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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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1746, 1748). MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1742;
major, by 1744-death. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: mortgaged 1 servant and
12 slaves, 1734 (mortgage probably released under
the terms of his stepfather's will, 1738); gave 8
slaves to his children in 1746, which were to be
transferred to them after the death of his mother.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 1,682 acres in
Baltimore and Prince George's counties (450 acres
in Baltimore County by patent; 624 acres in Bal-
timore County by purchase; his wife's rights to
608 acres in Prince George's County). SIGNIFI-
TION AND DEATH: patented 400 acres and resur-
veyed his home plantation for a net gain of 349
acres, all in Baltimore County, 1725-1727; pur-
chased 187 acres in 1726, and resurveyed it for
net gain of 72 acres in Baltimore County, 1734;
purchased 450 acres Baltimore County, 1728-1732;
sold 350 acres in Baltimore County, 1727-1732;
sold 1,382 acres in Baltimore County to the Prin-
cipio Ironworks Company, 1734; sold an addi-
tional 350 acres in Baltimore County and his wife's
608 acres in Prince George's County, 1734-1739;
owned only about 400 acres in Baltimore County
by 1739; patented 296 acres in 1742, 108 acres in
1748, and purchased 462 acres in 1744-
1749, of which he sold 50 acres in 1749, all in
Baltimore County. In 1744 Sheredine began pur-
chasing land with Thomas Sligh. Together they
bought at least 920 acres in Baltimore County
between 1744 and 1749 (of which 200 acres were
sold in 1749). Of the total land they purchased,
at least 300 acres adjoined Baltimore Town, east
of Jones Falls, and at least 18 acres were added
to Baltimore Town in 1749. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: early in the morning of May 28, 1752, at
his home in Baltimore County, of small pox. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £657.9.6 current money
(including 6 servants, 4 slaves, 24 oz. plate, and
59 books); FB, £0.14.10. LAND, probably ca. 1,520
acres in Baltimore County, including his portion
of the land purchased with Sligh.

1800). BORN: in 1740 in Baltimore County; younger
son. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: at "Mid-
Hill," Unity Hundred, Frederick County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Sheredine (1699-
1752). MOTHER: Tabitha (ca. 1691-1769).
BROTHERS: Daniel (ca. 1724-1749); Thomas
(1726-1769); Jeremiah (?-1775), and William
Mills (1734-died young). SISTERS: Sarah (ca. 1721-
?); Elizabeth (1728-died young); Elizabeth (1730-

?); Ann (1732-?); and Tabitha. NIECE: Sarah
Hammond (1742-1775), who married Nathaniel
Giles (1735-1775). MARRIED first, between 1768
and 1779, Eleanor, daughter of Basil Dorsey
(1705-ca. 1763) and wife Sarah Worthington.
Eleanor was the granddaughter of both Thomas
Worthington (ca. 1691-1752/53) and Caleb Dor-
sey (1685-1742) and wife Eleanor Warfield. She
was the niece of Edward Dorsey (1718-1760); Brice
T. B. Worthington (1727-1794); Nicholas Wor-
thington (1734-1793); and Mary Dorsey (1725-
ca. 1786), who married John Ridgely (by 1724-
1771). Her brothers were Caleb (1734-1763);
Thomas Dorsey (?-1790); and Dennis (?-1788),
a minor in 1763. Her sisters were Sarah, who
married by 1760 John Burgess; Ariana, who mar-
ried by 1779 Thomas Sellers; and Elizabeth, who
married by 1779 Ephraim Howard, Jr., of Anne
Arundel County. Her first cousins were Frances
Todd, who married George Risteau (?-1792) ; Harry
Dorsey Gough (ca. 1745-1808); Achsah Dorsey
(1746-1799), who married Ephraim Howard (1745-
1788); Deborah Lynch (?-1810), who married
Samuel Owings, Jr. (1733-1803); Rebecca Dor-
sey (1739-1812), who married Charles Ridgely
(1733-1790); Eleanor Dorsey (ca. 1739-1805),
who married John Hall (1729-1797); Mary Dor-
sey (?-1816), who married John Weems (1727-
1794); John Griffith Worthington (1764-1797);
Catherine Worthington (1761-1814), who mar-
ried Baker Johnson (1747-1811); Henry Wood-
ward (1733-1761); Charles Ridgely, of John (ca.
1749-1786); Deborah Ridgely (1749-1817), who
married John Sterett (1750/51-1787); Mary Ridgely
(?-1804), who married Benjamin Nicholson (?-
1792); and Elizabeth Dorsey (?-ca. 1811), who
married Richard Ridgely (1755-1824). OTHER
KINSHIP: Her second cousin was Samuel Worthing-
ton (1734-1815). MARRIED second, Sophia (sur-
name unknown), who subsequently married James
L. Higgins. CHILDREN. Died without progeny. PRI-

his inventory listed a Methodist prayer book. SO-
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Frederick
County, 2nd-3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775 (elected, but
did not attend), 5th, 1775, 9th, 1776 (Claims);
Lower House, Frederick County, 1777 (Griev-
ances 1; Claims 1, 2; Elections 2), 1777-1778
(Elections 1-3; Loan Office 1; Claims 1-3); Sen-
ate, Western Shore, Term of 1776-1781: 1779
(elected on July 24, 1779, to fill vacancy in 1778-



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