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

Mary Townley

Female Bef 1684 - 1723  (> 39 years)


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  • Name Mary Townley 
    Born Bef 1684  Wicomico Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Apr 1723  St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I050188  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 

    Father Family Townley 
    Family ID F02209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henry Smith,   b. Bef 1672,   d. Bef 1704, Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 32 years) 
    Married Bef 1700  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F06899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Contee,   b. Bef 1653, Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1708, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years) 
    Married Bef 1 Dec 1704  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F02172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Philemon Hemsley,   b. Abt 1672, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1719, Queen Annes County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married Between 24 Mar 1709/10 and 2 Feb 1711/12  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F05841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 William Rogers,   b. Bef 1684,   d. Aft 1749, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 67 years) 
    Married Between 9 Apr and 26 Oct 1723  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F05843  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Liber L#2 Page 84.
      Know that I, Mary Hemsley of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, widow, for the love I have for my sister, Mrs. Judith Bruce of CC decd, I give unto her 4 children, viz
      To Charles Bruce, eldest son of the afd Judith - 1 Negro boy called Toney, aged about 5 years.
      To Townley Bruce, youngest son - a Negro boy named Nacey, aged about 16 months, both being the sons ofa Negro woman called Jeany.
      To Francis [sic] Bruce, eldest daughter of the afd Judith - a Negro girl called Bett, daughter of a Negro woman called Sarah, aged about 2 years.
      To Eliza Bruce, youngest daughter - a Negro girl called Sarah, daughter of a Negro woman called Dubba, aged about 2 years.
      If any of the aforementioned children dies, their part to sd Francis Bruce, & in case of her death, to the afd Charles Bruce.
      In case of both of their deaths, to the surviving heirs of the afd Mrs. Judith Bruce.
      Signed Apr 19, 1723 - Mary Hemseley.
      Wit - James Rutherford, Wm Rogers, David Rutherford. Recorded Apr 22, 1723.
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      Henry Smith 31.41 A CH 16.17.0 28.7.8 Apr 9 ---- (between entries for Feb 22 1709/10 and Apr 3 1710)
      Administratrix: Madam Mary Contee (widow).
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      Newman, William, Chas. Co. 21st Feb., 1710-11; 3rd Aug., 1714.
      To wife Mary, extx., entire estate, real and personal.
      Test: *Mary Contee, Judith Warren, D. Dulany. 13. 736,
      Proceedings show that at date of proving will Mary Contee had become Mary Hemsley,
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      Hon. John Contee, Esq. 33B.123 A CH 2252.18.6 917.12.3 Aug 4 1712
      Payments to: Christopher Shadwell, Capt. Henry Smith, Col. Henry Darnell, Mr. Samuell Wartherington, Capt. Ralph Williamson, Charles Musgrove, Ralph Lomax, Philip Jenkins, James Causenlare, Justinian Burch, Mr. Robert Yates, Thomas Readings, John Mathews, John Nickalls, William Nickalls, William Strict, John Courts for account of estate of his father Col. John Courts, His Excellency John Seymour, Madam Seymour, Capt. James Atchison.. Daniel Casee, Robert Charlsworth, Thomas Hunt,, Mr. John Rogers on account of his wife Ann, William Taylard,
      Legatees: Mr, Alexander Contee stock bought of Samuel Fearson.
      Executrix: Mary Hemsley, wife of Philemon Hemsley (gentleman).
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      Col. John Courts 34.75 A CH 1793.11.2 1491.3.1 Sep 5 1712
      Payments to: widow (unnamed, 1/3rd), Mr. John Rogers who married Anne Courts (daughter).
      Legatees: widow (unnamed), Henry Courts (child), John Courts (child), Charles Courts (child).
      Mentions: Hery Courts (also Henry Courts) (child, dead) and his mother Madam Charity Courts.
      Administrators: Philemon Hemsley and his wife Mary Hemsley. Unadministered by Col. John Contee.
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      Col. John Courts 33A.60 A CH 1459.13.9 160.14.3 Feb 8 1711
      A second inventory was cited in the amount of 32.10.0.
      Received from: Mr. William Hutchison, James Smith, Capt. Thomas Wharton (merchant in London), estate of Col. John Coode of St. Mary's County.
      Mentions: Hannah Wilson, John Rowling, Charity Contee wife of Col. John Contee. Payments to: Jos. Venour, Col. John Addison, William Taylard, James Doughlas, Mr. Thomas Smoot, Col. John Contee per William Dent, Esq.
