Vol. 1; No. 1 Barbara Inman Beall, Editor Sept./Oct. 1994


Who Were the English Inmans?
Who Was Edward Inman (I)
Appendix: Pedigree Chart-Barbara Inman Beall

WELCOME..... the first edition of Inman Innings. This newsletter results from the quantity of mail I have been receiving concerning the descendants of Edward Inman (1620-1706), one of the original settlers of Rhode Island, and the descendants of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Inman, three brothers who settled in North Carolina in the late 1700s. I am a direct descendant of Edward Inman on my father's side of the family and on my mother's side, I am a direct descendant of Meshach Inman (1744-1767/9).

When I originally decided to write a series of family newletters, I thought that I would put all information concerning Meshach Inman and his descendants in Spence Spectrum since Meshach's granddaughter, Elizabeth, married Samuel Spence in Tennessee. However, it wasn't long before I experienced another intertaining thought: What if both Inman families intermarried at some point in time? Some information I started collecting suggested that they did. Subsequently, I decided to keep the two Inman lines in one newsletter, although Meshach's information will be repeated in Spence Spectrum. To those of you who expressed an interest only in the surname "Inman," this is the newsletter for you.

Most of the information I have on Edward Inman's family came from my cousin, Charles G. Inman of Fort Edward, New York, and his book, Daniel Inman of Connecticut, Ontario, N. Y., and Sugar Grove, Ill. and His Descendants ca. 1776- ca. 1976 with Ancestral Notes to the Early Seventeenth Century (1978), as well as research conducted through the local LDS library, the Carnegie Library in Boulder, and the Denver Public Library. Most of the information I have on Meshach Inman, his ancestors and descendants, was obtained through hours of research in the local LDS library, the Records Division of the Federal Center in Lakewood, the Denver Public Library, which houses a large genealogical collection, census records, letters, and travel to regions where Meshach and his family eventually settled. While I do not have absolute proof as yet, I believe that both lines possess a common ancestor. I am, therefore, striving to fit all of the pieces together in an effort to determine where they connect.

Response has been so good to this newsletter that I have decided to publish it bi-monthly instead of quarterly. Subscriptions will run from September through August each year, and will be renewable in August. Because I travel during the months of July and August, there will be no edition published for those two months. The subscription price currently remains the same.

I am a college composition instructor for two colleges in the Denver Metro Area, and I am also a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a branch of the University of Pennsylvania located in Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. One of Edward Inman's lines resettled in Pennsylvania and several brothers were victims of the Wyoming Massacre in the Wyoming Valley. When I am in Pennsylvania next summer, I hope to travel to the valley since I understand there is a monument located there, bearing their names. I often encourage my students to write about their experiences and to research their family histories so that they might understand themselves. We don't know where we are going unless we can look back to see where we have been.

This is not going to be just my story. I invite you to submit queries or articles about Inman lines and collaterals that you are researching, and I will print them in future editions.

I hope that this newsletter will provide a vehicle for your research. The next edition will be produced November/December. While this edition focuses primarily upon the Inman heritage from England and Edward Inman of Rhode Island, the next edition will explore the Southern Inmans (Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego), as well as other lines and collaterals.

I look forward to contacting each of you then.

The Editor....
Barbara Inman Beall


According to Charles G. Inman (1978), "the surname "Inman" and its older form, "In(n)mon", are of English origin and mean simply the keeper of a lodginghouse or inn"(1)

According to The INMAN Family History . America, anonymously written ca. 1890-1900:

The family of INMAN, Ionman or Ingman, variously spelled, derived from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and are therefore descendants of Edward III of England. This family being strong adherents of the House of Lancaster raised a troop in the Royal cause under the Duke of Newcastle, and were at the fatal battle of Marston Moore, where several of the brothers were slain, the rest dispersed and the property confiscated by Cromwell's party, 1650-1652. Their Coat of Arms is strongly Lancastrian and may have been granted them during the "War of the Roses."
The INMAN family was settled (for five successive generations) at Bowthwaite Grange Netherdale (or Nithisdale in Old English) County York, and intermarried with many of the principal families of that period. The following is a description of this old Grange, copied from the "Nidderdale and the Garden of the Nidd":

"On the opposite side of the River Ramsgilt is the rustic and very secluded little Hamlet of Bouthwaite or Burthwaite (a name derived from the Scandanavian Bur), a farm or cottage, and there it is a clearing. Here was another of the old Granges belonging to the Monks of Fountains and at the fall of that wealthy monastery in 1539 was thus surveyed." (Then follows a description.)

