I now know Charity DAVIS, sister of Thomas DAVIS was wife of Giles SHUTE. They came from Cecil Co. MD to Bath NC between 1702-1706.
Giles SHUTE was accused of stealing his sister-in-law, Mary DAVIS SMITH's husband, James SMITH of Kent MD's horse. Giles was convicted in1702 (can be found in MD Archives online.)
The SHUTE family promptly moved to BATH, NC apparently with other families who had lived in Calvert Co MD betwen 1702-1706.
Charity had a brother named Thomas DAVIS who m. Thomasine MNU. He died abt. 1713 (approx) in Bath NC and their mother was named Sarah JONES when she died (must've been a widow.) Sarah JONES d. 1722 also in BATH, NC. She named children Mourning MITEM (can't find any record of her or husband, Samuel Meetam), Elizabeth CLANCEY (found a record of her living in Norfolk, VA with husband James); Mary SMITH (her husband James was the man in Kent Co. MD who accused Giles SHUTE of stealing his horse, andof course, Thomas DAVIS who was not mentioned in mother's will as he
had already passed away.
This is significant though BECAUSE JOHN DRINKWATER left most of his estate to Philip SHUTE who was s/o Giles SHUTE 7 wife Charity DAVIS. Why?
Aug. 7, 1717 - Will of John DRINKWATER, Bath Co., N. C.
To:Philip SHUTE, son of Gyles and Charity SHUTE - plantation lying between
Mallard Creek and Goose Creek, 820 acres.If dies before age 21, gives land to
Charity SHUTE, Mother of said Philip SHUTE.Also, one other tract of land on
South Dividing Creek, 320 acres.If dies before age 21, give land to Charity
SHUTE, Mother of said Philip SHUTE.Also, house and lot in Bath Town.If dies
before age 21, house and lot to Charity, the mother of said Philip SHUTE.
Giles SHUTE - all wearing apparil, linen and woolen
Philip SHUTE - money or plate, beds and coverings, all other personal estate.
If dies before age 21 the same to Charity SHUTE.
Executors - Gyles SHUTE and Charity SHUTEWit:Patrick CAVEN, Elizabeth ELLEKER
"Proved before the Honorable the Governor, May 30, 1718"
Here is the will of Thomas DAVIS whow as brother of Charity DAVIS SHUTE:
DAVIS, THOMAS (Hyde Precinct, BATH CO NC)
Feb. 15, 1711-1712. Jan.4, 1714. Son: PHILLIP ("my manner plantation on Oyster Creek, West side of Pamlico River), THOMAS (land on Matchepungo River). Daughters: SARAH, RACHELL, CHARITY and MARY DAVIS. Wife and Executrix: THOMESON. Witnesses: none given. No signature. Will proven by GYLES SHUTE and THOMASIN DAVIS. Clerk of the Ct: JOHN DRINKWATER.
(REF: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, Grimes, 1910, Pg 95)
Here is the will of Charity DAVIS SHUTE's mother , Sarah JONES. We do not know what her NEE was-- was she perhaps a DRINKWATER that she is so prominently mentioned in the will of John DRINKWATER (above.)
JONES, SARAH (BATH COUNTY NC)
May, 1722. Daughterss: MOURNING MITEM, CHARITY SHUTE, ELIZABETH CARNEY, MARY SMITH (Extrx). Grandson: JAS. SMITH. Wit.: FRANCIS DELAMARE, JOHN MARTIN, THOMAS DAVIS. No probate.
(Ref: Abstr.of North Carolina Wills,Grimes,1910,pg 196)
Finally, back in MARYLAND, there was a man named HENRY DRINKWATER wjp lived in CALVERT CO. and was probably a Quaker. He was closely connected to John HANCE, Sr. whose wife, Mary Sewell was first married to Christopher KELLET.
Christopher KELLET had to be brother or some other close relative of Roger/Robert KELLET who married Eunice DENT, d/o Joseph DENT and a d/o Thomas & Elizabeth MITCHELL DASHIELL of Somerset Co MD.This is important as I believe Eunice (asa wid.) may have had a child with with Dent SUITE (I believe Dent SUITE was NEPHEW OF GILES SHUTE & WIFE CHARITY DAVIS who went to BATH, NC) of St. Mary's co. MD in 1751 (not named in her will and EUNICE was never married to Dent SUITE. Maybe I have the wrong Eunice but Ann SUIT, b. 1751, who m. Chas. NEALE/NEAL's family Bible notes that Ann was d/o Dent and a woman named "Eunice." Then, Ann SUIT NEAL's "brother" Benjamin SUIT of St. Mary's Co. MD named one of his older sons, Joseph DENT SUIT-- and Joseph DENT was the name of Eunice DENT's father:
dau Eunice Dent, n wench Hanner, N boy Stephen, n girl Betty, Sister
Sarah Notting, Richard notting, Nathaniel Barker, Littleton Kendall
son of William Kendall, cousin Richard notting,william Kendall extr.
