1. David Darnall1
died about 1701/2 in Richmond County, Virginia. We have found
no record of when or where "Dr." David Darnall was born. Any one of
a number of Darnalls recorded earlier in Maryland, of whom we have practically
no family data, could have been his forebear. Or, he could have been an Immigrant
from abroad not previously claiming public notice.
We first find record of him in St. Mary's (Marie's) Co., Maryland on 4 May
1686, when it was shown that he had been under a Bond to keep the Peace, by the
following petition to his Lordships Privy Council: "John Ryley and Just.(inian)
Tennison petitioned the council to release them from a Bond they had assumed
on behalf of David Darnall for his good behavior and appearance at the next County
Court, and to keep harmless the said County and inhabitants thereof from any
charge that might be brought by the said David Darnall, and his supposed and
pretended wife and children & etc.... They said that no breach of good behavior
can be alleged against him before his departure..." The petition was granted.
Later he removed to Virginia by official request of the Maryland authorities.
Nothing is said as to what the offense of David Darnall was and it may have
been political or religious, probably both.
Later, the inhabitants of Virginia, across the Potomac River, opposite Maryland,
got the seemingly well founded rumor that the Catholics and Indians of Maryland
were to be sent down to dispossess and massacre them. Not only David Darnall,
but men of prominence such as Burr Harrison, "Parson" John Waugh and
others were firmly convinced that there was truth in the rumors and decided to
do something about it. They succeeded to the extent that they stepped on some
very prominent and official toes, the owners of which proceeded to prosecute
Religious and political turmoil existed in both Maryland and Virginia at
that time. The Roman Catholic Church was the religious authority recognized
by the Maryland Regime and the Church of England, that by Virginia. Marriages
performed by any other than the clergy of the churches recognized by the states
were both prohibited and not recognized as legal. The reference to the "pretended
wife and children" in David's indictment undoubtedly was due to this fact.
Margaret, in her deed of gift, could not have named David as her husband legally,
unless they were actually married.
David Darnall was very closely associated with "Parson" John Waugh,
even to the extent of naming his youngest son Waugh. While "Parson"
John Waugh was prominent in the community and had held county offices both he
and David Darnall were Militant Non-Conformists. Since David seemed to be the
one indicted and to bear the brunt of the prosecution, which seems more likely
persecution, it is quite probable that Waugh knew when to stop fighting and David
did not. Burr Harrison and "Parson" John Waugh realized that they were
fighting a losing battle. Burr Harrison evidently "paid up" and "shut
up." Probably, "Parson" Waugh did the same as they disappear
from the picture thereafter. (The Rev. John Waugh is treated at length in "Landmarks
of Old Prince William" Old Domimion Press. "The Historical Atlas of
Westmoreland Co., VA." by Eaton, says "Rev. John Waugh was a minister
of Cople parish as early as 1674... He married Temperance Gerrard of Wilton.
John Waugh was a witness to the will of Thomas Garrard in 1672.")
For some reason or other the prosecution, or persecution, of David Darnall
continued until he was practically ruined financially. When it came to collecting
their fees, six of the attorneys involved brought suit against David and got
judgements. He avoided execution of the judgements by moving to Richmond County,
The Darnall, Darnell Family Volume 2
Compiled by Avlyn Dodd Conley
Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore 1979
Test marriage note.Margritt1 died about 1723/24 in Richmond
County, Virginia. David Darnall and Margritt had the following children:
|David Darnall1 was born about 1680.
He died in 1740/41.|
Darnall1 was born about
Darnall1 was born about
1684. He died on 7 Jul 1729.|