Capt. Richard Choate

Capt. Richard Choate

Male 1759 - 1813  (54 years)

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  • Name Richard Choate 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born 1759  MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Nov 1813 
    Buried 7 Dec 1813  Lowe Family Cemetery, Owens Mill, Baltimore MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I238  Christopher 1642
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 

    Father Solomon Choate,   b. 1736, Choates Delight, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1791, Reisterstown, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Sarah [?],   b. 1740 
    Married 1757 
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Lowe,   b. 1762,   d. 30 Jul 1855, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1783 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Choate, (m.Walker),   b. 1784, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1802, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     2. Flora Choate, (m.Gill),   b. 1786, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1808  (Age 22 years)
    +3. Elias Choate,   b. 1789, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1811  (Age 22 years)
     4. Rebecca Choate, (m.Gray),   b. 1791, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1811, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Ellender Choate, (M.Kelly),   b. 1794, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1813, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    +6. Herod Choate,   b. 25 Oct 1796, Cherry Hill, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1877, Reisterstown, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Deborough Choate, (M.Berryman),   b. 1799, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     8. Mary Choate, (m.Norwood),   b. 1802, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1818, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     9. David Choate,   b. 1804, MD Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Jesse Lowe Choate,   b. 17 Jan 1806, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1876, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     11. Harriett Choate,   b. 1808, MD Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1759 - MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Dec 1813 - Lowe Family Cemetery, Owens Mill, Baltimore MD Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • --- NOTE: the text below is from: J.C. Phillips: Choate Family of Baltimore County, 1979. His entire genealogical work on Christopher's [b.1642] decedents who remained in Maryland is available above and in the Publication section of this website.

      "Richard Choate, first of three sons of Solomon and Sarah Choate, was born about 1761 (1759 on pg 10,25), probably at Choate's Delight, the 100 acre farm patented by-.Ms grandfather, Edward Choate, Sr. in 1718. This place was located in Baltimore county a mile or two east of the wagon trail to Pennsylvania (later to become the Reister Town road and in the vicinity of what is now the village of Stevenson. Little is known of his boyhood. The whole area was still very sparsely settled so he grew up much as a child of the wilderness. His family managed to survive the ups and downs of an unstable farm economy, and Richard succeeded in acquiring enough education to read and write and keep accounts, after a fashion.

      By the time he was grown a whole system of wagon trails to the south enabled the family, by messages carried back and forth by travelers, to keep in infrequent touch with those members who had settled in Virginia, Carolina and Kentucky thirty to forty years before. This was an important development. (Bal. Mar. Rec. 222, MHS)

      On August 4 (14th on pg 25), 1783, Richard married Ann Jane Lowe (daughter of a substantial planter who lived about three miles SW of the village of Reister Town. They probably went to live with her parents. By 1786 two daughters had been born, Sarah and Flora, and the family moved into a small house on ten acres of land, part of a large tract called Clark's Park, which Richard bought from Edward Parrish on June 26, 1786 (Balto. Cty. Land Rec. Lib. WG#Z, f.44, MHR)

      The following year his father, Solomon, bought 260 acres and a large brick house close to Richard's place and moved there with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Edward, aged 21 ,and Austin, aged 11-12. Several years later, in December 1789, Edward married Elizabeth Dimmitt and settled on one of the tracts of land owned by her father. In May 1791 Solomon Choate died, Richard promptly moved his family into the large house occupied by his mother and younger brother who had inherited the place jointly under Solomon?s will.

      On February 11, 1796, Richard bought 202 acres from Daniel Bowley, which adjoined or was near the property owned by his mother and brother, Austin. On February 2, 1802, Austin married, Amy Ford, daughter of a neighbor, John Ford. The couple probably went to live with the Fords since by that time Richard and Jane had eight children ranging in age from one to eighteen which would crowd the most commodious house. In early October, 1803, the mother, Sarah, died, terminating her life interest and making Austin sole owner of the property in his father's estate. He apparently had no interest in farming, for a few days after his mother's death he sold his father,1 place to Richard on October 15,1803 for $800.00.(Balto. Cty. Land Rec Lib.WG#79,f.30,MHR)

      The growth of Reister Town and Baltimore brought such an increase of traffic between them that the dirt wagon road was often impassable due to mudholes and ruts. By the year 1800 there was much agitation for its improvement, but it was not until 1806 that the county court agreed to an arrangement to provide convict labor, materials, and funds for the job. Richard Choate was appointed supervisor for one section for which he posted a bond for the faithful performance of his duties, dated October 9,1806,in the sum of $5000.00,with William Dimmitt, William Berryman, and John Hasselbach as sureties~ (Richard's brother,Edward,wa9 married to William Dimmitt?s daughter).

      By deed dated August 12, 1812, Richard conveyed to his brother-in-law~ David Lowe, 125 acres of Clark's Park. Consideration not mentioned. (Balto. Cty. Land Rec. Lib.WG#120, f.321, MHR) About a year later, on November 29, 1813, Richard died. He is buried in the Lowe family burying ground off Delight road near the present Pikesville Shooting Range.

