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Eastern Shore Ancestry

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  • Col. John Wise Sr. (1617 - 1695)
    He is not a son of Sir Thomas Wise and Mary Buller ; Sir Thomas Wise who married Mary Buller died 24 years before John Wise, the emigrant to Virginia, was born. His ancestry is not specifically known...
  • John Arlington, III (c.1761 - 1818)
    John Arlington, III was born in Accomack County, VA in ca.1725. He was the son of John Arlington, II and wife, Tabitha. John Arlington III married Rose "Rosey" Bagwell, the daughter of Thomas Bagwell...
  • Rose "Rosey" Bagwell Arlington (c.1764 - bef.1792)
    Rose "Rosey" Bagwell was the daughter of Thomas Bagwell (c 1714-June, 1764) and Patience Nock (c 1734 -2/27/1797). She was born c 1764 at Accomack County, VA. Rose married John Arlington, III, the so...
  • Thomas Bagwell (c.1714 - 1764)
    Thomas Bagwell was the son of Henry Bagwell (c 1668-10/1/1734) and Margaret Drummond (c 1670-2/27/1750/51). He was born circa 1714 at Accomack County, Virginia. Thomas was named in his uncle's will o...
  • Patience Bagwell (c.1734 - 1797)
    Patience Nock was born circa 1734 at Accomack County, VA. She was the daughter of Benjamin Nock (1690-1766) and Rose Armey Trader (1702-1755). Patience Nock married her 1st husband, Thomas Bagwell (c...

The Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and particularly the lower end of it, has always been something of a world unto itself. But for all its geographic and genealogical isolation, it has had a significant impact on US history.

The Eastern Shore consists of the state of Delaware, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in Maryland, and Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia - sometimes collectively referred to as "the Delmarva peninsula", or "the Delmarva" for short.

The Chesapeake Bay is very wide and was not casually crossed. People on one side tended to stay on that side...especially if it was the eastern side. There were two locations where it was narrower and easier to cross: Norfolk/Hampton, right at the mouth, and Kent Island, about three-fourths of the way up the bay to the north. (Both are now locations for bridges - the only bridges crossing the Bay.)