From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Possible Massie Ancestry in England
From Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists, by Frederick
Weis, et al. (1950-1982): Line 57, 34. ISABEL DE LATHOM, d. 26
Oct. 1414 (inq. p. m.); m. ca. 1385, Sir John Stanley, K.G., b.
1350, d. Ardee, Ireland, 6 Jan. 1413/4, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1385, Constable of Rokesbergh, Scotland; Constable of Windsor
Castle, Steward of the King's Household; K.G., 1413, son of Sir
William Stanley, Lord of Stanley and Hooton, and Alice, dau. of
Hugh Massey. (CP IV 205; Collins III 61; DNB 54:75-76;
Said Hugh Massey may be ancestor of -
- Hugh Massie (born 1389, Coddington, Chesire, England) married
Agnes Bold. Parents of -
- William Massie married Agnes Wooten. Parents of -
- John Massie married Margaret Holme. Parents of -
- Robert Massie. Father of -
- William Massie married Alice Degrew. Parents of -
- Robert Massie married Dorothy Calveley. Parents of -
- Roger Massie married Elizabeth Brereton. Parents of -
- John Massie, Sr. married first Ellen Daniels, second Margaret
Banville, third Ann Grosvenor, and fourth Hughes. John was father
of sons -
- George, William, Hugh, Richard, Robert and Hamon. One brother
may have been father of -
- Peter MASSIE married Penelope COOPER-MASSIE.
The Massies in America
As with many southern colonial families, various published
sources differ significantly concerning the family structure
and details of the earliest MASSIE generations in America. Information
has been gleaned from many publications, including A Massie
Family History, by Evelyn Hepworth Massie (1972), The
Family of John Massie 1743-c.1830, by Mavis Parrott Kelsey,
M.D. (1979), and Massey Genealogy Addendum, by Judge Frank
A. Massey (1979).
The register records five generation of the Massie line over
a 60 year period:
- Peter Massey Departed this Life December 25, 1719
- Thomas Masse & Mary Walker married the 23 March, 1698-9
- Peter son of Thomas Masse bapt the 14 Aprill, 17--
- Silvanus son of Peter and Ann Massie, born April 8, baptized
May 26 <1738>
- Hannah Daughter of John and Judith Ragland, born March 26,
baptized April 22 <1739>
- 1758. Thomas son of Sylvanus & Hannah Massie, born Dec'r
26, Baptized Febry 4
There have been many attempts to identify the relationships
between the MASSIE family and the JOHNSON/JOHNSTON family. Much
of the published material appears to be conjecture based only
on circumstantial evidence. Recent studies on the JOHNSON family
have have been shared
on the internet,
including the recent "Johnson DNA" and "New Findings In Johnson Family
Research" summaries by Suzanne Johnston. A significant finding is that
the DNA testings showing a close relationship between Benjamin JOHNSON
and John JOHNSON, but not between them and Edward JOHNSTON. All
information here about the children of Peter MASSIE should be read
Peter and Penelope (Cooper x Massie) Massie
Peter MASSIE - b. about 1639, Coddington, Cheshire,
England; d. Dec. 25, 1719, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., VA.
Possibly a descendant of Hugh MASSIE. He
arrived in VA about 1687 "from the banks of the Mersey"
dividing Cheshire from Lancashire, and appears in the records
of New Kent Co. beginning in 1690. While some uncertainty exists
due to the early presence of more than one Peter MASSIE in VA,
it appears that this Peter was a man of means and arrived with
a family including grown children. Married in England about 1665.
Penelope COOPER X MASSIE - b. in England; d. in VA.
She was probably an illegitimate daughter of Anthony
ASHLEY-COOPER, First Earl of Shaftsbury.
Children of Peter and Penelope Massie
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Laura Lane (Welch) BUSH
- John - b. England; d. VA. Married about 1689. Filed in 1732
a petition for patent on land formerly granted to brother Thomas.
Children: Mark and Elizabeth.
