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

Richard Alexander Contee

Male 1753 - 1818  (65 years)


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  • Name Richard Alexander Contee 
    Born 1753  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1818  Ranelagh, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I111025  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father John Contee,   b. 19 Feb 1723, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1796, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Snowden,   b. 1725, West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1793, Ranlagh, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1742  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Gassaway Rawlings,   b. 15 Aug 1768, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Jan 1794  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Contee,   b. 7 Nov 1794, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1839, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)  [natural]
     2. Margaret Snowden Contee,   b. 15 Aug 1797, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Richard Alexander Contee,   b. 7 Jul 1799, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F31475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Craufurd,   b. 1768, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1787, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1785  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Grace Contee,   b. Abt 1786, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1831, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)  [natural]
     2. Sarah Contee,   b. Abt 1787, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F11417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • not named in grandmothers 1779 will CONTEE, Mrs, Mary., died at Upper Marlborough, P. G. County, 11th March, wife of Richard Contee, and eldest daughter of David Crawfurd., Esq, aged 19 years, (March 22., 1787)
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      HEPBURN, JOHN, Prince George's Co. 6 March 1775; 20 Sept. 1775
      All my lands, lots and Improvements In "Upper Malbro" to be sold and money gotten to be part of personal estate.
      To grandson John Hepburn, lands In Anne Arundel County, "John and Mary's Chance," 535 acres, lands in Prince George's County near "Upper Malbro," "Weymouth," 517 acres,, part of "Collington," 110 acres, "Lumberland," 100 acres; If he dies without Issue to my son Samuel Chew Hepburn, also to grandson John Hepburn, 1/3 of personal estate to be sold and money put at interest; if he die before 21 years of age to my dau, Anne Leeke.
      To dau. Anne Leeke, tracts, "Maidens Doury," 600 acres, "Grey Eagles," 421 acres, 1/3 of personal estate.
      To son Samuel Chew Hepburn, ex., lands in Frederick County, "Hanover," 2216 acres, part of "Hermitage" and 1/3 part of personal estate and £200 and Negroes: Isaac, Will, Peg and her children.
      To Frank Leeke, Negroes, Frank, David and Lydia.
      Wit: David Crawford; John Smith Brookes; Richard Alexander Contee. 40.447
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      Prince George's County MD Will Book Liber T No. #1
      1790-1796;
      Folio 375 JOHN CONTEE 11/04/1771 01/01/1796
      "being at this time in perfect health .."
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Margaret Contee --wife
      -to have one third part of the estate real and personal
      2. Elizabeth (Contee ?) --daughter
      -to have 1/2 of tract of land lying in Charles County and Baltimore County and one fourth part or the personal estate
      3. Jane (Contee ?) --daughter
      -to have the other 1/2 of the land lying in Charles and Baltimore counties and one fourth part of the personal estate
      4. Richard Alexander Contee --son
      -to have the tract of land whereon testator now dwells called 'Ranebough" and also to have one fourth part of the personal estate
      -named executor of the will and instructed that testator desires that his "body may be buried in a private and decent manner agreeable to the Liturgy of the Church of England and in a short time after I desire that a funeral Sermon may be preached at the Church of Queen Anne Parish for which give the Rector thereof four Pistoles."
      5. Anne Contee --daughter
      -to have testator's tract of land lyin on Piscataway Creek called "Warburton Manor" and to have the one fourth part of the personal estate
      Witnesses: John Osbourn
      John Darcey
      William Osbourn
      Josias Jenkins (mark)
      Then came: John Darcey
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book HB-14, 1817-1825; {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 120.
      Jane Contee, Will (copy), January 5, 1820; June 3, 1820
      I, Jane Contee of the town and county of Alexandria in the District of Columbia;
      To my slaves; Monaca, Nell, Anney & William, daughters and son of the aforesaid Monaca, also Weston Hamilton and Philip Hamilton the sons of the aforesaid Nell, their full and absolute freedom.
      To John Contee and Richard Alexander Contee, the sons of my brother Richard Alexander Contee, 1 guinea each.
      To Matilda Margaret Snowden Sanders, Enoch Marguder and Richard Alexander Contee Magruder, the daughter and sons of my sister Ann Magruder, 1 guinea each.
      To sister Elizabeth Keith, my half tract of land in Charles County Maryland, and conveyed to us jointly by our father …. (faded illegible writing was inserted between the line, but seems to suggest that after her death to her children ) …John Contee Keith, Elizabeth Contee Keith, Margaret Snowden Keith, Jane Ann Contee Keith and Catharine Contee Keith, the son and daughters of my sister.
      To Elizabet Contee Keith, Margaret Snowden Keith, Jane Ann Contee Keith and Catharine Contee Keith, the rest and residue of my estate.
      Executors: sister Elizabeth Keith and James Keith Jr. her son
      Signed: January 5, 1820 Jane Contee
      Wit: John Roberts, John W. Massie, Thomas R. Keith, William Washington
      At a session of the Orphans Court for the County of Alexandria, District of Columbia June 3, 1820 this last will and testament was presented my James Keith Jr. and proved in due form of law by the three subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded. Alexr Moore Reg Wills
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      Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia By Helen West Ridgely, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America;

