Adam Shipley
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Adam Shipley (1650 - 1696)

Adam Shipley
Born in York, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Baltimore, Baltimore, Province of Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Jul 2009 | Last significant change: 8 Oct 2021
15:36: Jack Day edited the Biography for Adam Shipley (1650-1696). (Added sourced biographical data) [Thank Jack for this]
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Biography

1655 Birth and Parents

Adam Shipley was born in England and died in Maryland before 1698. [1]

Adam Shipley first appears in the records in Ann Arundel County, Maryland in February 1668. Based on later documents, he was about 13, [1]thus born about 1655.

1668 Immigration

He immigrated in February 1668 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. [2]

Perhaps he was from York. since he was "transported" to Maryland Colony as an indentured servant in Feb. 1668 by John Pawson, a merchant of York, England, who transported him along with Christopher Shawn, John Browne, John Fish, Thomas Mason, William Barton, Richard Flint, Richard Patterson, Thomas Wood, and John Dixon. [1]

In 1670 John Pawson, a merchant of the city of Yorke, England made and recorded a claim to prove his right to 500 acres for transporting Christopher Shawn, John Browne, Adam Shipleigh (Sipley). John Fish, Thomas Mason, William Barton, Richard Flint, Richard Patterson, Thomas Wood, and John Dixon in Feb 1668. [1]

Came John Pawson of Anne Arundel and proved right to 500 acres for transporting Adam Shipleigh [& nine others] in February 1668 [3] [4]

Adam Shipley came from England and settled in Maryland when this state was a wilderness. [5]

Adam Shipley settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, In 1668. He obtained in an honorable way much real estate. His choice of a residence was not in a town but on his farm known as "Howard's and Porter's Range" on the south side of the Severn River. [5]

1675 Land

Seven years after his arrival, by Jan. 10, 1675, Adam had completed his indenture and was Granted his mandatory 50 acres of land, on which he planted Tobacco. If he had been 13 on his arrival, he would now be 20. [5]

"Before Charles Calvert, came Adam Shipley of Anne Arundel Co, Maryland, and proved his right to Eoden du fifty (50) acres for his time of service performed in the Province. Warrant then granted to Adam Shipley for fifty acres of land due him as above. Certificate Ret. 10 Jan 1675 (LGABIIB:300) [1]

Before Charles Calvert, came Adam Shipley of Anne Arundel Co., MD, and proved his right to Eoden du fifty acres for his time of service performed in the Province...Warrant granted [Cert. 10 Jan. 1675, LG A B II B:300]. [4]

1679 Howard and Porter's Range

On April 5, 1679, he parlayed 4000 lbs. of tobacco into an additional 500 acres called Howard's and Porter's Range along the south side of the Severn River. This transaction was in the form of a deed of trust, which listed the Grantee as "Adam Shoplee, Anne Arundel Planter", and the Grantor as "Cornelius Howard, Anne Arundel Planter" (AACLR 1H 1:76) [1]

Howard & Porter's Range, 100 acres patented by Cornelius HOWARD & Peter PORTER on the south side of the Severn, 5 Apr. 1679 [AACLR IH1:76]. Adam's son Richard deeded this to brother Adam, calling it the land where their mother was living. [4]

1681 Shipley's Choice

In 1681, he acquired 200 acres of Shipley's Choice. on the south side of the Severn River. (LOP CB 2:461-64) [1]

Shipley's Choice, 200 acres on the south side of the Severn, 30 Mar. 1681 [LOP CB 2:461-164]. Richard conveyed this to sisters Lois SHIPLEY & Keturah, wf/o James BARNES. [4]

By 1687, had acquired nearly 1000 acres of land including 500 acres of "Adam the First" on Elk Ridge. [6]. Elk Ridge is in the portion of Anne Arundel which later became Howard County.

Adam the First, on Elk Ridge, 500 acres, Mar. 1687 [LOP NS 2:571-572]. Richard kept part of Adam the First and distributed 100 acres each to brothers Robert & Peter. [4]

By the time of his death, Adam Shipley owned at least 1,000 acres of land in four counties of Maryland: Anne Arundel, Howard, Carrol, and Baltimore.

Adam Shipley was a resident in Anne Arundel County on 30 September 1670, 10 January 1675, 5 April 1679, 30 March 1681, 12 November 1681, and March 1687. [2]

1676 Marriage

Adam Shipley married Lois, who was born about 1655 and died in 1725. Her family and background is unknown. [1]

If he married about a year before the birth of his first child, his marriage would have been about 1676, when he was 21.