- Sarah - b. 1672, England; d. Oct. 28, 1711, New Kent Co.,
VA. Married about 1698 William JOHNSTON (d. Nov. 6, 1714, New
Kent Co., VA). Children of Sarah and William JOHNSTON: Ann; William
married Mary; Benjamin married Agnes CLARK; Collins; Cicely married
perhaps Micajah WOODEY, then James ADAMS; and possibly Henrietta
married Charles HOPE.
- George - His daughters were baptised 1705, St. Peter's Parish,
New Kent Co., VA, apparently some years after their birth. Children
of George MASSIE: Ann; and Margaret married Benjamin JOHNSTON
(close kin of John JOHNSON, who married Elizabeth MASSIE).
- Peter - "Surveyor of Highways" in 1708, St. Peter's
Parish, New Kent Co., VA. Thomas William and Charles were reported
to have brother Peter.
- Thomas - b. about 1677, probably England;
d. between Jan. 12 and Mar. 2, 1731/2, New Kent Co., VA.
- Elizabeth - b. about 1682, England; d. after 1728, New Kent
Co., VA. While her given name is recorded as Lucretia by Dr. Lorand Johnson and
Hinshaw, her name is Elizabeth in the Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting
original records. Married John JOHNSTON, Sr. (brother of William who married
Sarah MASSIE), who emigrated to VA before 1657, probably from
Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Children of Elizabeth and John JOHNSTON:
Agnes married William ELLYSON; John married Elizabeth ELLYSON;
Massie married Joseph CREW; Robert married Sarah ELLYSON; Ashley
married Martha WOODY; Thomas married Constantia JOHNSON; Charles
married Sarah CREW; Margery married William WRIGHT; Benjamin
married Mary MOORMAN (reportedly ancestors, through son John,
of President Lyndon JOHNSON); and Capt. James married Lucy MOORMAN.
- Charles - b. about 1686, England (or New Kent Co., VA?);
d. after Jun. 14, 1749, New Kent Co. VA. Vestryman in St. Peter's
Parish from 1730-1746, Justice of the Peace in 1729, 1734, and
again on Jun. 14, 1749. Married in 1705, New Kent Co., VA, Ann
MACON, daughter of Gideon MACON and Martha WOODWARD. <Martha
MACON, sister of Ann, married Orlando JONES, and their daughter
Frances JONES married John DANDRIDGE and became mother of Martha
(DANDRIDGE) CUSTIS WASHINGTON. Refer to Leaders
In-Law chart.> Children of Charles and Ann: Ann; Elizabeth
married John MOSS; Charles; Thomas married Susannah HOLLAND,
who married second William PERKINS; Gideon; Peter married Ann;
David married Ann; Mary; James; Nathaniel married first Elizabeth
WATKINS, and second Ann CLARKE; and Cecelia.
Capt. Thomas and Mary (Walker) Massie
Thomas MASSIE - b. about 1677, probably England; d.
between Jan. 12 and Mar. 2, 1731/2, New Kent Co., VA. Son of Peter Massie and Penelope Cooper-Massie. In
records of St. Paul's Parish, New Kent Co., VA, 1720, he appears
as "Capt. Thomas Massey." An officer in the New Kent
Co. Militia, vestryman for St. Peter's Parish from 1704, member
of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1722-1726), and Justice of
the Peace for New Kent Co. in 1726 and 1729. At his death he held
4000 acres on Lyttle Byrd Creek in what is now Goochland Co.,
VA, that had previously been granted to his father Peter, and
was subsequently claimed by brother John. Perhaps married first
in 1698, Martha MACON, who must have died soon since he married
Mar. 23, 1698/9, New Kent Co., VA.
Mary WALKER - b. about 1681. Daughter of William
WALKER and Elizabeth WARREN.
Children of Thomas and Mary Massie
- Peter - bap. Apr. 14, 1700, New Kent
Co., VA; d. after 1762, apparently in Goochland Co., VA.
- Elizabeth - Married about 1721, New Kent Co., VA, Thomas
PINCHBACK. Children: William; Mary; Thomas; Sarah; Elizabeth;
John married Frances Ann; and Ann.
- Mary - bap. Apr. 6 1705, New Kent Co., VA; d. young.
