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

1657), widow of both Adam Thoroughgood (1602-
1640) and John Gookin (?-1643). Sarah was the
daughter of Robert Offley of London, England.
CHILDREN. STEPSON: Adam Thoroughgood (?-1685/
86), who married Frances, daughter of Agroll
Yardley (1621-1655). STEPDAUGHTERS: Anne
Thoroughgood, who married first, Job Chandler
(?-1659), and second, Gerard Fowke (1625-1669);
Sarah Thoroughgood (?-1658), who married Si-
mon Oversee (Overzee); and Elizabeth Tho-
roughgood, who married John Michael. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-
ATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: lived in Northampton County, Virginia, in
1642, where he owned at least 1,000 acres; was
noted for his explorations to the south of Virginia;
wife was a wealthy widow; was in Maryland by
November 1651 and entered his mark for cattle
in Maryland courts in March 1651/52; appointed
to the Council by Richard Bennett and William
Claiborne on March 29, 1652, and again on June
28, 1652. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Coun-

cil, 1652-1653 (last date of proven service was
November 25, 1652); justice, Provincial Court,
1652-1653. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, 1652-
1653. OUT OF COLONY SERVICE: justice. Lower
Norfolk County, Virginia, 1651-1654; burgess.
Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, 1653; captain,
by 1650; colonel, by 1652. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: In February 1653/54, Yardley was
found guilty of illegally seizing a ship, for which
he was charged with costs and fined 3,000 pounds
of tobacco; in March 1653/54 the Council charged
him with "contemptious carriage and demeanor"
toward the proprietary government. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND: 1,000 acres in Charles County
and probably 2,590 acres in Virginia. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: probably by December 5, 1654, cer-
tainly by 1655, in Lower Norfolk County, Vir-
ginia.

YATES, ROBERT (by 1692-1743). BORN: by 1692,
in Charles County; eldest son. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED: in Charles County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Robert YateS, Sr.

(?-1713), a merchant who immigrated from Lon-
don by 1687 and who was a justice of the peace
of Charles County in 1712. MOTHER: Rebeckah,
widow of James Tyre (?-ca. 1687) of Charles
County, possibly the daughter of Nicholas Young
and wife Elizabeth of St. Mary's County. STEP-
MOTHER: Lydia Hatch (?-1718), widow of Wil-
liam Hawton, Sr. BROTHER: Charles. HALF

BROTHERS: Bowles Tyre; James Tyre. MARRIED
by September 3, 1736, Ann, daughter of John
Gwinn (?-1734) and wife Ann (?-1736). Ann
subsequently married between April and Septem-
ber 1744 Arthur Lee (?-1760). Her brothers were
Joseph; Benjamin. Her sister was Mary, who
married (first name unknown) Williams. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Robert, who probably married by
1741 Sarah, widow of John Bruce, Gent., of
Charles County; Jonathan. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENT: After Robert's death in 1743, his brother
Charles became guardian to his two surviving sons.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: probably planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County,
1742 (died prior to the 2nd session of the 1742-
1744 Assembly). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Charles
County, 1728-1743 (quorum, 1735-1743) MILI-
TARY SERVICE: called major at death. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 2 slaves

inherited by his wife, 1734. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 772 acres in Charles County (200 acres
probably inherited from his father). It is likely
that he acquired an additional 160 acres of his
father's land by 1743. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
administration bond executed June 24, 1743. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,750.7.7 current money
(including 20 slaves and 9 books dealing with re-
ligion and law); FB, estate overpaid £126.11.0.
LAND: at least 772 acres, and probably as much
as 932 acres, all in Charles County.

YEATES (YEATS, YATES), DONALDSON (1729/

30-1796). BORN: on February 12, 1729/30, prob-
ably in Delaware; fourth son. IMMIGRATED: prob-
ably from New Castle, Delaware. RESIDED: in
Kent County by April 1, 1774; at Turner's Creek
on the Sassafras River, Kent County, by 1780.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: George Yeates

(1695-?), son of Jasper Yeates and wife Cath-
erine Sandelands. Jasper Yeates was an English
immigrant and merchant of Chester on the Del-
ware River. MOTHER: Mary Donaldson. BROTH-
ERS: Jasper (1720-1767); John (1722/23-1795);
and David (1728-1770). SISTERS: Mary (1724/25-
?); Catherine (1726-?), who married I. J. Currie
(Corrie); Elizabeth (1731-1795), who married
James Lathim; and Ann (1734-1767). MARRIED
Mary Syng (1751-1809). CHILDREN. SONS: George;
John; and Donaldson (?-ca. 1817), who in 1812
was appointed a surgeon's mate in the navy by
President James Madison and who served as as-
sistant surgeon aboard the USS Constitution in

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