Monday, December 29, 2003


"No plan like yours to study history wisely."
Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor...


MARY I, ELIZABETH, JAMES I (& VI of Scotland),


Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry Three,
One-To-Three Neds, Richard Two,
Harrys Four-Five-Six... then who?

Edwards Four-Five, Dick the Bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned Six (the lad),
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again...

Will & Mary, Anne of gloria,
Georges ( 4! ), Will Four, Victoria,
Edward Seven next, and then
Came George the Fifth in 1910...

Ned the Eighth soon abdicated,
So George Six was coronated,
Then Number Two Elizabeth...
And that's all, folks (until her death...)!!

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: Scrooby (part 1)

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: Scrooby (part 1)

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: Averham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: Averham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Brown's History of Nottinghamshire: Averham and Kelham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Brown's History of Nottinghamshire: Averham and Kelham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: The Suttons of Averham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Miscellaneous articles: The Suttons of Averham

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Great Houses of Nottinghamshire: Preface

Nottinghamshire: history and archaeology | Great Houses of Nottinghamshire: Preface

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Jacques Bainville

Stanley Houses

Stanley, Earls of Derby


The History of Lathom House

Records indicate the construction of the original house on the site in the 12th century as principal residence of the Lathom family. In the early 15th century the Lathom and Stanley families were joined by the marriage of Isabel de Lathom and Sir John Stanley, the younger son of Thomas the first Earl of Stanley, later to be made Earl of Derby following the battle of Bosworth in 1485. In 1496 the house was substantially remodelled into a substantial fortress by the Earl in preparation for a visit by his father-in-law King Henry VII.

Stanley, John Saunders, Shenstone etc

Judge Littleton of the famous founders of English law.

Matthew Griswold of Kenilworth, UK

The Wolcotts

The Wolcotts

Tolland, CT
Windsor, CT

Descendants of David Lloyd

David Lloyd of Mathavarn, Merioneth, Wales. Born about 1402.

It is conjecture that the David Lloyd who had son Evan also had son John who married Mallt, d. of Hugh ap Ievan. It is likely that these David's are a good 40 years apart in age. If they are one and the same person however, David probably married Damasen d.of Thomas Ireland, late in life and it is likely that there was a large discrepancy in their age, she being very young. (Conjectured from C-437, p. 575 & 579)
It is the father of Evan ap David LLoyd that the rest of this information applies. David's full name was David Lloyd ap Llewelyn. He was from Mathavarn and had an extensive estate on both sides of the Dyvi above Machynlleth. He was a voluminous poet, a Barrd, a Brudiwr (a Prophet) with numerous enigmatical predictions to his credit. He is said to have been the "Esq'r of the body of Henry VII."
Several of his writings are still in existence. When Richmond won Bosworth, the Welsh bards celebrated the victory in their addresses to Henry VII. David's poem of this follows: "King Harry hath fought, and bravely done, Our friend the golden crown hath won; The bards resume a cheerful strain; For the good of the world little R. was slain. That straddling letter, pale and sad, In England's realm no honour had; For ne'er could R. in place of Iowerth (Edward), Rule England's people loyally; Nor stem the foe with puissant hand, Nor on the breach like Edward stand. How odious the vile cur to spy, With withered shank for brawny thigh, Partake the banquet's circling cheer, Where Gloucester's cunning cheats the ear." (C-437, p. 579)

Source: Robert Jesse Harry, The Ancestors and Descendants of Hugh Harry and Elizabeth Brinton.

Found this fascinating tidbit about Mathavarn:

They live in caves, secret regions of the mountains & forests. Their homes are hidden from mortal vision. They are called knockers because they knock where there is ore. Their other name is “goat head” [gobhar + ceann]. They were created by the Fomorian giants in year 225 of the Second Age of the Sun. One of their strongholds is Beacon Mountain in Wales. In Germany they guard the salt mines which are the burial places of the dead. They are the servants of the goddess Nessa, The Loch Ness Monster. When seen above ground they dance the Morris dance in circles. The Bogle has the 29th of March as a celebration day in Scotland. The Dancing Place of the Goblin is at Ffridd y Ywen: The Forest of Yew at Mathavarn, Llanwrin, Wales. A magical yew-tree grows exactly in the middle of the forest.

Ynyswen - Llanegwad

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Abraham Lincoln Family
Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln
Descendants of Abraham Lincoln
Ideas of the Past
How You Can Help

Nancy Hanks related websites:
Ancestors of Abraham Lincoln
Descendants of Abraham Lincoln
Joseph Hanks, Ancestor of a President

EXTERNAL LINKS:Abraham Lincoln Online,Austin Genealogical Database,Bob Lincoln's Home Page,The First Ladies,Freeman Family Lines,The History Place Presents Abraham Lincoln,Mary Todd Lincoln,IMC's Genealogical On~Ramp Main Menu,Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson,The Presidents of the United States,Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene,Royal and Noble Genealogical Data on the Web,Scott McGee's GenWeb Databases,United States Vital Records Information,

The result of these plotting is as follows: a constellation of points is formed which composes a rough circle around what was in 1777 a triangular, 151-acre parcel of land. The tract was one of two almost-touching but distinct parcels purchases on December 23 of that year by Griffin Murdock Fauntleroy-the same well-bred planter who was one of Joseph Hanks' employers in 1781. The road for which Joseph Hanks was surveyor (i.e., maintenance inspector) nearly touched this tract of land at the tract's northwestern corner. What is more, the lands owned or leased by the other four court appointees who lived in the neighborhood effectively box in the 151-acre Fauntleroy tract on two of its three sides. Fauntleroy himself, it has been learned, lived on the other of two tracts he purchased in North Farnham Parish in 1777-the one just a little to the east, which bordered on Farnham Creek and Richard Beale's plantation. The 151-acre piece was a less desirable, rather swampy, and largely wooded property.
Teh writer concludes that it is likely-but not certain-that Joseph Hanks and his family resided in the central or western portion of this 151-acre tract of land owned by Hanks' co-employer Griffin Murdock Fauntleroy. But it is certain, in his judgement, taht they lived within half a mile of a point in the north-central portion of that tract. The location is within three miles of the Rappahannock River and the modern community of Sharps. The tract adjoined or was near the back boundaries of several of the grand Rappahannock riverfront plantations of the era: Woodford, Woodberry, Milden Hall, Riverdale, and Hornby Manor-as they were called at that time, or a little later.

Winders and Windor's

Winders and Windor's

On 2 August 1727 at Richmond Co., Virginia, was recorded in the court records "Joseph Bragg is appointed surveyor of the highways for this ensuing year from Rappahannock Bridge to Colls Carter's Mill and from the upper bridge by John Metcalfe's Mill into Westmoreland County and from the main road by Leonard Dozier's to Duke Beckwith's Mill and from the said road by John ___ plantation to Pantill run and from Michael Windor's ___ field along the Howling road to Lisson's Landing and ordered that he forewith clear all the said roads according to law.

See Omohundro Millpond, which is, I think, nearby.

"1730 Dec 27 Richmond County. Articles of Agreement between Marmaduke
BECKWITH and John MOZINGO. MOZINGO leased BECKWITH’s water grist mill
on Pantico Run with a small house and two acres on each side of the mill
for seven years

Warwick CAMMOCK appears in numerous Virginia records over the next ten years, but "mysteriously" disappears after 28 Feb 1679/80 when "Warwick CAMMOCK and Bethridge (her mark) HENSLE make a sworn statement concerning Mr. Fran: DOUGHTY delivering a cow to Adam WOFENDALE for the use of Thom: WINDOR. (Old Rappahannock Co., Va. Deeds & Wills 1677-1682:Part II:262, Old Rappa. VA Records, Ruth & Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, VA)

