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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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slaves, 1790; assessed value £41.3.0.0, including 18
slaves and plate, 1793; assessed value £432.12.6,
including 18 slaves and 13 oz. plate, 1809; as-
sessed value $1,453.00, including 21 slaves and 18
oz. plate, 1813. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, possi-
bly ca. 400 acres in St. Mary's County. SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH patented 1,504 acres in St.
Mary's County between 1787 and 1798; owned
2,761 acres in St. Mary's County from 1809 until
death. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated in
February 1817 in St. Mary's County. LAND: 2,761
acres in St. Mary's County.

FOWKE (FOULKE), GERARD (1625-1669).
BORN: in 1625, probably in Staffordshire, England;
younger son. IMMIGRATED: by 1664 as a free adult
from Westmoreland County, Virginia. RESIDED: in
Charles County. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: in Vir-
ginia by 1651. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Roger Fowke. MOTHER: Mary Bayley. BROTHER:
John Fowke, of Gunston, Staffordshire, England,
who married Joyce March. MARRIED first, Hope.
MARRIED second, in 1661/62 Anne, widow of Job
Chandler (?-1659); daughter of Adam Thorow-
good (1602-1641) and wife Sarah Of ney (1609-?),
of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia; stepdaughter
of Francis Yardley (ca. 1624-by 1655). CHILDREN.
SONS: Gerard Fowke (1662/63-ca. 1734/35), who
married first, Mary Lomax, and second, in 1686
Sarah, daughter of Thomas Burdett and wife Ver-
linda Cotton; Adam. DAUGHTERS: Jean, who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Mercer; Elizabeth (?-
1698/99), who married William Dent (ca. 1660-
1704); and Mary, who married in 1680 George
Mason (1660-1716). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., of West-

moreland County, Virginia, 1661/62. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,
Charles County, 1666. LOCAL OFFICE: justice,
Charles County, 1667 (did not qualify). MILITARY
SERVICE colonel, by 1667. OUT OF COLONY SER-
VICE, justice, 1655, 1662; burgess, James City, Vir-
ginia, 1658-1659, Westmoreland County, Virginia,
1663. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1658; colonel,

by 1662. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: he
was disciplined by the Virginia House of Burgesses
for "injuries and affronts done to Wahangonche,
King of the Potomac Indians," and was disfran-
chised and disqualified from holding office in that
colony in 1661/62. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: owned extensive acre-
age in Virginia, perhaps only the 2,550 acres
owned by his wife and stepchildren in Maryland.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: claimed he had no free-
hold in Charles County in 1668. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: by October 12, 1669. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, 47,813 pounds of tobacco (in-
cluding 3 slaves and 3 servants). LAND: 1,200 acres
in Virginia.

FOWKE (FOULKE), GERARD (1662/63-ca.
1734/35). BORN: in 1662/63 in either Charles
County or Westmoreland County, Virginia; oldest
son. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in
Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Gerard Fowke (1625-1669). MOTHER: Anne,
widow of Job Chandler (?-1659); daughter of
Adam Thorowgood (1602-1641), of Lower Nor-
folk County, Virginia. BROTHER: Adam. SISTERS:
Elizabeth (?-1698/99), who married William Dent
(ca. 1660-1704); and Mary, who married George
Mason (1660-1716). HALF SISTER: Jean, who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Mercer. MARRIED first,
Mary Lomax. MARRIED second, in 1686 Sarah (?-
1747), daughter of Thomas Burdett and wife Ver-
linda Cotton. CHILDREN. SONS: Gerard (1687-?);
Chandler (1692-1745), who married Mary Fos-
saker; and Roger (1696-?), who married Anne,
daughter of Thomas Stone (1677-1727). DAUGH-
TERS: Ann (1689/90-1739), who married Robert
Alexander; Frances (1691/92-1744), who married
in 1711 Gustavus Brown; Catherine (1694-?), who
married Ellsworth Bayne, son of John Bayne (ca.
1662-1701); and Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Angli-
can. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second gen-
eration burgess. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Charles County, 1704-1707. LOCAL OF-
FICES: Nanjemoy Parish Vestry, Charles County,
1696-1697, 1703; sheriff, Charles County, 1699-
1701; justice, Charles County, 1704-1720 (quo-
rum, 1714-1720). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,279 acres. WEALTH

AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on January 24,

1734/35. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £521.4.4

current money (including 16 slaves); FB, £485.9.5.
LAND: over 1,279 acres in Maryland, plus land in
Virginia.

FRANCIS, RICHARD (?-?). BORN: in Ireland, of
age by 1729; younger son. IMMIGRATED: ca. 1729
from Ireland. RESIDED: in Annapolis, Anne Arun-
del County; moved to Virginia in 1739; probably
moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after 1739.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Rev. John Fran-
cis, dean of Lismore and rector of St. Mary's,
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