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Selected Families and Individuals


Sophia Scarborough

Message 312 on GenForum by Laura Molina indicates Sophia's last name.

William Richardson Jr.

In August 2004 WorldConnect entry, Daniel Treadway lists birth, marriage and death records for this person from "Quaker Records of Southern Maryland" by Henry C. Peden. Publication: Family Line Publisher, Westminster, Maryland, 1992. Notes from West River meeting.

First Families of Anne Arundel County, Md., by Donna Valley Russell page 115. On 6 June 1698 he bought from John Talbott of Calvert County, carpenter, the western half or 89 acres of Talbott's Ridge. His will was dated 18 Nov. 1741 and proved 11 sept 1744. To wife Margaret was bequeathed the use of his dwelling plantation (Hickory Hills, Franklin's Enlargement) and all the land east of Beaverdam Branch while a widow, allowing son Daniel to seat, build, or live upon it. He devised to sons Daniel and Joseph Hickory Hills and Franklin's Enlargement located between South River and the branches of the Patuxent River, totalling 600 acres, Daniel to have the moity where Hugh Abrahams now lives and Joseph the next plantation. Also to Daniel: the dwelling plantation after death of his mother and other lands I have given up, plus household and kitchen items, livestock, one-third of his crops, and negrose George, Tony, Daniel, and his choice of one of Mariah's children instead of a debt which I now owe him of L20 if he will accept it in lieu thereof. To son Richard: all the land in Baltimore County that I bought of Richard Owings and Charles Dorsey, Owing's Adventure and OWing's Addition totalling 450 acres, provided he pay my son Thomas L20 for the improvements Thomas has made on this land; also negroes Sarah and Serena. To son Nathan: 350 acre tract in Baltimore County that I bought from Dr. Samuel Chew called United Friedship and negro boy Jemsey. To son Thomas: my part of 558 acres in Cecil County called High Spaneola and a 14 year old negro. To two grandsons William and Richard, sons of Joseph, negro Tom in lieu of a debt of fL18 I owe on account of their uncle, William. To daughter Sarah Hill and her children Henry and Margaret: negro Lucy and her issue. To Samuel Thompson: negroes already in his mother's possession. To kinswoman Elizabeth, daughter of my brother Joseph: cow and calf. To Elizabeth and Joseph Galloway: L4 for Quakers at West River. To brother Joseph: aparel.

Philip Thomas

QUESTION: Had marriage date of 1671 which is after children born.

BIRTH: Philip, son of Evan THOMAS.
DEATH: His wife survived him. Will dated 9 Sep 1674. Will proved 10 Aug 1675. Will probated 10 Jul 1675, Anne Arundel Co., MD.
"The Thomas Book," by Lawrence B. Thomas, "Thomas of West River, MD," p.27-33.

1621, 17 Dec: A Philip THOMAS in the East India Company's service petitioned for unpaid wages, but his behavior was complained of and he was discharged.

- 1635-1651: Lived in VA. Was transported there with his wife and perhaps one child. (5) Emigrated from Bristol to VA.

Bef. 1650: Philip THOMAS the emigrant formed a business partnership with one Devonshire at Bristol, England, forming the mercantile house of Thomas & Devonshire.

- 1651: Emigrated to Maryland from England. (2) Emigrated to MD from VA as a free adult with his wife and four children. Was a planter. (3,4) Emigrated to MD from Bristol, England. (4) Philip THOMAS came with wife Sarah HARRISON and 3 children, Philip, Sarah and Elizabeth.

- 1651/2, 19 Feb: Granted a patent 500 acres called "Beakely" or "Beckley" on the west side of Chesapeake Bay "in consideration that he hath in the year 1651 transported himself, Sarah his wife, Philip, Sarah, and Elizabeth his children, into this our province." (2) 500 acres in Anne Arundel Co. was surveyed for him in 1651 but not patented until 1658. (4) Granted 500 acres "Beckley" on the west side of the Chesapeake.

