Category Archives: Eastern Shore of Maryland

William Harris

William Harris (before 1650-1712) arrived by sea at least by 1674 or as early 1668.   He quickly took land patents and became a legislator.  He is known for going back to England to bring back weighing scales to the county … Continue reading

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Charles Hynson

Charles Hynson (1663-1711) was born in Kent County, Maryland in 1663. He was one of  three sons of Thomas Hinson (1620-1667) and Grace who immigrated to Virginia in the 1640s.   Charles’ father was a prominent early settler on the Eastern … Continue reading

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Thomas Hynson

Thomas Hynson (1620-1667) was born in 1620, probably a member of the Hinson family of Fordham at the Damside, Cambridgeshire and Fulham, County Middlesex.  He became a founder of the well known Eastern Shore of Maryland Hynson family. According to … Continue reading

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Colonel John Hynson

John Hynson (about 1646-1705) — later known as Colonel John Hynson –was born into an English family that first immigrated to Virginia and later settled in Maryland in 1651.  He was the second born son among two brothers and two … Continue reading

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William Clayton (1710-1740)

William Clayton (c. 1710-1740) was born about 1710 in Talbot County, Maryland and lived only thirty years but his only child Mary Clayton grew up to marry William Bordley carrying the Clayton Bordley name for generations to come. William Clayton … Continue reading

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Francis Shepherd

Francis Shepherd  (1646-1692) was born about 1646 probably in England and it is not definitely known when he first came to Maryland and to Talbot County.  He may have been the son of William Shepherd and Mary who came by … Continue reading

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Edward Smith

Edward Smith (-1700) was born probably in Penryn, Cornwall, England and he along with and brothers Robert Smith (1706/7) and Renatus Smith (-1719) probably arrived by sea about 1677.  Since it is known that Robert arrived as a free adult … Continue reading

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Solomon Clayton

Solomon Clayton (c. 1685-1739) was born 1685 in Maryland, probably in Queen Anne County. He became a successful landowner who held several political posts in the state.  His granddaughter married the Governor of Maryland 41 years after his death. His … Continue reading

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William Clayton (1682-1728)

William Clayton (1682-1728/9) was born about 1682, probably in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  He was the eldest son of Willam Clayton (c. 1655-1721). The identity of his mother is unknown but his stepmother was Joan (?-1730) who was the widow … Continue reading

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William Clayton (1655-1721)

William Clayton (c. 1655-1721) was born about 1655, probably in England.    He is the earliest known Clayton settling around the Eastern Shore of Maryland.   His name “Clayton” was used for many generations to come.  There is an earlier noted William … Continue reading

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