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tion. Many an aged heart remembered and returned to its first love. The meeting in that tobacco-house was the beginning of the resuscitation of the church on Pedlar. Your uncle was the foremost and the most liberal in the effort at resuscitation. He gave largely-as he did to the end of life-both of his substance and of his time to the accomplish ment of the object. He succeeded, but not without overcoming strong opposition. He applied, for a contribution toward building a church, to a good Christian man in the neighbourhood, who had been a soldier of the Revolution, to whom the old veteran replied, the fire of '76 flashing in his eye and speaking in the tones of his voice, "No! I drew my sword once to put that church down; and, if necessary, I will draw it again to keep it down." No one doubted either the old soldier's honesty or piety. And his reply only revealed the feelings in the minds of many in regard to the Episcopal Church. Their prejudices were as honestly as they were warmly entertained, and nothing but the unbounded confidence they had in the patriotism as well as piety of your uncle softened them. That confidence did soften them, first to tolerate, then to admire, and then to sustain, the Church whose cause he advocated. I am persuaded that the resuscitation of the church on Pedlar was owing altogether to the personal influence of your uncle; and what he was so instrumental in resuscitating he afterwards sustained with a liberality that was bounded only by his means, and a devotion that ended only with his life. His daughter Emily, who became a member of the Church while I was rector of the parish, was as like to her father in her devotion to the Church as a child could be like to a parent. Both she and her most excellent husband, David H. Tapscott, manifested the same fervid and hallowed spirit of devotion in their piety, as well as lively and liberal interest in the advancement of the Church. It grieves me to think that the Church on earth has lost three such faithful soldiers and servants. And I should be doing violence to my feelings if I did not speak of Mrs Ellis, though a decided Presbyterian, in the same way. If I had been her own son she could hardly have treated me with more kindness. And she had been, I learned, equally kind to all the pastors of her husband. Indeed, I cannot think of any member of the family but with feelings of affectionate regard. I regret that my narrative is so limited and meagre: I hope, however, that it may not be altogether useless to you in accomplishing what you desire for Bishop Meade's Letters.


Truly and sincerely yours,




[THE following account has been furnished me by a member of the same.]

JOHN BAYLOR the elder, and first of the name who came to the New World, was born at Tiverton, in England, where, from old Sellers, we learn that he was related to the Freres, Courtenays, Tuckers, Hedjers, Nortons, and others. His son John was born in 1650, and, emigrating to Virginia, was followed by his father, a very old man. He settled in Gloucester county, and was married to Lucy Tod O'Brien, of New Kent, in 1698. Large grants of land had been made to father and son in various parts of the Colony, and the latter, being of an enterprising character, embarked extensively in mercantile schemes, by which a large fortune for that day was amassed, the inventory of his personal effects amounting to £6500 The books kept at his various counting-houses in Gloucester, King and Queen, and New Kent, from 1692 to 1722, are preserved, and not only attest his method and exactness, but afford an interesting comparison. The relative value of some articles of merchandise then and now is

worthy of note. We find nails at four shillings sixpence per pound, cotton at one shilling sixpence per yard; and a Madagascar boy, "from on board ship Tiverton," in one place, is charged to Thomas Randolph at £6, and another at £10. Mention is made of between six and ten ships, belonging to him, at different times, engaged in trading with the Old World. To John Baylor the second and Lucy his wife were born two children,―John, on the 12th of May, 1705, and another whose fortunes we have no means of following. The Essex family of the same name originate here. John, the third of the name, married Lucy Walker at Yorktown, the 2d of January, 1744, several sons and daughters being the issue of this marriage. A sister of Lucy Walker married, at the same time and place, John Norton, of London, of whom we shall have occasion to speak hereafter. John the third (Colonel Baylor) was with Washington at Winchester. He represented the county of Caroline in the House of Burgesses from about 1740 to 1760. A list of the votes at one election is extant, and reveals his extensive popularity, as he received every vote in the county save one. Colonel Baylor moved to New Market— then King and Queen-in 1726, and occupied a grant of land which was made by Robert Tronsdale in behalf of the King the year before. This paper is also prescrved. The year following Caroline was formed, and New Market remains in possession of the family, from which it has never been alienated. Extravagance and folly, unfortunately, leave few such instances of successive proprietorship, in the State, for so long a time. The Episcopal church at the Bowling Green was built by Colonel Baylor, and other gentlemen, between 1610 and 1660, where the family continued

