Marmaduke Semmes (b. Abt. 1640, d. Bef. March 20, 1692/93)
Marmaduke Semmes was born Abt. 1640 in Nantes, Laval, France, and died Bef. March 20, 1692/93 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.He married Fortuna Watson. Notes for Marmaduke Semmes: See The Maryland Semmes and Kindred Families, by Newman, Maryland Historical Society Baltimore, 1956 (FHL 929.273 Se53n): Marmaduke Semmes, the progenitor of the Semmes family of Souther nMary- land, was in the Province as early as April 2, 1662, when he was swor n in as a door keeper to the Council or Upper House of the General Assembl y. It was not until April 7, 1666, however, that he proved his rights t o 50 acres of land for his emigration into the Province, thus proving that he financed his own passage. He was single on his arrival, so it can be assumed that he was ye t in his twenties. By July 7, 1668, however, he was courting Madam Fortuna Mitford, the widow of Bulmer Mitford who had emigrated to Maryland ab out 1664 and who died within the next few years. Children of Marmaduke and Fortuna Semmes 1. Anthony Semmes married twice. 2. James Semmes married Mary Goodrick. 3. John Semmes married Elizabeth Clarkson 4. Marmaduke Semmes married Mary Higdon. . His will, dated August 17, 1690, was admitted to probate in St. Ma ry's County on March 20, 1692/3, by John Cornish, Thomas Simpson, Sarah Graves, Richard Edelen, and Thomas Cullum. It gave To son Anthony 200 acres of land out of a tract bought of Mr. Thom as Sympson in St. Mary's Co., adjoining Westwood Manor and land of Major Boarman; 400 acres of land in Cecil Co., called Simms Forrest. To wife Fortuna the dwelling plantation during life with all the remain- ing land except that given to son Arthur. To son James 300 acres of land in Cecil Co. called "Middle Plantation." To sons John and Marmaduke the dwelling plantation after the deat h of their mother to be divided equally between them upon their coming o f age, John to have the first choice. Personal estate to be divided equally among wife and sons Anthony, James, John, and Marmaduke. Executrix: Wife Fortuna Semmes. Fortuna lived until 1701. REFN: 16947 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #4225, Date of Import: 26 Mar 2002] Marmaduke was Doorkeeper to the Upper House of Assembly, 1662. [Maryland Heraldic Families.] In November 1685 Marmaduke Simms, of St. Mary's County had a land patent for 400 A. in Cecil County. He settled first in St. George's Hundred on the west side of St. George's [now St. Mary's] River. Then he moved to the settlements north of the Wicomico River then in St. Mary's County, but which by a readjustment of the boundaries fell into present Charles County. His seat was known as "St. George's" which he purchased from his neighbor Thomas Simpson. On February 23 1675, as Marmaduke Semme, of St. Mary's County, Innholder, he bought the tract "Middle Plantation" of 300 acres lying on the Sassafras River in Cecil County. On November 14, 1685 , he was granted by Lord Baltimore 400 acres of land lying on the Lek River in Cecil County which he named "Symmes Forrest." Arrived circa 1662. Paid his own passage to MD. Carpenter, ordinary keeper, planter, land owner, 1700 acres. Literate. Will dated 14 Aug 1690. Marmaduke was Doorkeeper to the Upper House of Assembly, 1662. In Nov. 1685 Marmaduke Simms, of Charles Co. Maryland had a land patent for 400 acres in Cecil Co.. He settled first in St. George`s Hundred on the west side of St. George`s (now St. Mary`s) River. Later moved to the settlements north of the Wicomico River then to St Marys County, but which by a readjustment of the boundaries fell into present Charles. County. His seat was known as "St. George`s" which He purchased from his neighbor Thomas Simpson. On Feb. 23, 1675, as Marmaduke Semme, of St. Marys Co., Innholder, he bought the tract "Middle Plantation" of 300 acres lying on the Sassafras river in Cecil Co. In Nov. 14, 1685, he was granted by Lord Baltimore 400 acres of land lying on Lek River in Cecil Co. which was named "Symmes forrest. More About Marmaduke Semmes: Record Change: June 02, 2004 Children of Marmaduke Semmes and Fortuna Watson are:
+James Semmes, b. Abt. 1670, Charles County, Maryland,d., Charles County, Maryland.