Fannie Talbant

F, ID# 541, (a 1854 - )
     Fannie Talbant was born a 1854. She married Daniel Trigg McCabe, son of Rev James Dabney McCabe I and Josephine August, a 1874.

Child of Fannie Talbant and Daniel Trigg McCabe

Guy Stewart McCabe1

M, ID# 542, (a 1875 - )
Father:Daniel Trigg McCabe (25 Nov 1849 - )
Mother:Fannie Talbant (a 1854 - )
     Guy Stewart McCabe was born a 1875 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Daniel Trigg McCabe and Fannie Talbant.

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

John Collins McCabe1

M, ID# 543, (25 Feb 1852 - )
Father:Rev James Dabney McCabe I (a 1806 - )
Mother:Josephine August (6 Feb 1815 - 10 Nov 1892)
     John Collins McCabe was born on 25 Feb 1852 at Wheeling, West Virginia. He was the son of Rev James Dabney McCabe I and Josephine August.

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

Alexander Chapline McCabe1

M, ID# 544, (24 May 1856 - )
Father:Rev James Dabney McCabe I (a 1806 - )
Mother:Josephine August (6 Feb 1815 - 10 Nov 1892)
     Alexander Chapline McCabe was born on 24 May 1856 at Wheeling, West Virginia. He was the son of Rev James Dabney McCabe I and Josephine August.

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

Sarah "Sally" Pearson McCabe1

F, ID# 545, (3 Jan 1860 - )
Father:Rev James Dabney McCabe I (a 1806 - )
Mother:Josephine August (6 Feb 1815 - 10 Nov 1892)
     Sarah "Sally" Pearson McCabe was born on 3 Jan 1860 at Baltimore, Maryland. She was the daughter of Rev James Dabney McCabe I and Josephine August.

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

(Unknown) Hutchinson1

M, ID# 546, (a 1841 - )
     (Unknown) Hutchinson was born a 1841.

Children of (Unknown) Hutchinson

Citations

  1. [S123] Willie Lee Winslett (1912-2007) Interview, Sep 1992, Feb 1994, 1995, 1998.

MAJ Albert Nicholas August1,2,3,4,5,6

M, ID# 547, (9 Nov 1816 - 9 Dec 1864)
Father:Philippe "Philip" Auguste II (20 Jun 1789 - 27 Sep 1873)
Mother:Catharine Pearson (22 Jan 1791 - 12 Apr 1866)
Charts:Virginia Custis Winslett lineage
Benjamin Tappan August lineage
     MAJ Albert Nicholas August was born on 9 Nov 1816 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was the son of Philippe "Philip" Auguste II and Catharine Pearson. MAJ Albert Nicholas August married Virginia E. Wood, daughter of William Bell Wood and Isabel / Elizabeth "Eliza" Wall, on 25 Feb 1846 at Vicksburg, Warren Co, Mississippi.2 MAJ Albert Nicholas August died on 9 Dec 1864 at Camden, Ouachita Co, Arkansas, at age 48. He was buried at Oakland Confederate Cemetery, Camden, Ouachita Co, Arkansas. His estate was probated on 5 Jun 1866 at Warren Co, Mississippi.
      Albert Nicholas "Auguste moved to Vicksburg, MS where he used the initials A. N. in all records and retained the "e" on his surname unlike his family who remained in Richmond, VA. In the 1850 census his business was noted as a coffee house and his sister-in-law Christina was living in the household.

By the time of the 1860 census, Albert is noted as a merchant with $5000 personal property, his wife Virginia has died and her sister Christina has moved. An Alex Brown, noted as a gentleman born in Virginia who is age 49 and who has more personal wealth than Albert, was head of the household.

Albert was appointed Major, Commissary Department, Confederate States Army in Mississippi on 20 Apr 1863 with a date of rank of 6 Feb 1863. He joined Gen J. C. Tappan's Brigade, Price's Trans-Mississippi Division, 7th Mississippi Infantry on 30 Apr 1863 as quartermaster. Gen Tappan was his step-brother-in-law In Feb 1864 he was in Churchill's Brigade, Price's Division, Arkansas District. He was killed in action where he was stationed in Camden, Arkansas. "Major T. A. C. S." was recorded with his death record in the family bible. In 1866 his step-brother-in-law Amos Tappan requested the Warren Co, MS court appoint the sheriff to settle Albert's estate.

Children of MAJ Albert Nicholas August and Virginia E. Wood

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  3. [S435] 1850 Vicksburg, MS Census, Mary Sargent Martin (1846-1914).
  4. [S436] 1860 Vicksburg, MS Census, Edward C. Satchell (born 1814).
  5. [S443] Dorothy Green Research.
  6. [S643] August - Wood Family Records.

Virginia E. Wood1,2,3

F, ID# 548, (c 1824 - 10 Dec 1856)
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Isabel / Elizabeth "Eliza" Wall (11 Oct 1790 - 14 Sep 1825)
Charts:Virginia Custis Winslett lineage
Benjamin Tappan August lineage
     Virginia E. Wood was born c 1824 at Virginia. She was the daughter of William Bell Wood and Isabel / Elizabeth "Eliza" Wall. Virginia E. Wood married MAJ Albert Nicholas August, son of Philippe "Philip" Auguste II and Catharine Pearson, on 25 Feb 1846 at Vicksburg, Warren Co, Mississippi.1 Virginia E. Wood died on 10 Dec 1856 at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
      Virginia E. Wood inherited her Spanish type face from her mother. When her mother died, she was adopted by her step-sister Margaret Wood and her husband Gen Benjamin Swett Tappan (who died in Vicksburg, MS on 1 Mar 1866) for whom she named her first son. Her sister Christina was adopted by another step-sister, Susan Wood, and when Susan died Christina also went to live with Margaret Wood.

Children of Virginia E. Wood and MAJ Albert Nicholas August

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  2. [S435] 1850 Vicksburg, MS Census, Mary Sargent Martin (1846-1914).
  3. [S643] August - Wood Family Records.
  4. [S436] 1860 Vicksburg, MS Census, Edward C. Satchell (born 1814).

Philipe 'Philip' T. August III1,2,3

M, ID# 549, (5 Jul 1819 - )
Father:Philippe "Philip" Auguste II (20 Jun 1789 - 27 Sep 1873)
Mother:Catharine Pearson (22 Jan 1791 - 12 Apr 1866)
     Philipe 'Philip' T. August III was born on 5 Jul 1819 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was the son of Philippe "Philip" Auguste II and Catharine Pearson. Philipe 'Philip' T. August III died on 21 Jan 1877 at Richmond, Virginia, at age 57. He was buried at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.
      Philipe August III was a merchant who assisted his father in the mercantile business in Richmond, VA and never married. His will dated 20 Jan 1877 was probated 23 Jan 1877 in Richmond, VA and mentions his niece Catherine J. W. Cochran and nephew William Philip August. In his will Philip August was noted as junior in the salutation and ending of the document. What is difficult to interpret is the middle initial in his name placed on the outside of his will; it appears to say "Philip T. August's Jr. Will," with the T best matching the beautiful script for Teste inside the will although there is a lesser chance it could be an F.

