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Ancestors of Judy Helena Mayle

Generation No. 6

      32. Richard Male, born Abt. 1760 in England; died Bet. 1840 - 1850. He was the son of 64. Wilmer Male, Sr. and 65. Elizabeth. He married 33. Rhoda.

      33. Rhoda, born Abt. 1765; died Bet. 1850 - 1860.

Notes for Richard Male:
Richard Male was born about 1760 in England and died in the 1840s. We know by land purchase records that his wife's name was Rhoda.
Children of Richard Male and Rhoda are:
  16 i.   Aaron Male, born 1795; married Dolly (Mary) Newman
  ii.   Hezekiah Male, married Ellen Dalton; born 1814.
  iii.   George Male, married Elizabeth
  iv.   Wilmer Male, married Martha Ellen Dalton; born 1810.
  Notes for Wilmer Male:
It has been established through family histories, legends, early records, published county histories and other sources that the origination of our particular "Male" ancestral line was with Wilmer Male, Sr., who arrived in America around 1765 from England to the Colony of Maryland. With him were his wife, Elizabeth, and several children. At least one of his children was born in this country.
1768 shows Wilmer, Sr. living in Baltimore, Maryland, where he appears as signing a petition to remove the County Seat from Joppatown, Maryland, to Baltimore, Maryland. They then travel overland where they next turn up in 1777, living in the area of paris' Marsh, Berkeley County, Virginia, where his oldest son, Wilmer, Jr., enlisted in the Twelfth Virginia Regiment under lt. Robert White and served four years during the Revolutionary War. He returned to his father's family in 1782, and the whole family then migrated west to Romney, Hampshire County, Virginia. At this time the family consisted of nine children. There were six boys and three girls.
Records for the next few intervening years are scarce. However, between 1784 and 1805 the children marry and the family begins to migrate. Wilmer, Jr. marries a Priscilla, son Richard marries a Rhoda, son George marries Margaret Pritchard, daughter of Rees Pritchard. William and John, two other sons, also marry. In this period of time, Wilmer, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, along with their sons Richard, William, John, and George and their families migrate west through Monongalia County and finally settle in the area of Hackers Creek in Harrison County and Randolph County, Virginia, which is now Barbour County, West Virginia. Son Wilmer, Jr. and his wife Priscilla remained in the Romney area. Others of Wilmer, Sr.'s and Elizabeth's children drift on to Maryland and southern Ohio.
By 1805, three of the sons are firmly entrenched in the Tygart River Valley of what was then the western part of Virginia. The area in which they finally settled was at the mouth of Hackers Creek where it enters the Tygart River north of Phillipi, West Virginia. This is now Barbour County. At that time it was part of Harris County and Randloph County, Virginia.
There were four main lines of this family in the area of what are now Taylor, Barbour and Randolph Counties, West Virginia. They were for years separate and distinct, for the most part.
1. The family of Wilmer, Jr. and Priscilla remained in Hampshire County at first and them migrated through Preston County and intertwined with the family of Richard and Rhoda locating mostly on the east side of the Tygart River around Chestnut Ridge.
2. The family of Richard and Rhoda settled that area now in Barbour County, West Virginia, south of Hacker Creek and on both sides of the Tygart River and north of Phillipi. Their family had early close connections with the early Norris family.
3. The family of William Male settled in the northeastern section of Barbour County in what was called the Cove District. This family had early connections with the Dalton (Dorton) family.
4. The family of George, the youngest of Wilmer and Elizabeth, who married Margaret Pritchard, settled in what was then Harrison County, Virginia (now Barbour County). This area was north of the Hacker, on the ridge between the Fox Grape (Creek) and the Taylor Dreen (Creek). George's family had early connections with the Kennedy (Cannady) and Pritchard families. --
                                    Written by Bernard Victor Mayhle, 106 N.W. 77th St., Seattle, WA 98117

      36. Wilmer Male, Jr., born Abt. 1756 in England; died Abt. 1845 in Hampshire County, Virginia. He was the son of 64. Wilmer Male, Sr. and 65. Elizabeth. He married 37. Priscilla (Nancy) Harris Abt. 1784 in Hampshire County, Virginia.

