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

Justinian Cooksey

Male 1702 - 1778  (76 years)


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  • Name Justinian Cooksey 
    Born 1702  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1778  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I011411  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 

    Father Samuel Cooksey,   b. Bef 1646,   d. 7 Feb 1708/09, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years) 
    Mother Christian Tennison,   b. 1680, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1759, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1695  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F07514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Reed,   b. 1706, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1778, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1725  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Reed Cooksey,   b. Abt 1726, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1783, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Christian Cooksey,   b. 9 Feb 1727/28, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1792, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Justinian Cooksey,   b. 8 May 1731, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1773, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     4. Samuel Cooksey,   b. 17 Jul 1733, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1778, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     5. Mary Cooksey,   b. 25 Sep 1735, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. John Cooksey,   b. 21 Mar 1737/38, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1796, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     7. Sarah Cooksey,   b. 23 Mar 1739/40, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Elizabeth Cooksey,   b. 8 Feb 1743/44, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Susannah Cooksey,   b. 2 Mar 1745/46, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1832, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     10. Eleanor Cooksey,   b. 9 Apr 1749, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Catherine Cooksey,   b. 1751, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F06038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 106.
      Justinian Cooksey's Will. Feb 3, 1778. I, Justinian Cooksey of CC, planter, am of sound mind and memory, but weak of body.
      To my 2 sons, Samuel and John, and to their heirs all the land I am now possessed of, to be equally divided between them, so that each has an equal part of the high and low land. If either son dies without an heir, his share is to be sold and the money equally divided among all my daughters that may then be alive.
      To my wife - all my moveable effects, during her widowhood to maintain my daughters while they remain single and choose to live with her.
      To my daughters, Elizabeth, Susanah, Eleanor, and Catherine - all my moveable effects, after the death of my wife, are to be sold and the money divided between my afd daughters.
      Executor: my wife.
      Signed Apr 30, 1774 - Justinian (X his mark) Cooksey.
      Wit - Isaac Campbell, Daniel Hodgkin, Edward (X his mark) Cordell (Cadell), Francis Posey,
      Probated Feb 3, 1778 via the oaths of witnesses Revd Mr Isaac Campbell and Francis Posey. N.B. the above probate was taken in the presence of Thomas Reid Cooksey, heir at law, who did not object to taking the same.
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      Justinian Cooksey was b. 1702. He gives his age as 56 in a deposition of Aug. 29, 1758. Source: Charles County, Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 576.
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Feb. 14, 1729/30 - Exhibited from Charles Co., Md., bond of Eleanor Bencroft administratrix of Thomas Bencroft.
      Sureties: Justinian Cooksey, Thomas Barron.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 28, p. 456.

      Feb. 14, 1729/30 - Exhibited from Charles Co., Md., bond of Elizabeth Lewis administratrix of Gilbert Lewis.
      Sureties: Justinian Cooksey, Thoms Barron.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 28, p. 456.

