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Col. Henry Darnall

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Calvert County, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Darnall and Mary Darnall
Husband of Eleanor Mary Brooke
Father of Edward Darnall, Sr.; Mary Carroll; Anne Hill; Philip Darnall; Col. Henry Darnall and 3 others
Brother of Elizabeth Darnall and John Darnall

Occupation: Treasurer of the Province of Maryland
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Col. Henry Darnall

May be Philip Henry Darnall. *

Colonel Henry Darnall (1645–1711), was a wealthy Maryland Roman Catholic planter, the Proprietary Agent of Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore (1605–1675). He served for a time as Deputy Governor of the Province. During the Protestant Revolution of 1689, his proprietarial army was defeated by the Puritan army of Colonel John Coode, and he was stripped of his numerous colonial offices. Darnall died in 1711.


A small portion of Darnall's former property, now called Darnall's Chance, can be visited today. The house sits on several acres of a formerly large tract of land of thousands of acres patented in 1704 by Darnall.[17] This plot was sold in 1741 by Darnalls' granddaughter Eleanor Darnall Carroll and her husband to James Wardrop, a merchant. He built the house ca. 1742. It was restored to its mid-eighteenth century state to reflect the life of Lettice Lee, who lived there for 30 years.


Birth: 1645 in Barrell's, Essenden, Hertfordshire, England 1 2 • Burial: Woodyard, The Delight of the Darnalls Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA • Immigration: 1672 1 • Title: Colonel • Occupation: Colonel, Treasurer of the Province of Maryland • Death: Portland Manor, Woodyard 17 JUN 1711 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA 2 • Note: EXCERPTS from the publication, "Across the Years in Prince George's County, Maryland" by Bowie, Effie Gwynn, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975

COLONEL HENRY DARNALL of Anne Arundel Count, son of Philip Darnall, Barristger of London was born 1645; came to Maryland in 1672; married Eleanor Hatton Brooke, widow of Major Thomas Brooke, of Brookfield. Of Portland Manor, Siousatt, in Manors of Maryland, Page 41, says: "It is in the region of Patuzent and its tributaries, on the Anne Arundel County side, originally surveyed in a large tract of nearly 3,000 acres, of which Jerome White, one of his Lordship's Counsellors received 2,000 acres in 1667. The remainder to Henry Darnall, Esq. The Manor was occupied by John Darnall and has gone down in sucession in the family of the original patentee." "Colonel Henry Darnall, our Receiver General, Chief Agent and Keeper of our great seal at Arms in our Province. We have ordered that our Manor of Portland in Anne Arundel County, formerly taken up by Jerome White, shall be resurveyed according to the bounds expressed in the original grant therof and 1,000 acres of the same (the whole being computed to be 1,700 acres) to be granted Colonel Henry Darnall, 7 December 1697, to be laid out next our Manor at the Ridge in the County and Province aforesaid and that a certificate of the survey be sent to us by the next boat shipping out. Resurveyed, September 10, 1698, by Clement Hill, Surveyor Governor of ye Western Shore. One thousand and nine acres to Colonel Henry Darnall, We therefore, in consideration of the grate and acceptable services to us erformed by the said Colonel Henry Darnall and the better to enable him to persevere in and continue unto us and our heirs for the future, the like good services, do give, grant, confirm unto him all the aforesaid remaining part of our said Manor. At London under our Great Seal at Arms, 20 July 1699."

ABSTRACT OF HENRY'S WILL (Annapolis Will Book 13, W.B. 5, 1710, Folio 223). To son-in-law, Charles Carroll, To son-in-law, Clement Hill, To son-in-law, Edward Diggs, To son-in-law, Clement Brooke. The son Philip Darnall, part of plantation, Portland Manor on East side of Cabin Branch, it being the part on which the dwelling house now stands. To grandson Philip Darnall, son Philip's youngest son and Henry his brother... To son, Henry Darnall, tract where I formerly dwelt: 1,320 acres; Mark's place, 1,000 acres; Elizabeth, 3,010 acres; part of Charles' Hills, 100 acres; Darnall's Delight, (Woodyard), 1,009 acres; Adition, 948 acres; Darnall's Last Addition, 2,620 acres, and His Lorship's Kindness, 7,000 acres. To granddaughter, Eleanor Darnall, son Philips eldest daughter... To grandson, John Darnall, my son Henry's second son, all this tract in Anne Arundel County I now dwell on, being part of Portland Manor, after death of wife. To two daughters, Mary Carroll and Ann Hill. {Speaks of himself as Agent to the Right Honorable Lord Baltimore.}
Colonel Henry Darnall was buried on his estate, Woodyard, long know as The Delight of the Darnalls. His tomb reads: "Hereby is intered the body of Col. Henry Darnall, son of Philip Darnall, Esq., who departed his life ye 17th day of June in the yr. of Our Lord 1711, in ye 66th yr. of his age."
COLONEL DARNALL'S COLONIAL SERVICE: Qualified June 4, 1679, as Member of the Council and served untill 1689. Commissioned 1st. Mav 1684. Councillor and Deputy-Governor, serving untill 1689. Summoned as Captain, 13 July, 1676 to attend Council of War; styled "Lieut.-Colonel" 1679; and "Colonel," 1861; High Sheriff of Calvert County, 1657-76: 1677-79. The Inventory of Colonel Darnall's estate, as appraised by Thomas Sprig and James Haddock, amounted to £ 3,505,3.3 (Inv. BB1,2006. Marl.) It carries some interesting items: 1 Cloth suit trimmed with gold...£ 9.17.3, 1 drabb cloth riding coate with plate buttons...£ 4. 5, 1 new Carolina hat.... 9, 9 prs. black worsted hose...£ 1. 7, 2 prs. colored worsted hose...£ 0. 6, 11 prs. men's topt gloves...£ 16, 2 Spanish bobb wigs...£ 2.10, 2 Campaign wigs...£ 3.10, 1 full bottom wigg, new...£ 3.0, 10 Holland sheets...£ 2.0, 10 Muslin neck cloths...£ 1.10, 1 silver coffee pott...£ 7.0, 1 silver snuff box...£ 2.0, 12 new spoons...£ 8. 8, 2 prs. silver tea tongs...£ 0.10, 1 pr. old silver buckles...£ 0.4, 4 pewter dishes and 2 pye plates, 18 Negroes at dwelling house...£ 347.0, 15 Negroes at Wm. Fishers' 2 Quarters...£ 368.0, 11 Negroes at Darby Corners Quarters...£ 204.0, 24 Negroes at James Watland's...£ 409.0, 38 Negroes at The Woodyard...£ 504.0, Horses, harness, mules, Brass candlesticks; dressing box, glass and table...£ 3. 5, Men's Kersey coats, In madam Darnall's Room: Linsey woolsey gowns with petticoats..., Feather bed, bolster and pillow...£ 6.10, 1 couch and squabb...£ 2.18, 1 doz. Demask napkins...£ 12.0, 2 Damask table cloths..., 2 doz. Oznaburg napkins and 6 tablecloths...

MAY HAVE BEEN Philip Henry Darnall.

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Col. Henry Darnall's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
Age 32
Sussex County, England
Age 33
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Age 35
Maryland, USA
Age 35
Calvert County, Province of Maryland
Age 37
Woodyard, Calvert, Maryland, USA
Age 39
<Of, Woodyard, , MD>
June 17, 1711
Age 66
Calvert County, Maryland