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

(1721-?), who married in 1738 Joseph White.
Her first cousins were Henry Griffith (ca. 1720-
1794); Charles Greenbury Griffith (1744-1792);
Ann Baldwin (?-1776), who married Samuel Chase
(1741-1811); Hester Baldwin (?-1823), who
married Jeremiah Townly Chase (1748-1828); and
Milcah Lusby (ca. 1721-1795), who married John
Matthews (1714-1783). CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas
(1754-1823), who married Margaret Mullikin;
Charles (1756-died in infancy); Nicholas (1757-
1782), who married Elizabeth Rutland; Charles
(1759-?), who married Elizabeth Booth; Brice
John (1764-1837), who married Anne Lee Fitz-
hugh (?-1824); and John Griffith Worthington
(1764-1797). DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1752-died
young); Catherine (1761-1814), who married
Baker Johnson (1747-1811); Elizabeth (1766-
1820); Achsah (1768-?), who married in 1793
Richard, son of Robert Goldsborough (1733-1788);
and Sarah (1770-?), who married in 1792 Wil-
liam, son of Robert Goldsborough (1733-1788).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Anne's Parish, Anne
Arundel County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Mr., by 1753; Gent., by 1768; third generation
legislator. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Anne Arundel County, 1777-1778 (Grievances
2; Laws to Expire 2, 3), 1778-1779 (Grievances
3; Laws to Expire 1), 1779-1780 (Elections 2, 3;
Laws to Expire 1-3), 1780-1781 (Elections 1, 2;
Laws to Expire 1, 2), 1781-1782 (Elections 1, 2;
Laws to Expire 1, 2; Public Taxes 2), 1782-1783
(Elections 1, 2; Laws to Expire 1, 2), 1783 (Elec-
tions; Laws to Expire), 1784 (Elections; Laws to
Expire), 1785 (Elections; Laws to Expire), 1786-
1787 (Laws to Expire 1, 2), 1787-1788 (Griev-
ances 1; Laws to Expire 1, 2), 1788 (Grievances;
Laws to Expire), 1789 (Laws to Expire), 1790,
1791-1792, 1792, 1793 (died before Assembly be-
gan). LOCAL OFFICES: churchwarden, St. Anne's
Church, Anne Arundel County, 1758-1759; St.
Anne's Parish Vestry, Anne Arundel County, in
office 1759-1762, by 1767-1769, 1779-at least
1781; justice, Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol
Delivery, Anne Arundel County, commissioned
1770; Committee of Observation, Anne Arundel
County, elected 1775; commissioner of the tax,
Anne Arundel County, 1777-1779; justice, Or-
phans' Court, Anne Arundel County, 1777-1792
(resigned). MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, Severn
Battalion, Anne Arundel County Militia, com-
missioned 1777. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-

SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £3,312.0.0, in-
cluding 67 slaves and 200 oz. plate, 1783; 84 slaves,
1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 2,607 acres in
Anne Arundel County (1,700 acres inherited from
his father, plus control of at least 800 acres de-
vised to his children by Capt. Charles Griffith).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired at least 980 acres
in Anne Arundel County by purchase and patent.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on November 1, 1793,
at his plantation near Annapolis. PERSON AL PROP-
ERTY: requested that no inventory or account of
his estate be made. LAND, probably at least 3,600
acres in Anne Arundel County.

WORTHINGTON, SAMUEL (?-1717). IMMI-
GRATED: by 1689, as a free adult. RESIDED: in
Somerset Parish, Somerset County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. Possibly related to John Worthington

(1650-1701). MARRIED Alice (?-1739/40), daugh-
ter of Arnold Elzey, Gent., (?-1733), a justice
of Somerset County, 1693-1699, 1702-1709, and
wife Major Waller. Her brothers were John (1693-
?), who married Anne Catherwood; and Arnold
(1695-?). Her sisters were Sarah (1683-1753);
Elizabeth; Major (1685-?); and Anne (1686-?),
who married first, Robert Catherwood (?-1715),
and second, by 1718, William Stoughton (1692-
1759). Alice married second, Merrick Ellis (?-
1732) of Somerset County. CHILDREN. Probably
died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: attorney, admitted
to practice in Somerset County Court, 1693; read-
mitted in 1697, disbarred later that year; read-
mitted in 1697/98, disbarred again in 1707 "for
his Continuall abussing and affronting of this
Court"; readmitted later in 1707. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset
County, 1708A (Laws), 1708B-1711 (Laws 1-
3), 1712-1714 (Laws 1-4). LOCAL OFFICES: un-
dersheriff, Somerset County, 1692/93; clerk of
indictments, Somerset County, 1696/97-1697/98.
MILITARY SERVICE, an officer in 1696. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: warned by Gov. Blakis-
ton in 1700 about "ill behaviour as an attorney
in Somerset County/' WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 550 acres, plus

acreage probably acquired through his marriage.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between May 15 and
June 19, 1717, in Somerset County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least £314.13.4 (including 2
servants, 3 slaves, a parcel of books, and plate

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