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

joint stock venture with William Cloberry and
Maurice Thompson for trading operations in the
Chesapeake Bay; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. PRO-
VINCIAL OFFICE: commissioner of Parliament for
Maryland, 1651-1657/58. OUT OF COLONY OF-
FICES: Virginia: surveyor, 1621; Council, 1624-
1660 (deputy governor, 1652-1660); secretary,
1626-1634, 1652-1661; commander of Kent Isle,
1631; treasurer, 1642-by 1650; general and chief
commander of Virginia forces, 1644; commissioner
of Parliament for Virginia, 1651-1660; colonel, by

1653. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: battled

with the proprietary forces from 1634 to the 1660s
for control of Kent Island; he was the most persis-
tent opponent of Lord Baltimore's claims in the
Chesapeake Bay area. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND: over 1,600 acres in Virginia; patented over
20,600 acres during his lifetime. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED ca. 1677; size of estate unknown.

CLARK (CLARKE), THOMAS (ca. 1760-1796).
BORN ca. 1760 in Prince George's County; elder
son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in Prince
George's County; Georgetown, Montgomery

County, by 1794. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Charles Clark (?-1767), son of Thomas Clark (?-
1766), of Prince George's County, a lawyer, and
wife Amy Rivers, of Calvert County. STEPFATHER:
Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-1815). MOTHER: Martha
(?-1778), widow of William Hamilton (?-1759), of
Prince George's County, a merchant who was
killed by an accidental discharge of a gun; daugh-
ter of David Craufurd (?-1749), of Upper Marl-
boro, Prince George's County, a merchant, and
wife Mary (?-1794). UNCLE: David Craufurd (ca.
1738-1801). BROTHER: David (?-1792), a physi-
cian, who married in 1788 Eleanor, daughter of
Benjamin Hall, of Francis (?-1803). HALF SISTER:
Wilhemina Hamilton (ca. 1759-?), who married in
1780 Edward Nicholls. FIRST COUSIN: Margaret
Lee Clark (?-ca. 1794), who married John Rogers
(1723-1789). MARRIED on December 21, 1781,
Ann (1762-1809), daughter of Benjamin Hall, of
Francis (?-1803); granddaughter of William Mur-
doch (?-1769); niece of Addison Murdoch (1731-
1793). Her brothers were William Murdock
(175-ca. 1792); Henry Lowe (1761-1817). Her
sisters were Eleanor (1768-?); Catherine (1778-?).
CHILDREN. SONS Thomas; Benjamin Hall, who
married in 1809 Eleanor, daughter of Joseph
White Clagett, and wife Eleanor Digges; and
Charles Thomas (ca. 1787-1819), a midshipman
and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, who married in
1817 Susanna (1796-1846), daughter of Charles
Adams, granddaughter of President John Adams.

DAUGHTERS: Martha Craufurd; Anna Maria (?-

1823). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1793.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Prince
George's County, 1789, 1790, 1791-1792, 1792,
1794. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Orphans' Court,
Prince George's County, appointed 1791, resigned

1792. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL

PROPERTY: received £232.14.4 from his father's
estate, 1778; received £289.0.0 on a judgment
against his stepfather Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-
1815) for ten years worth of rents on part of the
lands he had inherited from his father, ca. 1788; 28
slaves, 1790; assessed value £254.10.0, including 8
slaves and 54 oz. plate, 1794. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 647 acres in Prince George's County
(527 acres inherited from his father; 120 acres by
purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased
an additional 105 acres in Prince George's
County, 1790, but disposed of 35 acres of it by

1796. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1796 in

Georgetown, Montgomery County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £1,602.0.3 current money (in-
cluding 4 slaves, 2 servants, books, silver, and 51
shares of Columbia Bank stock); FB, estate over-
paid £1,099.16.2. LAND: at least 717 acres in
Prince George's County, and 1 lot in Georgetown,
Montgomery County. Clark, however, had made
an agreement with Benjamin Berry in March 1795
to exchange at least 527 acres of this land, plus
£500, for 800 acres in Prince George's County
that Berry owned. A few days later Clark made an
agreement to sell the 800 acres to Benjamin Stod-
dert. After Clark's death, the Chancery Court or-
dered his widow to release her dower and agree to
the aforesaid sales. She was also to pay Berry
£571.3.1 current money out of dark's personal
estate, part of which Clark had originally agreed
to pay and part of which was to account for a defi-
ciency in the acreage sold.

CLARKE, DANIEL (ca. 1633-1702). BORN: ca.
1633. IMMIGRATED: by 1665 as a free adult from
Virginia, probably from Isle of Wight County.
RESIDED: in Talbot County; Dorchester County,
by late 1669. MARRIED in 1691 Katherine (?-be-
fore 1702). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: probably a Protestant.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: no title on first

appearance in Maryland records; Mr., 1669. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Talbot County,
1669, Dorchester County, 1671-1674/75 (Joint

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