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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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beth, who married (first name unknown) Bond.
FIRST COUSINS: James McComas (1735-1791);
Thomas Bond, of Thomas (?- 1800); and Elizabeth
Scott, who married William Smithson (ca. 1744-
1809). MARRIED by 1780 Henrietta (1757-?),
daughter of Thomas Semmes (?-1827) and wife
Anne Queen. Her brothers were James (1755-
?); Edward (1759-?); Joseph Milburn (1766-?);
and Ignatius (1768-?). Her sisters were Anne
(1760-?); Jean (1762-?); Mary (1764-?); Cath-
erine (1770-?); Elizabeth (1772-?); and Martha
(1774-?). CHILDREN. SONS: included Daniel. PRI-

AFFILIATION: His father directed in his will that
his children be brought up as Protestants; Scott
may have become a Methodist by 1782. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1782; Esq., by
1789. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: Planned and de-
veloped the town of Bel Air, Harford County,
1780-1790; acted as contractor for the construc-
tion of the Harford County Court House at Bel
ICE Lower House, Harford County, 1787-1788,
1788. MILITARY SERVICE: ensign, 11th Company,
Harford County Militia, 1775; possibly ensign,
8th Battalion, Harford County Militia, commis-
sioned April 9, 1778. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed Value £296.16.8,

including 6 slaves, 2 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: probably ca. 180 acres, or per-
haps as much as 230 acres, in Harford County
(remainder of 250 acres, or perhaps 300 acres, in
and surrounding Bel Air inherited from his father).


ELECTION AND DEATH: as he had prior to first
election, he continued to sell half-acre lots in Bel
Air, 1787-1790, until at least 39 of 41 lots were
sold; sold an additional 169 acres of land adjoin-
ing Bel Air, 1789 and 1790. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: after May 9, 1791, probably in Georgia.
LAND: possibly at least 2 lots in Bel Air, plus
perhaps 50 acres in Harford County. IDENTIFI-
CATION PROBLEMS. There were two men named
Aquila Scott of age in Harford County in 1787:
Aquila Scott, of Aquila (1751-ca. 1827) and Aquila
Scott, of James. They were first cousins and each
had the same general background and equal
amounts of land and personal property in 1783.
Neither held any significant county or state office
other than legislative service prior to 1790. Aquila,
of James, has been assigned the legislative service
for 1787 and 1788. He was more active in the
community during the 1780s than his cousin, he
achieved the title of esquire in 1789, and his public

career in Maryland ceased after 1790. Aquila, of
James, deposed on May 9, 1791, that he was in
Georgia in June or July of 1790, and he is de-
scribed in the deposition as "being about to re-
move from this state to Georgia." Presumably he
and his wife joined her family in that state in 1791.

SCOTT, DANIEL (ca. 1680-1744/45). BORN: ca.
1680, probably in Anne Arundel County; only
son to survive father. NATIVE: at least second gen-
eration. RESIDED: North Side Gunpowder
Hundred, Baltimore County, by 1699; "Scotts
Improvement Enlarged," head of Bush River,
Baltimore County, by 1728 to death. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Daniel Scott (?-ca. 1724)
of Baltimore County. MOTHER: Jane. SISTERS: Ann,
who married Thomas Smithson; Jane, who mar-
ried first, Francis Watkins (?-1713), and second,
Samuel Hughes; Sarah, who married James Pres-
ton; and Avarilah, who married in 1715 John
Durbin. MARRIED by 1707 Elizabeth (?-1758),
widow of Robert Love. CHILDREN. SONS: Daniel
(1712-ca. 1752), who married in 1740 Hannah
Butterworth; James (1720-1762), who married
by 1744 Ann (ca. 1726-ca. 1783); Aquilla (1722-
1724); and Aquilla (1724-1760), who married in
1743 Elizabeth Puttee. DAUGHTERS: Martha (ca.
1714-1786), who married in 1734 Daniel Mac-
comas (1696/97-1765); Hannah, who married
Edward Norris; Sarah, who married Thomas
Wheeler; Rebeckah (1717-1720); Avarilah (?-
by 1745), who married in 1738 Thomas Norris;
Elizabeth, who married in 1725 Thomas Bond,
Jr. (1703-1788); and Mary (1727-?), who mar-
ried in 1748 Mordecai Amoss. PRIVATE CAREER.
Anglican, St. John's Parish, Baltimore (later part
of Harford) County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIV-
Lower House, Baltimore County, 1725-1727,
1728-1731, 1732-1734, 1742-1744. LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, Baltimore County, 1718-1733
(quorum 1727-1733); justice, Court of Oyer,
Terminer, and Gaol Delivery, Baltimore County,
in office, 1718; justice, Court of Oyer and Ter-
miner, Baltimore County, appointed 1722; com-
missioner of Joppa Town, Baltimore County, ap-
pointed 1724; St. John's Parish Vestry, Baltimore
County, in office 1736. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 2,050 acres in Bal-
timore County (at least 450 acres inherited from
father, ca. 1,200 acres acquired by patent and
resurvey, remainder acquired through purchase).



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