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compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2002
Nicotiana tabacum, from Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People
(Phila.: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1885), 9:462.



This page tells the story of three generations of Maryland Owings: Richard, his son Samuel, Samuel's daughter Hannah, and their immediate families. I am hopeful that readers may be able to provide more information about them, or correct any mistakes I may have made. If you have documentation, I would be very grateful if you would e mail me at .

There were at least five or six men by the name of Richard "Owens" in colonial Maryland. Untangling and separating them is made more complicated by the habit of many genealogists to conflate several families. The search is not aided by the typically casual seventeenth-century spelling that interchanged Owen, Owens, Ewen, Ewens, Owing, and Owings. Here are the facts as I have tried to verify them about our particular line.

First Known Generation

Our Richard Owen1 identified himself as a carpenter, first of Anne Arundel County, then of Baltimore County. One source says he was born in Virginia and died before 11 February 1726/7. He was married to Rachel (__) by 1701/2. She is thought by some to be a daughter of Ninian BEALL, although the evidence is not conclusive, and several other potential fathers have also been suggested.[1] If anyone can provide documentation for any of this I would be very grateful.

As with most of our colonial Maryland ancestors, we find traces of them in legal records of various kinds. Richard made several real estate transactions. On 12 September 1685 he bought the tract "Range" from Thomas LIGHTFOOT and his wife Rebecca. It was in Anne Arundel County about a mile from the head of the Anne Arundel River, by the line of Richard WARFIELD's land, by a tract called the "Marsh". The next fall Richard sold 384 acres of the "Range" to Jabez PIERPONT, a planter of Baltimore County, for 4,500 pounds of tobacco. Richard's wife released her dower right in it. On 10 October 1694 Richard had surveyed 450 acre "Owing's Adventure" in Baltimore County on the west side of the Patapasco, north side of Col. TAYLOR's land. On 13 March (or August?) 1704 Richard conveyed 225 acres out of the total 450 acre "Owen's Adventure" to Col. Edward DORSEY for £40. The tract had originally been patented 10 November 1695. On 1 June 1708 "Richard Owens, of Balto. Co., Carpenter" sold another 100 acres from "Owings Adventure" [notice the spelling variations as officially recorded] to Richard ACTON, planter. This tract had been granted to Richard by Lord Baltimore 3 April 1700. Richard's wife, Rachel, gave her consent. Another land grant was made to Capt. Richard Owings on 10 September 1725 consisting of 480 acres in Baltimore County named "Owens Outland Plains". On 27 October 1714 Richard Owens and his wife Racheal [sic], planter of Baltimore Co. conveyed 361 acre "Valley of Jehosophat" on the south side of main falls of Patapsco River to Sarah BRICE, widow of Anne Arundel Co. for £38 & 900 lbs. of tobacco.[2]

On 16 October 1697 the Assembly passed an "Act appointing Rangers for the defence of this Province". It decreed that fifteen men be raised "to strengthen the Garrison and ffrontiers at Potomak". Two weeks later Richard signed a receipt for arms and equipment received from the Governor: 1 brass "lanthorne", 2 carbines and belts, 2 bayonettes and belts, 2 pair of pistols, 1 brass compass, 1 "prospective" glass, 30 flints, 2 Bibles, 1 Whole Duty of Man, 5 "Catuch boxes" and belts, and $1.00.[3] It is possible that this was a different Richard Owen and not our man.

That was not the extent of Richard's military career. He also appeared on a list of soldiers under the command of Col. Ninian BEALE from 6 February 1699 to 6 May 1700. For this he was paid at 3/4d per day, for a total of 15.03.04.[4] It is possible that this was a different Richard Owen/Owings and not our man.

The only other fact about Richard of which we can be sure, is that he and Rachel were the parents of Samuel, because Samuel had this information entered in the St. Thomas parish register, Garrison Forest, Baltimore County. St. Paul's was the first parish in Baltimore County, and there are four Owings marriages in the St. Paul's Parish register, that let us infer they are all siblings: Robert, Samuel, Joshua, and Ruth. Later, in 1741 St. Thomas was established as a chapel of ease for St. Paul's; it eventually became an independent parish. The web site of "First Families of Anne Arundel County" lists additional children, as other records point to an older son born before the move to Baltimore. Some of these offspring may be conflated from other families.

Here, then, are proposed children of Richard and his wife Rachel (__) Owings.[6] I would appreciate hearing from readers with documentation that could prove whether or not any or all of these children belong to Richard and Rachel.

