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John Kent of Maryland and Northumberland Co VA

Thanks to Virginia Kweller

21 July 1662. Northumberland Co Record Book 1658-1662 pg 79. I John Kent have freely given of my owne good will unto Thomas Sherly one heifer, ye said heifer beinge two yeares old marked with a crop in the right eare adn a slitt keeld on the left eare: As witness my hand this 21st of July 1662 test: Tho: Leavett. signature of Wm: Abraham. 21 July 1662. This deed of gift was recorded and acknowledged by the sd John Kent.

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5-20: Phebe Kent died siezed of 92 A. in Northumberland Co. and left no Heirs. Grant to Henry Dawson of Northumberland Co. 92 A. of 666 A. granted John Kent 31 Dec 1662 & devised by Will to Phebe, his wife. On Matapony, adj. James Furnett, Cox's Mill Pond. 10 Dec. 1716

the others

CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 6; Pg 100

GEORGE COURTMELL, 220 acs.. N'umberland Co., at the head of Matta- pony Riv.. adj. Robt. Sech (or Seth) ; 27 Oct. 1670, p. 382. Granted to Jno. Kent, 500 acs. & by will given to his wife Phebe, with whome sd. Courtmell hath marryed; upon perambulation in the Parish of Chickacone the bounds of the patt. are found to have incroached upon land of Robt. , Sech (?) & soe there remaines cleare noe more than 220 acs. remaines. &c. Trans. of 5 pers: Tho. Mash. Tho. Vaughan. Hen. Blarke, Hide Williams, Rich. White.

John Kent appears to be very well off but list no children listed in his will but gives to several friends. and their daughters. He owned 600 ac.

Here are all my notes on John Kent. Maybe you can figure it out. I know he was in St MAry at one time. He is a witness in a murder trial in which the Blacksmith of St Mary Killed an Indian boy. They convicted him but he did not have to serve time. Several years later he was convicted of murder and again and put to death. Interesting story.

Hugh Lee who is involved with John Kent was first from MAryland and came to VA and then back to St MAry where he was the inn keeper. He married Hannah Huett relict and when Hugh died she married WM Price her servant. There are a lot of records on them in St Mary files.

From Research on the Dawson of Northern neck Va

CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 423

CAPT. JNO. ROGERS, 450 acs. N'umberland Co., 9 Jan. 1662, p. 86.

(569). 250 acs. N. on Claughtons Cr., E. upon the Gleabe & W. upon a Sw. neer land of John Kent; & 200 acs. adj. his own, land of Henry Tompsin, John Kent, Mr. Hugh Lee, the Gleabe land & Mattapony Swamp. Renewal of 2 former patents. (13 Sept. 1654-31 Aug. 1657).

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John Kent first shows up in St Mary’s Maryland in 1643.

ID: I71618

Name: John Kent

Sex: M

Birth: ABT 1627

Death: 20 JUN 1665 in Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate

Note:

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1665-1669 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 415

- The Last Will & Testamt, of JOHN KENT. deced., was proved by ye Oathes of WILLIAM CHATTEN & RICHARD SAUNDERS

- A Commission of Administracon wth: a Will annexed is granted unto PHOBE KENT, ye Relicte of JOHN KENT, deced., of ye Estate of her sd. Husband, she givinge caucon accordinge to Law

- ROBERT SECH, HENRY ROCHE, GEORGE CARTNELL, & THOMAS ADAMS are appoyn ted by this Cort: to apprayse ye Estate of JNO: KENT, deced., & ordered yt: they bee sworne by ye next Justice of ye Peace

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1662-1666 Deed & Will Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 151

IN YE NAME OF GOD Amen. I JOHN KENT beinge in p:fect memory make this my Last Will & Testamt: in manner & forme followings. First, I bequeath my. Soule into ye hands of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ by whose merritts & satisfaction I hope only to be saved, as concerninge my worldly Estate,

First, I give to my God Daughter, KATHARINE MEDCALFE, three Cowes & one Steere three yeares old & one feather bed & furniture wch ; I had when I was a Bachelor;

Item. I give to my lovinge Freind, WALTER WEEKES, all my wearinge cloathes both

linnen & woollen;

Item. I give to SUSANNA WEEKES, WALTERS WEEKES his Daughter, one yeareling hei-

fer;

Item. I give unto ANNE REYNOLDS, WM: REYNOLDS his Daughter, one Heyfer 2 yeares

old wth: Calfe or Calfe by her side;

