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

Thomas Dr. Gerard

Male 1608 - 1673  (65 years)

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  • Name Thomas Dr. Gerard  [1
    Born 10 Dec 1608  Winwick Parish, New Hall, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Dec 1673  St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lower Machadoc, Westmoreland, County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002245  Tree1
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2018 

    Mother Isabel MNU Gerard,   b. Bef 1592, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 3 Apr 1632, Warrington, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years) 
    Family ID F01573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research Notes from David Schade
      We know 5 oldest & 3 youngest groupings; we know order of males; we know oldest & youngest females; we know Justinian is only son that could be b. before Susannah since he is only son in oldest group & named before females in oldest group; we know years for Susannah & Mary; we can "assume" order of Frances, Temperance, Elizabeth from order in list of children transported & Frances m. much earlier than Temperance & Elizabeth; 1641 is abt as late as we can go for b. of Elizabeth since transported in 1650 she would be only 9; so this gives us the order: Justinian, Susannah (b.1635), Frances, Temperance, Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Mary (b.1652)

      Based on this, we can assign approx remaining birth years: Justinian (b.1633), Susannah (b.1635), Frances (b.1637), Temperance (b.1639), Elizabeth (b.1641), Thomas (b.1644), John (b.1647), Mary (b.1652); possibly not perfect, but certainly very close
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      ARMD 41:373
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      Text: Sturman is not absolutely documented as her surname
      Gerrard, Thomas, of Mathotick River, formerly of St. Clement's Manor,St. Mary's County, 5th Feb., 1672; 15th Dec., 1673.
      To dau. Mary and hrs., 4 seats of land in St. Mary's County, including "St. Katharine's Manor" and "Westwood Lodge." In event of death of dau. Mary without hrs., sd. lands to pass to surviving sons and daus. of testator.
      To eld. son Justinian and hrs., part of "St. Clement's Manor;" also any land or lands in Eng.
      To wife Rose during life, and male hrs., ½ of sd. "St. Clement's Manor;" ½ of "Bastford Manor," and ½ of "Gerrard's Reserve," Va. In event of death of sd. wife without male issue, son Justinian to possess the whole of "St. Clement's Manor."
      To young son John, ½ of "Bastfoord Manor" and ½ of "Gerrard's Reserve," Va.; to possess the whole of sd. tracts in event of death of said wife without male issue.
      To other 3 sons and 5 daus., sons-in-law, daus.-in-law grandchild.; viz: Gerrard Paten and Gerrard Tucker at 18 yrs. of age, and to John Waug(h)e, personalty.
      Exs.: Wife Rose and son Gerrard.
      Test: John Waugh, Isaac Allerton, John Lee.
      Testator desires to be buried by deceased wife Susanna. MCW 1. 567.
      reference to Jane as daughter shown as Jane Fenwick sister of Cuthbert Fenwick. see Philip Taylor Genealogy
      James Hughes 2005-07-30 09:45:30
      Lee of Virginia, Page 70

      Thomas Youell. On the 19th of 9br 1673, the will of "Thomas Garrard of Machotecks," &c., was proven by the oaths of John Waugh, Major Isaac Allerton, and Capt: John Lee. Isaac Allerton and John Lee owned a mill in partnership at Nominy; under date of the 26th of August, 1674, Richard Lee sold his share in this mill to Allerton. The deed states that "Whereas it hath pleased God of late to take ye sd John Lee unto his mercy, by whose decease the moiety of ye sd two acres of Land together with ye mill thereon erected descends unto me Rich: Lee," &c.

      Dr. Thomas Gerard (81)(1) was born on 10 Dec 1608 in Lancashire, England. He died on 19 Oct 1673 in Mochoticks, Westmoreland, Co. Virginia. Dr. Thomas Gerard, Gentleman, was baptized in Winwick Prish, New Hall, Lancashire, England 10 Dec 1608. He was the son of John Gerard and Isabel ? of New Hall and the grandson of Thomas Gerard and Jane of Garswood. (Md Archives Liber XL11 folio 543).

      The Gerard family was an ancient and prominent Roman Catholic family whose history has been traced back to the time of the General Survey of the Kingdom 1078.

      Thomas Gerard married Susannah Snowe, daughter of John Snowe and Judith ? of Brookehouse, Staffordshire, England by 20 Jun 1634 (The Lancashire Record Office).

