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In 1674 Dr. William Jones served on an inquisition panel in Anne Arundel County

Dr. William Jones -c.1678

See Deposition of daughter Susanna Jones Rawlings       See: List of Debtors to Dr. Jones Estate 1678

Volume 69, Pp 289-291
Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1679-1680/1
William, chirurgeon, dec'd, 289: see also Burges, Col.William, admr.; Archives LXVIII, 178-179.


It would appear from the following records, that Dr. William Jones has died (intestate) in 1678. Col. Wm Burgess is acting as the Admin. of Dr. William Jones estate. A document presented in court has Dr. Jones alive in April 1676. By Feb. 1679 Wm. Burgess as Admin, has sued Robert Procter. Maj. John Welch sues the estate in June 1679 for unpaid fees for the year 1678. (It seems likely that Wm. Burgess was m. to Ursula at this time, his second wife, Sophia, widow of Richard Ewen, having died. Wm. & Sophia named their one child Susanna. See: FZ Saunders)

May 11, 1680

Robert Proctor
agt
Wm Burges :

I Memorandum that att a Provinciall Court att the fCitty of St Maryes the Eleaventh day of May in the ffifth yeare of the dominion of Charles absolute Lord and Propry of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon Lord Baron of Baltemore &c. Annoq Domini 1680

Before his Lopps Justices of the Provinciall Court Came Robert Proctor of Ann Arrundell County by Robt Ridgely his Attorney and Exhibiteth to the Court here a certaine transcript of the Record of Ann Arrundell County in a Cause lately there depending betweene Coll William 0Burges plt and the sd Robert Proctor deft of a plea that hee Rendr to him the sume of One thousand nine hundred Eighty ffoure pounds of good sound Marchantable Tobacco and Casq wch hee detaineth, The Tenor of wch Record followeth in these Words

Att a County Court of the Right honoble Charles &c held att the Ridge in Ann Arrundell County in the Ninth day of March in the ffourth yeare of his Lopps Dominion &ca Annoq Domini 1679/80 before his Lopps Justices thereunto Assigned

Collonll Wm Burges Henry Stocket
Present Mr jno, Wdsh john Sollers
Comissionrs
[Cap Ihomas Francis Edward Burges

Collonll Wm Burges plt
agt
Robert Proctor Deft

It was Comanded the Sheriffe of Ann Arrundll County that hee have the body of Robert Proctor of the same County Innholdrs before the Justices of his Lopps Court in the said County to bee holden on the ffoure and Twentyeth day of ffebruary Annoq Dofh 1679 to answere unto William Burges Admr of the goods & Chattles of William Jones Phisitian deceased intestate of a plea that hee Rendr to him the sume One thousand Nine hundred Eighty four pounds of good... Tobacco & Casq wch hee Detaineth:

Att wch day to witt the foure & Twentyeth day of ffebruary aforesaid came the said Sheriffe and Returnes to the Court here that hee hath taken the said Robert Proctor whose body hee hath att the day and place as the writt Requires

Ordered that the said Cause bee Continued till the Next Court to bee held on the Ninth day of March next Ensueing the 24th of ffebruary aforesaid

And the same day to witt the Ninth day of March aforesaid Came the aforesaid Collonll William Burges by Henry Hanslop his Attorney and off er r ed himself against the Said Robert Proctor of and Upon the prmisses And the Said Robert Came likewise by George Parker his Attorney Whereupon the pits Declaracon Was Read as ffolloweth Viz

Ann Arrundll County ss :
Robert Proctor late of Ann Arrundll County Innholdr
was sumoned to answere unto William Burges Admr of the goods Chattles Rights and Credits wch were of William Jones phisicon Who dyed
intestate
of a plea that hee Render unto him the sume of One thousand Nine hundred Eighty and ffoure pounds of good Sound Marchantable Tobacco & Casq Wch hee Detaineth &c

