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

Richard Keene

Male 1628 - 1675  (46 years)

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Richard Keene 
    Born 7 Dec 1628  Wadsworth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Feb 1674/75  Calvert County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I083849  Tree1
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father Henry Keene,   b. Bef 1604, Worplesdon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1675, Worplesdon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 73 years) 
    Family ID F09585  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary MNU Griggs,   b. Bef 1642,   d. Aft 1677, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years) 
    Married Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F10506  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Richard Keene,   b. Abt 1653, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1698/99, Calvert County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F10512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      Keene, Richard, Patuxent R., Calvert Co., 1st Apr., 1672; 7th Feb., 1675.
      To eld. son Richard, 1,000 A., "Richard's Manor," patented in Luke Gardner's name.
      To young, son, John, all land in Dorchester Co.
      In event of death of either son. afsd. without issue, survivor to inherit deceased's portion.
      To niece Mary Keene, dau. of Henry Keene, dec'd, and to father, Henry Keene of Wadsworth, Surrey, Eng., personalty.
      Wife Mary, execx. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal, and to have charge of child. until they attain age of 21 yrs.
      Overseers: Chris Rousby, Geo. Beckwith, and Francis Hutchins, of Calvert Co., and Wm. Stevens, Jr., of Talbot Co.
      Test: Richard Smith, Mordecay Hunton. 2. 384.

      Richard Keen 1.510 I CA #318058 Feb 8 1675 Feb 11 1675
      Appraisers: John Pickerin, John Hales.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Keene Family History and Genealogy, Page 31
      Another important privilege granted Richard Keene by Charles Calvert as Lt. Gen'l. & Chiefe Governour of Maryland, was issued under the Great Seale of Maryland November 3rd, 1675, in which he was empowered "to keepe the Ferry over the Patuxent river, from his now dwelling house (St. Richard's Manor in St. Mary's County) over the said river to his Plantation on the other side, or from thence to his dwelling house aforesaid." The license of George Beckwith (representative of the Beckwiths of Featherstone Castle, England) for keeping a ferry at Point Patience, was revoked in the same commission.

      To those who have never studied the rights and privileges of Lords of Manors in England, these "Privileges" would be interpreted as evidences of social inferiority, while in reality they are marks of influence and power, social and financial.

      When bequeathing (St.) "Richard's Manor," Richard Keene says "which was taken up in Luke Gardiner's name." Hence we give the following to establish the fact that the grant to Luke Gardiner carried Manorial rights, and therefore, that in becoming possessed of the Manor, these rights and privileges of Court Baron, etc., became vested in Richard Keene, as Lord of St. Richard's Manor.

      The records fail to disclose when Richard Keene became possessed of the Manor, the destruction of the land records in St. Mary's County Court, for the colonial period, obliterating further information in absence of the patent at Annapolis.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/00000 1/000065/html/am65--686.html
      URL title: Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1670/1-1675Volume 65, Page 686
      To all to whom these presents shall come. Wee George Beckwith
      of ye Prouince of Maryland in ye County of Petuxt & ffrancis his
      Wife send greeting. Know yee yt Wee ye sd George & ffrancis
      Beckwth for a ualuable consideraon to us in hand payd, haue gyuen,graunted, bangayned, sould, assigned, & sett oner unto Richard Keeneof ye Prouince and County aforesd Plantn & by these p . . . ents doe for us, & eyther of us, our or eyther of Our heyres, fully, freely, & absolutely giue, graunt, bargaine sell, assigne, & sett ouer unto ye sd Richard Keene all our & eyther of our right my tytle, interest, claime, & demand whatsoeur, of, in, and to one Neck of Land commonly called ye Cabbin Creeke Necke: Lying & being in St Josephs mannor ouer agst Poynt Patience on ye South side of Patuxt Riuer; Sur ueyed & layd out for fowrescore Acres more or lesse To haue & to hould ye sd neck of Land all ye Timber, Trees, & all other appur tenances whatsoeuer theneunto belonging. With all our and eyther of Our rights, tytle & interest thereunto unto ye sd Richard Keene his heyres or Assignes for euer. With Warranty agst us the sd George Beckwth & ffrancis Beckwith & our heynes, & all persons Clayming, or yt shall or may claime any right, tytle, interest, by from or under us, or eyther of us, or any other way whatsoeuer. In witt nes whereof wee haue hereunto sett our hands & Seales this 27th day of Aprill 1658.


      The words (for a ualuable Considera÷n to us in hand payd)
      were interlyned wth ye mutuall consent of ye abouenamed George
      & ffrancis BeckwitSigned Sealed & deliuered inGeo: Beckwith
      the presence of us The marke of
      Thomas Turner.ffrancis X Beckwith.
      Philip Hide Sea X le.
      Empror Smith Sea X le.
      James Barhem.

