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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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Samuel Bowman (?-1768). Her brother was Philip
Walker (?-1791). Her sister was Ann (see below
for details). Her first cousin was (first name un-
known) Edmondson, who married Christopher
Birckhead (by 1740-1788). MARRIED second, in
January 1784 Ann (?-by 1787), widow of both
Andrew Mein and Edward Hindman (?-1781),
son of Jacob Hindman (by 1713-1766); daughter
of Rev. Philip Walker (?-1776) and wife Elizabeth
Dickinson Richardson. MARRIED third, in March
1787 Deborah (ca. 1748-1805), daughter of Wil-
liam Perry (?-1750), an immigrant who resided in
Talbot County and was a planter and merchant,
and wife Anne Fleaharty (?-by 1751). Her brother
was William Perry (1746- 1799). Her natural sister
was Sarah, who was born before her parents' mar-
riage, and married first, by 1764 Alexander Fra-
zier, and second, Thomas Noel. CHILDREN. SONS:
Charles; Philip (?-ca. 1789), died of consumption;
and Henry (ca. 1789-?). STEPSON: Andrew Mein.
DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married in June 1790
William Richardson (?-1831), son of William
Richardson (1735-1825); Rebecca (?-1812), who
married Capt. Thomas B. Daffin, son of Charles
Da/fin (?-1794). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Hunt-
ing Creek Parish, probably Caroline County. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. Gent., 1770; Esq.,

1783. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Car-
oline County, 3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 6th-
8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776; Lower House, Caroline
County, 1777 (Loan Office 1), 1777-1778. OTHER
STATE OFFICE: treasurer, Eastern Shore, 1779-
1789. LOCAL OFFICES: receiver of alienation fines,
Dorchester County, by 1768-at least 1771; trustee
to erect a ballroom for the use and benefit of the
subscribers, Dorchester County, 1770; Committee
of Observation, Caroline County, 1776; loan offi-
cer, Continental Loan Office, Caroline County,
appointed 1777; justice, Caroline County, 1779-at
least 1782, commissioned 1783 (but "will not
qualify" ), 1786-1788; justice, Orphans' Court,
Caroline County, commissioned 1782, 1783, 1785
(but "will not qualify" ), and 1788; judge, Court
of Appeals for Tax Assessment, Caroline County,

1786. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, 1776. WEALTH
DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value £1,243.0.0, including 34 slaves and 112 oz.
plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION 1,424
acres in Caroline County (254 acres from his fa-
ther, 1,000 acres by purchase). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: inherited additional land at his fa-
ther's death, 1779; acquired 383 acres through his

third marriage, 1787. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in
November 1789 in Caroline County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £8,570.6.6 current money (in-
cluding 82 slaves, books, and plate); FB,
£8,046.18.2. LAND: at least 3,202 acres in Caroline
County.

DICKINSON (DICKENSON, DICKERSON,
DICKASON), JAMES (ca. 1726-1787). BORN. ca.
1726. IMMIGRATED: probably; possibly from Cum-
berland County, England. RESIDED: in Talbot
County, 1743/44; Third District, Talbot County,

1783. FAMILY BACKGROUND. NEPHEW: John Sin-

gleton (1750-1819), who married first, Bridget
(1744-1774), daughter of Nicholas Goldsborough
(ca. 1689-1766), and second, Anna Goldsborough
(1764-1825), granddaughter of Nicholas Golds-
borough (ca. 1689-1766), and niece of his first wife
Bridget. MARRIED on August 10, 1748, Rachel (?-
by 1785), daughter of Jonathan Taylor (?-by
1735), of Talbot County, and wife Elizabeth Sher-
wood, a Quaker; stepdaughter of Thomas Bozman
(ca. 1693-1752); stepgranddaughter of John Boz-
man (1650-1716). Her brother was Thomas (?-by
1747), who died as a minor. CHILDREN. SON: (first
name unknown) (?-by 1785). PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Peter's Parish, Talbot County. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1750; Esq., 1754.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Tal-
bot County, 1768-1770 (Accounts 1-3; Claims 1,
2, 4). LOCAL OFFICES: St. Peter's Parish Vestry,
Talbot County, in office 1750-1753, 1759-1763,
1766; sheriff, Talbot County, 1752-1755; justice,
Talbot County, 1756-at least 1775 (quorum,
1770-at least 1775). STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: manumitted six slaves, 1781; in his will
Dickinson ordered that his nephew manumit all of
his remaining slaves, binding the children as ap-
prentices in useful trades, 1787. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY Owned a schoo-

ner, 1772; assessed value £1,346.4.8, including 20
slaves and 125 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 1,117 acres in Talbot and Dorchester
counties (all through his marriage); probably also
owned land in Cumberland County, England. SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST
ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 267 acres in Dorches-
ter County, 1769; resurveyed 300 acres and pa-
tented it as a 449-acre tract in Talbot County,
1774; sold 150 acres in Talbot County, 1781; pur-
chased 121 acres in Talbot County in 1781, and
sold all but 41 acres of it, by 1783; owned a total
of 844 acres in Talbot County, 1783; purchased 27

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