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Ruth Clarke, Pirate’s daughter

m. (173214 ) Moses Rawlings, Gent., Quaker, of Baltimore County

Aaron Rawlings I   Richard Clarke   Col. Moses Rawlings (nephew of above)


(2.) Father: Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke: (Hanged by Governor and Council, for “Treason”, without a trial, 1708/9). Bequest for Richard Clarke appears in 1676 will of Samuel Boston1 , of Baltimore County: [Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. I]: “Boston, Samuel, Balto. Co. 6th Jan., 1676; 6th Mch 1677: To son-in-law George Goldsmith,, daughter in law Mary Goldsmith, James Mills, and Richard Clarke, Personalty. To kinspeople in Parish of Pinchback in Lincolnshire, Eng., residue of estate.” [This may be another Richard Clarke]

An indenture dated July 6, 1703, from Richard Clark to Aaron Rawlings, for “Roper’s Range”, in Prince George’s County, is recorded 18 Sept., 1704: folio 109 o Indenture, 6 Jul 1703 From: Richard CLARKE of Anne Arundel County, Gent. To: Aaron Rawlins, planter of Anne Arundel County Thomas ROPER of Prince George's County by indenture 17 Apr 1702 did convey unto Richard CLARKE 200 acres of land part of a greater tract called "Roper's Range"; Richard CLARKE sold this land for 243 pounds to Aaron RAWLINS; Bounded by land of Samuel DUVALL and Richard BUTTS. [Betts?]. Signed: Richard CLARKE. Witnessed: Edward MERIARTE and Mareen DUVALL. Memorandum: 26 Jul 1703 Elizabeth CLARKE was examined by Richard JONES, Jr. and Samuel CHAMBERS. Alienation: 10 Nov 1703 the sum of 8s for 200 acres paid by Aaron RAWLINGS. Certification: Richard JONES and Samuel CHAMBERS, Justices of the Peace in Anne Arundel County, acknowledged this deed before J. BOARDLEY, Cleark for Anne Arundel County. Recorded: 18 Sep 1704 ["Land Records of Prince George's County, Maryland, 1702 to 1709", Abstacted by Elise Greenup JOURDAN from the Microfilm CR 49,514-2 Prince George's County Court Records Liber C, Archives of Maryland, at pp. 25, 26]

Record of the Thomas Roper to Richard Clarke Indenture:
folio 108 o Indenture, 17 Apr 1702, in the 14th year of the reign of Lord King William III From: Thomas ROPER, bricklayer of Prince George's County To: Richard CLARKE of Anne Arundel County, Gent. For 170 pounds a 200 acre part of a larger tract called "Roper's Range" lying in Prince George's County between Western Branch and Collington Branch; bounded by land of Samuel DUVALL and Richard BUTTS. Signed: Thomas ROPER (mark) Witnessed: Jno PRICE and William TAYLARD. Memorandum: 17 Apr 1702 Thomas ROPER acknowledged before Charles GREENBERRY and Amos GARRETT. Alienation: 17 Apr 1702 the sum of 8s paid by Richard CLARKE. Certification: At the time of the acknowledgement above Charles GREENBERRY and Amos GARRETT were justices of the Peace of Anne Arundel County; acknowledged by Prince George's County Court 18 Sep 1704.

On May 5, 1705, Aaron Rawlings, "merchant" granted to "Margaret Clarke, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Clarke", "for good and valuable consideration", "All the goods and chattels and implements of household stuffe hereafter mentioned. Two tables, twelve chairs, two trunks, one chest of drawers, one large lookinglass, one small lookinglass, one brass bedpan, one belmettle mortat and pestle, a pair of brass Seales and weights, one iron dogs, one iron fender, one iron spit, one iron dripping pan, one pair of tongs and fire shovel, six brass candlesticks, one brass kettle, five iron pots and hooks, three pair of pot racks, four beds and furniture, ten iron casements & ten wondow lights, six pair of cross garnets, six pewter dishes, eighteen plates, one pewter flagon, two pewter pots, one pewter tankard, two guns, twenty head of hogs, one pair of stilliards, and four bedsteads". [Dodd, and Bausel, Land Records Anne Arundel Co., V1,2,3-1662-1719]