And Whereupon the said William Burges by Henry Hanslop his Attorny Complaineth That Whereas the said Robert the 27th day of Aprill Annoq Domini 1676 by his Certaine bill obligatory Sealed wth
the seale of the said Robert whose date is the day and Yeare first above written, and here in Court produced) Did acknowledge himself to bee firmely bound and indebted unto William Jones of the aforesaid County & Province Phisitian in the full and Just Sume and Quantity of one thousand Nine hundred Eighty and ffoure pounds of good Sound Marchantable Tobacco and Casq, the wch sume or Quantity of Tobacco well and Truely to bee paid Did binde himself his heires or Assignes unto the said William Jones his heirs or assignes firmely by these prsents Notwithstanding wch the Said Robert the said sume of Nineteene hundred Eighty and ffoure pounds of Tobacco to the said William Jones in his life time did not pay nor to the said William Burges unto whome Lettrs of Administracon of the goods Chattles rights and Credits of the sd William Jones were granted, although often thereunto required &
demanded, but the same to pay doth altogether denye and refuse, Whereupon the Said William Burges Sayth hee is the worse and hath Damage to the vallue of ffoure thousand pounds of Tobacco, and thereupon bringeth his suite

Collonll Wm Burges Admr of the
goods & Chattles of Wm Jones
decd
plt
Robert Proctor Deft

And the said Robert Proctor by George Parker his Attorney Cometh and defendeth the force and Injury when &ca and sayth that the aforsd Collonll William Burges ought not to have his accon aforesaid against him the said Robert Proctor because hee saith that the aforesaid sume of one thousand Nine hundred Eighty ffoure pounds of Tobacco mentioned in the said plantiffes Declaracon was paid and Satisfyed by the said Robert unto the said William Jones in the life time of the said William and this hee is Ready to averre. Whereupon hee demands Judgmt Whether the aforesaid Collon" William Surges [Burgess] ought to have his accon against him

And the ph sayes that by any thing alleadged above hee ought not to be debarred of his accon, and of this hee puts himself Upon the Country Court

Whereupon John Bird sumoned as an Evidence for the deft deposed as followeth John Bird aged about thirty Seaven yeares being Sworne & Examined in Court sayth that there was a Certaine agreement upon accots betweene Doctor Jones & Robert Proctor, and that the said Jones disposed of a Certaine Neagro Man to the said Robert Proctor, In Consideracon of wch Neagro the sd Proctor passed his specialty for Nineteene hundred eighty foure pounds of Tobacco, and this depont further Sayth that the said Jones Createing other accots wth Robert Proctor Amounting to above the said Sume of Nineteene hundred Eighty foure pounds of Tobacco hee then did Remaine when hee Came to an Accot betweene Seaven or Eight hundred in Robert Proctors debt, and did acknowledge that the bill ought to bee delivered in, and promissed to delivr the same soone after, and further this Depont sayth not:

Whereas Wm Burges Admr of the goods and Chattles of Wm Jones Phisitian deceased intestate was plt and Robert Proctor deft in a plea of debt and the plt made it to appeare by a Certaine Specialty bearing date the seaven & Twentyeth day of Apll 1676, & owned by the defts plea Than the said deft stood Justly indebted to him as Admr of the said deceaseds Estate in the sume of Nineteen hundred Eighty ffoure pounds of Tobacco & Casq, And Whereas It doth not appeare by the oath of John Bird nor by any booke of accots Either of plt or deft, that the Deft hath paid or satisfyed the above-said Specialty, It is Considered here that payment and Satis f accon of the said debt of one thousand Nine hundred Eighty and ffoure pounds of Tobacco & Cascp bee fforthwth made by the said Deft to the said Admr or his ordr Together wth Costs and Court Charges aTs Execucon

