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

and was appointed a judge of the U.S. Circuit
Court in 1801. OTHER KINSHIP: his second cousin
was Henry Ennalls (ca. 1741-by 1788). MARRIED
on June 1, 1785, Sarah (ca. 1758-by 1832), daugh-
ter of Robert Goldsborough (1733-1788); grand-
daughter of Charles Goldsborough (1707-1767);
niece of Elizabeth Greenberry Goldsborough (ca.
1731-1820), who married William Ennalls (?-
1785). Her brothers were Charles (ca. 1756-ca.
1759); Charles (1761-1801); Robert (ca. 1766-
1790); John (by 1766-?); William; Richard; and
Howes. Her sisters were Rebecca (ca. 1757-?),
who married Howes Goldsborough (1747-1797);
Elizabeth; and Rachel (?-1811). Sarah Golds-
borough Ennalls subsequently married in 1804
Robert North Carnan (?-1836), of Baltimore
County. CHILDREN. Died without progeny. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican; converted to Methodism,
ca. 1790. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ennalls wrote
a letter detailing the sad state of the Anglican
church, ca. 1788. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent, by 1781; Esq., by 1793. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: probably a planter. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Dorchester
County, 1785. See statement in Identification
Problem section. LOCAL OFFICE: Great Choptank
Parish Vestry, Dorchester County, 1788-1790.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: manumitted
seven slaves in 1790. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £162.0.0,
including 2 slaves, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: approximately 3,732 acres in Dorchester
County, plus 1.5 lots in Cambridge, Dorchester
County (500 acres were remaining from at least
896 acres inherited from his father; 332 acres were
originally inherited by his brother, but were listed
under Henry's name in the tax lists of 1783). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST
ELECTION AND DEATH, his wife inherited a pro-
portional share in her father's real and personal
estate, ca. 1788, but the exact acreage is unknown;
Ennalls and his wife began selling her rights to her
father's estate, by 1790; he sold much land be-
tween 1785 and 1803, often without mentioning
the tract name on the acreage conveyed. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between February 11, 1802, and
June 28, 1803, probably in Dorchester County.
LAND: exact acreage unknown; at least 746 acres
of his land in Dorchester County were sold after
his death to pay his large number of debts. IDENTI-
FICATION PROBLEMS. There were two men named
Henry Ennalls living in Dorchester County during
the term of legislative service. Both were from
prominent families, both had considerable real and

personal estates, and both had legislative connec-
tions within their families. There were no identify-
ing characteristics or titles given in the minutes of
the Lower House for 1785, which might have
helped in discovering which man served. There-
fore, biographical sketches are included for both.

ENNALLS, JOHN (by 1746-ca. 1778). BORN:
between 1736 and 1746 in Dorchester County;
younger son. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED:
in Transquakin Hundred, Dorchester . County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Col. Joseph En-

nalls (1702-1759), son of Joseph Ennalls (?-1709).
MOTHER: Mary. UNCLES: Bartholomew Ennalls
(ca. 1700-1783); William Ennalls (?-1731).
AUNTS: Elizabeth Ennalls (?-by 1739), who mar-
ried Charles Goldsborough (1707-1767); Mary En-
nalls, who married Henry Hooper (ca. 1687-1767).
BROTHER: William Ennalls (?-1785). SISTERS:
Mary (?-by 1766), who married David Murray;
Elinor (ca. 1738-1793), who married Joseph Daf-
fin (?-1796); Elizabeth; and Ann (Nancy) (1750-
1803), who married Thomas Muse (?-1776), of
Virginia. FIRST COUSINS: Joseph Ennalls (ca.
1745-1779); Henry Hooper, Jr. (ca. 1727-1790);
Robert Goldsborough (1733-1788); Mary Ennalls,
who married Ennalls Hooper (?-ca. 1763); Ann
Ennalls (ca. 1729-by 1790), who married Henry
Hooper, Jr. (ca. 1727-1790); Elizabeth Greenberry
Goldsborough (ca. 1731-1820), who married Wil-
liam Ennalls (?-1785). MARRIED never. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Esq. at death. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably
a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Dorchester County, 1773-1774;
Conventions, Dorchester County, 1st, 1774, 4th,
1775, 6th-8th, 1775-1776 (did not attend the 8th
Convention), 9th, 1776. LOCAL OFFICES, superin-
tendent to collect clothing and blankets to supply
the Maryland troops, Dorchester County, ap-
pointed 1777; commissioner of tax, Dorchester
County, commissioned 1777. MILITARY SERVICE:
lieutenant colonel, Second Battalion, Lower East-
ern Shore Militia at Cambridge, by July 1776; col-
onel, Nineteenth Battalion, Dorchester County
Militia, commissioned October 1776. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 38

slaves, 1776. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least
3,792 acres in Dorchester County (all inherited
from his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented

338 acres in Dorchester County, 1774. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on February 16,
1778, in Dorchester County. PERSONAL PROP-

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