The Genealogy of the Following Families:
The Simon Family of Willebadessen, Germany, and its Descendants in America
The Barcant, Krogh, d'Abadie, and Related Families of Trinidad and Tobago
The Hurd and Clark Families of Kent County, Delaware and Caroline County, Maryland
The Dolan and Carr Families of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; County Donegal, Ireland; and America
The McGillin Families of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
William HurdBef 1726 - Aft 1778 (> 54 years)
Name William Hurd Born Bef 1726 Gender Male Died Aft 1778 Person ID I2794 Simon and Related Families | Descendants of William Hurd (died after 1778) Last Modified 15 Sep 2020
Children 1. William Hurd, b. Bef 1760, d. 1799, Caroline County, Maryland, United States (Age > 39 years) 2. Joseph Hurd, b. Bef 1760, d. 26 Dec 1807, Caroline County, Maryland, United States (Age > 47 years) Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 Family ID F909 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- An upper bound on the birth date of 1726 is suggested by entry in the 1776 Census of Maryland, which lists, for the household of William Hurd, one male older than 50 years. Census records reproduced in "1776 Census of Maryland," compiled by Bettie Stirling Carothers and revised in 1989, published by Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland 21157, page 33.
- Assuming that this William Hurd is the same as the witness in the two wills mentioned below, he would have had to have been born prior to 1724 in order to be of legal age (21 years) to serve as the witness to a will in 1745.
- 1745 probate of the will of John Eavins of Queen Anne's County mentions William Hurd as a witness to the will. A tract of land named "Winfield" is mentioned in the will, suggesting that William Hurd lived in the vicinity of this tract. This will, dated 30 July 1745 and probated 14 November 1745, is abstracted in "The Maryland Calendar of Wills," Volume IX, p. 49. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1968.
- 1748 probate of the will of William Satterfield of Queen Anne's county mentions William Hurd as a witness. The tract of land named "Winfield" is again mentioned in this will, further indicating that William Hurd lived in the vicinity of the tract. This will, dated 27 April 1748 and probated 2 June 1748, is abstracted in "The Maryland Calendar of Wills," Volume IX, p. 155. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1968.
- 1776 Census of Maryland gives residence as Bridge Town Hundred, Caroline County, Maryland. Caroline County was formed in 1774 from Queen Anne County and Dorchester County.
- 1778 Census of Maryland gives residence as Bridgetown, Caroline County, Maryland.
ADDITIONAL FAMILY: Three daughters under the age of 16 are noted in the 1776 census record, as well as a wife of under 50 years.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR: The 1778 Census of Maryland was taken to ensure compliance with the requirement of the Maryland legislature that all male citizens take an oath of fidelity to the patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. According to the census records, William Hurd and his two sons took the oath from Peter Harrington, Constable for Bridgetown Hundred, Caroline County, on the third Tuesday in March 1778. Published in "1778 Census of Maryland" compiled by Bettie Stirling Carothers (private publication), available in the Maryland Room of the Hyattsville Branch of the Prince George's County (Maryland) Memorial Library, p. 7.
DEATH: Last public record is in the 1778 Census of Maryland. Does not appear in the 1790 U.S. Census of Maryland, indicating that he probably died between 1778 and 1790.
OTHER CONTEMPORANEOUS HURDS ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND:
-Two other individuals with the Hurd surname also occur in records of Queen Anne's County in the mid-1700s. It is not known whether or how they are related to William Hurd.
1. A John Hurd is attested to in two early records from the Eastern Shore of Maryland:
- A marriage of John Hurd to Susanna Seymore on 24 September 1749 in St. Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's County, is recorded in Maryland Eastern Shore Vital Records, 1726-1750, by F. Edward Wright. Published in 1983 by Family Line Publications, Silver Spring, Maryland.
- John Hurd is also mentioned as a member of the Queen Anne's County militia, as a member of the late Captain John Collins Company in the Colonial Wars, 1749, in "Citizens of the Eastern Shore of Maryland," by F. Edward Wright, page 75.
2. A Peter Hurd is also mentioned as a member of the Queen Anne's County militia, as a member of the late Captain John Collins Company in the Colonial Wars, 1749, in "Citizens of the Eastern Shore of Maryland," by F. Edward Wright, page 75.
- A Robert Hurd is listed as the witness to an indictment for theft by a Bowles Green, before a Court in Chestertown, Kent County in Kent County Criminal Proceedings, 1724-1728, pages 44, 106. The record on page 44 is dated 18 October 1724 and records him being sworn onto a grand jury in the matter, and the record on page 104 is dated November 1725 and lists him as a witness to the grand jury indictment. Source: KENT COUNTY COURT (Criminal Record) JS AD, 1724-1728, MSA CM649-1 Accession No.: CR 42838-1. Online at Archives of Maryland Online, Volume 548, pages 44, 106.