This Grange was sold in parcels and by indenture enrolled on the Close Rolls, 2nd of December, 35th year of Elizabeth, 1592. The Inmans of Liverpool, the well-known owners of the Inman line of steamers, descend from the Inmans who lived at this Grange. William Inman by his will of 1614 divides to his sons, Robert and John, his land at Bouthwaite, lately leased to one John Chambers, to his eldest son Robert, all the rest of his land and tenements at Bouthwaite. It is this Robert who is still known as "Bold Robin of Bouthwaite." Being a man of uncommon stature and strength he is credited with many strange and remarkable deeds and the one by which he appears to have earned his sobriquet was the slaying of four men in his house at Bouthwaite. He had been collecting rents and came home and retired for the night. Thieves had crept secretly into the house and Bold Robin was aroused by the creaking of the old wooden floors and, hastily dressing, he encountered one of the thieves at the bedroom door. He at once threw him down the stairway, and the other three were also killed. No account is given of any trial or inquest, and if there had been, Bold Robin would have been acquitted for the punishment of robbery was very severe at that time. In the Civil Wars in England this Robert Inman or "Bold Robin" sided with Parliament against the King, also his son, Michael Inman or Bold Robin, [sic--should be "Robert"] then a youth of eighteen years. Captain Anthony Beckwitn, a son-in-law of the said Robert Inman was a lieutenant in the Parliament's service. It is also said that his troop was stationed at Pately Bridge, that Robert Inman had received many wounds for his affection for said Parliament. That his house had been spoiled, his cattle stolen, and that he had lost the value of one thousand pounds, owing to the war; further that he had been thrown into prison at Rippon be [sic] Lieut. Col. Norton for refusing to take the oath of allegiance with the Cavaliers.
"North Pasture House" was another Grange which was torn down and rebuilt by Michael Inman, whose initials and the date "1657" appear on a stone over the doorway. He was the youngest son of Robert Inman called "Bold Robert" of Bowthwaite. In 1655 Michael Inman married Elizabeth, daughter of Frences Damebrook (of the old family of Damebrook long established at Beverly) at Rippon before the chief magistrate.
Prior to his death Michael Inman seems to have retired to Harefield, near Pately Bridge, and in a list of residents and landed proprietors in the parochial chaplery of Pately Bridge, May 22, 1686, the name of Robert Inman, Gent. is given, and there is also a note to the effect that Mr. Michael Inman erected for Harefield House "one seat on ye north quire." Michael Inman died 1690; his only surviving son, Robert, married at Bumsall in 1678, Catherine, eldest daughter of Christopher Dowson of Purcival Hall...
...Robert and Catherine Inman resided at Harefield and had fourteen children, but only one son, Christopher, survived the father and he married first at Giggleswick in 1675, Abigail, daughter of Thomas Whaley of Winterbaum Hall, by whom he left one son, Michael; married second, at Hampsthwaite in 1719, Mary, daughter of Robert Wood and widow of whom he had one son, Charles, who survived his father's death in 1737. Both the half-brothers entered the shipping trade, the elder at Kingston-on-the-Hull, the younger at Lancaster. Michael married Deborah Bayles. Her descent from King Edward III is set out in Burke's Royal Descents and Paedigree of Founders.
Kin by her and Michael Inman who died in 1784, left two sons, the elder of whom went to America about 1771, and nothing more of him is known; the issue of the younger son is extinct in the main line. Michael's half-brother, Charles became a West Indian merchant and died in Jamaica in 1767 at the age of 42. He married, 1st, Susannah, daughter of John Carson of Lancaster, and 2nd, Mary, daughter of Thomas Bowly of Durham and sister of Thomas Bowly, M.P. and Paymaster of the Forces, who married Lady Mary Cardigan. From this branch is descended the Liverpool family, the well-known steamship owners.
"Bold Robin" Inman mentioned elsewhere, died in 1662 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles, who made his will in 1670 at Bowthwaite, leaving his land to his eldest son Robert, whose initials may still be seen over their doorway. From that time until the present century "Bowthwaite Grange" remains in the possession of this branch of Inmans.
A short distance below Bowthwaite and on the same side of the river are two farmsteads called Calval or Calvil Houses. These were in ancient times moieties of another monastic Grange belonging to "Fountains Abbey"; and one moiety of Calvil was purchased by the Inmans and at the time of the survey of 1574 Caffield House Grange was occupied by William Inman. He died in 1614 and his son John Inman about 1617 (took?) the two noieties of Calval House Grange. This John Inman took a prominent lead in the Civil Wars on the side of King Charles and in 1649 we find him compounding for delinquency in raising forces at Hirby Malzeal and assisting the forces raised against Parliament. John Inman died in 1665 leaving issue, Jane, who married first, Wilfried Fulleine of North Pasture House who died in 1621; married 2nd William Marshall who died in 1653; she died at an advanced age, 1670. An account of this branch has already been given in the record of the North Pasture House. Elizabeth, daughter of Frances Damebrook had married in 1656 Michael Inman, as related in an account of "North Pasture House" Burnham in 1681. Elizabeth inherited Tudor House, Beverly. The Beverly property remained in the possession of the Inmans nearly one century. Christopher Inman who died in 1737, lived at the picturesque old Tudor House, Beverly. By his will Charles, the younger son, took Harefield with a monetary interest in his father's copyhold lands at Pately Bridge and High Bishopside; the elder son, Michael, obtained the rest of his estate subject to a small jointure to the widow who was, by the will of her first husband, possessed of lands at Kirby Malhamdale and Lanton. Charles Inman, previously mentioned, who died in 1767, left a son, Robert, by his second wife, Mary Bowly. Robert of Harefield and Lancaster carried on the merchanting business after his father's death in 1623, age 67, possessed of considerable real and personal property. Only two of his children are represented by issue at the present date, Charles of Leicester who married Jane Clay and is father of the Liverpool family, among whom were the late William Inman of the Steamship Line, and Richard, late of Preston, who in 1833 married Maria, daughter of the late John Fowden Huddle, Esq., a deputy Lieut. of County Lancaster of Bladburn, and who is now represented by George Inman of Maple-Croft, Bradford-on-Avon County, and Alfred N. Inman, Esq., of Whilby, County York.
Most of the above items are copied from Nidderdale and the Garden of Nidd. Miss Ethel Inman of the English family thinks our American family (Editor's note: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego for certain--perhaps, Edward Inman of Rhode Island) are probably descendants of Christopher Inman, who was twice married.
In the preceding pages we have set before us the energy, thrift, success and patriotism of the English family. Some losing their lives fighting for Parliament and other members fighting for their king, even losing their ancestral homes, so dear to them, having been handed down from generation to generation. The reasons we have for thinking we are descended from this branch of the Inman family are more than one: Family names are similar, also characteristics and family resemblance. Some of the southern Inmans, while crossing the ocean were told that they closely resembled the English Inmans who were the owners of the steamship line.(2)


