Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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TTT William Maul & Thomas Browne m. Christian (Maule?)

with 15 comments

By my research, Thomas Browne was born about 1659 and died 1718.  William Maule shows up in NC about 1710… he dies 1726.  In that same year, 1710, Thomas Pollock refers to Maule as a “young gentleman”.  The idea that Maule had a daughter that married Browne has a bit of a fishy smell in my nose.

The good folks at Virginia Historical Society seemed to think there was a Maule wife for Thomas Brown… I disagree obviously, but here is some info about Thomas Brown’s son Howell… (their first suspicion for a wife was “Howell”)  ?  I am firmly of the opinion that the wife of Thomas Browne WAS the daughter of Howell.  So I give credit to the lonely soul that looked at the records. 


Brown_Gen notes

brown_nairn 1944paper

From Hofmann’s Deeds…1696-1723…

If Maule did marry the widow of Thomas Browne… then he was a plagiarist.  He was married to Penelope Galland, the step daughter of the Governor in 1719.



A commenter friend (Rogers Smith) found a compelling deed to argue that the widow Christian Browne remarried to James Denton.  Denton had property very near Thomas Browne (if not actually adjoining).

Bell, Colonial Bertie County, NC, Deed Books A-H, 1720-1757, Page 45

B 321   James DENTON and wife CHRISTIAN to Capt. John Spier   Dec. 7, * .  180 pds.  for 580 A. on SS Morattock River according to patent dated  April 6, 1722      Wit:  Thomas Bryan, Peter West.  Nov. ct. 1727

Deed Book A, 127
11 May 1723 – THOMAS BROWN (BROWNE) and wife, JANE, to JAMES DENTON, 12 pounds, for 240 acres on N side Pattacasie Branch of Moherrin Creek by patent
dated 30 Aug. 1714. Witness: ROBERT BRASSWELL, JOHN BROWN. May Court 1723

(this would be the son of Thomas Browne Sr)


An online scan of Maule’s will and also his brother Patrick can be found here:

Along with the wills can be found numerous accounts of estate papers… unfortunately it does not answer my question of a daughter Christian.  Or perhaps it obviously shows that he DID NOT have a daughter by that name.


Concerning such a well known fellow such as William Maule, his appearance in North Carolina only involves 16 years.  In 1710 he is recommended by soon-to-be War Governor Thomas Pollock to the soon-to-be murdered John Lawson for a surveyor gig.  He gets the job and in a mere few months is found offending the delicate sensibilities of none other than Philip Ludwell of Virginia who is rightiously safeguarding the interests of Virginia in the disputed border between the two colonies.  He apparently acquired the title of Colonel while commanding a troop of North Carolinians during the Tuscarora War. He serves as Deputy Surveyor, Surveyor General, Member of the Council, and Judge of the Admiralty when he wasn’t pocketing cash from accounts due to his father-in-law Gov. Eden.  He unceremoniously dies in 1726 which rudely interrupted Henry Baker in his prosecution of Maule… Baker apparently left to pay the court costs…ouch. 

No one seems to have a clue when or where this guy came from.  Grimes seems to think he may have been sired by some one of several Scottish castletrash… but even Grimes mistakes his arrival as 1711…

State of North Carolina, Secretary of State – J. Bryan Grimes

To Dr. Edward J. Wood – London, England

Providing information about a Dr. Brickell (1730).  Grimes requests information concerning Dr. Patrick Maule who came to U.S. in 1711 – son of Earl of Panmure.

February 6, 1920   (MS172  Wood Family Papers, The Collection has been designated Accession Number 172 of the Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections Department, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-3297.)


It appears to me that this simple SPECULATION of Grimes is responsible for the idea that these NC Maules were related to the Earl of Panmure……  can I say nonsense?

Dr. Patrick Maule was the brother of William Maule.  Dr. Maule seems to pretty much live and die hanging around the area of Bath town.  Not only was he capable with sharp knives, he was pretty skillful playing the real estate game also. (Having a brother dealing from the bottom of the deck undoubtedly helped.)

But back to William Maule showing up in 1710…

Letter from Thomas Pollock to John Lawson

Pollock, Thomas, 1654-1722

May 27, 1710

Volume 01, Pages 727-728

——————– page 727 ——————–

[From Pollock’s Letter Book.]


