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

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Charles
County, 5th, 1775, 7th-8th, 1776; Senate, Western
Shore, Term of 1786-1791: 1786-1787 (elected on
December 22, 1786 to fill vacancy; qualified on
April 14, 1787), 1787-1788 (elected, but did not
serve), 1788 (elected, but did not serve), 1789
(died before the beginning of the Assembly). LO-
CAL OFFICES Committee of Observation, Charles
County, elected 1775; justice, Charles County,
1778-at least 1788. MILITARY SERVICE, colonel,
1781. OUT OF STATE SERVICE delegate, Continen-
tal Congress, 1785-1786 (elected in November
1785, but did not attend until March 1786), 1786
(elected in December 1786, but did not attend),
1787 (elected in December 1787, but did not at-
tend). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: assessed value £1,661.5.0, including 36
slaves and 99 oz. plate, 1783. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: owned 1,679 acres in Charles
County, 1783 (inherited at least 1,141 acres from
his father). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on July 21,
1789; will probated in Charles County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £2,727.11.3 current money; FB,
£2,450.3.0. LAND: probably 1,679 acres in Charles
County.

HART, JOHN (?-?). BORN: in Ireland. IMMI-
GRATED: in 1714 as a free adult with his wife. RE-
SIDED: in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County; re-
turned to England in May 1720. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER Merrick Hart, of Crobert,
County Craven, Ireland. MOTHER: Lettice Vesey,
daughter of Thomas Vesey. UNCLE: John Vesey,
archbishop of Tuam. MARRIED Anne. CHILDREN.
SON: Henry (1717-1718). DAUGHTER: Marylandia
(1716-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES arrived as governor; he re-
ceived his commission through the support of Ben-
edict Leonard Calvert and on promising to give
Calvert £500 annually from the profits of the of-
fice. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE military officer who
had served as a captain in Spain and Portugal be-
fore coming to Maryland; colonial bureaucrat.

PUBLIC CAREER. PROVINCIAL OFFICES: governor,

1713/14-1720; chancellor, 1715-1719/20; sur-
veyor general of the Eastern Shore, 1716/17-1720;
surveyor general of the Western Shore, 1716/17-
1720. OUT OF COLONY SERVICE governor of the
Leeward Islands, 1721-1727. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: took a 31-
ycar lease on 200 acres in 1715.

HART, THOMAS (?-1808). BORN: in Hanover
County, Virginia; eldest child; he moved to
Orange County, North Carolina, ca. 1760. IMMI-
GRATED: ca. 1780 from North Carolina. RESIDED:
in Hagerstown, Washington County; moved to
Kentucky in the spring of 1794. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Thomas Hart, of Hanover
County, Virginia. BROTHERS: John; Benjamin; Da-
vid; and Nathaniel. SISTER: Susannah. MARRIED
Susannah (?-1832), possibly of Orange County,
North Carolina. CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas, Jr. (?-
1809), who married Eleanor, daughter of Peter
Grosh. Thomas was a partner with his father in
the firm of Hart, Barton, & Hart in Lexington,
Kentucky. He was also a partner in the firm of
Hart, Bartlett, & Cox in New Orleans, Louisiana;
Nathaniel Gray (?-1813), captain, died at the Bat-
tle of Raisins in the War of 1812; and John.
DAUGHTERS: Susannah, who married (first name
unknown) Price; Elizabeth (?-by 1807), who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Pindell; Anne, who
married James Brown (1766-1835), of Kentucky,
a U.S. senator and diplomat; Lucretia, who mar-
ried Henry Clay (1777-1852), of Kentucky, a U.S.
congressman, senator, and secretary of state. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: In a letter written in 1805 to his son-
in-law the Hon. James Brown he described his
attempt to establish "a new religion, similar to the
Dunkars and Quakers" in Lexington, Kentucky;
however, no other record has been found regard-
ing this endeavor. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: one of the founders of a library in Lexington,
Kentucky, 1795; first president of the Lexington
Immigration Society, 1797. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: yeoman, 1784; merchant, by 1786; with part-
ner Col. Nathaniel Rochester he manufactured
nails, brads, and sprigs in Hagerstown, Washing-
ton County; after moving to Kentucky he and his
son established the firm of Hart, Barton, & Hart
in Lexington; built a nail factory, 1794; opened a
general merchandise store, 1795; owned a brick-
making machine, 1798; involved in the formation
of an insurance company, 1802. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Washington
County, 1784 (elected, but did not attend). LOCAL
OFFICES: commissioner of tax, Washington
County, appointed 1783; justice, Orphans' Court,
Washington County, appointed 1792 (refused to
serve). MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, 1787. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value £3,006.6.8, including 25 slaves and 44 oz.
plate, 1783; owned 18 slaves, 1790. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION 700 acres in Elizabeth Hundred,
Washington County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

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