- Born: Abt 1757, Worcester Co., MD 11446
- Marriage (1): Ann Freeny about 1780
- Died: 28 Oct 1829, Sussex Co., DE 11447
Samuel Elliott is established as father to Jacob Elliott through a land transaction dated Jan 2 1868 in Sussex Co., DE where Benjamin and wife Polly M. Elliott sold 110a of "Halls Fortune" and "Priviledge" to Daniel Hastings. It is described as land in Little Creek Hundred deeded to Samuel Elliott by John Hall on Oct 3 1815 and willed by Samuel Elliott to Jacob Elliott (SxLR-78:93). Jacob Elliott is known father of Benjamin Elliott.
Samuel Elliott is listed in the 1785 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Sussex Co., DE.
John Freeney's will was written Sep 4 1786 and proven in Sussex Co., DE on Sep 27 1796 (SxW-E:136?) John's wife Elizabeth refused to accept the will and opted for her thirds as noted Sep 27 1796. On the same day, she assigned a land warrant to Samuel Elliott which became the "Elliotts Adventure" tract for 24.75a surveyed on Nov 9 1796 and approved Dec 17 1799 (SxPatents-V10:005)
In the 1798 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Samuel Elliott is assessed for 3 horses, 1 yoke of oxen, 4 cows/calves, 8 sheep, 2 sows, 10 shoats, 1 negro man Cader, 3 negro boys London, Adam and Charles.
In the 1800 Census, Samuel Elliott is listed with household in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex Co. as 21010-12010 suggesting an age of 26-45 (b1755-1774)
On Feb 6 1800, Samuel Elliott and Gillis Smith received a saw/grist mill from Barkley Townsend located on tract "Turkey Trap". (SxLR-W21:806). On Dec 28 1802, Samuel Elliott received a patent for land called "Elliotts Adventure" (NOTE: it abutted Daniel Elliott's original tract "Elliotts Addition" patented in 1760) for 24 3/4 acres (SxPatents-Bk10:5). On Nov 2 1803, Samuel Elliott purchased more interest in the saw/grist mill from Gillis and William Smith that he originally purchased in 1800, it was another one-fourth of a saw and grist mill with dam, yards, etc. formerly called Smiths Mill lying on a tract called "Turkey Trap" in Little Creek Hundred for 112 pounds, 10 shillings. 2a of land total. (SxLR-Z24:56)
On May 24 1804 Samuel Elliott purchased 82a land from Henry Bacon for 82 pounds good and lawful money of Maryland, land that Thomas Carter patented Sep 29 1748 for 50a called "Carters Folly." Carter sold it on Nov 17 1752 to Jeremiah Morris who, after the death of his wife Grace Morris, devised it to his son Obediah Morris. They, then patented "Morrises Addition" for 50a on Nov 14 1748 and they sold both tracts to Henry Bacon, now called "Follys Addition". (SxLR-AB25:20).
He received a patent for "Wisdom" on Dec 25 1806 for 37 acres (SxPatents-Bk10:260). That land is described as land John Gordy had warranted it on Oct 25 1793 which became the property of Elijah Gordy who had the same laid on a tract in Little Creek Hundred containing 148a called "Wisdom" and said (George) Parker bought out said Gordy's right and Samuel Elliott being grieved contended before the commissioners of property and obtained a grant of 37a out of said survey. In 1807 George Parker issued a caveat against Samuel Elliott (Sx Caveat Docket, 1807, pg. 310). In 1808 Samuel Elliott paid $193.33 for land from Levin Lowe and his wife Elendor, part of "Carters Folly" and its resurvey (note: "Follys Addition") that borders land Samuel Elliott had previously purchased from Hanery Bacon (SxLR-AD27:415 or 418).
In the 1810 Census, Samuel Elliott is listed in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex Co. as head of household with 01101-10201-05 (1,100, 25), he is over age 45 and owns 5 slaves. He is inicated with one loom in the household and manufacturing 100 yards of linen and 25 yards of wool.
On Oct 3 1815, Samuel Elliott purchased, for $524, land from John Hall, 104a of tract called "Halls Fortune" and 34a of tract "(Halls) Privilege" (SxLR-AJ32:77). Samuel Elliott is listed as Trustee of the Poor for Sussex Co. in 1817. In 1818, Samuel Elliott is listed as Levy Court Commissioner for Sussex Co. On Jan 30 1818 Samuel Elliott sold 111a of land to George Sanders (also Saunders, his son-in-law)) for $500, a Zephaniah Maddox tract called "Winter" where this part of the tract is called "Figgs Property" (SxLR-AK33:298).
In the 1816/1818 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Samuel Elliott is assessed for 554a of land of which 404a is improved with 2 small dwellings, 150a is woodland, 1 male slave for life age 26, another at age 24, 1 female slave age 11 and another age 13, 5 cows/calves, pair of oxen, 5 young cattle, 18 sheep, some swine and half of a grist/saw mill. In 1818, he actually signs the record for the "List of Delinquents" as approved. In the 1820 Census, Samuel Elliott is listed with a household in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County with 100201-00121 (on same enumeration page as Gillis Figgs).
On Oct 14 1826, Samuel Elliott purchased 50a of land, all of the tract called "Glady Ground" from John Polk and Patty? (or Polly) his wife and Samuel W. Melson and Polly his wife for $100. It states the land borders tract "Good Hope." (SxLR-AP38:89).
