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

John Dent

Male 1674 - 1733  (59 years)


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  • Name John Dent 
    Born 1674  Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jun 1733  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002098  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father John Dent,   b. 1645, Gisborough, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1712, Cool Springs, Chaptico Hundred, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Mary Hatch,   b. 1647, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1726, Charles County, Maryland -Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1664  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine MNU Dent,   b. Abt 1682, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Jul 1740, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Abt 1703  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Dent,   b. 1705, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1791, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Hatch Dent,   b. 1707, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1781, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Benjamin Dent,   b. 1709, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1778, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. Michael Dent,   b. 1712, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1795, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Thomas Dent,   b. 1715, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Peter Dent,   b. 1718, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1799 and 1800, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F01410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      John Dent 17.243 CH £95.11.2 Jun 8 1733 Jun 12 1733
      Appraisers: John Burch, John Chunn.
      Creditors: Benjamin Edwards, John Haw.
      Next of kin: George Dent, Edward Turner.
      Administratrix: Catherine Dent.
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      John Dent 18.1 A CH £95.11,2 £18.11.7 Jul 16 1740
      Sureties: Thomas Mathews, Samuel Turner, Jr.
      Received from: John Malley, David Davis, John Cox, Mr. William Hunt (merchant in London).
      Payments to: Benjamin Edwards, William Brogden, John Haw, Dr. Brown, Benjamin Fendall, Charles Esq. Calvert, Samuel Hanson.
      Administratrix: Catherine Dent.
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      As John Long's 1697 will and the accounting for the estate of Clement Long in Prerogative Court Abstracts, 1697-1700, Abstracts 1697-1700 (Libers 16, 17, 18, 19, 19 1/2a, 19 1/2b), Page 42 both refer to an Elizabeth Haley, dau. of Clement, that Elizabeth could not have married Edward Turner about 1683 and been the mother of Catherine Turner, wife of John Dent
      James Maloney: ancestry@maloneylaw dot com: 2/16/04
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      JOHN DENT 1674-1733
      m CATHERINE TURNER
      43 - John 1705-1791
      44 - Hatch 1707-1781
      45 - Michael 1710-1795
      46 - Benjamin 1710-1778
      47 - Thomas 1715-1789
      48 - Peter 1718-1800

