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

a John Ward, of John, was probated in Cecil
County in 1787, and a second will for a John
Ward, of John, was probated in the same county
in 1829. While proof is lacking, the first will was
probably for the possible legislator and the sec-
ond for his son. John, of Peregrine, was the son
of Peregrine Ward (1709-?) and wife Mary Chew,
who were married on October 11, 1736. John had
a brother Peregrine (1744-?) and a sister Mary
(1746-?). He was the nephew of Henry Ward(?-
1760). He owned at least 656 acres in Cecil County
at the date of the legislative service in question.
John, of William, is the least likely of the four to
have sat in the Lower House, with few references
to him being found in the records. He owned at
least 375 acres in Cecil County at the time of the
legislative service in question.

WARD, MATTHEW TILGHMAN (ca. 1676-
1741). BORN: ca. 1676, in Talbot County; only
son. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: at "Rich
Neck," overlooking the St. Michael's River, Tal-
bot County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Mat-

thew Ward (ca. 1635-1677/78), who attended
Gray's Inn, London, in 1657, and immigrated to
Maryland in the late 1660s; practicing attorney;
large landholder with ca. 3,600 acres. STEP-
FATHER: Rev. John Lillingston (ca. 1626-1709).
MOTHER: Mary (ca. 1655-?), daughter of Richard
Tilghman (1626-1675/76). UNCLE: Richard Tilgh-
man (1672/73-1738/39). AUNT: Rebecca Tilgh-
man (?-1725), who married Simon Wilmer (ca.
1656-1699). HALF BROTHERS: George Lillingston
of Sussex County, Delaware. FIRST COUSINS: Wil-
liam Tilghman (1711-1782); Edward Tilghman
(1713-1785); James Tilghman (1716-1793); Mat-
thew Tilghman (1717/18-1790); Anna Maria
Tilghman, who married first, William Hemsley
(1703-1736), and second, Robert Lloyd (ca. 1712-
1770); Henrietta Maria Tilghman, who married
first, in 1731, George Robins (1697-1742), and
second, William Goldsborough (1709-1760); Mary
Tilghman, who married in 1731 James Earle, Jr.
(ca. 1694-1739); Lambert Wilmer (1682-1732);
and Simon Wilmer (1686-1737). MARRIED first, by
1701, Mabel (1669-1702), probably the widow of
Capt. James Murphy (?-1699), a justice of Tal-
bot county 1684-1698, probably the daughter of
Capt. Ralph Dawson (?-1706) and wife Mary.
Her brothers were probably Ralph (1665-1708),
who married Mary, daughter of Bryan Omealy
(?-1684/85); John (1672-?), who married Sarah,
daughter of Bryan Omealy (?-1684/85); and Wil-
liam (1675-?). Her sisters were probably Mar-

garet (1667-?), who married Laurence Knowles
(?-1700); and Elizabeth (1677-?). MARRIED sec-
ond, Margaret (1683-1747), daughter of Phile-
mon Lloyd (1646-1685) and Henrietta Maria Neale
Bennett (1647-1697). Mary was the granddaugh-
ter of both Edward Lloyd (ca. 1620-1696) and
James Neale (ca. 1615-1684). Her brothers were
Edward Lloyd (1670-1718/19); Philemon Lloyd (ca.
1674-1732/33); and James Lloyd (1679/80-1723).
Her sisters were Henrietta Maria (1673-1702);
Anna Maria (1677-1748); Mary (1680-1690);
Alice (1681-1744); Elizabeth; and Jane (1685-
1690). Her stepsisters were Susannah Bennett
(1666-1714), who married first, John Darnall (?-
1684), and second, Henry Lowe (?-1717). CHIL-
DREN. DAUGHTER: Mary (1702-ca. 1724). ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: In 1733, Ward adopted his
first cousin, Matthew Tilghman (1717/18-1790),
who became his principal heir. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate; had clerical skills. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS

AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1701; Esq., by 1716;
Hon., by 1716; marriage into the Lloyd family
brought important social and political connec-
tions. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: attorney, admit-
ted to the Kent County Court, 1698; planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Talbot County, 1712-1714 (Laws 1-4, probably
chairman 1-4), 1715 (Laws, chairman), 1716-
1718 (speaker, Cv, 1-3); Upper House, 1719-
1721/22, 1722-1724, 1725-1727, 1728-1731, 1732-
1734, 1734/35-1737, 1738, 1739 -1740 (president,
Convention 1-2; died before the 3rd session of
the 1739-1741 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICES: Council, 1719-1741; proprietary agent
and receiver general, 1729-1733; justice, Provin-
cial Court, 1729-1731. LOCAL OFFICES, deputy
clerk, Talbot County, 1698-1699; justice, Talbot
County, 1701-1718 (quorum and chief justice,
1707-1718). MILITARY SERVICE: It. colonel, by
1712; colonel, by 1721; major general, 1739/40.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: possibly as much as 3,000 acres in Talbot
County (inherited ca. 2,400 acres from his father
in Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne's counties, and
acquired 577 acres in Talbot County through his
first marriage). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented

2,464 acres in Talbot County, 1722-1723; debt
books record 1,875 acres in Talbot (later became
Queen Anne's) County in 1734, and 3,844 acres
in Talbot County in 1738. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on June 22, 1741, in Talbot County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY, size of estate unknown, but

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