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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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also leasing 18 acres, 1762. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 365 acres in Charles County in 1782,
and immediately traded it for an unspecified
amount of acreage in St. Mary's County; patented
14.5 acres in St. Mary's County, 1783. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: possibly between 1785 and 1790;
size of estate unknown. According to his London
creditor Christopher Court, Ford sold his prop-
erty between 1785 and 1786, moved from Mary-
land, and died insolvent.

FORD, WILLIAM (?-1678/79). BORN: in En-
gland. IMMIGRATED: in 1670 as a free adult from
Bristol. RESIDED: in Dorchester County. MARRIED
in 1670/71 Sarah, daughter of Richard Preston (?-
ca. 1669/70). Her brothers were Richard (?-by
1669); James (?-by 1673/74); and Samuel. Her
sisters were Naomi (?-1663), who married Wil-
liam Berry (ca. 1636-1691); Margaret; and
Rebecca. CHILDREN. SONS: Samuel (1673-?);
Josias. DAUGHTER Rebecca. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Quaker. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent,
on arrival. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,
Dorchester County, 1674/75 (elected to the 4th
session; Laws 4), 1676-1678 (Elections and Privi-
leges 2; died before the 3rd session). LOCAL OF-
FICE: justice, Dorchester County, 1674 (refused to
take the required oath). WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION at least 900
acres; patented and sold an additional 1,400 acres
ca. 1675. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on March 4, 1678/79. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
57,581 pounds of tobacco (including 5 servants);
FB, estate overpaid 20,175 pounds of tobacco.
LAND over 900 acres.

FORMAN, EZEKIEL (?-?). NATIVE: second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Kent County; Princeton, New
Jersey. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Joseph
Forman, banished from Scotland; settled in Mon-
mouth. New Jersey in 1765. MOTHER: (first name
unknown), daughter of William Hemsley.
BROTHER: Gen. David, who married Ann, daugh-
ter of Thomas Marsh, and died in Natchez, Mis-
sissippi. MARRIED by 1768 Augustina, daughter of
Thomas Marsh. Her sister was Ann, who married
by 1768 David Forman. CHILDREN. SON: William
Gordon, who married his first cousin Sarah
Marsh. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1768-?); Sarah
(1768-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: officeholder; probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, Kent County, 1777 (Claims 1; dis-
charged on November 4, 1777, for serving as a
county clerk at the time of election). LOCAL OF-
FICES: sheriff, Kent County, 1774-1776; Commit-
tee of Correspondence, Kent County, in office
1774; clerk, Kent County, 1777-1800; judge, court
of appeals, appointed under the Act to Procure
Troops for the American Army, Kent County,
appointed 1778. MILITARY SERVICE: paymaster,
marching militia, Eastern Shore. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL AND REAL PROPERTY: his
wife received the use and profits of £750.0.0 from
her aunt Sarah Marsh Emory, ca. 1774; assessed
value £1,215.15.0, including 34 slaves, 1783; as-
sessed value $186.00 (combined real and personal
property), 1804; assessed value $267.00 (combined
real and personal property), 1808; assessed value
$534.00 (combined real and personal property),
1812. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 768 acres in
Cecil and Queen Anne's counties. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: possibly in Princeton, New Jersey;
size of estate unknown.

FORREST, URIAH (1746-1805). BORN: in 1746
in St. Mary's County. NATIVE: the Forrest family
immigrated to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607; de-
scendants appear in St. Mary's County by the
mid-seventeenth century. RESIDED: in St. Mary's
County until ca. 1783; London, England, until ca.
1786; Georgetown, Montgomery County, ca. 1786
until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: prob-
ably Thomas Forrest, of St. Mary's County.
BROTHER: Zachariah Forrest (ca. 1743-ca. 1817).
MARRIED Rebecca, daughter of George Plater
(1735-1792); stepdaughter or daughter of either
Hannah Lee (?-1763) or Elizabeth Rousby (?-
1750); granddaughter or stepgranddaughter of
Richard Lee (ca. 1707-1787); stepgranddaughter
of William Fitzhugh (ca. 1722-1798). Her broth-
ers or half brothers were George; John Rousby;
Thomas; and William. Her sister was Ann, who
married Philip Barton Key. CHILDREN. SONS:
probably Joseph; Henry; and Uriah. DAUGHTERS:
Ann, who married (first name unknown) Green;
Maria, who married (first name unknown) Bohrer.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Andrew's Parish, St.
Mary's County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:

Gent., 1776; Esq., 1797. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:

at the close of the Revolutionary War, Forrest
went to London, England, as the resident partner
of Forrest, Stoddert & Murdock. With Benjamin
C. Stoddert (ca. 1751-1813), Forrest and Murdock
engaged in trade on the Potomac River. Forrest
was also instrumental in the incorporation of the

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