|Vol. 1; No. 1
||Barbara Inman Beall, Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Who Were the English Inmans?
Who Was Edward Inman (I)
Appendix: Pedigree Chart-Barbara Inman Beall
...to 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
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
I look forward to contacting each of you then.
Barbara Inman Beall
WHO WERE THE ENGLISH INMANS?
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.
- 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
- 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
Hartwith...by 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)
WHO WAS EDWARD INMAN (I)?
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
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
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
- 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
- 1668, April, 20. signed agreement with his partners to divide the land bought of William
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Joanne, d. 1718; m. 1666, Nathaniel Mowry.
- John, b. in Providence, 18 July 1648; d. 6 Aug. 1712; m. Mary Whitman.
- 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,
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,
Francis Inman c. 26 Apr. 1618
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
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,
William Inman c. 12 Sep 1563
Father: John Inman Saint Margaret, Westminster,
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
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.
- 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,
- ....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
PEDIGREE CHART - BARBARA INMAN BEALL
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.
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