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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

Thomas (1714-1795); and Susanna, who married
(first name unknown) Briscoe. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENT: Other siblings were mentioned, but not
named, in Willson's father's will. MARRIED in 1737
Martha (ca. 1717-1793), daughter of Capt. John
Briscoe. CHILDREN. SON: John (1738-?), who
married in 1762 Elizabeth, daughter of James
Perry. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1760. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County, 1749-
1751 (Bills of Credit 1); 9th Convention, Fred-
erick County, 1776 (election voided on August
15, 1776, because the Frederick County election
judges were appointed by a county commission
contrary to the resolves of the 8th Convention;
subsequently reelected and seated). LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, Frederick County, commissioned
1763, 1768, and 1769; visitor, Frederick County
Free School, appointed 1768; trustee of the poor,
Frederick County, in office 1770; Committee of
Observation, Frederick County, elected 1774 and
1775; commissioner of the tax, Montgomery
County, appointed 1777; judge, Court of Ap-
peals, appointed under the Act to Procure Troops
for the American Army, Montgomery County,
appointed 1778. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £621.0.0, in-
cluding 13 slaves and 28 oz. plate, 1783; 10 slaves,
1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 250 acres in Charles
County (gift from his father or purchased from

him). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 250 acres in

Charles County, 1754; acquired by purchase and
patent 1,805 acres in Frederick (later became
Montgomery) County, 1754-1799. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated October 18, 1806, in
Montgomery County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£2,023.1.2 (including 3 slaves and books); FB,
£2,023.1.2. LAND: 1,805 acres in Montgomery
County.

WILMER, JOHN LAMBERT (1747-1799) BORN
on June 8, 1747, in Shrewsbury Parish, Kent
County; third son. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED in northern Kent County near the Sas-
safras River. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Si-
mon Wilmer (1713-ca. 1768), son of Lambert Wil-
mer (1682- 1732). MOTHER: Mary Price. BROTHERS:
Edward Price (1737-1774); Simon (1743-died
young); and Rev. James Jones (1749/50-1814).
SISTERS: Mary (1738-?), Ann (1755-died young).
MARRIED Elizabeth Brooke Carmichael, daughter

of Ann Brooke (1712-ca. 1754) of Prince George's
County. After Elizabeth's birth, her mother mar-
ried William Carmichael (?-1769), who then
adopted Elizabeth. Her brother was Richard Ben-
nett Carmichael (1753-1824). Her half or step-
brothers were Walter; James (?-1778), a ship's
captain who married Selita Emory Kirby; William
(?-1795), a diplomat and delegate to the Con-
tinental Congress from 1778 to 1779, who married
first, (first name unknown) Stirling, of Queen
Anne's County, and second, Antonia Reynar of
Spain. Her half or stepsisters were Catherine,
who married John Brown (?-1793); Ann; Eliz-
abeth, who married Samuel Thompson; and Mar-
garet (ca. 1741-1767), who married Arthur Holt.
Her first cousins were Elizabeth Beall, who mar-
ried John Bracco (?-1794); Richard Brooke (1736-
1788). CHILDREN. SONS: Dr. Simon (?-1810), who
married Frances; John Lambert; Edward P.;
Richard C., who was murdered at Natchez, Mis-
sissippi Territory, in 1810. DAUGHTERS: Ann;
Frances, who married William Frisby (?-1816);
Elizabeth, who married in 1811 her brother-in-
law William Frisby (?-1816); Mary; Margaret;
and Susan (Susanna), who married Thomas Ring-
gold, a cooper. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: ed-
ucated in England where he was tutored by Rev.
Newborough of Thame, Oxfordshire. He then
spent two years at an academy in Wamstead, Es-
sex. He also probably served an apprenticeship
as a merchant in London. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican, Shrewsbury Parish, Kent County.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1771;
Esq., by 1780. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: called a
farmer, 1783. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERV-
ICE: Lower House, Kent County, 1778-1779, 1779-
1780 (Manufactories 1, 2; Claims 2) 1780-1781
(Elections 1; Grievances 1; Manufactories 1), 1793,
1794 (elected, but did not attend), 1795, 1796.
LOCAL OFFICES, churchwarden, Shrewsbury Par-
ish, Kent County, in office 1772; Shrewsbury Par-
ish Vestry, Kent County, in office 1779, 1784-
1787, 1788-1791; judge. Court of Appeals for
Tax Assessment, Kent County, appointed 1786.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

inherited 17 slaves from father, 1768; assessed
value £1,393.0.0, including 35 slaves and 150 oz.
plate, 1783; 46 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: ca. 1,000 acres in Kent County (all inherited
from father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired 305
acres, probably all by purchase, in Kent County,
1779-1783; sold 40 acres in Kent County, 1780-

1789. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on June 1, 1799.
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