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When the weather is bad…

I was evacuated from the Maryland State Archives during a 5.8 earthquake on Tuesday. I had to go back to the Archives on Thursday to pick up my belongings from the locker, and then return home to tornado warnings. As I write this from my home in Delaware, I am waiting for the worst of Hurricane Irene to arrive and praying for it to move past quickly.

Some week.

Thinking about the past, I wonder what extreme weather may have affected my ancestors’ lives. The website GenDisasters: Events That Touched Our Ancestors’ Lives collects and compiles weather and accident-related events of the past.

Back in August 1884, an earthquake was felt from Baltimore up to Maine. Certainly my ancestors in the counties surrounding Albany, New York, felt it. According to the newspaper report transcribed on the GenDisasters site,

Last Sunday afternoon there was an earthquake shock in this country, which was felt as far south as Washington and as far north a Maine, and in the intervening territory.  In Baltimore the sensation was as a wavy tremor.  It was not near as pronounced as elsewhere, but was sufficient, in a number of cases, to arouse people form their afternoon naps, crack plaster, slam doors and toss furniture about.  From other parts of Maryland there are reports of similar character.  No one was hurt but the shock occasioned considerable excitement. … [1]

More recently, in September 1944, there was another hurricane wreaked havoc up and down the Atlantic coast. Among the news reported on GenDisasters:

Winds up to ninety miles an hour battering the Atlantic Coast last night as a severe hurricane sped toward New England forced many seaside residents to flee for safety, dashed a 250-foot freighter upon the shore and caused widespread damage.

The ninety-mile-an-hour reading was recorded at the Coast Guard station at Manasquan, N. J., about eight miles south of the resort city of Asbury Park. Winds as high as 83 miles an hour were recorded earlier on the Virginia coast.

Water five to six feet deep, all from rain, blocked highways in the vicinity of Hicksville, a Long Island community in an area hard hit by the famous hurricane of 1938. …

The Homestead restaurant on the Ocean Grove, N. J. boardwalk near Asbury Park, was washed into the sea. The restaurant had a capacity of 300 persons, but was believed to have been unoccupied when it was destroyed.

A pier was reported washed out at Asbury Park, but details were unavailable.

Many residents of Fire Island, off Long Island’s south shore fled their homes Wednesday. Four large Long Island airplane plants halted operations last night. …

Gov. LEVERETT SALTONSTALL of Massachusetts broadcast an appeal to shore dwellers to leave their homes for safer places and Rhode Island state police issued a similar warning.

Two vessels described as coal barges ran aground at Rehoboth Beach, Del., and were being battered by a severe gale. Whether crews were aboard was undetermined.

Power and telephone lines were downed in some areas.

In Atlantic City, N. J., the weather bureau reported wind velocity of 65 miles an hour. A report stated Atlantic City’s famous Steel Pier was split in half by mountainous waves, the Heinz Pier had been washed away and parts of the million dollar pier have been destroyed.[2]

The reports sound familiar on both accounts to what I have been listening to over the last five days.

The GenDisasters website can be browsed by disaster, by state, or by year. Within in each state, you can browse by disaster, to find, for example, an earthquake in Maryland or a hurricane in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, you cannot browse each state by town or county–which would be an easier way to locate information relevant to a particular area–or browse each state by year. When browsing the results also do not appear in any chronological order by disaster, so you often have to move through dozens of pages of disasters in no particular order.

There is a Google search box that can be used to search for specific place names or surnames. This can ease the search process significantly.

GenDisasters is a unique site. No other single site offers this sort of information for locations around the United States. The only other way to locate this information (and not a bad idea for thorough researchers) is to manually search through historic newspaper collections. Using GenDisasters, this process can be significantly shortened.


[1] Jenni Lanham, “East Coast Earthquake, Aug 1884,” on GenDisasters: Events That Touched Our Ancestors’ Lives, posted 27 Dec 2009 ( : accessed 27 Aug 2011).

[2] Stu Beitler, “East Coast, VA, DE, NJ, NY, MA, RI, CT  Hurricane,  Sept 1944,” on GenDisasters: Events That Touched Our Ancestors’ Lives, posted 31 Jul 2008 ( : accessed 27 Aug 2011).


Handwritten newspapers: 19th century (and older) blogs?

Part of completing a “reasonably exhaustive search” for relevant records is knowing what sources exist. As such, we as genealogists should never rest on our knowledge of resources, but instead always be looking for “new” historic records. I recently ran across a website that provides an annotated bibliography of handwritten newspapers.

The (Carolina) Rebel (SC, 1863)

According to the Editor of the site, Roy Alden Atwood, Ph. D., who is the President and a Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho,

This site contains bibliographical data, images, resource links, and research notes about hundreds of rare and simply amazing manuscript publications produced under extraordinary conditions in remarkable settings. Most of the works contained here are from North America, particularly Canada and the United States. Most were published during the 19th century. However, the complete collection here includes works from around the globe–including Asia, Europe, and Australia–and they date from the ancient world (Rome’s Acta Diurna) to the present (see the stories linked here about a Japanese handwritten newspaper published March 2011 after that nation’s devastating earthquake and tsunami wiped out its printing capabilities and about an Urdu language paper in India still handwritten today).

