Did John Veazey, son of Robert, have a son John?
Robert Veazey, born ca 1685, married Lucie Dermot in Cecil County, Maryland, in 1718. John Veazey, son of Robert, born 1722, married Ann Milbourne in Cecil County, Maryland on June 14, 1749.
A Cecil County, Maryland land record of 1752 names "John Veazey, son of John Veazey the son of Robert Veazey." The land record, typical for this area and era, is a three-lifetime lease from Joseph Wood to John Holtham, my ancestor. I am a descendent of John Holtham through his son, Spencer.
Why was John Veazey, son of John Veazey, the son of Robert Veazey, the third person named in John Holtham's "three-lifetime" lease? He must somehow be a relative!
p. 206 Lease. Joseph Wood of Cecil Co., for yearly rents and services, to John Holtham of the said county, 91 acres on the north side of Back Creek by the mill and Jacob Young's cart road (except the mill land which was condemned.) Said land is part of Three Bohemia Sisters which was formerly Willed by Augustine Herman to his daughter Francine,
grandmother to the said Joseph Wood, and later resurveyed and named Frasncina. John Holtham has liberty to divide 10 acres to Thomas Mills. Lease is for the term of the natural lives of John Holtham's son Spencer Haltham, his daughter Mary Mills and the life of John Veazey, son of John Veazey the son of Robert Veazey. Rent of 7s.6p and 2 dunghill fowls due every 27 Oct. Made & Ackn: 30 Jul 1752. Wit & JPs: Adam VanBebber, Geo. Rock. Rec: 3 Aug 1752. M's. Bordley, Clerk.
These leases invariably name family members, which makes sense in the context of the land ownership and theintentions of the lease. So I think John Veazey, son of John, son of Robert, must be a relative of John Holtham, and the relationship existed before the 30 July 1752 date of the lease.
John Holtham left a will dated December 23, 1760, probated May 25, 1761.
Will of John Holtham - December 23, 1760 - Cecil County, Maryland To my daughter Mary Mills a small house now standing on my plantation in Town Point near Elk River Shore with ten acres of land. To my daughter Ann Holtham one young heifer. To my son Joseph Holtham one young heifer. To my three children Spencer Holtham, Ann Holtham and Joseph Holtham after my just debts and funeral charges be paid my
whole estate real and personal to be equally divided between them. I likewise appoint Mr. Jacob Hamm to take my two children Ann Holtham and Joseph Holtham and school educate and bring up.
Extrs: son Spencer Holtham & John Veazey, Jr.
Witn: John Getty, Jeremiah Polson, Hyland Pennington.
Probated May 25, 1761, sworn to by John Getty & Jeremiah Polson.
Abstracts Inventory of the Prerogative Court of Md. - 1760-63 [Skinner], p.34
John Hollhum (also listed as John Holtham)
75.50 Cecil Co. 189lbs, 18.0 April 10, 1761 May 26, 1761 (final settlement)
Appraisers: Robt Veazey Sr., Charles Ford
Creditors: P. Bacquart, John Holland
Next of Kin: Esther Holland, John Latham
Executor: Spencer Holtham
In his will, John Holtham had probably designated John Veazey, Jr as co-exec because his son Spencer Holtham was still a young man. This co-exec is probably John, son of Robert, who lived nearby, on Town Point. He's called 'Jr' because he has an older cousin not far away, also called John.
I wonder if John Veazey, son of Robert, born in 1722, had an earlier marriage than the Ann Milbourne marriage of 1749. If he married a first wife closer to age 21 (around 1743), he could very soon thereafter have had a son John --the one mentioned in the 1752 lease.
Could John (of Robert) Veazey have married a daughter of John Holtham, who died before 1749? And had with her a son John, who would be a grandson of John Holtham --the third person mentioned in the 1752 land lease from Joseph Wood?
Or was John (of Robert) Veazey's wife Ann Milbourne related to John Holtham?
There has to be a reason why John Veazey, son of John, son of Robert, was mentioned as the third person in the 1752 lease from Joseph Wood to John Holtham. Insight on this question would be appreciated.