Captain John Norwood
(1605-Bef 1672)


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  • Born: 1605, Wyckham Abbey, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage (1): Anne Harrington
  • Died: Bef 19 Jun 1672, Maryland, (United States)

  Research Notes:

Do not confuse with John Norwood (husband of Sarah Shrubsole), b 1600.



John Norwood, b. 1605. John is a brother of William "the Emigrant" and of
Richard Norwood, who emigrated to VA in 1643. Richard died 13, May 1644
in Cambridge, MA. John, also know as Captain John Norwood, married Anne
Harrington b. 1613, d. 1674. John's siblings also included Francis Norwood,
b. 1600 & d. 1682. Francis married Judith Gates; their two sons, Capt. William
Norwood and Francis Norwood are mentioned in the 1689 will of Henry Norwood.
Also, Augustine, Edward, Capt./Major Thomas Norwood, Eleanor, Dorothy ,
Roger and Alexander Norwood. John died in Maryland before 19, June 1672.


The progenitor of the Norwoods in Maryland, Captain John Norwood arrived in Maryland in 1649 from Virginia with a group of Puritans who refused to submit to the pressure of Gov. William Berkeley to use theAnglican Book of Common Prayer in their church services. The group had obtained permission to relocate to Maryland from the Catholic Lord Baltimore,who was seeking to retain control of his colony in the face of the rise of Cromwell in England. These Puritans settled on the banks of the Severn River, in a settlement first called Providence, then Arundeltown, and eventually Annapolis.

Captain John Norwood became the first High Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, and received lands (later patented as "Norwood") adjacent to Norwood's Creek (now called "Weems Creek") and featuring Norwood's Point (now called "Horseshoe Point") in what is now the Wardour section of Annapolis. He received his title "Captain" in the Battle of the Severn in March, 1655. The Anglican forces of Gov. William Stone attempted to reestablish control over the Puritan areas of Maryland, but were defeated by the well organized Puritans. Captain John Norwood, as High Sheriff, took control of the captured prisoners.

Captain John Norwood (1605-1672) is the son of either Tyringham(1576-9/16/1629) and Anne (Boteler) Norwood, or his brother William and Agnes (Boteler) Norwood (sister of Anne). Tyringham and William were sons of John (d. 1588) and Anne (Tyringham) Norwood. John's father was Thomas Norwood, whose father was Robert, whose father was William(~1475-1537), whose parents were Sir John (~1440-1509) and Eleanor(Giffard)(1450-bef 1496) Norwood of Leckhampton Court. This last William's brother was Roger, progenitor of the Norwoods of Virginia, who were part of the Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, Norwood family.

Captain John had many children, including:
Andrew, John, Phillip, Samuel, Joseph, Edward, and Susannah

256. Captain JOHN NORWOOD, born 1605 in Wyckham Abbey, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; died 06 Feb 1672/73 in Calvert Co, MD. He was the son of TYRINGHAM NORWOOD and ANNE BOTELER. He married 257. ANNE HARRINGTON Bef. 1634 in England.
257. ANNE HARRINGTON, born Bef. 1612 in England; died 1674 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland. She was the daughter of Sir JAMES HARRINGTON and FRANCES SAPCOTE.

Notes for Captain JOHN NORWOOD:
1605: Birth at Wykeham Abbey. Other lineages: Do not confuse with John Norwood (husband of Sarah Shrubsole, and 4th cousin once removed), b 1600

1643 -- John Norwood accompanied Sir Francis Wyatt to Virginia. Settled in Nansemond County on Glebe lands. (source: Debbie Krause,, "Debbie Franklin Family" File 2218842). Church warden of the Elizabeth River Church, whose members were influenced by Puritanism and became non-Conformists. In 1648 John Norwood, as churchwarden, refused to obey the order of Gov. Berkeley of Virginia to cause the Book of Common Prayer to be used at all church services.

1649 from Virginia to Maryland. Captain John Norwood was one of the group of about a hundred Puritan non-conformists who left Virginia and came to Anne Arundel County. He received a land grant of 230 acres called Norwood Cliffs on the lower Calvert Cliffs, situated on the Severn River above Annapolis. Settled near Howards and Dorseys near present-day Annapolis. This adjoined the lands of Thomas Mear on the north and a tract called Theobush Manning granted to Edward Dorsey and Thomas Manning on the south side, The lands of Captain John Norwood at his seat in Anne Arundel County adjoined Edward Dorsey's Hockley-in-the-Hole. Other land grants of Captain Norwood were Norwood's Fancy, 400 acres, and The Intake, 100 acres, both situated on the south side of the Severn River. 1650 Captain Norwood and Edward Dorsey, gentleman, took up lands together on the Severn River. Edward Dorsey's land is "Hockley" on south shore of the Severn River. 1650 John Norwood demands 600a for transporting self, wife and two children (John and Andrew) and two servants (john Hays and Elizabeth Hills). Research Question: Only two children were named in the 1650 headright request. Does this imply that all the other children were born later, or that they were born earlier and already grown in 1650? 1651, Sheriff of new Puritan settlement of Providence and captain of the Anne Arundel County Militia, appointed to protect the settlers from Indian attacks. (source: Debbie Krause,, "Debbie Franklin Family" File 2218842)

26 Dec 1655 fought in Battle of the Severn in which Puritans routed the army of Gov. William Stone. Prisoners, including Governor William Stone were entrusted to his care. A court later ordered the prisoners to pay for their care while in custody: "Mr John Norwood, sheriff of Providence, hath petitioned this Court that, whereas, Willam Evans, Thomas Trueman, Captain William Stone, Mr. Job Chandler, Edward Packer, George Thompson, Robert Clarke, Henry Williams and John Casey owe him for charges and fees due to him from said persons when they were prisoners upon the last rebellion of Captain William Stone (as the said sheriff hath deposted in Cort) it is ordered that, if said persons shall not satisfy the several sums to said John Norwood, the sheriff of these counties shall seize by distress, etc..." (Record in Maryland Archives)

1657 demands additional land for transporting other servants. 1661 Captain John Norwood of the Severn receives commission to command all the forces from the head of the river to the south side of the Patapsco. (Source: J. D. Warfield, Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties). 1662 John Norwood demands land for transporting John Horrington into the province and assigns same to Susanna Howard, for the use of her son Charles Stephens, son of Charles Stephens, deceased. 1662 Captain John Norwood, Gentleman, became a justice of Anne Arundel County.

1672 Norwood died intestate, survived by his widow Ann and by seven children. Widow Ann married James Boyd; litigation ensued between Boyd and the Norwood sons. (source: Debbie Krause,, "Debbie Franklin Family" File 2218842)

19 June 1672 is date of administration (Test. Proc. 5, f.290)

  Noted events in his life were:

Emigrated: to Virginia, 1643.

Settled: in Maryland with a group of Puritans, 1649.

Land: "Norwood's Fancy" near Round Bay.

John married Anne Harrington. (Anne Harrington was born in 1613 and died in 1674 in <Maryland, (United States)>.)


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