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

Richard Brightwell

Male 1651 - 1698  (47 years)


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  • Name Richard Brightwell 
    Birth 1651  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 29 Aug 1698  Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10981  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

    Family Katherine {StepDau} Lashley,   b. Abt 1653, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1698, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Marriage 1687  Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Brightwell,   b. 1687   d. 29 Mar 1775, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 88 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Peter Brightwell,   b. 1688, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 23 Dec 1747, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 59 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Elizabeth Brightwell,   b. 1693, Calvert County, Maryland - now Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     4. John Brightwell,   b. 1694, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Nov 1774, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F7618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

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  • Notes 
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      Brightwell, Richard, Prince George's County, 21st Aug., 1698: 29th Aug., 1698.
      To Eliza: Burres, dau. of Jno. Burres, 1/12 of "Blackwell" and "Mattawoman. "
      to: 5 child. (unnamed), residue of estate, real and personal. In event of death of 2 daus. (unnamed) , their estate to pass to their 3 brothers (unnamed) and their hrs.
      Thos. Greenfield and Wm. Watson, exs., to hold estate in trust until majority of eld. son Richard.
      Test: Wm. Mills, Eliza: Mills, Geo. Mayler. MCW 6. 182,
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      Richard Brightwell 19-1/2B.1 I Page £52.0.5 Sep 5 1699
      (gentleman
      Appraisers; David Small, Edward Willett,
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      Robert Kemp 14.139 A CA £13.10.0 #4192 Jun 2 1697
      Payments to: Edward Batson, Thomas Taney, Richard Keene, Mr. John Dent, Michael Mouring paid to Samuell Watkins.
      Executor: Capt. Richard Brightwell
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber S, Page 404
      l l Nov 1694; Indenture from John Smith of Calvert County, planter, and Elizabeth his wife, to Jervis Windsor, planter; for 4,800# tobacco; a parcel called Smith's Chance on the south side of Mattawoman Runn; bounded by Richard Brightwell; located in Manor of Zachia; containing 144 acres; /s/ John Smith, Elizabeth Smith; wit. Sam. Peter, Edw. Potter
      ===
      1696-1702 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber A, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; Petition and Deed of Gift, 10 June 1693
      Between: Capt. RICHARD BRIGHTWELL and Vestry of St. Paul.
      Price: (none)
      Petition: At a meeting held at Mount Calvert by the Vestry of St. Paul, 3 June 1693, it was decided that as the lower part of the Parish was too remote from the church, the minister would attend every third Sabbath at the home of Capt. BRIGHTWELL, beginning 11 June 1693. As the land near BRIGHTWELL'S plantation was most fit for a chapel, the Vestry requested that BRIGHTWELL grant land and timber for that purpose. Confirmation was to take place at St. Pauls Church in Charlestowne the first Saturday of July [1693].
      Deed of Gift: 1 July 1693, Capt. RICHARD BRIGHTWELL granted 2 or 3 acres of land and timber for a chapel. Signature: THO. GREENFIELD, for the Vestry
      Wit.: THO. GREENFIELD, THO. HOLLYDAY, RICH. CHARLETT Ackn'd: (none)
      Recorded: 29 September 1697, Vol. A, Page 63A
      ===
      1710-1717 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber F, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; Folio 402; Indenture, 23 Mar 1713
      From: Richard Brightwell and Peter Brightwell, planters of Prince George's County
      To: Thomas Gant, merchant of Prince George's County
      For 5,600 pounds of tobacco a tract of land in Prince George's County called Blackwell Beginning; bounded by Mattawoman Run; containing 160 acres
      Signed: Richard Brightwell (mark & seal), Peter Brightwell (mark & seal)
      Witnessed: James Stoddert, Will Tannehill
      Memo: Richard and Peter Brightwell acknowledged deed before above witnesses
      ===
      1710-1717 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber F, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; Folio 404; Indenture, 23 Mar 1713
      From: Elizabeth Burroughs of Charles County, spinster
      To: Richard Brightwell
      Richard Brigbtwell, Gent. late of Prince George's County by will dated 21 Aug 1698 gave Elizabeth one moiety of the land called Blackwell of 160 acres granted Brightwell by Charles, Lord Baltimore; for 1,500 pounds of tobacco Elizabeth sells her half part of that land
      === Brightwells hunting Quarter mentioned
      This Indenture made this Seventeenth Day of Aprill in the
      Year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven hundred and twenty three
      Between William Maria Farthing of St Marys County in the province
      of Maryland Innholder of the one part and John Bradford
      of Prince Georges County in the Province abovesaid Gent of the
      other part Wittnesseth That Whereas formerly a certain Joseph
      Edloe assigned to his son Edward Edloe a certain warrant which
      he had taken out for three hundred Acres of Land which was
      located as is hereafter expressed (Viz.t) Lying Scituate and being
      in Prince Georges County then called Charles County Beginning at
      a Bounded white oak by the River it being the first Bounded
      Tree of Capt.n Brightwells land called Brightwells hunting Quarters
      and Running thence east north east Two hundred perches
      then North North West Two hundred and Forty perches Then West
      South West Two hundred perches to Potomack River so with a Streight
      Line to the first Tree containing and then laid out for three hundred
      acres to be held of the Mannor of Zachiah and called Edloes Adventure
      as by the certificate thereof Recorded in his Lordships land
      office for this Province In Lib.o C N.o 3 fol 597 and the patent
      thereon grounded and the said Edward Edloe granted may appear
      which said Tract of Land after the Death of the said Edward Edloe intestate and without any heirs of his body became the Right of a certain John Noble the Son of the eldest sister of the said Edward as heir at law to the said Edward which said John Noble afterwards Dying Intestate and without heirs of his body the said Land became the Right of a certain
      ===
      1726-1730 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber M, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; Page 257
      Enrolled at request of John Bradford 10 Feb 1727:
      Indenture, 12 Jun 1727; Between William Maria Farthing of St. Mary's County, innholder, and John Bradford, s/o John Bradford, dec'd, Gent.; for £30; a parcel of land about 20 miles higher than the falls of the Potomac, bordering the Potomac, called Sugar Sands; bounded by Brightwells Hunting Quarter; parcel originally granted Edward Edloe of St. Mary's Co. called Edloe's Adventure containing 300 acres; devised to John Noble, of St. Mary's Co.; then to John's sister Mary Noble who died without issue and intestate; then to William Spinke of St. Mary's County, planter, being 1st cousin and heir by the father's side; from him, with consent of his wife, to Farthing; /s/ Wm. Maria Farthing; wit. John Baker, Jr., Wm. Cavenaugh; 17 Jun 1727 ack. by Wm. Maria Farthing and Anne his wife; wit. Robert Hutchins, Thomas Tolley; Thomas Aisquith and John Leigh certified as Justices of St. Mary's Co-

