Hugh Sherwood, immigrant
  b: ~1632 - England
  d: ~Jan-Feb/1710(1711) - Talbot Co., MD

Father: Francis? Sherwood
Mother: *****

Spouse: Mary *****

Child-1: Daniel
          2: Philip - b: ~1670 - Talbot Co., MD
                         d: Jan-Feb/1716(1717) - Talbot Co., MD
                        m: Frances Knowles
          3: Hugh - b: ~1672 - Talbot Co., MD - d: 1737
                        m: Elizabeth Skinner
          4: Francis - b: ~1674 - Talbot Co., MD
                            d: Oct/1737 - Talbot Co., MD
                           m: Mary ***** - 21/Jul/1701 - Talbot Co., MD
                           m: Joannah Neall - 10/May/1737 - St. Peter's Par., Talbot Co., MD
          5: John - b: ~1678 - Talbot Co., MD
                        d: Jan-Feb/1744(1745) - Talbot Co., MD
                       m: Lucy Mann - 1698 - m: Elizabeth Pitt Berry - 24/Dec/1702
                       m: Penelope Skillington - 10/Sep/1718 - St. Peter's Par., Talbot Co., MD
          6: Catherine
          7: Margaret - b: ~1682 - Talbot Co., MD
                               d: 10/Oct/1755 - Talbot Co., MD
                              m: William Hambleton
          8: Mary?

Biographical Details:

According to the work of Papenfuse and others, Hugh Sherwood was born in 1632, almost certainly in England, but a more definite location has not yet been determined.1  Subsequently, by his own testimony he immigrated to North America in 1661, perhaps, on the ship "Elizabeth & Mary", and probably was a servant indentured to William Browne.  In addition, Mr. Andrew Sherwood has reported that on August 15, 1664, Hugh demanded a grant of land from the colony in return for having transported himself into Maryland.2  This grant was for fifty acres situated in St. Mary's County and seems to have been immediately assigned to William Hempstead, perhaps, to satisfy terms of an indenture, but this is merely speculation.  Subsequently, the following December 16th, Hugh Sherwood was a witness to a power of attorney made by Mathew Rodham in St. Mary's County in connection with a dispute between Joseph Inglesby and Mr. Rodham to whom the former had been bound as a servant.3  From this, it seems evident that Hugh was literate and, moreover, coincidence suggests that he had first settled on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay.  Within this context, Hugh is commonly identified as having been the son of Francis Sherwood, who was an early settler of the Maryland Colony.  However, as noted elsewhere it is probable that Francis was a Catholic and had left England during the English Civil War for the relative safety of North America.  In contrast, it is clear that Hugh came later and was a Protestant.  Therefore, although not impossible, it is quite unlikely that he was the son of Francis.  In any case, by 1668, i.e., after completion of any term of indenture, Hugh Sherwood had become a tobacco planter and was resident on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake in Talbot County, Maryland.  Concomitantly, he was involved in a lawsuit with James Shacklady in that year and later served as attorney for John Dolby in 1671.4  Moreover, this chronology implies that Hugh Sherwood must have married his wife, Mary, about 1666 or 1667, perhaps, at about the same time that he settled in Talbot County.  In addition, it has been frequently asserted that his wife's maiden name was Brooke.5  This presumption seems to derive from a particular interpretation of the wills of John Brooke and his wife, Judith, i.e., Mary's putative parents, which mention Daniel and Hugh Sherwood as well as Mrs. Mary Sherwood and other members of the family.6  Even so, such a conclusion is not convincingly supported by these documents and until definitive evidence is obtained, the identity of Hugh Sherwood's wife should be properly regarded as unknown.

