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

at least 1733 (quorum 1732-at least 1733). MIL-
ITARY SERVICE, captain, by 1728. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,602

acres in Dorchester County (at least 1,480 acres
from father; 122 acres by purchase); also con-
trolled 475 acres in Dorchester County for his son
Stevens. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: received by
deed of gift from his mother 572 acres in Dor-
chester County, 1736; purchased or patented at
least 437 acres in Dorchester County between
1737 and 1749; sold 122 acres in Dorchester
County, 1743; resurveyed one of the tracts in-
herited from his father and found it deficient by
197 acres, Dorchester, 1750. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: administration bond dated February 25, 1750/
51, in Dorchester County. PERSONAL PROPERTY.
TEV, £1,224.18.11 (including 29 slaves, books,
silver, and 1 sloop); FB, £525.4.4. LAND, at least
2,592 acres in Dorchester County.

WOOLMAN, RICHARD (?-1681) IMMI-
GRATED: in 1649, as a free adult from Lower
Norfolk County, Virginia. RESIDED: in Anne
Arundel County; Talbot County by 1661. MAR-
RIED Alice (?-1687), probably daughter of Henry
Hawkins and wife Alice Crouch (?-by 1650);
probably stepdaughter of Edward Lloyd (ca. 1620-
1696). Her brother was probably Henry Hawkins
(?-1673). Her half brother was probably Phile-
mon Lloyd (1646-1685). CHILDREN. SON: Richard
(?-1714). DAUGHTERS: Mary, who married Charles
Stevens; Rebecca; Alice, who married Jacob Gib-
son (?-1741); Elizabeth (?-by 1671); Ann, who
married Jacob Pride; and Judith, who married
John Stuart. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant, with Pu-

ritan leanings. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: in
Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, by 1648; mi-
grated to Maryland with other religious dissen-
ters; Gent., by 1664; had one of the longest leg-
islative tenures in the seventeenth century.

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Parliamentary Commis-
sion, 1657-1657/58; Lower House, Anne Arun-
del County, 1659/60, Talbot County, 1662, 1663-
1664, 1669, 1671-1674/75 (Laws 3, 4), 1676-1678
(Elections 2; died before the 3rd session of the
1676-1682 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICE: justice. Provincial Court, 1657-1657/58.
LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Anne Arundel County,
1658, Talbot County, 1661-1681 (quorum). MIL-
ITARY SERVICE: lieutenant, by 1657; captain, 1662.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-

TION: at least 150 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: at

least 450 acres by 1662; 650 acres by 1665. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: by August 26, 1681, in Talbot
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least 43,969
pounds of tobacco (including 4 servants). LAND:
over 700 acres.

WOOTTON (WOOTON, WOOTTEN), THOMAS
SPRIGG (?-1789). BORN: probably in Prince
George's County, of age by 1765; probably younger
son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in Fred-
erick (later became part of Montgomery) County;
on ''Discontent," Montgomery County, by 1778;
Upper Newfoundland District, Montgomery
County, 1783. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Turner Wooton (ca. 1695-1760). MOTHER. Eliz-
abeth Sprigg (?-1787), widow of Henry Wilson,
daughter of Thomas Sprigg (by 1670-by 1739).
UNCLES: Edward Sprigg (1697-1751); Osborne
Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/50). AUNT. Priscilla Sprigg,
who married Ralph Crabb (?-1733/34). BROTH-
ERS: John (?-1774); William Turner (?-1777);
Singleton (?-1788); and Richard. SISTER: Mary
(1735-?). HALFSiSTER: Elizabeth. FIRST COUSINS:
Thomas Sprigg (1715-1781); Edward Sprigg (ca.
1721-1790); Margaret Sprigg (ca. 1726-1804),
who married William Borne (1721-1791); Joseph
Sprigg (1736-1800); Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741 -1815);
Thomas Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809); Edward Sprigg
(1723-1758); Henry Wright Crabb (1722/23-1764);
and Francis King (1724/25-1771). OTHER KIN-
SHIP: great-uncle, Daniel Mariartee (ca. 1676-ca.
1726/27). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: His father
married first, Ann Jones of Anne Arundel County,
and second, Agnes Chambers (?-1732) of Anne
Arundel County. MARRIED Molly Offut, who was
said to have been murdered. CHILDREN. Probably
died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: his father
gave a deposition printed in the Maryland Gazette
on November 1, 1753, that no person did ''per-
suade or endeavor to persuade him, to send his
son Thomas Sprigg or any other of his children
to St. Omers to be educated." St. Omers was a
Roman Catholic school in France. RELIGIOUS AF-
FILIATION: Anglican, Prince George's Parish,
Montgomery County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
physician; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Frederick County, 1769-
1770 (elected to the 2nd session of the 1768-1770
Assembly), 1771, 1773-1774 (Election 2, 3; Ac-
counts Cv, 2, 3; Public Offices 1, Cv, 2, 3); Con-
ventions, Frederick County, 1st, 1774, 2nd-3rd,

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