The Maryland Semmes and Kindred Families: A Genealogical History of Marmaduke Semme(s), Gent., and His Descendants


Including the Allied Families of Greene, Simpson, Boarman, Matthews, Thompson, Middleton, and Neale

More than half a century ago, Raphael Thomas Semmes of Georgia bequeathed his collection of genealogical data concerning Semmes and related families to the Maryland Historical Society. This voluminous collection of genealogical data relates to some of the earliest and most prominent of Maryland’s settlers. The service of Harry Wright, a noted American genealogist and author of numerous Maryland genealogical publications, was secured to compile this interesting history of several of Maryland’s early and distinguished families. The Semmes family of Maryland is considered to be of Norman origin, with variations of the name, such as Sim, Sims, Simms, Syms, Simme, appearing in England after the Conquest. Marmaduke Semme, the progenitor of the Semmes family of Southern Maryland, was in the Province as early as 1662. He married the widow, Fortuna Mitford, and they had four children—Anthony, James, John and Marmaduke. Individual chapters are devoted to: Marmaduke Semme (16__-1693)—the emigrant, Anthony Semmes, James Semmes, John Semmes, Marmaduke Semmes, Governor Thomas Greene, Thomas Simpson, Major Willam Boarman, Thomas Matthews, William Thompson, Robert Middleton, and Captain James Neale. Each chapter is complete with genealogical sketches of descendants that contain varying amount of biographical information.

Harry Wright Newman

(1956), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 362 pp.

ISBN: 9780788423086