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Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [adgedge.ged] !(1) "The Tayloes of Virginia and Allied Families," by W. Randolph Tayloe (Berryville, VA, 1963) p.26,82,84,101. FHL #929.273 T211t. Cites: (a) Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. XIII, p.648. (2) Carolyn Tayloe Davidson Carey, Greenwood Village, CO. Cites: (a) "Ogle and Bothal," by H.A. Ogle (1902). (b) "Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789." (c) Ogle family Bible. (3) "A Chronicle of Belair," by Shirley Vlasak Baltz (Bowie Heritage Committee, Bowie, MD, 1984), p.9-11,13,15-24,29,32,33,35,41,43-44. Cites: (a) "Ogles & Bothal," by Sir Henry Asgill Ogle (London, 1902). (b) "Belle Air," by Baltz. (c) "Maryland Gazette," 7 May 1752. (4) "Alumni House Today," magazine source unknown, probably a U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Assoc. publication, "Shipmate," 1972. (5) "Dictionary of American Biography," p.647-648. (6) "The Maryland Gazette 1727-1761," by Karen Mauer Green (Frontier Press, Galveston, TX, 1989) p.11,19,32,33,35,37,38,40,42,43,44,45,47,48,52,54,55,56, 60,63,72,77,86,87,92,93,95,102,111,160,265,269. (7) "Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-Century Virginia Newspapers," by Robert K. Headley, Jr. (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1987) p.253. Cites: (a) "The Virginia Gazette," 29 May 1752. (b) "The Maryland Gazette," 3 May 1753, 7 May 1752. (8) "The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland," by J.D. Warfield (Kohn & Pollock, Baltimore, 1905) p.208,209-210,244. Cites: (a) "The Maryland Gazette," 1750. !Birth: (1,3a) 1694. (1,5) s/o Samuel Ogle I/Ursula Markham. (2) c.1694. (2,3a) s/o Samuel Ogle/Elizabeth. For generations the family had lived in Newcastle, Northumberland, able to trace its ancestry to the Norman invasion. (5) c.1702, Northumberland County, England, where the Ogle family had become prominent as early as the 11th century. (8) s/o Samuel Ogle of Northumberland, England. Marriage to Anne Tasker: (1,2,5) 1741. (3b) In a letter to his friend Mathias Harris on 20 Jun 1741, Stephen Bordley wrote, "tis talked abt. town (and tis possibly true) that the Govr. is going to be married to your charming Angel, the incomparable Nancy Tasker... Ye only discourse subsisting among us now (and for 3 or 4 days past) is ye story of this wedding, which has been carried on with much Secresy." On 5 Jul a marriage agreement was drawn up, "In consideration of a marriage by the Grace of God intended to be shortly hereafter had and solemnized between... Samuel Ogle and... Anne Tasker," Benjamin Tasker to pay a marriage portion of 1,500 pounds sterling to Samuel Ogle with the specification that Ogle "by his last will and testament in writing will sufficiently convey, settle or bequeath unto... the said Anne Tasker in case she shall happen to survive him" 3000 pounds sterling. On 12 Jul Bordley wrote again to Harris, "Our wedding is over, and we are gone to the country till September next as it's said." (NOTE: If her were born in 1694, he would have been 29 years her senior.) (8) Death: (1) 1752/3. (2) 3 May 1757. (2,5) Annapolis, MD. (3c) Sun., 3 May 1752, 4 a.m. (5) 3 May 1752. (6) "The Maryland Gazette" dtd Thurs. 7 May 1752 that Gov. Samuel Ogle d. "last Sunday morning at 4.a.m." (3 May). Burial: (3c) Tuesday evening, St. Anne's Church, Annapolis. His coffin was covered with black velvet. Pallbearers were "five Gentlemen of the Council and Presiding Judge of the Provincial Court." This church was torn down about the time of the Revolution, the 2nd church burned in 1858. The graves of Samuel Ogle and his son have disappeared. (6,7a,b) "Last Tuesday evening in the Church in Annapolis" (report dtd Thur., 7 May. Bur. 5 May). (1,3,5) Captain of Cavalry in his British Majesty's Service. (1) 1731, 21 Aug: Received a commission as Governor of Maryland from Lord Baltimore. (3,5) 1731, 5 Oct: Set out for MD from Falmouth, England. (2,5) 1731, 2 Dec: Landed in Annapolis, MD "after a very ruff passage." (1,5) 1731, 7 Dec: Took over the office of Governor, 7 Dec. (1) At age 37. (3) He presented his commission the Assembly and took the oaths of office on 18 Dec. He commented on the status of the colony, "All things put together were enough to frighten a man out of his wits." (3,5) His predecessor, Benedict Leonard Calvert, brother of Lord Baltimore, and the legislature had been at odds, judges had refused to take oaths, fees and rents were not being collected and there was dispute with Pennsylvania over their boundaries. (3) "I cant promise to do everything to your lords Content, but this I am sure of, that nobody in the world can set about your Service with more Zeal and true Concern for your Prosperity than I shall do, so that I hope at least you will be perfectly Satisfied with the Sincerity of my intentions." The decisions reached during his term on fees, quit rents and the governor's salary were to remain basically unchanged up to the time of the Revolution. (5) As governor, he "made it his first care not to show a disregard for any faction, and he was somewhat successful in his efforts to win the support of leaders of the opposition by promises of lucrative offices." He issued proclamations for the apprehension and punishment of persons guilty of inciting mob violence for the destruction of tobacco plants. By accepting a compromise, he ended a disoute over whether the English statutes should be extended to MD, a question that had been a chief source of discord between the governor and Assembly since 1722. He ably defended the interests of MD in the border warfare arising from the boundary dispute with PA. (8) 1732: Lord Baltimore appointed Samuel Ogle as his representative in Annapolis. The Legislature gave 3,000 pounds for a Governor's residence, but it was not used by Governor Ogle, then a bachelor. He soon engaged in the controversy concerning the dividing line of MD and PA. Lord Baltimore, despairing of receiving his rights, had decided to accept a compromise. Disturbances had for several years been created by the German settlers on the disputed territory. Capt. Thomas Cresap formed an association to drive out the Germans, and in this contest one man was killed, while Cresap was wounded and taken prisoner. Gov. Ogle sent Edmund Jennings and Daniel Dulany to Philadelphia to demand Cresap's release. They failed. Reprisals were ordered, and 4 Germans were arrested and taken to Baltimore. Penn sent a committee to Gov. Ogle to treat, but the Governor's demands were not accepted. Riots upon the contested border increased and Gov. Ogle addressed the King, who replied by enjoining both Governors to keep the peace and to allow no settlers in the disputed territory until his wishes were made known. Affairs were in such a serious condition that Lord Baltimore came over to the Province and assumed charge for one year. (1,3,5) 1732, 18 Dec: Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore, came to MD as Proprietary and Governor Ogle stepped down. (1,3,5) 1733, 11 Jul: Was recommissioned Governor when Charles Calvert returned to England. Under his leadership, the Currency Act was passed establishing a system of paper money in MD. (3) The generous fees of his office soon enabled him to enjoy the life of a gentleman. He became a landholder, circulated in the company of the gentry and developed a keen interest in fine horses. (3) 1737: Rev. Jacob Henderson, then owner of Belair through his wife Mary __ (Duvall) (Ridgeley) Henderson, presented 4 acres "being part of a tract of land called the Glebe whereon there is a Chapple now standing" as a gift to Lord Baltimore for the use of Queen Anne's Parish. The chapel, known as Henderson's Chapel and sometimes as the Forest Chapel, was started by Mrs. Mary Henderson "before her Intermarriage with the reverend Mr. Jacob Henderson for the Ease of the Parishioners of the Upper End." It was the forerunner of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In the deed, Henderson reserved the chapel's gallery "to the following uses... the middle pew to the use of his Excellency Samuel Ogle Esquire his heirs and assigns forever." "Belair" is 16 miles from Annapolis. (3) 1737, 30 Mar: Samuel Ogle and Benjamin Tasker, Sr. purchased from Rev. Jacob Henderson, as partners, for 500 pounds, the estates of "Belair," "Woodcock's Range" and a 100 acre section of "Enfield Chase." (3) 1737, Aug: Paid 250 pounds to Benjamin Tasker Sr. to buy out his partnership in the property purchased as partners 30 Mar 1737. He also bought some furniture from Rev. Jacob Henderson. (5) 1739: He met his 1st and only serious defeat as governor when he attempted to force the passage of a bill for continuing the levy of a tobacco duty for the purchase of arms and ammunition. (3) 1739, 6 Dec: George Whitefield, An Anglican Clergyman on his 1st preaching tour of the American colonies, stopped at Annapolis and called on Governor Ogle and "was received with much civility." The next day he preached and was pleased that "the Governor put aside his court to come to morning service." At noon he dined with Ogle. (3) 1740, 30 Jun: Following England's