Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Roger Woolford (?-ca. 1701/2)
MSA SC 3520-1406

Biography:

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. 1648—1726), who married Priscilia. Her sisters were Susannah, who married Thomas Browne; and Rebecca, who married Nehemiah Covington (?—1713). Her nieces were Elizabeth Denwood (1674—1736), who married George Gale (1671—1712); Priscilla Covington, who married RobertKing (1689—1755); Elizabeth Co ington, who married Benjamin Wailes (?-ca. 1728/29); and Sarah Covington (1683—1755), who mar­ried first, Edward Lloyd (1670—1718/19), and second, James Hollyday (1696—1747).
CHILDREN.
SONS:  Roger WooLford (1670—1730); 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 (1683—1721), who married Sarah (1691—?), daughter of Thomas Jones.
DAUGHTERS: Mary (ca. 1663—?), who married Henry Hooper (ca. 1643—1720); Elizabeth (1664/ 65—1739), who married first, Thonza.cEnna.lls (?— 1718), and second, William Holland (?—1732); Rosannah (1666/67—?); Sarah (1672/73—by 1730), who married GovertLookerman (ca. 1681—1728); and Ann (1675—?).
PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION:  literate.
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, 1671—1674/75, 1676—1682, 1692—1693 (elected to the 1st session of the 1692—1693 Assembly to fill vacancy).
LOCAL OFFICEs: Surveyor of highways, Somerset County, 1666; justice, Somerset County, 1676—1697.
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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