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

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

10 slaves, 1776; assessed value £888.16.8, includ-
ing 19 slaves and 2 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 442 acres in Dorchester County (all by
purchase or patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: COn-

trolled 305 acres in Dorchester County for the
heirs of James Kirkman, 1783; inherited from his
father 245 acres in Dorchester County, ca. 1783;
purchased 1 lot in Vienna, plus 633 acres, but
later sold 442 acres, all in Dorchester County,
between 1783 and 1790. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
ca. 1790 in Dorchester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least £841.11.2; balance as of fourth
account, £54.6.11. LAND: 878 acres in Dorchester
County, plus 1 lot in Vienna, Dorchester County.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT: at death Kirkman was
heavily in debt and James Shaw (ca. 1747-ca.
1795) was appointed trustee to sell enough of
Kirkman's real estate to raise £900 to pay his
creditors.

KNIGHT, STEPHEN (?-ca. 1745). BORN: prob-
ably in Kent County, of age in 1708. RESIDED: in
Cecil County; Kent County, ca. 1737. MARRIED
first, on February 24, 1708, Sarah, widow of
Thomas Robinson, daughter of James Frisby (ca.
1651-1704). Sarah was the granddaughter of James
Frisby (?-1674) and wife Mary. She was the niece
of William Frisby (by 1664-1713). Her brothers
were James (1676-died in infancy); Thomas (1681-
ca. 1715/16); James Frisby (1684-1719); Pere-
grine Frisby (1688-1739); Jacob (1693-by 1704);
Francis, baptized July 7, 1697; and William (1699-
1724). Her sisters were Mary (1678/79-?), who
never married; Mary (1690-by 1704); and Frances
(1696-by 1704). Her nieces were Ann (1727-
1793), who married second, William Fitzhugh (ca.
1722-1798); Ariana Margaret (1717-?), who
married William Harris (1704-1748). MARRIED
second, on November 30, 1731, Ann Seaton.
CHILDREN. SONS: William (1709-1746), clerk of
Cecil County, 1733-1746, and deputy commis-
sary, who married on November 7, 1741, Rachel,
who was the daughter of Daniel Dulany (1685-
1753), and who subsequently married Rev. Henry
Addison; Frisby (1712-1712); and John (1716-
1743), who married on May 15, 1740, Mary, who
was the daughter of John Thompson and wife
Mary, and who subsequently married Adam Van-
bibber. DAUGHTERS: Mary (1714-?), who mar-
ried on December 31, 1731, Humphrey Wells,
son of Capt. John Stokes of Baltimore County;
Sarah (1719-?), who married (first name un-

known) Philips; and Cordelia. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
Anglican, St. Stephens Church, North Sassafras
Parish, Cecil County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIV
ITIES: Mr., by 1708; Gent., by 1713; Esq., by
1716. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Cecil County, 1720 (elected to the 3rd
session of the 1719-1721/22 Assembly to fill va-
cancy; Knight was asked to withdraw from the
Lower House on October 14, 1720, after the
Committee of Elections and Privileges reported
that through the sheriffs oversight, no indenture
was returned for his election), 1728-1731. OTHER
PROVINCIAL OFFICES: riding surveyor of Bohemia
and Sassafras, 1706/7-1743 (resigned); naval of-
ficer of Cecil County, 1711-1733 (resigned); jus-
tice, Provincial Court, 1735-1744/45 (quorum by
1743-1745); judge, Assize Court, Eastern Shore,
1737-at least 1743. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Cecil
County, 1715/16-1730, Kent County, commis-
sioned 1733; justice, Court of Oyer, Terminer,
and Gaol Delivery, Cecil County, commissioned
1715, Kent County, commissioned 1736; North
Sassafras Parish Vestry, Cecil County, 1717-1722;
clerk, Cecil County, 1718-1733 (resigned in favor
of his son); deputy commissary, Cecil County, by
1723-1733/34. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION. 1,373 acres in Cecil County
(by personal acquisition); he also held a mortgage
on 550 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: deeded as a
gift 300 acres in Cecil County to his son, 1741.
Acquired 3 lots in Chester Town, Kent County,
ca. 1732. Sold two of the Chester Town lots in
1737, and deeded the third lot as a gift to his
sister-in-law, Ann Frisby, 1743. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on March 21, 1745; his resi-
dence at death was in Kent County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: requested no appraisal of estate. LAND:
ca. 1,000 acres in Cecil County.

LADD, RICHARD (?-ca. 1691/92). BORN: in
England, perhaps in Norwich. IMMIGRATED: in
1668 as a free adult. RESIDED: on "Charles' Gift,"
Calvert County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTHER:
John, of Norwich, England. SISTER: Ellen, who
married Henry Rigdon. MARRIED by May 1676
Rosamond (?-ca. 1692), widow of Joseph Hors-
ley (?-1671) of Calvert County. She subsequently
married, by February 1691/92, Samuel Hold-
sworth (?-1710/11). CHILDREN. None who sur-
vived him. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Christ Church

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