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

Robert Slye

Male 1627 - 1671  (43 years)


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  • Name Robert Slye  [1
    Born 8 Jul 1627  Lapworth Parish, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 1670/71  St. Clements Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002277  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 

    Family ID F01597  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Gerard,   b. Bef 19 Apr 1635, Newhall, Lancashire.England. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1681, St. Clements Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years) 
    Married Bef 26 Jan 1654/55  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • === Research Notes from David Schade
      1/26/1654/5 , indenture made the twenty Sixth day of January 1654 betweene Thomas Gerrard the one partye & Robert Slye the other party ..whereas there is an intermariage already had made & consummated before the date of these presents betweene the said Robert Slye & Susanna the eldest daughter of the said Thomas Gerrard
    Children 
     1. Gerard Slye,   b. 1654, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1703, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     2. Robert Slye,   b. Abt 1666, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1698, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
     3. Elizabeth Slye,   b. 1668, St. Clement's Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1733/34, St. Clement's Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. Frances Slye,   b. Abt 1669, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1702, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F01596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Robert Slye. Immigrated prior to 1658.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber Q, p. 208 and Liber 4, p. 549.
      === Research Notes from David Schade

      possible missing 5th child Thomas Slye - Quaker Roots Digest, v98, #27, 1/22/1998 mentions family Bible that lists a baptism of Thomas Slye, bap 12/1/1666, sponsors Justinian Gerard & aunt Elizabeth Ellyson; some people believe this Bible never existed & itís an attempt by Ellyson descendants to claim connection to the Gerard family; if Bible record is accurate, then itís a 5th child for Robert Slye, Sr (who probably d. young), but also an earlier marriage for Elizabeth Gerard to an Ellyson; this is very possibly since Elizabeth Gerard was b. abt 1641 & didnít m. Nehemiah Blackistone until 1669, so she could easily have been m. to an Ellyson in 1666 at age 25
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      Slye, Robert, St. Clement's Manor,St. Mary's County, 18th Jan., 1670; 13th Mch., 1670.
      To wife Susannah, the house and part of land at "Bushwood."
      To young. son Robert, "Lapworth;" "Norwood Lapworth Lodge," and "Clear Doute."
      To daus. Eliza: and Frances, 500 A. "Rich Neck." In event of death of either of 2 daus., survivor to inherit portion of deceased.
      Eld. son Gerard, ex. and residuary legatee. In event of death of said Gerard before 18 yrs. of age or without hrs., surviving child. of testator to inherit his share equally. If child. all die under age or without issue, land to be distributed as follows:
      To brothers-in-law Thomas Gerard and John Gerard and sister-in-law Mary Gerard, "Bushwood" at decease of wife afsd.
      To eld. son of sister Eliza: Russell, of London, "Rich Neck.Ē
      To Nephews Timothy Cooper and Thomas Cooper, of Springfield, New Eng., "Lapworth," ""Norwood Lapworth Lodge," and "Clear Doute."
      Overseers: Thos. Notley, Benj.: Folly, and brothers Justinian Gerard and Nehemiah Blackstone.
      Test: John Blackiston, Ebenezer Blackiston, John Bullock, Mary Gerard. 1. 422.
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      Will of Robert Slye, Jan 18, 1670/1
      I, Robert Slye of Bushwood in St. Clements Manor in St. Mary's Co., MD, merchant .. I want to be buried beyond the Creek at Matopeny, as near as may be to those of my children already gone before me.
      First, my just debts are to be paid.
      To my little daughters, Elizabeth and Francis, my tract of land called Rich Neck, lying between Matopeny and Bushwood, reputed to be about 500 acres, to be equally divided between them when either is married. But if one dies unmarried, then the surviving sister to have the whole, but in default thereof, to be divided among the rest of my surviving children after the death of both daughters, if they die without lawful heirs. Also to these daughters, 30,000 lbs of tobacco each, out of my estate, and that the same be shipped out of England the 1st next years after my death, by 10,000 each year, and consigned to Henry Meese, and my kinsman, Mr. Strangeways Mudd of London, for the use of my said children, to be paid to them at age 16 or marriage, or if one dies, the survivor gets it all. If they both die, the rest of my children get the tobacco.
      To my youngest son Robert, my plantation called Lapworth, together with Norwood, Lapworth Lodge, and Clear Doubt, 3 other tracts adjoining thereunto. I also give him all my Negroes now living at Lapworth, and also my other servants living there, for the time they have to serve, and likewise, all my cattle, horses, mares, swine, or what else shall be found belonging to said plantation at the time of my death. But if my said son dies before reaching age 18 and without lawful heirs, then my land, Negroes, and stock, to descend to the rest of my surviving children, to be equally divided between them.
      To my wife Susannah Slye, for and in consideration of her dower and in full satisfaction thereof, half of all my cattle, swine, horses, mares, and sheep, except for the stock belonging to Lapworth given to my son Robert. I also give my wife half of all my Negroes belonging to Bushwood and half of the servants belonging thereto, for the time they have to serve, and also half of all the household goods or goods for merchandise, that are in my custody, belonging to me. And she is to have 30,000 lbs of tobacco paid her out of my debts, within 2 years after my death, and also to have the dwelling house and half the other housing belonging to Bushwood, with the use of half the land belonging thereunto during her life, and afterwards, the same to descend to my son Gerrard (that is to say) the land and houses only.
      To my eldest son, Gerrard Slye, the rest of my estate. Executor - my son Gerard. If Gerard dies before age or without heirs, my surviving children to get my estate, and the next oldest to be executor.I hereby request and entreat my loving friends, Mr. Thomas Notley, my brother, Mr. Justinian Gerard, my brother, Mr. Nehemiah Blackstone, and my loving friend, Mr. Benjamin Folly to be overseers and leossees in trust of my will, to see and cause the same to be fully executed. My wife is appointed sole guardian of the children. If my wife dies, then the children to go to my brother, Mr. Nehemiah Blackistone and my loving friend, Mr. Benjamin Folly. If all my children die underage and without issue, and after the death of my wife, I give Bushwood, being about 1000 acres, to my brothers-in-law, Thomas Gerard and John Gerard, and my sister-in-law, Mary Gerard. And Rich Neck upon St. Clements Manor goes to the eldest son of my dear sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Russell of London. And Lapworth to my nephew, Timothy Cooper, and Norwood, Lapworth Lodge, and Clear Doubt to my nephew, Thomas Cooper, both of Springfield in New England. Signed Jan 18, 1670 - Robert Slye.
      Witnesses - John Blackiston, Ebenezer Blackiston, John (his mark) Bullocke. Mary Gerard. Proved March 13, 1670 by the oaths of Mr. John Blackiston and Mrs. Mary Gerard before me, Will Talbott. Robert Slye Jr.
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      Robert Slye (76)(1) was born on 8 Jul 1627 in England. He died in 1670 in St. Clements Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland(77) Robert Slye of St. Clement"s Manor,St. Mary's County,Maryland, left a will {written January 18,1670,probated March 13,1670 Robert Slye, son Of George Slye, was baptized 8 Jul 1627 at Lapworth Parish, Warwickshire, England (Entries of Lapwood Parish Register, Warwickshire). For bringing 12 servants into the Province, Robert Slye demanded on 2 Dec 1654, the 650 acre land grant to which he was entitled (Maryland Land Patent Liber Q, folio 208). - Susannah Gerard was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Gerard and Susannah Snowe of St Clement's Manor. Robert and Susannah married before 26 Jan 1654/55. On that date Thomas Gerard gave Robert Slye and Susannah her dower of one-sixth of 'St Clement's Manor". The dower portion of 1,000"acre tract known as "White Point". Robert Slye changed the name to "Bushwood" (Md Archives Liber 53, folio 631-632).

