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Protestant Associators' Convention of 1689 - 16921

First Session: August 22, 1689 - September 4, 1689
Second Session: April 1, 1690 - April 4(?), 1690
Third Session: September 29, 1690 - October 6, 1690
Fourth Session: April 12(?), 1691 - April 25, 1691
Fifth Session: August (?), 1691 - September 10, 1691
Sixth Session: April 9, 1692

Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, Vols. 1&2.  Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1979, 1985.

Kenelm Cheseldyne, George Robotham, Nehemiah Blackiston Speaker of the Lower House
Anne Arundel County2
Thomas Tench
William Hopkins
Nicholas Gassaway, d-6
Nicholas Greenberry
Baltimore County
John Thomas
Thomas Staley
Thomas Thruston
Christopher Gist, d-4
Calvert County
Henry Jowles
Ninian Beale
Henry Mitchell
James Keech
Cecil County
Charles James
Edward Jones
William Dare3
James Frisby3
Charles County
John Addison
John Courts
Henry Hawkins
John Stone
Dorchester County
John Brooke
Henry Trippe
Charles Hutchins
Thomas Cooke, s-6
Kent County
William Harris
Michael Miller
Hans Hanson
Thomas Davis
St. Mary's City
William Blankenstein
Galbert Clarke, s-2
Robert Mason, e-34
St. Mary's County
John Coode5
Nehemiah Blackiston, spkr 4-6
Kenelm Cheseldyne, spkr 1-25
John Campbell
Somerset County
Francis Jenkins
David Browne
Robert King
Samuel Hopkins
Talbot County
John Edmundson
William Sharpe
George Robotham, spkr 3
Robert Smith

1. Except for a portion of the first session, no journal for this revolutionary convention survives. Unless otherwise noted, membership is derived from the signatures of delegates on "The Address of the Representatives of their Majestys Subjects in the Province of Maryland Assembled," dated September 4, 1689, Colonial Office Papers 5/719, part 1, no. 1 (Public Record Office, London). For the dates of individual sessions and identification of speakers, see William Hand Browne et al. eds., Archives of Maryland, 72 vols, to date (Baltimore, 1883-), 8:117, 172, 207, 242-50, 260; ibid., 13:247; Thomas Bacon, Laws of Maryland with Proper Indexes (Annapolis, 1765), note after laws of 1688; Charles County Court and Land Record, R no. 1, ff. 3, 129, 189, 275; Talbot County Land Record, NN no. 6, f. 317; Edmund B. O'Callaghan, ed., The Documentary History of the State of New York, 4 vols. (Albany, 1849-51), 2:117-18, 126-27; Edmund B. O'Callaghan, ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 15 vols. (Albany, 1853-87), 3:788-89.

2. Anne Arundel County did not send delegates to the first session. These four men were probably elected to the second session, when Gassaway and Greenberry were named to the Grand Committee of Twenty, an interim executive agency appointed at the second session. Tench and Hopkins were definitely sitting by the fourth session.

3. A contemporary account of the first session reported that only two delegates participated from Cecil County, but the signatures of four delegates were affixed to the September 4, 1689, address from the Assembly. There is no other record of service for William Dare and James Frisby, who are known later to have opposed the government of the Protestant Associators, and probably declined to serve further.

4. Elected to replace Gilbert Clarke, who resigned upon becoming sheriff prior to the second session. Mason was definitely sitting by the fourth session and was probably a member by the third meeting.

5. Coode and Cheseldyne, who went to England in the late summer of 1690 to defend the revolution they had led, did not serve in subsequent sessions, and their replacements, if elected, are unknown. Robert King of Somerset County may also have accompanied them.

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