Sunday, December 27, 2015

A comparable descent of Charles Calvert and George Calvert's descendants Autosomal DNA match.

Note Autosomal DNA match sharing 5 cM (Centimorgans) 
Sharing between 11- 5.6 cM

My 6th Great Grandmother Lydia Calvert (1750-1839) 

Living Porter Mother 6th Great Grandmother Ann Calvert (1692-After 1740) 
Living DNA 7th Great Grandmother Ann Calvert (1692-After 1740)
Living DNA Child 1a,2a, 3a, 8th Great Grandmother Ann Calvert (1692-After 1740)
Ann (Calvert) Porter's husband Thomas Porters Will was admitted to probate 8 April 1740 Stafford County, Virginia Ann was mentioned as one of her husbands executors.

Living Porter Mother autosomal DNA participant is a direct Porter descendant carrying the Porter surname unbroken. 

 I assigned generations based on the Porter autosomal DNA participants first match to Living Porter Mother (control DNA participant) I am the DNA participant for George Calvert the Elder so I assigned generations matching my descent. 

Charles Calvert born about 1661 died 1733 St Mary's county, Maryland, identified son of William Calvert and Elizabeth Stone, married first Mary Howson daughter of Robert and Sarah LNU Howson. Charles Calvert married second Barbara Kirk(e) daughter of Martin Kirk and Maria Van Swearingen sister of Joseph Van Swearingen, 3rd husband of Mary (Neale) Egerton, Adderton, niece of Charles Calvert by his sister Elizabeth (Calvert) Neale.

George Calvert first appears in records in 1688 Stafford county, Virginia records as a witness for Burr Harrison he appears to disappear from records around 1700 when it's believed he has passed away. We can deduce he was of adult age by 1688 appearing in legal records born at least by 1667/8. this George Calvert styled the Elder proven father of George and John Calvert of Stafford county, Virginia. 

Charles Calvert m 8th                    George Calvert m 9th
Mary Howson                                 Unknown

Ann Calvert m 7th                          George Calvert m 8th
Thomas Porter                                 Constant Barton

Nicholas Porter m 6th                    Obediah Calvert Sr m 7th
Mary Brent                                         Mary Gosling

Nicholas B Porter m 5th                 Lydia Calvert m 6th
Nancy Hall                                        Obediah Cooksey Sr

William B Porter m 4th                  Obediah Cooksey Jr m 5th
Mary Jean Lovelace                        Susannah H Simpson 
David H Porter m 3rd                      Simpson Cooksey m 4th
Hannah Spangler                             Mary Fairfax

William H Porter m 2nd                  Alexander F Cooksey m 3rd
Nancy A Smith                                  Louisa M Erwin 

William C Porter m 1st                    James K Cooksey m 2nd
Martha G Abel                                   Lillie Z Hogeboom

Robert H Porter m G                        Lucy Louise Cooksey m 1st
Lillian Phillips                                  George W Day 

Living Porter m Mother                    Edward Henry Day G
Private                                                  Cornelia M McFarland        

Living DNA m                                    Myrtle Beverly Day m Mother
Private                                                  Private

Living DNA child 1a                         Living DNA 
Living DNA child 2a
Living DNA child 3a

Autosomal DNA test results following matches for Charles Calvert and George Calvert's descendants. 

#Kit LIVING *George Calvert  matching  #Kit (1) LIVING Porter Mother *Charles Calvert autosomal DNA results comparison  5 cM (Centimorgans) matching chromosome #21

Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs
21 44,238,547 46,909,175 5.6 797
Largest segment = 5.6 cM
Total of segments > 5 cM = 5.6 cM

# Kit LIVING *George Calvert matching #Kit LIVING (2)  *Charles Calvert autosomal DNA results comparison 5 cM (Centimorgans)  matching chromosome #3

Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs
3 182,012,889 185,809,179 5.8 785
Largest segment = 5.8 cM
Total of segments > 5 cM = 5.8 cM

# Kit LIVING *George Calvert matching #Kit  (1a child Living)  *Charles Calvert autosomal DNA results comparison 5 cM (Centimorgans) matching chromosomes #3 and #21

Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs
3 182,012,889 185,696,810 5.6 760
21 44,182,158 46,909,175 5.7 807
Largest segment = 5.7 cM
Total of segments > 5 cM = 11.3 cM

#Kit LIVING *George Calvert matching #Kit (2a child Living)  *Charles Calvert autosomal DNA results comparison 5 cM (Centimorgans) matching chromosome #21 

Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs
21 44,182,158 46,909,175 5.7 808
Largest segment = 5.7 cM
Total of segments > 5 cM = 5.7 cM

#Kit LIVING *George Calvert no match #Kit (3a child Living) *Charles Calvert autosomal DNA results comparison 5 cM (Centimorgans) 

Chromosome #21 appears to be the significant DNA we are sharing but we also share on Chromosome #3 

Oldest known ancestor's virtual graves. 

Nicholas Brent Porter's Virtual Memorial HERE. 

Obediah Cooksey Jr's Virtual Memorial HERE. 

The Calvert Genealogy Group Website HERE, The Calvert Genealogy Facebook Group HERE, The Calvert FTDNA Surname YDNA project HERE. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sarah Burgess of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Wife of Rodham Calvert

This Photo Is From 
The 2005 Movie 
Pride & Prejudice Adapted
From Novel Of Same Title  By
 Jane Austen

The reason I chose this photo for Sarah "Sally" (Burgess) Calvert born circa 1790 Anne Arundel county, Maryland was to show the era Sarah came of age.  Sarah Burgess married Rodham Calvert, 31 March, 1810 Baltimore, Baltimore county, Maryland.  The period of time between 1811- 1830 is known as the Regency Period based on King George III being declared unfit to rule in 1811. His son the Prince Regent George IV Prince of Wales ruled as Regent until his father's death in 1820 when he was coronated King George IV.  King George IV died 10 years later 1830. The Regency Era in England is well known by the novel's of Jane Austen. 

