Barbour County Families
Ancestors of Boss Male
Five Generations of the Male/Mayle Family

By Bernard V. Mayhle
male@ipeg.com

Submitted by Marg Mayle Dalton
Mamd457@aol.com


FIRST GENERATION

1. Boss MALE was born in 1856.

SECOND GENERATION

2. William "Bill" MALE was born in 1821.1 He died before 1870.

3. Sarah "Sadie" NORRIS was born in 1822.2

William "Bill" MALE and Sarah "Sadie" NORRIS had the following children:

  1. John MALE was born in 1845.
  2. Hiriam "Poke" MALE was born in 1847.
  3. Melvina MALE was born in 1850.
  4. Martha A MALE was born in 1853.
  5. 1. Boss MALE.
  6. Jasper MALE was born in 1858.
  7. Martin MALE was born in 1859.
  8. William MALE was born in 1861.
  9. Minerva MALE was born in 1863.

THIRD GENERATION

4. Aaron MALE was born in 1795.3, 4 He died in 1864.5, 6 He was buried in White Oak, WV.7

5. Mary "Polly" NEWMAN was born in 1800.8 Male family history lists her as Dolly in some places and Polly in others. Polly is probably correct since Polly is a nickname for Mary.

Aaron MALE and Mary (Polly) NEWMAN had the following children:

  1. 2. William "Bill" MALE.
  2. Richard Z. MALE was born in 1822.9
  3. Hezekiah MALE was born in 1824.10
  4. Clarissa A(Clara) MALE was born in 1824.
  5. Hiriam MALE was born in 1826.11
  6. Emaline (Emily) MALE was born in 1827.
  7. Melvina MALE was born in 1832.12
  8. Elisha MALE was born in 1834.13
  9. Eleby Jane MALE was born in 1836.14
  10. John MALE was born in 1840.15
  11. Franklin MALE was born in 1842.16
  12. Alpheus MALE was born in 1845.17
  13. Isaac MALE.
6. William NORRIS was born on 25 Sep 1786.

7. Anna NEWMAN was born in 1793.18

William NORRIS and Anna NEWMAN had the following children:

  1. Annie NORRIS was born in 1817.
  2. Eleanor (Eleby) NORRIS was born in 1819.
  3. Nancy NORRIS was born in 1820.19
  4. John NORRIS was born in 1816.
  5. 3. Sarah (Sadie) NORRIS.
  6. Alexander NORRIS 20 was born on 24 Sep 1825 in Chesterhill Oh. He died on 12 Feb 1906 in Chesterhill Oh.
  7. Elsie "Ocie" NORRIS was born in 1829.
  8. Ruhana NORRIS was born in 1828.
  9. Ephriam NORRIS was born in 1830.21
  10. William NORRIS was born in 1832.
  11. Jackson (Jack) NORRIS was born on 22 Apr 1833. He died on 25 Aug 1881 in WASH CO OHIO.

FOURTH GENERATION

8. Richard MALE was born about 1762 in County Of York England.22 He died about 1840 in VA.23

9. Rhoda EMMERY was born about 1765.24 She died between 1850 and 1860.25

  1. George MALE.26
  2. 4. Aaron MALE.
  3. Wilmer MALE.
  4. Hezekiah MALE.
  5. Richard MALE.27
  6. Elizabeth MALE.
  7. Mary (POLLY) MALE was born in 1809. She died on 16 Mar 1889.
10. William NEWMAN 28 was born between 1765 and 1770. William Newman came from Loudin Co. Virginia to Harrison Co. Va(Wva) prior to 1814. In 1814 thru 1828 he is listed on the Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co.Va. From 1829 to 1841 he is listed on the Tax rolls in Randolph Co. Va and then he disappears. I believe he died prior to 1850. He like the families of Males, and Kennedy's are listed as men of color. Following is a list of his children which I have derived from a number of sources including Tax Rolls, census records, death records of children and marriage records, and of course family history.29

11. Rachel ??.30

William NEWMAN and Rachel ?? had the following children:

  1. John NEWMAN was born in 1790.31 John Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls starting with 1814 in Harrison Co Va thru 1833. Then from 1834 to 1844 in Monongalia Co.Va. In the 1850 Census he is living in Barbour Co Wva age 59. His death record in Barbour Co. Wva states he died 7 Oct 1854 age 64. Born Loudin Co Va. Parents William and R. Newman. The informant was his son Joshua L Newman.

