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

obtained an additional 50 acres there by 1793,
which was reflected on that year's tax list; bought
a town lot in Skipton in 1817; sold 60 acres in
Washington (later became Allegany) County, and
110 acres of Cresap's land, 1785; sold his town
lot in 1821. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on May 27, 1839, in Washington County; re-
quested that he be buried in his orchard near his
children's graves. PERSONAL PROPERTY: included
15 shares of stock in the Valley Bank of Virginia,
5 shares of stock in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Company, slaves, and books; size of entire estate
is unknown. LAND: ca. 5,200 acres in Maryland,
plus unspecified Virginia lands mentioned in his
will.

JACOB, MORDECAI (1714-1771). BORN: on May
24, 1714, in Prince George's County; probably
eldest son. NATIVE: at least second generation.
RESIDED: on "Widows Purchase," Prince George's
County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Benja-
min Jacob (?-ca. 1755) of Prince George's County,
a planter. MOTHER: Alice (?-ca. 1759). BROTHER:
Benjamin (1724-?). SISTER: Sarah (1719-?), who
married Richard Isaac, Jr. MARRIED first, on Sep-
tember 10, 1741, Ruth (?-by 1745), daughter of
Robert Tyler, Jr. (1704-1741) and wife Mary
Wade, who subsequently married Philip Pinder
(Pindell). Ruth was the granddaughter of Robert
Tyler (ca. 1671-1738). Her brothers were Robert
Tyler (1727-1777); William. Her sisters were Mary
(1729-before 1798), who married Jeremiah Ma-
gruder (1731-1798); Susannah, who married John
Gray; and Sarah. MARRIED second, Jemima,
daughter of Richard Isaac (1680-ca. 1759) and
wife Sarah. Her brothers were Richard (1720/21-
?); Joseph. Her sisters were Mary (1712-?), who
married on February 17, 1725/26, Joseph Peach;
Rachel (1716-?), who married (first name un-
known) Jones; Kezia (1719-?), who married on
September 24, 1734, Benoni Fowler; Drusilla
(1723-?), who married (first name unknown)
Fowler; and Sarah, who married Werthall Ridgely.
CHILDREN. SONS: Benjamin (?-alive in 1770); Mor-
decai (1748-after 1789), who married on June 6,
1789, Mary Cole; Isaac; and George. DAUGH-
TERS: Ruth, who married in 1760 Isaac Hall (1737-
?), son of Henry Hall (1702/3-1756); Sarah (1750-
?); Alice (1752-?); Jemima (ca. 1759-?); and
Eleanor. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Queen Anne
Parish, Prince George's County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1753. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE

SERVICE: Lower House, Prince George's County,
1762-1763 (Elections 2), 1765-1766 (Elections
2, 4; Grievances 3, 4), 1769-1770 (elected to the
2nd session of the 1768-1770 Assembly to fill
vacancy). LOCAL OFFICES: churchwarden and ves-
tryman, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's
County, 1746-1750, 1754-1760; justice, Prince
George's County, 1748-at least 1766 (quorum,
1752-at least 1766). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 493 acres in Prince

George's County (437 acres inherited or deeded
from his father, 56 acres purchased). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: purchased 505 acres in Prince George's
County, 1769. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will pro-
bated on May 8, 1771, in Prince George's County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,464.16.9 current
money (including 24 slaves, 21 books, and plate);
FB, £1,464.16.9. There were no outstanding debts.
LAND. 998 acres in Prince George's County.

JAMES, CHARLES (?-1698). BORN: in England.
IMMIGRATED: in 1661, as a free adult from Lon-
don. RESIDED, in Baltimore County; Cecil County
by 1676. MARRIED by 1670 Elizabeth, daughter of
Leonard Strong (7 -by 1659). CHILDREN. SON: Charles
(?-by 1709) of Cecil County, a planter. DAUGH-
TER: Elizabeth (?-alive in 1736), who married first.
William Bailey (?-by 1708), second, in 1708, Philip
Kennard (?-1732), and third, John Mowell of Kent
County, a cooper. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant;
probably Anglican, Shrewsbury Parish,
Cecil County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
transported five others on arrival; variously called
Mr., merchant, and Gent., on arrival. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: formerly merchant of London;
planter; merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Associators' Convention, Cecil County,
1689-1692; Grand Committee of Twenty, 1690-
1692. LOCAL OFFICES: deputy surveyor, Balti-
more County, 1671, Baltimore and Anne Arun-
del counties, 1674-1676; coroner, Cecil County,
1674-1676, Baltimore County, 1676; sheriff, Ce-
cil County, 1676 (dismissed after one month);
justice, Cecil County, 1690-1694. MILITARY
SERVICE, captain, 1689-1694. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: impeached by Assembly from
posts as sheriff, coroner, and deputy surveyor for
perjury and false imprisonment and ruled ineli-
gible to hold public office again, 1676; revolution
in 1689 brought reentry into political office;
countless disputes with other Cecil County offi-
cials, 1689-1692; removed from office by Gov.

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