declaration of war against Spain (the War of Jenkins' Ear) and upon receipt of instructions from King George, he drew up a proclamation asking for enlistments for an expedition against the Spanish garrisons in the Caribbean. (3) 1740, Jul: Gov. Wm. Gooch of VA, in charge of all the troops to be raised in America, sent commissions for officers of 3 companies and requested that vessels be secured and rendezvous "within the Capes of Virginia" before the middle of September. He gave the commissions to Benjamin Tasker, Col. Robert King and Dr. Charles Carroll and asked them to provide transport, "victuals and other Necessaries." The campaign was disastrous, and only a few returned. (1,3,5) 1742, 23 Aug: Was succeeded as Governor by his wife's uncle, Thomas Bladen, who had married Lord Baltimore's sister. (5) Disputes over money bills contributed to a deadlock with the Assembly, and to break it the lord proprietor appointed his own borther-in-law Thomas Bladen to succeed Ogle. (3) 1742, 12 Oct: The lower house of the MD Assembly met to consider the serious charge that Ogle had challenged one of its members. The Sergeant at Arms was sent to take Ogle into custody to answer for the offense. The Sergeant returned and reported that "he went to Mr. Tasker's House and enquired of him for Mr. Ogle. The said Tasker desired him the Sergeant to sit down, the said Tasker left the Room and sometime after came and acquainted him... that the said Mr. Ogle was not to be spoke with." At the same time Gov. Bladen requested attendance of both houses in the Council Room, where he requested "as a Favour considering the Station that Gentleman did bear here and the circumstances of his Affairs at this time, being just going to Embark for England, and I shall take it as a favour done to myself if at this time you'll let the Affair drop as to Mr. Ogle." They granted his request "although the Offence of the said Samuel Ogle Esqr was an open Insult and an High Violation of the Rights and Privileges of this House." (1) He and Anne returned to England and remained there for several years. During this time he wrote his father-in-law, giving him instructions about the building of a mansion on property he had acquired a few months prior to his marriage. This house is the present day Belair. Genealogists have persistently erred in saying that Benjamin Tasker gave Belair, house and land, to Samuel Ogle, in spite of positive evidence to the contrary in the records of the old Chancery Court in Annapolis. (3) He left his trusted friends Onorio Razolini and Benjamin Tasker Sr. with his power of attorney to resolve any pressing business matters, and Tasker with the task of supervising construction of a new house at Belair. Exclusive of the workers and materials supplied from the estate, the cost was between 500 and 600 pounds, considered low in its day for a building of its size. (NOTE: Belair, the mansion, is now the Town Hall of Belair, the community, on its western edge. It is just south of Route 450 and a few miles beyond the Beltway, according to the "Washington Post," 12 Mar 1977.) (5) Through his wife Anne he came into possession of "Belair," an estate of 3600 acres in Prince George's Co. 20 miles west of Annapolis. The estate was laid out with a deer park of perhaps 600 acres, a race track, kennnels, and a bowling green. (3) 1743, 22 Jan: Daniel Dulany, who accompanied the Ogles to England, wrote to his father, "We had a very long Passage and met with very bad weather, the ship has arrived att London but ten days. Mr. Ogle was very seasick but Mrs. Ogle was scarce an hour sick." (3) Settled into Saville Row, Bond Street, London, a fashionable address. (3) 1743: John Gibson wrote to the Ross family in Annapolis, "I always believed Mr. Ogle's pride would not let him live in Maryland less than Govr." (3) 1743: Toward the end of the year John Gibson wrote, "Last time I saw them I din'd there and being without company Mr. Ogle was very free and easy in his conversation, they live in a genteel manner." (6) 1745, 1 Nov: Philip Key, living in St. Mary's Co., reported a runaway Negro man named Joe who formerly lived with Samuel Ogle, Esq., when Gov. of MD, as his cook. (8) 1747: Named as Governor of MD to succeed Gov. Thomas Bladen. (3) Was asked to relieve Thomas Bladen as governor of MD. (6) 1747, 3 Mar: "The Maryland Gazette" reported that Capt. Isaac Johns arrived on Mon., 23 Feb, in Patuxent, from London. He left London the day after a fleet including Capts. German and Cole bound for Patuxent and Grindal and Creagh for Patapsco. His Execellency Samuel Ogle, Esq., is aboard one