Descendants of ROBERT HARPER
Generation No. 1
1. ROBERT6 HARPER (JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1)
He married MARGARETA ARCHER 09 Dec 1727 in Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington
DE (Source: Peter Craig Stebbins, "The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the
Delaware" 1993, p 87.), daughter of JOHN ARCHER.
Notes for ROBERT HARPER:
(Ruth Lincoln Kaye's research)
Statement from "History of Old Alexandria Virginia, By Mary G. Powell,
pub. 1928, stating: (page 313)
"John Harper, son of Robert and Margaret Harper, was born October 3rd,
1728, at Philadelphia, where his family owned the suburb known as 'Franklin'.
He was for some years a shipping merchant, but came to Alexandria on the breaking
out of the Revolution, as did so many of the Quaker faith..."
This is the only statement found that sounds authentic as to his parents.
F.L. Brockett in "Lodge of Washington" says John Harper's family
came from England to Virginia in the 16th century. I have found deeds in Fairfax
County of John and William Harper owning land there in 1698 [perhaps ancestors
of our John??]
Mrs. Powell's information surely came from a descendant, of whom there were
many in 1928 when she wrote the book.
She also wrote that John Harper procured for George Washington in Philadelphia
eight casks of powder, drums, and colors for five companies of Prince William
and Fairfax Counties, Virginia. He also sold Washington's herring on commission.
Was a member of the Lodge of Washington and attended his funeral in 1799.
Ref: "The Harpers of Virginia, West Virginia and Mississippi," by
Frank O'Beirne, 1039 26th Street, S; Arlington, VA 22202, Copyright 1982
The name of Harper comes from England where, originally, it was "le
Harpur." It is believed to have been given to those who played the harp
at fairs and festivals. Families of this name were to be found at early dates
in many English counties -- principally Leicester, Warwick, Stafford, Derby,
Oxford and Kent. British records indicate the Harpers were of the landed gentry
and nobility of the British Isles. A brief account of some outstanding members
of these families follows.
Richard le Harpur was the earliest of this name to appear in the records.
It was in connection with the grant of certain lands to the canons of Kenelworrth
[sic] by "Hugh le Harpur, son of Richard le Harpur." This grant
occurred in the time of King Henry I, youngest son of William the Conqueror,
who lived from 1068 to 1135 AD. In later generations, male members of the
le Harpur family appeared with the given names of Gilbert, Robert, John, Henry,
William, Humphrey, Nicholas, George, Thomas, Edward and Charles. Of these,
the most common were John, William, Henry and Robert, which appeared in almost
The first of the family to be knighted apparently was Sir Robert le Harpur
(seventhy generation), son of Gilbert le Harpur and his wife Isolda (Morton)
le Harpur. Sir Robert lived in the time of Edward II (1284-1327) and bore
for his arms a plain cross, and the same for his crest, issuing out of a coronet.
he married Isabel Hercy, daughter of Henry Hercy, Lord of Pillerton Hercy,
in Warwickshire. For the next seven centuries the records are replete with
the names of the various le Harpur and Harpur knights and barons. Many men
of these families married the daughters of barons, earls and dukes.
Women of the le Harpur families were named Dorothy, Anna, Anne, Jane, Isabel,
Mary, Elizabeth, Winifred, Catherine, Barbara and Susan, with Dorthy, Mary
and Elizabeth appearing most frequently. Many le Harpur daughters married
the sons of prominent knights, barons, earls and dukes.
Sir John le Harpur (tenth generation), son of Sir Richard le Harpur and his
wife Alice (de Culy) le Harpur, married Eleanor Grober, daughter and heir
of William Grober of Rushall. They had three sons: William, Richard and Henry.
The Eldest of these, William, became Lord of Rushall. he adopted the former
de Rushall arms as his own; known later as the Harpur arms, they were used
by several descendants, including Sir Henry Harper, the seventh Baronet. The
arms were: argent, a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed, sable. The crest
was : A boar passant, or, ducally gorged and crined, gules. In these and later
generations, most of the Harpur men matriculated at one or another of the
colleges at Oxford.
Sir Henry Harper (or Harpur) (fourteenth Generation) was the first of the
family to be created a Baronet. This occurred on 8 December, 1626, in the
second year of King Charles I. Sir Henry was born about 1578 and died in 1638.
he resided in Calke in Derbyshire. he matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford,
on 20 February, 1595/6, at the age of seventeen. He was admitted to the Inner
Temple in 1598. Sir Henry was the third son of Sir John Harper and his wife
Jane (Findern) Harper. He married Barbara (Faunt) Beaumont, daughter of Anthony
Faunt and his wife Elizabeth (Noell) Faunt) Beaumont, daughter of Anthony
Faunt and his wife Elizabeth (Noell) Faunt of Leicestershire, and widow of
Sir Henry Beaumont, Baronet, of Gracedieu in Leicester; they had nine children.
Sir John Harper (or Harpur), Beronet (sixteenth generation), eldest child
of Sir John Harper, Baronet, of Calke, and his wife Susan (West) Harper, succeeded
to the Baronetcy in 1669; he married 17 September, 1674, Anne Willoughby,
daughter of William, Lord Willoughby, sixth Baron of Parham. In 1677, this
Sir John Harper inherited the estate of a cousin (also named Sir John Harper,
of Swarkeston, Derbyshire) who died without issue. The wealth of various branches
of the family thus became concentrated.
Sir John Harper (or Harpur), Baronet (seventeenth generation), only son of
Sir John and Anne (Willoughby) Harper, was born 23 March, 1649 [this date
apparently should be 1679] and died 24 June, 1741, at Calke Abbey. he was
an extraordinary character in many respects, and was a person of great worth
and standing in the area. He married Catherine Crewe, daughter and co-heir
of Thomas, Lord Crewe, of Stene.
Sir Henry Harper (or Harpur), Baronet (eighteenth generation), was born about
1709 and died 17 June, 1748. he married (by special license) 2 October, 1734,
Lady Caroline Manners, daughter of John, Second Duke of Rutland, and grand-daughter
of the Earl of Harborough.
Sir Henry Harper (or Harpur), Baronet (twentieth generation), was born 13
May, 1763 and died 7 February, 1819, as a result of a fall. By Royal License,
11 April, 1808, he took the name of Crewe, it being that of his great-grandmother.
His children and lineal descendants all bore the name of Harper-Crewe (or
Sir Vauceny Harper-Crewe (or Harpur-Crewe) (twenty-third generation) was born
14 October, 1846. He married Georgianna Jane Henrietta Eliza Lovell, and succeeded
to the Baronetcy in 1886. He died 13 December, 1924, without a male successor
and the title became extinct.
Branches of the Hrper line in other counties adopted arms somewhat different
from those of Sir William le Harpur, of the eleventh generation. Several of
these used the same golden boar, passant, in the crest, and all used a lion,
rampant in the arms. In one case, however, the lion was sable (black) on the
argent (white background without the black bordure; in another case, the lion
was gold on a black background, with gold bordure; in a third case, the lion
was red on a white background, with a black bordure. The Harper-Crewes used
quartered arms, Harper and Crewe, and latter being a white lion, rampant,
on a blue background. The Harper motto was "Te Deum Laudamus."
Since the eldest son in an English family inherited his father's hereditary
title and estates, the younger sons had to strike out for themselves. Some
of these must have been the Harpers who found their way to America.
The first of our Harper line in the United States of whom we have definite
knowledge was Captain John Harper (1728-1804). The letter written by William
Walton Harper states:
"The said John Harper, Kent, son of Sir John Harper, Kent while yet in
England, bought of William Penn 500 acres of land near Philadelphia and willed
it to his son, Robert Harper, who was in Philadelphia, but it was only a life
interest, so that at the death of said Robert the land should be owned by
John Harper, a grandson of said John and son of said Robert Harper. This John
Harper, the grandson, was born in Philadelphia in October 1728, and removed
to and settled in Alexandria, Virginia, before 1776, became wealthy in the
South American trade, owned ships etc., died and was buried in Alexandria."
The information provided in that letter about the life and activities of "John
Harper, the grandson" was correct. It is confirmed in several books written
by various Alexandria historians. "John Harper, the grandson" became
Captain John Harper, merchant, ship owner, exporter, city councilman, land-owner,
and a wealthy and respected citizen of Alexandria. The information contained
in the letter about Captain John's parentage and ancestors appears questionable
in some respects.
How and when Harpur became Harper, and exactly who brought this name to Philadelphia
and became the father of Captain John Harper, I have been unable to determine
with certainty. There appear to be almost as many stories about Captain John's
parentage as there are writers on the subject. None presents documentary evidence
but, curiously, there are threads of similarity running through many of the
stories. It may be that two Harper families -- possibly related -- have been
mixed up or confused. For the benefit of future researchers, I will relate
some of these stories.
One author states that Sir William Harper, Knight, oldest son of Sir Thomas
Harper, was Lord of Rush Hall; that he married Margaret Coke, or Cook; that
Humphrey Harper, their second son, married Elizabeth Stokes; and that John
Harper, son of Humphrey and Elizabeth (Stokes) Harper, emigrated to Virginia
and died in Alexandria in 1803. This appears to be a garbled account which
the author attributes, incorrectly, to another writer. All other writers seem
to agree that Captain John Harper was born in Philadelphia in 1728, but even
they differ as to the identity of his parents.
Anderson, in her lengthy genealogy of the Meriwethers, say that John Harper,
a Quaker, settled with his brother in Oxford Township, Philadelphia County,
Pennsylvania in April 1682, and that he died in 1714. She further relates
that John's son, Joseph, who married Ann -------, had an eldest son named
Robert Harper, that the latter married Sarah -----, and that their tenth son
was Captain John Harper. I ahve obtained copies of the will of John Harper,
Mariner, who died in Oxford Township, Philadelphia County in 1714; another
John Harper who died in Oxford Township in 1716; a Joseph Harper who died
in Oxford Township in 1746; and a Robert Harper (whose wife was Sarah -----)
who died in Philadelphia County in 1765.
John Harper, Mariner who died in 1714, left his entire estate to be divided
equally between his wife Deborah (whom he named his executrix) and his son
John Harper; he mentions no other children in his will. The second John Harper
indicated above, who died in 1716, mentions in his wife Ann and his children
John, Josiah, Ralph, Joseph, Mary andy Elizabethj. The Joseph Harper who died
in 1746 does not mention a wife in his will, so she must have died earlier.
He leaves bequests to several children: Robert, John, Joseph, Josiah, Ann,
and Sarah whom he names as the wife of Mathias Keen; he also made a bequest
to his sister Mary, widow of John Mills. He named his son Joseph and daughter
Sarah to be his executors. Robert Harper, who died in Philadelphia County
in 1765, leaves his son Samuel a certain "Smith's Shop and Lott of Ground;"
he left all his remaining estate to his wife Sarah and his children, with
the income to be managed by his wife until the youngest child should arrive
at the age of fourteen. he mentions his six daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Agnes,
Rebecca, Mary and Ruth, and his "three younger sons" Robert, William
From these wills, it appears that the John Harper who died in 1716, the Joseph
Harper who died in 1746, and the Robert Harper who died in 1765, are the three
Harpers mentioned by Anderson and referred to above. However, John Harper,
tenth child of the Robert Harper who died in 1765, apparently was less than
fourteen years old when his father signed his will in 1757. So, that John
Harper could not have been "our" Captain John Harper who was born
in 1728, unless some of the dates given are erroneous. (Besides this Robert
was married in 1733).
The Harper genealogy published in the Magazine of the Jefferson County (West
Virginia) Historical Society traces the ancestry of the Robert Harper (1703-1782)
who founded Harpers Ferry. It shows this Robert to have been a son of Joseph
Harper (d.1746) and Sarah harper, and that Joseph was the son of John (d.
1718) and Ann Harper. However, this Robert Harper who founded Harper Ferry
married Rachel Griffith and died a widower, without descendants. His property
at Harpers ferry was left by will to Sarah Ann, daughter of Robert's brother
Joseph, of Philadelphia. This Sarah Ann Harper married Johannes (John Wager,
Sr., son of Peter Wager, a German emigrant. From this rather positive evidence,
it must be concluded that the Robert Harper mentioned by Anderson who had
a wife Sarah and ten children, and died in 1765, was not the son of the Joseph
Harper who died in 1746.
Another genealogy of "our" Harper family is presented by du Bellet
in "Some Prominent Virginia Families". She gives the linage of Captain
John Harper as follows:
1. Sir William Harper, Knight, oldest son of Sir Thomas Harper, Knight, was
Lord of Rushall; he married Margaret Coke, daughter of Henry Coke, of Cathorp
Manor, in Leicester.
2. Humphrey Harper, second son of Sir William, married Elizabeth Stokes; their
son was ----
3. Walter Harper, of Chinnon, in Oxfordshire, (father of)
4. John Harper, who emigrateds to Virginia (father of)
5. Robert Harper, the father of
6. Captain John Harper, d. in Alexandria, VA in 1803, (father of
7. Captain William Harper, father of
8. William Harper, b. in Alexandria, VA in 1786; m. Mary Thomas Newton
9. Maria Ann Harper, d. at Orange, VA 26 August 1890; m. George Ira Thomas
10. Mary Newton Thomas, b. 9 August 1842; m. Fielding Lewis Marshall
It will be noted that the above genealogy goes back to the William Harper,
Lord of Rushall, I mentioned earlier who adopted the de Rushall arms of his
mother to be the Harper arms. My early Harper chronology does show Humphrey
as the second son of William Harper, and shows Walter Harper, who married
Mary Blount, as a son of Humphrey harper. It also shows Walter as having resided
at Chinnon (or Chinnor) in Oxfordshire. it continues, however, by stating
that Walter and Mary (Blount) Harper "had at least one son..., "
and names that son as Thomas Harper. There might, of course, have been another
son, John, as du Bellet says, and he might have been the grandfather of "our"
Captain John Harper. This is a lead for someone else to pursue.
It appears somewhat significant that William Walton Harper, in his letter,
and the authors of two Alexandria histories, all state that the father of
Captain John harper was Robert Harper, which is in agreement with du Bellet's
genealogy of this family. Even Anderson says Captain John's father was named
Robert -- but she designates an implausible Robert as the father. Both Powell,
in "the History of Old Alexandria, Virginia," and Dow, in "A
History of the Second Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Virginia, " go
even one step farther by stating that the parents of Captain John Harper were
Robert and Margaret Harper.
Some research was done in PA, but no trace of the Robert and Margaret Harper
said to have been the parents of Captain John Harper. There is an entry in
an index of area marriages showing that a Robert Harper married Margareta
Archer on 9 December, 1727, in the Swede's Church, Wilmington, Delaware, which
is not far from Philadelphia. The significant feature of the entry is that
the date of this marriage is about ten months before the generally accepted
date of birth of Captain John Harper; it merits further research.
