Overseer - Road Overseer
Overseers were responsible for road and bridge maintenance and their role was vital in British Colonial Maryland. As plantations spread from the waterways of Maryland into the interiors, the roads and bridges were essential to transport crops to the bays and harbors for export.
Overseers were so important that Maryland law allowed them to confiscate trees or even land for the construction of roads and bridges. Overseers were exempted from jury duty. They were also subjected to significant fines if they did not perform their duty adequately.