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Richard Johns

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Death: December 16, 1717 (68)
Scientists Cliffs, Calvert County, Maryland
Place of Burial: Scientists Cliffs, Calvert County, Calvert County
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Johnes
Husband of Elizabeth Johns
Father of Abraham Johns; Aquilla Jones, I; Priscilla Roberts; Margaret Hopkins; Aquilla Johns, 2nd and 4 others

Occupation: Preacher (Quaker)
Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
Last Updated:

About Richard Johns

  1. Fact 1: 8 MAY 1674 Purchased "Rattle Snake Hill", 200 acres from Thomas Truman who bought it in 1663.
  2. Fact 2: 1671 "Convinced by George Fox to become a Quaker"
  3. Fact 3: 1675 Settled in Cliffs, Calvert Co., Md Bought Rattle Snake Hill, 200 acres.
  4. Fact 4: 1697 Visited England to lobby agains the establishment of the Anglican Church in MD.
  5. Fact 8: 1694 Member of the Lower House inCalvert Co., MD
  6. Fact 9. 1698 Returned from England yet again incidentally accompanied by the young Quaker enthusiast Thomas Chalkley (see page 29 of Chalkley's journal)

Note:

  • Johns, Rich.,of the Clifts., Calvert Co.,15th June, 1717;

14th Jan., 1717-8. To grandson Richard and hrs. (eldest son of deceased son Abraham), two tracts made over to testator by Wm. Billingley, being 136 A., “Billingsley's

  Swamp,” and 150 A., “Friendship Rectifyed”; also 160 A., “Fellowship,” bou.of Wm. Dorrumple, and all three tracts lying bet. the “Clifts” and the branches of Battle Creek.To grandson Abraham and hrs. (youngest son of deceased son Abraham), two tracts bou. of Wm. Williams, Sr. and Jr., “Chance,” cont. 108 A., the other adj. “Dodson's Desire,” cont. 100 A., also “The Purchase,” bou. of Thomas

Johns, these three tracts being in Calvert Co. and cont. 308 A.

Testator states that having made over by deed of gift to the hrs. of deceased son, Aquilla, part of a tract called “Letchworth's Chance,” cont.400 A., it passed to Richard, eldest son of sd. Aquila.

To grandson Aquila and hrs. (youngest son of deceased son Aquila), a tract bou. of John Edmonson, 600 A., “Cold Spring,” in freshes of Gr. Choptank R.

To son Richard and hrs. (having already made over to him by deed of gift the plan. where he dwells, being 300 A. of “Letchworth's Chance” afsd.), 300 A. “Fuller.”

To son Kensey and hrs. (having already made over to him part of tract called “Meares,” cont. 200 A., and also 100 A. adj., being part of a tract testator now lives on called “Angellica”), 100 A. of “Angellica” adj. part already given him, also 157½ A., “White's Rest,” bou. of James Bechamp, and 50 A., “Chance,” bou. of Wm. Griffen and his wife.

To son Isaac and hrs. (having already given him two tracts, 100 A., “Batchelors Fortune,” and 112 A., “Johns Addition”), remaining part of dwel. plan., “Angellica.”

To granddau. Rebecca Johns, personalty.

To son-in-law Robt. Roberts and hrs., 200 A. the s. side of “Grey's Chance†on the Clifts, being the plan. where he now dwells, and acquit him of a indebtedness to estate.

To dau.-in-law Eliza: Cole, Quakers on Western Shore, Sarah Day, Job Hunt and his brother Thos., personalty.

Residue of personal est. to be divided into 10 equal parts and allotted as follows:

