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

cob (?-by 1735/36); William, Jr.; Thomas; and
Richard. DAUGHTER: Mary, who married in 1731
William Abott. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION, his wife was a
Quaker; son Jacob probably Anglican. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent, at death. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County,
1722-1724. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,324 acres and possibly
1,424 acres in Cecil and Kent counties and Sussex
County, Delaware. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

sold 400 acres in Cecil County, 1733; acquired 180
acres in Cecil County and possibly patented 94
acres in Sussex County, Delaware, 1734. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on February 13,
1737/38, in Cecil County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £188.19.9 (including 2 slaves); FB, estate
overpaid £4.6.5. LAND: over 1,400 acres in Cecil
and Kent counties, and possibly Sussex County,
Delaware.

FRISBY, JAMES (ca. 1651-1704). BORN: ca.
1651 in England. IMMIGRATED: by 1665 as a mi-
nor with his parents from Virginia. RESIDED: in
Baltimore County; Cecil County after 1676. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER James Frisby (?-
1674), who immigrated to Virginia with his family
in 1654, owned 600 acres in Lower Norfolk
County, Virginia, and eventually owned 1,950
acres in Maryland. He was a planter, merchant,
and served as a justice of Baltimore County from
1665 to 1674. MOTHER: Mary. BROTHERS: William
Frisby (by 1664-1713); Thomas. MARRIED ca.
1675 Sarah Read. Her brother was Peregrine
Browne, of London, England, a shipmaster and
merchant involved in trade with Maryland. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: James (1676-died young); Thomas
Frisby (1681-ca. 1715/16), who married first in
1702/3 Frances (?-1713), daughter of George
Wells (?-1696), and second, Augustina, daughter
of Casparus Augustus Herman (1656-1697); James
Frisby (1684-1719), who married in 1713/14
Ariana, daughter of Matthias Vanderheyden (?-
1729); Peregrine Frisby (1688-1739), who married
Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-
1737); Jacob (1693-by 1704); Francis (1697-?);
and William (1699-1724), who married Mary,
daughter of Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-1737).
DAUGHTERS: Mary (1678/79-?); Sarah (1680-
1731), who married first, Thomas Robinson, and
second, Stephen Knight; Mary (1690-1704); and
Frances (1696-by 1704). PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate, probably attended school in En-

gland; he sent his sons to England for their educa-
tion. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: his father established a
prominent family in Maryland; his business fre-
quently carried him to England. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter; merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County,
1676-1682, 1682-1684 (Accounts 2, 3; Laws 3),
Associators' Convention, Cecil County, 1689 (no
evidence of attendance after the 1st session); Up-
per House, 1692 (did not attend the 1st session;
dismissed before the 2nd session), 1694-1697 (Ac-
counts 1), 1697/98-1700, 1701-1704 (attended
only the 1st session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: Council, 169 1-1692 (dismissed), 1694-1704.
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Cecil County, 1676-1685
(quorum, 1681-1685). MILITARY SERVICE: cap-
tain, by 1683/84. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: defended Lord Baltimore's government
against the Protestant Associators in 1689; recom-
mended by Lord Baltimore to be on first royal
Council; removed by Gov. Lionel Copley in 1692,
but restored by Gov. Francis Nicholson in 1694;
refused out of "Scruple of Conscience" to take the
required oaths in October 1695 and was removed
from the Court of Delegates. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: Over 700

acres; 2,770 acres by 1691 when appointed to the
Council. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on June 19, 1704. PERSONAL PROPERTY TEV,
£4,874.4.11 sterling (including 28 slaves); balance
in England of £3,012.15.11. LAND: over 4,033
acres.

FRISBY, JAMES (1684-1719). BORN: in 1684 in
Cecil County; second surviving son. NATIVE third
generation. RESIDED: in Cecil County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER James Frisby (ca. 1651-
1704). MOTHER: Sarah Read. UNCLE William
Frisby (by 1664-1713). BROTHERS: James (1676-
died young); Thomas Frisby (1681-ca. 1715/16),
who married first, in 1702/3 Frances (?-1713),
daughter of George Wells (?-1696), and second,
Augustina, daughter of Casparus Augustus Her-
man (1656-1697); Peregrine Frisby (1688-1739),
married Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Sewall
(ca. 1655-1737); Jacob (1693-by 1704); Francis
(1697-?); and William (1699-1724), who married
Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-
1737). SISTERS: Mary (1678/79-?); Sarah (1680-
1731); Mary (1690-1704); and Frances (1696-by
1704). MARRIED in 1713/14 Ariana (1690-1741),
who died in England following a smallpox inocu-
lation, daughter of Matthias Vanderheyden (?-
1729) and wife Anna Margareta Herman, widow

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