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

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

apparently sold all of his Washington County
land, 1783-1804. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on
June 23, 1808, in Lexington, Kentucky. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least $13,751.08 (including
approximately 70 volumes in his library). LAND: 2
houses and lots in Lexington, Kentucky, plus an
unspecified number of acres in Kentucky and Ten-
nessee.

HARWOOD, RICHARD (1738-1826) BORN on
December 1, 1738, in All Hallow's Parish, Anne
Arundel County; eldest son. NATIVE: third genera-
tion. RESIDED, in Rhode River Hundred, Anne
Arundel County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Capt. Richard Harwood (?-1754), of West River,
Anne Arundel County. MOTHER: Ann (1719-
1804), daughter of Gassaway Watkins and wife
Ann. BROTHERS. Joseph (1739/40-died young);
Gassaway (1741 -died young); Thomas, Esq.
(1743-1804), of Annapolis, treasurer of the West-
ern Shore from 1775 to 1804; John (1744-?); Sam-
uel (1746-?); Nicholas (1748-?); William (1749-?);
and Benjamin (1751-1826), treasurer of the West-
ern Shore from 1804 to 1826. SISTERS: Mary
(1753-?); Elizabeth (1753-died young). MARRIED
first, on February 3, 1767, Margaret (1746-?),
daughter of Henry Hall (1702/3-1756). Her
brothers were Edward (1735-?); Isaac (1737-?);
Thomas Henry (1744-1788); and William (1748-
?). Her half brothers were Henry Hall (1727-
1770); John Hall (1729-1797). Her sisters were
Elizabeth (1739-?); Mary (1752-1771); and Mar-
tha (1755-?). Her first cousin was Stephen West
(1727-1790). MARRIED second, in 1806 Lucinda,
widow of John Battee (?-1803); probably the
daughter of Capt. Thomas Harwood. CHILDREN.
SONS: Richard Hall (?-1819), member of the
Maryland House of Delegates in 1798. STEPSONS:
Richard Battee; Thomas Battee; and John Osborn
Battee. DAUGHTERS: Priscilla, who married in
1806 John Beale Weems (?-1814), son of John
Weems (1727-1794); Rachel Sprigg. STEPDAUGH-
TERS. Henrietta Battee; Caroline Battee. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican, All Hallow's Parish, Anne Arun-
del County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1767. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Anne Arundel County, 1786-1787 (Griev-
ances 1, 2), 1787-1788 (Elections 1), 1788, 1789,
1790, 1791-1792, 1792, 1793; Senate, Western
Shore, Term of 1801-1806: 1801 (president), 1802
(president), 1803 (president), 1804 (president),
1805 (president). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Anne

Arundel County, 1771-1782 (resigned); justice,
Court of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery,
Anne Arundel County, commissioned 1775; jus-
tice, Orphans' Court, Anne Arundel County,
1777-1782; commissioner of tax, Anne Arundel
County, 1777-at least 1786; subscription officer,
Continental Loan Office, Anne Arundel County,
appointed 1779; sheriff, Anne Arundel County, in
office 1782-1785, 1794-1797; All Hallow's Parish
Vestry, Anne Arundel County, in office 1810.
JURY SERVICE juror, Anne Arundel County,
served 1762, 1763, and 1765; grand juror, Anne
Arundel County, served 1761, 1763, and 1764
(foreman). MILITARY SERVICE lieutenent colonel,
by May 1776; colonel, by 1783. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£1,095.15.0, including 23 slaves and 21 oz. plate,
1783; 40 slaves, 1798. In the late 1790s Harwood
was involved in litigation to collect debts owed to
him and to have that money assigned to his credi-
tors. In 1800 he mortgaged all of his property to
his brother Benjamin to cover a debt of £2,993.0.0
and to insure future credit. The mortgage included
17 adult slaves, livestock, a plantation, and house-
hold equipment. When Harwood married Lucy
Battee their marriage agreement specified that nei-
ther was responsible for the other's debts. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: 877 acres in Anne Arundel

County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH, by 1798
Harwood owned 955 acres in Anne Arundel
County, but the mortgage in 1800 assigned all of
this land to his brother Benjamin. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on February 21, 1826, in Anne
Arundel County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: inventory
totaled $705.75, composed of cash and stock in
both the Planter's Bank of Prince George's
County and the South River Bridge Company.
LAND: probably none.

HARWOOD, THOMAS, III (by 1757-by 1805)
BORN, probably in Prince George's County, of age
by 1778. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: al-
ternately in Calvert and Prince George's counties.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: either Capt.

Thomas Harwood (1698-1770) or Benjamin Har-
wood, son of Maj. Thomas Harwood, of Prince
George's County, and wife Sarah Belt. OTHER
KINSHIP: his great-uncle was possibly Joseph Belt
(ca. 1680-1761). MARRIED by May 20, 1779, Ann,
daughter of George Gantt (?-1779) and wife Han-
nah; granddaughter of Thomas Gantt (?-1765);
niece of Thomas Gantt (ca. 1710-1785), Edward
Gantt (?-by 1783), Fielder Gantt (?-1807), and
probably Ann Gantt, who married John Brome

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