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Re: Moses Quarles of King William County VA
Posted by: Myra Quarles (ID *****8424) Date: November 29, 2011 at 09:02:52
In Reply to: Re: Moses Quarles of King William County VA by patricia henson of 1174

Hi Patricia,
I have been debating whether to give you the long boring land record, will record answer to the this question or the fun gossipy answer. Since I am feeling rather spunky this morning I chose the latter although I do have records if you would be more interested in that.

In the late 1720's two men, like all red blooded Virginian men of wealth and means were looking for just the right young woman who could provide a marriage of matching bank accounts. They both set their sights on a girl by the name of Seth Linton. Her parents were Moses and Margaret Linton, a old rooted and well respected family. Seth seemed to favor the younger gentleman named Thomas Harrison, her mother Margaret certainly did not. Thomas wanting to impress the widow Margaret decided to make a gift of land to Seth, perhaps a birthday present. It was well situated on the Potomac River and would probably pay off the national debt if it were sold today. Margaret made a counter offer, she brought the older gentleman into the family as financial consultant, his name was Moses Quarles. The dutiful daughter married the latter. Rebuffed, Thomas was left to find another woman of equal wealth and importance. He looked around and carefully chose the widow Ann Grayson Quarles, in the ultimate game of upmanship. An interesting choice since she may well be this Moses' sister-in-law. Margaret would still have him as family afterall. A few years later after being appointed head of the county's vestry Thomas Harrison built a loft in the top of the Parish Church so that he and his family could worship apart from the rest of the congregation and look down on Margaret, no doubt. What brought out all this anger and petty resentment... well rumors most likely, that this Harrison was not a really a Harrison at all. Certainly not connected to the Brunswick Harrisons that spawned Presidents. In fact these Harrisons were thought to be Calverts...related to the Maryland Calverts who were, dare we say it...CATHOLIC...old prejudices die hard and the Quarles had been on the side of the Reformation in England. As it turns out the water-cooler gossip was right they were Calverts proved by recent DNA genealogical tracking.

So, as you probably know the Moses (born about 1727) who was the son of Ann Grayson Quarles and raised by Thomas Harrison is the one that leaves King William County and tracks down through NC later into SC, was arrested for sedition and held in Orangeburg by writ of Habeous Corpus during the Revolution. He was a Loyalist.

The younger Moses of Brunswick is the one who marries Constance Fisher.... I have the wills for all of the Brunswick Quarles. I am working on pulling the Fisher will.


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