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Augustine Herman & Bohemia Manor

Submitted for publication by JoAnne Ostergren Yates.
Edited and amended by Betty Naff Mitchell
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Information from materials donated by Mr. John Edwards, Jr. & Margaret Surbeck


Augustine Herman is the 5th great grand father of Forrest Jay Mitchell, Sr., of Richmond, Virginia. The line goes thus: Forrest Jay Mitchell, 1829 - 1889, son of Robert Evans Mitchell, son of Abraham David Mitchell, son of Mary Thompson, daughter of Ephraim Thomson, son of Richard Thompson, son of Judith Herman, daughter of Augustine Herman ca. 1608 - 1686.

Read more about Augustine Herman at Augustine Herman Bohemiensis - Life - Accomplishments - Living Legacy.
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Bohemia Manor - Home of Augustine Herman


Part of the Unusual Quality of glow and texture in Bohemia's facade is due to the all-header bond in which the bricks were laid, many of the bricks with glazed ends. This is a view from the land approach; the water front, as is typical, faces the river--in this case the Bohemia.

In addition to the unusual beauty of the whole mantel scheme from floor to ceiling in the living room of Bohemia, there is the unusual fact of its material, which is molded plaster. The Benjamin Franklin on the mantel is a Dresden figurine; in front an old celestian globe and Stiegel Bottle.

The staircase at Bohemia is the spectacular feature of the house, no two panels of its Chinese Chippendale balustrade alike; the further architectural decorations of the rest of the hallway, above and below, being carried out in molded plaster; all in all, one of the sights of Cecil County. It was near the site of this house in Cecil County [Maryland], by the way, that Augustine Herman settled to become one of the Eastern Shore's most important pioneers, a man from the province of Bohemia in what is now Czechoslovakia--which accounts for the name of the river, and this house as well.


(The above contributed by Mr. John Edwards, Jr. It is an excerpt from a book.
Title and author was not given.)

Read more about Bohemia Manor at: Bohemia Manor of Sassafras Neck, Cecil County, Maryland. Another full list of the descendants of Augustine Ephriam Hermen can be found on Ellen Carol Ward's site.

Augustine Herman & Descendants

Augustine HERMAN was born about 1605 in Prague, Bohemia [now Czechoslovakia] and died about 1686 in Cecil County, Maryland. He married (1) Janetje VARLETH. She was born 1625 in New Netherlands, America, and died before 1686. He married (2) Catherine WARD.

Augustine, born in Bohemia, spent his early years there and acquired a knowledge of English, French and German. He was employed by the Dutch West India Company and later claimed to have been the founder of its Virginia tobacco trade. In 1633 he witnessed the purchase of land from the Indians, now Philadelphia. He was an agent for Gabry & Sons and later built up a trade in beaver skins, indigo (which he grew on Manhattan Island) and, with his partner, George HACK, became the largest exporter of tobacco in America.

In 1647, Peter STUYVESANT, appointed Herman to the "Council of Nine Men." He was one of the signers of "the Remonstrance" to the States-General of the Netherlands for this act was ruined financially by Stuyvesant. Some accounts refer to a rivalry for a woman's affections as being the cause for the ruin by Stuyvesant. His debts were later forgiven and Stuyvesant sent him to Maryland for talks with Philip Lord BALTIMORE.

HERMAN made a deal with Baltimore (CALVERT) to survey and map the Chesapeake Bay in exchange for 20,000 acres of land, which he subsequently received, calling it "Bohemia Manor." His map was "the best Mapp that was ever Drawn of any Country whatsoever." It took him 10 years to complete. The original engraving can be seen in the British Museum and a copy is in the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Herman also envisioned the location for a canal between the Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake, very close to where it is today.

He lived in magnificence at the manor house with his wife and family and was buried in the vineyard in 1686. The grave is no longer visible.

Children of AUGUSTINE HERMAN and JANETJE VARLETH are:

i. JUDITH HERMAN, b. May 09, 1660, New Amsterdam, NY, d. 1761
ii. CASPARUS AUGUSTUS HERMAN, b. 1656
iii. ANNA MARGARETA HERMAN, b. 1658
iv. FRANCINA HERMAN, b. 1662
v. EPHRAIN GEORGIUS HERMAN, b. 1652

Generation Number Two

JUDITH HERMAN, was born May 09, 1660 in New Amsterdam, NY, and died in 1761. She married COL. JOHN THOMPSON, 1684, son of RICHARD THOMPSON. He was born about 1593 in England and died 1702 in Cecil County, MD.

