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The Darnall/Darnell Family of Charles County, Maryland

Their family groups and migration patterns

First Three Generations:



Edward Darnall jr v. Thomas

Darnall Brother v. Brother:
in 1754, Edward Darnall Jr. claims his brother Thomas conspired with sister Elizabeth Thomas to remove father’s promised wedding gift of land and chattels in 1749.




24 MAY 1756
. EDWARD DARNALL OF CHARLES CO., PLANTER vs. THOMAS DARNALL. The bill of Complaint dated 25 Oct. 1754 states that Edward Darnall, being a single man, in 1749 made his addresses to PRISCILLA MOORE OF CHARLES CO. SPINSTER DAUGHTER OF JOHN MOORE OF CHARLES CO., PLANTER with the approval of HIS FATHER, EDWARD DARNALL SR. OF CHARLES CO., PLANTER AND JOHN MOORE. TO ENABLE THE 2 CHILDREN OF THE RESPECTIVE FATHERS TO LIVE TOGETHER IN MARRIAGE COMFORTABLY, EDWARD DARNALL PROMISED TO GIVE EDWARD THE SON 60 ACRES OF LAND WHERE EDWARD DARNALL THE FATHER LIVED IN CHARLES CO., ALONG WITH OTHER CHATTELS. JOHN MOORE AGREED TO GIVE HIS DAUGHER 70 AC. IN CHARLES CO., AND OTHER CHATTELS. In Dec. of that year, they married. In 1751 THOMAS DARNALL, BROTHER OF EDWARD, WENT TO VISIT ELIZABETH THOMAS, WIFE OF WILLIAM THOMAS AND DAUGHTER OF SAID EDWARD DARNALL SR. THOMAS PERSUADED EDWARD DARNALL SR. TO CHANGE HIS WILL TO BENEFIT THOMAS. (MSA Vol. 8, p. 1280).

18 Feb. 1756. Deposition of RICHARD VINCENT in above case states that the Sat before last Christmas he met EDWARD DARNALL , BROTHER TO THOMAS, HIS WIFE AND 2 CHILDREN WITH JOHN MOORE, JR. , SON TO JOHN MOORE, AND JOHN MOORE SON TO MATTHEW MOORE. EDWARD DARNALL SAID HE WAS GOING 700 MI. AND THIS DEPOENT HAS NEVER HEARD FROM HIS SINCE. (MSA vol. 8, p. 1285)

Abstracts of Chancery Court Records of Maryland 1669-1782- Debbie Hooper, Family Line Publications, (Westminster, Md) 1-800-876-6103


The mention of sister Elizabeth Thomas as being involved in the conspiracy w/ brother Thomas, may be pertinent to the fact that two of the witnesses to Edward Darnall's will had the surname Thomas, (and the third, a North). The two Thomas witnesses are John Thomas and Thomas Thomas. One of John Darnall's children (see below) was a Thomas Thomas Darnall, so it is possible that his wife Rachel was also a Thomas: Will of Edward Darnall Sr.. (Note: An original William Thomas had land transactions with an Andrew Watkins, with whom a Nicholas Rawlings also had dealings, witnessing a deed Watkins wrote in Virginia. Nicholas Rawlings also resided for a time in Charles County, Md. ) An Edward Darnall, thought to be this Edward Darnall Jr., signs a petition in what is now Montgomery County, in 1756 (c. May). His signature appears right under that of a Hugh Robey, and a Jonathan Markland, who is witness to Justice John Rawlings Will, in September 1756, is also a signatory of this petition.

John Darnall, son of Edward:
Drowned at age 30, while crossing the Patuxent


Notes for (1) John Darnall: Received two grants of land: 100 acres in the Manor of Zachia in Charles Co.; Darnall's Delight, on 5 August 1726. He drowned while crossing the Patuxent River (no will) and his estate was inventoried 13 May 1735. Inventory signed by Sam Middleton and J. Smith. Edward and Thomas Darnall being named as nearest of kin. Rachell Darnell administered the estate 16 July 1735. (Source: H. C. Smith, The Darnall, Darnell Family Including Darneal, Darneille, Darnielle, Darnold, Dernall, Durnall, Durnell & Names Variously Spelled with Allied Families, 1440 Ardmore Ave., Glendale 2, California: H. C. Smith, M.D., 1955).

Two Sons of John Darnall: Isaac and Thomas Thomas Darnall

Isaac Darnall

Notes for (1B) Isaac Darnall (son of John drowned 1735): Isaac3 Darnall (John2, Edward1) was born 1730 in Charles County, Maryland, and died 1778 in Montgomery County, Maryland. He married Susannah Soper 1751 in Montgomery County, Maryland. She was born 1732 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and died 1796 in Fleming County, Kentucky. Isaac Darnall Was in possession of Darnall's Delight in 1750. 1778 MARYLAND CENSUS RECORD: Darnall, Isaac, Montgomery County Record Type: Fidelity Oath. Military service: Revolutionary War veteran, Private - 16th name in the 3rd Company of the Upper Battalion of Montgomery County, Maryland. Children of Isaac Darnall and Susannah Soper are:+ i. Gerrard4 Darnall, born 1757 in Montgomery County, Maryland; died May 1826 in Sumner County, Tennessee. 36 ii. Sarah Darnall, born 175815. She married John Lowe June 24, 1782 in Prince George County, Maryland. 37 iii. John Darnall, born October 07, 1760; died September 04, 1819. iv. Susanah Darnall, born 1763. She married George Owen January 25, 1783 in Prince George County, Maryland. v. Thomas Darnall, born 1765. vi. Charles Darnall, born November 07, 1767 in Charles County, Maryland; died September 24, 1833 in Fleming County, Kentucky. vii. Mary Darnall, born August 19, 1770; died May 22, 1852. She married Andrew Renche 1792. (Source for much of above info. William Grafton Robey Jr., Robey, Roby, Robie: The Family History from Early England to America, Heritage Books, Inc.,Bowie, MD, 1994).


Gerrard Darnall migrated to Sumner County, Tenn: Photos of his Grandchildren / Will of Jarrat Darnall

Thomas Thomas Darnall

Notes for Thomas Thomas3 Darnall: (John2, Edward1) born 1733 in Charles County, Maryland, and died July 07, 1825 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He married (1) Susannah Abt. 1751. She died December 13, 1793. He married (2) Elizabeth Cogswell October 26, 1819 in Nicholas, Bourbon County, Kentucky. A Susannah was named in John Soper's will in 1758, establishing the marriage as in or prior to that year. [A recent claim is that Susannah married Isaac, elder brother of Thomas; that nowhere is the given name of his son-in-law mentioned by John Soper.] This claim seems to be definitely established (H.C.S.). Thomas Thomas Darneille was in Albemarle County, Va., in 1773, as his son Archelaus (later Archibald) was born there at that time (family legend). Was with George Rogers Clark (also of Albemarle Co., Va.) in his campaign against the Wabash Indians and at the capture of Vincennes. For this he received "scrip," as shown by its later transfer for $13.33. In 1783 he received, as Thomas Darnel, a grant of 400 acres of land lying in what is now Bourbon Co., Ky., about one and one-half miles northwest of N. Middleton in that county, and some five or six miles southeast of Paris, Ky. It lies at the junction of Scott Creek and Stoner's Fork of the Licking River, and was known as "The Springs"; there being three large springs in the immediate vicinity of the original home site. He died 7 July 1825 in Bourbon County, Ky. On 3 October 1825, following his death, his widow Elizabeth, deeded to the heirs of Thomas T. Darnall, Nancy Parks, Susannah Howard, Rebecca Wychoff, Thomas Darnall, Jr., Barton Darnall, heirs of Hinzie Darnall, dec'dand John Darnall any claims she might have on the estate. "Dd. Bk.S, p. 157, Bourbon Co., Ky."

WILL OF THOMAS Darneille (DARNALL) OF BOURBON CO.,KY.

