772. Documentation for John Pritchett
(24 June 1641 to 1711)
father of Phunback Pritchett
(Abt 1695 to 1769)



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John Pritchett probably was born June 24, 1641, in Talbot County, Maryland. He died in 1711 in Apes Hill, Dorchester County, Maryland.(1) Some information indicates John was the son of a John Pritchett who was born in 1610 in Herefordshire, Wales, who died in 1657, and whose wife was Anna. John's grandfather may have been a William Pritchett whose wife was Joan Rufford. This William Pritchett was born in 1582 in Richard's Castle, Worcester England. William married Joan Rufford in 1609. Joan was born about 1586 in Worcester, England.
The following excerpt is taken from Pritchett Family by Henry Downes Cranor:(2)
The Pritchett or Prichard family appears to have been of considerable antiquity in Wales, having an unbroken male descent from the Princes between Wye and Severn, a dynasty that lasted from Caradoc Vraich Vrais, A. D. 520 to the death of Bleddyn the last Prince, in 1190 (Cabrian Journal). The Genealogist, N. S., Vol. 8.
John Pritchett(1) (Chemist), the progenitor of the Dorchester county branch, was in Maryland in 1669 as is shown by the following records of land grants, rent rolls and wills. He was probably the son of John Pritchett who was a witness to a receipt given by Margaret Brent, January 21, 1647 (Md. Arch., 4, 449), but as yet positive proof is lacking. John Pritchett the witness, died intestate in 1657. (Ibid., 10, 552.)
In 1669 John Pritchett(1) bought land called "Apes Hill" at mouth of Hunger river, Dorchester county, containing 50 acres for 3000 pounds of tobacco. (Land Records Dorchester county. Old Book No. 3, p. 156.)
In 1697 John Pritchett (Chymist) purchased land from William Hopper, 50 acres more or less by patent, and another tract called Longacre and Bettys Chance, containing 110 acrres on Charles Creek, another from Ferguson, Ship Carpenter, all that part called Edinborough containing 100 acres (ibid.)
This indenture made Eight day of June 1710, John Pritchett with Abigail his wife of the County of Dorchester in the province of Maryland of the one part and Henry Lake, Blacksmith of the other part, in same county. Witnesseth that the said John and Abigail Pritchett for and in consideration of the sum of six thousand pounds of Tobacco to them paid in hand for parcel of Land being partly belonging to a tract of Land called Longacre and partly to a tract of land called Bettys Chance. Beginniing at a marked white oak standing near the head of Charles Creek being the bounded tree of the land of Richard Kendall and running from thence south west eight perches to a marked oak standing by Hunger River running from thence up the river bounded therewith Two hundred and eighty seven perhces to the head of a small creek running up by a point commonly called Long Point and from thence north east to Charles Creek and from thence running up the Creek bounded therewith two hundred and Eighty seven perhces to the first marked post containing one hundred and ten acres (110).
Signed John Pritchett
Abigail X Pritchett
(Ibid., Old Book, No. 6.)

The following entries may be found in the Rent Roll book of Dorchester and Somerset Counties, in the possession of Maryland Historical Society.

50 Acres. Rent 0-2-0.
Apes Hill surveyed 10 March 1672 for Richard Mockins the upper side of the Straights of Hunger River. Possest by John Pritchett A 16 by seven Downward.
70 Acres. Rent 0-2-9.
The Hope surveyed 17 Nov. 1677 for Timothy MacNamara on the east side Hungor River by the upper straights in possession of John Pritchett.
150 Acres. Rent 0-4-5.
Longacre surveyed 13 Aug. 1678 for Andrew Jusloy on the east side of Hungor river the west side of Charles Creek sold to John Pritchett by Henry Lack but not yet made over.
50 Acres. Rent 0-6-0. Horseley down
surveyed 28th Dec. 1679 for George Hopper on the south side of North East branch of Charles Creek in possession of John Pritchett.
50 Acres. Rent 0-2-0.
Ringwood surveyed 20th Feby. 1680 for John Pritchard on the north side of a small Bay called Rohoby Bay.
100 Acres 0-4-0 qt. rent
Ebenborough surveyed 29th April 1682 for George Ferguson on the West side of fox Creek in Ash Comos Marsh in possession of John Pritchett.

