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Humphery Belt (1615 - 1663)

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Humphery Belt
Born in Gravesend,Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1645 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Anne Arundel Co,MDmap
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Sir Humphrey Belt, Knight. [1]

Sir Humfrey Belt[2]


Humphrey Belt was born abt 1615 in England. [3]

He was born about 1615 in Gravesend, York County, England[4]

He was born 1615 in Gravesend, Yorkshire,,England [2]

Humphrey BELT, born 1615, married Anne--- [5]


His father was Leonard Belt b: 1580 in Styllyngfete, Yorkshire, England. [1]

Father: Robert (disputed) Belt b: BEF 1595 in ,Yorkshire,England [2] Mother: Grace Foxcraft b: 1593 in ,Yorkshire,England[2]


There was a Leonard Belt, brother of Humphrey, who was born about 1626 in England; parents were Robert (disputed) Belt b: BEF 1595 in ,Yorkshire,England and Mother: Grace Foxcraft b: 1593 in ,Yorkshire,England. [6]


Occupation: Gentleman Farmer / Explorer / Adventurer [4]

1635 Arrival to Virginia

Humphrey arrived in Virginia in 1635 at the age of 20. [7]

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 Belt landed in Jamestown, VA 23rd July, 1635. [8]

Emigration: 23 JUL 1635 Jamestown on ship America from England [4]

He and his brother, Benjamin, established a small colony. His brother Benjamin later returned to England. They came to the New World on the ship " AMERICA" and landed at Jamestown on 23 of July 1635. He then settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. [1]

Came to Jamestown Virginia according to original list of persons of Quality 1600-1700 by J. Hotten 1874, aboard the ship "America" in 1635. [1]

Wilma Belt via Brenda Joyce Jerome came to Jamestown Virginia according to original list of persons of Quality 1600-1700 by J. Hotten 1874. aboard the ship "America" in 1635. [9]

EMIGRATION: To Virginia by 1625 per land records[2]

Sir Humphrey Belt was 20 years old when he sailed from Gravesend, England with two brothers in the" America" in 1635 and landed in Jamestown, Va. One brother died and the other returned to England. He was a member of the church of England. [10]

On June 23, 1623, Humphrey BELT, aged 20 years, sailed from Gravesend, England for the Colony of Virginia, on the ship, America under protection of William CLARKE. [5]

23 June 1635-- 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.[11]

ABT 1649 From London, England to Virginia on the [ship] America, Mr. WmBarker, captain[2]

Passengers to be transported from London t o Virginia in the America, Mr. Wm. BARKER, by certificate from the Minister of Gravesend..Humfrey Belt, 20. [PublicRecord Office, London E157/20 ]. To Virginia, 23 Jun 1635, from London, (Gravesend), England. [12]

1636 Land 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 Anne Graggen in Norfolk

Humphrey married Anne Graggen (1620-1690) in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States in 1645. Humphrey was 30 years old and Anne was 25. Anne was the daughter of unknown parents at this time.[3]

In 1645 he married Anne, born in England about 1620. [1]

Marriage listed on lds fische [1]

Marriage 1 Anne Graggen b: ABT 1620 in England[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]

1647 Land in Virginia

In 1647, Humphrey Belt "of Elizabeth River Parish, VA" deeded 75 acres of land. [8]

1647 Claiborne and Kent Island

Military Service: 1647 Served with Gen Claybourne on Kent Island [4]

Humphrey Belt was with General Claiborne on Kent Island (Chesapeake Ba y) 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. [8]

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. [13] [14]

More about Humphrey Belt in the book: "The Hall family of West River and kindred families" - (page 213).[3]

On the 30th of June, 1663, Humphrey Belt entered rights for land in Anne Arundel County, MD.[8]

30 Jun 1663, Humphry Belt entered his rights for himself, John, Ann and Sarah, demanding warrant for 200 acres. [9][1]

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. [15]

To Maryland by 1663 per land records[2]

Received a patent of several hundred acres June 30, 1663 in Anne Arundel Co. Maryland, in right of himself and Anne Belt. [10]

30 JUNE 1663, Rec'd Patent of several hundred acres of land. All of the older Belts were extremely proud of their Scotch origin. [5]

1663 Death in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Humphrey died in 1663 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He was 48 years old. [8]

He died about 1685 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. [4]

He died 30 June 1663 in Anne Arundel, Maryland. [2]


Humphrey and Anne Graggen Belt were the parents of the following 8 known children. [3] Birth years are estimated by Jack Day beginning one year after marriage and every two years thereafter:

  1. Jeremiah,[3] b. est 1646. Jeremiah Belt b: 1632 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  2. Richard, [3] b. est 1648 Richard Belt b: 1634 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  3. Joseph, [3] b. est 1650. Joseph Belt b: 1636 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  4. Leonard, [3] b. est 1652. Wikitree profile, b. 1638. Leonard Belt b: 1638 in Prince Georges City, Maryland. No children shown.[1]
  5. John,[3] b. est 1654. Wikitree profile, b. 1645. John Belt 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. [5]
  6. Susan,[3] b. est 1656. Wikitree profile, b. 1647. Susan Belt 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,[3] b. est 1658. Wikitree profile, b. 1650. Sarah Belt 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, [3] b. est 1660. Humphrey Belt Jr. b: BEF 1663 in Virginia. Shown with children.[2]

Shown on WikiTree but not on list above:

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

Not on original list.

  1. Charity BELT, daughter, married James MILLIKEN. Baptized 1703 . Died 1740.[5]

His sons soon became large landholders and played a very imiportant part in the establishment of Washington, D.C. [1]


  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 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 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 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 John E. Hoyt. Updated Simon Hoyte of Somerset County England with Biblical, World Royalty & Pharaonic Connections. Accessed Dec 29, 2016
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 William J Belt. Date of import July 15, 2001. Cited by Harris.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 FTM-CD-3#5071, cited by Hoyt.
  6. John E. Hoyt. Updated Simon Hoyte of Somerset County England with Biblical, World Royalty & Pharaonic Connections. Accessed Dec 29, 2016
  7. 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)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume II" (page 106)
  9. 9.0 9.1 From Jean Smallwood. Cited by Harris.
  10. 10.0 10.1 FTM-CD-6 #101, cited by Hoyt
  11. An exact copy from "Licenses to go Beyond the Seas" found in England and printed in Hotten's List of Emigrants. Cited by Hoyt.
  12. EMIGRATION: Record 320. COLDHAM's Complete Book of Emigrants. Cited by Hoyt
  13. Ann his wife and John and Sarah his children?
  14. 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 familyHe settled in Lower Norfolk Co. and in 1654 moved to Anne Arundell Co., MD
  15. Gust Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1968. p. 35. Ref Liber 5, folio 373.

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On 28 Sep 2017 at 02:43 GMT Laura (Pennie) Bozzay wrote: this appears to be research notes trying to wipe away the myth and get to the truth written by a Belt descendant. It is worth looking at.

I looked into this more as part of the Integrators Project of helping with G2G postings. see thread:

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