      Charles County Maryland Probate Records Inventories Book 1717-1735
      325: John Dent decd - 8 Jun 1733 - George Dent & Edw(d) Turner nearest kin - Catherine Dent adm.
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      When John Dent <1> of Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland (near present day Dentsville MD), died intestate before Mar 1732/33, he left as his landed estate a large tract of land called "Dent's Inheritance". Since there is no known source giving a comprehensive list of his children, and since the records of the administration of his personal estate include no known distribution to his heirs, the partitioning of this tract after his death is the key to identifying his surviving sons.
      Earlier researchers have attributed only four sons to John, namely John, Hatch, Michael and Benjamin. A thorough examination of the evidence, however, will show that John also had two younger sons, Thomas and Peter.
      John's father Capt John Dent willed him 660 acres in four tracts, namely "Cumberton" of 200 acres, "Reading" of 300 acres, "Evan's Addition" of 100 acres, and " Barnaby" of 60 acres. In 1720, John received a warrant of resurvey combining these tracts along with contiguous vacant land into one tract; later the same year he received a certificate of resurvey for "Dent's Inheritance" of 1169 acres, which added 509 acres of vacant land to the original 660 acres; in 1721 he paid for this additional acreage and received a warrant for it. John, however, neglected to have a patent for the tract actually granted to him by the Provincial Land Office through to the time of his death. It was left to his eldest son John Dent to obtain the patent to "Dent's Inheritance" from the Land Office on 11 Jun 1734.
      Maryland law concerning intestate cases at the time distributed personal and real estate differently. As for personal estate (which included slaves), a one-third dower share was distributed to the widow absolutely (meaning she had clear possession of it and could convey it or bequeath it without constraint), and the remainder was equally distributed amongst the primary heirs, inc luding females, of the deceased (generally meaning his children). As for real estate, Maryland law as late as 1786
      followed the practice of primogeniture, meaning that the entire tract was distributed to the heir-at-law (generally meaning the eldest son of the deceased); a one-third dower share of real estate was divided off for the widow, but this was only a life interest, meaning that the widow could not convey or bequeath the land but only had use of it for her support until her death, at which time the land reverted back to the heir-at-law.
      Records on the administration of John Dent's personal estate reveal very little information concerning his family. Administration on his estate was granted 10 Mar 1732/33 to Katherine Dent [his widow], with Thomas Matthews and Samuel Turner Jr as her sureties. The inventory of his personal estate (which did not include any slaves) was taken on 8 Jun 1733 by John Burch and John Chunn, with the appraisal totalling £95.11.2;
      Benjamin Edwards and John Haw [a physician] signed the inventory as greatest creditors, and George Dent [his brother] and Edward Turner [his nephew] signed as nearest of kin; the inventory was presented in court on 12 Jun 1733 by Catherine Dent, the administratrix. The only recorded account was passed by Catherine Dent, administratrix, on 16 Jul 1740, with an increased balance of £121.14.73/4; no heirs were mentioned in this account. No distribution of the John Dent's personal estate is known to have been recorded.
      Since the practice of primogeniture in the distribution of an intestate decedent 's real estate was relatively uncomplicated, early Maryland records generally left no indication of the actual carrying out of the distribution. In John Dent' s case, one-third of his real estate, which consisted of the tract "Dent's Inheritance" of 1169 acres, was undoubtedly divided off for the widow's use until her death; this portion

      When John Dent of Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland (near present day Dentsville MD), died intestate before Mar 1732/33, he left as his landed estate a large tract of land called "Dent's Inheritance". Since there is no known source giving a comprehensive list of his children, and since the records of the administration of his personal estate include no known distribution to his heirs, the partitioning of this tract after his death is the key to identifying his surviving sons. Earlier researchers have attributed only four sons to John2, namely John3, Hatch, Michael and Benjamin.2 A thorough examination of the evidence, however, will show that John2 also had two younger sons, Thomas and Peter.

      John2's father Capt John Dent willed him 660 acres in four tracts, namely "Cumberton" of 200 acres, "Reading" of 300 acres, "Evan's Addition" of 100 acres, and "Barnaby" of 60 acres. In 1720, John2 received a warrant of resurvey combining these tracts along with contiguous vacant land into one tract; later the same year he received a certificate of resurvey for "Dent's Inheritance" of 1169 acres, which added 509 acres of vacant land to the original 660 acres; in 1721 he paid for this additional acreage and received a warrant for it. John2, however, neglected to have a patent for the tract actually granted to him by the Provincial Land Office through to the time of his death. It was left to his eldest son John3 Dent to obtain the patent to "Dent's Inheritance" from the Land Office on 11 Jun 1734.4

      Maryland law concering intestate cases at the time distributed personal and real estate differently. As for personal estate (which included slaves), a one-third dower share was distributed to the widow absolutely (meaning she had clear possession of it and could convey it or bequeath it without constraint), and the remainder was equally distributed amongst the primary heirs, including females, of the deceased (generally meaning his children). As for real estate, Maryland law as late as 1786 followed the practice of primogeniture, meaning that the entire landed estate was distributed to the heir-at-law (generally meaning the eldest son of the deceased); a one-third dower share of real estate was divided off for the widow, but this was only a life interest, meaning that the widow could not convey or bequeath the land but only had use of it for her support until her death, at which time the land reverted back to the heir-at-law.5

