Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

John Done (ca. 1747-1831)
MSA SC 3520-353


Born c. 1747 in Somerset County, Maryland.  Son of John Done (d. 1772) and Sarah Waters Done (d. 1781).  Married first wife Sarah Rigley.  Married second wife Patience Bayly.  Eighteen children included William (1792-1830), Sarah Martin, Juliet Henrietta, Leah Bayly, Elizabeth Bayly.  Resided in Somerset County; Worcester County; and Annapolis, Anne Arundel County.  Died October 9, 1831, Annapolis.

Attorney admitted to the Somerset County court, 1769; Worcester County court, 1769.  Sheriff, Worcester County, 1773-1775.  Committee of Observation, Worcester County, in office 1776.  Clerk, Worcester County, appointed 1777.  Conventions, Worcester County, 1st, 1774, 6th-8th, 1775-1776.  Lower House, Somerset County, 1780-1783 (attended sporadically).  Colonel, Princess Anne Battalion, Somerset County militia, commissioned 1781.  Maryland Senate elector, Worcester County, elected 1786; Somerset County, elected 1791.  Constitution Ratification Convention, Worcester County, 1788.  Chief Judge, Fourth District Court, 1791-1799 (resigned); 1812-1814 (resigned).   Member, Somerset Parish Vestry, Somerset County, 1791-1809.  Justice of the Peace, Somerset County, 1794, 1801.  Presidential elector, 1796 (Adams).  Judge, Somerset County, 1799.  Judge, Maryland General Court, 1799-1805.  Judge, Fourth District Court, 1806-1812.  Judge, Court of Appeals, 1812-1814.  Freemason.  Subscriber to Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

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