The Patawomeck Family Of Monteith


Thomas Monteith was the 5th great grandfather of James William Moore.


Thomas Monteith was born in 1694 in Linlithgow, Scotland, to James Monteith and Magdalen Dalyell, Laird and Lady of “Binns”. His father was from an ancient Scottish family of titled nobility, descended from a multitude of kings. His mother was the heiress of the Baronetcy of “Binns”, being the only surviving child of Sir Thomas Dalyell, Baronet of “Binns”, son of the famous General Thomas Dalyell of Scottish military fame. Dame Magdalen Dalyell was descended from King James IV of Scotland and King Edward III of England. “The Binns” was the name of the Dalyell family’s home, a small, but magnificent, castle in Linlithgow. Thomas Monteith was the second son and next in the line of succession to his brother, Sir James Monteith-Dalyell, to the Baronetcy of Binns, if his line should fail for lack of descendants.

At the age of 21 Thomas Monteith was already calling himself a “merchant of Glasgow”. He sailed to Virginia but only had a brief stay before returning to Scotland to aid his country in the Jacobite Rebellion. His family were staunch supporters of the Scottish royalty, as they were closely related. After the rebellion, he returned to Virginia and made his home in what is now Stafford County. According to the present Lady Dalyell of “The Binns”, whose husband is a direct descendant of Thomas Monteith’s older brother, James, Dame Magdalen Dalyell, Thomas’ mother, made the dangerous voyage, along with two of her daughters, to Virginia to visit her son in 1732. Magdalen and her daughters became ill with a virus while in Virginia and died. Shortly thereafter, Thomas Monteith married a local girl of Indian blood, Miss Phyllis Gallop, whose mother, Elinor, was a granddaughter of the last King of Patawomeck, Wahanganoche. During his lifetime, Thomas purchased thousands of acres of land in Virginia which eventually was inherited by his son, James. Thomas and Phyllis had four children: Magdalen, Elizabeth, John, and James. Magdalen Monteith, daughter of Thomas and Phyllis, married first to Anderson Doniphan and had a number of children, one of whom, Elizabeth, was the great grandmother of President Harry S. Truman. Magdalen married secondly to Jonathan Finnall and had yet another family of children. Elizabeth Monteith, daughter of Thomas and Phyllis, married first to Capt. Gerard Robinson, by whom she had two children, John Monteith Robinson, husband of Susan McClanahan, and Frances Wilton Robinson, wife of Elias Earle. Elizabeth (Monteith) Robinson married secondly to John Bithiway Lampton Grigsby, said to have been her cousin, but had no children by him. The compiler has often contemplated how the Grigsby family would have been related to the Monteiths. The only solution seems to be that it was through the Patawomeck Indian blood, as there is a tradition among some of the Grigsbys that they descend from a daughter of Chief Wahanganoche, King of Patawomeck, who married their immigrant ancestor, John Grigsby. This is a most logical deduction and solution to the question of the relationship between the Monteiths and the Grigsbys, as Immigrant John Grigsby, lived on land adjacent to that of Chief Wahanganoche and was even brought to Virginia by Col. Peter Ashton, who had also married a daughter of the Chief. If this was the case, John Grigsby’s daughter, Mary, was married, as her second husband, to her first cousin, John Meese, son of Col. Henry Meese by another daughter of Chief Wahanganoche, whose Christian name may have been Mary. Two of Immigrant John Grigsby’s sons were said to have married daughters of William Redman, the son of Col. Henry Meese’s daughter, Anne, by her first husband, traditionally a full-blooded Patawomeck Indian who was orphaned after the massacre of the Patawomecks by the English in 1666 and was raised by the Redman family, whose name he adopted. After her first marriage, Anne, married secondly to Dr. Richard Bryant, her first cousin, whose mother, Keziah Arroyah, was another daughter of Chief Wahanganoche. John Monteith, son of Thomas and Phyllis, traditionally moved to North Carolina. The Mantooth family claims that he had a Cherokee wife and a son, Thomas, who left numerous descendants, using the name of “Mantooth”.

James Monteith, son of Thomas and Phyllis, married his multiple cousin, Leah Owens, in 1763. Their marriage is recorded in the St. Paul’s Parish register. James’ mother, Phyllis, and Leah’s father, Samuel Owens, were half siblings, having the same mother, Elinor. After the death of her first husband, Robert Gallop, Elinor had married John Owens. Her son, Samuel Owens, married his cousin, Margaret Bryant, granddaughter of Dr. Richard Bryant and Anne Meese, by whom he had a large family. Margaret Bryant’s mother, Seth Anderson, was a legatee of the will of Maj. John West who died in Stafford County in 1717 and is believed to have been a direct descendant of Cockacoeske, Queen of the Pamunkey Indians, who was a close relative of Chief Wahanganoche. Cockacoeske had a son, John West, from an affair in 1656 or 1657 with Col. John West, son of Governor John West. Maj. John West of Stafford appeared in the area right after he was last recorded in the Pamunkey area and married Sarah Harrison, sister of Burr

Harrison, the Indian interpreter. Due to his close association with the area Indians and the fact that he left 500 acres “at Pamunkey” in his will to one of his sons, he is considered to have been identical to

Queen Cockacoeske’s son. Seth Anderson was one of several women named “Seth” who were legatees of John West and are all believed to have been descendants of his sister, likely twin sister, who certainly married one of the brothers of Burr Harrison, from which family the female name of “Seth” (often written “Scythe or Sith”) was brought over from England. Seth Anderson’s own father was a son of David Anderson, who, by the right of his wife, Elizabeth, from her previous marriage to John Hallows, had held the indenture of Burr Harrison.

