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Maria Johanna (Somerset) Smith (abt. 1666 - abt. 1698)

Maria Johanna "Mary" Smith formerly Somerset aka Lowther
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married before 1697 in Englandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married 1697 in Christ Church, Calvert, Marylandmap
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Died about in Marylandmap [uncertain]
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Biography

Mary was the daughter of Charles Somerset and his second wife Katherine Baskerville.[1][2] She was 17 in 1683, pointing to a birth date of about 1666.[2]

Mary married Colonel John Lowther.[1][2] In about 1697 she emigrated to Maryland. When she arrived, she was a widow. She took a letter of introduction from her father's cousin Lord Baltimore.[1][2]

In 1697 Mary became the third wife of Richard Smith, who had been Surveyor-General of Maryland in 1693/4. They married at Christ Church, Calvert County, Maryland.[1][2][3] They had one child:

Mary is thought to have died giving birth to her son Charles.[4] She is not mentioned in her second husband's will, dated 1710 and proved 1714.[5] Her father's will, dated 24 November 1712, refers to her son Charles as son of his "unfortunate daughter" Mary Smith, the word "unfortunate" almost certainly signifying that she was dead by then.[6]

Research Notes

Ancestry

Besides her descent from Magna Carta Surety Barons, Mary was descended from Edward III.[2]

First Marriage

Charles Henry Browning states that Mary eloped with her first husband, who died en route to Maryland.[7] A better source would be needed to confirm this. Parran's Register of Maryland Heraldic Families also states that her first husband died on the voyage to Maryland.[8]

Browning claims that a brother-in-law by her second marriage, called Robert Lowther Smith, married Maria Calvert, a cousin of her father, and daughter of Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore and Anne Arundel.[7] No good source has yet been found to confirm the existence of this brother-in-law and his wife.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. IV, p. 55, SOMERSET 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), Vol. IV, p. 664, SOMERSET 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 Christopher Johnston. 'Smith Family of Calvert County' in Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol. III, issue 1, 1908, p. 69, viewable on Familysearch
  4. Douglas Richardson. 'Base Knight? - Sir John Somerset, grandfather of the immigrant, Mary Johanna Somerset', discussion in soc.genealogy.medieval, March-April 2012, web, accessed 19 July 2020
  5. Jane Baldwin. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. IV, 1914, pp. 37-38, abstract on Ancestry.co.uk
  6. The National Archives: Will of Charles Somersett of Ross, Herefordshire, PROB 11/527/42, National Archives catalogue entry
  7. 7.0 7.1 Charles Henry Browning. Americans of Royal Descent, 7th edition, reissued by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969, pp. 381-382, Google Books
  8. Alice Norris Parran, Register of Maryland Heraldic Families, Vol. 1, 1938, p. 287, Ancestry.co.uk
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for "Magna Carta Ancestry".
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for ‘’Royal Ancestry’’.
  • Richardson, Douglas. 'Base Knight? - Sir John Somerset, grandfather of the immigrant, Mary Johanna Somerset', discussion in soc.genealogy.medieval, March-April 2012, web, accessed 19 July 2020
  • Cavanagh, Harrison Dwight. Colonial Chesapeake Families, Vol 1, XLibris Corporation, 2014, p. 514, Google Books preview

Acknowledgements

Magna Carta Project

This profile was edited for the Magna Carta Project by Michael Cayley in July 2020 and approved 21 Sep 2020 by Thiessen-117.
Maria Johanna (Somerset) Smith is listed in Magna Carta Ancestry as a Gateway Ancestor (vol. I, pages xxiii-xxix) and is in a trail to Magna Carta Surety Baron Richard de Clare that was developed for the Project by Michael Cayley in Jul/Aug 2020 and badged 22 Sep 2020. Mary is also the Gateway in a Richardson-documented trail to Saher de Quincy (vol. IV, pages 38-55 SOMERSET). This trail, along with a trail to surety barons Hugh le Bigod and Roger le Bigod need further development by the Magna Carta Project. These trails are set out in the Magna Carta Trails section, below.
Maria Johanna Somerset is the Gateway in several other trails to Magna Carta Surety Barons that are outlined in a dedicated free space page HERE. Not all of these have been fully developed for the Magna Carta Project.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

