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HISTORY OF HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND
FROM 1608 (The YEAR of SMITH's EXPEDITION)
TO THE CLOSE OF THE WAR OF 1812
BY WALTER W. PRESTON, A. M.
BEL AIR, MARYLAND

1901

Press of Sun Book Office
Baltimore, Md.
CHAPTER I.  FIRST VIEW..... 13
  - Smith Comes to the Susquehanna from Virginia - Maps the Shore and gives an account of the Indians - Giant Indian seen near Stafford - Pool's Island - Smith's Falls - Climate - Willoughby or Bush River - Clayborne - Palmer's Island - Col. Nathaniel Utie - Treaty with the Indians - Harford a District of Baltimore County.  
CHAPTER II. EARLY SETTLEMENTS..... 29
  - Thomas Thurston - Old houses - Some tracts of Land of Jacob Giles, Col. White, Aquila Paca, Daniel Scott, James Preston, John Stump, David Bisset, Samuel Gover, John Hall, Wm. Bradford, Wm. McComas, John McComas.  
CHAPTER III. OLD COURT HOUSES..... 39
  - Maryland Colony and England - Remote from events of Mother Country - County Seat on Bush River - Some Old Minutes of Court - Wm. Osborne - County Seat Removed to Gunpowder - To Joppa - Growth and Decline of Joppa - Baltimore on the Patapsco.  
CHAPTER IV. CUSTOMS AND MANNERS PRIOR TO THE REVOLUTION. 48
  - Slavery - Primitive Conditions - The Lawyer - Doctor - Schoolmaster - Life of a Physician before the Revolution - Domestic Customs.  
CHAPTER V. ORGANIZATION OF HARFORD COUNTY ..... 53
  - Inconvenience on account of Removal of County Seat to Baltimore - Petition for New County - Henry Harford - Act for Formation of new County.  
CHAPTER VI. ORGANIZATION OF COUNTY, continued ..... 61
  First Records - Swearing in Lord Justices - Appointment of Clerk, Sheriff and State's Attorney - Division of County into Hundreds, and Appointments of Constables. - First Grand Jury - First Petit Jury - County Seat at Harford Town or Bush.  
CHAPTER VII. BELL AIR CHOSEN COUNTY SEAT ..... 67
  - Other Places Voted for  - Another Election called - Scott's Old Field or Bel Air wins again - Aquila Scott of James Conveys land in Bell Air to County - Court House at Bel Air - Orders for Opening Roads &c. - Harford the Chief Section of Baltimore County - First two County Seats in Harford.  
CHAPTER VIII. SELECTIONS FROM OLD RECORDS ..... 73
  - Tavern Licenses - Grand and Petit Juries - Luther Martin admitted to Practice at Harford Bar - Tavern Rates - Road Supervisors - Court House at Bel Air Occupied - First Judges - Description of Building - Burning of Old Court House and Construction of Present Building.  
CHAPTER IX. OLD RECORDS, continued ..... 85
  - Wm. Pinkney Locates at Bel Air - Basis of Assessment - Tax rate - Members of the Bar in 1796 - Juries - Robert Amos, Jr., Sheriff - Judges Election - John Lee Gibson resigns as Clerk - Henry Dorsey of Edward Appointed Clark.  
CHAPTER X. SIGN OF THE REVOLUTION ..... 91
  - Importation Act - Stamp Act - The Peggy Stewart - The American Association - Concord and Lexington - Annapolis Convention of June, 1774 - Harford Representatives - Convention at Bush - Resolutions - Association of the Freemen of Maryland.  
CHAPTER XI. HARFORD IN THE REVOLUTION ..... 98
  - People of New County give to Public Affairs. - Favorable Location of County Seat at Bush - Great Men Passing Along - Harford Declaration of Popular Rights.  
CHAPTER XII. THE REVOLUTION - continued .....  PARTIALLY DONE 105
  - Enrollment of County Militia - The Flying Camp - Alex. Lawson Smith's Harford Company at the Battle of Fort Washington.  
CHAPTER XIII. LAFAYETTE'S EXPEDITION THROUGH HARFORD, 1781 ..... 138
  - Officers of the Command - Lafayette Spends Night at Hose of Col. James Rigby, near Darlington - Alex. Hamilton - Proclamation Against Desertion - Aquila Deaver - An Anecdote of the Expedition - Captains Greme and Gimat.  
CHAPTER XIV. OLD CHURCHES ..... 144
  - Spesutie - The Catholic Church. Bethel.  
CHAPTER XV. OLD CHURCHES - continued ..... 176
  - Presbyterian Church at Churchville - Cokesbury Methodist College and Church - Harford Baptist Church - The Friends in Harford.  
CHAPTER XVI. BIOGRAPHICAL - 198
  - William Paca - Dr. John Archer - Col. Thomas White - Benj. Bradford Norris.  
CHAPTER XVII. BIOGRAPHICAL - continued..... 212
  - Rev. John Coleman - William Bradford - John Stump, of Stafford - William Smithson - Aquila Hall - William Morgan - Col. Ignatius Wheeler - Col. John Streett. - Daniel Scott  
CHAPTER XVIII. THE WAR OF 1812 ..... 234
  - National Conditions - Weak Federal Government - Valuable Assistance form France - Fort McHenry - North Point - Captain John A. Webster, Col. Wm. Smith and Col. John Streett, all of Harford, Assist in the Defense of Baltimore - Sketch of Capt. Webster - British Attack Upon Havre de Grace - John O'Neill - Col. Smith's Forty-second Regiment.  
CHAPTER XIX. HAVER de GRACE ..... 249
  - Origin of the Name - Early Description - Organization as a Town - First Town Commissioners - Proceedings - Returns of Election -  
CHAPTER XX MISCELLANEOUS ..... 262
  - Harford Pensioners from the Revolution
- Solicitors of Subscription to Association of Freemen of Maryland.
- Early Iron Works
- Gov. Paca and Gov. Bradford
- Harford Militia Companies
- Harford Statistics, 1798
- Court Officers and Juries,,,, 1800
- Same, 1803-1806
- Nuncupative Will of Joseph Butler, Lieutenant in Smallwood's Regiment, Killed at Battle of Long Island
- Marriage Certificate of John Worthington and Priscilla Wilson, 1769
- My Lady's Manor
- Bel Air Academy
 
APPENDIX. - - Minutes of Harford Revolutionary Committees
- Members of Hose of Delegates from Harford
- Sheriffs
- Members of Congress
- Registers of Wills
- Clerks of Circuit Court
- Constitutional Conventions.
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