THOMAS GRUNBERRY MAYNARD - STATESMAN
Thomas Grunberry Maynard was left an orphan when young, and began life by clerking. When twenty years of age he had saved enough money to establish himself in the mercantile business in a small way in Liberty, Maryland., and there remained until twenty-eight years of age.
He united in marriage with Ariana "Anna" Sollers, whose father, Sabritt Sollers, was a major in the Revolutionary war (actually The War of 1812). To this union were born seven children, of whom Dr. Clinton Maynard is the youngest.
After his marriage, Thomas abandoned his mercantile pursuits and commenced farming, purchasing 400 acres of land.
The couples seven children all received a liberal education. Twice he represented his district in the Maryland legislature. After the death of his wife, Ariana (before 1890) the homestead was sold for the cash price of $30,000, and he retired in Liberty, Maryland.
In 1893 Thomas was living in the town of Liberty, Frederick Co., Maryland, in which he had first begun his business career, and was then eighty-three years of age. He was a member of the Methodist Church South, and a democrat.
In 1850, Thomas was a farmer and owned real estate valued at $6,000. The census lists him as age 38, living with wife Arianna (a. 31), 7 children, and 2 of Arianna’s sisters -- who each owned real estate valued at $5,000. At that time, Thomas G. Maynard is listed as the owner of 5 female mulatto slaves (a. 25, 23, 8, 5, & 4), 1 male mulatto slave boy (a. 2), and 1 black male slave (a. 30).
By 1860, Thomas, a. 50, still appears as a farmer, but his land holdings now total $17,220 in value with personal property of $3,480. Wife “Anna A” is 42, and children Virginia (a. 19), Thomas B. (a. 17), Albert (a. 15) and Clinton (a. 14) live with him. He is listed as the owner of 5 female mulatto slaves ( a. 40, 16, 40, 15, 12) and 1 male mulatto slave (a. 11). (Are these the same slaves as listed in 1850? The ages are close for the children, but farther off for the 2 older women.)
T. G. Maynard is listed under General Merchandise in Liberty, Frederick Co., (about 12 miles from Frederick City) in the Maryland Directory of 1878.
The 1880 US Census for Liberty, Frederick Co., Maryland, lists Thomas G. Maynard as a. 71 and a general merchant. In his household are listed son Thomas B., a. 38 (occupation listed as “at home”), single sister in law Susan “Sollars”, a. 62, Emory P. Croning, a. 21 and a clerk in a store, and black servant Mary M. Dorsey, a. 22. [2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]