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

never married and suffered from mental illness;
and Henry (1771-1850), a lawyer in Easton, Tal-
bot County, lieutenant in the Talbot County Mili-
tia in 1799, paymaster of the Eastern Shore Militia
in 1812, and Federalist Maryland state senator
from the Eastern Shore in 1818, who married in
1798 Ann, daughter of Richard Bennett Carmich-
ael (1753-1824). DAUGHTERS: Henrietta Maria
(1750-1832), who married Samuel Chamberlaine
(1742-1811); Sarah (1753-1829), who married in
1812 Henry Nicols, of Baltimore County; Anna
Maria (1756-1817), who married George Gale
(1756-1815); Rebecca (1762-1801), who married
Nicholas Hammond (1758- 1830); Elizabeth (1768-
1810), who never married; and Margaret (1774-?),
who married Littleton Gale. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Peter's Parish, Talbot County; probably
also a member of St. Michael's Parish, Talbot
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr.,
1756; Gent., 1784; Esq. at death. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: apprenticed to a merchant in Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania, at the age of fourteen; farmer;
planter; after the ban on importation of salt from
British manufacturers prior to the Revolutionary
War, Hollyday operated a salt factory on his plan-
tation. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Talbot County, 1765-1766 (Elec-
tions 2, 4; Public Offices 2). OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICE: deputy naval officer, deputy collector, and
deputy receiver of sixpence per month of seaman's
wages, Oxford, 1746-1747 (resigned). LOCAL OF-
FICES: sheriff, Queen Anne's County, 1748-1751;
deputy commissary, Talbot County, in office
1753-1755; St. Michael's Parish Vestry, Talbot
County, elected 1753, 1768, and 1774; farmer of
the quitrents, Talbot County, appointed 1755; vis-
itor, Talbot County Free School, in office ca.
1764. MILITARY SERVICE: sergeant, 1746. STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: during the Revolu-
tion Hollyday refused to sign the Association of
Freemen or take the Oath of Fidelity to the new
government. As a result, he was barred from hold-
ing public office and was treble-taxed. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 55

slaves, 1776; assessed value £2,961.0.0, including
77 slaves and 315 oz. plate, Queen Anne's and
Talbot counties, 1783. The heavy taxes imposed
on Hollyday during the Revolution proved ex-
tremely burdensome. In a letter to his brother he
wrote that he had "not a single shilling with which
to buy supplies for my family.....they are bare-
footed; except for the help of my daughter and her
husband, many a morning I would have no butter
or milk for my family." LAND AT FIRST ELEC-

TION: 2,008 acres in Queen Anne's and Talbot
counties (inherited 714 acres from his father and
150 acres from his mother; 1,024 acres acquired
through his marriage). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH.

his wife inherited 800 acres in Talbot County after
her mother's death, 1771; owned a total of 2,831
acres in Caroline, Queen Anne's, and Talbot
counties, plus lots in Chestertown, Kent County
in 1783; inherited 1,088 acres in Queen Anne's
County from his brother James Hollyday (1722-
1786) in 1786. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, on No-
vember 11, 1789, in Talbot County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £18,431.1.3 current money (in-
cluding 131 slaves, 204 oz. 15 dwt. 5 gr. plate, 269
dwt. 16 gr. gold, and books); FB, £12,505.6.11.
LAND: 3,119 acres in Talbot, Queen Anne's, and
Caroline counties, plus 1 lot in Chestertown, Kent
County, and 1 lot at Talbot County Courthouse
(now Easton).

HOLLYDAY (HOLLIDAY), JAMES (1696-
1747). BORN: on June 18, 1696, probably in Prince
George's County; younger son. NATIVE: second
generation. RESIDED: at "Wye House," Talbot
County, ca. 1721-1732; London, England, 1733-
1736; "Readbourne," Queen Anne's County, 1736
until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Thomas Hollyday (ca. 1661-1702/3). MOTHER:
Mary (?-by 1702/3), daughter of Dr. James True-
man and wife Ann Storer. HALF UNCLE: Adderton
Skinner (ca. 1677-1756). STEPUNCLE: Robert Skin-
ner (?-1713). AUNTS: Martha Trueman, who mar-
ried Thomas Greenfield (ca. 1649-1715); Ann
Trueman, who married John Bigger (ca. 1654-
1714). BROTHER: Leonard (1692-1741). SISTER:
Margery (?-1764), who married first, Levin Cov-
ington (?-1725), and second, Thomas Gantt (?-
1765). FIRST COUSINS: Thomas Trueman Green-
field (1682-1733); Jane Greenfield, who married
Henry Holland Hawkins (1683-1751). NIECES:
Elizabeth Hollyday, who married Francis Lee (?-
1749); Mary Hollyday, who married Francis War-
ing (1715-1769). MARRIED on May 3, 1721, Sarah
(1683-1755), who was born in Somerset County
and died in London, England; widow of Edward
Lloyd (1670-1718/19); daughter of Nehemiah
Covington (?-ca. 1713), of Somerset County, and
wife Rebecca Denwood. Her brother was Levin, of
Prince George's County, who married Margery (?-
1764), daughter of Thomas Hollyday (ca. 1661-
1702/3). Her sisters were Elizabeth, who married
Benjamin Wailes (?-ca. 1729); Priscilla, who mar-
ried Robert King (1689-1755). Her niece was
Mary King (1715-1739), who married Abraham

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