" Charles County, August Xth, MDCLXIX.
" This inquisition taken before us Henry Adams and
Francis Pope, by virtue of a writ to us directed from the lord
proprietary of the province of Maryland to enquire of what
lands and tenements Samuel Smith, late of Charles county,
deceased, dyed possessed of, held of the lord proprietary as
well in desesne as in service, and what day he dyed, and what
value the lands were of by the year, and who was his next heir.
" In obedience to which writt we have made this following
inquisition by the oathes of these twelve subscribed honest
men of Charles county, and under our seals and the seals of
every of them we do return it.¾First we find that Samuel
Smith late of Charles county, deceased, dyed possest of four
hundred acres of land lying in Charles county, called Cold
Spring, which land hath been in the constant tenure and
occupation of Robert Downes, and that the said land is worth
eight shillings per annum. Likewise, that Mr. Robert Slye
was constantly by the said Smith called couzen, and was
commonly reputed his next heir; if he was not we can find no
other. And likewise we do find upon our inquisition that the
said Smith dyed the fifth or sixth day of March, one
thousand six hundred sixty one. To the testimony of the truth
of our inquisition we have respectively set our seals the day
and year abovesaid.
THOMAS BAKER, ROBERT CLARK,
JOHN CHESWIN, JACOB PETERSON,
ALEXANDER SIMPSON, JOHN LEE,
ALEXANDER WHITE, EDMUND LINDSEY,
JOHN STONE, WILLIAM ALLEN,
JOHN MACKEY, ROBERT DOUNES,
LIBER No. 12. fol. 319.
Vera Copia. ROBERT CARVILE, Reg'r."
" October the 8th, 1681.
" One parcel of land called Wignall's rest, being at the head
of Gunpowder river, in Baltemore, containing two hundred
acres, surveyed for William Wignall, late of Baltimore
county, deceased, was escheated unto his lordship the lord
proprietary of this province of Maryland, for want of heyre of
the said William Wignall. Rent, 4s. per annum; valued by
the Jury to be worth by the year in all issues the summe of two
shillings sterling per annum.
WM. COCKS, Clk."
Together with the above certificate from the clerk of the
provincial court was produced the following order, and
desired to be entered by Richard Brenton, viz.