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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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the University of Edinburgh. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Anglican, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arun-
del County; wife's family was Catholic. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1746; Esq., by
1775; entertained George Washington at his home
in Annapolis. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Benedict
Calvert (ca. 1724-1788) stayed with Dr. Steuart
upon his arrival in Annapolis. In September 1775,
Dr. Steuart and his son William left Annapolis
to return to Scotland; their ship was caught in a
hurricane, but they were rescued and taken to
Philadelphia. They departed from New York in
October 1775. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: physi-

House, Annapolis, 1745 (election declared void
on August 10, 1745), 1753 (elected to the 3rd
session of the 1751-1754 Assembly, but his elec-
tion was declared void on October 19, 1753, dur-
ing that same session), 1757 (his election was de-
clared void on October 1, 1757, during the 1st
session of the 1757-1758 Assembly), 1758-1761
(his election was declared void on December 20,
1758, during the 1st session of the 1758-1761
Assembly; reelected and qualified on April 4,
1759, during the 2nd Convention of that Assem-
bly), 1762-1763 (Grievances 1, 2); Upper House,
1769-1770 (appointed before the 2nd session of
the 1768-1770 Assembly), 1771, 1773-1774.
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: riding surveyor of
Pocomoke, 1743-1746; commissioner, Paper
Currency Office, 1746-1766; judge, Land Office,
1747-1775 (served jointly with Benjamin Young
(?-1754) from 1747 to 1754 and with Benedict
Calvert (ca. 1724-1788) from 1755 to 1775); jus-
tice. Provincial Court, 1749-at least 1766 (quo-
rum, 1766); deputy secretary of Maryland, 1755-
1756; justice. Assize Court, Western Shore, com-
missioned 1769; Council, 1769-at least 1774 (ap-
pointed and qualified on February 16, 1769);
commissary. Court of Vice-Admiralty, commis-
siond 1773. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Anne Arun-
del County, 1746-1749 (quorum, 1749); justice.
Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol Delivery,
Anne Arundel County, commissioned 1754, 1762,
1764; alderman, Annapolis, 1754-1766; St. Anne's
Parish Vestry, Anne Arundel County, 1756-1759;
mayor, Annapolis, 1759-1760, 1763-1764.


with proprietary interests. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: wife inherited £500.0.0
sterling from her father in 1744 and £250.0.0 ster-
ling from her cousin Richard Bennett in 1745.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 533 acres in Anne
Arundel and Frederick counties, plus leases on

110 acres in Anne Arundel County and 1 lot in
Annapolis (all by personal acquisition); was in-
volved in land speculation in that part of Prince
George's County that later became Frederick
County. Surveyed over 2,400 acres, all but 700
of which had already been patented by others.
The remaining 700 acres were patented by others

tracts of land in Anne Arundel County, 1746 and
1747, and 3 more tracts, 1748-1750; surveyed and
sold before patenting 2 tracts in Prince George's
County; owned 1,668 acres of land in Anne Arun-
del County and 200 acres in Frederick County,
1753; sold the Frederick land by 1762, but ac-
quired 75 acres in Frederick County within the
next 10 years; resurveyed 673 acres of Anne
Arundel County land into a 1,217-acre tract, which
was patented in 1762. Patented an additional 479
acres in Anne Arundel County, 1768; owned 3,853
acres in Anne Arundel County and 75 acres in
Frederick County in 1774. By the time of his de-
parture for Scotland in 1775, he owned at least
4,100 acres in Anne Arundel County. In 1780,
Dr. Steuart transferred his Maryland land to his
sons Charles and William for a nominal sum.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by August 2, 1784, in

Argaty, Perthshire, Scotland. His death was re-
ported in a letter to Annapolis written by a son
of Allen Quynn (ca. 1726-1803), who had planned
to visit Dr. Steuart. LAND: none in Maryland.

MIGRATED: in 1651, as a minor with his parents.
RESIDED: in Calvert County; on the Great Chop-
tank River, Dorchester County, by 1667. FAMILY


Magdalen. BROTHER: William, a quorum justice
of Dorchester County, 1669 to ca. 1681. SISTER.
Margaret. MARRIED Dorothy Preston (?-1710).
Her brother was Christopher. CHILDREN. SONS:
John (ca. 1670-1743), who married Ann, widow
of Thomas Cooke (?-1692/93), daughter of John
Brooke (by 1646-1692/93); William (?-ca. 1709),
of Great Choptank River, Dorchester County,
Gent., who married Mary Pryor, formerly of Phil-
adelphia, Pennsylvania. DAUGHTERS: Magdalen
(1679-1739), who married first, in 1691, James
(1670-1702), son of John Edmundson (?-1697/
98), and second, Jacob (1678-1731), son of Jacob
Lockerman (1652-1730); Grace, who married in
1698 James (ca. 1680-ca. 1758), son of Roger
Woolford (?-ca. 1701/2). PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-



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