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

Charles Daft

Male Abt 1665 - 1721  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Charles Daft 
    Born Abt 1665  Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Apr 1721  St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I031646  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 

    Children 
     1. William Daft,   b. Bef 1692, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1712/13, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F18880  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Reynolds,   b. Bef 1660, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1701, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years) 
    Married Bef 30 Apr 1695  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Daft,   b. Bef 1696, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Charles Daft,   b. Bef 1700, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1730, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 30 years)
     3. William Daft,   b. Bef 1701, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1757, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F02980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Elizabeth Mills,   b. Abt 1667, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1725 and 1750, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Between 1702 and 1709  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Matthew Daft,   b. Between 1702 and 1709, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1750, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F02579  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Daft (Dalft), Charles, planter, St Mary's Co., 26th March 1721; 22nd Apr., 1721.
      To son Charles, dwelling plantation --- after decease of wife Eliza., with as much of land as shall make up 200 A.
      To son Mathew, 100 A. at hd. of Flood's Ck., where son Charles is now seated, son Charles to have use of same during life of wife Eliza.
      To dau. Mary, personalty.
      To wife Eliza., extx., residue of estate during life; at her decease to be divided equally among child., dau. Anne Blumfield having rec'd a portion of her share.
      Test: John Mills, John Madley, James Thompson. 16,375.
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      Charles Dafft 5.48 SM 133.13.10 May 4 1721 Jun 6 1721
      Appraisers: An. Thompson, John Medley.
      Creditors: T. T. Greenfield.
      Next of kin: "children".
      Executrix: Elisabeth Dafft.
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      Charles Dafft 4.51 A SM 133.13.10 15.19.2 Jan 8 1721/22
      Payments to: Mr. John Medley, Richard Ford, Mr. Gideon Broadhead, Col. Thomas Truman Greenfield, Thomas Holland, Morris Quade, Thomas Clapham, Francis Nevett, John Baker.
      Mentions: widow (unnamed).
      Executrix: Elisabeth Dafft.
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      Charles Daft 4.288 A SM 6.13.7 Jun 27 1723
      Payments to: Esq. Bordley, John Baker, Col. Thomas Truman Greenfield, Mr. Richard Voules, Col. Greenfield for Esq. Bordley.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Winsett, wife of Henry Winsett.
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      Thomas Warren 31.128 A SM 21.6.7 Apr 22 1710
      Payments to: Edward Cole for use of Sarah Cole, Thomas Campbell, Dr. Gilhampton for cure of John Warren, Luke Russell due his wife (unnamed), Elisabeth Kelly, Henry Jarbo, Esq. Cheseldyne, John Noble, Daniel Langhorn, Provess Burella, Thomas Lowe.
      Executor: Charles Daft.
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      William Spinke 31.129 A SM 7.4.4 Apr 22 1710
      Received from: Thomas Bordly, Francis Spinke.
      Payments to: Mr. Cheseldyn, Provess Burella, Daniel Langhorn.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Daft, wife of Charles Daft.
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      Mark Herbert 18.112 A SM 419.8.11 20.10,10 Dec 22 1740
      Sureties: Enock Coombs, Edward Cole.
      Received from: Mathew Herbert, Robert Ford, John Paywell, Mr. Phillip Key, John Ford.
      Payments to: Dr. David Macgill, Cornelius Manning, Henry Baccon, Mr. John Cartwright, Dr. John Hamilton, Mathew Daft (accountant),
      Executors: Mathew Daft and his wife Elisabeth Daft, Francis Herbert.
      ===

      -----Original Message-----
      From: MDSTMARY-L-request@rootsweb.com [mailto:MDSTMARY-L-request@rootsweb.com] On Behalf Of Linda Reno
      Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:06 PM
      To: MDSTMARY-L@rootsweb.com
      Subject: [MDSTMARY-L] Re: I found these two transcripts on Rootsweb concerning the settlement of Matthew Daft's estate

      William Daft, son of Charles Daft, Jr. is the one mentioned in the will of William Medley, Jr. (d. 1725). Anne Reynolds was their common ancestor. She married first, William Medley, Sr. and second, Charles Daft, Sr., therefore Charles Daft, Jr. and William Medley, Jr. were half brothers.

      There more I'm looking at these Dafts this morning, the more I'm wondering if I haven't married Elizabeth Gough (dau. of James Gough, d. 1725 and first wife, Elizabeth Jarboe) off to the wrong William Daft. I'm now thinking she married William, son of Charles Daft, Jr., rather than William, son of Matthew. This would likely explain why William, son of Matthew, wasn't his father's administrator--he may not have been of age yet.

