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

Mary Hanson

Female 1709 - 1752  (43 years)


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  • Name Mary Hanson 
    Born 4 Feb 1708/09  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Dec 1752  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I001922  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2019 

    Father Samuel Judge Hanson,   b. 1684, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1740/41, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Story,   b. 1689, Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1764, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1707  William and Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Briscoe,   b. Abt 1707, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1741/42, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Aft 1726  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eleanor Briscoe,   b. Abt 1738, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Briscoe,   b. Aft 30 Dec 1741, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1822, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 80 years)
     3. Samuel Briscoe,   b. Abt 1731, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1786, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F01276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Robert Horner,   b. 21 Jan 1717/18, Rippon, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1773, Dumphries, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married Aft Mar 1741/42  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • this marriage is not proved

      did he marry Mary Wilkinson widow of Belaine Posey ?
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F01277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Source: {mss1 H 7842a 1325-1416 Virginia Historical Society Library Richmond VA}

      there are 4 loose photos of Mary's tombstone in this file

      Here Lyeth the body of
      Mary the Wife of
      Robert Horner
      who departed this life
      the third of December 1752
      aged 42

      I can see a white two story house with a porch in the background of the photo. upper windows with shutters. 3 of the photos taken used chalk or paint highlighting on her tombstone to "lift" the inscription.... but the fourth is the real deal and legible
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      not in fathers will of 1740
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      Charles County Liber L#2
      Page 200. Mary, daughter of sd Samuel & Eliz, was born on Saturday, Feb 4, 1709 at 8:00 or 9:00 PM.
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      Briscoe, John, planter, Charles County, 30th Dec., 1741; 15th Feb., 1741/2,
      To wife Mary, extx., entire estate during widowhood at her death or re-marriage to pass to child. Samuel, Eleanore, Elizabeth and unborn child. Should wife die during minority of child'. they to be under the care of bros. Samuel and Philip,
      Test: Robert Gill, Mary Hall, Mary Gill. MCW 22. 424.
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      Charles County Court Records, March 1741/2 Court, Liber T#2, Page 324.
      Mary Briscoe exhibited to this Court the following petition: the petition of Mary Briscoe of CC shows that whereas there was a Williamson Bruce, by your Worships put under the guardianship of John Briscoe, late of CC, decd, uncle to the sd Williamson and husband to your petitioner, that she is unwilling to keep the sd Bruce or run the risk of his estate now remaining in her hands. She therefore asks your worships to remove the sd Bruce and his estate to any person you think proper.
      Ordered that the petitioner and Williamson Bruce do appear here next Jun CC Court.
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      Charles County Court Records, June 1742 Court, Liber T#2, Page 374.
      Williamson Bruce, formerly under the guardianship of Mr. John Briscoe, late of CC, decd, on his motion to this Court, is admitted to choose his guardian, and accordingly makes choice of Mr. Samuel Briscoe, who in Court here accepts thereof, and is appointed accordingly.
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      Charles County Circuit Court Land Surveys and Condominium Plats

      Equality, 640 Acres, 2 Rods, 15 Perches; Certificate
      Developer/Owner: Stone, Michael Jenifer 1797 Patent Record IC O, p. 216 0 0 MSA S 1587-1322

      Equality, 640 Acres, 2 Rods, 15 Perches; Patent
      Developer/Owner: Stone, Michael Jenifer 1797 Patent Record IC M, p. 225 0 0 MSA S 1587-1323

      Equality, Michael Stone, 640 Acres, 2 Rod, 15 Perches 1797/06/12 Patented Certificate 363 5 0 MSA S 1195-374
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 297-68: LOTHBERRY: 50 acres; Possession of - 50 Acres - Posey, Mary : Surveyed 23 July 1674 for James Keetch at a bounded White Oak of John Coates land called BARNHILL bounding upon the aforesaid land.: Other Tracts Mentioned: BARNES HILL ;
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 300-88: THOMPSONS CHANCE: 230 acres; Possession of - 230 Acres - Thompson, William: : Surveyed 10 July 1683 for Wm Thompson (see folio 315 - Port Tobacco Hundred): Other notes - Entered again folio 315 (smudge),
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 315-89: THOMPSONS CHANCE: 230 acres; Possession of - 230 Acres - Thompson, William: Surveyed 10 July 1683 for William Thompson (see folio 300 - Piccawaxen Hundred): Conveyance notes - 230 Acres - Jane Brent & Martha Thompson from William Thompson; 6 Feb 1723, ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 301-97: LITTLEWORTH: 189 acres; Possession of - 189 Acres - Thompson, William: Surveyed 18 March 1688 for Wm Thompson: Conveyance notes - 189 Acres Cuthbert Thompson from William Thompson, 24 Nov 1722., 189 Acres Samuel Hanson from Cuthbert Thompson, 7 Dec 1722.,140 Acres Thomas Sanders from Edward Sanders, 14 March 1743.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 425-333: WILKINSON THRONE: 506 acres; Possession of - 506 Acres - Hanson, Samuel: : Re-surveyed 14 Oct 1734 for Samuel Hanson and Elinor Wilkinson lying near the road side that leads to Thomas Thompsons & Patented to them 10 May 1736.: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 253 Acres - William Saunders from William MacPherson; 5 July 1746,52 Acres - John Harrant from William Saunders; 6 July 1750.,

