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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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and invincible obstinancy," and that he refused to
obey orders. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: in September 1782 he pur-
chased two lots on Monocacy Manor in Frederick
County, one containing 182 acres and the other
133 acres, which had been sold as confiscated Brit-
ish property. In November 1782 he wrote the in-
tendant complaining that the lots he had pur-
chased did not agree with the description given of
them at the time of the auction. Adams claimed he
had been deceived and his request that the sale be
voided was granted with respect to the 133-acre
tract; purchased 14 acres in Caroline County,
1783. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
September 5, 1785, in Caroline County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least £908.12.6 current money
(including 1 slave and books), received by his
brother William Adams, the executor and sole
legatee, and "in no way accounted for." LAND: 14
acres in Caroline County; possibly still owned 182
acres in Frederick County. As an officer, Col.
Adams was entitled to 400 acres west of Fort
Cumberland, Allegany County.

ADAMS, THOMAS (ca. 1611-1641/42). BORN:
ca. 1611, probably in England. IMMIGRATED by
1636 as a free adult. RESIDED: in Kent County.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: bookkeeper for Cloberry &
Company, 1636; Indian trader. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, Kent County,
1640-1641. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Kent County,

1640/41. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:

censured by the Assembly in October 1640 "for
some indecent speeches touching the Lord Propri-
etor." WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: had surveyed 1,000 acres.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by March 26, 1642; size
of estate unknown.

ADAMS, WILLIAM (?-1795). BORN: in Somerset
County. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED: Dis-
trict 1, Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER Rev. Alexander
Adams (ca. 1679-1769), rector of Stepney Parish,
Somerset County from 1704 to 1769, immigrated
from England in 1704. MOTHER: Sarah, daughter
of Samuel Horsey and wife Ann. BROTHERS: James
Alexander (?-by 1741); Rev. Alexander, Jr. (ca.
1725-1767), who was ordained in London, En-
gland, on December 21, 1748, and was rector of
St. James Parish at Herring Creek, Anne Arundel
County from 1748 to 1767 and who married on
May 19, 1745, Sarah Jones (?-ca. 1782); John

Adams (?-?); George (?-by 1801); Samuel (?-by
1796), who married in 1756 Rebecka Whittington;
Stephen (?-by 1801); Andrew, who married in
1759 Mary Whittingham; and Henry Smith (1739-
probably by 1769). NIECE: (first name unknown)
Adams, who married William Horsey (ca. 1745-
1786). MARRIED first, by 1763 Leah (?-probably
by 1773). MARRIED second, Ann (?-ca. 1801), who
subsequently married by February 1797 William
Cottman. CHILDREN. None surviving. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-

TION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1783; Esq. at death. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: probably a planter; owned a mill. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Somerset County, 1762-1763 (Arms and Ammu-
nition 2), 1765-1766 (Arms and Ammunition 2,
4), 1770 (elected to the 3rd session to fill vacancy);
Conventions, Somerset County, 6th-8th, 1775-
1776 (did not attend the 7th Convention); Lower
House, Somerset County, 1785, 1786-1787, 1787-
1788. LOCAL OFFICES justice, Somerset County,
1763-1775; Maryland Senate elector, Somerset
County, elected 1786. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: inherited £239.16.7 from
his father, 1774. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION at
least 929 acres in Somerset County (at least 200
acres were a gift from his father in 1750). SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH, sold 200 acres in Somerset
County in 1763. Patented a 879-acre tract in Som-
erset County in 1764, but had divided and sold all
of it by 1783. Inherited at least 393 acres in Som-
erset County from his father's estate, 1769. Pa-
tented 1 acre in Salisbury, Somerset County (later
became part of Wicomico County) with William
Horsey(ca. 1745-1786) in 1771. In 1771 and 1773
he executed bonds to convey 700 acres in Somerset
County, plus a 25-acre tract in that county that he
had patented in 1772. Purchased 3 lots in Annap-
olis in 1772 and built a large brick house attrib-
uted to architect William Buckland. The house
and 2 lots were leased out for 12 years in 1786.
Adams purchased ca. 62 acres in Somerset County
in 1783 and was assessed that year for a total of
437 acres in Somerset County. In 1792 he pur-
chased land on Great Devil's Island (now Deal
Island in Somerset County) to which he added 1 39
acres of vacant land and patented it in 1793 into a
558-acre tract. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED; in 1795
in Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£3,966.17.8, plus $1,669.53; FB, £3,817.14.0, plus
$1,312.68. LAND: 1,015 acres in Somerset County,
plus a dwelling house and lot in Princess Anne,
Somerset County, and 3 lots, plus a large brick

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