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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

(ca. 1748-1816). MARRIED by 1764 Anne (?-by
1794), daughter of Edward Oldham (1709-1773)
and wife Ann Wright (?-by 1754); stepdaughter of
Ann Goldsborough (1732-?); granddaughter of
John Oldham (?-1729); stepgranddaughter of
Nicholas Goldsborough (ca. 1689-1766); niece of
Hannah Oldham (1702-1759), who married James
Edge (ca. 1710-1757), Thomas Wright (?-ca.
1784), and Mary Anne Wright (?-1747), who mar-
ried William Hopper (1707-1772); stepniece of
Thomas Goldsborough (ca. 1728-1793). Anne sub-
sequently married by 1785 Robert Williams. Her
sisters were Hannah (?-1828), who married Nicho-
las Martin (1743-ca. 1808); Elizabeth (?-by 1776),
who married William Hopper (by 1747-1806); and
Mary (?-by 1772). Her first cousins were William
Hopper (by 1747-1806); Mary Ann Hopper (1742-
by 1792), who married second, James Bordley (?-
ca. 1793); and Samuel Turbutt Wright (1749-
1810). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: by 1759 Anne
and her sister Elizabeth were living with their aunt
Hannah Oldham Edge from whom they inherited
the lands of their uncle James Edge (ca. 1710-
1757). CHILDREN. SONS: Joshua, who married in
1791 Ann, daughter of William Coursey, of Queen
Anne's County, and wife Ann; Edward Oldham
(?-ca. 1808), who probably never married; and
Phillip (?-ca. 1809), who never married. DAUGH-
TERS: Ann; Elizabeth; Mary; and Margaret. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Gent., 1759; Esq., 1769. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE

SERVICE: Conventions, Caroline County, 3rd,
1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 6th-8th, 1775-1776
(did not attend the 7th and 8th Conventions). LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Queen Anne's County,
1768-1773, Caroline County, 1774^1777, 1778
(commissioned, but did not qualify), 1793-at least
1800; churchwarden and vestryman, Tuckahoe
Chapel, St. John's Parish, Queen Anne's County
(later became part of Caroline County), 1769;
Committee of Correspondence, Queen Anne's
County, 1774; justice, Orphans' Court, Caroline
County, commissioned 1777. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 3,986 acres
in Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Dorchester counties,
plus 2 lots, probably in Talbot County (918 acres
from his father; 2,999 acres, plus 2 lots through
his marriage, at least 2,000 acres of which were
given to his wife in 1759 by her aunt, Hannah
Edge, widow of James Edge; 2 acres by purchase).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST
ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased 32 acres in Tal-

bot County, 1775; purchased 345 acres in Queen
Anne's County, part of the estate of his brother-
in-law Henry Costin, which Clarke was authorized
to sell by virtue of a court decree, 1777; sold 81
acres of his wife's lands in Caroline County, 1780.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between January and
February 1781 in Caroline County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £2,253.14.4 current money (in-
cluding 31 slaves and books); FB, £1,436.8.5.
LAND: 4,280 acres in Caroline, Talbot, and Queen
Anne's counties.

CLARKE (CLARK), PHILIP (?-1699) IMMI-
GRATED: by 1686. RESIDED: in St. Mary's County.
MARRIED by 1686 Hannah, daughter of George
Mackall and wife Ann. Her sister was Jane, who
married John Watson (ca. 1649-1699). CHILDREN.
SONS. George; Philip; and Rozer. DAUGHTERS:
two, first names unknown. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: may be the
Philip Clarke who was transported in 1676 as in-
dentured servant, but there is no definite proof of
the connection; it was charged in 1698 that "from
working at the Howe hoe, he had presumed to
take upon him that noble profession of the Law" ;
Mr., by 1692/93. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: law-
yer, admitted to the following courts: Provincial
Court in 1691; Court of Chancery by 1696; also
claimed to have practiced in several county courts
in the 1690s. Planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County,
1692-1693 (Laws 1; Elections and Privileges 1 ),
1694-1697 (Laws 5-8, probably chairman 6, 8),
1697/98-1698 (chairman, Grand Committee of
Lower House 1; Laws, probably chairman 1; died
before the 3rd session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: naval officer, Potomac, 1694-1696; justice,
Provincial Court, July-December 1696 (quorum;
dismissed). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, St. Mary's
County, 1689-by 1694; alderman, St. Mary's City,

1694. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: dis-

missed from the Provincial Court in 1696 for his
support of John Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9); alleged
coconspirator against Gov. Francis Nicholson in
1696-1698; called by Nicholson "one of the great
Incendiarys in the house of Delegates," 1698;
wrote the act of religion in 1698 and led Lower
House opposition to the governor; jailed for six
months for his defamation of Nicholson, and the
question of releasing Clarke and his seating at the
October 1698 session of the Assembly became a
major issue. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION. 2 plantations of unspecified
acreage. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED by June 29,

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