— Ibid. Page 342.
At a Councell held at The Governer
Saint Maries this 24 Present.
Day of Aprill, 1661. Mr. Robert Clarke.
Councilors. Edward Llo ^ d -
* It will be observed that the Christian name, Robert, occurs frequently in the
wills of English Kingsburys given on pages 54-68, and it seems probable that Robert
Kingsbury, of Maryland, came from Suffolk, or Essex.
THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
. . . . That upon Consideracon had of the Acts of the
Assembly, passed for present ayde to be given to the . .
Sasquehannoughs, they tooke into Debate the finding a
Person fitt to comand the fifty men by the said Acte ordered
to be sent to the Susquehannaugh Fort, and ordered that
Captain John Odber be sent for to command the fifty men.
That the place of Randezvous of the men to be raysed in
St. Mary's County, Charles County, and Calvert County be
at Robert Kingsburys, from whence the Captaine is to dis-
pose of them into Quarters, That two Sloopes
be raysed for the transportation of the men in St. Mary's
Charles and Calvert Counties with men to manage them.
Ordered that the severall proporcons of men to be raysed,
be at the Randezvous upon Monday the fift Day of May.
— Council Proceedings 1661. Page 486:
Robert Kingsbury, witness against Thomas Pagett.
Robert Kingsbury having bought of Thomas Pagett a
certain parcell of Land, 200 acres, possession by said Pagett
is now denyed. . . . Petition for Ejectment of Thomas
Pagett is made.
— Deeds Lib. B B fol. 2ji. Annapolis. Land Office.
KINGSBURY FAMILY EVIDENCE.
Demand Warrant of Robert Kingsbury.
Robert Kingsbury demands land for transporting himself,
Mary his wife, Elizabeth Wells and Edward Wells, his
children, Anno. 165 1. Mary Browne, Anno. 1658. John
Gibbs Anno. 1656. Margarett Jackson, Anno. 1652, haveing
made oath in all, 550 acres.
Warrant made to Surveyor Generall to lay out for Robert
Kingsbury 560 acres, return 30 September next.
— Maryland Land Records Lib. V t fol. j/j
May 18 1663. To the Hon. the Lieut. Gen.
Laid out for Robert Kingsbury of this Province, Planter,
a parcell of land being in Calvert County, called the Ordi-
nay (Ordinary) Lying on the East . . side of Patuxent
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND. rny
River near a Creeke called Landes Creeke. Containing
and now laid out for five hundred and fifty acres more or
P. Thomas Truman, Dep. Sur.
— Maryland Land Records, Lib. V, fol. 43J.
GRANT TO ROBERT KINGSBURY FOR 550 ACRES
ON PATUXENT RIVER.
Cecilius, Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Provinces
of Maryland and Avalon, Lord Baron of Baltimore,
To all persons to whom these presents shall come, Greet-
ing in our Lord God Everlasting. Know ye that we for and
in consideracon that Robert Kingsbury of this Province,
Planter, hath due unto him five hundred and fifty acres of
Land for transporting himself, Mary his wife,
here to inhabitt, and upon such conditions and terms as are
expressed in our condicons of Plantation of our Province of
Maryland under our Greater Seal at Armes bearing date at
London the Second day of July in the Yeare of our Lord
God, 1649, and remaining upon record in our said Province
of Maryland, with such alteracon as is there made by our
declaration bearing date the 26 day of August, 1651, like-
wise remaining on record in our said Province of Maryland,
withal, Do hereby grant unto him the said Robert Kings-
bury, a parcell of land (called the Ordinary) lying in Calvert
County, beginning at a marked oak by the River side
Together with all rights, profitts, and bene-
fitts thereunto belonging, (Royal Mines Excepted.)
