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

George's County; King George's Parish, Prince
George's County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: proba-
bly a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Lower House, Prince George's County, 1745
(Arms and Ammunition), 1745/46-1748 (Arms
and Ammunition Cv 1, 1-3, 4; Laws 3), 1749-
1751 (Arms and Ammunition Cv-3; Aggrievances
Cv-3), 1751-1754 (Arms and Ammunition 1-6;
Grievances 1-6), 1754-1757 (Arms and Ammuni-
tion 1-4; Grievances 1-6). LOCAL OFFICES: ranger
(from Seneca Creek downwards to the limits of the
county), Prince George's County, commissioned
1739; King George's Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, in office 1739-1742, 1747-1750,
1753-1756, and 1759-1762. MILITARY SERVICE:
captain, by 1747; colonel, by 1760. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, at least
4,825 acres in Prince George's County (4,526 acres
were the remainder of lands inherited from his
father). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on November 16, 1764, in Prince George's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £2,362.18.2
current money, plus 25,660 pounds of tobacco
(including 47 slaves, 290 oz. good plate, 27 oz.
sorry plate, and books); FB, £638.7.1, plus 23,571
pounds of tobacco. LAND: 4,825 acres in Prince
George's County.

ADDISON, THOMAS (1679-1727). BORN: in
1679 in St. Mary's County; only son. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED, in St. Mary's County;
Charles County, by 1687; St. Elizabeth's, Oxon
Hill Creek, Prince George's County, after 1696.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Addison (?-

ca. 1705/6). MOTHER: Rebecca Dent. HALF
BROTHERS: William Dent (ca. 1660-1704); Peter
Dent (ca. 1665-1710/11); George Dent (?-by
1702); and Thomas Dent, HALF SISTERS. Margaret
Dent; Barbara Dent (1676-1764), who married
Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-1730/31). MARRIED
first, on April 21, 1701, Elizabeth (1686-1706/7),
daughter of Thomas Tasker (?-1700). Her brothers
were John (?-1711), who married Eleanor, daugh-
ter of Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-1730/31); Thomas
(?-1696), who married Clare, daughter of Nicholas
Sewall (ca. 1655-1737); and Benjamin Tasker (ca.
1690-1768). MARRIED second, in June 1709 Elea-
nor (1688-1761), daughter of Walter Smith (?-
1711). Her brothers were Richard (?-1732); Wal-
ter Smith (ca. 1692-1734). Her sisters were Lucy
(1688-1770), who married Thomas Brooke (1683-
1744); Anne (1694-1759), who married first, Fran-
cis Wilkinson, and second, Thomas Trueman
Greenfield (1682-1733); Rebecca (1696-1737),
who married Daniel Dulany (1685-1753);

Elizabeth; and Mary. Her first cousins were Wal-
ter Smith (ca. 1693-1748); Barbara Smith (1693-
1764), who married first, Thomas Holdsworth (ca.
1692-1718), and second, Benjamin Mackall
(1675-1761). CHILDREN. SONS: John Addison
(1713-1764), who married Susannah Wilkinson;
Thomas (1715-1770); Henry (1717-1789), who
married Rachel, daughter of Daniel Dulany
(1685-1753); and Anthony (?-1753). DAUGHTERS:
Rebecca (1703-?), who married first, James Bowles
(?-ca. 1727/28), and second, George Plater (1695-
1755); Elinor (1705-?), who married first, Bennett
Lowe (?-1722), son of Henry Lowe (?-1717), sec-
ond, Richard Smith (?-1732), son of Walter Smith
(?-1711), third, Posthumous Thornton, and
fourth, Corbin Lee (?-1774); and Ann (1711/12-
1753), who married William Murdock (?-1769).
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: second generation councilor; his father's
high status brought early preferment and patron-
age; he was one of the few men to be appointed to
the Council without prior service in the Assembly.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: surveyor; planter; mer-
chant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Upper House, 1710-1711 (first sat in the 3rd ses-
sion), 1712-1714, 1715, 1716-1718, 1719-
1721/22, 1722-1724, 1725-1726 (died before the
4th session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: deputy
naval officer, Potomac, 1697; Council, 1708-1727;
justice, Provincial Court, 1714-1727. LOCAL OF-
FICES: surveyor, Prince George's County, 1696-
1697; justice, Prince George's County, 1704-1705;
Piscattaway (King George's) Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, 1704-1727; sheriff, Prince
George's County, 1705-1707/8. MILITARY SER-
VICE, lieutenant colonel, by 1713; colonel, 1714-
1727. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 800 acres when appointed a jus-
tice in 1704; at least 8,294 acres in 1706 after his
father's death. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will pro-
bated on June 28, 1727. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £5,722.11.8 (including 71 slaves and 3 ser-
vants); FB, £5,369.18.8. LAND: 14,000-15,000
acres.

AISQUITH, THOMAS (?-1761). NATIVE second
generation. RESIDED: in St. Mary's Hundred, St.

Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
William Aisquith (?-1719). MOTHER: Elizabeth.
BROTHERS: William (?-ca. 1741); George. SISTER:
Elizabeth. MARRIED first, by 1724 Ann, widow of
Adam Bell (?-1718); daughter of Hugh Hopewell
(?-1690). Her mother or stepmother was Ann,
who subsequently married John Duckworth. Her

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