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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

AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1732; Esq., by 1740.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, by 1742. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Prince George's County, 1749-1751 (Laws 2; Ag-
grievances 3; Accounts 3; Bills of Credit 1), 1751-
1754 (Grievances 1-6; Accounts 1-6), 1754-1757
(Laws 4; Grievances 1-6; Accounts 1-6), 1757-
1758 (Grievances 1, Cv, 2; Accounts 1, Cv, 2;
Public Offices 1, Cv, 2), 1758-1761 (Elections
Cv 1, 1, Cv 2, 2, 3, Cv 3; Grievances Cv 1, 1, Cv
2, 2, 3, Cv 3; Accounts Cv 1, 1, Cv 2, 2, 3, Cv
3; Public Offices Cv 1, 1, Cv 2, 2, 3, Cv 3), 1762-
1763, 1765-1766 (Grievances 2-4), 1768 (Griev-
ances 1; died prior to the 2nd session of the 1768-
1770 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: sup-
ply agent appointed under the act of 1756. LOCAL
OFFICES: Queen Anne Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, in office 1731-1735, 1746-1748,
1753-1755; justice, Prince George's County, in
office 1732-1737, 1748-1751 (quorum, 1737, 1748-
1751); sheriff, Prince George's County, in office
1737-1740; quorum justice. Court of Oyer, Ter-
miner, and Gaol Delivery, Prince George's
County, commissioned 1748. MILITARY SERVICE:
enlisted in Capt. George Beall's Troop of Horse,
Prince George's County, 1748. OUT OF STATE
SERVICE: delegate, Stamp Act Congress, 1765.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

received all of his father's personal property, 1733.
ANNUAL INCOME: could possibly have received as
much as £300.0.0 sterling per annum while serv-
ing as supply agent, 1756. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: at least 3,291 acres in Prince George's County
(1,011 acres by deed of gift from his father, 1732;
500 acres through marriage; 1,550 acres by pur-
chase; 230 acres won in a lottery). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: purchased 1,278 acres in Prince George's
and Baltimore counties, 1750-1754; patented 521
acres in Frederick and Prince George's counties,
1749-1756; received 2,125 acres in Frederick
County from his Addison in-laws to be held in
trust for his sons, ca. 1756-1766; sold 1,152 acres
in Prince George's County, 1754-1769; gave 800
acres in Prince George's County to his son Ad-
dison by deed of gift, 1765; owned 2 lots in An-
napolis with his second wife Margaret, who had
inherited them from her father. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: on October 17, 1769, at his seat near Queen
Anne, Prince George's County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: included at least 11 slaves and 2 indentured
servants, but size of entire estate unknown. LAND:
5,263 acres in Prince George's and Frederick
counties, plus 2 lots in Annapolis.

MURRAY, JAMES (?-1784). BORN: in Mary-
land, of age by 1760; third son. NATIVE: second
generation. RESIDED: at "Glasgow," on the
Choptank River near Cambridge, Dorchester
County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Dr. Wil-
liam Vans Murray (1692-1763), who immigrated
from Scotland ca. 1716 or 1717; practiced medi-
cine in Maryland "without previous study of the
profession." MOTHER: Sarah (1697-1742),
daughter of Henry Ennalls (1675-1734) and wife
Mary Hooper (1674-1745). STEPMOTHER. Eleanor
(ca. 1700-1750), widow of both Marsham Waring
(?-1732) of Prince George's County, and Col.
Leonard Hollyday (1692- 1741) of Prince George's
County, and daughter of Clement Hill (?-1743)
of Prince George's County and his wife Eleanor
Darnall. BROTHERS. David (?-1764) of Cam-
bridge, Dorchester County, a merchant; Henry,
of Cambridge, Dorchester County, a physician,
who married Rebecca Orrick. STEP BROTHERS:
Basil Waring; Richard Marsham Waring. SIS-
TERS: Margaret, who married Edward Trippe (?-
1772), son of Henry Trippe (?-ca. 1723/24); Lilly,
who married Capt, (first name unknown) Ham-
ilton (Hambleton); Amelia, who married (first
name unknown) Robinson; and Mary (1729-?),
who married in 1746 Rev. Daniel Maynadier. STEP
SISTERS: Sarah Waring; Ann Waring. FIRST COUS-
INS: Thomas Ennalls (?-by 1783); Margaret En-
nails (?-1795), who married William Maynadier
(1747-1795). NEPHEWS: William Maynadier (1747-
1795); William Vans Murray (ca. 1761-1803).
MARRIED by 1780 Hannah Savage. CHILDREN. 14
or 15 children, all of whom died young except
SONS: David; William Littleton Murray (?-1792).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1766. OCCU-
PATION AL PROFILE: merchant; attorney, admitted
to the following courts: Queen Anne's County
Court, March 1759, Talbot County Court, March
1759; owned a flour mill in Caroline County. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions,

Dorchester County, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 6th-
8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776; Lower House, Dor-
chester County, 1777 (elected, but did not attend;
resigned on March 13, 1777), 1777-1778 (Griev-
ances 2, 3; Claims 3). OTHER STATE OFFICE: judge,
Court of Appeals, 1778-1784. LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, Dorchester County, 1773-1780; secre-
tary, Committee of Observation, Dorchester
County, elected 1775; chairman, Committee of
Observation, Dorchester County, elected 1776;
justice, Orphans' Court, Dorchester County, ap-
pointed 1777 and 1778 ("not qualified"); com-

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