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Elizabeth (Kinsey) Johns (abt. 1650 - 1716)

Elizabeth Johns formerly Kinsey aka Sparrow
Born about in Lancaster Co. Virginiamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1668 (to 1675) in Anne Arundel Co., Marylandmap
Wife of — married about 7 Jul 1676 in Calvert County, Marylandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Cliffs, Calvert, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jul 2009 | Last significant change: 30 Sep 2021
20:44: Billie (Bright) Keaffaber edited the Biography for Elizabeth (Kinsey) Johns (abt.1650-1716). (Bio improvement. Adding sources. ) [Thank Billie for this]
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Elizabeth (Kinsey) Johns was a Maryland colonist.

The date and place of birth of Elizabeth Kinsey are unknown, as well as the date and place of her marriage to Thomas Sparrow. The Kinseys had come from Virginia to Maryland in 1659 and Hugh obtained a grant of 400 acres on the north side of the Patapsco called Walnut Neck and Kinsey Situate. The will of Hugh Kinsey of Anne Arundel County, dated 6 May 1667, devised his entire estate to his wife Margaret “if it please God she live longer upon this earth than I” with reversion to his youngest daughter Elizabeth, with reversion to Mary Humpheys, with reversion to the rest of his children.

According to the Maryland land patents where settlers claim land for bringing people into the Maryland Colony. Hugh Kinsey transported himself, Richard Merridith, Abraham South, Mary Humphreys, Elizabeth Kinsey, Mary Humphreys, Jr., Paul Kinsey, & Edward, her [Mary's?] son. [1] After Thomas’ death Elizabeth married secondly to Richard Johns 1649-1717, on 18 July 1675, who had migrated to Calvert Cliffs in 1671. [Maryland Marriages] In Procedings of Court of Chancery in Maryland, Thomas Francis plaintiff and Solomon Sparrow, Richard Johns and Elizabeth his wife and Thomas Sparrow defendents. 7 Feb 1676. Thomas Sparrow being seized of parcel of land in Ann Arundel County called Locust’s Neck of 146 acres for 7500 pounds of tobacco sold it to Thomas Francis on 15 Oct 1667. Thomas died and his wife Elizabeth now the wife of Richard Johns and brother Solomon were executors with his infant son Thomas. Thomas Francis sought to clarify and confirm his rights.

That Elizabeth Johns, the wife of Richard, was the daughter of Hugh Kinsey, is shown by various deeds. One made by her grandson, Thomas Sparrow, to William Porrterry, JAN 1725 which begins thus: "Thomas Sparrow, grandson & heir at law of Elizabeth Johns, wife of Richard Johns, of the Clifts, in Calvert County, and became so by the Death of Thomas Sparrow, father of Thomas, party to these presents, who was heir apparent of the said Elizabeth Johns, who was heiress at Law of Hugh Kensey, the original pattentee of a parcell of Land Called Walnut Neck, of Annarundell County, Gent., of the one part," etc. [2]

Richard Johns and Elizabeth his wife executed several deeds in 1681, 1685, 1687 and 1690 for the following tracts of land, on Patapsco river, viz: Paul's Neck, 200 acres; Kinsey, 400 ac.; Harbarrow, 300 ac.; White Oak Spring, 150 ac.; Brandon, 250 a., and Duck Cove, 350 ac., to which Elizabeth made her mark for a signature, and in which Richard is styled Merchant or Gent., and Elizabeth is described as "Sister and heir at law of Paul Kinsey, late of Baltimore Co., dec'd.," or "Daughter of Hugh Kinsey, late of Anne Arundel Co., dec'd." Geratt Hopkins made his mark as witness to one in 1685.[3]

The births of the children of Richard and Elizabeth are listed on the same page of the register for the Clifts Monthly Quaker Meeting. Richard & Elizabeth Johns are also listed in the Quaker Minutes as witnesses for wedding of William Cole Jr & Elizabeth Sparrow held at their home The Clifts.[4]


In the minutes of the Cliffs Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends of which Richard Johns was the clerk, he wrote on the death of his wife, Elizabeth: " Elizabeth Johns, the dear and well beloved, virtuous wife of Richard and mother of this family, died the 1st day of the 12th month, 1715/6 at about quarter past 8 in the morning. [5]


Hugh Kinsey and Thomas Sparrow were both ancestors of Johns Hopkins, and both came to Maryland from Virginia, for the former in his Will mentions certain household articles "Which I brought out of Virginia," and the Norfolk county, Va., records show that 20 June, 1647," a Certificate was issued to Thomas Sparrow for 300 acres for himself and others not named.[6]

Depostion of Samuel Hooker 1764: He always understood the wife of Richard Johns the grandfather of W. Hopkins to be the daughter of Paul Kinsey.


  1. Early Settlers of Maryland [[1]]
  2. Baltimore County Land Records RM HS/172
  3. Baltimore County Land Records RM HS/172; RM HS/240
  4. Peden, Henry C. Quaker Records of Southern Maryland: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Abstracts from the Minutes, 1658-1800. Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend, 2000.
  5. ibid
  6. Maryland Colonial Wills Liber 1/291
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #32408313 for Elizabeth Kinsey Sparrow (1615–1 Feb 1715), citing Clifts Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, Scientists Cliffs, Calvert County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Roanna Camden Cann (contributor 46932997) .

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Kinsey-2 and Kinsey-855 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents and some of same brothers & sisters. Different dates of birth but the date of birth is uncertain.
posted by [Living Johns]
Kinsey-1009 and Kinsey-2 appear to represent the same person because: Sam Son Aquilla whose father and mother are listed as Richard Johns and Elizabeth (Kinsey Johns aka Sparrow
posted by [Living Johns]
Kinsey-1001 and Kinsey-2 appear to represent the same person because: same parents, duplicates
posted by Robin Lee
The correct lifespan of Elizabeth appears to be 1615 - 1714.
posted by Bob Keniston Jr.

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