Family Stories

George Yates II

From my notes:

George Yate, the eldest son and heir of George Yate, Gentleman, and Mary Wells, his wife, was born presumably at the dwelling plantation of his father in Anne Arundel County, perhaps about 1674. His share of his father’s estate, according to the will of 1691, consisted of one-half of the 700 acres tract of “Yate His Forebearance”, lying on the north shore of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County as well as the entire tract “Forebearance” of 140 acres lying in the falls of the Patapsco on the south bank, then in Baltimore County and now in Howard.

On May 8, 1705, by virtue of a warrant from the Lord Proprietary “George Yate, of Baltimore County”, was granted 400 acres of land which had been renewable on February 29, 1704/5. The certificate read… these are therefore to certify that by appointment of Clement Hill, Jr., Surveyor General of the Western Shore… have laid out at the head of the Patapsco River….. a tract of land for George Yate known as “Yate’s Contrivance.” (Patents, Liber C D, folio 276, Land Office, Annapolis.)

George Yate lived on “Yate His Forebearance” before he patented ” Yate’s Contrivance” but we do know that the latter became his dwelling plantation and was his residence at the time of his death some years later. Besides being a planter in the very productive and affluent section of Elk Ridge, he operated a brick yard with his friend Edward Teall.

About 1700 George Yate married Rachel, fifth child of Captain Richard Warfield, Sr., an outstanding subject of Anne Arundel County. By his will dated January 10, 1703/4, and proved in Anne Arundel County on February 11, 1703/4, he devised to his daughter Rachel in fee simple a 150 acre portion of “Warfield Range”, but in the event of her death without issue, it was to revert to the testator’s son, Richard Warfield II. In another portion of the will he bequeathed to his daughter Rachel Yate, or to her children at the age of twenty-one years, certain articles of personal property. (Wills, Liber 11, folio 409. Hall of Records.)

In an account upon the estate of Richard Warfield, Sr., rendered by his executors, John Warfield and Richard Warfield accounted for the following disbursement “Of cash paid to George Yate of a portion of the deceased’s estate due to Rachel his wife another heir of the accounts as per receipt appears L 4/2-“. Thus the marriage of George Yate and Rachel is proved absolutely. (Inventory and Accounts, Liber 25, folio 163, Hall of Records.)

On July 5, 1712, George Yate, of Baltimore County, Planter, conveyed to John Yernel, of the same county, Planter,his portion of “Yate His Forebearance”, that is, 382 acres, which he had inherited by the will of his parent. No wife waived dower. (Baltimore County Deeds, Liber R R #A, folio 208.)

It was stated , though without documentary proof, that his wife Rachel died during the year 1709. From the above conveyance, however, it is evident that she had departed by 1712. He married secondly Ruth ? who survived him.

The will of George Yate (sic) was dated September 13, 1717, and proved in Baltimore County on November 18, 1717, by William Hamilton, Samuel Tayier and Joseph Harp. (Wills, Liber 14, folio 340). He devised his four sons: George, Joshua, Samuel and Benjamin and their heirs the dwelling-plantation “Yate Contrivance”, the equal divisions were to be made by John Warfield and Richard Warfield when the eldest son, George, attained the age of twenty-one years. Futhermore, the eldest son was to have the first choice of the divisions, but in the event that any of his sons died before they reached the age of twenty-one, the divisions was to be made among the survivors. Personalty was left to his son George, daughter Eleanor, and his brother John Yeats and the latter’s wife Elizabeth. His friend Edward Teal was bequeathed certain articles of personalty and one-half of the production from the brickyard until his eldest son came of age. Edward Teall futhermore was “to have oversight of the plantation” and to sell the tract “Forebearance”.

He bequeathed his wife (unnamed) L 5 and named her executrix with Edward Teall. The residue of the personal estate was to be divided equally among his four named sons and three daughters – Eleanor, Mary and Rachel. Somehow Edward Teall did not administer the estate jointly with the widow. The will was exhibited before the Deputy Commissary of Baltimore County for the Prerogatives Court during the February session of 1717/18, (Testamentary Proceedings. Liber 23, folio 175 Hall of Records. )

The inventory of the personal estate was made on June 10, 1718, by Christopher Randall and William Hamilton and displayed an appraisement of L 75/11/9. John Outerlong and John Israel signed as the greatest creditors, while John Yate signed as kinsman, that is, John Yate brother to the decd George Yate and satisfied with this appraisement.” (inventory Liber 1, folio 27.) The inventory was presented at court and passed by the Deputy Commissary on July 9, 1718, (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 23, folio 211. )

His Widow Ruth Yate soon married Joseph Ary and with him became executor of the estate. On September 1, 1726, at the request of John Hall, Esq., the sheriff of Baltimore County, issued citation against Joseph Ary and Ruth his wife “executors of George Yate late of Baltimore county, decd, to show cause why they had not passed an account.” (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, folio 33.)

Citations were again issued at the November Court in 1726, at the January Court of 1726/7, and again during March following: (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, folio 336, 370, 387.) From the records it is shown that the widow and her husband thus defied the court and failed to file an account. The step-mother and her husband became guardians of the minor children, and it can be expected that they dissipated the estate of their wards. Perhaps at this time, 1727, then years after the death of George Yate, there were no proceeds left of the personal estate. However, about this time the elder children were of age and were claiming their share of the real property.

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