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

eration. RESIDED: in Harvey Hundred, St. Mary's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER. Stephen

Chilton (?-ca. 1773), of St. Mary's County.
MOTHER: Ann. BROTHERS: Stephen (?-1776);
George; Thomas; John; and William (?-by 1796).
SISTERS: Ann, who married by 1770 (first name
unknown) Leigh; Elizabeth, who married Dr. (first
name unknown) Coleman, of Virginia. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican, St. Andrew's Parish, St. Mary's
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq. at
death. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE probably a
planter; owned two water mills by 1821. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St.

Mary's County, 1788 (Claims). OTHER STATE OF-
FICES: Constitution Ratification Convention, St.
Mary's County, 1788; associate justice, First Dis-
trict Court, appointed 1792 (did not qualify). LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, St. Mary's County, ap-
pointed 1791 and 1792; St. Andrew's Parish
Vestry, St. Mary's County, in office 1791-1793,
1796, 1806-1809, 1812, 1819-1824. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: in his will he manumitted
all of his slaves unless they were too old to sup-
port themselves. Several received money and
equipment, and provision was made for the main-
tenance of those who could not become self-
supporting. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: 6 slaves, 1790; assessed value
£603.0.0, including 9 slaves and 3.5 oz. plate,
1793; 9 slaves, 20 oz. plate, and 2 water mills,
1821. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 513
acres in St. Mary's County. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: purchased 686 acres, patented 103
acres, and sold 513 acres all in St. Mary's County
by 1821. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on April 20, 1824, in St. Mary's County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least $2,279.38 (in-
cluding 10 slaves and books). LAND: 790 acres in
St. Mary's County.

CHRISTISON, WENLOCK (?-1679). IMMI-
GRATED: by 1670 as a free adult, probably from
Barbados. RESIDED: in Talbot County. MARRIED
first, Mary. MARRIED second, by 1672 Elizabeth
(?-1697), widow of Robert Harwood; daughter of
John Gary; stepdaughter of Peter Sharpe (?-
1671/72). She subsequently married William
Dixon. Her brother was William Sharpe (ca.
1655-1699). CHILDREN. STEPSONS: Samuel Har-
wood; Peter Harwood; and John Harwood.
DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1673-?); Mary, who mar-
ried John Dine. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Quaker; active in

missionary work in New England and Barbados in
the 1660s. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Talbot County, 1676-1678 (Accounts 2; Security
and Defense 2; Laws 2; died before the 3rd ses-
sion). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: over 300 acres (received grant of
land from future Sharpe in-laws, 1670). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED, will probated on May 20, 1679.
LAND: over 300 acres.

CLAGETT, THOMAS (1677-1732). BORN: in
1677 in Calvert County; probably first son. NA-
TIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in Calvert
County; Mount Calvert Hundred, Prince George's
County, by 1699. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Thomas Clagett, probably the son of Edward Cla-
gett and wife Margaret, who was the daughter of
Sir Thomas Adams, mayor of London, England;
immigrated from England by 1670, became a mili-
tia captain, owned over 2,000 acres of land, and
opposed the revolution of 1689. MOTHER. Sarah
Patterson, of London, England. BROTHER:
Charles, who married Maudlin (1697-?), daughter
of Thomas Howe (?-1720/21). MARRIED ca. 1700
Mary Keene, widow of Richard Hooper (?-1693).
CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas (?-1738), justice of
Prince George's County from 1733 to 1738, who
married first, Ann Belt, and second, Ann Wheeler
Fogg; Richard; Charles; and John (1713-1790),
who married Sarah Magruder. DAUGHTERS:
Elizabeth, who married (first name unknown)
Prather; Sarah; Martha; Margaret; and Anne. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION. Protestant, probably an Anglican.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Prince
George's County, 1712 (resigned after the 1st ses-
sion to become sheriff). LOCAL OFFICES: constable,
Prince George's County, 1705-1706; justice,
Prince George's County, 1706-1709, 1710-1713,
1716-1719; sheriff, Prince George's County, 1713-
1716, 1719-1722. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by

1709-1717. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 500-800 acres (inherited 800
acres from his father). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
in 1732. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £502.9.7 (in-
cluding 14 slaves); FB, £244.2.1. LAND: at least
1,670 acres.

CLAGETT, THOMAS (1740/41-1792). BORN, on
February 12, 1740/41, in Prince George's Parish,
Prince George's County; eldest son. NATIVE:
fourth generation. RESIDED: in Piscataway, Prince
George's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:

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