The date of John Pritchett's death is uncertain. His will made in 1711 and probated in 1723, bears the following note: 'The above will was found in August 1723 among some papers and ordered to be recorded by the Court at Annapolis, A. A. Co., Md.' The will mentions the following nine children by name and devises 'Apes Hill,' 'Horsey Doron' [Horseley Down?], 'Edinborough,' and 'Hope.' To his wife Abigail he left her thirds only."
Another discussion of John Pritchett follows:(3)
"The progenitor of the Dorchester County, Maryland, Pritchett Family was one Dr. John Pritchett, who according to The Early Settlers list, found in The Land Office of Maryland, came into the Province of Maryland, in 1670, as “a Gentleman Adventurer.” The Colonists of Maryland were divided into six classes. The first class was termed “Gentleman Adventurers”. These were persons who transported themselves, at their own expense, often bringing with them servants. For each person transported, the person transporting them received 50 acres of land. In the list of passengers arriving at the same time with Dr. Pritchett, was one William Pritchett Jr. perhaps the brother of Dr. John Pritchett, also Dr. Daniel Jenefer, who assigned his claim for 150 acres of land, for transporting three persons into the Province of Maryland, to Dr. John Pritchett.
On July 19, 1670, came John Pritchett of Talbot County and proved right to 50 acres of land for transporting himself into this Province to inhabit. Warrant then issued in the name of the said John Pritchett for 50 acres of land due him for consideration aforesaid".  True copy taken from Liber 12, folio 592, Land Office of Maryland.
Dr. John Pritchett when he first came to Dorchester County, to live, he made the beautiful plantation 'Apes Hill' his home. Later, when his son Zebulon married he gave Zebulon 'Apes Hill' and he moved to his adjoining plantation 'The Hope'. These two plantations adjoining each other, on the Upper Straights of Hungar [Honga] River, almost out to the Chesapeake Bay, are still two of the finest locations in Dorchester County. Both of these properties are today owned by wealthy people who use them in Winter as gunning shores, and in Summer, as Summer homes. Both of these plantations remained in the Pritchett family for over 225 years, being entailed by their first owner Dr. John Pritchett. There is much tradition that has been handed down from one generation to another, how when Dr. John Pritchett first came to Dorchester County, that he was kind to the Indians, and administered to their needs, as well as the white man, and the Indians respected him and his family.
To honor one of these old Indian Chiefs, it is said he named one of his sons 'Phunback'. Whether this tradition is true, we do not know, however we do know that he did name one of his sons 'Phunback'."(6)
The locations of Apes Hill and The Hope are identified in the book The Early Settlers of Dorchester County and Their Lands by Calvin W. Mobray and Mary I. Mobray.

The following, from Early Dorchester County History, indicates that John Pritchett married a Margery Price:(4)
"On March 10, 1672, a 50 acre tract called "Apes Hill" was surveyed for Richard Meekins. That tract is known today as Bishop's Head Point. Five years after he acquired it, Meekins transferred the tract to
Timothy MacNamara. Descendants of Timothy MacNamara became owners of numerous tracts of land in South Dorchester and intermarried into such old-line families of the area as the Pritchetts, Stewarts, Lakes, Hoopers, Traverses and others. On April 1, 1679, Timothy MacNamara sold "Apes Hill" to Dr. John Pritchett who had came from Talbot County where he had married Margery, daughter of John and Margery Price of that county. As shown in his will Dr. Pritchett was the father of Zebulon, Edward, John, Phunback, Lott, Phillis, Margery, Mary who married Henry Fisher, and Jane who married Robert Lake. John Pritchett, on June 8, 1710, sold to Henry Lake, blacksmith, a 110 acre tract of land called "Long Acre" which was on Charles Creek. Robert Lake, blacksmith, the son of Henry Lake, married Jane Pritchett. Henry Lake, through his son, Robert, was the progenitor of the Lake family of lower Dorchester County."
Perhaps Margery Price was the first wife of John Pritchett and Abigail with an unknown last name was the second wife of John Pritchett. There is a Meekins Neck Road that meets a Hoopers Island Road west of Golden Hill, Maryland. There is a Wroton Island not far from Lakesville, Maryland, perhaps named for the family of Rachel Wroughton who married John and/or Edward Pritchett, sons of John Pritchett the doctor or chemist. Perhaps Hoopersville, Hooper Island and Hoopers Island Road on the eastern shore of Maryland are named after the William Hooper family who sold a tract of land to John Pritchett in 1697 called Horse Downe.
John Pritchett is mentioned in a number of land transactions and court records. It is clear that John Pritchett was married to a Margery and to an Abigail according to these records. The following list is not intended to be all inclusive:
a. Made and recorded 1st April 1679, Folio 156, Timothy McNamara to John Pritchett land called "Apes Hill" containing 50A at the mouth of Hungar River. Witnesses: John Phillips, Tho. Pattison.
b. Made and recorded 1st April 1679, Folio 158/59, John Pritchett to John Prout land called "Apes Hill" containing 16A.
c. Made and recorded 1 Sept 1685, Folio 146, John Pritchett to William Warren land called "Little Goshen" containing 50A by patent to John Pritchett, Witnesses: Benja. Priesley, Hen. Howard, Margery Pritchett wife of John Pritchett gives up Dower rights.
d. Made and recorded 28 May 1697, Folio 93, William Hooper, cooper to John Pritchett, chymist land called "Horse Downe" next to land called "Banbury".
e. Made and recorded 27 Oct 1697, Folio 106, Andrew Insley and his wife Elizabeth to John Pritchett, chymist, land called "Long Acre" and "Betty's Chance" near head of Charles Creek by land of Richard Kendale containing 110A. Witnesses: Mathew Travers Sen., James Mandsly.
f. Made and recorded 7 June 1698, Folio 111, George Ferguson to John Pritchett, chemist, land called "Edenburough" lying between the N.E. and Northern branches of Fox Creek that issuest out of Hungar River - mentions land of William Dean called "Northampton" - containing 100A.
g. Made and recorded 8 June 1705; Folio 159; John Pritchett and Abigail his wife to Henry Leake, blacksmith, land called "Long Acre" and "Betty's Chance". Note: also refers to buyer as Henry Lake; Witnesses: Henry (X) Wingood, Philip (X) Wingood (name probably should be Wingate)
h. Proceedings of the Court of Chancery, 1669-1679 Volume 51, Page 112, John Pritchett appointed Mr. Roge. Woollford Attorney on 8 June 1710, he appeared in Court 13 June 1710.