Dr. Atwood compares these handwritten newspapers to today’s blogs–writings intended for a public audience that serve as “a testament to the universal journalistic impulse–the desire to share news and information with others–that refuses to be constrained by mere convention or technology.”

As many of us are aware, the Library of Congress has created a directory of newspapers published in the United States since its earliest days. However, according to Dr. Atwood, this directory suffers from a “print prejudice.” The Directory project simply did not include guidelines for inclusion or exclusion of handwritten newspapers. Therefore the Directory includes some and excludes others, based, not on a set criteria, but on a series of inconsistent and individual decisions, also leading to inadequate cataloguing of and search capabilities for these publications.

To rectify this lack of representation, Dr. Atwood has created The Handwritten Newspapers Project, to provide information on handwritten newspapers around the world.

Each entry contains Publication History, including place of publication, frequency, size and format, editor, and title changes and continuation; General Description and Notes; and Information Sources, including bibliographic resources and current archival locations of issues. These categories are comparable to the information provided by the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America directory.

Of particular interest, I note several handwritten newspapers published by both Union and Confederate prisoners in prison camps during the Civil War. The Libby Prison Chronicle, for example, was written by Union soldiers held at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, in 1863. Regarding this paper, the site reports:

Several numbers of The Libby Prison Chronicle were written weekly in manuscript in 1863 at the Libby Prison and printed in 1889.  One Libby prisoner, Capt. Frank Moran, of the 73rd New York Volunteers, recalled the Chronicle in a personal letter:

“The spirit of Yankee enterprise was well illustrated by the publication of a newspaper by the energetic chaplain of a New York regiment.  It was entitled The Libby Prison Chronicle.  True, there were no printing facilities at hand, but, undaunted by this difficulty, the editor obtained and distributed quantities of manuscript paper among the prisoners who were leaders in their several professions, so that there was soon organized an extensive corps of able correspondents, local reporters, poets, punsters, and witty paragraphers, that gave the chronicle a pronounced success.  Pursuant to previous announcement, the “editor” on a stated day each week, would take up his position in the center of the upper east room, and, surrounded by an audience limited only by the available space, would read the articles contributed during the week.”

According to Starr, some prisoners regretted leaving Libby camp because,

“Classes are organized in Greek, Latin, French, German, Spanish, Mathematics, & Phonography, while there are plenty of surgeons and chaplains to encourage amateurs in Physiology and zealots in Dialectics.  The ‘Libby Lyceum’ meets twice a week, with spirited debates, & there is a MS newspaper styled The Libby Chronicle.”

No copies of this newspaper remain extant, unfortunately, but some images and transcriptions were published in an 1889 book, as well as this transcription online. The content was often relatively light in this newspaper, quite telling of the spirits of these men in quite difficult circumstances.

On the other end of the spectrum is The Right Flanker, published by Confederate prisoners held at Fort-La-Fayette, a Union prison camp in 1863-1864. The site’s description of this newspaper reports,

The Right Flanker is the only known manuscript newspaper published by Confederate prisoners confined in the North during the Civil War.  The paper was written in pen and ink, and after its staff was released, copies were taken to England and printed in book form (1865).

The introductory issue said the purpose of the paper was “to relieve the monotony of prison life, by calling into action the taste and faculties of those who are capable of contributing to its columns; instructing and amusing those who cannot, and to furnish to all who are to share the spice of excitement, which the risk of such a contraband undertaking affords, something of which it is hoped, reference can be pleasantly made by them in after years.”  The editors then introduced themselves and their personal histories prior to imprisonment, but used no names, apparently to avoid punishment for the production of “contraband.”

The printed “transcript” of The Right Flanker runs 90 pages, but it unclear how faithful the printed version is to the handwritten originals.

The printed version depicts a paper devoted largely to an analysis of the war (based on New York newspaper reports), life in the prison camp, and the arrival of new prisoners.  Humor or light features are infrequent.

Again, no known copies of the newspaper remain, but all of the existing issues were published in book form in England in 1865.

The site is well organized, allowing researchers to search for information on newspapers by state, time period, and subject matter. There are also both alphabetical and chronological lists of the included papers, for browsing.

Dr. Atwood has also included links to other resources for historic newspapers, including the Library of Congress directory; the U. S. Newspaper Program, with contact information for participating states; and national Newspaper Repositories, such as the American Antiquarian Society and the New York Public Library.

For further information,

SOURCE: Roy Alden Atwood, Ph.D., editor, The Handwritten Newspapers Project ( : accessed 31 July 2011).

If you would like to cite this post: Michael Hait, “Handwritten newspapers: 19th century (and older) blogs?,” Planting the Seeds: Genealogy as a Profession blog, posted 1 Aug 2011 ( : accessed [access date]).

