230. Documentation for Alexander Ogle
(21 May 1730 to Bef 21 Mar 1783)
father of Jane Ogle
(23 Sep 1761 to 07 Oct 1836)



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Alexander Ogle was born May 21, 1730, and he was baptized in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near New Castle, Delaware.(1) Ogleton, Delaware, near New Castle, Delaware, was named after Alexander's father, Thomas Ogle.(2) Alexander was the youngest of the six children of Thomas Ogle and his second wife, Elizabeth Graham.(3) Thomas Ogle and his first wife, Mary Crawford, were the parents of eight children.(4)

Alexander lost both of his parents to death by age four.
(5) Grandfather and grandmother Graham became his guardians.(6) At age fifteen Alexander became an apprentice under a wheelwright named David Robinson. At age eighteen Alexander worked under John Springer of Wilmington, where he completed his training at twenty-one years of age.(7)

In 1752 he married Martha, followed his trade and built a house in New Castle.
(8) Martha's last name is unknown. Alexander Ogle and his family moved to Frederick County, Maryland, and he made his first purchase, a tract of 250 acres named "Williams Project," on December 16, 1763.(9) Eight different tracts of land were purchased and later formed "Ogle's Necessary Compact." Alexander, about 1770, erected a large stone house on a prominence, a large bank barn, spacious corncrib, walled cave, cisterns, and out-sheds. Just at the foot of the elevation on which stands the house flows Fishing Creek. Here he engineered the mill race for water power and constructed and ran a flour mill and sawmill.(10) By tradition, Alexander was an Episcopalian, but later associated with other faiths.(11)

In March, 1778, Alexander took and signed the oath of Allegiance to the Cause of the American Colonies, and began supplying the Maryland troops with flour.
(12) His only son, Alexander Ogle Junior enlisted in the Continental Army.(13) Alexander Ogle was a patriot of the American Revolution.(14)

Alexander and Martha Ogle were the parents of nine children according to Paxson Link, author of The Link Family.
(15) The will of Alexander Ogle, dated February 20, 1783, names only Alexander's wife and six of his children.(16) Three of the nine children of Alexander and Martha apparently died before 1783. The nine children of Alexander and Martha Ogle, according to The Link Family, follows:


i) Elizabeth was born July 26, 1753. She married first, Charles Hobbs, on June 13, 1783. Elizabeth married second George Devilbiss. Elizabeth died May 2, 1800.(17)


ii) Rebecca was born May 17, 1755. She married John Devilbiss, a son of Casper Devilbiss and a brother of George Devilbiss. Rebecca died on March 23, 1805. John Devilbiss remarried and died October 19, 1827, aged 77 years, one month and four days. John and Rebecca Devilbiss were buried in the Ogle graveyard on the farm. In 1806 John Devilbiss bought the "Ogle's Necessary Compact" from Alexander Ogle, Jr. The estate fell to Samuel Devilbiss, son of John and Rebecca, it is located at the confluence of Fishing Creek and the Monocacy River.(18)

iii) Susannah was born December 9, 1756.(19) She was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.

iv) Alexander was born December 25, 1759, and he married Mary Beaty on November 28, 1783.(20) Alexander Jr. inherited the "Ogle's Necessary Compact" estate.(21) The same year of his mother's death, 1806, he moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, and the following year he sold the home estate to John Devilbiss, the son of Casper Devilbiss, for 4,000 pounds sterling.(22)

v) Martha, a twin of Jane, was born September 23, 1761.(23) She married John Wood on December 5, 1781, and moved on to her farm which she had inherited at Hedgesville, Virginia.(24) By 1792 she completely disposed of these holdings and moved to Warren County, Kentucky, and then to Wabash County, Illinois, in 1808.(25)

vi) Jane, a twin of Martha, was born on September 23, 1761.(26) She married John Adam Link II.(27) Jane lived on the west bank of the Monocacy River near the Devilbiss Bridge, some four miles from where John Adam Link II lived on Israel's Creek.(28) John Adam Link II and Jane, accompanied by her brother and sister and by his father and brother, Jacob, were married in the Frederick Lutheran Church on April 15, 1783.(29)

