STURGIS

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Table of Contents

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Aydelotte, Cannon, Custis, Dixon, Holland, Hosier, Johnson, Jones, Nelson, Pennewell, Richardson, Selby, Stevenson, Sturgis

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Introduction

The Sturgis family has been researched and compiled by Vernon L. Skinner, Jr. Initial information comes from Floyd L. Otter, Origins of the Sturgis Family in Virginia & Maryland, Ash Tree Echo, Jan. 1979, Vol. XIV, Issue 1, p. 38-43. This was augmented and updated with input from Gerald Collins, Frank Courtney, Kay Davis, Linda Harrison, and Judy Stell, as well as published abstracts (many within the last 10 years) of various records of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia: probate, deeds, tax lists, patriot information, etc. While the main objective was to resolve certain specific lines, many of the other lines had to be constructed in order to properly place certain persons. The effort is based on factual data obtained from the various sources. However, quite often logic, associated with the rules of probate in Maryland, was applied to determine some of the relationships. In some cases, negative or inverse logic was applied, i.e., a particular person can not fit in one particular line, therefore they must fit in another line. (The best example is the wives of the various John Sturgises in the early 1800s.)

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Should you have sourced information or corrections, they are welcomed at the ghotes Web and will be added to this family journal. Please include where they fit into the Sturgis family and send them through the list. Judy Stell has keyed in the data given by Vern for this journal format and will be glad to keep it updated. Her e-mail address is STELLVA@aol.com

If you wish to pursue a Sturgis line further or perhaps a connecting surname, feel free to contact Vern; he'd be glad to explore this with you. Vern does genealogy research on a fee basis. He can be reached at msbhound@erols.com

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UNPLACED:

1. (N) Sturgis, Worcester Co. MD, m. Priscilla (N); their son, Henry Sturgis d. 1820, leaving a daughter, Elizabeth/Eliza Sturgis

2. Jonathon Sturgis d. intestate before 10/30/1764, VA. Deeds No. 3 1757-1770, reel 12. (Sinah Sturgis to John Foster, p. 103, Delilah Sturgis deed to John Foster, p. 95, Martha Sturgis to Isaiah Sturgis p. 3, Mary Sturgis to Wm. Foster, p. 346; between Mary Sturges, spinster one of the daughters and coheirs of Jonathan Sturges decceased...Jonathan died intestate leaving Bridget, Delilah, Sinah, Agnes, Mary & Elizabeth to divide 110 acres...10/30/17(64)) Accomack, VA. Clement Parker is the guardian of Agnes, Mary, and Elisabeth Sturgis in 1763. Land was purchased from John Scarborough & his wife Mary Cade Wise of MD in 1747. He may be the Jonathon Sturgis of Kent Co. DE. He married Parker and had children: Bridget, Delilah, Sinah, Agnes, Mary, Elisabeth

3. John Sturgis of Accomack Co. VA. He bought "Coxes' Choice" in 1753 Worcester Co. as John Sturgis. He bought "Hungary Quarter" in 1753 as John Sturgis of Accomack. In 1768, he deeded some or all of "Hungary Quarter" to Alexander Thomas Russell. Paid tax on land from 1756 to 1771. He had two sons: Joshua Sturgis paid tax on "New Holland," "Hungary Quarter" and "Coxes Chance/Choice" in 1783 1M, 3F, Wicomico Hundred. Joshua d. 1802 leaving a will. He had land in Somerset & Worcester. He was surety to William Sturgis in 1783. Next of Kin in 1803 were William Sturgis and Salley Sturgis. His children: Salley, of age in 1803, Daughter b. before 1783, by 2nd wife Esther d. 1806, he had a son, Joshua Sturgis; William Sturgis probably died 1814 with wife, Sally. 4. Daniel Sturgis, blacksmith, no land, Wicomico Hundred, Worcester Co. 1783 MD Tax List

The ghotes caution/disclaimer applies, use this as an aid in your research. As always, corrections and additions are welcomed and encouraged.

Judy Stell, STELLVA@aol.com

December, 2001

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