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OWEN: Three Brothers in 1700s Maryland


THOMAS OWEN, EDWARD OWEN SR., LAWRENCE OWEN


Debunking written and web based genealogical errors in the OWEN line

This was written, beginning in January 2011. A 40 year old dream of unanswered questions: I began this quest 10 years ago, ‘learning the ropes’; aligning with a dear cousin over the past five years; most oft daily, many hours of search, re-search and some costly acquisition of primary source records pertaining to Maryland Owen families has been carried out by this team of two mid-west cousins. Each of these cousins had a great grand parent surnamed SMITH; each cousin is a direct descendant of great-great grandfather: Edward Owen Smith I, who was born April 15,1817 Montgomery County, Maryland; and, he died March 8, 1892 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. His story would be another whole webpage in it's own right; as would, the adventures of his baby brother Col. Gustavus Adolphus Smith!

The quest began, when through good genealogical record search, it was found that the late 19th, early 20th century, DAR applications of four SMITH cousins, all grandchildren of Rev. James and Anne Owen SMITH, had rightfully applied for membership in the DAR [it was granted]; but, these cousins had chosen the wrong veteran as their qualifying Patriot. One of these applicants was the great grandmother of one of the present day researchers. This great grandmother was the daughter of above Edward Owen Smith I; and, she was the granddaughter of above Rev. James and Anne Owen SMITH. Some of the information and documentation that follows, compiled by these two cousins, has been used to successfully gain membership in the present day DAR [stiff, new requirements for Primary source] and Colonial Dames organizations for another cousin of our same descent.... and we used the correct Patriot!

We will walk back through time, quickly; as far as primary source allows, and many times identifying myths and errors in OWEN relationships. Then, patiently, we will build our particular OWEN line from which these two researching cousins descend, giving primary source, which props-up this family's history. Some of this primary source was found at Maryland State Archives.

SMITH to OWEN bridge: The author, philip edward smith is the son of Edward Owen Smith IV. The above mentioned:
Edward Owen Smith I, was the second son, fourth child, of a Methodist Episcopal minister, Rev. James SMITH [b.19 November 1784 d.9 April 1826] and a Nancy OWEN [b. 25 October 1788 d.10 April 1823 (*8.)] (aka. & most often referred to as ‘Anne‘) The marriage record that is found in the Rockville, Montgomery County Courthouse says: James Smith and Anne Owen. She later is named in her father's will as "Nancy", wife of James Smith (*1.)(*2.).
Anne OWEN [b. 25 October 1788 d.10 April 1823 (*8)] was the daughter (*3.) of Edward OWEN [b. 23 Nov 1763 - d.1815] and Rachel BEALL [~1764-1848] (*2.)(*4.).
Edward OWEN was the son of a Maj. Robert OWEN [1729/30-1779], the true DAR Patriot, and m/1st Kesiah Harding, [1730s-1760s], and they had issue (*5.)(*6.).
Maj. Robert OWEN was the son of an Edward OWEN Sr. [1700s-1771] (*7.) and Elizabeth. Note: This Maj. Robert Owen, m/2nd [they also had issue] Mary Ann EDMONSTON Beall, widow of Benjamin Beall.
Edward OWEN Sr. [1700s-1771] was one of the 'Three Brothers in 1700s Maryland Surnamed OWEN'.



(*1.) Annals of the American Methodist Pulpit; or Commemorative Notices of Distinguished Clergymen of the Methodist Denomination In The United States. by: William B. Sprague, D.D., pages 372-377.
(*2) Will of Rachel Beall Owen: 25 August 1848, Montgomery County, Maryland, recorded Liber HH-3, folio 12. Probate: 10 November 1848, Liber 4, Page 478.
(*3) Will of Edward Owen: 08 November 1814; recorded Liber I, Folio 39. Probate: Liber 2, pg 401, 13 January 1815.
(*4). Prince George’s Parish Records PGP pg. 229. Prince George’s Parish Records. Indexes of Protestant (Episcopal)… by: Helen W. Brown.
(*5.) Maj. Robert Owen’s will: July 1779, Montgomery County, Maryland, recorded Liber A, page 175.
(*6.) Elizabeth Harding’s will: 05 October 1769, Frederick County, Maryland, recorded…
(*7.) Edward Owen Sr.’s accounts, i.e. : Frederick County Register of Wills (Administration Accounts) Edward Owen estate, 23 November 1772, Liber B-2, ff. 229-230, MSA CM463-2, microfilm no. CR44,862-2; Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland.
(*8.) The "Prather Family Bible of Decatur, Illinois, begun after 1843 and before 1848, by Rachel Smith PRATHER, daughter of Rev. James and Anne Owen SMITH & wife of William Prather.



PRIMARY SOURCE RECORDS found to date, firmly tie together, these three brothers surnamed OWEN; Thomas, Edward [paragraph above], Lawrence. No other siblings, no primary source record of antecedents, has been found; even though, search has been diligently performed seeking these other relationships. We cannot, via primary source, list the exact dates of their birth; so, we will discuss them in the order just listed. The line of their descendants will also be shown, via primary source. The introduction has been long; but, this intro is not nearly as great as the miss-information about this family published since the late 19th century.

#1 THOMAS OWEN

(b.____; d. by 1751) m. (1) Elizabeth Burch (widow of John Cade). m. (2) Elizabeth Hawkins (widow of Richard Marsham Waring).

Children: One daughter to maturity (and heir) Barbara Owen (m. William Williams, son of Thomas). One step son: Robert Cade (d. before 1743, unmarried without heirs).

Thomas, born just after the turn of the 18th century, is one of the three OWEN brothers that are found in Maryland Court records. He became known as a planter (*1.), a merchant (*5.), a Court Clerk, and a Justice of the Peace (*6.), a member of the Lower House of Assembly, also, Captain Thomas Owen (*7.), and a Gentleman (*19.).

Thomas Owen was a witness to the Prince George's County, MD. administration bond of Rebecca Wilkinson Dent Addison (25 October 1726). Rebecca was the widow of John Addison and mother of Thomas Addison. This signifies to this writer that Thomas Owen had reached his majority by 1726; and, he was the only non 'family' member named, of the named parties to the administration bond. Note: The Executrix for this estate, Barbara [Dent] Brooke was Rebecca's daughter; Sureties: Thomas Brooke (above Barbara's husband as well as the benefactor of land to Rev. Robert Owen for the vestry's use, 1704), John Howard, [Barbara's son-in-law, the husband of Barbara's daughter Rebecca Brooke]; Witnesses: Benjamin Brooke [Barbara's son] and Thomas Owen [not related in any way, per our knowledge](*1a.)(*1b.).

Thomas's story actually starts with a lady named Elizabeth Burch, daughter of Oliver and Barbara Tennison BURCH... she can be proven in court records found from King and Queen Parrish of Charles County, Maryland. Elizabeth Burch 1st married a John Cade who left her a widow in 1726. By 11 January 1727/28 we find Thomas Owen has married the widow Elizabeth Burch Cade (*1.). Issue came real soon, as a daughter Barbara, named for her Grandmother Burch, was born ~1728/1729. There was an earlier account, 1727, for the John Cade estate: I have not seen this inventory from 1727 ...if Thomas is included, the marriage for Thomas and Elizabeth would possibly be at an earlier time than we feel we can now prove (*1.).

