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

ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 546 acres in Somerset

County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated

on May 15, 1767, in Somerset County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY, included at least 4 slaves and a house
on Chappel Street, White Haven, Somerset (now
Wicomico) County, but size of entire estate is
unknown. LAND: at least 3,939 acres in Somerset
County and 240 acres in Saint Mary's County,
plus lot 20 in Princess Anne Town, a house and
lot in White Haven, and an unknown amount of
land on Riske Hogan Island in the Kennebec River,
New England.

LOWES, HENRY (?-ca. 1791). BORN: probably
in Somerset County; of age by 1759. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: Wicomico Hundred,
Somerset County; called "of Chatham" in 1785.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Henry Lowes (?-

1767). MOTHER: Esther Waters. BROTHER: Tub-
man Lowes (?-ca. 1761). MARRIED on July 31,
1759, Esther (1742-?), daughter of Robert Dash-
iell (1697-1744/45) of Quantico Creek, Somerset
County, and wife Esther Handy (ca. 1720-1748).
Esther was the stepdaughter of Day Scott (?-
1757). She was the niece of John Handy (ca. 1724-
1 756) . Her stepbrother was George Day Scott ( 1 736/
37-1796). Her sister was Jane Dashiell (?-1745).
CHILDREN. SON Tubmon Lowes (1764-ca. 1815).
DAUGHTERS: Dorothy (1764-1772), Tubman's
twin; Elizabeth, who died in infancy. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican, Stepney Parish, Somerset County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1764.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, by 1765. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. 9th Conven-

tion, Somerset County, 1776 (Manufactories);
Lower House, Somerset County, 1777 (did not
attend; election voided on March 5, 1777, be-
cause at the time of the election thirty men ''armed
with firearms affixed with sticks and spears" had
intimidated the voters). LOCAL OFFICES: visitor,
Eden School, Somerset County, 1771; chairman,
Committee of Observation, Somerset County,

1776. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY, owned schooner John Parker, 1778; as-
sessed value £2,583.15.0, including 66 slaves and
163 oz. plate, 1783; owned sloop, 1785. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: ca. 5,607 acres in Somerset and
Worcester counties (789 acres by purchase, ca.
949 acres by patent, ca. 4,124 acres inherited from
father, 362 acres through marriage), 1774. SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: owned 1,907 acres in Somerset
County, 1783; in 1785 confirmed ownership of

land on the Kennebec River in New England,
which had been deeded to his father in 1741.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: ca. 1791, probably in
Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of
estate unknown. LAND: possibly 1,765 acres in
Somerset County as charged to his wife and son
in 1793; unknown quantity of land on the Ken-
nebec River in New England.

LOWES, TUBMAN (1764-1815). BORN: on Sep-
tember 24, 1764, at "Quantico," Stepney Parish,
Somerset County. NATIVE: third generation. RE-
SIDED: in Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Henry LoweS (?-

ca. 1791). MOTHER: Esther Dashiell (1742-?).
SISTERS: Dorothy (1764-1772); Elizabeth. MAR-
RIED first, on April 9, 1789, Elizabeth Birkhead
(Burckett, Birkheat) (1770-1799), daughter of
Dr. Thomas Bond (?-ca. 1772) of Calvert County
and wife Elizabeth Waters. Her brother was Ben-
son (1767-ca. 1789). Her sisters were Mary Hold-
sworth Bond (?-by 1789); Dorothy Watters Bond
(1769-?), who married James Robertson of Som-
erset County. MARRIED second, on March 11, 1801,
Anne, daughter of Joshua Hitch of Somerset
County and wife Mary. CHILDREN. SONS: Tubman
(1791-?); Benson Bond (1793-1818), who mar-
ried in 1811 Elizabeth D. Allen. DAUGHTERS. Es-
ther Tubman (1790-?), who married in 1816 Capt.
Benjamin Gray of Calvert County; Elizabeth
(1794-by 1824), who married George A. Dash-
iell; Dorothy (1797-1797); Mary Henry (1799-
1799); and Mary Anne (1803-?). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican, Stepney Parish, Somerset County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1798.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably planter. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Somerset County, 1789, 1791-1792, 1800, 1801.
LOCAL OFFICES: Stepney Parish Vestry, Somerset
County, 1796-1798; justice, Somerset County,
1796-1815; appointed commissioner by the Gen-
eral Assembly to sell lots belonging to Stepney
Parish, Somerset County, 1798, 1801, 1802, 1804;
register. Stepney Parish, Somerset County, 1811-
1812. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Somerset
County Militia, 1794-1799. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value,

£1,030.0.0, including 38 slaves and 128 oz. plate,
1793; 46 slaves, 1800; 47 slaves, 1810. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: no evidence of land ownership.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH, owned 1,752 acres in Som-
erset County by 1798 (probably all inherited from

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