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

TION AL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Parliamentary Commission,
1654-1657/58. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: jus-
tice, Provincial Court, 1654-1657/58. LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, St. Mary's County, in office 1661,
1663, 1664, and 1666; sheriff, St. Mary's County,
1665-1666; coroner, St. Mary's County, 1665.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: ca. 500 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by
July 2, 1668, in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least 17,815 pounds of to-
bacco (including 1 servant). LAND: probably ca.
500 acres.

LAWSON, PETER (1713-1792). BORN: on De-
cember 2, 1713, in St. Stephen's Parish, Cecil
County. NATIVE: at least second generation. RE-
SIDED: in Bohemia Manor Hundred, Cecil County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: David Lawson (?-

1746), a farmer. MOTHER: Elizabeth. BROTHER:
John Augustine (?-1755), who married Mary,
daughter and heir of Ephraim Augustine Herman
(1683-1734/35). SISTERS: Anne (1700-?); Susan-
nah; Elizabeth (?- 1795), who married (first name
unknown) Mahar. MARRIED never. CHILDREN. Died
without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1780. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; innholder, at least
from 1741 through 1745; owned a mill, which he
mortgaged in 1739 and sold in 1745. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 5th Convention, Ce-
cil County, 1775; Lower House, Cecil County,
1780 (elected to the 3rd session of the 1779-1780
Assembly to fill vacancy), 1780-1781. LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, Cecil County, 1779-1792; com-
missioner of the tax, Cecil County, 1779-1782;
school visitor, Cecil County, in office 1784.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £1,143.6.8, including 26 slaves and
8 oz. plate, 1783; 36 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: at least 8,000 acres. Lawson inherited
this land in 1755 upon the death of his brother,
John, whose wife, Mary, was heir to a half of
Bohemia Manor from her father, Ephraim Au-
gustine Herman (1683-1734/35). Mary contested
the terms of her husband's will, but later leased
her share of the manor to Peter and gave him
power of attorney to act for her. In 1766 Mary
devised her half of the manor to Peter, with the
exception of 2,000 acres that she had already con-
veyed to her cousins. In addition to his inherited
acreage, Lawson also held a lease on an addi-
tional 603 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: Owned 477

acres in Cecil County, 420 acres of which he leased
out, 1783; deeded as a gift 450 acres of Bohemia
Manor to Richard Basset, Esq., in 1785. In 1790,
by court order, two parts, or one half of the 20,000-
acre Bohemia Manor, was awarded to Peter.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832) re-
ceived one part, and Edward Oldham (ca. 1756-
1798) and Joseph Ensor received another part.
Lawson sold a third of his two shares of the manor,
or ca. 3,333 acres, in 1791. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on July 18, 1792, in Cecil
County; principal heir was Richard Basset, Esq.,
of Delaware. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
£1,249.14.3 current money (including 11 slaves).
LAND: at least 6,667 acres in Cecil County.

LECOMPTE (LeCOMPTE, LECOUNT), JOHN

(ca. 1662-1705). BORN: ca. 1662, in Dorchester
County; eldest son. NATIVE: second generation.
RESIDED: in Dorchester County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Anthony LeCompte (?-1673),
who was born in Picardy, France; immigrated by
1655/56; a planter and merchant; justice of Dor-
chester County, 1669-1671. MOTHER: Esther.
STEPFATHER: after 1674, Mark Cordea. BROTH-
ERS: Moses (?-1720); Philip (?-ca. 1705); and
Anthony (?-1705). SISTERS: Esther, who married
first, Henry Fox, and second, William Skinner,
Jr.; Katherine, who married first, James Collins,
and second, Thomas Bruff . MARRIED Ann, daugh-
ter of Dr. Robert Winsmore. CHILDREN. SONS:
John (1686-1754), a justice of Dorchester County
in 1733, who married Blanche Powell; William
(?-1749); Philemon Lecompte (ca. 1691-1769);
Anthony; James (?-1777); and Robert Wins-
more. DAUGHTER: Ann. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Angli-
can, probably Great Choptank Parish, Dorchester
County. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Dorchester County, 1701-1704. LOCAL OFFICES:
Great Choptank Parish Vestry, 1693-1697; jus-
tice. Dorchester County, sitting 1700. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: over

500 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
June 6, 1705, in Dorchester County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £105.19.6; FB, estate overpaid
£11.17.4. LAND: 1,187 acres.

LECOMPTE (LECOMPT, LECOUNT), MOSES

(ca. 1753-1801). BORN: ca. 1753 in Dorchester
County; only son. NATIVE: fifth generation. RE-
SIDED: on Taylor's Island, Dorchester County.

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