      Records on the administration of John Dent's personal estate reveal very little information concerning his family. Administration on his estate was granted 10 Mar 1732/33 to Katherine Dent [his widow], with Thomas Matthews and Samuel Turner Jr as her sureties. The inventory of his personal estate (which did not include any slaves) was taken on 8 Jun 1733 by John Burch and John Chunn, with the appraisal totalling £95.11.2; Benjamin Edwards and John Haw [a physician] signed the inventory as greatest creditors, and George Dent [his brother] and Edward Turner [his nephew] signed as nearest of kin; the inventory was presented in court on 12 Jun 1733 by Catherine Dent, the administratrix. The only recorded account was passed by Catherine Dent, administratrix, on 16 Jul 1740, with an increased balance of £121.14.73/4; no heirs were mentioned in this account. No distribution of John Dent's personal estate is known to have been recorded.

      Since the practice of primogeniture in the distribution of an intestate decedent's real estate was relatively uncomplicated, early Maryland records generally left no indication of the actual carrying out of the distribution. In the case of John Dent's real estate, which consisted of the tract "Dent's Inheritance" of 1169 acres, one-third (about 390 acres) would have been divided off for the widow's use until her death. The eldest son John3 Dent would have taken possession of the remainder of the tract. Even though his father left no will, the subsequent actions of John3 suggest that his father probably intended for "Dent's Inheritance" to provide, true to its name, an inheritance for all of his sons. Between 1733 and 1757, John3 partitioned the 1169-acre tract into what appear to be eight roughly equal portions averaging about 146 acres each, retaining three shares for himself, and conveying one share each to his five brothers. This partitioning is detailed below.

      John3 conveyed the first three of his brothers' shares of "Dent's Inheritance" soon after his father's death, and actually prior to when he obtained the patent from the Provincial Land Office. On the same date that the administration of John2's estate was granted to his widow (10 Mar 1732/33) John3 Dent conveyed 144 acres to Hatch Dent "in consideration of the natural love and brotherly affection which he hath and beareth towards the said Hatch Dent".9 A few months later on 14 Aug 1733, John3 conveyed two more shares in two separate deeds, 143 acres to Benjamin Dent and 144 acres to Michael Dent; again the conveyances were "in consideration of natural love and brotherly affection which he hath and beareth towards the said [Benjamin/Michael] Dent".10 John3 was probably prevented from conveying the last two shares at this time because his youngest two brothers Thomas and Peter were probably still minors,11 and more importantly because the widow's 390-acre dower share probably encompassed these shares.

      John2's widow Catherine survived without remarrying at least until Nov 1747, when a Charles County court record concerning roads in the Newport area referred to "the Widow Dent's Dwelling Plantation" (Catherine would have been the only known "Widow Dent" in this area at this time).12 While waiting to obtain their shares of their father's tract, the two youngest sons Thomas and Peter found tracts elsewhere to farm. Thomas probably resided in Port Tobacco West Hundred (near present day Welcome MD),13 while Peter resided in Newport East Hundred (near present day Newport MD).14 Catherine probably died by 1752, although no records directly reflecting her death are known to exist. The Charles County debt books for 1753 (changes usually took at least a year to reflect in the books) showed John3 in possession of 737 acres of "Dent's Inheritance". Since entries that year for his brothers Hatch (145 acres), Benjamin (143 acres) and Michael (144 acres) accounted for the remainder of the tract's 1169 acres, it was apparent that Catherine's dower tract had reverted to John3.15

      With the tract apparently clear of the widow's dower claims, John3 completed the partition of "Dent's Inheritance" on 13 Jun 1753, when John Dent and Mary his wife conveyed 150-acre shares in separate deeds to Thomas Dent and Peter Dent. These conveyances differed from the earlier conveyances to Hatch, Benjamin and Michael in a couple of ways. First, instead of making a gift of the shares "in consideration of natural love and brotherly affection", John3 received from Thomas and Peter 5000 lbs of tobacco each in consideration for their shares; this apparent inequity was "corrected" later in reissued deeds to Hatch, Benjamin and Michael (see below). Second, although neither of the deeds to Thomas and Peter ever explicitly referred to a brotherly relationship with John3, both of the deeds did contain the following insightful phrasing: "... unto [Thomas/Peter] Dent his heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever and if the said [Thomas/Peter] Dent should die without such heirs to return to the next heir at law". This provision ensured that in case Thomas or Peter died without issue, their shares of "Dent's Inheritance" would not fall outside the Dent family (particularly to a surviving widow), but that possession would return to John3 (the heir-at-law to the tract), to John3's eldest son (the succeeding heir-at-law to the tract), or so on down through John3's lineage.

