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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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affiliated with the Nottingham Monthly Meeting,
Rising Sun, Cecil County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £800.1.2 (including 8 slaves and books);
FB, £453.15.9. LAND: at least 840 acres in Cecil

JAMIN (?-1681). IMMIGRATED: ca. 1661, as a
free adult, possibly from Virginia. RESIDED: in
possibly John Rosier of Northampton and Nor-
thumberland counties, Virginia, who appeared as
an attorney in Maryland, 1647; minister; clerk;
Gent., by 1649. STEPFATHER: Anthony Bridges.
MOTHER: possibly Elizabeth, daughter of John
Hilliard, who was a former servant of Father An-
drew White of St. Mary's County. Elizabeth mar-
ried second, Anthony Bridges, clerk of West-
moreland County, Virginia. BROTHER: possibly
John Rozier, Jr., of Westmoreland County, Vir-
ginia, of age by the late 1650s. MARRIED first, by
July 1673, Mary. MARRIED second, by 1677, Anne
(?-1693), daughter of Henry Sewall (?-1665),
stepdaughter of Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Balti-
more (1637-1714/15). Her brother was Nicholas
Sewall (ca. 1655-1737). Her sisters were Jane,
who married Philip Calvert (1626-1682); Eliza-
beth (?-ca. 1710), who married first, Jesse Whar-
ton ( 7-1676), and second, William Digges (ca.
1650-1697); and Mary (?-1693/94), who married
first, William Chandler (1652-1685), son of Job
Chandler (?-1659). Anne subsequently married
Edward Pye (?-1696). CHILDREN. SON. Notley
(1673-1727), who married first, Jane, daughter
of William Digges (ca. 1650-1697), and second,
Elizabeth Whetenhall (?-1733). DAUGHTERS:
Mary (1675-?); Jane. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
tant; his second wife was Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., on first appearance in rec-
ords; marriage to Anne Sewall brought appoint-
ment to Council; close friend of Thomas Notley
(1634-1679). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: There is
no conclusive evidence of Benjamin's relation-
ship to the Rosiers of Virginia, but the date of
his first appearance in Maryland corresponds to
the period when John Rosier's children would
have been coming of age and the Virginia Roziers
had proven ties with Maryland and with the Digges,
Brent, and Bennett families of Virginia and
Maryland. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; at-
torney, admitted to Provincial Court, 1666; factor
for William Burton and Samuel Tucker, mer-
chants of Rotterdam, by 1665/66; merchant (traded

SERVICE: Upper House, 1678 (appointed by the
2nd session, died before the 3rd session of the
1676-1682 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: joint receiver general, 1676-1678/79;
Council, 1677-1681; justice, Provincial Court,
1677-1681, Court of Chancery, 1678. LOCAL OF-
FICE: sheriff, Charles County, 1667-1672, 1674-
1677. MILITARY SERVICE: major, 1677-1678;
colonel, 1678-1681. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION, over 4,000 acres in 1677.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: inventory taken by May
25, 1681, in Charles County. PERSONAL PROP
ERTY: TEV, at least £1,983.16.10 (including 28
servants, 41 slaves, a "parcel of books," and 52
Bibles). LAND: ca. 7,950 acres.

RUMSEY, BENJAMIN (1734-1808). BORN, on
October 6, 1734, probably at his father's plan-
tation at the head of the Bohemia River, Cecil
County; third of five sons. NATIVE: third gener-
ation. RESIDED: in Cecil County, 1734-ca. 1774;
in Harford County, ca. 1774-1808. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: William Rumsey (1698-1742/43).
STEPFATHER: Nathaniel Rigbie (1695-?). MOTHER:
Sabina (Sabrinah) (?-1779), daughter of Ben-
jamin Blaidenburgh and wife Margaret. BROTH-
ERS: Charles (1729-1729); William Rumsey (1729/
30-ca. 1777); Charles Rumsey (1736-1780); and
John Rumsey (ca. 1742-1828). SISTERS: Margaret
(1732-?); Henrietta. MARRIED on March 24, 1768,
Mary (1740-?), daughter of John Hall (1701-
1774) and wife Hannah Matthews Maxwell Johns
(1711-1782). Mary was the granddaughter of both
John Hall (ca. 1658-1737) and Roger Matthews
(ca. 1685-1740). She was the niece of John Mat-
thews (1714-1783). Her brothers were John Hall,
Jr. (1737-1770); Josiah (1739-1739); Aquila
(1742-1743); Benedict Edward Hall (ca. 1744-
1822); and Josias Carvil Hall (1746-1814). Her
sister was Martha (1735-?), who married second,
John Rumsey (ca. 1742-1828). Her first cousins
were Aquila Hall (1727-1779); Martha Hall, who
married Walter Tolley (?-1783); Blanche Hall (ca.
1742-1800), who married John Beale Howard (by
1739-1799); and Sophia White (?-1780), who
married Aquila Hall (1727-1779). CHILDREN. SONS:
Benjamin, Jr. (1775-1799); John (1780-1799).
DAUGHTER: Hannah (1770-?), who married Henry
Canor, son of Charles Rumsey (1736-1780) and
wife Jane Abigail Canor (1746-1827). PRIVATE

ATION: Anglican, St. Stephen's Parish, Cecil
County, 1734-1761; North Elk Parish, Cecil



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