Hometown Tuesday ~ Easton, St Peter’s Parish, Talbot, Maryland

meeting house signIt is unknown when Talbot County was originally founded. The County is located in the heart of Maryland‘s Eastern Shore, We do know it existed by February 12, 1661, when a writ was issued to its sheriff. It was initially divided into nine Hundreds and three parishes: St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s and St. Michael’s. When the Quakers arrived in 1682, they constructed the Third Haven Friends Meeting House which is one of the oldest churches in the United States. By the late 1700s, the town had grown so large that Maryland’s legislature authorized construction of a courthouse, at which time Easton was deemed the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore.” In 1710 the first Courthouse was built on what would become the town of Easton. It is believed that this town was named after the town Easton in Somersetshire, England.

A lot of history happened in and around Easton. In 1747 it was the first place to enact Tobacco inspection laws which enabled Maryland to control the quality of exports; established multiple inspection points to ensure export of only quality leaf, and set clerical and proprietary officers’ fees. On May 11, 1790, Easton Maryland Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer became the first newspaper on Eastern Shore, published by James Cowan.

The most notable historic figure who lived in this area was Frederick Douglas. Hefrederick douglas was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in February 1818. He had a difficult family life. He barely knew his mother, who lived on a different plantation and died when he was a young child. He never discovered the identity of his father. When he turned eight years old, his slave owner hired him out to work as a body servant in Baltimore. At an early age, Frederick realized there was a connection between literacy and freedom. Not allowed to attend school, he taught himself to read and write in the streets of Baltimore. At twelve, he bought a book called The Columbian Orator. It was a collection of revolutionary speeches, debates, and writings on natural rights. When Frederick was fifteen, his slave owner sent him back to the Eastern Shore to labor as a field hand. Frederick rebelled intensely. He educated other slaves, physically fought back against a “slave-breaker,” and plotted an unsuccessful escape.

Third Haven Quaker_Meeting_HouseMy maternal 6x Great Grandfather Thomas William Ford Jr was born in Easton on December 8, 1735. He is one of 3 sons born to Thomas Ford Sr. and Bridget Griffith. He married Sarah, last name unknown, in 1754. They had one daughter named Esther born April 18, 1755. Thomas and Sarah were Quakers and they belonged to the Third Haven Meetinghouse. Not much more is known about them nor their loves but I haven’t given the search to fill in all the blanks. Thomas died December 16, 1776, in Easton and his place of burial is unknown.

 

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Hometown Tuesday ~ Glasgow, Barren Co, Kentucky

hometown tuesdayThe city of Glasgow, Barren Co, Kentucky was established by the state assembly in 1799. That same year, the community was selected as the seat of a new county, owing to its central location, its large springs, native John Gorin’s donation of 50 acres for public buildings, and it’s being named for the Scottish hometown of the father of  William Logan who was one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the county seat. A post office was established in 1803, and the town received its city rights in 1809.

1804 Map Kentucky

 Settlers began entering Kentucky in 1763 in defiance of a royal proclamation which forbade settlement west of the Appalachians. Daniel Boone first came to the area in 1767. He returned in 1768 and spent 2 years here surveying the land. In 1775 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road from Tennessee into the Kentucky region. In 1792 the commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted into the Union as the first state west of the Appalachians.

Salt furnaces 1800s

 This land was level and the soil was very rich in minerals. This made it easy for crops such as tobacco, corn, wheat, rye, and oats to grow. There were lots of springs in the area and plenty of timber. Because of the larger creeks, saw and grist mills were erected in abundance. There were three salt furnaces in operation in the county, making from thirty to forty bushels of salt each per day. A salt furnace was a simple form of furnace used for heating the evaporating-pans and boilers in a salt-factory.

Barren County Sign glasglow

 My 5x Great Grandfather, Dr. Joseph Warder Sr (1752-1832), his wife Esther Ford Warder (1755-1816) and 9 of their 11 children moved to Glasgow in 1805. Two of their sons, Walter and William had already settled in the town in 1799. Both brothers were ordained, Baptist preachers. The townspeople were very excited to have a doctor in town as they had to travel many miles to get care. Joseph Sr had served in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War as a doctor. He and Esther moved to Fauquier County, Virginia in 1774. Here all of their children were born. By the end of his life, Joseph stated that he considered Glasgow as his only home.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.