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John Medley

Male 1676 - 1748  (67 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Medley was born in 1676 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of William Medley and Ann Reynolds); died between 1 Dec 1743 and 5 Apr 1748.

    Notes:

    Will of John Medley:

    In the name of God Amen, I JOHN MEDLEY, SR. of St. Mary's County in the province Maryland being in health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory praise therefore give unto almighty God for the same, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say -- first, and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of almighty hoping through the merits of [illegible] and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and [illegible] and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit Everlasting Life and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors, hereafter named and as touching the disposition of all my [illegible] Temporal Estate as it hath pleased almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as follows 1st First I will that my Just debts and funeral charges shall be paid and discharged -- Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Greenwell my son in Law, all that parcel of Land whereon he now Lives, during his natural Life, and after his decease, I give and bequeath, the said Land with all its appurtenances unto my grandson, GEORGE GREENWELL, and the male heirs of his body Lawfully begotten from him and for want of such heirs, then to JAMES MEDLEY, Son of JAMES MEDLEY, and his heirs forever Item I give and bequeath unto my son JOHN MEDLEY one shilling sterling in full of his part of my Estate, Item I give and bequeath unto my son GEORGE MEDLEY heirs and the rest of his children, one shilling sterling in full of their part of my Estate -- Item I give and bequeath unto my son WILLIAM MEDLEY one shilling sterling in full of his part of my Estate Item I give and bequeath unto my son THOMAS MEDLEY one Shilling Sterling it being in full of his part of my Estates Item I give and bequeath unto my Son JAMES MEDLEY one shilling sterling it being in full of his part of my Estate. Item I give and bequeath unto the heirs of my daughter MARY one Shilling Sterling it being in full of their part of my Estate, Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter ANN COLE, one feather bed and that being in full of her part of my Estate Item I give and bequeath unto my Loving wife, Sarah Medley, one third part of all my personal Estate, and all the Rest and Residue of my personal Estate goods Chattles, whatsoever I so give and bequeath unto my three children CLEMENT JANE and HENRIETTA MEDLEY and their heirs forever -- and I do hereby appoint, my Loving wife Sarah Medley and Loving Son CLEMENT MEDLEY my whole and sole Executor and Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby Revoke disallow and declare void all former wills and Testaments by me heretofore made -- In witness whereof I the said JOHN MEDLEY to this my Last Will have hereunto set my hand seal, this second Day of December, one thousand seven hundred and forty three.

    [Signed in the presence of Thomas Waughop, Enoch Combs, and Cornelius Manning.]

    Family/Spouse: (Unknown first wife of John Medley). [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Thomas Medley was born in in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1764.
    2. Mary Medley was born about 1700 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 20 Aug 1743 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Family/Spouse: Sarah. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Jane Medley was born before 1734.
    2. Henrietta Medley was born on 31 Jul 1737.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William Medley was born about 1653 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of John Medley and Elizabeth Thompson); died before 30 Apr 1695 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1 May 1695, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Notes:

    Regarding his year of birth, Donnelly in John Medley (1615-1660) notes "Age 26 in 1679 ARCHIVES OF MARYLAND 51:269-271, which also states he was a son of JOHN MEDLEY dec'd."

    William married Ann Reynolds. Ann (daughter of George Reynolds and Dorothy) died before 1702. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Ann Reynolds (daughter of George Reynolds and Dorothy); died before 1702.
    Children:
    1. 1. John Medley was born in 1676 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died between 1 Dec 1743 and 5 Apr 1748.
    2. Rebecca Medley was born about 1682 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died about 1743 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Medley was born about 1615 in England; died in 1660 in Newtown Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1616, England

    Notes:

    Arrived in Maryland 1635 as an indentured servant of Thomas Cornwalleys. Represented Newtown Hundred in the lower house of the Maryland legislature, 1650 and 1651.

    We know he died in 1660 because on 19 Feb of that year he was subpoened to testify in the case of Stiles vs. Piles, and then later in 1660 James Beane filed a lawsuit against John Medley's estate.

    Mary Louise Donnelly's John Medley 1615-1660 gives the parents of this John Medley as John Medley and Susannah Rhodes who married 8 Feb 1601 in Elland, Yorkshire. Problems with this include the fact that the elder of these John Medleys was a Protestant while the immigrant was a Catholic, and the fact that the older John Medley was a parish clerk whereas the immigrant was illiterate.

    John married Elizabeth Thompson. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Elizabeth Thompson (daughter of William Thompson and Anne).

    Notes:

    According to Mary Louise Donnelly's John Medley (1615-1660), Elizabeth arrived in Maryland 1641.

    Children:
    1. 2. William Medley was born about 1653 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 30 Apr 1695 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

  3. 6.  George Reynolds died in 1668.

    Notes:

    Donnelly in John Medley (1615-1660) (citation details below) says he was "mentioned on 10/1/1663 as the Door Keeper of the Lower House and for his services received 300 pounds of tobacco."

    George married Dorothy. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Dorothy
    Children:
    1. 3. Ann Reynolds died before 1702.


Generation: 4

  1. 10.  William Thompson was born about 1597; died between 3 Jan 1649 and 11 Jan 1649 in Newtown Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Notes:

    Claimed by some as a passenger on the Ark or the Dove, but he's not one of the "qualifying ancestors" for the Order of First Families of Maryland.

    Arrival in Maryland given variously as 1634 and 1641, the latter more likely.

    Mary Louise Donnelly's John Medley 1615-1660 gives his birth year as 1594, referencing Archives of Maryland 4: 354. But that page of the Archives, on which "Willm Tompson" is described as "aged 50 yeares or thereabouts", appears to be from "Court and Testamentary Business" conducted in 1647. Possibly Donnelly was misled by the presence of the date "Janvary the 14th 1644" toward the top of page 354, which appears to refer to the case referenced in that paragraph, not to the overall page.

    William married Anne. Anne died before 1667. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 11.  Anne died before 1667.
    Children:
    1. 5. Elizabeth Thompson