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Anne Baldwin Chase


Wife of Samuel Chase

Anne Baldwin of Annapolis, Md., was the first wife of Samuel Chase to whom she was married in 1762. He was twenty-one years old at the time, and had just completed his legal studies, which had been prosecuted under the direction of John Hammond and John Hall, two prominent attorneys of Annapolis. He established a lucrative practice in that city and early began taking the intelligent and active interest in public affairs that was later to make him so uncompromising a patriot and so valuable a member of the Continental Congress. William Paca was a fellow student with Samuel Chase in the office of Hammond & Hall and there began a friendship which was never broken. The two young men became members of the Provincial Legislature the same year and together were sent to the Continental Congress.

The young wife was not permitted to enjoy the honors that were to come to her husband, for she died during the early days of the Revolution, leaving six children, two sons and four daughters.1

In March, 1783, Mr. Chase went to England on legal business and there met and married Miss Hannah Kilty Giles, of London, who bore him two daughters. The eldest, Eliza, married Dr. Skipwith Coale, of London and the second daughter, Hannah, married William Barney, Esq., son of Commodore Barney of the Revolutionary navy.

In 1786, Judge Chase removed to Baltimore, where his warm personal friend, Col. John E. Howard, son-in-law of Benjamin Chew, and afterward U. S. Senator, presented him with a square in a newly laid out part of the city of Baltimore, on condition that he would take up his residence there. Judge Chase was not a man of means, but the rapid rise in value of the property which comprised many city lots, aside from what the Judge reserved for his own spacious mansion, afforded him a competence. Here he died in 1811.

Source: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence, by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1997). Orignaly Published in 1912 as volume 3 of The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons). Pages 217-219. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)

1[From pg. 281, n. 12] Samuel Chase, Jr., second son of Judge Chase, the Signer, became a judge in the District of Columbia; William Pinckney, whom he took into his own home and educated, became Attorney-General, and held several other high positions.


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