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

MARRIED probably on April 2, 1790, Rachel Mar-
riott. CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas (?-by 1814), who
resided out of Maryland; William C; John Mof-
fitt, who resided out of Maryland; James (?-by
1823); and Samuel (?-by 1822), who resided in
Ohio and died without progeny. DAUGHTERS:
Deborah; Jane, who married William Killen and
resided in North Carolina; Agness, who married
Thomas Williams; and Mary (?-by 1814), who
married John Clendenning. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION: literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: Esq., by 1788. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County, 1781-1782,
1782-1783, 1783, 1784, 1785, 1787-1788, 1788,
1791-1792, 1794, 1796, 1797, 1798. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: manumitted one female
slave, June 8, 1807. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £353.0.0, in-
cluding 5 slaves, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
probably 260 acres in Cecil County (inherited from
his grandfather or father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

patented 217 acres of confiscated British property
in Cecil County (one tract of 108 acres in 1788,
a second tract of 109 acres in 1796). WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on April 2, 1819, in
Cecil County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
$2,819.99 current money (including some law and
other books); FB, $1,988.70. LAND: at least 327
acres in Cecil County, as mentioned in a Chan-
cery Court petition by Samuel's heirs.

MILLS, JAMES (ca. 1634-?). BORN: ca. 1634,
probably in England. IMMIGRATED: by 1669,
probably as free adult. RESIDED: in Somerset
County; Baltimore County ca. 1675/76- at least

1689. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS

AND ACTIVITIES: may have come from Barbadoes
where he had business associations; last appeared
in Baltimore County in June 1689; in 1695, a
James Mills in England was listed as a debtor in
the account of the estate of Nehemiah Blackiston
(?-1693). OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant in
the Barbadoes trade, 1680s, in partnership with
James Walls and Thomas Pemberton of Somerset
County. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Baltimore County, 1681-1682
(elected to either the 4th or 5th session of the
1676-1682 Assembly). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND: purchased 100 acres in Baltimore County
in 1685, sold this tract in 1687.

MILLS, JAMES (?-1764). NATIVE: at least sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: in St. Mary's County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: David Mills (?-

1740) of Talbot County. BROTHERS: George; An-
drew. MARRIED by 1726/27 Nappler O'Kane (?-
1787) of St. Mary's County. Her brother was John
(?-1726/27) of St. Mary's County, planter. CHIL-
DREN. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married Jus-
tinian (?-1759), son of Justinian Jordan (ca. 1686-
1749); Mary (?-by 1763), who married John Eden
(ca. 1728-1775). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1764. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: merchant; had a half interest
in a sloop engaged in the West Indian trade and
a store in St. Mary's County. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's
County, 1745 (the sheriff of St. Mary's County
cast the deciding vote after Mills and James Swan
tied in the election; Mills attended as a delegate
but was dismissed on August 29 after the Lower
House decided that the sheriffs action was ille-
gal), 1745/46-1748, 1749-1751 (the election of
the St. Mary's County delegation was declared
null and void because of the illegal conduct of the
sheriff; all delegates were reelected and returned
on May 8, 1750; Arms and Ammunition 2), 1751-
1754, 1754-1757. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St. Mary's
County, 1746-at least 1761. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 100 acres

in St. Mary's County, plus control of 300 acres
in St. Mary's County (300 acres were inherited
by wife). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired by
patent and purchase at least 375 acres in St. Mary's
and Frederick counties, 1761-1764. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on January 29, 1764, "in his grand
climacteric year," in St. Mary's County. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENT: Both the sixty-third and the
eighty-first year of life have been defined as the
grand climacteric. PERSONAL PROPERTY: at least
£3,227.18.10 (including 22 slaves, books, half
ownership of a sloop, plus goods remaining in
Mills's store); sperate debts totalled 76,026 pounds
of tobacco, £1,146.16.3 current money, and
£184.9.2 sterling. LAND: at least 475 acres in St.
Mary's and Frederick counties, plus control of his
wife's inheritance of 300 acres in St. Mary's County.

MILLS, JAMES (ca. 1734-1791). BORN: ca. 1734,
probably in St. Mary's County. NATIVE: probably,
if so at least second generation. RESIDED: on his
plantation, "Briscoe's Purchase," Chaptico
Hundred, St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACK-

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