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

beth. CHILDREN. Probably died without progeny.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, Coventry Parish, Som-
erset County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1791; Esq., by 1793. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House, Somerset
County, 1779-1780 (resigned on March 23, 1780,
during the 2nd session of the 1779-1780 Assem-
bly). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Somerset County,
1777-1780, 1782-1789, 1791, 1793-1796; jus-
tice, Orphans' Court, Somerset County, 1783-
1789, 1791, 1794-1795, 1797; commissioner of
the tax, Somerset County, appointed 1783, 1785,
1786, 1790, 1792; Coventry Parish Vestry, Som-
erset County, 1788-1791, 1795-1797. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, Watkins Point Company, Prin-
cess Anne Battalion, Somerset County Militia,
commissioned 1777; captain, company of Select
Militia, Somerset County, commissioned 1781.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £810.0.0, including 23 slaves and
16 oz. plate, 1783; assessed value £685.0.0, in-
cluding 24 slaves and 21 oz. plate, 1793. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 387 acres in Somerset County
(353 acres inherited from father; 33 acres pur-
chased). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: Owned a to-

tal of 493 acres in Somerset County, 1793. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between March 6 and March 21,
1797, in Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £2,336.13.7 current money (including 23
slaves, religious and law books, and items of sil-
ver); FB, £2,226.15.5. LAND: approximately 493
acres in Somerset County. IDENTIFICATION PROB-
LEMS. There was another John Williams in Som-
erset County during this time period, who died
in 1788. He was married in 1736/37, and so would
have been in his 60s at the time of the legislative
service. He was a merchant as early as 1749, a
captain by 1755, and a shipwright by 1768. In 1783
he owned 850 acres in Somerset County and per-
sonal property valued at £715.0.0. He could have
been the legislator, but his advanced age and lack
of any other officeholding make this seem highly
improbable.

WILLIAMSON, ALEXANDER (ca. 1712-1760).
BORN: ca. 1712 in St. Paul's Parish, Kent County.
NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: in Kent

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Rev.

Alexander Williamson (?-1740), probably an im-
migrant from England who became rector of St.
Paul's Parish, Kent County, on May 11, 1711.

MOTHER. Anne, widow of Rev. Stephen Bordley
(ca. 1675-1709), daughter of John Hynson (?-
1705). UNCLES OR HALF UNCLES: Nathaniel Hyn-
son (?-ca. 1721/22); John Hynson (ca. 1670-1708).
AUNT OR HALF AUNT: Sarah Hynson, who married
James Smith (ca. 1683-1760). BROTHERS: John
(1716-?); James. HALF BROTHERS. Thomas Bor-
dley (1704-?), who married in 1727 Mary Smith-
ers; Stephen Bordley (1709-?). SISTERS: Ann, who
married on August 8, 1733, Charles Scott; Sarah,
who married first, in June 1741, Richard Porter,
a surgeon, and second, by 1762, James Ringgold.
HALF SISTER: Mary Bordley (1707-?). FIRST COU-
SIN: Hannah Hynson (1705-?), who married John
Gresham (ca. 1703-ca. 1752). HALF NEPHEW: Ste-
phen Bordley (ca. 1734-1771). OTHER KINSHIP.
great-grandfather, Thomas Hynson (1620-ca. 1667/
68). MARRIED Sarah, daughter of Thomas Ring-
gold (1693-1728) and wife Rebecca. Sarah was
the granddaughter of both Simon Wilmer (ca. 1656-
1699) and Thomas Ringgold (by 1672-1711). She
was the niece of Simon Wilmer (1686-1737); Lam-
bert Wilmer (1682-1732); and Mary Ann Ring-
gold, who married Thomas Smith (ca. 1710-ca.
1741/42). Her brothers were William Ringgold
(1723-1789), a possible legislator; Thomas Ring-
gold (1715-1772). Her sister was Rebecca. Her
first cousins were Thomas Smyth (1730-1819);
Martha Smith, who married Emory Sudler (1725-
ca. 1797); Simon Wilmer (1713-ca. 1768); and
Rebecca Wilmer, who married Marmaduke Tilden
(?-1726). Her nephew was Thomas Ringgold
(1744-1776). CHILDREN. SONS: Alexander (?-1760),
who died one week before his father's death;
James. DAUGHTERS: Ann (1732-?), who married
the Rev. William Barroll, rector of St. Stephen's
Church, Cecil County; Henrietta; Rebecca; and
Sarah, who married William Hemsley (1736/37-

1812). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: probably Anglican, St. Paul's
Parish, Kent County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIV-
ITIES : Mr. and Esq., by death. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Kent County,
1751-1754 (Elections 3-6), 1754-1757 (Elec-
tions 1-6; Bills of Credit 4-6; elected speaker
on September 30, 1756; resigned as speaker on
April 13, 1757, because of illness), 1757-1758
(Elections 1, Cv, 2; Bills of Credit 1, Cv, 2),
1758-1760 (Elections Cv 1, 1, Cv 2, 2; Bills of
Credit Cv 1, 1, Cv 2, 2; died prior to the 3rd
session of the 1758-1761 Assembly). WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 684

acres in Kent County (220 acres inherited from

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