May 27th 1710

Mr Lawson

Almost ever since you left America I have been removed to Virginia, not being willing to live under a government I knew was altogether illegal, and to avoid occasion of difference; and I was glad to understand of your and Major Gale’s arrival from England, hoping that you may have brought some order’s, or at the least news of the settling of the Government. I doubt not you knew that upon Mr Porter arrival from England, with the instruments of writing from the Lords Proprietors superceeding Col. Cary, and giving all the power of Administration of the government to the President, that I was not present nor at the choosing Mr Glover President, neither at any other of their meetings, until your meeting at my house in may, after being about half a year having been sickly all that time, at which meeting at my house, I, being of opinion that Col. Cary had hard measure in seising his brigantine, endeavoured all I could to bring all matter to agreement, which I effected at that time; when Mr Glover was allowed of and confirmed President by Col. Cary, Mr Porter, and all the Council and proclamations issued out to command the obedience of all the people to [the] then established government, So that the consideration of the commission from the Lords Proprietors to the President, their being no other President they could direct to, neither they knowing of any other, and the first chosen by all the Deputys in the government but myself, and then the last confirmation by all the council, with the proclamation aforementioned, fully satisfyed me of President Glover’s right to the Presidentship. So that I was obliged by the oath of fidelity to the Lords Proprietors to obey President Glover’s lawful orders, and maintain the Lords Proprietors Government so far as lay in my power; and acted nothing but by the Presidents order. And I am conscious to myself that I acted for no particular interest of my own, for I could in all reason [have] Expected as much favour on any account from Col. Cary, if he had continued in the government, as from President Glover. But it was altogether on account of what I was obliged to do. And having acted so, I did not think it necessary to trouble the Lords Proprietors with letters from me who acted only under another as a great many others in the government did. Nothwithstanding all which precautions it seems some malicious persons, out of particular hatred they had to me, or rather to clear themselves of what they were guilty of, have endeavoured falsily to inform the Lords Proprietors that I was a cause of the late troubles.

Wherefore, Sir, not doubting, but you have some knowledge not only of what Mr Porter, Mr Moseley, and that party have writ to the Lords Proprietors, but also of the Lords Proprietors sentiments, and orders to their Governor, or Deputy Governor, thereanent, would earnestly intreat the favour of you to acquaint me with the whole matter, (if you be not obliged no ways to the contrary) and assure yourself, if you think it necessary, it shall be locked up in my breast, not to be divulged untill you please, and also your kindness in it shall be ingraven in my mind in indelible characters.

Also, Sir, I have another favour to beg of you. There being a young gentleman (the bearer hereof) one Mr Wm Maule on whom fortune hath frowned, having been twice taken by the French and lost very considerably, and being, I believe, very capable of surveying, (if you have not deputed any other in Albemarle county or at least in Chowan precinct) you will find him (if it lie within your conveniency to depute him) capable, diligent, and faithful, and it will be a very great obligation to

Yr St Sr

T. P.

Postcript Sir If you have not an opportunity to send me an answer by Mr Maule, (who, may be, will not have the opportunity of seeing you) send it to Mr. David Henderson’s, or to Robert West’s at Choan, where I doubt not of having it safe.


Maule as messenger…

Letter from Thomas Pollock to Edward Hyde

Pollock, Thomas, 1654-1722

August 29, 1710

Volume 01, Page 731

——————– page 731 ——————–

[From Pollock’s Letter Book.]


Blackwater August 29th 1710

Hond Sir

I humbly congratulate your safe arrival For having removed myself from North Carolina here in the borders of Virginia, because I would not live under a government I knew was altogether illegal, I have therefore earnestly wished for your Honour’s arrival, ever since I knew you were designed here, that the government being settled I might remove myself to my habitation, not doubting (by the great and good character you have) that you will settle our religion, lands, and liberties on such sure foundations, that they may never more be in danger to be insulted and and trodden down by Quakers, Atheist and Deists, and other evil disposed persons, and healing all our differences, distractions and disorders, encouraging trade, and protecting the people in all their just rights and privileges, you may be happy in performing so great and good a work, and the people happy under so good a Governor. The doubt of the certainty of your Honor’s being arrived, and the uncertainty to meet you hath hindered me from waiting on you at this time, but (God willing) intend to wait on you as soon as you arrive in North Carolina.

Hond sir John Ardeon! Esqr when last with me was thinking it would be more convenient to transports your goods this way by Choan river than by Curetucke, because of the shoals by the way of Curetucke. Wherefore if your Honor thinks convenient to transport them by Choan river, I have a small sloop at your service. I shall intreat your answer by the bearer, and if any way I can be searviceable to your Honor, you shall need but to command

Your Honor’s M: H. and O: St



Maule gets surveyor’s job…

Journal of Philip Ludwell and Nathaniel Harrison during the survey of the North Carolina/Virginia boundary

Ludwell, Philip, 1638?-1723?; Harrison, Nathaniel

April 18, 1710 – November 04, 1710

Volume 01, Pages 735-746

…At the Nansemond Town the Interpreter told us that when he went down to Wicocon Creek with a Nansemond Indian called Robin Tucker who was sent by the Indians to shew us the Creek on wch the Wyanoakes formerly lived, he called at one William Williams’s house, where he met with one Mr Maul (who is ye same person appointed by Mr Lawson to supply his place at our taking the Latitude) and that being sometime in the House and the Indian left without, as soon as he (the Interpreter) came out, the Indian told him, That man (meaning Mr Maul) was not good for he had been (persuading) him to deny that the Weyanoakes had lived on Wicocon Creek, & promised him two bottles of powder and a thousand shott to do it. Upon wch we examined the Indian charging him not to tell a ly of the Gentleman, & he assured us it was very ture. This Mr Maul is Mr Lawson’s Deputy Surveyor.


