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

John Simpson

Male Abt 1695 - Aft 1781  (~ 86 years)


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  • Name John Simpson 
    Born Abt 1695  Newport Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft Jul 1781  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7807  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father John Simpson,   b. Abt 1660, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1709, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Young,   b. 1679, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1761, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1695  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Nov. 1711 - Alexander Willson vs. John Sympson of Charles Co., planter. Willson sued Sympson for 1050 lbs. of tobacco, being the amount of a Feb. 10, 1709/10 bill drawn to Willson and signed under seal by Sympson, which bill was produced in Court. Sympson not having paid the amount due, Willson brought this suit.
      At the Nov. 1711 Court the Sheriff's return said that Sympson was not to be found. Willson then requested a writ of attachment, "the said John having elloyned himself out of the jurisdiction of this Court." The Court granted that attachment in the amount of 1050 lbs. of tobacco, plus an unspecified amount for Willson's costs.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 2, pp. 22-3.

      June 1713 - Thomas Reed vs. John Simpson/Sympson of Charles Co., planter. Reed alleged that as of June 15, 1709, Simpson was indebted to him in the amount of 2660 pounds of tobacco for various goods that Reed had sold to Simpson in 1708 and 1709. The list of goods and their prices is set forth in a statement of account but the list is difficult to decipher. It included 20 pounds of sugar, a petticoat, a jacket and a pair of gloves.
      The Sheriff was ordered to serve notice of the suit on Simpson. At the June 1713 court, the Sheriff reported that Simpson was not to be found in his bailywick and that he had left a copy of the suit at ye place of the defendant's last residence. Whereupon at the request of Reed it was ordered by the court that Reed have an attachment against the property of John Simpson for the amount of 2660 pounds of tobacco, plus costs.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 2, Page 296.

      Aug. 1713 - Thomas Reed vs. John Simpson. Attachment and Condemnation. "Memorandum. Judgment attachment before folio 296. Condemned in the plaintiff's own hands 2660 pounds of tobacco and costs expended in _____ said writ of attachment 835 pounds of tobacco."
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 2, Page 310.

      Apr. 1725 - The Charles Co., Md. inventory of Philip Briscoe shows John Simpson on the list of desperate debts owed to Briscoe's estate (debt of 60 lbs. tobacco.)
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories, 1717-1735, Page 162.

      Dec. 1725 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Philip Briscoe shows that Briscoe's estate received a payment from John Sympson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1724-1731," Page 43.

      Mar. 1725/6 - The Charles Co., Md. inventory of Edward Briscoe shows that Gilbert Simpson, Joseph Simpson and John Simpson owed debts to Briscoe's estate. Gilbert owed 300 lbs. of tobacco and Joseph and John each owed 40 lbs. of tobacco.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories, 1717-1735, pp. 194-6.
      Comment: Gilbert and Joseph Simpson are John's brothers.

      Aug. 1727 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Edward Briscoe shows that John Simpson made a payment of 40 pounds of tobacco to Briscoe's estate.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Administration Accounts, 1708-1738," Page 314.

      Jan. 1729/30 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of John Mills shows that Mills' estate received a payment from John Simson.
      Aug. 1730 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Samuel Johnson shows that Johnson's estate made a payment to John Simpson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1724-1731," pp. 129 and 140.

      Nov. 1731 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Ann Jones shows that Jones' estate received a payment from John Simson.
      Feb. 1731/2 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Robert Tunhill shows that Tunhill's estate received a payment from John Simson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1731-1737," pp. 14 and 18.

      1733 - Jon. Simpson, 1 taxable, is in the 1733 Charles Co., Md. Tax List, Newport West Side Upper Part.

      June 1733 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of George Medley shows that Medley's estate received a payment from John Simson.
      Sep. 1734 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Joseph Stratford shows that Stratford's estate made a payment to John Simson.
      Sep. 1735 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of John Downe shows that Downe's estate received a payment from John Sympson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1731-1737," pp. 41, 71 and 107.

