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

Benjamin Gray

Male Abt 1718 - 1778  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Gray 
    Born Abt 1718  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1778  Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I014917  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 

    Father John Gray,   b. Abt 1683, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1760, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Female MNU Gray,   b. Abt 1687,   d. Abt 1743, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Abt 1703  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F07784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne King,   b. Abt 1722, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1779, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married Abt 1738  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Tabitha Gray,   b. Abt 1740, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1785, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     2. Anne King Gray,   b. Bef 1744, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1806, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 62 years)
     3. Catherine King Gray,   b. Bef 1754, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Benjamin Gray,   b. Abt 1758, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1805, Charles County, Maryland - 1st A/C Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     5. Lavinia Gray,   b. Abt 1761, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1816, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     6. Mary Gray,   b. Abt 1763, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1779, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
     7. Jahzeel Gray,   b. 1764, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1801, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F08723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 145.
      Benjamin Gray's Will, May 9, 1778,
      I, Benjamin Gray of CC, am of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding.
      To my daughter Tabitha Brett - 1 Negro girl named Jean. My Negro fellow George is to be hired out, and Tabitha is to receive the wages. If the Negro survives Tabitha, Jean is to be sold.
      To my daughter[s] Mary and Lavinia and my 2 sons, Jalizreel and Benjaman - the purchase money for Jean, to be equally divided between them.
      To my daughter Ann Barker - 1 Negro girl named Doll.
      To my daughter Catherine Dye - 1 shilling sterling.
      To my daughter Luvoisa Marshall - 1 Negro man named Jacob
      and 1 Negro girl named Dinah.
      To my daughter Mary Gray - 1 Negro man named Cato, 1 Negro woman named Cate, and 60 cash.
      To my daughter Lavinia Gray - 1 Negro man named Robin, 1 Negro girl named Philis, and the youngest child of my Negro Betty.
      To my son Jahzeel Gray - all the tract of land whereon I now live, and also the tract of land adjoining to the land of Colo Richard Harrison, Henry Davis, and John Shepherd; 1 Negro man named Dick, 1 Negro girl named Charity, 1 Negro boy called Bigg Will.
      To my son Benjamin - 100 acres of land called Grays Beginning, Also 1 Negro man named Frank, 1 Negro named Little Will, 1 Negro girl named Lydda.
      If my 2 sons afd die without heir, all the land afd to be
      equally divided between my 2 daughters, Mary and Lavinia.
      To my wife Ann Gray - 1 Negro man named Joe and a Negro man named Peter and a Negro woman named Betty, and also the third part of the rest of my estate not above mentioned. The other two thirds to be equally divided between my daughters, Mary and Lavinia, and my 2 sons, Jahzeel and Benjamin, as they come of age.
      Executrix: my wife Ann.
      Signed Feb 15, 1777 - Benjamin (+ his mark) Gray. Wit - Simon Smith, Andrew (+ his mark) Gray, William Bryan.