      Jan. 17, 1738/9 - Exhibited from Charles Co., will of Marmaduke Simms, constituting Mary Sims executrix. Said Mary was granted administration. Sureties: Justinian Cooksey, Samuel Chunn.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 30, p. 484.
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      Thomas Bencroft 11.470 A CH 13.11.9 13.14.9 Jul 20 1732
      Sureties: Justinian Cooksey, Thomas Barron.
      Received from: William Cooksey.
      Payments to: executrix of Edward Henry Calvert, Esq.0 Charles Calvert, Esq., Sam. Hanson.
      Distribution to: accountant, 2 children (unnamed, minors).
      Administratrix: Eleanor Bencroft.
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      Cleborn Lomax 10.237 A CH 69.7.9 25.14.11 Feb 20 1729
      sureties: Francis Posey, Tubman Martin,
      Received from: Joseph Ward, Joseph Crisman, John Cox, Richard Tubman, Thomas Reed, Charles Courts, Thomas Birch, Anthony Semmes, Benjamin Posey, Alexander Adair, Edward Gilpin, Daniel Lawless, Thomas Morriss, John Brown, Samuel Chunn, Matthew Stone, Thomas Marshall, George Thomas. John Clements, Archibald Johnson, Bes: ux, David Wade, Belane Posey, Francis Brown, Lawrance Bateman, Justinian Cooksey, Edward Morpley, Ellictius Simmes, Daniel Morpley, Benedict Boarman, Joseph Allen, Richard Smoot, Allexander Mcferson, Samuel Sympson, William Munroe, William Cage, William Colven, William Cumpton.
      Payments to: Francis Posey, Dr. Brown, William Addison, Thomas Lomax, George Scroggen, Mary Miller, John Manning, Richard Edelen.
      Administratrix: Susanna McNeal, wife of John McNeal.
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      Daniell McFerson 25.414 CH 68.8.0 Nov 6 ---- Aug 1 1741
      Appraisers: G. Hatton, Justinian Cooksey.
      Executrix: Eliza McFerson.
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      John Lancaster 18.418 A CH 120.11.0 73.5.9 Oct 22 1741
      Sureties: Jest. Cookesy, Daniel Murphey.
      Received from: Thomas Middleton, Jr.
      Payments to: William Sampson, Luke Davis, John Parnham, Joseph Pile, Ignatius Tendson, Anne Ebernethy, Martha Yoakley, John Cookesy, Dr. Parnham, Thomas Banon, Mary Semme, William Cookesy, Margarett Ward, Dr. Gust. Brown, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Samuel Hanson, Walter Hanson.
      Representatives: widow (unnamed), Cleborn Semmes (grandchild).
      Administratrix: Christian Lancaster
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      William Mathews 63.68 CH 159.0.11 Feb 24 1757 May 10 1757
      Appraisers: Samuel Turner, Justinian Cooksey, Sr.
      Creditors: John Semple, Mary Parnham.
      Next of kin: Maxmillian Matthews, Thomas Matthews.
      Administratrix: Elisabeth Cooksey (late Elisabeth Mathews), wife of Thomas Reid Cooksey.
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      Thomas Barron 63.490 CH 139.10.9 Mar 12 1757 May 27 1757
      Appraisers: William McPherson, William Dement.
      Creditors: Samuel Cooksey Barron.
      Next of kin: Thomas Barron, Abraham Barron.
      Administrator: Justinian Cooksey.
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      Thomas Barron 3.13 D CH 53.14.9 Dec 20 1760
      Sureties: Thomas Barron, Daniel Murphy.
      Administrator: Justinian Cooksey.
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      Seems [Simms], Marmaduke,; 17th Jan., 1738.
      To son Anthony and hrs., plantation where Thomas Higdon now lives, and personalty.
      To son Marmaduke and hrs., "New Design."
      To son James and hrs., dwelling plantation
      To 3 sons afsd., 50 A. "Seemses Chance,"' Zacciah Swamp.
      To cousin Anne Cooksey and hrs., 59 A. of "St. George's".
      To dau. Jane, personalty.
      To wife Mary, extx., dwelling plantation and half the orchard during life.
      Test: Sam Chunn, Justinian Cooksey, William Higdon. MCW 22. 22.
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 275.
      At the request of John Cooksey of CC, the following deed of gift was recorded this Feb 5, 1731.
      I, John Lemaster of CC and Christian, his wife, for the natural love we have for our 3 sons & 1 daughter (viz) Justinian, John, & Wm Cooksey, and Priscilla Barran of CC, and also for divers other good causes, all the tract of land called Simkin & Crowback, that is to say, we give our daughter 50 acres of the abovesd land during her natural life, and thereafter, to be equally divided between our 3 sons above named; the rest of sd tract of land to be equally divided .. provided that we, sd Jno and Christian Lemaster may quietly enjoy the above granted premises during our natural lives, in as full a manner as before the execution hereof. Signed Feb 2, 1731 - John (+1+ his mark) Lemaster, Christian Lemaster. Wit - Peter (X his mark) Ale No, Jas (1 his mark) Williams, George (u his mark) Godfrey, Wm Smallwood.
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      Charles County Court Records, November 1738 Court, Liber T#2, Page 509.
