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James Weems (ca. 1707-1781). Her uncle was John
W«?ms(1737-1813). Her aunts were Sarah Weems
(?-1763), who married Samuel Chew( 1737- 1790);
Margaret Weems (?-1783), who married second,
Joseph Sprigg (1732- 1800). Her sisters were Mary
Heighe (Hughe) (ca. 1750-?), who married John
Brooke; Elizabeth (ca. 1752-?), who married Levin
Ballard; and Ann Weems (ca. 1761-?), who be-
came the ward of her brother-in-law William Al-
lein in 1771 and who subsequently married Daniel
Kent (?-by 1835). Her first cousin was Margaret
Weems, who married Levin Mackall(1760-?). Her
paternal grandmother as well as her maternal step-
grandmother was Mary Crompton Wheeler
Weems (?-1769). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Her
maternal grandfather James Weems (?-1781) also
became her paternal stepgrandfather when he mar-
ried Mary Wheeler. CHILDREN. SONS: William, Jr.
(ca. 1772-?); George W. (?-by 1835). DAUGHTERS:
Mary D.; Priscilla H., who resided in the District
of Columbia by April 1812. PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
can, owned a pew in All Saints' Parish Church,
Calvert County, 1794. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Gent., 1781; Esq., 1781. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: merchant; planter. It is possible that by
the time of William's marriage, ca. 1771, he had
been an apprentice in the Wheeler family's mer-
SERVICE: Conventions, Calvert County, 6th-8th,
1775-1776; Lower House, Calvert County, 1777,
1781-1782 (Claims 1). OTHER STATE OFFICE: Pa-
tuxent Association, in office 1781. LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, Calvert County, commissioned 1773, 1777,
and 1782; sheriff, Calvert County, 1785-1788.
ERTY: in 1777 he offered his plantation for sale,
which included a large seven-room dwelling house
and an outbuilding, a gristmill, and ca. 9 slaves,
all of which he probably acquired through mar-
riage, except perhaps one or two slaves. Assessed
value £380.15.0, including 7 slaves and 30 oz.
plate, 1782; owned 11 slaves that he mortgaged to
Wallace, Johnson & Muir, 1785. At the time of
William's petition for insolvency on March 20,
1794, his inventory included household furniture,
farm equipment and livestock, a gristmill, a snuff
mill, 4 slaves, and books. On May 13, 1801, a
schedule of personal property attached to a peti-
tion requesting release from insolvency indicated
that many items were encompassed in the 1794
inventory, including slaves. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: At a public sale of his personal property in
1794, 11 out of 12 lots were purchased by his son
William, Jr.; the last lot was purchased by

Elizabeth Ballard, his sister-in-law, accounting
perhaps for the repetition in the 1801 inventory.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 531 acres in
Calvert County, formerly owned by his father-in-
law, Roger Wheeler, and of which his wife held
sole title to 240 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN


charged with 578 acres in Calvert County in 1783,
the additional acreage all being previously shown
as belonging to Roger Wheeler's heirs (including a
gristmill and a snuff mill); 305 acres (exclusive of
the gristmill) were mortgaged in 1785 to Wallace,
Johnson & Muir, Annapolis merchants, to whom
he was indebted for £2,120.13.9. Following his
petition for insolvency in 1 794, the 305 mortgaged
acres were sold to Wallace, Johnson & Muir at a
public sale, but William's wife was able to keep
the title to her 240 acres. Her brother-in-law, Dan-
iel Kent, became a trustee under court order for
the 240-acre tract in 1799, and was ordered by the
General Assembly to hold the land for his sister-
in-law's benefit. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: ca.
1802 in Calvert County, probably insolvent.
LAND, his wife, Sarah Weems Allein, retained her
interest in her 240-acre patrimony until her death
in 1 804, and in 1813 it was sold by their daughters
Mary and Priscilla.

ALLEN, FRANCIS (?-1745). BORN: of age by
1715. RESIDED: in Somerset County (later became
part of Worcester County). MARRIED first, (name
unknown). MARRIED second, probably by 1718
Mary, widow of both Rev. James Hindman (?-
1713) and Hugh Eccleston, Jr. (?-by 1717);
daughter of Jacob Lookerman (1652-1730). Her
brothers were Jacob, Jr. (1678-1731); Covert
Lookerman (ca. 1681-1728); Thomas (?-ca. 1714);
John (1686-1760); and Nicholas (1697-1771).
CHILDREN. SONS: John (?-ca. 1738); Francis (ca.
1715-?), a planter, who married Mary, widow of
William Brady; William Allen (?-1792); Joseph;
and Moses. STEPSON: Jacob Hindman (by 1713-
1766). DAUGHTERS Eleanor; Mary, who married
in 1759 Rev. John Rosse, of Snow Hill, Worcester
County; and Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant.

CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; attorney, admitted
to the following courts: Somerset County by May
1717; Provincial Court in April 1723; Talbot
County in March 1723/24; Dorchester County by

VICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1732-1734
collector of Pocomoke, sworn 1724 and 1729. LO-



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