      Robert Slye's public career was extensive:
      Parliamentary Commission 1655-1657/58
      Assembly, Potomac (St Mary's Co) 1657
      Lower House, St Mary's Co, 1659
      Speaker of the House of Burgesses 1663-1664
      Laws 1666
      Aggrievances 1669
      Justice of the Provincial Court 1655-1657/58
      St Mary's Court Justice 1658, 1664, 1666, 1668
      Provential Council 1660
      Provincial Commission 1654/1655
      Lower House 1657, 1660, 1663-64, 1666, 1669

      He held the rank of Captain in the Militia and he supported Fendall's Rebellion in 1659 and after the collapse of the rebellion in 1660 temporarily lost his offices.

      Robert Slye was one of the wealthiest men in Maryland. He made his living as a merchant and as a planter. At the time of his death he owned 2,500 acres of land, had at least 11 servants and fourteen slaves. On 18 Jan 1670, at St Clement's Manor, St Mary's County, MD, Robert Slye wrote his will. It was proved 13 Mar 1670 (Md Calendar of Wills Liber 1, Folio 411).
      Will of Robert Slye

      To wife Susannah, the house and part of land at "Bushwood."
      To young son, Robert, 'Lapworth" Norwood Lapworth Lodge,' and Clear Doute"
      To daughters Eliza;and Francis, 500 a. "Rich Neck" In event of death of either 2 daus.,survivor to inherit portion of deceased.
      Eld.son Gerard,ex.and residuary legatee. In event of death of Gerard before 18 yrs.of age or without hrs.surving child of testator to inherithis share equally. "child, all die under age or without issue, land to be distributed as follows: To brothers-in-law Thomas Gerard and sister-in-in- law Mary Gerard "Bushwood' at decease of wife afsd
      to eld. son of sister Eliza:Russell,of London, "Rich Neck

      Susannah (Gerard) Slye married Col John Goode after Robert Slye's death.

      1/18/1670: Nehemiah Blackistone and Justinian Gerard named as brothers in the
      will of Robert Slye and as overseers of his estate.

