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

Henry Ridgely

Male 1627 - 1710  (83 years)


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  • Name Henry Ridgely 
    Born 1627  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 1710  Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I011692  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2020 

    Father Henry Ridgely,   b. 1601, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F07698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Howard,   b. Abt 1639, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1671, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1664  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Ridgely,   b. Abt 1667, Wardridge, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1727, Prince George's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Henry Ridgely,   b. 3 Oct 1669, Wardridge, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1700, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F07695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alice Skinner,   b. Abt 1650, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1694, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married 1672  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Ridgely,   b. 1676, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     2. Catherine Ridgely,   b. Bef 1678, St. James Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F07696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary MNU Duvall,   b. Bef 1677,   d. 1717, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Married 1699  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F07697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ridgely, Henry, merchant, Prince George's County, 30th Apr., 1705; 13th July, 1710.
      To wife Mary, extx., and hrs., dwelling plantation and land " catton. "
      to unborn child if male at 21 yrs., if female at 16 yrs. or marriage., plantation., "Larkin 's Forrest," bought of Thos. Larkin, also 100 A. added to same and 500 A., "Marys Delight." Wife afsd to have use of sd land during minority of sd. child, and to possess former should child die without issue.
      To son Charles and hrs., plantation and land., "Hogg Necks" and 300 A., part of "'Waldridge," also "Ridgeley's Lot'' at Huntington, Anne Arundel County, certain tract 30 A., sold to Thos. Reynolds in fork of branch at side next Neal Clarke's line, seated by Wm. Griffith.
      In event of death during minority of unborn child, "Mary's Delight" afsd. to be divided between John and Joseph Brewer, Thomas and Henry Odall, sons of Thomas Odall, and their hrs.
      To brother Wm. Ridgley., personalty,
      By codicil, same date, testator leaves to dau. Sarah, wife of Thomas Odall, and to unborn child afsd., personalty.
      To grandsons Henry and Nicholas Ridgeley, and Henry, son of Charles Ridgeley, and hrs., "Larkin's Forrest" afsd. at decease of wife.
      to grandson Henry, son of Henry, residue of "Waldridge," and to each grandchild (not designated), 10 at majority.
      Grandson Henry, son of Henry, to be under charge of Thos. Odall and Chas. Greenberry, and grandson Nicholas under that of wife afsd.
      To goddau. Martha, Duvall, to St. Barnabas, Church of Queen Anne's Parish, and to Richard Duckett, personalty.
      Test: Richd. Duckett., John Ratenbury, Thos. Reynolds, Lewis Duvall. 13. 89.
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      Col. Henry Ridgley 32A.68 I PG 2291.16.4 Oct 16 1710
      The amount of the Inventory also included #5167.
      Appraisers: Robert Wheeler, Lewis Duvall.
      Approvers: Charles Ridgley (son).
      List of debts: James Gladston, William Gwyn, Thomas Clarke, David Edwards, Charles Carroll, Sr., John Mason, Jeremiah Larkin, Capt. James Sanders, Thomas Fowler, Benjamin Duvall, Thomas Gassaway, Thomas Odill, Lewis Duvall, Richard Ducket, Mr. William Josephs, William Demont, Richard Cheny, John Boyd, Mordecai Price,,Gilbert Higginson, Robert Tyler, John Jacob, Sr., Thomas Blany, William Farmer, Maren Duvall, Jr., Thomas Bennet, Foulk Davis, John Anderson, Samuel Farmer, Charles Stevens, Nicholas Sheppard, James Barly, John Green, George Cope, Cutberd Anderson, Richard Young (at the GateHouse), Richard Young (at Thomas Cowley's), Richard Anderson, William Holliday, Garret Toping, Thomas Cowley.
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      Col. Henry Ridgley 320.68 I PG 279.14.10 Nov 15 1710
      Appraisers: Robert Wheeler, Lewis Duvall (absent from province at time of probate).
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      William Brown, 19-1/.2B.155 A 31.4.6 33.7.10 Apr 17 1700
      Payments to: Richard Kirkland, George Man (servant), Daniel Wells (hireling),
      Administrator: Col, Henry Ridgley, Sr,
      ===
      http://home dot netcom.com/~fzsaund/ridgely.html

      Henry RIDGELY was NOT from Tiverton, Devon, England as listed by some researchers. The name RIDGELY does not occur there, and this likely is confusion with his second wife Alice SKINNER, who was from Tiverton.

