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

New York. SISTER: (first name unknown), who
married William Jones. MARRIED by 1768 Rachel
(?-1798), daughter of Thomas Pennington (?-
by 1756) and wife Rosamond. CHILDREN. Proba-
bly died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, Chester Parish, Kent County. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1781. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, in partnership with
Benjamin Morgan under the name "Morgan and
Sluby" and "Sluby and Company." PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Kent
County, 6th-8th, 1775-1776. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: subscriber to Washington Col-
lege, Chestertown; directed in his will that an
elderly male slave be immediately manumitted.
In 1776 Sluby was accused of ''sentiments in-
tended to disunite the people of the State." Three
years later the Council was asked by private cit-
izens in Kent County to "secure" Sluby on a charge
of treason. On August 1, 1779, Sluby paid a
£5,000.0.0 recognizance bond and was allowed
limited freedom. In 1782 he petitioned the gov-
ernor for permission to travel to New York to
visit his brother Nicholas. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£300.0.0, including 7 slaves and 160 oz. plate,
1783; 6 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 4
lots in and near Chestertown (all purchased) ; held
mortgages on 2 other lots in partnership with Ben-
jamin Morgan. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased

2 lots plus a one-quarter interest in a third lot
and one-half interest in a fourth lot, all in Ches-
tertown, between 1775 and 1777; sold two and
one-half lots in 1779 and in 1795; acquired an-
other lot in Chestertown by 1781, which he sold
the same year; purchased a town lot at the sale
of the confiscated property of Loyalist John Chal-
mers, 1784; acquired a small tract of 55 acres by
1792, but sold it the same year; purchased 2 water
lots, part of a third water lot, plus a town lot, all
in Chestertown, 1796. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on March 2, 1799, in Kent County.
The heirs were his four nephews and one niece,
the children of his sister. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £395.0.6 current money (including 1 slave,
books); FB, £139.13.1. LAND: at least 6 lots in
Chestertown.

SLYE (SLY), ROBERT (ca. 1628-1670/71). BORN:
ca. 1628, probably in England. IMMIGRATED: in
1654, as a free adult. RESIDED: in St. Clement's
Hundred, St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACK-

GROUND. SISTER: Elizabeth Russell of London,
England. NEPHEWS: Timothy and Thomas Cooper
of Springfield, Massachusetts. OTHER KINSHIP: Slye
called Mr. Strange ways Mudd of London his kins-
man. MARRIED Susanna (?-by 1683), daughter of
Thomas Gerard (1608-1673). Her brothers were
Thomas (?-1686); Justinian (?-1688); and John.
Her sisters were Frances; Temperance; Elizabeth
(?-1716), who married first, Nehemiah Blakiston
(?-1693), and third, Joshua Guibert (?-1713);
and Mary, who married Kenelm Cheseldyne (1640-
1708). Susannah subsequently married John Coode
(ca. 1648-1708/9). CHILDREN. SONS: Robert (?-
1695), who married Priscilla; Gerard (1654-by
1703), a justice of St. Mary's County, 1675/76-
1677, 1679-1681, sheriff of St. Mary's County,
1677-1679. A merchant, who returned to Eng-
land in 1681, Gerard married Jane (last name
unknown). DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth; Frances. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: transported 12 others on arrival; was a
prominent colonist, one of the wealthiest men in
Maryland, and also one of the most important
legislators during the Assembly's first 50 years.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; merchant. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Parliamentary
Commission, 1655-1657/58; Assembly, Potomac
(St. Mary's County), 1657; Lower House, St.
Mary's County, 1659/60, 1663-1664 (speaker, 1-
2), 1666 (Laws), 1669 (Aggrievances). OTHER
PROVINCIAL OFFICES: justice, Provincial Court,
1655-1657/58; Council, 1660. LOCAL OFFICE: jus-
tice, St. Mary's County, probably 1658-1660,
1663-1670/71 (quorum, probably 1658-1660,
1663-1670/71). MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by

1655. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: sup-

ported Fendall's Rebellion in 1659/60 and tem-
porarily lost his offices upon the restoration of
the proprietary government. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,000

acres (wife's dower). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: be-
tween January 18 and March 13, 1670/71, in St.
Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: at least 11
servants and 14 slaves, but total value of estate
is unknown. LAND: ca. 2,500 acres.

SMALL WOOD, BAYNE (ca. 1711-1768). BORN:
ca. 1711, probably on his father's dwelling plan-
tation, "Christian Temple Manner," in Charles
County; probably younger son. NATIVE: at least
third generation. RESIDED: at "Smallwood's Re-
treat," situated in Chickamuxon District, on Mat-
tawoman Creek in Durham Parish, Upper

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