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

1676-1782 Assembly; Accounts 3), 1682-1684
(Accounts 1, 2; Laws, chairman 3), 1686 (died
before the 2nd session of the 1686-1688 Assem-
bly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1679-

1687; justice, Provincial Court, 1679-1687; Board
of Deputy Governors, 1684-1687. LOCAL OF-
FICES: quorum justice of the Eastern Shore, 1665-
1666; justice, Somerset County, 1666-1687 (quo-
rum); coroner, Somerset County, 1666; keeper
of weights and measures, Somerset County, 1671.
MILITARY SERVICE: commander of horse, Som-
erset and Dorchester counties, 1681-1687; colo-
nel, 1681-1687. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE IS-
SUES: valued proprietary supporter who was
influential in settling the Eastern Shore for the
Lords Baltimore. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND

AT FIRST ELECTION. Ca. 3,000 acres. SIGNIFICANT
CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: sold 2,000 acres, 1670. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: on December 23, 1687, in Somerset County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £468.12.10,
plus 467,070 pounds of tobacco, 5 ,120 feet of plank,
5,688 pounds of pork, and £297.17.8 in debts due
the estate (including 3 servants, 10 slaves, 20 books,
plate worth £19.9.0, and goods and livestock found
in 4 plantation houses and 1 townhouse). LAND:
over 1,000 acres.

STEVENSON, EDWARD (?-1716). IMMI
GRATED: perhaps by 1694, definitely by 1700/1,
as a free adult. RESIDED, in Baltimore County.
MARRIED first, Ann. MARRIED second, Mary. Mary
Stevenson subsequently married by 1719 Henry
Satyr (Sater). CHILDREN. SONS: Edward (ca. 1703-
1760), who married Susanna; Richard King (ca.
1705-1777), who married Rachel; Henry, who
married in 1735 Jemima Merryman; and John (?-
1786), who married first, Mary Tipton (ca. 1717-
?), and second, Susanna. DAUGHTERS. Sarah
(1701-?); Mary, who married George Brown;
and Elizabeth (?-by 1719), who married William
Barney (?-1746/47). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: this may

have been the Edward Stevenson who was a tax-
able in the households of William Wilkinson in
1694 and John Ouldton in 1695; Gent., by 1701.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant; factor and
agent for Peter Pagan and Isaac Milner, London
merchants; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Baltimore County, 1712-
1714 (election voided at the 1st session; reelected
to the 2nd session of the 1712-1714 Assembly).
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Baltimore County, in of-

fice 1709. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION, ca. 1,400 acres in Baltimore County.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between January 25, 1715/
16, and April 17, 1716, in Baltimore County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY. TEV, £787.15.2 current money
(including 1 servant, 6 slaves, and books); FB,
£583.1.9 current money. LAND: ca. 1,400 acres in
Baltimore County.

STEVENSON, JOHN (ca. 1739-1804). BORN: in
February, ca. 1739, in Baltimore County; fourth
son. NATIVE; third generation. RESIDED, in Mine
Run Hundred, Baltimore County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Edward Stevenson (ca. 1703-
1760), a merchant of Baltimore County, son of
Edward Stevenson (?-1716). MOTHER: Susanna.
BROTHERS: Edward (1725-1794), who married
Rachel and moved to Frederick County by 1783;
William (ca. 1731-?); Henry (1737-1816), who
married Rachel (1736-1815), daughter of Samuel
Owings (1702-1775); and Joshua (1742-1799),
who married Elizabeth. SISTERS: Sarah (1733-?);
Mary (ca. 1734-1820), who never married. MAR-
RIED on August 11, 1763, Esther (Anther, Athea)
(1737-?), daughter of Luke Wyle (?-1771) of
Baltimore County and wife Kasiah (Cassandra).
Esther had ten brothers and sisters. Her brothers
included Matthew (1730-?); William (1731/32-
?), who married in 1753 Elizabeth Little; Luke
(1740-?); and Walter (1742-?), who married in
1763 Susannah Norris. Her sisters included Mary
(1735-?), who married in 1754 Edward Norris.
CHILDREN. SONS: possibly included Joshua; Josias.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 9th Convention,
Baltimore County, 1776; Lower House, Balti-
more County, 1777, 1777-1778, 1778-1779
(Elections 2), 1779-1780, 1780-1781, 1783, 1784,

1785. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: wife received about £40.0.0 from her fa-
ther's estate, 1772; assessed value £319.10.0, in-
cluding 4 slaves, 1783; 6 slaves, 1790. ADDITIONAL
COMMENT: By December 1786, Stevenson had
owed money to a Charles Ridgely for some time.
He wrote Ridgely citing a "great affliction in my
family," which prevented him from paying more
than £10.10.0 of his debt. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: lease on 125 acres of Carroll 's Mannor
(Climmilara), Baltimore County (inherited from
father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: leased an additional
100 acres of Carroll's Mannor, Baltimore County,

1787. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: On July 3, 1804,

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