m. ca 1686-1691
Facts and Events
--GaleB 08:36, 19 November 2007 (EST)Dennis first appears in Somerset Co., MD in the late 1680's. His son Moses was born in 1689, as recorded in the birth records of Stepney Parish. 1690-1691 Somerset court records show Dennis was charged with owing the county for not doing his part in repairing the roads. He was fined two days work and court charges. He was also brought into court for "fraternizing" with the servants of another man, though it is not clear what exactly he was doing other than talking. In June 1691 (vol. 191, pg. 28) he and Honor/Honorah his wife, formerly Mrs. Honorah Austin, widow of Anthony, were brought into court for a debt owed to John Richins by Anthony. Dennis and "Hony" were executors of the estate of Anthony Austin. This case was eventually dismissed. There are probably other mentions of the Driskells in Somerset Judiciary records but most of these records have not been transcribed, they currently sit in boxes at the Maryland Archives.
Liber L-1, pg. 30-31, of Somerset Co., MD land records show in May 1692, Dennis bought 50 acres of land, called South Foreland, being an island on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay and on the north side of the mouth of the Manokin river. Liber L-1, pg 526, shows he and his wife Hannah sold this land in Oct 1699.
The Rent Rolls of Somerset Co 1683-1723 show: 350 acres of Kingsaile was surveyed 29 April 1694 in Wicomico Hundred on the south side of Rokiawakin, for Dennis Driskill.
Following is his will:
Driskael, Denis Somerset Co., MD, 27th Jan., 1720/21 In the name of God Amen I Denis Driskaol of Somerset County being weak of body but of perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God for it but calling to mind the mortality of man do ordain consitutute and appoint this my last Will and Testament in manor and form as follows First I bequeath to Almighty God my immortal soul a he gave it to me in (certain?) hope of a ...?.. resurrection with my blessed savior Jesus Christ and my body to be buried in the Earth in decent manner as my Executor hereafter named shall see fit And as for such worldly Estate it has pleased God to bestow upon me I give and bequeath as followeth First I will that all my just debts be paid and in due time.
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife three hundred and fifty acres of land called Kinsail whereon I now live for and during her natural life and after her decease to my son Richard Driskoal and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Denes Driskoal one hundred acres of land called Addition joining to the aforsd land to him the said Denes and to his heirs and assigns for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son James Driskoal two hundred acres of land called Cork to him the said James and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath fifty acres of land lying in Brushey Neck among all my sons...Each to have privilege alike to them and their heirs for ever.
Item I give to my son James Driskoal two pounds current money
Item I give to my son Moses Driskoal One bed and furniture lying at the SeaSide.
Item I give to my daughter Hannah Holder a Cow and Calf
Item My will is that if my well beloved wife do Inter marry that after her marriage she shall only possess and enjoy one third part of my land and plantation during her natural life.
Item I give and bequeat to well beloved wife all the residue of my personal Estate__or movable during her widowhood or after her marriage or death to be equally divided among all my children
Item I do Ordain Constitute and appoint my well beloved wife my whole and Soul Exc. of this my Last will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this day and year first above written
Denes (his mark) Driskoal (Seal)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presense of us Peter Watson, Dorothy (her mark) Watson, John Roach, Margaret (her mark) Conner
Somerset County 9 ber 1721 Then came John Roach and Peter Watson subscribing witnesses to the within will who made oath upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that they saw the within named Dennis Driskoal the testator Sign and Seal the within ...as his last will and testament That they heard him publish and ordain the same so to be and at that time of his so doing he was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of their knowledge Sworn to me the day and year aforesaid John Tuesdele, Depty Commr
Probate records show Dennis was married to Winifritt/Winifred at the time of his death, and she was deceased by 1724 when her inventory was taken.
Other Driscolls found in early Maryland are Florence and Cornelius. Florence is noted in the records of St. Mary's Co., MD as immigrating by 1674. However, to date no further record of him has been found. Cornelius was transported in 1678-1679....see: http://members.tripod.com/~Data_Mate/irish/Encrease.txt from Yougall, County Cork, IRE. This is likely the same Cornel/Cornelius Driskole found in the land records of Talbot Co., MD, in 1703. Liber RF#9 pg 188 shows Cornelius bought 150 acres of land called Timber Neck. In Liber RF#9, pg. 205, Cornelius gives notice that he will not be responsible for any debts incurred by his wife, Elizabeth. Later, in the 1720-1740 time period, a William Driskell is found in Queen Anne Co., MD. This William married Rebecah Kenton (widow of Wm. Kenton) in 1717. In 1738, Queen Anne Co., William (sadler)and Rebecah sold land to Solomon Kenton.
At this time, there is nothing to link any of these men to Dennis Driskell of Somerset Co., MD.