Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Grace Ashton

Female Abt 1713 - 1789  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Grace Ashton 
    Born Abt 1713  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Oct 1789  Blenheim, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I023895  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 

    Father Henry Ashton,   b. 30 Jul 1671, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1731, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Hardidge,   b. Between 26 Feb 1679/80 and 25 Feb 1680/81, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1721/22, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married Abt 1694  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F05999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Lee,   b. 1708, Blenheim, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1789, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Aft 1730  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Lettice Lee,   b. Abt 1742, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1761, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years)
     2. Philip Thomas Lee,   b. Bef 1746, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1778, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 32 years)
     3. Hannah Lee,   b. Bef 1746, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1763, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 17 years)
     4. Richard Lee,   b. Bef 1748, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1806, "Peytons Levell", Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years)
     5. Alice Lee,   b. 1748, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1789, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     6. Philip Richard Francis Lee,   b. Bef 1749, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1778, Brandywine, Pennsylvannia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 29 years)
     7. Eleanor Anne Lee,   b. Bef 1750, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1806, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
     8. Eleanor Anne {Addl Records) Lee,   b. Bef 1750, Blenheim, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1806, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 
    Family ID F01877  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AI-10, 1788-1791; Page 187. Grace Lee's Will.
      I, Grace Lee of CC, am sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory and understanding.
      [nothing follows]
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AI-10, 1788-1791; Page 190. On Oct 22, 1789, Letters Testamentary on the estate of Grace Lee were granted to Philip Richard Fendall, the acting executor; his securities were Benjamin Contee & Matthew Blair. Bond was 2000 .
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      Charles County Maryland Probate Records, Inventories, Book 1791 - 1797
      3 Grace Lee (Mrs.) - 22 Dec 1790
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      Charles County, Maryland, Inventories,1791-1797; Page 2. Mrs. Grace Lee, decd , Additional Inventory. Taken at Blenheim Dec 22, 1790.
      Negroes: Phillis of Moll (age 14) , Rachael of Ditto (12) , Sall of Lettuce (11), Winney (10), Isaac (62), Adam of Myrtilla (23), Sally (51), Monica (21), Harry (6), Priscilla
      (17), Hamat (a) , Sam (10) , Joe (6), Aaron (21) , Nan the Infant Charity 9 too old (23), Jacob of Peg (9), Nathan of Nan ( 2) .
      Total amount: 516.0.0.
      Signed - Jno Marshall, T. Harris.
      Certified by John Muschett, Registrar of Wills.
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      still single when her father's will written 26th February,
      1730.
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      Lee of Virginia, Page 149
      Note:
      The will of "Mr. Henry Ashton, Gent," of Cople Parish, Westmoreland, dated the 26th of February, 1730; probated 24th of November, 1731, names his wife Mary, executrix, with Capt. Geo. Turberville, Capt. Burdett Ashton, Mr. Andrew Monroe and Richard Watts; gives daughter, Grace Ashton, 1,000 acres, called "Poore Jack," granted Col. Wm. Hardidge, 15th of September, 1651-3, and 1,200 acres of "Peyton's Level," granted Col. Valentine Peyton, 22 July, 1662; the said Grace to make over to Eliza'h and Anne Aylett, daughters of his daughter, Anne Ashton, dec'd, and her husband, Capt. Wm. Aylett, Jr., the land called "Sturmans," which he gave Anne at marriage; also to granddaughter Elizabeth Turberville, 850 acres of "Peyton's Level," and to granddaughters Eliza'h and Anne Aylett the rest, 400 acres of Peyton's Level; also his land "Nominy," 1,000 acres granted to Col. Thomas Speke, 16 September, 1651. To sons Henry and John Ashton lands and copper mines in Stafford County, and lands in Westmoreland Co. To cousin Burdett Ashton, 1,000 acres in Stafford. To godson, John, son of Mr. Charles Ashton, 1,700 acres in Stafford. To his sister, Mrs. Sarah Macgill, a ring. (Va. Genealogies, 489.)
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      Lee of Virginia, Page 149
      Note:
      Compare with this abstract, the following will of Grace Lee; it was dated the 18th of November, 1787, and probated, in Charles County, Maryland., on the 22d of October, 1789:

      In the name of God, Amen. I Grace Lee, of Charles county, in the State of Maryland being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say

      First, and principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows. I give and devise unto my well beloved daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee all my lands lying in Richmond county in the State of Virginia commonly called and known by name of Paytons Levels, containing by estimation about 1400 acres, be the same more or less, to them the said Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee and their heirs in fee simple, to be equally divided between them.

