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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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(1755-1844). Her half sisters were Sarah; Ann.
CHILDREN. SONS: Michael, who served in the
Maryland House of Delegates from Calvert County
in 1813, and resided in Missouri by 1829; Roger
Brooke (1777-1864), chief justice of the U.S.
Supreme Court, 1836-1864, who married Ann
Arnold Phoebe Charlton (1783-1855), daughter
of John Ross Key (1754-1821); Augustus (1787-
1823), an attorney, who married first, Mary (1788-
1817), and second, Catherine Herby (Hurly) of
Philadelphia; Octavius C. (?-1832), a physician,
who married first, in 1818, Jane Gray (?-1821)
of Calvert County, and second, Cornelia (1807-
?), daughter of Henry H. Young. DAUGHTERS:
Dorothy; Sophia Y., never married; and Alice,
never married. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: at-
tended the college of the English Jesuits at St.
Omer's and later at Bruge, France. RELIGIOUS


Lower House, Calvert County, 1781-1782, 1784,
1785 (Manufactories), 1786-1787, 1787-1788
(Grievances 1), 1797, 1798. LOCAL OFFICE: cor-
oner, Calvert County, commissioned 1777 and
1785 (resigned). MILITARY SERVICE: 1st lieuten-
ant, Calvert County Militia, commissioned 1776
PROPERTY, assessed value £674.6.8, including 10
slaves and 2 oz. plate, 1782; assessed value
£769.11.8, including 13 slaves and 2 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 800 acres in
Calvert County (all inherited). WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: ca. March 1820, in Loudon County, Vir-
ginia, after a fall from his horse. On July 1, 1819,
Taney killed a neighbor, John Magruder, in a
duel. He fled to Virginia, and on July 15, 1819,
he conveyed all of his property to his sons, Roger
Brooke and Octavius C. They in turn were to pay
him $1,000 a year from the profits of the estate.
After his death his property was to be divided
equally among his children. When Michael Taney
died, all of his property, including ca. 800 acres
in Calvert County, was sold for ca. $25,000.

TASKER, BENJAMIN (ca. 1690-1768). BORN:
ca. 1690, probably in Calvert County; youngest
son. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in An-
napolis, Anne Arundel County, by 1711 until
death. By 1721 Tasker and his family were living
in the former dwelling of William Bladen (1670-
1718) on Market Street, overlooking Spa Creek.


1700). MOTHER: Rebecca Isaacs Brooke (?-by
1700). BROTHERS: John (?-1711); Thomas (?-

ca. 1696). SISTER. Elizabeth (1686-1706/7), who
married Thomas Addison (1679-1727). NIECES:
Rebecca Addison (1703-?), who married first,
James Bowles (?-ca. 1727/28), and second, George
Plater (1695-1755); Elinor Addison (1705-?), who
married fourth, Corbin Lee (?-1774). MARRIED
on July 31, 1711, in St. Anne's Parish, Anne
Arundel County, Anne (?-1775), daughter of
William Bladen (1670-1718) and wife Anne Van
Swearingen. Her brother was Thomas Bladen
(1698-1780). Her brothers or half brothers were
Christopher; William; and Martin. Her sister or
half sister was Priscilla. CHILDREN. SONS: William
(1713-1715); Benjamin (1717-1717); Bladen (?-
ca. 1721); Benjamin Tasker, Jr. (1720/21-1760);
Bladen (1722-1723); and Bladen (1730-died
young). DAUGHTERS: Anne (1723-1817), who
married in 1741 Samuel Ogle (ca. 1694-1752);
Rebecca (1724-1822), who married in 1749 Dan-
iel Dulany, Jr. (1722-1797); Elizabeth (1726-
1789), who married in 1747 Christopher Lowndes
(1713-1785), a merchant of Bladensburg, Prince
George's County; and Frances (?-1787), who
married in 1754 Robert Carter (ca. 1728-1804)
of "Nomini Hall," Westmoreland County, Vir-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, owned a pew in
St. Anne's Church, Annapolis, by at least 1735.
Esq., by 1731; Hon., by 1747; second generation
councillor. Gov. Horatio Sharpe (1718-1790) wrote
of Tasker: "his mild temper and behaviour to
every Body made him much esteemed and as he
was known to almost every person of consider-
ation in the Province his death is universally la-
mented." OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: officeholder;
planter; founding partner of the Baltimore Iron-
works, which was established in October 1731
with capital of £3,500.0.0 sterling and five equal
partners: Charles Carroll (1691-1755), Charles
Carroll, Sr. (1702-1782), Daniel Dulany (1685-
1753), Daniel Carroll, of Duddington Manor
(1707-1734), and Tasker. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Annapolis, 1715,
1716-1717 (resigned before the 3rd session of the
1716-1718 Assembly to become sheriff), 1720-
1721/22 (elected to the 2nd session of the 1719-
1721/22 Assembly); Upper House, 1722-1724,
1725-1727, 1728-1731, 1732-1734, 1734/35-1737
(Bills of Credit 1, Cv, 3; president 3), 1738, 1739-
1741 (president 3), 1742-1744 (president), 1745
(president), 1745/46-1748 (president), 1749-1751
(president), 1751-1754 (president), 1754-1757
(president), 1757-1758 (president), 1758-1761



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