Notes for COL. JOHN THOMPSON:
"Through his wife he became possessed of many acres that had formerly belonged to his father-in-law, Augustine Herman, lord of the Manor. Besides these, he had large possessions elsewhere, including a house in New Castle and a farm in New York, which he held in partnership with COLONEL BAYARD. He lived as is supposed, to the advanced age of 109 years, and then died, leaving his eldest son in possession of the property he had inherited from Herman" (Source: Ancient Families of Bohemia Manor, Rev. Charles Payson Mallery, 1888)

1636-1736: Colonel of the Militia, Province of Maryland
1694-1700: Member of the Legislature
1697-1701: Commisioner to treat with Indians, Justice of Provincial Court
1679-1681: Clerk, Perogative Court

Member St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, North Sassafras Parish, Maryland
Will Probated: December 10, 1701, Cecil County, Maryland.

Children of JUDITH HERMAN and COLONEL JOHN THOMPSON are:

i. RICHARD THOMPSON b. November 1, 1667, Cecil County County, MD; died after 1772 in Cecil County, MD
ii. JANE THOMPSON died 1762.
iii. MARY THOMPSON
iv. SARAH THOMPSON
v. AUGUSTINE THOMPSON, b. 1691
vi. EPHRAIM THOMPSON, b. 1697
vii. ROBERT THOMPSON, b. 1699; died 1737
viii. JOHN THOMPSON, b. before 1703

Generation Number Three

3. RICHARD THOMPSON was born Nobember 01, 1667 in Cecil County, Maryland, and died after 1772 in Cecil County, Maryland. He married (1) MAGDALA (MAGDALEINE) BOUCHELLE April 18, 1706, daugter of LEGE LA BOUCHELLE and ANNA DE CONTE. She died 1735 in Cecil County, Maryland. He married (2) TABITHA CHICK 1736, daughter of JOHN CHICK and UNKNOWN. She was born 1714.

RICHARD THOMPSON 1723 - "Leased for a term of 21 years, for one ear of Indian corn, one acre of land near, if not bordering on, the present Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, near Pivot Bridge, to the "Bohemia and Broad Creek Presbyterian congregation," who erected a church thereon."

"This eldest son was RICHARD THOMPSON, born November 1, 1667, who, like his father, became a centenarian several years before his death. Indeed, he lived so long that his neighbors began to think that he did not intend to die at all. And when he passed his eightieth year without dying, and his ninetieth, and his one hundredth, and one hundred and fifth, and still did not die, either to distinguish him from the paternal centenarian, or for some other reason, vulgar people called him "Old-one-hundred-five." (Source: Ancient Families of Bohemia Manor, Rev. Charles Payson Mallery, 1888)

Children of RICHARD THOMPSON and MAGDALA BOUCHELLE are:

i. EPHRAIM THOMPSON, b. 1724, Cecil County, MD; d. 1788 in Cecil County, MD
ii. ANN THOMPSON, d. 1794
iii. JUDITH THOMPSON, b. March 11, 1706/07, Cecil County, MD
iv. JOHN THOMPSON, b. March 12, 1709/10; died 1743 Cecil County, MD
v. RICHARD THOMPSON, JR., b. November 5, 1713 Cecil County, MD; d. 1789
vi. MARGARET THOMPSON, b. 1715
vii. ROBERT THOMPSON, b. 1721; d. 1780
viii. MARY THOMPSON, b. 1726; d. 1740

Children of RICHARD THOMPSON and TABITHA CHICK are:

ix. SUSANNA THOMPSON, b. 1737,; d. 1737
x. TABITHA THOMPSON, b. 1739
xi. SUSANNA THOMPSON, b. 1740
xii. REBECCA THOMPSON, b. 1742
xiii. AUGUSTINA THOMPSON, b. 1744
xiv. SARAH THOMPSON, b. 1747
xv. MARY THOMPSON, b. 1749

4. JANE THOMPSON, died 1762. She married (1) THOMAS BORDLEY. She married (2) MAJOR WILLIAM FRISBY, 1710.

Child of JANE THOMPSON and THOMAS BORDLEY is:

i. THOMAS BORDLEY.