      Thomas Gerard, surgeon, came into the Province of MD by April 1638 with five men servants (Md Land Office Patents Liber 1, folio 19). After several trips between Maryland and England, Thomas Gerard sold his holdings in England. On 19 Sep 1650 he demanded 2,000 acres of land for transporting himself, his wife and 5 chidren, a Mr Austin Hill, 8 men servants and 4 women servants in to the Province (Md Land office Patents L AB&H, f 47). (In 1650 Sir Thomas transported wife and five children: Justinian, Elizabeth, Frances, Susanna, Temperance. In 1658 he transported Winifred and Bridget Gerard. Does anyone know their relationship to Sir Thomas?)

      Thomas Gerrard, surgeon, immigrated to Maryland in 1638 with 5 men servands and transported in 1650, his wife and 5 children: daus. Elizabeth, Frances, Susan [Susannah], TEMPERANCE, son Justinian." [ABH: 47, pg 193, 198.]

      Thomas Gerard became one of the largest land owners in Maryland. on 3 Nov 1639, he was issued one of the first manorial grants to be issued in St Mary's Co. He acquired a patent for 1,030 acres he called "St Clement's Manor" (Md Land Office Patents Liber AB&H, Folio 68). This patent included St Clement's Island, the landing place of the first Maryland settlers in 1634. With this patent, he also achieved the status of "Lord of the Manor". On 24 Mar 1651, Thomas Gerard received a patent of 1,500 acres, he called "Bastford Manor" and a patent of 500 acres for 'St Winifred's Freehold" (Ibid. Folio 193-194). Thomas Gerard also acquired 3,500 acres of land called Gerard's Preserve" in Westmoreland County Virginia. He continued to acquire lands and at the time of his death his holdings contained about 16,000 acres.

      Since Thomas Gerard's wife Susannah and their children were Protestant, he erected an Anglican Chapel for them on St Clement's Manor. According to Edwin Beitzell's writings the chapel was erected "at the head of a branch of St Patrick's Creek". It was the third Protestant church to be erected in Maryland.

      Thomas Gerard, the surgeon, practiced medicine in Maryland and Virginia. He was also very active in the provincial politics of his day. He served as juryman at St Mary's in May 1638, elected a burgess to the assembly from St Mary's on 19 Feb 1639, commissioned by the Proprietor as "Conservator of the Peace" in March 1640 and elected burgess from St Clement's Hundred in Sep 1640. Thomas Gerard was appointed to the Provincial Council by a commission from Lord Baltimore, dated 17 Nov 1643. He held this position until he aligned himself with the Fendall Rebellion of 1660. With the collapse of the rebellion, Thomas Gerard was banished. He went to live in Westmoreland Co Virginia until he was pardoned by the Maryland council and was restored to citizenship in the Province but was forbidden to hold office (Md Archives Liber III, folio 406-407).

      Susannah (Snowe) Gerard died in 1666 St Clement's Manor. Thomas moved to "Gerard's Preserve" in Westmoreland County Virginia. It was there that he married Mrs. Rose Tucker.

      Thomas died in Virginia in 1673 and he was taken to Maryland and buried beside his first wife, Susannah Snowe. In his will he stated - "Testator desires to be buried by deceased wife Susanna". His will was dated 5 Feb 1672 and it was probated in St Mary's County 15 Dec 1673 (Md Cal of Wills L 1 f 567).
      Thomas Gerard, immigrated to St. Mary's County, Maryland He and his family resided at St. Clements Manor. It was there that Thomas Gerard built a chapel. He apparently allowed interdenominational worship, [Susanna and the children were non Catholic, Thomas was Catholic] however, the local Roman Catholic priest said that the arrangement was not allowed. He [the priest] apparently said he would come and live among them to see that the Catholic religion was practiced.

      Susanna is buried at Longworth's Point, directly overlooking [in St.Clement's Manor] the site where the Ark and the Dove first landed in Maryland..Thomas her widower, went to Virginia,married a "Rose"-----widow of John Tucker,and had issue. However, Thomas when near death,requested to be returned to Maryland and be buried next to his spouse, Susanna He was married to Susanna Snowe on 21 Sep 1629 in Lancashire, England.

