PETER HAND (b. 01 Nov 1683, d. Bef. 16 Mar 1730/31)
PETER HAND32 was born 01 Nov 1683 in South Hampton, Long Island, New York32, and died Bef. 16 Mar 1730/31 in Craven County, North Carolina32. He married ANN ZELPHIA DEPP on Abt. 1721 in Craven County, North Carolina32, daughter of JEAN/JOHN DEPP and PENELOPE.
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1707: Peter Hand was a witness to the marriage of his brother Benjamin Hand and Anne Chue. "One of the earliest recorded marriage records was that of Benjamin Hand and Anne Chue/Chew, before Justice John Towsend, which took place January 14, 1706/7. The witnesses besides the justice, were Jonathan Osborne, Charles Robinson, William Shaw, Robert Towsend, [his son] William Smith, Benjamin Stites, Abnah [Abraham?] Hand, Henry Stites, Hannah Stites, Silvanus Townsend [his son] and Peter Hand." [First official records of Cape May: Cape May County Magazine of History and Genealogy ]
Recording of ear marks during the period, whose names are given to show the families then living in the county. [History of Cape May County]
1693- Shamgar Hand 1694- Isaac Hand Nathaniel Hand Ezekiel Hand 1696- Abraham Hand John Hand Thomas Hand Daniel Hand George Hand Jeremiah Hand Joseph Hand
1706- Thomas Hand, Jr. Cornelius Hand 1707- Shamgar Hand, Jr. 1708- Zelophead Hand Nathaniel Hand 1709- Benjamin Hand 1711- Peter Hand 1714- Nathaniel Hand 1717- John Hand 1721- John Hand 1727- Cornelius
1719, July 11, witnessed the will of Tobias Knight, Bath County, NC(Abstract of NC Wills, p205) 1722, Sept 20, witnessed the will of Peter Engel, Craven Precinct (Abstract of NC Wills, p113)
1722; Engle, Peter, Craven. Sept. 22, 1722; Dec. 21, 1722. Godson William Moore, Ann Fautus, Susan Moore, Dority Moore, Mary Lots, Adam Moore, George Mals. Witnesses: Matthew Reasoner, Peter Hand. Clerk of the Court: C. Metcalfe. [Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. I, Contents - April, 1900, Page 209, Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760, Surnames, E - F, Page 113 ]
1723: Peter was a witness to the will of John Deiptt Bath County. January 17, 1723-1724. June 17, 1724. Sons: PETTER DEIPTT [plantation in Machapongo containing two hundred acres], JOHN [200 acres of land], Wife and Executris: PENON. Daughter and Executrix: Ann Depitt. Witnesses: PETER HAND, JOHN FONVIELLE. Clerk of the Court: JOHN CORNICK. Clerk of the Court at Newbern: C. METCALFE. [Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760, Surnames, C - D, Page 96 ] County 028, Date Recorded 1724 SS 876/4, Copy Original SS/AR
The 1733 Moseley map of North Carolina shows the Hand family residing on the south bank of the Neuse River, across from the mouth of Swift Creek. The map, like a number of other documents, mispelled the name as "Handy." Peter Hand was one of the earliest settlers in Craven County. In 1719, he owned fifty acres and had one tithable. Sometime after April 29, 1719, he married Elizabeth Collier, daughter of Joseph Collier. She died by 30 July, 1724, and her inheritance of 640 acres was passed on to her husband by escheat patent. This type of patent, plus her father's will that the land pass to her heirs, indicate that Elizabeth Collier died with out children to inherit the land.
Peter Hand married second Ann Dept, daughter of his neighbors John and Penelope Depit Sr. John Deipt lived in Craven County as early as Jan. 17, 1714/15, when he bought 200 acres on the west side of Brice's Creek. John and Penelope Deipt had at least five children: Ann Dept, who married first Peter Hand, Sr., and second Edward Bryan; Peter Dept; John Dept, Jr.; Jane Dept; and Elizabeth Dept. One daughter probably married David Dunn. John Deipt, Sr. died between Jan. 17, 1723/24 and June 17, 1724. Penelope Dept died between March 2S-, 1732 and Aug. 27, 1735.