Item. I give to my lovinge Freind, NICH: OWEN, my Horse Pendle & Saddle; Item. I give to JAMES CLAUGHTON all my tooles in generall;

Item. I give to HUGH MAN, ( ) THO: DANIELL, his Servt., my left handed gunne;

Item. I give unto ELIZ: STACEY my Chest

Item. I give to JNO: LAGIER three pewter dishes, one brasse pan & my long gunne; Item. I give all ye rest of my Estate & all my Land wch: I now hold by Pattent unto my lovinge Wife, PHEBE, & her heyres for ever;

Item. I doe appoynt my lovinge Wife, PHEBE, to be my whole Executrix;

Item. I appoynt my lovinge Freinds, NICH: OWEN & WALTER WEEKES to be my Overseers to see this my Last Will & Testamt: p:formed. Lastly, I will yt: my Wife, PHEBE, see & cause it to be duly p:formed to & for satisfaction & confirmacon of ye sd: premises I sd: JOHN KENT have thereunto sett my hand & seal this 14th day of March 1664

Witness WM: CHATTIN his mke: JNO: KENT his mke:

RICH: SAUNDERS his mke:

20th June 1665. This was proved to be ye Last Will &Testament of JNO: KENT by ye (lathes of WM: CHATTIN & RICH: SAUNDERS, & is recorded

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1650-1652 Deed-Will Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 74

At a Court held for the County of Northumberland the 22th of Aprill 1652

Wee whose names are subscribed doe promise &ingage our selves to be true & faith full to the Comonwealth of England as it is now established without KING or HOUSE of LORDES

JO: KENT {mark}

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Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: ©Peter's Row - 2002

Walter attestation his indenture to Walter Weekes

This indenture made the 26th day of November anno [-----] between Walter Weekes of Cherry Point in the [----- ]of Northumberland and Colony of Virginia on the [-----] Wm. Allenson of the same place on the other part [-----] Witnesseth that the said Wm. Allenson hath put out [ ----] Walter Allenson his son an apprentice unto the said Walter Weekes and with him after the manner of an apprentice to serve and dwell from the day of the said date hereof untill [-----] full end and termed fifteen years from hence forth [-----] ensueing be fully compleated and ended during all which [----] term the said apprentice his said Master shall [----] faithfully secure in such employment as his said Master [-----] employ him in and put him to according . to his best endeavor [-----] and power. In consideration whereof the said Walter [-----] doth promise covenant and grant to and with the said [----] Allenson to provide find allow and give unto his [-----] apprentice durmg all the term aforesaid sufficient meat drink apparrell lodging washing and all other necessaries fill and meet for him to have and wear and likewise the said Walter Weekes doth promise to teach the said apprentice to read English so soon as he shall be capable of teaching and within two years after the date hereof will give unto the said Walter Allenson his apprentice a cow calf and all the increase female that shall come and fall thereof during the time of his apprenticeship always provided that if the said apprentice shall happen to die before the term of years aforesaid be completed and secured then the said cow calf and all her increase female shall revert and return unto the said Walter weekes any promise grant gift herein granted promised and given to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding. In witness whereof the said Walter Weekes and Wm. Allenson to this indenture have set to their hands and seals the day and year above wntten. . Walter Weekes signum Wm. Allenson signed and sealed in the presence of signum John Kent signum Perrcy Hammon, Thomas Willford Recorded this indenture the 27th November 1652.

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Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: ©Peter's Row - 2002

[Page 30 L] John Kent his mark Know all men by these presents that John Kent of the County of Northumberland doth give for his mark of hogs and cattle A slit down both ears and overholed on both ears. 27th August 1653. this mark was recorded.

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Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: ©Peter's Row - 2002

John Kent -----

Be it known unto all men by these presents that-I John Kent, Planter do by these presents do make John Carter my lawfull attorney to demand and receive the sum of.[-----] Les. Taylor his heirs extrs and admtrsthe [--.,-] or obligation under the hand of Thomas Lee dated 13th of March 1653 due to me the said John Kent [---] and by these presents granting unto my said attorney full power to take such course as the law with [----] execution of the premisses or any otherwise

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Northumberland County Record Book 1652 -1658: pg 52

Be it knowne unto all men by these pr:sents that I JOHN KENT, Planter, doe by these pr;sents make JOHN EARLE, Planter, my Atturney to demand & receave of FLETCHER LEE, Taylor, his heires Executors & Administrators the purports of one Bond or obligacon under the hand of the sd. LEE dated 13th of March 1653 due to me the said JO KENT giveing unto my said Atturney full power to take such course for receaving of ye p:misses or any pte: thereof be it by compulsion or other waies hereby bynding my selfe my heires Executors and Admrs. irrevocably to ratifye whatsoever my said Atturney or his Atturney shall lawfully doe or cause to be done in or about the p•misses or any pte. thereof: Witness my hand this 24th of February 1654

Signed & delivered in the presence of us

SACK BREWSTER JOHN KENT

PHILLIP CARPENTER

20th August 1655 This Lre. of Attorney was recorded

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20th November 1655, This assignment was acknowledged in court unto John Haynie by me Robert Newman and the assignment [---J pattent are recorded.

