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

Robert DeButts

Male Bef 1700 - 1752  (> 52 years)


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  • Name Robert DeButts 
    Born Bef 1700 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Dec 1752  Frederick County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I024104  Tree1
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 

    Family ID F14763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary MNU DeButts,   d. Aft 1732, St. James Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1732  Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret DeButts,   b. 27 Apr 1732, St. James Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1752, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F40926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Donaldson,   d. Aft 23 Mar 1746/47, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1746  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Donaldson Debutts,   b. Abt 2 Mar 1746/47, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F14761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Abigail White,   b. Bef 1731,   d. Aft 1752, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 23 years) 
    Married Aft 22 Feb 1747/48  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Anne Christian Abigail DeButts,   b. Aft 1748, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1759, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 11 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F14762  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      DE BUTTS, ROBERT, Frederick County, gentleman. 10 Dec, 1752; 18 Dec, 1752
      To son John Donaldson Debutts, and my unborn child, land.
      To dau. Margaret Barnard, slaves.
      To son John, slaves.
      To dau. Mary Anne Christian Abigal Debutts, slaves.
      To wife Abigail Debutts, slaves, and 1 lot in Frederick Town.
      I make over to John Hattaway Clark, my wife Abigail Debutts, balance of person estate, after debts being paid, whom with Kennedy Farrell, I constitute and ordain my sole exs. of my will and disallow all former testaments.
      Wit: P. Butler, Philip Murphey, John Radford, Robert DeButts. 28.496
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      Robert Debutts 67.297 FR 479.2.10 Jun 22 1753 Mar 24 1759
      Appraisers: Nathaniel Wickham, Joseph Woode.
      Creditors: George Gordon.
      Executrix: Abigail Ferguson, wife of John Ferguson.
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      Robert Debutts 67.301 FR 14.17.4 Nov 3 1756 Apr 24 1759
      Appraisers: Nathaniel Wickham, Joseph Woode.
      Executrix: Abigail Ferguson, wife of John Ferguson.
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      Robert Debutts 3.2 D FR 547.7.8 Mar 2 1759
      Distribution to: Representatives unknown to this Office.
      Executrix: Abigail Ferguson, wife of John Ferguson.
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      We have discussed on this list many times who Hannah, the wife of John
      Attaway Clarke, might be. I had really thought she was Hannah Clarke,
      his first cousin, but now I've changed my mind. This is what I found:

      In 1721 Rev. Lawrence de Butts received the customary bounty of 20 lbs. to sail to VA and soon after reported to Gov. Spotswood who assigned him to Washington Parish, Westmoreland Co. He also served in St. Stephen's Parish in Northumberland, Farnham in Richmond and Cople Parish in Westmoreland. In 1735 Mr. de Butts removed to MD, and describing himself as "of the parish of William and Mary in St. Mary's County, in the Province of Maryland," he in 1752 made a deed for 450 ac. in Prince William Co., VA to Wharton Randsdell (Pr. Wm. Co. Records). In the same year, Robert de Butts of Frederick Co., in MD, gave a power of attorney to Henry Lee, stating that his brother Rev. Lawrence de Butts, late of SMC, MD, had died intestate. (Northumberland Co. Records). (CD 186, Family History, VA Genealogies #2).

      NOTE: Robert DeButts, brother of Rev. Lawrence DeButts married a
      daughter of Rev. John Donaldson and wife, Elizabeth ____of St. Mary's
      Co. He moved to Frederick Co., MD and married second, Abagail White,
      daughter of John White. His will is below. Notice that he devised
      personal estate to John Hattaway Clark (this, of course, must be John
      Attaway Clark).

      Will of Robert DeButts, FR Co., Gent., 12/10/1752-12/18/1752.
      Son: John Donaldson Debutts and my unborn child, land.
      Daughter: Margaret Barnard, slaves.
      Son: John, slaves.
      Daughter: Mary Ann Christian Abagail Debutts, slaves.
      Wife: Abagail, slaves and one lot in Frederick Town. I make over to John Hattaway Clark and my wife, Abagail Debutts, the balance of my personal estate, after debts being paid, whom with Kennedy Farrell, I constitute and ordain my sole exs. of my will and disallow all former testaments.
      Wit: P. Butler, Philip Murphy, John Radford, Robert DeButts.

