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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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ties. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: O'Neale appears to
have speculated in land over a long career, helped
no doubt by his early experience as a surveyor
and tax collector, and perhaps from contacts made
at that time. He held only a few mortgages on
land, and did not lease out much of his holdings,
except for his town lots in Williamsburgh. Also
indicative of his speculative activity is that many
of his tracts appear in the records only to dis-
appear later without an official record of their
disposition. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: Adminis-
tration bond issued May 13, 1815, in Montgomery

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, $31,642.52

current money (including 41 slaves and 22 books);

FB, $1,715.04. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: in 1825,

when a sixth account was passed, it was discov-
ered that $24,015.36 should have been credited
to his son and heir, Henry, in 1817. The error
was corrected in the final account. LAND: at least
1,196 acres charged on the Montgomery County
tax lists, and probably as much as 2,135 acres,
plus 2 lots in Rockville. In addition, 1,517 acres
were listed on the 1793 tax list for Allegany County.
A portion of the Allegany County land must have
been sold in the total of 15 sale transactions re-
corded between 1791 and 1812, however, and the
total of land held at death was probably ca. 3,000
acres.

OSBORNE (OSBOURNE), JOHN (?-1687). IM-
MIGRATED: by 1678. RESIDED: probably at "Water
Mellon Point," Somerset County. MARRIED At-
talanta, daughter of Anne Toft, stepdaughter of
Daniel Jenifer (ca. 1637-ca. 1692). Her sisters
were Arcadia, who married Thomas Welburne
(Wesburne); Annabella, who married Francis Lee,
of London. Attalanta subsequently married Wil-
liam Whittington (ca. 1650-1720). CHILDREN. SON:
probably John Jenifer (ca. 1687-?). DAUGHTER:
Martha (1681/82-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: probably
Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Somerset County, 1682-1684 (Trade 1;
Elections 2; Laws 2, 3). LOCAL OFFICES: justice.
Somerset County, 1679/80-1687; deputy sur-
veyor, 1683. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1685.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated June 16,

1687. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of estate un-
known. LAND: ca. 2,200 acres in Somerset County.

OTT, ADAM (ca. 1753-1827). BORN: ca. 1753.
IMMIGRATED: probably from Pennsylvania as a
young man. RESIDED: in Hagerstown, Washing-

ton County; his home was located on what is now
the northeast corner of Franklin and Potomac
streets. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: possibly
Adam Odt, who immigrated with other family
members from Rotterdam, Holland, to Pennsyl-
vania in 1742. MARRIED on November 3, 1778,
Juliana (?-after 1829), daughter of Frederick Sti-
dinger (?-ca. 1791) of Washington County and
wife Magdalena (ca. 1721-by 1801). Her sister
was (first name unknown), who married Fred-
erick Heiskill. CHILDREN. SON: Friederick (1779-

?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Lutheran, St. John's Lu-
theran Church, Hagerstown. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1787. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: officeholder, possibly planter on a small scale.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Washington County, 1789, 1790, 1791-
1792, 1792, 1801. LOCAL OFFICES: recruiting of-
ficer, Washington County, 1779; sheriff, Wash-
ington County, 1785-1794; justice, Washington
County, 1791-1814; Maryland Senate elector,
Washington County, 17%. MILITARY SERVICE: 2nd
lieutenant, Nelson's Independent Pennsylvania
Rifle Company, January 30, 1776; 1st lieutenant,
Fifth Pennsylvania Regiment, March 24, 1777,
resigned April 20, 1777; captain, Washington
County Select Militia, March 30, 1781. STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: manumitted a female
slave and her three children on December 8, 1794.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £109.8.0, including 2 oz. plate, 1783;
5 slaves, 1790; assessed value £212.11.8, including
3 slaves and 35 oz. plate, 1803. ANNUAL INCOME.
received half pay of a lieutenant for his services
in the Revolutionary War; after his death his wife
continued to receive the pension. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 159 acres in Washington County (owned
98 acres in common with Jonathan Hagar), and
11 lots in Hagerstown, Washington County (all
by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased 247

acres in Washington County, 1790-1798, plus 1
lot and 2 half lots in Hagerstown, 1793-1818, and
1 lot in Hamburgh, Prince George's County, 1791;
patented 78 acres in Washington County with
William Boyd, 1790, and one year later purchased
his half of the tract from Boyd; sold 340 acres in
Washington County, 1790-1820, plus 10 full lots
and 4 half lots in Hagerstown, 1793-1819. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on August 10, 1827; bond exe-
cuted in Washington County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least $141.24 (including 1 slave
and old books). The estate was sold on November

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