I must observe that Maule seems inept at bribery and particularly lacking in ability to even browbeat a poor Indian… apparently those attributes weren’t even necessary to qualify for lofty perches in Carolinian (dare I say) aristocracy. 

But note all of this still takes place in 1710 and I think a clue to Maules “arrival” in NC may be found in Pollock’s letter to Lawson where he mentions Maule:  “There being a young gentleman (the bearer hereof) one Mr Wm Maule on whom fortune hath frowned, having been twice taken by the French and lost very considerably, and being, I believe, very capable of surveying”

The bit about “twice taken by the French” makes me wonder if he perhaps served in the South Carolina campaign to St. Augustine. This was the time of Queen Ann’s War… Other than that guess, there may be one other clue in Pollock’s letter and that is “where they both were”, which I speculate, may have been John Cotton’s trading post at South Quay.

Queen Anne’s War

In North America, the war was mainly conducted by the colonists of England against those of France and Spain, with each side drawing on the support of allied native tribes, and also receiving some support in the form of naval expeditions. In the southeast, the English Province of Carolina mounted an expedition against St. Augustine in Spanish Florida that failed, and conducted numerous raids against Spanish-allied natives, decimating their population. The French and Spanish responded with an equally unsuccessful expedition against Charles Town, the Carolina capital.

Per Pollock’s letter…Almost ever since you left America I have been removed to Virginia… Postcript Sir If you have not an opportunity to send me an answer by Mr Maule, (who, may be, will not have the opportunity of seeing you) send it to Mr. David Henderson’s, or to Robert West’s at Choan, [Chowan] where I doubt not of having it safe.”   And in his second letter to Edward Hyde… addressed from Blackwater August 29th 1710″.   By inference, this also has William Maule in the area where the Chowan River meets the Blackwater River.

I’ve had considerable fun with the history but alas, my point of this is the “genealogy”.  In 1710 William Maule was arguably near where the Indian Trader John Browne and his possible son Thomas Browne lived. The theory goes that Thomas Browne married Christian Maule.  As best as I can figure this is the evidence leading to that conclusion:

William Maule, to Christian Brown, widow. Behalf of her two sons John and Edward Brown, upper half of 320 acres at Petacause Swamp; September 16, 1719. Test, Wm. Dowers, Thos. Jones.   Hathaway, Vol I, pg 105

This raises several puzzling questions:  Thomas Pollock referred to Maule as “a young gentleman”… yet he dies in 1726… He would have to be of an age to have a daughter “of age” to marry Thomas Browne when?  The circumstances point to a reasonable opportunity for the couple to have met.  Is it possible Maule was actually from Virginia? (I’ve found no records… but this is also a burned records area).

William Maule’s will fails to mention a daughter Christian and I have found no other records connecting the two.  To be honest, skeptic that I can be, this seems like pretty slim pickings to declare that she was his daughter simply from that deed reference.  Or is it a deed?… could it be a court decree protecting the legatee sons of Thomas Brown’s will?  They were underage at his death in 1718.

Maule, William. Bertie Precinct

February 25, 1726. March 30, 1726*. Wife: Penelope (plantations called Scotts Hall and Mount Galland). Daughter: Penelope Maule (“all the rest and residue of my Estate”). Brother and Executor: Patrick Maule. Witnesses: Robert Forster, John Nairn, Jams Eagles (?). Impression of head and Latin inscription on seal. Proven before Richard EVERARD.

* the date may be 1727 (calendar shift?)…. see below… apparently in October of 1726 Maule was causing grief for the Meherrin Indians (that is hard to do when you died months earlier)… or else the mail was running particularly slow.  Of course this begs the rather obvious question… were there 2 William Maules?

