Capt Richard Warfield

Capt Richard Warfield

Greater London, England
Death Jan 1703 (aged 56)
Millersville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
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The second of five children born to John & Rachell (Clarke) Warfield of London England, Richard was their only child to live to adulthood.

Richard immigrated to America in 1662, indentured to John Sisson for a term of seven years. His father died in Nov 1665, a victim of the Black Plague of London. His mother submitted "Letters of Administration" in Feb 1666 for his father's estate. No further records of his mother have yet been found. She either died soon after his father or she remarried.

Richard was the progenitor of the Maryland Warfield families and a substantial land owner. His first land purchase was 'Wayfield', a tract on the south side of the Severn, bought from Nicholas Wyatt. In 1674 he purchased tracts 'Increase', 'Round Bay', 'Indian Trail' and 'Warfield's Right' which adjoined Wayfield. Over the years he purchased several more tracts.

In 1670 he had married Elinor Browne in Anne Arundel Co MD, the daughter of merchant mariner, Captain John Browne (1623-1706) and wife, the former Mary Clarke/Clarkson (d. 1690). Captain Browne and his brother Captain Peregrine Browne, also a mariner, ran two of the best equipped merchant transports between London and Annapolis.

Children with Elinor:
1) John Warfield (1674-1718); m. Ruth Gaither, d/o John & Ruth (Beard) Gaither.
2) Richard Warfield Jr (1676-1755); m. Ruth Crutchley, d/o Thomas & Margaret (Baldwin) Crutchley.
3) Captain Alexander Warfield (1677-1740); m. Sarah Elizabeth Pierpont, d/o Henry Francis & Elizabeth (Larkin) Pierpont.
4) Mary Warfield (1679-1700); m. Captain John Norwood Howard, s/o John & Susanna (Norwood) Howard.
5) Benjamin Warfield (1680-1718); m. Elizabeth Duvall, d/o Captain John & Elizabeth (Jones) Duvall.
6) Rachel Warfield (1681-1709); m. George Yates Jr, s/o George & Mary (Wells) Yates.
7) Elinor Warfield (1683-1742); m. Caleb Dorsey, s/o John Horace & Pleasance (Ely) Dorsey.

Richard named his eldest son John, after both his and his wife's fathers. A daughter was named for his mother Rachel and a son was named for his older half-brother Alexander, by his father's first wife Abigail Normington.

As a soldier, Richard signed the address to King William in 1689. By 1696, he was a Captain in the Maryland militia. He was also a vestryman at St Anne's Church in Annapolis.

Richard died fairly young, aged 57 years. The site where he was buried is now located under Church Circle Street, near St Anne's Parish, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co MD. A plaque on the church grounds was dedicated to "those citizens of Annapolis who are interred in unmarked graves...".

An article of interest was found in a local Maryland newspaper. The following is excerpted.
"The Baltimore Sun", 14 Jul 2000:
"... archeologists rushed to excavate the centuries-old remains of three people buried in a section of Church Circle being dug up to install water pipes.
Throughout the day, crowds gathered around a ditch a bit larger than a grave to watch as workers delicately removed the full skeletal remains of the bodies, believed to have been buried there between 1692 and 1790. City crews continued to repair and repave the road around Church Circle.
The circle served as a cemetery for St. Anne's Church from the time it was founded in 1692 until a new cemetery was built between Northwest Street and College Creek in 1790. The churchyard contains tombstones and gravestones for several 17th and 18th-century Marylanders."

