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

who married George Plater (17 35-1792); Alice (?-
1789), who married, in 1788, John Weems (1737-
1813); and Eleanor Ann (?-1806). Her first cous-
ins were Thomas Sim Lee (174 5-1 8 19); Sarah Fen-
dall (ca. 1732-1793), who married Thomas Contee
(ca. 1729-1811); Richard Potts (1753-1808);
Rebecca Potts, who married Benjamin Mackall IV
(1745-by 1810); and Sarah Potts, who married
Thomas Gantt, Jr. (?-1808). MARRIED second, by
1786, Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.,
1758. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: officeholder,
1756-1778; merchant. Before the Revolution Fen-
dall was the principal agent on the Potomac River
for James Russell, merchant, of London, England.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conven-
tions, Charles County, 4th, 1775 (elected, but did
not attend), 5th, 1775. LOCAL OFFICES: clerk,
Charles County, 1756-1778, succeeded his father;
receiver of alienation fines, Charles County, 1768;
clerk and cryer, Court of Oyer and Terminer and
Gaol Delivery, Charles County, 1772; clerk, Court
of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Charles
County, appointed 1773 and 1776; Committee of
Observation, Charles County, elected 1775.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: probably 690 acres in Charles County
(495 acres by gift and inheritance from his father,
195 acres by purchase and patent); also owned
land in Virginia. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 690

acres in William and Mary Parish, Charles
County, 1786. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: after
1798, probably in Virginia; size of estate unknown.

FENWICK, CUTHBERT (1614-1655). BORN in
1614 in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1633/34 as an
indentured servant from Virginia. RESIDED: in St.
Mary's County. MARRIED first, probably (first
name unknown) Cornwaleys. MARRIED, second, in
1649 Jane Eltonhead (?-by 1661), widow of Ro-
bert Moryson, of Kecoughtan, Virginia. Her
brothers were William Eltonhead (ca. 1616-1655);
Richard. CHILDREN. SONS. Cuthbert (1640-1676),
a justice of Calvert County from 1674 to 1676;
Ignatius; Thomas (?-by 1655); Robert (ca. 1651-
1676); Richard (ca. 1653-1714), a justice of Cal-
vert County from 1685 to 1689; and John (ca.
1655-1720). DAUGHTER: Theresa. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate; probably well edu-
cated. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: arrived as a servant;
probably served Thomas Cornwaleys (ca. 1605-
1675/76) in a responsible administrative capacity;
free by 1637/38 and called Gent, almost immedi-

ately thereafter. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: servant,
1633/34; overseer, steward, and attorney for
Thomas Cornwaleys (ca. 1605-1675/76); probably
an independent planter from the early 1650s until
his death. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE
Assembly, present 1637/38, present 1638/39, spe-
cial writ 1640 (did not attend), Mattapanient
Hundred, St. Mary's County, 1641 (elected to the
2nd session), special writ 1642 A, present 1647/48,
St. Mary's County, 1649 (Accounts); Lower
House, St. Inigoe's Hundred, St. Mary's County,
1650-1650/51 (elected to fill vacancy in the 1st
session; Laws, chairman 1). OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICE: proprietary agent to New England, 1643.
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St. Mary's County, 1644.
MILITARY SERVICE: commission to seize illegal
traders, 1638-1639. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: supporter of the Jesuits and upholder of
Cornwaleys's position against proprietary policies
in the struggles of the first decade with Lord
Baltimore. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY, at least 6 Negro servants in 1649 (from
his marriage settlement). LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 2,000 acres in 1651. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: prior to December 1655. LAND at least
2,000 acres.

FENWICK, IGNATIUS (?-1784). BORN: proba-
bly in St. Mary's County, of age by 1763; proba-
bly eldest son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RESIDED:
in Charles County from at least 1763 until about
1774; "Wallington," St. Mary's County, until
death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Ignatius
Fenwick (?-1776), of St. Mary's County, served on
the Committee of Correspondence for St. Mary's
County in 1775; owned 922 acres in St. Mary's
County at the time of his death. MOTHER Mary,
daughter of Edward Cole (?-1761), of St. Mary's
County, and wife Ann Neale (?-1768). BROTHERS:
Edward; James, a mariner and ship's captain in
partnership with his brother Joseph in a merchant
firm in Georgetown, Montgomery County, who
married Catherine Ford in 1778; Henry; Joseph
(by 1773-?), who married ca. 1792 Elenoire Me-
noir, of Bordeaux, France, and who served as U.S.
consul in Bordeaux, France from 1790 to 1801;
Richard; and Rev. John Ceslas, O.P. (?-1815).
SISTERS: Helena; Elizabeth; Ann, who married
(first name unknown) Clarke; and Mary, who
married (first name unknown) Jenkins. MARRIED
by 1761 Sarah (ca. 1744-by 1784), daughter of
Michael Taney (ca. 1695-1743/44), of Calvert
County, and second wife Sarah; stepdaughter of
George Cole III; granddaughter of John Brooke.
Her half nephew was Michael Taney (1750-ca.

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