    It is my belief that John Newman was already married to a first wife when he first appeared in 1814 on the Tax rolls of Harrison Co. Va. I believe the first 5 children were by a first wife because of her age in 1850 census Barbour Co, and the approx. birth years of these children.

  2. Clara NEWMAN was born in 1792 in Loudon County, Va.32 She died before 1830.33
  3. 7. Anna NEWMAN.
  4. Isaac NEWMAN was born in 1795. Isaac Newman first appears on the Personal Property Tax Rolls Of Harrison Co Va in 1815 thru 1842. He is deceased and his Widow is listed with two grown daughters in Barbour Co. Wva 1850 census.
  5. Samuel NEWMAN was born in 1797.34 Samuel Newman is listed on Personal Property Tax Rolls from 1814 in Harrison Co Va thru 1821 and Monongalia Co Va from 1823 to 1835 and then 1841 and 42 in Randolph Co Va. He then is listed in 1850 Monongalia Co. Va census.
  6. Elisha NEWMAN was born in 1798.35 Elisha Newman first appears in the 1822 Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co Va in 1822 thru 1826 and then in Randolph Co Va 1829 to 1842. Elisha Newman and Anna Male were married Between Feb 1 and Feb ? 1822, according to Harrison Co Va marriage book 111 page 6 by Joseph Morris. Isaac Kennedy is one of the bondsman and the guardian of 14 year old Anna Male the "orphan" daughter of James Male.
  7. 5. Mary (Polly) NEWMAN.
  8. Mose NEWMAN was born about 1802. Mose Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax Rolls Harrison Co Va 1819, 1826, and 1828 then he disappears. His name is carried on in later generations.
  9. Timothy NEWMAN was born in 1803.36 Timothy Newman first appears in the Personal Property Tax Rolls of Harrison Co Va in 1826 thru 1842. In 1850 census he is living in Taylor Co Va.
  10. Abner NEWMAN was born about 1805. Abner Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls in Harrison Co. Va 1822 1824, and 1825 then he disappears.
  11. Alexander NEWMAN was born in 1808. Alexander Newman first appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls in Harrison Co Va in 1826 thru 1833 and then he disapears. His name is carried on by later generations.
  12. Levi Sr NEWMAN was born about 1810. Levi Newman Sr is listed on the Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co Va 1831, 1832, 1833, and 1834 then disappears but then shows up in 1850 census records of Taylor Co. Va.
12. Sam NORRIS was born about 1760. He died in 1844. There have been several tales told about the origins of old Sam Norris of Barbour Co. WVA. About his origins from an Indian father and a white mother Betsy Norris. This was a tale told by Bill 'Pete' Norris and others from the Norris oral history. However the time frames and the actual records do not fit the oral history. There may be some truths to the indian connection as revealed in these traditions but not to Sam himself but to the woman he was married to.

The following is what I can determine so far from the records of Court, Personal property tax records, census records, and others. Sam Norris first appeared in Hampshire Va sometime before 1787. I followed him in the personal property tax records each year from 1787 Hampshire Co Va to1806 on his first appearance in Randolph Co. Va. Tax rolls. There he appeared each year thru 1840. It is possible that he married a fullblooded Delaware Indian by the name of Prettyhair. This information comes from several sources but no independent records can be found. It is written on a plaque on his grave stating "His wife was Prettyhair a full blooded Delaware Indian". I do believe she was probably Indian.