      Susanna Snowe(1) died in 1666 in Charles County, Maryland. She was born abt 1609 in Lancashire, England. Children were:

      i. Susannah Gerard.
      ii. Frances Gerard(1) was born about 1628 in Newhall, Lancashire.England.
      iii. Temperance Gerard(1) was born about 1630 in Newhall, Lancashire.England. She died before 4 Feb 1711/12 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
      iv. Elizabeth Gerard(1) was born in 1632 in Newhall, Lancashire.England. She died after 1676.
      v. Gerard(1).
      vi. Mary Gerard(1) was born in 1634 in Newhall, Lancashire.England.
      vii. Justinian Gerard(1) was born about 1638 in St. Clements Manor, Maryland. He died before 1688 in St.Mary's County, Maryland.
      viii. Thomas Gerard(1) was born in 1640 in St. Clements Manor, Maryland. He died in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, England.
      ix. John Gerard(1) was born in St. Clements Manor, Maryland.
      St. Clement's Hundred (Manor) of the County of St. Maries (St. Mary's County, Maryland) was erected, and Thomas GERRARD commissioned Lord of the Manor, on 16 Mar 1639 (1640):
      Cecilius &c To our trusty Thomas Gerrard Gent

      Whereas We have thought fit to erect the Isles called St Clements Isle and Heron Isle, and all the Land over against the Said Islands on the North bank of Patowmeck River between the Creek Commonly called the herring Creek on the East and St Catherines Creek on the West and extending Northwards Into the woods five mile any where from the Said Bank into a hundred by the name of St Clements hundred
      St. Clement's Manor, granted to Dr. Thomas Gerard, no longer exists; but All Saints Episcopal Church remains in the town of Avenue on Rt. 242 as you drive toward St. Clement's Island and the Potomac River Museum at Colton's Point. Dr. Gerard, a Catholic, built it for his wife, an Anglican, as a place where she and her servants could worship.
      Thomas and Susannah Gerard had 11,000 acres from Lord Baltimore known as St. Clement's Manor and St. Clement's Island in 1638-1639. Thomas was involved in the uprising in St. Marys Co, MD and left to settle on lands in Westmoreland County, Virginia, where he died.
      Jan and List: Below is an interesting account of a suburban type lifestyle that Thomas GERRARD, John WASHINGTON, and other MD ex-patriots lived in VA. "The Englishmen on the banks of the Potomac mingled elegant pleasures with rude labors and perilous enterprises. There is a record of a contract in 1670 between John LEE, son of Col. Richard LEEE, then deceased, Henry CORBIN, Isaac ALLERTON, and Dr. Thomas GERRARD, for building a banqueting house at or near their respective lands. The English colonist acted as far as the circumstances would permit, precisely as he would in London. It was a rare thing if the richer settlers did not visit the mother country once during the year...
      Among those who resided in the "suburban" area (Westmoreland Co. VA) above Machodic, at Nomini Creek, were: Walter BRODHURST, Edmund BRENT, Nicholas SPENCER, Valentine PEYTON, Maj. John HALLOWES(HOLLIS), Above Nomini resided at Appomattox Creek (now Mattox) Col. John WASHINGTON, his father-in-law, Col. Nathaniel POPE, William BUTLER, the minister, and Andrew MONROE, who lived in Maryland, in 1643. Still further upthe river, beyond Nomini, were Samuel HAYWARD, , Col. Giles BRENT, and his famous sister, Margaret BRENT, at "Peace" on Acquia Creek. Other settlers were Capt. John ASHTON, Capt. John LORD, brother of Rich'd LORD, of Hartford, New England; Capt. William HARDWICH, a tailor from Maryland, brother-in-law of Mrs. WASHINGTON; Thomas STURMAN, of Maryland; Daniel HUTT, formerly of London; John ROSIER, minister, Anthony BRIDGES, Capt. George MASON (born in 1629), John HILLILER, Capt. Thomas EWELL, Col. Gerrard FOWKE, Col. Thomas SPEKE, Capt. William PIERCE, Capt. John APPLETON, Col. Tomas BLAGG, Capt. Alexander BAINHAM, Col. John DODMAN, Lewis MARKHAM, Clement SPELMAN, William BROWNE, of Plymouth, Daniel LISSON, Robert VAULX, and Capt. Thomas and William BALDRIDGE. " ( Genealogies of VA Families" from Wm. & Mary Quarterly, Vol. V, p.903-907.)
      Pat Obrist

