ENSEY, Dennis & Eleanor

Cliff McCarthy, 2016

Dennis Ensey was the son of John and Catherine (Coomes) Ensey of Charles County, Maryland. The date of his birth is not known, but he was born sometime after 1715. His father died in 1734 and his mother died in 1736, when Dennis was still a minor. The terms of his mother’s will were abstracted this way:

Will of Catherine ENSEY, spinster, of Charles Co., [written] 4th Jan., 1735-6; [probated] 5th May, 1736. To son Dennis, dau. Mary, and child of dau. Margaret, personalty. Residue of estate after debts of dec’d husband and testator are paid to be divided equally bet. son Dennis, dau. Mary, four grand-children born of dau. Winifred, one of dau. Margaret, and dau. of son John. Son Dennis to live with William Coomes until 21 years and to receive one year’s schooling; dau. Mary to care of her sister Winnifred. Exs.: William Coomes and William Mookatee. Test: Roger Mawdesley, John Munro, John Beale. — (21. 549. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 7)

Tha above abstract neglects to mention that Dennis was to be taught the shoemaker’s trade by William Coomes. It is unknown if, and for how long, Dennis Ensey was engaged in shoemaking. No evidence of his occupation has been found.

In 1749, some residents of Frederick County, Maryland petitioned for a new road. This petition marked the beginning of the Liberty Road, Maryland State Route 26, from Mt. Pleasant to Taylorsville. It was signed by Dennis Ensey, who was living on “Coomes His Inheritance.”

On 20 August 1754, Richard Coomes bought portion of “Coomes His Inheritance” from Dennis Ensey and his wife Eleanor. At his death in 1768, Dennis owned part of “Coomes His Inheritance” comprising about 145 1/2 acres and “Ensey’s Adventure,” containg about 40 acres more.

Some researchers say that Eleanor was also a Coomes, like Dennis’ mother, but I have seen no evidence of this.

Dennis Ensey died in 1768, leaving a short will:

In the Name of God Amen I Dines Ensey of Frederick in the Province of Maryland being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho’ weak in Body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory Do Constitute this my Last Will and Testament that is to say first and principally of all I recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again and as Touching my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this Life I give and dispose of in the following manner ~~ Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife Ellaner Ensey during her Widowhood my house and Land and all the furniture lying about it and then to be sold and Equilly divided amongst my Children and lastly I do make and Constitute my said Wife my Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby Disannulling and Disallowing all and every former Will and Testament by me heretofore made as also Ratifying Confirming and Allowing this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Eighth Day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Eight.

There is no record yet found indicating the death date of Dennis’ wife Eleanor, but she was dead by 1807, when her surviving children sold the property as directed in Dennis’ will.


Children of Dennis & Eleanor ENSEY

DENNIS ENSEY, son of John ENSEY and Catherine COOMES, was born Aft. 1715, and died 1768.  He married ELEANOR.  The Children of DENNIS ENSEY and ELEANOR are:

i.    CATHERINE ENSEY, b. 1754; d. 30 October 1837; m. WILLIAM HAYDEN, Abt. 1776; b. 1754, St. Mary’s Co., MD; d. 4 June 1802.
ii.    JOHN ENSEY.
iii.    JAMES ENSEY.
v.    MARY ENSEY, d. Bef. March 1807; m. OWEN HUMPHREY.
vi.    RICHARD ENSEY, d. Bef. March 1805.
viii.   ABRAHAM ENSEY, d. Bef. March 1807.
ix.    DENNIS ENSEY, d. Bef. March 1807.



  • Coldham, Peter Wilson, Settlers Of Maryland 1679 – 1783 (Consolidated Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2002, as reproduced at http://www.Ancestry.com).
  • Frederick Co, Maryland Deeds, Liber E, p. 502.
  • “John Ensey vs. James Ensey, Richard Ensey, et al.” (Frederick Co. (Md.) Chancery Court, Case #1711, MDHR #17,898-1711, MSA S512-2-1783, dated 1807-03-02), Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD.
  • Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 7, 1732-1738.
  • Tracey, Grace L. and John P. Dern, Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743, Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.

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