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

1779 (Elections 3; Manufactories 1). OTHER STATE
OFFICE: Constitution Ratification Convention, St.
Mary's County, 1788. LOCAL OFFICES: Committee
of Observation, St. Mary's County, in office 1776;
justice, St. Mary's County, commissioned 1777,
1778 (did not qualify), and 1784 (did not qualify).

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

39 slaves, 1790; assessed value £909.15.6, includ-
ing 31 slaves and 15 oz. plate, 1793 and 1794;
assessed value £750.10.0, including 27 slaves and
15 oz. plate, 1796. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca.
1,000 acres in St. Mary's County (ca. 900 acres
by inheritance; ca. 100 acres by patent). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on March 4, 1800,
in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
at least $7,181.66 (including 37 slaves, surveyor's
chains and instruments, 12 oz. plate, mill stones,
and 60 bushels of wheat sown in the field); FB,
£740.13.7. LAND. ca. 1,000 acres in St. Mary's
County.

SEYMOUR, JOHN (1649-1709). BORN, in 1649,
in Gloucestershire, England; eldest son. IMMI-
GRATED: in 1704 as governor with his family. RE-
SIDED, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Seymour,

Esq. (?-1678), of Bitton, Gloucestershire; son of
John Seymour, who was a member of Parliament
for Gloucestershire, 1646. MOTHER. Elizabeth
Lyte. BROTHER Thomas, collector of North Po-
tomac, 1705-1710. SISTER: Anne (?-1711), who
married Philip Lynes (1649- 1709). MARRIED first,
in 1672, Margaret, daughter of Charles Bowles
of Chatham. MARRIED second, Hester, daughter
of Sir John Newton of Bitton, Gloucestershire.
CHILDREN. SONS: John (?-1741), of Plymouth
County, Devonshire, England, a physician;
Berkeley (1685-?); and Robert, who married Mary
Woodward of Bitton, Gloucestershire. DAUGH-
TER: Jane. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: arrived as governor after 36
years of service in the British Army. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: military officer and colonial bu-
reaucrat. PUBLIC CAREER. PROVINCIAL OFFICES:

governor, commissioned February 12, 1702/3,
personally assumed office on April 12, 1704-died
in office 1709; chancellor, 1704-1709. our OF
COLONY SERVICE: captain, 1667-1687; lt. colonel
of Life Guards, 1687, participated in the French
campaigns of William III and in the Spanish cam-
paigns Of 1702. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE IS-
SUES: battled intensely with the Assembly over
his attempted reforms, especially those of judicial

structure and economy. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. ANNUAL INCOME: as governor, salary of
£1,700.0.0 with £30.0.0 a year allowance for rent.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on July 30, 1709, in Anne

Arundel County; buried August 9, 1709, in St.
Anne's churchyard, Annapolis. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, unknown, but legacies in will totalled
over £1,500.0.0. LAND: manor in England.

SHARPE, HORATIO (1718-1790). BORN, in 1718,
in Hull, Yorkshire, England; younger son. IM-
MIGRATED: on August 10, 1753, as governor of
Maryland. RESIDED: in England until 1753; An-
napolis, in the ''Capital Mansion House" which
he leased during his term as governor, 1753-1769;
Annapolis and "Whitehall," Anne Arundel
County, 1769-1773; England, 1773-death. In
December 1768, Sharpe wrote his brother Gre-
gory that he intended to move from Annapolis
"to my Farm about seven miles from Town on
which I have a small elegant Lodge," and to spend
winters in Annapolis at the house of John Ridout

(1732-1797). FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Wil-
liam Sharpe (ca. 1664-1732/33). MOTHER: Mar-
garet, daughter of Thomas Beake, Esq., of Lon-
don, principal secretary of Maryland, 1714-1732/
33. BROTHERS: nine, including: John (?-1756), a
barrister, member of Parliament for Collington,
guardian to Frederick Calvert (1731/32-1771),
1751-1756; William (1696-1767), first clerk of
His Majesty's Privy Council; Joshua (1707-1786),
an attorney; Gregory (1713-1771), an Anglican
minister, classical and oriental scholar, chaplain
to the Prince of Wales and King George III, and
master of the Temple, 1763-1771; Philip (1716-
1772), clerk of His Majesty's Privy Council; and
James. SISTERS: four. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION. Sharpe's letters are clear and concise, his
thoughts well formed and their expression liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. Esq., by 1753. Sharpe
owned and raced blooded horses including the
famed "Britannia," which he raced during 1768-
at least 1770. He served as steward at Annapolis
Jockey Club meets and offered small purses at
races in Anne Arundel and Talbot counties. Sharpe
was described upon his arrival at Fort Cumber-
land, Frederick County, in 1754, as "a stirring,
active gentleman," and as "a very good soldier;
cheerful and free, of good conduct, and one who
won't be trifled with." OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
officeholder, planter. Sharpe wrote his brother
Philip in 1771 that he spent time each day walking
about his farm and garden, adding that they had

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