      37. Priscilla (Nancy) Harris

Notes for Wilmer Male, Jr.:
Wilmer Mail emigrated from England when a young man, and settled in Hampshire County, VA, where the Calmes family then lived. He is said to have been a stone mason by trade. Wilmer met and married Priscilla Harris.
During the Revolution, Mail served in the army, presumably in the Virginia militia. State records show that Wilmer Mail received a Bounty Warrant of land from Virginia for Revolutionary War service. Also "William mail" of Hampshire County received a state pension for Revolutionary war service.
The Virginia census of 1782 lists Wilmer Male of hampshire County as head of a family of 10 white persons. So it appears that at the time he had eight children, but we have the names of only two -- Wilmer II, and Rebecca, who marrid a Harris and went west.
      (Source: Garrett County History of Pioneer Families, by Charles E. Hoye, Mountain Democrat (Oakland, MD), April 16, 1936)

  Notes for Priscilla (Nancy) Harris:
It has been told that Priscilla was a pretty little daughter of a slave girl and a Cherokee Indian. Her mother was supposed to have been a slave girl brought to this country in the middle 1700's by a Frenchman from the Bahamas by the name of Marquis Calmes. It is not known whether she was of native Bahamian Indian ancestry or not. She eloped with a Cherokee Indian by the name of Harris and to these two Priscilla was born.

French and Spanish settlers in America intermarried freely with the Indians, but the Englsih seldom mixed with the natives. Hence it appears that among the pioneer families of our County, only one -- the Mayle, Mail or Male family -- have Indian blood in their veins.
According to family tradition, Marquis Calmes, a frenchman residing in Virginia, had a french servant woman, whether she was from France or from the French colony on the island of Hayti, we do not know. A Cherokee Indian came from the south to the Calmes plantation; whether he was of pure Indian blood or mixed, we do not know.
Our french girl and Cherokee fell in love; whether or not they were legally married, we do not know, and that is not important to us at this late day, they loved each other and a daughter was born to them, who was known as Priscilla Harris. Priscilla grew up on the Calmes plantation, a beautiful girl, olive complexion, black eyes, and long hair -- "so long that she could sit on it." Her descendants kept some of Priscilla's wonderful hair for many years.
      (Source: Garrett County History of Pioneer Families, by Charles E. Hoye, Mountain Democrat (Oakland, MD), April 16, 1936)
Children of Wilmer Male and Priscilla Harris are:
  i.   Wilmer Male III, born Abt. 1785; married (1) Mary Murphy; born in Ireland; married (2) Susanna Cannady; born in Virginia.
  Notes for Wilmer Male III:
In Maryland Males are first listed in the census of 1820 -- "Wilmurah Male," family of eight in District no. 1. Presumably this refers to Wilmer Male III as head of the family. It is supposed that Wilmer II and Priscilla came with their son WilmerIII from Hampshire County, VA. They probably herded cattle in the Glades for years, in summer, before moving here permanently.
They probably first settled on the Miller place in Miller's Glade, north of Oakland. Wilmer II and priscilla are supposed to be buried on this farm, which is now part of the "Mt. Nebo" tract, purchased last year by Charles McHenry Howard. This Miller was a cattleman and slave owner from the South Branch in Virginia.
Wilmer III later lived on the Potomac near Shalmar, MD, on what is now the Thomas Harvey Farm. In 1844, he patented military lot 131, nearby, but did not live on it. * * * About this time [1849], Wilmer III moved to Sandy Creek, near Evansville, Preston Co., VA, where he and his second wife are buried, but most of his sons settled in Maryland.
Wilmer Mail III also lived for some years west of Deer Park, [MD] on the Armstead farm, which later was sold to Henry G. Davis. He herded cattle and was well acquainted with the Glade Country. For this reason, when in 1874 the Perry vs. Droege land case was being tried, Wilmer Mail, then 85 years of age, was brought from Sandy Creek to identify the beginning corner of the "Deer Park" tract, which was a double oak (originally said to have been a triple oak) located about one mile west of the village.
So far as known, all of the children of Wilmer Mail III are deceased. In appearance they showed their Indian ancestry markedly. Yhey were fond of the outdoors -- the forest and the glade.
      (Source: Garrett County History of Pioneer Families, by Charles E. Hoye, Mountain Democrat (Oakland, MD), April 16, 1936)

