A Southern Writer – Diane Story in Georgia

Nancy Elizabeth Paschal

Dream of Knights, Soldiers, and Nancy Paschal

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Today I saw the face of Nancy Elizabeth Paschal – a stoic face framed with a simple white bonnet. Heard she descended from Knights and Ladies; I was surprised at no smile, no regal bearing. She appeared tired, perhaps sad. Living in a log home, isolated in the country with no running water, no electricity – had to be hard. Imagine giving birth to thirteen babies under such conditions, at least her husband was a medical doctor. No doubt Nancy had her hands full attending patients arriving at all hours, not to mention her own children. And then there’s the fact her home was a working tannery. Her big round eyes told a story. Her shapely lips had something to say. Was she sad truly? Perhaps the photographer instructed not to smile. Or perhaps I looked upon a face who survived war fought on the homeland . . .

Much Baddow

Since it is likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of knights and heroic courage. ~ C.S. Lewis

William E. Paschal and Elizabeth Elliott had a daughter who married tanner-farmer-medical doctor, John B. Bentley of Lincoln County. That daughter gave birth to over a dozen babies and outlived her husband by twenty years – in a time when women commonly died in childbirth. She descended from Knights, Lords and Ladies with great Estates trod by Royalty, including the House of Bruce, Tudor, and Stuart. She descended from skilled artisans, governing officials, writers, soldiers, healers, and world travelers. She was third cousin to Mayor of Tahlequah (Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma). My great-great grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth Paschal, was a grand lady indeed!

More Much Baddow

No room in this book for extensive lineage, nor do I have access to that information. For practical reasons, John Pascal born in 1475, is the 1st generation of the Lineage of Nancy Elizabeth Paschal. Nancy was a Paschal born not in the Holy Land, not in France, not in England, but in America. William Penn led the way.

The Generations

1st generation John Pascal, born 1475 in Auvergne France, immigrated to Essex County, England with English wife, Margery Wiseman. Margery was widowed in England with two youngsters. Margery was born in Canfield of Essex, England 1476.

2nd generation John Pascall II – born 1495 in France, lived at Much Baddow of Essex, England. He possessed great Estates, died in 1544. His wife was Margaret Noke 1495-1575.

3rd generation Andrew Paschall – listed as Knight, born in Essex, England, 1531, died 1603, wife Jane Joane Pynchone of Essex, England.

Interesting Brother

3rd generation Andrew Paschall’s older brother, 3rd generation John Paschall III, 1519-1589, was first to hold Lordship of Great Baddow Manor and the Vicarage. Brass Monument in the chancel of a lady with a frill and hood inscribed: Here lyeth buried the body of Jane Paschall wife of John Paschall and daughter of Edward Lewkenor Esquire who deceased 16— (incomplete date 1614).

4th generation Sir Andrew Paschal II – born and died in England, 1573-1607, knighted July 23, 1603, at Whitehall (two ceremonial days before) Coronation of James I.

5th generation Thomas Paschal – born 1590, died January 26 about 1638. Will probated in Court of Canterbury, 1639. Had at least nine children.

6th generation William Paschal – born about 1608 in Bristol, England, died about 1670. Had four wives, six children with two wives.

7th generation Thomas Paschal – born March 13, 1633 (or 1634) in Bristol, England, died August 13, 1718, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; arrived in America 1682, Thomas was elected to the Provincial Assembly in 1685 and 1689, elected to Philadelphia Common Council 1701-1704.  English wife, Joanna Sloper, died in Philadelphia in 1707. Her parents: William Sloper and Joan Burrus of England.

Thomas Paschal, King Charles II, William Penn

Charles II (great grandson of Mary, Queen of Scots) owed a debt to the late Admiral William Penn, 1621-1670 (who was Member of the House of Commons 1660-1670). Charles II made good that debt by granting land to the admiral’s son: William Penn (1644-1718). Penn sold 500 acres to (7th generation) Thomas Paschal while Paschal and Penn were still in Bristol, England.

Philadelphia Business Directory, 1690 by Hannah Benner Roach: Thomas Paschall, pewterer, was Philadelphia’s first such artisan, probably having arrived in August 1682, from Bristol. A First Purchaser of 500 acres, his first settlement was “on the banks of the river Schuylkill,” when he sold his city lot in 1686 to Ann Lee, he was of Philadelphia County. By 1690, when he bought from Thomas Jenner a bank lot between Chestnut and High, he had moved to town, and was rated here on his Philadelphia estate assessed in 1693 at 150 pounds . . .