An American Family History

Jane Cornish Robins Puddington

Fulling is the elimination oils and impurities in wool which makes it fuller. The process involved beating the cloth with wooden hammers. A water mill used to move the hammers was a fulling mill.

Jane Cornish Robins Puddington was baptized on August 14, 1612 in Tiverton, Devon England. Her parents were Richard Cornish and Grace Gooding. Richard was a fuller.

She married Edward Robins about 1630.

Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Edward and Jane Robins.

In 1635 she came to Virginia with her husband and children.

Edward died about 1640.

After Edward died, Jane married, planter and merchant, Captain George Puddington.

On July 15, 1647, Richard Robins in the Northampton, County, England gave power of attorney to his "welbeloved Sister-in-Law Jane Puddington, wife of George Puddington."

Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650.

Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding.