Fifth Generation


12. George BLADES1,6,7,8,9,10 was born on 15 December 1650 in Grinton, Yorkshire, England.6 He was christened on 3 November 1661 in Grinton, Yorkshire, England. He died in 1698 at the age of 48 in Talbot County, Maryland.11

George Blades ..., settled in St. Michaels, Maryland, in 1670[5] after leaving his home in Blades, Yorkshire Dales, England. (Robert E. Blades Letter).

Michael Taylor claimed "head rights" [indentured servitude] for transporting George into Talbot County 30 Mar 1675. (Helen "Betty" Seymour, Genealogist, e-mail).

Indentured servants are typically defined as poor immigrants from England who, because they could not pay to come to the American colonies, contracted out their labor services for a period usually lasting about seven years in exchange for passage to the New World. Once they arrived, they initially worked for the master who brought them over and then received their freedom and a small plot of land at the end of their term of service. While this scenario undoubtedly played itself out in some cases, the reality for most indentured servants was quite different. First, the idea of an indenture, or a labor contract, was quite common in English tradition and was a part of English law. Second, Maryland’s early legislature created a series of laws addressing a range of issues related to indentured servitude which show that servants were not just poor white men, but children of both genders, as well as Africans. Additionally, indenture contracts were bought and sold, bartered, and litigated. Indentures were both a traditional means of securing work training, similar to an apprenticeship, and were a form of punishment. Lastly, terms of service could be until maturity if a child, seven years as typically described, or any number of years that the master, the family, the courts, or the worker himself deemed appropriate or necessary. The Maryland colonial legislature, recognizing the need to develop a stable economy and labor force, acted numerous times to codify the definitions and boundaries of indentured servant contracts. The series of laws clearly shows that they system was much more than simple seven year terms in exchange for free passage to the colony. (http://teaching.msa.maryland.gov/000001/000000/000183/html/t183.html)

Colonial Maryland was settled in large part by a process of headrights. The King encouraged settlers of means to transport servants (indentured servants) to Maryland by granting those settlers 50 acres for each person transported. The transported person then was obliged to serve on average 7 years in repayment for the passage to America. It was hard work on the cotton or tobacco plantations. The servant wasn’t allowed to marry, and should a woman have a child while indentured she had to work more years (for the child). (http://genealogydecoded.com/2013/07/15/indentured-servants-in-maryland-bibliography/)

George BLADES and Frances HUMPHREYS1,9 were married about 1687 in Talbot County, Maryland.9 Frances HUMPHREYS7,9 was born about 1660 in Probably Talbot County, Maryland. She died in 1698 at the age of 38. Widow of Robert Humphreys. George and Frances sold "Harley", near St. Michaels in 1691. This same land was patented by Robert Humphreys in 1664.

George BLADES and Frances HUMPHREYS had the following children:

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Mary BLADES was born on 4 May 1687 in Probably Talbot County, Maryland. She died in 1709 at the age of 22 in Probably Talbot County, Maryland.

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James BLADES (II).

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Edmund [Edmond] BLADES11 was born in Probably Talbot County, Maryland.

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Susannah BLADES11 was born in Talbot County, Maryland.