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

GILPIN, JOSEPH (ca. 1727-1790). BORN: ca.
1727; eldest son. NATIVE: third generation. RE-
SIDED: in North Milford Hundred, Cecil County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Samuel Gilpin

(1694-1767), who immigrated in 1733 from Dela-
ware County, Pennsylvania; son of Joseph Gilpin,
a Quaker, who immigrated in 1695 from England
to Pennsylvania. MOTHER: Jane Parker, of Penn-
sylvania. BROTHERS: Thomas (?-1778), a Quaker,
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was exiled
from his home during the Revolutionary War for
declining to serve in the military, and who died in
Winchester, Virginia; Samuel; and George, a close
friend of George Washington. SISTERS: Hannah;
Mary; and Rachel. MARRIED by 1765 Elizabeth
Reed. CHILDREN. SONS: John (1765-1808), who
married on September 20, 1797, Mary, daughter of
Henry Hollingsworth (1737-1803); Joseph.
DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married on April 12,
1798, Mark Alexander; Hannah, who married on
November 17, 1789, Francis Partridge; Mary, who
married on May 1, 1800, James Partridge; and
Rachel. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Mary An-
ne's Parish, Cecil County. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1756; Gent., 1767; Esq., 1769.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: miller; owned a sawmill;
purchased a lot in Elkton, Cecil County, in 1783
with Henry Hollingsworth (1737-1803) and others
where they planed to build a market. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil
County, 1770 (elected to the 3rd session to fill va-
cancy; Accounts 3), 1773-1774 (Bills of Credit 2,
3); Conventions, Cecil County, 3rd, 1774, 5th,
1775, 6th-8th, 1775-1776 (Manufactories 8th),
9th, 1776 (Manufactories; Elections); Lower
House, Cecil County, 1777 (Manufactories 1, 2;
Grievances 2). OTHER STATE OFFICE: Constitution
Ratification Convention, Cecil County, 1788. LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Cecil County, 1764-1790
(quorum, 1774-1790); justice, Orphans' Court,
Cecil County, 1777-1790; collector of clothing,
Cecil County, appointed 1777; subscription offi-
cer, Continental Loan Office, Cecil County, ap-
pointed 1779. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £216.0.0,
including 70 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 993 acres in Cecil County (143 acres
from his father as a gift, 850 acres by purchase
and patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-
chased and patented 394 acres in Cecil County,
1771-1786; sold 54 acres in 1772 and 1783. He
was charged with 1,017 acres in Cecil County in
1783. By 1786 he owned 1,622 acres in Pennsylva-

nia, which was probably family land. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on April 13, 1790, in
Cecil County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£1,997.3.10 current money (including 1 black ser-
vant, 125 oz. plate, and at least 22 books); FB,
£1,495.0.8. LAND: 1,302 acres in Cecil County and
1,622 acres in Pennsylvania.

GIST, CHRISTOPHER (?-1690/91). IMMI-
GRATED: by 1677 as a free adult with his wife. RE-
SIDED: in Baltimore County. MARRIED Edith (?-
1694), sister of Richard Cromwell. She subse-
quently married in 1691 Joseph Williams, and fi-
nally in 1692 John Beecher. CHILDREN. SON: Rich-
ard Gist (1683-1741), who married Zipporah
Murray. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Associators' Convention,
Baltimore County, 1689-1690/91. LOCAL OF-
FICES: overseer of highways, Baltimore County,
1685; justice, Baltimore County, 1689-1690/91.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 581 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on March 10, 1690/91. LAND. 581
acres.

GIST (GUEST, GEIST), RICHARD (1683-
1741). BORN: in 1683 in Baltimore County; only
child. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in
Garrison Forest, Baltimore County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Christopher Gist (?-
1690/91). STEPFATHERS: Joseph Williams (?-
1692); John Beecher. GUARDIANS, his uncle, Rich-
ard Cromwell (?-ca. 1717), with whom Gist lived
after his mother's death; Thomas Staley (?-1700).
MOTHER: Edith (?-1694), daughter of (first name
unknown) Cromwell. MARRIED on December 7,
1704, Zipporah, daughter of James Murray (?-
1704) and wife Jemima Morgan. Her brothers
were Josephus (ca. 1688-1772), who married Ruth
Hawkins; Morgan (?-by 1741), who married Sarah
Hawkins; Melchizedek (?-by 1748), who married
Sophia Giles; and Jabez (?-by 1761), who married
Mary Wheeler. Her sisters were Jemima (?-1725),
who married first, John Eager, and second, Philip
Jones; Keziah, who married Jonathan Hanson.
CHILDREN. SONS: Christopher (ca. 1705-?), who
married Sarah Howard; Nathaniel (ca. 1707-?),
who married Mary Howard; William (ca. 1711-?),
who married Violetta Howard; Thomas (1712-?),
who married Susannah Cockey; and John (ca.
1722-?), who married Mary. DAUGHTERS: Edith
(ca. 1709-?), who married Abraham Vaughan;
Jemima (ca. 1714-?), who married William Sea-
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