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

Lois Shipley formerly [surname unknown]
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1675 in Anne Arundel County, Province of Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 40 in Elkridge, Anne Arundel County, Province of Marylandmap [uncertain]
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1658: Birth and Parents

Nothing is known of Lois' origins -- her date and place of birth, or the family into which she was born. Shipleys of Maryland, 2002 states, "Adam Shipley's wife was named Lois but there is no definitive proof as to her family name." [1]

Birth Year Estimation

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.

Family Search shows Lois born about 1655 [2]

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

1698 Death

Lois died after Aug. 16, 1698; on that date her son Richard gave up his claim of land to his brother Adam "100 acres of land whereupon my mother Lois Shipley NOW lives, etc Howard's and Porter's Range." [3]

Family Search shows Lois died about 1698. [2] We don't actually know how long Lois lived after 1698.

It may be presumed that she died where she had lived, on Howard and Porter's Range in Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland.

Research Notes

Was Lois the Daughterof Cornelius Howard?"

Not mentioned in Cornelius' Will

Many popular genealogies claim that Lois was the daughter of Cornelius Howard. Find-a-Grave is such a site. [4]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. [5]

Property was a sale, not inheritance

Lois and Adam Shipley lived on "Howard's and Porter's Range," property previously owned by Cornelius Howard. 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.[6]

However, the property was solds to Adam Shipley, not inherited by him or his wife. 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][6]

Was Lois the Daughter of Richard Howard?"

Family Search poses Lois' father as a Richard Howard, born in 1635. [7] Family Search does not support this with any citations, however.

Was Lois the Ancestor of Abraham Lincoln?

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

Gary Boyd Roberts [8] identifies questions about Lois' ancestry in his discussion of the Shipley ancestry of Abraham Lincoln.


  1. The Shipleys of Maryland 2002: A Study of the Descendants of Adam Shipley of Yorkshire, England, Who Came to Annapolis, Maryland in 1668. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2002. Volume I, page 6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Family Search. Family Search Tree
  3. H. Burton Shipley. The Shipleys of Maryland: A Genealogical Study. 1938 Edition. Baltimore: The Shipley Clan, page 26 Accessed 14 October 2021 jhd
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #68833024 Memorial for Lois Shipley. Accessed 11 June 2022 jhd
  5. Cotton, Jane Baldwin. The Maryland Calendar of Wills (Kohn & Pollock, Baltimore, Maryland, 1920) : Vol 1 Page 94 Cornelius Howard, Will Apr/ Oct 15 1680
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lois Shipley. Accessed July 22, 2015
  7. "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 May 2018), entry for Richard /HOWARD/; file (2:2:2:MM7J-16S), submitted 14 May 2011.
  8. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.

See also:

  • Emison, Jr., James Wade. Emison Families, revised: Origin and History of the Kentucky Emisons, with partial genealogies and notes on the Emisons of Virginia, Tennessee, Long Island, Massachusetts, with the following collateral families, Baird, Holmes, Clark, Love, Posey-Wade, Allen, Dunning, Ruby, Reiley, Rabb, Braun, James, Chalke, Weaver, Sinclair, Blackburn, Buckley, Randall, Chew, Browne, Porter, Shipley, Mansell, Gassaway, Sheperd, Montague-Johnson-Straughn-Haynie-Grimes, Dutton, Gee, Barr, Simpson, McCord, Hogue, Patterson-Cullop, Scott, McClellan, Brevoort, Mantle, McFarland, McClure, Barkley, Snell, Briscoe, Mitchell, McHatton, Hoopes, Shipley/Gassaway, pp. 262 & 265 of 369, Vincennes, Indiana: c1947., FHL Repository, Book Call No. 929.273 Em48e 1954, FHL Digitized Version link.

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Actually Lois died after Aug. 16, 1698 when her son Richard on that date gave up his claim of land to his brother Adam "100 acres of land whereupon my mother Lois Shipley NOW lives, etc Howard's and Porter's Range." Meaning after their mom Lois died Adam would get that property. Shipleys of Maryland Book page 26

posted by Nancy Yeager
Good catch. The 1938 Shipley book, which you quoted, has that fact, but the 2002 book, which I have, leaves it out. It's now part of the narrative. Thanks!
posted by Jack Day
Thank you all for this page. I just met a nice man, in his mid-90s, and trying to straighten out problems in his tree. This was one of them, thanks to Ancestry's "U.S. and International Marriage Records" etc. showing her last name as Howard. He wants his tree correct, and will appreciate that.
posted on Howard-17 (merged) by Donald Howard

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