There are many myths regarding Ninian BEALL, but few hard facts.There are also some records regarding Ninian that over the years have been falsified in the classic style of citing a real source, and then falsifying in print what the record actually says to make it appear to say what the writer wants it to. Unfortunately many of these false records continue to be cited and distributed as fact.To address some of these in your post:
Ninian was later rewarded with 50 acres of land for his time served,and Ninian stated that this gift had come to him "throgh the fortunes of war" and was grateful. (Ref. Liber 2, Folio 195, Maryland Land Office,Jan. 16, 1657).
The actual record in Maryland Patents 11:195, 1667 records, Family History Library [FHL] microfilm 0,013,068 states:
"Came Ninian Bell of Calvert County planter and proved right to fifty acres of Land for his time of Service performed with Richard Hall of the same County."
The quoted source had the wrong book, there is nothing about "fortunes of war" and it was a 1667 record, not 1657.
Ninian Beall's age can be proven by the affidavit he gave on Aug. 16, 1708. On that date, he stated hat his age was 83 years old. He stated the he had been twice married, once in Scotland to Jane------, and had two children Thomas and John. He stated that John arrived in Maryland in 1670 and Thomas in 1672. Ref. Chancery Proceedings, Liber P.C. Folio 625. Second marriage of Ninian Beall to Ruth Moore found in Liber P.C. Folio 626 in which Ninian mentions Ruth's brother as his brother-in-law.
Debbie Hooper, *Abstracts of Chancery Court Records of Maryland 1669-1782,* (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1996), 16.
"16 Aug. 1708. Deposition of Col. Ninian Beale, age ca. 83, regarding the bounds of a tract called *Stott's Lott* formerly surveyed for Daniel Cunningham. (Liber PC, p. 625).
16 Aug. 1708 Deposition of James Moore, age ca. 62, that Charles Boteler, surveyor, and his brother Ninian Beale both went with the deponent to the same bounded tree of *Stott's Lott. (Liber PC, p. 626)."
Nothing about a marriage to Jane or that a son John arrived in 1670 and a son Thomas in 1672. That would not even make sense in a deposition regarding land boundaries. Notice the second does not state that Ruth was a MOORE, or that James was her brother.James called Ninian his "brother" which could be "brother-in-law" given the usage of the term at the time.If they were brothers-in-law, it does not state how.In addition to the possibility that Ruth could have been a MOORE, it could also be that James MOORE's wife Mary was a BEALL, or that their wives, Ruth and Mary were sisters.
Ruth was the daughter of Richard Moore, a Calvert County, Md.
As mentioned above, there is no solid evidence that her surname was MOORE, it is only a possibility.She was NOT a daughter of Richard MOORE.From the deposition above Jame MOORE was born about 1646.In 1654, (when James would have been about age 8) Jane, widow of Richard MOORE, stated she had sons Richard, Roger, and Timothy. [Archives of Maryland 10:395, http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000010/html/am10--395.htmlhttp://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000010/html/am10--395.html ] Since Richard and Jane had no son named James, even if Ruth was a MOORE and sister to James, they would not have been children of Richard and Jane.
Ninian BEALL also gave a deposition in 1678 where he stated he was about age 48. [Archives of Maryland 67:424, http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000067/html/am67--424.htmlhttp://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000067/html/am67--424.html ]Considering the habit of people adding on extra years as they aged, born about 1630 may be more accurate than 1625.
The names of Ninian's children are proven by his Will and through his Love Deeds.
Yes that is how Ninian's children are proven.There are NO deeds that mention a daughter Sarah, or son-in-law Samuel MAGRUDER, and neither are mentioned in Ninian BEALL's will.That Samuel MAGRUDER's wife Sarah was a BEALL is an assumption someone made at one point on the basis of their naming a son Ninian.
Ninian BEALL's son Ninian BEALL, Jr. married Elizabeth MAGRUDER, daughter of Samuel MAGRUDER and Sarah.Were Sarah a daughter of Ninian Sr., that would make Ninian Jr. her brother, and Ninian Jr.'s wife Elizabeth MAGRUDER would have been his niece by blood.A marriage of this close a degree was strictly forbidden by law, then as now.
Given the prominence of Ninian BEALL, and the convention of naming children after prominent friends and neighbors, that may well be why Samuel MAGRUDER and wife Sarah named a son Ninian.There are no known records that even show Sarah was a BEALL, much less a daughter of Ninian.
Ninian BEALL had a daughter Margery who married first Thomas SPRIGG, and secondly Joseph BELT.
Margery was nee WIGHT, not BEALL.See Anne WIGHT will, MD wills 18:518-520, FHL microfilm 0,012,847, where she named [among others] her daughter Margery SPRIGG, grandson Thomas SPRIGG, granddaughter Ann SPRIGG.The account records of Margery's husband Thomas SPRIGG show she secondly married Joseph BELT. [Thomas SPRIGG account, MD accounts 15:341-346, FHL microfilm 0,012,904].
Unsupported statements commonly accepted as fact include:
Ninian BEALL was:
the son James BELL (BEALL)
born in Largo
served under Cromwell as a Cornetist
taken prisoner at Battle of Dunbar
spent time in Barbadoes
These all seem to be the result of some over zealous researcher trying to read between the lines, based on Ninian BEALL having land tracts named:
*Largo,* *Fife,* *Rock of Dunbarton,* and *Soldiers Fortune.*No one to date has supplied any records to support any of the above statements.
To realize how ridiculous it is to try to form a history of a person based on only selected names of some of his land tracts, take some of the names of his other tracts as *Dundee,* *Hog Pen,* *Inclosure,* *Bacon Hall,* *Porke Hall,* *Bread and Cheese,* *Concord,* and see what kind of history can be imagined from those names.