Re: Gyles Blissard 1623-1688 Charled Co., Md
I have not been able to devote as much time to this family as I would have liked, so I don't have much. In the book 'Early Charles County, Maryland Settlers 1658-1745' by Marlene Strawser Bates and F. Edward Wright, it gives the will of Gyles Blyzard and some Court and land records. Gyles Blyzard's will is as follows: BLYZARD, Gyles. To wife Mary, Cane's Purchase, and part of Buplaine. To dau. Susanna, Cane's Purchase, at death of wife, and residue of Buplaine. To dau. Ann, St. James. To Thomas Lewis and Katherine, his wife, and their son Richard, a lease of 200 acres. To Eliza: Gambral, 100 acres. Wife Mary, extx. (will: 6.27; 6 Dec 1678; 17 May 1688). In a Court and Land record it states: BLIZARD, Giles. Indenture 4 Aug 1684, to Giles Blizard of London, whereas marriage is intended between Giles Blizard and Susanna Cane, dau. of John Cane; parcel called Blew Plane, cont. 1000 acres. (Ct. & Land: L#1.1).Another Ct & land record states: BLIZARD, Anne, dau. of Giles and Mary Blizard. Robert Thompson binds himself to Anne for 20,000 lbs. of tobacco, 8 March 1691 (Ct. & Land: O#1.54). In another Ct. & Land record it states: Blizard, Susannah, dau.of Giles Blizard, dec'd. To remain in custody of her mother in law [step mother] Mary Thompson, 21 Feb 1693. (Ct. & Land: S# 1.242). Maj. James Smallwood in January and May 1695 was the admr of Robert Thompson, Jr., dec'd, having intermarried Mary, relict of the dec'd. (Test. Proc. Lib. 15, fol. 63). She had previously been the wife of Giles Blizard of Charles County. After James Smallwood's death in 1714-15 she married a fourth time, to Alexander Herbert. In a book 'Prince George's Heritage, in the section: ' The Established Church in Prince George's County' it states. Reverend John Fraser was born in Scotland. His wife Anne, the daughter of Giles Blizzard, had inherited the estate "St. James," on Piscataway Creek about four miles south of the church at Broad Creek, and "Blue Plains," the estate on the Potomac River about four miles north of the church. In another book 'Across The years in Prince George's County' in a section 'The Bowies and their Kindred' it states: Mrs. Priscilla (Finch) Bowie died 1747 and in 1748 Allen Bowie married Anne Fraser, born 1718, third daughter of Rev. John Fraser and Anne Blizzard. Mr. Fraser was born in Scotland; emigrated to Maryland where he became the incumbent of Durham Parish, Charles County and of St. John's Parish in Prince George's County. His wife was the daughter of Giles Blizzard and Anne Eden who was born in France. Rev. John Fraser and Anne Blizzard had four daughters and two sons; of these Susannah Fraser married George Hawkins. This is all I've been able to get so far. If anyone can add to this please let me know.