|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1627|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1670|
St. Mary's County
ROBERT SLYE was baptized on July 8, 1627 at Lapworth Parish, Warwickshire, England, the son of GEORGE SLYE and wife, DEBORAH GARDNER. He immigrated to Maryland prior to 1658. He assembled a party of twelve young men and women willing to indenture themselves to him in exchange for the cost of their transportation and for employment in the colonies. For this, he was entitled to a 650 acre land grant, which he received on December 2, 1654.
ROBERT SLYE married SUSANNA GERARD, the daughter of DR. THOMAS GERARD and wife, SUSANNA SNOW, of St. Mary's County, Maryland circa 1653. On January 26, 1654, Thomas Gerard conveyed to son-in-law, Robert Slye, and his eldest daughter, Susanna, a tract of land containing approximately 6,000 acres, which was a part of "Saint Clements Manor." He had already given them about 1,000 acres, which was known by the name of "White Point". This tract of land had been a wedding dower to his daughter upon her marriage to Robert Slye. Slye renamed this manor "Bushwood."
ROBERT SLYE was one of the wealthiest men in Maryland. He made his living as a merchant and as a planter. At his landing on the Wicomico River, he established his store and warehouses and built a wharf, from which his ships sailed to the New England Colonies and to England. At Bushwood Manor, the first "Mint" is where colonial coins were made for the entire colonies.
Slye's public career was extensive: Parliamentary Commission in 1655-1657/58; Assembly, Potomac in St. Mary's County in 1657; Lower House of Burgesses in St. Mary's County in 1659; Speaker of the Lower House of Burgesses in 1663-64; Laws in 1666; Aggrievances in 1669; Justice of the Provincial Court in 1655-1657; St. Mary's Court Justice in 1658; 1664, 1666 and 1668; Provincial Council in 1660; Provincial Commission in 1654/55; and Lower House in 1657, 1660, 1663-64, 1666 and 1669.
Slye held the rank of Captain in the Militia and he supported Fendall's Rebellion in 1659. After the collapse of the rebellion in 1660, he temporarily lost his office.
On 18 January 1670, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, Robert Slye wrote his Last Will & Testament, which was probated March 13, 1670 listing two sons, CAPTAIN GERARD SLYE and ROBERT SLYE; two daughters, ELIZABETH SLYE and FRANCES SLYE, and his wife, SUSANNA. He also listed other family members in England. At his death, he had acquired 2,500 acres of land. After Slye's death, Susanna married COL. JOHN COODE. She died after 1681 and is buried in the family's burial ground.
CHILDREN OF ROBERT and SUSANNA are:
(1) Frances Slye born ca 1669 married first, Ignatius Wheeler; second, Peter Miles. Frances inherited 500 acres, which was part of "Rich Neck' and was later called "Maidens Bower lying between the manors, Mattapany and Bushwood.
(2) Capt. Gerard Slye married Jane Saunders, who had come from England with Lady Baltimore.
(3) Robert Slye died in 1733. He married first unknown Love, sister of Capt. Thomas Love of St. Mary's County; married second, Priscilla Goldsmith. Robert inherited "Lapworth", "Norwood Lapworth Lodge" and "Clear Doute".
(4) Elizabeth born ca 1666 and died in 1733.; married first Luke Gardiner, who died in 1705. She married second Edward Cole on 7 October 1714, who died in 1717 without issue. Elizabeth inherited 500 acres, which was a part of "Rich Neck."
The above children were taken from the information printed in the "Chronicles of Saint Mary's" in Vol. 29, No. 1; dated January 1981; a monthly bulletin of the Saint Mary's County, Maryland Historical Society.
He is established in The National Society, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
Susanna Gerrard Coode (1637 - 1681)*
William Slye (1660 - 1698)*
Robert Slye (1667 - 1698)*
Frances Slye Wheeler (1669 - 1697)*
All Faith Episcopal Church Cemetery
St. Mary's County
Created by: Patricia Michel
Record added: May 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111469164