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

rent money in 1783. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Conventions, Harford County, 3rd, 1774,
4th, 1775, 5th, 1775. LOCAL OFFICES: St. George's
Parish Vestry, Harford County, in office 1769,
1770, 1772; Committee of Observation, Harford
County, elected 1775; justice, Harford County,
appointed 1777, 1778 (did not qualify). MILITARY
SERVICE: enrolled in Josias Carvil Hall's First
Company, Harford County Militia, 1775; captain,
Harford County Company, Flying Camp, 1776;
colonel, 1779. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE IS-
SUES: signed the Bush Declaration on March 22,
1775. Holland manumitted four slaves in 1794 and
sold two more to his son in 1795, with the stipula-
tions that they not be sold unwillingly out of the
state and that they be freed in seven years. His
will provided that the remainder of his slaves
twenty-five years of age or above be manumitted
one year after his death. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 8 slaves and 2 ser-
vants, 1776; assessed value £1,026.5.0, including
15 slaves and 80 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION. 2,367 acres in Harford County (at least
2,300 acres inherited from his father, 1746/47).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased 321 acres in
Harford County in 1775. Sold the 2,300-acre tract
in Harford County in 1779 and the 321 -acre plan-
tation before 1787. Acquired 500 acres in Harford
County before 1793, possibly through his mar-
riage. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: buried On August
14, 1795, in St. John's Parish, Harford County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £931.7.11
current money (including 18 slaves, 12 oz. plate,
and more than 3 books). LAND: probably 500
acres in Harford County.

HOLLAND, NEHEMIAH (?-1788). BORN in
Somerset County, of age by 1751; eldest son. NA-
TIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: in Worcester

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Nehe-

miah Holland (?-by 1760), of Worcester County; a
planter; son of Nehemiah Holland (?-1721) and
wife (first name unknown) Idolet. STEPMOTHER
Ann. BROTHERS: Thomas; William. HALF
BROTHER: Benjamin. SISTERS: Sarah, who married
(first name unknown) Tarr; Tabitha, who married
(first name unknown) Price; Bridget, who married
(first name unknown) Johnson; Betty, who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Moore. ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: Nehemiah was either the nephew, fa-
ther, brother, or first cousin of William Holland
(identity questionable). MARRIED by 1771 Scarbor-
ough (?-1814), who subsequently married Peter
Chaille (?-1802). CHILDREN. SONS. John; William;

Nehemiah; Thomas; and Peter. DAUGHTER: Anne.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1774. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter, PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Worcester County, 1771, 1773-
1774; Convention, Worcester County, 3rd, 1774;
Lower House, Worcester County, 1777-1778 (re-
signed on March 14, 1778, because of pains in his
limbs which were "at times violent"), 1779-1780
(resigned on June 17, 1780), 1782-1783, 1783. LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Worcester County, 1768-at
least 1785 (quorum, 1773-at least 1785); justice,
Orphans' Court, Worcester County, 1777-at least
1785; subscription officer, Continental Loan Of-
fice, Worcester County, commissioned 1779.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: inherited 4 slaves, personalty, and £30 cur-
rent money from his uncle William Holland,
Gent., 1752. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 518 acres
in Worcester County (186 acres inherited from his
father; 332 acres by purchase and patent). SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: purchased and patented more
than 629 acres in Worcester County, 1771-1788.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on June
20, 1788, in Worcester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: requested no appraisal of his estate. LAND:
more than 1,147 acres in Worcester County.

HOLLAND, WILLIAM (identity questionable).

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Worcester County, 1778 (elected to the
2nd session to fill vacancy; election voided on
April 6, 1778; reelected to the 3rd session, but did
not attend). IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. There
are at least five William Hollands in Worcester
County of age in 1777: William Holland (ca.
1707-1786), son of Nehemiah Holland (?-1721)
and uncle of Nehemiah Holland (?-1788); William
Holland (probably ca. 1735-?), son of Nehemiah
Holland (?-1760) and brother of Nehemiah Hol-
land (?-1788); William Holland (probably ca.
1735-after 1786), son of William Holland (ca.
1707-1786) and first cousin of Nehemiah Holland
(?-1788); William Holland (probably ca. 1740-?),
son of Israel Holland and first cousin of Nehemiah
Holland (?-1788); and William Holland (probably
ca. 1755-after 1788), son of Nehemiah Holland 0-
1788). There is no information in the legislative
proceedings that indicates which of these five men
was elected to the Lower House in 1778. The
Maryland Archives and Inventory of Maryland
State Papers contain references to a Maj. William
Holland who was commissioned a captain in 1777

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