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

widow of James Fairfax, of Northampton County,
Virginia. AUNT: Anne Dashiell (1707-?), who mar-
ried Isaac Handy (?-1762). HALF BROTHERS: Ar-
thur (1715-1741); Capt. Clement (1720-1756);
Louther (1722-1765); Isaac (1726-?); Thomas Da-
shiell (1733-1771); Joseph Dashiell (1736-ca.
1787); and Benjamin (1738/39-ca. 1758). HALF
SISTER: Eleanor (1730-?). FIRST COUSINS: John
Handy (ca. 1724-1756); Isaac Handy (1743--ca.
1774); and John Dashiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possi-
ble legislator. HALF NEPHEW: Benjamin F. A. C
Dashiell (1763-1820). HALF NIECE. Henney Da-
shiell (1758-ca. 1784), who married Josiah Da-
shiell (1746-1784). OTHER KINSHIP: his father's
first wife was Betty (?-1739). MARRIED first, on
August 6, 1760, Rose (Arosy), daughter of Mad-
dox Fisher, of Northampton County, Virginia.
MARRIED second, by 1803 Sally Dennis. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: James Fairfax (1761-?); Tubman
(1763-?); John (1765-?); Josiah (1768-?); Dr. Ro-
bert (1769-1814), who practiced medicine in Isle
of Wight and Nansemond counties, Virginia; Rev.
George (1770-1852); Fisher (ca. 1774-1812), a
member of the Virginia House of Delegates from
1804 to 1812, of Nansemond County, Virginia;
William D. (1780-?), of Isle of Wight County, Vir-
ginia. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1768; fourth generation
legislator. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Conventions, Somerset County, 1st, 1774, 3rd,
1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 6th-8th, 1775-1776.
LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff, Somerset County, 1770-
1773; justice, Somerset County, commissioned
1775 and 1777; county lieutenant, Somerset
County, appointed 1777; judge, Court of Appeals
for Tax Assessment, Somerset County, commis-
sioned 1786. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: inherited £171.13.0 from his
mother in 1752. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 499
acres in Somerset County (435 acres inherited
from his father; 64 acres by purchase); may also
have had land in Virginia obtained through inheri-
tance and dower. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: prob-
ably after 1805; size of estate unknown.

DASHIELL (DASHIEL, DASHIELD), JAMES

(ca. 1634-1697). BORN: ca. 1634 in Edinburgh,
Scotland. IMMIGRATED, in 1663/64 with his wife
and son from Northumberland County, Virginia.
RESIDED: in Somerset County. MARRIED in 1659
Ann, daughter of Edward Cannon. CHILDREN.
SONS: James (ca. 1660-1708/9), a justice of Somer-
set County from 1699 to 1708/9, who married

first, by 1690 Mary (1667-?), daughter of Samp-
son Waters, and second, in 1698 Isabel (1675-?),
daughter of George Mitchell; Thomas Dashiell
(1666--ca. 1756), who married in 1686 Elizabeth
(1670-?), daughter of George Mitchell; George
(1669-1733), who married in 1694 Priscilla Mitch-
ell; and Robert (1677-1718), who married ca.
1700 Sarah Haste. DAUGHTERS: Katherine (1672-
1696), who married in 1692/93 William Jones;
Jane (1675-?), who married in 1696 John Winder.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1676-1682.

OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: CUStOmS officer,

1692. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Somerset County,
1672/73-1697 (quorum, by 1692-1697). STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: signed a memorial in
1680 stating that Lord Baltimore was not partial
to Catholics. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND

AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,000 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED: will probated on August 31, 1697.
PERSONAL PROPERTY TEV, £232.1.7 sterling (in-
cluding 6 servants). LAND: 1 ,000 acres.

DASHIELL, JOHN (?-?). BORN: of age by 1783,
probably in Somerset County; elder son. NATIVE:
fifth generation. RESIDED: in Nanticoke Hundred,
Somerset County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER
Winder Dashiell (1718-1781), son of James Da-
shiell (1690-1737) and wife Bridget Winder.
MOTHER: Ann. BROTHER: Winder (ca. 1757-?).
SISTERS: Ann (1753-?); Sarah; and Bridget. FIRST
COUSIN: John Dashiell (1757-1818), a possible
legislator. OTHER KINSHIP his third cousin was
John Dashiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possible legisla-
tor. MARRIED by 1786 Ann (Nancy). PRIVATE
CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: probably Anglican. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1784, 1785.
See statement in Identification Problems section.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: assessed value £45.0.0, including 1 slave,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 188 acres in
Somerset County (all inherited from his father).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: resurveyed a tract in Som-
erset County that he had inherited from his father
for a net gain of 17.5 acres in 1786; sold 190 acres
in Somerset County, 1780-1787. WEALTH AT
DEATH. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of estate un-
known. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. There were
three men named John Dashiell who were eligible
to represent Somerset County in the 1784 and
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