Appendix V: Nitty Gritty
This section is devoted to problems deemed too complex for the main text, and for genealogical problems that are ongoing and still, as of this date, not solved.
Genealogy and property ownership of Elvik:
The relationship of the families to each other and the manner in which the property was passed on at Elvik is quite complex, and so will be dealt with here rather than in the main text. In Norway a farm with a location name like Elvik or Otterstad was called a gard or garden, meaning estate or main farmstead. If it was subdivided into smaller farms, one of these smaller farms would be called a bruk. If there were several bruks, each one would receive a number. Elvik appears to have been a single unit until the mid 1700's. In 1742 it was inherited by Olav Olsson. Olav married Anna Olsdatter (her origin is not specified in the bygdebǿk.) They had two daughters, Brita and Marie, but no surviving sons. Olav died in 1756, and the land was divided, so that Anna received half of it and the two daughters shared the other half. Brita died at age 20 without marrying, and Marie received her share, so now owned half. Marie married Johannes Nilsson Leiro and they lived at Leiro. Marie died in 1797. Their oldest son, Olaf, inherited the farm at Leiro, but the second son, Nils Johannesson, who was born in 1791, got the land at Elvik. He moved there (bruk 2 at Elvik) to take possession in 1805 at the age of fourteen. Some time before 1818, he married Marie Eiriksdatter Eide. These were Nels Elvik’s grandparents. Anna Olsdatter remarried to Jakob Johannesson Straume and they owned bruk 1. Their daughter Brita, born in 1757, married Gudmund Jakobson Kaland, and they leased the farm until Brita’s brother, Olav Jakobson Elvik, (his name would have changed from Straume to Elvik) acquired ownership in 1791. Bruk 1 descended through this family through the time that Nels Elvik emigrated. So the families living at bruk 1 and bruk 2 at the beginning of the 1870s were half second cousins. Both of these branches descend from Anna Olsdatter.
When George Chappell bought fifty acres of land from Luke Moseley in Princess Anne County, Virginia in 1722, it was the first documented proof of our Chappell ancestors in America. However, the line in America almost certainly dates back much earlier than that. The earliest known Chappell in America was Bennett Chappell who was a member of an English exploratory expedition in 1585. They were searching for a place for the English to establish a permanent colony. Since this was a part of the continent that was also being claimed by the Spanish, it had to be out of the plain sight of passing Spanish ships. The place they decided upon was Roanoke Island, just inside of North Carolina’s outer banks. They returned to England. The permanent settlers arrived in 1587. Another ship with supplies for the colony was scheduled for the following year. The next year, 1588, however, was the year the English had to fight off the Spanish Armada and the resupply was delayed another two years. When they did finally return, almost all traces of the colony had disappeared and they have forever after this been known as the Lost Colony.
Familysearch.org has a listing for a son, John, sired by Bennett Chappell in 1600. There were two John Chappells known to have settled early on in the Virginia Colony. One was the captain of the ship Speedwell which made a trip to Virginia in 1635. It has now been established that he was the father of Thomas Chappell who settled in Prince Charles City County in 1635. This John Chappell traces back to Nottinghamshire in England. Bennett Chappell was from around London, and also this John Chappell was too old to be the son of Bennett. The other John Chappell also arrived in Virginia in 1635, settling in Warwick County which is the present day city of Newport News. He was thirty-eight years old.
Phil E. Chappell published a book in 1895 on the history of the Chappells in America. He listed eight original settlers which he obtained from Hotten’s List of emigrants from England who had to sign an oath of allegiance before departing. The Chappells he identified were George Chappell who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634, Andrew Chappell who came to Maryland, also in 1634, John Chappell who settled in Warwick County, Virginia in 1635, Thomas Chappell who came to Charles City County, Virginia also in 1635, John Chappell who was captain of the ship, Speedwell, Joshua Chappell who reportedly died sailing between the Caribbean Island of Barbados and America, a John Chappell who was a prisoner on Barbados and who subsequently sailed for America, and Jonah Chappell, an English immigrant also on the island of Barbados, who may later have come to Virginia. I have since found eleven more Chappells who immigrated to Virginia before 1700, most of whom were indentured servants.
Phil Chappell identified different areas where the various Chappells settled. He called the Chappells who descended from the Warwick County John Chappell the Tidewater branch. He felt that all of the Chappells in that area descended from that person. However, I have since identified an indentured servant, Robert Chappell, who arrived there in 1642. So the Tidewater Chappells probably all descend from one of these two men.
