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

James Drane

Male 1705 - 1787  (82 years)


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  • Name James Drane 
    Born 1705  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Oct 1787  Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I019389  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 

    Father Anthony Drane,   b. 1675,   d. 27 Mar 1723, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Nicholls,   b. 1680,   d. Aft 1735, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years) 
    Married Abt 1695  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F05259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Tyler,   b. 22 Dec 1701, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1774, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 72 years) 
    Married Aug 1744  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anthony Drane,   b. Sep 1754, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1831, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F12079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1784-1789;
      Folio 254 JAMES DRANE 04/28/1787 10/06/1787
      "being in perfect health of Body e e •"
      Bequeaths to:
      I. Thomas Drane --son
      James Drane -son
      Anthony Drane --son
      William Drane --son
      Walter Drane --son
      Benjamin Drane --son Stephen Drane --son
      Hiram Drane -son
      Elizabeth Wells --daughter
      Eleanor Drane --daughter
      Elizabeth Drane --daughter
      Ann Drane --daughter
      Charlotte Drane --daughter
      -to have all of testator's personal estate to be divided among them
      -after widow's decease or remarriage James to have the dwelling plantation and should he die before widow's decease or remarriage, then the dwelling plantation to descend
      to testator's son Hiram
      2. Elizabeth Drane —wife
      -to have Nero woman 'Sue" for her natural life or widowhood and her increase to be divided between testator's son Hiram and daughter Charlotte
      -to have testator's plantation for her natural life or widowhood
      -named executrix along w/ testator's son James
      3. Benjamin Hall
      Benjamin Belt
      -testator desires that they act as overseers of the will
      Witnesses: Daniel Clarke
      John Ramsey Hodges George Hilleary
      Joshua Clarke
      Then came: John Ramsey Hodges and Joshua Clarke
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      Then came: Elizabeth Drane, widow and quit her claims to the bequests of the will and elected to take her dower thirds of the estate both real and personal
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      Drane, Anthony, Prince George's County, 28th Mch., 1719; 27th Mch. 1723,
      To 2 sons Thomas and Anthony, plantation - and piece of land held during life of Mary, wife of Wm. Nicholls. Shd. they not live so long, to son James.
      To son James and hrs., dwell. plan, - after decease of wife.
      To wife Elizabeth, extx., personal estate, to be divided among children.
      Test: Clement Hill, Benj. Hall, Patrick Hepburn. 18.197
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      Samuel Pottinger 20.324 A PG £114.16.10 Aug 27 1744
      Received from; John Hanbury.
      Payments to: Virlinda Holms (legacy left children (unnamed) of William Holms Of John Pottinger (dead)), Mary Townley (administratrix of John Townley), Daniel Dulany, Esq.
      Payments to (daughters, their portions): Susannah wife of Richard Simmonds, Jemima wife of Henry Child, Elisabeth wife of James Baldin.
      Administrators: Elisabeth & James Drane.
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      Samuel Pottinger 22.413 A PG £109.10.0 Nov 10 1746
      Payments to: Pricilla Pottinger (representative), Richard Isaac for Rachel Holmes (part of her legacy from her grandfather John Pottinger), John Pottinger (minor, legacy from his grandfather John Pottinger, accountant is guardian).
      Legatees: grandchild (unnamed) paid to Robert & Samuel Pottinger (executors of John Pottinger).
      Mentions: James Baldwin.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Drane, wife of James Drane
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      WILL of JEREMIAH BERRY, Prince George's Co.; written 2 Apr 1769; probate 3 May 1769
      Wife: Mary
