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Humphrey Belt (1615 - 1663)

Humphrey Belt
Born in Gravesend, Kent, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1645 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
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Sir Humphrey Belt, Knight. [1] [2] was born circa 1615 in Gravesend, York County, England. [2]


Gentleman Farmer / Explorer / Adventurer


"These underwritten names are to be transported to Virginia imbarqued in the America, William Barker, Mr P. Cert. from the Minister of the town of Gravesand of their conformite to the orders and discipline of the Church of England." Among the fifty or more names found was the signature of "Humphrey Belt" and his age as twenty years.[3] [4] 23 JUL 1635 Jamestown on ship America from England.

1635 Arrival to Virginia

On 23 June, 1635, Humphrey Belt, at age 20. boarded the ship AMERICA, William Barker, Master, at Gravesend, (London) England, UNDER THE PROTECTION OF WM. CLARKE and landed on Jamestown Island, Virginia, probably about September, 1635.(Note this was about 10 years after the first landing at Plymouth Rock).

"UNDER THE PROTECTION OF WM. CLARKE" meant that Humphrey had contracted to serve as an indentured servant to Wm. Clarke and his heirs and assigns--usually for a 7 year perid at that time and place. Later he moved to the state of Maryland. (Notes from "We do feel, however, that his movement from Virginia to Maryland, timewise, indicates participation in the Quaker movement, especially when considering that we can prove that his first son, JOHN BELT, was a very active QUAKER participant".

Humphrey landed in Jamestown, Virginia 3rd July, 1635 at the age of 20. [5] [6]

He and his brother, Benjamin, established a small colony. His brother Benjamin later returned to England, his other brother died. He then settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. [1]

1636 Land Grant in Virginia

On September 29, 1636, William Clarke was granted 450 acres of land in Henroco County on the Appomattox for the transportation of nine persons, among whom was Humphrey BELT.[2]

Various deeds and conveyances show that Humphrey BELT located in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia where Puritan thought was strong and where the exodus to the Severn River in Maryland began in 1649. Humphrey Belt purchased from Henry Nicholls 150 acres of land in Lower Norfolk County which had been patented by Nicholl on August 10, 1646 he later sold this land to Thomas Cartwright, who sold to Abram Thomas, who sold to Thomas Watkins. These various transactions are all shown in Patent book # 5, page 569, at the Virginia Land Office at Richmond.[2]

The plantation of Humpfrey BELT lay on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River as is shown by the following patent to Thomas Cartwrght. The latter received on December 1, 1652, in Lower Norfolk County, 300 acres of land "near the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River beginning at miles end of John Porter near the main swamp running west be south by Humphrey BELT's.[2]

On June 8, 1654 Humphrey BELT received 220 acre of land lying in Linhaven Parish, Lower Norfolk County " beginning at Thomas Matin's Creek, running along be Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River adjoining to Goldsmith's land and by Mr. Sidney'S land for transportation of five persons to Virginia, namely, Mary Cragge, Randall Hewett, John Cooper, Simon Robonson and George Gay."[2]

1645 Marriage to Margery Anne Cragges in Norfolk

Humphrey married 'Anne' Cragges (1620-1690) in Norfolk, Virginia in 1645. Humphrey was 30 years old and Anne was 25. Anne was the daughter of unknown parents at this time.[7] [1] [2]

From Circumstances Humphrey BELT married in Virginia and became the father of several children. His wife is generally referred to as Anne, but insofar as this research was conduct, no proof has been found for the authenticity of the statement.[2]


Humphrey and Anne were the parents of the following 8 known children. [7]

  1. Jeremiah,[7] b: 1632 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  2. Richard, [7] b: 1634 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  3. Joseph, [7] b: 1636 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  4. Leonard Belt, [7] b: 1638 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  5. John Belt,[7] b: 1645 in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia (Anne Arundel Co., Md. per jb) Children shown by Harris.[1] John Belt Sr b: 1645 in Linhaven Parish, Lower Norfolk,MD. Shown with children.[2] John BELT, married Elizabeth TYDINGS, daughter of Richard. [8]
  6. Susan,[7] b: 1647 in Prince George's City, Maryland. No children shown.[1] Susan Belt b: ABT 1647 in England. Shown with children.[2]
  7. Sarah Belt,[7] b: 1648 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. No children [1]shown. Sarah Belt b: ABT 1650 in ca 1650,possibly Lower Norfolk Co.,VA. No children.[2]
  8. Humphrey, [7] b: BEF 1663 in Virginia. Shown with children.[2]

Shown on WikiTree but not on list above:

  1. Anne Belt, b: ABT 1647 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. No children shown.[1] Anne Belt b: ABT 1647 in Virginia. No children.[2]