      Administratrix: Mary Hemsley, wife of Mr. Phil. Hemsley. Unadministered by Col. John Contee.
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      Col. John Courts 34.210 A CH 1817.11.2 1764.11.0 Jul 27 1713
      Mentions: John Rogers who married Anne Courts (daughter), John Courts (son), William Courts (son).
      Administrators: Mr. Philemon Hemsley and his wife Mary Hemsley. Unadministered by Col. John Contee (dead).
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      Name: David L. Rigg
      Email: rigg@number-one.org
      Note: 1/1/2005
      Mary Townley married Col. John Contee shortly before 1 Dec 1704 (when Col. Contee was appointed Commissary General by Mary's cousin, Gov. John Seymour). She married Philemon Hemsley between 24 Mar 1710 (when she purchased land from Richard Lemaster) and 02 Feb 1711/12 (when Philemon Hemsley athorized Alexander Contee to claim his inheritance). She married William Rogers between 09 Apr 1723 (when she gave slaves to her late sister's children) and 26 Oct 1723 (when William Rogers conveyed part of a tract called Strife).
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      Samuell Cooksey 32B.267 A CH 128.5.0 38.18.4 Jul 30 1711
      Received from: Michaell Curtiss,
      Payments to: Rev. Mr. John Fraser (minister), Mr. Cornelius White, Dr. Francis Sarson, Maj. Walter Story, William Ingall (merchant) on account of Robert Randall, Madam Mary Contee (executrix of Col. John Contee), Robert Gelly (merchant), Nathan Saile, Capt. Benjamin Hall.
      Legatees: Mary Short (daughter) wife of George Short, Elisabeth Cocksey.
      Executrix: Christian Lemaster, wife of John Lemaster.
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      Cornelius John Devinck 35A.53 I 9.518 1713
      Appraisers: John Payne, John Cole.
      Creditors: Mary Hemeley,
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      Contee, Alexander, clerk, Prince George's County, 24th July, 1739; 5th Jan., 1740.
      To son John, "Rogers Refuge" at Port Tobacco.
      To son Peter, "Balto., Co.," Zachiah.
      To son Thomas, dwelling plantation and lot in Nottingham Town on Patuxant R.
      To son Theodore, "Wartinton" at Piscatiway.
      To son Alexander, "Elftonhills" in Charles Co.
      To dau. Jane, "Buck Range" in Balto. Co.
      To daus. Grace and Cathrine, personalty.
      To Daniel Dulany, Edmond Jennigs, Philip Troy, Samuel Hanson all of Charles County, Thomas Hodgkins, John Heburn, Thomas Brooke, personalty.
      To wife [unnamed] extx., life interest in estate.
      Testator desires that if wife die, Daniel Dulany and Philip Key be appointed exs. They to see that child. are brought up in Church of England.
      Overseers: Samuel Hyde and Joseph Adams.
      Test: John Booker, John Jackey, John Hammond, Samuel Townshend.
      Note: Testator wishes to have funeral sermon preached by the Rectors of St. Paul Parish, Prince George's Co. and Port Tobacco Parish, Charles Co.
      Widow makes her election and abides by above will. MCW 22.347.
