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

control of 556 acres in Queen Anne's County for
the heirs of Jacob Seth. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased 642 acres in Talbot County, 1783-1784.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between November 5,
1784, and January 8, 1785, probably in Queen
Anne's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£3,115.11.10 Spanish milled dollars at 7/6 (in-
cluding 27 slaves, books, silver, and a gristmill
with a 35-year lease); FB, estate overpaid £40.9.3.
LAND: 685 acres in Caroline and Talbot counties.

SEWALL, HENRY (?-1665). BORN: in England,
probably in Warwickshire. IMMIGRATED: in 1661,
as a free adult with his wife and three children.
RESIDED on the Patuxent River, Calvert County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard Sewall (?-

1638), of Nuneaton, Warwick, son of Henry Se-
wall, mayor and alderman of Coventry. MOTHER:
Mary, daughter of John Dugdale of Shustoke,
Warwick. BROTHERS: Richard; Samuel. MARRIED
Jane (?-1700/1), daughter of Vincent Lowe of
Denby, Derbyshire, England. Her brothers were
Vincent Lowe (?-1692); Nicholas; Henry (?-1700);
and John (1616-?). Her sisters were Dorothy;
Grace; Anne; and Mary. Jane Lowe Sewall mar-
ried second, in 1666, Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord
Baltimore (1637-1714/15). CHILDREN. SON: Nicho-
las Sewall (ca. 1655-1737). DAUGHTERS: Eliza-
beth (?-ca. 1710), who married first, Jesse Whar-
ton (?-1676), and second, William Digges (ca.
1650-1697); Mary (?-1693/94), who married first,
William Chandler (1652-1685), son of Job Chan-
dler (?-1659), and second, George Brent; Anne
(?-1693), who married first, Benjamin Rozer (?-
1681), and second, Edward Pye (?-1696); and
Jane (ca. 1664-1692), who married in 1681 Philip
Calvert (1626-1682). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate, probably well educated. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: arrived with three servants; intimate
friend of Claries Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore (1637-
1714/15), with whom he came to Maryland; re-
turned briefly to England in 1664; the marriages
of Sewall's children became the basis for Calvert's
creation of an intimate, loyal Council. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE, planter, placeman. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper House, 1662,

1663-1664 (did not attend the 2nd session). OTHER
PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1661-1665; pro-
vincial secretary and judge of Probate, 1661-1665;
justice. Provincial Court, 1661-1665. MILITARY
SERVICE: colonel, 1661-1665. WEALTH DURING
LIFETIME. LAND: patented ca. 13,000 acres, 1663-

1665; sold 5,000 acres, 1664/65. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated April 17, 1665. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least 73,520 pounds of to-
bacco (including plate valued at 400 pounds of
tobacco). LAND: probably 8,000 acres.

SEWALL, NICHOLAS (ca. 1655-1737). BORN.
ca. 1655, in England; only son. IMMIGRATED, in
1661, as a minor with parents from England. RE-
SIDED: in St. Mary's County; visited England in
1715. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Henry Se-
wall (?-1665). STEPFATHER: Charles Calvert, 3rd
Lord Baltimore (1637-1714/15). MOTHER: Jane
Lowe (?-1700/1). UNCLE: Vincent Lowe (?-1692).
HALF BROTHERS: Cecilius Calvert (1667-1681);
Benedict Leonard Calvert (1679-1715). SISTERS:
Jane, who married Philip Calvert (1626-1682);
Elizabeth (?-ca. 1710), who married first, Jesse
Wharton (?-1676), and second, William Digges
(ca. 1650-1697); Anne (?-1693), who married
first, Benjamin Rozer (?-1681), and second, Ed-
ward Pye (?-1696); and Mary (?-1693/94), who
married first, William, (1652-1685), son of Job
Chandler (?-1659). HALF SISTERS: Clare Calvert
(1670-by 1694); Anne Calvert (1673-1731).
MARRIED Susanna, daughter of William Burgess
(ca. 1622-1686/87). CHILDREN. SONS: Charles (?-
1742), who married Elinor, widow of John Tas-
ker (?-1711) of Calvert County, daughter of
Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-1730/31); Henry (?-
1722), who married Elizabeth Lawson, who sub-
sequently married Philip Lee (ca. 1681-1744); Ni-
cholas (?-1732); and Clement (?-1740), who
married Mary, daughter of John Smith of Calvert
County. DAUGHTERS: Jane (?-1761), who mar-
ried Clement (1676-1737), son of Thomas Brooke
(1632-1676); Clare, who married first, Thomas
Tasker (?-ca. 1733), and second, William Young
(?-1772); Elizabeth (?-1752), who married Per-
egrine Frisby (1688-1739); Susanna, who married
George Douglass of Kent County; Mary, who
married first, William (1699-1724), son of James
Frisby (ca. 1651-1704), and second, Dominick
Carroll of Cecil County; Ann (?-1789), who mar-
ried Joseph Douglass; and Sophia, who married
John Cooke of Prince George's County. PRIVATE
CAREER. EDUCATION: literate, probably had con-
siderable schooling. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second
generation councillor. In 1692 Sewall was found
not guilty of the 1689/90 murder of customs col-
lector John Payne. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE.
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Upper House, 1682-1684, 1686-1688. OTHER

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