" Simon Soper holds 200 acres of land taken up by |
Abraham Bondwell, the said Bondwell, and his wife being both
dead and no heir known.
" Thomas Weymouth held 150 acres of land who is dead
and no heire known.
" Thomas Salmon held 150 acres of land, who is dead
and left a son in the tuition of James Stavely, the said
Stavely, and the orphan of Salmon being both dead and no heires
" One Cornelius held one hundred acres of land, who is
dead without issue.
" Per me WILLIAM PEARCE."
" August 16, 1685."
" Order for mandamus to Edward Inglish and George
Wardner of Cecil county to make inquisition by a jury, to
be by the sheriff of the said county empannelled and sworn
whether the said land do escheat, and by what means, and
to make return of the whole proceeding into the chancery
court of records with all convenient speed.
Note, This order was afterwards annulled by a precept in the nature
of a supercedeas and mandamus issued anew.
LIBER C. B. No. 1, fol. 149.
" At a council held at St. Peter's the 9th day of February
To the right honourable the lord proprietary, &c.
" The humble petition of Anthony Worteman of Kent
county, Sheweth¾That one Pasco Dunn, late of the island
of Kent was by patent under the great seal of this province,
bearing date the 2d day of September 1664, granted by the
late lord proprietary of noble memory, deceased, lawfully
seized of a tract of land for one hundred and fifty acres called
Pascoe's Adventure, lying on the Isle of Kent, as
appeareth upon record, who sold the same to Edward Sparkes, of
the county aforesaid, deceased; and the said Edward dying
without heire, the land is liable to be escheated to your
lordship. Your petitioner doth humbly pray that your lordship
will grant a mandamus to enquire by the oaths of twelve
honest and lawful men, for that purpose to be empannelled
and sworne, what lands or tenements Edward Sparkes dyed
seized of, that your lordship may by record be entitled
" And then your petitioner most humbly prayes the
premises being considered, that your lordship will graciously
please to admit your petitioner to purchase upon reasonable
tearmes from your lordship, the 150 acres as is before
" And your petitioner shall pray, &c.