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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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teenth Battalion, Kent County Militia, commis-
sioned December 12, 1781. WEALTH DURING


£175.0.0 (including 4 slaves, 5 oz. plate), 1783; 6
slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably
1 lot in Chestertown, Kent County, and land in
Kent County, Delaware (inherited from father).


ELECTION AND DEATH. Purchased 7 and one-half
lots in and adjoining Chestertown, Kent County,
1782-1789, 1 and one-half of which were water
lots with buildings and 2 of which were held under
long-term leases from Washington College. Sold
part of 1 lot with a house in Chestertown, 1787.
Traded his land in Delaware and £250.0.0 for
acreage in Kent County, which he promptly sold
for £1,000.0.0, 1790. Obtained 457 acres in Kent
County on a defaulted mortgage, 1790, and pur-
chased 102 acres adjoining it, 1791. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED, between June 19 and August 24,
1801, in Kent County. LAND: at least 7 lots in
Chestertown (2 held on long-term leases) and 559
acres in Kent County. Named as principal heirs
Margaret Amery and daughter Mary.

LEWGER, JOHN (1602-1665). BORN, in 1602 in
London, England. IMMIGRATED: in 1637 as a free
adult with his wife and son from London. RE-
SIDED: at "St. John's," St. Mary's County; re-
turned to England in 1645; back in Maryland by
late 1646; permanently resettled in England about
October 1648 following the death of his wife and
of his good friend Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647).
MARRIED Ann, who died several years after her
arrival in Maryland. CHILDREN. SON: John (1628-
1669), who married Martha. DAUGHTERS: pos-
sibly Cecily; possibly Ann, who married in 1661
William Tattershall. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: admitted to Trinity College, 1616, B.A.,
1619. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: an Anglican min-
ister who converted to Catholicism in 1634; Cath-
olic priest, by 1647-1665; refused admittance to
the Society of Jesus, 1647. SOCIAL STATUS AND
Activities: met Cecilius Calvert (1605-1675) at
Trinity College; was the co-author of A Brief Re-
lation of Maryland, 1634/35; arrived in Maryland
with 7 servants and a commission as provincial
secretary; received early financial assistance
from John Smith, a linen draper of London,
Thomas Cornwaleys (ca. 1605-1675/76), and
Richard Bennett (ca. 1608-1675). OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: Anglican minister; faculty member of
Trinity College, 1632; placeman; planter; mer-
chant; Catholic priest, after 1647; chaplain to Lord

Baltimore, after 1648. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Assembly, special writ 1637/38,
special writ 1638/39, special writ and St. Mary's
Hundred, 1640-1641, 1641/42 (Aggrievances),
special writ 1642A (Laws, Accounts), special writ
1642B (Laws); Upper House, 1646-1646/47.


1647-1648; secretary, 1637-1648; collector and
receiver of rents, 1637-1648 (served jointly with
Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647) from 1646 to
1648); commissioner in causes testamentary, 1637/
38-1648; attorney general, 1644-1648; surveyor
general, 1637-1641/42. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St.
Mary's County, 1637/38. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: led proprietary effort to restrict power
of the Jesuits in Maryland; was suspended from
offices on August 26, 1644, by Giles Brent (1600-
ca. 1671/72) for having issued a commission with-
out authorization to Capt. Henry Fleete to treat
with the Indians; reinstated by Leonard Calvert
(ca. 1606-1647) by September 6, 1644. WEALTH
DURING LIFETIME. LAND: patented 200 acres called
"St. John's" in St. Mary's County, 1639/40; sold
all land in 1650. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, in 1665
in London during the plague.

MIGRATED: ca. 1660, as an indentured servant.
RESIDED: in Calvert County. MARRIED Ann (?-
1718), a servant in 1668. CHILDREN. SON: Thomas,
a member of All Saints' Parish Vestry, Calvert
County, 1710-1715. DAUGHTERS. Ann, who mar-
ried Edward Boteler; Martha, who married Jo-
siah Wilson (?-1717); and Katherine, who mar-
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, All
Saints' Parish, Calvert County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: arrived as a servant, free by 1664;
Mr., by 1674; Esq., by 1704. Lingan and his sons-
in-law frequently served as sheriff in the lower
Western Shore counties. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE, servant; planter; merchant; factor for John
and Thomas Duddleston, Bristol merchants, 1678.


House, Calvert County, 1686-1688, 1694-1696
(Accounts 3-5; resigned before the 6th session
of the 1694-1697 Assembly to become sheriff).
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: justice, Provincial
Court, 1704-1707. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Cal-
vert County, by 1679-1689, 1690, 1694-1696, by
1700-by 1708 (quorum, 1694-1696, by 1700-by
1708); sheriff, 1696-1698. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: opposed Protestant Associators'
Revolution in 1689, which cost him his justice-



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