Magna Carta Trails

Badged trail to Richard de Clare (2020):
Gateway Ancestor Maria Johanna Somerset (badged/100% 5-star)
1. Maria was the daughter of Charles Somerset (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
2. Charles was the son of Mary Arundell (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
3. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Arundell (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
4. Thomas was the son of Margaret Willoughby (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
5. Margaret was the daughter of Henry Willoughby (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
6. Henry was the son of Anne Fillol (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
7. Anne was the daughter of William Fillol (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
8. William was the son of John Filoll (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
9. John was the son of Joan Frome (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
10. Joan was the daughter of John Frome (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
11. John was the son of Elizabeth de Brewes (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
12. Elizabeth was the daughter of John de Brewes (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
13. John was the son of Giles de Brewes (badged/R&A Sep 2020)
14. Giles was the son of William de Brewes (badged/100% 5-star)
15. William was the son of John de Brewes (badged/100% 5-star)
16. John was the son of Maud de Clare (badged/100% 5-star)
17. Maud was the daughter of Magna Carta Surety Baron Richard de Clare
Unbadged Richardson-documented trail to Quincy (MCA IV:38-55 SOMERSET):
2. Charles Somerset is the son of John Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
3. John is the son of Henry Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
4. Henry is the son of Edward Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
5. Edward is the son of William Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
6. William is the son of Henry Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
7. Henry is the son of Charles (Beaufort) Somerset (trail pending/needs development)
8. Charles is the son of Henry Beaufort (trail pending/needs development)
9. Henry is the son of Edmund Beaufort (trail pending/needs development)
10. Edmund is the son of Margaret Holland (badged/100% 5-star)
11. Margaret is the daughter of Thomas de Holland (trail pending/needs development)
12. Thomas is the son of Thomas de Holand (trail pending/needs re-review)
13. Thomas is the son of Maud la Zouche (badged/100% 5-star)
14. Maud is the daughter of Alan la Zouche (badged/100% 5-star)
15. Alan is the son of Roger la Zouche (badged/100% 5-star)
16. Roger is the son of Ellen de Quincy (badged/100% 5-star)
17. Ellen is the daughter of Roger de Quincy (badged/100% 5-star)
18. Roger is the son of Magna Carta Surety Saher de Quincy
Unbadged Richardson-documented trail to the Bigods (MCA II:388-390 HERBERT):
7. Henry Somerset is the son of Elizabeth Herbert (trail pending/needs development)
8. Elizabeth is the daughter of William Herbert (trail pending/needs development)
9. William is the son of Anne Devereux (trail pending/needs development)
10. Anne is the daughter of Walter Devereux (trail pending/needs development)
11. Walter is the son of Walter Devereux (trail pending/needs development)
12. Walter is the son of Agnes Crophull (badged/100% 5-star)
13. Agnes is the daughter of Thomas de Crophill (badged/100% 5-star)
14. Thomas is the son of Margery Verdun (badged/100% 5-star)
15. Margery is the daughter of Thebaud de Verdun (badged/100% 5-star)
16. Thebaud is the son of Thebaud de Verdun (badged/100% 5-star)
17. Thebaud is the son of Margery de Lacy (badged/100% 5-star)
18. Margery is the daughter of Isabel le Bigod (badged/100% 5-star)
19. Isabel is the daughter of Magna Carta Surety Hugh le Bigod
20. Hugh is the son of Magna Carta Surety Roger le Bigod




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posted by Michael Cayley
I plan shortly to review this profile on behalf of the Magna Carta Project.
posted by Michael Cayley
I have now finished the main work I intend at the moment on this profile. If anyone spots any typos etc, please either correct them or message me. Thanks.
posted by Michael Cayley
upon saving, received the following automated message:

:Warning: Check the data.

  • A mother's death date (Somerset-57 died 1698) should not be before one of her children's birth dates (Smith-33049 born Feb 1698).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
The Magna Carta project has identified a suggested line for this Gateway Ancestor and will be starting a trail to a Magna Carta surety baron.

If you're interested in getting involved or following our progress, you can do so at the Magna Carta Base Camp.

posted by PM Eyestone

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