American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1832, volume 4, number 2, page 95, quoting the Maryland Gazette of December 21, 1752, says:
"May 13, 1752, the prize of £40 was run for by Col. Tasker's mare Selima, and Capt. Butler's mare Creeping Kate, and won by the former.
On the 5th inst. [Dec 5th, 1752] a great match at Gloucester race ground, Virginia,
a four mile heat; Col. Byrd's chestnut horse Trial, against any that could be
brought, for 500 pistoles. One horse and three mares started against him, and
they came in thus:
Col. Tasker's bay mare Selima, 1
Col. Byrd's chestnut horse Trial, 2
Col. Thornton's grey mare, 3
Col. Tayloe's bay mare Jenny Cameron, 4
His bay horse Childers, distanced".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1834, volume 6, number 2, page 57, says - "The first race of note, of which we have any account, was won by Col. Tasker's imp. Selima, by the Godolphin Arabian, when four years old, at Annapolis, in May, 1752; and on the 5th of the ensuing December, at Gloucester, in Virginia, she beat Col. Bird's Trial, (or Tryall,) own brother to Yorick and Silverlegs, by imp. Traveller, (on which a challenge had been offered against any horse that could be brought against him,) Col. Tayloe's imp. Jenny Cameron, (by Blaze,) dam of Lloyd's Traveller, and Yorick's dam;) his horse imp. Childers and a mare of Col. Thornton's; a sweepstakes, 500 pistoles, four miles".
Racing in America 1665-1865, by John Hervey, volume 1, pages 92 and 93, says - "Five years old when she reached Belair, Selima was then supposed to be with foal, but if so, no trace of her producing in 1751 has been found. In 1752, being then seven, she was placed in training and came out at Annapolis, in May, where she defeated Captain Lawrence Butler's English mare Creeping Kate for a purse of L40. Not long afterward William Byrd III of Westover, prince of the Virginia magnates, issued a challenge to race his English horse Tryal against anything that could be brought against him for 500 pistoles a side. Not only did Colonel Tasker accept on behalf of Selima, but two Virginians also, Francis Thornton, of Society Hill, whose entry, a grey unnamed mare, has not been further identified; and John Tayloe II, of Mount Airy, who named his English mare Jenny Cameron and stallion Childers. The quintet met at Anderson's Race Ground, Gloucester, then the foremost one in Virgina, on December 5, 1752, with the following result;
Match, for a stake of 2,500 pistoles; one four-mile heat. [results abbreviated]
3. Thornton's gr
4. Jenny Cameron
This race, in many ways the most important of the Colonial era, being for the largest sum (so far as known), the contestants owned by four of the most eminent breeders and sportsmen north and south of the Potomac, and marking the beginning of the great rivalry between them which subsequently prevailed, closed in a 'blaze of glory' the short turf career of Selima, she being then retired to the stud at Belair. There she remained until the death of Colonel Tasker in 1760, when at the dispersal sale of his horses she was bought by John Tayloe II and went to his Mount Airy stud, where she died in 1766, aged twenty-one".
The Morgan Horse and Register, by Joseph Battell, volume 1, pages 50 and 51, says - "Selima was by the Godolphin Arabian, and one of the most famous of imported mares. We notice that the last edition of the 'General Stud Book' in England credits her to the large Hartley Mare, selecting for that purpose a bay filly from that mare that was foaled in 1746 and got by the Godolphin Arabian. We hope that the general pedigrees of their stud book have more to sustain them than has this pedigree, or their pedigree of Lath, imported 1763, which the same edition says is the colt Protector, that appears in the produce of the mare Crazy, by Lath ; whose dam (Crazy's) was Bay Basto, by Childers; 2d dam by Basto ; 3d dam by the Curwen Bay Barb, etc. ; otherwise we will have to consider their foundation work as largely a series of guesses not sustained by evidence. Very possibly they accepted the American version, but they should have known better. Selima was chestnut and ran as a four-year-old at Annapolis, Md., in 1752. Protector ran in England in 1770. Lath ran in America and won in 1768-69-70-71 and was beaten in 1772, after which he was kept for stock. The advertisement of Lath in 1773, when he was owned by De Lancey, and so again his advertisement, by Mr. Goode, in the 'Virginia Gazette', 1779, states that his dam was by Lath; 2d dam by Childers; 3d dam by Makeless; 4th dam a full sister of Honeycomb Punch, by the Taffolet Barb ; 5th dam a natural Barb mare. De Lancey gave pedigrees very accurately and we have no doubt the above is entirely correct. It is also stated in this pedigree of Lath that his grandam was the grandam of Weasel and of Col. Tasker's Selima, which, too, is probably correct.