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Finnegans Wake
Bygmester Finnegan, of the Stuttering Hand, freemen's mau-
rer, lived in the broadest way immarginable in his rushlit toofar-
back for messuages before joshuan judges had given us numbers
or Helviticus committed deuteronomy (one yeastyday he sternely
struxk his tete in a tub for to watsch the future of his fates but ere
he swiftly stook it out again, by the might of moses, the very wat-
er was eviparated and all the guenneses had met their exodus so
that ought to show you what a pentschanjeuchy chap he was!)
and during mighty odd years this man of hod, cement and edi-
fices in Toper's Thorp piled buildung supra buildung pon the
banks for the livers by the Soangso. He addle liddle phifie Annie
ugged the little craythur. Wither hayre in honds tuck up your part
inher. Oftwhile balbulous, mithre ahead, with goodly trowel in
grasp and ivoroiled overalls which he habitacularly fondseed, like
Haroun Childeric Eggeberth he would caligulate by multiplicab-
les the alltitude and malltitude until he seesaw by neatlight of the
liquor wheretwin 'twas born, his roundhead staple of other days
to rise in undress maisonry upstanded (joygrantit!), a waalworth
of a skyerscape of most eyeful hoyth entowerly, erigenating from
next to nothing and celescalating the himals and all, hierarchitec-
titiptitoploftical, with a burning bush abob off its baubletop and
with larrons o'toolers clittering up and tombles a'buckets clotter-
ing down.
Of the first was he to bare arms and a name: Wassaily Boos-
laeugh of Riesengeborg. His crest of huroldry, in vert with
ancillars, troublant, argent, a hegoak, poursuivant, horrid, horned.
His scutschum fessed, with archers strung, helio, of the second.
Hootch is for husbandman handling his hoe. Hohohoho, Mister
Finn, you're going to be Mister Finnagain! Comeday morm and,
O, you're vine! Sendday's eve and, ah, you're vinegar! Hahahaha,
Mister Funn, you're going to be fined again!

Walburn Hall

Walburn Hall

Vavasour & Hazelwood Castle

Beckwith, Gascoigne, Percy, Plumpton, Mowbray, Fitzhugh, Skipwith, Middleton, Everingham, Fairfax, Peck, Mauleverer, Scrope, Bainbridge, Pulleyn, Spaldington, Windsor, Gates, Dudley, Dodge, Hazelwood, Hilton, etc...

Hazelwood Castle

Castle Leavington

Castle Leavington

Robin Hood

Roger Beckwith and Family
See also: Masham Church, Acton (Aketon), Clint, Aldborough, Scruton Co. YKS, Cold Ingleby, Jenings (Jennings), Bolton, Swale (Swaile)

Beckwith of Acton

Beckwith, Fairfax, Inman

The tithes, which had belonged to the living in Saxon times, were taken possession of by Ralph de Paganell, one of William the Conqueror's barons, who handed them over to the Abbey of Marmontre, in Touraine, and this church was thenceforth served by the canons of the priory of Holy Trinity, York, which was a cell to that abbey. At the Dissolution these tithes were granted to Sir Leonard Beckwith, and were ultimately bought, in 1556, by Sir William Fairfax, Knight, of Steeton. In this family they remained as private property till they came into the hands of the great Lord Fairfax, who gave them to his domestic chaplain, Thomas Strellon - a non-conforming minister - on condition of his finding "a preaching minister to officiate at Bilbrough." Lord Fairfax, by his will, left these tithes in trust for ever with his family for a preaching minister.

Thomas Beckwith family

Thomas Beckwith family
Birth: 24 Jan 1840 in Missouri
Death: About 1916 in Missouri
Sex: M
Father: Quiros Elmo Beckwith b. 15 Sep 1801 in Fairfax Court House, Fairfax County, VA
Mother: Susan Johnston b. 31 Oct 1813 in Nashville TN

Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion

Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion

Dover was built for James Morson, a lawyer from Fredericksburg who was married to Ellen Bruce. She was raised at Berry Hill; her father, James Coles Bruce was one of the wealthiest men in the nation. Dover's interior was a sumptuous display of classical detailing.

The measurements of the main house at Mannsfield, 69 by 51 feet, were almost exactly those of Mount Airy. Mann Page III, the builder of Mannsfield, was married to Mary Tayloe of Mount Airy.

Greenway Court
At Greenway Court, in what was then the backwoods, Thomas, sixth Baron Fairfax of Cameron, positioned himself to administer effectively the rent and sale of his five-million-acre inheritance, the Northern Neck proprietary. He changed to frontier garb and became a recluse.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Beckwith Collection brings Indian Culture to Life

Beckwith Collection brings Indian Culture to Life

When Jim Phillips leads tours of schoolchildren through display cases filled with bowls and other artifacts from the University Museum's Beckwith Collection, he points out that the things in their own cupboards at home could end up in a museum in a thousand years.

"We want to get them thinking that this is not a dead people," the curator of the Beckwith Collection said. "These are things they used every day."

The Collection is a product of the work and collections of Thomas Beckwith, and is located in Missouri. This is from the university:

The Museum's archaeological display features representative artifacts from the Thomas Beckwith Collection, which contains nine hundred whole ceramic vessels and effigy fragments plus approximately two thousand lithics. Most of the objects in the collection were excavated by Thomas Beckwith at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries from mounds on his property in southeast Missouri. In 1913, Beckwith donated his collection to the Third District Normal School, the predecessor to Southeast Missouri State University. Since 1976, the Collection has been housed in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum. Today the Collection provides unique insights into the culture and lives of prehistoric Native peoples of this region.

Jim Beckwourth: The play

Jim Beckwourth: The play

Friday, October 17, 2003

Bend it like Beckwith

Bend it like Beckwith

Move over, David Beckham! You've got some competition, but I tend to think cooperation would be a better ticket. Maybe you and Jennifer Beckwith can go on tour. You've still got time to realize that it's called "soccer", not "football". Football is a rather clumsy sport. At least around here...

Anyway, here is what is being said about Jennifer Beckwith:

Beckwith is famous for her ability to "flip throw" the ball back in bounds. With her amazing flexibility and experience with gymnastics, she pushes her body forward and does a handstand on the ball, then flips over and launches the soccer ball into play.

Can you do that? Case closed.

Here are some other quotes:

Stormy weather was expected Friday, Sept. 26, but the only thing "raining" down at The Cage was the field crossing throw-ins from freshman forward, Jennifer Beckwith.
Beckwith's throw-ins must be seen to be believed. As she runs up the line, she performs a front flip. Just as she comes to her feet, she launches the ball over 40 yards.
Beckwith provided three scoring chances in the first half using her flipping throw-ins, or, as she calls them "flip throws."

Kudos to you both! Do, and be, your best...

Monday, October 06, 2003

Genealogical Googlism


Fun with Goolism...

What is it?
From the website:

Who You should try searching for your name, friends names or celebrities.
Joe, Martin, Bill Gates, Brooke Burke, Who Googlisms
What Select "What" and then search for products, brands, objects or verbs.
Kazaa, Coke, Sony, Poker, What Googlisms
When In this section you can search dates, days or events.
Tuesday, September 11, Christmas, February 14, When Googlisms
Where The where section is for locations or places.
Las Vegas, Australia, Bedroom, Kitchen, Where Googlisms
Cool Other really cool sites on the web.
Nahh Directory, Google Search

Googlism for: mr. beckwith

mr. beckwith is a member of the investment strategy and strategic planning committees
mr. beckwith is very active in civic affairs and serves on many of this community's boards including those of chatham college
mr. beckwith is a graduate of hotchkiss school and brown university
mr. beckwith is also an active participant in various international trade and nongovernmental associations dealing with eastern europe and central asia
mr. beckwith is a seasoned trial lawyer with extensive federal and state court experience
mr. beckwith is another "prominent" philosopher and instead to use the scriptures to make his points use his
mr. beckwith is a political consultant in washington dc mr
mr. beckwith is a certified specialist in california workers' compensation becoming certified on april 12
mr. beckwith is active in the american and the district of columbia bar associations
mr. beckwith is a member of the massachusetts bar association and the american bar association
mr. beckwith is a republican
mr. beckwith is a democrat in politics
mr. beckwith is survived by his widow
mr. beckwith is president and treasurer of the plant
mr. beckwith is a former member of the american institute of electrical engineers
mr. beckwith is a consistent member of the baptist church
mr. beckwith is president of edgewood film studios and has been guiding president of tritan
mr. beckwith is a world renowned marketer with over 25 years of experience in service marketing
mr. beckwith is superlative
mr. beckwith is an independent machinery and equipment appraiser
mr. beckwith is experienced in the fields of commercial real estate
mr. beckwith is honored in religious
mr. beckwith is not an option for this school's football program
mr. beckwith is also a licensed private investigator
mr. beckwith is the secretary of the north american brewers association
mr. beckwith is the editor of hymn tunes and oratorio and cantata excerpts of the cmh series
mr. beckwith is trying to do is pretty distasteful
mr. beckwith is a partner in the law firm of baker & hostetler
mr. beckwith is also chairman of the premier club
mr. beckwith is buried in hartford in cedar hill cemetery on fairfield avenue
mr. beckwith is very good
mr. beckwith is a private matter and that the city does not enforce
mr. beckwith is probably the most famous defendant to fall victim to a calculated prosecution delay in regards to an antiquated so
mr. beckwith is opposed to the application because of the surrounding residential area
mr. beckwith is a private matter and that the city does not enforce deed restrictions or
mr. beckwith is a justice of the peace
mr. beckwith is a phi beta kappa graduate of stanford university
mr. beckwith is a member of the sk degree
mr. beckwith is survived by his wife
mr. beckwith is chief of the office of light rail for the wisconsin department of transportation and project manager of the light rail study in milwaukee
mr. beckwith is a graduate of the dental department of the university of michigan
mr. beckwith is hereby directed to make arrangements as are necessary to have the barn enclosed and floored immediately
mr. beckwith is the tinis manager and should be able to answer most questions concerning
mr. beckwith is a chartered accountant with many years of experience as a partner of international firms in australia
mr. beckwith is now

