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Mary Naylor (Nailor) Wife of Benjamin Fowler Sr.

Originally Published March 9, 2005

Update #2 - March 13, 2005

Nicholas Naylor (believed to be the brother of Mary Naylor) was living in Madison, Pike Co., Indiana in 1820 - same township as Thomas Fowler, son of Zachariah Fowler and Sarah Polke. It is believed that Zachariah was the brother of Benjamin Fowler (married Mary Naylor).  Nicholas was over age 45 and does not show up in subsequent census records, so it's possible that he died before 1830.  Also there were several Selby families.  Fowlers and Naylors married into the Selby family in Prince Georges Co, MD and Kentucky.  This is further evidence of the relationship between Zachariah Fowler and Benjamin Fowler.  Also, it is further evidence of the relationship between Mary and Nicholas Naylor.

Clues gathered so far:

1. Nicholas Naylor was listed in the Migrations Project with a destination of Madison Co, Kentucky along with George Naylor (son of Batson Naylor). George Naylor died in Madison Co, KY in 1836.
2. Nicholas, Benjamin (son of Batson) and James Naylor were listed on the 1800 Green Co, KY Tax List.
3. Nicholas married Mary Selby in Prince Georges, MD; Benjamin Naylor married Deborah Selby in Prince Georges, MD; Benjamin Fowler married Mary Naylor in MD.
4. Nicholas Naylor was in Madison, Pike, Indiana in 1820 as was Thomas Fowler, probable nephew of Benjamin Fowler.
5. Benjamin Fowler was listed on the 1800 Madison Co, KY Tax List along with Jeremiah and Joseph Fowler.
6. Nicholas Naylor is listed on the 1783 Tax List of Upper Marlborough, Prince Georges, MD.  Batson Naylor (Junior) is listed on the 1781 Tax List of Upper Marlborough, Prince Georges, MD.  Benjamin Naylor is listed on the 1785 Tax List of Upper Marlborough, Prince Georges, MD.  Richard and William Fowler (possible first cousins of Benjamin Fowler) were listed on the 1779 and 1786 Tax List of Upper Marlborough, Prince Georges, MD.
7.  Richard Fowler, son of Jeremiah Fowler and Drucilla Isaac, died in Madison Co, KY in 1817. 
8.  Joshua Selby, grandson of William MacGruder Selby, was in Madison, Pike Co, Indiana in 1820.  His uncle, Joshua Wilson Selby married Sarah Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah Fowler and Drucilla Isaac.  Mary Selby who married Benjamin Fowler was the aunt of Joshua Selby.
9. ANCESTRY.COM MESSAGE BOARD - ADAIR, KY
Searching for Zion Baptist Church records in Adair County, Ky., Glens Fork, 1802-1896. In response to Bruce Patterson:Bruce, we are related thru old James Wilson Selby's son, Greenberry Selby (my ancestor) and yours, Sarah. The other brothers and sisters are Elizabeth, Polly, Joshua, James Jr., Simeon and Lloyd. These folks came from Prince George County, Md in 1798 (see Green County, Ky land entries). James Wilson Selby's brothers and sisters are Josiah, Lingan, Jeremiah, Thomas, and Zachariah. James and all his brothers and father, William Magruder Selby all served in the Revolutionary War (see Oath of Allegiance, 1776, Muster Roles, Archives of Maryland, Vol 18). William Magruder Selby died and his widow Martha Wilson Selby all came to Kentucky (see Adair Co Ky deed regarding Martha appointing NICHOLAS NAYLOR to sell slaves back in Prince George County, Md.)
10.  Nicholas Naylor (spelled Nalor) was on the 1789 Fayette Co, KY tax list along with John Fowler.  This John Fowler has not been identified but it is believed he was related to Benjamin Fowler - possibly a brother.
11.  Benjamin Naylor, the son of Batson Naylor and Margaret Fields, named his son James Nicholas Naylor.  He could have given the middle name Nicholas because he had a cousin named Nicholas.
12. Zachariah Selby, the first cousin of Mary Selby who married Nicholas Naylor, was listed on the 1807 and 1808 Butler Co, Ohio Tax List.  Butler Co, OH is where Benjamin Fowler and Mary Naylor Fowler lived in 1820.   Zachariah was also in Butler Co, OH in 1820 and 1830.

