire estate and established his seat on the family estate of "Wheeler's Hope."

b. James Middleton, born c1675 in Charles County, Maryland; died there shortly before 6 Oct 1769 when his will of 5 Aug 1769 was proved. He married Sarah, daughter of John Smith, who survived him.

c. Thomas Middleton. See 2, following.

d. Robert Middleton, born c1682 in Charles County, Maryland; died probably about 1729. He was married to Elizabeth Smith.

e. William Middleton, born c1686 in Charles County, Maryland; died shortly before 15 Nov 1769 when his will of 15 May 1769 was proved in Charles County. From 1732 to 1741 and again in 1748 he represented Charles County in the General Assembly and from 1739 to 1747 served as a Justice of the Peace. He was married (1) c1712 to Elizabeth Tears, widow of John Keech, and daughter of Rev. Hugh and Ruth (Wynne, Wine) Tear. She was living 16 July 1748 but was deceased by 30 Aug 1758. By the latter date he was married (2) to Henrietta.

2. THOMAS MIDDLETON was born 1676-8 in Charles County, Maryland. He died shortly before 4 Jan 1745 when his estate was appraised. He was married (1) c1702 to Penelope, daughter of William and Mary Hatton. Her parents left portions of their respective estates to her children. He married (2) 1735 the widow Alice Smallwood, who died soon after their marriage. He married (3) 1735/6 to Susanna Brett, widow of George Brett. Thomas Middleton was appointed Captain of Rangers of Prince George's County in 1698 and served as parish vestryman 1706-1733. All of his children were born of his first wife.

a. Mary Middleton, married by 1729, William Hawkins, to whom her father "for love and affection" deeded "Long Point" comprising 60 acres in Prince George's County, Maryland.

b. Hatton Middleton, born 9 Dec 1705 in St. John's Piscataway Parish; died shortly before 1 Jun 1733 when the estate administration bond of his widow was filed in Prince George's County, Maryland. Before 1731 he married Jane. She died shortly before 20 Feb 1769 when her will was proved in Prince George's County.

c. Thomas Middleton. See 3, following.

d. Benjamin Middleton, born 24 Feb 1709/10.

e. Penelope Weston Middleton, born 29 Mar 1712.

f. Sarah Middleton.

g. Elizabeth Middleton.

h. Eleanor Middleton.

i. Susannah Middleton.

The four youngest daughters were all unmarried and under age on 25 Mar 1735 when their grandmother's inheritance was delivered to their guardians.

3. THOMAS MIDDLETON was born 29 Jan 1707/8 in Prince George's County, Maryland and died shortly before 14 Dec 1762 when his estate was appraised in Fairfax County, Virginia by Holland Middleton, Walter Middleton and William Taylor. William Middleton was appointed administrator of his estate. In 1745 he approved the inventory of his father's estate and shortly afterwards settled in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is said to have been married c1729 to Ann Bayne, though evidence appears based solely upon family tradition and that a granddaughter, Ann Bayne Owsley (1747- 1792) bore the name.

a. Mary Middleton. See 4, following.

b. Thomas Middleton. Died 1809 in Kentucky. Married to Nancy.

c. Hatton Middleton, for service as a Captain in the Georgia Militia during the Revolutionary War he was awarded a 575 acre bounty land warrant in 1784.

d. Benjamin Middleton.

e. Walter Middleton. In a deed of 8 Aug 1766, he refers to himself as late of Prince George's County, Maryland and now of Loudoun County, Virginia, and as a grandson of Thomas Middleton. (Loudoun Co. Deeds E: 235-6). Apparently married to Elizabeth Chadwell, he may be identical with the Walter Middleton who appears on the 1795 tax list of Lincoln County, Kentucky.

f. Sarah Middleton.

g. Henry Middleton, married Nancy Ann Owsley (1772-1817), daughter of William Owsley.

4. MARY MIDDLETON. Born 1730 in Virginia, she died 16 Sep 1808 on the family plantation in Garrard County, Kentucky. In 1746 she was married to Thomas Owsley. Thomas was born 1731-2 in Prince William County, Virginia and died 1 Nov 1796 in Madison County, Kentucky.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Herndon, John Goodwin. Robert Middleton of Charles and Prince Georges Counties, Maryland and Numerous Descendants of His. Haverford, PA, 1954.

Lloyd, Daniel B. The Middletons and Kindred Families of Southern Maryland. Bethesda, MD, 1975.