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2 Page 168
      Recorded at request of Daniel Steward:
      6 Feb 1709; Indenture from Mary Contee, widow, to Daniell Steward, Planter; for rents and services; a parcel of land of 100 acres lately in possession of Richard Lemaster next to Zachia Swamp; /s/ Mary Contee, Daniell Steward (mark); wit. - Leman, John Rogers
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2 Page 153
      3 Jan 1709/10; Walter Bayne and Martha his wife endorse back of deed in folio 146 & 147; recorded at request of Mary Contee
      2 Jan 1709/10; recorded by Mary Contee; Walter Bayne of Prince George's Co. for 50,000# tobacco and 100 for deed dated 3 Oct 1709 between said parties have delivered all cattle, hogs, sheep, steers, poultry, boars, sows, barrows or piggs and the plantation to Mary Contee; /s/ Walter Bayne; wit. Arthur Jackson, John Warren, John Rogers, Clerk
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2 Page 161
      13 Apr 1710; Recorded at request of Madam Mary Contee:
      24 Mar 1710; Indenture from Richard Lemaster to Mary Contee, widow; for 9 and 6,000# tobacco; 2 tracts of land; one called GEORGES REST on the west side of a branch of Zachia Swamp formerly in St. Mary's Co.; bounded by Dennis Husoulaw and THE HILLS, part of a tract conveyed 1671 from William Boarman of St. Mary's County, Gent. to Abraham Lemaster, father of the afsd. Richard; from Abraham to William Taylor of Arundel County, Gent.; from Taylor to Richard Lemaster afsd.; containing 100 acres; also a tract called STRIFE conveyed to Richard Lemaster from Benja. Hall, Gent. dated 12 Dec 1706; tract Hall sold to Samuel Smallwood of St. Mary's Co.; bounded by Wm. Boarman, land of Abraham Lemaster called BETTY DELIGHT; containing 100 acres; /s/ Richard Lemaster; wit. Alexander Contee, John Rogers; ack. by Richard Lemaster and Martha his wife
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber C#2 Page 268
      4 Feb 1711/12; Recorded at request of Alexander Contee:
      2 Feb 1711/12; John Contee, by his will, left his nephew Alexander Contee stock purchased from Samuel Fearson; to be delivered by Mary, relict of John Contee and now wife of "me the subscriber;" authorizes Alexander to claim his inheritance; /s/ Phile Hemsley; wit. Elizabeth Berry, Jno. Stevens
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Land Records, Liber D#2, Page 18
      21 Oct 1712; Recorded at request of Philemon Hensley and Mary his wife:
      17 Apr 1712; Indenture from Samuel Smallwood of Baltimore County, carpenter, and Martha his wife, to Philemon Hemsley and Mary his wife; for 10,000# tobacco; a parcel called STRIFE; containing 135 acres; /s/ Samuel Smallwood, Martha Smallwood (mark); wit. John Beale, James Earle
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Land Records, Liber D#2, Page 62
      7 Oct 1713; Recorded at request of Philemon Hemsley:
      30 Apr 1713; Indenture from William Bladen of the City of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Gent., to Philemon Hemsly of Queen Anne Co. and Mary his wife; for 5s; 50 acres at th head of Wicomico River; /s/ W. Bladen; wit. Samll. Young, Tho. Machemara, Edmd. Benson
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber F#2, Page 21
      19 Aug 1714; Recorded at request of Thomas Plunker, planter:
      10 Aug 1714; Indenture from Philemon Hemsley and Mary his wife, to Thomas Plunket, planter; for 2,000# tobacco; part a parcel called [blank]; formerly in possession of William Barton and part of the tract Barton formerly dwelled on in Mattawoman on the north side of Piscataway River commonly called Potomac River; adj. to a parcel laid out for John Wheeler, now in possession of John Sanders of Mattawoman; bounded by Daniel's Branch; containing 20 acres; sd. parcel containing water mill; /s/ Philemon Hemsley, Mary Hemsly; wit. Gerard Fowke, Jo. Harrison; Thomas Plunkett paid alienation; 30 Aug 1714 Philemon Hemsley and Mary his, wife ack. deed
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      Charles County Maryland Circuit Court Records, Liber H#2, Page 223
      1 Apr 1719; Recorded at request of Anthony Neale, Gent.:
      23 Feb 1718; Indenture from Philemon Hensley and Mary his wife, of the City of Annapolis, to Anthony Neale; for 15; a lot in the town at the head of Portobacco Creek adjoining the landing and a lot belonging to Hensley and his wife; /s/ Phill. Hensley, Mary Hensley; wit. Tho. Larkin, Cah. Denton; 23 Feb 1718 ack. by Philemon and Mary Hensley; 30 Mar 1719 Anthony Neale paid 15

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      Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 156.
      At the request of Francis Ware of CC, the following deed was recorded Aug 22, 1724.
      Apr 4, 1724 from William Rogers & Mary, his wife., of the City of Annapolis, gent, to Francis Ware of CC, merchant, for 8 4 shillings, lot #20, taken up by Colo Jno Contee, lying on the east side of the main fresh or head of Portobacco Cr. Signed - William Rogers, Mary Rogers. Wit - Wm Stone*, Robt Hanson*.
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      Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 204. At the request of Richard Speake of CC, the following deed was recorded this Mar 18, 1724.
