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

Thomas Richards

Male Bef 1716 - Bef 1759  (< 43 years)


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  • Name Thomas Richards 
    Born Bef 1716 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1759  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I103900  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2019 

    Father Maryland Richards 
    Family ID F41281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Hoye,   b. Aft 1720, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1784, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 62 years) 
    Married Bef 1736  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Anne Richards,   b. Abt 1734, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1790, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     2. Thomas Richards,   b. Abt 1745, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1797, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
     3. Richard Richards,   b. Abt 1745,   d. Aft 1820, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     4. Caesar Richards,   b. Bef 1755, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1813, Port Tobacco Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
     5. William Richards,   b. 1756, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1797, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F28874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Calendar of Maryland State Papers No. 1: The Black Books, Vol. Portfolio, 1740-1770, Annapolis MD: State of Maryland, 1942, page 276
      1733 (Prince George's County) list of taxables in Mattapony Hundred taken by John Lawson constable.
      Personal names in list: Thomas Brooke, Richard Brooke, Robert Nichols, Alexander Contee, Sebestin Abraham, Philip Lee, Henry Lee, Col. Leonard Hollyday, Alexander Crutch, James Hall, Arthur Davis, Thomas Gantt, Richard Marsham, Elior Warring, Capt. James Greefield, Martha Greenfield, Benjamin Young, Robert Brown, Ann Wright, John Wright, Thomas Palmer, William Eales [?], William French, Henry Sanders, Dr. Patrick Sim, Alexander Magruder, Dr. John Kirkwood, William (a servant man), John Smith, John Bowie, Barbara Brooke, Baker Brooke, Thomas Dorsett, John Bowen, Thomas Hodgkin, John Tracy, Ann Harris, William Walker, Nathaniel Magruder, Widower, Tower, John Stewart, Walter Brooke, Mary Brooke, Samuel Tayler, James Russell, Leonard Brooke, Widow Welch, Hugh Taylor, John Camden, John Camplin, Richard Deacon, Roger John Sasser, William Sasser, John Sasser, Thomas Wall, Ba[si]l (?) Smart, Thomas Lawson, Philip Wand, William Wheat, Isrell, Gallgate (?), Marthew Daye, Charles Garvis, Isrell Hugoe, John Wilborn, Aron Lomas, Robert Wall, Robert Mitchell, Thomas Weston, Richard Bevan, Sen., Richard Bevan, Jr., Daniel Pearle, William Oliver and son, Samuel Gilliam, John Austin, Col. Greenfield, Joseph Lovejoy, Joseph Robinson, Sen., James Robinson, William Leake, Robert Hurdle, Sen., Robert Hurdle, Jr., Richard Lee, William Byfield, George Garland, William Tom, Thomas Wilson, Charles Emerson, William Marshall, Nicholas Davis, David Davis, John Davis, Sen., John Davis Jr., William Davis, George Gentle, Sen., George Gentle, Jr., Stevan Gentle, Thomas Tucker, Thomas Tucker, Jr., John Tucker, John Taylor, Jr., Thomas Finch, James Taylor, John Brown, John Perce, Peregrin Mockness, ------ Bowman, Nickolas Brumley, John Parker, Edward Griffin, Thomas Swann, Sen., John Birch Swann, David Camble, William Miles, William Miles Jr., Turner Gibbens, Thomas Gibbens, Willliam Stuart, Hugh Stevanson, Barbizone Evatt(?), Thomas Adkey, Richard Clemans, James Hamilton, John Orchard, William Kine, William Culcap, James Shiels, John Sherwood, Hezekiah Bussey, James, Harris, John Frazer, Thomas Jacoe, Edward Thusby, Robert Baden, Murphy Ward, Sen., Thomas Pointers, Thomas Bosley, Thomas Sherwood, William Devinson, Thomas Lawson, Jr., Thomas Swann, Jr., George Gibbons, John Oneley, Robert Richards, John Lawson, Joseph Sarratt, James Hoye.
      D.S. "True Copy." 1 p. 38.1cm x 31cm
      Signature: J. Contee Clerk
      Enclosed with 332.
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      PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. (Court Record) W, p. 56 Margt: Hoye chooses Thomas Richards to be her guardian, June Court 1736. [1-20-8-29]. 03/31/87. Tracking No.: 18023. PD No.: 87 2028.
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      1739-1743 Land Records of Prince George's County MD {TLC} (now day Croome - Baden)
      Liber Y, Page 245
      27 Nov 1740; Recorded at request of Rev. John Eversfield:
      27 Nov 1740; From John Eversfield of St. Paul's Parish to his 3 children, John, Jr., Eleanor, Jr., and Mary; for love and affection; mentions money and goods; [for detailed description of items see document]; also tract called Eversfield's Map of Italy; /s/ John Eversfield; wit. Tho. Owen, Tho. Richards (mark)

