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

Richard Smith

Male Abt 1654 - 1715  (~ 61 years)


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  • Name Richard Smith 
    Born Abt 1654  St. Leonards Creek, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Mar 1714/15  Calvert County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I019549  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 

    Father Richard Smith,   b. 1627, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690, St Leonards Creek, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Yarborough,   b. Abt 1635, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1651  Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Brooke,   b. 28 Nov 1655, Brooke Place, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Jul 1686, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 30 years) 
    Married 29 May 1671  Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Smith,   b. Abt 1679, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1742, Calvert County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     2. Richard Smith,   b. Abt 1680, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1746, Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     3. Elizabeth Smith,   b. Abt 1682, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1715, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 
    Family ID F03120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Barbara Morgan,   b. 5 Nov 1660, Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1697, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 36 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1686  Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Barbara Smith,   b. 1693, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1764, Calvert County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Walter {St Leonard's Creek} Smith,   b. Abt 1694, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1748, St Leonard's Creek - Calvert County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 
    Family ID F02600  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Maria Joanna Somerset,   b. Bef 1681 
    Married 1697  Christ Church, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Somerset Smith,   b. Feb 1697/98, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1738/39, Benedict Hundred, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 
    Family ID F10171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      "Smith, Richard, St. Leonard's St. Mary's County, 31st July, 1710; 19th Mch., 1714".
      "Mention is made of lands conveyed to son Richard by deed of gift, viz., 500 A., "Smith's Fort," 2000 A, "Smith's Forrest," as also personalty already given him.
      To dau. Elizabeth, wife of William Tom, and hrs., plantation, "Locust Thicket," being testator's part of Brook Ridge"; and to dau. Ann, wife of Wm. Dawkins, and hrs., 2500 A., jointly, "Valley of Jehosophat," also to sd. dau. Ann, 500 A., "The Addition to the Valley of Jehosophat."
      "To son Walter at 21 yrs., dwelling-house and plantation, bought by father, ___, from Mr. Stone, and land adjoining which was Robt. Taylor's; also, tract "Hogg Pen," between dwelling-house and the mill at head of St. Leonard's Creek, 300 A., "Blinkhorne" on sd. creek, and 300 A., "Wolfe's Quarter," adjoining thereto, 800 A., "Stedmore" in Talbot County, also, Stone Island in Patuxent R., at mouth of Island Creek.
      To Thos. Johnson and Mary, his wife, certain plantation ___, on which they live; to pass to their son Thomas and hrs., and he dying without issue, to revert to son Walter and hrs. [p.38]
      To dau. Barbary Smith and hrs., residue of "Brook Partition," after portion sold to John Sollers and to John Sunderlin, deceased, shall have been made over to them or their hrs.; also, to sd. Barbary, "Upper Cock Town," commonly called "Vines Neck," 150 A., "Cock's Comb," 50 A., "Cock's Head," and 185 A., "Smith's Conveniency," also, 2000 A., "The First part of Free Gift," in the forest behind Sassafrax and Chester Rs."
      "To son Charles Somerset Smith and hrs., 2 tracts, 1000 A., and 4000 A., to entered as 1 tract, "Beaver Dam," at head of Chester R., and 725 A., part of "Calverton manor"; he dying without issue, to revert to son Walter and hrs., and both sd. sons dying without issue, all lands devised them to be equally divided amongst three daus., Elizabeth, Anne and Barbary, and hrs.; also, to son Charles Somerset, punchbowl bearing coat-of-arms of Somerset."
