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

least 28 acres from his father in 1794; sold 28 acres
in Somerset (now Wicomico) County in 1801; and
sold 180 acres in Worcester County between 1801
and 1805. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on April 2, 1810, in Worcester County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least $8,517.15 (including 34
slaves and 38 oz. plate). LAND, at least 1,681 acres
in Worcester County.

MITCHELL (MITCHELL, MITCHEL), JO-
SIAH (?-1801). BORN: probably in Coventy Parish,
Somerset County; of age by 1754. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED, in Buckingham
Hundred, Worcester County, by 1783. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Robert Mitchell (?-1755)
of Somerset County. MOTHER: Mary. BROTHERS:
Col. Joshua (?-1794), who married Joyce, prob-
ably the daughter of John Pope (?-1757); Isaac
(?-1773), who married in 1748/49 Jeanette Gray;
and Joseph. SISTER: Parthenia, who married Dor-
man Heath (?-by 1753). NEPHEW: John Pope
Mitchell (ca. 1751-1810). MARRIED on March 7,
1753, Sophia (?-1787), daughter of (first name
unknown) Hill (?-by 1749) and his wife Elizabeth
Claywell (?-1761). Sophia was the stepdaughter
of Joakim White (?-by 1761),a housewright, and
the granddaughter of Peter Claywell (?-by 1744/
45) and his wife Lucretia. Her brother was Levin.
Her half brothers were Peter White; James White.
Her half sister was Luchreshe White. CHILDREN.
SONS: Joshua (1755-?); Isaac (1757-1791); Rob-
ert (1759-?), who married Sarah (?-1788); and
Levin (1761-?), who married in 1792 Mary Mur-
ray. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1754-?), who mar-
ried in 1768 William Hill; Mary (1763-?), who
married (first name unknown) Rock; Sarah (1766-
1786); Sophia (1768-?); and Ann (1770-?), who
married John P. Marshall. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Martin's Church, Worcester Parish,
Worcester County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: 9th Convention, Worcester County, 1776
(elected to fill vacancy); Lower House, Worcester
County, 1777, 1777-1778, 1778-1779, 1786-1787.
LOCAL OFFICES: Worcester Parish Vestry,
Worcester County, 1756-1762; justice, Worces-
ter County, 1777-1789, 1791-1800; justice, Or-
phans' Court, Worcester County, 1785-1789, 1790,
1794, 1800; judge, Court of Appeals for Tax As-
sessments, Worcester County, 1786, 1796. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value £380.0.0, including 17 slaves, 10 oz. plate,
1783; 27 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:

ca. 1000 acres in Worcester County (all through
personal acquisition). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated August 11, 1801, in Worcester
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: requested no ap-
praisal of estate. Will mentioned 12 slaves. LAND:
989 acres in Worcester County. IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. There were two Worcester County
persons named Josiah Mitchell, the one whose
biography appears here and the other his nephew,
who was born in 1756 and whose will was pro-
bated on July 7, 1817. The 1786-1787 legislative
service was attributed to the elder Mitchell be-
cause of his comparative wealth and his judicial
record.

MITCHELL, WILLIAM (?-1658) BORN in
Chichester, Sussex, England. IMMIGRATED: in
1649/50 as a free adult from England. RESIDED:
in Anne Arundel County. CHILDREN. SON: prob-
ably William (?-1685), who married Jane (last
name unknown). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant; later
acknowledged himself to be an atheist. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: recruited by Cecilius Cal-
vert (1605-1675) in 1649, and was to receive a
manor of 3,000 acres for transporting 30 "useful"
persons; actually brought in 22 servants in 1650
and 1651; Esq., on arrival; very unsavory record
in colony: prosecuted for atheism, adultery, mur-
der, and abortion. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE.
planter; factor; attorney, 1657, but charged as
unqualified under 3rd James, Chapter 7. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper House,

1650/51 (appointed by the 2nd session of the 1650-
1650/51 Assembly, but did not attend). OTHER
PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1649/50-1651
(swore oath on January 8, 1650/51; dismissed on
August 26, 1651, for scandalous behavior); jus-
tice, Provincial Court, 1650/51-1651. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1651. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 2,200 acres.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between December 31,
1657, and April 5, 1658, probably in Maryland.

MOALE, JOHN (?-1740). BORN: in Kenton Par-
ish, Devonshire, England; baptised November 20,
1695; elder son of father. IMMIGRATED: from
England by January 1723 as a merchant. RESIDED:
in Baltimore County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Richard Moale of Devonshire, England,
a shipmaster. MOTHER: Elizabeth (?-by 1699).
STEPMOTHER: Mary. Richard Moale may have
married a third time after Mary's death. HALF
BROTHER: James. HALF SISTERS: Mary, who mar-

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