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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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father, 350 acres through marriage, and 114 acres
by patent). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on August
6, 1760, one week after the death of his elder son,
Alexander, a loss which, it was said, depressed
him so greatly that he died of grief. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £1,678.17.12 current money
(including 2 servants and 18 slaves); FB,
£1,167.17.12. LAND: 684 acres in Kent County.

WILLIAMSON, CHARLES (ca. 1749-1807).
BORN: ca. 1749, in All Saints' Parish, Calvert
County; probably second son. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED: in Calvert County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Rev. James Wil-

liamson (?-1769), rector of All Saints' Parish,
Calvert County, 1722-at least 1753. MOTHER:
Elizabeth. BROTHERS: Henry; James; Basil (?-
by 1796); Alexander; and Compton (?-by 1783).
SISTER: Elizabeth, who married first, Patrick
Ouchterloney (?-by 1753), and second, John
Chesley (?-1768). MARRIED Sarah. CHILDREN. SONS:
five under 26 years of age listed in the census of
1800. A letter written by Williamson in 1793 men-
tions "my sons." DAUGHTERS: five under 26 years
of age listed in the census of 1800. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican; All Saints' Parish, Calvert County.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1778;
Esq., by 1780. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Calvert County, 1779-1780, 1780 (re-
signed during the 1st session of the 1780-1781
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICES: militia recruiting of-
ficer, Calvert County, 1777; sheriff, Calvert
County, 1794; justice, Calvert County, 1803, 1805,
1806. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Calvert County
Militia, 1776. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
On November 2, 1793, Williamson offered him-
self as "a candidate in the ensuing session as one
of the Council." He mentioned that his personal
misfortune of losing a limb had deprived him of
an "active life so that it is my duty to seek such
an employment as will give my numerous family
a maintenance...." Another objective was to
be able to educate his sons. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£693.10.0, including 26 slaves, 1783; 22 slaves,
1800; filed a petition in 1803 under an Act for
Relief of Insolvent Debtors, at which time he
owed £2,942.0.0 to creditors. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: at least 372 acres in Calvert County
(inherited from father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

owned 493 acres in Calvert County and 105 acres

in Anne Arundel County, 1783; purchased 350
acres in Calvert County from his brother Henry,
which he sold in 1786; in 1801 the sheriff of Cal-
vert County advertised the sale of 500 acres of
Williamson's land to satisfy two judgments against
him, including his "large and convenient house,"
which was ''elegantly furnished," a new yard and
garden, an orchard of 400 young trees, outbuild-
ings costing a minimum of £1,500.0.0 consisting
of "a kitchen, study, milk, meat, corn, carriage,
tobacco and cow houses, a school house and sev-
eral negro quarters......."In 1803 he instituted
insolvency proceedings, listing 511 acres of real
estate, some of which was encumbered because
of his indebtedness. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on
January 25, 1807, in Calvert County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY, size of estate unknown.

WILLIAMSON, SAMUEL (1658-1729). BORN.
in 1658, probably in England. IMMIGRATED: in
1673, probably as an indentured servant. RE-
SIDED: in St. Mary's County. MARRIED first, (name
unknown). MARRIED second, in 1713, Judith, widow
of Capt. James Swan (?-1707) of St. Mary's
County. CHILDREN. STEPSON: James Swan (?-1745/
46). DAUGHTERS: Mary; Martha; and probably
Eleanor, who married John (1678-1734), son of
Philip Briscoe (?-ca. 1724/25). STEPDAUGHTER:
Susannah Swan, who married first, Thomas Hat-
ton, and second, John Attaway. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: was
transported to Maryland by Joshua Williamson
of Liverpool, a merchant, and apparently as-
signed as a servant to Capt. John Gerard. OC-

CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's
County, 1715, 1725-1727. LOCAL OFFICE: justice,
St. Mary's County, by 1710-1729 (quorum, by

1720-1729). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND: ca.

555 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: administra-
tion bond dated October 2, 1729, in St. Mary's

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £497.16.11

(including 4 slaves); FB, £459.7.6.

WILLSON, JONATHAN (ca. 1715-1806). BORN:
ca. 1715 in Charles County. NATIVE: at least sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: in Charles County; in
Frederick (later became Montgomery) County by

1756. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Will-

son (?-1751) of Charles County. BROTHER: Wil-
liam. SISTERS: Ann, who married (first name un-
known) Bond; Catherine, who married Nathan
Waters; Mary, who married John, son of William

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