Roger Woolford (?-ca. 1701/2)
MSA SC 3520-1406
WOOLFORD, ROGER (?-ca. 170l/2)
IMMIGRATED: Ca. 1663, as a free adult with wife from Northampton County, Virginia, where he had lived since at least 1660.
RESIDED: in Manokin Hundred Somerset County.
MARRIED in March 1660/61 Mary, daughter of Levin Denwood of Northamp ton and Accomack counties, Virginia. Her brother was Levin (ca. 16481726), who married Priscilia. Her sisters were Susannah, who married Thomas Browne; and Rebecca, who married Nehemiah Covington (?1713). Her nieces were Elizabeth Denwood (16741736), who married George Gale (16711712); Priscilla Covington, who married RobertKing (16891755); Elizabeth Co ington, who married Benjamin Wailes (?-ca. 1728/29); and Sarah Covington (16831755), who married first, Edward Lloyd (16701718/19), and second, James Hollyday (16961747).
SONS: Roger WooLford (16701730); James (ca. 1680 1758), who married first, in 1698/99, Grace, daughter of John Stevens (?1692), and second, Elizabeth, possible daughter of David Peterkin (?1736); and Levin (16831721), who married Sarah (1691?), daughter of Thomas Jones.
DAUGHTERS: Mary (ca. 1663?), who married Henry Hooper (ca. 16431720); Elizabeth (1664/ 651739), who married first, Thonza.cEnna.lls (? 1718), and second, William Holland (?1732); Rosannah (1666/67?); Sarah (1672/73by 1730), who married GovertLookerman (ca. 16811728); and Ann (1675?).
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVIIIES: no title on arrival in Maryland.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; frequently appeared as attorney in the Somerset County Court in the 1660s.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 16711674/75, 16761682, 16921693 (elected to the 1st session of the 16921693 Assembly to fill vacancy).
LOCAL OFFICEs: Surveyor of highways, Somerset County, 1666; justice, Somerset County, 16761697.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/ PRIVATE ISSUES: hesitant to support Revolution of Protestant Associators in 1689.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca, 1,000 acres.
WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on February 26, 1701/2, in Somerset County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £591.18.12 (including 1 servant and 5 slaves).
LAND: 2,100 acres.
Source: Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Biographical
Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789, Vol. I, I-Z.
(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).
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