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Ruth (Unknown) Beall (abt. 1650 - abt. 1714)

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Ruth Beall formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in England or Marylandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Calvert County, Province of Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Prince George's County, Province of Marylandmap [uncertain]
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Profile last modified | Created 2 Dec 2016
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We know that Ninian Beall married a woman named Ruth. No credible documentation has been found regarding her birth place or parents.

Warning: Multiple Undocumented Sources!

Fielder M. M. Beall [1] gives her dates as 1652-1707 and her last name as Moore. daughter of Richard Moore of Richard Moore, Barrister of Saint Mary's County, and his wife Jane. No good sources have been found to confirm this. Regrettably, Fielder Beall's work, which has many errors, provides no documentation for this.

Ruth's surname name at birth is sometimes shown as Moore [2] No original sources have been found to confirm this.

Geni [3] presents the following information, none of which is documented with any source:

  • Surname of "Moore". Daughter of James Moore, Barrister (1622-1654) and Jane Pottenger. No sources are given for these parents. Moore was said to be a "Calvert County lawyer". There was no Calvert County during the period 1622 to 1654
  • Middle Name of "Polly". In this time period, people were rarely given middle names. "Polly" was often used as a nickname for "Mary," not for Ruth.
  • Born 1648, St. Mary's Parish, St. Mary's County. Maryland did not establish organized Parishes until 1692. At that time, two parishes were created in St. Mary's County, William and Mary Parish, and King and Queen Parish. [4]
  • Also married Hugh Robert, who is said to have died before 1668, which would make Ruth a widow at the age of 20 and her marriage to Ninian Beall a second marriage. No source or documentation is presented for this.
  • Died in Prince Georges or Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County was not created until 1776.

Please do not add information to this profile from these sources or from any sources which do not provide credible documentation.

1650 Birth and Parentage

Ruth is known only as the wife of Ninian Beall. No details have yet become available regarding her birth year, her birth name, or her parents.

Based on a statement of Ninian's in 1669 that he is now a married man, if she were aged 19 at the time her birth year would be 1650.

1669 Marriage to Ruth Unknown

Ninian Beall's land transaction on 20 Sep 1668 must have been one of his last as a bachelor, for in 1669 he stated, "I am a married man." [5]

His known wife was named Ruth. [6]

1706 Land Sale

On 28 Jun 1706 Ninian & Ruth sold 70 acres of Lewis Poynt in Prince Georges County to son Charles of Prince Georges County.

Ruth is mentioned in 1706 when "Col. Ninian and Ruth his wife deeded Negroes to sons Charles, Ninian, Thomas, John, George, and daughters Esther...[and] Jane. [5] Abstract of this transaction from Prince Georges County Land Records 185a-186a, Research of Nancy Pearre Lesure </ref> includes daughters Mary and Rachel but not Jane.

1714 Death

Ruth was living on 12 Sep. 1713 when she acknowledged a deed with her husband, but probably died before Ninian wrote his will. [7]

Research Notes

Was Ruth Unknown actually Ruth Moore?

No facts confirm that Ruth's family name was Moore.

The Beall Genealogical News reports that in 1668 Ninian married Ruth Moore b. 1652, daughter of [[[Moore-33634|Richard Moore]] , planter and barrister of Calvert County and Jane (Foster) of Calvert County. [8]

In 1708 James Moore, age about 62, referred to "his brother Ninian Beale." [9]

Based on that record, there have been claims that Ruth was a Moore, and sister to James. That is no evidence that Moore was her surname. If Ninian Beall and James Moore were "brothers"-in-law it could have been by:

1. Ninian BEALL's wife Ruth being a sister to James MOORE.
2. James MOORE's wife Mary being a sister to Ninian BEALL.
3. Their wives being sisters to each other, surname unknown.[7]

There have also been claims that James and Ruth were children of Richard Moore and wife Jane. There is no evidence that Richard Moore had children named James or Ruth. In 1654, [when James would have been about age 8, see above], Jane, widow of Richard Moore, stated she had sons Richard, Roger, and Timothy. [10] Since Richard and Jane had no son named James, even if Ruth was a Moore and sister to James, they would not have been children of Richard and Jane.[7]

Richard Moore is said to have arrived in Maryland 1652 with Ruth and other daughters but no James Moore.


  1. Fielder M. M. Beall, Colonial Familes of the United States Descended from the Immigrants...Beall. By the Author, Washington, DC, 1929, page 48
  2. Find a Grave Entry for Ruth Moore.
  3. Geni. Ruth Polly Moore Added by: Kevin Lawrence Owens on July 3, 2007. Managed by: James Michael McCullough, Jr. and 69 others. Curated by:Dan Cornett. Accessed Jan 3, 2018 jhd
  4. Percy C. Skirvin. The First Parishes of the Province of Maryland, 1923 (Baltimore: Clearfield Reprint, 1994), p. 108
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nettie Leitch Major, "Ninian Beall (1625-1717) in MGS Bulletin, Vol 20:3 (Summer 1979), pp 214-216,
  6. Prince George's Co., MD land records C:185a-186a, FHL microfilm 0,014,247.Research of Fredric Z. Saunders. Ninian Beall of Maryland Accessed Jan 3, 2018. jhd
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fredric Z. Saunders. Ninian Beall of Maryland Accessed Jan 3, 2018. jhd
  8. Beall Genealogical news, Volume 11, 1991
  9. Debbie Hooper, Abstracts of Chancery Court Records of Maryland 1669-1782, (Westminster, MD: Family Line Pub., 1996), 16. Research of Fredric Z. Saunders. Ninian Beall of Maryland Accessed Jan 3, 2018. jhd
  10. Archives of Maryland 10:395. Research of Fredric Z. Saunders. Ninian Beall of Maryland Accessed Jan 3, 2018. jhd

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On 3 Jan 2018 at 08:42 GMT Jack Day wrote:

There is a significant amount of undocumented information about Ninian Beall's wife Ruth, especially on sites like Find a Grave and Geni. Please do not add information to this profile without identifying credible sources. Links to possible parents are provided in the narrative, but I have removed the links in the data field. We simply do not know who her parents were.

On 13 Jul 2017 at 00:00 GMT Robert Moore II wrote:

I'm a descendant of James Moore (supposedly born in 1624, but I'm skeptical), and I'm finding low centimorgan matches with some descendants from Ninian and Ruth Beall, on Chromosome 6, where I typically find Moore kin. I recall the 1708 reference to Ninian, by James Moore, as his brother, and this might suggest brother-in-law. That said, however, Early Colonial Settlers of Maryland seems to suggest that Richard, father of Ruth, was brother to James. As I'm skeptical of James being born in 1624/25, and considering the reference to Ninian as "brother", I'm inclined to lean to the thought that Ruth and James may have been siblings... especially when we consider the autosomal DNA.

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