Mary is thought to have died giving birth to her son Charles. She is not mentioned in her second husband's will, dated 1710 and proved 1714. 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.
Besides her descent from Magna Carta Surety Barons, Mary was descended from Edward III.
Charles Henry Browning states that Mary eloped with her first husband, who died en route to Maryland. 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.
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. No good source has yet been found to confirm the existence of this brother-in-law and his wife.
↑ 1.01.11.21.31.4 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
↑ 2.02.12.22.126.96.36.199 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
↑ 3.03.1 Christopher Johnston. 'Smith Family of Calvert County' in Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol. III, issue 1, 1908, p. 69, viewable on Familysearch
↑ 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
↑ Jane Baldwin. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. IV, 1914, pp. 37-38, abstract on Ancestry.co.uk
↑ 7.07.1 Charles Henry Browning. Americans of Royal Descent, 7th edition, reissued by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969, pp. 381-382, Google Books
↑ 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
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)