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THE ANCESTRY OF 

PROFESSOR HENRY JONES FORD OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. 

Gleaned by Albert Levin Richardson, Historical Biographfr, 
Pl27 [\loRTH Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 



The Foro make is an olt and honorable one in Maryland. The 

FIRST settler BEARING THIS SURNAME WHO CAME TO THE PalATINATE OF 

Maryland between 1640 and 1 7OO were from the gentleman class of 
Great Britain. 

Like other well [horn Englishmen they were attracted by the 
charming p;;omise contained in the Maryland Charter that in this 
Province, so righly endowed by nature, a British subject might 
obtain land upon which he could live in opulence, free from the 
religious and political strife that made life anything but tran- 

QUIL IN the old world. ••'i^^^w^w 

\H\l V'AS the only spot I rJ THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD, AND 
THE ONLY PLACE THEN IN ALL THE WORLD, EXCEPTING HOLLAND (wiTH 
L I M I YAT I Or;S ) ''HERE D I S i"E N T E R S COULD WORSHIP GoD WITHOUT FEAR OF 
PERSECUTlOrj. To THOSE VERSED IN THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND RE- 
LIGIOUS HISTORY OF THE WORLD PRIOR TO, AND LONG AFTER THE SETTLE- 
MENT OF THE American colonies, the religious freedom enjoyed in 
Maryland is readily accepted as one of the chief causes which 

ATT ;? ACTED TO THE LAND OF THE NOl^LE ChESAI-EAK-j' SCIONS OF THE VERY 
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BEST FAMILIES )-+ GR L A i BRITAIN. WhEN IS ADDED TO THIS THE FURTHER 
FACT THAT ChACLES 1, IN HIS GRANT OF THE MARYLAND CHARTER TO 

Cecilius Calvert, stated that he wished to distinguish Maryland 

ABOVE all other REGIONS IN AMERICA, AND THAT GENTLEMEN OF GOOD 
CONDITION WHO WERE AF. OUT TO SETTLE THERE SHOULD NOT BE DEPRIVED 
OF THE PPIVILEGES AND DISTINCTIONS ENJOYED BY THEM IN EfJGLArjO, HE 

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GRANTED THE /ROPRlETARY THE RIGHT TO GRANT MANORS LIKE UNTO THOSE 

IN England, and to create titles, etc. which they could enjoy, and 

THUS PERPETUATE IN THE NEW VyORLD THE LIFE OF THE OLD. 

In OTHER WORDS THE StUART KiNG CREATED BY CHARTER A COrJSTITU" 

tional monarchy in maryland endowed with delegated royal form and 
power and the machinery of the palace court, the house'iof parlia- 
ment called the council or upper house, amd the assembly or lower 
House: the Provincial Court, the Admiralty Court: the Chancery 
Court and Chancellor, a Provincial Secretary, an Attorney General 
and other high fufjction aries of the central government, a high 
Sheriff for each County, Judges of the quorum and Justices for the 

COUNTIES, etc., thus TRANSPLANTING ENGLISH LIFE FROM THE PALACE 
DOWN TO THE PEPPERY ENGLISH COUNTY JUSTICE* 

All THE DIGtJITARIES FROM THE HIGHEST TO THE LOWEST DISCHARGED 
THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES ARRAYED IN THE IMPRESSIVE REGALIA CUSTOMARY 

IN England, and v/hen off duty they donned the prevalent fashion 
OF English gentlemen. There were also the military and naval arms 
OF government, properly officered. Therefore it may well be imag- 
omed t-jat the little Court at St. Maries, and later at Annapolis, 
aped right bravely the greaier Court of London. 

Lest it be imagined that men or mean origin often filled'the 
positions of honor and trust in the Palatinate Government, it is 
well to state thai \\\ no land under iHE sun WAS good birth and 
character more insisted upon during the Colonial period in official 

AND social life THAN IN MARYLAND. ThE SPLENDID ORIGINAL RECORDS OF 

THE State bear overwhelming testimony to the truth of this state- 
ment. Thus the official and social life of the Palatinate took 
the color and form prescribed in the Royal Charter which maintained 



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an essentially english aristocracy based upon the land, with 
Lords of Manors extrcising the same rights as those in England 
from 163^ to the revolution, v/hen sovereignty passed from the 
individual, by a fiction, to the (^eople, but v;hich has really 

VESTED RATHER IN THE GROUPS AND COTORIES OF SELF-SELECTEO MEN WHO 

DIRECT THE CHOICE OF THE ELECTORATE. 
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Thf men of/F'ord, Foapd Ario de Foarde name in Maryland all 

CAME FROM GREAT BRITAIN. ThERE WERE MANY OF THEM. ThEY SETTLED IN 
TEN Oi i HE OLDEST COUNTIES Oil L / N t) S GRANTED THEM BY THE PROPRIETARY, 
OR ON LANDS THEY PURCHASED OR LEASED, THAT WERE ALREADY UNDER CULTI- 
VATION. There is a family of the De Foardes that, traditionally is 
OF Huguenot origin coming into Maryland via England. This family 
was settled ll^l Baltimore County early in the eighteenth century, 

the main branch adhering to HARfORD COUtlTY AFTER TI'.AT COUNTY WAS 

CUT FROM Baltimore county in the year 177^'- Ti'ere are iNOicATiotJS 

that this family is allied by ANCIENT BLOOD TO ONE OF THE OLD FoRD 
FAMILIES OF CeCIL COUNTY, AND ALSO TO THE ANCESTORS OF PROFESSOR 

Henry Jones Ford in Harford County, the chief iti diction of alliance 

WITH the latter BEING THE STRIKING SIMILARITY OF rjAMES 11^ HaRFORD 

after IICO, of the Fo']^D'S (as THE NAME IS NOW SPELLEd) TO THE 

GRANDSON AND GREAT GRANDSONS OF JOHN FORO OF THE SAME COUNTY. HOW" 

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EVER, Slf^CE THIS COLILD VERY \v(ELL HAVE HAPPENED THROUGH If.' FLU" 

ENCE OF INTERMARRIAGE AND HOI BY BLOOD DESCEfJl, AND AS THERE IS 

NOW NO RECORDED PROOF OF THE LATTE.f, WE ENTER THE SCOTCH VERDICT 

"not proven", AND PASS ON TO THE CONSIDERATION OF JoHN FoRD OF 

Baltimore and Harford counties. 

This g e n t l e h a rj has no traceable parentage in B a l i i m o r e county; 
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MORE THAN CURSORY (bUT NOT EXHAUSTIVE) RESEARCH IN SOUTHERN 

Maryland reveals. 

The TRADITIONS or this family point to Harford and Cecil 

COUNTIES AND MAY AS WELL ALSO CONNECT WITH THE FoRDS OF KENT AND 

Talbot couruiEs, since there appears to exist tentatively strong 
indications of support in that direction. but as the scope of the 
present researcfl does not fully cover work in those counties, they 
are passed uk for the time being, and held in reserve for another 
trial in the future. 

John Ford, the first proven ancestor of the family of this 

MEMOIR IS IDENTIFIED IN THE St.JoHNS AND St. GEORGE -'PARISH 

Register of Baltimore and Harford counties, page 355 '^ '^^^ follow- 
ing MARRIAGE ENTRY EVIDEtJTLY MISDATED BY A YEAR. 

"June 2,1755-~Then was married John Ford and Sarah Murphy". 
Following this record on the same page was the record of two of their 
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Benjamin Foro, born November i6th , 1755- "'^'^'^ ''^ ' ^ s( Dorcas ) 
Ford, born M». rch 3^, 1757"' 

The above entries were made g-n-— masses, and not contemporaneously 
BY THE Register of the parish which accounts for the errors in these 
dates and many other FN tries in the Register, The marriage should 
have been entered 175^*- Mistakes were also made by the person who 
separated ti!E St. Georges records from the St .Johns records , which 

WERE recorded TOGETHER UNTIL SOME TIME AFTER THE YEAR ^']hk, THERE- 
AFTER St. Johns being in Baltimore county and St. Georges in Harford, 

copies of this WORK HAVING BEEfJ MADE AND PRESERVED BY THE MARYLAND 

Historical Society. Such i^istakes not infrequently occur in parish 

registers amd have to be coivrected by some other public record or 

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On page 379 Of" IHf^ SAME PARISH REGISTER WE FIND THE BIRTHS OF 
TWO MOiRE CHILDPiEi; Of JOHN FoRD AND SaRAH ( Mu R P H Y ) FORD, HIS WIFE, ViZ 

David Ford, born November 1, 1759; and Rachel Ford, born 

March Id, lo-fS . If Jchn Ford had other children they are 

not identified in the parish registers or other public records. 

So far as the public records disclose John Ford was not a 

and 

large LANt Ov.NEP; CUT HE LIVED ON LANd/sEEMS TO HAVE EMPLOYED 
HIS ACTIVITIES IN THE MILLING BUSINESS WHICH APPEARS TO HAVE AFFORDED 
HIM A COMFORIABEL LIVING AND PROVIDED SOMETHING FOR HIS HEIRS AFTER 
HISDE CEASE. 

In this COrJNCETION it is pertinent TO STATE THAT ClORGE FoRP 

OF Cecil County, a prominent miller and land owner, purchased land 
in Marford county in 17^7 Of" Henry Stump called "Eyetrap". Ford 

SOLD this land in 1797 through power of attorney GIVEN BY HIM TO 

Daniel Andersoi; of Harford County. (Harford County Land Records, 
Liber, J. L. G. No. h'. f/ZQ].). It may be esteemed significant 
of (. onnection between the Ford:, of Cecil and Harford counties that 
Benjamin Foro, son of John Ford, married a daughter of Daniel 
Anderson who acted as attorney for George Ford in the above realty 
transaction, both John Ford and his son Benjamin being deceased 
previous to 1797- Indeed the Fords were very partial to milling 
and flour enterprises. Joseph Ford, the o;ily son of Benjamin, son 
OF JoHfj OF Harford County, and several of his DEscEriOAfjTS were thus 
engaged in N; a r V I A r, and V i r g i ;; i a , as will appear further along in 

THIS riEHO I R . 

