- Elizabeth Richardson's ancestors are among the earliest Puritan and Quaker settlers of Maryland. They came with the Chews, Coles, Thomases, Ewens, Sparrows, Hutchens and Pierponts. Some of her immediate ancestors were prominent men in the early history of the Colony. Among them was William Richardson, a leading citizen of Anne Arundel Co., for many years a member of the General Assembly. He came to Maryland with Maj. Richard Ewen, before 1650. He was Major in the forces of the Colony; Speaker of the Assembly several times; member of the Council, and one of the "High Commissioners," to govern Maryland under Protector Cromwell. Maj. Ewen was one of the first to take up land on the Patapsco River. On November 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1655, Lord Baltimore, Surveyor General, laid out tracts of land on the Patapsco River for several persons, including Maj. Ewen and Thomas Sparrow, also an ancestor of Elizabeth Richardson. The land taken up by Thomas Sparrow has since been known as "Sparrow's Point." John Chew and his son, Samuel Chew, were also members of the General Assembly and among the most prominent men in the Colony. Both left large estates for their day.
Lieut. Thomas came to Maryland in 1650. Originally he was a Puritan, but he afterwards (as did a number of other Puritans) became a Friend. Lieut. Chew was also one of the High Commissioners under Protector Cromwell. Lieut. Thomas was at the battle of Severn, on the side of the Puritans, and was member of the Court Martial, held after the battle, that condemned Governor Stone and others to death.
Dr. Thomas Wynn, the friend and companion of the good William Penn, came with him to Pennsylvania in the Welcome, and was Speaker in the first three assemblies held in Pennsylvania.