Also no record was found in the Genealogical Society of 500 acres of land
near Philadelphia having been pruchased by John Harper, Kent, for his son
robert, and his grandson, John Harper. Oddly enough, though, we did find records
of another Harper family having purchased 500 acres of land from William Penn.
This other Harper family was from Noke, Oxfordshire, England. These records
relate that John (1) Harper and his son, John (2), lived and remainded in
Oxfordshire. John (3) Harper emigrated and settled on a farm near Philadelphia
and bought 500 acres of land from William Penn; John (3) married Ann Butcher,
had seven children and died in 1716. John (3) had no son named Robert, but
did have a son John (4), who married Deborah------, a son Joseph, and a son
Charles, whose wife is unknown but who also had a son named John who appears
to have been born shortly before 1730. Further research on this latter John
Harper, son of Charles needs to be done; the similarity of dates could be
significant. This Harper line appears to mesh with that of the Harpers of
Harpers Ferry and, in part, with the line recorded by Anderson.
Kitty Hookin's mother obtained some Harper genealogical data several years
ago from Virginia descendants of William Walton harper; these descendants
reportedly had all the latter's notes and records, but admitted that they
were in a somewhat jumbled and confused condition that made clear conclusions
a little difficult. This data indicates that Captain John Harper was a descendant
of the John (3) and Ann (Butcher Harper referred to above, although in these
records the wife of this John Harper is referred to as Ann (Batchelor) Harper.
This data also indicates that John (3) Harper emigrated from Ireland to pennsylvania
2 August 1682. This data does not, however, establish either a probable or
a verificable connection between John (3) Harper and Captain John Harper.
The date 1682 is the same as that reported by Anderson for the arrival of
Harper brothers in Philadelphia!
So we have the unusual situation wherein I am unable to locate the Robert
and Margaret Harper mentioned by more than three sources as the parents of
Captain John Harper and as having owned 500 acres of land near Philadelphia
purchased from William Penn; yet I do find another Harper family that was
in Philadelphia at about this same time that did own 500 acres of land purchased
from William Penn. This latter Harper family contained numerous Johns, Roberts,
Williams and Samuels, just as "our" Harper families did, but I have
found no positive connection between this Harper family and "our"
Robert or "our" Captain John Harper.
Chapter 1, FIRST GENERATION
1. Captain John Harper and his wives (1) Sarah
Wells, and (2) Mary (Reynolds) Cunningham
Captain John Harper, our earliest verifiable ancestor, was born in Philadelphia
(city or county), Pennsylvania, 3 October, 1728. He married, first, Sarah
Wells, daughter of John Wells of PA, on 20 October, 1750; they had twenty
children. After the death of Sarah, he married Mary (Reynolds) Cunningham
on 25 November, 1782. She was a widow and was the daughter of John Reynolds
of Winchester, Virginia; they had nin children. Captain John Harper died 7
May, 1804, in alexandria, Virginia, where he is buried.
John Harper apparently was the son of wealth parents, whatever their given
names were. They probably lived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. John
was a ship captain and later a merchant in Philadelphia.
in 1773, Reese Meredith, of Philadelphia, wrote a letter of introduction for
Captain John Harper to his "Esteemed Friend," Colonel Washington:
"From the little acquaintance I had with thee formerly, I take the liberty
of recommending the bearer, Captain John Harper who is in partnership with
William Hartshorene -- John Harper comes down in order to see the country,
if he likes, they propose to come down and settle with you; they are Men that
have a verry (sic) pretty interest -- Wm Hartshorne lived with me some Time
-- They are Industrious, careful, Sober men; if Capt. Harper should want to
draw on this place for Five hundred Pounds, I will engage4 his Bills shall
be paid -- Any Civilitys shown him will be returned by
John Harper did make use of this introduction,
for the diaries of Washington show that Captain John Harper and three other
gentlemen dinid with George Washington on 11 June, 1773, and that they, plus
two ladies and two other gentlemen who arrived after dinner, all spent the
night at Mount Vernon; Captain John Harper departed after breakfast the next
morning. A note inserted in the "Diaries of George Washington,"
edited by Jackson, states that John Harper (1728-1804) was a Quaker from Philadelphia,
that he carried a letter of introduction from Resses Meredith, and that Harper
and Hartshorne were considering moving their mercantile firm from Philadelphia
to Alexandria, which they later did.
The diaries of George Washington also show that on 14 February 17758, Captain
Harper, with several other gentlemen, again lodged at Mount Vernon. It would
appear that those who had business with the owners of country estates often
lodged in the latter's homes rather than in an inn which might not have been
nearby. This certainly seems to have been true in the case of George Washington,
for his diaries are full of entries having to do with dinner and overnight
Accounts do not agree as to just when Captain Harper moved from Philadelphia
to Alexandria. It appears to have been some time between 1773 and 1775, most
likely in 1774. He and William Hartshorne were still partners when they first
came to Alexandria, for Harrison, in "Landmark of Old Prince William,"
lists twenty firms -- merchants and factors -- that were located in Alexandria
in 1775, and places Harper & Hartshorne, wheat purchasers, number four
on this list. Jackson, however, indicates that this partnership was dissolved
sometime in 1775, after which Captain John Harper went on by himself to become
a prosperous shipping merchant and respected citizen of Alexandria. he was
elected a member of the first City Council of Alexandria in 1779; Robert T.
Hooe was Mayor.
Captain John's shipping business was conducted from Harper's Wharf on the
Potomac River, at the foot of Prince Street in Old Alexandria. At that time,
this city was a well-known port for ocean-going sailing ships, by Georgetown,
a few miles farther upriver, later took some of the commercial business away
from Alexandria. Captain John owned a fleet of sailing ships in which he exported
grain, flour, tobacco, and other commodities to foreign countries. Islands
of the Caribbean and various South American cities were frequent ports of
call for his ships. It is interesting to note that in the latter part of the
nineteenth century the Posomac River was famous for its sturgeon and the caviar
of exceptionally high quality obtained from them. The river must have been
well-stocked with other fish, as well; Captain John Harper sold on commission
Washington's whole catch of herring, as they came.
Although a Pennsylvania Quaker, and therefore a non-combatant, Captain John
was in sympathy with the colonies. In early 1775, when Washington was equipping
the independent companies of Prince William and Fairfax Counties in Virginia,
Captain John procured ammunition, casks of powder, drums and colors from Philadelphia
for three fo these companies. Captain John Harper is listed in the DAR Patriots
Captain John purchased a great deal of real estate in Alexandria and Fairfax
County. Some of that in Fairfax was so extensive that portions were divided
into lots and sold to the public, shortly after the Revolution. His remaingin
holdings still were such as to cause several historians to remark that on
his death Captain John left a house and lot to each of his twenty-nine children!
Those were slight overstatements; all his twenty-nine children were not even
liveing when Captain John died. Many who were alive at that time, and even
some of his grandchildren who had lost their Harper parents, did receive real
property, though, and many of these parcels of land did have houses on them.
In his early years in Alexandria, Captain John's sea captains needed houses
nearby for their families. Several of these captains lived in houses built
by Captain John shortly after the Revolution; these were in the 100-200 blocks
of Prince Street, on lots that had been bought by Captain John from John Hough
of Loudon County in June of 1772. This is one example of his foresight and
planning. The houses Captain John built on the north side of the 100 block
of Prince Street, in one of which he, himself, once lived, are known to this
day as "Captain's Row." They are still occupied, and bear the city's
historical markers alongside their front doors. This block of Prince Street
is still paved with the original cobblestones; even the springs and rubber
tires of modern automobiles do not appreciable dampen out the jolts caused
by these round-topped stones, said to have arrived as ballast in returning
Captain John also bought an estate for himself in adjoining Fairfax County,
called "Walnut Hill". It was very near Ash Grove, the home at that
time of Bryan, Lord Fairfax, who was his intimate friend and whose estate
he administered in 1802. Several of Captain John's children were born at Walnut
Hill. In the latter part of his life, Captain John built two brick houses
on the east side of Washington Street in Alexandria, just south of Prince
Street. These also are still occupied; it was in one of them that he die in
Captain John Harper was a Federalist and was one of several men appointed
Justices of the Peace by President John Adams on 3 March, 1801, the last day
Adams was in office. Although the appointments were made, signed, confirmed
by the Senate and sealed, four of them -- including Captain John Harper's
-- were not delivered. Jefferson, upon coming into office, at once ordered
these commissions withheld, saying that they had been crowded in by Adams
at the last moment formen known to be his political enemies, and were "an
outrage to decency." There was quite an uproar, and a Surpreme Court
case over this action (Marbury-Madison case), but the commissions never were
Many of Captain John's children and grandchildren became prominent and well
known in the Alexandria area, and married into other highly-regarded families.
(see family pages for marriages of Captain John's children).
Birthday Balls, in honor of former President George Washington, were held
annually for may years in Alexandria. On the occasion of Washington's last
Birthday Ball, held on 11 February, 1799, at the famous Gadsby's Tavern in
Alexandria, the Alexandria Artillery, commanded by Captain William Harper,
fired a special salute. Among the ladies invited to this Ball were Mrs. Edward
harper (wife of Captain John's son Edward), Mrs. Samuel Harper (probable the
wife of another son of Captain John) and three Miss Harpers. Note that Washington's
birthday was 11 February under the Old Style calendar; it was changed to 22
February after his dath because of the eleven days dropped in 1752 when the
Gregorian Calendar was adopted by England.
Both Captain John Harper and his son Captain William were members of the Masonic
"Lodge of Washington" in Alexandria. This was Lodge No. 22 A.F.
& A.M., of which George Washington was the first Worshipful Master. Members
of this lodge participated as a unit in the funeral ceremonies for George
Although Captain John Harper was a Quaker in Philadelphia, many of whom were
driven away from there by persecution on account of their aversion to warfare,
he became a Presbyterian in Alexandria; virtually all the members of his family
were members of this same faith. Initially, they were members of the Frist
Presbyterian Church, better known as the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, on
South Fairfax Street. The Register of Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals
of this church is full of the names of members of Harper families, those they
married, and their children. In march, 1817, thirty-nine people (men and women)
broke away from the First Churhc and formed the Second Presbyterian Churhc
of Alexandria. At least ten of these were Harpers, many of whom became leaders
in the new church. This, however, was after the death of Captain John.
Captain John Harper died 7 May, 1804, in his house on Washington Street in
Alexandria. There were no official death certificates at that time, but the
church Register shows his death at the age of 76 years to have been due to
"Old age." Captain John was buried in the graveyard of the Old Presbyterian
Meeting House. His grave is near those of two of his daughters, Mary Vowell,
wife of Thomas Vowell, and Margaret (Peggy) Vowell, wife of John C. Vowell.
Captain John's son Edward, who married Rosalie Hickerson of Down, Ireland,
died in 1830 at the age of 40 years, of consumption; he also is reported to
be buried in this graveyard. Captain John's grave, that of his son Captain
William Harper, and that of Captain Geroge North (of whom, more later) are
now uner the enlarged church, close to the north wall.
NOTE: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HARPER FAMILY SEE NOTES OF MARGARET (lnu)
HARPER, WIFE OF ROBERT HARPER.
Notes for MARGARETA ARCHER:
***NOTE: CONTINUED FROM NOTES OF THOMAS HARPER
Of the twenty reported children of Captain John
Harper and his first wife, Sarah Wells, only fourteen are named in his will.
The other six must have died earlier without issue. At that time, a relatively
high proportion of all children appeared to die either in infancy or before
reaching adulthood. Even among adults, there were many deaths attributed to
consumption, pleurisy, and fevers of various kinds. This high death rate among
children and young adults probably necessitated the large families so often
seen at that time; they served to insure survival of the family.
Letter from William Walton Harper to Samuel D. Harper.
(Typed from a photocopy of original handwritten letter which is in the possession
of Mrs. Lawrence T. Allison, Colorado Springs, Colorado.)
(written prior June, 1905)
Mr. Samuel D. Harper
My Dear Sir,
I am in receipt of your esteemed letter of the 9th inst., and take pleasure
in giving you some of the genealogy of the Harpers.
the Harper genealogy extends back to the period of the year 900 A.D. in England,
and is exceedingly interesting reading in all its details. The Harpers were
of the Nobility of Englnad, they were Barons, and were by marriage, connected
with Lords, Earls, Dukes & C of the highest and most influential in the
realm of Old England.
John Harper, a son of Sir robert Harper, Kent, descended from Sir John Harper,
Kent, who with his sons, Sir Henry, Sir Robert and Sir William Harper, all
of them crusaders under King Richard of England, were created Knights by the
King for daring exploits on the battle fields of Ascaton, Acre, and Jerusalem,
in the Holy Land.
Lional Lee the ancestor of the Virginia Lees, was knighted at same time by
the King. The said John harper, Kent, son of Sir John harper, Kent, while
yet in England, bought of WM Penn, 500 acres of land near Philadelphia, PA
and willed it to his son, Robert Harper, who was in Philadelphia, but it was
only a life interest, so that at the death of said Robert the land should
be owned by John Harper a grandson of said John and son of said Robert Harper,
this John Harper, the grandson, was born in Philadelphia in Oct. 1728, and
removed to and settled in Alexandria, VA before 1776, became wealthy in the
South American and West Indian Trade. Owned ships & C died and was buried
in Alex. VA.
Capt. Wm Harper a son of said John Harper who was called Capt John Harper,
left college when he was only 16 years old, joined the army and crossed the
Delaware with Washingtons army, and fought in the battles of Trenton, Monmouth,
Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, and else were, and all his expenses were
paid by his father, making his services free to the Government. Capt Wm Harper
married Miss Mary Scull, her father, grandfather, and great grandfather, held
the office of Surveyor Generals of the Penn. Colony from 1719 to 1760. One
of the family was a Major in the Continental army, and was Sect. of Board
of war. Another one was an officer in the Navy and died a glorious death while
in battle on his warships. Several of this family were in the continental
army. The Sculls and Biddles were relatives Hon. Nicholas Biddle Pres. of
the Old Government Bank in Phil. was her uncle. James Biddle was Vice Pres.
of penn. while Benjamine Franklin was its Pres. Capt. Wm Harper married his
wife in the parlor of the house of many parlors built by John Penn, a son
of Wm Penn and was occupied by the early Governors, of Penn.
This Capt. Wm Harper was the father of your grandfather Samuel Davis Harper.
He died in Alexandria in about 1829. His father Capt John harper died in Alex.
in 1804, both buried there. In 1793. Capt. Wm Harper with his artillery company
went with Genl Washington to the city of Washington to lay the corner stone
of the U.S. Capitol.