Googlism for: dr. beckwith

dr. beckwith is encouraging and assisting faculty members to apply for research funding from the three canadian granting councils
dr. beckwith is married
dr. beckwith is the author of forty day mind fast
dr. beckwith is especially pleased that peter
dr. beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of agape
dr. beckwith is the author of over 230 scientific publications and over 70 publications on science and social
dr. beckwith is speaking
dr. beckwith is currently the managing director of the max
dr. beckwith is a distinguished scholar in applied ethics
dr. beckwith is a prolific author on a variety of ethical and philosophical issues
dr. beckwith is currently a research fellow in constitutional studies & political thought in the james madison program in american
dr. beckwith is professor of philosophy
dr. beckwith is associate professor of philosophy
dr. beckwith is a pediatric pathologist and was a principal member of the sids research team at children's hospital and the university of washington
dr. beckwith is responsible for the original clinical description of beckwith
dr. beckwith is an accomplished scholar at princeton university
dr. beckwith is a visiting lecturer for ses and associate professor of church
dr. beckwith is one of the metaphysical movement’s most influential visionaries
dr. beckwith is the president of btg composites as well as the international technical director of sampe
dr. beckwith is the author of what i consider to be one of the best christian resources responding to the pro
dr. beckwith is a member of the civil rights practice group
dr. beckwith is assistant professor of
dr. beckwith is assistant professor of philosophy at whittier college and a nevada policy research institute senior research fellow
dr. beckwith is a fellow of the discovery institute
dr. beckwith is a good surgeon it seems like
dr. beckwith is a linguist who works primarily on ancient indo
dr. beckwith is known as an extraordinary teacher and educational leader
dr. beckwith is an engaging
dr. beckwith is well known as one of canada’s most distinguished composers and leading music educators
dr. beckwith is a native of louisiana and holds an undergraduate degree in music
dr. beckwith is a member of the national academy of sciences and has received several awards including the 1993 genetics society of america medal for his
dr. beckwith is not a creationism advocate at all
dr. beckwith is the author of politically correct death ac
dr. beckwith is the executive director of the tennessee micro
dr. beckwith is an elder and director of adult education in an independent evangelical church
dr. beckwith is the senior research policy analyst with tra and has a long
dr. beckwith is referring not
dr. beckwith is an assistant professor in the department of
dr. beckwith is a scholar in residence at princeton university

John Lennon's classic Working Class Hero sung by Silas Beckwith

One of my favorites of John. I could not resist linking this...

John Lennon's classic Working Class Hero sung by Silas Beckwith

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Peyton Randolph family (including Jennings)

Peyton Randolph family (including Jennings)

Descendants of JOHN JENNINGS

Including etymology of the name, Jennings.


John, meaning the "Lord's grace," is the source of many patronymics-Jennings among them. The evolution is something like this: John, Jons, Johnson, Janson, Jennings. Other variations of the name are Jinnins, Jennins, Jenyns, Jenynges, Jannings, and Jenning, with Jennins, and Jennyns being found in the colonial records Gennequin is the French form and Gening is old German of the eighth century. In this connection it is interesting to note that Hanson and Hancock are from Hans, the Flemish nickname of John or Johannes.

The family of Jennings is of very ancient origin and its history of interest to the families of that name in the United States. They seem to have settled in England before the Norman Conquest, being of Danish extraction, altho some say that the family originated in Carnarvonshire, Wales, from whence it spread over England following the eleventh century, and later into Ireland, France and Germany.

The first member who settled in the Kingdom of Great Britain appears to have been a Danish captain, brought into England between 1017 and 1025 by Canute. King of Denmark. Here Captain Jennings was baptised into the Christian faith, and was given certain manors lying upon the seacoast near Harwich by Canute as a reward for his former services for his father, Sweyne, King of Denmark.

Another interesting member of the family seems to have been another Captain Jennens, who, we are told, had the honor of bringing the body of Richard Coeur de Lion back to England.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Mount Beckwith or Mount Beckworth

History of Mount Beckwith (Beckworth)

Koori History
Little is known of pre-European settlement in our area. Only a few known relics remain from the Dja Dja Wrung tribe which occupied an area of 15,600 square kilometres that includes Mount Beckworth. One source states that Mount Beckworth was known to aboriginal people as "Korepunbrlite Gudidji" which means "belonging to" and the area around Mount Beckworth and Clunes was known as "Gurabungalid". There were many tribal sub-groups in the district, including the Gul Gul Balug from the Mount Mitchell/Burnbank area.
Naming Mount Beckworth

Major Mitchell passed through the area in 1836 and named "Mount Beckwith" for Thomas Sidney Beckwith who had served in Mitchell's 95th Regiment; he later became Lieutenant General Sir Sidney Beckwith.

Mount Beckwith, Mount Beckworth and discoveries of gold
Mount Beckwith, a granitic ridge, is about five miles to the West. The gold is found disseminated in several parallel quartz veins or dykes, which pass through this mass of trap, and protrude from it on the steep banks of the valley. There is no tract of auriferous alluvium. The gold is almost entirely derived from the quartz vein itself. Hence the works here would be more properly characterized as mining than digging.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Plimpton, Plumpton and Beckwith

Plimpton, Plumpton and Beckwith
A Genealogy and Historical Notices of the Family of Plimpton or Plympton in America and of Plumpton in England (on microfiche)
by Levi B. Chase, pub. 1884.
The first 22 pages concerns the family of Plympton in England. The majority of this book contains the descendants of John and Thomas Plympton. John Plympton, the first to come to America, served as an indentured servant to pay for his passage. He later married Jane Dammin at Dedham, Massachusetts in 1644. The stories of new settlements, encounters with the Indians, anecdotes of the first settlers, biographies, along with wills, inventories, passenger and other lists, make this a valuable history. There are 240 pages on 3 microfiche.

Plimptons and Plumptons from the Boyd House genealogy page. Note the Knaresborough reference.

Elizabeth Plumpton (born circa 1424) married Sir William Beckwith also of Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of either Sir William Plumpton, knight, or Sir Dennis Plumpton.

A personal remembrance of this ancient soul who has just passed from us:

George Plimpton, among other things, was a great fan of pyrotechnics...and it was in this context that I first made my acquaintance with the lofty old soul.

It was in the early 1980s in Boston, and Mr. Plimpton was to host an international fireworks festival. George introduced each country's firework presentation, describing the subtleties and techniques employed. And while the display was taking place, an orchestra would feature that country's music.

The French were really good with pastels; the English were good at causing the fireworks to sort of park themselves in the air, then branch off in different directions, then repeat the process. The Japanese fireworks were most similar to viewing a computer screen, and the fireworks seemed to directed at the stationary viewer. Palimpsests were also quite excellent. The Chinese had perhaps the strangest. A dozen strings of glowing red apples that slowly drifted across the sky, in time with the music. Very subtle. Very different from the American fireworks that finished off the evening...and, by the way, won the competition. To me they merely looked like a battleship had pulled up to the shore and just starting opening fire on the crowd. Huge white fireballs.
Goodness gracious!

For his myriad interests which he shared with the world, George Plimpton will be missed and remembered. I shant expect to have a more scintillating experience of the world of pyrotechnics, literary or otherwise. The world of letters owes him a debt of honor.