Civil records reveal that in 1678 Hugh Sherwood was involved in a land dispute in Talbot County with Henry Wilcox and Charles Hollingsworth who were trustees for Mary and Judith Howden.7  Apparently, Hugh had leased the property in question from John Power on March 27, 1678, but was forcibly evicted from possession by John Hunt shortly thereafter.  Although, relationships between all of the parties named in the suit are not clear, it seems likely that the dispute arose due to overlapping surveys and conflicting titles, which as might be imagined, was not an uncommon occurrence in the early colonial period.  Subsequently, on August 13, 1680, two tracts in Talbot County were conveyed to Hugh Sherwood, one of twenty acres and the other of one hundred and thirty acres, which were identified, respectively, as "Sherwood's Island" and "Crooked Intent", the former being located on the north side of the Great Choptank River in Broad Creek and the latter probably located nearby, which also probably included Hugh's residence.  He was granted an additional three hundred acres on July 31, 1696, which was called "Harbingham".  Undoubtedly, the majority of these lands were committed to the cultivation of tobacco, which was the economic basis of the colony and even served as current money.  Indeed, it is evident that Hugh Sherwood became prominent in the affairs of colonial Maryland and served as an attorney, legislator, and judge.  Accordingly, on September 16, 1692, he was one of the signers of a formal petition to William and Mary regarding abuses allegedly perpetrated by Lord Baltimore and his agents.8

Hugh Sherwood made his will on January 19, 1710 (1711 N. S.), which was proved the following March 22nd and strongly suggests that he died in January or February of that year.9  Furthermore, he seems to have left most of his estate to only two of his sons, Francis and Hugh, Jr., and little or nothing to his other three surviving sons, Daniel, Philip, and John (although John was named as an executor).  In contrast, according to the usual custom of primogenture, as oldest son, Daniel, was Hugh's "heir at law" and, as such, would have inherited the bulk of the estate.  Concomitantly, doubts regarding this, perhaps, somewhat unusual arrangement seem to have provided the motivation for a private bill enacted on behalf of Francis Sherwood by the Maryland General Assembly in October of 1712 and which confirmed Hugh Sherwood's original intent.10,11  At that time, no objections were raised by any of Francis' brothers, Daniel in particular, which suggests that familial relationships remained amicable.  Thus, one can only suppose that Hugh had conveyed substantial property to the other heirs before his death.  In passing, it has been reported that Hugh Sherwood died at his home "Huntington" and that his house remains standing at present near the village of St. Michaels, Maryland.12

Source Notes and Citations:
1. Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 426), Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 1, 1979; Vol. 2, 1985: pg. 732-4.  (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2002.)
     "Sherwood, Hugh (1632-1710/11)  Born: in 1632, probably in England.  Immigrated: c. 1661, probably as an indentured servant.  Resided: in Talbot County.  Married: by 1677 - Mary.  Sons: Daniel Sherwood (ca. 1669-1738); Philip (?-1717/18) who married Frances (last name unknown); Hugh, who probably married Elizabeth Skinner; Francis (?-1737), who married Joanna (last name unknown); and Capt. John (ca. 1678?), who married first, in 1698, Lucy Mann, second, in 1702, Elizabeth Pitt Berry(?-1717), and third, in 1718, Penelope Skillington.  Daughters: Catherine who married Ralph Rice; Margaret (?-1755), who married William Hambleton (?-1725), son of William Hambleton (ca. 1636-1677).  Private Career: Education: literate.  Religious affiliation: Protestant.  Socal Status and activities: Probably arrived as a servant to William Browne.  Occupational profile: Probably servant on arrival; planter by 1668; attorney.  Public Career: Legislative service: Lower House, Talbot County, 1692-1693.  Local offices: Justice, Talbot County, 1692-1697; St. Michael's Vestry, Talbot County, 1693-1697.  Stands on public/private issues: opposed the Revolution of Protestant Associators in 1689.  Wealth during lifetime: Land at first election: at least 150 acres in Talbot County.  Wealth at death: Died: Will probated on March 22, 1710/11, in Talbot County.  Personal property: TEV, 143.5.0 pounds (including 5 slaves and a parcel of books); FB, estate overpaid 1.3.7 pounds.  Land: at least 150 acres."  (availiable online at "Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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2. Andrew Sherwood, Daniel Sherwood and His Paternal Ancestors, Ryder Printing Co., Portland, OR, 1929: pgs. 72-3.
     "Hugh Sherwood on 15 Aug., 1664, demanded land for transporting himself into Maryland in 1661, but assigned his rights to William Hempstead; the amount was 50 acres and was situated in St. Mary's county.--Vol. VII, p. 370.
