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The Many Robert Drurys


Attempts to positively identify the Robert Drury who immigrated to Maryland by 1670 and patented "Dry Docking" in St. Mary's County have so far proved fruitless. At least five individuals named Robert Drury have been documented as being in Virginia and/or Maryland during the period 1600 - 1700. So far no evidence has emerged to tie any of them to each other or to Drury families in England.

Those identified in America are:  Sir Dru Drury (supposed to be in Virginia by about 1609)
Robert Drury (transported by Robert Freeman in 1635)
Robert Drury (transported by Edmund Scarborough in 1663)
Robert Drury (born in 1660 per his deposition in 1692)
Robert Drury (patented "Dry Docking" in Maryland and immigrated in 1670)

 

Those identified in England are: Robert Drury (husband of Mary Radcliff) (d. by 1625)
Robert Drury (cited as a recusant in Catholic Records Society Miscellanies V)
Robert Drury (brother of John Drury who administered John's estate in 1658)
Robert Drury (who received payments from Village of Salthouse in England)

Here is what we know about these various Drurys at present:

Sir Dru Drury:  

He was supposed to be in Virginia by 1609 and to have been a member of the Virginia Company. He could be a grandfather of the Robert we seek to identify but little is known and at present he is only a name without a history or connection to Colonial Maryland.

 

 Robert Drury: (transported by Robert Freeman in 1635)  This Robert has been almost certainly eliminated as related to the Robert who immigrated to Maryland. Other researchers have supplied a descendant line for him suggesting that he remained in Virginia.
 Robert Drury: (transported by Edmund Scarborough in 1663)  

This person could be the same as the one who immigrated to Maryland, but there is nothing yet to indicate what happened to him after he arrived in Virginia. Apparently Scarborough was transporting people in order to gain land rights but we have no idea if he was charging the people he was transporting.

Robert Drury: (born in 1660 per his deposition in 1692)  

This Robert could not possibly be the one transported in 1663 because of his age (b. 1660), though his presence in Cecil County and familiarity with Central and Northern Maryland make him a possible candidate to be related to the Robert Drury who Patented "Dry Docking".

Robert Drury: (patented "Dry Docking" in Maryland and immigrated in 1670)  

Robert Drury immigrated to Maryland in 1670 (per Skordas "Early Settlers of Maryland, 1663 - 1680 Liber 12, Folio 571) at age 36, and received a patent for 100 acres called "Dry Docking" in 1673. He had friends in Maryland as early as 1668 when he witnessed the Will of Robert Joyner who owned "Scotland" on St. Clement's Bay. He received a cattle mark in 1671, gave his oath about the will of Robert Joyner in 1672 and had scant references in wills and patents until the late 1680's when he signed a petition to keep the capital of Maryland in St. Mary's city in 1689.

Robert Drury: (husband of Mary Radcliff) (d. by 1624)  

This Robert has been assumed to be the father of Robert who patented "Dry Docking" but recent research in England has proved this to be incorrect. Material published in Gerald Hagen's book "Dry Docking" has a critical error as discovered recently in English research. Specifically, all of the sons of Robert except the youngest, William, were listed in English Parish records as "S.P." meaning that they died without issue. Hagen omitted these designations from his material.

 

Robert Drury: (cited as a recusant in Catholic Records Society Miscellanies V)

This Robert was from the village of Salthouse about 13 miles from Dry Docking in England.
Robert Drury: (brother of John Drury who administered John's estate in 1658)  

There was a John Drury who owneed an estate called Dry Docking in England in 1649. John's brother Robert was named administrator of the estate on 4/15/1658 after his brother's death. The two were said to be the sons of Robert Drury and Mary Radcliff but there was no mention of either John or Robert in the elder Robert's Will in 1624. These two may have been related in some fashion to Robert (d. 1624) but were probably not sons.

 

Robert Drury: (who received payments from village of Docking in England)

Nothing more is known at present about this Robert. If he was a second or younger son and the payments were stopped then he would be a candidate for immigration.

 


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