MD - NC
Joseph Clift II was born ca. 1740-42 in Talbot County Maryland. He was married there to Mary Edgell in 1769. Mary was born in Dorchester County, Maryland ca. 1755, the daughter of James and Mary Edgell.
James Edgell was born ca. 1724 in Dorchester County Maryland and was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, enrolling in the Maryland militia and serving from Maryland Province to New York from July 1776 until the first of December next. He died in Caroline County Maryland before May 1782.
Joseph Clift II served in the American Revolution as a mariner on Captain T. Noel’s sloop, and lived in Caroline County, Maryland during the war. He took the Oath of Fidelity to the State of Maryland on February 26, 1778.
In 1783, he owned 148 acres in Caroline County adjacent to Edgells Venture Race Grounds. He also owned 2 horses, some cattle and pigs, and had six males and one female living in his household. About 1785, Joseph Clift II and his family moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died there on April 21, 1790 at the age of forty-nine, the day before his youngest son, Benjamin was born. Joseph II and Mary were the parents of eight children:
Joseph Clift III – born ca 1770 in Maryland, married Sarah Guerin.
James Clift – born ca. 1772 in Maryland, married (1) Alice Hitchcock and (2) Martha Knipper.
Henry Clift – born ca. 1775 in Maryland, married Sary Bond.
William Clift – born ca. 1774 in Maryland, married (1) Nancy ? (2) Mary Casey Penland.
John Clift -
Catherine Clift - married James Roach.
Mary Clift - married William French.
Benjamin D. Clift – born April 22, 1790 in North Carolina, married four times.
Source: Research of Mrs. Zela McBride, Pima, AZ and Mrs. Helen House Loeb, New Orleans, LA.
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 Capt. Phillip Feddelman’s muster roll, Liber 26, folio 139, Archives of the State of Maryland, Calenday of Maryland State Papers. Helen House Loeb NSDAR #549641.