Washington County, Maryland
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This was the first county in the United States to be named for the Revolutionary War general (and later President of the United States) George Washington. Its county seat is Hagerstown.

The western part of Maryland (including the present Washington County) was incorporated into Prince George's County in 1696. This county included six current counties, and by repeated splitting, new ones were generated. The first was Frederick from Prince George's in 1748.

Washington County was formed in 1776 by the splitting of Frederick County. At the same time, another county, Montgomery County, was also split off from Frederick County and named for another general, Richard Montgomery.

Washington County as created included the areas later to become Allegany County (split off in 1789) and Garrett County (included in Allegany County when it was split off in 1789, later split from Allegany County), so included the entire westernmost part of the state of Maryland.

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We're looking to add the following types of data to this site:

Births

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Data

Cities and Towns

County History

Death notices and obituaries

Death Records

Events

Families

Land Records

Marriages

Military Data

Newspaper Data

 Wills

 
 
Website Updates:
December 2014: County History: PATRIOT'S OATH, MARCH COURT, 1778
Nov 2014:
WORLD WAR II ARMY & ARMY AIR FORCE DEAD & MISSING CASUALTY LIST
Bio: John Ott - Transcribed by: R. Ramos;
Death Notice: Gen. Samuel Ringgold, Mrs. Rebecca S. Brien;
News-Marriage: BAUGHER-BROOKS, PFOUTZ-EMERT, MIXELL-VARNER, ATHERTON-ROBISONIA, MORRIS-EADER, GRANDONE-ANDERSON
News-Fire: Mr. Herr's Barn Burnt
News-Crime: Frederick Klouse Convicted of Kidnapping

July 2014: Military News: Luther J. Lashar killed in the battle of Antietam; Obit: Lewis L. Thompson -- Transcribed by Jim Dezotell

June 2014: Obit: John Comer - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell
May 2014: Obit: UTLEY, Walter - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell
April 2014: Obit:
KILHAM, Samuel - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell
March 2014: Military: 1883 Pensioners List - Transcribed by Grace Greenwald
June 2013: Obit: ANDERSON, JOHN - Transcribed by Kim Mohler
May 2013: Biographies: HENRY CLOPPER, PETER MIDDLEKAUF, HIRAM D. MIDDLEKAUFF, GEORGE W. MIDDLEKAUFF, SOLOMAN MIDDLEKAUFF, SAMUEL MIDDLEKAUFF, JACOB MILLER (2), JACOB KAHL, D. FRANKLIN STRITE, JOHN MILLER, LEWIS MILLER - Transcribed by Carol Parrish; GEORGE E. COTTRELL - Transcribed by Tammie Rudder




Adjacent Counties
Fulton County, Pennsylvania (northwest)
Allegany County (west)
Morgan County, West Virginia (southwest)
Berkeley County, West Virginia (south)
Jefferson County, West Virginia (south)
Loudoun County, Virginia (southeast)
Frederick County (east)
Franklin County, Pennsylvania (northeast)



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