The Ancestry of Cornelius Vanderbilt Roe. Farmers from Maryland’s Eastern Shore


This genealogy reviews the ancestry of the 20th-century Baltimore City Lawyer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Roe, who descended from a long line of farmers that settled the Eastern Shore of Maryland between 1651-1672. These ancestors emigrated from the vicinity of Bristol, and Yorkshire, England, to Northampton County, Virginia; Northumberland County, Virginia; and Talbot County, Maryland.

This book is written as a companion book to The Ancestry of Elizabeth Cordelia Rider who was the wife of Cornelius V. Roe. Elizabeth Cordelia Rider’s ancestors were among the earliest settlers of Maryland’s western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

In the case of Cornelius V. Roe, his ancestors were farmers who emigrated from England to the Eastern Shore of Maryland as ‘headrights’ or ‘indentured servants’. They were among the earliest settlers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. On the Eastern Shore, the ancestors of Cornelius V. Roe confronted economic challenges and their lives centered around farming and the community of the Church, initially influenced by the Quaker religion, and later, the Methodist-Episcopal Church. These ancestors also fought in the War of 1812 and the Civil War (Union Army).

The focus of this book is on the ancestry of the parents of Cornelius V. Roe (William Andrew Roe and Mary Laura Callaway) and their ancestors: the Roe, Callaway and Andrew Families, going back to those individuals who were among the first immigrants to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Other surnames from maternal ancestors are also mentioned (e.g., Morgan, Carter, Fountain, and others).

This companion book on Cornelius V. Roe asks the same questions as the earlier book on Elizabeth Cordelia Rider: (1) where did the ancestors of Cornelius V. Roe emigrate from, (2) when did they arrive in colonial Maryland, and (3) given when and where they came from, can it be surmised as to why they came? Collectively, the information that is revealed through a genealogical search of Maryland State Archive records, land transactions, probate records, marriage/death records, early books written in the 19th century, and old newspaper articles, together tell a story as to how the ancestors of Cornelius V. Roe settled into the Eastern Shore of Maryland, ultimately coming together in the area now known as Burrsville, Caroline County, Maryland. Photographs, maps, a bibliography, and a full-name index add to the value of this work.

Daniel Charles Flynn

2024, 8½x11, paper, index, 94 pp.
ISBN: 9780788429590