How Many of Your Ancestors Appear in the SSDI?

Michael Neill at RootDig asked the question: how many of your direct ancestors appear in the Social Security Death Index?
His total was seven, and Blaine Bettinger at The Genetic Genealogist has eight.  Knowing that my family has been particularly long-lived in recent generations, I thought that I might fare a little better:
4.  Myron G. Hait:  7 Jul 1927 – 14 Jul 2001, Last residence:  College Park, Maryland; State issued:  New York (before 1951)
5.  Marjorie K. Hait:  28 Aug 1926 – 10 Oct 2002, Last residence:  College Park, Maryland; State issued:  New York (before 1951)
8.  Myron Hait:  8 Aug 1897 – Mar 1978, State issued:  New York (before 1951)
9.  Gladys Hait:  7 Jan 1908 – 24 Jun 1994, Last residence:  Ballston Spa, New York; State issued:  New York (1972-1973)
10.  Clarence Posson:  15 May 1897 – Jul 1973, Last residence:  Schenectady, New York; State issued:  New York (before 1951)
11.  Mary A. Posson:  25 Aug 1898 – 30 Oct 1987, Last residence:  Schenectady, New York; State issued:  New York (1973)
12.  Brady Dennis:  22 Dec 1904 – Jan 1975, Last residence:  Farmville, Virginia; State issued:  Virginia (before 1951)
13.  Alice Harris:  20 Aug 1916 – Dec 1984, Last residence:  Vine Grove, Kentucky; State issued:  Maryland (before 1951)
14.  James Shipe:  8 Apr 1910 – Jun 1980, Last residence:  Rockville, Maryland; State issued:  Virginia (1960)
19.  Mabel L. Thompson:  13 Jul 1887 – 18 Mar 1990, State issued:  New York (before 1951)
25.  Florence Dennis:  17 Jul 1881 – Jan 1972, Last residence:  Cumberland, Virginia; State issued:  Virginia (1966)
28.  Joe Shipe:  20 Jan 1883 – Jan 1963, Last residence:  Virginia; State issued:  Virginia (1960)
30.  Owen Obaugh:  4 May 1884 – Jun 1966, Last residence:  Fishersville, Virginia; State issued:  Virginia (before 1951)
So, a grand total of thirteen (13!) of my direct ancestors appear in the Social Security Death Index.  The oldest at her death was my great-great-grandmother Mabel L. Thompson, who died during my freshman year of high school, just shy of her 103rd birthday!  The earliest birth was Florence Dennis, born on 17 July 1881, and the earliest death was my great-great-grandfather Joe Shipe, who died in January 1963.
How many of your ancestors can you find?
Michael Hait

Great Resource: University of Virginia Library Historical Census Browser

This database has been up for a few years, but I think that it deserves another mention.

The University of Virginia Library has compiled the population and other statistics for all of the federal censuses from 1790-1960.  You can select which statistics to view and compare, and view all 50 states or by county within states.  These databases are statistical only, and contain no information on specific households.

But this statistical information is nearly as important as the actual census returns themselves, for it provides context.  As much time as we spend investigating our ancestors, we must also remember that they did not live in a Family Group Record world.  They were members of a community, and the demographic information contained in this database will tell you about that community.

Some of the information is particularly useful for genealogists, if you compare your family to the statistics for the county in which they lived.  Information on the population by size of household, gender, age, and race, information on the ownership and size of farms, occupations, religion, etc., are all available for searching.

Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 3)

SOURCE:  Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 21 Oct 1864, pg. 1

Information extracted by Michael Hait

Ellicott’s Mills, Oct. 19, 1864:  6th, 7th, & 8th election districts of Prince George’s County

Sixth District

  • Addison Hall, slave of James Addison
  • Lloyd Nelson, slave of Ann Lowe
  • Thomas Pearce, farmer
  • Abner T. Hood, stone-cutter, Long Old Fields
  • Geo. T. Cater, farmer, near Haverson’s Shop
  • Jonathan Allen, farmer, near Grimesville
  • Robert Lyles, slave Gustavus Finnattis
  • Lawrence Simius, slave Wm. [Guston?]
  • John R. Timmerson, farmer, Long Old Fields
  • Henry O. Boon, carpenter, do.
  • Richard Williams, farmer
  • Julius H. Pyles, farmer, near Haverson’s Shop
  • Richard Haley, colored, carpenter
  • Henry G. Mitchell, wheelwright, Long Old Fields
  • Frederick [Aller?], tavern-keeper
  • William Gray, farmer, Long Old Fields
  • William Henson, slave of Ann Lowe
  • Richard Thomas, colored, carpenter
  • Henry Norton, slave of Thos. Brown
  • Levi Roberson, colored, farmer

