The Cousin Connection: David Spence (1639-1679), Ann Roe (1640-1711), and James Dashiell (1634-1697)

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[Note: Map Photo is from Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland. Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 125)]

When I first undertook this research, I thought more than a friendship existed between David Spence and James Dashiell, but at that period of time I could not find the connecting link or links. I originally thought David’s wife Ann may have been a Dashiell—a false assumption. Then because of relationships in Northumberland County, Virginia, I thought she was an Alexander—also a false assumption. Shortly before retiring from my genealogical pursuits about ten years ago, I discovered that she was a Roe. And I recently discovered the Roe family was the missing connecting link.

Ann (Anne) Roe (1640-1711)

Ann Roe (sometimes spelled Rowe) was born in South Shields, Durham, England in 1640, and she died in Somerset County, Maryland in 1711. She was the daughter of John Roe (Rowe) (1611-1653) and Ann Inglis (1604-1640). John Roe was the son of Sir Edward Roe (Roe) (b. 1580) and Elizabeth Pattison (1584-1618), all of South Shields. (Ann Inglis’s family will be discussed shortly.) John Roe married Ann Inglis in South Shields in 1633.

Although four children are often credited to John and Ann, they actually had only two:

1. Thomas Roe, born 1639 in South Shields, Durham, England, and he died May 24, 1703 in Somerset County, Maryland. Thomas married Ann (maiden name unknown) (1), who died in 1702, in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1664, and they arrived in Maryland in 1672 (2). Their children are currently unknown, although a number of speculations exist.

2. Ann Roe (1640-1711) Ann was born in 1640 in South Shields, Durham, England, and she died in 1711 in Somerset County, Maryland. Her mother, Ann Inglis, died in childbirth shortly after Ann’s birth. Ann Roe became the wife of David Spence; she will reappear later.

Shortly after his wife’s death, John took his two children to Scotland where his wife’s twin sister lived in Edinburgh. Her name was Margaret Inglis (1604-1650), and she was the wife of James Da Shiell “The Scotchman” (1603-1645). They were the parents of James Dashiell “The Immigrant of Maryland” (1634-1697). And that is how John Roe became acquainted with James Dashiell’s family and with the family of David Spence.

Ann Inglis and Margaret Inglis were twin daughters of Andrew Inglis (b. 1550 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) and Marjory Mitchell (b. 1554, Dunfermline.) Marjory was the daughter of David Mitchell (b. 1520) and his wife Isabel (b. 1520). Marjory’s brother was David Mitchell (1541-1620), who married Beatrice Kellok (1543-1620). Their son, James Mitchell (b. 1564) married Janet Paycock (b. 1561). And their son, James Mitchell (b. 1584), was the father of Helen Mitchell (1612-1633). Helen was the first wife of John David Spens (1611-1659)—the father of David Spence (1639-1679). To make a long story short—Ann Roe and James Dashiell were first cousins, and David Spence was a 2nd cousin twice removed of both of them—possibly a 2nd half-cousin twice removed since his mother was Margaret Alexander (1607-1642) [3].

John Roe died in Wicocomico, Northumberland, Virginia, having arrived there in 1653(4),(5). Apparently, he died on the Wicocomico River, Northumberland County. According to “Virginia Immigrants,” he was transported by Peter McKnight. In all likelihood, his son Thomas and daughter Ann accompanied him. I do not know whether he ever remarried. James Dashiell also arrived in Virginia in 1653. The possibility exists that they were on the same ship and if so, they left from Yorkshire, England.

David Spence (1639-1679)

David Spence was born April 5, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (6), and he was christened April 16, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (7). His parents were John David Spens (1611-1659) and Margaret Alexander (1607-1642). As previously noted, John David Spens’ first wife was Helen Mitchell (1612-1633). David Spence’s mother died in 1642, indicating that one of two things happened: David and his siblings were taken in by different family members or else they were bound out to people outside the family. I have not found a record for another marriage for David’s father, nor do I believe the children were bound out as orphans to people outside the family. In all likelihood, the children went to live with other relatives. Here, I am focusing on David’s uncle, John Alexander, who went to Virginia in 1653 (8). I believe that David Spence was raised by his uncle, John Alexander. John Roe, his children Thomas and Ann (9) and James Dashiell (10) also arrived in Virginia that year. David Spence was fourteen years old in 1653.