  1. Rachel2 Owings, m. John WILMOTT, Jr., and had children: Richard Wilmott, Robert Wilmott, Ruth Wilmott, John Wilmott, Constant Wilmott, Rachel Wilmott, Dinah Wilmott, and Hannah Wilmott.[7]

  2. Richard Owings, b. before 1687 in Anne Arundel Co., Md.; m. before 1709 Sarah HART, daughter of Stephen and Catharine, in Baltimore Co. Richard also had some real estate transactions. On 3 Nov. 1729 Richard and his wife Sarah made a deed of gift of [part of?] "Owings Addition" to Ruth NORWOOD. Three years later, on 24 May 1732 they gave Ruth, identified as "spinster", for her "natural life" 32 acres of "Owings Addition". As his sister Ruth married in 1735, it is unclear who the first Ruth is? Or, is the second Ruth (Owings) Oursler from a different family? On 30 Sept. 1731 Richard, "son of Richard, deceased" conveyed "Owings Adventure" to William RICHARDSON; Sarah consented to the transaction.[8] They had children:
    a) Richard Owings,
    b) Ruth Owings,
    c) Stephen Hart Owings,
    d) Catharine Owings,
    e) John Owings
  3. John Owings, d. Oct. 1765; m(1) Hannah STINCHCOMB, b. ca. 1706 and d. 22 Jan. 1739, daughter of Nathaniel, Jr. and Hannah (RANDALL). John's estate was probated 30 Oct. 1765 in Anne Arundel Co.[9] They had children:
    a) Hannah Owings,
    b) Sophia Owings,
    c) Caleb Owings,
    d) John Owings,
    e) Rachel Owings.
    John m(2) after 1740 Asenath (__). She d. Apr. 1792. John and Asenath had children:
    f) Asenath Owings,
    g) Lancelott "Lott" Owings,
    h) Sarah Owings,
    i) Ann Owings,
    j) Ruth Owings.
  4. Robert Owings2, b. 15 Mar. 1698/9 or 1700; d. 9 Sept. 1759 in York Co., Pa.; m. 23 Dec. 1730 in York Co., Pa. Hannah FARQUEHAR, or Forquer, although the marriage is recorded in St. Paul's Parish, Balt. Co., Md. She was the daughter of Allen Farquehar of York Co., Pa. Robert and Hannah had 10 children:
    a) Rachel Owings,
    b) Susannah Owings,
    c) Robert Owings,
    d) Mary Owings,
    e) William Owings,
    f) Thomas Owings,
    g) Joshua Owings,
    h) John Owings,
    i) Charles Owings,
    j) Hannah Owings.[10]
  5. Samuel Owings, b. 1 Apr. 1702 in St. Thomas parish; d. 6 Apr. 1775 in Balt. Co.; m. 1 Jan. 1730 Urath RANDALL in St. Paul's Parish; a dozen children.

  6. Joshua Owings, b. 5 Apr. 1704; d. 11 Apr. 1785[mdaeen]1787; m. 9 Mar. 1735 Mary COCKEY [she was b. 10 Dec. 1716, the daughter of Capt. John and Elizabeth (SLADE) Cockey in St. Paul's Parish; Mary d. 10 Dec. 1768]. Mary's brother, Edward Cockey (1731-ca. 1795) was Anglican, a planter and surveyor, who was elected to the Lower House.[11] Joshua and Mary had children:
    a) John Cockey Owings,
    b) Richard Owings (b. 13 Nov. 1738),
    c) Joshua Owings (b. 22 Mar. 1740),
    d) Edward Owings (b. 1 Nov. 1743),
    e) Michal or Michael Owings (b. 12 Feb. 1745),
    f) Marcilla/Marchella Owings,
    g) George Owings (b. 14 Mar. 1749/50; d. 20 Oct. 1832),
    h) Rebecca Owings,
    i) Rachel Owings,
    j) Ephraim Owings (d. 1784),
    k) Elizabeth Owings (b. 14 Jul 1753; d. ca. Nov. 1783).
  7. Ruth Owings, b. 1708; m. 21 Mar. 1735 Edward OURSLER, recorded in St. Paul's Parish. It is probable that it is this Ruth, when she was still a "spinster" who was gifted with 32 acres of "Owings Addition" for her "natural life" by her brother Richard Owings. Ruth & Edward's 4 children's births appear in the St. Thomas parish register: Mary Oursler, Elizabeth Oursler, Eli Oursler, and Margaret Oursler.[12]

