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

Charles Gorsuch

Male 1642 - 1716  (73 years)

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  • Name Charles Gorsuch  [1
    Born 25 Aug 1642  Walkern, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jun 1716  Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32440  Tree1
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2023 

    Father John Rev. Gorsuch,   b. Abt 1608, Walkholme, Hertford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1 Apr 1657, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anne Lovelace,   b. 1610, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1676, Talbot County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1628  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F20812  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Coale,   b. 1658, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1677  Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Charles, m. by 1720, Sarah Coale of BA Co. (MWB 16:259).
     1. Thomas Gorsuch,   b. Between 1678 and 1680, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Nov 1774, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 96 years)  [natural]
     2. Charles Gorsuch,   b. Between 1686 and 1687, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1748, Baltimore County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [natural]
     3. Robert Gorsuch,   b. 1689, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1720, Baltimore County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F21091  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Hawkins,   b. Bef 1674, West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1716, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 42 years) 
    Married Feb 1691  West River MM, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://books.google.com/books?id=2dMRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA223&lpg=PA213&ots=Xve6X fd3bX&dq=%22John+Pitt%22+talbot&output=text#c_top

      Charles Gorsuch married secondly "the fifteenth day of the twelfth month commonly called February * * 1690" [-91] Ann Hawkins. The record of this is to be found among the Marriage Certificates of the West River, Anne Arundel County Monthly Meeting (p. 16; Hicksite Friends Records, Baltimore). The certificate describes them as "Charles Gossidge of the County of Baltimore, in the Province of Maryland, son of John and Ann Gossidgc of the Kingdom of England, deceased, and Ann Hawkins of the county aforesaid, daughter of John and Mary Hawkins of Anna Arundcll County, deceased." Charles Gorsuch signs and Ann Hawkins makes her mark. The marriage took place at the house of William Richardson, Senior of Anne Arundel County. Forty witnesses sign their names. This certificate is important in establishing beyond question the identity of Charles4 Gorsucn and the Maryland and Virginia Gorsuches. The antecedents of John and Mary Hawkirs of Anne Arundel County, parents of Ann (Hawkins) Gorsuch, have not been investigated. His wife Ann joins Charles Gorsuch in a deed May 4th, 1691. She seems to have died before her husband, and he apparently had no issue by her.
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F21092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles Gorsuch 37A.154 I BA £11.7.2 Jul 25 1716
      Appraisers: Thomas Stone, Nicholas Rogers.
      1656-1661 Lancaster County Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 7
      Lancaster County Court 1st of April 1657
      - At this Cort. psonally appeareing RICHARD, ROBT., & CHARLES GORSUCH, Sonnes & heires of JOHN GORSUCH, P:fessor in Divinity, deceased, did by their Peticon p:sented to this Cort noiate & elect their Sister, KATHERYN WHITBY, Widd: their Guardian for such Estate as doth anywayes belong to them in Englande, the Cort. takeinge the p.misses into consideracon did accordinglie admitt & apporve of the said KATHERYN for their Guardian accordinge to the request of ye Peticoners
      - At this Cort, p:sonally appeareinge RICHARD, ROBERT & CHARLES GORSUCH Sonnes & coheires of JOHN GORSUCH. P:fessor of Divinity, deced., did by their Peticon p:sented to this Cort.. noiate & elect FRANCIS MORRISON, Esqr„ their Guardian for such Estate as doth any wayes belonge to them in Virginia craving this Cort. to admitt thereof, of wch: request this Cort., takeinge consideracon did admitt & approve of the sd. Coll. FRANCIS MORRISON, accordinge to the request of the Peticoners
      1656-1661 Lancaster County Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 55
      Lancaster County Court 2nd. of July 1658
      - CHARLES GORSUCH (Sonne of JOHN GORSUCH, late P:fessor in Divinity, deced.) p sonally appeareing at this Cort: & makeing it appearethat he was above foureteene yeres of age. did desire that his Brother, ROBERT GORSUCH, might be admitted his Guardian. wch the Cort hath accordinglie ordered
      It is learned from the family Bible of his son Robert Gorsuch that he married Elizabeth Merryman, March 11, 1755, and that she was the daughter of John Merryman and his wife Sarah Rogers, whom he married December 30th, 1725. The Bible records the death of Elizabeth wife of John Gorsuch September 2nd, 1795, aged 63 years.

      The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
      by Virginia Historical Society
      http://books.google.com/books?q=%22merryman%22&id=VjXHZ_8IwEMC&vid=0yB3-Bk W9nCWMIv2M7&dq=%22john+gorsuch%22%2C+%22elizabeth+merryman%22&pgis=1

