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

Hugh Benson

Male Abt 1653 - 1687  (~ 33 years)


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  • Name Hugh Benson 
    Born Abt 4 Sep 1653  York, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Aug 1687  St. Mary's County, Maryland - admin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I017952  Tree1
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 

    Family Catherine MNU Benson,   b. Abt 1657, South Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1715, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married Abt 1673  York, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Benson,   b. Between 1673 and 1680, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1755, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
     2. Hugh Benson,   b. Bef 1678, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1699, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F03070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by Linda Reno

      Hugh Benson of SMC:

      Transported 2/16/1671 by Thomas Notley; free by 1682 (Carr).

      Hugh Benson was deceased by 8/19/1687 when letters of administration on his estate were granted to his widow, Katherine. Katherine renounced administration in favor of Richard Gardiner. (Testamentary Proceedings, 13, 514).

      Mary Benson would have been born in St. Maryís County - probably in St. Clementís Hundred.

      Catherine, widow of Hugh Benson, didnít die in 1687. She was deceased by 1715 when Thomas Cooper made his will - she wasnít named. She must have married Thomas Cooper immediately after the death of Hugh Benson (whatís new?). Catherine didnít marry Thomas Cooper in 1670 as you state.

      Thomas Cooper, Jr. appears to have been the oldest child. He married Mary Riley (you have this) between 1712-1713, so I have him born between 1688-1692.

      Thomas Cooper, Jr. may have been married before Mary Riley. I have Catherine Cooper born prior to 1710 as she married Thomas Spalding before 1725. If thatís the case, she couldnít have been the daughter of Mary Riley. Mary Riley was married to William Bright until his death in 1712. Another can of worms!!!

