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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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house in Annapolis. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: His
principal heirs were his two brothers Stephen and
Andrew, and the children and grandchildren of his
deceased brothers George, Alexander, and Samuel.

ADDISON, JOHN (?-ca. 1705/6). BORN: in
Westmorland, England; younger son. IMMI-
GRATED: in 1674 as a free adult from England.
RESIDED: in St. Mary's County; Charles County,
by 1687; Prince George's County, after 1695. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably Rev.
Launcelot Addison, M.A. BROTHERS: Thomas;
Henry, both merchants at Whitehaven, Cumber-
land, England; probably Launcelot, chaplain to
King Charles II; and Anthony, rector of Abing-
don and chaplain to the Duke of Marl borough.
MARRIED by 1677 Rebecca (?-1726), widow of
Thomas Dent (ca. 1630-1676); daughter of Rev.
William Wilkinson. Her sister was Elizabeth, who
married William Mation (?-1712). CHILDREN.
SONS: Thomas Addison (1679-1727), who married
first, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Tasker (?-
1700), and second, Elinor (1689-1761), daughter
of Walter Smith (?-1711). STEPSONS: William Dent
(ca. 1660-1704); Thomas Dent; Peter Dent (ca.
1665-1710/11); and George Dent (?-1702). STEP-
DAUGHTERS: Margaret Dent; Barbara Dent (1676-
?), who married Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-
1730/31). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES member of a socially as-
cending family in England; Gent., ca. 1670; Esq.,
after 1692; established a powerful political family
in Prince George's County. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: merchant; Indian trader; planter; the ship,
Liverpool Merchant, of which he owned a share,
was condemned and its cargo seized for violation
of the Navigation Acts, 1679-1682. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Associators' Conven-
tion, Charles County, 1689-1692; Grand Commit-
tee of Twenty, 1690-1692; Upper House, 1692-
1693 (Accounts 1; Laws 1), 1694-1697 (Accounts
1; Laws 7), 1697/98-1700, 1701-1704, 1704-1705
(died before the 4th session). OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFFICES: Council, 1692-1705; justice, Provincial
Court, 1692-1694; judge, Court of Chancery,
1693; associate chancellor, 1696; associate com-
missary general, 1699-1700. LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, Charles County, 1687-1692; coroner, Charles
County, 1691; Piscattaway (King George's) Parish
Vestry, Charles County, 1693-1705. MILITARY
SERVICE captain, Charles County, 1689-1694,
colonel, Charles and Prince George's counties,
1694-1705. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
his active support of the revolution of 1689 led to

his first provincial offices. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 3,289

acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between Novem-
ber 1705 and April 1706. PERSONAL PROPERTY.
TEV, £1,840.0.1 sterling (including 14 slaves and
1 servant), plus a balance of just under £1,000
sterling in the hands of several London merchants.
LAND: 6,478.5 acres.

ADDISON, JOHN (1713-1764). BORN, on Sep-
tember 16, 1713, in St. John's Parish, Prince
George's County; probably eldest son. NATIVE:
third generation. RESIDED: in King George's Par-
ish, Prince George's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER Thomas Addison (1679-1727),
son of John Addison (?-ca. 1705/6). MOTHER: Eli-
nor (Eleanor) (1689-1761), daughter of Walter
Smith (?-171 1). HALF UNCLES William Dent (ca.
1660-1704); Peter Dent (ca. 1665-1710/11).
AUNTS: Lucy Smith (1688-1770), who married
Thomas Brooke (1683-1744); Anne Smith (1694-
1759), who married second, Thomas Trueman
Greenfield (1682-1733); and Rebecca Smith
(1696-1737), who married Daniel Dulany (1685-
1753). HALF AUNT Barbara Dent (1676-1764),
who married Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-1730/31).
BROTHERS: Thomas (1715-1770); Henry (1717-
1789); and Anthony (?-1753). SISTER: Ann
(1711/12-1753), who married William Murdock
(?-1769). HALF SISTERS: Rebecca (1703-?), who
married first, James Bowles (?-ca. 1727/28), and
second, George Plater (1695-1755); Elinor (1705-
?), who married fourth, Corbin Lee (?-1774). FIRST
COUSINS: Richard Brooke (1716-1783); Eleanor
Brooke (1718-?), who married Samuel Beall (ca.
1713-ca. 1778); Daniel Dulany, Jr. (1722-1797);
Walter Dulany (?-1773); Margaret Dulany, who
married first, Alexander Hamilton (1712-1756),
and second, William Murdock (?-1769); and Ma-
rianne Greenfield, who married John Stoddert (?-
1767). NEPHEW: Addison Murdock (1731-1793).
NIECE: Eleanor Murdock, who married Benjamin
Hall, of Francis (?-1803). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: his father's first wife was Elizabeth (1686-
1706/7), daughter of Thomas Tasker (?-1700).
MARRIED Susannah Wilkinson (?-1774). CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Thomas, Jr. (?-1774), who married
Rebecca, daughter of Walter Dulany (?-1773);
John, who married Nancy, daughter of Samuel
Hanson (1716-1794). DAUGHTERS: Eleanor, who
married Rev. Jonathan Boucher (1737/38-1804),
Anglican clergyman, noted tutor, outspoken Loy-
alist; Ann, who married Overton Carr, of Virginia.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. John's Parish, Prince

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