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William Gosnell

Generation #1

William Gosnell b: 1665, Holborn, London, England; d: July 29, 1709, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; son of  Peter and Margaret Mary (Sherly) Gosnell; m: Sarah Hill b: 1665, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d: April 12, 1715, Anne Arundel CO., Maryland; dau of William and Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth Gosnell

b: about 1690, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; m: Mr. Wilson

Hannah Gosnell

b: about 1692, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; m: #1) Robert Cross November 28, 1712; d: before 1720; m: #2) John Buckingham January 31, 1720, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland

William Gosnell

b: about 1694, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d: 1762, Baltimore Co., Maryland; m: Elizabeth ? about 1752

Peter Maurice Gosnell

b: 1695, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d: April 17, 1789, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., Maryland; m: Anne Hammond Shipley b: 1700, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; d: 1787, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., Maryland

Maurice (Morris) Gosnell

b: about 1698, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland ; d: after 1768, Maryland; m: #1) Julia Bensen; m: #2) Susannah Wright November 29, 1722, St Margaret’s Parish, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland

Millennium File about William Gosnell

Name:  William Gosnell

Gender:  Male

Birth Date:  1665

Birth Place:  England

Death Date:  1710

Death Place:  Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA

Spouse:  Sarah Baker

Children:  Peter Gosnell

Spouse Father:  Maurice Baker

Spouse Mother:  Elizabeth

William Gosnell Added by rvplumlee57 on 30 Sep 2009

William was born about 1640 in England. He may very well be the William Gosnell who was transported from England to Virginia by Thomas Dodson who received a grant of 1200 acres in Northumberland Co., Va. in 1658 for the transport of 24 persons including one  William Gosnell.Our William was one of the nine servants who was transported to Maryland from Lower Norfolk County, VA in 1665 by Cornelius Howard.15 Dec. 1677 William "Gosling" proved his right to a 50 acre grant of land " for service performed in the Province" Probably in the Provincial Militia" The location of this land is not noted, but it probably located in Anne Arundel County and very possible it was  the land that his sons sold in 1724. William was probably not married prior to his marriage to Sarah Hills daughter of William Hills & Elizabeth Griniff in 1688. Sarah was step daughter to Maurice Baker

1, Elizabeth Gosnell, b.abt.1690, she married Mr. Willson

2. Hannah Gosnell b.abt. 1692, she married Robert Cross

3. William Gosnell, b.abt. 1694, he married Elizabeth _________.

4. Peter Gosnell, b.abt. 1696 , he married Anna__________.

5. Maurice (Morris ) Gosnell, b.abt. 1698, he married Susannah Wright

William Gosnell, Sr. died in 1709 or 1710. His will was dated 11 May 1709, but was not probated until 29 July 1710, so he must have died between those dates. In his will he left:

” … the plantation whereon I now live unto my three suns, Wm. Gosnell, Peter Gosnell, and Maurice Gosnell so equally divided between them. I give unto my son Wm. Gosnell one gun and one hors I give my son Peter Gosnell one gune and one hors Then I give unto my son Maures Gosnell one Gun and one hors Then I give unto my Daughter Hannah Gosnell one hors — Then I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Willson five Sheets — Then I Leave my three Sons to be free at the age of Eighteen Years and for all the rest of my estate Be it of what nature so ever I will I would have it equally divided between my four children that is Wm. Gosnell, Peter Gosnell, Maurice Gosnell and Hannah Gosnell and my wife Sarah Gosnell Whom I make and ordaine my Executricks of this my last Will and Testament …”

GOSNELL, William & Sarah (Hills)

Cliff McCarthy, 2016

“A number of us who descend from William Gosnell and his wife Sarah have always believed Sarah was the daughter of Maurice and Elizabeth Baker.

It seems pretty certain now that William Gosnell’s wife Sarah was not Sarah Baker, but Sarah Hills (or Hill), the full sister of Mary Hills (or Hill), daughter of William Hills (or Hill) and his wife Elizabeth. In the past I was unaware of an important land patent which proves that Elizabeth, widow of William Hills, married Maurice Baker about 1670. Her daughter Sarah who married William Gosnell was her daughter by the first husband, not the second.