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to sketch its history. John Rousby was the first to possess the 600acre property, which was surveyed in 1659 for Henry Morgan. It was Rousby who, in 1718, sold Plimhimmon to Richard Coward, the father of our Capt. John Coward, who subsequently inherited the estate. He and his descendants held the property until 1783, when the Tilghman family entered the picture. This part of the story must begin w ith Tench Tilghman. He was a bright and energetic young man, well-read and f luent in French, a skill that proved useful in meetings with our allies. Before the Revolutionary War, he helped George Washing ton ma nage his Mount Vernon estate. During the war, he

enlisted in the army and became Washington’s personal assistant. As the general’s aide-de-camp, Lt. Col. Tilghman was entrusted with bringing the news of Cornwallis’ surrender to Philadelphia. That accomplishment made him famous, but the long and arduous ride in mid-October of 1781 may have taken its toll. There are reports that Tilghman already was suffering from “chills and fever” at the time. In 1783, because of his failing health, he resigned from the army and returned to his home on the Miles River. He soon married and got his importexport business going again, with help from Robert Morris. Tench married his first cousin, Anna Maria, the daughter of his

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