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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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James; and John, a minor in 1765. SISTERS. Mar-
tha (1727-?); Mary (ca. 1732-?); Sarah (1736-
?); (first name unknown) (ca. 1746-?); and Anne.
MARRIED first, on January 9, ca. 1750, Sarah (?-
ca. 1754), daughter of Jacob Jones (?-1755), Esq.,
of Kent County and wife Elizabeth. Sarah was
the stepdaughter of Charles McDermott. Her sis-
ters were Martha; Priscilla; Hannah; Mary; and
Elizabeth. MARRIED second, by 1759, Sarah, widow
of Richard Johnson (?-ca. 1754). CHILDREN. SONS:
Jacob Ringgold (1753-1816); William, Jr. (?-1812),
of Bayside, Kent County, a physician, who mar-
ried Martha, daughter of Hans Hanson; and Per-
egrine. DAUGHTERS: Mary (1751-?), who mar-
ried (first name unknown) Blunt; Sarah; Rebecca;
Elizabeth; Frances; Hester; Ann, who married
(first name unknown) Williamson; Araminta, who
married (first name unknown) Miller; and Hen-
rietta, who married (first name unknown) Harris.


AFFILIATION: Anglican, Chester Parish, Kent


County, 1771 (elected during session to fill va-
cancy), 1773-1774 (Public Offices 1, 2, 3); Con-
ventions, Kent County, 1st, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th,
1775, 9th, 1776. LOCAL OFFICES: register, St. Paul's
Parish Vestry, Kent County, 1750; Committee of
Correspondence, Kent County, 1774; justice, Kent
County, 1762, 1763, 1768, 1774, 1777; collector
of gold and silver coin, Kent County, appointed
1776; justice, Orphans' Court, Kent County, ap-
pointed 1777 (resigned); commissioner of the tax,
Kent County, 1777, 1778. MILITARY SERVICE:
lieutenant colonel. Thirteenth Battalion, Kent
County Militia, commissioned 1777. WEALTH DUR-

£693.0.0, including 20 slaves and 30 oz. plate,
1783; 21 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION.
307 acres in Kent County (all inherited from ma-
ternal uncle Samuel Tovey). SIGNIFICANT


DEATH: purchased 274 acres between 1801 and
1805; resurveyed the lands he had inherited from
his uncle for a net gain of 13 acres, 1803. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on November 1,
1808, in Kent County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: re-
quested no appraisal of estate; administration bond
given on his estate for £30,000.0.0 current money.
LAND: 594 acres in Kent County. IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. Although William Ringgold of East-
ern Neck (1729-1808) has definitely been iden-
tified as the man who served from Kent County
in the 5th and 9th Conventions, it was impossible

to determine if the other Lower House and Con-
vention service belonged to him or to William
Ringgold (ca. 1723-1789). No identifying titles
were used for the questionable service years of
1771, 1773-1774, and the 1st and 4th Conven-
tions. Therefore, this legislative service was as-
signed to both men.

RISTEAU, GEORGE (?-1792). BORN: in Balti-
more County; of age by 1755. NATIVE: second
generation. RESIDED: at "Risteau's Garrison,"
Capt. John Risteau (?-1760), who immigrated,
probably from France, by 1718; commander of a
militia fort on his plantation in Baltimore County,
ca. 1741; justice, Baltimore County, 1736/37-1743;
sheriff, Baltimore County, 1743-1746. MOTHER:
Katherine (?-1762), widow of William Talbott (?-
1713), daughter of George Ogg, Sr. BROTHERS:
Talbot (?-1753), who married first, in 1745, Mary,
widow of Humphrey Wells Stokes (1709-?), and
second, Susanna (1718-1806), widow of both
George Stokes (?-1741) and Winston Smith (?-
ca. 1752), daughter of James Philips (?-1720);
Isaac (1724-1764), who married ca. 1748 Eliza-
beth Reaver; and Joseph, who died while study-
ing for the ministry. SISTERS: Catherine (ca. 1728-
1795), who married in 1746 Rev. Thomas Cra-
dock (ca. 1718-1770); possibly Mary, who mar-
ried in 1747 Isaac Sampson. HALF SISTER: Mar-
garet Talbot (by 1713-?), who married in 1735
Benjamin Hammond (1706/7-?), brother of
Thomas Hammond (1693-?). NEPHEW: John Cra-
dock (ca. 1749-1794). MARRIED on August 7, 1757,
Frances, daughter of Thomas Todd (?-1739) and
wife Elinor Dorsey (1715/16-1760). Frances was
the stepdaughter of William Lynch (?-1751). She
was the niece of Edward Dorsey (1718-1760); Mary
Dorsey (1725-ca. 1786), who married John Ridgely
(by 1724-1771). Her brother was Thomas. Her
half brothers were William Lynch; Joshua Lynch.
Her sisters were Elizabeth, who married John
Cromwell of Anne Arundel County; Elinor, who
married John Ensor, Jr.; and Mary, who married
John Worthington. Her half sisters were Sarah
Lynch; Nelly Lynch; Ann Lynch; and Deborah
Lynch (?-1810), who married Samuel Owings, Jr.
(1733-1803). Her first cousins were Henry Wood-
ward (1733-1761); Eleanor Dorsey, who married
Upton Sheredine (1740-1800); Thomas Dorsey (?-
1790); Harry Dorsey Gough (ca. 1745-1808);
Achsah Dorsey (1746-1799), who married Ephraim
Howard (1745-1788); Rebecca Dorsey (1739-
1812), who married Charles Ridgely (1733-1790);



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