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Barbara (Stone) Broad (abt. 1653 - abt. 1733)

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Barbara (Barbary) Broad [uncertain] formerly Stone aka Garrett [uncertain]
Born about in Marylandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about (to ) in Baltimore County, Province of Marylandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married before (to about ) in Baltimore County, Maryland, Colonial Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in St. Paul's Parrish, Baltimore County, Marylandmap
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Barbara or Barbary Stone

Uncertain Origin

Barbary or Barbara was born 5 March 1653/4, Her death is recorded in the parish register of St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Maryland, where it also says, aged 79 years 5 March next.[1] She may have been born in Anne Arundel County, but it is unlikely she was born in Baltimore County as it was populated by few Europeans at this time.

Dennis Garrett and Thomas Stone purchased 100 acres, called "Long Island Point," from Edward Mumford on 2 March 1685. Dennis and Barbary made their family home at "Long Island Point." A few months after Dennis was unexpectedly killed by a sword blow in 1691, Thomas Stone relinquished his share of this property to Barbary, giving her sole ownership of her home.[2]

Some researchers have tried to use this gift as evidence of parentage for Barbary, but the wording of the deed is clear. Thomas Stone wrote:

I Thomas Stone for and in consideration of the tender love and affection which I had to Dennis Garrett, deceased and for and in consideration of the love and affection which [torn] to his children lawfullly begotten of the body of Barbary Garrett his wife. ...

He had "tender love and affection" for Dennis and "love and affection" for his children. Stone did not say he had "love and affection" for Barbary. Were these the words of a father, or a loyal friend and business partner?

Official records of this period were carefully worded, and typically, a father would have worded it differently. "Love and affection" for Barbary would have been appropriate, if she were related to him. Fisher concludes that there is no proof of Thomas Stone as the father of Barbary.[3] The complete deed follows.

Baltimore County Land Record RM HS/341

To all Christian people to whome these presents shall come, I Thomas Stone for and in consideration of the tender love and affection which I had to Dennis Garrett, deceased and for and in consideration of the love and affection which [torn] to his children lawfullly begotten of the body of Barbary Garrett his wife. Do by [torn] presents freely give grant assign and make over and by these present do free [torn] give grant assign and made over unto Barbary Garrett and to her heirs law [torn] begotten by the said Dennis Garrett all that tract or parcel of land being a mo [torn] of a tract of land purchased by the said Dennis and the said Thomas Stone called Long Island Point and whereas the said Dennis lived and enjoyed in his lifetime [torn] his own proper moiety or part the same land and all the buildings orchards fences or any of the appurtenances. I also hereby sign over from me, my heirs and adm. unto the heirs of the said Dennis (after the said Barbary’s decease) all their assigns forever freely by these presents. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of March 1691/2. Signed with the mark of Thomas Stone.


Deed of gift added as transcribed by Seely Foley to prove there is no mention of relationship in this deed between Barbary Garrett and Thomas Stone. I also made the marriage date a guess and took out location. The earliest parish records only go back to 1710. The earliest land records in Baltimore County begin in 1661.


Children of Barbary and Dennis Garrett:[3]

  1. Johanna (Hannah) Garrett b c. 1673 in Baltimore Co., MD, d c. 1710 MD; mar c. 1690 MD to John Cole
  2. Frances Garrett b c. 1677; mar Nicholas Haile

Children of Barbary and John Broad:[3]

  1. Thomas Broad b c. 1692 or 1693; mar Ann Hawkins
  2. John Broad b c. 1695, may have died young
  3. Jane Broad b c. 1697, may have died at a relatively young age, mar Edward Cox,
  4. Sarah Broad may have been the fourth child; mar Thomas Cole

Baltimore County Wills Liber 2/285

ABSTRACT: The will of Barbara Broad gives a brief picture of an elderly woman concerned about giving her few possessions away to the remaining members of her family. The will was signed by Barbara on 19 JAN 1732 and gives direct evidence of her surviving heirs. The only son mentioned is Thomas Broad. He is named the executor and left all of her things that are currently in his possession. She also specifically mentions that he should have two iron pots, one spit, two pot drammells, two chests, one pewter dish and three pewter plates. She also names Charles Gorsuch a co-executor of her estate. Sarah Gorsuch, the wife of Charles Gorsuch, is called her granddaughter and left her bed and bed clothes, one large pewter dish, three pewter plates, one apron and two shifts. Barbara next mentions her daughter, Frances Haile, but does not mention the name of her husband. This likely means her daughter was a widow by 1732. Frances is left one large petticoat, one new apron and one shift. Barbara leaves her granddaughter, Barbara Broad, the daughter of Thomas one linsey woolsey gown and petticoat. Lastly, Barbara leaves her blue apron to Ann Broad, the wife of Thomas. The will was proved at court on 6 AUG 1733 by the witnesses: Hannah Green, John Merryman Sr. and Francis Hinkley. This would have been about 7 months after she wrote it since the year 1732 would’ve turned to 1733 in March at this time. [4]

Baltimore County Land Record TR A/221

After the death of her second husband, Barbara Broad recorded the document transcribed below into the Baltimore Land Records. This was apparently to pass ownership of some animals and some household goods to her children by her second husband, John Broad, and her grandson by her daughter Hannah and her husband John Cole. This document looks like a will and is confusing because she did not die until 21 years later. Perhaps Barbara thought she was close to death. It is not unusual to find documents transfering personal property located in the Maryland land records. One wonders if her son ever ran off with Grace Ramsey.

