Col Robert Townsend Dade Sr.


Col Robert Townsend Dade Sr.

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 17 Feb 1873 (aged 86)
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Old Ground, Lot 1 Lower (Dade plot), Site 3
Memorial ID 18345462 View Source

- Townshend Dade [1742-1822]
- Mary Ann (Simmons) Dade

Born in "Trefaldwyn, Montgomeryshire, Wales".

Married Ruth (Simmons) Dade on December 27, 1808 in Jefferson, Frederick Co., MD.

- James Townshend Dade [1809-1891]
- Lee Massey Dade [1812-1845]
- Serena Elizabeth Dade Sellman [1814-1891]
- Mary Rebecca Dade [1815-1888]
- Robert Townsend Dade [1817-1881]
- John Henry Dade [1819-1905]
- Drusilla Dade [1821-1908]
- Sarah Ann Dade Sellman [1823-1852]
- Alexander Dade [1825-?]
- William Franklin Dade [1828-1905]
- Columbus Dade [1831-1897]

Military Service
Served as a Colonel in the 29th Regiment under Lt. Col. Jacob Cramer's Detachment, Maryland Militia, War of 1812 in the Battle of Bladensburg and the victory at Baltimore - August 1 to November 10, 1814

Montgomery County Sentinel, 28 Feb 1873

Died, February 17th, 1873, at 1 o'clock, A.M., Col Robert Townshend Dade, aged 86 years, 4 months, and 73 days.

Thus has been removed from our midst by the inexorable hand of Death, one of our oldest, most esteemed and respected citizens. Col. Dade was the only son of the late Rev. Townshend Dade, D.D., M.D., an eminent divine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and an able and distinguished physician of this county, who sprang from two old and honored families of lower Virginia, those of Townshend and Dade. He died in his 8oth year. The esteemed subject of this notice, was, at an early period of life, by the death of his father, left to the care and protection of his widowed and aged mother, also several sisters. The manner in which this tender trust, was, by him performed, is well attested by the universal esteem and admiration of his friends and neighbors.

In the War of 1812 his bold and patriotic denunciations of the insolence and arrogance of "Old England" early led to his appointment to a Captaincy in the Maryland Militia, and when the capture of the Capitol of this nation seemed threatening, Capt. Dade with his command was ordered to join such other forces as could be hastily mustered into service, and proceed at once to aid in the defense of Washington and its approaches. He participated in the battle of Bladensburg, and was one of the last to leave the disastrous field—After this defeat of the American forces and inevitable capture of the seat of the Federal Government, Capt. Dade together with such of the Militia as could be re-assembled, were at once ordered to the protection of Baltimore.

His cool courage and unflinching bravery while in the service, was the admiration of his fellow soldiers, and the subject of favorable comment by his superiors in command. At the close of the war he returned to his family and home, and again resumed the successful cultivation of his farm. Later in life, Col. Dade while a member of a decided minority party, and he an open and declared partisan, was several times elected a member of the House of Delegates of Maryland—thus showing the high appreciation of the man, by his neighbors and fellow citizens, irrespective of party ties or affiliation. Here, as elsewhere, his straightforward manly bearing, and practical common sense views, pleased and gratified his personal friends, and commanded the respect of admiration of his political enemies.

He was a man of the highest sense of honor and unimpeachable integrity of character, a gentleman of the old school—his hospitable doors were ever open to friends, strangers and to all who claimed his hospitality. To the poor his charity was always prompt and generous. In all the relations of life he fulfilled his duty nobly and well. In his death his numerous family and connections—his friends, neighbors and the community generally have sustained an irreparable loss; but for him after spending a long and useful life have, now, in the arms of his beloved Saviour, a blissful future awaits him. Requiescant in pace.

Robert's son, Lee Massey Dade, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth (Veirs) Dade, went to Missouri where they died leaving three small children (Lee Massey Jr., Sarah, and Robert Townsend Dade). Robert's other son, John Henry Dade, went out there and brought the children back to Maryland by stage coach, horseback, and boat. Sarah went to live with her grandfather, Robert Townsend Dade, John took in Lee Jr., but Robert died during the return trip.
Source: Dorothy (Jones) Elgin

Colonel Robert Townshend Dade, only son of Townshend and Polly, brought his bride, Ruth Simmons, to "Friends Advice" in 1808. This event probably occasioned the need for improvements to the original five-room log house on the property. Robert Townshend Dade "cleared my places of stones, and put up a good deal of fence, built a large three-story stone house." The three-bay Federal-style block made of local Seneca sandstone faced south, featured front and back parlors on the west side, a spacious hall, and six bedrooms on two floors above, and was joined to the earlier building by a covered arch or breezeway.

After his death in 1822, Rev. Dade left his son [Robert] a substantial estate, including cattle, hogs, horses, turkeys, ducks, geese, furniture, nine slaves, crops of wheat, rye, corn, and tobacco.

Robert continued to live at Friends Advice with his wife and children, mother, and two unmarried sisters. He added other farms and slaves to the holdings, by 1856 owning 1,200 acres and 20 slaves.

A Democrat, Dade served three terms in the Maryland Legislature, beginning in 1832 and in 1861 represented Montgomery County at the convention held to determine the State's role in the impending conflict (Civil War). During the war, the Dade family sided with the South, as did most of their neighbors.

Robert Townshend Dade died in 1873 at age 86, a few months before the B&O Railroad Company opened its Metropolitan Branch through Montgomery County. His son, Robert, and daughter, Anna, who remained at Friends Advice, took advantage of being located one mile from Bucklodge station.

Robert Townshend Dade (1786-1873) descends from Francis Dade of Tannington, Suffolk Co, England, who came to the Colonies sometime before 1651. He married Beheathland Bernard in 1651. The lineage from Francis and Beheathland to the said Robert Townshend Dade is as follows:
- Francis Dade I/Beheathland Bernard,
-- Francis Dade II/Frances Townshend,
--- Robert Townshend Dade/Margaret Burkett,
----Townshend Dade/Parthenia Alexander,
-----Townshend Dade/Mary Simmons,
------Robert Townshend Dade/Ruth Simmons.

Robert Townshend Dade was born on 14 Oct 1786 in Montgomery Co, MD and died 17 Feb 1873 in Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD. He married Ruth Simmons (11 Aug 1789 Mountain Top, Frederick Co, MD-11 Mar 1864) on 27 Dec 1808 in Frederick Co, MD.

All of these Dade men with the exception of the immigrant, Francis Dade I, were born in America.
(Source: Charlotte West Dade, [email protected])


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