Col. James Smallwood married 1st to Hester Evans in 1665 in MD
Died: circa 1714 MD Died: March 10, 1693 MD
married 2nd to Mary Thompson
Personal Data: Hester came to Maryland as a child in 1650. James arrived in 1664 and was soon the owner of plantations: "Pork Hall", "Batchelor's Hope", "Welcome", "Eltham", Tartsall", & "Gooter" and other property totalling over 3000 acres in all. In 1676 he was appointed "Post", "... to convey all public intelligence in Charles County from thence to his Lordship (the Governor) and his Council..."* , and in about 1683 was made County Commissioner.*
In 1689 he contributed 800 pounds of tobacco towards the support of a free school in Charles County and was also appointed Major of the "Foot" in the room of Maj. John Wheeler and was named as one of a number to regulate the Civil affairs of the County*. James was appointed High Sheriff of Charles County in 1694 and served as the County's representative in the Maryland Assembly from 1692 until his death*. He indicates that he is living on plantation "Bew (or Beau) Plains" in Prince George County, MD at the time his Will (dated September 16, 1712) was written.
The Colonel's 2nd wife Mary had been married first to Robert Thompson Jr, 2nd to Giles Blizard and married 4th after James' death to Alexander Herbert.
*Post - Richardson's Sidelights on Maryland History Vol. 1 - 96
Commissioner - Maryland Archives Vol. VII-611
Sheriff - Maryland Archives Vol. XX-68
Major/Civil - " " Vol. XIII-242
Notes for COL. JAMES SMALLWOOD:
Notes and quotes from a Smallwood from Cheshire (UK)
" Our branch of Smallwoods seems to have originated with Mathew Smallwood who was the Bishop of Lichfield (?) and moved to Middlewich in Cheshire in or around 1660 and that is where our family (as far as I'm concerned) began. Bishop Mathew Smallwood was recorded as paying the 2nd highest taxes in the village which suggests that he was the second richest person in Middlewich.
The Smallwoods originated in the Village (Hamlet actually, one bar and a couple of houses) of Smallwood, near Sandbach on the Cheshire border."
This was posted on the Smallwood forum by Steve Smallwood 8/28/1998
and several other sons unknown
Sources: Information on this page provided by Fannie Lockett & "Mackeys & Eberlys of Texas" by J.V. Henkel Hoskinson & J.R. Bishop & "Our Ancestors" by Jessie Mae Ashford & Adelle Brown Ashford.
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