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

John Courts

Male 1691 - 1748  (56 years)


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  • Name John Courts 
    Born 3 Mar 1690/91  William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jan 1747/48  William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002685  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 

    Father John Courts,   b. 19 Feb 1654/55, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1702/03, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Charity Henley,   b. Between 1659 and 1664, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1704 and 1706, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Abt 1680  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Tabitha Harrison,   b. 23 Jun 1693, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1734, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 42 years) 
    Married Aft 1711  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Courts,   b. Abt 1714, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1758, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     2. John Courts,   b. Abt 1716, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1750, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     3. Anne Courts,   b. Abt 1719, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Robert Henley Courts,   b. 1723, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1775, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     5. Elizabeth Courts,   b. 1727, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1776 and 1792, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F02004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Barnes,   b. 19 Dec 1694, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1758, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1713  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Anne Courts,   b. 1713, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1749, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years)
     2. Charity Courts,   b. 1717, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1753, Culpeper County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F02005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Charles County Circuit Court, Birth, Deaths & Marriage Records, Liber Q
      Courts, John, s/o John and Charity Courts Of Pickawaxon, b. 3 Mar 1691
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      FROM THE MARYLAND GAZETTE
      COURTS., Mr, John., died in Chas. Co,, for many years a representative for that county. He died of the pleurisy after having recovered from the same disorder many times, (Feb, 3., 1748)
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      COURTS, JOHN, Charles Co.. 16 Jan. 1747; 28 Jan. 1748
      To wife ELIZABETH COURTS, slaves Amelia, Thomas Dyut, Sarah Baell (Baelt?)f the latter two to served from their arrival Into this country five years and then to be set free.
      That son WILLIAM COURTS and John Martine to allow carpenters named James and Jack to perform work for wife.
      Son JOHN to receive slave Jemmy and Penn after wife's death or marriage; also negro woman called young Hannah dau to old negreo James and Hannah; also negro Jenny, mulato Nun's dau; negro carpenter called Sam.
      To son WILLIAM COURTS negro carpenter called Jack and Negro James Father to carpenter Jemmy; also negro woman called Hannah wife of said negro James last mentioned, also mulatto Nun as also old negro Sarah, also Chapley, negro Harry and Negro Pegg at Nanjemoy Quarters.
      To son ROBERT HENLY COURTS, negro blacksmith called Luke, negro Bobb, negro Bess and negro boy called Nero and negro man called Lilliputt.
      To dau Anne COURTS, negro Sarah, negro Ned and negro Hannah.. the said Ned's wife.
      To dau CHARITY ADAMS,. tobacco.
      To dau MARY Anne MARTINE, negro carepenter called Jemmy, negro boy at Matawoman Quarter called Ben.
      To dau ELIZABETH JONES negro Pompy; also Moll and Martine.
      To son WILLIAM COURTS, intail all my lands In William and Mary Parish, Charles Co.
      To son JOHN COURTS, land in Prince George"s Co. near Rock Creek called Clean Drinking.
      To son ROBERT HENLY COURTS, land on Matawoman Run in Prince George's County, 500 A,; also tract in Charles Co. upon Potowmack River known as "Martins Freehold."
      To son WILLIAM COURTS 1/2 the lotts at Nottingham purchased by me of Isaac Cecil for Daniel Dulany Esq, and myself in partnerships, the moyety of which lots I give to son WILLIAM.
      To friend Nathan Harris, suit of mourning of about 10 s. price per yard,
      To my bro, CHARLES COURTS use of negro called Charles.
      To Friend John Penn, Sr,, suit of mourning,
      To Joseph Woodman suit of mourning.
      To friend James Pland, 100 A., near my land and towards Edward Ford's.
