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

John Shircliffe

Male 1618 - 1663  (45 years)


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  • Name John Shircliffe 
    Born 1618  Whitly Hall, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 1662/63  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002578  Tree1
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 

    Family ID F01900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne Spinke,   b. Abt 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1651, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married Abt 1636  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Shircliffe,   b. Abt 1641, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1677, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
     2. Mary Shircliffe,   b. 1647, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1712, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years)
     3. William Shircliffe,   b. 1648, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1707, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     4. Anne Shircliffe,   b. Abt 1650, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1698, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 
    Family ID F01706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Goldsborough,   b. Abt 1622 
    Married Between 1651 and 1657  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 
    Family ID F01899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Linda Reno's research notes:
      In Donnelly, "Colonial Settlers, St.Clement's Bay" (p.214), she
      writes:
      "John Shircliffe must have returned to England, or maybe this was a different Shircliffe." Her problem is reconciling a source that has him
      being transported by Mary Throughton on 11/22/1638 (no source given) and then a 1646 patent (citing Patents AB&H:8) demanding 100 acres for immigrating himself. I suppose one could reconcile the two as the same person in at least three ways; (1) he finished his servitude in 1646 (but then he would have only been entitled to 50 acres); (2) he left the province to, say Virginia, and then reentered with a companion; (3) he lied in 1646.
      What say ye?
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      WILL of JOHN SHERCLIFFE of St. Mary's Co, Dec 2, 1661/Mar 26,1663.
      - To my wife ANNE, execx., "Horton Hays," plantation on Bretton's Bay.
      - To eldest son JOHN SHERCLIFFE, land on n.w. side of Bretton's Bay.
      - To youngest son WILLIAM SHERCLIFFE, land on St. Clement's Bay.
      - To elder dau, MARY SHERCLIFFE, 100 a. of land.
      "I give & bequeath unto my eldest daughter Mary, one hundred acres of land due unto me for the rights of importing of Josaphat Farazell, Eliz. Morgan, Jno. Bayly and Eliz. Abrahams."
      - To daughter, ANNE SHERCLIFFE, land.
      - TO COUSIN THOMAS SPALDING, land.
      "I give & beq. unto Mr. Francis Fitzherbert tobacco 300-400 pounds for his good Prayers and to pastor of Catholick Church at New Town and I desire Prayers of all Catholicks. In event of death of my children, estate to pass to Roman Catholic Church and friend Peter Mills."
      - Overseers: Henry Spinke, brother-in-law & friend Peter Mills.
      - Witnesses: EDWARD CLARKE, Edmond Smith, Leonard Green
      - Executor Bond: Anne SHERCLIFFE & WM SHERCLIFFE, St. Mary's Co, Aug 21, 1678.[7]
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      John Sheircliffe 4.140 I SM #6023 Mar 26 1677
      Appraisers: Robert Ford, Thomas Salmon.
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      John Shercliff 5.252 A SM 46053 Aug 21 1678
      Payments to: William Harding, Stephen Gough, Mr. John Good (administrator of Thomas Carly).
      Administrator: William Shercliff.
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      Anne Sheircliffe 4.141 I SM #4845 Mar 26 1677
      Appraisers: Robert Ford, Thomas Salmon,
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      Anne Shercliff 5.249 A SM #4845 Aug 21 1678
      Payments to: William Roswell, John Dabridge, Thomas Bassett.
      Administrator: William Shercliff.
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      JOHN SHERCLIFFE was transported in 1638, but was also listed as an "immigrant" in 1646. Anne & Mary Shercliffe, his daughters, were transported in 1657.[1] He married first Anne Spinke, sister of Henry Spinke, by 1647; and second, Anne Goldsborough by 1651. He died c1668. John was the youngest of four sons of the Shercliffe family of Whitly Hall, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, b. c1618.[2] He first came to VA c1638 on the ship "Unity" from the Isle of Wight, transported by Mrs. Mary Throughton. No land patent was found in VA for either John or Mary. Two entries, however, in Skordas reveal Mrs. Mary Throughton, widow, immigrated to St. Mary's Co. in 1638, the same year John Shercllifee was transported.[3] Four children were listed in John's will: John Jr., William, Mary and Anne Shercliffe. Deposition dated 1658 stated he was 40 years old. On Oct 14, 1651, John Lewger demanded land for transporting various persons including Anne Goldsborough, Shercliffe's second wife.[4] In 1657, John demanded land for transporting a servant which Robert Cole had assigned to Shircliffe's daughters.[5] John witnessed will of John Greenwell of New Town Hundred on March 27, 1658. In 1659, John Thimbelby named John Shertcliffe [sic], his wife Anne, and sons John & William Shercliffe as legatees of his estate.[6]