of those boats with his Lady and family, bound for MD to become Gov. (8) 1747, 12 Mar: Brought over his bride on the ship Neptune from Liverpool. (3,6) The "Maryland Gazette" of Annapolis reported on Tues., 17 Mar 1747, "On Thursday last arrived within our Capes, his Majesty's Ship, the "Foulkstone," Captain Gregory, with Samuel Ogle, Esquire, and Lady on Board, who, some Time after, disembark'd and went on Board the "Neptune," Capt. Grindell, bound for this Place, where he arrived about Ten in the Evening, and was received at his Landing by a Number of Gentlemen, &c., and saluted by the Town Guns, and from on Board sundry Ships in the River." (1) 1747, Mar: Samuel Ogle and his wife and family returned to MD, bringing with them the blood horses Spark and Queen Mab. (5) 1747, 16 Mar: Sworn in again as Governor of MD. Was in office until his death, and was very popular. (3) Rented a house at the corner of Tabernacle (now College Ave.) and King George streets from Daniel Cheston, lot 108, Annapolis. It is known today as Ogle Hall, the home of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. (4) The house was completed in 1739 by the widow of Dr. William Stevenson, who leased it in 1747 to Samuel Ogle, Colonial Governor of MD, who made it his official residence and gave it its name. (8) He built the house which stands on the corner of King George and College Avenue. (3) Brought Queen Mab and Spark to Belair. Queen Mab had been bred by Thomas Smith, the King's Steed-Groom at Hampton Court. Spark was presented as a gift by Lord Baltimore who had received him as a gift from Frederick, the Prince of Wales, who had paid 300 Guineas for him. Ogle placed Jacob Green in charge of the thoroughbreds and made him overseer of the plantation. (3) 1747, Jul: Recommended a tobacco inspection law to the Legislature, which was passed. It established tobacco inspections houses where all tobacco slated for export was graded, and any classified as "trash" could be burned. This law was modeled after Virginia's, designed to enable MD to compete. (5) Acting on his recommendations, the Assembly, at its first session of his 3rd term, passed an acceptable bill for the purchase of arms and ammunition, and a bill for the inspection of tobacco and limitation of officer's fees. The limitation of fees removed a large source of discord between the executive and legislative branches. The inspection of tobacco was the salvation of the tobacco industry and contributed to the successful floating of a paper currency. (8) The Act of the Assembly for the inspection of tobacco and the limitation of officer's fees, passed shortly after his restoration to office, increased the general good feeling toward him. (6) 1747, 30 Sep: "The Maryland Gazette" reported about a race between Gov. Ogle's and Col. Plater's horses in which the former won. (6) 1747, 7 Nov: Returned home from VA. (7) 1747, Dec: Gov. Ogle called the Assembly to raise funds for the support of MD troops in Canada. The Assembly refused and was dissolved. (8) His report upon the condition of trade, population and expenses of the Province was a comprehensive exhibit, which he sent to the Board of Trade of London. (8) During his administration the land grants extended to Howard District of Anne Arundel. The prosperity of the Province was well-marked. (3) Added a brick kitchen-office to his house at Belair which stood a slight distance from the east end of the main house. An acquaintance "understood it cost more than the mansion." Belair soon became known as "the Governor's Country Seat." The Ogles are reputed to have traveled between Annapolis and "Belair" in a handsome coach drawn by 4 fine horses. (6) 1748, 17 Feb: "The Maryland Gazette" reported that John Murphy died at Patapsco as he was delivering a message from the President of PA to Gov. Ogle. (6) 1748, 1 Jun: David Cheston at Chester Town in Kent Co. advertised for sale the house in which Gov. Ogle "now resides." Apply to John Brice in Annapolis. (6) 1748, 2 Nov: Gov. Samuel Ogle in Annapolis advertised that he wanted to hire a housekeeper. In the same paper, Philip Key in St. Mary's Co. reported a a runaway Negro man, an indented servant, who was born in England and was formerly cook to Gov. Samuel Ogle, and formerly worked for the Duke of Bolton's family. (1) 1750: Leader in establishing the Maryland Jockey Club at Annapolis. This is the oldest racing association in this country. Today it functions at Pimlico in Baltimore, having moved there before the Revolution. (8a) 1750, 20 Sep: A race was run on the race course between Gov. Ogle's bay gelding and