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

Michael Ashford

Male Bef 1660 - Aft 1714  (> 56 years)

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  • Name Michael Ashford 
    Born Bef 1660 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1714  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I001811  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 

    Family Rachel Neville,   b. 1658, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1701, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married Nov 1677  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Mary Ashford,   b. Bef 1677, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1748, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 73 years)
     2. Michael Ashford,   b. Abt 1680, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1734, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     3. Esther Ashford,   b. Bef 1683, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F01158  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/sc4341.cfm
      URL title: Supplement to Early Settlers Query
      Ashford, Michael
      WC4:52 Film No.:
      Of Charles County by 1680, when he preferred a petition to his Lordship & Council Transcript. 21:303; WC2:384 Original. WC5:70 MSA SC 4341-

      Bradford, John, planter, Prince George's County, 26th March, 1726; 11th May, 1726.
      Testator states that certain debts are due, chiefly to Mr. John Hyde and sons,, mcht., in London, and to the orphans of Mr. James Butler, of Md., dec'd, and empowers exs. to sell following tracts for benefit of estate:
      1 A. "Tannyard"' with dwelling nr. town of Nottingham, Prince George's Co.; 3 lots in sd. town with storehouse, etc.; 180 A. "The Farme," lying (bet. Tannyard and storehouse bou. of William Austin and wife, now in tenure of Robert Saunders and Samll. Heigh; 35 A. "'Will's Good Will,"on Patuxent Ck.; 78 A. "Joseph's Good Luck," on Mattapany Ck., bou, of Mr. Wm. Joseph, and tract adj.; 260 A. "Essex Lodge" bou. of Wm. Cood, of St. Mary's Co.., and tracts adj.; 125 A. "Dunbar" and 31 A. "Anglice" bou. of Robert and John Orme, of Prince George's 'Co., last 4 tracts being under care of Charles Drury as overseer; 280 A. "Burbidg," Hynson Dr., tenure of John Cumberland; 300 A. woodland and 500 A. "Plain Dealing," nr. hd. of Goose Ck.; 300 A. "Substraction,"on Hegoe Br., tenure of James Hook and Nichs. Hocker; 290 A. of "Addition to Charley Forrest," nr. hd. of North Br.,' Patuxent R., surveyed for Michael Dean; 100 A. '"Scotch Ordnary," about 2 miles below first falls of Potomac, bou. of Robert Cook and wife, in tenure of Adam Strawhan and John Benedict Benzen; 300 A. "Batchelors Hall," on n. w. branch of Eastern Br., Prince George's County, made over by Wm. Fitzredmond, dec'd; 83 A. of "Generosity," on pt. of which tract the church at the Eastern Br. stands. Also 7 tracts, viz. 2 islands in Potomac, R., "Island of Walnut Trees-" and '"Fair Isle", "Concord", and "Progressive." on main land over against afsd. islands; "Sinicar" at mouth of Sinicar Ck., and tract at mouth of Long Acre Br.; the 7th tract lies back of plantation called "'Sugarlands"; these 7 tracts cont. 4500 A. taken up with Daniel Dulany., Esq.., of Annapolis, testator's share 2250 A. Two other tracts, n. w. br. of Patuxent R. 2 miles above William Sheppards, in Prince George's Co.,100 A. " Hygam. "and. 116 A. "Discovery,"bou. of Wm. Renshaw and his wife (unnamed); 217 A. "Jacob," on lower falls of Potomac., in tenure of Henry Chamberlin and William King; 300 A. "Argile Cowell and "Lorn," Piney Br., Rock Ck., bou. of Randolph Blake, in tenure of Peter Hyatt; 780 A. of "Charley Forrest.," 2 miles above Snowdons Mannour; 4792 A. "'Bradford's Rest," on br. of Rock Ck, cont. 3 plans., now in care of Wm. Deveron, overseer, and 2 tenements occupied by William Woffort., Jr., and Wm. Mackcoy.
      To wife Joyce, dwell. plan. 400 A. Haddocks Hills (bou. of Michael Ashford., with 100 A, "as Good as any" adj., bou. of John Deakins) during life, and 1/2 personal estate,
      To son John and hrs., cottage,, pasturage, etc., nr. village of Thinkinson in Co. of Leicester, Gr. Britain, bequeathed testator by uncle John Smith, of the town of One Leap in sd. County, also land nr. Town of Stoak Gelding,, in Leicester County, now in poss. of father John Bradford, of sd. town, these parcels known as Wykin Hole, Peggs Wykin Hole, Olden Close, Peggs Olden Close to pass to son John at decease of father; also 500 A. "Seaman's Delight" adj. "'Haddocks Hills" and 200 A. "Cuckolds Delight"' bou. of John Davis and Davis Mackdaniel, now in tenure of sd. Davis; 1200 A. "Sugarlands,"on Potomack R.., and after decease of wife Joyce "Haddocks Hills" and "As Good As Any"; and 1/2 personal estate,
      To sister Mary Jones, 253 A. "Fletchall's Chance", upper side Rock Ck., during life; at her decease, to her 2 sons Evan and John Jones and their hrs.
      Exs.: Wife Joyce, son John, James Carroll and bro. Thomas Gant. Wife to see that whatever is due estate of Mrs. James Butler be pd., to her children out -of personal estate, Thomas Gant to have charge of education of son John during his minority.
      Test: Notley Rozer, Dan'l. Watts, Edward Sprigg,, John Nelson.
      Note: James Carroll and Thomas Gantt renounce as exs. of above will.
      Test: Phill. Briscoe, Stephen Cannold, Jr. 18.464.
      Gawin Hamilton 18,54 1 PG £74.1.0
      Appraisers: Daniell Elliott, Michaell Ashford.
      Isabella Thompson 19-1/2A.15 I CH £23,17,7 Nov 11 1699
      The amount of the inventory also included #3494,
      Appraisers: Matthew Sanders, Griffith Davis.
      List of debts: Timothy Hindes, Thomas Howe, Richard Cowes, Mr, John Stone to Michael Ashford to Henry Thompson (husband of deceased),
      James Hughes 2005-11-10 08:07:50
      From, "The Flowering of the Maryland Palatinate," by Harry Wright Newman, published by the author, Washington, 1961:

