John Sprigg Poole

Male 1801 - 1849  (48 years)

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  • Name John Sprigg Poole  [1, 2, 3
    Born 16 Aug 1801  Barnesville, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Born in the family home
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Oct 1849  Beallsville, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Beallsville, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • John was buried at the Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland.
    Person ID I10262  Alger
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father John Poole,   b. 1769,   d. 20 Mar 1828  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Priscilla Woodward Sprigg,   b. 21 Apr 1782,   d. 2 May 1866  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1800 
    Family ID F3732  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Dickerson,   b. 24 Sep 1802,   d. 22 Aug 1836  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1826  Frederick, Frederick Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The place of marriage is not certain. John obtained the marriage license on 19 Jun 1826. [1]
     1. Frederick Poole,   b. 1827,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Dickerson Poole,   b. 4 Sep 1828,   d. 18 Jun 1876  (Age 47 years)
     3. William Thomas Poole,   b. 1 Nov 1830,   d. 2 Mar 1884  (Age 53 years)
     4. Nathan Algernon Poole,   b. 18 Jan 1833, Sellman, Montgomery Co., Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1900, Washington, , District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F3297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Rebecca Cost,   b. 28 Mar 1820,   d. 27 Sep 1868  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1838  Middletown, , Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • John and Anna were married at the German Reformed Church. [1]
     1. Susan Cost Poole,   b. 28 Dec 1838,   d. 19 Mar 1929  (Age 90 years)
     2. Eugene Alonzo Cost Poole,   b. 16 Feb 1841,   d. 22 Dec 1912  (Age 71 years)
     3. Richard Poole,   b. 30 Oct 1843,   d. 12 Jan 1906  (Age 62 years)
     4. Mary Catherine Poole,   b. 30 May 1846,   d. 18 Aug 1871  (Age 25 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F3731  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Sprigg Poole, the oldest child of John and Priscilla Poole, was born in the family home near Barnesville, Montgomery County, Maryland. On 19 Jun 1826, he obtained a license to marry Sarah Dickerson, daughter of Nathan and Margaret (Turnbull) Dickerson who lived near what is now Gaithersburg, Maryland. The notice of the wedding in a Frederick, Maryland, newspaper said that John was "of Clarksburg" (Virginia, now West Virginia). John had purchased several lots in Clarksburg in 1823 and 1829, one described as "on the west side of the great road." He sold one or more of his lots in 1830. In 1832, he purchased a lot in Poolesville, Maryland, next to his brother, Frederick, and sold it three years later to his brothers, Thomas and Frederick. From that time on it is not known where John lived.

      John's wife, Sarah, died in Aug 1836, and on 21 Mar 1838, John married Ann Rebecca Cost, daughter of Henry Alexander and Mary Anne (Torrance) Cost. They were married in the German Reformed Church in Middletown, Maryland. Ann survived John.

      When John's father, John, died in 1828, the younger John was one of the administrators. The older John's real estate was divided by a Commission and bought in by the children according to their choices.

      John chose "Pleasant Dale" (made up of "Prospect Hill" and "Pount Zion"), about 206 acres near Barnesville, Maryland.

      John died in 1849 and his will was probated in Montgomery County on 18 Sep of that year. He and his wife Sarah were buried in the family plot at the home of his parents. Their gravestones, with others were later moved to Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland.

      Ref: "Descendants of John and Priscilla Poole", 4th ed. - 1

      The following is from "The Descendants of John and Priscilla Poole" - 5th Edition - 2001

      John Sprigg Poole, the oldest child of John and Priscilla Sprigg Poole was born August 16, 1801. Since we do not know exactly when John and Priscilla moved to Happy Choice near Barnesville we cannot say whether John Sprigg was born in Poolesville or Barnesville. His birth is recorded in the records of St. Peter's Church and on this stombstone in Monocacy Cemetery.

      John and Priscilla had nine more children. The father, John, died March 30, 1828. Priscilla died May 2, 1866. They were buriedin the family burying ground from which the stones were moved in 1917 to a lot in Monacacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Maryland.