      From Allens Fresh to Piles' Fresh, from Allens Fresh to Piles' Bridges, from Allens Fresh to Richard Willson's, the Road that strikes out of that Road to Piles' Fresh, and the Road that strikes out of the sd Road to Newport, from Zachiah old Bridges by John Dent's to John Gates'. Justinian Cooksey & Edward Burch, Overseers.
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      Charles County Court Records, November 1741 Court, Liber T#2, Page 292
      The Justices here do describe the following main Roads, and do appoint the several persons hereafter named overseers of sd Roads for the ensuing year according to the several precincts and divisions following, viz -
      From Allens Fresh to Piles' fresh, from Allens Fresh to Piles' Bridges, from Allens Fresh to Richard Wilson's, the road that strikes out of the road to Piles' fresh, and the road that strikes out of the sd road to Newport from Zachiah Old Bridges by John Dent's to John Gates'. Jestinian Cooksey and Edwd Burch, overseers.
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      Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber Z#2, 1744-1753; Page 100.
      At the request of James Duly, the following deed was recorded on Jun 3, 1746.
      Apr 29, 1746 from Justinian Cooksey and Sarah, his wife, John Cooksey and Mary, his wife, and John Duely and Susanna, his wife, of CC, planters, to James Duely of CC, planter. Thomas Reed, planter, late of CC, deced, by his will devised to James Duley and Elizabeth, his wife, in tail, a tract of land which sd Reed bought of Benjamin Hall, being part of Calverts Hope. Now this deed witnesses that Justinian Cooksey, John Cooksey, and John Duely, for James Duley's acquitting any right to part of the personal estate of sd Read deceased, more than as by his will specified, and for 10 currency to them paid by sd James Duley, they convey to sd James Duley all that tract of land in CC, containing 150 acres. Signed - Justinian (I his mark) Cooksey, Sarah (X her mark) Cooksey, John (J his mark) Cooksey, Mary (\ her mark) Cooksey, John (+ his mark) Duely, Susanna (- her mark)
      Duely. Wit - George Dent, Robert Burges,
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      Charles County Land Record Book S#3, 1770-1775; Page 670. Dec 22, 1774 from Jestinian Cooksey Sr of CC, planter, to Hezekiah Dent of CC, now Inspector, for 75 and for divers other causes, part of 2 tracts of land, viz, Simpkin Coat back and Cookseys Duck pond, lying in CC, bounded by Gilberts Swamp, containing about 50 acres. Wit - Justinian (1 his mark) Cooksey. Wit - Philip Briscoe*, Sm Briscoe*. Sarah, the wife of the sd Justinian Cooksey, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded Jan 2, 1775.
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 2. Depositions, recorded at the request of Hezekiah Dent.
      I certify that I took the following depositions at the house of Mr. Dent Suit in CC between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, it first appearing to me by disinterested testimony, that Thomas Reed Cooksey had been served with 20 days' notice. Signed - W. Winter.
      Nov 5, 1782. Then came before me CC JP, Hatch Dent, and made oath that he gave 20 days notice to Thomas Reed Cooksey, that the depositions of William Simpson and Zephaniah Murphey of CC, were to he taken at the house of Dent Suit in CC, to be used in evidence in the General Court against ejectments brought by Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC against Hezekiah Dent, William Dent, and Justenian Cooksey of CC. Sworn before - W. Winter.
      The deposition of William Simpson of CC, aged 91 years, deposes that Christian Lemaster lived longer than her husband, John Lemaster, that Christian Lamaster was allowed to be the daughter of John Tennison, that this deponent was sent for by Christian Lemaster to write her will in Aug, 1758, and that he made out a form of a will the same annexed to this deposition, which was never published, as the will of sd Christian Lemaster, that sd Christian Lemaster died in the Spring after his writing the annexed form of her intended will as near as he can remember, that Justenian Cooksey was about 5 years younger that he this Deponent, that this Deponent believes that Thomas Reed Cooksey is the eldest son of Cooksey, and that Justenian Cooksey was always esteemed to be the eldest son of Christian Cooksey, who afterwards became Christian Lemaster by marrying John Lemaster, that this Deponent does not remember her having more than two sons by Cooksey, Justinian and William Cooksey, that this Deponent was at the burying of Christian Lemaster, the Spring after he wrote her intended will, and that William Cooksey asked him about sd will, and that Christian Lemaster was buried on the top of a hill where a Protestant Church formerly stood. Signed - William Simpson.
