Frederick Hogarth
George, Esq., Maryland and Berwick
Sat Aug 6, 2016 6:52pm

Hello again, Audrey,

I had thought there might be a faint chance that your George might have left Maryland at the date of his death, and that someone later confused the facts. Our George definitely "settled" in America and died in Berwick.

In 18th and 19th century society (as also at other times but with perhaps less discipline) class distinctions were upheld fairly rigidly. The term 'gentleman' was used to describe all in the upper class but, confusingly, it described also the lowest rank of the upper class. The next rank upwards was esquire and this denoted a gentleman who was slightly superior in lineage or property. His armorial achievement, commonly but loosely called his 'coat of arms', would feature a helmet garnished in gold to distinguish him from a mere gentleman with a plain helmet. An officer of the lowest rank in the Royal Navy and in the Army would rank as a Gentleman, but would rise to Esquire on promotion respectively up to First Lieutenant or Captain (and in the RAF today to Flight Lieutenant). Note that a Captain in the Royal Navy is equivalent to an Army Colonel. In the USA today, I am told, on the eastern side of the country the term Esquire is added as a post-nominal to the surnames of lawyers, but I doubt this was true ca 1820. Although it would not be said that in the UK a child inherited the rank "by blood", it is nevertheless true that a child would inherit the standing of 'gentle' from the parents, and that this would not be so if one of the parents had married out of his/her class. (Many Victorian novels relied on this for their plots.)

  • George, Esq (MD)audrey19106, Sat Aug 6 5:51pm
    Hello Frederick, Thank you so much for writing! Unfortunately, I don't think that we are speaking about the same George. I found our George's death notice listed in a Maryland newspaper and his will... more
    • George HogarthSandra Pierson, Tue Mar 7 12:19pm
      Hi After reading your message a few times I wondered if your George Hogarth who died in 1822 could be the George Hogarth Esq. I am looking for, from Westminster. My George (b.1757) definitely studied ... more
      • George Hogarth,Esq.Audrey Schneider, Tue Mar 7 5:17pm
        Hi Sandra, This is exciting! Perhaps they are indeed the same person. I would love to follow up on this lead. Would you, by chance, have any scans of documents regarding your George? I am working... more
        • George HogarthSandra Pierson, Tue Mar 28 10:15am
          Hi Audrey I am a descendant of John Hogarth of Westminster via George's brother Henry Spence Hogarth. I am on but only the UK (not World Wide) "Williams-Stebbing" tree. My grandmother's... more
          • George HogarthWilliam Hogarth, Wed Mar 29 10:29am
            Hello Sandra and Audrey, Verbatim from ancient notes -- >>>>>>> The grandson of John Hogarth, Tenant in Rumbletonlaw, who might be the John Hogarth who was executor of John Waddel's will, was --... more
            • Hogarths of LondonSandra Pierson, Sat Oct 28 1:00pm
              Hi, not sure where you are all up to with the family as I have not look at this site for a while. I have copies of the wills, marriage details etc. which definitely show that George Alexander (b.... more
    • George, Esq., Maryland and Berwick — Frederick Hogarth, Sat Aug 6 6:52pm