John Haynie his sale ofland to John Kent.

I John Haynie do for myself my heirs extrs etc. transfer and assign unto John Kent or his heirs etc. four hundred fifty acres of land and the pattent thereof the said land laying and being at the head of Mattapany River in the County of Northumberland and was to me from Robert Newman assigned which said land I the said Haynie do warrent unto the said Kent and his heirs extrs etc. forever against any personor persons that shall thereto make claim or demand witness my hand the 20th of November 1655. John Haynie Witness - Thomas Broughton, Symon Richardson 20th November 1655, This sale of land was acknowledged in court unto John Kent by John Haynie and is recorded.

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Connected or not?????? Or was there another John Kent. in Westmoreland.

Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia Wills 1653-1800; {Ida J. Lee}

LISTER, William of Christ Church Parish. 3 May 1709. Rec. June 1709.

Godson: John Kent, son of John and Catherine Kent. Goddau: Mary Grason. Mother: Mrs. Dorothy Jackson. E.xors: Father, Andrew Jackson and mother, Dorothy Jackson and Jno. Grason. Wits: Robt. Roebuck, Jos. Kelly, Geo. Brown, Thos. Brown. Codicil: Catherine, Wife of Jno. Kent. Wits: Thos. Brown, Jno Hutchings, Jos. Kelly. W.B. 8, p. 138.

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1657-1661 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 207

Northumberland County Court 20th of May 1659

- JOHN KENT is appointed Constable for part of CHICKACOAN PARRISH his limitts to be, vizt., includeing all CHERRY POINT NECKE and to the North side of CHICKACOAN RIVER and forthwth: to be sworne before a Commissioner there

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1662-1665 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 308

Northumberland County Court 20th of May 1662

- JOHN KENT is appointed Constable for the Devision betweene CHICACOAN RIVER includeing CHERRY POINT next MATTOPONY

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1662-1666 Deed & Will Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 146

KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents yt: I PLEBE KENT, wife & Attorn: of JNO: KENT of METAPONIE in ye County of Northumberld:, Carpenter, by virtue of a Power unto me given by my sd. Husband & Constituant have granted (for & in consideracon of Five thousand pounds of tobacco & caske to me in hand payd) unto HENRY ROCKE of ye County aforesd., Shipwright, six Cowes marked named and distinguished as followeth, vizt. Browne Pratt of colour sa( ) browne, Terry Top of a dark red colour, Broad of colour black, Veale of a light red colour, together with ye sd: Red CaIfe yt: runnes by her side, Mealynose of colour black wth: a browne lift along. ye back; Black Gentle of colour black, all marked a slitt & an overkeele in either ears, all wch: cattle wth: the future increase I doe warrant to him ye sd: HENRY ROCKE from any clayme of any manner of p:sons as alsoe one Man Servt., named JOSEPH FISHER, for & duringe full tearme he hath to serve accordinge to ye custome of ye Country; Witnesse my hand & seale this 10th day of March 166( ) Sealed & delivered in ye p:sence of JAMES GAYLARD, PLEBE KENT her mke: the Seale THO: MATHEW March ye 20th 1665, This Bill of Sale was recorde

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CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 333

JOHN KENT, 666 acs. Northumberland Co., 30 Nov. 1656, p. 39, (60). Ely. towards the Gleabe land & Nly. upon the head of Matapony Riv. 550 acs. by patent granted to Mr. Rob. Newman, 25 Mar. 1651 & by John Hayne, assignee of sd. Newman, assigned unto sd. Kent; 116 acs. for trans. of 3 pers.* Renewed 31 Dec. 1662.

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CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 356

CAPT. JOHN ROGERS, 200 acs., Northumberland Co., last of Aug. 1657,

p. 1,Nly. upon his own & land of Henry Toppin, Ely. upon land of Mr. Hugh Lee & the Gleabe & Wly. upon land of John Kent, and Mattapony Sw. Trans. of 4 pers: Abraham Joyce, Roro Mollena, John Roe, Rich. Smith.