Friday, September 26, 2003

George Washington Letters

George Washington Letters

George Washington to William Pearce

George Washington to William Pearce 2



Addressed to Gen. Daniel Morgan (the gentleman reputed to have shared the soul of George W. Bush), Charles M. Thornton [Thruston], Robert White, jr., Charles Magill, and Joseph Caldwell, the committee which forwarded the resolution.

See: Clarke County, Virginia

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Old Prints - UK

Old Prints - UK
Huge selection


Yew Tree Tarn

Yankee Magazine - Yankee Extras for October

Florence Griswold Museum
Old Lyme, Ct
(From Yankee Magazine)

The Flo Gris has a new riverfront gallery to display the 200 paintings it received from the Hartford Steam Boiler Company, securing the museum's place as "the home of American Impressionism" with the country's largest collection.

Beckwith Builders of New Hampshire

Beckwith Builders of New Hampshire

"I want one!"

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Decline and Resistance - Old Virginia - Virginia Historical Society

Decline and Resistance - Old Virginia - Virginia Historical Society
(Including Ripon Hall, home of Edmund Jenings)

Portraits of Byrd, Carter
...of Robert Carter III of Nomini:
In 1772 Carter abruptly retired from Williamsburg to his plantation, Nomini Hall, on the Potomac River. In time he repudiated the major institutions of colonial gentry society: he abandoned politics, he gave up life as a planter, and he deserted the Anglican Church, becoming a Baptist in 1778. Carter was ambivalent about many aspects of Virginia life, including slavery, at times defending it and at others calling it a depravity; he eventually freed his nearly 500 slaves. In the end, he escaped rural Virginia for residence in the city of Baltimore, the family home of his wife, Frances Ann Tasker. There he became a Swedenborgian disciple.

VA/NY Genealogy

VA and NY SurnamesHenry Corbin, Jennings, etc...

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Sabine Hall

Carter Family Cemetery, Sabine Hall

The Mount Airy Stud Farm of Virginia
From the site:
The estate built by John Tayloe II, in 1747, and later maintained by his son, John Tayloe III, was among the outstanding stud farms of colonial Virginia. The Tayloes owned and raced such important horses as Childers, who was imported in 1751 and proved to be a sire of great mares. Childers returned to racing after six seasons at stud. At the ripe old age of 13, he carried 180 pounds, and finished a five-mile race in 12 minutes 27 seconds to win 500 pounds. Another Mount Airy horse was Leviathan, who was the first champion gelding in American turf history, winning 23 consecutive races. In 1802, he conceded 70 pounds to an opponent, yet won a five-mile "dash." The younger Tayloe bred his imported mare, Castrinira, to the great Diomed, and the resulting foal was Sir Archie, one of the greatest sires in American Thoroughbred history. The eminence of Mount Airy is evidenced by the fact that between 1791 and 1806, the farm's 141 entries won 113 races - a fantastic record.


But Tayloe put a number of his mares to Diomed, and he liked the results. Diomed sired some of the most famous horses in American turf history. Among them were Haynie's Maria, who beat every horse until she lost one race as a nine-year-old. Andrew Jackson declared that Haynie's Maria "can beat any thing in God's whole creation."... Diomed also sired the undefeated Ball's Florizel, Potomac, Duroc, and greatest of all, Sir Archie, who became a singularly important influence in American Thoroughbred history. He sired the line which extended to Timolean, Boston, and Lexington. When Diomed died at the age of 31, one historian reports, "...there was as much mourning over his demise as there was at the death of George Washington."

Sir Jennings Beckwith's good friend, John Tayloe III of Mt. Airy

George Plater Tayloe of Buena Vista







John Tayloe I, father of John Tayloe II (builder of Mt Airy) b. 1687

Col. John Tayloe II


John, Rebecca & Mary

Tayloe Family Cemetery



These and many more wondrous links can be found at The Ogle Family of Maryland Website. Sir Jennings Beckwith was most fond of the Tayloes and Mt Airy, where he died.

See more on John Tayloe III's Octagon House in Washington, DC...where the Treaty of Ghent was signed.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Leeds Castle

Images of Leeds Castle

Castles with Ghosts

Castles with Ghosts

Caerphilly Castle, nr Cardiff
A green lady flits from turret to turret so fearlessly that on one occasion some of the town boys almost caught her.
Ghostly soldiers also patrol the battlements.
Modern day security personnel will not venture up to the flag tower because they can smell perfume at all times.

Bramber Castle, Sussex
William De Braose angered King John. He escaped to Ireland with his children, only to to captured. The king ordered that his children be held hostage for William's future good behavior at Windsor Castle. The children were starved to death. Their ghosts returned to Bramber Castle and have been seen.

Featherstone Castle, Northumberland
The castle is associated with a ghostly bridal party. Baron Featherstonehaugh had arranged for his daughter to marry a relative of his choice, even though the daughter was in love with someone else. The wedding party left for the "traditional hunt" after the wedding, leaving the baron behind to make arrangements for the banquet. When the party failed to return by midnight, the baron began to fear the worst. Sitting alone at the table, he heard horses crossing the drawbridge. The door opened and the party entered. But, they made no sound and passed through furniture.
The wedding party had been ambushed and killed. On the anniversary of the wedding, the party can still be seen heading towards the castle.

Rochester Castle, Kent
The ghost of Lady Blanche de Warenne has been seen walking the castle battlements.

Beckwith Havens: An Early Bird of Aviation

Beckwith Havens: An "Early Bird of Aviation"

Levi Beckwith, Jr. and his wife, Lucy Markham Beckwith, remained in White Pigeon and built this beautiful brick home which still stands today and has been renovated into the Indian Prairie Inn Bed and Breakfast, located at 15501 Indian Prairie Road in White Pigeon, Michigan.

Wonderful page created by Denise Frederick.

Rev Dr Michael Beckwith, Founder Agape International Spiritual Center and Co-Founder of the Association for Global New Thought

Rev Dr Michael Beckwith, Founder Agape International Spiritual Center and Co-Founder of the Association for Global New Thought, convening organization of A Season for Nonviolence

The Reincarnation of Carroll Beckwith

Wednesday, August 20, 2003


R. Sterling Beckwith - AB, AM (Harvard), Ph.D. (Cornell)
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar: Musicology and Conducting
Department of Music, York University

Jon Beckwith - Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Harvard Medical School

Sarah Beckwith - Professor, Medieval Literature, Duke University
Ph.D., King's College, London University

Stacy Beckwith, Professor, Carleton College
Fulbright scholar. She specializes in contemporary Israeli literature and society, drawing on a combined background in Comparative Literature (Israeli and Spanish), Hebrew language, and International Relations.

Robert K. Beckwith, distinguished Professor of Music at Bowdoin College from 1953-1989.

Edward J. Beckwith - Professor, Georgetown Law
B.S., Pennsylvania State University; J.D., LL.M.(Taxation), Georgetown.

James P. Beckwith, Jr. - Professor NCCU
A.B., University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill; J.D., University of Chicago

Karen Beckwith - Professor, Department of Political Science,
The College of Wooster
University of Kentucky, M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University

Beckwith Circle
(An almost exact double of my humble abode (while attending Harvard) on Oxford Street, Cambridge. Coincidence?)

Beckwith Circle
Harvard Student Housing

While I'm thinking about it...

