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

Judith Goldsmith

Female Bef 1663 - Aft 1736  (> 75 years)


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  • Name Judith Goldsmith 
    Born Bef 1663  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1736  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I35316  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 

    Father John Goldsmith,   b. Abt 1636, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1683, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F2200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Samuel Williamson,   b. Bef 1661,   d. 30 Oct 1729, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1718  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F9682  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 James Swann,   b. Abt 1664, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1707, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married 7 Aug 1688  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Swann,   b. 1690, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1746, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
     2. Susannah Swann,   b. 1691, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1732, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 40 years)  [natural]
     3. Jeremiah Swann,   b. Abt 1692, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1741, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [natural]
     4. Thomas Swann,   b. 1692, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1743, Charles County, Maryland -Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F10299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 William Nefinger,   b. Bef 1644, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1684, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Executor Bond bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Married Bef 1679  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F22668  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Judith is mentioned as a daughter of John Goldsmith in the full will abstract
      Goldsmith, John, St. Mary's County, 17th Apr., 1683; 31st July 1683.
      To son Thomas Notley Goldsmith, home plantation.
      To son John Gerrard Goldsmith, sd. plantation in event of death of son Thomas Notley without hrs., or during minority; also 400 A. (unnamed) on e. side Chaptico Branch.
      To son William, sd. plantation in event of death of other sons afsd. without hrs.; also 200 A., "Retirement."
      To William Nefinger and Judith, his wife, life interest in sd. tract, "Retirement"
      To daus. Nottley Goldsmith and Eliza: Jourdaine, and to son-in-law Thomas Love, personalty.
      To young. child., viz., Thomas Notley, John Gerrard, William, Priscilla, Margaret and Sarah, residue of personal estate, equally.
      Wife Judith, execx.
      Overseers: Sons-in-law Wm. Nefinger and Thos. Jourdaine.
      Test: Edward Turner, Jno. Scane, Thos. Waringe. MCW 4. 15.
      ===
      Will of John Goldsmith
      Recorded as PC1-44 (copy of will located at Courthouse, Leonardtown, St Mary's Co, MD)
      17 Apr 1683 (written) 31 July 1683 (probated)
      I John Goldsmith of St Maries County in the province of Maryland, planter, being weak in body but of sound & perfect memory & knowing the uncertainty of this life do make this my last will & testament as followeth: Imprimus I give my soul to almighty God hoping to bee saved, by the merits of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ & my Body to be decently buried, & for that worldly estate God hath been pleased to bestow upon me I bequeath as followeth; first that all my lawfull debts bee satisfied;
      I bequeath to my sonn Thomas Notley Goldsmith all my Plantation whereon I now dwell & if he dye before he bee one & twenty years of age or have any heirs lawfully begotten of his body, I bequeath it to my sonn John Gerard Soldsmith, & if he dye without heir lawfully begotten of his body, I bequeath it to my sonn William Goldsmith, or to the next heir that belongs to the family.
      I bequeath to my sonn John Gerrard Goldsmith four hundred acres of Land Contained in 2 patents lying on the east side of (Chaptico?) branch towards the head;
      I bequeath to my sonn William Goldsmith twoo hundred acres of Land lying about birds Creek. nominated the intirement after the decease of William Ursingor & his wife Judith.
      I give to my Daughter Notley Goldsmith ten thousand pounds of tobacco a feather bed & furniture to it. A silver (salto?) to bee paid after my decease, five thousand the first year & five thousand the next.
      I leave my wife Judith Goldsmith the management of all my estate both reall & personal for the good of the Children; while she Continues a Widow if it be to her death:
      and for all the moveables to be equally divided amongst the six young'st Children viz Thomas Notley, John Gerard & William Goldsmith males; Priscilla, Margaret & Sarah Goldsmith females and my wife to have her share equally with them:
      I give to my sonn in Law Thomas Love my horse Robin, & a thousand of tob'o.
      I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Jordain a hogshead of Tobacco
      & my Daughter Judith Ursingor a hogshead of Tobacco.
      I make constitute ordain and apoint my well beloved Wife Judith Goldsmith, my lawful & sole Executive & my sonns in Law William Ursingor & Thomas Jordain my overseer desiring there utmost care & deligous to be assisting my wife in the management hereof for the good of my Children except 2 negros, one a girl caled Jane & a negroe boy caled Richard which belongs not to my estate but to my sonn Thomas Notley Goldsmith.
      In witness whereof I have here sett my hand and seale this seventeeth of April Anno Domini 1783(??) signed sealed and delivered John (JVG mark) Goldsmith ((seal)) in presence of us Edward ((X)) Turner John Stone Those Waringe
      The 31st day of July 1683 came before the Judges at their office for probate of wills Edward Turner & Thomas Waring two of the witnesses of the above will & made Oath that they did see the Testator signe, seale & publish the s'd will to be his last will & testament & that John Stone the other witness at present out of the province was by when the s'd will was published; and subscribed his name as a witness thereunto - Thomas G------ Reg'r
      ===
      Capt. James Swann 28.217 A SM £86.19.11 £45.17.4 May 26 1708
      Payments to: Ellinor Butler, Ezechea Bussee, Jonathon White, Joshuah Holdsworth, Clement Hill, John Briscoe, William Turner, Phillip Briscoe, Thomas Low, Thomas Persons.
      Administratrix/Executrix: Judith Swann.
      ===
      Capt. James Swan 31.85 A SM £79.6.3 £104.4.7 Apr 3 1710
      Received from: Edward Gillian, John Rose.
      Payments to: John Parry, Mr. John Coode, Mr. William Coode, John Shanks, William Butler (his of estate of John Butler).
      Administratrix: Judith Swan (widow).

