An American Family History

Mary Harmer Gundry Maxwell

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

Mary Harmer Gundry Maxwell was born about 1665 in St. George's County, Maryland. Her parents were Godfrey Harmer and Mary Sprye.

Her first husband was Benjamin Grundry. Benjamin and Mary had a son named Sprye Godfrey Gundry.

She married Colonel James Maxwell about 1700. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on James and Mary Maxwell.

She died about 1707.

Children of James Maxwell and Mary Harmer:
  • James, the Elder, Maxwell
  • Eliza Ann Maxwell Ricketts

  • Children of James Maxwell and Anne Groome:
  • Ashael Maxwell
  • Elizabeth Maxwell
  • James, the Younger, Maxwell
  • Ann Maxwell Matthews



    from Baltimore County Families

    Gundry, Benjamin was in Balto. Co. by 26 Sept. 1671 when he wit. the will of Daniel Silvaine; he wit. the will of William Salsbury on 30 March 1680; d. by 7 May 1687 when admin. bond was postd by admnx. Mary Gundry with John Thomas and Mary Stansby as sec.; his est. was admin. on 5 July 1708 by Col. James Maxwell, who stated that the dec. left a son; m. Mary, dau. of Godfrey Harmer; she married 2nd Col. James Maxwell; left iss.; Spry Godfrey.


    from Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 13 edited by William Hand Browne, Louis Henry Dielman

    All of these lands, which lie adjacent to one another at the foot of Gunpowder Neck, excepting Upper Ollives, which lies in Bush River, descended to the Maxwell family through Mary Harmer, daughter of Godfrey Harmer, who married
    (1st) Benjamin Gundry and
    (2d) Colonel James Maxwell (Patents, Liber E. I. No. 4, folio 187).


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