      Residue to be equally divided between William Courts, John Courts, Robert Henly Courts, Anne Courts, Mary Anne Martine and Elizabeth Jones, my children.
      William Courts, John Martine and Charles Jones, exs,
      Wit: Jos, Douglass, Edward Ford, Robert Hall, 25, 228
      ===
      John Courts 37.78 CH -- Feb 10 1747/48 Oct 19 1748
      Appraisers: Barton Warrin, Benjamin Gwinn.
      Creditors: William Middleton, Weedon Arnold.
      Next of kin: Ann Courts, Charles Courts.
      Mentions: Mr. William Courts (son).
      Executors: William Courts, John Martin, Charles Jones.
      ===
      John Courts 28.220 A CH £2529.0.11 £904.4.5 Jul 7 1750
      Received from: Thomas Hungerford, George Riddle.
      Payments to (in Virginia currency): John Marten, Thomas Turnor, James Blair, Harry Turner, William Eilbeck, Robert Hall, Weaden Arnald.
      Payments to: John Hanson, George Riddle, Charles Carroll, Ignatius Diggs, Henry Brooke, Charles Courts, Collin Mitchell, Robert Yates, Thomas Connor, John Lancaster, Mary Ogden, William Bryan, Janet Freeman, Thomas Brooke, William Skyrin, Alexander McLaran, Samuel Chunn, Thomas Hungerford, Thomas Dyon, Thomas Turnbull, Andrew Munrow, Aaron Welsh, William Robinson, Francis Ware, John Graham & Co., Joshua Allford, Benjamin Douglass, James Wood, Nathaniel Gray, Thomas Midgly, Samuel Hanson, William Middleton.
      Legatees: Jos. Woodman.
      Executors: William Courts, John Marten, Charles Jones.
      ===
      Col. John Courts 34.75 A CH £1793.11.2 £1491.3.1 Sep 5 1712
      Payments to: widow (unnamed, 1/3rd), Mr. John Rogers who married Anne Courts (daughter).
      Legatees: widow (unnamed), Henry Courts (child), John Courts (child), Charles Courts (child).
      Mentions: Hery Courts (also Henry Courts) (child, dead) and his mother Madam Charity Courts.
      Administrators: Philemon Hemsley and his wife Mary Hemsley. Unadministered by Col. John Contee.
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      Col. John Courts 34.210 A CH £1817.11.2 £1764.11.0 Jul 27 1713
      Mentions: John Rogers who married Anne Courts (daughter), John Courts (son), William Courts (son).
      Administrators: Mr. Philemon Hemsley and his wife Mary Hemsley. Unadministered by Col. John Contee (dead).
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      Phillpott, Eleanor, Charles County, 22nd Jan., 1724; 23rd Feb., 1724.
      To son Edward, personal estate., excepting legacies to following: Jane Morley., Margaret Phillpott, Mary Gattwick and Wm. Hungerford.
      Bro. John Phillpott, ex., to have care of son Edward till of age at 21.
      Test: John Courts, Charles Courts. 18, 343.
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      James Renalds (Reynolds) 16.169 A CH £3.19.0 £44.6.10 Apr 17 1738
      Sureties: Richard Marshall, John Douglass.
      Received from: Joseph Gwinn, John Muddux, Thomas Smoot, Jr., Barton Smoot, Benjamin Gwinn, Col, Fendall, Thomas Mony, Matthew Marten, Notley Maddox, Richard Smith, Thomas Harris, Jr., Charles Phillpott, Francis Glass, John Newman, Rand. Brandt, Jacob Brandt, Robert Yates, John Courts, Barton Smoot, Jr., William Cage, Joshua Willson, John Harris, Nathan Harris, John Jenkins, Mark Penn.
      Payments to: Edward Cartes, Barton Smoot, Sr., Thomas Connery.
      Representatives; none.
      ===
      John Newman 16.171 A CH £164.18.11 £44.2.0 Apr 27 1738
      Sureties: John Courts, John Harris, Jr.
      Received from: John Woodman, Cecely Woodman, Raphaell Neale.
      Payments to: Dr. John Haris, William Clarey, Joshua Willson, Elisabeth
      Whicheley, Henry Tolson for MM Edward & Henry Trafford, Joseph Douglass, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Daniel Dulany, Esq.
      Representatives: widow (unnamed), 4 children (unnamed, minors).
      Administratrix: Priscilla Newman.
      ===
      Mary Posey 10.336 CH £1362,8 Apr.,May 1725
      Appraisers: John Courts, Charles Courts.
      Creditors: Mary Miller, Thomas Lomax,
      Next of kin: Benjamin Possey, Bolean Possay.
      Executor: (name not given).
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      John Harris 20.117 A CH £194.7.10 £12.16.8 Feb 25 1743
      Sureties: John Courts, Nathan Harris.
      Received from: Mary Hayes.
      Payments to: Dr. Francis Parnham, Robert Horner, Walter Hanson.
      Representatives: widow (unnamed), children: Thomas Harris, Martha Harris.
      Administratrix: Katherine Harris.
      ===
      Rogers, John, gent., Charles County, 4th Nov., 1717; 13th Jan., 1717.
      To wife Eliza:, extx., dwel. plan. [not named], for life, and personalty.
      To son Richard, personalty when of age, and 10,000 lbs. of tobacco to be sold during his minority for his education, remainder to be paid him at majority.