Answering the above question is like placing the final piece in a gigantic puzzle. When my cousin wrote his book, Daniel Inman of Conecticut, Ontario, N.Y., and Sugar Grove, Ill., he said, "Edward Inman, whose place of origin and ancestry are unknown, was probably born about 1620. He was at Providence at an early date."(3)

To be sure. Edward Inman's name appears on a roster of the earliest settlers of Rhode Island:

First Settlers of Rhode Island, by the Late John Farmer, Esq.

Roger Williams - William Aspinwall - Arther Fenner
John Thockmorton - Samuel Wildbore - Henry Reddock
William Arnold - John Porter - Thomas Sucklin
William Harris - John Sandford - Christopher Smith
Stuckey Westcot - Edward Hutchinson - Richard Pray
Thomas Olney, Sen.- Thomas Savage - Nicholas Power
Thomas Olney, Jun. - William Dyre - Stephen Northrup
John Greene - William Freeborn - Edward Hart
Richard Waterman - Philip Sherman - Benjamin Herendon
Thomas James - John Walker - Edward Inman
Robert Cole - Richard Carder - John Jones
William Carpenter - William Baulston - James Matthewson
Francis Weston - Henry Bull - Henry Neale
Ezekiel Holleman - William Coddington - William Man
Robert Williams - John Clark - _____ Jinckes
John Smith - Edward Cope - Roger Mawry
Hugh Bewitt - Chad Brown - Edward Manten
William Wickenden - Daniel Brown - Shadrach Manton
John Field - Henry Brown - George Shepherd
Thomas Hopkins - John Brown - Edward Smith
William Hawkins - Samuel Bennett - Benjamin Smith
William Hutchinson - Hugh Bewett - (the mason) - John Smith
Edward Hutchinson, Jun - Adam Goodwin - John Smith, Sr.
John Coggeshall - Henry Fowler - John Smith, Jr.
John Smith (Jamaica) - Epenetus Olney - Lawrence Wilkinson
Daniel Williams - Christopher Onthawk - Joshua Verin
John Sayles - Richard Scott - Joan Tyler
Joshua Winsor -Valentine Whitman - George Way
William White - Thomas Walling - John Warren
John Whipple - Matthew Waller - Robert Williams
Joseph Williams - William Wickenden - Robert R. West
Pardon Tillighast(4)

