Ancestors of Philip Myers Sr.

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  • ID: I02030
  • Name: Francis Dunnington , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 JAN 1664 in England
  • Death: AFT 1734 in Charles Co., Md.
  • Reference Number: 2048
  • Note:
    His birth date is from Charles County Liber M 1, 1685 (Court and Land M#1.67). Francis DUNNINGTON, servant to Madam Mary CHANDLER, was 20 years of age on 12 January 1685.[CIT:]175:2; p11[:CIT] Some histories have shown Francis to have been born in England, but this is unconfirmed.

    On 4 April 1704 Francis and Margaret sold a 200 acre tract called Howland on the north side of Piscataway River and south side of Mattawoman Creek. Richard NELLSON paid 1,400 lbs tobacco for the land.[CIT:]144:2; Vol 3, p 44[:CIT]

    Note: ||to Maryland
    A Genealogy of the Dunnington family of Charles co., Maryland:
    The origins of one branch of the Dunnington family has it's roots firmly planted in Charles County. According to Prof. Francis Perry Dunnington writing in Roswell Page, 9University of Virginia 1904 Vol. 20, he states that the first Dunnington came to America in 1645 with Lord Baltimore and settled in what is know Charles Co.. The record of C.E. Burrell, 9HIstory of Prince Edward County, Virginia, 19220 states that Walter Gray Dunnington places the Dunnington ancestry in Berkshire England and that his family was originally from Maryland. A record of James Dunnington has been found to have entered Maryland as early as 1676. [1]

    The second Dunnington that has been found in Maryland records was named Francis and was married sometime close to 1697 to Margaret, a daughter of Richard Beck. Richard, who was born in 1651,[2], died in 1678, leaving his widow, Elizabeth and three daughters [3] and possibly a son.
    A word should be made in passing, about this family of Richard Beck, in or to clear up a long held error in most Dunnington family histories.

    Richard Beck [4] or his father, was transported into the colonies by Thomas Masterson who was a merchant in Charles Co., and had paid the passage for a Richard and 8 other people, probably in the 1660's, but no date has been found. Richard acquired a tract of land called 'Howland'. This land came to be farmed but not owned by George Brett, who had married, Elizabeth, the widow of Richard., after he died around 1678. She brought into the marriage, 'Howland' and three daughters and perhaps a son, named William.

    The land 'Howland' was actually given to the three daughters [5] of Richard, by the Charles Co., Court of Chancery, re-affirmed in 1705 when George Brett died. Elizabeth [6] then married third to John Booker, and she is indicated to have had a daughter Ann Booker, before she died about the last of June of 1713. To me Ann Booker is most probably a step-daughter.
    Three daughters of Richard Beck, often thought of as Brett children, were:

    1. Elizabeth Beck the oldest born on Oct. 02, 1669 in Charles Co., [7]. She is not traced and possibly died as a youth but was alive in 1705 and probably married to a man named Thomas Wharton. She is unmentioned in her mothers will.
    2. Mary Beck was born in Charles Co., on 15 Nov. 1672 and was first married to Richard Nelson and second to John Gray. Mary and her husband purchased the other 2 shares of 'Howland' from her sisters.

    3. Margaret Beck was born in Charles Co., on 01 May 1674 and was married to Francis Dunnington of this history.
    NOTE JGE: See land records in Appendix II
    The above information was copied as written from page 1 of: The Dunnington Family of Charles County, Maryland, compiled by James G. Elgin. Privately printed by: Elgin in 1997.

    [1] The Early Settlers of Maryland
    [2] Maryland Deponents 1634-1799 by Henry C. Peden, Jr.
    [3] Excerpts from Charles Co., court Records 1669-1679
    [4] List of nine names dated Dec. 06, 1679 including Richard Beck [1300 acres grant to Thomas Masterson]
    [5] From the files of Harry Wright Newman
    [6] Handwritten genealogy by Francis Elgin Dunnington in 1825
    [7] See Early Charles county Maryland Settlers 1658-1745 [Marlene Bates and Edward Wright.

    See pages 10 and 11 of Mr. Elgin's book for details of notes 1-7.
    Donald A Dunnington
    Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
    February 28, 1998

    Court Statement: 1684," Francis Dunnington servant to Madam Mary Chandler is adjudged to be 20 years of age on Jan. 12, 1685 and ordered to serve the said Mary Chandler according to Act of Assembly in the case made and provided for."
    Indentured Record: January 12, 1684/85, Charles co., MD Liber M1, 1685 court and Land M#1.67

    Marriage 1 Margaret Beck b: 1 MAY 1674 in Charles Co., Md.
    • Married: 1697 in Charles Co., Md.
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Dunnington b: 1698 in Charles Co., Md.
    2. Has Children Francis Dunnington , Jr. b: 1700 in Charles Co., Md.
    3. Has Children Rebecca Dunnington b: 1702 in Charles Co., Md.
    4. Has No Children Ann Dunnington b: 1706 in Charles Co., Md.
    5. Has Children John Dunnington b: 1708 in Charles Co., Md.
    6. Has Children William W. Dunnington , Sr. b: 1713 in Charles Co., Md.
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