An American Family History

The Story Family of Charles County

Charles County is in south central Maryland and was created in 1658. The first settlers were mainly English tobacco planters, their indentured servants and enslaved people. Many of of the settlers were Roman Catholic. The county, as originally laid out, also included parts of present day Calvert, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties.

Walter Story, Sr. was born about 1630 in Charles County, Maryland.

He married Elizabeth about 1661. Elizabeth was born about 1642. Elizabeth had been married twice before marrying him. Her first husband was William Wilkes or Weeks. Her second husband was John Taylor.

John and Elizabeth's children included:
John Taylor, and
Thomas Taylor.

Their son was Walter Story, Jr.

In 1659 William Heard signed over 160 acres to Peter Carr which he signed over to Henry Peere and William Crafford a few days later. They signed it over to Walter Story and John Louden in 1663.

In 1665 Walter collected a debt of 610 pounds of tobacco from Bridget Heard's estate.

Walter died on February 4, 1667/68 in Charles County.

After Walter, died Elizabeth married Henry Bonner.

Colonel Walter Story, Jr. was born about 1665. According to court documents in 1772, he was 7 years old.

He married Mary Land about 1688. Their life together and daughter, Elizabeth Story Warren Hanson, are described in the section on Mary.

He married Mary Morris about 1703. Mary Morris was born on December 22, 1689 in Charles County, Maryland. Her parents were Richard Morris and Penelope Theobald.

Walter, Jr. and Mary's children included:
Sarah Story Douglas (1704, married Joseph Douglas ),
Charity Story Chandler (1712, married John Chandler), and
Jane Story (1715).

In 1705/06, his daughter Elizabeth's, husband, Benjamin Warren, named him in his will.

In 1711 Walter and his daughter Sarah inherited some personal property from Ann Lynes.

A letter dated March 24, 1717/18 from Thomas Pallin to Walter Story said that his tobacco had arrived safely in England.

Mary died in June, 1719.

Walter married Ann.

Walter died in 1726 his nearest kin were daughters, Sarah Douglas and Elizabeth Story. His wife, Ann inherited the dwelling plantation and the residue of the estate. She was the executrix.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

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.



Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.

Story, Walter, Charles Co., 2nd March 1725-6; 4th April, 1726.
To grandson Walter Hanson [his daughter Elizabeth's son], personalty.
To wife Ann, dwelling plantation --- during widowhood; sh[oul]d. she marry or leave Province, sd plan. and residue of real estate to daus. Sarah Douglas, Elizabeth [Story Warren Hanson], Charity and Jane equally; ⅓ of remaining pt. of estate, residue to daus. afsd
Exs.: Wife Ann and Robert Yates.
Test: James Waters, Joseph Gwinn, Peter Roberson (Robinson).
Note: 4th April, 1726, Robert Yates renounces ex. of above will. 18, 49 8.

Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin; Winter 1984 Vol 25
217: Walter Story decd 27 Apr 1727-
Sarah Dougly/Douglas, Eliza Story nearest of kin
Mrs Anne Story exex.

Walter Story 12.29 Charles County £185.9.
2 Apr 10 1727
Jun 3 1727
Appraisers: William Howard, John Howard.
Creditors: Gustavus Browne, John Lancaster for Richard Gildart.
Next of kin: Sarah Douglas, Elisabeth Story.
Executrix: Mrs. Ann Story.

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

Maryland Calendar of Wills
Story, Ralph, Capt.
25th Dec., 1663
6th Jan., 1663
To brother's child (unnamed) Dr. John Price, John Boyce, Thomas Gold, and Thomas Atkins, personality.
Wife Avie, execx, and residuary legatee.
Test: Wm. Street, Nicholas Temple.
1. 195


John Chandler was born about 1712 in Charles County, Maryland. His parents were John Chandler and Ann Penn. He married Charity Story. He died before June 21, 1773.

John Chandler 112,243 CH 4226.13.7 May 11 1773 Jun 21 1773
Appraisers: Henry Smith Hawkins George Keech.
Creditors: Barnes & Redgate, Robert Mundell for John Glassford & Co.
Next of kin: Stephen Chandler, Samuel Cox.
Administrator: Stephen Chandler.

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