"At the request of Thomas Owen the following deed was recorded...between John Speaks Jr. of Charles County, planter... and Thomas Owen of Prince George's County planter and Elizabeth his wife lately the relict of John Cade late of the county last aforesaid, Millwright. Robert Cade, a minor son and heir, of the said John Cade of the other part [punctuation added]... John Speaks Jr. together with his father John Speaks Senior of Charles County... and Winifred his wife mother of the said John Speaks Jr. did by their absolute Deed of bargain and sale bearing out the 4th day of December 1722... convey and make over unto the said John Cade (in his lifetime) his heirs and assigns forever a parcel of land being part of a tract of land called 'Plymouth' lying in Price George's County near the main fresh of Piscattaway originally patented for John Wheeler... 14th day of June 1675...laid out for 140 acres more or less... afterwards it was found that the tract of land above mentioned was not the absolute right of the aforesaid grantors at the time of the above bargain and sale but that John Wheeler above named father of the of the said Winifred..." etc. [Result: 1/3 to Thomas and Elizabeth during her life and 2/3 to Robert Cade and his heirs; Thomas and Elizabeth's 1/3 to Robert Cade after her decease (*1.)]. "This distribution would indicate that Robert was the only child of John and Elizabeth Burch CADE."

"The second add. to the acct of Thomas Owen of Prince George's County and Elizabeth his wife admx.... These accountants charge themselves with the ballance (sic) of their accounts past 26 October 1732... [NOTE:] Margin Notation, 'Two Children'..." [There is not found anywhere any evidence of any other heir to John Cade than the minor son Robert. Barbara was Thomas Owen's heir. I contend she is part of this 'two children' notation... and her inclusion is representative of Thomas Owen's savvy] (*1.).

'Plymouth' is within 2 miles, west northwest of 'Brooksfield', 'the Goars' [or ‘the Gores’] also, is adjacent to Brooksfield, north and easterly. All of these are just North of present day Rosaryville located on US HYW 301. “Plymouth” as originally patented for John Wheeler contained 326[?] acres (*4.). John Cade had purchased 140 acres (*2.). The remaining 175 acre part of 'Plymouth' was purchased by Joseph Newton (*3.).

1733 the list of taxables, places Thomas Owen in the Upper Piscattaway Hundred area (*10.). 'Plymouth' was located in this hundred; and, this author feels Thomas and Elizabeth called 'Plymouth' home [that’s why they were in court getting the papers straight]. Note: the owner of the ’other’ part of 'Plymouth’, Thomas's neighbor, Joseph Newton’s name appears in the 1733 listing, 10 names prior to Thomas Owen’s name.

I do not have the original document; but, RootsWeb publishes a tracing made 04 February 1897 of the original survey Plat Map for the Port of Bladensburg, 1737. [RootsWeb contributor miss-dated: 1787]. Sale of the surveyed lots went down 15 March 1742. Lot 27 was bought in this original sale by: Thomas Owen. Those Conducting the sale: Capt. James Edmonston, Osborn Sprigg, William Mauduit, Thomas Gantt and Thomas Waring. Purchasers were required to improve the land within 18 months. Each lot was an acre in size. Bladensburg is about 10 miles Northwest of 'Plymouth'; on the Northeast/outside of what has become Washington City Square. Note that Bladensburg was a port. (*11.)

"At the request of Thomas Owen the following lease was recorded May 04, 1743... between Sam Hyde of the city of London... merchant of the one part and Thomas Owen of Prince George's County... planter of the other part. ...grant lett and farm lett unto the said Thomas Owen all that tract or parcel of land lying in the county aforesaid being part of a tract called 'Bradford's Rest'... formerly laid out for James Crawford... and laid out for 311 acres of land... from the day of the date hereof for and during the natural life of Thomas Owen himself and for and during the natural life of Elizabeth Owen wife of the said Thomas Owen and for and during the natural life of Barbary Owen daughter of the said Thomas Owen by Elizabeth his wife all now living. ...shall and will within seven years after the date hereof plant and make upon some convenient place on the demised premises, one orchard with 311 apple trees..." I firmly believe that Elizabeth Burch Cade OWEN is still alive at the time of this record (*9.). This record clearly identifies Barbara as the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth. Elizabeth dies soon; however, and Thomas will marry again (*13.). [Bradford's Rest was first granted to: Major John Bradford, 03 June 1713, 2,658 acres. Addition to Bradford's Rest granted to same; 20 September 1715, 584 acres; and, again the same lands resurveyed, with lands added, and called: Badford's Rest, 10 June 1718, 4,892 acres. This land mass was located due East of Rockville, within 3-4 miles, and todays State Route 97 passes through it; as, does the old Rockville to Baltimore road] (*21.). Thomas moved his family from Plymouth to this 'new' plantation; and, it appears Barbara was living here in her widowhood, until 1791. The lease ended with her passing.

"At the request of James Smith... the following indemnification was recorded... Whereas a certain tract of land in Prince George's County called 'Bradford's Rest' late the estate of Mr. Sam Hyde of London Merchant: hath been condemned by his Lordship's Provincial Court of this province for my use for a debt due from the said Hyde and Whereas Thomas Owen, James Smith, John Swearingen, James Crawford, Lawrence Owen, John Barnet, John Coffee, Nicholas Baker, Aron Prater, and Thomas Burk, Dem.."(sic) [Dennis] "Candler the several tenants on the said land have attoned to me. I do therefore hereby promise for myself, my heirs, executors of administration to indemnify and safe harmless the said several tenants from all cost damage or loss that they shall sustain by reason or means of such attonment." [This James Smith is not considered a relative of any other SMITH recorded in this report] (*12.).

A man named Richard Marsham Waring dies ~1743; he leaves behind a widow named Elizabeth Waring. His will dated 1740; inventory dated 1750. (*8.)(*13.) This widow, Elizabeth Hawkins WARING becomes Thomas Owens 2nd wife (*14.)(*15.).

1744 (before 11 May) Petition. Sundry Inhabitants of Prince George's County. To Gov. Thomas Bladen and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly. Petition for the division of Prince George's County into two counties; courthouse to be built at Kennedy Farrell's or wherever the majority decides. signed by: Thomas Owen, et.al. (*16.). NOTE: the thought process that suggests the courthouse be built at Kennedy Farrell's; Kennedy Farrell was a lisenced Innkeeper/tavern owner in Fredericktown; the social 'meeting place' of the day. Plus thirty years, the same line of thought will be employed in the formation of the new Montgomery County from this Frederick County.

"At the request of Thomas Owen the following deed was recorded.. Kennedy Farrell of Prince George's County of the one part and Thomas Owen of the other part.. for and in consideration of the sum of 100 pounds current money of Maryland and 2,500 pounds of tobacco to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Owen... sell, alien, and confirm unto the said Thomas Owen all that tract of land called 'Spittle Fields' being part of a tract of land called the 'Exchange and New Exchange Enlarged' lying on the draught of a Branch known by the name of 'Captain John' in the county aforesaid... 72 acres and 3/4 of an acre of land…” (*17.) Some 35 years hence, Barbara Owen Williams will pay tax on this land; and, she will be taxed on the land next described. Although not this particular parcel ['Spittle Fields'], but adjacent parts of this larger land mass called ‘Exchange and New Exchange’ will figure in the site of the future courthouse of Montgomery County; and, in the lives of Thomas Owen Williams, Elisha Owen Williams, William Prather Williams & Edward Owen Williams, Thomas Owen’s eldest grandsons, sons of Thomas Owen’s daughter Barbara Owen who married William Williams (*17a.).

“At the request of Thomas Owen the following deed was recorded.. between Kennedy Farrell.. and Thomas Owen... Kennedy Farrell... in consideration of the sum of 150 pounds current money of Maryland to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Owen... doth freely... confirm unto the said Thomas Owen... all that tract or parcell of land called 'Hayman's Addition' being part of a tract of land called the 'Addition' lying on the draught of a branch known by the name of 'Captain John' in the county aforesaid... laid out for 75 acres..."(*17.).

A Proclamation Establishing the Court of Frederick County, Maryland; December 12, 1748. Read December 13, 1748... “Charles, Absolute Lord & Proprietary of the Province of Maryland & Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore, etc. to… (names),Thomas Owen, (more names)… of Frederick County, Greeting. Know ye that we have assigned you and every of you jointly and severally, as Justices to keep our peace within our County of Frederick and to do equal law and right to all the King’s subjects, rich and poor, according to all the laws and customs and directions of the Acts of Assembly of this Province so far forth as they provide and when they are silent, according to the laws and statutes and reasonable customs of England….” Half of the aforesaid Justices were directed to swear in the other half then the later half was to swear in the former. This done, the proceedings were to be certified to “our High Court of Chancery with all convenient speed.”