John Adam Link II, his wife Jane (Ogle) Link, and daughter Elizabeth moved to near Shepherdstown, Virginia, in early 1784.
(30) "Among his many acquisitions, Alexander Ogle purchased from Andrew Lucas, son of Edward Lucas, on May 19, 1778, 208 acres in Berkeley, now Jefferson County, West Virginia, part of a 417-acre grant to Edward Lucas by Lord Fairfax, for 552 pounds current and lawful money of Virginia. The 208 acre tract was willed to Jane. There was a log dwelling, log barn, and a few sheds when the small family arrived."(31) According to The Link Family by Paxson Link, John Adam Link II, with assistance from his brother Jacob Link, built a stone dwelling for a home on the 208 acres.(32) John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle were the parents of seven children.(33)

vii) Mary was born October 30, 1763.(34) She married Samuel Cook on December 15, 1783.(35) She inherited 320 acres of land in Ohio County, Virginia.(36) They made their home in Frederick, Maryland, and sold their land in Virginia.(37)

viii) Jemima was born October 20, 1766.(38) She was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.

ix) David was born August 6, 1770.(39) He was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.
Alexander Ogle signed his will on February 20, 1783, and it was probated on March 21, 1783.
(40) Alexander died when he was 52 years old. His wife Martha and son Alexander Junior were named Executors of the will. In addition to his large estate in Maryland, he had purchased 208 acres in what is now Jefferson County, more than 300 acres in Berkeley County, and 320 acres in Brooks County, West Virginia.(41) Martha, his wife, remained on the estate with her only son.(42) She signed her last testament September 15, 1805, and it was probated January 25, 1806.(43) She was laid to rest beside Alexander in the home burial plot.(44)

See Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 62, page 203n and Vol. 60, page 343.
Alexander Ogle
will page 1; page 2; page 3; and page 4.

Children (
Ogle):

i. Elizabeth

ii. Rebecca

iii. Susannah

iv. Alexander

v. Martha

vi.
Jane

vii. Mary

viii. Jemima

ix. David


REFERENCES

1. Paxson Link, The Link Family (Paris, Illinois: [s.l.], 1951), p. 80.

See Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 62, page 203n and Vol. 60, page 343.

2. The Link Family, p. 79; Francis Hamilton Hibbard, assisted by Stephen Parks, The English origin of John Ogle, first of the name in Delaware (Pittsburgh: n.p., 1967); Sir Henry Asgill Ogle, Ogle and Bothal (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid & Company, 1902); also Curtis L. Older, The Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), p. 98. Alexander Ogle, father of Jane Ogle, provided wheat and flour from his mills to the Maryland troops during the American Revolution. See Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 6636-23-29/7 1/7/5 and related papers.

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12. See Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 6636-23-29/71/7/5 and related papers for records of Alexander Ogle providing wheat and flour from his mills to the Maryland Militia during the American Revolution. Also see The Braddock Expedition and Fox’s Gap in Maryland by Curtis L. Older. There is an Ogle/Ogles Family Association. A copy of a Kodak Photo CD-Rom disc, “Fox’s Gap in Maryland” by Curtis L. Older, is at the Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, Maryland.

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16. " unto my Beloved wife Martha during her Widowhood The Tract of Land and Plantation whereon I now live together with the Dwelling House out/Houses Mills and Improvements thereto belonging. Also the Adjoining Tracts or parts of Tracts of Land called the Addition to Williams's Project, Mount Bair, and part-of a Tract of Land called Puzzle with all Rents Arising there-from, likewise all Money's, Stock of all Kinds, Plantation Utensils, and Household furniture, likewise a Negro Man called Ben and a Negro Woman called Lil."

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"unto my Daughter Elisabeth Wife of George Devilbiss All that Tract or parcel of Land called College Green to her, her heirs and Assigns forever."

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"unto my Daughter Rebecca, Wife of John Devilbiss, and her heirs forever part of a tract or parcel of Land called Lisbon, Part of one Other Tract of Land called Good Luck, containing one hundred and fifty acres in both and also part of a tract or parcel of land called the Resurvey on Paw Paw Bottom."

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21. "unto my son Alexander Ogle Junr. and his heirs forever after the Decease of my Wife Martha the aforesaid Tracts or parts of Tracts or parcels of Land called Williams's Project, the Addition to Williams's Project, Mount Bair, and part of a Tract of Land called Puzzle with all Dwelling Houses, Mills, and Improvements unto the aforesaid Tracts or parts of Tracts belonging."

