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

DEATH. DIED: on November 9, 1790, in Hamp-
stead, England. LAND: probably none in Mary-
land. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: At his death, debts
due Sharpe on bonds he held in America equaled
£3,341.3.11 sterling, plus £725.4.9 current money.

SHARPE (SHARP), PETER (?-1671/72). IMMI
GRATED: in 1650, as a free adult. RESIDED: "at
the Clifts," Calvert County. MARRIED ca. 1651/52
Judith, widow of John Gary (Carey) (?-ca. 1651).
CHILDREN. SON: William Sharpe (ca. 1655-1699).
STEPSON. John Gary (ca. 1643-1681), who mar-
ried Alice Ambrose. DAUGHTER: Mary, who mar-
ried in 1670 William Stevens, son of William Ste-
vens of Dorchester County. STEPDAUGHTERS:
Elizabeth Gary (?-1697), who married first,
Robert Harwood, second, Wenlock Christison (?-
1679), and third, William Dixon (?-1701); Judith
Gary (?-before 1672); and Jane Gary (?-before

1672). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Quaker. SOCIAL STATUS AND

ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1651/52, but irregularly in
1650s; in 1670 deeded 150 acres, "Ending of Con-
troversie," to Wenlock Christison (?-1679), who
had suffered as a Quaker missionary in New Eng-
land. cxx'UP ATION AL PROFILE: chirurgeon; planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly,

Patuxent (Calvert County), 1657. LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Calvert County, 1669/70-ca. 1671/72.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC

TION at least 200 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pat-
ented 3,250 acres between 1664 and 1670 (1,200
acres in Dorchester County, 1,650 acres in Talbot
County, and 400 acres in Calvert County). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated March 28, 1672, in
Calvert County. LAND: will mentioned 400 acres
and 3 plantations of unspecified size.

SHARPE, WILLIAM (ca. 1655-1699). BORN: ca.
1655, in Calvert County; eldest son. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: in Calvert County; in
Talbot County by 1673. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Peter Sharpe (?-1671/72). MOTHER: Ju-
dith, widow of John Gary (?-ca. 1651). HALF
BROTHER John Gary (ca. 1643-1681). SISTER:
Mary, who married William Stevens. HALF SIS-
TERS: Elizabeth Gary, who married second, by
1672, Wenlock Christison (?-1679); Judith Gary
(?-by 1672); and Jane Gary (?-by 1672). MAR-
RIED in 1673 Elizabeth (1655-1704), daughter of
Thomas Thomas (ca. 1624-1658). Her brothers
were James; Solomon (?-by 1696), who married
in 1685/86 Rebecca Winn. Elizabeth subsequently

married in 1701 Thomas Taylor (1660-1727) of
Talbot County, a merchant. CHILDREN. SONS: Wil-
liam (1680-1704), who was drowned in the Chop-
tank River; Peter, who married in 1704 Catherine
Troth. DAUGHTERS: Sarah (?-1702), who mar-
ried in 1692 William Edmundson (1677-1702),
son of John Edmundson (?-1697/98). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Quaker, Third Haven Meeting, Talbot
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second
generation provincial officeholder. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: merchant, planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Associators' Con-
vention, Talbot County, 1689-1692. LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Talbot county, 1685 (did not qualify).

STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Supported

Revolution of Protestant Associators in 1689; his
Quakerism excluded him from office after 1692.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 2,400 acres in Talbot County (including 1,400
acres inherited from his father). WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED, on June 5, 1699; buried at Island Creek,
Talbot County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£846.17.2 (including 4 slaves and 1 servant); FB,
estate overpaid £376.7.9. LAND: probably 4,200
acres.

SHAW, JAMES (ca. 1747-ca. 1795). BORN. ca.
1747, baptised May 5, 1747, in Glasgow Parish,
Glasgow, Scotland; younger son. IMMIGRATED:
from Glasgow, Scotland, by 1769. RESIDED: in
the town of Vienna, Dorchester County; Easton,
Talbot County, by 1794. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Shaw, of Glasgow, Scotland.
MOTHER: Mary Casels (Cassels). BROTHERS:
Alexander, baptised August 28, 1743, in Glasgow
Parish, Glasgow, Scotland; John (1745-1829), who
immigrated from Glasgow to Annapolis, Anne
Arundel County. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Shaw's
brother John was a cabinetmaker, who had a shop
on State Circle in Annapolis. During the Revo-
lutionary War John Shaw served as armorer for
the State. He was also an Annapolis city coun-
cilman, street commissioner, and fire engine
keeper. Shaw was responsible for much of the
finishing work on the Maryland State House, and
crafted desks and chairs for the legislative cham-
bers and public offices. He married first, in 1777,
Elizabeth Wellstead Pratt (1748-1793), and sec-
ond, in 1798, Margaret Steuart (1759-1806). Pos-
sibly other siblings. MARRIED first, by 1769, Mary,
widow of John Lecompte (?-1768). MARRIED sec-
ond, by 1784, Henrietta. MARRIED third, by 1795,
Ann (?-1826), who died in Annapolis. CHILDREN.

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