The Rhode Island Records state that Edward Inman first appears at Warwick where he was recorded as an inhabitant 1648, June 5. [Editor's note: Other sources have him there earlier. Charles G. Inman states, "In 1645 Edward was one of the '25 acre men' signing for his free grant, and on 27 Oct. 1651 he became a townsman"(5)

The The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island provides the following outline:

1651, Oct., 27. He was recorded as a townsman of Providence" after  the order of John Brown, and granted land by the place where his house is.
1652, Dec., 13. He bought land of Thomas Harris. 1653, Jan., 3. Not to forfeit land for not building, as he had built in another more convenient place, for his trade of dressing fox gloves.
1656, Jan. 27. Granted 5 acres between the bridge that goeth to Mr. Scott's meadow and Mr. Dexter's bridge.
1657. Commissioner and Jury man.
1657, June, 10. Entered two ankers of rum.
1658, April 27. Received as a purchaser.
1659, March 6. Juryman.
1660, June, 4. Member of the town council.
1661, Feb., 18. Grand Juryman.
1663, July, 27. Entered two ankers of liquor.
1663, Dec., 7. He and Thomas Hopkins gave bond to the town for money to be disbursed for the relief of Joanna Hazard.
1666, 7, 8, 72, 4, 6, 7 and 8. Deputy.
1666. Surveyor and engaged Allegiance.
1666, May, 14. With John Mawry he made the Westquadomeset purchase and after fifteen years of active life in the compact part of the town he probably removed to his new home.
1667, Sept. 22. He sold to Stephen Paine Sen.; of Rehoboth, his dwelling house, barnyards and home lot being six acres, bounded west by land of Thomas Harris, Sen., south by land of Thomas Harris, Jun., and north west by land of Richard Pray. Also five acres of upland near Dexter's bridge and a full share of commons (both of the first and last purchase,) possession to be given," next Michaelmas being the 29 of this instant month."
1668, April, 20. signed agreement with his partners to divide the land bought of William the Indian.
1669, May 13. Made second purchase of William, confirmed by King Philip.
1672, Feb., 4. Received confirmation of the Indian purchase from the Colony.
1672, Oct., 10. Sold to James Blackmar and John Buckman of Rehoboth, a sixth part in both Indian purchases and to William, Joseph, and James Bukland another sixth.
1679, July. Taxed at Providence, 1s, 10; d
1682, April, 26. He and his associates enter into an agreement with the town, to settle all differences between them and by which agreement the town released certain rights in the lands that Inman had purchased from the Indians.
1684. Taxed, 2s.
1686, Aug. 17. Deeded Joshua Clark who had married Alice Phillips the daughter of his wife, Barbara, by her first marriage, 60 acres of land at Westquadomeset, it being a part of the homestead of Inman where he then lived, and upon which said Clark had already built. In
1702 Clark, then of Newport, sold the above to his brother-in-law Richard Phillips.
1689, May, 22. He and his wife Barbara deed to John, James and Richard Phillips, sons of said Barbara, for their well being and settlement, a tract of land at Westquadomeset being the same land he had previously sold to John Buckman of Rehoboth, who sold it to Stephen Paine, and whose grand-son Stephen Paine had reconveyed it to Inman.
1696, July 27. He sold Stephen Arnold Sen., of Pawtuxet 350 acres "upon the southern and south-western part of Wansokutt Hill," the consideration being an agreement previously made with the said Arnold for a sixth interest in the whole purchase, and other debts due. 1702, Nov. 15. He and his wife Barbara sold John Sayles Jun., for 60 pounds silver money, the homestead farm on which he had lived since about 1666, with mansion house, orchards, meadows and mowing lands, in all about nine score acres. This farm was on the northern side of Westquadomeset or Sayles hill, and on both sides of highway, the house being on the western side.
1706, July 27. His son John in a deed to John Gully speaks of his father as then deceased.
1706, Aug., 17. Inventory of Estate presented to town council.
1706, Aug, 26. The widow and children refusing administration, the council appointed Jonathan Sprague one of their own number.(6)


