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Guide to '''Kent County Maryland genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maryland|Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kent_County,_Maryland|Kent County]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maryland|Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kent_County,_Maryland|Kent County]]''  
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Kent County
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| state = Maryland
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| founded year = 1637
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| founded date = December 30
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| seat = [[Chestertown, Maryland|Chestertown]]  
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| building address = Kent County Courthouse<br> 400 High Street / 103 N Cross Street<br>Chestertown, MD 21620<br>Phone: 410-778-7435<br>[http://www.kentcounty.com/ '''Kent County Website'''] }}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Kent County Maryland Courthouse  ==
  
 
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{{RAOGKcourthouse}}&nbsp;<br>[http://www.kentcounty.com/ Kent County Courthouse]<br>400 High Street / 103 N Cross Street<br>Chestertown, MD 21620<br>Phone: 410-778-7435<br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1796; divorce records from 1867, land records from 1656, and court records from early 1800's.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent, Maryland page 318, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br><br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1796; divorce records from 1867, land records from 1656, and court records from early 1800's.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent, Maryland page 318, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
==== History  ====
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== Kent County Maryland History  ==
  
 
[[Image:England-kent.png|thumb|right|200px|England-kent.png]]  
 
[[Image:England-kent.png|thumb|right|200px|England-kent.png]]  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 30 December 1637 from the Colonial lands.
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*Created 30 December 1637 from colonial lands.
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
*19 February 1661, [[Talbot County, Maryland|Talbot]] County was set off.  
 
*19 February 1661, [[Talbot County, Maryland|Talbot]] County was set off.  
*For a time much of [[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil]] County was attached to Kent County until 1659 then attached to [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] County.
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*For a time much of [[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil]] County was attached to Kent County until 1659 then attached to [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] County.
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*For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/maryland/ "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps"] (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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For a list of record loss in Maryland counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/md-counties.html#courthouse Maryland Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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== Kent County Maryland Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*Betterton  
 
*Betterton  
*Chestertown  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Chestertown,_Maryland Chestertown ]
 
*Galena
 
*Galena
  
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[[Anne Arundel County, Maryland|Anne Arundel]] | [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] | [[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil]] | [[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] | [[Queen Anne's County, Maryland|Queen Anne's]] | '''Delaware''' counties: [[Kent County, Delaware|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle]]  
 
[[Anne Arundel County, Maryland|Anne Arundel]] | [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] | [[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil]] | [[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] | [[Queen Anne's County, Maryland|Queen Anne's]] | '''Delaware''' counties: [[Kent County, Delaware|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle]]  
  
== Resources  ==
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== Kent County Maryland Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/cecil.txt Cecil Burial Ground, near Lynch]  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/cecil.txt Cecil Burial Ground, near Lynch]  
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'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
  
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*'''[Asbury]''' Holtzclaw, B.C. "Asbury of Westmoreland County, Virginia," ''Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul. 1967):55-65; Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct. 1967):77-87; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1968):10-26. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6131 Ancestry] ($).
 
*'''[Barry]''' Bidlack, Russell E. ''Ann Arbor's First Lady, Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen''. Ann Arbor, Mich., n.d.  
 
*'''[Barry]''' Bidlack, Russell E. ''Ann Arbor's First Lady, Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen''. Ann Arbor, Mich., n.d.  
 
*'''[Boyer]''' Wallis, Guy. ''The Boyer Family of Kent &amp; Cecil County, Maryland and Tompkins County, New York''. Bristol, Vt.: G. Wallis, 1997. {{FHL|652206|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 1750868 Item 10}}  
 
*'''[Boyer]''' Wallis, Guy. ''The Boyer Family of Kent &amp; Cecil County, Maryland and Tompkins County, New York''. Bristol, Vt.: G. Wallis, 1997. {{FHL|652206|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 1750868 Item 10}}  
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*'''[Brooke]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[Burchinal]''' Gans, John Lyons and Frank M. Burchinal. ''The Burchinal Genealogy: Jeremiah Burchinal of Mt. Harmon, Kent County, Maryland and His Descendants''. MSS., Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Microfilmed 1965:&nbsp;{{FHL|330580|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 410183}}  
 
*'''[Burchinal]''' Gans, John Lyons and Frank M. Burchinal. ''The Burchinal Genealogy: Jeremiah Burchinal of Mt. Harmon, Kent County, Maryland and His Descendants''. MSS., Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Microfilmed 1965:&nbsp;{{FHL|330580|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 410183}}  
 
