John Fowler Life Sketch

(1703 - 1757)

John Fowler was born on September 12, 1703, in Prince George’s County, British Colonial Maryland. John married Mary B. Linthicum on October 6, 1724, in Anne Arundel County, British Colonial Maryland. John Fowler died in 1757 in Anne Arundel County, British Colonial Maryland.


John Fowler, 5th child and 3rd son of Thomas Fowler and Susannah Iiams was born in Prince George’s County, British Colonial Maryland on September 12, 1703. John grew up on his father’s 400 acres plantation, “Ridgley’s and Tyler’s Chance”, located between Whitemarsh and the Patuxent River. When John was 11 years old his father died intestate. Without an inheritance, John was likely bound in servitude to learn a trade. It appears that John learned the trade of carpentry and lived near his mother and her new husband either in Prince George's County or across the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel County where he met Mary B. Linthicum.

Shortly after his 21st birthday, on October 6, 1724, John married Mary B. Linthicum, daughter of Thomas Linthicum and Deborah Wayman. Mary’s father’s land holdings were extensive, well over 500 acres of land in Anne Arundel county, near present day Crofton and included part of "Duvall's Range". John and Mary likely lived on one of Thomas’ plantations until John could purchase his own land, and it may have been on "Duvall's Range" where their first son John was born.

John and Mary had the following known children:

  1. John Fowler
  2. Thomas Fowler
  3. Mary Fowler

On September 2, 1732, John purchased “Wayman's Marsh” also known as “Wayman's March” for £25, 60 acres of land lying in the fork of the Patuxent in Anne Arundel County. On June 10, 1734, John patented “Fowler's Range”, 133 acres in the fork of the Patuxent River adjoining “Ovenwood Thicket”.

In 1737 John became guardian to Thomas Hardisty, son of Mary’s sister Dorcas Linthicum.

On May 4, 1738, John and his wife Mary sold a 2 acre portion of “Wayman's Marsh” and a 28 acre portion of “Fowler's Range” to Benjamin Howard. The 30 acre land parcel became known as “Howard's Addition”.

On Sept 29, 1740 John purchased all of his brother-in-law Thomas Linthicum Jr.'s crop of tobacco for 24 pounds 7 shillings.

The final distribution of John's father's estate was made on February 9, 1744, by John's mother's second husband Mark Brown. John and his 11 other siblings each received 3 pounds 2 shillings 10 3/4 pence. The distribution likely was made after the death of their mother Susannah.

In 1744 John built the Queen Anne Bridge, the first known bridge across the Patuxent River connecting Prince George’s County to Anne Arundel County. Prior to the bridge a ferry was used to transport people and goods across the river.

In 1746 John provided security for the estate of Stephen Stewart. John likely introduced his unmarried brother Richard to Stephen Stewart's widow.

In May of 1749, John provided bail for his brothers-in-law Gideon and Hezekiah Linthicum

On Nov 16, 1750, John Fowler, Carpenter, sold to “my well beloved son Thomas Fowler” a 63 acre part of “Fowler's Range” containing 103 acres. Mary, John's wife, gave up her right of dower. The deed indicated that the 63 acre parcel was on the north side of the tract where Thomas currently resided. The sale of land may have coincided with Thomas’ marriage. The balance of the property, 100 acres, would descend to John's oldest son John as heir at law.

Also in 1750 John, along with his brother Richard, provided security for Thomas Mortimer, step-son of their brother Benjamin. Thomas was charged with “begetting Elizabeth Fowler’s bastard child”.

In 1752, John's younger brother Samuel died and Samuel's two sons, Samuel and Thomas, were bound to John.

Sometime between November of 1756 and October of 1757, John died at the age of 53. At the time of his death, John was indebted to Henry Hall, who had also just died. The administrators of Henry Hall's estate, Henry Hall, son of Henry, and Elizabeth, Henry's widow, took John's son John to court to recover the debt. On October 27, 1757, John's son John sold to Henry Hall the tracts "Wayman's Marsh" and "Fowler's Range", 100 acres, for the sum of £55.

Genealogical Research and Life Sketch updated: February 2022


Sources:

"Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995", database, FamilySearch, John Fowler, 1703.

"Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970", database, FamilySearch, John Fowler, 1724.

"Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995", database, FamilySearch, John Fowler in entry for Thomas Fowler, 1724.

Maryland State Archives. Maryland Land Records. Anne Arundel County. Liber IHTI 1 Folio 498.

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Maryland State Archives. Probate Records. Accounts. Liber 14, Folio 514.

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Maryland State Archives. Anne Arundel Provincial Court Record. Nov 1757, pg. 167.

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