      Oct 28, 1724 from William Rogers of the City of Annapolis, gent, and Mary, his wife, to Richard Speake of CC, planter, for 25,000 lbs of tobacco and for divers other good causes, 3 tracts of land in CC at Chinqomuxon [Chicamuxen Cr], viz, one tract called Morecrofts Friendship, bounded by 200 acres taken up by James Mackey standing by the Marsh ofChingomuxon, a parcel of land formerly belonging to George Thompson, containing and laid out for about 200 acres, as by the patent of the same to the same John Morecraft dated Oct 1668 more at large may appear, and one other tract called The Gift, lying on the south side of Chingomuxon Cr afd, bounded by John Hatch, the River [unnamed], containing and laid out for about 300 acres. Also, one other tract called Speakes Inclosure, bounded by John Hatch's land, Morecrofts Friendship, the line of Hart frost, Edward Price's land, the line of Hathes land, containing and laid out for about 283 acres. Signed - Willm Rogers, Mary Rogers. Wit - Tho Larkin, Jno Courts, James Stoddert*.
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      Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 239.
      At the request of Mr. Wm Rogers, the following power of attorney was recorded this Nov ,1725
      I, Willm Hemsley of Queen Annes County, administrator of the goods & chattels & credits of Mr. Philemon Hemsley, late of Anne arundel [County], deced, have appointed my trusty friend, Mr. Willm Rogers, late of the City of Annapolis, gent, my true and lawful attorney, jointly and severally to recover for me, all money & tobacco due to me as admr of my deced father, on the western side of Chesapeake Bay, & demand whatsoever they be, of all persons in any wise due to me, on the western side of Chesapeake Bay. Signed Oct 2, 1723 - Wm Hemsley. Wit - Eliza (E her mark) Massey, Anne Hemsley.
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      Charles County Liber M No. 2 Page 294. [Faded]
      At the request of Colo John Fendall,of CC, the following deed was recorded this Jul 31, 1732. (See farther in relation to this deed in Liber S No. 2 folio 67 & 8}
      Dec 13, 1731 from James Wotton of Ogburn St George in the County of Wilts in Great Britain, Clerke, and Frances, his wife (lately called Frances Townley, one of the sisters and co-heirs of Mary Rogers decd, formerly called Mary Contee of CC (widow), to John Fendall of CC, Esq. William Marshall, late of CC, decd, by virtue of a patent dated Mar 20, 1650 for 500 acres commonly called Marshalls Land, lying in CC on the west side of Wicciccmico [Wicomico] River, bounded by Sd Wm Marshall, by his deed of 1663, sold to Walter Bayne, late of CC, decd, the afd tract, except for 50 acres and part of the 500 acres mentioned in the deed by sd Marshall to John Clark decd, by means of which sd conveyance the afd Walter Bayne became seized in fee to 450 acres, part of the afd 500 acres & thereby died possessed, which sd 450 acres ascended to John Bayne, son & heir of Walter Bayne, who likewise died thereof possessed, by who demise the land escended to Walter Bayne, son and heir at law to the afd jonn Bayne, which sd Walter Bayne last mentioned, by his deed dated Jun 1, 1700, he conveyed the land to the afd Mary Contee called Mary Rogers, died thereby seized, without isue and intestate, whereby the land descended to the heirs of Judith Bruce, late of CC, decd, lately called Judith Townley, one of the sisters & co-heirs of the afd Mary .. Now this deed witnesses that sd James Wotton & Frances, his wife, for 112 10 shillings sterling money of Great Eritain, they sell to sd John Fendall, one moiety or half part of the 450 acres. Signed - James Wotton, Frances Wotton. Wit - Francis Buckeridge, John Lucas.
      We, James Wotton and Frances, my wife, appointed George Dent, Robt Hanson, Gustavus Brown, & Samuel Hanson of CC, Gent, or any 2 of them, our attorneys, to acknowledge the within deeds to John Fendall. Signed Dec 13, 1731 - James Wotton, Frances Wotton. Wit - Francis Buckeridge, John Lucas..
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      Charles County Liber M No. 2 Page 345.
      At the request of John Fendall of CC, the following power of attorney was recorded this Jun 19, 1733.
      James Wotton of Ogburn St George in the County of Wilts in Great Britain, Clerk, and Francis, his wife, send greeting. Sd James and Frances, his wife, lately called Frances Townley, one of the sisters and co-heirs of Mary Rogers, decd, formerly called Mary Contee of CC, widow, by a certain indenture dated Dec 13, 1731, sold to John Fendall of CC, Esq, the moiety or half part of 450 acres, part of,a tract of 500 acres commonly called Marshalls Land, lying in CC on the west side of Wicocomoco [Wicomico] River. Now know that we, sd James and Frances, for the better confirmation of the lands in the afd deed to John Fendall, have appointed George Dent, Robt Hanson, Gustavus Brown, & Samuel Hanson of CC, Gent, or any 2 of them, our attorneys, to acknowledge sd deed and lands to be the absolute estate of the"afd John Fendall. Signed Dec 12, 1732 - James Wotton, Frances Wotton. Wit - Geo: Buckeridge, Samuel Wilde. CC.
