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

ABBOTT, JOHN (?-?). BORN: probably in En-
gland. IMMIGRATED: by 1631, probably as a ser-
vant or employee of Cloberry & Company. RE-
SIDED: on Kent Island. PRIVATE CAREER. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: probably left the colony
in the 1640s after Ingle's Rebellion. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: indentured servant or employee
of Cloberry & Company, 1631; laborer, 1633;
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Assembly, Kent County, 1640. LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Kent County, 1645/46. WEALTH DURING
LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION. 40 acres;

patented an additional 200 acres in 1644.

ABELL, SAMUEL (ca. 1677-1762). BORN: in
1675 or 1678 in St. Mary's County; elder son. NA-
TIVE, third generation. RESIDED: on Beaverdam
Manor, St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Samuel Abell (?-1698), son of
Capt. Robert Abell (1628-?). MOTHER: Ann.
BROTHER: John (1680-1746). MARRIED ca. 1704

Winifred Hall (?-1754). CHILDREN. SONS: Samuel,
Jr. (ca. 1719-1777); John (ca. 1721-?). PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Anglican. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, St. Mary's County, 1745. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 196
acres of manor land in St. Mary's County held
under lease from the proprietor. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: leased an additional 76 acres of Bea-
verdam Manor, St. Mary's County, in 1762.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in 1762 in St. Mary's
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £217.3.3 cur-
rent money (including 4 slaves); FB, £170.17.8.
LAND: leases on ca. 272 acres in St. Mary's
County.

ABELL, SAMUEL, JR. (1755-ca. 1801). BORN,
on January 13, 1755, in St. Andrew's Parish, St.
Mary's County; second son. NATIVE: fifth genera-
tion. RESIDED, in Lower Resurrection Hundred,
St. Mary's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-
THER: Samuel Abell, Jr. (ca. 1719-1777), son of
Samuel Abell (ca. 1677-1762). MOTHER: Eleanor
Bryan. BROTHERS: Philip (1741-1772); Robert
(1757-1802), a member of the Constitutional Con-
vention from Kentucky in 1788; and Abner (1759-
?). SISTERS: Mary (?-1815), who married Ignatius
Abell; Dorothy, who married (first name un-
known) Winsor; Winifred, who married Benjamin
Morgan; Alethia, who married (first name un-
known) Spalding; and Eleanor. MARRIED Mary (?-

1813). CHILDREN. Probably none who survived.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Esq., by 1785. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
probably a planter; owned water mills inherited
from his father. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, St. Mary's County, 1786-
1787, 1787-1788, 1788. LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff,
St. Mary's County, 1782-1785, 1794-1797; to-
bacco inspector, Leonardtown warehouse, St.
Mary's County, in office 1786-at least 1788; jus-
tice, St. Mary's County, 1792-1794, 1797-1801.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: 12 slaves, 1790; 11 slaves, 1794; 10 slaves,
1796 and 1801; 4 oz. plate, 1801. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 351 acres of manor land in St. Mary's
County leased before the Revolution and pur-
chased by Abell as confiscated British property in
1782. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: probably purchased
61 acres in St. Mary's County shortly before his
death. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: inventory filed
in December 1801 in St. Mary's County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least $1,840.41 current
money (including 7 slaves and 4 oz. plate). LAND.
probably 412 acres in St. Mary's County.

ADAIR, ROBERT (?-1768). BORN: in Calvert
County, of age by 1745. NATIVE: at least second
generation. RESIDED: in Baltimore Town, by 1751.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Alexander Adair
(?-1740), a surgeon, of Calvert and Kent counties.
MOTHER: Christian (?-1766), daughter of Thomas
Sterling, of Calvert County. SISTERS: Cassandra,
who married John Moore, of Kent County;
Elizabeth. MARRIED Martha. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1750; Mr. and Esq. at death. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Baltimore
County, 1768 (election of entire county delegation
voided on June 14, 1768, because of "treating of
voters" ). LOCAL OFFICES: St. James' Parish Ves-
try, Baltimore County, in office 1755-1758;
churchwarden, St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore
County, in office 1764-1765, 1768-1769; sheriff,
Baltimore County, 1764-at least 1766; justice,
Baltimore County, 1752-1767 (quorum, 1754-
1767); commissioner to build Baltimore County
courthouse, appointed 1768; commissioner,
Baltimore Town, in office 1768. WEALTH DURING
LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION at least 800
acres in Baltimore and Kent counties, plus 2 lots
in Baltimore Town. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on

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