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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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SMI BIOGRAPHIES

House, Frederick County, 1791-1792 (Claims 1).
LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Calvert County, 1773;
continental loan officer, Calvert County, 1778;
purchasing agent, Calvert County, 1778; com-
missary for purchases, Calvert County, 1780-1782;
auctioneer, Calvert County, 1780; commissary for
clothing, Calvert County, 1781; commissary for
horses, Calvert County, 1781; clerk, Commis-
sioners of the Tax, Frederick County, 1787, 1788;
justice, Orphans' Court, 1791, 1792; justice,
Frederick County, 1791, resigned December 2,
1792. MILITARY SERVICE: major, Calvert County
Militia, 1776; lt. colonel, Calvert County, 1778.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:

assessed value £410.6.8, including 11 slaves and
26 oz. plate, 1783; 24 slaves, 1790. In May 1792,
Smith sold 8 slaves to his brother Alexander Law-
son Smith of Harford County. Two months later,
he sold to Anthony Sim and his son Walter Smith,
both of whom were his securities for the payment
of "sundry considerable sums of money," 9 slaves,
all of his silver plate, furniture, livestock, plan-
tation utensils, crops and "every other kind of
property I possess...." Two judgments from the
General Court were issued against him before his
death. Finally, in February 1793, he sold his
dwelling plantation to satisfy a debt of £1,100.0.0.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 256 acres in Calvert
County (from his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 260 acres of confiscated British prop-
erty in Harford County in 1785, 200 acres of con-
fiscated British property in Frederick County in
1787, and purchased 571 acres in Frederick County
in 1788. In 1787 he sold his 256 acres in Calvert
County, and by 1793 he had sold all of his land
in Frederick County. There is no transaction of
sale for the 260 acres in Harford County. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between February 25, 1793, and
July 9, 1794, probably in Frederick County. Size
of estate unknown.

SMITH, RICHARD (?-ca. 1690). IMMIGRATED:
in 1649, as a free adult with his wife. RESIDED:
in Calvert County. MARRIED Eleanor. CHILDREN.
SONS: Walter Smith (?-1711), who married Rachel
(1671-1730), daughter of Richard Hall (?-1688);
Richard (?-1714), surveyor general of Maryland,
1693-1697, who married first, by 1679, Elizabeth
(1655-?), daughter of Robert Brooke (1602-1655),
second, in 1686, Barbara (?-by 1697), widow of
John Rousby (?-1685/86), daughter of Henry
Morgan (ca. 1616-1663), and third, in 1697, Maria
Johanna, widow of Col. (first name unknown)

Lowther, daughter of Charles Somerset, Esq., of
Acton Park, Middlesex, England. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
no title on arrival; Gent., by 1662; transported
his wife in 1651 and at least 9 servants between
1656 and 1661; established a prominent Calvert
County family; lived many years after his last
public service. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Calvert County, 1658, 1661, 1662, 1666
(Laws). OTHER PRO VINCI AL OFFICE: attorney gen-
eral, 1657-1660/61. MILITARY SERVICE: lieuten-
ant, by 1657. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:
probably opposed Revolution of Protestant As-
sociators in 1689, as did his two sons. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: Ca.

1,125 acres in Calvert County by 1666 and prob-
ably during his tenure in the Assembly. WEALTH

AT DEATH. DIED: C3. 1690. LAND: at least 1,690

acres, probably much more, in Calvert County.

SMITH, ROBERT (?-1706/7). BORN: probably
in Penryn, Cornwall, England. IMMIGRATED: by
1677, as a free adult from England. RESIDED: on
Hinson Towne Creek (also called Read's Creek)
on the south side of the Chester River, Talbot
(later became Queen Anne's) County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. BROTHER: Renatus Smith (?-1719).
MARRIED ca. 1680 probably Anne Gaines, widow
of Thomas Hynson (?-1679). CHILDREN. DAUGH-
TER: Anne (?-by 1724), who married Anthony

Ivy (?-1714). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-

erate; possibly received degree from Cambridge
University, 1672. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: An-
glican, St. Paul's Parish, Talbot County, by 1705.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: initially a tenant
on "Hinson's Addition," but began to purchase
land in the year of his arrival; Gent., by 1687;
Esq., by 1695; a leading lawyer of the colony,
frequently consulted by governors; in 1695 his
ship Robert and Ann was seized for violation of
the Navigation Acts. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE.
lawyer, admitted to the following courts: Kent
County Court in 1677, Talbot County by 1679;
planter; merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Associators' Convention, Talbot County,
1689-1692; Lower House, Talbot County, 1692-
1693 (Laws 1; Aggrievances 1), 1694-1697
(speaker 1-4; absent 5; Laws 8); Upper House,
1698-1700 (special writ, 2nd session of the 1697/
98-1700 Assembly; appointed by the 3rd session
of that Assembly), 1701-1704, 1704-1706 (died
before the 5th session of the 1704-1707 Assem-

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