      We do not know anything about John Sprigg Poole's education. his younger brothers and sisters were taught by a Mr. Lannan who had a small school in Barnesville.

      In 1823, John Sprigg purchased a lot in Clarksburg, and in 1828 another lot, called the Barracks Lot, which had been occupied as a blacksmith ship. They were on the west side of the "Great Road." At the time of his marriage in 1826, John was said to be "of Clarksburg." He sold these properties, one in 1831 and the other in 1834.

      On June 22, 1826, John Sprigg married Sally Dickerson, daughter of Nathan Dickerson and his wife, Margaret Turnbull. They lived near Gaithersburg, which was quite a distance from Clarksburg. In the horse and buggy days, John had to go a long 10 miles or so to do his courting.

      Descendants of John Sprigg Poole and Sally Dickerson come down from a number of interesting families - Cooke, Holland, Surratt, Beall, Dent, Magruder, Brooke Hatton and others. They are eligible for a number os Societies, including the American Clan Gregor Society, Descendants of the Lords of Maryland Manors, Colonial Dames, and others. In 1831, Rebecca Dickerson, sister of Sally, married John's brother, William Dennis Poole; They are the ancestors of Martha Sprigg Poole and her sister Katherine.

      In 1832 John Sprigg bought from Reuben and Barbara Carley a lot in Poolesville where his brothers, Thomas and Frederick, were beginning to acquire property. John and Sally deeded this lot in May, 1835 to Thomas and Frederick. It was part of Forest and adjoined the lot of Robert Wilson on the main street.

      Apparently John Sprigg and Sally decided to settle in Barnesville, where John bought two tracts, one on December 12, 1835, and another on May 25, 1836. This land belonged to the Hays family. The large tract of 278 acres acquired in 1836 John and Sally sold almost immediately to Reuben Carley. The small acreage was sold to John Pearre (or Perry?) in 1837.

      Sally Dickerson Poole died August 22, 1836, at the age of 34. This left John Sprigg with three motherless boys: John, William and Algernon.

      We have no information about what took place after Sally's death. Where did John live with his boys aged 8, 6, and 4? A mortgage to John recorded November 10, 1841, says John Poole "of Georgetown." A recorded deed in 1842 says of John "Now of District of Columbia but about to remove to Montgomery County, Maryland."

      The boys acquired an 18-year old stepmother March 21, 1838, when John Sprigg married Ann Rebecca Cost. According to Mr. H. F. Cost, who has written up the genealogy of the Cost family, Ann Rebecca was the daughter of Christian Cost of Frederick County, Maryland. John and Rebecca had four children: Susan, Eugene, Richard and Mary.

      In 1842, John decided to return to Montgomery County and purchase a 100 acre tract near Colesville. That was heavily mortgaged from the beginning. Following a series of judgements against John Poole, and his failure to meet his mortgage payments, the property was sold at public auction April 22, 1846, and finally became the property of Zachariah Worthington. It was made up of a number of parts of tracts; it was on Northwest Branch near Francis Waldemar's mill and included parts of Peaches lot, Pine Meadows, Addition, Culver's Change, etc.

      Evidently John at this time was up to his neck in real estate deals. By the Commission which had divided the estate of his father, John Poole, our John Poole got Lot #4, 204 acres. Called Pleasant Dale, it consisted of Mt. Zion and Prospect Hill near Barnesville. In the report of the Commission it was described as follows: "Some old buildings, entirely out of repair; about 3/4 of acreage in woods tolerably well timbered; balance in old fields untenantable." Since that description was made in 1834, perhaps John was wise to sell it in 1843 to John Pearre!

      However, undaunted by his involvement in his Colesville property deal, John in 1843 was the highest bidder at the sale of 376 acres of the estate of William Trail. This property included part of his ancestral Sprigg tract, Happy Choice Fortified. Less than a year later he sold it to George W. Darby and Richard H. Burdelle.

