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Emigrated to Maryland in 1671. Brought over by Captain John Boddy.
Your line of Summers are believed to come from England. The first reported Summers in your line was a John Summers. On 18 December 1671, a Captain John Boddy...having transported 12 persons to Maryland to inhabit, amongst whom was JOHN SUMMERS, proved his right to 600 acres of land.
John Summers was believed to be between 16 and 25 years of age (born about 1650), this being the age of most transported indentured servants. He would have faced a doubtful crossing of the Atlantic. A most dangerous thing at those times, where sickness, on board fires and ship wreaks were only some of the fears. The crossing if it went well would have taken 2 months. Most of the time spent below decks in cramped quarters with little light, sanitation or ventilation. Many died of disease on these journeys and John would had to have the true Pioneer spirit to make this trips.
John showed himself to be a ruggard Individualist, by 1682 he was already paying ground rent (tax) on 120 acres of land called Pitchcraft. It was on the Westside of the Patuxent River in the freshes, in Calvert County, later called Prince Georges= County. As most people of the time he was a Planter (Farmer) by trade. He also was active in the community. He testified for a Edward Gold (a Negro) and his freedom in June 1692. He served on Jury duty twice in 1698, and was appointed overseer of the Mount Calvert Hundred (a piece of property). He was married to a Rebecca Dent and had 4 children; William Summers, John Summers 2nd, Sarah Summers and Lucy Summers. He died about 1705 and left his estate to his Wife Rebecca. When she remarried (to a Henry Mackbee in 1708) the estate went to his two sons. Rebecca died about 1711.