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

1782 Wright is no longer mentioned in the Queen
Anne's County records, but he appears in Kent
County as an attorney-at-law and remains there
until his death. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1790
in Kent County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£11,298.8.1 current money (including a backgam-
mon table and an extensive collection, consisting
of about 50 titles, of law books); FB, £11,154.3.7.
LAND: ca. 879 acres in Queen Anne's County.

WROTH (WROUTH, RAWTH), JAMES (?-

1706). BORN: probably in England. IMMIGRATED:
in 1665, from England, as an indentured servant.
RESIDED: at "Draycott" on the south side of the
Sassafras River in Baltimore (later became Cecil)
County, by 1670; on Langford Bay, Kent County,
by 1694; purchased "Reurdon," his dwelling
plantation on Langford Bay, Kent County, in 1699.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. SISTER: probably Parnell,
who married by 1670 Henry Eldersly (?-1708).
MARRIED first, by 1670, Elizabeth. MARRIED sec-
ond, Ann Kinvin (Kurven, Kirwan). MARRIED
third, by 1700, Mary, who subsequently married
ca. 1707/8 John Price. CHILDREN. SONS: John, who
married on February 3, 1705, Catherine Cona-
way; Kinvin (?-1750), who married Sarah; and
James, who married Ann Walmsley. DAUGH-
TERS: Elizabeth, who married George Lumley;
Mary; Martha; Deborah; Anne (1694-?); and
Susannah. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: illiterate
in 1672; literate by 1682. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican, St. Paul's Parish, Kent County. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: arrived as a servant to
Joseph Hopkins; probably free by 1670; Gent.,
by 1688. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: servant, free
by ca. 1670; planter, by 1672; merchant. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Cecil County, 1692-1693 (elected to the 1st ses-
sion of the 1692-1693 Assembly to fill vacancy).
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Cecil County, 1685-1688.
ADDITION AL COMMENTS: His tenure as justice was
marred by accusations of malfeasance in office
made by Henry Coursey (ca. 1629-1695). In a
letter to the Council in 1688, Coursey accused
Wroth and two other justices of conspiring to
acquit a layman for taking it upon himself to ar-
range a marriage between Sarah (1676-?), the
eleven year old daughter of John Vanhack (?-
1675), and Stephen Coleman (?-by ca. 1702), a
tailor. This marriage was adamantly opposed by
her aunt and guardian, whom Wroth tried to bribe
to cooperate in the scheme. Sarah subsequently
married Stephen Coleman, ca. 1691/92. Coursey
further charged that the magistrates (unnamed)

divested a Mr. Hill of his house, land, and goods,
by marrying Hill's wife to another man while Hill
was away in Calvert County for the duration of
"two crops." Wroth was not renewed in the Oc-
tober 1688 list of commissions. STANDS ON PUB-
LIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: opposed Protestant Associ-
ators' Revolution, 1689. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,025 acres in Balti-
more and Kent counties (225 acres by purchase
in Baltimore County and 800 acres in Kent County
by patent). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: buried on
November 21, 1706, in St. Paul's Parish, Kent

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £167.18.4

(including 2 slaves, 1 silver tankard, and 6 silver
spoons); FB, estate overpaid, £89.17.6. LAND:
2,500 acres in Kent and Talbot (later became
Queen Anne's) counties; 2,020 acres were sold
by his executors to satisfy his debts.

WYNN, EDWARD (?-1692). BORN: probably in
Wales. IMMIGRATED: probably in 1692, as a free
adult. RESIDED: in St. Mary's City, St. Mary's
County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: probably arrived in April
1692 with Lionel Copley (1648-1693); Esq., 1692;
termed a "barrister at law" and "a dull Welch
lawyer" by Edward Randolph (1632-1703). OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: lawyer; admitted to the
Provincial Court in April 1692. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's
City, 1692 (died before the 2nd session of the
1692-1693 Assembly). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICE: attorney general, April-September 1692.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by September 8, 1692.

YARDLEY (YEARDLEY), FRANCIS (ca 1624-
by 1655). BORN: ca. 1624, in James City County,
Virginia; younger son. IMMIGRATED: in 1651, as
a free adult from Virginia. RESIDED: Yardley
owned land on Portobacco Creek, St. Mary's (now
Charles) County, but he never settled perma-
nently in Maryland. His principal residence was
in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Sir George Yardley (1588-1627),
who was acting governor of Virginia, 1616-1617,
governor, 1618-1621, 1626-1627, and a member
of the Council, 1621-1626. STEPFATHER: Francis
West. MOTHER: Temperance Flowerdew (Flow-
erdiew) (?-ca. 1628). BROTHER: Agroll (Argoll),
Esq. (1621-1655), a merchant and councillor of
Virginia, 1644-1645, who married first, Frances,
and second, ca. 1649, Anne Custis. SISTER: Eliz-
abeth (1619-?). MARRIED in 1647 Sarah (1609-

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