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Joseph Bogle I, 1706

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Scotland, UK
Death: 1780 (74)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Bogle, 1681 and Margaret Bogle, 1685
Husband of Margaret Bogle, 1708
Father of William Bogle; Malcolm Bogle and Joseph Bogle II

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About Joseph Bogle I, 1706

By 1771, one Joseph Bogle, owned two hundred acres in Pennsylvania, and in 1772 was living here with two horses and two cows. In 1775 an Andrew Bogle appears as owning a horse and cow. In 1779, a Joseph Bogle bought the William Armstrong tract in Pennsylvania, and in the same year sold it to William Stewart. The Dames of Bogle disappear from the tax-list of Pennsylvania in 1779, presumably because this Joseph died, and his three sons inherited their father's land in 1780, and then the sons moved on to the frontier. I am not sure with certainty which Joseph Bogle owned the property mentioned above. It appears to be this Joseph, but could be another Joseph, such as his son or a grandson who were also called Joseph Bogle, and were members of the same Pennsylvania family.


Bogle history in the book, "Bogles in Old and New Worlds", compiled & edited by Leila Mason Eldridge 1937. Her daughter is: Leila Eldridge D'Aiutolo,


JOSEPH 1 BOGLE was born Abt. 1700 in Scotland. He married in 1728 in Scotland, name of wife unknown.

The three sons of JOSEPH BOGLE are:

i. MALCOLM b. Abt. 1728, Scotland; d. 1799, York County, PA.

ii. WILLIAM b. Abt. 1729, Scotland; d. Abt. 1818.

iii. JOSEPH II b. 1730, Scotland.

The three brothers separated:

1. Malcolm settled and died in Pennsylvania, his descendants moved to Ohio

2. William settled in North Carolina

3. Joseph Bogle II moved deep into the Tennessee frontier, he married a Jean, in Scotland in 1752.

The three sons accompanied or followed their father Joseph I to America. The family were patriots in the American Revolution, while they lived in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Joseph I Bogle's will was written on December 14, 1789. He died in Tennessee in 1789.

The permanent settlement of this Bogle family in America may have been motivated by the events of the Killing Times of Scottish Covenanters (Presbyterian Covenanters) as these events resulted in an extensive nationwide Scottish diaspora. Many fled to Northern Ireland, before moving to America.

Brothers Joseph Bogle, Malcom Bogle and William Bogle are found in the "Alphabetical Listing of the Inhabitants of York County" for the year 1762. They are listed as living in Windsor township, York County, Pennsylvania and it is believed that they were brothers. Family tradition is that the Bogle families left Scotland perhaps going to Ireland and immigrated from County Downe, Ireland to Pennsylvania. From Pennsylvania the families and/or descendents migrated to Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.

In 1763 William Bogle is residing in York Co., Pennsylvania; along with Joseph and Malcolm, who died in York Co., PA 1799. A land deed recorded 1763 in York Co., PA specifically mentions Joseph’s brother William. Joseph is listed with the taxables in Fermanaugh Twp., Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania 1771-1778. He is not listed in 1782 so it is assumed he had moved by then. Joseph moved to Blount County (then North Carolina), Tennessee in 1786. His will is dated 14 Dec 1789 and is recorded in Knox Co., Tennessee 17 July 1792 (Blount Co was formed from Knox Co. in 1795). The Samuel Bogle (son of William) settled in Wilson Co Tn from Iredell Co, NC circa 1800. Members of the Malcolm Bogle line are known to have settled in Ohio.

Other than the land deed mentioning Joseph Bogle’s brother William I have no other documentation that tells us Blount county Joseph and William are brothers. There is a 1767 York Co PA civil court record referring to land deeded to William that adjoins Joseph Bogle. William Bogle is listed in the 1790 Cumberland Co.,PA census. I have seen research by others saying William and Mary Bogle came to Rowan Co, N.C. about 1776 from Franklin Co., Pa. formerly Cumberland Co.; about 1786-1792 they moved to Wilson County, Tenn. where William died abt. 1818. It is not likely that William lived to age 88 years and outlived all of his sons. William Sr. probably died in NC or PA. The William Bogle shown on the Wilson County Tax lists is likely the son of Samuel Bogle. This William is also probably the same William Bogle who appears in the Edwards Co IL 1820 census along with several other former Wilson Co., TN families. He left orphans who appear later in Gipson Co., TN with some of the same families who had settled in Edwards Co. IL.

The earliest record I have found for the Bogle family in NC is recorded 1769 in Rowan Co. where Samuel, Robert & James Bogle are shown on the 1778 Rowan Co. Tax list in Capt. Falls District. Samuel Bogle was also listed as bondsman for his sister Martha’s 1776 marriage to Samuel Bryson recorded in Rowan Co., NC.

