Hubert Patey was born in Yorkshire, England in 1640. At about the age of seven, he became an indentured servant to the family of William Turner and came to Maryland with them in 1651 or 1652. Turner applied for a headright grant in 1654. A headright grant was land given to anyone immigrating to the colonies. More land was given if they paid for the passage of a laborer or indentured servant.
"William Turner Demandeth three hunred acres of Land for Transporting himself, his wife , William, Edward and John Turner his sons, and Hebart Pitty (sic), his servant into this province since June 1652."
In 1654 Hubert's term of indenture was up, but he wasn't just granted his freedom. .Turner wanted him to stay another year but Hubert declined. Herbert sued Turner for his freedom and called Turner's witnesses liars. They counter sued for libel.