Notes on Lawrence Richardson
Lawrenc Richardson was married 3 times, 1st to Elizabeth Smith, 2nd to Sarah, and 3rd to Sarah, who 2nd married Thomas Blackwell, d.31 Oct 1700. She married Blackwell by 20 Sept 1692. Lawrence came to Maryland in 1649 from Virginia with wife Sarah
and daughter, Sarah (She married Joshua Dorsey, only son of John).
Index to land patents gave reference to Lib.5 F 344 with early warrants from Cecilius Absolute Lord and Proprietary of Maryland and Avolon, Lord Baron of Baltimore. "To all persons to whom these presents shall come greetings. Know ye that for me
and in consideration that Lawrence Richardson of this province, planter, hath due unto him for transporting himself and Sarah his wife into this province, here as expressed in our conditions of plantations under our greater seal at Arms bearing
date July 2nd, 1649, and remaining upon record in our province do grant unto Lawrence Richardson a parcel of land called "Richardson's Joy" on S. Side of River Severn called Round Bay, to have and to hold... yielding and paying to us and our heirs
yearly at St. Maries on the two most unusual feasts of the year. The annunciation of the Virgin Mary and the feast of St. Michael, the Arch Angel, the rent of four shillings sterling in gold or silver. Witness our dear son and heir, Charles
Calvert, Esq., our Lieut. General of our said Province."
"Page 12-Laid out for Lawrence Richardson I of this province, planter, a parcel of land lying in Anne Arundel Co. on the S. Side of the River Severn near to a Bay called Round Bay, July 17, 1649.
Warrant granted to Lawrence Richardson I by Robert Clerk Esq., for 500 acres of land, entered by Robert Burke for transporting himself, Sarah his wife, Sarah his daughter - and Thomas his son in 1649 and Robert Goodjeans, and Thomas Follensby, his
The following taken from early settlers - Lib Folio August 15th, l666, states that Gilbert Thurston transported by Lawrence Richardson 1663 and the following - Lawrence Richardson demands land for transporting Gilbert Thurston into the province in
From: Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families
Land: He had surveyed "Richardson's Folly", being 200 acres in Middle Neck Hundred on 16 Jan 1661. "Upper Taunton" of 280 acres was surveyed on 15 Dec 1662. He sold 30 acres of town land to Henry Catlin by 1666.
Probate: Only the date of probate, 14 Oct 1666, remains. Testator, age sone 60 years, bequeathed to Sarah, his first born, cows and a three gallon iron pot. To eldest son: the plantation where I live and the land, livestock, gun, clothing, and
knife. To son John, livestock, gun, and a saw. To youngest son Lawrence: livestock and gun. To daughter Mary: cow and iron skillet. To two sons equally: "Upper Taunton of 280 acres at age 18. To youngest daughter Elizabeth: the use of the time
that Gilbert Thayton has to serve. To son Thomas: all the tobacco and corn and the residue of the estate, he executor. Signed R and witnessed by Rowe Burl__? and Abraham Dutton. From: First Families of Anne Arundel County, MD.
Name: Maryland Historical Society
Title: A Genealogy of the Family Richardson of Maryland
Author: Beale Howard Richardson IV
Publication: Typed document
Abbrev: A Genealogy of the Family Richardson of Maryland
Page: P 2
Title: Richardsons of Clynmalira
Abbrev: Richardsons of Clynmalira
"Richardsons of Clynmalira."
Lawrence Richardson - c. 1606-1666 - thought to be son of Lawrence Richardson and his wife Elizabeth of Taunton, Somerset, England - came to Ann Arundel County, Maryland in 1649. He married first Sarah ..... and second Susannah.
He held the following tracts: "Richardson's Joy", "Richardson's Folly", "Upper Taunton" all on the south side of the Severn River. "Richardson's Joy" was awarded him by warrant for transporting in 1649 his wife Sarah, his son Thomas, his daughter
Sarah, 2 servants and Gilbert Thurston into Maryland.
Lawrence and John Richardson were minors at the time of their father's death.
Within a few years of the death of their father, Thomas Richardson, with his two younger brothers, Lawrence and John, moved north into Baltimore County settling south of the Gunpowder River mostly on the large tract of Taylor's Mount between Bird
River and Gunpowder Falls. Before leaving Ann Arundel County, Thomas Richardson had given to his sister, Sarah Richardson Dorsey, the home plantation "Richardson's Joy" which he had inherited in his father's will.
Lawrence, one of the younger sons gave his share of "Upper Taunton" to his sister Sarah Dorsey as well. The remainder of "Upper Taunton", 120 acres was held for the Rockhold heirs.
Rent Rolls - St. Mary's County, MD
p. 78 38 acres 0-1-6 Richardson's Fancy, surveyed 29 November 1722 for Thomas Richardson adjoining Nedderton's Beginning at an ancient White Oak.
MD Patents - Certificates - Warrant 1661-62
#7 Liber X-p. 98 Laid out for Lawrence Richardson January 19, 1661 in Anne Arundel County . 200 acres called "Joy" on the South side of the Severn River plus 500 acres for transporting his wife, Sarah, a daughter Sarah and a son, Thomas and two
servants in 1649.
