Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Blythswood Manor (Blithwood, Blythwood) was surveyed on May 10, 1667 for John Douglas (b. 1636). It was a 100 acre plantation on the north side of the Potomac River in the Piccowaxon area. Blythswood may have been the name of the family manor house in Scotland. Inherited by his son, Robert Douglas then by Benjamin Douglas (b. 1685) then his son, John Douglas (1709) who sold it in 1769.
Charles County is in south central Maryland and was created in 1658. The first settlers were mainly English tobacco planters, their indentured servants and enslaved people. Many of of the settlers were Roman Catholic.
The county, as originally laid out, also included parts of present
day Calvert, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties.
1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County Maryland Hundred - Piccawaxen or William & Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 288-1:
Manering or Bowles Chance: 500 acres; Possession of - 500 Acres - Jones, Charles: Surveyed 25 Aug 1649 for Geo. Manners near Cedar point
this land was invested in Rob Douglass who dyed without heir and the same being escheated [went to the estate] was the 21 Oct 1673
Resurveyed and granted John Bowles:
Other Tracts Mentioned: Bowles Purchase
other notes - Charles Jones by his marrying Bowles Tyers Widow.,
Resurveyed into Bowles Purchase, 22 August 1726 folio 416
Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required. A freehold was an estate held in perpetuity.
Historically an esquire (Esq. or Esqr.) was the title of a man who ranked below a knight in the English gentry. Later it designated a commoner with the status of gentleman and was used by attorneys.
Robert Doughlass 13A,155 I Charles County £16,2~
5 Sep 29 1694
Appraisers: John Harrison, William [Walter] Story
Administratrix: Mary Dauglas.
Robert Doughlass 13A.351 I Charles County £7.14.
6 Jul 24 1695
Appraisers John Harrison, Walter Story.