To Have and to Hold, unto him the said Robert Kingsbury,
his heirs and assignes, for ever. To be holden of us and our
heirs as of our Manour of .... in free and common
soccage by fealty only for all manner of Services. Yield-
ing and paying therefore yearly to us and to our heirs, at
our receipt at Saint Maries, at the two most usual Feasts of
this year, viz. at the Feast of the Annunciacon of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, and at the Feast of Saint Michael the Arch-
angel, by even and equal portions, the rent of Eleven Shil-
lings Sterling, in Silver or Gold or the full value thereof in
such commodities, as we and our heirs or such officer or
578 THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
officers as afsd, appointed to collect, shall receipt in discharge
Given at Saint Maries under our Great Seal of our said
Province of Maryland this 4 day of Sept. in the 32 year of
our dominion over our said Province of Maryland. Annoque
Witness our dear Son and heir, Charles Calvert Esq. our
lieutenant General of our said Province of Maryland.
— Maryland Land Records, Lib. 1\/ol. 4.53.
GRANT TO ROBERT KINGSBURY FOR 200 ACRES
. . . . For and in consideration that Robert Kingsbury
of this Province Planter, hath due unto him five hundred
and fifty acres of Land within this Province upon our
former grant to him, .... which into our Secretary's
office is since delivered, requesting thereupon that another
may issue in the said Kingsbury's name, adding 200 acres
more, there unto for transporting John Suckman, Daniell
Browne, William Giggle and Henry Parker here to inhabitt
Do hereby grant unto him, the said Robert Kingsbury, two
hundred acres adjoining the said tract of five hundred and
fifty, called the Ordinary.
Given at Saint Maries, under our Great Seal of our Prov-
ince of Maryland this fifteenth day of September in the
four and thirtieth year of our Dominion over said Province
of Maryland, Annoqu. Dom. one thousand six hundred sixty-
Witness our dear Son and heir Charles Calvert Esq. Lieu-
tenant Generall of our said Province of Maryland.
— Maryland Land Records, Lib. 8, fol. jij.
ROBERT KINGSBURY'S PATENT FOR 50 ACRES,
Cecilius ... To all persons .... For and in
consideration that Robert Kingsbury hath due unto him
fifty acres of land, .... for transporting Robert Sher-
rell into this Province here to inhabitt . . . Do hereby
grant unto him, ... all that parcell of land lying on
the north side of Patuxent River .... [June 15, 1664.]
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND. 579
ASSIGNMENT OF PATENT, OF THE ORDINARY.
At the request of the Honourable Benjamin Tasker Esq.
is recorded the following assignmant on the back of a grant
made in the year 1665, to Robert Kingsbury for two tracts
of land, .... being in Calvert County on the north
side of Patuxtent River near a Creeke called Land's Creeke.
Vizt. Know all men by these presents That I, Samuel
Kingsbury, do assign all my right and title, to this within
mentionsd patent from me and my heirs, to Thomas Clag-
get, and his heirs forever.
Witness my hand and seal this first day of December
ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE.
The fifth day of May 1671, administration of all and sin-
gular the goods and chattels of Robert Kingsbury, late of
Calvert County, was granted to Thomas Paget, of the said
County, Also warrant to William Singleton
and William Turner to apprayse the said estate.
— ■ Probate of wills and administering of estates, Lib. V,
fol. jS. Annapolis, Maryland.
June 2 167 1. Appraysement returned.
-Lib. V, fol. 2ij, Annapolis.
ADDRESS OF ALLEGIANCE TO THEIR MAJESTIES
KING WILLIAM AND QUEEN MARY, FROM THE
INHABITANTS OF CHARLES COUNTY, NOV. 18, 1689.
James Kingsbury (one of the signers.)
[Council Proceedings, vol. 1687-g, Page 138, Md. Archives.]
Deed from Thomas Gibson to fames Kingsbury.
This Indenture 20 day of July 1691. Between Thomas
Gibson of Charles County in the Province of Maryland,
Planter, of the one part, and Dr. James Kingsbury of the
same County and Province, aforesaid, Gent, of the other
part* .... do confirm .... to the said James
Kingsbury, all that tract or parcell of land lying on the
* Consideration 6,000 lbs. tobacco.
THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
south side of Middle River in Baltimore Co. being part
of a tract of four hundred and fifty acres, and known by the
name of Northweeke, formerly granted to Major Thomas
Longe of Baltimore Co on the west side of a
cove, on the lyne of land formerly laid out for Richard
Wells Gent, and running with the land of Capt. Cornwallis,
. . . with all messuages, dwellings, houses, buildings,
barns, stables, gardens, orchards, outhouses, &c.
July 20, 1691. This day came before us, Thomas Gibson
and acknowledged the within mentioned Land to Dr. James
Kingsbury his heirs and assigns, as witness our hands.
- Lib. PL, No. 8, fol. 24, Annapolis Deeds.
In 1704 James Kingsbury et Uxor, are appointed Exec-
utors for the estate of Richard Evans deceased.
— Inventories and Accounts, i/po, Lib. i"oo-iji8.
IN 1705 James Kingsbury renders account of the estate
of Richard Evans late of Calvert County. This account is
passed by the Provincial Court 28 April ordered to be
— Ibid., Annapolis Accounts.
LAND BELONGING TO THE KINGSBURYS.
Kingsbury Marsh in the Freshet of Patuxent River,
Robert Kingsbury, north side of Patuxent River, land of
Robert Kingsbury, in Goldron's swamp. " Ordinary," sur-
veyed in 1664 for Robert Kingsbury, east side of Patuxent.
Robert Kingsbury, north side of Patuxent. " Land Creek "
and " Brooke Battle," part of " His Lordship's gift," land be-
longing to Robert Kingsbury ; apparently including his
"Back Pasture," granted 1664.
" Land's Creek," held by James Kingsbury for the Evans
orphans, held earlier by Robert Kingsbury. " Evans Raye,"
west side of Patuxent, possessor in 17 13, Dr. James Kings-
bury, of Ann Arundel Co.. for orphans of R d Evans.
There was a place called Kingsbury on Gunpowder Creek,
north of Baltimore.
Robert Kingsbury had a patent of land lying near the
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND. 581
head of Back River, an estuary of the Chesapeake, lying be-
tween the Patapsco River and the Big Gunpowder River.
The head of Back River is a considerable distance from the
Little Gunpowder or Gunpowder Creek.
In 17 13, Kingsbury's Marsh, for some reason not apparent,
is found on the Rent Rolls of Lord Baltimore's estates in
the Province of Maryland, escheat to his Lordship, and was
resurveyed for Thomas Tasker as early as 1682.
Also in 1713; Kingsbury's Back Pasture, likewise escheat
to the Lord Proprietary, is resurveyed for Richard Smith.
— Calvert County Rent Rolls, Maryland Hist. Society.
DEED FROM JAMES KINGSBURY AND WIFE TO
JAMES AND JOHN KINGSBURY. THE HOPE.
TO all Christian People to Whom these presents shall
Know ye, that we, James Kingsbury of Calvert County,
Province of Maryland, Doctor of Physick, and Elizabeth my
wife, formerly the Relict of Richard Evans of the said
County, deceased, out of the love we bear our loving sons
James and John Kingsbury, do grant .... 300 acres
of land, .... The half part of a parcell of Land
called, The Hope. Lying in Cecill County, on the north side
of Octoraro Creek, on the west side of a River called Sus-
quehannah River, being land laid out for Richard Hall, As
Hall's Lott, a parcell of Land the said Hall had by assign-
ment from George Yates Being part of a
warrant for six thousand and fifty acres, granted to said
Yates, the nineteenth day of June 1678, as appears upon Rec-
ord, which said land, the aforesaid Richard Hall, deceased,
did by his last will and testament give and bequeath to his
daughter Elizabeth Hall and her heirs forever, formerly the
• Relict of Richard Evans, but now the wife of the said James
Kingsbury To be equally divided
among them as near as may be, the Elder brother to have
the first choice. To them the said James and John Kings-
Signed and sealed,
— Annapolis Deeds, Lib. PL, No. 6, 1724-31, fol. ij6.
THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
JAMES KINGSBURY. CALVERT CO.
TO all Christian People, to whom these presents shall
come, I, James Kingsbury, of Calvert County, in the Prov-
ince of Maryland, Doctor of Physick, send Greeting in our
LORD GOD EVERLASTING. Know ye, that I, James
Kingsbury, for and in Consideration of the Love and Affection
which I have and do bear unto my well beloved Wife, Eliza-
beth Kingsbury, have given and granted, and by these
presents do freely and clearly, and absolutely give, and
grant unto my said Wife Elizabeth Kingsbury, my full
whole Personal Estate, either in Maryland; or England,
or coming Over the Seas, with all Bills, Bonds, Debts, Sum,
or Sums of money, Slaves, Household Stuff, Implements of
Household Stuff, Goods, and Chatties, and all other Things
to me belonging, in whose hands or Custody or Possession
they be, or wheresoever any of them can or may here and
hereafter be found. To have and to hold, the said Estate
and all other the Premises, unto the
said Elizabeth Kingsbury, from henceforth, as her proper
Estate forever, . . . absolutely without any manner of
Condition, as I, the Said James Kingsbury, have absolutely
and of my own accord, Sett forth and Putt in further Testi-
mony, in witness whereof I have here-unto Sett my Hand
and vSeal, this Second Day of February Anno Dom One
Thousand Seven Hundred & Twenty Four.
Signed, Sealed and delivered in the presence of us,
25 Jan. 1726. Then came Thomas Brooke, John Thomas,
and Richard Stevens, and did testify &c.
— Annapolis Wills, Lib. CC, No. 2, fol. ~S,
j j 26 to 1729.
The following proceedings were exhibited from Calvert
Co. March 31. by Walter Smith, Gent. Dept. Comm. there.
James Kingsbury, his deed of gift to his Wife, and
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND.
admncon Bond in common form by Elizabeth Kingsbury/
his admin, with Richard Hall and James Kingsbury her
Sureties, in one thousand pounds Sterling.
Dated Feb. 2 1726-7.
— ■ Inventories <///</ estates, vol . 27.
Dr. James Kingsbury, return of his inventory.
Two hundred seventy-five pounds, fifteen shillings nine
- / W. 28, fol. 27.
INDENTURE BETWEEN JAMES AND JOHN KINGSBURY
AND ELIHU HALL, OF ANNE ARUNDELL CO.
This Indenture, n day of Jan. 1731, between James
Kingsbury and John Kingsbury, of the one part, Planters,
and Elihu Hall of Anne Arundell County, Gentleman, of
the second part,
Witnesseth, Whereas Richard Hall, heretofore of Calvert
County, Deceased, Grand Father of the said James and
John, was seized in his Demesne as of Fee in a parcell of
Land lying and being in Cecill County, called the Hope,
containing 400 Acres more or less, which land
by his last will and testament* he devised to his daughter
Elizabeth, the mother of said James and John, ... In
consideration of one hundred and thirtyfive pounds to them
in hand paid, of current money of Maryland, .... do
convey said tract to the said Elihu Hall.
Came before me, one of the Lord Proprietary's Chief
Justices of the Provincial Court, James Kingsbury, and did
the within deed, at which time came Anne the wife of
James Kingsbury and relinquished all her right of dower.
— Annapolis Deeds, Lib. PL, No. 8, fol. 78.
Indenture from James Kingsbury, of Calvert County to
Daniel Dulaney, of Annapolis, for twenty pounds, eight
shillings, of 200 acres of Northwick in Baltimore County,
granted to Thomas Longe, Lib. MM, fol. 76, and conveyed
* Dated Sept. 7, 1687.
THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
to Dr. James Kingsbury, deceased, father of the said James
Dated Feb. 27. 1738.
— Lib. EI, No. j, fol. 86-70.
