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Notes for John BELT

John Belt was a merchant. From "Maryland Marriages , 1634-1777" John Belt and Lucy Lawrence were married at a Quakers Meeting conivingly... which said Lucy Lawrence was then and now at the time of this registering is the betrothed wife of Joseph Tilly... which acco n is contra'ry to the law of God and man".

John Belt and Lucey LAURENCE filed intent to marry, with consent of parents, second of the eleventh month 1701 {January}, and thirtieth of eleventh month 1701/2

John Belt II left no will, and there is no record of the administration of his estate. He was , however, a member of the Society of Friends and it is probable that his estate was divided by private arrangement.

See land deed Anne Arundel County Maryland Liber S Y No 1, folio 79. On 6 May 1726, John Belt, Sr of Baltimore County Maryland, conveys to his daughter Mary Belt, in consideration of a marriage shortly to be had and celebrated between said Mary Belt and Greenbury Dorsey, son of John Dorsey, tract "Belt's Point" 112 acres, on the south side of Patapsco River certificate dated 2 Jan 1719/20 (Balto Co Liber IS No H folio 236.

There is also a deed of gift, dated 18 June 1726, from John Dorsey of Baltimore County to his son Greenbury Dorsey (Balto County Liber IS No H folio 377) in consideration of his marriage with Mary Belt, daughter of John Belt and Lucy Lawrence.

On the 12 February 1727, his father, John Belt, "The Elder", conveyed him 375 acres called Nanjemy. (BAL R IS# 1;61)

[This proves that John "born ca. 1678" was living on that date, but he was only an agent in the transaction.] The land records for "Nanjemoy" began in 1685. On 2 October, George THOMPSON of St. Mary's County conveyed 375 acres, "Nanjemoy" to Richard TYDINGS of Anne Arundel County [RM:HS:164].

On 25 Je. 1719 & 27 Dec 1726: Robert & wf. Eliza CRUMP of Anne's Co. conveyed half to Philip THOMAS of AA Co. Michael & wf. Charity PASQUINET of Bath Co., NC gave power of attorney to cousin John BELT to sell half. [TR:DS:47 & IS:I:36]. On 12 Feb. 1727, Michael PASQUINET of Bath Co., NC, & wf. Charity, dau. & devisee of Richard TYDINGS, Sr., convey to John BELT, Jr., (by their attorney John BELT, Sr.) [IS:I:61, Baltimore Co., MD, Deed Abstracts 1659 - 1750].

By Charity [TYDINGS] calling John Belt, Sr., of 1726. "cousin, "cousin" verifies that the first John or his wife was a sibling of Richard TYDINGS or his wife.

John Belt II lived near Baltimore and in George Washington's letters he mentions passing a Mr. Belt's house. (See THOMAS BELT OF MARYLAND AND IREDELL COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. Author of the manuscript was Mary Lazenby and there is a copy is in the DAR Library in Washington DC, also at the Vigo Co., IN, public library)

Mother Elizabeth Belt Lamb made a bequest of 20 shillings to him on Aug 1, 1737. Ida Shirk's book about John Belt II.

PEDEN's More Maryland Deponents, Anne Arundel Co. [2-650]: John BELT, 56 in 1765, stated that he was a nephew of John BELT, decd. [Age of deponent fits John, son of Joseph BELT & Esther/Hester. Thus, the John b. ca. 1678 died between Aug. 1737 & 1765. All of the online researchers on FamilySearch and RootsWeb family trees say John d. 1745.{ no proof}]

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