Between May 15-18, 1705, depositions concerning the activities of Richard Clarke in the fall of 1704, and March of 1705, when he was hiding out and helped by his family, are taken, and forwarded to the Assembly. On May 19, the Assembly passes a resolution to prosecute Richard Clarke. On May 25, Governor Seymour signs an "Act for the Outlawing of Richard Clarke": "....the said Richard Clark by force and virtue of this Act shall be Outlawed and shall forfeit his goods and Chattells Lands and tenements as an out lawed Pson any want of Processe or any Other legall proceedings in any wise notwithstanding.

(3.) Mother: Elizabeth Mariartee

Elizabeth Mariartee (Clarke Levett): On 12 August 1813 Elizabeth marriedRobert Levett.14  Will: 22nd Sept., 1725; test: 25th Nov., 1725. Will of Elizabeth LEVETT, widow, Prince George's Co., MD. “To son Robert, all testator's interest in estate in Beverly, Yorkshire, due her as relict of Robt, LEVETT, dec'd, and personalty; to be of age at 18. To son John, personalty and £150 at age of 18. To dau. Elizabeth DUSKIN, bro. Daniel MARIARTEE 2 , sister Margarett SPRIGG
and Col. James HADDOCK, personalty. To daus. Margarett and Ruth CLARK, residue of estate. Exs.: Col. James HADDOCK and dau. Margarett CLARK. Test: Josiah WILSON, Margaret DICK, Lingan WILSON.” (18, 416. Maryland Calendar of Wills: Volume 5)
3 (a): Ruth Clarke’s siblings, 1725:
Eliabeth Clarke Duskin, Margaret Clarke. Half-siblings: Robert Levett, Jr., John Levett (both minors)
3 (b) Ruth Clarke’s Uncles and Aunts in 1725 (mentioned in will of mother) :
Daniel Mariartee, Margarett Mariartee Sprigg3. Ruth Clarke’s cousins by Aunt Margaret Mariarte Sprigg (and Uncle Thomas Sprigg) were Margaret Sprigg King, Edward Sprigg, and Osborne Sprigg4 .


(4.) Grandfather: Neale Clarke

Neale Clarke: d. by 3 July 1678. arrived Md. 1649 with Robert Burle5 , Burle’s wife Mary, Burl’s son Robert and Stephen, William Holman, and Rebecca Kitteridge. [Patents, ABH:39] Will: “Clarke, Neale, AA Co., 26 Sept. 1675; 3 July 1678: To wife Rachel, exex. entire estate during widowhood or until sons attain age of 18 years. To son Samuel6 and hrs., home plantation. To son Richard and hrs., 400 A. of “Clarke’s Inheritance” on South R. To 3 daus. unnamed, sd lands equally in event of death of sons afsd. without issue. Test: Richd Sidebotton, Geo. Ardes.” Accounts Record: “Neale Clarke 5.58 A. AA # 30312 Dec. 6, 1677 Payments to: Dr. William Jones7 assigneed to Richard Beard, Sr. who assigned to Col. William Burgesse, Col. William Burgesse for Capt. Richard Hill, John Wade, Francis Hopkins , Richard Beard Sr. John Stinson. Excutirix, Rachell Stinson (relict) wife of John Stinson. “ Neal Clarke’s Children were also left a bequest of “personalty” by their step-greatgrandfather in-law, George Puddington, who d. in 1674. [see entry under George Puddington, Ruth’s step-gg grandfather.]

4.(a): Step-Grandfathers:
Grandmother, Rachel Beard m. (2) John Stimpson8 who d. by 23 Jan. 1688/9 m. 3. Robert Proctor9 , m. 4. Richard Kilburne, who d. 1698, m. 5., by 1705, Richard [or Thomas?] Freeborne, who d. by 13 Jan, 1713.