      Elizabeth Kenner, dau. of Rodham Kenner and Hannah Fox, married (1)
      Richard Bushrod, son of Thomas B. (they had a son named Richard, b.
      1712); (2) Robert Vaulx of Westmoreland Co. (Robert Vaulx and Elizabeth,
      his wife, one of the daughters and legatees of Rodham Kenner, 8/21/1712)
      ; and (3) Rev. Lawrence De Butts. In his will dated 1/18/1727, Richard
      Kenner mentions his sister, Elizabeth DeButts. (CD 186, VA Genealogies
      #2).

      I believe that Rev. Lawrence DeButts and Elizabeth Kenner had two
      daughters. One was Elizabeth DeButts who married Arthur Sinclair by
      1753. The other daughter was, in my opinion, Hannah DeButts (named for
      her grandmother, Hannah Fox) who married John Attaway Clarke.

      5/2/1754: Admin. accts. of Mrs. Elizabeth De Butts. Next of kin, John
      and Hannah Clarke. Exec: Robert Vauls. (This would be Robert Vaulx,
      her son who died in Westmoreland Co., VA in 1755).

      Linda Reno
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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      Her name is Anne Donaldson, and she married Robt Debutts. As you can see from this Deed of Gift, from Anne's husband to their son John Donaldson Debutts, Anne died when the baby was barely 3 weeks old. And Robt didn't die to long after her...but he had remarried to Abigail White.

      PG Land Records 1746-1749,p 79
      Page 371. Deed of Gift, recorded at the request of Thomas
      Stoddert. Whereas in all appearance, my wife Anne DeButts,
      is now in a very weak and languishing condition, and is
      likely to leave behind her my son, John Donaldson Debutts,
      her only child, not 3 weeks old, to manifest my tender
      affection to her and her dear child, I hereby give to my sd
      son, my dwelling plantation called Abbins Choice, containing
      200 acres of land, with all the improvements, and everything
      given and delivered to his mother, my wife, by his
      grandfather, Mr. John Donaldson, after my death. I further
      oblige myself to make good and lawful deeds for the same,
      when demanded, under the penalty of 500 sterling. Signed-
      Mar 23, 1746/47 - Robt. De Butts. Wit - R. Cooke, Baptist
      Barber, William Brackenbury Recorded Feb 22, 1747/48
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      1748-1752 Frederick County MD Land Records {Patricia Abelard Andersen} .
      pg. 413-414. Christopher Lowndes ofPGC, merchant; recorded deed 22 June 1751. Made 21 May 1751, between Robert DeButts of FC, for 100 pcm MD, sells lot in Frederick Town, #32, 60 ft x 393 ft. To pay unto Daniel Dulaney ofAnnapolis one shilling cm MD on 10 May yearly. Signed Rob't DeButts, in presence of John Darnall, John Charlton. Ack., receipt. Mrs. Abigail DeButts, examined apart released dower right. 1.2 penny alienation fine paid.
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      1748-1752 Frederick County MD Land Records {Patricia Abelard Andersen}
      pg. 439-441. Robert DeButts ofFC, gentleman, recorded deed 22 Aug. 1751, made same date between Thomas Radford of AAC devisee of John Radford late of PGC carpenter, deceased; for 30 pounds sterling paid by Thomas Albin to John Radford during his lifetime; the administrators convey a tract called "Albin's Choice" M&B given, on west side of Monocacy, for 300 acres; and whereas a certain James Thatcher, after the death of said Thomas Albin, intermarried with Mary Albin the relict of the said Thomas, to which said James and Mary, administrators of the said Thomas Albin, did on the 6th March 1736 assign to John Radford in his lifetime, conditioned for making over unto Thomas Albin part ofthe land aforesaid unto the said Robert Debutts, by virtue whereofthe said Robert Debutts on the day and year last mentioned entered and was possessed and has ever since occupied and possessed the farm, and whereas the said Thomas Albin in his lifetime did well and truly satisfy and pay the said John Radford, the sum of 25 pounds, 4 shillings and 8 pence, part of the aforesaid sum of 30 pounds, now this indenture witnessed that the said John Radford devised the said land by his will as well as in consideration of 4 pounds 15 shillings, the residue of the aforesaid 30 pounds paid by Robert DeButts, confirms unto him the tract in his actual possession; called "Albin's Choice". Signed Thomas Radford, before Thos Cresap, Nath. Alexander. Deed ack. Receipt. AF paid.

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