School Teachers of Early Maryland
by Robert Barnes
MSA SC 5300
March, Mary Ann, was in Annapolis by 27 March 1751 when she
advertised that she and her daughters, living in a house opposite Edmund
Jenings, would teach embroidery and reading. They also did quilting (AMG
27 March 1751).
Legal problems: The deposition of the Rev.
Thomas Chase, of Baltimore County Clerk taken the 27 April 1757 stated
that a school was opened in Baltimore Town and continued 'till about six
Months ago by one Mary Ann March a reputed Papist, and that although Chase
often applied both publicly and privately to the three Magistrates living
then in the said Town, and who well knew the said Mary Ann March did keep
School, yet they were so far from putting a stop to it that one of them
sent his child to it. Chase further said that the Protestant School Master
in the said Town told him that he had lost many of his Scholars, which
were immediately put to the Popish School (ARMD 31:210).
Financial problems: In 1758 Mary Ann
March petitioned the Council of Maryland, saying: "After the separation
between my Husband and me, I sued according to Law for a Maintenance, the
Court of Chancery was pleased to order me to return to my Husband, and
in obedience to the honourable Court I did. He immediately answered
that he never would cohabit help or maintain me and as I am advanced in
years and scarce any other Ways or Means to support me but by the tuition
of Children, nay, that even I am deprived of. The County will not allow
me any Thing, because my Husband is living, therefore I most humbly pray
your Honours will take it into your wise Considerations to enable me to
get a Living, and in Duty bound while Life remains,... shall pray Mary
Ann March. (ARMD 31:282).
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