While living in Hampshire Co. Va. he was associated with the Males, Crostens, Kennadys, Harris', and other connected families, who came to Randolph Co. at the same time and intermarried. They lived and socialized together. The Va. tax records prove this Sam Norris left Hampshire Co. after 1807 and arrived in Randolph Co by 1809 at the same time as William Male, Richard Male, James Male, and George Male. At the same time Issac Kennedy arrives just accross the Tygart River in Harrison Co.

I believe according to records that Sam Norris was born after 1760.He died in 1844. His wife had preceded him in death..There is more research to be done before we will know more about the true beginings of Sam Norris.

13. PRETTYHAIR.

Sam NORRIS and PRETTYHAIR had the following children:

  1. 6. William NORRIS.
  2. Kate NORRIS was born in 1790.
  3. Nancy NORRIS was born in 1795.
  4. Sam (Fiddler) NORRIS was born in 1793.
  5. James (Blind Jim) NORRIS was born in 1795.
  6. Elizabeth NORRIS was born in 1801.
  7. Sarah "Sally" NORRIS was born in 1805. Sarah's children were by William Harris
  8. Isaac NORRIS was born in 1806. This family is verified by Isaac's will dated 18 Feb 1859 in Barbour Co. Wva
14. William NEWMAN28 was born between 1765 and 1770. William Newman came from Loudin Co. Virginia to Harrison Co. Va(Wva) prior to 1814. In 1814 thru 1828 he is listed on the Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co.Va. From 1829 to 1841 he is listed on the Tax rolls in Randolph Co. Va and then he disappears. I believe he died prior to 1850. He like the families of Males, and Kennedys are listed as men of color. Following is a list of his children which I have derived from a number of sources including Tax Rolls, census records, death records of children and marriage records, and of course family history. 29

15. Rachel ??.30

William NEWMAN and Rachel ?? had the following children:

  1. John NEWMAN was born in 1790.31 John Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls starting with 1814 in Harrison Co Va thru 1833. Then from 1834 to 1844 in Monongalia Co.Va. In the 1850 Census he is living in Barbour Co Wva age 59. His death record in Barbour Co. Wva states he died 7 Oct 1854 age 64. Born Loudin Co Va. Parents William and R. Newman. The informant was his son Joshua L Newman.

    It is my belief that John Newman was already married to a first wife when he first appeared in 1814 on the Tax rolls of Harrison Co. Va. I believe the first 5 children were by a first wife because of her age in 1850 census Barbour Co, and the approx. birth years of these children.

  2. Clara NEWMAN was born in 1792 in Loudon County, Va.32 She died before 1830.33
  3. 7. Anna NEWMAN.
  4. Isaac NEWMAN was born in 1795. Isaac Newman first appears on the Personal Property Tax Rolls Of Harrison Co Va in 1815 thru 1842. He is deceased and his Widow is listed with two grown daughters in Barbour Co.Wva 1850 census.
  5. Samuel NEWMAN was born in 1797.34 Samuel Newman is listed on Personal Property Tax Rolls from 1814 in Harrison Co Va thru 1821 and Monongalia Co Va from 1823 to 1835 and then 1841 and 42 in Randolph Co Va. He then is listed in 1850 Monongalia Co. Va census.
  6. Elisha NEWMAN was born in 1798.35 Elisha Newman first appears in the 1822 Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co Va in 1822 thru 1826 and then in Randolph Co Va 1829 to 1842. Elisha Newman and Anna Male were married Between Feb 1 and Feb ? 1822.according to Harrison Co Va marriage book 111 page 6 by Joseph Morris. Isaac Kennedy is one of the bondsman and the guardian of 14 year old Anna Male the "orphan" daughter of James Male.
  7. 5. Mary (Polly) NEWMAN.
  8. Mose NEWMAN was born about 1802. Mose Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax Rolls Harrison Co Va 1819, 1826, and 1828 then he disappears.His name is carried on in later generations
  9. Timothy NEWMAN was born in 1803.36 Timothy Newman first appears in the Personal Property Tax Rolls of Harrison Co Va in 1826 thru 1842. In 1850 census he is living in Taylor Co Va.
  10. Abner NEWMAN was born about 1805. Abner Newman appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls in Harrison Co. Va 1822 1824, and 1825 then he disappears.
  11. Alexander NEWMAN was born in 1808. Alexander Newman first appears on the Personal Property Tax rolls in Harrison Co Va in 1826 thru 1833 and then he dissapears. His name is carried on by later generations.
  12. Levi Sr NEWMAN was born about 1810. Levi Newman Sr is listed on the Personal Property Tax Rolls in Harrison Co Va 1831, 1832, 1833, and 1834 then disappears but then shows up in 1850 census records of Taylor Co. Va.