      On Sat, 20 Jun 1998, "Jan Creek" wrote:
      Concerning Gerard Fowke in message of 6/13/98
      This was posted to VA Roots.
      From Stafford County Deed Book, 1722-1728
      pp. 421-427 7/8 April 1727. GERRARD FOWKES of Durham Parish in Charles
      County in Maryland to his Son, CHANDLER FOWKES of Stafford County one thousand thirty acres of land

      Gerrard build the first church where Protestant and Catholic would worship,

      Land 21 APR 1640 "Gerrard's Freehold", alias Park Hall, 350 acres, surveyed, by 1663 possession of Thomas Taylor, and granted to Jerome Whyte
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Wicomico: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 285-16: WICOMICO FIELDS: 500 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Contee, John : Surveyed 7 April 1666 for Thomas Smoote on the West side. this land was first taken up by Thomas Gerrard. Resurveyed by Smoote.: Other notes - Included in Resurvey of WICCOCOMICO FIELDS, folio 444,
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 31 May 1658, Page 3
      Thomas Gerrard, Esq., summons Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Addames, Mrs. Jane Cockshoote, Mrs. Ursula Goodericke
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 5 Aug 1658, Page 13
      5 Aug 1658; Thomas Gerrard, Esq., demands warrant against George Goodericke, gent., in action of debt value 300# of tobacco and 6# of powder
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 5 Aug 1658, Page 14
      Thomas Gerrard, Esq., demands warrant against John Delahay debt value 500# of tobacco
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 20 Aug 1658, Page 17
      46. Thomas Gerrard, Esq., Plt.; Mr. George Gooderike, Def. as admn. of estate of Capt. William Lewis; debt of 300# of tobacco and 6 # of powder; sent to Provincial Court as Capt. Lewis' estate is in their jurisdiction
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 7 October 1658, Page 23
      63. Thomas Gerrard, Esq., Plt.; Capt. William Evans, John Mansfiel, Defs.; plaintiff demands 651# Of tobacco by bill which he produced; bill paid to James Hare
      Mr. Gerrard s atty. for the Mr. Gerrard's use; case to be sent to the County Court
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 26 Oct 1658, Page 27
      76. Mr. Thomas Gerrard, Plt-; Capt. William Evans, Def; plaintiff called 3 times by the sheriff and not appearing nor any one for him the defendant craves a non-suit which is granted unless Mr. Gerrard do appear or someone for him before one o'clock

      77.Mr. Thomas Gerrard, Plt.; William Evans, Def ; case sent from the Provincial Court held at St. Leonard in Calvert County 7 Oct 1658 to this County Court; bill for 651# of tobacco made to the plaintiff by Mr. William Tomson, deceased, and Mr. John Mansfeild bearing date of 23 Jun 1648; plaintiff demanding 100# tobacco and more upon account for nails; back of bill endorsed for 300# tobacco to be due this 10 years; court ordered payment of 45 1# of tobacco with 8% interest per year

