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Tombstone Tuesday

Rachel (Rose) Powell Wife of Rev. Joseph Powell 1743-1804

Rachel’s husband, Rev. Joseph Powell (1734-1804) was Pastor of the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church in Bedford, southern Fulton county, Pennsylvania.  Rev. Powell was also a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions. Both Rachel and her husband Joseph are buried at the Tonoloway Baptist Church Cemetery.

Rose for Rachel (Rose) Powell




Madness Monday

I started out the day feeling inspired to write a “Maritime Monday” post about a brave and daring Sea Captain ancestor. I started with Capt. Henry Gough McComas (1816-1858) of Maryland. Then I noticed that he was buried at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland.  This was intriguing as most of this line in my family are Quaker. I soon discovered that his parents were both buried there as well, and that they had donated four acres of land for the original church. I proceeded to find several other family members (direct ancestors) that were associated with this church- so there I was, off on this serious bunny trail.

When I finally reeled myself in and looked for the information on Capt. Henry Gough McComas’ career as a Sea Captain, I found too little to write about (at least for today- I plan to contact a McComas cousin that I know has more information so I’ll have more to write about soon). Then I looked further back- all the way back to “Captain” Gabrielle Holland (1596-1660). In notes that I had collected I read that he had sailed the ship “Supply” that departed three weeks after the Mayflower, as a supply ship for the pilgrims. This sounded very interesting indeed- just the Sea Captain I was looking for! (so I thought).

What happened next is why this post is not Maritime Monday- but Madness Monday instead. Does this happen to anybody else? I just wanted a hardy, burly sea captain to write about- but all I found was bad genealogical notes. I found an online research paper  written by Wiley Julian Holland that refutes the claims of genealogy writer Jeanette Holland Austin that our Gabrielle Holland even came aboard the ship Supply, let alone was ever captain of it. This was a different Gabrielle Holland, who arrived aboard the ship Supply, and he was an indentured servant at that- not the captain, and this Gabrielle died in 1621.

Wiley Julian Holland asserts that our ancestor is “Sergeant Gabriel Holland who arrived in Virginia from England with his wife, Rebecca, on the ship John and Francis c. 1621/2. Gabrielle was living at Shirley 100 in 1622 based on Court testimony he gave January 2, 1624, in which he stated, ‘he formerly had lived at Shirley 100 where he held the rank of sergeant and had been temporarily responsible for 15 of Berkeley 100’s male servants.’

Following the Indian massacre of March 22, 1622 surviving indentured servants from Berkeley 100 and others were transported to settlements that were more secure. Several servants from Berkeley were temporarily sent to Shirley 100.

On February 16, 1623/24, Gabriel was listed as living at the College Land in Henrico.  His wife Rebecca was not listed on this census and Gabriel was one of 30 men and one woman living there at that time. He and Thomas Marlott were elected to serve in the House of Burgesses to represent themselves and 28 other men residing at Ye College Land.

As a one-term Member of the House of Burgesses he signed a document with other Members outlining ‘The Tragical Relations of the Virginia Colony.’ He also signed a document containing 34 articles answering complaints against the Virginia Company of London Company by the King.

The 35th article authorized an additional tax on tobacco to finance the trip by John Pountice, Councilor of State, to deliver the petition to the King. Gabriel served one term in the House of Burgesses and in 1624 was living in Jamestown.  Gabriel’s wife, Rebecca, had died and by August 14, 1624 he had married Mary Pinke, widow of William Pinke.

Martha McCartney, mentioned above, writes the following about Mary Pinke, the second wife of Gabriel Holland. ‘ On August 14, 1624, Mary indicated she had married Gabriel Holland, a yeoman. Mary Pinke, alias Jonas Holland, died between August 14, 1624 and January 14, 1625, at which point her land (which she owned outright) descended to her new husband Gabriel Holland.’

Gabriel made several appearances in the General Court during 1627 and 1628 at which time he arbitrated disputes and collected debts attributed to merchant Humphrey Rastall’s estate. He helped settle a dispute between Jamestown residents John Upton and Caleb Page. He had Robert Marshall arrested for debts and served as administrator for the estate of Ann Behoute.

