An American Family History

Anthony Beddenfield

Beddenfield is also spelled Beddinfield, Bedingfield, and Bettenfield.
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Anthony Beddenfield was born about 1671 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

He married Mary Jones Trogden on February 12, 1700/01 in Anne Arundel, Maryland at All Hallows Parish.

John Beddenfield was born on September 20, 1703.

Elizabeth Beddenfield Ricketts was born on May 1, 1705.

In 1705, they inherited the plantation, John's Cabin Ridge, from her father.

John's Cabin Ridge was on the north side of Flat Creek in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
1666 - Granted to Richard Beard
1668 - Sold to James Sanders
1705 - Part inherited by Mary Jones Beddenfield
1715 - Part mortgaged by William Jones, Jr. and James Sanders to James Carroll, who sold the mortgage to Charles Cheney.
1740 - Inherited by Elizabeth Beddenfield Ricketts

Mary Ann Beddenfield was born about 1707.

Anthony Beddenfield

Eastor Beddenfield

George Beddenfield was christened on March 13, 1717 at Westminister Parish.

Anthony died in 1740 when he was about 61 years old. He remembered his wife, Mary and children: Elizabeth Mary Ann, Eastor, and Anthony in his will.
Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650.

Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.


Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.

Maryland Calendar of Wills; Volume 8

Beddenfield, Anthony, planter, Anne Arundel County;
15th May, 1740.
To daus. Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Eastor and son Anthony, 1shilling
To wife Mary, extx., residue of estate, real and personal.
Test: William Phelps, Jonathan Taylor, Thomas Cheney [Jr.].
22. 171.

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