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Some Notes on The Williams, Wright, Adams, Watts & Atkinson Families of Early Dorchester County, Maryland


10 May 1660, Abigaile Williams, the daughter of Edward & Abigaile Williams is christened in the parish of St. Botolph Without Aldgate in London, England. Are these our Edward and Abigail? None of the other Williams' children's christenings have so far been found and no marriage of Edward Williams to an Abigail has yet been discovered, so we must put this down as pure speculation until the proper documentation is found. (LDS Family Search Page)

1665, Edward Williams, Abigail Williams, Sr., Thomas Williams, George Williams, Dorothy Williams and Abigail Williams, Jr. are listed on a patent as "having been transported to Maryland." (MD Patents Lib. 9 fol. 304) NOTE: Abigail Williams, Jr. married first Henry Turner (died ca October 1679) sometime before 31 August 1674. See Turner Family for continuation of this line. Click  to see a rough out-line of Abigail's descendants.

7 November 1671, Arthur Wright, to Thomas Taylor: "Taylor's Inheritance" on an island on Slaughter Creek and St. John's Creek, containing 200 acres. Abigail, wife of Arthur Wright mentioned in deed. (Dorchester Land Record 3 old 217)

4 November 1672, Arthur Wright, of Dorchester County, Taylor, to Anthony Tall, Jr., of the same county, Couper: land on Little Choptank River and Wright's Creek, on the western side of the creek, containing 100 acres more or less and called "Wright's Lott." Abigail, wife of Arthur Wright mentioned in deed. (Dorchester Land Record 3 old 259)

1 June 1674, Arthur Wright, planter, to James Brown, planter, tract called "Five Pines" on Castle Haven Bay, containing 106 acres, Abigaill, wife of Arthur Wright mentioned in deed. (Dorchester Land Record 3 old 40) Assignment of the above land by James Brown back to Arthur Wright on 7 November 1676 (3 old 122)

1 May 1676, Arthur Wright and Stephen Gary appraise the personal estate of Thomas Skinner, dec'd. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 2 fol. 68)

8 February 1676(/77), Arthur Wright is listed on a list of debts owed to the estate of Robert Winsmore, of Dorchester County. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 4 fol. 109)

15 June 1677, The Inventory of the personal estate of Arthur Wright, dec'd, of Dorchester County is exhibited and recorded with Capt. Anthony Dawson and John Rawlings acting as appraisers. (MD Account & Inventories Lib. 4 fol. 264)

Late 1678, Abigall Wright is listed on a list of Debts due to the estate of Edward Savage, dec'd, of Dorchester County. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 5 fol. 311)

10 May 1679, Abigall Wright is listed as owing a debt to the estate of Francis Taswell (Tarcell/Tassell/etc.) (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 6 fol. 184), also listed are Andrew Gray and John Rawlings. Andrew Gray would marry Philadelphia, the daughter or step-daughter of John Rawlings and after Andrew's death in 1693 his widow would marry Edward Williams, Jr.

19 July 1679, An Account of Arthur Wright's estate is recorded, with payments to 147 people! Abigall Wright is listed as administratrix. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 6 fol. 187)

1 September 1679, Mrs. Abigail Wright receives payment from the estate of Francis Tassell (Tarcell, etc.), dec'd, of Dorchester County. (MD Accounts & Inventories Lib. 6 fol. 390)

29 September 1679, Abigail Wright of Dorchester County, widow, to her children, Grace Wright, Absalom Wright, Edward Williams, Arthur Wright and Naomi Wright: Livestock. Witnesses Wm. Stephens, Thomas Taylor, William Smithson Acknowledged September 29, 1679. (Dorchester Land Record 4 old 6)

8 October 1681, An account of Arthur Wright's estate is recorded, with payments received from John Richardson, George Harlock and John Stock. Abigall Davis is listed as the administratrix. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 7B fol. 153)

1 June 1686, Thomas Taylor, of Dorchester, Gent., & Frances, his wife, to Edward Williams: tract called "Bristow" ("Bristol") on the northwest branch of Transquakin River, containing 300 acres, adjoining land formerly laid out for Henry Osburne. Witnesses: John Ryan, John Southe & Benj. Priestley (Dorchester Land Record 4 old 169)

3 February 1686(/87) Abigail Davis is listed as a debtor to the estate of William Juyce, merchant. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 8 fol. 509)

10 October 1688, Abigail Davis is listed on a list of debts due the estate of John Kirk, of Dorchester County. (MD Accounts and Inventories Lib. 10 fol. 171)