Peter Hand, Sr. died between Feb. 1 and March 16, 1730/31. He and Ann had four children:
1. Elizabeth Hand (d. 1769), who married Arthur Blackman, Sr. ;
2. Mary Hand, who married first by 1747 William Bush, and married second Thomas Castellaw ;
3. Jane/Jean Hand
4. Peter Hand, Jr. not named in the will of his father, (b. ca 1731 d. unmarried by Oct. 26, 1769). Peter Hand, Jr. served in the Craven County militia in 1754.
1730: Will of Peter Hand (2/1/1730; 3/16/1730) filed in Craven Pct., NC names wife Ann, wife's brother John Dept, exer, dtrs. Elizabeth, Mary and Jane, "my son Richard Hart" [nephew]. Executor: John Dept (Deiptt), Witnesses: Thomas Fox and James John Deep, John Green. Clerk of the Court: Caleb Metcalfe.[ Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. I, Contents - April, 1900, Page 226, Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760, Surnames, G - H, Page 149] Hand, Peter Co, 028, Date Recorded Copy 1730/1 Deeds 1/64, Original SS/AR This connects Hands and Deiptts families.
S108.198 North Carolina Archives 1 March 1730 Peter Hand Will
In the name of God Amen March first 1730 I Peter Hand being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory. Blessed be the Almighty God for ye same and I make ordain & constitute this to be my last will and Testament and do Revoke, Disavow and make void all other wills and testaments be me made. First I give and bequeath my Soul unto ye hand of Almighty God who gave it hoping at ye resurrection to receive ye Soul again in full pardon of my sins through Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and as to what worldly goods ye Lord has seen fit to endue me with I depose of as followed after my Lawful debts be fully paid and funeral charges my body decently buried after ye direction of my Executor Ann Hand These I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Ann this track of land which I live and five hundred acres for her natural life then ye said land to fall to my Daughter Elizabeth Hand and heirs after her natural life to my daughter Mary and Heirs after her natural life to fall to my Daughter Joan Hand and Heirs for natural life ye said land to fall unto Richard Hart or every other I give my loving wife two cows & calfs and all ye steers a Rone three year old and two horses and all my hoggs and to my daughter Elizabeth six cows & calfs & one two year mare To my Daughter Mary six cows & calfs & one two year old mare and to my Daughter Joan six cows & calfs and one two year old mare and ye remaining part of ye stock and sold & to be Disbursted to pay for learning of my children and Richard Hart & likewise to have learning with ye Children and leave him one Gun and one hand saw to chisels one square and compass two plains one broad axe and two cows and calfs and ye children to have ye increase and to my loving wife one negroe man and for her natural life and said Wife and likewise all ye money and credit that is due me and my youngest child Joan and to my daughter Elizabeth one negroe aggy and to my Daughter Mary one negroe Russ and to my loving wife all my household goods now thought one and for after. I make and Constitute my loving wife Ann Hand and brother John Dept jointly my executors of this my last will & testament witness my hand the day above written.
Signed in the presence of us Peter Hand Seal Wm Fox James Green his John x Dept N Carolina } Att a Court held at ye Craven Precinct mark Court house in Newbern The 16 Day of march 1730/1 Presented to His Majesty Justices Esquire. The within will was proved for said oath of James Green One of said Enedena thereunto ye sd Test. Caleb Metcalf Clk Crt
The said Ann Hand Executor of said Will made Oath to Perform said Trust deposed in her Affidavit C Metcalf Clk Crt
Hard copy on file
LIST OF FREEHOLDERS CRAVEN PRECINCT 1723
Thomas Martin, Esq.
John Lecher Miller
Edward Garling, Esquire
John Fulpher (Fulford)
Thomas Masters, Esquire
George Mites (Metts)
John Dipp (Deippt??)
Daniel Shine, Esq
More About PETER HAND: Census: 1704, Cape May County Magazine of Histroy and Genealogy.32 Fact 1: 1711, His name does not appear in Cape May County records after 1711..32 Fact 2: 14 Jan 1706/07, Wittness to the marriage of his brother Benjamin Hand and Anne Chue/Chew.32 Fact 3: 1723, Listed as a Freeholder in Craven Precinct, North Carolina.32 Fact 4: 17 Jan 1723/24, Witness to will of John Deiptt.32
More About PETER HAND and ANN ZELPHIA DEPP: Marriage: Abt. 1721, Craven County, North Carolina.32
Children of PETER HAND and ANN ZELPHIA DEPP are:
+MARY ANN HAND, b. Abt. 1724, Chowan County, North Carolina32, d. date unknown, Orangeburg District, South Carolina32.