To the best of my knowledge there are no references yet found to any Fugates, by any of the various spellings, earlier than the 1600's. Counting spouses there are only 17 individuals with the Fugate name documented in the 1600's. This is important, as all the Fugates in the America's descend from those seventeen emigrants. Those colonialists are:
James ffugeett "mariner" Stepney, England
Eme Lambe ffugeett Stepney, wife of James
James (2nd) ffugeett Stepney, son of James & Eme
William ffugeett Stepney, son of James & Eme
Peter Fookett France (1645) parents unknown
Frances Mould Fookett Maryland wife of Peter
John Fugate Maryland son of Peter & Frances
Ann Fugate Maryland dau. of Peter & Frances
Josias Fugate Maryland parents unknown
Esther Fugate Maryland parents unknown
Dorothy Pettit Fugate Va. first wife of James ffugeett
Martha Poel Fugate second wife of James ffugeett
Mary Fugate July 24 1698 Dau of James & Martha
Elizabeth Jan. 13, 1699 Dau of James & Martha
James Fugate 1676 Maryland Father of Edward 1734
Anne Fugate Wife of James mother of Edward
There is one other Fugate variant in the 1600's that should be investigated-Peter Foucat Westminster, St. Martin, was christened July 19, 1636 and his parents are Richard and Hestor.
There is no record of the first James ffugeett's death or whether he came to America. His wife Eme shows up here as Eme Johnson, so she remarried either in the Colonies or just before coming here with James her son, born December 18, 1653 in Stepney.
Eme's son William disappears completely after his birth notice in St. Dunstans, Stepney May 23, 1652.
Peter Fookett (Fugate) was born about 1645 probably in France as he named his plantation "Frenchman's Plantation" and he was naturalized by the Baltimore County Assembly September 17, 1681.
Peter married Frances Mould, daughter of John Mould and Anne Posey and they had two known children, John (1689) and Ann (1692) both recorded in St George's Parish records in Baltimore. Peter may have been married to another woman earlier as it seems reasonable "but not proven" that Josias and Esther are also children of Peter.
James (2nd), son of James & Eme was married twice-first to Dorothy Pettit and they probably had no children. He then left Dorothy and moved to Perquiman's Precinct, NC where he married Martha Poel and they had two children Mary born July 24, 1698 and Elizabeth born January 13 1699. (notice these dates as those pesky double dates used back then probably account for the error)
Finally the last James born about 1676 in Baltimore County as calculated from records "age 66" when he took out a "three lifetime lease" in Baltimore County. He married Anne and they had a large family including Edward. Who was his parents?
There are a lot of records in Baltimore County, Perquiman's Precinct and King George County that verify all the Fugates named above and coupled with neighbors and relatives provide a good starting point for DNA and genealogical research. Hopefully re-reading these records and finding new ones can solve some of the mysteries so we don't have to guess or invent relationships.
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