Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties
Benjamin PoseyBef 1669 - 1715 (> 46 years)
Name Benjamin Posey Birth Bef 1669 Charles County, Maryland Gender Male Death 1715 Charles County, Maryland Person ID I2935 Tree1 Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Father John Posey, b. Abt 1649, Charles County, Maryland d. Bef 24 Jul 1689, Charles County, Maryland (Age ~ 40 years) Relationship natural Mother Susannah MNU Posey, b. 1653, Charles County, Maryland d. 3 Oct 1717, Charles County, Maryland - inventory (Age 64 years) Relationship natural Marriage Abt 1668 Charles County, Maryland Family ID F1751 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Mary MNU Belaine, b. 1659, Charles County, Maryland d. Bef 1730, Charles County, Maryland (Age < 70 years) Marriage 1689 Charles County, Maryland Children 1. Susannah Posey, b. 1 Jun 1691, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland d. Aft 1753, Charles County, Maryland (Age > 63 years) [Father: natural] 2. Mary Posey, b. 10 Oct 1693, Wicomico Hundred, Charles County, Maryland d. 23 Feb 1725, Charles County, Maryland - probate (Age 31 years) [Father: natural] 3. Belaine Posey, b. Between 1695 and 1699, Charles County, Maryland d. Feb 1750, Louisa County, Virginia - probate (Age ~ 55 years) [Father: natural] 4. Benjamin Posey, b. Between 1695 and 1699, Charles County, Maryland d. 28 Jul 1750, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory (Age ~ 55 years) [Father: natural] 5. John Posey, b. Between 1695 and 1699, Charles County, Maryland d. 28 Apr 1717, Charles County, Maryland - probate (Age ~ 22 years) [Father: natural] 6. Francis Posey, b. 9 May 1702, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland d. 23 Apr 1774, William & Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate (Age 71 years) [Father: natural] Family ID F2320 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Charles County Circuit Court, Birth, Deaths & Marriage Records, Liber Q
Posey, Mary, d/o Benjamin and Mary Posey of head of Wicomico River, b. 10 Sep 1693
Posey, Susanna, d/o Benjamin Posey and Mary Posey of head of Wicomico River, b. 1 Jun 1691
Shirley Davis Warren
On 10 Mar. 1690, a balance from the estate of 8893 lbs. tob. was divided between the widow Susanna (1/3=2964 lbs.) and 5929 lbs. between Susanna, wife of Edward PHILPOTT, Elizabeth POSEY, Mary POSEY, Jane POSEY, Humphrey POSEY, and John POSEY for their "part and proportion of the remaining part of the sd: Estate." (Q1:24-26)
Note that Humphrey and John were included in the distribution. The court record shows the that this distribution was to be divided among "the rest of his children," and did not include "two of his sons." The statement about "give unto two of his sons" (not "his two sons") also implies there were more than two sons. It is believed one of these would be Benjamin. The other probably died unmarried, and his share would have descended to his eldest brother Benjamin.
Some researchers have placed Benjmain as a son of Francis and Elizabeth, rather than of John and Susanna. See John BELAINE's will. He had left half his estate to his wife and her children. The other court documents there show there were only two children of Francis and Elizabeth, those being Anne and John. Note also that John BAYNE in his 1700 will (MD Wills 11:217) bequeathed 2 tracts bought of Benjamin POSEY, obtained by Jno. POSEY from Nicholas BELLAINE by deed. One of these was stated to be "Muddle's Branch." "Middle Branch" had been patented by John POSEY in 1682. For Benjamin POSEY to have obtained these tracts from John POSEY, it would be by having inherited them from John POSEY. John POSEY in 1673 purchased the tract "St. John's" from Thomas ALLANSON. This tract would also appear to have have descended to his son Benjamin. Benjamin's son John in his 1716 will left "St. John's" to his brother Francis. (Md Wills 14:270)
Additionally, some researchers have listed the births of John, Benjamin, and Belaine, sons of this Benjamin and his wife Mary, widow of Nicholas BELAINE as various dates in the 1680s. Simply, that can not be. Mary by her first husband Nicholas BELAINE had two children whose births were recorded in the court records, Jemima 15 Mar. 1686 and Elizabeth 25 Feb. 1688. After her marriage to Benjamin POSEY, they had recorded the births of Susanna on 1 June 1691 and Mary on 10 Oct. 1693. It was about this time that births stopped being recorded in the court records. Most likely John, Benjamin, and Belaine were born in the period from ca. 1695 to 1699.
It can be proved that one daughter of John POSEY, married Charles ALLANSON (ALLISON). Charles ALLISON in his 1698 will, stated for his "father-in-law" Thomas ASTEN to be guardian of his son Thomas ALLISON. (MD Wills 7:393) Thomas AUSTIN would be his step father-in-law. In 1722 Thomas ALLANSON/ALLISON sold all his right in the tract "St. John" to Francis POSEY. (Deeds L2:21) This tract had been patented by Thomas' paternal grandfather Thomas ALLANSON, but sold to his maternal grandfather John POSEY. Thomas ALLISON's only right in this tract was by being the the only child of his mother, a daughter of John POSEY. When Thomas ALLISON died about 1733, John POSEY and Benjamin POSEY signed the inventory as next-of-kin. (Inv. 17:349) Note also that Thomas ALLISON was guardian in 1720 for Elizabeth CORNISH, who would be his cousin. Whether Thomas ALLISON married Elizabeth or Mary is unknown. Further records of both have not been found.
It had been thought at one time that Mary DUNAWAY who in Nov. 1710 bound her son Richard WISE, age 10, unto Edward CORNISH until age 21, and her son Francis WISE, age 8, to Thomas AUSTIN until age 21, may have been indentical to John's daughter Mary. If it had been true Edward CORNISH would have been Mary's brother-in-law, and Thomas AUSTIN her step-father.