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Susannah (Stevens) Shipley (abt. 1688 - 1727)

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Susannah Shipley formerly Stevens
Born about in Anne Arundel County, MDmap
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Died in Anne Arundel County, Marylandmap
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Caution: Confusion of two women named Susannah Stevens

Two women named Susannah Stevens are frequently confused, notably because of a reference in the 2002 and earlier editions of "The Shipleys of Maryland" which states, speaking of Richard Shipley, that "about 1703, he married Susannah Stevens, daughter of Benjamin Stevens, a relative of the wife of his brother Robert. Her name is verified from the Will of John Stevens, her grandfather (MD) Will 20-663: 28 May 1733." [1]

There are, however, a number of difficulties with this statement.

  1. The will referred to is not the will of John Stevens, but of his son Benjamin Stevens, of St. Mary's County.
  2. This Benjamin had a daughter Susanna, but she married Lock, not Shipley
  3. Benjamin Stevens' family is clearly based in St. Mary's County, Maryland, while Charles Stevens' family is based in Anne Arundel County.
  4. Susannah Stevens, daughter of Charles, died about 1727, while Susannah Stevens, daughter of Benjamin was living and married to Lock when Benjamin wrote his will in 1733

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Name and Parentage

Susannah Stevens (or Stephens) was the wife of Richard Shipley. But where did she originate? The "caution" above addresses one legend repeated by Shipleys of Maryland -- she was not the daughter of Benjamin Stevens of St. Mary's County, whose daughter married a man named Lock.

Susannah is most often treated as a daughter of Charles Stevens, Jr, of Anne Arundel County. There are many reasons for doing this:

  • Charles' mother was named Susannah and it is reasonable that he would have had a daughter by the same name.
  • Susannah's ties are to Anne Arundel County, as were Charles'.
  • Dates and places match.
  • There is a tradition of making Susannah to be Charles' daughter.
  • Richard Shipley's 1724 will, naming his wife Susannah, suggests that she was a Stevens, and that she had a brother named Benjamin.

Birth

Susannah Steven was born BET 1688 AND 1689 in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Maryland, [2]

Susannah Stevens, b. abt 1681, d. aft 1725, Baltimore Co, MD, daughter of Charles Stevens, b. abt 1643 and his wife Elizabeth. In about 1697 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, she married Richard Shipley b: 1677 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

1703 Marriage

In 1703 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Susannah (or Susanna) married Richard Shipley, Sr, born 16 OCT 1677 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA[2][3]

1724 Death of Husband Richard Shipley

In 1724 when her husband Richard wrote his will, Susannah was executrix -- along with Benjamin Stevens, who was most likely her brother.

The Will of Richard Shipley, planter, Baltimore Co.,was made 5th Oct., 1724 and proved 24th Aug., 1725. It's provisions included:

  • To 4 sons, viz. Adam, Richard, Samuel and Peter, and their hrs., “Adam the first” equally after decease of their mother and when eldest comes to age of 21 yrs.; sd. sons to dispose of lands only to one another; shd. any die during minority, survivors to divide estate.
  • To dau. Lewis (Louise)and hrs., 25 A. of “Brother's partnership,” laid out on pt. next Horsehead of “Talbotts Resolution Mannor.”
  • Exs.: Wife Susannah and Benjamin Stevens.
  • Overseers: Bro. Robert and Benjamin Stevens.
  • Test: John Dorsey (son of E. Dorsey), Robert Shipley, Joshua Dorsey.

[4] 18,397. [5]

1728 Susannah's Death

Susannah died 5 January 1727/28 in Anne Arundel County,Maryland[2], having survived her husband by three years. Assuming her birth at 1688, she was 15 when she married in 1703. and 37 when she died. Her oldest son Richard would have been 17 at her death and 14 at his father's; her youngest child, Lois, would have been barely three years old.

Children

Richard Shipley and his wife Susannah had six children:[6] Five of them are named in Richard's will. John is not named and is presumed deceased at the time the will was written.

All of the children of Richard Shipley and his wife Susanna were minors at his death in 1724.