5. Grandmother: Rachel Beard

Rachel Beard b. before 1650, d. “after 1730” [not sure of source]: arrived in Md. w/ parents and brother Richard. (she was only reversionary heir in father Richard Beard’s will, being married, at the time of the will, 1675, to Neale Clarke. Her sisters still unmarried/minors).
Ruth Clarke’s Uncles and Aunts:  (Uncle) Neale Clark & his wife10 , Jane Jones (dau. of William & Eliz. Jones11 ); (Uncle) Samuel Clark; (Aunt) Rachel Clarke; (Aunt) Ruth Clarke & Uncle Joseph Williams; (Aunt) Unkn. dau. Clarke)l; (Aunt) Rachel Stimpson m. Charles Greenbury, and named a dau. Ruth Greenbury. then m. Charles Hammond (1715) : [Anne Arundel County Church Records of 17th and 18th Centuries' by F. Edward Wright p.130] :”Charles Hammond and Rachel Greeenberey m. 24 Oct 1715”.   (Aunt) Comfort Stimpson m. John Dorsey (s/o Joshua & Sarah Richardson) Rachel and Comfort Stimpson had a brother John Stimpson, who died w/o children, and left property, “Merriton’s Fancy” to them, which was divided between them.
Rachel Beard’s will made in 4 Mar. 1700/1 and recorded in land records, named dau.: Rachel Greenbury and Comfort Stimpson who were devised the mill at Proctor’s. Rachel Beard's step-children were: William Kilburn and Elizabeth Kilburn.

5 (a) Great Aunts & Uncles:  Richard Beard Jr. m. Susannah .This Richard Jr. died in 1703, and wife Susannah Beard died by 1708. (This Richard Beard, Jr. described as “Sole heir of Richard Beard Dec’d” in rerecorded orig. date 6 Aug. 1681 Deed) This Richard Beard was named reversionary heir by John Wheeler of 200 acres “Timber Neck” on South River [see footnote below] and 200 acres Wheeler’s lot on the Magothey River if Wheelers son John failed, ; John Beard (inheritor w. Brother Richard of home plantation on mother’s death, may have died before Aug. 1681). Ruth Beard (inheritor of “Timberneck”12 ) did NOT m. Gaither. Rebecca Beard13 m. John Nicholson, ref. to in some deeds as “Plasterer”), inheritor of part of “Indian Range”.
5.(a). (1): First Cousins Once Removed(?): Richard Beard, Jr. and Susannah had: Matthew Beard, John Beard, and Rachel Beard. Susannah Puddington Beard’s Will proved 15 Oct. 1708 naming son John and dau. Rachel Beard as heirs of her entire estate, son Matthew having been previously provided for. [One of these two sons is presumably the father of Stephen Beard[?], who was the father of the Susannah Beard who m. Aaron Rawlings II]

(6.) Grandfather: Edward Mariartee

Edward Mariartee Edward's will was drawn 26 Nov 1687, probated 4 Jun 1688.  He left property to sons Daniel and Edward, at 21. Edward and Honor had 5 children: Margaret m. Thomas Sprigg;  Daniel m. Elinor (Beall?- they named first child Ninean, b. 1701, m. Jane Griffin; also, Elinor a witness to the will of Thomas Beall in 1708; in 1698, Ninian Beall sold Daniel 700 acres in Anne Arundel Co.); Rachel m. Benjamin Lawrence 5 Feb 1705, All Hallows Parish; Edward m. Rachel Grey; & Elizabeth who m. Richard Clarke & Robert Leavitt.

(7.) Grandmother: Honor

Honor O’Brian or Osborn [unknown sources]

Continue to: : Great and Great-Great Grandparents of Ruth Clarke

1 There is a case, Boston v. Rawlings, where a man (Anthony?) Boston sues to obtain the freedom of his mother.

2 this brother, Daniel Mariartee, comes up in the depositions of May, 1705, regarding Richard Clarke’s escape.