John Ford died intestate in the year I'J^-k, his only living 
son David Ford, auministlring on the estate. Very meagre admini- 
stration accounts are preserved in the Testamentary records of 
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The only record to be founu is the followimg: Feb. 12, ]'j8k- 

JOHN FORO, DECEASED, Da V I D FoRD ADMINISTRATOR. ACCOMPANYING THIS 

was the rirst i:jventory of the personalty amounting to l 87.3.6. 
(HarfoFxD County Adm. Accts. key to administrations. Liber 1, f.11) 
Feb. 1.<f, '.']8h-Df'\/ I '.I Forc gives bond in the sum of L5OO as 

administrator of "iHE ESIATE OF JoHN FoRD, LATE OF, HaRFORO CoUNTY, 

deceased. Reuben HuTTorj and Johtj Roberts vyERE his sureties. (Har- 
ford COUNTY AOtl I in STR AT 1 OM BONDS-177^ TO 1 79 ^ j FOLIO 2fi 1 ) . ThE 
size of the bond SHOWS THE EXISTENCE OF A MUCH LARGER PERSONAL 
ESTATE "I HAN INDICATED i:^ THE FIRST INVENTORY. 

In EXPLANATION OF THE LAX ADMINISTRATION OF THE BUSINESS IN 

THE Harford county Register of Wills office it is only necessary 
TO state that an Act was passed by the Maryland Assembly to cure 
some of the radical troubles in that office in the year 1800. 
UrjDER THIS Act some office mistakes in the adhi nisi rations of 
John Ford, and his sons Benjamin Ford and David Ford, the latter 
dying in the year i802, were cured as shown by RECORDS lu that 
office. (Libfr a. J, No. A. General Entries, Harford coundy Adm. 
Ace Ts . page lO'l ) . 

Benjamin F'oro, eldest son of John Ford and Sarah (Murphy) 
Ford his wife, was born in Baltimore County November i6, 1755* 
(St. Johns and St. Georges Parish Register for Baltimore and Har- 
ford COUNTIES, PAGF 355)- V.'HEN HE GREW TO MANHOOD HE MADE HIS 
HOME IN SpESUTIA HUNDRED, IN HIS NATIVE COUNTY. HE HARRIED ACCORD- 
ING TO THE Ford Family Records in possession of Professor Henry 
Jones Ford of i^rince":on University, about the year 1780/81, Mary 
Anderson the daughter of Daniel Anderson and Sarah Anderson, his 
V/iFE. The Andersons lived in the adjoining Hundred of Susquehannah 
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LUCRATIVE WEAVING INDUSTRY. ThE FoRD FAMILY RECORDS STATE THAT 

Mary Anderson was born July 3> ^759- This agrees with the record 

OF MER IN THE CENSUS OF SuSQUE HANNAH HuNlRLD TAKEN BY THE HaRFORD 
COUNTY AUTHORITIES IN 1777 WHERE HER AGE IS STATED AT l8 YEARS. 

(HS Cinsus Of Harford Bounty at Md.Hist. Soc , ) 

There is a tradition in the Foro family that this ancestor, 
Benjamin Ford, had a brother Edward Ford, who lived in Cecil county, 
but there is nothing It; the Harford county records to show the 
birth of this Edward. It may be that the'tradition refers to John 
Ford, fathir of Penjamini as having a dfotmer Edward in Cecil county. 
This would not be surprising if found to be true for we have records 
referring to Fords south of the SusQUEHA^JNAH river bearing the given 
names of Edward, John, George, Joseph, etc. which the last two, 

ARE REPEATED IN THE SpeCuTIA CenSUS OF 1777 '^ HaRFORD COUNTY. ThE 

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Edward Ford referred to h-> said by/tradition to have been a 
member of the assembly of maryland. 

Soorj AFTEK HIS MAtJRIAGE BENJAMIN FoRD AND HIS BRIDE REMOVED 

TO Pennsylvania and settled in or near the territory now occupied 

BY THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH, WHERE THEIR ONLY CHILD, JoSEPH FoRD, 

WAS BORN July 8, 1782, according to the Ford Family Records. 
While Joseph Ford was yet a young child his father died and was 
BURIED IN Pennsylvania. His widow afterwards returned to Harford 
county with her ROY. The exact year of her return is not clear. 
She probably tarried long enough in Pennsylvania to settle the 
affair;, of her husband before u:jdertaking the (at that period) 
long, toilsome and hazardous journey to Maryland. At any rate she 
was in Harford county in the later seventeen eighties trying to 
steer her administration or her dead husband's Maryland estate 
trough thetangle or the Register of V.'ills office, succeeding in 

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AMOUNTING TO NEARLY L 100. Th I S IS ABOUT T H C E X T E N ET OF WHAT CAN 
BE FOUND TOUCHING HER ADMINISTRATION. (HaRFORD CouMTY AD'M. ACCTS. 

Key to Administrations, Liber ts, F. 21.) The widow of Benjamin 
fordnevermarriedagain. 

Then the spirit of rebellion against Great Britain was abroad 

IN THE land; when OFFICIALS AND ToRIES WERE SHOUTING TREASON , A WORD 
SO SIGNIFICANT OF DEATH AT THAT PERIOD, BENJAMIN FoRD HEARKENED TO 
THE CALL OF KREEDOfl AND PROMPTLY ENLISTED IN THE HaRFORD COUNTY 

Militia. He was enrolled October 3^> 1775> •^s a prj-vate in Captain 
Greenbury Docsey's company N o,v b44-y-?=R 8, Harford county Militia. (see 
Preston's History of Harford county, page II5, accepted as authentic.) 

For the remainder of the births, marriages and deaths in the 
Ford Family we have ti;e authority of very clear, positive and most 
satisfactory Family Records. They are sufficient to continue to 
date a complete chain of descent from John Ford to the present gen- 
eration or Professor Henry Jones Ford's line. Therefore, when we 

SEE FIT to reinforce THE COflPLETE EVIDENCE OF THESE RECORDS BY DATA 

glearjed from the public records it is oi-jly done to furnish future 
generations './ho may be interested with continuous proofs drawn 
from public repositories that will be acceptable to the historian 
hundreds of years hence. 

Joseph Ford, son of Benjamin Ford and Mary (Anderson) Ford, 
HIS wife, was born irj Pennsylvania on or near the site of Pittsburgh. 
July 8, 1782. His father dying while he was of tender age his 
Mother brought him to the old home in Harford county, Maryland, 
where he was reared and educated. The Ford Family Records state 
that he was marri-ed to Sarah Cole, daughter of James Cole aud 
Sophia his \i [ f l of Harford county, Jamuary ?.C, 18O-I. We find this 
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FOR ON January 2'^, iQok, Joscph Ford took out license to marry 
Sarah Coale (HARfORO County, Mo., Marriage License Liber. W.S.G. 
No/ 1 F, 3M- Sarah (Coale) Ford his wife, according to the 
family records, was born Sept. 2-y-, 187I 

Joseph Ford lived on land as nearly all gentlemen in the 
counties of Maryland did during this period, and also engaged in 

the milling business in f-lARFORD CoUNTY WHERE ALL OF HIS TEN CHILDREN 
WERE BORN. HE REMOVED IN HIS MIDDLE LIFE TO THE ValLEY OF VIRGINIA 
AND SETTLED NEAR WINCHESTER WHERE HE ENGAGED IN THE OCCUPATIONS HE 
HAD PURSUEiJ IN MaRYLvND UN Til HIS DEATH IN MARCH l86l, AT THE 
RIPE AGE OF 79 YEARS, HIS WIFE DYING IN OCTOBER OF THE SAME YEAR 
HAVING ATlAINED THE AGE OF CO YEARS. ThEY WERE BURIED IN THE 

Winchester ceme TAf y . 

Joseph Ford and Sarah (Cole) Ford, according to the Ford 
Family Record;., had ihe f ol l c./ i r, g children born u n i them, viz: 

(1) Benjamin Ford, born November 25, l8o4. 

(2) Mary Ford, born November 2^, 1606. 

(3) James Ford, born September i8, 1808. 
{k) William Ford, born August 15, iSlO. 

(5) Elizabeth Ford, born June 28, l8l3. 

(6) George A. Ford, born October 7> 1815 

(7) Sarah A. Ford, born FEBfiUARY l4, l8l9- 

(8) John T. Fof;D, born April 22, l821. 

(9) Franklin Ford, born August 23, 1823. 

(10) A G I P L \ ' H DIED I N 1 r; F A iJ C 'i . 

Joseph Ford ano family prospered in Virginia obtaining valu- 
able possessions as farmers and millers and being recognized as 
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DESCENDANTS THERE ARE STILL NUMBERED AMONG THE SUBSTANTIAL AND 
PROMINENT GENTLEMEN OF THAT SECTION OF THE "OlD DoMINIOn". WHILE 
OTHERS MOVED TO DISTANT SCENES AND ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES IN THE 
WHOLE-SALE FLOUR BUSINESS WITH SUCCESS. AmONG THESE MAY BE MEN- 
TIONED THE ELDEST AND YOUNGEST SOf^S OF JoSEPH FoRD AND SaRAH (Cole) 

For dhiswifEjViz: 

Benjan'.in Ford, the first born son, and Franklin Ford, the 
youngest son both of whom established and maintained prosperous 
flour businesses in new york city, the elder brother residing in 
Newark, N. J., and the younger in Brooklyn, New York. 

Frank LI rj Ford, youngest sorj of Joseph Ford and Sarah (Cole) 
Ford his wife was born August 23rd, 1S23, in Harford County, Maryland 
While he was still a boy his father removed to Virginia, in which ^ 
state young Ford was reared Ar;D educated. He was doubtless initiated 

THERE into THE MILLING AND FLOUR BUSINESS, IN WHICH HIS FATHER AND 
UNCLES WERE LARGELY E^J GAGED, BUT HE APPEARS NOT TO HAVE FORGOTTEN 
HIS NATIVE STATE OF MARYLAND AND HER DAUGHTET^S, FOR IN THE YEAR I85O 
HE WOOED AND WON HIS WIFE IN BALTIMORE. In THE BALTIMORE COUNTY 

Marriage Licences Book 1 846-1 85 1 - not paged - Superior Court Clerk's 
Office in Baltimore City, we find that Franklin Ford took out a li- 
cense TO MARRY ANflE E. JoNES, NOVEMBER 13tH, I85O. ThE OFFICIATING 
CLERGYMAN W/vS STATED TO BE REV. f>^CjlLTON. In THE FoRD FAMILY 

Records the following: "Franklin Ford and Anne E. Jones were married 
I^TH November iS^O, by Rev. Daniel McJilto.n at 201 Lexington Street, 
Baltimore". Another item in the Ford Records states the birth of 
THE bride as follows: "Anne E. Jones' was born in Baltimore July 12, 
1829". These dates are identical with those in the old Jones Family 
Bible in possession of Professor Henry Jones Ford. 

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OF Uriah Jones and A:jne: (Minchfr) Jones his wife, (see Jones Family 

FOR HER ancestry.) 

