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BIOGRAPHIES WIN

WINDER, WILLIAM (1714/15-1792). BORN: on
March 16, 1714/15, in Somerset County; youngest
son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: near Re-
wastico Creek, Rewastico Hundred, Somerset

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John

Winder (1676-1716) of Somerset County. STEP-
FATHER: by 1720, John Handy. MOTHER: Jane
(Jean) (1675-?), daughter of James Dashiell (ca.
1634-1697) and wife Ann Cannon. UNCLE: Thomas
DashieU (1666-ca. 1756). BROTHERS: Thomas (?-
1745), who married Eleanor (last name un-
known); John. SISTERS: Rachel; Elizabeth, who
married first, in 1720, Christopher Dashiell (1694-
1727/28), and second, Walter Jacobs; and Bridget,
who married James Dashiell (1690-1736/37). FIRST
COUSINS: George DashieU (1690/91-1748); Anne
Dashiell (1707-?), who married Isaac Handy (?-
1762). MARRIED first, Esther (1724-by 1770),
daughter of Thomas Gillis and wife Priscilla Den-
wood. Her brothers were Levin (1721-?), who
married Sarah; Thomas (1729-?). Her sisters were
Betty (1722-1725); Lean (1726-?), who married
by 1763 William Adams (?-1795); Betty (1727-
?), who married first, (first name unknown)
Fountain, and second, (first name unknown) Pol-
lit; Mary (1731-?), who married (first name un-
known) McClemmey; Priscilla (1732-?), who
married (first name unknown) Evans; Sarah (1734/
35-?), who married Thomas Irving; Nelly (Nel-
lie) (1736-?), who married Capt. George Handy
(1727-1782), son of Isaac Handy (?-1762); and
Ann Denwood, who married John Irving. MAR-
RIED second, by 1770, Mary (?-1799), widow of
Dr. Thomas Denwood (?-ca. 1760). CHILDREN.
SONS: John Winder (1745-1822); William Winder,
Jr. (?-1808); Levin Winder (1757-1819); and
possibly Thomas, who was lost at sea early in life.
DAUGHTERS: Jane, who married first, Henry
Handy (1747-?), son of Isaac Handy (?-1762),
and second, by 1792, Jacob Kerr; Lean (ca. 1760-
?), who married James Round Morris of Worces-
ter County; Esther (?-ca. 1790), who married
first, Isaac Handy (1743-ca. 1774), and second,
William Polk (1752-1812); and Priscilla (ca. 1740-
by 1779), who married David Wilson of Somerset
County, son of David Wilson (1704-1750). PRI-

VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Presbyterian, Wicomico Presbyter-
ian Congregation, Somerset (now Wicomico)
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.,
by 1755; Esq., by 1792. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
mariner, 1743; master of sloop Polly of which he
was co-owner with John Handy and William Ven-
ables, 1749; co-owner of schooner Betty with Ben-

jamin Venables and William Venables, 1750; ship
captain, by 1777; probably planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Som-

erset County, 1765-1766. LOCAL OFFICES: elder,
Wicomico Presbyterian Congregation, Somerset
(now Wicomico) County, 1753; justice, Somerset
County, 1756 to 1788 (quorum, 1762-1788); jus-
tice. Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol Deliv-
ery, commissioned 1770 (quorum, 1770); justice,
Orphans' Court, Somerset County, 1777; judge,
Court of Appeals, appointed under the Act to
Procure Troops, 1778; commissioner of the tax,
Somerset County, appointed 1777, 1778, 1779;
subscription officer. Continental Loan Office,
Somerset County, commissioned 1779; associate
justice, 4th District, Somerset County, 1789 to

1791. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Sub-

scriber to Washington College, Chestertown, 1783;
designated in his will that he wanted a Christian
burial but "without the formality of a funeral ser-
mon," which appeared to him "to be a concom-
itant of the introduction of the Romish supersti-
tion." WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL

PROPERTY: assessed value £1,787.5.0, including
44 slaves and 15 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 1,516 acres in Somerset and Worcester
counties (all by purchase or patent; 100 acres of
the Somerset County land in what is now Sussex
County, Delaware). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased 1,328 acres in Somerset County; patented
1,368 acres in Somerset (now Wicomico) County;
sold 130 acres in Somerset (now Wicomico) County
and 151 acres in Worcester County; and pur-
chased 887 acres of confiscated British property
in Somerset County, all between 1782 and 1792.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between October 15 and
November 10, 1792, in Somerset County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £3,556.11.12 current
money; FB, £3,027.6.3. LAND: 3,831 acres in
Somerset and Worcester counties (2,019 acres now
in Wicomico County), 100 acres in Sussex County,
Delaware, and 887 acres of confiscated British
property probably located in Somerset and
Worcester (now Wicomico) counties, and a ware-
house on a lot near Salisbury.

WINDER, WILLIAM, JR. (?-1808) BORN: in
Somerset County. NATIVE: fourth generation. RE-
SIDED: near Rewastico Creek, Rewastico Hundred,
Somerset County, 1798. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: William Winder (1714/15-1792). MOTHER:
Esther Gillis (1724-by 1770). STEPMOTHER: by
1770, Mary (?-1799), widow of Thomas Den-
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