3 Thomas SPRIGG, Sr., d 1704, Calvert Co MD , m Eleanor NUTHALL (d/o John & Elizabeth BACON (Holloway) Nuthall I), by whom his issue included Thomas SPRIGG (m Margaret MARIARTE) and Sarah SPRIGG who m (1) John PIERCE; (2) Enoch COMBS, who is referred to as Enoch COMBS, Jr., s/o...

4 Register of Heraldic Families :Francis KING (Will:13 Aug 1726 - 15 Sep 1726 (Prince George's Co MD Liber 11:568) Inventory. Francis KING. £557.2.3. Aug 13,1726. Sept 15 1726.) m Margaret SPRIGG, d/o Thomas & Margaret MARIARTE Sprigg. Same source lists other children of (Ruth Clarke’s Aunt & Uncle) Thomas Sprigg and Margaret Mariarte as: Edward & Osborne SPRIGG

5 First Families of Anne Arndel County, Maryland 1649-1658 Vol. 1: The Land Owners by Donna Valley Russell published by Catoctin Press; New Market, Maryland. :0000 Robert Burle b. England bc. 1610. Death: Anne Arundel Co. Testate by 27 June 1676. Marriage 1. unknown 2. Mary Holman, prob. sister of William and Abraham Holman(qv) Arrival: 1649 w/ wife Mary, sons Robert and Stephen, William Holman, Neal Clark, and Rebecca Kitteridge. Will 25 April 1672. witnessed by John Norwood, Thomas Marsh, Jacob Neal, and Josiah Hall. of his 7 children there is a several page write-up. His dau. Rebecca b. 26 Apr. 1661 m. 1 Humphrey Boone m. 2. Thomas Eager m. 3. Samuel Merryman.

6 Samuel Clarke perhaps named for this Samuel Clarke, in Charles County: “Clarke, Samuel, Chas. Co., 7th Nov. 1676; 30th Nov. 1676. Brother John And sisters Abigail and Esther, legatees equally of estate.”

7 Dr. William Jones d.c.1678 in Anne Arundel County. He was the father of Susanna Jones Rawlings, wife of Aaron Rawlings I. He died intestate, and Col. Wm Burgess was the Administrator of his estate. He apparently was NOT the William Jones who witnessed the will of the "Great Quaker": A William Jones m. Sarah Hall at a Quaker ceremony at West River Meeting:QIAAC, pages 58,9: “It was a custom of Friends to announce “Bans of Marriage Intentions at some of their Meetings. Those declared at a half-year meeting at West River in 1679 included William Moors (Mears) & Elizabeth Webb; Charles Gorsuch & Rebecca Preston; and William Jones & Sarah Hall. ....William Jones, a witness to the will of Richard Preston in 1669 [Great Quaker of the (Calvert County) Cliffs, was living in Anne Arundel County in 1671, and although he spent some time on the Eastern shore, he died in [Anne Arundel County] in 1684. [Wills, 4, f.34. H. of R.]