On the return of the soldiers to Alex. they with Washington marched to the
country seat of Capt Wm Harper called Rose Hill near Alex. and partook of
a Sumptous dinner, and Washington christened the place, Federal Hill by which
name it is now known. Capt. Wm Harper was amember of Washington Lodge of Masons,
while Washington was its Master. When Washington was buried, Capt Wm Harper
with his company at Mt Vernon, fired the munute gun of the Four Leutenants
of the 106. VA regiment who carried the body of Washington from the Mansion
to his tomb, the wife of Wm Moss, a lawyer, of Fairfax Co, VA was a sister
of Capt. Wm Harper. The wife of George Wise sq. was a Newton, a sister of
my mother, Robert Harper a brother of Capt Wm Harper amrried Sarah Washington
daughter of Col. John Washington of Westmoreland Co VA a near blooded relation
of Genl. Washington. The wife of John Harper, another brother of Capt. Wm
Harper, was a daughter of Col. John West 6th in descent from Hon. John West
Governor of VA Colony in 1635, and a brother of Lord Delaware. She was an
aunt of the wife of Col. Samuel Washington the eldest brogher of Genl. George
Washington. Samuel Harper another brother of Capt. Wm Harper, married Sarah
Brooke daughter of Dr. Richard of Marlborough, MD, whose wifes mother was
a neice of Lord Baltimore. Dr. Brookes grandfather was a nephew of Lord Baltimore.
His wife Sarah was a neice of Col. John Smith of the British Guards, a nephew
of Lord Baltimore.
Sarah Harper a sister of Capt. William Harper married --- Lloyd, and their
son John Lloyd married harriet Ann Lee, a granddaughter of Richard Henry Lee
of 1776 fame Signer of the of the Declaration of Independance a near relative
of Light Horse Harry Lee of 1776, the father of Genl. Robert E Lee and of
the late Genl. Fitzhugh Lee exgovenor of VA and Genl. in the U.S. Army.
Your grandfather, Samuel D Harper, married Sarah North, a daughter of Capt.
George North, a Revolutionary soldier, who died Dec. 29, 1814. There is a
monument to his memory in the Presbyterian Cemetary at Alex. VA. Col. Wm D
North and Rev. Green North were brothers of Mrs. George North.
Child of ROBERT HARPER and MARGARETA ARCHER is:
2. i. JOHN7 HARPER, b. 03 Oct 1728, Philadelphia, PA; d. 07 May 1804, Alexandria,
Generation No. 2
2. JOHN7 HARPER (ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3,
WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 03 Oct 1728 in Philadelphia, PA (Source:
(1) Sarah T.L. Anderson, "Lewises, Meriwethers & Their Kin",
1938 p 311., (2) FL Brockett, Comp., "The Lodge of Washington" 1876
p. 105., (3) Mary G Powell, "The History of Old Alexandria, VA"
1928 p 313.), and died 07 May 1804 in Alexandria, VA (Source: "Register
of the Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, D.C. 1800-1861" p. 19.). He
married (1) SARAH WELLS 20 Oct 1750 (Source: (1) John B. Linn & Wm H Egle
ed., "Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790" 1979 p. 358., (2) William
Wade Hinshaw, "Encyclopedia of Amer. Quaker Genealogy Vol. 2," 1936
p 681.), daughter of JOSEPH WELLS. She was born in PA, and died Bet. 1776
- 1780. He married (2) MARY REYNOLDS 25 Nov 1782 (Source: Eliza Timberlake
Davis, "Frederick County, VA Marriages (1771-1825), 1941.), daughter
of JOHN REYNOLDS. She was born 04 Jun 1756 in Londonderry, Ireland, and died
1832 in Hartford, Ohio.
Notes for JOHN HARPER:
See John Lloyd ( 11/16/1775 ) for reference:
A shipbuilder of Philadelphia and Alexandria.
Father of 29 children, one of them being Sarah,
who married Nicholas Warner Lloyd.
John Harper was a successful and prosperous shipbuilder
in Philadelphia but moved to Alexandria with his large family. He was a Quaker,
believing in pacifist principles, and Quakers were unpopular in Philadelphia
at that time because they would not support the Revolutionary War. In Alexandria,
John Harper built a shipping establishment on the Potomac at the foot of Princ
Street, and soon became a prominent figure in the commercial life of the thriving
The first Harper that we know of in Pennsylvania
arrived about 1680, and was named in a court case in Chester in 1682. Our
ancestor John Harper was born near Philadelphia in 1728, apparently a grandson
of the original settler. In 1750 he married Sarah Wells, daughter of Joseph
Wells, and in the next quarter century had by her no less than 20 children
whose names were duly inscribed in the Harper family Bible. The names of the
first 14 and the last nine were legible, but one daughter had torn out the
page reporting her date of birth, hoping to protect the secret of how old
whe was! So several names, from 15 to 20, were lost.
After the death of John's wife Sarah, he remarried
to Mary Caswell, a widow, daughter of John Reynolds. She presented the indefatiguable
Captain Harper with nine more children, born practically up to the time of
his death at the age of 76. Moreover, she also brought up three grandchildren
from the first marriage -- John Lloyd, son of Sarah Harper Lloyd, and two
of his female first cousins. John Harper became quite prominent in the business
and community life of Alexandria. In addition to a house in the city, he bought
a considerable acreage of land in nearby Fairfax County and built a home known
as "Walnut Hill." He was a neighbor of Brian, Lord Fairfax, developed
a warm friendship with him, and when Fairfax died in 1802 John Harper became
the executor of his estate.
When Young Capt John had a vessel and engaged
in West India trade. Then went Philladelphia and then Alexandria, where was
engaged in West India and So. American Trade. On 1st City Council Alexandria;
bought "Walnut Hill" Ffx He is buried against North wall of Old
Presbyterian Meeting house graveyard.
29 children by Sarah; (most buried Presby): note:
some say 20 children by Sarah and 9 by Mary
Of the twenty reported children of Captain John Harper and his first wife,
Sarah Wells, only fourteen are named in his will. The other six must have
died earlier without issue. At that time, a relatively high proportion of
all children appeared to die either in infancy or before reaching adulthood.
Even among adults, there were many deaths attributed to consumption, pleurisy,
and fevers of various kinds. This high death rate among children and young
adults probably necessitated the large families so often seen at that time;
they served to insure survival of the family.
Source: Robert H. Wilson, "The Story of Old Town & "Gentry Row
in Alexandria Virginia", 1983, p 17
May 5, 1773 Reese Meredith, prominent Philadelphia business man wrote a letter
of introduction to Geo Washington on behalf of John Harper and his business
partner Wm Hartshorne.
Source: Donald Jackson, ed., "The Diaries
of George Washington, III" 1978 p 187
June 11, 1773 Captain John Harper and three other gentlemen (one being Ebeneezer
Large) dined with George Washington at Mt. Vernon. He spent the night there
and left the next morning after breakfast.
Feb 14, 1775 Stayed at Mt. Vernon with several
Source: James D Munson, "Col John Carlyle,
Gent. A true and Just Account of the Man and His House 1720-1780" 1986
May 1774 in response to the "Coercive Acts" instituted by the crown
"The Committee of Correspondence of Alexandria VA established itself
and awaited results of a Williamsburg conference on new Resolves. The Committee
was John Carlyle, John Dalton, Wm Ramsay, Robert Adam, Dr. Wm Rumney, James
Kirk, James Hendricks, Robert Hanson Harrison, George Gilpin, and Captain
John Harper. With the exception of the doctor, they were all Merchants, including
the sea captain."
Source: Mary G Powell, "The History of Old
Alexandria, VA" 1928 p 318
1775 On belf of George Washington, Captain John Harper procured ammunition,
casks of powder, drums, and colors from Philadelphia for three of the independent
companies of Prince William and Fairfax Counties in VA
Source: "William and Mary Quarterly, Vol.
II, Oct 1922, No. 4 p. 292-293
Oct 25, 1779 John Harper, Robert Harper, Joseph Harper are among 36 petitioners
who were "Merchants & Adventurers to Sea, in the town of Alexandria:
to the Commonwealth of VA legislature to establish of Naval Office at Alexandria.
1779 Elected member of the first city council
Source: "William and Mary Quarterly, Vol.
I" 1921 p 63-65
May 27, 1780 Hooe & Harrisons, Richard Conway, & John Harper as Subscribers,
Subjects of the State and Adventurers to Foreign Countries by Sea petitions
the General Assembly of VA to reconsider the taxation of importers.
Source: "Calendar of VA State Papers. Vol
5" p. 617-619
John Harper with son John and son-in-law Jos Grenway (Greenway) & Thos
Vowell, Jr. signed a petition along with 96 ohter inhabitants of Alexandria
and Fairfax Co asking Gov. Henry Lee that a slave named Will, belonging to
Jacob Fortney be deported instead of being executed. The offence for which
he was convicted according to the laws of the Land dictate execution. The
petitioners state that the Law appears to have two objects 1 - to prevent
the individual from further Transgressions and 2 - deter others from the same
practice. They feel the intention of the Government would be fulfilled and
the feeling of humanity not offended by pardoning Will upon codition that
He be shipped to some West Indies settlement and not be permitted to return.
Source: "Lewises, Merriwethers and Their
Kin" by S. T. L. Scott Anderson.
"...He lost his father when a boy. He and his mother were in reduced
circumstances. He overheard his uncle and a family friend urging his mother
to bind him out to a trade. To this he was unwilling, so he ran away to sea."
"...on one voyage he was shipwrecked on the coast of France and swam
ashore, holding his father's watch in his mouth. Eventuraly he became a large
owner and accumulated quite a fortune."
"He came here (Alexandria) as a man of means,
and soon became a prosperous merchant, doing business with William Hartshorne
at Harper's Wharf at the foot of Prince Street.
"In 1780 Captain Harper was elected a member of the first City Council,
Robert T. Hooe, Mayor. He build several of those large brick houses on the
north side of Prince Street, in one of which he lived; in another Dr. Dick
resided. Captain Harper also bought an estate in Fairfax County called "Walnut
Hill" very near Ash Grove, the home at that time of Bryan Lord Fairfax,
who was his intimate friend, and whose estate he administered in 1802.
"At Walnut Hill several of his children were born. In the latter years
of his life he built the two small brick houses on Washington Street south
of Prince on the east side. Here he died on May 7th, 1804. "While a non-combatant,
Captain Harper was in sympathy with the colonies, and when Washington was
equipping the Independent Companies of Prince William and Fairfax he procured
ammunition, eight casks of powder, drums and colors for three companies.
"He was largely interested in the export to foreign countries of grain,
flour and other commodities. He sold on commission Washington's whole catch
of herring as they came, and is frequently mentioned in business transactions
in Washington's diaries.
"Captain Harper united with the old Presbyterian Church on Fairfax Street,
and was buried in the grounds there on the north side near the tomb of John
Carlyle, where also a number of this children lie. He was a member of the
Washington Lodge of Masons, and was present at the funeral of General Washington,
where his son, Captain William Harper, commanded the Artillery Company. "There
are several Harper families in Alexandria, but Captain Harper leaves here
no descendant of his name with the exception of Mis Margaret Harper of Washington
Street, whereas through female lines he is largely represented by the Lloyds,
Booths, Garnetts, Gregorys and Uhiers. Right Reverend Arthur Lloyd of New
York is his great-great-grandson, and a host of descendants may be found in
the Valley of Virginia and the Middle West." Source: Mary G. Powell,
"The History of Old Alexandria, Virginia" 1928 (reprinted 2000 by
Willow Bend Books) PP 313-314.
More About CAPTAIN JOHN HARPER:
Appointed: March 03, 1801, Justice of the Peace by John Adams (never delivered;
nixed by Thomas Jefferson
Burial: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria, Virginia
Diary entry: February 24, 1775, Lodged at Mt. Vernon
Elected: 1779, First city council of Alexandria, Virginia (Robt. T. Hooe,
Member: 1775, Mason in George Washington's Lodge 22~
Nickname: 1800, "Captain John Harper"
Property: Abt. 1790, Ocean-going ships, warehouse and wharf, Alexandria, Virginia
Religion: 1775, Quaker
Residence: 1796, 209 Prince Street
Notes for SARAH WELLS:
had 20 children
Notes for MARY REYNOLDS:
A widow and daughter of John Reynolds of Winchester
One source has last name of first husband as Cunningham, the other has Caswell
Source: Eliza Timberlake Davis, "Frederick
County, VA Marriages (1771-1825), 1941
States Nov. 25, 1782 John Harper married Mary Reynolds Cunningham.
Had nine children with John Harber
Children of JOHN HARPER and SARAH WELLS are:
i. JOSEPH8 HARPER, b. 27 Jul 1751, Philadelphia PA; d. 30 Nov 1809, Alexandria,
VA of palsey (Source: "Register of the Presbyterian Church of Alexandria,
D.C. 1800-1861" p. 19.); m. SALLY (ELIZA) PEARSON.
ii. JOHN HARPER, b. 29 May 1753, Philadelphia PA; d. Bef. 1797; m. MARGARET
3. iii. SARAH HARPER, b. 16 Apr 1755, Philadelphia PA; d. 10 Nov 1779.
iv. ROBERT HARPER, b. 02 Apr 1757, Philadelphia PA; d. Bef. 1797; m. SARAH
v. REBECCA HARPER, b. 16 Aug 1759, Philadelphia PA; d. 1803, Alexandria; m.
4. vi. WILLIAM HARPER, b. 14 Mar 1761, Philadelphia PA; d. 18 Apr 1829, Alexandria,
vii. EDWARD HARPER, b. 01 Aug 1763, Philadelphia PA; d. 04 Dec 1803, Alexandria,
VA; m. ROSALIE HICKERSON.
viii. SAMUEL HARPER, b. 24 Jan 1765, Philadelphia PA; d. 25 Dec 1834, Upper
Marlborough, MD; m. SARAH BROOKE, 23 Jul 1789; b. 1772.
Notes for SARAH BROOKE:
Invited - February 22, 1799, the "birthnight Ball" - annual birthday
celebration for George Washington in Alexandria, VA
ix. ELIZABETH HARPER, b. 1767, Philadelphia PA;
m. THOMAS BLUCHER, Apr 1794 (Source: Register of Presbyterian church of Alexandria.);
b. of Georgetown, VA.
Notes for ELIZABETH HARPER:
One source has Thomas Blucher as her husband.
5. x. CHARLES HARPER, b. 07 Mar 1768, Philadelphia PA; d. 09 May 1848, Ivy,
Albemarle Co., VA.
xi. FRANCES RUSH HARPER, b. 1769, Philadelphia PA; m. JOSHUA RIDDLE, Feb 1795
(Source: "Register of the Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, D.C. 1800-1861".).