      Item. I give and devise unto my said daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee all my land lying in Westmoreland county in the State of Virginia (one of which tracts or parcels of land is commonly called and known by the name of Poor Jack containing about 600 acres be the same more or less, and the other is commonly called and known by the name of Sturman containing by estimation about 60 acres be the same more or less) which said two tracts or parcels of land I give and devise to them the said Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee, and their heirs in fee simple to be equally divided between them.

      Item. I give and devise unto my said daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee my other Lands, which I now have or may hereafter claim interest or estate in of what nature or kind soever lying and being in either of the aforesaid countys and State aforesaid to them and their heirs and assigns forever, in as full ample and extensive manner as the nature of the lands will or may admit of, to be equally divided between my said daughters their heirs and assigns and to their sole and simple use respectively without let or molestation of any person or persons claiming or may claim by from or under me.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Russell Lee one full half of all the negroes I may in any manner be entitled to or have in possession at the time of my death, to him the said Russell Lee, his heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath to each of my Granddaughters, Sarah Russell Lee, Anne Lee, Elinor Lee, and Margaret Russell Lee, a Negro girl to be from twelve to fifteen years of age each, to my said Granddaughters respectively, and to their heirs and assigns forever.

      Item. The residue and remainder of the negroes I shall be possessed of or in any manner entitled to at the time of my death and which are not herein given or intended to be given or bequeathed, I give and bequeath unto my daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee, to them and their heirs and assigns forever, to be equally divided between them. Item. All the remaining part of my personal estate goods and chattels of any and every nature or kind soever not herein before bequeathed or disposed of by me, I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Lee, my daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee, my grandson Russell Lee, my granddaughters Sarah Russell Lee, Anne Lee, Elinor Lee and Margaret Russell Lee, to them their heirs and assigns forever, to be equally aportioned, distributed and divided amongst them share and share alike.

      And Lastly I hereby ordain constitute and appoint my much esteemed son in law Philip Richard Fendall Esqr. and my beloved daughters Elinor Anne Lee and Alice Lee to be my executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this eighteenth day of November Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and eighty seven,--signed, sealed, published and declared by Grace Lee the above mentioned testatrix as for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

      Indorsed on the back of this will was the following:

      BLENHEIM, 25th October, '89. SIR:--The right of administration, De bonis non, on the estate of my honored father being in me, and also the joint executorship of the last will and testament of my dear deceased mother; but as I do not intend to interfer in either of these cases, it may be necessary to inform you that I relinquish my title to the administration and Executorship above mentioned and I do this in behalf of my trusty friend P. R. Fendall Esquire, who is so kind as to undertake the unfinished administration of my father's estate and also the Executorship of my mother's will. It is my request that he should be appointed to both these duties and that letters may be taken out in his name.

      (Signed) ELINOR Anne LEE.

      A comparison of these wills proves conclusively that "Grace Lee," the testatrix, was the daughter of Henry Ashton; and the certificate of the Register of Wills for Charles county shows that she was the wife of Richard Lee. His certificates were:

      "On the 2d day of October 1789, Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Grace Lee were granted and committed unto Philip Richard Fendall, the acting Executor and his bond with Benjamin Contee and Matthew Blair, his sureties, was taken in the sum of 2000 current money for due administration."

      "Letters de bonis non on the Estate of the late Richard Lee, were also granted unto Philip Richard Fendall, with 10,000 security."

      Elinor Anne Lee asked that Mr. Fendall be appointed administrator of her father's estate; the court records show that he was appointed administrator of the estate of "the late Richard Lee."

