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Descendants of Frances Asbury


Generation No. 2


2. HENRY2 ASBURY (FRANCES1) was born 1650 in Kent Co., MD, and died February 03, 1704/05 in Westmoreland Co., VA. He married MARY DURRANT.

Notes for H
ENRY ASBURY:
Married Mary Durrant Abt 1672 in Westmoreland Co., VA

from: ASBURY OF WESTMORELAND CO., VA BY B. C. Holtzclaw. University of Richmond. obtained at
Ky. Hist. Soc. 929.A799 58 ppg. Henry Asbury first appears in the records of the Westmoreland Co. Va. Feb.27, 1678/9 (O.B. 1675/6-1688/9, p. 151). The tradition in the Asbury family is that he came originally from Maryland and this is confirmed by his mention in a suit before the Maryland Provincial Court June 18,1678 by John Paler against Thomas Robinson, late of St. Mary's Co., in which a note from Robinson to Henry Asbury was in question. (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 67, pp. 377-78). There may have been some relationship between Robinson and Asbury, as Robinson also moved to Westmoreland Co., Va., and was sued by Asbury in 1692 and 1693 there. (O.B. 1690-98, pp. 61a, 125a, and 126). It is possible that Henry Asbury was a son of Francis Asbury of Kent Co. Md., who was granted land in Kent Co. in 1681, was drowned there in 1682, and whose wife Mary and daughter Mary are briefly mentioned in the Maryland records (Warrant C.B. No. 2, fol. 375, Maryland Land Office: Kent Co. Bonds, Box 1, Folder 55, Archives; "Archives of Maryland" Vol. 17, p.91; Baldwin "Md. Calendar of Wills", Vol 1, p. 182. A Francis Asbury who died in Kent Co., Md. in 1703 was probably a son of the first Francis. (Kent Co. Accounts, Box 1, Folder 27, Md. Dept. of Archives) and it is possible that Henry Asbury was another son, thought he appears in St. Mary's Co., not Kent Co. The indications are that Henry Asbury was born about 1650-55. His wife was named Mary and she appears for the first time in the Westmoreland Co. records Jan. 11, 1687/8, when she and her husband testified in a suit regarding lands left by Dr. Thomas Gerrard in St. Mary's Co. Md, and in Virginia to his heirs. (O.B. 1675/6 - 1688/9 p. 622). There is some indication that Mary Asbury may have been the daughter or step-daughter of Henry Durant of Westmoreland Co. Up to 1684 there were several suits of John Foxhall against Thomas Staley and against Henry Asbury as well, to obtain full control of the Durrant land, but on each occasion Foxall was ordered to lay out the widow's dower (pp 244, 254, and 342) so that apparently have been settled in 1697 when Foxall deeded to Charles Smith 200 acres in the forest of Nominy, "now in the tenure or occupation of Charles Smith and Henry Asbury or one of them". On Jan 19, 1697/8 Charles Smith deeded the 100 acres called Taubutts (D&W 1691-99, p. 139). These records indicate strongly that Sarah Durrant Staley had died, that Charles Smith & Henry Asbury were her heirs, and that the original John Foxall's son and heir had made a final settlement with them. Henry Asbury died in Westmoreland Co. in 1707. His will, dated Feb. 3d, 1706, left 630 acres to his three sons, Henry, Thomas and Benjamin apparently named in order from oldest to youngest, made bequests to his daughter Catherine and his wife Mary, and appointed the latter sole executrix (D&W 1707-9, p13) The last appearance of Mary Asbury in the records was June 19, 1709, when she made a deed of gift to her granddaughter Mary Remy, daughter of William and Catherine Remy. Asbury had an interest in the land as well as Staley. The matter seems to regarding lands left by Dr. Thomas Gerrary in St. Mary's Co., Md. and in

from: ASBURY'S IN AMERICA by Carl Asbury. pg.12 Henry Asbury (ca 1650-1707) Henry Asbury must
have been the first Asbury to reside in Virginia. He probably was the son of Francis Asbury ( -1662) (not the Bishop) in Kent Co. Md. Henry Asbury came from Md. to Va. about 1678. He first appeared in the records of Westmoreland Co. Va., Feb. 27, 1678.(O.B 1675/6-1688/9 p. 151).
Henry Asbury is mentioned in a court suit befor the Md. Provincial Court June 18, 1678, in which a promissory note from Thomas Robinson to Henry Asbury was in question. (Archives of Md. Vol. 67, pp 377-378) Henry Asbury appears in the Westmoreland Va. records Feb. 27, 1678/9. (Order Book 1675/6-1688/9 p. 151). His family and his descendants were the only Asburys in Va. for several years.
According to the records Henry Asbury married Mary Durrant, who may have been the daughter or
step-daughter of Henry Durant of Westmoreland Co.Va. According to Henry Asbury's will, Feb. 3, 1706,
probated April 30,1707, he left 630 acres of land to his three sons, Henry, Thomas & Benjamin, made bequests to his daughter Catherine and his wife Mary. Mary was appointed sole executrix (D&W 1707-9 p. 13). Mary Asbury's name last appears in the Westmoreland Co. VA. records June 19, 1709 when she made a deed of gift to her granddaughter Mary Remy, daughter of William and Catherine Remy.
     
Child of H
ENRY ASBURY and MARY DURRANT is:
3. i.   BENJAMIN3 ASBURY, b. 1694, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. 1759, Stafford Co., VA.


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