Col. Edward Blay was a distinguished and zealous member of the Episcopal Church, and a vestryman of Shrewsbury Parish. In 1709-10 he gave to that Parish two acres of land, the ground upon which the church edifice stands. In after years his great-grandson, Dr. William Blay Tilden, gave more land and increased the church yard to its present ample dimensions. Col. Edward Blay was a delegate from Cecil in
the Legislature of Maryland in the sessions of 1706 and 1707, and represented Kent in the Legislature in 1713. His wife, Madame Ann Blay, was buried at Shrewsbury 27th Aug. 1712.
Col. Edward Blay and his wife, Madam Ann Blay, are buried in a private graveyard at Blay's Range, about one mile northwest of Shrewsbury church. In the vault containing their remains, is a tablet with the following inscription :
Within this enclosure are the remains of the following named persons: Col. Edward Blay & wife of England; William Blay (only son of Edward & wife) and wife Isabella, daughter of Col. Pearce, with their issue: Rachel, Catherine, Isabella, Edward & William.
Rachel Blay & Peregrine Brown of England, her husband, and their son Peregrine; her second husband Aquilla Pearce & their daughter Martha.
Catherine & John Tilden and their children : Isabella & Richard Wethered of London, her husband, and their children William, John, Samuel & John [William excepted].
This inscription and the enclosure done by the direction of John Wethered, who died on the 21st. of February 1822, in the 77th year of his age.
There are no stones with inscriptions in the graveyard.
Sources: 1) "Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland" by George A. Hanson.
2) "Historic graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia" by National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland.
Ann Blay (____ - 1712)*
Blay's Range (private cemetery)
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Record added: Feb 17, 2013
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