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William "The Merchant" Hearne

Also Known As: "William Arms", "The Merchant", "The Blanket Merchant", "William Hearne", "The Merchant Hearne"
Birthplace: London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death: October 01, 1691 (63)
Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA
Place of Burial: Delmar, MD, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Hearne and Elizabeth Hearne
Husband of Mary Hearne
Father of John Hearns; William Hearne, Jr.; Thomas Hearne; Nehemiah Hearne and William Hearne
Brother of Derby Hearne and Derby Hearn
Half brother of NN Hearne; NN Hearne; NN Hearne; NN Hearne; NN Hearne and 1 other

Occupation: Blanket merchant, He was of Anglo-Norman descent, and was a wealthy merchant. He served as Captain in Oliver Cromwell's army, in all his famous battles. After the restoration, he left with his wife, Mary and ended up in MD/Delaware in 1681.
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About William "The Merchant" Hearne

He immigrated to America in 1675. Wealthy merchant. Captain under Cromwell in battles, married Mary in London then removed to West Indies and traded w/ England & MD/DE. Built home in MD 1688 "St. Kitts".

1. William Hearne ""The Blanket Merchant"" 1 was born 2 in 1627 in London, England. He died 3 in Oct 1691 in Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA. He was buried 4 in Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA.

BIRTH-DEATH-SPOUSE-CHILDREN-SIBLINGS-RESIDENCES: William T. Hearne, BRIEF HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE HEARNE FAMILY; 1627-1907; 1907, Examiner Printing Company, Independence, Missouri, FHL Film 0553999, pg. 25-26,43; (microfilmed from copy in Library of Congress). COMMENTS: Called "The blanket merchant". RESIDENCES: Left London 1660 for West Indies, settled with brothers in Maryland/Delaware in 1681. DEATH: will is dated 28 Mar 1691; probated 10 Nov 1691, so he died in Oct 1691.

Info from Hearne, "History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family", Page 32:-- He built his residence in 1688 and named it "St. Kitt" for the place from which he came, St. Christopher's in the West Indies. The house was occupied by some of his descendants for nearly two hundred years, and the land has never passed out of the family being owned in 1907 by the children of Elijah Freney. Info from Hearne, "History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family", Page 45:-- He and wife, Mary, were Episcopalians and members of the Church of England. Info from Hearne, "History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family", Pages 25,27,29,30,31,37,38,39,40,43,46,54,83,108,161,195,221,223,266, 279,354,427,431,432,441,445,495,618,639, 708, 730, 744

William married 2 Mary Cuthbert 1 before 1660 in London, England. Mary was born in London, England. She died after Oct 1691 in Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA. She was buried after 1691 in Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA.

Info from Hearne, "History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family", Pages 25,83,161,195

BIRTH-SPOUSE-CHILDREN: William T. Hearne, BRIEF HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE HEARNE FAMILY; 1627-1907; 1907, Examiner Printing Company, Independence, Missouri, FHL Film 0553999, pg. 25-26,43; (microfilmed from copy in Library of Congress). COMMENTS: Born in London of High Society.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=geneal&id... (below)

William Hearne was born in Great Britain in 1627, of Anglo-Norman descent. What follows is excerpted from Lou Poole's HEARNE Chapter...

In writing of the Hearne family in 1897, W. T. Hearne stated that  William Hearne had a little book that had passed down from previous  generations to him which did record his genealogy back to the days of the  Norman Conquest in 1066. This book remained a treasured family heirloom  along with other family records until the 1800’s, when, unfortunately, it  was destroyed by a fire. The writer had talked to older members of the  family who ad actually seen this book. If such a record did exist, (and  I have no reason to doubt that it did) then what a tragic loss!

The name appeared on American soil at an early date. John, Thomas, and Robert Hern arrived in Virginia in the years 1636-1667, and William Hearne (our direct ancestor) had settled permanently in Somerset County, Maryland, by 1688, as had as two of his brothers.

In any event, we continue with the known facts of the life of William. He was about fifteen years old at the out-break of the Civil War in England in 1642. He enlisted with the forces of Oliver Cromwell, and rose to the rank of Captain. It seems safe to assume that William and his family were devout Protestants, since there were two officers and several ministers who served as chaplains of the same surname, and history tells us that Cromwell chose his men as much for their religious enthusiasm, as their military ability. However, he trained his men well, never losing a battle. These men were given the name ‘Roundheads;’ so called because they wore their hair cut close to the head in contrast to the flowing wigs affected by the followers of Charles I. They were also called ‘Ironsides’ because of the iron courage shown at the battle of Marston Moor.