     Later: Hugh Sherwood appears in Talbot county, Md., where on 13 Aug., 1680, land was laid out for Hugh Sherwood, 20 acres being part of a warrant of 500 acres granted to Thomas Maisterman.  This 20 acre tract was called 'Sherwood's Island,' and was in Talbot county, on the north side of the Great Choptank river, in Broad creek; and on the same date another tract of 130 acres was laid out for him and called 'Crooked Intent.'--Annapolis Land Office, Vol. XXI, p. 173.
     Hugh Sherwood deposes in 1707, aged 75 years,--Annapolis, Md., Chancery Court Records, Vol. P. C., p. 572.
     On 31 July, 1696, William Leeds of Talbot county, granted to Hugh Sherwood, gentleman, 300 acres, being part of land on Swan Island and called 'Harbingham.'
     Hugh Sherwood died after 1707 and left children by his first wife Mary, namely: Daniel, Philip, John, Francis, Margaret and Catherine Sherwood."
     "As to Hugh Sherwood, who is believed to have been the son of Francis, we have more ample data.  He himself has told us under oath when he was born, which was in 1632; and while we do not and may never know the place of his nativity, we have it that he died at his home in Huntington, Md., in 1710, at the age of 78.  We know that he with two others, supposedly his brothers (Edward and Francis), after having been 'transported' into Maryland, were in Talbot county in 1661; where, from the records in the Land Office at Annapolis (Vol. VII, p. 370), we conclude that they were reimbursed for their traveling expenses, by gifts of lands from the State.  We know, too, that he was a member of the House of Delegates, and a member of the Lower House of Assembly, and that he once signed himself 'a true Englishman, a good subject of the Crown of England--our native land.'  Which is rather significant, we think, as indicating the country from which he had come."  It should be noted that Talbot County was not formed until 1662.  Prior to this its territory had been first included in St. Mary's County, formed in 1637, and then in Kent County, formed in 1642.
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3. J. Hall Pleasants (ed), Proceedings of the Provincial Court of Maryland 1663-1666 (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 49), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, MD, 1932: pgs. 331-2.  (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "To the Honble Gouernor & Councell in Prouinall Court Assembled
     The humble petn of Joseph Inglesby Humbly sheweth
     That yor petr was sold as a seruant for the terme of foure yeares to one Mathew Rhodom of Chiccakone in Virgenia  That yor petrs master remoueing from thence into this prouince to inhabite, about a yeare past, forced yor petr agst his will (Contrary to the Custome of that place) to come wth him into these partes  That yor petrs terme of foure yeares is expired since the first of this instant Decembr 1664 yet his said mastr will not free yor petr undr another yeares Seruice
     The prmisses Considered by yor Honnors yor petr humbly prayeth releife herein, that hee may be discharged his said seruice by yor Honnors according to the Act of this Country in that Case prouided--- And as in duty bound yor petr will euer pray &c---
     Know all men by these prsents that I Mathew Rhodham of St Marys County am intended by the grace of God to depart this prouince haue Constituted Ordained and doe by these prsents Constitute and and appoint my trusty and approued freinde Barnaby Jackson my true and lawfull Attorney for me and in my name and to my use and behoofe to act any thinge that me may Concerne, giuing granting and Committing to my said Attorney full power and Authority to sue arrest and impleade any person whome these prsents may Concerne and in Case of non payment in prison to put and out of prison to release and in my name discharge or discharges acquit tance or acquittances to giue and to act any thinge that me may Concerne in this prouince in as full and ample manner as granted to any attorney whatsoeuer Ratyfying and allowing whatsoeuer my said Attorney in these prmises shall legally doe in as firme and ample manner as if I my selfe were there prsonally prsent my selfe in testymony whereof I haue hereunto sett my hand and seale this 16th day of Decembr 1664
     Mathew Rodham Seale
Testes Hugh Sherwood   Thomas the marke ofTP Pinne"  (availiable online at "Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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4a. J. Hall Pleasants and Louis Dow Scisco (eds), Proceedings of the County Courts of Kent (1648-1676), Talbot (1662-1674), and Somerset (1665-1668) (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 54), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, MD, 1937: pgs. 425-6.  (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "A Courtt held for Talbott County By his Lordpps Justices of Peace the one and tweneth day of Jully in xxxviith Yeare of the Dominnion of Caecilius &c Annoq Dom: 1668"
     Hugh Sherwood Plant vs James Shacklady Defft  "The Plant declares for One Thousand three hundred pounds of Tobacoe due by Accompt, and makes Oath to his Accompt  The Courtt hath Ordred that James Shacklady make present paymt of One Thousand three hundred pounds of Tobacoe Unto Hugh Sherwood with Cost of Sute &c"
     James Shacklady Plant vs Hugh Sherwood Defft  "The Plant declared that the defft tooke away  his Cannow Whereby he is damnified to the vallue of Two thousand pounds of Tobacoe: the Deffent denys he tooke it the Plat Craues a Reiferance untill the next Cort to haue his Evidence Somoned the Courtt hath Ordred the Said Shacklady a Refferance to the next Courtt:"

b. ibid.: pg. 528.