  8. Henry, his will prob. 25 Feb. 1764 in Balt. Co.; m. Helen STINCHCOMB and had children:
    a) Elijah Owings,
    b) Bezaleel Owings,
    c) Michal Owings, b. 1723; d. Dec. 1787; (female)
    d) Leah Owings,
    e) Henry Owings,
    f) Nathanial Owings,
    g) Helen Owings.[13]

Second Generation


Map of Baltimore County and surrounding area

Samuel Owings2, the son of Richard and Rachel, was born 1 April 1702 in St. Thomas parish, Garrison Forest, Baltimore County, and died 6 April 1775 in Baltimore County. On 1 January 1729/30 at St. Thomas Parish he married Urath RANDALL, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (BALE) Randall. She was born 1 January 1713 in St. Thomas parish, and died 15 December 1793 in Baltimore County.[14]

They resided at "Green Spring Punch", a 286 acre plantation in Green Spring Valley, Baltimore County that Urath brought with her when she married. Their children were born in a stone house of two rooms on the first and two on the second floor, known by the same name. It had been inherited by Urath's mother Hannah from her brother, Thomas BALE. The stone house was home to the family from 1700 to 1870, and has been enlarged and altered over time. Some of the buildings on the farm were still in existence in the 1930s.[15] I do not know if anything is left now.

On 20 May 1734 Samuel and Christopher RANDALL (probably Samuel's brother-in-law) agreed to divide "Green Spring". Eight days later Christopher sold 100 acres of his part.[15a]

In addition to "Green Spring Punch", by 1750 Samuel also owned "Addition" (150 acres), "Severn" (100 acres), "Timber Level" (350 acres), "Come by Chance" (50 acres) and other lands. In all he owned about 2,800 acres, of which 2,165 were acquired by patent and about 35 by purchase. He was styled "Gentleman". Between 1764 and 1769 he bought an additional 487 acres in Baltimore County, and sold 48. In 1770 he bought 162 acres in Frederick County and gave 200 acres in Baltimore County to his son Thomas.[16]

Samuel was Anglican, and served in St. Paul's Parish Vestry (Baltimore County) in 1735-38 and 1744-45. Then later he served in the St. Thomas Parish Vestry from 1750 to 1752. He was appointed to a commission along with Christopher RANDALL, William HAMILTON, and Nicholas HAILE to select and purchase a site, and receive subscriptions to build a chapel of ease for the parish in 1741. On 4 July Christopher GIST, with his wife Sarah's consent, conveyed 2 acres of "Adventure" to them for that purpose.[17]

Signature of Samuel Owings

Samuel began his public career as a justice in Baltimore County, serving terms from 1744 to 1757, 1758 to 1764 (part of the quorum in 1750-57 and 1758-64). Then he served as justice in the Especial Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol Delivery in Baltimore County from 1753 to 1761, and in 1763 (quorum both terms).[18]

In 1757 Samuel was elected to the Lower House of the Maryland Assembly, where he served two terms: 1757-58 and 1758-61.[19]

By 1763 Samuel was known as "Esq.". Although his main source of income was as a planter, he also owned a saw mill.[20]

Samuel was listed for Back River Upper Hundred tax list in 1767. Others in the same Hundred that year were his son Bale Owings, nephew Bazil Owings, and Charles Ridgely Sr. and Jr.[20a]

Samuel made his will in 1772 and began distributing his Baltimore County land to his children--not always according to what had been written in his will. Within the year he gave 250 acres to his son Samuel, 223 acres to Hannah, 400 acres to Christopher, 90 to Bale, and 257 to daughter Urath. He died at 2:00 a.m. on 6 April 1775 at the age of 73. His estate inventory was filed 8 May 1776 by Edward COCKEY and George RISTEAU. It included fifteen enslaved humans, one indentured servant, books, plate valued at 13.8.0, millstones, and oak plank. He owned about 2,000 acres in Baltimore and Frederick Counties. The final administration was filed 21 June 1776 at a value of 1,533.13.11 current money. Creditors John Cockey and Rau HULSE and kinsmen Samuel and Thomas Owings approved it. Executor was his son Bale Owings. He bequeathed Urath seven Negroes, a life interest in his "dwelling plantation", and one tenth of his money, stock and personalty as long as she remained a widow. At her death the personalty was to be divided equally among their chilren. Any land not specifically bequeathed was to be divided equally between Urath, Richard, and Rebecca. The residue of the estate was to be divided equally among all nine children.[21]

The 1790 census, the first for the new United States, enumerated Urath Owings as head of her household. It consisted of one free white male under the age of 16 (a grandson?), no older white men, two free white females (herself and a relative?), no free "others", and twelve enslaved people.