/s/ Robert Clarke - Surveyor General
Calvert Papers - MD Historical Society, Baltimore, 1973:
200A - 0.4.0 - Richardson's Folly - surveyed 19 Jan 1661 for Lawrence Richardson on the south side of the Severn River near Round Bay. Possession - 100 acres Cornelius Howard for Thomas Bland heirs - 100 acres for John Rockhold heirs.
280A - 0.5.8 - Upper Taunton - Surveyed 15 Oct 1662 for Lawrence Richardson on the south side of the Severn River at a Mark'd Red Oak. Poss. 160 acres John Dorsey son of Joshua and 120 acres John Young for Rockhold heirs.
Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759, Robert W. Barnes, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. , Baltimore, MD 21202, 1989:
Lawrence Richardson (1), came to Maryland, c. 1649, and died about 1666; settled in Anne Arundel County, where he surveyed 200 acres "Richardson's Folly" on 19 Jan 1661, and 280 acres called "Upper Taunton" on 15 Dec 1662; died leaving a will
proved 14 Oct 1666, leaving the home plantation to his oldest son, and 280 acres "Upper Tauton" to his two youngest sons; had issue Thomas (probably the eldest son as he was named executor); Sarah (called eldest daughter; may have married Joshua
Dorsey); Mary, John; Lawrence; and Elizabeth.
"The Maryland Calendar of Wills, Wills from 1635 (Earliest Probated) to 1685," Volume I, compiled and edited by Jane Baldwin, 1904, Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1988, page 38:
Richardson, Lawrence 22d Dec., 1666; 31st Dec., 1666.
To eld. son (unnamed), home plantation.
To eld. child, Sarah Richardson; young. child Eliza: Richardson;
dau. Mary Richardson; young. son Lawrence, and sons John and Thomas, personality.
To 2 young. sons (unnamed), 280 A. "Upper Tauton."
Ex.: son Thomas, afsd.
Test: Row: Burghill, Abraham Dutton 1.276
"A Genealogy of the Family Richardson of Maryland," by Beale Howard Richardson IV, typed document, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD:
The Richardson's of Maryland are descended from ancient ancestry. We find that during the Colonial period thousands of acres of land had been granted to this clan in the Maryland Provinces.
Lawrence Richardson I - the first of the line in Maryland, settled first in Virginia but came to Maryland with a band of Puritans in 1649 at the instigation of Captain William Stone, Governor of Maryland.
He took up large land grants on the Severn River near Round Bay, Ann Arundle County, Maryland . At the same time another distinguished member of this family, Matthew Howard, also surveyed on Round Bay.
Lawrence Richardson called his estate "Richardson Joy" as tradition states, 'so happy were they to have gotten away from the tyranny of the Governorship of Virginia'.
Lawrence Richardson I - born about 1606 died 1666 - Emigrated to Maryland in 1649.
Page - 12 - Laid out for Lawrence Richardson I - of this Province, Planter, a parcel of land lying in Ann Arundel County on the South Side of the River Severn near to a Bay called Round Bay, July 17th, 1649.
Warrant granted to Lawrence Richardson I - by Robert Clarke, Esq., for 500 acres of land, entered by Robert Burke for transporting himself, Sarah his wife, Sarah his daughter and Thomas his son in 1649 and Robert Goodjeans and Thomas Follensby,
The following taken from early settlers - Liber Folio 2 August 15th, 1666 states that Gilbert Thurston transported by Lawrence Richardson 1663 and the following - Lawrence Richardson demands land for transporting Gilbert Thurston into the province
in Anne 1663.
Warrant issued for 50 acres in the name of said Richardson returnable the 6th day of February next and sworn before me the day and year said - Richard Boughton -
Crigars Index to Maryland Wills Lib Folio 277 - says -
October 14th, 1666 -
To eldest son, unnamed, plantation. Eldest child Sarah Richardson yg child Elizabeth and daughter Mary, yg son Lawrence and sons John and Thomas personalty--two yg sons unnamed get 280 acres Upper Tauton Ex son afsd., Test Row Berghill, Abraham
Lawrence Richardson also held estate Taunton which he left to Lawrence Richardson II who in turn turned same over to Joshua Dorsey who married Sarah Richardson.
Lawrence also held estate called Burntwood and many others.
The English Seat of Richardson was at "White Haven", Cumberland County, England. In 1631 Sir Thomas Richardson was Chief Justice of the King's Bench. He was son of the recent Secretary of the Order of the Thistle (1631), the oldest and most
exclusive order of Scotland; held this office from Pitfern Castle, Perth, Scotland - Sir Thomas Sweatore Richardson. This order is composed of King and fourteen Knights; is the oldest of these Scotch Orders.
"Side-Lights on Maryland History with Sketches of Early Maryland Families", Vol. 1, by Heste r Dorsey Richardson, 1913, reprinted Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1967:
Names of one thousand early settlers in Maryland with their earliest land surveys, as recorded in Lord Baltimore's rent rolls for the various counties:
"Richardson's Folly" - 200 acres, surveyed January 19, 1661, for Lawrence Richardson.
Baltimore County Families 1659-1759, by Robert W. Barnes, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD.