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

Thomas Reed Cooksey

Male Abt 1726 - 1783  (~ 57 years)


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  • Name Thomas Reed Cooksey 
    Born Abt 1726  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Apr 1783  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I014459  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 

    Father Justinian Cooksey,   b. 1702, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1778, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F06038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Barnes,   b. Abt 1726, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1783, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1757  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Cooksey,   b. 9 Jun 1758, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1809, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)
     2. Sarah Cooksey,   b. 8 Dec 1765, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1798, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 34 years)
     3. James Cooksey,   b. Abt 1767, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1829, Loudoun County, Virigina - Account Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     4. Jane Cooksey,   b. 20 Mar 1769, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Victoria Cooksey,   b. Abt 1773, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F09166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book B-1, 1782-1785; Page 144. Thomas Reed Cooksey Will,
      I, Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC, planter, am of sound and memory, but weak of body.
      To my sons Henry Cooksey & James Cooksey - all the land I am now possessed of (except 50 acres lately purchased of Mary Hudson), to be equally divided between them, so each may have an equal part, both of the high and low lands.
      To my daughters Victory Cooksey, Sarah Cooksey, and Jane Cooksey - the liberty of my dwellings and lands as they may want, during their single lives.
      The above excepted 50 acres is to be sold to the best advantage, and also a horse, Ariel, and the money arising from such sale to be applied to the paying of my just debts. To my wife - one third of my estate, both real and personal,
      during her natural life, and also a black mare called
      Nell.
      To my daughter Victory Cooksey - a Negro girl called Henry and 1 colt.
      To my daughter Sarah Cooksey - a Negro girl called Charity and 1 colt.
      To my daughter Jane Cooksey - a Negro girl called Mary and a colt.
      To my son James Cooksey - a young horse called Othalo. To my 5 children, Henry, James, Victory, Sarah, and Jane Cooksey - the rest of my estate, to be equally divided
      between them.
      Executors: my wife and son Henry.
      Signed Feb 14, 1783 - Thomas R Cooksey. Wit - J. Farnham, Bent Dyson, Francis Edelin.
      Probated on Apr 8, 1783 by the oath of the executor Henry Reed Cooksey and by the oaths of witnesses John Farnham, Bennett Dyson, and Francis Edelin.
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      Thomas Cooksey (?-1795, Charles County, Maryland) m. Elizabeth McPherson, widow of Daniel McPherson
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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.

      children
      Henry COOKSEY b: 1758 in MD.
      Victory COOKSEY b: 1761
      James COOKSEY b: 1763 in MD.
      Sarah COOKSEY b: 1765
      Jane COOKSEY b: 1769
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      BARNES, MATHEW, Charles Co. 27 Oct, 1759; 18 Feb, 1760
      To wife Catherine Barnes, dwelling plantation called "St. Edmonds Berry" and tract "Hansons," and lower water mill.
      To son Burr Barnes 1/2 of lands at the Quarter on Wheelers Branch, at age 21, other half to wife.
      To son Burr Barnes, Negro Little Jim and Little Winny.
      To wife Negroes, Tom Boy, Nan, Winney (woman), Corby (man).
      To dau, Hester Barnes, Negro Bobb.
      To dau. Mary Barnes.
      To dau. Anne Barnes, Negro boy, Nacy.
      To dau. Jane, Negro Tom, Henny.
      To dau. Violetta Barnes, Negro Pompey,
      To Son Richard, horse,
      To Thomas Cooksey, Negro woman Nan whom I bought of James Livers.
      Rest of estate to children: Violetta Barnes, Mary Anne Barnes, Anne Barnes, Jane Barnes and Burr Barnes,
      Wife, ext;
      Wit: Wm. Hanson, Eliza. Courts, Joseph Douglas, Junr., William Penn, 30.839
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 308. At the request of Thomas Reed of CC the brand mark of for Thomas Reed Cooksey, a planor[?], was recorded this Nov 10, 1732.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 109.
      Samuel Cooksey's Inventory. Feb 3, 1778.
      Inventory of the goods and chattels of Samuel Cooksey, late of CC, deceased, appraised by us this Jan 1, 1778.
      Includes: Negro wenches age 40, 42, 32, 17 "with fitts"; Negro boys age 8, 7, 5, 4; Negro girls age 8, 6, 3, 1; 26 pigs, 8 cattle, 13 horses, 40 sheep; 108 barrels of corn, 25 bushels of wheat, 5 bushels of beans, 5 bushels of oats, 3 beds, books. Total: 541 19 shillings 10 pence. Signed - Samuel Turner, James Simms.
      Kindred: Sarah Cooksey, Jno Cooksey.
      Creditors: Rich R Reeder, Sarni Stone Jr.
      Proved Feb 3, 1778 by Thomas Reed Cooksey, administrator of afd Samuel Cooksey, deceased.
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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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      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 343. Certificate. Jun 11, 1759. This day, Thomas Reed Cooksey brought an iron gray mare, branded W. Sd Cooksey made oath that sd mare is troublesome to his plantation. Signed - Jno Winter, Recorded Jun 12, 1759.
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      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 405. Oct 6, 1759 from Peter Wood of CC, Gentleman, to Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC, planter, for 2000 lbs of crop tobacco, part of a tract of land called Woods Low Ground, bounded by a tract of land called Hichins now in the possession of Mr. Robert Horner, the main Road and Bridges of Piles Fresh, containing about 20 acres. Signed - Peter Wood. Wit - Jno Winter, Robt Horner. Recorded Mar 11, 1760.
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      Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 217. Aug 9, 1762 from William Cooksey of CC, planter, to Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC, planter, for 1350 lbs of crop tobacco, and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land now in the possession and belonging to the sd William Cooksey, lying in CC on the west side of Gilbert swamp, called Simken Coute Back, containing and laid out for about 9 acres. Signed - William (W his mark) Cooksey. wit - [Jno] Winter*, [Robt H]orner*. Barbara, the wife of the afd William Cooksey, released her right of dower to the within mentioned lands. Recorded Jan 8, 1763.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Nov. 1757 - Thomas Reed Cooksey and Justinian Burch, Jr., are held and firmly bound unto the Lord Proprietary in the sum of 12,000 lbs. of tobacco, jointly and severally. The condition of this obligation is that if the above bound Cooksey faithfully and sufficiently repairs the Bridge over Piles Fresh and the said Bridge keeps in good and sufficient repair during the space of 7 years from the date hereof, for the consideration of 6000 lbs. of tobacco, then the above obligation to be void. Signed Thomas Reed Cooksey, Justinian Burch.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, p. 4.

