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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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(inherited from his father in 1767). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: sold 73 acres to his brother by 1783.

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between November 1,

1783, and January 16, 1784. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £743.16.7 current money (including
8 slaves and law books); FB, estate overpaid
£97.8.10. LAND: no evidence of land ownership.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT: His heirs were his house-
keeper Esther Skinner, his brother James, and
his nephew Nicholas Goldsborough.

THOMAS, PHILIP (?-1675). BORN: probably in
Bristol, England. IMMIGRATED: in 1651 as a free
adult with wife and four children from Virginia.
RESIDED: in Virginia, 1635-1651; Anne Arundel
County, 1651 to death. MARRIED Sarah Harrison
(?-1687). CHILDREN. SONS: Philip; Caleb; and
Samuel (ca. 1655-by 1743), who married Mary
(?-1751), daughter of Francis Hutchins (?-1698).
DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married first, Wil-
liam Coale, and second, Edward Talbott; Sarah,
who married John, son of Thomas Meeres (ca.
1602-1674); and Martha, who married first,
Richard Arnold (?-1683), and second, in 1684,
Daniel Longman. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant; be-
came a Quaker by 1657. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: transported to Virginia with wife and
perhaps one child. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Parliamentary Commission, 1656/57-1657/58.
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE justice, Provincial
Court, 1656/57-1657/58. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSON AL PROPER TY: LAND: 500 acres, Anne

Arundel County, surveyed in 1651 but not pat-
ented until 1658. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will
probated on July 10, 1675, in Anne Arundel
County. LAND: 1,120 acres in Calvert, Baltimore,
and Anne Arundel counties, plus two houses in
Bristol, England.

THOMAS, PHILIP (1693/94-1762). BORN: on
March 1, 1693/94, at West River, Anne Arundel
County; eldest surviving son. NATIVE: third gen-
eration. RESIDED: at "Lebanon," West River,
Anne Arundel County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER Samuel Thomas (ca. 1655-by 1743) of
Anne Arundel County, a Quaker, son of Philip
Thomas (?-1675). MOTHER: Mary (?-1751),
daughter of Francis Hutchins (?-1698). BROTH-
ERS: Samuel (1690-died young); Samuel (1693-
died young); John (1697-?); and Samuel (ca.
1702-1780). SISTERS: Sarah (1689-1724), who

married Joseph Richardson; Elizabeth (1698-?),
who married Richard Snowden; Mary (ca. 1700-
?), who married John Galloway; Margaret (1710-
?), who married William Harris; and possibly Ann,
who married Edward Fell. NEPHEW: Evan Thomas
(1738/39-1826). MARRIED first, in 1721, Frances
(?-by 1724), daughter of William Holland (?-
1732) and his first wife Margaret. Her stepmother
was Elizabeth (1664/65-1739), widow of Thomas
Ennalls (?-1718) and daughter of Roger Woolford
(?-ca. 1701/2). Her stepuncle was Roger Woolford
(1670-1730). Her brothers were Francis (1691-
?); William (1695-?); and Thomas (?-1742). Her
sister was Margaret (1701-?). MARRIED second,
in 1724, Anne (ca. 1707-1777), daughter of Sam-
uel Chew (1683-1736) of Anne Arundel County,
a merchant, and his wife Mary Harrison. Her
brothers were Samuel (?-1736/37), who married
Henrietta Maria (?-1765), daughter of Philemon
Lloyd (ca. 1674-1732/33); Richard; and Francis.
Her sister was Mary. Her nephew was Samuel
Chew (by 1734-1786). CHILDREN. SONS: William
(ca. 1722-?); Samuel (1725-1784), who married
his first cousin Mary Thomas (?-1770); Philip
(1727-1784), who married Anne Harris Gallo-
way; Richard (1736-?), who married in 1760
Deborah Hughes of Cecil County; and John (1743-
1805), who married Sarah Murray. DAUGHTERS:
Mary (1730/31-ca. 1762), who married first, Henry
Hill (?-1752), and second, Robert Pleasant of
Virginia; and Elizabeth (1732/33-1790), who
married Samuel Snowden (1728-1801). PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Quaker, associated with West River
Meeting, Anne Arundel County. Thomas and his
wife Anne were recorded as ministers of the So-
ciety of Friends, 1756. When Thomas took his
place on the Council on January 27, 1741/42, he
took the usual oath required by law of councillors.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1749;
Hon., by 1753. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter,
with contacts with London merchants. PUBLIC CA-

REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper House, 1742-

1744, 1745, 1745/46-1748, 1749-1751, 1751-1754,
1754-1757, 1757-1758 (did not attend), 1758-
1761 (served only during 1st session), 1762 (did
not attend; died before the 2nd session of the
1762-1763 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: Council, 1741/42-1762 (qualified January
27, 1741/42); judge, Land Office, 1743/44-1746;
justice. Provincial Court, 1744-at least 1746
(quorum 1744-at least 1746). LOCAL OFFICE: jus-
tice. Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol Deliv-
ery, Prince George's County, appointed 1743

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