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CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 6; Pg 100

GEORGE COURTMELL, 220 acs.. N'umberland Co., at the head of Matta- pony Riv.. adj. Robt. Sech (or Seth) ; 27 Oct. 1670, p. 382. Granted to Jno. Kent, 500 acs. & by will given to his wife Phebe, with whome sd. Courtmell hath marryed; upon perambulation in the Parish of Chickacone the bounds of the patt. are found to have incroached upon land of Robt. , Sech (?) & soe there remaines cleare noe more than 220 acs. remaines. &c. Trans. of 5 pers: Tho. Mash. Tho. Vaughan. Hen. Blarke, Hide Williams, Rich. White.

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1665-1669 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 9

Northumberland County Court January 1666/67

- Whereas it was ordered ye last Cort: yt: ye Sherriffe should take HESTER WALTERS into safe custody to bringe her to this Cort: to bee whipt (it havinge been proved to this Cort: by good testimony yt: she had falsely scandalized PHABE ye Wife of GEORGE COURTNALL in sayinge yt: she had ( ) of THO: BARRAT but because ye sd. HESTHER is uncapable to come to Cort:, it is thought fitt yt: she bee brought before the nearest Majestrate & there receave fifteene stripes on her bare back till ye blood come & yt: her Husband, JOHN WALTERS, pay costs of suite

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1669-1673 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 164

Northumberland County Court 18th of December 1672

- This day, ye Last Will & Testamt. of GEORGE COURTNALL, deced., was paved by ye Oathes of RICHARD COX, RICHARD FLYNT & PHOBE YARRETT, witnesses of ye said Will by ye peticon of PHOEBE COURTNALL, Executrix of ye sd. COURTNALL

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1669-1673 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 167

Northumberland County Court 19th of February 1672/1673

- PHEBE COURTNALL & Mr. THOMAS MATHEW doe oblige them selves joyntly & severally in ye penall summe of Forty thousand pounds of tobaccoe & caske yt: ye sd. PHEBE shall duely administer of ye Estate of her decoct. Husband accordinge to Law

- PHEBE COURTNALL obligeth her selfe in ye penal! summe of eighty thousand pounds of tobaccoe & caste to save ye aforesd. Mr. THOMAS MATHEW harmeles3e from ye Bond aforesd.

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1680-1683 Order Book Northumberland Co Va; Antient Press: Pg 163

Northumberland County Court 21st of February 1682/3

Sheriffe agt LEWIS Whereas JOHN LEWIS in behalf of his Wife, the Relict of GEORGE COURTNALL, deceased, did move this Court for Judgment for a third of the lands belonging to the said COURTNALL besides the thirds formerly granted him alledging that one third became due to him in right of his Wife, the Widdow of GEORGE COURTNALL, and the other third as purchased by her said Husband of PHEBE the Relict of GEORGE COURTNALL but the Court doth overrule his Plea and order that the suit be dismist

A son??

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS & WILLS. No. 8. Part 1

1723-1738 {Antient Press}: pp 29-30

THIS INDENTURE made this twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred twenty & four Between JOHN KENT of County of NORTHUMBERLAND of one part and JOHN CHILTON of County of Westmoreland of other part: Witnesseth that JOHN KENT in consideracon of the sum of Five shillings good & lawful! money of England to him in hand paid by JOHN CHILTON, the receipt whereof he cloth acknowledge, do by these presents bargain & sell unto JOHN CHILTON all his right title & interest whatsoever of in and to a certain parcel! of land containing by estimation One hundred sixty three acres lying in County of Westmoreland & Parish of Washington on the GREAT SWAMP, on North side of APPAMATTOX CREEK which I purchased of BUNCH ROE in the year 1693, in partnership with DAVID DICKEY of RICHMOND County, being part of a Patent granted to the sd. BUNCH ROE in the year 1692, the 12th day of July. containing 331 acres. the said one hundred and sixty three acres is

bounded with the Land of the said BUNCE ROE: on the land of THOS: BOWCOCK, the land of MICHAEL PHILLIPS & the land of WM: MONROE, with all water courses priviledges profitt, comodities to the same belonging; To have & to hold the parcell of land untoJOHN CHILTON his heirs during the full term of one half year ensueing paying the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn on the 10th day of January if lawfully demanded; to the intent that by venue of these presents and of the Statute for transferring uses into possession JOHN CHILTON may be in actual possession of the land & premisses and be thereby enabled to accept a grant of the inheritance thereof: In Witness whereof the said JOHN KENT hath set his hand & fixed his seal the day & year above written

