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

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., on arrival.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; Indian trader.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Charles County, 1669. LOCAL OFFICE: jus-
tice, Charles County, 1672. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,300 acres; SOld

800 acres in 1670. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will
probated October 4, 1672, in Charles County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least 22,413 pounds
of tobacco (of which 6,900 pounds represented
the value of his land). LAND: 500 acres.

MURDOCK, ADDISON (1731-1793). BORN: on
July 31, 1731, in Queen Anne Parish, Prince
George's County; eldest surviving son. NATIVE:
probably third generation. RESIDED: in Patuxent
Hundred, Prince George's County, 1757, 1759;
Collington Hundred, Prince George's County,
1763; "Perrywood," Queen Anne Parish, Prince
George's County, probably from 1769 until death.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: William Murdock

(ca. 1710-1769). MOTHER: Ann Addison (1711/
12-1753). STEPMOTHER: Margaret Dulany Ham-
ilton (?-1791). UNCLE: John Addison (1713-1764).
STEPUNCLES. Daniel Dulany, Jr. (1722-1797);
Walter Dulany (?-1773). BROTHERS: John (1729-
died in infancy); John (1733-1790). SISTERS.
Catherine (ca. 1735-1771), who married Joseph
Sim (?-1793); Ann; Mary (?-1795); and Eleanor
(?-1796), who married in 1757 Benjamin Hall, of
Francis (?-1803). HALF SISTERS: Margaret (1761-
1828); Rebecca (?-1828). NIECE: Anne Hall
(1762-1809), who married Thomas Clark (ca. 1760-
17%). MARRIED probably never. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by
1763; Gent., by 1768; Esq., by 1793. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Prince
George's County, 1st, 1774, 2nd, 1774. LOCAL
OFFICES, churchwarden, Queen Anne Parish,
Prince George's County, 1764-1765; Queen Anne
Parish Vestry, Prince George's County, in office,
1765-ca. 1767; Committee of Correspondence,
Prince George's County, elected 1774, 1775;
Committee of Observation, Prince George's
County, elected 1775. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: manumitted two slaves in his will
and apprenticed three others to trades on the
condition that they be set free to practice their
trades at the age of 21. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: inherited unknown amount
of personal property from his father, 1769; 89

slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 2,419 acres
in Prince George's County (all inherited from his
father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 1,250 acres in

Prince George's County, 1778-1791 (his step-
mother had a life estate in 746 acres of this prop-
erty, which he sold to his half sisters in 1790 prior
to his stepmother's death); mortgaged 600 acres
of land to his brother-in-law Benjamin Hall, of
Francis (?-1803), 1790. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on May 14, 1793; probably in Queen
Anne Parish, Prince George's County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £6,732.5.3 current money (in-
cluding 76 slaves, 54 oz. plate, books, 26 horses,
and a diamond ring); FB, £2,803.18.2. LAND: ca.
1,169 acres in Prince George's County, plus the
600 acres that were mortgaged but later released
to the estate. In his will he directed that 300 acres
of his dwelling plantation be sold to help pay his
debts.

MURDOCK, GEORGE (1742-1805). BORN in
1742, probably in Prince George's County; eldest
son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in Fred-
erick Town, Frederick County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: William Murdock (?-1815), son
of Rev. George Murdock (?-ca. 1761), an im-
migrant from England, rector of Prince George's
Parish, Prince George's County, in 1726, who
married Eleanor Sprigg, widow of first, John Nut-
hall (?-1714), and second, Thomas Hillary.
BROTHERS: William (?-1825), a merchant of
London; Benjamin, who resided in Frederick
County. SISTER: Barbara (?-by 1822), who mar-
ried by 1814 Andrew Bruce (?-1815). FIRST cou-
SIN: William Murdock Beall (ca. 1742-1823). MAR-
RIED by 1771 Eleanor (1747-1828), daughter of
Arthur Charlton (?-1771) and wife Eleanor Har-
rison (?-by 1797). Her brothers were Thomas;
John Usher. Her sisters were Alice, who married
Casper Schaff (?-1798); Mary, who married Pe-
ter Grosh; Alice (Ann) Phebe Penn (ca. 1756-
1830), who married John Ross Key (1754-1821);
Usher; and Jane (?-1797), who never married.
Her nephew was Francis Scott Key (1779-1843),
author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," who mar-
ried Mary Tayloe, daughter of Edward Lloyd
(1744-17%). CHILDREN. SON: George William (?-
by 1822), who married Jaqueline Haines.
DAUGHTERS: Eleanor (?-1842), who married
Richard Potts (1753-1808); Ann, who married
Richard Potts, Jr. (1786-1865), a lawyer who
served in the Maryland Senate, 1838-1844; Har-
riett (?-by 1822), who married Dr. William Brad-
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