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

Samuel Withers

Male 1630 - 1671  (41 years)

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  • Name Samuel Withers 
    Birth 1630  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 2 Jun 1671  Anne Arundel County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I81579  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family Elizabeth Durand,   b. Bef 1642, Talbot County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Jun 1679, Anne Arundel County, Maryland - admin Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 37 years) 
     1. Samuel Withers,   b. Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Dec 1697, Talbot County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F35957  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

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      Withers, Samuel, Anne Arundel Co., 23rd Mch., 1670; 2nd June, 1671. To wife Eliza:, 1/2 estate, real and personal.
      To son Samuel, 1/2 estate at majority and entire estate at death of wife afsd.
      To the care of Capt. William Burgess and Richard Hill are committed William Pennington and Thomas Pennington, orphans of William Pennington of Anne Arundel Co., to whom is left testator's estate in event of death of son Samuel afsd.
      Test: Thomas Marsh, Robt. Lusbie, Richard Hill. 1. 436.
      Elisabeth Withers (widow) 6.98 A AA #61689 Jun 3 1679
      Payments to: John Ricks, Thomas Buckanan, Thomas Tyson, Mrs. Anne Norwood, Mr. Abell Browne, John Hillen, John Larkin, Mr. Henry Stockett, William Pennington, Thomas Penington, Mr. Richard Glover (merchant) of London, Mr. Bartholomew Glovins (?), John Spicer, Dr. Neale (administrator of Thomas Marsh),
      Mentions: Mr. Samuel Withers with land on the Choptank River.
      Administrator: Capt. Richard Hill.
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      Commissioners appointed by Parliamentary Commissioners: William Fuller, William Durand, John Smith, John Lawson, Richard Wells, Richard Preston, Edward Lloyd, Leonard Strong, John Hatch, and Richard Ewen, 1654-1657
      Richard Bennett and William Claiborne, with authorization from the Puritan government in England, issued an ordinance July 22, 1654, to ten Marylanders as commissioners <169>for the well Ordering, directing and Governing the affaires of Maryland<170> with powers that included the right to summon assemblies. Later additions to the body of commissioners were William Parker (October 20, 1654), Robert Slye (April 24, 1655), Thomas Meeres and Thomas Marsh (June 26, 1655), Sampson Waring, Michael Brooke, John Pott and Woodman Stockley (August 13, 1655), William Parrott (March 23, 1656/57), and Philip Morgan, William Ewen, Thomas Thomas, Philip Thomas, Samuel Withers and Richard Woolman (by spring, 1657). Thomas Marsh died in 1656/57 and Leonard Strong was serving as agent in England ca. 1655, but the other commissioners presumably remained active. The records, however, are incomplete and therefore the full service of all the commissioners cannot be established. The commissioners surrended their powers to the restored proprietary government March 24, 1657/58.
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      Maryland historical magazine, Volume 3 By Maryland Historical Society: THE FIRST GRANTS ON THE PATAPSCO

      Of these eight men perhaps the most conspicuous in the Maryland history of their generation were Samuel Withers and Richard Ewen, both of Anne Arundel county. Withers was a man who evidently speculated in land in the colony, for this grant on the Patapsco was the first of eight, scattered in six of the counties of the province. Their total acreage was 1,950, representing the importation of 39 able-bodied persons into the colony. Land transfers and purchases, if examined, would probably show that he had many other holdings not acquired directly from the Proprietary. In Anne Arundel he had 350 acres on the south side of the Severn, near Howell's creek or Ferry creek, and this would seem to have been his place of abode.

      Withers was evidently one of the Puritan party of emigrants into Maryland, and came into political prominence at the time of the domination of Anne Arundel in the affairs of the province before Catholic St. Mary's had been restored to its former prestige by Governor Charles Calvert. In 1657 Withers and Thomas Thomas were both judges of the Provincial Court. In March, 1659, with Captain Fuller and others he went to St. Leonard's to surrender the Puritan government into the hands of Lord Baltimore's agents, which was accomplished March 22. In July following he became one of Anne Arundel's first county commissioners, served again in 1665-6 and during the interim was one of the local justices. In the General Assembly of April, 1669, he represented Anne Arundel in the Lower House and took vigorous part in a strenuous quarrel with the Upper House over privileges and grievances. His death occurred in 1671, his will being proved June 2. His wife, Elizabeth Withers, who was a daughter of William Durand, of Talbot county, was left a life interest in half his estate. His only son, Samuel, was to receive one-half on attaining his majority and the other half when Mrs. Withers died. Should the son die, the heirs were to be William and Thomas Pennington, orphans of William Pennington, of Anne Arundel county. The son, Samuel Withers, did not die young, however, but lived to become High Sheriff of Talbot county. His grandfather Durand had left him a plantation on Wye river, and he changed his home from Anne Arundel to Talbot. He was High Sheriff at the time of the Protestant Revolution, and was one of Coode's active supporters against Charles Calvert. He died in 1697, leaving no direct heirs, and a claim on his estate by the Van Swearingens, of St. Mary's county, led to litigation which obtruded itself into the General Assembly of 1700.

      The political career of Ewen (or Ewing) was of longer duration and greater conspicuousness than that of Samuel Withers. The first land obtained by him by grant was that on the Pa-apsco. A week later than this, on November 26, 1652, the Surveyor-General marked off for him 600 acres called " Scotland," near Fishing Creek, on the Bayside, a little above the north point of the Severn river, and subsequently he acquired 640 acres on West river in three tracts. On July 22, 1654, Bennett and Claiborne named him one of the " commissioners to direct and govern the affairs of this Province," and in the same year he became a judge of the Provincial Court. In 1657, when the Puritans called a General Assembly at Patuxent on September 24, Richard Ewen, who was one of Anne Arundel's delegates, was chosen Speaker. He served in this Assembly on an important committee to inquire into the payment and disposal of fines " amerced upon any of the disturbers of the publick peace of the Inhabitants of this Province in the last engagement." When Anne Arundel was formally organized in July, 1658, Ewen was named on the first board of commissioners. The next day he was appointed a major to command, under Colonel Nathaniel Utie, " all the forces from the south side of South river up to the head thereof and Mr. Anthony Salway's house in the Herring Creek, inclusive." This militia appointment caused him to decline the county commissionership. In the General Assembly, called February 28, 1659, by Lord Baltimore's direction, Ewen was again Speaker. In 1664 he finally accepted a county com- missionership, but was on March 14, 1664-5, picked for High Sheriff of Anne Arundel and appointed by Governor Calvert April 13. The following November he again became a county commissioner. The last office he is recorded as having held was that of a county justice.

      Pomfret, Edward, 15th Dec., 1670; 12th Jan., 1670. To John Boulton, personalty. Samuel Withers, ex. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personalty. Test: John Harris, Chas. Haynes. 1. 417

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