Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [adgedge.ged] !(1) "The Tayloes of Virginia and Allied Families," by W. Randolph Tayloe (Berryville, VA, 1963) p.85,101,107. FHL #929.273 T211t. Cites: (a) MacKenzie's "Colonial Families of the U.S.." (b) Tayloe family papers. (2) "A Chronicle of Belair," by Shirley V. Baltz (Bowie Heritage Comm., Bowie, MD, 1984) p.22,29,32,35,38-50,52-54,56,58,60-64. Cites: (a) Ogle Family Bible. (b) "MD Hist. Mag.," LXXIV, 152. (c) "National Intelligencer," 6 Apr 1844. (3) Letter from Benjamin Ogle Esq. to John Tayloe, Esq., no date, postmarked Annapolis, 1 Jul 1814. Original in possession of Wm. G. Davidson, McGill, NV, 1992. (4) "The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland," by J.D. Warfield (Kohn & Pollock, Baltimore, 1905) p.250. !Birth: (1) 1775. (1,2a,4) s/o Gov. Benjamin Ogle I/Henrietta Margaret Hill. (2a) 9 Feb 1775. Marriage to Anna Maria Cooke: (1,2b) 25 Feb 1796. (2) In the evening. (4) Death: (1) 1844. (2c) 4 Apr 1844 "at his residence... after a few days' illness." Burial: (2) "Belair," in the family plot. (2) 1776, Feb: His mother wrote, "My two little ones are quite well. The boy is just beginning to walk and talk, a little Blue-eyed Delicate thing." (2) 1783, Dec: His aunt Mary Ridout wrote to Anne Ogle, "My Brothers Family are pretty well, though their Son was dangerously ill this autumn. I think him a weakly Child." (2) 1790-1793: Was enrolled in the newly opened St. John's College, Annapolis. Nowhere is he listed as a graduate. (2) His obituary in the "National Intelligencer" states he was educated in England. (2) 1796, Dec: Benjamin Ogle I Deeded to his son Benjamin "for and in consideration of the love and affection" he bore, for shillings, the plantation of Belair and the surrounding tracts "together with all the the... household furniture, pictures, farming utensils and stock of every kind thereon... During the rest of his natural life... at all and any time he may think proper so to do," Benjamin I reserved the right to freely enter the premises "with servants, dogs and horses to chase, kill and carry away any Deer." (1) Of Belair, Prince George's Co., MD. (2) 1798: An inventory of Belair for the Direct Federal Tax Assessment was made, and it contained the mansion with a 24x15 ft. greenhouse adjoining, a 40 ft. square kitchen-office, a 12 ft. sqaure poultry house, a single-story dwelling 24x16 ft., a meat house and stable, all built of brick. Additional outbuildings included a frame stable, a deer house, a barn, a corn house, a windmill with one pair of stones, four tobacco houses and several houses for Negroes. It was the most valuable and best equipped plantation in that section of Prince George's County. (2) Operated Belair as a stud farm. Gabriel, "a dark bay, 15 and a half hands high, and a fine, powerful horse" with an impressive list of victories, was standing for the season in 1799 at 20 dollars a mare and a dollar to the groom. Benjamin "is reputed" to have entered his horses in the races sponsored by the Washington Jockey Club, which usually took place in Nov. (2) 1800-1805: Had 4 children born at Baltimore, MD. (2) Whereas preceding generations had considered "Belair" a 2nd residence, to Benjamin II and his household it was their primary and permanent dwelling place, and they had little relationship with Annapolis. He made renovations in the interior of the mansion. He "lived like a gentleman of the old school," his house "comfortable and plainly furnished" and associated with "the first circle of society." (2) 1803: He was one of Prince George's Co. Commissioners appointed to act with those of Anne Arundel Co. to survey, lay out and open a road from Annapolis "round the head of South River... to the fording place on Patuxent, known by the name of Ashton's Ford, and from thence by or through Benjamin Ogle's plantation... to intersect the road leading to Bladensburgh," and to build a bridge over the Patuxent at Ashton's Ford. (2) Frequently appointed by the County Court to act as an appraiser of the real and/or personal property involved in estate settlements. (2) 1811, Jun: The new British Ambassador, Sir Augustus J. Foster and his servants and staff landed in Annapolis in the frigate "Miverva", commanded by Capt. Thomas Bladen Capel, a grandson of Thomas Bladen and therefore a distant English relative of the Ogles. On his way to Washington, Sir Augustus wrote, "I dined the following day on my road to the Federal City at Mr. Ogle's of Belair, and gave him an English Cock Pheasant which I brought for him with the Hen, but the latter had died at Sea." (2) 1814: Chosen Supervisor of the Public Roads in the upper part of Patuxent Hundred. (3) 1814, Jun: He wrote to John Tayloe, posted from Annapolis, "As Sa(?) is very urgent to say something to you about Chance. I have to inform you he is well as are all your mares and your Colt, one more has come since I wrote making fourteen- on the other side I send a list giving the total. I had hard duty below and the Enemy having gone down we are discharged for the present but no doubt shall be harass'd enough this summer- suppose you will see numbers of lies in the papers for I never heard so many! Neither Benedict or Marlborough are burnt at the latter place the Warehouse and a house adjoining, by accident: at Benedict they ship'd all the Tobacco except about fifty-hogs'ds and some of which they made a wharf- young Wise of the Alexandria Dragoons was killed at Benedict by a Serjeant who defended himself like a Hero. Nottingham where I was is safe, at least it was when I left it and there is a company of volunteers left for its defence. The British burnt and carried away about 2500 Hogs'd Tobacco altogether and Wm. Lansdale lost 200 Hogs'd. With love to all I am very sincerely yrs." Signed B Ogle. A postscript dated June 30, "Barney is safe having got to Nottingham and our Volunteers are discharged." (2) 1815: Chosen