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

wood (?-ca. 1760). AUNT: Lean Gillis ( 1726-?),
who married William Adams (?-1795). BROTH-
ERS: John Winder (1745-1822); Levin Winder
(1757-1819); and possibly Thomas, who was lost
at sea early in life. SISTERS: Jane; Leah (ca. 1760-
?); Priscilla (ca. 1740-by 1779); and Esther (?-
ca. 1790). NIECE. Esther Wilson (?-by 1792), who
married William Morris (?-ca. 1799). MARRIED by
1781 Charlotte (?-by 1808), daughter of John
Henry (ca. 1714-1781) and wife Dorothy Rider
(1725-?). Charlotte was the niece of Robert Jen-
kins Henry (ca. 1712-1766). Her brothers were
John Henry, Jr. (ca. 1750-1798); Charles Rider;
Francis Jenkins Henry (?-1796); Robert; and
possibly also Rider (?-by 1787), but he and Charles
Rider are probably the same person. Her sisters
were Niturah (Kiturah); Dorothy (Dolly), who
married Isaac Henry (?-ca. 1802); Nancy; and
Sarah. Her cousin was Ann Billings, who married
Henry Steele (ca. 1715-1782). CHILDREN. SONS:
Gen. William Henry (1775-1824), a lawyer who
was in command of the American Army at the
Battle of Bladensburg in 1814, and who married
in 1799 Gertrude, daughter of William Polk (1752-
1812); Rider Henry (1787-1866); and Charles H.
(?-1804), who married Esther Winder, widow of
Nehemiah King. DAUGHTERS: Dorothy Arietta
(1782-1815), who married the Rev. James Laird,
son of James Laird of York County, Pennsylva-
nia, and wife Martha Black; Charlotte Henry.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: probably Presbyterian, Wicomico
Presbyterian Congregation, Somerset (now Wi-
comico) County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Esq., by 1798. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: "bread
as a merchant"; owned a sawmill and a gristmill
in Rewastico Hundred, Somerset County, 1798;
owned a sawmill and a gristmill in Wicomico
Hundred, Somerset County, 1798; attorney-at-
law, 1806. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Lower House, Somerset County, 1777 (elected
to the 2nd session to fill vacancy), 1777-1778;
Senate, Eastern Shore, Term of 1791-1795: 1793
(elected on November 23, 1793, to fill vacancy;
qualified on November 30, 1793). 1794, 1795. LO-
CAL OFFICE: commissioner of the tax for Somerset
County, appointed 1783. MILITARY SERVICE: 1st
lieutenant, Salisbury Company of the Salisbury
Battalion of Militia. Somerset County, 1777; cap-
tain, 1780. OUT OF STATE SERVICE: commissioner
of the navy board of the middle department, 1778-
1780; commissioner of accounts for the State of
Delaware, 1782-1787; district commissioner for
the settlement of state accounts with the Confed-

eration government after the Revolution, ap-
pointed 1787; accountant of the Navy, July 1798,
resigned, January 1800. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: wife inherited 1 slave
and £100.0.0 in gold or silver from her father's
estate, 1781; assessed value £905.0.0, including
23 slaves and 12 oz. plate, 1783; 50 slaves, 1798;
56 slaves, 1800. ANNUAL INCOME: received a sal-
ary of $3,000.00 per annum as commissioner of
the navy board of the middle department. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: purchased 50 acres in Som-
erset County, 1771. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased

at least 412 acres in Somerset and Worcester
counties between 1783 and 1808; patented a total
of 1,975 acres in Somerset and Worcester coun-
ties (1,940 acres of which were located in what is
now Wicomico County) between 1793 and 1800,
a considerable portion of which he inherited from
his father in 1792; inherited at least 686 additional
acres in Somerset County from his father and an
unspecified amount in Somerset County through
his wife by 1787; sold 1,374 acres in Somerset and
Worcester counties (1,146 acres located in what
is now Wicomico County) between 1801 and 1806;
owned several lots, a warehouse, and mills near
Salisbury, 1808. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: be-
tween June 7 and July 5, 1808, in Somerset County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY. TEV, $24,849.30 current
money (including 50 slaves and 82 books); FB,
$18,339.08. LAND: at least 1,749 acres in Somerset
and Worcester counties (ca. 749 acres located in
what is now Wicomico County) and several lots,
a warehouse, and mills near Salisbury.

WINDHAM, EDWARD (1616-?). BORN: in 1616.
IMMIGRATED: to Virginia in 1634. There is no
evidence that he ever lived in Maryland. RESIDED:
in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. PRIVATE CA-
REER. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1639; Gent.,
by 1643; Esq., by 1645. PUBLIC CAREER. PROVIN-
CIAL OFFICES: Council, 1652; justice, Provincial
Court, 1652. Windham was appointed to the
Council by Richard Bennett and William Clai-
borne on March 29, 1652, but not reappointed in
the commission of June 28, 1652. There is no
evidence that he served on either the Council or
the Provincial Court. OUT OF COLONY SERVICE:
justice. Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, 1637-
1654; churchwarden, Lower Norfolk County, 1640;
vestryman. Lower Norfolk County, 1640; Vir-
ginia House of Burgesses, Jamestown, 1642, Lower
Norfolk County, 1642, 1643; sheriff, Lower Nor-

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