Monday, December 24, 2012


I found him, I found the person in my family tree with whom I can truly bond! That person is Caleb Clarke Magruder, III.  While quietly adding Magruders, one of my Scottish lines, to my tree today, I came upon CALEB CLARKE MAGRUDER, III, my 6th cousin 1x removed. Caleb was born February 20, 1870 in Prince George’s County, Maryland; he died on August 22, 1946. According to Find A Grave, although Caleb was well equipped to practice law, “he preferred to spend his life in the assembling of historical and genealogical data, and authorship.” (1)

Some of his numerous publications include:
  • “Colonel Joseph Belt : born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1680, died in Prince George's County, Maryland, 1761,” published by Advertiser-Republican Print, Annapolis, 1909
  • Colonel Ninian Beall published by The Society of Colonial Wars in the District of Columbia, 1911

  • Dr. William Beanes, the Incidental Cause of the Authorship of the Star-spangled Banner

  • Descendants of Isaac Magruder, Revolutionary Soldier, American Clan Gregor Society, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1929
  • Enoch Louis Lowe, Governor of Maryland, 1851-54, Extracted from the Year-Book of the American Clan Gregor Society, 1909 and 1910
  • Nathaniel Magruder of "Dunblane,” Richmond, Virginia: Appeals Press, 1917.

  • Nathan Magruder of "Knave's Dispute,” Extracted from the Yearbook of the American Clan Gregor Society, 1915.

  • Thomas George Pratt, Governor of Maryland, 1845-1848; United States Senator, 1850-1857, Extracted from the Yearbook of the American Clan Gregor, Baltimore, Maryland, Waverly Press, 1913.

  • Year Book of American Clan Gregor Society, Baltimore, Maryland, The Waverly Press, 1913.

Caleb Clarke Magruder was born at Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, Maryland; son of Caleb Clarke and Elizabeth Rice (Nalle) Magruder. He was educated at Loyola College; A.B. 1891; A.M., 1898; M.A. Columbian, 1899; LL.B. Georgetown University; D.C. 1897. He worked as a Teller at the United States Treasury Department. (2)

In the "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925" database on, I found Caleb’s passport application dated 22 Aug 1895. He was traveling alone and intended to return to the country in one year. His occupation was listed as Teller.  I learned that he was 5’ 8” tall with brown eyes and light brown hair. He had a fair complexion and a mustache. (3)

I found a number of references to Caleb Clarke Magruder on One article entitled “Annual Gathering of the American Clan Gregor”  discussed the festivities at the American Clan Gregor gathering in Washington, D.C. in 1910. Poems were read and songs were sung at the event. There were approximately 150 descendants of the original members of Clan Gregor of Scotland. Caleb C. Magruder read a “greetings” cablegram from Perthshire, Scotland, the home of the original clan. (4)

 Another article on entitled “Maryland Magruders There: American Clan Gregor to Affiliate with Scottish Association” listed numerous attendees at the event in 1911, a number of them are on my family tree. A gavel was presented that night to Caleb Clark Magruder. (5)

After reading all this material, I am feeling very Scottish!


Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Full-Color Old-Time Vignettes, 2002.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Advertising Cuts of the 20s and 30s, 2003.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, East Meets West Art Deco Motifs, 2010.

"Sidney R. Ellis' Bonnie Scotland," The Strobridge Lith Co, c1895; Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress ( accessed December 24, 2012).


(1) Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image ( accessed December 24, 2012), "Caleb Clarke Magruder, III (1870-1946), Memorial # 39444473, created by Margaret.

(2) "Colonial Families of the United States, Vol. I" database, ( accessed December 24, 2012), entry for Caleb Clarke Magruder, extracted from "Colonial Families of the United States, Vol. I.," edited by George Norbury MacKenzie, LL.B., Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1912, p. 348.

(3) "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925" database, ( accessed December 24, 2012), entry for Caleb Clark Magruder, Jr., extracted from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 566612 / MLR Number A1 508; NARA Series: M1372; Roll #: 453.

            (4) "Annual Gathering of the American Clan Gregor," Evening Star, October 28, 1910, digital image, ( accessed December 24, 2012), citing original p. 16.

(5) "Maryland Magruders There. American Clan Gregor to Affliate  with Scottish Association, Sun (Baltimore, MD), October 28, 1911, digital image, ( accessed December 24, 2012), citing original page 13.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this information. In 2010 I inherited the farm house Caleb Magruder owned from 1924 until his death in 1946, "Woodstock" in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The house was built by Washington Custis Calvert in 1853. Washington Calvert was a great grandson of King George I of Great Britain. Washington's sister married President George Washington's stepson, "Jacky" John Parke Custis.