By referring to the 'General Stud Book', page 13, edition of 1891, it will be seen that a mare there called the Makeless Mare has precisely the pedigree of this third dam of Lath, and among her produce is, 1725, the filly, old Polly, bred by the Duke of Devonshire and got by Flying Childers. This old Polly has a filly, Polly, called Young or Devonshire Polly, also bred by the Duke of Devonshire, and got by Lath ; and this Young Polly has, in 1766, a filly by Shepherd's Crab. She produced every year from 1758 to 1768 inclusive, as appears in the 'General Stud Book' page 157, except 1761 and 1763. Here comes the opportunity for a Yankee guess that in 1763 she had a colt Lath, by Shepherd's Crab, that went to America. There is hardly a doubt of this, and it follows that old Polly, by Flying Childers : dam by Makeless; 2d dam a sister to Honeycomb Punch, by the Taffolet Barb ; and 3d dam a natural Barb ; was the grandam of Selima.
This last fact would be fairly well sustained from the advertisement of Lath, owned by De Lancey, for it is not to be supposed that De Lancey would have so stated without knowing it to be true. De Lancey often raced his horses at Annapolis, and had every opportunity to know about Col. Tasker's stock. But that this old Polly was the grandam of Selima is sustained by other and entirely independent testimony.
Among the get of Polly is a filly by Fox, which, the 'General Stud Book' states, was sold to Lord Godolphin. This Fox Mare, with her produce, appears on page 88, G. S. B., and among them is a bay stallion Weasel, foaled 1754, bred by Lord Godolphin, and got by the Godolphin Arabian. Her first progeny is the bay colt, Locust, by Crab, foaled, as it states, about 1744, and also bred by Lord Godolphin. Her produce between 1744 and 1754 are not given, but she has a filly in 1753, also bred by Lord Godolphin, and got by his Arabian. In Skinner's 'American Turf Register', Vol. 6, page 157 (1834) , the pedigree of Chloe, in the stud of Benj. Ogle Tayloe, Windsor, Va., is given, extending to Col. Tasker's Selima, of which it says: 'She was out of one of Lord Godolphin's best mares'. A note by the editor adds : 'Presented to Col. Tasker in England upon the express condition of her exportation and that she should not run in the kingdom'.