The following deposition was given by Henry Leak (or Lake) aged 72 in 1731. Henry Leak (or Lake) therefore was born about 1659.
Recorded
28 Feb. 1731, Folio 453, A Deposition - of Henry Leak aged 72, RE: bounder of Northampton - he has known this place for 25 years. Henry Leak said that a Red Oak standing at a point on Hungar River was the second bounder of this land called "Northampton", and when he (meaning himself) bought the land from old Mr. John Pritchett the said Pritchett brought him down to the said Red Oak then standing and told him that was John Early's bounded tree of the land called "Northampton" and his bounded tree (namely Leak) allowed the said tree to be a division betwixt his land called "Long Acre" and "Northampton".

An abstract of the will of John Pritchett follows:(5)
Son:
Zebulon land called part of "Apes Hill" lying on east side of marsh where he now lives, also 1 pewter dish and 5 shillings
Other 4 sons:
Edward, John, Funbeck, and Lott all rest of lands including rest of "Apes Hill".
# youngest children:
Funbeck, Margery and Lott to have maintenance from estate until they reach 16
Wife:
Abigail Pritchett
Daughter:
Phillis Pritchett 5 shillings plus maintenance until 16
Daughter:
Mary Fisher 1 gold ring or 10 shillings plus 1 pewter dish
Daughter:
Jane Leake 1 gold ring or 10 shillings plus 1 pewter dish
Daughter:
Margery Pritchett 5 pounds
Son
Zebulon to oversee lands and execution of will, but sons Edward and John appointed co-executors of will

Witnesses: Michaell Todd, Thomas Pryer, Isbell Anderson

John Pritchett was the father of nine known children:
i. Zebulon Pritchett, he was 51 on April 13, 1732, and thus was born about 1681.
ii. Edward Prtichett, died 1760 or 1761.
iii. John Pritchett
iv. Phunback Pritchett
v. Lott Pritchett,(2) married Ann _____, died 1777.
vi. Phillis Pritchett
vii. Mary Pritchett, married Henry Fisher. She was 48 on April 13, 1732, and thus
was born about 1783 or 1784.
viii. Jane Pritchett, married _____ Leake (Lake).
ix. Margery Pritchett

A brief discussion about each of the known children of John Pritchett follows:

1) Zebulon Pritchett was born in 1680 or 1681 in Apes Hill, Dorchester County, Maryland. He died in January 1741 in Apes Hill, Dorchester County, Maryland. Zebulon married Rachel Evans on October 20, 1705, in Caroline County, Maryland.(6) Rachel Evans was born about 1690 and she died July 9, 1740. A deposition was given 13 April 1732 by Zebulon Pritchett, aged 51, and Mary Fisher, aged 18 and a sister of Zebulon Pritchett, on behalf of Edward Pritchett for a commission to perpetuate bounds between his land and a tract named "Northampton".(7) Zebulon Pritchett therefore was born about 1760 or 1761.
Several land and court records relate to Zebulon Pritchett. The following list is not intended to be all inclusive:
a. Made and recorded 4 Aug 1705, Folio 67, William Robinson and Ruth his wife to Zebulon Pritchett land called "Parris" on east side of Goose creek touches land called "Joseph's Lane" containing 150A. Witnesses: Michael Todd, Jno. Robinson.]
b. Made and recorded 20 Oct. 1705, Folio 114, Zebulon and Rachel Pritchett to John Rumley land called "Paris" containing 150A, Witnesses: Henry Wingate, Philip Wingate.
c. Made and recorded 20 Oct. 1705, Folio 114, Zebulon and Rachel Pritchett to John Willie/Willis? Power of Attorney, Wit. appeared in court 2 March 1707.
d. Made and recorded 7 March 1714, Folio 335, Zebulon and Rachel Pritchett of Dorchester Co. to Arthur Denwood and Betty Gale of Somerset Co. land called "Apes Hill" containing 25A (his moiety) Witnesses: Johannus Dehinoyossia ?, Willm. ?
e. Made 6 Aug. 1714, Recorded 11 Aug 1714, Folio 224, Elizabeth Merideth, widow, to Zebulon Pritchett land called "William's Lot" between Transquaking Creek and Wolf Corner containing 25A. Witnesses: John Robson, John Griffin
f. Made 11 June 1746, Recorded 11 June 1746, Folio 28, Jeremiah Pritchett a Mariner to Edward Pritchett his brother land called "Williams Lott" 25A also "Hazzard" originally granted to Zebulon Pritchett (his father) 50A. Witnesses: Henry Traverse, Benja. Keene. After acknowedgement it says 1746 June 11 received from Edward Pritchett Junior one shilling and 10 pence sterling for a fine on the within mentioned lands

