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

Christian Tennison

Female 1680 - 1759  (79 years)


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  • Name Christian Tennison 
    Born 1680  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1759  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11415  Tree1
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2023 

    Father Justinian Tennison,   b. Abt 1629, Weymouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1699, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine Gresham,   b. Bef 1640,   d. Aft 1699, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 61 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1656  Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Lemaster,   b. 1681, Saint Marys County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1740, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1710  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eleanor Lemaster,   b. Abt 1708, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1724, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2023 
    Family ID F2554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Samuel Cooksey,   b. Bef 1646,   d. 7 Feb 1709, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1695  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Cooksey,   b. Abt 1698, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1758, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth Cooksey,   b. Bef 1699, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1750, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years)  [natural]
     3. Justinian Cooksey,   b. 1702, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1778, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     4. Priscilla Cooksey,   b. Abt 1704, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2023 
    Family ID F7878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      John Lamaster 25.7 CH £120.11.0 Apr 8 1740 Apr 26 1740
      (also John Lemaster)
      Appraisers: G. Hatton, Thomas Middleton, Jr.
      Creditors: James Sayers, John Parnaham.
      Next of kin: Thomas Barron, John Cooksey.
      Administrator: Christian Lemaster.
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      John Lancaster 18.418 A CH £120.11.0 £73.5.9 Oct 22 1741
      Sureties: Jest. Cookesy, Daniel Murphey.
      Received from: Thomas Middleton, Jr.
      Payments to: William Sampson, Luke Davis, John Parnham, Joseph Pile, Ignatius Tendson, Anne Ebernethy, Martha Yoakley, John Cookesy, Dr. Parnham, Thomas Banon, Mary Semme, William Cookesy, Margarett Ward, Dr. Gust. Brown, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Samuel Hanson, Walter Hanson.
      Representatives: widow (unnamed), Cleborn Semmes (grandchild).
      Administratrix: Christian Lancaster.
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      John Scott 25.417 CH £26.18.4 Sep 25 1740 Apr 9 1741
      Appraisers: G. Hatton, William Simpson.
      Creditors: Samuel Chunn, James Scott.
      Mentions: Joseph Simpson, Christian Lemaster, Christian Scott, William Scott.
      Administratrix/Executrix; Elisabeth Scott.
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      Samuell Cooksey 32B.267 A CH £128.5.0 £38.18.4 Jul 30 1711
      Received from: Michaell Curtiss,
      Payments to: Rev. Mr. John Fraser (minister), Mr. Cornelius White, Dr. Francis Farson, Maj. Walter Story, William Ingall (merchant) on account of Robert Randall, Madam Mary Contee (executrix of Col. John Contee), Robert Gelly (merchant), Nathan Saile, Capt. Benjamin Hall.
      Legatees: Mary Short (daughter) wife of George Short, Elisabeth Cocksey.
      Executrix: Christian Lemaster, wife of John Lemaster.
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      John Cooksey 65.468 CH £96.18.4 Jun 26 1758 Aug 2 1758
      (also John Coosy)
      Appraisers: Joseph Dyson, Daniel Murphy.
      Creditors: Samuel Hanson, Lamaster Cooksey.
      Next of kin: Ignatius Tennison, Christian Lamaster.
      Executrix: Mary Cooksey.
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      Jestenian Williams 47.258 CH £6.13.9 Apr 18 1751 Jul 27 1751
      Appraisers: Samuel Amery, George Briscoe.
      Creditors: William Cooksey.
      Next of kin: Christian Leamstear. (Tennison)
      Mentions: Catrian Short.
      Mentions: Samuel Bigges, Elisabeth King.
      Administrator/Executor: James Will
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 275.
      At the request of John Cooksey of CC, the following deed of gift was recorded this Feb 5, 1731.
      I, John Lemaster of CC and Christian, his wife, for the natural love we have for our 3 sons & 1 daughter (viz) Justinian, John, & Wm Cooksey, and Priscilla Barran of CC, and also for divers other good causes, all the tract of land called Simkin & Crowback, that is to say, we give our daughter 50 acres of the abovesd land during her natural life, and thereafter, to be equally divided between our 3 sons above named; the rest of sd tract of land to be equally divided .. provided that we, sd Jno and Christian Lemaster may quietly enjoy the above granted premises during our natural lives, in as full a manner as before the execution hereof. Signed Feb 2, 1731 - John (+1+ his mark) Lemaster, Christian Lemaster. Wit - Peter (X his mark) Ale No, Jas (1 his mark) Williams, George (u his mark) Godfrey, Wm Smallwood.