FIFTH GENERATION

16. William Wilmore (Male) MAYLE37 was born on 26 May 1714 in County of York England.38, 39 He died about 1800 in VA. Wilmer Male was the Progenitor.

My father was 12 years old when Wash died. My father spent many evening in his younger years in Wash's home and listened to the many tales of the old days. My father had an excellent memory and absorbed these stories like a sponge. My father Lawton Boyd Mayhle never talked about his family until 1977 when he finally realized that I Bernard V. Mayhle was in to the history of this family for the long haul. We went back to WVa in 1977 where I spent a month with him traveling thru the area where our family had lived for almost 200 years. We spent many hours talking about the many stories that he had been told by Wash Male, James Franklin Male, Yank Male and others, he introduced me to Murray Maley, Dorsey Mayle, Flossie Mayle and others who I will refer to in later notes and sources for this family.

I want also clear up once and for all the folklore and innuendo that has been written as to the origin of this family. The many anthropology studies, county histories, scientific studies, and historical articles written from the middle 1800's to present, have not been factually written, but written by persons to further their own agenda. County histories by Wiley, Hardesty, Garrett, masters dissertations by Burnell, Brewton Berry's Book "Almost White", Glade Stars newspaper articles in Md., National Academies of Science in Wash. Dc., and all the many anthropology studies done since the middle 1800's did not attempt to delve deeply into the records available to them but relied more on the folklore and tales of the times in which they were written. Almost all that was written were half truths and of little empirical value. We still have to this day so called intellectuals in WVa and other parts trying to further their own causes on the blood, sweat and tears of this family and connecting families. It took me 10 years alone thru digging in the various state, county, and city records in the pertinent state, county and local records, plus sorting thru family oral and written records, then comparing them to actual records and throwing out what was obviously only what was only half truths and faulty information given on the weight of poor information and memories and could not be backed up by actual records. This time alone was spent in getting the true facts about the first three generations of the male family.

The most obvious error in all the early histories is the portraying of Wilmer Male who married Priscilla Harris as the progenitor of The Males in Western Maryland and Western Virginia. This Wilmer Male could not have been the father of Richard, William, James, and George, who founded their families in Randolph County and Harrison co. In what was then Virginia. He was their peer and sibling according to all obvious records at the time of these historical writings. They were the children of the Wilmer Maile who signed on the 1768 Joppatown petitions in Baltimore md. Wilmer Male who married Priscilla Harris was only 12 years old at the time. His age is Verified by Rev. War record, 1840 Census of Hampshire Co. Va. And church records from Co. of Kent England. To this we add that the parents of James, William, and Richard, thru family oral histories handed down by their grandchildren state were William aka Wilmer Mayle and Betsy and the christening records from Dover Co. of Kent England list them as the parents of Wilmer, James, Mary and Elizabeth, and William. Other facts will be listed in the notes and sources of the second and third generation heads of families. He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Cockett "Cockit" on 2 Oct 1748 in St James The Apostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.40

17. Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Cockett "Cockit" was born on 11 Feb 1716 in County of York England.41 She was christened on 8 Mar 1716 in County Of York England. She died after 1809 in VA.42

William Wilmore (Male) MAYLE and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) COCKETT"COCKIT" had the following children:

  1. Mary MALE was born in 1750 in St James The Apostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.43 She was christened on 29 Apr 1750 in St James The Apostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.44
  2. William MALE45, 46 was born in 1753 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.47 He was christened on 20 May 1753 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.48 He died about 1848.49
  3. Wilmore MALE II50 was born in 1755 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.51, 52 He was christened on 22 Jun 1755 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.53 He died about 1845 in Hampshire County, VA.54 Wilmer Male, Jr. was born about 1755 in England.