Seventh District

  • Francis Taylor, slave of W. W. W. Bowie
  • James Parker, colored, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Edward Brooks, slave of Violita [Sperg?]
  • Edward Hardesty of R., clerk, Queen Ann
  • Wm. Queen, slave of Sarah H. Belmear
  • Edward Hardesty, wheel wright, Queen Ann
  • Richard L. Ogle, farmer
  • Columbus Hall, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Isaac Herbert, slave of B. O. Mulligan
  • Wm. Brown, slave of Margaret Woodward
  • Jas. Harwood, physician, Collington
  • Samuel Crawford, slave of the estate of Benj Lee
  • Joseph Done, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Nace Queen, slave of A. J. [Jocee?]
  • Robert Jackson, slave of James Warren
  • Charles Fletcher, slave of John B. Mulligan
  • Frank Softy, slave of the estate of John Contee
  • Thomas A. Duckett, farmer
  • Lewis Wood, laborer, Collington
  • Wm. Wood, slave of Wm. D. Bowie
  • Edward Watkins, farmer
  • Thomas Hughes, laborer, Collington
  • Wm. Clark of Wm., farmer, Queen Ann
  • Samuel Gibson, slave of James Warren
  • John Wood, slave of Wm. Y. Clark
  • Thos. Campbell, slave of Chas. Hill
  • Andw. Stewart, slave of Walter H. Mullinix
  • Franklin Beall, laborer, Collington
  • Jesse Wood, carpenter
  • Geo. Simmons, slave of M. S. Plummer
  • Z. Carrick, laborer
  • Aloysius Hopkins, laborer
  • David [Dilson?], slave of Wash. J. Beall
  • Albert Hardesty, laborer, Queen Ann
  • George Gaither, colored, laborer, do.
  • Joshua G. Clark, farmer, do.
  • Daniel Williams, colored, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Crawford, slave of estate of Benjamin Lee
  • Samuel Gray, slave of Charles Hill
  • Frank Woodson, slave of Wm. B. Hill
  • Francis Herbert, slave of D. O. Mulligan
  • W. W. Elliott, farmer, Collington
  • Edward Fletcher, col’d, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Edward Brown, slave of Edward Duckett
  • James H. Wells, farmer
  • Jerry Wood, slave of Wm. B. Hill
  • Benjamin King of R., tanner, Queen Ann
  • Joshua Johnson, slave of Walter H. Mullikin

Eighth District

  • John Acton, manager, Woodville
  • F. A. Ward, planter, Horsehead
  • Chas. W. Smith, planter, Woodville
  • Stanley Adams, slave of Catharine Gardner, near Horsehead
  • Adam Glasgow, slave of Thomas Summerville, near Woodville
  • Benjamin Garner, planter
  • Patrick Bowling, slave of James H. Bowling, near Horsehead
  • B. J. Watson, laborer, Horsehead
  • Thos. Gray, colored, carpenter, Woodville
  • David Briscoe, slave of John F. Townsend
  • Thos. G. Summerville, planter, Woodville
  • Phil. Medley, slave of Geo. Martin, do.
  • Addison Brooks, slave of Miss N. N. Wood, Woodville
  • George W. Thomas, planter, Woodville
  • Peter Wood, Jr., do., do.
  • David Compton, slave of Catherine Gardner, near Horsehead
  • Henry Butler, colored, planter, Horsehead
  • Thomas C. Webster, laborer, Brandywine
  • G. W. Morton, planter, Woodville
  • Charles Proctor, do., Brandywine
  • Mitchell Green, slave of Peter Wood, Jr., Woodville
  • John Butler, colored, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Worthington, planter, do.
  • Henry Tolson, do., do.
  • Richard Douglass, slave of Geo. W. Morton
  • J. N. W. Wilson, teacher, Horsehead
  • Lloyd Brooks, slave of Eliza Wood, Woodville
  • Alleton Gray, colored, farmer, do.

Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 2)

Extracted from Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 26 Sep 1864, pg. 1

Drafted on 24 September 1864, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland

First District

  • William H. Martin, shoemaker
  • Thomas Waters, colored, Laurel
  • Charles E. Rogers, laborer, Beltsville
  • George Johnson, slave of Henry Mitchell, Beltsville
  • Henry Myers, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Baker, blacksmith, county
  • Jas. Shields, laborer, Beltsville
  • Jas. Kelly, machinist, Laurel
  • Lewis Ridgely, col’d
  • John Talbert, farmer
  • Franklin Franklin, colored, Beltsville
  • Thomas Brent, slave of Richard D. Hall, do.
  • Samuel Thompson, farmer, Laurel
  • Wm. Robinson, colored
  • Matthias Harman, farmer, Beltsville
  • Joseph Stevens, colored, do.
  • Thos. Brashears, machinist, Laurel
  • James Kiernan, laborer, Beltsville
  • James McCauley, machinist, do.
  • John F. Waters, laborer, Laurel
  • Wm. Done, laborer, White Oak Bottom
  • Samuel Green, col’d, Laurel
  • Wm. Briggs, colored, Beltsville
  • Jas. Woods, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Benson, laborer, Laurel
  • John Thomas, colored, Beltsville
  • Notly Johnson, slave of Mrs. Nancy
  • S. Rufus Belt, storekeeper, Beltsville
  • Joshua Scott, laborer, Laurel
  • Patrick Connery, laborer, Beltsville
  • Jackson Kelly, carpenter, Laurel
  • Samuel Owens, farmer, Beltsville
  • Samuel Jackson, colored
  • Dennis Johnson, slave of Benjamin Beckett, Collington
  • George W. Duvall of G., farmer, Beltsville
  • John Baker, colored, Beltsville
  • Robert Walker, farmer, do.
  • Benj. Robinson, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Ewin, machinist, county
  • Peter Dugan, laborer, Beltsville
  • Amos Beall, slave of Mrs. J. W. Brown
  • John Sharewood, farmer, Beltsville
  • James Kelly, laborer, do.
  • Thomas Lynch, laborer
  • Henry Lantz, laborer, Beltsville
  • Dr. Benjamin Dorsey, farmer, do.
  • Eugene Luber, laborer, Laurel
  • John Turner, blacksmith, Beltsville
  • James E. Darnall, clerk, Laurel
  • Truman Thomas, colored, do.
  • Wm. O. Harvey, farmer, Beltsville
  • Hiram Harden, laborer
  • Saml. D. Carr, farmer, Laurel
  • Thomas Reed, laborer
  • Joseph Blackston, colored, Beltsville
  • George F. Donaldson, weaver, Laurel
  • Wm. T. Byon, farmer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Flanagan, laborer, do.
  • Ambrose Lillybridge, miller
  • Charles T. Tison, farmer, near Laurel
  • James Smith, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Harding, do., do.
  • Martin Tigle, farmer, Laurel
  • George Pinion, colored, Beltsville
  • Robert Riley, laborer, do.
  • George W. Page, do., do.
  • Wm. Williams, slave of Mrs. Lizzie D. Jackson, Washington, D. C.
  • John Gleed, colored
  • George W. Clark, farmer, Vansville
  • Rezin Gaitior, colored
  • Joseph Miles, laborer, Laurel
  • Jeremiah Hall, laborer
  • Wm. O. Belt, student
  • Edward Batty, colored, Laurel
  • Leonard J. Mills, minister, Beltsville
  • Henry Marshall, machinist, Laurel
  • John Moreland, laborer, Beltsville
  • Samuel Ward, do., Laurel
  • David Thomas, slave of Rev. P. Waters, Laurel
  • Francis E. Morrison, bar-keeper
  • John Adams, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Wright, slave of Alex. Keech, Hyattsville
  • James Simms, clerk, Beltsville
  • Michael McLaughlin, laborer, Beltsville
  • James Chalk, moulder, county
  • Jos. Jones, laborer, Beltsville
  • John Prout, colored, do.
  • William Curvan, laborer, do.
  • Chas. Robinson, colored, Laurel
  • John Etchinson, laborer, do.
  • Jacob Jones, colored, Beltsville
  • Wm. R. Mitchell, farmer, Laurel
  • Patrick Dermetay, laborer, Beltsville
  • George D. Swall, slave of Isaac Scaggs, do.
  • Aloysius Hopkins, laborer, do.
  • Saml. T. Earnest, laborer, Laurel
  • John Beam, farmer, Beltsville
  • William Stolkett, slave of Richard Jacobs, Patuxent
  • George H. Hall, storekeeper, Laurel
  • Owen Dawson, laborer, Beltsville
  • Israel Bash, slave of Wm. W. Hall, Beltsville
  • William R. Baker, laborer, do.
  • William Smith, colored
  • William H. Young, machinist, Laurel
  • J. N. Young, clerk, do.
  • John Hawkins, slave of Mrs. Lizzie Ward
  • Moses Bradley, colored
  • Thomas Bowie, of R., engineer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Matthews, machinist, Laurel
  • Robert Shipley, laborer, do.
  • Edw Herbert, farmer, Beltsville
  • John Hammet, slave of Dr. Benj. Berry, do.
  • Joseph Hopkins, laborer, do.
  • John Vermillion, Sr., laborer, do.
  • Octavius Knight, clerk, Laurel
  • Samuel Johnson, colored
  • Joseph Patch, farmer, Beltsville
  • Fred. Lyber, laborer
  • John Thompson, do., Beltsville
  • Thos. Robinson, colored, Laurel
  • Wm. McDonald, laborer, Beltsville
  • Pat’k Burns, do., do.
  • Joseph Harrison, colored
  • John D. McPherson, lawyer, Beltsville
  • Rich. H. Carrick, farmer, do.
  • And. Bell, Hyattsville, slave of Israel Jackson
  • A. C. McDaniel, minister, Laurel
  • Jas. Cagle, farmer, Beltsville
  • John Miller, farmer
  • Thos. Rowland, colored, at William Minnix’s
  • John R. Taylor, laborer, Beltsville
  • Walton Johnson, farmer, do.
  • Jno. Davis, laborer, county
  • James Clark, carpenter, Good Luck
  • Thomas M. Taylor, laborer, Beltsville
  • Joshua Kirby, farmer, do.