As ABOVE STATED Fr^NKLIN FoRD ESTABLISHED A PROSPEROUS WHOLE- 
SALE FLOUR BUSINESS IN NEW YoRK CiTY, WHERE WITH A PARTNER, HE CON- 
DUCTED BU SI MESS UNOER iHE FIRM NAME OF ClARKSON AND FoRD FOR YEARS. 

His place of business was on Front Street, New York City, and his 
LAST residence '^2 \ State Street, Brooklyn, where he died September 
9, 1859- His widow Mrs. Ann:: £.. (Jones) Ford, died in Brooklyn, New 
York on Af>RiL; ^879 • 

Fralki in Ford ano Anne E. (Jones) Ford, his wife, had born unto 
them the following children, viz: Henry Jones Ford, born in Balti- 
more August 2^th, 1851. 

Robert Hatfield Ford, born at- 2^1 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, 
New York, December '(^h, i853- 

An ME Virginia Ford v'a;> born June I^th, '^(^^G, at 2^1 Bridge Street, 
Brooklyn, New York. 

Franklin Ford, Junior was born December 29th, 1858: died at 
2^1 Lexington Street, Baltimore, Md . July 2, iSoO. 

Henry Jones Ford, eldest son of Franklin Ford and ArjNE E. (Jones) 

Ford, his wife, married Bertha Batory, February 18tii, 1875- They 

were married by the Rev. Alexander E. Gibson at the parsonage of 

THE Fayette Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland. 

The official public record of this marriage follows: February i8th, 

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CoufjTv, Maryland. The Rev. Alexander E. Gibson, the officiating 

clergyman, made the return to the office. (Folio 1^13 'fJ no-5 Return 

Book, Baltimore City Marriage Licenses at the Office of the Clerk of 

the Court of Common Pleas.) At thf time of his marriage, Mr. Ford 

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(This page compiled by Mrs. Thorvald Nin to bring it up to daie) 



Henry Jones Ford - Bertha Batory 



Franklin p. a t o r y Ford Bertha Dorothy Ford - M Thomas Hildt Henry Grim For d 
(died Tn i" n f a n c i ) (died in childh 

Luc I L/E 
John Howard Ford M Rebie Moorhead Albert Jones Ford - M Elizabet h/P a y n t e r 

( NO issue) 



Frankliu Ford - M 1. Edna F-v'oTHvyELL 

2. ['Catherine Skilling 

Albert JotJES Ford M Elizabeth Lucile Paynter 



Albert JotJES Ford - Elizabeth Luciie Paynter 



K A t H E R I ti r Virginia Ford - M Thorvald Nin 
B 7/16/16 i 

Katherine Elizabeth Nin - M Gregory J Coar 
B 3/19/^19 : 

KRiSTirj Isabel Coar 
B 7/1S/72 

Lucy Jane Ford - lA Ferdinand Schoettle 
B 1 0/6/ 1 7 ~ 

LuciL):E Ford Schoettle 

Elizabeth Anne Ford M 1. John Von Stein 

B 2/13/20 : 

John von Stein-who was adopted by his 

STEP- eat HER AND I 5 NOV/ KNOWN AS vJ H N RfDICK 



M 2 . Rober t Re d I c k 

Charles Ford Re dick 
& 

E L I 2 /■ Ei E 1 H R E D I C h 



Bertha Dorothy Ford M Thomas Hildt 
(Dolly) : 



Margaret Hildt 



ThomasHildt John Hildt 



Franklin Ford - M Edna Rothweli (1) M Kath'"bine S killing (2) 



Virginia For d 



Franklin Ford,Jr 
He(jry Jones Ford 



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THE FORD FAMILY. 

It is a family tradition that the Fords came originally from 
England and settled iii Si. Mary's County, Maryland. A branch of 
the family crossed over to the Eastern Shore and its descendents 
moved northwafvd as settles'.: nt advanced and everitually became lo- 
CATED AT THE HEAD Of ChL^^APE/^KE 3 AY V/HERE LATER CeCIL AMD HaRFORD 
COUNTIES WERE LAID OUT. ThEY WERE LAND OWNERS AND AS FAR BACK AS 
THEY CAN BE TRACED THEY OWNED AND OPERATED FLOUR MILLS. ThIS 
PREDILECTION II- SO ^•W\ R K E D AS TO I r> D I C A T E T f( A 1 N; I L L I rj G MUST HAVE 
BEENAFAMILYCRAFT. 

The OLDEST ancestor of whom THERE IS DEFINITE RECORD IS 

John Ford of St. George's parish, Harford county. He was married 
June 2, 175^ ^ f^"^ died Feb. 12, 1 78^ . One of his sons, Benjamin, 

was born NOVEIIBEP 16, ^755* DATE OF DEATH UNKNOWN, BUT THE AD- 
MINISTRATION OF HIS ESTATE WAS CLOSED IN 1789- HiS ONLY SON, 

Joseph, was born July 8, 1782, m/rried January 26, 180H, died in 
March 1S6I. 

In n: iddll life Joseph Ford removed from Harford county, Md. 
TO THE Valley of Virginia, near V/in:;hester, with sufficient means 
to acquire extensive land holdings and with his sons built several 

FLOUR MILLS. HE HAD TEN CHILD REN, OF WHOM THE FOURTH WAS WiLLIAM, 

BORN August 15, l8lO, thf father of Charles A Ford, the father of 
Ruth Fohd and oiheus. 

The DESCENDENTS OF JoSEPH FoRD ARE ELIGIBLE THROUGH THE 

Preston ancestry to the following: 
The Society of Colonial Wars. 
The Society of Colonial Dames of America 

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Joseph Ford's mother was the grand-daughter or Grace Preston, 

WHO WAS THE GRAND-DAUGHTER OF ThOMAS PRESTON, WHO CAME TO MARYLAND 

FROM England in i668. Lord Baltimore's rent roll in Baltimore 

COUNTY SHOWS EIGHT TRACTS OF LAND PATENTED TO ThoMAS PRESTON, WHO 

IN ADDITION ACQUIRED FIVE ADDITIONAL PARCELS. ThE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY 

Proceedings of November 1676 record that he was paid 69 pounds of 
tobacco for certain expenses incurred in an expedition against the 
T/aticoke Indians. He died in lyiO and his will distributed a 

LARGE ESTATE. A SON, JamES PrESTON, DIRECT ANCESTOR OF JOSEPH 

Ford on his mother's side, was a member of the Maryland Assembly 
IN 171 1 . 

The descen dents of Joseph Ford are eligible to the following 

societies on account of the services of Benjamin Ford, Daniel 

ANDERS0NAf;DjAtlEsC0LE. 

Sorjs of the American Revolution 
Daughters of the American Revolution 

Benjamin Ford, father of Joseph, enlisted in Captain Green- 
bury Dorsey's company of Harford county militia, October 3^j ^775- 

Daniel Anderson, born December Zk, 1728, joined a company of 
Harford county militia, commanded by his brother, Captain Charles 
Anderson. Daniel Anderson's daughter, Mary, became the wife of 
Beiij/, MiN Ford, father of Joseph Ford. 

James Cole, born July 29, 175^j was enrolled in Captain 
Anderson's company September 23, ^775- James Cole's daughter, 
Sarah, became the wife of Joseph Ford, the sou of Benjamin Ford. 

The accompanying chart shows the family connection between 
the Presto ns, Andersons, Fords and Coles. 



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TH E JONES FAMILY 
Franklin Ford marrif-D Anne E Jones or Baltimore, Md . ]]-]k-]Q'^0, 

WHOSE GRANDFATHER V/ILLIAmJoNES WAS BORN IN CHARLESTON, S C. OF 

Welsh descent. He vas a Captain or South Carolina troops, was 
wounded at the Dattle of Brandywine, 1776' ^^^ w-^s taken to the 
house of N,rs. Ellet, where he met her niece, Ann Wilcox, whom he 
later married. He died Nov. ?.'( , 1793 '^ Baltimore where he settled 
after his marriage. 

A son, Uriah Jones, (father of Anne E. Jones) carried on a manu- 
facturing business. He was married on Nov. '^0 , 1813 to Ann Mincher, 
daughter of John Mincher, a Yorkshire man who settled in Baltimore 
County where he was a large landowner. Uriah Jones was among those 
who responded to the call for troops to repel the British invasion 

IN l8l'l, AND served IN THE COMPANY OF CaPTAIN JaCOB F)E:CTv£S, FiFTY" 

first Regiment of Maryland Militia, and took part in the Battle of 
North Point, Sept. 12 and 13, l8l4, serving as a private in the 
Company of Captain Jacob Deems, defenders of Baltimore. 

Joseph Ford who married Sarah Cole Jan. 26, l8o^l, had ten chil- 
dren, SIX sons and four daughters, all born in Harford County. The 
family removed to the Valley of Virginia in the neighborhood of 

VyiRGHESTER. ThEY MUST HAVE HAD CONSIDERABLE MEANS FOR THE OLDER BOYS 

all obtained large farms, and they built and operated flour mills. 
Franklin Ford (born Aug. 23, 1823) v/as the ninth child. After he 

GOT his scholarship HIS PEOPLE SENT HIM TO BALTIMORE TO FIT HIM FOR 

A BUSir-lESS CAREER. HE WAS A CLERK TO AUGUSTUS WEBB, A DEALER IN FLOUR, 

UNTIL HE WAS REAtiY TO START BUSINESS FOR HlflSELF. HE WAS MARRIED TO 

Anne E Jones, Nov. iH, 185O, by the Rev. Daniel McJilton (ts^s ) a 

COUSIN of THE BRIDE. ThEIR OLDEST SON, HenRY JoNES FoRD, WAS BORN 

Aug. 2^; iS^l- Shortiy thereafter FRASKL-tN Ford removed to Nev/ York 

AND formed a COPARTNERSHIP WHICH CARRIED ON A WHOLESALE FLOUR BUSINESS 

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UNDER THE FIRM NAME OF GtT^E «-3-0£UJ AND FoRD. HiS LAST PLACE OF RES|- 



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T HOM A s Cole - E" i, i 2 a b e t h 



Len-orah CoiE 



James Cole 



Jane Pol oke 



Comfort Cole 



Jane Cole Ephraim Cole James Cole - Sophia 



Thomas Cole 
E2EKIAL Cole 



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5 A R AH C L E 



Joseph Ford 



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Elizabeth Cole 


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Benjamin Ford Mary T'o rd 
Elizabeth Ford George Ford 



James- C . F r r; V-y 1 l l 1 a m Ford 
Sara A . Ford John T Ford 



A Daughter who died iij infancy and 

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FRAtiKLitJ Ford - Anne Jones 



Henry Jones Ford - Bertha Batory Robert Hatfield Ford 



A N ^^ E Virginia Ford 
Franklin F f; d , Jr. 