Notes for FRANCES RUSH HARPER:
xii. MARY HARPER, b. 28 Feb 1772, Philadelphia
PA; d. 13 Aug 1805, Alexandria; m. THOMAS VOWELL, Sep 1794.
xiii. MARGARET HARPER, b. 1775; d. Jul 1806, Alexandria; m. JOHN CRIPS VOWELL,
28 Oct 1795.
xiv. RUTH HARPER, b. Bet. 1775 - 1781; m. WILLIAM MOSS.
Children of JOHN HARPER and MARY REYNOLDS are:
xv. ROBERT8 HARPER, b. 05 Dec 1784, Fairfax Co., VA; d. ABT 1804, Lost at
xvi. JOHN HARPER, b. 04 Apr 1786; d. 1805, Drowned washed into sea in the
West Indies during a storm.
xvii. SARAH HARPER, b. 08 Sep 1787.
xviii. JAMES HARPER, b. 30 Dec 1788; d. 26 Feb 1854; m. ELIZA WARD.
xix. SARAH ANN HARPER, b. 12 Dec 1790.
xx. NANCY HARPER, b. 04 May 1794, Fairfax Co., VA; d. 12 Jul 1871, Washington,
IL; m. (1) (FNU) KING; m. (2) WELLS ANDREWS, 14 Sep 1819, Alexandria, VA;
b. 21 Nov 1787, Hartland, CT; d. 14 Feb 1867, Washington, IL.
Notes for WELLS ANDREWS:
Notes for WELLS ANDREW S:
Born in Hartland, Connecticut on Nov 21, 1787. Graduated Jefferson College
in 1812 and attended Princeton Theological Seminary 1814-16. He was licensed
in 1816 and did missionary work in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania and Wilmington,
North Carolina 18 16-17. He was received by the Winchester Presbytery from
the Presbytery of New Brunswick November 12, 1817 and ordained January 11,
1818 of the Second Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, Virgina. He was dismissed
October 29, 1824 to join D.C. Presbytery. He was the pastor of the congregation
at Hartford Centre, Connecticut 1827-37 and was a pastor at Ogeithorpe University
1837-43. He joined the New School branch. He spent time in Prarie and Tremont
Illinois, 1843-1855 and Washington, illinois 1856-67, all in Tazewell Co.
He died in Washington, February 14, 1867 aged 79. Source: "Biographies
of Early American Presbyterians" http://sdss4.physic5.lsa.Umich.ed~ 8O8O/~mckay/amckay/PreSbi0
More About WELLS ANDREWS:
Graduation: 1816, Princeton Theological Seminary
Moved: 1804, Hartford, Ohio
Occupation 1: 1817, Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, VA
Occupation 2: 1805, taught school in Ohio
xxi. JOSHUA RIDDLE HARPER, b. 13 Apr 1796, Fairfax
Co., VA; d. 26 Feb 1882, Geneseo, IL; m. SARAH THOMAS, 15 Oct 1838; b. Winthrop,
ME; d. 03 Oct 1890.
xxii. RUTH (?) HARPER, b. 1798.
xxiii. SOPHIA HARPER, b. 22 Sep 1797, Alexandria; d. 12 Jan 1807, Alexandria.
Generation No. 3
3. SARAH8 HARPER (JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4,
HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 16 Apr 1755 in Philadelphia
PA, and died 10 Nov 1779. She married NICHOLAS WALAND LLOYD, son of THOMAS
LLOYD and SUSANNA KEARNEY.
Notes for SARAH HARPER:
See John Lloyd ( 11/16/1775 ) for reference:
- A lady who had the distinction of being one of the 29 children of the shipbuilder
John Harper, of - Philadelphia and Alexandria.
Her father strongly disapproved of her marriage
and after her death raised her son as his own.
Sarah died when her son John was born or in his
Notes for NICHOLAS WALAND LLOYD:
For more info. about Nicholas Lloyd see notes of John Lloyd
One source has middle name as Waland
Married Sarah Harper of Alexandria against everybody's
wishes. He was "dissipated"
Religion: dropped from the Society of Friends
for marrying out of the Meeting and removed to Baltimore, MD
Child of SARAH HARPER and NICHOLAS LLOYD is:
6. i. JOHN HARPER9 LLOYD, b. 16 Nov 1775, Alexandria, VA; d. 22 Jul 1854,
4. WILLIAM8 HARPER (JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2,
THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 14 Mar 1761 in Philadelphia PA, and died 18 Apr 1829
in Alexandria, VA. He married MARY SCULL 14 Jun 1781 in Philadelphia, PA at
the "House of Many Parlors", daughter of WILLIAM SCULL and JANE
LODGE. She was born May 1763 in Philadelphia, PA, and died 1841.
Notes for WILLIAM HARPER:
Enlisted, 1776, and was in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, and
Capt. William Harper commanded artillery at GW
Member Abt. 1778, Lodge No. 22, AF&AM with
George Wasington; particulated in his funerl
Military Service 1: 1776, Service in the Revolutionary War
Military Service 2: 1776, Crossed the Delaware with Geo. Washington
Military Service 3: 1777, Captain Robb's company, Colonel Stewart's 13th PA
Nickname: 1777, "Captain"
Relationship: 1820, Was 6th of 20 Children; 14 full siblings
Residence 1: 1775, George Washington nicknamed his home "Federal Hill"
after a dinner there on the day the cornerstone for the US Capitol was laid
Residence 2: 1775, 36 Washington St. Alexandria, VA
Married at the "House of Many Parlors".
Children of WILLIAM HARPER and MARY SCULL are:
7. i. WILLIAM9 HARPER, JR, b. 28 Apr 1787, Alexandria, VA; d. 01 Sep 1852,
8. ii. JOEL ZANE HARPER, b. 16 Jun 1794, Alexandria, VA; d. 18 Oct 1864, Upperville,
Fauquier Co., VA.
iii. JOHN HARPER, d. 19 Mar 1838; m. SARAH DAVIS.
iv. ROBERT HARPER, d. Bef. 1829; m. MARY A DAVIS.
9. v. SAMUEL DAVIS HARPER, b. 03 Jan 1792; d. 14 Sep 1858.
vi. CHARLES HARPER, b. 1796; d. 06 Oct 1863, Jefferson Co, VA.
Notes for CHARLES HARPER:
Nickname 1863 "Colonel"
Residence: 1863, Shepardstown, VA
5. CHARLES8 HARPER (JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4,
HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 07 Mar 1768 in Philadelphia
PA, and died 09 May 1848 in Ivy, Albemarle Co., VA. He married (1) SARAH JANNEY
28 Dec 1791. He married (2) LUCY SMITHER 28 Mar 1797, daughter of MARK SMITHER
and WILMOTH SYDNOR.
Notes for CHARLES HARPER:
Came to Alexandria with his family from Philadelphia just before the REvolutionary
War. He told his children how, at age 8 he helped his father hide money and
other valuables from the British in the cellar. (reference: "Lewises,
Meriwethers and Their Kin" By Sarah Travers Lewis (Scott) Anderson)
Moved: 1812, to "Spring Hill" in Albermarle
Children of CHARLES HARPER and SARAH JANNEY are:
10. i. JOSEPH9 HARPER.
11. ii. SARAH HARPER.
Children of CHARLES HARPER and LUCY SMITHER are:
iii. MARY9 HARPER, b. 23 May 1798.
iv. WILLIAM HARPER, b. 01 May 1800.
v. CHARLES BENNET HARPER, b. 13 May 1802.
vi. GABRIEL SMITHER HARPER, b. 17 May 1804; d. Jan 1872.
vii. ROBERT BURNS HARPER, b. 07 Jun 1816.
viii. LYDIA ANNA HARPER, b. 24 Feb 1809.
ix. LUCY SYDNOR HARPER, b. 08 Dec 1811, "Spring Hill", Ivy, VA;
d. 04 Dec 1885, Galveston TX.
x. NANCY HARPER, b. 27 Sep 1814.
xi. ELIZA JANE HARPER, b. 27 Dec 1817.
Generation No. 4
6. JOHN HARPER9 LLOYD (SARAH8 HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6,
JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 16 Nov
1775 in Alexandria, VA, and died 22 Jul 1854 in Alexandria, VA. He married
(1) REBECCA JANNEY 30 Nov 1798, daughter of JOSEPH JANNEY and HANNAH JONES.
She was born 14 Aug 1776 in Quaker village of Waterford in Loudoun Co, VA,
and died 1819 in buried in Christ Church cemetery off wilkes Street. He married
(2) ANNE HARRIOTTE LEE 02 Nov 1820 in Ellersley, Loudoun County, VA, daughter
of EDMUND LEE and SARAH LEE. She was born 06 Mar 1799, and died 10 Sep 1863.
Notes for JOHN HARPER LLOYD:
This comes from, "A Profile of JOHN LLOYD - - Alexandria Merchant and
Businessman", 1775-1854; T. Michael Miller, Alexandria Library, Lloyd
House, June 1984.
Born on the 16th of November, 1775, John Lloyd was the only son of Nicolas
Warne Lloyd and Sarah harper of Philadelphia.(1) His maternal grandfather
was the famous Capt. John Harper (1728-1804) of Revolutionary war fame. Capt.
Harper, a Quaker, who was born in Philadelphia in 1728 was married twice.
His first wife was Sarah Wells of Pennsylvania by whom he had 20 children.
Upon her death, Mary Cunningham, a widow and daughter of John Reynolds of
Winchester became his spouse. By her, he had nine children. It is thought
that Capt. Harper was residing in Alexandria by 1773. Insurance records definitely
place him at 209 Prince Street in 1796. Although a Quaker, Capt. Harper was
instrumental in securing gunpowder from Philadelphia for the Prince William
and Fairfax County militias during the revolution. After the war, he carried
on an extensive merchantile and trading business at his wharf at Prince and
Union Street. He later constructed a large number of homes for many of his
children on the north side of the 100 block of Prince Street commonly referred
to as Captain's row. Capt. Harper died in 1804, age seventy-six and was buried
in the Old Presbyterian Metting House cemetery.(2)
On his paternal side, John Lloyd's ancestory
can be traced back to Edward the First, King of England (1239-1307). His great-great
grandfather, was Thomas Lloyd (b. 1640; d. 1694) Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania
and President of the Council from 1684 to 1693. He was a graduate of Jesus
College, Oxford and had studied medicine.(3)
John's grandfather, Thomas Lloyd (d. 1754) of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania married Susanna Owen, widow of Dr. Edward Owen
on May 31, 1734.(4) They had a son named Nicholas Waland Lloyd who was John
Lloyd's father. Nicholas was dropped from the Society of Friends for marrying
out of the Meeting and removed to Baltimore, Maryland. (5) Little else is
known about Nicholas or his life in Philadelphia or Baltimore. He married
Sarah Harper, a daughter of Capt. John Harper and family tradition states
that Lloyd was "dissipated". Their union did not have the blessing
of the Harper family. As an only child, John Lloyd's parents died when he
was young and he was raised by his grandfather, Capt. John Harper, a stern
disciplanarian. Harper supposedly never forgave his daughter for running away
with Nicholas Lloyd and thus never spoke to John about his father's background.
FORMATIVE YEARS -
John Lloyd, as a charge of his grandfather, must have been familiar with the
sights and sounds of the busy seaport of Alexandria in the 1770's and 80's.
No doubt, he was influenced by his grandfather's business acumen and insight.
Lloyd first emerges from the shadowy pages of
the past as an entry in the 1796 Alexandria tax records.(6) This document
asserts that he rented a lot on Duke Street from Joseph Coleman that year.
In 1797, John Lloyd advertised in the "Alexandria Advertiser Times"
for a runaway apprentice:
3 Pence Reward
Ran Away from the subscriber, on the 8th instant
an apprentice boy, named John Hilliar; about 14 years of age: his parents
live in or near Leesburg, and it is supposed that he is not far from them.
The above reward will be given for him without thanks.(7)
On November 30, 1798, John married Rebecca Janney,
daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Jones) Janney of Pennsylvania. She was born
in Alexandria on August 14, 1776.(8) As a result of marrying out side her
religion, Rebecca was dismissed form the Fairfax Quaker Assembly on May 25,
1799 but was later re-instated on September 23, 1809.(9) During their nineteen
years of marriage, John and Rebecca sired eight children. These included the
Nicholas Waln Lloyd, born: 28 October 1801; died young.
Horatio Nelson Lloyd, born: 2 January 1804. died
unmarried in Mississippi, 13 March 1860
Selina Lloyd, Born: 30 September 1807; died:
4 August 1871; married 28 September 1830,Charles Levin Powell - 7 children
Alfred Lloyd, born: 1811, died: age one year
Richard Henry Lloyd, born: 15 July 1815; died:
24 February 1883; married (1) Mary Fife - one child, married (2) Elizabeth
Jenkins, 5 children - Home - "Balmont", Now St. Agnes School.
Frederick Lloyd, born: October 1817; died: 28
November, 1868; merried 1852 - Lucy Lee Powell, daughter of Alfred Harrison
Powell - no issue.
(Notes of Mahlon Hopkins Janney, 1812 K street,
N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006, 1956. 28 August 1966, age 85; son of Mahlon Hopkins
& ... Jameson Janney. Buried St. Paul's Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.
*Children of John Janney and Eliza Armistead
Mary Bowles - died young
Rebecca Janney married Rev. Henry Melville Jackson
- one son - died young
John Janney Lloyd, Jr. - married Ella Hubard
- 5 children
Nellie Selden Lloyd, born: 3 March 1853, died:
15 March 1931; married August 8, 1876, George Uhler, born: 9 January 1849;
died: 11 December 1925. They had Katharine Griffith, John Lloyd**, and Nellie
Eliza Fontaine Lloyd, married: (1) Rowland D.
Burks - daughter Eliza Fontaine Lloyd, (2) Clarence Woolfolk - son, clarence
Alexander Woolfolk, married: Zoe ..., no issue.
Arthur Selden Lloyd, married: 30 June 1880, Elizabeth
Robertson Blackford, died: March 1932; He was born at "Mt. Ida,"
Alexandria County, Virginia 3 May 1857, died: 22 July 1936 at Stanford, County.
There were six children: Arthur - died young, Mary robertson married Rev.
Edmund Pendleton Dandridge - 2 children, Elizabeth and Edmund: Elizabeth Blackford
married Charles j. Symington, died: 5 November 1958, - 4 children: Gay Blackford
married Rev. Churchill Gibson in 1913, was born 1888, died: 5 October 1960
- 4 children: John died: 1922 of World War I wounds, unmarried; Rebecca married
Gavin Hadden - he died 195_, she 7 December 1964, issue 5 children.
**Eliza Armistead Selden Uhler married Thomas
anderson Sommers - issue 2; son & Rebecca Lloyd Uhler married Charles
Calvert Smoot, III, issue 4; 3 daughters & 1 son - John Lloyd Uhler married
Bertha Marr Stevenson - issue 1 daughter - died young; Katherine Griffith
Uhler - unmarried.
