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Joseph and Charity, Washington County, MD, 1700s
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: April 30, 2010 at 09:41:19
  of 1673

Joseph and Charity Flint lived in Frederick (and, later, Washington) County, Maryland from at least 1752 to 1800. They seem to have had a daughter Mary, born circa January 1748, who married Archibald Wiggins and resided in Hampshire County, (now West) Virginia until about 1790, and then in Mason County, Kentucky. Joseph and Charity also had a son John, who resided in Washington County, MD (see 1790 and 1800 censuses). Did Joseph and Charity also have a daughter named Ann, possibly born 1736-1739, who married circa 1748-1755 an Isaac Lemasters?

An Isaac Lemasters with wife Ann (nicknamed "Nancy") appeared in records for a part of the Monongahela River valley that ultimately became Monongalia County, (now West) Virginia. Various records extend from about 1770 to 1800.

Over the years, various researchers have proposed various maiden names for Isaac's wife, Ann. For many years people proposed that she was born Ann Scott, and some (including Hardaway, in his work on Isaac's and Ann's son, Benjamin) suggested she was the daughter of a minister by the name of Robert Scott. Further research, however, suggests that this Robert Scott did not have a daughter Ann and that the Ann Scott of certain Charles County, Maryland land records was not the wife of Isaac Lemasters.

A researcher/author by the name of Ralph D. Smith (of Florida) published a "theory" in 2002 suggesting that Ann might have been the daughter of a Joseph and Charity (maiden name unknown) Flint, who resided in the part of Frederick County which became Washington County, Maryland in 1776.

In my limited research to date, and relying on information from Mr. Smith's publications, the following seems to be the "circumstantial" evidence on the matter.

1. This Isaac Lemasters and Ann were almost certainly married before 1756 (the date of birth of their son Benjamin), and possibly as early as 1750. Isaac was therefore likely born before 1738, and possibly as early as 1728, and Ann was probably somewhat younger, and so possibly born between about 1729 and 1739.

2. This Isaac had probably been born in Charles County, Maryland, but when his father (Isaac) sold "Bettys Delight" to Smoot in 1751, and moved slightly North to Prince George's County, Maryland, his son Isaac was either already married and gone from the family home, or might have accompanied his father to Prince George's.

3. Because Isaac and Ann were probably married between about 1750 and 1755, it might have been in Charles County, but might have been in Prince George's County or in Frederick County (if Isaac moved there as a young, single man).

4. In approximately 1757-1758, Joseph Flint and Isaac Lemasters were both in a militia company headed by Captain Joseph Chapline of Frederick County, Maryland (in connection with the French and Indian War).

5. On August 8, 1758, Joseph Flint and wife Charity sold a tract named "Colmores Ramble" (spelling variations include Colmare, Comore, etc.), being about 60 to 66 acres, probably located just West of Hancock, Maryland in present-day Washington County, for 66 pounds.

6. Joseph Flint was reportedly an "Indian Trader" and seems to have been a land speculator, as he had interests in numerous tracts in the area.

7. Twelve years later, on August 18, 1770, Isaac and Ann sold "Colmores Ramble" back to Joseph Flint, for 90 pounds. It is possible that the value of the land had appreciated over the 12 years, for any of numeours reasons. Is there anything about either the purchase price in 1758 or the sale price in 1770 which would suggest a "sweetheart" deal (that is, one where family considerations influenced the price)?

8. It is widely believed that Isaac and Ann then moved to the Monongahela valley.

9. According to a statement by a son of Joseph Lemasters (son of Isaac and Ann) in Joseph's application for a pension for military service during the American Revolution, Joseph had brothers Thomas, Benjamin, Issac and Richard, and sisters Catherine, Charity and Mary.

10. IF Issac and Ann were "traditionalists" when it came to naming their children, they might have named children for the grandparents (that is, for Isaac's and Ann's parents). It has been widely believed that Isaac's daughter Catherine was named for his mother, Catherine (Ward) Lemasters, and Isaac's and Ann's son Isaac could have been named for Isaac's father, Isaac, or for Isaac himself, or for a combination of both. It had FORMERLY been believed that Isaac's and Ann's son Joseph was named for a paternal grandfather, but no such Joseph Lemasters has been found in any records (see Ralph Smith's excellent discussion of this matter). It is possible, however, that Isaac's and Ann's son Joseph was named for a maternal grandfather, e.g., possibly Joseph Flint. Isaac's and Ann's daughter Charity MIGHT have been named for her maternal grandmother, e.g., Charity Flint.

11. Researchers have fairly well established that Joseph and Charity Flint had AT LEAST a daughter Mary (born circa January 18, 1748), who married an Archibald Wiggins. Archibald and Mary (Flint) Wiggins named a son Joseph and a daughter Charity. They resided initially in Hampshire County (now West) Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the area where the Flints lived (the Wiggins family eventually moved to Mason County, Kentucky, circa 1790).

12. Researchers have also fairly well established that Joseph and Charity Flint had AT LEAST a son John (born before 1758, based on the likely birth years of his children, including a son named Joseph and a daughter named Charity). John and his family lived in Washington County, Maryland (appearing in both the 1790 and 1800 censuses) until his death, circa 1801-1807.

13. Charity (maiden name unknown) Flint, was likely born between about 1718 and 1730, based on the birth of her daughter Mary in 1748, of her son John before 1758, and on her life expectancy (lived past 1800). IF she was born as early as 1718, and IF the Ann who married Isaac Lemasters was born as late as 1736, then Charity could have been Ann's mother.

14. Joseph Flint was likely born between about 1710 and 1728, also based on the births of his children Mary and John, and on living until 1784. IF he was born as early as 1716, he could have been the father of Ann, who married Isaac Lemasters.

15. In 1776, Benjamin Lemasters, then residing in Monongalia County, travelled East to Warm Springs, Virginia to enlist for military service. I believe this Warm Springs was near present-day Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and thus just across the Potomac from his old home at "Colmores Ramble" and where the Flints still lived. Did he chose this location to enlist because he went to visit his grandparents?

16. In 1782, Isaac's and Ann's son Joseph, having completed his military service in the Militia company of Capt. David Scott in Monongalia and on the western "frontier" of the time, was residing with his (first) wife and children in Hampshire County, (now West) Virginia (per tax list). An Isaac Lemasters was also there (although it is unclear if this was Isaac and Ann, or possibly their son Isaac, or even some other Isaac entirely). Hampshire County is where Archibald and Mary (Flint) Wiggins were living at the time.

17. Joseph Flint died in Washington County, Maryland circa 1784, and apparently left a Last Will which appears in EITHER Washington County Will Book A, at page 141 and/or in Will Book B, at page 71 (although this second record MIGHT be the intestate estate of Joseph's son John, who died before 1808). I have not personally seen either a transcript or a photocopy of the handwritten court records, and so I only have second-hand reports of what they contain.

18. Joseph Flint reportedly made a bequest/legacy to son-in-law Archibald Wiggins and also to a Michael Cresap. Unfortunately, there are at least two people of that name who might have been the beneficiary of Joseph Flint's will. My initial efforts to find a family link between Joseph Flint and either of these two people named Michael Cresap have so far been unavailing.

19. I believe (although I do not KNOW) that Joseph Flint's Will does NOT mention anybody named Lemasters.

20. There was litigation in Washington County, MD in 1808 involving title/ownership of "Colmores Ramble" involving the Flint heirs and those to whom they had assigned and/or sold rights. While I have not examined the entire case record, initially, it does not appear that any of the children of Isaac and Ann Lemasters were named as defendants (but then, none were named in Joseph Flint's Will).

21. In 1791, Benjamin and Rebecca (Martin) Lemasters named a daughter Charity. While Benjamin MIGHT have named this daughter for his sister Charity, it is also possible that he named her for his maternal grandmother, possibly Charity Flint. Benjamin would have been about 4 when his parents bought and occupied "Colmores Ramble" and would have been about 16 when they sold and moved away. IF Charity Flint was his grandmother, he certainly would have known her well (Charity Flint appeared in the 1790 census as the head of her household, and MIGHT be the "Wid." Flint who appeared in the 1800 census as well (Washington County). Thus, she was alive throughtout the period that Benjamin Lemasters would have lived at "Colmores Ramble".

In my estimation, there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to support further research to try and find evidence to either confirm or refute the "theory" proposed by Ralph Smith.

Does anyone have any information about the Flints, or does anyone have access to Washington County, Maryland resources that might shed light on this possibility?

Please contact me directly at duaneaboggs@live.com if you can help.


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