      "To 5 child. last named, residue of personalty."
      Testator mentions son Rousby in certain business transactions.
      Ex.: Brother Walter Smith
      Test: Wm. Creed, John Stennet, Jno. Easterling, Thos. Tucker, James Mackall, Wm. Gray, Jno. Brome. 14.83
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      Richard Smith, Esq. 36C.1 I CA 1906.17,6 Jul 25 1715
      Appraisers: William Smith, John Brome.
      List of debts: Mr. Cruckshank, Capt. Hyde, Colemore, Jackson.
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      Capt. Richard Smith 38A.70 A CA 1906.17.6 109.4.10 May 4 1717
      Payments to: Robert Day, James Dawkins, Archibald Miller, Edward Mobberly, Margrett Seager, Anthoney Conwell, Christ. Dungerman, Charles Brook, Samuel chew, Jr., Aaron Rawlings, Ricard Barie, Mr. Macnemara attorney for Mr. Birchfeild, Francis Piles, Jr., John Crooke, John Bowles, Mr. Thomas Bordely, Maj. Willson, Richard Lewillen, Robert Spickenall, W. Bladen, Esq.
      Administrator: Mr. Walter Smith
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      "Maryland Genealogies", "Smith Family of Calvert County" by Christopher Johnston
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      Under date of 2 December 1679, Christopher Baines and Anne his wife, and Richard Smith and Elizabeth his wife, obtain a warrant of resurvey for a tract called Brooke Ridge, devised to the said Anne and Elizabeth by the will of their brother Charles Brooke, late of Calvert County, Gent., (Land Office, Lib. 20, fol. 285). An abstract of the will of Charles Brooke is given in Baldwin's Calendar, i, 64.
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      According to "Maryland Genealogies", "Smith Family of Calvert County" by Christopher Johnston, "Capt. Richard Smith of St. Leonard's, Calvert County, died in 1714, and his will (dated 31 July 1710, proved 23 Feb'y 1714) affords proof of his parentage. In it he appoints "my loving brother Walter Smith" sole executor and, among other dispositions, leaves to his son Walter "my dwelling house with all the lands belonging to it as my father bought of Mr. Stone." This was a tract of 350 acres, called St. Leonards, at the mouth of St. Leonard's Creek. 9 September 1663, Thomas Stone of Charles County and Mary his wife convey to Richard Smith of Calvert County a tract of 350 acres at the mouth of St. Leonard's Creek (Lib. BB). In the Calvert County Rent Roll it is entered as follows" "St. Leonards, 350 acres-surveyed 15 July 1651 for Thomas Stone, Gent., near St. Leonard's Creek. Possessor (1707) Richard Smith." In November 1683, Richard Smith Junior was appointed one of the Commissioners for laying out towns and ports in Calvert County (MD. Arch., vii, 611). In the revolution of 1689 he sided with Lord Baltimore's government and took an active part against the revolutionists. Being captain of a company of foot, he gathered his men and marched with them, under orders from the Council, to Mattapany, where the government was then seated. But the revolutionists appeared in overwhelming force and the garrison of Mattapany was compelled to capitulate. Later, the revolutionary party issued writs for an election of Burgesses, but Captain Smith strongly urged the people of Calvert to hold no election, alleging that the writs were not issued under proper authority, and that the new Assembly was merely intended to approve the illegal acts of Goode and his associates. Michael Taney, High Sheriff of the County, and Capt. Thomas Clagett, the coroner, both refused to hold any election. Richard Smith, Michael Taney, and Cecilius Butler, who had also taken an active part against the revolutionary proceedings, were all imprisoned (MD Arch., viii, 147-149). Richard Smith made a strong protest against his illegal arrest (ibid., 149-151), and his wife Barbara went to England where she presented, 30 December 1689, a petition to the Commissioners for Trade and Plantation, with a narrative of the troubles in Maryland (ibid., 153-155). Under the new government Capt. Smith was deprived of his commission as Captain in the Calvert County Militia, and Thomas Tasker was appointed in his place (MD. Arch., xii, 242). Capt. Smith was Surveyor General of Maryland 1693-94 (MD. Arch. xix, 58; xx, 34, 37)."