Signed sealed & deliverd in presence of

ABRAHM. VELDEN JOHN KENT

Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the sd. County the 28th day of October 1724

JOHN KENT personally acknowledged this Lease of Land by him passed to JOHN CHILTON, Gent.. to be his proper act and deed_ which WILLIAM STURMAN, Cent., on behalf of the said CHILTON, accepted, Ordered the same be recorded

Test THO: SORRELL, Cl

Recordat. Sexto die Novembris 1724

THIS INDENTURE made this twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hudnred twenty four Between JOHN KENT of the County of NORTHUNDERLAND of one part and JOHN CHILTON of the County of Westmoreland of the other part: Witnesseth that JOHN KENT for divers good causes him thereunto moving but more especially in consideracon of the sum of One thousand, two hundred & fifty poudns of tobo: paid by said CHILTON, the receipt whereof JOHN KENT doth acknowledge, do by these presents lease and release bargain and sell unto JNO: CHILTON his heirs all his right title & interest in a certain parcel of land containing by estimation One hundred and sixty three acres (this Release repeats the passing of the land and the neighbors to it as in the foregoing Lease": To have and to hold the sd. part of the land with its rights benefits profitts belonging to JOHN CHILTON his heirs, to be held of the Cheif Lord or Lords of the Fee or Fees as accustomed to be paid and JOHN KENT doth oblidge himself his heirs to warrant & forever defend the land & premisses with the appurtenances unto JOHN CHILTON his heirs against the claim of any person; In Witness whereof the said JOHN KENT hath hereunto sett his hand and fixed his seal the day & year above written

Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of

ABRM VELDEN JOHN KENT

Westmoreland ss. At a Court held for the sd. County the 28th day of October 1724 JOHN LENT personally acknowledged this Release of Land by him passed to JOHN CHILTON, Gent., to be his proper act & deed, which WM: STURMAN, Gent., accepted on behalf of the said CHILTON. Ordered the same be recorded

Test THO. SORRELL

Recordat sexto die Novbris 1724

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Maryland Mens files.

John Kent 2480 immigrant of St Mary Co

First recorded 1643/44 Last recorded 1644 Arrived same time . free by 1643/44

Occupation possible a carpenter.

1644 In Mr Lewger’s inventory of his lops goods, remaining with him at ST John’s, h mentioned that certain carpenter’s tools were in the custody and use of John Kent. By attached Ingles estate in Mr. Brent’s hand 9if it hold) by 40 lb of beaver ( if paid in Va by Rent.

1644 Wm Brainthurt and John Kent witness in the murder trail of John Dandy, blacksmith of St Mary hundreds.

These are the only two witnesses. John Dandy Found guilty 150 card son hime He was convicted in 1650 of Muder and killed. He was pardon on this one because it was an Indaina boy named Edward. See notes.

John shows up next in Northumberland Virginia He was constable, and listed as a carpenter and planter.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. I

Northumberland County, Records, 1652-1655

"In witnes that these are our several! awards wee have sett to our hands the 21th of Septem 1652." John Haney, Jo Bradshaw, Edward Thomson, THO HALES his mke, Symo: Richardson, Tho Brewer mke, John Eacles, Jo Dennis his mke, Jo Kent his mke, John Gresham, Wm Cocke, Matt Rhoden.

Nov 1652 From VA Apprenticesihip 1750-1852 page 82 apprenticsihip left out of first vol on Northumberland. Walter Weeks of Cherry Point of Northuberlnad and WM Allenson apprenticship statement signed by JOHN KENT and THo WIlsford Virginia Colonial Abst Vol 10

VA Colonial Abst Vol 10 page 375 Walter Allenson his indenture to Watler Weekses Indenture Nov 26 1652 Between Weekes of Cherry point in Northumberland and William Allenson of the same. Wm Allenson hath putt out Watler Allenson his son an apprentice unto the said Walter Weeks for 15 yeaers. To be taught to reade English so soon as he shall be capable of teaching Does not state Weeke’s business or trade. Signed WM Allenson. Wit: John KENT, Peircy Hamon, Tho Wilsford. REc Nov 27th 1652

Page 357 John Kent agt Geo Courtnell. Courtnell owing Kent 1150 obs tob ordered to pay. Abt 1655.

page 653 John Kent agst Nathaniel Hickman. Mickman owing Kent 3 obs tob in order to pay forthwith abt 1654.

