Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Penelope Dyer

Female 1704 - 1763  (59 years)


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  • Name Penelope Dyer 
    Born 24 Feb 1703/04  King George's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Oct 1763  Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I010372  Tree1
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 

    Father Patrick Dyer,   b. 1680, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1724, King George's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Comfort Barnes,   b. Bef 3 Jan 1682/83, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1760, King George's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 77 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1702  St. John's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F04953  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. William 'Jr' Dyer,   b. 1724, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1753, Prince George's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F06867  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Shircliffe,   b. Abt 1696, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1740, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Abt 1725  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Shircliffe,   b. Abt 1726, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F05062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ignatius Howard,   b. Abt 1703,   d. Bef 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Bef 22 May 1740  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Howard,   b. Abt 1739, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1764, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     2. Mary Howard,   b. Abt 1743, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F06868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      HOWARD, PENELOPE, Prince George's Co. 15 Jan, 1763; 17 Oct, 1763
      To dau, Susannah Frasher, furniture; 3 yards of Irish linen.
      To dau-In-law Mary Dyer,, clth.
      To grand-son Annnocletus Dyer, 5 shilling.
      To dau, Mary Edelin, other pt. of estate.
      Exs Son-in-law Philip Edelen
      WIt: Thomas Halloy, James Campbell. MCW 31.1000
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      Penelope Howard (widow) 83.142 PG 21.10.9 Dec 1 1763 Dec 1 1763
      Appraisers: John Fend. Beall, Thomas Halley.
      Creditors: James Leeper, Edward Dyar.
      Next of kin: Elisabeth Greene, Susanna Fraser.
      Administrator: Philip Edelin.
      ===
      mm, this following is not correct. there were two Ignatius Howards, one in PG county and the other in St Mary's Co.
      Penelope Dyer called Penelope Howard in her mother's 1760 will married 2nd Ignatius Howard. An Ignatius Howard, died before 4 June 1752 in St Mary's County with William Bradburn and wife Elizabeth Bradburn named admns. dist. mentions 1/3 to widow; 1 child, George's Howard, age 15, born 1 August 1739 (I 51.73; ABB 1.89). Thus if this Ignatius Howard was the one who had married Penelope, she could not have been the mother of his son, George. So far the father of Susannah Frasher who was named daughter in Penelope's will and if Mary Edelen, wife of Phillip, in the 1776 census was True 33 years old, she could not have been the Mary mentioned in the will of William Shercliffe (see EFSM, Vol III)

      Court of November 1711; Penelope Dyer comes into open Court and is bound to Thomas Edelen till she attain the age of 16 years; she being 8 years old 24 February next (PGOC G.124).
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      Will of Penelope Howard, Prince George's County; written 15 January 1763; probate 17 )October 1763
      To dau. Susannah Frasher, furniture, 3 years years(?) of Irish Linen
      To dau.-in-law Mary Dyer, clth
      To grand-son Annocletus Dyer 5 shillings
      To dau. Mary Edelin, other pt. of estate
      Ex: son-in-law Phillip Edelen
      Wit: Thomas Halloy, James Campbell (MCW XII.207; Wills, 31.100)

      Penelope Howard (widow), Prince George's County; 21 pounds 10 shillings 9 pence; 1 December 1763;
      nok; Elizabeth Green, Susanna Fraser; Admn Phillip Edelin (I 83.142)

      Court records show a Penelope Dyer had an illegitimate child in 1724 in Charles County with no mention of the sex of the child (CCCR N#2.407). It is possible she was the same person as the above Penelope who later married William Shercliffe and Ignatius Howard. he family was in Prince George's Count, but, at age 20, she might have been living with another family to have been charged in the Charles County court. In her 1763 will Penelope Howard names "dau-in-law Mary Dyer" and "grand-son Annocletus Dyer."
      Since Penelope Howard's maiden name was Dyer, "dau-in-law" must mean wife of her son (rather than step-dau as it is frequently used). Nothing was found to prove the son's name unless we consider the estate records listed below for the "unaccounted for" William Dyer. It appears that the "William Dyer, Jr" who died by 1753 in Prince George's County might have been the illegitimate child and the one who used "Jr" to distinguish him from the uncle William, rather than William's son, William, who was still alive when his father's estate was settled in 1755.
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      William Sharkey 25.401 PG 54.1.0 May 22 1740 Jun 23 1740
      (also William Shirklif)
      Appraisers: Thomas Middleton, William Hawkins.
      Creditors: Henry Massy.
      Mentions: Henry Sayers and John Hawkins, Jr. for MM Henry and Edward Trafford, merchants in Liverpool.
      Mentions: Leonard SheirCliff (son of William Sheircliff).
      Mentions: R. Green.
      Executrix: Penelope Howard, wife of Ignatius Howard.
      ===NJL
      Court of Nov 1711; Penelope Dyer comes into open Court and is bound to Thomas Edelen till she attain the age of 16 years; she being 8 years old 24 Feb next (PGOC G.124)

      Court records show Penelope Dyer had an illegitimate child in 1724 in Charles Co. with no mention of the sex of the child (Charles County Court Records N#2.407).
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      EDELEN, COMFORT, Prince George's County, widow. 10 May, 1760 22 Sep, 1760
      To son Edward Dyar, slaves.
      To dau. Penelope Howard, slaves.
      To grand-son Thomas Dyar, son of Edward Dyar, slaves,
      To grand-dau, Anne Dyer, dau. of son Edward Dyar, slaves.
      To grand-son Thomas Edelen Green, son of James Green, certain slaves.
      To son Thomas Dyar, tobacco.
      To great-grand-chIld Anne Spalding, dau. of Bazil Spalding, my chest of drawers, and etc.
      To grand-child, Elizabeth Dyar, dau. of son Thomas Dyar, large looking glass.
      To daus, Elizabeth Green and Rebecca Sanders, and the children
      of son William Dyer, dec'd, 20 s.
      Remaining pt. of estate to son Edward Dyar, dau. Penelope Howard,
      grand-son Thomas Dyar, son of Edward Dyar
      Son Edward Dyer, dau, Penelope Howard., exs.
      Wit: Jos. Beall, Jr, Josiah Wynn, Rebecca Stevens. 31.53
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      The will of William Shercliffe names Penelope, his wife, and children: Leonard; Thomas; John; and Mary (MCW VIII.84) William's will was not written until 5 April 1740.
      Sheircliff., William., planter, Princle George's County, 5th Apr., 1740;
      Sources:
      Publication: Clements, Wethington; Maryland to Casey Co, Kentucky, published by Joseph L. Clements on RootsWeb.