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

instruments and a book on this subject were men-
tioned in his will. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Convention, Cecil County, 9th, 1776;
Lower House, Cecil County, 1781-1782, 1782-
1783, 1783, 1784, 1786-1787, 1787-1788, 1788.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Brevard,
along with his fellow Cecil County delegates, ob-
jected to the commission of Patrick Ewing (?-
1819) as justice of Cecil County in 1788. Never-
theless, Ewing's commission was confirmed. In
1789 Brevard manumitted one slave, ca. 14 years
of age, to take effect in 1796. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£197.16.8, including 2 oz. plate, 1783; 1 slave,
1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 340 acres in
Cecil County and Delaware. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on March 27, 1793, in Cecil
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: requested no ap-
praisal of his estate. LAND: home plantation, con-
sisting of probably ca. 300 acres including adjoin-
ing land in Cecil County and Delaware.

BREWER, JOHN (?-ca. 1663/64). BORN: proba-
bly in England. IMMIGRATED: by the late 1640s as
an indentured servant. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel
County. MARRIED Elizabeth (?-1668). CHILDREN.

SON: John. PRIVATE CAREER. SOCIAL STATUS AND

ACTIVITIES: free by 1658, when he claimed rights
for completion of his service as an indentured ser-
vant and for transporting three individuals in 1652
and another one in 1657. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE
indentured servant; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERIVCE: Lower House, Anne Arundel
County, 1661. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Anne Arun-
del County, 1658-1663/64. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 400 acres.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: ca. 1663/64. LAND

over 466 acres.

BRICE, BENEDICT (1749-1786). BORN: on
April 1, 1749 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel
County; fourth surviving son. NATIVE, third gener-
ation. RESIDED: in Annapolis, Anne Arundel
County; Kent County, Delaware, and Caroline
County alternately after 1771, with probate being
registered in both counties. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Brice (1705-1766), a resident of
Annapolis who was chief justice of Maryland, an
alderman of Annapolis, a judge of Assize for the
Western Shore, and clerk of Anne Arundel
County Court; he was the son of John Brice (?-
1713). MOTHER: Sarah (1714-1782), daughter of
James Frisby (1684-1719) and wife Ariana Van-
derheyden (1690-?); stepdaughter of both Thomas
Bordley(ca. 1683-1726) and Edmund Jennings (?-

1756); granddaughter of Matthias Vanderheyden
(?-1729). HALF UNCLE: John Beale Bordley

(1726/27-1804). AUNTS: Ariana Margaret Frisby
(1717-?), who married William Harris (1704-
1748); Anne Brice (1708-1765), who married
Vachel Denton (ca. 1696-1752); and Rachel Brice
(1711-1786), who married Philip Hammond
(1697-1760). BROTHERS: John (1737-1737); John
Brice (1738-1820); James Brice (1746-1801); and
Edmund (?-1784), who married in September
1783 Harriet Woodward. SISTERS: Ariana, who
married Dr. David Ross (?-by 1779); Sarah, who
married Richard Henderson; Anne; Margaret
Augustina, who married William Sydebotham;
and Elizabeth, who married first, Lloyd Dulany
(1742-1782), son of Daniel Dulany (1685-1753),
and second, ca. 1785 Walter Dulany, son of Wal-
ter Dulany (?-1773). FIRST COUSINS William Ste-
venson( 1739- 1785); John Hammond( 1735- 1784);
Rezin Hammond ( 1745- 1809); and Matthias Ham-
mond (1740-1786). MARRIED in January 1775
Mary (1755-1796), daughter of John Golds-
borough (1711-1778) and wife Ann Turbutt
(1715-1766); stepdaughter of Mary Skinner
Loockerman; granddaughter of both Robert Golds-
borough (1660-1746) and Foster Turbutt (1679-
1720/21); niece of Charles Goldsborough (1707-
1767), William Goldsborough (1709-1760), Sarah
Turbutt (1706-?), who married Nicholas Golds-
borough (ca. 1689-1766), and Elizabeth Turbutt
(1708-?), who married Tench Francis (1701 -1758).
Mary Goldsborough Brice subsequently married
in August 1787 Dr. James Cook (?-1794). Her
brothers were Robert (ca. 1736-1770); John
(1740-1803); Greenbury (1742-1829); Charles
(1744-1774); and William (1759-1794). Her sisters
were Elizabeth (ca. 1735-ca. 1786), who married
second Benson Stainton (?-ca. 1781); Anne (1751-
1781); and Henrietta Maria (ca. 1753-1839). Her
first cousins were Robert Goldsborough IV (1740-
1798); Will/am Goldsborough (1750/51-1801);
Howes Goldsborough (1747-1797); Robert Golds-
borough (1733-1788); Elizabeth Greenberry
Goldsborough (1731-1820), who married William
Ennalls (?-1785); Thomas Goldsborough (ca.
1728-1793); Ann Goldsborough (1732-?), who
married Edward Oldham (1709-1773); and Ann
Francis (1727-?), who married James Tilghman
(1716-1793) Her niece was Margaret Campbell
(ca. 1766-1789), who married John Henry, Jr. (ca.
1750-1798). CHILDREN. DAUGHTER Sarah (1776-
?), who married Andrew Price. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-

IES: Gent., 1771. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:

farmer, 1783; merchant, 1784; owned stores in

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