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

Thomas Gerard (1608-1673). Her brothers were
Thomas (?-1686); Justinian (?-1688); and John.
Her sisters were Susannah, who married first, Ro-
bert Slye (ca. 1628-1670/71), and second, John
Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9); Frances; Temperance;
and Elizabeth, who married first, Nehemiah Bla-
kiston (?-1693), second, Ralph Rymer, and third,
Joshua Guibert (?-1713). CHILDREN. SONS: Kenelm
Cheseldyne (1683-1719), who married Mary Phip-
pard. DAUGHTERS: Mary (1678-?), who married
first, James Hay (?-by 1717/18), and second,
George Fobes; Susannah (1680-1730), who mar-
ried Thomas Trueman Greenfield (1682-1733);
and Dryden (1687-1760), who married first,
Henry Peregrine Jowles (1681-1720), and second,
John Fobes. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate; extensive legal training. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent, on arrival; one of the leading attorneys in
Maryland; his second marriage brought him into a
prominent, but controversial, family. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: practiced law in England before
emigration; a lawyer, admitted to the following
courts: Provincial Court in 1670; Court of Chan-
cery in the 1670s. Planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's City,
1676-1682 (Accounts 2; Security and Defense 2;
Laws 2), 1686-1688 (speaker 2), Associators' Con-
vention, 1689-1690 (speaker 1, 2; went to England
before the 3rd session); Lower House, St. Mary's
County, 1692-1693 (speaker 1, 2), 1694-1697
(speaker 5-8), 1701-1704 (Laws 1, 2, chairman 2);
Upper House, 1704-1707, 1708 A. OTHER PROVIN-
CIAL OFFICES: attorney general, 1676-1681; agent
to England, 1690-1692; commissary general,
1693-1699 (dismissed in 1697 for drunkenness and
negligence, but continued to serve); Council,
1704-1708; justice, Provincial Court, 1708. LOCAL
OFFICES: recorder, St. Mary's City, 1685-1690;
justice, St. Mary's County, 1689-1690, 1692-
1694, 1694/95-1697, 1698-1704 (quorum; presi-
dent, 1694/95-1697, 1698-1704); William and
Mary Parish Vestry, St. Mary's County, 1693-

1696. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: his

relationship with John Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9)
probably led to proprietary disfavor and loss of
the attorney general's office in 1681; he became an
opponent of the proprietary establishment and a
leader in the revolution of 1689; represented the
Protestant Associators' government before the
colonial authorities in England, 1690-1691.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: had patented at least 1,334 acres; with
his second wife's land, which included 3 planta-
tions, he had over 3,800 acres. WEALTH AT

DEATH. DIED: will probated on December 18,
1708. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £259.9.6 ster-
ling (including 12 slaves and law books). LAND: at
least 683 acres, excluding his wife's inheritance.

CHESELDYNE, KENELM, (1683-1719). BORN:
in 1683 in St. Mary's County; only son. NATIVE
second generation. RESIDED: in St. Mary's County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER Kenelm Chesel-
dyne (1640-1708). MOTHER: Mary, daughter of
Thomas Gerard (1608-1673). UNCLES Nehemiah
Blakiston (?-1693); John Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9);
Robert Slye (ca. 1628-1670/71); and Joshua Guib-
ert (?-171 3). SISTERS Mary (1678-?), who married
first, James Hay (?-by 1717/18), and second,
George Fobes; Susannah (1680-1730), who mar-
ried Thomas Trueman Greenfield (1682-1733);
and Dryden (1687-1760), who married first,
Henry Peregrine Jowles (1681-1720), and second,
John Fobes. MARRIED Mary, probably the widow
of William Phippard; daughter of John Brown.
She subsequently married Hugh Collins. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Kenelm; Kalius; and Cyrenius. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TiviTiES: third generation burgess through his ma-
ternal grandfather; held no office after 1715 when
he was charged with "incontinency," cohabiting
with a lewd woman, Mary Phippard, whom he
married sometime thereafter; his sons held no of-
fice. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St.

Mary's County, 1712-1714. LOCAL OFFICE sher-
iff, St. Mary's County, 1709-1711. WEALTH DUR-

ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION Over

2,500 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will pro-
bated on May 29, 1719. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £972.7.1 (including 8 slaves); FB, £465.2.9.
LAND: over 2,500 acres.

CHESLEY, ROBERT (?-1768) RESIDED at
"Vineyard," St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. BROTHERS: probably John, Esq. (?-
1767), of St. Mary's County, a justice of St.
Mary's County from 1727 to 1764; probably
Thomas (?-1761). MARRIED by 1735 Ann, daugh-
ter of Thomas Waughop (?-1735). CHILDREN.
SONS: Robert; John. DAUGHTERS: Susannah; Ann;
Mary; and Elizabeth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1768;

Esq., 1768. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1742-1744. LO-
CAL OFFICES: justice, St. Mary's County, 1739-

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