      Ranelagh," about six miles from Upper Marlborough and twelve from Washington, is the original home of the Contee family. .

      A little farther off is buried Mrs. Mary Contee, consort of Richard Alex. Contee and daughter of David and Sarah Craufurd, who died in Upper Marlborough on March 11, in the year of our Lord 1787 in the nineteenth year of her age.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 286. At the request of Richard Alexander Contee the following Deed was enrolled February 15, 1783
      Indenture made February 13, 1783; John Contee being legally possessed of part of a tract called "Ranelagh", that in consideration of the natural love and affection which he hath and bearth unto Richard Alexander Contee has assigned the aforesaid tract containing 340 acres and beginning at a white oak standing in the swamp of the south west branch being the last boundary of "Largo" and bounded by the beginning red oak of "North Hampton"and the 5th boundary of "Largo". Signed John Contee in the presence of and acknowledged before Osborn Sprigg, Samuel Hepburn and at the same time Margaret Contee wife of John Contee relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1785-1787; Liber HH {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 277. At the request of Sarah Contee the following Deed of Gift was recorded March 27, 1787
      I Richard Alexander Contee in consideration of the natural love and affection I have and bear to my daughter Sarah Contee and 5 shillings has given Negroes; Charity and her sons Sam and Sye; Will her grandson; Jenny and her four sons, Fryday, Hercules, Jerry and Harry; Amy and her child Amy; Fanny and her child Nace; Milly and Nace children of Pat; and Jem brother to Fanny. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this March 7, 1787, Richard Alexander Contee in the presence of John Smith Brookes, Beale Brashears and acknowledged before John Smith Brookes
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1785-1787; Liber HH {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 459. At the request of Richard Alexander Contee the following Deed was recorded August 8, 1787
      Indenture made June 9, 1787; William Cooke of the City of Annapolis in consideration of 1698 pounds 15 shillings current money paid by Richard Alexander Contee of PGCo has sold part of two adjoining tracts, "Graiden" and "Northampton" containing acres and bounded by that part of "Northampton" in the possession of Dennis Magruder, the west side of a branch on the south side of the main road leading from Upper Marlbro to Bladensburgh just below a bridge, the south side of Meadow Branch; and a stone in a field that was heretofore corrected by mutual agreement between William Cooke and John Contee as the first line of "Graiden". Signed W. Cooke in the presence of and acknowledged before AC Hanson (Judge of the Gen. Court) and at the same time Elizabeth Cooke w/o William Cooke relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1785-1787; Liber HH {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 480. At the request of Sarah Contee the following Deed of Gift was recorded August 30, 1787
      Indenture made April 9, 1787; David Craufurd in consideration of the natural love and affection he beareth for Sarah Contee his granddaughter and 5 shillings sterling money of Great Britain has given to her and in failure of heirs then to Richard Alexander Contee all the moiety or half part of "Lot Number 34" or "Lot Number 36" in the Town of Upper Marlborough that lyeth toward the creek and the town spring on which a dwelling house is now erecting. Signed David Craufurd in the presence of and acknowledged before Samuel Hepburn, John Smith Brookes

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