Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759
Author: Robert Barnes
Paperback, 923 pages
Baltimore County originally embraced all or parts of present-day Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Cecil counties, and here for the first time is a book that provides comprehensive genealogical data on the hundreds of families and thousands of individuals who settled in the parent county during the first hundred years of its existence. Because of the vast number of families included in the work--most of them were either migrants from Southern Maryland, Virginia's Eastern Shore, and Pennsylvania or immigrants from the British Isles whose ranks included servants, convicts, and Jacobite rebels--it was not possible to carry any family much later than 1759. Parish registers, administration bonds and accounts, wills, and inventories were abstracted and used as the nucleus for each family group, while court records and deeds were combed for supplementary data. In addition, family histories have been constructed from a series of family groups starting with the earliest known progenitor, followed by his children, his grandchildren, and, in some cases, his great-grandchildren. All in all, this is a stellar work on Baltimore County families prepared by the leading authority on the subject.