John Bennett Boddie, in the section of his book Southern Historical Families dealing with the Hollands of Nansemond states,’ There are no records of Gabriel Holland following 1627.  A land transaction May 20, 1637 shows John Radish and John Bradwell receiving a patent of 16 acres of land in Jamestown abutting land formerly owned by Mary Holland.  There is no mention of Gabriel in this patent information and Mary’s name is written in the past tense.’

Sources:  London Company of Virginia records – Henning’s Statutes at large – Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635 – Cradle of the Republic, Lyon Gardiner Tyler – First Republic in America, Alexander Brown –  Narrative of Early Virginia, 1606-1625, Lyon Gardiner Tyler- Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, 1622-1632 –  Hotten’s ship list – The living and dead in Virginia February 16, 1623/4 – The Original List of Persons of Quality etc, John Camden Hotten – The Complete Book of Immigrants, Coldham -Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, Nell Marion Nugent- Historical Southern Families, John Bennett Boddie,1956.”

Wiley Julian Holland’s entire article can be found at:

It’s always good to find the truth. Maybe next Monday will be Maritime Monday…




Friday Funny: Harry Truman Humor

I came across this in one of the boxes of old papers and photos from my mother’s side of the family. I don’t know who typed it up, but it sure is hilarious!



Thrifty Thursday: Affordable Photo Organization

Here is the problem: boxes of ancestral family photos and piles of papers hither, thither and yon…

I’ve decided that, ultimately, I want to organize my photos into large, cloth-covered notebooks- but for now I just need a way to get them out of boxes and into hanging files, divided by family lines. Since this will be a temporary filing system, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, but at the same time, I want my photos in an acid-free environment while I’m sorting them all.

A couple of days ago I stopped into a nearby OfficeMax. For barely over $6.00 I picked up a package of six little filing boxes. To this I simply added a box of hanging file folders (store brand) and a box of 200 acid-free sheet protectors (also store brand). By just using a couple of pieces of rolled up scotch tape (you could use 2-sided tape if you have it), I positioned one sheet protector on the (interior) backside of the hanging folder- with the white-bar side of the sheet protector at the top so I can easily write on it with a sharpie whose photos are in that file. Then of the other (interior) side of the hanging folder I positioned and taped another sheet protector with the clear edge at the top. Now I can safely rest my photos in these temporary acid-free files while I sort and get them ready to go into their own surname notebooks.


Wedding Wednesday: Col. Asa Child 1767-1850

This very romantic story about my 5th great grandfather is my choice for today’s “Wedding Wednesday”. (My 5th great grandmother was his 1st wife, but I still love this story!)

“Col. Asa Childs, third son and fifth child of Josiah and Elizabeth Ball Child, born in Upton, Massachusetts, June 19, 1767, married 1st, Rebekah Taft; married 2nd, June 19, 1799, Mrs. Clarissa Partridge Ide.  Mrs. R.T. Childs was the dau of John Taft, Esq., town treasurer of Upton, and a neice of Capt. Robert Taft of the army of the Revolution. At the time of his first marriage Col. Childs was about seventeen years of age, his bride but fifteen. Mrs. R.T. Childs died in 1798. A touch of romance attended the acquaintance with the second wife. Some time before meeting her Col. Childs dreamed one night that he was riding, and came in view of a house which he felt impelled to enter, upon doing so he was captivated by the sight of the woman he was to marry, and then awoke. The vividness of the dream, which abode with him some time, was fading, when renewed by a curious experience. Business called him to Norfolk Co.; he was riding upon a road new to him, but was impressed by its strange familiarity, for which he could not account until he saw before him the house of his dream, which he determined at once to verify. Dismounting he made easy pretext for entering, and actually met with the fair lady of the vision, who was none other than Mrs. Clarissa P. Ide. The attraction was mutual. Mrs. Ide was the widow of Gregory Ide, and a descendant in the fifth generation from William Partridge, one of the proprietors of Medway, Massachusetts in 1650. Mrs. C.P.I. Childs was born June 14, 1775…

On Nov. 4, 1849, his cherished wife was called suddnely to the heavenly home, after a loving companionship of half a century. So great was the bereavement of Col. Childs could not support it, and about two  months later, Jan. 9, 1850, they were re-united.”