Second District

  • Augustus Beckett, slave of Nicholas C. Shipley
  • — Lee, (white,) age 38, county, at Clemson’s
  • Jacob Adams, colored, farmer, Captain Newman’s
  • Barney Connelly, laborer, county
  • John Scott, laborer, do.
  • John Moore, colored
  • William —, colored
  • Adam Green, colored
  • Robert Topkins, slave of Mrs. Mary B. McCubbin
  • Benj. Lanham, farmer, county
  • John McCloud, engineer, county
  • Wm. Magruder, slave of Lewis Magruder
  • Thomas Johnson, slave of Thomas Berry
  • — Knox, colored, at J. W. Wright’s
  • Benj. Griffith, slave of Mrs. Nath’l Suit
  • Henry King, farmer, county
  • George Prescott, slave of Henry T. Scott
  • Francis Shields, slave of Nicholas C. Shipley
  • Peter Smallwood, slave of Maria P. Dan
  • Columbus Tuttle, shoemaker, Bladensburg
  • Samuel King, planter, county
  • James W. Wilson, miller, Bladensburg
  • Charles Williams, colored
  • James J. Lovejoy, laborer, county
  • Robert White, slave of George W. Berry
  • Wm. Hanson, slave of Mrs. Albert D. Berry
  • Vernon Dorsey, clerk, Bladensburg
  • John Joy, Jr., farmer, county
  • Jno. M. Hayes, farmer, county
  • John Tucker, overseer, county
  • John Thomas, slave of Fielder Magruder
  • Samuel Brown, slave of Mrs. Alfred Wells
  • Thos. Gorham, colored, at Mr. Rowe’s
  • Barton T. Soper, laborer, county
  • Robt. Barris, colored, farmer, at J. C. Read’s
  • Richard B. Beam, farmer, county
  • Geo. M. Balls, laborer, county
  • James E. Cook, occupation none
  • John Mason, slave of Capt. J. Barney
  • Benj. Scaggs, colored, county
  • Wm. Snowden, colored
  • Zachariah Mangum, laborer, Bladensburg
  • Lorenzo Scott, colored, gardener, at C. B. Calvert’s
  • Andrew Lynch, stonemason, Bladensburg
  • John Hawkins, colored
  • Edward Philips, farmer, county
  • Zachariah Berry, of Zach., planter, county
  • Thomas Harwood, slave of Mrs. Alfred D. Berry
  • George Knight, colored, servant at Rev. Dr. Pinkney’s
  • John W. Morsell, oil store, county
  • George Taylor, miller, Bladensburg
  • John O. Duvall, farmer, county
  • Elisha Jones, farmer, county
  • Nace Calvert, colored, at Mrs. John E. Berry’s
  • Levi King, teamster, Bladensburg
  • Lewis Ma[…], planter, county
  • Daniel Bell, slave of Zachariah Berry, of Z
  • Jacob Compton, slave of Thos. E. Berry
  • Spea[?] Johnson, colored
  • William Norton, slave of Benj. O. Lowndes
  • Philip Hanson, slave of Charles Hayes
  • Elijah Gregory, farmer, county
  • Edward Lint, of Jesse, overseer, county
  • Edward Wood, slave of Edward H. Calvert
  • Charles Hoehn, shoemaker, Bladensburg
  • Jos. Kennedy, farmer
  • John E. Jones, farmer
  • Samuel F. Clark, farmer
  • Henry Owens, slave of Robert Clark
  • Odell W. Hilleary, farmer
  • Charles B. Harris, physician, county
  • Henry Freeman, blacksmith, county
  • Bradley Jones, farmer, county
  • Wm. Barnes, col’d, farmer, at J. C. Read’s
  • David Fall, colored
  • Wm. M. Wilson, planter
  • James Adams, col’d, farmer
  • Wm. Howard, slave of Willett Hilleary