Land Deeds

1647 Land in Virginia

In 1647, Humphrey Belt "of Elizabeth River Parish, VA" deeded 75 acres of land. [6]

1647 Claiborne and Kent Island

Military Service: 1647 Served with Gen Claybourne on Kent Island (Chesapeake Bay) in 1643 or 1645. [1]

1647 Land in Maryland

Humphrey Belt on a 1647 deed moved to South River Maryland area. [1]

1654 Land in Virginia

In 1654, Humphrey Belt was granted 220 acres in "Linhaven Parish, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia" for transporting five persons into the Colony. [6]

1654 Land in Maryland

Sometime after the year 1654, Humphrey BELT and his family migrated to Maryland and settled in Anne Arundel County, presumably in the vicinity of South River. On June 30, 1663, he appeared at His Lordship's Land Office in St. Mary's City and proved his rights to 200 acres of land for his own emigration and transportation of three members of his family. The following is an exact copy of the original warrant: "30 June 1663,[2]

"Humphrey BELT Enters Rights for himself, John BELT, Anne BELT, and Sarah Belt, and demands land 000. 200 acre Warrant to Surv. Genl. to lay out for Humphrey BELT 200 acres. Return 30 December next". It is noted that Humphrey BELT did not name either Sarah or Anne as his wife, so therefore it is possible that his wife had predated him[2]

1663 Arrival in Maryland

Humphrey Belt came to Maryland by 1663 with John, Ann, and Sarah Belt, apparently from Virginia. [9][10][1] [11] [6] Received a patent of several hundred acres June 30, 1663 in Anne Arundel Co. Maryland, in right of himself and Anne Belt. [12] All of the older Belts were extremely proud of their Scotch origin. [8]

In 1663, Ann, Humphrey, John and Sarah Belt received a land grant. All four were transported, i.e. they had not paid their own passage to Maryland. [13]

1663 Death in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Humphrey died 30 June 1663 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He was 48 years old.

His sons soon became large landholders and played a very imiportant part in the establishment of Washington, D.C.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Jackie Harris, Fraileyclan. Descendents of Johan Danl Freyligh / Frolich / Frailey. My Extended Family, Frailey, Vinyard, Hooten, Hause, Duvall, Harris, Baugher, Belt, Sarver, Ginger, Ledbetter, Thornton, Rutherford Accessed Dec 29, 2016
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 John E. Hoyt. Updated Simon Hoyte of Somerset County England with Biblical, World Royalty & Pharaonic Connections. Accessed Dec 29, 2016
  3. An exact copy from "Licenses to go Beyond the Seas" found in England and printed in Hotten's List of Emigrants. Cited by Hoyt.
  4. EMIGRATION: Record 320. COLDHAM's Complete Book of Emigrants. Cited by Hoyt
  5. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Humfrey Belt Name: Humfrey Belt Year: 1635 Age: 20 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1615 Place: Virginia Source Publication Code: 1035.14 Primary Immigrant: Belt, Humfrey Annotation: Date of emigration and intended destination. Two lists, extracted by Horatio G. Somerby, originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,vol. 3:3 (July 1849) and indexed as no. 8862 in PILI 1984. Source Bibliography: BURKHARDT, JUDITH. England to Virginia in 1635. In The Second Boat, vol. 2:1 (May 1981), pp. 4-5. Page: 4)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume II" (page 106)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Citation needed for this undefined refname
  8. 8.0 8.1 FTM-CD-3#5071, cited by Hoyt.
  9. Ann his wife and John and Sarah his children. On the 30th of June, 1663, Humphrey Belt entered rights for land in Anne Arundel County, MD, demanding warrant for 200 acres.
  10. Citation needed for this undefined refname
  11. The foundation of the BELT genealogy was published by Christopher Johnston in the Maryland Historical Magazine some eighty years ago. The family is also covered in Elise Jourdan`s Early Families of Southern Maryland Vol 1, Revised, and Robert Barnes` Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Also the family is covered in part in Descendants of Richard and Elizabeth (Ewen) Talbott of Popular Knowle, West River, Anne Arundel County Maryland,Compiled by Ida Morrison (Murphy) Shirk and Harry Wright Newman`s Anne Arundel Gentry Vols. 2 & 3. This page also includes some branches of descendants that are not in the above mentioned references, such as Thomas Belt (b. 1740, son of Joseph) who migrated to Iredell Co., NC and Sarah Belt who married William Peddicord. Researchers interested in the Belt family should check the above resources for more information on the family. He settled in Lower Norfolk Co. and in 1654 moved to Anne Arundell Co., MD
  12. Citation needed for this undefined refname
  13. Gust Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1968. p. 35. Ref Liber 5, folio 373.
  • "The Hall family of West River and kindred families" - (page 213).

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