An abstract of the will of Zebulon Pritchett follows:(8)

Daughter: Margery Willey - 1 shilling and no more
Daughter:
Rachel Wingate - 1 shilling and no more
Daughter:
Mary Bramble - 2 ewes and lambs and no more
Son:
John Pritchard - 1 feather bed and furniture now in his possession 2 Ewes and lambs and no more
Son:
Jeremiah - tract called "Billes Lott" and tract where he now dwells called "Hazzard"
4 sons -
Edward, Jeremiah, William and Ezekiel - share and divide lands called "Faire Dealing" and "Hoge Stie"
Daughters:
Jane Pritchard and Elizabeth Pritchard each "a gold ring that was their mother's and is now in my house" more that their equal part
Son:
William - a negro girl Silve - first child of Silve to be given to Ezekiel
Son:
Ezekiel Pritchard a double part of my estate and then the remainder to be equally divided among others
Wants 3 youngest sons to live with
Edward until they reach 21 - at 16 each to be given a share of corn and each a sow and piggs (NOTE: these sons not named)
Edward Pritchard appointed Executor
Witnesses: Lewis Griffin, William Edger, Richard Lain
Note: Edward, afsd. gave notice to John eldest son of test. that probate of will would be at Cambridge.

2) Edward Pritchett was born about 1694 in Apes Hill, Dorchester County, Maryland. He died in 1760 in Apes Hill, Dorchester County, Maryland. Edward married Rachel Wroughton or Wroton.
Several land and court records relate to Edward Pritchett, son of John Pritchett. The following list is not intended to be all inclusive.
a. Made 4 March 1714, Recorded 9 March 1714, Folio 338, Isaac Jones and Mary his wife to Edward Pritchett land called "Ringwood" containing 50A more or less, Witnesses: Willm. Evans Jr., Timothy Macnamara.
b. Taken 13 April 1732, Deposition and Returns, Folio 63, Edward Pritchett petitions for a commission to perpetuate bounds between his land and "Northampton", Deposition of Zebulon Pritchett aged 51; Deposition of Mary Fisher aged 48).

An abstract of the will of Edward Pritchett, son of John Pritchett, follows:
(9)
Brother: Lot Pritchet
Edward Pritchet son of Lot Prichet
Edward Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Evans Prichet son of John Prichet, deceased
Henry Fisher son of Henry Fisher,Sen.
John Macnemara,Sen.
William Prichit son of Zebulon Prichet
Jabus Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Thomas Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Mary Prichet daughter of Phunback Prichet
Benjamin Todd son of Benjamin Todd
Levin Prichet son of Phunback my lands on the Strates called "The Hope" cont. 70 acres plus part of "Addition to Hope", not to be morgaged out of the name of the Pritchet's
Arthur Prichet son of Phunback a tract called "Ringwood" part of his now dwelling Plantation, plus part of "Pritchet's Meadow" cont. 40 acres and part of "Addition to Hope" that being a division between the two brothers, Levin and Arthur. In case of death of either or both with no male issue then land goes to Thomas Prichet son of Phunback
Edward Prichet son of Edward Prichet deceased, money when he reaches 16
Brother:
Phunback Prichet
Appoints
Phunback, Levin, and Arthur Exect.
Witnesses: Robert Scott, Shadrack Fallen, Levin Fallen

3) John Pritchett, son of John Pritchett, was born about 1692 in Dorchester County, Maryland. John married Rachel Wroughton who was born about 1712 in Dorchester County, Maryland. John Pritchett died before 14 Oct 1760.

Several land and court records mention a John Pritchett who should be the son of John Pritchett:
a. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume 5, Pearson (Person), Richard, Sr., planter, Dorchester Co., 24th Mch., 1728; 15th July, 1737. To son Noah and hrs., real estate including dwelling plantation “Bunsbury,” nr. Hungar R.; sd. son dying without issue sd. lande to dau Mary and hrs. Test: Lewis Griffin, Sr., Michael Todd, Sr., James Edgar, Sr. 30 Oct. 1731. Michael Todd, Sr., and James Edgar, Sr., being dec'd., above will is ratified by testator. Test: Evans Pritchett, Zebulon Pritchett, John Pritchett. 21. 773.
b. Recorded 4 Sept 1732, Folio 72, A division of land for Edward Pritchett, John Pritchett, Phunback Pritchett and Lott Pritchett, Only parts mentioned by name for Lott - part of "Edenberg" and "Horslydown" one containing 100A. and the other 50A.

