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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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CAL OFFICES: clerk of Indictments, Somerset
County, sworn 1718 and 1728, Talbot County,
sworn March 1723/24 and March 1738/39; acting
deputy clerk, Somerset County, in office in March
1722/23; sheriff, Somerset County, 1725-1728.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 871 acres in Somerset County, by 1734.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on May
17, 1745, in Worcester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least £296.18.7 (including 1 slave,
86 law books, and other titles). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: his wife deeded 13 slaves to her children a
year after Allen's inventory had been taken. LAND:
at least 933 acres and 1 lot in Worcester and Som-
erset counties.

ALLEN, JOHN (?-by 1678). BORN, probably in
England. IMMIGRATED: by 1670 as a free adult
from London. RESIDED: in Charles County. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent, on first appearance in
the records; perhaps he was the "Jack Allen,"
master of a ship trading to Maryland in 1663, who
conveyed messages from Charles Calvert to
Cecilius Calvert. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: mer-
chant, of London, England, 1669/70; merchant;
planter; owned a water mill and smith shop. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Charles County, 1676 (died before the 2nd ses-
sion). LOCAL OFFICE: sheriff, Charles County,

1672-1674. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: ca. 1,050 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED: prior to August 1678. LAND: ca.

1,050 acres.

ALLEN, THOMAS (?-1648). BORN: probably in
England. IMMIGRATED: in 1633/34 as an inden-
tured servant to Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647).
RESIDED: in St. Mary's County; Kent County,
1637/38. CHILDREN. SONS Thomas; William; and
Robert. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE indentured servant, 1633/34;
planter, by 1637/38. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Assembly, Kent County, 1640,
present 1647/48. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Kent
County, 1637/38. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 60 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED between April 23 and August 17,
1648. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, 5,393 pounds
of tobacco (including 1 servant).

ALLEN, WILLIAM (?-1792). BORN: probably in
Somerset County, of age by 1745; younger son.
NATIVE at least second generation. RESIDED, in

Worcester County; Talbot County, 1778;
Worcester County, 1779-1792; Dorchester
County, 1785. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Francis Allen (?-1745). MOTHER: Mary, widow of
first, Rev. James Hindman (?-1713), and second,
Hugh Eccleston, Jr. (?-by 1717); daughter of Ja-
cob Lockerman (1652-1730). UNCLE: Covert Look-
erman(ca. 1681-1728). BROTHERS: Joseph; Moses.
HALF BROTHERS: John (?-ca. 1738); Francis (ca.
1715-by 1744). STEPBROTHER: Jacob Hindman (by
1713-1766). SISTERS: Eleanor; Mary; and
Elizabeth. FIRST COUSIN. Sarah Lockerman, who
married Joseph Cox Gray (?-1764). HALF OR STEP-
NEPHEW: Peter Chaille (?-1802). STEPNEPHEWS:
James Hindman (1741-1830); William Hindman
(1743-1822). STEPNIECE. Elizabeth Hindman (?-by
1788), who married William Perry (1746-1799).
MARRIED Patience, daughter of Thomas Marshall.
CHILDREN. Probably died without progeny. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Gent., 1750; Esq., 1765. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE, attorney, admitted to the Somerset
County Court in November 1747; planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Worcester County, 1762-1763 (Elections 1, 2;
Public Offices 1, 2; Accounts 2), 1765-1766
(Grievances 3, 4), 1768-1770 (Grievances 1, 2, 4),
1771. LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff, Somerset County,
1755-1758; Coventry Parish Vestry, Somerset and
Worcester counties, in office 1763; justice,
Worcester County, by 1764-at least 1775 (quo-
rum, by 1764-at least 1775); justice, Court of
Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Worcester
County, commissioned 1766, 1770, and 1771; visi-
tor, Eden School, Worcester County, in office
1771. MILITARY SERVICE: recorded as being delin-
quent when required for militia service, 1782.
STANDS ON PUBLIC /PRI VATE ISSUES: requested in
1779 that three slaves be manumitted immediately
after his death. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: 13 slaves and a gristmill, 1766;
assessed value £466.0.0, including 13 slaves, 1783;
50 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,504
acres in Worcester County (inherited more than
576 acres from his father, including lot 9 in Snow
Hill, Worcester County). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:
purchased 6,069 acres in Worcester County and
sold more than 1,272 acres, plus lot 9 in Snow
Hill, Worcester County, 1763-1792. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on July 17, 1792, in
Worcester County. He requested that he be buried
next to his wife in Talbot County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £2,672.1.10 current money; FB,

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