      Children: Jeremiah, Benj., Wm., Zachariah, Elisha, Mary, Amelia, and Richard
      Tracts of land; Marlboro Plaines, Charles and Benjamin in Frederick County, Rover's Content alias Good Luck, Good Will on Hanson's Branch
      Wit.: David Crawford, James Drane, John Berry (MCW XIV.85;; Wills, 37.167)
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      Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 659.
      Apr 15, 1743 from John Offutt of PG, Gent, to James Drain of PG, planter, for 37 £ 2 shillings & 6 pence sterling, part of a tract of land called Brock Hall, lying in PG, and bounded by a line of James Offutt's part of sd tract of land, the SE comer of Bealls Hunting Quarter, Back Branch, containing about 491/2 acres. Signed - Jno Offutt. Wit - Richard Keene*, Jo: Belt Jr*. This deed was acknowledged by John Offutt and Esther, his wife. Recorded Apr 27, 1743.
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      Prince George's Land Records 1743-1746 - Liber BB - Page 40.
      Oct 17, 1743 from James Drain of PG, planter, to Osborn Sprigg of PG, Gent, for 600 £, part of a tract of land called Brock Hall, lying in PG, and being bounded by the first line of James Offutt's part of sd tract of land, then to the SE corner of Beall's Hunting Quarter and with sd land to Back Branch, containing about 4934 acres. Also, all that parcel of land called Greenfield, lying in PG, taken from the South part of the land for John Demall known by the name of Something, formerly surveyed for about 200 acres, bounded by the NE corner tree of a parcel of land laid out for Capt Brock, then to the south side of a branch called John Demall's back branch, then to the dividing line of sd John Demall and Wm Ray's land, sd Capt. Brock's land, containing about 109 acres. Also, the Negro men named Charles' Nero, Sampson, & Rogester, and the Negro women named Jenny, Nan, & Pugg. Signed - Jms Drane. Wit - Geo Parker*, Jos Belt Jr*. Elizabeth Drane, wife of James Draine, relinquished her right of dower to the within mentioned land. Recorded Oct 29, 1743.
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      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1784-1789;
      Folio 223 FRANCIS HALL, gentleman 08/22/1782 09/19/1785
      "being of sound and disposing mind and Memory ..."
      Bequeaths to:
      I. Francis Hall --son
      -to have the sum of 5 shillings
      2. Susannah Darnall --daughter
      -to have the sum of 3 shillings
      I Henrietta Waring --daughter
      -to have Negro fellow "Ralph" who is now in the possession of her husband John Waring.
      4. Richard Bennett Hall --son
      -to have part of a tract of land which testator purchased from Charles Carroll on which he now dwells called "Partnership beginning at a marked white oak the beginning tree of the manor standing by the side of Collington branch and running thence west to a black oak by the aide of the main road in sight of James Mullikin's dwelling house
      by which tree is fixed a huge stone thence. . down by and with the main road until it intersects the 3rd line of the original tract thence. . . .to the 4th bounded tree of the land standing by Collington Branch thence running up the said branch by and w/ the original line to the 1st bounded tree
      -to have a tract of land called "The Second Addition to Partnership-
      -executor to pay him the sum of 200 pounds sterling
      5. Henry Lowe Hall --grandson
      -to have 3 Negroes heretofore given him by verbal agreement: "Tom" mulatto wench "Charity" and mulatto wench "Sall"
      6. Benjamin Hall --son
      -all of testator's Negroes to be divided w/ testator's son Richard Bennett Hall as by a deed of gift dated to each of them 11/25/1772
      -testator's tobacco, corn, and wheat to be divided w/ Richard Bennett Hall
      -to have all the money which testator has on account due from him by bond, note, etc.
      -to have all the land which testator is possessed of-except for that given testator's son Richard Bennett Hall
      -instructed to leave the land devised to him to Benjamin's son Henry Lowe Hall
      -named executor of the will
      Witnesses: James Drane, Thomas Lyles, Addison Murdock
      Then came: the three above named subscribers to the will
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      ===
      Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756
      Volume 701, Page 381