  • 2 pts. to child. of deceased son Abraham, as eldest son.
*   1 pt. to be equally divided among child. of deceased son Aquila.
*   1 pt. each to sons Richard, Kensey and Isaac.
*   1 pt. each to daus. Priscilla Roberts and Margaret Hopkins.
  • The remaining 2 pts. to dau. Eliza: Troth, she not having had a full portion with her other sisters.
  • Exs.: Sons Richard, Kensey and Isaac, jointly.
  • Test: Geo. Harris, Jno. Wilkinson, Elizabeth Giles, Eliz. Wilkinson, An Harris. 14. 532.
    • Note–Codicil to above will dated 15th day of 6th month, 1717, directs that crop of tobacco now growing on all plans. be sent to England and sold there to cover indebtedness of testator to certain persons there.
    • Test. to codicil: Geo. Harris, Jno. Wilkinson, Eliz. Giles.
      • Sources:
      • 1. Title: Early Families of Southern Maryland
     Author: Elise Jourdan
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Page: Vol 2, page 92
     Text: Richard Johns bought 1/2 of Letchworth's Chance (1.100 acres total or 550 acres) in 1676 from Joseph Letchworth.
  2. Title: Early Families of Southern Maryland
     Author: Elise Jourdan
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Page: Vol 2, page 42
     Text: Richard Johns overseer of will of Benjamin Lawrence, West River, Anne Arundel Co., written Jan 1684, probated 3 July 1685.
  3. Title: Quakers in the Founding of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
     Author: Kelly, J. Reany
     Publication: 1963, Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Page: 124
  4. Title: To Maryland from Overseas
     Author: Newman, Harry Wright
     Publication: Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Page: 101
     Text: Richard emigrated to Calvert Co., MD in 1670 and died in 1717. He was a Quaker, but did not fully comply with the Quaker philosophy in his personal life. He had over 1000 gallons of cider and 20 gallons of brandy in his cellar at the tie of his death. He also had silver table service and an extensive library. "He did not confine himself to the plain, austre black garb of the sect." He "assumed the life himself to the of a patrician at his plantation, with 44 negro slaves. It is a matter of publick record that he contributed heavily to the Monthly Meetings, perhaps a motive for this exemption from the rigidities of the sect."
  5. Title: A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789
     Author: Papenfuse, Edward C., et al
     Publication: 1985, The Johns Hopkins University Press
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Text: Richard Johns was literate. He was a planter and merchant and also involved in legislative service. Member of the Lower House in Calvert Co. in 1694, but was dismissed from the first session of the 1694-1697 Assembly because as a Quaker, he was unable to subscribe to the required oaths. He refused to take sides during the Revolution of 1689 when the Associators appealed to him to quell the opposition in Calvert and Anne Arundel counties He strongly opposed the establishment of the Anglican Church in Maryland. He had at least 1387 acres in Calvert and Baltimore counties (patented in 1678 and 1685) when he was elected. He purchased additional land. He gave 1412 acres to sons and s-i-l before he died. He died on December 16, 1717 in Calvert County and was worth over 2,000 pounds, including 44 slaves, plate silver, books. He had 2,361 acres in Calvert and Talbot counties.
  6. Title: Register Of Maryland's Heraldic Families
     Author: Paran, Alice Norris
     Publication: 1935, Series I, Barltimore, MD: Southern Maryland Society of Colonial Dames
     Repository:
     Media: Book
     Page: 223
     Text: Richard acquired Eltonhead Manor by purchase, after the death of Sir William Eltonhead, who was murdered by the Puritans on Severn River about 1650
  7. Title: Karen L. Salisbury (deceased)
     Repository:
     Media: Other
     Text: Date of Import: Aug 19, 1998 

At the time of his death he owned 2,361 acres of land in Calvert, and Talbot Counties in Maryland.

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Johns, Rich.,of the Clifts., Calvert Co.,15th June, 1717;

14th Jan., 1717-8.

To grandson Richard and hrs. (eldest son of deceased son Abraham), two tracts made over to testator by Wm. Billingley, being 136 A., “Billingsley's Swamp,” and 150 A., “Friendship Rectifyed”; also 160 A., “Fellowship,” bou. of Wm. Dorrumple, and all three tracts lying bet. the “Clifts” and the branches of Battle Creek.

To grandson Abraham and hrs. (youngest son of deceased son Abraham), two tracts bou. of Wm. Williams, Sr. and Jr., “Chance,” cont. 108 A., the other adj. “Dodson's Desire,” cont. 100 A., also “The Purchase,” bou. of Thomas Johns, these three tracts being in Calvert Co. and cont. 308 A.