After the execution of Charles I, the officers of the army drew up the ‘Instrument of Government’ and named Cromwell the ‘Lord Protector.’ He ruled, with the support of the army, until his death in 1658. William remained as an officer of the army during this period.

With the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, it would certainly seem logical that William would not consider it wise, or even safe, to remain in England. In any event, he left England in 1660, and went to St. Christopher’s Island in the West Indies.

While we do not know details of the financial status of William, it would appear that he had ample funds when he migrated to the Islands. There, he was able to establish a large trade which flourished from 1660 until 1688, between England, the West Indies, and the American Colonies. Perhaps my greatest curiosity about the life of William is what type of cargo his ships carried on board during these trips, but I have not been able to find this information. While this ‘triangular’ trade is suggestive, later descendants referred to him only as ‘William, the Merchant’ or ‘William, the Immigrant.’

In his writings of this William, in the Hearne History in 1895-1898, William T. Hearne stated that one old ledger, giving details of his business had been preserved (others, as well as the before-mentioned book on his genealogy having been destroyed by fire). He stated, ‘I have the old ledger before me now, and though greatly mutilated, enough is left to show us clearly his line of business and the character of the goods shipped, and though written in plain hand, and the ink clear and the words and letters perfectly distinct, and more than two hundred years since written, it is very difficult to decipher the many abbreviations and characters, as they are so different from those now in use.’ Efforts to locate present-day descendants of William T. Hearne, or the ledger he had of this first William, have been fruitless. However, he did include a few copies of invoices... From the invoices, we do know the names of the following ships: 1. The Golden Fleece, with Jno. Leech, Commander. 2. The Eagle Tower, with Wm. Webster, Commander. 3. The Globe, with Nathaniel Saunders, Commander. 4. The St. George, with Thomas Dann, Commander. (A brief and limited search at the National Archives has failed to find additional information on these ships. Possibly, research of British Naval records would be more fruitful, however, it is not possible for me to do so.)

William Hearne, the merchant, did a large business from London to the West India Islands from 1680 to 1688 (mostly at the islands of St. Christopher and St. Thomas) and back to London, shipping large cargoes of goods of all kinds from London to the islands, and on the return trip taking back shipments chiefly of Muscovada sugar, in hogsheads, as his old ledger shows, from 1683 to 1688, inclusive. I have the old ledger before me now, and though greatly mutilated, enough is left to show us clearly his line of business and the character of goods shipped, and though written in a plain hand, and the ink clear and the words and letters perfectly distinct, and more than two hundred years since written, it is very difficult to decipher the many abbreviations and characters, as they are so very different from those now in use. I note one abbreviation that I thought was modern; that is St. Xtopher’s for St. Christopher’s, as in Xmas for Christmas. Opposite is a perfect copy of one-third of a page from the ledger, as photographed and then engraved from the original.

Then follows the entire account of several pages, continuing the above, of various kinds of goods, making a total of £631 14s. and 9d. On the return trip to London, I copy as verbatim as I can.

St Xtophers, February 4th, 1685 Invoice of 12 hhd.s. of Muscovada Sugar, Loaden on Board the Lynch Golden Fleece. Mr. Jno. Leech Command bound for London for my acct and goes consigned unto Mr. Jno. Westcott, under the marke and No. as follse. Viz.

No. 1 gr 1142 : No. 5 gr 1195 : No. 9 hhd 1356 2 “ 1160 : 6 “ 1255 : 10 “ 1076 3 “ 1272 : 7 “ 1159 : 11 “ 1188 4 “ 1328 : 8 “ 1111 : 12 “ 1300 £4902 £4720 £4920