Beckwith Lab @ Harvard Medical School...named after the great Jonathan Beckwith.
Political Graveyard

Beckwith, Abijah Member of New York state senate 5th District, 1835-38. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Cecile of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1944. Female. Still living as of 1944.
Beckwith, Charles of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Delegate to New York state constitutional convention 30th District, 1894. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Charles Dyer (1838-1921) -- also known as Charles D. Beckwith -- of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born near Coveville, Saratoga County, N.Y., October 22, 1838. Republican. Mayor of Paterson, N.J., 1887-88; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1889-91. Died near Chatham Center, Columbia County, N.Y., March 27, 1921. Interment at Chatham Center Rural Cemetery, Chatham Center, N.Y. See also: congressional biography.
Beckwith, Clinton Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Corydon Justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1864. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Cyrus G. of New London, New London County, Conn. Member of Connecticut state senate 9th District, 1887-88. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Elmer F. Democrat. Secretary of state of Colorado, 1899-1901. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Ernest of Kanawha County, W.Va. Republican. Candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Kanawha County, 1934. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Frank of Jefferson County, W.Va. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1881, 1887; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1915-17. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Frank R. Republican. Candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1964. Still living as of 1964.
Beckwith, Fred A. of Niantic, East Lyme, New London County, Conn. Republican. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from East Lyme, 1907, 1927-29, 1939-40; member of Connecticut state senate, 1925. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Gladys of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Democrat. Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1977. Female. Still living as of 1977.
Beckwith, Louise Taylor (b. 1882) -- also known as Louise Beckwith -- of Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky., August 15, 1882. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1944. Female. Episcopalian. Burial location unknown.
Beckwith, Sandra Shank (b. 1943) Born in Norfolk, Va., February 4, 1943. Lawyer; municipal judge, 1977-79, 1982-87; common pleas court judge, 1987-89; Judge of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1992-. Female. Still living as of 2000. See also: federal judicial profile.
Beckwith, Sutherland of Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1940. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Historic New Harmony, Indiana
New Harmony, Indiana is an experience like no other. A community that began almost two hundred years ahead of its time, New Harmony was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars and educators who sought equality in communal living.

Robert Owen's children who resided in New Harmony and contributed to social reform, education, and geology, were

Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877) social reformer
William Owen (1802-1842) citizen of New Harmony
David Dale Owen (1807-1860) geologist, artist
Jane Dale Owen Fauntleroy (1806-1861) educator
Richard Owen (1810-1890) geologist, first president of Purdue University

Robert Henry Fauntleroy (1806-1849) civil engineer
(see portrait below)

Interred in the Paul Tillich Park in New Harmony are the ashes of the renowned 20th century religious writer and professor,

Paul Johannas Tillich (1886-1965) theologian

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Beckford of Fonthill

Few men attained greater celebrity during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries than William Beckford (1760—1844), the wealthiest man in England. With enormous wealth as his Aladdin's lamp, he decided to make his Arabian dreams come true. By the time he died at the venerable age of 84, he had built the loftiest domestic residence in the world, had assembled a virtual harem of boys, had his own militia to protect his Fonthill estate of 6,000 acres, had written the first Oriental-Gothic horror novel in English literature, and had become the most scandalous connoisseur of hedonism in the modern world. His society bemusedly tolerated most eccentrics — even nouveau riche ones — but they chose to ostracize this remarkable personality, dubbing him "The Fool of Fonthill."

Beckford's father, twice Lord Mayor of London, was the richest man in England, with extensive holdings in the cloth industry, property, government bonds, and sugar plantations. As a result, Beckford received a brilliant education, and was widely learned in French, Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, law, literature and physics by the age of 17. His private piano teacher was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — at least that is the legend, too romantic to be discouraged. He was being brought up as an empire builder, but his father died when Beckford was only ten, leaving him with no political ambition, and a millionaire's taste for pleasure.

Fonthill Abbey

William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent

Fonthill Abbey

More on William Beckford

Beckford Links

Beckford's Tower and Museum


Title/Event: "45/85"
File/ID Number: 006 Format: 3/4"
Participants: Peter Jennings, ted Koppel, Cyrus Vance, Andrew Young, Moorehead Kennedy, Col. Charles Beckwith, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Dale Dye, Jeane Kirkpatick, former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan
Exact Date: 9/18/1985
Topic/Subject: Jennings and Koppel review the 1976-85 decade with emphasis on the foreign policy of the Carter and Reagan Administration. Included is an interview with President Reagan on U.S.-Soviet relations
Producer: ABC News
Restriction(s): COPYRIGHT
Provenance: Nixon Presidential Materials Staff, National Archives
Program Time: 0:45:00
Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379

Claro wapentake, Ripley parish:
Clint (Villa de Clynt)
Johannes de Bekwyth' & vxor ejus
Adam de Bekwith' & vxor ejus

Claro wapentake, Ripley parish:
Killinghall (a. KYLYNGALE)

Ricardus de Bekwith' & vxor ejus

Subsidy Rolls


John Bekwith in goods 40s 12d.

Subsidy Rolls

Robert Bekwith in wages 20s

Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379
Skyrack wapentake, Otley parish:

Willelmus Bekwyt & uxor
Willelmus de Bekwyth' & uxor
Johannes de Bekwyth' & uxor

Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379
Morley wapentake, Calverley parish:
Idle (IDYLL)

Johannes Bekwyth' & uxor

Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379
Claro wapentake, Aldborough parish:

Robertus de Bekwyth' & vxor ejus

Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades"
for LEEDS in White's Directory of 1837

Royal Standard, Henry Beckith, 106 Kirkgate

Braswell Family Resources

Some Drake info

Friday, August 08, 2003

Family Trees in Kirby Hall

including Beckwith of Wreningham, Norwich and Hethel

Bracon Ash, Hethel and Wreningham

Malbis Greek Orthodox Church in Alabama

The Roots of North East England

Bede, the famous Anglo-Saxon scholar was born at Sunderland near the mouth of the River Wear and lived most of his life at Jarrow on the River Tyne. Bede would be familiar with many words still used in the dialect of North East England today. And yet he lived 60 years before the first Viking raids and 130 years before the Viking conquest of Northern England...

Place names

Acaster Malbis (Yorkshire)
Acaster means the site of a Roman fort which was later aquired by and Anglo-Saxon called Aca. After the Norman conquest the manor was owned by the Malbis family.

Aldbrough St John (Yorkshire)

Place names containing the elements borough, brough or burgh, more often than not refer to ancient fortified settlements or manors and should not be interpreted in the modern sense of the word borough. The North Yorkshire villages of Aldbrough St John near Darlington and Aldborough near Boroughbridge both have the same meaning despite their slightly different spellings. Both names are Anglo-Saxon and mean 'old burgh' - an old fortified site. In pre-Saxon times both places were tribal strongholds associated with the Brigantes. The Brigantes were Welsh-speaking ancient Britons who occupied most of Yorkshire and South Durham. The Brigantes were the largest single tribe in Roman Britain. When the Romans first arrived in northern Britain, the fort of Stanwick near Albrough St John was the most important stronghold of the Brigantes. It was the Brigantian Queen, Cartimandua who handed over the British rebel Caractacus to the Romans in the year 51 AD. This infuriated her husband Venutius who captured the stronghold and rebelled against the Romans. The Romans forced the Brigantes to abandon the fort in 73 AD. As the Romans gradually took control of northern Britain, the Brigantes were surpressed and a Roman town called Isurium was built at the Brigantian tribal capital of Aldborough near Boroughbridge.

Balder, River (County Durham)

This may be a Viking river name and may relate to the Norse God Balder, who was the god of light.

Bamburgh (Northumberland)

The village of Bamburgh with its famous castle on the north Northumberland coast was the capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria, an Anglo-Saxon province that stretched from the River Humber to the Firth of Forth. Like the City of York, which was also a one-time capital of Northumbria, Bamburgh claims to be one of the longest continuously inhabited places in the British Isles. In pre-Saxon times Bamburgh was a Celtic stonghold and was known by its Celtic name Din Guayrdi. Supporters of the legend of King Arthur have associated this early name with Joyous Guard, the castle of Sir Lancelot, who was one of Arthur's Celtic Knights of the Round Table. There is no evidence for this, but Arthur is said to have fought the invading Anglo-Saxons in the north of England. History records that in 547 AD, an Anglo-Saxon King called Ida the Flamebearer captured Din Guayrdi from the Celts and made the fortified site the capital of a Kingdom called Bernicia. Later this site was acquired by Aethelfrith, King of Northumbria who named the fort or burgh after his wife Bebba. Over the years the name Bebba's Burgh has been corrupted to Bamburgh.

Baldersby (Yorkshire)

The place belonging to a Viking settler called Balder.

Beckwithshaw (Yorkshire)

This name derives from the Viking words Beck and Vith meaning stream and wood. The last element 'shaw' is an anglo-Saxon word for a wood.