      The complete partitioning of "Dent's Inheritance" was reflected in the 1754 debt books for Charles Co, which included the following possessors of the tract along with the acreage each possessed:17

      John Dent 437 acres [437 = 3 X 145.67]
      Hatch Dent 145 acres
      Benjamin Dent 143 acres
      Michael Dent 144 acres
      Thomas Dent 150 acres
      Peter Dent 150 acres
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      [1169 acres]

      Following John3's conveyances to Thomas and Peter, evidently there was some concern about the validity of the earlier deeds to Hatch, Benjamin and Michael, because John3 reissued deeds for identical portions of the tract on 12 Nov 1753, 14 Oct 1754 and 3 Dec 1757 to Hatch, Michael and Benjamin respectively.18 The reason for the reissuances was probably due to the fact that John3 had made out the earlier deeds in 1733 prior to when he obtained the actual patent on the land in 1734. There may have also been a desire to confirm the earlier deeds once the tract was completely clear of the widow's dower claims. In each of these three reissued deeds, the land was conveyed for a monetary consideration of £30 sterling money of Great Britain, no familial relationships were given between the parties to the deed, no provisions concerning a return to the "next heir-at-law" in case of death without heirs was included, and John3's wife Mary acknowledged relinquishment of her dower in the land. In the reissued deed to Michael the acreage was given as 148 acres, but the description of the parcel was identical with Michael's earlier deed, and subsequent debt books and a 1783 tax list consistently listed Michael as being in possession of a 144-acre part of the tract.19

      Unfortunately, the distribution of John2 Dent's intestate estate as described above leaves some questions unanswered about John2's family. Since the widow Catherine only had life interest in her dower portion of "Dent's Inheritance", since no known probate records exist concerning the distribution of her personal estate, and since no records of her prior to John2's death are known to exist, it is unknown whether she was the mother of all, some, or none of John2's children. Known records concerning the distribution of John2's personal and real estate also reveal no clues about any possible daughters.
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      1 For clarity purposes, subscript numbers are given after the name John to differentiate between the three generations of John Dents mentioned in this article.

      2 See especially Harry Wright Newman's Charles County Gentry (p. 62) and The Maryland Dents (pp. 113-114). John3, Hatch, Benjamin and Michael are the easiest to prove as sons. In John3's petition for the patent to the tract "Dent's Inheritance", he declared himself to be "the Eldest Son and heir at law to his said Father (John Dent)" (see footnote 4 below); in Oct 1767 depositions, both Hatch and Michael stated that their father was John Dent (Charles Co Court Proceedings Book Q No. 3, p. 405); John3 indicated a brotherly relationship to Hatch, Michael and Benjamin in his 1733 deeds to each of them (see footnotes 9 and 10 below).

      3 Prerogative Court of Maryland Will Book 13, p. 442

      4 Maryland Land Office Record Book AM No. 1, p. 405

      5 See Marylynn Salmon, Women and the Law of Property in Early America, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, 1986, chap. 7, "Provisions for Widows," pp. 141-151.

      6 Prerogative Court of Maryland Testamentary Proceedings Book 29, p. 268

      7 Prerogative Court of Maryland Inventory Book 17, p. 243

      8 Prerogative Court of Maryland Account Book 18, p. 1

      9 Charles County Deed Book M No. 2, p. 322

      10 Charles County Deed Book O No. 2, pp. 1 (Michael), 5 (Benjamin)

      11 The birthyear of Thomas Dent is not reflected in any known records, but a reference to a Thomas Dent in Charles County Court Proceedings Book T No. 2, p. 532, suggests he may have been an adult by 1738; Peter Dent was born in about 1718, as he gave his age as about 34 years in a Dec 1752 deposition recorded in Charles County Court Proceedings Book B No. 3, p. 342.