The records are silent about David until December 3, 1663 when he entered a land patent in Wicomico, Somerset County, Maryland for 1,000 acres known as Despence “received for transporting twenty persons into the province” (11). On January 1, 1665, David Spence “…enters eleven rights: James Dashiell, David Spence, Ann Dashiell, James Dashiell, John Thomas, Joel Taylor, Robert Murdrake, William Laytone, George Doone, Eliz. Dashiell and Isabell Egions” in Somerset County, Maryland (12)

On October 28, 1665, David Spence made an assignment of land to John Graham in Northumberland County, Virginia (13). On November 21, 1665, David Spence made a deed of gift to John Alexander for one heifer in Northumberland County, Virginia (14). Also in 1665, David Spence married Ann Roe in Northumberland County, Virginia. Sometime that year, David Spence was listed as the primary immigrant to Maryland (15). I believe that he traveled back and forth between Northumberland County, Virginia and Somerset County, Maryland prior to permanently locating to Maryland. And he still bought land in Northumberland County, per the following deed dated February 4, 1666: “George Pickering, planter & Sarah, wife, to David Spence for land in Northumberland County, towards head of lower Chetank Creek–part of a patent granted to Pickering 4 Feb 1662” (16).

In 1666, David Spence registered his cattle marks in Somerset County, Maryland (17). He was shown as a resident of Somerset County, Maryland that same year (18) Then in March 1667, David Spence “demanded land for transp. himself and wife Ann out of Wiccocomico in VA and made an oath in common form. Took 50 acres for his wife and assigned 50 for himself to others “(19). David and Ann appear on a transportation list in 1667—the entry for a land record as already noted (20).

On June 30, 1668, David Spence was made Constable for “…the Wiccocomoco Hundred, Somerset, Maryland” (21) And in June 1668, David Spence sold 500 acres of Dispense to James Dashiell (22).

David Spence drew up his will on March 29, 1679, and he died July 31, 1679 (23) His will was entered for probate August 1, 1679 (24).

David and Ann Roe Spence’s children will appear in subsequent blog entries.

James Dashiell (1634-1697)

The son of James Da Shiell, Sr. “The Scotchman” (1603-1645) and Margaret Inglis (1604-1650), James Dashiell was born in 1634 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (25), and he died before August 31, 1697 in Somerset County, Maryland. His will was entered for probate August 31, 1697 (26). At the age of nineteen in 1653, he traveled from Yorkshire, England to Northumberland County, Virginia (27) and in 1659, he married Ann Cannon (1639-1698) (28). She was the daughter of Edward Cannon (1618-1660) and his wife Ann (1620-1660), and she was transported to Virginia by her father. Their children were:

1. Captain James Dashiell, Jr. “Gentleman” (1660-1708)
2. Thomas Dashiell (1666-1755)
3. George Dashiell (1669-1733)
4. Katherine Dashiell (1672-1696)
5. Jane Dashiell (1675-1714
6. Robert Dashiell (1677-1718)
A niece, Elizabeth Dashiell (1655-1724) lived with them.

In 1663, the James Dashiell family relocated to Somerset County, Maryland; however–like David Spence—James Dashiell may have traveled back and forth between Northumberland County, Virginia and Somerset County for several years. His name appears on a transportation list to Maryland in 1665 (29). And he registered cattle marks in Maryland that same year (30). In 1680, his name appears on a list of signers on a Memorial stating that Lord Calvert was not partial to Catholics (31), and in 1690, he served as Customs Officer in Somerset County (32). Among his other activities:

1. Record of Transportation into Maryland-Land office index for 1663. February 1663. Patent for 1000 Acres called “DESPENSE” for transporting twenty persons into this Province to inhabit it, lying on the southernmost side of the Wicomico River at the mouth of a little creek called, “DECELLS” running up said river and part of the southernmost branch-James Dashiell, Ann Dashiell, James Dashiell and Elizabeth Dashiell appear as well as seven others. (Vol. 1, p. 22)
2. James Dashiell, Surveyor of Highways-Appointed by Court 27th November 1666 one of the surveyors of highways. (Vol. 1, p. 27)
3. August 10, 1668, Long Hill, was granted to Samuel Jackson by Caecilius Calvert, Lord Baron of Baltimore, Liber 12, folio 124. March 12, 1671, Samuel Jackson, Deed to James Dashiell Long Hill, on Nanticoke River and on Wetipquin Creek, 300 Acres, Liber S. C. 9, folio 80, Somerset County. (Vol. 1, p. 27)
4. Patent, September 2, 1675, Warrant to James Dashiell from Cecilius, Lord Baltimore, Whereas, James Dashiell of Somerset County, hath due unto him 50 Acres of land within our said Province, for transporting William Davis into our said province to inhabit as appears upon record and upon such “Conditions of Plantation” of date at London July 2, 1649,… Do hereby grant to James Dashiell all that parcel of land called “Wolf Trap Neck”, Liber 19, folio 148. (Vol. 1, p. 29)
5. BECKNAM. April 23, 1677, Leonard Jones made an Assignment for James Dashiell of 150 Acres of Land, which was to be taken out of 850 acres granted Leonard Jones by a Warrant dated April 6, 1675. (Vol. 1, p. 29)
6. JAMES DASHIELL. JUDGE. Commission dated March 8, 1678 to JAMES DASHIELL, Justice of Somerset County. (Vol. 1, p. 31)
7. ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND. August 1681, James Dashiell, member of Lower House of Assembly-Maryland Archives, Volume 7, page 125. (Vol. 1, p. 31)
8. MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES-1682 was a member from Somerset County in the Maryland House of Burgesses. (Vol.1, p. 32)
9. RELIGIOUS TOLERATION IN MARYLAND-“Lord Baltimore Declaration” dated Maryland 13 May 1682 and which is “signed by twenty five of the leading members of the Church of England in the Province of Maryland, in testimony of his impartiality in administering the Government of the Province to Protestants as well as Roman Catholics.” James Dashiell was the twelfth person of the 25 that signed the above mentioned memorial. (Vol. 1, p. 32) (32)

