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

Robert Chesley

Male 1782 - 1826  (44 years)


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  • Name Robert Chesley 
    Born 1782  Christ Church Parish, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Feb 1826  St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I63392  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father John Chesley,   b. 1754, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1805, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ashcomb Parran,   b. 1758, Christ Church Parish, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1815, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Jan 1779  Christ Church Parish, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F33980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Bunbury,   b. 1786, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1824, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 8 Oct 1811  St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F16174  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Short Massey,   b. 1775, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1826, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1825  St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F33981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (c) Elizabeth ("Betsy") Bunbury was born in King George County in 1786. She was mentioned in the will of her grandmother, Theodosia (Mathews) Short and was one of the heirs of her cousin, Miss Mary Mathews of "Grantsfield." She married on 8 October, 1811, Captain Robert Chesley (circa 1782-1826), eldest son of Lieutenant John Chesley of Point Patience, Calvert County, Maryland, and Prince William County, Virginia, whose fragmentary will remains of record." The mother of Captain Robert Chesley was Mary Ashcum Parran and she was married to John Chesley in Calvert County, Maryland, on January 5, 1779. They were both members of old and prominent families of the Providence of Maryland. Lieut: John Chesley was a delegate from Maryland to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1788.
      Robert Chesley became a resident of King George County in 1811 and was associated in the mercantile business with George Fitzhugh and Benjamin Grymes. On 4 June, 1818, he bought from Benjamin Sedwick that desirable business seat called "Hampstead" located on the road from Saint Paul's Church to Boyds Hole and which was for so many years a thriving business location. The ancient store building at "Hampstead" is yet standing but the vegetation surrounding it indicates it has not been in use for many years. By its side is the ancient road which lead to Boyds Hole- long since restricted by a gate as the entire property is now in the possession of Mr. Lewis E. Smoot.
      Robert Chesley carried on business at "Hampstead" until near the time of his death and by deed dated 20 January, 1824, sold the property to John England, Jr. Robert Chesley was a private in the company of Captain William H. Hooe's King George County Militia during the War of 181241- and was later appointed Coroner of the County by the Governor of Virginia.
      Elizabeth (Bunbury) Chesley died about 1824 and on 21 November, 1825, Captain Robert Chesley made a marriage contract with her first cousin, Elizabeth Short Massey, and they were married on 23 November, 1825. She was the daughter of Sigismund and Sarah (Short) Massey before mentioned. Captain Robert Chesley died in King George County, Virginia, on 10 February, 1826. He had no issue by Elizabeth Short Massey, but by Elizabeth Bunbury he had seven children.

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