Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Joseph Semmes” in chapter 1.38 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25.:

...s among the first settlers of Maryland. A member of the family, Middleton Semmes, when a judge of the Court of Appeals in Maryland, discovered among some old colonial papers the record showing that Joseph Semmes , of Normandy, France, was, by order of the council, naturalized, to enable him to hold land. The date of the paper was 1640, and was the first paper of naturalization ever granted in America. ...

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