All of Edward's children were by his first wife, though some of the LDS records and A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England before May 1692, v. 2, p. 440-525 claim Barbara Phillips as their mother. Edward's children were:

  1. Joanne, d. 1718; m. 1666, Nathaniel Mowry.
  2. John, b. in Providence, 18 July 1648; d. 6 Aug. 1712; m. Mary Whitman.
  3. Edward, b. 1654 in Providence; m. Elizabeth Bennett, dau. of Samuel and Anne Bennett. d. in Smithfield no earlier than 1721. [Editor's note: I am directly descended from Edward].(7)

When I first started my own research on Edward Inman, I wanted to find out three things: (1) when Edward came to America; (2) the name of his first wife; and, (3) the names of his parents. With regard to Questions 1 & 3, a search of the International Genealogical Index of the LDS Church yielded the following conflicting records:

Edward Inman m. 12 Jul 1607
Spouse: Margaret Broughe Yorkshire, England

Edward Inman m. 12 Jul 1607
Spouse: Margaret Broughe Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, England(8)

Besides these, I also found:

Edward Inman b. 1628
Father: Edward Inman Warwick, Providence, RI
Mother: Margaret Broughe(9)

I was positive that I found my answer. Unfortunately, however, I never received a reply from the source on the Yorkshire marriage and the birth in Warwick. So I cannot give this source any validity, other than to print it here in the hope that someone will know something about it.

However, with regard to Question 1, I believe I may have the answer first suggested to me by Charles Inman and later researched. In 1619, a John Inman is reported to have arrived in Virginia aboard a ship called The Falcon(10). When my cousin told me about it, he said he discarded the idea at first since he did not know how frequently people traveled by ship between the colonies at that period of time. However, when I searched the IGI again, I found:

Edward Inman c. 5 Mar 1620
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
London, England.

Additional records on the IGI, LDS Church indicate that John Inman had a number of children who were christened in Saint Margaret's parish:

William Inman c. 5 May 1616
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
London, England.

Francis Inman c. 26 Apr. 1618
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
London, England.

Some time prior to these baptisms is another list for Saint Margaret's. The similarity of names indicates that they were related to the earlier list:

Jonne Inman M. 25 Oct 1584
Spouse: John Pynnock Saint Margaret, Westminster,
London, England.

William Inman c. 12 Sep 1563
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
London, England.

There are no listings for any additional baptisms for family members of John Inman at Saint Margaret's after 1620, suggesting John's relocation. It is entirely possible that he could have docked in Surry County in 1619 and returned to the family parish in London to have Edward baptised while on a visit home in 1620.

Nearly three decades ago, Charles Inman hired British researchers to comb their ship passenger lists in the hopes of finding Edward Inman's name. The only name they could find for that period of time was John Inman's voyage aboard The Falcon in 1619. If Edward was only an infant at the time, then his name would not appear on the list, and there is the chance that Edward may have been born in Virginia, and not in England. Also of interesting note is the fact that Edward named his first son "John"--probably for his father.

But then I had another problem: how would he travel from Virginia to Rhode Island--and why? This part of the puzzle did not make any sense--until my trip to Virginia this summer.

According to Tepper, The Falcon docked in Surry County, Virginia, which is directly across the James River from the settlement at Jamestown. My husband and I were in Jamestown this summer, though we could not find anything specific while there. But then a few weeks later while in Maryland, I met a Presbyterian minister, who told me the story: Virginia was originally home to religious dissenters. But the second wave of immigration was loyal to the Anglican Church. Virginia passed a mandate that all people must worship in the Anglican Church or leave the Commonwealth. And many people left for New England.

I checked out his story while in Pennsylvania. William Stith (1745), in History of the First Discovery & Settlement of Virginia, Williamsburg, VA, noted that William Carpenter was a member of the Virginia Company, which initially chartered the settlement. William Carpenter eventually settled in Rhode Island. Not only that but Sir William Courtney of the House of Lords, supported the company (and some of Sir William Courtney's descendants eventually intermarried with the Carpenter line). The Inmans and the Carpenters intermarried on numerous occasions. Edward Inman's son, Edward, married Elizabeth Bennett. A Richard Bennett living in Virginia at the time, encouraged the dissenters, but Governor William Berkeley certainly didn't. According to Thomas J. Wertenbaker (1959):

In 1642, Richard Bennett and others of strong Calvinistic leanings, sent letters to Boston requesting that Puritan ministers be sent to Virginia, to minister to their non-conformist congregations. The New Englanders responded readily, dispatching to their southern friends three ministers of distinction--William Thompson, John Knowles and Thomas James. Despite the laws against non-conformity these men anticipated little interference with their work and even brought letters of introduction from Governor Winthrop to Sir William Berkeley. Little did they know the temper of the new Virginia Governor. So far from welcoming this Puritan invasion Berkeley determined to meet it with measures of stern repression. A bill was put through the Assembly requiring all ministers within the colony to conform to the "orders and constitutions of the church of England", both in public and in private worship, and directing the Governor and Council to expel all dissenters from the country. Disheartened at this unfriendly reception, James and Knowles soon returned to New England, leaving Thompson to carry on the work. This minister, in defiance of the law, lingered long in Virginia, preaching often and making many converts.(11)

The early Inmans were religious dissenters. Calvinist persuasion appealed to them and later on, they became Quakers. Edward Inman appears in Rhode Island about the time that religious dissenters were ordered out of Virginia. Since the early Carpenters were also religious dissenters, I have a feeling that the list of early Rhode Island residents I discovered in Tepper (already stated above) is a combination of ship passenger lists from Virginia consisting of expelled religious dissidents.

And regarding Question 2, a letter from my cousin, Charles, dated October, 1993, states:

....Some years ago a Mrs. Gerald O. Inman who had been doing a lot of probing into the early Inmans theorized that since, as reported in the Snow-Estes Ancestry, on Dec. 7, 1663 Edward Inman and Thomas Hopkins gave bond to the town for any money to be used for the relief of Joanna Hazard, that Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins married secondly a Hazard and that she was supported by her son, Thomas Hopkins, and son-in-law, Edward Inman. William Hopkins and his wife, Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins were the parents of Elizabeth, b. 1619, who would then have been Edward's wife. (Note that Edward's daughter was named Joanne or Joannah, possibly for his wife's mother.

Though Edward Inman may have been expelled from Surry County, other Inman names linger there. For instance, Marion Nugent Nell, in Cavaliers & Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents & Grants 1623-1666, p. 194 notes:

William Holder, 100 acres upon Horne Harbor Cr, 13 Aug. 1675 p. 228, Trans. of 2 pers: Richard James, Richard Jones.
Same, 200 acs. on N side of Ducking Pond Cr in Mockjack Bay, bounded on West side by a small cr which divides it from the land of John Watts, 13 Aug 1650 p. 229. Trans of 4 persons: Hugh Inman, John Cabboe (or Cabbore), Edw. Roberts, Elizabeth Grant.
Quaker Marriage Bonds, Bedford Co., VA gives:
1792, 10, 29. William Inman & Nancy Morris. James Morris Surety. Consent of William Morrice. Married by John Ayers, Nov. 24, 1792.
Virginia Wills & Administration 1632-1800, compiled by Clayton Torrence (1972) lists:
Surry County
Robert Inman 1701
John 1771
Isham 1785
Abraham 1662 (An Abraham Inman appears in
Providence, RI in 1810.
Marriages of Isle of Wight Co. VA, 1628-1800, compiled by Blanche Adams Chapman (1976):
p. 104 Holleman, Christopher of Isle of Wight Co. & Elizabeth Inman of Surry Co., Oct. 21, 1787.
p. 25 Inman, John & Sarah Dawson, daughter of Martin Dawson 1745.
Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants Vol II 1742-1775 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (1988):
p. 210 Joseph Blackford of Frederick Co. (assignee of Isaac Jackson assigned of Benjamin Inman 171 A on Back Creek in said Co. Surv'd 21 Oct. 1762 for Inman by John Manzy (& forfeited by advertisement- recorded in Book N). Deed to Joseph Blackford; Adj. Wm Frost, Thomas Province on Lick Br. 9 Mar. 1771.
Eliza Timberlake Davis (1955), in Wills and Administration of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750, notes the following:
INMAN, Robert: Leg. - If wife, Mary Inman live a widow, then son, Robert to remain with her. If she marry, Robert to be at age at sixteen years and the est. to be divided. If Mary Inman, wife of Robert Inman marry against his wishe to sons, John & Robert and Daughter, Sarah. 6th of the first month 1698/9. Prob. 3 March 1701/2. Wit: Thos. Taver, Phillis Carroll, Samuel Cornoll.- Book 5 - Page 237.

