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

(by 1724-1771). STEP OR HALF BROTHERS: Ed-
ward Fottrell; Thomas Fottrell. SISTERS: Mary
(1728/29-?); Elinor; and Elizabeth (1730-1758).

HALF SISTER: Achsah Fottrell. FIRST COUSINS:

Eleanor Dorsey, who married Upton Sheredine
(1740-1800); Thomas Dorsey (?-1790); Harry
Dorsey Gough (ca. 1745-1808); Achsah Dorsey
(1746-1799), who married Ephraim H oward( 1745-
1788); Rebecca Dorsey (1739-1812), who mar-
ried Charles Ridgely (1733-1790); Eleanor Dor-
sey (ca. 1739-1805), who married John Hall (1729-
1797); Mary Dorsey (?-1816), who married John
Weems (1727-1794); Elizabeth Dorsey (?-ca.
1811), who married Richard Ridgely (1755-1824);
Charles Ridgely, of John (ca. 1749-1786); Deb-
orah Ridgely (1749-1817), who married John
Sterett (1750/51-1787); Mary Ridgely (?-1804),
who married Benjamin Nicholson (?-1792); Frances
Todd, who married George Risteau (?-1792); and
Deborah Lynch (?-1810), who married Samuel
Owings ', Jr. (1733-1803). OTHER KINSHIP: great
uncle, Amos Garrett (1671-1727/28). MARRIED on
January 8, 1755, Mary, daughter of Richard Young
(1693-1748) and wife Rebecca Holdsworth (1716-
?). Mary was the granddaughter of both Samuel
Young (1662-1736) and Thomas Holdsworth (ca.
1692-1718). She was the stepgranddaughter of
Benjamin Mackall (1675-1761). She was the niece
of Mary Holdsworth (1713-?), who married Ben-
son Bond (1710-1750); Betty Holdsworth (1715-
?), who married James Heigh (?-1757). She was
the half niece of Benjamin Mackall, Jr. (ca. 1723-
1795); Barbara Mackall (1722-?), who married
William Wilkinson (?-1755). Mary Young Wood-
ward married second, in 1763, John Hesselius
(1728-1778) of Anne Arundel County, an artist.
CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Rebecca (1756-1818), who
married in 1776 Philip Rogers; Achsah (ca. 1757-
?); Mary, who married in 1775 James Govane,
son of William Govane (1716/17-1768); and Har-
riet, who married first, in 1783, Edmund Brice
(1752-1784), and second, William Murray of
Montgomery County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1756;
Esq., by 1759; owned a "brood of English Horses"
at death. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; also
owned a warehouse in Annapolis and was prob-
ably engaged in some mercantile activity. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House,

Annapolis, 1757-1758. LOCAL OFFICE: church-
warden, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County,

1755-1756. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 1,321 acres in Anne Arundel

County, and at least 2.5 lots in Annapolis (150
acres inherited from father, 2 lots in Annapolis
acquired through mother and grandfather Dor-
sey, 1,171 acres and at least one-half lot acquired
through marriage). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased

814 acres in Anne Arundel County in 1758; sold
his wife's Annapolis property, 1760. ADDITIONAL
COMMENT. Woodward loaned over £2,044.0.0
sterling to Charles Home wood, stepson of Wil-
liam Govane (1716/17-1768), in October 1760,
which Homewood secured with a mortgage to
Woodward of 2,231 acres of land in Anne Arun-
del County. Five months later. Woodward lent
Homewood an additional £299.0.0 sterling and
gained from Homewood the timber rights and
actual occupation of the mortgaged property in
lieu of interest. Homewood guaranteed that he
would not redeem the mortgage before 1771 un-
less he married Mary Chew (1736-1774), daugh-
ter of Samuel Chew (ca. 1704-1736/37), prior to
that date. Homewood was married to Elizabeth
Wright, at least at the time of the first mortgage.
Mary Chew married William Paca (1740-1799)
in 1763. In 1795, after Homewood's death, his
daughter Mary brought suit in Chancery Court
against Woodward's heirs to gain title to the mort-
gaged land. She stated that because Homewood
was of "very feeble and weak mind" with "few
lucid intervals," he was at the mercy of "unscru-
pulous men" like Woodward. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: on September 20, 1761, at his plantation in
Anne Arundel County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £4,371.17.9 sterling, £2.345.18.3 current
money (including 20 slaves, 8 servants, over 194
oz. plate, a violin, corn and wheat valued at over
£330.0.0 current money, and income from sales
and leases of real property); FB, £1,990.8.8 cur-
rent money. LAND: 2,135 acres in Anne Arundel
County and 2 lots in Annapolis, plus 2,231 acres
in Anne Arundel County held on mortgage from
Homewood.

WOOLFORD (WOOLLFORD), JAMES (ca.

1736-ca. 1783). BORN: ca. 1736 in Dorchester
County. NATIVE, third generation. RESIDED: in
Middle District, Dorchester County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: James Woolford (ca. 1680-
1758) of Dorchester County, a planter, son of
Roger Woolford (?-ca. 1701/2). MOTHER: Eliza-
beth, possibly the daughter of David Peterkin (?-
1736) of Dorchester County, a planter, and wife
Mary (?-1738). UNCLE: Roger Woolford (1670-
1730). AUNTS: Sarah Woolford (1672/73-by 1730),

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