Rev. Robert Baylor Semple, Sr.
- H. Rev. Robert Baylor Semple, Sr.1769 - 1831
- W. Lucy Clark1765 - 1838
Facts and Events
Rev. Robert Baylor Semple
- Pastor of Bruington, Virginia
for 39 Years.
- Rev. Robert Baylor Semple, Sr. had a sister, Elizabeth Baylor Semple, who was married to a Josiah Ryland of "Farmington" in King and Queen County. Elizabeth Baylor Semple was his first wife, and they were married only briefly, as she died the day after giving birth to their only child, William Semple Ryland. William Semple Ryland settled at "Roseville" in neighboring King William County. Joseph Ryland, one of Josiah Ryland's sons by a subsequent wife and William Semple Ryland's half brothers, married a Priscilla Courtney Bagby. They lived at "Marlborough" which was a tract parcelled off of "Farmington."
- Semple, Robert Baylor, and George William Beale. A history of the rise and progress of the Baptists in Virginia. (Richmond [Virginia]: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894).
A book written by Rev. Robert Baylor Semple
- Robert Baylor Semple, in Find A Grave.
- Page, Richard Channing Moore. Genealogy of the Page family in Virginia: also a condensed account of the Nelson, Walker, Pendleton and Randolph families; with references to the Byrd, Carter, Cary, Duke, Gilmer, Harrison, Rives, Thornton, Wellford, Washington and other distinguished families in Virginia. (New York: Jenkins & Thomas, 1883).
Walker Family - John Walker eldest son,...The Baptist minister, Robert B. Semple, father of Baylor Semple, who was the Whig editor of the old Fredericksburg Virginia News, was his descendant by his daughter.
- 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
- Semple, William Alexander. Genealogical History of the Family Semple: From 1214 to 1888. (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1888), Page 29 thru 38.
- HMdb.org The Historical Marker Database.
- Patrick Hogue (Samples). The Samples / Semples Family.
- 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.
- Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 1, Page 9., 01 Jan 1964.
Page 9 - The Fleet Family - The Fleet family in Virginia stems from one William Fleet, gent., of Chatham in Kent, a member of the Virginia Company under the third charter. Four of William’s younger sons – Edward, Reginold, John, and Henry—emigrated to Virginia in 1621 with their uncle Sir Francis Wyatt, later to be governor of the colony. While the first three brothers settled eventually in Maryland, Henry settled in Virginia, where he was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1652.
Captain William Fleet (1757 – 1833), a descendant of Henry Fleet, married Sarah Browne Tomlin, a young widow, and lived at Rural Felicity, where he was a lay representative in the Mattaponi Church
. He was a member of the Virginia Constitution Covention of 1788. In 1800 he acquired Goshen, which became the family home, from Spencer Roane
, a justice of the United States Supreme Court. After moving to Goshen, William Fleet became a member of the Bruington Baptist Church. Whether he was prompted by a desire to make a complete break from England in the form of the Anglican Church or whether he was influenced by his neighbor—and, later, son-in-law — Dr. Robert Baylor Semple, pastor of the Bruington church, is not clear. The family thenceforth seems to have remained loyal to the Baptist faith.
- Harris, Malcolm Hart. Old New Kent County: some account of the planters, plantations, and places in ... (West Point, Virginia: M.H. Harris, c1977).
- Harris, Malcolm. (Old) New Kent County, Virginia.