Edward Whaley, of Somerset, Maryland

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Edward Whaley (Wale), of Somerset, Maryland

Birthplace: England, UK
Death: June 18, 1719 (74-83)
Somerset County, MD, United States (Died between date of will and probate)
Place of Burial: Somerset Co, MD
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Wale and wife of unknown Wale
Husband of Elizabeth Whaley; Elizabeth Whaley and Elizabeth Whaley
Father of Elias Whaley; Bridget Whaley; John Whaley; Sarah Whaley; Elizabeth Whaley and 5 others
Brother of Dr. George Wale, of Virginia

Managed by: Spencer Louis Grogin
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About Edward Whaley, of Somerset, Maryland

"Edward Wale and Elizabeth Ratcliff were married at Pocomoke by Mr. Wm. Stevens, one of his Lordship’s Justices of the Peace, for ye county 29th of January, 1669."


Children and birth dates of Edward Wale named in Somerset Land Records are as follows:

i. John born at Pocomoke 2 Dec 1669; said by one source to have married Mary Rackcliffe. a. Edward- An Edward Whaley left will 23 Feb 1732/33; pro. 7 Apr. 1733 All Hallows Parish Somerset Co., left land to John Purnell , Jr. and heirs poss. by father; to sister Sarah Jenkins, Personalty; brother William Ex. and residuary legatee. Test Benjamin Jenkins, John Newbold and William Franklin. John sold land to John Purnell in 1737. DAR Records say John, Sr. above died and wife, Mary ,went to S.C.; is said to be the Progenitor of the S. C. family and also had Wm., Nathan and Charles. . ( Miss Maude McCabe's notes)

ii. Sarah born at Pocomoke 4 Feb. 1671.

iii. Charles Wale born at Pocomoke 26 Jan 1673.

iv. Elizabeth born at Pocomoke 25 Aug 1677.married Wm. Turville

v. George Wale born Feb 1679.

vi. Bridgett Wale born 8 10 1681; married Ebeneezer Franklin..

vii. William Wale born 27 Dec. 1683;may be William who d. in Accomack Co. 1713.

2.viii. Nathaniel Wale born 8 April 1686; married Mary .Some say Mary Dale. (See later)

ix. Rachel Wale born 15 Nov. 1688 married John Ratcliffe.

x. Elias Wale born 28 June 1690; m. Sarah Peele ; had a. Leah who m. Thomas Robins II.; d. 1720 ( Calendar of Wills, Vol IV. p. 165 and V. p. 44..) Thomas Purnell and Charles Rackliffe were appraisers of Estate of Elias Wales Sept 22, 1724 F 132


From http://mearsm2.tripod.com/Whaley.html

Whaleys of Maryland

For many years the descendants of this Edward Wale claimed he was the Regicide, but it has been proven that he was not. It is this Edward Wale that it is thought our William may have descended from since there are clues in census records and family history that they were from Maryland or Delaware.

In Somerset County, Md, land records there is a land Patent to George Wale for 400 acres in Dublin election District 4, map #13. called Friendship which George Wale conveyed to brother Edward his land 16 Oct. 1671 and on 8 Dec. 1678 Edward Wale and wife, Elizabeth Wale, sold to Thomas Newbold 100 acres. Also Acquintica two adj patents by same name, one for 200 acres and one for 300 acres by George Wale in 1665 located in the lower Dublin, dividing Creek 100, election dist. 4, Map #13, and Oct 17 1671 George Wale and Sarah Wale his wife sold 300 acres to Edward Wale 8 Dec. 1671. (Notice here that George Wale's wife is Sarah, not Lewis or Lewys as Torrence states.) Edward Wale also sells 400 acres of this land to Thomas Newbold Edward Wale married Elizabeth Ratcliff, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ratcliff,married at Pocomoke by William Steven J P. 29 Jan 1668.( Somerset Land Records, p.151.). Their children and birthdates are also given in same source.

