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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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9th, 1776 (Elections, Claims, Loan Office); Senate,
Western Shore, Term of 1776-1781: 1777 (elected
on March 18, 1777, to fill vacancy in the 1777 As-
sembly; qualified on March 25, 1777; appointed to
the Loan Office Committee on April 14, 1777 to
replace Turbutt Wright), 1777-1778, 1778-1779
(did not serve; died before the 3rd session). OTHER
PROVINCIAL OFFICES: naval officer, Pocomoke, in
office 1754-1755; surveyor general, Eastern Shore,
in office 1754-1755; 5th Council of Safety, West-
ern Shore, 1776-1777 (declined). LOCAL OFFICES:
sheriff, Calvert County, 1755-1756; justice, Cal-
vert County, 1756-1779 (quorum, 1766-1779);
trustee for building All Saints' Church, Calvert
County, in office 1774; justice, Orphans' Court,
Calvert County, 1777-1779. STANDS ON PUBLIC/-
PRIVATE ISSUES: served on a committee of the
General Assembly to protest the Stamp Act, 1765;
protested the Fee Bill promulgated by Gov. Ro-
bert Eden in 1772. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,044 acres in Calvert
and Frederick counties (195 acres in Frederick
County held jointly with John Cooke); jointly
held a mortgage with David Arnold on a lot in
Lower Marlboro, Calvert County. SIGNIFICANT


AND DEATH: obtained 103 acres in Anne Arundel
County through a defaulted mortgage, 1763; ca.
2,906 acres in Baltimore County by purchase and
patent of resurveys in 1776 (this was his share of
the land held originally in partnership with Wil-
liam Lux and James Dick). WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED in 1779, probably in Calvert County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: size of estate unknown. LAND:
at least 952 acres in Calvert and Anne Arundel
counties, and possibly 2,906 acres in Baltimore

GRAHAME (GRAHAM), JOHN (1760-1833).
BORN on August 8, 1760, in Lower Marl boro,
Calvert County; only surviving son. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: in Lower Marlboro, Cal-
vert County, until 1788; "Rose Hill Farm," Fred-
erick County, 1788-1833. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Charles Grahame (ca. 1721-1779).
MOTHER: Aesneath Hutton. SISTERS: Aesneath
(Asenath, Azenath) (by 1758-?); Ann (?-by 1790),
who married Thomas Mackall (1751-1799). MAR-
RIED in January 1788 Anne Jennings (1759-1835),
daughter of Thomas Johnson (1732-1819); grand-
daughter of both Thomas Johnson (1702-1777), of
Calvert County, and Thomas Jennings (?-1759),
of Annapolis; niece of Baker Johnson (1747-1811).
Her brothers were Thomas Jennings; James; and
Joshua. Her sisters were Elizabeth; Rebecca; and

Dorcas. CHILDREN. SON: Thomas J. (1794-1827),
who married his first cousin Caroline Worthington
Goldsborough (1803-1831), daughter of Baker
Johnson (1747-1811). DAUGHTER: Ann Rebecca
tended, but did not graduate from, the College of
New Jersey (later Princeton University), 1777. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, All Saints' Par-
ish, Frederick County. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
merchant in the firm of John Graham & Com-
pany, Calvert County, 1785; president of the Fred-
erick County Bank, 1818-1833; planter. PUBLIC


Calvert County, 1783, 1784 (Claims), 1785
(Claims), 1786-1787, 1787-1788 (Claims 1); Sen-
ate, Western Shore, Term of 1796-1801: 1796,
1797, 1798, 1799, 1800. OTHER STATE OFFICE:
associate justice, Fifth District Court, appointed
1793. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Calvert County,
1782-1787 ("desires to be left out"); justice, Or-
phans' Court, Calvert County, commissioned 1786
and 1787; All Saints' Parish Vestry, Frederick
County, in office 1812; Maryland Senate elector,
Frederick County, elected 1816. MILITARY SER-
VICE. 2nd lieutenant, Calvert County Militia, com-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £117.0.0,
including 3 slaves, 1783; 11 slaves, 1790; 19 slaves,
1800; 29 slaves, 1810; 16 slaves, 1825; 6 slaves,
1833. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 263
acres in Calvert County (inherited from his fa-

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: obtained 225 acres
through his wife's dower, "Rose Hill Farm,"
Frederick County, 1788; owned 1 lot in Cumber-
land, Allegany County, 1793; obtained 2,419 acres
in Frederick County, 1793-1829 (136 acres as a
gift from his father-in-law; 849 acres probably in-
herited from his sister). He sold 1,298 acres in Cal-
vert and Frederick counties, 1816-1829. All of his
remaining land was mortgaged in 1829 and re-
mained so until his death. He sold 687 acres of the
mortgaged land in Frederick County in 1830. AD-
DITIONAL COMMENTS: Grahame suffered severe
financial reverses later in his life. In the mid- 1820s
he was forced to start selling slaves and land. In
1829 he took out a $20,000 mortgage on "Rose
Hill," continued his land sales, and mortgaged his
remaining slaves and stock. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED on March 20, 1833, at "Rose Hill Farm,"
$1,524.72 (including 6 slaves, all of whom were
mortgaged for the sum of $5,800.00); FB,
$1,145.68 as recorded in the final accounting of



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