(Ref. Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families,
mary Selden Kennedy, 1911 - 2 Volumes - Frank Allaben Gen. Co. and Obit. notices)
Rebecca LLoyd died in 1819 and was interred in Christ Church cemetery off
Wilkes Street. One year - later John married into the famous Lee family of
Virginia. His bride was Ann Harriott Lee, eldest daughter of Edmund Lee, lawyer
and former mayor of Alexandria. They were married at Ellersley, Loudoun, County,
Virginia by Rev. Norris on November 9, 1820.(10) Anne Harriott was born March
6, 1799, and was the first cousin of Robert E. Lee. John Lloyd had six children
by Ann and they were:
Edmund Jennings Lloyd - born; August 27, 1822;
died: October 1, 1889. According to the 1880 census Edmund owned the Lloyd
House during that time frame. he never married and his occupation is listed
"...He was a captain in the commissary department of the Confederate
service during the war." (Civil War) Alexandria Gazette, 10/2/1889, p.
Rebecca Lloyd - born: June 7, 1824; died: July
17, 1873. She married Dr. John Prosser Tabb of Gloucester county, Virginia
and had 5 children: John, Matilda Prosser, John Lloyd, John Prosser, and Rebecca
Anne Harriotte - Born: January 7, 1826; died:
June 23, 1888. Anne married the Rev. John Stearns and had four children: Mary
who married William Hoge; John, Rebecca, who married William Hastings; and
Lawrence Stearns. Recently, Mrs. Byron White donated som 700 letters of Anne
Harriotte Stearns to the Lloyd House manuscript collection. (1984)
George Francis Lloyd - born: October 28, 1828;
died: October 1866. He married Mary Pindle Hammond and sired three children:
Nelson, who married a Miss Morris; Nannie, who married Robert Hare Delafield;
Francis Frederick, who married a Miss Taylor.
Jean Charlotte Washington Lloyd* - born: 1842;
died: ? She married Capt. Philip Tabb yeatman, C.S.S., in 1867. Yeatman was
living at 220 N. Washington Street (Lloyd House) in 1895-96 according to Richmond's
Alexandria Directory. He was a captain in the 26th Virginia Infantry (Wise's
Brigade) during the Civil War. Yeatman was born November 28, 1829 and died
March 18, 1897. Interment took place in christ Church Cemetery. After the
Civil War, Philip was a clerk with an unidentified company in Alexandria.
During the Yeatman occupancy of the Lloyd House, the United Daughters of the
Confederacy was formed there in 1895. Jean Charlotte Yeatman must have been
one of its charter members.
Mary Lee Lloyd* - born: 18__; died: 19__, Mary
Lloyd was probably the last member of the family to occupy 220 N. Washington
Street and the last member of the Lee family to reside in the structure.
(The above material is liberally quoted from E.J.
Lee, "Lees of Virginia", P. 381. *Indicates the members of the Lloyd
family probably born at 220 North Washington Street.)
During his lifetime, John Lloyd resided in several Alexandria locales. Tax
records and newspaper advertisements are useful tools in determining many
of these sites.
In 1797, Lloyd is listed as renting a house and
office from Jacob Leah valued at $400.(11) From 1801 to 1821, insurance maps
and tax assessment records place him on South Fairfax Street approximately
where the current Burke and Herbert parking lot is now situated. He first
rented and later purchased several buildings on the 100 block of South Fairfax
Street. these included a three story dwelling house, warehouse, carriage house
and stable. (See Appendix A) Initially these structures belonged to Eleanor
Doll and George Cooke. They owed John Lloyd $100, 000 which they failed to
pay. On the 20th of December 1815, lloyd purchased the above mentioned structures
for $5,000 on an unexpired lease from the Bank of the Potomac. In 1826, many
of these buildings were put up for sale:
On Monday the first day of January next, at 10 o'clock A.M. the subscriber
will offer at Public Sale, on the premises, that valuable
Lot of Ground and Improvements
Fronting on Fairfax and Water streets, between
King and Prince streets, now in the tenure of Wm. F. Thornton, and lately
occupied by John Lloyd. The lot fronts on Fairfax and Water streets 26 feet
5 inches on the former and 24 feet nine inches on the later. It extends northwardly
to Swift's Alley on which it binds 60 feet.
The improvements consist of a three story Brick
Dwelling House and Store on Fairfax Street, a Brick Stable and Carriage House,
and a three story Brick Warehouse on the Alley.
The above sale will be made under the authority
of a deed of trust from Geo. Janney to the subscriber.
R.J. Taylor, Trustee(13)
609 Oronoko Street - 1821 - 1823
Just after John Lloyd married Anne Harriott Lee,
He and his new bride moved into this Lee home. Formerly it had been owned
by John Hopkins, Richmond banker, who married Cornelia Lee, daughter of William
Lee of Greenspring. No doubt, Harriott wanted to be close to her Lee relatives
on the corner - her father, Edmund J. Lee resided across the street at 428
North Washington Street; the Kendalls who were her cousins lived at 429 North
Washington Street (Lee-Fendall House) and Robert E. Lee and his mother Ann
rented 607 Oronoko.
It is not positively known where John Lloyd domiciled
from 1823 until 1833. Possibly, he lived at Salisbury, his farm in Fairfax
County. (see page 13). In 1832, however, he bought the dwelling at 220 North
220 North Washington Street
Upon the death of the widow Hooe, 220 North Washington
Street was auctioned off. Benjamin Hallowell, Quaker schoolmaster, had previously
conducted a school there. He had hoped to purchase the property but was outbid
by John Lloyd who paid $3,450 for the site.(14) In a 1832 real estate advertisement,
the house was described as "a spacious brick dwelling now occupied and
used as the 'Alexandria Boarding School' by B. Hallowell."(15) The residence
was not formally conveyed to Lloyd until March 11, 1835. For the next 19 years,
he would reside here with his family until his death in 1854. The home would
remain in the Lloyd family until 1918.
Unfortunately, there is not available a wealth of information to flesh out
the character of John Lloyd. A guage of his civic mindedness, however, can
be measured by the number of social organizations in which he participated.
The February 27, 1819, edition of the Alexandria Gazett mentioned that John
Lloyd was a member of the Washington Society. This association was formed
in 1800 shortly after the death of George Washington. composed of some of
the most influencial patricians of Alexandria, its goals were to perpetuate
the memory of the America's first President and to raise funds for the Washington
Free school. Each year on the 22nd of February and the 4th of July, the society
would lead a parade to the Presbyterian church for an edifying oration. Then
after the speech, the membership would retire to a tavern for festivities.
Notable orators who spoke before the society included: Richard Bland Lee,
Francis Scott Key, Chief Justice John Marshall.(16) Other members included:
William Fitzhugh, Dr. E.C. Dick, Wm. Herbert, Jacob Hoffman, Anthony C.Cazenove,
Edmund J. Lee, Lewis Hipkins, Philip R. Fendall, Geo. Washington Parke custis,
General Light Horse Harry Lee, John Marshall.
Established in 1786, the Alexandria Academy was a seminal keystone in the
educational heritage of Alexandria. It is located on the southside of the
600 block of Wolfe Street. Three stories high, the first contained the English
school, the second, the language school and on the third was situated the
Free School established by George Washington's annual contribution of L 50.
Robert E. Lee as well as the renown artist John Gadsby Chapman attended school
in this building. It later reverted to private hands circa 1853 when Edward
Powell bought it. The school is thought to have been the oldest free school
established in Virginia, if not the United States. John Lloyd was a trustee
of this venerable Alexandria institution in 1833(17). It is obviously that
Lloyd was concerned with the quality of education in the community and tried
to assist the underpriviledged.
BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION
Although John Lloyd was civic minded, it was also necessary for him to provide
food, clothing, shelter and to manage the financial affairs of his family.
To this end, he was constantly engaged in several business enterprises during
The 1799 Alexandria city census listed his occupation
in that year as a "hatter" who had 3 apprentices working for him.(18)
Perhaps, his shop was situated in the complex of buildings he rented on South
Fairfax Street. Later, he expanded his commercial activities and became a
full fledge commercial merchant. In November, 1807, he ran the following advertisement
in the Gazette:
has received from the William and John and the George from Liverpool a general
Which are for sale on the usual terms.(19)
Later, in 1816, it was reported that John Lloyd:
Offers for sale by the piece or package, a general and well selected assortment
BRITISH DRY GOODS
imported by the latest arrival, in well assorted packages and will be at the
unusual low advance, and on credit.(20)
Besides being a commercial merchant, Lloyd was
also engaged in other business affairs. For instance in 1824, 1825, and 1827,
he was elected one of the directors of the bank of the Potomac.(21) Established
in 1804, this was the second bank to be organized in Alexandria and the Dirstict
of Columbia. It was headquartered in a beautiful four story brick structure
located at 415 Prince Street. When foreign trade was high in Alexandria, this
bank met a real need for capital.
Like many wealthy Alexandria merchants, John
Lloyd owned extensive tracts of real estate both in and outside of town. One
transaction which involved five houses on the east side of South Washington
Street is particulary noteworthy because these group of buildings still bear
the appellation "Lloyd's Row." the history of this row can be traced
to June 26, 1814, when Jonathan Scholfield, merchand, indemnified Andrew Scholfield,
lumber merchant, against the responsibility for endorsing several notes of
the firm Scholfield and Scott. In order to accomplish this, Jonathan conveyed
to Robert J. Taylor, a prominant Alexandria lawyer, in TRUST, a lot of ground
on the North side of Duke and on the East side of the 200 block of South Washington
Street containing 5, 3 story brick tenements.(22) Taylor auctioned off the
properties to Lloyd on October 1816. Scholfield was also indebted to John
Lloyd for a sum of $18,000. In a deed signed on May 1, 1816, Lloyd agreed
to assume Scholfields $14,325.95 debt at the Union Bank together with a note
for $4,105.03. In turn, Scholfield conveyed to him 2,633 shares of stock in
the bank to cover the assumption.(23) After Scholfield defaulted, Lloyd purchased
the 5 brick houses from Robert J. Taylor on October 29, 1816: 3 tenements
for $1,625; middle tenement for $825 and the most southern tenement at $1,936.
These houses remained in the Lloyd family for many years and were rented to
a variety of individuals. An assortment of real estate advertisements concerning
them from the "Alexandria Gazette" appear below:
A commodious 3 story brick dwelling house on Washington street lately occupied
by Mr. John Jackson...
J. Lloyd Gazette 1/1/1820
...The 3 story brick House on Washington street,
a pleasant and healthy situation at present occupied by Mrs. Jacobs.
Gazette 9/21/1827, p.2.
The dwelling houses, lately occupied by Mr. James
C. Berry and Mr. Jonathan Janney, a pleasant and healthy situation on Washington
Gazette 5/21/1828, p. 3.
The three story brick dewlling house on Washington
street, at present occupied by Mr. Caruisi.
The building lately occupied by Mrs. Porter as a Boarding School for young
ladies at the intersection of Washington and Duke streets which from their
locality and arrangement are considered admirably adapted for the purpose.
Should they not shortly be taken together they will be rented separately.
John Lloyd Gazette 8/12/1834, p. 3
...Two or three of the 3 story brick dwelling
houses in the row, on Washington street will be rented immediately . . .
Gazette 5/25/1840, p. 3
The 2 and 3 story brick dwelling houses on Washington street near the Lyceum,
lately occupied by Mr. John Douglass and Mr. E.S. Hough.
Gazette 11/12/1844, p. 3
The house on Washington Street in Lloyd's Row, now occupied by Mr. Perry.
Gazette 2/28/1854, p. 3.
Lloyd's Row almost went up in flames in 1852
when a young white girl set fire to one of the dwellings on the block. It
was reported that:
An attempt was made yesterday to fire one of
the block of buildings on Washington Street, known as Lloyd's Row. The fire
was kindled in the cellar of the house, so as to communicate with the wood,
but was fortunately discovered before it made much progress.(24)
A small white girl, employed as a domestic in
a family, in town, has within the last few days, confessed to the perpetration
of a number of pretty larcencies, in the house where she is employed - stealing
rings, small sums of money, and finally ended in making the attempt to set
fire to the dwelling in Lloyd's row, to which reference was made a day or
two ago. The girl had false keys, and represents that she was induced to commence
her depredations by communications with the gypsies who recently passed through
Indebted to William Fowle for $2,040 in 1838,
Lloyd pledged one of the houses on the row as security. If he had failed to
pay off his incumbrance, the property could have been sold at public auction.(26)
Since it wasn't, it is an indicaction that the debt was paid.
Another historic property which John Lloyd owned and rented was the Carlyle
House. John Carlyle was a prominent Scottish merchant, trustee and early founder
of the town of Alexandria. he started construction of this lovely Georgian
Mansion on North Fairfax Street between Cameron and King in 1750. Long a town
landmark, the Carlyle House has been associated with many important events
in Alexandria's history. Most notable was the meeting of Royal Governors and
General Edward Braddock who met there in 1755 to plan the campaign against
the French in the Ohio valley. By 1780, the home had been inherited by Carlyle's
grandson John Carlyle Herbert. He later removed to Maryland and the structure
and grounds were conveyed to a group of Alexandria businessmen to repay a
debt owed by Herbert's brother - Thomas. (27) One of these businessmen was
On April 8, 1831, Lloyd sold the dwelling house
and other structures on the property to Orlando morse for $2,300. the deed
...Beginning on Fairfax Street at the house formerly
occupied by Wm. Herbert as an office thence South on Fairfax Street to the
said house formerly occupied by Herbert as a kitchen. ....
Morse owed Lloyd several thousand dollars and
he immediately placed the house in a trust held by Edmund J. Lee and R.J.
Taylor in order to cover the debt.(29) Apparently, Morse was unable to fulfill
his financial obligation because the property reverted back to John Lloyd
on June 25, 1834. (30)
As early as December 1833, however, Lloyd had been trying to rent or sell
the Carlyle House:
FOR RENT - JOHN LLOYD
...The commodious Stone Dwelling House on Fairfax street, near the Bank of
Alexandria, formerly the residence of William Herbert, Esq. The House last
mentioned, with the large and valuable lot, will be sold on reasonable terms.
