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

Mary {Unproven} Covington

Female Abt 1645 - 1728  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Mary {Unproven} Covington 
    Born Abt 1645 
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Feb 1727/28  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I115154  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 

    Father Family Covington 
    Family ID F26259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Thomas St. John,   b. 1640,   d. 10 Sep 1698, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah St. John,   b. Abt 1679, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1720, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
     2. William St. John,   b. Aft 1681, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1723, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 40 years)
     3. Thomas St. John,   b. Aft 1681, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1718, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 35 years)
     4. Elizabeth St. John,   b. Bef 1668, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1729, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F45557  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Billington,   b. Bef 1663, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Adms Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years) 
    Married Abt 1699  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F45556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • sister of Richard Covington? or Mary Day
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      1722-1730 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Bonds & Inventories, No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 248-50
      Will of Will of Mary Billington in the parish of South Farnham and County of Essex, now being sick and weak in body, dated 23 July 1727.
      To my son in law Nathanll. Newbill one parcell of land lying on the south side of the Dragon Swamp it being the land that I bought of one William Cheandy and after his decease to his son Thomas Newbill.
      To John and Thomas St. John the sons of Thomas St. John deced, 120 acres at the lower part of my track where I now live to be equally divided when they come in the age of twenty and one years and the remainer of the track to William St. John the sone of William St. John decst,and if either of them should dye without issue their part to Thomas Newbill.
      To William St. John one Negro and one feather bed and furniture excepting curtains and valing.
      To Tabitha the wife of Henry Purkins Senr., one feather bed and furniture except curtains and valings; 10 pounds cash.
      To my granddaughter Mary Deshazoo a young Negro which she how hath in possession.
      To Hannah Harper the wife of Edward Harper, one Negro.
      To Hannah Covington the daughter of Thomas Covington, one young Negro on the day of marriage or when she comes to the age of eighteen years.
      To Barbary, Catherine and Thomas Newbill each one Negro.
      To John and Thomas St. John the sons of Thomas St. John decest, one Negro between them equally divided.
      If after my desese Elizabeth St. John the widow of William St. John desest doth acquit my heirs from all claims due to her and hir children in my estate by inheritance from William St. John decest and also enter into bonds that neither she nor her children shall bring action nor no way claim part of my estate, and when her five sons comes to age of twenty one years every one of them, to wit Richard, James, Thomas, Abraham and Isaac St. John, acquit my heirs from all claim in my estate, then my executors pay each of the above mentioned Richard, James, Thomas, Abraham and Isaac St. John one Negro, but if any one of her sons or herself should refuse then my executors pay each of the above five sons one shilling.
      To Nathan Newbill four of my best Negros during his life and after his decese divided between Thomas Newbill and Catherine Newbill.
      All my personal estate not before given equally devided amongst Nathan Newbill and all his children share and share alike. William Newbill and Henry Purkins Junr. executors.
      Signed: Mary (X) Billington
      Wit: Jer. Shepard, James (N) Newbill, James (J) Dicks.
      16 Jan. 1727 (1728) presented by Nathl. Newbill and Henry Purkins junr. Proved by James Newbill and James Dicks.
      Pages 250-51. Bond of Henry Perkins junr. and Nathaniel Newbill as executor's of Mary Billington. Unto Wm. Daingerfeild, Sal. Muscoe, Robt. Brooke and Nicho Smith, Gent., justices.
      For 1000 sterl. 16 Jan. 1727 [1728].
      Securities, Henry Perkins and Wm. Covington.
      Henry Purkins junr.
      Nathl, (N) Newbill
      Henry [H P) Perkins
      Wm. Covington
      Wit: W. Beverley.
      16 Jan. 1727 [1728]. Acknowledged.
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      1722-1730 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Bonds & Inventories, No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 260-62. Mary Billington. Inventory. 3 Feb. 1727 [1728]. Made in obedience to order of 16 Jan. 1727 [1728]. No total valuation; includes 17 Negroes valued at 272. Signed by Henry Purkins junr. and Nathl (N) Newbell, executors.
      James Edmondson.