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  3. [S443] Dorothy Green Research.

Rev. Pierre Francois 'Peter Francis' August1,2

M, ID# 550, (11 Sep 1820 - 30 Sep 1887)
Father:Philippe "Philip" Auguste II (20 Jun 1789 - 27 Sep 1873)
Mother:Catharine Pearson (22 Jan 1791 - 12 Apr 1866)
     Rev. Pierre Francois 'Peter Francis' August was born on 11 Sep 1820 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was the son of Philippe "Philip" Auguste II and Catharine Pearson. Rev. Pierre Francois 'Peter Francis' August died on 30 Sep 1887 at age 67. He was buried at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.
      Pierre Francois August was a Methodist minister of the Virginia Conference who apparently never married; at age 39 he was still unmarried and was serving as a minister in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co, VA.

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

COL Thomas 'Tom' Pearson August1,2,3

M, ID# 551, (28 Oct 1821 - 31 Jul 1869)
Father:Philippe "Philip" Auguste II (20 Jun 1789 - 27 Sep 1873)
Mother:Catharine Pearson (22 Jan 1791 - 12 Apr 1866)
     COL Thomas 'Tom' Pearson August was born on 28 Oct 1821 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was the son of Philippe "Philip" Auguste II and Catharine Pearson. COL Thomas 'Tom' Pearson August died on 31 Jul 1869 at Richmond, Virginia, at age 47. He was buried on 2 Aug 1869 at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.
      Col Thomas Pearson August came to Richmond, VA as a child and, because his family was poor, took a job as a salesman while he put himself through school and read law. After attending the old Richmond Academy, he read law in the office of the Hon. James Lyons. He became a noted and able lawyer and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1842. In 1846 during the Mexican war he served until the end of the war as Adjutant of the First Virginia Regiment of Volunteers of which regiment Jubal Early was Major. He was on the staff of General Winfield Scott during the war. A veteran of the Mexican War, he was a lieutenant with the Richmond Grays and the regimental adjutant to Col. John F. Hamtramck, commander to the First Virginia Volunteers.

When he returned from the war, Thomas engaged in law practice with Isaac Read Watkins in Richmond and became one of the most prominent lawyers in Virginia and the most prominent in Richmond of his time. By the end of the decade he partnered with George Wythe Randolph, a grandson of Thomas Jefferson who later was Secretary of War of the Confederate States, and after the Civil War he was a partner of James Lyons in whose office he read law as a boy. Thomas was elected in 1850 as the first master of Dove Lodge #51, Ancient and Free Accepted Masons, Richmond, VA. He served serveral terms in both the Virginia House and Senate in the 1850s.

Prior to 1861 Thomas was colonel of the 1st Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Virginia Militia and later was brigadier general of the 1st Brigade, Virginia Militia. In 1859 he was officer of the day in charge of Virginia troops when John Brown was hung and gave his brother-in-law McCabe a piece of the rope that was used for the hanging.

Thomas was appointed colonel of the 15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army on 17 May 1861 and was a very popular officer. He participated in all the operations of the Peninsula from Bethel to Malvern Hill where he was severely wounded in the hip on 1 July 1862 and disabled for further field service. During the remainder of the war Thomas served as Special Counsel, Conscript Bureau and he retired 31 Dec 1864. Virginia supreme court judges recommending him for appointment as a military court judge stated, "One of the first in the field in the present war, severely wounded at the head of his regiment at Malvern Hill, not only a gallant soldier but an able lawyer, and particularly well versed in the law of court martial."

While in command of the 15th Regiment, Thomas was too drunk on several occasions to perform his duties. In a 29 Jul 1861 letter to his wife Lucy, then Cpt. John S. Walker wrote, "Our Col. August has been on a big frolic for two weeks, too drunk to discharge his duties. I found him tolerably sober a day or two ago and I gave him an earnest, honest talk which he took kindly and I did hope and pray that I had done him good ... from his promises to amend, but as a hog returns to her wallow so the drunkard returns to his cup, and I fear he is no better."

After military duty he returned to the Senate, private law and served as city councilman in Richmond. Thomas owned a pew in St Paul's Church, Richmond. He was noted for his wit and was said to be one of the most popular people in Richmond society.

Thomas died unmarried from a disease reportedly contracted during his service in the war with Mexico or, according to another obituary, from typhoid fever which only takes as long as a month to incubate, so what actually caused his death is unknown. Thomas' death cast a gloom over the city for there was no citizen of Richmond more universally popular. His funeral service was at St Paul's and the burial in Hollywood Cemetary with Masonic honors was well attended by his followers.

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  3. [S443] Dorothy Green Research.

William Philip Auguste1

M, ID# 552, (1851 - )
Father:MAJ Albert Nicholas August (9 Nov 1816 - 9 Dec 1864)
Mother:Virginia E. Wood (c 1824 - 10 Dec 1856)
     William Philip Auguste was born in 1851 at Mississippi. He was the son of MAJ Albert Nicholas August and Virginia E. Wood.

Citations

  1. [S436] 1860 Vicksburg, MS Census, Edward C. Satchell (born 1814).

Alice Auguste

F, ID# 553, (a 1853 - )
Father:MAJ Albert Nicholas August (9 Nov 1816 - 9 Dec 1864)
Mother:Virginia E. Wood (c 1824 - 10 Dec 1856)
     Alice Auguste was born a 1853. She was the daughter of MAJ Albert Nicholas August and Virginia E. Wood.

(Unknown) Vego (see de Vego)

?, ID# 554

Sarah (Unknown)1,2

F, ID# 555, (1764 - 13 Jan 1846)
Charts:Benjamin Tappan August lineage
     Sarah (Unknown) was born in 1764 at Caroline Co, Virginia. She married John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John), son of ENS Simon Pearson I and Peletiah Graffort, c 1782.1 Sarah (Unknown) died on 13 Jan 1846 at Washington, District of Columbia.
      Sarah was likely the woman age 60 - 69 living in her presumed son-in-law Aaron Jones' household in 1830 in Fairfax Co, VA.

A portion of the City of Alexandria known as "Old Town" and all of present-day Arlington Co, VA were originally in Virginia, were ceded to the US Government in 1791 to form the District of Columbia, and were later retroceded to Virginia by the federal government in 1846. Sarah Pearson, while noted as dying in Washington, DC, may have died in the Alexandria - Arlington, VA area which was then part of Washington.

