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This record is from our Family Court records.

Information in this record:
Information provided by Kate and Bill Matthews.

Stephen Costen, who made his mark, "R", was the first progenitor of the family in the Colonies. He was transported to Northampton County, Virginia, in 1652, by John Robbins and was headright for Nathaniel Littleton. He married first about 1640, probably in England, Ann ___, they had issue: Stephen; Francis, married Isabella they had Stephen; Francis married Agnes Somers, she later married Azariah Scott, Thomas; Esther, married Teague O Deare, son Stephen {Stephen Deare}, who had a daughter Mary; Amey married John Isaac, they had a daughter Elisabeth and a son, John. Stephen married second Ann, a widow with a daughter, Priscilla.

Stephen Costen, son of Stephen "R" and Ann, his wife, who signed
his mark "C", married Comfort Furniss (see FURNISS), and had issue:
Elizabeth, born November 22, 1680, married William Townsend; Matthias,
1683-1716; Esther/Hester, born October 5, 1685, married 1704, John Tull;
Stephen, III; Isaac, born May 8, 1689, died November 12, 1692;
Amey/Anne, born June 25, 1693 at Perryhawkin, dy; Isaac, 1695-1743.
Stephen "C" owned "Merchant s Treasure", 150 acres, surveyed June 9,
1679 and "Bear Point", 500 acres, surveyed July 10, 1679.

Stephen Costen, III, son of Stephen "C" and Comfort, married about
1711 Mary Fogg, daughter of John and Ann (Watts) Fogg, Ann Watts was
the daughter of John Watts, Senior, and his wife Dorothy. Stephen, III, and
Mary had issue: Stephen, IV, April 28, 1712-1783; Comfort, born July 21,
1715; Matthias (see below); Elizabeth and Hester (twins), born February 9,
1718, died 1772 and 1737, respectively; Ann Mary; Benton, born about
1723; Ezekial, died 1784. Stephen and his family lived on "Costen s

Matthias Costen, son of Stephen, III, and his wife Mary, married
first December 29, 1745, Elizabeth Riggin who died 1790. They had issue
Mary, born January 15, 1746/7, married Benjamin Simpson; Esther, born
November 13, 1751, married Samuel Smith; Comfort, born October 18,
1755; Levin, born July 18, 1758. Matthias married second by May 1763
Abigail (Parsons) Costen, daughter of John Parsons, and widow of Ahab Costen, d.s.p; married third May 24, 1770, Sarah Parsons (the ancestress), they had issue Matthias, born 1771, and William Thomas (see below).

William Thomas Costen, son of Matthias and his third wife Sarah
Parsons, married Mary Marshall Harris (see HARRIS), They had issue:
Samuel Smith, 1809-1872; Isaac; William Matthias Napoleon Boneparte;
Sara Elizabeth Naomi (see below). The Costens lived at "Norfolk"
plantation in Somerset County, Maryland.

Sara Elizabeth Naomi Costen, daughter of William Thomas and his wife, Sarah married November 4, 1846 William Thomas Hargis (see HARGIS).

Some entries show dates specifically and separately. Some have the dates within the Information notes:
c = Chancery Court Date
f = Family Court Date
o = Orphan Court Date
w = Will Date
p = Probate Date

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