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

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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