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Kent County Court Records
Court records from 17th-century Kent County, Maryland, arranged by theme.

Transcribed and compiled by Dr. Alexa Cawley, Ph.D.






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Servant Name

??

John (a Dutchman)

Master Name

Clapham

William

Date

6/28/1655

Event

Clapham gives Henry Carline and William Elliott permission to apprehend runaway servants;

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 28; Liber A fol. 100



Servant Name

a maid of Thomas Ward


Master Name

Ward

Thomas

Date

11/1652

Event

"'Thos. Ringgold, aged 43 years,' deposed, that about the 1st of the preceding July, he heard Wm. Jones at Thos. Hinson's house, say that he would question Thos. Ward, about the death of his 'maid' for he would bring him to his twelve God fathers. . .

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 10; Liber A folio 57



Servant Name

Anderson

Margaret

Master Name

Vaughan

Robert

Date

1/1/1657

Event

servant contract for 4 years, with permission of her parents, in exchange Vaughan promises to deliver to her father in law for her use one good cow w/calfe which Vaughan will watch over until she comes of age, also meat, drinke, apparel and lodging

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

Contract signed by Thomas Wetherill, John Salter, Andrew Anderson and Annecke Elinor; Andrew Elinor is her father in law?

Source

LIV 124-125; Liber B folio 19



Servant Name

Balie

Margret

Master Name

??


Date

12/1655

Event

witness in the John Salter hog theft case; married Thomas Hill Jr. in 1656; a Mary Bally with 6 months left to serve in listed in Thomas Hawkins estate on 3/30/1656

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

21

Others Involved


Source

LIV 38, 50, 102; Liber A folio 115



Servant Name

Bally

Mary

Master Name

Hawkins

Thomas

Date

3/30/1656

Event

listed as having 6 months 1/2 to serve in Thomas Hawkins estate appraisal, valued at 600 lbs

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 102



Servant Name

Barnes

John

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

10/1/1661

Event

Morgan claims he did not take up land rights for land that belonged to his servant (plus 2 other William Rennoulds and Janne Seares)

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 228



Servant Name

Benton

Mark

Master Name

Vaughan

Robert

Date

1652

Event

Benton "petitioned against Robt Vaughan for order from the Court for his freedom, with corne and clothes" court decided in his favor

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 9; Liber A folio 52



Servant Name

Boise

Robert

Master Name

Pyne

Francis

Date

1/26/1670-71

Event

mentioned in testimony regarding a fight between Christopher Goodhand and Will Davis

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 310-311



Servant Name

Bradly

Thomas

Master Name

Williams

Thomas

Date

3/8/1660

Event

sells his servant to John Winchester

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

witnesses are William Granger and Andrew Ellenor

Source




Servant Name

Brigs

Jane

Master Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Date

1/21/1660

Event

rented out with Lovely's plantation to Thomas Bennett

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

John Sylvester also rented out

Source

LIV 201-202



Servant Name

Brookes

Francis

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1656

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17




Servant Name

Brookes

Tho:

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1656

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17



Servant Name

Calloway

Anthony

Master Name

Brodnox

Thomas

Date

10/11/1656; 12/1656

Event

Broadnox says Calloway conditioned to serve for last year but didn't; witnesses (Thomas Hinson, Henry Carline) said that at time agreement made, Calloway was concerned that he was indentured to John Deare already; Court orders Calloway to serve the year

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 73, 76; Liber A folio 125-26; Liber B folio 1



Servant Name

Calloway

Anthonie

Master Name

Deare

John

Date

12/1655

Event

Deare "complained Against Anthonie Calloway for seruice due to him by Condition from the sd Anthonie" Calloway confessed, ordered to perform his service according to Condition

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 49; Liber A folio 114



Servant Name

Calloway

Anthony

Master Name

Brodnox

Tho

Date

11/29/1655

Event

complains for tobacco owing to hm "for worke done in his Crope part by the moneth & sume part in sayes work"; Court orders payment of 418 lbs of tobacco

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 34; Liber A folio 104



Servant Name

Colleman

William

Master Name

Foster

Seth

Date

10/1/1661

Event

brought to court for registration b/c had no indenture

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

10

Others Involved


Source

LIV 228



Servant Name

Courttier

Will

Master Name

Hawkins

Thomas

Date

3/30/1656

Event

listed in Hawkins estate appraisal as a runaway with 2 years to serve, no value given

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 102



Servant Name

Crosse

William

Master Name

Harris

George

Date

8/23/1670

Event

Crosse, through his attorney, appeals for a jury trial to decide if he has a 4 or 5 year indenture; jury finds in his favor; master to pay 10 pounds sterling with costs of suit; defendant asks for appeal to Provincial Court

