Person:John Semple (17)

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Name John Semple
Gender Male
Birth[5] 17 Oct 1727 Dreghorn, Ayrshire, Scotland Hereditary Sempill Lords of Blackburn, Kirkhouse, and Long Dreghorn & Clan Sempill
Marriage 17 Jan 1761 Virginiato Elizabeth Walker
Death? Feb 1770 King and Queen, Virginia, United States

John Semple of Scotland and Virginia, d. c. 1770S8

  • John came to King and Queen County, Virginia from Scotland after 1753.
The Virginia Gazette, October 11, 1770:
"To be SOLD, for ready money, on Wednesday, the 21st November, if fair, if not the next fair day, at the dwelling house of John Semple, deceased, in the county of King & Queen, ALL the estate of the said John Semple, consisting of 1200 acres of land, more or less, subject to the dower of Elizabeth Semple, his widow, in the whole, to the dower of Joanne Prince, widow of Francis Prince, deceased, in 150 acres, part thereof; and for the life of Sarah Roberts, widow, in 50 acres, another part thereof. There is on the said land a convenient dwelling house and all other convenient outhouses built since the year 1764; a large apple and peach orchard [cannot read an entire line] Isabel Thomas, at the rent of 10[cannot read] per annum, seven years of her lease yet unexpired; the other two in the possession and tenure of [cannot read first name] Walden [cannot read one word] and James Walden his son, tenants at will. Also 13 Negroes, variety of good household and kitchen furniture of all sorts, too tedious here to mention; flocks of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs; taken in execution by virtue of a decree of the Honourable General Court, against the said John Semple, for and on account of his the said Semple becoming security for Philip Rootes, late sheriff of the said county, for non-payment of the taxes due to his Majesty in the years 1765 and 1766. The sale will be continued till all are sold, by the SHERIFF. WILLIAMSBURG, October 4, 1770."
There is a manuscript at the Library of Virginia entitled, "History of the Semple Family of Scotland and America." It was written/compiled by Elizabeth Hawes Ryland of Richmond in 1950. The first half of the document contains portions of an interview from the summer of 1900 with Mrs. Adeline Semple Bradford of Springfield, Illinois, daughter of John Walker Semple and Lucy Robertson. There is also a copy of a manuscript made be a hired researcher from that time period about the Semple family in Scotland. This document takes the family back hundreds of years with no source citation. There is also a portion of Ryland's manuscript produced from her own research. Finally there are transcripts of a few letters, including one from "Eliza Pettus."
According to Ryland's manuscript, the graveyard at the Semple home in question,"Rose Mount," was plowed under and destroyed before 1900. No stones or their fragments remained at that time.

John Semple

  • 1744 - Graduate of The University of Glasgow with a Master of Arts
"Filius V. Rendi Magi St. Jacobi Semple V.D.M. in parochia de Long Dreghorn in Com. de Air"
Translated Latin to English reads:
"The Son of the Wise Men asked in the question, Or, The son of the Master asked. James Semple (V.D.M. - Verbi Dei Minister, Latin for Preacher of God's Word) in the parish of Long Dreghorn in the county. Of the Air"
Countries of Association: Ireland
Source
Addison 1727-1897 - Matriculation Album
William Innes Addison (1857-1912) was a University administrator who became Registrar in 1911. He published four important books on the history of the University and its students.
  • His preaching in the Dreghorn Parish Church ended c. 1753. He was succeeded by Alexander McVey.
References
  1.   Semple, William Alexander. Genealogical history of the family Semple from 1214 to 1888. (Washington [District of Columbia]: L.C. Photoduplication Service, 1985?), Page 29 thru 38.

    Kirkhouse Semple
    Page 30 - Semple & Walker

  2.   Addison, W. Innes (William Innes). The matriculation albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728-1858. (Glasgow [Scotland]: J. Maclehose, 1913).
  3.   Bagby, Alfred. King and Queen County, Virginia. (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1908), Page 378.

    This from Col. Fleet of Culver: Thos. Walker, ancestor of the distinguished Dr. Thos. Walker, and Riveses of Albemarle (see Thomas Walker (explorer)), and Gov. Thos. Walker Gilmer (see Thomas Walker Gilmer), was from K. & Q." - Semple, John and James S., were sons of Rev. James Semple of England. John settled in King and Queen, marrying a Miss Walker. There son, Robert B.A. Croghan[sic] Semple[recte] married Lucy Clark, and their son, Major Croghan, then a mere youth, held the fort at Sandusky against Gen. Proctor (see Henry Procter (British Army officer)) with a large force of Indians and whites. He also distinguished himself at Tippecanoe (see Battle of Tippecanoe).

  4.   Patrick Hogue (Samples). The Samples / Semples Family.

    This is the Semple Family from Long Dreghorn & Kirkhouse, Scotland

    Bagby, Alfred. King and Queen County, Virginia. (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1908), Page 378.

