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Elizabeth (Stevens) Shipley (bef. 1690 - 1761)

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Elizabeth Shipley formerly Stevens
Born before in Dorchester, Marylandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Mar 2011
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Categories: Estimated Birth Date.

The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.


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]


Roberts stated that Elizabeth Stevens is "probably" an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln. [2]

Two Stevens women married two Shipley brothers. Susanna, who married Richard Shipley, was the daughter of Benjamin Stevens. [3] Elizabeth, who married Richard's brother Robert, was the daughter of Charles Stevens. [4]

Birth and Parentage

Shipleys of Maryland[5] refers to Elizabeth as "the daughter of Charles Stevens of Dorchester Co. and gives as a reference an indenture made by William Stevens dated 12 Oct 1710).

Mike Marshall,[6] places Elizabeth as a daughter of Charles Stevens, Jr, of Anne Arundel County.

Since both the Stevens and Shipley families were based in Anne Arundel County, this is a reasonable surmise. On the other hand, Charles Stevens Jr's step father John Howard's family had property in both Anne Arundel and also Dorchester County across the Chesapeake Bay, so it is not impossible that Charles Stevens of Anne Arundel, and Charles Stevens of Dorchester County are one and the same.

Speculation Regarding Elizabeth and Keturah

There is some speculation that says Elizabeth's middle names was "Keturah" -- there is a birth record for Keturah Shipley (b. 29 July 1717) to a Robert and Keturah Shipley; however, there is another birth record for Retinah Shipley (b. 22 Nov 1717) to Robert and Elizabeth Shipley. Someone has created a profile on FamilySearch Family Tree for Elizabeth Keturah Stevens (b. 1680, Dorchester, Maryland; d. 1750, Anne Arundel, Maryland) with parents Charles Stevens and Elizabeth Larcom.

There has been considerable confusion surrounding this (these?) families. Currently, there is one profile on WikiTree Retinah/Keturah Shipley with a birth date of 22 Nov 1717. Now I'm wondering if they are, indeed, two different people from two different families. -- Fiscus-32 17:42, 7 June 2015 (EDT)

Since user-submitted information on is very often inaccurate, research into reliable primary and secondary sources is sought to resolve such issues.


Elizabeth Stevens married Robert Shipley about 1710. He was was born about 1678 and died between 1761 and 1763. [5]

With his brothers, Robert moved into northern Anne Arundel county (now Howard County) and birth dates of his children are found in the records of Queen Caroline Parish where he was one of the first vestrymen, serving from 1728 through 1731. He was a pew holder in 1736.

Robert's churchmanship is recognized in Helen W. Ridgely's book, Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia, page 156. There are entries in the register of this historic parish of the following children with dates, which may represent either the time of birth or of baptism, most probably the latter. [7]


Robert received 9 Aug 1698, 100 acres of Adam the First from his brother Richard Shipley, and in 1724 patened 250 acres Shipleys Discovery, on the Great Falls of the Patapsco River, which he used for a dwelling plantation.

He willed this land (dated 6 Dec 1761; probated 9 Mar 1763) to his graqndson Robert son of William, together with 240 acres, part of a tract called Shipley's Search which he patented in 1730 and part of Last Shift, patented in 1758.

He willed to his son William 190 acres, part of Last Shift, to be laid out adjoining a 100 acre tract, What's Left, deeded to William in 1747.

In his Will he stated that his older children had been provided for. In 1733-1742, 1744 and 1750 he made conveyances of small pieces, some of which may have been part of Adam the First. In 1745 he and his wife conveyed to William Shipley, Jr. Robert's Delight, a part of Adam the First. In 1747 he deeded Shipley's Enlargement to his son George Shipley. [5]


Robert Shipley died between 6 Dec 1761 and 9 Mar 1763, possibly about February 1763, leaving his sons George and William as Executors. (AACW 31:900).

Presumably, his wife had died previously, as her name is not mentioned in the will, which was witnessed by Vachel Dorsey, John Whips, and Thomas Sellman.


Elizabeth Stevesns and Robert Shipley had the following children: [5]

  1. Charles Shipley, b. 27 Mar 1711, d. bef Sep 1767
  2. Robert Shipley, Jr, b. 19 Oct 1713
  3. Ruth Shipley, b. 14 Aug 1715
  4. Keturah Shipley, b. 22 Nov 1716
  5. Elizabeth Shipley, b. 7 Mar 1718, d. 1796
  6. Sarah Shipley, b. 23 Jun 1721
  7. Lois/Lowes/Lowis Shipley, b. 1 Jun 1723
  8. George Shipley, b. 26 Sep 1726, d. 15 jan 1802
  9. William Shipley, Sr, b. 1 MAY 1729, d. before 1794

In addition, the following are currently linked on WikiTree as children:

The "extra" children require further research to see if they are attached to the corect family.


  1. Wikipedia. Nancy Hanks Lincoln Heritage. Accessed October 31, 2016
  2. Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, page 50. Reference: Lincoln-29
  3. Shipleys of Maryland, 2002, Vol 1, p 7.
  4. Shipleys of Maryland, 2002, Vol 1, p. 8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Shipleys of Maryland, Baltimore, 2002, Volume I, pages 8-9
  6. Mike Marshall. Charles Stevens, Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties. Updatged July 24, 2015. Accessed July 24, 2015
  7. The Shipley Clan of America, The Shipleys of Maryland: A Genealogical Study, Baltimore, MD: Reese Press, 1938, pp. 34-39:

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Elizabeth by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Elizabeth:

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On 31 Oct 2016 at 23:07 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I deleted the categories relating to presidential ancestry with a link to the wikipedia article describing in detail how the connection has been disproved.

On 1 Aug 2015 at 20:29 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Added sourced material to this profile and added section headings to narrative.

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 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 27 Mar 2015 at 15:39 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

I agree that these do look like duplicates with some duplicate children; however, I would say that some additional research would be helpful in determining if all of the listed children are attached to the correct parents.

On 27 Mar 2015 at 15:26 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

Stevens-7014 and Stevens-827 appear to represent the same person because: These are clearly duplicates. It doesn't look like there's much biographical or source information in the profiles. Should be a pretty easy merge.

Looks like there are also duplicates in her children...

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