      Court Adjourned until 23 Nov 1658
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 23 Nov 1658 Page 27
      78. James Hare, age ca 30 years, 'wore that Thomas Gerrard had questioned him as to whether he ever received any tobacco from Mr. William Tomson or John Mansfeeld for his use upon bill; deponent swore he did not; /s/ James Hare; wit. Thomas Speake; by George Thompson 2 May 1658
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 10 Mar 1659, Page 42
      97. Mr. Edward Parkes, Plt.; William Marshal, Def.; regarding a disputed contract witnessed by Mr. William White and Mr. Samuel Smith for cattle; mentions Thomas Baker and Mr. Gerrard's manor at Portobacco
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 22 Apr 1662, Page 201
      Samuel Dobson presents a servant Thomas Jackson on behalf of Tho. Gerrard; judged to be ca 16 years
      Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 8
      PEYTON, Valentine, gent., 27 November 1662; 29 June 1665.
      My wife Frances to be exx;
      son in law Thomas Speke when he comes to the age of 21 years;
      father in law Thomas (???) {Gerrard} Esq., and Mr. Robert Sligh [Slye} both of Maryland to be overseers of will.
      Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 48
      NEWTON, ROSE, 1 December 1712; 4 February 1712/3. To son Thomas Newton land in Va. and Md. my late husband Thomas Gerrard left me.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.mosesrawlings.freeservers.com/anthonyrawlings.html
      URL title: Anthony Rawlings of St. Mary's County, Maryland
      "...and in those of Westmoreland and King George counties, Virginia, relieves the matter of much of its difficulty. We learn from the first of these sources that the original residence of the immigrant ancestor, Andrew Monroe, was in Maryland, where he first commanded a pinnace in the service of Cuthbert Fenwick, general agent for Lord Baltimore. When Richard Ingle declared for the parliament, Monroe took sides against Lord Baltimore's government, and eventually, like Nathaniel Pope, ancestor of President Washington, Dr. Thomas Gerrard, and other leading Marylanders, fled over the Potomac to a settlement under the Virginia authority, at the mouth of Appomattox Creek, now called Mattox Creek, in Westmoreland county." --James Monroe; William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4; 1896
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/00000 1/000004/html/am4--342.html
      URL title: Judicial and Testamentary Business of the Provincial Court, 1637-1650 Volume 4, Page 342
      p. 100 20th Noumbr Anthony Rawlins demandeth of Tho: Gerrard Esqr an account of certaine tobbaco receaud by the sd Tho: Gerrard in the yeare 1644 in the quantity of 1700 wt tobb: and for what he receaud it and for this bringeth his action.

      Subpena: Walter Broadhurst in causa. Antho: Rawlins vr Tho Gerrard
      Subpena James Walker in causa: Antho: Raw: Vr Tho: Gerrard

      === mm note - Foxhall left MD and moved to Westmoreland Va.
      James Hughes 2005-08-03 15:13:03
      Dr. Lois Green Carr Men's Career Files

      The will of John Foxhall in Westmoreland Co may not be John Sr. Foxhall.

      Arch. 57 p. 215
      Prov. Ct. Jdmts.
      Thomas Gerrard
      John Foxhall

      Tho. Gerrard demands execution against the estate of John Foxhall for 5,840 lbs tob. Adjudged for damages and cost expended datd June 5, 1667 directed to sherriff of St. Mary's County.
      James Hughes 2005-08-03 15:06:59
      Dr. Lois Green Men's Career Files

      Arch. 57, p.282-3
      Prov. Ct. Judmts.
      Oct. 26, 1666

      Mr. Foxhall

      Thomas Gerrard to Edward Connery. On St. Clements Manor.
      Beginning at a red oak with 9 notches standing neat to the north of St. Patricks Creek from thence to a white oak standing at the head of a branch of St. Patricks Creed which is Mr. Shankes bound tree, so running by Robert Coopes land and Gerritt Breedkins land and Mr. Foxhalls land unto the red oak where first begun.
      220 acres.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.provenlines.com/hist11c.html
      URL title: Genealogy-Early Virginia Immiagrants
      Entries below are based on the patent records of Colonial Virginia. Listed by name, date, name of patentee, and location of patent.

      Gerrard, Susana, 1650, by Tho. Gerrord, Gent., Northumberland Co. Va
      James Hughes 2005-08-02 12:43:14
      MD Judicial and Testamentary Business of the Provincial Court, 1637-1650 Volume 4, Page 349

      Thomas Gerrard Esqr att the request of Anthony Rawlins

      sayth uppon his oath That sometime in ffeb: 1644 he this Dept being aboard Ingles ship riding att an anchor neare Heron Iland, saw an acct shewed vnto this Dept by Mr Ingle (wch to the best of his knowledge was under Mr ffenwicks hand) wherein amongst other accts the sd Anthony was charged by the sd Mr ffenick debtor for one thowsand weight of Tob: & through the pretence of that acct he the sd Ingle deteyned the Tob: & refused to giue the sd Anthony any acct therfore saying tht if the Tob: belonged to the Gouernor Mr Copley, Capt
      Cornewalleys or Mr ffenwick, itt belonged to him. But this dept sayth tht hee saw noe further authority, then by tht acct Liber A. to demand or receiue the Tob: of the sd Anthony & further he sayth not
      Tho: Gerrard
      Juratt coram me
      Tho: Greene
      James Hughes 2005-08-02 12:46:58
      MD Judicial and Testamentary Business of the Provincial Court, 1637-1650 Volume 4, Page 342