Samuel Jr. bought the rights to "Green Spring Punch" in 1790, but gave his mother a life estate in the property. Urath died 15 December 1793. In her will, signed 26 November 1792 she gave her son Samuel his father's cane, and her grand daughter Urath Owings twelve pictures. She mentioned her children: Samuel, Thomas, Richard, Rachel STEVENSON, Urath LAWRENCE, and Hannah STONE; and her grandchildren: Urath CROMWELL, Urath Owings, Ruth Owings (widow of Samuel), Urath Stevenson, Elizabeth Lawrence, Deborah Howard, and Beal Owings (son of Christopher). A codicil added granddaughter Martha Stone 6 January 1793.[22]

Children of Samuel and Urath (Randall) Owings:[23]

  1. Bale Owings3, b. Sunday, 9 May 1731, at 8 p.m., christened at St. Paul's; d. 30 Dec. 1781; unmarried; received 90 ac. in Balt. Co. from his father in 1772-73. Named executor for his father's estate, he inherited "Severn", "Come by Chance", "Owing's Traverse", 20 ac. of "Rich Meadow", and one Negro.[24]


  2. Samuel Owings, Jr., b. Friday, 17 Aug. 1733, at 12:00, christened at St. Paul's; d. 11 June 1803; m. 6 Oct. 1765 Deborah Todd LYNCH (d. 1810), daughter of William Lynch (d. 1751) and neice of Edward Dorsey (1718-1760), son of Caleb Dorsey; received 250 ac. in Balt. Co. from his father in 1772-73; res at "Ulm" near Reisterstown Rd (now Owings Mills), St. Thomas Parish, Balt. Co. Inherited, in addition, "Lewis's Fancy", 150 ac. of "Timbered Level", 50 ac. of "Pleasant Garden", and personalty. Samuel was Anglican, a miller, planter, merchant, and land speculator. He was lauded as the "hydraulic expert of his time" and built at least 3 mills at Gwynn's Falls in Balt. Co. Served in the Lower House 1771, and 1786-87. His estate included 24 slaves, 248 oz. of plate, 177 chocolate pans, saw mills, grist mills, coopers' houses and shops, warehouses, bank stock, land along the Ohio River, and at least 5,200 acres in Balt. Co. Had children: William, Urath, Samuel, Eleanor, Sarah, Rebecca (b. 12 Jan. 1776; d. 12 Aug. 1828), Deborah, Frances, Mary, Ann, and Beal.[25]

  3. Rachel Owings, b. Sunday, 2 May 1736 at midnight, christened at St. Paul's; m. 16 Dec. 1762 Henry STEVENSON (27 June 1737-1816), a merchant in Balt. Co., son of Edward Stevenson (ca. 1703-1760). Henry's brother John (ca. 1739-1804) probably a planter in Balt. Co., was active in the Lower House during the Revolution. Rachel inherited from her father part of "Rich Meadow" and part of "Pigeon Hill", for a total of 140 ac.[26]

  4. Urath Owings, b. Monday, 26 June 1738 at 3 p.m., christened at St. Paul's 7 July that year; d. 17 Sept. 1807; m. 28 Jan. 1762 Benjamin LAWRENCE (son of Levin LAWRENCE and Susannah DORSEY) on 28 Jan 1762 in St Thomas Parish, Baltimore Co., MD. Benjamin was born on 17 May 1741. Urath received 257 ac. in Balt. Co. from her father in 1772-73. She inherited "Millplace", two parts of "Rich Meadow", 81 ac. of "Strawberry Patch", and 104 more ac. that didn't seem to have a name. Had 7 children: Samuel d.y.; Samuel (1764-1822); Mary (b. 1767); Susanna LAWRENCE (1769-1818) m. Edward DORSEY (1762-1804); Rebecca (1777-1822); Levin (d. 1846); Elizabeth (d. 1814). The grave of Urath Owings Lawrence is one of two box graves at "Eden", the Lawrence Grave yard, now owned by the Cooke Bros. auto dealers in Louisville, Ky.[27]

  5. Thomas Owings, b. Saturday, 18 Oct. 1740 at 8 a.m., christened at St. Paul's; d. 23 Aug. 1822; m. 27 Nov. 1760 in St. Thomas Parish Ruth LAWRENCE, daughter of Levin Lawrence, Jr. Ruth d. 27 July 1827. Thomas was given "Timber Level" by his father, and resided in his house there, called "The Meadows", in Soldiers' Delight Hundred, Balt. Co. Inherited 200 ac. of "Timbered Level", "Sapling Hill", and 50 ac. of "Pleasant Garden". Had a fulling mill in the Garrison Forest, one mile from Owings' Mill. On 6 June 1776 he was commissioned a first lieutenant in Capt. Alexander Well's Battalion of Soldiers' Delight Militia. In Aug. 1777 he was promoted to Capt. He is said to have been at the Battle of Brandywine and at Valley Forge. They had 12 children: Levin Lawrence, Samuel, Thomas Beal, Betsey, Isaac, David (b. 8 Apr. 1773; d. 12 Jul. 1778), Susanna, Ruth, Jesse, Ann, Levi, Herod (b. 2 Oct. 1786; d. 6 Sept. 1798), Matilda.[28]

  6. Hannah Owings, b. Sunday, 17 Apr. 1743 at 8 p.m., christened at St. Paul's; d. Friday, 26 Jan. 1745 at 3 p.m.[29]


  7. Christopher Owings, b. Saturday, 16 Feb. 1744/5, ca. 9 a.m.; d. 12 Jan. 1783; m. Elizabeth "Bessy" LAWRENCE, daughter of Levin Lawrence, Jr. and sister of Thomas Owings' wife; 400 ac. in Balt. Co. from his father in 1772-73. Inherited part of "Rich Meadow" and another 400 ac.[30] Elected to represent Soldiers' Delight Hundred on the Balt. Co. Committee of Correspondence on 16 Jan. 1775. On June 1776 commissioned Capt. in Soldiers' Delight Battalion of Militia. They had children: Beal (aka Bale), Samuel, Levin, Urath, Christopher, Susanna, and Elizabeth "Betsey".[31]

  8. Richard Owings, b. Tuesday, 26 Aug. 1746 at 7 p.m.; d. Monday, 28 Sept. 1747 at 11 p.m.

  9. Helen Owings, b. and d. 1747.[32]

  10. Richard Owings, b. Saturday, 16 July 1749 at 8 a.m.; d. 20 Jan. 1819; m. 1774 Ruth Howard WARFIELD (18 June 1756-25 May 1830), daughter of Dr. Joshua Warfield (d. 1769) a "practioner of physic" and mill owner and his wife Rachel (HOWARD) (1732-1792), sister of Ephraim Howard, apparently no relation to our Howards, but children of Henry Howard (1707-1773) and his wife Sarah DORSEY (daughter of John Dorsey who d. 1761). Richard inherited from his father 207 ac. of "Rich Meadow", "Robert's Chance", part of "Baker's Discovery" in Balt. Co., and 162 ac. "Mount Pleasant" and 33 ac. of "Strawberry Patch" in Frederick Co.[33] Richard was a farmer, miller, and merchant who took over the Warfield mill after Joshua's death. Holland says he bought his father-in-law's mill at Simpsonville in 1795 and changed its name to Owings Mill on the Middle Patuxent River. The village became known as Owingsville. His house, built in 1776, still stands. Richard signed the oath of fidelity 6 June 1776 and was appointed Capt. of Soldiers' Delight Battalion of the Baltimore Co. Militia, fought in the Revolution, and resigned 1779. Richard served in the Lower House in 1789 and 1790. His estate was valued at $69,139.08 and included 25 slaves, $52 worth of silver, over $1000 worth of flour at the mills. The estate was not settled until 1842, with a final balance of $10,468.33, not including his wife's estate and various bequests that were paid out. Children: Beal, Mary "Polly", Samuel, James (b. 1780; d. 1 May 1859), Richard, Thomas, Joshua Warfield, Ann, Basil, and (Maj.) Henry Howard.[34]

  11. Hannah Owings, b. Sunday, 27 Jan. 1750/1 at midnight; m(1) 30 June 1771 William COCKEY; m (2) 18 April 1778 Capt. William STONE; received 223 ac. in Balt. Co. from her father in 1772-73. Inherited part of "Urath's Fancy", part of "Owing's Traverse", and 232 3/4 ac. bounded by a tract named "Lifford".[35]

