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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BEA BIOGRAPHIES

BEATTY, THOMAS (ca. 1735-1815). BORN: ca.
1735; eldest son. NATIVE: at least third generation.
RESIDED: probably in Creagerstown, Frederick

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas
Beatty (?-1768). MOTHER: Mary. BROTHERS:
Charles Beatty (ca. 1736-1804); James. SISTERS:
Susanna; Sarah. MARRIED Jane (?-1788). CHIL-
DREN. SON Maj. Thomas, Jr. (ca. 1759-1815), of
Georgetown, D,C, who married Anna. DAUGH-
TERS: Catherine (?-by 1810), who married John
Ritchie; Henrietta, who married Rev. William Par-
kinson, living in New York by 1810. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Baptist, member of the Baptist Church of
Jesus Christ, Frederick Town, Frederick County;
wife was a member of the Evangelical Reformed
Church, Frederick County. SOCIAL STATUS AND

ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1790. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:

farmer, 1772; possibly a merchant. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Fred-
erick County, 1781 (elected to the 2nd session of
the 1780-1781 Assembly to fill vacancy), 1781-
1782 (Grievances 2), 1782-1783 (elected to the 1st
session to fill vacancy), 1783, 1784, 1790. LOCAL
OFFICES: sheriff, Frederick County, commissioned
1777 (ineligible before October 1779), elected
1785-out of office by 1788; collector of tax, Fred-
erick County, commissioned 1778 and 1779; com-
missioner of tax, Frederick County, appointed
1792 and 1798. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY owned 8 slaves, 1790. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: ca. 1,360 acres in Frederick
County, plus 2 lots in Georgetown, Montgomery

County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: Owned at

least 2,200 acres in Frederick County, plus 2 lots
in Creagerstown, 1798; also received ground rents
from 114 lots in Creagerstown. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on December 31, 1815, in Creagers-
town, Frederick County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, $12,449.48 (including 13 slaves and sundry
books), plus $2,264.43 received for land sold after
his death; FB, $4,777.40. LAND: owned land in
Tennessee, as well as in Allegany and Frederick
counties, and at least 8 lots in Creagerstown, at
least 2 lots in Georgetown, and at least 2 lots in
Washington, D.C.

BECKLER, EDWARD (?-?). IMMIGRATED on
Kent Island by 1637/38. RESIDED: in Kent
County. PRIVATE CAREER. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION probably a Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES does not appear in the records of the
colony after the Assembly of 1637/38. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-

LATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, Kent County,

1637/38. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:

arrest warrant issued for him, John Boteler (ca.
1601-1642), and Thomas Smith on December 30,
1637, to answer accusations of sedition, piracy,
and murder.

BELT, JOSEPH (ca. 1680-1761). BORN: ca. 1680
in Anne Arundel County; second son. NATIVE.
probably third generation. RESIDED: at "Chelsea,"
Prince George's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Belt (?-1698), of Anne Arundel
County. STEPFATHER: John Lamb, a merchant.
MOTHER: Elizabeth. BROTHERS: John, of Baltimore
County, a Quaker, who married Lucy, daughter of
Benjamin Lawrence; Benjamin (1682-1773); and
Jeremiah (1698-?), who married Mary, daughter
of John Wight (?-1705). SISTERS: Elizabeth; Char-
ity; and Sarah, who married in 1718 Thomas Har-
wood, of Anne Arundel County. HALF SISTER:
Margaret Lamb (ca. 1702-?). MARRIED first, by
1706 Hester (Esther), daughter of Ninian Beale
(ca. 1625-1717/18). Her brothers were Ninian
(1669-by 1717/18); Charles (1672-1740); John
(1674-?); Thomas; and George (1695-1780). Her
sisters were Mary; Rachel; and Sarah (?-1734),
who married Samuel Magruder (1654-1711). Her
nephews were Joshua Beall (ca. 1719-ca. 1796);
Thomas Beall, of George (1735-1819); and John
Magruder (1694-1750). MARRIED second, by 1737
Margery (?-1783), widow of Thomas Sprigg (?-
1725); daughter of John Wight (?-1705). Her
brother or half brother was John. Her half brother
was Thomas Gantt (?-1765). Her sisters were
Mary; Feilder. CHILDREN. SONS. John (ca. 1707-?),
who married in 1727/28 Margery Queen; Joseph,
Jr. (1717-1761), who married his stepsister Anne
Sprigg; Capt. Tobias (1720-1785), who married
Mary Gordon (?-1795); Jeremiah (1724-1784),
who married in 1746 his stepsister Mary Sprigg
(1723-?); James (1726-?); and Humphrey. STEP-
SONS: Thomas Sprigg (1715-1781), who married
Elizabeth (1721/22-1789), daughter of Richard
Galloway (1691-1741) and wife Sophia Richard-
son; John Sprigg (1716-?); and Edward Sprigg (?-
?). DAUGHTERS. Anne (1708/9-?), who married
first, in 1724 Thomas Claggett, and second, Igna-
tius Perry; Rachel (1711-?), who married Osborn
Sprigg (1707-1749/50); Mary (1722-?), who mar-
ried, first, Edward Sprigg (1697-1751), and sec-
ond, Thomas Pindell; Margery, who married first,
(first name unknown) Lyles, and second, (first
name unknown) Perry. STEPDAUGHTERS: Anne
Sprigg, who married her stepbrother Joseph Belt,
Jr. (1717-1761); Mary Sprigg (1723-?), who mar-
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