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Lois (Unknown) Shipley (abt. 1655 - abt. 1725)

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Lois Shipley formerly [surname unknown] aka Howard
Born about in Baltimore, Anne Arundel Co ,MDmap [uncertain]
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Baltimore, Anne Arundel Co ,MDmap
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Birth, Parentage and Identity

Nothing is known of Lois' origins -- her date and place of birth, or the family into which she was born.

When she married Adam Shipley about 1676, he was 21, having been aged 13 upon his arrival in Maryland 1668. Estimating her age as three years younger than his would place her birth at about 1658.

The Legend of Lois Howard Shipley

Many genealogies claim that Lois was the daughter of Cornelius Howard. There is no documentation of such a relationship. Though Lois was living in the year that Cornelius wrote his will, she is not mentioned in his will. Theories as to how the legend came about are discussed in more detail at The Legend of Lois Howard Shipley

There is no evidence that Lois, wife of Adam SHIPLEY was a HOWARD, and it is highly unlikely that she was.[1]

The Legend of Presidential Ancestry

Lois Howard is NOT an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln. The long-held theory has been disproved.


Assuming that Lois and Adam Shipley were married about a year before their oldest child was born about 1677, the marriage would have taken place in 1676

Adam Shipley's wife was named Lois, but there is no proof of her family.

Howard's and Porter's Range

In 1698, Richard SHIPLEY for love and affection towards his younger brothers gave them land. To his brother Adam he gave 100 acres where their mother Lois SHIPLEY lived, part of a tract called *Howard's and Porter's Range.* [Anne Arundel land records 1H1:80] [1]

The 1707 rent rolls listed that the 100 acres of *Howard's and Porter's Range* owned by Adam SHIPLEY was part of the the tract originally patented by Cornelius Howard and Peter PORTER.[1]

Some believe she was Lois Howard, since the Howard family owned "Howard's and Porter's Range" before it was transferred to Adam in 1679 by Cornelius Howard, Planter.[2].

What happened, was that since someone couldn't find a deed of the SHIPLEYs buying the land, they speculated that it may have been inherited, and that Lois may have been a HOWARD. Someone else came along and dropped the speculation, stating it as fact she was a HOWARD. The progression was that someone then decided she must be the daughter of Cornelius HOWARD.[1]

Many early Anne Arundel deeds were burned in a courthouse fire, which is why they did not find a deed. The details of how Adam SHIPLEY acquired the land are, though, contained in a HOWARD deed that after the fire was rerecorded at the request of Ruth HOWARD, widow of Philip HOWARD.[1]

On 19 Jan. 1687 Cornelius HOWARD, son and heir of Cornelius HOWARD conveyed 500 acres of *Howard and Porters Range* to Philip HOWARD. It was stated that the parcel by survivorship descended from Peter PORTER to Cornelius HOWARD, and that Cornelius HOWARD had sold 150 acres to Lancelott TODD, and sold 100 acres to Addam SHIPLEY. [AALR 1H1:243][1]

So, although the deed from Cornelius HOWARD to Adam SHIPLEY was not rerecorded, this shows how he acquired the tract. It was not by inheritance through his wife Lois, but by a simple sale. Cornelius HOWARD died in 1680, and did not name a daughter Lois. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Lois Shipley. Accessed July 22, 2015
  2. Shipleys of America, I, 6
  3. [Maryland wills 2:107-110] <, Cited by "geni"

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