JAMES SMALLWOOD

James Smallwood was probably born in 1638 or 1639 in England and may emigrated to America in 1664. He died in 1714 in Prince George's County Maryland.

He married Hester Evans in 1665. James and Hester lived in Zachia Hundred, Charles Co., Maryland. James applied for and received 100 acres as Hester's father had passed soon after arrival and had not claimed the land he was entitled to for transporting his family.

Hester Evans (daughter of William Evans) was born about 1645 in England. She died on 10 Mar 1693 in Charles Co. Hester came to America with her parents in 1650. Her father died shortly after arrival.

James' will was dated 16 Sep 1712 and probated in Charles County 12 Jan 1714 or 1715.


The children of James Smallwood and Hester Evans were:

.. 2 John Smallwood 1665/66 - 1694 b: January 1665/66 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Lettice

.. 2 James Smallwood 1668 - 1723 b: October 1668 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Mary Boyden 1672 - 1750 b: 1672 in MD

.. 2 Mary Smallwood 1670 - 1712 b: November 2, 1670 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. John Taylor .. *2nd Husband of Mary Smallwood: ...... m. Cornelius Maddocks 1660 - 1704/05 b: 1660 in Glouchester, England

.. 2 Mathew Smallwood 1673 - 1712 b: April 1673 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Grace Robinson b: in Charles Co. MD

.. 2 Thomas Smallwood 1675 - 1734 b: 1675 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Alice 1675 - 1735 b: Abt. 1675 in Charles Co. MD

.. 2 William Smallwood 1677 - 1706 b: Bef. 1677 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Elinor Tubman .. *2nd Wife of William Smallwood: ...... m. Elizabeth Bread - 1705

.. 2 Pryor Smallwood 1680 - 1734 b: Abt. 1680 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Elizabeth Stone McMillion

.. 2 Benjamin Smallwood 1682 - 1737 b: Abt. 1682 in Charles Co. MD

.. 2 Bayne Smallwood 1685 - 1709 b: 1685 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Charity Courts

.. 2 Sarah Smallwood 1685 - 1736 b: 1685 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Henry Moore 1685 - b: Abt. 1685

.. 2 Leadstone Smallwood 1687 - 1755 b: Abt. 1687 in Charles Co. MD ...... m. Elizabeth Garland .. *2nd Wife of Leadstone Smallwood: ...... m. Elizabeth Garland


The land transactions of James Smallwood were numerous. His various grants and purchases included "Goat Ridge, 150 acres, Welcome, 200 acres, Pork Hill,113 acres, Eltham, 75 acres, May Day, 300 acres, Tasch Hall, 60 acres,Bachelors Hope, 184 acres, Batchellors Delight, 235 acres, and Friendship. At the time of his death he was living at Bew (Beau) Plains in Prince George County which was the plantation of his second wife Mary.

James Smallwood was a member of Godfrey's Rangers in 1675, and again in 1681. Their main station was at Port Tobacco, with another at Piscataway Creek, of the Potomac. They guarded the settlement against the Susquehannock Indians. In 1688-89 he was involved in the Orange Rebellion, and advanced in military rank over the years. He was a major in 1692 and Lt. Col. in 1700, and afterwards a Colonel.

Major James Smallwood was authorized to raise a company on the east side of Port Tobacco and on the north side of the Potomac River.

During the administration of Governor Coply, James Smallwood was chosen Assemblyman by the Freeman of Charles County, Virginia. From that date until his death he represented Charles County in the Maryland Assembly. He introduced in the Lower House a bill for establishment of Protestant religion in the Colony.

Major James Smallwood was a Vestryman on Piscattaway Parish, Charles County, Maryland. On June 9, 1700

In 1680 he was appointed "Post for Charles County" for conveying "public intelligence" to the Governor and Council. This was the first letter post for outlying CharlesCounty. From 1692 until his death

Col. James represented Charles County as a Burgess in the MD Assembly. He often acted as liaison with the Indians, since he had their confidence. In 1694 he was Sheriff of Charles County.

In 1680 he was appointed "Post for Charles County" for conveying "public intelligence" to the Governor and Council. This was the first letter post for outlying Charles County. From 1692 until his death Col. James represented Charles County as a Burgess in the MD Assembly. He often acted as liaison with the Indians, since he had their confidence. In 1694 he was Sheriff of Charles County.

Revolutionary War General William Smallwood, later Maryland Governor was a great grandson of James Smallwood.


Source 1: An internet posting "ANCESTORS OF CHARLES FRANCIS SMALLWOOD" by Marjorie Smallwood.


Source 2: An internet posting "SMALLWOOD FAMILY CHARLES COUNTY" by Arthur L. Keith.

There seems to be some question of James Smallwood's birth. Was it England or America?

With no data shown, some genealogists list James Smallwood's parents as John Smallwood (b.1610 Cheshire, England) and wife Mary ... or ... Matthew Smallwood (1585-1650) and possibly Ann Whittington.


www.warriorcreek.org (no supporting data shown)

I. Edward Smallwood(1525-1590)

I.A. James Smallwood
I.B. Matthew Smallwood
I.C. Randall Smallwood

I.B.a. Captain Matthew Smallwood and wife Ann Whittington

I.B.a.1. John Smallwood
I.B.a.2. Bayne Smallwood
I.B.a.3. James Matthew Smallwood m. Hester Evans


MORE ON CAPTAIN MATTHEW SMALLWOOD

3840. Matthew SMALLWOOD was born about 1610 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England. He died in Charles Co., MD. He married Virginia ? about 1635. [Parents]

Captain Matthew Smallwood leased 500 acres in Bickeres Bay in Charles City Co on March 30, 1634, bounded on the east by the land granted by patent to Capt. Nathaniel Powell, deceased, and thence westward to a Creek which divided it from land called Chaplin's Choice

Resided in VA 1632

Library of Virginia
Title Smallwood, Mathew.
Publication 30 March 1634.
Gen. note Lease.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Note Location: Charles City County.
Description: 500 acres in Bicknes Bay, easterly upon the pattented land of Captn. Nathaniel Powell, deceased.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 1, 1623-1643 (v.1 & 2), p. 151 (Reel 1).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
Subject - Personal Smallwood, Mathew. grantee.
Powell, Nathaniel, Capt.
Subject - Topical Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia -- Charles City County.
Subject -Geographic Charles City County (Va.) -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form Land grants -- Virginia -- Charles City County.
Added Entry Virginia. Colonial Land Office. Patents, 1623-1774.
Library of Virginia. Archives.
System Number 000822175

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