Col. James Smallwood
Aged: 76 years
Note: As far as I know, James' parents are not identified conclusively. On Rootsweb Worldconnect there are many different variations. If anyone has any more conclusive evidence, please share! - Ray. James Smallwood emigrated to America in 1664 and married Hester in 1665. James and Hester lived in Zachia Hundred, Charles Co, MD. James applied for and received 100 acres as Hesters father had passed soon after arrival and had not claimed the land he was entitled to for transporting his family. James Smallwood was a member of Godfrey's Rangers in 1675, and again in 1681. Their main station was at Port Tobacco, with another at Piscataway Creek, of the Potomac. They guarded the settlement against the Susquehannock Indians.
In 1688-89 he was involved in the Orange Rebellion, and advanced in military rank over the years. He was a major in 1692 and Lt. Col. in 1700, and afterwards a Colonel. In 1680 he was appointed "Post for Charles Co" for conveying "public intelligence" to the Governor and Council. This was the first letter post for outlying Charles Co. From 1692 until his death Col. James represented Charles Co as a Burgess in the MD Assembly. He often acted as liaison with the Indians, since he had their confidence. In 1694 he was Sheriff of Charles Co. On June 9, 1700 he is called Lt. Col James Smallwood, and shortly after that date his name is regularly prefixed with the title "Colonel". He aquired many parcels of land, including: Pork (Park) Hall, Batchelor's Hope, Welcome, Eltham, May Day, Taitsall, Coate's Lodge. At the time of his death he was living at Bew (Beau) Plains in Prince George Co which was the plantation of his second wife Mary. His will is dated 9-16-1712 and probated in Charles Co 1-12-1714/15
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or MD, Charles Co
Hester came to America with her parents in 1650. William Evans died shortly after arrival.
Hester's mother married to William Evans and was widowed then married John Nicholls of St. Mary's Co. It is believed she was already pregnant when she married John Nicholls. These notes were taken from the files of Col. John D. Long that are in the manuscript in the Indiana State Library.