Third District

  • Ignatius Nalley, overseer, near Upper Marlborough
  • Jno. Duvall, laborer, near Long Old Fields
  • Joseph Gordon, slave of Mary Bowie
  • Thos. Smoot, blacksmith, near Upper Marlborough
  • Peter G. Grimes, sheriff, Upper Marlborough
  • Jno. H. Turner, slave estate of R. Magruder
  • Sameul [sic] H. Crawford, carpenter, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Clark, slave of Mary W. Hilleary
  • John Wells, age 20, clerk
  • Thos. Bell, slave of A. M. Berry
  • Gilbert Gorden, slave of Mary Bowie
  • John Sweeny, overseer, near Long Old Fields
  • Thomas Sweeny, overseer, near Long Old Fields
  • Philip Mayhew, overseer, Upper Marlborough
  • Frisby Dent, slave of H. W. Clagett
  • Chew Burgess, slave of W. Hilleary
  • Geo. H. Richardson, laborer, near Long Old Fields
  • John Clifton, slave of Eliza D. Graham
  • Wm. Henson, slave of Gen. Thomas F. Bowie
  • Wm. H. Osborn, farmer, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Henry Stewart, slave of Zadoc Sasscer
  • Hilleary Butler, slave of J. A. Osborn
  • Allison Nichols, slave J. T. Sasscer
  • George Davage, slave of estate of Z. B. Bell
  • Alexander Barnes, slave of Thos. H. Osborn
  • William Beall, slave of R. S. Hill
  • Daniel Gant, slave of M. S. Plummer
  • Wm. Hodges, slave of Wash. J. Beall
  • Thos. Simpson, laborer, near Long Old Field
  • Samuel Crawford
  • Robert Green, colored, near Croom
  • William Dayton, slave of R. S. Hill
  • Frank Young, slave of estate of Z. Sasscer
  • Wm. H. Sasscer, farmer, Upper Marlborough
  • Otho Berry, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Geo. H. Bunnell, clerk, Upper Marlborough
  • Benjamin H. C. Bowie, farmer, near Upper Marlborough
  • Edward D. Young, laborer, do.
  • A. F. Brooks, age 20, clerk
  • Rezin Williams, slave of E. G. W. Hall
  • Frank Brown, slave of R. B. B. Chew
  • Frank Booth, slave of Fender Suit
  • John L. Thompson, overseer, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Sheckles, age 27, teacher
  • Cato Crawford, slave of Thos. Clagett
  • Wm. Albert Brooks, age 25, Upper Marlborough
  • Robert Blackiston, slave of W. B. Bowie
  • Lewis Fritch, coachman, Upper Marlboro
  • John F. Young, laborer, Upper Marlboro
  • John W. Brown, baker, Upper Marlboro
  • Richard O. Hodges, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • Wm. F. Bowie, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • Wm. Bowie, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Thos. Hammond, slave of Eliza C. Bowie
  • George H. Randall, laborer, Long Old Fields
  • John Lee, slave of Wm. P. Pumphrey
  • Jas. Jones, of James, farmer, near Long Old Fields
  • Washington Marlow, slave of Wm. F. Berry
  • John W. Bowie, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • John Schell, carpenter, Upper Marlboro
  • Geo. C. Merrick, lawyer, Upper Marlboro
  • George Woodward, slave of John Hodges, Sr.
  • Timothy Ryard, laborer, Upper Marlboro
  • Robert Queen, slave of estate of Dr. R. W. Brown
  • Philip Galloway, slave of John Hodges, Sr.
  • Botelor Stalor, slave of Samuel M. Brooke
  • Horace Wells, colored, near Upper Marlboro
  • Cornelius Gordon, slave of Mary Bowie
  • John B. Farr, blacksmith, Upper Marlboro
  • John Hall, colored, near Upper Marlboro
  • John Dorsey, slave of Mary Bowie
  • Clifford N. Bowie, age 24, gentleman
  • Joseph Butler, slave of estate of H. C. Scott
  • Thos. W. Anderson, merchant, Upper Marlboro’
  • William Fisher, overseer, Upper Marlboro’
  • J. Lansdale Ghieslin, clerk, Upper Marlboro’
  • James Harris, age 34, clerk
  • Robert W. Selby, overseer, near Croom
  • J. W. Mayhew, age 35, laborer
  • Robert Turner, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Levi Gant, slave of C. L. Young
  • Rafe Harrison, slave of Major J. F. Lee
  • Pompey West, slave of estate of Z. Sasscer
  • John H. McCullough, Clerk, Upper Marlboro’
  • Nat Wood, slave of Charles B. Calvert
  • Thomas Proctor, colored, hostler, near Upper Marlboro’

Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 1)

Extracted from Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 31 May 1864, pg. 1

Drafted on 30 May 1864, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland

Fourth District

  • Lewis Pyles, slave of Jno. Y. Berry
  • Geo. Johnson, slave of Dr. J. H. S. Skinner
  • Benjamin T. Wilson, near Croom
  • William Davis, colored, near Nottingham
  • Jacob Curtin, near T. B.
  • Daniel Hanson, slave of James S. Bowie
  • Samuel Revis, slave of T. G. Fenton
  • Frank Robinson, near T. B.
  • Mortimer Tayman, near Croom
  • David Crack, slave of Mrs. A. Brooks
  • William L. Woodburn, near Nottingham
  • Richard Thomas, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Noble Herd, slave of Henry S. Mitchell
  • John H. Gant, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Nathan Duckett, slave of Joseph H. Turner
  • Ebenezer Russell, slave of James Nailor of Jas.
  • James Pickney, slave of Dr. Clagett
  • John P. Hall, near Horsehead
  • Wm. Carroll, slave of Mr. J. H. S. Skinner
  • John Mackall, slave of James Nailor of James
  • S. R. Gordon, near Croom
  • Wash. Gray, slave of estate of E. L. Perry
  • Jas. Thomas of Jas., near Brandywine
  • Ignatius Fletcher, slave of Wm. Duvall
  • Frank Griffith, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Henry Hager, slave of Henry S. Mitchell
  • Edward Ford, slave of James J. Bowie
  • Mortimer Grant, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • John Addison, colored, near Brandywine
  • Thos. Silby, near Nottingham
  • Anthony Addison, slave of estate of Wm. M. Bowie
  • Wm. Kyler, colored, near Nottingham
  • Richard Curtis, slave of E. G. Perry
  • Thos. Diggs, slave of Wm. H. Burch
  • John Hall, slave of estate of Jas. Baden
  • Upton Bruce, slave of Mrs. S. Bruce
  • John Hamilton, slave of Clement D. Hill
  • John W. Hays
  • James Thomas, near Croom
  • Edw. Lynch, do.
  • Jesse Allen, slave of Jno. A. Pumphrey
  • Richard Windsor, near Brandywine
  • Alex. Grose, slave of R. D. Burroughs
  • Leonard Taylor, near Croom
  • Wm. E. Peach, near Nottingham
  • Wm. E. Duvall, do.
  • Joe Cosey, slave of Clement D. Hill
  • Enoch G. Perry, near Nottingham