p.23 Rice MAddocke Assigns the above land to RALPH HORSLY, and does “confirm the same unto him in Court according to Act of Assembly”. Feb 8th 1654/5. Signed RICE MADDOCE (Doctor). Wit: GEO COLCLOUGH, JOHN KENT. Ack and Rec Aug 21 1654

 

Records of indentured servants and of certificates form land NORTHUMBERLAND PAGE 35

Aug 20 1655 Where as it doth appeare unto the court that MR Hugh Lee is indebted unto John Kent a servant by condition from under the said Mr Lee his had, the court doth there fore order that the said Mr HUGH LEE shall by the 10th of Nov next make payment of 1,580 pounds weight of good tob. And caske in consideration of the said servant unto the said John Kent or his attorney else execution.

People within the county often would enter into agreements for someone to buy a servant for them.

In a court order dated August 20 1655, because HUGH LEE had not delivered a servant to JOHN KENT, Lee was ordered to pay by Nov 1,580 pounds of good tobacco and cask

1662 May 20 Wher as it doth appeare unto this court that Henry Meese, merchant, standeth indebted unto JOHN KENT ( by obligation from under his hand One…

Richard Cocks of Northumberland Co dec left LUCY FURNETT of said co 100 A. of 600 A granted to John Kent Dec 13 1662. LUCY is alien, could leave no heir.

 

The Virginia Genealogical Society by Richard Slatten and Janice Abercrombie Editors. 1988 News Letter

Jan Feb 1988 Vol. xIv, No 1

Courtney George Sr of Northumberland co b c. 1615 d. 1672/3 Northumberland co lived near Cherry Point Neck. His 1st wife was Sarah and 2nd Phebe, widow of John Kent. Phebe b c 1631. Apparently estate of George Courtney St passed to George Courtney Jr and Elezabeth Sheares, wife of Abraham Sheares and Da of Thomas Brewer of Northyumberland . James W. Courtney . PO Box 1809 Murry Ky 42071

21 July 1662. Record Book 1658-1662 pg 79. I John Kent have freely given of my owne good will unto Thomas Sherly one heifer, ye said heifer beinge two yeares old marked with a crop in the right eare adn a slitt keeld on the left eare: As witness my hand this 21st of July 1662 test: Tho: Leavett. signature of Wm: Abraham. 21 July 1662. This deed of gift was recorded and acknowledged by the sd John Kent.

( A relative, Godson, married to daughter?)

1659-1652. First Northumberland Index 1648?-1652. Found in the earliest surviving Northumberland records.

County Order Book, 1650-1652. Names of interest are...Phill. CARPENTER...Wm.

CORNISH...Rich CLARE...John EARLE...Jno KENT...Robt KEENE...Tho KEENE...Hen. MOSELEY...Wm. METCEFFE...Tho. ORLEY...Wm. RENOLLS...Wm. REYNOLDS...Ruth CLARE...COLCLOUGH...Geo. COLCLOUGH...Robt CORNISH...Wm. HARDINGE...(Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1653-1983, Editied by Walter Biscoe Norris, Jr., Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, Montross, VA, 1983, pp. 7-9)[Found at The Relic, Prince William County Library]

It looks like this John Kent was older than Thomas Shirley. He was in N'land as early as the 1650s and was a Constable. He was listed as a Carpenter in one abstract and a planter later.

He was involved in a suit where the other party was represented by the attorney DANIEL HUTT. (see Westmoreland and Robert Shirley?). This may be just a coincidence however. A family which seems to be close to the Kents is the Hugh Lee family (don't know what that means if anything).

Lee Hugh was an Inn Keeper in st Mary MAryalnd 1660’s . His wife was Hannah. She married William Price by 1663. They were sued or do writt agst by Christopher Dobson . See Lee.

Kent has a last will and testament recorded 1665. So the gift to Thomas Shirley was likely part of dividing his estate as he got too old to farm etc. I wonder if his Will would name Shirley as his son in law??? If we ever need to look it up, the reference is the Northumberland Record Book 1658-1666 page 151. No other persons named Kent seem to show up until another John Kent appears in N'land around 1696, so there may or may not have been any male children???

Northern Neck land Grants Vol 1 By Gertrude Entz Gray

E-2: Capt Willoughby Newton of Northumberland Co. bought of David Bethun and Elizabeth his wife. On Mattapony R. in St Stephens Parish said co 282 A. of 480 A. granted Aug. 1657 to Philip CARPENTER. 282 a Grant to NEWton. Adj. JOHN KENT< heirs of Allen Hunter dec’d. land of Henry Tuppin now Richard Tulliss Mr. Mathlew Kenner July 26 1736.