Sarah (Burgess) Calvert's father William Frederick Augustus Burgess, identifies his daughter in his 1833 Anne Aurndel county, Maryland Will. 

William Frederick Augustus Burgess:

"To wife Susan all land, household and kitchen furniture during her life
Confirmation of deeds to son George Burgess and daughter Juliana Burgess, but his wife
was to enjoy the use of the dower rights during her lifetime.
To grandson William Calvert all tools, carpenter, joiner and wheelwright.
Inasmuch as daughter Elizabeth Gill and her husband John Gill, daughter Mary Ann Newton,
and her husband Clemm (Clement) Newton, and daughter Sally Calvert and her husband Rodham Calvert had received their shares, no provisions were made for them. 
Executors, wife Susan and son George."

William Burgess is found in the 1800 Anne Arundel county, Maryland census. William Burgess
Head of Household 1 male under 10 George 1795, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44 William F A Burgess (36), 2 females under 10, Juliana 1793, Mary Ann 1800, 2 females 10-15, Elizabeth 1788, Sarah 1790, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44 "Susan Coale" or first wife of all his children?

William Burgess married Susan Coale 27 October 1800, Baltimore county, Maryland.  William Burgess's 1830 Anne Arundel county, Maryland census list eldest female (60-70) 1760-1770 Susan (Coale)Burgess born circa 1765,  All of William Burgess's children had been born before he married Susan Coale. William Burgess's first wife is unknown. 

Sarah (Burgess) Calvert's ancestry is proven back to the Burgess Immigrant ancestor Col William Burgess born 1622 Wales, died 4 January 1686, All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel county, Maryland.  

Col William Burgess and his 3rd wife Ursula Painter had issue:

Charles Burgess born circa 1682 Anne Arundel county, Maryland, married Elizabeth (Thomas) Hanslap widow of Joseph Hanslap had issue:

Charles Burgess born 1710 Prince Georges county, Maryland married Martha Waring and had issue:

Basil Burgess born 20 December 1741 Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges county, Maryland married Ann White and had issue:

William Frederick Augustus Burgess born 15 December 1764 Queen Caroline Parish, Howard county, Maryland married 1st Unknown by 1785, and had issue:

Elizabeth Burgess born 1788 Anne Arundel county, Maryland married John Gill

Sarah Burgess born 1790 Anne Arundel county, Maryland married Rodham Calvert

Juliana Burgess born 1793 Anne Arundel county, Maryland 

George Burgess born 1795 Anne Arundel county, Maryland married Elizabeth Earlougher

Mary Ann Burgess born 1800 Anne Arundel county, Maryland married Clement Newton.

Rodham Calvert born circa 1791 Prince William county, Virginia died after 1860 last record 1860 census. Rodham Calvert was the son of Obediah Calvert Sr and his 2nd wife unknown.  Rodham Calvert is identified in his father Obediah Calvert's Sr's probated Will 1805.  I believe that Rodham Calvert who was still underage went to live with his brother Obediah Calvert Jr., who died in 1809 when Rodham Calvert was 18 by 1810 Rodham Calvert has been apprenticed to learn the millwright trade. Rodham Calvert's father Obediah Calvert Sr/ George Calvert & Constance first wife/ George Calvert the Elder first record 1688 Stafford county, Virginia.  

We know by William Burgess's 1833 Anne Arundel Will, and Baltimore, Maryland marriage record that Rodham Calvert married Sarah Burgess by 1810.  Rodham Calvert lived a tumultuous interesting life. His last wife and widow Mary Ann Calvert, applied for his War of 1812 service pension for Maryland. 

We know that  Rodham Calvert was the youngest son of Obediah Calvert Sr., and when  his father died  Rodham was 14 years of age, he was left an orphan. His mother appears to have died before Obediah Calvert Sr's 1805 Prince William county, Virginia probate date.  I believe Rodham went to live with his older half brother Obediah Calvert Jr., who in turn died himself 4 years after their father 1809, when Rodham Calvert was about 17-18 years of age.  We know that Rodham Calvert was a millwright his census' vocation enumeration states he was a Millwright. We know that Rodham Calvert had married to Sarah Burgess by 31 March 1810 a newspaper announcement in the Alexandria Gazette 26 May 1810, for the reward for the return of Rodham Calvert an apprentice to the Millright, business. 

We know that Rodham Calvert served in the War of 1812 from Maryland probably Baltimore by his widow's pension application. 

By 1820 Rodeham Calvert is living in Baltimore, Baltimore county, Maryland head of household, 2 males under 10, 1 male 26-44 (Rodham Calvert)  2 females under 10, 1 females 26-44 (Sarah Burgess). By the 1830 census Rodham Calvert is the head of household in Prince William county, Virginia apparently separated from Sarah Burgess, and remarried to his cousin Mary Ann Calvert born 1806, to William Calvert and Katherine "Katie" Koon/Kuhn.   There are two Sarah Calvert's head of households in the 1830 Prince William county, Virginia census.  One of these Sarah Calvert's is the widow of Reuben Calvert Jr., Sarah Haislip - the other I believe is Sarah (Burgess) Calvert, eldest female 40-49 born 1781-1790.  I can find no record for Sarah (Burgess) Calvert after the date of her father William Burgess's 1833 Will mentioning his daughter Sarah Calvert and her husband Rodham Calvert had already received their share. 

Col William Burgess immigrant ancestor of Sarah (Burgess) Calvert surveyed the property in 1658 that would become Londontown, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Londontown, Archaeological Excavation and Park, Edgewater, Maryland.

Sarah (Burgess) Calvert's brother George Burgess also left a legacy. The Iconic George Burgess home of Ellicott City, Howard county, Maryland. George Burgess married Elizabeth Earlougher 19 February 1817, Baltimore, Maryland. Historic George Burgess's Home was built in 1800 and he purchased the home in the 1840's from Samuel Ellicott. You can read about this historic home HERE.   George Burgess's Will HERE.  George Burgess's Virtual Memorial HERE

The 1850 Ellicott's Mills, Howard County, Maryland census enumerates George Burgess vocation as wheelright.  Did Sarah Burgess meet Rodham Calvert who was being apprenticed in the millright trade through her brother who was being trained in the wheelright trade in Baltimore?  We aren't really sure how Sally met Rhody, but we do know they came of age in the Regency Era. 