In 1675 in Anne Arundel County, he married Lois (1655–1725) [2]

The Facebook Site states "Please refer to the Documents Section in Memories to view a most definitive Biographic article titled 'The Mystery Of Adam's Wife', written by Matt Shipley and recently published" … [2]

1698 Death

Adam Shipley died in Maryland before 1698. [1]

An unsourced Family Search profile gives Adam Shipley's death date as 9 August 1696 in Baltimore County, Maryland, with burial the same month in an unknown location in Anne Arundel County. [2]

One tradition says Adam Shipley was killed by Indians while returning from a visit with some of his children in Virginia.

After the death of their father, the children of Adam received shares of his land. They moved to Queen Caroline Parish in what is now Howard County, Maryland, where their names and those of their families are to be found on the Christ Church Register.

Adam Shipley died while a young man, leaving six children all under legal age, in or about the year 1696, and leaving his eldest son Richard heir at law by the old English custom of primogeniture.[5]

Children

"To Adam and Lois were born six children whose names are verified by legal documents. These documents and others used in the disposition of property verify the following list of the children of Adam and Lois Shipley...There is a tradition that there were other children, but all evidence of this is lacking. [7]

'To Adam and Lois Shipley were born six children, four sons and two daughters.[5]

These documents and others used in the disposition of property verify the following list of children of Adam and Lois Shipley: Richard, Robert, Keturah, Adam, Peter, Lois. [7]

"Adam died before 1698. He left six children under legal age and his eldest son Richard was heir at law by the English custom of primogeniture. After the death of their father, the children of Adam received shares of his land. They moved to Queen Caroline Parish in what is now Howard County, Maryland, where their names and those of their families are to be found in the Christ Church Register." [7]

  1. Richard Shipley, b. about 1677, d. before 1725. m. Susannah Stevens.[7] Eldest son Richard SHIPLEY (b. 1674? - will pr. 24 Aug. 1725, Baltimore County) m. ca. 1703, Susannah STEVENS [8] Richard SHIPLEY was born 16 Oct 1677 in Anne Arundel Co. MD, and died 1725. He married Susannah STEVENS 1703, daughter of Benjamin STEVENS. She was born Abt 1680 in Anne Arundel Co. MD. [9] Richard Shipley (1677–1724) [2]
  2. Robert Shipley, b. July 1 1678, d. 1761/1763, m. Elizabeth Stevens[7] Robert, b. ca. 1676? rcd. land in 1698 [8] Robert SHIPLEY was born 1678 in Anne Arunel Co., MD, and died 3 Jul 1763 in Anne Arundel Co., MD. He married Elizabeth STEVENS Abt 19 Mar 1704 in Anne Arundel Co., MD, daughter of Charles, Jr. STEVENS and Elizabeth ??? UNKNOWN. She was born Abt 1700 in Dorchester, MD. [9] Robert Shipley (1678–1763) [2]
  3. Lois Shipley, born about 1680, d. bef Sep 1746. m. Peter Porter III[7] Lois, b. ca. 1680, m. 1702, Peter PORTER [8] Lois Shipley (1686–1746)​​ [2]
  4. Keturah Shipley, b. 1685, d. aft Aug 1730, m. James Barnes[7] Keturah, b. ca. 1679, m. by 1698, James BARNES [8] Keturah SHIPLEY was born Abt 1685 in Annapolis, MD, and died 1740 in Maryland. She married James BARNES Bef 9 Aug 1698 in Anne Arundel Co., MD. He was born in England, and died 18 Jun 1726 in Maryland. [9] Keturah Shipley (1681–1740) [2]
  5. Peter Shipley, b. about 1687, d. 9 May 1764[7] Peter SHIPLEY gave his age as 60 in 1747, so b. by 1687. [8] Peter Shipley (1687–1787) [2]
  6. Adam Shipley, b. 1689[7] Adam, ca. 1677?, also recd. land in 1698 [8] Adam Shipley (1679–1767) [2]

1717 Ongoing Family

At St. Anne's Church, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, on 29 July 1717, four of Adam's children brought their babies for baptism.[10]

  • [[Shipley-226|Richard Shipley and Susannah brought their son John, who was born 25 March 1717.
  • Keturah Shipley and her husband James Barnes, brought their children Susanna and Nathan.
  • Richard BARNES & Sarah's son Benjamin
  • Steven DEVER & Mary's son Samuel.