Taylor, Jamie Kay Kemp, ed. Middleton Family Newsletter. 1994- . 210 Avenue M., Abernathy, TX 79311. E-mail HMMD63A@prodigy.com

Semmes, Raphael Thomas. The Semmes and Allied Families. Baltimore, 1918.

Smith, Elizabeth Wiley. The History of Hancock County, Georgia. II: Ancestors, Families, and Genealogies. Wilkes Pub. Co.: Washington, GA, 1974.

http://www.owsleyfamily.com/middletonfamily.html 
Middleton, Robert (I0789)
 
2185 The following persons were named in John Norwood's Will (listed in order of appearance): Andrew; Daniel; William; Theophilus (all referred to "my four youngest sons"); John (son); Capt. Shaw and Mr. Tollifer (attorneys); Samuel (son); Jean Gutherie (daughter); and John Miller, Hugh Reid and William Cunningham (executors). Andrew, Daniel, William and Theophilus were not of age; thus they were all born after 1776 (21 being the common law age of majority).  Norwood, Gen. John (I12177)
 
2186 The following places "Wimburn", Joel, and John Dickinson in Wayne County in 1784:

Wayne County, NC - General Assembly Records

General Assembly Papers, April-June 1784, Joint Standing Committees,
Committee on P & G, April 21-May 11

To The Hon'ble the General Assembly of the

State of North Carolina

Whereas your Petitioners are informed that the Commissioners, to wit, Messers Stephen Cobb, Joseph Pipkin and Needham Whitfield appointed by the General Assembly for the purpose of fixing on the most convenant place nearest the Center of the County of Wayne, to erect the Public buildings on did agree that the same Should be at the plantation whereon Mr John Sasser, lately deceased, which give Satisfaction to your petitions, and the County in general your petitioners are also well assured that two of the said Commissioners, to wit, Mr. Pipkin, and Mr. Whitfield have taken the burthen of the Said appointment, and without the knowledge of the other Commissioner, to wit, Mr. Cobb, and have agreed to and appointed that the said buildings shall be erected at a place called West Point on Neuse River, and have taken a deed of Conveyance from Doc. Bass for three acres land for that purpose, which place your petitioners humbly Conceive to be inconvenant and burthensome to the Inhabitants of our said County in general, and far distant from the Center of our said County, which is contrary to directions in the Act of Assembly under which they were appointed.

Your petitioners therefore humbly beg that the general Assembly will take the said grevance's into Consideration and direct and appoint some person or persons to survey and run the lines of our said County in order to find the Center thereof and make provision that the Court house and other Public buildings be erected at the Center, on the nearest convenat place thereto, or other wise as you in your wisdom may think most convenant to the Inhabitants in the said County, all which your petitioners humbly submit to your Consideration, and as in duty bound will ever pray

28th February Anno Dom 1784



 
Dickinson, Winborn (I0304)
 
2187 The George Crain family is enumerated in Jasper County in 1820 with 3 males and one female under the age of 10, 1 male and 2 females between 10 and 16, 1 male between 16 and 26, 1 female between 26 and 45, and 1 male 45 or older. Crain, George (I4313)
 
2188 The George Crain family is enumerated in Jasper County in 1820 with 3 males and one female under the age of 10, 1 male and 2 females between 10 and 16, 1 male between 16 and 26, 1 female between 26 and 45, and 1 male 45 or older. Heard, Susannah (I4312)
 
2189 The Georgia 19th Infantry Regiment was assembled during the summer of 1861. Its companies were raised in Henry, Jackson, Douglas, Coweta, Carroll, Mitchell, and Bartow counties. Comprising 900 men, the unit was sent to Virginia and placed in the Potomac District. In April, 1862, it totaled 395 effectives and during the war served under the command of Generals W. Hampton, Archer, and Colquitt. The 19th fought in many battles from Seven Pines to Chancellorsville, then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and later Florida where it took part in the conflict at Olustee. In April, 1864, it returned to Virginia and continued the fight at Proctor's Creek and Cold Harbor and in the Petersburg lines south and north of the James River.  Flynt, Tilghman Willis (I4298)
 
