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

George Dent

Male 1690 - 1750  (60 years)


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  • Name George Dent 
    Born 1690  Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jun 1750  Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002100  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 1 Elizabeth Short,   b. Abt 1693, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1727 and 1733, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1715  Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth {Unproven} Dent,   b. Bef 1713, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Dent,   b. 1724, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1778, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate date Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. George Dent,   b. 1727, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1757, Fairfax County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F01411  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary MNU Dent,   b. Bef 1711, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1750, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years) 
    Married Aft 1727  Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Peter Dent,   b. 1728, Newport West Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1806  (Age > 79 years)
     2. Thomas Dent,   b. 1730, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1774, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. William Dent,   b. 1732, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1788, possibly moved to Fairfield Dist SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years)
     4. Mary Dent,   b. 1734, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Charity Dent,   b. 1738, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Lydia Dent,   b. Bef 1748, Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F01412  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      DENT, GEORGE, Sr., St. Mary's Co. 5 April 1746; 7 June 1750
      To son John Dent, 100 A. where he now dwells,
      To youngest sons, Peter Dent, Thomas Dent and William Dent, remaining pt of my land,
      To Mary Armstrong, 1 ewe.
      To dau. Lidia Dent, furniture.
      To dau. Charity Dent.
      To wife Mary Dent, moveable estate, and after her decease to
      Peter Dent, Thomas Dent, William Dent and Charity Dent.
      Wife, Mary Dent, extx.
      Witt John Hilton, Margit Hilton, Mary Hilton, 27.395.
      ===
      Will of George Dent
      of St. Mary's Co., MD
      dated 5 Apr 1746
      probated 7 Jun 1750
      Page 395

      IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I George Dent Senr. of St.
      Marys County in the Province of Maryland planter being sick of
      Body but of a sound and perfect memory and calling to mind the
      Uncertainty of this Transitory Life and that it is appointed for all
      Men once to dye do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament
      in Manner and form following that is to say first and principally
      I Recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through
      the Merits and Satisfaction of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer
      Jesus Christ our Lord to receive forgiveness of all my Sins and toInherit
      Everlasting Life and Salvation and my Body to the Earth to be decently
      Buried at the Discretion of my Exrs. hereafter Named and as touching
      Such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God in Mercy to bless me with
      I Give and dispose thereof in Manner and form following

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      Page 396

      Imprimis I will that all my Just Debts be duely paid and discharged
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving Son John Dent One hundred Acres
      of Land where he now dwells and one Ewe ---
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving Son George Dent fifty Acres of Land
      where he now dwells and One Ewe ---
      Item I give and Bequeath the Remain[ing] part of my Land to my threeyoungest
      Sons that is to say Peter Dent and Thomas Dent and William Dent
      and the sd. Wm. Dent to have his part where I now Dwell and if one of
      the three die without heir the Other two to have an Equal part of it ---
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving Daughter Mary Armstrong one
      Ewe.
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving daughter Lidia Dent one feather
      Bed and Covering --
      Item I will that my Loving Daughter Charity Dent may abide at the place
      where I now dwell as Long as She shall keep the Name of Dent and
      Nowways Mislested[sic].
      Item I give and bequeath to my dearest Wife Mary Dent all my Moveable
      Estate not before disposed of during her Natural Life and after her
      death it I [sic] will that it be Equally divided between Peter Dent and
      Thomas Dent and William Dent and Charity Dent and if one of them
      Should die without Issue the Others to Enjoy an Equal part --
      Lastly I hereby appoint my dearest Wife Mary Dent Sole Executrix of this
      my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all and Every former
      and Other Will or Wills by me made and declaring this only to be
      my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set
      my hand and affixt my Seal this 5 day of April Anno Domini 1746
      Sealed Signed published and George Dent {Seal}
      declared to be the last Will and
      Testament of George Dent Senr.
      in the presence of
      John (his mark) Hiltun
      Margit (M her mark) Hiltun On the Back of the foregoing Will
      Mary (M her mark) Hiltun was thus Written Sst.

      St. Marys County Sst. June ye 7th 1750. Then John Hilton
      Margret Hilton and Mary Hilton the Subscribing Witnesses to the
      foregoing Will being duely and Solemnly Sworn on the holy Evangels
      of Almighty God depose and say that they saw the Testator George
      Dent sign the foregoing Will and heard him publish and declare
      the same to be his last Will and Testament that at the time of his
      so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and

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      Page 397

      disposing mind and memory and that they subscribed their Respect
      give Names as Witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the sd. Testator and at his Request Sworn to before me
      Thos Aisquith Deputy
      Comis~ry of St. Marys County
      ===
      George Dent was the younger son and the disobedient son of Capt John Dent, but his father did not disinherit him with five shillings which was usually the custom of the day, but left him two plantations, namely " Haphazzard " and "Freestone Point". George married twice, first Elizabeth Short then Mary,
      His widow Mary remaried October 26, 1751.

