Note: 1. 1. "Anne Arundel Gentry" In the first paragraph on the Ridgely families as follows: " The Ridgeley or Ridgely family in Maryland is composed of three branches - Robert, Henry and William. The latter two are proved definitely as brothers, but no relationship either near or remote has been established with Robert Ridgely's branch which settled first at St. Inigoes, St. Mary's County".
2. Colonial Dames of America, Volume II, Records and Portraits, Page 607
Colonial Dames of America, Volume I, Chapter XV, Page 255
3. Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Volume 1-38 Listed in: Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer 1997
4. http://home.netcom.com/~fzsaund/0.html email@example.comThis page created on 24 April 1999 Fredric Z. Saunders 1234 Waterside Cove #21 Midvale, UT 84047-4293 Last revised on: 30 Jan. 2004
5. Frederick Saunders writes:
Henry RIDGELY was NOT from Tiverton, Devon, England as listed by some researchers. The name RIDGELY does not occur there, and this likely is confusion with his second wife Alice SKINNER, who was from Tiverton.
J.D.WARFIELD, stated that Henry RIDGELY married Sarah, and speculated that Sarah was a daughter of James WARNER and Elizabeth HARRIS, apparently based upon Henry RIDGELY and James WARNER having jointly patented the tract "Waldridge" in 1661.26
Simply, there is no truth to that. James WARNER transported himself, Joan his wife, and Joan his daughter into Maryland in 1650.7 He secondly married to Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS. William HARRIS in his will written 20 Sep. 1669 and probated 11 April 1670 left his estate, real and personal to his wife Elizabeth.8 The will of James WARNER was written and probated in 1673.9 He left his plantation to his wife Elizabeth, and after her death to his daughter Johanna SEWELL. He also made bequests of clothes to his son[-in-law] Samuel HOWARD and son[-in-law] Henry SEWELL.
On 4 August 1674 Elizabeth WARNER, widow and relict of James WARNER sold a parcel of 100 acres granted to William HARRIS on 10 Jan. 1667, the land having come to James WARNER by right of his wife Elizabeth.10
The preceding documents show that James WARNER married Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS between 1670 and 1673. James had only one daughter, who was named Johanna/Joan when he entered Maryland in 1650. Any alleged daughter Sarah would have been born after 1650 as she was not named in the tranportation. In that the only "evidence" of a RIDGELY-WARNER connection was the joint patent in 1661, to assume Henry married a daughter of James WARNER, would require a belief that Henry RIDGELY married this daughter by 1661. An 11 year old (at most) being married stretches the limits of believability.
Henry RIDGELY, Sr. did not marry a daughter of James WARNER. Although the Bible of Nicholas RIDGELY stated his grandparents were Henry RIDGELY and wife Sarah,25 it is doubtful that Henry had any wife named Sarah. Henry's first wife Elizabeth HOWARD died about 25 years before Nicholas was born, and his father Henry died was barely 5. Nicholas had no first hand knowledge of what his grandmother's name was.
It is known that Henry RIDGELY married first Elizabeth HOWARD and second Alice SKINNER. Depositions in the MD chancery court show that his only child by his wife Alice SKINNER was his son Charles.2
Henry RIDGELY's third marriage to Mary, widow of Mareen DUVALL was too late for her to be mother to any of his children. That leaves Elizabeth HOWARD to be the mother of Henry's children Sarah and Henry. As added circumstantial evidence as to the mother of Sarah and Henry, Jr., note that Sarah named her only daughter from her first marriage to John BREWER, Elizabeth (after her mother) and Henry RIDGDLY, Jr. named his two daughters Ann (after his wife's mother) and Elizabeth (after his mother).
Henry RIDGELY Sr.'s first wife was Elizabeth HOWARD. She died between 1669 when her son Henry was born, and about 1672 when Henry, Sr. married Alice SKINNER.
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