Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [adgedge.ged] !(1) "The Tayloes of Virginia and Allied Families," by W. Randolph Tayloe (Berryville, VA, 1963) p.85. FHL #929.273 T211t. (2) "A Chronicle of Belair," by Shirley V. Baltz (Bowie Heritage Comm., Bowie, MD, 1984) p.55,61,63-70; Part 2, p.14. Cites: (a) Ogle Family Bible. !Birth: (1) 1817. (1,2a) s/o Benjamin Ogle II/Anna Maria Cooke of Belair. (2a) 14 Jan 1817, "Belair," Prince George's Co., MD. Marriage to Anna Maria Cooke: (2a) 12 Oct 1853, Hazelwood, Anne Arundel Co., MD. (2) She a cousin, d/o George Cooke/Eleanor Addison Dall. Death: (2a) 27 Nov 1899, Baltimore. (2) 1838: Graduated from Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. (2) 1844: By his will, his father Benjamin Ogle gave his mother control over his estate "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." The brothers were each pay their sister Rosalie Caroline $1,500. (NOTE: Apparently they were to pay it upon the death of her mother, when the land was to be equally divided among them, since they received no other specific bequest.) (2) 1844, 1 Jul: At the first congregational meeting of the new Holy Trinity Parish (created out of the northern section of Queen Anne Parish by a petition from the parishioners in the vicinity of Henderson's Chapel), was chosen as a member of the first vestry. (2) After Benjamin Ogle's death, Anna Maria, George and Richard Ogle, as his 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. (2) 1850, summer: Accompanied his nieces, daughters of Henrietta and William Tayloe, on a "delightful trip" north. On return to Belair in early September, he wrote William Tayloe, "We took our leisure and visited every place on our route that was at all attractive. We avoided the watering places as the girls were not prepared for gayety (with the exception of Saratoga where we stayed three days)... they are now talking over their travels with great glee, I did not find it more trouble traveling with three ladies that if I had been alone... men make more fuss about taking care of ladies than necessary." (2) 1855, Apr: Deeds of division were drawn up between George and Richard Ogle "to make partition of the real estate which descended to them under the will of their father." They agreed "to divide the same north and south... making an eastern and western portion thereof." George gained possession of the western section with the Mansion, his property retaining the name Belair. (2) Borrowed $1,000 from his brother-in-law, William Henry Tayloe, to pay off a bank note. (2) 1857, Feb: He wrote to the Tayloe relatives in VA about his mother's death. "The snow is still so deep and drifted so much that all travel except on horseback is utterly impossible. The cold has been intense and severe as I ever felt it." Despite the weather he was busy stripping tobacco from a short but fine crop, which was bringing a good price on the market. (2) His mother's will left him "all the Family Pictures at Bel-Air... together with the four Paintings of the Seasons." He "took possession of his portion of Bel Air at his mother's death... with a heavy debt and at that time his pecuniary embarrassments commenced." (2) 1859, Dec: He wrote to William Henry Tayloe, "not as I would a money lender but as to a friend." He anticipated that in the spring he would "be very much cramped for funds to meet my obligations" and asked for a loan of $5,000, promising payment of interest annually and the retirement of the principal in five years. (2) 1862: Posted Belair as collateral against an unpaid balance of $4,587.46 owed to the Hardisty store. That account was later cleared. (2) 1864: After MD approved a state constitution guaranteeing emancipation of the slaves, Belair was suddenly left without the built-in work force to make it productive. (2) 1866, spring: Wrote to William Henry Tayloe, " I know of no one to whom I can apply but yourself... and hope that you will not be annoyed about it but since the war I have not been able to get along being behindhand. I do not want to sell the old family estate if I can avoid it... It will become very valuable in a few years, I think, as we shall have a canal within two miles of us and a railroad within a hundred yards of the farm." He requested another $5,000. (2) 1869, Feb: He wrote to William Tayloe, "I will try my best to pay the interest due you this spring or summer... I have two tenants for this year and work part of the land myself." He was struggling to live as economically as possible but "even then it costs heavily." (2) 1870, Feb: He wrote to William Tayloe, "At this time I have no money but should no unforseen event occur, I shall be able to pay during the current year. I shall make, by a contract I have, $200 and that clear of farming. My farm I work on shares so I am released from the expense of hirelings so that I think I shall get on better than heretofore." (2) 1870, Feb: At the end of the month, he wrote to Tayloe, "I will do anything to put me out of debt. It is an incubus that will wear out any man." Frequent rains had kept him from work through the past month, but he looked forward to spring. "I have nearly filled my ice houses. We have enough ice of the pond to fill it and expect to finish during today. The ice is three inches thick. My boys have whooping cough which worries them considerably and bad colds keep others coughing almost as bad." (2) George had signed as security on the bond of someone he