Research Notes

Was Adam the son of Hugh Shipleigh of Yorkshire?

Some sources, without further documentation, show Adam Shipley as born about 1650 in Yorkshire, England, the son of Hugh Shipleigh. [9] He was the son of John Sellman (I) and Groce) Grosse Martha (Grace). [9]

Was Adam the son of Richard and Elizabeth?

An unsourced Family Search profile gives Adam Shipley's birth as 29 October 1650 -- with christening on the very same day -- in Kirkby Fleetham, Yorkshire, England. [2]

N. Yeager reports the following information:

  • His parents were Richard b. about 1625 in Fleetham, Yorkshire & d. Jan. 1659 & Elizabeth b. about 1625 & d. Dec. 1658.
  • Richard & Elizabeth & their 2 deceased sons were buried at St. Mary's Church in Kirkby Fleetham, Yorkshire. At the time there were 2 different places Kirkby & Fleetham & over the years they were combined in Kirkby Fleetham.
  • The Association believes Richard & family were born in Fleetham. Adam was baptized at nearby St. Radegund Church in Scruton, Yorkshire as St. Mary's hadn't a vicar at the time of Adam's birth.
  • They had 5 sons.
  1. Adam b. 1648 m. to Lois UNKNOWN & had 6 kids. Richard, Peter, Adam, Lois, Keturah & Robert.
  2. John b. March 1651 & died April 1651.
  3. Robert b. March 1652,
  4. George b. June 1655
  5. Thomas born & died in Nov. 1658.

Documentation of these facts is pending.

An unsourced Family Search profile gives the following parents and siblings for Adam Shipley:

Richard Shipley Jr. (1629–1659) [2] Elizabeth Beck (1630–1658) [2]

Childrenof Elizabeth Beck and Richard Shipley Jr. (6) [2]

Richard Shipley, b. 1649 [2] Adam Shipley (1650–1696) [2] John Shipley (1651–1651) [2] Robert Shipley (1652–1740) [2] George Shipley, b. 1655​​ [2] Thomas Shipley (1657–1658) [2]

Another Family Search profile identifies Adam Shiply, son of Richard Shiply, christened 29 October 1648 in Scuton, Yorkshire, England. [11]

Was Lois actually Lois Howard, daughter of Cornelius Howard?

Some believe she was Lois the daughter of Cornelius Howard, since the Howard family owned "Howard's and Porter's Range" before it was transferred to Adam in 1679 by Cornelius Howard, Planter.[7]

There is no evidence that Lois, wife of Adam SHIPLEY was a HOWARD, and it is highly unlikely that she was.[12]

There is no documentation of such a relationship. Though Lois was living in the year that Cornelius wrote his will, she is not mentioned in his will. Theories as to how the legend came about are discussed in more detail at The Legend of Lois Howard Shipley

Was Adam Shipley an Ancestor of Abraham Lincoln?

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, and this is suggested in Boyd's books [13] DNA tests have now proven that such a relationship is impossible and Abraham Lincoln has no Shipley ancestry. [14]

Links to be Researched

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Shipleys of Maryland. The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Baltimore, Maryland, Gateway Press, 2002. Volume I, page 5
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Family Search. Entry for Adam Shipley No sources are provided.' Accessed 8 October 2021 jhd
  3. [LOP, 13:17, referenced by Gust SKORDAS' Early Settlers of MD].
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Marilyn Roth, Message on Shipley List, 18 Sep 2011, http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.shipley/1707.2.1.1.1.1/mb.ashx. </i> Accessed July 25, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Citation needed
  6. Shipleys of America, I, 5
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 The Shipleys of Maryland. The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Baltimore, Maryland, Gateway Press, 2002. Volume I, page 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Marilyn Roth states, "I'm revising the years of birth that the book lists for the children of the first Adam. Authors assumed that when he distributed his father's land, Richard had just come of age, but his siblings should also have been of age to receive the land--males 21 and females 18. Also, Adam, who arrived in Feb. 1668, probably completed five years of service in Feb. 1673, so he would then have been eligible to marry.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Jane Curci. Re: Caleb and Ozias Barnes, Message on Genforum #11905, March 1, 2005. Accessed 12/8/2019 jhd
  10. F. Edward Wright, Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Westminster Maryland, Family Line Publications, 1989. p. 79
  11. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWXC-8BQ : 21 March 2020), Adam Shiply, 1648.
  12. Lois Shipley. http://www.geni.com/people/Lois-Shipley/6000000007364977717. Accessed July 22, 2015
  13. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, page 51. (The connection of the Shipleys as part of Abraham Lincoln's ancestry has now been disproved by DNA.)
  14. Wikipedia. Nancy Hanks Lincoln Heritage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Hanks_Lincoln_heritage. Accessed October 31, 2016

