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

was the granddaughter of Joseph Belt (ca. 1680-
1761). She was the niece of Thomas Sprigg (1715-
1781); Edward Sprigg (ca. 1721-1790); Mary Belt
(1722-?), who married second, Edward Sprigg
(1697-1751); and Rachel Belt (1711-?), who
married Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/50). Her
brothers were Thomas; William; Charles; and Jo-
seph. Her sisters were (first name unknown), who
married Robert Whitaker; Mary; and possibly
Anne. Her first cousins were Joseph Sprigg (1736-
1800); Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-1815). CHILDREN.
SONS: probably included William Osborne Sprigg.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican; pewholder in St. John's
Parish church, Washington County. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1780. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: farmer, by 1775. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House, Washing-
ton County, 1780-1781 (Public Taxes 2), 1781-
1782, 1782-1783, 1788. OTHER STATE OFFICES:
Constitution Ratification Convention, Washing-
ton County, 1788; Maryland Senate elector,
Washington County, 1806. LOCAL OFFICES, reg-
ister of wills, Washington County, 1777-1780 (re-
signed); justice, Washington County, 1784-at least
1788, 1789, 1791-1793; judge, Orphans' Court,
Washington County, 1786-1790; judge, Court of
Appeals for Tax Assessments, Washington County,
appointed 1786; St. John's Parish Vestry, Wash-
ington County, elected 1787, 1788, 1790. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: county lieutenant, Washington
County, appointed December 1779, served until
at least 1781; colonel by January 1781; brigadier
general, Second Regiment, Maryland Militia,
commissioned 1795. OUT OF STATE SERVICE, rep-
resentative, U.S. Congress, 1793-1795, 1795-1797.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £497.0.0, including 13 slaves and
12 oz. plate, 1783; 44 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: probably 1,782 acres in Washington
County (by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH, re-

surveyed Washington County lands into one tract,
1785 (patented in 1804 for net loss of 24 acres);
purchased a 99-year lease on 1 lot in Georgetown,
Montgomery County, in 1787, but sold the lease
in 1792; purchased 27 acres adjoining his home
plantation in Washington County, 1792; sold 30
acres in Washington County, 1793-1794; pur-
chased 890 acres in Washington County, 1797;
sold 3 acres in Washington County, 1809. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on December 13, 1809, in Wash-
ington County; size of personal estate unknown.
LAND: probably 2,638 acres in Washington County.

IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. After carefully weigh-
ing the available information, this Thomas Sprigg
has been identified as the son of Osborn Sprigg
(ca. 1707-1749/50). It should be noted, however,
that there was in Frederick County during the
same period another Thomas Sprigg (?-1810),
whose father has not been identified. There is a
possibility that Thomas Sprigg (?-1810) could have
been the son of Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/
50) and that this Thomas's parentage is unknown.

STAGWELL, THOMAS (?-by 1666). IMMI-
GRATED: by 1659 as a free adult. RESIDED, in Kent

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTHER: MoSCS

Stagwell, clerk and sheriff of Talbot County, 1661/
62-1662, sheriff of Kent County, 1664-1665, 1667.
MARRIED Ruth (?-1666). CHILDREN. SON: Thomas.

DAUGHTER. Mary. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:

literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: probably Prot-
estant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: no title

on arrival. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE Lower House,

Kent County, 1661. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 300 acres in Kent County.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, by July 27, 1666, prob-
ably in Kent County. PERSONAL PROPERTY, size
of estate unknown. LAND: 300 acres in Kent
County.

STAINTON (STANTON, STAYTON, STAUN-
TON), BENSON (?-ca.l781). RESIDED: in part
of Dorchester County that became Caroline
County in 1773. FAMILY BACKGROUND. In 1781,
when Stainton's inventory was made, a Francis
Stainton signed as nearest of kin. Elizabeth Stain-
ton, Benson's widow, stated that she knew of no
other person in Maryland who was related to
Stainton except Francis. MARRIED by January 1770
Elizabeth (1735-ca. 1786), widow of John Camp-
bell (?-1766), daughter of John Goldsborough
(1711-1778) and wife Ann Turbutt (1715-1766).
Elizabeth was the stepdaughter of Mary Skinner
Lockerman. She was the granddaughter of both
Robert Goldsborough (1660-1746) and Foster Tur-
butt (1679-1720/21). She was the niece of Charles
Goldsborough (1707-1767), William Goldsbor-
ough (1709-1760); William Turbutt (1683/84-1739);
Sarah Turbutt, who married Nicholas Goldsbor-
ough (ca. 1689-1766); and Elizabeth Turbutt
(1708-?), who married Tench Francis (1701 -1758).
Her brothers were William (1759-1794); Greens-
bury (1742-1829); Charles (1744-1774); John
(1740-1803); and Robert (ca. 1736-1770). Her
sisters were Henrietta Maria; Mary (1755-1796),

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