Detailed sources:

--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book Z1, 15 Mar 1796, p. 435-442 ( Peletiah Graffort, John Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Simon Pearson to Thomas and Verlinda Darne and to Charles Little; witness Lewis Pearson)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book X2, 1 Jun 1827, p. 251-252 (Sarah Pearson and William Pearson release dower to Daniel Dulaney.)

Children of Sarah (Unknown) and John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John)

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  2. [S597] Wesley E. Pippenger, Alexandria, VA 1808 Census.

John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John)1,2,3,4,5,6

M, ID# 556, (c 1762 - bt 1806 - 1826)
Father:ENS Simon Pearson I (b 18 Jan 1738 - a 24 Mar 1798)
Mother:Peletiah Graffort (a 1730 - )
Charts:Benjamin Tappan August lineage
     John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) was born c 1762 at Fairfax Co, Virginia. He was the son of ENS Simon Pearson I and Peletiah Graffort. John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) married Sarah (Unknown) c 1782.7 John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) died bt 1806 - 1826.
      Jno "John" Pearson was the son of Simon Pearson and Peletiah Grafford of Fairfax Co, VA. His descendancy is based on four facts: our John lived in Fairfax Co, VA when at least some of his children were born according to his family bible; a Simon Pearson and his son John lived in Fairfax Co according to land deeds; our John's estimated birth date -- based on the birth date of his probable first child -- coincided with when Simon Pearson had an illegitimate child born in late 1759 or early 1760 according to Fairfax Co court documents; and our John was married to Sarah according to the family bible, whereas Simon gifted land to his son John and John's mother Peletiah after which John and his wife Sarah sold that land.

Because John had a very similar name as his step-brother John T. Pearson, records related to the two men must be apportioned according to connectivity to their respective mothers Peletiah Grafford and Milcah Trammell and/or the states in which the men lived, being Virginia and Pennsylvania respectively. Furthermore, John Pearson was a common name in the various Pearson lines, thus our John must be carefully differentiated with others of the same name in Virginia. This researcher originally thought John was named John Thomas because a John and a Thomas were noted as married to women named Sarah in the family bible, apparently recorded in the mid 1800s, and now believes these are two different men and two different Sarahs.

In 1786 John's father Simon Pearson of Fairfax Co conveyed 161 acres to John and his mother Peletiah Grafford "in consideration of the affectionate love that he bears to the said Peletiah Grafford and John Pearson her son" (Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book Q1, 1786, page 390-391); this document is key in proving John's descendancy from Simon. At that time John was already about 28 years old. John and his wife Sarah had at least three daughters and four sons, of whom only four children's names are known from the family bible record.



John and Sarah married about 1786 based on the following analysis: when John sold land with his mother Peletiah on 26 Nov 1785 no wife was listed for John thus he was most likely unmarried, although a dower release was done 42 years later, likely as a matter of legal expediency. However when John and his mother were given land in 1786 and later sold the land on 15 Mar 1796 John's wife Sarah was listed on the deed. John and Peletiah's land sales are described in Simon's biography. Peletiah, John and John's wife Sarah divided the land and sold a portion for 25 pounds Virginia currency to Thomas Darne on 6 Feb 1795 and the remainder in 1797 to Charles Little for over 83 pounds Virginia money, with John's father Simon also signing the deed of sale. By this time John likely had five children and possibly needed the funds to support his growing family.

A 26 Nov 1785 deed conveyed 150 acres and all houses, buildings, gardens, etc for 150 pounds Virginia money from Pelletiah Grafford and John Pearson to John Fowler, all living in Fairfax Co. On 20 Aug 1789 John and his mother Peletiah sued John Fowler for "trespass on the case" and then decided not to prosecute.

On 23 Jun 1790 John Pearson served on a jury in the trial of Jenifer and Hooe vs Archibald Johnston executor of George Johnston for debt and a trial for Thomas Price vs Christian Slimmer for debt.

On 18 Dec 1792 John Pearson was appointed Fairfax Co Constable, based on tax records a position he most likely held at least through 1800 with the exception perhaps of 1798. In 1798 in Munroe vs Lay, Munrow was ordered to pay John Pearson for 8 days attendance at court. On 21 July 1800 John Pearson, constable, submitted a claim for expenses of $12.96 cents to the court which was approved.

The Fairfax Co Commissioners met at Winter Hill 2 Oct 1797 and alloted hands and recommended Overseers to work the public Roads in the following manner: From the county line on the Turnpike road leading from Newgate to Alexandria as far as the Ox Road we allot the male tithables belonging and residing on, or that may hereafter reside on the plantations of the persons following: from the Courthouse Run to the Falls Church we allot [among others] Charles Broadwaters Quarter [Simon's step-father or step-brother,] Gerrard Tramell, John Pearson [Simon's son John], Thomas Trammell, Simon Pearsons old place. This order was recorded on 16 Oct 1797. Simon's legal wife was a Trammel and these were her family members.

The extant Fairfax Co, VA personal property tax lists, which should count all white males age 21 and above, begin in 1782 with only one John Pearson included on the lists for 1784-1786 and 1788-1799, thus when a John Pearson was in court records for those years he was most likely Simon's second son named John, our ancestor. However in 1787 and 1800 there were two John Pearsons on the tax lists, one of whom could not have been John's namesake son who was too young to be listed but could have possibly been John's step-brother also named John and about the same age. After 1800 there are no John Pearsons listed again until 1841. Our ancestor John likely lived in Fairfax Co during most of his adult life.

The number below represents the number of separate listings for Pearson men with the names John and Thomas, not how many tithables each man was charged with:
1783 - 1 Thomas
1784 - 1 Thomas, 1 John (John's uncle Thomas would have been age ~44; John would have been ~24);
1785- 1 Thomas, 1 John;
1786- 2 Thomas, 1 John; (John's uncle Thomas would have been age ~46; 2nd Thomas may have been Thomas' son; John would be ~26); this is the first year it is unclear which Thomas Pearson was in court. This is the last year it can be assumed if a John Pearson is in court he is our ancestor, unless his mother Peletiah is in court with him because the following year there are two John Pearsons.
1787- 3 Thomas, one is marked "Jr.", 2 John;
1788 - 2 Thomas, one is marked "Jr", 1 John;
1789 - 2 Thomas, one is marked "Jr", 1 John, Milky Pearson and Simon Pearson are are also listed separately;
1790 - 1 Thomas who is marked "Jr.", 1 John;
1791 - 1 Thomas who is marked "Jr.", 1 John;
1792 - 1 Thomas who is marked "Jr.", 1 John;
1793 - 1 Thomas, 1 John "constable;"
1794 - 1 John "exempt" [most likely because he was a constable];
1795 - 1 John "constable;"
1798 - 1 John;
1799 - 1 John "constable;"
1800- 2 John, one is marked "constable."
After a big gap the next Thomas listed is in 1845, and the next John is in 1841.

