17th Century Wynne’s in Virginia and Maryland

There was with Royal Gov. Copeley, Edward Wynne his overseer. The two arrived in Baltimore from Newfoundland together. Sir George Calvert, Lord Baltimore first came from Newfoundland to the Chesapeake Bay area, the date of this expedition from Newfoundland is set at about October 1, 1629. This is when Sir George Calvert reached the James River. Sir George Calvert immediately departed for England and received a charter in 1631. Objections from others in Virginia caused Sir George Calvert to ask for the lands to the North of the Virginia Colony. Sir George Calvert fell ill and died before the final patent was issued. Sir George Calvert died April 15, 1632. His eldest son Cecilius Calvert was his heir. He was also Lord Baltimore and referred to as Sir Cecilius Calvert. The land in this grant was named Terra Mariae after the Queen Henrietta Marie. This would be translated to Maryland. The opening of the Charter of Maryland reads.           

Francis Wynne is found in colonial land records. He is first found in a transfer from Elizabeth Emanson to Francis Wynne dated June 16, 1671 from a court record August 8, 1671. The land was called Glover Point and was on Nanjemay Creek. This Frances Wynne was married to Elizabeth Holland Wynne. After the death of Francis Wynne his widow Elizabeth Holland Wynne marries Henry Hawkins. Francis Wynne had been married previously and had by his first marriage a son John Wynne. 

John Wynne is witness to Henry Isham’s will in Henrico Co. Virginia November 13, 1678. Henry Isham is the son of Henry Isham and Katherine widow of Joseph Royall, Henry the senior died 1676 leaving issue. Henry the younger leaves the will in 1678 that John Wynne is a witness to. The Henry Isham’s are respectively the son and grandson of Gregory Isham of Northamptonshire England.

This John Wynne is the son of Frances Wynne and his first wife. He is named in his father’s will made November 14, 1681. Frances left 9 tracts of land totaling 1134 Acres to John. The rest of Frances Wynn’s estate is in Northamptonshire England. Book II page 173 Maryland Wills. Frances Wynne was a cooper and the first record of him in the colonies is 1660. He prospered well in the colonies accumulating a goodly estate at the time of his death.


Henry Wynne of Northamptonshire England son of Frances and Elizabeth Wynne is in possession of 90 of the Maryland Acres in 1688 when he gives them to his mother Elizabeth Holland Wynne Hawkins who in turn gives them to her sister Ruth Tears. This property was named Burton. The wills of Hugh Tears and Elizabeth Holland Wynne Hawkins provide more details of familial ties. Some of the estate information can be found in Genealogical Gleanings in England by Henry F. Waters, AM, 1907, Genealogical publishing Co., Inc. 1981 page 428.

Dr. John Wynne, about the same time we find there was also John and Ann Wynne. Every indication is that this second John Wynne is Dr. John Wynne the brother of Dr. Thomas Wynne. The records give proof of a separate or second John Wynne. Placing these individuals as descendants of Dr. John Wynne and Ann Berry/Wynne/Verres (Veazy). Record of the death of Dr. John Wynne and subsequent marriage of Ann Wynne to Verres can be found in records of the period. Ann widow of Dr. John Wynn remarried to a Veeres, St. Stephens Parrish Cecil County Maryland, July 30, 1687 by Rev. Dr. Mr. Richard Sewell.

In 1687 Barton Hungerford was born son of William and Margaret. He married Elizabeth daughter of John and Ann Gwinn of Charles County. It is unclear if this is the daughter of Dr. John and Ann Wynne or a separate John Gwin of Charles County. Following the deed for a property named Bachelors Delight indicates a possibility that Ann widow of Dr. John Wynn is the owner of this property. Because of her possession of this land it is speculated further that Ann widow of John Wynn’s family name is Berry. That speculation is based on the constant exchangeability of the names Verres, Berry and Veazey in the time period. The Veazey family owned an estate on the Northern shore of the Elk River opposite Bohemia Manor as early as 1670. Which places the family in the correct area for St. Stephens Parrish. The land is now called Veazey Neck (pg 116 tidewater). The similarity of Veazey and Berry is the reference that Arthur Keith must be alluding to in Maryland Genealogies.  Maryland Genealogies of the Hungerford family say Elizabeth is mentioned in her mothers will, but no citation of the will is seen.

This piece when added compounds the confusion. Thomas Berry in his will filed in Charles County Maryland October 31, 1778 leaves to Samuel Berry Atchison, a property named Bachelor’s Delight in Charles County Maryland. Thomas Hungerford the son of Elizabeth Gwinn was living on this property and had the deed by way of his father in 1753. It is speculated that the ownership was through his father in right of his mother via her mother. His maternal grandparents were John and Ann ---- Wynne Berry. Continued research on the ownership of this piece of property is warranted. 

Prior to 1683 Book I page 136 mentions John Wynne son of John Wynne of St Mary’s County. John Wynne son of Dr. John and Elizabeth birth is estimated to be about 1680. This offers proof that this John Wynne cannot be the son of Frances. Frances Wynne’s son John is to by his first wife and older than the brother and sister named in will. This John is only age 1 at the time Francis writes his will in 1681, further proof that there are in deed two John Wynn’s; one in Charles County and one in St. Mary’s, and they have repeatedly been blended into one individual. This John born about 1680 is the son of John and Ann Wynn Berry. He would have been a minor child age 7, when she married Berry.

John Gwinn 1685 Book IX page 19 Thomas Dixon married Sarah admx of John Gwinn Charles County Maryland. This could be the widow of John Wynne the son of Frances of Northamptonshire. Following the estate of John Gwin may shed light at a later date. Searching among the records of the Dixon’s in Maryland the later part of the 17th century may also provide more details.

Remaining Wynne’s in Maryland 17th Century

April 25, 1672 Richard Gwin in partnership with Edward Halton took a tract of land called Newtown. Richard Gwin in his will dated 1692 leaves New Towne to his daughter Eleanor Gwin. She married first Peter Bond, and 2nd Hill Savage.

1698 Book XVII page 94 William Anderson of Talbot County with his wife was admx to William Gwyn (Three children).

1699 Book XIX page 157 names William Gwynn and his wife Sarah as exrs for William Anderson of Talbot County.

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