      Thomas Bryant
      Richd Bush
      20 Feb. 1727 [1728]. Returned.
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 48-49
      KNOW ALL MEN that wee MARY BILLINGTON, WM. COOPER & HENRY PERKINS of ye County of Essex are firmly bound unto JNO: CATLETT Gent., President of ye sd County Court in sum of Four hundred pds. Sterl. Witness our hands and seales this 10th day of Septembr 1700
      The Condition of this obligation is that if ye above bound MARY BILLINGTON, Admrx. of all ye goods & credits of JNO: BILLINGTON deced do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods and creditts of ye sd deced wch: have come to ye hands of her the said MARY BILLINGTON And ye same so made do exhibit to ye next Court that shall be held for ye above sd County of Essex and make Oath thereto & ye same well and truely admr. according to Law and further doe make a true and full ascot. of her administracon when she shall be thereto lawfully required and all ye rest of ye goods and creditts wch: shall be found ye same being first examined and allowed by ye said Court shall deliver & pay unto such persons respectively as ye sd Court p:rsuant to Law shall appoint, Then this obligation to be void otherwise to remaine in full force Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of us
      FRANCIS MERIWETHER, MARY BILLINGTON
      HEN: GOARE WM. COOPER
      HEN PERKINS
      Truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      1697-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 225-226
      IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen, I THOMAS ST. JOHN of ye Parish of SOUTH FARNHAM in ye County of RAPPA: being sick & weak of Body but of perfect mind & memory praised be therefore given to ye Almighty God, I do make & ordaine this my present last Will &Testamt. in manner & forme following, that is to say, first & principally I comend my Soult into the hands of Almighty God hopeing that I may obtaine life everlasting, I do committ my body to ye earth & to be buried at ye discretion of my Exex., hereafter. First I will that all just debts & funerall charges shall be paid & discharged
      Item. I give & bequeath unto my Grandson, THOMAS COOPER, a young Mare of a year old with her increase for ever;
      Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter, ELESEBETH COOPER, ye benefit of land to worke upon whare hur Husband, WM. COOPER, is now a bilding dureing her life time & to have as much priviledg for Timber or aney thing Bless as tho the land ware hir owne duaring her life time;
      Likewise my will is that all my Land that I am now possessed with to be equaly devided betweene my Sons, THOMAS ST. JOHN JUNR., & WILLIAM ST. JOHN. I do likewise make them both at age at Eighteen years if there Mother should decease or Marry but if not to abide while ye age of one & twenty;
      I do give & bequeath unto RICHD. COVINGTON, Ten Shelings to bey him a Ring;
      Lastly, I give & bequeath unto Wife, MARY ST. JOHN, all ye rest & remaining part of my Estate both moveables & immoveables dureing hur life time provided that she shall keep hurselfe a Widow & not marrey & after my Wifes decease to be equally devided amoung all my Cheldren, but if my Wife should marrey then my will is that shee should have but ye third part of my Easteat & ye other to be devided amoung my Children I do likewise make my Wife my hole Exex. over my hole Esteat both pasnall & reiall, In Witness whereof I the said THOMAS ST. JOHN to this my last Will &Testament have heareunto set my hand & seale this Tenth day of October one thousand six hundred & ninety
      Signed sealed & acknowledged in ye presents of us
      WILLIAM COOPER, THO: ST. JOHN
      JOHN BILLINGTON,
      EDWARD BRUNN JUNR.
      Arrived by the oaths of JNO, BILLINGTON & WM. COOPER in Essex County Court ye 10th day of Sept. 1698 & truely recorded
      Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we MARY ST. JOHN & RICHARD COVINGTON of the County of Essex are held and firmly bound unto his Maties. Justices of the peace for ye sd. County in the sum of Twenty thousand pounds of good sound Tobo: & caske, to the which payment we bind ourselves our heirs firmly by these presents; Witness our hands & seales this 10th day of September 1698
      The Condicon of the above obligacon is such that if the above bound MARY ST. JOHN, who at a Court held for Essex County ye 10th day of September 1698 obtained a Probate of the last Will and Testament of THO: ST. JOHN, do at all times hereafter fulfill ye sd Will, fully pay & satisfie all such Legacies as therein are expressed & do p:form all ye Law enjoynes in such cases, That then the above obligacon to be void, otherwise to remaine of full force
      Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of us
      THO: GREGSON, MARY (her mark) ST. JOHN
      JAMES BOUGHAN RICHD. COVINGTON
      Truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      1697-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 316-317