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      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];

      THIS INDENTURE made the Sixteenth and Seventeenth day of Febry 1690 Betweene JOHN MATTHEWS of Stafford County Planter of one part & Capa. GERRARD SLY of LONDON Merchant Wittnesseth that said JOHN MATTHEWS for ye sume of Seaventeene thousand poundes of good Tobacco & Caske to him paid by GEORGE BRENT of WOODSTOCKE in ye County aforesaid Genll. Atturney and Agent for ye said GERRARD SLY for & in behalfe of the said GERRARD SLY him ye said JOHN MATTHEWS hath granted unto said GERRARD SLY his Exors & Assignes all that land in Stafford County & upon GREAT HUNTING CREEKE in the freshes of the POTOMACK RIVER (torrn) ,. beinge part of a tract of two thousand . , , Surveyed by Mr. SAMLL ... 1672 which said Six hundred acres now in _ .. bounded as followeth (Viz) Easterly upon GREAT HUNTINGE CREEKE Northerly upon ye lande of Capa. GEORGE BRENT, now in ye tenure of ROBERT WILLIAMS Westerly by ye remaininge part of this Divident of Two thousand six hundred sixty and six acres of land and Southerly upon ye land of RICA. BRIGHTWELL formerly by him purchased of EVAN JONES together wth all houses & edifices & all whatsoever all waters and appurtenances whatsoever to ye said Six hundred acres ye granted premises by venue of a bargaine and sale thereof made beareinge date ye day before & by venue of ye Statute for Transferringe uses into possession To Have and To Hold the said Six hundred acres of land to GERRARD SLY, In Wittness whereof ye parties have sett their handes & seales
      In presence of SAMP. DORRELL, JOHN MATTHEWS WM. DIGGES
      This above sale of lande was acknowledged in the County Court of Stafford by SAMP, DORRELL Atturney of ye said JOHN MATTHEWS who alsoe made oath that he did see the said MATTHEWS signs ye same unto Capa. GEORGE BRENT Atturney of Capt. GERRARD SLY on ye 14th day of March 1690/1 and was then recorded
      ===
      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      Page 218a MARYLANDE CALVERT COUNTY. KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I KATHERINE BRIGHTWELL Wife of RICHARD BRIGHTWELL of ye County aforesaid for divers good consideracon especially consideringe ye great distance of place between here & Virginia to travell have appointed my Trusty and well beloved Friend THOMAS LANDE my full & lawfull Attorney for me to acknowledge all my right in five hundred acres of lande in Virginia wch my husband RICHARD BRIGHTWELL hath sold unto JOHN GREENE of ST. MARYS COUNTY of ye PROVINCE aforesaid Planter and I doe confirms all my said Attorney shall doe. in Witness I have sett my hand & Seale this 9th day of November 1691
      In presence of THOMAS GREENFIELD, KATHERINE BRIGHTWELL_ JAMES JEWENS
      Recorded ye 13th day of November 1691

