- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Clearfield (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806311835
- ISBN-13: 978-0806311838
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pioneers of Old Monocacy : The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743
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Written essentially as a record of colonial land transactions, the book also includes brief biographical sketches of the earliest settlers in Frederick County, Maryland. For serious local historians, this book is indispensible.
It's not an architectural survey, so readers with those interest should look elsewhere.
What makes the book so valuable is the interweaving of local history and migrations with many individual pioneers and all those land documents. Footnotes are extensive and detailed. Though no fault of this book, the primary drawback to all this is that leases and rents on all the lands patented in Maryland were not documented anywhere in this time; many of the early settlers who passed through were never recorded.
Great book for those interested in early history and early land transactions in an important but obscure part of the frontier.
Unfortunately, the focus is narrow so the book will appeal mostly to a few historians and genealogists who have interest in this small area of Maryland in the years between 1721 and 1743.
It also mentions families who passed through there on the way to VA & the Carolinas. If you had family who were in PA and went South, you might check in this book.
It has an index of sir names and given names in the back of the book with the page numbers where they are found. So you don't really have to read the whole book.
In reading the book I know the area was first settled in the early 1600s; who went to jail for breaking the Saboth or for not burning their tobacco (a practice to keep the price of tobacco high). I also learned that the population in a section of Fredericks Co were Quakers who came from Germany and Switzerland. There is also an Irish population there and a Methodist church was built in the early 1800s. Up until then there was only the Quaker meeting house.
Deleware and PA fought over the border so much that in the end property owners found themselves in both states.
The last thing I did every night was read a chapter (3-5 pages) because it put me to sleep.
Frances M McCrory-Meservy
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My ancestors came from the area. Although there is little specifically about my family it is still of great interest to me.Published 17 months ago by Bonnie Morris
Anyone tracing their family history to Maryland and Pennsylvania should read this book. I was surprised at the number of family names I recognised from researching my Kentucky and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Happy Listener
THIS BOOK HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY WITH TRACING MY FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY. VERY PLEASED WITH THIS BOOK.Published 21 months ago by KATHRYN K TUTTERROW