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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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in Harford County (500 acres by deed of gift from
his parents in 1766 that were entailed to his male
heirs), plus a life estate in one-third of both Fells
Point and 400 acres in Baltimore County (through
his marriage). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: assessed

with 619 acres in Harford County, 1783; his 500-
acre home plantation in Harford County was
deeded as security for his debts in 1787. His insol-
vency petition in 1788 listed the 620 acres in Har-
ford County (500 of which were already mort-
gaged), his life estate in the one-third of both Fells
Point and the 400 acres in Baltimore County, and
2 lots on Fells Point held in his own right.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: sometime after 1794;
size of estate unknown.

GILES, NATHANIEL (1735-1775). BORN: on
October 2, 1735, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore
County (later became part of Harford County);
third son. NATIVE: at least third generation. RE-
SIDED: at Lapidam Mill, Baltimore County (later
became part of Harford County). FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. 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: Hannah. STEPMOTHER: Johanna (1720-
?), widow of George Drew (?-1735/6); daughter of
James Phillips (?-1720) and wife Johanna Kemp.
BROTHERS: John (1729-by 1784); Jacob (1733-?).
HALF BROTHERS: James Giles (1749/50-?); Jacob
(1753-by 1784); Thomas (1754-1798); Aquila
(1757-?); and Edward (1759-1783). SISTERS: Sarah
(?-by 1784), who married Nathaniel Rigbie, Jr.
HALF SISTERS: Elizabeth (1747-by 1784), who
married William Smith; Johanna (1751-?). STEPSIS-
TER: Susanna Drew (1736-?), who married (first
name unknown) Scott. MARRIED on March 7,
1762, Sarah (1742-1775), daughter of Col. Wil-
liam Hammond (1702-1752) and wife Sarah
Sheredine (1721-?); granddaughter of both
Thomas Sheredine (1699-17 52) and Thomas Ham-
mond (?-ca. 1724/25); niece of Upton Sheredine
(1740-1800). Her brothers were William (1743-
1810), who married Mary; Thomas (1744-?); Lar-
kin (1746-?); and James (1749-?). Her sisters were
Rebecca (1741-?), who married Caleb Dorsey;
Elizabeth (1747-?). CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Han-
nah (1762-?), who married (first name unknown)
Gover; Sarah (1767-?), who married (first name
unknown) Gover; Elizabeth (1770-?); Caroline
(1772-?), who married Edward Shoemaker; and
Charlotte (?-died young). PRIVATE CAREER. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: strong Quaker background;

family records are found in the Deer Creek Meet-
ing registers, Baltimore County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1770. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE, planter; owned a small gristmill and
store and one-third interest in a sloop. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Convention, Har-
ford County, 1st, 1774 (appointed, but did not
attend). STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI VATE ISSUES: his
will provided for the manumission of his slaves
and the disinheritance of any of his children who
tried to claim them. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: 9 slaves, 1775. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 1,118 acres in Harford County
(at least 712 acres from his father by deed of gift,

1766). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: On May 23,
1775, in Harford County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, at least £1,766.17.0 current money (includ-
ing 9 slaves, plate, 28 books, and one-third interest
in a sloop). LAND: probably 1,118 acres in Harford
County.

GILLIS (GILLISS), JOSEPH (ca. 1706-?).
BORN: ca. 1706, probably in Somerset County;
probably fourth son. NATIVE: third generation.
RESIDED: in Somerset County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: John Gillis (ca. 1662-1720).
MOTHER: Mary. BROTHERS: John; Thomas, who
married Anne Lackey; and Ezekial. SISTERS:
Rebecca; Sarah; Betty; and Bridget. MARRIED by
1735/36 Eleanor, daughter of William Bozman,
Sr. (?-1749), of Somerset County, and wife Sarah.
Her brother was Ballard. CHILDREN. SONS:
George, of age by 1761; William. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1749. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Somerset County, 1751-1754. LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Somerset County, 1754-at
least 1774 (quorum, 1758-at least 1774); Somerset
Parish Vestry, Somerset County, in office 1767-
1770; justice, Court of Oyer and Terminer and
Gaol Delivery, Somerset County, commissioned
1771. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1755.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: assessed value £992.0.0, including 29 slaves
and 48 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
708 acres in Somerset County (550 acres inherited
from his father; 158 acres by purchase). SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: deeded as gifts to his sons 550
acres in 1761 and 158 acres in 1777, all of which
were in Somerset County. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: probably in Somerset County; lived until at
least 1783; not listed in the 1790 census.
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