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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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and patent; sold 100 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between November 12 and November 26,

1750. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £3,172.9.12

current money (including 44 slaves, 61 oz. wrought
silver, a set of surveyor's instruments, and books);
FB, £2,116.19.0. LAND: ca. 5,571 acres in Som-
erset County and part interest in 1 lot in Princess
Anne.

WILSON (WILLSON), GEORGE (ca 1696-1748/
49). BORN: ca. 1696, probably in Shrewsbury Par-
ish, Kent County. NATIVE: second generation.
RESIDED: at "Broad Oak," in Shrewsbury Parish,
Kent County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: James
Wilson (?-1732), who immigrated from England
and settled in Shrewsbury Parish; a merchant.
MOTHER: Catherine. BROTHERS: James; John (?-
by 1748). SISTER: Mary, who married Thomas
Woodland. MARRIED Mary, daughter of Philip
Kennard (?-ca. 1739/40) and wife Sarah Drew.
Her brothers were John (?-1743); Joseph; and
Philip (?-by 1760). Her sister was Sarah. Mary
was said to be "a lady of notable strength of mind
and character." CHILDREN. SON: George, who re-
sided at "Castle Cairy," and who married by 1744
Margaret Hall. DAUGHTERS: Mary, who married
by 1750 Andrew Hynson; Sarah, who married
Henry Bodeen; Frances, who married by 1754
William Woodland; Rachel, who married by 1760
William Downs (Dowres); Araminta (?-1760);
Millison, who married Dr. William Rogers, a
brother of the Hon. John Rogers, chancellor of
Maryland. PRI VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Shrewsbury
Parish, Kent County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIV-
ITIES: Gent., by 1732. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Kent County, 1728-1731, 1732-
1734, 1734/35-1737, 1738, 1739-1741 (Elections
1-3, Aggrievances Cv-3), 1742-1744 (Elections
1, Aggrievances 1, 2), 1745 (Elections, Aggriev-
ances), 1745/46-1748 (Aggrievances 1). LOCAL
OFFICES: church warden, Shrewsbury Parish, Kent
County, 1725, 1726; Shrewsbury Parish Vestry,
Kent County, 1726-1729; justice, Kent County,

1729-1732. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 200 acres in Kent County (by
deed of gift from father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 270 acres in Kent County between 1730
and 1740; acquired 280 acres in Kent County by
1733; patented 1,045 acres in Kent County with
a friend, with Wilson's share being 522 acres.

1740; sold 522 acres in 1743, and disposed of an-
other 230 acres in 1747, all in Kent County.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, between November 1748
and March 4, 1748/49, in Kent County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £1,103.13.1 current money (in-
cluding 3 servants and 17 slaves, 2 old books, and
a grist mill); FB, £666.2.6. One of his slaves,
Prince Wiggins, was said to be of royal blood, an
African king who was captured and sold while a
prisoner of war. "The 'Prince' was not required
to work, and lived to see four generations of his
master's family." LAND: ca. 520 acres in Kent
County.

WILSON (WILLSON), HENRY, JR. (by 1747-
1800). BORN: either ca. 1744 or ca. 1747 according
to ages given in 1776 and 1800, in Baltimore
County; elder son. NATIVE: at least fourth gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Baltimore (later became Bush
River Lower Hundred, Harford) County until at
least 1779; Baltimore Town, Baltimore County,
by 1781 until at least 1787; Harford County by
1793; Baltimore City by 1797 to death. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Henry Wilson, Sr. (ca.
1721-1799), of Harford County and Baltimore
City, a Quaker. MOTHER: Priscilla (ca. 1714-?),
daughter of Samuel Gover and wife Elizaeth (?-
1764). BROTHER: William (1758-?). SISTERS:
Priscilla (ca. 1749-?), who married in 1769 John
Worthington (ca. 1734-?); Rachel, who married
first, in 1771, Samuel Harris (?-1778) of Calvert
County, and second, in 1778, Gerard Hopkins
(ca. 1743-1800); Elizabeth, who married Gideon
Dare of Calvert County; and Cassandra (ca. 1763-
?), who married John Stump. MARRIED on Jan-
uary 3, 1771, Margaret (ca. 1749-1800), daughter
of William Harris of Calvert County. Her broth-
ers included William; Samuel (?-by 1778), who
married in 1771 Rachel Wilson. CHILDREN. SONS:
Henry (ca. 1772-1819), a merchant in Baltimore
City and New Orleans, U.S. Consul to L'Orient
in 1816, and to Nantes by 1817; William (ca. 1774-
?); Samuel (ca. 1775-?); Richard; John; Thomas;
and Gerard. At least three of his sons were lost
at sea. DAUGHTERS. Priscilla, who married John
McFaddon; Margaret, who married Robert An-
drews; and Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Although
his father, his mother's family, and his wife's fam-
ily were Quakers, and he was married in a Quaker
meeting, Wilson took the Oath of Fidelity and
joined the militia in 1776. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1795. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-

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