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

Grace Meese

Female Abt 1648 - 1706  (~ 58 years)


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  • Name Grace Meese 
    Born Abt 1648  London, Enland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1706  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I017038  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 

    Father Family Meese 
    Family ID F42397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Ashton,   b. 1645, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1677, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married Abt 1661  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Ashton,   b. 1665, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     2. Charles Ashton,   b. Bef 1668, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1700/01, Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years)
     3. Grace Ashton,   b. Abt 1668, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1678, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 11 years)
     4. Sarah Ashton,   b. Abt 1670, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1749/50, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     5. Henry Ashton,   b. 30 Jul 1671, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1731, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     6. Henry {Addl Records} Ashton,   b. 30 Jul 1671, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1731, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     7. Priscilla Ashton,   b. Bef 1672, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1678, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 8 years)
     8. Mary Ashton,   b. Bef 1676, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1678, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 4 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F10898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 James Kay,   b. Between 1635 and 1647, Lancaster, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1679, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Bef 11 Dec 1678  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F10903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas Arrowsmith,   b. Abt 1648,   d. Aft 1681, Old Rappahannock County, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Bef 2 Sep 1691  Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F46501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • not proved that she was a daughter of Henry Meese
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      Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      Grace Key/Keyes/Kay of Westmoreland Co., Va., widow. Henry Bonner signed note to her for 800 lbs. tobacco in Apr. 1680, payment due Oct. 1680. Suit on the note.
      Judgment for Grace.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Court and Land Records, Liber I, pp. 55, 65, 92-3, 121.
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      Colonial Familes of Northern Neck of Virginia; Wright & Wright
      William Frizer, WC, chirurgeon, d. leaving a will dated 9 Sep 1677, proved 21 Nov 1677.
      To Mrs. Grace Ashton, widdow, extx. my gold watch, all my debts.
      Unto Prissilla Ashton, horse and mare. Prissilla shall give Henry Ashton the first mare colt.
      Unto Henry Ashton, son and orphant of Capt. John Ashton 2000 a. of my tract of 5500 a. purchased by me of John Mathews. If he die before age 21, to his brother Charles Ashton. Unto Grace Ashton Junr. 500 a. of 5500 a. tract.
      Unto Mary Ashton, 500 a.
      Unto Sarah Ashton, 500 a. - daughters and orphans of Capt. John Ashton each 500 a.
      Unto Thomas Beard sonn of John Beard my Godsonne, 2000 a. being the remainder of the 5500 a.
      If he die to Prissilla Ashton. {WC DWP, 1065-77:346-346a}

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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1676-1679; John Frederick Dorman; Page 77
      11 Dec. 1678: There was a difference depending the last Court between Robt. Readman, carpenter, and Mr. Ja: Kay who married the relict and administratrix of Capt. Jno: Ashton about building as per contract wth Ashton and for severall other works do. by Readman by or:r of the relict and Mr. Ja: Kay. Kay did desire that the worke might be veiwed and adjudged by workmen. Court did appoint Geo: Hales and Originall Browne to veiw the same who have given in their report. It appeareing to this Court that James Kay stands indebted to Readman for worke don 7440 pounds of tobacco, the Court doth order that James Kay make payment.
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1679-1682; John Frederick Dorman; pg 2
      28 May 1679: Upon the petition of Mrs. Grace administration: granted to her on Kay estate, bringing inventory and giveing: security.
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1679-1682; John Frederick Dorman; pg 10; [8 Oct. 1679]
      It doth appeare on record that in consideration 'of a marriadge to be had and solemnized between Mr. James Kay and Mrs. Grace Ashton, Kay did by instrument as on record acknowledge to pay all remaining comes of money that were due by Grace Ashton to Thomas Boyce for a tract of land bought by Grace of Boyce. The deede was by Kay since marriadge acknowledged in Court. Grace Ashton alias Kay did make it appeare to this Court that there is 70 sterling money due and yet unpaid for the land. The Court doth grant judgment to Mrs. Grace Ashton alias Kay for 70 sterling out of Ja: Kay's estate.
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1679-1682; John Frederick Dorman; pg 2; [28 May 1679]
      Xtian Lewis choseth Mr. Robt: Vaulx her guardian.
      The Court doth order that Mrs. Grace Ashton alias Kay, widow, doe delliver Xtian Lewis' estate to Mr. Vaulx and she is ordered to remain with Vaulx till further order and likewise that she have the increase and stand to the cost.
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      1689-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 225
      - Rappahannock County Court 2d of September 1691
      - Reff. intr. THO: ARROWSMYTH as Marrying the Admistrx. of JAMES KEY SR. Plt. & JAMES KEY JUNR. till next North side Court

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