  ii.   Priscilla Male, married Wilmer Cook 1820.
  Notes for Priscilla Male:
Went west to Ohio country.

  iii.   Adam Male, married Catherine (Cassie) Male; born 1838.
  Notes for Adam Male:
He was a hunter and trapper. Went west.

  iv.   Rebecca Male, married (1) Mr. Harris; married (2) Mr. Murphy; married (3) James Male I; married (4) William I
  Notes for Rebecca Male:
Married an Indian by the name of Harris.

  18 v.   George Male, born 1802; married Elizabeth Norris March 04, 1822 in Married by Rev. Jos. Morris of Rand Co., VA.
  vi.   Levi Male, born 1786; married Nancy Dalton
  Notes for Levi Male:
From Monongalia County, West Virginia. .

      38. George Norris He was the son of 76. Sam Norris and 77. Pretty Hair. He married 39. Mary Pritchard.

      39. Mary Pritchard
Children of George Norris and Mary Pritchard are:
  19 i.   Elizabeth Norris, married George Male March 04, 1822 in Married by Rev. Jos. Morris of Rand Co., VA.
  ii.   Jim Norris, married (1) Lilly Male; married (2) "Dump" Collins
  iii.   Sally Norris, married Wash Norris
  iv.   Warner Norris

      44. Isaac Kennedy, born Abt. 1760. He married 45. Mary Runner.

      45. Mary Runner, born 1765 in Maryland.
Children of Isaac Kennedy and Mary Runner are:
  22 i.   Sam Kennedy, born Abt. 1800 in Hampshire County, Virginia; married Elizabeth Male 1828 in Married by Rev. Joseph Morris.
  ii.   Henry Kennedy, born 1805; married Charlotte
  iii.   Bertha Kennedy, married Willie Croston
  iv.   Daniel Kennedy
  v.   Thomas Kennedy

      46. George Male, born Abt. 1775 in America; died Abt. 1845 in Harrison County, Virginia. He was the son of 64. Wilmer Male, Sr. and 65. Elizabeth. He married 47. Margaret Pritchard Abt. 1798.

      47. Margaret Pritchard, born Abt. 1782; died Bet. 1850 - 1860 in Barbour County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of 94. Rees Pritchard.

Notes for George Male:
George came from a family of mountain people who were originally hunters and trappers. His father brought the family out of Berkeley County, Virginia, sometime in the spring of 1780 to Romney, Virginia (now Hampshire County, West Virginia). Sometime after 1810, George and his wife Margaret brought their family to the west side of the Tygart River valley in what was then Harrison County, Virginia. Three of George's brothers and their families settled on the east side of the river, which was then part of randolph County, Virginia.
George married Margaret Pritchard in about 1800, in Virginia. Because of the loss of many records between 1790 and 1820, it was impossible to find out where and when they married. As was the custom in those early days, some families migrated together into new areas for protection and security. Not only did George and his brothers come to the Harrison-Randloph County area, but many of the families that have been associated with the Male family came with them from Hampshire County at the same time or shortly after. These were the Kennedys, Pritchards, Newmans, Collisn and others. The Norrises were already in this area since around 1770.
George and Margaret purchased land on the ridge between the Fox Grape (Creek) and the Taylor Dreen (Creek). George's land ran from the mouth oHackers Creek at the Tygart River, north to the ridge. This land (30 acres) was purchased from William and Anna Cole.
For some unknown reason, george's family and his descendants seemed to become separated from his brothers and their families who lived across the Tygart River. These brothers - Richard, William, and another brother - settled on the east bank of the river from Knottsville in the north down to Chestnut Ridge (near Phillipi) in the south. George's family settled on the west side of the Tygart from above Pleasant Creek south to Berryberg Junction in the areas of West Hill and Webster to Mountain View.
For many years George and his family lived and farmed in this area.

