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John Musgrove, Sr.

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: William & Mary Parish, Charles, Maryland
Death: circa September 17, 1746 (59-67)
Fairfax , Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Cuthbert Musgrove, "The Mariner" and Dorothy Musgrove
Husband of Elizabeth Musgrove and Charity Musgrove
Father of Edward Gordon Musgrove; John 'the Tory' Musgrove, Jr.; Cuthbert Musgrove; Anne Moseley; William Musgrove and 4 others
Brother of Charles Musgrove

Occupation: Tobacco farmer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About John Musgrove, Sr.

John Musgrove was born in 1683 in Prince George Co., Maryland and died in 1746 in Fairfax County, Virginia, at age 63. His will was probated on 17 SEP 1746 in Fairfax County, Virginia.  He was a tobacco farmer who left 10 plantations in his will. 2 Nov 1971 correo from Hilda MUSGROVE JOHNSON, 1405 Ruth ST, Arlington, TX states.."According to Court records in Fairfax Co, VA he (John) was Gentleman, King's Magistrate, a wealthy land owner and prominent citizen".


  • Parents:  Cuthbert Musgrove was born on 1 Jun 1644 in Crookdale, Cumberland, England and died in 1687 in Prince George Co., Maryland and Dorothy.  The name of her parents is not known but possibly it was Harrison.


  1. ABT 1703 in Charles County, Maryland to an unknown woman who died before 1742.  An educated guess gives her name as Elizabeth Philpott.  See Charles County MD Rootsweb database

Children Include

  1. Edward Gordon Musgrove, born about 1716 in Charles, MD and died 1796 in Musgrove Mill, Laurens County, South Carolina; married (1) Rebecca Shaw in Fredrick County, Virginia; married (2) Hannah Fincher; married (3) Nancy (Ann) Crosby; married (4) Rebecca Beeks.
  2. John Musgrove born about 1718 in Charles County, Maryland and died 1781 in Newberry County, South Carolina.  Married Araminta Gordon.
  3. Cuthbert Musgrove born 1720 in Charles County, Maryland.
  4. Ann Musgrove born about 1722 in Charles County, Maryland.  Married Donald Moseley (Moxley).
  5. William Musgrove born about 1724 in Charles County, Maryland and died about 16 MAY 1778 in Loudoun County, Virginia, when inventory of estate was taken.  Married Verlinda possibly Wade.
  6. Mary Musgrove born 1738 in Fairfax, Virginia and died 1809 in Washington County, Tennessee.  She had a liason with a man by by the name of Jackson around 1746 and a daughter with him called "Rachel Jackson" (b ca 1746) She married Christopher Columbus Cunningham abt 1750 as his second wife;  15 children including Joseph Cunningham.
  7. Margaret Musgrove born about 1740.
  8.  Marilyn Musgrove born about 1742.

Musgroves in America

"The first found of this family was Cuthbert Musgrove who held a grant of land in Prince George's County, Maryland, and died there in 1687.  His one known child was John Musgrove who settled across the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia.  John Musgrove wrote his will in 1744 and it was filed in 1746, naming seven children: Edward Musgrove, John Musgrove, William Musgrove, Cuthbert Musgrove, Mary Musgrove, Ann Moxley (wife of Daniel Moxley) , and Margaret Musgrove.  To them he left ten plantations in Fairfax and Frederick Counties, Virginia, and the land in Prince George's County, Maryland."

Will Excerpt

WILL DATED 1 OCT 1744 17 Sep 1746 Book A pg 182 Fairfax Co, VA.

I give device and depose of the said in the following manner of form. In promise give and bequeath to my well beloved son Edward Musgrove my dwelling plantation that I now live on and all my stock hogs cattle and horses with all furniture belonging to the said plantation tables chests beds and bedclothes puter pots and pans with all and every article belonging to said plantation likewise I do will and give him that plantation which Henry Brent has rented of me with all my lands and houses in Maryland and negro fellow named Dick.

Item I do give to my beloved son John Musgrove that plantation that Joseph Hunt lives upon with all things belonging there unto and one negro boy called Tom and his horse saddle and bridle.

Item I do give to my son William Musgrove all part of lands and is now in dispute ................with one negro boy called George.. with half that track of land that I had of William Iea with two mares.

Item I give to my son Cuthbert Musgrove that plantation called Wilson's with that plantation upon Sherido River that I (bought?) of William Iea and Joseph King with half the track and half the stock of cattle hogs and horses with his riding horse Shaver.

Item I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Musgrove that plantation that is now held by Jeremiah purling with all things pertaining thereunto with one negro woman called Hannah with her saddle and briddle.

Item I give to my well beloved daughter Anne Mosley my quarter that is now in being with half that tract of land which I bought of James Baul and one negro garil called Judy and two cows big with calf and ten head of hogs two ewes(?) big with young with one grey mare and two horses. - Item I give to my daughter Margaret Musgrove that plantation and land that James Bolton lives on with two hundred acres of land upon Serindo river near to the ford with the benefit of half the stock belonging to the said plantation to be divided between her and her sister Marilyn with all my lands upon Sherindo River that is not mentioned upon Clearing the Deeds, Share and Share alike amongst all my children.


  • Had 150 acre tobacco farm at Shrewsbury, MD.
  • John Musgrave Sr. in turn was a son of Cuthbert Musgrave/Musgrove, a mariner from Crooksdale, England who became a tobacco farmer in Charles County, MD.  
  • Cuthbert was a son of William Musgrave of Crooksdale, England where records exist that he apprenticed Cuthbert to become a mariner.  Cuthbert's wife was named Dorothy as was apparently his mother.
  • Cuthbert Musgrave/Musgrove apparently died intestate and his son John Sr. inherited his property and willed it to his oldest son Edward, who sold it.  John Jr inherited land in Virginia and also half of wild horses breeding stock, which he took to South Carolina.
  • John Musgrove, Sr. appeared in 1701 on a Militia List in Staufford Co., VA and later purchased land there. As new counties were formed his same land was later located in Prince William County, then later again, in Fairfax Co., VA. The land was mentioned in his will.
  • Both Edward and John were the two oldest sons of John Musgrove, Sr., who left a will in Fairfax Co., VA. Two younger sons were William and Cuthbert. I have a good deal on William's line as well but can find nothing else on Cuthbert.[1]
  • The father of John Musgrove, Sr. appears to have been emigrant Cuthbert Musgrove and his wife, Dorothy. He did not leave a will and according to the laws of primogenture the elderst son inherited all the real estate. John Musgrove, Sr. was apparently the oldest son if not the only son.[1] 
  • John Musgrove, Sr. appeared in 1701 on a Militia List in Staufford Co., VA and later purchased land there. As new counties were formed his same land was later located in Prince William County, then later again, in Fairfax Co., VA. The land was mentioned in his will.[1]
  • Son, William was later in Loudon Co., VA, and died around the time of the Rev. War. Left no will but his estate records named a wife, Volinda and his children. Sons, John, Gilbert and Cuthbert A. Musgrove. [1]



  1. Phillips Family Line: Descendants of Gamel de Musgrave

McKee Genealogy  Updated 16 September 2003

  1. from GEDCOM on, Jack R. Lovett's tree
  3. Newberry SC Forums: Ann S. Grainger
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John Musgrove, Sr.'s Timeline

Charles, Maryland
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Fairfax, Virginia
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