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John Spotswood, Jr.

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Orange, Virginia, United States
Death: October 31, 1800 (52)
Orange, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John Spotswood and Mary West Spotswood (Dandridge)
Husband of Sarah "Sallie" Spotswood
Father of John Spotswood, III; Elliott Spotswood; Susanna Catherine Bott; Robert Spotswood; Sarah Atkinson Whitlocke and 6 others
Brother of Mary Randolph; Gen. Alexander Spotswood; William Dandridge and Anne Burwell

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About Capt John Spotswood Jr.

Birth: Jun. 7, 1748 Spotsylvania County Virginia, USA Death: Oct. 31, 1800 Orange County Virginia, USA

Captain John Spotswood, Jr. was the 2nd eldest child & Son of Colonel John Spotswood, Sr. by his wife Mary Dandridge, he was educated @ Eton College in England along with his brother Brig-Gen. Alexander Spotswood after the death of John & Alexander Spotswood's father Col. John Spotswood their Aunt & Uncle Colonel Bernard Moore & Anne Catherine nee-Spotswood Moore was left Guardian over them. He married 19 September 1771 @ Essex County, Virginia to Sarah "Sallie" Rowzie or Rowsie daughter of John Rowsie by his wife Susanna Brooke, He was commissioned Captain of the 10th Virginia Continental Line November 29, 1776, Wounded @ the Battle of Brandywine, Delaware September 11, 1777: then again he was Severely Wounded by a Cannon Ball which shattered his right thigh bone @ the Battle of Germantowne, Pennsylvania October 4, 1777 & taken Prisoner @ Germantowne, Pennsylvania, then in November 1780 he was released by British-Prisoner Exchange he was accompanied home by Dr. Robert Wellford a British Surgeon & didn't return to the Army, & Received Pensions. He had a Grandson named after the British Surgeon that helped him, named Robert Goode Welford Spotswood

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 Sarah Rowzie Spotswood (____ - 1805)

 Susanna Catharine Spotswood Bott (1774 - 1853)*
 John Spotswood (1774 - 1835)*
 Sarah Spotswood Atkinson Whitlocke (1780 - 1865)*
 Dandridge Spotswood (1787 - 1849)*
 Ann Spotswood Robertson (1792 - 1869)*
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Inscription: there was no Headstone with dates of birth & death just a field stone.

Burial: Spottswood Family Cemetery Locust Grove Orange County Virginia, USA Plot: not known

Created by: Spotsgenie Record added: May 12, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 129687779 _____________________________________

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A107499

Col. John Spotswood, Jr. served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Brandywine.

Col. John Spotswood, Jr. and his family are referred to in the "Family History of Dr. Robert Wellford ' who came to America as Surgeon of the Battalion of Royal Grenadiers in Gen. Howe's British Army.

From Dr. Robert Wellford's Family History:

"His very high professional merits were readily recognized. He was with General Howe when Philadelphia was captured, and, as a consequence, many wounded and disabled American victims of the disasters of Brandywine and Germantown fell into the hands of the British requiring medical care and attention. They were inhumanly cared for, and many curable wounded Americans died from utter neglect, if not wanton cruelty. To such an extent did this ill treatment prevail that Gen. Washington made a formal complaint, with threat of retaliation to Gen. Howe. He was so much impressed by the complaint and himself a humane gentleman, ordered investigation , which resulted in the disgraceful discharge of a Tory Surgeon, then in charge of the Hospital, and the substitution of my Grandfather. His administration of the high trust was eminently successful in preserving the lives of many American Officers and privates, and in winning for himself their affectionate regard. His success and popularity with the his patients provoked among the Hessians and other low toned British officers an antagonism which occasioned some professional discourtesy to him by his superior officers of the line, in resentment for which my Grandfather, while the British were in occupancy of Philadelphia, tendered his resignation, proposing to remain in America as a private practitioner. His many patients, relieved from captivity and restored to the Continental Army, were much attached to him, and bore such unanimous and appreciative testimony to his humanity and skill that his relations with the high officers of our Army were very cordial. One of his patients, who always attributed to him his preservation was desperately and it was supposed, mortally wounded at the battle of Brandywine or Germantown. He was Col. John Spotswood, ...grandson of the always venerated old Virginia Governor, whose name was given to the county of Spotsylvania, in which Fredericksburg was situated. Gen. Washington's early local and social associations made the Spotswoods and Washingtons very close friends, and the first acquaintance and ever after unbroken friendship of my Grandfather and Gen. Washington then began. When Col. Spotswood's brother came from Virginia to take his brother home, they both encouraged my Grandfather to accompany him-- advising him, as he proposed to remain in America, to make his home in Fredericksburg, then the home of Gen. Washington's mother and many kindred and within a few miles of the Spotswood estate of Newport upon the Rappahannock River. Gen. Washington concurred in this suggestion and proffered letters of introduction and recommendation to his old-time friends and kinspeople. I have in Richmond the original autograph of one of these letters addressed to Mr. Fitzhugh of Chatham immediately across the river from Fredericksburg, who was the Grandfather of Mrs. Robert E. Lee".


Captain John Spotswood

By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009

1. Captain John Spotswood Marker

Inscription. Spotswood park is dedicated to Captain John Spotswood born circa 1748, grandson of Royal Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia. Captain John Spotswood, soldier of the American Revolution, served honorably as a member of the Continental Army 10th Virginia Regiment. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine in September of 1777 and taken prisoner at Germantown in October of 1777. He retired on February 12, 1781 and died post 1800. Married to Sarah (Sallie) Rowsie on September 19, 1771, they established their home here at Orange Grove on part of his grandfather's original Germanna Tract. Their descendants lived on this land well into the 20th Century.

Presented to Lake of the Woods, Virginia by Susannah Chandler Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution May 19, 2007


Memorandum of the Ages of My Children - 1800 John Spotswood ۩ Sallie Rowzie Bible Page from SFD 2nd Vice President: Pattie Boykin Mary Voss was born 25 Aug 1772 J S 1 Feb 1774 Susan C Spotswood 17 Jan 1776 Sally S was born 1 Feb 1780 Robert Spotswood 8 Nov 1781 Lucy Spots 21 July 1783 Elliott Spotswood 21 Apr 1785 D Spotswood 28 Jan 1787 Norborn B Spots 20 July 1788 Ann Spot 1 Sept 1792 E. N. Voss was born 19 March 95 J. S. Voss was born 8 April 97 Jane C. Voss was born 8 August 98 Mary S. Voss was born 3 Feb 1800 Mary Voss departed this life on the 9 day of February 1800 The transcription above is exactly as handwritten on the Bible page. Since the page is dated 1800, it is apparent that the Mary Voss at the top of the page is Mary Spotswood, who married Nicholas Voss 30 April 1794 and produced the children shown below the double lines. The Mary Voss at the end of the document no doubt also refers to John and Sallie Spotswood’s firstborn daughter, Mary.


Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800 DEEDS DEED BOOK H 1771-1774 page 286 Nov. 21, 1771. John Spotswood , of Spts. Co., and Sarah, his wife, to Nathaniel Stevens, of Spts. Co. £45. 200 a. in St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co. No witnesses. No date of Record.

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June 7, 1748
Orange, Virginia, United States
Age 23
January 17, 1774
Age 25
Orange, Virginia
February 1, 1774
Age 25
Orange, Virginia
February 1, 1780
Age 31
Orange, Virginia
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April 21, 1785
Age 36
Orange, Virginia, United States
January 28, 1787
Age 38
Orange, Virginia