      To son John, interest poss. by test. in right of his (John's) mother, deceased, to part of estate of Charity Courts, in hands of his uncle, John Courts (to be administered), and personalty to be pd. when he comes of age; also testator's interest in tract of land in Pr. Geo. County, called "Clean Drinking,"' and any estate falling to testator by death of any of his uncles or relations.
      To son Roadham, dwel. plan. at decease of his mother, and personalty, also land testator had with his mother.
      To Rev. Wm. Maconchie., for the church, personalty.
      To Alex. Contee, John Courts, Robert and Sam. Hanson, neighbor Mary Theobalds and to Johanna Price, personalty.
      Test. directs that his servant, Wm. Sympson., be discharged from service on 25th Dec. next.
      Shd. son Richard die before he is of age, bequests made to him to pass to sons John and Roadham, or survivor. Shd, son Roadham die before he is of age, lands bequeathed him to pass to son Rich., and in ease of his death, to son John. In case of son John's death without issue., to pass to nearest of blood.
      Residue of estate to be divided equally among wife and 3 child. and unborn child.
      Wife to have charge of child. during their minority. Shd. she marry, Alex. Contee to have care of Rich. and John.
      Test: Jno. Hanson, Jno. Chunn, Rich. Bell 14. 521.
      ===
      Whyte, Bernard, Gentleman, Prince George County, 20th. May, 1720; 25th June, 1720.
      To wife Elliner, extx., and dau. Anne and their hrs., personal estate, equally, dau's portion to be pd, to her at legal age or marriage, shd. she die during minority her portion to pass to nearest surviving relative of testator, in England or elsewhere.
      Testator desires that John Courts, of Charles Co.,, make over the land for which he holds his (Courts) bond to dau. Ann, wife's dower rights in same being reserved to her.
      To overseers., Joseph Belt and Thomas Sprig, £10 each,
      Test: John Cordell, Anne Manow, Mary Simon. 16.70.
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      John Atkison 7.88 A CH £81.7.7 £99.11.1 Aug 11 1725
      Received from: William Parkison, Capt. Thomas Wright, Mr, John Bruce, John Chandler, Charles Dean, Thomas Reed, John Gibson, Thomas Morriss, Richard Barber, Sundry Sayles, George Newman, negro (unnamed) of Mr. John Courts, John & Mark Penn, William Penn, Capt. Thomas Webster, Mr. John Courts, Samuel Sympson, John Payne, James Ryner, Joseph Joy, John Howard, Henry Smith, John Willard & James Neale, John Lancaster, Mr. Jonathon Forward.
      Payments to: Samuel Hanson, Adam Brown, Richard Wainwright, Henry Neale.
      Administrator: Raphael Neale.
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 563.
      Oct 25, 1742 from John Courts of Charles County, Gent, to Henry Wright of PG, Gent, for 5 shillings and for divers other good causes, all that part of a greater tract of land in PG which Griffith Jones, late of North Carolina, conveyed by PG deed to sd John Courts for about 80 acres. Signed - John Courts. Wit - Wm Rogers (a Justice of Provincial Court), Josh. Hopkinson. Recorded Nov 3, 1742.
      ===
      LEWIS, GEORGE, Charles Co. 4 Nov., 1745
      ELIZABETH SHERWIN, MARY HUNTER, daus. of Johnathan Hunter, both living in Liverpool, county of Lancashire, England
      JOHN COURTS and wife.
      (Does not mention relationship of any of above.)
      John Courts, exs
      Wit.: Jos. Wilson, Thos. Howard. 24, 230
      ===
      Mark Penn 18.420 A CH £199.6.8 £105.17.7 Nov 17 1741
      Sureties: John Courts, Robert Yates.
      Received from: John Chandler, Thomas Thompson, William Turner, John Harris, Sr., John Woodman, Daniel Murphy, Benjamin Posey, Thomas Haile, Nicholas Philips, George Dent, Anne Chandler, Charles Philpott, Samuel Hanson, Sr., James Howard, Mary Hannah, James Bock, John Harris, Jr., Charles Curtis, John Penn, Jr., Benjamin King, William King, Richard Marshall, Jane Maddox, Thomas Cotterelle,
      George Scroggen, Joseph (no surname given), William Clary, Laurence Turner, William Chandler, John Brown, Benjamin Fendall, Jane (no surname given), Thomas Marshall, Joseph Joy, Andrew (no surname given), James Freeman, Thomas Connor, John Penn, Humphry Warren, Reber Yett, John (no surname given), Raph Neal, James Plant, Henry Acton, John Cox.
      Payments to: Thomas Troughar, John Muschett, Dr. Brown, John Scroggen, Jr., Tobias Coliagen, Benjamin Gwinn, Rand. Brandt, John Pen, Jr., Humphry Warren, Charles Jones, Jacob Deheiser, John Lancaster, William Chandler, Anne Ebernethy, John Grouds, Meredith Davis, Philip Briscoe, Thomas Hale, Martha Yoakley, John Duparcy, Daniel Dulany, Samuel Hanson.
      Executrix: Jane Penn.
      ===
      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2 Page 113
      Recorded at request of John Miller:
