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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES NOR

TEV, at least £1,375.4.6 current money (includ-
ing 20 slaves, 3 servants, a spinnet, 238 oz. silver,
54 law titles valued at £41.4.0, and other books
valued at £4.13.4). LAND: 94 acres and one-half
of 1 lot in Chestertown, Kent County.

NOEL (KNOWEL, KNOWELL, KNOWLES,
NOELL, NOWEL, NOWELL), EDWARD (ca.
1721-1797). BORN: ca. 1721, probably in
Dorchester County. NATIVE: probably, if so at
least second generation. RESIDED: Dorchester

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably

Basil (Bazell) Noel (?-ca. 1753) of Dorchester
County. MOTHER: probably Margaret, daughter
of Hugh Eccleston (?-1710/11). BROTHERS: Thomas
(?-1781), of Caroline County, who married Sarah,
widow of Alexander Frazier, daughter of William
Perry (?-1750); William; and Septimus. SISTERS:
Elizabeth, who married (first name unknown)
Trippe; Sarah, who married (first name un-
known) Byus. MARRIED by 1750 Elizabeth (ca.
1728-1794), daughter of William Trippe (?-1770),
Gent., of Dorchester County. Her brothers were
Edward; Henry (?-1761); John; and William. Her
sisters were Jean, who married (first name un-
known) McCullam (Mackallom); Henrietta, who
married (first name unknown) Hughes (Hews,
Hows). CHILDREN. SON: Edward, Jr., who married
Betsey. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married ca.
1791 Rev. James Kemp (1764-1827), an immi-
grant from Scotland, who was rector of Great
Choptank Parish in Dorchester County from 1790
to 1812, rector of St. Paul's in Baltimore County
from 1812 to 1814, and bishop of Maryland from
1816 to 1827; Mary, who married William Trippe,
son of John Trippe. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1775;
Worshipful and Esq., by 1785. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: mariner; probably also planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Dorchester County, 1769-1770 (elected to the
2nd session of the 1768-1770 Assembly to fill
vacancy). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Dorchester
County, 1777-at least 1791; judge, Court of Ap-
peals, Dorchester County, appointed under the
Act to Procure Troops for the American Army,
1778; justice, Orphans' Court, Dorchester County,
in office 1780, 1785-at least 1790 (chief justice
by 1790); member, Great Choptank Parish Ves-
try, Dorchester County, in office 1780, 1790-1795.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Dorchester County
Militia, commissioned 1777. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£754.13.4, including 18 slaves and 58 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 584 acres in Dor-
chester County (all by purchase or patent). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: conveyed by deed of gift 101
acres in Dorchester County to his daughter, 1775;
sold 115 acres in Dorchester County, 1775. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: in 1797; buried in Christ Church
graveyard, Cambridge, Dorchester County. LAND:
394 acres in Dorchester County.

NORRIS, BENJAMIN BRADFORD (1745-1790)
BORN: on August 16, 1745, in St. John's Parish,
Baltimore County; eldest child. NATIVE: at least
third generation. RESIDED: in Baltimore (later be-
came Bush River Lower Hundred, Harford)

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John

Norris (ca. 1722-1772), son of Benjamin Norris
(?-1772) and wife Sarah (ca. 1697-?). MOTHER:
Susannah (1724-?), daughter of William Brad-
ford and wife Elizabeth. BROTHERS: John (1747-
?); William (1749-?); Jacob (1753-1807), who
married in 1785 Avarilla Gallion; and Thomas
(ca. 1756-?). SISTERS: Martha (1750-?); Susan-
nah (1753-?), twin of Jacob; and Sarah (ca. 1756-
?), twin of Thomas. MARRIED on April 3, 1768,
Elizabeth (ca. 1748-?), probably the daughter of
Nathan (Nathaniel) Richardson (?-1756) and wife
Elizabeth Crockett (?-ca. 1748). Elizabeth was
the stepdaughter of Hannah Webster Gover. Her
brothers were probably William; Nathan; and
Daniel. Her sisters were probably Margaret Hill;
Jurah; and Sarah. Her first cousin was probably
Elizabeth Galloway (1721-1789), who married
Thomas Sprigg (1715-1781). CHILDREN. SONS
probably two, including one born in 1776, and
possibly Benjamin Bradford (?-1816), who died
in Norfolk, Virginia. DAUGHTERS: probably five,
including Martha (ca. 1770-?), who probably
married in 1799 John Magress; Sarah (ca. 1774-
?); and Susan (?-1799), who was buried in the
Friends Burying Ground. PRIVATE CAREER. ED
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Prot-
estant; father's family was Anglican, wife's prob-
able family was Quaker. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1781; Esq., by 1788. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Harford
County, 1778-1779 (Grievances 3), 1779-1780,
1780-1781, 1781-1782, 1782-1783, 1783, 1784,
1785, 1786-1787, 1787-1788 (Elections 2), 1788,
1789. OTHER STATE OFFICE: Maryland Senate
elector, Harford County, 1786. LOCAL OFFICE:
War Committee (Committee of Observation),

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