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

acres owned outright, 386 acres leased for three
lives), plus 2 lots in Benedict Leonard Town,
Charles County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired

1,293 acres in Charles County between 1734/35
and ca. 1748 (615 acres by purchase, 678 acres
by patent); sold 1,606 acres in Charles County
and deeded as a gift 170 acres to his three sons,
all between 1735 and 1769; sold his 2 lots in Ben-
edict Leonard Town, 1744/45-1747/48. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on November 15,
1769, in Charles County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
size of estate unknown. LAND: ca. 636 acres in
Charles County.

MILLER, MICHAEL (ca. 1644-1699). BORN. ca.
1644 in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1670 as a free
adult. RESIDED: in Talbot County; Kent County
by 1672. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably
Michael Miller, who attended St. John's College,
Oxford, England, in 1635. MARRIED first, Alice,
widow of John Stevens. MARRIED second, by 1678,
Ann, widow of Robert Hood. CHILDREN. SONS:
Michael (1675-?), a justice of Kent County, 1707-
1720, who married Martha, daughter of Joseph
Wickes (ca. 1620-1692); Arthur (1681-?).

DAUGHTER: Alice. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:

literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: attorney, with an extensive
legal practice, who appeared in the following
courts: Kent County, 1670, Talbot County, 1670;
planter; merchant; traveled to Barbadoes, prob-
ably in connection with business, 1685. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Kent County, 1686-1688; Associators' Conven-
tion, Kent County, 1689-1692; Grand Commit-
tee of Twenty, 1690-1692; Lower House, Kent
County, 1697/98-1699 (Elections 1; Laws 2, 3;
died before the 4th session of the 1697/98-1700
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff, Kent County,
1678-1681; justice, Kent County, 1681-1683
(quorum, dismissed for misbehavior); clerk of in-
dictments. Kent County, 1686/87-1689; clerk, Kent
County, 1689-1692; St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Kent
County, 1693-1698. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: an active supporter of the Protestant As-
sociators' Revolution in 1689; participation brought
reinstatement to public office; closely associated
with alleged conspirators seeking to overthrow
the government of Francis Nicholson (1655-1727/

28), 1698. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: ca, 3,500 acres in Kent County. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: buried on August 26, 1699, in
St. Paul's Parish, Kent County. PERSONAL PROP-

ERTY: TEV, at least £1,326.11.7 (including 10
servants, 9 slaves, and books). LAND: more than
2,000 acres in Kent County.

MILLER, RICHARD (ca. 1740-1791). BORN: ca.
1740 in Kent County. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED: at "Hinchingham," 1st tax district com-
prised of Lower Langfords Bay and Eastern Neck
hundreds, Kent County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Samuel Miller (1717-1758), son of Mi-
chael Miller (?-1738). MOTHER: Sarah Groome.
BROTHER: Samuel. SISTER: Sarah. MARRIED on
November 20, 1763, Martha Page (?-by 1787).
CHILDREN. SONS: Samuel (1766-?), afflicted with
a palsy that left him intellectually impaired, re-
ceived a lifetime annual stipend from his father's
estate; Richard (1768-1825); and Joseph (1770-
by 1787). DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1772-?); Re-
becca. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican; St. Paul's Parish,
Kent County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACITIVITIES: Mr.,
by 1780; Esq., at death. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE:
merchant, in partnership with John Page; planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Kent County, 1786-1787, 1787-1788, 1788,
1791 (elected to the 1791-1792 Assembly, but
did not attend; died before the 1st session). LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Kent County, appointed
November 17, 1779 (did not qualify); St. Paul's
Parish Vestry, Kent County, 1780; commissioner
of the tax, Kent County, 1782, 1783, 1785, 1786,
1790; State Senate elector, Kent County, 1786.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £759.17.6, including 21 slaves and
37 oz. plate, 1783; 30 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: ca. 380 acres in Kent County (222 acres
inherited from father and brother, the remainder
by purchase). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: ca. No-
vember 1791; will probated in Kent County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £1,768.2.6 cur-
rent money (including 32 slaves, 9 books, and
plate); FB, £1,482.18.5. Requested that his wife's
clothing, jewelry, and plate, which was devised
to his daughters, not be valued, appraised, or
included in the inventory. LAND: ca. 380 acres in
Kent County.

MILLER, SAMUEL (?-1819). BORN: of age by
1781. NATIVE: possibly; if so, at least second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in North Susquehanna Hundred,
Cecil County, by at least 1790. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: probably either Thomas Miller
of Cecil County or Samuel Miller of Cecil County,
both sons of Thomas Miller, Sr., and wife Agness.

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