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

Jury list - see servant complaine

Source

LIV 293-4



Servant Name

Daiues

Will

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1650

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17



Servant Name

Deare

Christiann

Master Name

Dunn

Robert

Date

6/30/1668

Event

Christian Deare, daughter of John Deare deceased ordered to serve Dunn for 4 years or until she marries, bond of security for the orphan's cattle is delivered to Dunn

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 247



Servant Name

Dee

James

Master Name

Benton

Mark

Date

6/30/1668

Event

ordered to serve 7 years according to law

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 246











Servant Name

Dickes

Thomas

Master Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Date

10/19/1657

Event

testifies in trial regarding Salter sleeping with Bradnox's wife

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

21 (1657)

Others Involved


Source

LIV 117; Liber B folio 22











Servant Name

Eles

Elizabeth

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1657, her death was recorded in 1658

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Ewens

Mary

Master Name

Burton

Edmond

Date

6/30/1668

Event

brought to court to registered, ordered to serv 5 years

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

also registered Humphrey Hubbert

Source

LIV 246











Servant Name

Farington

Thomas

Master Name

Conner

Philip

Date

1/10/1652

Event

Farington died when he went on the ice to retrieve a goose shot by Goodman Burton; fell into the ice and drowned, jury empanelled to investigate death; testimony from Christian Hill (Tho Hill's wife); ruled an accident

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 7,10; Hansen Old Kent pp 24-27











Servant Name

Fletcher

William

Master Name

Conier


Date

9/1655

Event

sued for debt by Thomas Hill, debt incurred while in Conier's service

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 36











Servant Name

Ganeere

Elizabeth

Master Name

Clapham

William

Date

6/28/1655

Event

Clapham gives Henry Carline and William Elliott permission to apprehend runaway servants;

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 28; Liber A fol. 100











Servant Name

Gold

Ann

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1655

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

also transported in a Negro in 1655

Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Gold

Mary

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

11/15/1658

Event

demands acreage for transportation to the colony

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 144: Liber B folio 45











Servant Name

Goodhand

Christopher

Master Name

Pyne

Francis

Date

10/11/1670

Event

Pyne appoints "well beloved seruant" Goodhand to be his lawful attorney on all matters, esp.debt & looking after his household; power to "buy all Priusion & other nessaries for the use of my house, to looke after & order my sarusants, as he see Fitt"

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

witnessed by John Norwood and Toby Appleford

Source

LIV 303-304











Servant Name

Goothward

John

Master Name

Clapham

William

Date

6/28/1655

Event

Clapham gives Henry Carline and William Elliott permission to apprehend runaway servants; Goothward has a wife, Marie

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 28; Liber A fol. 100











Servant Name

Goothward

Marie

Master Name

Clapham

William

Date

6/28/1655

Event

Clapham gives Henry Carline and William Elliott permission to apprehend runaway servants; Goothward has a husband James

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 28; Liber A fol. 100











Servant Name

Gould

John

Master Name

Carleyn

Mr

Date

6/1652?

Event

"That your deponent did carry home a suit of curtains to Francis Brights, by order from his master, Mr Carlyen: after which time your dependent did see about hald a yard of Francis Brights' stuff at his master's house"

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

40

Others Involved


Source

LIV 6; Hansen Old kent p.22











Servant Name

Gould

Anne

Master Name

Owines

Mr?

Date

4/30/1656

Event

Gould attacked and raped by Owines and given a disease "which abuse was after hee Receiud the goods for her of Mr Weickes

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

23 yrs

Others Involved


Source

LIV 69; Liver A folio 123











Servant Name

Grinley

Hanna

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

4/15/59

Event

Morgan demands rights to land for transporting servant to colony

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 163











Servant Name

Guinn

Thomas

Master Name

Head

William

Date

9/27/1670

Event

brought to court for running away for 34 days, ordered to serve 340 extra and 10 lashes on bare back for stealing people's canoes from landings

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 297











Servant Name

Gunseill

James

Master Name

Carline

Henry

Date

11/30/1655

Event

Carline sells interest that Thomas Hawkines had in servant to John Deare

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 68; Liber A folio 123











Servant Name

Hemsley

Will

Master Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Date

12/20/1660

Event

testified in Sutheren's suit for freedom from Bradnox

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

26 (1660)