      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 27 May 1658, Page 2
      Robert Slye demands warrant against George Goodericke; debt value of 1100# of tobacco
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      Editors: See the 1684/5 wills of Richard and William Pinner, both probated on 17 Jun 1685, in which William names his mother Anne Attkins. (Calendar Vol. I, p. 155) In Charles County on 2 Aug 1666 one Richard Pinner recorded the mark of his cattle that he had "brought out of Virginia." and on 10 Apr 1667 in Provincial Court, Robert Slye sued George ATTKINS [ATKINS] "who maryed the Relict of Richard Pinner defendant," alleging that "the said Defendt having an Estate in Virginia is gone thither to possess the same and to live by it by which meanes the plt: is remediless to sue for his Just right..." (See Combs &c. of Charles County, 1645-1699, for citations and further records) MCW
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      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.
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      WILLS OF Westmoreland County, Virginia 1654-1800 BY AUGUSTA B. FOTHERGILL: Pg 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.
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 12 May 1659, Page 61
      Mr. Robert Sly demands warrant against James Lee; action of debt
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 28 Jan 1662, Page 176
      Mr. Robert Sly demands warrant against John Michel Dagger; debt
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 23 October 1660, Page 108
      Mr. Robert Sly, atty. to Mr. John Taylor, Humphry Atwickes indebted to Taylor by 2 bills for 1564# of tobacco and cask; Atwickes acknowledges debt
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 28 Jan 1662, Page 181
      Robert Sly, merchant of St. Mary's County, sold Francis Pope of Charles County, planter, sells two Negroes, Sampson and Maria; 8 Dec 1661; s/o Robert Slye wit. John Wheeler (mark), John Blakiston
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 28 Jan 1662, Page 184
      Mr. Robert Sly, Plt.; Mr. Francis Pope, Def.; Edward Parkes, atty., for Sly executor to the estate of Joseph Lenton
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 8 Jul 1662, Page 216 - 217
      517. Mr. Job Chandler of Portobacco, deceased, desired that his 3 children, Nancie, William and Richard Chandler, should each have a share of his estate; Col. Gerrard Fouke of Westmoreland County, gent., recently married their mother and binds himself to Robert Sly of St. Mary's County, merchant and overseer of the children's estate, to carry out the intent of the distribution of cattle to the children; 12 Feb 1661/2; /s/ (Gerrard Fouke; wit. Robert Littlepage, Jeremiah Dickison (mark)
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 9 Jul 1662, Page 231-232-233
      Petition of William Robisson regarding the court order that he not hunt in Charles County with dogs or gun unless one of his neighbors is with him; mentions Mr. Thomas Hussey, Mr. Robert Sly and his man James Hays, and William Marshall

      Francis Pope swore that Richard Row told him that being in the woods with William Robisson they killed a hog and were dressing it when the dogs ran out and fell afoul of a hog and there was an Indian with diem; mentions Henry Moore and Mr. Court; John Piper, ca 34 years, swore he saw William Robisson and Mr. Boarman's overseer and a dog which he supposed had been after his hogs;

      Richard Dodd, age ca 26 years, swore that about 1-1/2 years ago Richard Roe went to the head of the creek and William Robisson's dog was after their hogs; Robisson ordered to have his bond in and have privilege to hunt; he is ordered to pay costs of suit
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 10 Feb 1662/3, Page 72 - 73 - 74
      Mr. Robert Sly, Plt-, Capt. Hugh Oneale; regarding debt of wife of Oneale contracted during her widowhood; bill entered binding Mrs. Mary Vanderdoncke exec. admn. to pay Sly 518# of tobacco and cask by the 10th of Nov; dated 24 Nov 1661; /s/ Mary Vanderduncke; wit. Henry Moore, Enocke Doughtie; defendant confessed judgment; payment ordered.

      Robert Sly, Plt., atty. of Jacob Johnson; Hugh Oneale, Def..; debt of 160# of tobacco; bill binding Hugh Oneal to pay by the last of October dated 26 Sep 1661; /s/ Hugh Oneall; wit. James Walker; defendant confessed judgment; payment ordered
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber C, Page 171
      10 Jun 1667; Indenture from Morgan Jones, planter, to John Hutchinson, Gent.; a parcel of land on the north side of the Potomac River about 2 miles from the mouth of Nangemy; bounded by land formerly laid out for Daniell Gordian now in possession of Robert Slye; /s/ Morgan Jones (mark); wit. Geo. Thompson, James Lindsey
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber E, Page 129-1/2
      1671; Thomas Yeabsley, merchant of Plymouth, Devon, ex. of the will of Amos Short who lately died "at Virginia or parts thereabout" Robert Slye of Maryland, admn.; appoints Alexander Doniphen of Plymouth, merchant, as attorney to inventory estate with Robert Slye

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      Calvert County Circuit Court
      Land Surveys and Condominium Plats

      Lapworth, 1150 Acres; Certificate
      Developer/Owner: Slye, Robert 1661 Patent Record 4, p. 592 0 0 MSA S 1583-916

      Lapworth, 1150 Acres; Patent
      Developer/Owner: Slye, Robert 1661 Patent Record 4, p. 607 0 0 MSA S 1583-917

  • Sources 
    1. [S044775] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 8.