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Proof to support the notion that Richard Linthicum did not die in 1759.


As stated in Newman’s Anne Arundel Gentry aag on page 459, in a Deed of 6 October 1759, BB2 Richard Williams deeded the tracts of Hickory Hill and Franklin’s Enlargement to his daughter Elizabeth (Williams) Linthicum, who he named as the wife of Thomas Francis Linthicum.  The deed stated that the gift was for her natural life and then was to pass to her son, Richard.  The deed was recorded 24 October 1759.


Matilda Badger in her Genealogy of the Linthicum and Allied Families GTLF, who broadly credits the above work, states the same basic information and this deed is immensely important as, to my knowledge, no reference or researcher ventures so far as to name a date or place for this marriage.


Given this fairly substantial evidence that a Thomas Francis Linthicum married an Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Richard Williams and that her father believed that she had a son named Richard, we can address the next problem that exists in the first reference and a 3rd  reference, an article in the Maryland History Magazine MHM  The problem is that this same Richard Linthicum who all say was born in 1745/46 and some say specifically was born 9 Feb. 1745/46[1], is reported to have died in 1759 in at least two of the studies.


I have for many years felt that this Richard Linthicum was the same Richard Linthicum who married Mary Sherwood, went to North Carolina with his Sherwood in-laws in the late 1780’s with his and Mary’s children and did not die until 1819 in Guilford Co., NC.  My discovery of deed dated 12 May 1769 from the Maryland Provincial Court Land Records, 1765-1770, Volume 725, Page 552P552 gives some support to this belief.  The deed conveys a tract of land in Anne Arundel Co. from Richard Linthicum to Ralph Basil.  The wording of the indenture and the property description leaves no doubt that this is Richard Linthicum selling the same land that his grandfather Richard Williams deeded to his daughter, Elizabeth Williams Linthicum in Oct 1759 as cited above and that he (Richard, son of Thomas Francis and Elizabeth Williams Linthicum) was alive in May 1769[2].


“This Indenture made the twentieth Day of May in the Year of our Lord seventeen hundred and Sixty nine Between Richard Linthicum of Ann Arundel County in the province of Maryland Planter of the one Part and Ralph Basil of the County and Province aforesaid Planter of the Other part Witnesseth that the said Richard Linthicum for and in Consideration of the Sum of one hundred pounds current Money to him the said Richard Linthicum in Hand paid by the said Ralph Basil the Receipt whereof the said Richard Linthicum doth hereby acknowledge and himself therewith to be fully satisfied hath sold and confirmed and by these Presents doth give grant bargain sell and Confirm unto the said Ralph Basil all that Tract or parcel of Land called Hickory hills and Franklin’s Enlargement lying and being in the County aforesaid According to the Metes and Bounds expressed in a Deed of Conveyance of the said Tract of Land from Richard Williams Senr to Elizabeth Linthicum Mother of the said Richard Linthicum bearing Date the sixth Day of October seventeen hundred and fifty nine and recorded in the Records of Ann Arundel County Court in Liber BB No 2 Folio 295 and 296 ---“


Since this discovery, I have been encouraged to cast a wider net to fill the gaps in Richard Linthicum’s presence from 1769 in AA Co., MD to his North Carolina appearance in the late 1780’s and having some success in this area, I hope to add another definitive chapter to his story in the near future.




[1] This is the date shown in digital copies of All Hallows Parish Register for Anne Arundel Co., as found at the Maryland State Archives Online. Richard is shown as “Son of Thomas Francis Linthicum and Elizabeth, his wife.”

[2] This seems obvious and almost intuitive to us today some 250 years later but I suspect that these very fine researchers, whose efforts of over 80 years ago truly amaze me in their depth and accuracy and who obviously lacked the ability to find this record with a “push-button” search, simply did not find this 1769 transaction and assigned the date of the last known record of the time -1759- as the date of Richard’s death and the did their best to make sense of the subsequent family records they did find.

aag  Anne Arundel Gentry, A Genealogical History of Twenty-two Pioneers of Anne Arundel County, Maryland and Their Descendants", by Harry Wright,  Newman,  Baltimore, Md., Lord Baltimore Press, 1933, Digital Reproduction of original in the Sutro Library as found at HertiageQuest Online.


BB2 Liber: BB2, folio 295-297-, Richard Williams to Elizabeth Linthicum, 57 Ac Hickory Hills and Franklins Enlargement, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY COURT (Land Records) BB 2, 1757-1761, MSA CE 76-22 ( provides access to all land record indexing created by the County Circuit Courts a free account and log in are needed)


GTLF Genealogy of the Linthicum and allied families, Editor and Compiler, Badger, Matilda P., Baltimore, Md., Publisher: unknown, 1936

MHM “The Linthicum Family” which appeared on pages 275-283 of the September, 1930, VOL XXV, No. 3 of the Maryland Historical Magazine; complier Ferdinand B Focke.

P552 Archives of Maryland Online, Volume 725,Source Document: PROVINCIAL COURT (Land Records), DD 4, 1765-1770, MSA SM 22-28