An American Family History

Dent Family

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

William Dent (1660-1704) married Elizabeth Fowke.

Their children included:

Captain George Dent was born about 1690 in Charles County Maryland. He married Ann Harbart, daughter of Captain William Harbart.

In 1718 George Dent was the executor of William Bowles' estate and of William Harbart's.

In 1718 Anne Harbart Dent inherited a part of Clarke's Purchase which he had bought.

In 1726, the widow, Anne Dent, requested that John Howard's gift to William Dent of 15 ewes and a ram that he had received from Thomas Dent's estate be recorded.

George Dent died in 1754.


The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.


A gentleman had no title, but descended from an aristocratic family, was of the landed gentry, and had a coat of arms.

Charles County Gentry by Harry Wright Newman

Colonel George Dent (1690-1754) George Dent, son of William [Dent] and Elizabeth (Fowke) was born September 27, 1690, near Nanjemoy in Charles County. Before 1715 he married Anne, daughter of William Harbert, Gent., and Mary his wife of Pickawaxon Hundred. . . .

In 1715 by the will of her father, Mrs. Dent came into possession of 500 acres of Clarke's Purchase during life, then to her daughter Rebecca Dent and an unborn child. . .


1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County Maryland Hundred
Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 313-81:

Friendship: 2000 acres;
Possession of -954 Acres -
Dent, Thomas:
1,046 Acres
Hoskins, Bennett:
Surveyed 13 June 1672 for Bennett Hoskins at a branch beech by a fresh run called Mattawoman main fresh running down the run.
Poss. by Thomas Dent & 1046 acres Bennett Hoskins in England:
Other Tracts Mentioned: Coffers Chance; Harwood; Much Haddum;
Conveyance notes - 100 Acres -
John Coffer;
16 March 1724, 333 Acres
Mary Smallwood from William Hoskins;
12 Aug 1725


Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.



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