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).