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

Elizabeth Van Sweringen

Female Abt 1661 - 1736  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Van Sweringen 
    Born Abt 1661  New Amstel, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Dec 1736  St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2552  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father Garrett Van Sweringen,   b. 1636, Reensterdwan Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1698, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Barbarah de Barrett,   b. Abt 1640, Valenciennes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Mar 1660  New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Evans,   b. Bef 1657,   d. 18 Sep 1700, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Written Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 43 years) 
    Married Abt 1677  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Philip Evans,   b. Aft 1678, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Jul 1743, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 63 years)  [natural]
     2. Edward Evans,   b. Bef 1679, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1712, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years)  [natural]
     3. Anthony Evans,   b. Bef 1692, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1744, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Evans,   b. Bef 1699, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1745, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 46 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F1946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jacob Williams,   b. Bef 1669,   d. 1 Jan 1726, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years) 
    Married 1703  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Williams,   b. Abt 1703, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1770, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     2. Benjamin Williams,   b. Abt 1704, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1771, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F1947  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Williams, Elizabeth, 23rd Sept., 1736; 6th Dec., 1736.
      To sons Philip and Anthony Evans, dau. Mary Pearce and son William, personalty.
      To son Benjamin, ex., residue of estate.
      Test: John Stevens, Ellener Pearce, Joseph Carmichall. 21. 722.
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      Elisabeth Williams 22.212 SM £45.14.11 Mar 1 1736 Mar 4 1736
      Appraisers: William Cutler, John Baker.
      Creditors: Garrat Vansweringan, Richard Hopewell.
      Next of kin: Philip Evans, William Williams.
      Administrator/Executor: Benjamin Williams.
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      Elisabeth Williams 18.110 A SM £15.14.11 £6.14.7 Nov 17 1740
      Sureties: William Harrison, Jonathon Bisco.
      Received from: James Laughon.
      Payments to: Col. Richard Hopewell.
      Executor: Benjamin Williams.
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      Anthony Evans 24.35 A #8023 Jul 28 1703
      Payments to: Kenelme Cheseldyn, Esq., Mr. Charles Carroll.
      Administratrix: Elisabeth Evans (executrix of John Evans (administrator of deceased)).
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      2 Elizabeth Vansweringen, b ca 1661, New Amstel, DE
      John Evans, b St Marys Co, MD
      3 Mary Evans
      +Robert Pence
      3 Anthony Evans
      3 Anthony Evans
      3 Philip Evans, b ca 1687
      +Patience (unknown)
      2nd Husband of Elizabeth Vansweringen
      +Jacob Williams
      3 Mary Williams
      3 William Williams, b 1708
      +Monica Ford
      3 Benjamin Williams, b 1710
      === NL
      I agree that Mary EVANS, daughter of John EVANS and Elisabeth VanSWERINGEN first married John CARMICHAEL. I think the following document will show that she secondly married John PEARCE, not Robert.

      Robert PEARCE as listed yesterday married Eleanor, probably VanSWEARINGEN. She was NOK for the 1737 inventory of Joseph VanSWERINGEN. Her husband Robert PEARCE in 1755 collected the share of his wife (unnamed) in the estate of Joseph VanSWERINGEN (the one who died in 1720, not the one above). Robert and Eleanor named a son Joseph Vansweringen PEARCE.

      John PEARCE's 1751 account was listed here previously showing his EXECUTRIX was Anne PEARCE, but nobody listed his will. His will was incorrectly listed in the *Maryland Calendar of Wills* 9:111 as John PACE.

      Maryland wills 25:92, FHL microfilm 0,012,851 lists it as John PERCE. In looking at the will, I can see how someone could have misread in the body of the will the "er" as an open "a," but the certification by the witnesses showed they testified to the will of John PEARCE.

      John PEARCE left a number of bequests to his son Jonathan and daughter Mildred. They were to have "their unkle" Benjamin WILLIAMS as their guardian. John then mentioned his wife Ann, son Stephen, with the residue to his wife and four children. Benjamin WILLIAMS along with John's wife Anne were executors.

      With Benjamin WILLIAMS stated as uncle this shows that his half-sister Mary EVANS married John PEARCE. Mildred (age 14 in 1751) and
      John[athan] (age 12 in 1751) would be her children. Susannah (age 6 in 1751) and Stephen deceased would have been children of John PEARCE's second wife Ann, who then married James COMPTON.
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      Norma, you beat me to the question I was going to ask Linda. What evidence is there of a person named Anne WILLIAMS?

      I have photocopies of the the wills of both Jacob WILLIAMS and wife Elizabeth (VANSWERINGEN) WILLIAMS. Neither mention a daughter Ann. Why would both fail to name her if she existed?

      I think that "Anne WILLIAMS" was a creation to explain the combination of "uncle Benjamin WILLIAMS" statement in John PEARCE's will, and the fact that John's widow was named Ann.