Putting the clues together it appears that Nicholas and Mary Naylor were closely related to Batson Naylor and Margaret Fields. Nicholas was not mentioned in the will of Batson Naylor so he may have been a cousin or nephew. 

Nicholas enlisted in the Continental Service of Maryland in the Revolutionary War along with an Alexander Naylor on Dec. 10, 1776.  Alexander was born about 1756 probably in Maryland.  He married Magdalena Unknown and Mary Mills and had one known son, Samuel, and two other sons whose first names are not known.  It is possible that Alexander was the brother of Nicholas and Mary.  The parents of Alexander are not known, however, Alexander married Mary Mills in Frederick, MD, and this is where Isaac Naylor and Barbara Goodman were married a few years earlier.  Isaac's parents were George Naylor and Vilanda Isaac.  It is believed that Vilanda Isaac was the sister of Drucilla Isaac who married Jeremiah Fowler (relative of Benjamin Fowler).  It is quite likely that Alexander, Nicholas and Mary were children of George Naylor and Vilanda Isaac.

1820 census - Madison, Pike, IN 1820
Nicholas Nailer (000001-00001) age 45+ Image 2
2 LINES AWAY: Jeremiah Selby (100101-01200) oldest male age 45+ Image 2
Z F Selby (000020-04101) Image 2  (Zachariah)
Thomas Fowler (100010-10100) oldest male age 26-45 Image 2
John Selby (000201-00001) oldest male age 45+ Image 2
Thomas Selby (100001-00001) oldest male age 45+ Image 2
NEXT LINE: Joshua Selby (200010-20010) oldest male age 26-45 Image 2
William Fowler (Washington Twp, Pike, IN) (100010-20010) oldest male age 26-45 Image 2

EARLY MARYLAND RECORDS:
NICHOLAS NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1783 (probable brother of Mary Naylor)
BATSON NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1778 (possible brother of Nicholas and Mary Naylor)
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1785 (brother of Batson Naylor Jr.)
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1793 (brother of Batson Naylor Jr.)
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1797 (brother of Batson Naylor Jr.)
RICHARD FOWLER MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1779 (probable 1st cousin of Benjamin Fowler)
WILLIAM FOWLER MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1786 (probable 1st cousin of Benjamin Fowler)
WILLIAM FOWLER MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1788 (probable 1st cousin of Benjamin Fowler)
WILLIAM FOWLER MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1799 (probable 1st cousin of Benjamin Fowler)

KENTUCKY CENSUS
NICHOLAS NALER KY Fayette County No Township Listed 1789
JOHN FOWLER KY Fayette County No Township Listed 1789

EARLY OHIO CENSUS
THADEUS SELBEY OH Trumbull County Mixed Townships 1808
THADDIUS SELBY OH Trumbull County Green Township 1809
THOMAS SELBY OH Fairfield County No Township Listed 1810
THOMAS SELBY OH Fairfield County No Township Listed 1810
WILLIALM SELBY OH Jefferson County Smithfield Township 1808
WILLIAM SELBY OH Jefferson County Smithfield Township 1810
WILLIAM SELBY OH Jefferson County Smithfield Township 1810
WILLIAM SELBY OH Jefferson County Smithfield Township 1810
WILLIAM SELBY OH Jefferson County Smithfield Township 1810
ZACHARIAH SELBY OH Butler County 1st District 1808
ZACHARIAH SELBY OH Butler County 1st District 1808
ZEKERIAH SELBY OH Butler County Miscellaneous Townships 1807

1840 census
Zachariah Selby Madison, Butler, Ohio (00010001-000000001) oldest male age 50-60 <1780-1790> Image 11
Casandra Selby Madison, Butler, Ohio (02012-0000101) Image 11
Leonard Selby Madison, Butler, Ohio (00110001-00110001) oldest male age 50-60 <1780-1790> Image 1
Middleton Selby Madison, Butler, Ohio (11213011-1112001) oldest male age 50-60 <1780-1790> Image 9
Peter Selby Madison, Butler, Ohio (2000001-12) oldest male age 40-50 <1790-1800> Listed next to Zachariah - Image 11
Parker Selby Reiley, Butler, Ohio (0002001-0010001) oldest male age 40-50 <1790-1800> Image 9

