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

the judicial commission; returned to commission
at former rank in August 1708. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, at least 226

acres in Baltimore County; controlled at least 2,346
acres for the orphans of John Watkins. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: buried in All Hallow's Parish
cemetery, Anne Arundel County, on March 30,

1714. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least

£1,219.18.0 (including 34 slaves, plate, books, a
trumpet, and King William's picture); FB,
£1,026.11.6 before payment of legacies. LAND AT
DEATH: probably 226 acres in Baltimore County
and 1 lot in Londontowne, Anne Arundel County.

JORDAN, JAMES (?-1787). BORN: probably in
St. Mary's County; younger son. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED, in St. Mary's County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Justinian Jordan

(ca. 1686-1749). MOTHER: Mary, daughter of John
Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9). BROTHERS: Justinian (?-
1759); Jeremiah Jordan (ca. 1733-1806); William
(?-ca. 1775); Charles (?-1790); and probably John
Jordan (?-1763). SISTERS: several mentioned but
not named in father's will. MARRIED by 1752 Ann,
daughter of Sarah Yates (?-1780) of Charles
County. Ann's father was probably Robert, son
of Robert Yates (by 1692-1743). CHILDREN. SON:
Henry (?-ca. 1776). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1752. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: planter;
county surveyor. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1777
(Loan Office 1), 1779-1780 (Grievances 1; Man-
ufactories 1; Claims 2; Tax Commisioners 1,2).
LOCAL OFFICES: county surveyor, St. Mary's
County, appointed 1766; loan officer, St. Mary's
County, appointed 1777; commissioner of the tax,
St. Mary's County, appointed 1778 and 1781;
judge, Court of Appeals for Tax Assessment, St.
Mary's County, appointed 1786. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 997 acres in

St. Mary's County (at least 470 acres through
inheritance, 316 acres by personal acquisition).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 50 acres in St. Mary's
County, by 1787. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: be-
tween January 25 and February 13, 1787, in St.
Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of es-
tate unknown, but included an interest in a wa-
termill. In 1788 Jordan's executors were empow-
ered by the St. Mary's County Orphans' Court
to sell part of his personal property to pay debts
and to support Jordan's grandsons who were in
school in Great Britain. LAND: 947 acres in St.

Mary's County. His principal heirs were his wife
and his grandsons, James Jordan and James
McWilliams Jordan (?-ca. 1791).

JORDAN, JEREMIAH (ca. 1733-1806). BORN:
ca. 1733, probably in St. Mary's county; younger
son. NATIVE: at least second generation. RESIDED:
in St. Mary's County; Leonardtown at death.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Justinian Jordan
(ca. 1686-1749). MOTHER: Mary, daughter of John
Coode (ca. 1648-1708/9) and wife Elizabeth.
BROTHERS: Justinian (?-1759); William (?-ca.
1775) James Jordan (?-1787); Charles (?-1790);
and probably John Jordan (?-1763). SISTERS: sev-
eral mentioned but not named in father's will.
MARRIED Susannah. CHILDREN. SONS: Richard;
Robert (?-by 1804); and John. DAUGHTERS. Eli-
nor, who married (first name unknown) Peers;
Ann. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, King and Queen
Parish, St. Mary's County. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1763; Esq., by 1780. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; officeholder. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

St. Mary's County, 1771 (Claims); Conventions,
St. Mary's County, 1st, 1774, 3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775
(elected, but did not attend), 5th, 1775, 6th-8th,
1775-1776, 9th, 1776. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, St.
Mary's County, 1760-1764, 1768-1786 (re-
signed) (quorum 1768-1786); sheriff, St. Mary's
County, 1764-1767; justice, Court of Oyer, Ter-
miner, and Gaol Delivery, St. Mary's County,
commissioned 1771, 1772, and 1775; commis-
sioner of the tax, St. Mary's County, appointed
1777, 1782, 1783, 1785, 1786, and 1790; register
of wills, St. Mary's County, 1777-1806; subscrip-
tion officer, Continental Loan Office, St. Mary's
County, appointed 1779; King and Queen Parish
Vestry, St. Mary's County, elected 1799. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: colonel, St. Mary's County Mili-
tia, by 1776. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL

PROPERTY: 52 slaves, 1790; assessed value £727.9.4,
including 25 slaves and 40 oz. plate, 1793; as-
sessed value £121.9 A, including 25 slaves and 40
oz. plate, 1794; assessed value £653.7.6, including
23 slaves and 40 oz. plate, 1796; assessed value
£840.10.0, including 28 slaves and 40 oz. plate,
1801; assessed value £706.10.0, including 24 slaves
and 47 oz. plate, 1806. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
200 acres in St. Mary's County (probably inher-
ited). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired (probably
by purchase) 7 acres in St. Mary's County, by
1793. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on January 12,

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