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council North Carolina. Council October 27, 1726 – October 28, 1726Volume 02, Pages 641-645

“This day was read at the Board the Petition of the Meherrin Indians shewing that they have lived and Peaceably Enjoyed the said Towne where they now live for such a space of time as they humbly concieve  Entitles them to an Equitable Right in the same that they have not only lived there for many years but long before there were any English Settlements near that place or any notion of Disputes known to them concerning the dividing bounds between this Country and Verginia and have there made large improvements after their manner for the better support and maintanance of themselves and Families by their Lawfull and Peaceable Industry Notwithstanding which Coll Wm Maule and Mr William Gray have lately intruded upon them and have Surveyed their sd Towne and cleared Grounds on pretence that it lye in this Government and that the sd Indians have allways held it as Tributaries to Verginia which is not so praying this Board to take them into their Protection as their faithful and Loyall Tributaries and to secure to them a Right & Property in the said Towne with such a convenient Quantity of Land adjoyning to it to to be laid off by meets and Bounds as to them shall seem meet”

Death of Maule…

Minutes of the General Court of North Carolina

North Carolina. General Court

March 29, 1726 – April 02, 1726

Volume 02, Pages 645-655

And now here at this day Vizl &c came the aforesayed Henry Baker by Thomas Jones his Attorney to prosecute his Appeall aforesayd from the Judgment of the Court held for Bertie Precinct; and William Maule the Appellee thō solemnly required came not. And it being fully understood by the Court here that the sayd William Maule Appellee departed this life at Bertie precinct aforesayd since the last continuance of the sayd Appeall Therefore it is considered that the sayd Appeall be dismist & that the Appellant pay the Costs alias Exon


Brown, Thomas.

24 April 1700.

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

Nansemond County.

Description: 220 acres on the East side of the Cabin swamp.

To all &c Whereas &c… grant unto Thomas Brown Two hundred and twenty acres… upper parish of Nansemond County on the East side of the Cabin Swamp beginning at a Pine by the Swamp Side and running thence South Easterly Sixty three degrees one hundred forty two pole to a pine thence south westerly seven Degrees two hundred thirty eight pole to a shrubby red oake thence North westerly Sixty three Degrees one hundred and seventy pole to a white oake standing in the aforesd swamp thence running up the sd swamp the several courses thereof and Bounding thereunto the first mentioned … pine…Transp…five persons…24, Apr 1700

Wm. Homes

Wm. Wolek

Eliz. Sawyer

John Rogers

Ursula Pery

transcribed: Marc Anderson 2010

The Suffolk Parish records show a mid-1700s map identifying a “Cabin Swamp” as a branch of Summerton Creek of the Chowan River, located in the southwestern part of Nansemond.

Thomas Browne moved from Nansemond and settled near the Potacasi Swamp just west of the Chowan River and south of the Meherrin River. He died 1718. He left ALL his children under age (with the possible exception of daughter Sarah who married Daniel McDaniel). All of which points to his marriage to Christian likely happening at or before 1700. Note these two deeds which concern the William Maule who is purported by some to be the father?/husband? of Christian Brown:

Chowan Bk W #1, Hofmann

#393 pg. 191 WILLIAM MAULE of Chowan Prect., Gentleman to CHRISTIAN BROWN of the place aforsd. Widow, in behalf of her two sons JOHN BROWN and EDWARD BROWN 16 Sept. 1719 consideration (not given) 1/2 of ye tract of land surveyed for THOMAS BROWN and ROBERT PATTERSON on the south side of Potasise containing 320 acres Wit., WILLIAM DOWERS, THOMAS JONES Reg. (not given)

#402 pg. 195 COLL. WILLIAM MAULE of Chowan Prect. Gentleman, to ROBERT PATTERSON of the same place, planter 30 Oct. 1719 10L Sterling 320 acres on the south side of Poticasey, joining the swamp Wit., EDWARD CARTER, JOHN PETTIVER Reg. N. C. Sessions 30 Oct. 1719

There is NOTHING in these deeds to assume that Thomas Brown and Robert Patterson had anything other than a land deal in progress at the time of Thomas Brown’s death in 1718. Maule seems to be “brokering” the division of the land sale… perhaps involving his role as a surveyor or Court functionary. There is NOTHING to connect him with the widow of Thomas Brown.


#1184  pg. 644.  CHRISTIAN BROWN of Albermarle Co., widow to JOHN ROGERS (residence not given) 21 Sber 1718  for 1000 pounds of good Merchantable Tobacco   118 acres more of less, joining ye River Pocoson and WILLIAM BROWN  Wit.: (not given)  Reg. 27 Feb. 1718

The above William Brown I assume to be her son.  The  John Rogers is associated to these Browns… the Rogers and Browns were neighbors since 1700 where they each had property in Nansemond Co., Virginia.




Other misc. records concerning the Maules… (catnip for history buffs)

“The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine”  PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE 


JANUARY. 1909. 

pg. 38


“Thurston with other white Men and Indians from under 

cover (illegible) the creek side. Presently made them- 

selves Masters of the Enemies works from G to K with 

very little Loss of Men, Notwithstanding the Enemy Fired 

very briskly through the same Loopholes that our men 

attacked them att. Capt Maul who was ordered from the 

Mulberry Battery to make his Attack bettween D. and K 

Imagining, he had some better advantage or mistaking his 

orders marched between Bastions E and D. from which 

Bastions the Enemy made very great Fire, and of which 

Company (illegible) 20 Escaped being Killed or wounded, 

being the greatest Loss sustained dureing the attack. 