Others Involved


Source

LIV 191











Servant Name

Henfrey

thomas

Master Name

Wright

Thomas

Date

6/30/1668

Event

ordered to serve 6 years according to law

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 246











Servant Name

Hill

Margaret

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

11/15/1658

Event

demands acreage for transportation to the colony

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 144: Liber B folio 45











Servant Name

Horner

James

Master Name

Hanson, Leo and Swanson

Andrew, Valerus and Swan

Date

10/29/1655

Event

sues for payment for 14 days worke "upon his own diet"; owed two barrels of corn and 14 days work at 25lbs of tobacco per day (350 lbs); testifies in trial where Marsh sued South for a pair of stilliards (LIV 86)

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

42

Others Involved


Source

LIV 31, 41; Liber A fol 102











Servant Name

Hubbert

Humphrey

Master Name

Burton

Edmond

Date

6/30/1668

Event

brought to court to register, ordered to serve 5 years

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

also registered Mary Ewens

Source

LIV 246











Servant Name

Huson

Ric:

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1657

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Hutchins

Ellenor

Master Name

Woolcott

John

Date

8/1668

Event

registration of servant, ordered to serve 6 years unless a 4 year indenture comes to light; Disborough Bennett (clerk) produces a 4 year indenture

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

late teens?

Others Involved


Source

LIV 249











Servant Name

Indian boy


Master Name

Fillips

David

Date

12/20/1660

Event

complains that he bought an Indian boy from his father and that the father has come to his house and stolen items and now has stolen the boy from him

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 191











Servant Name

Kempstone

Richard

Master Name

Nash

Richard

Date

11/2/1670

Event

Richard Nash sold Kempstone to Thomas Taylor, "from the arrival of the ship", for 4 years

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

over 18

Others Involved


Source

LIV 302











Servant Name

Lockett

Elisa

Master Name

Read

Mathew

Date

3/1/1657

Event

register servant in court w/out indentures; according to Assembly required to serve 7 years, master accepts 6 years

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

16 (1657)

Others Involved

1660: gets pregnant by thomas Bright and Mrs. Conner keeps the child

Source

LIV 127; Liber B fol 17; LIV 205-211-212











Servant Name

Longthorne

John

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1657

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Lutt

Alice

Master Name

Ward

Thomas?

Date

2/1/1657

Event

Ward fined 300 lbs in 1652 for "Unlawful Correction giuen to his servant" by himself and his wife; appeals to Court saying fine was paid to frances Lumbar who was sheriff, Mrs Ward pretending that the discharge was lost by her husband on way from Patuxent

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

Deposition stated that servant ran away & on being taken back "Mistress Ward did whip her with a peach tree rod & after she had done, she took water and sale, and salted her, and when she was adoing the same the maid cried out. . ." fine paid

Source

LIV 9-10; Lib A fo 54-57; 125-126; Lib B Fol 18











Servant Name

Mannering

Margaret

Master Name

South

Thomas

Date

11/18/1657

Event

former servant to Thomas Bradnox; accused Bradnox of raping her so Bradnox sues her for slander; she recants her rape accusation and is found guilty of slander, to receive ten lashes upon her bare back by an officer

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 122; Liber B folio 20











Servant Name

Masticke

John

Master Name

Clapham

William

Date

7/29/1655

Event

"Henery Carline of Kent doe acknowledge myself to haue Fully agreed with John Masticke and doe engadge myseld to Cleare fume from all seruice due unto mr William Clapham or any other pson or psones Claiming seruice unto the day and date hereof",

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 28; Liber A folio 100











Servant Name

Meconnicon

John

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1650

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127: Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Metcalfe

Rachell

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

11/15/1658

Event

demands acreage for transportation to the colony

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 144: Liber B folio 45











Servant Name

Morgan

John

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1654

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

Morgan involved in case against Bradnox for drunkeness in 1659, not clear if he is still Wickes' servatn at that point (LIV 173)

Source

LIV 127; Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Padbury

Jane

Master Name

Read

Mathew

Date


Event

brought to court without indentures, servant and master agree to 4 year term (implies she is already an adult)

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

20's?

Others Involved


Source

LIV 243











Servant Name

Rennoulds

William

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

10/1/1661

Event

Morgan claims he did not take up land rights for land that belonged to his servant (plus 2 other John Barnes and Janne Seares)

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 228











Servant Name

Rosemason

Hans

Master Name

Tourson

Alexander

Date

11/1668

Event

Tourson brought servant to court, ordered to serve 5 years according to the law

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 260











Servant Name

Seares

Janne

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

10/1/1661

Event

Morgan claims he did not take up land rights for land that belonged to his servant (plus 2 other William Rennoulds and John Barnes)

Servant Sex

female?

