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

William Wells

Male 1730 - Aft 1771  (> 42 years)


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  • Name William Wells 
    Born 7 Jan 1729/30  Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1771  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I001515  Tree1
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father Robert Wells,   b. 5 Aug 1693, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1771, Frederick County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Anne Lackland,   b. Abt 1700, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1771, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 1716  Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebekah Marshall,   b. Abt 1732, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1774, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married Abt 1749  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F00865  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Sarah Batty 51.143 AA 379.1.3 Apr 15 1752 Jul 10 1752
      (also Sarah Beatty)
      Appraisers: Richard Smith, John Brown.
      Creditors: Henry Darnall, Samuel Lane (son of Joseph Lane).
      Next of kin: William Wells, Thomas Marshall, Jr.
      Administrator: John Lamar, Jr.
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      Volume 50 page 214 Assembly Proceedings, Oct. 2-Nov. 17, 1753. Liber No. 47 p. 316
      Capt. Gassaway, from the Committee appointed to enquire into the Facts contained in William Wells and Rebecca his Wife, their Petition, delivers to Mr. Speaker the following Report. By the Committee appointed by the Honourable the Lower House of Assembly, to enquire into the Truth of the Facts set forth in the Petition of William Wells, and Rebecca his Wife.
      October 31, 1753.
      Your Committee find, That William Marshall, of Prince George's County, by his last Will and Testament, in Writing, bearing Date the 23d of April 1734, did, amongst other Things therein contained, devise unto his two Daughters, Sarah and Rebecca Marshall, and the Heirs of their Body lawfully begotten, all that Tract of Land called Charley, except One Hundred Acres to his Son Thomas Marshall, and in Default of such Heirs of them, or either of them, then to his Son Thomas, and his Heirs for ever; whereby the said Rebecca
      Marshall, now Wife of the Petitioner William Wells, hath Right to One Hundred and Thirty Acres, Part of the said Tract of Land called Charley.

      We find a Deed from James Maxwell, Son and Heir of James Maxwell of Baltimore County, to Lucy Evans, Executrix of Lewis Evans, of Anne Arundel County, for a Tract of Land, containing Two Hundred Acres, lying on the West Side of Chesapeak Bay, and on the South Side of Herring Creek, bearing Date the 19th of May, 1691, duly executed, acknowledged and enrolled, which Land was patented to William Parker, September the 4th, 1666, as appears by a Recital in the said Deed, and sold by him the said William Parker, to James Maxwell. Father of the above mentioned James Maxwell, the First Day of November, 1667, as also appears by a Recital in the said Deed.

      We also find a Deed of Gift, from Lucy Evans, to her two Daughters, Elisabeth and Sarah Evans, for the aforesaid Land, bearing Date the 7th Day of September, 1691, duly executed and enrolled, L: H. J. and afterwards recorded in the Special Court Records, of Anne No. 47 Arundel County. We find that the said Elisabeth Evans, and Sarah her Sister, who intermarried with a certain Samuel Griffith, by their joint Petition to his Lordship's Agent, obtained a Warrant of Resurvey on the said Two Hundred Acres of Land, and included therein Ninety Three Acres of Surplus, and obtained a Patent for the Quantity of Two Hundred and Ninety Three Acres, called Evan's Purchase, bearing Date the 16th Day of September, 1720, and that a Division of the said Land hath been made. We also find a Deed from Elisabeth Faudrie, (who is the same Elisabeth Evans, one of the Daughters of Lucy Evans abovementioned,) to William Wells, of Anne Arundel County, bearing Date the 19th of April, 1753, duly executed, acknowleged and recorded, for One Hundred Four Acres and an Half Acre, of her Part of the Land, being Part of the said Two Hundred and Ninety Three Acres. Your Committee also find a Deed from Benoni Holliday, of Anne Arundel County, to Henry Child, the Son of Henry Child, junr. bearing Date the 29th of August, 1730, duly acknowleged and recorded, for Fifty Acres of Land, Part of a Tract called Trent, also lying in Anne Arundel County; which said Benoni was Heir at Law to his Father William Holliday, who was in Possession of the said Fifty Acres of Land, upwards of Forty Years, and those who claimed under him were always since, in quiet Possession thereof. We find a Deed, from the said Henry Child, to William Wells the Petitioner, for the same Fifty Acres of Land, Part of Trent, bearing Date the 22d Day of June, 1743, duly acknowleged and recorded. We also find, that a certain Joseph Morely had the whole Tract of Land, called Trent, containing Four Hundred and Fifty Acres, patented to him, in the Year 1666, but how William Holliday came by his Right to the Fifty Acres of Land aforesaid, Part of Trent, does not appear to your Committee. And, we likewise find, upon Enquiry into the Value of the said several Lands, that the One Hundred and Four Acres of Land and an Half Acre, Part of Evans's Purchase, as aforementioned, and the Fifty Acres, Part of the Land called Trent, are as commodious and of equal Value with the aforesaid One Hundred and Thirty Acres of Land called Charley; all which is humbly submitted to the Consideration of your Honourable House.
      Signed per Order, William Wilkins, Clerk.
      On reading the said Report, the House concurs therewith: Ordered, That Leave be given to the Petitioners, to bring in a Bill according to the Prayer of their Petition.

