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

1775. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Baltimore County,
1772-at least 1778 (quorum, 1774-at least 1778);
Committee of Observation, Baltimore Town,
elected 1775. MILITARY SERVICE, deputy commis-
sary general of purchases, commissioned 1777;
commissary general of purchases, 1777-1778 (re-
signed). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: assessed value of at least £1,265.0.0,
including at least 20 slaves and 102 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 600 acres in
Baltimore County, plus at least 2 lots in Baltimore

Town. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: developed

Baltimore Town lots and leased them either as a
whole or in smaller parcels; purchased land in
Baltimore County, 1780; owned ca. 2,600 acres in
Baltimore County, 1783. In the late 1790s he sold
almost one-half of his Baltimore County land and
later patented more acreage within Baltimore
Town. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED on September
19, 1804, in Baltimore County. LAND. ca. 1,600
acres in Baltimore County, plus ca. 9 lots in
Baltimore Town (with 1 wharf, 5 warehouses, and
1 three-story brick dwelling). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: income at death included ground rents on
12 additional lots in Baltimore Town.

BURFORD, THOMAS (?-1686/87). IMMI
GRATED: by 1679 as a free adult with his family.
RESIDED: in Charles County. MARRIED Anne (?-
1700). CHILDREN. SON: Thomas, Jr. (?-1697), who
married Margery, widow of Humphrey Warren,
Jr. (1665-1695) and daughter of John Cage.
DAUGHTERS. Elizabeth, who married James Cot-
trill; Jane, who married Richard Dodd; and Ann
(?-ca. 1717), who married first, Robert Doyne (?-
1689), second, ca. 1694 George Plater (ca. 1664-
1707), and third, by 1709 John Rousby (1685-
1744). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate;
probably with considerable legal training. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent, on arrival. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: lawyer, one of the most able and active
in seventeenth-century Maryland, who was admit-
ted to the following courts: Provincial Court in
1679; Charles County by at least 1679. Planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Charles County, 1682-1684 (Trade 2;
Laws 3), 1686 (died before the 2nd session).
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE attorney general,
1681-1686/87. LOCAL OFFICE justice, Charles
County, 1685-1686/87. WEALTH DURING LIFE-

TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: C3. 968 acres.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on March

24, 1686/87. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,

£202.0.11 sterling (including 2 slaves, 1 servant,
and 21 law titles, plus other books). LAND. ca. 968
acres.

BURGESS, EDWARD (ca. 1733-1809). BORN:
ca. 1733 in Anne Arundel County; fourth son.
NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: in Anne
Arundel County; Frederick County (later became
part of Montgomery County), 1773. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Burgess (1696-
1774), of Anne Arundel County, son of Edward
Burgess (ca. 1655-1723) and wife Sarah Chew.
MOTHER: Jane MacElfresh (?-1733). STEPMOTHER:
Matilda Sparrow (?-by 1773). BROTHERS: William
(1721-by 1773); John, who married Sarah Dorsey;
and Joseph, who married Elizabeth Dorsey. HALF
BROTHERS: Samuel (?-by 1773); West; Caleb; and
Benjamin. SISTERS: Ann; Sarah, who married (first
name unknown) Disney; and Mary. HALF SISTERS
Mary, who married (first name unknown) Ansby;
Anna; Elizabeth; and Susannah. OTHER KINSHIP:
his great-grandfather was William Burgess (ca.
1622-1686/87). MARRIED by 1767 Mary (?-by
1797), daughter of Thomas Davis (?-1749) and
wife Elizabeth Gaither. Her brothers were
Thomas; Amos (?-1797). Her sisters were
Elizabeth (Betsy), who married first, John Welsh
(?-1795), and second, (first name unknown) Nor-
wood; Sarah, who married Henry Griffith, son of
Henry Griffith (ca. 1720-1794). CHILDREN. SONS:
Edward, Jr. (?-1824), died without progeny; John
(?-by 1816); Ephraigm, of Allegany County; and
Thomas, who left Maryland. DAUGHTERS:
Elizabeth; Ann (Nancy); Jane; Margaret, who
married Ninian Clagett; Sally (Sarah), who mar-
ried Daniel Hook and left Maryland; and Mary,
who married John Sheckles and left Maryland.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1773; Esq., 1790.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Mont-
gomery County, 1777, 1777-1778, 1778-1779
(Claims 1; Laws to Expire 2; Tax Commissioners
3), 1779-1780 (Claims 1-3), 1781-1782, 1782-
1783, 1783 (elected, but did not serve), 1786-1787,
1787-1788, 1789, 1790, 1795. LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, Frederick County, 1773-at least 1775,
Montgomery County, 1777-at least 1792; justice,
Orphans' Court, Montgomery County, 1777-at
least 1790 (quorum, by 1790); Maryland Senate
elector, Montgomery County, 1786. MILITARY
SERVICE captain, First Maryland Battalion of the
Flying Camp, 1776. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £234.2.6,
including 3 slaves, 1783; assessed value £613.0.0,

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