Florence Guttery, in her book about the early Chappell family in America states that this family lived in the Tidewater area of Virginia for several generations and around 1720 began to move further south, first to around Norfolk and then into northern North Carolina, and specifically to Perquimans County. It was precisely that time that our George Chappell appears in Princess Anne County. Princess Anne is the county between the ocean and Norfolk and today is the city of Virginia Beach. The route between Warwick County and Perquimans County would go through Princess Anne County, because the route further west would go directly through the Dismal Swamp.
So although there is currently no direct proof of our ancestry beyond this George Chappell, it would appear to be very probable that he was part of this Tidewater branch. The first evidence of Chappells in Perquimans County was Richard Chappell who received land there as a gift in 1728. I think it is possible for him to have been a brother or possibly a cousin of Richard. There was a Jonas Chappell who lived in Princess Anne County in the 1690’s, but he died about 1704 without leaving any descendants. He may have been the Jonah Chappell mentioned above who lived on Barbados.
Whether or not the John Chappell who settled in Warwick County in 1635 was the son of Bennett Chappell is completely unproven. It is mentioned here only as a possibility. There is the problem of the age differential. The age of the immigrant was given as thirty-eight, but Bennett’s son was born in 1600 which would have made him only thirty-five in 1635. However, in dealing with old records such as these, minor differences in age crop up frequently. It would be completely believable that the son of one of the original explorers would return as a settler. In fact the current investigation of the Lost Colony involves comparing surnames of early Virginia settlers with those who were in the Lost Colony and comparing their DNA with the descendants of the Indian tribes in the area, under the assumption that some of the colonists were absorbed by these tribes and that other relatives of these colonists were among the early settlers in Virginia.
There could be, of course, other explanations. Others that come to mind would be that we could be descended from Chappells who settled in Isle of Wight County, which is west of Norfolk, or we could be descended from one of the immigrants who originally came to Barbados, such as the John Chappell who was a prisoner there. I think it could be possible that he could have been related to Jonah Chappell who was known to have been on Barbados. As mentioned above there was a Jonas Chappell in Princess Anne County who could have been that same person or possibly a descendant.
Ross Chappell has also injected an interesting point. It's certainly possible that the above Jonas Chappell could have been the father of George Chappell. Jonas Chappell died intestate in 1704. His meager estate was settled in favor of one Mary Woodhouse because of statements he made before his death. One explanation for this could have been that she could have been the mother of his out of wedlock child.
The records for the early days of the Virginia Colony are sparse and hard to come by. The following tidbits are what has been gleaned so far.
The Jamestown Colony was established in 1607. The first mention of the Barnes surname in Virginia was in 1608 when the “first supply” arrived at Jamestown from England. Among the arrivals was one Robert Barnes, listed as a “Gentleman.” However, he does not appear on the list of those known to have come to Jamestown before 1616 and who survived the subsequent hardships and the 1622 massacre to appear in the Muster of 1624/1625.
In 1624 there was a Richard Barnes who was a Jamestown resident who made a “detracting speech” about the Governor of Virginia. He was tried, convicted and punished by having “his arms broken and his tongue bored through with a awl,” then passed “through a guard of forty men and butted by every one of them and at the head of the troop kicked down and footed out of the fort, and banished from Jamestown.” (Kind of sounds like he might belong to us)
Lancelot Barnes was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1629-1632. Along with Adam Thoroughgood he represented Lower Elizabeth City County which at that time included the land south of Hampton Roads and extending to the North Carolina border, or essentially the land that constitued what eventually became Princess Anne County. He patented land in 1633.
In March of 1650 there is a Lower Norfolk court record in which a Peter Barnes is a sworn witness in what appears to be a coroner’s inquest. In 1652 there is a recorded will for a Peter Barnes who leaves his estate to an Elizabeth Windett. Elizabeth was identified as the daughter of Edmond Windett, and thus indicates that she wasn’t a descendant, and it would appear to indicate that he most likely died childless. However, another possibility might be that the reason Elizabeth Windett was an heir was that she might have been the mother of Peter Barnes' child born out of wedlock.
In 1676 one Alice Peters was granted headrights to 698 acres in Lower Norfolk County for transporting four persons to the colony, one of whom was Jno. Barnes.
In 1686 there is an Elizabeth Barnes who signed as a witness to the will of William Brocke. This is almost certainly the Elizabeth Barnes who was married to Anthony Barnes, and whose daughter, Elizabeth, married George Chappell.
Back in England there was an Anthonye Barnes who is listed as one of the early investors in the Virginia Company. Since the minimum investment was about one thousand dollars in today’s money, he was probably from a well to do family. The name Anthony is intriguing in that that is the name of George Chappell’s father-in-law and his brother-in-law. Also if the Barnes family is traced in Princess Anne County out into the mid 1800’s the name Anthony appears to be used over and over.
There are Barnes names on several other land patents but all of the rest were in other parts of the colony, and are not included in this discussion. At present there is no concrete evidence at all as to whether any of the above could be our Barnes ancestor. I think the two most credible candidates would be the Jno. Barnes who immigrated in 1676 or Lancelot Barnes. The date is a little problematical for Jno. Barnes because Anthony would probably have been old enough to have received headrights as well as Jno. (supposing Jno. was his father) and he is not mentioned, but this is still probably the most reasonable possibility. Lancelot would have been at the correct age to be Anthony’s grandfather, and so there would still be a missing generation. Lancelot's father could have been the Robert Barnes who arrived in 1608, but that would presuppose that Robert would have married, fathered a child and then either died or returned to England before the muster of 1624/25. However, the fact that Lancelot's name does not appear on the 1624/25 muster would tend to indicate that he arrived in Virginia after that date. There is a record of a Lancelot Barnes burial in Little Strickland, Cumbria County, in northern England on March 26, 1748. If this is the same person, it would, of course, indicate that he had returned to England prior to his death.
It's always interesting to speculate. In an effort to tie the above information together I came up with the following scenario. Lancelot Barnes could have been the father of Peter Barnes, who in turn could have been the father of Anthony Barnes, the father of Elizabeth Barnes who was married to George Chappell. The dates and generations work out, but there is absolutely no other evidence to support it. Another possible but unproven scenario could have the above Richard Barnes as the father of Peter Barnes (supposing Richard survived the ordeal of being tortured and thrown out of the colony).
Recently a review of church records from the Carribean Island of Barbados has unearthed a new line of evidence about the early Barnes family in America. Barbados, which was originally a Spanish possesion that was subsequently abandoned, became a British colony in the early decades of the 1600's. The British established sugar plantations that covered almost all of the farmable land. Iniitially the labor force required to work the land was supplied by indentured servants from Britain. The usual contract was for five years of service in exchange for passage. Then most of these workers moved on to mainland North America, many of them to the colony of Virginia.
In 1665 church records in St. Michael's Parish in Barbados record a marriage for Grivell Barnes and Elizabeth Jonnes. The baptisms of three children (Grivell in 1666, Susanna in 1668 and Anthony in 1670) were subsequently recorded. There were no further records found there and their names were not included in the census of 1679, possibly indicating that the family had moved on. In Princess Anne County there are records of an Anthony Barnes being a landowner in 1787. The Anthony Barnes born in Barbados would have been only 17 years old, so whether or not this is the same individual is problematical. However, it could be possible that the property descended to him by probate, although there was no indication that there was a guardian. It is possible that in these circumstances that in Virginia of that day he may have been considered a legal adult. It is intrigueing that the timeline would have been entirely appropriate for this to be the father of the Elizabeth Barnes who subsequently married George Chappell.
Emigration of Michael Brown
Where in Germany Michael was born and to whom has long been a question that is a source of frustration for those of us doing the searching. This long and complicated story has been painstakingly researched by Donna Gibson and this has gone a long way towards clarifying this situation and it is due to her efforts that the information that follows has been found. It appears to be certain that he is the Michael Brown on the passenger list for the St. Andrew Galley which sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia in 1737. We know from the date on his tombstone that he was born January 15, 1724 and so would have been only about 13 years old in 1737. Generally, only males aged 16 or older were put on these lists, so there was probably some sort of special circumstance involved. The evidence seems to point to the fact that he was an orphan and was the only male on board with that surname. Evidence also seems to point to the fact that he was travelling with the family of Wilhelm Ohler with whom he may have been serving as an apprentice blacksmith. The Ohler family appears in the 1730’s in Meckenheim, Germany, which is about 10 miles west of Mannheim in the Rhine Valley. Wilhelm Ohler married his wife, Ursula, in nearby Friedelsheim, Germany in 1734. He was a master blacksmith in Friedelsheim records and later in America Michael Brown worked as a blacksmith, so the supposition that he was an apprentice appears to be logical. There may have been other ties between Michael and the Ohler family. A record found in York County, Pennsylvania indicates that Wilhelm Ohler had been a sponsor for a child, Hans Michael Braun in 1735. Michael would have been at the correct age for this to have been a reaffirmation of faith done at the time of his confirmation.
There are actually three more pieces of evidence any one of which, if found, could wrap this up completely. These pieces would be the finding of Philip or Mary Wise’s probate records in Belmont County, DNA testing, and finding John’s birth record. When the Philip Wise family moved to Chester County about 1784, they had moved to an area where there were no German Reformed churches. This was in the southern part of the county, where there had been very little German settlement. The nearest German Reformed church would have been Zion Reformed Church in New Providence, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the records there do not have any information on the Philip Wise family. The early German Reformed Church in America struggled to obtain and retain clergy, and often they worked in cooperation with the like minded Calvinist Presbyterians. Oxford Presbyterian Church was nearby to where they lived in Chester County and later in Ohio the family had become Presbyterian. We could then surmise that they probably attended this church in Chester County. Unfortunately the church records there for the years 1775-1839 were destroyed by fire.