Supervisor of the Public Roads in the upper part of Patuxent Hundred. (2) 1815, Jun: Benjamin and his wife Anna Maria were called to Annapolis to attend "his mother that is expected to die." (2) 1815: Soon after his mother's death, Benjamin successfully petitioned the Chancery Court to appoint him trustee to sell her real estate, a move designed to benefit the four minor children of Mary Ogle Bevans, who were the main beneficiaries in Henrietta's will. One of the tracts disposed of was "The President," and proceeds from its sale were used to satisfy the mortgage held by Anne Ogle. To Benjamin, Henrietta left "my large Silver Waiter with the Ogle Arms in the Middle." (2) 1816: Chosen Supervisor of the Public Roads in the upper part of Patuxent Hundred. (2) 1817: Chosen Supervisor of the Public Roads in the upper part of Patuxent Hundred. (2) 1818: Named Prince George's Co. Commissioner with William Bowie. With two men from Anne Arundel Co., they were empowered to build a bridge at Priest's Ford (probably the earlier Ashton's Ford) for $800. (2) 1818: His son William called several times on Caroline Calvert of Riversdale and appeared to be "getting encouragement." Her mother Rosalie wrote that the possibility of a match did not suit her "because his father has nothing except his plantation, with nine daughters (of whom not a single one is married yet) and two other sons." (2) 1821: Received a letter from Lewis Neth, Jr. of Annapolis, who enclosed a newspaper reprint of a message from John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, to the Gov. of MD, stating that the Treaty of Ghent had prohibited British officers from transporting slaves from the U.S. and that claims for indemnity should be made without delay. He wrote that right after the ratification of the treaty, he and Benjamin's mother had gone aboard a ship in the Bay seeking the return of runaway slaves, but were unsuccessful. Feeling they both had rightful claims, he asked Benjamin to forward whatever information he had in order to verify their losses. (2) c.1824: Appointed one of the Tax Commissioners who were charged with re-valuing and re-assessing real and personal property in Prince George's Co. (2) 1828: Filed an "Additional Final Account" on his mother's estate. In it he reported the receipt of $3,402 "for Negroes under the Treaty of Ghent" and the payment of a 10% commission to himself as executor. (2) 1828: Paid his son Benjamin $12,000 for a part of Enfield Chase and a part of Ample Grange he had previously purchased and on which payment was due in an attempt to help his son out of debt. At the same time, he permitted his son to continue to cultivate the land so that he could gradually buy the property back with the profits earned. (2) 1831, 19 Oct: One of a committee representing Prince George's Co. at a tariff meeting at Waterloo, MD. The delegates attempted to promote tariffs to protect American farmers and manufacturers from lower-priced foreign competition. (2) 1836, Jun: Benjamin and Anna Maria Ogle deeded to Josias Pennington of Baltimore (a family-connected lawyer), Anna Maria's 1/7 undivided part of some tracts in Allegany Co., MD which her father had devised to his children in common. The deed was executed to enable Pennington to sell the land as a whole. (2) 1837: He and Walter Bowie and 2 commissioners from Anne Arundel Co. were authorized to rebuild "Belmear's Bridge which crossed the Patuxent at a point directly north of Belair. (2) 1840: One of a group named to repair Priest's Bridge. (2) 1840: Paid $45 by the board of trustees for the erection of school houses. (2) 1840, 15 Mar: Held a public sale at Belair of goods he had seized with a court order from the farm in Anne Arundel Co. where his son Benjamin had lived and died. He also started selling portions of the land for which he had paid his son $12,000. Benjamin had a number of promissory notes outstanding himself. (2) 1843: John Hodges paid off one of his creditors and assumed the note. Benjamin wrote him, "How to thank you I know not for your kindness, but I will repay you when able for upon my word I dont know how I shall ever be able to get out of debt for it appears to me I get worse off every Day - as Col. Mercer used to say I fear I am too old to be good for anything." (2) His obituary in the "National Intelligencer" said, "To say he was beloved by all who knew him is not the language of ordinary eulogy. Having had the advantages of education in England, with an unusually retentative memory, his mind was stored with information and anecdote that he was ever ready to impart, which made him the delight of society, both of the old and of the young. With a taste for field sports, he prosecuted them with ardor almost to the last year of his life. For nearly fifty years he resided upon his patrimonial estate, in the constant exercise of kind and good actions. His life was an example of virtue worthy of imitation..." (2) By his will he left to his wife "all my household furniture and plate, silverware of every description, to dispose of by gift during her life, or by will, to any person she thinks proper." He gave her control over the balance of his estate not otherwise bequeathed "to do with as she thinks best." At her death the land was to be divided equally between their two sons, Richard Lowndes and George Cooke Ogle, the latter "to have that portion on which my Mansion House stands." Each of them also to pay sister Rosalie $1,500. Left daughter Rosalie Caroline "any room she may choose to occupy at Bell Air house during her single life." (2) After his death, Anna Maria, George and Richard Ogle, as his heirs, found it necessary to sell off segments of Belair, both large and small, to a total of over 500 acres. In addition, they disposed of a quantity of tobacco, oats, wheat and other goods in an effort to settle Benjamin's indebtedness.
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