- Married John P. SMITH (b. about 1686, New Kent Co., VA; d. 1746,
Hanover Co., VA). Daughter of Sarah and John SMITH: Sarah married
- James - bap. May 16, 1708, New Kent Co., VA. Married Elizabeth
FERRILL. Children: Thomas mentioned in uncle William's 1751 will.
- Cecelia - d. 1737, Hanover Co., VA; bur. Massie Plantation.
Death notice from the Dec. 9, 1737 Virginia Gazette: "Mrs.
Cecelia Darracott, wife of Captain John Darrcott, died at his
house in Hanover, and was interred in New Kent at her father,
Mr. Thomas Massie's plantation."
- Agnes - b. New Kent Co., VA; d. young Nov. 5, 1718.
- Thomas - b. Aug. 2, 1716, New Kent Co., VA; d. 1789, probably
in Goochland Co., VA. Reported to have been a physician.
- William - b. May 28, 1718, New Kent Co., VA; d. Jun. 15,
1751, New Kent Co., VA. Lived in New Kent and Hanover Counties.
Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1748-9. Captain in the New
Kent County Militia. His will was written in 1749 and probated
in 1751. Married Nov. 20, 1740, Martha MACON (b. Aug. 12, 1722;
d. Aug. 8, 1759), daughter of William MACON and Mary HARTWELL.
Martha married second Col. Richard BLAND of Prince George Co.,
VA, on Jan. 1, 1759. Col. Richard was brother of Mary (BLAND)
LEE, great grandmother of Gen. Robert E. LEE. Refer to Leaders
In-Law chart. Children: William married first Elizabeth PINCHBACK,
and second Ann CHAMBERLAIN (COBBETT according to bible record);
and Maj. Thomas married Sarah 'Sally' COCKE.
- Mary - b. Jan. 1719/20, New Kent Co., VA. Living in 1733.
- John - b. Oct. 3, 1721, New Kent Co., VA; d. 1746. Unmarried.
- Charles - b. 1727; d. 1817, Albemarle Co., VA. Not reported
as a son of Thomas and Mary by one source. Settled in Albemarle
Co in 1761, Captain in 6th VA Reg't in Rev. War, and founder
of "Old Spring Valley" Plantation near Heards, Albemarle
Co., VA. A DAR lineage gives Charles' service as Sgt. in Capt.
Thomas GASKIN's Company, Charles SCOTT's 5th Battalion, Albermarle
Co., VA. Married Mary DAVIS. Sons: Charles married Nancy DAVIS;
John married Susannah WRIGHT; and Thomas married Lucy DAVIS,
sister of Nancy.
Peter and Ann Massie
Peter MASSIE - bap. Apr. 14, 1700, St. Peter's Parish,
New Kent Co., VA; d. after 1762, apparently in Goochland Co.,
VA. Son of Thomas MASSIE and Mary WALKER.
Grantor of lands in Goochland County in 1756 and stated to be
"of Gloucester County." Deeded 9 slaves to Gideon MOSS
in Goochland County in 1762 and stated to be "of Henrico
County." Possibly more than one Peter MASSIE is represented
by these records.
Children of Peter and Ann Massie
- William - d. about 1797, Goochland Co., VA. Estate inventoried
in 1797 in Goochland Co., VA. Married first before 1760, Agnes
NELSON ANDERSON, and second Frances ADAMS in Goochland Co., VA.
Children: John married Judith MOSS; Molly; Nancy; Benjamin married
Elizabeth LOVEJOY; Betty; Frankie; and Charles.
- Sylvanus - b. Apr. 8, 1738, St. Peter's
Parish, New Kent Co., VA; bap. there May 26, 1738; d. after 1786,
Campbell Co., VA.
- Thomas - Mentioned in uncle William's will of 1751.
Sylvanus and Hannah (Ragland) Massie
Sylvanus MASSIE - b. Apr. 8, 1738, New Kent Co., VA;
bap. May 26, 1738, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., VA; d. after
1786, Campbell Co., VA. Son of Peter Massie
and Ann. In Buckingham Co., VA in 1774, but in Campbell Co.,
VA in 1781 when he furnished supplies to the Continental Army.