      I, Benjamin Gray of CC, planter, make the following codicil;
      To my son Jahreel Gray - Negro man Joe.
      To my son Benjamin Gray - Negro fellow Peter.
      To my daughter Mary Gray - Negro woman Betty, after my wife, Ann Gray's, death.
      To each of my sd children, Jalzeel, Benjamin, and Mary Gray - 1 equal part each of the moveable estate, after my sd wife's death.
      To my daughter Lavinia Gray - 100 in cash-
      Executrixes: my daughter Mary Gray and my wife, Ann Gray. Signed Dec 24, 1777 - Benjamin (+ his mark) Gray. Wit - Andw Baillie, Thos Keyberd, Andrew (+ his mark) Gray, George Dalrymple.
      Probated on May 9, 1778 by Simon Smith, Andrew Gray, and William Bryan.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 146.
      On May 9, 1778, letters testamentary were granted on the estate of Benja Gray, late of CC, decd, to Mary Gray, the surviving executrix of the decd's will.
      Securities = Burditt Hamilton, Andrew Baillie, and John Booker Meek of CC. Bond = 5000 Appraisers: Henry Davis and John S. Chilton, On Aug 6, 1778, the inventory was received, appraised, amounting to 842 18 shillings 3 pence.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 201.
      Benjamin Gray's Inventory. Aug 6, 1778. Appraised by us on Jul 2, 1778. Includes: Negro men Joe,
      Dick, Peter, Robin, Frank, Cato, George; Negro women Betty, Kate, Philis; Negro boys Will, Will [sic]; Negro girls Charity, Lidda, Ned [sic]; 27 hogs, 25 cattle, 38 pigs, 22 geese, 9 horses, 6 sheep; 6 feather beds and furniture, 1 old side saddle, 1 man's saddle, 1 riding chair, 4 cowhides, 1 pair cartwheels, a parcel of books, 1 great coat. Total: 842 18 shillings 3 pence. Signed - H Davis, John S. Chilton_
      Kin: Anne Barker, Katherine K. Dye.
      No creditors known to the executrix.
      Proved on Aug 6, 1778 by Mary Gray, surviving executrix of Benjamin Gray, late of CC, decd.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 389.
      Benjamin Gray's First Account. Aug 17, 1779.
      The account of William Adams and Mary, his wife, surviving executrix of Benjamin Gray, late of CC, decd.
      Debts include: the inventory of the decd's estate, exhibited into Orphan Court on Aug 6, 1778, amounting to 842 18 shillings 3 pence; 78 5 shillings found in the decd's house; 28 5 shillings in gold and silver found in the decd's house; tobacco left by the decd; tobacco recd of William Garner, The Whole Amount: 1337 8 shillings 4.75 pence.
      Disbursements went to: Doctor Gustavus Brown; Richard Price; Benjamin Cawood, Collector, for 1777 and 1778; Andrew Gray; William Bryan for schooling children, account not proved, but paid him by request of the decd on his death bed, as appears by the oath of the Accountant Mary; Walter Hanson, Register for letters and recording will and for recording inventory and for stating, passing, and recording this account. Balance to be disposed according to the deceased's will: 1246 2 shillings 10-1/4 pence.
      A further time prayed to pass additional account.
      Securities: Andrew Balie and Jno Booker Meek of CC.
      Proved on Aug 17, 1779 by William Adams and Mary, his wife.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 446
      Orphans Co: proceedings. Apr 11, 1780.
      Jahzeel Gray (son of Benjamin Gray), an orphan of age 14, as adjudged by the Court, comes in to Court and chooses as his guardian William Adams. Ordered that sd orphan's estate be delivered to sd guardian.
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      GRAY, JOHN, SR., Charles Co. 9 Feb, 1760 22 Jul, 1760
      To wife Juday, all land whereon I now dwell, for her natural life, except that pt. that I hereafter give to son John. But should wife marry, to only have 50 As; after her decease, to son James.
      To son Samuel, 1 s. and etc.
      To son James, my tools, cooper's and shoemaker's.
      To daus Susannah's hrs., 1 s,
      Balance to be divided between son Benjamin, and daus. Jane, Ann, Charity, Elizabeth and Elinor,
      To son John, tract lying southerly from head of my mill dam, running south to Mrs. Price's line, and from the dam up the "Cool Spring Branches," and etc., 50 A.
      To son James, remainder of lands, after wife's decease or marriage.
      Wife Judah, extx.
      Wit: John Gray., Adam Clinksales, William Hutchinson. 31.48
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      KING, RICHARD, Charles Co. 8 Oct, 1745; 3 Jan, 1745
      Child,: THOMAS, RICHARD.
      Sisters: Anne GRAY, CATHERINE MONCASTER
      Jas. Moncaster., bro.-In-law, ex.
      Wit: William Cooper, John Grimes. 24.298
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      Richard King 23.238 A CH 152.7.1 55.4.5 Apr 1 1747
      Sureties: Thomas Keyberd, George Waple.
      Received from: Joseph Hanson Harrison, Hugh Kelley.
      Payments to: William Cooper, Thomas Jackson, Dr. James Farguson, Dr. Gustavus Brown, William Williams, John Grimes, David Williams, Joseph Tunns, Jr., John Gallahah, John Beck, Dr. Francis Parnham, Robert Gilpin, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Walter Hanson, Benjamin Gray (his wife's (unnamed) portion of estate of Thomas King (deceased was administrator)).
      Representatives: children: Thomas & Richard King.
      Executor: James Mancaster.
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      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 362. Jul 28, 1759 from Joshua Sanders of CC, to Benjamin Gray of CC, for 54 4 shillings sterling, and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land called Eatons Delight, lying in CC, bounded by the escheat resurvey of the sd Eatons Delight, the land Henry Davis bought of sd Joshua Sanders, containing 160 acres. Sd Joshua Sanders agrees with sd Benjamin Gray that if sd Benjamin Gray should have any of the sd land taken away by any older survey or better right, then sd Joshua Sanders shall pay unto sd Benjamin Gray, at the rate of 6 shillings and 4 pence 3 farthings sterling for every such acre that shall be taken away. Signed - Joshua Sanders. Wit - Rd Harrison, Jo H Harrison. Recorded Aug 16, 1759.
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      Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 153_ Jun 25, 1762 from Thomas King of CC, planter, to Benjamin Gray of CC, planter, for 64 1 shilling and 11,000 lbs of crop tobacco and for divers other good causes, a tract of land in Durham Parish in CC, containing about 50 acres, and is part of a greater tract called Lewises Neck or Whortons Manor, being bounded by a red oak near the mouth of Nanjemoy Cr formerly Avon River, the little Cr or Whartons Cr, containing and now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed - Thos King. Wit - Thos Stone*, Walter Hanson*. The wife [unnamed) of sd Thomas King, released her right of dower to the within mentioned lands. Recorded Jun 26, 1762.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Riverside: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 435-414: EATONS DELIGHT: 200 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Saunders, William: : ESCHEAT land, Originally so called, Resurveyed for William & Joshua Saunders: Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Riverside: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 434-402: GRAYS BEGINNING: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Gray, Benjamin: Surveyed 7 Jan 1739 for Benjamin Gray:other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},

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