This old ledger of 1681-1688 has been handed down through six generations, from the first William of that early date, and brought to Kentucky 1798 by Clement Hearne, and now, 1907, in the possession of the author of this book, at Independence, Missouri. There were quite a number of blank leaves in it, many of which have been filled by different ones through whose hands it has passed, with a variety of things and subjects, all of which are interesting to look over and read, some of which I copy verbatim as follows...
Two of the merchant Williams’ old Ledgers or invoice books, and a Small book of his genealogy descended to his great-grandson, Clement Hearne, who brought them to Kentucky with him in 1798, and one of the old ledgers is still in the family. The book of genealogy traced back in an unbroken line to the time of the Conqueror, 1066, to an officer, a standard bearer to the Conqueror, bearing the family name Hearne. This much-prized little book of genealogy was seen and read by several of my generation of the family, who were much older than I; among them were Mrs. Eveline Allen, a granddaughter of Clement Hearne, and William L. Hearne, a great nephew of Clement Hearne, who then (1836) lived in Delaware and died in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1895. They were both full grown people when they saw the book, and told me how Grandfather Clement prized it and how carefully he kept it, and with what pride he showed and explained it to them. I remember quite well myself the two years I lived with him, though only five and six years old, of his keeping these old treasure books, in a small book case in the wall, always under lock, with the key in his pocket. His wife died in less than two years after that, and he had to go to live in a room built for him in his son Joseph’s yard. In the meantime, Joseph had married his second wife; that rendered both his and his father Clement’s life unhappy, and she knew not the value, and perhaps cared not, for these old books of such inestimable worth; hence they were lost or destroyed, except one, which was an invoice book of merchandise carried between London and America. The house which William Hearne built in 1688 was occupied by some of his descendants for nearly two hundred years, and the land has never passed out of the family being owned now, 1907, by the children of Elijah Freney, lineal descendants of the first settler, William Hearne.

William left St. Christopher in 1688 and settled permanently in Somerset County, Maryland, on a tract of land he named ‘St. Kitts.’ However, it appears he had spent some time in the colonies before this date, even if not on a permanent basis. By 1681, two brothers of William had settled in the same area, near the Maryland/Delaware line where William built his home. Early marriage records suggest that William was married there. Perhaps he was, and at a later date married the wife that became the mother of his children. William’s wife at the time of his death was Mary Cuthbert, who bore him two children. Since William was sixty-one years old when the first son was born, I am led to believe that Mary was a later (and younger) wife.

We do know that William became the father of two sons by his marriage to Mary Cuthbert, both being born in Somerset County, Maryland. Rather surprisingly, (and fortunately, for later researchers) he had the children’s birth recorded in Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland. These records show that the first son, William, Jr., was born 24 September 1688, and the second son, Thomas, was born 31 May 1691.

William made his will on 28 March 1691, shortly before the birth of his second son. This will was probated on 10 November 1691. His death was apparently in October of that year.

The following is a copy of William’s will and other documents relative to his estate, copied from the Maryland records. Will:

"In the name of God Amen. I, William Hearne, of Somerset County in the Province of Maryland, being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect memory (Blessed be God) and calling to mind the uncertain estate of this life on earth and being desirous to set things in order do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

"First and principally: I command my soul to God that gave it  assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission  of all my sins and be saved by the precious death and merits of my  blessed Savior Jesus Christ, and my body to be buried in such decent  order as to my executrix hereafter named shall be thought meet and  convenient. And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God  in his mercy, hath been pleased to bestow upon me, my will and meaning is  (that after my real and just debts be paid) that the same be disposed of  as by this my last will is expressed, and first I do hereby revoke,  renounce and make void all former wills by me made and declare and  appoint this to be my last will and testament.
"Item. - I give and bequeath my whole estate both real and personal to  be equally divided between my loving wife, Mary Hearne and my son William  Hearne to be delivered to my son when he shall arrive to the age of  twenty-one years. And whereas my said wife being now with child, if it  should please God that the child or children with which my said wife now  goeth with should live, then my will and pleasure is that my said estate  both real and personal be equally divided between my said wife and  children when by said children shall arrive at the age of one and twenty  years, then to have and receive their said parts, and portions paid  them. And in case my said child or children should depart this life  before they arrive at the age aforesaid, then my said estate to be  equally divided between my said wife and the surviving child or  children. And I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my said  loving wife, Mary Hearne, to be my executrix of this my last will and  testament. And Mr. Francis Jenkins and Mr. John Cornish overseares of  this my last will, whom I request to help and assist my said executrix in  the performance of my said will.
"In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th  day of March, Anno Domini 1691. William Hearne (seal)"

