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

ried in 1746 her stepbrother Jeremiah Belt (1724-

1784). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Anglican, Queen Anne's
Parish, Prince George's County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1726. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: merchant; probably also a planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Prince George's County, 1725-1727 (Aggrievances
1-4), 1728-1731 (Aggrievances 1-5), 1732-1734
(Aggrievances 1-Cv), 1734/35-1737 (Aggriev-
ances 1, Cv, 2-4). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE:

justice, Provincial Court, 1732-at least 1734. LO-
CAL OFFICES: Queen Anne Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, in office 1714-1717, 1726-1729,
1740-1743, 1746-1749; justice, Prince George's
County, 1715/16-at least 1729 (quorum, 1720-at
least 1729); churchwarden, Queen Anne Parish,
Prince George's County, 1724-1725; justice, Court
of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Prince
George's County, commissioned 1721, 1725/26,
1729, and 1734. MILITARY SERVICE, lieutenant
colonel, by 1725; colonel, by 1726. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,010
acres in Prince George's and Baltimore counties
(250 acres inherited from his father; 760 acres by
patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased
or patented at least 2, 118 acres in Prince George's
and Frederick counties between 1726 and 1755;
sold at least 836 acres in Prince George's and
Baltimore counties between 1738 and 1745; gave
200 acres in Prince George's County to his god-
son, 1740; an additional 437 acres in Prince
George's County may have come from Belt's sec-
ond marriage. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on June
26, 1761, in Prince George's County; his death
was "supposed to be occassioned by Grief for the
Death of his Son Joseph, Jr. a few Weeks before."
PERSONAL PROPERTY. TEV, £2,538.12.3 current
money (including 33 slaves, 83 oz. silver, and
books); FB, £999.6.7. LAND: 2,861 acres in Freder-
ick and Prince George's counties.

BENNETT, RICHARD (ca. 1608-1675). BORN:
ca. 1608 in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1648 as a
free adult with his family from Virginia. RESIDED:
on the Severn River, Anne Arundel County; re-
turned to Virginia, ca. 1652. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: in Virginia by 1628 to manage his uncle's
plantation. FAMILY BACKGROUND. UNCLE: Ed-
ward Bennett, a London merchant and director of
the Virginia Company, 1621. MARRIED by 1638
Ann, widow of John Utie (?-by 1638). CHILDREN.
SON. Richard Bennett (ca. 1639-1667), who mar-
ried Henrietta Maria (1647-1697), daughter of

James Neale (ca. 1615-1684). STEPSONS: John Utie;
Nathaniel Utie(ca. 1635-ca. 1675/76); and George
Utie (?-1678). DAUGHTERS Elizabeth, who mar-
ried Charles Scarborough; Ann (?-by 1694), who
married first, Theodorick Bland (?-1671), and sec-
ond, St. Leger Codd (ca. 1634-ca. 1707/8). PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Protestant; Puritan. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: he led a migration of religious
dissenters from Virginia to Maryland and received
a grant from Lord Baltimore for settlement on the
Severn River which they named Providence, 1648;
after 1652, he resided at his plantation on the Nas-
semond River in Virginia. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE, merchant; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. PROVIN-
CIAL OFFICE: commissioner of Parliament for
Maryland, 1651-1657/58. OUT OF COLONY OF-
FICES: burgess, Virginia, 1629-1631; Virginia
Council, 1642, 1660; commissioner of Parliament
for Virginia, 1651-1660; governor of Virginia,
1652-1655; major general of the Virginia Militia,
1666. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: leader
of the Puritan and anti-royal factions in Virginia
and Maryland during the 1640s and 1650s; re-
turned to England to oppose Lord Baltimore's
claim to Maryland, 1655. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED, will probated on April 12, 1675; size of es-
tate unknown.

BENNETT, RICHARD (ca. 1639-1667). BORN:
ca. 1639 in Virginia; only son. IMMIGRATED: by
1663 as a free adult from Virginia. RESIDED: in
Baltimore County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-
THER: Richard Bennett (ca. 1608-1675). MOTHER:
Anne, widow of John Utie (?-by 1638). HALF
BROTHERS: John Utie; Nathaniel Utie(ca. 1635-ca.
1675/76); and George Utie (?-1678). SISTERS.
Elizabeth, who married Charles Scarborough; Ann
(?-by 1694), who married first, Theodorick Bland,
and second, St. Leger Codd(ca. 1634-ca. 1707/8).
OTHER KINSHIP his great-uncle was Edward Ben-
nett, a London merchant and director of the Vir-
ginia Company, 1621. MARRIED Henrietta Maria
(1647-1697), daughter of James Neale (ca. 1615-
1684). She subsequently married in 1669 Philemon
Lloyd(1646-1685). Her brothers were James, who
married first, Elizabeth, daughter of William Cal-
vert (ca. 1642/43-1682), and second, Elizabeth,
daughter of Capt. John Lord, of Virginia;
Anthony, who married first, Elizabeth, daughter
of Thomas Turner (?-ca. 1662/63), and second,
Elizabeth, daughter of William Digges (ca. 1650-
1697). Her sisters were Jane, who married William
Boreman, son of William Boreman (ca. 1630-
1709); Dorothy. CHILDREN. SON Richard (1667-
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