Rev Townshend Dade, Jr

Rev Townshend Dade, Jr

Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Death 6 Feb 1822 (aged 80)
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Old Ground, Lot 1 Lower (Dade plot), Site 9
Memorial ID 17923929 · View Source
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Parents: {of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford, VA.}
- Townshend Dade (Sr.) [1707-1781]
- Parthenia (Alexander) Dade [1709-1781]

Married Mary Ann (Simmons) on August 31, 1784 in Montgomery County, MD. She was the daughter of Samuel Simmons and Elizabeth Simmons, born on August 8, 1765 in Trefaldwyn, Md, and died June 29, 1837 in Kentucky.

- Elizabeth (Betty) Dade [1788-1794]
- Robert Townshend Dade [1786-1873]
- Parthenia Anne Dade [1791-1792]
- Parthenia Anne Dade [1794-1828]
- Eleanor Dade [1797-1864]

First Episcopalian Minister of Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. Source

From his wife, Mary Simmons, came a tract of several hundred acres in the upper part of the county near Boyds where the house was built. The house still stands. Source

Two hundred years of Dade family ownership of "Friends Advice" {Boyds, MD} began in 1792, when the Reverend Townshend Dade purchased 345 acres of "Resurvey on Friends Advice" for £630. Reverend Dade's residency in Montgomery County came after three decades of religious and revolutionary activities in Virginia. In 1765 the 23-year-old Dade, whose ordination had been sponsored by family friend, George Washington, became the rector of Falls Church and of a small Episcopal "Chapel of Ease" of Fairfax Parish near Alexandria, Virginia. When the congregation completed Christ Church in Alexandria in 1773, Reverend Dade became its first rector.

Reverend Dade was an active participant in early revolutionary events. With his father, he signed the "Resolutions of the Patriots of the Northern Neck of Virginia," drawn up by Richard Henry Lee to protest the Stamp Act; in 1774 he was recorded as a member of the Fairfax County committee. In 1778, Reverend Dade resigned* and relocated in Loudoun County, Virginia. Visits to relatives and occasional preaching led Reverend Dade to Maryland, where his marriage in 1784 to Polly Simmons of Piney Hill (present-day Boyds) settled them in Montgomery County by 1792.

By 1792, the Dades had two children and twice that number of slaves. Reverend Dade practiced medicine and occasionally married couples upon request, but was not affiliated with any church. To the original acreage, he added 120+ more, as well as a stone spring and diary house (1806), tobacco barns, and other buildings necessary to a growing plantation. He continued to live at Friends Advice until his death in 1822.

Contrary to popular belief, Rev. Dade did NOT perform the eulogy of his friend, President George Washington, at Mount Vernon. It was performed by the Fairfax Parish rector at that time, Rev. Thomas Davis.

Revolutionary Patriot 1775-1783

"Old Churches of Virginia", vol. 2
We proceed now to such notices as we possess of the ministers of Fairfax parish. For these we are indebted to the vestry-records. The Rev. Townshend Dade was ordained for this parish by the Bishop of London in 1765, and entered upon his duties in the following year or perhaps sooner. It is more than probable that he was the son of Mr. Townshend Dade, who appears on the list of the first vestry, or of Mr. Baldwin Dade, who was a vestryman at a later date, and owner in part of the land on which Alexandria was built. We are sorry to be unable to make a favourable report of the Rev. Mr. Dade. In the year 1768, the vestry discuss the question of examining into some alleged misconduct of his, and decide against it, five members entering their dissent from the decision. In the year 1777, a committee is appointed to wait upon him to know why he neglects his congregation. Some months after, the committee is enlarged and directed to take further steps. The result was his resignation and relinquishment of the glebe and rectory. [Historically, there may have been a gambling problem]

See "The Reverend Townshend Dade (1741/42 - 1822): Minister, Father, Patriot" by William R. Gann

Death Notice
Baltimore Patriot Feb 12, 1822

DIED - On the 2d of February, the Rev. Townsend Dade, at his seat in Montgomery county, Md. in the 80th year of his age, after a lingering illness, which he bore with Christian patience.

Geographic Location

N 39*10.797' W 077*24.867' Elev. 529 Ft.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Veteran emblem placed on October 7, 1951 by Mrs. Robert J. Boyd, Historian of the Chevy Chase Chapter D.A.R.



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  • Added: 13 Feb 2007
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