Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families, Vol. 2

    • ID: S1613
    Full Title: Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families, Vol. 2
    Category: abstract, distant, informed
    Ref: 249
    Page 249-251:

    Therre is to be settled the question-was Thomas Gerrard of St. Clement’s Manor the father of Richard Gerrard, of the Ark and Dove, 1634, Maryland, or was he his brother?

    If Thomas is his brother, then Frances Molineaux, dau—of Sir Richard Molineaux, of the seat in SEFTON, Lancashire Baronet, is Thomas Gerrard of Maryland’s mother; then he is a brother of Richard instead of being his father, as believed, with Frances Molineaux as one of his wives——heretofore described in Vol. I. It matters not to the lineage of the Maryland family of Gerrard and their descendants because the history is correct there as all these ch—of Thomas Gerrard who came to Maryland were the ch—of Susannah Snow, dau——of Justinian Snow, who came to Maryland to St. Clement’s Manor with him and was thought his second wife, and beside whom he mentioned in his will he wished to be buried, although by that time after her death Thomas Gerrard went to Va. to live in Westmoreland Co., and had m—Rose Tucker and had ch—by her in Va. Starting with Thomas Gerrard, whether he is son of Sir Thomas and brother of Sir Richard Gerrard, K. B., or the Sir Thomas Gerrard, father of Sir Richard of the Ark and Dove, it matters not to this lineage as above stated.
    Chart is as follows—Thomas Gerrard, Lord of St. Clementls Manor and the Island of the place of beginning of Maryland—St. Clement’s, 1634, m—Susannah Snow; had many daus——and sons. Dau—Elizabeth Gerrard was given this Manorial spot as dower when she m—Chief Justice Nehimiah Blackistone, grand son of the Rev. Marmaduke Blackistone, whose son John was one of the Regicides, and judge who pronounced death sentence on Charles 1st, King of Eng., 1649. Nehimiah Blackistone and Elizabeth Gerrard had son, John Blackistone, who m—his stepfather’s dau—Ann Guibert, dau—of Joshua Guibert, who m———the widow Eliz. Gerrard Blackistone as her third husband. John and Anne had son, John Blackistone, who m——Eleanor Dent, dau—of Col. George Dent; their son was Col. Nehimiah Blackistone, Revo., 1776, and War of 1812 also. He m—three times, but his first m-—was to Mary Cheseldyne, dau—of Kenelm Cheseldyne III and Cloe ............ He had dau—Mary Blackistone who m—twice—first to Clement Knott and had Margaret Adeline Knott who m—Col. Theodore Anderson and had dau—Theodora Mary Blackistone Anderson, who m——James Biscoe Norris and had ten ch—of these Alice Norris, who. m-—Francis J. Parran.

    GERARD Lineage—From British Family Antiquity, Wm. Playfair, Vol. VI, London-1811.

    Sixteenth generation from Otho, a rich and powerful lord in the time of King Alfred, descended from the Dukes of Tuscany, who from Florence passed into Normandy and thence into England.

    Sir Thomas Gerard, Knt., High Sheriff of Lancashire, 1553-1558, m-Elizabeth, eldest dau—of Sir John Port of Eltwall in Derbyshire, Knt. (and Elizabeth, his wife,
    heir to her mother’s inheritance, being heir to Sir Thomas Gifford of Chilington, Staifordshire, Knt., and Dorothy, his wife, dau—and co-heir of Sir John Montgomery, Knt.) which Sir John Port, Knt., was son of John Port, Esq. and Jane, his wife, dau—of John Fitzherbert of Eltwall, Derbyshire. The said Sir Thomas
    Gerard was sent to the Tower twice, being accused of a design to deliver the Queen of Scots out of her confinement, and was forced to procure his own liberty
    to give the noble estate of the Bromleys, descended to him by his grandmother (Margaret Bromley) to his kinsman, the then Attorney-General, Sir Gilbert Gerard.
    afterwards Master of the Rolls, and to dispose of and mortgage several lordships in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, and Yorkshire, beside Brindall, Skelmersdale and half Kirkby in Lancashire. Issue—Mary, m—John Jennison, Esq.; Dorothy, m—Edward Peckham, Esq.; Martha, m—Michael Jennison, Esq.;
    Sir Thomas, his heir; John, who was several times tortured in the Tower. He was chiefly instrumental in building the College at Liege where he died.

    Sir Thomas Gerard, Knt., was created baronet at the first institution of that honor in 1611 by King James I. The £1,000 which he was to have given for it was returned in consideration of his father’s great suferings upon the Queen of Scots account, Mother to the King. A grant for perpetuating the Sheriffdom of Lancaster in his family and other beneficial grants were promised him but not performed, being alleged to be against the liberty of a subject. He m—three wives, viz: Cicely, dau—of Sir Walter Maney, Knt., of Staplehurst in Kent; second-Mary, dau—of James Hawes of London; third—Mary, (widow Browne), dau—of William Dormer, Esq. By the last two wives no issue; by the first——Sir Thomas; Frances, m—Ralph Standish of Lancashire.

    Sir Thomas Gerard, second Baronet (of Byrn), m-—I'rances, dau—of Sir Richard Molineaux, of Sefton, Lancashire, Bart. Issue—Sir William, his heir; Richard,
    b—1613, was one of the first to go to Maryland with Mr. Calvert, Lord Baltimore’s uncle, 1633, where he continued until 1635; Gilbert; Peter; John; Frances, became a nun at Graveline in Flanders; and Thomas Gerard, Lord of St. Clement’s Manor, who came to Maryland 1636.

    The only record of a Manorial Lord with full details as of original preserved Records of the Court Leet and Court Baron as of Grant of St. Clement’s Manor, 1633-to 1659-72.

    Survey 1637-38—THOMAS GERARD, Lord
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