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      Land Records of Prince George's County, Maryland
      Special Petition of Daniel Dulany, Esq. of Annapolis, regarding boundaries of 900 acres which lately belonged to Capt. Richard Smith, being part of several tracts; depositions:
      Francis Sausburg, planter, age ca 75; mentions Henry Culver, dec'd, ca 30 yrs. ago and Brooke's Discovery; /s/ Francis Sausbury (mark)
      John Miller, planter, age ca 66; mentions Roger Brooke 35 yrs. ago; /s/ John Miller
      James Burgess, planter, age ca 60; mentions Roger Brooke and Luke Gardiner ca 30 years ago; /s/ Jams Burges, Sr.
      John Boone, planter, age ca 57; mentions James Brooke, brother of Roger Brooke ca 30 years ago; /s/ John Boone
      Depositions taken 6 Aug 1735; Enrolled 23 Mar 1735
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      From: txbeth [mailto:bethras@cox dot net]
      Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 11:37 PM
      Subject: Re: Truman Family

      Richard Smith, called Captain Richard Smith, was captain in the Calvert 'County Militia. He was almost the only Protestant Militia officer to support Lord Baltimore during the Revolution of 1689. He was taken prisoner by John Coode when Mattapany surrendered and was detained in custody for a long period. He was released through the efforts of his wife, Barbara Morgan Smith, who went to England to protest against her husband's imprisonment.

      He was Surveyor-General of Maryland from 1695 to 1699. Lord Baltimore rewarded him for his loyalty with the ant of extensive land grants in Baltimore County, including a grant of 2500 acres of land called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. This valley, just north of Baltimore City, is one of the most beautiful spots in Maryland. It is now known as the Dulany Valley, Richard Smith's descendants having sold it to Daniel Dulany, the great lawyer of the eighteenth century.

      Captain Smith was married three times. His first wife was Elizabeth Brooke, the youngest daughter of Robert Brooke. His second wife was Barbara, the daughter of Captain Henry Morgan and widow of John Rousby. His third wife, whom he married in 1697, was Johanna Lowther, widow of Col. Lowther and daughter of Charles Sommerset, Esq., an English gentleman.

      Captain Richard Smith died in 1714. He left St. Leonard's to his young son Walter, who was then a minor. He left the Valley of Jehoshaphat to his daughter Anne Dawkins, wife of William Dawkins.

      Walter Smith married Alethea Dare, a daughter of Nathaniel Dare. The children of Walter Smith of St. Leonard's died early. The Debt Book of 1753 shows that Walter Smith was succeeded at St. Leonard's by his son John Smith.

      John Smith died unmarried in 1754, and thereafter St. Leonard's passed to his nephew Walter Smith, who was known as Walter Smith of Parker's Creek. The Tax List of 1782 shows that Walter Smith still owned St.. Leonard's and several adjacent tracts at that time. He was one of the wealthiest men in Calvert County.

      He married Margaret Mackall, one of the eight beautiful daughters of General James John Mackall of Godsgrace. His daughter Margaret Mackall Smith married Captain Zachary Taylor, who later became President of the United States. Her brother Walter Smith who died unmarried about 1828, was the last of the Smiths of St. Leonard's.

      He represented Calvert County in the Assembly for several terms and was Clerk of the County Court for many years.

      Richard Smith, the Attorney-General, had a younger son, Colonel Walter Smith, who settled in the upper part of Calvert County. He married Rebecca Hall, daughter of Richard Hall of Hall's Creek. In this manner he came into the ownership of Hall's Craft, or Hall's Croft, a very large plantation near Lower Marlboro. Walter Smith became Captain of the Militia in 1689, and later he became Major and Colonel. He was one of the founders and original vestrymen of All Saints Church.

      He represented Calvert County in the Lower House of the Assembly for many years. He became a Justice of Calvert County in 1694, and "of the Quorum" in 1696, and Presiding Justice in 1699.

      Col. Smith died in 1711 and divided Hall's Craft among his sons, Richard and Walter. His daughter Lucy married Col. Thomas Brooke, and his daughter Rebecca married Daniel Dulany.

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      Calvert County Circuit Court
      Land Surveys and Condominium Plats

      Halls Craft, 700 Acres; Patent
      Developer/Owner: Smith, Richard 1665 Patent Record 9, p. 169 0 0 MSA S 1583-682

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