      J.D.WARFIELD, stated that Henry RIDGELY married Sarah, and speculated that Sarah was a daughter of James WARNER and Elizabeth HARRIS, apparently based upon Henry RIDGELY and James WARNER having jointly patented the tract "Waldridge" in 1661.26

      Simply, there is no truth to that. James WARNER transported himself,Joan his wife, and Joan his daughter into Maryland in 1650.7 He secondly married to Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS. William HARRIS in his will written 20 Sep. 1669 and probated 11 April 1670 left his estate, real and personal to his wife Elizabeth.8 The will of James WARNER was written and probated in 1673.9 He left his plantation to his wife Elizabeth, and after her death to his daughter Johanna SEWELL. He also made bequests of clothes to his son[-in-law] Samuel HOWARD and son[-in-law] Henry SEWELL.

      On 4 August 1674 Elizabeth WARNER, widow and relict of James WARNER sold a parcel of 100 acres granted to William HARRIS on 10 Jan. 1667, the land having come to James WARNER by right of his wife Elizabeth.

      The preceding documents show that James WARNER married Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS between 1670 and 1673. James had only one daughter, who was named Johanna/Joan when he entered Maryland in 1650. Any alleged daughter Sarah would have been born after 1650 as she was not named in the tranportation. In that the only "evidence" of a RIDGELY-WARNER connection was the joint patent in 1661, to assume Henry married a daughter of James WARNER, would require a belief that Henry RIDGELY married this daughterby 1661. An 11 year old (at most) being married stretches the limitsof believability.

      Henry RIDGELY, Sr. did not marry a daughter of James WARNER. Althoughthe Bible of Nicholas RIDGELY stated his grandparents were Henry RIDGELY and wife Sarah,25 it is doubtful that Henry had any wife named Sarah.
      Henry's first wife Elizabeth HOWARD died about 25 years before Nicholas was born, and his father Henry died was barely 5. Nicholas had no first hand knowledge of what his grandmother's name was.

      It is known that Henry RIDGELY married first Elizabeth HOWARD and second Alice SKINNER. Depositions in the MD chancery court show that his only child by his wife Alice SKINNER was his son Charles.2

      Henry RIDGELY's third marriage to Mary, widow of Mareen DUVALL was too late forher to be mother to any of his children. That leaves Elizabeth HOWARD to be the mother of Henry's children Sarah and Henry. As added circumstantial evidence as to the mother of Sarah and Henry, Jr., note that Sarah named her only daughter from her first marriage to John BREWER, Elizabeth (after her mother) and Henry RIDGDLY, Jr. named his two daughters Anne (after his wife's mother) and Elizabeth(after his mother).

      Henry RIDGELY Sr.'s first wife was Elizabeth HOWARD. She died between1669 when her son Henry was born, and about 1672 when Henry, Sr. married Alice SKINNER.