  Notes for Margaret Pritchard:
Margaret made her home with her son George after the death of her husband.
Children of George Male and Margaret Pritchard are:
  i.   George Male, Jr. ("Patriarch George"), born 1825; married Emaline (Emily) Male
  ii.   Amy Male
  iii.   Sarah Male
  iv.   Joseph Nathan Male
  23 v.   Elizabeth Male, born 1808 in Harrison County, Virginia; married Sam Kennedy 1828 in Married by Rev. Joseph Morris.
  vi.   Thomas Mahyle (Male), born Abt. 1824 in Harrison County, Virginia; died May 19, 1876 in Taylor County, West Virginia; married (1) Julia Ann (Julianne) Newman April 11, 1848 in Barbour County, West Virginia; born Bet. 1829 - 1833; died January 01, 1870 in Taylor County, West Virginia; married (2) Amanda C. Dalton January 21, 1871 in Barbour County, West Virginia; born 1854 in Taylor County, West Virginia; died December 06, 1922 in Cecil, West Virginia.
  Notes for Thomas Mahyle (Male):
He was a farmer and belonged to the Dunkard Church, a form of Quakers. Thomas and Julianne raised their family in Taylor County, West Virginia.

  vii.   Reese Male, born 1815; married Delilah Dalton; born 1812.
  Notes for Reese Male:
Reese and Delilah were from Taylor County, West Virginia.Reese and Delilah settled in Taylor County, West Virginia.

  viii.   Jesse Male, Sr., born Abt. 1803 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died May 14, 1883 in Barbour County, West Virginia; married (1) Eleanor Male; died 1865; married (2) Eleanor Cole Bet. 1825 - 1826; born Abt. 1801; died October 14, 1862 in Barbour County, West Virginia; married (3) Luvinda Collins April 16, 1867 in Performed by D. R. Poling; born 1828.
  Notes for Jesse Male, Sr.:
Probably born in Romney. His parents settled in Harrison County, Virginia, sometime after 1800. Jesse was raised on the mountain farmlands on the west side of the Tygart River near the Pleasant Creek valley in Harrison County, Virginia (now Barbour County, West Virginia). Jesse's father was a trapper and farmer in the northern mountains of what is now West Virginia.
The mountain-top farms were a hard life, taking their toll to clear the land and farm it. For the early settlers of the area, the hardships were enormous, and life was full of disappointments.
According to the records filed for dependent's pensions, Jesse and Eleanor went up to Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border, to be married.
In 1838, Jesse and Eleanor purchased a 125-acre farm from Absolam Knotts along Pleasant Creek in Barbour County.
Between 1861 and 1863 four of Jesse's children enlisted in the West Virginia Volunteers and fought in the Civil War on the Union side. Eleanor died on October 14, 1862. Andrew died of woulds received in a battle at Sandy Hook, Maryland. In the 1870s, after the government passed pension laws for dependents and survivors of the Civil War, Jesse filed for a dependent's pension for the loss of Andrew. He died before he was able to prove his claim.     
Jesse and Eleanor are both buried at the Pleasant Creek Burying Grounds at the Pleasant Creek Methodist Church in Barbour County, West Virginia. When the church was rebuilt around 1900 it was built over the graves of Jesse and Eleanor, which were unmarked. .

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