4 June 1690, Abigale Davis, Edward Williams and Abigale Adams to Maurice Mathews, all of Dorchester County: land formerly purchased by Arthur Wright, deceased husband and father-in-law (i.e. step-father) of grantors, from John Stuart, also deceased, containing 50 acres, it being part of 350 acres patented to said Stuart; also "Hudson's Point" on Stuart's Creek patented to Arthur Wright on 6 February 1667 and containing 100 acres; also "Crick" patented to Arthur Wright on 9 September 1675 and containing 66 acres. (Dorchester Land Record 4 old 72)

5 March 1693/94; Richard Adams of Dorchester County, planter, and Abigail his wife, to Capt. Thomas Ennalls of the same county, "Plaine Dealing" on the north side of Transquakin River, adjoining "Partnership" and containing 200 acres. (Dorchester Land Record 5 old 42)

4 March 1695(/96) Arthur Wright (, Jr.) of Dorchester County, planter, to Morrice Matthews: grantor's interest in 216 acres conveyed to Mathews on 4 June 1690 by Abigail Davis, Edward Williams and Abigail Adams. (Dorchester Land Record 5 old 70)

16 February 1696(/97) Edward Williams and Charles Staplefort witness Letter of Attorney from John & Rebeckah Blads (Blades), of Dorchester Co., MD to Hugh Eccleston, to convey a lease of part of "Alexander's Place" containing 50 acres on the west side Transquakin River to John Flowers for 99 years. (Dorchester Land Record 5 old 92)

26 January 1697/98, Richard Watts and Naomie Wright to David Jenkins of Dorchester County: Bond to convey to Jenkins a tract of land called "Five Pines" in Castle Haven Bay, devised* by Arthur Wright to his two daughters, Grace Wright and the said Naomi, said Richard Watts to procure from his wife Grace a letter of atty to acknowledge her part of said land. Witnesses John Taylor, Edward Stephens, William Stephens. (Dorchester Land Record 6 old 171) *NOTE: There is no will recorded in Maryland for Arthur Wright.

2nd day 2nd month (April) 1699, Joseph Atkinson and Naomy Wright, both of Dorchester County, were married at the Fishing Creek (Quaker) Meeting House [also known as Little Choptank] on this date. (Quakerism On The Eastern Shore, by Kenneth Carroll, p. 224)

1704, Depositions of Margaret Nowell, aged about 47 years, and John LeCompte aged about 41 years, re bounds of "Five Pines" where Richard Davis and Abigail, his wife, lived some 20 or 24 years ago. Sworn to before Jacob Loockerman and John Taylor on 9 June 1703. (Dorchester Land Record 6 old 53)

20 July 1704, Edward Williams patents "Bristol Addition" containing 44 acres in Dorchester County. (Settlers of Maryland 1701-1730, by Peter Wilson Coldham, p. 172)

1 August 1706, Edward Williams of Dorchester County, planter, and Philadelphia, his wife, to Joseph Atkinson, of the same county, cooper: "Addition to Bristoll" on the north side of Transquakin River, containing 44 acres. Wit: Thomas Taylor, Jno. Trippe. Acknowledged on & august 1706 by Edward Williams and Thomas Taylor, atty for Philadelphia Williams. (Dorchester Land Record 6 old 1706)

10 October 1707 Edward Williams patents "Nonsuch" containing 23 acres in Dorchester County. (Settlers of Maryland 1701-1730, by Peter Wilson Coldham, p. 172)

4 February 1709(/10) An Inventory of the personal estate of Joseph Atkinson, dec'd, of Dorchester Country, is taken by Anthony Rawlings and William Stephens, the appraisers. The approvers (or next-of-kin) are listed as Thomas Atkinson and Edward Williams. The estate was valued at 64.9.7 and the document was recorded on 14 June 1710. (MD Inventories& Accounts Lib. 31 fol. 164)

5 April 1709, Richard Adams writes his will, naming his wife Abigail, executrix (1/2 of his lands& plantation then to son Richard at her death), daughters, Frances Adams, Abigail Noble, Mary Adams, Grace Adams, Ellen Andrews, Margrett Adams, Monica Adams and Sarah Adams (personalty). Witnesses were Francis Luderton (Anderton), William Lowe and Henry Jones. The will was probated on 4 June 1709 in Dorchester County. (MD Wills part 2-12 fol. 119)