  12. Rebecca Owings, b. Tuesday, 21 Oct. 1755 at 4 p.m., christened at St. Thomas; m. ca. 1775 Joshua A. HOWARD, son of Henry and Sarah (DORSEY) Howard.[36] She inherited 200 ac of "Rich Meadow", part of "Strawberry Patch", "Goswich's Chance" in Frederick Co., another 30 ac., and an enslaved Negro. They had children:[37]
    a) Sarah Howard,
    b) Mary Howard,
    c) Rachel Howard,
    d) Samuel Howard,
    e) Joseph Howard,
    f) Beale Howard,
    g) Deborah Howard,
    h) Joshua Howard,
    i) Henry Howard.

Third Generation


Hannah Owings3, eleventh child of Samuel and Urath (RANDALL) Owings, was born around midnight on Sunday, 27 July 1750 in St. Thomas parish, Garrison Forest, Baltimore County, and died in 1817. In 1772 or 1773 her father gave her 223 acres in Baltimore County. She was married first on 30 June 1771 in Baltimore by the Rev. William EDMONDSON, to William COCKEY. He was born in 1746, the son of William and Constant (ASHAMN) Cockey.[38]

The Cockey family residence, "Old Point House", dates from 1722. In the early 1930s it was the oldest existing building on Kent Island.[39]

William wrote his will 27 February 1775, and it was probated in Baltimore County on 11 March. In it he directed that his real estate be divided in thirds, with one third each to his wife, his son, and his daughter. He directed that the house and lot in Baltimore be sold to cover his debts. He named his brother John executor. The estate was appraised at 1445.4.8 and included three Negroes, a white indentured servant named Jonas WOLFE with 1 3/4 years left, and a white woman with 6 3/4 years left to serve. The final administration was filed 2 April 1778 showing a balance of 1676.17.6.[40]

With that chapter in her life closed, Hannah and Captain William STONE were issued a marriage license on 18 April. They were married three days later, on 21 April 1778.[41]

Hannah was mentioned in her mother's will of 1792. All of her children were born by then, but only Martha was included in the will, added in a codicil in January 1793.

Hannah died 15 June 1817 in Baltimore County.

Children of Hannah and her first husband, William Cockey:[42]

  1. Ruth Cockey, b. 21 June 1772; d. 2 Jan. 1834; m. 22 Mar. 1791 Samuel OWINGS, b. 3 Apr. 1770, son of Samuel and Deborah Todd (LYNCH) Owings; d. 26 July 1828 at his residence in Balt. Co. Samuel was appointed justice of the peace 5 Feb. 1816. He was a celebrated wit, believed to be "the handsomest man in the Parish." They had 7 children:[43]
    a) Deborah Owings,
    b) Hannah Owings,
    c) Urath Cromwell Owings,
    d) William Lynch Owings,
    e) Charles Ridgely Owings,
    f) James Winchester Owings,
    g) Mary Ann Owings,
    h, i, j, k) 4 unnamed infants who d.y.

  2. William Cockey, b. 1 Apr. 1774; d. 18 Feb. 1782, bur. at Brooklandwood Farm graveyard, corner of Falls Road and Greenspring Valley Road; now it is apparently overgrown with grass. Brooklandwood was the original estate/mansion of Charles CARROLL of Carrolton, now St Paul's School.[43a]

Children of Hannah and her second husband, William Stone:[44]

  1. Martha Burrows Stone, b. 1779; d. 11 Mar. 1844; m. 10 June 1804 Samuel STUMP.

  2. Samuel Stone, b. 1781; d. 15 Oct. 1860; unmarried. Left bequests to many of his relatives.

  3. Mary Burrows Stone, b. 1783; d. ca. 1817; m. 17 Feb. 1802 John Robert HOLLIDAY.

  4. William Stone, b. 1785; d. 6 Sept. 1797.

  5. John Stone, b. 1786; d. 4 Aug. 1845; unmarried.

To continue the story of this family, go to the Stone page.


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The Owings and their colonial Maryland relativesare described in The Southern Connection: Ancestors of Eleanor Addison Smith Holliday Price. It delves into the social system, economics, religion, and politics that developed in colonial Maryland. The white elite considered themselves the pinnacle of civilization, all the while that their wealth and power were dependent upon a horrifically brutal racist enslavement system. This hardback print-on-demand book provides the context for Eleanor's colonial Maryland plantation elite ancestors, including the Owings family. The book is available at lulu.com. Click on the title, then on "preview" to see the table of contents and a few sample pages. The price is the cost of printing and binding, plus shipping. I make nothing on it.



