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

in Baltimore County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
$1,758.71 (including 4 slaves and a few books);
FB, $1.35. LAND: ca. 195 acres of leased land on
Carroll's Manner, Baltimore County.

STEVENSON, WILLIAM (1739-1785). BORN: in
1739; only son of father. NATIVE: second gener-
ation. RESIDED: in Chestertown, Kent County,
until 1765; Bristol, England, 1765-1778; Ches-
tertown again by March 1778 until death. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Dr. William Stevenson (?-
1739), who immigrated from Lancaster, England,
and resided in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County.
STEPFATHER Daniel Cheston of Kent County.
MOTHER: Francina Augustine Frisby (1719-1766),
daughter of James Frisby (1684-1719) and wife
Ariana Vanderheyden (1690-1741); stepdaugh-
ter of both Thomas Bordley (ca. 1683-1726) and
Edmund Jennings (?-1756). HALF UNCLE: John
Beale Bordley (1726/27-1804). AUNT: Ariana
Margaretta Frisby (1717-?), who married Wil-
lliam Harris (1704-1748). HALF BROTHERS: James
Cheston; Daniel Cheston. HALF SISTER: Fanney
Cheston (a minor in 1765). FIRST COUSINS: John
Brice (1738 -1820); James Brice (1746-1801); and
Benedict Brice (1749-1786). OTHER KINSHIP: great-
grandfather. Matthias Vanderheyden (?-1729).
MARRIED on September 1, 1761, Isabella (1735-
1782), widow and heiress of John Bordley, daugh-
ter of James Conner and wife Catherine. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: William (1762-1766); John (1765-
1765); James (1766-1805), who married (first name
unknown) Miller; William (1774-?), who mar-
ried in 1800 Anne Foster; John Conner (1775-
?); and Charles William Washington (1778-1779).
DAUGHTERS: Mary (1763-1765); Francina Au-
gustina; Isabella (1769-?), who married John
Constable of Kent County; Ariana (1770-?); and
Mary (1772-?), who married Henry Hall of Anne
Arundel County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1779. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant in Chestertown
until 1765, possibly under the name of "Steven-
son and Canfield"; merchant in Bristol, England,
in partnership with William Randolph of Bristol
and Stevenson's half brother, James, in Mary-
land, from 1765 until his return to Chestertown
in 1778. In 1777 he petitioned Parliament for
bankruptcy; the petition was not signed until July
16, 1783. ADDITION AL COMMENT: Stevenson trav-
eled to Bristol on his own ship, the Isabella, which
also carried 25 tons of pig iron consigned to him
by Charles Carroll, Barrister (1723-1783). PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Kent

County, 1779-1780 (Grievances 1-3; Claims 1-
3; Tax Commissioners 2), 1780-1781 (Claims 1,
2), 1781-1782 (Claims 1), 1783. LOCAL OFFICES:
Chester Parish Vestry, Kent County, 1780; jus-
tice, Kent County, 1782; justice, Orphans' Court,
Kent County, 1783; naval officer for the Eighth
District, Kent County, appointed October 21, 1784.

STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Supported the

Revolution when he returned from England.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £50.0.0, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 345 acres in Kent County (222 acres
by purchase; 123 acres through marriage). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED, probably on October 23, 1785;
buried in Chestertown, Kent County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £340.2.4 current money (in-
cluding plate, 90 volumes of old books); FB, es-
tate overpaid £93.12.4. LAND: 345 acres in Kent
County.

STEWART, JOHN (?-ca. 1794). BORN: probably
in Stepney Parish, Somerset County. NATIVE: at
least second generation. RESIDED: in Nanticoke
Hundred, District 1, Somerset County, by 1774
until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Alex-
ander Stewart (?-1744), riding surveyor of Wi-
comico River and Monie Bay, Somerset County,
1737/38. STEPFATHER: George Dashiell (1699-
1768), grandson of James Dashiell (ca. 1634-1697).
MOTHER: Rebecca (1714-1769), daughter of
Robert Dashiell (1677-1718) and wife Sarah Hast.
BROTHER. William (1738-1808), who married in
1760 Sarah Dashiell (1740-1809). SISTERS: Sarah;
Ann, who married William Porter; Elizabeth
(Betty) (1734-?), who married Daniel Wailes;
and Rebecca, who married James Makmorie.
MARRIED in 1767 his first cousin Elizabeth (?-
1774), daughter of William Dashiell (1712-1752)
and wife Sarah Murray (?-1776). Her brothers
were Robert (1740-1789), who married Jane Lu-
cas; Hast (1742/43-ca. 1749); and William Fran-
cis (1750-1790), who married Priscilla Evans. Her
sister was Martha (1748-ca. 1770). CHILDREN. SON:
Capt. Alexander (1773-1810), who married Eliz-
abeth (last name unknown). DAUGHTER: Jane
(1771-?), who died young. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, Stepney Parish, Somerset County. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, by 1774 to death;
in partnership with Levin Gale (ca. 1730-1791)
and Henry Jackson (?-1794) trading under the
name of Gale, Jackson & Stewart. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 5th Convention,

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