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Notes for Major Edward Dale

Edward Dale, born Bef. 1654 in London England; died February 02, 1694/95 in Lancaster County, Virginia. He was the son of William Dale and Elizabeth Elliot. He married Diana Skipwith Abt. 1650 in England.

Diana Skipwith, born May 27, 1621 in London England; died July 31, 1695 in Lancaster County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Sir Henry Skipwith and Amy Kempe.

Notes for Edward Dale:
from the William and Mary Quarterly, Vol 17

Major Edward Dale

Among the royalists who fled to Virginia after the death of King Charles I, were Sir Grey Skipwith and his brother in law Edward Dale, Gentleman. Sir Grey was the second son of Sir Henry Skipwith, Baron of "Prestwould", Leicestershire, whose ancestry goes back to the time of William the Conqueror. Lady Diana was Sir Henry's youngest child. Major Dale settle on the north side of Rappahannock River in Lancaster Co. and Sir Grey settle on the south side in what is now Middlesex Co. Major Dale soon became active in Lancaster Co. Affairs, serving as Clerk from 1655-1674: he was Justice of the County Court for 14 years; High Sheriff for four years; and a member of the House of Burgesses for 2 years. He and Lady Diana had 2 children: Katherine, who married Capt. Thomas Carter of Lancaster Co.; and Elizabeth, who married Capt. John Rodgers of Northumberland co.

The epitaph for Edward Dale's tomb is recorded in the Carter Prayer Book, now in the Virginia Historical Society. Of interest is the following excerpt:
As Nieghbor--Father--Husband he excelled and in early years crowned his other accomplishments by a felicitous marriage with Diana ye daughter of Sir Henry Skypwith of Preswold in ye county of Leicester Bart who is left a little while to mourn him.

Major Dale's will has disappeared, but his son in law Thomas Carter sealed his will in 1700 with the seal of the Dales. The crest on the seal identifies Edward as one of the Dales of Northampton, County of Chester and of London.

Major Dale had extensive land holding, 3400 acres. In 1674 he added 500 acres to daughter, Katharine Carter. In 1677 he added 600 acres to daughter Elizabeth Rodgers. He left his home plantation in St. Mary's White Chapel Parish (Lancaser co., near Barford) to grandsons Peter and Joseph Carter, who divided it in 1712.

Some of his extensive colleciton of books on law, medicine, history, religion, poetry and natural science are said to have been preserved by Carter descendants.

Major Dale left 12 pounds to daughter Elizabeth and the remainder of his estate to his Carter grandchildren. Daughter Katharine was named executrix.

He was a Major in the Lancaster County Militia. Records indicate that he had been a Major in the royal army.

Children of Edward Dale and Diana Skipwith are:

Elizabeth Dale, married William Rogers.

Katherine Dale, born Abt. 1652 in Lancaster County, Virgina; died May 10, 1703 in Barford, Lancaster County Virginia; married Thomas Carter , Sr May 04, 1670 in Barford, Lancaster County, Virginia.


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