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

sold the clerkship to John Leeds for a sum in ex-
cess of £130 sterling. OUT OF PROVINCE SERVICE:
attorney general, Pennsylvania, 17441752; Penn-
sylvania commissioner, in office 1750; recorder,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1750-1754. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:

2,022 acres in Talbot and Dorchester counties
(713 acres through his marriage; 1,309 acres by
purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: he had sold
almost all of his Maryland land by 1743, including
800 acres in Talbot County, which he sold to his
daughter Ann and her husband James Tilghman

(1716-1793). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1758,

probably in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; size of
estate unknown.

FRANKLIN (FRANKLYN), ROBERT (?-1682)
BORN: probably in England. IMMIGRATED in 1664
as a free adult. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel County.
MARRIED first, (name unknown). MARRIED sec-
ond, by 1674 Sarah, daughter of George Pudding-
ton (?-1674). CHILDREN. SON Robert, Jr. (1659-?).
DAUGHTER: Sarah, who married William Herne
(?-1698). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: no title on ar-
rival in the colony; proved rights in 1667 to 200
acres for transporting himself and three others
(not members of his family); his son apparently
migrated later. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter;
merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Anne Arundel County, 1671-
1674/75 (Accounts 2). LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Anne Arundel County, 1668-1678/79 (quorum,
1676-1678/79); sheriff, Anne Arundel County,
1678/79-1682. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION at least 1,040 acres. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: by October 1682. PERSONAL
PROPERTY TEV, £139.15.7 sterling (including 1
servant); FB, estate overpaid 50,000 pounds of
tobacco. LAND: 814 acres.

FRANKLIN, THOMAS (ca. 1706-1787). BORN.

ca. 1706. IMMIGRATED: by 1728. RESIDED: at

"Blenheim," Baltimore County. MARRIED first, by
1730 Ruth. MARRIED second, by 1744 Ruth,
widow of Peasley Ingram, of Baltimore County;
daughter of Charles Hammond (ca. 1670-1713);
stepdaughter of Edmond Benson (1687-1734);
niece of Thomas Hammond (?-ca. 1724/25) and
John Hammond (ca. 1665-1742/43). Her brothers
were Charles Hammond (1692/93-1772); Philip
Hammond (1697- 1760); Nathan (1708-1762); Re-
zin (?-1739); and John (?-1753). Her sister was
Hamutel. Her first cousin was Thomas Hammond

(1693-?). Her nephews were Nathan Hammond
(1731-1811); Rezin Hammond (?-1783); John
Hammond (1735-1784); Rezin Hammond (1745-
1809); and Matthias Hammond (1740-1786). Her
niece was Anne Hammond (1716-?), who married
second, William Govane (1716/17-1768). CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Thomas Heath (?-1794); Benjamin
(?-1794); and James (?-1792). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: Thomas and Benjamin died within a few
days of each other; both were alcoholics with im-
paired mental and physical health. DAUGHTERS:
Sarah, who married (first name unknown) Smith,
of Baltimore County; Elizabeth (1745-1771), who
married Aquila Paca (1738-1788). STEPDAUGH-
TER. Ruth Ingram (?-by 1794). PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. John's Parish, Baltimore County. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq.; Gent.; mar-
ried into a very prominent Anne Arundel County
family. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Baltimore County, 1751 (elected to the 3rd session
to fill vacancy), 1751-1752 (election of entire
county delegation voided on December 12, 1751,
because of illegal actions of the sheriff; reelected to
the 2nd session; resigned before the 3rd session to
become sheriff). LOCAL OFFICES: St. John's Parish
Vestry, Baltimore County, in office 1738-1741,
1759-1762, 1768, and 1772; St. Paul's Parish Ves-
try, Baltimore County, in office 1747 and 1748;
justice, Baltimore County, 1747-at least 1775
(quorum, 1748-at least 1775); justice, Court of
Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Baltimore
County, commissioned 1750, 1751, 1753, 1758,
1759, 1760, 1761, and 1763; sheriff, Baltimore
County, commissioned 1752; churchwarden, St.
John's Parish, Baltimore County, in office 1771
and 1772. JURY SERVICE: foreman, grand jury,
Baltimore County, appointed 1732. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1747; major, by 1754; colo-
nel, by 1771. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,412.0.0, in-
cluding 32 slaves and 42 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,040 acres in Baltimore
and Anne Arundel counties (at least 570 acres in
Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties through his
marriage, 470 acres in Baltimore County by patent
and purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased an additional 1,564 acres in Baltimore
County, plus 2 lots in Baltimore Town, in the
1760s; transferred some of his wife's land in
Baltimore County and 300 acres of his own to his
stepdaughter, 1765; sold 244 acres of his wife's
land in Anne Arundel County in 1782. WEALTH

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