In my own words from resources cited here.
James' will of 1726 mentions his second wife. Elizabeth, who we know to be the daughter of Roger Bishop. [Elizabeth was the mother of sons Benjamin and Thomas.] "With newfound peace in the area, patent claims made 60 years earlier by men such as Randall Hanson were finally being developed. James Stoddert Sr had been made Surveyor-General for the Colony of Maryland after arriving about 1675. As Surveyor-General, he laid out the city and port of Annapolis in 1718. His drawings still exist in Maryland's archives. More importantly for James and his heirs, as Surveyor-General, he had the inside track on the best available parcels of land.
On 16 May 1695, there was an indenture from James Stoddert and wife, Mary Driffield, to John Preston, planter of Anne Arundel Co. for £67.10 on a parcel called "Barch Bay" containing 80 acres. [It is believed that Mary was the mother of sons James, William & John.] James also owned a plantation, "Southhampton," on Pamunkey Creek in Prince George's County (originally Charles County).
In 1713, James, along with Thomas Addison, obtained 3000 acres between Rock Creek and the Potomac which they called "Friendship." This plantation eventually belonged to the John McLean estate.
The only surviving record of Mary Driffield is the reference to her husband, James Stoddert, assisted his mother-in-law, Ann Driffield in administering the estate of Thomas Driffield, her husband. May 1695, Ann Arundel County records.
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