This record is key, in that it also ties Thomas Owen's heir, Barbara Owen and her husband William Williams, to: Thomas Owen. "At the request of Thomas Owen the following deed was recorded... between Benjamin Belt Jr. of Prince George's County in the Province of Maryland planter of the one part and Thomas Owen of the county and province aforesaid Gentleman of the other part... the said Benjamin Belt Jr... the sum of 90 pounds Sterling money of Great Britain to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Owen... sell... confirm unto the said Thomas Owen... all that tract or parcel of land called 'Buck Lodge' lying and being in Prince George's County aforesaid... 250 acres more or less..." (*19.) Thomas Owen's Son-In-Law, William Williams, who married Thomas's heir: Barbara, and who as well, administered Thomas's Inventory/Accounts, later possessed this very tract of land.

Proceedings of the Lower House of Assembly: "At a Session of Assembly begun and held at the City of Annapolis, on Tuesday the 8th Day of May, in the Year of our Lord God 1750, … by several Proguations from the 24th Day of June last; his Excellency Samuel Ogle, Esq. being Governor. Appeared in the Lower House of Assembly, The Honourable Philip Hammond, Esq. Speaker; …(by counties, page 377)… For Frederick County, Capt. Thomas Owen, Mr. John Smith Prather." (*7.)

The next record is my favorite of all with reference to Thos.: "At the request of Thomas Owen the following bill of sale was recorded... that I, Waitstill Singellton Church of Prince George's County for and in consideration of the sum of 17 pounds 15 shillings seven pence half penny current money to me in hand paid by Thomas Owen of the same county... Have bargained sold set over and delivered to the said Thomas Owen... two feather beds, one quilt, two bolsters, two pillow, two pair of sheets, two dozen pewther plates, two bedsteads and cords, one small ovil table, one chest, one box, three pewther dishes, six knives and forks, one copper kettle, one tea kettle, one gunn, a parcel of earthen ware, two tea salvers, two tea pots, half dozen tea cups and saucers, four silver tea spoons, a sett of carpenter's tools, one beef barrell, four chairs, one SCHOONER now lying at Bladensburg Landing with three sails, Viz', main sail fore sail and gybb, one cab, twenty fathom in length, one anchor with all other standing and running necessary for said vessel, one looking glass and one pewter bason..." [I wish I had been a fly on the wall when the haggling went down! Thomas got some good stuff... whether to have and hold or for resale...? (*18.)

My cousin has brought together three items; items that help us "hone-in" on the occurance of Thomas Owen's death. 1. The preceeding record dated 27 November 1750 [recorded 15 December 1750] is the last record found to date, wherein Thomas is alive. 2. Thomas is not counted present or even mentioned in the final assembly of the term he had been serving in the Lower House; 15 May - 08 June 1751 proceedings of the General Assembly. 3. The 21 November 1751 sale of the 140 acres, part of the land tract called "Plymouth" with which we began Thomas's story; and, the sellers are Joseph Beall and Joseph's new wife: Elizabeth Hawkins Waring Owen BEALL [other words: Thomas Owen's widow]. The purchaser was Jonathan Burch: brother of the late Elizabeth Burch Cade OWEN (*20.) [Thomas Owen's 1st wife]. We will wind down Thomas's story with these thoughts: 'Plymouth' was at the start of Thomas and Elizabeth's time together, their dwelling plantation. It was here that Thomas was called 'Planter'. Jonathan Burch [Elizabeth Burch Cade OWEN's brother and Thomas Owen's brother in law; who with Thomas was a co-owner of a 75 acre tract called 'Mill Damm'; this property tract being adjacent to 'Plymouth'] purchased that tract named 'Plymouth', as stated above. Later, Jonathan Burch will name both of these properties in his will ['Mill Damm' and 'Plymouth']. In Charles County, is found the record of 11 August 1685, where Jno. Wheeler deeded the whole of 'Plymouth', 350 acres it says, to Jno. Speaks and wife Winifred as well as to her issue. Then in Prince George's County, 04 November 1718 [recorded 1719] and 04 December 1722, Jno. Sr. and Winifred and Jno. Jr. and Elizabeth sold 175 acres and 140 acres, to Newton and to Caid, [in order]. The rub comes when Robert Cade Sr. dies and the other issue of Jno. Speaks Sr. began to ask where was their part of the 1685 deed; after-all, they were also the issue of Winifred? Thomas Owen fights in court to maintain ownership of the Cade tract for his wife and step-son. The fact that after the death of Thomas Owen, his second wife, Elizabeth Hawkins Waring OWEN & her next husband, Joseph Beall end up with 'Plymouth', in hand to sell, tells us that the young lad Robert Cade pre-deceased his mother, Thomas Owen's first wife, Elizabeth Burch Cade OWEN.

The Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Owen: This is another key that ties the '3 Brothers named OWEN' each to one another... William Williams [son-in-law] swore to the accuracy of this inventory. Brothers: Lawrence Owen and Edward Owen noted as ‘kindred‘, signed their acceptance; Joseph Beall son of Ninian [husband, by this time, of Thomas's second wife and widow], and Richard Thomas [most probably a court appointee] signed their acceptance (*14.).

The following is a genealogist's gold-mine! Thomas Owen, shortly before he died gifted "Pigg Park" to his namesake/nephew: Thomas Owen, the son of Edward Owen Sr. A pair of records are found from 19 April 1798, in the Montgomery County Land Records data-base at MSA, which record a "bond of conveyance". A copy of this bond having been possessed by the nephew [second mentioned] Thomas Owen, son of Edward Owen Sr. Margin notes indicate that yet another Edward Owen [the nephew of the second Thomas Owen/the grandson of Edward Owen Sr.] is handling the business of this transaction; as, at that time, the second Thomas Owen lives in Virginia. [1st: the bond] "At the request of Thomas Owen the following bond of conveyance ...that John Hallings of Virginia am held and firmly bound unto Thomas Owen of the said county and province aforesaid [Prince George's County, Maryland] in ye full and just sum of fifty pounds sterling to the which payment well and truly to be made and done I bind myself ...this 10th day of April Anno Domini 1744. ...The Consideration of ye above Obligation is such that if the above bounded John Hallings ...convey... right of certain tract or parcel of land lying in the province and county aforesaid called Pigg Parck (sic) ...which land ye said John Hallings oblige himself to make over by an indefeasible right of Inheretance..." [2nd record] "At the request of Richard Berry the following assignment was recorded this 19th day of April 1798 to wit- Whereas a certain Thomas Owen in his life time purchased of a certain John Hallings a tract of Land then situate in Prince George's County but now in the county of Montgomery called Pigg Park and obtained from the said Hollings a bond for the conveyance of the same bearing date upon the 10th day of April 1744 and whereas the said Thomas Owen (now deceased) did afterwards in his life time dispossed of and pass the said Bond of conveyance to his Nephew Thomas Owen now of the commonwealth of Virginia but did not make any written assignment of the same upon the said bond and the said last mentioned Thomas Owen having held and possessed the said land for many years hath since sold and conveyed the same to a certain Richard Berry of Montgomery County who now holds and possesses the same and whereas the first named Thomas Owin (sic) being long since dead leaving an only daughter his heir at law, to wit, Barbara who intermarried with a certain William Williams both of whom are long since dead now we the subscribers Children and heirs at law of the said Barbara for and in consideration of the premises and for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings current money to us in hand paid by the said Richard Berry ...transfer unto the said Richard Berry ...all our right claim title and interest in and to the said land above mentioned... and in and to the said bond of conveyance above mentioned ...set our hands and affirm... 10th day of March 1798-" [Signatures:] Edward Williams, Elizabeth Williams Berry, Zachariah Berry, Barbara Williams Magruder, Francis Magruder, Elisha O. Williams, Martha Williams Clagett, Walter Clagett, William P. Williams, Walter C. Williams (*22.).