Col. Plater's grey stallion, which was won by the former. (3,6) 1751, 1 Oct: Benjamin Tasker Jr. returned from London with a "Commission to his Excellency Samuel Ogle Esquire, from the Right Honourable Frederick... Lord Baron of Baltimore, &c., continuing his exellency Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Province of Maryland." (3) The Commission was actually from the guardians of Frederick, the minor son and heir of Charles, the fifth Lord Baltimore. (3) 1751, 15 Oct: Was at Williamsburg, VA "attended by several Gentlemen of his Lordship's Council of State," meeting with the VA Governor about the movements of the French and Indians on the western borders of MD and VA. He returned home exactly a week later "safe and in good health." (6) "The Maryland Gazette" reported on Wed., 23 Oct 1751, that Gov. Ogle returned safely home from VA. (3) James Stirling, one time rector of St. Anne's and a close friend, wrote in Oct 1758, "In a visit, several years ago, to the late governor of this province, at his country seat, I was surprised... by a Buffalo he kept there;... a letter of his humorously rallied me on my supposed fright, and made a comparison between his American wild beast and Horace's wolfe in the Sabine Wood..." (3) Bought 1/3 of "The Addition" and 1/3 of "Larkin's Forest" from an heir of Henry Ridgley. (3) 1751, 29 Dec: Received the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper at St. Anne's Parish Church. This fact was noted in the records of the Council held at the the Governor's house, 16 Mar 1752. (3) 1752, 11 Feb: Wrote his will. Instead of the 3,000 pounds agreed upon in the dowry papers, he left Anne an annual income of 250 pounds. He also left her "all her wearing apparel and linen of what kind soever together with my coach chariott and coach horses and the furniture of my house in the City of Annapolis as also the use of any six house negroes as she shall choose and the use of all my plate during her life." He left 1,200 pounds sterling to daughters Mary and Meliora, payable to them on their respective 18th birthdays or days of marriage. Designated his father-in-law and brother-in-law, Benjamin Tasker Sr. and Benjamin Tasker Jr., as executors of his will and guardians of his son Benjamin. He left to Benjamin "my house and land in Prince George's county... together with my stock of what kind soever and horses (except the English horses and their breed which I desire may be sold) and every implement and utensil to be used on my said plantation." (3) 1752, 16 Apr: A letter from Benjamin Tasker Sr. to Gov. James Hamilton of PA states, "The governor's Indisposition, and even Dangerous Condition... has prevented his considering the Matter." (3,6) 1752, 30 Apr: The Maryland Gazette read, "Our Governor has been ill at his House a long Time and his Illness is now so much increased that Everyone is concerned lest it should prove Fatal." (3) 1752: Just before he died, he added a codicil to his will. His daughters' legacies were cut to 1000 pounds sterling. He ordered that the stock, utensils, etc. on his plantation be sold and gave permission to the executors to sell Belair if they judged it to be most expedient and advantageous for the benefit of his son Benjamin. (1) Was a Lt. General in the King's Forces when he died. (8) The "Maryland Gazette" paid him tribute at his death: "His great constancy and firmness in a painful illness were suitable to a life exercised in every laudable pursuit. His long residence among us made him thoroughly acquainted with our Constitution and interests and his benevolent disposition induced him to promote the public good. He was a pattern of sobriety and regularity; a sincere lover of truth and justice. That his administration was mild and just, his enemies, if such a man had any, dare not deny. In private life he was an amiable companion and in his friendship warm and sincere." (6) 1752, 5 Oct: "The Maryland Gazette" printed a notice regarding the estate sale at the plantation of the late Gov. Ogle, dec'd, in Prince George's Co. (6) 1755, 22 Jul: "The Maryland Gazette" reported that Gov. Sharpe left Annapolis on Tuesday morning for Frederick Co. and spent Tuesday night at Col. Tasker's, the late Gov. Ogle's seat, at Bellair. (6) 1761, 30 Apr: Robert Carter advertised for sale the breeding mare, once the property of Gov. Ogle, and her increase, lately the property of Col. Benjamin Tasker, dec'd, at a sale to be held at Bell-air in Prince George's Co., near Queen Anne. (1) Had 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy.
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