Friday, March 6, 2009

Daniel Dulany the younger

Excerpts from "Maryland Historical Magazine"

On August 25, 1781, Daniel Dulany's real and personal property, consisting in part of ten lots in the City of Annapolis, upon one of which stood a " commodious and finely situated house in which Mr. Tasker formerly lived, with other buildings," was sold under the Confiscation Act.

And on October 10, 1781, " a number of lots in Frederick Town, with the improvements thereon; also several tracts, containing about seven thousand (7,000) acres of very valuable land, lying contiguous to the said Town, most of which is improved," were sold under the Confiscation Act.

And also on December 7, 1781, at Baltimore Town, " that elegant and well improved seat, called Hunting Ridge," was sold under the said Confiscation Act.16

All of the above property sold for £84,602, " the estates of a man who had never breathed an unfriendly breath and had never raised his hand in one overt act."

In the fall of 1781 the Dulanys removed from " Hunting Ridge " to Baltimore. Mr. Dulany did not actively engage in the practice of the law after his removal to Baltimore, but on account of his great eminence in his profession he was constantly consulted by other lawyers in the preparation of their cases.

From Baltimore, Ann Dulany dates the rest of her letters to her relative, in one of which in 1782 she shows the kindness of her heart by her sympathy for Mrs. Washington in the loss of her son. She writes: " I am very sorry for the death of Mr. Custis, but much more so for the sufferings of poor Mrs. Washington. (Note: He was the adopted son of George Washington after the death of his parents. He built Arlington House as a tribute to, and to hold the belongings of, General George Washington.)

Daniel Dulany, the younger, married September 16, 1749, Rebecca Tasker, born in Annapolis, November 4, 1724," died in Brighton, Sussex, England, in September, 1822, having nearly completed her 98th year.18 She was the second daughter of Hon. Benjamin Tasker, for 32 years a member of the Council and Acting Governor of the Province from May 3, 1752, to August 10, 1753, and Ann Bladen, his wife, the only daughter of Hon. William Bladen, of Annapolis, who was the son of Nathaniel Bladen, barrister, Hemsworth, Yorkshire, England, and Isabella Fairfax, his wife, second daughter of Sir William Fairfax of Steeton, Yorkshire, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Edmund Lord Sheffield, Earl of Mul- grave. Sir William Fairfax commanded a brigade at the battle of Marston Moor, under his cousin, Sir Thomas Fairfax, the great Parliamentary General. He fell covered with wounds in the moment of victory at the siege of Montgomery Castle, Wales, September 19, 1644.19

The children of Daniel Dulany, the younger, and Rebecca (Tasker) Dulany, his wife, were:

1. Daniel Dulany, Jr., born in Annapolis in 1750, died unmarried, in Downing Street, Westminster, August 12, 1824.f°

2. Benjamin Tasker Dulany, born in Annapolis in 1752, died 1816; married February 10, 1773, Elizabeth French of Virginia, leaving many descendants.

3. Ann Dulany, born in Annapolis, married M. de la Serre, and died at Grand Parade, Brighthelmstone (now Brighton), October 2, 1828.21 Her only child, Rebecca Ann, the heiress of her uncle, Daniel Dulany, Jr., assumed the name of Dulany and married Sir Richard Hunter, and died, without issue, at Brighton, Sussex, England.

"St. Anne's Parish Register. Annapolis. M Gentleman's Magazine, London, Vol. 92, Part 2, p. 286. "Pedigree of Yorkshire Families (Fairfax Chart), Vol. 1, West Riding. By Joseph Foster, 1874. <'' i

" Gentleman's Magasrine, London, Vol. 94, Part 2, p. 189.

Daniel Dulany, Jr., the eldest son, was taken to England by his father in July, 1761, and was educated at Eton. He never returned to America but once after he was taken abroad to be educated, and that was in 1785, when he paid a visit to his family. General Washington in his diary thus writes : " Thursday, December 22, 1785, at Mount Vernon, went a fox hunting with the following gentlemen who came here yesterday, Daniel Dulany, Jr., Benjamin Dulany, Samuel Harrison, Thomas Harrison, Philip Alexander, together with Ferdinando Fairfax and a Mr. Shaw."


  1. Wow, Ken, you've really been doing some reading. Those Maryland Dulaneys were something else.

  2. Daniel Dulany, the Younger, my 4th Great Grandfather. I am thrilled anytime I am able to read and learn about the Dulany line and facts.