Bibliography of Frequently Cited Works

  • Shipleys of Maryland. The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Three Volumes. A Studey of the Descendants of Adam Shipley of Yorkshire3, England, Who Came to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1668. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2002.

See also:

  • Emison, Jr., James Wade. Emison Families, revised: Origin and History of the Kentucky Emisons, with partial genealogies and notes on the Emisons of Virginia, Tennessee, Long Island, Massachusetts, with the following collateral families, Baird, Holmes, Clark, Love, Posey-Wade, Allen, Dunning, Ruby, Reiley, Rabb, Braun, James, Chalke, Weaver, Sinclair, Blackburn, Buckley, Randall, Chew, Browne, Porter, Shipley, Mansell, Gassaway, Sheperd, Montague-Johnson-Straughn-Haynie-Grimes, Dutton, Gee, Barr, Simpson, McCord, Hogue, Patterson-Cullop, Scott, McClellan, Brevoort, Mantle, McFarland, McClure, Barkley, Snell, Briscoe, Mitchell, McHatton, Hoopes, Shipley/Gassaway, pp. 262 & 265 of 369, Vincennes, Indiana: c1947. Familysearch.org, FHL Repository, Book Call No. 929.273 Em48e 1954, FHL Digitized Version link.

Acknowledgements

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As a member of the Shipleys of Maryland Association I can tell you what info they have on Adam. His parents were Richard b. about 1625 in Fleetham, Yorkshire & d. Jan. 1659 & Elizabeth b. about 1625 & d. Dec. 1658. They had 5 sons. Adam b. 1648 m. to Lois UNKNOWN & had 6 kids. Richard, Peter, Adam, Lois, Keturah & Robert.

John b. March 1651 & died April 1651. Robert b. March 1652, George b. June 1655 & Thomas born & died in Nov. 1658. Richard & Elizabeth & their 2 deceased sons were buried at St. Mary's Church in Kirkby Fleetham, Yorkshire. At the time there were 2 different places Kirkby & Fleetham & over the years they were combined in Kirkby Fleetham. The Association believes Richard & family were born in Fleetham. Adam was baptized at nearby St. Radegund Church in Scruton, Yorkshire as St. Mary's hadn't a vicar at the time of Adam's birth.

posted by N. Yeager
Hi I go down Robert Shipley slimes from Adam Shipley.

Billie

Yes that's my line, too. Richard & Elizabeth-their son Adam b. Oct 1648 at Fleetham, Yorkshire & baptized at St. Radegund Church, Scruton, Yorkshire(because there wasn't a vicar at the time at St. Mary's Church)& died Aug. 6, 1698 in Maryland. He married Lois Unknown. He left for Maryland in 1667 according to an email from the Shipleys of Maryland. John Pawson transported him. In 1675 he received his 1st land grant of 50 acres in MD. In Oct 1678 in Howard Co. MD he got 500 acres called Adam the First. This link is excellent is contains alot of our Shipley land grants-https://jsfecmd.info/FREAK/HowardCountyLandPatents.html

Adam eventually had over a 1,000 acres of land! Here's another excellent source put out by the Shipleys in 1937- https://archive.org/details/shipleysofmaryla00ship/page/n3/mode/2

(They didn't know who Adam's parents were or where they came from like now). In it you'll find some of Adam & Lois' descendants. Adam & Lois had 6 kids-Richard, Peter, Adam, Lois, Keturah & Robert-my line.