4) Phunback Pritchett was born about 1698 in Dorchester County, Maryland. He died 1769 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Phunback Pritchett married a lady whose name is not known. Several land and court records mention Phunback Pritchett.
a. Made 6 May 1732, Recorded 16 June 1732, Folio 478, Edward Pritchett, John Pritchett, Funback Pritchett and Lott Pritchett to Richard Woodland land called "Adenburg"("Edenborough") containing 2A, Witnesses: Thos. Stewart, Moses Nicolls.
b. Made 17 Nov 1752, Recorded 17 Nov 1752, Folio 656, William Willey and Mary his wife to Phunback Pritchett land called "The Irish Hope" on a creek called Tedious Creek - mentions line of "Timothy's Prevention"- containing 50A, Witnesses: John Jones, Thomas Mackeel.

An abstract of the will of Phunback Prichett follows:(10)

Son: Thomas Prichett land called "The Hope" plus 5 pounds money
Son:
Zebulon Prichett land called "The Irish Hope" and "Addition to Irish Hope" and land called "Timothy's Prevention"
Son:
Jabus Prichett land called "Apes Hill" whereon I now dwell
Daughter:
Rachel Willin 5 pounds plus 1 feather bed and furiture
Son:
Edward 5 pounds and no more
SON:
Arthur 5 pounds and no more
Daughter:
Elizabeth Goutee 1 Guinea Gold
Grandson:
Thomas Wingate 5 shillings
Gives remainder of estate after wife's 3rds to
Jabus Prichet, Zebulon Prichet, Jane Prichet and Kesiah Prichet his children
Appoints
Jabus Executor or if necessary Zebulon Prichett
Witnesses: Robert Scott, John Scott, Robert Scott, Jr.

5) Lott Pritchett was born about 1695 in Dorchester County, Maryland. He died March 27, 1777, in Caroline County, Maryland. Lott married Ann whose last not is nknown. They had a son, Edward Pritchett, who was born about 1735 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Several land records mention Lott Pritchett as well as the will of his brother, Edward Pritchett. See will of Lott Pritchett in Appendix Two.

a. Recorded 4 Sept 1732, Folio 72, A division of Land, A division of land for Edward Pritchett, John Pritchett, Phunback Pritchett and Lott Pritchett, Only parts mentioned by name for Lott - part of "Edenberg" and "Horslydown" one containing 100A. and the other 50A.
b. Made 6 May 1732, Recorded 16 June 1732, Folio 478, Edward Pritchett, John Pritchett, Funback Pritchett and Lott Pritchett to Richard Woodland land called "Adenburg"("Edenborough") containing 2A, Witnesses: Thos. Stewart, Moses Nicolls.

6) Phillis Pritchett - no information is known about Phillis Pritchett.

7) Mary Pritchett was born about 1683, and died after August 5, 1763. A marriage record indicates Mary Pritchett married an Alexander Fisher in 1718. (Mary, dau. of John and Abigail, m. by 1718, Alexander Fisher, and 2nd, Petegrew Saldsbury (17 MWB:322; MDAD 1:108; and MDTP 24:136, 250, 437).) Another source indicates, "She married Henry Fisher before December 19, 1711.(11) Henry Fisher was born about 1671/2. Henry died in 1766 in Dorchester County, Maryland."
Several depositions related to the boundaries of land tracts were given by a Mary Fisher, daughter of John Pritchett and the sister of Zebulon and Edward Pritchett. These depositions indicate Mary Pritchett Fisher was born about 1683 or 1684.
a. A deposition was given 13 April 1732 by Zebulon Pritchett, aged 51, and Mary Fisher, aged 18, on behalf of Edward Pritchett for a commission to perpetuate bounds between his land and a tract named "Northampton".
b. Folio 247; Commission to establish bounds of "Northampton" - petitioned for by Richard Woodland; Dated 11 June 1745; Depositions taken 24 Aug. 1745; Recorded 10 Nov. 1745; Henry Lake Jun. age 46; In a deposition of Thomas Whitely mentions about 24 years ago talking to Henry Lakes Sen. now deceased and Mary Lakes, Henry's wife she now deceased etc.; Deposition of Mary Fisher age 62 said John Pritchett her father showed her the tree about 49 years ago she also heard him tell her brothers not to cut it down.

