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

Committee of Laws 3), 1686-1688. LOCAL OF-
FICES: deputy surveyor, Dorchester County, 1669;
justice, Dorchester County, 1671-1674 (quorum);
sheriff, Dorchester County, 1674-1676. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: he was sued by Stephen Gray
and convicted on a charge of assault committed
while he was sheriff, which probably accounts for
his failure to hold an appointive office after 1676.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: ca. 300 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on December 1, 1702. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £149.16.2 sterling (in-
cluding 3 servants).

CLARKE, GEORGE (ca. 1692-1753). BORN: ca.
1692. IMMIGRATED: his family was exiled from
Scotland for its support of the Stuart cause; he
possibly immigrated as a child with his parents.
RESIDED: probably in Poplar Hill Hundred, St.
Mary's County. MARRIED Susannah Attaway, who
subsequently married by 1756 John Black. CHIL-
DREN. SON: John Attaway, who married Hannah.
DAUGHTERS: Susannah Mackall, who married
John Somerville; Hannah Key Ellen (Elenor);
Ann, who married William Chesley; and Sarah
(after 1730-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE probably a planter. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St.

Mary's County, 1719-1721/22. LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, St. Mary's County, in office 1727-1728,
1732-1753 (quorum, 1736-1753); sheriff, St.
Mary's County, 1729-1732. MILITARY SERVICE:
captain, by 1731; called colonel at the time of his
death. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: at least 392 acres, possibly as
much as 492 acres patented in St. Mary's County

in 1720. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased

at least 1,063 acres, and possibly 1,163 acres in St.
Mary's County, 1735-1738; purchased an addi-
tional 50 acres in St. Mary's County, by 1753;
sold 100 acres, 1736. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated in July 1753 in St. Mary's County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,145.4.0 current
money (including 23 slaves); FB, £1,075.5.1.
LAND: ca. 1,334 acres in St. Mary's County.

CLARKE, GILBERT (ca. 1654-1700). BORN: ca.
1654 in Charles County; probably first son. NA-
TIVE: probably second generation, possibly third
generation. RESIDED: in St. Mary's County;
Charles County, by 1689. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Clarke. MOTHER: probably Conyers.
MARRIED Fantale. CHILDREN. Died without prog-

eny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1684. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: ordinary keeper; planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Associators' Conven-
tion, St. Mary's City, 1689 (resigned after the 1st
session to become sheriff). LOCAL OFFICES: under-
sheriff, St. Mary's County, 1684-1686 (convicted
of falsifying a writ); councilman, St. Mary's City,
in office in 1685; sheriff, Charles County, 1689-
1691; Nanjemoy Parish Vestry, Charles County,
1693-1696. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: found guilty
of extortion while sheriff in 1691, and held only
the position of vestryman after his conviction.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: he was active
in the revolution of 1689 and was a prominent
figure in first session of the Associators' Conven-
tion. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: ca. 1,328 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH.

DIED: late in 1700. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£84.5.0 sterling (including 4 servants). IDENTIFI-
CATION PROBLEMS. Some confusion exists regard-
ing his origins; there were three men named John
Clarke in Charles County in the second half of the
seventeenth century; one was the son of Robert
Clarke (ca. 1611-1664), but circumstantial evi-
dence suggests he was not the father of Gilbert.

CLARKE (CLARK), JOSHUA (?-1781) BORN
probably in Queen Anne's County; a minor in
1747; only son. NATIVE: at least second generation.
RESIDED: in Queen Anne's County; Talbot
County, 1759; Queen Anne's County (later be-
came part of Caroline County), 1768; Tuckahoe
Hundred, Caroline County, 1775. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Joshua Clarke (?-by 1741), of
Queen Anne's County, planter. STEPFATHERS
John Baynard (?-1747), of Queen Anne's County,
a planter and Quaker; Henry Feddeman (?-1764),
of Queen Anne's County, planter. MOTHER
Elizabeth. HALF BROTHERS Philip Feddeman;
Henry Feddeman. STEPBROTHER Thomas Bay-
nard (?-1753), of Talbot County, planter. SISTERS:
Hannah, who married first, her stepbrother
Thomas Baynard (?-1753), and second, Henry
Thompson; Rachel, who married (first name un-
known) Dudley; Rebecca; and Lydia (?-by 1781),
who married Henry Costin (?-by 1777). STEPSIS-
TERS: Margaret Baynard (?-by 1777), who married
first, John Casson (?-ca. 1761), of Dorchester
County, and second, in 1762 Matthew Driver
(1740-1798); Rachel Baynard. NIECES Elizabeth
Baynard (1748-1809), who married second, Phile-
mon Dowries (ca. 1741-ca. 1796); Margaret Bay-
nard (1752-by 1788), who married Henry Downes

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