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Adam Shipley I (1655 - bef. 1698)

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Adam Shipley I
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Died before in Anne Arundel County, Marylandmap
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Categories: First Families of Maryland | Howard and Porters Range Land Patent.


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]


1655 Birth

Adam Shipley was born in England and died in Maryland before 1698. He married Lois, who was born about 1655 and died in 1725. [2]

Adam Shipley first appears in the records in Ann Arundel County, Maryland in February 1668. Based on later documents, he was about 13, [2]thus born about 1655.

1668 Immigration

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. [2]

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. [2]

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

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.

"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) [2]

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) [2]

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) [2]

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. [5]. 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's wife was named Lois, but there is no proof of her family.

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

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.[6]

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

There is no evidence that Lois, wife of Adam SHIPLEY was a HOWARD, and it is highly unlikely that she was.[7]


Adam Shipley died in Maryland before 1698. [2]


"To Adam and Lois were born six children whose names are verified by legal documens. 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.

"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." [6]

  1. Richard Shipley, b. about 1677, d. before 1725. m. Susannah Stevens.[6]
  2. Robert Shipley, b. July 1 1678, d. 1761/1763, m. Elizabeth Stevens[6]
  3. Lois Shipley, born about 1680, d. bef Sep 1746. m. Peter Porter III[6]
  4. Keturah Shipley, b. 1685, d. aft Aug 1730, m. James Barnes[6]
  5. Peter Shipley, b. about 1687, d. 9 May 1764[6]
  6. Adam Shipley, b. 1689[6]

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. [4]

Eldest son Richard SHIPLEY (b. 1674? - will pr. 24 Aug. 1725, Baltimore County) m. ca. 1703, Susannah STEVENS*

  1. Robert, b. ca. 1676? rcd. land in 1698
  2. Adam, ca. 1677?, also recd. land in 1698
  3. Keturah, b. ca. 1679, m. by 1698, James BARNES
  4. Lois, b. ca. 1680, m. 1702, Peter PORTER
  5. Peter SHIPLEY gave his age as 60 in 1747, so b. by 1687.

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.[8]

  • [[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.


  1. Wikipedia. Nancy Hanks Lincoln Heritage. Accessed October 31, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Baltimore, Maryland, Gateway Press, 2002. Volume I, page 5
  3. [LOP, 13:17, referenced by Gust SKORDAS' Early Settlers of MD].
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Marilyn Roth, Message on Shipley List, 18 Sep 2011, </i> Accessed July 25, 2015
  5. Shipleys of America, I, 5
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002. Baltimore, Maryland, Gateway Press, 2002. Volume I, page 6
  7. Lois Shipley. Accessed July 22, 2015
  8. F. Edward Wright, Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Westminster Maryland, Family Line Publications, 1989. p. 79

See also:

  • 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.)
  • 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.


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On 31 Oct 2016 at 23:09 GMT Jack Day wrote:

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.

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