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A memoir written about 1920 by Ernest Greenwood Maddox about the Maddox
family, stated that William was Irish and
his wife, Priscilla
Boswell, Dutch. It also said that they settled in Virginia,
moved to Indiana and about 1820 to Kentucky.
So far, we cannot connect the Morelands to Ireland
or the Boswells to Holland. And they never
moved to Indiana, though connected families did.
Additional information was received from Julia Mortenson. In her search for the Moreland family she found a strong connection to Trimble County Kentucky and Shenandoah County VA. Those counties have records that make a connecting thread. For instance, William had a grandson Franklin Moreland whose Trimble county marriage license showed he resided in VA and his father was born in Maryland. When Julia searched the net she found Rob Moreland’s web site of Morelands from Maryland. The original website connection is lost, but Rob has a will of WIlliam Moreland that is listed on the Rootsweb under Charles County Maryland. I got there by a search. I suggest trying that as addresses seem to change too often to keep current.
In Charles County Maryland records she found William, son of Walter and Tabitha Dent.
One of William’s sons (In Trimble County Kentucky)
was John D. Moreland.
D, possibly for Dent.
William's sister, Sarah Moreland wed
This John Hambaugh and Daniel Trout who
married one of William's oldest daughter and moved
to Trimble County, witnessed a Shenandoah deed. And
very recently Julia found that John Hambaugh had a
1787 lease on land in Shenandoah County VA. It
actually reads John Hambaugh, etc. could William and
Priscilla be the etc?
**** So on to the story, as we know it about William Moreland.
William Moreland was born about 1765 in Charles County, Maryland . His parents were Walter Moreland and Tabitha Dent. William Moreland and Priscilla Boswell probably wed in Charles County about 1787/8.
William’s father Walter Moreland died in 1787 and William inherited 3 slaves, one of them was named Ben. He will show up again later in this story. Walter's will was dated Nov. 13, 1787 and probated Jan 2 1788 in Prince George’s Ct Maryland. His mother inherited the bulk of the estate. In 1790 Tabitha Moreland was head of household in Prince George’s County which is just to the north of Charles County.
The Head of Families Maryland 1790 list two William
Moreland in Charles County Maryland. I
believe ours was the one with 1 male, 3 females and
6 slaves. That would have been our William, his
wife, first child, Anna and possible a 2nd daughter
who did not survive.
There is record of a William Moreland being a
bondsman on marriages in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
It is likely they moved from Charles County to
Shenandoah County between 1793 and 1795. Shenandoah
County is on the upper northwest edge of Virginia.
The known children of William and Priscilla
Moreland, according to the Ernest G. Maddox
1. Anna Moreland born September 1, 1788 married Daniel Trout. She died February 19 1847 and is buried with her husband in the Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Trimble County, Kentucky
2. Martha Moreland , born Sept 3, 1790 who married George Washington Floyd. She died Feb. 21, 1871 in Trimble Ct. KY and is buried in the Floyd Cemetery. Her tombstone gives her birth and death date. She was named in her father's will, as Martha Floyd in 1820 Oldham County Ky Will Book 1, page 70.
3. William Moreland born August 12, 1793 married Margaret Ott. He died April 4, 1863 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
4. Elizabeth "Betsey" Moreland born 1798 in Virginia married William Maddox. By 1840 they were in Trimble County.
5. John D. "Jackey" Moreland born March 6, 1796 in Virginia. His married 3 times. First to Seany Moreland, from an unrelated family in 1815. She died when his first daughter was born. Then he married Mary "Polly" McGannon in 1817 in Gallatin County, Kentucky They had 8 children Polly died in 1857. She was buried in the Moreland Cemetery on Luckett Lane. Finally, in 1858 he wed Elizabeth C. Calloway who outlived him by more than 25 years. she died in 1904 and is buried at the Corn Creek Baptist Cemetery.
Jack Moreland died May 1, 1876 in Trimble County Kentucky and is buried on the Hampton Farm, Luckett Lane with Polly.
6. Walter A. Moreland born June 1800 in Virginia married 1st 1822 to Kitty Floyd by whom he had 5 children, 2nd 1832 to Lucinda Duncan in Oldham county KY, and 3rd Jane Cox Suddith on November 20, 1841 in Trimble County. He died there February 3, 1855 and is also buried on the Hampton Farm.
The 1810 Shenendoah County Virginia Census list
for William Moreland:
2 males 10-15 (Jack & Walter)
1 male 45 and older (William)
1 female 10-16 (Elizabeth)
1 female 16 – 25 (Martha)
No Priscilla. She died between June 1800, the birth of Walter and the 1810 census. Anna has already married Daniel Trout. They were living with his parents in the county and son William was already on his own.
