Friday, February 27, 2009

ca1830Maryland - Chapelier-Chappelear Ancestral Land - ca1700-

My Chapelier, Chappelear French Huguenot ancestors came from London England ca 1700. ISAAC CHAPELIER, JR., son of Dr. Isaac was born 03/16/1698, London, England (THSL) and died 03/1741, St. Marys Co., MD. He was apprenticed 09/24/1711 to Elias Arnold (Elie Arnaud his uncle or grandfather) as a weaver. UNDERWOOD" near Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County, Maryland was the ancestral home. In 1774 both Elias and James, his brother. were assessed on the land books of St. Marys Co., MD. Elias had 292 acres in a tract known as "Underwood" or Wood's Pleasure" on the border of Charles & St. Marys Counties. In 1783 Elias executed a bond of £8000 of tobacco in favor of Mary Hilton, both of St. Marys Co. The tax books of Culpeper Co., VA show that in 1788 Elias began paying taxes on 100 acres of land formerly belonging to James Monroe. He paid personal taxes until 1794. Thus it appears our ancestors lived at Underwood from the early 1700's to about 1788 when they moved to Virginia, Culpeper Co which later became Rappahannock Co Perhaps they were tobacco farmers who moved to Virginia. I hope to do some exploring here in early April to see if I can find Underwood!

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