    He came to America with his parents about 1762. He was a bricklayer or stonemason. He died in Hampshire County, Virginia about 1845 at approximately 90 years of age. He married Priscilla Harris, also known as Nancy, about 1784 in Hampshire County. It has been told that Nancy was the pretty, little daughter of a slave girl mother and Cherokee Indian father.

    Nancy's mother was supposed to have been a slave girl brought to this country in the middle 1700s by a Frenchman from the Bahamas or Haiti by the namn of Marquis Calmes. It is not known whether she was of native Bahamian Indian ancestry or not. She eloped with a Cherokee Indian by the name of Harris and to these two, Priscilla was born.

    Wilmer Jr. enlisted in the army at Berkeley County, Virginia, at Paris' Marsh in late 1776 or early 1777. He served as a private under Lt. Robert White in company of the 12th regiment, Continental Establishment commanded by Captain Joseph Mitchell, Colonel James Wood and Generals Scott and Wolford. Wilmer, Jr. fought at Monmouth and Stony Point. He was discharged at the close of the War after October, 1781. He returned to his father's family and migrated to Hampshire County, Virginia where, in 1784, he married Priscilla.

  4. Elizabeth MALE was born in 1757 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.55 She was christened on 19 Jun 1757 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.56
  5. James MALE was born in 1760 in St James The Appostle Church Dover, County of Kent, England.57 He was christened on 3 Feb 1760 in Dover, County of Kent England.58 He died after 1820 in VA.59

    James Male was the ever wandering black sheep of the family. ACCORDING TO Wash Male, Bill Pete Norris, James Franklin Male, and historical records, James was a hunter and trapper who was more at home with the indians than With white society. He traveled from Western MD to Washington Co Ohio, hunting and trapping for furs. Wash Male stated that he was a brother to Wash's grandfather George Male. He does not remember much about him except what was told about him. He did know that James had 6 or 7 children but never knew whether he was ever married. He does know that most of the children of James that he knew had different mothers. The following children of James Male that he knew were as follows, John Male who married Wash's Aunt Sarah, Anny Male who married Elisha Newman, James Male who married Elizabeth Dalton, Stephen Male who married Nancy Norris, Adam Male who married Mary Ann Hill. Wash knew these children personally because they lived in this area until he was in his twenties. Stephen and Adam left and went to Ohio when Wash was about 24. His fathers cousin John Male was a lot like his father James and left his wife Sarah and family in Lewis Co. WVa and was last heard of in Ohio. My fathers grandfather James Franklin Male Also used to tell tales of James, brother to his grandfather George Male living with the indians. Also the stories told by Bill Pete Norris of West Hill told to me and in his written notes on these family confirm many of the facts told to me by my father and other sources.

    James is listed in two censuses that I can find. 1810 Census Monongalia Co Va. With 5 free persons, and 1830 Census Frederick Co Va. With 9 free persons.

  6. 8. Richard MALE.
  7. George MALE Sr. was born about 1770 in Berkeley County, VA.60 He died about 1847 in Harrison County, VA. See Taylor Co Abstracts of Deed 1844-1852 pages 285 and 401 for settlement of lands of George's Heirs He was buried in Pleasant Creek Meth Cem Taylor Co Wva.
  8. John MALE 61.
  9. Sarah MALE 62.
20. Morris Elijah NEWMAN. During the year of 1810 these four children of Morris Elijah Newman were living in Loudin Co Va. They are listed in the census as free persons. He was married to UNK.

21. UNK.

Morris Elijah NEWMAN and UNK had the following children:

  1. 10. William NEWMAN.
  2. Henry NEWMAN.
  3. Jesse NEWMAN.
  4. Stacy NEWMAN.

