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

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

deeds of gift to stepson totaling 124 acres, 1784,
1794. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, will probated on
January 23, 1796, in Caroline County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least £1,103.1.10 (including at
least 5 slaves); FB, £382.10.9. LAND: 268 acres in
Caroline County.

DRAPER, LAWRENCE (?-1713). BORN: proba-
bly in England. IMMIGRATED: ca. 1676 as a free
adult. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel County;
Baltimore County, by 1704. MARRIED Elizabeth.
CHILDREN. SON: Lawrence. DAUGHTER: Mary,
who married Robert Lissby. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: trans-
ported two others with him on his arrival in the
colony. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Anne Arundel County, 1701/2-1704 (elected to
the 2nd session). LOCAL OFFICES: Middle Neck
Parish Vestry, Anne Arundel County, 1693-1696;
justice, Anne Arundel County, 1702-1703,
Baltimore County, by 1705/6, sitting in 1709. MIL-
ITARY SERVICE: officer, 1697; captain, by 1701/2.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION at least 250 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on August 5, 1713. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £345.8.4 sterling.

DRIVER, MATTHEW (1740-1798). BORN: on
August 30, 1740, in Dorchester County; younger
son. NATIVE; at least third generation. RESIDED: on
James Island, Dorchester County, 1740-1742; In-
grams Creek, Dorchester County (later became
part of Caroline County), 1742; Bridgetown Hun-
dred, Caroline County, 1776. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Matthew Driver, Sr. (1707-by
1776), planter; son of Matthew Driver (?-1714)
and wife Levina Pattison; stepson of Moses Le-
compte. MOTHER: Renness (?-ca. 1777). BROTHER:
Christopher, who married in 1775 Sarah Ring-
gold. SISTERS: Anna Nancy; Rennis, who married
first, James Pritchett, and second, James Lecompt;
and Leviney, who possibly married (first name
unknown) Fountain. MARRIED on January 12,
1762, Margaret (?-by 1777), widow of John Cas-
son (?-ca. 1761), of Dorchester County; daughter
of John Pratt Baynard (?-1747), of Queen Anne's
County, planter, and wife Elizabeth Fisher; step-
daughter of Elizabeth Clarke; niece of Esther Bay-
nard, who married Henry Casson (?-ca. 1788). Her
brother was Thomas (?-1753), of Talbot County, a
planter who married his stepsister Hannah Clarke.
Her stepbrother was Joshua Clarke (?-1781). Her

sister was Rachel. Her first cousin was Esther
Casson, who married Matthew Driver (1740-
1798). Her nieces were Elizabeth Baynard (1748-
1 809), who married second, Philemon Dowries (ca.
1741-ca. 1796); Margaret Baynard (1752-by
1788), who married Henry Downes (ca. 1748-
1816). MARRIED second, on January 21, 1777, Es-
ther, daughter of Henry Casson (?-ca. 1788) and
wife Esther Baynard. Her brothers were John;
James; Thomas; and probably Henry (?-1777),
Her first cousin was Margaret Baynard (?-by
1777), who married second, Matthew Driver
(1740-1798). CHILDREN. SONS: Joshua (1767-?);
Henry; and Matthew. STEPSONS: Robert Casson;
John Casson; Ferdinando Casson; and Myers Cas-
son. DAUGHTERS: Margaret, who married in 1782
William Robinson; Elizabeth, who married in
1791 Peter Edmondson (ca. 1753-1819); Ann, who
married by 1807 James M. Broome, of Baltimore
City, attorney; and Esther. STEPDAUGHTER:
Elizabeth Casson. STEPCHILD: one child, sex un-
known (?-1776, died in infancy). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS, founder and supporter of Washington
College, Chestertown, Kent County, 1782. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter, 1764; farmer, 1774;
owned a sawmill which he rented out, and a grist-
mill. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, Caroline County, 1778 (elected, but
did not attend; discharged on October 28, 1778,
for serving as a field officer at time of election),
1779^-1780, 1780-1781, 1785. OTHER STATE OF-
FICE: Constitution Ratification Convention, Caro-
line County, 1788. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Caro-
line County, 1774-at least 1796 (heads list by
1789); chairman, Committee of Observation, Car-
oline County, 1775; commissioner of tax, Caroline
County, commissioned 1777, in office 1782-at
least 1785; justice, Orphans' Court, Caroline
County, 1778-at least 1797 (heads list by 1789).
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Fourteenth Militia
Battalion, 1775; major, Second East Battalion,
1776; commander, Fourteenth Militia Battalion,
1776; president, Caroline County Court for a
court-martial proceeding; lieutenant colonel, Four-
teenth Militia Battalion, 1777; colonel, Fourteenth
Militia Battalion, 1778. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 21 slaves, 1776; as-
sessed value £949.0.0, including 18 slaves and 30
oz. plate, 1783; 24 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 967 acres in Caroline and Dorchester
counties (160 acres from his father 557 acres
through his first marriage, 250 acres by purchase
and patent), plus control of an additional 469
acres in Dorchester County belonging to his step-

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