      p. 100 20th Noumbr Anthony Rawlins demandeth of Tho: Gerrard Esqr an account of certaine tobbaco receaud by the sd Tho: Gerrard in the yeare 1644 in the quantity of 1 700 wt tobb: and for what he receaud it and for this bringeth his action.
      Subpena: Walter Broadhurst in causa. Antho: Rawlins vr Tho Gerrard
      Subpena James Walker in causa: Antho: Raw: Vr Tho: Gerrard
      1000 Years of Garrett Family History Page

      1659-1660 participation in Fendall's Rebellion and banishment to Virginia

      Dr. Thomas Gerard patented 1,000 acres south of the Potomac River on October 18, 1650 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He moved there after he lost his Maryland estates in the revolution of 1659 under his friend, Josias Fendall. To protest certain taxes that they thought unfair, the Assembly issued the first declaration of Independence in America and Governor Fendall proclaimed Maryland a republic – which started the revolution of 1659. However, the rebellion collapsed in 1660, and Lord Baltimore, in a furious letter dated August 24, 1660, instructed his brother Philip Calvert, then governor, to deal harshly with GERARD, FENDALL, HATCH, SLYE and others who took a leading part in therevolt. They could be sentenced to death, be banished from the province and suffer the loss of all their property. Gerard's manor lands and other property were seized, and he was banished. He retired temporarily to his lands across the Potomac in WestmorelandCounty, Virginia, a 3,500 acre holding, known as Gerard Preserve. In a few months, however, he applied to the Maryland Council for a pardon which was promptly granted.

      He was restored to citizenship in the Province but forbidden to hold office or to have a voice in elections. His lands and other property were restored to him. After the restoration of his estates, Gerard returned to live in Maryland, where he continued his practice as a physician, looked after his lands, and completed more sales of property. His large family consisted of three sons and seven daughters. He had many friends on both sides of the Potomac River, and several of his daughters married Virginians. In addition to enjoying the favorite provincial drink of "burnt brandy," GERARD was not averse to cards and dice. Later, Dr. Thomas Gerard returned to his land in Virginia where together with Henry Corbin, John Lee, son of Col. Richard Lee, then deceased, and Isaac Allerton, they built a "Banqueting House" at or near the head of Cherive’s (now Jackson’s) Creek, where theire states joined. It was agreed that each party to the contract should "yearly, according to his due course, make an honorable treatment fit to entertain the wives, heirs, neighbors and friends. All neighbors were, however, not so friendly. Two, Richard and his wife, Anna Cole, were of a type not frequent in Virginia. In 1664 Mrs. Cole had been committed to the custody of the sheriff "upon suspicion of the murder of Rose Parker". Of this charge she must have been acquitted, but she did not bridle her tongue and evidently the Coles looked upon Dr. Thomas Gerard and his two daughters, Anne and Frances, as enemies and in due time the Gerard's had to bring charges of libel against Mrs. Cole. It appears theGerards won the case. John Washington was one of the Justices of the Court. Dr. Gerard died on February 1, 1672 at the age of 64 at his home in WestmorelandCounty, Virginia. By his request he was buried "as close as possible to his first wife, Susannah which was at his home across the Potomac at Longworth Point, Maryland. On the map on page 12, Longworth Point is now call Colton’s Point. There is today, a street at that location named Gerrard Lane . The Gerard private cemetery existed until theearly 1900’s when the owner of surrounding land threw the tombstones over the cliff and into the Potomac. Not satisfied with this desecration, it has been reported at a guest at the local hotel was allowed to open the graves and remove a skull. In a terrific storm in the summer of 1933 the hotel was wrecked and much ground washed away so that now there is no evidence whatsoever of the original Gerard home or burial grounds. Dr. Thomas Gerard’s daughter, Anne Gerard became the 2nd wife to Col. John Washington, the Great Grand Father of President George Washington. When Anne died, her sister Frances became the 3rd wife to President George Washington’s great grand father. None of Dr. Thomas Gerard’s three sons long survived him. John died first in 1678 leaving a son John (who had no sons) and a daughter, Rebecca who married Charles Calvert (Governor of Maryland form 1720 to 1727). After John’s death this line of the Gerard family became extinct.
      Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 4
      SPEKE, THOMAS, 1 December 1659; 14 January 1659.
      Son Thomas (under age) to be exr;
      wife Frances Speke;
      brother John Speke to have 2000 acres of land if he settle in this country;
      my godson Thomas Gerrard;
      my youngest sister;
      my father in law Thomas Gerrard and my mother in law Susanna Gerrard;
      my father in law and my brother in law Mr. Robert Slye to be overseers.
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 364-20: WESTWOOD MANOR: 1600 acres; Possession of - 1600 Acres - Gerrard, John: 1600 Acres - Gerrard, John: Surveyed 17 May 1651 for Thomas Gerrard at the head of Wicomico Creek:
      Conveyance notes - Possessed by Thomas Gerrard and occupied by Thomas Bewell (sp?)
      George Escridge from James Johnson; 20 Dec 1712, 1600 Acres
      - George Escridge from Ebsworth Bayne; 17 Oct 1713, 50 Acres
      - Richard Edelen from George Brett; 23 April 1721, 50 Acres
      - George Brett from Richard Edelen; 30 Nov 1722, 50 Acres
      - Hudson Walker from William Walker; 2 Dec 1723, 50 Acres
      - Hudson Walker from Luke Russell; 5 Nov 1725, 100 Acres
      - Samuel Love from Samuel Tennison; 2 May 1726, 100 Acres
      - Hudson Walker from Luke Russell; 11 March 1728, 1600 Acres
      - Charles Carroll from Michael Curtis; 10 May 1711, 50 Acres
      - John Winter from William Hall; 16 July 1739.
      There are two other records that are illegible
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: ml/sc5094-1907-4.html
      URL title: Dr. Lois Green Carr Men's Career Files MSA SC 5094 Image No: sc5094-1907-4
      Archives 41, f, 18
      Prov. Court Jdmts.
      January 1, 1657/8
      Mr. Gerard v. Capt. Mitchell

