William Denston
(Abt 1670-1726/1727)
Elizabeth (?)
(Abt 1670-After 1732)
Elizabeth Denston
(Abt 1692-1737/1759)


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Elizabeth Denston 1

  • Born: Abt 1692
  • Died: 1737-1759, MD


Elizabeth Denston evidently remained unmarried throughout her life and shows as a rare female early land patent recipient when she has "Maidens Choice" surveyed for her in 1732, she received the patent for 50 acres in 1737. This land is on modern Dividing Creek, on the Worcester Co., MD (formed in 1742) side, and it states it is southernly from Denston's plantation in 1732. The land gets deeded to Sarah Denston (Elizabeth's great niece) sometime before 1759 as Robert Morrison and his wife Sarah sell it to Abraham Adams on Dec 7 1759. Adams and his wife Sarah, in turn, sell it to Philip Denston on Aug 19 1761.

In 1766, Elizabeth's nephew, Philip Denston, has "Maidens Choice" resurveyed for him, this was stated as land that was originally patented to his sister, Elizabeth Denston, for 50 acres in 1737. Philip gets vacancy land added to extend the size of the tract all along modern day Dividing Creek and to include 332 acres. On it, in 1766, improvements listed include: 10 ac cultivated land, 320 panels of old fence, 10 apple trees, a very old log house 10x12 ("much out of repair").


1 Correspondence from James L. Brown, 209 W. Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217; dated April 30, 1997.

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