With the publication of Lamar Hamilton's book (1997), considerable controversy and perhaps apprehension continues about the ancestry of one Alexander Hamilton (b. ca 1675) and his alleged ties with the immigrant, John I Hamilton of Nanjemoy. Nevertheless and fortunately, this issue does not apparently impact our ancestry to the immigrant, John of Nanjemoy from his son and grandson, John II and John III, respectively and his great grandson, Burditt Hamilton (ca 1730-1784) whom the later is well established from our passed down deeds and indentures and a family journal/diary compiled by Alice Church Lanham Wherry distributed to various branches of the family. However, the existence of verbal 'tales' and legends passed down to descendants of Burditt alluding to possible ties to Alexander is not surprising in light of the early 20th century interpretations. Although there are numerous people that share ancestry to John I Hamilton thru their maternal lines, others apparently would like to share similarly due to his marriage to Elizabeth 'Burdette' ca 1675 and her apparent well documented maternal lineage to the early Gloucester and Northampton Co VA Graves family immigrating ca 1608-1612 and other prominent English statesmen families of colonial Virginia. "Thomas Grave" has been said to have been an 'original Adventurer (stockholder) of the Virginia Company of London' and is apparently listed on page 364 of the records of the Virginia Company of London (vol. IV). He has further been said to be one of the very early planters who founded Jamestown, Virginia perhaps enumerated on the 1622 Jamestown Virginia census for the eastern shore. He maybe the Capt Graves and father of Anne, and possibly sisters, Verlinda and Catherine Graves who all apparently married prominent colonial Virginia figures such as Stone and Cotton families of 'Hungars Parish' Northampton County VA and Sprigg family of Prince Georges County MD. William Burdette, paternal grandfather of Elizabeth, is said to have been reported in colonial records as the 'godfather' to the son of Catherine Graves who is further the alleged sister to Anne Graves Cotton, the maternal grandmother of Elizabeth.
1624 Jamestown, Virginia census:|
Thomas GRAVES, Eastern Shore, 73 total people
George GRAVES, James City County, 224 total people
The Burdette family of Nanjemoy, originally from colonial Northampton County with the Stone and Cotton families, appeared to be prominent associating themselves with others of similar class such as the Stone, Calvert, Brent, Chandler, Fowke, Greene and Boughton families to name a few. A list of documents passed down in the family, some of which we do not yet know the complete significance, by Susanna Page Lanham Bryan to her granddaughter ca 1893 displays a note at the bottom with apparent emphasis by a different annotation style portraying the inclusion of one presumably very important document: ['Calvert of "Calvert Manor" is among the above']. As large and influential as the Stone family was in early Charles County at about the time of inception ca 1658, intermarriage with other prominent southern Maryland families is not surprising. Nevertheless, the Burdette family were tied by marriage thru the Graves family with the Stone and Cotton families in 'Hungars Parish' of Northampton County VA which may have led to their alleged transportation to Maryland by Capt. William Stone ca 1650. Prior to then, the Stone and Cotton families and perhaps the Burdettes, had resided on adjoining plantations in Hungars Parish. Once in Maryland, some say a son of Leonard Calvert married a daughter of Capt William Stone (some say b. 1603 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England (or Somerset, England)).
NOTES: She was Jane Thompson, born November 13, 1689, daughter of Victoria Matthews and William Thompson, of William Thompson. She first married Henry Brent, died 1709, Charles Countv, Md., of Capt. Geo. Brent, of Virginia, by his wife, Mary, who died March 12, 1693-4, widow of Col. Wm. Chandler and daughter of Henry Sewall by his wife, Jane Lowe. Jane (Lowe) Sewall later married Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore. This testator had one child, viz: Wm. Brent, died 1745-6, Charles County. She secondly married Capt. Jno. Watts, whose will made in England and whose acct. passed Charles County, Md., 1739.-R. T. Semmes. 1918
Our first evidence of possible ties to the Stone family comes from a passed down document with the appearance of very early John Stone, perhaps a said son (b.ca. 1642) of Capt William Stone who is first said to have married Elizabeth Warren followed by Eleanor Bayne. This document is the earliest and largely deteriorated document (Deed? or Court record?) we received in our family dated 1676. Other names mentioned and not known to be significant in our lineage are John Hutchinson, John Fanning and John Allen. John Hutchinson was already deceased by that date, a John Stone is reported dying between ca 1697-1703 and John Allen 'by' 1678 and perhaps the time the court met in 1676 and reported Allen as "failed to appear". Johns Stone and Hutchinson were the original patentees with John Fanning being the awardee in 1676 until his apparent reported death of 1685. The retention of this document by the family might have significance to further maternal connections to the wives of either John III Hamilton or his son, Burditt neither of which are yet known. An apparent abstract of this document from the 1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD [Hundred - Riverside: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 346-24: WOODSBERRY HARBOUR] with the original at http://karenandmike.biz/graphics/lanham/lanhamdoc:
WOODSBERRY HARBOUR Allen, John Riverside 346 24 MARYLAND POINT WOODSBERRY HARBOUR Fanning, John Riverside 346 24 MARYLAND POINT WOODSBERRY HARBOUR Hutchinson, John Riverside 346 24 MARYLAND POINT WOODSBERRY HARBOUR Lampton, Mark Riverside 346 24 MARYLAND POINT WOODSBERRY HARBOUR Lee, James Riverside 346 24 MARYLAND POINT
Col/Capt William Stone is said to have been the justice and high sheriff of Northampton County to apparently include the Justice of the Peace in 1651. This may have been a factor in subsequent similar legislative-type appointments of the Chandlers, Folkes and John I Hamilton in Charles County ca 1660-1700 following Stone's selection by Calvert to be the first Maryland Protestant governor as he upheld religious freedom. The religious and nationality affiliations of these and most other families in early Nanjemoy Hundred have been said to be 'English and Anglican' and perhaps non-catholic.
