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

Mary Shircliffe

Female 1647 - Aft 1712  (> 66 years)


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  • Name Mary Shircliffe 
    Born 1647  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1712  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002579  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 

    Father John Shircliffe,   b. 1618, Whitly Hall, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1662/63, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F01698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Peter Mills,   b. 1633, Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1684/85, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 1662  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Mills,   b. Abt 1667, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1725 and 1750, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     2. Charles Mills,   b. 1669, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1716, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     3. Peter Mills,   b. Abt 1670, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1744, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     4. Nicholas Mills,   b. 1670, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1728/29, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F01894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Cissell,   b. Bef 1638, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1698, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years) 
    Married 1686  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F01895  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas Dant,   d. Between 1701 and 1707, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1699  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F01896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research Notes from David Cissell

      For John Cissell there is no evidence ,that I know of, as to what his wife's madden name was. Similarly there are no records to indicate that he had a second wife. Linda Reno's notes under Mary Shircliffe suggest that she may have married 1st Peter Mills and secondly Thomas Dant [and so not John Cissell]
      As part of our DNA testing efforts, we have looked for matches with Shircliffe descendants and have found none.

      Dave Cissell
      Cecil-Cissell DNA Project Administrator
      ===
      Linda Reno

      After much gnashing of teeth, etc., this morning, I have come to the conclusion that Mary Shercliffe, daughter of John Shercliffe and Anne Spink was married twice. She married first, Peter Mills and second, Thomas Dant.

      Colonial Settlers of St. Clement's Bay by Mary Louise Donnelly says Mary
      Shercliffe married second, John Dent. She also states that she was the
      daughter of Anne Goldsborough--the only wife of John Shercliffe and that
      the only way that Henry Spink would have been her uncle was if he had
      married a sister of John Shercliffe or Anne Goldsborough before he came
      to MD. She's wrong, wrong, wrong. Henry Spink was her uncle because her
      mother was his sister, Anne Spink. She did not marry John Dent or Dant,
      she married Thomas Dant.

      I had married Mary Shercliffe off to John Cissell (d. 1698) because she
      was listed in the 1707 rent rolls as owning 25 ac. "Poplar Neck" along
      with the sons of John Cissell. John Cissell's wife was named Mary, but
      I just don't think she could have been Mary Shercliffe as she had to
      have been married to Thomas Dant by 1688 and she was still Mary Dant in
      1707 and in 1712.

      Here's the reasoning:

      2/22/1675: Thomas Dant, Peter Peake, and William Didoll witnessed the
      will of Edward Clarke, SMC.

      9/23/1680: Thomas Dant, St. Mary's Co.: "Peterborough", 100 ac.,
      9/23/1680 (including land for time of service of Thomas Coverdale of
      SMC)--Settlers of MD, Coldham.

      Will of Peter Mills, SMC 9/3/1684-3/17/1684-85. Wife: Mary (Exec.) home
      plantation. Daughter: Elizabeth, sd. plantation at death of wife.
      Sons: Nicholas and Peter 64 ac. "Minsterdam" and 150 ac. "Pomfret
      Field". To: Peter and William Howard sd. estate in event of death of
      wife and three children afsd. without issue. Wit: Clement Hill, Thomas
      Dant, John Barnard, Elizabeth Cooke.

      3/18/1685: Admin. accts. of Peter Mills, SMC. Appraisers: Henry Spink
      and Richard Walker. Approvers: Thomas Dant and Arthur Thompson
      (Skinner).

      Admin. accts. of Peter Mills 4/9/1688; Adm., Thomas Dent (should be
      Thomas Dant). (Skinner).

      Thomas Dant died some time after 1701 and before 1707. The last record
      I found was dated 10/28/1695 when he and William Shercliffe were listed
      as appraisers of the estate of Henry Spink, Sr. I also found a record
      dated 3/20/1706 showing Thomas Dant on a list of persons who owed the
      estate of Robert Mason (Mason died in 1701).

      11/22/1712: Mrs. Mary Dant, age about 65 stated that her father, John
      Shercliffe; her mother, Anne Shercliffe and her uncle, Henry Spink often
      said her father and uncle sold land to Edward Cotton (MD Chancery
      Records). 11/22/1712.

      Next we have the will of William Dant, who I presume was a son of Thomas
      Dant and Mary Shercliffe:

      Will of William Dant, planter, SMC, 1/31/1714-5/16/1715. To: Cousins,
      John Dant and William Mills and their heirs, "Poplar Neck" with land
      adjoining, 76 ac. "Anstruther", equally. If the sd. John Dant dies
      without issue, then to John Mills and his heirs. To: Brother, Peter
      Mills, Exec., and to cousin Eleanor Nevitt, personalty. Wit.: William
      Coade, Elizabeth Hooke, Stephen Vinall, Hannah Vinall.

      NOTES: John Dant would have a son of a brother of his. It wouldn't be
      John Dant born 1700 as that is his brother. William Mills was the son
      of his half brother, Peter Mills, Jr. and Frances Slye. John Mills is
      either the son of Peter Mills, Jr. and Frances Slye or of Nicholas Mills
      and Elizabeth Heard--not sure which one at this point. Cousin, Eleanor
      Nevitt was Eleanor Spink, dau. of his half sister, Elizabeth Mills and
      William Spink. Eleanor Spink married Francis Nevitt before 1712.

      "Anstruther", 30 ac., surveyed 4/29/1667 for Peter Miles (should be
      Mills) joining to Shercliffe's land. Possessor: Mary Dant. 6/7/1709:
      32 ac. to William Dant from Charles Daft and wife, Elizabeth. (SMC Rent
      Rolls, 1639-1771). NOTE: Charles Daft was the second husband of
      Elizabeth Mills.
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      Willan, Richard, 25th Oct., 1662; 5th Sept., 1663. To wife Mary, execx., dower rights. To Philip Willan, land. To daus. Eliza: and Grace, goddau. Mary Mills, personalty. Overseers: Capt. Luke Gardner, John Shercliff. Test: Patrick Forrest, Thos. Hatton. 1. 193.

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