posted by N. Yeager
Yes, I too am a member of the Shipleys of Maryland, and own a copy of their 3 volume genealogy Shipleys of Maryland, which is a useful way of identifying connections between descendants. I'm confident that all the information in it is believed to be true, but, unfortunately, it does not contain sources, so information such as you have shared is an excellent beginning for research, but can't be considered documentation.
posted by Jack Day
I'm trying to put out the REAL FACTS about Adam Shipley & his parents & family & what I posted ARE THE FACTS. I'm NOT talking about the 3 volume set of the Shipleys that I DON'T even own. In 2019 I received a 37 page book from the association called On the Road to Kirby Fleetham documenting the trips that some members took to England researching the Shipleys & they actually looked at the birth records & death records of Richard & Elizabeth & their 5 sons Adam, John, Robert, George & Thomas. I don't know what else you want!!! I'm not a beginner. I've done genealogist work for over 35 years now. Take a trip over there yourself & you'll find the same records they did. I'm soooo tired of people being lazy & copying other people's family trees over & over again with the wrong info. They did this at Ancestry.com & now over 630+ family trees have the wrong parents for Adam. I'm putting the same FACTS here so others & future generations can have the correct info for their family trees. It's a shame you don't believe me Mr. Day but too bad I know the info I posted are the FACTS. A nice thank you would of been nice.
posted by N. Yeager
edited by N. Yeager
And of course I thank you. Wikitree standards for all profiles is that we must have sources, and for pre-1700 profiles like this one they must be reliable sources. The fact that those in Kirby Fleetham's book saw actual birth and death records is important. For this profile we need to know where those records may be found and also what they actually said -- a few words can make a big difference. I personally know a lot of facts about many things, but I'm not insulted when people want to know my sources -- because genealogy always means going back to the best sources we can. This profile currently has some weak sources --like Geni and Family Search, and it would be strengthened if we could replace them with better sources like original records. Adam Shipley is an important immigrant with thousands of descendants, so getting his profile right -- with a good source for every single fact -- is especially important.
posted by Jack Day
Someone had marked the parents of Adam Shipley as "confident". I see no documentation in the biography concerning his parents, and there is nothing on the parents' profile documenting that they had a son Adam. I therefore have changed the listing to "uncertain."

If no documentation can be found for the parents, they should be removed, with a link retained in the biography to indicate that at one point they were thought to be his parents.

posted by Jack Day
Shipley-2456 and Shipley-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same individual, same spouse, same children, same parents!
posted by Larry Bowling
I just chanced upon Shipley-2456 (Adam Shipley) while looking for someone else. After noting that Shipley-2456 wasn't properly sourced, I realized it isn't connected in any way, whatsoever. No wife, parents, children, or siblings. And has no locations for the birth dates. The dates are close (Birth: same month, 2 yr difference; Death: same day/month, 2 yr difference). It seems to make sense to merge them.
posted by Donald Howard
This profile needs appropriate sourcing (needs more information on the Barnes book) and appears to be unconnected. This is the same Adam Shipley shown as married to a Louis Howard, daughter of Cornelius Howard Sr, Howard-171 in some genealogies. There is no proof that his wife, Louis was the daughter of Cornelius. I will see if I can find someone to connect Adam to, that has sources.
posted on Shipley-2456 (merged) by Donald Howard
Both books are published and available in libraries. What else do you want? Barnes book is published by Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD 21157. There are also over 10 families on Ancestry.com that have Adam Shipley with the same parents, info??
posted on Shipley-2456 (merged) by Larry Bowling
Larry, my apologies for not being clear.I think I was referring to Shipley-2456, when speaking of the sources, etc. I just went to look at it, but was redirected to this page. So I guess they were merged. This profile looks good to me. Sorry for the confusion.
posted by Donald Howard
Wikipedia article pointed to by link in Research Notes does not mention DNA and doesn't reach any conclusions. Is there another article, or was the article referred to modified?
posted by William Shipley
Adam's relationship as the son of Richard and Elizabeth is currently marked "confident" but there is no documentation giving any proof of these parents -- or even suggesting that we know anything about his parents. I would hope that someone could find such documentation, otherwise the parents should be marked uncertain or even disconnected.
posted by Jack Day
J.A. I can read it now wow thank you so much. Adam Shipley my 9th Great grandpa.

Billie

Second try on the 1910 newspaper article. If it is still un-readable, please comment and I will try again...
posted by J Stewart Esq
Shipley-1997 and Shipley-3 appear to represent the same person because: Obvious match
posted by Dave McDougle
I deleted the categories showing Adam as an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln and added a paragraph with a Wikipedia link showing how DNA has disproved the connection.
posted by Jack Day