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. George was the son of clothier William Puddington. He owned the plantations Puddington Harbor, Puddington Gift, and West Puddington in Anne Arundel County.

According to Patents 2:614, George Puddington immigrated in 1649 with Jane Puddington, Elizabeth Robins, Mary Puddington Franklin, Comfort Puddington, Thomas Hippesty, John Burrage, and Margaret Joye Gibb.

George Puddington died in 1674 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In his will he remembered his son-in-law, Robert Franklin, who was Mary's husband, his relatives James Chilsott and Augustine Skinner, Jane's daughter, Rachel Beard's, children,
his siblings children who may come to America, Jane's grandchildren, the children of Neal Clark, and Jane's daughter Elizabeth's children.

He left Jane, money instead of her dower. Elizabeth's son, Edward Burgess, received the residual of the estate.

The witnesses were Nathaniel Heathcote, Charity Stone, William Broome, William Laus, and William Burgess.

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.



The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

All Hallows or South River Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland was created in 1672.

from The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland by Joshua Dorsey Warfield

Captain George Puddington
Honored as one of the first Commissioners under Edward Lloyd and unanimously named as one of the first legislators of 1650, Captain George Puddington took at once a foremost place in the new county.

Of his wife, the following record from the Virginia Magazine of History, is of interest:

. . .Jane, the wife of George Puddington, a member of the Maryland Assembly, from Anne Arundel County in 1650, was a sister-in-law of Colonel Obedience Robins.

Captain Puddington took up Puddington Harbor, Puddington Gift, and West Puddington.

In 1667, he was an associate justice of Anne Arundel. He left no son. His will was probated by Colonel William Burgess, in 1674.

Captain Edward Burgess, named for his grandfather, Colonel Edward Robins, was Captain Puddington's residuary legatee. The sons-in-law of Captain Puddington were Ex-Sheriff Robert Francklyn; Hon. Richard Beard, the surveyor; and grandson Neal Clarke. All named in his will as follows:

son-in-law Robert Francklyn; to each of my son Richard Beard's children; to each of my grandson Neal Clark's children; to George Burgess, William Burgess and Susanna, children of Captain William Burgess, legacies. My loving wife Jane, and Edward Burgess the rest of my estate.


Puddington, George, South River, Anne Arundel Co., 15th Aug., 1674; 24th Sept., 1674.

To son-in-law Robert Francklin,
kinsman James Chilsott and Augustine Skinner,
each child of son Richard Beard,
any 2 of brother or sister's child, coming into the country within 2 yrs.;
to each of grandson Neale Clerk's child.,
and to George, William, and Sussanna Burgess,
child. of Capt. William Burgess, personalty.
To wife Jane, certain moneys in lieu of her interest in estate.
Edward Burgess, son of Capt. Burgess afsd , ex. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal.
Test: Nath. Heathcote, Charity Stone, Wm. Broome, Wm. Laus, Wm. Burgess.

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.
In contracts and pleadings usually people and things mentioned before are designated by the term said (sd ) for clarity. Aforesaid (afd, afsd, aforesd ) means it was already mentioned.