Interesting Anne Arundel county, Maryland nexus Charles Burgess married the widow of Joseph Hanslap.  Both Joseph Hanslap and Robert Kirkland possible kin to Richard Kirkland Sr., in the last blog post both mentioned in Abel/Abell Brown's Anne Arundel county,Maryland probate list of debt's HERE.  We know that Richard Kirkland was the father in law of Rodham Calvert's Grandfather George Calvert who married Constance and 2nd Esther (Kirkland) Stone widow of Francis Stone.  The Calvert Genealogy Group Website can be found HERE.  Calvert Genealogy Facebook HERE.  Calvert FTDNA surname project HERE. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Esther Kirkland 2nd Wife of George Calvert (1690-1771) Widow of Francis Stone

Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Formed in 1650 by the Maryland General Assembly
In Honor of 2nd Lord Baltimore's Wife
Anne Arundel (1615 -1649)
Please do not re post or copy without 
attribution/citation to this blog post. 

I chose this map to show the location of where Esther Kirkland (born circa 1700 died after 1771) was born and raised.  Where Esther Kirkland was born is established by her father Richard Kirkland's land records, and subsequent probate records. Esther Kirkland herself is identified through her 1st husband Francis Stone's probate, father Richard Kirkland's probate, and her 2nd husband George Calvert (1690-1771) probate.  

Esther's father Richard Kirkland's land holdings are significant in relationship to "Calvert's".  

The first record found for Richard Kirkland is 1694, Anne Arundel county, Maryland. December 1694 Richard Kirkland purchased 200 acres of "Brown's Fancy" from William Brown.  Richard Kirkland is found on a 1696 petition in Anne Arundel county, Maryland. 

20 June 1700 - Patent - Liber C D Folio 311
Grants of 100 acres of "Girles Porcon"  Girls Portion, to Richard Kirkland of Baltimore county, lying between branches of Petuxon river, and Charles Carroll (wife Mary Darnell daughter of Henry Darnell) plantacon - plantation called Dohoregan [Records of Baltimore County, KSBR v1 p 17]

Henry Darnell identified as Guardian of Richard Calvert 4th son of William Calvert died intestate. 

These land records reveal that Richard Kirkland was of adult age in 1694 born by 1672, we know from subsequent land records between Richard Kirkland and his eldest son Edward Kirkland 1714 in Stafford county, Virginia which would mean that Edward Kirkland was of adult age in 1714 so born by 1693 that Richard Kirkland would have been of age to marry in 1692. I have established the estimated age of Richard Kirkland to be 1670/1.  This is important in establishing the age of his daughter Esther Kirkland.  

By the date 1703 Richard Kirkland appears on the tax list of Elk Ridge, Baltimore county, Maryland. Some history of Elk Ridge, which is now located in Howard county, Maryland. Please consult map above to view Howard county's relation to Anne Arundel county, Maryland.  Howard county, Maryland. "Elkridge qualifies as the oldest settlement in it's present  county, when Howard was a part of Anne Arundel county, It's location on the Patapsco river was a key element in it's growth". 

To establish Esther Kirkland's age and place of birth it's necessary to view her husband and children's appearance in Virginia records.  Francis Stone Sr first appears in 1719 records his son Samuel Stone appears in 1739 from these dates we can deduce that Francis Stone was of adult age by 1719 born circa 1695/6 going by his son Samuel Stone's estimated birth date an adult by 1739 born by 1718. Francis Stone born at least by 1696 to be of adult age at marriage to wife Esther by 1717, and subsequent birth of son Samuel Stone by 1718.  From these dates we can estimate Esther's age a common age for women marrying in this time period was 16-18 this would place Esther's birth date between 1699-1701.  Esther Kirkland married 2nd George Calvert, and had one child Reuben Calvert Sr., established through the Calvert YDNA project study. Reuben Calvert born circa 1741, means Esther Kirkland would have been at the end of her child bearing years 41 or 42 years of age. It is possible Esther Kirkland was 16 at marriage that would make her 40 years of age at the birth of her son Reuben Calvert Sr.  Having established an estimate birth date for Esther Kirkland, we can establish she was born in that area of Anne Arundel county, Maryland that became Baltimore county, and eventually Howard county, Maryland. Again please refer to the above Maryland county map for reference.  

The importance of Richard Kirkland's property "Girl's Portion". 1688 Henry Darnell patented 1,776 acres of "Girl's Portion" Baltimore county, Maryland, that became Montgomery county, Maryland. This is significant because at the death of William Calvert (1642- 1681) son of Governor Leonard Calvert, Henry Darnell was made the guardian of his minor son Richard Calvert* who died in the fall of 1718 at the home of William Young, per deposition of Joshua Doyne Jr .  1708, Richard Kirkland sold his 100 acres of "Girl's Portion.  1711 Henry Darnell, Wills 925 acres of Girl's Portion to his son in law Charles Carroll, Grandfather of Charles Carroll - Signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

How did Esther Kirkland of Anne Arundel county, Maryland meet and marry her husbands Francis Stone born circa 1696, and George Calvert born circa 1690 Stafford county, Virginia?

These records including photo copies of originals are published on the Kirkland Family Website for the Richard Kirkland family. Richard and family moved from Maryland to Virginia between 1712-1714 to Stafford county, Virginia where Esther Kirkland would marry and be widowed twice. 

On 23 November 1714, in Truro Parish, Stafford County, Richard Kirkland received a Patent for 351 acres on the South side of Blackwater Swamp, "adjoing his old land where on he now lives." 4 5. 

After 24 November 1714, in Truro Parish, Stafford County, a Gift Deed was given by Richard Kirkland planter of Truro Parish gives to Edward Kirkland his son 100 acres situated on North side of Occaquan River, being part of a 268 acre tract granted to said Richard by patent 23 November 1714.

Esther first appears in the record of her husband Francis Stone's probate. 

1743-1744 Prince William County, Virginia Will Book C
pages 239-40. Bond of Esther Stone, Edward Barry, and William Kirkland unto Denis McCarty, 
Gent., justice. For 100 pounds.
26 May 1740 
Ester (X) Stone
Edward Barry
William (X) Kirkland

Page 302. Supplemental inventory of the estate of Francis Stone, deceased.
Total valuation 10.6 pounds
Easter (X) Colvert Signed the inventory
George Reeve
John Reeve 
William (W) Bland

27 April 1741, Esther Colvert returned this additional inventory and it was OR (ordered)

Pages 383-84 Francis Stone estate {account}
25 October 1742 Presented in Court by Esther Colvert. Allowances and adm. to record. 

This establishes that Esther Kirkland was married to Francis Stone and widowed by 1740 and remarried by 1741.

Richard Kirkland's Will 

Richard Kirkland died in Fairfax County, Virginia leaving a Will dated 17 November 1742 proved 19 May 1743, in which he mentions his wife Mary, his sons Robert and John Fairfax and "All my sons and daughters." His wife Mary, and George "Callburd" or "Calbert" as it was else where spelled, were executors. In Prince William County, Virginia, 26 May 1740 Bond for Ester Stone, Administratix for the Estate of Francis Stone.

In the name of God Amen. I RICHARD KIRKLAND of the County of Fairfax being weak of body sound of mind ___ and remembrance praised be God for the same doth make ordaine & appoint this to be my Last will & Testament revoking and disolving all former wills & testaments formerly made by me & ordaining this to be my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following as first I giveth and bequeath my sole into the hands of Almighty God my heavenly father, hoping that through the martrus death and passion of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savor for our free pardon & forgiveness of all my Sins & to obtane a joyfull resurrection at the last day & as for my body to be buried at the discretion of my Exect hereafter nomanated.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son RICHARD Kirkland all my right title & claims which I have to a track of Land Containing two hundred acres of Land being known by the name of Browns Survey & lying & being in Baltimore County.

Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife MARY the plantation on which I now live & all the Land belonging thereunto during the term of her natural life & after her deses to my Son Robert Kirkland & his heirs for Ever, my Son ROBERT Kirkland paying my Son JOHN Kirkland ten pounds current money of Virginia.
Then all my moveable estate I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary during the term of her natural life & after her decease to be Equally Divided amongst all my Sons & Daughters.

Item, I appoint my well beloved wife Mary and George Collbard to be my Execrs. of this my Last Will & Testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & seal this Seventeenth day of November 1742.

Richard (his mark) Kirkland

Signed Sealed & delivered
in presence of us:
Thomas Smith
Francis Stone* Grandson from daughter Esther (Kirkland) Stone, Calvert
and my desire is that my Estate Should not be appraised.

Esther Kirkland was married to Francis Stone by 1717, going by the date of her eldest son Samuel Stone Sr 1718, first showing up in records 1739 of age by this date. I do not believe that Esther Kirkland to be born earlier than 1699 and still of child bearing age at the birth of her son Reuben Calvert Sr., born circa 1741, he named a son Richard Kirkland Calvert born 1765 in Prince William County, Virginia.   

Francis Stone and Esther Kirkland had issue:

Samuel Stone born circa 1718 Stafford County, Virginia.
Thomas Stone born circa 1720 put up bond for George Calvert's estate 2 December 1771
Francis Stone born circa 1721 Stafford County, Virginia of age to witness his grandfather's Will.

George Calvert and 2nd wife Esther (Kirkland) Stone had issue:

Reuben Calvert Sr born 1741 died 1777 Revolutionary War. First appeared in Prince William County, Virginia records 1762 of legal age of 21 born estimated 1741 proven through YDNA to match George Calvert's other sons from first wife Constance (1690- died by 1740).

Last record of Esther Kirkland in records was for her late husband George Calvert's estate.

1732-1847 Prince William County, Virginia Bond Book
December 2nd 1771 (2-97)
Know all Men by these Presents, that we Obediah Calvert, Thomas Stone, Ester Calvert Foushee Tebbs and Thomas Blackburn are held and firmly bound to Henry Lee, Howson Hooe, William Carr, and Henry Peyton Gent. Justices of the Court of Prince William County, now sitting, in the sum of five hundred pounds current money.

Obediah Calvert Sr., eldest son of George Calvert (1690-1771) and first wife Constance.

Summary of Esther (Kirkland) Stone, Calvert. 

What does Esther Kirkland's family and ancestry tell us about her relationship with the Calvert families? Did Richard Kirkland know the Calvert's prior to his move to Stafford County, Virginia, through the property a 100 acres of "Girl's Portion" that was originally patented by Henry Darnell in (1688) guardian of Richard Calvert (1670-1718)?  We know that Richard Kirkland was a man of property by the listing of his many properties in Maryland, and subsequently in Virginia. Esther Kirkland came from a family of means. Her husband Francis Stone was a land owner as well as her 2nd husband George Calvert.  I have a speculative line of descent for Francis Stone Sr (1696-1740) going by this record of Thomas Stone and Thomas Stone records HERE, his would be Uncle, through his brother John Stone born circa 1675, that would place Francis Stone, as a son of John Stone and Unknown/ John Stone and Elizabeth Warren / Governor William Stone and Verlinda Graves. John Stone who married Elizabeth Warren, would be the brother of Elizabeth Stone who married William Calvert, parents of Richard Calvert ward of Henry Darnell. Did the widowed George Calvert marry his speculative cousin Francis Stone's widow?  We know from Charles Calvert eldest son of William Calvert and Elizabeth Stone, that Richard Calvert was the 4th son of William Calvert that leaves 2 more sons in between Charles and Richard Calvert, who had all had died but Charles Calvert by the date 1718, when Charles Calvert styled himself the only heir of his brother Richard Calvert. The Calvert Genealogy Group Website HERE, Calvert Genealogy Facebook HERE, Calvert FTDNA surname project HERE, serving all surnames and variations HERE.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Calvert Wives of Anne Arundel County, Maryland

wife of 
Cecil Calvert 2nd Lord Baltimore
Born circa 1615 Died 23 July 1649
Married Cecil Calvert in 1628
When Anne was only 13 years old

