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

Mary Goreham

Female Abt 1676 - 1718  (~ 42 years)


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  • Name Mary Goreham 
    Born Abt 1676 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1718  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I029669  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 

    Family ID F18049  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edward Ransdell,   b. 1672, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1724, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married Abt 1693  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Wharton Ransdell,   b. 1695, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Millicent Ransdell,   b. Abt 1700, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1728, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     3. Elizabeth Ransdell,   b. Abt 1705, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1742, Richmond County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     4. John Ransdell,   b. Abt 1707, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1769, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     5. Edward Ransdell,   b. Abt 1709, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1773, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F18048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by: James Hughes

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      1st Wife: Mary Gorham (1415). was born in 1676 in Westmoreland, Orange County, Virginia. She died in 1718. Bound to Henry Wharton in 1687 when her father MILES was gone from home. Sometimes referred to as Mary Wharton for this reason.

      Note: From "Thornton of Richmond County, Virginia and
      related families, James, Willis, Ransdell, Redman, Cox, Stwell,
      Alford, Williams, Curtis, Obert”, pp. 14-16, Historical Southern
      Families, No. 12, 1968, publ. by J.B. Boddie. "Some effort has
      been made to find the parentage of Mary, wife of Edward
      Ransdell, but without success. The name of her eldest son would
      indicate that she was a Wharton, but the scattered references to
      Whartons in Westmoreland, Richmond, and Northumberland
      Cos. offer no clue. In view of this, it is a fairly plausible
      hypothesis that Mary Ransdell may have been identical with a
      Mary Gorham, daughter of Miles and Susannah Gorham of
      Westmoreland County, who was bound out by her mother to Henry
      Wharton April 12, 1687 until she could be 17 (O.B. 1675/6 -
      1688/9, p. 561). Henry Wharton and his wife Elizabeth had no
      children, and it is possible that Mary Gorham was fond of them
      and named her first son for the family where she had passed her
      adolescent years. The father, Miles Gorham, although he owned
      land, seems to have been a somewhat erratic character, who
      absented himself from his home from time to time. He and his
      first wife Alice Gorham, appear in the Northumberland Co.
      records as early as 1659 (Northumberland Record Book,
      1658-66, pp. 35 and 39). They had one son, John Gorham, who
      had been bound out to serve Capt. John Rogers in
      Northumberland Co. during his father's absence, and was
      returned to his father April 19, 1676 (Northumberland Co. O.B.
      1666-78, p. 134). John Gorham died in Westmoreland Co. in
      1699; he apparently married a daughter of Thomas Moore, who
      made a deed of gift to his son, John Gorham, in 1693 (O.B.
      1690-98, p. 111; O.B. 1698-1705, p. 72a; D. and W. No. 8, p.
      10a; D.& W. No. 10, pp. 161-2). The last appearance of Miles
      Gorham's first wife, Alice, was on Aug. 30, 1671, when she and
      her husband deeded land in Westmoreland Co. (D. & W.
      1665-77, p. 70). Miles Gorham was married by July 2, 1675 to
      his second wife, Susannah (same, p. 240). He left the county
      again about 1686, and his wife Susannah Gorham bound out her
      children, Michael and Susannah Gorham to Robert King (O.B.
      1675/6-1688/9, p. 528), and her daughter Mary to Henry
      Wharton in 1687, as above. Miles Gorham appears to have
      returned to Westmoreland Co. some time after this, for Henry
      Wharton sued him in 1690 (O.B. 1690-98, p. 36); his wife
      Susannah died somewhere about this time, and he married (3)
      Winifred ____. Miles died in 1693, his widow Winifred being
      appointed his administratrix, and Thomas Walker being her
      security (O.B. 1690-98, p. 105). There may have been some
      connection of the Gorhams with Thomas Walker (see section on
      Walker in the article on the Asbury family), for Thomas Walker
      was the trustee of the deed of gift from Thomas Walker to John
      Gorham, son of John in 1693.
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      EDWARD appears with a wife MARY in a Westmoreland deed of 30 and 31 May 1699 (D&W 2, pp. 186-186a, as transcribed on p. 89, WDWD 2, 1965). Edward Ransdell of Cople Parish, carpenter, to Jacob Ramy Junr., 30 acres adjoining Nicholas Spencer, Jacob Remey Senr., Thos. Collinsworth. On 31 May 1699, Mary Ransdell, wife, relinquishes dower right to this land. He appears with a wife AMY in a deed of gift to son WHARTON on 24 Jan 1720/1, D&W 7, p. 87 (as mentioned in Holtzclaw's Thornton article on p. 13, which was cited above) and without Amy's being mentioned on 26 Feb. 1723, D&W 8, p. 7a (WDWS, 1723-1726, p. 11, 1994), a deed of gift to sons EDWARD and JOHN. Amy, as will be seen in Edward Ransdell's will, was the widow of Capt. John Kelly. John Kelly died sometime in 1715. His will, written 7 Oct. 1714 and proved 4 May 1715 is on p. 208, Richmond Co. Wills and Inventories, 1709-1717, as transcribed on p. 29, Wills of Richmond County, Virginia, 1699-1800, comp. by Robert K. Headley Jr., publ. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1983. Amy's will, written 17 Jan. 1729/30, pr. 4 Feb. 1729/30 is transcribed on p. 65 of the same publication She mentions dau. Mary Moxley; sons John Kelly, Matthew Kelly, and Alexander Kelly, exr. friend James Wilson. Witn. Anne Wilson, James Williams, William Jordan. It is obvious from the date of death of John Kelly and the absence of Ransdell children in Amy's will that she had no children by Edward Ransdell.
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      Rust, Wm. Present paymt of 960 lb tobo conf to by Miles Gorham. 20th Nov. 1668. 3.49

      Source:
      Fleet, Beverley,
      Northumbria collectanea, 1645-1720
      Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. County, 1961, 254 pgs

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