Fifth District

  • George Diggs, slave of Wm. Lyle
  • J. J. Lumis, T. B.
  • James Tayman, near Surratt’s
  • Emory Monroe, Ackuk Church
  • Jas. Cogy, slave of Mrs. M. E. Edelin
  • Edward Bowie, slave of John H. Hardesty
  • Madison G. Gibbons, slave of Matthew N. Hoff
  • Jas. Martin, near T. B.
  • Thomas F. Cassidy, Broad Creek
  • John Beasley
  • Lewis Conner, slave of Enock Shorne
  • Richard Bell, Piscataway
  • Charles Dickson, slave of John B. Edelin
  • Henry Butler, colored, Fort Washington
  • R. L. Hatton
  • Henry A. Young, near Farmington
  • Rezin Beander, slave of Nancy Goles
  • Saml. Stewart, slave of Mrs. M. E. Edelin
  • George Chase, slave of Sarah Marshall
  • John Thorn, Franklin
  • Wm. Harren, Piscataway
  • August Campbell, slave of R. W. Hunter
  • Wm. Davis, slave of B. [or R.] D. Hatten
  • John Briscoe, slave of Benedict
  • D. T. Carroll, Piscataway
  • Wm. T. Robinsen
  • John Hunter, near Broad Creek
  • Wm. Crook
  • Wm. J. Tabbritt, Fort Washington
  • Alfred Locker, slave of the estate of R. S. Jenkins
  • Charles Boswell, Farmington
  • Walter W. Thorn, Ridge
  • Nich. Queen, slave of W. H. Gwynn
  • Claggett Thorn, Franklin
  • J. Chipebase, Ackuk Church
  • J. Goddard, Broad Creek
  • James Warring, slave of the estate of J. H. Lowe
  • Warren M. Ives, T. B.
  • John Ballman, Broad Creek
  • Samuel Edelin, slave of P. R. Edelin
  • Henry Pickney, slave of Saml. Cole
  • Wm. Jefferson
  • Wm. A. Gibbons, T. B.
  • Saml. Hawkins, slave of E. H. Wyville
  • Benj. Kidwell, T. B.
  • Alfred Marshall, slave of Henry Bowling
  • Geo. E. Gwynn
  • Noah Wesley, colored, Piscataway
  • J. Y. Bryan, Ridge
  • Franklin Tiffett
  • Henry Harrison, colored, Piscataway
  • Oliver Hawton, Bryan Landing
  • Edward Fry, Ridge
  • Joshua Butler, Bryan Landing
  • Ben. Marlow, slave of Nathaniel

Sixth District

  • Clayborn,slave of Judem Wallace
  • Edwd. Kemp, near Green
  • Richard Brown, Crawford Mill
  • Jos. T. Payne
  • John H. Lowe, Long Old Fields
  • Gilbert Grace, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Richard Lynch, slave of Bradley Stansbury
  • Charles Brown, slave of Joseph Bird
  • Stephen Hall, slave of Wm. Bayne
  • E. H. Nigh, Long Old Fields
  • Robert Locker, colored, near Long Old Fields
  • Wm. Thomas, slave of Thomas Ryan
  • Grafton Copper, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Jeff. Burgess, near Long Old Fields
  • William Brent, Long Old Fields
  • Thomas Savoy, slave of Calvert Brown
  • John Carroll, slave of John S. Talbott
  • Milburn Baily, slave of Thomas W. Soper
  • Simon Gray, slave of Richard Q. Bowling
  • Alexander H. Grime
  • Francis Talbott
  • Rich’d Wikler
  • George Grace, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Wm. Hutchinson, near Long Old Fields
  • Solomon Blackwell, slave of Thomas Brooks
  • Norris Smith
  • Lewis Roagey, slave of Wm. Bayne
  • John Washington, slave of Allen Dodge

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