Children of JANE THOMPSON and MAJOR FRISBY are:

ii. SARAH FRISBY
iii. MARGARET FRISBY
iv. AUGUSTINA FRISBY
v. RICHARD FRISBY, b. 1711
vi. MARY FRISBY, b. 1713
vii. WILLIAM FRISBY, b. 1715
viii. ANN FRISBY, b. 1721
ix. JAMES FRISBY, b. 1725
x. RICHARD FRISBY, b. 1726

5. AUGUSTINE THOMPSON was born in 1691. He married (1) SARAH SALTER, March 26, 1713, daughter of JOHN SALTER and SARAH (?). She was born 1692 and died 1729. He married (2) ELIZABETH RICHARDSON BALL 1729. She was born abt. 1705.

Children of AUGUSTINE THOMPSON and SARAH SALTER are:

i. MARY THOMPSON, b. 1715; d. 1740
ii. DOWDALL THOMPSON, b. 1718; d. 1756; m. HESTER BALDWIN 1740, b. 1720.
iii. SAMUEL THOMPSON, b. 1724; d. 1777
iv. SARAH THOMPSON, b. 1726

6. ROBERT THOMPSON was born 1699, and died 1737. He married RUTH (?) July 1736.

Child of ROBERT THOMPSON and RUTH is:

i. JAMES THOMPSON, b. 1728.

7. JOHN THOMPSON was born before 1703. He married MARY DARE February 1740/41, daughter of WILLIAM DARE.

Children of JOHN THOMPSON and MARY DARE are:

i. JOHN THOMPSON, died 1749
ii. MARY THOMPSON, died 1780

Generation Number Four

8. EPHRAIM THOMPSON was born 1724 in Cecil County, MD, and died 1788 in Cecil County, MD. He married ANN BRYAN.

Child of EPHRAIM THOMPSON and ANN BRYAN is:

i. MARY THOMPSON, married DR. ABRAHAM MITCHELL, November 19, 1772.

9. JUDITH THOMPSON was born March 11, 1706/07 in Cecil County, MD. She married ARNOLD BASSETT in 1721.

Children of JUDITH THOMPSON and ARNOLD BASSETT are:

i. RICHARD BASSETT
ii. FRANCINA BASSETT
iii. MAGDALEN BASSETT. Married SAMUEL McCLEARY.

10. RICHARD THOMPSON, JR. was born November 05, 1713 in Cecil County, MD, and died 1789 in Cecil County, MD. He married MARY ALMAN November 12, 1739 in St. Stephens Parish, Cecil County, MD. MARY ALMAN was the daughter of ABRAHAM ALMAN.

Child of RICHARD THOMPSON, JR. and MARY ALMAN is:

i. SARAH THOMPSON, born 1741.

11. MARY THOMPSON was born 1715, and died 1740. She married THOMAS MARSH. He was born 1710.

Child of MARY THOMPSON and THOMAS MARSH is:

i. AUGUSTINA MARSH, born about 1739.

12. JOHN THOMPSON died 1749. He married MARY GRIFFITH in 1738.

Children of JOHN THOMPSON and MARY GRIFFITH are:

i. MARY THOMSON THOMPSON.
ii. JOHN DOCKERY THOMPSON, b. 1743, d. 1786, m. (1) HESTER (?); M. (2) MARY HALY, 1765.
iii. JOSHUA THOMPSON, b. May 1744.

13. MARY THOMPSON died 1780. She married JOHN KNIGHT 1740, son of STEPHEN KNIGHT and SARAH ROBINSON. He was born 1716.

Children of MARY THOMPSON and JOHN KNIGHT are:

i. ELIZABETH HARRISON KNIGHT.
ii. MARY CHEW KNIGHT.
iii. JOHN LEACH KNIGHT, b. 1745.
iv. CATHERINE KNIGHT, b. 1745.


The above Genealogy was Furnished by Margaret Surbeck

 Published and Copyrighted © by Betty N. Mitchell - July 5, 2003