I am seeking information about a man named Patient Sly (a/k/a Patience Sly, or Patient or Patience Slye). From various historical sources (e.g., Maryland Calendar of Wills and the records of the Prerogative Court of Maryland), I have pieced together some facts, and from those facts I have drawn what I believe are reasonable (and even probable) inferences, as follows.
1. Patient was born before 1695, probably as early as 1680, to William and Joan (or Joanna or Johanna MNU) Sly.
2. Patient had brothers William and Samuel, and might have had sisters (names unknown).
3. After William Sly died in early 1698 in Calvert County, widow Joan/Johanna remarried, to William Bond, and they likely had a son, William Bond "Jr.", who would have been a half-brother to Patient.
4. Sometime between about February 1715 and February 1716, Patient married Susannah (MNU) Sutcliff, widow of Joshua Sutcliff, and would thereby have become step-father to the Sutcliff children.
5. In 1718, Patient received a payment from the estate of his late step-father, William Bond (Sr.)
6. In 1722, Patient was one of the two appraisers of the estate of the late James Beacham.
7. In 1723, Patient (and his brother Samuel) received a payment from the estate of the late Henry Clarke.
8. Shortly before May 1728, Patient received a payment from the estate of the late Margaret Gray.
9. Prior to 1728, Patient's wife Susannah had died, and Patient had married, as his second wife, Priscilla MNU.
10. Patient died before April 1729 and before that date his widow Priscilla remarried, to William Ladyman (a/k/a Laddiman, Ladiman, etc.).
11. In June 1729, the court records show Patient's "next of kin" as Samuel Sly (almost certainly Patient's brother or nephew) and William Bond (who I believe was Patient's half brother).
12. By July 1730, Patient's brother Samuel had died, leaving a widow Elizabeth (who remarried, before July 1732, to William Brinkley), and "legal representatives" (likely his children): Samuel, John, William and Elizabeth Sly.
13. In August 1738, the estate of the late William Ladyman made a payment to the "heirs of Patient Sly". Administrator of the Ladyman estate was Aaron Williams, who later (before August 1740) married the widow Priscilla (MNU) (Sly) Ladyman.
14. William Ladyman had children William, Mary and Joseph, and one or more of these three MIGHT have been the child/children of Priscilla, and so MIGHT have been half-sibs to any children that Patient and Priscilla (MNU) Sly might have had.
One important question is whether Patient had children (and for my interests, any sons). While there is the 1738 reference to Patient's "heirs", that was not necessarily children. Nonetheless, Patient was married to Susannah (MNU) Sutcliff as early as 1715, and so might have had some children born before 1728 who survived to adulthood. Furthermore, Patient was married to Priscilla MNU for some unknown length of time prior to 1728. There is reasonably reliable evidence that each of these women born children by other husbands, and so were not barren, so unless Patient was sterile, the odds are that he had children. Some circumstantial evidence of this might be the following.
In the Maryland State Archives are various tax records from 1783 for Calvert County, and they include both a Samuel and a Patience Sly. The overwhelming majority of tax payers were men (although there were occasionally widows, and possibly a few single women). I am therefore ASSUMING that the Patience Sly of the 1783 tax list was a male, and more likely than not a descendant of the Patient who died in 1728. This second Patient does not appear as the head of a household in the 1800 census (as indexed by Heritage Quest), and I have not been able to review the 1790 census for Calvert County (Heritage Quest does not have it). Nonetheless, I would guesstimate that this Patient Sly of 1783 was at least 21 (to be an adult taxpayer), but likely younger than 70 (given life expectancies in that time and place), and therefore likely born between 1713 and 1762. If he was born before 1728, he might have been a son of Patient (and so, Patient "Jr."). If born after 1735, he might have been a grandson of the first Patient.
In addition, there was a James Sly who died in Calvert County shortly before November 1756. There does not seem to be any evidence that he was a son of Samuel Sly (who died in 1730) and I have not had any success finding any children of the William Sly who was a brother of Samuel and Patient. Therefore, by process of elimination, this James, who was almost certainly born before 1735, MIGHT also have been a son of the first Patient.
Finally, just to share my thought process, the names "Patient" and "Patience" sound a lot like the Puritan "virtue" names (Faith, Hope, Charity, Silence, Waitstill, etc.), but the name Patience is much more commonly used for girls. Therefore, I believe that William and Joan (MNU) Sly were more likely Protestants (not Roman Catholics), and that they might have named a son "Patient" in the belief this was a male "version" of the name Patience.
If anyone has information on either of these two Patient/Patience Slys in Calvert County, Maryland, please share by posting here, or contacting me directly at email@example.com.