A letter written by
FINNEY W. SOMERS
Hiram T. Somers of West Beach, MD
Dated January 9th 1956
The letter was typed as it is here in reply to a query written by Hiram T. Somers to Finney W. Somers concerning the Somers Family. It is now in the possession of John R. Somers of Princess Anne MD and posted here with his permission. Submitted by Gail M. Walczyk, Peter's Row, Coram, NY.
NOTE: The below information was not checked against original sources.
SOMERS SUPPLY CO.
"Eastern Shore's First Cash Wholesale Grocery"
January 9th. 1956
In reply to your letter of Dec. 27th. I will be glad to give you the information that I have on the Somers lineage of the Eastern Shore.
Benjamin Somers (Summers-Sommers) first came to Accomack County, Va. in 1655. At this time the Calverts were making offers to attract settlers to Md. In 1661 Benjamin Somers moved to Emmex (Annamessix, which later became Crisfield, Md.) with Stephen Horsey and Others.
Benjamin Somers secured a patent for 300 acres of land from Charles Calvert, Lieutenant General of the Province of Md. on Dec. 22nd. 1666. This same Benjamin Somers desposed of this land in a will dated Feb. 1709. This was probated in Somerset County on December 22nd. 1715. His will shows that he left his property to his three sons: William Sommers-Thomas Sommers and John Sommers. This is the spelling as it is given in the will, was in the patent. But we know that the original way of spelling the names was Somers, as was used in Yorkshire and Herfordshire England, the ancestral home of the Somers.
Benjamin was married three times. His first wife was Isabel Wale (later spelled Whaley) whom he married Jan 29th. 1667. Isabel died in 1675. On April 18th. 1676 a marriage band was published between Benjamin Somers and Deborah Wooldridge. It would seem that Deborah became the mother of our generation and line of Somers, as her son John later had a daughter whom he named Deborah (Deborah Starling, later Sterling.)
John Somers, son of Benjamin and Deborah Somers, and husband of Iona Somers died in 1760. His will was dated Aug. 13th. 1758, which was probated Nov. 1st. 1760. In this will it seems that this was the same land as that in the will of Benjamin Somers. In this will he leaves his property to his son David Somers: his daughter Mary Ward: his son Lazars Somers: his daughter Deborah Starling: his wife Iona Somers: and his grandchildren, Isaac Somers and Grace Starling. (I omitted the names of John and Iona Somers' children, his sons and daughter, Richard-Isaac and Betty Somers by mistake.)
Isaac Somers, son of John and Deborah Somers mad a will on Sept. 15th. 1821 which was probated on Sept. 16th. 1824. Leaving to his wife Mary Roach Somers, and children Rebecca Maddox-Molly Somers and Betsy Hickman and daughter Fanny Bailey: and to his sons Dicky Somers and Horsey Somers, whom he appointed sole executors of his will.
Horsey Somers, son of Isaac, and wife Nancy Rew Somers had the following children as taken from the family Bible in the hands of Mrs. Jno. L. Byrd, Mearsville Va.
Records of the Somers Family
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