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Franklin Batory Ford Bertha Dorothy Ford Henry Crin-Ford 



John Hg\/ard Ford 



Albert Jor.'Es Ford 



Franklin Ford 



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t he: cole fa mily 

Baltimore County, Maryland, is rich in tine families dcgcended 
from worihy fop bears who settled in this favored country early in 
THE Colonial period. Of these the name of Cole, Coal or Coale, as 

IT is variously spelled, has been PROMINENT SINCE THE LAST QUARTER 
OF THE SEVEN'TCENTH CENTURY. SoME OF THEM WERE QUAKERS WHO CAME INTO 



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THE COUNTRY FROM AnNE ArUNDEl COUNTY, WHILE "IT HERS ADHERED TO THE 

Church of England. In the third generation those who bore the name 
IN the county were many. It was a period or large families and boys 

WERE numerous IN THE BIRTH RECORDS. Il WAS ALSO A PERIOD WHEN OLD 
BACHELORS WERE TABOO, AS THEY ALWAYS ARE AND OUGHT TO BE IN A I-IEW 
COUNTRY THAT NEEDS SETTLERS. HErKE THE BOYS MARRIED AT EIGHTEEN YEARS 
OLD AND UPWARDS, THEIR BRIDES RANGING IN AGE FROM FIFTEEN YEARS UP- 
WARDS. A MAN WAS A SEASONED AND MUCH DECRIED OLD BACHELOR AT TWENTY- 
FIVE, WHILE A BLOOMING MAIDEN OF TWENTY YEARS WAS LOOKED UPON AS AL- 
MOST A CONFIRMED SPINSTER. ThE MEN OF THE NAME OF CoLE OBEYED THE 

customs of their day married early and like the good fellows that 
they were raised many children, male and female, who in their turn 
followed the rule and gallantly helped the good work of peopling 
Maryland. In time there were so many of "the name that the public 
records blcamf. ch^rged with them, as it were, rendering the work of 
differentiating them no easy task for the genealogist. 

Thomas Cole, the ancestor of the family now under special con- 
sideration, WAS one of seven or eight bearing TflE NAME OF Coi. E, CoAL 
OR CoALE AND THE GIVEN NAME OF ThOMAS, ALL LIVING CONTEMPORANEOUSLY 
IN BALTIflORE COUNTY. AfTER TRACING THEM ALL WE FIND THAT ThOMAS CoLE 
DOES NOT appear TO HAVE BEEN THE SON OF AfJY OF THE. SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

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sETTLEr;s IN Baltimore: county, Aiid the conclusion is that he was from 

SOME OTHER COUNTY IN MARYLAND. ThE FIRST AND ONLY RECORD WE HAVE 
OF H\ f. WHICH, FORTUNAIEIY, IS FINAL AUTHORITY, NWY BE FOUND IN ST. 

Johns and St. Georges Parish Register, Baltimore, and Harford counties 
pp. 8, ^8 and 278). In this parish register we find that Thomas Cole 
and Elizabeth, his wife, had the following children born unto them, 
viz: Leporah Cole, born January ]], IflS; Comfort Cole, born Nov. 
8th, I72O; jAiiEs Cole, born T-lcv . 2Hth, ]'J2k. If he had other child- 
ren THERE is no RECORD OF THEIR BIRTHS IfJ A^JY OF THE PARISH REGISTERS 

or other pullic records of baltimore county. 

James Cole, son of Thomas Cole and Elizabeth, his wife, enjoyed 

THE distinction OF BEING THE ONLY MAN OF THE NAME OF JamES ColE, CoAL, 

Coale in Baltimore county of his p'eriod. He did not inherit any land 
in the county. therefore it is concluded that his father was not a 

LAND HOLDER. HE WAS MARRIED TO JanE PolOKE IN HIS TWENTIETH YEAR 
AND HIS FIRST CHILD WAS BORN IN JULY OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. He WAS 
PROBABLY ENGAGED IN BUSINESS DURING HIS EARLY MANHOOD SINCE THERE IS 
rJO RECORD THAT HE BOUGHT OR LEASED LAND UNTIL HE WAS THIRTY-THREE 
YEARS OLD. HiS FIRST PURCHASE WAS MADE NoV. 4tH, 1757> WHEN HE AC- 
quired 127 acres of land, the tract being parts of two tracts called 
"Monreal" and "Paradise" lying at the head of Swan Creek one of the 

AFFLUENTS OF BuSH RIVER. (LiBER B No G F.64, BALTIMORE COUNTY 

Land Records.) 

July 21st, 17^7' '*^ purchased another body of land containing 

OVER 200 ACRES COMPOSED OF PARTS OF TRACTS CALLED "M0NREAl","R0YAL 

Exchange" and "Paradise", Baltimore Land Records, Lib. B. No P 

F. 663). 

In the Annapolis Debt Books for Baltimore County, for 177^» 

PAGE 2k, he was charged WITH THE OWNERSHIP OF 35^ ACRES OF LAND. 



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James Cole died in IfC^ , for on Sept. 15th of that year, the 

INVENTORY OF THE PERSONAL ESTATE OF JamES ColE, LATE OF BALTIMORE 
COUNTY, DECEASEt, WAS FILED FOR RECORD BY JanE ColE AND JamES ColE, 

Executors. The personalty amounted to E 285-3-5- Thomas Gilbert 
AND William Arnold appeared as nearest of kin. (Baltimore county 
inventories, Lib. ;.l , f. Gl . j 

In the Balances, Annapolis, Administration accounts Lib. 5, 
F. 261, the final account of J ames Cole , Executor of James Cole 
deceased, \jas recorded. The personalty had increased to a t 3^7-^ ^^•52' 

James Cole died at the age of fifty-eight leaving a large fam- 
ily OF children to mourn his loss. His will follov;s: 

Balto.Co. V.'ills, Liber '^, r. I96 . 

James Cole of Baltimore Co. 

Will dated May 29th, 177?'* William Arnold 

Tests VVilliam Judd 
Will Proved July 1, 1772^ Benjamin Harbort. 

De V I SED - 

To my son James Cole 130 acres of land he now lives on 
purchased by me of a certain T homas White . 

To MY son Ephrain 26 acres of the uppermost end of the 
land next to a certain Parker Gilbert that 1 will to my son J ames 

WHICH RE mains OVER AND ABOVE THE I3O ACRES WITH THE kO ACRES ALREADY 
DEEDEDTOHIM. 

To MY SON Thomas 100 acres of land p-art called " Monr e al " 
(perhaps Montreal) afjd part "Paradise" it being the second hundred 
acres that I purchased of the aforesaid Thomas White in the year 175^- 

To MY SON Ezekial 100 acres part of "Monreal" and part of 
"Paradise", it being the first hundred acres I purchased of Thoma s 
W hite in the year m'57- 

To fach of MY daughters, vi2: Jane, Comfort and Elizabeth 

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the: cum of b 10 cuRifENr to be paid them as each shall come of age. 

To MY WIFE THE THIRD PART OF ANY WHOLE ESTATE AND WHOM I 
APPOINT WITH MY SON JAMES, EXECUTORS OF THIS MY LAST WILL AND TESTA- 
MENT. 

Signed 

H I 5 

Jame sXCol e 

MARK 

The records of the dirtm and marriage of James Cole and the 

BIRTHS OF FIVE OF HIS CHILDREN ARE IN St. GEORGES PaRISH REGISTER, 

Harford county (fori'ER;,y Baltimore county) at the Maryland Histori- 
cal Society. They follow: James, Cole son of Thomas Cole and 
Elizabeth, his wife was born Nov. 2Hth, f^^-3 ( p • 2 7^ ) • 

James Cole and Jane Poloke were married July 9j 17^S. (p.360) 
The births of five of the children of James Cole and Jane Poloke, 

his wife, are all found on page 361 OF THE ABOVE SAID PARISH REGISTER. 

They follow: 

Jane Cole, born July 17, 17^*^ • 

James Cole, born July 29, 175^- 

Ephrair Cole, born April f , 175^- 

Comfort Cole, born May k, 175^- 

Elizabeth Cole, born Sept. 2, '175S' 

Thomas Cole, born 1762. 

EzEKiEL Cole, born I766 

The Harford county authorities had a census taken in the year 

177^ OF ALL the people IN THE COUNTY. ThE WORK WAS DONE BY THE lO" 
CAL CONSTABLES AND THE RESULT IS ESTEEMED RELIABLE BY HISTORIANS. 

Jane Cole, a widow, was enumerated as living in Susquehannah 
Hundred and was then ^6 years old. She had living in her home the 
following of her children, viz: Elizabeth Cole, i8 years old; 



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Thomas Cole, 1^ years old: Ezekiel Cole, 10 years old. 

It; THE SAME CENSUS WE FIND JamES CoAL AND HIS WIFE, SoPHIA 

Coal, with their ages stated at 25 and 2k years respectively liv'ng 

IN THE AFORESAIU HUNDRED { SOU OF JaMES AND JaNE ColE) AND HAVING IN 
THEIR HOUSE THE F0LL0\/ING CHILDREN, Vl^: JoHN CoAL, 6 YEARS OLD, 

James Coal, k years old: Amelia Coal k months old. (Harford county 
Census for If'jG-lAS at Md.Hist Soc.) 

James Cole, son of James Cole and Jane Poloke, his wif^, married 
Sophia, whose MAioEtj tjame has not been ascertained. He was a farmer 
and lived on his land in Harford county until the year 179^ when he 
died aged ko years. He died intestate. The account of his personal 
estate was Filed in the Register's Office for the Harford county 
Sept. ^ , 1791- There was not a final account stated nor was there a 
distribution mentioned. (J'arford county Adm. Accts., Key to Admin- 
istrations, LlB.-4r, F. 2^ . j 

However, wl have the names of three of his children from the 
Harford county census of 177^ ^^^^ ^ ^^ names and marriages of his 
other children from the Cole family Records in possession of Professor 
Henry Jones Ford of Princeton University. They follow, viz: 



John Cole, born '^I'JO. 
Amelia Cole, born llfo 
Sophia Col e 
Elizabeth Cole 
Avarilla Cole 
Sar a H Col E 



James Cole, born 1772- • 

Charles Dines 

Jarvis Gilbert. 

Nicholas Baker. 

Thomas Everett 

Joseph Ford (see Harford County 



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marriage licenses 

Lib . W. T:; F. No. 1 

r. 3^5 LiCEr:sEs grante 
Jan 25TH, 180^ to 
Joseph Ford to marry 
Sar a H Coal E . 