      Mr. Key, from the Committee of Laws, delivers to Mr. Speaker, a Bill intituled, An Act for raising a Duty of Three Halfpence Sterling per Hogshead, on all Tobacco exported out of this Province, for the Use of the Governor; which was read the first Time, and ordered to lie on the Table.

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      Volume 50 page 368/9/70, Assembly Proceedings, Oct. 2-Nov. 17, 1753. Liber H. S No. 22
      An Act to cut off the Entail of Part of a Tract of Land called Charley now lying in Charles and Prince George's County's and to Entail Lands of equal Value in lieu thereof.
      Whereas William Wells of Anne Arundel County and Rebecca his Wife have by their Petition to this General Assembly set forth That a certain William Marshall late of Prince George's County deceased (Father to the Petitioner Rebecca) did by his last Will and Testament in writing duly executed and recorded Devise Part of a Certain Tract of Land called Charley now laying Part thereof in Charles County and Part in Prince George's County Containing One hundred and thirty Acres to her the said Rebecca and the Heirs of her Body lawfully begotten and in default of such Heirs then to his son Thomas Marshall and his Heirs for ever as in the said Will is expressed and that he the said William Wells in Right of his wife Rebecca by virtue of the Devise aforesaid stands seized and Possessed of the said Part of the Tract of Land called Charley. And Whereas the said William Wells by his said Petition bath further set forth that he is seized in Fee of and in a Tract or Parcel of Land containing One hundred four Acres and an half Acre being one moiety or Part of a Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid purchased by him the aforesaid William Wells from a certain Elizabeth [Faudrie?] of Anne Arundel County, and that he is also Seized in Fee of and in a Tract or Parcel of Land containing Fifty Acres laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid being Part of a Tract of Land called Trent purchased by him the said William Wells from a certain Henry Child of Anne Arundel County aforesaid, and that the said Land called Charley being Part in Charles County and Part in Prince Georges County aforesaid and being very Hilly and Stoney and what is level thereof and under the Hills is in the greatest Part wet and low Ground that it is thereby unfit for any number of Hands to work and very incommodious to the said Petitioners and unprofitable. And that the said One hundred four Acres and an half Acre the moiety or Part of the Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid and the said Fifty Acres of Land part of the Tract of Land called Trent laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid are of equal Value with the One hundred and thirty Acres of Land part of the Tract of Land called Charley. And Whereas the said William Wells and Rebecca his wife by their said Petition have prayed that the One hundred and thirty Acres Part of the said Tract of Land called Charley now the Entailed Estate of the said William Wells and Rebecca his wife may not be incumbered with the said Intail but that the same may be totally docked and cut off and that the said Rebecca Wells wife of the said William Wells may be Vested with an absolute Estate in Fee Simple therein and that the Parcel of Land containing One hundred and four Acres and an half Acre being Part of the Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase and the Parcel of Land containing Fifty Acres being Part of the Tract of Land called Trent be Entailed in the same manner by an Act of Assembly as the said One hundred and thirty Acres of Land part of the said Tract of Land called Charley is Entailed by the said Last Will and Testament of William Marshall of Prince George's County aforesaid. And forasmuch as it appears