Dashiell Family Notes

The Dashiell house stood a little west of the line of Huidekoper Place, at about 39th and Calvert, probably at the highest point.

George Warren Dashiell, was the first teacher at Georgetown Lancasterian School, in 1811, but his career was as a Treasury clerk. He died in 1847, near Baltimore, in a railroad accident.

His nephew, Thomas Grayson Dashiell, inherited the farm. In the 1850 census the twenty-year-old was listed as the head of household; his retired father, Thomas Bennet Dashiell, is living with him. (The elder Dashiell had also been a Treasury clerk.)

In 1854 Thomas Grayson Dashiell was ordained as an Episcopal minister, and––newly married to the daughter of his teacher––assigned to his first parish in Virginia. When his first wife died, he married her sister. 

When his father, Thomas Bennet Dashiell, died in 1859, Thomas Grayson Dashiell sold the farm on Georgetown Heights to Jacob and Lewis Kengla.

In 1866, Thomas Grayson Dashiell was the founder of St. Mark’s Church, in Richmond.

 

 

 

 

Notes and Sources

 

 

George Warren Dashiell, 1801-1847

Born 1801, Somerset County, Maryland

Father:

Robert Handy Dashiell, born 1766, Somerset County, Maryland

Mother:

Mary Grayson, born 1776, Somerset County, Maryland;

 

1801 Sarah Dashiell (a sister?) sells household goods to her children Lucretia and Warren.

(DC Liber G7 (1801) f.174/232)

 

Auction of furniture of Miss Sally Dashiell on Pennsylvania Avenue

(Intelligencer, September 13, 1805)

 

“the house formerly occupied by Miss Dashields near the centre Market”

(Intelligencer, December 2 1805)

 

Miss Lucretia Dashiell, dies, age 16, daughter of Mrs. Sarah Wilson of Washington.

(Intelligencer, October 7, 1808)

 

Margaret Grayson Dashiell was also daughter of Sarah (Dashiell) Wilson, as was Sarah Stone, in 1828 the widow of Judge Stone of North Carolina. Thomas Tudor Tucker’s will names Margaret Grayson Dashiell and Sarah Stone.)

 

George Dashiell, 1810 first teacher at Georgetown Lancastrian School

(Proctor, Sunday Star, November 6, 1932: Twenty-fifth Report of the Board of Trustees of Public Schools of the City of Washington, 1871-72, p.119)

 

1811 George Dashield of Georgetown sells household goods and slave Violet to Joseph Milligan

Indentures George Washington University

 

Either

Married Deborah Beale, about 1818;

Or

Married Peggy Ann [Margaret], May 9, 1818, Somerset County, Maryland

 

 

 

1816 George W. Dashiell, Treasury

1825  “

1840  “

 

The George W. Dashiell Building, 1203 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, built circa 1823, demolished 1979. (Library of Congress)

 

For rent, small farm, 37 acres, on road leading from Rockville to Washington City. ––George W. Dashiell, Treasury Department, or at his residence near Six Buildings.

(National Intelligencer, January 6, 1825)

 

George W. Dashiell, secretary, Company of the Steamboat Tiber

(National Intelligencer, August 21, 1827)

 

Dashiell, George Warren. January 1, [1847], near Baltimore, Maryland, [railroad accident?]

(Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette, January 7, 1847)

 

 

 

Thomas Bennet Dashiell, 1797-1859

Born 1797, Somerset County, Maryland

Father:

Robert Handy Dashiell, born 1766, Somerset County, Maryland

Mother:

Mary Grayson, born 1776, Somerset County, Maryland

 

Miss Lucretia Dashiell dies, age 16, daughter of Mrs. Sarah Wilson of Washington.

(Intelligencer, October 7, 1808)

 

Margaret Grayson Dashiell was also daughter of Sarah (Dashiell) Wilson, as was Sarah Stone, in 1828 the widow of Judge Stone of North Carolina. Thomas Tudor Tucker’s will names Margaret Grayson Dashiell and Sarah Stone.)

 

Thomas B. Dashiell lives at Mrs. Willson’s, Capitol Hill

(Intelligencer, March 5, 1810)

 

Thomas B. Dashiell marries Keziah A. Cousins, both of Washington.

(Intelligencer, May 18, 1810

 

Died, April 22, 1811, Mrs. Keziah Dashiell, consort of Mr. Thomas B. Dashiell, after a lengthy illness.

(Intelligencer, April 25, 1811)

 

Thomas B. Dashiell, director for the Benevolent Society of Young Men.

(Intelligencer, September 12, 1811

 

 

Thomas B. Dashiell, bought slave Celia Ann, bill of sale from Theresa C. Redmond of the county.

(DC Liber WB8 (1823-4) f.321/202)

 

Thomas T. Tucker, bill of sale from Edward DeKraft, Sale recorded July 7, 1823:

Dekraft sells Tucker a colored woman supposed to be 21, and her child about 4 months old.