In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Darneille, Sr., of the County of Bourbon, State of Kentucky, have made and committed my last will and testament and have disposed of my estate in manner and form following, to wit:
Item, It is my will and pleasure that my servant woman Pats should be free at my death. Item, It is my will and pleasure that my servant man Dave, should be sold as soon as convenient after my death for a reasonable credit of Gold or silver, for the term of six years, at the end of which time the said servant man shall be free. Item, It is my will and pleasure that my saws and movable property should be sold as soon as conveniently may be after my death for reasonable credit of gold or silver and the money arising from the said property and said servant man Dave, after paying to my son Thomas Darneille Jr., two hundred and thirty eight dollars in gold or silver, and after paying my other just debts, should be divided among my children and their heirs as follows, to wit: Item, I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son Samuel S. Darneille, deceased, the sum of one dollar and no more forever. Item, I give and bequeath the children of my daughter Elizabeth Chorn, deceased, the sum of one dollar and no more forever. Item, I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Darneille, and his heirs the sum of one dollar and no more forever. Item, I give and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter "Linny" Rawlings, deceased, the sum of one dollar and no more forever. Item, it is my will and pleasure that the residue of my said money should be divided into ten equal parts or shares of which I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah Howard, and my son Archibald Darneille, my daughter Nancy Parks, my daughter Rebecca Wycoff, and to my son Barton Darneille, the heirs of son 'Hinzie Darneille, deceased and to my son John Darneille, each one share. It is my express wish and pleasure that if Susannah Howard should die without having children to heir her estate the above legacy shall revert to my heirs and be equally divided between my seven last named heirs to this my last will and testament. And further, it is my express will and pleasure that the said mentioned $238.00 mentioned above should be paid to my son Thomas Darneille, Jr., out of the first money that shall be collected of the price of above mentioned property, and I do by these presence constitute and appoint my son Thomas Darneille, Jr., sole executor of this my last will and testament, to carry the same into full and complete effect, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments ever made by me, in testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twenty-five. THOMAS Darneille, SR. Witnesses: Hiram Norton Wm. Magule Josiah Swearinger Bourbon County, Kentucky, Court, Sept. term, 1825, this last will and testament of Thomas Darneille Sr. deceased was proven in open Court by the oaths of Hiram Norton and Josiah Swearinger, Witnesses thereto, and sworn to by Thomas Darneille Jr., the executor therein named, and is therefore duly recorded in my office. Attst. Thomas P. Smith, C.B.C. "Will Book G, Page 300, Bourbon Co., Ky."
Notes/Corrections: Children in source of these notes are i. Susannah4 Darnall, died August 30, 1851.m. Charles Howard November 23, 1823; died 1838. ii. Thomas Thomas Darnall, Jr., died October 30, 1830 in Sangamon County, Illinois. married Isabella Blue November 21, 1822. iii. in source's chart is: Elizabeth Congleton Darnall married Thomas P. Smith; born December 04, 1790 in Virginia; died July 08, 1834 in Adams County, Illinois.

iv. Samuel Smyth Darnall, born Abt. 1763; died Bef. 1825. He married Elizabeth Travis October 01, 1786 in Harrisburg, Virginia. As Samuel S. Darnell, he was a private in Capt. B. W. Sanders' Co., Col. Miller's Regt., Ky. Volunteers, in the War of 1812. Regement: 5 Regiment (Lewis') Kentucky Volunteers. Enlistment Rank: Private Discharge Rank: Private Baptism: February 13, 1763, St. Matthews Chruch/Piscataway Parish, Prince George's County Maryland Marriage Notes for Samuel Darnall and Elizabeth Travis: The marriage bond, 13 August 1786, given to the State of Virginia and its Governor, Patrick Henry, for the sum of fifty pounds sterling, signed by him as Smith Darnal, and by John Travis, as Elizabeth's father, was found by the compiler (H.C.S.) in the first box of records on file in the County Clerk's Office at Harrisburg, Virginia. Following his marriage, which occurred at Harrisburg and was performed by John Warren, he was given seventy acres of the original grant of four hundred acres to Thomas. As Smyth Darnel, he was a member of Captain Robert Patterson's Co., of Kentucky Militia, "on duty in the late Shawnee Expedition from 2 August to 20 November 1780." (Ky. State Hist. Reg., 40:422.)

