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Robert Claggett 1490 Kent, England

Of Kent, England

The Claggett family were prominent land owners in colonial Maryland and Virginia. Their line is well-established and documented beginning in England, Colonial America, and later in Illinois.

Samuel Claggett III, b. 8 Feb 1797 in New Baltimore, Fauquier Co., Virginia married two sisters after the first sister died. He was the grandson of Revolutionary War Surgeon Dr. Samuel Claggett Jr. (1750-1821). Five of their eight children moved west to Lexington, Illinois during their lifetime:

  • Sanford, arrive Illinois 1841
  • Benjamin Franklin, arrive Illinois 1850-1857
  • James Augustine, arrive Illinois 1860-1870 m. Catherine "Kittie" Johnson.
  • Thomas arrive Illinois 1875-1880
  • Ann Elizabeth arrive Illinois 1880-1898

Only sisters Fanny and Julia remained in Warrenton, Virginia.

Randolph Tucker Claggett was a farmer in Lexington, Illinois, in 1895. He was born in Warrenton, Fairfax County, Va., May 10, 1858, the youngest son of James A. and Catherine Johnson Claggett.

Claggetts in the Civil War

The following paragraph about Thomas and Columbia Claggett was written by my grandfather, Johnson Tucker Beasley, whom I never knew. His mother was Ruth Matella "Mattie" Claggett, fourth great grand niece of our oldest known ancestor, Edward Claggett. The words are part of his record on the origins of his family. He was a bit of a family history buff and recorded quite a few names and dates that have been of help to me. He wrote:

"I am not sure that any of the Claggetts were in the Civil War, but the Claggett homestead is in Virginia near the site of the First Battle of Bull Run [First Mannassas]. I have heard my grandmother [Catherine Johnson] tell of having watched the battle from the back porch, and Uncle Tucker tells me his father carried him on horseback to the scene of the battle after it was over, and that the sight of row on row of wounded and dying was never erased from his memory."


Much of the Claggett or Clagett genealogy is directly or indirectly attributible to Brice Clagett, who wrote The Clagett Family: A Brief History of the Bame in England and a Register of all the Known Descendants of Capt. Thomas Clagett. Barb and Marc Roddin of Mountain View, California, based on Brice Clagett's work above, contributed information on the descendants of Captain Thomas John Clagett and his wife Mary. Linda Ball Gibson contributed information on Samuel Claggett III and his two wives, sisters Julia and Lucy Sanford. Charlie McNett of Bethesda, Maryland contributed valuable information on the descendants of Christopher Columbus Claggett. The descendants of Ferdinand Claggett were researched by  Robert Christman.

Source Information

The following sources may be of help to those researching the Claggett family.