SOURCES
1. Census Records and Military History.
2. Census Records and Military History.
3. Census Records and Military History.
4. Bill Pete Norris, Oral History.
5. Census Records and Military History.
6. Bill Pete Norris, Oral History.
7. Census Records and Military History.
8. Census Records and Military History.
9. Census Records and Military History.
10. Census Records and Military History.
11. Census Records and Military History.
12. Census Records and Military History.
13. Census Records and Military History.
14. Census Records and Military History.
15. Census Records and Military History.
16. Census Records and Military History.
17. Census Records and Military History.
18. Marriage Record in Dover, Co. Of Kent England.
19. Male Family History.
20. Census Records and Military History.
21. 1850 Census Record - 20 years old.
22. Census Records and Military History.
23. Census Records and Military History.
24. Census Records and Military History.
25. Census Records and Military History.
26. Census Records and Military History.
27. Last Will & Testament of his father.
28. Bernard Victor Mayhle, family historian.
29. Bernard Victor Mayhle, family historian.
30. Bernard Victor Mayhle, family historian.
31. Male Family History (1st Edition) The copy of the marriage certificate in my file gives his age as 21. I believe this to be a typographical error.
32. Bernard Victor Mayhle, family historian.
33. Bernard Victor Mayhle, family historian.
34. Male Family History (1st Edition) The copy of the marriage certificate in my file gives his age as 21. I believe this to be a typographical error.
35. Male Family History (1st Edition) The copy of the marriage certificate in my file gives his age as 21. I believe this to be a typographical error.
36. Marriage Record in Dover, Co. of Kent England. 37. From my great,great great,grandfather George (Wash) Male as told to my father. William Wilmore Male was from England and came to MD In the 1760's. He died in what is now Preston Co Wva about 1795. He was the father of over six sons and three daughters. Wash's great grandmother Mary, (Betsy) Male died in northern Randolph Co. Va about 1814.
38. Marriage Record in Dover, Co. of Kent England.
39. Yorkshire England. Yorkshire England.
40. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
41. Census Records and Military History.
42. Census Records and Military History.
43. Based on Christening.
44. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
45. As told to my father by his great, great grand father George (Wash) Male. My Father L. Boyd Mayhle was raised within less of a mile from his great great grandfather Wash Male. Wash Male died when my father was about 12 years Old. Many nights were spent at Wash's house especially in the winters when My father was young. Wash was a person who liked to talk about the old Days and my father was like a sponge and soaked in all of Wash's stories. I Spent many hours with my father taking in all the information that I could before my father died. One of the most productive times was the time in 1977 when I spent two weeks in a motor home with my father in the backend Clemtown Wva and my father and I talked and wandered thru the country of the family and where they had resided for over 175 years. According to Wash, William Male was a brother to Wash's grandfather George Male Sr. William never was married by law but had children by a couple of different women. By the time Wash first saw William, William was An old man. William died about the same time as Wash's Grandfather died. He did state that one of William's daughters married Nimrod Dalton, a brother to Old John Dalton.
46. Wash was about 15 or 16 when William died and remembers going to the Funeral. William lived way back in the coves. It was somewhere near what Now is the town of Kasson Wva. He lived near Old John Dalton and Nimrod Dalton.

William Male left a will in Barbour Co Wva and it names some of his Children.
47. Based on Christening.
48. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
49. Last Will & Testament filed in Barbour County in 1848.
50. See William Male as to the explanation of source; Wash stated that Wilmer and Priscilla were related to his grandfather. Wilmer was Wash's grandfather's brother. Wash had met Wilmer one time when he came from Preston County to visit when Wash was about 9 years old. That was all my father could tell me about Wilmer.
51. Based on Christening.
52. Also based on the age he gave in application for his Revolutionary War Pension.
53. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
54. Male Family History.
55. Based on Christening.
56. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
57. Based on Christening.
58. Records of Saint James of the Apostle Church -- Dover, County of Kent, England. Taken from IGI.
59. Census Records and Military History.
60. Census Records and Military History.
61. Census Records and Military History.
62. Census Records and Military History.

Ancestors of Boss MALE Prepared by:
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