      ===>>>Melissa Thompson Alexander; Database: madagtenet
      Archives of Maryland, Volume 42, Assembly Proceedings, May 26-June 22, 1741.
      The Lower House. Page 212; Liber L. H. J., p. 272: (Saturday Morning June 6. 1741) By the Committee appointed to enquire into the Facts contained in the Petition of Thomas Spalding and Catherine his Wife June the 6. 1741
      Your Committee find on Inspecting the Papers of the Petitioners that the Land called Crackbornes Purchase containing 200 Acres was Granted on the 24th day of October Anno Domini 1659 unto Richard Crackborne Assignee of Walter Peak and Peter Mills Assignees of Paul Simpson in Fee.
      Your Committee further find that the said Richard Crackborne by his Deed bearing date the 17th day of November 1681 did Bargain and Sell the said Tract of Land to Richard Gardiner of Saint Marys County in Fee
      Your Committee also find that Richard Gardiner and Elizabeth his Wife of St Marys County aforesaid did Convey to Hugh Benson of the same County Planter 100 Acres Part of the said Tract in Fee [p. 273] Your Committee likewise find that Mary Speake is the reputed Daughter and Heiress at Law of Hugh Benson and that she intermarried (as it is said) with Bowling Speak of Charles County and that the said Bowling Speak and the said Mary his Wife, by their deed Bearing date the 31st of March 1739 did Convey the saidParcell of Land unto the Petitioner Thomas in Fee All which deeds appear to Your Committee to be duly Executed
      Your Committee further find by the Information of W James Swann a Member of your House that the Land called Crackbornes Purchase mentioned by the Petitioners to be Granted is of greater Value than that Part of the Land the Petitioners pray to be enabled to dispose of called Seamour Town or known by the name of Leonards Town
      All which is humbly Submitted to the Consideration of the House
      Signed p Order Richard Dorsey Q Corn.
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      Anthony Murty 9.284 I SM £21.8.0 May 19 1687
      Appraisers: Richard Numan (also Richard Newman), Hue Benson.
      ===
      Richard Gardiner (gentleman) 14.78 A £759.2.6 £1273.2.4 Jul 6 1696
      Servants mentioned: Dorothy May, Mary Smith, John Thatcher, William Walker, Alice French, William Hunter.
      Received from: John Bernard, Mr. Henry Lowe, Thomas Dillon, Virtue Reeder, John Shanks, Mr. John Tuling, Richard Lanckford, Thomas Warren, Henry Poulter, John Tong, Lyonell Oakly, William Roswell, John Bayly of St. Clement's Bay, Francis Knott, John Bullock, John Burch, Richard Cloud, Mr. Joseph Pile, William Medley, Mr. William Husbands, James Greenwell, Mr. William Langworth, Robert Clarke, Clement Hill, Mr. Nicholas Gewlicke, Capt. Thomas Attaway, John Reed, William Houlines, Samuell Abell, estate of Mr. John Baker, John Goddard, Thomas Bencroft, Kenelm Cheseldyn, Esq., Simon Perch, Richard Keen, James Gray, James Johnson, Capt. Randolph Brandt, John Cacill, Sr., John Reeder, Mr. William Dent, Thomas Swailes, Adam Head, William Brewer, Hugh Benson, William Walker, Dr. Patrick Innis, John Heard, Capt. James Bowling, Luke Gardiner.
      Payments to: William Seaward per Col. John Addison, Mr. William Dent, William Gibson, Francis Swailes, Capt. Samson Stoddard, Capt. Thomas Courtney, Elisabeth Baker, Henry Poulter, Mr. Gilbert Clarke, Mr. Francis Downes, Thomas Dickerson, Robert Bayly, Capt. William Gennes, Mary Smith, Mr. Henry Lowe, William Farthing, Mr. Joshua Guybert, Mr. Gerrard Causin per Mr. John Dent, Capt. John Ford per William Hargist, John Bernard and wife (unnamed), Thomas Spadlin, Cuthbert Scott, John Taunt, Thomas Swailes, Abraham Blagg, Edward Baxter, 6eorge Medcalfe, Edward Cole, Charles Evans on account of Mr. William Thompson of Virginia, Capt. Joshua Doyne, Capt. James Bowling, George Athee, Capt. Richard Trestran (?), John Nicholls, John Rye, William Hargist, William Haunes, Mr. Robert Mason, estate of Dr. Patrick Innis, Mr. Richard Hubert, Samuell Abell, Capt. William Hardidge, Samuell Chamberlin for estate of James Brewer, Mr. Edward Barber, Jefferry Jefferies, Esq. (merchant in London).
      List of desperate debts: estate of Mr. Thomas Burford, Thomas Pethan (dead), Christopher Buttlar, David Darnall, Thomas Jefferis, Brenell Tollson, William Twining, Richard Oliver, William Stannard, Daniell Redman, Abraham Rogers, Henry Pullen, Francis Pember, Nathaniel' Veren, Capt. Gester, estate of Col. Stevens, Bryan Connolly, Mr. Thomas Bowling.
      Mentions: Thomas Gardiner (brother of deceased)--his 1/5th part. Luke Gardiner "knew of his father".
      Executors: Clement Hill, Luke Gardiner (gentleman).
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      ===>>>Melissa Thompson Alexander; Database: madagtenet
      Archives of Maryland, Volume 42, Assembly Proceedings, May 26-June 22, 1741.
      The Lower House. Page 212; Liber L. H. J., p. 272: (Saturday Morning June 6.
      1741) By the Committee appointed to enquire into the Facts contained in the Petition of Thomas Spalding and Catherine his Wife June the 6. 1741
      Your Committee find on Inspecting the Papers of the Petitioners that the Land called Crackbornes Purchase containing 200 Acres was Granted on the 24th day of October Anno Domini 1659 unto Richard Crackborne Assignee of Walter Peak and Peter Mills Assignees of Paul Simpson in Fee. Your Committee further find that the said Richard Crackborne by his Deed bearing date the 17th day of November 1681 did Bargain and Sell the said Tract of Land to Richard Gardiner of Saint Marys County in Fee Your Committee also find that Richard Gardiner and Elizabeth his Wife of St Marys County aforesaid did Convey to Hugh Benson of the same County Planter 100 Acres Part of the said Tract in Fee [p. 273] Your Committee likewise find that Mary Speake is the reputed Daughter and Heiress at Law of Hugh Benson and that she intermarried (as it is said) with Bowling Speak of Charles County and that the said Bowling Speak and the said Mary his Wife, by their deed Bearing date the 31st of March 1739 did Convey the said Parcell of Land unto the Petitioner Thomas in Fee All which deeds appear to Your Committee to be duly Executed Your Committee further find by the Information of W James Swann a Member of your House that the Land called Crackbornes Purchase mentioned by the Petitioners to be Granted is of greater Value than that Part of the Land the Petitioners pray to be enabled to dispose of called Seamour Town or known by the name of Leonards Town
      All which is humbly Submitted to the Consideration of the House
      Signed p Order Richard Dorsey Q Com.

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