    This from Col. Fleet of Culver: Thos. Walker, ancestor of the distinguished Dr. Thos. Walker, and Riveses of Albemarle (see Thomas Walker (explorer)), and Gov. Thos. Walker Gilmer (see Thomas Walker Gilmer), was from K. & Q." - Semple, John and James S., were sons of Rev. James Semple of England. John settled in King and Queen, marrying a Miss Walker. There son, Robert B.A. Croghan[sic] Semple[recte] married Lucy Clark, and their son, Major Croghan, then a mere youth, held the fort at Sandusky against Gen. Proctor (see Henry Procter (British Army officer)) with a large force of Indians and whites. He also distinguished himself at Tippecanoe (see Battle of Tippecanoe).

    Arthur, Stanley Clisby; Charles Patton Dimitry; and George Campbell de Kernion. Old Families of Louisiana. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Harmanson, 1931), Pages 355, 361, 2009.

    Page 355 - Robert Semple, brother to Steele Semple -
    Page 361 - Robert Semple, a brother of Sarah Jane Semple who married Col. Thomas Butler (q. v.), was descended from the Semples of Kirkhouse, Scotland.

    Hereditary Sempill Lords of Blackburn, Kirkhouse, and Long Dreghorn & Clan Sempill

  5. Anderson, William Kyle. Donald Robertson and his wife Rachel Rogers of King and Queen County, Virginia: their ancestry and posterity : also a brief account of the ancestry of Commodore Richard Taylor of Orange County, Virginia, and his naval history during the War of the American Revolution. (Detroit, Mich.: unknown, 1900), Page 36, 37.

    Page 36, 37 – NOTE. – In this connection a brief account of her husband’s, John Walker Semple’s family, is appropriate.
    John and James Semple, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia from Scotland in 1752, were sons of the Rev. James Semple, minister of the Parish of Dreghorn. John and James were born there, John on October 17, 1727, and James on May 18th, 1730. Their father came of the family of Blackburn, Renfrewshire, and was lineally descended from the Semples of Elistoun, Lochwinwoch. Upon their arrival in Virginia, John settled at “Rose-Mount” farm, about three miles northeast of the village of Walkerton, Virginia, in King and Queen county. James went to New Kent county. John became a lawyer and married, January 17, 1761, Elizabeth Walker, by whom he had four children, viz., (1) John Walker Semple, (2) Elizabeth Baylor Semple, (3) James Semple, (4) Robert Baylor Semple. He died February, 1770, and his wife survived him twenty years. She died in May, 1790. They were buried at “Rose-Mount” farm, as was also their son, Robert Baylor Semple, who was a very distinguished Baptist preacher.
    James Semple , the brother of John, who, as stated above, settled in New Kent county, became a clergyman of the Church of England. He married Rebecca Allen, who bore him four children, one of whom, Judge James Semple, married Ann Countess Tyler, sister of President John Tyler.
    John Walker Semple, eldest child of John Semple and Elizabeth Walker, his wife, was born November 18, 1761. He was twice married, first to Frances Lowry, daughter of Colonel Thomas Lowry and sister of Mrs. Robert Baylor Semple, his brother’s wife, no issue; and second to Lucy Robertson, daughter of Donald Robertson, by whom he had nine children. He was a member of the Virginia General Assembly; removed in May, 1797, to Kentucky, and practiced his profession as a physician many years, but later in life devoted himself to farming. From 1804 to 1808 he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature. He died at Seventy Six, Kentucky in Clinton county, November 13th, 1820.

  6.   Walker, Rosa Kershaw; Pittman, Hannah Daviess. Americans of Gentle Birth and Their Ancestors: A Genealogical Encyclopedia ... Embracing Many Authenticated Lineages and Biographical Sketches of the Founders of the Colonies and Their Descendants found in all parts of the United States . (Saint Louis, Missouri: Buxton & Skinner, 1903), Vol. 1, Pages 242, 243.

    John Semple, eldest son, born October 17, 1727, emigrated to King and Queen Co., Va., 1752; married Elizabeth Walker, Baylor, 1761. Issue, John Walker Semple, Elizabeth Baylor, James, Robert Baylor.

  7.   Scott, Hew. Fasti Ecclesiæ scoticanæ: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation. (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1915-), Page 88.

    Page 88, Dreghorn - James Sempill, son of Robert S. of Kirkhouse of Bonhill; educated at Univ. of Glasgow; licen. By Presb. of Dunbarton 4th Aug. 1713; called 5th Dec. 1717; ord. 7th May 1718; died 9th Feb. 1752. He marr. (1) 9th July 1719, Dorothea (died June 1720), daugh. of John Edminston, merchant, Glasgow, and had issue – Robert, served heir 4th Feb. 1761: (2) 23 April 1722, Margaret (died 23rd Aug. 1758), daugh. of William Gemmil of Towerlands, and had issue – Janet, died 29th Dec. 1747; John, M.A. (Glasgow 1744); Dorothy, buried in Ramshorn Churchyard, Glasgow, 29th Nov. 1754; James, born 18th May 1730; George, born 27th Sept. 1737; Elizabeth, born 26 March 1743 – [Glasg. Marr. Reg.; Glasg. Tests.]

  8.   Virginia Family Tree, 6 Aug 2008[1].