      Dent, George & Elizabeth his wife conveyed on 12 Mar 1721 a parcel Haphazard 50a . (Ct. & ladn H#2.201)

      Charles County Land Records, Liber H#2, Page 483
      21 Mar 1721/2; Recorded at request of Samuel Johnson of St. Mary's County, planter:
      12 Mar 1721; Indenture from George Dent, planter, to Samuel Johnson of St. Mary's Co.; for 3,000# tobacco; a parcel called Haphazard; containing 50 acres; /s/ George Dent; wit. Sam. Chunn, John Darch, Geo. Brett; ack. Mar Court 1721 by George Dent and Elizabeth his wife

      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2, Page 143 4 Oct 1709;
      George Dent requests recording of assignment of a tract of land from William Matthews (Z.49) to Maj. Wm. Dent; proving that John Sander and Sarah his wife and Thomas Sympson and Mary his wife had a right to said land; £10 paid to them by William Matthews; /s/ John Sander, Sarah Sander, Thomas Sympson, Mary Sympson; wit. John Rogers, Clerk, Robert Charlesworth; _ Oct 1709 John Sander
      and Sarah his wife ack. deed


      Birth
      [c1680? prob St Mary's Co MD (StM Co): George Dent born; father John Dent [original immigrant], mother Mary Hatch (see John Dent will below; also see John Dent article in "The Maryland Dents" by Harry Wright Newman)]

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      25 Sep 1711 StM Co: John Dent in his will devised to "my disobedient son" George Dent 50A "Haphazard" and 324A "Freestone Point". 5 May 1712 StM Co: will probated. «Prerog Ct of MD Will Bk (PCW) 13:442»

      Marr
      [c1715? StM Co or Charles Co MD (Chas Co): George Dent married Elizabeth, dau of George Short of Chas Co (George Short's will of 17 Oct 1718 conveyed "Simpson's Supply" of 50A to dau Elizabeth Dent «PCW 15:315»; 23 Jul 1748 John Dent Jr {George2,John1} of StM Co sold to William Cooksey of Chas Co 50A of "Simpson's Supply" «Chas Co Deed Bk (ChD) Z2:282»)

      Son
      [c1716? StM Co: John Dent born (see will below)]

      Son
      [c1718? StM Co: George Dent born (see will below)]

      Dau
      [c1720? StM Co: Mary Dent born (see will below)]

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      12 Mar 1721 Chas Co: George Dent, planter [StM Co?], sold to Samuel Johnson of StM Co for 3000# tobacco 50A "Haphazard"; witnesses were Sam. Chunn, John Burch and Geo. Brett. Mar 1721 Chas Co: deed acknowledged by George Dent and Elizabeth his wife. «ChD H2:483»

      Dau
      [c1722? StM Co: Lydia Dent born (see will below)]

      Marr
      [c1730-34? StM Co?: George Dent married Mary ----- (see will below)]

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      8 Jun 1733 Chas Co: goods and chattels of John Dent {brother} late of Chas Co decd appraised by John Burch and Jno Chunn, with George Dent and Edwd Turner signing inventory as nearest kin «Prerog Ct of MD Invy Bk (PCI) 17:243»

      Son
      [1735 near Cool Springs StM Co: Peter Dent born (age 24 in Jan 1760 «Maryland Gazette 13 Mar 1760»)]

      Son
      [c1737? StM Co: Thomas Dent born (see will below)]

      Son
      [c1739? StM Co: William Dent born (see will below)]

      Dau
      [c1741? StM Co: Charity Dent born (see will below)]

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      [(unknown date) StM Co: George Dent probably sold to John Buckman 50A of "Freestone Point" (in 1753 StM Co Rent Roll, p106, possessors of "Freestone Point" were George Dent with 174A, John Buckman with 50A, and John Dent with 100A; on 19 Nov 1762 James Chappeliar {son-in-law of George's son John Dent} bought 50A of "Freestone Point" from John Baptist Buckman «Alienations and transfers listed in 1753 Rent Roll, p106»

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      5 Apr 1746 StM Co: George Dent Senr in his will bequeathed to his son John Dent 100A of land ["Freestone Point"] "where he now dwells" and one ewe; to his son George Dent 50A of land ["Freestone Point"] "where he now dwells" and one ewe; the remaining part of his land [prob 124A of "Freestone Point"] to his three youngest sons Peter Dent, Thomas Dent and William Dent (William was "to have the part where I now dwell"), and if one of the three die without heir the other two were to have an equal part of it; to dau Mary Armstrong one ewe; to dau Lidia Dent one feather bed and covering; dau Charity Dent to live at his dwelling "as long as she shall keep the name of Dent"; to wife Mary Dent all his moveable estate not before disposed of during life and then to be equally divided between Peter Dent, Thomas Dent, William Dent and Charity Dent [possibly suggesting that these four were Mary's children]; appointed wife Mary Dent his sole executrix; witnesses were John Hiltun, Margit Hiltun and Mary Hiltun. «PCW 27:395»