Also in Accomack County Virginia Wills is the will of Elizabeth Ratclif, dated 3 Oct 1684-11 May 1680 ? John Price, husband of my dau. Sarie to have no part of my est. her share to be held in trust by my son in law Edward Whalle of Somerset County, Md. for the use of her and her children. To dau. Bridget Tailer. to son Nathaniel Ratclif. to son in law Nathaniel Enis. to dau. Elizabeth Whalee. Son Nathaniel Ratclif Ex'r. Witt: John Wallop, Woodman Stockley, MariePaine P.423.

Elizabeth Ratcliff (Rackcliffe ) who married Edward Wale also had brother, Charles Rackcliff, Jr. (Somerset on the Eastern Shore). After selling the land above Edward Wale (Whaley) moved to the Sinepuxent section on the seaboard side of the Maryland Eastern shore. In Maryland tax records of Worcester county, he is named as a printmaster.

Richard Stevens patented 4 Nov 1678 Genezare and assigned to Edward Wale and Charles Rackliffe 2200 acres and on 16 Feb 1681 Wale and Racliffe agree to divide. (Was this his father-in-law or brother-in-law.) Charles Rackliffe willed 700 acres to son Charles and to son Elias Rackliffe in 1696, and in 1709 Charles Rackliffe gave dau.Elizabeth 200 acre and brother John 100 acres .

On the Rent Rolls 1666-1723 Edward Wale 800 acres and Nathaniel Rackliffe in Accomack Co., Va. 300 ; Elias Rackliffe 500, Charles Reacliffe 600; following this is division of land between heirs of the Rackliffe family and also the Wale family.

It has been discovered recently in the Probate Records of the Lancaster County, Virginia that the George Whaley who died there with wife, Lewis, does mention a brother , Edward, on the Pocomoke in Maryland.

  • ‘Records Are Remorseless As Regards Theory’ (So Why Hasn’t the Regicide Theory Been Laid To Rest?) By J. Weeden, S. Johnpeter and R. Nelson August 1998
    • "The Robins Narratives further were referenced in Clayton Torrence’s 1935 book, "Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland," in which he writes: Edward Wale was in the Pocomoke section when Somerset was created August 1666. He first owned and lived on lands ("Aquintica" and "Springfield") on Pocomoke River which had been conveyed to him by George Wale and Lewis, his wife. These lands Edward Wale sold to Thomas Newbold and removed about 1678 to the Sinepuxent section on the seaboard side. Edward Wale (d. 1718) m. January 29, 1668/9 Elizabeth Ratcliff (sister of Charles Ratcliff of Somerset County), and had issue 1) John, 1669; 2) Sarah, 1671; 3) Charles, 1673; 4) George, 1678, 5) Elizabeth, 1677; m. William Turvile (or Turvill); 6) Bridget, 1681, m. Ebenezer Franklin; 7) William, 1683; 8) Nathaniel , 1686; 9) Rachel, 1688; 10) Elias, 1690-1720 (IKL; O 5, p. 358; O 18, p. 18; Md. Cal. Wills, IV, p. 165, and V, p. 44). The Wale, or Whaley, family, of Somerset County, for many years made claim (traditionally) to descent from the celebrated Edward Whalley, "the Regicide," but finally abandoned the claim. In Penna. Mag. Of Hist. And Biog. IV, p. 258, appears a letter by Dr. Robert P. Robins, May 24, 1880, in which the evidence against this claim is well summed up."

Not the same as Lt-Gen Edward Whalley, MP and Regicide which may be his wife's brother in law

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Edward Whaley, of Somerset, Maryland's Timeline

England, UK
December 2, 1669
Pocomoke City, Worcester, MD
February 4, 1671
Pocomoke City, Worcester, MD, United States
August 25, 1677
Somerset Co, MD
October 8, 1681
Somerset Co, MD
December 26, 1683
Somerset Co, MD
July 8, 1686
Sinepuxon, Somerset, Maryland, United States
November 15, 1688
West Pocomoke, Somerset County, MD, United States
Somerset County, Maryland