The letter was typed as it is here in reply to a query written by
Hiram T. Somers to Finney W. Somers concerning the Somers
Family. It is now in the possession of John R. Somers of Princess
Anne MD and posted here with his permission. Submitted by Gail
M. Walczyk, Peter's Row, Coram, NY.
NOTE: The below information was not checked against original
SOMERS SUPPLY CO.
"Eastern Shore's First Cash Wholesale Grocery"
January 9th. 1956
In reply to your letter of Dec. 27th. I will be glad to give you the information
that I have on the Somers lineage of the Eastern Shore.
Benjamin Somers (Summers-Sommers) first came to Accomack County, Va. in
1655. At this time the Calverts were making offers to attract settlers to Md.
In 1661 Benjamin Somers moved to Emmex (Annamessix, which later became
Crisfield, Md.) with Stephen Horsey and Others.
Benjamin Somers secured a patent for 300 acres of land from Charles Calvert,
Lieutenant General of the Province of Md. on Dec. 22nd. 1666. This same
Benjamin Somers desposed of this land in a will dated Feb. 1709. This was
probated in Somerset County on December 22nd. 1715. His will shows that he
left his property to his three sons: William Sommers-Thomas Sommers and
John Sommers. This is the spelling as it is given in the will, was in the patent.
But we know that the original way of spelling the names was Somers, as was
used in Yorkshire and Herfordshire England, the ancestral home of the
Benjamin was married three times. His first wife was Isabel Wale (later
spelled Whaley) whom he married Jan 29th. 1667. Isabel died in 1675. On
April 18th. 1676 a marriage band was published between Benjamin Somers
and Deborah Wooldridge. It would seem that Deborah became the mother of
our generation and line of Somers, as her son John later had a daughter whom
he named Deborah (Deborah Starling, later Sterling.)
John Somers, son of Benjamin and Deborah Somers, and husband of Iona
Somers died in 1760. His will was dated Aug. 13th. 1758, which was probated
Nov. 1st. 1760. In this will it seems that this was the same land as that in the
will of Benjamin Somers. In this will he leaves his property to his son David
Somers: his daughter Mary Ward: his son Lazars Somers: his daughter
Deborah Starling: his wife Iona Somers: and his grandchildren, Isaac Somers
and Grace Starling. (I omitted the names of John and Iona Somers' children,
his sons and daughter, Richard-Isaac and Betty Somers by mistake.)
Isaac Somers, son of John and Deborah Somers mad a will on Sept. 15th. 1821
which was probated on Sept. 16th. 1824. Leaving to his wife Mary Roach
Somers, and children Rebecca Maddox-Molly Somers and Betsy Hickman and
daughter Fanny Bailey: and to his sons Dicky Somers and Horsey Somers,
whom he appointed sole executors of his will.
Horsey Somers, son of Isaac, and wife Nancy Rew Somers had the following
children as taken from the family Bible in the hands of Mrs. Jno. L. Byrd,
Records of the Somers Family
Mary Rew Somers, born Nov. 6th. 1895
Isaac Somers, born Feb. 15th. 1798
John Somers, born Jan. 12th. 1799, died in Jan. 1856
Horsey Somers, born Oct. 14th 1802.
Betsy Somers, born May 18th. 1804.
Sarah H. Somers, born Oct. 7th. 1807.
William Somers, born Feb 14th. 1810.
Salley Somers, born Jan. 29th. 1813.
Nancy Somers, wife of Horsey died March 10th. 1836.
John, son of Horsey had several sons, Richard-John-William-George and
Samuel had four sons; Samuel W. Albert Beauregard Horsey-John Henry and
Richard Rew Somers.
The writer is the son of Albert B. H. Somers.
You will notice that much data which I have given to you bears on the direct
line of our family. However, all the Somers in Accomack County and Somerset
county Md. are direct decedents of the original Benjamin Somers who went to
Md. from here.
The generation of my family beginning with Benjamin in 1655 are as follows.
Benjamin-John-Isaac-Horsey-John-Samuel-and Albert B. H. Somers.
Information taken from the records in the archives at Princess Anne, Md. and
Annapolis show that Horsey and Richard fought in the Revolutionary War.
And our records show that after the war Horsey and Richard and a sister Jane
(all children of Isaac) came back to Accomack County (from Somerset County
MD.) and spent the remainder of their lives here. We the Somers of Accomack
Co. all stem from this line beginning with (Horsey) here. The records at
Annapolis show that the War Dept. later paid Horsey a pension for services
rendered in the Revolutionary War.
All the Somers in Somerset County are unquestionably the decedents of the
"On Sunday Oct. 24th. 1954 Benjamin Somers of Crisfield MD. aged 97 died
in the house where he was born" and still owned 105 acres of the original grant
made to the original Benjamin.
Now I do not know the line of his decent, not of the other Somers in the
Crisfield area. but we are all the same stock, no question about it.
I do not know where West Beach Md. is located, but if you ever come this way
I hope you will look me up. Also if you have any contact with Ronald Tyler, his
wife Ethel or his father Mr. Tyler Sr. I should like to be remembered to them,
as they were all very nice to me when they were at Pocomoke. My relationship
with them was very pleasant.
With kind wishes, and hoping to see you sometime, I am,