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Jamets Cole, i aihcr of ti!E above stven children, and his 

BROTHER, EpHRA!M ColE WERE PRIVATES IN Capt. ChaRLES AnDERSON's 

Militia, Company No. 3 ''•' HArrnRo ccui.'ty. They were enrolled on 
September S^RD, 1775- (See Preston's History or Harford county. 



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Thomas Preston m. Mary 



James Preston m. Sarah 



Charles Anderson m. Grace Preston 



Daniel Anderson m. Sarah 



T'oHN Ford k. Sarah Murphy 



Benjamin Ford m. Mary Anderson 



Thomas Cole m. Elizabeth 



James Cole m. Jane Poloke 



James Cole m. Sophia 



Capt. William Jones m. Ann Wilcox 



John Mincher m. ? 



Joseph Ford m. Sarah Cole Uriah Jones m. Ann Mincher 



Franklin Ford 



M Anne E.Jones 



HEb;RY JorjEs Ford 



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Thomas Preston - Mar y ( Heiress of Herres?) 



Thomas Preston ? 

Sarah Prest on - Skat e 

Esther Pre: ton 1'-' \v e r, 



James Preston - Sarah- 



Sarah Preston 
Jakes Pr r c ton 
Da N I El. pR I s ton 

El I 2 a B E T H pi; E S TON 

Hannah P r e s t o tj 

Akn Pk e 1 t Oj_ 

Bernard Preston 

Grace Preston - Charles Anderson 



Daniel An'DERSon - Sarah 



; Mary An der son - F'?°!'), tA M < » Ford 



Joseph Ford - Sarah Cole 



Franklin Ford - Anne E Jones 



Henry Ford Jones- Bertha Batory 



FRANiaiM Batory Ford Bertha Dorothy Ford 



John Howarti Fopd 



Alt, e rt Jones Fq pd 

M . E L I 7 A B E T H l_ U C I L E Pa Y N T E R 



Henry Cr i m For d 
F R A tj K L I N Ford 



Katharine Virginia Ford 
Lucy Jane Ford 
Elizabeth Anne Ford 



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TH E PRESTON FAMILY 
The Prestons of Baltimore and Hareord counties are doubtless 

or the SAMf FAMILY A? THAT OF THE GREAT CUAKER, RiCHARD PrESTON, 

OF Patuxent, Calvert County, but the public records of Maryland do 

NOT indicate that THEY DESCENDED FROM HIM, NOR DO ANY OF THEM CLAIM 
DESCENT FROM HIW, SO FAR AS WE ARE INFORMED. HowEVER, THERE SEEMS 
TO BE A TRADITION IN THE FAMILY THAT THEY ARE DESCENDED FROM ThoMAS 

Preston, of the "Clifts", who flourished in Calvert county ih the 

THIRD OUARTER of THE SEVEN TEE r^TH CENTURY AND TO WHOM RiCHARD PRESTO N 
bequeathed A THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND I tJ HIS WILL IN 1669- Th I S 
COULD HARDLY BE CORRECT SINCE THE ThOMAS PRESTON REFERRED TO DIED 

IN 167^ LEAVING A WILL IN WHICH HE BEQUEATHED HIS PROPERTY TO TWO 
DAUGHTERS AtlD A MINOR SON Of TENDER AGE WHOSE NAME HE DIQi NOT MEN- 
TION, AND THE FURTHER FACT THAT THE TESTATOR DIRECTED THAT HIS 
CHILDREN V/ERE TO SE OF AGE AT 21 YEARS. WHEN V/E COhJSIDER IN THIS 
CONNECTION THAT ThOMAS PRESTON, ANCESTOR OF THE PRESTONS IN THIS 
MEMOIR, HAD A GRANT OF LAND IN BALTIMORE COUNTY IN l67o, AND THAT 
HE DEPOSED IN CoURT IN ]~{0k THAT HE WAS THEN FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD, 

INDICATING HE WAS BORN IN ]6k6 , WE WILL HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT NEITHER 

Thomas or Calvert, nor the son of that Thomas, urjLEss, it can be 

SHOWN THAT THE AFORESAID ThomAS HAD A SON ThOMAS BORN ABOUT THE 
YEAR 16^6, WAS THE ThOMAS PrESTON OF BALTIMORE COUNTY. 

There was a Thomas Preston who came to Maryland from England 

IN the year 1 660- WITH CAPTAIiJ JamES CoNAV/AY WHOSE SHIP RiCHARD 

Preston appears to have interested in and was also oh very friendly 

SOCIAL AhJD commercial TERMS WITH CONAWAY. ThE IMPORTANT AND COM- 
MANDING position Richard Preston was accorded upon coming to Mary- 

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land showed that (ie was of a fine family in england, and it was 
natural for hen of his plood and name to come over with the great 
Quaker's favorite captain. It is highly probable, therefore, that 
Thomas Preston who came in i66c was the Thomas who lived and died 
IN Baltimore County and that he was of the same blood as Richard 
Preston and may have resided with relatives in Calvert county for 
a time before settled in Baltimore county. However, be the fact 
what it may he is the only Thomas Preston in the Maryland records, 
that fits the niche, and if it is considered material by his des- 
cendaijts he can ^e accfpted as the first of their family in Mary- 

LAND without FEAR OF SUCCESSFUL REFUTATION. In AMY EVENT THEY MAY 
be ASSURED THAT ThOMAS PrESTON OF BALTIMORE CoUNTY IN l^-"5 WAS THEIR 
ANCESTOR FOR HE IS AMPLY IDENTIFIED BY UNBROKEN CHAINS OF EVIDENCE 
reaching from him TO HIS DESCENDANTS NOW AMONG THE LIVING. 

Lord Baltimore's Rent Rolls fop Baltimore county show the 
following land patented to t ho mas prestont 
Balto. Co. Rent Rolls, Balto Co . 

500 ACRES -• "ChEAPSIDE" - SUR. SEPT. I5, 1 7^3 » f"^^ ThoMAS PR E S T N 
NORTH SIDE NORTH BRANCH OF THE GUNPOWDER RIVER, (p. 122) 

4o6 ACRES - "Expectation" - SuR. Aug. 8, 17C'5' ^ ^^ Thomas Preston, 

attheheadofBushriver.(p.123) 

172 ACRES - "v, illey" - Sjr. June \, 1698, FOR Thomas Preston, north 

SIDE OF Gunpowder river, Pass by Martiw- Taylor, (p. 207) 

126 acres - "Thompson's Nlgllct", - Sur. Nov. 29, 169^, for Thomas 

Preston lying between Bush and Gunpowder rivers. Pass by John 

Marks orphans, (p. 211) 

291 acres - "Preston's Chance" - Sur. Feb. 19, 1701, f. Thomas 

Preston in Gunpowder Hundred, (p. 213) 



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50 ACRES "Lodwicke Refuse" Sur. Nov. 7> 1676 for Thomas Preston 

NORTH SIDE OF GUNPOWDER RIVER. (p.215) 

50 ACRES "Preston's Luck" Sur. .^x, Thomas Preston 

ON Cooks creek and on north side of Gunpov/der river. (p.2i6) 

100 acres "Preston's Chance". Sur. Aug. 10, I720 for James Preston 

ON THE northern Branch OF Byname Run. (p.295) 

In addition to these he had certainly "Aberly Lodge" containing 

242 acres; "Hopenell" - ^12 acres; "Pitch Coope" 112 acres; 

"V^HiTTLEY 26 acres; "v/aa(E-rl^ Hills" - 356 acres, all appearing in 

realty TflANSACTIONS RECORDED IN BALTIMORE COUNTY. 

His LANDS WERE LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF GUNPOWDER 
river between THAT RIVER AND BuSH RIVER, ET CETERA. ThEY WERE WELL 
LOCATED AND FERTILE. HE SOLD SOME "OF THESE LANDS BEFORE HIS DEATH 
BUT BEQUEATHED LARGE ACREAGE TO HIS CHILDREN' IN HIS WILL. HiS 
wife's NAME WAS MaRY. HER PARENTAGE, HOWEVER, HAS NOT BEEN ESTAB- 
LISHED. In the Maryland Assembly Proceedings November 1678, he was 

PAID 69 pounds of tobacco FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE EXPEDITION 

against the Naticoke Indians. ( Md . Arch. Vol. 7, p. 95). On Nov. 

2c, 1689, HE signed, with other PROMINENT GENTLEMEN, A PETITION TO 

THE King of England asking relief from the oppression of the notor- 
ious John Coode who had siezed the Government of Maryland. (Md. 
Arch. Vol. 8 p. I37) 

In the public records of Maryland he is usually mentioned as 
Thomas Preston, gentleman, a distinction that absolutely indicates 
him as a man of gentle English blood. He appears never to have 
sought, or accepted, if tendered, public honors \ n THE shape of 
offices of trust, but rather preferred the quiet life of a country 
gentleman and if! helping along the work of developing the fine new 



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COUNTRY OF HIS ADOPTION. \ ^ IS CUITE LIKELY TrIAT HE-SUSTAINED A 

man's part I,N PROTECTING THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE INDIANS, AS ABOVE 
INDICATED, AfJD THERE IS EVErj A PASSING MEtJTION OF CaPTAIN ThOMAS 

Preston in the (records, but no evidence of a commission having been 

ISSUED to him can BE FC'JNO. 

He DIED in the year 1710 LEAVING A WILL IN WHICH HE AMPLYPRO" 
VIDED FOR HIS CHILDREN. Th L fb A L V I M R E CoUNTY V/ I L L S , LiBER 1, F.1^) 

Thom a s Pr E ston of Baltimore County, Gentleman. 

Will dated Dec. 27th, lyoS; Charles Baker 

Tests: William Hick 

Will proved Dec. 3'^ ''"^^ 17^^' John Smart 

Gr A"e E Brown 
De V I SE d : - 

To MY ( ) Nathan Preston the land k-e now lives on which 

IS "COLLEf. ATOR", OIILY I GIVE Ur. TO MY SONS ThOMAS AND J AMES FIFTY 
GALLONS OF S I D E R YEARLY THEY FINDING THE CasQUE. 

To MY WIFE MY WOMTN SERVANT: GiRVASSE (GRA^^E ) BROWN. 

To MY SON Thomas Preston the remainder of my T-fHi-s-^= of land , 

CALLED "Preston's Chance" which he now lives upon. 

To my son James Preston part of a tract or land called "The 

Friendship". 

To my daughter Sarah Skats (Skates) land called "Bradwell Hill" 
To MY daughter Esther jF^aven half the tract of land called 

"Cheaps i de" . 

To MY two sons and daughter Sarah all the R£^•(T of my land. 
Devised a legacy to granddaughter Cathe-rine SKAts of b 3^ which 

HE directed his SONS ThOMAS AND JamES AND HIS DAUGHTER SaRAH TO PAY 
EACHATHIRD. 