Records of Maryland Troops in Continental Service - Rev. War
First Regiment
Alex. Naylor, Sergt; enlisted Dec 10, 1776; Transferred
Nicholas Naylor, Sergt, Quarter Master Service, enlisted Dec 10, 1776

 

Update #1 - March 11, 2005

It has been learned that the son of Batson Naylor and Margaret Fields - George Naylor - was in Madison Co, Kentucky at about the same time that Benjamin Fowler was there (between 1801 and 1810).  George was in Mason Co, Kentucky in 1800 along with John and James Fowler.  George Naylor married Susannah.  Susannah's maiden was possibly Chapman.  Their children include:

George Naylor, married Jane (Rosa Ann) Newcomb
Susannah, married William Turner
Thomas Chapman Naylor, born ca 1773, married Rosanna Spencer and Jane
Edward B. Naylor, born ca 1778 in Maryland, married Jane Ballard
Elizabeth Naylor, married George Carroll

Edward B. Naylor went to Garrard County, Kentucky.  He and his wife, Jane, were located in the 1850 Federal Census living there.  Their son, Edward L. Naylor, was in Garrard County, Kentucky living next to them in 1850, along with his wife Jane and their children: Alen, Will E., Daniel, John, Margaret, Mary E, George N. and Elizabeth S.

Drucilla Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah Fowler and Drucilla Isaac, married Lingan Wilson Selby, son of William Macgruder Selby and Martha Wilson.  Lingan's sister Mary, married Nicholas Naylor born ca. 1760.  Benjamin Fowler married Mary Naylor b. ca 1765.  It is likely that Nicholas Naylor was a brother of Mary Naylor and Drucilla Fowler was closely related to Benjamin Fowler. 

The parents of Nicholas Naylor are not known but it is likely he was related to George Naylor.  Nicholas was on the 1800 Green Co, Kentucky Tax List along with Benjamin Naylor and James Naylor.  Nicholas was listed on early census/tax records of Prince Georges Co, Maryland along with Batson Jr., Benjamin, James, Joshua, Margaret, Mary and Susannah (see below).

Sources:

MIGRATIONS PROJECT:
Naylor, George
Of Prince Georges County, Maryland
bef 1810
DESTINATION: Madison,KY
PARENTS: Batson Naylor, Margaret fields
SPOUSE: Susannah

MIGRATIONS PROJECT:
Selby, Lingan PGC
Of Prince Georges County, Maryland
1785
DESTINATION: Green,KY
PARENTS: William Magruder Selby, Martha Wilson
SPOUSE: Druscilla Fowler

MIGRATIONS PROJECT:
Selby, Mary
Of Prince Georges County, Maryland
1785
DESTINATION: KY
PARENTS: William Magruder Selby, Martha Wilson
SPOUSE: Nicholas Naylor of Prince Georges County, Maryland
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdstmary/migrations/N.htm

MARYLAND CENSUS RECORDS:
NICHOLAS NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1783
BASTON NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1778
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1785
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1793
BENJAMIN NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1797
JAMES NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1797
JAMES NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1800
JOSHUA NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1781
JOSHUA NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1799
MARGARET NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1780
MARY NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1798
SUSANNAH NAYLOR MD Prince George's County Upper Marlborough 1793

 

Research Notes

Recently a message board posting was found that provided a clue to the name of Benjamin Fowler's wife.  She was Mary Naylor born about 1765/68 probably in Maryland.  Her parents have not been identified but it is believed she was a descendant of James Naylor and Ann Jones.

In 1790 James Naylor's son, George (m. Valinda Isaac) was living in Patapsco Lower Hundred, Baltimore, MD.  Also there were many other members of the Naylor family and three sons of Jeremiah Fowler and Drucilla Isaac (Richard, Isaac and Thomas), and Zachariah Fowler, believed to be the brother of Benjamin Fowler.  Benjamin and Mary have not been located in the 1790 census but it is believed they were living in Anne Arundel County, MD with his mother Hammutal Stinchcomb Fowler.

Related Information: Some Fowler families of Early Ohio and Indiana