A number of Pearson families lived in the area, so there is as yet no way to tell for certain which are John's children. Jane and Milly Pearson are presumed to be daughters of John and Sarah because a John Pearson was a bondsman for both marriages, and often the bride's father was a bondsman. Numerous other Pearsons married in that area during the period 1804 to 1838. A Sarah Pearson, who could be a namesake daughter, married Andrew Goss on 5 Jun 1804 in Alexandria, VA, but John Pearson was not a bondsman. On 28 Dec 1822 Nancy Person (sic) and Daniel Bryant, both of Prince William Co, VA, married. On 18 Sep 1823 Rosa Pearson married Frederick Vacchari / Viecharia in Alexandria with bondsman John Brown. Lynn A. R. Pearson of Fairfax City, VA married Enos R. Whitle of Washington DC on 15 Jan 1825. John Pearson married Alice Ann Dunaway, both of Prince William Co, VA, on 11 Jan 1829. An Elizabeth Pearson of the District of Columbia married on 11 Jul 1837 to James Avery. In 1835 Mary Pearson married Joseph C. Walsh and in 1838 Ann Maria Pearson married John Farley at the Pearson estate Brentwood; Mary and Ann Maria were daugthers of the Honorable Joseph Pearson who died in 1834 while in Salisbury, NC. Nancy Pearson and George W. Baxter, both of Faurquier Co, VA married on 8 Aug 1838.

On 16 Feb 1807 the court ordered the Overseers of the Poor to apprentice a young man who appears to be John's 17-year-old son William, which indicated the family had fallen upon hard times and John may have died.

Whether John served during the 1775-1783 Revolutionary War is unlikely. At age 13 when the war started, it is unlikely he enlisted and no service record has been found that can unequivocably be aligned to him as opposed to representing one of the other John Pearsons who did serve during the war. John would have been too young to be married during the war, so there would also be no military record associated with a spouse which would help differentiate him from the men named John Pearson who served from Virginia. A John Thomas who was an ensign in the 10th Virginia Regiment on 18 Nov 1776 may have possibly been our ancestor, but there is no proof thereof because no spouse or children are associated with the ensign's military record and the man did not file for a pension. All DAR applications as of Aug 1992 were reviewed and did not provide any proof of military service for our ancestor and as of 2020 the DAR continuously turns away people applying from our John Pearson line. Congress enacted the Revolutionary War pension law in 1818, and it would be unusual if a Fairfax Co veteran or his widow, not isolated on military bounty land in some of the further reaches on the country, did not apply for a pension, so John and his wife may have died before 1818 or more likely he did not serve because his wife Sarah is likely the 60 - 69 year old woman in Aaron Jones' 1830 household.

According to a family note, John was believed to have died on 10 Jul 1826 in Fairfax Co and to have been buried in that county but no evidence has been found to support that conclusion. No death records or obituary notices for John or his wife Sarah were found in extensive searches in Fairfax Co, VA or Washington DC, of which Alexandria City was a portion in 1826, and no death record was recorded in the Pearson family bible for John. In regard to obituaries, there were no surviving newspapers for Fairfax Co from the 1826 time frame when John was thought to have died. If an obituary was placed in another paper, it would likely have been the Alexandria Gazette, but there was no obituary notice for John in the Alexandria Gazette from 1784 to 1915 (revised); nor any death notice in Joan Dixon's National Intelligencer newspaper abstracts for 1800-1805, 1806-1810 or 1824-1826; nor in the Marriage and Death Notices from Alexandria, Virginia Newspapers 1784-1838 by Wes Pippenger.

Further there was no will in Fairfax Co for John Pearson in the 1826 time frame. Because there was no record of John's death around 1826 in Fairfax Co, Alexandria City or Washington DC and no 1817 pension application when applications were first accepted for veterans, and because his reported 1826 death could be that of his namesake son or even his step-brother of the same name, this researcher hypothesized John may have died closer to 1807 when notice was given that the Overseers of the Poor in Fairfax Co, VA bound out a William Pearson; John was known to have a son William. The Fairfax Co, VA court order books index is missing for 1801-1806, and John does not appear in the 1807-1808 book

A Sarah Pearson, possibly John's wife, was enumerated in the Jan - Feb 1808 Third Ward, Alexandria, VA census. Sarah was listed as a seamstress with no males above age 16 in her home and a total of 7 people in her two-story home. The same census in the Second Ward included a Polley Pearson with 5 total inhabitants in her 2-story home; remarks stated "Deft. Ho. D. Moxley," who may have been the homeowner.


Detailed sources:

In 2018 Fairfax County, Virginia changed the URLs for historic indexes and records online. Thus URLs below may not be functional but provide the correct type, date and books for searching online. The oldest deed index is at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/circuit/sites/circuit/files/assets/documents/pdf/hrc/deed-book-index-1742-1866-l-r.pdf.

--Research by Elaine McHale - McRey, Librarian, Virginia Room, Fairfax Co, VA Public Library, 10360 North St, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-293-6227, #6; Elaine.McRey@fairfaxcounty.gov
--Patricia Duncan, Fairfax Co, VA 1749-1808 Minute and Court Orders Abstracts, Heritage Books, 5810 Ruatan St, Berwyn Heights, MD, 20740, softcopy, 2013 (source for Simon Pearson court records below using the page numbers from the abstracts, not the original)
--Fairfax Co, VA 1756-1763 Minute Book Part 1, 22 May 1760 (birth of second son John)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book N1, 10 Aug 1779, p. 214, destroyed (Simon Pearson deed to Petetiah Grafford and John Pearson)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book Q1, 26 Nov 1785, includes 10 aug 1779 deed, p. 166-169 (Simon Pearson, Petetiah Grafford and John Pearson deed to John Fowler); and Deed Book unknown, 1 Jun 1827, references Pearson deed 10 Aug 1779 deed, p. 214 – 215, (Fowler heirs to Daniel Dulaney)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book Q1, 23 Jan 1786, p. 390-391 (Simon Pearson to Petetiah Grafford and John Pearson)
--Fairfax Co 1788-1792 Order Book, Part 1, 20 Aug 1789, p. 63 (John Pearson & Peleytiah Graffort vs John Fowler)
--Fairfax Co 1788-1792 Order Book, Part 2, 23 Jun 1790, p. 18-19 (Jenifer & Hooe vs estate of George Johnston) and (Thomas Price vs Christian Slimmer)
--Fairfax Co, VA 1791-1793 Minute Book, 18 Dec 1792, p. 57 (John Pearson appointed constable)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book Z1, 15 Mar 1796, p. 435-442 (Peletiah Graffort, John Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Simon Pearson to Thomas and Verlinda Darne and to Charles Little; witness Lewis Pearson)
--Fairfax Co Minutes Book 1797-1798, 16 Oct 1797, p 112 (p. 33) (John Pearson noted in allotment of hands to maintain roads)
--Fairfax Co, VA 1797-1798 Minute Book, 22 Jun 1798, p. 78 (Munroe vs Lay; John Pearson witness)
-- Fairfax Co, VA 1800-1801 Minute Book, 22 Aug 1800, p. 41 (Constable John Pearson's expenses)
–Beth Mitchell, Donald Sweig, An Interpretive Historical Map of Fairfax County, Virginia in 1760, Fairfax Co, VA Office of Comprehensive Planning, 1987, out of print, http://jay.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341caff553ef01a51095ccb3970c-pi. (Map of Simon Pearson and Thomas Pearson's lands; also Pearson Island of Thomas Pearson b~1660.)