I GIVE AFTER MY WIFE'S DECEASE, TO MY SON ThOMAS PrESTON ALL 

THE PARCELS OF LAND | NOW LIVE UPON CALLED "ChANCe" ^3 ACRES; "LOD- 

wiCK Refuse'' 3^ acres with a parcel of land which formerly PELorJCEo 

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TO Benjamin Bennett. My wife administrator or all my personal 

ESTATE . 

The word showing relationship leet out in the record. The 

ORIGINAL WILL IS NOT ACCESSABLE. ThE FIRST CLAUSE OF THE WILL IS 
RATHER JUMBLED. |T WAS WRITTEN BY AN UNEDUCATED PERSON WHOSE WRIT- 
ING WAS PROBABLY ALMOST ILLEGIBLE. ThE NAME NaTHAN SHOULD VERY 
LIKELY READ ThomAS, WHO WAS THE ELDEST. 

James Preston called Senior second son of Thomas Preston, was 
doubtless the youngest child of his father, for the land recordsof 
Baltimore County show that kis brother Thomas Preston was old enough 

IN 1685 TO obtain a grant OF LAND AND HAD A GROWN SON, JaMES WHO U^r^o 
MARRIED IN 17^3- ^^ ' ^ SISTERS WERE BOTH MARRIED AT THE DATE OF 
THEIR father's WILL IN I7O8, WHILE" THE BIRTH OF JaMES PrESTON'S 

first child was in the year i7ii. 

James Preston seems to have been a man of affairs, his name 
appearing in the records in land deals and in various othersof 

THE FEW ACTIVITIES OPEN TO COLONISTS OF THIS PERIOD. HE DIED IN ^ 
1729 J LEAVING IN HIS WILL FOUR HUNDRED ACRES OF FINE LAND TO HIS 

SONS, James and Daniel Preston, and a personalty amounting to about 
b- 150. 

He was one of the representatives from Baltimore County in the 
Maryland assembly in the year 1 7 1 1 • ( Mo . Ar c h , c ol .29, F.ll). 
This seems to have been the extent of his participation in legisla- 
tive affairs of the Palatinate. 

James Preston and Sarah his wife had eight cmLDREN seven of 
whose births are recorded in St. Johns and 5t, Georges Parish Register, 
Baltimore and Harford Counties, Vol. 1. They follow in the order of 

THEIR births: 

Sarah Preston, Born Dec. 3» Vf '^ 1 . (p.55) 



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James Preston, born March 4^', 17^3- (p-5^) 

Daniel Preston, born October 10, 1715 (p-5^) 

Elizabeth Pkfstom, born Dec. 19T;i, 1720. (p.56) 

Hannah Preston, born May 9, 1723- (p-22) 

Ann PRESTor', born July 20, 1/25. (p. 23) 

Bernard Freston, bopn Jan. I3, 1727- (p-27) 

Grace Preston (date of birth unknown) mentioned in her father's 

WILL AS the VMFE OK ChARLES Af,DESS0N. ShE MAY HAVE BEEN HIS CHILD 
BYAFORH ERWIFE. 

B A L T I M R E C OyjiT Y V/ I LLS LiB. 2, F. 1Q1 . 



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Dan I EL Scot T 
George Rigdon 
..John Kearsey 



James Preston of Baltimore County, planter 

Will datet- Nov. ^th, I728 

Will proved Nov . 5> ^ 729 

De V I SE D : 

To my eldest sons, James Preston and D an i e l Prest on 

300 ACRES OF land BEING OF A TRACT CALLED "DaNISES ChoICE':' BEING 
THE LAND THAT MY DWELLING PLANTATION IS NOW ON TO BE EQUALLY DIVID- 
ED BETWEEN THEM. 

To MY YOUNGEST SON BERNARD P!7 E S T N 100 ACRES OF LAND CALLED 

"Preston's Chance" lying on the north-east side of the aforesaid 
"De N I SE s H I s Cho I ce" . 

I leave all MY personal ESTATE TO BE DIVIDED BETWEEN MY 
WIFE S A RAH AND CHILDREN ACCORDING TO LAW, SAVING b 6 CURRENT TO BE 
DEDUCTED OUT OF MY DAUGHTER Gr A C E ' S , WIFE OF ChARL E5 AnDERSON , PART 
FOR AS MUCH AS SHE HAVING RECEIVED THAT SUM ALREADY. 

Signed 

James Preston 



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Note:- In the: Commission Book-MS. at the Md . Hist. Soc . James 
Preston, son of the above Testator, was commissioned, by order of 

the G0VERh:0R AND COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, ONE OF THE JUSTICES OF THE 

Court of Baltimore County f-lAY 23, 1753- (^-109) This office, 

AS WELL as that OF MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY ENJOYED BY HIS FATHER, WAS 
A VERY HIGH HONOR IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD. 



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Charles Anderson - Grace Preston 



Sarah 



X.i-i ) " Daniel Anderson - Rachel Wearin (2) 



Sarah Am per son 
Ma r garet ArinERSO N 
C H A R L E s Anders on 
pR I sc I L L A Anderson 



AND 



N 


ANCY Anderson 


S 


U S A N N A /ANDERSON 


E 


^i?ABETH Anderson 


G 


E K G E Anderson 


A 


Mos Anderson 



Mary Anderson - Benjamin ['ord 



Joseph Ford 



- Sarah Cole 



Franklin Ford - Anna E . Jones 



Sarah Anderson 
Mar gar E T Anderson 
Capt. Charles Anderson ■ 
!Ie signed the Harfokd 
County Declaration of 
Independence in 1 775 • 



Mar Y 



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Henry Jones Ford - Bertha Batory 



Franklin Batory Fo rd 
Bert ha fj o r o t h y Foro 
He riP; Y Cr i m Ford 
J H r; H ow a r d Ford 
Albert ^I o n e s For d 
Franklin Ford 



Daniel Anderso n 
Grace Anders o n 
Sarah Anderso n 
Cha rl es Anderso n 
Richard Anderso n 
James A n d e r s c tJ 
yy I L L I A M Anderso n 
Amos Anderson 



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THE ANDERSON FAMILY 
The name of Anderson appears early in the public records of 

EVERY OLD COUNTY IN MARYLAND. ThE MEN AND WOMEN BEARING THE NAME 

did not all descefjd from one afjcestgr who came to america with the 
very first settlers nor from several ancestors among the first ad- 
venturers to these shores. therefore in writing the history of 
Charles Anderson , of Baltimore County, Maryland, and some of his 
descendants, it is well to bear in mind that he is not known to be 

the first of HIS LINE IN THE STATE. WE ARE SIMPLY DEALING WITH HIM, 
HIS CHILDREtJ AND GRANDCHILDREN. 

Charles ANOERsotj' s name first appears in the Baltimore Records 

IN THE YEAR 172^ WHEN HE BOUGHT 200 ACRES OF LAND BEARING THE ALLURING 

NAME OF "The Land of Promise". The purchase of this land shows him 

AS A gentleman OF SOUND BUSINESS SENSE AND ONE WHO HAD AN EYE FOR 
BEAUIY, SINCE THE TRACT WAS LOCATED "aT THE HEAD OF A BRANCH Of^ onrx^ 

the western side of another branch known by the name of upper spring 
Branch descending into Deer Creek". This location is in the very 

HEART of the DeER CrEEK REGION IN (siNCE 177^) HaRFORD CoUNTY, FA- 
MOUS FOP ITS FERTILITY AND PICTURESQUE BEAUTY, (l) 

His next purchase was in 1725 when he acquired TOO acres of 

LAND CALLED "CaR RENTER'S PLAINS " LYING IN THE DRAFTS OF SWAN CrEEK IN 
Bal T I MORE COU NTY . (2 ) . 

His NEXT venture was the purchase in 1737 OF 50 acres called 
"V;ooDs Addition" located near "Carpenter's Plains", where he settled, 
married and reared his children. (3) 

Swan Creek descends into the Bush river and the region was 

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KNOWN AS Susquehanna Hundred. On those rich levels the virgin 

SOIL YIELDED GREAT CROPS WITH LESS TOIL AND CARE THAN WAS REQUIRED 
IN THE HILL COUNTRY. H £- N C E WF FIND HIM IN 1732 LEASING "ThE LAND 

OF Promise" to a tenant an^ it was no doust too distant for him to 

WORK P;?0FlTABLY (ll) AND LATER (1738) SELLING IT OUTRIGHT TO A MAN 
OF THE f.'AME OF JACOB EllL. (12) 

It is QUITE PROBABLE THAT HE COULD USE THE MONEY HE REALIZED 
BY THE SALE OF THE P(OPEF:TY VO ADVANTAGE IN HIS BUSINESS WHICH, IN 
ADDITION TO FARMING, WAS THAT OF A BUILDER, KNOWN IN OUR ANCIENT 
RECORCS AS "CamfENTEr". ThIS SEEMS TO ACCOUNT FOR THE LIMITED 
ACREAGE HE LEFT TO HIS SONS, WHOM HE HAD EDUCATED (thE RECORDS BEAR 
EVIDENCE 3 AS GENTLEMEN; A FACT OF SIGNIFICANCE IN THOSE DAYS. 

C harles Anderso n married Grac-e Preston Nov. 2nd 1726. She 

WAS THE daughter OF JamES PrESTON AND SaRAH, HIS WIFE. HER FATHER 
mentions hEli IN HIS WILL AS 'V.Y DAUGHTER, GrACl'', WIFE OF ChARLES 

Anderson. (6) 

Charles Anderson died March T^th, 17^9 • " ^'^^^x''** 

His WILL WAS dated January 2nd, 1 739 and proved July 23rd, I7H0. 
He devised his lands called "Carpenter's Plains" and "V/oods Addition" 
TO HIS two sons, Daniel Anderson and Charles Anderson, equally divided 

BETWEEN THEM. HE DEVISED HiS PERSONAL ESTATE TO HIS WIFE, GraCE 

Anderson, and his daughters, Sarah and (Iar caret Anderson. Wife was 
made sole executrix of the WILL. (7) 

The births of the children of Charles Anderson and Grace, his 

WIFE, occurred in THE FOLLOWING ORDER: 

Sarah, born June 7th, 1727; Daniel, born Dec. 2kiH, I728; 
Margaret, born Feb. 22nd, I73O, and died March 12th I73O; Charles, 
born Dec. 28th, 173^1; Margaret born Jan. ^th, 1736. (6) 

The brothers Daniel and Charles Anderson (the laiilk a child 

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OF SIX WHt:N HIS FATHER DIED CONTIMUED TO LIVE OfJ THE HOME PLANTA- 
TION, Daniel establishing a weaving industry as an auxillary to his 

AGRICULTURAL PURSUITS, MARRYING TWICE AND RAISING TEN CHILDREN TO 
WHOM HE WAS ABLE TO LEAVE AT HIS DEATH A CONSIDERABLE PATRIMONY. 

