Horney family: Geoffrey Sr, Geoffrey Jr & Jeffrey III

(Settlers and Migrants, Horney family)

1.  Geoffry (Jeoffery) Horney Sr.
Died intestate before February 21, 1711.
His wife predeceased him and may have  died before 1703 {D1}
1.  See D3 source under Jeffrey Horney III, below.
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2.  Geoffrey Horney Jr.  and Elizabeth Harwood

Geoffrey HORNEY Jr. was born in ABT 1660 in England; died ABT 1737 in Talbot, MD; buried in Talbot, MD.

Geoffrey HORNEY Jr. married Elizabeth HARWOOD, Bet 1695/1696. They had the following children: William HORNEY, Phillip HORNEY, James HORNEY, ♥ Jeffrey HORNEY III, Jane HORNEY, Priscilla HORNEY, Mary HORNEY, unnamed female HORNEY.

TRAVEL:
“Geoffrey” came from England and settled in Maryland in the year 1685.{D2}

LIVELIHOOD:
Was a “planter” by trade.{D2}

RELIGION:
Jeffrey and Elizabeth were living in Easton, MD in 1685 and are on record of the Third Haven Friends Meeting as having helped to build the Friends Meeting House in 1685.

HOME:
Jeffrey owned land in Queens Co., MD called Dixon’s Gift, lying then in Kent Co., but now Queen Ann’s Co. This property was located on the north side of Chester River and on the west side of Unicorn Branch, above Willmore’s Fork.{D2}

“Cottingham”, 900 acres was purchased by Jeffrey Horney from Isaac Abrams on 20 Nov 1712.{D2}

WILL:
Geoffrey’s Will lists his children as seen above. To Jeffery Jr., he leaves; “…I give and devise all that part of ye tract of Land called Cottingham that I am possessed of and wherefore my said dwelling plantation is said to be composed of unto my son Jeffrey Horney and his heirs forever…”{D1}{D2}

DOCUMENTS:
1.  Register of Wills, Talbot County, MD., the Will of Jeffrey Horney, declared29 Mar 1738.
2. Betebenner – Horney and Allied Families, 1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper  Publishers, Shelton, NE, 297 pages, hardbound.
Individual source:  TITLE: Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families in America, p. 638.

Elizabeth HARWOOD, died BEF 1737.

DEATH:
Elizabethwas not mentioned in her husband’s Will of 1737 and is presumed to have died before him.
Individual source:  TITLE: Betebenner – Horney and Allied Families, 1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper Publishers, Shelton, NE, 297 pages, hardbound.
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3.  Jeffrey Horney III and Deborah Baynard

 Jeffrey HORNEY III. was born in Talbot,  MD; died in 1779 in Caroline, MD; buried in MD.

Jeffrey Horney III married Deborah BAYNARD on 6 Oct  1739 in Talbot, MD. They had the following children:  ♥ William HORNEY (b. ABT 1751), John HORNEY, James HORNEY, Elizabeth HORNEY, Deborah HORNEY, Ann HORNEY, Lydia HORNEY, Jeffrey HORNEY, Phillip HORNEY.

He received land called “Cottingham” from his fathers Will.

MARRIAGE:
Jeffrey Horney III married Deborah Baynard on 6 Oct  1739 in Talbot County, MD.{D2}

He married Deborah Baynard outside of the Quaker faith without the consent of the Friends. Their marriage license was dated October 6, 1739 in Talbot County, Maryland. Eight years later in 1747, Jeffrey and Deborah Horney would sell their land in Talbot County and move to Dorchester [now
Caroline] County. On the 27th of October 1747, Jeoffery and Deborah Horney sold fifty acres of Cottingham in Talbot County to William Thomas, Gentleman. Less than one month later, on the 12th of November 1747, Jeffrey Horney of Talbot County purchased Piersons Chance [Pearsons Chance] from John Pierson of Dorchester County, formerly laid out for Thomas Pierson. The property was in two parts; one part contained 100 acres and the other part contained 50 acres. The land was located on Watts Creek (see on map at right), off of the Choptank river just south of Denton in what is now Caroline County, Maryland.
As the crow flies, Piersons Chance was less than 15 miles northeast of Cottingham and was about 5 miles from the Delaware line of Kent County, Delaware. {D3}

For the first seven years of their marriage, Jeffrey and Deborah Horney lived at Cottingham, and any of their children born within the first seven years between 1740 and 1747 were born at Cottingham in Talbot County. After November 1747 when Jeffrey and Deborah purchased Piersons Chance in Dorchester County, any subsequent children they may have had were born in Dorchester County, Maryland. This land now lies in Caroline County Maryland which was not established until 1773 from parts of Dorchester and Queen Anne’s Counties. This explains why Jeffrey and Deborah Horney and their children are subsequently found in Caroline County records. The land on which they were living from November 1747 onward, Pierson’s Chance, was once in Dorchester County in an area that became Caroline County in 1773. At least three of their children, John, Philip and ♥ William Horney, left Maryland between the 1780s and 1790’s when they may have followed the Nicholite movement into the Deep River section of Guilford County, North Carolina. Some lines would remain in North Carolina while others would move onto Ohio, Illinois and beyond. {D3}

There is a local legend surrounding the area on Watts Creek where Jeffrey and Deborah settled. It was believed that in the 1600s and early 1700s notorious pirates and privateers, such as Captain William Kidd and Edward Teach [Thatch, Thach, Thache], otherwise known as Blackbeard, may have hid or buried treasure along the shores of Watts Creek. {D3}

LIVELIHOOD:
Was a “planter”.

RELIGION:
Jeffrey was raised in a Quaker family and was himself a Friend and pacifist.

WILL:
Jeffrey left his land called “Persons Chance” to wife Deborah.
Probably angered by son’s, ♥ William and John, who served in a military capacity during the Revolutionary War, Jeffrey left them little in his Will stating only, “I give and to my son, William Horney Ten Pounds currant money to be taken and levied out of my estate and no more.” The same statement was made for son, John. Jeffrey Horney’s Will was signed 8 June 1779.{D1}

DOCUMENT:
1. The Wills of Deborah and Jeffrey Jr. may be seen in, Betebenner – Horney and Allied Families,
1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper Publishers, Shelton,
NE, 297 pages, hardbound. and are derived from: Hall of Records, Commission,
Department of General Services, State of Maryland.
2. Maryland Marriages 1634-1777, compiled by Robert Barnes, published by Genealogical Publishing
Co., 1975, p.90.
3.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chesapeake/surnames/horney/horney _1600s.html
Individual source: TITLE: Betebenner  – Horney and Allied Families, 1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper Publishers, Shelton, NE, 297 pages, hardbound.

Deborah BAYNARD
Died in 1791 in Caroline, MD; buried in MD.

WILL:
Deborah’s Will was issued verbally to witnesses on 23  Feb 1791. After hearing her Will they stated, “then sick of the sickness whereof, she died.” {D1}

DOCUMENTS:
1. The Wills of Deborah and Jeffrey Jr. may be seen in, Betebenner – Horney and Allied Families,
1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper Publishers, Shelton, NE, 297 pages, hardbound and are derived from: Hall of Records, Commission, Department of General Services, State of Maryland.
Individual source: TITLE: Betebenner – Horney and Allied Families, 1981 by Evelyn Halkyard Vohland, Published by The Clipper Publishers, Shelton, NE, 297 pages, hardbound.

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