      If he'd had a will, the term executor would likely have been used, but sometimes the recordkeepers didn't always adhere to the rules. In this instance, I show no will for Matthew Daft, so the term should have been administratix vs. executrix. Luckily the records stated that Eleanor was a daughter, otherwise most of us would have given Matthew another wife!

      Mary Payne was the sister of Matthew Daft. Her husband was ____Payne. Donnelly says her husband was Ezekial Payne. From my notes:

      Colonial Settlers of St. Clement's Bay by Mary Louise Donnelly states that Mary Daft was the daughter of Charles Daft and Mary French and that she married Ezekial Payne. Unless there's another Ezekial Payne, this is a problem as Ezekial Payne died prior to 1743 with a wife named Catherine and Mary Payne was living as late as 1750.

      I also question whether the wife of Charles Daft was Mary French. Part of my note to the list several years ago on that:

      Ms. Donnelly claims that the wife of James French was Elizabeth Meakins, daughter of William Meakins and Elizabeth Beard. Does anyone have anything to substantiate that? I believe she based this on the fact that William Meakins patented "Woverhampton", 150 ac. in Newtown 100, 5/3/1681 which was possessed by James French in 1707. Land was sometimes sold, not always inherited. I find no proof that the wife of James French was Elizabeth Meakins! Ms. Donnelly is also the only source that I find for a daughter named Mary French. There's really no proof of that either.

      James Gough was surety for Matthew Daft.

      5/17/1751: Admin. accts. of Matthew Daft, SMC. Sureties: John Heard, James Gough. Received from: Mary Wheatley, William Horner.
      Payments to: Robert Ford, William Horner, William Medley, George Aisquith, Darby Morris, Mary Dogan, Samuel Allin, Thomas Carroll, Henry Winsitt, John Hammond, Capt. Robert Chesley, John Shisholm, Stourton Edwards.
      Distribution to: Eleanor (daughter), wife of James Roach, John Daft (aged 15).
      Admx.: Eleanor Roach, wife of James Roach.

      The issue is, which James Gough? Luckily, there were only two around at that time. One was James Gough, Jr. (son of James who d. 1725) who married Priscilla Heard. Since John Heard was also a surety on the estate of Matthew Daft, I thought the Heard family might be the connection. Not so sure. There was also only one John Heard around at the time. He was John Heard III and he was Priscilla's first cousin, but to me that's not a good enough explanation for him being tied to Matthew Daft.

      The other James Gough was the son of Benjamin Gough. Then we find that Matthew Daft was a surety on the estate of Benjamin Gough.

      6/22/1737: Admin. accts. of Benjamin Gough, SMC. Sureties: John Greenwell, Matthew Daft. Received from: James Greenwell. Payments to: George Okill, James Gough, John Heard, Col. Richard Hopewell, Daniel Dulany, Esq. Distribution to: widow, 1/3. Residue to (orphans): Benjamin, James, Mary, Priscilla, Jane, Sarah, Elizabeth, Susanna Gough. Exec: Jane Gough. (Maryland Probate Records, 1674-1774).

      This is what I think and not what I know. Matthew Daft married one of the daughters of Benjamin Gough.

      Another issue raises it's ugly head. What happened to William Daft, Matthew's son? The distribution of the estate of Matthew Daft shows only distribution to daughter, Eleanor (Daft) Roach and son, John Daft, age 15. I would have to say that this William died between 1743 and 1751, therefore my thought that I'd married Elizabeth Gough to the wrong William Daft must be right!

      The will of Elizabeth (Bloomfield) Daft says:

      Will of Elizabeth Dafft, SMC, 3/26/1743-8/3/1743. To: Son-in-law, William Dafft, land father James Bloomfield now lives on. In event of his death with (should be without) heirs, to pass to son-in-law, John Dafft. Wit.: Enoch Combs, Mary Combs, William Dafft. Note: This will is written with permission of testator's husband, Matthew. (Maryland Calendar of Wills).

      Since this will names William first, my belief is that he was older than John.

      Elizabeth (Bloomfield) Daft was the daughter of James Bloomfield and first wife, Mary _____. She could not have been the daughter of Anne Daft, James Bloomfield's second wife because that would have made her a half niece of her husband, Matthew Daft. Didn't happen.

      Now to round out all of this mess, Matthew Daft turns up as one of the sureties on the estate of Stephen Nottingham.

      11/10/1746: Admin. accts. of Stephen Nottingham, SMC. Sureties: Matthew Daft, John Cole. Exec: Athanasius Nottingham.

      Did Matthew Daft marry third, a daughter of Stephen Nottingham? The other possibility is that Mary, sister of Stephen Nottingham, was the first wife of Matthew Daft. Another possibility is that Mary ____, first wife of James Bloomfield was Mary Nottingham. At this point, I don't know.

      Sure would like some feedback!

      Linda Reno

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