The son of Marquis De Calmes and Isabella Elliche. Marquis De Calmes and his wife Isabella arrived in Virginia between 1696 and 1700. Son, Marquis Calmes II, was born in Stafford County, Virginia in 1705. He was educated in France, returned to Virginia about 1723, and lived for a while in Williamsburg. He married Winnifred Waller in 1725 and in 1734 they left Stafford County for land west of the Blue Ridge. They eventually settled in the Shenandoah Valley, in the part of Frederick County that eventually became Clarke County. In 1747, Marquis Calmes secured one of the Minor Grants for Land West of the Great Mountains, which Lord Fairfax confirmed by a deed when he took up his abode at Greenway Court. That tract was Calmes Neck. Marquis II was a leading citizen, holding office in the county government as well as in his parish. When Frederick County was organized in 1743, Marquis II was appointed one of the original twelve justices, and served until 1753. He was a church warden of Frederick Parish in 1746 and several succeeding years. He was commissioned a Captain in the militia against the Indians and attained the rank of Major in the Virginia Militia during the French and Indian War. Marquis II and Winnifred lived on the Vineyard Plantation (the main house of which is on Route 621, across the river south from the Calmes Neck recreation area, now owned by Charles Burwell). The 1747 deed shows a Calmes house across the river west of Calmes Neck, on land more recently owned by Richard Plater. Plater claimed to have found the foundation of such a building. There is no record of Calmes leasing or owning any part of Vineyard Plantation, which was then owned by Robert Carter. Marquis II is thought to have caused the planting of the vineyard on the Plantation, which was the first vineyard planted west of the Blue Ridge. Marquis II had considerable land holdings in addition to Calmes Neck. In 1741 he purchased 108 acres in Stafford County. He and others were granted 60,000 acres on the Monongahela River in what is now West Virginia. In addition, Marquis II owned a lot in Winchester when it was laid out in 1753, as did George Washington. On at least one occasion, Marquis II employed Washington to conduct a survey. Marquis Calmes II, served as a Major in the Virginia Colonial Militia along side a young 21 year old Major George Washington. Major Marquis Calmes died in 1755 as the main French & Indian War of 1755-’63 began and he was buried on the Vineyard Plantation next to his wife. A century later, Winnifred’s tombstone was moved to Old Chapel Cemetery, but that of Marquis was beyond repair, not moved, and lost to history. His wife’s marker is the oldest marker at the old stone chapel near Millwood, Virginia. This chapel is marked as the oldest Episcopal Church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The old chapel is located just down the road from the old Burwell-Morgan Mill that was co-owned and run by Revolutionary War Heroes Colonel Nathaniel Burwell and General Daniel Morgan. If there is a place on this planet that I feel I’m magically drawn to, … like a salmon drawn to it spawning grounds, it is the white-water creek known as "Spot Run" that runs off from the sluice of this mill, and the old farm homes that surround it. Marquis and Winifred Calmes had several children. My lineal ancestor was William Calmes who served as a Lieutenant in the Virginia Continental Line under General Washington, (William’s brother Marquis also served in the Revolution and was a Major in the Virginia Continental Line under General Washington, and later a General during the War of 1812 before settling in Kentucky .)
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