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      The William Marshall mentioned as a neighbor married a daughter of Robert Pearl who lived near the PG/CC border on the Patuxent.

      Prince George's Land Record Book BB I - Page 196.
      Lease, recorded at the request of Richard Clements. Sep 29, 1742 from Charles Carroll of the City of Annapolis, Esq, to Thomas Richards, the 19 year lease to sd Thomas Richards of all that part of a tract of land called Carrollton, lying in PG between Monoccasi and Potomack, bounded by Willm Marshall's bounded tree, George Williams, tree, containing 113 acres called Richards Meadow. The yearly rent, to be paid at his dwelling house, on Mar 25 and Sep 29, by equal [portions] during the first 5 years, 9 shillings and 5 pence sterling, and during the next 7 years, 18 shillings and 10 pence sterling, and during the last 7 years, 1 £ 17 shillings and 8 pence sterling, over and above the quit rent. If the rent is ever 40 days in arrears, Carroll may reenter the premises. Sd Richards will plant, within 6 years, 100 young apple trees. In case of nonperformance, Richards will pay Carroll 6 £ sterling. Richards may not lease any part of the land to sub-tenants.
      Signed - Chars Carroll. Wit - Daniel Hearn, Jno Drake, Robert Gordon* (a Provincial Magistrate).

      I, Thomas Richards, do hereby release and assign to Richard Clemonds of PG, Cooper, all my right to the within mentioned lease. Signed Aug 30, 1744 - Thomas (RT his mark) Richards. Wit - Jonathan Throne, Jno Booker. Recorded Sep 10, 1744.


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      === Research notes from J. Bradley Jansen

      I am officially calling shenanigans on Thomas Richards (b. 1718 in England) as the husband of Martha Hoye--though I'm open and persuadable.

      One, there is no recorded source connecting that Thomas with our Martha, or even Maryland. Coincidence of name aside, there's nothing.

      Two, Martha was born and raised in PG County, married and started having kids probably as a late teenager (latest 20) so she likely knew Thomas before they were married, right?

      Three, we know from Margaret's guardianship requesting Thomas Richards in 1736 that she would have been well acquainted with him to choose him and that would have happened before 1736.

      Four, there were other Richards families in Charles County, and Thomas is not an uncommon name. Have we looked at all of these families and eliminated them?

      Five, the late alleged immigration through Canada raises more problems than convinces. Is it the same Thomas Richards? If it is, which is doubtful, what was he doing immigrating from England to Canada a decade after starting a family in Maryland?!

      Six, the dates don't work. Harvey has raised questions about the couple in England, but putting that aside, if the court awarded Thomas Richards guardianship of Margaret Hoye in June of 1736, Thomas had to be more than a bare minor himself (not the still 17 year old English minor Thomas Richards born 20 Sep 1718) but someone established and old enough to care for an orphaned minor.

      Seven, the religion doesn't fit: the Hoyes were Ulster Scots Presbyterians, though the Dorsetts were (Irish) Anglican. We know Thomas and Martha's daughter Frances married Bean, another Scotch-Presbyterian. It stands to reason, it's most likely Thomas was Presbyterian too, right?

      http://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44525063.pdf
      PURITANISM IN THE SOUTHERN COLONIES, p. 215
      “Bean (or Bayne) clan, one of a number of Scotch-Presbyterian families that had emigrated into this section after 1650”

      In short, nothing points us to the Thomas Richards of 1718 England, and everything we know points us away from him.