      "Rachel Neville, daughter of John Neville and Joan Porter his wife, married Michael Ashford, of Charles County, sometime before November 13, 1677, when her mother and the latter's second husband, Thomas Hussey, Gent., deeded them "Moore's Ditch." Michael Ashford was a carpenter and planter of Nanjemoy Hundred, and on June 13, 1670, he had witnessed a deed of Thomas Hussey and Joan his wife. In 1671 a reference was made to the estate of Michael Ashford whose wife was Deborah, so it was possible that they were the parents of younger Michael.
      Michael Ashford became involved in several lawsuits. It seemed as if he was out of the Province for a time, whereby his estate was placed in the hands of his step-father-in-law, Thomas Hussey, especially on November 11, 1673, when the court ordered the attachment of his goods to the value of 9000 lbs. tob.
      About 1680 Michael Ashford, addressed as Captain, was surety with Francis Wyne for THOMAS MARSHALL, the administrator of the estate of Samuel Raspin, late of Charles County. By 1683 Francis Wyne was deceased and his widow had married Henry Hawkins. Hawkins consequently became the joint-surety with Ashford, but at court Hawkins declared that Ashford had gone to Virginia.
      When he assigned "Moore's Ditch" to his father-in-law, Thomas Hussey, Gent., on June 10, 1691, he was styled Michael Ashford, of Charles County, Carpenter. The consideration was 35,000 lbs. tob. and the plantation lay on the west side of Zachia Swamp adjoining the land of George and Robert Goodrick. This could have been a mortgage or only a portion of the plantation, for on March 10, 1714/15, he sold to Ignatius Luckett, of Charles County, Planter, "Moore's Ditch" for 7000 lbs. tob.
      On April 14, 1726, being of Stafford County, Virginia, he conveyed to John Smallwood, of Portobacco Creek, for 600 lbs. tob. "Totsal," lying on the south side of Potomac River.
      The loss of many records of Stafford County prevents greater knowledge of the activities of Michael Ashford and his immediate descendants. The last will and testament of a Michael Ashford was probated in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1734 [Will Book C, 1734 to 1744]."

