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

Richard James

Male Bef 1633 - 1685  (> 52 years)

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  • Name Richard James 
    Born Bef 1633  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Apr 1685  Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I003822  Tree1
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 

    Family Eleanor MNU James,   b. Bef 1643,   d. Bef 1705, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 62 years) 
    Married Abt 1659  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Mary James,   b. Abt 1664, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Sarah James,   b. Abt 1659, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1694, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
     3. Martha James,   b. Abt 1670, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1717, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     4. Rachel James,   b. Abt 1672, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Deborah James,   b. Abt 1675, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F02989  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      James, Richard, A. A. Co., 12th Jan., 1684; 18th Apr., 1685.
      To wife Ellinor, exex., home plantation during life.
      To eld. dau. Mary and hrs., sd. plantation at death of wife afsd., and in succession to 2nd dau Sarah and hrs., 3rd dau Martha and hrs., 4th dau. Rachel and hrs., 5th dau. Deborah and for want of hrs., to 6th dau, (unnamed).
      To Mary Symons and Robert Orme, personalty.
      Test: Wm. Symons, Jno. Milner, Sarah Orme, Jno. Elsey. 4. 95
      Richard James 8.- I Apr 18 1685
      This inventory appears between the folio that contains "B" in the index and the folio that contains "C' in the index.
      Appraisers: William Sinick, Charles Beven.
      Richard James 8.342 I 131.1.2 Apr 15 1685 Apr 18 1685
      Servants mentioned: John West, James Millner, Mary Ann,
      Appraisers: William Sinick, Charles Beavens.
      Richard James 9.362 A AA #4189 Aug 2 1687
      Payments to: Mrs. Margarett Towgood ordered by Timothy Keyne, Mr. Sollers, Nehemia Burckhead, William Sevike, Mr. George Baker, Mr. James Heath.
      Executrix: relict (unnamed), wife of John Turner.
      Richard James 9.474 A AA #1518 Apr 3 1688
      Payments to: Mor. Moore, Thomas Tench, Nehemiah Burkett, James Heath.
      Executrix: Ellinor Turner, wife of John Turner.
      Smith, Nathaniel, Herring Creek, A. A. Co., 10th Apr., 1672; 26th May, 1672.
      To servants Matthias Dringe and Thomas Hobbs, 200 A's "Hunt 's Chance."
      To Edward Mason, Edward Fraye, Roger Bradly, Richard James, Margaret Holland, personalty.
      Ex. Humphrey Emerton.
      Test: Sam'l Lane, Anthony Kingsland. 1. 488.
      Axon, Matthew, A. A. Co., 23d Sept., 1684; 27th Apr., 1685.
      To son-in-law Abraham Thornberry and hrs., deceased wife 's thirds of estate of Richard Bedwort.
      To sons-in-law Richard and John. Thornberry, personalty.
      Ex. not named.
      Test: Robt. Orme, Tim. Beene, Richd. James, Wm. Simmons. 4. 89.
      James, Richd., 1653, by John Merryman and Morgan Haynes, Lancaster Co
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      No. 23

      WilliamClaiborne c. Edmund Dawber
      Depositions on behalf of Claiborne:

      2p William Peirce, August 15, 1638,
      On the death of Captain Roger Smith at Mulberry Island in Virginia, his cattle were taken into the lands of Claiborne and Richard James as his executors. Smith owed Claiborne money. After his death he took an inventory of his goods and the estate was sold to Captain Richard Stephens.

      1p Interrogatories

      No. 32 Edmund Dawber c. William Claiborne

      Depositions on behalf of Dawber:

      2p Samuel Mathews, June 14, 1638,
      When Sir Thomas Gates died, his goods were put into the hands of Captain Roger Smith, except for the cattle which were sent elsewhere. Smith had some cattle owned by himself.

      1p John Woodall, June 21, 1638,
      Cannot say for sure how the goods of Sir Thomas Gates were divided up.

      2p William Peirce, June 15, 1638,
      Smith purchased some of the cattle belonging to Gates. After Smith's death the cattle came into the hands of Richard James and William Claiborne, More of the cattle were given to William Tracy and Thomas More.

      2p Sir Francis Wyatt, December 10, 1638,
      In 1622 some of the cattle of Gates were consigned to Roger Smith. Unsure whether George Yeardley ordered that other livestock should be given to William Tracy and Thomas More or to the people of Martin Hundred. After Smith's death, his goods came into the hands of Claiborne.

      2p George Sandys,
      Describes the transactions after Gate's death

      1p Questions for deponents

      http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VTLS/CR/09980/index.html Survey Report Image
      Survey Report No. SR 09980
      Author Public Record Office Class C 24/629 Part II.
      Title Chancery Records. Town Depositions
      Publication 1638
      Gen. note Court of Chancery Records C24-C243 p. 5
      James Hughes 2006-10-28 18:55:32
      Notes for Thomas Browning

      Notes for Thomas Browning:

      Thomas and Hester with their children arrived on America
      some time in 1656.
      (It is believe that Thomas came by his self the first time to find a home/land for he and family around 1652 or 1653.)
      Maryland State Archives Book 9, page 490 and Book WC2 on
      page 73.