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of

William Mead
Catherine Trubshan, X (her mark)
Peter Dent.
This will was proved in open Court by the Oathes of Wm. Mead and  Peter Dent the tenth day of November Anno Domini 1691. MARYLAND, SOMERSET COUNTY, St.
"William & Mary, by the grace of God of England, Scotland, France  and Ireland King & Queen defenders of the faith &c. to Mary Hearne of  Somerset County Greeting. Whereas William Hearne of Somerset County  gent, deceased. We doe therefore give and grant unto you the said Mary  Hearne full power and authority to administer all and singlular the goods  chattels and credits of the said deceased, and to demand select and leavy  and in legal manner require and receive any and all manner of debt and  debts due and owing to the said deceased and well and faithfully dispose  of the same. And out of the goods, chattels and credits of the deceased  which have, may or shall come to your hands or possession well and truly  to Admr the same, and to make or cause to be made a true and perfect  inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said  deceased, which have, shall or may come to your hands, possession or  knowledge (Appraised in money) and a true and just account of and upon  your administration therein and to exhibit both into our County Court  where wills are proved. Touching which inventory you are presently  assigned to perform or at furtherest at or before the second Tuesday in  June next after the date hereof and account within twelve months from the  date of these presents. And lastly we do hereby constitute ordaine and  appoint you the said Mary Hearne Administratix of all and singular the  goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased.
"Signed per order of Court this tenth day of November in the fourth  year of their Maties Reign, Wm. & Mary King & Queen over England &c. And  in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred ninety-one." MARYLAND SOMERSET COUNTY, Sct.
"We do hereby empower you Mr. William Hanner and Mr. John Emmett to  appraise the goods and chattels of William Hearne Gent, deceased, you  having first taken your oath before Mr. George Layfield one of their  Maties Justices of the Peace for this County, and you are to certifie the  true value of the said goods and chattels (Appraised in money) under yr  hands and seals into our County Court to be holden the second Tuesday in  June at the furtherest next after date hereof. This perorder of Court  dated the tenth day of November in the fourth year of their Maties Reign  William and Mary by the grace of God of England, Scotland, France &  Ireland King and Queen defenders of ye faith &c. And in the year of our  Lord God one thousand six hundred ninety and one.
"Know all men by these presents that we, Mary Hearne, Mr. Thomas  Jones, Mr. Joseph Gray - all of the County of Somerset and Province of  Maryland, doe acknowledge and confess ourselves to owe and are indebted  unto their Maties William & Mary King & Queen over England &c., the just  sum of five hundred pounds Sterling Money of England which we promise to  pay to their Maties or to their successors for use of the orphants of the  deceased William Hearne late of this County Gent. And for the true  performance of the same to be well and truly paid we bind us and each of  us our heirs executors and Admrs jointly & severally in and for the whole  to their said Maties &c firmly by these presents: In testimony whereof  we have hereunto set our hands and seals this seventh day of December in  the 3d. year of their Maties Reign and in the year of our Lord God one  thousand six hundred ninety and one.
"The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above  bound Mary Hearne, doe well and truly observe and satisfie all and every  of the will of William Hearne deceased, which will beareth date the  twenty eight day of March Anno Domini 1691 as well as to pay all and  every the debts of the said deceased, upon order had and obtained from  their Maties Justices of the Peace in Court sitting as also to observe  the clause and clauses in the said letters of administration to her  granted. And lastly to keep harmless and indempnified the Justices of  the Peace of the sd County for probate of wills and granting of  administrations and all other the offices therein concerned that then  this obligation to be void and of none effect, otherways to be and remain  in full power force and virtue. MARY HEARNE (sealed.,) THOMAS JONES (sealed.,) JOSEPH GRAY (sealed.,) Signed sealed and delivered in the sight and presence of THOMAS NAOBOLD,  IRA JENKINS December 14th, 1691
An inventory of the goods, chattels and credits of William Hearne  deceased. Appraised December 7th and 11th by us John Emmet and William  Planner. Item Value Item Value Nigro Simon 20:00:00 Brought from other side 168:01:10  nigro Jesse 20:00:00 a Gun 00:16:00  nigrio Susan 17:00:00 29:ounces troy silver plate 07:14:08  nigrio Bette 20:00:00 1:old bedd and bolster 01:02:00  nigro Yanaha 20:00:00 1:chest of drawers and table 03:00:00  nigrio little Yanaha 18:00:00 1:Rugg 00:06:00  nigrio Maroah 18:00:00 1:looking glass 00:10:00  nigro boy Jack 12:00:00 3:pictures 00:01:06  nigrio girl Sanny 08:00:00 2 sifters 00:01:04  Gelding and sadle 02:15:00 A set curtains & ballance 2 remnants  callicos 01:08:00  74:peuter at 8d p pound 02:09:04 Curtains, tall head cloth & quilt  04:15:00  18:plates at 8d p piece 00:12:00 2 boxes and two stands 01:02:00  4:Wine measure 00:06:00 9:pair damnified silk stockins 01:02:06  1:Copper pott 00:02:06 a parcell damnified Ribbin 00:05:00  5:brass candle sticks plate flat candle sticks & snuffers 00:18:06 aol  Copper qt 94 at 1d pr 04:14:00  An old warming pan 00:03:00 29:yds flowerd silk at 6d p yard 08:17:00

