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1664
Book mentions that Bulmer Mitford came to Maryland on the ship Providence from Morpeth, Northumberland shire, England. If ture, the Devon Medfords are also linked to the ship Providence.

[All of the Above I By Richard Baldwin Cook]

Spring of 1664
There was a boundary dispute between Virginia and Maryland, so Governor Leonard Calvert visited Governor Berkeley at Jamestown and in the Spring of 1664 ordered Scarborough, the surveyors Catlett and Lawrence, with Capt. Joesph Bridger, Capt. Robert Ellyson and Mr. Bulmer Mitford to go to Monoakin, and on the 10th of May confer with commissioners upon the part of Maryland, and if possible adjust the land dispute.  In 1666 this region of dispute became a part of Somerset County, MD. (source: Virginia Carolorum)

23 July 1665

Will of Bulmer Mitford

Mitford, Bulmer, St. Mary's Co., 23rd July, 1665; -- -- -- To wife Fortune, execx., all estate, real and personal, and to have care of "my" son Thomas; in event of death of wife before proving of this will, son Thomas to be ex. Overseer: Cousin John Morecroft, if he come into the Province. Test: Wm. Champe, Jas. Joung, John Smith. 1. 235.

The Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume I
Wills from 1635 (Earliest Probated) to 1685
(Bulmer was born in Northumberlandshire, England which the town of Mitford is located.)

March 1666
Fortune Mittford the Administratrix of Bulmer Mitford decd de- [p. mands writt against Ann Steuens widdow in an accon of tresspass March 2d upon the Case to the uallue of three thow sand pounds of tobacco and Caske Warrt to sher. of St Marys County to arrest &c: Ret: 3d Aprill next Prouinciall Court

1660s – 1670s
There is listed a john Medford in Virginia in the 1650's to 1670's. (This was discovered by Isom Gene Medford of Huntville, Texas.

1669
Fortune Medford Simms married Marmaduke Simms in 1669.

1678
There is a record of Thomas Medford and his wife Sarah Gilman Medford being in Otsego County, New York in 1678.

19 Jun 1685
Piggott, Bartholomew, 1 Jan., 1684; (St Mary's or Charles County, Maryland
19th July, 1685.
To wife Honor and dau. Sarah, personalty brought with them from Va... and all estate equally.
Ex. Jos. Piles.
Test: Mar. Semme, Wm. Blankenstine, Thomas Metford. 49 144.
 

1 May 1699
Will of Fortune Watson Semmes

In the name of God Amen may the first Anno Dm one thousand Six hundred ninety nine I Fortune Semmes of Charles County in the Province of Maryland widow being weak of body but of Sound and perfect memory praise be given to Almighty God for the Same and knowing the uncertainty of this life on earth and being desirous to settle things in order doe make this my Last will and Testament and by this present doe make voyd and annull all former wills and
Testaments and this only to be my Last will and Testament in manner and forme following That is to Say first and principally I Comend my Soul unto almighty God my Creator assuredly believing that I Shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my Sins and to be Saved by the passions death and merits of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in Such decent and Christian manner as to my Exetors hereafter named Shall be thought meet and
convenient and as touching Such worldly Estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me and my will and meaning is that the Same Shall be Employed and bestowed as hereafter by this my will is expressed and declared viz...

Item I give and bequeath unto my Sons John Semmes three hundred and nineteen acres of Land being part of a Tract of Eight hundred and thirty and Eight acres called by the name of St. Georges my husband Marmaduke Semmes deced bought of Mr. Thomas Simpson.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Marmaduke Semmes three hundred and nineteen acres being another part of the aforesaid Tract bought of the aforesaid Thomas Simpson which said part belongs to the plantation I now live upon with the housing and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging after my decease unto him the said Marmaduke and to his heirs and assignes forever, my Son Anthony Semmes having two hundred acres belonging to the
Said Tract and the remaining part as aforementioned being six hundred thirty and Eight acres to be Equally divided between my Son John and my Son Marmaduke Semmes as aforesaid.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Medford Twenty Shillings to buy him a mourning Ring...I give unto Thomas Medford son of the said Thomas Medford a two year old heifer...I give unto my Son Anthony Semmes ten Shillings to buy him a mourning Ring...I give unto my son James Semmes ten Shillings to buy him a mourning Ring...I give unto Marmaduke Semmes Son of
Anthony Semmes a Mare Colt and it is my will and desire that after my decease my said Executors doe performe this my Last will and Testament and for the rest of my Temporall Estate that it hath pleased God to bestow upon me to be equally divided between my two Sons John Semmes and Marmaduke Semmes and doe hereby nominate and appoint my Son John Semmes and my Son
Marmaduke Semmes my whole and Sole Executors Equall in power thougth and virtue of this my Last will and Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the day and year first above written.

