An American Family History

The Stimpson Family

  Also spelled: Stinson  
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

John Stimpson was born about 1658.

He may be the John Stinson who arrived as an indentured servant in 1674 on the Bachelor of Bristol.

He married the widow, Rachel Beard Clark about 1680.

He owned Stinson's Choice and Meryton's (Meriton's, Merriton's) Fancy. Stinson's Choice was 618 acres when it was surveyed on February 20, 1684, for John, Jr.

John and Rachel's children included:
John Stimpson, Jr.,
Rachel Stimpson Greenberry (Greenbury) (1681, married Colonel Charles Greenberry and Colonel Charles Hammond),
Comfort Stimpson Dorsey (about 1686, married John Dorsey).

John died in 1688 when he was only about 30 years old.

John's will was probated on January 23, 1688. Rachel received the entire estate during her life and after her death, John would inherit Stinson's Choice and Meryton's Fancy. Their daughters, Rachel and Comfort would receive the residue of the land.

If his children died, his step-daughters, Rachel Robinson and Ruth Clark would inherit. The will was witnessed by Joseph Smith, Ellinor Vaux, and John Garterell.

In 1742 Comfort turned Stinton's Choice and Merriton's Fancy over to her son, Greenbury Dorsey.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.




The Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume II
Stinson, John, A. A. Co., 22nd Oct., 1688;
23rd Jan., 1688.
To wife Rachel, extx., entire estate during life; she to care for children. Land to pass as follows:
To son John, 600 A., part of 1118 A. contained in 2 tracts, viz., Stinson's Choice and Meryton's Fancy.
To daus. Rachel and Comfort, residue of sd tracts.
Son to be of age at 18 yrs., and daus. at 17 yrs.
To Rachel Robinson and Ruth Clarke equally, sd lands in event of death of all child. afsd without issue.
Test: Jos. Smith, Ellinor Vaux, Jno. Garterell. 6. 49.


Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.

from The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland by Joshua Dorsey Warfield

Comfort Dorsey was the daughter of Thomas and Rachel Stimpson. The latter was the widow of Neale Clarke, and the daughter of Richard and Rachel Beard, of South River. Mrs. Stimpson became later, Mrs. Rachel Killburne, and still later, Mrs. Rachel Freeborne.

John and Comfort Dorsey had issue
John Hammond Dorsey,
Captain Joshua,
Sarah and
Venetia Dorsey.

John Hammond, of Cecil County, left his estate, Success, to John Hammond Dorsey, Vincent Dorsey, Sarah and Venetia, children of John and Comfort Dorsey, [John son] of Joshua.

Mrs. Comfort Dorsey, in her will, named her legatees,

Vincent and John Hammond Dorsey." To her sons, Joshua and Greenberry, she left one shilling each. "To John, of Greenberry, a memorial, and to Comfort, of Greenberry, gold ear rings.



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