      Footnotes:

      1. Skordas, "Early Settlers of Md," I p. 18; II pp. 418, 425.
      2. "Royal Compositon Papers," Vol 18 and Md. Archives 41:590.
      3. Skordas, op. cit., I pp. 18, 65-68.
      4. Ibid., p. 12.
      5. Carr, Lois & Menard, Russell & Walsh, Lorens, "Robert Cole's World,"
      Chapel Hill & London: Univ. of NC Press, 1991, p. 170-173.
      6. Cotton & Wright, "Md. Calendar of Wills," Vol 1, p. 11.
      7. Ibid., Vol III, p. 9.
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      Shirtcliffe, John, St. Mary's County, 2d Dec., 1661; 26th Mch, 1663. To wife Anne, execx., plantation on Bretton's Bay. To eld. son John, land on n. w. side Bretton's Bay. To young. son William, land on St. Clement's Bay. To eld. dau. Mary, land. To dau. Anne, land. To cous. Thomas Spalding, land. In event of death of all child. without issue, estate to pass to Roman Catholic Church. Overseers: Brother-in-law Henry Spinke and friend Peter Mills. Test: Edward Clarke, Edmond Smith, Leonard Green. 1. 172.

      Editors: John Shirtcliffe immigrated to Maryland in 1646, service by 1649 (Patents 2:474, Gibb). His wife (unnamed) also had service by 1649 (Patents 2:550 and AB&H32, ibid.) His daughter, Anne was the wife of Edward Clarke by 1668, at which time she claimed one headright "by the will of her father John Shircliffe / Shirtcliffe (Patents HH:157, ibid.). Mary, daughter of John Sherclif [sic] who died before 1667 was married by that year to Peter Mills of Brittans Bay, St. Mary's County according to Patents FF:522, which also includes the information that Elizabeth Morgan and Josophat Dorrill were both transported before 1667 by John Sherclif. (ibid.) See Peter Mills' will in Calendar Vol. I, pp. 138-151. See also Combs &c. of St. Mary's County, 1656-1699
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      From: Gfquarter@aol dot com [mailto:Gfquarter@aol dot com]
      Sent: Sat 7/22/2006 1:47 PM
      To: mada@atcalexanderthompson dot com
      Cc: LesSutton@aol dot com
      Subject: Robert Ford

      Melissa, could this be "our" Robert Ford? From Dr. Carr's research: Archives. 4, p. 310 Prov. Ct. Jdmts. June 1647. John Shircliffe, Robert Ford, orphan 9-10 yrs of age. Nicolas Harvey, decd. Upon the motion of John Shircliffe that Robt. Ford being a child between 9 or 10 years of age formerly brought into this Country by Nicolas Harvey decd., that in regard of the child's minority and the death of Nicolas Harvey, the child is destitute. Shircliffe desired that some person might be appointed to take the tuition of the child for the maintaining and nurtureing of him. The court appointed Shircliffe to take the child and provide him with all necessaries of livelihood until he came to the age of 19 years, in which time John Shircliffe to have his service in what he is able to perform"

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      Chancery Court Proceedings, 1679

