Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Francis OTWELL (1630-1700), married to Mary

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The following (indented) is from the research of Rev. Edward H. OTWELL and Edward BREGENZER’s The Otwell Manuscript (The Otwells in America Since 1619) which is a compilation of their research on the Otwell family history, dated 1998. (You can find a link to this document on our resource page.)
  • Francis was our first OTWELL ancestor born in America about 1630. His father was named William OTWELL and his mother’s surname was KENNER. Francis married Mary and they had 4 children: two daughters, Thomas and our ancestor Charles (of Nanticoke).

The Otwell Manuscript calls him Francis OTWELL of Bashaw. This may be incorrect. On-line research shared by Mike HITCH indicate that “Bashaw” was located in Worcester Co., MD and that a Francis OTWELL purchased the tract on 6 March 1711. Our Francis would have been 16 years old by then. He sold a portion of the tract in 1755. Our Francis would have been 125 years old. HITCH places the Bashaw tract under our Francis OTWELL of Somerset, but we know he appeared on the Pocomoke Hundred tax records between 1723 and 1740. He may have owned two parcels, or it may be another Francis all together. More research is needed.  We do not believe we are descended from the OTWELLs of Worcester.

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