      More About RACHEL NEVILLE:
      Burial: December 13, 1701, John Kemball's in Maryland. From: Baltimore Co. Families 1659-1759

      Charles County Circuit Court Liber G, Page 72
      13 Nov 1677; Deed of Gift from Thomas Hussey and Johannah his wife, to Rachell Ashford, wife of Michael Ashford and natural daughter of Johannah; a parcel of land called Moore's Ditch lying on the west side of Zachia Swamp; containing 500 acres; /s/ Thomas Hussey, Johannah Hussey (mark); wit. Cleborne Lomax, Thomas Jenkins

      Deed from Charles County, Maryland, Nov. 13, 1677: Thomas Hussey, of Maryland, Gent. and Johannah his wife deeded to Rachell Ashford, natural daughter of Johannah and wife of Michael Ashford, of Charles County, Carpenter, for love and affections 'Moore's Ditch' in Charles County on the west side of Zachia Swamp adjoining the land of George Goodrick and Robert Goodrick. For want of issue after the death of Rachell Ashford then ye said Thomas Hussey & Johanah his wife do by these presents grant ye said land to Mary Hussey and Elizabeth Hussey their natural daughters equally and for want of such issue then ye said Thomas Hussey and Johanna his wife unto ye heirs of Her ye said Johannah sister Margaret wife of Francis Pope, of Charles County deceased.
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber K, Page 242
      4 Aug 1683; Indenture from Michael Ashford, carpenter, and Rachel his wife to Jno. Butcher; for 4,500# tobacco a parcel called Tatshall; bounded by land surveyed for Edmond Lynsey now in possession of James Smallwood; laid out for 40 acres; /s/ Michael Ashford (mark), Rachel Ashford; wit. Rando. Brandt, Thomas Robinson
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber L, Page 176
      1 Feb 1682; Indenture between Jno. Lawrence and Michell Ashford; Ashford to be apprenticed for 5 years; /s/ Jno. Lawrence; wit. Tho. Hussey, Jno. Richards
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber P, Page 202
      19 Jul 1690; Gift from Michaell Ashford to Anne Bought, d/o William and Sarah Bough; bay mare
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber R, Page 196
      9 Jun 1691; Indenture from Ninian Beall, Gent., holding letter of atty. from Benjamin Hadduck, to sell his estate; from Ninian Beall to Michael Ashford, carpenter, a tract called Hadducks Hill in the freshes of the Potomac; bounded by Hadduck's Seaman's Delight; containing 500 acres; /s/ Ninian Beall; wit. - Henry Hardy, John Godshall, Will. Hutchison
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber R, Page 197
      10 Jun 1691; Indenture from Michael Ashford, carpenter, and Rachel his wife, to Thomas Hussey, Gent.; for 35,000# tobacco; a parcel of land called Moore's Ditch; located on the west side of Zachia Swamp, adjoining land of George and Robert Gooderick, planters; laid out for 500 acres; /s/ Michael) Ashford (mark), Rashell Ashford (mark); wit. Robert Thompson, Cleborne Lomax, Wm. Stone

      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Indenture, 23 August 1698
      From: MICHAELL ASHFORTH of P. G. County, carpenter
      To: JOHN DEAKINS of P. G. County, carpenter Price: 4000 lbs. tobacco
      Property: 100 acre part of a tract called "Seamans Delight"; (location not stated). Signature: MICH. ASHFORTH (mark)
      Wit.: THO. HOLLYDAY, WILLIAM BARTON Ackn'd: (none)
      Recorded: 25 August 1698, Vol. A, p. 124

