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KINSHIP: his great-grandfather was Philemon
Lloyd(1646-1685). MARRIED on February 1, 1755,
Ann (1734-1786), daughter of Samuel Chamber-
laine( 1698- 1773); granddaughter of James Lloyd
(1679/80-1723); niece of Robert Lloyd (ca. 1712-
1770), Margaret Lloyd (1714-ca. 1785), who mar-
ried William Tilghman (1711-1782), and Anne
Lloyd (ca. 1723-1794), who married Matthew
Tilghman (1717/18-1790). Her brothers were
Thomas (1731-1764); James Lloyd Chamberlaine
(1732-1783); Samuel Chamberlaine (1742-1811);
Richard; and Robert Lloyd, who died at eleven
years of age. Her sister was Henrietta Maria
(1739-1777). Her first cousins were Richard
Tilghman (1740-1809); Margaret Tilghman
(1742-1817), who married Charles Carroll, Barris-
ter (1723- 1783); and Deborah Lloyd, who married
Peregrine Tilghman (ca. 1741-1807). Her nieces
were Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine (?-1804), who
married William Hayward, Jr. (ca. 1758-1834);
Henrietta Maria Nicols (1761-1818), who married
Samuel Earle (1756- 1790). CHILDREN. SONS: Sam-
uel £arle (1756-1790); James (1764-1790); Rich-
ard Tilghman (1767-1843), who served in the
Maryland General Assembly in 1796 and from
1808 to 1809, was a member of the executive
council from 1804 to 1805, and a judge of the
Court of Appeals from 1809 to 1834; Thomas
(1771-?), who married Henrietta Maria (1779-
1821), daughter of William Hemsley (1736/37-
1812). DAUGHTERS: Mary (1760-by 1785), who
married Dr. John Hindman; Henrietta Maria
(1761-1828), who married first, Solomon Clayton,
and second, Samuel W. Thomas; Ann (1762-
1782); Margaret (1765-1795), who married Philip
Feddeman; Deborah (1769-1790), who married
Charles Wright; and Suzanna (1773-1795). PRI.

TIVITIES: Mr., 1756; Gent., 1761; Esq., 1780. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, in partnership
with his brother James Earle and William Bruff
(ca. 1741-1802), in the firm of Richard Tilghman
Earle & Co. The partnership was in existence from
1772 to 1775; the firm kept a store at Chester Mill
in Queen Anne's County and sold large quantities
of goods on credit; after the dissolution of the firm
Richard continued to operate the store himself
until 1776; probably also a planter. PUBLIC CA-
Anne's County, 1771 (Accounts), 1773-1774 (Ac-
counts 1, Cv, 2, 3); Conventions, Queen Anne's
County, 1st, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 6th-8th,
1775-1776 (Claims 6th-8th; Manufactories 8th);
Lower House, Queen Anne's County, 1777-1778

(Loan Office 1; Grievances 2; Claims 2), 1779-
1780 (Elections 2; Tax Commissioners 2). OTHER
STATE OFFICE: Special Council of the Eastern
Shore, appointed 1780. LOCAL OFFICES: clerk,
Court of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery,
Queen Anne's County, commissioned 1751; St.
Paul's Parish Vestry, 1756-1759, 1764-1784;
churchwarden, St. Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's
County, in office 1759; visitor, Queen Anne's
County Free School, in office 1770 and 1782; com-
missioner of tax, Queen Anne's County, 1777-at
PROPERTY: assessed value £2,128.10.0, including
35 slaves and 196 oz. plate, Queen Anne's County,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 3,210 acres in
Queen Anne's County (400 acres inherited from
his grandfather Richard Tilghman, which he then
resurveyed into a 517-acre tract; 554 acres by pa-
tent; at least 2,020 acres by purchase); controlled
800 acres in Dorchester County for his wife to
whom the land was apparently entailed; he had no
authority to dispose of it and always referred to it
as his wife's land. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN


owned 600 acres in Delaware, by 1785. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on March 24,
1788, in Queen Anne's County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £2,143.16.8 current money (including
39 slaves, 176 oz. plate, and 12 books); FB, estate
overpaid £5,956.1.4. LAND: at least 3,311 acres in
Queen Anne's and Caroline counties; 600 acres in
Delaware; his wife still owned 800 acres in Caro-
line County. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Earle died
very much in debt, and subject to numerous court
judgments. His estate was declared insolvent, and
his son Richard Tilghman Earle, Jr., sold 3,058
acres of his father's land in Queen Anne's and
Caroline counties between 1815 and 1818 to sat-
isfy the remaining creditors.

EARLE, SAMUEL (1756-1790). BORN: on Feb-
ruary 3, 1756, probably in Queen Anne's County;
eldest son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RESIDED: in
Queen Anne's County; Kent County, by 1785;
"Needwood," near Centreville, Queen Anne's
County, 1788 until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER Richard Tilghman Earle (1728/29-
1788), son of James Earle, Jr. (ca. 1694-1739).
MOTHER: Ann Chamberlaine (1734-1786). UN-
CLES: James Lloyd Chamberlaine (1732-1783);
Samuel Chamberlaine (1742-1811); and Michael
Earle (1722-1787). HALF UNCLE: Joseph Earle
(1739-1777). AUNTS: Anna Maria Earle (1725-
1795), who married Thomas Ringgold (1715-
1772); Henrietta Maria Earle (1730-1767), who



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