james rampley (died 1817)

Harford County, Maryland’s “Sally’s Grove”

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To My Son-in-Law, I Leave Nothing

Wills can hint at family squabbles. Researchers need to be careful and not overdramatize the family drama the will suggests.  This 3 July 1812 will admitted to probate in Harford County, Maryland in September of 1817 suggests at some family tension. One just has to be careful about reading more into the document than it […]