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Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States

State, Territories, Counties, Cities, Towns & Post Offices


Transcribed by Jeana Gallagher and Sandy Stutzman
for the exclusive use of Genealogy Trails

PT is post town; PV is post village; PO is post office, PB is post borough, CH is court house, T is town


One of the United States, named in honor of Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I, and daughter of Henry IV, of France.  It is situated between 38° and 39°43' north latitude and 75°10' and 79°20' west longitude from Greenwich, and is bounded north by Pennsylvania and Delaware; east by Delaware and the Atlantic; south by Virginia and Chesapeake bay, and southwest and west by Virginia, from which it is separated in part by the Potomac.  Its superficial area is 13,959 square miles.

Physical Aspects-- This state may be said to embrace the three great zones of soil, alluvial, hilly and mountainous.  In the counties on the eastern side of the Chesapeake, with the exception of a small part of the northern extremity, is an extensive plain, low and sandy, and much intersected by rivers and creeks, having but few springs, and abounding, in many places, with stagnant pools.  The land in this portion of the peninsula is of much better quality than in the Delaware part.  The country on the western shore of the Chesapeake, below the falls of the rivers, is similar to that of the eastern side.  Above the falls the surface becomes gradually uneven and hilly, and in the western part of the state it is mountainous.  There is much good soil existing in every section of the state; but the most productive in grain and fruits are some of the limestone tracts in the western counties.

Mountains-- Several branches of the Allegany chain cross the state from Pennsylvania to Virginia, the principal of which are, North mountain, South mountain, Warrior's, Sugar-loaf, Savage, Will's mountains and Sidling Hill.

Rivers and Bays-- The principle rivers are, the Potomac, Susquehanna, Patapsco, Patuxent, Elk, Sassafras, Chester, Choptank, Nanticoke, Pokomoke, St Mary's, and the Severn.  Chesapeake bay runs through the state from north to south, dividing it into two parts.  The part east of the bay is called the "Eastern Shore," and the portion adjoining the bay on the west is called the "Western Shore." Sinepuxent bay lies near the Atlantic coast, and is connected to the ocean by an inlet of the same name.

Climate-- In the eastern part of the state, the climate in summer is moist, sultry and disagreeable, and the inhabitants are subject to agues, intermittents, and bilious attacks; but in the western regions toward Virginia, where the land is more elevated, the climate is agreeable and highly salubrious.

Productive Resources-- The chief products are, horses, mules, neat cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, butter, cheese, sugar, wax, hops, tobacco, wool, cotton, silk, hemp, flax, hay, wheat, rye, oats, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and Indian corn.  Among the mineral resources are bog iron ore, bituminous coal, porcelain and other clays, red and yellow ochre, chrome ores, alum earth and copperas.

Manufactures-- in manufactures, Maryland occupies a respectable position.  Numerous woolen and cotton mills, copper and iron rolling mills, are established near Baltimore, and also scattered over other parts of the state.  Silk, flax and mixed goods, are also manufactured to a considerable extent.  Tanneries are numerous, and ship building is carried on extensively.  The flour of Maryland is considered second to none in the market.  The capital invested in manufactures is about $12,000,000.

Railroads and Canals-- The great chain of southern railroads traverses this state.  The Baltimore and Ohio railroad, extending from Baltimore to Wheeling, 178 miles, is a magnificent work.  Other lines intersect the state in different directions.  The Chesapeake and Ohio canal, from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, 184 miles long, lies mostly in this state. It is intended to continue in to Pitssburg, PA, 340 miles.

Commerce-- The imports and exports of Maryland are about $14,000,000 annually.  The shipping owned within the state is about 2,000,000 tons, about one half of which is engaged in the coasting trade.

Education-- There are several colleges in Maryland.  Washington college at Chestertown, founded in 1783 is the oldest;  ST John's college at Annapolis, founded in 1784 is next.  Besides these, are, the University of Maryland, and the SY Mary's both of Baltimore; Mount St Mary's at Emmitsburg; and St James near Hagerstown.  There are two medical schools at Baltimore.  There are besides, in the state, about 200 academics and grammar schools, and 800 common schools.