Crackpot (Yorkshire)

Crackpot can be found in Swaledale and has two parts to its name, both of which occur in a number of other Northern place names. In 1298 the place was called Crakepot and its name derives from the Old English ‘Kraka’, a crow and the Viking word ‘Pot’. A ‘pot’ was usually a cavity or deep hole often in the bed of a river, but in Crackpot's case refers to a rift in the limestone. Pot also occurs in the place name Potto near Hutton Rudby, Sand Pot near Northallerton and in Pot Hall and the Pot Beck near Masham. The word is still used in Swedish dialects today. Crake meaning crow occurs in many place names throughout the North, although Crayke near Easingwold derives from the old Celtic word ‘Kraik’ meaning ‘rock’. This also occurs in the form Craig. Sometimes places containing the word Crake result from a person’s name. Crakehill, near Dishforth for example means the hill belonging to a Viking called Craca. Crakethorn near Pickering means the thorn bushes frequented by crows and this may also be the meaning of Crathorne near Yarm. Crows were also abundant further north and were found at Crawcrook - the crook of land inhabited by crows. Craster on the Northumberland coast was originally called Crawcestere and refers to an abandoned fort inhabited by crows.

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Lewis Ellzey, Virginia, Dulin family
Long Branch

Long Branch was built around 1805 by Robert Carter Burwell, a member of a group of descendants of Tidewater tobacco planters who moved to the Shenandoah Valley at the end of the eighteenth century. Settling on land granted to them in 1730 by an ancestor, Robert 'King" Carter, they built large and well-appointed houses and raised tobacco and wheat with slave labor. This new plantation society revolved around the village of Millwood, with its store, blacksmith's shop and grist mill.
Robert Carter Burwell consulted Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the noted architect of the U.S. Capitol, as he drew up plans for his new home on a rise above the Long Branch creek, Whether Burwell was able to finish the house and live there is not known; he led a company of militia to fight in the War of 1812 and died of disease at a camp near Norfolk in September 1813.
In his will, Burwell left Long Branch to his sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Philip Nelson. Philip Nelson was a son of Thomas Nelson Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War, Philip Nelson was a vestryman, justice of the peace and owned up to 33 slaves. He and his wife raised a large family and operated a girl's school at Long Branch.


Cole Digges House

Fauntleroy, Red Gate, Robert Owen & New Harmony

Robert Henry Fauntleroy (1806-1849)

In 1827, Robert Henry Fauntleroy moved from Virginia to New Harmony, Indiana. There he married Jane Dale Owen, one of the five children of social reformer Robert Owen, who had purchased the town in 1825. As an engineer, Fauntleroy was awarded patents for two inventions...

The name Fauntleroy is well known in modern New Harmony, and The Old Fauntleroy Home is visited by hundreds tourists each year...

Unfortunately, some New Harmony histories have given misleading genealogical accounts. These can be corrected by reference to The Fauntleroy Family, privately published by Robert Harrison Fauntleroy in 1952.
Joseph Fauntleroy, son of Griffin Murdock Fauntleroy and Anne Belfield, was born in 1784 and died in 1832. He inherited from his father the 500 acre plantation in Richmond County [Virginia] called "Mars Hill" in 1794, and in 1810 he sold it to Peter Northen, and moved to Clarke Co. [then Frederick Co.]. In 1811 he married his first cousin, Emily Carter Fauntleroy, daughter of Joseph Fauntleroy and Elizabeth Fouchee Fauntleroy, of "Greenville," Clarke County. In 1827 he sold his property in Clarke County, freed his slaves, and went to New Harmony, Indiana... He took with him his wife and their eight children and two of his freed Negro slaves, and they were accompanied by four of Emily Carter Fauntleroy's brothers, [including] Robert Henry Fauntleroy.
Robert Henry Fauntleroy was born in 1806 at Greenville, the son of Joseph Fauntleroy (1754-1815) and his cousin, Elizabeth Fouchee Fauntleroy (1772-1824). His father (son of William Fauntleroy and Margaret Murcock) was a different Joseph from the one who moved to New Harmony. The first Greenville dwelling was built in 1795 by Robert's father. At present, on or near the site of the Greenville house is a later historic house called Red Gate: "Today the lovely painted white brick home is nestled in old boxwoods and has an expanisve panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Clarke County farmland." - from Annals of Clarke County, Virginia, v. 1, by Stuart E. Brown, Jr., 1983.
The wedding of Robert Henry Fauntleroy and Jane Dale Owen, on March 23, 1835, can be compared to that Robert Dale Owen, Jane's older brother. Both weddings took place at home in New Harmony and were not registered in official Posey County records. The earlier wedding has been described elsewhere, and R. D. Owen's defiant statement on his wedding day perhaps speaks also for his sister's wedding three years later. (A note written by Ellinor Fauntleroy Davidson, in the Davidson Papers, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, may be the only record of the location of her parents' wedding as New Harmony.)



On 1 January 1820 BINNS wanted to hire a Negro woman. He met with Jennings BECKWITH who was the son of Sibyl and it was decided that the slave woman Alcey would be the one to go to work for BINNS. BECKWITH assured BINNS that the woman was sound and healthy and not pregnant. A price of $30.00 was set. Her hire was good until 25 December of that year. Soon afterward it was discovered that Alcey was preg. And was soon unfit for labor. BINNS complained to BECKWITH who basically said too bad and indicated that BINNS would have to support Alcey and pay the midwife's fee.

NEWSPAPER Virginia Free Press (Charles Town, W. Va.)
ENTRY Died- At Mount Airy, Richmond County, Va. on Nov. 13, Sir Jennings Beckwith, son of Jonathan Beckwith, and grandson of Sir Marmaduke Beckwith, son of Jonathan Beckwith, Bart., age 72. He was the "Leather Stocking" of the Northern Neck. Much of his life was spent in the far west hunting with the Indians. Of late he had lived with such as would hunt and fish with him. (p. 3, c. 3)
DATE OF PUB. Thursday, December 3, 1835.
FILM NO. Available on microfilm (Library of Virginia Film 417).
NOTE From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.
SUBJECT Obituaries -- Virginia.
SUBJECT Charleston (Va.)
SUBJECT Charles Town (W. Va.)
ADDED ENTRY Henley, Bernard J. (Bernard John)
COLLECTION Bernard J. Henley papers.

STYLE : Beckwith vs Garnetts Exor.
PLAINTIFF(s) : Jennings Beckwith; Catharine Beckwith; Catharine Miskell
DEFENDANT(s) : William Alexander (exor.); Thomas Garnett (dec'd)
REMARK(s) : Death ref. - William Miskell - intestate - Jan. 1789
Marriage ref. - Jennings Beckwith -mr- Catharine Miskell, dau. of William
Mill ref. - acct for rent of mill - 1789-1793
CITATION : Beckwith vs Garnetts Exor. / 1800 / CR-DC-L / 560-38

Rappahannock Mines, Falmouth, Stafford Co., Virginia, USA

Ref.: Dana 6: 18. A gold mine located 10 miles from Falmouth (direction not specified).

A table of Town Lots for the Year 1871. In Stafford County within the township of Falmouth, Thos. G. Moncure Assessor...

Land Tax, Stafford County 1783
(sole record)
Carter, Landon Hooe, Harris 3 lotts


Papers, ca. 1930-1985


Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Jamestown -- First Supply
The John & Francis arrived at Virginia on January 2, 1608.
The Phoenix arrived at Virginia on April 20, 1608.
FIRST SUPPLY including:
Robert Barnes, Gentleman
William Beckwith, Tailor
Richard Belfield, Goldsmith
William Burket, Laborer
Thomas Coe, Gentleman
Robert Cotton, Tobacco-pipe-maker
Robert Cutler, Gentleman
William Dawson, Refiner
Richard Dole, Blacksmith
Richard Featherstone, Gentleman
Thomas Field, Apothecary
Edward Gurgana, Gentleman
William Johnson, Goldsmith
Timothy Leeds, Gentleman
Ralph Morton, Gentleman
John Nichols, Gentleman
William Perce, Laborer
Francis Perkins, Gentleman
John Powell, Tailor
Doctor Russell, Gentleman
Richard Savage, Laborer
Thomas Savage, Laborer
Matthew Scrivener (Screvener)
Appointed to be one of the Council
William Simons, Laborer
John Taverner, Gentleman
James Watkins, Laborer

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The Devil's Arrows

Some Ancestors of James Pierson Beckwourth, Black Shakespeare

Some ancestors of JPB:
Abraham, Patriarch to Israel, Islam and Christianity- 67th ggf
King Alfred - 30th ggf
King Arviragus - 51st ggf
A personage who has come to our attention in the writings of Juvenal, who mentions him in connection with resistance to Roman conquest and authority. Geoffrey of Monmouth refers to him as a British king whose brother was killed sometime during Claudius' invasion (43 AD). He has been linked with Caratacus, but more interestingly, he is said by the interpolators of William of Malmesbury's "De Antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiae" to be the king who granted 12 hides of land around Glastonbury to Joseph of Arimathea and his band of followers, when they brought Christianity to Britain for the first time in 63 AD.