I believe this Robert Inman is the one listed in Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, as compired by Mary Louise Marshall Hutton:

Inman, Robert (---- - 1702) Va; m. Mary-----. Service in the Indian wars.(12)

And I also believe that this is the same Robert Inman who is listed as the grandfather of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego on a family group records sheet by Delores Dickson, LDS Church records, contradictory to the manuscript cited at the beginning of this newsletter. For her sources, Delores Dickson lists: Family History by Levinia Edwards to her granddaughter Dora Reilly, Rowan Co. N.C. Marriage Bonds; Jefferson Co. Tennessee Wills; and Missouri Historical Review, Vol. 6 No. 3 p. 138-140. (Here, I think it important to note that Colonists in Bondage that a license was given to Henry Hazard and Robert Immans of Bristol by Cromwell's government in 1652 to carry 200 prisoners to the American colonies aboard ship--thus connecting the Hazard and Inman names one again--and also tying in the family of shipline owners with the Hazards, whose name appears in connection with the Inmans in Rhode Island records)(13)

The Inman names appearing in Virginia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries do appear in the area where John Inman initially settled in 1619. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came to this country over a century later, the three brothers first settled in Limestone, Virginia before moving on to North Carolina. And I recently made another important discovery: one LDS Ancestral File record indicating that Edward Inman's son, John, was born 18 Jul 1648 in Braintree, MA, indicating that Edward went to Massachusetts prior to relocating to Rhode Island. This would support the "expulsion from Virginia" theory since he would have docked in Boston first.

I looked into the Quaker issue recently while at the LDS Library. George Fox was the founder of the Quaker faith, and his wife was Margaret Fell (her married, not her maiden, name). Interestingly enough, I discovered records in the LDS Ancestral File indicating that a John Inman (b. 1660) married a Margaret Fell (b. 1660) on 16 January 1697 in Lancashire, England. This John Inman must have died early for Margaret Fell's second husband is given as William Atkinson. The only information on George Fell is that he was born in 1634. In The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present, Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg state:

Margaret Fell, nee Askew, born in Lanchashire to middle-class parents, married Thomas Fell in 1631. They had eight children. Fell was a member of the landed gentry, a judge, and vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancashire. Margaret Fell was already inclined toward radical Protestantism when she met George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, in 1652. Fox convinced her and a number of her neighbors of the value of his approach to spirituality, the "inner light." Judge Fell did not share his wife's conviction but he was sympathetic to it, and he attempted to protect her from legal sanctions as she opened their home, Swarthmoor Hall, to Quaker meetings and made the estate a sustaining center for Quaker activity throughout England. Fox and other Quakers traveled the country preaching the new religion. Margaret Fell managed her large household, supported the itinerants and their families financially, made her estate a center for communication, and she herself traveled to London to seek political protection for the Society of Friends.

After Judge Fell died in 1658, his widow became a more active preacher and traveler on behalf of the Society. Margaret Fell also suffered more legal persecution for her activities, including the threat of being stripped of her estate, and she was jailed several times. She was imprisoned under grim conditions in Lancashire Castle from 1664 to 1668, and while there she wrote the tract, Women's Speaking Justified by the Scriptures. It was first published in 1666, and to the second edition of 1667 she added "A further Addition" and "Postscript." This document helped establish the doctrine of sexual equality in the Society of Friends. Fell married George Fox in 1669, and together they developed the Quaker approach to financial, social, and spiritual equality and partnership in marriage(14)

It could be that the George Fell on the LDS records was a brother of Thomas Fell, first husband of Margaret, and that Margaret Fell on the LDS records (wife of John Inman) was named after Margaret Fell, the Quaker.

And again while searching the IGI LDS Church records, I discovered a list of early Edward Inmans who were either born, christened, or married in England:

Edward Inman c. 14 Nov 1574
Father: Robert Inman St. Andrew, Holborn, London
Edward Inman m. 4 Jul 1596
Spouse: Margaret Shepherd Fewston, Yorkshire, England
Edward Hinman c. 31 Mar 1611
Father: Thomas Hinman Saint Crux, York, Yorkshire
Edward Inman c. 25 Aug 1616
Father: William Wootton Wawen, Warwick, Eng.
Edward Inman c. 28 Apr 1614
Father: Matthew Inman Burnsall, Yorkshire, England
Edward Inman m. 2 May 1613
Spouse: Jenet Postlet Dalton in Furness, Lancashire
Robert Inman's name appears on the LDS IGI records as follows:
Robert Inman c. 24 Jan 1558
Father: William Inman Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, Eng.

