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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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included, among other things, 8 slaves. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 29,067 acres in Frederick, Dor-
chester, Queen Anne's, and Kent counties, plus
8 lots in Chestertown and 173 acres held jointly
with his uncle William (25,252 acres inherited from
father; 2,014 acres by patent). WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: on October 26, 1776; will probated in Kent
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 2 wharves with large
granaries; 12 slaves and 3 servants, plus 8 slaves
belonging to his business partnership; a sloop,
schooner, dry goods store, counting house, and
coopers shop. LAND: 29,067 acres in Frederick,
Washington, Dorchester, Queen Anne's, and Kent
counties, plus 8 lots in Chestertown and 173 acres
held jointly with his uncle William.

RINGGOLD, WILLIAM (ca. 1723-1789). BORN
on February 23, ca. 1723, in Kent County; second
son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RESIDED: in Ches-
tertown, Kent County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Thomas Ringgold (1693-1728), who re-
sided in Kent County, a merchant, son of Thomas
Ringgold (by 1672-1711) and his first wife Sarah.
MOTHER: Rebecca (1697-1750), daughter of Si-
mon Wilmer (ca. 1656-1699). UNCLES: Simon Wil-
mer (1686-1737); Lambert Wilmer (1682-1732).
BROTHER: Thomas Ringgold (1715-1772). SIS-
TERS: Rebecca (1727-?); Sarah, who married
Alexander Williamson (ca. 1712-1760). FIRST
COUSINS: Simon Wilmur (1713-ca. 1768); Re-
becca Wilmer (1703/4-?), who married Marma-
duke Tilden (?-1726). NEPHEW: Thomas Ringgold
(1744-1776). NIECE: Sarah Williamson (1749-
1794), who married William Hemsley (1736/37-
1812). MARRIED first, by 1761, his cousin Mary,
daughter of William Wilmer and wife Rose Black-
iston. Mary was the granddaughter of Simon Wil-
mer (1686-1737). Her brothers were Lambert;
William. Her sisters were Margaret, who married
James Frisby; Frances, who married Richard
Miller; and Martha, who married (first name un-
known) Bond. MARRIED second, (first name un-
known) probably Jackson. Her sisters were Mary
Jackson; Perpetua Jackson. CHILDREN. SONS:
James; John; and William Tilghman of Kent
County, a merchant, who married Ann. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Anglican; purchased a pew in Chester
Parish, Kent County, 1768. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1755; Esq., by 1766. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant. His father was
a merchant in partnership with Matthew Dockey,
and William and his brother Thomas may have
been partners in their father's business. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Kent

County, 1771 (elected during session to fill va-
cancy), 1773-1774 (Public Offices 1, 2, 3); Con-
ventions, Kent County, 1st, 1774, 4th, 1775. LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, Kent County, appointed by
April 1754; Committee of Correspondence, Kent
County, elected 1774. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,636.0.0.,
including 40 slaves and 167 oz. plate. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 2,617 acres in Kent and Queen
Anne's counties, plus 2 town lots and 1 water lot
in Chestertown, Kent County (all by purchase).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased 180 acres in Kent
County, 1775; inherited at least 945 acres in Queen
Anne's County from his uncle James Ringgold,
1783; sold 300 acres in Queen Anne's County,
1784; purchased 3 lots in Chestertown, 1785 and
1789; patented an additional 1,176 acres in Queen
Anne's County in 1787, some of which may have
been part of his inherited land. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on December 8, 1789, in Kent
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: requested no ap-
praisal of estate. Slaves were mentioned in his
will, although only two were itemized; 1 dozen
silver spoons were mentioned in his will. LAND:
ca. 3.500 acres in Kent and Queen Anne's coun-
ties; will does not mention his town lots. IDEN-
TIFICATION PROBLEMS. There were at least two men
named William Ringgold who were eligible to
represent Kent County in the Assemblies of 1771
and 1773-1774, and in the 1st and 4th Conven-
tions. It is certain that William Ringgold, of East-
ern Neck (1729-1808) held the service for the 5th
and 9th Conventions, but it was not possible to
positively identify which of these two was re-
sponsible for the other terms of service. There-
fore, two biographical profiles have been in-
cluded for all but the 5th and 9th Conventions,
and the same legislative service assigned to each.
See also William Ringgold, of Eastern Neck (1729-
1808).

RINGGOLD, WILLIAM, OF EASTERN NECK

(1729-1808). BORN: on July 19, 1729, in Kent
County; eldest son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RE-
SIDED: on Eastern Neck, Kent County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: James Ringgold, Jr. (?-
1766), son of William Ringgold (1677-1754),
Gent., and wife Martha, grandson of Ma j. James
Ringgold (ca. 1637-1686) and his second wife
Mary Vaughan Burton. MOTHER: Mary, daughter
of Samuel Tovey (?-1716). BROTHERS: James
(1734-1735); (first name unknown) (1740-?);

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