      16 Oct 1708; Indenture from George Groves, Sr., planter, and Jane his wife, to John Miller; grant 20 Sep 1680 to Philip Cole a tract called Green Banch about 2 miles off the head of Wicomico River; adjoining John Courts and John Lemare; containing 66 acres; 7 Jan 1684 Cole conveyed land to Groves (L.55); for 2 cows and calves and 1,000# tobacco convey said land to Miller; /s/ George Groves (mark), Jane Groves (mark); wit. George Groves, Jr., William Groves (mark); 16 Oct 1708 George Groves and Jane his wife ack. deed; 19 Nov 1708 alienation money tendered in court but no one empowered to receive it
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Circuit Court Records, Liber H#2, Page 157
      10 May 1718; Recorded at request of John Fendall and his brethren, vestry of William and Mary Parish:
      26 Apr 1718; Indenture from John Courts, Gent., to John Fendall and his brethren; for 7,000# tobacco and £25; a parcel of land to be used by the vestry of the parish for the minister; on the south side of a branch which falls into Pickawaxon Creek; containing 150 acres; /s/ John Courts; wit. Jno. Parry, Geo. Dent; ack. by John Parry and his wife
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1717-1726 - Liber F - Folio: 218/803 o Indenture, 26 Mar 1719
      From: Griffith Jones, Gent of Albemarle County, North Carolina
      To: John Courts, Gent of Charles County, Maryland
      For £80 a parcel of land called Jones' Ridge, part of Warmister in Prince George's County on the east side of Collington main branch; bounded by pasture late in the tenure of John Brown", Capt. Brock's land; containing 80 acres
      /s/ Griff Jones (seal)
      Wit: W. Haskins, Th° Dent, Carpenter Earle
      Acknowledged by letter of attorney from Griffith Jones to Thomas Sprigg; enrolled 19 Sep 1719 folio 218/805 Letter of Attorney, 26 Mar 1719
      From: Griffith Jones, Gent of Albemarle County, North Carolina To: Thomas Sprigg, Jr.
      Authorization to handle sale of above land Wit: W. Hoskins, The Dent, Carpenter Earle
      ===
      Land Records of Prince George's County, Maryland
      Liber T, Page 682
      Recorded at request of Thomas Sparks [Speake?], 7 Feb 1738:
      24 Oct 1738; Lease between John Courts of Charles County, Gent., and Thos. Sparks, Sr., planter; lease to farm 250 acres near Rock Creek called Clean Drinking; /s/ John Courts, Thos. Sparks (mark); wit. Robt. Yates, E. Briscoe; ack. John Courts
      ===
      Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 295.
      Lease. May 12, 1741 from John Courts of Charles County, Esq, to Henry Barnes of Charles County, bachelor, for and in consideration of sd Henry Barnes overlooking the hands & stock of hogs & cattle, horses, etc, and for the covenants hereafter mentioned and for other good considerations, the lease of a tract of land called Crowches Gift in PG on the north side of the Main Fresh Run at the head of Mattawoman or St. Thomases Cr, bounded by the land of Jno Clark, containing and laid out for about 500 acres. To have and to hold, from Mar 25 next during the term of 14 years. Courts agrees to procure house carpenters to build and repair all such dwelling houses, tobacco houses, barns, stables, com houses, Negro quarters or what other houses is thought convenient and necessary for the plantation by sd Barnes, and there to put and keep two good working hands, finding them sufficient clothes and working tools, and also there to put hogs, cattle, and horses, what is thought necessary by sd Barnes for the use of sd plantation and towards raising of a stock. Barnes agrees to keep two good working hands on the plantation, and to find them sufficient clothes and working tools and to provide nails towards building and repairing all such houses as he thinks necessary for the plantation, and there to put an equal stock of hogs, horses, cattle, &c with sd Courts, and to overlook sd plantation and hands. Courts and Barnes are to provide an equal number of working hands and there put an equal number of stock, and at the end of the term, Courts and Barnes will split the stock equally. Signed - John Courts. Wit - Geo. Dent*, Richd Cooke. Recorded May 26, 1741.
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      Charles County Court Records, November 1738 Court, Liber T#2, Page 512-513
      Pursuant to the order of last Jun Court, Commission issued to perpetuate the memory of the bounds of a tract of land called Bergen apzone, lying in CC, in possession of Mark Penn, John Brown, and Anne Anderson. Commissioners appointed: Robert Yates, Charles Yates, John Maddox, and John Howard, Gent (not being any way related to the Petitioner, contiguous Proprietor, nor interested in the sd land). Signed Jun 16, 1738 - Sam:l Hanson, Clerk.
      And now here, Charles Yates, John Howard, & John Maddox, return to this Court the preceding Commission with the subsequent certificate and the following depositions:
      We met on the premises on Oct 10, 1738, and in the presence and hearing of the parties then present, took the several depositions which are hereto annexed. Signed - Charles Yates, John Maddox, John Howard.

