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