Government-- The legislative power is vested in a senate, and a house of delegates.  The senators are elected by the people for a term of four years, one half of them being chosen biennially.  One senator is chosen from each county, and one from the city of Baltimore; making the present number of senators 22.  The members of the house of delegates are elected by the people once in two years, and until the apportionment to be made under the census of 1860, are 72 in number.  Te executive power is vested in a governor, who is chosen by the people, for a term of 4 years.  The state is divided into three districts, and the governor is taken from each of the three districts alternately.  The judicial power is vested in a court of appeals, in circuit courts, courts for the city of Baltimore, and in justices of the peace, all elected by the people.  The judges of the court of appeals, four in number; and the circuit judges, eight in number, are chosen for ten years.  The general election is held on the first Wednesday in November, biennially.  The constitution conveys the right of suffrage on every free white male citizen, of 21 years of age, having resided one year in the state, and six months in the county in which he offers to vote.  Imprisonment for debt, and lotteries, are now prohibited.

Population-- In 1790 was 319,728; in 1800 was 341,548; in 1810 was 380,546; in 1820 was 407,350; in 1830 was 447,040; in 1840 was 469,232 and in 1850 was 583,035.  Number of slaves in 1790 was 103,036; in 1800 was 105,635; in 1810 was 111,502; in 1820 was 107,398; in 1830 was 102,294; in 1840 was 89,737 and in 1850 was 90,368.

History-- In 1632, Charles I, granted to Sir George Calvert (Lord Baltimore) the whole territory extending from the Potomac to the fortieth degree of north latitude, comprising not only all the present states of Maryland and Delaware, but a part of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Though involved in a controversy for many years, respecting their common boundaries, Maryland and Pennsylvania did not fix upon their existing limits before the year 1762, when they were determined by actual survey by two eminent English engineers, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, and hence the present boundary between these two states is call "Mason and Dixon's line."  The first permanent settlement within the limits of Maryland was made on the island of Kent, by William Claiborne, in 1632.  A few months later, the grant was made to Lord Baltimore, and his brother, Leonard Calvert, proceeded to the Potomac, in 1634, with one hundred emigrants, mostly Catholics, and formed a settlement at St Mary's, where the first legislative assembly convened, in 1635.  In 1774, a provincial Congress took the government into its own hands.  It joined the confederacy in 1776 and adopted the federal constitution in 1788.  In 1790, that portion of the state now constituting the District of Columbia, was ceded to the general government.  Maryland formed her constitution in 1776, which was subjected to numerous amendments till 1851, when a new one was framed by a state convention, and adopted by the people.  The motto of the seal is, "Industry the means, and plenty the result."

1850 Counties of  Maryland

County Description Area in sq miles Courts held at Pop in 1850
Alleghany western part, Potomac river on north side, crossed by Alleghany Mts 800 Cumberland 22,769
Anne Arundel west side of Patapsco river & Chesapeake Bay, Patuxent river on west. 720 Annapolis 32,393
Baltimore in northernly part, north side Patapsco river, west side of ChesapeakeBay 750 Baltimore 203,928
Calvert southern part, between Patuxent river and Chesapeake bay 264 Prince Frederick 9,646
Caroline eastern boundary, on east side of Choptauk river 240 Denton 9,962
Carroll north boundary, northwest side of Patapscp river 500 Westminster 20,616
Cecil northeast corner, with Susquehanna river & Chesapeake bay on the west & southwest 264 Elkton 18.939
Charles southwest part, on NE side of Potomac river 450 Port Tobacco 16,162
Dorchester southeastern part, Chesapeake bay on the west 640 Cambridge 18,877
Frederick northern boundary, Potomac river on the southwest 750 Fredericktown 40,987
Harford northern boundary, Susquehanna river on northeast, Chesapeake bay on southeast 480 Belair 19,356
Kent east boundary, Chesapeake bay on northwest 240 Chester 11,386
Montgomery southwest boundary, Potomac river on southwest 576 Rockville 15,860
Prince George on southwest boundary, Potomac river on southeast & Patuxent river on east 575 Upper Marlborough 21,550
Queen Anne east boundary, Chester river & Chesapeake bay on northwest 400 Centreville 14,414
St Mary's south part, Chesapeake bay & Patuxent river on northeast, Potomac on southwest 200 Leonardtown 13.698
Somerset southeast part, Pocomoke bay & Tangier sound on south west (indentations of Chesapeake bay) 500 Princess Anne 22,056
Talbot on east shore, east side o Chesapeake bay 250 Easton 13,811
Washington on north boundary, Potomac river on southwest 440 Hagerstown 30.848
Worcester on southeast boundary, Atlantic ocean on east 700 Snow Hill 18,979