to worship until the death of the Rev. Mr. Waugh, after which time the church had no minister and the building, like many others in Virginia, was destroyed and the materials devoted to secular purposes. Colonel Baylor held several commissions, one of which, constituting him Lieutenant of the county of Orange, signed by Robert Dinwiddie at Williamsburg in 1752, is in the possession of the family. He too, like his father, was a man of great energy. New Market was in his time celebrated for a large and generous hospitality. John, the eldest son of Colonel Baylor, fourth of the name herein mentioned, was born at New Market on the 4th of September, 1750; was sent at twelve years of age to Putney GrammarSchool, from which he was removed to Cambridge, and was a classmate and associate of Mr. Wilberforce. While in Europe, the Letters of Junius appeared, and, for some reason, he felt so deep an interest, either in the subject, style, or authorship, as to transcribe them as they were published,— the manuscript being now in a perfect state of preservation. The performance of a task so laborious as that involved in the copying of these famous letters from the Public Advertiser as they appeared, the num bers of which could have been as well preserved, presents a puzzle which has exercised the minds of his descendants to this day. This John Bay. lor the fourth was married, while in England, to Fanny, his cousin, only daughter of John and Courtenay Norton, of Gould Square, London, and returned to Virginia. They were followed by the brothers of Mrs. Baylor, John Hatley, George, and Daniel Norton, who married in Virginia, leaving issue. Several of their descendants have devoted their lives to the ministry. The Rev. John H. Norton, of Fauquier, is one of them. George, the second son of Colonel Baylor and Fanny Walker, was born at New Market the 12th of January, 1752. He was aid to General Washington at the battle of Trenton, and enjoyed the honour of presenting the colours then taken to the Congress at Philadelphia, and would doubtless have filled a large space in the stirring history of the times, had not a bayonetwound through the chest, in a night-skirmish a short time after, disabled him so as to unfit him for the service. He died of pulmonary disease, from this injury, in Barbadoes in 1784. The regiment of horse which bore his name sprung into existence from his patriotic exertions and from the pecuniary aid of his elder brother, which was freely given.

He was

Colonel George Baylor married, at Mansfield, Lucy Page, daughter of Mann Page, Esq., by whom he had one son,-John W. Baylor. Mrs. Baylor, widow of Colonel George Baylor, was married a second time, to Colonel N. Burwell, of Millwood, Frederick county, Virginia. Walker, fourth son of Colonel Baylor, was a captain in the Revolutionary army. also disabled, by a spent ball, which crushed his instep, at Germantown or Brandywine, which made him a cripple for life. He married Miss Bledsoe, and left several sons and daughters, one of whom-Judge R. E. B Baylor-is now alive and is a prominent citizen of Texas. Robert, fourth son of Colonel Baylor, married Miss Gwinn, of Gwinn's Island.

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third daughter of Colonel Baylor, was married to Colonel John Armistead, 17th of March, 1764. The sons by this marriage were all endued with martial spirit. Lewis was killed in battle in Canada; George defended Baltimore when attacked by the British in the war of 1812; and two other brothers occupied distinguished rank in the army of their country. John and Fanny Norton resided at New Market, and were the parents of two sons and five daughters, who intermarried with the Claytons, Upshaws, Foxes, Roys, &c. John Walker Baylor also left children. The Brents and Horners belong to this branch.

JOHN ROY BAYLOR, of New Market, Caroline county.

No. XIV.


[THE following limited account of this family has been sent me by a friend. In the civil and ecclesiastical lists the name may be found at an

early day.]

JOHN PEYTON, Esq., of Stafford county, Virginia, who died in 1760, was twice married. By his first wife his children were Yelverton, Henry, and Ann Waye. By the second wife they were John Rowzee, and Valentine.

1. Yelverton had four sons and four daughters. One of the daughtersElizabeth-married her cousin, John Peyton Harrison; and Catherine married Captain William Bronaugh, of Stafford, who moved to Kanawha and is the father of a numerous family, the most of whom now live in Missouri.

Of the sons of Yelverton, Henry was a pious Methodist preacher, and married a Miss Brent, of Fauquier; and another of his sons-Colonel Samuel Peyton-was the father of Yelverton, William, and Henry, all of whom were talented and pious ministers of the Methodist Church, and died young, leaving each one child.

2. Henry, the second son of John Peyton, married a Miss Fowke, and resided near the Plains, in Fauquier county. He was a pious member of the Episcopal Church. One of his sons-Dr. Chandler Peyton-married Eliza B. Scott, the eldest daughter of the Rev. John Scott; and another son-Yelverton-married Margaret, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Mr. Scott. She, after his death, married Mr. Charles Lee, and then Mr. Glassell.

3. Ann Waye, the Harrison, of Stafford

daughter of John Peyton, married Mr. Thomas She had a son named John Peyton Harrison, who

married his cousin, Elizabeth Peyton, and has left many descendants; and another son-Thomas-who was an Episcopal minister and the father of Philip Harrison, Esq., late of Richmond.

4. John Rowzee, the third son of John Peyton, was the father of John Howard Peyton, of Staunton, of General Bernard Peyton, of Richmond, and of Mr. Rowzee Peyton, who has moved to the State of New York.

5. Doctor Valentine Peyton, the fourth son of John Peyton, resided at the family seat, Tusculum, in Stafford, and was the father of Mrs. John Conway, of Stafford Court-House, and Mrs. Chichester, who resides near the Falls Church, in Fairfax county, and of many others.

No. XV.


[To the diligence of the Rev. Edmund Withers, minister of Lancaster county, I am indebted for the following lists, taken from an old vestrybook recently discovered by him.]


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