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

councilman, Annapolis, 1752; alderman, Annap-
olis, 1753-1755, 1757, 1759, 1760; mayor, An-
napolis, 1754-1755. MILITARY SERVICE: Colonel,

Anne Arundel County Militia, by 1744; described
as one of "the two principal Field Officers of the
County" (Anne Arundel), October 1756. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: taxed as

a bachelor with a personal estate of £300.0.0 or
more, Anne Arundel County, 1756-1760. AN-
NUAL INCOME: estimated net income as naval of-
ficer of Annapolis, £200.0.0 sterling, 1755; his
profits as surveyor general of the Eastern Shore
went to support Charlotte Hyde, a cousin of Lord
Baltimore; salary as surveyor of Sassafras and
Bohemia estimated at £50.0.0 per annum, 1760.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 150 acres in
Calvert County, and probably also 500 acres in
Anne Arundel County (all from father and prob-
ably given by 1742). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: re-

surveyed Calvert County land into a 503-acre
tract and patented it in 1744; purchased 132 acres
in Calvert County in 1745 and at least 24 acres
in Anne Arundel County in 1746; apparently sold
the 132 acres in Calvert County and owned a total
of 648 acres in Anne Arundel County by 1755;
received 1 lot in Annapolis as a gift from his
father, 1752, and purchased another lot from Ogle's
estate with his dwelling, 1753; he probably rented
the Ogle house and lot to his sister Anne until
shortly before his death when he sold it to her;
sold ca. 150 acres in Anne Arundel County, 1758-

1759. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED. OH October 17,

1760, after a fever of several weeks; buried in St.
Anne's churchyard, Annapolis. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: included household goods at "Belair" val-
ued at £270.15.2; a library at "Belair" and An-
napolis; at least 5 thoroughbred horses; and a
one-fifth share of the Baltimore Ironworks Co.,
which sold for £5,200.0.0 sterling in 1765. LAND.
probably 1 ,000 acres in Calvert and Anne Arun-
del counties, plus 1 lot in Annapolis,

TASKER, THOMAS (?- 1700). IMMIGRATED: ca.
1668, as an indentured servant. RESIDED: in Cal-
vert County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. MOTHER: Ann

Tasker, who was still living in 1700. BROTHER:
possibly John, who was transported by 1674. MAR-
RIED ca. 1678 Rebecca (?-by 1700), widow of
John Brooke (1640-1675), son of Robert Brooke
(1602-1655). Rebecca was the daughter of (first
name unknown) Isaacs. Her brothers were Ed-
ward (?-1694), who married Jane Sutton; prob-
ably Joseph (?-ca. 1689). CHILDREN. SONS: John

(?-1711) of Calvert County, who served on All
Saints' Parish Vestry, Calvert County, 1705, and
married Elinor, daughter of Thomas Brooke (ca.
1659-1730/31); Thomas (?-ca. 1696), died while
a youth in England; and Benjamin Tasker (ca.
1690-1768), who married in 1711 Anne, daughter
of William Bladen (1670-1718). DAUGHTER: Eliz-
abeth (1686-1706/7), who married in 1701 Thomas
Addison (1679-1727). STEPCHILDREN: two (names
unknown), the orphans of John Brooke. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: arrived as a servant, free by 1673 at which
time he claimed his rights to 50 acres and the
rights assigned to him by four other men; his
fortunes rose rapidly, particularly after his mar-
riage to a prominent widow; trustee, King Wil-
liam's School, Annapolis. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE, planter; merchant; attorney for George
Goffriger, merchant of London, 1682; factor for
Peter Pagan & Co., London merchants. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Calvert County, 1692-1693, 1694/95 -1697 (elected
to the 2nd session of the 1694-1697 Assembly,
Accounts 7, 8, probably chairman 7); Upper
House, 1699-1700 (appointed by the 3rd session
of the 1697/98-1700 Assembly; did not attend the
4th session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: justice,
Provincial Court, 1694-1698; treasurer of the
Western Shore, 1694-1695; agent to New York,
1695; Council, 1698-1700. LOCAL OFFICES, jus-
tice. Calvert County, 1685-1694 (president, 1692-
1694). MILITARY SERVICE, captain, 1689-1698;
colonel, 1698-1700. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIV ATE
ISSUES: ambivalent position toward the revolution
of Protestant Associators in 1689; signed petitions
favoring both sides within a three -month period
before finally allying with the new government.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: probably ca. 1,800 acres in Calvert, Balti-
more, and Prince George's counties (at least 100
acres in Calvert County acquired through mar-
riage, the rest through personal acquisition).
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between July 18 and Au-
gust 31, 1700. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
£1,113.4.11 (including 9 servants, 20 slaves, and
a share in the ship Patuxent Merchant); his will
also mentioned £3,200.0.0 in cash in the hands of
London merchants bequeathed to his sons when
they came of age. LAND: ca. 1,800 acres.

TAYLARD, WILLIAM (ca. 1660-ca. 1711/12).
BORN: ca. 1660, in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1680,
as a free adult. RESIDED: in St. Mary's County;

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