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 228











Servant Name

Sembreck

Frances

Master Name

Meconicon

John

Date


Event

demands her freedom for having served according to act of Assembly, Court agrees and ordered Meconicon to pay her corn dues (1/1667)

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

servant Frances Shembrooke brought to court for have a bastard child by fellow servant James Phillips in 1670 and charges abuse against her masters Wm. Bishop and Robert Palmer (LIV 291-92)

Source

LIV 239, 291-92











Servant Name

Shambrooke

Frances

Master Name

Bright

Thomas

Date

6/18/1668

Event

indentures herself for three years in exchange for meat, drink, lodging and apparel

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

witnessed by Thomas Thechiley and Robert Hawkshaw

Source

LIV 248











Servant Name

Sheurty

Hannah

Master Name

Harris

George

Date

3/28/1671

Event

a trial for trespass goes to jury and they find he owes her "in consideracon for her seruice according to agreemt on Cow calf and for clothes seauen hundred pounds of tobacco with costs of sute"

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 313











Servant Name

Silluester (sylvester?)

John

Master Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Date

12/20/1660

Event

Silluester testifies in trial against Roger Ladimore for failure to deliver cask and repair boat; rented out to Thomas Bennett along with plantation in 1660

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

20 (1660)

Others Involved

testimony from James Ringgold, William Dauis and David Fillips

Source

LIV 189-190, 201-202











Servant Name

Simons

Thomas

Master Name

Hawkins

Thomas

Date

3/30/1656

Event

listed in appraisal of Hawkins estate on 3/30/1656 with 6 months left to serve, valued at 1000 lbs

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 102











Servant Name

Smith

Mathias

Master Name

Hull

Edward

Date

8/25/1668

Event

Hull complaint against servant in court, Court orders 20 lashes on bare back of Smith but also gives him his freedom with corn and clothes because he cured Hull's leg

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 248











Servant Name

Snow

Thomas

Master Name

Hemsley


Date

12/20/1660

Event

testifies to the will of Thomas Dicks,

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age

20 (1660)

Others Involved


Source

LIV 192











Servant Name

Stanley

Ann

Master Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Date

10/19/1657

Event

testifies in trial regarding Salter sleeping with Bradnox wife and accusing Bradnox of doing with same with his wife (Salter's)

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

21 (1657)

Others Involved


Source

LIV 116; Liber B folio 23











Servant Name

Stedhed

Mary

Master Name

Ereckson

John

Date

6/7/1662

Event

Mary complains that she is pregnant by Mathew Reed

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age


Others Involved

jury of women inspect her but find no sign of pregnancy

Source

LIV 233











Servant Name

Sutheren

Thomas

Master Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Date

12/20/1660

Event

complains against his master for keeping him beyond his time; case referred to Provincial Cour

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved

testimony from Judeth Hemsley (27); Macume Meconny (23); Nickus Brodway (30); John White (22); Will Hemsley (26)

Source

LIV 191











Servant Name

Tarrant

Edd

Master Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

3/2/1657

Event

enters land rights for transporting servant into colony in 1654

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 127; Liber B folio 17











Servant Name

Tarrent

Edward

Master Name

Erickson

John

Date

12/1655

Event

Erickson complains against Tarrent's estate for performance of a condition; condition ordered to be performed out of the estate

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 49; Liber A folio 114











Servant Name

Tennant

Mary

Master Name

Wright

John

Date

9/29/1668

Event

Tennant to serve 5 years from her arrival in the country

Servant Sex

female

Servant Age

late teens?

Others Involved


Source

LIV 249











Servant Name

Weest

Thos.

Master Name

Morgan

Henry

Date

12/1652

Event

obtained his freedom and freedom corn according to the custom of the country "order is conditional, the Master being allowed a certain time to produce the indentures"

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 10; Liber A folio 60











Servant Name

Wharton

Henry

Master Name

Hawkins

Thomas

Date

3/30/1656

Event

listed in appraisal of Hawkins estate on 3/30/1656 with 1 year 1/2 left to serve, valued at 1500 lbs

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 102











Servant Name

Whatley

William

Master Name

Barnes

Isabella

Date

6/30/1668

Event

registration in court, ordered to serve 6 years according to law

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 246











Servant Name

Wilson

James (a Scot)

Master Name

Bradnox

Capt Thomas

Date

3/29/1652

Event

inquest into death of Wilson (8/19/1652); "the material cause of the said Wilson his death was an intermitting fever joined with the dropsy or scurvy. . . and further that the stripes given hi, by his Master not long before his death were not material"

Servant Sex

male

Servant Age


Others Involved


Source

LIV 9;Liber A folio 47-49; Hansen Old Kent 21-25













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