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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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married second, Bartholomew E n nails (ca. 1700-
1783). She was the half niece of William Allen
(?-1792). Her brothers were James Hindman
(1741-1830); William Hindman (1743-1822); Jacob
Henderson (?-1781); Edward (?-1781); and John
(?-by 1794). Her sisters were Mary (?-died
young); Sarah (?-ca. 1782). Her first cousins were
Mary Emerson Trippe (ca. 1739-1811), who
married Robert Goldsborough IV (1740-1798); Ann
Trippe, who married John Dickinson (ca. 1726-
1789). MARRIED second, by 1788, Sarah (?-by
1799), daughter of George Rule, headmaster of
the Talbot County Free School, and probable wife
Grace Woodward. CHILDREN. SON: William.
DAUGHTERS. Mary Hindman, who married in 1798
William Bedingfield Smith (Smyth) (ca. 1777-
1819), son of Thomas Smyth (1730-1819); Maria
(ca. 1788-?), who married first, in 1804, David
Kerr, Jr. (?-1814), son of David Kerr (1749-1814),
and second, ca. 1822, Dr. John Rodgers. PRIVATE

ATION: Anglican; delegate from St. Peter's Par-
ish, Talbot County, to meeting at Chestertown,
Kent County, to petition the General Assembly
for an act to support the Anglican clergy, Feb-
ruary 1781; delegate from St. Michael's Parish,
Talbot County, to convention of Protestant Epis-
copal clergy in Baltimore City, 1789, and to con-
ventions of the Protestant Episcopal Church in
Easton, 1790, and Baltimore City, 1794. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1769; Esq., by
1776. Perry was a member of Masonic Lodge 34
at Talbot Court House (later became Easton),
Talbot County, and a delegate to the Masonic
Convention of 1783 at which he was elected Grand
Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. AD-
DITIONAL COMMENTS: In August 1776, Perry was
recommended for the position of militia quarter-
master by Matthew Tilghman (1717/18-1790) as
"a person who in my opinion will not fail to ex-
ecute the office properly and whose appointment
will give satisfaction." OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
Senate, Eastern Shore, Term of 1781-1786: 1783
(elected on November 28, 1783, to fill vacancy in
the 1783 Assembly; qualified on December 16,
1783), 1784, 1785, Term of 1786-1791: 1786-
1787, 1787-1788, 1788, 1789, 1790, Term of 1791-
1796: 1791-1792, 1792 (elected president after
the resignation of George Dent on December 21,
1792), 1793 (president), 1794 (president), 1795
(president), Term of 1796-1801: 1796 (presi-
dent), 1797, (elected president on November 23,
1797, to replace John Thomas), 1798 (president;

died during the Assembly on January 10, 1799).
OTHER STATE OFFICES. Maryland Senate elector,
Talbot County, 1791; associate justice, 2nd Dis-
trict, appointed 1791. LOCAL OFFICES: justice,
Talbot County, 1774-at least 1775 (no records,
1776), 1778-1779, appointed December 1779;
justice, Orphans' Court, Talbot County, 1778-
1779, appointed December 1779; St. Peter's Par-
ish Vestry, Talbot County, 1779-1784; St. Mi-
chael's Parish Vestry, Talbot County, elected 1787,
1793-1796, 1797; commissioner of the tax, Talbot
County, appointed 1781. MILITARY SERVICE:
quartermaster, 4th Battalion of Militia, Talbot
County, appointed August 13, 1776. STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: In the recommendation
submitted by the officers of Wye Company, Tal-
bot County Militia, supporting Perry's appoint-
ment as quartermaster in 1776, he was described
as "harty in the cause of the libertys of America,
he steped forth early in the present cause and his
integrity seems to be soported with zeal and ear-
nestness....." Perry was a supporter of Wash-
ington College in Chestertown, Kent County, and
of Easton Academy in Talbot County. WEALTH


value £875.14.2, including 35 slaves and 68 oz.
plate, in Talbot and Caroline counties, 1783; 35
slaves, Talbot County, 1790; assessed value
£1,580.18.8, including 50 slaves and 140 oz. plate,
District 1, Talbot County only, 1798. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: owned a share in the sloop
Richardson, which received letters of marque and
reprisal on July 25, 1778; acreage in Caroline
County supported ten farms with ten tenants, 1798.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 3,263 acres in
Talbot and Caroline counties (at least 2,630 acres
in Caroline County—formerly Dorchester
County—resurveyed and patented from land in-
herited from father; 283 acres in Caroline County
and 350 acres in Talbot County by purchase).


ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased Hindman fam-
ily plantation of 620 acres in Talbot county from
his brother-in-law William Hindman (1743-1822),
1790, and an additional 717 acres adjoining the
Hindman land, 1794-1796; purchased at least 200
acres in Talbot County in 1795 and patented 6
acres in Talbot County in 1796; resurveyed his
Caroline County land, including recent purchases
of at least 114 acres, for a net gain of over 200
acres, 1797; gave 50 acres in Talbot County to
his son-in-law William B. Smith, 1798. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on January 10, 1799, of apo-
plexy, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, while



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