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

Elizabeth Brookes

Female 1757 - Aft 1809  (> 53 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Brookes 
    Born 1757  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1809  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I053744  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2020 

    Family ID F08399  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Benjamin Sprigg,   b. Bef 1780, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1813, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 35 years)
    Family ID F13542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Folio 135 JOHN CLARK SPRIGG PG 10/25/1780 03/24/1781
      "being very sick and weak of Body ..."
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Benjamin Sprigg --son
      -to have all of testator's lands whereon testator now lives cont. 339 acres being part of 2 tracts of land which testator purchased from Thomas Magruder and to possess at the age of 18 reserving to widow one third part thereof
      -to have the rest and residue of the estate after deducting widow's thirds
      2. Mary (Sprigg ?) --sister
      Amey (Sprigg ?) --sister
      Elizabeth (Sprigg ?) --sister
      -should testator's son die w/out issue and before the age of 18, then to have testator's land after widow's decease
      -each to have 1 cow and calf, 1 ewe and lamb
      3. Elizabeth Sprigg --wife
      -to have her third of the estate both real and personal for her natural life
      -named executrix of the will
      Witnesses: Charles Burgess, John M. Burgess, Mordecai Burgess, William Moodie
      Then came: John M. Burgess, Mordecai Burgess, and William Moodie
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1784-1789;
      Folio 244 BENJAMIN BROOKES 01/13/1786 01/15/1786
      "being weak in Body . ."
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Robert Brookes --son
      -to have all the real estate which testator is now possessed of but should he die before coming of age 21, the real estate to testator's widow for her natural life
      -to have Negro boys "John" and "Bob"
      -remainder of the estate io be divided between Robert. testator's daughter Sophia and widow
      2. Benjamin Brookes, Jr. --son
      -should testator's son die w/out issue before arriving at age 21.., then to have the real estate after widow's natural life
      -should testator's widow die before testator's son Robert comes of age 18, then to have the use and occupation of the land until such time Robert arrives at age 21. -to have Negroes "Sall" "Nan" Negro boy "Ben'
      -to have 10 head of cattle including those which testator had of "my Daughter" Elizabeth Sprigg now Elizabeth Bowie., and to have 10 ewes and lambs 1 feather bed and furn. pint can, 6 sliver table spoons unmarked
      I Sarah Brookes --wife
      -to have the use and occupation without an}. molestation of testator's real estate until Robert arrives at age 21.
      -to have the use of testator's personal estate left to children until Robert comes of age 18 and daughter at age 16 and testator desires that they are maintained and educated by her in the best manner possible from the rents and profits of testator's estate
      -named executrix of the will
      4. Sophia Brookes --daughter
      -the annual rents and profits from testator's real estate to be divided w/ testator's son Robert until he comes of age 18
      5. Benjamin Sprigg --grandson
      -to have when he arrives at the age of 16 Negro girl "Hannah"
      6. Henry Brookes --brother
      -named executor of the will along w/ testator's widow
      Witnesses: John Halkerston, Samuel Hepburn, Samuel Coolidge
      Then came: Samuel Hepburn and John Halkerston
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      Then came: Henry Brookes (by note of hand) "I find by my Brothers Will he has left me joint Executor wth his wife and I am truly inclined to render ever Servis in my power for the Benefits of his wife and little Children. But sir the advanced time of life wth me and the distance I liver from Mrs. Brookes are reasons I think would Justifie me even wth my poor Brother had he considered it therefore Sir from this principle only I must refuse to Act as Executor to the sd. Will
      iv. Elizabeth Brooke was born ABT 1756. She married John Clarke Sprigg, son of Gilbert Sprigg and Elizabeth Clarke. He was born ABT 1757, and died MAR 1781. She married William Sprigg Bowie 18 DEC 1781 in Prince Georges County, MD, son of William Bowie and Margaret Sprigg. He was born 1751 in Nottingham, Prince Georges, and died AUG 1809 in Prince Georges, MD.
      Prince George's County MD Will Book Liber T No. #1; 1797-1803;
      Folio 438 MARY BROOKES 02/25/1800 03/17/1800
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Margaret Gaither --niece (daughter of brother Henry Brookes)
      -to bave 1 Feather bed and furn., 1 cherry tree desk, 1 hair trunk marked IG with brass tacks and also the contents of the trunk
      2. John Smith Brookes --nephew -to have Negro boy "David" son of "Hannah" and also to have the service of "Hannah"
      For 2 years from day of testatrix's decease and then she and her increase are to he free -to have 2 looking glasses and all china and glassware.
      3. Margaret Gordon --friend -to have l 0 pounds
      4. Negroes
      -to he free at testatrix's decease: "Janey" "Ritta" "Adana" "John" and "Ann"--it being a request of testatrix's sister Ann that they be freed
      5. Elizabeth Bowie --friend and relation (wife of William Sprigg Bowie)
      -to have 5 window curtains, counterpane of the same sort_ testatrix's bed and furn irons, dressing glass, and new carpet w/all household and kitchen furn., all plate and wearing apparel for her natural life
      -to have all debts due testatrix
      6. Benjamin Bowie --son of Elizabeth
      -at the death of his mother to have all of testatrix's plate
      7. Robert Bowie --friend
      -named executor of the will
      Witnesses; David Crawford
      Richard Marshall
      Then came: the two above named subscribers to the will Note; the testatrix signed the will with her mark
      Prince George's County MD Will Book Liber TT; 1808-1812;
      Folio 22 WILLIAM SPRIGG BOWIE 08/18/1809 11/09/1809
      in the fifty ninth year of my live and -- much afflicted with the gout
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Elizabeth Bowie --wife
      -to have Negroes "Daniel— Nell" and "Rachell" for her natural life and at the death of testator's widow to be liberated
      -to have the personal estate of whatever kind for her natural life
      2. Eula Maria (?) Sprigg--the 3rd daughter of Benjamin Sprigg
      -to have small Negro boy "Oscar" Negro girl "Maria"--twin brother and sister and to have them when she arrives at the age of 16 or day of marriage
      3. Benjamin Sprigg
      -joint executor of the will as he is the most capable to guard the property given his child and also his 'mother' Elizabeth Bowie as executrix of the will and instructed that as the testator has no land he wishes his body to be buried in the nearest church yard without pomp or parade saying a prayer over the testator's grave as the testator does not hold with the preaching of sermons." -Negro girl "Pate' or "Martha" daughter of servant 'Nell" to be sold to some humane master for the payment of testator's debts which amount to the sum of $150.00
      Witnesses: John Bowie
      Thomas Brooke
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      Then came: John Bowie
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1784-1785; Liber FF 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 314. At the request of David Craufurd the following Deed was recorded July 11, 1785
      Indenture made July 9, 1785; William Sprigg Bowie, merchant in consideration of 875 pounds 12 shillings and 6 pence paid by David Craufurd, Gentleman has sold a parcel of land being part of "Four Hills", "Moores Craft", "Moores Littleworth" and "Kingston Park" containing 116-7/8 acres and bounded by the main road leading from Upper Marlbro Town towards Trump Bridge, a corner boundary of Mr. Thomas Clagett's called "Weston", a division boundary made when David Craufurd purchased part of the aforesaid lands from Robert Tyler, deceased and Eleanor Tyler his wife in 1774. Signed William Sprigg Bowie, in the presence of and acknowledged before Samuel Hepburn, John Smith Brookes and at the same time Elizabeth Bowie w/o William Sprigg Bowie relinquished her right of dower.
      Charles County Land Records 1786-1790; Liber D#4; Page 26. [Beginning of document missing] to a post set up as the division afd, containing 214.75 acres. To have and to hold, the sd lands with the exception afd) and all claim of them, the sd William Sprigg Bowie and Elizabeth, his wife, to sd Robert Bowie as the only proper use of the sd Robert Bowie.
      Signed - Wm Sprigg Bowie, Elizabeth Bowie.
      Wit - David Crawfurd, Sam Hepburn.
      Sd Elizabeth Bowie relinquished her right of dower to the within mentioned land. John Read Magruder, Clk Prince George's County Court, certified that afd David Crawfurd and Samuel Hepburn, Gent, are Prince George's County JPs. [Recording date missing) {mm Jan 1787}
      1786-1798 Western Maryland Newspaper Abstracts
      251. WSM Jul 11 1792/Sale of life est of Mrs. Elizabeth Bowie, 115 a. part of Resurvey on the Addition to Piles Delight, almost adj town of Sharpsburg. Mrs. Bowie is wife of William Sprigg Bowie of PG Co and before her last marriage, widow of late Richard Clarke Sprigg. She is about 35 yrs of age and enjoys good health; the land is assigned to her as her dower, sold by her late husband, Mr. Sprigg and since her marriage with Mr. Bowie, has been by him sold and conveyed to Rinaldo Johnson, for whom I transmit this business - John T. Mason
      From: "SHIRLEY MOLLER"
      Subject: [MDCHARLE] Fw: [MD~Old-News] New Article for United States -Maryland Elizabeth Brookes Spigg Bowie, tract Piles Delight PG Co., MD
      Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 16:01:54 -0800