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      Maryland ss. Warren John Inquisition (fol. 247)
      An Inquisition taken upon the nineteenth day of July in the
      year of the Dominion of Charles absolute Lord & Proprietary of
      The Provinces of Maryland & Avalon Lord Baron of Baltemore &c
      Annoq Domini 1678 At the house of John Warren Scituate near
      Brittons bay in the County of S.t Marys in y.e Province of Maryland
      by virtue of a Commission in the nature of a Mandamus issued out
      of his Lordship's high Court of Chan.ry to us Clement Hall & Richard
      Gardner Gent directed, by the Oaths of Twelve Good & Lawfull
      men of the Said County of S.t Maryes by whom the truth of the
      matter may the better be known & Enquired of to diligently Enquire who is the Right owner of a parcell of Land Containing four p. 206 (fol. 247)
      hundred & fifty acres Lying in Brittons Bay in S.t Marys County
      aforesaid now in the possession of John Warren & by what Title
      how & in what manner the sd John Warren hath & doth hold &
      Enjoy the Same what these Lands & Tenements are of value by
      the year in all issues who hath paid the Rent for the Same & to whom
      & who is heir to the Same We do therefore by the Oaths of Abraham
      Combe, John Hearde William Cole, John Bayly Sen.r William
      Langworth Robert Cole John Nevitt, Thomas Hockley, John ifossey
      Michael Ryley Ignatius Warren and John Bayley Jun.r who being
      all duely Sworn Say as followeth That the Right Honble the Lord
      Propry of the S.d Province did by his Patent under the Great Seale
      of the S.d province bearing date the fifth day of June in the Year of
      our Lord 1649 Give Grant and Enfeoff unto John Shercliff his heirs
      & Assigns all that parcell of Land Scituate Lying and being in the
      New town, Bounded on the East with the Land formerly Granted
      Richard Hills and a Creek Called Pisamon Creek on the South with
      Potomock River on the west with a Creek Called Broad Creek & on
      the north with the Land formerly Granted unto John Nunne now in
      the possession of the s.d John Shercliff Containing & Laid out for one
      hundred acres more or Less & all woods Quarry mines Royall mines
      Excepted, Waters ffishing ffishing places and all other profits and
      Commodities in & upon the Same Land belonging To have and to
      hold the Same Land & premisses unto him the said John Shercliff
      his heirs and assigns for Ever To be holden of the manno.r of New
      Town in free and Common Soccage by ffealty only for all Services
      Yeilding and paying therefore yearly to his S.d Ldp Two Shillings
      (fol. 248) Sterling in money or one bushell of Good Corne at the Nativity of our Lord By Virtue of w.ch Grant or Patent the S.d Jurro.rs do upon their Oath Say That the S .d John Shercliff became Seized &
      possessed of the premisses & being So Seized and possessed thereof the S .d John Shercliff did by writeing under his hand & Seal bearing date the Twelfth day of ffebruary 1650 being menconed & Endorsed on the Back Side of the Said Patent assign all his Right Title and Interest of in and to the premisses to Edward Cotten his heirs and
      assigns for Ever as by the Said Patent and assignm.t thereof to
      us produced may more at Large appear And the Jurors aforesaid
      do upon their Oaths further Say that the Right Hon.ble the Lord
      Proprietary of the S.d province did by his Patent bearing date the
      Second day of November in the year of our Lord 1650 Give Grant
      and Enfeoff unto William Newgent Gent all that parcell of Land
      Lying near the Newtown Called Huggins Neck Beginning at the
      head of [L]ees Creek bounding on the West with the Said Creek
      and Brittons Bay on the South with Potomack River on the East
      with a Creek Called Broad Creek on the north with the Land formerly Granted to William Assiter Containing and now laid out for
      one hundred acres more or Less Together with all Rights & profits
      and benefits thereunto belonging, Royall mines Excepted, To have
      and to hold the Same Land and premisses unto the Said William Newgent Gent his heirs and assigns for Ever To be holden of the
      (fol. 248) manno.r of West S.t marys in free and Common Soccage by fealty only for all Services Yeilding & paying therefore yearly to his Said Lordship two Shillings Sterling in Silver or the value thereof in
      Such Commodities as his Said Lordship his heirs officer or officers
      appointed by them Shall accept in discharge thereof at their Choice
      by Even and Equall portions at the feast of the Annunciation of the
      Blessed Virgin Mary and the feast of S.t Michael the Archangell
      By virtue of which Grant or Patent the Said Jurors do upon their
      Oaths Say that the Said William Newgent became Seized and possessed of the prmisses & being So Seized and possessed thereof the Sd William Newgent did by writeing under his hand bearing date the Twelfth day of December 1651 being menconed and Endorsed on
      the back Side of the Said Patent assign all his Right Title and
      Interest of in and to the premisses to Edward Cotten his heirs and
      assigns for Ever as by the Said Patent may more at Large appear,
      (fol. 249) And the sd Jurors do upon their Oaths further Say that the Right Hon.ble the Lord Prop.ry of the S.d province did by his Patent
      bearing date the Twenty fourth day of January 1642 Give Grant