Descendants of Thomas Owen; one of the '3 Brothers' found in Prince George's County, Maryland

*Barbara Owen, daughter, and only heir of Thomas Owen. (b. after 1726 and before 1732/3, d. before 16 March 1791); m. William Williams, (b. 1720s, d. before 22 March 1769; son of Thomas Hillary & Eleanor Prather WILLIAMS). Children: @ least 5 sons and 4 daughters...
+Thomas Owen Williams [21 February 1748], +Elizabeth Ann Williams [b. 30 Oct. 1749, m. Zachariah Berry], +Elisha Owen Williams [b. 09 May 1752], +William Prather Williams [b. 29 April 1754], +Elinore Hilleary Williams [b. 05 Apr. 1757, d. ~1815 Prince George's County; buried Hagerstown church yard, m. Rezin Davis], +Martha Williams [b. 22 Dec. 1759, m. Walter Claggett s/o Thomas and Mary Meek Magruder Clagett] children: William Clagett of Georgetown, D.C.; Walter Clagett; Martha E. Clagett m. Henry Addison; Sarah Clagett m. Jeremiah Berry s/o Zachariah Berry; Darius Clagett m. 07 March 1825 to Providence Dorsey Brice d/o John Brice of Washington, D.C., +Edward Owen Williams [b. 18 Apr. 1761], +Barbara Williams [m. 23 December 1786, Prince George's County, to Francis Magruder](*22.)(*23.)(*25.), +Walter Caid Williams (*22.)(*24.)(*24a.)

Click on link at bottom of this page: Owen: Barbara who married William Williams; for the Williams' family story.



(*1.) Prince George's County, Maryland: January 11, 1728, Liber M pages 352-356. "At the request of Thomas Owen..planter.. the following deed was recorded..between John Speaks Jr…
***Prince George's County, Maryland: August 28, 1731, Liber Q pages 351-357. "At the request of Thomas Owen the following deed was enrolled... Indenture made the 8th day of June, 1731 between John Speaks Jr. of Charles County planter of the one part and Thomas Owen of Prince George's County planter and Elizabeth his wife lately the relict of John Cade late of the county aforesaid Millwright and Robert Cade a minor son and Heir of the said ... John Cade of the other part... 'Plymouth'... 140 acres..." (etc. As record above).
***Prince George's County, Maryland: October 26, 1732, Perrogative Court (Accounts) John Cade estate (Elizabeth Owen, administratrix), Liber 11 folios 514-516 "The additional accounts of Thomas Owen of Prince George's County and Elizabeth his wife admx. of all and singular the goods chattels and credits which were of John Cade late of the County aforesaid deceased.... ballance of an account past 17 October 1727 (*1.) exhibited into ye Prerogative Office...
***Prince George's County, Maryland: March 20, 1732/3, Perrogative Court (Accounts) John Cade estate (Elizabeth Owen, administratrix), Liber 11 folios 645-646 "The second add. to the acct of...
(*1a.) Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, p. 358.
(*1b.) Prince George's County, Maryland Administration Bonds, 1698-1757, p. 189.
(*2.) Prince George's County, Maryland, 04 December 1722, Liber I, folios 402-404. Speaks et. al. to Daid (sic), 140 A. 'Plymouth'.
(*3.) Prince George's County, Maryland, 04 November 1718, recorded 1719, Liber F, folios 166-169. Speaks et. al. to Newton, 175 A. 'Plymouth'.
(*4.) Charles County, Maryland, 11 August 1685, Liber L, folios 178-179. Jno. Wheeler deeds to Jno. Speaks and Winifred his wife and issue of her body... 350[?] acres of 'Plymouth'.
(*5.) Prince George's County, Maryland: August 23, 1748, Liber BB page 482 (also Liber EE pages 485 & 486). "At the request of Thomas Owen the following bill of sale was recorded... I, Brock Mockbee of Prince George's County in the Province of Maryland planter for and in consideration of the sum of 20,000 pounds of good and sound merchantable tobacco to me in hand paid... by Thomas Owen of the said County in the province aforesaid, Merchant... grant bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Owen one Negro man named Dick, one Negro Woman named Sarah, one Negro man named Toby and one girl named Sarah, one Negro woman named Floron and there increase..."
(*6.) Provincial Court Land Records, 1737-1744; Volume 699, Page 300-302, 315; 18 May-26 June 1742. Not only is Thomas called out as one of those being sued in this proceeding; but, he signs as a Court Clerk.
***Proclamation Establishing the Court of Frederick County, Maryland; December 12, 1748. Read December 13, 1748... “Charles, …” [Thomas is appointed as a Justice of the Peace].
(*7.) Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1748-1751; Volume 46, Page 376. [Thomas is elected as a representative to the ‘Lower House’].
(*8.) Prince George's County Wills Liber 19, Folio 725 and Inventory Number 11, Folio 768.
(*9.) Prince George's County, Maryland: May 04, 1743, Liber Y pages 673-675.
(*10.) Calendar of Maryland State Papers No. 1: The Black Books, originally printed Annapolis, 1943 by the State of Maryland, Record 268: 1733 list of taxables Upper Piscattaway Hundred taken by John Hawkins Jr. Constable, ...Thomas Owen.
(*11.) I do not have the original document; but, Rootsweb publishes a tracing (04 February, 1897) of the original survey Plat Map for the Port of Bladensburg [Rootsweb miss-dated: 1787] 1737. Sale of the surveyed lots went down March 15, 1742.
(*12.) Prince George's County, Maryland: December 12, 1746, Liber BB page 29.
(*13.) Liber 23 folio 219. Accounts; Liber 28 folio 122 is dated 1750.
(*14.) Frederick County Register of Wills (Inventories, Originals) Thomas Owen, 20 August 1752, Box 1, folder 70, MSA C808-1, MdHR 6902-1-70, MSA, Annapolis, Maryland.
(*15.) [Who was Thomas Owen's second wife? Another Elizabeth; (Early Families of Southern Maryland Volume 6 by: Elise Greenup Jourdan) Henry Holland & Joan Greenfield HAWKINS eldest daughter and fourth child as listed was Elizabeth (pg 20). She is mentioned as 'Elizabeth Warning' in her father's will that was written September 14, 1746. Elizabeth m1 ~1732 Richard Marsham Waring Sr., b.~1706; d.1743; son of Marsham Waring and Henrietta Boarman (Bowie); Issue: 4 sons: Richard M. Jr., Henry, Basil, John (pg 23). Elizabeth Hawkins WARING m2 Thomas Owen, sometime after 22 Dec.1743 will... Elizabeth Hawkins Waring OWEN m3 Joseph Beall (son of Ninian); she died after 1767].
(*16.) Calendar of Maryland State Papers No. 1: The Black Books originally printed Annapolis 1943 by the State of Maryland, Record 461.
(*17.) Prince George's County, Maryland: March 23, 1747/8, Liber BB pages 399-403; also, Liber EE pages 392-394.
(*17a.) Maryland State Archives, S1161-8-3, Barbara Williams, pg. 19, Haymond's Addition 75A.; pg. 21, Spittlefield 72A.
(*18.) Prince George's County, Maryland: April 8, 1749, Liber PP, pg. 91.
(*19.) Prince George's County, Maryland: May 10, 1749, Liber BB pages 622-624 (also Liber EE pages 638-640).
(*20.) Prince George's County, Maryland: 07 December 1751, Liber PP, folios 161-163. 40 pounds current monies, 140 acres part of tract called "Plymouth".
(*21.) The History of Montgomery County, Maryland, from it's Earliest Settlement in 1650 to 1879, by: T.H.S. Boyd. Chapter V. pg 33. [Boyd is not always accurate; but, this note appears O.K.].
(*22.) Montgomery County, Maryland: Liber H, folio 114 & 115.
(*23.) Prince George's County, Maryland, Rock Creek Parish Records, pgs. 264, 251 [Bowie].
(*24.) Montgomery County, Maryland: Liber B, folio 436; Will of Barbara (Owen) Williams; Recorded 17 January 1791; Probate 16 March 1791. To sons Walter Caid Williams, Thomas Owen Williams (ex), and William Prather Williams. To four daughters. To grand-daughter Sarah Clagett. To daughters Martha and Barbara Williams estate bequeathed them by William Williams (decd.). Arichibald and Samuel Beall and George Robertson.
(*24a.) Early families of Southern Maryland Volume 7; Elise Greenup Jourdan; pgs. 86-89.
(*25.) Frederick County, Maryland; William Williams's Will Recorded 27 April 1767; Probate 22 March 1769; Liber A-1, folio 330.