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
[Office of Register of Wills, Annapolis, May 3, 1743- Lib. No. 2, 1743-4. fol. 194-]
In the Name of GOD, Amen. I, Elizabeth Kingsbury,
late of Calvert County, but now of Prince Georges County,
being sick of body, but of sound and perfect memory,
Praised be GOD for the same, yet considering the uncer-
taintys of this life, and being reminded to settle my worldly
affairs, do make this my last will and testament.
First, I recommend my soul to the mercy of GOD, and
my body to the Earth, to be buried as my executors here-
after named shall think fitt, and as for what temporal
estate it has pleased GOD to bestow on me, I give and
bequeath it as follows Vizt. First. I will that all debts I
owe to any person or persons be justly and duly paid.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my loving son, James
Kingsbury, and my loving daughter Priscilla Groom, all
and singular, my negroes, Household goods, horses and
mares and colts cattle and hoggs, and all debts and dues to
be Equally divided between them.
Item. I give to my beloved Son Samuel Evans, one pair
of gloves, of five shillings.
Item. I give to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Lucas,
one pair of gloves of five shillings value.
Item. I give to my beloved daughter, Ann Pottenger,
one pair of gloves of five shillings value.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beforementioned loving
daughter, Priscilla Groom, all my wearing apparell.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving son
James Kingsbury, my whole and sole Executor of this my
last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by
In wittness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
seal this sixth day of March, 1743.
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND. 585
Signed, sealed, & declared in the presence of us, Francis
Hall, John Lamar, Philip Green.
— Peter Dent, Dep. Comm. PG. CO.
James Kingsbury, lately of Calvert, but now of Prince
Georges County, Executor of last will and testament of
Elizabeth Kingsbury, late of Prince Georges County, makes
return of administration account.
Passed by Daniel Dulany, Commissary.
Annapolis, Index to accounts Lib. DD, No. 22, 1744.
1 753. James Kingsbury, Jr. makes deed to his loving son
John Kingsbury, one brown cow.
— Lib. A r /V, fol. 126, Prince Georges County.
1755. James Kingsbury, and Ann his wife make deed to
Samuel Evans of the tract known as Kingsbury's Cultiva-
— Lib. NN, fol. 401, Prince Georges Co.
Kingsbury's Furnace was a place of note, where the iron
ore, then plentiful in Baltimore County, was worked. This
furnace was situate at the head of Back River, Balti-
In 1 76 1* Governour Sharpe mentions it as the place of
residence of a Mr. Anthony Rhodes. About this date, they
(the Iron Works,) seem to have gone into the possession of
Major Thomas Sherridine whose dwelling Plantation was
Kingsbury Resurveyed, near the Iron Works or Kingsbury's
Furnace. In 1775 George Matthews offers to give in-
information as to the manufacture of Iron guns, writing
from Kingsbury. In June the Council write " Lieut. Moore
has made known to us that there are wanting for the artil-
lery here, 200 four pound balls &c. These are cast at the
Kingsberry Furnace, and we request you to expedite them
as soon as possible "
Maryland Archives, Journal of the Council of
Safety, Vol. I, 1775-6, pp. 82, 536.
In 1779, James or J. Kingsbury, Captain of Artillery, at
Fells Point, had a horse stolen from his stable.
— Md. Journal, Jan. ip t I77p.
* Correspondence of Gov. Sharpe, Maryland Archives, III, 206.
586 THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
Mr. James Kingsbury received a mortal wound in the
discharge of one of the cannon fired as a salute to the Count
de Rochambeau, Sept. 9, 1781. He left one young child, an
— Maryland Journal, Sept. £, ijSi.
RESUME OF NOTES ON MARYLAND KINGSBURYS.
Robert Kingsbury, the only one of his name to be found
on the Register of Early Colonists, arrived in Maryland in
165 1, bringing with him Mary, his wife, Elizabeth Wells and
Edward Wells, his children. He also transported eight other
persons, settling in what was then Anne Arundell County,
laid out in 1650, and from which shortly after his arrival
Calvert County was taken, 1654. As the last named County
lay on both sides of the Patuxent, when Charles County
was erected in 1658, the southernmost part of the county
went into that division, while still later, in 1695, Prince
George's County was taken from Charles. This mention is
made here, as the Kingsburys would appear to have moved,
whereas their location remained very much the same for
nearly a century, only the legal style and title changing.
