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

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Parliamentary
Commission, 1654-1655; Assembly, Providence
(Anne Arundel County) 1654. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: leading figure in Puritan oppo-
sition to proprietary government during the 1650s.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by September 29, 1659,
in England. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
5,315 pounds of tobacco (Maryland estate only).
LAND: ca. 800 acres.

STULL, JOHN (1733-1791). BORN: in 1733; sec-
ond or third of four sons. IMMIGRATED/NATIVE.
unknown; may have immigrated with his parents
from Germany at a young age. RESIDED: at
"Whiskey," his dwelling plantation near Eliza-
beth Town (later known as Hagerstown), Eliza-
beth Hundred, Frederick (later became part of
Washington) County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER John Stull (?-1749), who resided in that
area of Prince George's County that became
Frederick County; a landowner, who owned and
operated mills and stills. STEPFATHER: John White.
MOTHER: Martha (last name unknown). BROTH-
ERS: Daniel (by 1733-1751); Jacob, who left the
colony ca. 1766 and was presumed to have been
killed by Indians; and Isaac (ca. 1748-1769), who
died of smallpox while living in the home of his
brother John. SISTERS: Mary, who married by 1749
(first name unknown) Greathouse; Elizabeth, who
married by 1749 (first name unknown) Johnson;
Susannah (1736-after 1792), who married Charles
Swearingen (by 1736-1818) of Frederick County;
Margaret (1737-1793), who married Peter White
(?-by 1792); and Cathrin (Catherine), who mar-
ried by 1749 John Swearingen. MARRIED first, by
1765, Sarah (?-ca. 1770). MARRIED second. Mercy
(?-1787), daughter of Joseph Williams of Fred-
erick County, a tavernkeeper of Welsh ancestry,
and wife Prudence Holland. Her brothers were
Elie (1750-1822), who married by 1786 Barbara,
daughter of John Conrad Grosh (?-1794) of
Frederick County; Otho Holland (?-1794), a
general in the Continental Army, clerk of Fred-
erick County, collector of the Port of Baltimore,
who married Mary, daughter of William Smith of
Baltimore County. Her sisters were Cassandra,
who married John Minor; Teresa, who married
Amos Davis; and Pricilla (?-by 1794), who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Israel. CHILDREN. SONS.
Daniel (1755-?), a first lieutenant in the 1st
Maryland Battalion of the Flying Camp, June-
December 1776, and a captain of the 7th Mary-
land Regiment, December 10, 1776-resigned
September 14, 1778; John, alive in 1769, died

unmarried before the age of 21; Johannes Isaac,
a minor in 1790; and Otho Holland Williams, a
minor in 1790. DAUGHTERS: Prudence Rose (1767-
1787), the eldest daughter; Matilda, a minor in
1790; Holland, a minor in 1790; Martha, who
married by 1790 William Terrance; Susannah, who
married by 1790 Mark Hardin; Letitia, who mar-
ried by 1790 Martin Hardin; and Mercy. PRIVATE
CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. The will of John's
father stated that he wanted his sons educated
for "country business." RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.,
by 1772; Esq., by 1788. After his death, he was
spoken of as "an influential man in his neigh-
borhood, a very good man to poor people, a hard
man to deal with in the way of bargaining, and
that his neighbors stood a good deal in awe of
him." OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: farmer, miller,
distiller; owned a large and a small still, and at
least one mill probably used primarily for making
whiskey. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Conventions, Frederick County, 4th, 1775 (elected,
but did not attend), 6th-8th, 1775-1776, 9th,
1776; Lower House, Washington County, 1779-
1780, (discharged on November 9, 1779, for being
a field officer at the time of his election, reelected
to the 1st session and qualified on December 1,
1779), 1780 ( did not attend, resigned during the
1st session of the 1780-1781 Assembly), 1781-
1782 (Manufactories 1, 2), 1782-1783, 1783 (did
not attend), 1784, 1785, 1786-1787, 1789. OTHER
STATE OFFICE: Constitution Ratification Conven-
tion, Washington County, 1788. LOCAL OFFICES.
justice, Frederick County, appointed March 13,
1773-March 2, 1775; president, Committee of
Observation, Elizabeth Town District, Frederick
County, November 18, 1774; Committee of Cor-
respondence, Frederick County, November 21,
1774; commissioner of the tax, Washington
County, appointed 1777, 1778, 1781; justice,
Washington County, appointed 1777-1782, 1784,
1785, 1786-1787, 1789, 1791; justice, Orphans'
Court, Washington County, 1777, 1778, 1780-
1782, 1784-1787, 1789, 1791; St. John's Parish
Vestry, Washington County, 1787. MILITARY
SERVICE: colonel by September 27, 1776, resigned
command October 19, 1779. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: inherited ca. £40.0.0
from his brother Isaac, ca. 1769; assessed value
£942.15.0, including 10 slaves and 24 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 673 acres in Fred-
erick (later became Washington) County, plus 2
lots in Elizabeth Town, Frederick County, which
he leased out (inherited a 240-acre tract from his

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