Testator states that having made over by deed of gift to the hrs. of his deceased son, Aquilla, part of a tract called “Letchworth's Chance,” cont. 400 A., it passed to Richard, eldest son of sd. Aquila.

To grandson Aquila and hrs. (youngest son of deceased son Aquila), a tract bou. of John Edmonson, 600 A., “Cold Spring,” in freshes of Gr. Choptank R.

To son Richard and hrs. (having already made over to him by deed of gift the plan. where he dwells, being 300 A. of “Letchworth's Chance” afsd.), 300 A., “Fuller.”

To son Kensey and hrs. (having already made over to him part of tract called “Meares,” cont. 200 A., and also 100 A. adj., being part of a tract testator now lives on called “Angellica”), 100 A. of “Angellica” adj. part already given him, also 157½ A., “White's Rest,” bou. of James Bechamp, and 50 A., “Chance,” bou. of Wm. Griffen and his wife.

To son Isaac and hrs. (having already given him two tracts, 100 A., “Batchelors Fortune,” and 112 A., “Johns Addition”), remaining part of dwel. plan., “Angellica.”

To granddau. Rebecca Johns, personalty.

To son-in-law Robt. Roberts and hrs., 200 A. the s. side of “Grey's Chance” on the Clifts, being the plan. where he now dwells, and acquit him of all indebtedness to estate.

To dau.-in-law Eliza: Cole, Quakers on Western Shore, Sarah Day, Job Hunt and his brother Thos., personalty.

Residue of personal est. to be divided into 10 equal parts and allotted as follows:

2 pts. to child. of deceased son Abraham, as eldest son.

1 pt. to be equally divided among child. of deceased son Aquila.

1 pt. each to sons Richard, Kensey and Isaac.

1 pt. each to daus. Priscilla Roberts and Margaret Hopkins.

The remaining 2 pts. to dau. Eliza: Troth, she not having had a full portion with her other sisters.

Exs.: Sons Richard, Kensey and Isaac, jointly.

Test: Geo. Harris, Jno. Wilkinson, Elizabeth Giles, Eliz. Wilkinson, Anne Harris. 14. 532.

Note–Codicil to above will dated 15th day of 6th month, 1717, directs that crop of tobacco now growing on all plans. be sent to England and sold there to cover indebtedness of testator to certain persons there.

Test. to codicil: Geo. Harris, Jno. Wilkinson, Eliz. Giles.

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Birth: Mar. 29, 1649 Bristol, England Death: Dec. 16, 1717 Scientists Cliffs Calvert County Maryland, USA

Husband of Elizabeth Kensey Johns; Father of Abraham, Aquilla, Priscilla, Margrett, Aquilla(2), Richard, Kensey, Isaac and Elizabeth.

Richard Johns, father of this family, d. 16th day of 10th month, 1717, about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. (from monthly meeting minutes). In 1752, the English switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, which would explain the difference in the date of death.

From FindAGrave Contributor Cliff Johns: "Richard Johns was born in Bristol, England, in 1649, and came to Maryland in his young manhood, the first patent to him for land there, "Rattlesnake Hill," being issued in 1674. He resided on first coming to Maryland with Friends and became convinced in their faith and principles, and later became an eminent minister of the Society. A Monthly Meeting was held at his house near the Cliffs in Calvert County, upwards of thirty years. Like many of the sect he shunned public office; declining to serve in the Colonial Legislature after having been elected to that body. He died December 16, 1717. He married, in 1676, Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Sparrow"