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24. "unto my Daughter Martha Wife of John Wood and her heirs forever part of a Tract of Land which I purchased of John Hedges lying in Berkley County in the State of Virginia and Containing Two Hundred acres, Also a Negro Girl called Rachel."

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27. Index to Marriage Licenses, Frederick County, 1778-1810, John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle, married April 14, 1783.

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"unto my Daughter Jane and her heirs forever part of a Tract of Land which I purchased of Andrew Lucas and lying in Berkley County in the State of Virginia and containing two hundred and eight acres also a Negro Boy called Bob."

32. 1810 U. S. Census for Virginia, Jefferson County, Township Not Stated, Roll M252_69, page 85, Adam Link household; 1820 U. S. Census for Virginia, Jefferson County, Lee Township, Roll M33_34, page 101, Image Number 102, Adam Link household; 1830 U. S. Census for Virginia, Jefferson County, Township Not Stated, Roll 191, page 129, Adam Link household.

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"unto my Daughter Mary and her heirs forever a piece of Land which I purchased of James Moore and lying on the Waters of Buffaloe in Ohio County and State of Virginia and Containing three hundred and twenty acres, Also a Negro Girl called Phebe after the Decease of my Wife Martha, who is to have the use of her till then."

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40. Wills, Frederick County, Maryland, GM-2-25, signed February 20, 1783, and probated March 21, 1783.

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APPENDIX ONE


Will of Alexander Ogle Frederick County, Maryland, GM-2-25, (in part).

In the name of God Amen This Twentieth day of February in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three I Alexander Ogle of Frederick County in the State of Maryland . . . Item I give and Bequeath unto
my Beloved wife Martha during her Widowhood The Tract of Land and Plantation whereon I now live together with the Dwelling House out/Houses Mills and Improvements thereto belonging Also the Adjoining Tracts or parts of Tracts of Land called the Addition to Williams's Project Mount Bair and part-of a Tract of Land called Puzzle with all Rents Arising therefrom likewise all Money's Stock of all Kinds, Plantation Utensils and Houshold furniture likewise a Negro Man called Ben and a Negro Woman called Lil

Item I give and Bequeath unto
my son Alexander Ogle Junr. and his heirs forever after the Decease of my Wife Martha the aforesaid Tracts or parts of Tracts or parcels of Land called Williams's Project the Addition to Williams's Project, Mount Bair and part of a Tract of Land called Puzzle with all Dwelling Houses Mills and Improvements unto the aforesaid Tracts or parts of Tracts belonging -

Item I give and Bequeath unto
my Daughter Elisabeth Wife of George Devilbiss All that Tract or parcel of Land called College Green to her her heirs and Assigns forever.-

Item I give and bequeath unto
my Daughter Rebecca Wife of John Devilbiss and her heirs forever part of a tract or parcel of Land called Lisbon, Part of one Other Tract of Land called Good Luck containing one hundred and fifty acres in both and also part of a tract or parcel of land called the Resurvey on Paw Paw Bottom.-

Item I give and Bequeath unto
my Daughter Martha Wife of John Wodd and her heirs forever part of a Tract of Land which I purchased of John Hedges lying in Berkley County in the State of Virginia and Containing Two Hundred acres Also a Negro Girl called Rachel-

Item I give and Bequeath unto
my Daughter Jane and her heirs forever part of a Tract of Land which I purchased of Andrew Lucas and lying in Berkley County in the State of Virginia and containing two hundred and eight acres also a Negro Boy called Bob-

Item I give and Bequeath unto
my Daughter Mary and her heirs forever a piece of Land which I purchased of James Moore and lying on the Watters of Buffaloe in Ohio County and State of Virginia and Containing three hundred and twenty Acre's Also a Negro Girl called Phebe after the Decease of my Wife Martha who is to have the use of her till then -

It is my Will and desire that in case
any of my Children - Namely Alexander, Rebecca, Martha, Jane and Mary should die without Lawfull Issue then there on each of there lands to be Equally divided between my Grand Children or the Survivor's of them their heirs and assigns forever-

Item I Constitute make and Ordain my Beloved Wife Martha and my son Alexander Ogle Junr. Executors of this my Last Will and Testament . . . Signed Sealed Published pronounced and Declared by the said Alexander Ogle to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscriber's -

