Two Hundred & Twenty Years Later

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks – Weeks 27 & 28

Independence & Travel

My daughter and I walked the streets of Williamsburg, Virginia, two hundred and twenty years after the American Colonies claimed their Independence from England. It would be a few years later that I learned of family connections to Williamsburg; my 7th great Grandfather, Daniel, several of his brothers and cousins were participants in Revolutionary War efforts. One was the Keeper of the Magazine, another a messenger for George Washington, and others, public servants, “donating” supplies to the Revolutionary Soldiers.

Kristen and I went to Williamsburg to participate in a Historical Fiction event in July of 1996. In preparation for our trip I sewed a colonial dress and apron for Kristen; she wore the costume all day, despite the 90-degree heat. She carried her American Girl Doll, dressed in a matching costume in a basket. Kristen participated in colonial lessons for girls of the revolutionary period, including games, needlecraft and tea.

We toured the restored city of Williamsburg; Virginia’s first capital; the Palace, Courthouse, Magazine, and other historical buildings. We ate lunch in the garden of Chownings Tavern across the street from Market Tavern, later to be learned, was run by our ancestors. We attended a candlelight concert in the Palace one evening and participated in a “Ghost Walk” through the village another night. We spent a day touring Carter’s Grove Plantation; established in 1755, (which is no longer owned by Colonial Williamsburg.)


I returned to Williamsburg in 2005, for an adult trip; with my friend Babbs. That time we toured the Shirley Plantation, established in 1612, both plantations were along the James River. There was more shopping, reading historical markers and touring Museums, than the trip with my then eight-year-old daughter.  We had a relaxing colonial evening meal at Christina Campbells Tavern, with delicious sweet potato biscuits.

Last year on a whim, I visited again, with my longtime friend Karen; we had lunch at Chownings Tavern on our way traveling to North Carolina. We walked across the street  and they had added a plaque on the Market Street Tavern, identifying the Maupin Family ownership.


There is more I need to research and document sources on our Maupin linage. I’d love to visit again; this time to see Yorktown where our Maupin’s arrived in 1700.

 My Williamsburg Roots:

My 8th Great Grandparents, Huguenot immigrants Gabriel Maupin (1666 France – 1720) and his wife Marie Hesant (1664 France – 1664) arrived in Yorktown, VA in 1700. They were the Tavernkeepers in Williamsburg, VA. Both are buried in the Burton Parish Church Cemetery, Williamsburg VA.

68016810_130218336806Daniel Maupin, born in 1700 in England or on his parent’s journey to the Colonies. He married Margaret Via (1701-1784) in 1719, in Virginia. Daniel is recognized for Revolutionary Military Service as a Public Servant.

“A claim for 350 pounds of beef taken by W. Lewis for Continental use was allowed at a court held in Albemarle County, May 13,1782. Court Booklet of Albemarle County, Virginia, page 24.
At Court held for Albemarle County the eleventh day of September Anno Domini MDVVLXXXII. Present Nicholas Lewis, Clifton Rhodes, Rueben Lindsay and James Kerr, Gent. : Daniel Maupin’s Certificate for 291 lb rye flour furnished for Continental use . Received and allowed to 25/. Albemarle County, Court House.

Daniel & Margaret  are buried on the land of their estate in Whitehall, Albemarle Co, Virginia.

Jessie Maupin Sr. (1740, Hanover Co, VA – ???) Married Lucy Jones (1736 -1829 Franklin, VA.) ( NOTE: The two Jessie’s have been combined  over the years, one Jessie died in Madison Co, Kentucky,  in 1827, I need more time to research)

Jessie G. Maupin Jr. (1880 Albemarle Co, VA – abt 1821-1833?) Married Susanna Dent (1787 Henry Co, Virginia -1825 – 1833 Missouri) in 1808 in Henry, VA. Jessie JR. served as a Private in the War of 1812; he fought in the Battle of New Orleans. He was awarded a land grant for 160 acres in Arkansas Territory for his military service. Oral family history tells of him being struck by an arrow while crossing a river on a small boat about 1822.  Many Questions still remain.

mary Ann MaupinMary Ann Maupin (1811-1878) Her father Jesse died when she was 10 years old; her older brother George only 13, and younger sister Elizabeth Ann was 8. I have not been able to trace where they went after their parent’s deaths as they aged into adulthood. Some appear in Green Co. Illinois and others like her younger brother Henry, in Callaway, Missouri. (Baby brother Henry had guardianship papers filed on his behalf in 1833, giving guardianship to her father’s cousin George, son of Mosias Maupin, Jesse JRs brother.

Mary Ann married Lewis Francis Lynn (1800-1856) on August 12, 1838 in Greene Co. Illinois.They had four children, my third Great Grandfather, Lewis John Lynn (1842-1891,) MaryAnn Elizabeth Lynn (1845-1914) Frances Marion Lynn (1948-1925) and Marticia Ellen Lynn (1851-1923.) Mary Ann Maupin died a widow, in Carlin Precinct, Calhoun Co. Illinois.

Mary Ann Maupin was Great Grandmother, to my Great Grandmother Maggie Jane Lynn. I love to hear from other Maupin/Lynn decedents.


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As an elementary school child, each member of the class was assigned a week on the school calendar to be “Student of The Week.” The task was to create a small bulletin board in our classroom, with pictures and written script, telling our story. Part of the assignment was to tell about our heritage. My parents told me I was Irish, German, Polish, English and French. I remember looking up the flags of each country in the World Book Encyclopedias, borrowed from the neighbor, and created construction paper flags for each country. I included pictures of my parents, grandparents and two great grandmothers. The challenge was I always wanted to know more. I began researching my family history and charting family trees in the mid 1990’s. I wanted my daughter to know where she came from. I devoted more time to my research in 1999, thinking it would my Millennial Project and completed by year end 2000. The thing about genealogy, is that you are never finished, there will always be a new clue to research or a further story to tell. In the last year, I decided I wanted to share my research and tell my ancestor’s stories; combined with Amy Johnson Crowe 52 Ancestors in 52 Week Challenge, that is what I plan to do.

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