thought to be "well off." That person had defaulted and he was left to cover the $350. He once more asked William Taylor for the funds, which were supplied. (2) 1870, Mar: George wrote William H. Tayloe, expressing his thanks for his kindness. "Our tutor died here last Tuesday. He was in consumption, took cold and died after four days' illness... It is a loss to use as I do not know that we can (get) another at this time of the year." (2) 1870, Jul: Mr. Clagett was pressing George for the repayment of $7,400. George wrote to William Tayloe, "If I cannot raise it he will advertise and sell Bel Air. I do not want to be sold under the hammer which he sould like to do so as to get the place cheap... We have had a hot summer... The country is healthy and crops very promising everywhere." (2) 1870, Sep: He wrote to William Tayloe that he was writing from his sick bed "owing to a bilious attack." He had tried to take care of Mr. Clagett's claim but the latter had declined to give him further time. Tayloe got in touch with Clagett and arranged to assume George's debt. (2) 1871: Early in the year the heirs of Maria Jackson, recently deceased, wanted prompt settlement of her estate, which held a mortgage on Belair. When George could not respond to their request for payment of $2,400, James Mullikin, the executor of her will, filed a suit in Equity. The court decreed that Belair should be sold to satisfy the debt. (2) 1871, Apr: William Tayloe proposed taking over Belair prior to a public sale, but in April, before the plan could be carried out, he died. Immediately George sent a message to William's son Henry A. Tayloe that "your Father and myself had made arrangements to have this place sold, he was to buy it, so that others could not worry me. I was then to sell and pay his claims... now the Heirs of your Father must have some one to attend to it for them." (2) Henry A. Tayloe replied to George's letter, "I have only time to say that the will requires the Extrs to settle up the estate at the earliest practical moment. We will attend the sale." (2) 1871, 16 May: Belair was offered for sale. The advertisement described it as "550 acres, mor or less, and in one of the farms in Prince George's County. It lies along the line of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, about one-quarter of a mile from Collington, where there will be a Depot on said Road. The improvements are a large, two-story brick dwelling house, 3 tobacco houses, corn house, granary, stables, servant's house, etc. The soil is well adapted to the growth of tobacco, corn, wheat, etc. Wood and water abundant." It failed to mention that the house was in "bad repair." Thomas Munford and Henry A. Tayloe, executors of William H. Tayloe, were the highest bidders for the property with an offer of $5,100. The conditions of sale were that Rosalie Ogle was to retain the right to a room in the Belair house as long as she was single, and that she be paid by the purchasers the $1,500 due her from George Ogle, as specified in her father's will. (2) 1871, 21 Jun: After receiving notification that the sale of Belair had been ratified by the court, Henry Tayloe wrote to George Ogle, "We have thought it best to send an agent to take possession... We would be very glad if you will give Mr. Stratton an inventory of what is to be received by the Executors... Our agent will board with you temporarily or will take you to board with him. He has a wife and will be compelled to have a room." Henry expected to visit the plantation in the near future "when we hope to make some arrangements which will be agreeable to Miss Rosalie Ogle." (2) Henry Tayloe wrote to George Ogle, "From what Mr. Stratton writes me of your treatment of himself and Mrs. Stratton I am compelled to remind you and (the) ladies of your family that you are only an occupant of Bell Aire on sufference, while our agent Mr. Stratton is the true occupant and possessor of the place and I demand that you shall give him rooms for his comfort and convenience instead of compelling him to live in one room as you have done. I deposited $1,500 in Mr. Cox hands for Aunt Rosa... which I presume she has received. She is entitled to her room of course and we have no intention of interferring with her in any way. But shall shape our course towards you according to your acts and if Mr. Stratton is interferred with or not treated as one gentleman should be by another you will find yourself ejected in short order. I write this to put you on your guard." (2) 1871, Aug: Henry Tayloe wrote to George Ogle, "As to the pictures they shall never go out of the possession of the descendants of the Ogles if I can prevent it. I would prefer you keeping them to anyone else & if you or Uncle Dick will buy them at the price my Father gave you for them with the guarantee that if you ever part with (them) they shall come to me I will be delighted for you to have them but I cannot consent to their going into the hands of stangers." (2) 1871, Oct: Dr. Ogle left Belair and established residence in Baltimore. His sister Rosalie went with him. (2) mid 1870's: In a suit filed by Rosalie Ogle against Thomas Munford and Henry A. Tayloe charging she had been denied her legacy of a room in Belair mansion, George deposed he didn't "leave until October but they put an overseer there in June. There was an overseer's house in the place but they occupied a part of the mansion house."
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