Capt Canty from the Yamasee Battery was ordered to at- 

tack the same place which Capt Moore was ordered to, 

Seeing Capt Moore was gon on the wrong side off the 

Bastion and that his Indians did not come up readily went 

to the Commander in chief who was in the Battery B. [ 

(Two lines here illegible) 

wounded] immediately followed with the same Story and 

added that unles he was relieved they would all perish; 

Coll Moore immediately ordered to make all the Fire that 

could be made from Battery B upon the two Bastions E 

and D. and Capt Maul retreated. At the same time Coll: 

Moore observing that the small Lodgment made on the 

Ennemys work att G. was not sufficient to shelter above 

three Men he (illegible) spades to them with which they 

(illegible) to the Northeast capable to shelter a great 

number from the Fire of the Enemy made from F. and 

then commanded the work K to be set on Fire ; from thence 

the Commander in Chiefe went to Capt Hastings who be- 

haved himself very bravely att G. and ordered Fire putt 

(illegible) and by the next morning that was (illegible) 

with the Bastion of Block house F. and several houses 

within the Fort. 

The Enemy made verry great resistance and chose rather 

to perish by Fire with’ the Bastion than to retreat in the 

Caves made under ground from whence some haveing time- 

ly made their Retreat and gott in the Caves did verry much 

mischief the next day and part of the Day following about 

tenn of the Qock we were entirely Masters of itt the last 

place which was held out being the wattering place J. which 

some of the Enemy had Fortified more strongly after the 

Fort had ben sett on Fire. “

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

July 04, 1712 – July 12, 1712

Volume 01, Pages 855-857

Upon petition of Wm Maule and Jno Councill showing, that three Tracts of Land formerly patented by Charles Gee upon ye Northside of Morattock River is Lapsed for want of Seating and prays that the same may be granted to them

Ordered that ye Same be Granted to ye petitionrs as pray’d


The following biographical sketches of men who lived in Bertie County and served as Colonial and State Governors of North Carolina was written by John E. Tyler, II.

“During [Gov.]Eden’s administration, William Maule of Bertie County was the Surveyor General of the Province. For every survey of land there was due the Governor the sum of two shillings and six pence for each purchase right. In 1720 Eden brought into the General Court a complaint against Maule. It seems that Maule was authorized to make these collections, but had not turned the money over to Governor Eden for a number of years. Maule had married the Governor’s step-daughter, Penelope Galland. The hostility between Eden and Maule over the complaint of 1720 is probably shown in Governor Eden’s will. In it he makes no mention of his step-daughter, Penelope Galland Maule, but speaks only of his niece, Mrs. Margaret Pough and his friends, John Holloway, David Richardson, James Henderson and John Lovick. Governor Eden died in 1722.”


Maule, who had been born in 1690, was a planter, politician, and military leader who had been captured twice by the French in the War of Spanish Succession. From 1711 – 1713, Maule led military operations in The Tuscarora War, Cary’s Rebellion and The North Carolina Volunteers. After this period he became known as Colonel Maule and began concentrating on building a fortune in land, eventually acquiring over 16,000 acres mostly in the area that would become Bertie Co., NC. He was not a friend to the Indians and stole their land and allowed settlers to encroach as well.

He continued to be the surveyor general and for every survey of land there was due to Governor Eden the sum of two shillings and six pence for each purchase right. In 1720 Eden brought into the General Court a complaint against Maule because Maule had allegedly not turned the money over to Governor Eden for a number of years.

Governor Eden died of yellow fever in Bertie Co., NC in 1722 at the age of 48. Governor Eden left his plantation and home, Eden House, along with much of his estate to his friend and associate John Lovick and left Penelope and her husband, William Maule nothing. Maule himself died in 1726.

Excuse me?  Can anyone, anywhere , or in any way prove that this William Maule was born in 1690?



Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

April 04, 1722 – April 05, 1722

Volume 02, Pages 450-457

Read the Petition of Thomas Boyd Shewing That he payd the purchase money of some Land lying in Bath County since which the said Petr has reason to believe that one Robert Campaine has Surreptitiously obtained a reciept from Mr Patrick Maule the Deputy Recr and antidated the time of it being writ and praying that no patent may Issue for sd Land untill he’s heard thereto & that he may have Summons granted for such Evidences as will prove the same &c

Ordered that Summon’s may be granted as prayed for


Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

July 31, 1724

Volume 02, Pages 532-534

Read the Petition of Coll William Maule Shewing That an Indian man Slave of his was now at King Blounts Towne and there detained from his Master by the Indians

This Board taking the same into Consideration does order that the said King Blount deliver up the said slave according to his articles of Agreement with this Government to the said Coll Maule otherwise to attend this Board at the next General Court in October to shew cause why he detains the said slave from his said Master


Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

November 07, 1724

Volume 02, Pages 541-542

[Council Journal.]