Charles Anderson apparently confined himself strictly to agriculture 
In the er-citing years preceding the hostilities of the American 
Revolution, Charles Anderson bore a conspicuous part in Harford 
County as a patriot of the most advanced and fearless type. But of 

HIM further. 

On Feb. 2t,th. 176I, Daniel Anderson bought the half interest 
of his brother, Charles Anderson, in the lands left them by their 
father, viz: 100 acres called "Carpenter's Plains" and 50 acres 

CALLED "V/ooDS Addition:. (13) 

In 1771 Daniel Anderson bought 1^ acres of land called "Thomp- 

S N ' S A D D I T I N " N SW a N C R E E K . ( M 5 ) 

In 1771 Daniel Anderson sold i8-^ acres of land in Baltimore 
county called Shawan"s Hunting Ground. (i4) 

The years 177^-5 witnessed some very exciting events in Mary- 

LAND CAUSED BY THE e^i-eeb-T-+-e-f+6 OF THE MOTHER COUNTRY. In NO SECTION 

OF THE Province was the indignation against the Crown more pro- 
nounced THAN IN Harford County (cut from Baltimore County in 177^) 
AND Daniel Anderson, then ^7 years old, served as a private in the 
Militia Company commanded by his brother, Charles Anderson, along 
WITH HIS neighbor, E p h r A I ^' Cole AND James Cole. The Annapolis con- 
vention, December 177H, established the military age at 15 to 6o 
years. The elderly men flocked to enroll their names as promptly 

AS THE YOUNG MEN. ^PrESTON'S HiSTORY OF HaRFORD CoUNTY PP.IO8-IO9.) 

Daniel Anderson died intestate in the autumn of 1799- (T^) 
Ap ril Cth, 1786, Daniel Andersom deposfo in Court that \^z was 
then % years old, (6) 



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Rachel Anderson, administratrix, was his second wife, by whom 

SHE had five children PROVED BY ORPHANS' CoURT PROCEEDINGS FOR WHICH 
SEEREFEnEf;CE.(l7) 

He married first Sarah who joined with him in the sale of some 

land in 1771 . (15) 

Sarah was living in the year I777 in which year she, her hus- - 
■band and five children were enumerated in the Census taken by the 
Authorities in Su sou e man n ah Hundred, MS at Md . Historical Soc . , viz: 

Daniel Anderson, aged H5 years. 
Sarah Anderson, aged 39 years. 
Mary Anderson, aged Ic years. 
Sarah Anderson , agedI^years. 
Margaret Anderson, aged 13 years 
Charles Anderson, aged 9 years. 
Priscilla Anderson, aged 2 years. 

There is no record of the dea'th of Sarah, wife of Daniel 

Anderson. But the record of his second marriage to Rachel Wearin, 

Feb. 28th, 178s is found in the Harford County Marriage Licenses, 

Lib. W/ S/ S/ Uo . 1 f, 22. The names of the children proved in the 

above mentioned Court proceedings follows: Nancy, Susanna, Elizabeth, 

GeorgeandAmos. 

In the proceedings of the Orphans' Court (found in references 
// 

(^fcj) THE NAMES OF ONLY FIVE CHILDREN WERE MENTIONED AND THEY WERE BY 
THE SECOND V/ I F E , RaCHEL (V.'EARIn) AnDERSON. HowEVER, THE RECORD 
MENTIONS THAT Da N i E L AnDERSON, DECEASED LEFT TEN CHILDREN AND A 
DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY IS ALSO MENTIONED. SiNCE THE CHILDREN BY 
THE SECOND WIFE, RaCHEL, WERE ALL MINORS AND UNDER THE GUARDIANSHIP 
OF THEIR MOTHER THERE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY DISTRIBUTION TO THEM. 

Therefore it was made among the children of Sarah, the first wife 

OF THE deceased, THE OLDEST CHILD BEING MaRY AnDERSON WHO WAS ENUMER- 
ATED IN THE CENSUS TAKEN BY THE HaRFORD COUNTY AUTHORITIES IN 1777 
AS BEING THB) l8 YEARS OLD. ThIS D A U G H T E 5! MA_R Y A N D E P S rj MARRIED 



Benjamin Fcrd in 1 78 V'J according to the Ford Family Records in 
POSSESSION OF PRor. Henry Jo^'Es Ford or Princeton University. It 
would be gratifying to have found the distribution, but the Harford 
County custom of the time seems to have been to wind up the estates 
with somethirjg like th'.is: distribution as the will directed, or 
distriblltion according to law and no names or heirs mentioned. 
However, the Ford Family Records, through all the allied families, 
have been so f;£liably correct that in this instance, as in others, 

they C/. N SAFELY BE ACCEPTED AS OFFICIAL AUTHORITY. I N DEED, THEY 
HAVE ENABLED THE HISTORIAtJS TO CORRECT^, SEVERAL INSTANCES THE 
-&A-trt^S MADE BY THE CARELESSNESS IN THE REGISTRATION OF THE DATES OF 
BIRTHS, ET CETERA, BY THE REGISTRARS (oR THOSE WHO COPIED FROM THE 
ORIGINAL FOR PRESENT DAY USe) OF THE PARISH REGISTERS OF ST. JoHNS 

AND St. Georges Parishes for Baltimore and Harford counties, to be 

FOUND AT THE MD. HiST. SoCIETY. 



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CHARLES ANDERSON 1 1 - 
Ckarles Aml'Ersoij, bohn Dlc. 27, 173^' SECOND SON OF Charles 
Anderson and Grace Preston, his wiee, led the life of a useful and 
prominent ger.'tleman im baltimore f. ountv during his younger days, 

AND Ha'^'FORO CourJTY IN HIS LATER YEARS. HE OWNED AND LIVED UPON A 
FINE FARM IN THE BuSH RiVER COUNTRY IN SUSQUEHANNAH HUNDRED, WHICH 
WAS EI--.BRACEU IN THE TERRITORY OF HaRFORD AFTER THAT CoUNTY HAD BEEN 

CUT FROM Baltimore County in i77^- 

The po I. tents of the coming AMERiCAfj Revolution were nowhere 

MORE IN EVIDENCE THAN IN HaPFORD COUNTY IN THE YEAR THE TERRITORY 
COMPOSING IT WAS SEPARATED FROM THt. PARENT COUNTY. MEN BEARING 
NAMES THAT HAVE SINCE BEEN INTIMATELY IDENTIFIED WITH THE MAKERS OF 

HISTORY IN Maryland sprang to the front and fearlessly flung defiance 
TO TfiE British lion, and among them none more daring than Charles 
Anderson. 

In OBEDIENCE TO THE RESOLVE OF THE DEPUTIES OF THE SEVERAL 

counties of Maryland at their meeting in Annapolis, Dec. 8, 177^ 
THE freemen of Harford County organized a strong militia force for 
ACTIVE service. Charles Amderson was Captain of Company 3- 

He was also a member of the Committee of Safety in Harford 
County that March 22, 1775, adopted the resolution which has ever 
since been proudly cherished b-> the sons of hlARFORD as"The Harford 
County Declaration of Independence". it follows: 

" We the Committee of Harford County having most seriously and 
naturally considered the Resolves and Association of the Continental 
Congress and the Resolves of the Provincial Convention, do most 
heartily approve of the same, and as we esteem ourselves in a more 

particular manner intrusted 3Y our CofJSTITUENTS TO SEE THEM CARRIED 
INTO EXECUTION WE DO MOST SOLtMNlY PLEDGE OURSELVES TO EACH OTHER 



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BY EVERY TIE HELD SACRED AHONj MANKIND TO PREFORM THESAME AT THE 

risque or our lives and fortunes. 

There were thirty-four signers to this declaration, the name 
OF Charles Anderson being the seventeenth. Among other names since 

WELL KNOWN IN MARYLAND HISTORY, WERE: AQUILA PaCA, RiCHARD DalLAM, 

James McCombs, William Bradford, Senior, Benjamin Bradford, John 
Archer, Jos. Carvel Hall, et cetera. 

Every man in Harford County, as well as those of other counties 
IN Maryland, knew the signing of documents such as the above con- 
stituted him a trait (I r according to British law and usage, and 

FOR THE traitor THERE WAS ONLY A SHORT SHIFT AND THE ROPE. WhEN 
IT IS RECALLED THAT THIS SIGNING OF SUCH A DANGEROUS DOCUMENT WAS 
NEARLY SEVENTEEN MONTHS PREVIOUS TO' THE DECLARATION AT PHILADELPHIA 
BEFORE THE COLONIES HAD SERIOUSLY MEASURED SWORDS WITH ENGLAND AND 
MEN WERE LIVING Orj THE CREST OF A VOLCANO SO TO SPEAK, IT WAS COURT- 
ING SURE AND SWIFT IGNOMINEOUS DEATH. 

The MOST convenient reference for the actions of^^men of 

A 

H6RF0RD County, Maryland, during the early years of the Revolution 
IS Prestons History of Harford County: this particular event, how- 
ever WAS -fctj-g-t^ taken from MS IN possession of the Maryland Historical 
Society, Baltimore, page 12, by the compilers of this sketch of 
Charl es Anderson. 

It is not the purpose of the historians to continue the history 
OF Charles Anderson further than to state that the records show him 
AS Captain of a Militia Company, in Harford County, Sept. 12th, 1775j 

AND that he had LIVING IN 1777 EIGHT CHILDREN BY HIS FIRST WIFE, 

Mary, whose maiden name we have not learned. The following names 
AND ages of Charles Anderson and Mary, his wife, and their eight 
children were taken from the Maryland Census of Susquehannah Hun- 
dred, Harford County, in the year 1777* 



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Charles Anderson 48 years old 

Mary Anderson k?. 

Daniel Anderson I9 

Grace Anderson i£ 

Sarah Anderson 16 

Charles Anderson I3 

Richard A n r e r n fj 11 

James Anderson 9 

William ANOERSor; 7 

Amos Ander son k 



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(1) Calto. Co. Laud Records, Lib. 1. s. No. H r. '59 - 
March 1st, ]^2k- Obediah Prichard of Baltimore County, carpenter 

SELLS TO Ch/'.IlES AnDERSON OE SAME COUNTY FOR 600^L B S . OF TOBACCO 

A TRACT OF LAND CALLED "IhE LanD OF PROMISE " LYING IN THE HEAD OF A 

branch on the v/ ester n side of another branch known by the name of 
Upper Greet! Spring Branch descending into Deer Creek, containing 200 
acres more or less. 

