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

bond given in January ca. 1744. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £2,343.17.3 current money (including
37 slaves and books); FB, £1,013.18.5. LAND:
probably ca. 2,300 acres in Somerset, Queen An-
ne's, and probably Calvert and Baltimore
counties.

GALE, JOHN (1753-1813). BORN: on September
25, 1753; eldest son. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED: in Great Annamessex Hundred, Somer-
set County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
George Gale (1731-1765), son of John Gale (?-ca.
1744). MOTHER: Elizabeth (?-1799), daughter of
Rev. Thomas Airey and wife Elizabeth Pitt.
BROTHER: George Gale (1756-?). SISTERS: Mileah
(1751-1780), who married Robert Harrison (1740-
1802); Mary (1759-1760); Elizabeth (1762-?); and
Leah. OTHER KINSHIP, his great-grandfather was
George Gale (1671-1712); his great-uncles were
George Gale (?-ca. 1772) and Levin Gale (ca.
1704-1744); his second cousin was Levin Gale (ca.
1730-1791). MARRIED Amelia, daughter of
Thomas Williams; granddaughter of David Wil-
liams. CHILDREN. SON: John Planner. DAUGHTERS:
Mary; Mileah; and Amelia Caroline. All the chil-
dren were minors in 1811. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Angli-
can, Coventry Parish, Somerset County.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a planter. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Somerset County, 1785, 1786-1787, 1787-1788,
1788 (elected, but did not attend), 1789, 1806,
1807, 1808-1809, 1809. OTHER STATE OFFICES:
Constitution Ratification Convention, Somerset
County, 1788; associate justice, Fourth District,
appointed 1794. LOCAL OFFICES: Coventry Parish
Vestry, Somerset and Worcester counties, elected
1788 (did not serve) and 1792; justice, Somerset
County, appointed 1793. MILITARY SERVICE: 2nd
lieutenant, Second Maryland Regiment, 1776; 1st
lieutenant, January 1777; taken prisoner at Staten
Island in August 1777 and exchanged in October
1778; captain, December 1777; transferred to Fifth
Maryland Regiment, January 1781; aide-de-camp
to Gen. Mordecai Gist, December 1782 until the
end of the Revolutionary War; brevet major, Sep-
tember 1783; colonel, Maryland Militia, by 1794;
brigadier general, Tenth Brigade (Somerset and
Worcester counties), Maryland Militia, commis-
sioned 1801. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY, assessed value £1,090.0.0, in-
cluding 28 slaves, 1793. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: at least 1,450 acres in Somerset County
(through marriage); possibly owned as much as
1,729 acres in Somerset and Dorchester counties

combined. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: charged
with 3,399 acres in Somerset County in 1793.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on March
3, 1813, in Somerset County; buried at "Cedar
Grove" on the Annamessex River in Somerset
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value
£7,220.0.0, including 80 slaves, 1813. LAND. 3,340
acres in Somerset County, plus 200 acres that he
referred to in his will as military lands.

GALE, LEVIN (ca. 1704-1744). BORN: ca. 1704,
probably in Somerset County. NATIVE, second
generation. RESIDED: in Somerset County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: George Gale (1671-1712).
MOTHER: Betty (1674-1736), daughter of Levin
Denwood (ca. 1648-1726) and wife Priscilla.
BROTHERS: George Gale (?-ca. 1772); John Gale
(?-ca. 1744); and Matthias (?-1748). NEPHEW: Le-
vin Gale (ca. 1730-1791). NIECE. Mary Gale (ca.
1734-by 1790), who married Samuel Wilson
(1735-1790). MARRIED by 1726 Leah, daughter of
Southy Littleton, of Accomack County, Virginia,
and wife Mary Browne; stepdaughter of Hancock
Custis; granddaughter of both Col. Southy Little-
ton and wife Sarah Bowman, and of Thomas
Browne and wife Susanna. Her brother was
Southy (?-died young). CHILDREN. DAUGHTER:
Leah, who married her first cousin Levin Gale (ca.
1730-1791). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican; made a
gift of one acre of land to the Presbyterians to
erect a house of worship, 1742. SOCIAL STATUS

AND ACTIVITIES: Hon., 1742. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: attorney, admitted to the Somerset
County Court in November 1722; planter; office-
holder; merchant, engaged in mercantile activities
with his brothers Matthias, George Gale (?-ca.
1772), and John Gale (?-ca. 1744); as Col. Levin
Gale & Company, Gale, and his partners, John
Caldwell (?-1747), Robert King (1689-1755), Ar-
chibald Smith, and Alexander Draper owned an
ironworks and a schooner, 1728. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset
County, 1725-1727 (Laws 1-4), 1728-1731 (Laws
3), 1732-1734 (Laws 1-Cv; discharged during the
convention for accepting a government position of
"trust and profit" after the election), 1734/35-
1737 (Laws 1, Cv, 2-4; Bills of Credit 1, Cv, 2-4),
1738 (Laws; Bills of Credit; appointed to the
Council during the convention); Upper House,
1738 (appointed during the convention), 1739-
1741 (Bills of Credit-Paper Currency Cv, 1, 3),
1742 (Bills of Credit-Paper Currency 1; died be-
fore the 2nd session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-

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