To all Christian people to whome this present writing shall come I Barbara Broad of Back River in the county of Baltimore in the province of Maryland widow send greeting in our lord God everlasting. Know ye that Barbara Broad being of good and perfect mind and for the good will and affection which I have and bear to my own children, Thomas Broad my son and Jane Broad my daughter and Dennis Garret Cole my grandson by John Cole and Hannah his wife and for other causes and considerations me hereunto moving have given granted by these presents do freely give and grant unto my said grandson Dennis Garret Cole one heifer with her first calf, one ewe with lamb and the first colt my mare called Spirit shall bring to have and to hold the same and with their increase to him and assigns forever. Unto my son Thomas Broad & Jane Broad all the remainer of my goods, wares household stuff, plate, ready money, chatles implements and all other things alive or dead whatsover they be and in whose hands or possession and ever the same or any of them or any part thereof can or may be found as well in the tenement and apurtenances wherein I now dwell or anywhere else whatsover they the said son Thomas and daughter Jane giving me decent burial and payment of all my just debts by me owing or shall be owing at my decease to be by them in equal proportion by them to be paid and discharged to have and to hold all the above said premises to my son & daughter above mention to their proper use and behoof by them all equally to be divided between them as near as they can after my decease to them and their assigns forever. I remain in doubt my son Thomas shall or may prove undutiful and marry or go away with Grace Ramsey which god forbid against my will now if he should marry or go away with the said Grace Ramsey either before or after my death I give unto my above stated daughter Jane my whole ?? as above except one shilling which I give my son Thos. above stated unto her and her asigns forever to her own proper use and behoof and the said Barbara Broad in witness have hereunto set my hand and seal that 11 AUG 1712. Signed in the presence of Henry King, Mary Stevenson, Edw. Stevenson and Eliz. Stephenson.

John Broad's will on 18 Sep 1702 - 16 Jan 1709, referred to minors Thomas and Jean/Jane. Deed 11 Aug 1712, Barbara conveyed all of her possessions to my own children Thomas and Jane Broad. Dennis and Barbara had children Francis 1670 and Johannah who married John Cole.

Death and Legacy

Barbary died 9 January 1733 in St. Paul's Parrish, Baltimore County, Maryland.[5]


  1. Reamy, Bill and Martha. Records of St. Paul's Parish. Vol. I. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1988.
  2. Overmire, Larry, Thomas (of Stone?s Desire) ** Stone Genealogy of Fast, Shriver, Burns, Scott, McKibben, Including Descendants of Revolutionary War Veteran Christian Fast, November 23, 2004, accessed December 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fisher, Barbara Ann, and Karl Frederick Edler, Descendancy of Barbara [--?-- (b 1653) and Descendancy of Dennis Garrett (b c1651) ...] (pp 6a2-3) March 2007, accessed January 22, 2015
  4. "Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999," images, FamilySearch (,150556101 : accessed 23 January 2015), Baltimore > Wills 1721-1763 vol 2 > image 166 of 211; Hall of Records, Annapolis.
  5. Overmire, Larry, Barbary (Barbara) * Stone Genealogy of Fast, Shriver, Burns, Scott, McKibben, Including Descendants of Revolutionary War Veteran Christian Fast April 21, 2013, accessed December 10, 2014


  • Thank you to Larry Overmire for your extensive research on these related families and for publishing it online.
  • Thank you to Ralph E. Tuttle for your comprehensive research and for making it accessible on the internet.

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On 3 Feb 2019 at 01:23 GMT Anonymous Trogstad wrote:

On 20 Jan 2015 at 01:13 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

I'm fine with leaving them unattached, (although I might link them in the biography). Thank you, Seely

On 19 Jan 2015 at 18:34 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

I just checked the profile for Thomas Stone in Robert Barnes book, Baltimore County families. Thomas Stone was elderly and past his labors, but still alive in 1733. Barbara Garrett Broad's death notice in St. Paul's Parish gives her birth year as 1653. This means her father would be born about 1633. He would be 100 years old in 1733. An unlikely age for anyone during this time period.

On 19 Jan 2015 at 17:57 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

Based on the wording of the Deed of Gift, I believe Thomas Stone should be removed as her father. If the deed said "the affection I bear for my daughter" I would believe he was her father but since his affection is only claimed for Dennis Garrett and his children his role as father seems very questionable.

On 12 Dec 2014 at 00:58 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

May I suggest possibly changing parents to Thomas Stone and Christiana Parrish? Or possibly leaving them blank? (with explanation) It does seem there is some circumstantial evidence for Thomas, but nothing proven. Is there proof, or evidence, for John Stone and Elizabeth Warren?

What do you think we ought to do?

On 21 Mar 2014 at 15:07 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Stone-540 and Stone-68 are not ready to be merged because: Different parents. Does anyone have info on her correct parents?

On 21 Mar 2014 at 15:04 GMT Mark Stuckenborg wrote:

Stone-540 and Stone-68 appear to represent the same person because: Hi, Someone marked these profiles as an Unmereged Matches over three months ago. Is there currently a PM who has the time to work on this match for us? Thanks.

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