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Lois (Unknown) Shipley (abt. 1658 - bef. 1698)

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Lois Shipley formerly [surname unknown]
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Anne Arundel County, Province of Marylandmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jul 2015 | Last significant change: 4 Dec 2018
18:49: Dave McDougle proposed a merge of Unknown-434291 and Unknown-287278 with a comment. [Thank Dave for this]
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Nothing is known of Lois' origins -- her date and place of birth, or the family into which she was born. See Research Notes, below.

Unknown: Birth, Parentage and Identity

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.

Lois' place of birth is unknown.

1676 Marriage

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 or her birthname.

1698 Death

Lois' death year is not known, however she died before 1698 when Richard Shipley, referred to his mother in the past tense when he, 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]

It may be presumed that she died where she had lived, in Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland.

Research Notes


These two profiles overlap:

  • Lois Unknown is the profile for the real person who married Adam Shipley
  • Lois Howard has been the gathering profile for inaccurate information and legends about Lois.

The Legend of Cornelius Howard as Father

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 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 Lois was born 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]

Richard Howard as Father

Family Search poses Lois' father as a Richard Howard, born in 1635. [4] Family Search does not support this with any citations, however.

The Family Search site states that Richard had a daughter Lois Howard (1655-1725), who married Adam Shipley (1647-1698) [4]

The Legend of Presidential Ancestry

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


  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"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 May 2018), entry for Richard /HOWARD/; file (2:2:2:MM7J-16S), submitted 14 May 2011.

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Lois 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 Lois:

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On 4 Dec 2018 at 18:49 GMT Dave McDougle wrote:

Unknown-434291 and Unknown-287278 appear to represent the same person because: Obvious Match

On 28 May 2018 at 13:51 GMT Jack Day wrote:

There is no proof that Lois was a Howard and no reliable source of any information for her prior to her marriage. I have removed the unsourced date and place information added to the data field and removed the link to a father. The information removed has been placed in a paragraph under Research Notes. Please do not add information to this profile which does not have reliable sources!

On 28 May 2018 at 13:11 GMT Tim Prince wrote:

Howard-17 appears to be same person.

Lois is 23 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 19 degrees from Burl Ives and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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