Copper Sauce pan 00:01:06 146:½ yds silk 14:13:06 Lignum vite mortar and pestell 00:02:00 11:yds Silk Crap_ at 00:11:06 1:dripping pan 00:05:00 3 yds stript fustian 00:03:06 1 frying pan 00:02:06 a parcol of damnified buttons 00:08:00 1 Spitt and racks 00:03:00 a doz’n napkins 02:00:00 Tongs and bellows 00:04:00 6:table clothes 01:10:00 2:Box Trens and heaters 00:04:06 14:towels 00:10:00 2 Saws 00:10:00 6:pair pillow cases 00:09:00 A parcel of carpenter tools 00:10:00 11:pairs sheets at 03:06:00 Coopers tools 00:10:00 3:large and 1:course hammocks 03:08:00 9:old bill hoes 00:09:00 Some Earthen ware 00:02:08 15:new grubbing hoes and old 00:15:00 2 poor Calves 00:08:00 1 brass for horse mill 00:02:00 10:sheep at 03:15:00 2 old axes 00:01:06 a cart & wheels 00:12:00 2 old bed steads 00:08:00 a bay horse 01:00:00 2 potts and pott hooks 00:15:00 a gray horse 00:18:00 old lumber 00:02:06 3:Cows 04:05:00 a parcel of books 5:fo 4 oct & 9:h___ small at 02:10:00 2:heifers 02:00:00 The 11th:wor_ __ ___ 1:2:6: 168:01:10 a pair millstones 02:10:00 which this pr___ C___ verified Jno Emmet (sealed) 244:17:00

Wm. W. Planner (sealed)  (Note: The above amounts are expressed in British pounds sterling, and  are given in pounds, shillings, and pence. All the above records are on  file at the State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland.)
"When we consider that William was born more than three hundred  fifty years ago, we conclude that we actually have quite a lot of  information on him and his life. Certainly, more than is known of many  later generations. I believe that this is due to the personality and  character of William himself, more than any research efforts of present  ‘ancestor hunters.’ In my mind, the mental picture of William emerges as  a shrewd businessman, successful, well educated, meticulous about details  of record keeping, with a keen sense of history. Obviously, he was  concerned with preserving family history - he had the births of his two  sons recorded in official records at a time it was almost unheard of to  do so. This gives additional credence to the story that he had in his  possession a book tracing his genealogy to the day of the Norman Conquest  in 1066. I believe such a book did indeed exist. “Nothing is known of his life in the West Indies, except he lived there  for over twenty years, and carried on a trade in goods between the  Islands, Britain, and the Colonies. Considering history, one can hardly  fail to wonder if part of his trade was connected to slavery, even while  hoping otherwise!
Regardless of our personal curiosity and speculation, we return to the  known facts. "William was buried on an elevated piece of ground on his  farm which became a family burying grounds for himself, his wife, son,  and other descendants. A permanent granite monument was placed at the  site in later years, and this small cemetery is still in existence  today. I quote from a correspondent who visited this cemetery. ‘... the  little cemetery is enclosed with a wrought iron fence, and the stones are  in good condition. Pretty, old-fashioned roses growing... It was in the  midst of a barley field with no evidence of any old residence nearby.’ Phyllis Ehlers writes... "My documentation for his (William Hearne)  life before America is supplied by Magna Carta Dames. Actually, they  gave no documentation. They simply said this is it. William  Herne(Hearne) was the emigrant born in England. He and his twin brother  Robert were christened Sept. 2, 1627 in St. Vedasts, Foster Lane,  London. He may have been married first in 1649 to Mary Kinsman (St.  Peter Poor,Middlesex). She died in the West Indies. He married second,  Mary Cuthbert (Ref. pg. 110, Series 1 , East Anglican Marriages,  London). Died, will proved Somerset Co., Md. No. 10,1691. Remember that there are about 4 or 5 William's roaming around here and  England at the same time. The only 100% facts in above paragraph is that  when William died in 1691 in Maryland, his wife was named Mary. Again,  according to Magna Carta Dames, William was the son of Nicholas Herne,  Gentleman of London who married 1612 his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter  of Nicholas Hooker, aLondon goldsmith. The marriage date of Nicholas and  Elizabeth can be confirmed. I have no actual proof that they were  William's parents. Nicholas Herne was the son of Richard Herne, merchant  tailor, elected Alderman of London Oct. 20, 1618. Died Feb. 24, 1624. Married Alice  Paske, daughter of John Paske of Cambridge. These facts can all be  documented. 

