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William Bladen, Esq., born at Steeton, Yorkshire 27 Feb. 1673, immigrated to Maryland in 1690.  He settled in St. Mary's Co. and later at Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.  He married in 1695 Anne Van Swearingen, daughter of Garrett Van Swearingen, by his wife, Mary Smith.  They had four sons, [Col.] Thomas [Governor of Maryland], William, Christopher, and Martin, and two daughters, Anne (wife of Benjamin Tasker) and Priscilla. William Bladen, Esq., deid intestate at Annapolis, Maryland 7 August 1718.  His widow, Anne, was living Aug. 1719. 
C. Ashley Ellefson in "William Bladen and Letitia Loftus: A Voyage in Search of a Wife and an Exercise in Genealogy"  strongly presents facts to disprove the contention of Charles Henry Browning in "Americans of Royal Descent: Collection of Genealogies Showing the Lineal ..." that William Bladen married Letitia Loftus. 
Different sources give different birthplaces. What we appear to know is: Nathaniel Bladen was owner or co-owner of Hague Hall in Hemsworth; William was born in February 1672/3; he was baptised a month later at Steeton, the seat of his mother's family. Given the interval of a month, we don't know whether his mother went home for the birth, or only for the christening; neither practice was unusual.
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