      and Enfeoff unto Henry Lee all that parcell of Land Lying on the
      South Side of Brittons Bay and bounding on the west with a line
      drawn South from a point of the S.d Bay Called Blunt point into a
      Creek Called Lees Creek on the South with a line drawn East from
      the head of the Said Creek till it Intersect a line drawn from the head of Blunt Creek on the East the Said Blunt Creek Containing and now laid out for one hundred acres or thereabouts be it more or Less, Together with all Rights and benefits thereunto belonging (Royall mines Excepted) To have and to hold the Same Lands and premisses unto him the Said Henry Lee his heirs and assigns for Ever, To be holden of the mannor of New town in free and Common Soccage by fealty only for all Services Yeilding and paying therefore yearly to his Said Lordship Two Shillings in money Sterling or the Comoditys of the Country at the feast of our Lords Nativity by Virtue of w.ch Grant or Patent the Said Jurors do upon their Oaths Say that the S.d Henry Lee became Seized & possessed of y.e prmisses and being So Seized and possessed thereof the Said Henry Lee did make assignm.t thereof
      as the Said Jurors believe but to whom they know not the assignm.t
      on the back of the Patent being So much defaced, And the Said
      Jurors do further believe that the S.d Patent after Some assignm.ts
      was at Last assigned unto the Said Edwd Cotten And the Said
      Jurors do upon their Oaths further Say that John Nunn of S.t
      Marys County in the Province aforesaid planter in Consideracon
      of four hundred pounds of Tobacco & Cask by him received from
      John Shercliff and Henry Spink did Bargain Sell and Deliver unto
      the Said John Shercliff and Henry Spink all that parcell of Land
      Lying on New Town on the South Side of Brittons Bay Beginning
      from the Valley where the house of the Said John Shercliff & Henry
      Spink now Stands tending westward along the Said Bay to the
      furthest Bound of the Said John Nunn's Land as may appear by p. 208
      the Patent or Grant of the Said Land under the Seale of the Said (fol. 249) Province unto him the Said John Nunn bearing date at S.t Inege's
      fort the Second day of October in the year of our Lord 1647 By
      Estimation one hundred and fifty acres be it more or Less To have
      and to hold the Same unto them the Said John Shercliff & Henry (fol. 250) Spring their heirs and assigns for Ever paying unto the Said John
      Nunn therefore yearly one Bushell and a half of Corne at the
      Nativity of our Lord By Virtue of which Grant the Said Jurors
      do upon their Oaths Say that the Said John Shercliff and Henry
      Spink became Seized and possessed of the prmisses and being So
      Seized and possessed thereof the Said John Shercliff and Henry
      Spink did by their writeing under their hands bearing date the
      Twelfth day of ffebruary in the year of our Lord 1650 Being
      menconed & Endorsed at the foot of the Said Grant assign all
      their Right Title Interest of in & to the premisses unto the Sd
      Edw.d Cotten his heirs and assigns for Ever Excepting about an
      acre of Ground which they formerly Granted unto m.r Lawrence
      Starkey & as it is now marked out, And the S.d Jurors do upon
      their Oaths further Say that the Said Severall parcells of Land herein mentioned amounting unto the Sume of four hundred & fifty acres of Land the Said John Warren had Given & bequeathed him Together with one man Servant named William Ramsey for Seven Years (Paying yearly a thousand pounds of Tobacco for Eight years by the af.d Edward Cotten as by the Last Will and Testament under the Said Edward Cotten's hand bearing date the Eighteenth day of Aprill 1653 may more at Large appear By virtue of w.ch the Said John Warren became Intitled to the Same and became Seized and possessed thereof and hath held & Enjoyed the Same untill this time, And the Said Jurors do further upon their Oaths Say that the Land & Tenements herein menc÷ned are of value by the year in all issues worth the sume of one thousand pounds of Tobacco And the Jurors do upon their Oaths further Say that the S.d John Warren (as by Receipts may more at large appear) paid his Ldps Rent for the prmisses to Such offic.rs as his Lopp hath from time to time appointed to Collect the Same for & dureing the time the 5d John Warren Enjoyed the premisses But who paid the S.d Rent or to whom it was paid before the Said John Warren the S.d prmisses Enjoyed the Juro.rs know not, And the Jurors do further upon their Oaths Say that they know not who is the heir to the af.d four hundred and fifty acres of Land and that the Patents & Grants
      of all the aforemenconed parcell of Land amounting unto the Sume
      of four hundred and fifty acres are now in the possession of the
      Said John Warren assigned him by the Executor of the Last will
      and Testam.t of the Said Edward Cotton In Testimony whereof
      p. 209 as well the Said Com.rs as the Jurors aforesaid have hereunto put (fol. 251) their hands and Seals the day and year first above written
      Clement Hill sealed
      Richard Gardner sealed
      Abraham Combe sealed John Nevitt sealed
      John Heard sealed Tho: Kinsley sealed
      William Cole sealed Jn.░ ffossey sealed
      John Baily sealed Mich. Ryly sealed
      W.m Langworth sealed Ignatius Warren sealed
      Robert Cole sealed John Bayly sealed

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