      12 Charles County Court Proceedings Book Vol. 41 (1747-48), p. 192

      13 See Charles County Court Proceedings Book X No. 2, pp. 372, 431, Book Vol. 41 (1747-48), p. 10

      14 See Charles County Court Proceedings Book X No. 2, p. 452

      15 Charles County Debt Book for 1753, pp. 4, 7

      16 Charles County Deed Book A No. 3, pp. 109 (Peter), 111 (Thomas)

      17 Charles County Debt Book for 1754, pp. 5, 9, 99, 101

      18 Charles County Deed Book A No. 3, pp. 138 (Hatch), 235 (Michael), Book G No. 3, p. 146 (Benjamin)

      19 See Charles County Debt Books for years 1753 through 1774, Charles County Tax List for 1783

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      Internet research

      Birth
      [1673-74 Chaptico Hundred (Hd) St Mary's Co MD (StM Co): John Dent born (for birth year, see May 1727 deposition below); father John Dent [original immigrant], mother Mary Hatch)]

      Marr
      [c1703? StM Co?or Charles Co (Chas Co)? MD: John Dent married ----- ----- (surviving wife Catherine -----)]

      [Note: there are no known records which give a comprehensive listing of John Dent's wife and children; for discussion of evidences for his family, see narrative on John Dent son of Capt John]

      Son
      [c1704 Chas Co or StM Co: John Dent born (eldest son; see land grant record «MD Land Office Record Bk (LOR) AM1:405»)]

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      1705-07 Chas Co: rent roll listed John Dent Junr as possessor of Cumberton of 200A, Reding of 300A, Evans Addition of 100A (listed without the "Junr"), and Barnaby of 60A

      Son
      [1706 Chas Co: Hatch Dent born (age given as 61 in Oct 1767 deposition, as 72 in Jun 1779 deposition «ChCP Q3:405, Y3:473»)]

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      23 Mar 1708/09 Chas Co: goods and chattels of Joseph Waters appraised by John Dent Jr and John Cartwright; bondsmen were Jos. Waters and Thomas Hunt «Prerog Ct of MD Invy and Acct Bk (PCIA) 29:332»

      Son
      [c1709-10? Chas Co: Benjamin Dent born]

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      Aug 1711 Chas Co: John Dent Jr on a jury for county court «ChCP D2:189»

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      25 Sep 1711 StM Co: in his will John Dent devised to his son John "Cumberston", "Barnaby", "Reading", "Evan's Addition", the land and house at Newporte, "Providence", "Pearl's Progress", and "Harrison's Adventure". 5 May 1712 StM Co: will was probated. «Prerog Ct of MD Will Bk (PCW) 13:442»

      Son
      [1712 Chas Co: Michael Dent born (age given as 55 in Oct 1767 deposition, and as 66 in Jun 1779 deposition «ChCP Q3:405, Y3:473»)]

      Son
      [c1715? Chas Co: Thomas Dent born]

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      10 Mar 1715/16 Chas Co: goods and chattels of Thomas Hagoe [Hagan] appraised by John Dent and William Boarman Sr; Thomas Allin and James Haddock signed inventory as creditors, and James Hagan and Thomas Hagan as next of kin «PCIA 37A:42»

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      22 Jan 1716/17 Chas Co: goods and chattels of Patrick Mowland appraised by John Dent and Samuel Turner; next of kin indicated on inventory as "none" «PCIA 38A:138»

      Son
      [1718 Chas Co: Peter Dent born (age given as 34 in Dec 1752 deposition «ChCP B3:342»)]

