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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

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Stepney Par-
ish, Somerset County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE.
probably a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE. Lower House, Somerset County, 1784,
1785. See statement in Identification Problems
section. LOCAL OFFICES: Stepney Parish Vestry,
Somerset County, 1803-1808; churchwarden,
Stepney Parish, Somerset County, 1810, 1815,
1816. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1798; major,
by 1804. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: assessed value £250.0.0, including 6
slaves, 1793; 11 slaves, 1798; assessed value
$1,615.00, including 13 slaves and 10 oz. plate,
1817. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: no evidence of
landownership. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased at least 1,045 acres in Somerset County,
1790-1815; sold 100 acres in Somerset County,
1795. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
April 15, 1818, in Somerset County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: size of estate unknown; his will men-
tioned a grain mill, sawmill, and 12 slaves. LAND:
1,042 acres in Somerset County. IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. There were three men named John
Dashiell who were eligible to represent Somerset
County in the 1784 and 1785 assemblies. It was
not possible to positively identify which of these
three was the delegate. Therefore, three biographi-
cal profiles have been included, and the same legis-
lative service assigned to each. See also John Da-
shiell (ca. 1740-1817) and John Dashiell (?-?).

DASHIELL, JOSEPH (1736-ca. 1787). BORN: in
1736 in Somerset County; sixth son. NATIVE:
fourth generation. RESIDED: in Somerset County;
Wicomico Hundred, Worcester County, by 1765.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: George Dashiell

(1690/91-1748), son of Thomas Dashiell (1666-
ca. 1756). MOTHER: Betty (?-1739). STEPMOTHER:
Elizabeth (?-ca. 1749), widow of James Fairfax, of
Northampton County, Virginia. AUNT: Anne Da-
shiell (1707-?), who married Isaac Handy (?-
1762). BROTHERS: Arthur (1715-1741); Clement
(1720-1756); Louther (1722-1765); Isaac (1726-?);
Thomas Dashiell (1733-1771); and Benjamin
(1738/39-ca. 1758). HALF BROTHER: George Da-
shiell (1743-?). FIRST COUSINS: John Handy (ca.
1724-1756); Isaac Handy (1743-ca. 1774); and
John Dashiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possible legisla-
tor. NEPHEW. Josiah Dashiell (1746- 1784). OTHER
KINSHIP: his great-grandfather was James Dashiell
(ca. 1634-1697); his second cousin was William
Winder (1714/15-1792). MARRIED first, on May
18, 1757, Martha, daughter of (first name un-
known) Bluett and wife Eleanor (?-1798). MAR.

RIED second, by 1774 Susannah. CHILDREN. SONS:
William Pitt; Benjamin F. A. C. Dashiell (1763-
1820). DAUGHTERS: Martha Bluett (1759-?); Elea-
nor Matilda, who married (first name unknown)
Handy. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Stepney Par-
ish, Somerset County. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Esq., 1769; fourth generation legislator.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: mariner, 1759; planter,
1760; owned mills. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Worcester County, 1768-
1770; Conventions, Worcester County, 6th-8th,
1775-1776; Lower House, Worcester County,
1780-1781 (Grievances 1, 2), 1781-1782, 1782-
1783 (Elections 1; Manufactories 1), 1783 (elected,
but did not attend), 1784 (Elections), 1785 (Griev-
ances; Manufactories). LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Worcester County, 1766-1774, probably 1775-
1782 (records missing), 1783-1787; county lieuten-
ant, Worcester County, appointed 1777; commis-
sary for purchases, Worcester County, 1778-1780;
justice, Orphans' Court, Worcester County, com-
missioned 1786 and 1787. MILITARY SERVICE:
captain, by 1757; lieutenant colonel, First Battal-
ion, Worcester County Militia, by 1776; colonel,
by 1777. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
subscriber to Washington College, Chestertown,
Kent County. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: inherited £310.1.6 from his
brother, Benjamin, 1762; assessed value
£1,300.10.0, including 32 slaves, 1783. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 911 acres in Worcester and Som-
erset counties (63.5 acres inherited from his father,
847 acres by purchase). SIGNFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

owned 1,245 acres in Worcester County, 1774;
owned 1,841 acres in Worcester County, 1783;
charged with an additional 764 acres for Haste
Handy and 385 acres for Moses Claywell Smith,
all in Worcester County, 1783. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: administration bond taken in Febru-
ary 1787 in Worcester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £2,044.2.3 (including 29 slaves, 41 oz.
plate, 23 books, and a sloop); FB, £703.7.5. LAND:
probably 1,841 acres in Worcester County.

DASHIELL, JOSIAH (1746-1784). BORN on
October 12, 1746, in Stepney Parish, Somerset
County; elder son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RE,
SIDED: in Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Capt. Clement
Dashiell (1720-1756), son of George Dashiell
(1690/91-1748). MOTHER: Sarah, daughter of
Capt. William Piper. GUARDIAN: his uncle,
Louther Dashiell (1722-1765). UNCLES: Thomas

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