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Trouble Enough Tract, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Source of the Tract

The tract called Trouble Enough bordered Bennetts Creek in the area of Upper Montgomery County that became known as "Lewisdale."

The tract name is still used in property descriptions by the County taxation authorities. Two addresses -- 25230 and 25300 on Clarksburg Road are shown to be part of the Trouble Enough tract. [1]

Two Different Tracts Named Trouble Enough?

I am wondering now if there were two tracts called "Trouble Enough." I found information in the Frederick Co. land records (No. 22, survey record HGO1, p. 15)of a resurvey done Aug. 25, 1784, for Henry Baker of Frederick Co., of two tracts: "Charles' Choice" (originally surveyed for Charles Wood, 1755)and "Good Range" (originally surveyed for Philip Wright, 1751). This resurvey, by Samuel Duvall, corrects boundary errors in previous surveys and gives the name of the resulting tract of 148 acres as "Trouble Enough."[2]

Trouble Enough in Lewisdale

Alexander Beall to Daniel Lewis

Following is what I have on Alexander Beall's "Trouble Enough" in Frederick County, which does not appear to be the same tract mentioned above, but an entirely different one:

  • On March 19, 1774 (Fred. Co. Land Office, V:159), John Beall obtained from Alexander (B-WILLSIMP-1/G1742) and Elizabeth Beall, "Trouble Enough," part of "Long Look'd For."
  • Alexander Beall and John Beall were the witnesses to Daniel Lewis' will in 1781. (MCW B:220 4 Sep 1781 - 1:190 11 Jun 1787).
  • On Oct 14, 1789, John Beall paid £300 to Alexander Beall (B-WILLSIMP-1/G1742) of Montgomery County for 50 acres of Cecil's Chance and 40 acres of "Trouble Enough." (MCLR D:278).] Alexander Beall's wife, Elizabeth, waived her dower.
  • Daniel Lewis' will, dated Sept. 4, 1781, and probated June 11, 1787, in Montgomery County, names his wife, Margaret, and four of his children: Jeremiah, Margaret, Drusilla and Rezin, and leaves tract "Trouble Enough" in Frederick Co. to son Jeremiah.
  • This "Trouble Enough" was apparently part of an older survey on a larger tract, "Long Look'd For." In reference to this tract, no mention is made of "Charles' Choice" or "Good Range" and I have no record (yet) of any land transaction regarding "Trouble Enough" between Henry Baker and Daniel Lewis or Alexander Beall.[3]

I have in my papers my grandmother found that Trouble Enough Indeed was owned by the Beall family as were many other pieces of property. I am a descendent of John Beall. I believe he married Margaret Hanson. They had a son, Hezekiah who married Priscill Keith. They had a daughter, Mary Ann who married Josiah Watkins. Their son Alburn Hezekiah married Sara Janette Broadhurst. Their daughter Ora Dale Watkins married Hiram Dorsey Musgrove (my grandparents). Their son Hiram Dale Musgrove married Naomi Lee Haynes and they are my parents. Any possibility we are related through the Watkins family? [4]

12 Nov 1779 [5] Alexander Beall, b. G1742, planter, son of William Beall of Long Lookt For, sells to Daniel Lewis, 305A Trouble Enough and 10A Close Tract, graveyard excepted, for £300; Alexander's wife Elizabeth concurs. Tracts were located on Bennets Creek.

Same transaction recorded 19 Nov 1779 (FCLO A:394); Alexander Beall of Montgomery County sells for £300 to Daniel Lewis of Montgomery County "all that tract of land called "Trouble Enough"...lying in Montgomery Co....beginning at a White Oak standing on the South Side of Maple Branch a draft of Bennets Creek...containing and now laid out for three hundred and five acres...also one other tract of land lying and being in Montgomery Co....called the "Gleve"(?) tract (Close Tract?) beginning at a white oak standing near a creek called (Halther?) Bennetts Creek.. Elizabeth Beall wife of Alexander Beall waived dower.

