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Chr/Bpt: November 24, 1751
Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
Groom Name: George Ralls
Bride Name: Jane Dames
Marriage Date: 13 Jun 1776
BRUCE BARNES PAPERS:
George Ralls, Rev. War. papers.
George Ralls, court held in Loudon County 9 Nov. 1835. George Ralls, at the date of his death left three children, George N. Ralls, Charles Ralls, and Margaret Ralls.
The Charles has also departed this life intestate, leaving several children who are now alive, namely -Sarah E. who has intermarried with William Smith, John. W., Alexander P., Edward O., Nathaniel L., George N., and Margaret S. Ralls; the last six who are infants under 21 years of age.
Served as Capt. in VA Navy during Revolutionary War. Pension claim was rejected.
"The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution" by Robert Armistead Stewart, pages 23, 24, & 25.
Capt. George Ralls of Elizabeth City County captured at sea twice. LBP Dr. Brown
Ref: Gordon Ralls-Notes for George Williams Ralls:
Served as Captain in Virginia Navy during Revolutionary War,
Pension Claim rejected.
The following excerpts from Gordon Rall.
"The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution" by Robert Armistead Stewart, ISB #0-8063-1392-7, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 93-78985 Orignally publishsed 1934, reprinted by Geneological Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md.
[Capt George Ralls, of Elizabeth City Co., Captured at sea twice. LBP Dr. Brown.
There are several pages that occasionally mention Capt Ralls.
"To the man who proved the agent's undoing John Ball had to open
Aylett's eyes on March 25, 1777; "Capt Ralls has not been to
Carolina and from all I can understand will shortly return from
hence without his errand."
"On April 2 Vanbibber pursued for Aylett the thene of the Master
of the Jenny Boat:"As to Pastures & his Boat they are boath
clever, I wish the same cou'd be said of Capt Ralls and his
Crew. He arrived her after a passage of about 20 days with a
Woman passenger. I was at first determined to load him agree-
able to your Instructions the same as if he had been to Charles
Town & performed his voyage, but was the same day Prevented
from it by him and his Crew making publick there Errant."
But Ralls, after discharging his cargo and doubtless the
woman in transit, was supplied with funds by Van Bibber and
dispatched to Charles Town to consummate his indigo commission.
And whild the Jenny was thus occupied a prize afell ti a
Virginian captian, as Van Bibber recounted to Aylett in a
letter of April 21: "There is just arrived here the Capt & Crew
of a very fine Schooner that Sailed from here about Two Hours
before Capt Saintclare(Sinclair) & was bound for Newfoundland,
but Capt. Saintclare over Haul'd him that Night & altered the
Schooners voyage to Virginia and landed such of his Crew
(as did not chuse to go to Virginia) on the Island of Saba.etc.
"Pardon me for Entertaining you with my Remarks & oppinions of
"I speak Impartially & only wish you to know those that are
worthy of your Esteme."
It was conceivably this success that aroused in Ralls,
returned with his cargo of indigo, a sangluine ambition, which
without delay came to frluition. Against a prey marked in
advance he stole out one dark night in his Jenny Boat for a
shadowy waylaying that resulted in a deplorable aftermath.
Concerning the whole wretched fiasco Van Bibber, on June 17,
poured out his heart to Col Ayett, with original diction and
spelling, in a peculiarly affecting recital etc.
(Cont) the 21st May Arrived here Capt. George Ralls in Jenny
Boat, he haveing a Commission I was Obliged to become Security
for his good behaviour & before he could be admitted to Entry
this being done I received the goods he brought with him & was
ready to Deliver him another Cargo the same day if he would
have received it but he Delayed until the 23rd May without any
seeming desire to return with a Cargo as was Intended for him;
but came to me the said 23rdMay and Inform'd me of Sundry
Vessels then lying in th Road that was British property &
valuable Cargoes that was to Sail soon & in particular one
which was to sail that night, which he seemed to campture etc
---However he left me to proceed on his scheme & did so far
well that he went & cleared out his Vessels property, & the
same day A gent'n from Boston Mr Samuel Pain said he had been
in Company with Capt Ralls & that he was very indiscreetly
bragging of his Intentions of Making a Prize, Ralls came to my
lodging some time in the afternoon to see me & I verry
unfortunately was not within nor did I see him afterwards, but
was again Informed he had maed Interest with the Capt fo an
Armed Sloop in this Road to let him have some more Hands, on
this Information I was Induced to write & send of a Note
mearly of Advise. I never Intended it as Orders neither did
he view them as such, about Eight that night he went to Sea &
in rheww hours after being out Captured a Sloop loaded with
Cotton bound to Antigua; then it's said Ralls & all hands got
Drunk & lay hull to until they were surprised by a man of War
& both him & his Prize was taken, then it was that the poor
timid writch endeavoured to to Screen himself by Accusing me.