FORTUNE SEMME (SEAL)

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Edward Potter George Griggs (x) his marke Jane Harris (x) her marke


To the precedeing will was annext as follows viz December ye 8th 1701

Then came before me Edward Potter and took his Oath upon the holy Evangelist that the Instrument or writing brought before me was the Last will and Testament of Fortune Semmes dated in Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand the day and year first above written.
WM HARBART

This is to Certifie you that there came but only Edward Potter before me the other two Wittnesses are not George Griggs is dead and the other Cannot be found.
WM HARBART

December ye 10th 1701 These are humbly to certifye the Honble Thomas Brooke Esq Commissary Generall of Maryland that the proof of the Last will and Testament of Fortune Semmes deced was Certified to me by Mr. William Harbert one of his majtes Comrs of Charles County Court in the same manner and forme as is
here Sent to your honour by me.
RICHD BOUGHTON, Dept County Court Com.


28 Aug 1706
Sarah died in Otsego County, New York on 28 Aug 1706. The next place Thomas shows up is in Kent County, Maryland, with a sister or sister-in-law, Fortune Medford Simms. In her will she leaves everything to Bulmer Medford, son of Thomas Medford.

 

2 Apr 1711
Thomas Medford was chosen as a Church Warden
(Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland).

 

28 Mar 1714
Thomas Medford was chosen as a Church Warden (Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland).


24 Jun 1719
Medford, Thomas, planter, Kent County, 15th Sept., 1718; 24th June, 1719.
To son Thomas and hrs.; 200 A. with dwelling plantation ----.
To 3 sons, Bullwin, Maccall and George, and their hrs., residue of above tract, with 50 A., "Magyes Joynter," equally. Sons not to sell lands excepting to each other.
To dau. Rachell, tobacco sent to England by Capt. Landon and consigned to Thomas Bond, mcht., in London.
To wife Rachel, extx., use of dwelling plantation, and, with child., residuary legatee of personal estate.
Test: Abraham Redgrave, Sr., Richard Hennard, James Course, Jr. 15. 166. 

3 Mar 1726
Thomas Medford is elected as Vestryman of Kent Parish, MD (Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland).

1750
By 1750 there is a long list of Medfords in Kent County, Maryland. Several families spill over into Dorchester Coun

4 Sep 1761
MEDFORD, GEORGE, Kent Co., yeoman.
To my son George Medford, Jr., a silver watch, the least of the 2 looking glasses in the hall, the 320a mtged to me by James Tippett (250a of Mill Fork & 70a of Tibbetts Adventure), & if he d. s. p., to my son Marmaduke Medford, & my eldest son, Thomas Medford, who is settled there, is not to be distrubed till the d. of my wife, Jane Medford.
To my son Thomas Medford, the largest of the 2 looking glasses in the hall, 6 sheep. a new gun, & an 8-day clock.
To my dau. Mary Blackistone, wife of Ebenezer Blackistone, a tortoise-shell silver snuff box.
To my wife, Jane Medford, for widhood, my dw. plntn. & land, negro woman Dinah, my riding chair, a horse, & the residue of my p. e.
On sd. wife's mar. or d., to my son, Geo., Jr., negroes Jonas & Grace; to my son Marmaduke, negroes Will & Amey; to my dau. Jane Medford, negroes Poll &
Venus.
To my son Marmaduke, the lot in George Town where George Stone lived, a small gun, & to him & my sd. dau. Jane, each a black walnut chest, one in the house & the other at Charles Tildin's.
To my cousin Richard Kennard, negro woman Moll & negro girl Hannah for life, & on his d., sd. Moll to his dau. Rachel & sd. Hannah to his dau. Ann.
As my dau. Augustina cannot manage an e., I expect my chldn. give to her maintenance.
Extrs: my wife, Jane Medford, & my son George Medford.
Witn: Thos. Chandler, Phebe Gale, Thos. Perkins.
17 Oct. 1761, sworn to by all 3 witn., & 30 Oct. 1761, George Medford resigned the extrship to his mother.

 

6 May 1766
Macall Medford attended the first Vestry meeting for the newly formed Parish of Chester (Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland).

 

4 Apr 1768
George Medford was elected as a Vestryman (Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland).

 

1770s
Mathan, Marmaduke, Unit, and McCall Medford are listed in the troop list for Maryland in the Revolutionary War.