8 LROAAC: Grantor: John Stimson , AA Co., planter; Grantee: Richard Rawlins AA Co. planter;  Date of Deed: 11 August 1685; Date Recorded 11 August 1685, Liber N Folio 59 Consideration 58 lbs, 10 sh; Signature John (his mark) Stimson Witnesses: Richard Bland, Thos Knighton Description: Original Grant dated 20 July 1673 to John Stimson for that parcel called Long Venture, between heads of South and Ann Arundell Rivers, bounded by land of Henry Pearpoint by Wyatt’s Spring branch, and by land of John Vennabls, containing 250 acres. Survey dated 2 July 1672. Current indenture includes total grant Other pertinent information: Deed rerecorded at request of Aaron Rawlings on behalf of Richard Rawlings, son and heir of Richard Rawlings, decd. Release of Dower: Rachell [Beard Clarke] Stimpson Thomas Knighton: A Mary Knighton appears as witness to the Quaker marriage certificate of Samuel Thomas of AAC and Mary Hutchins of Calvert County on the 15th day of the 3rd Month called 0May 1688. A widow Hutchins was associated w/ Daniel Rawlings and the Cliffs Meeting, in the Journals of Quakers visiting Md. 1705.Henry Pierpoint: (he also was a Quaker): TQFOAAC: “Will of William Harris [husband of Quaker evangelist Elizabeth Harris, to whom the Clarksonne letter was addressed], who died before April 11, 1670, the day his will was probated: (pp78-9): First I give and bequeath unto Jonathan Neale my hundred acres of land lying at the head of Actons Creek called Harrises Mount. Next I give and bequeath unto Margaret Hawkins the younger [dau. of Ralph Hawkins] my cow called Charity and my hundred of acres of land after the decease of Johnathan Neale to fall to the said Margaret Hawkings....Then I give unto Elizabeth Beasley my wife’s best cloath wast coate and one serge pettycoat and one red cloath pettycoate and three shifts and one pair of shoes and my best green apron. Then I give unto Margarett the widow that lives at Henry Pierpoints [owned land near “Harris’s Mount”; the George Fox travels map shows him at the head of the South River, n. of the run. ] on pettycoate and wast coate, one hatt, one apron and one shift. ....... and I make Jonathan Neale and John Meares my full and whole Executors to see this my will performed. “ Note: John Hawkins m. the widow of Phillip Griffin, who was widower of the above-mentioned Richard Rawling’s wife, Jane. John Hawkins turned over a horse to Aaron Rawling’s ward, John Rawlings, RR’s orphan after his stepfather Phillip Griffin died. “Wyatt’s Branch”: Nicholas Wyatt came to Md from Va. in 1650 w/ Thomas Todd, Matthew Howard, and Edward Dorsey. d. before January 22, 1673 leaving a wife, Damaras, a son, Samuel, and a dau., Sarah. he was granted by patent (surveyed 1651) land on the s. side of the Servern, all in the middle neck hundred. [TQFOAAC].

9 LRAAC, page 50: “Page: 319: Grantor: Robert Proctor, AA Co, inholder;   Grantee: John Peasly, AA Co., merchant [see ref. to Eliz. Beasley, above]; Date of Deed : 6 March 1687 Date Recorded: March 6, 1687. Liber B folio 77. Consideration: 9,000 lbs. tobacco. Signature Robert Proctor (His mark) Witnesses: Thomas Taylor, Richard Hill, Richard Kilburn. Description: Original grant 10 Aug. 1684 to Robert Proctor for parcel called Poplar Ridge, on Bodkin Creek, [This creek is on the mouth of the Patapsco] bounded by Homewood Range. 500 acres. Survey on 7 Feb 1682. Current Indenture includes whole grant. Other Pertinent Information: Conveyance rerecorded at request of Thomas Tench, Esq. Release of Dower: Elizabeth Proctor.

10 It would appear that Neale Clarke (Jr.?) had prev. wife, Ann, from this deed: LROAAC: Page: 72 (Page 13)“Grantor: Neale Clarke, AA Co., planter; Grantee: William Griffith, AA co. , planter   Date of Deed: 30 Jan. 1687; Date Recorded: 30 January 1687; Consideration: 3,000 lbs tobacco; Signature: Neale Clarke, Ann Clarke; Witnesses: Henry Ridgely, Edward Burgoff [Burgess?]&nbap;Description: Tract called Clark’s Luck, north side of South River, bounded by land formerly laid out for Edward Hope and Thobey Butler called Hodge Neck, by land formerly laid out for James Warner and for Henry Ridgely called Walridge, by land of Clark called The Landing Place. 60 acres. Original Certificate dated 14 Oct. 1684.; Other Pertinent Information: Thos Reynolds in right of his wife, relict and legatee of Wm Griffith, late of AA Co. Decd., requested the conveyance be rerecorded.; Release of Dower: Ann Clarke