This blog post is about the wives of Calvert men that hailed from Anne Arundel county, Maryland. George Calvert born circa (1690-1771) of Stafford and Prince William County, Virginia married first Constance, and second Esther (Kirkland) Stone, widow of Francis Stone, and daughter of Richard Kirkland of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This George Calvert established son of George Calvert the Elder, who first appeared in Stafford county, Virginia records.  George Calvert (1690-1771) grandson Rodham Calvert birth 1791, son of Obediah Calvert Sr, and unknown second wife. Rodham Calvert born Prince William county, Virginia married Sally Burgess, who was also born Anne Arundel county, Maryland.  

We are presently researching the Prince William County Virginia Calvert families connections to people who lived in Anne Arundel county, Maryland over multiple decades.  With the emphasis on the wives of these Calvert men.  Our goal is to uncover the origins of George Calvert who first appeared in Stafford County, Virginia records as early as 19 February 1688. Contributed by Calvert Genealogy Group member Richard Tobin. 

Ruth and Sam Sparacio Deed and Will Abstracts of Stafford county, Virginia 1689-1693, (Arlington, Virginia, Antient Press, 1989) page 47.

"p. 184a Att a Court held for ye County of Stafford att ye House of THOMAS ELLSEY
March the 11th 1690

KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I RICHARD NIXON of Stafford County in consideracon of a Debt of Two thousand five hundred poundes of Tobacco bona fide due unto said BURR HARRISON therefore & forasmuch I doe this 19th day of February 1688 sell unto BURR HARRISON one black Cow wth a star in her forehead two peeces beinge taken out off ye lower side of each ear together wth their future increase. Wittness my hand & Seale this Nineteenth day of February 1688 

This date helps us establish a time line for the first Calvert in Stafford county, Virginia, and an estimated age for George Calvert the Elder.  George Calvert would have been an adult to be witnessing a transaction.  We can deduce that George Calvert was born at least by 1667/8 time period to be of legal age 21.  We are researching the wives of the Calvert men who descended from George Calvert to find George Calvert's origins parents and place of birth.  There are no ship records for a transportation for George Calvert, during this time period, and no one received head rights for transporting a George Calvert into Virginia. George Calvert was born in colonial America. We don't know where, but the Calvert's of Prince William County, Virginia, did marry women who were from Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  We will explore these particular wive's ancestry, and allied families.  With the goal of showing earlier contact in Maryland between their families and the Calvert ancestor's of the descendants of George Calvert the Elder of Stafford County, Virginia. 

Next blog post to explore the ancestry of Esther (Kirkland) Stone.  Esther Kirkland daughter of Richard Kirkland born All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel county, Maryland died by 19 May 1743 Truro parish, Fairfax county, Virginia (Probate).

Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties, by Mike Marshall.

Richard Kirkland died in Fairfax  County, Virginia leaving a Will dated 17 November 1742 proved 19 May 1743, in which he mentions his wife Mary, his sons Robert and John Fairfax, and "All my sons and daughters" His wife Mary and George "Callburd or "Calbert" as it was elsewhere spelled were executors.  In Prince William county, Virginia 26 May 1740, Bond for Ester Stone Administraxtix for the Estate of Francis Stone.

How did George Calvert (1690-1771) become acquainted with his second wife Esther (Kirkland) Stone, who appears to have been born Anne Arundel county Maryland? We will explore Esther's ancestry, her first husband Francis Stone, and family next blog post.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Life & Times Of John M Calvert And His Descendants

Sidney W Calvert (1835- 1905) 
Burial, Walton County, Georgia
Grandson of John M Calvert
Photo Credit Pat Calvert 

Please contact P.J. Calvert
If you have any information 
pertaining to the John M Calvert
family or wish to collaborate.

John M Calvert, created a Will 27 June 1842 in Jasper County, Georgia. John M Calvert's Will was probated 12 January 1849, in Jasper County, Georgia. Transcribed Will of John M Calvert HERE. John M Calvert, mentions wife Sarah Calvert, son James R Calvert and unnamed grandchildren - grandsons and grand daughters (Plural) and this is important when establishing the children of John M Calvert's son James Richard(s) Calvert. When searching for James R Calvert in the Georgia census, and marriage records, his name alternated between James R Calvert and Richard Calvert/Colbert. 

I first found James R Calvert mentioned in his father John M Calvert's 1842 Will, and living next door to his father in the 1840 Jasper County, Georgia census. 

1840 US Census Jasper Co GA Dist 293
John M Calvert 00000001000000000001

James R Calvert 01001000000003001

James R Calvert married 1st Cecile Catherine Claramond unknown date and unknown place. They had issue:

Sidney W Calvert born January 1835 Jasper County, Georgia died 1905 Walton County, Georgia of the headstone above. Married Sarah McWaters 18 December 1853 in Newton County, Georgia.

Ellafair Calvert born 24 September 1836 married Jesse M Wilborn/Welborn 3 September 1854 in Newton county, Georgia.

Louisa Catherine Calvert born 4 May 1840 married Jonathan Wilborn/Welborn in 3 February 1859 Newton County, Georgia.

We don't find these Calvert's in the 1850 census any variant spelling.

The next sighting of James R Calvert is a marriage to Emeline Mitchell 28 September 1856 Newton County, Georgia. Apparently he was widowed and remarried. Note he married in the same marriage county (Newton) as Sidney W, Lousia Catherine and Ellafair Calvert. 

