Joseph Belt Sr.
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Joseph Belt Sr. (1680 - 1761)

Col. Joseph Belt Sr.
Born in Prince George's, Marylandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1707 in Prince George's, Marylandmap
Husband of — married 1727 in Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 81 in Chevy Chase, Montgomery, Marylandmap
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Joseph, son of John Belt and Elizabeth Unknown, was born about 1680 at Anne Arundel Co., MD, and died 26 Jun 1761, age 86, at Prince Georges Co., MD.[1]

He married first before 10 Mar 1706,[2], at Prince George's County, MD, Hester/Esther BEALL, daughter of Col Ninian BEALL and Ruth (—?—); children (surname BELT):[3]

  1. John - b. 13 Mar 1707; d. aft 1772; m. Margaret QUEEN
  2. Anne - b. 1708; d. c1728; m. Thomas CLAGGET
  3. Rachel - b. 13 Dec 1711; d. bef 1761; m. Osborne SPRIGG
  4. Joseph - b. 19 Dec 1717; wpr. 27 Aug 1761; m. Anne SPRIGG
  5. Thomas - b. bef 1720; d. aft 1761
  6. Tobias - b. 20 Aug 1720; wpr. 17 May 1785; m. Mary GORDON
  7. Mary - b. 24 Dec 1711; d. aft Jun 1788; m1. Edward HALL; m2. Edward SPRIGG; m3. #Thomas PINDALL
  8. Jeremiah (b. 4 Mar 1724; wpr. 18 Jan 1785; m. Mary SPRIGG
  9. Rev. Humphrey [ b. bef 1727; d. aft 1782; m. Mary BROOKE
  10. Margaret - m. Hilleary LYLES
  11. James - b. 23 Jul 1727

Before 26 Jun 1735, Joseph married second. Margery WIGHT (widow of Thomas SPRIGG; d/o John WIGHT Sr and Ann).[2]

Joseph was a Colonel, a patentee of what is now Chevy Chase, MARYLAND, a Keeper of the Great Seal, owned 1000 acres, and was distinguished in many other ways as may be found in `The Compendium of American Genealogy`, Vol. 5. 28th Regiment US infantry war with Great Britain.

Joseph's will dated 14 Jun 1761 at Prince George's County, MD, and proved 14 Sep 1761, mentioned his dear and loving wife Margery, son Humphrey Belt and his heirs, grandson Joseph Sprigg, daughter Mary Pindle, daughter Margery Lyles, son Tobias Belt, son Jeremiah Belt, son Joseph Belt's children Thomas, William, Charles, Elizabeth, John and Joseph, and "daughter-in-law Ann Belt late of my son Joseph."[4][5]

Known Slaves

In his will, Joseph leaves these named slaves: To his wife, males Sango, Batchelor, Wall, Bob, and Nero; and females Sarah with her children Jenny and Flora, another Jenny, Bess, Nan with her son Charles, plus a boy named Juba. He leaves his son Humphrey adult slaves named Rochester and Tom and boy slaves named Batchleor and Sango. To his grandson Joseph Sprigg, for the use of Sprigg's mother Rachel, he leaves slaves James (adult man), Toby (boy), Babb (adult woman), and Babb (girl), said slaves to go to grandsons Osborn and Thomas sprig after Rachel's death. To his son Tobias Belt, Joseph leaves slaves named Hercules and Toby, both adults. To his grandson Richard Belt son of Jeremiah, he leaves a slave girl named Jenny. To his grandson Thomas Belt son of Joseph, he leaves a girl named Pegg and a man named Shrewsbury. To William Belt (grandson?) he leaves a girl named Jenny and a boy named Sam. The will states that his remaining slaves are to be divided among several of his children.[4]


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #143674892, Col Joseph Belt (1680–26 Jun 1761), maintained by Homer King (contributor 47410672).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shirley Middleton Moller, Prince George's County Maryland Marriage References and Family Relationships 1695-1800, (Lewes DE: Colonial Roots, 2010), p 16.
  3. Michael Marshall, Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties, 2016-present, Hester Beall (1687-1727); giving 1706, place, info for ch John, Anne, Rachel, Joseph, Thomas, Tobias, Mary, Jeremiah, Humphrey, James. [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Will of Joseph Belt, Prince George's County, will book 1:539, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999, images, FamilySearch, Prince George's > Wills 1698 > image 287 of 335; citing Hall of Records, Annapolis. [2]
  5. Fredric Z Saunders, Fredric Zimmerman Saunders, 2020; giving link to will per MD wills 6:175-77, image 180/423. [3]

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