      It will be observed that Grace Lee made no mention of her second son, Philip Thomas Lee, who was dead; property was bequeathed to his children. She also referred to Philip Richard Fendall as her "son-in-law;" but made no bequest to his wife nor to any children. This can only be explained on the theory that Mrs. Fendall was dead and without issue; or it may be that "son-in-law" was an error for brother-in-law; for it has been stated that a Fendall married Eleanor, sister of Grace Lee's husband and that she died in 1759.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1752-1757; Liber NN {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 483. At the request of William Eversfield the following Deed was recorded September 8, 1756
      Indenture made September 4, 1756; Richard Lee, Esqr., of Charles County, Maryland in consideration 224 pounds 14 shillings sterling paid by William Eversfield of PGCo has sold a tract called "Brookefield" adjoining to the dwelling plantation of the late Philip Lee, Esqr., near Nottingham in PGCo containing 214 acres and beginning at a white oak standing on the top of a hill near the plantation where Thomas Hodgkin now dwells and bounded by the main branch of Mattapony Creek, land of John Smith, deceased now in possession of John Bowie, land of Major Sewall, deceased, now in the possessioin of Mr. Thomas Contee, land of Thomas Smith, deceased sold the late Philip Lee, Esqr., near Nottingham Road. Signed Richard Lee in the presence of and acknowledged before Robert Yates, James Nevison JP's of Charles County, Maryland and at the same time Grace Lee wife of Richard Lee relinguished her right of dower. Certified by Philip Fendall, Clk Com, September 4, 1756.

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      Provincial Court Land Records, 1756-1759
      Volume 702, Page 16

      This Indenture made the fourth Day of September one
      Thousand seven hundred and fifty six Between Richard Lee Esq of
      Charles County in the Province of Maryland of the one part and
      William Eversfield of Prince Georges County in the Province aforesaid
      of the other part Witnesseth that the said Richard Lee for and in
      Consideration of the sum of two hundred and Twenty four Pounds
      fourteen shillings sterling to him the said Richard Lee by the
      said William Eversfield well and truly paid at and before the
      Ensealing and Delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof he doth
      hereby Acknowledged and thereof and of Every part thereof doth
      Acquit & Discharge the said William Eversfield his heirs Ex.rs
      and Adm.rs Hath Given Granted Bargained & Sold and by
      these presents doth Give Grant Bargain & Sell unto the said
      William Eversfield his heirs and assigns all that ^part or^ parcell of
      Tract of Land called Brookfield adjoyning to the Dwelling
      Plantation of the Late Philip Lee Esq situate lying ^& being^ near No
      Ll Nottingham in Prince Georges County in the Province aforesaid
      and Beginning at a Bounded white Oak standing on the Top
      of a hill near the Plantation whereon M.r Thomas Hodgkins now Dwells
      and running Thence North fifty two Degrees west Sixty four perches to a
      White oak on the head of a small branch thence running with the
      said Branch the following Courses Viz.t North thirty six Perches then
      North Twenty six Degrees west twenty fourt Perches then North forty
      four Degrees west thirty two Perches then North twenty three Degrees
      West ten Perches then North Eleven Degrees West ^twelve^ twenty Perches then
      north twelve Perches to the main Branch of Mattapany Creek
      Thence Running up the said main Branch the following Courses, Viz.t
      south seventh three Degrees west thirty Perches then south twelve
      Perches south fifty Six Degrees west twelve Perches south sixty
      Eight Degrees west twenty Perches then south five Degrees west
      twenty two Perches then south forty four Degrees west fourteen
      Perches then north Eight seven Degrees west Eighteen Perches
      Then North fourteen Degrees west six perches then north fifty three
      Degrees west twelve Perches then north seventy Degrees west
      Nineteen Perches then north forty Degrees west ten perches To a
      Bounded tree of the Land of John Smith Deceased ^now^ in the possession
      of M.r John Bowies Land formerly Smiths two hundred and twenty
      two perches till it Intersects the Land of Major Sewall Dec^e^ased now
      in the Possession of M.r Thomas Contee thence running with the
      Lines afs.d Thomas Contee's Land formerly Sewall's the following
      Courses Viz.t North fifty seven Degrees East seventeen perches then
      North Seventy Seven Degrees East forty two Perches then north
      Seventy Degrees East twenty Eight perches to a Large white oak
      of the Land of M.r Thomas Smith Deceased sold the late Philip
      Lee Esq near Nottingham road then with said Smith's Land
      North Sixty three Degrees East one hundred perches then with a
      Straight Line to the Beginning Containing two hundred and
      fourteen acres more or Less with all Building Gardens ^Orchards^ Profits
      advantages and appurtenances whatsoever to the same part or
      Parcel of a Tract of Land belonging or in any wise appertaining as also all and
      singular the Estate Right Title Interest Property Claim and Demand
      whatsoever of him the said Richard Lee in Law or Equity to the same
      to have and to hold the said Part and Parcell of Tract of Land and
      Premisses with the appurtenances unto him the said William
      Eversfield his heirs and Assigns for Ever and for to his and their own
      Proper use and Behoof and the said Richard Lee doth for himself
      his heirs Executors and Administrators Promise Covenant and
      Agree to and with the said William Eversfield his heirs and assigns
      that the aforesaid part or parcell of Tra^c^t of Land and Premisses
      with the appurtenances to be for ever Hereafter defended to the said
      William Eversfield his heirs and assigns from and against all Persons
      Claiming from by or under the said Richard Lee his heirs Executors
      and Administrators and that he or his heirs will at any time
      hereafter at the Cost of the said William Eversfield or the person or Persons
      for the time being Claiming under him Execute any other Deed Consistent
      with a specialty for the further making over and Confirming the
      said part or Parcell of Tract of Land and Premisses Here be
      resonbly devised advised or Required to Witness whereof with
      The appurtenances unto him the said William Eversfield his heirs
      and assigns such as by him or them shall be re^a^son^a^bly Devised
      Advised or Required In Witness whereof the said Richard Lee
      hath hereunto set his Hand and Seal the Day & year
      first above Written
      Sealed and Delivered The words to be for ever hereafter defended
      in presence of us to the said in the thirty fourth Line being Richard Lee seal
      first interlined and also the words
      Rob.t Yates from and against all persons Claiming
      from by or under the said Rich.d Lee
      Ja.s Nivison being also first interlined in the
      thirty fourth Line before the Sealing
      & Delivery of the above Deed
      Rob.t Yates
      Ja.s Nivison
      On the Back side of the foregoing Indenture was thus endorsed Viz.t

