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An American Family History

 

The Briscoe Family

 
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,
and, under a just God cannot retain it."
― Abraham Lincoln
 
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Philip Briscoe was born in 1648.

He married Susanna Swan. She was the daughter of Colonel Samuel Swan.

Philip and Susanna's children included:
George Briscoe
Edward Briscoe ( Susanna Gerard, Slye)
Captain John Briscoe
George Briscoe,
James Briscoe,
Philip Briscoe,
Sarah Briscoe Howard (married William Stevens Howard),
Susannah Briscoe Compton (married Matthew Compton),
Ann Briscoe Wood,
Judith Briscoe Ashcomb

Philip died in 1724. Susanna died died 1740.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.
  In 1692 Henry Bonner was removed from the office of Clerk of the Council of Maryland. Henry told the Legislature that Secretary Lawrence had offered him half the Clerk's salary to resign so he could appoint his relative, Thomas Briscoe. Henry refused and Lawrence dismissed him and appointed Briscoe. Some of the colonists petitioned to have him continue in office, but were not successful.  
     
 

Captain Robert Briscoe was born about 1718 in Charles County, Maryland

He married:
Ann Wood in 1736. She was the daughter of Samuel Wood and Ann Briscoe.
Mrs. Sarah Wilson after 1758

Robert died on May 15, 1798 at Rock Creek, Prince George's County, Maryland.

 
 

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Briscoe, Philip, Sr., Charles Co., 25th April, 1724; 29th Jan., 1724.
To wife Susannah, dwelling plantation Morris's Venture during life; at her decease to son John, ex., and hrs.; and ⅓ personal estate.
" son Philip and hrs., 80 A. had of Father Swann.
" son Edward and hrs., Hitchin, bou. of Thomas Davis; 111 A. of Loves Enjoyment.
" grandson Leonard [son of son George, dec'd], pt. of Chaptico Mannor during term of lease.
" daus. Sarah Leonard, Judith Ashcom, Susannah Compton and Ann Wood, personalty.
" son John, largest silver tankard.
" son James and hrs., 200 A. of Loves Enjoyment.
" sons John, Philip, Edward and James and daus. Susannah and Ann, residue of personalty equally.
Test: John Briscoe, Jr., Thomas Mercer, Robert Lang. 18, 339.

 
 
 
 

from Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume 5
Briscoe, Edward, Charles Co.,
7th Dec., 1725; 19th Feb., 1725.
To sons Philip, Robert, Edward, John and George and 2 daus. Lydds and Priscilla and posthumus child, personalty.
To son Robert and hrs., Love's Injoyment.
To son Edward and hrs., Hitchin.
To wife Susannah, extx., residue of estate for support of children.
Test: Gillum (Wm.) Wood, George Saint Clare, Matthew Parlow. 18, 444.

 
 
 
 

from Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks

(Accession # 21680807). Frederick County, Virginia.

In 1788, Robert Briscoe published his will in Montgomery County, Maryland, and bequeathed a slave family (John, his wife Catharine and their daughter Charity) to Sarah Briscoe, his wife.

In 1798 Sarah Briscoe published her will and gave her daughter Margaret "one half of all her estate of whatsoever kind or nature."

Following Sarah's death, Anthony Rickets, Margaret's husband and executor of Sarah's estate, asks that the said slaves "be delivered up to him for the purposes expressed in & by the Wills of the aforesaid Robert and Sarah."

 
 
 
 

from Abstracts of Wills of Montgomery County, Maryland

Will of Sarah Briscoe, 13 July 1798, 6 N 1799.
To dau. Margaret, wf/o Anthony Ricketts, ex., he to have crops where decd. h. Robert Briscoe lived.
To ch. Thos., Alex., John, & James Wilson, & Sarah, wf/o Wm. Boyd. Grandson Saml. Mount & grdaus. Mary Ann Case & Nancy Ricketts.
Wit. John Chambers, John Belt, John Tumbell, Benj. Ricketts, Marry Harison

 
 
 
 

Passed Feb. 3, 1821.
An Act authorising Anthony Ricketts, of Montgomery County, to take from the Register's Office of said County the Original Will of Sarah Briscoe.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That upon the application of said Anthony Ricketts, executor of Sarah Briscoe, it shall be lawful for the register of wills for Montgomery county, to deliver to Anthony Ricketts of the said county, the original will of Sarah Briscoe, filed in said office, provided the said register of wills for Montgomery county shall, before the delivery of the said will of Sarah Briscoe, take an office copy of the same, and if the said will should not he recorded, duly to record the same on the records of the said office.

 
 
 
 

Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 534.

Nov 3, 1760 from Robert Briscoe of Charles County,
to James Johnson. of Prince Georges County,
for 135£ sterling and for divers other good causes,
part of a tract of land called Loves Enjoyment, lying partly in Charles County and partly in St. Mary's County on the west side of Patuxent River, a dividing tree between Peter Scallons and the sd Briscoe, containing and now laid out for about 149 acres.
Signed - Robt Briscoe.
Wit - Mev Locke, Thos Greenfield

The Patuxent River in Maryland drains into the Chesapeake Bay. It marks the boundary between Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's counties on the west and Howard, Anne Arundel, and Calvert counties on the east.

 
 
 
Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.

from Colonial Virginians and their Maryland Relatives by Norma Tucker
Col. Philip Briscoe ([b. 1648] died about 1724) married Susanna Swan (died 1740) daughter of Col. Samuel Swan.

Issue:
I. George Briscoe
II Edward Briscoe who married Susanna Gerard [Slye]. . .
III. Capt. John Briscoe of Charles Co., MD,. . .

Briscoe, Philip, Sr., Charles Co., 25th April, 1724; 29th Jan., 1724.
To wife Susannah, dwelling plantation Morris's Venture during life; at her decease to son John, ex., and hrs.; and ⅓ personal estate.
" son Philip and hrs., 80 A. had of Father Swann.
" son Edward and hrs., Hitchin, bou. of Thomas Davis; 111 A. of Loves Enjoyment.
" grandson Leonard [son of son George, dec'd], pt. of Chaptico Mannor during term of lease.
" daus. Sarah Leonard, Judith Ashcom, Susannah Compton and Ann Wood, personalty.
" son John, largest silver tankard.
" son James and hrs., 200 A. of Loves Enjoyment.
" sons John, Philip, Edward and James and daus. Susannah and Ann, residue of personalty equally.
Test: John Briscoe, Jr., Thomas Mercer, Robert Lang. 18, 339.

 

 

 

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.