      Kinsey, Hugh, Anne Arundel County, 6th May, 1667; -- -- --
      To grandson Paull Kinsey, "Walnutt Neck."
      To Sara Clarke, grandchildren Hancock Ball and Margaret Kinsey, and Charles GORSUCH, personalty.
      To wife Margaret, residue of estate, real and personal.
      To young. dau. Eliza: Kinsey and hrs., said estate at death of wife afsd. In event of death of said Eliza: without hrs., estate to pass to Mary Humphreys, at whose death, sd. estate to be divided among rest of testator's children, equally.
      Test: Wm. Hare, John Malom. 1. 291.
      Lovelace, Francis, Balto. Co., 3rd Mch., 1683 ; 19th May, 1684.
      To Mary, young. dau. of Matthew Woods, cous. Anna Jones, David Jones, cous. Charles Gorsuch, and Robert, Sarah, and Anna Gibson, child. of Miles Gibson, personalty.
      Sd. Miles Gibson, ex. and residuary legatee.
      Test: David Adims, Tim Ryley, Sarah Corke, Chas. Gorsuch. 4. 38
      James Hughes 2006-05-10 17:38:29
      The Three Rivers Chronicle

      Another deed in Essex County, where the Old Rappahannock County records are kept at Tappahannock, is dated April 3, 1680. On page 105, Robert Bedwell to William Stone....Robert Bedwell of Farnham Parish of Rappahannock County, Planter, with consent of wife, Susanna, and for 250 lbs. sterling paid by William Stone, of Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Planter, do sell....720 acres in Farnham Parish." April 3, 1680
      Dominick Rice Robert and Susanna Bedwell
      Henry Albin Recorded 7th, April, 1680
      Peter ELLIS Edmo. Craske cl cur.
      James Hughes 2006-05-10 17:36:09
      Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, October 1678-November 1683 Volume 7, Page 611

      And for the Covnty of Baltemore Coll Geo Wells Mr Henry Johnson, Major Thomas Long, Mr Miles Gibson, Mr Edward Beedle, Mr Richd Edmonds, Mr Peter ELLIS, Mr John Yoe, Mr James Phillips, Mr Marck Richardson, Mr Wm Osborne, Mr Wm Yorke, Mr James Collier, Mr John Booren Mr James Thompson, Mr John Thomas Mr David Jones, Antho Mondediers, Mr Francis Lovelace, Mr Charles GORSUCH, Mr Thomas Richardson, Mr John Kemp, Mr Wm Cromwell, & Mr Francis patkins
      James Hughes 2006-05-08 10:26:36
      Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623 -1666 , Page 132

      Gorsuch, Elizabeth, 1652, by Tho. Hoane, (???) Co.
      Gorsuch, Lovelace, 1652, by Tho. Hoane, (???) Co.
      Gorsuch, Charles, 1652, by Tho. Hoane, (???) Co.
      Gorsuch, Kath., 1652, by Tho. Hoane, (???) Co.

      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/md/baltimore/
      URL title: Combs &c. Families of Baltimore Co, MD
      11 Mar 1678/9 (Balto. Deeds IR; Page 32-3) Samuel HATTON and his wife Elizabeth Power of Attorney to Charles GORSUCH and James PHILLIPS to convey "Persimmon Point" 400 acres in Baltimore County on Rumley Creek purchased by John HATTON, "which land has - - - come into the hands of Samuel HATTON" to Miles GIBSON.

      Samuel HATTON of Talbot County, brother of above named John HATTON (deceased), married Elizabeth, widow of Richard GORSUCH. Richard and Charles are sons of John and Anne LOVELACE Gorsuch, and Miles GIBSON married Anne TODD, d/o Thomas and Anne GORSUCH Todd, the latter sister to Richard and Charles. See below for additional.
      James Hughes 2006-09-26 14:40:14
      Hugh KINSEY
      http://dgmweb dot net/genealogy/FGS/K/KinseyHugh-MargaretJohns.shtml

      Beverly Fleet. 1988. "Lancaster County Record Book No. 2, 1654-1666." Page 99-168 in Virginia Colonial Abstracts. Vol. 1. Genealogical Publ. County, Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-187). On : Page 129 p.185. Henry Clarke of Wicocomoco in the County of Northumberland in Virginia acknowledges receipt from Isaac Foxcroft, mercht., several bills of sale and accounts... [These bills and accounts are enumerated, but are of no genealogical interest.]Signed Hen Clarke. Wit: Willm Ball, Hugh Kinsey. Recorded 27th April 1659.
      p. 138 p.229. John Fish Citizen and fletcher of London, gives power of atty to Edmons Farow of London, mariner, to collect debts from Hugh Kinsey of Rapa. in Virginia, planter, and from others. Dated 18th Sept. 1660. Signed John Fish. Wit: Rich Donley, John Fisher, John Neenee, Will Bayley, Anth Cheeke. Recorded 12th March 1661/2.
      p. 139 p.237. 21st May 1662. Hugh Kinsey of Lanc., planter, mortagages to John Fish of London, Fletcher, plantation "whereon the sd Hugh Kinsey now liveth," 500 acres for 33 pounds six shillings to be paid 20th Jan. next. Signed Hugh Kinsey. Wit: Miles Riley, Edward Dale. Recognit 9 July 1662. Rec 1 Aug. 1662.
      p. 154 p.322. Hugh Kinsey sells John ffish of London, ffletcher, 500 acres for L 33.6.8 Sterl. to be paid 25th of Jan. following. Dated 24th May 1662. Signed Hugh Kinsey. Wit: Myles Ryley, Edward Dale. Rec. 1st Aug. 1662 [sic].
      [The transcriber wrote "sic" for the recording date because this record was sandwiched between records recorded in 1665.]
      p.323. John ffish citizen and ffletcher of London. "whereas my attorney Edmond ffaroe of Wapping in the County of Middx marriner and Will Neasum of Virginia planter did by authority by me granted sell to Will Capell citizen and cooper of London one plantation situate in Lancashire in the sd County of Virginia wch was mortgaged and forfeited unto me by one Hugh Kensey of Virga afsd planter" Dated 29th Jun 1663. Signed Jo Fish. Wit: Robt Casby, Hen Clerke, Sam Griffin. Rec. 1st Aug. 1665.