      THIS INDENTURE made this thirteenth day of November 1691 Betweene RICHARD BRIGHTWELL of CALVERT COUNTY in the PROVINCE of MARYLANDE and KATHERINE his Wife of the one part and JOHN GREENE of ye said PROVINCE OF MARYLANDE & Countie of ST. MARYS of other part Wittnesseth that said RICHARD BRIGHTWELL & KATHERINE his Wife for ye summe of Eighty thousand poundes of good sounde & merchandable Tobacco & casque to them paid have sold ye said JOHN GREENE his heires a parcell of lands containinge Five hundred acres beinge in ye County of Stafford beinge part of a greater dividend bounded thus, to begin att a marked Gumme and thence to run out into ye Woods accordinge to ye Course & distances mentioned in a conveyance dated ye 10th day of March 1680/1 granted JOHN MATTHEWS the first taker up of ye said land to one EVAN JONES who married one of ye Daughters of ye said JOHN MATTHEW'S & by ye said EVAN JONES sold to ye said RICHARD BRIGHTWELL as by conveyance dated ye ninth day of Marcb 1680/1 To Have and To Hold ye said land to him ye said JOHN GREENE in as full and ample manner as was before sold by said EVAN JONES to RICHARD BRIGHTWELL In Wittness whereof ye parties hath sett their handes Seales
      In presence of THEODORICK BLAND , RICHD. BRIGHTWELL JOHN WAUGH
      This above sale of lande was acknowledged in the County Court of Stafford by RICHARD BRIGHTWELL & THOMAS LANDE Attorney of ye said KATHERINE BRIGHTWELL unto the aforesaid JOHN GREENE on the 13th day of November 1691 and was then recorded.
      ===
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page. 325-327
      To all Christian People .. Knot ye that I JOHN GREEN of Maryland & of
      St. Marys County for divers good causes .. and for sum 10,000 pounds of good Tobo to me in hand paid or secured to be paid by THOMAS SIMMONS of Westmoreland County .. have sold 500 acres of land being part of a pattent of 1567 acres of land taken up by JOHN MATHEWS & granted to him by pattent bearing date 1669 & the 500 acres given by John Mathews to EVAN JONES by deed of gift bearing date 1681 & coveyed to RICHD. BRITWELL by deed bearing date 1681 & conveyed by Richard Britwell to JOHN GREEN by deed bearing date 1691 the 500 acres of land to begin at a marked gum and thence to run out in the woods according to the courses of the said pattent for breadth and length which 500 acres of land John Green doth warrant .. 19th day April 1706.
      Presence Thos. Riley,
      Jon. x Street, John x Green
      Sarah x Wes Jno. West
      At a Court held 12th June 1706 This deed of sale acknowledged by John Green in person & MATHEW THOMPSON Attorney for EL1ZA. GREEN unto Thomas Simons ordered to be recorded & is recorded.
      Know all men .. I Eliza. Green wife of John Green of St. Marys County in Province of Maryland do appoint MATHEW DINIS (sic) of Stafford County my lawful attorney acknowledging a parcel of land containing 500 acres lying upon Great Hunting Creek in Stafford County Virga. on my behalf .. 8th day June 1706.
      Presence Francis Graham,
      Eliza. x Green
      William Hulls
      Die Junii 12th 1706 Recordatur.
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      1680 Stafford County, Virginia Order Book [Antient Press];
      p. 23(42) The Depo: of RICHARD BRIGHTWELL aged 29 yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined saith that about three weeks agoe being a drinking att Mr. EDWARD MASONs, yor: Deponent did heare' EVAN JONES say unto WILLM: DOWNING hee would avouch that Mare unto him, that JAMES SCOFIELD and hee ye said JONES brought upp ye Hill before them att ye ROCKS and that itt was ye Mare that bee ye said JONES had sould him.. and further saith not
      RICHD: BRIGHTWELL
      Jar; et Recordatr: 11 Novbr: 1680