      ===Contributed by Linda Reno

      1/12/1718: "Retirement", 200 ac., Chaptico Hundred, surveyed 11/27/1667 for Jonathan Marler.
      Possessor: Widow, Jane Swann (I think that this is an error and it should read Judith Swann). 1/12/1718: 200 ac. from Thomas Notley Goldsmith to Samuel Williamson. 3/26/1736: 200 ac. from Judith Williamson to James Swann (this is her son). (SMC Rent Rolls, 1639-1771).
      Judith Goldsmith married first, William Nefinger; second, James Swann; and third, Samuel Williamson (but she was not the mother of his children). She had only two children and they were both by James Swann--James, Jr. and
      Susanna (no further record of Susanna).
      ===
      Williamson, Samuel, gent., St. Mary's County, 19th June, 1713.
      (Articles of agreement with Judith Swann, widow,)
      In consideration of marriage to be consummated bet. sd. parties, the sd. Samuel agrees as follows:
      1st. Denies for himself and hrs. any rights or interest to any pt. of personal estate of sd. Judith, and gives his free consent for sd. Judith to dispose of personal estate poss. by her before marriage to her child. as to her shall seem fit.
      2nd. Should sd. Judith survive him, the sd. Samuel agrees that she shall poss. his entirepersonal estate during her lifetime, relinquishing for herself and hrs. all interest in his real estate, excepting a certain rent to be pd. to her annually during her widowhood. The afsd. Wilkinson gives bond for £500, dated 19th June, 1713, to Thomas Swan., carpenter, of Charles Co. trustee of Judith Swann, of Saint Mary's County, widow of Capt. James Swann, of sd. County, dec'd.
      Test: Philip Briscoe, Edward Lorde. 19,857.
      ===
      Retirement; Chaptico Hundred, St. Mary's Co.; surveyed 27 Nov 1667 for Jona. Marler;
      Possessor: Widow Jane Swan
      12 Jan 1718; 200 acres from Thomas Notley Goldsmith to Samuel Williamson
      26 Mar 1736; 200 acres from Judith Williamson to James Swan
      (SMRR, Chaptioc Hundred, 1707, p. 49

