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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES SMI

ca. 1752), who married first, Priscilla Paca (?-
ca. 1742), daughter of Aquila Paca (ca. 1676-
1721), and second, Susanna (1718-1806), widow
of George Stokes (?-1741). HALF BROTHERS:
William Dallam (1706-1761), who married Eliz-
abeth Johnson (?-1748); Richard Dallam (1708-
ca. 1765), who married Frances Wallis (1711-?).
SISTER: Elizabeth (?-ca. 1766), who married John
Paca (ca. 1712-1785). HALF SISTER: Christian
Dallam (1704-1787), who married Richard Cos-
well (1685-1755). NEPHEWS: Aquila Paca (1738-
1788); William Paca (1740-1799). NIECE: Frances
Paca (?-ca. 1787), who married Smith's half
nephew Richard Dallam (1743-1820). MARRIED
on December 23, 1743, Elizabeth. CHILDREN. SONS:
Winston (1750-?); William (1752-?); Nathan
(1753-?); Thomas; and John. DAUGHTERS: Eliz-
abeth (ca. 1745-?), who married (first name un-
known) Henderson; Cassandra (1747-1754); Sarah
(1749-1797), who married Josias William Dallam
(1747-1820); Martha; and Harriet. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1753; Esq., by 1775. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter; surveyor; partner in two mills
with his half nephews Josias William Dallam and
Richard Dallam (1743-1820). PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Baltimore
County, 1750-1751 (elected to the 2nd session of
the 1749-1751 Assembly), 1756-1757 (elected to
the 4th session of the 1754-1757 Assembly). LO-
CAL OFFICES: St. George's Parish Vestry, Balti-
more County, 1745-probably 1748, 1750-1751
(resigned), 1753-1756; justice, Baltimore County,
1746-at least 1751 (no records 1751-1753), 1754-
1757 (quorum, at least 1751-at least 1756), Har-
ford County, possibly 1774 (quorum; did not
serve); justice, Especial Court of Oyer, Termi-
ner, and Gaol Delivery, Baltimore County, 1751
(quorum); Committee of Correspondence, Har-
ford County, 1774, 1775; Committee of Obser-
vation, Harford County, February-September
1775. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, by 1760. STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: signed Bush Decla-
ration, March 22, 1775. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 1,000 acres in
Baltimore County (inherited from father). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: sold the 1,000 acres inherited
from his father in five parcels, 1752-1769; pur-
chased 160 acres in Baltimore County in 1753,
and sold it in 1757 and 1760; purchased the re-
mainder of a 99-year lease to 334 acres of Lord
Baltimore's lands, Baltimore County, 1757 and

1760; acquired 100 acres in Baltimore County,
1760; acquired at least 211 acres and possibly as
much as 317 acres in Baltimore County before
his death. Most, if not all, of Smith's land became
part of Harford County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
between April 18 and June 28, 1777, in Harford
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
£1,556.9.5 current money (including 21 slaves,
books worth 60 shillings, silver spoons, and crops
"in the mill"). LAND: more than 700 acres, prob-
ably all in Harford County.

SMITHSON, THOMAS (?-1713/14). BORN:
probably in Yorkshire, England; probably fourth
son. IMMIGRATED: by 1677, as a free adult; trans-
ported three others with him. RESIDED: in Talbot

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: probably

George Smithson (1620-ca. 1687/88), son of
Christopher Smithson (?-1650) of Moulton and
his wife Dorothy Calvert. George was the grand-
son of Leonard Calvert, of Kipling. He was jus-
tice of North Riding, Yorkshire, 1654-1660, 1665-
1687/88; a member of Parliament representing
North Riding, 1654, and the borough of North-
allerton, 1658; a major in the army of Parliament
during the Commonwealth; colonel, 1660.
MOTHER: probably Eleanor, daughter of Col.
Charles Fairfax. UNCLE: probably Thomas Smith-
son (ca. 1625-1695) of Dorchester County, clerk
of Dorchester County, 1681-1687. BROTHERS:
probably George (1653-?); probably William,
clerk of Dorchester County, 1677/78-1681; prob-
ably Charles; probably John; and probably Chris-
topher (1670-?). SISTERS: Dorothy, who married
Michael Fletcher of Richmond, Yorkshire; prob-
ably Eleanor; and Mary. OTHER KINSHIP: great-
uncle, Sir George Calvert, 1st Lord Baltimore
(1578/79-1632). MARRIED Mary (?-by 1720).
CHILDREN. Died without progeny. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate, probably well edu-
cated. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, but some
Smithson relatives were Roman Catholic. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by death; the
Smithsons of Yorkshire were closely related to
the Calverts; Smithson had a long, distinguished
career as a judge and legislator. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: merchant, 1677; attorney for Mathew
Meriton, salter of London, 1677/78; planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Talbot County, 1694-1697 (Aggrievances 3-5,
8, chairman; Laws 7); 1697/98-1700 (speaker 1-
4), 1701-1704 (speaker 1-4; absent during the
5th session), 1704-1707 (Laws, 1-2, 5, probably
chairman); 1708A (speaker), 1708B-1711 (Laws

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