North Carolina—ss.

At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Edenton the seventh day of November Anno Domini 1724


The Honoble George Burrington Esqr Govr &c

J Lovick Esqr Member of the Council

E Moseley Esqr Member of the Council

T Pollock Esqr Member of the Council

John Blount Esqr Member of the Council

Thos Harvey Esqr Member of the Council

Robt West Esqr Member of the Council

Arthur Goffe Esqr Member of the Council

Maurice Moore Esqr Member of the Council

Will Maule Esqr Member of the Council

William Maule Esqr is appointed Judge of the admiralty in the room of Edward Moseley Esq who hath resigned the said office

By order



Abstract of North Carolina wills compiled from original and recorded wills …

By John Bryan Grimes, North Carolina. Secretary of State

Maule, Patrick. Bath County.

April 19, 1736. Beaufort Precinct. Wife: Elizabeth (five negroes “to be delivered after the tar kilns are off and the crop finished”; also plantation at Rumney Marsh with a dwelling house to be built “twenty foot long and sixteen foot wide”). Son: John (five negroes, lands at Smiths Point and Blunts Creek and lot in Bath town). Daughters: Sarah (five negroes and land at Tranters Creek), Barbara (four negroes and the land on Matchapungo Swamp), Mary (four negroes and lands on north dividing and Jacks Creeks). Guardians for children: John and William Gray. Executors: John and William Gray, John Caldom and Robert Boyd. Witnesses: Bart. Fleming, Elizabeth Montgomery, Nehemiah Monk. Clerk of the Court: Jno. Collison. Letters issued June, 1736. Probate not dated.

The Pamlico River begins at the Beaufort County line at the junction of the Tar River and Tranters Creek, west of Washington. Pamlico was the name of an Indian tribe who once lived in the area. The river, first explored by Europeans in 1584, extends for 33 miles from Washington to the sound. The Pamlico Sound is 80 miles long and 15 to 30 miles wide. It covers more than 1,800 square miles and has a maximum depth of 21 feet. The sound drains water through the Ocracoke and Oregon inlets from the Albemarle Sound and the Neuse and Pamlico rivers to the Atlantic Ocean.

Maule had property adjoining William Browne:

 Barnaby Mackinne 30 Jul 1726, 550 acres on the S side of Morattock River in Bertie precinct, joining my son Richard Mackinne, Holly, Rayford, Col. William Maule, and the Great Cypress swamp called Conoconaro.

Barnaby Mackinne 30 Jul 1726, 640 acres in Bertie Precinct on the N side of Morattock River joining John Hawthorne, Hoggins, Colo. Maule, the mouth and side of Occoneechee Swamp, and the sd river

Barnaby Mackinne 2 Aug 1726, 640 acres on the S side of Morattock in Bertie precinct, joining Colo William Maule, William Brown and the Meanders of the sde river


Maule actively surveying in Bertie abt 1720…

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

August 04, 1720 – August 12, 1720

Volume 02, Pages 389-392

[Council Journal.]

North Carolina—ss

Att a Council held in the Towne in Mattercomack Creek the 4th day of August Anno Dni 1720

Present the Honble Charles Eden Esqr Governor et

Thomas Pollock Esqr Lds proprts Deputy

William Reed Esqr Lds proprts Deputy

ffrancis ffoster Esqr Lds proprts Deputy

John Lovick Esqr Lds proprts Deputy

Read the petition of Cullen Pollock shewing that he formerly Lapsed a Tract of Land Containing 640 acres on the North side of Moratock river which was patented in one Richard Paces name and that Coll Maule in his makeing a Resurvey for the Petitioner on the sd Land for want of knowing the line Trees left out of the Tract near thirty acres and Richd Pace from whom it was Lapsed now Entered the same and surveyed it

And the petitioner beleiveing that since the lapse was granted him for the whole Tract and that piece taken up as aforsd left out by Mr Maule’s mistake he hopes it noe ways barrs him of his right therefore humbly prays that the Land so left out of the Tract lapsed by the petitioner by Coll Maules mistake may be granted to him

Ordered that the same be granted accordingly

Adjourned to Saturday the 6th of August


Maule… surveys Tuscarora lands…

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

April 01, 1723

Volume 02, Pages 485-489

[Council Journal.]

North Carolina—ss.