Children of John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) and Sarah (Unknown)

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S126] "Emma August Papers."
  3. [S503] Road to Difficult.
  4. [S567] Elaine McHale-McRey Research.
  5. [S599] T. Michael Miller, Alexandria Minister Returns.
  6. [S466] Simon Pearson Deeds.
  7. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.

William M. Pearson1,2

M, ID# 557, (30 Jan 1790 - 4 Sep 1848)
Father:John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) (c 1762 - bt 1806 - 1826)
Mother:Sarah (Unknown) (1764 - 13 Jan 1846)
     William M. Pearson was born on 30 Jan 1790. He was the son of John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) and Sarah (Unknown). William M. Pearson married Catherine Follin a 1815 at Washington, District of Columbia. William M. Pearson died on 4 Sep 1848 at Fairfax Co, Virginia, at age 58.
      On 16 Feb 1807 the court ordered "... the Overseers of the Poor bind William Pearson 17 years old the 9th day of Jany last apprentice to Hugh Piper who is [to] learn him the trade of a wheelright and reading writing and arethmatick according to Law. Although William was noted in the Pearson family bible as born 30 Jan 1790, this is most likely the same person.

This William M. Pearson is believed to be the man who on 20 Sep [no year recorded] married Sarah Folin, as opposed to his first cousin by the same name who married Ms. Fish.

In the 1820 Fairfax Co, VA census a William M. Pearson and his wife ages 26 to 44 with four children under age 10 and a daughter over age 10 is thought to be our ancestor. By 1830 William M. Pearson is listed in the census as age 40-44 with his wife age 30-39 and a daughter age 5-9 and sons: 3 under age 5, 1 age 5-9, 1 age 10-14, and 2 age 15-19 which shows a natural progression of the ages of the children noted in the 1820 census. There was another William M. Pearson living in the county who was married to Ms. Fish but their known children do not appear to match these census records.

William M. Pearson's estate account names the following people with the last name of Pearson: C. C. Pearson, Catharine Pearson and John W. Pearson. Estate account began 16 Sep 1847 and was recorded 21 Jan 1850, thus there is a discrepancy between the estate account date of 1847 and the 1848 death date; alternatively this could this be the estate of William Pearson son of Simon because the three above names match his family of sons Charles C. and John W. and wife Catherine.

Source:
--Fairfax Co, VA 1807-1808 Minute Book, 16 Feb 1807, p. 12 (William Pearson apprenticed to Hugh Piper)
--Fairfax Co, VA Deed Book X2, 1 Jun 1827, p. 251-252 (Sarah Pearson and William Pearson release dower to Daniel Dulaney)
--Fairfax Co, VA Will Book W1 (672) p. 14 (Estate Account William M. Pearson.)

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  2. [S467] Pearson - Grafford Family.

Thomas Pearson (4th son)1,2

M, ID# 558, (25 Nov 1797 - 3 Jan 1842)
Father:John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) (c 1762 - bt 1806 - 1826)
Mother:Sarah (Unknown) (1764 - 13 Jan 1846)
     Thomas Pearson (4th son) was born on 25 Nov 1797 at Fairfax Co, Virginia. He was the son of John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) and Sarah (Unknown). Thomas Pearson (4th son) married Sarah "Sally" (Unknown) on 11 Jun 1830 at Caroline Co, Virginia. Thomas Pearson (4th son) died on 3 Jan 1842 at Montgomery Co, Missouri, at age 44.
      Thomas Pearson was noted in the August - Pearson family bible, apparently recorded in the mid 1800s, as the fourth son of John and Sarah Pearson and as married to Sarah Walden in Caroline Co [VA]. Thomas' marriage was later annotated in different ink and hand-writing as occurring in 1786, most likely incorrectly trying to align Thomas with the LT Thomas Pearson who was a Revolutionary War veteran.

Because of incomplete information in the August - Pearson family bible, the data was subject to interpretation. To wit, in the bible John Pearson was noted as married to Sarah and on another page Thomas Pearson was noted as married to Sarah Walden; this researcher now believes this was not John Thomas Pearson married to Sarah Walden but was John Pearson and Thomas Pearson, father and son, married to two different Sarahs.

On 25 Nov 1817 a Thomas W. Pearson was a bondsman for the marriage of John Gilden and Joanna Gillwith in Alexandria, VA; it is unknown whether he is the same Thomas.

A Thomas Pearson of the correct age was on the 1830 Caroline Co, VA census with 6 family members and 22 slaves in the household.

Many official records prior to 1836 from Caroline Co where Thomas and Sarah may have lived after their marriage there were destroyed during the Civil War. Thomas could have had relatives in Caroline Co but this researcher was unable to connect either Thomas or Sarah to the several Pearson and Walden/Walding families living in Caroline Co from at least 1810 through 1830 and was unable to find Caroline Co records for earlier families.

Detailed sources:
-- Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT, USA: Precision Indexing Publishers; and Ancestry.com. Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. (Thomas Pearson - Mrs. Sally Walden 11 Jun 1830 marriage index record.)

Citations

  1. [S40] August - Pearson Bible.
  2. [S1] "Virginia Winslett Research."

