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

OF STATE SERVICE: representative, U.S. Congress,
1793-1795, 1795-1797, 1797-1799, 1799-1801;
nominated as marshal of Washington, D.C., 1801;
he expected to receive the post of U.S. treasurer
because of his ardent support of Thomas Jefferson
in the 1801 election; when disappointed in his fail-
ure to receive the post, he moved to Georgia in

1802. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL

PROPERTY; assessed value £1,167.10.0, including
39 slaves and 16 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 1,863 acres in Charles County (580
acres inherited from his father). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION
AND DEATH sold 580 acres of his land and 243
acres of his wife's land, 1802. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED on December 2, 1813, on his plantation near
Augusta, Georgia, as a result of being thrown
from a horse; size of estate unknown.

DENT, JOHN, OF GEORGE (ca. 1733-1809)
BORN ca. 1733 in Pomonkey Hundred, Durham
Parish, Charles County. NATIVE: fourth genera-
tion. RESIDED: at "Clarks Inheritance," Charles
County, 1758; in Pomonkey Hundred, Charles
County, 1778. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER
George Dent (1690-1754), son of William Dent
(ca. 1660-1704). MOTHER: Anne (?-1764), daugh-
ter of William Harbert (?-1718). UNCLE: Thomas
Dent (1685-1725). BROTHERS George Dent (?-
1785). SISTERS: Elizabeth, who married second,
Richard Harrison (?-1780); Ann; Sarah; Rebecca
(1714-died young); Letty (Letitia); Mary; Eleanor;
Margaret; and Rebecca (1735-1770), who married
Thomas Hanson Marshall (1731-1801). MARRIED
on February 27, 1753/54, Sarah (1735-1795),
daughter of Thomas Marshall and wife Elizabeth
Bishop, of Prince George's County. Her brother
was Thomas Hanson Marshall ( 1731 - 1801 ). CHIL-
DREN. SONS George Dent (ca. 1758-1813); Thomas
Marshall (1761-1823), who married Anne Ma-
gruder. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1754-died young);
Ann Herbert (1756-1813), who married William
Mackall Wilkinson (1752-1799). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Esq., 1784; fourth generation legislator. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE probably a planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE Conventions,
Charles County, 1st, 1774, 2nd-3rd, 1774, 4th,
1775, 5th, 1775, 9th, 1776; Lower House, Charles
County. 1781 (elected to the 2nd session to fill
vacancy; Elections 2), 1781-1782 (Grievances 1;
resigned on May 7, 1782). LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Charles County, 1764-at least 1799 (quorum,
1794-at least 1799); justice, Orphans' Court,

Charles County, 1777-at least 1789; King
George's Parish Vestry, Prince George's County,
elected 1775, in office 1784-1786. MILITARY SER-
VICE: brigadier general, Lower District, Western
Shore, 1776; held same rank in Flying Camp,
1776. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY, assessed value £966.0.0, including 19
slaves and 55 oz. plate, 1783; 24 slaves, 1798.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,280 acres in Charles
County (1,000 acres acquired by deed of gift from
his parents at the time of his marriage). SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: devised 580 acres in Charles
County to son George Dent (ca. 1758-1813) in
1785. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
August 24, 1809, in Charles County. LAND: ca.
498 acres in Pomonkey Hundred, Charles County.

DENT, JOHN, OF JOHN (?-1799). BORN at
"Dents Inheritance," Newport Hundred, Charles
County, of age by 1777. NATIVE: fourth genera-
tion. RESIDED, in Trinity Parish, Bryan Town
Hundred, Charles County, 1778. The tract "Dents
Inheritance" was the seat of the branch of the
Dent family descended from John Dent I, grandfa-
ther of John Dent of John (?-1799). FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: John Dent (by 1733-1791), of
Newport Hundred, Charles County. MOTHER:
Mary Blackman. BROTHERS. Bennett (?-1779),
died without progeny; Hatch, who married twice,
leaving a widow named Elizabeth. SISTERS: Mary;
Sarah Clark; Tabitha, who married Walter More-
land; and Anne, who married Charles Davis. MAR-
RIED Mary. CHILDREN. SON: John Shelton (1792-
?). DAUGHTER: Priscilla, who married John Brewer
Dent. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Trinity Parish,
Charles County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: proba-
bly a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Charles County, 1783.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-

ERTY: assessed value £263.0.0, including 5 slaves,

1783; 4 slaves, 1798. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:

250 acres in Charles County. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between January 16 and November 4, 1799;
will probated in Charles County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £374.0.9 current money (including 3
slaves); FB, £182.5.8. LAND: 198 acres in Charles
County.

DENT, PETER (ca. 1665-1710/11). BORN: ca.
1665 in St. Mary's County; third son. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED in St. Mary's County;
Somerset County, by 1686. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER Thomas Dent (ca. 1630-1676). STEPFA-

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