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These images are intended to illustrate the stories of the following families: AddisonBaleBrookeBrowneDentDorseyEly,   HallHattonHollidayHowardIsaacMoltonNorwoodOwingsRandallRidgelySimSmithStoneTaskerWarfield.  and Wilkinson

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This is a detail from the 1773 Plat map showing the area at the confluence of the Patuxent River and St. Leonard's Creek where Richard Smith Sr. (d. ca. 1690), his son, Richard Smith Jr. (d. 1714), and grandson, Walter Smith, lived. The sites of several buildings are labelled. The entire area is now part of the Jefferson Patterson State Park, which is carrying on public archaeology projects in the area of Richard Smith Jr's cluster of structures.

Point Area Plat map with buildings captioned, from
Here is the site of "King's Reach", the second home of Richard Smith. It is quite small. See an artist's drawing of what it might have looked like. The site is at the very top left corner of the map, or else off above the top edge altogether.

This is the archaeological site of the cellar of another house (# 35 on the map above?). The bluff has been eroding; the house was not originally so close to the edge.

For more information about the site see

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This map of the western side of the Severn River shows the holdings of some dissenter settlers in Anne Arundel County ca. 1650. The three families from which we are descended are Dorsey (yellow), Howard (orange), and Norwood (green). The dimensions and outlines of the individual holdings are not accurate. They just mark the general locations.

Map of Some Dissenter Settlers in Anne Arundel County

This map is from Maxwell J. and Jean Muir Dorsey and Nannie Ball Nimmo, The Dorsey Family: Descendants of Edward Darcy-Dorsey of Virginia and Maryland For Five Generations and Allied Families (Baltimore: authors, 1947), 5.

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view of HamptonHampton was built between 1783 and 1790, immediately after the Revolutionary War. It was one of the largest houses of its time, built by Charles Ridgely, a representative to the Maryland Assembly. The formal gardens, outbuildings, quarters for the enslaved workers, and the overseer's house have been restored. It is operated by the National Park Service and Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities. The house is at 535 Hampton Lane, Towson.

view of Hampton from the road

The huge property was owned by Col. Charles Ridgely, who built and lived in the house that became the farm house under his son, Charles Ridgely, who built the mansion pictured above. The farm house is on the other side of Hampton Lane, and is also under the care of the national Park Service. The buildings to the left and rear in the right-hand (or lower, depending on your screen) photo are some of the slave quarters.

For more information see There it is reported that: "Architectural evidence suggests that the earliest part of this house may have been built in the 1740s, making it the oldest structure at Hampton. However, some preliminary archaeology conducted around the Farmhouse in the 1980s failed to find artifacts dating earlier than the 1770s. One possible explanation for this discrepancy is that the farmhouse was moved to its present location in the 1770s or 1780s."

view of Col. Charles Ridgely's house from the road   Col. Charles Ridgely's house
Color photographs by MJP Grundy, 4/15/2004.

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Map of the lower Chesapeake Area of the Western Shore of Maryland, showing sites associated with seventeenth century families such as Addison, Brooke, Dent, Hall, Sim, Smith, and Tasker.

Map of the Lower Cesapeake, Western Shore, Maryland

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Brooke Place Manor was built in 1652 by Robert Brooke, Esq. and his second wife, Mary (Mainwaring) Brooke. Robert died in july 1655, and was buried on the property, but I do not know where. Four months later his wife gave birth here to twins, Henry and Elizabeth. I have not checked the real estate records to see who inherited Brooke Place Manor, but it does not seem to have been any of the descendants in our immediate line.

The second floor was added to the house in 1850, and you can see in the brickwork traces of the shape of the earlier structure. The wood frame "el" on the back, in the second photo, was added more recently. My thanks to the current owners who permitted us to take these photographs.

Brooke Place Manor, oldest section    Brooke Place Manor: old brick section and newer frame wing

Below the Manor house, there is a creek that flows into the Patuxent and then on into the Chesapeake. Presumably this does not look very different from when the Brooke family lived here in the second half of the seventeenth century.
creek at the bottom of Brook Place Manor
Photographs by MJP Grundy, 4/16/2004.

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Map of Baltimore County and surrounding area with locations marked that are referred to in the pages about the Randall and Owings families.

Map of Baltimore County and environs, 18th. c.

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Although the Quaker meeting houses in which our ancestors in the Hall, Dorsey, and Norwood families worshipped in the seventeenth century have long since disappeared, there are several Anglican churches that are still in use. They have mostly been rebuilt since those early days.

The land for All Hallows was given by the Burgess family. Because of its construction it was sometimes called the Brick Church.

All Hallows Church

All Saints was formed in 1692, the year of the Protestant Associators coup, the repeal of religious toleration, and the establishment by the government of the Anglican church to which all were required to pay for its upkeep and services, whether they were of that faith or not.

All Saints Church

The present building was constructed in 1774. It is at the intersection of routes 2 and 4, at 100 Lower Marlboro Road in Sunderland.

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Kitty Crowley has kindly sent me two photographs she took in September 2003 of Wykeham Abbey where John Norwood was born in 1605. She writes, "The Abbey is currently on private property and access is denied. Also included is the River Welland winding its way via canal to the sea. But you can get an idea of the "fen" aspect of the land." I am grateful for her permission to post these pictures.

Wickham Abbey across the fields  

For further information, see

Here is the map, also sent to me by Kitty Crowley, of Spalding and the marshes, showing the location of the "remains" of the chapel, and the River Welland in its canal.

This page was updated 6m/2/2005.