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

William Kent

Male 1763 - 1849  (85 years)


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  • Name William Kent 
    Born 3 Oct 1763  Old Town, Allegheny County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Mar 1849  Rose County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I000180  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 

    Father Absalom Kent,   b. Bef 1727, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765, Old Town, Allegheny County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 38 years) 
    Mother Anne {Unproven} Perrin,   b. Abt 1731, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1747  Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Perrin,   b. 24 Mar 1770, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1839, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1789  Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Kent,   b. 13 Dec 1789, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Drusilla Kent,   b. 23 Dec 1791,   d. Ripley County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Susannah Kent,   b. 25 Mar 1793, Washington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Perrin Kent,   b. 11 Jul 1794, Hopewell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1882, Kent twp, Warren County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Absalom Kent,   b. 16 Jan 1796, Washington County, Pa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Deborah Kent,   b. 1 Nov 1797
     7. Rebecca Kent,   b. 1 Nov 1797
     8. Nancy Kent,   b. 28 Apr 1800
     9. William Kent,   b. 1 Mar 1802, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1876, Knoxville, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     10. Josiah Pillow Kent,   b. 28 Nov 1804, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1856, Illiopolis, Ill. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     11. Joseph Bell Kent,   b. 14 Feb 1806, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1889, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     12. John Kelly Kent,   b. 21 Nov 1807, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1847, Ross County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 39 years)
     13. Jesse Harrison Kent,   b. 16 Nov 1809, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1886, Springfield, Ill. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     14. Sally Anne Kent,   b. 11 Jul 1811, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Rousseau, Marion county, Ia. Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Sybil Anne Kent,   b. 26 Jan 1813, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845  (Age 31 years)
     16. Catherine Kent,   b. 23 Aug 1814, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     17. James Kent,   b. 23 Aug 1818, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F00041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • It is thought that William Kent, went to Washington County, Pennsylvania prior to 1871. He may have lived a short time in Fayette County, Pa. we do know he lived most of his years in Washington county, Pa., before he went to Ross County, Ohio.
      William, served an apprenticeship to the weavers trade, but it is not known if he actually worked at this trade. Most of his adult life was as a farmer.
      William Kent, was in the Revolutionary War, he was in the company of militia, under Captain Breen and General George Clark. He started about June 1, 1781 and was discharged in late December 1781. about three months later in 1782, he was drafted for one month to help finish a fort at Louisville, Ky. He also served one month for a substitute for Issac Keller, it is not known if he was paid for just helping out a friend.
      William was granted a pension, having made his declaration regarding his service of February 13, 1832, at which time he was living in Ross, County, Ohio.
      A deed dated June 26, 1797 stated, William Kent and his wife Sarah, conveyed to John Johnson, Joseph Kent and John Seritchfield, of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for a consideration of 36 pounds "All their part interest to a tract of land formerly the property of Edward Perrin, Deceased, and being in Washington County and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, called Perrinsfield, containing 400acres strict measure, 1785". This Land had been taken by Edward Perrin, and after his death it was patented to his oldest son, William, for the benefit of all his heirs, of whom Sarah Perrin Kent was one.
      William Kent, was one of the earliest settlers in Paxton Township, Ross County, Ohio, and is shown if the narrative coped from William Brothers History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio, published in 1880:
      Between November 10, 1793 and March 17, 1794, General Nathaniel Massie, assisted by Joseph and David Kilgore, chain carries, and John Youkham, marker, make a survey of Ont thousand acres of land on Paint Creek, where R.R. Seymour now lives. This survey was made for Nathan Reeves, who gave the name Reeves Crossing. In the spring of 1795, Reeves make a contract with William Kent, of Pennsylvania, whereby it was agreed that Kent should come to Ohio and clear forty acres of this tract and place it in condition for planting and that Reeves should give him, in payment, fifty acres of land to be located at any point on the outside of the tract which, he (Kent) should choose. In pursuance of this agreement, Kent came out alone into the wilderness with only his axe, gun and a small tent, settled himself back near the base of a hill, and went manfully to work. He cut the first tree ever cut in Paxton Township in preparation for actual settlement. For about six months of that year he worked thus alone in the great wilderness. There was not at that date, a settler in Ross County. A bloody war with the Indian tribes was drawing to a close. But amidst all the loneliness of such a life, the dangers of a forest infested with wolves, bears and panthers, and traversed constantly by hostile bands of Indians, William Kent persevered, and for fifty acres of woodland, worth a pitiable sum, cleared the first cornfield in Paxton.
      Two years later, in 1797 William Kent moved from Pennsylvania, with his family and settled in Ross County, Ohio, probably on the Fifty acre tract he worked for so hard, from Mr. Reeves.
      In 1806 and from 1808 to 1810 inclusive, William held the office of clerk and treasurer of Paxton Township. In 1813 he was elected township trustee and 1816 "Lister and house appraiser."
      On August 16, 1839 his wife Sarah, to whom he had been married to for more than 50 years, died. And on March 24, 1849 William, died. Bath are buried in the cemetery at Bainbridge, Ohio.
      Not a great deal is known regarding the other children of William and Sarah (Perrin) Kent. There is a tradition that Absalom was in California during the gold rush of 1849, and he had been quite successful.
      There is some evidence that William lived for awhile in Warren county, Indiana, but confirmation is lacking at this time. He was living in Marion County, Iowa, as early as 1850 and possibly some years previously. He served on term as County Surveyor and surveyed several towns, including Columbia, Coalport, and a subdivision of Knoxville. Sally Ann, who married James Blaine, also lived in Marion county.[marshall4.FTW]

      It is thought that William Kent, went to Washington County, Pennsylvania prior to 1871. He may have lived a short time in Fayette County, Pa. we do know he lived most of his years in Washington county, Pa., before he went to Ross County, Ohio.
      William, served an apprenticeship to the weavers trade, but it is not known if he actually worked at this trade. Most of his adult life was as a farmer.
      William Kent, was in the Revolutionary War, he was in the company of militia, under Captain Breen and General George Clark. He started about June 1, 1781 and was discharged in late December 1781. about three months later in 1782, he was drafted for one month to help finish a fort at Louisville, Ky. He also served one month for a substitute for Issac Keller, it is not known if he was paid for just helping out a friend.
      William was granted a pension, having made his declaration regarding his service of February 13, 1832, at which time he was living in Ross, County, Ohio.
      A deed dated June 26, 1797 stated, William Kent and his wife Sarah, conveyed to John Johnson, Joseph Kent and John Seritchfield, of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for a consideration of 36 pounds "All their part interest to a tract of land formerly the property of Edward Perrin, Deceased, and being in Washington County and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, called Perrinsfield, containing 400acres strict measure, 1785". This Land had been taken by Edward Perrin, and after his death it was patented to his oldest son, William, for the benefit of all his heirs, of whom Sarah Perrin Kent was one.
      William Kent, was one of the earliest settlers in Paxton Township, Ross County, Ohio, and is shown if the narrative coped from William Brothers History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio, published in 1880:
      Between November 10, 1793 and March 17, 1794, General Nathaniel Massie, assisted by Joseph and David Kilgore, chain carries, and John Youkham, marker, make a survey of Ont thousand acres of land on Paint Creek, where R.R. Seymour now lives. This survey was made for Nathan Reeves, who gave the name Reeves Crossing. In the spring of 1795, Reeves make a contract with William Kent, of Pennsylvania, whereby it was agreed that Kent should come to Ohio and clear forty acres of this tract and place it in condition for planting and that Reeves should give him, in payment, fifty acres of land to be located at any point on the outside of the tract which, he (Kent) should choose. In pursuance of this agreement, Kent came out alone into the wilderness with only his axe, gun and a small tent, settled himself back near the base of a hill, and went manfully to work. He cut the first tree ever cut in Paxton Township in preparation for actual settlement. For about six months of that year he worked thus alone in the great wilderness. There was not at that date, a settler in Ross County. A bloody war with the Indian tribes was drawing to a close. But amidst all the loneliness of such a life, the dangers of a forest infested with wolves, bears and panthers, and traversed constantly by hostile bands of Indians, William Kent persevered, and for fifty acres of woodland, worth a pitiable sum, cleared the first cornfield in Paxton.
      Two years later, in 1797 William Kent moved from Pennsylvania, with his family and settled in Ross County, Ohio, probably on the Fifty acre tract he worked for so hard, from Mr. Reeves.
      In 1806 and from 1808 to 1810 inclusive, William held the office of clerk and treasurer of Paxton Township. In 1813 he was elected township trustee and 1816 "Lister and house appraiser."
      On August 16, 1839 his wife Sarah, to whom he had been married to for more than 50 years, died. And on March 24, 1849 William, died. Bath are buried in the cemetery at Bainbridge, Ohio.
      Not a great deal is known regarding the other children of William and Sarah (Perrin) Kent. There is a tradition that Absalom was in California during the gold rush of 1849, and he had been quite successful.
      There is some evidence that William lived for awhile in Warren county, Indiana, but confirmation is lacking at this time. He was living in Marion County, Iowa, as early as 1850 and possibly some years previously. He served on term as County Surveyor and surveyed several towns, including Columbia, Coalport, and a subdivision of Knoxville. Sally Ann, who married James Blaine, also lived in Marion county.

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