      Hello List,
      Wanted this list to see this Newspaper article. As some maybe related to the Brookes,Bowie, Clarke,Spriggs, Pile families.
      One error in the article, Elizabeth Brookes first husband was John [not Richard] Clarke Sprigg. John Clarke Sprigg is the s/o Gilbert Sprigg and Elizabeth Clark. Gilbert Spigg is the s/o Col. Edward Sprigg and Elizabeth Pile. Elizabeth Pile is the d/o Dr. Richard Pile and his wife Mary and Dr. Richard is who in 1734 patented the tract called Addition Piles Delight.

      Shirley Middleton Moller]

      Maryland Washington

      Direct link to article:
      Submitted by: Susan

      Article Title: Washington Spy

      Article Date: July 11 1792

      Article Description: Advertisement
      Piles Delight for Sale by Elizabeth Bowie

      Article Text:


      On Monday, the twenty-seventh of August next, will be sold at the house of
      DAVID HARVEY in Sharpsburg to the highest bidder for ready money, the life
      estate of Mrs. ELIZABETH BOWIE in 115 acres of land, a part of the
      resurvey on the Addition to Piles Delight. This land is of very excellent
      quality and lies almost adjoining the town of Sharpsburg; and a
      considerable part of it is still in woods. Mrs. BOWIE is the wife of Mr.
      WILLIAM SPRIGG BOWIE of Prince Georges County, and was before her last
      marriage the widow of the late Mr. RICHARD CLARKE SPRIGG. She is about 35
      years of age of strong constitution and in the enjoyment of good health.
      There can be doubt as to the title of this land; it is assigned to Mrs.
      Bowie as her dower in a tract of land sold by her late husband Mr. SPRIGG
      in his life time; and since her marriage with Mr. BOWIE has been by him
      sold and conveyed to Mr. RINALDO JOHNSON, for whom I transact this
      business. The sale will commence at 12 o'clock and attendance given by
      the subscriber, who will then more fully shew an explain the title of Mr.
      Johnson; and will also make a deed to the purchaser; to do which he has
      full power and authority.

      Hagerstown, July 11, 1792
      N. B. Possession of the lands will be given immediately, but liberty
      reserved to the persons occupying any part thereof to gather and remove
      crops now growing thereon and to hold possession of their respective
      fields until that is done.

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