An American Family History

Elizabeth Jones Duvall Simpson

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

Elizabeth Jones Duvall Simpson was born about 1667 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Her parents were William and Elizabeth Jones.

She married Captain John Duvall on August 17, 1685. John was born in 1652 and was the son of Mareen Duvall. Harry Wright Newman wrote in Mareen Duvall of Middleton Plantation that John was born in France and and did not come to America at the same time as his family. He may have arrived in November, 1678.

On August 17, 1685 her father gave them the 200 acre plantation, Wilson's Grove, in Anne Arundel at the head of South River.

Elizabeth and John's children included:
Elizabeth Duvall Warfield Gaither (1687, married Benjamin Warfield and John Gaither),
Sarah Duvall Farmer (1689, married Samuel Farmer),
Mary Duvall Gaither (1690, married Edward Gaither),
John Duvall (1693),
Mountmillion Duvall (1698, died as an infant),
Mareen Duvall (1698, died as an infant),
Comfort Duvall Griffith (1700, married William Griffith),
Lewis Duvall (1703, married Eleanor Farmer),
Rachel Duvall Waters (1705, married William Waters),
Samuel Duvall (1708), and
Alexander Duvall (1710).

John also had children with Hester Ijams Nicholson.

On November 16, 1694, John bought Duvall's Range which was 708 acres.

In 1696 John was an officer in the Anne Arundel militia.

On December 10, 1695, he bought Duvall's Delight which was 1,000 acres.

In 1698 John was a member of the grand jury.

On June 1, 1700 he bought What You Will which was 373 acres.

In 1702 he bought Lugg Ox which was a tract of 780 acres in the forks of the Patuxent River. It became their daughter, Elizabeth's dowry.

Before 1705 they donated land for the Church of St. Barnabas.

When her father died in 1705, she received one shilling. Her daughter, Mary, inherited a cow and calf.

In 1705, with his wife's permission, he gave his mistress 233 acres called Burgess Choice.

On July 22, 1707 he bought Honest Man's Lot which was 110 acres.

In 1708 he was an advisor to the council regarding Richard Clark's treason.

In October, 1710, he petitioned the Grand Jury about excessive fees being levied by the court.

John died on April 19, 1711 when he was 59 years old.

On April 10, 1715, John, Jr. inherited or sold 3,108 acres of Duvall's Delight.

Amos Simpson married an Elizabeth Duvall on April 24, 1716 at All Hallows Parish. Amos was born on December 9, 1690. Elizabeth would have been about 50 and Amos about 25.
Children of William and Elizabeth Jones:
  • William Jones, Jr.
  • Elizabeth Jones Duvall Simpson
  • Mary Jones Trogden Beddenfield
  • Ann Jones Pattison Cheney
  • Jane Jones Clark
  • Cattle were vital to a household and an important legacy.
    Unweaned cattle are calves.
    Female cattle are heifers and cows (had a calf).
    Male cattle are steers (castrated) and bulls.
    are trained draft animals and are often castrated adult male cattle.

    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.

    The Patuxent River in Maryland drains into the Chesapeake Bay. It marks the boundary between Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's counties on the west and Howard, Anne Arundel, and Calvert counties on the east.

    Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650 and was originally part of St. Mary's County.
    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    Many young healthy people died in colonial Maryland due to outbreaks of malaria and yellow fever.



    The Huguenots were 16th and 17th century French protestants. About 500,000 Huguenots fled France because of religious persecution. They relocated to Protestant nations.

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

    Mareen Duvall, The Huguenot
    No more striking figure in colonial history is found than the personal achievements of this fleeing immigrant from Nantes, about 1650.

    He came as one of the one hundred and fifty adventurers, brought over by Colonel William Burgess. He settled near Colonel Burgess, in Anne Arundel County, on the south side of South River and became one of the most successful merchants and planters of that favored section.

    When political influences were most active during the revolution of 1689, Mareen Duvall was among the leaders who sustained the Lord Proprietary. His name is found in Colonel Greenberry's letter to Governor Copley, as one of the Jacobin party, whose mysterious meetings he could not solve.

    The land records of Anne Arundel and Prince George Counties show that this Huguenot planter and merchant held a vast estate, and left his widow and third wife so attractive as to become the third wife of Colonel Henry Ridgely, and later the wife of Rev. Mr. Henderson, the commissary of the Chuch of England. Together they built old Trinity, or Forest Chapel, near Collington, in Prince George County.

    The will of Mareen Duvall is an intelligent one. It was probated, in 1694; about the time of the removal of the Capitol from St. Mary's to Annapolis.

    It is not known who were his first wives. One of them was closely allied to the celebrated John Larkin, a neighbor and enduring friend of Mareen Duvall. . .

    Captain John Duvall, who held another large estate, married Elizabeth Jones, daughter of William Jones, Sr. of Anne Arundel County. She added considerably to his estate. Their daughter, Elizabeth, became the wife of Benjamin Warfield, the youngest son of Richard, the immigrant. Her wedding gift was 780 acres of Lugg Ox, in the forks of the Patuxent. Her sister, Comfort, became Mrs. William Griffith, of Frederick County.

    Mister ( Mr.) was derived from master and Mrs. and Miss were derived from mistress. They indicated people of superior social status in colonial America.

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

    Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

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

    The youngest son of Richard and Elinor (Browne) Warfield, was Benjamin [Warfield], who joined his brother, Richard, in surveying Wincopin Neck, in the forks of Savage and Middle River, immediately at Savage Factory. This was willed to his daughter, Elizabeth Ridgely, by both himself and his brother Richard.

    Benjamin Warfield's inheritance in Warfield's Range was never occupied by him. He surveyed Benjamin's Discovery, in Anne Arundel.

    He married Elizabeth Duvall, daughter of Captain John and Elizabeth (Jones) Duvall. Her marriage dower was a tract of 780 acres, known as Lugg-Ox, in the forks of the Patuxent. This adjoined his own survey.

    One son, Joshua, and a daughter, Elizabeth, were their issue.

    Benjamin Warfield died in early manhood, in 1717, leaving his children minors. His widow married John Gaither, the second, who administered.

    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.


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

    William Griffith [1697-1757], youngest son of William and Sarah Mackubin [Griffith], removed to the Catoctin Mountains and became Commissioner and Justice of Frederick County. He married Comfort Duvall, daughter of Captain John and Elizabeth (Jones) Duvall, of Anne Arundel, and granddaughter of Mareen Duvall.

    Catoctin Mountain is part of the eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also called Ketoctin, Kittochiny, Kittockton, Kittocton, and South Mountain. The Ketoctin Baptist Church in Loudoun County, Virginia was founded in 1745. It was a log church with an earth floor. Many settlers in the area were atheists or deists and when others gathered for services, they remained outside socializing.



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