- Does anyone know how this family might be related by blood to the family of immigrant Isaac Lansdale (I3912) and Margaret Lancaster? He is on the Maryland Mysteries page because he is the root of one of the two Lansdale trees on this site. Thanks to family researchers the Browns for their help with this family.
Edwin Pountney Davis (S199) assigns him to be the son of John (b. 1721, I3923), son of Isaac Lansdale and Margaret Lancaster, though he admits that this was an arbitrary guess made simply because of dates. The dates would fit, but there's no evidence of this at all. The dates also fit to place him as the child of other Lansdales as well, including at least one of Isaac's other children.
His children are born (and in Henry's case married) in the same parish that Isaac Lansdale III and Catherine Murchoch Brooke are married in; this might be a hint of a connection between the two families?
On 12 Oct 1774, he appears in Prince George's Co. as the owner of a land grant named "Middleton's Lot," 106 Acres.
In the 1776 census for Prince George's County, this is how the family appears. Elizabeth Scarfe might be a sister of Charles Lansdale?
Charles Lansdale, 34
Richard Littlemore, 44
John Scarfe, 36
Harry Lansdale, 5
Elizabeth Wheeler, 68
Catherine Lansdale, 40
Elizabeth A. Lansdale, 7
Susanna Lansdale, 1 Mo.
Elizabeth Scarfe, 40
According to Davis, "He took the Oath of Fidelity in P.G. Co.., 1778; in the Census of 1776, P.G. Parish, he is given as age 34, his wife Catherine age 40; in the Census of 1790 for P.G. Co., he has 2 males over 16; 3 females; and 7 slaves in his household."
I assume that this is him, because of his role in the Revolution (see below): "Piscataway was one of the stops on the post route from Annapolis to St. Mary's County, established in 1757. For a number of years Charles Lansdale of Piscataway was the post rider. Mr. Lansdale also carried on a business of breeches making and staymaking, taking and delivering orders along his post route" (136). The sources for this are notes in the Maryland Gazette. This is interesting because it places him in Piscataway.
He was a courier during the Revolutionary War; he appears in DAR Lineage book 86, #85178, as a "dispatch bearer for the Maryland Line." His name is also "Landsdale." The following are from the Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, April 1, 1778 through October 26, 1779, which can be found on-line at www.mdarchives. state.md.us:
According to Peden, Charles Lansdale of PG County "received payment by order of the Council of Maryland ‘out of the money remitted by Congress for the Purchase of Provisions to be delivered over to Thomas Claggett, Purchaser for Prince George's County' on 24 Apr. 1778; . . . submitted an account for riding express on 1 Jul. 1780; . . . received payment by order of the Council of Maryland ‘of the New Emission of this State to be delivered over to Daniel Jenifer, Commissary for Charles County' on 29 Sep. 1780."
Vol 12, page 79 - 80
"To the Committee of Observation of Charles County.
We have sent you two hundred Pounds by Charles Landsdale, which we request the favour of you to apply to the Account of Subsistance of that part of Captain Bealls Company Stationed at Port Tobacco.
19 July 1776"
Vol. 12, page 119
"To the Deputies for Maryland in Congress.
.....There are some flying reports of their having landed at Mr. William Brent's and burnt his Houses, which are confirmed this day by Charles Landsdale. He says 'tis feared they are landing on Colonel Smallwood's Estate- the last he heard of them was yesterday and the report was they were landing on the Maryland side near Colonel Smallwood's."
Vol. 21, page 8
"[Council to D. Jenifer.]
In Council 3d April 1778
We shall take Care to send you some Money by the first good Opportunity Charles Landsdale is sick and a Stranger rides for him.."
Vol. 21, page 39
"That the said Treasurer Pay to Charles Lansdale Forty five Pounds to be delivered over to William Beans as per Account passed by the Aud. General.."
Vol. 21, page 56
"That the said Treasurer Pay to Charles Lansdale nine hundred & twenty seven Pounds, fourteen shillings & three Pence out of the money remitted by Congress for the Purchase of Provisions to be delivered over to Thos Claggett Purchaser in Prince Georges County..."
Vol. 21, page 105
That the said Treasurer Pay to Charles Lansdale sixteen Pounds eighteen shillings and four Pence for the use of Adam Lucas and the further Sum of eight Pounds ten shillings and four Pence for the use of James Hawkins per Accts passed by the Auditor General..."
Vol. 21, page 470
"Saturday 10th July 1779
That the western shore Treasurer pay to Charles Lansdale One hundred and Fifty Pounds due him per Account passed by the Aud. Genl.." [4, 5, 6, 7]