#2 EDWARD OWEN,
,
(b._____; d. 1771) m. Elizabeth (UKN)

Children: Sons; Robert (heir, eldest mature issue), Edward Jr., Thomas, and Lawrence. Daughters; (undocumented) Eleanor, Mary.

Edward, born just after the turn of the 18th century, is one of the three OWEN brothers that are found in Maryland Court records. He became known as a Carpenter (*1.), member of Frederick County Grand Jury (*2.), Gentleman (*3.), Planter (*8.).

Edward Owen signs as witness to the will of James Haddock, Gent., 16 September 1726. This signifies to me that he has reached his majority.

1729/30 We know Edward Owen has married a lady named Elizabeth; as, we find recorded for them, the birth of a son named Robert, in Queen Anne’s Parish of Prince George‘s County: 01 February 1729/30. A baptism, also recorded, was on the 24th, same month and year (*4.). This record keeping and ceremony would have been at St. Barnabus Church, Upper Marlboro, Prince George‘s County, Maryland. The church became a must when Queen Anne’s Parish was created from St. Paul’s Parish in 1704; and, the new parish was formed, being the northern part of the former St. Paul’s Parish. The first pastor permanently assigned, arrived in 1708. A new edifice was erected within a few years at the site of the wooden ‘Chapel of Ease’ that had been in place since ~1692, at the on-set of the ‘30 Parish establishment‘. All of this helps us locate Edward Owen; and, the site of the baptism of his son, ~1730... Just over 6 miles, a tad East of due North, of the same Rosaryville, Maryland, which we used to locate his brother, Thomas Owen.

1733 finds Edward Owen listed by Samuel Magruder III, as taxable in Potowmack Hundred. [2nd next paragraph details relation of this area to Rosaryville]. His brother, Lawrence Owen, being the very next name in the list, one envisions that Edward is helping his younger brother get a start in life… that younger brother being very near/at reaching his majority IF the web-published birth date for Lawrence is for real (*5.)(*5a.).

16 October 1742: "Sundry inhabitants of P.G.'s Co. to Gov. Thomas Bladen and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly. Petition for a division of the county from the mouth of Rock Creek south to a bridge near Kennedy Farrill's and then east to the Patuxent River and along the river to Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. Signatures:...Lawrence Owens (sic)...Edward Owen..." (*5b.)

Edward Owens (sic) sells to Robert Langford 50 acres of Shady Grove, 01 June 1744, a tract of land that, by it’s description, would have been in the area west of present day Olney, Maryland. Edward’s wife Elizabeth is in agreement; and, brother Thomas Owen signs as a witness. This document describes Edward Owen as: Gentleman (*3.). This location would be about 25 miles North West of today’s Rosaryville, Maryland.

This entry is KEY in identifying what Owen folks descend from this man: Edward Owen Sr. “At the request of Edward Owen the following deed was recorded April the eighth day Anno Dom. Seventeen hundred and Forty two… between Richard Snowden of Ann Arundel County… and Edward Owen of Prince George’s County Carpenter… Richard Snowden… in consideration… to him in hand paid… Sell… and Confirm unto said Edward Owen… all that tract of land called Shepherds Hard Fortune lying and being in Prince George’s County… and laid out for 200 acres of land." *After Edward Owen’s death, 1771, his son Robert Owen [ID above] is appointed Edward Sr.'s Administrator; and, the same son Robert takes possession of this land. See 2nd next paragraph, as, this property ties Edward Owen Sr. to another son, Edward Owen Jr. Note: To help us locate this land: A portion of this property… 19 acres and a road were part of James N. Barnsley’s Addition to Olney, Montgomery County, Maryland: Plat proposal submitted, 17 August. 1925; approved as Plat 316, 03 December 1925 (*6.)(*7.).

"The following bond was ordered to be recorded November the 29th day Anno Dom~. 1748...Know all men by these presents that we Edward Owen, James Perry, John Hawkins Jr. & Osborn Sprigg of Prince George’s County and province aforesaid are held and firmly bond unto Colonel Edward Sprigg presiding Justice of the County Court…the full and just sum of One hundred pounds current money…Whereas a bridge built by the above bound Edward Owen & James Perry over Rock Creek has been carried away and not repaired according to the tenor of an agreement made by the said Edward Owen & James Perry of the one part and George Gordon, John Hawkins Jr. & James Edmonston on behalf of Prince George’s County of the other part…Edward Owen & James Perry…do and shall rebuild & completely finish the bridge aforesaid on or before the last day of May next…and keep the said bridge in sufficient repair for & during the space of seven years from the date of the above obligation…”(*12.).

*Maryland Land Grants, Liber BY-5 folio 563, 25 March 1751, is issued a certificate for Sheherd's Hard Fortune for 292 Acres, entered by Edward Owens (sic) [probably required re-survey]. The tenor of the following transaction indicates that Edward Owen Sr. is now a widower. **Recorded the 22 November 1769 for Edward Owen Jr., is a Lease/Indenture made 04 November 1769, between Edward Owen Sr. and Edward Owen Jr., planters. Edward Owen Jr., "...for yearly rent...the house and dwelling plantation where Edward Owen Sr. now lives...292 acres...Shepherds Hard Fortune...four Negros and stock...viz. Great Frank, Little Frank, Sam, Jack." This was to include three draft horses, nine head cattle, ten head hoggs, farmland and etc. Begins date of instrument, next rent due 01 August 1771. Agreement for life; but, default after 30 days of rent due date, and default ends the lease agreement. Rent was the amount of 'quit rents' 30 pounds plus the levies of 2 taxables. Also: Edward Owen Sr. was to receive 1/3 of the spirits made from the orchard fruit, meat and other food supplies necessary, a clean house including personal space, and a Negro woman to care for him (*8.). ***As stated above, after Edward Owen Sr. died in 1771, two truths emerge: 1. Listed in the Prerogative Court Accounts of 04 May 1775, Liber 71, folios 422-423, son, Edward Owen Jr., had paid the yearly rent of 30 pounds for the farm lease just described. [Edward Owen Jr.'s will was written 14 September 1773 and probate dated 16 March 1774 (*10d.)]. 2. Edward Owen Sr's Administrator, Robert Owen eventually took possession of this property. In Robert Owen's will, 1779, the instruction was given to sell his father's dwelling plantation, Shepherds Hard Fortune; and, the money to be placed in this Robert Owen's estate to insure his widow Mary will receive her 1/3 and that his debts will be covered, et. al.(*9.). Robert Owen's widow Mary, his exectrix, and Robert's son Edward Owen, his executor, sold this land in 1782 to Richard Berry. The deed says "...282 acres" (*10.).

21 May 1751: "Sundry Freeholders of Frederick County. To Gov. Sam Ogle and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly. Petition for the erection of a new county from the area of Prince George's and Frederick Counties. Signatures:...Edward Owen... other name Lawrence Owen..." (*10a.)

