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

property was sold after his death. The proceeds,
totaling $17,374.40, were distributed among his
children.

MARBURY, LUKE (ca. 1745-1809). BORN: ca.
1745; only child surviving to adulthood. NATIVE:
third generation. RESIDED: in Piscataway-Hynson
Hundred, Prince George's County, 1796;
"Wheeler's Hope," Prince George's County, 1801.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Luke Marbury

(1710-1758), Gent., of Prince George's County,
a tobacco inspector at Piscataway and a justice
of the peace of Prince George's County, 1743-
1751. MOTHER: Elizabeth, daughter of William
Beanes (1684-1765) and wife Elizabeth Bradley
(1684-1773) of Upper Marlborough, Prince
George's County. ADDITIONAL COMMENT. In 1761,
Luke Marbury's father's estate was to be divided
between his widow and three children. There is
no evidence of Luke's siblings after this date. It
is presumed they died soon thereafter leaving him
as the surviving heir. MARRIED ca. 1770 his first
cousin Elizabeth (ca. 1747-?), daughter of Wil-
liam Beanes (?-1801) of Prince George's County
and wife Mary Bowie (1726-ca. 1794). Elizabeth
was the niece of William Bowie (1721-1791). Her
brothers were Dr. Colmore (?-1831), a physi-
cian; Maj. William Bradley (1775-1818), who
married in 1809 Eleanor Brown; Col. John Han-
cock (?-1811), who married first, in 1785, Hen-
rietta Dyer (?-1788), widow of John Dyer,
daughter of Peter Dent of Charles County, and
married second, in 17%, Harriet Sothoron, widow
of William Clagett; and Dr. William (1749-1828),
a physician and planter of Prince George's County,
who married in 1773 Sarah Hawkins Hanson,
daughter of Samuel Hanson (1716-1794). Her sis-
ters were Eleanor, who married in 1781 James
Mullikin (?-1804); Millicent, who possibly mar-
ried James Alexander Magruder; and Mary Bowie,
who married in 1783 Baruch Duckett (ca. 1745-
1810), brother of Thomas Duckett (1744-1806).
Her first cousins were Walter Bowie (1748-1810);
Robert Bowie (ca. 1750-1818). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENT: Dr. William Beanes, Marbury's brother-
in-law, was taken prisoner shortly after the suc-
cessful British assault on Washington, D.C., in
August 1814. Francis Scott Key, a friend of Beanes,
went on board the British ship in the Chesapeake
Bay where Beanes was being held in an effort to
secure his release. It is from this vantage point
that Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort
McHenry on the night of September 13-14, 1814,

that inspired him to write the "Star-Spangled
Banner." CHILDREN. SON: William (1771-?), who
served two terms in the Maryland House of Del-
egates and who married Jane Contee (1780-?),
daughter of John Read Magruder and wife Bar-
bara Contee. Her grandfather was Alexander
Contee (ca. 1691-1740). DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth
(1773-?), who married in 1796 Henry Sothoron
of St. Mary's County; Henrietta Beanes (ca. 1774-
?), who married in 1802 Thomas Henry Clagett;
and Caroline, who probably married ca. 1809
William Marshall, Jr. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican,
King George's Parish, Prince George's County.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant by 1768;
planter, 1805. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERV-
ICE: Conventions, Prince George's County, 4th,
1775 (elected, but did not attend), 5th, 1775
(elected, but did not attend), 9th, 1776 (election
voided on August 15, 1776, because the freemen
of Prince George's County illegally appointed
election judges after the ones officially appointed
failed to act; subsequently reelected and seated).
LOCAL OFFICES, justice, Prince George's County,
1773-1780; King George's Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, in office 1771, 1772, 1784;
Committee of Observation, Prince George's
County, elected 1775; lieutenant of militia, Prince
George's County, commissioned July 1, 1777, re-
signed November 29, 1777; judge, Court of Ap-
peals for Tax Assessment, appointed 1786; sher-
iff, Prince George's County, elected 1788, but not
commissioned. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Prince
George's County Militia, 1776; lt. colonel, Lower
Battalion of Militia, Prince George's County,
commissioned February 4, 1777; colonel, Lower
Battalion of Militia, Prince George's County,
commissioned September 1, 1777; taken prisoner
at Battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777, ex-
changed March 26, 1781. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: manumitted five slaves in his will.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

11 slaves, 1776; 24 slaves and 42 oz. plate, 1796.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 687 acres in Prince
George's County (682 acres inherited from father,
5 acres by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased 350 acres in Prince George's County, 1789-
1801; charged with 1,092 acres in Prince George's
County, 1800; gave son 855 acres in Prince
George's County by deed of gift, 1801-1805.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between January and
April 1809 in Prince George's County. PERSONAL

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