v. Elizabeth Thomas Darnall, born Abt. 1763; died Bef. 1825. She married Ebenezer Chorn Abt. 1783. More About Elizabeth Thomas Darnall: Baptism: St. John's Church, Piscataway Parish, Prince George's County, Md
vi. Isaac Darnall, born Abt. 1766.

vii. Verlinda Darnall, born 1770 in Maryland or Virginia; died January 07, 1796 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She married Joshua Rawlings Abt. 1789 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; born 1766 in Maryland; died August 29, 1801 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

viii. Nancy R. Darnall, born 1778 in Bourbon County, Maryland.[sic] She married John Parks January 15, 1798 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; born Abt. 1773 in Burbon County,[sic] Maryland.

ix. Archelaus Donald Darnall, born November 03, 1778 in Albemarle County, Virginia; died November 23, 1850 in Scotland County, Missouri.

x. Rebecca Darnall, born June 06, 1785 in Bryan's Station, Fayette County, Ky.; died February 11, 1853 in Chatham, Sangamon County, Illinois. She married Samuel Wyckoff June 10, 1810 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; born February 11, 1781 in Loudoun County, Virginia; died March 18, 1850 in Chatham, Sangamon County, Illinois. Notes for Rebecca Darnall: She was born in Bryan's Station, Fayette Co., Ky., during an Indian uprising. Samuel moved to Bourbon Co.,Ky. in 1808. They removed to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1822, where he died 18 March 1850 and she died 11 February 1853. Both are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, east of Loami, Ill. Notes for Samuel Wyckoff: LAND PATENT DETAILS: Sangamon County, Illinois. #1 Patentee Name: SAMUEL WYCKOFF, Document #: 58, Issue Date: April 10, 1824, Authority: April 24, 1820: SALE-CASH ENTRY (3 Stat. 566), Acres: 160, Land Office: SPRINGFIELD Legal Land Description: Aliquot Parts NW, Sec/Blk 7/, Township 14-N, Range 6-W, Fract. Sect. NO, Meridian 3rd PM, State IL, Counties SANGAMON More About Samuel Wyckoff: Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, east of Laomi, Illinois Land Patent: April 10, 1824, Sangamon County, Illinois (U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau Of Land Management.)

xi. Barton Darnall, born July 1787 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; died October 31, 1837 in Macon County, Illinois. He married Francis Neal April 29, 1815 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; born 1791; died March 09, 1859. Notes for Barton Darnall: WAR OF 1812 MILITARY SERVICE: Name: Barton Darneille Regement: 4th Regiment (Pogue's) Kentucky Volunteers Enlistment Rank: Private Discharge Rank: Private More About Barton Darnall: Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, Macon County, Illinois Military service: War of 1812, 4th Regiment (Pogue's) Kentucky Voluteers.21 More About Francis Neal: Burial: Family cemetery near Loami, Sangamon County, Illinois
xii. Henzie Darnall, born July 08, 1789 in Bourbon County, Kentucky22; died August 13, 1824 in Bourbon County, Kentucky22. He married Elizabeth Betsy Congleton March 24, 1811 in Bourbon County Ky. by Rev. Thomas P. Smith22; born December 04, 1790 in Virginia22; died July 08, 1834 in Adams County, Illinois(EARLY DAYS IN GREENBUSH WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE OLD SETTLERS BY WILLIAM L. SNAPP, Copyright, 1905 (Warren Co IL). Bourbon Co..). Notes for Henzie Darnall: His Christian name probably comes from the Hinzey's, an old Maryland family. Notes for Elizabeth Betsy Congleton: Elizabeth was an orphan when married, her guardian being Charles Payton.

xiii. John Darnall, born June 08, 1791 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; died March 10, 1854 in On their farm near Chatham, Sangamon County, Illinois.




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