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Thomas STURMAN died 1651, not 1654
Posted by: Michelle Taunton Date: June 24, 1999 at 07:57:52
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I know that there are a lot of descendants out there of Thomas Sturman (b. 1584), and that it is generally agreed that he died in 1654 because of the way his widow Ann's will is written, but in July 1651, Thomas' son John made a lengthy petition to the Council of Maryland concerning a lawsuit Thomas Cornwallis filed against John Sturman, his father Thomas Sturman, and William Hardwick. In the petition, John stated that his father was already deceased (exact wording: "yor Petitioners father dying before any Such Tryall was made"), which puts Thomas Sturman's death date at prior to July 1651. Assuming Thomas died in Virginia, he technically would have died in Northumberland Co., not Westmoreland, since Westmoreland didn't even exist until two years later. John Sturman's petition is found in "Archives of Maryland," Vol. 3, Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, pages 313-314. The entire gist of the petition was that, out of the three defendants in the lawsuit, William Hardwich had settled out of court, and Thomas Sturman had died, which left John Sturman as the only remaining defendant.

If anyone would like a transcript of the entire petition, please email me directly, and I'll forward a copy to you.

Michelle Taunton
mtaunton@inet.ed.gov
After 30 June 1999: mtaunton@mindspring.com

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