Richard Butler ?ntrew trountmorn??? ????? ???? Valentine Creager

At the foot of the aforegoing Will was the following Codicil to wit - As time is likely to fail for writing another Will my Will and Desire is that all the aforementioned land shall be to my Children their heirs and Assigns forever this Twentieth day of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty three-

Signed Sealed and pronounced Alexander Ogle Seal

as above by the said Alexr.
Ogle as a Schedule to his
Last Will and Testament
in the presence of us the
Subscriber's --
Richard Butler
Putnis trionmtmom??
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Valentine Creager

Frederick County March 21st 1783 Then came Martha Ogle and Alexander Ogle and made Oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Alexander Ogle late of Frederick County Deceased that hath come to their hands or possession - and that they Doth not Know of any Other --
Geo: Murdock. Rege.

Frederick County March 21st 1783 Then came Richard Butler and Perter Troutman two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Alexander Ogle late of Frederick County Deceased . . . they respectively Subscribed their Names as Witnesses to this Will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and that they did Also see James Darr and Valentine Creager the Other two Subscribing Witnesses Subscribe their names as Witnesses thereto in the presence and at the request of the Testator and all in the presence of each other -- Geo: Murdock Rege.


APPENDIX TWO


The following books discuss Link and Ogle genealogies:

10569 LINK. The Link Family; antecedants and descendants of John Jacob Link, 1417-1951, with much history about the Stoner, Crowell, Demory, Remsburg, Thraves, Ropp, Boyer, Fuchs (Fox), Beard (Bart), Miller, Filler, Hanger, Wayland, Osbourn, Hendricks, Reinhart, Stone, Burrier, Root, Houff, Stover, Turner, LaGrange, Smith, Kneiple, Shank, Grove, Cale, Palmer, Lewis, Woodward, Burnett, McChesney, Baylor, Freer, Garrett, Girdner, Creager, Burckhardt, and Eisenhower families. (Paris, Ill.) 1951. xiv. 872 p. illus., ports., maps. 24 cm. 53-22402. CS71.L7563 1951

S1844 OGLE. The English origin of John Ogle, first of the name in Delaware, by Francis Hamilton Hibbard, assisted by Stephen Parks. (Pittsburgh) 1967. 30 p. general. table. 22 cm. Bibliography: p. 29 - 30. 73-156908 MARC. CS71.O36 1967

12739 OGLE. Ogle and Bothal: or, A history of the baronies of Ogle, Bothal, and Hepple, and of the families of Ogle and Bertram . . . To which is added, accounts of several branches of families bearing the name of Ogle settled in other counties and countries; with appendices and illustrations compiled from ancient records and other sources, by Sir Henry A. Ogle, baronet. (Printed privately) Newcastle-upon-Tyne, A. Reid & company, limited, 1902. 1 p. 1., 426, lxx p. 14 pl. incl. front. (parts coats of arms) general. tables (part fold.) 29 cm. Works consulted: p. ii-iii. 15-19676. CS439.O5

12740 OGLE. . . . A short history of the Ogle family, compiled by Anna Ogle Kirkpatrick. Morrison, Ill., The Shawver publishing co., 1927. (21)p. 17 1/2 cm. (American families series) A 32-2439. CS71.O36 1927

APPENDIX THREE


Other Alexander Ogle Related Items

Real Estate: Williams Project, 250 acres, Dec 16, 1763, in Frederick
County, MD. Eight tracts formed Ogle’s Necessary Compact.
208 acres in what is now Jefferson County, WV. 300 acres in
Berkeley County, WV. 320 acres in Brooks County, WV.

Bible/Church: Baptised in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near New Castle,
DE.

Other: Kodak Photo CD-Rom disc, “Fox’s Gap in Maryland” by
Curtis L. Older. A copy is at the Washington County Free
Library,Hagerstown, MD.

American Revolution: See Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 6636-23-29/7
1/7/5 and related papers for records of Alexander Ogle
providing wheat and flour from his mills to the Maryland
Militia during the American Revolution.

See The Link Family by Paxson Link; and The Braddock
Expedition and Fox’s Gap in Maryland by Curtis L. Older.
There is an Ogle/Ogles Family Association.