If you have additions or corrections to this web page, I would be delighted to hear from you. Contact me via e mail at .

See some other colonial Maryland families that link one way or another with these Owings: AddisonBaleBrookeBrowneDentDorseyEly,   HallHattonHollidayHowardIsaacMoltonNorwoodRandallRidgelySimSmithStoneTaskerWarfield,  and Wilkinson.  All of these are included in The Southern Connection.

A fair amount of the above pages have been copied by William HESTER and put on his web page.

Go to the index of other lines that are included in this website (not all of them have been posted yet).
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This page was posted 4/1/2004, and updated most recently on 8/24/2014.



Notes and Sources


The full bibliographical citation is given the first time a source is mentioned, but is not repeated each time that source is cited. Scroll up til you find the first mention and there you will find the complete citation.

  1. http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings/. Rachel's surname and possible father from William Prout Collinson, e mail 1m/2011. Other suggestions include the Welsh Quaker Robert PUGH.


  2. Information from Lee Garlock, 10/24/1997, citing Lib. B, fol. 43; Lib. PK, fol. 216; Lib. HW 2, fol. 351; Lib. RM HM, fol. 590; Robert Barnes, Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Abstracts, 1659-1750 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996), 155. For Christopher Randall's estate inventory, see Skinner, Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 2:64, 73.


  3. Information from Lee Garlock, 10/24/1997, citing Proceedings and Acts of the General Assemblies of Maryland.


  4. Information from Lee Garlock, 10/24/1997.


  5. Raphael Semmes, Crime and Punishment in Early Maryland (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1938), 235-6, citing Md. Arch., 5:411; 10:15, 16; 41:270-75.


  6. The following entries are from a variety of sources, mainly Robert Barnes, The Green Spring Valley: Its History and Heritage Vol. 2: Genealogies (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1978), James M. Magruder, Jr., Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts: Wills, Accounts and Inventories, 1772-1777, 5 vols. in 1 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968), and http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings/, among others that are listed for specific children.


  7. Rachel might not belong here, as she is not included in Barnes, The Green Spring Valley. She was included on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings. If any reader can help me with documentation to prove Rachel's parents, one way or another, I would be grateful to hear from you.


  8. Richard might not belong here, as he is not included in Barnes, The Green Spring Valley. He was included on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings. The real estate transactions are from Robert Barnes, Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Abstracts, 1659-1750 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996), 155. My thanks to Geri Guzman, e mail June 3, 2004, for suggesting there are two separate Ruth Owings.


  9. John might not even belong here, as he is not included in Barnes, The Green Spring Valley. He was included with the information posted on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  10. Their children are listed in Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:76; see also www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  11. Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:20; Edward C. Papenfuse, Alan F. Day, David W. Jordan, and Gregory A. Stiverson, A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979) 2 vols., 1:226. Mary's date of death from www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings citing Donnell Macclure Owings, The History of the Owings Family, and the children are from the same web page; Bill and Martha Reamy, comp., St Thomas Parish Registers: 1732-1850 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1987), 3. The former lists a daughter, Michal, while Reamy lists a son, Michael. I have not been able to see the original.


  12. Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:20. An alternative (or a second marriage?) offered by www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings claims that Ruth m Edward NORWOOD, son of John, and had 6 children. That source also gives Deborah Todd Lynch's mother as Elinor Dorsey.


  13. Henry might not belong here, as he is not included in Barnes, The Green Spring Valley. He was included on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  14. Robert Barnes, comp., Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976), 133. The marriage is listed in both St. Thomas and St. Paul's parish records; Barnes cites St. Paul's Parish BA-70, as giving the wedding date of 1 Jan. 1729, while St. Thomas Parish BA-150 gives it as 1 Jan. 1730. I assume this is a simple case of confusion between Old Style/New Style dating. See also Reamy, comp., St Thomas Parish Registers: 1732-1850, 35; and, www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  15. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627; Robert W. Barnes, comp., Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1989), 486.


          15a. Robert Barnes, Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Abstracts, 1659-1750 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996), 86.


  16. Barnes, Balt. Co. Families, 486; Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627.


  17. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627; Ferdinand B. Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", in Maryland Genealogies from the Maryland Historical Magazine: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine, Indexed by Thomas L. Hollowick, 2 vols., (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980), 2:488; Barnes, Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Abstracts, 3.