      THIS INDENTURE made this tenth day of March in ye Eleventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord William ye third &c., and in ye year of our Lord 1699 Between WILLIAM CLAIBOURN of POMMONCKY NECK in KING & QUEEN County Gent., on ye one part & MARY ST. JOHN of Essex County, Planter, of ye other part; Witnesseth that ye said WM. CLAIBOURN for ye sum of Fifty pounds Sterling money doth sell unto ye sd. MARY ST. JOHN her heirs & assignes for ever, all that parcell of Land lately surveyed by WM. GOUGH of KING & QUEEN County, Gent., bounding as followeth; begining at a little Bush in ye mouth of a Branch & runeth up ye Branch called COVINGTONS BRANCH ye several' courses to a corner Poplar in ye mouth of a small Gutt & then begining at ye aforesd. beginning & runing up ye DRAGON SWAMP several' courses to a corner white Oake in ye sd. Swamp, then from ye sd. Corner Poplar So. East to oye white Oake, with all ye woods & all ye priviledges thereunto belonging as fishing fowling hunting fenceing gardens orchards with all appurtenances thereunto belonging; being in the County of Essex containing by estimacon Two hundred acres of Land more or less (wch: sd. Land in this Conveyance was formerly sold by Coll. WM. CLAIBOURNE deced to THO: ST. JOHN lately deceased) with all ye priviledges & benefits I will warrant & defend for me & my heirs as also to make due acknowledgemt. of ye aforesd. parcel' of land unto sd. MARY ST. JOHN in Essex County Court when requested; In Witness whereof I have set my hand & seale
      Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of
      RICHD. WYATT, W. CLAIBORNE
      SAMLL. COATES, PHILL: PARR
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of March 1698 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I MARY ST, JOHN, Exrx. of ye last Will & Testamt. of my Husband, THO: ST. JOHN, late of ye sd. County deced. do hereby for my selfe acquitt & discharge Capt. WM. CLAIBORNE in KING & QUEEN County his heirs for ever for Two hundred acres of Land sold by Coll. WM. CLAIBORNE to my Husband, THO: ST. JOHN, acknowledged to have receld. of ye sd. Capt. CLAIBORNE a good & sufficient Deed & by him acknowledged in Essex County Court therefore I do acquitt & discharge ye sd. CLAIBORNE his heirs from all accons & disputes, as Witness my hand this 10th day of March 1609/9
      Test RICHD. WYATT, MARY ST. JOHN
      SAML. COATES, PHILL: PARR
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of March 1698 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; (Page 15)
      THIS INDENTURE made this Seventeenth day of October in ye Eleaventh yeare of ye Reign of our dread Soveraigne William by ye grace of God King of England Scotland france and Ireland &c. Betweene RICHARD COVINGTON of South Farnham Parish and County of Essex, Gent., and ANN his Wife on ye one part and MARY ST. JOHNS of ye aforesd. Pish. and County, Widow, on ye other part; Wittnesseth that ye said RICHARD COVINGTON for and in consideration of ye sum of Three thousand pounds of sweet scented tobacco and cask to him paid hath sold unto ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS her heirs and assignes forever a certaine parcell of land belonging to ye BEST LAND DEVIDENT beinge in ye foresd. Parish and County adjoyning to ye land of MARY ST. JOHNS bounding as followeth, Begining on ye North side of ye DRAGON SWAMP at a corner tree of ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS land and so up ye said Maine Swamp to ye mouth of a branch called ye WHITE OAKE BRANCH and so up ye ad branch to a small slash issueing out of ye said branch and so up ye ad slash by marked trees to a PATH that goeth from MARY ST. JOHNS to THOMAS HAWERTONs and so downe ye ad PATH to ye land of ye said MARY ST. JOHNS containeing Fifty acres of land more or less togather with all wayes & waters commodities and appurtenances belonging And all ye right and Interest which he the said RICHARD COVINGTON now hash, also all Deeds Patents and writings concerning ye same to ye only proper use and behoof of ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS her heires and assignes for ever And ye sd. RICHARD COVINGTON for himselfe his heirs doth promise that he hath good right to sell & convey the ad premisses and that ye same shall remaine unto her ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS her heirs & assignes forever free from all former grants and that he will warrant and for ever defend ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS her heirs in the quiet free and peaceable enjoyment of ye above grant against him his heirs & assigns as against all other persons lawfully claimeing under him And Lastly, that he ye ad RICHARD COVINGTON and ANN his Wife shall make acknowledgement of these presents and her right of Dower in open Court held for Essex County when thereunto required In wiliness whereof the sd RICHARD COVINGTON and ANN his Wife hath sett their hands & seales
      Signed sealed & delivered in ye presents of us
      ARTHUR: HODGES, RICHARD COVINGTON
      SAMLL. COATES ANN COVINGTON
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 16