Some scholars think that it may have been Arviragus and his people who occupied the ancient hillfort, located in the county of Somerset, known as Cadbury Castle (which would later come to be associated with King Arthur), and used it as a base for their resistance against the Romans.

Berengar, Count of Rennes - 26th ggf
Bernhard, King of Italy - 29th ggf
Bran the Blessed - 51st ggf
Charlemagne - 30th ggf
King Childeric of Franks - 40th ggf
Cleopatra - wife of 54th ggf
Clodion - 40th ggf
Clodius I - 43rd ggf
Clodius III - 48th ggf
Clodomir IV - 63rd ggf
Clothaire I - 38th ggf
Clothilde - 39th ggm
Clovis - 39th ggf
King Coel of Camulod - 49th ggf
King Cymbeline (1st pendragon) 52nd ggf
Dagobert -46th ggf
King Darda Dardanus of Troy - 62nd ggf
Elmyra of Temple Faustina - 54th ggm
King David of Israel - 91st ggf
King Edward I of England - 15th ggf
King Edward II - 14th ggf
King Edward III - 13th ggf
Faramond - 41st ggf
Frederick, Count of Luxembourg - 24th ggf
Geoffrey Plantagenet I - 19th ggf
Lady Godiva - 26th ggm
Helen of Troy - 78th ggaunt
King Henry I of England - 20th ggf
King Henry II of England - 18th ggf
King Henry III of England - 16th ggf
King John I - 17th ggf
Judicael, Count of Rennes - 27th ggf
Judith of Brittany - 23rd ggm
Judith of the West Franks - 28th ggm
Julius Caesar - 56th gguncle
King Lear - 52nd ggf
King Louis I of France - 29th ggf
Matilda of Flanders - 21ggm
Matilda, Princess of Saxony - 25ggm
Matilda, Queen of England - 19ggm
Matilda of France (3cousin27)
Matilda, Countess of Ringelheim - 31ggm
Odin - 53ggf
King Priam of Troy - 79ggf
King Robert I of France - 26ggf
King Robert II of France - 23ggf
King William the Conk - 21ggf
Boaz Anfortas - 43ggf

French Kings in Cement
French Queens in Cement
Saint Denis Basilique, Paris, France


Sarah Beckwith, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies and Professor, Duke University

PhD, King's College, London University
Medieval Literature

Sarah Beckwith works on late medieval religious writing. She is particularly interested in middle English religious writing in its fully cultural dimensions and in the intersections of writing and religious practice. She has published on Margery Kempe, the literature of anchoritism, medieval theatre and sacramental culture, in numerous essay collections and journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly and Exemplaria. Her book, Christ's Body: Identity, Religion and Society in Medieval English Writing was published by Routledge in 1993. Her book, Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York's Play of Corpus Christi was published by the University of Chicago Press in the summer of 2001. Her next book, How to Do Words with Things, is a book of essays which explores the implications of Wittgensteinianism and ordinary language philosophy in medieval drama and culture. She is also beginning research on a book spanning the middle ages and Renaissance on childhood and revenge. She is co-editor of JMEMS.


Including these folks:
ELIZABETH GREY (See Charlotte poet)

Welsh Castles of Edward I

Portrait of James Carroll Beckwith by John Singer Sargent


Portrait of Evelyn Nesbitt by J.Carroll Beckwith

Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion

Monday, July 28, 2003

Royal Plate Winners

Fairfax Harrison's Early American Turf Stock, volume 2, pages 53 and 54, says - 'Because no record was made of his breeding while he was on the turf, Pick, duly noting his age and turf form, gave him the coat and breeding of Larkin's Tom Jones, b. c. 1743 (not 1745) by Crofts' Partner, of which a full record had been made by both Heber & Pond. The consequence was that GSB (i, 216), entering the Larkin colt among the produce of his dam, was led
astray by Pick and gave him the date of the Carr colt' Fairfax Harrison's Early American Turf Stock, volume 2, page 54, says - '[Tayloe's] Tom Jones [br. c. 1758] was bred by Col. John Tayloe of Virginia: he was got by Sir Marmaduke
Beckwith's horse of the same name (that was the property of Mr. Carr, he won a King's Plate and some Fifties)' also '[Beckwith's] Tom Jones was got by [Carr's] Cyprus: his dam by Mr. Crofts' Bloody Buttocks Arabian' also 'To these testimonies for breeding is added the Rappahannock River tradition (recorded in 1826 by Advocate in AF, x, 71, No 18) that the Tom Jones imp. by Sir Marmaduke Beckwith 'in the year 1755' was a gr. c.'

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Alexander Graham Bell House...near Bleak Hall

Colonial Beach did have some good memories, though most of them were of hope. When we first moved to Colonial Beach, it was something new and exciting. It was a wow, this is great! So close to the water, and in the country too! Memories of fishing, the huge house we stayed in, the ducks, being able to buy fireworks, Rusty leaving a tan spot on the wood deck furniture, biking for hours and hours, playing baseball against my brother (because there was NOBODY else to play with). Of course, this hope would be dashed as the cruel reality of Colonial Beach actually hit, but it was fun to remember first driving into what was then called Bleak Hall (now Harbor View Colony).


Jennings Family
Corbin Family
Grymes Family
Taliaferro Family
Thornton Family
Crawford Family
Dabney (D'Aubigne) Family
Minor Family
Dean Family
Digges Family
Allred (Aldridge) Family

Friday, July 25, 2003


[1831] Daniel resided at "Bleak Hall", on the South side of Mattox Creek, containing 1000 acres, which he bought before his father's death. He owned a great deal of land, as is indicated by the following deeds. The writer (Brooke Payne) has been told
by old residents in Westmoreland that Daniel Payne used to remark that he could walk from the Potomac to the Rappahannock without setting foot off his own property. His father left him the Glebe (Church Point) and also 535 acres near Leedstown
originally owned by Richard Payne and purchased 1795 by said John Payne from his brother William Payne. 1818 Daniel Payne bought "Laurel Grove" from Alexander Morson, who had it from Bushrod Washington; this estate adjoined Bleak Hall. 1831 he
purchased from Mrs. Mary Lee 185 acres on Mattox Creek adjacent to Bleak Hall and Laurel Grove. 1832 he bought Locust Farm and Oak Grove, 4000 acres on Mattox Creek. In the same year he and Henry T. Garnett bought from John Gray three tracts,
including "Wakefield", the birth-place of General Washington, and an island in Pope's Creek. Mr. Gray had purchased Wakefield in 1813 from George Corbin Washington, who reserved a plot 60 by 60 feet around the site of the house, and another
plot 20 by 20 feet around the tomb. 1835 Mr. Garnett sold to Daniel Payne for $8250 his share in Wakefield. Following Daniel Payne's death, his executors sold Wakefield to John E. Wilson.

Mattox Creek as viewed from an inland road, VA Route 205

Westmoreland County, VA
Early Marriages

May 15, 1795, Marmaduke Brockenbrough Beckwith and Rebecca Beckwith
November 1, 1796, Robert S. Hipkins and Mary H. Butler,
Beckwith Butler, her father, gives his consent
January 23, 1805, Barney (Barnes?) Beckwith and Elizabeth P. Martin

Section 22, Carter, Robert (1728-1804), Correspondence, 1754-1804
...Sir Jonathan Beckwith (concerning lawyers and lawsuits pending in the county courts of Virginia)...
...Beckwith Butler (concerning supplies for the Lancaster County militia)...

Section 1, Jenings, Edmund (1703-1756), Letterbook, 1753-1769
This section consists of one item, a letterbook, 17 November 1753-29 July 1769, of Edmund Jenings. The volume has been indexed by the staff of the Virginia Historical Society. The letterbook was kept in London, England, and Richmond, Virginia.

Letters concern the Board of Trade of Great Britain, Jewish immigration to Great Britain, the Maryland Land Office, Negroes, paper currency in Virginia and Maryland, pistole fee, plantations in Virginia and Maryland, salt, the Seven Years' War, tobacco, and the Virginia and Maryland boundary.

