- Sheriff, Military Service
NINIAN BEALL, b. in Sargo, Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1625. He held a commission as cornet in the Scotch-English Army, raised to resist Cromwell. He fought in the battle of Dunbar, 3d Sept. 1650, against Cromwell, and was made prisoner at that battle, and sentenced to five years servitude. He was sent with 150 other Scotchmen to Barbadoes, West Indies. About 1652 they appeared in the Province of Maryland. Ninian BEALL served his five years with Richard HALL, a planter of Calvert Co. (see also )
He seems to have identified himself with the Presbyterian Church of Maryland before 1690. During that year 200 Presbyterian immigrants came over from Scotland under his supervision. He located them along the Potomac River and called the settlement New Scotland. These immigrants brought with them Rev. Nathaniel TAYLOR. There is recorded at Upper Marlboro a deed of gift from Colonel Ninian BEALL to Reverend TAYLOR, of land in Upper Marlboro upon which to build a church. In 1707, Colonel Ninian BEALL presented the above church a costly silver communion set, made in London. A portion of this silver communion set is now in the Presbyterian Church at Hyattsville, Maryland.
COLONEL NINIAN BEALL had three brothers who settled in the Province of Maryland, namely: Thomas, John and George. Their descendants are numerous. He m. about 1670, Ruth MOORE, dau. of Richard and Jane MOORE, Barrister of St. Mary's Co., Md. He d. in 1717. He was bur. on his Rock of Dumbarton Plantation, at a point now Gay Street, Georgetown, D. C. When his body was removed, his skeleton was found to be perfect, and measured six feet seven inches, and his hair had grown long and retained its youthful color of red. [2, 3]