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      Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (335). Depositions. CC, May 10, 1755. Christian Lamaster, aged 75 years and upwards, declares that upwards of 60 years ago, she remembers the death of Marmaduke Simms, and that his eldest son was named Anthoney Sand [and?], was always reputed so by the neighbors, and his eldest son (viz) sd Anthoney Simms', was named Marmaduke, and his eldest son, now alive, is named Anthoney. Signed - Christian (D her mark) Lamaster.
      CC, May 10, 1755. Elizabeth Mechone, aged 76 years and upwards, declares that she remembers the death of Marmeduke Simms about 60 years ago, and that his eldest son was named Anthoney and the eldest son of sd Anthoney Simms was named Marmaduke sd Marmaduke Simms, Eldest son is named Anthoney, now alive. Signed - (C her mark) Machone.
      CC, May 10, 1755. Thomas Sympson Sr, aged 60 years & upwards, declares that Anthoney Simms was reputed by all the neighbors to be the eldest son of Marmaduek Simms, ever since he remembers, and that sd Anthoney Simms' eldest son was named Marmaduke & his eldest son, now alive, is named Anthoney. Signed - Thomas Sympson Sr.
      CC, May 10, 1755. William Sympson, aged 57 years, declares that ever since he can remember, Anthoney Simms was always reputed to be the eldest son of Marmaduke Simms, and that he has often heard his father say so, and that sd Anthoney Simms' eldest son was named Marmaduke and his eldest son, who is now alive, is named Anthony. Signed - William Sympson.
      CC, May 10, 1755. Richard Edelen Sr, aged 83 years and upwards, declares that he very well remembers and was acquainted with one, Marmaduke Simms, about 70 years ago, and that the sd Marmaduke Simms above 60 years and his eldest son was named Anthoney, with whom this deponent was very intimate, and sd Anthoney Simms' eldest son was named Marmaduke, with whom this deponent was also very well acquainted, and sd Marmaduke Simms' eldest son is named Anthoney, now alive. Signed - Richa:u Edelen.
      The above 5 depositions were taken before me, a JP. Signed Jas Nivison. Recorded may 22, 1755.
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      For more information on Tennison and Lemaster, see:
      The Tennison Family of Southern Maryland
      Abraham Lemaster ]1638-1722] of Charles County, Maryland and His Descendants, Vols. I & II
      Published by Ralph D. Smith
      4238 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach, F1 32127
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      Aug. 7, 1758-Spring of 1759 - In a Nov. 1782 Charles Co.,
      Md. deposition in an ejectment action by Thomas Reed Cooksey against Hezekiah Dent, William Dent and Justinian Cooksey, William Simpson of Charles County, age ca. 71, states that he was sent for by Christian Lemaster, dau. of John [sic; should be Justinian] Tennison, to write her will Aug. 7, 1758, that he made out a will for her, that she died in the Spring of 1759, and was buried on the top of a hill where a Protestant church formerly stood. Simpson then sets out the text of the will, in which Christian Lemaster of Trinity Parish, Charles County, Md., leaves household goods and cattle to son Justinian Cooksey, and household goods to son William Cooksey.
      Simpson also states that Justinian Cooksey was the eldest
      son of Christian Cooksey who later married John Lemaster,
      and that Thomas Reed Cooksey was the eldest son of Justinian Cooksey.
      Source: Charles County, Md. Court and Land Records, Liber
      Z No.3, Page 3.
      Comment: Simpson does not say that the will was signed
      and witnessed. At any rate, it was never entered for probate.
      ===
      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 2. Depositions, recorded at the request of Hezekiah Dent.
      I certify that I took the following depositions at the house of Mr. Dent Suit in CC between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, it first appearing to me by disinterested testimony, that Thomas Reed Cooksey had been served with 20 days' notice. Signed - W. Winter.
      Nov 5, 1782. Then came before me CC JP, Hatch Dent, and made oath that he gave 20 days notice to Thomas Reed Cooksey, that the depositions of William Simpson and Zephaniah Murphey of CC, were to he taken at the house of Dent Suit in CC, to be used in evidence in the General Court against ejectments brought by Thomas Reed Cooksey of CC against Hezekiah Dent, William Dent, and Justenian Cooksey of CC. Sworn before - W. Winter.
