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

Greensboro, Caroline County. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Convention, Caroline
County, 3rd, 1774. OUT OF STATE SERVICE: Bos-
ton Relief Committee, Kent County, Delaware,
elected on August 14, 1775; 2nd lieutenant, Infan-
try, Eighth or Dover Regiment, Delaware Militia,
period of service unknown. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: One-quarter

interest in 477 acres in Cecil County (the residue
of sales from at least 819 acres inherited from his
father); probably owned land in Kent County,
Delaware. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH, sold the
remainder of his land in Cecil County that he in-
herited from his father, 1777; owned at least 1,500
acres in Kent County, Delaware, which he adver-
tised for sale in 1777. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
administration bond granted on July 11, 1786, in
Caroline County. PERSONAL PROPERTY TEV,
£1,179.18.5 current money (including 3 slaves, 57
oz. plate, and books); FB, estate overpaid
£177.6.9. LAND: lot 6 in Greensboro, Caroline
County; probably also owned land in Kent
County, Delaware.

BRICE, JAMES (1746-1801). BORN: on August
26, 1746, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County.
NATIVE, third generation. RESIDED: in the Brice
House, a large townhouse he built between 1767
and 1775, in Annapolis. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Brice (1705-1766); clerk of Anne
Arundel County from 1734 to 1765; justice of the
Provincial Court from 1741 to probably 1766;
judge of the Assize of the Western Shore from
1754 to 1766; son of John Brice (?-1713).
MOTHER: Sarah (1714-1782), daughter of James
Frisby (1684-1719) and wife Ariana (1690-?);
stepdaughter of both Thomas Bordley (ca. 1683-
1726) and Edmund Jennings (?-1756); grand-
daughter 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 (?-died in infancy); John Brice ( 1738- 1820);
Benedict Brice (1749-1786); and Edmund (?-
1784), who married in 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 Walter Dulany (?-1773). FIRST COUSINS:
William Stevenson (1739-1785); John Hammond
(1735-1784); Rezin Hammond (1745-1809); and
Matthias Hammond (1740-1786). MARRIED in
1781 Julianna (ca. 1764-1837), daughter of
Thomas Jennings (ca. 1736-1796). Her brothers
were Thomas; George; William; John; Daniel;
Horner; and Horatio. Her sisters were Ann (?-by
1839), who married Nicholas (Maccubbin) Carroll
(1750/51-1812); Elizabeth. CHILDREN. SONS:
James Frisby; Thomas Jennings; and John.
DAUGHTERS: Julianna (1782-?), who married in
1808 John Stephen (?-1844); Sarah Ann (1783-
1784); and Anne Carroll (1785-?). PRIVATE CA-
REER. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. An-
ne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. SOCIAL STA-

TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1771. ADDITIONAL

COMMENTS: manager of a lottery to build a new
dock for Annapolis, 1772; member of a committee
to supervise the building of St. John's College,
Annapolis, and hiring of a professor for it, 1789;
manager of a lottery to fund completion of St. An-
ne's Church, Annapolis, 1790. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: lawyer, admitted to the following courts:
Baltimore County in 1765; Frederick County in
1765; Prince George's County in 1765. Planter.
PUBLIC CAREER. STATE OFFICES Executive Coun-
cil, 1777 (elected on April 16, 1777, to fill va-
cancy, but declined to serve), 1777-1778 (elected
on November 25, 1777, to fill vacancy), 1778-
1779, 1779-1780, 1780-1781, 1781-1782, 1782-
1783, 1783 (resigned on December 26, 1783, be-
cause he could not "consistently act any longer as
one of the Council"; reelected on July 29, 1784,
but declined to serve saying he could not "with
any degree of consistency accept....."), accepted
the office 1785-1786, 1786-1787, 1787-1788,
1788-1789, 1789-1790, 1791-1792, 1792-1793,
1793-1794, 1794-1795, 1795-1796, 1798-1799;
acting governor, 1792 (following the death of
George Plater). LOCAL OFFICES: commissioner of
tax, Anne Arundel County, 1777-1779; county
lieutenant, Anne Arundel County, appointed
1777; alderman, Annapolis, 1780-1782, 1784-
1787, 1789-1792; mayor, Annapolis, 1782-1783,
1788-1789; St. Anne's Parish Vestry, Anne Arun-
del County, 1783-1787; treasurer, Annapolis,
1784-1801; Maryland Senate elector, Annapolis,
elected 1786 and 1791; common councilman, An-
napolis, 1793-1801. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel,
1779. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: On
May 30, 1774 he signed a protest that appeared in
the Maryland Gazette against a resolution of some
Anne Arundel County patriots to prohibit lawyers
from suing Maryland residents for debts owed to
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