      Jan. 1737/8 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of John Young shows that Young's estate received a payment from John Simpson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1737-1744," Page 2.

      Apr. 1744 - Samuel Compton and John Simpson are sureties for the administration of the Fairfax Co., Va. estate of Robert Whitely/Whitley, deceased, by Susanna Whitely, administratrix. John Simpson makes his mark.
      Source: Fairfax Co., Va. Wills, Book A1, pp. 50 and 125/6.

      Aug. 1745 - Samuel Johnston [Jr.] leases 200 acres in Fairfax Co., Va. from William Clifton. The term of the lease is the lives of Samuel, his wife Hannah and his son Samuel. The premises being leased to Johnston is described as "a plantation where John Simpson now lives." John Simpson also witnesses the lease.
      Source: Fairfax Co., Va. Deed Book A, pp. 442-4.

      Sep. 1745 - The 2nd St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Col. Thomas Truman Greenfield shows that Greenfield's estate had received a payment from John Simpson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1744-1750," Page 32.
      Comment: Greenfield died in Mar. 1733/4 so Simpson made the payment to the estate before removing to Va.

      Nov. 1746 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Vincent Askins shows that Askins' estate made a payment of 359 lbs. of tobacco to John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Administration Accounts, 1738-1759, Page 227

      June 1749 - "William Ashford is appointed constable in the precinct whereof John Simpson was lately constable."
      Source: Fairfax Co., Va. Order Book, entry dated June 23, 1749.
      Comment: The view at this time is that this John Simpson (son of John and Elizabeth) did not remain in Fairfax Co. but had moved back to Charles Co., Md. by 1749. If that view is correct, the John Simpsons who continue to be found in Fairfax Co. in the 1750's belong to different men, including the John Simpson whom Augustine Washington brought to Mt. Vernon in 1736 from England as a replacement for his overseer, and other John Simpsons who are descendants of John the Scotsman. If this view is not correct, it means that the following Charles Co. records of the name John Simpson in Charles Co., Md. belong to a new and different John Simpson who has not been identified.

      Mar. 1747/8 - Clement Kennedy vs. John Simpson. Trespass on the Case. Agreed. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 41, Page 384.

      July 1748 - John Simpson witnesses the Charles Co., Md. will of James Kenam [sic.]
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 9, Page 183.

      June 1749 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Edward Kellet shows that Kellet's estate made a payment to John Simpson of 87 lbs. of tobacco.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1744-1750," Page 126.

      Aug. 1749 - Messrs. Stephenson & Co. vs. Samuel Chunn. Chunn was sued for 897 pounds of tobacco. The statement of account produced in court shows that 872 pounds of that amount was a debt of Chunn's incurred in Apr. 1748 "credit John Sympson."
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 42, Page 492.
      Comment: There is an Aug. 11, 1748 record of John's brother Gilbert Simpson that mentions Samuel Chunn.

      May 1752 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of John Parnham shows that John Simpson made a payment of 0/2/6 to Parnham's estate.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1750-1754," Page 70.

      Nov. 1753 - William Beck vs. John Simpson. Trespass on the Case. Agreed. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, Page 179.

      Nov. 1755 - John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, Page 276.

      Apr. 1756 - Richard Davis, planter, of Charles Co. (wife Elizabeth) deeds to JOhn Simpson, schoolmaster, of Charles Co., for 1700 lbs. tobacco and other good causes, 50 acres of that tract of land called "Bretts Beginning," to be laid off for said Sympson by said Davis, on that end of the aforesaid land whereon said Sympson now dwells. Witnesses Thomas Stone and William Eilbeck.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber A No. 3, Page 493.

      Mar. 1758 - William Gammell vs. John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, Page 230.

