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

1 lot in Vienna, Dorchester County, and leases
on lots in Baltimore Town.

MCCOMAS (MACCOMAS), JAMES (1735-1791).
BORN: on September 13, 1735, in St. John's Par-
ish, Baltimore County; eldest son. NATIVE: third
generation. RESIDED: in Baltimore (later became
Bush River Lower Hundred, Harford) County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Daniel Maccomas

(1696/97-1765) of Baltimore County, planter, son
of Daniel McComas (?-ca. 1699) of Anne Arun-
del County and wife Elizabeth. MOTHER. Martha
(ca. 1715-1786), daughter of Daniel Scott (ca.
1680-1744/45) and wife Elizabeth (?-1758).
BROTHERS: Daniel; William (1739-?); John (1741-
?); and Aquila (?-1773). SISTERS: Elizabeth (1737-
?); Sarah, who married in 1764 William Brad-
ford; Hannah (ca. 1746-?); Martha (1749-?),
who married in 1765 Robert Amoss; and Mary.
FIRST COUSINS: Aquila Scott (1756-?); Thomas
Bond, of Thomas (?-1800). MARRIED on Novem-
ber 15, 1761, Elizabeth (ca. 1745-1826), daugh-
ter of Solomon Hillen (?-ca. 1747) and wife Eliz-
abeth Raven. Elizabeth was the stepdaughter after
1748 of Thomas Wheeler (?-ca. 1770). Her
brothers were Solomon (ca. 1737-1801), who
married his stepsister Martha Wheeler (?-by 1769);
Nathan (?-by 1752). Her step or half brothers
were Benjamin Wheeler; Thomas Wheeler; and
Josias Wheeler. Her step or half sisters were
Charity Jenkins; Sarah Green; Susanna Wheeler;
Hannah Cooper; Mary Clements; and Elizabeth
Wheeler. Her stepsister was Martha Wheeler (?-
by 1769). CHILDREN. SONS: William (ca. 1762-?);
James (ca. 1764-?); Josias H. (ca. 1766-?); and
Nathaniel (ca. 1776-?), who married in 1800 Su-
sanna Bradford. DAUGHTERS: Martha (ca. 1770-
?), who married (first name unknown) Slade;
Elizabeth (ca. 1772-?), who married in 1805 Wil-
liam Smith; Susannah (ca. 1774-?), who married
(probably Samuel) Bradford; Sarah; Charlotte;
and Mary. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. John's
Parish, Baltimore (later became Harford) County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1783.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; owned a saw-
null in partnership with Daniel McComas by 1791.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 5th Con-

vention, Harford County, 1775; Lower House,
Harford county, 1778-1779 (determined ineligi-
ble for seat because he did not resign his colonel's
commission until the third day of the election in
Harford County; discharged on October 30, 1778;
reelected and returned on November 25, 1778;

Tax Commissioners 3), 1779-1780, 1780-1781,
1790. LOCAL OFFICES: War Committee, Bush River
Lower Hundred, Harford County, appointed 1775;
justice, Harford County, appointed 1778. 1779,
1782, 1784, in office 1783, 1790; St. John's Parish
Vestry, Harford County, elected 1782. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, 8th Battalion, Harford County
Militia, appointed April 26, 1776; It. colonel, 8th
Battalion, Harford County Militia, commissioned
April 9, 1778, resigned in the fall of 1778. STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: signed Bush Decla-
ration, Harford County, March 22, 1775. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 8 slaves,

1776; assessed value £432.0.0, including 7 slaves,
14 oz. plate, 1783; 1 slave, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: ca. 397 acres in Harford County (305
acres inherited from his father, 92 acres by pur-
chase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: assessed for 380 acres

in Harford County and one improved lot in
Abingdon, Harford County, 1783. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: between February 17 and March 5,
1791, in Harford County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
size of estate unknown. LAND: probably 380 acres
in Harford County.

McCLESTER (MACCLESTER, MACCLAS-
TER), JOHN (ca. 1672-1742). BORN: ca. 1672.
IMMIGRATED: by 1696. RESIDED in Stepney Par-
ish, Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. MOTHER probably Margaret (?-
1717). BROTHERS: probably Neal; Daniel (?-1743),
a mariner; and Joseph, a justice of Somerset
County, 1716-1722/23, sheriff of Somerset County,
1722/23-1725, 1734-1737, who married Isabel
(1675-?), widow of James Dashiell (ca. 1660-
1708/9), and daughter of George Mitchell. MAR-
RIED Mary, daughter of Charles Scarborough
(Scarburgh), Esq., and wife Elizabeth Bennett.
Mary was the granddaughter of Richard Bennett
(ca. 1608-1675). She was the niece of Richard
Bennett (ca. 1639-1667); Ann Bennett (?-by 1694),
who married second, St. Leger Codd (ca. 1634-
ca. 1707/8). Her first cousins were Susanna Ben-
nett (1666-1714), who married first, John Darnall
(?-1684), and second, ca. 1686, Henry Lowe (?-
1717); St. Leger Codd (? -1730). CHILDREN. SONS:
Charles; John; Hugh; James; William; Samuel;
and George. DAUGHTERS: Margaret, who mar-
ried first, Alexander Carlyle, and second, John
Hewitt Nutter; Elizabeth, who married (first name
unknown) Brown; and Mary, who married first,
(first name unknown) Heiney, and second, (first
name unknown) Denney. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
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