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

(1676-1754), daughter of Thomas Dent(ca. 1630-
1676); Robert (1663-1714); Ignatius (1670-1751);
Matthew (1672-1703); and Clement (1676-1737),
who married Jane, daughter of Nicholas Sewall
(ca. 1655-1737). DAUGHTERS: Mary (1678-1742),
who married in 1693 Charles Carroll; Ann (1680-
1749), who married in 1696 Clement Hill, nephew
and heir of Clement Hill (?-1708); and Elizabeth
(?-1704), who married in 1699 Edward Digges (?-
1714), son of William Digges (ca. 1650-1697).
STEPDAUGHTERS: Mary, who married first, James
Bowling, second, Benjamin Hall (1667- 1721), and
third, Henry Withan; Elinor, who married first,
Philip Darnall (1671-1705), and second, William
Digges, son of William Digges (ca. 1650-1697).
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; probably
had considerable schooling. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
he was related to the proprietary family; he arrived
with high social and political status and after 1689
he served as the primary agent for Lord Baltimore.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: placeman; planter; mer-
chant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Calvert County, 1674 (elected to
the 3rd session; resigned during the session to be-
come sheriff); Upper House, 1681-1682 (ap-
pointed by the 3rd session), 1682-1684 (Laws 3),
1686-1688. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council,
1679-1689; justice, Provincial Court, 1679-1689;
joint chancellor and commissary general,
1682/83-1685; Board of Deputy Governors,
1684-1689; Land Council, 1684-1689; rent roll
keeper, 1684-1689; receiver general, 1684-1711;
principal keeper of forest and chief ranger, 1684;
chancellor, 1685-1689. LOCAL OFFICE: sheriff,
Calvert County, 1674-1679. MILITARY SERVICE:
captain, by 1676-1679; lieutenant colonel, 1679-
1681; colonel, 1681-1689. STANDS ON PUBLIC/-
PRIVATE ISSUES: he was a leading supporter of the
proprietary establishment against the rebels in
1689; his Catholicism prevented him from holding
public office after 1689, but he remained the pri-
mary agent in the colony for the proprietary inter-
ests until his death. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: over 1,000 acres; pa-
tented 10,717 acres between 1680 and 1688, and
another 25,068 acres between 1690 and 1705. AN-
NUAL INCOME: granted with William Digges one-
third of all seizures of vessels in 1684. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED, on June 17, 1711. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £3,505.3.3 sterling (including 105
slaves). LAND: over 26,000 acres.

DARNALL, JOHN (?-1684). BORN: probably in
Hertfordshire, England; younger son. IMMI-

GRATED: probably by 1672, as a free adult with
his kinsmans. RESIDED: in Calvert County; Anne
Arundel County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Philip Darnall (1604-?), secretary to Sir George
Calvert, 1st Lord Baltimore. MOTHER: Mary Cal-
vert, sister of Lord Talbot. BROTHER: Henry Dar-
nall (ca. 1645-1711), who married Elinor (1642-
1725), widow of Thomas Brooke (1632-1676);
daughter of Richard Hatton. SISTER: Elizabeth.
FIRST COUSIN: Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore
(1637-1714/15). MARRIED Susanna Maria, daugh-
ter of Richard Bennett (ca. 1639-1667) and wife
Henrietta Maria; stepdaughter of Philemon Lloyd
(1646-1685); granddaughter of both Richard Ben-
nett (ca. 1608-1675) and James Neale (ca. 1615-
1684). Susanna Maria Bennett Darnall subse-
quently married by 1686 Henry Lowe (?-1717).
Her half brothers were Edward Lloyd (1670-
1718/19); Philemon Lloyd (ca. 1674-1732/33);
and James Lloyd (1679/80-1723). CHILDREN.
DAUGHTER: Henrietta (?-by 1704). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate; he had clerical skills.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS

AND ACTIVITIES: because he was related to the
proprietary family and his brother was an influen-
tial councilor, Darnall enjoyed profitable patron-
age. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: placeman; planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper

House, 1683-1684 (appointed by the 2nd session;
Laws 3). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council,
1682/83-1684; justice, Provincial Court, 1682/83-
1684; joint secretary, 1682/83-1684; Board of
Deputy Governors, 1684. LOCAL OFFICE: clerk,
Calvert County, 1673-1684. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: patented

4,000 acres, 1683-1684. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
on December 14, 1684. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,159.14.10 sterling (including 10 slaves
and 10 servants); FB, £226.12.0. LAND: at least
1,950 acres, plus land in Virginia and England.

DASHIELL, BENJAMIN FREDERICK AU-
GUSTUS CAESAR (1763-1820). BORN: on May
22, 1763, in Wicomico Hundred, Worcester
County; second son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RE-
SIDED: in Worcester County; Somerset County
(later became part of Wicomico County), probably

by 1792. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER Joseph

Dashiell (1736-ca. 1787). MOTHER Martha Bluett.
STEPMOTHER: Susannah (?-1792). UNCLE: Thomas
Dashiell (1733-1771). HALF UNCLE: George Da-
shiell (1743-?). BROTHER: William Pitt (1761-?).
SISTERS: Martha Bluett (1759-?); Eleanor Matilda
(1765-?). FIRST COUSIN Josiah Dashiell (1746-
1784). MARRIED Henrietta (1757-1791). CHIL-
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