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Isle of Wight records in MD archives !
Posted by: Julia Seymour Date: August 21, 2001 at 03:06:20
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I am posting this to help other individuals who cannot find ancestors that are supposed to be in the Isle of Wight County 1630-1700. I have been researching the history of this area and I discovered that the ancestors I thought had come to the Isle of Wight are actually in Maryland during these years. By way of explanation, a short history lesson. In mid 1600's a man named William Claiborne convinces many Isle of Wight families to go to an area in Maryland called the Isle of Kent. He sets up a trading post for Virginia families there and offers land to anyone who is a puritan very cheaply. These men often leave behind women and children to be absorbed into other households and others had property in both places. Many marriages, births, deaths and wills that were supposed to be found in Isle of Wight records are actually found in Maryland records. After looking for my ancestor who was supposed to have come to the Isle of Wight and settled, I could not find him anywhere in Isle of Wight records until after 1700. He was in fact in Maryland . Once I went to the archives of Maryland online I found court cases galore for this guy. And I noticed that many individuals on his court cases as witnesses, defendants, etc who were supposed to be in Isle of Wight were in fact in Maryland. Many men owned property in both places. I should point out that a man named Lord Baltimore comes to Maryland with a Catholic land grant and claims the same land that the Virginia families have. Claiborne and his followers lose this fight but it takes nearly sixty years for all families to go back to Virginia. Very few remain as Lord Baltimore raises rents on protestant families. By 1700 most are firmly in Virginia,. In the Maryland archives this area is in fact referred to as the "Virginia part of Maryland. I have a list of early land grants, 1630-1700 on in Maryland and I will be glad to look up any ancestor as time permits. Or you may want to write me for the Archives of Maryland URL. I have just found a special collection at this website titled Early Virginia Records and Lancaster County records that I am asking about. It could contain birth, death, marriage records of families previously thought in Isle of Wight. Names of ancestors that I have found on my ancestors court cases that were previously thought in Isle of Wight, Henry Fleet, Justinian Cooper, William Mitchell, Thomas Poole, Mary Cole, Giles Brent, Margery Brent and many others. I wish someone had told me this. I would have saved a lot of time.


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