      Mar. 1758 - The muster roll of Capt. Francis Ware's Company of Maryland Militia Troops at Fort Frederick, Md. in the French & Indian War includes Corporal John Simpson, Oct. 9, 1757/Feb. 16, 1758, 131 days, discharged. Also in Ware's Company were Thomas Simpson and James Simpson.
      Source: Clark, Murtie J., "Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774," Page 89.
      Comment: Mary K. Meyer calls John Simpson "Private" when she publishes this record in "Maryland Muster Rolls 1757-1758," at Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol. 70, No. 2, Summer 1975, pp. 224-6. There's another French & Indian War John Simpson in Capt. Peter Bainbridge's Co. (Frederick Co.)

      June 1758 - John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, Page 368.

      July 1758 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Thomas Loftwick [sic; Leftwich] shows that Loftwick's estate made a payment to John Sympson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1754-1760," Page 118.

      Aug. 1758 - John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, Page 551.

      Nov. 1758 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Matthew Stone shows that Stone's estate made a payment to John Sympson of 40 lbs. of tobacco.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1754-1760," Page 118.

      Nov. 1758 - Richard Davis vs. John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, Page 619.

      Dec. 1758 - John Simpson witnesses the Charles Co., Md. will of Benjamin Davis.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 11, Page 239.

      Mar. 1759 - Richard Davis vs. John Simpson. Trespass upon the Case. At the Nov. 1758 Court Davis obtained a writ of attachment against John's property in the amount of 859 lbs. of tobacco damages and 500 lbs. of tobacco costs. At the Mar. 1759 Court, the Sheriff returned that he had attached property of John's (mostly livestock) that was appraised at 1359 lbs. of tobacco. The appraisers were John Barker, William Hargis Gray, Edward Milstead and Randolph Gray. John did not appear and the Court ordered condemnation of the property for Davis' use.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber I No. 3, pp. 98-9.

      Mar. 1759 - Certificate. John Simpson brings a stray mare and makes it appear she has been troublesome by breaking into his inclosures, and her owner is not known. She is branded "T." Signed by Thomas Stone.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber G No. 3, Page 334.

      Aug. 1764 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of John Butler shows that Butler's estate made a payment to Capt. John Symson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1760-1764," Page 163.

      Aug. 1764 - John Simson vs. Mark McClain garnishee of Thomas Davis. Damages. Attachment. Abated. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co. Md. Circuit Court, Liber N No. 3, Page 34.
      Comment: The next 2 docket items are against the same defendant with the same result, i.e., abated.

      Oct. 1764 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Thomas Hudson shows that Hudson's estate received a payment from John Simpson.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1764-1768," Page 1.

      July 1780 - Power of Attorney. John Simpson of Prince William Co., Va., appoints John Ismonger of Charles Co. my true and lawful attorney to defend any actions or suits in any Courts of Maryland and empower him to recover all money or tobacco due me in Maryland. Signed John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber V No. 3, Page 538.

      July 1781 - John Simpson of Prince William Co., Va., for 150 pounds, deeds to John Ismonger of Charles Co., half of "Bretts Beginning" in Durham Parish containing 50 acres formerly conveyed to me by Richard Davis in deed dated Apr. 6, 1756. Signed John Simpson.
      I, John Simpson of Prince William Co., Va. appoint David Lindsay Ward my attorney to acknowledge the aforesaid deed for me. Signed John Simpson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber V No. 3, Page 536.
      ===
      1742-1752 Fairfax County, Virginia, Will Book A;
      [Eula K. Woodward];.)
      19 Aug. 1745, Lease. Wm. Clifton, Fairfax. Co. gent. &: Saml. Johnson, St. Mary's Co. Md. 200 A. where John Simpson now lives, Fairfax County.
      Named in boundaries, Geo. Taylor, Hunting Creek, lives of Saml. Johnson, Hannah his w. & Saml his s.
      Wit. Geo. Brent, John Simpson,ยท Henry Taylor. 20 Aug. 1745, Page 442

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