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Thomas Baldridge (?-1654)
MSA SC 3520-34
Freeman in Attendance, 1637/38

Born: Probably in England.
Immigrated: Probably in 1635, definitely by 1637, possibly as an indentured servant.
Resided: St. Mary's County; moved to Virginia by 1650.
Died: An inventory of his estate was taken in 1655.

Family Background:
Brother: James (?-c. 1655), who married Dorothy (?-1662).
Married: Grace, who subsequently married Maj. John Tew.

Sons: James (?-1664), who married Elizabeth; William.

Private Career:
Religious Affiliation: Protestant.
Social Status and Activities: Possibly arrived as a servant, certainly of low social status; his role in Ingle's Rebellion probably accounts for his removal to Virginia.
Occupational Profile: Possibly a servant; planter.

Public Career:
Legislative Service: Assembly, present 1637/38, St. Michael's Hundred, St. Mary's County, 1640-1641, present 1641/42.
Local Offices: Sheriff and coroner, St. Mary's County, 1638/39-1641.
Military Service: Sergeant, 1638/39.
Out of Colony Service: Justice, Northumberland County, Virginia, probably 1652-1653, Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1653-1654; captain, by 1650; major at death.
Stands on Public/Private Issues: A commander of the rebel forces during Ingle's Rebellion.

Wealth During Lifetime:
Land at First Election: No evidence of any.

Wealth at Death:
Land: at least 840 acres owned with his brother in Northumberland County, Virginia.

Source: Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., eds.  A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789. Vol I. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985, p. 111-112.

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