Annapolis City

Capital of Maryland, and seat of justice of Anne Arundel Co, is situated on the southwest bank of Severn river, three miles from its entrance into Chesapeake bay, 20 miles southeast of Baltimore, and 40 miles from Washington.  Though located favorably enough for commerce on a good harbor, the tide of trade and prosperity is drawn too strongly toward Baltimore to allow it to flourish as vigorously as it otherwise might.  The site and plan of the city are pleasant and agreeable.  The statehouse is venerable and interesting from its Revolutionary associations.  Here, in 1783, Washington resigned his commission to the continental congress, one month after the departure of the enemy from the American shores.  The walls of the senate-chamber are honored with the portraits of Carroll, Chase, Paca and Stone, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of other distinguished contemporaries.  In the hall of the house of delegates, is a picture of the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.  Aside from these attractions, the capitol is beautiful for it situation and architecture, as well as for the magnificent prospect viewed from its dome.  Besides several churches, banks & C., Annapolis contains St John's college. 

The population is 1810 was about 2,000. In 1820 about 2,269. In 1830 there were 2, 623.  In 1840 there were 2,792.  In 1850 there were 3,011 

Baltimore, MD

Principle city of the state and third largest city in the US, is situated on the north side of the Patapsco river, 14 miles from its entrance into Chesapeake Bay and 40 miles from Washington DC.  Built on uneven ground around 3 harbors.  The outer harbor is 22 feet deep, the second is 15 feet deep and the inner harbor will only handle ships less than 290 tons.  The outer harbor is defended by fortifications, which repulsed a British fleet of 16 ships in 1814.

The appearance of the city from the water is imposing.  Within the city the house and buildings are in various degrees of beauty.  Many of the public structures are also splendid and costly.  Baltimore is named the "Monumental City", chiefly from the two great monuments it contains.  Washington monument is a Doric column, of white marble, 1880 ft high, resting on a base of the same material, 20 ft high and surmounted by a statue of the man it commemorates.  Ascending by a winding staircase within the column, the visitor beholds a wide prospect pf the city and varied environs.  Battle Monument, also of white marble, is 52 ft high and was erected in memory of the patriots who fell in defense of this city against the British in 1814.  Many churches are remarkable for architectural beauty.  The courthouse, state penitentiary, customhouse, St Mary's college and the halls of numerous literary and scientific institutions, are among the other important builds.  The Exchange is 225 ft wide, 141 ft deep and 115 ft to the top of the dome.  Colonnades of the Ionic order, made of Italian marble, extend across its east and west fronts.

Water is supplied in abundance from fountains in the city, and from Jones's fall, in the vicinity, by an aqueduct and pipes.  In manufacturing, as in commerce, Baltimore ranks with the great cities of America.  Jones's Fall (a small creek dividing the city and spanned by several beautiful bridges) and the Patapsco afford numerous excellent seats for mills and manufacturing of various kinds.

Population in 1775 was 5,936, in 1790 was 13,503, in 1800 was 26,614, in 1810 was 46,555, in 1820 was 62,738, in 1830 was 80,625, in 1840 was 102,313 and in 1850 was 166,303

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