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

Georgetown Bridge Company, the Bank of Co-
lumbia, and the Georgetown Mutual Insurance
Company. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1781-1782
(Claims 1, 2), 1782-1783 (Manufactories 2), 1786-
1787 (Grievances 1; Claims 1; discharged on Janu-
ary 15, 1787 for failure to meet the residency re-
quirement), 1787-1788 (Claims 2), 1788 (Elec-
tions), Montgomery County, 1789 (Elections;
Laws to Expire), 1790; Senate, Western Shore,
Term of 1796-1801: 1796 (did not serve), 1797,
1798, 1799, 1800. OTHER STATE OFFICES: commis-
sioner, confiscated British property, qualified Feb-
ruary 1781, resigned July 1781; Executive Council,
elected 1791 and 1792. LOCAL OFFICES: church-
warden, St. Andrew's Parish, St. Mary's County,
in office 1782-1783; mayor, Georgetown, Mont-
gomery County, elected 1792; justice, Montgom-
ery County, 1799-at least 1800. MILITARY SER-
VICE: 1st lieutenant, Gunby's Independent
Maryland Company, 1776; captain, Third Mary-
land Battalion, Flying Camp, 1776; major, Third
Maryland Regiment, 1776; wounded and lost a leg
at the Battle of Germantown, 1776; lieutenant col-
onel, First Maryland Regiment, 1777; transferred
to Seventh Maryland Regiment, 1779; resigned
1781; brigadier general, Fourth Brigade (Prince
George's County and the lower part of Montgom-
ery County), Maryland Militia, 1794-1795; major
general, First Division, Maryland Militia, commis-
sioned 1795-served until 1801 (out of state). OUT
OF STATE SERVICE: delegate, Continental Con-
gress, 1786-1787 (elected in December 1786, but
did not attend until February 1787; resigned on
May 11, 1787); representative, U.S. Congress,
1793-1794 (resigned on November 8, 1794); clerk,
Circuit Court, District of Columbia, 1801-1805.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: elected as a
Federalist to the U.S. Congress. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 5 slaves, 1790;

assessed value £480.0.0, including 5 slaves and 50
oz. plate, 1793; assessed value £700.0.0, including
14 slaves and 150 oz. plate, 1798; assessed value
£398.10.0, including 9 slaves, 1801; owned one-
third interest in a sailing vessel, 1800. SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH owned a lot in Alexandria, Vir-
ginia, by 1790; purchased 202 acres in
Montgomery County in 1791, which he sold in
1797; patented 1,257 acres (1,013.5 in Allegany
County and 243.5 in St. Mary's County), 1795-
1798; owned 150 lots in Washington, D.C., plus
1,229.5 acres in Montgomery County and the Dis-
trict of Columbia, 1798; sold the lot in Alexan-
dria, Virginia, in 1790, and 806.5 acres in Mont-

gomery County, Maryland, 1802. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on July 6, 1805, at his home "Rose-
dale," Georgetown, D.C. He was buried at Oak
Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C. LAND ca. 1,680
acres in Allegany, St. Mary's, and Montgomery
counties, and the District of Columbia, plus ca.
150 lots in the District of Columbia. ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: Assignees handled the administration
of his estate, which was deeply in debt. The Bank
of Columbia requested a quick administration be-
cause of suits pending in the General Court and
on the Court of Appeals docket.

FORREST, ZACHARIAH (ca. 1743-ca. 1817)
BORN ca. 1743 in St. Mary's County. NATIVE the
Forrest family immigrated to Jamestown, Virginia
in 1607; descendants had settled in St. Mary's
County by the mid-seventeenth century. RESIDED:
in Lower Resurrection Hundred, St. Mary's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably

Thomas Forrest, of St. Mary's County. BROTHER:
Uriah Forrest (1746-1805). MARRIED first, Anne
(Nancy), daughter of Stourton Edwards and wife
Barbara, of St. Mary's County. MARRIED second,
in 1800 Ann, daughter of Henrietta Ford, of St.
Mary's County. CHILDREN. SONS. Richard (1767-
?); James; and Uriah. DAUGHTERS: Catherine; Sa-
rah, who married (first name unknown) Abell;
Ann, who married (first name unknown) Good;
Elizabeth, who married (first name unknown)
Cooke; and (first name unknown), who married
(first name unknown) Johnson. PRIVATE CAREER.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, All Faiths
Parish and St. Andrew's Parish, St. Mary's
County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1787 (elected to
the 2nd session of the 1786-1787 Assembly to fill
vacancy; Grievances 2), 1789. OTHER STATE OF-
FICE associate justice, First District, 1791-1792
(resigned). LOCAL OFFICES tobacco inspector,
Cole's warehouse, St. Mary's County, appointed
1770 and 1773; militia recruiting officer, St.
Mary's County, appointed ca. 1777; sheriff, St.
Mary's County, 1778-1782; All Faiths Parish Ves-
try, St. Mary's County, in office 1782 and 1792;
justice, St. Mary's County, in office 1785-1789,
1794, 1801-at least 1805; justice, Orphans' Court,
St. Mary's County, in office 1785-1789, and 1793;
commissioner of tax, St. Mary's County, 1786-
1798. MILITARY SERVICE: 2nd lieutenant, Upper
Battalion, St. Mary's County Militia, commis-
sioned 1777; captain, Lower Battalion, St. Mary's
County Militia, commissioned 1780. WEALTH

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