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William Hearne, "The Merchant"[1]

Male 1627 - 1691  (64 years)


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  • Name William Hearne  [2, 3
    Suffix "The Merchant" 
    Born 1627  London, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 21 Aug 1659  [3
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52978128 
    FindAGrave ID 52978128 
    FamilySearch ID LZGP-RX9 
    FamilySearch URL https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LZGP-RX9 
    Buried 1691  Hearn-Freeney Cemetery, Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Died 1 Oct 1691  Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I10803  Main
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2020 

    Family Mary Westcott,   b. 1646, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1719, Somerset County, Maryland, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1687  England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. William Hearne,   b. 24 Sep 1688, Marion, Somerset, Maryland County, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1756, Somerset, Maryland County, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +2. Thomas Hearne,   b. 31 May 1691, Princess Anne, Somerset, Maryland, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1762, Delmar, Somerset County, Maryland, British Colonial America. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Documents
    Hearne Family Oak Tree
    Hearne Family Oak Tree
    Very creative and literal "Family Tree" by J.D. Hearne and Edward S. Ebbert 1891 revised by W.T. Hearne 1895.
    Histories
    Hearn / Harn Family History
    Hearn / Harn Family History
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F3903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Hearn - Freeny Cemetery Plot Map
    Hearn - Freeny Cemetery Plot Map
    ** Click on a plot to see details about the individual **

    Very nice plot map by Robert M. Freeny, Jr of the small Hearn - Freeny private cemetery located near Delmar, MD.

    Headstones
    William Hearne and family - Headstone
    William Hearne and family - Headstone
    Inscription: "William Hearne, merchant, born 1627, and Mary, born in London, England. Settled here in 1688. He died October 1691 and she died after him. Thomas Hearne, son of William and Mary, born 31 May 1691; died March 1762. His wife Sally Wingate, died before him. Nehemiah Hearne, son of Thomas and Sally, died March 1760. His wife Bettie, died after him."

  • Notes 
    • The First Hearnes In America notes:

      "...William HEARNE ("The Merchant") is generally credited as founding the HARN line that the 4 HARN boys - the subject of this book - were descended from. He was born in London in 1627.

      As a young man, he joined the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who successfully fought to weaken the power of the aristocracy in England. William rose to the position of captain in Cromwell's army. The fighting, turmoil and bloodshed grew into a full-scale civil war. The king was executed and Cromwell rose to power. After Cromwell's death there was a backlash against his supporters and the monarchy was restored. Possibly due to this (but not confirmed), William HEARNE left England in 1660-80 for St. Kitts in the Caribbean with his first wife. Apparently, she died in the Caribbean and he remarried in London although this is not confirmed.

      It is unknown if he had any children by his first wife, but he certainly did by his second. He operated a large trading company from St. Kitts, shipping sugar and other commodities between the island, England and Virginia/Maryland. In 1688, he left St. Kitts for good and settled permanently near the source of the Wicomico River on the east shore of Chesapeake Bay, near present-day Delmar, Maryland. He was 61 years old, and probably went there to retire. He joined his two brothers, Derby and Ebenezer HEARNE whom he deposited there on a trading visit to Maryland 7 years earlier. William's wife, Mary (likely CUTHBERT) whom he married in England, arrived with him. The first large wave of English settlers arrived in Maryland about 60 years earlier.

      He called his Maryland estate St. Kitts, in memory of his Caribbean home.

      His son, William HEARNE Jr, was born there in 1688. Son Thomas was born in 1691.

      There was some tension with Catholic settlements nearby and some instability caused when Maryland changed from being a landgrant colony under the control of Lord Baltimore to being a royal colony under direct rule of the English monarch. The HEARNEs were Episcopalians and In 1689 William and 239 other colonists signed an oath of loyalty to William and Mary, the new English king and queen at the time Maryland came under direct rule of the king. The oath obligated him to "defend the Protestant religion and your Majesty's title and interests against the French and other Papists."

      William died in 1691, about 5 months after son Thomas' birth, having lived in Maryland only about 3 years. He was buried on his farm, starting the family burial ground. The cemetery was still clearly identifiable in 2008 when John P. HARN visited. The house "The Merchant" built in 1688 was occupied by his descendants for over 200 years. The land was owned in 1907 by the children of Elijah FREENY, lineal descendantsof William HEARNE Sr. William appears to have been an influential, adventurous and financially successful man.


      Hearne History notes:

      William Hearne, the merchant, died Oct, 1691, and was buried on an elevated spot on his farm, that became a family burying ground, and has been nicely kept and preserved to the present time, 1907. His wife, Mary, and sons, Thomas and Nehemiah, with many otber descendants, are buried there.[1] In 1897 I had erected on a firm foundation a modest granite monument, the cut of which is shown on opposite page, with the inscription "HEARNE" at the base[2], and on the face:

      William Hearne, merchant, born 1627, and wife, Mary, born in London, England. Settled here in 1688. He died October, 1691. and she died after him.

      "Thomas Hearne, son of William and Mary, born May 31, 1691 ; died March, 1762. His wife, Sally Wingate, died before him."

      "Nehemiah Hearne, son of Thomas and Sally, died March, 1760. His wife, Bettie, died after him."

      At the time of the erection of this monument I had a small granite tablet set at Greenville Episcopal Church, some ten miles east of Laurel, Delaware, with the following inscription: "Ebenezer Hearne, son of Thomas and Sally, born May 6. 1717 ; died April, 1785; and Priscilla, his wife, died April. 1796; buried 2 1/2 miles southeast." Greenville Episcopal Church is the same that the acre of ground for it was given by Cement Hearne. The Ebenezer Hearne homestead and burying ground is about 2 1/2 miles south-east of this point, where is buried also George Hearne, second son of Ebenezer, born September 2, 1758; killed in the American Army in New Jersey in 1778.

      The writer has a feeling of gratification that cannot be expressed in words, in knowing that durable markers note the last resting piaces of all his paternal American ancestors in an unbroken line, that can be seen and known as they are visited by the present and all future generations of their descendants; that is, the one for William Heaarne (1691) and son Thomas (1762), near Delmar, but in Somerset County, Maryland; then of Ebenezer, at Greenville Protestant Episcopal Church in Sussex County, Delaware; and lastly, of Clement and Cannon Hearne, at Lexington, Kentucky, where also [3, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 15 Mar 2020), entry for William Hearne, person ID L18T-5PS. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1656] Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52978128/william-t_-hearne (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S899] Hearne History, William T. Hearne, (pub 1907 with 1912 addendum transcribed and available on the web: http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/index.html), http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/hh043m.html (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 16 Mar 2020), entry for William Hearne, person ID LZGP-RX9. (Reliability: 3).
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