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      Name: mac billigins
      Email: macbilligins@yahoo.ca
      Note:
      Vol 15 p56 Maryland State Archives - Richard Brightwell becomes a ranger in 1675

      Att a Council held att Mattapenny Sewall the third day of
      Novembr in the 44th yeare of the Dominion of Cecilius &c.
      Annoq Dmi 1675

      Present
      Charles Calvert Esqr Chiefe Governor &c
      The Honble J Philipp Calvert Esqr Chancellor
      Wm Calvert Esqr Princll Secretary
      Jesse Wharton Esqr

      Ordered that Proclamacon be forthwith made by the sever-
      all Sheriffes of each respective County That all persons that
      have been att any Charge & Expences for Provision Amuni-
      tion or otherwise about the late Expedicon agt the Susquahanough Indians come to the next Provinc'' Court or deliver
      their severall Accompts thereof to the respective Sheriffes of
      each County who are to have the same ready to deliver to the
      Governor & Council att the next Provinciall Court And that
      Richard Robinson Comandr of the good Shipp the John of
      Hull have notice given him by the High Sheriffe of Charles
      County that he be & appeare att the next Provinciall Court to
      deliver in his Acct to the Governor & Council of his Expence
      & Charges about the said Expedicon.

      Then Ordered that there be a party of Thirty men raised,
      fifteene out of St Maryes County & fifteene out of Charles
      County, to march under the Comand of Capt John Douglas,
      & Capt Gerard Sly, to Range the woods about Pascattoway
      & the Susquahanough ffort, to take upp all such horses as
      they shall finde that were lost by the Souldiers in the late
      Expedicon agt the Susquahanough Indians, whereof Jon
      Burrows, Joseph Horton, Vincent Mansfield, Richard Brightwell, Mannah Hawton the Indian & James Smallwood are to be part.
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      Name: mac billigins
      Email: macbilligins@yahoo.ca
      A reference to Richard Brightwell from Maryland State Archives. The original hand written documents are available as .pdf files.

      Assembly Proceedings, May — June 1676. Liber W H & L
      An Act for payment & Assessing the Publick Charges
      of this Province
      Whereas there hath been two hundred Nynty Three thou-
      sand three hundred & two pounds of Tobacco Expended laid
      out and disburst by the upper & Lower houses of this present
      Generall Assembly & by severall other the good people of. this
      Prouince for the Publick good of the same And to the Intent
      that the same may be satisfyed and paid to those persons to
      whome the same is due Bee itt therefore Enacted by the Right
      Honble the Lord Proprietary by and with the aduice and Con-
      sent of the upper & lower houses of this present Generall As-
      sembly & the Authority of the same That the said two hun-
      dred Nynty Three thousand three hundred & three pounds of
      Tobacco be paid in manner & forme as is hereafter Expressed
      (that is to say)

      "Richard is one of the listed"
      Richard Brightwell 00600
      ===
      Contributed by mac billigins

      Note: been organizing references to Richard Brightwell (1651-1698) found in the Maryland State Archives web site.

