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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

death; one-half of a 6-ton shallop, 1739; all of
these vessels held in partnership with his brother
William Clayton (ca. 1682-1728/29). LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION, at least 200 acres; over 1,400
acres by 1732. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on Sep-
tember 13, 1739. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£2,695. 12.11 current money (including 3 1 slaves, 4
servants, and books); FB, £894.12.5. LAND: ca.
1,700 acres.

CLAYTON, WILLIAM (ca. 1682-1728/29).
BORN ca. 1682, probably in Queen Anne's
County; elder son. NATIVE: probably second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Talbot County, by 1710/11.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: William Clayton
(ca. 1655-1721), of Queen Anne's County. STEP-
MOTHER: Joane (Joan) (?-1730), widow of Robert
Gough (?-1705). BROTHER Solomon Clayton
(1685-1739). STEPBROTHERS: Joseph Gough; Wil-
liam Gough; Robert Gough; and John Gough.
SISTERS: Rachel (?-1749), who married Capt. Wil-
liam Finney (?-ca. 1723), son of William Finney
(ca. 1637-1696); Alice, who married Edward
Wright (?-1740/41); and Margaret, who married
Thomas Kemp (?-ca. 1727). NIECE: Margaret Fin-
ney (?-by 1 767), who married first, John Edmond-
son (1692-1743), and second, William Thomas
(1705-1767). MARRIED Katharine (?-1735), widow
of both David Blaney (?-1699) and William Al-
derne (?-1701/2). CHILDREN. SON William (ca.
1710-1740/41), who married Mary, daughter of
Solomon Clayton (1685-1739). STEPDAUGHTER:
Susanna Blaney, who married by 1724 William
Edmondson. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Wye
Church, St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's County.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. Mr., 1719;

Gent., 1722. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter,
1708; merchant, 1718. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Talbot County,
1720-1721/22 (elected to the 3rd session to fill
vacancy). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Talbot County,
1710-at least 1727 (quorum, 1723-at least 1727);
St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's County, in
office 1717-1723. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,848 acres in Dor-
chester, Talbot, and Queen Anne's counties (150
acres from his father; 1,698 acres by purchase).
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased at least 950
acres in Talbot and Queen Anne's counties be-
tween 1723 and 1724. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
administrative bond filed on March 19, 1728/29 in
Talbot County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£3,027.12.8 current money (including 42 slaves, 8

white indentured servants, 25 oz. plate, and
books); FB, £2,954.15.10. LAND: at least 2,798
acres in Dorchester, Talbot, and Queen Anne's
counties.

COCKEY, EDWARD (1731-ca. 1795). BORN: on
December 20, 1731, in St. Thomas Parish,
Baltimore County; fifth son. NATIVE: third genera-
tion. RESIDED: in St. Thomas Parish, Back River
Upper Hundred, Baltimore County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Capt. John Cockey (1681-
1746), of Baltimore County. MOTHER: Elizabeth
(1685-1780), daughter of William Slade (?-1731).
STEPFATHER: Rev. Charles Baker. BROTHERS: Wil-
liam (1718-1756), who married Constant Ashman;
Thomas (1724-?), who married Prudence Gill;
Joshua (1726-1765), who married Charcilla
Cockey Deye (1731-1806), sister of Thomas
Cockey Deye (ca. 1728-1807); John (1729-1746);
and Peter (1734-by 1749). SISTERS: Susanna
(1714-?), who married Thomas Gist, son of Rich-
ard Gist (1683-1741); Mary (1716-?), who mar-
ried Joshua Owings, brother of Samuel Owings
(1702-1775); and Sarah (1721-ca. 1807), who
married Thomas Boone. MARRIED on June 19,
1753, Eleanor Pindell (?-1795). CHILDREN. SONS.
Joshua (1755-?); William (1758-?); and Thomas.
DAUGHTER: Urath (1754-?). PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Thomas Parish, Baltimore County. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; surveyor. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Baltimore County, 1786-1787, 1787-1788, 1788.
OTHER STATE OFFICE: Constitution Ratification
Convention, Baltimore County, 1788. LOCAL OF-
FICES: churchwarden, St. Thomas Parish,
Baltimore County, 1755; justice, Baltimore
County, 1777-at least 1794; sheriff, Baltimore
County, at least 1778-1779 (resigned); St. Thomas
Parish Vestry, Baltimore County, 1782-1784;
judge, Court of Appeals for Tax Assessment,
Baltimore County, appointed 1786 (declined).
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY assessed value £402.0.0, including 4 slaves
and 8 oz. plate, 1783; 6 slaves, 1790. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 200 acres in Baltimore County
(ca. 170 acres inherited from his father), plus a
100-acre leasehold in Baltimore County. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED, will probated in February 1795
in Baltimore County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£790.7.2 current money (including 5 slaves, books,
and 218 silver dollars); FB, £725.11.6 prior to fi-
nal distribution. LAND: 200 acres in Baltimore
County and 100 acres of leased land in Baltimore

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