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      Prince George's County Land Records, Folio 44a; Indenture, 8 Mar 1702
      From: Robert Tyler of Prince George's County, Gent.
      To: Col. Henry Ridgely, merchant of Prince George's County
      200 for 500 acres of Marye's Delight from a tract called Darnall's Grove; bounded by land laid out for Richard Robson and Darnall's Grove; Royal mines excepted
      Signed: Rob't Tyler
      Memorandum: 8 Mar 1702 Susannah Tyler examined by Samuell Magruder & Tho's Sprigg, Jr.
      Witnessed: Thomas Odell, Richard Duckett
      Alienation: Major Barton paid 24 Sep 1700 for this land; not recorded; cancelled deed shown
      ===
      Prince George's County Land Records, Folio 45a; Indenture, 8 Mar 1702
      From: Henry Ridgley, merchant, and Rob't Tyler, Gent., both of Prince George's County
      To: Lewis Duvall, planter of Anne Arundel County
      2414s for a 63 acre tract of land called Devall's Cowpen, part of a tract called Ridgley's and Taylor's Chance bounded by Willson's Plaines now in the possession of Mareen Devall, Jr.; Royal mines excepted
      Signed: Henry Ridgly (mark) and Rob't Tyler
      Memorandum: Endorsement on back of Mary Ridgley and Susanna Tyler; signed Samuell Magruder and The. Sprigg, Jr.
      Witnessed: Samuel Magruder and Rich'd Duckett
      Alienation: 23 Mar 1702/3 the sum of 2s from Lewis Devall
      ===
      Prince George's County Land Records, Folio 46a; Indenture, 8 Mar 1702
      From: Col. Henry Ridgley, merchant, and Robert Tyler, Gent., both of Prince George's County
      To: Thomas Fowler, planter of Prince George's County
      For 20 a tract of 100 acres called Fowler's Venture being part of Ridgleys and Taylor's Chance; bounded by a parcel of land laid out for John Howerton called Howerton's Range now in the possession of William Orrick and Benjamin Duvall; Royal mines excepted
      Signed: Henry Ridgley (mark) and Robert Tyler
      Memorandum: On the back of the deed 8 Mar 1702 signed by Mary Ridgley and Susanna Tyler; examined by Sam'll Magruder and Thomas Sprigg, Jr.
      Witnessed: Samuell Magruder and Richard Duckett
      Alienation: 23 Mar 1702/3 from Thomas Fowler the sum of 4s
      ===
      Prince George's County Land Records, Folio 48; Indenture, 8 Mar 1702
      From: Coll. Henry Ridgley, merchant, and Robert Tyler, Gent., both of Prince George's County
      To: Thomas Ricketts, planter of Anne Arundel County
      For 120 a tract of land containing 300 acres, being part of Ridgley and Taylor's Chance lying in Prince George's County; bounded by Willson's Plaine now in the possession of Mareen Duvall, Jr., a tract laid out for Lewis Duvall which also is part of the land called Ridgley and Taylor's Chance (the whole containing 463 acres); also bounding Thomas Fowler's land; Royal mines excepted
      Signed: Henry Ridgley (mark) and Robert Tyler
      Memorandum: On the back of the deed the endorsement of Mary Ridgley and Susannah Tyler, examined by Sam'll Magruder and The. Sprigg, Junior
      Witnessed: Samuell Magruder and Rich'd Duckett
      Alienation: 23 Mar 1702 received of Thomas Rickett the sum of 12s
      ===
      Prince George's County Land Records, Folio 246: Indenture, I Jan 1708
      From: Charles Carroll of Anne Arundel County, Esq'r and Mary his wife
      To: Col. Henry Ridgely of Prince George's County, Gent.
      For 55L a 100 acre tract of land called Enfield Chase originally granted 1 Oct 1683 to John Lewellin for 1,600 acres in Prince George's County; bounded by Cotton owned by Henry Land
      Signed: Charles Carroll and Mary Carroll
      Witnessed: Fitz Redmond and Edw'd Carroll
      Alienation: 23 Mar 1709 Henry Ridgly paid the sum of 4s
      Acknowledgement: 9 Mar 1709 Charles and Mary Carroll acknowledged deed before Philemon Loyd
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      Prince George's Land Records 1710-1717 - Liber F - Folio 77: Indenture, May 1711
      From: Abraham Clarke, planter of Prince George's County
      To: Mary Ridgley, widow of Col. Henry Ridgley of Prince George's County
      For 44 a 100 acre tract of land called The Globe; bounded by Clarke 's Forest; The Globe being part of a 400 acre tract of land called Darnell's Grove now owned by Robert Tyler
      Signed: Abra. Clarke (seal)
      Witnessed: I. Lenard, Robt. Tyler, Richd. Duckett
      Alienation: Mary Ridgley paid 4s for 100 acres of land
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      Prince George's Land Records 1710-1717 - Liber F - Folio 79: Obligation
      Abraham Clarke binds himself to pay Mary Ridgley the sum of 902 if his wife, Elizabeth Clarke, does not consent to the sale of the above land called The Globe
      Signed: Abraham Clarke (seal)
      Witnessed: Robert Tyler, Thomas Odell, Richd. Duckett

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