Henry Asbury Senior
- Born: May 1650, Kent County, MD
- Marriage: Mary Durrant about 1672 in Westmorland County, VA
- Died: 3 Feb 1707, Westmorland County, VA at age 56
He was the first Asbury to reside in Virginia.
Descendants of Henry Asbury arrived in Tazewell, Washington,
and Russell counties about 1782.
(c) Neil Smith
Jefferson City, MO
Dr. B. C. Holtzclaw notes that Henry must have been the first Asbury inVirginia. He was probably the son of Francis Asbury (who died 1662) ofKent Co., MD.
Henry came from Maryland ca. 1678 (Westmoreland Co. - 27 February 1678,Order book 1675/6 - 1688/9, p. 151.) Mentioned in court suit beforeMaryland Provincial Ct. 18 June 1678, Promissory Note from ThomasRobinson to Henry Asbury was in question. (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 67,pp 377/378)
It is possible that Henry Asbury was a son of Francis Asbury of Kent Co.Md., who was granted land in Kent Co. in 1681, was drowned there in 1682,and whose wife Mary and daughter Mary are briefly mentioned in theMaryland records (Warrant C.B. No. 2, fol. 375, Maryland Land Office:Kent Co. Bonds, Box 1, Folder 55, Archives; "Archives of Maryland" Vol.17, p.91; Baldwin "Md. Calendar of Wills", Vol 1, p. 182
Possibly Two Different Henry's?????
Virginia Northern Land Grants 3-47: Henry Asbury of Westmoreland Co. 3September: Last set forth that John Dowsett died seized of 80 A. in saidCo., James Westcomb, Calk. of said Co. Ct. and Thomas Sorrell, Deputy.Clerk signified that same was made public. Escheat Grant to Ashbury. OnNominy Mill Dam, Adj. Ann Nutt, now John Wright, John Willis, 23 Aug1704.
Henry's will was written on 3 February 1706 and probated in WestmorelandCo. on 30 April 1707. He left 400 a. of land to son Henry, 400 a. toThomas and if he dies without issue to son Benjamin; to son Benjamin 100a. and personal property. daughter Catherine one cow, wife Maryexecutrix. (Westmoreland Co. Deed & Will book 1707/09, p. 13.)
Henry married Mary Durrant, daughter of Henry Durrant and Sarah, about 1672 in Westmorland County, VA. (Mary Durrant was born about 1658 in Westmorland County, VA and died on 19 Jun 1709 in Westmorland County, VA.)