Name: Col St Leger Codd153
Place: County Kent, England
Died: 7 Nov 1707
Place: Cecil Co MD
Place: St. Paul's Churchyard, Kent Co., MD
The following is from A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland
Legislature, 1635-1789, Vol 1: A-H, by Edward C Papenfuse, Alan F Day,
David W Jordan and Gregory A Stiverson.
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CODD, ST. LEGER (ca. 1634-ca. 1707/8)
- BORN: ca. 1634 in Kent, England; first son.
- IMMIGRATED: by 1688 as a free adult with
his family from Virginia.
- RESIDED: in Cecil County.
- FATHER: William Codd, Esq. (1604-1653), of Pelicans, Kent,
- MOTHER: Mary (1613-?), daughter of Sir Warham St. Leger, of
Ulcombe, Kent, England.
- MARRIED first, (first name unknown), probably
the daughter of Richard Parrott, of Lancaster County, Virginia.
- MARRIED second, Anne (?-1671), widow of Theodoric Bland (?-1671);
daughter of Richard Bennett (ca. 1608-1675.)
Her brother was Richard Bennett (ca. 1639-1667). Her half-brothers
were Nathaniel Utie (ca. 1635-ca. 1675/76); George Utie
(?-1678). Her sister was Elizabeth.
- MARRIED third, by 1694 Anne, widow of
both Benjamin Randall and Joseph Wickes (ca. 1620-1692); daughter
of Thomas Hynson. Her brothers were John Hynson (?-1705);
Thomas (?-1679); and Charles Hynson (1663-1711). Her sister was
- SONS: James who inherited family lands in
England; Berkeley, who settled in Delaware; St. Leger
Codd (?-1730), who married in 1700 Mary,
daughter of Hans Hanson (ca 1647-1704).
- DAUGHTERS: Beatrix; Mary, who married (first name
- EDUCATION: literate, attended Gray's Inn, London,
- RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican.
- SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: in Virginia and holding high office 1671; in
England in 1684, when he petitioned the Privy Council for protection from
arrest arising from a suit brought against from Sarah Bland, probably
settled in Maryland soon after in the area where the Bennetts and Uties,
relatives of his second wife, had made their homes; he quickly became a
leading figure in Cecil County.
- OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.
WEALTH AT DEATH
- LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County, 1692 (Aggrievances;
dismissed from the 1st session for his earlier opposition to the
Associators' Convention), 1694-1697, 1701-1704.
- OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: justice, Provincial Court, 1697-1697 (quorum: did
not serve due to "Infirmities of body").
- LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Cecil County, 1688-1689 (chief justice, October
- MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, 1688-1689,
- OUT OF COLONY SERVICE: colonel, Virginia Militia, by 1671; justice, 1677;
burgess, elected for both Northumberland and Lancaster counties, Virginian,
- STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: a strong
opponent of the Protestant Associators' revolution of 1689; nominated by
Lord Baltimore for appointment to the first Royal Council in 1691, but was
- DIED: will probated on February 9, 1707/8.
- PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £556.6.10 sterling;
- LAND: unspecified acreage, but substantial holdings in Maryland, Lancaster
County, Virginia, and England.
Will of Col St Leger Codd
His will as published in The Virginia Magazine of History and
Biography 10 (Virginia Historical Society, 1903), 375:
Will of Colonel St. Leger Codd, of Cecil county, Maryland.
To son James all his lands in the parishes of Wateringbury, Lenham and
Wetchlin [?] in the county of Kent in Old England, and failing his heirs, to
testators sons Berkeley Codd, and St. Leger Codd—to son Berkeley Codd
the plantation in Lancaster county, Va., which testator bought of
Pensax—to son St. Leger Codd the tract of land in Cecil county, Md.,
which testator bought of Salisbury—to daughter Beatrix £5
sterling—to daughter Sarah Paddison [--] all rest of personal estate
to sons Berkeley and St. Leger. Dated November 7, 1706, proved in
Maryland, February 9, 1707-8, and in Lancaster, April 8, 1708.
The following will abstract was copied from page 98 of Maryland
Calendar of Wills, Volume III:
Codd, St. Leger, Cecil Co.
9th Sept., 1706
9th Feb., 1707
To son James and hrs., all lands in parishes of
Wateringbury, Lenham and Witchlin, Kent Co., England.
To son Berkley and hrs., plantation and land in
Va., bought of Sam'll Spensix; in event of sale of sd. land to Mr. --
Tayloe, the money therefor to be paid to sd. Berkley and hrs.
To son St. Leger and hrs., land in Cecil Co. bought of
To dau. Beatrix and dau. Mary Peddison,
Test: Henry Anderson, Thomas Simson, Rebecca Simson, Lothlan Orehett.
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