John Pearson

M, ID# 559, (1787 - )
Father:John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) (c 1762 - bt 1806 - 1826)
Mother:Sarah (Unknown) (1764 - 13 Jan 1846)
     John Pearson was born in 1787. He was the son of John 'Jno' Pearson (younger son John) and Sarah (Unknown).
      Although there is no information to indicate John Pearson moved back to Caroline Co, VA where he may have been born and moved from while he was little, based on age John Pearson could have been either John Pearson or John B. Pearson listed in the 1820 Caroline Co, VA census. A John Pearson in the 1820 Caroline Co census had seven people living in the home. A John B. Pearson in the 1820 census had 11 living at home including six slaves. A John Pearson is enumerated on the 1810 Caroline Co census with 10 family members including a woman older than he or his wife, possibly his mother-in-law, and four slaves. None of these Pearson households in the censuses had males the right age to be John's father John. By the time of the 1830 census there was only one John Pearson listed in Caroline Co with seven at home including three slaves.

The Anderson Family Bible 1765-1883 (Library of Virginia, call # 22075) lists a John Pearson marrying a Charlotte C. Anderson on 5 Sep 1811; the Anderson family was possibly living in the Hanover / Richmond area.

Nancy Jane Sheppard1

F, ID# 560, (a 1878 - )
     Nancy Jane Sheppard was born a 1878. She married William Joshua Horn a 1898.

Child of Nancy Jane Sheppard and William Joshua Horn

Citations

  1. [S15] Betty & Cyndi Nash Research.

William Bell Wood1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

M, ID# 561, (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Father:CPT Joseph Wood II (c 1754 - 6 Jan 1791)
Mother:Margaret 'Peggie' Bell (a 1763 - a 1820)
Charts:Benjamin Tappan August lineage
     William Bell Wood was born c 1781 at Orange Co, Virginia. He was the son of CPT Joseph Wood II and Margaret 'Peggie' Bell. William Bell Wood married Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison, daughter of Francis 'Frank' Madison and Susannah "Susan" Bell, on 30 Oct 1804 at 'Locust Grove', Madison, Virginia. William Bell Wood married Isabel / Elizabeth "Eliza" Wall, daughter of LTC Don Augustine Wall and Dona Isabel O'Callaghan, on 8 Dec 1819 at Petersburg, Virginia. William Bell Wood died in Jul 1831 at Dinwiddie Courthouse, Dinwiddie Co, Virginia. He was buried on 27 Jul 1831 at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. His estate was probated on 15 Aug 1831 at Dinwiddie Co, Virginia.
      William Bell Wood was likely born in Orange Co, VA. Upon the death of his father Joseph Wood, his future father-in-law Francis Madison, became his guardian (Orange Co, VA Families, pg 72.)

William's first marriage to his first cousin Elinor Madison, niece of President James Madison, was by William Calhoun. (Madison Co, VA Marriage Book 1, p. 254) The Wood family owned (which generation unknown but likely William's father) a property north of Orange, VA and had been customers of the Madison family ironworks. (William H. B. Thomas, Patriots of the Upcountry: Orange Co, VA in the Revolution 1775-1783, Orange Co Bicentennial Commission, 1976, p. 123, 133; Founders Online,
http://founders.archives.gov/?q=%22william%20b.%20wood%22&s=1111311111&sa=&r=1&sr=#JSMN-03-03-02-0401-fn-0001)

William sold 80 acres of Madison Co, VA land to John "Jack" Walker, the husband of William's cousin Judith Wood, in 1805 (Madison Co, VA Deed Book 4, page 129.) The land was his wife Elinor's, inherited from her father. Madison Co was known as Spotsylvania County until 1734, Orange County from 1734 until 1748, Culpepper County from 1748 until 1792, and Madison County since that time. Madison Co court orders and minutes reference William's three jury duties in 1804, 1805 and 1806.

After the 1808 abolition of slave trade, a slave owner moving from state to state had to declare he was immigrating to the state to reside and not to sell slaves. William's 1810 personal property list shows he owned nine adult and ten younger slaves and ten horses, leading to speculation he was engaged in agricultural or transportation pursuits.

William moved to Nashville, TN on 22 May 1811 renting a home there at the beginning and hiring out his slaves because it was too late in the year to plant crops. On 19 Jun 1811 he wrote to his father-in-law's brother, President James Madison, requesting a loan of eight to ten hundred dollars so he could purchase land in Madison Co, Mississippi Territory using as collateral part of his portion of his father's estate. (Founders Online, 19 Jun 1811 letter to James Madison, http://founders.archives.gov/?q=%22william%20b.%20wood%22&s=1111311111&sa=&r=1&sr=). It is not yet known if he purchased land there, but after his death his children and step-children moved to Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville.

William filed a Certificate for Negroes which was recorded in 1816 in the Grantee Index, Book 6, page 198 of Madison Co, VA. The certificate lists seven slaves with their ages -- Mary 34, Thomas 35, Simeon 21, David 15, Edward 6, Sally 24, and Molly 15 -- who William said he brought to Madison Co, VA from Tennessee as his servants. He stated in Nov 1813 these slaves came with him in May 1813 when he visited Madison Co after which William decided to reside in Virginia. He declared he had owned the slaves for two years with the exception of Simeon who was inherited from his mother Margaret Bell Wood. He resided before 1816 in Woodville, Orange Co, VA.

About 1816 William moved to Petersburg, VA where he was a merchant. In 1819 William's wife Elinor Madison died. Given that William had seven children when Elinor died, perhaps he advertized for assistance with the children because his next wife Eliza was noted as being from Philadelphia. At the end of that year William was married to Mrs. Eliza Palmer of Philadelphia, PA by the Rev Sume on a Wednesday. (Petersburg Republican, Petersburg, VA, 14 Dec 1819, p. 3, c. 2)

William was said by others to be on the 1820 Smith Co, TN census but this researcher only found him in Petersburg, VA that year. The two additional young males in his household in 1820 are likely his step-sons James and George Palmer.

William then moved to Dinwiddie Co, VA, perhaps because his brother John was living there. In the 1830 Dinwiddie Co, VA census William had in his home nine whites, a free black male, and 16 slaves; the age range for the slaves implies family units because five blacks are under age nine. The whites included 1 male age 10-14 [unknown son born 1816-20 or could be George Palmer], 2 males 20-29 [could be James Palmer and John Wood]; 2 males 40-49 [William himself and an unknown male]; 2 females 5-9 [Virginia & Christina], 1 female 15-19 [Mary], and 1 female 20-29 [Margaret.] Because William was wealthy the older white and the free black may be servants.

Of interest are two other Wood families living in Dinwiddie Co in 1830. John Wood age 40-50 with a family totalling 8 may be William B. Wood's brother John Scott Wood. Living 3 doors from John Wood was another William Wood age 30-39 (born 1791-1800) living with his wife, 4 young children, 1 slave and 1 free colored in the household. This William Wood may be the man who married Mildred Austin in 1822 in Orange Co, VA. There is no indication our ancestor William B. had a son before his marriage to Elinor Madision, so this William may be a son of John.