Samuel Elliott's will was written in Sussex Co., DE on Feb 16 1829 and proven there on Nov 10 1829 (SxW-8:53). February 16th one thousand eight hundred & twenty nine in the name of God Amen, I Samuel Elliott of Sufsex County and the State of Delaware being at this time in a low state of health but of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do therefore make and retain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and devise and dispose of in the following manner and such that is to say...
Item 1st. I give and bequeath to my wife Ann Elliott one third of my rale (sic) and personal estate dureal of her nateral life, but at her decease to be equally divided between Jacob Elliott, Sarah Cordry, Nancy Elliott, Betsy Elliott, John Elliott & Lovey Elliott, the land who it may be legacyed two below, to return at her decease.
Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Elliott a track of land called Halls Fortun also a part of a track called Priviledge also all the wood land laying betwixt Halls Forten and the old plantation where my father formerly lived except within fifty yards of the fence belong to the old plantation down as far as the line of Halls Fortune ecstend the same course as the wood fence now stands, also one half of my part of the saw and greece mill to him and his heirs forever by paying twenty dollars to my estate.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my three single daughters Nancy Betsy & Lovey Elliott a line to be drawd from a certain fence where the old lane stood a strait line as the fence stands clean acrofs the land all the land on the easterd side bee there more or lefs to be equal divided betwixt the three daughters.
Item 4th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Elliott one bed and furniture and one cow and calf.
Item 5th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Elliott one bed and furniture and one cow and calf.
Item 6th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lovey Elliott one bed and furniture and one cow and calf to them and their heirs & afsigns forever.
Item 7th. I give and bequeath all the rest of my land that is not legacyed away to my son John Elliott to him and his heirs forever and one negro man named Adam, and one negro man named Charles and his choice of horses bridle and saddle, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf and the other part of the saw mill and greece mill nd all the priviledge belong thereto to him and his heirs forever, the crop of corn that is now on the land is to come into my estate.
Item 8th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Cordry Elliott one black girl named Betty (called Betcy in the inventory) to her and her heirs and afsigns forever.
Item 9th. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Samuel Cordry one bed and furniture or twenty dollars.
Item 10th. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Samuel Elliott one bed and furniture or twenty dollars.
Item 11th. I give and bequeath unto my son John Elliott one still and all the utentials (sic) belonging thereto.
I also appoint my son Jacob Elliott and John Elliott Executors of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this and no other former wills, legacies and bequeaths by me heretofore made as witnefs whereof I have unto set my hand and seal the day and year above ritten.
Signed sealed and pronounced by the
said Samuel Elliott as his last will and Samuel Elliott (seal)
testament in presence of witnefs:
John James of J, Samuel Lowe, Josiah Hearn
An inventory was authorized of Samuel Elliott's estate on Nov 10 1829 and was returned in Sussex Co., DE on Nov 23 1829 by sons Jacob and John Elliott which they gave testamentary bond on Nov 29 1829. The account of the estate was given Nov 4 1830 by Jacob and John Elliott for $1876.98 3/4 to whch was added cash from John Hosea, Joseph Shankland and Jacob Wootten totaling $171.95 bringing to total to $2048.93 3/4. Charges against the account were then listed as follows:
paid for letters Testam^y...$6.31
do burial expenses...$10.00
do witnesses for proving will...$3.28
do Wm. A Elligood ___ ___ ___ ___...$1.15
do Nathl Horsey do do do...$2.16
do Laurana Hasting do do do...$1.81
do Benjm Fooks do do do...$4.72
do Stephen Green do do do...$25.41 1/2
do Joseph Truitt do do do...$3.34
do Wm A. Elligood do do do...$0.55
do Sally Dashiell note do do...$92.62 1/2
do Jonathan Bailey tax for 1829 do...$10.18
do John Cordry one negro girl named Betsy a legacy to his wife Sarah...$150.00
do Lovey Elliott sundry legacies do...$26.00
do Nancy Elliott do do...$27.00
do Elizabeth Elliott do do...$27.00
Retained a legacy to Saml Cordry...$20.00
Do a legacy to Saml Elliott...$20.00
Paid for stating & passing...$5.00
Retained sundry leagacies to John one of these accountants...$566.00
This amount was put against the total of $2048.93 3/4 to bring a net of $920.62 3/4 and this amount was carried forward for distribution.
Distribution was made of the $920.62 3/4 in 1832 as follows:
The Testators Estate
Paid for stating & passing...$4.50
For Ann Elliott widows share...$305.37 1/2 (paid Oct 9 1832)
Do Jacob Elliott Do...$101.79 1/6 (retained by Jacob Elliott)
Do John Elliott Do...$101.79 1/6 (retained by John Elliott)
Do John Cordry & Sarah his wife Do...$101.79 1/6 (paid Nov 18 1831)
Do Nancy Elliott Do...$101.79 1/6 (paid Oct 9 1832)
Do Elizabeth Elliott Do...$101.79 1/6 (paid Oct 9 1832)
Do James Sirman and Lovey his wife Do...$101.79 1/6 (paid Oct 9 1832)
(The above from Samuel Elliott's probate file in the Delaware State Archives)
Samuel married Ann Freeny, daughter of John Freeny and Elizabeth Hearn?, about 1780. (Ann Freeny was born about 1760 in Worcester Co., MD and died after 09 Oct 1832 in Sussex Co., DE.)