Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Aquilla Emerson

Male Abt 1772 - 1850  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Aquilla Emerson 
    Birth Abt 1772  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 9 Mar 1850  Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial St. Paul?s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I53914  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2024 

    Father John Emerson,   b. Abt 1745, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1785, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Penelope Dyer,   b. Abt 1747, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Bef 1763  King George Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Simpson,   b. 24 Jun 1772, King George's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 26 Aug 1859, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 16 Dec 1792  King George Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Simpson Emerson,   b. 1794, King George Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Mar 1850, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 56 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Phoebe Grymes Emerson,   b. 24 Oct 1794, King George Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     3. Harrison A. Emerson,   b. 1796, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 4 Jun 1879 (Age 83 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. Delia C. Emerson,   b. 1798, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     5. William W. Emerson,   b. 1802, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1868 (Age 66 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F27508  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
    • could be the son of Richard Emerson
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      http://jscottfamily.com/gpage1.html

      In 1782, we see Richard EMMERSON show up for the first time in Fairfax County, Virginia. This would make sense since he no longer had anywhere to live since his father died.
      There are no other Emmersons that show up in Fairfax County, Virginia until 1820 when your Aquilla makes his appearance there moving up from Upper Marlborough, Prince George's County, Maryland. This is also the year that EMMERSON records begin to show up at St. Paul's Episcopal Parish in Alexandria, Virginia.
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      contributed by Barbara Emerson Sharp

      The following is copied from an Alexandria news source:

      "EMERSON, AQUILA - Tavernkeeper - Opposite Market House
      A few doors above the old Bank on Cameron St. lately occupied by Mr. Lanham as a public house; 1808, 1818, 1819, licence granted to keep an ordinary; Wm. B. Stewart, Laurence Hooff, Jr., James Campbell was his security; 1821, operated a tavern at the lower end of Wolfe St. opposite the Jail on Potomac Strand; ACCOB: July term 1808, 24th day; April term 1818, 10th day; April term 1819, 13th day."

      1. Aquilla is listed in 1792 MD Census as living in Prince George's Co., Upper Marlborough Township.
      2. In 1830 he's listed in DC Federal Census Index as living in Alexandria County, Alexandria Township (actually in VA).
      3. In 1850 he's listed in US Federal Census as dying at the age of 78 in March of 1850 in Alexandria, VA.

      On 29 January 1846 an Aquila Emerson signed legislative petition A538 which dealt with the "passage of a provisional act by the Legislature accepting the retrocession to Virginia of a portion of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River." A William R. Emerson also signed this petition.

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      United States Department of the Interior
      National Park Service
      National Register of Historic Places
      Tauxemont Historic District
      Continuation Sheet
      Fairfax County, Virginia
      The cooperative made the decisions about Tauxemont. I and a committee bought the land. We and Frank Watson and the Ulmers had looked around at two or three parcels of land. One of the parcels was located near where Huntington [Metro] Station is now.
      Two months later, in March of 1941, the cooperative purchased 12.36 acres of land, which made up the first section of the current Tauxemont neighborhood. The land was acquired from Samuel B. and Ruth J. Moore , who had owned the property since 1926, when they bought it from Harriet M. Frost. The Frost family had purchased the land, then a farm known as Wellington, in 1890 from Oscar Baker 12, who had, in turn, acquired it from Charles C. Smoot, John B. Smoot, and their wives, on 9 October, 1883.13 The exact date of the Smoots’ acquisition of the property is unknown, but it is clear that it had been on the market for about twenty years, as the estate of the previous owner, Aquilla Emerson (died prior to 1853) was disputed through the courts. Emerson had purchased 169 ½ acres of land on July 5, 1811, which, except for two very small parcels sold to George Mason of Hollin Hall in 1839 and 1840, remained in his possession until his death. Research by Beth Mitchell at the Fairfax County Archives indicates that all three sections of Tauxemont fall within the Emerson farm. Prior to its acquisition by Mr. Emerson , the property had been owned for five years (since May 17, 1806) by Peter and Eleanor Sherron, who had acquired it from Walter and Catharine Alexander. It had come into the Alexander family as part of 594 acres sold to Garrard Alexander sometime prior to 1761 by Thomas Smith and his wife, Ann, who was the daughter of Colonel George Mason. Ann Mason Smith had inherited the property through her first husband, William Darrell, to whom it had been bequeathed in the 1715 will of Thomas Sandiford. Previously, on February 12, 1703, a patent for 598 acres of land, near the Potomac River and adjacent to property belonging to John West and Thomas Ball, had been issued to Sandiford by Thomas, the Fifth Lord Fairfax, who had come into the land upon his marriage to Catherine, the heir of Thomas, Second Lord Culpeper (died 1689). Lord Culpeper had originally been granted the land as a part of a huge tract from King Charles II. An artifact of this early English period of Tauxemont’s history was found in 1960 in the yard at 6 Tauxemont Road [now 7732 Tauxemont Road]. While removing a tree in the back yard of the house, Blair J. Scrivener came across a brass spoon, with shallow bowl and straight handle, which was made in England about 1650.

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      12. Fairfax County Deeds Liber J 5 p56. Parcel extended from Potomac River to Fort Hunt Road, including what is called Wellington today.
      13. Fairfax County Deed Book C 5 folio 613, Smoots from Aquilla Emerson estate.

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