      John Hall Pleasants. 1916-21. "The Gorsuch and Lovelace Families." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, numerous articles, which were republished in 1981 as Page 226-546 in Vol. III of Genealogies of Virginia Families by Genealogical Publ. County, Baltimore, MD (issued 1996 as Broderbund CD-162). Page 245 The record of the establishment of this little colony, stretched along the north shore of the Patapsco and made up of various members of the Gorsuch family, would appear to begin with an entry in the Maryland Land Office records which reads "July 16, 1659, Warrants granted the undersigned conditionally that they enter Rights and seat their land between this and the 25th of March next: Thomas Powell 700 acres; Walter Kickinson 600 acres; Robert Gorsuch 300 acres; Richard Gorsuch 300 acres; Howell Powell 300 acres; William Ball 500 acres; William Clapman jur. [sic jnr.] 500 acres; Richard Ball 500 acres; Thos. Humphry 600 acres; Hugh Kensey 400 acres" (Md. Patents Vol. IV, fol. 54).
      Most of these names occur soon after in the Quaker records of the province, so that is seems quite probable that they were a little group of Quaker colonists who had come up from Virginia to take up the recently opened lands on the Patapsco in Baltimore County, which appears to have been erected into a county this same year. The Gorsuches, Powells, Claphams, Dickensons, Balls, Kinseys (Kenseys) and Humphreys are known to have come from Lancaster County, while the Todds, who came a year or two later, were from Gloucester. That the conditions in regard to entering their rights and seating their lands were complied with by the warrantees is shown by the subsequent entries in the records of the Land Office of certificates of survey and, finally, by the issuance of patents to all whose names appear in the warrant of 1659. July 28, 1659, a tract of 500 acres called "Gorsuch" was surveyed for Robert Gorsuch, planter, on the north side of the Patapsco river "respecting" (i.e., opposite) the land of Hugh Kensey on the south side of the river (Md. Patents, Vol. IV, fol. 228)...
      p. 246 ...Charles Gorsuch, August 3, 1661, had surveyed for him "Whetstone Point," 50 acres comprising that part of the present city of Baltimore now occupied in part by Fort McHenry... William Ball and Richard Ball, each of whom received warrants for 500 acres of land under the warrant of 1659 and became settlers on the Patapsco, have been shown by Dr. Christopher Johnston to be the sons of Colonel William Ball of Lancaster County, the progenitor of the distinguished Virginia family of that name (Virginia Mag. Vol. VII Page 440 and Vol. VIII Page 80)*. Hugh Kinsey and Thomas Humphrey have been shown by Mr. Miles White, in his Ancestry of Johns Hopkins, to have also come from Lancaster County (Publications Southern Historical Association, Vols. IV, Page 395 and V, Page 360)...
      ...many if not all of these first actual settlers [those named in the Warrant of 1659] were probably a group of friends who came up together from Lancaster County and that the probable motive of their migration was religious persecution, as most of them are known to have been Quakers, and it was at this time that Virginia began to put into full effect the various repressive measures against the numerous recent converts to this sect in order to drive them out of that colony.

      *Genealogies of Virginia Families (Genealogical Publishing County, Inc., 1981), Vol. I, 23-27.
      p. 387 ...He [Charles Gorsuch] probably became a convert to Quakerism before leaving Virginia and was one of the group who removed from there to the Patapsco in 1659 to avoid religious persecution... There are a few chance references to him in several early wills. Hugh Kinsey [Kensey] of Anne Arundel County in his will dated May 2nd, 1667, leaves his sac cup to Charles Gorsuch and his heirs (Annap. Test. Proc. 2: 188)...
      THEO. HOANE, Gent., 130 an. Lancaster Co., on N. side of Rappa. Riv., 22 Feb. 1652, Page 187. (Record incomplete). Trans. of 3 pers: Robert Gorsuch, Richard Gorsuch, Anne Gorsuch.
      SAME. 720 acs. on N. side of Rappa. Riv., beg. on Ewd. side of a branch running out of the head of Cosotawaman Riv. &c. Same date, Page 188. Trans. of 15 pers: Elizabeth Gorsuch, Charles Gorsuch, Lovelace, Gorsuch, Kath. Gorsuch, Sarah Chandler, Daniel Chandler, Alice Stanley, Mary Clarke, Elizabeth Kitchin, Thomas Penn, Daniel Smith, William Penn, Row. Beamond, Richard Smith, Tho. Forecraft.

  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. III, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

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