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      13 Mar 1719/20: warrant of resurvey out of his Lordship's Land Office granted to John Dent of Chas Co to resurvey four tracts of land, namely Cumberton of 200A, Reading of 300A, Evans Addition of 100A, and Barnaby (originally granted to John Dent "the father ye afd John Dent") of 60A, reducing them into one tract of land and adding to it any contiguous lands that he should find vacant. 19 Aug 1720: Robert Hanson, deputy surveyor, issued a certificate of resurvey in the name of John Dent for the above mentioned tracts with the addition of 509A of vacant land to be called "Dent's Inheritance", lying in Chas Co on NS of branch called Piles Fresh [later called Gilberts Swamp] and now laid out for 1169A, to be held of Calverton Manor. 3 Apr 1721: Capt John Dent paid caution money in bills sterling for 509A of vacant land, and patent was granted for same «LOR AM1:405»

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      5 Mar 1725/26 Chas Co: administration on estate of Mary Dent granted to John Dent her administrator, and his bond taken with George Dent and John Caudle his sureties in the amount of £100 «Prerog Ct of MD Testamentary Prcdgs Bk (PCTP) 27:256»

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      2 Jun 1726 Chas Co: goods and chattels of Mary Dent decd appraised in the amount of £21.9.1 by John Burch and John Estep; George Dent and Samuel Turner signed inventory as next of kin. 22 Jun 1726 Chas Co: inventory presented in court on oath of John Dent, administrator «Prerog Ct of MD Invy Bk (PCI) 11:356»

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      6 Mar 1726/7 Chas Co: John Dent administrator of Mary Dent late of Chas Co decd presented in court an account on her estate totaling £10.13.11 «Prerog Ct of MD Acct Bk (PCA) 6:174»

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      2 May 1727 Chas Co: in two signed depositions, John Dent Senr, aged 53 years or thereabouts, declared his knowledge concerning the bounds of tract "Oneales Desart" «Chas Co Ct Prcdgs Bk (ChCP) P2:489»

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      [aft 31 May 1729 (probate of will «PCW 19:726»)] Chas Co: goods and chattels of George Dement Sr decd appraised by John Dent and Edward Turner; William Thorne and Robert Chrystie signed the inventory as creditors, and John Hunt and Edward Davis signed as next of kin. 19 Aug 1729 Chas Co: inventory presented in court by William Dement, executor. «PCI 15:78»

      Death
      [by 10 Mar 1732/33 Chas Co: John Dent died (date administration on his estate was granted to his administratrix)]

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      10 Mar 1732/33 Chas Co: administration on estate of John Dent granted to Katherine Dent his administratrix, and her bond taken with Thomas Matthews and Samuel Turner Junr of Chas Co as her sureties in the amount of £400 «PCTP 29:268» [on same date, his eldest son John Dent conveyed part of his plantation "Dent's Inheritance" to Hatch Dent «»]

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      1733 "Newport West Side Lower Part" Hd Chas Co: Katherine Dent on tax list with 2 tithables [tithables probably referred to white males 16&> or slaves 12&>; probably son Benjamin, son Thomas]

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      8 Jun 1733 Chas Co: goods and chattels of John Dent late of Chas Co decd was appraised at £95.11.2 by John Burch and Jno Chunn [no slaves or servants were listed in the inventory]; Benjamin Edwards and [Dr] John Haw signed the inventory as greatest creditors, and George Dent {his brother} and Edwd Turner {son of brother-in-law Samuel Turner} signed as nearest kin. 12 Jun 1733 Chas Co: inventory presented in court on oath of Catherine Dent administratrix «PCI 17:243»

