I believe that Ann Smith, the sister of John and first wife of Richard Youell/Yowell, was the daughter of Robert Smith and Anne ____. Robert was b. abt. 1620 and d. 1660/1661. Robert Smith, Thomas Youell/Yowell, and Thomas Sturman and his son John Sturman were close friends and caused a bit of a ruckus in Maryland before they moved to Westmoreland County around 1650. They were obviously Protestants and were having it out with the Catholics:
Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1636-1647, p.175:
[16 January, 1646]
"18 The Charge of his Lordps Attorney agt Thomas Sturman John Sturman ffrancis Gray John Hamton Robert Smith Tho:Yewell
1 That Since they were lately pardoned by two Several pardons one after another of he crimes of Rebellion and Sedition, they the Said Delinquents, or Some one or more of them have Secretly led out of the Province by night, & made resort and assembled themselves together at the house of one John Mottram, and with others of Checkacoan notorious enemies to the Lord Propriary and his governmt here established and on the thirteenth ffourteenth fifteenth and Sixteenth days of this Instant Month of January or Some one or more of them, have at the place, and with the enemies of the Province aforesaid, used divers Speeches and practises and hached & Complotted divers Machinations nd Conspiraces agt the person of Leonard Calvert Esq now Govr of the Province and for entring into the Province by force as enemies and robbers to destroy the Inhabitants and the Cattle, and to burn & fire the Country afore them, and all the rest of the Sd delinquents have been privy and accessary (fore) to Such practises and dessignes.
Janry 19. Thomas Sturman ffrancis Gray John Hampton & Robert Sedgrave & John Sturman doe each of them Severally for himself acknowledge themselves to owe unto the Lord Propriary two thousand wt Tobo in Case they Shall attempt to goe out of the County of St Maries without acquainting the Govr therewth afore or Shall entertain Secret Communicacon or intelligence wth John Mott Thomas Yewell Thomas Lewis or Robt Smith or any person comeing from them or any of them, or Shall harbour them or any of them, or Shall know of any of their Comeing into the parts where he lives, and Shall not as Soon s he may give notice thereof to the Governor.
Mark of (T) Thomas Sturman
The Thomas Yewell/Youell/Yowell mention in this record would be Richard's father - Thomas Yewell/Youell/Yowell who married Ann Sturman the daughter of Thomas Sturman. John Sturman is Thomas' son. Robert Smith, Thomas Yewell/Youell/Yowell, Thomas and John Sturman, as a group, are frequently in the Maryland court records in the 1640s. There was another Thomas Yewell who was born abt. 1636 and died in Talbot County Maryland in 1698, but he would have been way too young to be hanging out with Robert Smith and the Sturmans.
Robert Smith was married twice. First to Rosamond ________ (m. 1638), and second to Anne_________. Robert and Rosamond had John, Sarah and William. Robert and Anne had Robert Smith Jr., Ann (who I believe married Richard Youell/Yowell), Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Jane. John mentioned in the Westmoreland County Order Book 15 Jul 1677 would be Ann's older half-brother.
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