James and Leah Monteith had sons, Enos Monteith, Samuel Owens Monteith, and one who is believed to have died young, Bartholomew Gallop Monteith, likely a twin to their daughter, Keziah Gallop Monteith. The daughters of James and Leah who reached maturity were Ascenith Monteith, Aroye Monteith, Keziah Gallop Monteith, Fenton Monteith, Leah Owens Monteith, and a daughter whose given name is unknown who married Fielding Batteley.

Enos Monteith (born 1776), son of James and Leah, married Eleanor Warrick/Redman, daughter of John Redman and Catherine “Cassie” Warrick. She was likely a multiple cousin of Enos, if her grandfather, Andrew Redman, was a son of William Redman, above, and his traditional first wife, Catherine Elkins, as is suspected. Andrew Redman named his first son “William” and lived in the area of Loudoun County, Virginia, where several Grigsby grandchildren of William Redman, son of Anne Meese, settled. Enos and Eleanor had at least two sons and several daughters. One son of Enos, James Monteith, married Elizabeth ______ and left a number of children, including Richard E. Monteith, who married Georgiana Rowe, Susan B. Monteith, who married George W. Newton, and Ascenith Monteith, who married Dawson Richardson Sullivan. The other son of Enos and Eleanor has not been identified. He was in Enos’ household on the Stafford census and either died young or moved away. All of the daughters of Enos and Eleanor have also not been identified. They are known to have had Eleanor Monteith, wife of Gustavus B. Newton, Parthenia Monteith, wife of Fielding Hudson, Mischael Monteith, wife of William Alexander Otto Bowie, Catherine Monteith, wife of William Gaskins and of William Bradshaw (ancestor of many of the Stafford Bradshaws), and Lucy Montieth, wife of Piercy P. Bowie.

Samuel Owens Monteith (1785-1862), son of James and Leah, married Mildred Fines, daughter of James Fines and Rachel Curtis. Mildred Fines’ mother, Rachel, was a descendant of the Patawomeck Indian girl, Ontonah, who was orphaned by the massacre of the Patawomecks by the English in 1666 and was raised by the Curtis family. Samuel and Mildred had children: Thomas Monteith, husband of Ann “Nancy” Limerick/Limbrick, James Monteith, husband of Frances Cox, Lucinda Monteith (died young), Leah Monteith (unmarried), Mary Ann Monteith (unmarried), Wiliam Isaac Monteith, who married his cousin, Elizabeth Fines, Elizabeth Jane Monteith, wife of William Dobson, John Samuel Monteith, husband of Jane M. Rowe, and Nathaniel Owens Monteith, who was killed in the Civil War.

Ascenith Monteith, daughter of James and Leah, married James Rogers. The names of all of her children are not known. She is known to have been the mother of Ascenith Monteith Rogers, who married John Curtis, Lucy Ann Rogers, who married her cousin, George Owens, son of Reuben Owens, and possibly Mary, wife of James Roberson.

Aroye Monteith, daughter of James and Leah, was named after her Patawomeck ancestor. Her name was pronounced “Arroyah”, and she was known by her close family as “Rowie”. She married her cousin, John Finnall, son of Jonathan Finnall and Magdalen Monteith.

Keziah Gallop Monteith, daughter of James and Leah, was named after the Christian name of her Patawomeck Indian ancestor. She married her first cousin, James Owens, son of Reuben Owens and Sarah Kinney. It should be noted that Reuben Owens and his wife, Sarah Kinney, were also first cousins. Sarah’s mother, Anne Bryant, was a full sister of Margaret Bryant, who married Samuel Owens, the parents of Reuben Owens and Leah Owens, who married James Monteith. The intermarriage of close cousins kept the Patawomeck blood strong.

Fenton Monteith, daughter of James and Leah, married a Mr. Barbee, whose given name has not been determined. He was most likely her cousin, a son or other relative of Capt. John Barbee and Eleanor Duncan. Eleanor Duncan was a granddaughter of Elinor, wife of Robert Gallop. Since Fenton Monteith was a double descendant of Eleanor Duncan’s grandmother, Elinor, she and her husband, Mr. Barbee, could have been related in several ways.

Leah Owens Monteith, daughter of James and Leah, married twice. Her first husband was her first cousin, Thomas Owens, son of Reuben Owens and Sarah Kinney. Her second husband was Charnock Cox, Jr., of Charnock Cox, Sr., and his first wife, who was likely a sister of Reuben and Leah Owens and was, therefore, another cousin. The given names of two of the brothers of Charnock Cox, Jr., namely Samuel and Enoch Cox, indicate a marriage of their father into the Owens family, as those were important names in the Owens family and were not previously known in the Cox family.  The name of the daughter of James and Leah who married Fielding Battaley has not been identified. It is also not known if she left any children. The Battaley family was closely associated and intermarried with the Bryant family, who were closely related to the Monteiths.

The immigrant ancestor of the Monteith family, Thomas Monteith, died in 1747. It was said that he asked his slaves to carry him out to his garden when he was too ill to walk, and he pointed out the spot where he wanted to be buried. The old Monteith Cemetery started by Thomas Monteith is now overgrown in the woods near the White Oak Landfill. An old red sandstone foot stone may be all that is left to mark the grave of Thomas Monteith. His widow, Phyllis, remarried to her cousin of Patawomeck blood, Benjamin Elkins, and had another large family by him.

Through Arroyah, the daughter of Chief Wahanganoche, the Patawomeck blood was well established in Stafford County.

William L. “Bill” Deyo

24 August 2011