John Kent’s neighbors were Robert Lick Capt. Rogers, Mathew Roddam and M. Flint.

1662 May 20 Wher as it doth appeare unto this court that Henry Meese, merchant, standeth indebted unto JOHN KENT ( by obligation from under his hand One…

Apri 20 1664 These may certify that John Kent made his right appear to 150 acres of land by the importation of 3 persons into this colony. Thomas Dyer, Hester Poole ?

Page 375 of this book has an abst refers to John Kent 80, 217,318, Phebe 356 Wm 241

30 April 1638. Thomas KEANE [Keene], William MEDCALFE, Matthew ROADHAM and Thomas ORLEY worked for Capt. George EVELIN in St. Maries Maryland. (The Garner-Keene Family of the Northern Neck of Virginia, by Ruth Ritchie and Sarah Rucker Wood, p. 188.)

[John Garner married the daughter of a family that had been in Virginia since 1635. Susanna Keene is said to have been born on Kent Island in the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia. Her father was Thomas Keene and her mother Mary (possibly Thorley?).; Thomas Keene was born about 1593 in England and died prior to January 1653 in Virginia. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Gosnold Keene. Thomas, Susanna’s father, was a cooper and merchant in Suffolk, England a planter of Kent Island, Pamunkey Neck in Virginia. Elizabeth Gosnold was the daughter of Robert and Ursula Naunton Gosnold of England. Robert Gosnold died prior to November 1, 1615, when his will was recorded, naming grandson Anthony Gosnold "now in Virginia" and also grandsons Henry and Thomas Keene (who would have still been in England - ed.). Ursula Naunton was the daughter of William K(n?)aunton.

After Susanna Keene's father died, Mary moved with her children to Northumberland County, March 10, 1652. Soon thereafter Mary Keene married Henry Raynor and then, in 1659 Thomas Broughton. Some time between 1659, when Susanna Keene was given her share of her father's cattle and 1662, when her mother's will names her as Susanna Garner, John Garner and Susanna Keene were married and had a daughter; therefore, 1660 or '61 would be a close estimate for their marriage date. John and Susanna lived near the present village of Lewisetta on a neck of land called Cherry Point, nowadays known as Cowart's Point.

Before the marriage, in 1658, John Garner had been named the assignee of Francis Roberts who in 1657 had bought 500 acres in the area that later became Stafford County. The assignment was shared by Joseph Fielding. In 1663 these two men transferred their rights, titles and interest in this same land to John Garner, Jr. who would have been the infant son of John Garner I and to John Bailes, Jr., the soon-to-be step-son of Joseph Fielding. In 1663 John Garner was sworn as Constable for Cherry Point Neck.

The Colony was building a fort on the Yeocomico River in 1667, and the Association of Northumberland, Westmoreland and Stafford Counties ordered that a house be built for the workmen "by John Garner and other assistants whom he shall select."

Around 1672 John and his family moved farther north and west on the Northern Neck to Westmoreland County near the present village of Kinsale. In October, 1672, John and Susanna bought 100 acres on the Yeocomico River from Nicholas Jenkins. John Garner's business associates and friends in Northumberland and Westmoreland Counties included Robert Francis, Joseph Fielding, Thomas Watson, Henry and Elizabeth Moseley and Robert Middleton.

January 15, 1694/95 John Jenkins of Cople Parish sold to John and Vincent Garner 100 acres in Horne Point on Yeocomico River.6 It may be upon this very tract of land (between Kinsale and Hague) that a descendant of Vincent Garner built "China Hall" in the 1700's, still standing today. Its modern name is "Kirnan." http://www.earlyfamilies.com/Pages/garner-family-history-1.html]

Famous case in Northumberland where Probe KENT was a Witness

(Note: famous case of Barnes –Ashton) page 322 John Barnes agt MR Ashton “Whereas wee whose names are underwritten werw impaneled on a Jury betweene John Barnes Pltiffe and Mr Charles Ashton Defendt concerning as aspercon case upon the said Barnes by the said Mr Ashton In saying that the said Barnes had gott his maide servant deceased whit childe and had given her the pos. All wch the said Barnes hath proved by the oathes of three famous witnesses and the said MR Ashton cannot defend by any legall and pertitnent evidence wee doe there foree awarde that the said Mr Ashton shall have his choice either to pay to the said Barnes on the 10th day of Nov. next the sume of Three hundred and fifty pounds of good Tobco in Caske for the reparacon of the said Barnes his credit or—Aske him forgiveness in open court with the paymt of all court Charges expended in this suite as witness our hands the 20th of May 1653” John HAYNIE, RALPH HORSLEY, RICH WHITE, JOHN GRESHAM, JOHN BENNETT, DAIVD SPILLER, MATH RHODAN, ROBT BRADSHAW, ABRAH BYRAM, JAMES WILLIS, THO ORLEY, HEN MOSELEY.

