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View Tree for Nicholas GreenberryNicholas Greenberry (b. 1627, d. 17 Dec 1697)

Nicholas Greenberry was born 1627 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, and died 17 Dec 1697 in Greenberry Point, Anne Arundel, Maryland. He married Anne Dorsey on 1668 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, daughter of Edward Dorsey and Anne Howard.

 Includes NotesNotes for Nicholas Greenberry:
Nicholas Greenberry, of Maryland, can be placed in London for at least at short time, when he sailed from there for Maryland in 1674. Though not stated in the 1674 record from what port the master William Wheatly sailed the ship "Constant Friendship," it was undoubtedly London. Records in 1672 for the "Friendship" and 1675 for the "Constant Friendship" with William Wheatley as master both times sailed from London. Shippers of goods included names with Anne Arundel Co., Maryland connections: Sparrow, Sprigg, John Collingwood (uncle of Nicholas Gassawasy), and Edward Lloyd. There are a number of Courts in which an estate may have been probated in the London area. At present, no will or administration has been found for a Nicholas Greenberry in the London area.


Maryland Patent Liber 18 (Vol. 21) f. 160 FHL microfilm 13071. The passengers were Joseph Story, Thomson Eard, Mary Olliver, Davie Stinderson, Thomas Stanbriggs, William Wyat, Eliz: Wakefoild, Michaell Pearson, Eliz: Dunn, John Richardson, Robert East, William Evans, Jane Todd, Elinor Woolman, Isaac Drewuy, Francis Coxon, George Shepheard, Robert Fendell, Eliz: Mannom, Tho Dodden, John Griffen, Susanna Savin, Sarah Jones, Ann Stapleton, Wm Richardson, Hugh Adley, Robert Gaskinn, Richard Bissey, Charles Musgrove, John Elford, Mr. Greenberry his wife & two Children, Roger Bowder, Wm Singleton, Jonas Mattock, Bartholomew Acker, William Potter, Agatha Sawyer, Deborah Bunn, Edward Adams, and Marcy Allen.


At the time of his birth, England was involved in a civil war that didnít end until Nicholas was six years old. During this period of time, King Charles I was beheaded and Cavaliers began migrating to the Virginia Colony and the Toleration Act of Maryland passed granting protection to all Christians. Puritans began to move out of the Virginia Colony into Maryland and Charles II became king of England.


The English background of Colonel Nicholas Greenberry of Anne Arundel County, Maryland has long eluded researchers. On 9 July 1674 Capt. William Wheatly, master claimed rights due for transportation of 43 passengers on board the Constant Friendship. Among the passengers were Mr. Greenberry, his wife & two children


Greenberry was commissioned Justice of the Provincial Court 16 April 1691 and upon the death of Colonel Lionel Copley, Nicholas Greenberry became Acting-Governor of the colony from September 9 to September 25, 1693. Prior to this he was Keeper of the Great Seal.


Nicholas Greenberry was sworn in as Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court and was Judge of the High Court of Chancery 17 December 1697. Also, he was President of the Provincial Court in 1693.


Greenberry, as a given name, has been carried into the Dorsey family and on into later generations of Lindsays. This tells us several generations know their lineage.


Last Will & Testament

In the Name of God Amen the fifth Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand Six hundred Ninety Seaven I Nicholas Greenberry of Ann Arrundell County Gentleman, being now Indisppo[sed] in Body; but of Sound & perfect mind & Judgmt: cons[idering] the Great Incertainty of this present Life and the Certainty of Death when it shall please almighty God of his great goodness to Call me Hence do there for make this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking adnulling and makeing void to all intents constructions & purposes whatsoever all & Every former or other will or Wills by me heretofore made either by speech or Word and this only to be my last Will & Testamt: which I now make & declare in form following


I give and bequeath to my Deare Loveing wife Ann Greenberry my plantacon on wch: I doe now dwell During her naturall Life.


I give and bequeath unto my Son Charles Greenberry and to the heires of his body after my said Wifes Decease all that my Said Dwelling Plantacon and the Land thereunto belonging but if my Said Son Charles Greenberry doe happen to dye wth: out issue as afd: that then the Said plantation and the Land thereunto belo[ging] Shall Come & Descend to my Three Daughters Catharine Ann and Elizabeth and to their heires forever.