Not successful in selling the property, Lloyd
offered the structure as a possible site for the new city and county courthouse
to be constructed in Alexandria in 1838. this proposal was rejected and Lloyd
continued to lease the premises to a number of renters until it was sold to
James Green, a noted Alexandria furniture manufacture, in 1848.(32)
FAUQUIER AND ALEXANDRIA TURNPIKE COMPANY
Planned and incorporated in 1808 by Alexandria merchants, this turnpike was
constructed as an all weather road between Alexandria and farmland in Fauquier
and Culpeper county. It was completed in December 1827 at approximately $2,000
a mile but failed to make a profit for its investors. The Virginia State Board
of Public Works authorized $30,000 to be raised by a lottery in 1828 for improvements
and repairs. John Lloyd was a director of the turnpike Company as early as
February 1825 and continued to serve in that capacity as least until 1832.(33)
To provide foodstuffs and agricultural produce for his family, John Lloyd
owned several farms in Fairfax County. One of these was called Salisbury and
was located on the "old road from Alexandria to Aldie and (was) about
equidistant (2 miles) from the Little River Turnpike and Fauquier Turnpike
roads."(34) When the Salisbury farm was offered for sale in 1827, a thorough
description of the estate was enclosed:
FOR RENT OR FOR SALE: SALISBURY,
A valuable farm of 1300 acres, 8 miles from Alexandria Georgetown and Washington,
in a pleasant neighborhood in the upper part of Fairfax County Virginia.
Nearly one half of this tract is in wood, the
remainder is cleared and well fenced, and the last two years sufficiently
demonstrate, that by the use of plaster, is susceptible of great and rapid
improvement. The land is admirably adapted for grass, is well watered and
unusually healthy. About 100 acres of meadow land are now cleared, and as
much more, at least, remains to be cleared. The Orchards are very large, young
There is a commodious dwelling House, with a
large Garden, Dairy, Ice House, and every other necessary out building; together
with a Pump, affording delightful water, and a never failing Spring. The Stables
are extensive, the Barn capacious, and the Cyder House with a complete cyder
mill and screw press, substantially made and conveniently arranged. The whole
is in a good state of repair.
The farm is abundantly stocked with horses, oxen,
hogs, cattle and sheep - the last constisting of a flock of about 300, mostly
marionoes; wagons, carts, and every impliment of husbandry necessary for its
... I have also several small Farms, within 10
or 12 miles of Alexandria, Geogretown, or Washington, on the Little River
Turnpike Road, which would be rented to suitable tenants for a number of years
on accomodating terms.
Salisbury, 5th April, 1827. (35)
No doubt, Salisbury, would have also served as a lovely retreat for the Lloyd
family during the hot, torpid Virginia summers. Perhaps, Lloyd resided here
from 1824 to 1832. its close proximity to the Fauquier Turnpike would have
been extremely advantagous for him to ship vegetables and cereal grains to
the prot of Alexandria. As a director of the Fauguier Turnpike Company, he
was in a key position to see that the road adjacent to Salisbury was properly
During the tragic fire of 1827 which destroyed over $100,000 worth of real
estate in Alexandria, John Lloyd lost several commercial buildings, Noticable
were: "a frame house occupied by Mr. Laughlin Masters as shoemaker; a
frame warehouse owned jointly with Mordecai Miller and occupied by George
Hill, tinner and coppersmith;... A two story frame house...occupied by Richard
Horwell, suspender manufacture."(36) Many of these structures were located
on Prince and Fairfax Streets where the most extensive damage occured. Fortunately,
several of the buildings were insured.
1799 Census says he was a hatter
FAMILY AFFAIRS - FINAL DAYS
After a long and prosperous life, John Lloyd died on July 22, 1854. In his
will he directed that all his debts be paid and be bequeathed all his estate,
real and personal to wife Anne Harriott. This was to be utilized for her support
and that of Jane or Mary while they remained unmarried. If Anne remarried
his estate would be divided into as "Many equal parts as may be necessary...
two of said parts to Edmund J. Lee of Shepherdstown, Virginia to be held in
trust for the use of Anne (Lloyd) wife of Rev. J. Stearns..."
"Two other equal parts were devised to Jane,
and two equal parts to Mary Lloyd ..."
After John Lloyd's death, Anne, his wife, continued
to reside at Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street until the early 1860's
when the Civil War forced her to emigrate to Gloucester Virginia where she
died on September 9, 1863, at the home of Dr. John P. Tabb after a brief illness
of two days. Her body was returned to Alexandria after the Civil War and interred
beside that of her beloved husband in Christ Church cemetery on Wilkes Street.
Lloyd House remained in the family until 1918.
*****FOOTNOTES AND MORE INFORMATION UNDER ANNE
HARRIOTTE LEE, JOHN LLOYD'S WIFE
Notes for REBECCA JANNEY:
See John Lloyd ( 11/16/1775 ) for reference:
Religion: was dismissed from the Fairfax Quaker
Assembly on May 25, 1799 but was later re-instated on September 23, 1809
A copy of a letter from Mr. Hopkins states: Rebecca's
birth as 1774. My sister Rebecca Hopkins Hammer in Gloucester, VA, has a sampler
(below) on her wall done by Rebecca Janney in 1784 "in her tenth year."
You have Rebecca born in 1776, which is obviously incorrect.
Rebecca Janney came from the old Quaker village
of Waterford in Loudoun County and was a sister of an important Alexandria
merchant, John Janney, through whom she and John Lloyd must surley have become
acquainted. Rebecca was the sister also of Hannah Janney, who married Samuel
Hopkins of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and was the mother of Johns Hopkins
and his brothers and sisters.
In 1784 as a little girl of ten, Rebecca wrote
a verse that reads as follows:
Few are thy days, a full of woe,
O man of woman born;
Thy doom is written, dust thou are,
And shalt to dust return.
Determined are the days they fly
Successive o'er thy head;
The Numbered hour is on the wing
That lays thee with the dead.
Notes for ANNE HARRIOTTE LEE:
- Grandaughter of Richard Henry Lee
- 1st cousin of Robert E. Lee
****-CONTINUED from notes about John Lloyd (ran out of space under his name)
1. COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE U.S. OF AMERICA, ed. George Norbury, (Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966), p. 317
2. Gay Montague Moore, SEAPORT IN ALEXANDRIA, (Richmond, Virginia: Garrett-Massie,
Inc.), p. 160-161.
3. James Parke, GENEALOGICAL NOTES RELATING TO PHILADELPHIA...1898, Library
of Congress, CS 71.L792, p. 12
4. IBID., p. 19
5. Alexander C. Zabriskie, ARTHUR SELDEN LLOYD, (NY: Morehouse - Gorham Co.,
1942), p. 3.
6. Alexandria 1796 Tax records, Alexandria Library Lloyd House, microfilm
role No. #1
7. ALEXANDRIA ADVERTISER TIMES, August 24, 1797, p. 3
8. William Wade Hinshaw, ed., ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICA QUAKER GENEALOGY, (Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973), Vol. VI, p. 521.
9. IBID., p. 527, 528
10. MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, 1800 TO 1850,
Alexandria Library, Lloyd House, microfilm No. 00064.
11. Alexandria tax records 1797, Alexandria Library, Lloyd House, microfilm
reel no. 00027.
12. Alexandria Deed Book Z, p. 450
13. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, October 2, 1826, p. 3.
14. Alexandria Deed Book, D3, p. 165.
15. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, August 12, 1834, p. 3.
16. Robert G. Whitton, "The Washington Society of Alexandria," ALEXANDRIA
HISTORY, Vol. IV, p. 5
17. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, April 20, 1833, p. 3.; Ethelyn Cox, STREET BY STREET,
(Alexandria, Va.: Historic Alexandria Foundation, 1976), p. 182.
18. Alexandria City Census, 1799, Alexandria Library, Lloyd House, microfilm
19. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, November 12, 1807.
20. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, October 22, 1816, p. 2.
21. IBID., November 4, 1824, p. 3; November 5, 1827
22. Alexandria Deed Book, E2, p. 50
23. Alexandria Deed Book, C2, p. 277
24. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, May 4, 1852, p. 3
25. IBID., May 6, 1852, p. 3.
26. Alexandria Deed Book, X2, p. 541.
27. Fauber garbee, Inc. Architects, RESTORATION OF THE JOHN CARLYLE HOUSE
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, (Forest, VA., 1980), P. III-5. Courtesy of Carylyle
House Historic Park.
28. Alexandria Deed Book, S2, p. 644
29. Fauber Garbee, Inc., OP. CIT. p. B-2.
31. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, December 20, 1833, p. 3.
32. Fauber Garbee, Inc.,iNC., p. B-3.
33. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, February 12, 1825, p. 2; May 7, 1832, p. 3: Nan Netherton,
Donald Sweig, et al. eds FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA - A HISTORY, (Fairfax, VA.:
Fairfax Board of Supervisors, 1978), p. 198
34. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, April 6, 1827
36. ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, January 23, 1827, p. 2.
37 Will of John lloyd, Alexandria Will Book, 6, p. 369.
This information came from "The Powell and
Llolyd Families of Alexandria, Virginia", by Frank Snowden Hopkins. A
Family History of the Maternal Ancestors of my Mother, Selina Lloyd Hopbern
Hopkins, of Gloucester, Virginia, a Descendant of the Alexandria Merchants
Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849 and John Lloyd (1775-1854).
This history is compiled from genealogical materials inherited and collected
by my mother during her long life from 1878 to 1970. Of special note are the
following documents: The Family Tree of Col. Leven Powell's Line of the Powells
of Virginia, compiled by Rosalie Noland Ball, a Powell descendant; the Journal
of Cuthbert Powell, written in 1796-97; a biographic sketch of Cuthbert Powell,
written by his daughter, Ellen Douglas Powell Gray; historical notes prepared
by Rebecca C. Powell (1831-1921) on her Peyton, Harrison, Simms, Douglas,
Van Buskirk, and Lloyd ancestors; a genealogy of the Janny family prepared
by the Rev. S. Janey Hutton in 1970; an account of the family of John Harper
(1728-1804) of Philadelphia and Alexandria, grandfather of John Lloyd and
father of 29 surviving children, prepared by his descendant Mollie Powell
from the Harper family Bible; excerpts from many old family letters; excerpts
from the letters of Mrs. Robert E Lee to her schoolmate Selina Lloyd; and
my mother's reminiscences of the Powell and Lloyd relatives she knwo during
the after her school days in Alexandria in the 1890s.
John Lloyd was an almost exact contemporary of Cuthbert Powell, a fellow merchant
whom he must have known well. They were born the same year, 1775; Cuthbert
lived until 1849, John Lloyd until 1854. John came to Alexandria as an infant
John's mother, Sarah, died when he was born or in his infancy. John was brought
up in the Harper family, and we do not know whether Nicholas also died early
or whether he just remained in Philadelphia when the Harper family moved to
Alexandria about 1776 and took his son with them.
We have no details on John's business career, but he obviously was a successful
merchant who did well in the business life of his growingf city. He bought
the imposing home on North Washington Street which is known today as the John
Lloyd House, and left a comfortable estate to be divided among his children,
some of whom continued to live in houses he passed on to them. Born in 1775,
John Lloyd was 29 when his prominent grandfather died, and surely must have
got off to a good start by virtue of his family circumstances.
John Lloyd married twice. His first wife was Rebecca Janny, by whom he had
several sons and Selina Lloyd (1807-71). His second wife was Harriotte Lee,
who produced several more children, including Rebecca Lloyd who married Dr.
Prosser Tabb of "Elmington" in Gloucester County and was the ancestor
of several Gloucester families.
John Lloyd's home is preserved as one of the historic homes of Alexandria,
a handsome brick house of the principal north-south street of the city. The
address is 220 North Washington Street. It was in this house that Robert E
Lee learned in 1861 of his appointment by the Virginia State Legislature to
command the Army of Virginia. He was on his way home form Christ Church to
his home at Arlington (now the Custis mansion in Arlington Nathional Cemetery)
when the news caught up with him. He had resigned from the United States Army
the day before.
The Lloyd House, as it is known, was built in 1793 by James Hooe, and was
purchased by John Lloyd in 1832 after the death of the builder's widow. it
remained in the Lloyd family for nearly a centurn and was one of my mother's
most vivgid memories from her school years in Alexandria, 1892-94, when her
mother's relatives still lived there. The house is described in my book "as
one of the most pleasing examples of Georgian domestic architecture in the
city rich in that idiom of design." The description given speaks of the
interior trim as dating from the Federal period, while the exterior is mid-Georgian
- a rectangular brick structure with handsome windows, roof trim, and chimneys,
and a distinguished pedimented doorway. The white stone lintels and keystones
which frame the windows are particularly noted. The brick walls were laid
in Flemish bond, the most popular brick work style until after 1820.
The Oldest of the children of John Lloyd by his two wives was John Janny Lloyd,
born about 1803, from whom came many descendants. Among the most prominent
of these was Bishop Arthur Selden Lloyd. The second Lloyd son was Dr. Nelson
Lloyd, a lifelong bachelor. The third child was Selina, born in 1807, who
married Charles Leven Powell about 1830 and produced two sons and four daughters.
It was her daughter, the Selina called Nina (1842-1918), who married the Rev.
Sewell S. Hepburn in 1871.
After Selina Lloyd came several other sons, but the record I have is not entirely
clear which ones were of the first marriage and which of the second. Their
names were Richard, married (1) Mary Fife, (2) Elizabeth Jenkins; Edmund,
did not marry; Francis, married Mary Hammond; and Frederick, married Lucy
Powell. Frederick's tombstone says that he was born in 1828, the youngest
son of John Lloyd and Rebecca Janney.
Several of the Lloyd sons migrated westward. Richard, Francis, and Frederick
were in Henry, Illinois in the 1850s, and provided the reason why Charles
Leven Powell and wife Selina also moved to Henry and Lived there for several
years before returning to Virginia in 1856 or thereabouts. They were engaged
in mercantile careers.
See Reference at beginning of notes:
Mother's Recollections of the Lloyds
Mother left a written memorandum reporting on
her Lloyd relatives. Some of them she knew first in her Alexandria school
years, 1892-94; others she met or got better acquainted with in the years
before her marriage in 1900 when she was sent visiting relatives as a young
lady encouraged to widen her social opportunities. Undoubtedly her mother,
our Grandma Hepburn, wanted her to meet marriageable young men who would be
better prospects than most of those she knew in Hanover County, an area devastated
and impoverished by the bloody fighting of 1861-65. For example, Mother used
to tell us she was visiting Cousin Lizzie Crenshaw in Washington when the
U.S.S. Maine blew up in Havana harbor in 1898, precipitationg the Spanish-American
In her school years Mother used sometimes to
visit the John Lloyd House, then occupied by her Great-aunt Minnie Lloyd and
her sister Great-aunt Jeanie and her husband Philip Yeatman. When Uncle Philip
died in 1897, both sisters went into deep mourning, for Aunt Minnie said,
"Sister is broken-hearted." After that Mother never saw either of
them when they were not dressed in black. Mother recalls that when she went
to the Lloyd House to see them, she would ring the front door bell, whereupon
an upstairs window would open and a voice would call out, "Who is it?"
