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

£3,790.2.3 current money (including 45 slaves and
7 servants). LAND: ca. 2,193 acres in Kent County,
plus lots in Chestertown, Kent County.

GRESHAM, RICHARD (?-1780). BORN: in Kent
County, less than 20 years of age in 1750; younger
son. NATIVE: probably fourth generation. RESIDED:
in Kent County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER.
John Gresham (ca. 1703-ca. 1752). UNCLE: Rich-
ard Gresham (?-ca. 1773). BROTHERS: John (ca.
1742-probably 1772); Thomas (probably after
1750-?). STEPBROTHER: William. SISTERS: Sarah
(1730-?); Mary, who married Richard Graves
(1739-1792). MARRIED Ann. CHILDREN. SONS:

Richard Montgomery; John. DAUGHTERS. Maria;
Ann. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Shrewsbury Parish,
Kent County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1771; Esq., 1778. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
probably a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Kent County, 1777-1778
(elected to the 1st session to fill vacancy); 1778-
1779 (Elections 2; Grievances 3), 1779 (Manufac-
tories 1; Tax Commissioners 1; died before the 2nd
session of the 1779-1780 Assembly). LOCAL OF-
FICE: justice, Kent County, 1774, 1777. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca.

1,156 acres in Kent and Queen Anne's counties.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between February 4
and February 19, 1780, in Kent County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY. TEV, at least $7,158.78 current
money (including 32 slaves, 1 servant, and 10
books). LAND: probably 1,156 acres in Kent and
Queen Anne's counties.

GRIFFITH, (GRIFFETH), CHARLES GREEN-
BURY (1744-1792). BORN: on May 17, 1744, in
Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel County;
youngest son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED:
in Frederick County (later became part of Mont-
gomery County), by 1770. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Orlando Griffith (1688-1757), son of
William Griffith. MOTHER: Katherine Howard.
BROTHERS: Henry Griffith (ca. 1720-1794); Nicho-
las (?-died young); Greenbury (1727-?), who mar-
ried Ruth Biggs; Joshua (1730-?), who married
Ann Hall; Benjamin (1732-?), who married Mary
Biggs; and Orlando (1741-1774). SISTERS: Lucretia
(1739-?), who married first, Caleb Davis, and sec-
ond, Azel Waters; Sarah (1718-?), who married
Nicholas Dorsey. MARRIED Sarah (1745-?),
daughter of Henry Ridgely (?-1750) and wife
Elizabeth Warfield; niece of Elizabeth Ridgely,
who married Thomas Worthington (ca. 1691-
1753). Her brothers were Greenbury (1726-?);

Henry Ridgely (1728-1791); Nicholas (1729/30-
1732); Benjamin (1731/32-?); Joshua (1733/34-?);
Charles Greenbury (1735-?); Thomas (1740-?);
and Nicholas Greenbury (1742-?). Her sisters
were Katherine (1723-ca. 1753), who married
Capt. Phileman Dorsey (1714-1772); Anne (1725-
?), who married Brice T. B. Worthington (1727-
1794); and Elizabeth (1737-by 1761), who married
Col. Thomas Dorsey (?-1790). CHILDREN. DAUGH-
TER: Elizabeth (1764-1824), who married Jere-
miah Crabb (1760- 1800). PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,
Montgomery County, 1781-1782 (Public Taxes 1),
1782-1783, 1787-1788. LOCAL OFFICES: Commit-
tee of Observation, Frederick County, in office
1777; county lieutenant, Frederick County, ap-
pointed 1777; justice, Montgomery County, com-
missioned 1777; subscription officer, Continental
Loan Office, Montgomery County, appointed
1779. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, First Battalion
of the Flying Camp, 1776. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY, assessed value
£1,278.0.0, including 22 slaves and 16 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 640 acres in
Frederick and Anne Arundel counties (250 acres
inherited from his father, 390 acres by personal
acquisition). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired

by purchase and patent 1,119 acres in Montgom-
ery County, 1783-1789; sold 537 acres in Mont-
gomery County in 1791. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: on August 12, 1792, probably in Montgom-
ery County. LAND: probably ca. 1,222 acres in
Frederick, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel
counties, 1792; ca. 561 acres in Montgomery
County were sold by Griffith's heirs to Richard
Ridgely(1755-1824)in 1798.

GRIFFITH, HENRY (ca. 1720-1794). BORN: on
February 14, ca. 1720, in Queen Caroline Parish,
Anne Arundel County; second son. NATIVE: third
generation. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel County;
Frederick County (later became part of Montgom-
ery County), by 1772. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-
THER: Orlando Griffith. MOTHER: Katherine How-
ard. BROTHERS: Nicholas (?-died young);
Greenbury (1727-?), who married in 1752 Ruth
Biggs; Joshua (1730-?), who married Ann Hall;
Benjamin (1732-?), who married Mary Biggs; Or-
lando (1741-1774); and Charles Greenbury Grif-
fith (1744-1792). SISTERS: Sarah (1718-?), who
married Nicholas Dorsey; Lucretia (1739-?), who
married Caleb Davis. MARRIED first, on April 9,

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