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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 457-534: PHEASANTS NECK: 50 acres; Possession of - 50 Acres - Richards, Thomas: Surveyed for Thomas Richards, 7 May 1746, beginning at a bounded white oak standing on the North side of the Devils Branch, patented 18 March 1746: Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 386-66: FARTHINGS PENNY WORTH: 790 acres; Possession of - 790 Acres - Gardiner, Ignatius : Surveyed 25 May 1715 for William Marya Farthing beginning at a bound White Oak the beginning of a tract called BOARMANS RESERVE, patent 10 April 1715: Other Tracts Mentioned: BOARMANS RESERVE; Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 790 Acres - Ignatius Gardiner from William Marya Farthing; 5 June 1721,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 398-132: PENNY FARTHING: 206 acres; Possession of - 206 Acres - Greenfield, Thomas Truman : Surveyed 1 Sept 1720 for Thomas Truman Greenfield beginning at 2 bounded Spanish oaks standing on the side of a knoll in the North line of a tract of land called MOUNT OLIVET: Other Tracts Mentioned: MOUNT OLIVET; notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 433-396: BIRKHEADS CHANCE: 50 acres; Possession of - 50 Acres - Birkhead, Abraham: Surveyed 4 June 1739 for Abraham Birkhead.: Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, [mm note - all Birkhead records are in Anne Arundel County
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 383-48: MT. OLIVETT: 109 acres; Possession of - 109 Acres - Greenfield, Thomas Truman : Surveyed 26 Aug 1710 for Thomas Truman Greenfield beginning a bound Red Oak the S.W. corner tree of a tract of land formerly laid out for Thomas Truman Esq called NOTTINGHAM patent 10 Aug 1713.: Other Tracts Mentioned: NOTTINGHAM; ; notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, ,
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      Charles County Circuit Court
      Land Surveys and Condominium Plats

      Pleasant Neck, 50 Acres; Certificate
      Developer/Owner: Richards, Thomas 1746 Patent Record TI 1, p. 382 0 0 MSA S 1587-3229
      Pheasants Neck, Thomas Richards, 50 Acres 1748/03/18 Patented Certificate 857 3 0 MSA S 1195-874 {joinging to Farthings Penny Worth, Woods Rest? and Birkhead Chance}
      http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagser/s1100/s1195/000800/000874/tif /dsl00874-1.jpg
      http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagser/s1100/s1195/000800/000874/tif /dsl00874-2.jpg
      http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagser/s1100/s1195/000800/000874/tif /dsl00874-3.jpg

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      Sequence Reference Date Description Image(s) Developer/Owner:
      1945 Patent Record EI 5, p. 459 1739 Birkheads Chance, 50 Acres; Certificate MSA S 1587-471 Birkhead, Abraham
      2447 Patent Record EI 2, p. 917 1739 Birkheads Chance, 50 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-472 Birkhead, Abraham
      1765 Patent Record PL 4, p. 228 1719 Farthing Discovery, 520 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-1356 Farthing, William Maria
      1703 Patent Record EE 6, p. 197 1715 Farthings Penny Worth, 790 Acres; Certificate MSA S 1587-1357 Farthing, William Maria
      1714 Patent Record CE 1, p. 243 1715 Farthings Penny Worth, 790 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-1358 Farthing, William Maria
      2618 Patent Record TI 1, p. 382 1746 Pleasant Neck, 50 Acres; Certificate MSA S 1587-3229 Richard, Thomas
      2603 Patent Record BT and BY 3, p. 707 1746 Pleasant Neck, 50 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-3230 Richard, Thomas
      2229 Patent Record EI 3, p. 16 1734 Woods Desert, 162 Acres; Certificate MSA S 1587-4524 Wood, Benjamin
      2401 Patent Record EI 2, p. 55 1734 Woods Desert, 162 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-4525 Wood, Benjamin

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