     "Know all men by these Present that I John Dolby of Talbott County haue Constituted Ordained and Apointed my Loueing friend Hugh Sherwood of Talbott County my true and Lawfull Attorney for me & my usse & behoofe to demaind Sue Imprison and out of Prisson to Release all Such Persson as Are to me Indebted by Bill bond obligacõn or Accompts and upon Recept thereof Any such debts or sums of Tobacoes as are to me Due & owing this yeare to giue Recepts & Accquittances and whatsoeuer doth doe or Cause to be Donn In the Primises I doe hereby Ratifle & Confirme to be as Leagall as If I was Perssonally Present In Confirmation hereof I haue here unto sett my hand and seale this Seaventeenth day of october one thousand Six hundred Seaventy one
     Jn° Dolby
Signed Sealed & DD In the Pressents of James hisXmarke Oliuer   George Rouse"  (availiable online at "
"Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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5. Mary Brooke of Brooke Manor married Major Hugh Sherwood--born 1632 died 1710--Associated Judge 1697.  Thus, her father John Brooke would, therefore, appear to be the younger brother of Robert Brooke, Lord of the Manor.  John was born in 1605 in England and received a B. A. from Oxford in 1621.  (Maryland Genealogical Records Commission--NSDAR (i.e., Daughters of the American Revolution), 1937: pgs. 59-62 #27193.)  (Lizabeth Wiinamaki; database - :1378349;, 2001.)
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6a. Jane Baldwin Cotton and Roberta Bolling Henry (eds), The Maryland Calendar of Wills, W. J. C. Dulany Co., Baltimore, MD: 1901-28, Vol. 2, pg. 82.  (Reprint available from Genealogical Publishing Co., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD, 21202-3897, 1968-95.)
     Brooke, John, Talbot Co., 24th Jan., 1692; 21st Mar, 1692.  To Daniel Sherwood, Edward Hambleton, and Ralph Dawson, Jr., personalty.  To wife Judah (sic - Judith), extx., residue of estate, real and personal, during life; at her death to pass as follows:  To grandchild Babbington Cooke, "Rawling's Folly."  In event of his dying during minority to pass to his brother, John Cooke, and hrs.  To the first child of Joseph Ennolls, who married one of testator's daus., 500 A., "Porck Peham," and 150 A., "Crow's Nest."  To granddau., Martha Lawrence, and hrs., 200 A., at Checacone.  Test: Hugh Sherwood, Ralph Dawson, Wm. Hambleton, Rich'd Fedeman.  Bk. 7. pg. 26.

b. ibid.: Vol. 2, pg. 83.  (Reprint ibid.)