1758-1759: "Vestrymen, Churchwardens, and freeholders of Prince George's Parish, Frederick County. To Gov. Horatio Sharpe and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly. Petition for an act to divide the parish 'by a line Drawn from the lower falls of Potomack, to Will'm Richardsons Bridge that Crosses Potuxent River by said Richardsons Dwelling Plantation or at any other place your Hon'rs may think more convenient. Signatures: ...Robert Owen, ...Lawrence Owen, ...Edward Owen Sr., ...Edward Owen Jr., ..." (*10c.)

06 May 1760: "Gov. Horatio Sharpe, Annapolis. Proclaims the news of the Boston fire on March 20; 174 dwellings were burned, 220 families were homeless, and the damage amounted to at least L100,000; calls on all rectors of parishes to make collections for the sheriffs; when the sheriffs make their returns Governor will forward the funds to the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor in Boston."
09 June - 09 August, 1760: "Prince George's Parish, Frederick County. Return for L23 7s 10d. to aid the sufferers from the Boston fire. D[onations] unsigned. Subscribers: ...Edward Owen...." (*10b.)

*A dispute between two brothers, regarding one brother’s rights to two Negros [Sam and Jack] that were in the other brother‘s possession, is settled 29 August 1768; and, finally recorded by Edward Owen Sr. on 18 January 1771. This record ties Edward Sr.'s son Thomas to Edward Sr. & Edward Jr.[This must be Edward Owen Sr's final trip to the clerk's office; as, just less than a month later, Edward Owen's inventory is being entered in the Prerogative Court records]. Edward Owen Jr. was in possession of Negros: Sam and Jack. Thomas Owen claimed to have right to them. Thomas signs this release, that there now is no problem, nor will there be in the future, as he has received full satisfaction. [Edward Owen Sr. paid his son Thomas's asking price?] (*11.).

The inventory of Edward Owen Sr.'s estate, 1771, clearly shows: son Robert is administrator, sons Thomas and Laurence (sic) are "kindred", and Edward Owen (Jr.) is listed as a creditor (*11a.).

When, finally, we begin to deal with Edward Owen Sr.'s descendants, we will present records to indicate a daughter named Elinor (also found as Eleanor) who married Calder Haymond belongs to this family. [I can NOT show any primary records for a Mary who married Joseph West as a daughter; but, I hope some reader will come forward and loan me 'addresses' for good records that will allow us to securely place both of these girls here as well].


Descendants of Edward Owen Sr.; one of the '3 Brothers' found in Prince George's County, Maryland.

It is with the help and extensive study of a beloved cousin; only, that I will be able to accurately account for the issue of this Edward Owen Sr. & the issues of his issue!
*Robert Owen, eldest, heir, and administrator of the estate of Edward Owen Sr; b.01 February 1729/30 Queen Anne's Parish of Prince George's County and was baptised 24 February 1729/30, d. before July 1779; m1. Keziah Harding, (daughter of John Harding 1683-1752 and Elizabeth Williams [?] HARDING 1695-1769), b. 1730s and d. ~1765; Issue of Robert & Keziah: Ann, Eleanor, Edward, Robert, & Elizabeth. Keziah having passed away; Robert, before December 1766, m2. Mary Ann Edmonston Beall, b.~1732 d. 1806, a descendant of Ninian Beall line, daughter of James Edmonston and Mary Beall... she was the widow of Benjamin Beall (of Alexander Beall line). The issue of this m2: Octavia, Mary, Washington. Robert gave his oath of allegience to the Colonies; He was called on to serve as a Colonel and assigned duty as the administrator of the commisary at Annapolis for Montgomery County forces when Col. Waters did not answer the call; later, Col. Robert was promoted to 'Major Robert Owen'.
The Children of Robert and Keziah Harding OWEN:
+Ann Owen, [It is believed, have no primary source, that John Adamson m.1 this 'Miss Owen' and their first daughter was named Elizabeth, in honor of her grandmothers; Owen was her middle name. This daughter, Elizabeth Owen Adamson, married William Prather; and, her first daughter was named Ann... after Ann died as a young adult, her mother birthed her last daughter; she was named: Nancy. John Adamson, m2. Sally Boyd].
+Eleanor Owen, m.11 April 1780 to Robert Beall Crawford.
+Edward Owen, m.~1785 to Rachel Beall.
+Robert Owen,
+Elizabeth, m. Archibald Edmonston...
The Children of Robert and Mary Ann Edmonston Beall OWEN:
+Octavia Owen, b.1772, m.05 June 1802 to Eli Beall.
+Mary Ann [Polly] Owen, m. Rev. Stephen George Rozsel.
+Washington Owen, b.1777, m.
*Edward Owen Jr. b. ~1732, d. ~1774; m. Ruth Carlise; Issue: Edward Carlise, Mary, Robert Carlise, David, Elizabeth.
*Thomas Owen m. Rachel.
*Lawrence Owen; m1. Sarah Beall d. after 1774 (daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Harding BEALL) no known issue; Lawrence m2. Sarah Hardy, 22 June 1780 Montgomery County, MD., Issue:
*Eleanor, w/m. Calder Haymond; Issue:
*Mary, thought to have married Joseph West; Issue: +Edward Owen West, b.26 March 1760. +Lawrence Owen West, b.14 December 1762.


(*1.) Prince George‘s County, Maryland, Liber T, folio 443, 22 March 1736, from Matthew Duty, Bill of sale. “…Edward Owen of the said County Carpenter...”
(*2.) This Was The Life Excerpts from the Judgement Records of Frederick County, Maryland, 1748-1765; by: Millard Milburn Rice. Pages: 1 March Court 1748/49 Grand Jury; 31 March 1749/50 Juror; 52-53 June 1750 Juror; 69 March 1750/51 Juror.
(*3.) Archive’s of Maryland Online: Provincial court Land records, 1737-1744, Volume 699, page 517-519. 01 June 1744, Prince George’s County, Maryland . Edward Owens (sic) Gentleman, and wife Elizabeth to Robert Langford, 50 acres Shady Grove. Witness: Thomas Owen.
(*4.) Prince George’s County, Maryland, Queen Anne’s Parish Register, as listed by: Elise Greenup Jourdan in her book; Colonial Settlers of Prince George’s County, Maryland.
(*5.) Calendar of Maryland State Papers No.1: The Black Books, originally printed Annapolis, 1943 by the State of Maryland, Record 273: 1733 list of taxables Potowmack Hundred, Prince George’s County, Maryland, taken by Samuel Magruder III…. Edward Owen, Lawrence Owen.
(*5a.) "Black Books" II, page 121.
(*5b.) "Black Books" III, 9 portfolio.
(*6.) Prince George’s County, Maryland, Liber Y, pages 456-457. 08 April 1742, 200 Acres Shepherd’s Hard Fortune from Richard Snowden to Edward Owen, carpenter.
(*7.) Maryland State Archives S1249-8129, p.1: Plat 316, 03 December 1925.
(*8.) Frederick County, Maryland, Land Records; Liber M, Folios 581-583, 22 November 1769, Edward Owen Sr., Edward Owen Jr. planters.
(*9.) Robert Owen will: July 1779, Montgomery County, Maryland, recorded Liber A, page 175.
(*10.) Montgomery County, Maryland, Land Records; Liber B, pages 74-75, 16 November 1782. Shepherds Hard Fortune, 282 acres.
(*10a.) "Black Books" IV, page 159.
(*10b.) "Black Books" II, page 49; X, 133 portfolio.
(*10c.) "Black Books" X, 109 portfolio.
(*10d.) Prerogative Court (wills) Edward Owen will, dated 14 September 1773, probate 16 March 1774, Liber 39, folios 638-639. MSA SM16-57, microfilm no. SR 4433-2.
(*11.) Frederick County Land Records; Liber O, folio 20, 18 January 1771. Release requested by Edward Owen Sr.; signed by Thomas Owen.
(*11a.) Frederick County Register of Wills (Inventories, Original) Edward Owen estate, 16 February 1771, Box 7, folder 20. MSA C808-7, MdHR 6902-7-20.
(*12.) Prince George’s County, Maryland; Liber BB, folios 583-584, 29 November 1748. BOND, responsibility for bridge.


