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

Absalom Tennison

Male Abt 1780 - 1830  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Absalom Tennison 
    Birth Abt 1780  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 28 Mar 1830  Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I104320  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Father St. Mary's Tennison 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F6907  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Farr,   b. Bef 1781, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 12 Nov 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 58 years) 
    Marriage Aft 1800  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Tennison,   b. Aft 1800, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Feb 1835, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age < 33 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Anne Tennison,   b. Aft 1800, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 39 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Mary Anne Tennison,   b. Aft 1800   d. Between 1835 and 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age < 33 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. Absalom Tennison,   b. Aft 1800, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 39 years)  [Father: natural]
     5. Maria Tennison,   b. Aft 1800, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 39 years)  [Father: natural]
     6. Henrietta Tennison,   b. Aft 1800, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1839, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 39 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F33350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book WDM-15, 1825-1833; {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 351.
      Absalom Tennison, Will, February 2, 1830; March 28, 1830
      I, Absalom Tennison of CC, being at present in a sickly state of health, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding;
      To daughter Maria Shercliff during her life, 1/3 part of two tracts of land lying adjacent each other in St. Mary's County called "Shercliff" containing 150 acres and the other a mill seat containing about 20 acres but by me of Joseph Howard.
      To three daughters of daughter Maria Shercliff, namely Elizabeth Shercliff, John Francis Shercliff and Clarissa Shercliff the profits of the other 2/3 of aforesaid land during their minority and then to them at age.
      To son Absalom Tennison, negro Louis now in his possession.
      To daughter Elizabeth Tennison, negro Mary.
      To daughter Ann Tennison, negro Louisa.
      To grandson, Edward Francis Tennison, negro George.
      To grandson, John Edmund Tennison, negro Thomas.
      To daughter Henrietta Knight, negro Jim.
      To wife Eleanor during her life, all the residue of my personal property and then to my children and grandchildren.
      Item: son Absalom to be guardian of my grandchildren Edward Francis Tennison and John Edmund Tennison.
      Executor: son Absalom Tennison
      Signed: February 2, 1830 Absalom Tennison
      Wit: George D. Parnham, Samuel J. Briscoe, Calistus Lancaster

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Tennison volume 4, page 109

      76. ABSOLAM TENNISON, and wife ELEANOR MORGAN of ST. MARY'S and CHARLES COUNTIES, MD.

      Introduction.

      I am taking the position that this #76. Absolam Tennison (wife Eleanor) is a different man than #2a(1) Absolam Tennison (wife Elizabeth), and that this #76. Absalom is the brother

      of #79. George Tennison of St. Mary's and Charles Counties, Md. This is a difficult matter to work with because, even if I am correct, both Absolams lived contemporaneously in

      St. Mary's Co. before #76 Absalom moved to Charles Co. This makes it hard to assign St. Mary's Co. records of the name Absolam Tennison between #76. Absolam and #2a(1) Absolam.

      Comment: My initial thought was that Absolam's wife is #lb(4) Eleanor Tennison Morgan, but that is apparently not the case. The Eleanor Morgan who Absolam m. in Jan. 1799
      was either:
      --Eleanor Farr, the widow of William Morgan, or
      --V. Eleanor Morgan, the dau. of William Morgan.
      William Morgan m. Eleanor Farr Jan. 16, 1797 in St. Mary's Co., Md. Sources: (1) Fresco, Margaret K., "Marriages and Deaths, St. Mary's County, Maryland, 1634-1900," p. 99, and
      (2) Schuhart, Wanda, "Morgan Family From William & Charity Morgan, ca. 1755 to 1900+," p. 2. William Morgan d. Aug. 1797 in St. Mary's Co., Md. Source: Fenwick, Charles E., Sr., "Proceedings of the Orphan's Court of St. Mary's County,
      Maryland, 1777-1801," p. 86. By a wife prior to Eleanor Farr, William Morgan had a dau. named V. Eleanor Morgan who may have been of marriageable age in 1799. Source: Schuhart, Wanda, "Morgan Family From William & Charity Morgan, ca.
      1755 to 1900+," Page 2 and 6. William Morgan was in the 1790 Census of St. Mary's Co., Md., as follows: 1-2-4-0-3. There is no William Morgan in the 1800 St. Mary's Co. Census.
      William Morgan is the brother of James Morgan who m. #lb(3) Susanna Tenison.

      ABSOLAM TENNISON OF ST. MARY'S CO., MD.

      1823 - Taxes due -- St. Mary's Co., Md., Stephen Milburn, Collector. 30 days notice -- or such part thereof to raise the sums due, the land will be sold. [1822, 1823, 1825]: ... Absolam Tennisson 1/3 "Shircliff's Swamp," 105 acres; "Mill Land," 10 acres, ....
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1827-1829," p. 395. (issue of May 21, 1829)
      Comment: This appears to be 3 separate lists (one each for 1822, 1823 and 1825) that are merged into one long list with Absolam being on the 1823 list.
      If one looks at "Chronicles of St. Mary's", Bound Volume 5, at p. 489, one finds:
      1826 - Absalom Tennison, Mill Land 10 acres, District/Hundred No. 4;
      1831 - Absalom Tennison Heirs, Mill Land 10 acres, District/Hundred No. 4.
      This shows that Absolam Tennison was deceased by 1831 which means that he is a different Absolam than the one who died testate in 1837 in St. Mary's Co.

      1824 - Commissioners of the tax for St. Mary's Co., ordered, that Richard H. Miles, adm. of Clement Mattingly, deceased, late Collector, cause advertisements, expressing the name of tracts of land, or lots, with name of persons chargeable for same; for 1824: ... Absalom Tennison, "Shircliff's Swamp," 103 acres, ....
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1827-1829," p. 86. (issue of July 10, 1827)
      ===
      Linda Reno Note: The following is incorrect. These were the children of George Mills and his wife, Elizabeth Tennison (daughter of Absalom Tennison, d. 1775 and his wife, Susanna).

      79. GEORGE TENNISON, and wife CATHERINE of St. Mary's and CHARLES COUNTIES, MD (page 113)

      June 1782 - The court appoints Elizabeth Mills guardian to Absolom Tennison, Mary, and George Tennison, orphans of George Mills, deceased. She the said Elizabeth being present accepts thereof. Arthur Thompson and Jesse Tennison securitys.
      Penalty 30 Pounds each. Bond taken.
      John Mills, orphan of George Mills, deceased, comes into court and makes choice of Elizabeth for his guardian who being present accepts of the same. Arthur Thompson and Jesse
      Tennison securitys. Penalty 200 Pounds current money. Bond taken.
      Source: Fenwick, Charles E., Sr., "Proceedings of the Orphan's Court of St. Mary's County, Maryland, 1777-1801," Page 83-4.
      Comment: This is the earlist record I am attributing to #79 George Tennison (and his brother #76 Absolam Tennison), and the record is really only placed here for that purpose.
      Understanding this record, and both what it says and what it means about the parentage of the three Tennison orphans is beyond my ability to explain. For a discussion of that subject, see Tennison, Vol. 3, Page 137-8.

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