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

Catherine (ca. 1773-1835), daughter of Robert
Brent (?-1780), of Aquia, Stafford County, Vir-
ginia, and wife Anne Carroll (1733-1804); niece of
Daniel Carroll (1730- 1796). Her brother was Ro-
bert (1764-?), the first mayor of Washington,
D.C., from 1802 to 1812, who married in 1787
Mary, the youngest daughter of Notley Young.
Catherine died in Washington, D.C., and was bur-
ied in the churchyard of St. John's Catholic
Church, Carroll Chapel, Forest Glen, Maryland.
CHILDREN. SON: William Dudley (1790-1830),
who married Eleanor (Norah) (ca. 1791-1864),
daughter of Daniel Carroll of Duddington (1764-
1849), and wife Anne Brent; both William and
Norah were buried in the churchyard of St. John's
Catholic Church, Forest Glen, Maryland. DAUGH-
TER: Anna Maria (ca. 1792-1865), who married in
June 1811 the Hon. Robert LeRoy Livingston, a
representative to Congress from New York be-
tween 1809 and 1812. Anna Maria died in New
York City and was buried in the churchyard of St.
John's Catholic Church, Forest Glen, Maryland.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; his father
sent him and his two older brothers to Europe for
an education. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1769;

Esq. at death. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Digges
sailed for London in 1763 and was in London
again in 1775 where he spent three years with his
brother Thomas. Digges was one of the men re-
sponsible for raising subscriptions for St. John's
College, ca. 1785, personally contributing £100 to
the school. His home at "Warburton Manor/'
later the site of Fort Washington, was directly
across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon.
George Washington's diaries record frequent visits
between the two families. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: probably a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Prince George's
County, 1783 (Claims), 1784 (Claims), 1785
(Claims), 1786-1787 (Claims 2), 1787-1788
(Claims 1, 2), 1788 (Claims), 1789. OTHER STATE
OFFICE: Constitution Ratification Convention,
Prince George's County, 1788. LOCAL OFFICE:
Committee of Inspection, Prince George's County,
elected 1775. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: 105 slaves, 1790. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 8,229 acres in Prince George's,
Charles, and Montgomery counties (all inherited
from his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 165

acres in Prince George's County, 1787; purchased
2 lots in Georgetown, Montgomery County, 1787,
1791; sold 809 acres in Charles County, 1788.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on November 18, 1792,

at "Warburton Manor," Prince George's County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £4,819.19.9 current
money (including 48 slaves, books, plate, and a
picture of George Washington). LAND: at least
6,572 acres in Prince George's, Charles, and
Montgomery counties, plus 2 lots in Georgetown,
Montgomery County.

DIGGES, JOHN (?-1783). BORN: probably in St.
Mary's County, of age by 1770; eldest son. NA-
TIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: out of the prov-
ince, 1769; St. Mary's County, 1770; Charles
County, 1775. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER
Edward Digges (?-1769), of St. Mary's County;
son of John Digges, Gent., of Frederick County.
MOTHER: Mary, daughter of Raphael Neale and
wife Mary, of St. Mary's County. BROTHER: Ed-
ward (?-1799), deaf-mute. SISTERS: Elizabeth (?-
1787), who married Wilfred Neale; Elianor (?-
1779), who married Bernard O'Neale; Mary, (?-
died young); and Ann (?-1796), a deaf-mute.
OTHER KINSHIP: his great-grandfather was Wil-
liam Digges (ca. 1650-1697). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: his grandfather, John Digges, was a Cath-
olic with large landholdings in Frederick County.
MARRIED Ann Hammersley (?-1805). Her brother
was Henry Hammersley. Her sister was Elizabeth,
who married (first name unknown) Lewellin.
CHILDREN. SON: Edward (1774-?). DAUGHTER:

Jane. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Charles
County, 1778-1779, 1779-1780. LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Charles County, 1779-1783. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed
value £752.0.0, including 13 slaves and 20 oz.
plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least
312 acres in Charles County, probably 300 acres
in Frederick County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED
between May 26 and August 18, 1783, in the First
District, Charles County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,457.3.3 current money (including 14
slaves, over 6 books, and 20 oz. plate); FB,
£908.5.11. LAND: 632 acres in Charles and Freder-
ick counties.

DIGGES, WILLIAM (ca. 1650-1697). BORN: ca.
1650, probably in England, but possibly in Vir-
ginia; oldest son. IMMIGRATED, in 1679 as a free
adult from Virginia. RESIDED: in St. Mary's
County; returned to Virginia after 1689. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: probably spent most of his
youth in London where his father lived in the late
1650s and 1660s; held his first public office in Vir-
ginia in 1671. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER
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