      Mar. 1774 - The Grand Jury presents Jane Thompson for bearing a baseborn child by information of Thomas Reed Cooksey.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber W No. 3, p. 77.
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      Charles County Land Record Book O#3, 1765-1770; Page 395. Apr 12, 1768 from Justinian Cooksey of CC, planter, to Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC, chanter, for 6541 lbs of crop tobacco, part of 3 tracts of land, one called Simpkin Coat Back, one other called Cookseys Chance, the other called Cookseys Duck Pond, all adjoining and being in CC, bounded by the house where Thomas Barron now lives, containing about 121 acres. Signed - Justenian (I his mark) Cooksey. Wit - John Winter*, Robt Horner*. Recorded Apr 27, 1768
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      Charles County Land Record Book S#3, 1770-1775; Page 216. Dec 14, 1771 from Justinian Cooksey Jr of CC, carpenter, to Daniel Jenifer of CC, for 115 8 shillings and 8 pence, a tract of land that sd Justinian Cooksey Jr purchased of John Baptist Cooksey by deed dated Aug 9, 1762, called Simpkin coat back, and bounded by the dividing line between sd John Cooksey and William Cooksey Sr, containing about 50 acres_ Also, one other tract of land that sd Justinian Cooksey Jr purchased of Thomas Cooksey Jr, containing about 50 acres, as by deed dated Mar 14, 1770, the land being part of a tract of land called Simpkin Coatback, containing about 50 acres. Signed - Jestinian Cooksey Jr. Wit - J Hawkins*, Jas Craik*. Recorded Dec 14, 1771.
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 204. Release, recorded at the request of Hugh Gardiner Whereas Hugh Gardiner became surety to me for William Lawder in a joint bond dated Jan 26, 1773, for 99 16 shillings & 6 pence half penny sterling, and whereas suit was commenced against sd Hugh Gardiner on the sd bond in CC Court, and Thomas R. Cooksey becoming his special bail, know that I, Elizabeth Corry of CC, in consideration of James Swan (at Aliens Fresh, CC) his note of hand for the payment of 30 and a bill of sale from sd William Lawder, making over to sd Gardiner, sundry goods & chattels, which sd Gardiner has this day assigned over to me, I hereby release and quit claim to Hugh Gardiner and Thomas R. Cooksey, all manner of personal action, judgment, and execution at present on or attending sd bond against sd Hugh Gardiner only & his special bail, and if the whole amount of sd bond, shall be hereafter recovered from sd William Lawder, I hereby oblige myself to pay sd Hugh Gardiner the afd 30 , and if only a part or none of sd claim be recovered from Lawder, I do, in like manner, oblige myself to account for, and place the amount of the afd bill of sale, and 30 to credit of sd bond, which shall be so much in discharge of my claim against sd William Lawder or sd Hugh Gardiner, in consequence of his being security for sd Lawder. Signed Mar 7, 1777 - Elizabeth Corry. Wit - Ben Lesly Corry. Recorded Aug 11, 1777.
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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 DeponentTM, 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: 419-290: COOKSEY CHANCE: 70 acres; Possession of - 70 Acres - Cooksey, Justinian: : : Surveyed 25 June 1729 for Justinian Cocksey: Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 427-345: WOODS LOW GROUNDS: 20 acres; Possession of - 20 Acres - Smallwood, James: Surveyed 22 July 1729 for James Smallwood: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 125 Acres - Alexander Smith Hawkins from Notley Maddox; 17 Oct 1747,,

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