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

MORECROFT, JOHN (?-1673). IMMIGRATED
in 1661, as a free adult from Virginia. RESIDED:
in St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
COUSINS: Jonathan Squire; Bulmer Mitford. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate, probably well
educated. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: in Vir-
ginia by 1657, attorney in York, 1660/61; Gent.,
on arrival in Maryland. He was impeached by the
Lower House in April 1669 and charged with
abusing his position as an attorney, but the charges
were later dropped. In 1672 Charles Calvert, 3rd
Lord Baltimore (1637-1714/15) called him the "best
lawyer in the country." OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
lawyer, admitted to the following courts: Provin-
cial Court in 1661; Chancery Court by 1669; Pre-
rogative Court by 1669. Morecroft was also a mer-
chant and a doctor. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1669,
St. Mary's City, 1671 (elected to the 2nd session
of the 1671-1674/75 Assembly; died before the
3rd session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: attor-
ney general, 1669-1670; solicitor general, 1671-
1673. LOCAL OFFICE: recorder, St. Mary's City,
1668-probably 1673. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: a strong supporter of the proprietary gov-
ernment; Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore (1637-
1714/15) created representation for St. Mary's
City in 1671 in order to ensure Assembly mem-
bership for Morecroft and Thomas Notley (1634-

1679). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 200 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:

administration bond filed December 12, 1673, in
St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
72,738 pounds of tobacco and £54.0.0 sterling
(including 1 servant, 2 slaves, and books). More-
croft's inventory was probably incomplete. Most
of the estate consisted of debts owed to him. FB,
estate overpaid 444 pounds of tobacco.

MORELAND, JACOB (?-?). IMMIGRATED: by
1693, probably as a free adult. RESIDED: in Cal-
vert County; St. Mary's County by 1696. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Protestant. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: mer-
chant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1697/98-1700.
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St. Mary's County, 1696-
at least in 1705. MILITARY SER VICE: captain, 1698;
lieutenant colonel, by 1701. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: owned a sloop, 1698.

MORGAN, HENRY (ca. 1616-1663). BORN: ca.
1616, probably in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1637

as a free adult. RESIDED: in Kent County. MAR-
RIED Frances (?-1672), who subsequently mar-
ried Jonathan Sybray (?-1684). CHILDREN.
DAUGHTERS: Frances (1656-1698), who married
Peter Sayer; Margaret (1659-?); and Barbara
(1660-?), who married first, by 1677, John Rousby
(?-1685/86), and second, Richard (?-1714), son
of Richard Smith (?-ca. 1690). PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: illiterate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
probably Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIV-
ITIES: no title on arrival; Gent., by 1658. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter; some mercantile ac-
tivity. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, Kent County, 1659/60. LOG AL OF-
FICES: sheriff, Kent County, 1648-1651; justice,
1651/52-1659/60. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,230 acres in Kent County.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: patented ca. 1,200 acres
in Kent County. WEALTH AT DEATH: DIED: in 1663.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least 72,174 pounds
of tobacco (including 7 slaves). LAND: 2,420 acres
in Kent County.

MORGAN (MORGIN), PHILIP (?-?). IMMI
GRATED: in 1651, as a free adult. RESIDED: in
Calvert County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant, pOS-

sibly Quaker. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
transported three others on arrival; Mr., by 1655;
Gent., by 1659; reprimanded before the Provin-
cial Court for abusing his servants, 1657; disap-
peared from the records after 1659. OCCUPA-

TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Parliamentary Commis-
sion, 1656/57-1657/58; Assembly, Patuxent (Cal-
vert County), 1657. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE:
justice, Provincial Court, 1656/57-1657/58. LO
CAL OFFICE: justice, Patuxent, 1655, Calvert
County, 1658. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1655/
56-1657/58. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
fined for refusing to assist in apprehending a
Quaker, 1659. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 550 acres in Calvert County.

MORRIS (MAURICE, MORRISON), THOMAS

(?-?). IMMIGRATED: by 1637/38, as a free adult.
RESIDED: in St. Mary's County; left colony by late

1642. PRIVATE CAREER. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:

chirurgeon, 1642. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Assembly, present 1637/38, St. Mi-
chael's Hundred, St. Mary's County, 1640-1641,
present 1641/42.

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