Correspondents (pp. 1-157 of the letterbook) include Thomas Bacon, Elizabeth (Brockenbrough) Beckwith, Sir Marmaduke Beckwith, William Beverley (of Blandfield, Essex County, Virginia), Sir Thomas Bladen, John Beale Bordley, Matthias Bordley, Stephen Bordley (concerning Horatio Sharpe), [first name unknown] Bowes, John Brice ([d. 1766] concerning Richard Lee and Horatio Sharpe), John Brice ([1738-1820] concerning Edward Braddock's campaign in 1755), Doctor [first name unknown] Brown, John Bullen, [first name unknown] Butler, William Byrd III (of Westover, Charles City County, Virginia), [first name unknown] Calvert (concerning horse racing in Virginia), Benedict Calvert (concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore and Horatio Sharpe), Cecilius Calvert, Charles Carter (of Cleve, King George County, Virginia, concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore, the Earl of Halifax, the Duke of Newcastle, and John Randolph), Landon Carter (of Sabine Hall, Richmond County, Virginia), [first name unknown] Carteret, Samuel Chamberlaine, Doctor Daniel Cheston (concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore and the Earl of Halifax), Francina Augustina (Frisby) Stephenson Cheston, Gawin Corbin, Richard Corbin (of Laneville, King and Queen County, Virginia, concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore, William Byrd III, John Randolph, Peter Randolph, Peyton Randolph, and the Ohio Company), [first name unknown] Cruiksshanks, Robert Dinwiddie (concerning James Abercrombie, John Randolph, Peter Randolph, and Peyton Randolph), Michael Edwards, Benjamin Fendall (concerning Horatio Sharpe), Samuel Galloway, Charles Goldsborough, [first name unknown] Gordon, Anne [Guith?], Philip Hammond, Mathias Harris, [first name unknown] Hepburne, Matthew Hutton (as Archbishop of York), [first name unknown] Hyland, Michael Inman, Robert Janssen, Stephen Theodore Janssen, Doctor [first name unknown] Jeffery, Edmund Jenings Jr., Edmund Jenings (1731-1819), [first name unknown] Key, Mrs. [first name unknown] Lambert, Philip Ludwell Lee, Richard Lee (concerning Horatio Sharpe), John Leids, [first name unknown] Lidderdale, Edward Lloyd, Philip Ludwell III (of Green Springs, James City County, Virginia, concerning John Randolph), [John Miller], George Plater (concerning Horatio Sharpe), [first name unknown] Porteus, Beilby Porteus, Elizabeth (Jenings) Porteus, Nancy Porteus, Ariana (Jenings) Randolph, John Randolph (of Williamsburg, Virginia, concerning Robert Dinwiddie, the Earl of Halifax, Peter Randolph, and Peyton Randolph), Peter Randolph (concerning John Randolph), Peyton Randolph (concerning John Randolph and Horatio Sharpe), Onoria Razalini (concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore, the Earl of Halifax, and the Duke of Newcastle), Mrs. [first name unknown] Rogers, Doctor David Ross (concerning Horatio Sharpe and a prescription), John Ross, Horatio Sharpe, William Sharpe (concerning John Blair, John Randolph, and Horatio Sharpe), William Smythies, [first name unknown] Snowden, [first name unknown] Stewart, Doctor George Steuart, Robert Stevenson, Benjamin Tasker, John Tayloe, Edward Thompson (concerning John Randolph), Presley Thornton, unidentified addressees (concerning William Byrd III, Edmund Jenings [1731-1819], John Randolph, Peter Randolph, Peyton Randolph, Horatio Sharpe, and Ralph Wormeley), [James] Wardrof, John Williams, [first name unknown] Williamson, John Wollaston, Mrs. John Wollaston, Ralph Wormeley, Chessley & Co. of Bristol, England, Hill & Co. of [location unknown], and Sedgeley & Co. of Bristol, England.

Letters (pp. 161-368 of the letterbook) of Edmund Jenings ([1731-1819] of London, England) also concern the Board of Trade of Great Britain, Brafferton, Yorkshire, England, copper mines, the East India Company, slavery, pamphlets of Edmund Jenings (1731-1819) and Doctor John Mitchell, paper currency, a portrait of William Pitt, the Seven Years' War, the Stamp Act of 1765, taxation, tobacco, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Correspondents include Sir Marmaduke Beckwith (of Richmond County, Virginia), Robert Beverley (of Blandfield, Essex County, Virginia, concerning William Pitt), John Beale Bordley (concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore, Robert Eden, the Earl of Hillsborough, Edmund Jenings Jr., Philip Ludwell Lee, William Pitt, Horatio Sharpe, and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts of London, England), Sarah (Frisby) Brice, John Brice ([d. 1766] concerning Edmund Jenings [1703-1756] and Horatio Sharpe), John Brice (1738-1820), William Byrd III (of Westover, Charles City County, Virginia), Charles Carroll (concerning Frederick Lord Baltimore, the Earl of Hillsborough, Philip Ludwell III, and William Pitt), Francina Augustina (Frisby) Stephenson Cheston, Gawin Corbin (concerning Doctor Arthur Lee and William Pitt), Richard Corbin (of Laneville, King and Queen County, Virginia, concerning Robert Beverley, William Byrd III, the Earl of Halifax, Benjamin Harrison, the Earl of Hillsborough, Edmund Jenings [1703-1756], William Lee, Philip Ludwell III, William Pitt, John Randolph, Horatio Sharpe, John Tayloe, George Washington, and Ralph Wormeley), John Dickinson, George Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Benjamin Harrison (of Lower Brandon, Prince George County, Virginia), Edmund Jenings Jr., [first name unknown] Jordan (concerning Robert Eden and William Pitt), Doctor Arthur Lee (of London, England, and Williamsburg, Virginia, concerning the Earl of Hillsborough, Philip Ludwell III, and William Pitt), Richard Henry Lee (of Chantilly, Westmoreland County, Virginia, concerning Doctor Arthur Lee and Benjamin West and a portrait of the Earl of Camden), Richard Ludwell Lee (i.e., Philip Ludwell Lee or Richard Henry Lee concerning Robert Boyle, John Randolph, and John Tayloe), Thompson Moses, George Plater (concerning William Pitt), Beilby Porteus, Robert Porteus, Ariana (Jenings) Randolph (of Williamsburg, Virginia, concerning Robert Dinwiddie, Philip Ludwell III, John Randolph, Peyton Randolph, and John Tayloe), John Randolph (of Williamsburg, Virginia, concerning Edmund Jenings [1703-1756], Doctor Arthur Lee, Richard Henry Lee, William Pitt, Edmund Randolph, Peyton Randolph, and John Tayloe), [first name unknown] Reynard, Gregory Rhodes, Christopher Robinson, Doctor David Ross, Danson Roundall, William Smythies, William Stevenson (concerning Horatio Sharpe), John Tayloe (of Mount Airy, Richmond County, Virginia, concerning Doctor Arthur Lee, Richard Henry Lee, John Randolph, William Sharpe, and Presley Thornton), Edward Thompson (concerning the Earl of Halifax), Presley Thornton, unidentified addressees (concerning William Pitt and the Quartering Act of 1766), Edm. Wilcox, and Ralph Wormeley (of Rosegill, Middlesex County, Virginia, concerning the Earl of Hillsborough).

Section 2, Jenings, Edmund (1731-1819), Correspondence, 1789-1819

This section consists of eight items, letters, 1789-1818, written to Edmund Jenings of London, England. Letters concern land in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Correspondents include John Brice (of Baltimore, Maryland), W. Cooke (bears endorsement of James Brooks), Thomas Land Emory (of Baltimore, Maryland), Eliphalet Pearson (of Cambridge, Massachusetts, concerning the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts), David Ross (of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania), and Ralph Randolph Wormeley (of Blackheath, England, and Winchester, Virginia, bears letters [copies] of Thomas Lane Emory and Doctor Gerard Hopkins Snowden and seal of Wormeley).

Section 3, Jenings, Edmund (1731-1819), Land Papers, 1783-1795

This section consists of two items, a letter, 1783, written by Lloyd Kenyon (of London, England, and bears seal) to John Randolph Grymes (of London, England) concerning American property rights in England; and an act (copy made by John Gwinn), 1795, of the Maryland General Assembly concerning land of Edmund Jenings in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (by authority of William Harwood, John Hoskins Stone, and Henry Warfield).