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  • ID: I28000
  • Name: John ARNEST
  • Surname: Arnest
  • Given Name: John
  • Prefix: Dr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1780 in Probably Virginia
  • Death: ABT 1830 in "Nomini Hall", Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • _UID: 5B9D892B291E0346B2CB9E3E4C9EB0376602
  • Note:

    Ancestors of the 5 sons of James Dall Brown, Sr. and Lucy Wilmina Kellam Mayo Brown Bowman

    Excerpts taken from this web site

    A. John Arnest received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1808, practiced in Baltimore, was Secretary of the Medical and Chiurgical faculty, 1813-1817, surgeon's mate 51st Regiment Maryland Militia, 1814, attending physician Baltimore General Dispensary, 1811-1814; died at Nomini Hall, his will was admitted to probate at Montross, Westmoreland County, Virginia, May 24, 1830 (this will refers to "the county seat near Baltimore where my mother and father are buried). The will of John Arnest refers to his wife, Juliet, and children by her designated as Benjamin, James, Joseph Nicholson, Mary and "one now pregnant"; and children by his first wife Ann Maund designated as: George, Thomas, Sophia and John. John Arnest

    B. Children of George Brown and Mary Arnest are:

    i. Mary Willoughby Brown, born 12 Mar 1878 in "Drum Bay," Wesmoreland Co., VA; died 1941 in Princeton, NJ; married (1) John Rogers Williams; died Unknown; married (2) Fisher Howe; died Unknown.

    Notes for Mary Willoughby Brown:

    Mary Willoughby Brown Howe wrote these memoirs in 1939. As an adult she was as headstrong and independent as she was as a child, but she was a "giant' among her peers. She was extremely capable, self-educated a world traveler, and possessed strong family devotion. She left an indelible impression on all who knew her, and her friends and acquaintances included many "greats" and "near-greats" of her time. She had no children of her own. She died at the age of sixty-three at her home, "Snowden," in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1941. She was buried beside her second husband, Fisher Howe II, in Princeton. Her brother, James Dall Brown, died in December 1949 at the age of sixty-nine. He is buried in the family plot at Yeocomico Episcopal Church in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

    We Virginia and Dall Brown, in 1977 have made copies of her memories for her nephews (which were five sons of James Dall Brown) and their posterity in the hope that they will appreciate and enjoy this insight into this part of their heritage.

    This I Remember

    Mary Willoughby Brown Howe

    I was born at Drum Bay in a tiny brick house to which my mother and father went while Poplar Hill was being put in order. My mother, Mary Estelle Phineas Arnest (the Phineas being included at the request of a godfather who left her a small bequest) was born in Missouri in 1852. Her father, Joseph Arnest, son of Dr. John Arnest and Juliet Nicholson, was born and raised at Nomini Hall in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and went west in 1849 to seek his fortune. He apparently got no farther than Missouri where he married Mary Cheatham, who had started West with her father and a brother Howard. They settled in Missouri and had two children, Mother and brother Howard. My grandmother died when mother was about seven, and her father married again-"that red headed woman" is the way they spoke of her. Apparently she was very unkind to my mother, who lived for a few years with someone whom she spoke of as "Cousin Calista Gibson". Then her Uncle James Dall Arnest came to Missouri, adopted mother when she was ten years old, and took her to his home in Philadelphia where they lived in a house called Log House Lane in Fairmount Park. The city condemned the property, after offers to buy it had been refused, and took it over for Park purposes. Uncle James had left home at about the same time as my grandfather. He went to Philadelphia and finally became a partner in a wholesale dry goods firm. When he had made what he considered enough money upon which to live comfortably I imagine not much over $100,000, he retired. After confiscation of Log House Lane, He bought from Dr. Tyler, '"Wilton" and packing all of his furniture upon a chartered vessel, removed himself and his family-his wife and one son and mother, to Westmoreland County. There they boarded with a Mrs. Unruh in Kinsale for several months while "Wilton" was reconditioned. I recall mother telling of the English carpenters that he brought down to do the work. The house was in very bad condition and Uncle James made some few changes. It was originally like this: perfectly straight with no closets and a wide hall. Uncle James made it as below, making the hall smaller, lengthening the dining room, making a large china closet. He also made a large linen closet in the rear of the upstairs hall, and a small room across the front of the upper hall, also closets in the bedrooms. He also removed the old Parlour mantle -part of which he had put over the parlour door-and substituted a marble one with a coal grate. This, despite the fact that a recent owner of "Wilton" thinks that she found the original mantle in one of' the small houses on the farm.,.