Page 423 of this same volume, in giving pedigrees of animals in stud of Thomas Emory, Queen Anne county, Maryland, gives that of Selima thus: 'Her dam was by old Fox and her grandam by Flying Childers' ; which is correct. Her dam is the Fox Mare above, and she was bred by Lord Godolphin and foaled in 1748".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1834, volume 6, number 3, page 157, Stud of Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, of Windsor, in Virginia, and of Washington City, in the pedigree of Chloe, says - "out of Tasker's famed imp. Selima, by the Godolphin Arabian, 'out of one of Lord Godolphin's best mares'." * The asterisk points to the following note by the editor - "Presented to Col. Tasker in England, upon the express condition of her exportation, and that she should not run in the Kingdom".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1834, volume 5, number 12, pages 643 and 644, in a letter to the editor, says - "I have seen it stated that the imp mare Selima, was got by the Godolphin Arabian, out of Snap Dragon. This is not so. The Stud Book makes Snap Dragon foaled in 1759. The Godolphin Arabian died in 1753. Snap Dragon produced a filly called Selima by the Ossory Arabian, in 1772. The imp. mare Selima was brought to this country with Othello in 1767. Imp. Selima, it has been said was foaled in 1746, by the Godolphin Arabian, and out of the large Hartley mare. The large Hartley mare produced a filly in that year by the Godolphin Arabian. This filly is not to be found in the Stud Book as a brood mare, and may have been imported. It is only lately that she has been designated as the produce of the large Hartley mare; on what authority I know not. Indeed it is of little consequence, as the reputation of her im- mediate and remote descendants, give ample proof of her purity of blood".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1832, volume 3, number 6, page 599, says - "The pedigree of the imported Selima being lost, we have to resort to tradition, conjecture, and probability to supply the place of authenticity. It has been said she was out of Snapdragon, by Snap, which is impossible, if she was got by the Godolphin Arabian. The Godolphin Arabian died the 25th of December, 1753. See historical list of horse matches for the year 1763, page 136. Snap was foaled in 1750. See page 76, of the Stud Book, printed in 1808. Snapdragon was foaled in 1759. See page 150, of said book. It has been said Selima was sister to Daphne. I find no sister to Daphne in the Stud Book. It has likewise been said she was sister to Babraham; he was foaled in 1740, and he had an own sister, a bay, foaled in 1746. See page 87. She was owned or foaled by Lord Cravens. Not being able to find where this filly has any colt or descendant recorded in the Stud Book, nor what become of her, I think it is very probable she was the imported Selima. We shall be obliged to rely mainly on the research of Crofts' Godolphin and Panton, to solve the doubt. I have written the above remarks in consequence of D's observation in volume 3d, page 488, that Selima's pedigree could not be found in the Stud Book; you can do as you please with them; if the colour and age of Selima was given it might help in this difficulty".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1834, volume 6, number 2, page 55, says - "If Selima was own sister to Babraham she was foaled in 1746, consequently she must have been six years old, and not four as stated, when she ran in 1752. It is evident she could not have been brought into this country, with Othello, in 1767".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1832, volume 4, number 2, page 100, in a letter to the editor, says - "Many inquiries have been made as to the pedigree of Selima. Nothing like certainty has been obtained. It has been said, that she was full sister of Babraham. He was by the Godolphin Arabian, out of the large Hartley mare, and was foaled in 1740. A bay filly foaled in 1746, the property of Lord Craven, was by the Godolphin Arabian, out of the large Hartley mare, and probably was afterwards called Selima. The Stud Book furnishes no additional information. In the pedigree of Mr. Delancey's imported horse Lath, it is stated that the grandam of Lath, by Flying Childers, was the grandam of Selima".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1832, volume 3, number 6, page 317, in the pedigree of Zamor, says - "His g. g. g. g. g. g. g. dam was Colonel Tasker's imported and celebrated Selima, who was by the Godolphin Arabian. Her dam was by Old Fox; her grandam was by Flying Childers".
American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, by J S Skinner, 1834, volume 6, number 8, page 423, Stud of Thomas Emory of Queen Ann's county, Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the pedigree of Fanny Wright [full sister to Zamor], says - "out of Tasker's imp. and celebrated Selima, by the Godolphin Arabian. Her dam by Old Fox - Flying Childers".
The American Farmer, by J S Skinner, 1827, volume IX, page 398, Sporting Olio, The Famous Horse Lath, part of a letter written by Charles Sallard, Sr, on March 1st, 1779, says - "Lath is fifteen hands one inch high, strong and boney, was got by Shepherd's Crab, sire of Mr Vernon's Shepherdess, (at present the best mare in England,) the Duke of Devonshire's celebrated Fairy, and many other famous racers. Shepherd's Crab was a very excellent son of old Crab, and out of the famous Witherington mare, daughter of old Partner. The dam of Lath was got by old Lath, one of the best sons of the Godolphin Arabian, and out of Roxana, a daughter of the Bald Galloway, the fleetest horse (the Devonshire Childers excepted,) that ever ran over the Newmarket course. His (Lath above,) grandam by Flying Childers, great grandam by Makeless, out of a full sister to the Honeycomb Punch, son of the Taffolet Barb, his great great great grandam was a natural Barb mare. The grandam of Lath was the grandam of Col. Tasker's famous mare Selima and Lord Rockingham's famous horse Weasel".