8) Jane Pritchett married Robert Lake before 3 Mar 1711 in Dorchester County, Maryland.(12) Robert Lake was a son of Henry Lake and Mary Cooke. He was born 23 February 1688 in Somerset County, Maryland, and he died in 1717 in Dorchester County, Maryland. She married second Timothy McNamara. Timothy McNamara was a son of Timothy McNamara and Sarah Prout. He was born 1683, and died 1757 in Dorchester County, Maryland.
The "Lake" area is still known as such today and apparently is in the area of Maryland near the cities of Lakesville, Crapo, Toddville, Wingate, and perhaps Golden Hill.(POI) (Jane, dau. of John and Abigail Pritchett of DO co., m. 1711, Robert Leake, and 2nd, Timothy Macnamara (MWB 17:322; MDTP 24:308).)
  One court record mentions Jane MacNamara and it indicates she was nearest of kin to Phunback Pritchett. A land record for the sale of land to Edward Pritchett was witnessed by Timothy MacNamara.
a. Liber 103, Folio 207; Taken 29 Jan. 1770 Presented 7 Feb. 1770 by Jabus Pritchett, Exec. Inventory of Phunback Pritchett Appraisors: Robert Scott, William Dean Nearest of Kin: Jean (X) Macnamara, Arthur Pritchett Creditors: Arthur Pritchett, Thomas (X) Pritchett Total: £ 472 - 10 – 3.
b. Made 4 March 1714, Recorded 9 March 1714, Folio 338, Isaac Jones and Mary his wife to Edward Pritchett land called "Ringwood" containing 50A more or less, Witnesses: Willm. Evans Jr., Timothy Macnamara.

9) Margery Pritchett - no information is known about Margery Pritchett.


Children (Pritchett), born in Dorchester County, Maryland:
i. Zebulon Pritchett
ii. Edward Prtichett, died 1760 or 1761
iii. John Pritchett
iv. Phunback Pritchett
v. Lott Pritchett, married Ann ______, died 1777
vi. Phillis Pritchett
vii. Mary Pritchett, married ______ Fisher
viii. Jane Pritchett, married Robert Leake (or Lake)
ix. Margery Pritchett


REFERENCES

1. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volume 5, Pritchett, John, chymist, Dorchester Co., 19th Dec., 1711; 3rd Mch., 1711. To son Zebulon and hrs., “Apes Hill,” where he is now living. To other 4 sons, viz. Edward, John, Funbeck and Lott, residue of afsd. tract, “Hope,” “Horsey Down” and “Edenborough” equally. No part of sd. lands to be sold except to one another; personal estate. 3 youngest child., viz. Funbeck, Margery and Lott, to be maintained out of estate until of age at 16. To daus. Mary Fisher, Jane Leake and Margery, personalty. To wife Abigall, her thirds. Dau. Phillis to be maintained by wife and have 5s. Exs.: Sons Edward and John. Overseer: Son Zebulon. Test: Michaell Todd, Thomas Pryer (Prier), Isabell Anderson.* 17, 32; also see Ancestry.com, OneWorldTree.

2. Pritchett Family by Henry Downes Cranor, Maryland Historical Magazine, volume 6, (1911), pages 70-75.

3. From Dorchester County to Baltimore, Maryland, Selections are from Laura (Pritchett) Leineman's 1963 "Pritchett Family History".

4. Early Dorchester County History by C. W. Mowbray and Maurice Rimpo, page 31.

5. John Pritchett, Abstract of Last Will and Testament, Made 19 Dec. 1712, Filed 3 March 1712/13, Recorded Aug. 1723, Liber 17 Folio 322.

6. Maryland Calendar of Wills - William Evans, father of Rachell Evans, wife of Zebulon Pritchett. Evans, William, planter, Dorchester Co.,19th Feb., 1721-2; 2nd Oct., 1725. To wife Mary, extx., entire estate, excepting 50 A. of “Lightwood Swamp” to son William. To all children, viz. son William and daus. Rachell Pritchett, Katherine Phillips, Jane and Hannah, 1s. each. Test: Michael Todd, William Jones (Joanes), Sarah Jones (Joanes). 18, 401.

7. Taken 13 April 1732, Deposition and Returns, Folio 63, Edward Pritchett petitions for a commission to perpetuate bounds between his land and "Northampton", Deposition of Zebulon Pritchett aged 51; Deposition of Mary Fisher aged 48).

8. Abstract of Last Will and Testament, Made 9 July 1740, Filed 13 March 1741/42, Liber 22 Folio 441.

9. The will of Edward Pritchett, Abstract of Last Will and Testament, Made 21 Oct. 1760, Filed 6 Feb. 1761, Liber 31, Folio 301.

10. Will of Phunback Pritchett, Maryland Prerogative Court, Book 37, Liber Wd2, Sheet 406, Maryland State Archives, MSA Sm16, Roll No. Sr4431 Written: August 26, 1769, Recorded: November 17, 1769.

11.
Mary, dau. of John and Abigail, m. by 1718, Alexander Fisher, and 2nd, Petegrew Saldsbury (17 MWB:322; MDAD 1:108; and MDTP 24:136, 250, 437).