Memorand. that Major John Welsh one of the Justices here above menconed did Request that his Disassent to the Judgmt here Above might bee Entred on Record And whereupon George Parker Attorney for the said Proctor prayed an appeale from the Judgmt aforesaid, and that the said Cause might Come before his Lopps Justices att his Provinciall Court to bee held at the Citty of St Maryes on the Eleaventh day of May next Ensewing and that the Tenor of the Record and proceedings in the said Cause might bee sent to his Lopps Justices of the Provinciall Court aforesaid to have inspeccon thereof, and to Rendr Judgmt thereon

Afterwards the said Appealant Together w
th John Bird and Richard Warfeild his suretyes allowed of by this Court, came here and did acknowledge themselves to Stand indebted unto William Surges [Burgess] Admr of the goods and Chattles of William Jones Phisican deed intestate in the full or Just sume or Quantity of Three thousand Nine hundred Sixty-Eight pounds of good Tob: and Cascp to bee Leavyed on theire goods and Chattles Lands and Tenemts to the said William Burges's use, in case the said Robert Proctor shall not prosecute wth Effect his said appeale, and in case Likewise that the said Proctor shall not satisfy and pay (if the said Judgmt bee Affirmed)
all & singuler the debts damages and Costs Adjudged or to bee Adjudged Upon the Judgment aforesaid. Unlesse the said Robert Procto
r doe pay the same or Rendr his body to Frisson

Vera Copa Examned by me: Ri: Boughton Clke

Know all men by these prsents that I Robert Proctor of the County of Ann Arrund" in the Province of Maryland Innholdr. Doe owe & acknowledge my self to owe and Stand firmely bound and indebted unto William Jones of the aforesaid County and Province Phisitian the full & Just Sume or quantity of One thousand Nine hundred eighty foure pounds of good sound Marchantable Tobacco and Casq? The wch sume or quantity of Tobacco well and Truely to bee made I binde mee my heires or assignes unto the said William Jones his heirs or assignes firmely by these prsents, In witnesse whereof I doe hereunto sett my hand and seale the 27th day of Aprill 1676
signum
Robt $£ Proctor. (sealed)
Signed sealed & Delivered in ye prsence of :
Robt Gillham: John Bird

Endorsement on the bill written in Doctor Jones owne hand is as followeth Viz :

Robt Procto" bill for 1984" Tobacco the 27th Ap" 1676 :

100 for Druggs &c:

2084

Recct 335 by Hugh Riley
500 by Tho: Roper
150 by Midill Offly
340 Expences

1325

Rests due: 759 April the 4th 1677


Vera Cop
a Ric: Boughton: Ct:

And the said William Burges by Robert Carvile his Attorney Cometh and Defendeth the force and Injury when &c and Prayeth Liberty to Imparle hereunto untill next provll Court and It is granted unto him the same day is given unto the said Robert Proctor Likewise .  Now here at this day to witt the thirtyeth day of November inthe sixth -{fifth yeare of the Dominion of the Rt honoble Charles Lord Baltemore &c Annoq Domini 1680 Came the said partyes by their Attorneys aforesaid & the said William Burges by his said Attorney sayth That the Record and proceedings in the said Cause in the County Court of Ann Arrundll County are in noe way Erred, and hee prayes that this Court will proceed to the hearing of the Record aforesaid as of the reasons of the said appeale .   On wch said fourteenth day of Novembr aforesaid came the said Robert Proctor by his Attorney aforesaid, and according to act of Assembly in that case made and provided Entituled an act for appeales & Regulateing writts of Error, Offereth to the Court here his reasons for his the said Roberts Appealeing from the Judgmt of the County Court of Ann Arrundll County aforesaid, ffor that the Record and pceedings before Recited are manifest Erronious in this :

( Ist In the Record Itt is sayd att a County Court of the Rt honoble Charles &c Held Att the Ridge in Ann Arrundll County on the ninth day of March in the fourth yeare of his Lops dominion &c Annoq Domini 1679/80 &c Whereas if It bee the ninth of March 1679 It was the fifth yeare of his Lopps dominion If the Ninth of March 1680 It is not yet Come Wch for want of Laying a Certaine time is Error:

