Archives of Maryland
Historical List
Naval Officers, 1694-1777

Source: Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., Archives of Maryland, Historical List,
new series, Vol. 1. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1990.

The Naval Officer, who was appointed by the Governor, was charged with collecting import
and export duties and other fees on ships using Maryland's ports.

See Donnell M. Owings, His Lordship's Patronage: Offices of Profit in Colonial Maryland, pps. 63-67.

Naval Officers

Naval Officers of Annapolis

1694-1696  Capt. Richard Hill Anne Arundel County
1696-1698  Henry Denton Annapolis
1698 Edward Batson Calvert County
1698/99-1718  Col. William Bladen Annapolis
1718-1719 John SteeleAnnapolis
1719-1742  Benjamin Tasker, Sr. Annapolis
1742-1755  Col. Benjamin Tasker, Jr. Annapolis
1755-1762  Stephen Bordley Annapolis
1762-1777  John Ridout Annapolis 

Naval Officers of Cecil County

1694-1695 Col. William PearceKent County
1695-1701  Col. John Thompson, Sr. Cecil County
1701-1711  Matthias Vanderheyden Cecil County
1711-1733  Stephen Knight Cecil County
1733-1742/43  Capt. William Rumsey Cecil County
1743-1754  Col. John Veazey Cecil County 

Naval Officers of North Potomac

1689-1690  Capt. John Coode St. Mary's County
1690-1694  Samuel Cooksey Charles County
  Philip Clarke
Maj. William Dent [1]
St. Mary's County
Charles County
1696-1704  Maj. William Dent Charles County
1704-1711 John RogersCharles County
1711-1718 John PhelpsSomerset County
1718-1727 Capt. John YoungAnnapolis
1727-1744  Philip Lee Prince George's County
1744-1774  Richard Lee Charles County
1774-1777  Philip Thomas Lee Annapolis 

Naval Officers of Oxford

1694-1695  Maj. Thomas Smithson Talbot County
1695-1719 Thomas CollierTalbot County
1719-1727  Robert Ungle Talbot County
1727-1737  Michael Howard Talbot County
1737-1747  Col. James Hollyday Queen Anne's County
1747-1754  Col. Edward Lloyd Talbot County
1754-1768 Samuel Chamberlaine, Sr.Talbot County
1768-1777  Samuel Chamberlaine, Jr. Talbot County 

Naval Officers of Patuxent

1689 Maj. Samuel BourneCalvert County
1689-1691  Andrew Abington Calvert County
1691-1694  Col. George Plater, I St. Mary's County
1694-1695  Thomas Briscoe Calvert County
1695-1698  Samuel Watkins Anne Arundel County
1698-1707  Col. George Plater, I St. Mary's County
1707-1717  Col. John Rousby, II Calvert County
1717-1720 Thomas MacnemaraAnnapolis
1720-1722  Col. William Holland Anne Arundel County
1722-1726  Thomas Humphrys Annapolis
1727-1729  John Ross Annapolis
1729-1755  Col. George Plater, II St. Mary's County
1755-1761 Henry Darnall, IIIPrince George's County
1761-1765  John Ross Annapolis
1765-1767  Walter Dulany Annapolis
1767-1777  George Plater, III St. Mary's County 

Naval Officers of Pocomoke

1689-1697  Maj. Robert King, I Somerset County
1697-1698  Capt. John West Somerset County
1698-1705  John Bozman Somerset County
1705-1708  Col. John Contee Charles County
1708-1733 Col. Arnold ElzeySomerset County
1733-1740  Col. Levin Gale Somerset County
1740-1754 Samuel Chamberlaine, Sr.[2] Talbot County
1754-1755  Charles Grahame Calvert County
1755-1762 Col. Benjamin Young, Jr.Baltimore County
1762-1766  Col. Robert Jenkins Henry Somerset County
1766-1775 John LeedsTalbot County
1775-1777 William Thomas, IIITalbot County

1. Appointed jointly, giving Dent jurisdiction over the "upper Parts of Charles County," and Clarke jurisdiction of southern
Potomac. Dent assumed authority over the whole region in 1696. See Owings, p. 160.

2. After 1750, Chamberlaine was effectively stripped of his powers. He retained the position in name only, and was to turn all
proceeds of the office over to David Graham. Chamberlaine left the colony for England in 1754 to protest his demotion, but died
on the voyage. See Owings, p. 161.

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