The pedigree of the dam of Selima, incorporating the evidence and conjecture contained in this article:
|Arlington Barb Mare|
|Darcy's Pet Mare||DARCY'S WHITE TURK|
|Darcy's Grey Royal|
|Bay Peg||LEEDES ARABIAN|
|Yellow Bald Peg||SPANKER|
|Leedes Bald Peg|
|Leedes Arabian mare|
|Makeless mare||MAKELESS||OGLETHORPE'S ARABIAN|
|Darcy's Yellow Turk mare|
|Taffolet Barb mare||TAFFOLET BARB|
According to the GSB, volume 1, 5th edition, page 9, Plaistow was a grey colt, foaled in 1730, by Flying Childers out of Old Ebony, foaled in 1714, by Basto out of the Duke of Rutland's Massey Mare, by Massey's Black Barb.
The Dublin Journal, Tuesday June 6th, to Saturday June 10th, 1749, Number 2321, says - "At the Castle of Contarf near Dublin. To be let to Mares this Season, a dark Sterling coloured grey Colt, comes six Years old, got lamed in Breaking in the Coffin Joint and Heel, which made him to stand training; He was got by the old famous Bolton Starling, out of a Mare the Duke of Devonshire favoured Capt Vernon with, by giving him the choice of a Filly out of any Mare in his Stud; she was got by Old Childers out of his old Ebony Mare, the Mother of Plastoes Dam; the Ebony Mare was got by Bastoe, bred by Sir William Ramsden, being a Son of the old Bierley Turk, who was the Sire of more running Horses than any Stallion in England in his Time, and particularly of Highlow, Grasshopper, Black Hearty, the Sire of Bonny Black, and Jigg; Ebony's Dam was the old Makeless Mare, full Sister of Scarr, Little John and Oyster Foot; Those that want to go further into the Pedigree of the Makeless Mare, may apply to Mr Crofts in Yorkshire; but this Advertisement need trace the Colt's Pedigree no higher, demonstrating him to be one of the best, and perhaps the highest blooded Horse in Europe; as to his Shapes, Health and Size, any Body is at Liberty to see him, and to send their Mares, if they think proper, at a Guinea a Leap and Trials, with half a Crown to the Groom.---There is likewise Conveniency of good Grass, and a secure Paddock for Mares".
The Dublin Journal, Tuesday June 19th, to Saturday June 23d, 1750, Number 2429, says - "At the Castle of Clontarf near Dublin, To be let out to Mares this Season, a Sterling coloured grey Horse, 7 Years old; he was got by the old Bolton Starling, out of a Mare the Duke of Devonshire favoured Captain Vernon with, by giving him the choice of a Filly out of any Mare in his Stud; she was got by Childers out of his old Ebony Mare, the Grandam of Plastow; the Ebony Mare was got by Bastoe, bred by Sir William Ramsden, being a Son of the old Bierly Turk, who was the sire of more running Horses than any Stallion in England in his Time, and particularly of Highlow, Grasshopper, Black Hearty the Sire of Bonny Black, and Old Jigg the Sire of Partner, out of a Daughter likewise of Bastoe; Ebony's Dam was the Old Makeless mare, full Sister to Little John, Oyster Foot, and Scar, who kept the Whip at Newmarket for several Year, as the best Horse in England; those that understand the Blood and Pedigree of Horses, must allow this Stallion to be one of the highest blooded Horses in Europe; as to his Size, Health, and Shapes, any Body is at liberty to see him, and to send their Mares, if they think proper, at a Guinea a Leap and two Tryals with Half a Crown to the Groom. There is likewise Conveniency of good Grass, and a secure Paddock for Mares".