(2) Itt doth not appeare in the Record that the said William Burges produced to the Court there his Letters of Admon of the Estate of the said William Jones, by wch It might appeare to the Court there that hee thereof had Admron & soe Consequently became Intituled to bring the accon aforesaid, and though this Error after Verdict is pticularly solved by the statute yet here being Noe Jury nor verdict is apparent and Manifest Error

(3) The Court gave Judgmt for the debt Notwithstanding y satisfaction was pleaded by the deft Upon the pits genll Replicacon Notwithstanding It does not appeare by the Record that the deft did put himself Upon their Judgment or make any Submission to them, and Notwithstanding Bird the Evidence Swore in open Court That Proctor had satisfyed Jones in his life time the said debt and that Jones did acknowledge that the bill ought to bee Delivered Up, and was at his death in debt to Proctor seaven or Eight hundred pound of Tobacco all wcb is Error :

(4) — Had they both submitted and referred it to the Court, & such issue had been Joyned, & ye Court had thought fit not to beleive Birds Testimony, Yet the Receipt of the backside of the bill for thirteene hundred Twenty five pounds of Tobacco ought to have been Allowed, & ye plt to have Judgmt for ye residue, but to give Judgmt for the whole bill is Manifest Error in ye sd Judgmt. All wch the said Robert is ready to Averre & prayeth the said Judgmt for the Reasons aforesaid others in the Record being many, bee Reversed anulled & made voyd, & yt hee unto all wch by occasion of the Judgmt aforesaid given hath Lost may bee Restored

And hereupon the Record and proceedings aforesaid for the Rendring the Judgment thereupon, and the aforesaid Causes and Matters by the aforesaid plt for Errors Assigned being scene and by the Justices here fully Understood and Dilligently Examined and for that It appeareth unto the same Justices that in the Record and pcesse aforesaid as also in the Rendring the Judgment aforesaid Itt is manifestly Erronious, Itt is therefore Considered that the afore- said Judgment for the Erro" in the Record and Processe aforesaid bee Revoaked Adnulled & altogether held for Nothing, and that the aforesaid Robert Proctor unto all things which by occasion of the Judgment aforesaid hee hath lost bee Restored, and that the Said Robert Proctor Recover against the said William Burges Administrator as aforesaid the Sume of pounds of Tobacco for his Costs of suite in this behalfe Layd out and Expended



Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1678-10679
Volume 68, Page 178  
178-179 Provincial Court Proceedings, 1679.


Now here att this day to witt the Sixth day of June in the fourth yeare of the Dominion of Charles Lord Baltemore &c Annoq Doni 1679

Upon the peticon of John Welsh late high Sheriffe of Ann Arundell County, that he was high Sheriffe of the County of Ann Arundell for three years last past, dureing which tyme Doctor Wm Jones late of the County aforesaid deceased was indebted unto him as Sheriffe for Leavyes Rent Chancelours Secretaryes & Sheriffes ffees (as by the accompt annnexed) the Sume of three thousand foure hundred & sixty six pounds of tobacco more then what he ever received of him the said Jones, who dying the said Sume in his debt, Colonell Wm Burges Administred upon the said Jones's Estate, who refuses to pay him without an order of this Court That he never haveing any other dealings with the said Jones but for publick dues which runn upon Execucon by Act of Assembly, & he being ready to make Oath to the annexed acct & haveing no need to bring his action against the Admr for that which the Law hath given Execution, humbly prayes an Execucon against the Goods of the said Jones in the hands of the said Burges directed to the now Sheriffe of Ann Arundell County to Levy the said three thousand foure hundred Sixty pounds of tobacco of the said Jones's Goods & pay the same Which being read & heard, & the said William Burges Admr of the said Wm Jones being present in Court, itt is ordered this day to witt the Seventh day of June in the third yeare of the Dominion of Charles Lord Baltemore &c Anoq Doni Wm Jones Anno 1678. as followeth vizt:

