Charity Sparrow was born in 1640 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She is my 11th great-grandmother (Cassi’s 12th). She was the daughter of Thomas Sparrow (1620-1674) and Elizabeth Kinsey Sparrow (1615-1714). She and her family were some of the first settlers in the Maryland Colony.
Charity married Richard Tydings (1638-1686) in 1667 at Choptank, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. He was the son of John Tydings (1610-1657) and unknown mother. Richard and Charity Sparrow Tydings had the following 9 known children: Letitia, Elizabeth, Charity, Sarah, Pretitia, Mary, Charles, Richard and John. Our family line descended from her daughter, Pretitia.
Charity’s father, Thomas Sparrow, one of the area’s first settlers, was known as a “fearless Quaker Preacher” and Constable. He was also a planter and landowner, which included a parcel of land called Sparrow’s Point granted to him by Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, who was the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland. Thomas’s son, Solomon, made a home there, calling it “Sparrow’s Nest”.
The Pennsylvania Steel Company began making steel at Sparrow’s Point in 1889, and by the mid-20th century, the Sparrow’s Point plant was the world’s largest steel mill and was purchased by Bethlehem Steel in 1916. Steel from the plant played a part in the industrialization of our country, also instrumental in making steel for war efforts as well as for landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Charity died in 1687 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, at the age of 47. Pretitia was born in 1680 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, she married Dutton Lane in 1695. They had one child, Richard, who was born in 1702. Pretitia died on February 2, 1734, at the age of 54.
So, now that you know a little history (thanks, Ancestry.com and Wikipedia) you may still be asking why a blog using her name. I’ll explore that one in my next post.