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

Talbot County, 1785-1786. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between April 22 and May 12, 1786, in Tal-
bot County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £556.9.1
current money (including 3 slaves and 1 book);
FB, estate overpaid £25.3.5. LAND. 335 acres in
Talbot County (including 200 acres given to his
son, but in which he retained a life estate).

GIBSON, WOOLMAN, JR. (?-ca. 1798). BORN
in Talbot County, of age by 1776; elder son. NA-
TIVE at least fourth generation. RESIDED, near
head of Wye River, Talbot County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: John Gibson (?-1790). MOTHER:
Elizabeth (?-1797). UNCLE: Woolman Gibson (?-
1786). BROTHER: John Gibson III (?-1819). SIS-
TERS: Elizabeth; Mary (1766-1790), who married
Richard Tilghman (1740-1809); and Anna. MAR-
RIED by 1778 Frances (?-1805), daughter of
Thomas Reynolds (?-1778). Her brothers were
William; Edward Reynolds (?-?). Her sisters were
Elizabeth (?-1801); Margaret; Ann; Sarah;
Rebecca; and Mary, who married John Mackall
(1740-1799). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Talbot County, 1782-1783, 1783 (elected,
but did not attend), 1791-1792, 1792. LOCAL OF-
FICES justice, Talbot County, 1779-at least 1794
(heads list in 1794); justice, Orphans' Court, Tal-
bot County, 1785-at least 1788. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 10 slaves, 1776;
his wife's share of her father's personal estate was
approximately £1,400 current money and 500
pounds of tobacco, ca. 1778; assessed value
£950.0.0, including 19 slaves and 30 oz. plate,
1783; 18 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
200 acres in Talbot County (the remainder of 300
acres received by deed of gift from his father). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST
ELECTION AND DEATH: received a mill and mill
seat and a tract of land in Talbot County from his
father, but the date of the conveyance is unknown.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on Feb-
ruary 2, 1798, in Talbot County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £1,685.4.11 current money (including
20 slaves and books); FB, £169.13.11. LAND: 250
acres in Talbot County, plus a mill and mill seat
in Talbot County.

GILES, JAMES (1749/50-?). BORN: on February
2, 1749/50, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore
County (later became part of Harford County);
fourth son. NATIVE at least third generation. RE-
SIDED: in Harford County until ca. 1788;
Baltimore County; Harford County again by 1794.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Jacob Giles

(1705-1784), of Baltimore County (later became
part of Harford County), a Quaker, and a partner
in the Bush River Ironworks and Cumberland
Forge. MOTHER: Johanna (1720-?), widow of
George Drew (?-1735/36); daughter of James
Phillips (?-1720) and wife Johanna Kemp. HALF
UNCLE: Aquila Hall (1727-1779). BROTHERS: Ja-
cob (1753-by 1784); Thomas (1754-1798); Aquila
(1757-?); and Edward (1759-1783). HALF BROTH-
ERS: John (1729-by 1784); Jacob (1733-?); and
Nathaniel Giles (1735-1775). SISTERS: Elizabeth
(1747-by 1784), who married William Smith;
Johanna (1751-?). HALF SISTERS: Susanna Drew
(1736-?), who married (first name unknown)
Scott; Sarah Giles (?-by 1784), who married Na-
thaniel Rigbie, Jr. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: his
father's first wife was Hannah. MARRIED Ann (?-
1785), widow of Edward Fell (1736-1766); daugh-
ter of John Bond and wife Alice Anna Webster;
niece of Jacob Bond (ca. 1725-1780). Her first
cousins were Thomas Bond, of Thomas (?-1800);
William Bond, of Joshua (ca. 1747-1788); James
Bond (ca. 1757-1803); and Catherine Fell (by
1746-by 1795), who married Thomas Bond, of
Thomas (?-1800). CHILDREN. SON: Jacob Washing-
ton (1776-1851). STEPSON. William Fell (1759-
1786). DAUGHTERS: Johannah (1771-?), who mar-
ried Dr. Thomas Johnson, of Baltimore County;
Susanna (1775-1797), who married Philip Moore.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: strong Quaker background; his chil-
dren's births were registered in the Deer Creek
Meeting records, Baltimore County; Giles was not
a practicing Quaker in 1778 when he took the oath
of fidelity. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1787. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: land-
lord; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Harford County, 1780-1781
(elected to the 1st session to fill vacancy). LOCAL
OFFICES, justice, Harford County, appointed 1778,
1779 ("left out at request of court" ), 1780, and
1794. JURY SERVICE: first petit jury, Harford
County, period of service unknown. MILITARY
SERVICE: 2nd lieutenant and adjutant, Fifth Com-
pany, Harford County Militia, by 1775. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 15
slaves, 1776; assessed value £719.6.8, including 11
slaves and 20 oz. plate, 1783. Filed for relief as an
insolvent debtor in February 1788. At that time he
owned 13 slaves and was receiving an annual in-
come of £662 sterling from rental property on
Fells Point, Baltimore Town, in which he held a
life interest because of his marriage to Ann Fell.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably ca. 620 acres

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