  1. Adam SHIPLEY b: 1705 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland[2] Marshall has abt 1709 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. [6] Named in 1724 Richard Shipley will. [4]
  2. Lois Shipley. Marshall has her born abt 1708 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland [6]. The roots source has her born 24 November 1724 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland,[2]but this date is impossible because it is nearly a month after Richard's October 5, 1724 will names his daughter Lois. [4]
  3. Richard SHIPLEY Jr b: Bet 1709 AND 1710 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland[2]. Marshall has him born before 1708 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. [6] Named in 1724 Richard Shipley will. [4]
  4. Samuel SHIPLEY b: 1710 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland[2] Marshall has him born about 1712 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. [6]. Named in 1724 Richard Shipley will. [4]
  5. Peter Shipley. Marshall has him born about 1714 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland. [6]. The roots source gives his birth date as 25 MAR 1717 in St Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel Co[2] He is named in 1724 Richard Shipley will. [4]
  6. John Shipley. Marshall gives the 25 MAR 1717 St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland date to John instead of Peter Shipley. John is not named in the 1724 will of Richard Shipley, and it is presumed died young. The roots source gives him the same birth date as Peter, making him a twin. ref name="roots"/> The actual St. Anne's Parish records states "Richard Shipley and Susannah parents of John Shipley son b. 25 Mar 1717.[7]

Sources

  1. The Shipleys of Maryland 2002, Volume 1, page 7. Baltimore MD, Gateway Press, 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=drr45&id=I32786
  3. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?ti=0&indiv=try&db=worldmarr_ga&h=1163291
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume 5, 18,397
  5. Mike Marshall, Susanna Stevens, Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrmarsha&id=I100532
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Mike Marshall, Susanna Stevens, Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrmarsha&id=I100532
  7. F. Edward Wright. Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1889, p. 79

See also:

  • WikiTree profile Stevens-2842 created through the import of ROBISON Gedcom of DRR Ancestors and Descendants for WikiTree 01 JUL 2012.ged on Jul 1, 2012 by Dave Robison. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Dave and others.
  • Source: S682 Author: Ancestry.com Title: OneWorldTree Publication: Name: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;; Repository: #R32
  • Repository: R32 Name: www.ancestry.com Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:




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On 7 Dec 2015 at 18:07 GMT Leigh (Hoolihan) Murrin wrote:

Hi, neither PM approved or rejected the merge proposal for Stevens-1974 and Stevens-2842. It seems clear from these messages that the two profiles were NOT duplicates but I accidentally merged them based on the messages below and the fact that both profiles had the same birth and death years (although clearly they should not have). I only realised the mistake when I was cleaning up the bios. I have now fixed the mistaken merge - I have created a new profile for Susanna Stevens, daughter of Benjamin, (Stevens-8961). Any questions PM me, I will stay as profile manager for Stevens-8961 for a while to ensure no further errors. If anyone wants to take it over, let me know Leigh

On 1 Aug 2015 at 23:14 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Really tried to get better documentation for Susannah's relationship to her likely father Charles, but it's not out there, and remains a weak link. But she clearly is not the daughter of Benjamin of St. Mary's County, as the Shipley book asserts. Disproving that does mean some progress, but I wish I could have proved her parentage as well!

On 1 Aug 2015 at 12:08 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I'm doing a thorough revision of profiles of Charles Stevens Sr and Jr and the women associated with them based on all the research I could muster -- see http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Stevens_--_Colonial_Maryland. If you want edit access to that file for your own research, let me put you on the trusted list so you can get citations and all!

On 1 Aug 2015 at 11:36 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I'm doing a thorough revision of profiles of Charles Stevens Sr and Jr and the women associated with them based on all the research I could muster -- see http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Stevens_--_Colonial_Maryland. If you want edit access to that file for your own research, let me put you on the trusted list so you can get citations and all!

On 26 Jul 2015 at 18:43 GMT Jack Day wrote:

As I research the Benjamins and daughters Susannah, it is appearing that the St. Mary's Susannah is different from the Anne Arundel/Baltimore Co. Susannah. Therefore rather than recommend a merge of the two Susannahs, I'm proposing that the two Susannahs we now have be used to profile the two different Susannahs -- and this one be the St. Mary's Susannah.

On 16 Jul 2015 at 07:26 GMT Patricia Stenbak wrote:

Stevens-2842 and Stevens-1974 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be same person

On 28 Aug 2014 at 01:03 GMT Jayme (McClary) Hart wrote:

Stevens-2842 and Stevens-1974 are not ready to be merged because: Need correct parents decided upon (and preferably sourced) before these profiles can be merged.



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