1649: Thomas is listed, along with his sister, as being transported into Maryland by his father, Thomas Sparrow. Thomas Sparrow was given a patent dated 7 September 1659, for the parcel named Sparrow’s Rest, surveyed for his father, on the west side of Road River, beginning at south of Herring Creek, north to Netlefould Branch, containing 590 acres. On 2 February 1673 Thomas patented 100 acres adjoining his father’s land which he had inherited by law, called Sparrow’s Addition. Thomas became a wholehearted Quaker and in 1661 was fined ₤500 for refusing to bear arms in the colonial militia under Captain William Burgess. Thomas Sparrow (1626 –1674) married Elizabeth Kinsey (1629 –1714) daughter of Hugh Kinsey and Margaret Johns, in May 1667. By 1673 there were nine plantations along the Rhode River including 700 acres of Thonmas Sparrow called Java Farm alias Sparrows Rest, rarely occupied by the owner. Thomas Sparrow, planter, Sparrow Point, Rhode River. ["Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland" ] Thomas Sparrow died about April 1675. “A fearless Quaker preacher, he died in 1675 at Rhode River next to West River”. Procedings of Court of Chancery in Maryland. Thomas Francis plaintiff and Solomon Sparrow, Richard Johns and Elizabeth his wife and Thomas Sparrow defendents. 7 Feb 1676. Thomas Sparrow being seized of parcel of land in Ann Arundel County called Locust’s Neck of 146 acres for 7500 pounds of tobacco sold it to Thomas Francis on 15 Oct 1667. Thomas died and his wife Elizabeth now the wife of Richard Johns and brother Solomon were executors with his infant son Thomas. Thomas Francis sought to clarify and confirm his rights.
The will was proved at the court in Anne Arundel County by the witnesses on 5 June 1675.
An inventory of Thomas Sparrow's estate was taken on 25 October 1676 by Richard Tidings and Thomas Francis. The inventory indicates Thomas was a fairly wealthy man by the standards of the Maryland Colony. His inventory consisted of a large quantity of livestock including: 6 beef cattle, 26 cows, 8 horses (valued at 6,000 lbs. of tobacco) and 26 pigs. Another expensive item on his inventory was the 3 feather beds/furniture at 2,600 lbs. tobacco. Thomas had a warrant for 250 acres of land, linen sheets and table linen, a Bible and a silver spoon. The total value in tobacco was 27,068. Probate date 1 January 1674 Recorded 5 June 1675
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