Although a Montpelier (Madison Family) researcher believed William remarried the following year, the William B. Wood marrying Margaret Knox in 1830 in Rowan Co, NC was not our ancestor; he was William Burton Wood who had a family with Margaret and died 28 Oct 1853 in Rowan Co, NC.

William's will written on 25 Jul 1831 shows he was ill, and he died at Dinwiddie Courthouse, VA, a town named for its courthouse. His will established his son-in-law George C. Porter as guardian of his two youngest children -- Christina and Virginia -- with the estate to be used to provide for their education and support (Dinwiddie Co, Will Book 1, p. 112). His funeral was held at Sapony Church, Dinwiddie Co, VA on 27 July 1831. His grave is not marked and is in Ward 1 (old ground), square 5, section 5B, #8 in Blandford Cemetery.

William's estate was inventoried in Feb 1832 (Dinwiddie Co, Will Book 1, p. 141) for a total value of $3535.50 and showed extensive possessions. He had numerous books including fiction, chemistry, Shakespeare and history. Among his property was a carriage, 6 horses, 7 cows, 9 hogs, 2 carts, wagon, cutting machine, 70 chairs, 22 beds, numerous lines, a set of mahogany tables and numerous other tables, sideboard, secretary, bookcase, settee, gilt mirror, 6 card tables, 3 bureaus, 2 armoirs, carpet, refrigerator and 40 liquor barrels. He also owned twelve slaves -- Tom, Embro, Cyrus, Milley, Dick, Sally, George, Maria, Wilson, Isaac, Dianna, and Moses -- although the year before he had 16 slaves and 1 free colored male.

Accounts of his estate (Dinwiddie Will Book 1, p. 185, 316, and 332) reveal William was an innkeeper, which was quite common in colonial Virginia for gentlemen of good birth and station. The accounts mention James A. Palmer, his step-son, buying the tavern and notes William had purchased articles from his neighbors for use in his tavern near Petersburg, VA. One account notes cash he received as "jailor of Dinwiddie." Land taxes were also paid in 1832 for the estate. Virginia County Court Records, Chancery Suits, Orange Co, VA 1831-1845, Ruth & Sam Sparacio, editors, pg 74 also provides information about William's death and should be checked.

Original research was done at the Virginia Archives, Richmond, VA on Spotsylvania, Orange, Culpepper and Madison Co, VA marriage, land deed and will records in an effort to find out more about William and his second wife Eliza; little data was available in those records. Because William died in Dinwiddie Co, VA that county's records were also searched which provided documents related to his death. Searches were made through the names Madison, Warle, Palmer, Scott and Wood; Madison Co also had numerous Ware families.

Children of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison

Children of William Bell Wood and Isabel / Elizabeth "Eliza" Wall

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S75] Stephen P. Dorsey, Ralph Cole Hall, Deering Davis, Alexandria Houses 1750 - 1830.
  3. [S1] "Virginia Winslett Research."
  4. [S169] Madison Family.
  5. [S438] Montpelier: Madison Family Genealogy.
  6. [S441] Charles Thomas Chapman, James Madison Family.
  7. [S504] William B. Wood Abstracts.
  8. [S403] William B. Wood Family Records.

Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison1,2,3,4,5,6

F, ID# 562, (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
Father:Francis 'Frank' Madison (18 Jun 1753 - 5 Apr 1800)
Mother:Susannah "Susan" Bell (c 1754 - 1834)
     Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison was born c 1784 at Madison Co, Virginia. She was the daughter of Francis 'Frank' Madison and Susannah "Susan" Bell. Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison married William Bell Wood, son of CPT Joseph Wood II and Margaret 'Peggie' Bell, on 30 Oct 1804 at 'Locust Grove', Madison, Virginia. Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison died on 16 Feb 1819 at Petersburg, Virginia. Her estate was probated at Orange Co, Virginia.
      Eleanor Madison lived in Petersburg, VA for only two or three years before she died. She left seven children at the time of her death.

Children of Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison and William Bell Wood

Citations

  1. [S75] Stephen P. Dorsey, Ralph Cole Hall, Deering Davis, Alexandria Houses 1750 - 1830.
  2. [S1] "Virginia Winslett Research."
  3. [S10] Unsourced Data.
  4. [S439] Charles Thomas Chapman, Ambrose Madison Descendants.
  5. [S441] Charles Thomas Chapman, James Madison Family.
  6. [S504] William B. Wood Abstracts.

John Wood

M, ID# 563, (a 1807 - )
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
     John Wood was born a 1807. He was the son of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison.

Mary M. B. Wood1,2

F, ID# 564, (8 Dec 1811 - 13 Aug 1834)
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
     Mary M. B. Wood was born on 8 Dec 1811 at Nashville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison. Mary M. B. Wood married Charles D. Parrish on 5 Dec 1833 at Protestant Episcopal Church, Williamson Co, Tennessee. Mary M. B. Wood died on 13 Aug 1834 at Franklin, Tennessee, at age 22.
      Mary Wood died shortly after her marriage.

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S504] William B. Wood Abstracts.

Joseph Wood1

M, ID# 565, (1814 - 1844)
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
     Joseph Wood was born in 1814. He was the son of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison. Joseph Wood died in 1844 at Tennessee.

Citations

  1. [S439] Charles Thomas Chapman, Ambrose Madison Descendants.

Margaret B. Wood1,2,3

F, ID# 566, (9 Mar 1809 - 1892)
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
     Margaret B. Wood was born on 9 Mar 1809 at Orange Co, Virginia. She was the daughter of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison. Margaret B. Wood married Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I, son of Benjamin Hall Tappan and Hannah Swett, on 22 Mar 1832 at Franklin, Tennessee. Margaret B. Wood died in 1892. She was buried at Tennessee.
      Margaret B. Wood moved to Tennessee and in 1832 married Benjamin Swett Tappan, a merchant and businessman originally from Massachusetts. Margaret adopted her step-sister Virginia E. Wood when Virginia's mother Eliza died. Margaret later also adopted her other step-sister, Christina Wood who had been adopted by Margaret's sister Susan who died.

In addition to her step-sisters Virginia and Christina, when her father William died in 1831, Margaret's two youngest sisters -- noted in her mother Ellen's obituary and the 1820 census -- would have needed a home because they were only about age 12 and 14, but no mention was made of these daughters in the family stories and these two female children are not on the 1830 census so they had either died or gone to live with other relatives.

Margaret was living alone in Vicksburg, MS in 1880.

Children of Margaret B. Wood and Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S439] Charles Thomas Chapman, Ambrose Madison Descendants.
  3. [S396] Daniel Langdon Tappan (b.1855), Tappan-Toppan Genealogy.

