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Re: Samuel and William, 1749 Calvert County, MD
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: June 26, 2011 at 14:23:50
In Reply to: Samuel and John, 1749 Calvert County, MD by Duane Boggs of 1114

Recently, in researching the Sly family of Calvert County, Maryland in the 18th century, I came across a record which I believe refers to Samuel and William Sly.

From the records of the Prerogative Court, concerning the administration of the estate of the late Thomas Crompton:

Thomas Crompton 27.200 A CA 5399.12.0 96.10.6 Dec 2 1749
Received from: [long list of names that included William "Slyer" and Samuel "Slyer"].

Even though the person who transcribed the old handwritten court records THOUGHT that the script said "Slyer", I am reasonably confident that it was actually "Slye" with some odd flourish at the end that was mis-interpreted as an "r". I have not found any other evidence that there was a family named "Slyer" in Calvert County before or after 1749, but there was certainly a family named Slye (a/k/a Sly) that had men named both William and Samuel.

Then, a few years later, from the same Prerogative Court records was the following:

James Mackall 33.193 A CA 1270.18.7 82.7.0 Oct 2 1752
Received from: [long list of names, including "James Duke, Jr., James Duke, Jr. for Gab. Slyer" and more names].

I believe the "Gab." was an abbreviation for "Gabriel" and because this was undobutedly an adult (say, over 21) at the time, this Gabriel "Slyer" (which I suspect was also "Slye" (a/k/a Sly), would have been born before 1731, probably in Calvert County.

If anyone has other information about Gabriel Sly, or other information about instances where a record concerning a William or Samuel "Slyer" might actually have been about a Slye or Sly, please share by posting here or contact me directly at duaneaboggs@live.com.



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