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

House, St. Mary's County, 1783, 1785. LOCAL
OFFICES: St. Andrew's Parish Vestry, St. Mary's
County, 1783-1786, 1787-1788; coroner, St.
Mary's County, appointed 1784 and 1785; com-
missioner of the tax, St. Mary's County, ap-
pointed 1785; warden, St. Andrew's Parish, St.
Mary's County, 1786-1787; justice, St. Mary's
County, 1786-at least 1801 (quorum, by 1796-
at least 1801); justice, Orphans' Court, St. Mary's
County, 1787-1803. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,
Lower Battalion, St. Mary's County Militia, com-
missioned 1781; major, 12th Regiment, St. Mary's
County Militia, appointed 1794, resigned by 1795.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

108 slaves, 1790; assessed value £3,277.5.0, in-
cluding 105 slaves and 105 oz. plate, 1793-1794;
assessed value £2,894.7.6, including 105 slaves
and 105 oz. plate, 17%; assessed value £4,003.0.0,
including 125 slaves and 105 oz. plate, 1801; as-
sessed value £4,562.10.0, including 165 slaves and
398 oz. plate, 1806. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, no
evidence of land ownership. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

acquired by purchase and inheritance 7,597 acres
in St. Mary's County, including a grist mill and
null land, 1793-1806; sold 1,787 acres in St. Mary's
County, 1796-1806. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on
December 29, 1806, in St. Mary's County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV £27,236.0.5 current money
(including 180 slaves, 154 oz. plate, bank stock,
and cotton both spun and picked); FB, £25,000.0.0.
LAND: 5,810 acres in St. Mary's County, including
a grist mill and mill land.

SOTHORON, HENRY GREENFIELD (ca. 1732-
1793). BORN: ca. 1732 in St. Mary's County; only
son to survive childhood. NATIVE: fourth gener-
ation. RESIDED, in Upper Resurrection Hundred,
St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
John Johnson Sothoron (?-1744) of St. Mary's
County, son of John Sothoron of St. Mary's
County, who immigrated in 1677 as a minor.
STEPFATHER: Baptist Barber (?-1752) of St. Mary's
County. MOTHER: Mary, daughter of Henry Per-
egrine Jowles (1681-1720) and wife Dryden,
granddaughter of both Henry Jowles (ca. 1640-
ca. 1700/1) and Kenelm Cheseldyne (1640-1708).
STEPMOTHER: Elizabeth (?-1784), daughter of
John Donaldson (?-1748), rector of King and
Queen Parish, St. Mary's County, 1715-1748,
and wife Elizabeth (?-1756). BROTHER: John.
STEPBROTHERS: Archibald Donaldson Barber;
Baptist Barber. STEPSISTER: Rebecka Barber, who
married (first name unknown) Locke. MARRIED

first, Mary (1736-1763), daughter of Zachariah
Bond (?-ca. 1776) and wife Margaret (?-1792).
Her first cousin was Thomas Bond (?-ca. 1797).
MARRIED second, Mary (?-1825), probably the
daughter of John Bond (?-1760) of St. Mary's
County and wife Elizabeth. Mary was probably
the granddaughter of both Zachariah Bond (?-
ca. 1716) of St. Mary's County and John Attaway
(?-1732) of St. Mary's County. She was probably
the niece of Zachariah Bond (?-ca. 1776). Her
brothers were probably Gerard (?-1789); Samuel
(?-ca. 1818); John; Richard; William; and Thomas
Bond (?-ca. 1797). Her sisters were probably Su-
sanna, who married (first name unknown) Bates;
Elizabeth, who married (first name unknown)
Jordan. CHILDREN. SONS: John; Zachariah; Henry;
James Forbes; Thomas; and George Washington.
DAUGHTERS: Eleanor, who married (first name
unknown) Gardiner; Ann, who married (first name
unknown) Smith; Mary, who married James Bis-
coe; Rebecca Jowles, who married Philip Key
(1750-1820); and (first name unknown), who
married (first name unknown) Thomas. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Anglican. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: planter;
called merchant, 1768 and 1771. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's
County, 1757-1758, 1758-1761, 1762-1763, 1765-
1766; Conventions, St. Mary's County, 1st, 1774,
4th, 1775 (did not attend). LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, St. Mary's County, 1768-1777 (quorum,
1773-1777), commissioned 1778 (did not qual-
ify); trustee, Charlotte Hall School, in office 1774;
churchwarden, All Faith Parish, St. Mary's County,
1774-1777; All Faith Parish Vestry, in office 1774,
1792-1793. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Sixth
Battalion, St. Mary's County Militia, by 1776.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY.

assessed value £658.15.0, including 15 slaves,
Charles County property only, 1783; 69 slaves,
St. Mary's and Charles counties, 1790; assessed
value £999.12.6, including 45 slaves and 123 ounces
plate, St. Mary's County only, 1793. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 290 acres in St. Mary's County
(inherited from father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: ac-

quired, probably all through purchase, over 2,000
acres in St. Mary's and Charles counties (800 acres
in Charles County co-owned with Zachariah
Bond), 1762-1793; sold (with Zachariah Bond)
800 acres in Charles County, 1771. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on November 2, 1793,
in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£6,129.8.11 current money (including 75 slaves

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