      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Indenture, 23 August 1698
      From: NINIAN BEALL of P. G. County, gent., acting as attorney for BENJ'A HADDOCK of Charles Co.
      To: MICHAELL ASHFORD of P. G. County, carpenter
      Price: 21050 lbs. tobacco
      Property: 500 acres; all the tract called "Hadducks Hill" in P. G. Co. in the freshes of the Potomack River on the north side of the eastern branch; ad joining land laid out for said HADDUCK called "Seamans Delight."
      Signature: NINIAN BEALE
      Ackn'd: NINIAN BEALL, 23 August 1698
      Recorded: (no date), Vol. A, p. 126
      Charles County Land Records, Liber F#2, Page 61
      22 Aug 1715; Recorded at request of Ignatius Luckett, planter:
      10 _ 1714; Indenture from Michael Ashford of Stafford County, Va., carpenter, to Ignatius Luckett, planter; for 7,000# tobacco; a parcel of land called Moore's Ditch on the west side of Zachia Swamp; adjoining land of George and Robert Goodrich; /s/ Michael Ashford; wit. Sam. Hanson, Robt. Hanson; ack. in open court by Michael Ashford
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 318-119: MOORES DITCH: 500 acres; Possession of - 500 Acres - Hanson, John: Surveyed 18 July 1662 for Henry Moore on the West side Zachia Swamp adjoining to the land of George and Robert Gooderick. (poss. by John Hanson by his marrying the relict of Samuel Luckett.: Conveyance notes - 500 Acres - Ignatius Luckett from Michael Ashford; 10 March 1714, 500 Acres - Jane Luckett, Samuel Luckett, Ignatius Luckett from John Hanson; 8 Nov 1738,,
      pp. 171- 172 TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come I WILLIAM BOWRNE of QUANTIQUOTT in Stafford County beinge ye Sonne & heire of THOMAS BOWRNE late of QUANTIQUOTT aforesaid Deced & also Exor_ of his Last Will and Testament send Greetin ge in our Lord God. Whereas ye said THOMAS BOWRNE among other things in his said Will in Writein ge under his hande & Seale did Will and devise five hundred acres of land out of his Patent of Two thousand acres of land att QUANTIQUOTT aforesaid, that bee purchased of Capt. JOHN LORD & dyed seized of to be sold towards ye payment of his Debts in these words ye Lowermost thousand acres of my Two thousand acres of land I give to my Sonne WILLIAM BOWRNE ye Lower most five hundred acres I give to him & his heires for ever & ye upppermost five hundred acres of ye said land lowermost thousand to bee by him my said Sonne & Exec. sold for & towards ye payment of my Debts, pursuant to ye said Will I ye said WM. BOWRNE did in ye yeare of or Lord 1672 for ye some of foure thousand five hundred pounds of Tobacco paid mee by THOMAS HUSSIE of CHARLES COUNTIE in ye PROVINCE of MARILAND towards payments of ye said fathers Debts, the receipt of wch I doe acknowledge & doe dischardge said THOMAS HUSSIE & sell unto the said THOMAS HUSSIE his heires for ever ye uppermost five hundred acres of ye Lower most one thousand acres of land accordinge to ye direccons of ye Will of my Father THOMAS BOWRNE aforesaid expressed as loth appeare by a Deed of Sale under my hande dated ye 12th day of April in ye yeare aforesaid duely executed in Stafford Court ye 24th day of the said Menthe of Aprill 1672 & then recorded wch Deed ye said WILLIAM BROWNE did covenant wth ye said THOMAS HUSSIE to give to him at any time when legally required such further assurance and forasmuch as that att ye time of makein ge the said Deed of Sale ye true metes and boundes of ye granted premises for want of bein ge survayed could not then be particularly expressed Now Know Yee that for ye Consideracon above expressed I the said W ILLIAM BOWRNE have sold unto the said THOMAS HUSSIE ye aforesaid five hundred acres of land bein ge on ye South West side of OUANTIQUOT CREEKE in Stafford County beginning att a marked white oake a Corner tree standing by a Marsh on the South East side of a Swamp by QUA MOUNT CREEKE side & extending by a lyne of marked trees South West into ye Woods wch lyne divides this lande in Grant & a tract off Three hundred acres of land sold by me ye said WILLIAM BOWRNE out of ye Grand Patten t to a marked white oake & finally up ye Creeke of QUANTIQUOTT accordinge to ye severall courses thereof to the first menconed white oake In Wittness of all I have sett my hande & Seale this Sixth day of October 1690.
      Memorandum the Deed of Sale recited herein to have been granted to THO. HUSSIE to whom this release is made was in ye name of MICHAELL ASHFORTH assigned by him to ye said THOMAS HUSSIE but ye true use beinge for said THOMAS HUSSIE ye Release is made to him
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Oct. 4, 1681 and May 6, 1682 - Action of ejectment. Ralph Shaw, lessee of Michael Ashford and Rachel his wife vs. Philip Lynes; John Clarke the casual ejector. The dispute concerned the proper location of the line between a parcel of land purchased by Philip Lynes from George Goodrick (out of Goodrick’s larger 600 acre tract) and an adjoining parcel of land belonging to Michael Ashford and Rachel his wife “in right of the said Rachel.” The first resurvey was disallowed and a second resurvey was ordered.
      Source: Archives of Maryland, Vol. 70, pp. 63, 110-11, 203-7.
      Comment: The jury found for the plaintiffs in Oct. 1682 and the defendant Lynes moved in arrest of judgment. Ibid., p. 254.

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