I found James R and Emeline (Mitchell) Calvert, in the 1860 Atlanta, Fulton county Georgia census enumerated
Richard Colbert age 49 (1811) born Virginia
Emeline Colbert age 42 born N.C.
James Colbert age 19 born Georgia circa 1841
John Colbert age 16 born Georgia circa 1844

John M Calvert mentions his grandsons and granddaughters when he wrote his 1842 Will. I believe these two children are from James Richard(s) Calvert's first marriage to Cecile Catherine Claramond. James R Calvert didn't marry Emeline Mitchell until 1856 these two sons are too old to be from his second marriage. These 5 children of James Richard(s) Calvert, comprises the grandchildren mentioned in John M Calvert's 1842 Jasper County, Georgia Will. 

The next time I find James R Calvert is in the 1880 Henry County, Georgia census, he is enumerated Richard Calvert age 70 (1810) born Georgia, wife Emeline Calvert age 55 born South Carolina born (1825).  Richard Calvert list his father's birth place as Maryland, and mother's birth place South Carolina.

In the 1860 Newton county, Georgia census, are found Sidney W Calvert, head of household. J D Welborn with wife Louisa C in his household.  J.M. Wellborn and E C "Ellafair" his wife in his household. 

By 1880 Walton county Georgia census Sidney W Calvert, and family are living in Broken Bow,  Walton county, Georgia. Sidney W Calvert, enumerated born Georgia father born Virginia, and mother born Georgia. Walton county Georgia is where Sidney W Calvert died and is buried. 

John M Calvert migrated to Georgia around the 1823 time period. This is when John M Calvert can be first found in Georgia land records. In April of 1823 John M Calvert bought land from George Alexander. John M Calvert was on the list of 1827 Jasper County, Georgia Land Lottery. 

John Calvert is enumerated on the 1830 Jasper County, census (40-50) years of age, born 1780-1790. We have established his son James Richards Calvert was born circa 1810 in Virginia, and he enumerated his father born Maryland in his 1880 Henry County, Georgia census. There is some evidence that James R Calvert also participated in the Civil War, but more research is necessary to establish his military service.

With this information, I looked at Maryland records in attempt to locate John M Calvert born no earlier than 1780 in Maryland. I found four interesting records. 

1. John W Colbert single (16-26) residing in Frederick County, Maryland 1800 census

2. John Colvert variant spelling, married Mary Richards 1809 Frederick County, Maryland

3. J Calvert was living Frederick County, Maryland 1810  census. 1 male under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, living next door to G Richards and M  Richards.

4. John M Calvert variant spelling, enlisted Maryland,
    in Hawkins Regiment War of 1812

It is entirely possible that John M Calvert married twice, and that his first wife was Mary Richards, mother of his son James Richard(s) Calvert, and second Sarah LNU his widow. John M Calvert appears to have only one child who grew to majority, and had issue himself. 

We have a descendant of Sidney W Calvert, that is participating in the Calvert FTDNA surname project. Sidney W Calvert's YDNA participant is matching the Prince William County, Virginia Calvert YDNA participants. These Calvert's descend from George Calvert the Elder, who first appeared in Stafford county,Virginia circa 1690. Two of his sons George and John Calvert who also resided in Prince William County, Virginia, participant's match Sidney W Calvert's participant.

At 25 markers -1 15 matches to the Calvert surname, 1  Covert, 1  Keys.  -2  8 matches Calvert surname.

At 37 markers -3 11 matches to the surname Calvert, 1 Covert, 1 Keys. 3 matches -4 Calvert surname.

1 match (Covert) Oldest known ancestor *Robert Covert born 1790- death 1877 Brown County, Ohio. This Robert Covert can be found in the 1870 Brown County, Ohio census. (researching this Robert Calvert may lead to break through in the before mentioned John M Calvert ancestry)

The YDNA marker distance from the Prince William County, Virginia Calvert's YDNA participants, show's that John M Calvert's descendants share a common ancestor as closes as -3 at 37 markers. The common ancestor may be further back in the Calvert family's ancestry, perhaps an older connection-generation than George Calvert the Elder, who resided 1690's in Stafford county, Virginia.

The Calvert FTDNA surname project is actively seeking YDNA participants male's carrying the surname Calvert and spelling variant's.  We can be found here on Facebook Calvert Genealogy Group. We can be found here at our Calvert Genealogy Webpage. We can be located here at the Calvert FTDNA surname project. 

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Mt Airy Calvert's of Prince George's County, Maryland & Madame Surratt

Mary E Surratt
The Mt Airy Calvert's 
The impact of the U.S. Civil War

Madame Surratt, has the sad distinction of being the first woman hung by the U.S. federal Government - for her participation in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It's possible that she was used as a proxy by the government for her son John Surratt to satisfy the public "howl" after Lincoln's assassination. 

There has even been a movie made about the trial of Mary E Surratt. The title of the movie "The Conspirator" released in 2010 and was directed by Robert Redford, it starred Robin Wright as Mary E Surratt, and James McAvoy as her defense lawyer Union Army Capt Frederick Aitken. You can read a review of the movie, The Conspirator HERE.

George Henry Calvert Jr., was called to testify in the trial of Mary E Surratt by Captain Aitken.

Contributed by Calvert researcher, and administrator Sandra Frohock.  In order to determine and identify exactly which George H Calvert was involved in the testimony, it was necessary to narrow down the possibilities. We know that the letter to Madame Surratt was being sent by George H Calvert Jr.

A letter dated April 12, 1865 from George H Calvert Jr., to Mrs M E Surratt, stated he was a resident of Bladensburg, Prince George's county MD., and had Riversdale under the date. The letter was in regard to her paying the remaining balance due on the land purchased by her late husband, contributed by Connie Calvert, Calvert genealogy researcher and administrator of Calvert Genealogy facebook group. Source: the above mentioned letter was included in the book "The Death of Lincoln: The Story of Booths's Plot, His Deed and the Penalty". 