At a Council held at Edenton the first day of April Anno Dom 1723


The Honoble William Reed Esqr President et

Chris Gale Esqr Lds Proptrs Depty

J Lovick Esqr Lds Proptrs Depty

R Sanderson Esqr Lds Proptrs Depty

T Pollock Esqr Lds Proptrs Depty

Upon Petition of Coll William Maule Surveyr Genl setting forth That he had by order of this Board laid out for the Tuskarora Indians and Chowans ffifty Three thousand acres of Land in which service he was twenty one days from his home and had most of the time four persons to assist him at his owne Expense & Charges for wch the Petr put in his Claim to the last General Assembly who threw the same out without allowing him one penny for his Disbursements and Trouble the petr further shews That he had promise from this Board which was minuted in their Journal that in case the Assembly did not allow him his Claim for such services that he should have an ordr the Receiver Genl for the same

Which this Board duly considering of and finding the petic̄on reasonable doe hereby order Danl Richardson Esqr Receiver Genl to pay out of the Lds Proptrs revenues the sum of thirty pound currt money for his Expences & trouble in service aforsd And it is further ordered that the surveyor Genl return a platt of the Chowans and Tuskroroes Bounds into the Secretary office and that the Secretary make out a Draft for the Chowans with such Tenure as was formerly granted to the Yawpim Nation.


Maul…  member of Council…


Some colonial history of Beaufort County, North Carolina

By Francis Hodges Cooper    1916


Dr. Patrick Maule was another of the first vestrymen of St. Thomas Church. “Mr. Maule, my Deputy, is a man of learning, and has a plentiful fortune,” says Edmond Porter, Esquire, judge of the admiralty court.53 He had been deputy surveyor, and was one of the trustees appointed for the Bath Library in 1715. He was also justice of the peace for Beaufort precinct, and lived at Maule’s Point, below Bath, which still holds his name. He married Mary, daughter of John Porter, senior.54

“C. R., Ill, 514.


Page 182

Oct. 15, 1716 – Christopher GALE, Esq., Bath Co., to Maurice MOORE, Precinct of Perquimins, Co. of Albemarle 300 pounds – 275 acres east side of old town creek, whereon said Christopher GALE now lives, patented by name of “Kirby Grange”, also tract of wood land lying in Pocosin on the back of said plantation, 335 acres, lately surveyed for GALE by Mr. Pat MAULE, surveyor, and since patented by GALE. Wit: John LILLINGTON, Jno. PORTER, Jno. DRINKWATER Acknowledged Oct. 15, 1716 Registered Oct. 15, 1716          BEAUFORT COUNTY DEED BOOK 1 – part 1

[Source: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography edited by William S. Powell; Vol. 5; pgs. 126-127]

John Porter, legislator, was the son of John Porter (died 1712). He moved from Chowan County to the area around Bath Town at an early date. In the Tuscarora uprising in 1711, the home of John Porter at the head of Chocowinity Bay is said to have been the first to sustain the Indian attack. Porter and his brother-in-law, Dr. Patrick Maule, were able to repulse the Indians and the family escaped by boat.
John Porter was a member of the Assembly from Beaufort in 1715-16. Active in the town of Bath in 1715, he was a trustee of the town and of the library and a vestryman of St. Thomas Parish. In 1718 Porter followed Governor Charles Eden to Chowan County when Eden moved the government there from Bath. Returning to Beaufort, Porter again represented that county in the Assembly in 1723. Shortly afterwards he joined his wife’s connections, the Lillington-Moseley-Ashe clan, in their move to the Cape Fear section. John Porter died late in 1727 and his will was probated in January 1728.
Porter married Sarah, the daughter of Colonel Alexander Lillington and a sister of the John Lillington who married John Porter’s sister Sarah. His widow Sarah survived him for many years and was mentioned in the will of her brother-in-law, Edward Moseley, in 1749. Porter’s Neck on Masonboro Sound in the present New Hanover County derives its name from either this John Porter or his some of the same name

Enough already… someone show me some proof that he had a daughter named Christian.  Or any evidence whatsoever that a woman named Christian had any dealings with him other than simple business.

Written by anderson1951

July 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

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  1. As one of the Maule family genealogists, I agree with you. There’s no proof, and not even much circumstantial evidence, linking Christian Maule to William Maule. There is speculation, and it is just educated guessing, that Christian is the Christian Maule b ?1597 to Thomas Maule of Pitlivie and Ardownie and his second wife Martha Forrester. See How would she have ended up in North Carolina? William’s father John was a third cousin of Christian Maule (William’s grandfather George was a second cousin of Christian’s father). It is known that members of the family were in close contact with each other, even second, third, and fourth cousins. Daughters of second wives didn’t get the best of opportunities and so perhaps William arranged something. Yes, highly speculative but worth remembering in the event other clues pop up. Incidentally, at least twice a year I get the “Who was Christian Maule who married Thomas Brown?” question, so there apparently are more than a few people interested in the answer. I don’t have it. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, does anyone else. You’ve done an extensive job pulling together what evidence there is (nothing much to answer the question but plenty of clues). — Jim Maule


    Jim Maule

    July 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    • I have to admit that the William Maule of NC had the right stuff at the right time. Pretty amazing rise to power in 16 years. Do you know of ANY Maules coming out of Virginia at that era?