Wilson Co., TN records indicate that Samuel along with sons Robert, William removed to Wilson Co., TN early. Samuel’s name is on the 1805 Wilson County Tennessee tax list in Capt. Leech’s district on Sanders Fork. I find no entry for Samuel Bogle on the 1800 NC census so the move could have been prior to that or he may have been on the road in 1800. Maybe they stopped off to visit their Blount County relatives along the way? Samuel’s will was probated in Wilson Co., TN in 1806. Samuel’s sister Martha and her husband Samuel Bryson also migrated to Wilson Co., TN. Samuel & Martha Bogle Bryson are listed in Buncombe Co., NC in 1800 but moved to Wilson Co.,TN circa 1807. Tennessee celebrated statehood in 1796 and Wilson County was formed from Sumner County in 1799. If there are earlier records of migration than 1804 I have not found them in Sumner Co or other TN county records.

Is the James listed on the 1778 Rowan Co., TN tax list the same James who died in Franklin Co., PA? The tax list entry is all I find of James in Rowan or Iredell Co records. He may have never lived there or did not stay long. Isabella HALL left a will in Cumberland Co., PA dated February 1, 1790 and probated May 14, 1793. It names daughter Mary Bogle and son-in-law James Bogle. It makes no mention of residence of James. No records were found in Cumberland Co. after 1781 for James son of Joseph Bogle because he had removed to Va. where he died about 1788. So we know the James Bogle mentioned in this will and listed in the 1790 Cumberland Co census is not the son of Joseph Bogle.

James Bogle who married Mary Hall is likely the son of William Bogle. I am told that this James died in Franklin Co.,PA but have seen no proof of that. There are deeds recorded in Franklin Co.,PA that refer to James Bogle & wife Sarah and there are references to James Bogle of Cumberland Co., PA as well as transactions of Joseph Bogle and his wife Rachel. Joseph Bogle is brother of James and married Rachel Maes. This Joseph left a will dated June 25, 1807 which was probated 1811 in Franklin Co PA. It names his brothers, his sisters and nephews. He refers to his brother Robert as being dec’d. (He died 1802 in Iredell Co, NC)

It is also possible that James & Mary Hall Bogle are the parents of George Bogle. George removed in Wilson Co.,TN from Iredell Co., NC after 1810. George H. Bogle’s name appears on the Wilson Co.,TN tax list in 1804, 1805 & 1807 showing unpaid taxes for property on Spencer Creek. He is listed on the 1810 Iredell Co., NC census but appears on the Wilson Co. TN census in 1820. My records indicate that George was born circa 1786. If this is correct and he is the same george found on the Wilson Co. TN tax list in 1804 he was a landowner at the young age of 18. How did he acquire property? Was it inherited?

With the Bible records left by Jenny Smith Bogle, wife of Robert Bogle who died 1802 in Iredell Co NC, we have additional evidence of the family relationship for the William Bogle family. The bible states that Robert’s parents were William Bogle & Mary. Robert’s son William also left a bible record of his family. This group remained in NC and has been well recorded.

I have much more on the middle TN Bogle families. I have done extensive research on them and am a direct descendent of Samuel Bogle and his sister Martha Bogle Bryson. My hopes are to publish this information in a manuscript soon to share with all. In the meantime I hope this small bit of information will help others and possibly stimulate further research on this line. _____________________________

Bogle Family Records, edited by Leila Mason Eldridge, LDS Microfilm #1036658, pp. 46-48

11 Jul 1752, York Co., Pennsylvania, WB A: 56, Will of Francis Cambel, wife, Elizabeth, Son John, daus. Janet & Marthon, brother-in-law: Robert Maxell & uncle Samuel Boyd of Druore Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. wit. Malcom Bogle, Joseph Bogle, John Barnes.

14 Jun 1763, York Co., Pennsylvania, DB B, p. 95, Joseph Bogle of Windsor Twp., York Co., Yoeman to Adam Taylor "a certain tract of land whereon my brother, William Bogle, lately dwelt." The land was in Windsor Twp. Adjoining his other lands and John Burns, 50 a., granted to Joseph by a warrant from the Proprietaries of the Province, bearing the date of 10 Sept 1750.

15 Jun 1763, York Co., PA DB B. p. 98, An account deed is between Adam Taylor and William Bogle, weaver, cites that the land was granted to Joseph Bogle 10 Sept 1750, and conveyed it to Adam Taylor, and now Taylor, who owes William Bogle 62 pounds conveys the 50 acres to William Bogle.

