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

married William Hemsley( 1736/37-1812). BROTH-
ERS: James (1764-1790); Richard Tilghman
(1767-1843); and Thomas Chamberlaine (1771-?).
SISTERS: Mary (1760-by 1785); Henrietta Maria
(1761-1828); Ann (1762-1782); Margaret (1765-
1795); Deborah (1769-1790); and Suzanna (1773-
1795). FIRST COUSINS: Thomas Ringgold (1744-
1776); Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine (?-1804),
who married William Hayward, Jr. (ca. 1758-
1834); and Henrietta Maria Nicols (1761-1818).
MARRIED his first cousin Henrietta Maria (1761-
1818), daughter of William Nicols (1730-1774), of
Kent County, and wife Henrietta Maria Chamber-
lame (1739-1777); granddaughter of both Rev.
Henry Nicols (1687-ca. 1749) and Samuel Cham-
berlaine(1698-1773); niece of James Lloyd Cham-
berlaine (1732-1783), Samuel Chamberlaine
(1742-1811), and Ann Chamberlaine (1734-1786),
who married first, Richard Tilghman Earle
(1728/29-1788), and second, Charles Blake (?-
1798). Her brothers were Samuel (1770-?), who
married first, (first name unknown) Blake, and
second, Elizabeth Smyth; Henry (1764-1810), who
married in 1786 Elizabeth Robins (1765-1814).
Her sister was Ann (1762-?), who married Edward
DeCoursey (ca. 1759-1827). Her first cousin was
Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine (?-1804), who mar-
ried William Hayward, Jr. (ca. 1758-1834). CHIL.
DREN. SON: William Nicols (ca. 1782-1824), who
never married. DAUGHTERS: Anne; Henrietta Ma-
ria (called Maria), who married in 1807 Turbutt
Harris, son of Edward Harris (ca. 1757-ca. 1837).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1779. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: lawyer, practiced in George-
town, Kent County, from the end of the war until
his death. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Queen Anne's County, 1780-1781.
MILITARY SERVICE: private, in the Minute Com-
pany that marched from Queen Anne's County,
February 3, 1776; ensign, Queen Anne's County
Militia, by June 1776; ensign, Capt. Dean's Com-
pany, Fourth Maryland Battalion, Flying Camp,
July-December 1776. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £205.0.0,
including 2 slaves and 40 oz. plate, 1783. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: 298 acres in Queen Anne's
County (deed of gift from his father). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: land he had received from his father
was returned to his father by a deed of gift, 1785;
received 500 acres in Caroline County through his
wife, 1786; as heir to his mother Samuel received
800 acres in Caroline County, 1786; purchased a
lot in Georgetown, Kent County, 1787; inherited

619 acres in Queen Anne's County from his father
in 1788, but his father made the bequest contin-
gent on Samuel's deeding the 800 acres he had
inherited from his mother to his brother, Thomas,
when he came of age. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in
the spring of 1790, at "Needwood," Queen Anne's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £2,590.2.9
current money (including 30 slaves, 6 servants,
128 law and other books, and 208 oz. 5 dwt.
plate); FB, £219.19.7. LAND: 500 acres in Caroline
County, plus 1 lot in Georgetown, Kent County;
also inherited 800 acres in Caroline County from
his mother and 619 acres in Queen Anne's County
from his father on the condition that he transfer
the 800 acres to his brother, Thomas; possessed
and occupied both tracts until his death and made
no recorded conveyance to his brother.

ECCLESTON, HUGH (?-1710/11) IMMI-
GRATED: by 1688 as a free adult, perhaps from
Virginia. RESIDED: in Dorchester County. MAR-
RIED Elizabeth, probably the sister of Thomas
Skinner, of Dorchester County. CHILDREN. SONS:
Hugh (?-by 1717), who married Mary, widow of
Rev. James Hindeman and daughter of Jacob
Lockerman (1652-1730); John (?-1758), a justice
and colonel of Dorchester County, who married
Dorothy (ca. 1714-1759), daughter of Andrew
Skinner; and Thomas. DAUGHTERS: Margaret,
who married Bazell Nowell; Mary; Rachel; Sarah;
and Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate; he had clerical skills. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1693. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: place-
man; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Dorchester County, 1701-
1704 (Elections and Privileges 1), 1704-1707
(Laws 3, 4), 1708 A (Accounts), 1708B-1710
(Elections and Privileges 3; died before the 4th
session). LOCAL OFFICE: clerk, Dorchester County,
1691-1710/11 (suspended briefly in 1692).

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: at least 1,440 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED: in 1710/11. PERSONAL PROPERTY

TEV, £488.15.6 sterling (including 7 slaves and 1
servant). LAND: ca. 1,800 acres.

ECCLESTON, THOMAS FIRMIN (ca 1738-
1785). BORN: ca. 1738, probably in Dorchester
County. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in
Transquakin Hundred, Dorchester County. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Col. John Eccleston

(?-1758), of Dorchester County, son of Hugh Ec-
cleston (?-1710/11). MOTHER Dorothy (ca. 1714-
1759), daughter of Andrew Skinner. BROTHER:

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