      July 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

  2. Oh, William’s brother Patrick was NOT the son of the Earl of Panmure. That much is absolutely certain.


    Jim Maule

    July 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    • I wonder if Grimes figured it out? Bummer… the Wikipedia link has an impressive picture of the castle. (smiling).



      July 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

  3. Other than William “crossing the border” into Virginia during his surveying or other work, we don’t have any indication of other Maules in Virginia at this time.


    Jim Maule

    July 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    • Ah, another mystery… but I think I’ll strike thru Christian Maule in my own research. So, do you think William Maule was a crook or just typically inclined to profit as were his cronies?



      July 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  4. What colonial settlers *didn’t* grab whatever land they could, take whatever profit they could? Even Penn’s colony had the “Walking Purchase” where his guys RAN and thus “walked” out boundaries for much, much more land than the natives thought they were selling!


    Jim Maule

    July 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    • Good point… I get a particular kick out of the 1710-1718 period of NC…Keystone Kops politicians and pirates… they did it all! Thanks for the comments, good fun.

      Oh, after visiting your website, I’ll have to provide a link on my “blogroll”. Being of Scottish ancestry myself (that’s the rumor) I feel compelled to defend our castle trash. (just kidding)



      July 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  5. Good to here from Jim Maule. Per Ancestrycom christain Maule was Maden name Christain Malve (spelling?) I have no idea where this stuff comes from. I try not to “copy anything that would screwup my Main line.



    Rogers Smith

    December 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • I’m trying to figure out who Christian is as well. Thomas W Browne is my 6th g grandfather.
      Catherine Brown Strachan


      Catherine Brown Strachan

      July 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      • Hi Catharine
        See this page for my best guess of who she was:

        I think she was a daughter of a “Howell” from Nansemond, VA. The most obvious “proof” (if it is indeed a proof) is that they named a son Howell Brown. I would like to see a detailed history of that son.




        July 25, 2015 at 6:37 am

      • Howell Brown is my 5th great grandfather! Thomas, Howell, Benjamin, Isaac, Zacheus, John, Raymond, Philip (my dad), and me 🙂


        Catherine Brown Strachan

        March 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  6. Christian Maule married 1.Thomas Browne 1675 – 1718) (other records have her as dying in 1719 ?)

    2. John Nairn of Tyrrell Co, NC (deceased by Jan 1739) His Will 1739 Tyrell Co NC Probate records List,
    John Nairn (Court) 1739 – wife Christian Nairne – Tyrell Co Court of Pleas & Quarter sessions Minutes.

    ”Petition of Christian Nairn read in open court, asking that she might be allowed to sell two of the Slaves belonging to her late husband, john Nearnes estate. Granted.”

    The aforesaid Christian Nearn exhibited an inventory of the estate of her late husband john Nairn in open court .December session 1739.

    John Nairn (Estate) 1740 NC Archives- Tyrrell Co estates CR 096 508 35.

    Apparently this is the same Christian Maule , daughter of ”Col William Maule” who married Thomas Browne ??



    July 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    • Kerry
      I do not think William Maule had a daughter named Christian. I think the woman who married Thomas Browne was named Christian Howell, per my notes above.

      As an example as to my skepticism, here is an abstract of William Maule’s will… note that “a” John Nairn was a “witness” to such will. Assuming that this even is the same Nairn you are interested in, it is my opinion based on my meager knowledge of legal matters, that if this John Nairn was married to a daughter of William Maule as you suggest, then he would be ineligible to be a Witness to the will because he was a “relative”. See my point?

      Maule, William. Bertie Precinct
      February 25, 1726. March 30, 1726. Wife: Penelope (plantations called Scotts Hall and Mount Galland). Daughter: Penelope Maule (“all the rest and residue of my Estate”). Brother and Executor: Patrick Maule. Witnesses: Robert Forster, John Nairn, Jams Eagles (?). Impression of head and Latin inscription on seal. Proven before Richard EVERARD.

      In 1722 one John Nairn (of this time and place) was married to a woman named Mary.

      18 Jul 1722 (#1469) John NAIRN of Chowan Precinct and wife Mary deeded to Daniel McDANIEL of Albemarle 200 acres on the South Side of the Roanoke River adjacent to Wm DREW, “my own line”, Old Field near river bank and river. Witnessed by: John BRYAN, John CORTNEY, James ALLEN

      If you use my Search function you will find I have numerous references to NAIRNS which may help with your research… good hunting!




      July 28, 2019 at 5:10 am

  7. Interesting site. I’m related to the McDaniels, Browns and Braswells through two different lines. All, naturally, came through the Carolinas during the colonial period, and all ended up in Quaker families before being shunned for taking arms. Searching through this same topic brought me here. Good theory. Thanks for your thoughts.



    March 8, 2020 at 5:11 pm

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