      He was included in the Me list of Andrew Gilson the
      5 Nov 1956 for person's owning land/property in Hoskin Creek, Piscataway Creek area. Today it is a part of Essex Co.
      The list spell's Thomas last name as Brominge he paid for two tithes before Nov 1656 to Lt. Col. Fauntleroy.

      He paid tithes in Lancaster Co Va. 1652- 1656.

      This Land Patent of Virginia shows 450 arces, on 30 Nov 1657.
      South side of head of Hoskin Creek, Lancaster Co.( This was later to be known as "Old Rappahannock Co", later Essex Co Va).
      This land patent was granted on the condition Thomas would return to America or the colony with nine people. He came with Hester, his two children John and Ester, the others are RICHARD JAMES, Grabiel Brown, Anne Brown, John Devon, Thomas Simster, Elizabeth Laven.
      This patent was signed by William CLAIBORNE and Samuel Mathews.
      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 2 page 55
      John Browning made an oath that is found in Maryland Patent Records Book WC 2 page 73 on the people that his father brought back with him from England.

      On 4 May 1659 he sold this land to John Cooke.

      Many of the Browning's who settled in this area were very much involved in the tobacco and shipping business.

      Old Rappahannock Deed Book 2, page 327
      16 June 1663 signed a release of dower to David Hopkins and Richard Prator. Witnesses: Reeves and John Stafford.

      Thomas bought a 100 acres of land off of William Johnson on 1 August 1659. Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 2, page 55

      Thomas made arrangement to sale this land to a David Hopkins and Richard Prator. Old Rap. Co Deed Book 2 page 335

      David and Richard agree on 31 Dec 1662 to pay Thomas "two thousand pounds of good, sound merchantable bright and large Virginia tobacco".
      This was witness by Richard Glover and Richard James.
      Old Rap. Co Deed Book 2, page 327
      Note: Richard James was one of the people Thomas bought over from England.

      In 1663 Thomas and his wife Hester sell their Essex Co Va property and moved to Maryland. Their son John went with them. There are no record of their daughter Ester going with them.(She was either married or had past away by this time).

      Land was bought in 1663 from Abraham Morgan by Thomas in Balitmore Co (Later Cecil Co.) Maryland.
      "300 acres on the south side of the Bohemia River"
      Witness by Thomas Bostock, Briant Onnby, John Gregory. Maryland Patent Records, Liber 8 page 380, Liber 9 page 71 and 490.
      Thomas owned about 1300 acres in Maryland. All the land he owned was at the head of the Bohemia River on the south side.

      Thomas and Hester, and their son John all left and went back to England some time before 1670. The only record that we have for this move is a record in 1674 for his son John his only heir coming back to America(Maryland) by way of Barbados to claim his father's property by right of inheritance. John presented a letter by Lord Baltimore stating "that all of Thomas Browning holding were to be made over to his son John". The estate was admininister four years later on 29 of July 1679. Thomas and Hester both must have passed away by this date.

      Records in England show that Thomas died some time between April 1674 and 29 July 1679.

      Note: I wonder what would make Thomas and his family make such a move back to England and not tie up ends here to see that his holding were at least taken care of. Why didn't John stay in America? Maybe a family illness, maybe Thomas intended to come back and either he or Hester became sick. Maybe John stay in England to take care if his parents till they died. I believe it had to have been something very important to leave America the way he did and for him also to stay in England. I guess will never know.

      The Browning Quarterly Vol. 1 Number 1 has information on Thomas Browning.
      1662-1665 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 309
      Northumberland County Court 20th of May 1662
      This Cause is referred to the next Court upon the request of Mr. THOMAS BUNBURY, Attorney of the sd. JAMES, the sd. WILLIAMS not appeareing
      1662-1665 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 314
      Northumberland County Court 21st of July 1662
      - RICHARD JAMES, Plt. against EDWARD WILLIAMS, Defendt.
      This Cause being referred the last Court to this att the request of THOMAS BUNBURY, Attourney of the said RICHARD JAMES & neither the sd. JAMES nor any other appeareing on his behalfe to prosecute this suite agt. the sd. WILLIAMS, It is ordered upon the peticon of the sd. EDWARD WILLIAMS that hee have 50 lbs. of tobco and caske for a nonsuite agt, the sd. JAMES
      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 362
      GEORGE BRYER, 400 acs. Rappa. Co., 16 Mar. 1657, p. 158, (232). Upon the N. side of Rappa. Riv., beg. above land of Mr. James Williamson. Trans. of 8 pers: Wm. Demster, Sam. Newman, Jno. Craig, Anne Willis, Tho. Gregory, Tho. Grey, John Fisher, Jno. Atheser. Renewed 3 Dec. 1663 in the name of Wm. Denby, assignee of Rich, James, to whom this land was granted 24 Mar. I66I, the same being deserted

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