11 Jones, William, Sr. AA Co. planter 31 May, 1705: 4th Aug., 1705. To wife Elizabeth, dwelling plantation and lands during life; to pass to son William at her decease. To daus. Elizabeth, wife of John Duvall (d. 1711. Bro. Mareen Duval, b. 1661 -South R. Hundered, test. 22 Aug. 1735. m. Frances Stockett, Bro. Lewis Duvall m. Martha Ridgely in 1699,d. 1724, S.C.; sister Eleanor Duvall m. John Roberts, and brother Samuel Duvall (b. 1667-Middle Plantation) m. Elizabeth Ijams in 1697, D. P.G. county, 1742.), , Jane wife of Neal Clarke, and Ann, dau. of Charles Cheeney, and grandau. Mary Duvall, personalty. To dau. Mary and Anthony Budding field her husband, land on which they dwell, part of Johns Cabbin Ridge. [note: “On 1 Aug. 1668 [Richard] Beard, called boatwritght of South River, sold to James Sanders of same, planter, his original grant dated 18 Sept. 1666 called Johns Cabin Ridge, on North side of Flat Creek, 30 acres...This tract contained 150 acres in the Calvert Rent Rolls.” According to one source: A James Sanders, atty., m. Elizabeth Jones, the widow of this Wm. Jones d. 1705. To wife afsd., extrx and grandson Wm. Trogden, residue of estate. Test: Richard Duckett, John Starkey, Jno. Powell. 3.489. This William Jones was illiterate and signed with a Mark.

12 [LROAAC:] Page 217: Grantors: Aaron Rawlings, AA County, Planter, and Susanna, his wife, heir of Doct. William Jones, decd.  Grantee:Charles Tilly, AA Co.  Date of Deed: 19 March 1705 Description: Tract called Timberneck. Jones purchased land from Richard Beard, Sen. who was grantee of Richard Taylor who had purchased it ofRichrd Huggins, the orinial patentee. Land on south side of South River, north side of Beard’s Creek at Jacob’s Creek, east side of Shepherd’s Cove. 100 acres. Rawlings also conveyed to him 50 acres of a 100 acre tract called West Paddington.Other Pertinent information: Walter Phelps, Sen. of AA Co., verified the abover. Aaron Rawlings also acknowledged the sale, and the court was satisfied. Rerecorded at request of Charles Tilly.

13 LROAAC: Page 106: (Page 17) Deed0 of Gift; Page 106: Grantors: Richard Beard, AA Co., Gent. son and sole heir of Richard Beard, late of AA o., of Annapolis City, decd.. Date: 29 Aug. 1681.  Date Recorded: 19 March, 1705. Consideration: “love, goodwill and affection” Richard Beard, decd., had for his daughter Rebecca, lately intermarried w/ John Nicholson and to loving sister of Richard Beard . Signature: Richd Beard. Witnesses none. Original grant of tract called Indian Range to Robert Franklin [a son-in law of George Puddington] and Richard Beard dated 20 Sept. 1664, beginning in the woods, bounded by land of Richard Cheney, of John Cabin and of Richard Beard, by a branch of Patuxent. 250 acres. Current Indenture includes the moyety of Indian Range granted to Richard Beard. Pertinent Information.: Rerecorded at request of Col. John Nicholson. (elsewhere referred to as “plasterer”).  Note: The Snowden’s Patuxent Furnace was located on the LIttle Patuxent River, Anne Arundel CountyThe unpublished business ledgers of the Snowdens, located at the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, covered the period 1767-1801...We read in those jounrals, ...that most of the workers at the furnace and nearby forge were African - Americans, slave and free; ... And to rescue some long-ago names from the tattered apges of the jouirnals: “Negro Forge Harry “ and his wife Nann worked at the furnace for more that 30 years; William Holmes was a bookkeeper: James Rawlings a master ironworker, Samuel Davis repaired the walls of the furnace in December 1768, but unfortunately “finding himself in rum...” -the rest of that entry is obliterated. ....Little Patuxent River also the birthplace of Johns Hopkins II.

14 C.E. Peck (