12 July 1709, The personal estate of Richard Addams was appraised by Francis Anderton and David Melvill. The inventory was valued at 52.12.11 with Frances Adams and Richard Adams being listed as approvers or next-of-kin and Abigail Addams was executrix. (MD Inventories and Accounts Lib. 30 fol. 145)

8 August 1710, Edward Williams of Dorchester County, planter, and Philadelphia, his wife, to John Young of the same county, cooper: a tract called "Nonsuch" on Bawgardin Marshes and Bawgardin Creek, containing 23 acres. Wit: Richard Watts, Hugh Eccleston, Jr. Acknowledged 9 August 1710 by Hugh Eccleston, atty for Edward Williams and Philadelphia, his wife. (Dorchester Land Record 6 old 163)

10 August 1710, John Reaks (Rix, Ricks), Walter Campbell and William Ellis to Henry Turner, son and heir of Thomas Turner, dec'd: Bond concerning negroes belonging to said Henry Turner; said John Reaks having married Abigail Adams, mother of said Thomas Turner, dec'd, and she she having been named in the will of said Thomas Turner as guardian of Henry Turner. Witnesses Jno. Kirke, Hu. Eccleston. (Dorchester Land Record 6 old 181)

27 October 1711, An inventory of the personal belongings of Edward Williams, dec'd, of Dorchester County was taken by John Flower and Edward Stephen(s). The estate was valued at 49.4.0 with Anthony Rawlings and Neomy Atkinson listed as the creditors and next-of-kin to the deceased. (MD Inventories & Accounts Lib. 33A fol. 223)

13 August 1713, Philadelphia Williams received payment from the estate of John Younger, dec'd, of Dorchester County, dec'd. (MD Inventories and Accounts Lib. 35B fol. 39)

20 April 1717, Phillodelphy Williams, John Flower and Mary Eccleston witness the will of Dorothy Taylor* of Dorchester County, (probated on 13 March 1717[/18]) (MD Wills Lib. 14 fol. 527) *NOTE: Dorothy Taylor may have been born a Williams.

15 November 1719, Jacob Gray, planter, and Isabell, his wife, to William Jones: part of "Guttridg Choice" on Cabin Creek, containing 150 acres. Assignment from Philadelphia Williams to William Jones of her "third part of ye within mentioned lands" dated 15 June 1720. (Dorchester Land Record 2 old 27)

6 March 1722(/23), The will of Richard Watts is written, leaving Richard Norman and heirs 100 acres called "Watts Chance" at the head of the main branch of Sewell's Creek and 50 acres called "York." His wife, Grace, was appointed executrix and left his personal estate for life then to go to Richard Norman and his heirs. The will was witnessed by Peter Taylor, Cornelius Johnson, William Scotten & Elinor Mackall and was probated in Dorchester County on 3 April 1723. (MD Wills Lib. 18 fol 80)

15 November 1723, Peter Taylor, of Dorchester County, Gent., to Andrew Williams, of the same county, planter: tract called "Bristoll" on a branch of Watts Creek, containing 200 acres. (Dorchester Land Record 8 old 40)

Not Dated, (ca 1726/27), John Vickory, of Kent County upon Doloway (Delaware), in the Province of Pennsylvania*, planter, and Anne, his wife, to Andrew Williams, of Dorchester County, planter: a tract called "Bristoll" on a branch of Watts Creek, containing 200 acres. Wit: John Young & Philad. Williams. Acknowledged 15 March 1726(/27) in open court before Henry Ennalls and assoc. Judges by John Salsbury, atty for John Vickery and Ann, his wife. (Dorchester Land Record 8 old 151) *Delaware did not exist as a separate entity at this time, it was part of Pennsylvania. It was generally referred to  as the three lower counties of Pennsylvania on or upon the Delaware (Bay).

10 March 1726(/27), Walter Quinton, of Dorchester County, Gent., to Philadelphia Williams, Senior, of the same county: a tract called "Hogstealers Prevention" at the head of the main branch of Watts Creek, containing 60 acres. Wit: Andrew Robson and Andrew Williams. Acknowledged 15 March 1726(/27) in open court by John Young, atty for Walter Quinton. (Dorchester Land Record 8 old 154) This shows that Edward & Philadelphia Williams did indeed have a daughter named Philadelphia who was most likely still unmarried by 10 March 1726/27. The Johnson Family Bible states that Harmon & Philadelphia Johnson's first child was born on 16 July 1731, this child was James Johnson. He and his wife, Lucy, had a son named Edward Williams Johnson.