Name: Richard Johns Written: 15 Jun 1717 Codicil: 15 Jun 1717 Probate: 14 Jan 1718 Calvert County, Maryland Maryland Calendar of Wills 1635-1743 Volumes 14-16, 1714-1721 Pages 532 thru 535 - "In Maryland this 15th day of the Sixth Month In the year 1717 I Richard Johns of the Clifts Calvert County In the Province of Maryland being of perfect mind and memory and understanding doe make this my Last will and testament. Imprs. My Soul Spirit and body I resigne to God who gave it and in the Multitude of his Mercys have to this day preserved it alive to praise his holy name. It is my will and desire that all my just and due debts may be well and truely paid and Satisfied. Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson Richard Johns eldest son of my deceased son Abraham Johns two parcels of land that was made over to me by William Billingsly That is to say Billingsly Swamp Containing one hundred thirty and Six acres And part of Ffriendship Rectifyed one hundred and fifty Acres Land also a parcell of land I bought of William Dorrumple called Ffellowship Containing one hundred and Sixty acres all the Land of three parcells of land lyeing between the Cliffs aforesaid and the branches of Battle Creek in Calvert County afores'd and containing in the whole four hundred forty and six acres to him my s'd Grandson Richard Johns and his heirs for ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Abraham Johns youngest Son of my deceased Son Abraham Johns two parcells of land that I bought of William Williams Sen'r and Jun'r the one Called Chance containing One hundred and eight acres the other adjoining called Dodsons Desire Containing one hundred acres As also a parcell of land I bought of Thomas Johns called Purchase the said three parcells of land lyeing in Calvert County afores'd and containing in the whole three hundred and eight acres to him my said Grandson Abraham Johns and to his heirs for ever. And Whereas I have per deed of Gift formerly made over to the heirs of my deceased son Aqilla Johns a part of a parcell of land called Letchworths Chance containing about four hundred acres which will be to my Grandson Richard the eldest son of my said deceased son Aquilla Johns and heirs I now hereby doe give and bequeath to my Grandson Aquilla Johns youngest Son of my said Deceased Son Aquilla a tract or parcell of land I formerly bought of John Edmonson called Cold Spring lying in the freshes of Great Choptank and containing by pattent Six hundred acres to him my s'd Grandson Aquilla Johns and to his heirs for ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Richard Johns and his heirs for ever my plantation and parcell of Land called Fuller lyeing upon the Clifts aforesaid and containing three hundred acres I haveing already made over to him per deed of Gift the Land and plantation where he now Dwells being part of Letchworths Chance containing about three hundred acres. - - - And Whereas I have formerly made over to my Son Kensey Johns the Moyety of a parcell of Land called Meares Containing about two hundred Acres And also one hundred Acres Adjoining being part of the tract of Land I now dwell upon - - - called Angellica I doe now hereby give & bequeath unto my son Kensey Johns one other hundred Acres part of my Said Tract of land called Angellica and adjoining to that I formerly gave him, I also give unto him my said son Kensey Johns that part of a tract of land called White's Rest which I bought of James Beachamp Containing one hundred fifty Seven and a half acres And also that parcell of land I bought of William Griffin and his wife called Chance Containing fifty acres to him my said son Kensey Johns the s'd three parcells of land hereby given and bequeathed and to his heirs for ever. And whereas I have already made over to my son Isaac Johns two parcells of land called part of Batchelors Fortune Containing one hundred Acres and Johns Addition containing one hundred and twelve acres I doe now hereby give and bequeath unto my said son Isaac Johns and his heirs for ever the Plantation as remaining part of the Land whereon I now Dwell called Angellica the whole tract containing Six hundred acres, two hundred acres whereby I have already given to my son Kensey all the remaining part being the ffarther most four hundred Acres with all houseing and appurtenants thereunto belong & appertaining to him my Son Isaac Johns and his heirs for ever. And Whereas I formerly made an Agreement with my Son in law Robert Roberts for the Plantation and parcell of land Whereon he now Dwells, being two hundred Acres of land, the South Side of a tract of land called Greys Chance lyeing upon the Clifts aforesaid but the same was never as yet made over to him I doe therefore by this my Last will Give and bequeath the said two hundred acres of land and Plantation part of Grays Chance to him my s'd son in law Rober't Roberts & his heirs for ever. I also hereby acquitt and hereby discharge him the s'd Robert Roberts from the ballance of all or my accounts that may be due from him to me. I Give to the Stock of my friends called Quakers on the western Shore for such Charitable uses as they shall see meet the sum of ten pounds. I give to my Daughter in law Elizabeth Cole the sume of five pounds a token of my love. I give to my Grand Daughter Rebecca Johns a little Negroe Girl called __lena. I give to Sarah Day a Negro or Mollattoe Boy called Jago And a Girl called Bess with the Bed and furniture on which she usually Lodgeth And also the horse and Sadle she usually rides on it being for many years honest service done in this family ~ I give to Job Hunt and to his brother Thomas Hunt the Horse and Mare and Colt called theirs And also two Cowes and Calves to each of them for service done in this family. And my will and mind is that my Just Debts and Legacies being paid all the remaining part of my moveable estate of whatsoever kind Soever shall be divided into ten equal parts two of which parts I give to the Children of my deceased Son Abraham Johns as my eldest son and other part I will to be equally Divided amongst the children of my deceased Son Aquilla Johns one other part I will to my Son Richard Johns one other part to my son Kensey Johns, one other pat to my son Isaac Johns one other part to my Daughter Priscilla Roberts one other part to my Daughter Margaret Hopkins and the remaining two parts I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Troth for as much as that she have not as yet had a full proportion with her other Sisters land lastly I nominate and appoint my three Sons Richard Johns, Kensey Johns, and Isaac Johns to be Executors of this my last will and testament In witness and confirmation I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this day and year first above written Rich'd Johns {SEAL} Signed Sealed and published to be his last will and } testament of Rich'd Johns in the presence of us } George Harris Elizabeth Giles Anne Harris } Jno Wilkinson Elizabeth Wilkinson

