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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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1779 to 1786; justice of the peace, Frederick
County, 1782, 1785, 1787; justice, Orphans' Court,
Frederick County, 1783 to 1791 ; receiver for wheat,
pork, and flour, 1783; justice, Orphans' Court,
Washington County, 1791; associate justice,
Washington County Court, 1792, 1793, 1795, 1797;
commissioner of the lottery, Washington County,

ERTY: assessed value in Frederick Town £255.0.0,
including 2 slaves and 24 oz. plate, 1782; assessed
value in Washington County £514.0.0, including
9 slaves, 1783; 18 slaves in 1790; assessed value
in Washington County £386. 14.4, including 4 slaves
and 4 oz. plate, 1804; assessed value with Robert
Gary £652.0.0, including 36 slaves, 1804. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENT: When employed by the Coun-
cil in 1780 to solicit loans of cash from his neigh-
bors, he apologized for not being able to assist
his country himself but stated that such was his
poverty that he had barely enough to satisfy the
demands of the sheriff. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
858 acres in Frederick County, plus 1 lot in the
addition to George Town (all by purchase and

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased 1,844 acres

in Washington and Frederick counties between
1779 and 1804 (436 acres of this was confiscated
British property in Frederick County); purchased
a lot, which included a gun factory, in Frederick
Town at public auction in 1779 and resold it im-
mediately to the quartermaster general for double
the purchase price; assessed in 1783 for an ad-
ditional 1,011-acre tract, plus a 575-acre tract,
both in Washington County, which he owned
jointly with Robert Gary; in 1786 he foreclosed
on his brother's mortgage on 4,609 acres in Wash-
ington County; purchased three lots in Boons-
boro, Washington County, in 1792, plus four lots
in Frederick Town; purchased two more lots in
Boonsboro in 1797; patented 2,492 acres between
1776 and 1804 in Frederick County (some of the
land later became part of Washington, Montgom-
ery, and Garrett counties); sold 1,485 acres in
Frederick and Washington counties between
1779 and 1803, plus one-half of a lot in Frederick
Town. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on September 9,
1809, in Boonsboro, Washington County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £5,855.17.3 current
money (including 28 slaves, 18 oz. plate, 179
books'); FB, £1,574.15.0. A sale of his personal
property in 1810 brought $11,306.32. LAND: ca.
9,900 acres primarily in Frederick and Washing-
ton counties, with one tract in Montgomery

SCOTT, GEORGE DAY (1736/37-1796). BORN:
on March 15, 1736/37, in Stepney Parish, Som-
erset County; eldest son. NATIVE: fourth gener-
ation. RESIDED: in Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset
(now Wicomico) County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Day Scott (1706-1757), Gent., of Som-
erset County, mariner, a justice of Somerset
County, 1743-1751. MOTHER: Alice (ca. 1713-
1744/45), possibly the daughter of Charles Ballard
(ca. 1670-ca. 1724/25). STEPMOTHER: Esther (ca.
1720-1748), widow of Robert Dashiell (?-1744/
45), daughter of John Handy (1695-1745). STEP-
UNCLE: John Handy (ca. 1724-1756). BROTHERS:
Edward Day (1734-1734); and Edward Day (1744-
1744). HALF BROTHERS: Day (1746-by 1773), died
in England without issue; John Day (1748-?).
SISTERS: Betty Day (1731-?); Mary Day (1735-
?), who married (first name unknown) Cheyney;
Nanney Day (1739-?); and Sarah Day. STEPSIS-
TERS: Esther Dashiell, who married Henry Lowes
(?-1767); Jane Dashiell (?-1745). MARRIED on
March 31, 1760, Elizabeth Handy. CHILDREN. Died
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Step-
ney Parish, Somerset County. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: 9th Convention, Somerset
County, 1776. LOCAL OFFICES: Stepney Parish
Vestry, Somerset County, 1772; justice, Somerset
County, 1774-1775 (quorum, 1775); tobacco in-
spector, Greenhill Warehouse, Somerset County,
appointed 1790, resigned 1791. MILITARY SERV-
ICE: colonel, Salisbury Battalion, Somerset County
Militia, commissioned 1777. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: subscriber to Washington Col-

PROPERTY: assessed value £537.0.0, including 13
slaves and 15 oz. plate, 1783; assessed value
£700.0.0, including 21 slaves and 66 oz. plate,
1793. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 398 acres in Som-
erset County (inherited from father, already
mortgaged; mortgage paid in 1761). SIGNIFICANT


DEATH: owned 406 acres in Nanticoke Hundred,
Somerset County, 1783. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
between November 15 and November 22, 1796,
in Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: owned
personal property valued at £700.0.0, including
21 slaves and 66 oz. plate, 1796, but size of entire
estate is unknown. LAND: 425 acres, Nanticoke
Hundred, Somerset County. IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. Convention proceedings refer to the
legislator as George Scott. George Day Scott has
been assigned the legislative service from Som-



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