      Receivd September the fourth 1756 of William Eversfield the Sum of Two hundred
      and twenty four Pounds fourteen shillings Sterling bing the full
      Consideration for the Land and Premisses within Mentioned
      Test Rob.t Yates Richard Lee
      Ja.s Nivison

      Maryland Charles County fs September the fourth 1756 Came
      Richard Lee Esq and Grace his wife before us two of his Lo^r^dships Justices
      for the said County and acknowledged all and singular the Estate Right
      Title Interest Property Claim and Demand of in and to the within
      mentioned part or Parcell of Land and Premisses with the
      appurtenances to be in the withing named William Eversfield his heirs & assigns
      for Ever and the said Grace being by us privately Examind out of the hearing of her
      said husband Did Declare ^that^ that he Relinquished her Dower Willingly & freely
      without being Induced thereto By fears or threats of or ill Usage of her
      said husband or for fear of his Displeasure Taken and Acknowledged
      before us the Day and year above Writtin
      Rob.t Yates
      Ja.s Nivison

      1756 Sep.t Recd of W.m Eversfield four shillings three pence half
      peny for an alienation fine on the within two hundred & fourteen acres
      of Land by order of the Hon.ble Edw.d Loyd Esq Agent for the Right
      Honourable the Lord Propry of Maryland

      J Hepburn

      Maryland Charles County fs.t I hereby Certify that the above mentioned James Nivison and Robert
      Yates Gentleman who signed the above acknowledgment was at the time of signing
      The same and still are two of his Lordships the Right Hon.ble the Lo^r^d Propry Justices of
      The peace for the County afs.d to whom full faith and Credit is and Ought to be Given as
      well in Justice Court as thereout to all Deeds By them to Certifyed and ^to all^ Acknowledgments
      ^by them so signed^ In testimony whereof I have hereunt set my hand and affixed the publick seal of the County ^afs.d^
      This 4.th day of Sep.t in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and fifty six
      Phil Rob Frendall Clk Com Cur pred
      Recorded Sep.t 28 1756
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1774-1780; Liber CC 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 680. At the request of Thomas Contee & John Dorsett the following Deed was recorded November 2, 1779
      Indenture made September 25, 1779; Richard Lee, Esq. of Charles County, Maryland in consideration of 1200 pounds current money paid by Thomas Contee and John Dorsett, Gentleman of PGCo has sold part of a tract called "Lee's Choice" lying in the Town of Nottingham now in his tenure in possession which was conveyed to him July 7, 1730 by Thomas Brooke as recorded in Liber Q, folio 50 containing 2 acres and 40 feet of land excepting the ground where a store house belonging to James Russell now stands. Signed Richard Lee in the presence of Benjamin Contee, John Parnham and acknowledged before John Parnham, Walter Winter (JPs of Charles County, Maryland) and at the same time Grace Lee wife of Richard Lee relinquished her right of dower