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

Her nephew was Samuel Turbutt Wright (1749-
1810). Her nieces were Ann Oldham (?-by 1794),
who married Joshua Clarke (?-1781); Elizabeth
Oldham (?-by 1776), who married William
Hopper (by 1747-1806); and Hannah Oldham (?-
1828), who married Nicholas Martin (1743-ca.
1808). MARRIED third, in 1763 Sarah (?-ca. 1775),
widow of Matthew Dockery (?-1763). CHILDREN.
SON: William Hopper (by 1747-1806). DAUGH-
TERS: Mary, who married by 1772 Joseph Nichol-
son, Gent., of Kent County; Elizabeth (1739-
1806), who married Joseph Nicholson, Jr. (?-1786);
Henrietta (?-by 1772), who married by 1765 Hugh
Neil, a clergyman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Mary Ann (1742-?), who married first, Philemon
Charles Blake (?-1765), and second, James Bordley
(?-ca. 1793); Sally (?-1761); and Dorothy, who
married (first name unknown) Hutchings. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican, Chester Church, St. Paul's
Parish, Queen Anne's County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1734; Gent., 1736; Esq.,
1756. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hopper was called
before the vestry of St.. Paul's Parish in 1762 to
answer for his cohabitation with Jane Brown.
They refused to separate, with Hopper stating that
"she was his tenant, and a useful woman to him as
being his Taylor, his barber, his laundress, and
one who taught his young Negroes to sew." OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: carpenter, 1729; merchant, by
1737; built a school with Christopher Cox, by

1747. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, Queen Anne's County, 1745,
1745/46-1748, 1749-1751 (Bills of Credit 1),
1751-1754 (Arms and Ammunition 1-6), 1758-
1761, 1770 (elected to the 3rd session to fill va-
cancy). LOCAL OFFICES: counter of tobacco plants,
Queen Anne's County, appointed 1730; St. Paul's
Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's County, in office
1733-1737, 1740-1746, 1748-1751, 1754-1756;
justice, Queen Anne's County, 1743-1772 (quo-
rum, 1749-1772); sheriff, Queen Anne's County,
1754-1757; receiver or collector of land tax, Queen
Anne's County, in office by 1756; deputy commis-
sary, Queen Anne's County, 1758-1759. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1746; major, by 1756; colo-
nel, by 1758. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 3,287 acres in Queen
Anne's County (at least 2,887 acquired through
his first two marriages). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

acquired 1,024 additional acres in Queen Anne's
County between 1747 and 1768 by purchase or
patent; acquired 113 acres in Queen Anne's
County apparently through his third marriage, ca.

1763; gave 2,187 acres in Queen Anne's County to
his children by deeds of gift, between 1765 and
1772. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between Febru-
ary 5 and April 16, 1772, in Queen Anne's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £4,258.6.4
specie (including 31 slaves, 3 servants, 185.75 oz.
plate, and books); FB, £1,263.4.7. LAND at least
2,124 acres in Queen Anne's County.

HOPPER, WILLIAM (by 1747-1806). BORN:
between 1741 and 1747 in Queen Anne's County;
only son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in
Queen Anne's County (later became part of Caro-
line County) until 1785; Queen Anne's County,
1785 until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
William Hopper (1707-1772). MOTHER: Mary
Anne (?-1747), daughter of Thomas Hynson
Wright (1688-1747) and wife Mary Turbutt;
granddaughter of Solomon Wright (ca. 1655-
1717). STEPMOTHER Sarah Dockery (?-ca. 1775).
UNCLE: Thomas Wright (?-ca. 1784). AUNT: Ann
Wright (?-by 1754), who married Edward Oldham
(1709-1773). SISTER: Mary Anne (1742-by 1792),
who married second, James Bordley (?-ca. 1793).
HALF SISTERS: Mary; Elizabeth (1739-1806), who
married Joseph Nicholson, Jr. (?-1786); Henrietta;
Sally (?-1761); and Dorothy. FIRST COUSINS: Sam-
uel Turbutt Wright (1749-1810); Ann Oldham (?-
by 1794), who married Joshua Clarke (?-1781);
Hannah Oldham (?-1828), who married Nicholas
Martin (1743-ca. 1808). MARRIED first, by 1769
his first cousin Elizabeth (?-by 1776), daughter of
Edward Oldham (1709-1773) and wife Ann
Wright (?-by 1754); stepdaughter of Ann Golds-
borough (1732-?); granddaughter of John Oldham
(?-1729); stepgranddaughter of Nicholas Golds-
borough (ca. 1689-1766); niece of Hannah Old-
ham (1702-1759), who married James Edge (ca.
1710-1757), Mary Anne Wright (?-1747), who
married William Hopper (1707- 1772), and Thomas
Wright (?-ca. 1784); stepniece of Thomas Golds-
borough (ca. 1728-1793). Her sisters were Anne
(?-by 1794), who married Joshua Clarke (?-1781);
Hannah (?-1828), who married Nicholas Martin
(1743-ca. 1808); and Mary (?-by 1772). Her first
cousins were Samuel Turbutt Wright (1749-1810);
Mary Ann Hopper (1742-by 1792), who married
second, James Bordley (?-ca. 1793). ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: by 1759 Elizabeth and her sister Anne
were living with their aunt Hannah Oldham Edge
from whom they inherited the lands of their uncle
James Edge (ca. 1710-1757). MARRIED second, on
April 17, 1776, Ann, daughter of Daniel Cox.
CHILDREN. SONS: William (?-1793); Daniel Cox
(1777-?), a lawyer by 1807; Thomas Wright

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