And as they have long wished for.---The Note of Advisement
sent to Ralls is figured into positive & Extensive Orders. I
am held as a burger of the Island & that Note of Advise is
held as Treasonable Against the Prince & States & as Waging
War Against Great Britain.---How this will end in this
Despotic Arbetary Government God Only Knows, etc.
"Among the effects of the captured Ralls was discovered the
note from Van Bibber suggustine a provitable vehicle for the
disposal of prizes---which indiscretion on paper came in due
course beneath the angry regard of Admiral Young fo his
Britannic Majesty's fleet in Antigua. Young straightway hotly
protested an prevailed over his Dutch Excellency, who was so
terrified---if one may credit the comment of the unreserved
William Graham---that he would have even stooped to pay
indelicate homage to the Admiral's person, etc.
(Cont) "I do not know of any service which you can do me any
other way than the supply of Money to Mrs Ralls at Hampton
And so Capt Ralls, whose strength was not equal to his sense
of resentment, was borne into captivity in Plymouth, England.
Yet, early in 1779, he was back in Virginia, and, after
fitting out the Alliance, renewed his former ambitions. But
these buds of hope were soon blighted. In consequence fo sharp
attack that appeared in"Purdie's paper" on February 3, expos-
ing the captain's lack of discretion and balance in St
Eustatius, Thomas Whiting and Duncan Rose, of the Board of
Trade, bluntly refused him the command of the Alliance, the
Bouverneur, or any other vessel trading with the Dutch ports.
This verdict Ralls confided to the columns of the Virginia
Gazette of August 14 of this year, and presumably waited for
the current to set in in his favor. At any rate he was sub-
sequently in service once more, with ill luck still in his
train. The Gazette of July 27, 1780, records what was probab-
ly his final removal from the Revolutionary scene;" A letter
from Williamsburg informs us the state schooner Alliance
Captain Stratton, in company with Capt. Ralls and Tucker,
not far from the Capes was captured and carried off by enemy
on Sunday the sixteenth instant".
The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution by Robert Armistead Stewart
"No doubt when you View the within Contents you will [feel] as every Christin Ought for me in my present Situation. I am falsely accus'd & Suborned Evidences procured & made Valid against me, but this is too long a detail to Inform you particularly of at present & will only give the heads & Cause of it at present viz?the 21st May Arrived here Capt George Ralls in Jenny Boat, he haveing a Commission I was Obliged to become Security for his good behaviour &c before he could be admitted to an Entry, this being done I received the goods he brought with him & was ready to Deliver him another Cargo the same day if he would have received it but he Delayed until the 23d May without any seeming desire to return with a Cargo as was Intended for him: but came to me the said 23d May and Inform'd me of Sundry Vessels then lying in the Road that was British property & valuable Cargoes that was to Sail soon & in particular one which was to sail that night, which he seemed determined to Capture & at same time Informed me he could return again & proceed with his Cargo & had he possessed the least Clevernys he might have done it all with Safety & not put me in the Shoking Situation I am in, however he left me to proceed on his scheme & did so far well that he went & cleared out his Vessels property, & the same day A Gent'n from Boston Mr Samuel Pain said he had been in Company with Capt Ralls & that he was very indiscreetly
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A Committee of the Virginia House sifted the evidence, upheld Van Bibber, and exposed Ralls without mercy: "It appears to your Committee that the Dutch Government having prohibited the Exportation of Military Stores to the Continent of America, there are great Risque & Danger in any person exporting the same from St. Eustatia & could not be done but by great Secrecy & Address. That the said Abraham Van Bibber in transacting Business for this Commonwealth behaved himself diligently & faithfully, and by his Activity & prudent Management contrived to send large Quantities of Arms & military Stores into this Commonwealth; that while he was engaged in this Business, among other Vessels which were conveyed to him upon public Account there was an armed vessel belonging to the Commonwealth commanded by a certain Capt. George Ralls a man of very indifferent character, and much addicted to drinking," et cetera.
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RALLS, CAPT. GEORGE, of Elizabeth City Co. Captured at sea twice. LBP Dr. Brown.
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WATKINS, GEORGE, Pilot. "Acted with Honour" during the whole war. Capt. George Ralls stated that Watkins set out with him from Hampton, on the Schooner Jenny, and was appointed pilot on Feb. 17, 1777. B, 193.
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