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

clerk, Prince George's County, 1702-1708/9; jus-
tice, Charles County, 1706-1711; sheriff, Charles
County, 1711-1714. MILITARY SERVICE: captain
from at least 1708. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: inherited over 2,000
acres from his father and his wife brought him an
additional 700 acres; he began selling land in 1707
to pay off debts; exact acreage in 1715 is un-
known, but it was probably over 1,500 acres.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1725. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: probably penniless because of gam-
bling debts; committed to debtor's prison in 1722.

DENT, WARREN (?-1794). BORN at "Guyther"
(his father's dwelling plantation, also sometimes
called "Friendship"). Charles County, of age by
1772; eldest son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RE-
SIDED: at "Friendship," Nanjemoy Creek, Charles

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: William

Dent (1706-1757), son of Thomas Dent (1685-
1725). MOTHER: Anne, daughter of John Warren
and wife Judith Townley. BROTHER: George, who
married first, Rose Townshend Knox (?-1794),
and second, in 1796 Elizabeth Harrison Knox.
SISTERS Eleanor, who married John Jordan (?-
1763); Judith, who married Jeremiah Chase (?-
1755); Mary, who married Rev. William Dowie;
Ann, who married Samuel Briscoe; Grace, who
married Robert Harrison; and Rebecca, who mar-
ried William Harrison (?-1789). NIECE: Mary
Hanson Briscoe, who married Michael Jenifer
Stone (1747-1812). MARRIED never. CHILDREN.
Died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican,
Durham Parish, Charles County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1781; Mr., 1786; Esq.,
1789. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, 1786;
probably also a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County,
1778-1779, 1779-1780, 1780-1781 (Claims 1).
LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Charles County, 1771-
1794; Committee of Observation, Charles County,
elected 1774; Durham Parish Vestry, Charles
County, elected 1775 and 1776, in office 1779-
1788; commissioner of tax, Charles County, ap-
pointed 1777; justice, Orphans' Court, Charles
County, commissioned 1779 and 1787 ("refuses to
act"); judge, Court of Appeals for Tax Assess-
ment, Charles County, 1786. STANDS ON PUBLIC/-
PRIVATE ISSUES: manumitted two slaves in his
will, one to be freed immediately after his death
and the second five years later. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY assessed value

£970.0.0, including 13 slaves, 1 servant, and 124
oz. plate, 1783; 34 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 2,011 acres in Charles County (inher-
ited 1,857 acres from his father in 1757, 154 acres
through personal acquisition). WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on October 24, 1794, at his seat in
Charles County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at
least $978.35 (including 5 slaves and books).
LAND: mentioned 313 acres in Charles County in
his will. His brother George, under the terms of
their father's will, received all the 1,857 acres in
Maryland that Warren had inherited.

DENT, WILLIAM (ca. 1660-1704). BORN: ca.
1660 in Charles County; first son. NATIVE: second
generation. RESIDED: in Nanjemoy, Charles

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas

Dent (ca. 1630-1676). MOTHER: Rebecca (?-1726),
daughter of Rev. William Wilkinson. She subse-
quently married in 1676/77 John Addison (?-ca.
1705/6). UNCLE: William Hatton (?-1712) BROTH-
ERS: Thomas; Peter Dent (ca. 1665-1710/11); and
George (?-1702). HALF BROTHER: Thomas Addi-
son (1679-1727). SISTERS: Margaret; Barbara
(1676-1754); who married Thomas Brooke (ca.
1659-1730/31). MARRIED first, in 1684/85
Elizabeth (?-1698/99), daughter of Gerard Fowke
(1625-1669). Her brother was Gerard Fowke
(1662/63-ca. 1734/35). MARRIED second, Sarah
(?-1724), daughter of Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-
1730/31); granddaughter of Thomas Brooke
(1632-1676). She subsequently married Philip Lee
(ca. 1681-1744), son of Richard Lee, of Virginia.
Her brother was Thomas Brooke (1683-1744). Her
half brothers were Benjamin; John; Thomas
(1717-1768); Nathaniel; and Baker. Her sisters
were Eleanor; Priscilla, who married Thomas
Gantt (?-1765). Her half sisters were Elizabeth;
Mary; Rebecca; Jane, who married Alexander
Contee (ca. 1691-1740); and Lucy. Her nephews
were Thomas Gantt (ca. 1710-1785); Fielder Gantt
(?-1807); Edward Gantt (?-by 1783); and Richard
Brooke (1716-1783). Her nieces were Eleanor
Brooke, who married Samuel Beall (ca. 1713-ca.
1778); probably Ann Gantt, who married John
Brome (1703-1748). CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas
Dent( 1685- 1725), who married in 1705 Anne (?-
1725), daughter of John Bayne (ca. 1662-1701);
William (1687-1695); Gerard (?-died young);
George Dent (1690-1754), who married Anne,
daughter of William Harbert (?-1718); Peter
(1694-?); and Philip (?-died young). DAUGHTERS:
Elizabeth (1688-1699); Anne (1692-?); and
Elizabeth (1699-?), who married Richard Tarvin.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; studied
law under Thomas Burford (?-1686/87). RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS

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