*'''[Burchinal]''' Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Martin Luther Burchinal. ''The Burchinal Genealogy, Thomas Burtchnell of Cecil County, Maryland and His Son, Jeremiah "Jeremy" Burchinal of Mount Harmon, Kent Co. Maryland and Their Descendants''. Pittsburgh: B.M. Burchinal, 1984. {{FHL|429098|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 B893bb}}; 1988 supplement: {{FHL|636001|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 B893bb supp. 1}}  
 
*'''[Burchinal]''' Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Martin Luther Burchinal. ''The Burchinal Genealogy, Thomas Burtchnell of Cecil County, Maryland and His Son, Jeremiah "Jeremy" Burchinal of Mount Harmon, Kent Co. Maryland and Their Descendants''. Pittsburgh: B.M. Burchinal, 1984. {{FHL|429098|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 B893bb}}; 1988 supplement: {{FHL|636001|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 B893bb supp. 1}}  
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*'''[Elenor]''' ''See Elena''.  
 
*'''[Elenor]''' ''See Elena''.  
 
*'''[Elexson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Elexson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
*'''[Forman]''' Dandridge, Anne Spottswood and Anne Elizabeth Forman Dismukes. ''The Forman Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Forman of Kent Co., Maryland, Who Died in 1719-1720: Also Descendants of Robert Forman of Long Island, New York, Who Died in 1671; the Forman Family of Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Together with Notices of Other Families of the Name Forman''. Salem, Mass.: Higginson, [2001?]. Digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=DHxMAAAAMAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/formangenealogy00dismgoog Internet Archive]; {{FHL|1025734|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 F765d}}; another copy: {{FHL|194694|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 547060}}  
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*'''[Forman]''' Dandridge, Anne Spottswood and Anne Elizabeth Forman Dismukes. ''The Forman Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Forman of Kent Co., Maryland, Who Died in 1719-1720: Also Descendants of Robert Forman of Long Island, New York, Who Died in 1671; the Forman Family of Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Together with Notices of Other Families of the Name Forman''. Salem, Mass.: Higginson, [2001?]. Digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=DHxMAAAAMAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/formangenealogy00dismgoog Internet Archive]; {{FHL|1025734|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 F765d}}; another copy: {{FHL|194694|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 547060}}.
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*'''[Goodhand]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Hanson, George A. ''Old Kent.'' 1876. 159-168.  
 
*'''[Hanson]''' Hanson, George A. ''Old Kent.'' 1876. 159-168.  
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*'''[Harris]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[Holman]''' Utermohlen, William J. ''The Holman Family of Kent County, Maryland and Woodford County, Kentucky:&nbsp;A Preliminary Study''. Alexandria, Va.: W.J. Utermohlen, 1993. {{FHL|645307|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 H731u}}  
 
*'''[Holman]''' Utermohlen, William J. ''The Holman Family of Kent County, Maryland and Woodford County, Kentucky:&nbsp;A Preliminary Study''. Alexandria, Va.: W.J. Utermohlen, 1993. {{FHL|645307|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 H731u}}  
 
*'''[Holman]''' Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.  
 
*'''[Holman]''' Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.  
 
*'''[Hosier]''' ''Henry Hosier of Kent County, Maryland''. Typescript. No date. Microfilmed 1983:&nbsp;{{FHL|147526|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6018871}}  
 
*'''[Hosier]''' ''Henry Hosier of Kent County, Maryland''. Typescript. No date. Microfilmed 1983:&nbsp;{{FHL|147526|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6018871}}  
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*'''[Ingram]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
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*'''[Jenkins]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[MacKenny]''' Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[MacKenny]''' Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
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*'''[Pollock]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[Rue]''' Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.  
 
*'''[Rue]''' Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.  
 
*'''[Strong]''' Albee, Fredericka Strong (b. 1878). ''One Branch of the Strong Family of Kent County, Maryland''. Typescript, National Library, [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|DAR]]. Microfilmed 1971:&nbsp;{{FHL|317090|item|disp=FHL Film 875394 Item 3}}  
 
*'''[Strong]''' Albee, Fredericka Strong (b. 1878). ''One Branch of the Strong Family of Kent County, Maryland''. Typescript, National Library, [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|DAR]]. Microfilmed 1971:&nbsp;{{FHL|317090|item|disp=FHL Film 875394 Item 3}}  
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*'''[Sweatman]''' Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," ''North Carolina Genealogical Journal'', Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. {{FHL|12718|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 B2j}}.
 
*'''[Usilton] '''Stuart, Sarah Elisabeth. ''William Usilton of Kent County, Maryland (? -1729) and Some of His Descendants''. Chestertown, Md.: E.V. Tuttle, 1938. {{FHL|246167|item|disp=FHL Film 1401461}}  
 
*'''[Usilton] '''Stuart, Sarah Elisabeth. ''William Usilton of Kent County, Maryland (? -1729) and Some of His Descendants''. Chestertown, Md.: E.V. Tuttle, 1938. {{FHL|246167|item|disp=FHL Film 1401461}}  
 
*'''[Vansant]''' ''See Rue''.  
 