      The page numbers are the transcribed text and the m31..... are the hand written original documents.
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      Volume 2 Assembly Proceedings May-June 1676
      -551, -552, -553, -554 (transcript)
      m3176-0315, m3176-0316, m3176-0317, m3176-0318, m3176-0319 (images)
      m11779-0146, m11779-0147, m11779-0148, m11779-0149, m11779-0150 (images)
      ---
      Volume 8 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland
      -89, -90 1687/8-89 Liber B, P.R.O.
      -117 in the years 1689-90 P.R.O. Colonial Papers
      -378, -379 m3154-0068 1692-94
      -398 m3154-0094 1692-94
      -445 m3154-0144 1692-94
      -461 m3154-0155 1692-94
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      Volume 13 Assembly Proceedings
      -259 m3184-0621 May 10-June 9, 1692
      -283 m3184-0640 May 10-June 9, 1692
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      Volume 15 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1671-1675
      -56 m3153-0506, m3153-0507
      ---
      Volume 17 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1681-1685/6
      -408, -409 m3153-0916, m3153-0917
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      Volume 19 Assembly Proceedings
      -67 m3184-0783, m3184-0784 Sept. 20-Oct. 18, 1694
      -227 m3184-0853, m3184-0854 Oct. 3-19, 1695
      -266 m3191-1138 Oct. 3-19, 1695
      -523 m3184-0949 May 26-June 11, 1697
      -531 m3184-0954 May 26-June 11, 1697
      -569 m3191-1238 May 26-June 11, 1697
      -575 m3191-1243 May 26-June 11, 1697
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      Volume 20 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland
      -21 m3154-0407 1693-94
      -22 m3154-0408 1693-94
      -28 m3154-0415, m3154-0416 1693-94
      -74 m3154-0488 1694
      -108 m3154-0538, m3154-0539 1694-1697
      -207, -208 m3154-0634, m3154-0636 1694-1697
      -379 m3154-0789 1694-1697
      -396 m3154-0801 1694-1697
      -423 m3154-0840 1694-1697
      -452, -453 m3154-0868 1694-1697
      -487 m3154-0894 1694-1697
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      Volume 22 Assembly Proceedings
      -63 m3184-1006, m3184-1007 Mar. 8-1697/8-Apr. 4, 1698
      -113 m3191-1291 Mar. 10-1697/8-Apr. 4, 1698
      -165 m3184-1019 Oct. 20-Nov. 12, 1698
      -168 m3184-1021, m3184-1022 Oct. 20-Nov. 12, 1698
      -223 m3191-1335, m3191-1336 Oct. 20-Nov. 12, 1698
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      Volume 23 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1696/7-98
      -75 m3154-1206
      -77 m3154-1205
      -91, -92 m3154-1214
      -111 m3154-1002
      -175, -176, -177 m3154-1236, m3154-1237, m3154-1238
      -183 m3154-1277
      -185 m3154-1279
      -214 m3154-1291
      -216 m3154-1293
      -224 m3154-1059
      -260 m3154-1086
      -261 m3154-1087
      -284 m3154-1301
      -325, -326 m3154-1338
      -404 m3155-0033, m3155-0034
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      Volume 38 Assembly Proceedings, 1694-1728
      -33, -34 Public Record Office, London, C.O. 5, Vol. 731, Maryland. From 1694-1702. Acts
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      Volume 67 Provincial Court Proceedings 1677/8
      -212 Edward Ball agt Richard Brightwell
      -233, -234 Feb 25 1677 Edward Ball agt Richard Brightwell, Liber NN
      -278 Ball agt Brightwell, Liber NN Page 522
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      Volume 202 Court Records of Prince George's County, Maryland 1696-1699
      Brightwell, ---, 422
      Brightwell, Richard, 21, 57, 263 354
      Brightwell, Richard, admrs. of (Colliar v.) [1], 488, 499, 536-37
      Brightwell, Richard, (Beall v.), 56, 108, 155
      Brightwell, Richard, (Colliar v.), [1], 110, 156
      Brightwell, Richard, (Colliar v.), [2], 110, 156
      Brightwell, Richard, (Deakins v.), 17, 25, 50, 96-97, 109
      Brightwell, Richard, (Green v.), 16-17, 37, 49, 107, 111, 155
      Brightwell, Richard v. Clarkson, William, 20, 37
      Brightwell, Richard v. Durham, Francis, 18, 25, 50, 58, 80-81, 84
      Brightwell, Richard v. Letchworth, Joseph, 20, 36
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      Volume 680 Index to Maryland Provincial and General Court Deeds, 1658-1790
      -165 (Index) mentions Capt Brightwell and Brightwell's Hunting Quarter on page 498 of Lib PL 5
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      Volume 717 Provincial Court Land Records, 1676*1700
      pages 643, 644

      Griffin Pond makes a request for his share of the Estate of the late Mistress Mary Trueman, being held by Richard Southerne and Richard Brightwell.

