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The founder of the Magness family in North American is believed to be Peregrine Mackaness who was born about 1700 in the County of Lincoln on the northeast coast of England. The name Mackaness appears in the parish registers of that county in the late 1600's including some listing with the personal name Peregrine.
The earliest mention of Peregrine Mackaness in North America is found in a trust deed dated February 1729 made to "Peregrine Mackaness, blacksmith, and Robert Perlee, carpenter, by Benjamin Loyd" to insure Loyd's bond as administrator of an estate. Later in September of the same year, Thomas Truman Greenfield conveyed to "Peregrine Magness of Prince George's County, blacksmith" a lease to 29 acres on the east side of the Patuxent River in the forks of Taylor's Creek, The lease was the remainder of a 99-year lease which began in 1677. His name is also found in the Maryland State Papers of 1733 on a tax list.
A deed in the name of "Peregrine Mackaness, blacksmith, of Prince George County, Maryland, of the one part and Peregrine Mackaness Junior, plantor, of the said county, of the other part" reads as follows: "For and in consideration of the natural affection that he has and bears for his son, the said Peregrine Mackaness Junior, the said Peregrine Mackaness hath given, granted and confirmed and by those present doth hereby give, grant, alien and confirm unto the said Peregrine Mackaness Junior, his heirs and assigns forever, one half of a tract of land, lying and being in Prince George County, aforesaid, called part of Stoke, containing and laid out for one hundred and five acres, more or less . . ." dated 22 April 1757. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of J. Hepburne, Richard Jameson, Peregrine Mackaness (his X). The back of which deed was thus endorsed: "Then came Peregrine Mackaness Senior, party to the within deed, and at the same time came Mary, the wife of Peregrine Mackaness Senior, who being by me privately examined apart from her husband and out of his hearing, confessed that she freely relinquished her claim and right of title and dower of the land and premises. Acknowledged before J. Hepburne, 22 April 1757. Received from Peregrine Mackaness Junior, five shillings and two pence sterling for an alienation fine on the within fifty two acres of land by order of the Hon'ble, the Lord Prop'try of Mary'd, J. Hepburne."