An American Family History

Chamness Family

Bound children were indentured servants whose master provided training in a craft, board, lodging, and clothes for seven years or until the child came of age.
Anthony Chamness was born on February 17, 1713 in England. His parents were John Chamness and Ann Jones.

On February 9, 1725 he was indentured to John Cooke of London for seven years.

London the Ninth day of February One Thousand, Seven Hundred and 24
That Anthony Chamness of White Chapel in County of Middlesex
did by indenture bearing like date herewith, agree to serve
John Cooke of London Vichular or his assigns
seven years, in Maryland (his Majesty's Plantation in America) and
did thereby declare himself to be of the age of fifteen years, a single person, and no covenant or contracted servant to any other person or persons.

And the said master did thereby covenant at his own cost, to send his said servant to the said plantation; and at the like costs to find him all necessary clothes, meat, drink, washing, and lodging, as other servants in such cases are usually provided for, and allowed.

He married Sarah Cole on November 24, 1735 in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Maryland. Sarah Cole was born on May 1, 1718 in Maryland. She was the daughter of Joseph and Susanna Cole.

Elizabeth Chamness (1737),
Susannah Chamness (1738)
Joseph Chamness (1740)
Sarah Chamness (1742)
Mary Chamness (1743, married John Davis)
Martha Chamness(1747)
John Chamness (1749)
Anthony Chamness, Jr. (1751),
Rachel Chamness (1754)
Ann Chamness (1756)
Lydia Chamness (1758)
Joshua Chamness (1761, married Rachel Williams)

On August 26, 174,1 they received a certificate of transfer from the Gunpowder Monthly Meeting in Baltimore County to the Monocacy Meeting in Frederick County, Maryland. The Monocacy Preparatory Meeting, was initially part of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Virginia.

In 1749, they transfered to the Carver's Creek Monthly Meeting in North Carolina. They settled on Cane Creek in North Carolina This area was initially part of Anson County, but in 1751 it was included in newly formed Orange County. They were among the initial overseers of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting.

On June 24, 1751, Anthony received a grant of 490 acres on Cane Creek. This land is located near the present Cane Creek Friends Meeting west of the village of Snow Camp. It was originally in Orange County, but became part of Chatham County and later Alamance County as these counties were formed.

On August 31, 1764, Anthony and Sarah sold their land n Baltimore County which had belonged to her father, Joseph Cole.

Sarah died before September 1, 1766 when Anthony married Rachel Haworth who was Stephanus Haworth's widow.

Rachel died on March 19, 1775 and was buried at Deep River Meeting.

Anthony was remarried on May 9, 1776 to Margaret Evans Williams, age 56, widow of William Williams.

Anthony will was dated November 24, 1776 in Chatham County, North Carolina. 

Anthony died on September 20, 1777.

Baltimore County, Maryland was founded in 1659 and included most of northeastern Maryland. The original county included parts of Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Carroll, and Baltimore Counties.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.





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