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Mary (Driskell) Ruark (1723 - 1776)

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Mary Ruark formerly Driskell
Born in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Marylandmap
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Died in Worcester, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Mary Driskell was born August 7, 1723 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. She was the daughter of Moses Driskell and Katherine Elgate.[1][2][3]

Born August 7, 1723. Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. [2] [3]

Marriage Married 1737 in Maryland. Husband John Ruark. Wife Mary Driskell.


  1. Child: ?
  2. Child: James Ruark.
  3. Child: Hezekiah Ruark.
  4. Child: Belitha Ruark.
  5. Child: John E Ruark.
  6. Child: Jordan Ruark.
  7. Child: ?

Research Notes 01/11/2013 Note: “Portrait and Biographical Record of the Eastern Shore of Maryland” published by Chapman Publishing Co. in 1898. In it, there is a biography of Major T. Ruark b 1837. It says his father was James Ruark, a native of England, who came to Maryland in the company of his three brothers, Thomas, William and Major. According to the text, they were the first settlers on Hoopers Island. It also says that James’ wife was Sarah. She also sent a copy of Major’s will dated 1866 listing his children as, Freddy Ruark, Sarah E. Ruark, Irvin C. Ruark, Horace P. Ruark, and Elmer J. Ruark. This could be the origin of the three brothers legend and if so, there was more than one branch of Ruarks from England/Ireland. I have a copy of John Ruark’s will, dated 1769 listing one of his sons as James. But in the 1850 Worcester Co. census, there is a James Ruark, age 62 and wife Sarah, age 58. We might surmise that this James moved from Hoppers Island to Worcester, but the aforementioned publication says that James was a seaman and died aboard a vessel around 1835. If so, how could Major, b 1837, be his son? My guess is this; the James in the 1850 census is b 1788 and Sarah b 1792 were Major T’s parents. The four brothers may have landed at Hoppers Is. But much earlier than the publication indicates. I know that a Major Ruark owned land in Somerset Co. in the early 1700’s. This is in the land records at the Somerset courthouse.——————————National Archives for JamesRewark/Rourk/Rouark/ Ruark/ Reewark with all kinds of claims and affidavits: He was married to Sophie McCauley; both Susanna Tucker Ruark, and Julia Ann Miller Ruark claim pension as his widow.. there are affidavits on both sides indicating that they can not see how he could live in Anne Arundel Co in a bigamous state without someone knowing it. In one declaration by Julia Rouark [signed + her mark], she states that she is the widow of James O’Rourke generally called James Rouark.Also I quote one letter: Balto Sept 7th / 57 SirI Received your Letter dated Sept 3rd on 4th and I rite to you to inform you that I am posatively a son of James Ruark of Ranadle County who was a officer in the Revolution War. You can find at No 30 Republican Street Baltimore City.Yours TrulyM S RuarkHe ends many words and capitol letters with a curlicue that looks like he is putting an e , causing his name to look like Reuark.————————————Lib. MM – A List of Servants Transported by Samuell Gibbons of Bristoll in the Ship Batchelor of Bristoll 1674 … Corneluis Rowark …2nd November 1674; Then Came the within named Samuell Gibbons and proved Rights unto four Thousand five hundred acres of Land it being due to him for Transporting the ninety persons within mentioned — unto this province to Inhabit before me. Charles CalvertKnow all men by these presents that I Samuell Gibbons within named for a vauable consideration to my hand paid by Robert Ridgely of St. Mary’s have Assigned, Sold and made over unto the said Ridgely all my rights and Interest of, in and to four Thousand and five hundred acres, Rights to Land to me due for Transporting the ninety persons within mentioned into this province to Inhablt To have and to hold the Said ninety Rights to Land to him the said Robert Ridgely, his heirs and Assigns forever Witnessed, Signed and Sealed the Second of November 1674. Witnesses: Richard Keenon, Samuell Gibbons {Seale}Lib. MM Maryland; Know all men by these presents that I Robert Ridgely of St. Mary’s City for a valuable consideration already Recieved do Assign, Sell and make over unto his Excellency Charles Calvert all my right, Title and Interest of, in and to twenty Rights to Land to me due by assignment from Samuell Gibbons of Bristoll, merchant, due the said Samuell for transporting James Crawford, John Walker, Humphrey Tilton, Jeffery Thompson, Abraham Murphy, Cornelius Rowarke, William Bell, Wm Nowell, Robert Gibson, John Duglass, Patrick Magee, John Younger, John Lithcoe, Cornelius Mackmaicklin, Daniell Guordon, William Bullock, John Pearson, Daniell Macklegar, Manns Mahallan and Henry Magee into this province to Inhabit in the Ship Batchelor of Bristoll this present year as appears upon record. Tohave and to hold the Said twenty Rights to Land to him the Said Charles Calvert his heirs and assigns forever, Witness my hand and Seale this Sixth of november in the 43th year of the Dominion of Corcilius & Anno Domini 1674. Witnesses: John Blomfeild, Robert Ridgely {Seale}———————————Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages: records of four brothers coming from County Galway, Ireland around 1680 with the name RUARK(O’ROARKE/O’ROURKE) – the line was of the Methodist ReligionThe Legend of the Three or Four Ruark Brothers:– associated with the RUARK emigrants is that when Lord Baltimore, George Calvert, colonized his land grant in Maryland, who was granted the Palatinate of Maryland by King Charles I of England. He brought over retainers from the Baltimore estate in Ireland. Among them were three RUARK brothers, John, James, and William, who were horse trainers. James appears to be the one who began our branch, and settled in what is now Worcester Co., Maryland, on the Eastern Shore.– there was four brothers James, Major, Thomas, William, they came to Maryland in the late 1600s from Ireland, Wales or England. James settled in Worcester County, Maryland the other brothers went to Dorchester County, Maryland to hoopers Island of Dorchester County, Maryland. at this time they went by the name Rook. James married Elizabeth Davis the daughter of John Davis Sr. these are the childern of James & Elizabeth. John, James, Margery, William, Edward. James the fahter died before 1719. In 1736 John (son) married Mary Driscoll daughter of Moses & Catherine Driskell. Catherine Driskells maiden name was Elgate.


  1. [ American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Publication: Operations Inc ]
  2. 2.0 2.1 [Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911 Publication: Operations, Inc.]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Moses Driskell in entry for Mary Driskell, 07 Aug 1723; citing STEPNEY PARISH,SOMERSET,MARYLAND; FHL microfilm 14,416.

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On 27 Jan 2018 at 22:23 GMT Michael Dolese wrote:

Driskell-259 and Driskell-145 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents and same birth dates

Mary is 25 degrees from Lizzie Griffiths, 18 degrees from Fred Rogers and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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