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

counties for his Taylor stepchildren from ca.
1735/36 to ca. 1744; at least 1,853 acres in Talbot
and Dorchester counties by purchase or patent
between 1726 and 1749; sold 461 acres in Talbot
County between 1748 and 1752. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: between May 5 and July 21, 1752, in
Talbot County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: at least 14
slaves mentioned in his will. LAND: 1,762 acres in
Talbot and Dorchester counties.

BRACCO, JOHN (?-1794). BORN: of age by
1748. RESIDED at "Bracco," Queen Anne's
County, by 1748; Miles River, Talbot County, by
1761. FAMILY BACKGROUND. OTHER KINSHIP: a
Thomas Bracco signed John Bracco's inventory as
a next of kin. MARRIED by 1753 Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Nathaniel Beall and wife Elizabeth Brooke;
granddaughter of Roger Brooke (1673-1718), of
Prince George's County, and wife Elizabeth Hut-
chins. Her sisters were Ann, a minor in 1757; Pris-
cilla. Her first cousins were Richard Bennett Car-
michael (1753-1824), Elizabeth Brooke
Carmichael, who married John Lambert Wilmer
(1747-1799); and Richard Brooke (1736-1788).
CHILDREN. SONS John (ca. 1763-1794), of Queen
Anne's County, a surgeon, who married Henrietta
Nicholson; James (?-by 1794), who was appointed
register of wills of Talbot County in 1785 after his
father resigned, and who married Ann. DAUGH-
TER Priscilla, who married James Hooker. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES Gent., 1752; Esq., 1783. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE planter, 1753; merchant, 1761.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower
House, Queen Anne's County, 1754-1757 (Bills of
Credit 2, 4-6), 1757-1758 (Bills of Credit 1, Cv, 2;
Grievances 1. Cv, 2), Talbot County, 1777 (elected
to fill vacancy, but did not attend; resigned on
March 13, 1777, upon his appointment as register
of wills and commissioner of the peace of Talbot
County), 1785 (Grievances; Manufactories). LO-
CAL OFFICES St. John's Parish Vestry, Queen An-
ne's County, in office 1752-1755, 1757-1760; jus-
tice, Queen Anne's County, 1754-1756, Talbot
County, by 1769-at least 1789 (quorum, 1774-at
least 1789); St. Michael's Parish Vestry, Talbot
County, in office 1763, 1770-1773, 1773-1776,
1776-1779. and 1787; tobacco inspector, Miles
River, Talbot County, in office 1766-1768; deputy
commissary, Talbot County, in office 1771-1777;
Committee of Observation, Talbot County, elected
ca. 1774; loan officer. Continental Loan Office,
Talbot County, appointed 1777; commissioner of
tax, Talbot County, appointed 1777; register of

wills, Talbot County, 1777-1785; justice, Court of
Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Talbot
County, commissioned 1778; judge, court of ap-
peals, appointed under the Act to Procure Troops
for the American Army, Talbot County, ap-
pointed 1778; justice, Orphans' Court, Queen An-
ne's County, appointed 1789 and 1791. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value £1,050.18.9, including 34 slaves and 3 oz.
plate, Talbot and Queen Anne's counties, 1783; 25
slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,399
acres in Queen Anne's County (all by patent). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST
ELECTION AND DEATH: mortgaged 622 acres in
Queen Anne's County, 1767; owned a total of
1,348 acres in Talbot and Queen Anne's counties,
1783; mortgaged 400 acres in Talbot County,
1789; deeded 622 acres in Queen Anne's County
as a gift to his son John, 1792, but he retained a
life estate in it. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED between
July 29 and November 13, 1794, in Talbot

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,813.0.11
current money (including 32 slaves and books);
FB, £676.2.3. LAND: 400 acres in Talbot County
which were sold to pay a debt of £2,498.9.1 that
Bracco owed to James Lloyd Chamberlaine(1732-
1783).

BRADFORD, JOHN (?-1725/26). BORN proba-
bly in Leicestershire, England. IMMIGRATED: by
1701 as a free adult. RESIDED: in Prince George's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John

Bradford, of Leicestershire, England. SISTER: Mary
Jones. MARRIED first, by 1706 Ann, daughter of
John Gant; stepdaughter of John Wight (?-1705).
MARRIED second, ca. 1712 Joyce, widow of James
Butler. Her brother was James Carroll. CHILDREN.
SONS: William (1713-?); John. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by
1706; in England in 1709; his second marriage
brought him considerable wealth. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter; land developer; factor for John
Hyde, of London, England; merchant. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Prince George's County, 1708 A, 1708B-1711 (Ac-
counts 1, 3, 4), 1715 (Accounts), 1716-1718 (Ac-
counts 1-3). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Prince
George's County, 1711-1718, 1724-1725/26;
King George's Parish Vestry, Prince George's
County, 1712-1718, 1724-1725/26. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, 1708-1714; major, 1714-1722;
colonel, 1722-1725/26. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 452 acres in
1706; began to purchase large tracts in 1710.

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