Josiah Beall


Josiah Beall

Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Death 1 Aug 1768 (aged 53)
Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Burial Urbana, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 118749502 View Source
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According to the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots:
Josiah Beall, son of John and Verlinda Magruder Beall, is buried in the "Boxwood Lodge Cemetery" located on the old Elisha Beall home called Boxwood Lodge. However, the cemetery apparently has gone to ruin and the new name is called Old Urbana Cemetery which is next to an old Episcopal Church ruin which is only partly standing. See map.
Josiah Beall died before the revolutionary war began, but his claim to fame was that he was one of the 12 justices of Frederick County, MD who repudiated the Stamp Tax, the first judicial official nullification of English rule in 1765. He was very active in the community as a planter, sheriff, constable, Justice and Coroner.

In 1748 Josiah Beall of Frederick County, Md was an officer in Captain George Beall's Troop of Horse, an authorized militia responsible for maintaining law and the protection of its citizens from Indian raids.
On June 8, 1751, Josiah Beall was appointed by the Assembly of the Province of Maryland, to be one of the commissioners to lay out a town in the county of Frederick, (formed in 1748 from Prince George’s County).
He was also appointed vestryman from 1748 thru 1763 and appointed by Maryland Assembly as Associate Justice and Commissioner of Frederick County in various years from 1749 thru his death in 1768. Also he was a Member of the Lower House of Maryland Assembly for Frederick County, 1754-1761.

Josiah Beall was born in 1715 to John and Verlinda Magruder Beall of Prince George's, but the county lines were redrawn in 1748, making the Beall farm in Frederick County, MD from hence forth.

Josiah was widowed and his wife's maiden name is unknown. They married in 1737 and had at least one child in 1739, since his mother's will was dated 9 January 1740 and mentions her granddaughter and namesake, "Verlinder Beall, daughter of her son Josiah".

While both John's parents wrote wills, Josiah Beall did not. His estate was administered by Thadeus Beall with "Walter Beall and Richard Bell" his sureties on October 1768. An inventory/appraisal of the "Goods and Chattles of Josiah Beall was recorded on September 19, 1769 and listed the slave "Pegg" who was willed to Verlinda Beall daughter of Josiah Beall by her grandmother and namesake, Verlinda Magruder Beall in 1740 will.

The only documented children of Josiah and M. Beall are:
Verlinda Beall, b. 1739 wife of Thomas Beall, her cousin.
Thaddeus Beall, "oldest son" b. 1747

There were other Bealls mentioned in the administration papers, but no relationship to Josiah Beall were indicated. Since Thaddeus Beall was the oldest son, born in 1747, he would have been just barely 21. The men who offered the sureties might have been brother's or cousins of Josiah Beall.

A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789:
“BEALL, JOSIAH (?-1768).
BORN: of age by 1747; younger son.
NATIVE: third generation.
RESIDED: in Frederick County,
FATHER: John Beall (?-1742), son of Alexander Beall (?-1744).
MOTHER: Verlinda (?-1745), daughter of Samuel Magruder (1654-17 11).
UNCLE: John Magruder (1694-1750).
BROTHERS: Samuel Beall (ca. 1713-ca. 1778); Basil, who married Lucy; John, who married Mary, daughter of Peter Dent; and Clement (?-by 1794), who married Priscilla.
SISTERS: Sarah (?-1779), who married by 1742 James Offutt; Rebecca, who married her first cousin Nathan Magruder (ca. 1718-1786); Lucy; Hannah; and Verlinda.
FIRST COUSINS. Nathan Magruder (ca. 1718-1786), Zadock Magruder
CHILDREN. At least seven, including
SONS: Thaddeus (ca. 1745-1808), who married Amelia (ca. 1747-after 1809), daughter of Samuel Beall (ca. 1713-ca. 1778); Josiah (?-1805), who married Elizabeth Brooke.
DAUGHTERS: Lucy (?-1799); Verlinda (?-by 1799), who married Thomas Beall (1744-1823), son of Samuel Beall (ca. 1713-ca. 1778).
EDUCATION: literate.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter, 1741, 1757; agent. for Hartly & Sons, of Whitehaven, England, 1763-1768.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House, Frederick County, 1754-1757 (Bills of Credit 1-6).
LOCAL OFFICES, tobacco inspector, Rock Creek warehouse, Frederick County, 1748- 1750; coroner, Frederick County, 1748; sheriff, Frederick County, 1752-1753; justice, Frederick County, 1763-at least 1767.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION. 400 acres in Prince George's and Frederick counties (300 acres inherited from his father; 100 acres by personal acquisition).
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented 107 acres in Frederick County, 1763; bought 2 partial lots in Georgetown, Frederick County, 1767.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED” administration bond granted on October 6, 1768, in Frederick County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY. TEV, £507.8.10 current money (including 9 slaves, 4 books, and plate); FB, £187.5.0. LAND. 482 acres in Frederick County.”

There were two Josiah Bealls born in Prince George's County within a ten year span.
-One, the memorial in which this ancestor is dedicated to: Josiah Beall son of John and Verlinda (Magruder) Beall born in 1715 and married to M. (no maiden name) Beall. This M. Beall was born in 1715 and bore her first child in 1739.
-THE OTHER: Josiah Beall born in 1725 as the son of John and Elizabeth Ann Fendall Beall, was married to Millicent Bradley who was born in 1733.
Millicent Bradley daughter of Robert Bradley, is NOT the wife of this memorialized Josiah Beall, AND NOT the daughter-in-law of John and Verlinda Magruder Beall. Millicent Bradley would have been only 4 years old when she married and only 6 years old when my ancestor Verlinda Beall was born.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 118749502
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Beall (4 May 1715–1 Aug 1768), Find a Grave Memorial ID 118749502, citing Zion Church Cemetery, Urbana, Frederick County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Candee (contributor 47836631) .