When Mother would identify herself, Aunt Minnie or Aunt Jeanie would lower
a small basket on a string, containing the front door key, and Mother would
let herself in.
NOTE: Dorothy Langley (Hoge) Kenzie remembers her father Phil Hoge telling
her the same story.
It was dark and gloomy house, and the two old
ladies seemed to live mostly in their bedrooms, Mother wrote. "after
Aunt Jeanies's........The recollections continue to go on, but this is the
last page we have.
LLOYD HOUSE HOME PAGE
Lloyd House, 220 Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-838-4577
The Lloyd House is the Alexandria Library's historic research branch. It contains
the early collections of the Alexandria Library Company; extensive materials
on Alexandria and Virginia history; original documents and maps; and a strong
collection of genealogy materials. The branch is located in a 1797 Georgian
One of Alexandria's finest examples of late Georgian architecture, Lloyd House
was built in 1797 by John Wise, who also built Gadsby's Tavern.
In the early 1800's, Charles Lee, Attorney General in the Washington and Adams
administrations, lived here as did Jacob Hoffman, mayor of Alexandria. Benjamin
Hallowell, tutor of Robert E. Lee, moved his school into the home's large
rooms in 1826.
John Lloyd, a wealthy merchant, bought the house at an auction in 1832. His
wife, Anne Harriotte Lee, was a first cousin of Robert E Lee and frequently
entertained Lee in the house.
The house was owned by the Lloyd family until 1918, when it was purchased
by William Albert Smoot, a lumber dealer and mayor of Alexandria. The Smoot
family owned Lloyd House until 1942. During World War II it became a rooming
house for WAVES who worked at the Torpedo Factory.
The Lloyd House is owned by the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation
"Historic Alex. VA Street by Street",
by Ethlyn Cux, p. 176
Built around 1798 by John Wise. In 1802 Wise's tenant was James Marshall,
who was an Assistant Judge of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia
1801-1803. James' brother John was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of the United States in 1801, and may have visited here when traveling
to and from Washington, D.C. In 1810 Wise sold the house to Jacob Hoffman,
who was mayor of Alexandria February 1803-February 1804. In 1825 the widow
of James H. Hooe became the owner, and the following spring rented the house
to Benjamin Hallowell. Hallowell made interior alterations and established
his school here. In 1832 John Lloyd, whose wife was a daughter of Edmund Jennings
Lee, bought it at auction.
Family memoirs say that on the Sunday before Lee traveled to Richmond to assume
command of the armed forces of Virginia, he attended services at Christ Church
and called here, and at the home of Cassius Lee, now 428 North Washington.
Dr. Joseph Packard of the Episcopal Seminary, whose wife was a grand-daughter
of Charles Lee, was living here when President Lincoln was assassinated. The
next morning Federal soldiers called and demanded that crape be put on the
front door. That night a large stone was hurled through a front window. The
Lloyd family owned the house until 1918. Twice saved from demolition by the
Historic Alexandria Foundation. In 1969 purchased by funds contributed by
the Hoge Foundation, Federal, State and City governments, and conveyed to
the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission. To be used
by the Alexandria Library as a repository of books and documents relating
to Virginia and Alexandria history.
*****End of John Lloyd's notes*****
Children of JOHN LLOYD and REBECCA JANNEY are:
i. ARTHUR SHELDEN10 LLOYD.
Notes for ARTHUR SHELDEN LLOYD:
was a Bishop
12. ii. JOHN JANNEY LLOYD, b. 08 Mar 1800; d. 22 May 1871, Alexandria, VA.
iii. NICHOLAS WALN LLOYD, b. 28 Oct 1801; d. Died young.
iv. HORATIO NELSON LLOYD, b. 02 Jan 1804; d. 13 Mar 1860, Mississippi.
Notes for HORATIO NELSON LLOYD:
Died unmarried in Mississippi
13. v. SELINA LLOYD, b. 30 Sep 1808; d. 04 Aug
vi. ALFRED LLOYD, b. Sep 1811; d. 1812, Died age one year.
vii. RICHARD HENRY LLOYD, b. 15 Jul 1815; d. 24 Feb 1883; m. (1) MARY FIFE;
m. (2) ELIZABETH JENKINS.
Notes for RICHARD HENRY LLOYD:
Had one child with first wife, Mary Fife - 5 children with second wife, Elizabeth
Home - "Belmont", later St. Agnes School
viii. FREDERICK LLOYD, b. Oct 1817; d. 28 Nov 1868; m. LUCY LEE POWELL.
Notes for FREDERICK LLOYD:
Tombstone says that he was born in 1828, the youngest son of John Lloyd and
Children of JOHN LLOYD and ANNE LEE are:
14. ix. FRANCIS10 LLOYD.
x. MINNIE LLOYD.
Notes for MINNIE LLOYD:
MINNIE LLOYD OCCUPIED THE LLOYD HOUSE IN ALEX. WITH MRS YEATMAN. MINNIE WAS
A COUSIN OF GEN. ROBERT E. LEE - AND WAS IN THE LLOYD HOUSE WHERE HE WAS NOTIFIED
OF HIS COMMAND OF VA. FORCES - IN APRIL 1861.
xi. NELSON LLOYD.
Notes for NELSON LLOYD:
The second Lloyd son.
Was a Doctor.
A lifelong bachelor.
xii. EDMUND JENNINGS LLOYD, b. 27 Aug 1822; d. 01 Oct 1889.
Notes for EDMUND JENNINGS LLOYD:
Marital status: never married
Military service: He was a captain in the commissary department of the Confederate
service during the war
According to the 1880 census Edmund owned the
Lloyd House (220 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA) during that time frame.
The Lloyd family owned the house until 1918. It was scheduled for demolition
in 1956 when it was saved by Wyoming geologist Robert New. Threatedned again
in 1968, it was purchased for restoration with funding from the Hoge Foundation,
federal, state and local government and private donations. (source: Alexandria
15. xiii. REBECCA LLOYD, b. 07 Jun 1824, Alexandria,
VA; d. 17 Jul 1862, "Ditchly" Gloucester Co, VA.
16. xiv. ANN HARRIOTTE LLOYD, b. 07 Jan 1826; d. 23 Jun 1888.
17. xv. GEORGE FRANCIS LLOYD, b. 28 Oct 1828; d. 01 Oct 1866.
xvi. JEAN CHARLOTTE WASHINGTON LLOYD, b. 28 Apr 1831; m. PHILIP TABB YEATMAN,
1867; b. 28 Nov 1829; d. 18 Mar 1897, Alexandria, VA.
Notes for JEAN CHARLOTTE WASHINGTON LLOYD:
During the Yeatman occupancy of the Lloyd House, the United Daughters of the
Confederacy was formed there in 1895.
Notes for PHILIP TABB YEATMAN:
He was a captain in the 26th Virginia Infantry (Wise's Brigade) during the
After the Civil War, Philip was a clerk with an unidentified company in Alexandria.
During the Yeatman occupancy of the Lloyd House (1895-96), the United Daughters
of the Confederacy was formed there in 1895.
xvii. MARY LEE LLOYD, b. 23 Jul 1835.
Notes for MARY LEE LLOYD:
See John Lloyd ( 11/16/1775 ) for reference:
The last Lloyd to live in the John Lloyd House on North Washington Street
7. WILLIAM9 HARPER, JR (WILLIAM8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3,
WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 28 Apr 1787 in Alexandria, VA, and
died 01 Sep 1852 in Alexandria, VA. He married MARY THOMAS NEWTON 17 Oct 1810
in Leesburg, VA, daughter of JOHN NEWTON and MARY THOMAS. She was born 1789,
and died 1841 in Alexandria, VA.
Notes for WILLIAM HARPER, JR:
Notes for MARY THOMAS NEWTON:
A Relative of James Thomas, Twenty-sixth Governor of Maryland, 1833-1836
Children of WILLIAM HARPER and MARY NEWTON are:
i. JOHN NEWTON10 HARPER, b. 1823, Alexandria, VA; d. 23 Nov 1907, Alexandria,
ii. WILLIAM WALTON HARPER.
iii. ROBERT NEWTON HARPER.
iv. MARIA ANN NEWTON HARPER, d. 1890, Orange, VA.
8. JOEL ZANE9 HARPER (WILLIAM8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3,
WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 16 Jun 1794 in Alexandria, VA, and
died 18 Oct 1864 in Upperville, Fauquier Co., VA. He married FRANCES MCCOULL,
daughter of JOHN MCCOULL. She was born 01 May 1798, and died 03 Dec 1878 in
Upperville, Fauquier Co., VA.
Notes for JOEL ZANE HARPER:
He probably moved to Upperville to avoid taking Fed. oath C. War.
Child of JOEL HARPER and FRANCES MCCOULL is:
i. JOHN W10 HARPER, b. 1831; d. 16 Jan 1898, Upperville, Fauquier Co., VA.
9. SAMUEL DAVIS9 HARPER (WILLIAM8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3,
WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 03 Jan 1792, and died 14 Sep 1858.
He married SARAH KEYS NORTH.
Notes for SAMUEL DAVIS HARPER:
Funeral: 1785, at his brother William's home, 36 Washington St., Alexandria
Child of SAMUEL HARPER and SARAH NORTH is:
i. GEORGE WILLIAM10 HARPER.
10. JOSEPH9 HARPER (CHARLES8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM
(SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) He married (1) ELIZA GREENWAY. He married (2) MARY
ANN MILLER WOOD.
Children of JOSEPH HARPER and ELIZA GREENWAY are:
i. JOHN SMITHER10 HARPER.
ii. LUCY ANN HARPER.
iii. WILLIAM HARPER, d. California; m. NANNY KIRK; d. California.
iv. CHARLES HARPER.
v. MARY ELIZA HARPER.
vi. TWYMAN HARPER.
11. SARAH9 HARPER (CHARLES8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM
(SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) She married WILLIAM SLAUGHTER. He was born in Culpeper
Children of SARAH HARPER and WILLIAM SLAUGHTER are:
i. WILLIAM10 SLAUGHTER.
ii. JOHN SLAUGHTER.
Generation No. 5
12. JOHN JANNEY10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8
HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS
(SIR)1) was born 08 Mar 1800, and died 22 May 1871 in Alexandria, VA. He married
ELIZA ARMISTEAD SELDEN 16 Oct 1845, daughter of WILSON SELDEN and MARY ALEXANDER.
She was born 24 Mar 1820 in "Exeter", Loudoun Co., Virginia,, and
died 07 Jun 1870.
Notes for JOHN JANNEY LLOYD:
The oldest son of John Lloyd
Had 8 children
Home "Mt. Ida" - now St. Mary's Academy.
"Exeter" burned 1931
Children of JOHN LLOYD and ELIZA SELDEN are:
i. MARY BOWLES11 LLOYD, d. Died age one year.
ii. REBECCA JANNEY LLOYD, m. HENRY MELVILLE JACKSON.
Notes for REBECCA JANNEY LLOYD:
One son - died young
Notes for HENRY MELVILLE JACKSON:
iii. JOHN JANNEY LLOYD, m. ELLA HUBARD.
Notes for JOHN JANNEY LLOYD:
iv. NELLIE SELDEN LLOYD, b. 03 Mar 1853; d. 15 Mar 1931; m. GEORGE UHLER,
08 Aug 1876; b. 09 Jan 1849; d. 11 Dec 1925.
Notes for NELLIE SELDEN LLOYD:
v. ELIZA FONTAINE LLOYD, m. (1) ROWLAND D. BURKS; m. (2) CLARENCE WOOLFOLK.
vi. ARTHUR SELDEN LLOYD, b. 03 May 1857, "Mt. Ida", Alexandria County,
VA; d. 22 Jul 1936, Stanford, County; m. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON BLACKFORD, 30
Jun 1880; d. Mar 1932.
Notes for ARTHUR SELDEN LLOYD:
"Arthur Selden Lloyd, Missionary-Statesman and Pastor", by Alexander
Arthur Selden Lloyd was descended from the best families of two colonies.
On his father's side his ancestors were PA Quakers. The first American Lloyd
was Thomas Lloyd, who came to Philadelphia from Dolobran Hall, Monmouthshire,
Wales, in 1683 and was deputy governor of the Colony, 1691-1694. Miss Betticher's
researches have shown with considerable certainty that he was descended from
the Welsh Kings of Dyfed in South Wales and, through his great-great-grandmother,
Margaret Kynaston, from the English King Edward I and the royal French house
of Capet. One of this man's sons, Thomas Jr., remained in England; but his
son, Thomas III, followed his grandfather to Philadelphia. The latter's son,
Nicolas Waln, was dropped from the Society of Friends for marrying out of
Meeting, and probably because of that, moved to Baltimore. His son John married
Miss Janney, sister-in-law of the Johns Hopkins for whom the university is
named. John's son, John Janney, born March 8, 1800, married Miss Eliza Armistead
Selden in Christ Church, Alexandria, October 16, 1845. Of this couple Arthur
Selden was the sixth child.
13. SELINA10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8 HARPER,
JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1)
was born 30 Sep 1808, and died 04 Aug 1871. She married CHARLES LEVEN POWELL
28 Sep 1830, son of CUTHBERT POWELL. He was born 1804, and died 1896.
Notes for SELINA LLOYD:
See John Lloyd for reference:
Had 2 sons & 4 daughters.
One of the daughters was named Selina called Nina (1842-1918) married the
Rev. Sewell S Hepburn in 1871.
A schoolmate of Mrs Robert E Lee letters between them are on file see "The
Powell and Lloyd families of Alexandria Vierginia by Frank Snowden Hopkins,
Child of SELINA LLOYD and CHARLES POWELL is:
i. SELINA11 POWELL, b. 1842; d. 1918; m. SEWELL STAVELY HEPBURN, 13 Apr 1871,
Alexandria, VA; b. 09 Jun 1845, Hannibal, MO; d. 04 Nov 1932, Christ Church
I.U. Worton Md. Keny County.
Notes for SELINA POWELL:
Known as Nina
Notes for SEWELL STAVELY HEPBURN:
14. FRANCIS10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8 HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4,
HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) He married MARY PINDLE HAMMOND.
Children of FRANCIS LLOYD and MARY HAMMOND are:
i. NELSON11 LLOYD, m. MARY MORRIS.
ii. NANNIE S LLOYD, m. (1) ROBERT H DELAFIELD; m. (2) JOHN T DORSY.
iii. FRANCIS F LLOYD, m. IDA TAYLOR.
iv. PHILIPPA WYCHE LLOYD.
15. REBECCA10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8 HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4,
HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 07 Jun 1824 in Alexandria,
VA, and died 17 Jul 1862 in "Ditchly" Gloucester Co, VA. She married
JOHN PROSSER TABB 02 May 1844.
Notes for REBECCA LLOYD:
"ELMINGTON" HOUSE IN GLOUCESTER WAS GIVEN TO REBECCA AS A WEDDING
PRESENT WHEN SHE MARRIED PROSSER TABB - PRESENT FROM THE TABBS.
Notes for JOHN PROSSER TABB:
Has title Dr. was of Gloucester County, Virginia
Children of REBECCA LLOYD and JOHN TABB are:
i. JOHN PROSSER11 TABB, m. ELEANOR MCKENZIE.
ii. JOHN LLOYD TABB, m. SUSAN SELDEN.
iii. MATILDA PROSSER TABB, m. (1) JUDITH COLEMAN; m. (2) MARY JAMES.
iv. REBECCA LLOYD TABB, m. SAMUEL BRENT.
Notes for SAMUEL BRENT:
v. JOHN TABB, m. JOHN T PERRIN.
16. ANN HARRIOTTE10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8 HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5,
WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS (SIR)1) was born 07 Jan 1826, and
died 23 Jun 1888. She married JOHN STEARNS 19 Jul 1848, son of JOHN STEARNS
and SARAH KETCHUM. He was born 14 Oct 1812 (Source: "Genealogy and Memoirs
of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and Their Descendants, " by Mrs. Avis
Stearns Van Wagenen), and died 11 Nov 1864.
Notes for JOHN STEARNS:
Was a M.D. before he went into ministry. He resigned and went to a church
in Spotswood, CT - died 6 months later leaving his wife with 5 babies.
Ref: Book "Genealogies of the Families and
Descendants of this Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including
Waltham and Weston; to which is appended the Early History of the Town.",
by Henry Bon, MD, Vol II.
Obtained an academical education at Dr. Muhlenburg's
School, Flushing; M.D., Jeff Med. Coll., 1837. After practicing medicine a
short time in NY, he turned his attention to theology; graduated at the Epis.
Theol. Seminary, near Alexandria, in 1846, and is now (1848) rector of a church
in Syosset, Queen's Co., NY.
Ref: Book: "Genealogy and Memoirs of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and
Their Descendants, " by Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen, p. 145.
Rev. John Stearns, M.D. (6430), b., Oct. 14, 1812,
son of Dr. John and Sarah (Ketchum) Stearns, of New York City; obtained and
academic education at Dr. Muhlenburg's School, Flushing, NY; M.D. Jef. Med.
Coll., 1837; after practicing medicine a short time in Philadelphia, PA.,
he entered the Theological Seminary at Alexandria, VA., and studied for the
ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He was a skillful physician and
would have achieved eminence in that profession, but felt called to the ministry,
and for many years, occupied a foremost place in the councils of the church.
He entered the ministry as assistant to Dr. Stephen H. Ty6ng, D.D., Rector
of St. George's Church, New York City, and was the intimate friend of Bishop
Paddock, of Washington, and Bishop Williams, of Conn. He took charge of St.
Peter's Church, Brooklyn, NY; of Christ Church, Stratford, Conn.; of St. Stephen's
Church, Pittsfield, Mass; St. Peter's Church, Spotswood, NJ., where he died
Nov. 11, 1864. "He was an elpquent preacher and a faithful minister of
God." He married July 19, 1848, Anne Harriotte Lloyd, of Alexandria,
VA, born Jan. 7, 1826, who died, June 23, 1888. Her great-grandfather was
Richard Henry Lee, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence,
and Gen. Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Southern Army during the Civil War,
was her first cousin on her mother's side. Her son, John Lloyd Stearns, has
in his possession, the Cincinnati Plate, which Richard Henry Lee took as a
souvenir of the entertainment given by George Washington, when the 'Order
of the Cincinnati' was formed." They had five children.
Children of ANN LLOYD and JOHN STEARNS are:
i. HARRIOTTE LEE11 STEARNS, b. 01 May 1849, Alexandria, VA (Source: "Genealogy
and Memoirs of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and Their Descendants, "
by Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen); d. 16 Jul 1851, Brooklyn, NY (Source: "Genealogy
and Memoirs of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and Their Descendants, "
by Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen).
ii. MARY BARLOW STEARNS, b. 27 Nov 1850, Brooklyn NY (Source: "Genealogy
and Memoirs of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and Their Descendants, "
by Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen); d. 12 Jan 1925, Elizabeth NJ; m. WILLIAM
SCOFIELD HOGE, 28 Jan 1874, Lincoln M.H. VA (Source: "The Hoge, Nichols
and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement
of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview
Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969); b. 18 Feb 1847, Pleasent Valley Farm, near Hamilton
VA (Source: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical
- A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols,
4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969); d. 15 Aug 1920,
Buck Hill Falls PA.
Notes for MARY BARLOW STEARNS:
- May have been born Nov. 27, 1850
- Descendant of Richard Henry Lee of VA
- Member D.A.R. Chapter 202 "Mary Washington"
Ref. Lee of VA by E.J. Lee
It is from Mary Stearns that the connection to the Lee's of Virginia comes.
Therefore the following are added here.
Copied from Richard Henry Lee's Family Bible.
Richard Henry Lee and Ann Aylett were married
December 3, 1757.
Thomas Lee, the son of Richard Henry Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born on Sunday the 20th day of October 1757 at 11 o'clock at
night and was christened by the Rev. Mr. Charks Rose the 26th day of November
1738. His sponsore were Alkinton, the honorable Col. Philip Ludwell Lee, Ganin
Covborn, Esq. Miss Alice Lee, Mrs. Alkenton and Miss Mary Aylett.
Ludwell Lee, son of R.H. Lee and Anne, his wife,
was born on Monday the 13th of October 176? at 12 o'clock in the night and
was christened by the Rev. M.C. Rose on Sunday the 26th of October 1760. His
proxies - Miss Richard Lee Esq., Doctor Arthur Lee and Miss Elizasbeth Steptor.
Mary Lee, daughter of Richard Henry Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born Saturday the 28th of July 1764 in the night. She was christened
by the Rev. Mr. Archibald Cambell March 11th, 1765 and her proxies were Frances
Lightfoot Lee Esq., Mr. Joseph Lane and James Davenport with Mrs Elizabeth
Steptor, Miss Betty Washington and Miss Booth.
Anne Lee, daughter of Richard Henry Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born the 1st day of December 1770 and was christened the 6th
of January 1771. Her sponsors were Frances Lightfoot Lee Esq., Dr. Steqtor,
Mrs. Richard Lee and Miss Sarah Gaskins. She was christened by Rev. Mr. Thomas
Henrietta Lee, daughter of R. H. Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born the 10th day of December 1773 and was christened the ??
day of January 1774. Her sponsors were Capt. John Lee, Richard Lee, George
Lee, Frances Steptor Esqr., Miss Elizabeth Gaskins, Miss ??? Lee and Miss
Sarah Lee, daughter of Richard Henry Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born the 27th of November 1775 and was christened by the Rev.
Mr. Thomas Smith. Her proxies were Thomas Ludwell Lee, Henry Lee Esqrs., MIss
Elizabeth Lee, Miss Mary Lee, Miss Nancy Lee, Miss Hannah Lee.
Cassius Lee, son of Richard Henry Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born at 3 o'clock at night the 18 day of August 1779. Christened
October 10, 1779. Proxies the Rev. Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Armstead, Miss Alice Lee
of Maryland, Miss Nancy Lee of Chantilly and Miss Furann.
"May every Ceasar feel the keen deep searching of a Patriots Steel."
Frances Lightfoot Lee, son of R. H. Lee and Anne,
his wife, was born at 2 o'clock in the morning 1782. Was Christened by the
Rev. Mr. Wilson. His sponsors were Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Ludwell Lee, Mrs. Aylett
Lee, Miss Mary Lee, Miss Hannah Lee, Miss Flora Lee, Miss Lucinda Lee.
Page is so bad that nothing further could be
SOURCE: This letter was sent by Nan Hoge Savage to Philip B. Hoge (her brother)
in about 1965.
Our Grandmother and Your Great Grandmother was
the third Daughter of Richard Henry Lee and Anne his second wife -- she was
a widow Pinkard, a Miss Ann Gaskins her name number 1.
Sarah Lee, her child, born the 27th of November
1773 in Westmorland County. She married Edmund J. Lee, son of Henry Lee and
Lucy Greymer. Edmund J. Lee was the brother of Lighthorse "Harry Lee"
of Revolutionary War, who was the Father of General Robert E. Lee.
Anne Harriotte Lee, daughter of Edmund J. Lee and Sarah, his wife, was born
on Wednesday March 6th, 1799--Married John Lloyd November 2nd, 1822.
Two of Richard Henry Lee's daughters our Grandmothers.
Sisters married Washington's, Gen. Washington's, Nephews -- your Great Uncles
Edmund Jennings Lee William Fitzbugh Lee
Anne Harrotte Lee Hannah Lee
Tallee Lee Charles Henry Lee
Capens Lee Richard Henry Lee
Ancestor: Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, ref:
Lee of VA, by E.J. Lee. Member D.A.R Chap 202, Mary Washington, Washington
Notes for WILLIAM SCOFIELD HOGE:
A wealthy merchant. Built an apartment house at 1402 15th Street Wash DC .
"Could see DuPont Circle from it".
On 18 May 1874 was condemned at Hopewell for marrying
out of unity; requested to be retained and allowed to remain. [Hinshaw, Quaker
Gen. v. 6:401,402]
He married Mary Barlow Stearns and died in 1920
The Janney Family came to Bucks Co. PA in 1683,
same year as William Hoge, Sr. Thomas Janney (bp 1634 d. 1697) bought 250
acres from Wm. Penn. (Janneys and Hoges intermarried, and James Janey was
a partner of Wm. S. Hoge in D.C. in 1873 - see below) Ref: History of Bucks
Co. PA 1975, pp 54-60, at Library of Congress.
Peabody Roon, Georgetown Public Library, R & Wisconsin Sts., D.C., Boyd's
1870 - no entry for Hoge
1872 - no entry
1873 - William S. Hoge of Janney & Hoge, commission merchants and dealers
in flour, feed, and hay. James W. Janney is his partner. Place of business
is 460 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
1874 - Same as above. Hoge boards at Continental Hotel
1890 - no entry
1897 - William S. Hoge and James M. Hoge of Hoge & McDowell, produce &
commission merchants, feed, hay, grain, and all kinds of country produce.
Wm. S. Hoge, student. No listing for Philip
1906 - Wm. S. Hoge, Pres., James M. Hoge, manager, Hoge & McDowell co.
945 S. St. NW Hoge's residence: 1402 15th Street, NW
1910 W. S. Hoge, Pres., James M. Hoge of Hoge & McDowell, millers, wholesale
feed dealers & commission merchants. Philip B Hoge, civil engineer at
141 Q Street, house at 1402 15th Street.
1915 - Wm. S. Hoge, Pres. W. S. Hoge & Bro., commission merchants and
wholesale feed dealers at 915 Louisiana Ave., warehouse at 80 L Street. NE.
Wm S Hoge, Jr., secretary-treasurer Hoge Co. Barbara Hoge. Philip Hoge, civil
engineer at 1402 15th Street. live Wm. S. Hoge, Sr., and Philip.
1922 - James M. Hoge, Pres. WM S Hoge & Brothers, wholesale grain and
feed at 233 6th Street. SW, also at Alexandria.
1923 - same
The residence of Wm. Hoge Sr. was due west of
Opeckah Memorial Church, south of Winchester. House now gone, but site was
that of pritchard house, built 1850, extant 1863. Wm. Hoge's son Alexander,
besides being a member of the first U.S. Congress, was at the Virginia Convention
which adopted the first constitution. (Ref: "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers",
A History of Frederick Co. VA. by T.K. Cartnell, 1963, chesapeake Book co.
Berryville VA, pp. 411-412).
In 1744 William Hoge obtained a license to keep
an ordinary. (Ref: "History of Lower Shenandoah Valley," counties
Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson, and Clarke, ed. J.E. Norris, 1890, Virginia
Book co. Berryville VA p. 73.)
Owned grain & feed business in Washington DC from 1873-1920. [Boyd's City
Directories]. On May 18, 1874 he was condemned at Hopewell MH for marrying
out of unity, request to remain was allowed. (source: Encyclopedia of Quaker
Genealogy, wm Wade Hinshaw, 1950, Ann Arbor MI, v.6:401.653-4.] Removed to
Washington and established successful grain & feed business. Lived 1402-15th
Street NW. Son Philip related that William and bro. James hitchhiked to Providence
RI in order to attend Brown University. Source: Family notes, otherwise not
iii. JOHN LLOYD STEARNS, b. 20 Dec 1852, Brooklyn, NY; d. 1911; m. ELLA POWELL,
1878; b. 1856; d. 1944.
iv. REBECCA LLOYD STEARNS, b. 07 Jun 1856, Stratford, Conn; m. WILLIAM H HASTINGS,
06 Oct 1885; b. of Elizabeth, NJ.
Notes for REBECCA LLOYD STEARNS:
Mrs. WM. H. Hastings is Claimed by Death
Mrs. Rebecca lloyd Hastings, wife of William H. Hastings, died at her home
513 Jefferson Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock following a brief
illness. Mrs. Hastings suffered an attack of paralysis about six years ago,
and it is thought that her death was caused indirectly by the stroke. she
had never fully recovered, although her death on Saturday was wholly unexpected.
Mrs. Hastings was a descendant of Richard Henry Lee, who signed the Declaration
of independence. She was the daughter of the Rev. John Stearns, M. D., who
was the rector of an Episcopal Church in Stratford, Conn. Her mother was a
Miss Lloyd, of Alexandria, Va., who was a cousin of General Robert E. Lee,
of the Confederate army. she was a member of St. John's Church.
Mrs. Hastings had been a resident of this city for at least thirty-five years.
Besides her husband she leaves one daughter, Miss Margaret Hastings, and one
son, Warren Hastings. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. William S. Hoge of Washington.
v. ROBERT LAWRENCE STEARNS, b. 24 Dec 1857, Alexandria,
VA; d. 11 Jun 1888, Elizabeth NJ.
Notes for ROBERT LAWRENCE STEARNS:
17. GEORGE FRANCIS10 LLOYD (JOHN HARPER9, SARAH8
HARPER, JOHN7, ROBERT6, JOHN5, WALTER4, HUMPHREY3, WILLIAM (SIR)2, THOMAS
(SIR)1) was born 28 Oct 1828, and died 01 Oct 1866. He married MARY PINDLE
Children of GEORGE LLOYD and MARY HAMMOND are:
i. NELSON11 LLOYD, m. MISS MORRIS.
ii. NANNIE LLOYD, m. ROBERT HARE DELAFIELD.
iii. FRANCIS FREDERICK LLOYD, m. MISS TAYLOR.
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