Immigration records provided by ancestry.com show a Mr. Thomas Burdett and wife, 'Violinda' immigrating in 1659 just after their alleged marriage on 1 Sep 1658. This may have been the initial transportation from VA by Stone others have alluded to after Stone's apparent arrival in MD ca 1653 or perhaps a subsequent return(s) to England for purposes of securing 'headright' money as was heavily practiced until about 1680. By his death on 2 Mar 1668, Thomas had acquired considerable land in the Nanjemoy region possibly suggesting the acquisition of such funds. The Maryland immigration records for 1663 has Francis Burdette being transported by a Thomas Burdette. Thomas and Verlinda/ Violinda? Cotton Burdette are said to have had a Francis (ca 1661), Elizabeth (b. ca. 1662), Sarah (b. ca. 1665), Catharine (b. ca. 1669) and Parthenia (b. ca. 1663) all allegedly reported in colonial records.
According to abstracted records in the Maryland archives, John and Elizabeth Burdette Hamilton's son, John II Hamilton married Elizabeth Harrison. The will and estate papers of Richard Harrison in 1710 specifically refers to his daughter 'Elizabeth Hamilton' and 'grandchild.', [Abbreviation for grandchildren] John and Elizabeth 'Hambleton' with no mention of his son-in-law, John II Hamilton who had just died in 1709. John II Hamilton inherited (src: wills) land from his mother's sister, Parthenia Burditt in 1697 nearly the time his son, John III was born and from his step-father, Richard Chandler also in 1697 (src: 1686 will) whom his mother married after the death of his father, John I ca 1682/83.
Records for John and Elizabeth Burdette Hamilton's grandchildren, John III and Elizabeth Hamilton are not as prevalent to us at this time but sufficient to warrant certainty in our ancestry. John III's wife is unknown but he apparently remained in Nanjemoy as did his father, John II, selling his inherited land in 1729 to Francis Meek at approximately the time of the birth of his presumed only son, Burditt Hamilton. The Meek family may be a source to look for the wife of John III Hamilton. The deed specifically refers to and as has been abstracted as "1729, John grandson of John conveyed 100 acres on Nanjemoy Creek'. John III's sister, Elizabeth Hamilton presumably moved to Prince Georges County on land of her husband, Robert Wade, Jr (ancestor Zacchariah Wade, 1670) which had at least once adjoined the immigrant John Lannum/Lanham's original 'Oxmonton' shown on the 1696 'Kellogg map of Piscataway Hundred' and his subsequent ca. 1700 ‘Lanham addition' later referred to as 'Lanham Farm' by an 1865 John Lyons deed. Two well-deteriorated documents on 'sheepskin' referring to a Robert Wade, one dated early 1700's and the other dated 1776, were passed down in our family. Although these documents are difficult to read, the earliest document refers to a date of 1691 and probably to Robert Wade Sr's acquisition of "Stony Harbour' from his presumed father, Zacchariah Wade who patented it in 1670.
Burditt Hamilton (ca 1730-1784) and his wife, Eleanor Ann (maiden name unknown) raised a family of at least four girls and one boy in the Nanjemoy area of the'7th District' of Charles County known then as 'Durham Parish Lower Hundred'. Burditt is taxed in 1783, the year he wrote his will, with a partial of 'Woodberry Harbour' along with Andrew Bailie, another possible relative of his wife. He is also taxed with another tract of 237 acres, likely the known 'Mt Joy', another passed down deed/survey to our family. This tract was 'escheated' by William Beck in 1738. According to TLC Genealogy [Enoch Pratt Lib], Beck sold the tract to Burditt's great grandfather's brother-in-law, Gerard Fowke/Folke Sr. who in turn sold it to Robert Knox. The deed/survey is dated 1764 prior to the purchase by Burditt in 1779. Interestingly, Col. John Hoskins Stone (before he became MD Gov 1794) purchased between 1784-1790 a total of about 4 x 62.5 (mathematical total about 250) acre partials of 'Mt Joy'from Burdette's widow, Eleanor and children in separate transactions presumably as part of the estate finalization. Col. John H. Stone also apparently purchased a tract 'Burdette's Rest' from Sarah Fowke, 'a relict of Cap Gerard Fowke' in 1786. Were these tracts all part of the large quantities of land originally given to Stone (Capt. William?) ca 1650's, redistributed to family members and recaptured by Stone decendants?
The name 'Pliny' first apparently observed and given to Burditt Hamilton's son is interesting to contemplate as it was repeated used by Burditt's eventual large and expanded descendant lineage. According to a Carolyn Lundgren, Pliny was a Captain at the Wharf in Baltimore and had a daughter, Sempronia (after her aunt), another perhaps even more commonly used name in Burditt's decendancy tree. Pliny's sister, Sempronia who married George Horatio Lanham had a Pliny Lanham who is further reported to have died at sea, an occupation possibly acquired through connections of his uncle. Sempronia's daughter, Susanna produced the well known civil war captain and confederate spy, Edward 'Pliny' Bryan who apparently died of Yellow fever (possibly promulgated in 1855 in tidewater VA) ca 1865 in South Carolina. In Apr 2007, a letter dated 24 Feb 1798 referencing Capt Pliny Hamilton in Nanjemoy was observed on Ebay Pliny Hamilton Letter on Ebay 2007 via Worthpoint.