      It seems quite possible that the "Widow Jane Swan" mentioned in the above undated rent roll refers to Judith and the name was recorded incorrectly at some point as no Jane Swan was known to be in this area at this time.
      A puzzling find is the will of Thomas Chambers of St. Mary's Co. written and probated in Feb 1733/4 which names one of his legatees as "Judith Swan, dau. of James Compton" (MCW V11.59). The estate records show James Swann as one of the sureties and James Compton as ex. (AA 13.1x9).
      No Judith was found in the Compton family and the Judith who m. James Swann and Samuel Williamson would have been b. probably around 1674, married by 1690 and not likely to have been referred to as Judith Swann, d/o James Compton, some 20 years after she married Samuel Williamson.
      ===
      Chambers, Thomas, St. Mary's County, 4th Feb., 1733/4; 28th Feb., 1733/4.
      To Anne Branson and Judith Swan, daus. of James Compton, personalty.
      Ex.: James Compton.
      Test: Henry Batstone, Wm. Chesher, Margrett Hutchason. MCW 20. 888

      ===EFSM Vol 8

      16 Jun 1696; James Swan, carpenter, reed payment for carpenter work in the lifetime of John Goldsmith, late of St. Mary's Co. (SMAA, p. 96)

      James Swann; inv.; St. Mary's Co.; £79.6.3; 19 Jun 1707; nok Samuel Swann (brother), Susannah Briscoe (sister) (I&A 27.145)

      26 May 1708; Capt. James Swann; acct.; £86.19.11; £45.17.4; 26 May 1708; admx.; extx. Judith Swann (I&A 28.217)

      26 May 1708; acct. of Capt. James Swann, St. Mary's Co.; £86.19.11; payments £45.17.4; acct. includes "Jonathan White for preaching a funeral sermon for the deed and one other sermon for his father"; admx. Judeth Swann (SMAA p. 169)

      3 Apr 1710; acct of Capt. James Swan, St. Mary's Co.; £79.0.3; payments £104.4.7; inventory amt. £89.0.2; balance (overpaid) £15.3.10; widow, relict and admx. Judith Swann (SMAA, p. 208)

      Capt. James Swan; acct; St. Mary's Co.; £79.6.3; £104.4.7; 3 Apr 1710; admx. Judith Swan (widow) (I&A 31.85)
      ===
      === ??? dates don't work
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc5000/sc5094/00300 0/html/sm3020.html
      URL title: St. Mary's City Men's Career Files MSA SC 5094
      Note:
      Nefinger, William ( ? - 1684 )

      Wife: Judith, daughter of John Goldsmith, later wife of 2. James Swan, 3. Samuel Williamson. Land at death: Intirement, 200 a.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      June 20, 1687 - Judith Niffinger is in the list of debts and payments in the St. Mary's Co., Md. estate of John Baker.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1685-1701," p. 83.

      Aug. 7, 1688 - On Nov. 28, 1684, Judith, widow of William Nyfinger (St. Mary's Co.) was granted administration on his estate. Now, James Swan has married said Judith. Said James was granted administration. Appraisers: Philip Brisco, John Vaudry. Capt. Joseph Pile to administer oath.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 14, p. 87.

      June 1696 - William Nifinger's unnamed wife [Judith] is mentioned in the St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of John Gouldsmith.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories & Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1688-1698," p. 41.

      ca. 1707 - Jane [sic; Judith] Swan, widow, is the owner of "Retirement" (200 acres) in Chaptico Hundred of St. Mary's Co.
      Source: St. Mary's Co., Md. Rent Roll, 1639-1771, p. 49.

      Aug. 4, 1713 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of John Rose shows that Rose's estate made a payment to Judith Swan.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 35B, p. 93.

      Oct. 20, 1729 - Exhibited from St. Mary's Co., Md., bond of Judith Williamson administratrix of Samuel Williamson. Sureties: John Attaway, James Swann.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 28, p. 424.

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