Source: Genealogy of the Child, Childs, and Childe Families, of the Past and Present in the United States and the Canadas from 1630 to 1881 by Elias Child.


Talented Tuesday: C.Y. Turner; Artist

Charles Yardley Turner (1850-1918) born Nov. 25, 1850, in Baltimore, came to New York in 1872 and studied at the Academy of design for three years. In 1878 he went abroad to Paris where he studied under French masters Jean-Paul Laurens, Mihály Munkácsy and Léon Bonnat, forming, with some other students, the “Munkacsy school”.  He was chairman of the school committee at the Art Students League of New York in 1879, early in its history, and he first exhibited at the National academy in 1882. C.Y. Turner gained the Hallgarten prize for the “Courtship of Miles Standish” in 1883, and was also elected an associate at the academy.

His oil works include “The Grand Canal at Dordrecht,” “The Days that are No More,” and “Afternoon Tea” (1882) ; “Dorothy Fox” and “Preparing for Yearly Meeting” (1883) ; “The Last of the Montauks,” “Hartnah Thurston,” and “The Bridal Procession,” 1886:

The Bridal Procession of John Alden and Priscilla – C.Y. Turner


Turner was assistant director of decoration at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, under fellow muralist Francis Davis Millet, and for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo he served as the colorist for the entire fair. He also gave considerable attention to etching and was president of the National Society of Mural Painters from 1904-1909. In 1912 C. Y. and a fellow artist were booked on the Titanic,  and while C.Y. changed his plans at the last minute, his  friend was not so fortunate. That same year C.Y. became director of the Maryland Institute Schools of Art and Design at Baltimore.

His works include:


  • Hotel Martinque, 32nd Street and Broadway, New York City, 1898, several murals
  • Baltimore Court House, 1905, The Burning of The Peggy Stuart
  • DeWitt Clinton High School, 1905
  • Essex County Court House, Newark, New Jersey, 1905-1907
  • Hudson County Courthouse, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1910
  • Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio, 1912
  • Wisconsin State Capitol, 1917, four murals on the theme of Transportation in the North Hearing Room

Of his water-colors the principal are:

  • Dordrecht Milkmaid” (1882)
  •  “Engaged” (1885)
  • Martha Hilton” (1886)
  •  “At the Ferry” (1887)




  • Blashfield, Edwin Howland, Mural Painting in America: The Scammon Lectures, delivered before the Art Institute of Chicago, March 1912, and since greatly enlarged, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1913
  • Brief online biography at
  • “Turner, Charles Yardley”. Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.


Thankful Thursday – Online Bible Records

All I knew a couple of years ago about my 3rd great grandmother was that she married my 3rd great grandfather, and she was reported to have been born in Virginia. I had no name, county or birthdate. One fateful day, I simply googled my grandfather’s name along with the word “married” – and lo and behold- there she was: “Archibald Bowen and Margaret E. Moore were married May 28th, 1835” listed under “Marriages” in an online “MOORE NEWS, Volume I, October 9, 1996, Issue 23”.  Virginia C. Clotset of Birmingham, Michigan, had contributed her research to the newsletter. She lists her source as DAR MAGAZINE, Spring 1970, vol.33. No. 3 “Moore Family Bible Records”. Not only did I find my great grandmother, but her entire family. Francis Moore, the son of Rev. Jeremiah Moore, the Baptist Minister of Colonial Prince William County, Virginia that I wrote about a couple of days ago, kept family Bible records, and the family Bible, according to this newsletter,  is now in the possession of a gentleman in West Virginia who was so gracious and kind as to photostate the Bible entries in 1962.