*'''[Vansant]''' ''See Rue''.  
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*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of&nbsp;residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at {{FHL|94040|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of&nbsp;residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at {{FHL|94040|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/immig1663-67.txt Kent County Immigration Index 1663-1667]  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/immig1663-67.txt Kent County Immigration Index 1663-1667]  
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Kent&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Kent County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
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*[http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Kent&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Kent County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/simple.php Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
 
===== Revolutionary War  =====
  
Kent County men served in the [[5th Maryland Regiment (Revolutionary War)|5th Maryland Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "5th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
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Kent County men served in the [[5th Maryland Regiment (Revolutionary War)|5th Maryland Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Maryland_Regiment "5th Maryland Regiment,"] accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
  
 
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Kent County on page 127.]
 
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Kent County on page 127.]
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<br>Civil War service men from Kent County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kent County.  
 
<br>Civil War service men from Kent County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kent County.  
  
*[[2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry|2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry]], Company&nbsp;A, B, C, D
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*[[2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry|2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry]], Companies A, B, C, D and E.<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*[http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se4/000000/html/index.html Probate Records, Colonial Index, 1634-1777] online at Maryland State Archives website - free
  
 
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)]  
 
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)]  
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'''''Marriage'''''  
 
'''''Marriage'''''  
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/marriages/colonial.txt Colonial Marriages 1654-1676]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/marriages/colonial.txt Colonial Marriages 1654-1676]
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*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=marriage Marriage Records - Maryland State Archives]
  
 
'''''Death'''''  
 
'''''Death'''''  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/deaths/colonial.txt Colonial Deaths 1655-1678]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/deaths/colonial.txt Colonial Deaths 1655-1678]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Kent County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
'''Societies'''  
 
'''Societies'''  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Kent County Maryland Genealogy Websites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/kent-county/ Kent County, MD History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.geocities.com/jaccschmidt/places.html The Kent County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.geocities.com/jaccschmidt/places.html The Kent County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibk.html "Kent Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibk.html "Kent Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kent County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kent County.  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/kent/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kent County. (Backup site)  
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Guide to Kent County Maryland genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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This article is about a county in the state of Maryland. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).
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Kent County, Maryland
Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Kent County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 30, 1637
County Seat Chestertown
Courthouse
Address Kent County Courthouse
400 High Street / 103 N Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-7435
Kent County Website


Contents

Kent County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Kent County, Maryland Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1796 1898 1790 1648 1668




Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1796; divorce records from 1867, land records from 1656, and court records from early 1800's.[1]

Kent County Maryland History

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  • By 1631, William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the English County of Kent.

Parent County

  • Created 30 December 1637 from colonial lands.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Maryland counties see: Maryland Counties with Burned Courthouses

Kent County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns
  • Millington
  • Rock Hall
Communities
  • Fairlee
  • Golts
  • Lynch
  • Kennedyville
  • Massey
  • Still Pond
  • Tolchester Beach
  • Worton

Neighboring Counties

Anne Arundel | Baltimore | Cecil | Harford | Queen Anne's | Delaware counties: Kent | New Castle

Kent County Maryland Genealogy Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. For tips on accessing Kent County, Maryland census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Church

Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Kent County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Church of England

Court

Provincial Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Kent County families appear in Vols. 1-3, 7, and 21.]
  • Hanson, George Adolphus. Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland; Notes Illustrative of the Most Ancient Records of Kent County Maryland, and of the Parishes of St. Paul's, Shrewsbury and I. U. and Genealogical Histories of Land and Distinguished Families of Maryland, and Their Connections by Marriage, etc., with an Introduction. Baltimore: J. P. Des Forges, 1876. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive; free online index at Digital EditionsFHL Film 908691 Item 11; 1967 reprint: FHL Book 975.21 D2h 1967