  18. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627. The facsimile signature is from Barnes, Green Spring Valley, 2:77.


  19. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627.


  20. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627.


          20a. The names but not the amounts for which they were assessed, are listed in Reamy and Reamy, comps., St Thomas Parish Registers: 1732-1850, 67.


  21. Ferdinand B. Focke, "Old Maryland Bibles (Owings)", in Maryland Genealogies from the Maryland Historical Magazine: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine, indexed by Thomas L. Hollowick 2 vols. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980), 2:273; V. L. Skinner, Jr., comp., Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland 23 Vols. (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1992), vol. 1774-1777, 62; Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627; Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7; Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:488.


  22. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:629; Barnes, Balt. Co. Families, 486; Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:488; Abstracts of Wills, Balt, Co., 5:10.


  23. Reamy and Reamy, comps., St Thomas Parish Registers: 1732-1850, 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12; Focke, "Old Maryland Bibles", 2:271 and 273; Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627; Barnes, Balt. Co. Families, 486. Where the sources did not agree, I have used the St. Thomas parish record first, and put others in footnotes.


  24. Or 9 Aug. or 12 Aug.; Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:488, gives Bale's b. as 9 May. There are two Bible entries, 9 May and 9 Aug.; Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7.


  25. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7; Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:627-29, 940; Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:489-90. For Samuel Jr.'s land holdings in Soldiers' Delight Hundred, see George J. Horvath, Jr., The Particular Assessment Lists for Baltimore and Carroll Counties, 1798 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1986), 53. The names of Samuel, Jr's children are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  26. John Stevenson owed money to a Charles Ridgely (not our relative) and wrote to him in Dec. 1786 pleading the "great affliction in my family" made it impossible for him to pay more than 10.0.0, Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 2:777. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7.


  27. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7. Benjamin's mother is identified as Susanna Dorsey, mother of the spouses of Urath, Thomas, and Christopher, on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings, where Urath's daughter is also named. My thanks to Dr. William Hester, e mail 7/22/2008, for additional information about Urath O. Lawrence, including the location and inscription on her "box grave".


  28. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7; Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:79-80, citing, inter alia, DAR records. The children are listed in www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  29. Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:488, 489, gives Hannah's d. as 2 June 1745, or as 1755; www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings, gives her d. on 2 Jan.


  30. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7. Bessy d. 7 Dec. 1797, according to www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  31. Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:78. Bessy's date of death, as well as their children, are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  32. Helen is not listed in the St. Thomas parish register. Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:488, gives Helen's b. (and presumably d.) as 1748.


  33. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7. Ruth's dates are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  34. Biog. Dic. of Md. Legis., 1:465, 2:625-27, 948; Celia M. Holland, Old Homes and Families of Howard County, Maryland, with Consideration of Various Additional Points of Interest (Privately printed, 1987), 329. There is a photo of the house on p. 329. It stands on part of the old tract named "White Wine and Claret". For more on Richard, see J. D. Warfield, The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland (Baltimore: Regional Publishing Company, 1980, orig. 1905), 389-90. Their children are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings, which also gives Richard's death as 21 Jan.


  35. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7.


  36. The Bible lists Rebecca's b. year as 1756. Focke, "Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price, and Allied Families", 2:489, gives Rebecca's b. as 1755. Joshua's parents and birth data are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  37. Magruder, Magruder's Maryland Colonial Abstracts, 3:6-7; their children are given on www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


  38. Maryland Genealogies from the Maryland Historical Magazine: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine, 2:273.


  39. Paul Wilstach, Tidewater Maryland (New York: Tudor Publishing Co., 1945, orig. pub. in 1931), 123.


  40. Harry Wright Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry: A Genealogical History of Some Early Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland 3 vols. (Annapolis, Md.: published by the author, 1979), 3:24. For the entire Cockey family, see 3:1-46.


  41. Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry, 3:24. This may explain why one entry in the IGI says they were mar. 18 April 1778, the other says on 21 April.


  42. Maryland Genealogies from the Maryland Historical Magazine: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine, 2:273; Focke, "Old Maryland Bibles (Owings)", 2:273.


  43. Barnes, The Green Spring Valley, 2:81-82; Samuel's birth data and their children from www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/owings.


          43a. E mail from Sam Smith, 3/15/2012.


  44. Information from Charlotte Price Curlin, Dec. 1994.


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