to this General Assembly that the said One hundred and four Acres and an half Acre part of the Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid and the said Fifty Acres of Land part of the Tract of Land called Trent also laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid are of equal Value with the One hundred and thirty Acres of Land part of the aforesaid Tract of Land called Charley and that Thomas Marshall son and Heir of the said William Marshal who has by virtueof the Will of the said William Marshal an Estate in Fee Simple in the said One hundred and thirty Acres of Land Part of the said Tract of Land called Charley expectant on the Demise of the said Rebecca Wells without Heirs of her Body lawfully begotten hath signified by a Remonstrance under his Hand and Seal to this present General Assembly that he is willing that the Entail of the said One hundred and thirty Acres part of the said Tract of Land called Charley may be Docked and Cutt off and that the said One Hundred and four Acres and an half Acre of Land part of the Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase aforesaid and the Fifty Acres of Land part of the Tract of Land called Trent may be Entailed in lieu thereof and in the same manner that the said One hundred and thirty Acres part of the Tract of Land called Charley is Entailed. Therefore be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary by and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordships Governor and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly and the Authority of the same That the said Rebecca Wells Wife of the said William Wells be and is hereby vested with an Absolute Estate in Fee Simple of and in the said One hundred and thirty Acres of Land Part of the said Tract of Land called Charley laying part thereof in Charles County and Part thereof in Prince George's County as fully and amply as if the same had been Devised to her in Fee Simple by the last Will and Testament of the said William Marshall late of Prince George's County deceased and that the said William Wells and Rebecca his Wife have by Vertue of this Act of Assembly full Power and Authority to sell and Dispose thereof or any Part or Parcel thereof as fully and amply as if the same One hundred and thirty Acres of Land Part of Charley aforesaid had not been Entailed by the will of the said William Marshall aforesaid any Thing in the said Will contained to the Contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding
      And be it further Enacted by the Authority Advice and Consent aforesaid That the aforesaid One hundred and four Acres and an half Acre of Land Part of the Tract of Land called Evans's Purchase laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid so as aforesaid Purchased by the said William Wells from the said Elizabeth Fandrie [Faudrie?] and the aforesaid Fifty Acres of Land part of the Tract of Land called Trent laying in Anne Arundel County aforesaid so as aforesaid Purchased by the said William Wells from the said Henry Child be and are by Virtue of this Act of Assembly the Estate of the sd Rebecca Wells the Wife of the aforesaid William Wells and the Heirs of her Body lawfully begotten and in Default of such Heirs then to Thomas Marshall and his Heirs for Ever but if he should Intermarry with a certain Susanna Swan in the said Will of the said William Marshal mentioned then the said Land to be the Estate of John Son of the said Testator William Marshall and his Heirs for ever according to the Will of the said William Marshall and as therein is expressed Saving to his most Sacred Majesty his Heirs and Successors to the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary his Heirs and Successors and to all Bodies Politick and Corporate and to all others not mentioned in this Act their several and respective Rights.

      Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly,
      1752-1754 Volume 50, Page 369
      http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/00000 1/000050/html/am50--369.html
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      Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber Z#2, 1744-1753; Page 401.
      At the request of William Wells, the following instrument of writing was recorded on Aug 4, 1750.
      I, John Virmillion of CC, planter, for 1977 lbs tobacco justly due from me to William Wells of Anne Arundel County, planter, I have hereby sold to said William Wells, 1 old mare, 1 young mare, 1 old horse, 1 young cow, 1 heifer, 4 ewes, 1 ram, 3 barrows, 5 young hogs, 1 good feather bed, 1 large chest, 1 plank table, 2 iron pots, 1 pewter dish, 6 plates, 8 bushels of wheat, and about 800 lbs tobacco, now in the house, unpacked. Signed Jul 25, 1750 - John (V his mark) Virmillian. Wit - John Beall Sr. Jos Beall Jr.
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      Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber Z#2, 1744-1753; Page 418.
      At the request of John Lamar Jr, the following deed was recorded on Sep 12, 1750.
      Sep 5, 1750 from William Wells of Anne Arundel County, planter, and Rebecca, his wife, to John Lamar Jr of Prince Georges County, planter, for and in consideration of a deed to William Wells of 135 acres (it being part of a tract of land called Charley) and for 5 shillings sterling and for divers other good causes, a tract of land now laid out and being one third part of the said tract of Charley, lying partly in Prince Georges County and partly in CC, bounded by Thomas Marshall Jr, Potomack River, containing and laid out for about 130 acres. Signed - Wm Wells, Rebekah Wells. Wit - John Hepburn, Benj.a Berry Jr. Sd Rebecca released her dower. Recorded in Prince Georges Liber JJ folio 90.
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      Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page 33. Recorded Aug 24, 1752. Jul 13, 1752 from John Lamar Jr of Prince Georges County, planter, and Sarah, his wife, to William Wiles of Anne Arundel County, planter, and Rebeckah, his wife, for and in consideration of a deed made by sd William and Rebeckah Wiles to sd Lamar for 130 acres of land, being one half of that part of a tract of land called Charley, that Mr William Marshall, decd, gave, by his will, to his 2 daughters, Sarah Marshall, now wife to John Lamar Jr, and Rebeckah Marshall, now wife to William Wiles, & to the heirs of their body lawfully begotten &c, and also for 5 shillings sterling by the afd William Wiles and Rebecca, his wife, to them, and for divers other good causes, sd John Lamar Jr and Sarah, his wife, grant to William and Rebecca Wiles, all their right to all that part of a tract of land lying part in Prince Georges County and part in CC, called Charley, being one half of the sd tract of Charley that Mr William Marshall decd gave by his will to his 2 daughters (as above), containing and laid out for about 130 acres. Signed - John Lamar Jr, Sarah (S her mark) Lamar. Wit - John Hepburn, Benja Berry Jr. Acknowledged in Prince Georges County by John Lamar Jr & Sarah, his wife; Rebecca relinquished dower. Recorded Aug 24, 1752 at the request of Thomas Marshall Sr.
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      Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (181). Dec 2, 1753 from William Wells (Wills) of Anne Arundel County, planter, and Rebecca, his wife, to Thomas Marshall of Cc, Gent, for 98 sterling, a tract of land lying partly in Prince Georges County and partly in CC, called Charly (granted to Randal Hanson on Sep 2, 1663), containing and laid out for about 130 acres. Signed - Wm Wells, Rebeckah Wells. Wit - John Hepburn, Thos Henson Marshall. Recorded May 5, 1754.
      Prince Georges County, Mar 26, 1754. Received into the Clerk's office to be recorded, and recorded same day in Liber NN folios 233 & 234 among the Land Records of the County afd.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 368-44: CHARLEY: 152 acres; Possession of - 152 Acres - Bowling, John: Surveyed 24 June 1670 for James Bowling at a bound Red Oak on the North side of a branch that comes out of Zachia Swamp: Conveyance notes - 20 Acres - William Bowling from Thomas Bowling; 14 June 1737, William Bowling from Joseph Ruthsom (?); 29 Jan 1749,130 Acres - John Lomax Jr. from Thomas (last name not written) Jr. 29 Feb 1752, 130 Acres -Thomas Marshall Jr. from John Lomax Jr.; 29 Feb 1752, , ,

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