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      16 Jul 1740 Chas Co: Catharine Dent administratrix of John Dent late of Chas Co decd presented in court the final account on the deceased's estate, with a balance of £121.14.7 [no reference to distribution in record]; sureties were listed as Thomas Mathews and Saml Turner Junr both of Chas Co «PCA 18:1»
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      Harrison, John, Chas. County, 5th Dec., 1690; 30th May, 1705.
      To Nathaniel Barton and Mary his wife, 50 A., "Haphazard" and personalty.
      To Martha, dau. of Gyles Wilson, Thos. Spinke and Jane his wife, personalty.
      John Dent of St Mary's Co, ex. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal, including "Harrison's Adventure," 215 A., "Providence." In event of sale of latter not being confirmed to Edward Greenhalge, it is devised to Mr. Dent as also all land in Corretoman, Virginia. {mm-Lancaster Co. VA} 3.483.
      Note: Capt. Dent in the administration of this estate showed that Mr. John Harrison removed to Virginia and had no personal estate in MD.
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      Dent, John, St. Mary's County, 25th Sept., 1711; 5th May, 1712.
      To son John and hrs., 200 A., "Cumberson," 60 A., "Barnaby" 300 A., "Reading,"' 100 A.., "Evan's Addition.," house and lott at Newportowne, and 215 A.," Providence,'' 200 A, "Pearly Progress.," 250 A., "'Harrison's. Adventure,"' and all land given testator by will of John Harrison., excepting 50 A., "Haphazard."
      to son George and hrs,., 50 A., "Haphazard," 324 A., "Freestone Point."
      to dau. Mary and hrs "Ashman's Freehold."
      to dau. Lydia and hrs 100 A., "St. Anne."
      to dau. Anna and hrs., "St. Stephen" and 200 A, "Coldman," and 100 A., "Evan's Reserve."
      to dau. Abigail and hrs., 136 A., "Love's Adventure.''
      to dau. Christian and hrs., 381 A., "Coldwell's," 25 A. bought out of Trentforke, 200 A., " Horserange. "
      Should sd. dau. die without issue., land to revert to hrs. of testator,
      In event of son Peter coming into the promise to settle he is to have portion, of lands, devised to son John, also part of "'Horserange" afsd. and 1/2 "Freestone Point" afsd.
      To wife personalty, and joint ex. with son John afsd.
      Test: Samuel Williamson, James Keech, Henry Davis. 13.442
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      Crabb, Thomas, Charles County, 3rd Jan., 1719; 8th Mar., 1719,
      To daus. Eliza. and Margt. and their hrs., "Wardle" equally.
      To son-in-law, Charles Sommersett Smith (husband of dau. Jane), and their hrs., " Willshins Plains" in Charles County, and personalty.
      To wife Eliza., extx., dwelling plantation - and 100 A. adj. (bou. of Thomas Truman) during life, at her decease to dau. Eliza. and hrs,
      Wife Eliza. and daus. Eliza. and Margt. residuary legatees of personal estate, wife 1/3 being first deducted.
      Test: John Dent., William Fenwick, John Anderson, Josiah Cuttance. 16,20
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      Patrick Mowland 38A.138 I CH £57.19.7 Jan 22 1716
      Appraisers: John Dent, Samuel Turner.
      Next of kin: none.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 363-11: EVANS ADDITION: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Dent, John: Surveyed 24 Jan 1670 for Edward Evans at a bound tree of a parcel of land formerly laid out for him and Edward Denberry.: Other Tracts Mentioned: DENTS INHERITANCE; other notes - Included into resurvey of DENTS INHERITANCE, folio 419, 19 Aug 1720
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 419-291: DENTS INHERITANCE: 1169 acres; Possession of - 1169 Acres - Dent, John: Including 4 tracts [?] Col Barton's, READING, EVANS ADDITION, & BARNABY, Resurveyed 18 Aug 1720 for John Dent and patented to John Dent his son, lying on the North side of Piles Fresh.: Other Tracts Mentioned: READING; EVANS ADDITION; BARNABY; Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 144 Acres - Hatch Dent from John Dent; 10 March 1732,144 Acres - Michael Dent from John Dent, 14 Aug 1733, 143 Acres - Benjamin Dent from John Dent, 14 Aug 1733, , ,

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