(2) on page lis SAME Lib, as above May 12, ly^*! . 



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JosHTA Wood of Baltimore Co., sells to Charles Anderson of same 

COUNTY for 2700 LBS. TOBACCO ALL THAT TRACT OF LAND CALLED 

"Carpenter's Plain" lying on the drafts of Swan Creek in Bactimore 
county contairjing 100 acres of land more or less. 

(•^) Lib. H. V.'. S. No. 1 A. F.27, Balto. Co. Records . 

Nov. ^TH, 1737 Joshua Wood of Baltimore county sells to Charles 
Anderson of the same county for 5^^^^ lbs. of tobacco land called "Woods 
Atoition" containing jO acres. 



(6) St. Johns and St. Georges Par. Re^- Balto. and 
Harford Counties, Vol. 2. 



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Nov. 2, 1726 Charles Anderson was married to Grace Preston p. &^8". 

"My daughter Grace wife of"CharlE5 Anderson"-- from the will of 
James Preston dated Nov. 5"^^^ 1726. (Baltimore Co. Wills, Lib. 2, 6, 
191). See the full will under Preston Family. 

June 7th, 1727~28 was born Sarah daughter of Charles Anderson 
and Grace his wife. (p. 2 58) 

Daniel Anderson deposed in the Harford county court April 8, 

1786 that he was 5S YEARS OLD. (HaRFORD Co. LAND RECORDS, LiB. J.L.G. 

No. G F .23'4. ) 

Feb. 22nd, I73O was born Margaret Anderson daughter of Charles 
Anderson and Grace his wife; she died March 12th, 173^ (p-25S). 

Dec. 27TH, 173^ WAS born Charles Anderson, son of Charles Ander- 
son AND Grace his wife. (p. 2 73) 

Jan. 4th I736 Margaret Anderson, daughter of Charles Anderson 
AND Grace his wife was born. (P.29H) 

March 15th, 1 739. -Then died Charles Anderson, (p.308). 



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(7) BALTiMor.E C o. Wills, Lib. 1. r. •^28. 
Charles Anderson of Baltimore Co., Carpenter. 



Will datpd J.», nua^'v 2t;D, 1739 
Will Proved July 23.). I7H0 



Tests: F^ichael Gilbert 
Isaac Wood 
John Lock. 



De V 1 sed 

To my T'„'o sons Daniel Anderson and Charles Anderson TOO acres of 



land called "Ca-^ pen ter ' 5 Pl 



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and 50 acres of land 



C AL L E d" V.'OODS ADDITION " TO BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THEM, MY SON 

Daniel to have the 75 acres at the upper end a--**^ where my dwelling planta' 

TION IS TO HIM A NO HIS HEIP, S FOREVER; AND SON ChARlES TO HAVE 75 
ACRES AT THE LOWER END ON SwAN CREEK RuN TO HIM AND HIS HEIRS FOREVER. 



To MY BELOVED WIFE GRACE AfJDERSON ALL MY PERSONAL ESTATE, AND WHEN M' 
FOUR CIIILDREr.' COME TO AGE VIZ: SaRAH, Da N I E L , ChARlES AND MARGARET 

Anderson, my said wife Grace enjoyned to pay to each of them It^^urrent 

MONEY.. • • 



My wife Grace /nderson whole sole executrix 
and testament. 

Signed 



of this my last will 



Charl e s X 
Mar k 

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October I^th, 1 73^ • "Charl e s Anderson of Balto. Co. Carpenter 
leases to James Morgan and Elizabeth Walker of same county in con- 
sideration OF the yearly rents-,_on the part of said Morgan and Walker 

hath devised and GRAtJTED, Ts^T '^ A^L L THAT FARM WITH HOUSES, ETC. LYING 
AND BEING iN BALTIC, ORE CO. CALLED ''ThE LanD OF ProMISE", CONTAINING 
200 ACRES OF LAND MORE OR LESS, YIELDING AND PAYING EVERY YEAR THE 
YEARLY RENT OF 600 LBS. OF TOBACCO-THE SAID JamES MORGAN AND El IZA" 

beth Walker may make use of timber for benefit of the place etc. 
The lease was for the term of 12 years. 

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(12) Lie. H.W.B. No 1. A . f . -1'£-7-Marc k' 8th, 1738 - Charles 
Anderson of Baltimore Co. Carpenter of the oue part, and Jacob 
Bull of same Co. of the other part. 

Anderson sells to Bull the land called "The Land of Promise" 
FOR 6000 pounds of tobacco. Charl e s^'Ander son , Grace, Wife of 
Charles Anderson, suRRErioERED her right of Dower in above said land. 



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ANDERSON R EFERENCES 
( n) 3ALT0. Co. Land Recokd, Lib. B No 1. r. 10 2. 

April 25th, I761.- Charle s Ander son of Baltimore Co. of the 

ONE PART AND DaNIEL AnD^RSlN , BROTI.ER OF THE SAID ChARLES AnDERSON 
OF THE SAt'E COUffY, OT THE OTHER PART: WHEREAS Ch ARLES All PER 5 ON , 

Senior, laie of ihl aforesaiu Couhty, deceased, did by his last 

WILL AND TESTAMENT, BEQUEATH UNTO HIS TWO SONS THE AFORESAID 

Charles and Dan i f l Anderson two tracts of land the one called 
"Carpenter ' s i 'la ins" comtmIniijg 100 acres, the other called "Woods 
Addition" containing 50 acres, both of which tracts of land lying 

AND being situated IN BALTIMORE Co. NEAR THE DRAFTS OF SwAN CrEEK, 

THE SAID Charles Anderson, Senior, deceased, did by his will give 
TO HIS TWO SONS Charles and Daniel Anderson. Now this indenture 

WITNESSETH THAT THE SAID ChARLES AnDERSON , SON OF ChARLE S AnDERSO N, 

Senior, decease b, for the consideration of b ^0 current paid him 
BY his broti.er, Da n I e l Anderson , hath granted and sold unto the 
SAID Daniel Anderso n all his share ^0 acres part of the tract called 
"Woods Addition" making together 75 acres. 

Signed 

Charles Anderson. 

Mary, wife of Charles Anderson, released her dower rights in 
the above said land. 

( 1^) Balto. Co. Land Recor ds , Lib. A . L.M. C.F. 27O . 

March 26th, 1771-Thomas Miller of Baltimore Co., Farmer sells 
to Daniel Anderson of same county for b 3^ current a certain part 
or parcel of land being part of a tract of land called "Thompson's 
Addition" containing 1^ acres of land situated between the head 
branches of Rock AND Swan Creek. 

( 1^) Pa ge 6'^1 of sa me Lib , as abovf-March 26th, 1771 • 

Daniel Anderson of Baltimore County, farmer, sold to Thomas 
Miller of Baltimore Co. for t:37 current a certain parcel of land 
being part of a parcel cfJ^tract called "Shawan's Hunting Ground", 
containing 182- acres lying in Baltimore County on or between the 

HEAD branches OF RoCK RUN AND SWAN CREEK. 

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Da N I EL Anderson . 

Sarah, the wife of Daniel Anderson, surrendered her dower rights 
in the above said land. 

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Harford Co. Guardian Accts. Lib. A. J. No. h. r. 70.71,72,73 
JjN£ 7' 1^03. -The secomo acct. or Rachel Anderson guardian or the 

CHILDREN OF Da N I E L AnDER SO N , DECEASED. ShE MENTIONS THE CHILDREN AS 
F OL L OW S : 

El I z a a E T H And ^rson. Amos Anderson, Susannah Anderson, Nancy 
Anderson , Geo r g c At ; d e r s n . 

Same Liber, as above - June 2'^, l8o4 . 

Rachel Anderson, guardian for DAtJiEL Anderson's children as follov/s: 
(pp. 117, 116, '119) SusANTJA, Anos. George, Elizabeth . 

Same Liser a s above - June 19. l£o6 . 

Rachel Anderson mentions (as guardian for them) the following child- 
ren of Dan i el Anderson , deceased: 

Amos Anderson, Susanna Anderson, page 3^9 • 

( 17) Harford Co. Aoon Bonds Lib. No. E. f. 17^1-1 820 p. 2'^^ . 

October I5, 1799-~Rachel Anderson gives bond (n the sum of 
L - 1 , 000 cuRREfjT AS Administratrix of the estate of Daniel Anderson 

DECEASED. DaniEL DoNOHOO AND ALEXANDER JamISOH HER BONDSMEN. 

Harford Co. Aoon. Accts. Lib. A. J. l8oi-i80^i, 6. 9. 

June 9th, i801.-The final Acct. of Rachel and James Anderson 
Administrators of Daniel Anderson, late of Harford Co. deceased. 

Charge themselves with b 673- ^^ -2. After paying debts was 

A BALANCE of b 587-^2.9 EOR DISTRIBUTION. ESTATE ACCOUNTED FOR. 

Record states that the deceased left 10 children -not named. 

Harford Co. Guardian Accts. Lib. A J. No L. f. 26 . 

JutJE 15, 1802. -The first Acct. of Rachel Anderson , administra- 
TRiz OF Daniel Anderson, and as guardian or Nancy a r; d e r s n . 

The acc ou nT:'"'c har ge s herself with one 10th of the annual 

VALUE OF the real ESTATE AFTER DEDUCTING ONE THIR-P PART THEREOF FOR 
THE WIDOWS THIRD ACCORDING TO THE ANNUAL VALUE APRAISED BY Vv'M . CoX 

AND John Bull Hughes amounting to b 25-0.0. and with interest there- 
from b 45-22. The amount of her dividend of the personal estate as 

PER distribution RECORDED IfJ THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF V^ILLS ETC. 

June I5, l802 . Rachel A tj perso n also Vf guardian for Ge or g e 
Anderson, son of Daniel; also for S usanna An[)Erso v, daughter of Daniel 
ALSO FOR Amos Ande rson, son of Daniel ; also for Elizabeth Anderso n, 
daughter or Da ;; 1 l i . 



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ANCESTRAL DISTINCTIONS 
Giving eligibility to the following 
P ATRIOTIC SOCIE TIES 

Society of Colonial Wars; The Society 
OF Colonial Dames of America; Account 
of the Services of James Preston a s a 
Member of the Maryland Assembly I7II. 

Sons of the American Revolution; 

Sons of the Revolutiotj; 
Daughters of the American Revolution; 
Daughters of the Revolution; 
Account of: 
Benjamin Ford 
Captain V/illiam Jones 
James Cole 
Da n I E L Anderso n 

Society of the War of i812-'i4: 

Account of: 
Uriah Jones. 



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