Richard's will can be found in the Hall of Records in Maryland, Vol 11, Pages. 409 thru 412, 1701-1703.
The following transcription is mine from the actual document.
Written: 15 Jun 1703
Probated: 11 Feb 1703
"In the Name of God Amen the tenth day of January in the Year of our Lord God 1703 and in the Second Year of the Reign of Queen Ann I Rich:d Warfield of Ann:ll County, Although Sick in body yett of Good and Perfect Memory praise be to Almighty God therefore Do make this my Last will and Testam:t in Manner and form following that is to Say first I bequeath my Soul and Spirrit unto the Hands of Almighty God my heavenly father by whom of his meer and Only Grace I Trust to Be Saved and Received into Eternall Rest through the death of my Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ in whose precious blood I set the whole and only hope of my Salvation my wretched body in hope of a Joyful Resurrection I Commit it the Earth to be buried with such Charges and in such Decence as my Exce:s hereafter named shall think fit and need full or Convenient and touching My Worldly Estate which the Lord has been pleased to bestow upon me Dispose of the same as followeth-
first I Will that all such debts that I Justly owe in Law or Concience shall be truely Contented and paid within Same Convenient time after my decease-
It I Give and bequeath unto my Son John Warfield all that - Plantation and Tract of Land Called Warfield plains to him his Heirs and assigns for Ever-
It I Give and bequeath unto my Said Son Warfield another Parcell of Land Called Warfield Forrest Containing one Hundred and Eighty Two Acres to him and his Heirs and Assigns for-Ever
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Said Son John one black Spade Mare which he is now possessed with-
It I Give to my Son Rich:d Warfield that plantation whereon he now lives and all the Land adjoyning to pattent Called the Addition Containing fifty Acres to him his Heirs and Assigns for Ever-
It I Give to my Said Son Rich:d Warfield this my dwelling Plantation with all the Land adjoyning to it to him his Heirs and Assigns but my Will is that he Shall not Possess it So long as my Loving daughter Elinor Wharfield lives a Maid but that She Shall have and Injoy it till She maries but after Marriage that then my Son Rich:d Shall have it and Injoy it as abovesaid-
It I Give to my Son Alexander Warfield all that Tract and Parcel of Land Called Brandy and the two Plantations that is now on it to him his Heirs and Assigns for Ever
It I Give to my Son Benjamin Warfield Two Hundred forty Acres of Land out of the tract and Parcell of Land lying at Pattux:t Called Warfield range to him his Heirs and Assigns for Ever-
It I Give to my daughter Rachell one Hundred and fifty acres of Land out of the aforesaid Tract and Parcell of Land Called Warfield range to her dureing her Naturall Life and unto the Lawful Heirs to be begotten of her body and for want of such Issue to go to my said Son Benj:a his heirs and Assigns for Ever-
It I Give to my daughter Elinor Warfield one Hundred and fifty Acres of Land out of the Aforesaid Tract Called Warfield Range dureing her Naturall Life and to the Lawful Heirs to be begotten by her body and for want of Such Issue to Go to my Said Son Benj:a his Heirs and Assigns for Ever-
It I Give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin Warfield one Negroe Girl Named Jenny During his Naturall Life and After his death to Go to my Executors to be Kept in their Costody while his Orphans Come to the Age of Twenty One Years and then to be delivered to the Eldest of them with her Increase but my will is that the Said Negroe Girl be praised in My Estate and my Said Son to have at the Apraisem:t-
It I Give my said Son Benj:a Warfield tenn pounds Ster. to be paid by Bill of Exchange-
It My will is that my son John Warfield shall have my negro Pash_olet according to the Appraisement and my Son Rich:d Warfield to have the Old Negro Man Tobey at the Appraisement and my Son Alexander Warfield to have my Negro Boy Chango at the Appraisement-
It I Give to my daughter Elinor Warfield one Negroe Girl Named Hannah one New feather bed and all the furniture belonging to it and One other Ordinary One with the furniture thereunto belonging and four breeding Sows and four Cows and Calves Six New Russia leather Chairs and Six New Silver Spoons and Six New Pewter Dishes and Two pewter basons-
It My Will is that my Said daughter Elinor shall have my two white Servants Named Will:m And Nicholas but to take them at the Appraisement-
It I Give to my Daughter Rachell Yates tenn pounds Sterling to be paid her by my Executors hereafter named-
It My will is that fourty Pounds of my Estate shall be Kept in My Executors Hands and to be paid to My Said Daughter Rachell as they Shall her Necessity wants it and to be paid in Such Goods as will be Most Convenient for them but in Case she should not stand in Want of it then My Will is that it be paid to my said Daughter Rachell's Girl named Elinor Six Silver Spoons to be kept in my Son John Warfields hands while she come of age-
And all the Residue of My Estate my Will is that it Shall be Equally divided amongst these my Children hereafter Named Viz John Warfield Rich:d Warfield Alex:r Warfield Benjamin Warfield and my Daughter Elinor Warfield-
It I Make and Ordain my Loving Son John Warfield and my Loving Son Rich:d Warfield my full whole and only Exec:es of this my Last will and Testam:t and my Two Loving Sons Alex:r Warfield and Benj:an Warfield I do make and Ordain Overseers of this my last Will and Testam:t and I Give to my Son John Warfield my Seal Ring Each of the other one ring a peice for their Pains to be taking for their Overseeing thereof Requesting them in the Name of God to See this my Last will and Testament Performed Accordingly and I do Utterly Revoak all other former Wills and Testam:ts by me in any Wise heretofore made or Declared in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written-
Rich:d Warfield {SEAL}

Sealed Declared and Delivered by the said Rich's Warfield in the Presence of these Witnesses whose Names are Underneath Subscribed -
Witness Jn:o Howard W:m Mackubbin
Tho:s Rowles his
Cha:ls X Stevens
Feb:y 11th 1703

Then Came Will:m Maccubbin Tho:s Rowles and Charles Stevens of the Witnesses to the Will and Made Oath they saw the Above Named Rich:d Warfield the Testator Sign Seal Publish and decl. the above written and within to be his last will and Testam:t and as so Doing thereof he was of Sound and Perfect Mind and Memory-
Jurat Coram
W Saylard Reg Dep:y Com:dr Ann:a."

Some Sources:
-"The Warfields of Maryland" by Professor Joshua Dorsey Warfield, 1898.
-"The English Ancestry of the Warfields of Maryland" by Richard T Foose.
-"Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties Maryland" by Professor Joshua Dorsey Warfield, 1905.
-Ancestral Records and Portraits, Vol I, A Compilation from the Archives of Chapter I of "The Colonial Dames of America", published by The Grafton Press, NY 1910, pp. 84 & 151.
-The Baltimore Sun newspaper.
-The Maryland Gazette newspaper, online.
-US & International Marriage Records 1560-1900.
-New York, Ontario County Genealogy & Biography. submissions of actual texts.
-London Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538-1812. for actual documents.
-Passenger & Immigration Lists Index 1500's-1900's.
-Maryland Historical Trust, Historic Sites Survey.
-Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777.
.... and many, many others.

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