There are numerous Tax Records for William Moreland: William Moreland is on the 1800 Virginia Tax List, Shenandoah County, page 13. this tax was for private property not real estate. He is listed as a Constable, with 2 blacks over 16 years of age and 5 horses, 1 ordinary license, and he paid $.48.
Shenandoah Land Tax, from microfilm at the
Shenandoah county, VA Library: I do not know why tax
was shown every other year, there were taxes owed every
1. 1795 William Moreland 200 acres
2. 1797 William Moreland 200 acres
3. 1799 William Moreland 200 acres
4. 1800 William Moreland has 3 sets listed: 150 acres, 200 acres, 60 acres
5. 1802 William Moreland all 3 sets listed
6. 1803 William Moreland all 3 sets listed
7. 1804 William Moreland all 3 sets listed
nothing in 1805, and then I jumped as I was running out of time.
8. 1809 William Moreland slightly different 3 sets; 154 acres, 200 acres, 100 acres
9. 1812 Willaim Moreland lists the last 3 sets and it reads "Gooney Run, where he lives" for each one.
The 3 sets must have been close or next to each other. That was a total of 454 acres. His father had died in 1787 and William inherited 3 slaves. His mother inherited the bulk of the estate, but there must have been some money to pass on so that he had a starting nest egg. In five years he was able to expand his holdings and then again in 7-9 years.
10. The Shenandoah Land Tax from 1814B reads " Moreland, William Kentucky lease for lives"
Which tells us that William Moreland was already
in Kentucky and that his property had been leased - but to
whom? His son William Moreland, who we
believe stayed in Shenandoah with his bride, Margaret
(Peggy) Ott. He activity bought and sold real
estate in the county. but who else. "lives
implies more than one". The lease could have
provided our William Moreland with the resources
needed to purchase land in Kentucky, which he did.
The "Lease for lives" led us into a study of how land
was purchased, rented, leased, etc in the days when the
land was just being made available. Lord Fairfax was
a huge investor in western Virginia, ie the Northern
Neck Proprietary or the Fairfax Grant. It consisted
of nearly 5 million acres. A Guide to the
Fairfax Family Northern neck Proprietary Papers,
1688-1810 held in the Library of Virginia. Julia
found with in the Lord Fairfax Lease Records, noted
above. Perhaps that was the reason William
Moreland moved his family to Shenandoah County.
The county just south of Charles in Maryland is St. Mary’s. In the History of St. Mary’s County by Hammutt on page 93 is a chapter on Kentucky Ken. This chapter states that "Between 1790 and 1810 the population of St. Mary’s County decreased. A large portion can be attributed to the westward migration to the North Central Kentucky counties. Land was offered as a means to promote settlement of the frontier. Some had lost property in the war, some could not pay bonds " so they took advantage of this offer. Moreland stopped in Virginia, but eventually went on to Kentucky where others from Charles County Maryland had settled.
William Moreland purchased land in Henry County in
the fall of 1812. We think William had moved
there by that time with most of his family. He is found on
the Henry County 1813 Tax lists with 415 acres and
again 1814, where it specifies his land is on the Ohio
river. We believe it was in the area that became
Trimble county, specifically on a bluff along the
road now called Luckett Lane. There was a small
cemetery there, but on a recent visit, we could not find
Apparently, he had purchased land that was part of a
Clark Land Grant and became embroiled in a National
Supreme Court case over land rights. It is a really
really long document. The good part about it is that
it pin points the location of the 400+acres.
The case is dated Jan 1833. William Moreland had
died and it was his children who had to deal with
it. The document use to be found at https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US/32/32.US.171.html.
That is no longer available, but maybe the numbers
will help you find it.
The Moreland name can be found in four different counties of Kentucky. However, they could have stayed in the same spot and changed counties as the new ones were formed. Shelby County was formed in 1792. From Shelby, Henry County was formed in 1798. Oldham County was formed from Henry, Shelby, and Jefferson Counties. Finally, Trimble County was formed in 1836 from Henry, and Oldham and Gallatin.
The Moreland family was early members of the
Corn Creek Church. It is on the Bedford Milton Turnpike
and was probably the main road once. It has been bypassed
now by Rt. 421.The church cemetery is the final
resting-place of some Moreland descendants. We
went to the end of Luckett Lane but could find the Hampton
Farm cemetery. We believe it has been covered over with
new home drives and fences.
On 9/11/1820 William Moreland wrote
his will in Henry County, but it was probated by Oldham
County Kentucky Will Book, 10/16/1826. His son
Walter A appeared before the court on Sept 18, 1826
and the will was acknowledge and Walter A. was
accepted as Executor.
He lists his children Walter A., John D. William, Anna B. Trout, Martha Floyd , Elizabeth B. Maddox and Granddaughter Lucinda, daughter of John D. but no wife. He must have not remarried after Priscilla died. He also left instructions for his slave Ben to be freed.
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