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whom these presence shall come I MARY ST. JOHNS of Southfarnham Parish in ye County of Essex. Widow, send greeting in our Lord God everlasting. Know ye that I MARY ST. JOHNS for ye tendr: love good will & affection wch: I have & bear unto my two dear & loveing Sons, THO: ST. JOHNS & WM: ST, JOHNS of Southfarnham Parish & County of Essex and for divers other good causes me hereunto moving hath granted & by these presents do give unto my two deare & loveinge Sons, THO: ST. JOHNS & WM. ST. JOHNS their heirs and assignes forever all ye land wch: I now live upon wch: my late Husband, THO: ST. JOHNS since deced, formerly bought of Coll; WM. CLAIBOURNE scituate and being in Southfarnham Parish in ye aforesd. County as also that tract & parcell of land wch: ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS lately bought of Mr. RICHARD COVINGTON all wch: sd plantation & land doth containe by estimation Two hundred & fifty acres more or less togather with all wayes and profitts thereunto belonging, ye sd plantacon & land to be equally divided betwixt ye sd THO: ST. JOHNS & WM. ST. JOHNS To have and to hold all and singular ye sd Plantacon wth: ye appurtenances unto them their heirs and assignes forever upon this Provison and Reservation: yt: the sd MARY ST. JOHNS & JNO: BILLINGTON shall occupy possess enjoy ye ad plantation & land dureing their naturall lives or the longest Survivor of them two without the molestation or disturbance of ye sd THO: ST. JOHNS & WM. ST. JOHNS their heirs or assignes or any other p.son whatsoever through their ineanes and that ye sd THO: ST. JOHNS shall enjoye one halfe of ye Orchard belonging to ye ad Plantation after ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS decease And further yt: my Daughter. ELIZ: COOPER, ye now Wife of WM. COOPER. shall have free Liberty her & her husband dureing her naturall life to remaine abide & be upon ye sd plantation where they are now leased dureing her naturall life but if in case ye Surviver be her sd Husband, WM. COOPER, to have ye same privitie upon ye sd Plantation during his naturall life according to a Lease Instrumt. or writeing signed sealed & delivered unto ye sd WM. COOPER & his Wife by THO: ST. JOHNS my late Husband since deced & further yt: my two Sons, THO: ST. JOHNS & WM. ST. JOHNS shall have free privilidge & liberty to seat upon ye land upon any part or parcel thereof if they cove:t when each of them shall attaine to ye age of Eighteene yeares provided it be not to ye hinderance disturbance or damage of me ye sd MARY ST. JOHNS & JNO: BILLINGTON In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale this 9th day of Nobr: in ye Eleventh yeare of ye Reign of our Soveraigne Lord Wm. ye Third King of England & in ye yeare of our Lord God 1699
      Signed sealed and delivered in ye presence of
      EDWARD DANELANE MARY ST. JOHNS her marke
      JNO. PROSSER
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of 9ber 1699 and truely recorded
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      1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; page 71
      Essex County Court 11th of December 1700
      - The suit between MARY COVINGTON &c. Plt. & MARY BILLINGTON &c. Deft. is continued to ye next Court at ye Plts. request
      - The suit between MARY COVINGTON & THO: MERIWETHER &c. is dismist for want of prosecution
      - Judgmt, is granted to THO: PETTIS agt MARY COVINGTON, Admrx. of THO: COVINGTON deced, for One thousand pounds of tobo & caske & costs unless ye Deft. appears at ye next Court & shews cause to ye contrary
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      1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; page 79
      Essex County Court 10th of March 1700/1
      - Judgmt, is granted to MARY COVINGTON, Admrx. of THO: COVINGTON deced, agt. MARY BILLINGTON, Admrx. of Jno BILLINGTON deced, for L. 6: 16: 0: Sterl. due on ballance of ye sd THO: COVINGTONs acct., to be paid with cost of suit
      - MARY BILLINGTON presented a farther acct. of ye Estate of her deced Husband, JNO: BILLINGTON, wch: is ordered to be recorded
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      1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 91
      Essex County Court 10th of June 1701
      Judgmt. is granted to Capt. WM. JONES agt MARY BILLINGTON lately called MARY ST. JOHN for Four hundred & fifty pounds of sweet scented tobacco due by accot. to be paid with cost of suit

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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 2; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 290-93.
      10 June 1706 William Cheaney of Southfarnham parish, Essex County, to Mary Billington of same, For ..6000 pounds: of: tobacco. 250 acres in said parish...on the south side of the mouth of Fearny branch .. Cheaney's line ... north side of the mouth of Jenkins branch on Pigg Point, thence up and along the side of the Dragon Swamp ... according to a survey made by Mr. Harry Beverley, surveyor, 8 Oct. 1705. If 250 acres contained within.the aforesaidbounds, William Cheaney is to lay out More land adjoining to the same.
      Wm., Cheaney
      Wit: James Boughan Junr., Homey Roden Junr., Skipwird.
      10 Oct, 1706, Acknowledged by Wm, Cheaney. Right of dower relinquished by Rebecca, Cheaney wife to the said Wm,
      10 Oct 1706. Bond of William Cheaney of Southfarnham Parish Essex County, to Mary Billington of same. For 15,000 pounds of tobacco, To guarantee compliance with deed.
      Wm. Cheaney
      Wit: James Boughan Junr.,. Homer Rodan Junr,., William Skipwird.
      10 Oct. 1706, Acknowledged by Wm. Cheaney


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