George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 15 August 1768]

15. Went to Court. Mr. Igns. Digges Mr. Lee and Mr. Hill came here.

Ignatius Digges (1707–1785) of Melwood, Prince George’s County, Md., was the grandson of William Digges (d. 1698), who moved from Virginia to Maryland in the late seventeenth century. Ignatius, a first cousin to William Digges of Warburton, married Elizabeth Parnham, and after her death Mary Carroll, daughter of Daniel Carroll of Duddington (1707–1734). His only child, a daughter Mary Digges (1745–1805) by his first wife, married Thomas Sim Lee (1745–1819), of Prince George’s County, Md., who is probably the Mr. Lee mentioned here. Lee was a grandson of Philip Lee (1678–1718), who moved from Virginia to Maryland in 1700.

In the mid-seventeenth century Clement Hill settled in Maryland, where he sat on the council. Since Hill had no issue, his nephew, also named Clement Hill (1670–1743), inherited his uncle’s lands in Maryland, migrated from England to Maryland in 1696, and eventually settled at the Woodyard, Prince George’s County. This Clement had three sons, John (d. 1800), Clement (1707–1782), and Henry (d. 1796), and two grandsons, Clement Jr. (1743–1807) and Henry Jr., all of whom were alive in 1768 (mackenzie [1] description begins George Norbury Mackenzie, ed. Colonial Families of the United States of America. 7 vols. 1907-20. Reprint. Baltimore, 1966. description ends , 2:310–17).

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