Thomas Lucas and alleged wife Dorothy Letchworth
Thomas Lucas who died in 1722 in Prince George's County is commonly listed as having married Dorothy Letchworth, daughter of Thomas. AnnaBelle Kemp in her book "Lucas Genealogy stated that Thomas Lucas married first Dorothy -?- and secondly Dorothy Letchworth. As a source she cited "Land Off Rec Acct 5 folio 295 p. 409."There is no such series called "Land Office Record Accounts."This is probably meant to be Land Office Patents 5:409.
[enter Letchworth under last name]
where a George Letchworth was transported in 1659 or 1660, and recorded in Transcript 5:409, 427.Why a transportaion of George Letchworth would be cited to show that Thomas Letchworth had a daughter Dorothy who married Thomas Lucas is unclear.
Thomas Lucas in his will made bequests of one shilling to his son Thomas, daughter Mary Scott wife of William Scott, son Charles Lucas, and daughter Elizabeth wife of George Moor.Later, he named his wife Dorothy, and at her death his personal estate was to be divided "between all my children had by my said Wife as Viz; Susanna Lucas, Sarah Lucas, Jane Lucas, John Lucas, Mary Lucas, James Lucas, Samuel Lucas, and Elizabeth Lucas."
The implication is that (as Kemp listed) the first four children were by a first wife, and only the last eight as stated were children of his present wife Dorothy.Church records of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's County list that Charles was the son of Thomas Lucas and wife Dorythy was born 20 April 1692.That would suggest that Thomas Lucas's first wife was also named Dorothy.
William Scott and wife Mary [Lucas] had a first child (Thomas) recorded at the same church as born 14 February 1702. Assuming Mary was at least about 16, would mean she was born about 1786. Thomas Lucas by his [second wife] Dorothy had a child Elizabeth who was born about 1719, the birth of Samuel being listed as September 1717 in Thomas's will.That would make the birth of Mary and that of Elizabeth at least 33 years apart, supporting that Thomas had two wives.
Thomas Letchworth, the alleged father of the second wife of Thomas Lucas died by 1668.See two different records at the above patents link showing that. That would mean any child Dorothy at the latest could have been born about 1669, making her about 30 when she married Thomas Lucas, and 50 years old when Thomas Lucas's youngest child was born.
IF Thomas Letchworth had a daughter Dorothy, it would be more likely that she was the first wife of Thomas Lucas, and married him by about 1685.
Does anyone have evidence from records that shows the surname of either of Thomas Lucas's wives named Dorothy?Any evidence that shows that Thomas Letchworth has a daughter named Dorothy?