      The deposition of William Simpson of CC, aged 91 years, deposes that Christian Lemaster lived longer than her husband, John Lemaster, that Christian Lamaster was allowed to be the daughter of John Tennison, that this deponent was sent for by Christian Lemaster to write her will in Aug, 1758, and that he made out a form of a will the same annexed to this deposition, which was never published, as the will of sd Christian Lemaster, that sd Christian Lemaster died in the Spring after his writing the annexed form of her intended will as near as he can remember, that Justenian Cooksey was about 5 years younger that he this DeponentTM, that this Deponent believes that Thomas Reed Cooksey is the eldest son of Cooksey, and that Justenian Cooksey was always esteemed to be the eldest son of Christian Cooksey, who afterwards became Christian Lemaster by marrying John Lemaster, that this Deponent does not remember her having more than two sons by Cooksey, Justinian and William Cooksey, that this Deponent was at the burying of Christian Lemaster, the Spring after he wrote her intended will, and that William Cooksey asked him about sd will, and that Christian Lemaster was buried on the top of a hill where a Protestant Church formerly stood. Signed - William Simpson.
      I, Christian Lemaster of Trinity Parish in CC, seamstress, being in sound and perfect mind and memory, and concerning the uncertainty of this life, make this, my last Will and Testament. After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, I give to my son, Jestren Cooksey, 1 feather bed, 1 old chest, 2 cows and calves, 1 heifer, and 3 pewter plates. I give to my son, William Cooksey, 1 feather bed, 1 square table, and 3 pewter plates_ I appoint [blank] my sole executors. Signed Aug (blank day], 1758 - [blank]. Wit - [blank].
      ===
      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 4. Certificate of Notice & Depositions.
      Sir, take notice that the depositions of Ledstone Smallwood and Susanna Smallwood of CC, will be taken at the house of the sd Ledstone Smallwood on next Nov 19 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, to be used in evidence in the Ejectment brought by you against me in the General Court - Oct 24, 1782. Yours &c - William Dent. To Mr. Thomas Reed Cooksey. (The equivalent notice was sent to Thomas Reed Cooksey by Hezekiah Dent and Justenion (X his mark) Cooksey].
      Delivered the original to Mr_ Thomas Reed Cooksey on Oct 28, 1782 - CC, Nov 19, 1782. Then came Joseph Manning Dent and made oath that he did, last Oct 28, deliver to Mr Thomas Ried Cooksey, the original notice. Sworn before - Dan Jenifer.
      Thomas Reed Cooksey's Lessee vs. Hezekiah Dent, William Dent, & Justenian Cooksey, Ejectment. CC, Nov 19, 1782. The deposition of Ledstone Smallwood, age about 62 years, deposes that he was acquainted with Christian Lemaster, the widow of John Lemaster, who was, before her marriage to John Lemaster, the widow of Samuel Cooksey, and that he always understood that her maiden name was Tennison, and that he also understood that he had by her husband Cooksey, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The names of the sons were Justenian, John, and William, and the daughter's name was Precella, and that Deponent was frequently at the house of Justenian and William Cooksey afd, and that he has often heard his brother, William Smallwood, who is since dead, say that he and his father, Ledstone Smallwood, were at John Lemaster's drinking, that he, sd William, went for a Doctor Adair to draw deeds for the sd Christian Lemaster to give her land to her 3 sons afd, Justenian, John, and William, and that he heard his brother William also say that Doctor Adair did go and draw deeds for the sd land, and that the 3 brothers occupied their different parts of the sd land, that he, this Deponent, lived at John Cooksey's and heard and understood from William Cooksey that John and William Cooksey had their parts of the land laid off to them, but that he does not know it of his own knowledge, that John Lemaster died many years before hi wife, that Chrin Lemaster has been dead 22 or 23 years, that she died before old Justenian Burch, who has been dead upwards of 22 years, that he always understood that Justenian Cooksey, the father of the present plaintiff, was the eldest son and that Thos Reed Cooksey is the reputed heir at law to the sd Justenian Cooksey. Signed - Ledston Smallwood_ Sworn before o Danl Jenifer,
      The Deposition of Susannah Smallwood, age about 71, deposes that Christian Lemaster afd died some time before this Deponent's father, Justinian Burch afd, and that her sd father has been dead 22 years or near upon it, and that when she went to see her father, she said, "so father, Aunt is gone before you". Her father replied and said, "yes, she is". Signed - Susan. (0 her mark) Smallwood, Sworn before - Dan Jenifer.
      On Nov 19, 1782, the above Depositions were taken before me, a CC Justice, in the presence of Thomas Reed Cooksey, who put several questions to the 1st Deponent. Signed - Dan Jenifer, Recorded Nov 19, 1782

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