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 sea to Maryland in 1640.
Francis Shepherd married Ann (Hannah) Norris (1650-after 1685) in 1679 in Talbot County, Maryland. Ann Norris was born in 1650 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Her parents were Thomas Norris (1609-1675) of Congham, Norfold, England and Anne Hynson (1612-1668) of England who both came by sea to America. Continue reading
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 without indenture, it is assumed his brothers did as well.
Edward Smith married Anne Shepherd (1685-1735). She was born in 1685 in Talbot County, Maryland, the youngest daughter of Francis Shepherd (1648-1692) and Ann (Hannah) Norris (1650-post-1685). Anne inherited Continue reading
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 father was William Clayton (ca. 1655-1721) and his mother’s name is unknown but his stepmother was Joan (?-1730), the widow of Robert Gough. Solomon had Continue reading
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 of Robert Gough (?-1705).
William had a younger brother Solomon Clayton (1685-1739) and three sisters Rachel, Alice, and Margaret. When his father Continue reading
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 Clayton (pre-1665) who could be his father but that remains inconclusive.
The historical context of William’s life is noteworthy. In 1664, New York became English after Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrendered the Dutch New Netherland colony to the British following a naval blockade. That same year, Maryland passed a law making Continue reading
This William Clayton (pre-1665) is enigmatic. He is probably the father of William Clayton documented to be born about 1655 and the grandfather of William Clayton and Solomon Clayton who served in the Lower House of Maryland. Each of these ancestors lived on the Eastern Shore.
The mystery around William Clayton is his relationship to the other Williams and Solomon. The counties involve Talbot, Queen Anne, and St. Mary’s in Maryland in the mid 1600s. There are two known records that indicate an adult William Clayton living on the Eastern Shore in 1665. Continue reading
Viet Musig (Muzigh, Mesick) was born near Heidelberg, Germany about 1690 during a time of religious intolerance for Protestants by Catholics. He married and immigrated with his family to New York by sea in 1710. He created a foundation for future Mesick descendants and lived until at least his mid eighties to see them extend Continue reading
Johann Hendrick Mesick (1714-1809) was born December 29, 1714 in Germantown, Columbia County, New York. A first generation American — before the Revolution — in which he later fought. He was active in his church, raised a family, lived to be 95 years old.
His parents were Viet Musig (Mesick) and Anna Catharina who immigrated in 1710 and settled in town of Livingston, NY where they built a log house. As a first born son, Hendrick later settled in the northern part of Livingston Manor on Claverack Creek near Glenco Mills on a joint life-leased Continue reading
Hermann Betzer (Bitzer, Pitzer) was born in 1669 in Hachenburg, Germany. Under horrific ill conditions, he emigrated by sea with other Palatines in search of a new life. Hermann settled in the East Camp, known as Germantown, NY where he became an original settler, remaining there the rest of his life.
Hermann Betzer‘s parents were Peter Betzer (c. 1650-?) and Ann Els Zimmermann (c. 1650-?)
Hermann was Continue reading
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Tagged Early loss of spouse, Economic political trauma, Parents' early loss of child
Jacob Best (c. 1690-) (aka Bast, Beest) was probably born about 1690 in the neighborhood of Schonbach and Herborn about 40 km. north and a little to the west of Frankfurt, Germany. He arrived by sea to America to become the patriarch of Best family.
On January 21, 1705, a Johan Jacob Bast married Margret, daughter of Johannes Kurtz from Schonbach. This couple had a son baptized March 21, 1705 named Johann Jost. This may have been Jacob’s first wife and child.
Jacob Best immigrated to England Continue reading