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

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

patented 350 acres in Queen Anne's County, but
sold 150 acres between 1723 and 1727; controlled
400 acres in Queen Anne's County which be-
longed to his father-in-law Richard Tilghman
(1672/73-1738/39), by 1734, to which his father-
in-law left actual title to James's son, Richard
Tilghman Earle (1728/29-1788) in 1738/39.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between May 19 and
July 9, 1739, in Queen Anne's County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £8.3.7 Maryland gold, £56.1.5
sterling, £70.19.1 Virginia current money, £2.17.0
Boston current money, £2.16.6 Pennsylvania and
New Jersey current money, £2,703.16.0 Maryland
paper money (including 27 slaves, 8 servants, 105
oz. 10 dwt. 12 gr. plate, 1 dwt. 13 gr. old silver,
law and other books); debts, £103.0.1 Maryland
gold, £70.13.0 sterling, £16.5.5 Pennsylvania and
New Jersey current money, £323.7.1 Maryland
paper money; FB not calculated, because conver-
sion could not be made. LAND: 700 acres in Queen
Anne's and Cecil counties, plus control of 400
acres for his son Richard Tilghman Earle
(1728/29-1788). .

EARLE, JOSEPH (1739-1777). BORN: in 1739 in
Queen Anne's County; fourth son. NATIVE, fourth
generation. RESIDED, in Georgetown, Kent
County, by 1769; Queen Anne's County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: James Earle, Jr. (ca. 1694-
1739). MOTHER: Sarah Crapp Chetham. HALF
BROTHERS James (1734-1810); Richard Tilghman
Earle( 1728/29-1788); Michael Earle (1722-1787);
James Chetham; and Edward Chetham. HALF SIS-
TERS Ann Maria (1725-1795), who married
Thomas Ringgold (1715-1772); Henrietta Maria
(1730-1767), who married William Hemsley
(1736/37-1812); Hannah Chetham; and Suzannah
Chetham (1736-?). HALF NEPHEW: Samuel Earle
(1756-1790). MARRIED Ann (1746-?), daughter of
Rev. Richard Harrison (?-1763), rector of St.
Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's County from 1742 to
1763, and his wife Charlotte. Her brothers were
John (1747-?); William (1749-1751); William
(1752-?); and Richard Everingham (1761-?), who
married in 1790 Sarah Thompson. Her sisters were
Mary (1755-?); Charlotte (1757-by 1763). CHIL-
DREN. SONS: George W. (?-died young); William
(?-died young). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
trained as a lawyer. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1776. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE lawyer, admitted to the
following courts: Kent County by March 1764;
Queen Anne's County in March 1764; Provincial

Court in September 1765; Cecil County by March

1769. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Conventions, Kent County, 1st, 1774, 3rd, 1774,
4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 9th, 1776. LOCAL OFFICE:
Committee of Correspondence, Kent County, in
office 1774. MILITARY SERVICE: lieutenant colonel
of a battalion from the Eastern Shore, elected

1776. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: on

January 26, 1776, Earle wrote to James Hollyday
(1722-1786) that he preferred a constitutional set-
tlement of the difficulties between the colonies and
Great Britain until he read Thomas Paine's Com-
mon Sense, which convinced him that separation
was essential if liberty was to be preserved. He felt
that the Maryland Convention should ensure the
protection of every man's right to his personal be-
liefs. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: his wife inherited £78.11.5 current
money from her father's estate, 1763. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: in 1777 in Queen Anne's County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £1,103.9.3
current money (including 10 slaves and law
books). LAND: no evidence of any landownership.

EARLE, MICHAEL (1722-1787). BORN: on Oc-
tober 19, 1722, in Queen Anne's County; eldest
son. NATIVE, fourth generation. RESIDED, in Queen
Anne's County; Fredericktown, Cecil County, by
1752. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: James
Earle, Jr. (ca. 1694-1739). MOTHER: Mary (1702-
ca. 1736), daughter of Richard Tilghman
(1672/73-1738/39). STEPMOTHER: Sarah Crapp
Chetham. UNCLES: William Tilghman (1 Til-
1782); Edward Tilghman (1713-1786); James
Tilghman (1716-1793); and Matthew Tilghman
(1717/18-1790). AUNTS: Elizabeth Earle (ca.
1694-?), who married William Turbutt (1683/84-
1739); Henrietta Maria Tilghman (1707-1771),
who married first, George Robins (1697-1742),
and second, William Goldsborough (1709-1760);
and Anna Maria Tilghman (1709-1763), who
married first, William Hemsley (1703-1736), and
second, Robert Lloyd (ca. 1712-1770). BROTHERS:
Richard (1727-1728); Richard Tilghman Earle
(1728/29-1788); Joseph (1732-1732); and James
(1734-1810). HALF BROTHER. Joseph Earle(1739-
1777). STEPBROTHERS: James Chetham; Edward
Chetham. SISTERS: Anna Maria (1725-1795), who
married Thomas Ringgold ( 1715- 1772); Henrietta
Maria (1730-1767), who married William Hemsley
(1736/37-1812). STEPSISTERS: Hannah Chetham;
Suzannah Chetham (1736-?). FIRST COUSINS: Wil-
liam Hemsley (1736/37-1 8 12); Richard Tilghman
(1740-1809); Matthew Tilghman (1760-ca. 1801);
James Tilghman ( 1743- 1809); Peregrine Tilghman

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