12. Jane, dau. of John and Abigail Pritchett of DO co., m. 1711, Robert Leake, and 2nd, Timothy Macnamara (MWB 17:322; MDTP 24:308).

 

APPENDIX NUMBER ONE

From Dorchester County to Baltimore, Maryland

Selections are from Laura (Pritchett) Leineman's 1963 "Pritchett Family History"

"The progenitor of the Dorchester County, Maryland, Pritchett Family was one Dr. John Pritchett, who according to The Early Settlers list, found in The Land Office of Maryland, came into the Province of Maryland, in 1670, as “a Gentleman Adventurer.” The Colonists of Maryland were divided into six classes. The first class was termed “Gentleman Adventurers”. These were persons who transported themselves, at their own expense, often bringing with them servants. For each person transported, the person transporting them received 50 acres of land. In the list of passengers arriving at the same time with Dr. Pritchett, was one William Pritchett Jr. perhaps the brother of Dr. John Pritchett, also Dr. Daniel Jenefer, who assigned his claim for 150 acres of land, for transporting three persons into the Province of Maryland, to Dr. John Pritchett."

“On July 19, 1670, came John Pritchett of Talbot County and proved right to 50 acres of land for transporting himself into this Province to inhabit. Warrant then issued in the name of the said John Pritchett for 50 acres of land due him for consideration aforesaid".  True copy taken from Liber 12, folio 592, Land Office of Maryland."

"Dr. John Pritchett when he first came to Dorchester County, to live, he made the beautiful plantation 'Apes Hill' his home. Later, when his son Zebulon married he gave Zebulon 'Apes Hill' and he moved to his adjoining plantation 'The Hope'. These two plantations adjoining each other, on the Upper Straights of Hungar [Honga] River, almost out to the Chesapeake Bay, are still two of the finest locations in Dorchester County. Both of these properties are today owned by wealthy people who use them in Winter as gunning shores, and in Summer, as Summer homes. Both of these plantations remained in the Pritchett family for over 225 years, being entailed by their first owner Dr. John Pritchett. There is much tradition that has been handed down from one generation to another, how when Dr. John Pritchett first came to Dorchester County, that he was kind to the Indians, and administered to their needs, as well as the white man, and the Indians respected him and his family.
To honor one of these old Indian Chiefs, it is said he named one of his sons 'Phunback'. Whether this tradition is true, we do not know, however we do know that he did name one of his sons 'Phunback'."


APPENDIX NUMBER TWO


Copied in part from Pritchett Family, by Henry Downes Cranor, Maryland Historical Magazine, volume 6, (1911), pages 70-75.

The Pritchett or Prichard family appears to have been of considerable antiquity in Wales, having an unbroken male descent from the Princes between Wye and Severn, a dynasty that lasted from Caradoc Vraich Vrais, A. D. 520 to the death of Bleddyn the last Prince, in 1190 (Cabrian Journal). The Genealogist, N. S., Vol. 8.
John Pritchett(1) (Chemist), the progenitor of the Dorchester county branch, was in Maryland in 1669 as is shown by the following records of land grants, rent rolls and wills. He was probably the son of John Pritchett who was a witness to a receipt given by Margaret Brent, January 21, 1647 (Md. Arch., 4, 449), but as yet positive proof is lacking. John Pritchett the witness, died intestate in 1657. (Ibid., 10, 552.)
In 1669 John Pritchett(1) bought land called "Apes Hill" at mouth of Hunger river, Dorchester county, containing 50 acres for 3000 pounds of tobacco. (Land Records Dorchester county. Old Book No. 3, p. 156.)
In 1697 John Pritchett (Chymist) purchased land from William Hopper, 50 acres more or less by patent, and another tract called Longacre and Bettys Chance, containing 110 acrres on Charles Creek, another from Ferguson, Ship Carpenter, all that part called Edinborough containing 100 acres (ibid.)
"This indenture made Eight day of June 1710, John Pritchett with Abigail his wife of the County of Dorchester in the province of Maryland of the one part and Henry Lake, Blacksmith of the other part, in same county. Witnesseth that the said John and Abigail Pritchett for and in consideration of the sum of six thousand pounds of Tobacco to them paid in hand for parcel of Land being partly belonging to a tract of Land called Longacre and partly to a tract of land called Bettys Chance. Beginniing at a marked white oak standing near the head of Charles Creek being the bounded tree of the land of Richard Kendall and running from thence south west eight perches to a marked oak standing by Hunger River running from thence up the river bounded therewith Two hundred and eighty seven perhces to the head of a small creek running up by a point commonly called Long Point and from thence north east to Charles Creek and from thence running up the Creek bounded therewith two hundred and Eighty seven perhces to the first marked post containing one hundred and ten acres (110)."
Signed John Pritchett
Abigail X Pritchett
(Ibid., Old Book, No. 6.)