Oct 1767, York Co., Pennsylvania, Civil Court Docket, Davis McConaughy Esq., High Sheriff of York Co., came into Court and acknowledged his deed to William Boagle, dated 20 Oct instant for a certain improvement and tract of land situated in Windsor Twp. Adjoining lands of Joseph Boagle, John Barns, & David Jackson. ("Codorus Chronicle, the History & Genealogy of York Co., Pennsylvania", Vol. II, No. 1, May 1984, SW Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, p. 20)

Abstracts 1785-1795: Will Book E: Cumberland Co, PA, Page 295, HALL, ISABELLA, Newton-February 1, 1790. May 14, 1793. Dau. Mary, wife of Robert McQueen, her dau. Rosy McQueen. Granddau. Isabella McQueen. To each of dau. Mary's children. Granddau. Ruth Cook, minor.

Dau. Sarah Bogle. Hugh Hall. Exs: Son-in-law James Bogle and bro.-in-law Saml. McCormick. Wit: George Little, John Scouller, Francis Donald.

Jenny Bogle Family Bible, (Statesville, NC), This bible is in the care of the Craighead-Dunlap Chapter DAR in Wadesboro, NC.

William Bogle Family Bible, Statesville Library, (NC:Statesville).



A Robert Bogle bought property in Fredricksburg, VA from George Washington on April 3,1753. This property was bought by Robert Bogle probably of the Glasgow merchant family with business partners, not by this Joseph Bogle.

RECORD of purchase of property from George Washington: April 3, 1753. GEORGE WASHINGTON of King Geo. Co., VA., Esqr., to Andrew COCHRANE, John MURDOCK, William CRAWFORD, junr., Allan DREGHORN, Robt. BOGLE, junr., of Glasgow, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, Merchants and Partners. £280 curr. Lots 33 and 34, in town of Fredericksburg. No witnesses. April 3, 1753

This Joseph Bogle is likely some sort of distant cousin of George Bogle of Daldowie Jr.(born 1701), who was the successful Glasgow / Virginia merchant, as one of the great Tobacco Lords of that era, a West Indies sugar trader, and Rector of the University of Glasgow. However whatever the connection might be, it is unknown at this time.

That Bogle family of Scotland was one of the wealthy merchant families of this era due to import trade with the New World, where sugar and tobacco was grown in America and then imported into Glasgow, the ancestral home of the Bogles, who were a merchant family.

Once the Revolutionary War of independence began, the Bogle family lost their trading opportunities with Scotland due to trade restrictions between the colonies and Britain and they entered other professions.


There was a BOGLE merchant family of Glasgow who beginning in the mid-1600's, who made vast fortunes in international trade and banking. In particular, they traded with the southeastern American colonies, purchasing tobacco, brokering it to France and Holland, and setting up a series of Tidewater and frontier stores that reached maryland to Florida.

Around Glasgow, the merchant shipping trade was an oligopoly highly concentrated (50-80%) in the hands of just a few families. Among these were the Bogles, Donalds, Dunlops, Cunninghames, Glassfords, Murdochs, Nisbets, Oswalds, Riddells, Ritchies and Speirs.

As Devine notes in his work, The Tobacco Lords, those men were all the sons of Glasgow merchants. Most had been sent by their families to live and work for some period of time in the American colonies, not as colonists, but in order to establish business ties there. In due course, they incorporated themselves into partnerships that in turn formed networks, trading in wine form Lisbon and Madeira, rice and flaxseed from South Carolina, wheat, fish and tobacco from Maryland, and later sugar and cotton from the Caribbean.

To establish such a trading empire required not only large sources of capital, but also contacts who would honor letters of credit, insurance notes, and customs declarations in Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean and Dutch, Danish, French and British colonies, as well as Scotland.

The Board of Trade and officially enfranchised merchants in London and Liverpool turned a blind eye on, and yet descried, such hugely profitable operations, especially the repeated undercutting of prices to captive planters, and the winning by the Bogle Company of the large annual French state contract for tobacco at Le Harve.

The Scots traders drew on the Auld alliance with France, the marriage of the Bogle and Sinclair family (who were considered the last refuge of the Templar bankers), and a staunch relationship with Jewish trading partners across Europe, by the principles in these Glasgow firms.

Perhaps the most valuable asset of the 18th century Scottish businessmen was not his capital, but rather his good reputation and connections. The prestige and influence of the well-known families in the Glasgow tobacco trade meant that they had little difficulty in securing credit from contacts in other parts of Britain or Europe. One of the Bogles borrowed freely in the 1720s because his father's credit "was as good as ever" and consequently his son "can never want money when you think to borrow it and that without paying interest on it."

Once the American Revolution began, the tobacco trade was disrupted and the Glaswegian merchants hence turned to manufacturing.

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