      I, Christian Lemaster of Trinity Parish in CC, seamstress, being in sound and perfect mind and memory, and concerning the uncertainty of this life, make this, my last Will and Testament. After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, I give to my son, Jestren Cooksey, 1 feather bed, 1 old chest, 2 cows and calves, 1 heifer, and 3 pewter plates. I give to my son, William Cooksey, 1 feather bed, 1 square table, and 3 pewter plates_ I appoint [blank] my sole executors. Signed Aug (blank day], 1758 - [blank]. Wit - [blank].
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 4. Certificate of Notice & Depositions.
      Sir, take notice that the depositions of Ledstone Smallwood and Susanna Smallwood of CC, will be taken at the house of the sd Ledstone Smallwood on next Nov 19 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, to be used in evidence in the Ejectment brought by you against me in the General Court - Oct 24, 1782. Yours &c - William Dent. To Mr. Thomas Reed Cooksey. (The equivalent notice was sent to Thomas Reed Cooksey by Hezekiah Dent and Justenion (X his mark) Cooksey].
      Delivered the original to Mr_ Thomas Reed Cooksey on Oct 28, 1782 - CC, Nov 19, 1782. Then came Joseph Manning Dent and made oath that he did, last Oct 28, deliver to Mr Thomas Ried Cooksey, the original notice. Sworn before - Dan Jenifer.
      Thomas Reed Cooksey's Lessee vs. Hezekiah Dent, William Dent, & Justenian Cooksey, Ejectment. CC, Nov 19, 1782. The deposition of Ledstone Smallwood, age about 62 years, deposes that he was acquainted with Christian Lemaster, the widow of John Lemaster, who was, before her marriage to John Lemaster, the widow of Samuel Cooksey, and that he always understood that her maiden name was Tennison, and that he also understood that he had by her husband Cooksey, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The names of the sons were Justenian, John, and William, and the daughter's name was Precella, and that Deponent was frequently at the house of Justenian and William Cooksey afd, and that he has often heard his brother, William Smallwood, who is since dead, say that he and his father, Ledstone Smallwood, were at John Lemaster's drinking, that he, sd William, went for a Doctor Adair to draw deeds for the sd Christian Lemaster to give her land to her 3 sons afd, Justenian, John, and William, and that he heard his brother William also say that Doctor Adair did go and draw deeds for the sd land, and that the 3 brothers occupied their different parts of the sd land, that he, this Deponent, lived at John Cooksey's and heard and understood from William Cooksey that John and William Cooksey had their parts of the land laid off to them, but that he does not know it of his own knowledge, that John Lemaster died many years before hi wife, that Chrin Lemaster has been dead 22 or 23 years, that she died before old Justenian Burch, who has been dead upwards of 22 years, that he always understood that Justenian Cooksey, the father of the present plaintiff, was the eldest son and that Thos Reed Cooksey is the reputed heir at law to the sd Justenian Cooksey. Signed - Ledston Smallwood_ Sworn before o Danl Jenifer,
      The Deposition of Susannah Smallwood, age about 71, deposes that Christian Lemaster afd died some time before this Deponent's father, Justinian Burch afd, and that her sd father has been dead 22 years or near upon it, and that when she went to see her father, she said, "so father, Aunt is gone before you". Her father replied and said, "yes, she is". Signed - Susan. (0 her mark) Smallwood, Sworn before - Dan Jenifer.
      On Nov 19, 1782, the above Depositions were taken before me, a CC Justice, in the presence of Thomas Reed Cooksey, who put several questions to the 1st Deponent. Signed - Dan Jenifer, Recorded Nov 19, 1782
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 366-29: SIMPSONS COAT BACK: 400 acres; Possession of - 400 Acres - Coxey, Samuel: : Surveyed 16 July 1672 for Thomas Simpson & Patent confirmed to Justinian Tennison on the West side the main Swamp and falls into Piles Fresh.:
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-35: CALVERTS HOPE: 898 acres; Possession of - 898 Acres - Hall, Benjamin: Surveyed 19 Feb 1670 for James Bowling on the East side a maine fresh branch of Wicomico about 3 miles from the River.: Conveyance notes - Included in Resurvey of CALVERTS HOPE; 21 March 1706, folio 378 (St. Benedict Hundred), 150 Acres - Thomas Read from Benjamin Hall; 28 Jan 1716,,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 378-15: CALVERTS HOPE RESURVEY: 1198 acres; Possession of - 1198 Acres - see notes: : Re-Surveyed 21 of March 1707 for Benjamin Hall and Mary his wife beginning at a bound tree of the said land standing on a hill side near unto the dwelling plantation of Major William Boarman: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, Liber patent number 2 folio 291 annotated near upper left corner of record.,472 Acres - John Parnham from Francis Hall & John Baptist Boarman; 23 May 1737, 435 Acres - John Baptist Boarman from John Parnham & Francis Hall; 23 May 1737, Charles Smoote from John Baptist Boarman; 12 April 1743, The rent of this land is overcharged 0:6:10-1/2,

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