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

liam. MARRIED first, Johanna. MARRIED second,
Jane, who subsequently married in June 1722 John
Dempster. CHILDREN. SONS: probably John (?-
1720/21); Thomas, who married in 1731 Rhoda,
daughter of James Earle, Sr. (?-1734); Joseph,
who married in 1735/36 Elizabeth Gould; Ben-
jamin; and James. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth; Isa-
bel. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant; perhaps the John
Whittington who left the Society of Friends in

1697. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by

1703/4. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Kent

County, 1697/98-1700 (Elections 3), 1701-1704;
Queen Anne's County, 1708A, 1708B-1711 (Ag-
grievances 1-4; Laws 4), 1712-1714 (Aggriev-
ances 1-4), 1715 (Aggrievances). LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, Kent County, 1696-1705 (quorum by 1701/
2, demoted from quorum in 1705 and then refused
to swear oath and serve), Queen Anne's County,
1709-1722; coroner, Kent County, 1700/1, 1705.
MILITARY SERVICE: major, by 1697; colonel, by

1712. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 1,350 acres. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: re-
ceived 1,405 acres in Kent and Cecil counties
through default on a surety bond, 1706; inherited
ca. 361 acres in Talbot County from his uncle
John Whittington's estate, 1710; purchased 130
acres in Talbot County, 1712; sold 200 acres in
Talbot County, 1717. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated May 15, 1722, in Queen Anne's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
£925.2.11. LAND: ca. 3,046 acres.

WHITTINGTON, WILLIAM (ca. 1650-1720).
BORN: ca. 1650, in Northampton County, Vir-
ginia. IMMIGRATED: by September 1684, as a free
adult with family. RESIDED: at "Choice," Cov-
entry Parish, Somerset County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: William Whittington (1616-1659/
60), who immigrated to Virginia by 1640/41, was
a militia captain and justice of Northampton
County, Virginia, and who married first, by 1647,
Susan, second, by 1654, Mary, and third, Eliza-
beth. MOTHER. Susan or Mary. SISTER: Urselie
(Ursula), who probably married Edmund Scar-
burgh (?-1711/12) of Accomack County, Vir-
ginia. MARRIED first, by 1674, Tabitha Scarburgh
(ca. 1654-?), daughter of John Smart and wife
Tabitha Scarburgh (1639-1717/18); stepdaughter
of Devorax Browne (?-by 1673). Tabitha's half
brother was Edmund Browne (1660-1675), who
died in Turkey "having been taken into captiv-

ity." Her grandfather was Edmund Scarburgh (ca.
1617-ca. 1671) of Accomack County, Virginia.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Tabitha's mother subse-
quently married by 1680 Gen. John Custis (1630-
1695/96) of Virginia, and married fourth, on Sep-
tember 28, 1696, Col. Edward Hill (?-1700) of
Charles City County, Virginia. MARRIED second,
after 1679, Esther, daughter of Col. Southy Lit-
tleton (1645-1679), a burgess from Accomack
County, Virginia. MARRIED third, after 1687, At-
talanta, widow of John Osborne (?-1687), daugh-
ter of Mistress Ann Toft and stepdaughter of Dan-
iel Jenifer (ca. 1637-ca. 1692). MARRIED fourth,
by 1696, Hannah (1670-?), daughter of Samuel
Hopkins (ca. 1636-1711). Her brothers were
Samuel Hopkins (1688-1744); Nathaniel Hopkins
(?-1739/40). MARRIED fifth, by March 5, 1712/13,
Elizabeth (?-1734/35), widow of William Rick-
ards (Ricketts) (?-1712). Whittington signed an
agreement to convey to Elizabeth her personal
estate worth £247.2.11 and 3 slaves from his own
estate. Elizabeth subsequently married the Rev.
Samuel Davis (?-1725), pastor of Snow Hill Pres-
byterian Church. CHILDREN. SONS: Smart, who died
without issue; William Whittington (ca. 1681-1756);
and Southy (?-ca. 1773), who married Mary Fas-
sitt (?-ca. 1775), daughter of William Fassitt (?-
1735). DAUGHTERS: Tabitha Scarburgh (by 1674-
by 1700/1), who married Edmund Custis (?-1700/
1); Esther, who married first, William Skirven
(?-1720/21), and second, by 1726, Isaac Morris;
Hannah, who married by 1726 Edmund Hough;
and Attalanta, who married by 1710 Stevens White
(1679-1718), son of John White (?-1685). PRI-

VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Esq., by 1703; Hon., by 1710. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter; merchant, by 1684;
owned the ship Hannah, which was seized by the
French in 1703. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1692-
1693 (Accounts 1; Laws 1; Aggrievances 2), 1694-
1695 (Accounts 3, chairman; resigned before the
4th session of the 1694-1697 Assembly to become
sheriff), 1699-1700 (elected to the 3rd session of
the 1697/98-1700 Assembly; Laws 4), 1701-1704;
Upper House, 1709-1711 (appointed by the 2nd
session of the 1708B-1711 Assembly), 1712-1714,
1715, 1716-1717 (asked to be excused from the
3rd session of the 1716-1718 Assembly; did not
attend thereafter). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES:
treasurer of the Eastern Shore, 1694-1695; jus-
tice, Provincial Court, 1701-1704; Council, 1709-
1717 (asked to be excused from further attend-

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