A great-grandaughter of Daniel, Aletha Ann Lewis, later (12 Dec 1823) m. Elisha, a son of William Simpson Beall,

Trouble Enough first patented by Alexander Beall and later owned (in whole or part) by Daniel Lewis, b. 1715 in Prince Georges County, d. 1787 in Montgomery Co. Daniel Lewis' will, witnessed by Alexander and John Beall, leaves part of "Trouble Enough" to his oldest son, Jeremiah Lewis, b. March 30, 1745, in Prince Georges Co., d. Nov 22, 1822 in Montgomery Co. [6]

I do know the Bealls and Lewises hung out together, and descendants intermarried, but I can't find references to Lawson or Sherlock intermarrying with these particular lines. The only Lewis-Lawson connection I could find was the one I mentioned in response to your query about Eveline Lawson: re Charles Lewis m. Leanna Lawson, daughter of James Uriah Lawson and Catherine E. Turner. Charles Lewis and Leanna Lawson are presented in the "unclassified" section of Wm. Hurley's "Lewis families" book, but then so is my grandmother, Willie Lewis (m. Howard Hanford Watkins), who is a direct descendant of Daniel Lewis mentioned above. [7]

Daniel Lewis rode with Capt. George Beall's Troop of Horse in 1748, in Prince George's County (before it was split off into Frederick County, and before Montgomery County was "born." I found many names of his friends, relatives and associates in "Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774." [8]

1783 Tax Assessment

In the 1783 Tax Assessment for Montgomery County, Maryland [9] Trouble Enough appears with the following owners:

  • Alexander Beall. Trouble Enough, pt, 162 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 22. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • John Beall. Trouble Enough, pt, 124 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 22. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • William Harvey, Jr. Trouble Enough, pt, 39 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 22. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Jeremiah Lewis. Trouble Enough, pt, 155 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 22. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Mary Lewis. Trouble Enough, pt, 155 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 22. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Thomas Swearingham. Trouble Enough, pt, 122 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 24. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51

Sherlock and Lawson

In 1797 James Sherlock willed to my ggg grandfather (James D. Lawson) two tracts of land (Trouble Enough, 124 acres and Mount Prospect, 101 acres) in Montgomery County. These tracts were in the vicinity of present day Kings Valley. In the will he named James Lawson as his son-in-law (step-son). I'm trying to establish the relationship of James Lawson to James Sherlock (need evidence of being son-in-law or step-son). [10]

Notes

References

  1. Property Tax List on Clarksburg Road
  2. Laura Lewis, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 20 March 2000. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  3. Laura Lewis, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 20 March 2000. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  4. M. K. Machiel, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 12 Oct3 2005. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  5. Abstract, MCLO A:394, M. Co. Hist Soc
  6. Laura Lewis, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 14 March 2000. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  7. Laura Lewis, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 14 March 2000. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  8. Laura Lewis, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 14 March 2000. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx
  9. 1783 Tax Assessment Accessed July 20, 2017 jhd
  10. Carty Lawson, Ancestry Discussion Boards, 10 April 2002. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.maryland.counties.montgomery/889.902.901.908/mb.ashx

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Related: Luther King Farm and Grist Mill Site are located very near this area, "being part of the tract known as Trouble Enough Indeed. ... Luther King operated a whiskey distillery that was located at the end of Kingstead Road, at Burnt Hill Road and Little Bennett Creek." 11711 Kingstead Road, Clarksburg, Maryland. See: https://mht.maryland.gov/secure/medusa/PDF/Montgomery/M;%2011-11.pdf

"Trouble Enough Indeed," granted to Thomas Whitten, in 1761, contains two thousand four hundred and ninety-two acres [2,492], lies between Clarksburg and Damascus, and embraces the lands near King's Distillery. Source: p47 The history of Montgomery County, Maryland: from its earliest settlement in 1650 to 1879 by Boyd, T. H. S. (Thomas Hulings Stockton) 1879 (https://cdn.website-editor.net/020d9c979f77483189db333592c7de7f/files/uploaded/History%2520of%2520Montgomery%2520County%252C%2520Maryland.pdf)

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