|Vol. 2; No. 1||Barbara Inman Beall, Editor||Winter 1996|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Trip to Dandridge
The Daniel Boone Question
John of Gaunt: Ancestor to the Inmans
Carpenter Capers: Loren Inman and Lucy Carpenter
Waiste Wayfarers: A Word of Warning
Welcome back to a new year of Inman Innings. I hope that we make a number of discoveries this year.
We left Colorado in a blinding rain storm the end of May on our trip East. Fortunately, the sun came out the second day of our trip when we visited Moss Springs Cemetery, etc. in Jasper County, Missouri (an adventure I recounted in the current issue of Spence Spectrum. But the rain started once again and followed us all the way across Tennessee, until we reached Dandridge. Then we had rain once more through Virginia, Maryland, and finally, Pennsylvania.
I spent four weeks in June "hermited" inside our small apartment, my nose buried in tons of books. Then the fourth week in June, I PASSED my doctoral comprehensives. What a relief! I am now considered ABD (all but dissertation, or all but dead--whichever is more appropriate). My next project: writing a dissertation--but at least I no longer have to study and I can finally read the books I've been dying to read.
Needless to say, I accomplished very little in the way of genealogical research this summer. What discoveries I did make were beneficial, however. I spent some time in the library the fifth week of June, just prior to our departure for home. Due to the intense heat and the fact that our daughter was expecting her second child at any moment, we avoided any side trips. We did stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a few days, but the heat and humidity were so high, we didn't even visit the cemetery there. I will have to make that effort next summer, when we aren't so rushed for time.
The newsletter has graduated into a journal. It will be issued four times yearly, starting with the winter issue. In addition, each issue will contain its own separate index. I welcome articles. The blank pages are reserved for pictures, so if any of you would like to send in copies, please do so. I will be glad to use them.
I also hope to start an Inman Web Page on Internet. Please let me know whether you are interested. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you enjoy the new Inman Innings and again, I apologize for the delay in publishing it.
TRIP TO DANDRIDGE
As you may recall, I mentioned our trip to Dandridge last year in a previous issue. We arrived in town late in the day when the courthouse was closed and after the pavements had been rolled away for the night. I searched the courthouse square in vain, looking for a Revolutionary War monument, but could find nothing. And so we left town that evening, committed to returning this year.
We did. And the rain stopped long enough for us to find what we were seeking.
We arrived in town in the early morning, just as the streets were filled with cars and people. At least we could find someone to ask questions. And our first candidate: a deputy sheriff who happened to be crossing the street.
"Excuse me," I asked. "Do you know where the Revolutionary War Cemetery is located?"
"Right behind these buildings," he responded.
I couldn't believe it. We were within one block of finding it last summer and didn't see it. But we found it this year, and the monument bearing Abednego Inman's name is certainly prominent. Apparently there are two Revolutionary War cemeteries in the area, but we were only interested in this one in particular.
I took a picture of the front and rear sides of the monument. The Hopewell Presbyterian Church originally stood on this site, but now only the cemetery is left. And the gravestones are so old, they are barely readable. However, after walking the grounds, I located the Inman plot. I could read Shadrach Inman's marker -- Abednego's son. There were several other markers I could read, and I took pictures of all of these. I believe that Abednego and his wife Mary Ritchie's markers are the large stones directly beside Shadrach.
While I walked the cemetery grounds, my husband began a conversation with the lady next door. I barely noticed the large white house next door to the cemetery. And the owners were sitting on their large front porch.
"Your wife is an Inman?" they asked. "Well, this was Abednego Inman's house. He had it built in 1820 and lived here the rest of his days."
That's when I took notice of the house. It became a restaurant in later years, and then these people purchased it for their private residence. The slave quarters still stand in back. Of course, I took pictures of the house and am hoping that they turned out. If they did, I will run them in future issues of the newsletter.
Shadrach Inman's house also stands on the square. (Abednego's son). I took pictures of that house, too.