      This Indenture made this Ninth day of August in the Year of our Lord God Seventeen hundred and fifty three Between James Drain of Prince Georges County in the Province of Maryland Planter of the one part and John Lamar Junior of the County and Province aforesaid Merchant of the other part Witnesseth That Whereas the said John Lamar Junior at the Special Instance and request of the said James Drain on the Ninth day of August Instant became Bound to the Honourable Benjamin Tasker Esquire in a Bond or Obligation with the said James Drain Jointly and severally in the
      Penal Sum of Two hundred and sixty Pounds Sterling Money Conditioned for the Payment of One hundred and thirty Pounds like Money Now this Indenture further Witnesseth that the said James Drain for and in Consideration of the said John Lamar Junior his becoming Bound as afsd and also for and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings Sterling Money to him the said James Drain in hand paid by the said John Lamar Junior the Receipt whereof he doth hereby Acknowledge Hath Given Granted Bargained Sold Aliened Enfeoffed and Confirmed and by these Presents Doth Give Grant Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoff and Confirm unto the said John Lamar Junior his Heirs and Assigns for ever All that Tract or Parcel of Land (being part of a Tract of Land called Brock Hall) lying in the County aforesaid and Bounded as follows that is to say Beginning at the end of the first line of James Offutts part of the said Tract of Land and running thence South Seventy eight Degrees West forty three and a Quarter P.s to the South East Corner of Beall Hunting Quarter and with the said Land South sixty one and a half degrees^ West to the Branch known by the Name of back branch to and with the said Branch to a Corner of s.d Ja.s Offutt his part of said Tract of Land and with his Line to the first beginning Boundary Containing by Estimation forty nine and a half Acres of Land or thereabouts Also All that Tract or Parcel of Land called Greenfield lying in Prince Georges County afsd taken from the South part of the Land for John Darnall known by the Name of Something formerly Surveyed for Two hundred Acres more or less Beginning at a Bounded White Oak it being the North East Corner Tree of a Parcel of Land laid out for Cap.t Brock and running from the said Bounded White Oak North for the length of forty nine Perches to a Gum standing on the South side of a Branch called John Dernalls ^back^ Branch and from the said Gum North and by West forty P.s to a Spanish Oak standing on the South side of the said back Branch and from the said Spanish Oak running West and by South One hundred and ninety Perches to a White Oak standing in the dividing Line of the said John Dernall and Will.m Ray's Land and running with the said Line South to Intersect with the West & by South line of s.d Cap.t Brock's Land and from thence with a streight line to the
      first Bounded Tree Containing and laid out for One hundred and nine Acres of Land more or less with all and singular the Premisses and Appurtenances thereunto belonging To have and to hold the said two Tracts or Parcels of Land and Premisses with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging unto him the said John Lamar junior his Heirs and Assigns for ever and to and for no other Use Intent or Purpose whatsoever And the said James Drain for himself his Heirs Ex.rs Adm.rs or Assigns Covenants and Agrees to and with the said John Lamar Junior his Heirs and Assigns by these Presents the said two Tracts or Parcels of Land and Premisses with their each and every of their Appurtenances unto the said John Lamar Jun.r his Heirs and Assigns ^against him the said James Drain his Heirs and Assigns^ and against all and every other Person or Persons whatsoever shall and will Warrant and Defend by these Presents Provided always and it is the true Intent and meaning of these Presents and the Parties to the same that if the above Named James Drain his Heirs Exors or Adm.rs shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Benjamin Tasker the afsd Sum of One hundred and thirty Pounds Sterling with legal Interest thereon and also well and truly save harmless and keep Indemnifyed the said John Lamar Jun.r his Heirs Ex.rs Adm.rs or Assigns from the Payment of the said Sum of One hundred and thirty Pounds Sterling Money with legal Interest thereon and also and Lawfull Interest thereon and from all Costs and Charges that shall or may at any times hereafter Accrue on Account of his the said John Lamar Junior becoming Bound as aforesaid then these Presents and every Article and Clause therein contained ^shall cease determine and be void any thing herein Contained^ to the Contrary notwithstanding And the said James Drain for himself and his Heirs Covenants and Agrees to and with the said John Lamar Jun.r his Heirs and Assigns the afsd Sum of One hundred and thirty Pounds Sterling Money afsd and Interest thereon shall and will well and truly pay unto the said Benjamin Tasker when thereunto required In Testimony whereof the Parties to these Presents have hereunto Interchangeably set their hands and Affixed their Seals the day and
      Year first within mentioned Ja.s Drane Seal
      Signed Sealed and Delivered
      in the Presence of Jn.o Brice Benj.a Beall

