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

PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1682-1689; jus-
tice, Provincial Court, 1682-1689; joint secre-
tary, 1682/83-1684, 1685-1689; secretary, 1684-
1685; Board of Deputy Governors, 1684-1689;
joint collector of Patuxent, 1684-1685. MILITARY
SERVICE: major, 1682-1689. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: removed from office in 1689 after
the overthrow of the proprietary government; his
Catholicism excluded him from public office
thereafter. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: at least 2,000 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED: between April 16 and May 9, 1737,
in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£1,031.9.9 (including 31 slaves); FB, £409.4.9.
LAND: at least 10,000 acres.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,387.0.0,
including 30 slaves and 122 oz. plate, 1783; 23
slaves, 1790. ANNUAL INCOME. £120.0.0 current
money per annum clear of taxes, which was re-
ceived as rent for a tract of land in Queen Anne's
County. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,000 acres in
Queen Anne's County (all by purchase). SIGNIF-
ICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: bought 287 acres in Queen
Anne's County, 1790. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
in 1795 in Queen Anne's County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £5,640.17.5 current money (in-
cluding 176 oz. plate, 22 slaves, and cash in gold,
silver, and bank notes); FB, £5,265.0.12. LAND:
1,287 acres in Queen Anne's County.

SEWELL, CLEMENT (ca. 1737-1795). BORN:
ca. 1737, probably in Maryland. NATIVE: proba-
bly, if so at least second generation. RESIDED: on
a 1,000-acre farm, "Claxton Hill," in Island
Hundred, Queen Anne's County, by 1774. MAR-
RIED first, Rachel, widow of Col. William Coursey
(1703-1769) of Queen Anne's County, daughter
of Solomon Clayton (1685-1739) and wife Rachel
(?-1729). Rachel was the stepdaughter of Mary
Chaires and niece of both William Clayton (ca.
1682-1728/29) and Alice Clayton, who married
Edward Wright (?-1740/41). Her brothers were
William and Edward. Her sister was Mary, who
married William Clayton, son of William Clayton
(ca. 1682-1728/29). MARRIED second, Cornelia,
who subsequently married by September 1797 John
Sothoron. CHILDREN. SON: Charles Smith Sewell.
STEPSONS: Edward DeCoursey (ca. 1759-1827);
Henry DeCoursey (?-ca. 1815); and William
DeCoursey. DAUGHTERS: Maria; Mary (Polly),
who married Samuel Turbutt Wright (ca. 1749-
1810). STEPDAUGHTERS: Mary DeCoursey, who
married (first name unknown) Downs; Rachel
DeCoursey; and Sarah DeCoursey, who married
Robert Wright (1752-1826). PRIVATE CAREER. ED
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1774.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant; planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Queen Anne's County, 1782-1783 (Claims 1),
1783, 1784, 1785 (Claims), 1788 (Claims). LOCAL
OFFICES: coroner, Queen Anne's County, com-
missioned 1774; Committee of Correspondence,
Queen Anne's County, elected 1774; justice,
Queen Anne's County, 1778-at least 1791; jus-
tice, Orphans' Court, Queen Anne's County,
1779-at least 1789. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

SEWELL (SEWALL), NICHOLAS LEWIS (ca.

1721-1800). BORN: ca. 1721 in St. Mary's County.
NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: at "Matta-
pony-Sewall," Harvey Hundred, St. Mary's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Henry

Sewall (?-1722), son of Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-
1737) and wife Susanna Burgess. STEPFATHER:
Philip Lee (ca. 1681-1744). MOTHER: Elizabeth
Lawson. AUNT: Elizabeth Sewall (?-1752), who
married Peregrine Frisby (1688-1739). BROTHER:
Henry (?-1780), who married Mary (?-1794).
HALF BROTHERS: John Lee; Corbin Lee (?-1774);
George Lee (1736-1807); and Hancock Lee (?-
1759). STEPBROTHERS: Thomas Lee (?-1749);
Francis Lee (?-1749); Philip Lee (?-1739); Ar-
thur Lee (?-1760); and Richard Lee (ca. 1707-
1787). HALF SISTERS: Lettice Lee (?-1776), who
married third, Joseph Sim (?-1793); Elizabeth
Lee; Alice Lee; Margaret Lee; and Hannah Lee
(ca. 1736-by 1781), who married second, Joseph
Sprigg (1736-1800). STEPSISTERS: Ann Lee (ca.
1711-1800); Eleanor Lee (1710-1759); and Sarah
Lee. FIRST COUSIN: Ann Frisby (1727-1793), who
married second, William Fitzhugh (ca. 1722-1798).
MARRIED (name unknown). CHILDREN. SONS: Henry
(?-1801); Charles, who was educated in Europe,
became a Jesuit priest, returned to Maryland in
1774, became the first resident priest in Baltimore
Town, and was made pastor at St. Thomas Manor,
Charles County, in 1798; Nicholas Lewis, Jr., who
was educated in Europe, became a Jesuit priest,
lived in England and never returned to Maryland.
DAUGHTERS: Lettice, who married Francis Ta-
ney; Eleanor, who married Walter Pye; Ann (?-

1789). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1778-

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