Witt: arthur rascoe, Jonathan Scott, Nicholas Fountain p 6
Somerset Co MD
TO Father & Mother, Thos & Elizabeth, certain personalty during life, after their decease to brother Levin. ex., and heirs.
TO brothers and sisters, viz.:George. Charles, Elizabeth West, Jean Handy, Ann Handy, and Sarah and to sister's children dec'd, Eunice Dent & Jean Scarbrough, John, son of Charles Dashiell, and Sarah, daughter of Isaac Handy, personalty.
TO father and mother, Thomas andElizabeth Dashiell, & their heirs,residue of estate.
TEST: Robert Jones, Samuel Chambers
REF: MD Cal. of Wills, pg 180
KELLETT, Eunice, 27 May 1753-23 Jun 1753
TO Daugh. Elizabeth Kellet, 1 slave called Stephen, furniture, etc.
Balance on my books against Mary Baker, to her and heirs.
TO Son, Robert Kellet and my daughter Elizabeth Kellet, remaining part of estate.
IF my above mentioned children died if before age, then my 4 cousins, Sarah Henry, Mary Handy, daughters of John Handy, Eleanor Dashiell, daughter of Levin and Priscilla Dashiell, to them and heirs.
TO Son Robert Kellet and heirs, land I bought of Robert Ridgely, but if son Robert should die without issue or intestate, then said land to my daughter Elizabeth Kellet and heirs; if she should die without issue, then to my friend Henry Lowes and heirs.
LEAVE care of son Robert Kellet and his estate,to friend Henry Lowes and heirs. And the care of Eliza Kellet to cousin Sarah Henry amd her estate likewise.
FRIEND Henry Lowes, executor.
Wit. Isaac Handy, Jane Gilliss, Ann Irving.
(MD Cal. of Wills Vol. 10, pg 274
(MD)Prerogative CT. Abstr., 1708-1711,Liber 29, 30, 31, 32a, 32b, Pg 21
John HANCE, 30.43 I CA L1160.1.2 Jun 7, 1709
Appraisers: John LEACH, James HEIGH
Approvers: Sarah HANCE, Benjamin HANCE
Mentions: Peter SEWELL, Benjamin HANCE (under 18)
List of debts:
Peter SEWELL, Sampson WARRING, Robert BLINKHORNE, Edward BATSON,
William ANGLE, John BURTON per William ANGLE, Richard CRAFORD, mpte bu Griffith WILLIAMS on Robert DAY, Thomas MORGAN, Thomas DAY, William ROBISON, Jr., note by Thomas DAY on John WILKISON, Roger BOYCE, Richard MEAKINS, note by James MCCLANNIN on Thomas DOCWRA, Sarah TALBOT, John Millis, Thomas BOURNE, Joseph BAKER, John HUTCHINS, Joseph HARRIS, Joseph BLAKE, Robert HALL, George FREEMAN, Elisabeth BOURNE, John PERWIELE, Gabriel D'EMILLION on John PARKER, Dorothy ELLIS on John PARKER, William PARKER on John PARKER, Robert HALL on William PARKER, Edward BLACKFUN, Henry DRINKWATER.
This person from the above record (BLINKHORNE( us found in a BATH CO. NC Court record with John DRINKWATER who was a town official in 1713-- so there was clearly a migration from Calvert Co MD to BATH, NC. Some of the other names seem to be in the BATH, NC vicinity after around the date of John HANCE's estate.
But Christopher KELLET, Jr. was his stepson and I think Eunice DENT KELLET, wid. of Roger/Robert KELLET of Somerset Co MD who d. 1753 (never married Dent SUITE) may have been the mother of Ann SUIT/SUITE NEAL/NEALE, wife of Charles NEAL/NEALE.
I think Giles SHUTE & Thomas SUITE (who married Christian DENT --somehow a cousin of Eunice DENT) were brothers.
I also believe HENRY DRINKWATER who died in CALVERT CO. MD & John DRINKATER who died in BATH CO. NC were brohters (and prob. Quakers.)
Here is HENRY DRINKWATER's estate (intestate?)--NOTIC3E that BENJAMIN HANCE who was s/o John HANCE (will above) and 1/2 brother of Christopher KELLET, Jr. was EXECUTOR/ADMIN. Henry DRINWATER's estate!!!
Ref: (MD) Prerogative Court Abatacts:
33B.39 A CA L2.10.6L6.9.11 SEPT. 11, 1712
Administrator/Executor: Benjamin HANCE, Quaker.
Finally, a "later" man named Henry DRINKWATER of NJ married a woman named Ann SWETT, b. 1737 (whose family came from MA to NJ)and they were also Quakers. SWEET may be part of our SUIT/SUITE/SHUTE etc. puzzle. Hard to say.