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A Slicer

Col. Andrew Slicer (1774-1865)

b. Frederick MD. Worked in Annapolis, varied professions, at times a cabinetmaker


9" long reeding plane reported by Jeff Beaule on the Facebook group Rhykenology.

A Slicer


Col. Andrew Slicer

parents William Slicer and Sarah Shea

b 1774 Frederick, MD - Annapolis, MD - d 1865 Baltimore, MD 

(Find A Grave website, entry by Jerry Sanner, with information gleaned from

"His father was Baltimore furniture maker William Slicer who died in 1796 in Scotland and his mother Sarah --- born 1746 & died 5 Aug 1841, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Andrew Slicer, son of William & Sarah Slicer, was born 10 Nov 1774. When he was a small child his father went back to Scotland due to ill health & died there in 1796. Andrew grew up in Annapolis, having lived with his mother's family. He married Elizabeth Selby, daughter of Orrick Selby, on 29 Nov 1797 at St Anne's Church, Annapolis, Maryland.


Andrew was a very active during his lifetime in Annapolis. In 1803, he was a "Constable" in the town and in 1808 he was operating his own blacksmith shop, advertising his services in the Maryland Gazette. Andrew also supplied luxury goods to wealthy residents in the city (and) was one of several cabinetmakers who worked on the construction and furnishing of the State House. He was Grand Jury Foreman in 1815 and City Commissioner in 1820.

Andrew was also very active during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, having served as Captain in Lt Colonel Thomas Hood's Regiment Maryland Militia."

Obituary ... "The venerable Col. Andrew Slicer, so well known in-former years to public men throughout the state, died in this city, yesterday, at the residence of his daughter, the widow of the late, Wm J. Goldsborough, Esq., in the 91st year of his age. The deceased was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Annapolis, but for his last three years resided with his relatives in this city. During the war of 1812, he raised in Annapolis, by his own exertions, a military company, which he promptly marched to the defense of Baltimore, when it was menaced by the British forces. He subsequently filled other positions of responsibility, and for over thirty years was the messenger to the Senate of Maryland...He was the father of a large family, many of whom are residents of this city, among them the Rev. Dr. Henry Slicer, the well known Methodist Episcopal clergyman."

Additional notes

  • Per US Craftspeople and town histories:  William was a cabinetmaker and clockmaker 1769-1771. Andrew's son William b 1798 was a coachmaker and his other son Henry b 1801 painted furniture as a young man.

  • A search of statehouse records documented that Andrew Slicer made “venetian shutters” in 1821. There were only a few other entries ... for painting, repairing fireplaces, repairing window blinds, etc. There was no other mention of State House furnishings or construction.

  • Historic Annapolis, in the Fall of 2015, listed historic houses as part of a candlelight tour. One of these houses, the early Shiplap House was owned by "cabinetmaker Andrew Slicer and his heirs" ... "for much of the 19th century". It mentions that "Slicer covered the NE (originally the front, but now the rear) facade and a new NW side addition with distinctive "shiplap" siding ..." The 1958 book, Excavations at Shiplap House, relates that Andrew Slicer purchased the house in 1817 and he left it to his daughter Elizabeth Goldsborough. She sold the house in 1877.

  • An additional genealogical note: Col. Andrew Spicer, was in Maryland US census records from 1800 to 1860. No other "A" Slicer's were found in the US census records before 1840.  

Andrew's photograph ca 1862



























The reeding plane is 9" long. 














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