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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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lawyer; acting attorney general, 1691-1692; col-
lector of Patuxent, 1691-16%; receiver general,
1693-1696; naval officer of Patuxent, 1693-1694,
1698-1707; receiver for Patuxent and Pocomoke,
1696-1697. STEPFATHER: John Rousby (1685-
1744). MOTHER: Ann (?-ca. 1717), widow of
Robert Doyne (?-1689) of Charles County,
daughter of Thomas Burford (?- 1686/87) and wife
Ann (?- 1700). STEPBROTHER: John Rousby (1728-
1750/51), who married Ann (1727-1793), daugh-
ter of Peregrine Frisby (1688- 1739). SISTER. Anne,
who possibly married by 1751 Charles Carroll
(1691-1755). HALF OR STEPSISTERS Gertrude
Rousby (?-ca. 1770), who married in 1746 Robert
Jenkins Henry (ca. 1712-1766); Elizabeth Rousby,
who married Abraham Barnes (?-ca. 1778). STEP-
SISTER: Ann Rousby (1721-1769), who married
Edward Lloyd (1711-1770). MARRIED first, on June
10, 1729, Rebecca (1703-?), widow of James
Bowles (?-ca. 1727/28); daughter of Thomas Ad-
dison (1679-1727) and wife Elizabeth Tasker
(1686-1706/7); stepdaughter of Eleanor (1689-
1761), daughter of Walter Smith (?-1711); grand-
daughter of both John Addison (?-ca. 1705/6) and
Thomas Tasker (?-1700). Rebecca was the niece
of Benjamin Tasker (ca. 1690-1768). Her half
brothers were John Addison (1713-1764); Henry;
Thomas; and Anthony. Her sister was Elinor
(1705-?), who married fourth, Corbin Lee (?-
1774). Her half sister was Ann (1711/12-1753),
who married William Murdock (ca. 1710-1769).
MARRIED second, on June 25, 1749, Elizabeth (?-
1750), widow of Capt. James Carpenter of An-
napolis. CHILDREN. SONS: George Plater (1735-
1792); Thomas Addison (1738-died young).
DAUGHTERS: Rebecca (1731-1787), who married
on July 11, 1747, John Tayloe (1721-1779) of
"Mt. Airy," Richmond County, Virginia, a mem-
ber of the Council of Virginia; Anne (1732-died
young); and Elizabeth (1742-?). STEPDAUGH-
TERS: Elinor Bowles, who married William Gooch,
son of William Gooch (1681-1751), governor of
Virginia, 1727-1749; Mary Bowles, who married
William Armistead, Esq., of Gloucester County,
Virginia; and Jane Bowles, who married Ralph
Wormley, Esq., of Middlesex County, Virginia.
WARDS: Anne (1726-by 1748) and Elizabeth (1729/
30-1798), daughters of Charles Calvert (?-1733/
can, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County;
All Faith Parish, St. Mary's County. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1717; Hon., by 1749.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: lawyer, admitted to the

following courts: Provincial Court in April 1723;
Chancery Court by May 1723; Baltimore County
in June 1723; Prince George's County in March
ICE. Upper House, 1732-1734, 1734/35-1737 (Bills
of Credit Cv, 2), 1738, 1739-1741, 1742-1744
(Bills of Credit 2) 1745, 1745/46-1748, 1749-1751,
1751-1754, 1754-1755 (died before the 3rd ses-
sion of the 1754-1757 Assembly). OTHER PRO-
VINCIAL OFFICES: clerk, Prerogative Court, 1723-
1729; clerk, Council, 1724-1728/29; collector of
Pocomoke, January-August 1729; naval officer of
Patuxent, 1729-1755; justice, Provincial Court,
commissioned 1729, 1730, and 1731; Council,
1732-1755 (qualified on April 18, 1732); com-
missioner to establish boundary between Mary-
land and Pennsylvania, appointed 1750; deputy
secretary of Maryland, March-May 1755. LOCAL
OFFICES: churchwarden, St. Anne's Parish, Anne
Arundel County, 1728-1729; All Faith Parish
Vestry, St. Mary's County, 1731-1734, 1750-1753;
justice. Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol De-
livery, St. Mary's County, commissioned 1754.
MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, St. Mary's County
AT FIRST ELECTION, ca. 2,000 acres in Dorchester,
St. Mary's, and Calvert counties, 1 lot and house
in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and 1 lot
in Benedict Town, Charles County (ca. 1,600 acres
and the lot and house in Annapolis acquired by
patent and purchase, 1725-1728; ca. 400 acres
and the lot in Benedict Town probably inherited
by 1717). Plater had previously sold ca. 1,400
acres in Dorchester and Calvert counties, prob-


by purchase and inheritance ca. 13,000 acres in
St. Mary's, Kent, Baltimore, Dorchester, Prince
George's and Frederick counties, 1 lot and house
in Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, and 1 lot in
Londontown, Anne Arundel County, 1734-1755;
sold ca. 1,000 acres in Kent and Calvert counties,
1 lot in Londontown, and 1 lot in Benedict Town,

1746-1753. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on May 17,

1755, in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
no inventory survives, but in his will he men-
tioned legacies of £1,000.0.0 sterling. LAND: ca.
14,000 acres in St. Mary's, Prince George's, Bal-
timore, Dorchester, and Frederick counties, 1 lot
and house in Annapolis, and 1 lot and house in

PLATER, GEORGE (1735-1792). BORN: on No-
vember 8, 1735, at "Sotterly," St. Mary's County;



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