#3 LAWRENCE OWEN,

(b._____; d. between 05 May & 08 June 1761) Frederick County, Maryland. m. (before 22 March 1742) Sarah Beall.

Children: Son; Robert (heir). Daughters; Elizabeth (eldest mature issue) m. Nathaniel Offutt, Ann m. Ralph Hoult, Mary, Barbara, Rachel.

#3 Lawrence, born probably in the second decade of the 18th century, is one of the three OWEN brothers that are found in Maryland Court records. He became known as a Planter (*7.) (*8.) (*16.); Gentleman (*15.); but, is memorialized and best remembered as an Innkeeper (Owen's Ordinary) (*2.)(*10.)(*11.)(*12.).

1733 finds Lawrence Owen listed by Samuel Magruder III, as taxable in Potowmack Hundred. His brother, Edward Owen, being the prior name in the list, one envisions that Edward is helping his younger brother get a start in life… that younger brother being very near/at reaching his majority IF the web-published birth date for Lawrence is for real (*1.). Note: about Potomack Hundred; "1719, the first land patent in the area that would become Rockville was granted to Arthur Nelson ("Valentine's Garden") and in 1722 Caleb Litton was granted the lands called 'Oatry". 1722 also saw the official naming of the Rockville area as The Potomack Hundred (*2.).

A record in the name: Laurence Oweings (sic), dated 1738 for 107 acres of a tract called 'Owens Rest', [now Montgomery], also has remarks: "Patent to Edward Gilmore." Lawrence did begin this process; survey was for Lawrence Owen, recorded 20 April 1738; It was examined and passed 27 July 1741; but, Lawrence sold the land during the wait for bureaucracy to issue a patent. Final Patent, #1586, was issued to Edward Gilmore 17 November 1741. Also, in the folder is a record of a release of Lawrence's rights in exchange for compensation, to the property and to Edward Gilmore; and, that notice is signed by Lawrence Owen [with different pen, different penmanship] personally, and spelling as just stated: 22 November 1741(*3.).

1742, March 22, a record for a lease for Laurence (sic) Owen is found in Prince George's County. This lease is for 80 1/2 acres of 'Bradford's Rest'; and, Sam Hyde, Merchant of London, owns the property. "...for and during the natural life of Laurence Owen himself and for and during the natural life of Sarah Owen his wife and for and during the natural life of Elizabeth Owen his daughter all now living. Yeilding and paying therefore yearly and every year during the natural lives aforesaid." A key requirement was the planting, fencing, and preserving of an orchard of 80 apple trees, within seven yesrs of the record date, somewhere conveinient on the leased 80 1/2 acres. On the back of the deed is found the endorsement, 03 February 1742/3, by Henry Massey, attorney for Samuel Hyde merchant of London. This entry was acknowledged by Nathaniel Wickham & Thomas Owen (*4.) Rent one pound four shillings and two pence [annually]. So, What do we now know? Lawrence is married before 22 March 1742; Lawrence married Sarah; Their eldest living child was born before 22 March 1742 and her name is Elizabeth, all other issue for Lawrence who made maturity were born after 22 March 1742.

A patent is found in, 1745, to Lawrence Owen, for 120 acres of 'What you Please' [now Montgomery] (*5.). Note: The survey of this tract of land called 'What you Please' began "at a bounded Black Oak standing on a ridge between the branches of Rock Creek and near the end of the 27th line of a tract of land called Bachellors Forrest..." 'Bachellors Forrest' will be LARGE in the history of this family; in the lives of Lawrence's brother Edward's descendants. The survey is dated 15 January 1745; examined and passed 21 August 1746; Patent #2298 for, 'What You Please', 120A, is issued 15 January 1745.

On 12 December 1746, an Indemnification is found recorded, from James Smith, and in reference to the 'Bradford's Rest' lease that Lawrence entered into in 1742. "At the request of James Smith... the following indemnification was recorded... Whereas a certain tract of land in Prince George's County called 'Bradford's Rest' late the estate of Mr. Sam Hyde of London Merchant: hath been condemned by his Lordship's Provincial Court of this province for my use for a debt due from the said Hyde and Whereas Thomas Owen, James Smith, John Swearingen, James Crawford, Lawrence Owen, John Barnet, John Coffee, Nicholas Baker, Aron Prater, and Thomas Burk, Dem.."(sic) [Dennis] "Candler the several tenants on the said land have attoned to me. I do therefore hereby promise for myself, my heirs, executors of administration to indemnify and safe harmless the said several tenants from all cost damage or loss that they shall sustain by reason or means of such attonment." [This James Smith is not considered a relative of any other SMITH recorded in this report] (*6.).

'What You Please', 120 acres, was sold on 11 March 1747/8 and recorded 23 March 1747 in Prince George's County, Maryland. Lawrence Owen, Planter was the seller; his wife Sarah acknowledged her right of dower to the said land was now the right of the purchaser; and, the purchaser was the 19 year old nephew of Lawrence, named Robert Owen [son of Edward Owen Sr.], Planter (*7.)

"At the request of Lawrence Owen the following Bill of Sale was recorded June the Twenty Fifth day Anno Dom one thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Seven... that I Griffith Davis Jr. of Prince George's County in the Province of Maryland planter for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty One pounds Fifteen Shillings Current Money to me in hand paid... by Lawrence Owen of the said County in the Province aforesaid Planter... grant bargain and sell unto the said Lawrence Owen One Negro Woman named Maria and her child named Kate... I have hereto set my hand & affirmed my seal the Twenty Fourth day of June Anno Dom 1747" (*8.).

A patent process is begun again by Laurence Owens (sic), for a tract of land called Taffers Lott and amounting to 45 acres. The Patent folder details that by virtue of a Warrant, 100A are granted, by the land office, to Thomas Chittam and he assigned it to Thomas Owen; all referring to the rent date: 23 July 1743. Thomas Owen assigns this land to Lawrence Owen on 15 January 1744. The acerage is on the west side of Rock Creek near 'Round Meadow', and is surveyed 16 January 1744, examined and passed 21 August 1746 for 45A. On 02 February 1750, Lawrence Owen assigns this land to John Banks. Patent #2105, Taffers Lott, 45A is issued to John Banks on 04 February 1750. (*9.)

From the March 1750/51 Frederick County Grand Jury came this indictment: "Lawrence Owen, ordinary keeper, for keeping a disorderly house." August 1752 the Frederick County Grand Jury experienced: "More than a dozen innkeepers applied for new or renewal licenses to keep taverns or public houses... Michael Dowden whose tavern is situated 'on the road that leads from Frederick Town to Lawrence Owen's', Lawrence Owen who does not locate his tavern in his application and..." [everyone uses Lawrence's Tavern as a landmark!]. In July 1753 we find this court order: Ordered by the Court here that Mr. Josiah Beall, Sheriff, pay unto Capt. Henry Wright Crabb the sum of 30 shillings, it being due to him for erecting a pair of stocks at Lawrence Owen's." The following roads and overseers were designated by the Court: "From Captain John's Bridge to Lawrence Owen's and from thence down to Rock Creek bridge beyond Caleb Litton's and from thence to Rock Creek Bridge near James Smith's and from Lawrence Owen's to a bridge over Rock Creek by Peter Butler's plantation: William O'Neall." An application to the June 1754 Grand Jury, "Thomas Hinton, declaring to the court that he lives 'on the Main Road between Frederick Town and Lawrence Owen's,' applies for a license to keep a public house, but the Court rejects his application." November 1757: "The Court appoints Lawrence Owen and John Middaugh 'press masters of this County for the year ensuing'." (*10.)