PROBE KENT her Depo “Probe Kent aged 22 years or thereabouts being sworne and examined saith that this depont did help to bury the servant maide of MR Charles Ashton and saw her dead body to be a cleare Coarse and free from the pox to the best of this depon’ts knowledge and further saith not PhEBE KENT her marke Jurat in Curt.

Hugh Lee His Depo “HUGH LEE aged 44 years or thereabouts being sworne and examined saith that about the middle of November last MR Charles Ashton came to my house and in the presence of MRs Rocke and my wife he told me that John Barnes had given his maide the Pox and had begot her with Childe and there was something stirred in her belly and further saith not Hugh Lee Jurat in Cur”

Hannah Lee her depo “Hannah LEE aged 37 or there abouts being sworne and examined saith that about the middle of Nov. Last Mr Charles ASHTON came to my house and told me in the presence of my husband and MRS ROCKE that John BARNES had given his maide the pox and had begot her with Childe and that she had something stired in her belly. At Another time the maide came hither and I asked whether JOHN BARNEs had promised to marry her and persuaded her to runaway that he might make the easier composicon for her. And she answered never and wished the ground might open and she sinke in if ever BARNES did say any such thing to her but she said that she was a poore servant and sh must under go what her Mr and Mrs would report and further saith not Hannah Lee her marked Jurat in Cur.”

Katherine Rocke her Depo “ Katherine Rocke aged 21 years or thereabouts sworne saidth that what Hannah Lee hath decleared as abouve said is the whole truth to the best of her knowledge Katherine Rocke Jurat in Cut”.

Mr. TRUSSELL his depo “the Deposicon of JOHN trussell aged 50 or there abouts this 20th day of MARY 1653 being examined saith that about ten days before MR Ashton his servant maide died the wife of the said Mr Ashton his servant maide died the wife of the said MR Ashton came to my house and earnestly desired me this Depont to goe with her to her house to speake with her husband and I coming to his said house Mr Ashton told me that his maide was very sicke and she often complained of John Barnes that he the said Barnes was the cause of her sicknes. He the said Mr Ashton desired me to see her and heare what she would say concerning John Barnes and I goeing into the roome where she lay. She the said Sevand told me that John Barnes often perswaded her to run away from her master and when she was gone he would lay her and then may be he should have her cheape by whose perswasions she often had soe done ffurther she told me that he the said Barnes had promised her marriage and affirmed it with many oathes and serious professacons and he had by his protestacons the use of her body and did lye with her three or fower severall times she nominating both the days and places with many other the like workds she made relacon of concerning thim the said John Barnes wch now this Depont canot well call to remembrance soe wmuch I this Depont can say and no more John Trussell”. ( Note: Yes, it was unfortunate that the judge could not remember more= as if this were not to much as it was)

Walter WEEKS his Depo “ Walter WEEKES aged 37 or there abouts deposeth on oath that comeing to Mr AShtons when his made was sicke was requested by the maide to speake to JOHN BARNES to come to her and she said she would prove more to Barnes face then ever she spake already to her MRs wchthis depont heard MRs ASHTON say that the maide related that John Barnes had given her the pox ffurther saith that doeing that message to barnes MR Lee repoyed that he sould not goe to her but if he had done her wrong let the law right her. Walter WEEKES Jurat in Cur”. ( Note: Now if so much came out in court, you can well imagin the idl gossip that was passed from group to group throught the coutryside regarding the very personal affairs of JON BARNEs. No wonder, that backed by his substantial friends the Lees he struck back. And struck in the open right at the root of the evil.

?There are a lot of records about John Kent and I could not find anything more that listed him with Thomas Shirley. I've often thought there was a Thomas Shirley who's headrights are claimed by WM Warder in 1643 had a son Thomas. Maybe that is who John Kent made the gift to. There appears to be an older Thomas Shirley in nothumberland that is married to Frances and a younger one who died in 1696. Several of the men in Northumberland came from Kent Island. MAybe this is where our Thomas was.


   


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