Solomon Choate

Solomon Choate

Male 1736 - 1791  (55 years)

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  • Name Solomon Choate 
    Born 1736  Choates Delight, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1791  Reisterstown, Baltimore Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I74  Christopher 1642
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2017 

    Father Edward Choate,   b. Abt 1687, Choates His Chance, Anne Arundel Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1735, St Paul Parish, Anne Arudel Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Ellinor Savage,   b. Abt 1710 
    Married 22 May 1735  St Paul's Protestant Episcopal, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah [?],   b. 1740 
    Married 1757 
    +1. Capt. Richard Choate,   b. 1759, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1813  (Age 54 years)
    +2. Rev. Edward Choate,   b. 1765, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1840  (Age 75 years)
    +3. Austin Choate,   b. 1775, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1822  (Age 47 years)
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Publications
    Edward [1687] Choate was one of two sons of the immigrant Christopher [1642]. Edward [1687] had two sons - Edward Jr. [1720] and Solomon [1736]. Edward Jr. [1720] follows his uncle and cousins to VA. Solomon [1736] stays in Baltimore County. This compilation by J. C. Phillips was inspired by talks with his mother, Jessie Choate Odell Phillips, he…

  • 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.

      "SOLOMON, only child of Edward Choate, Sr. and his second wife, Elenore Savage, was born about 1736 at Choate's Delight, his father's 100-acre place in Baltimore county near the present village of Stevenson. It was purchased in 1718 from Richard Gist and situated on the east side of a stream called North Run which joined Jones Falls and empted into the Patapsco about a mile from where Baltimore Town was laid out in 1729. (See Land Patent Rec.vol.PL#8, pp 255-56, MHR) Choate's Delight was in the sparsely settled interior about twelve miles from Colgate Creek and the Patapsco where his father had lived as a young man. In 1744 St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Baltimore established a chapel at Garrison called St. Thomas ?to serve the people of the wilderness.?

      Little is known of Solomon's boyhood except that he was raised with his half brother, Edward, Jr. who was fifteen years older and the son of Constant, his father's first wife. They both survived a rigorous pioneer upbringing. After Edward, Jr. married and departed for Virginia in 1754, Solomon remained with his parents. They apparently died intestate leaving him sole heir.

      About 1757 Solomon married Sarah (last name unknown), probably in the Primative or Particular Baptist Church at Winters Run near Jarrettsville (now in Harford county) which was established in 1754 by a group that seceded from Sater's Baptist Church on Falls Road, the first of that denomination in Maryland, 1742. They continued in the Baptist faith, particularly their son Edward, who became a minister.

      The Revolutionary War was of immediate and pressing concern to those of the coastal areas but it had little direct affect on those living in the remote interior. Solomon, however, did pledge allegiance by taking the Oath of Fidelity in 1778. (See James Calhoun's Balto.Cty. returns, Hodges, Rev. Records, VI: 42) This qualifies his descendants for membership in DAR and SAR.

      Solomon prospered. Like many planters of his time, he was interested in acquiring more land, especially near the growing village of Reister's Town. In twenty-five years from its settlement in 1759 it had a church, a tavern, a smithy, three or four stores, thirty or forty houses) and school. Of the several tracts of land he purchased the largest and most important was a tract of 260 acres, about two and one half miles south of Reister?s Town, for which on June 16th 1787, he agreed to pay Daniel Bowley, Richard Ridgely and William West, heirs of Thomas Harrison, dec., 50 shillings per acre. However, the actual contract of sale and bond guaranteeing conveyance of title was made to Richard Choate. Four days later, on June 20th.1787, he assigned to his father, Solomon, the bond executed by Daniel Bowley and Richard Ridgeley legally binding them to produce title to the property. A few days later William West, one of the Harrison heirs, died suddenly leaving a complicated legal, situation among his, heirs. As this legal tangle dragged on, Solomon died in May 1791 leaving all of his real estate to his wife, Sarah, and youngest son, Austin. Eventually Daniel Bowley acquired the interest of all the other heirs and on April 23, 1899, conveyed the property to Sarah Choate, wife, and Austin Choate, son, heirs under the will of Solomon Choate, dec., for 650 pounds. (Prov. Ct. Rec., Land, Lib. JG 5, ff 502-6, MHR)

      With the purchase of the 260 acres Solomon acquired a long two storied brick house divided across by a center hall, as well as the usual out buildings, including a large spring house made of logs and plaster located at the foot of a slope near the house. The house itself was on a high ridge overlooking a meadow dotted with cherry and chestnut trees that swept down to the "streight road to Reister Town? which it bordered for over half a mile. He lived there from June/1787, to the time of his death in May 1791. In later years the place became known as Cherry Hill and the lane leading past it from the road is still called. Cherry Hill Lane.

      In his will dated April 11, 1791, Solomon leaves to his eldest son, Richard, five shillings: to his second son, Edward, 125 pounds in full for his dower and services; to his wife Sarah and son Austin, all negroes, stock of every kind, farm utensils, kitchen and household furniture, etc. jointly, the two to live together and share equally the profits, and after her death everything to Austin including various tracts of land. The will was signed "his-O-mark and witnessed by Richard Clark, John Ford and Thomas Clark. The place of his burial is unknown."

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Maryland Marriages, 16341777, Barnes, Robert, compiler, (Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.).