The census for 1860 narrowed the possibilities down to three George Calvert's living in Prince George's county, Maryland. George Calvert born 1798 son of Edward Henry Calvert, son of George Calvert and Rosalie Stier. George H Calvert born 1841 son of Charles Benedict Calvert, and George Calvert born 1850. Given that the date of the letter is 1865 we discounted the youngest George Calvert born 1850 he would be only 15 years old, and under age in 1865. Further research by Connie Calvert, reveals that George H Calvert Jr was writing to Mrs M.E. Surratt because he was trying to settle his father Charles B Calvert's estate.

George Henry Calvert Jr was born 29 November 1841 son of Charles Benedict Calvert and Charlotte Augusta Norris. Charles Benedict Calvert son of George Calvert and Rosalie Eugenia Stier. George Calvert son of Benedict Swingate Calvert and Elizabeth Calvert progenitors of the Mt Airy Calvert's. 

But this isn't the only property of the Mt Airy Calvert's that was impacted by the Civil War.

The history of Arlington Cemetery, How Arlington Cemetery came to be, by Robert M Poole, Smithsonian magazine. 

The history of Arlington property is fascinating.  If the Union Army thought it was punishing Robert E Lee, by turning his property into a Civil War burying ground, they missed their mark. Who they really impacted were the descendants of Benedict Swingate Calvert and his grandson George Washington Custis, step grandson of President George A Washington, he was raised by George and Martha Washington after his father John Parke Custis death. Benedict Swingate Calvert's daughter Eleanor "Nelly" Calvert married John Parke Custis, and it was their son George Washington Custis that purchased "Arlington." 

There are many different Calvert families who are woven deeply into the fabric of the United States of America. The above are just a couple of examples. From the founding of the Maryland Palatinate. The Maryland signer's of the Declaration of Independence - Thomas Stone is traced back to Governor William Stone of Maryland, who's daughter Elizabeth Stone married William Calvert. The friendship between President George A Washington and Benedict Swingate Calvert. And all the many Calvert's who fought in our nation's wars, including both sides of the Civil War. There are many Calvert's buried at Arlington National Cemetery you can search for them HERE on Find A Grave's database for Arlington National Cemetery.  All gave some, some gave all. 

The Calvert Genealogy Group, can be found here Calvert Family Genealogy on Facebook, and FTDNA The Calvert Surname Project, various spellings. Our main website can be found here, Calvert Genealogy on rootsweb. Our Calvert Genealogy Group has ongoing recruitment for YDNA participants for Calvert surname and all spelling deviations. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Seeking Records for John Calvert b c1742 Chester Co PA who married the widow of Joseph Mercer - Jane Swayne

At the moment, there continues to be speculation about the wife of John Calvert, b c1742 in Chester Co, PA. This has been resolved. But more information and records are needed. If you can help, please contact us. Jane was first married to Joseph Mercer(Old Swedes Church, Newcastle Co, DE) and, after his death, married John. The date of marriage between John and Jane is given as 1764. We have records from Orphans Court that indicate John adopted the children, Amos and Hannah Mercer, the children of widow Jane Swayne.
                                              photo, courtesy of Mifflin Co, PA - Courthouse, 1846

THE EVIDENCE: Jane definitely married a John Calvert after her marriage to Joseph Mercer. She is listed as Jane Calvert in her father's will. John Calvert became the guardian of Jane's children by Joseph Mercer. Mr. James Ray has found the documents attesting to these facts in the records of the Orphan's Court of Chester County, PA and demonstrating that John adopted Amos and Hannah Mercer, children of the deceased Joseph Mercer. In those records refers to John as Jane's husband; (See Chester County PA Orphan's Court, March 21, 1769.) additionally, strong circumstantial evidence also demonstrates that John is the same person identified in records of Chester, Cumberland, Mifflin and Centre Counties PA.

Research at the Cumberland County Historical Society has revealed that a John Calvert and his wife Jane were deposed before the criminal court in 1779 (See Schaumann, Merri Lou, Indictments-1750-1800-Cumberland County, Pennsylvania).

John Calvert, according to tax records of Rye township was a resident of that township as early as 1774. John Calvert sold land in Cumberland County in 1776. One of our researchers, James Ray(now deceased), found evidence that John was a blacksmith. He probably worked in one of the forges in the area that later became Spring township of Centre County. Tax records indicate his presence up until 1796. From there, the mystery unfolds, 1896-1810. According to the Pennsylvania Archives, Amos Mercer and John Calvert , Sr., were both in the Cumberland Militia, Fourth Battalion, in 1777, under Colonel James Wilson. John is listed as John Calver. John Calvert was in Class 1 and Amos was in Class 2. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Volume VI: Muster Rolls Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Cumberland for 1777.) pages; 244, 245 (John is also listed on the rolls of 1778.)

Amos Mercer, Jane's son by Joseph Mercer, is shown as living in Potter Township of Mifflin County, PA, near John Calvert, Jr. (who we believe is one of Amos' half brothers) in the 1790 Federal Census. John Calvert, Jr. married to Esther (Hetty) Jones. All but one of their children were born in this area. In the same census, John Calvert, the elder, lived in Upper Bald Eagle Township of Mifflin County which was only a short distance from Amos and John, Jr.

The record was muddy in later census.  