Had it not been for my 4th great grandfather keeping the Bible records, this gentlman so graciously photostating  the family entries, Virginia Clotset contributing them to DAR, DAR magazine publishing them in 1970, and the MOORE NEWS online newsletter ( putting this online in 1996 and keeping it online all these years, I would still be in the dark about this whole line of my family.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to all of you that made this precious information available to a searching descendant and helping me to find this fascinating part of my family.


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Great Grandma’s Horse and Buggy

Although neither named or dated, I think this is my great grandmother Mariah (Smith) MacDonald and her son (my grandfather), in Pennsylvania c. 1902. I absolutely love this photo…


Travel Tuesday

Last summer we took our first ever genealogy trip to Block Island, Rhode Island, where our ancestors Tormut Rose, and his wife Hannah George, Tristram Dodge and his wife Anne Mansfield, and Alexander Innes and his wife Katherine, were among the first settlers of the island in the 1600’s.


The Life and Times of Jeremiah Moore

This article is re-printed from the Fairfax Resolves Chapter of the Virginia Society of Sons of the American Revolution and was written by John D. Sinks.



If the services of Jeremiah Moore were limited to the military sphere, there would be little for us to say today. Moore received a certificate for L44 s8 pay as a corporal on 12 June 1782. His name is recorded in a register of abstracts of certificates issued at the Auditor’s Office to soldiers of Virginia Continental Line. The certificate does not record his company or regiment, or when he served. The extant muster and pay rolls of particular units of the Virginia Line do not bear his name. We do not know what battles, if any, he fought. All we know is that he was a Virginia Continental corporal.

Moore’s service in the cause of the American Revolution went well beyond serving in the army, however. His role in establishing certain principles of our government was far more important than for his exploits with a musket. In this second year of the three year bicentennial of the Bill of Rights, it is especially fitting that we should honor Jeremiah Moore.

Jeremiah Moore was born in Stafford Co., Virginia on 7 June 1746. The names of his parents are not known with certainty, although he is believed to be the son of William Moore. He received a sound education, and had an unusually strong interest in religious matters. At an early age he became a lay reader in the Episcopal Church. When in his mid-twenties he heard a Baptist Elder, the Reverend David Thomas, preach, Moore was moved to join the Champawamsick Baptist Church in Prince County. David Thomas said to a friend when he baptized Moore in 1772, “I think I have this day baptized a preacher.”

This change of religious affiliation was a no small matter. It caused the estrangement of Moore from many of his former friends and according to one of his sons, even from his parents. William Fristoe, one of Moore’s colleagues at Champawamsick and himself destined to become a Baptist minister, wrote, “Violent opposition to the preaching of the Gospel appeared here, and worship was sometimes prevented by enemies of the same…” At one point Moore was seized by a mob led by two magistrates.

Today we are accustomed to the government ensuring a large measure of religious tolerance. Religious tolerance as we understand it today was an idea whose time had not arrived in Virginia of the early 1770’s. The Episcopal Church had been established as the official church of the colony in Virginia’s Charter in 1606 and its status had been bolstered by a number of Acts of Assembly. The Act of 1642 gives a good picture of the official hostility in colonial Virginia to the so-called “dissenters”:

“Whereas many schismatical persons out of their averseness to the orthodox established religion, and out of the new fangled conceits of their own heretical inventions, refuse to have their children baptized, Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, that all persons that, in contempt of divine sacrament of baptisme, shall refuse to carry their child to a lawful minister in that county to have them baptized shall be amerced two thousand pounds of tobacco; halfe to informer and halfe to publique.”

Although the Glorious Revolution of 1689 recognized that Protestants did have the right to worship outside the Episcopal Church, licensing remained under government control and was in fact restrictive. Jeremiah Moore was not a licensed minister of the Gospel.