After touring the cemetery, we went into the courthouse, which also contains Dandridge's history museum. An original copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display there together with a huge painting of Davy Crockett--one of the notables from the area. It was easy getting lost in that place, and also quite easy to forget that people were there conducting business of one nature or another. The sheriff marched in someone wearing orange and chains and hauled him into a courtroom. We asked a woman a question, but she seemed to be at the point of tears. Another woman standing beside her (her attorney, I later surmised), told us to check with the drug store across the street. Apparently someone had written a book about the area and copies were on sale in the drug store. That was our next point of interest.
"Do you have---?"
And yes, they did--not on display on the shelf, but copies behind the counter. I bought a copy of the book and spent the rest of the day reading it as we headed north into Virginia: Bent Twigs in Jefferson County by Jean Patterson Bible.
I found Bent Twigs in Jefferson County to be a wonderful little book full of information about the early history of Jefferson County. There are many names I have probably overlooked. I would recommend it to anyone researching the area.
As an item for your calendars: 1996 marks Tennessee's bicentennial year. They are planning numerous celebrations.
Bible, Jean Patterson. Bent Twigs in Jefferson County. Rogersville, TN: East Tennessee Printing Co., Inc. (1991).
THE DANIEL BOONE QUESTION
After reading numerous articles various subscribers have sent me this past year, I have noticed one question to which I hope to have discovered an answer. That question pertains to whether or not Daniel Boone ever did any exploring in the State of Tennessee. While he did explore the states of Missouri and Kentucky, Tennessee appears uncertain. Therefore, some people have wondered whether Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were really with Daniel Boone when Meshach was killed in the Cumberland plateau.
I believe I have an answer. After passing my comprehensives, I spent a day in the campus library and ran across the following in the History of North Carolina, Vol. I:
The History of North Carolina gives two accounts of an Indian attack upon Boone's expeditions. One, in 1767, occurred while Boone was in the Cumberland area with a party of hunters. The party was tired and hungry. Boone left them sleeping while he and one or two others went on ahead. Boone was captured by the Indians and eventually managed to escape from them. When he returned to the campsite, he found all of the men missing and presumed that they had either been killed or taken captive. In 1771, Boone was again attacked by Indians while leading a party of settlers into the Cumberland region. Between the two accounts, the earlier story approximates the Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego legend, and the date approximates the time of Meshach's death. I had planned to copy these accounts and place them here verbatim. However, that was our last day in Pennsylvania, and I ran out of time.
I also ran across an interesting source: a fairly recent book entitled Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Mack Faragher. Faragher notes a letter written by Daniel Boone April 1, 1775, addressed to Richard Henderson:
Since Shadrach Inman's wife was a McPheeters and her mother was a McDowell, I believe that there is definitely a connection.
Connor, R.D.W. History of North Carolina, Vol. I: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 1584-1783. Chicago/New York: The Lewis Publishing Co. (1919).
Faragher, John Mack. Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer. New York: Henry Holt & Co. (1992).
JOHN OF GAUNT: ANCESTOR TO THE INMANS
According to a number of sources I've been reading this past year, the Inmans all descended from John of Gaunt, one of the sons of Edward III. I found this interesting since Anya Seton's novel Katherine intrigued me so much when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, I could not remember much about our illustrious ancestor. As a result, I've been reading a great deal about the House of Lancaster. According to Sydney Armitage-Smith:
The House of Lancaster descends from Henry III (1216-1272) and Eleanor, daughter of Raymond VI, Count of Provence and their sons: Edward I (1272-1307) and Eleanor, daughter of Ferdinand III of Castile, and Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, Derby & Leicester, Senechal of England, b. 1245; d. 1296. John of Gaunt descends from Edward I and married into the Lancastrian line.