      Dated 17 April 1688
      Recorded 30 May 1693
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      ===
      Contributed by mac billigins 2009-07-25

      Chancery Court (Chancery Record) 1671-1712 am748

      am748 page 339 Ninian Beal & Richd Brightwell agt Henry Hardey
      ordered yt attachmt issue agt ye deft for want of answr

      am748 page 353 Ninian Beal & Richd Brightwell agt Henry Hardey
      Bill attachmt to issue for want of anwr

      am748 page 357 Ninian Beal & Richd Brightwell agt Henry Hardey
      ordered likewise to be dismiss't with reasonable cost to ye deft
      see ye decree for Hardey page 361

      am748 pages 361-363 Decree for Henry Hardey agt Beal & Brightwell
      At a Court of Chancery held at Annapolis y.e 25 day of May 1697 before y.e Hon.ble Coll Hen Jowles Chancell.r & Kenelm Chiseldyne & Edw.d Dorsey Esqrs Justices between Ninian Beal & Richd Brightwell Complts & Henr Hardey Deft

      This Cause coming this day to be argued upon y.e Complts
      bill & y.e Defts plea & Dem.r put in thereto y.e Complts by
      their bill setting forth y.t y.e s.d Richard Brightwell in May
      1692 being possesst of an Indian Manservant called Toby
      having Eight years to serve y.e s.d Richard y.e same servant
      agreed to sell to y.e s.d Beal for a valuable Consideration
      but before y.e Agreement was perfected y.e s.d Indian ran away
      & as y.e plts were informed came to y.e Defts house & there was
      for some time kept & harboured by y.e Deft & by him or
      his procurement carried out of this province into Virginia
      Whereupon y.e plt Brightwell being as then y.e known Master
      of y.e s.d servant & obliged by y.e s.d Agreement to deliver y.e
      s.d servant to y.e s.d Beal brought his action at Law against
      y.e Deft for sd harbouring & conveying away y.e s.d Indian
      servant Wherein he declared for 20000.ℓ of tob damages in
      wch Issue being ioyned in a Jury who went out & whether
      through Ignorance partiallity or otherwise found for y.e Deft
      To wch verdict y.e s.d Brightwell appeared & Judgment was
      given against him whereby notwithstanding y.e palpable
      proofs y.t were then offered & y.e Confirmation of y.e same since
      y.e s.d Indian Man has been taken up y.e Complts were left
      remediless ag.t y.e Deft & was threatened to be taken in execution
      for y.e Costs & therefore they prayed y.e favourable Aid &
      Assistance of this Hon.ble Court & y.t process of subpena might
      thereout issue ag.t y.e s.d Deft to appear in this Court & answer
      y.e premisses The wch being granted & y.e s.d Deft therewith
      served he appeared accordingly & put in his plea & Dem.r to y.e s.d bill
      & to so much of y.e s.d bill as sought to be relieved against a verdict
      & Judgment obtained by y.e deft ag.t y.e s.d Brightwell upon an
      Action by him brought at law ag.t y.e Deft for y.e supposed harbouring
      & conveying away y.e s.d servant he saith y.t by a statute
      made in a parliament holden at Westminster y.e 4.th of
      Hen.r 4° it was ordained & enacted y.t after Judgm.t given to
      y.e Courts of our sov.r Lord y.e King as well in plea or
      as in plea personall y.e parties & their heirs should be
      thereof

      362)

