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Thomas Gassaway (1683 - 1739)

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Cpt Thomas Gassaway
Born in Poplar Ridge, South River, Anne Arundel Co., MDmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in All Hallows, Anne Arundel Co., MDmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2010
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1743 Court Case and Slave Ownership

Named in a 1743 court case [1] as the owner of a slave descended from Mary Molloyd. By the time of the suit, the children of Mary Molloyd's daughter Mary Fisher had been aqcquired as slaves by some of the more prominent families of Anne Arundel and neighboring counties, as follows:

  1. Ann Fisher, b. ca 1711 (aged about 32 in 1743), kept as slave by Thomas Gassaway, Baltimore Co, Gentleman
  2. Robert Fisher, kept as slave by Thomas Jennings of Anne Arundel County, Gentleman
  3. James Fisher, kept as slave by John Dorsey, son of Caleb Dorsey of Ann Arundel County, Gentleman
  4. Richard Fisher, kept as slave by Richard Dorsey of Anne Arundel County, Gentleman
  5. Mary Fisher, kept as slave by Richard Warfield Junr. of Anne Arundel County, Gentleman
  6. Frances Fisher, kept as slave by Colonell Henry Ridgely of Anne Arundel County
  7. Edward Fisher, kept as slave by Philip Hammond of Anne Arundel County
  8. Charles Fisher, kept as slave by Elizabeth Beale of Anne Arundel County, widow.

Children listed in Warfield book are Henry, John, Thomas, Nicholas, and there is a grandson named John Beale Howard. All are named in Thomas’ will.


Death: Y
Date: 10 SEP 1739
Place: Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
Age: 55


  1. 17 June 1743, pp 11-12, Court Slave Records of Anne Arundel Co. Anne Arundel County Judgment Record 1734-6, 83; 1743-4, 11

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