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

County, 1761-ca. 1774; St. John's Parish, Bal-
timore and Harford counties, ca. 1774-1808. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1770. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; lawyer, admitted
to the following courts: Baltimore County in No-
vember 1757; Cecil County by June 1758; Pro-
vincial Court in April 1763; Harford County in
March 1774. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERV-
ICE: Lower House, Cecil County, 1771 (Claims);
Conventions, Harford County, 1st, 1774 (ap-
pointed, but did not attend), 4th, 1775, 5th 1775,
6th-8th, 1775-1776. OTHER STATE OFFICES:
Councils of Safety, Western Shore, 2nd, 1776,
3rd, 1776 ( appointed, but did not attend), 4th,
1776; judge, General Court, appointed 1777 (de-
clined); chief judge, Court of Appeals, 1778-1806;
associate justice, 6th District, appointed 1806
(declined). LOCAL OFFICES. St. John's Parish Ves-
try, Baltimore and Harford counties, 1771-1776,
1779-1781, 1792-1799; Committee of Observa-
tion, Harford County, elected 1775. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, Company No. 6, Harford County
Militia, enrolled September 16, 1775; colonel,
Lower Battalion, Harford County Militia, elected
on January 6, 1776. OUT OF STATE SERVICE: del-
egate, Continental Congress, 1776-1777 (elected
in November 1776 and February 1777). STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: directed in his will that
some of his slaves be manumitted. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£1,617.0.0, including 32 slaves and 84 oz. plate,
Cecil and Harford counties, 1783; 26 slaves, Har-
ford County, 1790; 20 slaves, Harford County,
1800; 17 slaves, Gunpowder Hundred, Harford
County, 1798. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 2,916
acres in Cecil and Harford counties (1,213 acres
inherited from father; 677 acres received as a gift
from father-in-law; 1,026 acres acquired by pur-
chase and patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired

by purchase or as gifts 1,300 acres in Cecil and
Harford counties, 1782-1795; bought 27 lots in
Joppa, Harford County, 1775-1805. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on March 7, 1808, in Joppa, Harford

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, $10,412.07

(including slaves and stock in the Bank of Bal-
timore); FB, $6,210.87. LAND 4,216 acres in Ce-
cil and Harford counties and 27 lots in Joppa.

RUMSEY, CHARLES (1736-1780). BORN: on
February 26, 1736, as recorded in the North Sas-
safras Parish Register, probably at his father's
plantation at the head of the Bohemia River, Ce-
cil County; fourth of five sons. NATIVE: third gen-

eration. RESIDED: for most of his adult life on his
plantation "New Hall" at the head of the Elk
River in Cecil County; lived in Baltimore County

in 1761. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: William

Rumsey (1698-1742/43). STEPFATHER: Nathaniel
Rigbie (1695-?). MOTHER Sabina (Sabrinah) (?-
1779), daughter of Benjamin Blaidenburgh and
wife Margaret. BROTHERS: Charles (1729-1729);
William Ramsey (1729/30-ca. 1777); Benjamin
Rumsey (1734-1808); and John Rumsey (ca. 1742-
1828). SISTERS: Margaret (1732-?); Henrietta.
MARRIED Jane (Jean) Abigail Canor (1746-1827).
CHILDREN. SONS. Henry Canor, who married Han-
nah (1770-?), daughter of Benjamin Rumsey (1734-
1808) and wife Mary Hall (1740-?); Thomas Eli-
son; and Benjamin (1779-1803), who married
Mary (?-1817), daughter of George Clark of Del-
aware. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth; Henrietta; and
Mary. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Mary Anne's
Church, North Elk Parish, Cecil County. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1777. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: farmer; called merchant in

1761. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 5th

Convention, Cecil County, 1775. LOCAL OFFICES:
coroner, Cecil County, 1764-1780; North Elk
Parish Vestry, Cecil County, 1765-1768, 1779-
1780; subscription officer, Continental Loan Of-
fice, Cecil County, appointed 1777; lieutenant,
Cecil County, 1777-1780. MILITARY SERVICE:
colonel, Elk Battalion, Cecil County Militia, 1776-

1780. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 767 acres in Cecil County (inherited
740 acres from his father; acquired 27 acres by
patent). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1780. Rum-
sey was dead by March 25, 1780, when the Coun-
cil appointed a new county lieutenant. His will,
however, was not probated in Cecil County until
May 5. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,444.6.8
(including 13 slaves, 15 oz. plate, books, 62 bush-
els of wheat, and 80 bushels of corn); FB,
£1,194.13.1. LAND: 767 acres in Cecil County.

RUMSEY, JOHN (ca. 1742-1828). BORN: ca. 1742,
in Cecil County; youngest son. On October 6,
1798, Rumsey stated in a deposition that he was
about 55 years of age. NATIVE, third generation.
RESIDED: in Cecil County; Harford County by
1774. As a child, he may have lived with his mother
and stepfather in Harford County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: William Rumsey (1698-1742/43).
STEPFATHER. Nathaniel Rigbie (1695-?). MOTHER:
Sabina (Sabrinah) (?-1779), daughter of Ben-
jamin Blaidenburgh and wife Margaret. BROTH-

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