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Robert Shipley Sr. (abt. 1678 - 1763)

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Robert Shipley Sr.
Born about in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Mar 2011
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Caution: No Connection between Abraham Lincoln and the Shipleys

James Hanks and his wife Lucy Shipley have in the past been believed to be the parents of Nancy Hanks, wife of Thomas Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln's mother. DNA tests have now proven that such a relationship is impossible and Abraham Lincoln has no Shipley ancestry. [1]



Robert Shipley, son of Adam Shipley I and his wife Lois, was born in Anne Arundel County about 1678 and died between 1761 and 1763.[2] Some sources have his birthdate as July 1, 1678. Also [3]
He was baptized in St. Anne's Church, Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.[4]
Lois Porter;
Richard Shipley, Sr.;
Peter Shipley;
Adam Shipley
Keturah Barnes


About 1710, he married Elizabeth Stevens[3]. She was the daughter of Charles Stevens of Dorchester County.[5] With his brothers he moved into the portion of northern Anne Arundel County which became Howard County.[2]


The birthdates of his children are found in the records of Christ Church, Queen Caroline Parish, where he was one of the first vestrymen.[2] The portion of Anne Arundel County in which Queen Caroline Parish is located became Howard County when that County was formed in 1861. The church is today Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, Howard County, Maryland.
Robert & Elizabeth had the following children[3]:
  1. Charles Shipley, b. 27 Mar 1711 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, d. bef Sep 1767
  2. Robert Shipley, b. 19 Oct 1713 in Queen Caroline Parish, Howard, Maryland
  3. Ruth Shipley, b. 14 Aug 1715 in Maryland
  4. Keturah Shipley, b. 22 Nov 1717 in Maryland
  5. Elizabeth Shipley, b. 7 Mar 1718/9 in Maryland, d. 1795
  6. Sarah Shipley, b. 3 Jun 1721 in Maryland
  7. Lois Shipley, b. 1 Jun 1723 in Maryland
  8. George Shipley, b. 26 Sep 1726 in Maryland
  9. William Shipley, b. 1 May 1729 in Maryland, d. bef 1794.
  10. Rachel Shipley (not sure about this one)


There is a question about whether he died 6 Dec 1761 or 2 Feb 1763. Location was Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland [3]


  • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.


  1. Wikipedia. Nancy Hanks Lincoln Heritage. Accessed October 31, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shipleys of Maryland, I, 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Janet Ariciu family Bush on Rootsweb, . page for Robert Shipley on Rootsweb. Accessed on 27 Aug 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Profile for Robert Shipley, Sr, on
  5. In some sources, her middle name is given as "Keturah."

See also:

  • Shipleys of Maryland. The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Three Volumes. A Study of the Descendants of Adam Shipley of Yorkshire, England, Who Came to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1668. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2002.

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On 17 Nov 2017 at 02:58 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:

Shipley-226 and Shipley-125 do not represent the same person because: Richard and Robert Shipley are 2 different people and brothers not the same person, see Richard's wife profile for further information

On 16 Nov 2017 at 16:04 GMT Ashton Cavey wrote:

Shipley-226 and Shipley-125 appear to represent the same person because: They share the same wife and children

On 31 Oct 2016 at 23:05 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I deleted the categories as an ancestor of a US President and added an explanation -- DNA testing has disproven the relationship.

On 25 Mar 2016 at 04:00 GMT Sheryl Mayhew wrote:

Hi All;

Does anyone know who the Shipley and Broglin are that dna tested on FTDNA? How are they related? Between 2 of my maternal line that have tested they match 22 Shipleys on a Y DNA test. I'm trying to find a tree for the one that has only 1 degree of separation (Broglin/Shipley) from my ancestor? HELP ; )

On 17 Sep 2014 at 20:39 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Here is the link to Elizabeth Keturah Shipley's profile on -- it does show that her parents are the Stevens.

Robert is 14 degrees from George Bush, 20 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 12 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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