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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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CELLARS (CELLAR, CELLER, CELLERS,
SELLARS), JOHN (?-1818). BORN: of age by
1768. NATIVE: possibly, if so, second generation.
RESIDED: in Frederick County (later became part
of Washington County), by 1768. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: possibly John Keller, Sr.
BROTHER: probably George (?-1828), of Washing-
ton County. MARRIED by 1777 Susannah. CHIL-
DREN. Probably died without progeny. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION literate. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1778; Esq., 1790. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: fanner. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Washington
County, 1784, 1785, 1786-1787, 1787-1788, 1790,
1791-1792, 1796, 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801. LOCAL
OFFICES: justice, Washington County, 1777-at
least 1800; justice, Orphans' Court, Washington
County, commissioned 1781 and 1782; commis-
sioner of tax, Washington County, appointed

1782. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: assessed value £18.0.0, 1783; assessed
value £184.0.0, including 2 slaves, 1804. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: ca. 216 acres in Washington
County, plus 1 lot in Elizabeth Town (later called
Hagerstown), Washington County. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: he resurveyed and enlarged the 216
acres into a 275-acre tract, 1787; sold 41 acres in
Washington County in 6 small tracts ranging from
2 to 15 acres, 1787-1807; owned 254 acres in
Washington County, 1804. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: in 1818 in Washington County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, $1,804.58 current money (includ-
ing 1 slave and 8 books); FB, $1,330.21. LAND:
probably ca. 247 acres in Washington County,
plus 1 lot in Elizabeth Town (later called Hagers-
town), Washington County.

CHAILLE, PETER (?-1802). BORN: probably in
Somerset County, of age by 1753. NATIVE: third
generation. RESIDED: in Acquango Hundred,
Worcester County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-
THER: Moses Chaille (?-1763), of Snow Hill,
Worcester County; son of Dr. Pierre Chaille, a
Huguenot who immigrated from France, ca. 1710.
MOTHER: Mary. HALF OR STEPUNCLE: William
Allen (?-1792). SISTER: Mary, who married (first
name unknown) Johnson. MARRIED first, by 1753
Comfort, daughter of Joseph Houston, Sr. MAR-
RIED second, by 1797 Scarborough, widow of Ne-
hemiah Holland (?-1788). CHILDREN. SONS Mo-
ses; Zachariah. DAUGHTERS: Mary, who married
Robert Done (?-1785); Henrietta, who married in
1801 Anthony Bacon; Margaret; and Comfort,
who married (first name unknown) Long. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; an original sub-
scriber to the establishment of Washington Col-
lege, Kent County. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Prot-
estant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq.,
1785. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: contributed £750
paper money to the common fund to bolster the
credit of the Maryland state treasury, 1776. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Worcester
County, 1762-1763 (Public Offices 1, 2), 1765-
1766, 1771, 1773-1774; Conventions, Worcester
County, 1st, 1774, 3rd, 1774, 5th, 1775, 6th-8th,
1775-1776, 9th, 1776 (election voided on August
15, 1776, because voter qualifications had not
been ascertained as prescribed by the 8th Conven-
tion resolves; reelected and seated); Lower House,
Worcester County, 1777 (Grievances 1), 1777
(elected to the 1777-1778 Assembly, but did not
attend; resigned on October 31, 1777), 1778-1779
(Tax Commissioners 3), 1779-1780 (Grievances

3), 1784, 1785, 1790. OTHER STATE OFFICES: Con-

stitution Ratification Convention, Worcester
County, 1788; associate justice, Fourth District,
appointed and resigned 1791. LOCAL OFFICES:
Committee of Observation, Worcester County, in
office 1776; justice, Worcester County, 1779-1786
(resigned); justice, Orphans' Court, Worcester
County, 1779-1786 (resigned); commissary for
purchases, Worcester County, appointed 1780;
commissary for horses, Worcester County, ap-
pointed 1781; commissary for clothing, Worcester
County, appointed 1781; Maryland Senate elector,
Worcester County, elected 1791. MILITARY SER-
VICE: captain, by 1762; colonel, First Battalion,
Worcester County Militia, elected 1776. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value £800.0.0, including 12 slaves and 42 oz.
plate, 1783; 22 slaves, 179X3; as a principal heir of
William Allen (?-1792), he inherited two-thirds of
a one-sixth share in Alien's personal estate, 1792.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION 475 acres in Worcester
County (147 acres from his father, 328 acres by
personal acquisition). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

inherited 641 acres in Worcester County, plus lots
in Snow Hill, Worcester County, from his father,
1763; resurveyed a tract he owned at first election
for a net gain of 189 acres in Worcester County,
1768; sold 130 acres in Worcester County, 1773-
1783; owned a total of 930 acres in Worcester
County, 1783; sold 737 acres in Worcester County
in 1797; deeded several tracts to his son-in-law to
pay his many debts, 1802. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: in 1802, probably in Worcester County.
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