      Jun 12, 1733. Then came Capt. Geo: Bukeridge and made oath that he saw James Wotton & Francis Wotton, his wife, seal the within power of attorney, and that Samuel Wilde was, likewise, present and subscribed as a witness and that the sd Wilde died on board the sd Bickeridge's ship in his passage to Maryland. Wit - Sam Hanson,'Clk Cru.
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 297.
      On Jul 28, 1732 came before us, 2 CC Justices, George Dent and Samuel Hanson of CC, acknowledged the within deed. Signed - Robt Yates*, Jno Howard*.
      I, Thos Lypyeatt, Mayor of Burrough of Marlebourough in the County of Wilts in Great Britain, know that before me today came John Lucas of Marleborough afd, Gent, being a person well known and worthy of credit,. and did, by solemn oath, declared that he was present and saw James Wotton of Ogburn St George in the County of Wilts, Clerk, and Frances, his wife (lately called Frances Townley, one of the sisters & co-heirs of Mary Rogers decd, formerly called Mary Contee of CC, widow) seal and deliver the afd deed dated Dec 13, 1731, and their power.of attorney.


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      GEORGES REST may be BAKERS REST
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 395-116: HEMSLEYS MARSH: 70 acres; Possession of - 70 Acres - None: Surveyed 1 March 1720 for Madam Mary Hemsley beginning at a bounded gum standing at the edge of Wicomico Marsh: 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, Maryland Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 395-117: HEMSLEYS MEADOWS: 130 acres; Possession of - 130 Acres - None: Surveyed 1 March 1720 for Madam Mary Hemsley beginning at a bounded live Oak standing by Wicomico Marsh side bye the mouth of a small run known by the name of Clarke's Run : Other Tracts Mentioned: MARSHALL; other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, lies within the lines of Marshall's land,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 304-18: HILLS, THE: 200 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Hoskins, Philip Col: Surveyed 17 Aug 1654 for James Manns on the West side of Port Tobacco Creek.: Other Tracts Mentioned: HARWOOD; ; ; other notes - Resurveyed into HARWOOD, 8 Aug 1726, folio 408, 150 Acres - Walter Hanson from Notley Maddox; 22 June 1730,,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 362-4: STRIFE: 235 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Lemaster, Richard: Surveyed 20 Jan 1699 for Benjamin Hall beginning at a bound locust: Other notes - 100 Acres - Mary Contee from Richard Lemaster; 24 March 1709, 135 Acres - Samuel Smallwood from Benjamin Hall; 19 Dec 1706,135 Acres - John Tennison from William Rogers & Mary; 26 Oct 1723, 135 Acres - Ignatius Tennison from John Tennison; 1 Jan 1742, 50 Acres - James Mudd from John Martin Jr.; 8 Nov 1743, Smith (?) Hawkins from James Mudd; 17 Oct 1747,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-36: STRIFE: 235 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Lemaster, Richard: Surveyed 20 Jan 1699 for Capt Benjamin Hall beginning at a bound locust: Other notes - , 135 Acres - Philemon Hensley from Samuel Smallwood; 17 April 1712,Entered before in folio 362, , , ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 308-42: BETTYS DELIGHT: 150 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Hanson, John Sr. : Surveyed 22 Oct 1670 for Thomas Cocker at a bound oak standing on the West side of Port Tobacco Creek near the main road.: Other Tracts Mentioned: ; ; ; other notes - Isaac Lemaster from Abraham Lemaster; 9 Sept 1721, 100 Acres - Abraham Harguis from John Lemaster; 3 Feb 1747,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-37: BETTYS DELIGHT: 200 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Lemaster, Abraham: Surveyed 22 Aug 1672 for Edward Evans at a bound black oak of Capt Boarman's near HALLS PLACE: Other Tracts Mentioned: HALLS PLACE; ; ; other notes - 200 Acres - Richard Lemaster from John Lemaster; 29 Sept 1727, 60 Acres - Thomas Higdon from Sarah Tennison; 9 June 1752,

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