The Dublin Journal, Saturday June 23d, to Tuesday June 26th, 1750, Number 2430, says - "This is to give Notice, that the young bay Stone Horse bred by Lord Massareene, who broke his Leg last Summer running upon the Maze Course, will stand at Antrim this Season to cover Mares; at a Guinea a Leap, and Half a Crown to the Groom. This Horse is above 15 Hands high, free from all natural Blemishes, and now rises 7 Years old, and was esteemed before he met with the above Accident to be the most promising Horse in the Kingdom of his Age; he was got by Traveller out of the Dam of Plastow; Traveller was bred by Sir John Dutton out of a full Sister of his Mare Wagtail, and got by the Godolphin Whitefoot; Plastow's Dam was bred by the Duke of Devonshire, and was got by Lord Finch's Arabian out of a Makeless Mare".
The Dublin Journal, Saturday June 23d, to Tuesday June 26th, 1750, Number 2430, says - "Plaistow to be let out to Mares this Season by Francis Reinolds of Two mile bridge near Clonmel in the County of Tipperary, for a Pistole a Leap and Tryals, and an English half Crown to the groom. He is a fine chesnut, well marked above 15 Hands high, perfectly sound, and only 7 Years old last May, which was his first Season of covering; from the Number of Mares now in Foal by him, he appears to be very fruitful, and has been approved of by good Judges as a proper Stallion for breeding either Officers Horses or Fox hunters; his Sire was the famous Horse called Plaistaw, who was got by the Duke of Devonshire's Childers, his dam by the Sutton Turk, his great Grandam by Basto, Sire to the Dam of Old Crab, Second, Black Legs, Snip, and Bay Motte. This Horse's Dam known in England by the Name of Miss Brampton (where she won several Plates) was bred by Mr Taylor near Beverly, in Yorkshire, who was got by Capt Appleyard's Old Royal, who got the dam of Conqueror, and Lord Portmore's Ball'd Charlotte, and his Dam was got by Castaway, who got Ball'd Charlotte's Dam".
According to the GSB, volume 1, 5th edition, page 83, Fair Wanderer was - "Bred by Lord Gower, and given by him to Mr Keeling of Durham, got by an Arabian (which was given by the Duke of Devonshire to Lord Finch)".
DUBLIN JOURNAL DUBLIN JOURNAL DUBLIN JOURNAL DUBLIN JOURNAL GSB Number 2321 Number 2429 Number 2430 Number 2430 mare mare mare Massey Mare by Makeless by Makeless by Makeless by Massey's Black Barb | | | | | | | | | | | | Ebony Mare Ebony Mare | mare Old Ebony by Basto by Basto | by Basto by Basto [Mother of Plastoes Dam] [Grandam of Plastow] | | | 1714 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | mare mare Plastow's Dam mare | by Childers by Childers by Lord Finch's Arabian by Sutton Turk | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | GREY COLT GREY COLT BAY COLT PLAISTAW PLAISTOW by Bolton Starling by Bolton Starling by Traveller by Childers by Childers 1743 1743 1743 | 1730 | | PLAISTOW 1743
It is clear from the above evidence that the dam of Plaistow was not Old Ebony, but her daughter by the Sutton Turk. The Sutton Turk would appear to be the "Arabian (which was given by the Duke of Devonshire to Lord Finch)". The Makeless mare, which would appear to be the Massey Mare, was not "full Sister to Little John, Oyster Foot, and Scar" but was only by the same sire.
The Dublin Journal, April 28-May 2, 1741, says - "Plaistow is to be let out to Mares this Season at so small a Price as two Moydores, by Mr Murray of Maplestown in the County of Carlow, who lately purchased him from Sir Edward Obrien, Bart. He was got by the Duke of Devonshire’s famous Childers, his dam by an Arabian his Grace bought of Sir Robert Sutton for 370 l, his Grand dam by Basto, who was the sire of Second’s Dam, his Great-grand-dam by Makeless, out of a full Sister to Honey come-Punch".The following entry appears in the General Stud Book, volume 1, 5th edition, page 13:
MAKELESS MARE, Bred by the Duke Devonshire, her dam, full sister to Honeycomb Punch, by The Taffolet (or Morocco) Barb. * f. by Basto - - - - Duke of Devonshire 1725 f. Old Polly, by Flying Childers - Duke of Devonshire * This mare was dam in 1720 of b.f. Mermaid, by The Sutton Turk, and of a f. by Flying Childers, dam of Gaul'em, by Starling. From this mare Dungannon descends.
