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Cowpasture Tract, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Location

"Cow Pasture, surveyed for Henry Griffith, 10th February, 1701, for three thousand eight hundred and fifty-tour and onehalf acres, lies on both sides of Little Seneca Greek, near Clarksburg." [1]

Owners

1768 Henry Griffith

In 1768, Henry Griffith patented land in the area of Laytonsville, which was Frederick County at the time but became Montgomery County when it was created in 1776. [2]

  • Cow Pasture, 3854 1/2 Acres; Certificate Developer/Owner: Griffith, Henry 1761 Patent Record BC and GS 14, p. 75 0 0 MSA S 1595-874
  • Cow Pasture, 3854 1/2 Acres; Patent Developer/Owner: Griffith, Henry 1761 Patent Record BC and GS 15, p. 339 0 0 MSA S 1595-875
  • Cow Pasture, 3854 1/2 Acres; Certificate Developer/Owner: Griffith, Henry 1761 Patent Record BC and GS 14, p. 75 0 0 MSA S 1595-737
  • Cow Pasture, 3854 1/2 Acres; Patent Developer/Owner: Griffith, Henry 1761 Patent Record BC and GS 15, p. 339


1783 Tax Assessment

In the 1783 Tax Assessment, portions of Cowpasture were owned by the following owners: [3]

  • John Barber, Jr. Cowpasture, pt, 147 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • John Barber, Sr. Cowpasture, pt, 80 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Samuel Barber. Cowpasture, pt, 80 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Benjamin Burdett, Jr. Cowpasture, pt, 57 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Benjamin Burdett, Sr. Cowpasture, pt, 35 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Nathan Burdett. Cowpasture, pt, 50 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • John Farmer. Cowpasture, pt, 90 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Caleb Griffith. Cowpasture, pt, 202 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Greenbury Griffith. Cowpasture, pt, 26 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Howard Griffith. Cowpasture, pt, 221 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Josias Harrison. Cowpasture, pt, 98 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Joel Holland. Cowpasture, pt, 50 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Nehemiah Holland. Cowpasture, pt, 50 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Laurence O'Neil, of John. Cowpasture, pt, 180 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Basil Poole. Cowpasture, pt, 200 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 13. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51 |S John Smith Prather. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 6. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Francis Redman. Cowpasture, pt, 167 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Amon Riggs. Cowpasture, pt, 500 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • John Risdon. Cowpasture, pt, 100 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Nicholas R. Warfield. Cowpasture. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 20. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Benjamin Waters. Cowpasture, pt, 276 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Stephen West. Cowpasture, pt, 360 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Thomas Windsor. Cowpasture, pt, 120 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51
  • Charles Worthington. Cowpasture, pt, 114 acres. MO Linganore and Sugar Loaf Hundred, p. 14. MSA S 1161-8-1 1/4/5/51

1789 Transfer of portion to Josias Harrison

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkPlanning/Projects/ovid.hazen.wells/documents/ovid.hazen.wells.orig.deed-web.pdf

1802 Cowpasture

In a March 29 1802 deed, recorded Apr 5, 1802, the land tract Cowpasture (or a portion of it) is owned by Josiah Harrison, and is transferred to Mary, the widow of Josiah's deceased son Nathan, along with Nathan's daughters Liney (Verlinda), Ann, Rebecca, and Sarah Hawkins Harrison.[4]

1818 Cowpasture

In a deed recorded July 17, 1818 deed, James Day appears to be executor of Josias Harrison. This deed appears to transfer the Cowpasture property out of the hands of Josias' estate, and out of the hands of the four granddaughters listed above. By this time, "Liney" is now Verlinda, and she is married to Mills, believed to be Thomas Mills. [4]

1795 Cowpasture

The 1795 Tax Assessment showed that Charles Miles owned part of Cowpasture, the land tract that his father-in-law Basil Poole had owned. Charles Miles' will, however, states that it was from Henry Griffith that he had purchased the 160 a. willed to son Samuel's descendants, and from Arnola T. Windsor that he had obtained the 90 a. willed to son Allen. [4]


WILL. Charles Miles' Will 25 Jan 1842 - 5 Apr 1842 (MC Wills X:426; Heterick III:8) Witnesses John R. Layton, James H. Miles. "To my three sons Uriah, Freeborn Garrison and James Hanson Miles, Mountain Farm, 30 acres where I now live, should either die, the others to receive. To grandchildren, son of Samuel, 160 acres of "Cowpasture," equally divided. To son Allen, 90 acres of "Cow Pasture." To Rebecca Day, Delilah King, Anna Nelson, Eliza Burdette, Sarah Swansby, Cassandra Trail, Elizabeth Ann Layton. My son Uriah to care for the estate of Cassandra Trail, her husband to have no authority, after the death of Cassandra to her son Charles Nathan. To my grandson Charles, son of my son Charles, deceased my silver watch. Son Uriah Miles of Baltimore City, executor." Signed by mark. Witnesses William William of John, Caleb Lewis, John W. Shaw. [4]


>From these data I infer that even if they never owned the same portions of the tract (near Clarksburg) called Cowpasture, Charles Miles' family were neighbors of Josias Harrison's family. [4]


Rebecca Miles, shown above as Rebecca Day, was Charles' daughter by his third wife Mary "Polly" Layton. Rebecca married Urban Day, son of James Day. This would give James Day a reason to visit the people living on Cowpasture, since James spent his life a bit farther north in Browningsville. That would partially explain how James Day came to be the executor of Charles Miles' neighbor Josias Harrison. [4]

Alphabetical Directory of Persons who have owned a portion of Cowpasture

  • John Barber
  • Samuel Barber
  • Benjamin Burdette Jr
  • Benjamin Burdette Sr
  • Nathan Burdette
  • James Day
  • John Farmer
  • Caleb Griffith
  • Greenbury Griffith
  • Henry Griffith
  • Josiah Harrison
  • Joel Holland
  • Nehemiah Holland
  • Charles Miles
  • Laurence O'Neil
  • Basil Poole (Poole-1611) (1726-1802)
  • Francis Redman
  • Amon Riggs
  • John Risdon
  • Nicholas Warfield

'*Benjamin Warfield

  • Stephen West
  • Thomas Windsor
  • Charles Worthington

Question

In this case we have a Charles Miles living on Cowpasture next to Josias Harrison, whose granddaughter Verlinda marries a Thomas Mills. Is that a pure coincidence, or is there some family connection between Thomas Mills and Charles Miles? [4]

Cowpasture Now a Montgomery County Park

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkPlanning/Projects/ovid.hazen.wells/documents/ovid.hazen.wells.orig.deed-web.pdf

Sources

  1. T. H. S. Boyd. History of Montgomery County Clarksburg, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1879. p. 47 Accessed 9 January 2024 jhd
  2. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~susanb/montgomerylandrecords.htm
  3. Maryland State Archives, MARYLAND INDEXES, (Assessment of 1783, Index), 1783, MSA S 1437, http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/refserv/quickref/html/allssi1437.html. Accessed June 6, 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Email from Jackson Day, Montgomery County List, "Cowpasture, Thomas Mills, Charles Miles". http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/MDMONTGO/2007-07/1184333992. Accessed June 6, 2016




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