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

at least 1742. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by Janu-
ary 19, 1746/47, in Kent County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £1,013.11.8 current money (in-
cluding 11 slaves, books, and plate); FB,
£991.16.3. LAND: owned 775 acres in Kent
County.

BLACKISTON (BLAKISTON, BLACKI-
STONE, BLAKISTONE), WILLIAM (?-1737).
BORN: of age by 1712; younger son. NATIVE: prob-
ably second generation. RESIDED: in Kent County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Ebenezer Blakis-
ton (ca. 1650-1709), immigrated in 1668 with his
father George Blackiston (?-1669); justice of Cecil
County in 1691, 1697-1698, and 1702; militia cap-
tain in 1689; sheriff of Cecil County in 1691; Prot-
estant. MOTHER: Elizabeth James. BROTHER:
Ebenezer Blackiston (ca. 1684-ca. 1746/47). SIS-
TER: Anna Blakiston. OTHER KINSHIP: his second
cousin was Nehemiah Blakiston (?-1693); his third
cousin was Nathaniel Blakiston (ca. 1663-1722).
MARRIED by 1711 Ann, daughter of Robert Park
(?-1708) and wife Mary; stepdaughter of Robert
Dunn (1674-1729), of Kent County, vestryman of
St. Paul's Parish, Kent County. Her stepbrothers
were Robert Dunn (1693-1745); William (?-1728),
who married Martha Miller; and James (1699-
died young). Her sister was Elizabeth (?-1760),
who married first, Charles Ringgold, and second,
Philip Davis (?-1749). Her stepsisters were Jane
(1701-?); Mary. CHILDREN. SONS: Ebenezer; Wil-
liam (of age by 1721). DAUGHTERS: Mary
(1711/12-?); Ann, who married (first name un-
known) Miller; Hanna; and Rose. OTHER CHIL-
DREN: unborn child mentioned in his will. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION. Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1712; Mr. at death. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Kent County,

1722-1724. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 100 acres in Kent County (by
purchase). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will pro-
bated on May 10, 1737, in Kent County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY. TEV, £333.12.0 current money
(including 12 slaves and 1 servant); FB, £327.10.0.
LAND: 100 acres in Kent County.

BLADEN, THOMAS (1698-1780). BORN: in 1698
in Maryland; eldest son. NATIVE: second genera-
tion. RESIDED: in England from at least 1712 until
1742; Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, 1742-
1747; England, 1747 until death. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: William Bladen (1670-1718).
MOTHER: Anne, daughter of Garrett Van Swearin-

gen and wife Mary Smith. SISTER: Anne, who mar-
ried Benjamin Tasker (ca. 1690-1768). NEPHEW:
Benjamin Tasker, Jr. (1720/21-1760). NIECES:
Ann Tasker (?-1816), who married Samuel Ogle
(1694-1752); Rebecca Tasker (1724-?), who mar-
ried Daniel Dulany, Jr. (1722-1797). MARRIED on
July 14, 1737, Barbara, daughter of Sir Theodore
Janssen (ca. 1658-1748), immigrated from France
to England in 1680, naturalized in 1685, became a
baronet in 1714, and wife Williamsa (?-1731);
granddaughter of Sir Robert Henley, M.P. Her
brothers included Abraham (?-1765); Henry (?-
1766); Stephen Theodore (?-1777), lord mayor of
London; and William (?-ca. 1740/41), principal
secretary of Maryland from February 1732/33
until death. Her sisters were Mary (?-1748), who
married Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore
(1699-1751); and others whose names are un-
known. Her nephews were Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord Baltimore (1731/32-1771);, Benedict Calvert
(ca. 1724-1788). Her niece was Caroline Calvert,
who married Robert Eden (1741-1784). CHILDREN.
DAUGHTERS: Harriet (?-1821), who married on
March 3, 1 767, William Anne Capel, fourth earl of
Essex (1732-1799); Barbara, who married on Au-
gust 31, 1773, Gen. Henry St. John (1738-1818).
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: attended schools in
England. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican;
mother's family was Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES. Gent., 1720; Esq., 1744; a mem-
ber of a family prominent in both England and
Maryland. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: officeholder;
land speculator. PUBLIC CAREER. PROVINCIAL
OFFICES: governor, 1742-1746/47 (commissioned
April 1742, sworn in August 1742; dismissed from
office by October 1746 because he was "tactless
and quarrelsome"; served until his successor was
sworn in March 1746/47); surveyor general, West-
ern Shore, 1742-1746; chancellor, 1742-1746/47.
MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, period of service un-
known. OUT OF COLONY SERVICE: M.P., Steyning,
England, 1727-1734, Ashburton, Devonshire, En-
gland, 1735-1741. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 6,955 acres in
Charles, Baltimore, and Cecil counties (remaining
from at least 16,000 acres in those counties, plus
additional acreage in Anne Arundel and Queen
Anne's counties that were inherited from his fa-
ther; sold 8,870 acres, 1720-1724). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH, received warrants for ca. 7,400 acres
in Prince George's and Frederick counties. He pa-
tented 854 acres of these warrants himself, but
sold the certificates for 3,691 acres to others who
patented them. The certificates for 2,814 acres re-

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