20 March 1727/28, The will of Grace Watts (Wats) is probated in Dorchester County. It mentions her sister Naomy (no surname given) and also mentions Mary & Sarah Griffin (left personalty), Job Norman, eldest son of Richard Norman (left land in Dorchester County), and Richard Norman (left residue of estate). Witnesses are recorded as John Rex (Ricks, Rix, Reaks), Rebecca Nicholls and Philemon LeCompte. (MD Wills Lib. 19 fol. 402)

11 March 1729, Andrew Williams of Dorchester County, planter, to Anne & Lucretia Taylor, daughters of Thomas Taylor late of the same county, Gent., dec'd, "Bristoll" on the west side of Transquakin River, containing 300 acres. (Dorchester Land Record 8 old 312)

1738, Commission concerning the bounds of land belonging to Peter Rich of Queen Anne's County, Maryland called "Hall's Fortune" lying at the head of Watts Creek. Deposition of Andrew Williams aged about 43 re bounds of "Hall's Fortune" adjoining "Hamstead". Depositions taken 30 August & 25 September 1738 (Dorchester Land Record 12 old 102)  NOTE: This places the birth of Andrew Williams (son of Edward & Philadelphia)  at about 1695.

6 December 1745, Philadelphia Williams of Dorchester County, writes her will, and leaves her plantation called "Hog Stealer's Prevention" containing 60 acres to her son John Williams and then to her grandson Rollens Williams. The will is probated on 10 March 1746(/47). Witnesses were John Pritchett Fisher, William Kirkham and John Hopkins. (MD Wills Lib. 25 fol. 27 & 28)

19 February 1745(/46) Philadelphia Williams receives payment from the estate of Edmond Owens, dec'd, of Dorchester County.  (MD Accounts Lib. 22 fol. 130) NOTE: Owens' widow, Rachel, married secondly Jacob Gray, possibly Philadelphia's grandson.

29 May 1747, the Inventory of the personal property of Philadelphia Williams, dec'd, of Dorchester County was taken and recorded on 9 August 1747. Those mentioned were; appraisers Moses Nicolls and Henry Sworden, creditors Samuel Fountain and David Melbill (Melvill), next-of-kin Andrew Williams and Ather (Arthur) Williams, and the executor John Williams. (MD Inventories Lib. 35 fol. 242)

24 June 1748, Andrew Williams of Dorchester County and Prudence, his wife, to William Addams of the same county: "Maids Choice" on the middle prong of Vickery's Branch, containing 50 acres. Also "Addition" on the north side of the middle branch of Vickery's Branch, containing 96 acres. Also "Bristoll" on a branch of Watts Creek, containing 200 acres. (Dorchester Land Record 14 old 276)

1748/49, (not dated) Andrew Williams & William Smith appraise the personal estate of George Graham, dec'd, of Dorchester County, recorded 13 March 1748(/49) (MD Inventories Lib. 38 fol. 74)

25 September 1749, An Account on the estate of Jacob Gray*, dec'd, of Worcester County, Maryland is recorded, with Andrew Gray, administrator and Ceasor Goodwin and John Massey, his sureties. Payments were made to Mary Martin assignee of John Kilbee, Jacob Gray, the representatives of James Harris, Charles Thompson, Arthur Williams, Solomon Evans, Zabdiel Potter, B. Harris, Joseph Miller, Daniel Dulany, Esq. and Benton Harris. The remainder of the estate was divided among the widow (not named), the accountant (Andrew Gray) of age, Jacob Gray of age, Philadelphia Beckam of age, Mary Ross of age, Thomas Gray of age, Issabell Gray of age, Theopenia (probably should be Trephena) Gray aged 13 and James Gray aged 11. (MD Accounts Lib. 27 fol. 88) *NOTE: Jacob Gray is the son of Andrew & Philadelphia Gray and step-son of Edward Williams, Jr.

6 November 1753, John Williams of Dorchester County to William Smith, Jun'r. of Dorchester County: "Hog Stealers Prevention" containing 60 acres at the head of the main branch of Wattes Creek. (Dorchester Land Record 15 old 6) Note: William Smith (d. 1768) married Abigail (d. 1781) and had; Edward (ca 1721/22-1786), Thomas (d. 1795), Sarah (married Thomas Dawson), William Smith, Jun'r, Sophia (married Isaac Jump), Sabra (married John Hammond), Sidney (d. 1780 married William Saulsbury 1732-1788), Sabina (married Asa Banning and had a daughter named Abigail Williams Banning) and Olive.

 

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