     Brooke, Judith, Talbot Co., 11th July, 1693; 7th Dec., 1693.  To daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ann Cooke, and to each of her child., and hrs., to daughter-in-law Mary Ennalls and her eld . dau., and to Mrs. Mary Sherwood and her dau. Mary, personalty.  To unborn child and hrs., residue of estate; if sd. child be son, to be of age at 21 yrs.; if dau. at 17 yrs.  In event of death of sd. unborn child without issue, estate is bequeathed to following legatees: Mary Ennalls afsd. and her hrs., Ann Cooke afsd. and her dau. Ann and other hrs., Martha Lawrence and hrs., sister Barbara Throp and hrs., and Godfrey and Judith Throp, Margaret Sands, John Jones and hrs., Catharine Clayland, James Wilson and Margaret, his wife, Richard Dawson, Andrew Pootle, Catharine Sherwood and hrs., Margaret, wife of William Hambleton, and hrs., Grace Hopkins, Jr., Mrs. Collins, Daniel and Edward Hambleton, Richard Collins and hrs.  Ex.: Hugh Sherwood, Sr.  Test: Lawrence Knowles, Jno. Winsemore, Jno. Geavins. Bk. 7. pg. 33.

c. ibid.: Vol. 3, pg. 182.  (Reprint ibid.)
     Brooke, John, Talbot Co., 24th Jan., 1692-3; --- Dec., 1710.  To wife Judah, extx., entire estate, real and personal, absolutely, with exceptions mentioned below which are disposed of at her decease.  To grandchild Babington Cooke, "Rauling's Range," "Brooke's Outsold" and "Raulin's Folly" and 25. A., part of tract bought from John Salsbury; he dying during minority, to pass to his brother, Jno.Cooke, and hrs.  To first child born of dau. --- and her husband, Joseph Ennalls, residue of land afsd. bought from John Salsbury, 500 A., ---, and 150A., "Crow's Nest."  To granddau. Martha Lawrence and hrs., 200 A., ---, in Cheeaconeat 16 yrs., and personalty at dwelling-house in Tranquakin.  To Daniel Sherwood and Ralph Dawson, Jr., personalty.  Test: Ralph Dawson, Wm. Hambleton, Hugh Sherwood, Rich. Feddeman. Bk. 13. pg. 142.
     It appears from the original will that John Brooke died in March of 1692 (1693 N. S.).  At that time his wife, Judith, was apparently pregnant since she made a will the following July naming an unborn child.  Unfortunately, both she and the child appear to have died the following fall.  Subsequently, John's original will seems to have been modified to reflect these events and recorded again, but the estate was not settled until 1710.  Within this context, John Brooke identified grandchildren having surnames "Cooke" and "Ennalls".  Concomitantly, Judith Brooke named Ann Cooke and Mary Ennalls as daughters-in-law.  In seventeenth century usage this would be equivalent to step-daughters and strongly suggests that Judith was the second wife of John Brooke and, probably considerably younger.  Moreover, John Brooke appears to have had no sons as direct heirs.  In any case, it is clear that his daughter, Mary, was not the wife of Hugh Sherwood.  Nevertheless, the context strongly suggests the existence of some family relationship between Hugh and Mary Sherwood and John and Judith Brooke.  Indeed, Judith named Hugh Sherwood, Sr., as executor and made bequests to his daughters Catherine and Margaret, as well as Mrs. Mary Sherwood, who was probably Hugh's wife (which, if so, would indicate that they had an additional daughter, Mary, who apparently did not survive to adulthood.)  Taken together, the most likely possibilities would be that Judith Brooke was a sister or, perhaps, a niece of Mary Sherwood or, perhaps, John Brooke's first wife was Hugh Sherwood's sister.  Of course, other relationships are possible, even likely.  In passing, it should be noted that Judith Brooke identified Barbara Throp as her sister, apparently unmarried, which if so would, perhaps, imply that Judith's maiden name was Throp.  (Norma Lundgren and Fonda Carroll; databases - nlndgrn and spot54;, 2005.)