Edward I and Eleanor of Castile were parents of Edward II (1307-1327), who married Isabella, daughter of Phillip IV of France. Edward II and Isabella were the parents of Edward III (1327-77), who married Phillippa of Hainault, and these were the parents of John of Gaunt (b. 1340; d. 1399). On May 19, 1359, John of Gaunt married Blanche of Lancaster, b. 1341; d. 1369. Blanche was the daughter of Henry, Duke of Lancaster, who was the son of Henry, Earl of Lancaster and Maude. Henry, the Earl, was the son of Edmund. Blanche of Lancaster was John of Gaunt's first wife. His second marriage was to Costanza of Spain (a line that would eventually become the Spanish House of Habsburg); and his third marriage was to Katherine Swynford, his long time mistress (and the heroine of the novel I enjoyed so well). The John/Katherine line (after the children were legitimatized) became known as the Beauforts and eventually, the Tudors.(13)
I suppose my main interest in all of this is that I am trying to tie in with specific personages in these lines. Are we descended from Blanche of Lancaster or from Katherine Swynford? Are the Inmans from one child of John of Gaunt's, or from several. The laws of primogeniture secured the inheritance for the oldest son while the rest were forced into the trades. Did the other sons thus become innkeepers, or does the name suggest another meaning? I was interested to note that many of the schools during this period of time were called inns; i.e. Greys Inn. Were these inn-men innkeepers or perhaps students or teachers in the inns?
These are only a few of the questions I have been playing with. The Lancastrian land holdings were large and extended into Wales. Perhaps that is the reason why I am finding the Inman name all over England, including Wales.
The House of Lancaster was subsequently defeated by the House of York in the War of the Roses, a misnomer. While the white rose was the symbol of the House of York, the red rose symbol for the Lancasters was not used until some time later. (I knew there was some reason why I prefer red roses!)
Armitage-Smith, Sydney. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. London: Constable & Co. Ltd) (1904/reprinted 1964).
Hallam, Elizabeth, Ed. The Plantagenet Encyclopedia. New York: Grove Weidenfeld (1990).
CARPENTER CAPERS: LOREN INMAN AND LUCY CARPENTER
[Editor's Note: This material was taken from 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 by my cousin, Charles G. Inman. We are g-g grandchildren of Loren Inman and Lucy Carpenter]
Loren Inman (Daniel), was born in new York State, probably at Ontario, 1810-11. He was a farmer and a preacher and on 16 July 1835, he married Lucy Carpenter in Strafford, VT. Lucy was born in Connecticut in 1812 and was possibly the daughter of Harvey Carpenter.
At the time of his marriage, Loren's residence was Ontario, NY. according to family tradition, he left college to go west. In 1836 Loren arrived in Sugar Grove Tp., Kane Co., IL, where he settled. In 1858 he moved to Marble rock, Iowa, becoming one of Floyd County's early settlers. He settled one and one-half miles SW of the village itself on part of Sec. 18, and at the time of his death, also owned the E-1/2 of the NW-1/4 of Sec. 30. This latter parcel adjoined on the north land purchased by Joseph Inman in 1856. Loren was interested in medicine, and since no professional doctors were available, people in his vicinity consulted him for medical advice. He was the first president of the Union TWP. school board, filling that post in 1858-9 and 1860. Loren was elected county judge in 1864, although there is no record of his ever serving in that capacity. Known throughout Floyd County as "Elder Inman", Loren was the first pastor of the Marble Rock Free-Will Baptist Church, which was organized about 1858. He preached there about seven years. In the early 1860s he also preached occasionally in Benezette Twp., Butler Co., Iowa.
Loren died in Marble Rock, 12 sept. 1878. His wife, Lucy, died 23 Jan. 1890. In her will Lucy bequeathed the S-1/2 of the NE-1/4 of Sec. 18 to her grandson, Louis Joseph Inman.
Two other children of Loren and Lucy died in infancy.(15)
If Lucy Carpenter is the daughter of Harvey Carpenter, b. 31 Dec 1775, Woodstock, Windham, CT, and his wife, Esther Sabin, then she is descended from the Rehobeth branch of the Carpenter family.