"At the request of Lawrence Owen the following Mortgage was recorded November the Twenty Third day Anno Domini Seventeen Hundred and Fifty Three. This Indenture made the Twenty Third day of November Anno Domini Seventeen Hundred and Fifty Three between Lawrence Owen of Frederick County Inholder of the one part and Thomas Radford of the same County of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Thomas Radford for and in consideration of Forty Pounds Sterling Money of Great Brittain to him in hand paid by the said Lawrence Owen the receit where of the said Thomas Radford doth hereby confess and acknowledge He the said Thomas Radford hath granted bargained and sold... all that tract of land called Seneca Landing whereon the said Thomas Radford now liveth containg by estimation One Hundred and Four acres more or less..." 40 Pounds Sterling due 23 November 1754, plus interest, costs, etc. (*11.).

*This record is a MESS; barely legible. Frederick County, Maryland, 26 June 1754, from William Wofford Carpenter to Lawrence Owen Inholder "At the request of Lawrence Owen the following Deed was recorded... ? in hand paid... William and Mary... containing and laid out for 56 acres of land." (*12.) Lawrence refers to this parcel in his will; and, in the 1783 Montgomery County Assessment it belongs to Zachariah Waters.

"At the request of Lawrance (sic) Owen the following Deed was Recorded October the First day in the Year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred & Fifty Five To Wit This Indenture made this Thirtieth of September... between Benjamin Kelly, Cooper of the one part and Lawrance Owen on the other part both of Frederick County... Benjamin Kelly for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred & Sixty Five pounds Current Money of Maryland to him paid... make over unto the said Lawrance Owen...a part of a tract of land called Discontent... for One Hundred Acres more or less..." (*13). In the 1783 Montgomery County Assessment this land tract belongs to Robert Owen; son and heir of Lawrence Owen.

"At the request of Lawrance (sic) Owen the following Deed was Recorded October the First day in the Year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred & Fifty Five To Wit This Indenture made this Thirtieth of September... between Benjamin Kelly & Thomas Kelly of the one part and Lawrance Owen on the other part of Frederick County... Benjamin Kelly & Thomas Kelly for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred & Sixty Two pounds Current Money of Maryland to him paid... make over unto the said Lawrance Owen...a part of a tract of land called Advantage... for Two Hundred & Thiry Five Acres more or less... " (*14.). In the 1783 Montgomery County Assessment the Resurvey of Advantage for 100 acres belongs to Robert Owen; son and heir of Lawrence Owen.

"At the request of Lawrance (sic) Owen the following Deed was Recorded the Twenty First Day of August in the Year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred and Fifty Six To Wit This Indenture... Between Thomas Radford of Frederick County in the Province of Maryland Joyner of the one part and Lawrence Owen of the same County and Province aforesaid Gentleman... said Thomas Radford for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred pounds Current Money of Maryland to him in hand paid by the said Lawrance Owen... All that tract of Land Called Sinecar (sic) Landing & Premises aforesaid with the Appartenances to the said Lawrance Owen... 104 acres of land more or less... (*15.). In the 1783 Montgomery County Assessment this 104 acres belongs to William Deakins, Jr.

"Know all men by these presents that I Henry Keene of Frederick County Planter for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Pounds Thirteen Shillings Current Money to me in hand paid by Lawrance (sic) Owen of same County Planter the receit whereof is hereby acknowledged Have bargained and sold by these presents do bargain and Sell... To Have and To Hold the said Negros James and Joe six silver tea spoons two feather beds & furniture & six cows & the silver quart can... to Warrand and Defend the said hereby bargained and sold premises unto the said Lawrance Owen... and it is the true Intent and Meaning of these presents... do & shall well and truely pay or cause to be paid unto the said Lawrance Owen... the said sum of One Hundred Pounds Thirteen Shillings Current Money on or before the Eighth Day of March next ensuing with Legal Interest for the same from the date hereof that then this present Instrument of Writing shall be void & of none Effect otherwise to remain in full force and Virtue in Law in Witness whereof said Henry Keene have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of August in the Year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred and Fifty Six..." (*16.).


Descendants of Lawrence Owen; one of the '3 Brothers' found in Prince George's County, Maryland

*Robert Owen, b. 1750, d.after 1777; m. Mary Rebecca Ruth Sweringen, b.1756. Issue: Kennedy, b.1774, d.1817, m.1806 Agnes Riddell; Ann Rebecca, b.1776, d.1841, m.Luke Tiernan. Sarah. Lawrence.
*Elizabeth Owen, b.?; (d.)Will: 29 January 1810, Probate: 13 January 1812 in Montgomery County, Maryland;(*17.) m.Nathaniel Offutt, son of Samuel. Issue per will: Seven sons & four daughters; Samuel Offutt, James Doull Offett, William Mockbee Offutt w/m. Alley Thrift, Sarah Offutt, Rezin Offutt, Margett w/m. Austin, Nathaniel Offutt, Elizabeth w/m. Charles Thrift, Alexander Offutt, Jean w/m. Wheeler, & Baruch Offutt. Jean Offutt Wheeler had daughters; and, Jean pre-deceased her mother. Sons Alexander and Baruch were her executors.
*Ann Owen, b.?; (d.)Will: 14 July 1777, Probate: 25 July 1777 in Montgomery County, Maryland; her Step-father, Joseph Willson, and her brother, Robert Owen, were her executors(*18.); m.Ralph Hoult. Issue per Ralph's will: Two sons; Lawrence Owen Hoult and William Hoult; Five daughters; Darkes, Elizabeth, Barbery, Rebecka, Ann (*19.).
*Mary Owen,
*Barbara Owen,
*Rachel Owen,


(*1.) Calendar of Maryland State Papers No.1: The Black Books, originally printed Annapolis, 1943 by the State of Maryland, Record 273: 1733 list of taxables Potowmack Hundred, Prince George’s County, Maryland, taken by Samuel Magruder III…. Edward Owen, Lawrence Owen.
(*2.) http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/meadowhalles/history/lytton1.aspx
(*3.) MSA Liber L.G.#C folio 186; Liber E.I.#6, folio 386.
(*4.) MSA Liber L.G.#E folio 581; Liber P.T.#1, folio 296.
(*5.) MSA Prince George's County, Maryland: May 04, 1743, Liber Y pages 628 & 629.
(*6.) MSA Prince George's County, Maryland: December 12, 1746, Liber BB page 29.
(*7.) MSA Prince George's County, Maryland: March 23, 1747, Liber BB pages 403-405.
(*8.) MSA Prince George's County, Maryland: June 25, 1747, Liber BB pages 260-261.
(*9.) MSA Liber BY.& GS.#5 folio 542; Liber BY.& GS.#3, folio 301.
(*10.) This Was The Life, Excerpts from the Judgment Records of Frederick County, Maryland, 1748-1765 by: Millard Milburn Rice. pages: 66, 101, 102, 121, 131, 138, 176.
(*11.) MSA Frederick County, Maryland: 23 November 1753, Liber E pages 336-338.
(*12.) MSA Frederick County, Maryland: 26 June 1754, Liber E pages 476 & 477.
(*13.) MSA Frederick County, Maryland: 30 September 1755, Liber E pages 840-841.
(*14.) MSA Frederick County, Maryland: 01 October 1755, Liber E pages 841-842.
(*15.) MSA Frederick County, Maryland: 21 August 1756, Liber F pages 51-53.
(*16.) Archives of Maryland Online Volume 702, Page 15; Provincial Court Land Records, 1756-1759.
(*17.) Montgomery County, Maryland Wills; Liber G, folio 404, 29 January 1810. Probate: Liber 2, page 295, 13 January 1812.
(*18.) Montgomery County, Maryland Wills; Liber A, folio 11, 14 July 1777. Probate: Liber 1, page 11, 25 July 1777.
(*19.) Montgomery County, Maryland Wills; Liber A, folio 5, 26 March 1777. Probate: Liber 1, page 7, 31 May 1777.


Here are some of my favorite websites:


Shadetree's Roots - Homepage for philip edward smith (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/)
Owen: Nancy 'Anne' of Edward, of Major Robert, of Edward Sr. (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/owen_nancy_anne.html)
Owen: Barbara who married William Williams (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/owen)


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