I give and bequeath to my Son Charles Greenberry a[nd] to his Heires forever all that my Plantation Call[ed] White hall together wth: the Land thereunto belonging.


I give and bequeath to my said Wife Ann Greenberry two Negroes namely Judith & Sampson and my Cart horses and their Cart furniture. I will that the Residue of my personall Estate of what nature Soever the Same be as well wth: in this provi[nce] as in the Kingdom of England after my wifes third part thereof is deducted therefrom; be Divided by Equall protions among my Sone Charles and my three Daughters and their heires with this proviso As to my Daughter Ann that in Case my Said Daughters husband John Hammond be not Seized in Fee Simple of the plantacon on wch: he now Dwells or of some other plantacon & tract of Land in Ann Arrundell County whereby my said Daughter in Case she doe Survive the said John Hammond her husband may be thereof Endowed That then & in Every Such Case my Will is that that part of portion wch: by this my Will is given to my Said Daughter Ann shall remaine in the possession of my Exex: & Exer: hereafter named untill the death of the said John Hammond as a reserve for the support of my Said Daughter in her Widdowhood if it Should so happen; but if my said Daughter do happen to dye before her husband John Hammond Then I will that her Children have this my bequest Equally Divided among them.


I doe appoint my well beloved wife Ann and my Sone Charles Greenberry to be my Exex: and Exer: of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seale this day & year above written.


Nich. Greenberry


On the back of the said Will was thus Endorsed The within written will was sealed Signed published And Declared by this within written to be his last will & Testamt: in the presence of us Subscribers Robert Handock John Rigbie Francis Brininn. March the 5th 1797/8


Then Came Robert Handcock John Rigbie and Francis Brininn the three Witnesses to the within Written Last Will & Testamt: and tooke their oathes on the Holy Evangelist that they Saw the within mentioned Nicholas Greenberry Signe Seale publish & Declare the within Written will to be his Last Will & Testamt: & at the time thereof he was of sound Disposing minde.


1055. Anne ______, daughter of _______ _______ was born about 1645 somewhere in England. Anne (_______) Greenberry died on 27 Apr 1698 in Whitehall, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.


Nicholas Greenberry and Anne (_______) had four children:


1054.1 Charles Greenberry, b. 09 Feb 1672 in _______, England; d. 19 Nov 1713 bur. in Westminster Parish in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; md. about 1692 Rachel Stimpson, b. about 1672 in _______, England.

1054.2 Katherine Greenberry, b. __ ___ 1673 in _______, England; d. __ ___ 1713 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; md. (1) __ ___ ____ Henry Ridgely; md. (2) about 1674 John Howard in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.

1054.3 Anne Greenberry, b. about 1676 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d. 23 Jan 1714 bur. in Westminster, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; Md. about 1700 John Hammond.

1054.4 Elizabeth Greenberry, b. 23 Sep 1668 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d. 02 Mar 1718 in Easton, Talbot Co., Maryland bur. in Ashby Cemetery; Md. 2 Sept 1694, Robert Goldsborough

Copyright © 2005 Kenneth G. Lindsay







Nicholas bought "Whitehall" which was the Anne Arundel home of Governor William Fuller who departed for Virginia about the same time Nicholas arrived in the Maryland Colony. When Governor Fuller died in South Carolina, Charles Greenberry applied to the Maryland Colonial Council to administer the Maryland part of Fullerís estate and it was granted.


Epitaph on Tombstone,
Nicholas Greenberry Esq.
Here lieth interred the
body of Colln. Nicholas Greenberry
ESQ who departed this life
the 17th day of December 1697
∆TATIS SU∆ 70




More About Nicholas Greenberry and Anne Dorsey:
Marriage: 1668, Anne Arundel, Maryland.

Children of Nicholas Greenberry and Anne Dorsey are:
  1. +Katherine Greenberry, b. 1672, England, d. 1703, Anne Arundel, Maryland.
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