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7. Elizabeth Merritt (ed), Proceedings of the Provincial Court of Maryland 1678-1679 (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 68), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1959: pgs. 141-2.  (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "Hugh Sherwood agt Henry Wilcox and Cha: Hollingsworth Trustees for Mary & Judith Howden
John Hunt late of Talbott County planter was Attached to Answer unto Hugh Sherwood of the same planter of a plea wherefore with force & arms into all that parcell of land lying in Talbot County called Macklin brough on the East side of Chessepiake bay & on the East side of a river called Chester river, beginning att a marked Pussimon & runing North East & by North two hundred twenty one perches to a certaine branch, & from thence to the second Bound tree being an Oak standing by the river side North two hundred forty six perches, from thence with a line drawn East South East three hundred & twenty perches, from thence with a line drawne South & East foure hundred perches extending over the Creek called Island Creek to a certaine bounded red Oak standing neer the side of the said Creek, & from thence with a line drawne West North West three hundred & twenty perches to the first bounded tree standing att the mouth of a Creek called Herring Creek Containing Eight hundred acres more or lesse, which one John Power of the same County had demised to him the said Hugh Sherwood for a terme which is not yett past, he the said John Hunt did enter & him from his ffarme aforesaid did Eject, & other harmes to him did to the great damage of the said Hugh & against his Lordshipps peace &c
     And whereupon the said Hugh Sherwood by Robert Carvile his Attorney saith, that whereas the said John Power upon the twenty seventh day of March in the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred Seventy Eight, the said John Power in Talbot County aforesaid did Demise to him the said Hugh Sherwood the said parcell of land called Macklin borough lying in Talbot County on the East side of Chessepiake bay & on the East side of a river called Chester river & butted & bounded as aforesaid To have & to hold the same to him the said Hugh Sherwood & his assignes from the said Twenty seventh day of March aforesaid for & dureing & unto the full end & terme of three yeares from thence next ensueing & fully to be compleat & ended By vertue of which Demise the said Hugh into the lands and prmisses aforesaid entred & became possessed thereof And being so thereof possessed afterwards to witt the first day of April in the said yeare One thousand six hundred Seventy eight the said John Hunt into the same prmisses which the said John Power to him the said Hugh in manner & forme aforesaid had demised for the terme aforesaid which is not yet past entred, & him from his possession thereof did Eject & other harmes to him did to the great damage of the said Hugh, whereupon he saith he is damnified & hath losse to the Value of tenn thousand pounds of tobacco & thereupon he bringeth his suite
     20th April, 1678   Unlesse the tenant in possession or those under whom he claime doe att the next Provintiall Court to be held att the City of St Maryes the eleventh day of June next appeare to this declaracon, & make him or themselves defendts thereunto, & by rule of Court confesse Lease entry & Ejectment, & insist only upon the title thereof, the Defendt in this declaration will confesse judgement, & possession will be delivered accordingly to the plaintiffe   To Thomas Carman Tenant in possession of the prmisses within menconed
     Henry Wilcox & Charles Hollingsworth Trustees for Mary & Judith Howden come by Christopher Rousby their Attorney, & desire to be admitted defendts to try the title to the parcell of land in the declaracon menconed, and pray liberty to imparle hereunto untill next Provintiall Court & itt is granted unto them, the same day is given to the plantiffe also
     Now here att this day to witt the fourteenth day of March in the fourth yeare of the Dominion of Charles Lord Baltemore &c Annoq Doni 1678 cometh as well the said plaintiffe as the said defendts by their Attorneys aforesaid And the said Defendts by their said Attorney say that they are in no wayes guilty of the trespasse abovesaid in manner & forme as in the plaintiffes declaracon is alleadged against them And of this they putt themselves upon the Countrey  Whereupon the plaintiffe by the Attorney aforesaid refused to make any further prosecution against the Defendts in the plea aforesaid  Therefore itt is considered that the plaintiffe be in mercy for his false claime And that the defendts goe thereof without day And that the said Henry & Charles recover against the said plaintiffe the sume of Twelve hundred & Eighty pounds of tobacco for their costs & charges by them about their defence in this behalfe laid out & expended And the said Henry & Charles Trustees as aforesaid may have thereof Execution"  (availiable online at "Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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8. William Hand Browne (ed), Proceedings of the Provincial Court of Maryland, 1696/7-1698 (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 23), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press-The Friedenwald Co., Baltimore, MD, 1903: pgs. 535-6.  (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "To their most Excellnt Majties William & Mary by the grace of God King and Queen of England Scotland France and Ireland Defenders of the Faith &Ca
     Wee of your Majties Council and the freemen Inhabitants of this your Majties Province of Maryland by their Representatives in a general Assembly now conveened and mett together having seriously and maturely perused considered, debated & enquired into the Severall Articles of Impeachmt or charge exhibited by our Agents against the Lord Baltemore and his Deputies, Doe upon strict scrutiny thereinto and the Severall Depositions Examinations Papers and Records thereof find the same punctually and exactly true according to the severall parts thereof now by us contracted and hereunto annexed the which wee are able ready and willing to proove defend and maintaine by such further testimonies proofes and evidences as may reasonably be required of us whensoever your Majties shall please to call us thereunto by your Royall Commission of Inquiry into the premises and not onely soe but of further insolencies misdemeanours and outrages done and perpetrated since by his Factors and Agents here to the disturbance of your Majties good and Leige Subjects Inhabitants hereof aimeing at and designing nothing less then the totall Subversion of this your Governmt and your Majties Royall Authority over us which they have (as much as in them lyes) endeavoured wholly to obliterate and race out of the minds of your Majties most Loyall Subjects the moiety of two shills p hogshead by Act of Assembly vested in his Ldpp for the support of Governmt and the contingent charges thereof wee find to have been misapplyd and that his Ldp: the Lord Baltemore is in arreares indebted to the Country Six or Seaven and thirty thousand pounds Sterling at least (whereof his agents have obstinately and peremptorily refused to give any account or produce the booke of entry whereby to make out the same) which wee humbly pray (by your Majties Royall Commission) may be enquired into an account thereof duely rendred and satisfaction for the ball: made by his Lsp: By which meanes wee your Majties most Loyall Subjects may the better be enabled to express our gratitude to your Majties for graciously answering our Petitions in giveing us a Protestant Governr by rendring able and sufficient to support and mainetaine the Honor your Majties designed for him in the satisfaction Wee received in placing him amongst us.
     John Addison   Henry Mitchell   Iohn Courts   Hugh Sherwood   Tho: Brooke   Francis Watkins   Kenelm Cheseldyn Speakr.   Tho. Stavy   Ion Hammond   John Dorsey   Jo: Watson   E. Jones   Robt Mason   J. Wroth   Philip Clarke   Tho. Twenkston   Will Harris   James Smallwood   Hans Hanson   Nea Blackiston   Elias King   Hen. Jowles   John Brooke   Nicholas Greenbury   Iohn Campbell   Thomas Greenfield   Phill. Hoskins   Samuel Wheeler   Char Hutchins   Roger Welford   Thomas Tench   Tho: Sewall   David Brown   Henry Trippe   Edward Pindar   Willm Phiney   Iames Sanders   Robt Crook   Henry Ridgley   Ino. Bozman   Ed Wynne   Lazarus Maddie   Ed Boothby   (Endorsed)
     An humble Address of the Generall Assembly humbly craving redress for the great summs of money due from my Lord Baltemore to this province and for other injuries done by his Lordp to the inhabitants of this province.  Recd 19 Sept 1692."  (availiable online at "Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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9. op. cit. (Cotton and Henry): Vol. 3, pg. unk.
     Sherwood, Hugh, Talbot Co., 19th Jan., 1710; 22nd Mch., 1710.  To granddau. Elizabeth Hambleton, personalty.  To sons Francis and Hugh, residue of estate, real and personal; son Francis to have all land excepting tract 'Crooked's Intention,' which is bequeathed to son Hugh.  Last named to be of age at decease of testator.  Exs.: Sons Francis and John.  Test: Ralph Rice, Katharine Rice, William Hambleton. Bk. 13. pg. 243.  (Alice Ann Fesmire, Jennifer Nodwell; databases - afesmire, jnodwell;, 2002-3.)
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10. William Hand Browne (ed), Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, October 23, 1711-October 9, 1714  (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 29), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, MD, 1909: pg. 133. (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "Thursday 30th October 1712 ... Francis Sherwood's Petition Read  He appeared at the Bar with his Evidences and Council and Mr Daniel Sherwood his Brother and Heir at Law to the Petitioners Father appearing at the Bar and hearing the Petition and the Evidences made no Objections and the Matter in the Petition being reasonable, Resolved Nemine contradicente that a Bill be brought in for the Petitioners Relief as prayed."  (availiable online at "Archives of Maryland Online",, continuously updated.)
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11. Bernard Christian Steiner (ed), Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland Hitherto Unprinted, 1694-1729 (alt. title Archives of Maryland, Vol. 38), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD, The Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, MD, 1929: pgs. 156-7. (republished by Maryland State Archives, 2000.)
     "Acts of Oct. 1712, ch. 13 p. 48   An Act for Confirming unto Francis Sherwood and his Heires an Estate in Fee simple of in and unto Certain Lands devised him by his Father
     Whereas Hugh Sherwood late of Talbott County Gentleman on or about the nineteenth day of January Anno dom Seventeen Hundred & Ten made his last Will and Testamt in Writeing whereby amongst other Things therein Contained he devised unto his sonn Francis Sherwood All the Land he was then possesst withall (Except One parcell called Crooked's Intention)  And whereas the said Francis has petitioned this prsent Generall Assembly That Forasmuch As the said Land is not Expressely mencõned in said Will to be devised to the said Francis and his Heires he is Apprehensive That after his decease it would descend to the said Hugh's Heire at Law contrary to the devisors Intent unlesse some propper Remedy were provided for him in that behalfe And has therefore prayed That he might have Leave given him to bring in a Bill for that purpose, And for that the said Francis has made it sufficiently appeare both by the person's Evidence That wrote said Will and other Testimony That it was the reall Intent of said Hughs and alsoe his direccõns to the sd Writer of the will aforesd That the said Lands (unexcepted As aforesd) should be Expressly devised to the said Francis and his Heires for ever And also forasmuch As Daniel Sherwood of Talbott County Gentleman Eldest sonn and Heire at Law of the said Hugh hath appear'd and heard Peticcõn of said Francis And alsoe his Allegacõns and Evidences in Reference thereto and hath not made any Materiall Objeccõns to the same It is therefore humbly prayed that It may be Enacted
     And be it Enacted by the Queens most Excellent Majesty by and with the Advice and Consent of her Majtys Presidt Councill and Assembly of this Province and the Authority of the same That it may and shall be lawfull for the said Francis Sherwood and his Heires forever to have hold and Enjoy As full and ample Estate of Inheritance of in and unto All the Lands whereof the said Hugh died possesst (Except Crooked's Intention aforemenconed) As if the same had been Expressly devised by the said Will to him the said Francis and his Heires forever, any defect or Omission of necessary words in said Will to make the device aforemencõned to amount to a device of an Estate in Fee in the sd devised Lands notwithstanding"  (availiable online at "
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12a. "He (Hugh Sherwood) arrived in Md. in 1661, and died 1710 at his home 'Huntington' in Miles River Neck, Talbot Co.  His house, a mariners cottage near the village of St. Michaels, is listed on the National Registry.  He was a member of the House of Delegates and a member of the Lower House of Assembly.  The family records in London are in Hallens, London City Church Records at St. Boloph, Bishopgate."  It is unlikely that the English records mentioned here can be identified with Hugh Sherwood of Talbot County, Maryland.  (Robert Barker, Bob Zimmerman; databases - :2804975, bobzimmerman;, 2004.)

b. "Hugh was born in England in 1632 and came to Maryland, possibly on the ship 'Elizabeth & Mary' in 1661.  He was a member of the House of delegates and the Lower house of Assembly in 1692-3, a justice and County Commissioner (Talbot Co.) and an associate justice.  He is listed as 'Gentlemen of the Quorum'.  He was a Colonel in the Militia during the Colonial Wars of 1707.  He married a Brooke."  It seems unlikely that Hugh, Sr., would have been in the militia as an elderly man in 1707, but seems more probable that this would have been his son Hugh Sherwood, Jr.  (Judi Arringdale Fuller, "Arringdale-Fuller Family Connections",, 2002.)
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