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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 297-69: ALGATE: 40 acres; Possession of - 40 Acres - Posey, Mary : Surveyed 1 Oct 1677 for Nic Skidmore, at a bounded White Oak a bound tree of the land called LOTHBERRY in the line of John Burlaine.: Other Tracts Mentioned: LOTHBERRY; ;
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 327-179: BARKERS ENLARGEMENT: 90 acres; Possession of - 40 Acres - Stigalier, Mary: 50 Acres - Standish, Alexander: : Surveyed 4 Jan 1675 for John Barker at a bound White Oak of this own land called BARKERS REST binding upon the said land: Other Tracts Mentioned: BARKERS REST; ; ; Conveyance notes - 50 Acres - Peter Harrant from Thomas Stedman Standish; 5 Jan 1742, Peter Harrant from James & Jane Mankin; 4 Aug 1749,,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 296-58: BARNES HILL : 150 acres; Possession of - 150 Acres - Contee, John : Surveyed 22 June 1663 for John Courts adjoining to his own land at the head of Wicomico River: Conveyance notes - 150 Acres Charles Court Sr.. from Chares Court Jr., 1 Sept 1748, noted as Col John Contee,,
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 7. Jun 3, 1775 from Walter Hanson Sr of CC, planter, to William Tyer Sr of CC, for 56 5 shillings sterling, and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land in CC called Wilkinsons Thorne (Throne), the part hereby intended to be sold contains and is now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed Walter Hanson. Wit - Jr1 Dent, G.R. Brown (CC JPs).
      Recorded Jul 12, 1775.
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      Equality record also mentions this tract
      Reference Date Description Image(s) Developer/Owner:
      Patent Record BC and GS 21, p. 516 1763 Widows Dream, The, 248 Acres; Certificate MSA S 1587-4428 Dalton, Jane
      Patent Record BC and GS 22, p. 489 1763 Widows Dream, The, 248 Acres; Patent MSA S 1587-4429 Dalton, Jane

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      Contributed by Muriel Horner

      Robert Horner was married a first time for a very short time to the widow Mary (Hanson) Briscoe who died age 42 on December 3, 1752 & was buried at "Equality" in Charles Co., MD. They had no children.* She was apparently a "Papist", which was the reason that Robert's father John Horner of Ripon, Yorkshire, England cut his son Robert completely out of his will dated 30 January 1750, & which was probated in Yorkshire, England later in the year 1750.
      *She had 3 surviving Briscoe children by her husband John. The daughter Eleanor married James Buchanan (Jr.) & it was apparently he who started the lawsuit against Robert resulting in his bankruptcy in the early 1770's. I'm still trying to find further info on that Buchanan family.


      To my knowledge proof of the marriage Mary (Hanson) Briscoe to Robert Horner does not exist. -- Years of researching in the VA Historical Society at Richmond in the many HORNER files of Dr. Gustavus Richard Brown Horner and that of his son Alfred Horner, had about a dozen different references in different papers to their marriage. There are also a half dozen photos of her gravestone as "Mary, wife of Robert Horner", age 42 & death date in the "Equality" cemetery in Charles Co., MD. -- Those voluminous VA Historical Society Horner files also contained references to the "Papist" problem with Robert's father, a strict Episcopalian church member of the Cathedral Church in Ripon, England, as well as Mayor of that city two times!

      My husband's family also had the story of Robert Horner's first marriage, in that he married the "Widow Briscoe" due to the fact that she was crying & upset to see him leave on a ship for England, so he married her! (A romantic story; maybe some truth?) Further that his father in Ripon, England was so upset with their marriage due to her religion that he left Robert out of his will.)

      Robert's occupation in the 1740's was that of a "supercargo" on the ships traveling back & forth from Liverpool, England & Glasgow, Scotland. The cargo from those areas across the seas, was often bringing "slaves" (white & black) over to America, & taking back our tobacco, etc.. -- Robert's sister Joanna had married John Pyatt of "Santee", So. Car. & it appears she was helping him in the shipping rice & indigo from that So. Car. area. (per letters at the Charleston, So. Car. Historical Society)

      Research year ago by my husband & myself over in jolly ole England at the Borthwick Institute in York, found the will of father John Horner of Ripon, "Alderman", (aged 70 years) dated 30 Jan. 1750 & probated 12 Feb. 1750, leaving his estate to his three daughters, his eldest son John & "third" son William. (Thusly cutting out the middle son Robert, who was still alive & well in America!) -- John's "eldest son John Horner" was to receive his lands & tenements at North Pasture & Collahill in the Co. of York, as well as "my "Silver 'Tanckard'." There were further bequests to his son William & other children (the daughters), including all his messuage, burgage or tenaments & malt kiln with appurtenances situate & being in Blossomgate in Ripon. He appointed his son William Horner & three daughters (Elizabeth Terry; Catharine & Joanna) joint & sole Executors of his will. (No surnames were given for the latter two daughters. --When this estate was probated they were called "spinsters".)

      Son William Horner of Ripon, "Grocer", had his will dated 11 Aug. 1759, which was probated 4 Sept. 1759, leaving his estate only his brother John Horner & sister Elizabeth Terry, who were to be executors.

      John Horner, "Gentleman" of Ripon had his will dated 13 Jan. 1763, which was probated 25 April 1763, which left all to his sister Elizabeth TERRY, wife of John Terry, during her lifetime, & then all was to go "to all of the children of my brother Robert Horner of Maryland equally amongst them that shall be living at the time of the decease of my said sister."* Executors in trust were his brother-in-law John Terry & Marmaduke Hodgson, both of Ripon, England. (Only John Terry was sworn in as Executor. -- He is noted in the Ripon, England histories as the "Last Spurrier". He was also an Alderman & served as Ripon's Mayor three times.)
      * I do not know exactly when Elizabeth (Horner) Terry died, but she was deceased before her husband who died in April 1798 in his 90th year! (Could find no record of an estate for her in York, England.) -- The American nephews did however receive the England inherited land of North Pasture & Collahill, which they sold. (That was years after their father Robert had died.)