2190 The Georgia 19th Infantry Regiment was assembled during the summer of 1861. Its companies were raised in Henry, Jackson, Douglas, Coweta, Carroll, Mitchell, and Bartow counties. Comprising 900 men, the unit was sent to Virginia and placed in the Potomac District. In April, 1862, it totaled 395 effectives and during the war served under the command of Generals W. Hampton, Archer, and Colquitt. The 19th fought in many battles from Seven Pines to Chancellorsville, then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and later Florida where it took part in the conflict at Olustee. In April, 1864, it returned to Virginia and continued the fight at Proctor's Creek and Cold Harbor and in the Petersburg lines south and north of the James River.  McDowell, Charles Jefferson (I1062)
 
2191 The grave is marked by a native stone without inscription according to Findagrave. Trammell, Col. Farr Harris (I1409)
 
2192 The Griffin Daily News and Sun
Griffin, Georgia
Thursday Morning, June 20, 1889

Macon Evening News: Macon friends are in receipt of invitation cards for the
marriage of Mr. James A. Stewart and Miss Annie Randall, both of Griffin,
Ga. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday evening, June 18, at 8:30 o'
clock, at the residence of the bride's parents , Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Randall, on Thirteenth Street. Mr. Randall is a son of Congressman Stewart
and Mayor of Griffin. He is a practical and energetic business young man and
has a host of friends in this city who extend to him warn congratulations on
his approaching nuptials and in winning a bride so charming and lovely.

[Transcribed 3/30/03 Lynn Cunningham]
 
Stewart, James A (I0204)
 
2193 The Griffin Daily News and Sun - Sunday, June 7, 1914
Mrs. Blanton Dies After Long Illness
One of Spalding County's Best Known
Women Passed Away Saturday Afternoon

Mrs. L. P. Blanton, one of Spalding county's best known and most highly esteemed ladies, died at her home in Mt. Zion district at six o'clock Saturday afternoon. She was stricken with paralysis several weeks ago and for several days had been critically ill. Mrs. Blanton was a women of lovely traits of character and had scores of friends. She was a devoted member of Mt. Zion Methodist church, and for many years was superintendent of the Sunday school there. She was fifty-eight years of age at the time of her death. Mrs. Blanton was the wife of Mr. L. P. Blanton, one of Griffin's prominent merchants. She is survived by her husband and six children - Misses Leila, Rosa, Mary , and Florence, and Messrs Louis G., George G. and James Blanton. She also leaves on brother, Mr. J. F. Green, one sister Miss Unie Green, four half brothers, Messrs. B.H., J.T., L.A., and R.J. Moore. Funeral services for Mrs. Blanton will be held at her late home Monday morning at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G.F. Venable. 
Green, Imogene (I0721)
 
2194 The head of the household in the 1910 census and living with her son, Albert (who is her only child), and mother Lucinda Trammell. Emma's occupation is listed as "artist". Trammell, Emma (I3192)
 
2195 The head-of-household in 1860 is "A. Dickinson", a 44 year old female. The age corresponds with Armenia Dickinson, who is identified as Robert's mother-in-law in the 1880 census. The other members of the household appear to be siblings. Dickinson, Robert H. W. (I0624)
 
2196 The headstone at Whitmire Cemetery gives a birth year of 1860. Given that the birth years given on his wives' stones are demonstrably erroneous, little confidence is afforded this date. He is listed as 4 years of age in the 1860 census. Bryars, Joseph J. (I0889)
 
2197 The headstone at Whitmire Cemetery gives a birth year of 1864. (Martha's stone, Bridget's older sister and second wife of Joseph, also gives the same birth year.) This date is suspect as it would have made Bridget 11 years of age at the time of her marriage. The 1870 census gives her age as 7, which also seems implausible.  Holihand, Bridget (I5476)
 
2198 The headstone gives a 20 Sep 1867 date of birth which conflicts with sister Elizabeth's 1867 birth year. The 1900 U.S. Census reports Vallie's birth as Sep 1870 and she does not appear in the 1870 U.S. Census for the household of Benjamin Bryars. The 1880 Census reports that she is 9 years of age. Bryars, Vallie Vergie (I0831)
 
2199 The headstone reports a 1900 birth year; however, the 1900 U.S. census was taken for the Munnerlyn household on 27 Jun 1900 and Irene's DOB is given as Oct 1899. Munnerlyn, Irene (I6123)
 
2200 The headstone reports a date of birth of 1856. This, however, is refuted by the fact that William is enumerated in the 1850 census of the household of Burgess and Frances Miles. All subsequent censuses report the age consistently with that of the 1850 census. Alas, for carving in stone! Miles, William Wallace (I1948)
 

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