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

in records after 1642/43; perhaps went to the West
Indies, where numerous Pyes resided. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, St.

George's Hundred, St. Mary's County, 1640-1641,
present 1641/42, St. George's Hundred, St. Ma-
ry's County, 1642A (Accounts; possibly Laws),
present 1642B. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE IS-
SUES: found guilty of rendering an innocent jury
verdict upon an individual who was later found
guilty of manslaughter. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 50 acres, which he Sold

in 1642/43.

QUARRY, ROBERT (1644-1714). BORN: in 1644,
in England. IMMIGRATED: first visited Maryland
as early as 1695. RESIDED: never permanently in
Maryland; lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by
1694 until at least 1712, and had frequent contact
with Maryland. MARRIED in 1670 Mary Cocker, a
widow, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, London.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; called "of
Middle Temple," 1670. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq.,
by 1700; rose in the colonial bureaucracy through
the support of Francis Nicholson (1655-1727/28)
and Edward Randolph (1632-1703). OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: merchant, colonial bureaucrat.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper

House, 1704 (appointed before the 5th session of
the 1701-1704 Assembly, did not attend), 1704-
1707 (did not attend), 1708A (did not attend),
1708B-1711 (attended second and third sessions
only), 1712-1714 (did not attend). OTHER PRO-
VINCIAL OFFICE: Council, 1703/4-1714. OUT OF
COLONY SERVICE: deputy proprietor of South
Carolina, 1684; secretary. Council of South Car-
olina, 1685-1686, removed for trading with pi-
rates; vice admiralty judge for Maryland, Penn-
sylvania, West Jersey, 1697-1703; surveyor general
of customs in America, 1702-1714. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: As was the case with Ed-
ward Randolph (1632-1703), Quarry acquired a
seat on the Maryland Council to enhance his au-
thority as a customs official and to observe local
politics for the Crown. He was a promoter of the
royal prerogative and an opponent of "native in-
terest." WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND: pur-

chased a house and lot in Annapolis, Anne Arun-
del County, in 1706, and sold it in 1712; the
property was leased out throughout his owner-
ship. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1714.

QUYNN, ALLEN (ca. 1726-1803). BORN: ca. 1726.
NATIVE: probably, if so second generation. RE-

SIDED: in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, from
at least 1756; also maintained a home on the South
River, Middleneck Parish, Anne Arundel County,
after ca. 1782. MARRIED between 1760 and 1765
Elizabeth. CHILDREN. SONS: William (?-1784), who
died in Edinburgh, Scotland, while studying med-
icine; Allen (?-ca. 1803), who married in 1790
Mary Mantz, sister of Peter Mantz (ca. 1752-1833);
and John, who married in 1782 Elizabeth Padgett.
Both Allen Jr. and John settled in Frederick
County. DAUGHTERS: Catherine, who married in
1792 John Kilty (1756-1811); Mary (Polly) (?-by
1803), who married in 1788 John Gassaway; So-
phia; and Elizabeth, who married in 1785 Abra-
ham Claude. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1756; Gent., by
1771; Esq., by 1779. Quynn acted as an agent ca.
1775 for Douglas's Company of Comedians, which
had built a theatre on property in Annapolis leased
from Quynn. Several years later, Quynn and
Samuel Chase (1741-1811) were trustees for John
Henry and the American Company of Comedi-
ans. The inventory of Quynn's estate included
portraits of Mrs. Siddon and Garrick. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: cordwainer, land developer, en-
trepreneur, owner of a tanyard and a ferry. Upon
Quynn's first appearance in Annapolis records in
1756, he is noted as living at a local tanyard. Four
years later he and a partner contracted to pur-
chase that tanyard and Quynn was described as
a cordwainer. Quynn obtained sole ownership of
the tanyard before 1772 and continued to manage
its operation until his death, but was described
as cordwainer only once after 1768. During the
early 1760s Quynn began his development of lots
in the first block of West Street in Annapolis. He
was a frequent partner and associate of Samuel
Chase (1741-1811) and oversaw the construction
of Chase's mansion in Annapolis. With Chase,
Quynn and others built a saltworks on West River,
Anne Arundel County, in 1777, but Quynn soon
judged it an unprofitable enterprise and sold his
interest in 1778. His plantation on South River
abutted the main road from Annapolis to Alex-
andria, Virginia, and later to Washington, D.C.,
and Quynn owned a profitable public ferry across
the river. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE.
Lower House, Annapolis, 1777-1778 (elected
during the 1st session; Laws to Expire 2, 3), 1778-
1779 (Elections 3, Laws to Expire 1), 1779-1780
(Grievances 2, 3; Laws to Expire 1-3), 1780-
1781 (Elections 1, 2; Laws to Expire 1, 2), 1781-
1782 (Elections 1, 2; Grievances 2; Laws to Ex-
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