      To me, the evidence indicates that Mildred and Jonathan were children of John PEARCE by a first wife [named Mary], and that his widow Anne was a second wife. This includes:
      1. John placing only his children Mildred and Jonathan under the care of their uncle Benjamin WILLIAMS.
      2. Anne CARMICAL in her 1749 will leaving bequests to Jonathan and Mildred PIRCE, children of "John and wife MARY." (NOT John and wife Ann). Since from John PEARCE's 1751 account, his daughter Susannah was born about 1745, and son Stephan (dead by 1751, age unknown), why would Anne CARMICHAEL leave out Susannah who would have been age 4 in 1749, unless she was no relation?

      I would think that at least Anne CARMICHAEL is a daughter of Mary EVANS by her first husband John CARMICHAEL, and that after his death Mary (EVANS) CARMICHAEL secondly married John PEARCE. Anne then left the bequests to her niece and nephew Mildred and Jonathan PEARCE, but nothing to Susannah, who was only a child of her brother-in-law John PEARCE by his second wife Ann.

      Last time I had wondered what the evidence was that Zacharias VANSWERINGEN had a daughter named Ellinor/Eleanor. I had overlooked that Jourdan in EFSM has a transcript of his will from the St. Mary's will books, that shows he had children Joseph, Ellinor, and Jane.

      This has added significance that when Zacharias' son Joseph died the next of kin for his 1737 inventory were Elinor PEARCE and Marake RODES.

      When the representatives in the 1755 account of Joseph VANSWEARINGEN (the one who died 1720, not the one above) included Robert PEARCE in right of his wife (unnamed) and Mark RODES for his mother (unnamed) I would think it was from Zacharias daughter' Ellinor having married Robert PEARCE, and Zacharias' daughter Jane having married Mark RODES' father. Robert PEARCE's inventory does show his widow as named Ellinor.

      This also explains Robert PEARCE and Ellinor VANSWEARINGEN naming their son Joseph Vanswearingen PEARCE, after her brother.

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      I don't have access to records regarding PAVETT and RHODES at home, and have not researched them. I was about to ask what showed that Mark RHODES father was John, and that John had wives Jane PAVETT and Eleanor VANSWEARINGEN, when your correction came through.

      If I understand your information correctly, John RHODES and wife Jane administrated the estate of Stephen WATT in 1752. John RHODES died 1764 with wife Eleanor. Since John's son Mark was old enough to sign as next of kin to Joseph VANSWEARINGEN in 1737, Mark cannot be the son of Eleanor, since John married her between 1752 and 1764.

      That would mean that Mark would have to be a son of either Jane (you say PAVETT) or a marriage of John's prior to that of Jane. In either case, what is the relation of either Jane PAVETT or a theoretical prior wife of John RHODES that their son Mark would be related to Joseph VANSWEARINGN (d. 1737) as next of kin, and then Mark collects his mother's portion in the 1755 account of Joseph VANSWEARINGEN (d. 1720).

      Question: Do the records specifically show that John RHODES married *Jane* PAVETT, or only that he married a daughter of James PAVETT? If the latter, then did someone put the surnames with the wrong given names? In other words, was John RHODES' first wife Jane VANSWEARINGEN, (daughter of Zacharias) and his second Ellinor PAVETT? If it is clear that John married a *Jane* PAVETT, then I would still think it possible he married Jane VANSWEARINGEN before Jane PAVETT, in order to explain the relation of Mark and his mother to VANSWEARINGEN that the records indicate.

      Let me know what you think.
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      O.K., guys it's been a long day and I've been working my fool head off, so I may be missing some things while discussing this.

      Yes, I agree with you that I'd also fallen for the "Uncle Benjamin Williams" trick and assumed that Anne was a Williams. I have changed my records accordingly.

      The scenario you have presented makes sense, but the spoiler would be, I guess, who was the mother of Joseph Van Swearingen Pierce. Should I assume it was Eleanor, wife of Robert Pierce? I think that's what you're saying.

      Will of Joseph Van Swearingen Pearce, SMC 7/1/1772; 11/4/1772. Sisters: Teresa and Susanna Pierce, all land, "Courtney's Fancy". If either dies without heirs, the survivor to inherit. No Exec. named. Wit: William Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins, Lewis Oliver.

      Linda Reno
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      St. Mary's County Circuit Court
      Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats
      MSA S1228: (Certificates, Unpatented, SM)
      Reference: Unpatented Certificate 462
      Date: 1716/02/07
      Description: Thursdays Work, Elizabeth Williams and Anthony Evans, 40 Acres
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      St. Mary's County Circuit Court
      Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats
      MSA S1228: (Certificates, Unpatented, SM)
      Reference: Unpatented Certificate 145
      Date: 1726/12/26
      Description: Elizabeth and Anthonys Green, Elizabeth Williams, 89 Acres
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