According to the GSB, volume 1, 5th edition, page 126, and Pick's Turf Register, volume 1, page 87, Sloe was a black colt foaled in 1740 by Crab out of a mare by Childers out of Mermaid. This Childers mare and Plaistow share the same crosses, while Gaul'em and the 1743 Starling Colt also share the same crosses. This makes it more than possible that the above Makeless mare was the Massey Mare. The dam of Old Polly might have been the Massey Mare or her sister.
Early American Turf Stock, volume 1, pages 156 and 157, quoting The Maryland Gazette, July 22, 1762, says - "Just imported, in the Elizabeth, Capt. Morrison, from London, and to be sold by the subscriber in Baltimore-Town, a beautiful grey mare, near sixteen hands high, whose pedigree I am favour'd with from under his Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland's own hand. Extract of which is as follows: 'The pedigree of Young Ebony, 29th April, 1762 : She was got by H. R. H. the Duke of Cumberland's Grey Arabian, called Muley : her dam by Mr. Panton's Old Crab : her grand dam by the Devonshire Childers : her [third] dam by Basto : her [fourth dam] by the late Duke of Rutland's Black Barb, which King William gave his Grace : out of the famous Massey Mare. She was bred by His Royal Highness, and is eight years old this grass, and no more. I have it further attested by Mr. Bernard Smith, Stud Groom to his Royal Highness . . . that this Ebony was covered by H. R. H. the Duke of Cumberland's bay horse Cato, on the 13th April, 1762 . . . [and] the groom who had the care of this mare doubts not her being with foal by this horse . . . Baltimore-Town, Md., July 20, 1762. Jonathan Plowman '".
DUBLIN JOURNAL GSB DUBLIN JOURNAL GSB MARYLAND GAZETTE Number 2321 Number 2430 mare mare Massey Mare by Makeless by Makeless | | | | | | | | | | | | Massey Mare mare | | by Massey's Black Barb by Rutland Black Barb | | | | | | | | | | | | Ebony Mare mare mare Old Ebony mare by Basto by Basto by Basto by Basto by Basto [Mother of Plastoes Dam] | | | 1714 | | | | | | | ------------------ | | | | | | | | | mare mare Mermaid mare | | by Childers by Childers by Sutton Turk by Sutton Turk | | | | | 1720 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | GREY COLT GAUL'EM mare PLAISTAW PLAISTOW mare by Bolton Starling by Bolton Starling by Childers by Childers by Childers by Devonshire Childers 1743 | 1743 | 1730 | | | | | | | SLOE PLAISTOW mare by Crab 1743 by Old Crab 1740 | | | Young Ebony by Muley 1756
Massey's Black Barb would appear to be "the late Duke of Rutland's Black Barb, which King William gave his Grace" and was almost certainly the stallion known as King William's Black No-tongued Barb.
Barb Mare | ---------------------- | | mare HONEY COME PUNCH by Taffolet Barb by Taffolet Barb | ------------------------------------------------------- | | Massey Mare mare by Makeless by Makeless | | | | | | mare Old Polly by Rutland Black Barb by Childers | | 1725 | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | | | Old Ebony mare mare mare by Basto by Fox by Fox by Lath | 1714 | | | | | ----------------------------------------- | | | | | | | Ebony Selima GREY COLT WEASEL Daphne LATH by Childers by Godolphin Arabian by Crab by Godolphin Arabian by Godolphin Arabian by Shepherd's Crab | 1728 1748 1748 1752 1753 | | Young Ebony by Crab | 1742 | | Young Ebony by Muley 1756