To five Leavyes Seven hundred forty two pounds of tobacco. To the Honble Chancelour One hundred thirty six pounds of tobacco. To the Honble Secretary three hundred twenty Eight pounds of tobacco To the rent of three hundred & fifty acres of land forty two pounds of tobacco To the rent of One hundred acres of land called Timber Neck twelve pounds of tobacco. To the rent of Eight hundred acres of land called Waterford One hundred ninety two pds of tobacco, & three hundred & fiue pds of tobacco for Sheriffes ffees be Levyed of the Goods & Chatties of the said Wm Jones & paid to the said John Welsh And that the said John Welsh be left to due course of Law for the remainder of his account


The following record indicates that Dr. William Jones was living in Anne Arundel County in 1674, and was literate.

Volume 51, Page 136

136 Chancery Court Proceedings, 1674.

23.th day of August in the 43.th year of our Dominion ov.r our S.d province of maryland Annoq Domini 1674:Writ for Inquisition:
Doct.r William Jones
member of Inquisition re: James Stringer dec’d. status of land and heir, Mary Williams wife of Lodowick Williams & daughter of James Stringer.

On the Back of the aforegoing writt was thus written The Execution of this writt appeareth in a Certain Schedule hereunto Annexed Robert Burle
Tho: Beson

An Inquisition Indented taken at m.r Nicholas Gassoway's house in the County of Ann Arundell the 12.th day of November in the year of the Dominion of Caecilius &Ca Annoq Dñi 1674 before us Robert Burle & Tho.s Besson by Virtue of a Cothission in the nature of a writt of mandamus to us directed & to the Said Inquisition Annexed to Enquire what Lands & Tenements James Stringer late of Ann Arundell County deced dyed Seized of within the Said Co.ty of Ann Arundell & whether Mary Williams wife of Lodowick Williams & Daughter of the Said James Stringer be his next heir & whether the Same were Surveyed in the life time of the Sd James Stringer & the quantity of the Same & whether the Same may or ought of Right to descend to the Said heir or whether the Same are not Escheated & who are the present possessors of the S.d Land & by what Title by the Oaths of Doct.r William Jones, W.m Ramsey, Rob.t Love, John Howard, Cornelius Howard, James Saunders, Rich.d Cheney John ifoster, ifardinando Battee, Richard Tydings, Thomas Watkins John Grassum duly Sworn w.ch Said Jurors upon their Oaths do Say as followeth viz.t
I It is our Judgm.t that James Stringer dyed Seized of the Land now in dispute as the manner was then to hold Land as ap pears by the Inventory taken off the Record of the County & the Evidences. 2 It is our Judgm.t that mary Williams the wife of Lodowick (fol. 144) Williams is the only heir of James Stringer there being no other Ever known or apparent. 3 Evidence makes appear that the Lands held by James Stringer to Say the Land in dispute was not Surveyed till after the Death of the Said Stringer the q.ty being one hund.d & fifty acres 4 It is our Judgm.t that mary Williams is the Right heir to the sd one hund.d & fifty acres of Land after the manner of holding of Lands in those dayswithin this province w.ch was by Caveats Entered upon Record in ye office 5 It is our Judgm.t that this land in dispute is not Escheat it being Orphans Land 6 The prsent possesso.r of the sd Land is Nathan.” Heathcoate Guardian to ye Orphans of John Brewer of this Co.tY deced by virtue of an assignm.t Granted to Jn.° Brewer By Jn.° Collier upon the Back of a pattent Granted unto y.e Jn.° Collier after y.e Decease of the S.d Jn.° Stringer
In Testimony whereof as well the S.d Com.rs as the Juro.rs af.d to this present Inquisition have Interchangeably Set their hands & Seal y.e day & year abovemenconed

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