Many of the same problems that came up in our family also came up in the family of Samuel Wise. Information from cemetery and census records indicate that he was born in Pennsylvania in 1797. Like John, no birth record has been found and there was family lore that he was descended from the Accomack County Wises of Virginia. The following are the reasons I think Samuel was the son of Philip and Mary Wise:
1. Throughout his life he lived in close proximity to the Philip Wise
family, first in Pennsylvania, then in Belmont County, Ohio, and
then in Delaware County, Ohio, where his sister Catherine settled
and where some of the children of his brothers John and George settled.
The Emigration of Hans Ona
The only individual who originally fit the criteria for Hans Ona on the Ellis Island records is one Hans Lien from Romsdal, Norway, who immigrated to the United States in 1901. His birthday (1883) and origin (Romsdal) fit. Three of Hans’ siblings in Norway had taken the surname, Lien. Hans Lien came to America on the Teutonic from Liverpool, England. His destination in America was the farm of Lars Knutson in Odebolt, Iowa, a small town in the west central part of the state. The 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses asked for the year of immigration and the 1910 census listed it as 1905. The 1920 census lists it as unknown, and the 1930 census lists it as 1908 while listing Gudrun’s immigration as 1911 (it was actually 1908). When Gudrun came to America in 1908, Hans was living and working with the Herman Knutson family in Nelson County, North Dakota. This was the same surname as the family in Iowa where Hans Lien lived initially. This, however, proved to be wrong. Hans’ naturalization papers showed his immigration to be 1905. His name had been inappropriately listed as Hans Andreas Jemen on the Ellis Island records. Apparently the n-s in Jensen had been interpreted as m because of faulty handwriting. A search of the ship’s passenger list solved the problem. He had arrived on the Majestic from Liverpool and apparently went right to the Herman Knutson farm in Central Township, Nelson County, North Dakota.
Hans’ brother, Ludvig, travelled from Norway to America with Gudrun on the Majestic from Southampton, England. His name on the Ellis Island records is recorded as Ludvik Jensen. The year was 1908. Another brother, Nels, immigrated in 1913. His name on the Ellis Island records is Nels Ona. The dates on the Ellis Island records should be accurate. The data from the census records has to be taken with a grain of salt, since the census taker is just asking for the person involved to recall the date from memory.
In Robert Safford Bickel’s 1890 biographical sketch, there are five children mentioned as being born to Jacob and Catharine Bickel. These are Michael, James, Mary, Frederick and Anthony. Christina is not mentioned. Baptismal records for Christina and Mary have been found in the records of Salem Lutheran Church in Killinger, Pennsylvania and there are later marriage and census records that verify the existence of Michael, Frederick and Anthony. There has never been any other record found for James. James, however, is a common nickname for Jacob amongst Germans. This might have been what he was known as to avoid confusion because of having the same name as his father. Some accounts from Preble County, Ohio identify a Jacob Bickel married to Susannah Locke (Lock in some sources) in Augusta County, Virginia in 1794. The marriage record in Virginia, however, identifies the wife as Susannah Loucks. Our Jacob and Catharine Bickel were living in Augusta County at that precise time and so it is reasonable to assume this marriage involved their son, James (Jacob).
It has been speculated by one Bickel researcher that Christina may indeed have been Maria Christina and therefore may have been known as Mary to her siblings, and that the Anna Maria born in 1780 may have subsequently died in childhood. If so this would resolve the discrepancy in Robert Safford Bickel's biography. Christina later married Henry Castle (Cassell) in Wythe County, Virginia in 1797. Henry and Christina Castle moved from Wythe County, Virginia, to Preble County, Ohio, sometime before 1820. Subsequently there was a Jacob and Susannah Bickel who settled on a farm in Preble County about four to five miles from the Castle family.
There was a Jacob Bickel born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in 1777 and married to a Susannah Wilhelm. This family settled just across the county line in Montgomery County, which is just east of Preble. This Jacob died in 1844. Because property records for this couple do not contain Susannah’s maiden name they apparently became misidentified as the Jacob and Susannah Bickel from Augusta County, Virginia. However, I believe that Jacob Bickel and Susannah Locke (Loucks) actually settled in Preble County about 4-5 miles from where Jacob’s sister, Christina Castle, settled and where they are identified by property records.