The following entries may be found in the Rent Roll book of Dorchester and Somerset Counties, in the possession of Maryland Historical Society.

"50 Acres. Rent 0-2-0. Apes Hill surveyed 10 March 1672 for Richard Mockins the upper side of the Straights of Hunger River. Possest by John Pritchett A 16 by seven Downward.
" 70 Acres. Rent 0-2-9. The Hope surveyed 17 Nov. 1677 for Timothy MacNamara on the east side Hungor River by the upper straights in possession of John Pritchett.
"150 Acres. Rent 0-4-5. Longacre surveyed 13 Aug. 1678 for Andrew Jusloy on the east side of Hungor river the west side of Charles Creek sold to John Pritchett by Henry Lack but not yet made over.
"50 Acres. Rent 0-6-0. Horseley down surveyed 28th Dec. 1679 for George Hopper on the south side of North East branch of Charles Creek in possession of John Pritchett.
"50 Acres. Rent 0-2-0. Ringwood surveyed 20th Feby. 1680 for John Pritchard on the north side of a small Bay called Rohoby Bay.
"100 Acres 0-4-0 qt. rent Ebenborough surveyed 29th April 1682 for George Ferguson on the West side of fox Creek in Ash Comos Marsh in possession of John Pritchett."

The date of John Pritchett's death is uncertain. His will made in 1711 and probated in 1723, bears the following note: "The above will was found in August 1723 among some papers and ordered to be recorded by the Court at Annapolis, A. A. Co., Md." The will mentions the following nine chidren by name and devises "Apes Hill," "Horsey Doron" [Horseley Down?], "Edinborough," and "Hope." To his wife Abigail he left her thirds only.

John Pritchett(1) and Abigail, his wife, had issue:-
i. Zebulon Pritchett
ii. Edward Prtichett, died 1760 or 1761
iii. John Pritchett
iv. Phunback Pritchett
v. Lott Pritchett,(2) married Ann _____, died 1777
vi. Phillis Pritchett
vii. Mary Pritchett, married Henry Fisher.
viii. Jane Pritchett, married _____ Leake (or Lake)
ix. Margery Pritchett

Zebulon, the oldest son, having received the home plantation "Apes Hill," the other sons divided the real property as required by the will, the division being recorded in Old Book No. 9, at Cambridge, Md. Lott Pritchett's part included two tracts "Donbar" and "Holydown" [Horsely Down?].

Edward Pritchett's will, made October 21st, 1760, probated February 6, 1761, is as follows:
To brother Lot Pritchett 8 pistoles and 1 English Guinea to Edward the son of Lot; to Edward, son of Plumback, 8 pistoles; to Evans Pritchet, 1 five pistole piece; to Henry Fisher, son of Henry Fisher, 1 four pistole piece; to William Prichet, son of Zebulon, 3 English Guineas and one Buckaneer Gunn; to Jabes Pritchet, son of Plumback, one pistole; to Thomas Prichet, son of Plumback, one English Guinea; to Benjamin Todd, son of Benjamin Todd, one English Guinea; to Levin Prichet, son of Plumback, a tract of Land called the Hope Lying to the southward of bounded pine Tree not to be sold or mortgaged out of the name Prichet; to Arthur, son of Plumback, a tract of land called Ringwood being a part of my now dwelling plantation, also a tract of land called Prichets Meadow containing 40 acres also part of the tract of land called the Addition to the Hope that lyeth to the northward of the bounded pine, being the devision between the two brothers Levin and Arthur and the heirs of their body--in case of their death without male issues these lands to go to Thomas Prichet ye son of Plumback and to his heirs; to Edward Prichet, son of Edward, deceased, 2 Guineas to be paid when he is 16; all not before mentioned to brother Plumback and his 2 sons Levin and Arthur, in case one should die Jabes to have one equal part. Executors Plumback and two sons Levin and Arthur.

In 1743 Lot Pritchett, Planter, purchased a tract of land called Northampton (L. R. Old book No. 14); and in 1747 he purchased from John Stafford a tract called "Stafford's Oughtlett," containing one hundred acres. (L. R. Old book No. 14, p. 176.)


Abstract of Lot Pritchet's will made February 18, 1775, probated March 27, 1777.
"I give and bequeath to my son John Pritchett one tract of land called Canterbury Contain ninety-seven acres of land more or less, likewise one tract of land called Pritchett's Desire contain Ten acres . . . . part of a tract called Robin Hood . . . .
"I give and bequeath to my son Edward Prichett part of a hundred acres of land called Robin Hood, likewise one hundred acres of Land more or less part of a Tract of land called Staffords Outlott to him and his heirs forever. likewise one mare colt named Fly.
"My will and desire is that my wife Ann Pritchett shall have the use of my dwelling plantation during her life, likewise all my movable estate during hr life, and after her death to be equally divided between all my children."