      thereof in peace untill y.e Judgm.t should be undone by attarict or by
      Errour And y.e Def.t averred y.t before y.e plts s.d bill of Comp.lt exhibited
      y.e plt brought his s.d Action in y.e pvin.ll C.rt ag.t y.e deft &
      upon a Legall & fair tryall there obtained a verdict & had Judgm.t
      thereupon with Costs of suit & also afterwards by virtue of a
      scire facias issued out of y.e s.d Court ag.t y.e s.d Brightwell y.e same
      Judgm.t was affirmed as by y.e Records of y.e s.d Judgm.t provinc.ll Court may
      appear wch Judgm.t y.e deft did aver was obtained before y.e s.d bill
      exhibited & yet remained in full force not undone by attarict or
      writt of Err.r And therefore y.e deft pleaded y.e s.d statute & Judgm.t
      in bar of y.e s.d Complts bill Farther he said y.t y.e design of y.e s.d
      bill was for relief in Matters properly determinable at law & y.e
      Complts grounded their Comp.lts upon y.e suggestion therein y.t y.e
      Complainant Brightwell did comence his action at law ag.t y.e deft
      for harbouring & conveying away y.e s.d Indian serv.t wherein he
      declared for 20000.ℓ tob dmgs in wch action Issue being joyned
      upon y.e Countrey y.e Jury y.t went out upon y.e matter whether
      through Ignorance partiallity or otherwise found for y.e deft
      To wch verdict y.e then plt appeared & Judgm.t was given ag.t
      him whereby (notwithstanding y.e palpable proofs y.t were then offerd
      & y.e confirmation of y.e same since y.e s.d Indian Man had been
      taken up y.e plt Brightwell was left remidiless ag.t y.e deft
      unless relieved in this Hon.ble Court To all wch y.e deft did dem.r
      for y.t of y.e plts own shewing there is not any sufficient Matter
      in equity suggested in y.e s.d bill whereof this Court ought to
      take Cognizance & y.e s.d Matters were properly determinable at Comon
      law for y.t in case y.e allegations of y.e plts bill were true y.t y.e
      Jury went ag.t their evidence or found for y.e deft through
      Ignorance or partiallity y.e s.d Brightwell might have made
      his application to y.e s.d Court where y.e s.d action was brought
      for a new tryall or moved in arrest of Judgm.t or for such
      other directions or Rule therein as he should think fit y.e Court being
      y.e proper Judges thereof or might have brought his attarict Writt of
      Errour or Appeal as y.e law of this province directs & for y.t this Court
      wherefore & for many other apparent defects in y.e s.d bill this deft did
      demur in law & demanded Judgm.t if he should be compelled to make
      any other or farther Answer to y.e s.d bill This Court therefore upon
      reading y.e s.d bill plea & dem.r & well weighing y.e Matters in y.e
      same contained & hearing what could be alledged by y.e Councill &
      attorneys or either side doth think fit & so order & decree y.t y.e s.d
      plea & dem.r put in by y.e s.d deft be & is hereby allowed to stand
      good & valid in law & y.t y.e s.d Complts bill be from henceforth
      absolutely dismisst with 2298.ℓ tob costs to be paid by y.e plts
      to y.e said def.t accordingly
      (signed)
      Hen.ry Jowles Chanc
      Richard
      363)

      Richard Brightwell &
      Ninian Beal plts Costs for allowing a Dem.r & Dismission
      ag.t of y.e Complts bill
      Hen.r Hardey deft

      Defts Costs lbs tob
      To y.e Defts entering his appearance 40
      To Rule to answer 16
      To Copie of y.e bill 128
      To filing y.e plea & Dem.r 40
      To oath to plea 12
      To two Continuances 80
      To y.e secretary for order for y.e Decree at y.e hearing 16
      drawing y.e decree 7 sides 144
      To Recording it 144
      To Execution of y.t decree making out 144
      To y.e Chancell.r signing y.e decree 480
      To seal of writt of execution 162
      To y.e Regist.rs Fee by order of Court 5.s or 60
      To bill of Costs & Copie 32
      To attorneys Fee 800
      total 2298 lbs tob

      Recorded by John Freeman Regist.

      am748 page 386 Ninian Beal & Rich.d Brightwell ag.t Hen.r Hardey
      Philip Lynes Gentl this day made oath in open Court That he y.e s.d Philip did serve y.e Decree upon Ninian Beal one of y.e Compl.ts obtained by Hardey y.e Deft ag.t s.d Beal in May last in y.e Court of Chancery And y.t he y.e s.d Lynes demanded y.e Cost And y.t Beal refused to obey or Comply with y.e same And therefore y.e Court ordereth y.t Attachm.t for Contempt issue ag.st s.d Beal
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 316-107: SMITHS CHANCE: 144 acres; Possession of - 144 Acres - Windsor, Jarvis: Surveyed 5 May 1686 for John Smith on the South side Mattawoman:
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: BRIGHTWELLS HUNTING QUARTER; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = C {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Aug 29, 1695: Ref: Liber BB#3 f 253: Map Location: C-03
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: BRIGHTWELL'S LANDING - TAKEN AWAY BY SURVEY OF BROOKE COURT; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = V {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Feb 1, 1694 : Ref: Liber B#23 f 253: Map Location: Not Shown
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: BLACKWELL; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = V {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Sep 20, 1682: Ref: Liber 22 f 19 : Map Location: S-18
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: SPINUM LANDS; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = V {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Feb 5, 1694 : Ref: Liber B#23 f 269: Map Location: W-20
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: THATHAM; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = V {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Feb 8, 1694 : Ref: Liber B#23 f 280: Map Location: W-20
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: BRIGHTWELL'S RANGE; Owner: Brightwell, Richard: Orig County = V {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Sep 12, 1688: Ref: Liber 22 f 429 : Map Location: W-20

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