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

UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Prot-

estant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by
1707. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; attorney,
1709; probably mariner, 1717. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset
County, 1704-1707. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, So-
merset County, 1723-1733/34. MILITARY SERV-
ICE: captain, by 1723. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 900 acres; pur-
chased additional 280 acres in Somerset County,
1707. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between July 13,
1742, and December 3, 1742, in Stepney Parish,
Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£2,199.3.12 current money (including 21 slaves);
FB, £1,092.13.2. LAND: 980 acres in Somerset
County.

McGEE (MACKEY, MACKIE, MACKGEE,
MAGEE, MAKAY, McGHEE, McGHER,
McKEY), SAMUEL (?-?). BORN: probably in
North Carolina. IMMIGRATED: from North Car-
olina by 1779. RESIDED: in Dorchester County by
1779; may have returned to North Carolina. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John McGee (Mc-

Ghee) of Gilford County, North Carolina.
BROTHER: John of Fayette County, North Car-
olina, by 1784, of Dorchester County in 1785, and
of Randolph County, North Carolina, by 1787.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Dorchester County, 1779-1780 (resigned on April
11, 1780, during the 2nd session of the 1779-1780
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Dorchester
County, 1793, 1794. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: Samuel and his brother John
inherited 8 slaves from their uncle, 1773; assessed
value £521 .0.0, including 12 slaves, 1783; 4 slaves,

1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION 243 acres in

Dorchester County held jointly with his brother
John (inherited from their uncle Andrew McGee
(?-1773) of Dorchester County, a merchant). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH owned a total of 313 acres in
Dorchester County, all in his own name, 1783.

WEALTH AT DEATH, Unknown.

MCHENRY, JAMES (ca. 1752-1816). BORN, dates
given variously as November 25, 1751, 1752, or
November 16. 1753, in Ballymena, County An-
trim, Ireland; elder son. IMMIGRATED: from Ire-
land to Philadelphia in 1771; to Baltimore Town
by 1781. RESIDED: with Capt. William Allison in
Philadelphia, 1771; Newark, Delaware, ca. 1772;

Philadelphia, ca. 1774-1775; with Continental
troops, 1775-1781; Baltimore Town and Balti-
more County, 1781-1796; Philadelphia, 1796-
1799; Washington, D.C., 1800; "Fayetteville,"
near Baltimore City, and Allegany County, 1800-

1816. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Daniel

McHenry (ca. 1725-1782), who immigrated from
Ireland ca. 1773 and was a merchant in Baltimore
Town. MOTHER: Agnes (1726-1774). BROTHER:
John (1755-1790), of Baltimore Town, a mer-
chant. SISTER: Anna (1751-1771). MARRIED on
January 8, 1784, Margaret Allison Caldwell (1762-
1833), daughter of David Caldwell (?-1762) of
Philadelphia, a merchant, and wife Grace Alli-
son. Margaret was the stepdaughter of Capt. Wil-
liam Allison of Philadelphia with whom McHenry
resided upon his arrival in America. Her brother
was John (1759-1820), who married his cousin
Margaret Caldwell and practiced law in Baltimore
Town. Her half sisters were Grace Allison; Jane
Allison, who married (first name unknown) Dor-
sey. CHILDREN. SONS: Daniel William (1786-1814),
who married in 1812 Sophia (1794-1874), daugh-
ter of Nathaniel Ramsay (1741-1817), and moved
to Allegany County; John (1791-1822), who
married in 1819 Juliann (Juliana) Elizabeth (1796-
1821), daughter of John Eager Howard (1752-
1827). DAUGHTERS: Anna (Agnes) (1788-1837),
who married in 1808 James P. Boyd; Grace (1784-
1789); and Margaretta (1794-1809). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: in Dublin before emigration;
Newark Academy, Delaware, ca. 1772; studied
medicine under Dr. Benjamin Rush in Philadel-
phia, ca. 1774-1775. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Presbyterian; member of First Presbyterian Church
of Baltimore; first president of the Bible Society
of Baltimore, 1813. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: Gent., by 1791; Esq., by 1796; Hon., by
1799; original member, Society of the Cincinnati;
elected to the American Philosophical Society,
1786; member, Grand Lodge of Maryland, Ma-
sonic Order, Lodge 23, 1806-1809. ADDITIONAL
COMMENT: From at least 1782, McHenry suffered
from what he described as "bilious fever." He
spent many summers at various warm springs in
southwestern Virginia or in Allegany County.
While visiting his son Daniel in Allegany County
during the summer of 1812, McHenry lost the use
of his legs and was unable to return to Baltimore
until the following summer. The paralysis contin-
ued until his death. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: phy-
sician; merchant; businessman; land developer;
officeholder. Although McHenry practiced med-
icine as an army surgeon during the early years

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