(DC Liber WB9 (1823-4) f.78/53)

 

Thomas Tudor Tucker (1745-1828), Treasurer of the U.S. (1801-1828), lived at Thomas B. Dashiell’s house (1827 directory), and George and Thomas Dashiell were witnesses of his will. Tucker bought a slave named Eliza, and her child Anna Maria, to prevent their being sold south, and separated from the father, a slave named Richard. Tucker authorized them to look for a more suitable master, and in 1826, deeded Thomas B. Dashiell the service of slave Eliza until 1832, and of Anna Maria until 1845. (Source? Dorothy S. Provine, District of Columbia Free Negro Registers, 1821-1861, vol.1, 1996)

 

 

Thomas B. Dashiell, Treasury Dept., married to Mary M. McCobb, eldest daughter of Captain John McCobb, of Alexandria, by Rev. Ryland. (National Intelligencer, April 1, 1825)

John McCobb, ship captain, Alexandria 1779-1848

Wife, Sarah Weston

 

Thomas B. Dashiell, clerk, Treasurer’s office,

Dwelling corner 18th and I NW

(1827 directory)

 

1816 Thomas B. Dashiell, treasury

1825  “

 

 

T. B. Dashiell removed as clerk of State Dept. in 2nd Jackson administration.

(National Intelligencer, September 27, 1832)

 

Richard Parker, eldest son of T. B. Dashiell, died, age 4.

(Intelligencer, February 8, 1833)

 

1840 Thomas B. Dashiell, treasury

1841       “

 

Thomas B. Dashiell, clerk, treasurer’s office, $1000 salary

(1843 directory)

 

Thos. Dashield’s child 2/1/1843

William King’s Mortality Books, Vol. 2

 

Thos. Deshield’s colored man 2/24/1850

William King’s Mortality Books, Vol. 2

 

Died, 1859, Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

 

Thomas Grayson Dashiell, 1830-1893

Born December 15, 1830, in Virginia.

Parents:

Thomas B. Dashiell and Mary M. McCobb

 

He apparently inherits Dashiell farm from his uncle George in 1847; his grandfather, John McCobb (1779-1848), is his guardian.

 

He is the 20-year-old head of household in the 1850 census:

 

Thomas G. Dashiell, 20……..Farmer………..Va. …………..3000

Thomas B. Dashiell, 62 ……..“with son” …..Md.

Mary Dashiell, 45 ……………………………….Va.

 

Inexplicably, the Boyce family, associated with Ellerslie/Montrose/Montrose Park property north of R Street in Georgetown, is living with the Dashiells:

 

William M. Boyce, 48………Coast Survey …..Md. …………..15,000

Mary M. Boyce, 40 ……………………………… Pa.

Emily Boyce, 20  ………………………………….Pa.

Edward Boyce, 18  ………………………………..Pa.

William Boyce, 16 ………………………………..Pa.

Bessy Boyce, 12  …………………………………..Co.Wash.D.C.

 

 

There is also a staff of 6 persons; given that Boyce is 5 times as wealthy as Dashiell, it is likely the staff is mostly Boyce’s:

 

Johanna Connor, 50 ……………………………Ire.

John McEnally, 25 ……..Gardener …………..Ire.

Bridget McEnally, 24  ……………………………Ire.

David Murphy, 25 ……… Assistant …………..Ire.

 

Harriet Price (B), 40  ……Cook  ………………..Md.

Alfred Reed (B), 21   ……..Waiter  ……………..W.C.

 

 

 

1850 slave roll shows Dashiell has one slave.

 

 

1854, Thomas G. Dashiell, ordained as Episcopal minister, Virginia Theological Seminary

Arrived at his first posting, autumn 1854: Cople Parish and Yeocomico

 

Married Wilhelmina Sparrow, Alexandria, Virginia, July, 1854

She was the daughter of his Professor William Sparrow,

Virginia Theological Seminary, 1841 to 1874, Dean from 1868 to 1874

 

 

Nicholas Burke Boyle, Junius J. Boyle to Charles Wallach, 1849?

Charles Wallace to Thomas G. Dashiell

DC Liber JAS60 1853 f.174/147

 

 

Thomas G. Dashiell from Charles Homiller: Thomas Grayson Dashiell, of Washington County, buys of Charles and Catherine Homiller, who own BH299, a right of way, commencing at the SW corner of BH297, into Back Street, and then thru 266 (around Benton Street?)

(JAS105 (1855) f.194/139)

 

 

1855 Assessment, Thomas G. Dashiell:

 

1 horse

2 cows

 

6 slaves:

Sally            20

Mary             30

Maria            9

Tom            6

Lucy            50

Julia            2

 

 

1859 Boschke: J.G.Dashiel

 

1860 slave rolls, 4th ward, Georgetown

Mrs. T.B. Dashields, 5 slaves

 

 

Left Washington:

 

John McCobb to Thomas Grayson Dashiell [Dashield];

McCobb, late guardian of Thomas Grayson Dashiell, in 1846 got two notes of indenture, from Michael and Ellen Stone, and from John Kurtz. John McCobb seized in fee of that part of Alliance starting near The Cedars to Henry Kengla’s land, along boundary of Georgetown, and Thomas Grayson Dashiell now at age of majority gets title. Thomas Grayson Dashiell, of Richmond, and Wilhelmina, his wife, then sell to Jacob and Lewis Kengla for $4080. Jacob makes over his part to Lewis C. Kengla.

(DC Liber JAS198 (1860) 446-9/395-6)

 

 

1862-65 Richmond?

 

1865 assessments, Grayson Dashiell, lot 299, BH

 

 

 

Wilhelmina Dashiell died in 1861

Married Catherine Sparrow, Staunton, Virginia, December, 1864

 

Founder of St. Mark’s Church, Richmond, 1866

 

Died March 18, 1893, Colon [Panama?], South America

 

 

These books are available on Google:

Dashiell, Thomas Grayson, A Pastor’s Recollections, 1875

Dashiell, Thomas Grayson, A Digest of the Proceedings of the Conventions and Councils in the Diocese of Virginia. Richmond, Va.: William E. Jones, 1883.

In memoriam. Rev. Thomas Grayson Dashiell, D.D.: Born December 15, 1830. Died in Colon, South America, March 18th, 1893, Volume 201

 

 

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