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From the The Civilian and Telegraph, Cumberland Maryland, March 17, 1859
News-Accidents: 1859 Train Accident, Train Accident near Barrellville
News-Community: Construction of Telegraph Line to Lonaconing
News-Business:McCleary and Rabold to Manufacture Leather, John Beall's Foundry, Joseph R. Anderson Begins Lumber
Marriage Notice:Wickard-Boogher, Mathews-Burskirk
News-Fires: Fire at John Ball's Foundry
News-Crime: James Miller Killed in Fight
Oldest Man Married - Contributed by Robin Line
WORLD WAR II ARMY & ARMY AIR FORCE DEAD & MISSING CASUALTY LIST - transcribed & submitted by Peggy
Deaths: 1850 Mortality Schedule - transcribed by Camilla Jackson
The western part of Maryland (including the
present Allegany County) was incorporated into Prince George's County in 1696. This county included six current
counties, and by repeated splitting, new ones were generated: Frederick from Prince George's in 1748; and Montgomery
and Washington from Frederick in 1776.
Allegany County was formed in 1789 by the splitting of Washington County. At the time it was the westernmost county
in Maryland, but a later (1872) split produced Garrett County, the current westernmost county.
The county seat is Cumberland. The name Allegany comes from a local Native American word for the Potomac River,
oolikhanna, which means "beautiful stream."