Charity Sparrow



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.

Portrait of a Woman by Jan Mytens
Portrait of a Woman by Jan Mytens

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.

Cecil Calvert
Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore
Lady Anne Arundell Calvert
Lady Anne Arundell Calvert

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, and Wikipedia) you may still be asking why a blog using her name. I’ll explore that one in my next post.  

10 thoughts on “Charity Sparrow

  1. Dearest Courtney,

    Thank you for your honesty and bravery and true grit! I have been at the bottom, and beyond. I am a miracle as well, and thank God to be here everyday. I admire you for your strength and courage. Thank you.

    Ruth Barnes

    1. Ruth,
      You are a miracle I so appreciate your friendship, and I admire you as well! And here you are, supporting me and you’ve posted our very first comment..yay! I wish I had flowers, or at least some chocolate to give you, or something lol..but, consider yourself ((hugged)) and thank you so much! xo

  2. Lovely to read about your history/heritage, it’s good to have a sense of belonging x
    Fabulous website by the way x

    1. Thank you, Carolyn! I wish they were actually portraits of theirs, but they’re not. I tried to add some illustrations that would help paint the picture of that era, though I believe as a Quaker from the 1600’s, Charity would have been a bit more modestly, plainly dressed.
      The portraits of the 2nd Baron Baltimore, Cecil Calvert (who granted the land to Charity’s father) and his wife, Lady Anne Arundell Calvert (whom the County was named for after her passing) are authentic. Appreciate your comment! xo

  3. Dear Courtney,
    Such an interesting lineage!
    If History doesn’t have to define us it definitely explains us!
    Whether it is our family history, the history of an old piece of furniture or World history it connects our past to who we are and holds the key to what we become as a Nation, as a People, as Planet Earth. Ignore your history and you are bound to repeated mistakes

    1. Alexandra,
      Isn’t that the truth? Thank you so much for your kind words and for being here to share with! xo

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