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BIOGRAPHIES HAM

John Brice (1738-1820); James Brice( 1746- 1801);
and Benedict Brice (1749-1786). MARRIED never.
CHILDREN. Died without progeny. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES. Esq., 1773; Gent., 1774; fourth gener-
ation legislator. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conven-
tions, Anne Arundel County, 1st, 1774, 2nd-3rd,
1774 (elected to the 3rd Convention, but did not
attend), 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775, 9th, 1776; Lower
House, Anne Arundel County, 1777, 1777-1778
(resigned during the 3rd session). LOCAL OFFICES:
Committee of Observation, Annapolis and Anne
Arundel County, elected 1774 and 1775; commis-
sioner of tax, Anne Arundel County, 1783-1785.
MILITARY SERVICE: lieutenant colonel, Severn Bat-
talion, Anne Arundel County Militia, appointed
1776; colonel, by 1795. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: active in radical patriotic politics
during 1774 and 1775 with his brother Matthias
Hammond (1740-1786). His obituary described
him as having been a leader of a "little warrior
band," with a "sincere and ardent attachment" to
the American cause. At his death, Hammond pro-
vided for the manumission and support of his
slaves. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL

PROPERTY: assessed value £10,057.0.0 current
money, including 72 slaves, 1783; 102 slaves, 1798.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hammond, with his
brother Denton and his sister Anne, were the heirs
of Vachel Denton (ca. 1696-1752). LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: at least 5,500 acres in Anne
Arundel County (more than 4,000 acres inherited
from his father in 1760 and confirmed to him by
his brothers by 1772). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:
charged with 6,311 acres in Anne Arundel
County, 1783; charged with 10,484 acres in Anne
Arundel County, 1798; during the 1780s and
1790s he consolidated his land into three large
tracts; leased out ca. 10,000 acres to 31 tenants,
1798; he continued to acquire and patent large
holdings until his death, selling very little.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on September 1, 1809,
at his farm in Anne Arundel County, after a long
and painful illness; buried in the family cemetery
near Gambrills, Anne Arundel County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: included 166 slaves, and a law library.
LAND: 12,671 acres in Anne Arundel County, plus
one-fourth interest in 2,286 acres in Frederick
County, a part of his father's estate not patented
until 1796. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: his obituary
lauded him as an "inflexible friend," a "charitable
Christian," and an "upright citizen." Named as
his principal heirs the sons of his nephew Philip

Hammond, probably the son of his brother
Charles.

HAMMOND, THOMAS (?-ca. 1724/25). BORN
in Anne Arundel County; first son. NATIVE: third
generation. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel County;
Baltimore County by 1694. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: John Hammond (1643-1707). MOTHER:
Mary (?-by 1678), daughter of Matthew Howard
and wife Ann. UNCLE: Cornelius Howard (?-1680).
AUNT: Elizabeth Howard, who married Henry
Ridgeley (?-1710). BROTHERS John Hammond (ca.
1665-1742/43), who married Ann, daughter of
Nicholas Greenberry (1627-1697); William (?-
1711/12); and Charles Hammond (ca. 1670-1713).
SISTERS: Mary, who married Cornelius Howard,
son of Cornelius Howard (?-1680); Elizabeth.
FIRST COUSINS: Matthew Howard (ca. 1675-1750);
Sarah Howard, who married first, John Worthing-
ton (1650-1701), and second, John Brice (?-1713);
and Hannah Howard, who married first, her first
cousin Charles Hammond (ca. 1670-1713), and
second, Edmond Benson (1687-1734). MARRIED
first, ca. 1687/88 Rebecca, widow of Thomas
Lightfoot; probably daughter of John Larkin.
MARRIED second, by 1718 Mary Heath. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: John (1694-1739); Thomas; William
(1702-1752), the sheriff of Baltimore County in
1737, who married first, Elizabeth Hughes Raven,
and second, Sarah Sheredine; Lawrence, who mar-
ried Aborila Simpkins; Henry; Haman; and
Charles. DAUGHTERS: Helen, who married John
Worthington, son of John Worthington (1650-
1701); Susannah, who married in 1719 John Orick;
and Katherine. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second generation
burgess; his sons held no elective offices. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Baltimore
County, 1701-1704, 1712-1714 (election voided at
the 1st session; reelected to the 2nd session),
1722-1724. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Baltimore
County, 1694 (no evidence that he ever sat, and he
was not reappointed in 1696), sitting in 1701. MIL-
ITARY SERVICE: captain, 1694; major, by 1701;
colonel at death. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: had household of 6 taxables,
including 3 slaves, 1692-1695. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: heir-at-law; at least 300 acres by 1707,
probably much more; at least 500 acres by 1712.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between December 2,
1724, and February 2, 1724/25. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £535.13.2 (including 12 slaves); FB,

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