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:
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
July 2012: Accident (News)
John Hart Accidently Killed; Death Notice (Obits) Wilson Infant, William Fitzhugh, Marriage Notice (News) Bicknell-Rogers; Fires (News) Fire in Hagerstown (1829)
Feb 2012: Bio - William Heiskell
May 2011: Obit: Robert J. FRIEND, 1898 History of Leitersburg District, Washington Co., MD Biographies Index 
Nov 2010: STEPHENS Marriages
July 2010: Marr. Ann for BUPP-BROOKS
June 2010: Sick List News Item
May 2010: ALTER death notice; Runaway Slave Notice
Apr 2010: marriage announcement for BUCHANAN-GRIEVES and GIBONEY-GILLILAND
Feb 2010: VARNER death notice; fire news item




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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