Married first Oct. 3, 1757, St. James Northam Parish, Goochland
Co., VA, to Hannah RAGLAND by Rev. William Douglas. Married second
after 1772, Mary ANDERSON HUDSON, daughter of Hugh ANDERSON, widow
of Simon HUDSON, Sr., and mother of Frances 'Fannie' HUDSON MASSIE,
wife of Thomas B. MASSIE.
Hannah RAGLAND - b. Mar. 26, 1738/9, St. Peter's Parish,
New Kent Co., VA; bap. there Apr. 22, 1739. Daughter of John
and Judith RAGLAND.
Children of Sylvanus and Hannah Massie
- Thomas - b. Dec. 26, 1758, St Peter's
Parish, New Kent Co., VA; bap. there Feb. 4, 1759; d. Aug. 19,
1835, Sangamon Co., IL.
- Sylvester (or Sylvanus) - b. about 1760, Buckingham Co.,
VA; d. 1808, Madison Co., KY. In KY by 1800. He or his son was
commissioned an Ensign in 35th Regiment of Militia in 1802 and
was a Capt. in the War of 1812. Sons: Sylvanus married Peggie
COLLINS; and Thomas.
- John - Married Polly DIAL, daughter of Edward and Betsy DIAL.
Militia Lt. in Harrison Co., KY in 1797. Moved to Warrick Co.,
IN before 1836. Sons: Thomas B. married Elizabeth A. CAMPBELL;
James; Silvanus possibly married Jane FARMER; John B. married
Belinda HUNSAKER; and James B.
Thomas and Frances 'Fannie' (Hudson) Massie
Thomas MASSIE - b. Dec. 26, 1758, St Peter's Parish,
New Kent Co., VA; bap. there Feb. 4, 1758/9; d. Aug. 19, 1835,
Sangamon Co., IL; bur. there in Morgan Cemetery. His grave
gives death date as Aug. 19, 1835, but certified statements in
his Estate Probate File give his death as "on or about Aug.
18, 1835." He was the son of Sylvanus
MASSIE and Hannah RAGLAND. By 1800 Thomas moved to Montgomery
Co., KY, and in 1828 to Sangamon and Pike Co., IL. He was "A
Spy among the Shawnees" during the Revolution, and private
under Capt. Robert Adams and Col. John Lynch in the Virginia militia
from Sep. 1780, and served under Capt. George CRABTREE, Capt.
CORRAN and Maj. LEWIS from May 21, 1781 to Sep. 1781 [NSDAR National
No. 113678]. Thomas received a pension for his service late in
life. Several biographical sketches state that Thomas also served
in the War of 1812 [positive evidence is being sought]. The probate papers for the
estate of Thomas MASSIE (Illinois Regional Archives Depository,
Accession #4/0274/01, Probate Court, Estate Record #229) name
all of his children. Married first about 1781, probably in Bedford
Co., VA. Married second Rebekah COLLYER (d. Sep. 7, 1835, Sangamon
Co., IL; bur. there in Morgan Cemetery), whose name is also found
spelled Rebecca in family papers.
Frances 'Fannie' HUDSON - b. about 1760, VA; d. Jun.
25, 1802, Montgomery Co., KY. Fannie's death date has also been
reported as "about 1793." Daughter of Simon
HUDSON and Mary ANDERSON, and step sister to her husband when
her widowed mother married Sylvanus MASSIE.
Note: The death date for Fannie, the order and birth years
of some children, and the division of the children between the
two wives of Thomas Massie is uncertain.
Children of Thomas and Frances Massie
- William B. - b. about 1782; d. after 1810 Montgomery Co.,
KY census. Son: William married Nancy A. LEWIS.
- Jonathan - b. 1785; d. after 1840 Bourbon Co., KY census.
Married in 1817, Madison Co., KY, Mary McCORMICK(?). Sons: W.
