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This book, though helpful at times, is fraught with errors both typographical and factual. Therefore researchers are cautioned to not rely solely on the data presented and to seek additional sources.
Particularly erroneous data is presented in the the first paragraph of Chapter One: "The progenitor of the North Carolina Summers family was John Summers, Sr., who was born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland on November 3, 1695. There is strong consensus that he was the son of Benjamin Summers, who immigrated to Northhampton County, Virginia in 1655 and died in Somerset County, Maryland between 1709 and December, 1715...".
The author mistakenly attributes a connection between this Benjamin Summers and the Summers families that settled in the Carolinas when, in fact, there is no known connection. With this erroneous information as a basis the author then compounds the error by tying subsequent marriage and descendants to this John Summers b. 1695.
In actuality, the progenitor of the Summers family in the Carolinas [which this book is about] was a John Summers b. between 1645-1655 d. 1705 who was transported to Maryland in 1671 [presumably from England] onboard a ship mastered by Capt. John Boddy: '8 Dec 1671 Captain John Boddy proved his right to 600 acres of land for having transported 12 persons to Maryland among whom was John Summers. Prince George's Land Patents 16/394'. It was the grandchildren of this John Summers who commenced to migrate out of Maryland just before the Rev. War; some went to North Carolina and others on to South Carolina.
Researchers of this Summers family would do well to obtain a copy of "Rosemary B Dodd, Helen Summers Holweck, The First Three Generations of John Summers of Prince George's County, Maryland, copyright 1994 by the authors". Researchers can rely on this book as a solid foundation and can compare data in other publications (such as "Carolina Summers...."). The authors discuss the John Summers b. 1695 and that no relationship is known to the John Summers transported by Capt Boddy.
The SummersLovelace Family in Maryland
The Marylanders in Iredell County
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