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

Alley (?-by 1761); James Alley (?-by 1761); and
Thomas Alley. STEPDAUGHTERS: Katherine Alley,
who married by 1761 her probable' stepbrother
John Davis, Jr.; Sarah Alley (?-by 1761), who
married Thomas Wiggens; Mary Alley; Martha
Alley; and Loverain Alley. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by

1750. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a

planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Queen Anne's County, 1749-1751.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1776. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 9 slaves,
1776. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 370 acres in
Queen Anne's County (220 acres from his father;
150 acres by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 70 acres in Queen Anne's County,
1750. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: administration
bond dated October 26, 1779, in Queen Anne's
County PERSONAL PROPERTY TEV, at least
£638.18.5 current money (including 10 slaves and
books). LAND: at least 440 acres in Queen Anne's
County; may have owned 300 additional acres in
Queen Anne's County in partnership with two
other men.

DAVIS, THOMAS (?-?). IMMIGRATED: by 1683.
RESIDED: in Kent County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: probably
the man who was a merchant-attorney for Edward
and Dudley Carleton, merchants of London, En-
gland, in 1688; no mention of him in the colony's
records after 1689. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter; probably a factor. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Associators' Convention, Kent
County, 1689-perhaps 1692. JURY SERVICE: fore-
man, grand jury, Kent County, 1686. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: supported the revolution

Of 1689. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION at least 100 acres, patented in
1683.

DEAKINS, WILLIAM, JR. (?-1798). BORN: in
Prince George's County, of age by 1765. NATIVE:
third generation. RESIDED: in Georgetown, Freder-
ick County (later became part of Montgomery
County and then Washington, D.C.). FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: William Deakins, Sr.
(1720-1800), of Prince George's County, a large
landowner and the son of John Deakins, an immi-
grant from England. MOTHER: possibly Ann,
daughter of Francis Marbury (?-1734), of Prince
George's County. BROTHERS Leonard; Col. Fran-

cis. SISTER: (first name unknown), who married
Paul Hoye, of Washington County. MARRIED Jane
Johns, widow of Nicholas Greenbury Ridgley.
Her brother was Thomas Johns. CHILDREN. STEP-
DAUGHTER: Elizabeth Ridgley (by 1771-?), who
married by 1797 John Threkield. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: his father was Anglican. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: merchant, in partnership with his brother
Francis in the firm of William Deakins & Co.; in-
corporator of the Georgetown Bridge Company
and the Bank of Columbia; partner in a mill with
Barnard O'Neill and Charles Beatty (ca. 1736-
1804), 1778; partner in land transactions with
Charles Beatty (ca. 1736-1804). PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Frederick
County, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775. OTHER STATE OF-
FICE: Constitution Ratification Convention, Mont-
gomery County, 1788. LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Frederick County, 1772-at least 1775, Montgom-
ery County, April 1777-March 1778, commis-
sioned November 1778 and November 1779 (re-
fused to serve); Committee of Observation,
Frederick County, elected 1774 and 1775; justice,
Orphans' Court, Montgomery County, commis-
sioned 1778 and 1779 (refused to qualify); sub-
scription officer, Continental Loan Office, Mont-
gomery County, appointed 1779. MILITARY
SERVICE: colonel, 1789. OUT OF STATE SERVICE:
treasurer, Board of Commissioners, Washington,
D.C., 1793. STANDS ON PUBLIC/ PRI VATE ISSUES:
supported establishment of the Federal City in
Georgetown, Montgomery County. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed
value £588.0.0, including 9 slaves and 56 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 2,681
acres in Frederick County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:
in partnership with brother Francis, as William
Deakins & Co., acquired 1,058 acres in Montgom-
ery County, by 1795. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
on March 3, 1798, in Georgetown, D.C. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £2,261.11.10 (in-
cluding 10 slaves, 33 books, and a large quantity
of plate and china). LAND: 1,064 acres in the Dis-
trict of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgom-
ery counties, plus possible acreage in Washington
and Allegany counties; 64 lots in the District of
Columbia, plus possibly 8 dwelling houses; 1 lot in
Hamburgh, Prince George's County.

DEBUTTS, JOHN (?-1796). IMMIGRATED: from
County Sligo, Ireland. RESIDED: at "Trent Place"
on the Patuxent River, St. Mary's County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably Richard De-

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