- Philip THOMAS is said to have lived on the "Town lands of Severn" on Greenbury's Point at the mouth of the Severn River, which had been settled 1649/50 by about 70 Puritan families from Nansemond, VA under the leadership of Col. Richard BENNETT. THOMAS was supposed to have guarded the sanctuary, which was erected on land adjoining that of Elder DURAND, the Puritan minister. About 5 years later the settlers transferred their lands to Col. BENNETT and moved away. Lived in Anne Arundel Co.. The settlers of Middle Neck Hundred along Chesapeake Bay, north of South River, MD, were Philip THOMAS of "Thomas Point," Capt. William FULLER, Leonard STRONG, Thomas MEERES, Thomas TOLLEY and William JAMES. Upon their surveys stand (1905) Bay Ridge and Arundel-on-the-Bay. Thomas Point at the mouth of South River is named for Philip THOMAS.

- Affiliated himself with the Puritan Party and soon acquired influence among his neighbors. He became one of the Puritan Party's leaders in their conflict with Lord Baltimore, the Proprietary, and his representatives in the province.

- When CROMWELL and the Parliamentary party were strong in England, their sympathizers in MD broke out in open rebellion under Col. Richard BENNETT, and Philip THOMAS, holding a military commission as Lieutenant, was one of their muster in Anne Arundel Co., MD. (3) Lieutenant of Provincial Forces of MD before 1656.

- 1654/5, 25 Mar: The Puritan forces, under Capt. FULLER, defeated Gov. STONE's forces near Providence on the Severn. STONE surrendered under a promise that their lives should be spared.

- 1654/5, 28 Mar: "Capt. FULLER, Wm. BURGESS, Richard EVANS, Leo STRONG, Wm. DURAND, Roger HEAMANS, John BROWN, John CUTTS, Richard SMITH, one THOMAS, one BEDSTONE, Sampson WARREN, Thomas MEARES, and one CROUCH, sat as a Council of War, condemnded a number of the prisoners to die, and executed four of them."

- 1755, After the Battle of the Severn, in which the forces of Lord Baltimore under Gov. STONE were defeated by the Parliamentary forces of the Puritans of Anne Arundel Co., Gov. STONE and most of his party were transported over the Severn River to a fort at Anne Arundel, where they were kept prisoners. After about 3 days, Capt. FULLER, William BURGESS, Richard EWEN, Leonard STRONG, William DURAND, Roger HEAMANS, John BROWNE, John CUTS, Richard SMITH, one THOMAS, and one BESSON, Samson WARREN, Thomas MEARS and one CROUCH sat in a council of war, and there condemned Gov. STONE, Col. John PRICE, Mr. Job CHANDLER, Mr. William ELTONHEAD, Mr. Robert CLARK, Nicholas GEYTHER, Capt. William EVANS, Capt. William LEWIS, Mr. John LEGAT and John PEDRO to die, and not long afterward they sequestered all the estates of those of Lord Baltimore's council and other officers there.

- 1656/7, 20 Mar: Lt. Philip THOMAS was appointed one of six High Commissioners of the Provincial Court, the father of his son-in-law, John MEARS, being another. (2) 1656/7-1657/8, was a member of the Parliamentary Commission. (3) 1656, member of the High Commission governing MD. (2) 1656/7-1657/8: Was a Justice of the Provincial Court.

- 1658-1661: Granted a patent for 100 acres called "Thomas Towne."

- Acquired "Thomas Towne," "The Plains," and "Philip's Addition." On this he erected his homestead, "Lebanon." On his lands stands Thomas Point Lighthouse. His neighbor was Capt. William FULLER, the provincial leader.