W. married Anna COBERTY; and Franklin D. married Elizabeth KENNEY.
- Mary - b. June 14, 1789,
KY; d. Sep. 16, 1868, Pike Co., IL. Married William
- Absalom - b. about 1793; d. 1843, Dickson Co., TN. Married
in 1839, Dickson Co., TN, Milberry MATLOCK, daughter of William.
- John C. - b. Aug. 11, 1795, KY; d. 1853, MO. Served in the
War of 1812. Married first Aug. 13, 1815, in TN, Elizabeth FREEMAN
(b. about 1794; d. about 1836, Pike Co., IL), daughter of Howell FREEMAN and Elizabeth,
and sister of William R. After Elizabeth's death, John married
Mary SHAW. The MASSIE family lived in Sangamon Co., IL from 1828
to about 1833. Children of John and Elizabeth: Evaline; Perry
died as infant; Hudson died as infant; George Washington died
as infant; Thomas M. married Harriet MITCHELL, widow of his brother;
Sylvanus F. married Harriet MITCHELL; John C. died as infant;
Elizabeth O.; Amanda Melvina married James C. BOOTHE; and Rebecca
A. died at age 17. Children of John and Mary: Mellville D. 'Capt.
M. D.' married Mary E. MOREY; Menzo; Alexander; and Milton H.
- Hudson - b. about 1797; d. after 1840 Bourbon Co., KY census.
Married in 1825, Montgomery Co., KY, Cynthia McCORMICK.
- Sylvanus - b. Sep. 12, 1799, Montgomery Co., KY; d. Jun.
28, 1856, Sangamon Co., IL. Married Aug. 11, 1829, Sangamon Co.,
IL Sarah MALTBY, daughter of Jesse. Sons: Absalom and William.
Five other children.
- Frances J. - b. Jun. 25, 1802, Montgomery Co., KY; d. 1877,
Sangamon Co., IL. She was a member of the Baptist Church and
died in the home of her son James H. RALSTON. Married Sep. 13,
1825, Montgomery Co., KY William RALSTON (b. May 20, 1796, Montgomery
Co., KY; d. Oct. 17, l851, Sangamon Co., IL), son of William
RALSTON and Nancy McCLURE. Frances and William moved to Sangamon
Co., IL in 1828, after the birth and death of their first child.
They settled just south of Farmingdale. Children: Martha died
at age 3; Mary E. married Thomas HESSEY; Emily M. married Jacob
J. BROWN; William Thomas died unmarried; John Henry died unmarried;
Nancy A. married Daniel TAYLOR; James H. married Maria INGELS;
and Charles S. married Clara A. CONKLIN.
Children of Thomas and Rebekah Massie
- Thomas - b. 1810, Montgomery Co., KY; d. TN. Twin to Jesse.
Thomas was educated as a physician, and was administrator for
brother Absalom's Estate. Unmarried. Thomas is not named in the
Probate records of his father, with reason being unknown.
- Jesse E. - b. 1810, Montgomery Co., KY. Twin to Thomas. A
teacher in the Scott Co., KY 1850-1870 censuses. Married Mathena
(b. about 1814). Mathena is listed in the 1850 cnesus of Scott
Co., KY with Jesse, but she does not appear with him in the 1860
census. In the 1870 census of the county, Ann (b. about 1829)
is listed with him, presumably his second wife. Children: James
W.; George W. married Sarah A.; John T.; Eliza J.; Mandeville
married Martha A.; Amanda E.; Mary S.; Malvina M.; Milus possibly
died young; L. Lewelly (son); and Sarah E.
- Martha - b. Feb. 1, 181_, Montgomery Co., KY; d. Hancock
Co., IL. Married Jul. 14, 1829, Sangamon Co., IL Thomas MORGAN
(b. Hamilton Co., OH; d. Hancock Co., IL), son of Thomas MORGAN
and Elizabeth (BELL) BUTLER. Thomas MORGAN, husband of Martha,
was appointed Administrator of the estate of her father Thomas
MASSIE on Sep. 14, 1835 by James Adams, Judge of Probate for
Sangamon County, with final settlement made on mar. 11, 1839.