Jeremiah Moore challenged the restrictions on licensing dissenting ministers in 1773 by preaching in Alexandria. He was apprehended at least once and possibly three times. He himself wrote of this in 1808:

“I have felt the effects of the ecclesiastical establishment and have been told by the Judge from his seat ‘you shall lay in jail until you rot’ when my only crime was no other than that of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Like other Baptist misters incarcerated in Virginia, he frustrated the authorities by preaching through the bars of his jail cell. His stand for freedom of religion undoubtedly came to the attention of Fairfax County’s future Revolutionary leaders, including George Washington, George Mason, and Charles Broadwater, all justices of the County Court and vestrymen of the Episcopal Church before the Revolution.

According to one of Moore’s great grandson’s, Patrick Henry defended Jeremiah Moore in Court, and Justice Charles Broadwater ordered him released from prison.

 The principle of freedom of religion became a fundamental issue in Virginia politics during the Revolution. George Mason included it in the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776. The same year a measure of separation of Church and state was attained which the House of Delegates prohibited ministers of the Gospel from sitting in the legislature.  The issue, however, was far from settled. Thomas Jefferson drafted a bill guaranteeing freedom of religion in 1783, but legislature too no action. Two years later, when Jefferson was in France, the issue came to a crises. Not only did Jefferson’s bill come up, but also a proposal was made to levy a tax to pay teachers of the Christian religion. Moore was active in circulating a petition against the tax. Over 10,000 people signed petitions opposing the measure. Not only was the proposed tax defeated, but Jefferson’s bill was passed. Freedom of religion would be protected in Virginia by guarantees of the right to practice a religion of one’s choice, and by a separation of church and state.

Jeremiah Moore remained active in the Baptist Church after the battle to separate church and state in Virginia. He preached from New York to Georgia, and as far west as Kentucky and Tennessee. In 1795, when he was not yet 50 years old, he said that he had traveled far enough preaching to have gone around the globe twice. In 1797 he attended the Ketocton Baptist Association, which recommended a gradual emancipation of slaves. He was active in founding the First Baptist Church of Washington in 1802, the First Baptist Church of Alexandria in 1803, and the Second Baptist Church of Washington in 1810. Attorney General William Wirt reminisced about Moore:

“My first favorite preacher in early life was a Baptist. His name was Jerry Moore; and a powerful man he was. Not refined, but rough and strong, of copious and even impetuous volubility, keen, acute, witty, full of original observations, and as a reasoner, I have seldome heard him surpassed. He was a most interesting preacher.”

Further evidence of Moore’s ability was the fact that Thomas Jefferson corresponded with him on such diverse topics as the nature of baptism and suffrage.

Jeremiah Moore made out his will when he was sixty-eight years old, on 1 August 1814. It is clear from it that he remained troubled by the institution of slavery. He wrote,

“The situation of the laws at present and the state of this unhappy country generally leaves no opportunity to say anything about that part of my family that are slaves by law. I must leave them therefore to the mercy of my children and hope they will do to and for them what is right.”

A few months later, on 23 February 1815, Jeremiah died. He is buried here on the grounds of his home, Moorefield. With him is buried his wife, Lydia Reno, daughter of Francis Reno, whom he wed on 1 November 1765.


Jeremiah Moore Grave

Jeremiah Moore was a man of strong convictions and unusual courage. Before the Revolution he displayed the courage of conviction to suffer estrangement from his friends and family, and even go to jail. After the Revolution he took controversial positions on religious liberty and slavery. Moore was successful in his fight for religious freedom. It was the Jeremiah Moores who, through their sermons, letters, and petitions kept the issue of religious freedom before the Jeffersons, Masons, and Madisons.

For Jeremiah Moore the Revolution was not a military conflict which began in 1775 and ended in 1783. It was a conflict of ideas and conscience which could easily have died in the malaise after the Treaty of Paris. Jeremiah Moore was one of those men who kept the Revolution alive.

*This paper was based on a presentation made on Sunday, November, 1990 at the Moore Family Cemetery in Vienna (Moorefield) on the occasion of the dedication of a Revolutionary Grave Marker by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.


Home of Jeremiah Moore, rear side, Moorefield, Virgina.


Moore Family Cemetery



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