      Roger Isham
      Thomas Hawkines

      Edmond Philpot deposes that at about the end of April 1652 Capt. Mitchell sold him the deponent to Mr Thomas Gerard & he had left to serve 2 yrs. & 2 mos. Origianal indenture recorded May 27, 1652 Roger Isham Thomas Hawkines
      Charles County Circuit Court, Land Records, Liber D#2, Page 20
      29 Jan 1713; George Eseridge of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Gent. records following:
      20 Dec 1712; Indenture from Jane Garrard of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, to George Eseridge of the same parish; for £100; a tract first granted to Thomas Garrard; from him to his son John Garrard, husband of Jane Garrard; tract called WESTWOOD MANNOR now in the tenure of Thomas Onell; [unable to decipher acreage); /s/ Jane Garrard; wit. Henry Netherton, James Johnson

      Charles County Circuit Court, Land Records, Liber D#2, Page 22
      25 Dec 1712; Indenture from James Johnson of Parish of Cople, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Gent., to George Eseridge of the same parish; for £200; a tract called WESTWOOD MANOR; /s/ James Johnson; wit. Thomas Onnell, Henry Netherton
      Charles County Circuit Court, Land Records, Liber D#2, Page 24
      29 Jan 1712; Recorded at request of Richard Edelen:
      28 Sep 1712; Indenture from Kenelm Chiseldyne, Gent. of St. Mary's County, to Richard Edelen, carpenter; Thomas Garrard, formerly of Manchester in Westmoreland County, Virginia, by his will ca 5 Feb 1672 bequeathed Mary his dau. 100 acres called WESTWOOD LODGE; Mary did lawfully marry Kenelm Chiseldine; this indenture from Kenelm Chiseldyne to Richard Edelen for £35; /s/ Kenelm Chiseldyne; wit. Phil Hoskins, Tho. Howard
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      No.2. p.390. Inventory of the estate of James Stone, Merchant "late Dec' in Virginia".
      The inventory is signed
      William Taylor
      Row Burnham
      Thomas x Jerrard
      his x marke
      Stephen Gill
      The mark prob refers to Gill's signature.

      Fleet, Beverley,
      York County, 1648-1657
      Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. County, 1961, 109 pgs.

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