The Province was in a state of great unrest. The Parlia-
mentary forces were nearing the height of their triumph
and Lord Baltimore had placed all important offices in the
hands of Protestants. A large number of Colonists came in
about this time under the leadership of William Stone, who
was made Governor, and of the five hundred settlers he had
promised toward the increase of colonization, many came
in, as he did, from Virginia. Other detachments arrived
from the Mother country in the wake of Robert Brooke and
men who brought many followers. Robert Kingsbury was
among these, and probably because of the unsettled condi-
tion of the Province, and the entire loss of power by the
Lord Proprietary, his Demand Warrant for land under head
rights was not made out until 1663. That he was seated in
Calvert County as early as 1654, is shown by a reference in
the Rent Rolls of Lord Baltimore, which locates another
plantation "near the land of Robert Kingsbury." In 1661
his home seems to have been an important point in military
operations, since order is given that the " Rendezvous of the
KINGSBURYS IN MARYLAND. $8?
men to be raysed in St. Mary's Charles and Calvert Coun-
ties, be at Robert Kingsburys." In 1663 he demands land,
evidently the tract on which he had been living- since his
arrival in the Province, and to which some intermediate
title had been given by the Commissioners who held the
Colony "under, and in the name of the Keepers of the
Liberties of England, by authority of Parliament." His
original warrant is made out for land on the east side of the
Patuxent, and can be identified today. The three small
dots at the head of Land's Creek,* representing the planta-
tions of Hall, Evans, and Kingsbury. Later he demands
additional land by reason of his transportion of others into
this Province, here to inhabit, making in all of this first
parcell 759 acres, known as the Ordinary. In 1664 he
became involved in litigation with one Thomas Paget, from
whom he had purchased 200 acres additional, and to which
he is refused possession, when he petitions the Provincial
Court for writ of ejectment. In 1664 a warrant is made
out for a new grant on the north side of the Patuxent Back
Pasture, for which patent is issued. Complications arose,
for in 1668 we find that assignment is made of the Ordi-
nary, from Samuel Kingsbury, to Thomas Claggett. No
other mention can be found of Samuel, and in 167 1 letters
of administration are granted to his old foe, Thomas Paget,
on "all and singular the goods and chattels of Robert
Kingsbury of Calvert County. Later appraysement re-
James Kingsbury, Doctor of Physick, is the next person
mentioned, and signs in Nov. 1689 the address of the
inhabitants of Charles County to their Gracious Majesties,
King William and Queen Mary. In 1687 a Jonas or James
Kingsbury, (the entry is almost illegible,) had litigation
with one Richard Land, while in 1691 Dr. Jame* Kingsbury,
of Charles County, Gentleman, purchases from Thomas
Gibson, of the same County, a valuable tract of land, as is
known from others in patents in the same neighborhood, a
portion of this tract, having been set apart for a Town in
1684. At the next Assembly, the locality having been
found unsuitable, it was untowned by a subsequent Act of
• Hermans' Map.
588 THE KINGSBURY FAMILY.
Between 1691 and 1704 Dr. James Kingsbury married
Elizabeth Evans formerly the wife of Richard Evans, who
had been one of the settlers on Land's Creek, the Halls,
Kingsburys, and Evans, having been neighbors, their
plantations lying on the banks of the above named stream,
which is known today as Hall's Creek. In 1704 James
Kingsbury et Uxor, take out letters of administration on
the estate of Richard Evans, of Calvert County, deceased.
In 1705 he renders account to the Provincial Court, and
appears later as possessor of several tracts of land, for
In 1724 James and Elizabeth execute a deed of gift to
their sons James and John, of land in Cecil County. This
deed sets forth the fact that Elizabeth was the daughter of
Richard Hall, one of the most prominent men in that part