The aforegoing Will was thus Entered Jan'y the 14th 1717 Then came George Harris, John Wilkinson, Elizabeth Giles Anne Harris and Elizabeth Wilkinson, Subscribing evidences to the within Will and did Solemnly affirm that they saw the Testator Signe Seale And Declare the within Instrument of writing As his last will and Testament, And that at the time of his Soe doeing he was to the best of the apprehension of Sound and perfect mind and memory Test Adderton Skinner Depty Commiss. Calvert County

To the aforegoing Will the following Codicil was Annexed - And as an addition to this my last will and Testament I doe will and it is my mind that this Crop of Tobacco now Growing upon all my plantation At the makeing this my last will and testament shall be sent to England upon the account and rique of my estate And the produce thereof in England Shall be for payment of money which now at the makeing of this my last will I am indebted to persons there and that I have made this as a Codicil or addition to my said last will and testament I have set my hand and Seal hereunto this 15th day of 6th month Anno Dom 1717 Rich'd Johns Signed and Sealed in the } presence of us } George Harris Jno Wilkinson Elizabeth Giles

The aforegoeing Codicil was thus Entered Jan'y the 14th 1717 - Then came George Harris, Jno Wilkinson and Eliz. Giles subscribing evidences to the within Codicil And did Solemnly affirm that they saw the Testator signe seale and Declare the within Instrument of writing to be a part of his last will and Testament and that at the time of his Soe doeing he was to the best of their apprehensions of Sound and perfect mind and memory (1553 __:s) Test Adderton Skinner Depty Commiss. Calvert County"


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Spouse:
 Elizabeth Kinsey Johns (1651 - 1715)

Children:
 Abraham Johns (1677 - 1707)*
 Aquilla Johns (1679 - 1682)*
 Priscilla Johns Roberts (1681 - 1725)*
 Aquilla Johns (1685 - 1709)*
 Richard Johns (1687 - 1719)*
 Kensey Johns (1689 - 1729)*
 Isaac Johns (1692 - 1734)*
 Elizabeth Johns Stevens (1694 - 1772)*
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Burial: Clifts Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends Scientists Cliffs Calvert County Maryland, USA


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Created by: Roanna Camden Cann Record added: Dec 26, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 32408406 https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32408406

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Richard Johns's Timeline

1649
March 29, 1649
Bristol, England
1677
May 24, 1677
Calvert County, Maryland
1679
July 30, 1679
Calvert County, Maryland
1681
March 21, 1681
Calvert Cliffs, Calvert County, Province of Maryland
1683
August 11, 1683
Calvert County, Maryland
1684
December 5, 1684
Calvert County, Maryland
1687
February 4, 1687
Calvert Cliffs, Calvert County, Maryland
1689
May 12, 1689
Calvert County, Maryland
1692
1692
Calvert Cliffs, MD