      George & ffrancis Beckwith declared this to bee their deed in open
      Court, & acknowledged a fine & Recouery Touching this Land.
      Willm Bretton.
      To all to whom these presents shall come, Wee George Beckwith
      of ye Prouince of Maryland Plantr & ffrancis his Wife, ye late
      daughter of Nicholas Haruey of ye sayd Prouince send Greeting.
      Know yee yt Wee ye sd George Beckwith & ffrancis Beckwith, for
      a ualuable Considera÷n to us in hand payd haue gyuen, graunted,
      bargayned, sould assigned, & sett ouer: & by these prnts doe for us,& eythen of us, our, & eyther of Our heyres, fully, freely & absolutelygiue, graunt, bargayne sell assigne & sett ouer, unto IshmaŰl Wright, William Stockden, and Guy White, of ye afonesd Prouince Planters all, our, & eyther of our right, tytle, interest, claime & demand. whatsocuen, of, in, & to One Parcell of Land, be . . . Sunueyed & Layd out for one hundred & Eighty Acres of Land more, or lesse. p. 339 together wth ye howse, & all other howses Edifices, buildings, Trees, Timber, & all other Rights members appurtenances whatsoeur thereunto belonging. Which sd Planta÷n is scituate lying & being betweene. ye PlantaŃn of Abdolo Martin & Richard Keene, on ye South side of Patuxt Riuer, in St Josephs mannor, ouer agst Poynt Patience, Commonly called & Knowne by ye name of St Josephs Poynt.
      To haue & to hold unto ye sd IshmaÚl Wright, Willm Stockden, &
      Gwy Whyte their heyres, & assignes for euer, ye sd Planta÷n, & all
      our, & eyther of our right, tytle & interest thereunto. With warranty
      agst us ye sd George & ffrancis Beckwith, our, and eyther of our
      heyres, & all persons clayming, or yt shall or may claime, any right
      tytle, on interest, by, from, on under us, or eyther of us, or any other
      persons whatsoeuer, any wayes clayming right thereunto. In wittnes whereof Wee haue hereunto sett Our hands and Seales this 7th of Decembr An÷ Dm 1658.
      The words (for a ualuable Considera÷n to us in hand payd
      were written before signing & DeliuerSigned, Sealed & Deliuered George Beckwith
      in ye presence of Se ale.
      James Barham The marke of
      Henry Heylin. ffrancis Beckwith
      Se ale.

      George Beckwith 4.175 A CA #169374 #172295 Jul 13 1677
      Mentions: Alexander Younger, orphans (unnamed).
      Payments to: Dr. James Conners, Mr. Henry Stocket, Mr. Thomas Sprigg, Mr. Thomas Travers for Mr. John Halle, Thomas Bowdell (administrator of John Martin), Jervase Ballard, John Griggs whose reliqt Mary married Richard Keene, Mr. George Parker, Michaell Rochford, Mary (daughter) who married John Miles -and Evan Davies, Elisabeth (daughter), Margareth (daughter), Edward Compton (servant), Thomas Howton, Joseph Horsely, William Murrough, William Stacey, Jonathon Hopkins alias Hopkinson, Richard Foster, Henry Nelson, John Gold, Simon Stacey, Richard Hill, Joseph Tilley, Thomas Bland, John Brookes, William Russell, Edward Dossey, Hannah Potts, Dr. John Pierce, Capt. John Body, Mr. John Helles, Richard White, Edward Perm, Zechariah Smith, William Zanchy, Capt. Jonathon Sebrey, Col. Vincent Lowe, Andrew Insly, John Low, Francis Fenwick alias Redley, George Hawes, Stephen Luffe, John Browne, Richard Smith, Thomas Cosden, Thomas Gaunt, John Gittings, Capt. Leonard Webber.
      Administrator: Thomas Bankes.
      List of Debts for Charles de la Roche

      In the Inventories & Accounts is a list of the debts due to the estate of Charles de la Roche. The inventory was filed in St. Mary's County. The list is dated January 1675. This list can be found in Libor 1, Folios 518-533.
      Richard Keene
      John Garnish 6.658 A SM #73498 #78774 Mar 1 1679
      Payments to: Robert Ridgely, Richard Smith at suit of Samuell Allen, Thomas Shore, Nehemiah Blackstone, Samuell Dobson, Thomas Mathews, Charles Hutchins, Mr. chesledyn, John Burdet, George Mason, Katherine widow of deceased, Arthur Hart.
      List of debts (runaway): Simon Perdy, Theophilus Twiford, Thomas Smith, William Pitts, William Cox, William Petterson.
      List of debts (can't be found): Mr. Barcker (merchant), Nicholas Gwither, Mr. Wright (merchant), Lewis Griffin, Benjamin George, Thomas Penroy, Martin Phillips, John Vaughan, William Kenie, William Millet, George Knight.
      List of debts (insolvent): Mr. Francis Surton, Mr. Williams, Mr. Thomas Bennet, William Crane.
      List of debts: John Martindale, Henry Hardy, John Watson, Daniell Clocker, William Greengo, Richard Loyd, Capt. Thomas Walker, John Anderson, William Rosewell, Thomas Butler, John Barnes, William Stephens, Col. Steevens, Jacob Peeterson, Miles Gray, Randall Revell, Thomas Keyton, Stephen Cannon, William Alford, Thomas Mathews, John Edmondson, Robert Graham, Henry Exon, John Lewellin, Richard Keene, Col. William Calvert, John Richardson, James Rumsey, John Dolton, Humphry Jones, John Shanks, Joshua Guibert, John Hamilton, Abraham Reade, Robert Carvile, John Addison, Samuell Dobson.
      Administrator: Henry Exon.
      Calvert County Circuit Court Land Surveys and Condominium Plats

      Worbleston, 300 Acres; Patent
      Developer/Owner: Keene, Richard and Mary, his wife 1659 Patent Record 4, p. 538 0 0 MSA S 1583-1711

      Warblestone shown with Swinsons Adventure, Jerusalem 1795 Resurvey Plats 2, 68 0 0 MSA S 1554-79

Research Links  Find Richard Keene at the following sites -

Ancestry records for Richard Keene