(This is Robin the Bold, mentioned in the first part of the newsletter)

Robert Inman m. 8 Oct. 1584
Spouse: Elizabeth Gamling Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire.

(No doubt, still Robin the Bold).

A John Inman, whose father was given at Robert Inman, was christened 6 Jan 1579 in St. Andrew Hubbard, London; a Robert Inman married Agnes Phillips in Alvechurch, Worcester, England 6 Aug 1554; a Robert Inman married Agnes Cleyton 25 June 1558 in Saint Mary's at Bedford; a Robert Inman married Elizabeth Bedforth 4 Oct 1563 in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England; a Robert Inman, whose father was given as Robert Inman, was christened 19 April 1667 at St. Mary's in Bedford; a Robert Inman whose father is given as Thomas Inman, was christened at Saint Peter's, in Leeds, Yorkshire 28 June 1577; and, a Robert Inman married Joan Holowaye 5 Feb 1581 at Saint Mary's, Bedford.

About the time of Edward's death, another Edward Inman was born in Wales. His descendants apparently settled in the Carolinas, as well as in Maryland. In Record: The Inmans and those Related, I found the following:

My ancestor was Edward Inman Born in Wales about 1707 settled in London England. Had a family of 5 sons and 2 daughters. The 2 daughters died in early life Henry Inman Eldest son joined The English navy at 18 years of age died in The English Navey (sic) as Captain of Ship sunke (sic) in Battle 1799. John Inman second son served as a Soldier (?) years. Benjamin 3d son. Jahuh 4 son and Joshuay 5. Emmigrated to America in 1760 after 8 months voyage landed in Charleston Harber S.C. Settled at Newberry S.C. Benjamin Inman had a family of 8 children 8 sons: Ahab, Arther, Benjamin, Jehuh, Fraseth, Chas. George and William & Elizabeth. Hauhu Inman had a family of 10 children 1801. Joshuay Inman had a family of 8 children 1814. George Inman was my Grandfather, he emigrated from Newberry S.C. to Pleasanthill, Ohio in 1818 had a family of 6 children: Henry, George Benjamin, Sarah Anne and Susan. A D.W. Inman a grand son of this sketch.(15)

The confusing nature about this source is that it was created from a collection of Inman records produced at an Inman family reunion held at the home of William A. Inman near Millgrove, Indiana August 26, 1917, and many Inmans recorded pieces of information in the record. The original owner appears to have been a direct descendant of Edward Inman (I) through Elijah, who resettled in Pennsylvania. It was apparently kept in an old ledger journal and consists of pieces of notes that were pasted together over a period of time. On one page, the writer presents a hand drawn chart dating back to Robert Inman (1539-1568), whose son William Inman (1568-1614) and wife Jennet Bayne (1585-1632) became parents of Robert Inman (1585-1662)--Robin the Bold--and John Inman (1590-1667). From there, the line descends through Christopher, mentioned in the earlier section.

Similarity of names and physical features indicates a common ancestor. Surry County records indicate that John Inman died in 1628, that his father was Robert Inman, who died in 1614 in England, and that his grandfather was also Robert Inman, whose wife's name was Mary. How these Inmans relate to the shipping family in England and to the family of Robin the Bold remains a mystery.

Of one thing I am certain, however: All Inmans possessed and still possess a strong work ethic as well as a fierce determination. We have always been independent thinkers.


To view the lineage of Barbara Inman Beall, or to extract a gedcom file on her family, click here to go to the Inman Family Database.

1. Charles G. Inman, (1978). Daniel Inman of Connecticut, Ontario, N.Y., and Sugar Grove, Ill. and His Descendants ca. 1776-ca. 1976 with Ancestral Notes to the Early Seventeenth Century, p. 3.

2. Anonymous. The INMAN Family History. ca. 1890-1900.

3. Charles G. Inman, p. 14.

4. Tepper, Michael. (1977). Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the New England Historical & Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. p. 471.

5. Charles G. Inman, p. 14.

6. Providence Transcript and Deeds.

7. Charles G. Inman, p. 14.

8. IGI, 1988 Edition- Version 2.17, 30 Mar 1993.

9. Ibid.

10. Tepper

11. Wertenbaker, Thomas J. (1959). Virginia Under the Stuarts, 16707-1688, New York: Russell & Russell.

12. p. 137

13. p. 164.

14. Bizzell & Herzberg, pp. 672-3.

15. p. 2