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

Gale (?-1801), son of Levin Gale (ca. 1730-1791).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, Somerset Parish, Somer-
set County. SOCIAL STATUS AND Activities: Gent. ,
by 1779; Esq., by 1783. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
merchant by 1770, in partnership with Levin Gale
(ca. 1730-1791) and John Stewart (?-ca. 1794)
between at least 1774 and 1787; part owner of a
brig in 1794. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERV-
ICE: 4th Convention, Somerset County, 1775;
Lower House, Somerset County, 1777 (elected
on March 19, 1777, after the election of the orig-
inal county delegation was declared void by the
House), 1778-1779 (Claims 1), 1780-1781, 1782-
1783 (Claims 2; Manufactories 2), 1783. LOCAL
OFFICES: churchwarden. Somerset Parish, Som-
erset County, in office 1776 and 1785; Somerset
Parish Vestry, Somerset County, 1779-1782, 1786-
1791; justice, Somerset County, 1778-1794; judge,
Court of Appeals, appointed under the Act to
Procure Troops for the American Army, Som-
erset County, appointed 1778; commissioner of
the tax, Somerset County, appointed 1779; sub-
scription officer, Continental Loan Office, Som-
erset County, appointed 1779; commissary for
purchases, Somerset County, appointed 1780;
justice, Orphans' Court, Somerset County, 1780-
at least 1789; judge. Court of Appeals for Tax
Assessment, Somerset County, appointed 1786;
trustee, Washington Academy, Somerset County,
1779-1794. MILITARY SERVICE: commissioned 1st
lieutenant. Back Creek Company, Somerset
County, 1777. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
subscriber to Washington College. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed Value

£1,942.0.0, including 49 slaves and 82 oz. plate,
1783; his wife Elizabeth inherited the entire per-
sonal estate of her brother Levin Wilson (1735-
1791); assessed value £3,655.0.0, including 160
slaves and 172 oz. plate, 1793. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION 471 acres in Somerset County, 1774.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH, wife inherited 897 acres
in Somerset County from her brother, George
Wilson, in 1779; wife and children inherited the
estate of Levin Wilson (1735-1791), consisting of
ca. 2,730 acres of land in Somerset County, 1791.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED between January and
March 1794, in Somerset County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: requested no appraisal of estate. LAND:
ca. 3,775 acres in Somerset County.

JACOB, JOHN JEREMIAH (1757-1839). BORN

in 1757. IMMIGRATED/NATIVE: unknown. RE-

SIDED: with Capt. Michael Cresap (1742-1775)
and his family in Washington County, from age
15 in 1772 until his military service was over in
1781; Skipton Hundred, Washington County, 1781
to 1785; Hampshire County, Virginia, 1785 until
death. MARRIED first, in 1781, Mary Whitehead,
originally from Philadelphia, widow of Capt. Mi-
chael Cresap (1742-1775). MARRIED second, on
July 4, 1821, Susan McDevot. CHILDREN. SON:
John Jeremiah, a minor in 1833. STEPSONS: Mi-
chael Cresap, Jr.; James M. Cresap, who married
Mary. DAUGHTER. Julia Ann. STEPDAUGHTERS:
Mary Cresap, who married Luther Martin (1748-
1826); Elizabeth, who married Lenox Martin, Esq. ,
a lawyer and justice from Allegany County; and
Sarah, who married Osborn Sprigg. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: author of "Biographical Sketch
of the Life of the Late Captain Michael Cresap,"
written in 1826 as an answer to Thomas Jeffer-
son's charges that Cresap was infamous as an In-
dian murderer. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Meth-
odist. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: Methodist minister;
possibly planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE. Lower House, Washington County, 1783.
MILITARY SERVICE: ensign with a company of the
Flying Camp from the Skipton District, Wash-
ington County, July 1, 1776; commissioned 2nd
lieutenant with the 6th Maryland Regiment, reg-
ular army, December 10,1776; commissioned 1st
lieutenant, October 10, 1777; captain by January

1781. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: prO-

vided in his will for the manumission of a slave,
giving him the choice of being sent to Liberia at
the estate's expense, or being free in any state;
provided in his will for a perpetual annuity to be
paid the Methodist itinerant preacher at Skipton.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £422.0.0, including 9 slaves and 80
oz. plate, 1783; wife inherited £738.5.5 from her
first husband's estate, 1790. ANNUAL INCOME: paid
$125.00 annually from a Revolutionary War pen-
sion, plus an additional unknown sum, equal to
half pay for a 1st lieutenant, from 1811 until death;
received extensive rents and profits from his land
in Maryland and Virginia. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: ca. 2,700 acres in Washington County, as
well as control of an additional 348 acres belong-
ing to Capt. Michael Cresap's (1742-1775) es-
tate. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented ca. 2,100
acres, most in Allegany County but some in Bal-
timore, Garrett, and Carroll counties, between
1790 and 1834; purchased a total of 150 acres in
Allegany County between 1811 and 1832, and

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