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

umitted at age 25; pledged funds to help defray
the expenses of the American army during the
campaign of 1781. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £400.18.4, in-
cluding 6 slaves and 7 oz. plate, 1783; 3 slaves,
1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: unknown; had
sold % acres in Cecil County, which he had in-
herited from his father, in 1774. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: patented 452 acres in Cecil County, 1787-
1796 (including 391 acres of confiscated British
property patented in 1787); purchased a tract of
unspecified acreage, 1808, and 2 lots in Elkton,
1794-1802; obtained 691 acres in Cecil County
in exchange for debts owed to him, 1806 and 1807;
sold at least 738 acres in Cecil County, 1800-
1809; acquired 4 lots in Charlestown, Cecil County,
by 1813. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between Sep-
tember 13, 1813, and January 7, 1814; will pro-
bated in Cecil County. PERSON AL PROPERTY, size
of estate unknown. LAND: 4 town lots in Charles-
town, Cecil County, and 1 lot in Elkton men-
tioned in his will; possibly ca. 445 additional acres
in Cecil County.

SMITH, HENRY (ca. 1634-by 1703). BORN: ca.
1634, probably in England. IMMIGRATED, in 1669,
as a free adult from Accomack County, Virginia,
where he had settled by 1666. RESIDED: on the
Manokin River, Somerset County. MARRIED first,
by February 1668/69, Joanna. MARRIED second,
Anna. CHILDREN. SONS: Henry; William (1676-
?); and John (1680-?). DAUGHTER: Tomasen
(1682-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: noted in Virginia for his cruel
treatment of servants; wife Joanna petitioned for
separation because of Smith's unsavory conduct,
1668/69; Mr., by 1671; found not guilty of the
murder of Henry Hardy, but called "man of ill
fame and Behavior," 1686. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: merchant during 1670s, involved in trade
with New England; attorney, admitted to Som-
erset County Court, 1672; described as "chirur-
gion," 1678; contracted to build Somerset County
courthouse in 1680s; owned ship Henry and Anne,

1690. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower

House, Somerset County, 1681-1682 (elected to
the 3rd session of the 1676-1682 Assembly), 1682-
1684 (Accounts 1-3; Elections 2; Laws 3). LOCAL
OFFICES: justice, Somerset County, 1669/70-1672
(quorum; dismissed at his own request), 1679/80-
1684 (quorum); justice, Worcester County, 1672
(quorum). MILITARY SERVICE, captain, by 1682-

1689. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: signed
petition supporting Protestant Associators in No-
vember 1689, but had been removed from his
militia rank by the new government in September

1689. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: ca. 3,000 acres acquired by patent (1,500
acres now in Kent County, Delaware, 800 acres
now in Worcester County, ca. 700 acres in Som-
erset County). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented an

additional 3,550 acres (800 acres now Worcester
County, 500 acres now Sussex County. Delaware,
and 2,250 acres in Somerset County). WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: by October 28, 1703, in Somerset
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: partial inventory
totaled £39.8.6; FB, estate overpaid £2.3.11. LAND:
ca. 6,550 acres in Somerset County. ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: Smith apparently was in considerable
financial difficulty at the time of his death; an act
of Assembly in 1704 authorized the sale of his
land to help meet debts. The sale raised £225.8.8.

SMITH, HENRY (?-ca. 1712/13). IMMIGRATED:
by 1672, as a free adult with wife. RESIDED: in
St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. OTHER
KINSHIP: probably related to John Smith (?-1677)
of St. Mary's County, who patented in 1670
"Smith's Purchase," a tract later owned by Henry
Smith. MARRIED first, Sarah. MARRIED second, Ann.
CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Sarah, who married in
1694 Isaac Paine; Mary, who married Thomas
Griffin. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County,
1697 (elected to the 8th session of the 1694-1697
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St. Mary's
County, 1694. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1698.

STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: In 1698 Philip

Clarke (?-1699) testified that Smith "was dissat-
isfied and disaffected" with the revolution of 1689
and that some Papists had helped to elect him.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND: ca. 200 acres.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, will probated on Feb-
ruary 7,1712/13, in St. Mary's County. LAND: ca.
200 acres.

SMITH, JAMES (identity questionable). PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Frederick County, 1765-1766; Conventions,
Frederick County, 2nd, 1774, 4th, 1775 (elected,
but did not attend). IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS.
There were at least two men named James Smith
who were of age and eligible to serve in the leg-

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