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sons; 602 acres patented). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES


acquired 434 acres in Kent County between 1736
and 1738; divested himself of 1,352 acres in Kent
County between 1736 and 1738, of which 50 acres
were sold and the remainder possibly given to his
children through an inheritance from Philip Ken-
nard (?-1732). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between
December 12, 1739, and January 13, 1739/40; will
probated in Kent County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,519.17.1 (including 23 slaves, 3 servants,
2 old millstones, and plate); FB, £929.15.11. LAND:
ca. 994 acres in Kent County.

KENT, JAMES (ca. 1738-1805). BORN: ca. 1738,
probably in Queen Anne's County. NATIVE: at
least second generation. RESIDED: in Corsica
Hundred, Queen Anne's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER. William Kent (?-ca. 1777) of
Queen Anne's County. MOTHER OR STEP-
MOTHER: Frances (?-1785). BROTHERS. Nathan;
John; Vachel; William; Jacob Lambert; Emanuel
(?-ca. 1818), a merchant of Baltimore City; and
Elijah (?-by 1779), who married Ann, daughter
of John Kent. SISTERS: Lovey, who married (first
name unknown) Brown; Elizabeth. MARRIED first,
(name unknown). MARRIED second, ca. 17%, Ann
Thomas. She subsequently married in 1810 Nich-
olas Loveday of Talbot County. CHILDREN. SONS:
James; Thomas; Robert; and Emanuel. DAUGH-
TERS: Sarah; Frances; and Elizabeth, who mar-
ried in 1810 Stephen Vansant. PRIVATE CAREER.
Anglican, St. Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's
by 1781. Subscriber to Washington College, 1783.
Kent manumitted several slaves in his will. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE, merchant in partnership
with William Hopper (by 1747-1806), 1774; prob-
ICE: 9th Convention, Queen Anne's County, 1776
(election voided on August 16, 1776, because the
freemen of Queen Anne's County appointed the
election judges contrary to the resolves of the 8th
Convention; reelected and seated); Lower House,
Queen Anne's County, 1777 (Loan Office 1), 1777-
1778 (Grievances 2; Loan Office 1), 1780-1781
(resigned on January 9, 1781; reelected and qual-
ified on May 23, 1781; Public Taxes 2), 1781-
1782 (Public Taxes 1), 1782-1783 (Grievances 1,
2), 1783, 1794, 1795. LOCAL OFFICES: churchwar-
den. St. Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's County,
1771; St. Luke's Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's
County, 1772-1775; justice. Queen Anne's

County, in office 1772-1779, commissioned 1780
(did not qualify); Committee of Correspondence,
Queen Anne's County, elected 1774; justice, Or-
phans' Court, Queen Anne's County, 1777-1778;
candidate for sheriff, Queen Anne's County, 1785
(defeated); commissioner to open subscriptions
at Centreville, Queen Anne's County, for the sale
of stock in a bank to be established in Baltimore,
appointed 1795; trustee of the poor, Queen Anne's
County, appointed March 1802, resigned April
1802. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Queen Anne's
County Militia, by January 1776; commander of
a company of militia from Queen Anne's County
that marched to Northhampton Courthouse in
Virginia to put down an insurrection led by Gov-
ernor Dunmore, February 1776; colonel, Queen
Anne's County Militia, by July 1776; rejected ap-
pointment as commander of the continental frig-
ate "Defence," July 1776; resigned military com-
mission in August 1776 following his election as
delegate to the 9th Convention. WEALTH DURING


£828.0.0, including 20 slaves and 20 oz. plate,
1783; 9 slaves, 1790; 11 slaves by 1798. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 199 acres in Queen Anne's County
(all acquired by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES


By 1788 Kent had declared insolvency. All his
property, including 275 acres in Queen Anne's
County, was assigned to trustees for the payment
of his debts. By 1802 Kent's debts had been paid
and he again owned his Queen Anne's County
acreage, as well as a lot in Centreville, Queen
Anne's County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, in 1805
in Queen Anne's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, $2,413.37 (including 11 manumitted slaves,
2 other slaves, and books); FB, estate overpaid
$80.02. LAND: 287 acres in Queen Anne's County
and one lot with a storehouse in Centreville. AD-
DITIONAL COMMENT: Before Kent married Ann
Thomas, he entered into a marriage contract that
promised her £1,000.00 after his death. Ann and
her second husband sued the estate, and all of
Kent's property was sold to honor the contract.

KERR, DAVID (1749-1814). BORN: in 1749,
probably on July 3rd, at Monreith, Galloway,
Scotland. IMMIGRATED, in 1773 from Falmouth,
Virginia, as a free adult. RESIDED: in Scotland
until 1769; Falmouth, Virginia, 1769-1773;
Greenbury Point, Broad Neck Hundred, Anne
Arundel County, 1773-1783; Talbot County, 1784
to death (living in Easton by 1792 and in a house
on Dover Street, Easton, by 1798). FAMILY BACK-



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