      Richard apparently was ill for several years before his death his will, made six days before, states he is "sick and weak in body". The state had been making demand for an accounting for the funds advanced for the road but his records were so jumbled and incomplete it was impossible to determine what had been done with them. After his death it, was agreed that $1186.10 could not be accounted for but there was no cash available to reimburse the state. These were difficult times. The war of 1812-14 brought the British blockade of the bay and the attack on Washington and Baltimore leaving business man and farmer alike in dire straights. To protect its claim, the state entered suit against Jane Choate as executrix, each of the -, sureties, and all of the children as heirs, and requested the court to appoint a trustee to sell sufficient property to pay the debt, and costs. Since three of the children, Sarah Walker, Rebecca Gary, and, Ellender Kelley, were married and 1ived in Kentucky, the proceedings dragged on until they could return to Maryland to sign a waive: of their interests under the will of their father. Finally, Upton S. Heath was appointed trustee. The Federal gazette and Baltimore Advertiser, September 15, 1817, p.2, col.5, carries the following notice
      IMPORTANT SALE - That old established tavern stand for many years occupied by Michael Grant, and later years by Richard Choate-- By virtue of decree --be sold--October 18 --- All that part of two tracts of land, situated in Baltimore County, called Soldiers Delight and Food Plenty, 14 miles from the city of Baltimore, containing about 94 acres , fronting three quarters of a mile on the Turnpike road leading from the city of Baltimore to Reisters Town, with the buildings and improvements, consisting of Tavern House, Stables, Sheds and Barn, sufficient to accommodate 100 horses; an orchard containing about 300 trees of the best fruit, a large proportion of which are red streaks, with various other fruit trees; the residue well proportioned for tillage and meadow, the whole well, watered and having a never failing stream running through the tract sufficient to turn a mill, and which can be brought; into the tavern yard at trifling expense --No place is better calculated to accommodate the traveler or to render the occupation] and enjoyment of the same convenient and agreeable.
      also
      Clark's Park--and--that well known and snug little Tavern Stand on the Liberty town road, containing Three acres.
      U. S. Heath, Trustee

      The legal proceedings involving Jane and the children terminated in 1818. (State of Md. vs. Jane Choate etal., Levy Ct. of Balto. Cty., Chancery, 1817, MHR) By that time, the six older children had married, three of the girls to men from Kentucky where they lived in Simpson county near what is now the town of Franklin along the Tennessee border. Shortly thereafter, Jane with son Herod, then about 22, and the four younger children started off to make a new life, in Kentucky. The 1820 census of Simpson county shows Herod Choate head of a household. ...

      NOTE: The Trustee's notice of sale of the Tavern indicates Richard Choate merely "occupied" it suggesting a leasehold interest rather than ownership. It is doubtful that he ever actually operated it. The tract called Clark's Park and the little Tavern on Liberty Road, mentioned in the notice of sale, he did own."




      "The Particular Assessment Lists of Baltimore and Carroll County", Maryland 1798, William Bend Books Westminster MD, page 26 - Choat (Choate) Richard (2 slaves): 252 acres part of Soldiers Delight, part of Clarks Park; round log barn, 1 story, 46x22; round log stable, 1 story, 18x10; round log shop 20x16; round log house, 2 story, 18x16.

      Three of his daughters moved to KY.


  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Find a Grave {findagrave.com}, General Public, 79746609, 7953392.
      no headstone picture on findagrave.com

      Richard was the son of Solomon Choate and Sarah.
      He married Anna Jane Lowe born about 1762 in Reisterstown, Md.

      Richard and Ann are the parents of:
      I. Sarah Choate b. 1784 in Baltimore, Md and died abt 1902 in Kentucky, Sara married William Walker.

      II. Flora Choate b. 1786 in Baltimore, died 14 Dec 1808 in Baltimore. Married to John Gill;

      III. Elias Choate b. 1789 in Baltimore, died 14 Mar 1811 in Baltimore; married Barbara Milliron 14 Mar 1811.

      IV. Rebecca Choate born 1791 in Baltimore, MD died 24 Dec 1811 in Kentucky. married Sabret Gary who was born in 1788.

      V. Elender Choate b. 1794 in Baltimore, died 22 Jul 1813. Married Nicholas Kelly (moved to Kentucky)

      VI. Herod Choate b. 25 Oct 1796 in Reisterstown, Md. died 13 Jun 1877 in Reisterstown Md. Married 2 Nov 1824 in Baltimore, Md. Married to Priscilla Harryman.

      VII. Deborough Choate b. 1799 died abt 1824 in Kentucky.. Married John Berryman

      VIII. Mary Choate who married Nicholas or Nicodemus Norwood. Mary born 1802 and died 14 April 1818. she was born and died in Baltimore, Maryland

      SOURCES: Baltimore County Families 1659 - 1759 by Robert W. Barnes

      Choates of the South by Irene Choate Williams