Bibliography

  • [Asbury] Holtzclaw, B.C. "Asbury of Westmoreland County, Virginia," Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul. 1967):55-65; Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct. 1967):77-87; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1968):10-26. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • [Barry] Bidlack, Russell E. Ann Arbor's First Lady, Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen. Ann Arbor, Mich., n.d.
  • [Boyer] Wallis, Guy. The Boyer Family of Kent & Cecil County, Maryland and Tompkins County, New York. Bristol, Vt.: G. Wallis, 1997. FHL Film 1750868 Item 10
  • [Brooke] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Burchinal] Gans, John Lyons and Frank M. Burchinal. The Burchinal Genealogy: Jeremiah Burchinal of Mt. Harmon, Kent County, Maryland and His Descendants. MSS., Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Microfilmed 1965: FHL Film 410183
  • [Burchinal] Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Martin Luther Burchinal. The Burchinal Genealogy, Thomas Burtchnell of Cecil County, Maryland and His Son, Jeremiah "Jeremy" Burchinal of Mount Harmon, Kent Co. Maryland and Their Descendants. Pittsburgh: B.M. Burchinal, 1984. FHL Book 929.273 B893bb; 1988 supplement: FHL Book 929.273 B893bb supp. 1
  • [Burchinal] Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Donald Lee Robinson. The Burchinal Genealogy: The Descendants of Thomas Burtchnell ca 1670-1709 of Cecil County, Maryland, and His Children Jeremiah Burchinal "Jeremy" and Mary Burchinal, Kent County, Maryland. Apollo, Penn.: Closson Press, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 B893bba
  • [Caulk] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Coleman] Coleman, Richard F. and Caroline Coleman Cofrode. A Coleman Family History: De[s]cendants of Charles Coleman, Born 1763, Kent County, Maryland. North Canton, Ohio: R.F. Coleman, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 C677ccc
  • [Comegys] Moss, Ernestine Parke. Cornelius Comegys of Kent County, Maryland. Memphis, Tenn.: E.P. Moss, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 C734m
  • [Dabb] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [de Hinojosa] Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273.
  • [Elena] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Elena] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60.
  • [Elenor] See Elena.
  • [Elexson] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Forman] Dandridge, Anne Spottswood and Anne Elizabeth Forman Dismukes. The Forman Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Forman of Kent Co., Maryland, Who Died in 1719-1720: Also Descendants of Robert Forman of Long Island, New York, Who Died in 1671; the Forman Family of Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Together with Notices of Other Families of the Name Forman. Salem, Mass.: Higginson, [2001?]. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 F765d; another copy: FHL Film 547060.
  • [Goodhand] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Hanson] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Hanson] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Hanson] Hanson, George A. Old Kent. 1876. 159-168.
  • [Harris] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Holman] Utermohlen, William J. The Holman Family of Kent County, Maryland and Woodford County, Kentucky: A Preliminary Study. Alexandria, Va.: W.J. Utermohlen, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 H731u
  • [Holman] Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," The American Genealogist, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.
  • [Hosier] Henry Hosier of Kent County, Maryland. Typescript. No date. Microfilmed 1983: FHL Fiche 6018871
  • [Ingram] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Jenkins] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [MacKenny] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Pollock] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Rue] Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," The American Genealogist, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.
  • [Strong] Albee, Fredericka Strong (b. 1878). One Branch of the Strong Family of Kent County, Maryland. Typescript, National Library, DAR. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 875394 Item 3
  • [Sweatman] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Usilton] Stuart, Sarah Elisabeth. William Usilton of Kent County, Maryland (? -1729) and Some of His Descendants. Chestertown, Md.: E.V. Tuttle, 1938. FHL Film 1401461
  • [Vansant] See Rue.
  • [Wallis] Wallis, Lucille A. and Guy Wallis. Samuel Wallis of Kent County, Maryland: Some of His Descendants & Allied Families. Multi-volume. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1991-2000. FHL Book 929.273 W158wL
  • [Wolcott] Wolcott, John Benjamin and Charles V. Waid. Wolcott Immigrants and Their Early Descendants (the First Six Generations): Henry and Elizabeth Wolcott of Windsor, Connecticut; John and Winifred Wolcott of Watertown, Massachusetts; William and Alice Wolcott of Salem, Massachusetts; John and Sarah Wolcott of Kent County, Maryland; Samuel Wolcott of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. n.p.: Society of the Descendants of Henry Wolcott, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 W83wj

Gazetteers

Immigration

The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Other Kent County immigration resources include:

Land

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Kent County Deed Books (1648-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Other Kent County land resources include:

Land Records (scroll over half way down the page)

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

Kent County men served in the 5th Maryland Regiment.[2]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Kent County on page 127.]
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Kent County, pp. 151-152. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War


Civil War service men from Kent County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kent County.

Newspapers

Private Papers

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," The Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at FHL.

Probate

Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)

Taxation

  • [1678, 1681] 1678 and 1681 Kent County tax lists, available online, courtesy: MDGenWeb.
  • [1783] Kent County Tax List of 1783: This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the Maryland State Archives include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Other Kent County death resources include:

Kent County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Societies

The Historical Society of Kent County, Maryland

Libraries

Kent County Public Library

Family History Centers

Kent County Maryland Genealogy Websites

Kent County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent, Maryland page 318, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "5th Maryland Regiment," accessed 31 May 2012.