The Rhode Island Inmans and the Rhode Island/Rehobeth, MA Carpenters are no strangers to one another. William Carpenter (of the Rhode Island family) is included on a list of first settlers of Rhode Island along with Edward Inman, founder of the Rhode Island Inmans.(16) I believe that this Edward Inman is the one who arrived in Surry County, VA in 1620 with his father John and who subsequently fled to Rhode Island because of religious persecution existing in Virginia. Both Inman and Carpenter families were religious dissenters. Also of interest is the fact that both Thomas Carpenter and William Carpenter appear on the list of subscribers to the Virginia Co., 23 May 1609(17) Both Carpenters and Inmans married into the Bennett lines of New England and Virginia (William Carpenter b. 1631/32 m. Priscilla Bennet, b. 1632(18); Elizabeth Bennett, b. 1660, Providence, RI, married Edward Inman II in 1680(19) And finally, John Carpenter, b. 1699, Woodstock, Windham, CT, married Ruth Inman, b. 1698(20)
Concerning the Virginia Bennetts, Wertenbaker writes:
Wertenbaker goes on to note that "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 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."(22)
The senior Edward Inman first appears on Rhode Island records in 1645.(23)
Hopefully, someone will have some answers concerning the Lucy/Harvey Carpenter question. If anyone knows anything specific about this relationship--and if you have documentation--please let me know.
Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England before May 1692. LDS Microfiche
Inman, Charles G. Daniel Inman of Connecticut, Ontario, NY., and Sugar Grove, ILL. and his
Descendants ca. 1776-ca. 1976 with Ancestral Notes to the Early Seventeenth Century.
Searles, Abigail. Descendants. LDS, 08 Apr 1993
Stith, William. History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg (1745).
Tepper, Michael. Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the New
England Historical & Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing (1977).
Wertenbaker, Thomas J. Virginia Under the Stuarts, 1607-1688. New York: Russell & Russell (1959)
WAISTE WAYFARERS: A WORD OF WARNING
My great grandfather, Alonzo Inman (son of Loren and Lucy Carpenter Inman) married Caroline Elizabeth Waiste in Floyd County, Iowa in 1870. Those of you who may have followed the earlier newsletter Waiste Wayfarers will recall that Caroline's ancestry dates back to Francis Wast/West, husband of Susanna Soule, daughter of George Soule, one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.
According to an article in the most recent issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Journal, the entire third volume of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620--George Soule Family HAS BEEN DISCREDITED due to an error committed in the third generation.
The error concerns Susanna Soule Wast's brother Nathaniel, b. ca. 1637. Early researchers assumed that three women living in the Plymouth Colony; namely, Mary, Susannah, and Sarah, were Nathaniel's daughters when in fact, they may have been collaterals.
As a result of this error, the Mayflower Society has dropped all descendants of these three women and the entire third volume of The Mayflower Families is currently being rewritten. People already admitted to the Society under these women's names may remain members, but their descendants may not. The moral of the story: never jump to conclusions without checking. Haste makes waste (no pun intended).
1. Bible, Jean Patterson. Bent Twigs in Jefferson County. Rogersville, TN: East Tennessee Printing Co., Inc. (1991), p. 2.
2. Ibid., p. 10.
4. Ibid., p. 11.
5. Ibid., pp. 10-11.
6. Ibid., p. 13.
7. Ibid., p. 19.
8. Connor, R. D. W. History of North Carolina, Vol. I: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 1584-1783. Chicago/New York: The Lewis Publishing Co. (1919), p. 289.
9. Ibid., p. 294.
10. Ibid., p. 296.
11. Faragher, John Mack, p. 115.
12. Armitage-Smith, Sydney. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. London: Constable & Co. Ltd (1904/reprinted 1964), p. 20.
13. Ibid., pp. 21-23.
14. Hallam, Elizabeth, ed. The Plantagenet Encyclopedia. New York: Grove Weidenfield (1990). pp. 109-112.
15. Inman, pp. 21-22.
16. Tepper, p. 471.
17. Stith, pp. 8-13.
18. Descendants of Abigail Searles, LDS Records, 08 Apr 1993
21. Wertenbaker, p. 92
23. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England before May 1692, p. 523.