1783
Maryland
State Archives
MARYLAND INDEXES
(Assessment of 1783, Index)
Dorchester County
MSA S 1437

David Medford. Sandwich, pt, 11 3/4 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Addition, pt, 100 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Sandy Hill, pt, 40 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Addition to Mill Land, 75 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Tripps Survey, pt, 5 1/4 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Addition to Medfords Chance, pt, 331 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

David Medford. Hope, pt, 38 1/2 acres. Notes: for William Medford's heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Nathaniel Medford. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. 601 1/2 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Sandwich, pt, 11 3/4 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Addition, pt, 100 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Sandey Hill, pt, 40 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Addition to Mill Land, pt, 75 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Tripps Survey, pt, 5 1/4 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Addition to Medfords Chance, pt, 331 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

Robert Medford. Hope, pt, 38 1/2 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Hope, pt, 38 1/2 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Addition to Medfords Chance, pt, 331 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Tripps Survey, pt, 5 1/4 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Addition to Mill Land, 75 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Sandy Hill, pt, 40 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Addition, pt, 100 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford. Sandwich, pt, 11 3/4 acres. Notes: David Medford for heirs. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 40. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford, Jr. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford, Sr. 368 3/4 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford, Sr. Adventure, 168 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 42. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48

William Medford, Sr. Taylors Promise, 200 3/4 acres. DO Upper District Hundred, p. 42. MSA S 1161-5-6    1/4/5/48


1813
Mr. Wright presented a letter from Joseph Rasin, of Maryland, enclosing a letter from Unit Medford, a native citizen of the United States, who was impressed into the British naval service and is now confined on board a prisonship at Chatham, in England, as an American prisoner of war, and soliciting the interference of the government to effect his release.

Ordered, That the said letters be referred to the Secretary of State.

[Journal of the House of Representatives of the United ..., Volume 103, Issue 2 By United States. Congress. House, John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress)
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The following section will be ordered chronologically into this timeline at a later time:

Medford marriages of Dorchester Co. MD.

Isaac Henry & Nancy Medford---3-29-1796

James Henry & Lurana Medford---2-15-1796

Amelia Henry & James Medford---4-26-1796

 

4 MAR 1847 MEDFORD, Ansel M.-- BARROW, Ellen E.

1 MAR 1853 MEDFORD, Ansel M. -- ELLIOT, Martha A.

27 AUG 1800 MEDFORD, Charles -- PERRY, Ruth

17 JUN 1840 MEDFORD, Edward E. --- HICKS, Hercellae M.

26 APR 1796 MEDFORD, James -- HENRY, Amelia

15 MAR 1796 MEDFORD, John -- BRODESS, Margaret

15 MAY 1801 MEDFORD, John -- DEAN, Sarah

7 MAY 1817 MEDFORD, Lemuel -- SUMMERS, Margaret

19 JAN 1805 MEDFORD, Nathan -- BRADLEY, Elizabeth

1 FEB 1823 MEDFORD, Nathaniel -- HURLOCK, Eliza

28 JAN 1845 MEDFORD, Nathaniel -- PAYNE, Rebecca

25 JAN 1797 MEDFORD, Peter -- MEDFORD, Betsy

13 SEP 1802 MEDFORD, Peter -- MEDFORD, Celia

2 DEC 1813 MEDFORD, Peter -- RAWLINGS, Ann

31 JUL 1802 MEDFORD, Robert -- TRICE, Sarah

15 JUL 1811 MEDFORD, Robert -- MEDFORD, Sarah

23 MAY 1838 MEDFORD, Uriah -- WRIGHT, Maria

1 JAN 1791 MEDFORD, William -- GRAINGER, Charlotte

4 MAY 1813 MEDFORD, William -- TRICE, Mary

10 JAN 1823 MEDFORD, William -- CARROLL, Rachel

25 SEP 1823 MEDFORD, William -- MEEKINS, Mary

3 NOV 1828 CLIFTON, Allen -- MEDFORD, Ann

25 JAN 1797 MEDFORD, Peter -- MEDFORD, Betsy

13 SEP 1802 MEDFORD, Peter -- MEDFORD, Celia

10 NOV 1835 THOMAS, Thomas -- MEDFORD, Eliza

13 JAN 1813 LOWE, Arthur --- MEDFORD, Elizabeth

20 AUG 1834 DAVIS, James -- MEDFORD, Elizabeth

29 MAR 1823 LECOMPTE, Thomas -- MEDFORD, Elizabeth W.

15 FEB 1796 HENRY, James -- MEDFORD, Lurana

27 JAN 1802 JAMES, James -- MEDFORD, Lydia

20 DEC 1832 DAVIS, Curtis -- MEDFORD, Lydia

21 MAR 1814 CARROLL, James -- MEDFORD, Margaret

4 JUN 1787 WRIGHT, Elisha -- MEDFORD, Mary

24 JUL 1806 LOWE, Charles -- MEDFORD, Mary

26 AUG 1861 WEBB, Francis H. -- MEDFORD, Mary E.

29 MAR 1796 HENRY, Isaac -- MEDFORD, Nancy

22 SEP 1810 CORKRAN, John -- MEDFORD, Nancy
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5 FEB 1790 GRAINGER, William -- MEDFORD, Rebecca

5 SEP 1815 DAVIS, Tilghman -- MEDFORD, Sally

22 SEP 1806 CAULK, John -- MEDFORD, Sarah

15 JUL 1811 MEDFORD, Robert -- MEDFORD, Sarah

31 DEC 1821 CORKRAN, Jesse -- MEDFORD, Sophia

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