      CC. The deposition of Mr. John Courts, age about 46, who says that about 30 odd years ago, Mr. Thomas Harris and several others told this deponent that a locust post that stood near a small run between Mr. Thomas Harris' Plantation and where Edward Anderson lived and on the south side of sd run near the same stood a bounded locust, and they told this deponent it was a boundary of Richard Morris' Land.

      The deposition of John Wilder, age about 46, who says that Mr. William Penn told this deponent that he was along with Mr. Manning when he ran the land called Bergen apzone, and that old Thos: Warren came by and showed them the 2nd bound tree of the Cabin Land and said he had reason to know it, for he was whipped at it.

      CC. The deposition of John Macneale, age about 37, who says that about 8 years ago, this deponent was riding in company with Edwd Anderson, and that the sd Anderson told this deponent that the place where Mark Penn had placed his brick kiln, was the place where the bound tree of the land that the sd Mark Penn bought of Cleborn Lomax, it being the place expressed in the deposition of John Hamill.

      CC. The deposition of John Philpot, age about 46, who says that about 10 years ago, that he was in company with several persons, and when they came near Mr. Hanson's Gate, this deponent was told that the place where Mr. Hamill and John Macneale has sworn to in their depositions, was the place where the 1st bound tree of the land stood that Mark Penn bought of Cleborn Lomax.

      John Hamill, age about 46, declares that some time about 9-10 years ago, this deponent, in company with Wm Penn, decd, came to a gate then and now called Samuel Hanson's Gate, and upon the south side of the sd Gate, there was then a brick kiln, whether burned or not this deponent cannot remember, but that the sd William spoke the following words to this deponent: fore God my brother Mark has not all his kiln upon his own land for in that corner of the kiln stood the bounded locust post, the beginning of Bargon upzen, and this deponent further says that by sundry other persons since then, was told that the brick kiln afd was built where the bounded post of Bargon upzon stood.
      ===
      Charles County Court Records, November 1738 Court, Liber T#2, Page 515
      Pursuant to the order of last Jun Court, Commission issued to examine witnesses touching the bounds of 2 tracts of land in CC, the one called Moors Follow, and the other, Hawkins' Barrons, in the possession of Francis Ware. Commissioners appointed: Gustavus Brown; Samuel Hanson, John Hanson, and Benjamin Douglas, Gent (not being any way related to the Petitioner, contiguous Proprietor, nor interested in the sd land).. Signed Jun 16, 1738 - Saml Hanson, Clerk.
      And now here, Gustavus Brown and Samuel Hanson return to the Court here the Commission afd with the following certificate and the subsequent depositions -
      We certify that we met on the lands within mentioned on Sep 5, 1738, and then and there took the depositions of Mr. John Courts, Ralph Shaw, Edwd Gilpin, Colo. Robert Hanson, and Leadstone Smallwood, which depositions are hereto annexed. Signed -- Gustavus Brown, Saml Hanson.

