Southern Anthology

Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Captain Thomas Owsley, I

Male 1658 - 1700  (42 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Thomas Owsley 
    • The numerical suffix has been added by me for clarity.
    Ancestry of Thomas Owsley I
    Ancestry of Thomas Owsley I
    Title Captain 
    Suffix
    Born 1658  Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 11 Jul 1658  Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1663  [2
    Died 10 Oct 1700  Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Present location. Stafford County was created in 1664 and included what would become Arlington, Fairfax (1742), and Prince William (1731) counties.
    Buried Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Per Historic Fort Belvoir: "Five major property grants comprised most of the area that today forms Fort Belvoir. In 1694, the 1,000-acre Stoell grant between Accotink and Pohick creeks, plus an additional 150-acre parcel at the mouth of Accotink Creek, were granted to Thomas Ousley (Owsley) of Stafford County. Ousley, who was captain of a local militia group known as the Potomac Rangers, lived on this property and was buried there in 1700. Thus far, archeologists have been unable to locate either Ousley's grave or the site of his house. By 1718, the McCarty family had acquired the tract, which ultimately was named 'Cedar Grove Plantation.'"
    Notes 
    Person ID I1708  Dickinson
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2014 

    Father John Owsley,   b. 1630,   d. 25 Dec 1687, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Dorothea Poyntz,   b. Abt 1631, Benefield, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1705, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1659  [7, 8
    • The marriage date reported by Burke is erroneous.

    • Hallaton, Leicestershire, Jan. 2nd, 1796.

      Major William Ouseley,

      Sir:

      The letter you was pleased to honor me with Dec. 24th (inst.) was greatly to my surprise. The name Owsley, I grant, is very rare from my own inquiries, but whether I am of the same family with yourself I will not pretend to say. At your request I send you some particulars relating to my family, humbly requesting that you will be as explicit as possible respecting yours, in order to lead us as to the discovery of this new alliance.

      I was born at Glooston, in the County of Leicester, and there registered. My father's Christian name was John, my grandfather's name William, and great grandfather's John Owsley, all rectors of Glooston, the aforesaid parish, and there interred. My family consists of two sons and two daughters. My eldest son is a clergyman (John Owsley, B. A., rector of Blaston); the other son, Charles Owsley, a surgeon, settled in Hallaton. My great grandfather, John Owsley, had six sons and four daughters. Sons, Newdigate, Thomas, Charles, William, John and Poyntz. Daughters, Sarah, Edith, Mary and Dorothea.

      Newdigate Owsley was a Russian merchant and Paymaster General in Queen Anne's reign.

      Thomas married and died in Jamaica. [This is an error. Thomas referred to may, and probably did, marry in Jamaica, but died in Virginia in the year 1700.]

      Charles died in the army in the place of Captain.

      William and John both died at college.

      Poyntz married a Miss Mary David, of the County Leicester.

      John Owsley, my great grandfather, married Dorothea Poyntz, and the Right Honorable Stephen Poyntz, father of the present Dowager Lady, was my trustee during my minority. The afore named Owsleys are all dead but myself.

      Respecting my arms, it differs from yours in some measure, which, I presume, was changed through the aforesaid Newdigate Owsley's position in the army. The seal with which I seal this letter was given me by his son, John Owsley, who spent most of his time in Italy and other foreign parts.

      Charles Owsley, the youngest son of the aforesaid Newdigate, was educated at Cambridge; has been dead many years; is interred at Lowlaton [Low Leyton?] church, Essex; where there is a monument of marble erected to his father's memory. Thereon are the arms.

      The family house upon Epping Forest, near Lowlaton, but not now in the family, cannot be described within the compass of a letter.

      The explanation of my arms is as follows; The chief lion erect, holding three holly leaves, or holly branch, between his paws.

      At the receipt of this may I presume to request of you the satisfactory particulars, and by what means you obtained my name and place of abode?

      Sir, I have the honor to be,

      Your obedient humble servant,

      John Owsley. [6]
    Family ID F0531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Harris 
    Children 
     1. Jane Owsley,   b. Abt 1685, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1734  (Age ~ 48 years)
     2. Ann Owsley,   b. 24 Mar 1697/98, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Thomas Owsley, II,   b. Bef 1697, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Jul 1751, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)  [Birth]
     4. Mary Owsley,   b. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Poyntz Owsley,   b. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah Owsley,   b. 1700, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F0528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1658 - Stogursey, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 11 Jul 1658 - Stogursey, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Oct 1700 - Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S336375] Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Richardson, Douglas and Kimball G. Everingham, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004), 560.

    2. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 50.

    3. [S336379] Beginning at the White Oak: Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County, Virginia, Mitchell, Beth, (Fairfax, Virginia: 1979), 64.
      This date is based on a 1748 survey where the inscription on Owsley's headstone was noted. Harry Bryan Owsley reports that official note of the death was entered into the court records of Stafford county by letter dated 14 Oct 1700.

    4. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 70.
      "Official mention of the death of Captain Thomas is noted in what yet remains of a mutilated volume in the Stafford County Court records, as follows:

      'At a court held for Stafford County, 8th day of January, anno 1700.'

      Rosgill, Oct. 14th, 1700.

      Gentlemen:

      I understand that Mr. Thomas Owsley, Clerk of your County Court, is dead, by which the said place is become vacant.

      I am unwilling to do anything till his Excellency returns, by reason I would have his Excellency's approbation of a fitt and able clerk to succeed in that office; but that the Business of your county may not be neglected, I do recommend unto you Mr. Leonard Sarout, who, I understand, is acquainted with the Court's Business, having been employed by Mr. Owsley.

      If you will please admit him to officiate in the office, to Jitt and prepare your Court's proceedings for the General Court, and as soon as his Excellency returns back, shall take that a fitt person be speedily commissioned to be Clerk of the County Court.

      This shall be the particular care of

      Yr. faithful hble servt,

      R. Wormley, Secty."

    5. [S27] Fairfax Genealogical Society, (Fairfax, Virginia: Fairfax Genealogical Society, Inc.), http://www.fxgs.org/cemeteryRecords.php?cid=187, Accessed 15 Jul 2014.

    6. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 31-32.

    7. [S057357] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 18th ed., Townsend, Peter and Montgomery-Massingbred, Hugh, ed., (London: Burke's Peerage 1965-1972), Vol. 1, 582.

    8. [S336378] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank; but Univested with Heritable Honors, Burke, John, (London, U.K.: 1837), vol. 3, 674.