Susan Madison Wood1,2,3

F, ID# 567, (5 Nov 1805 - 25 Aug 1833)
Father:William Bell Wood (c 1781 - Jul 1831)
Mother:Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison (c 1784 - 16 Feb 1819)
     Susan Madison Wood was born on 5 Nov 1805 at Petersburg, Virginia. She was the daughter of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison. Susan Madison Wood married George Camp Porter, son of Camp Porter and Frances 'Fannie' Alcock, on 25 Oct 1825 at Orange Co, Virginia. Susan Madison Wood died on 25 Aug 1833 at Franklin Co, Tennessee, at age 27.
      Susan M. Wood adopted Christina Wood, her step-sister, when Christina's mother died. Susan subsequently died from cholera.

Child of Susan Madison Wood and George Camp Porter

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S439] Charles Thomas Chapman, Ambrose Madison Descendants.
  3. [S504] William B. Wood Abstracts.

Francis 'Frank' Madison1,2,3,4,5

M, ID# 568, (18 Jun 1753 - 5 Apr 1800)
Father:James Madison I (1723 - 1801)
Mother:Nelly Conway (1732 - 1829)
     Francis 'Frank' Madison was born on 18 Jun 1753 at Orange Co, Virginia. He was the son of James Madison I and Nelly Conway. Francis 'Frank' Madison married Susannah "Susan" Bell, daughter of CPT William Bell I (of Orange Co) and Mary Miller, on 29 Oct 1772. Francis 'Frank' Madison died on 5 Apr 1800 at age 46.
      Francis Madison was the brother of the US President James Madison. Francis provided land to his daughter Elinor (Madison Co, VA Deed Book 1, p. 254) He and Susanna Bell had a total of nine children.

Child of Francis 'Frank' Madison and Susannah "Susan" Bell

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S1] "Virginia Winslett Research."
  3. [S169] Madison Family.
  4. [S166] Madison Family, Montpelier Fact Sheet, (1991.
  5. [S439] Charles Thomas Chapman, Ambrose Madison Descendants.

Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I1,2,3

M, ID# 569, (25 Feb 1799 - 1 Mar 1866)
Father:Benjamin Hall Tappan (7 Mar 1772 - 1812)
Mother:Hannah Swett (26 May 1776 - 23 May 1823)
     Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I was born on 25 Feb 1799 at Newburyport, Essex Co, Massachusetts. He was the son of Benjamin Hall Tappan and Hannah Swett. Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I married Margaret Bell Camp on 1 May 1823 at Williamson Co, Tennessee. Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I married Margaret B. Wood, daughter of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison, on 22 Mar 1832 at Franklin, Tennessee. Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I died on 1 Mar 1866 at age 67. He was buried at Vicksburg Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
      Gen Benjamin Swett Tappan when a boy went to Baltimore, MD and was employed by George Peabody, who helped him start a business. From there he moved to Franklin, TN. In 1830 Benjamin resided in Franklin, TN with a total of 7 whites, 3 slaves and 5 free colored persons. By 1840 he was living in Vicksburg, Warren Co, MI with 11 whites and 8 slaves, so that year the free colored may have been counted as slaves. By 1850 Benjamin was a merchant living with his second wife and a family of 6 of his children in Vicksburg; they still resided there in 1860.

Benjamin was grand master of both the Tennessee and Mississippi Masonic grand lodges. He assisted in organizing the first Episcopal church in Tennessee which was in Franklin, TN where he lived. He served as captain of the "Independent Blues" of Franklin and participated in their 1925 reception for Marquis de Lafayette.

The Tappan-Porter home (formerly the original Catholic Church) on Walnut Street, Vicksburg, MS was shelled by federal gunboats during the seige of Vicksburg forcing the general to take refuge in a cave across the street. His four sons were in the Confederate Army where two lost their lives. Among his descendants were the Porter family.

Children of Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I and Margaret Bell Camp

Children of Gen. Benjamin Swett Tappan I and Margaret B. Wood

Citations

  1. [S12] "Ella Virginia Auguste Perry (1870-1971) Research: Collection of hand-written Lanphier, Martin, Perry, Russell and Other Family Documents."
  2. [S403] William B. Wood Family Records.
  3. [S396] Daniel Langdon Tappan (b.1855), Tappan-Toppan Genealogy.

Charles D. Parrish1,2

M, ID# 570, (1811 - 17 Jun 1863)
     Charles D. Parrish was born in 1811 at Virginia. He married Mary M. B. Wood, daughter of William Bell Wood and Elinor 'Ellen' 'Nelly' Madison, on 5 Dec 1833 at Protestant Episcopal Church, Williamson Co, Tennessee. Charles D. Parrish died on 17 Jun 1863 at Tennessee. He was buried at Greenwood Cememtery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co, Tennessee.
      Charles D. Parrish received a marriage license on 3 Oct 1833 after posting bond with Alexander McKinney and was married two months later. In 1840 he bought land Williamson Co land from Charles Hardy and sold land there to Elijah Thompson. In 1835 he bought land in the county from Peter N. Smith. Charles paid Williamson Co, TN taxes in 1832-1837; in 1836-37 he was residing in Dirstrict 7.

Charles was a defendant in four Williamson Co court cases from 1837-1839 with John P. Boxley; Philip Chapman; Andrew and John B. Ritter; and William T., Robertson and John Yeatman trading as J & R Yeatman & Company; and in 1844 with A. B. Ewing.

Our family tradition appears to be incorrect: Charles reportedly left Tennessee after his wife's early death, which is incorrect because she died in 1834 and he remained in the county -- unless that was a same-named relative in the couty records, "went back to Philadelphia, PA and never communicated with the family." No records were found for Charles in Philadelphia. A Charles D. Parrish went through probate in Williamson Co, TN between 1851 and 1855 according to the county wills and probate index; his actual probate was not found on the noted page. Also, a Charles D. Parrish (1811-1863) was buried just north of Williamson Co and he is likely our ancestor, although he could be a relative.

Of note although Charles' wife Mary was born in Williamson Co, she later lived in Petersburg, VA for most of her life until her father died in 1831. Because Mary and Charles married shortly after her father's death in Williamson Co, this researcher wondered if the couple met in the Petersburg area. There was a Charles D. Parrish working in Richmond, VA in 1891, so perhaps our ancestor came from the Petersburg area and was related to Parrishes residing there later.
Sources:

--Williamson Co, TN primary records for Charles D. Parrish, https://archives.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/indexes/search#, accessed 2017.
--Charles D. Parrish grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=123384430&ref=acom.

Citations

  1. [S504] William B. Wood Abstracts.
  2. [S1] "Virginia Winslett Research."