      By 1845, John was probably convinced that any property he owned was liable to be seized to pay his debts. He therefore transferred to F. S. Poole and Brother (his brother Frederick and probably William D.) all his goods. From the list of the property that was transferred to his brothers in September 1845, it is apparent that he was living on a farm. But where?

      For the next three years the trail is lost. Then in 1848, John turns up in the records as proprietor of the Washington Hotel in Rockville. In that year John again makes over to his brother, Frederick, for $425, 3 buggies, 3 sets of carriage horses, 2 horses, 1 cow, 3 beds, bed sheets and furniture "which goods are now in certain messuage or tenement in Rockville now in possession of John Poole as a tavern." On the same day, Frederick Poole transferred to his sister-in-law, Anna R. Poole, four negroes "in possession of John Poole, my brother."

      On 15 Sep 1849 John made his will. He died before 18 Sep when the will was probated. Here is the will:

      Monto. Co. wills H-3, F. 95

      Will of John Poole of Montgomery County

      To son, John D. - silver watch and chain and also my clock

      I direct my executor hereafter named to buy the watch now worn by my son William Thomas Poole from his uncle Hanson Young and give it to my said son, William T. Poole.

      I direct my executor to purchase a watch and chain of equal value to the one given to John D., and give same to Nathan A.

      I wish that my mother-in-law, Mrs. margaret Dickerson divide between my three sons (John D., William T., and Nathan A.) their silver plate, equally

      I wish that my father-in-law Nathan Dickerson divide equally the two negroes Rose and child and Davy between said three sons, as he has promised me that he would give said negroes to said three sons

      I wish that my three brothers Thomas Poole, William D. Poole and Frederick S. Poole counsel and advise my dear wife Anna R. Poole and should she and her four youngest children need their assistance that they will assist her or them in their necessity

      I direct my executor to purchase a plain gold ring the value of which to be the sum of $2.00 with the following inscription - "Reward of Fidelity" and present the same to my failthful clerk and friend John Allison

      It is my wish and desire that my dear wife Anna R. Poole and my son William Thomas Poole continue to carry on under the present arrangement the Washington Hotel and employ my friend John Allison as he is now employed - provided it meets with the approbation and counsel of my friends; and should my dear wife and son desire it, I hope Mr. Nathan Dickerson will permit negroes Rose and Davy to serve them as at present

      Executor - brother William D. Poole

      Made 24 Aug 1848 - Witnesses - Stephen M. Lyddane, John Brewer

      Probated 18 Sep 1849

      Original will Rockville Register of Wills

      No record has been found to indicate that John Poole ever owned the Washington Hotel. In 1846, Frederick Poole and brothers owned 1/4 of it: according to the tax assessment, it was lot #89 in 1st Addition to Rockville, improved by a tavern. In 1853, the hotel was owned as follows: 1/4 by Nathan Dickerson, 1/4 by William D. Poole, and 1/2 by John Brewer

      In the Rockville Journal and Montgomery County Advocate for 4 Mar 1854, there is a reference to A. R. Poole and Co., owners of Washington Hotel. Evidently, Ann Rebecca carried on at the hotel through 1854. By 1862 the hotel had become the property of O. Z. Muncaster. It is thought by those who have some knowledge of "Old Rockville" that the hotel was at a site occupied in more recent years by Vinson's Drug Store.

      Nothing definite is known about Ann Rebecca Poole from 1854. She died 2 Sep 1868, and is buried in the plot of her stepson, Nathan Algernon Poole in Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D. C.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Descendants of John and Priscilla Poole, John Poole Association, (5th Edition - 2001), 5th edition (2001) - p. 1-1 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S128] Alger files - Ball, Margaret Allison, Margaret Allison Ball, John Sprigg Poole - "Find A Grave Memmorial" - 6 Apr 2012 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S128] Alger files - Ball, Margaret Allison, Margaret Allison Ball, Nathan Algernon Poole - "Find A Grave Memmorial" - 6 Apr 2012 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S3] Descendants of John and Priscilla Poole, John Poole Association, (5th Edition - 2001), 5th edition (2001) - p. 10-13 (Reliability: 3).

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