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

Benedict Smith

Male - Aft 1797


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  • Name Benedict Smith 
    Born Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft Nov 1797  Nelson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I104917  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2019 

    Father John Smith,   b. Abt 1750, Jordan, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1787, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Blanford,   b. Abt 1754, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1819, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1770  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 404. John Smith's Will.
      I, John Smith of CC, am in perfect health and sound & disposing mind and memory, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make this, my will. I leave a tract of land to be sold for cash, and this money to be applied to discharging my debts. This land is part of a tract called the Adison to Jenkins parchance, beginning at Thomas Blanford's line that divides him from his mother-in- law, with a straight line across the soomp [swamp?] and all that land abowes(?) is to be sold that is in my lines.
      To my son Electues Smith - one fourth part of all the land that I now possess or have any title to, to be laid off at the upper end where Nathaniel Hagan lives; and a horse not over 4 years old, and a man's saddle worth 3 currency.
      To my son Bennedick Smith - one fourth part of all the lands I possess or have any right to, to be laid off at the lower end where Baizal Richardson lives; and a horse not over 4 years old, and a man's saddle worth 3 currency.
      To my sons, Edward Lowe Smith & Lavine Smith - the rest my lands, to be equally divided between them. Also, to each of them, a horse not over 4 years old, and a man's saddle worth 3 currency.
      To my daughter Mary Eleanor Smith - 1 Negro boy named George, 1 horse not over 4 years old, a woman's saddle and bridle, 6 currency, 1 good feather bed and furniture, 1 cow and calf, 6 hogs, 1 folding table, 3 feet, and 1 desk, 3 feet.
      To my daughter Anny Smith - a Negro girl named Sarah, 1 horse not over 4 years old, a woman's saddle and bridle, 6 currency, 1 good feather bed and furniture, 1 cow and calf, 6 hogs, 1 folding table, 3 feet, and 1 desk, 3 feet.
      To my wife Eleazeabath Smith - Negro Frank, Negro Will, Negro Rose, Negro Bassel, during her natural life.
      To my youngest daughter Elizabeth Smith - Negro Frank, Negro Rose, Negro Bassel, and everything due that I have willed to my wife, to be given her at my wife's death. I want my wife and daughters before mentioned, to have free privilege to my house and plantation where I now live, as long as they remain single. My sons are to receive their legacies on turning 21, and to my daughters Mary Elendar Smith and Anny Smith, at age 15, or at the day of marriage, whichever may first happen, and upon the death of a son without lawful issue, his part to be equally divided between the surviving brothers.
      It is my will that my sister Sarah Smith shall have the privilege of my house, with accommodations found her by my wife and sons, such as heretofore during her single life or so long as she may choose to live with them single. Mr. Thomas C Reeves and Mr. Jeremiah Dyer are to divide my land between my 4 sons afd.
      executrix: my wife.
      Signed Dec [blank day and year] - John Smith.
      Wit - Joshua Mudd, Jeremiah Dyer, Benjamin Blanford (Blandford).
      Probated on Aug 13, 1787 by the executrix and by the oaths of witnesses Mudd & Dyer. "The testator did execute this will sometime since the year 1784".
      I certify that Electius Smith, the heir at law & a minor, was present when the above probate was taken. Signed - John Muschett, Regr of Wills.
      On Aug 13 1787, Letters Testamentary on the estate of John Smith, Crpf, were granted to the executrix; her securities were Walter Smith & Basil Smith. Appraisers: John Gardiner, Benjamin Cawood.
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      Charles County Land Records 1796-1799; Liber IB-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 224. Deed: at the request of Jeremiah Dyer, the following deed was recorded August 29th 1797.
      Indenture made April 12, 1797; Benedict Smith of Prince George's County, Maryland in consideration of 192 pounds current money paid by Jeremiah Dyer, doth sell all that fourth part of the land devised him by the last will and testament of John Smith his father, bounded by "Addition to Jenkins Poor Chance" and containing 96 acres. Signed Benedict Smith in the presence of Joseph N. Bayne, Francis C. Dyer, Prince George's County JP's
      April 12, 1797; Mary Ann Smith, the wife of Benedict Smith releases her right of dower.
      Certified by John Read Magruder Jr., Clk of Prince George's County Court (11-1/2)
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      Charles County Land Records 1796-1799; Liber IB-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 224. Divison of Estate: at the request of Electius Smith, Benedict Smith, Edward Lowe Smith and Leven Smith, the following division and plot was recorded August 29th 1797.
      We the subscribers were appointed by the last will and testament of John Smith to divide his lands to his four sons Electius Smith, Benedict Smith, Edward Lowe Smith and Leven {Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 404}. In virtue thereof we have caused said lands to wit; "Jenkins Poor Chance", and "Addition to Jenkins Poor Chance" to be carefully surveyed and a plot made to which we have annexed this, each of the four parts containing 96 acres. Signed Thomas Courtney Reeves, Jeremiah Dyer
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      Charles County Land Records 1796-1799; Liber IB-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 257. Deed: at the request of Jeremiah Dyer, the following deed was recorded November 4th 1797.
      Indenture made November 4, 1797; Benedict Smith of Nelson County, Kentucky by the last will and testament of John Smith his father was devised 1/4th part of all his land to be laid off at the lower end of the land where Ceasar Richards [the will of John Smith states Basil Richardson] at that time lived, and said division and plat was made.
      Now this Indenture further witnesseth that Benedict Smith in consideration of 192 pounds current money paid by Jeremiah Dyer has devised all that part of the land devised by the will of his father and being part of "Addition to Jenkins Poor Chance" containing 96 acres. Signed Benedict Smith, in the presence of Daniel Jenifer, John Thomas (8.92)
      {Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 404. John Smith's Will.}

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