      CC, Sep 5, 1738. John Courts of CC, Gent, age about 46, says that about 31-32 years ago, he was with Col. John Contee, Joseph Manning, and some others, the sd Joseph Manning being then Surveyor, was running a dividing line between the sd John Contee and Mr. William Chandler, that they began at a marsh side near Portobacco Cr, and to the best of his remembrance, at a white oak standing near the place afd, and ran a course up into the woods 'til their number of perches (as he understood) was out, and not finding any boundary there, they went some small distance forward in the same course, but how far he can't exactly tell and there by the directions of sd Contee, bounded a hickory standing at the head of a Stony Valley near a branch and is the same tree which for some time past has been reputed to be the dividing tree of the land afd. And this deponent further says that at the time when the sd hickory was marked as afd, it was then a small young tree and did not appear to have been marked before then. Signed - John Courts.

      CC, Sep 5, 1738. Ralph Shaw Sr of CC, age about 53, says that about 15-16 years ago, he saw the tree mentioned in the above deposition, which seemed then to be a small, thriving tree, which sd tree seemed not to have been long bounded. Signed - Ralph Shaw Sr.
      CC, Sep 5, 1738. Edward Gilpin of CC, age about 35, says that about 13 years ago, he saw the tree mentioned in John Courts' deposition, which was then a growing young tree, which sd tree appeared to him then not to have been long bounded, and that Geo. Goodrich informed him it was the dividing tree between Colo. John Contee and Mr. William Chandler. Signed - Edward Gilpin.

      Robt. Hanson, age about 58, says that about 1722, he was surveying Mr. William Chandler's land at Portobacco, and he ran an east course from a white oak of sd land, commonly called Earlys Oak, to find a bounded beech, another boundary of sd land, which course fell short of the place. But when the number of perches was out, Leadstone Smallwood showed sd Chandler and this deponent the place where he said his father had told him the sd beech stood, and that there was then some part of a fallen beech lay by the place, which place is in a branch near'a cliff and is the place where the deponent now stands, and further, the deponent says that he made use of the sd place as a corner of the sd land, and ran a south course from thence, and then a west course to Portobacco Cr for the sd Chandler, and has since made use of it in other surveys. Signed - Robt. Hanson.

      CC, Sep 5, 1738. Leadstone Smallwood of CC, age about 51, declares that upwards of 20 years ago, his, sd Leadstone's father brought him to the place mentioned in Colo. Hanson's deposition, and that there was some part of a fallen beech lay by the place afd and told this deponent that it was a bound tree of Mr. William Chandler's land, and ordered him to mark a sapling that stood by the place afd that he might remember it again, and he accordingly marked a dogwood sapling, which is now standing at the sd place. Signed - Leadstone Smallwood
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 327-180: GREEN BRANCH: 66 acres; Possession of - 66 Acres - Groves, George : Surveyed 10 July 1680 for Philip Cole about 2 miles from the head of Wicomico River adjoining to the land of John Courts at a bound hiccory a boundary tree of the said Courts land: Other notes - 66 Acres - John Mellor from George Groves; 16 Oct 1708 {mm note: John Miller}, 66 Acres - John Chandler from John Mellor [Miller]; 13 June 1710,,
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      Liverpool, England to Annapolis, Maryland 18 October 1716
      A List of the Rebell prisoners transported into this province in the
      Ship Good Speed, on the 18th Day of October, Anno Domini 1716, with
      the names of the persons who purchased them:

      Prisoners Names. Purchasers.
      Daniel Kennedy John Courts
      Patrick Mackoy John Courts
      Angus Macdormott John Courts