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

Butts. BROTHER: Samuel, (?-1813), a physician
who resided at Mt. Welby, Prince George's
County. SISTERS. Margaret, who married (first
name unknown) Armstrong; Catherine, who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Ralph; and Sarah, who
married (first name unknown) Powell. MARRIED
Margaret Trueman (?-1798), daughter of Marga-
ret Somerville. Her sister was Susannah, who mar-
ried George Fraser Hawkins (ca. 1741-1785). CHIL-
DREN. Died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Andrew's
Parish, St. Mary's County, 1773-1786, and All
Faiths Parish, St. Mary's County, 1792 to death.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1773; Esq.,

1784. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Conventions, St. Mary's County, 3rd, 1774, 4th,
1775 (elected, but did not attend); Lower House,
St. Mary's County, 1783, 1784 (Claims), 1785
(Manufactories), 1786-1787 (Claims 1). OTHER
STATE OFFICE: associate justice, First District,
1791-at least 1793. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, St.
Mary's County, 1772-1774 (no records 1775-
1778), 1779-at least 1789; St. Andrew's Parish
Vestry, St. Mary's County, in office 1773-1780,
1781-1786; justice, Orphans' Court, St. Mary's
County, 1779-at least 1789; churchwarden, St.
Andrew's Parish, St. Mary's County, in office
1780-1781 and 1781-1786; commissioner of tax,
St. Mary's County, appointed 1782 and 1783; All
Faiths Parish Vestry, St. Mary's County, in office

1791. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: 34 slaves, 1790; assessed value
£766.0.0, including 28 slaves and plate, 1793.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 750 acres in St. Mary's
County (450 acres inherited from other family
members). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: Owned
4,031 acres in St. Mary's County, 1793. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED, between March 20 and May 10,
1796, at "Trent Place," St. Mary's County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £6,996.10.4 current
money (including 41 slaves, 35 books, and more
than 80 gallons of wine and whiskey); FB,
£6,415.8.1. LAND: 4,031 acres in St. Mary's
County in 1793, as well as unspecified acreage in
Virginia and County Sligo, Ireland.

DECOURSEY (COURSEY, COURCEY, COR-
CEY), EDWARD (ca. 1759-1827). BORN: ca.
1759, probably in Queen Anne's County; second
son. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: on Wye
Neck, Queen Anne's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Col. William Coursey (1703-
1769), of Queen Anne's County, son of Henry

Coursey (1662-1707). MOTHER: Rachel, daughter
of Solomon Clayton (1685-1739). AUNT Elizabeth
Coursey, who married William Cumming (ca.
1696-1752). BROTHER: Henry (?-ca. 1815). HALF
BROTHER: William. SISTERS: Mary, who married
(first name unknown) Downs; Rachel; and Sarah,
who married Robert Wright (1752-1826). ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: his father had a previous wife
(name unknown). MARRIED in December 1786
Ann (1762-?), daughter of William Nicols (1730-
1774), of Kent County, and wife Henrietta Maria
Lloyd Chamberlaine (1739-1777); granddaughter
of both Rev. Henry Nicols (1687-ca. 1749), rector
of St. Michael's Parish in Talbot County from
1708 to 1749, and wife Dorothy Elizabeth Rowle,
and Samuel Chamberlaine (1698-1773); niece of
James Lloyd Chamberlaine (1732-1783), Samuel
Chamberlaine (1742-1811), and Anne Chamber-
laine (1734-1786), who married Richard Tilgh-
man Earle (1728/29-1788). Her brothers were
Samuel (1770-?), who married first, (first name
unknown) Blake, and second, Elizabeth Smyth;
Henry (1764-1810), who married in 1786
Elizabeth Robins (1765-1814). Her sister was
Henrietta Maria (1761-?), who married first, Sam-
uel Earle (1756- 1790), and second, Charles Blake
(?-1798). Her first cousins were Henrietta Maria
Chamberlaine (?-1804), who married William
Hayward, Jr. (ca. 1758-1834); Samuel Earle
(1756-1790). CHILDREN. SONS: William Henry (?-
1848), who married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry
Notley Rozier; Edward (ca. 1791-1822). DAUGH-
TER: Henrietta. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Ches-
ter Church, St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES Gent.,
1778; Esq., 1779; subscriber to Washington Col-
lege, Chestertown, Kent County; member of the
Society of Cincinnati. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
probably a planter; director, Easton branch of the
Farmer's Bank of Maryland, 1811-1812. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Queen Anne's County, 1781-1782, 1782-1783,
1783, 1784. LOCAL OFFICES: Chester Church Ves-
try, St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's County,
elected 1792, 1798, 1799, 1800, 1805, 1806, and
1808; trustee for the poor, Queen Anne's County,
in office 1795-1798. MILITARY SERVICE 3rd lieu-
tenant, Veazy's Independent Maryland Regiment,
1776; wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of
Long Island, 1776; major, by 1794. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY assessed val-

ued £5,086.0.0, including 20 slaves, 1783; 45
slaves, 1798; deeded at least 24 slaves as a gift to
son William Henry, 1822. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-

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