The Monument says, "William Hearne, merchant, born 1627, and Mary, born in London, England. Settled here in 1688. He died October 1691 and she died after him. Thomas Hearne, son of William and Mary, born 31 May 1691; died March 1762. His wife Sally Wingate, died before him. Nehemiah Hearne, son of Thomas and Sally, died March 1760. His wife Bettie, died after him.∼THE FIRST HEARNES IN AMERICA (excerpt)

"...William HEARNE ("The Merchant") is generally credited as founding the HARN line that the 4 HARN boys - the subject of this book - were descended from. He was born in London in 1627. As a young man, he joined the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who successfully fought to weaken the power of the aristocracy in England. William rose to the position of captain in Cromwell's army. The fighting, turmoil and bloodshed grew into a full-scale civil war. The king was executed and Cromwell rose to power. After Cromwell's death there was a backlash against his supporters and the monarchy was restored. Possibly due to this (but not confirmed), William HEARNE left England in 1660-80 for St. Kitts in the Caribbean with his first wife. Apparently, she died in the Caribbean and he remarried in London although this is not confirmed. It is unknown if he had any children by his first wife, but he certainly did by his second. He operated a large trading company from St. Kitts, shipping sugar and other commodities between the island, England and Virginia/Maryland. In 1688, he left St. Kitts for good and settled permanently near the source of the Wicomico River on
the east shore of Chesapeake Bay, near present-day Delmar, Maryland. He was 61 years old, and probably went there to retire. He joined his two brothers, Derby and Ebenezer
HEARNE whom he deposited there on a trading visit to Maryland 7 years earlier. William's wife, Mary (likely CUTHBERT) whom he married in England, arrived with him. The first large wave of English settlers arrived in Maryland about 60 years earlier. He called his Maryland estate St. Kitts, in memory of his Caribbean home. His son, William HEARNE Jr, was born there in 1688. Son Thomas was born in 1691. There was some tension with Catholic settlements nearby and some instability caused when Maryland changed from being a landgrant colony under the control of Lord Baltimore to being a royal colony under direct rule of the English monarch. The HEARNEs were Episcopalians and In 1689 William and 239 other colonists signed an oath of loyalty to William and Mary, the new English king and queen at the time Maryland came under direct rule of the king. The oath obligated him to "defend the Protestant religion and your Majesty's title and interests against the French and other Papists." William died in 1691, about 5 months after son Thomas' birth, having lived in Maryland only about 3 years. He was buried on his farm, starting the family burial ground. The cemetery was still clearly identifiable in 2008 when John P. HARN visited. The house "The Merchant" built in 1688 was occupied by his descendants for over 200 years. The land was owned in 1907 by the children of Elijah FREENY, lineal descendantsof William HEARNE Sr. William appears to have been an influential, adventurous and financially successful man. He brought a book of his family's ancestry and a book containing his business accounts with him to Maryland. The ancestry book is lost but the ledger survives to this day. It was in the possession of a William HEARN living in Kentucky in 1974 and was photocopied by Jay HEARN of Avoca, New York, together with his father, that
same year (see next page)...

sources: William T. Hearne's History (1907), West Virginia and Its People by Miller (1913)∼William was grand father to: Thomas Hearn #63945985.

Help if you can; can't find any info between this Williman and Thomas.

Info. from: Walker County Georgia Heritage 1833-1983.


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William "The Merchant" Hearne's Timeline

December 2, 1627
London, City of London, Greater London, England
December 19, 1630
Age 3
Whitby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
December 27, 1663
Jersey, Channel Island, England
September 24, 1688
Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, USA
Somerset, Maryland, United States
May 31, 1691
Somerset County, Maryland, USA
October 1, 1691
Age 63
Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA
October 1691
Age 63
Freeney-Hearne Cemetery, Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA, Delmar, MD, United States
May 31, 1720
Somerset County, MD, United States