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

will made monetary bequests totalling £750.0.0
sterling and £70.0.0 current money. LAND: 2,821
acres in Talbot County mentioned in will and
1,288 acres in Talbot and Queen Anne counties
charged on the debt books in 1744 and 1748 to
his widow and to his principal heir Matthew Tilgh-
man (1717/18-1790).

WARD, WILLIAM (1727-1776). BORN: on March
19, 1727, in North Sassafras Parish, Cecil County;
eldest son. NATIVE: at least second generation,
probably third. RESIDED: in Cecil County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Ward, possibly son
of William Ward. MOTHER: Susanna (1696/97-?),
daughter of William Veazey (?-1733) and wife
Rosamond. BROTHERS. John (1730-?); Nathan-
iel (1733-?). SISTERS: Elizabeth (1719-?); Su-
sana (1721-?); Sarah (1723-?); and Rachel (1725-
?). MARRIED on March 11, 1757, Rebecca (1737-
?), daughter of Thomas Davis and wife Rebecca
Gregory. CHILDREN. SONS. William (1760-1835),
who married on November 25, 1784, Anne (1766-
1826), daughter of Edward Veazey and wife Eliz-
abeth Coursey. DAUGHTERS. Susannah; Rebecca;
Sarah; and Elizabeth. All of the children were
minors in 1776. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Anglican; St. Ste-
phen's Church, North Sassafras Parish, Cecil
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. Gent.,
by 1760. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE, planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House,

Cecil County, 1762-1763, 1765-1766 (Elections
2), 1768-1770 (Elections 1-3, Grievances 3), 1771,
1773-1774; Conventions, Cecil County, 1st, 1774,
4th, 1775, 5th, 1775 (elected, but did not attend).
LOCAL OFFICES: churchwarden. North Sassafras
Parish, Cecil County, 1752-1753; North Sassa-
fras Parish Vestry, elected 1758 and 1760; justice,
Cecil County, 1768-1769, 1772-1774 (quorum,

1772-1774). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 1,168 acres in Cecil County (47
acres by purchase, 1,121 probably inherited from
his grandfather or uncle). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 134 acres in Cecil County, 1766-1769;
patented a 205-acre tract that he had been paying
quit rents on since 1749, and which was probably
inherited land, 1766. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: be-
tween February 29 and June 6, 1776; will pro-
bated in Cecil County. PERSON AL PROPERTY: TEV,
£1,793.14.9 current money (including 12 slaves,
law, history and divinity books, gold and silver
jewelry, and a cider mill and press). LAND: ca.
1,300 acres in Cecil County.

WARE, FRANCIS (?-?). BORN: probably in
Charles County, of age by 1754; eldest son. NA-
TIVE: at least second generation. RESIDED, in
Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Francis Ware (?-1754) of Charles County.
BROTHERS: Jacob; Edward. SISTERS: Susanna, who
married (first name unknown) Luckett; Sarah;
and Elizabeth. MARRIED by 1764 Ann. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES. Gent., 1764; Esq., 1776. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE, planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County, 1765-
1766 (elected to the 1st session to fill vacancy;
Arms and Ammunition 2, 4), 1768-1770 (Griev-
ances 1-3; Arms and Ammunition 1-3), 1771
(discharged on October 14, 1771, for "treating"
at the polls; reelected and qualified on November
18, 1771), 1773-1774 (Arms and Ammunition 2,
3); Conventions, Charles County, 1st, 1774, 2nd,
1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775 (elected, but did not
attend), 6th-8th, 1775-1776 (did not attend the
7th and 8th Conventions); Lower House, Charles
County, 1783 (Grievances), 1784 (Grievances).
LOCAL OFFICES: county lieutenant, Charles County,
1777-at least 1782; sheriff, Charles County, 1785-
1788. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Charles County
Militia, by 1776; lt. colonel, Smallwood's Mary-
land Regiment, commissioned January 1776;
colonel, 1st Maryland Regiment, commissioned
December 1776, resigned February 1777. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: inherited

3 slaves and 1 servant, 1754; mortgaged 14 slaves,
1789; 18 slaves, 1790. ADDITIONAL COMMENT.
Ware's tenure as sheriff of Charles County left
him in severe financial straits. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: ca. 500 acres in Charles County (all
inherited from his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH.

sold most, if not all, of his land between 1772 and
1798. Some acreage was sold to pay debts in-
curred as sheriff of Charles County. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: after 1798. Size of estate unknown.

WARFIELD, ALEXANDER (1678-1740). BORN:
in 1678, in Anne Arundel County; probably third
son. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in
Middleneck Hundred, Anne Arundel County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard Warfield
(?-1703/4), who was born in Berkshire, England,
who was transported ca. 1662, and owned over
1,400 acres at death. MOTHER: Elinor, daughter
of Capt. John Browne, a mariner of London.
BROTHERS: John (1675-1718), who married in

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