      On the back of the aforegoing Deed was thus Endorsed Viz.t

      Aug.t 9.th 1753 Received of the within named John Lamar Jun.r the within mentioned Sum of five Shillings Sterling Money being the Consideration Money in this Deed mentioned P Ja.s Drane
      Witness Jn.o Brice Benj.a Beall

      August 9.th 1753 Came the within named James Drain before me the Subscriber one of his Lordships Justices of the Provincial Court and Acknowledged the within Deed to be his Act and Deed and the Land and Premisses within mentioned to be the Right and Estate of the within named John Lamar junior his Heirs and Assigns according to the true Intent and meaning of the within Deed and the Act of Assembly in that Case made and provided Jn.o Brice
      Recorded August 9.th 1753
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      PGLR TT:252
      October ye 31 1763
      Thomas Drain 72 or thereabouts
      Declared as follows to have been Shorne Sundry Times by Brock Mockbee
      Mathew Mockbee and John Elison this place to be the begining Tree of Brock Hall and further Sayeth Not

      John Mockbee aged 28 Declared as follows to ave been with his Father at the time he sold the said Land and Declared this to have been the begining Tree of Brock Hall and further Sayeth not

      James Drain aged 49 or 50
      Thomas Drain declared as follows he Saw Mary Dernall {sic: Demall} & Nathaniel Wickham Prove this Tree to be the third Tree of Brock Hall and further Sayeth not on the West Side of a Plantation formerly belonging to Brock Mockbee that leads into a Branch near Mr James Drains Hay Meadows Joseph Ray Declares as follows that Between 40 or 50 years agoe he Saw Coll Ninian Beall Prove this to be the fourth and last Tree of Brock Hall and third Tree of Bealls Hunting Quarters and further Sayeth not