His will and documents pertaining to his estate follow:

WILL OF JAMES DASHIELL IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen, his Twenty and Seventh day of Feb. in ye sixth year of his Majesty King William’s Reign of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord God One Thousand and Six hundred Ninety and Six, I JAMES DASHIELL, of ye County of Somerset and Province of Maryland, through at present in health of body, and of good Perfect Memory, thanks be to God Almighty, yet knowing the Uncertainty of this Present Life and being desirous to put things in Order, Doe make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following—First and Principaly I commend my soule to God Almighty my creator assuredly believing, that I shall receive full and free remission of all my sins and be saved by the precious death and Merritts of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ, and my body to ye earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a Christian and decent manner and as touching such worldly Estate as ye Lord in Mercy hath lent me, My Will is ye it be employed and bestowes as hereafter is expressed.—- My Will is that all my Debts and Demands. Whatever, if owe in right or conscience to any manner of person whatever be and truly satisfied within a convenient time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named. It is my Will that my beloved Wife Ann Dashiell I leave her this plantation where she now liveth during her life time or her widowhood with every convenience there now belonging, Servants, Cattle, or what else thereunto belonging, what Corn or Tobacco they make she hath the desposing of to keep her self and her son Ro : and ye Servants in Clothing but if she marries another husband, I desire she may have her dew and begon. I Leave and bequeath unto my son James Dashiell these several tracts or Parcells of Land, Meeches Desert, Meeches Right, Woolf Trap Neck containing in all five hundred and fifty Acres, bounded as Will appear by Patterns to him and his heirs for ever only he shall pay George Dashiell Three Thousand Pounds of Tobacco — I leave my son Thomas Dashiell a parcel of land of a hundred and fifty acres called Becknam Lying between ye Woolf Trap Neck at ye head of Tyaskin Creek, I leave to him and his heirs for Ever. – Extem. I leave and bequeath unto my son Robert Dashiell one tract of Land Containing three hundred acres called Long Hill as will Appear by Patten to him and his heirs for Ever. Only George Dashiell Three Thousand Pounds of Tobacco to be paid by Robert Dashiell. ——– It is my will ye all my goods if have moveable or on moveable should be equally divided Amongst all my children with ye Negroes yet is alive. I appoint my son Robert Dashiell One feather bed and Furniture I appoint my Daughter Jane to have one mare with her increase it is my desire that ye tables Chairs, couches and ye Coberd should sty in thr house, I Constitute and apoyant my son James Dashiell to be Executor of this my last Will and Testament disannulling and making void any Will or Wills formerly by me made either by word or writ. In Witness whereof I have set my hand and Seal the day and year above Written. I Disannull my son Thos. Dashiell and Daughter Jane from having any share of Negroes. As Witness my hand and Seal. Benjn. Nestham Sworn and is Evidence before me S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r, HisJohn I T Taylor (said to be dead) Mark
Aug. 1697. James Dashiell (SEAL)Memorandum, that we the Subscribers and Legatees concerbed in the above Written Will do hereby declare, that we and every of us do Unanimously Consent agree to Conclude to stand to Abide by and fulfill the said Last Will and Testament of our Hond. Father sd. Deceased. In Witness Whereof we have hereunto PUT OUR HANDS AND Seal this last day of Aug. Amno Domini, 1697. TestisS. Hopkins Senr. Thos. Dashiell (SEAL)Benjn. Besham Geo. Dashiell (SEAL) Robt. Dashiell (SEAL) Wm. Dashiell (SEAL)
Memorandum, that this last day of Aug. 1697Granted Administration to James Dashiell of Estate of his Father James Dashiell Deceased he and appraisers Sworn and Bond taken etc.Witness Recorded in Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111 Testo Esme Bayly Regr. W. S. C. (34)

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In May 1998, Howard and I traveled to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically to Somerset and Wicomico Counties. We traveled through an area where Despence was originally situated. A visit to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis led me to the map, showing original locations of the property and subsequent divisions.

From Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland (1985):

DESPENCE

Patented on 8 Dec 1663 by David Spence for 1000 acres in Mt. Vernon, Election District 5, Map 5
Rent Rolls 1666-1723: James Spence, son of David Spence, 250 acres
John Spence, son of David Spence, 250 acres
Thomas Walker 242 acres by the name of WOODBRIDGE
The remainder cut off by an older survey after sold to Thomas Holbrook
30 June 1668: David Spence deeded to James Dashiell
8 Nov 1670: James Dashiell and Ann Dashiell made over 500 acres to Thomas Rowe
4 June 1672 Thomas Rowe and wife Ann Rowe sold to Thomas Holbrook and John Holland 258 acres
5 June 1675: Thomas Rowe and wife Ann Rowe sold to Thomas Walker 242 acres now called WOODBRIDGE.
1 Sep 1675: John Holland sold to Thomas Holbrook 258 ¼ acres called HOLD HOLLAND
1678 Will: David Spence, to sons John Spence and James Spence at age 18 years, 500 acres
4 Dec 1710: James Spence and John Spence sold to George Dale the elder, one half.
22 June 1750: George Gale, brother and executor to will of Leven Gale deceased and Leah Gale, only child and heir of Levin Gale, sold to Henry Lowes 500 acres.
1761: Henry Lowes willed to son Tubman Lowes dwelling plantation purchased from the heirs of Levin Gale (unnamed).
9 Mar 1773: Henry Lowes sold to James Dickenson and William Hayward of Talbot County, 500 acres w/ FATHERS CARE, hereafter RALPHS PREVENTION, ROBERTSONS LOTT (MORTGAGED TO PAY DEBTS)
1783: Tax—Henry Lowes—50 acres
1786: Matilda Bounds, Jane Dashiell, Margaret Waters sold to Thomas Waters, Thomas Waterstone and Daniel White (p. 126) (35)

HEREAFTER

Patented on 1 Oct. 1679 by Thomas Roe and assigned to John Spence and James Spence for 200 acres in Mt. Vernon, Election District 5, Map #1
Rent Rolls 1666-1723: Possessed 100 acres by John Spence, 100 acres by James Spence. (They were sons of David Spence).
22 June 1750: George Gale, brother & Executor of Levin Gale, deceased and Leah Gale only heir of Levin Gale sold to Henry Lowes.
1761: Henry Lowes willed to son Tubman Lowes, land bought of heirs of Levin Gale & 1/3 to son Henry Lowes.
9 Mar 1773: Henry Lowes mortgaged to James Dickinson & William Hayward of Talbot County, 200 acres.
1783 Tax—Henry Lowes (p. 30) (36)
Location of Despence: Mount Vernon, Northwest of Princess Anne, Near Monie Point—Jason.

References
(1) Dryden, Ruth T Property known as Hereafter (Thomas Rowe (Roe)’s wife is identified as Ann). Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland, Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 30)
(2) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Thomas Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Inman-Spence-Beall-Warfield Family Branches, A Private Tree. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 about John Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Microfilm of Scottish Birth & Christening Records, International Genealogical Library, Family History Library, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 1995
(7) Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 about Dauid Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(8) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Alexander, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(9) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Ann Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(10) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(11) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: A Study in Foundations and Founders” Whitett & Shepperson (1966), Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(12) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(13) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia. Obtained 1995
(14) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia. Obtained 1995.
(15) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(16) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia, Obtained 1995.
(17) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(18) Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(19) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(20) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(21) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(22) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(23) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(24) MARYLAND CALENDAR OF WILLS: Volume 1—David Spence (1679—Somerset County, Maryland. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(25) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(26) James Dashiell Will, Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111, Somerset County, Maryland, Wills. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(27) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(28) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(29) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(30) Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(31) PROPRIETARY ASSEMBLY OF 1676-1682, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(32) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(33) Facts from Dashiell Family Records, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(34) James Dashiell Will, Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111, Somerset County, Maryland, Wills. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(35) Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland. Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 126)
(36) Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland, Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 30)

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