April 16, 1730- James Neale, son of James Neale & Elizabeth Lord, dies at the age of 41 at "Wollaston Manor", in Charles County, Maryland.
James Neale, a Catholic, lived at "Wollaston Manor", on 1000 acres located near the confluence of St. James Creek and St. Raphael Creek in Charles County. He had inherited this part of the manor from his father, Captain James Neale.
Wollaston Manor was made up of 2,000 acres patented in 1642 to Captain James Neale and was named for his Grandfather's home in Northamptonshire, England. Neale's wife, Anne Gill, was Lady-in-waiting to the wife of Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria.
The following description is taken from THE DAVID RANKIN BARBEE PAPERS:
"If one had the privilege of choosing the spot where he wished to be born, he could find none more attractive than Wolleston Manor. Long ago the old manor house was destroyed by fire, and not a vestige of it remains to tell its story.
The site where once it reared its lofty walls still exists -a small plain fronting the majestic Potomac for a mile or more, and presenting a vista of such rare natural beauty and splendor as to have no compeer on either side of that noble stream. Standing on the spot where the manor was erected in the early days of the Seventeenth Century, to the left, as one looks out on the river, lies a grove of primeval oaks..."
|The Potomac River, Charles County, Maryland|
Young James married first Elizabeth Hagan Clarkson, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Hagan, and the widow of William Clarkson, with five small children. Their daughter, Elizabeth Neale, was still a minor when her father died, and was bequeathed her mother's inherited Hagan land.
He married secondly Jane Boarman, the daughter of William Boarman and Mary Pile. The manor was left to the daughters of this union.
WILL OF JAMES NEALE
Neale, James, Charles County, 7th Jan., 1731; 8th March., 1731/2
To son James and hrs., entire real estate, including "Woollestan Mannor," 1/2 thereof to be reserved for use of wife Jane during her life; and personalty at age of 21; he dying during minority or without issue, all lands to pass to 2 daus. Jane and Mary Anne and their hrs.
To dau. Eliza. and hrs., land in St. Mary's Co. had with former wife [unnamed] her mother; and personalty at age of 16 or marriage.
To daus. Jane and Mary Ann, personalty at age of 16 or marriage.
To wife Jane, extx., residue of personal estate.
Test: Raphael Neale, John Lancaster, Bennett Hoskins. MCW 20.160
April 30, 1730- Raphael Neale, cousin of James, files the following lease in Charles County.
Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 205.
At the request of Raphel Neale of CC, Gent, the following [lease] was recorded Apr 30, 1730.
Mar 26, 1729 from Mary Newman, to Raphel Neale, the lease of all that parcel of land belonging unto her, sd Mary Newman, and lying on the east side of a tract or tracts of land formerly belonging unto the sd Mary Newman's father, George Newman. This is a 14 year lease, to commence next Dec 25, with full power to make use of what ground or timber &c sd Neale shall think fit. Neale obliges himself to immediately build or cause to be built, 1 dwelling house 12 foot square with an outside chimney, and a shed 6 foot wide on the broad side of the sd house, for the sd Mary to live in during the 14 years of the lease, provided Mary Newman should live so long. Neale is to possess the same after her death during the 14 years, with liberty of the pasture for her calves, and also to pay sd Newman 2 barrels,,of Indian corn for the 1st 2 years of the lease, & always after, 4 barrels of Indian corn or 400 lbs of tobacco at the choice of Raphel Neale. Neale obliges himself to find sd Mary Newman 4000 cornhills under a good fence, provided she can get the same tended for the time afd that is for herself & no other after her death. Signed - Mary (MN her mark) Newman. Wit - John Lancaster, Bent Hoskins, Jno Howard, Benja Fendall.
April 30, 1730- On the same day, Raphael's daughter, Eleanor, wife of Bennett Hoskins, takes part in the following transaction:
Charles County Land Records, Liber M#2 Page 203. At the request of Benjamin' Douglass of CC, Gent, the following deed was recorded this Apr. 30, 1730.
Apr 21, 1730 from Bennett Hoskins of CC, Gent, to Benjamin Douglass of CC, for and in consideration that the afd Benjamin has conveyed to sd Bennett Hoskins 175 acres in CC, being part of 2 tracts, the one called New York, the other Duck Marsh, and also for divers other good causes, he has sold to sd Benjamin Douglass, all that parcel of land in CC, bounded by Potomack River near the mouth of Portobacco Cr, containing about 169 acres. Signed -. Bentt Hokins [sic]. Wit - Jno Howard, Benja Fendall. Eleanor,'the wife of sd Bennet Hoskins, relinquished her right of dower and to the within mentioned land and premises
(James Neale and Raphael Neale are my second cousins 7 times removed. Eleanor Neale is my third cousin 6 times removed. Our common ancestors are Benjamin Gill & Mary Mainwaring.)