      Death
      [by 7 Jun 1750 ??: George Dent died (date of probate of will; besides the probate and recording of his will, no record of testamentary bond, inventories, accounts or distributions on the estate of George Dent can be found within Prerogative Court of MD records; this suggests he may have departed StM Co after making out his will, and that his estate was administered in another province)]

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      7 Jun 1750 StM Co: will of George Dent decd probated by oaths of John Hilton, Margret Hilton and Mary Hilton the subscribing witnesses «PCW 27:395»
      ===
      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.
      ===
      Samuel Hayes 27.391 CH £98.4.4 Feb 18 1742 Apr 27 1743
      Appraisers: Richard Smith, John Hamill.
      Creditors: George Dent, Benjamin Fendall.
      Administratrix: Margaret Hayes.
      ===
      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.
      ===
      Charles County Court Records, June Court 1736 Court, Liber T#2, Page 200-202
      Pursuant to the order of Jun Court in the 21st year of his Lordship's Dominion, Commission issued, returnable here, to examine witnesses touching the bounds of a tract of land called Smith's Reserve, in possession of William Chapman. The Commissioners appointed were Henry Hawkins, George Brett, George Hatton, & Saml Chunn of CC, Gent. William Chapman is seized of the afd land, which lies in CC. The Commissioners are not related to the Petitioner, any contiguous proprietor, nor interested in sd land. Signed Aug 15, 1735, in the 21st year of our Dominion - Sam Hanson, Clerk.
      And now here, Henry Hawkins, George Hatton, & Saml Chunn return the Commission with the following certificate and depositions -
      We did meet on sd land on Nov 20, 1735, and examined all such witnesses as to us were offered.
      The deposition of Saml Turner, age about 60, who says that about 40 years ago, on or near the place where this deponent now stands, was a pine tree, and that he had heard say there was a bound tree nigh there. Signed - Samuel (~ his mark) Turner.
      The deposition of George Dent, age about 45, who says that about 20 years ago, Geo: Short told him that nigh the place where this deponent now stands, stood a bound tree parting the land of Tenison and William Chapman, which he, the sd Short, showed this deponent, being a gum tree. Signed - George Dent.
      The deposition of Catherine Short, age about 35, who says that her husband, Daniel Short, about 3-4 years ago, told her that his father and Abraham Lemaster told him that nigh the place where this deponent now stands, stood a gum bounded tree which they showed him and told him it parted the land of Jestinian Tenneson & Wm: Chapman. Signed - Catherine (C her mark) Short.
      Charles County Court Records, June Court 1736 Court, Liber T#2, Page 202. The deposition of Richard Lemaster, age about 66, says the tree where this deponent now stands, being a sweet gum, was always in his memory deemed to be a bounded tree belonging to the land of Justin Teneson & John Smith. Signed - Richard (his mark) Lemaster.
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (339). Mar 18, 1755 from Newman Tompkins of CC, to Edward Smoot of CC, for 10,000 lbs of tobacco, part of a tract of land in CC called Tompkins Purchase, containing, in the whole, 400 acres, part of which the sd Newman formerly conveyed to Jame [sic] Howard of CC, and 100 acres, by deed, sd Newman conveyed to George Dent, late of CC, and 45 acres part of the same tract conveyed by deed to William Oard, the remaining part thereof, now in the possession of sd Newman, and bounded on the north by that piece of land formerly granted to Revd George Dent, on the eastward by the land of William Oard as afd, on the south and west by Neals or Cuckholds Cr, containing about 55 acres. Signed - Newman Tompkins. Wit - Robt Yates, Arthur Lee. Elizabeth, the wife of the sd Newman Tompkins, relinquished her right of dower to the lands within mentioned. Recorded Jun 2, 1755.
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Wicomico: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 285-20: TOMKINS PURCHASE: 185 acres; Possession of - 185 Acres - Tomkins, Sarah: Re-Surveyed 20 July 1674 for Giles Tomkins on the North side Potomac River on the East side of St. Raphael's or Neale's Back Neck.: Other notes - Sarah Tomkins in right of John Tomkins, 150 Acres - James Howard from Newman Tomkins 3 Oct 1735,1 00 Acres - George Dent from Newman Tomkins 18 Aug 1737, Resurveyed into TOMKINS PURCHASE, 16 Sep 1735 folio 426

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