The Mysteries: John Calvert, Sr., c 1742,  is thought to have died in 1796 but there remains a mystery. This, coupled with Census records in Mercer County, PA, the place to which John Calvert, Jr(B 1766) removed, indicate that it is possible that the two entries are actually John Calvert Jr and Sr in the 1800 Census. The ages of the Census are about right(See that Census information below. But then, we add a second part of the mystery which is what happened to John's wife Jane? If she is the widow in the US Census 1800, then John did indeed pass away before 1800. In the Federal Census of 1800 there is a "--------" (possibly Widow) Calfert shown on the census living in Upper Bald Eagle Township of Mifflin County.
                                Map of Pennsylvania, 1800. Mifflin is in the center of the map

When this area became a part of Centre County, the area became Springs Township of Centre County.
 In the 1810 Federal Census, a Jane Cabert is found living in the area that was formerly Upper Bald Eagle Township. We puzzled over the years between 1796 and 1810 for a long time. We could not find the burial information for John or Jane. We still cannot. As noted that John Calven Sr and Jr are in the 1800 Census of Mercer County, PA(Far western County, north of Greene and Washington Counties, PA. Isaac removed to Washington Co, PA in 1793(Tax list) and then was at Whitely Twp in Greene Co PA according to the Census of 1800. See below, US Census 1800 Mercer Co PA:

Colven, John             1 0 1 0 0 / 1 0 1 0 0 / 0 0
Colven, John Sen'r  0 0 1 0 1 / 0 0 0 0 1 / 0 0

As puzzling is our inability to find Amos Mercer or the sons of John Calvert during this time frame. Daphne Toomey(a fellow family researcher, also now deceased), found Job Calvert, second son of John, in Crawford County, in the 1810 Federal Census, but we were unable to locate John, Jr. or Jacob. Amos Mercer surfaced in Vernango (Armstrong) County, PA in the 1810 Federal Census--where he settled and died. This did not make sense if he was a relative of the Calvert boys. They moved to Belmont County, OH at some time before 1830. Jacob, his third half brother, was believed to have been in Belmont County as early as 1805.

One major breakthrough on the latter came when we learned that the wife of Job Calvert was Chloe Benn. According to the history of Crawford County published in the 1800s, (Bates, Samuel P., et,al., History of Crawford County, PA; Warner Brothers, Chicago, 1885) Jonathan Benn, a renowned early Methodist preacher and brother-in-law of Job Calvert stayed temporarily on Job's farm and then moved to an adjacent township. Amos Messer (Mercer) was also in this same township with Jonathan Benn for a very short time, but moved on to Vernango County. The land Job Calvert purchased in Crawford County was sold to him by the Holland Land Company. The same company was selling tracts of land in Vernango County as well. (I am trying to see if I can find the document of sale in Vernango County to Amos Mercer.)

It would seem Amos did move with the Calvert brothers. Job would probably have remained in Crawford County for the remainder of his life. He was well established there. Instead, he pulled up roots and moved on to Belmont County, OH, where his brothers now lived. This is where he and Chloe are buried. Family tradition states that Chloe went insane over the inability to have children.

The Benn family states that Job and Chloe had two boys in Crawford County, Robert and Isaac. A disaster involving those boys would make more sense for Chloe's insanity and Job's decision to move on. Amos had no reason to join the Calvert boys in Belmont County. He was well placed in Vernango and his children bought farms nearby. Mrs. Rena Brown and Mrs. Carolyn Joy(John Calvert family researchers) informed me early in my research that John Calvert, Jr. and his wife, Esther, passed on a family tradition that they moved from Centre County, PA, to Belmont County with the Mercers.

We do not know which Mercers. There were a number of Mercer families in Belmont County during the 1830 Federal census. It is possible that the tradition referred to a movement to Crawford County. Or, a relative of Amos Mercer might have moved to Belmont County and then moved on before being enumerated in the census. Edward, Amos' son, died in Indiana according to one source. In addition, John and Esther named one of their children Hannah Mercer Calvert. Hannah Mercer was the sister of Amos, adopted children of John Calvert. We did not rely too heavily on this, early on, because it could have been a thing of a family naming a child after a close friend. Now, it seems to have much more significance.

Rena and Carolyn's information led us to seek the assistance of Mr. Justin Kirk Houser, current moderator of to establish the parentage of John, Job and Jacob Calvert. We found strong evidence that their father was a John Calvert who had resided in an area of Mifflin County even before that county was formed that was later transferred into the new Centre County, PA. But, records were few.

The advent of the Calvert Family DNA testing, coordinated by Mr. David Bell, has thrown new light on who our ancestors are. Our particular family's DNA does not match any other branch of the known Calvert lineages. It does match a particular lineage of people by the name of Calvert who came into PA from Ireland in the great Quaker migration. We have enough people of diverse segments of this lineage who can document their lineages back to this group to say that it is the same family. Our DNA matches theirs. We can, through the work of others before us, trace it back to John Calvert of Armagh, Ireland and probably into Yorkshire, England. This part is a certainty. How segments of this line relate is still a matter of conjecture and await documentation.

We are not, as so many of our relatives and ancestors believed, related to the Lords of Baltimore or any other Calvert family of whom we know. When we started the Calvert Family DNA project, I was one of the first to volunteer. Five Calvert volunteers came back as being related. I was the odd individual. Then people whose ancestors were documented as being related to mine came back with results identical to mine. We were all descendants of John of Mifflin County.

We had no certitude of a connection to the Quaker Calvert lineage until a relative of David Bell, who was a descendant of an Isaac Calvert, came back with the same DNA result. We had a letter of a granddaughter of John of Mifflin County--furnished by Mr. Charles Maple--that referred to Isaac Calvert as her Uncle (He was a great Uncle). She met Isaac while a child in Morgan County, OH. She noted that he fought at the Battle of Brandywine Creek. Isaac and his brother William fought at Brandywine Creek. They were the sons of Thomas Calvert who married Sarah Williamson and they had another brother named John.

That is our evidence. We would like to find a Will or anything else to document where the evidence points. We do not have that as yet. We are like a prosecution presenting a case without a body. It looks like. It smells like. It is up to the jury to decide--but we believe the evidence strong enough to make this assumption.  


 Records and any other "finds" is Mifflin, Mercer, Centre and Vernango Counties in PA and Belmont and possibly Morgan Counties in Ohio. Any information on John Calvert or his sons(John Jr, Job and Jacob as well as adopted son Amos Mercer and his sister Hannah). Any records or references would be greatly appreciated. We specifically would like to understand what happened to Job Calvert and his wife, Chloe Benn Calvert.

Compiled by James R Calvert, and amended for the web Query by David Bell

Contact me in regard to this, in the behalf of James R. Calvert -- David Bell -