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

FB, £282.12.8. LAND, at least 240 acres in St.
Mary's County, plus a leasehold of 121 acres on
Chaptico Manor, St. Mary's County.

SWINGLE, NICHOLAS (?-1785). IMMIGRATED/
NATIVE: unknown. RESIDED: on "Dutchman's
Folly," Salisbury Hundred, Washington County.
The Swingle mill was two miles north of Williams-
port, Washington County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.

POSSIBLE FATHER OR GRANDFATHER: Johan Ni-

cholas Swingle, who immigrated to Philadelphia
in 1740 with his sons Nicholas (1720-?) and George
(1724-?). The family was of Swiss origin from
Sarbrucken, Germany. MARRIED Maria Barbara
(?-1805). CHILDREN. SONS: John (Johan) George,
who resided in Tennessee and was heir-at-law of
his father; Benjamin; and Philip (1784-1802), who
married Sarah (last name unknown). DAUGH-
TERS: Margretta Elizabeth (?-by 1805), who mar-
ried Jacob Whiteman; Barbara, who married first,
John Remar (Remer) (?-by 1784), married sec-
ond, (first name unknown) Wier, and married
third, Henry Kendle; Anna ("Mary"), who mar-
ried George Kirschner; Catherine (Catarina), who
married Henry Leister; Elizabeth, who married
(first name unknown) Gittinger (Gettinger, Git-
tings); and Christiana (Christina). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: miller; farmer. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Washington County, 1783,

1784. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP

ERTY: assessed value £239.0.0, 1783; LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 178 acres on Conococheague
Creek, Washington County (by purchase), which
included a sawmill, gristmill, and possibly one
other mill. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between Jan-
uary 15 and April 9, 1785; will probated in Wash-
ington County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,

£777.11.1 current money; FB, estate overpaid
£61.10.6. LAND: 178 acres on Conococheague
Creek, Washington County. IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. There were two Nicholas Swingles liv-
ing during this time period. The one identified as
the legislator was absent during the last few days
of the 1784 Assembly, and his death shortly there-
after reinforces the identification. The other Ni-
cholas (1749-1843), son of George, was a friend
of the legislator and executor of his estate. They
were probably cousins.

SYBRAY (SYBREY, SIBREY), JONATHAN (?-

1684). IMMIGRATED: by 1664, as a free adult. RE-
SIDED in Kent County, 1664-ca. 1668; Talbot
County by 1668/69-1676; Cecil County, 1676-at

least 1681; Talbot County by 1683-1684, in the
household of his stepson-in-law, Peter Sayer.
MARRIED first, Frances (?-ca. 1672), widow of
Henry Morgan (ca. 1616-1663). MARRIED second,
by 1678, Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Howell (?-

1675). CHILDREN. STEPSONS: John Howell (ca.

1658-ca. 1683); Nathaniel Howell (?-1688).
STEPDAUGHTERS: Frances Morgan (1659-1698),
who married Peter Sayer (?-1697); Barbara Mor-
gan (1660-by 1697), who married first, John
Rousby (?-1685/86); Sarah Howell (?-ca. 1677),
who married John Vanhack (?-1675). PRIVATE
CAREER. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE, merchant, im-
porting African slaves in 1671. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil

County, 1676-1682. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Kent
County, 1664-ca. 1668, Talbot County, by 1668/
69-1676, Cecil County, 1676, 1679 (did not serve,
reappointed as sheriff) (quorum 1676, 1679);
sheriff, Cecil County, 1676-1681, Talbot County,
1683-1684. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1665-

1684. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND: patented

700 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by June 27,
1684, by accidental drowning, in Talbot County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £321.0.9 (in-
cluding over £291.0.0 in debts owed his estate).

TAILLOR (TAYLOR), THOMAS (?-?). IMMI
GRATED: by 1658, as a free adult. RESIDED: on
"Taylor's Choice," West River Hundred, Anne
Arundel County; returned to England, 1688/89.
MARRIED possibly by September 1659, Elizabeth,
widow of Thomas Sparrow (?-by 1659) of Anne
Arundel County, a planter. Sparrow immigrated
in 1649 with Elizabeth and two children and died
between 1652 and 1659 with 1,400 acres of land
surveyed. CHILDREN. SON: John, a merchant in
London by 1692. STEPSONS: possibly Thomas
Sparrow (by 1649-1675); possibly Solomon Spar-
row (by 1659-1718). DAUGHTERS: probably Anne
(?-1702), who married Samuel Chew (ca. 1660-
1718), son of Samuel Chew (ca. 1630-1676/77).
STEPDAUGHTER: possibly Elizabeth Sparrow (by
1649-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1658; Esq., by 1675;
named a justice of the peace on his first appear-
ance in Maryland records; one of the very few
Protestants in appointive provincial office in the
1680s, but replaced by a Catholic as president of
the Council in 1688; reasons unclear for his move
to England in 1688/89; still alive and residing in
London, 1709. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter,
merchant; called merchant of London, 1690. PUB-

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