- 1658, 22 Capt. William FULLER, Mr. Richard PRESTON, Mr. Edward LLOYD, Mr. Thomas MEERES, Mr. Philip THOMAS and Mr. Samuel WITHERS, delegates from Anne Arundel Co., met with Josias FENDALL at Leonard's Creek, in Patuxent River, to carry out the agreement signed in England in Nov 1657 by Lord Baltimore and Richard BENNETT. They were to meet on the 18th, but arrived 2 days late on account of the stormy season. They secured even greater compromises than BENNETT in England had asked. Of the 6 Puritan representatives in attendance on that day, Capt. William FULLER, Thomas MEARS, Philip THOMAS, and Samuel WITHERS were Friends.

- 1658/9, 24 Mar: When Oliver CROMWELL ordered the revolutionists to return the province to the Proprietary, THOMAS was one of the commissioners to make the surrender. (1) After this he does not seem to have taken an active part in the political affairs of the province.

- 1665: Granted a patent for 120 acres called "Fuller's Poynt" between the Severn and South Rivers. It is now called Thomas Point and is the site of a light house.

- 1666: Returned from a voyage to England.

- 1668: Granted 300 acres called "The Planes."

- 1671, 17 Oct: The Upper House of Assembly of MD consented to a bill for ferries, among them being one over Potapsco River, from Philip THOMAS point in Anne Arundel Co. to Kent Co.

- 1672: Granted 200 acres called "Phillip's Addicion."

- Held numerous patents on unnamed tracts. This land lay mostly in Anne Arundel Co. near what is now known as West River.

- 1673, 17 May: May have been one of the those converted to the Society of Friends by George FOX, the founder of the Quakers, when he preached at a "very large meeting" in West River. The meeting lasted 4 days. A number of the THOMAS family appear on the early records of the Society immediately after this meeting. Became a Quaker by 1657. Joined the Society of Friends under George FOX and gave up political adventures.

- A founder of and a prominent figure in the Herring Creek and the West River Meetings of Friends.

- 1674, 9 Sep: Philip THOMAS made his will. A copy is still preserved at the family seat, "Lebanon," West River, MD. From the will, it appears that he had disposed of much of the land granted to him, only mentioning "Beckley," "Fuller's Poynt" and "The Playns," and his two houses in Bristol, England. The will of Philip THOMAS proved the marriage of his daugter Elizabeth to William COALE Sr. before 1674.

- He provided that any dispute in regard to the settlement of his estate be brought before "the body of Quakers." This provision was a common one amongst Quakers. Philip THOMAS of Anne Arundel Co., MD made his will. To sons Philp and Samuel and their heirs, 500 acres, "The Clifts," in Calvert Co., equally. To daughter Martha, to 3 grandchildren Mary, daughter of John MEERS, Philp and Eliza, children of William COLE, and to the Quakers, personalty. To 5 children, Philip, Samuel, Sarah, Eliza, and Martha, personalty, equally. To wife Sarah, executrix and residuary legatee of estate, including 120 acres, "Fuller's Point," Anne Arundel Co., and 1,200 acres, "The Plains" at Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., the latter tract to pass to son Samuel. Wits. Jno. RICKS, Marmaduke NOBLE.

- 1675, 10 Aug: Will proved, Ann Arundel Co., MD.

- His estate was claimed by his son Samuel THOMAS through a verbal will which Edward TALBOTT resisted. The question was finally decided by the Society in favor of all the heirs. [NOTE: Other sources say this was his mother's will.]

- At his death, his estate included 1,120 acres in Calvert Co., Baltimore Co., and Anne Arundel Co., plus two houses in Bristol, England.

- Had a gold-headed cane and service of silver upon which were the coat of arms of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, K.G., of Carew. The cane is still in the possession of his descendants. The silver was last owned by William THOMAS of Sandy Spring, MD, but has disappeared. It is reported to have been exchanged at a silversmith's in Baltimore by Mrs. THOMAS for plated ware of a newer pattern, and been melted down by the purchaser not long before the Civil War.

- 1690, 13 Sep: John TALBOT claimed an interest in the proceeds of the sale of the two houses in Bristol in right of his wife, Philip's granddaughter, as her share of the whole landed estate.