      James Mockbee age 40 or thereabouts Declares as follows that t
      the request of John Perry on a Commission he Saw William Nicholls
      James Drain & John Perry Plant a Locust Grub and Certified that to
      be the fourth Tree of Brock Hall and further Sayeth not~ Thomas Drain
      Declares That about 30 years a goe he Saw Capt. Clagett and Mathew Mockbee on a Commission of John Perrys Prove this to be a Tree of Brock Hall And further Sayeth not~ Tobias Belt seal
      Abra Jones seal
      Enrolled July 28th 1764 Humphrey Belt seal
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 75. At the request of John Sprigg the following Land Commission was recorded December 8, 1780
      Memorandum that on the special petition of John Sprigg of PGCo preferred to the justices of the county on the 4th Tuesday in March 1780 for a land commission was issued on August 27, 1779; to Messrs Samuel Hepburn, Daniel Clarke, Joshua Clarke and Nathaniel Magruder of PGCo Gentleman, whereas John Sprigg is seized of a tract called "Thorpland" and preferred his petition in writing to our county court held at Upper Marlborough Town for a commission to examine evidence to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of the said tract of land. Therefore, we command you any three or two of you to examine all witnesses or persons concerned touching their knowledge of the bounds of the said tract. Witness Joshua Beall, Gentleman, March 29, 1780, issued July 25, 1780, John Read Magruder, clerk
      By virtue of a commission to examine evidences to prove the bounds of "Thorpland" we intend to meet Wedesday, September 13th next at the house of Dr. John Sprigg
      Charles Hodge aged about 76 years at the mouth of Perry's Run where it empties into Collington saith that between a sycamore tree and a young hickory was always looked on as the original branch called Perry's Run
      James Drane aged about 65 years saith that where Perry's Run now empties into Collington between a sycamore tree and a young hickory was always looked on as the original stream called Perry's Run and that Mr. John Bowie told him that Perry's Run was the division between him and Dr. Sprigg.
      William Mockbee aged about 54 years on the northside of Perry's Run and where an old poplar stump lies and and ash, maple and two young beech trees are growing, saith that about 3 years ago Perry's Run in its course left the ash, maple and two young beech trees on the right side and the poplar falling into the branch altered the course thereof.
      Thomas Ramsey Hodges aged about 43 years, on the northside of Perry's Run opposite to an old beech tree saith that about 10 years ago he went to Dr. Spriggs to beg some tobacco plants and the bed where he now stands ran on the northside and some years later he observed a ditch cut between the bed and the bank.
      William Nicholls, carpenter aged about 32 years saith about 10 years ago he was at work at Mr. Thomas Ramsey Hodges who asked him to take his boys and go with him to draw some tobacco plants from Dr. Sprigg and at that time the branch ran on the north side of the branch and some years after he observed a ditch cut which drew the water to the opposite side of the bed and to the best of his belief Mr. William Bowie had a tobacco bed on the same spot.
      Mr. William Mockbee aged about 54 years saith about 4 years ago Mr. William Bowie asked him to look at a place where he was making a tobacco bed where he now stands and if he might cut through a point which was already cut and some short time after he saw the ditch cut through and water was running on the south side of the bed.
      James Drane aged about 65 years on the north side of Perry's Run and where a small drain makes out of Mr. Bowie's plantation saith about 40 years ago he met Mr. John Bowie here who told him the white oak tree on the opposite side of the branch belonged to the Spriggs and likewise the watercourse was the division between them and at that time Perry's Run went under the north branch.
      James Drane aged about 65 years at a large hickory and on the east side of an old road which formerly led from the Brick Church to Marlbro saith when he was about 17 years of age he was called on by Mr. John Bowie, the then overseer of the highways to assist in mending the roads and as they came opposite to this hickory, Mr. Bowie shewed him and Robert Perry the corner tree of his land.
      William Mockbee aged about 54 years saith that his father Brock Mockbee often told him the hickory was the corner tree between him and Mr. John Bowie and likewise Mr. John Bowie told him the same and that old John Perry told him to take care of this tree as it was his fathers corner tree. We then adjorned to Friday, September 29th.
      James Drane aged about 65 years near an old road which formerly led from the Brick Church to Marlbro and north of Perry's Run saith that at the same time Mr. John Bowie showed him the above hickory he came to this place and showed him and Robert Perry a white oak tree and said it was one of his boundaries and that he came from the hickory to this tree and then to Perry's Run and then with it to Collington.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1790-1791; Liber JJ2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 397. At the request of Allen Bowie the following Deed was recorded May 7, 1791
      Indenture made May 4, 1791; Whereas on November 24, 1790 Daniel Dulany, executor of Ann Tasker sued forth in the Gen. Court of the Western Shore brought forth a writ of fieri facias against James Drane, late of PGCo devisee of James Drane, deceased for the sum of 1666 pounds 13 shillings and 4 pence current money debt and 748 pounds of tobacco cost of suit obtained on the second Tuesday of October last as also the sum of 524 pounds of tobacco which was adjudged unto Daniel Dulaney for his damages sustained by the delay of the execution of the judgment; and whereas Edward Lloyd Wailes, sheriff by virtue of the writ did on April 1791 expose to sale a tract called "Greenfield" conveyed by deed bearing date March 26, 1700 from John Darnall to Anthony Drane then said to contain 109 acres but on actual survey contains 170 acres; also an adjoining tract called "Dranes Lott" containing 47 ½ acres, at which sale Allen Bowie became the purchaser for the price of 32 shillings and 6 pence current money per acre. Now this indenture witnesseth that Edward Lloyd Wailes, sheriff in consideration of the premises and the sum of 353 pounds 8 shillings and 9 pence current money paid by Allen Bowie has sold the two aforesaid tracts. Signed Edward Lloyd Wailes, sheriff in the presence of and acknowledged before Samuel Hepburn, John Smith Brookes

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