Herod Choate

Herod Choate

Male 1796 - 1877  (80 years)

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  • Name Herod Choate 
    Born 25 Oct 1796  Cherry Hill, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jun 1877  Reisterstown, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Reisterstown Community Cementery, Reisterstown, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I275  Christopher 1642
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 

    Father Capt. Richard Choate,   b. 1759, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1813  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Jane Lowe,   b. 1763,   d. 30 Jul 1855, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1783 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Priscilla Harryman,   b. 18 Nov 1804,   d. 23 Feb 1876  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1824 
     1. Jesse Columbus Choate, (dsp),   b. 4 Aug 1824, Simpson Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1847, Mexican War - Matamoras Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     2. Edward Summerfield Choate, dsp,   b. 11 Oct 1828,   d. 25 Aug 1829  (Age 0 years)
     3. Georgiana Choate, (m.Crosby),   b. 17 Mar 1831, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1911  (Age 79 years)
     4. Vilmina Elizabeth Choate,   b. 6 Jan 1834,   d. 29 Jul 1834  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Mary Jane Choate, (m.Peddicord jan 1867),   b. 6 May 1836, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1894  (Age 58 years)
     6. Elizabeth Harryman Choate, (m.O'Dell),   b. 23 Jan 1838, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1867  (Age 29 years)
     7. David Lowe Choate,   b. 6 Sep 1840,   d. 2 Mar 1882  (Age 41 years)
     8. Ellenore Gill Choate,   b. 16 Oct 1843,   d. 16 Jul 1881  (Age 37 years)
     9. Ellen Choate,   b. 1845, MD Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Oct 1796 - Cherry Hill, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jun 1877 - Reisterstown, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Reisterstown Community Cementery, Reisterstown, Baltimore Co, MD Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    1796 Herod headstone
    1796 Herod headstone
    1796 Herod Choate headstone
    Lutheran Community Cementery, Reisterstown, Baltimore Co, MD

  • Notes 
    • 1860 Census - District 4, Baltimore Co MD - Herod 1797 MD, Pernella 1805 MD, David 1841 MD, Mary Jane 1841 MD, Betty 1843 MD, and Ellen 1845 MD

      1850 Census - District 1, Baltimore Co MD - Harold 1797 MD, Peisilla 1795 MD, Georgana 1831 MD, Mary J 1836 MD, Elizabeth 1838 MD, David 1841 MD, and Ellen 1845 MD Note: Jacob Tilman age 60 is living with them.

      1840 Census -District 1, Baltimore Co MD - Herod Choat
      1 20<30
      1 40<50
      2f <5
      1f 5<10
      1f 30<40
      Slaves: 1m 35<55

      --- 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.

      "HEROD, sixth child, second son of Richard and Jane Lowe Choate, was born at Cherry Hill October 25, 1796. His early youth was not uneventful. By 1810 disturbing incidents began, including blockade of the port of Baltimore by the British, leading to the war of 1812-14; his father died in November, 1813, and the estate was at once involved in litigation; in 18l4, with the British threatening Baltimore after their burning of Washington, he joined Captain Drucker's company and participated in its defense. The British Navy was repulsed, and Baltimore was spared a land attack. With the end oŁ war hostilities the litigation was revived and terminated in 1818 with appointment of Upton Heath as trustee of the real estate. By this time his older brother, Elias, and six of the girls were married. All of the property in his father's estate was taken over by the court-appointed trustee, and the economic situation was very bleak. Under these circumstances Jane, the mother, Herod age 21, David age 14, Jesse Lowe age 12, and Harriett age 10, all setout to make a new life among their relatives in Simpson County, Kentucky.

      By 1820 they had apparently settled in with relatives, for the 1820 census of Simpson County, Kentucky shows Herod Choate head of household including: males under 10, 1; 10-16, 2; 16-18, 1; Females under 10, 1; 10-16, 1; 26-45, 2; 45 & over, l. In the Fall of 1824 Herod came back to Reisterstown to marry Priscilla Harryman, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Wheeler Harryman, early settlers of that area. They were married November 2, 1824. (Harryman Bible record). They returned to Kentucky. It would seem, however, that life there soon had its problems. In July, 1824 James Miller entered suit at common law against H. Choat. (Simpson Circuit Ct. Clerks Officer Index to orders, Bundle 26). In April 1826 Michael Woods sued Herod Choat at common law. (above, Bundle 34)

      Meanwhile, their first child, Jesse Columbus Choate, was born on August 4, 1825. With a law suit entered in 1824, a new baby a year later, and a second suit started in April 1826, it is clear the young couple had more than a handful of problems. The second suit apparently was the last straw, for shortly thereafter Herod, Priscilla and the baby, together with the mother, Jane, and youngest daughter Harriett, then about 18 years of age, pulled up stakes ,and started on the return trip to Maryland.

      (Note: Herod Choate told my mother, his granddaughter, who spent much time with her grand parents that as he and the family turned into Cherry Hill Lane from the turnpike, they stopped under a large chestnut tree to change the baby before going on to the house). (NB) Deeds to Cherry Hill five times mention Chestnut trees as benchmarks). It is not known who was living at the Cherry Hill house at that time (1826) for the place had already been sold and the heirs of the purchaser and the trustee were engaged in litigation that lasted for ten 29 years. (See Robt. Conn, etal. Vs. James Conn, James Hall and Upton S. Heath, trustee, Balt. Cty. Chancery Ct., B 159, fol.337 -352, 1842) Herod and Priscilla passed Cherry Hill on their way to the house of his maternal grandparents, the Edw. Lowes, who lived about two miles further on.
      They lived with them some eight or nine years.

      By about 1835 Herod and Priscilla, with their two children, Jesse and Georgianna, had moved to a place with a substantial, stone and brick house about a mile southwest of Cherry Hill, on Delight Road. It was variously known as Valley Home and Glen Farm, either being appropriate. The house stood at the head of a valley or glen that gradually spread between two low ridges covered with pine trees. It was built into a bank, so that it appeared two stories and an attic from, the front but three stories from the back. Originally, it was two rooms on each floor with a chimney at each end. The two bottom rooms had dirt floors and huge open brick fireplaces where the cooking, baking and preserving were done. Later, additional rooms and a chimney were added to the east end, providing a root cellar for the basement and two bedrooms above. The timbers of the ceiling in the basement were hand-hewed solid logs. This was the house in which the Herod Choate family was raised.

      Herod was a moderately tall man, spare of build, with a pleasant manner and quiet humor. A picture of Priscilla, taken when she was about seventy, shows a woman of clear-cut, delicate features, trim figure, poise and decided character. Herod's parents were Baptists, and Priscilla's Lutheran, but apparently religion in their lives was more. a matter of inheritance than dedication. Religious services were often held at their house; however, by any itinerant preacher who came along, frequently by Rev. Chick of Reisterstown. All of their children received as much education as local facilities afforded. They were a close knit family.

      Priscilla died April 23, 1876, age 72; Herod died a year later, June 13, 1877, age 81. Both are buried in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Reisterstown, along with four of their children."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] findagrave.com, 66674089.
      headstone picture on findagrave.com