    C. College: 1808, M.D. degree from University of Pennsylvania

    Military: 1814, Surgeon's Mate in the 51st Regiment of the Maryland Militia.

    Occupation 1: Physician at Baltimore, MD

    Occupation 2: Bet. 1811 - 1814, Attending physician at the Baltimore General Dispensary.

    Occupation 3: Bet. 1813 - 1817, Secretary of the Medical and Chiurgical faculty.

    Probate: 24 May 1830, Montross, Westmoreland Co., VA

    Residence: Later lived at Nomini, Westmoreland Co., VA

    2. Medicine in Maryland 1752-1920

    John Arnest

    Birth: ?
    Death: 1832-34 ca.
    Occupation: doctor


    * Baltimore City

    Date Name Address Occupation City Source
    1812 John Arnest 18 N. Frederick St. M.D. Baltimore City 1812CD
    1814-1815 John Arnest 18 N. Frederick Street doctor Baltimore City 1814-1815CD
    1816 John Arnest 18 N. Frederick Street doctor Baltimore City 1816CD
    1817-1818 John Arnest 18 N. Frederick doctor Baltimore City 1817-1818CD
    1822-1823 John Arnest 18 N. Frederick M.D. Baltimore City 1822-1823CD
    1824 John Arnest 18 N Frederick M.D. Baltimore City 1824 CD

    Date Notes Page
    1811-14 Served as Attending Physician, Baltimore General Dispensary, 1811-14 251

    Date Notes Page
    1815/06/05 Meeting of Medical and Chirurgical Faculty; Dr. Ennalls Martin elected President, Dr. John Arnest, Secretary; Dr. Richard Wilmot Hall delivers oration in Anatomical Hall of the University on "The Law of Organization" (June 5). 681
    n. d.

    Date Notes
    1811-1815 Attending Physician, Baltimore General Dispensary
    Source: Baxley, C. Herbert, ed. A History of the Baltimore General Dispensary. Baltimore: Baltimore General Dispensary Foundation, Inc., 1963, p. 109.
    1814, Sep. 14 Served at North Point and Fort McHenry, 51st Regiment, Maryland Militia
    Source: The Citizen Soldiers at North Point and Fort McHenry, September 12 & 13, 1814. Baltimore: N. Hickman, n.d., p. 64.
  • Change Date: 18 Aug 2008 at 17:09:45

    Marriage 1 Ann MAUND
    • Married: 16 Jan 1810 in Westmoreland County, Virginia
    • Note:
      John Arnest found in:
      Marriage Index: KY, NC, TN, VA, WV 1728-1850
      Spouse: Anne Martin Maund
      Marriage Date: Jan 16, 1810
      Location: Westmoreland Co., Virginia
      Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
      Microfilm: 0034336
    1. Has No Children George ARNEST
    2. Has No Children Thomas ARNEST
    3. Has No Children Sophia ARNEST
    4. Has No Children John ARNEST

    Marriage 2 Juliet S. NICHOLSON b: in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Married: 3 Apr 1820 in St. Peter's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Note:
      1.Juliet Nicholson found in:
      Marriage Index: Maryland, 1655-1850
      Married: Apr. 03, 1820 in: Baltimore Co., MD
      Record type: This is a county court record. Gender: F
      More about: This record can be found at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0013693-0013694.
      Spouse name: Arnest, John
      Spouse gender: M

      2. Maryland Marriages, 1801-1820, Maryland Marriages, 1801-1820, Page 53
    1. Has Children James Dall ARNEST b: 1824 in Virginia
    2. Has Children Joseph Nicholson ARNEST b: 1825 in Nomini Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Benjamin ARNEST b: 1830 in Virginia
    4. Has No Children Mary ARNEST
    5. Has No Children Child ARNEST
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