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Revolutionary Patriots of Charles County, Maryland

Revolutionary Patriots of Charles County, Maryland

Yesterday I received this through the mail – a new find at!  Many of the families on my mother’s side were originally from Maryland – many from Charles County, and a few from St. Mary’s County – and all my Linton, Edwards and Hancock’s were just across the Potomac River in Virginia!  This will be a great help in finding those who were in the Revolutionary War – or at least a beginning of the search!

The book has 332 pages of alphabetically listed patriots.  The entries have been documented and a key of 34 sources is included.  Genealogy information such as family members, dates of birth, death or marriage, and place of residence are included in some entries.  This will be a fascinating book just to sit down and read – now if I can just find the time!

For one of the Moran’s in my family the entry is as follows:

MORAN, Gabriel (1730-c1810).  Private, Militia, 12th Battalion, Cap. Alexander McPherson’s Company, 1777 [Ref:  M-160, which listed the name as “Gabril Morran”].  took the Oath of Allegiance in 1778 [Ref: L-19].  Resident of Benedict Hundred in 1778 [Ref: Q-I:297].  Gabriel Moran was born on June 30, 1730, married Margaret Wood, and died after Sept. 20, 1810 [Ref: J-II:2070].

For anyone with Charles County relatives this would be a valuable addition to your genealogy library!  Henry C. Peden, Jr., has written several interesting books on Maryland genealogy and family history, including another one I have, Marylanders to Kentucky.  Have any of you used any of his books for research?

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  1. Are there any Porters listed in this book? Since I have not been able to find the parents of Philip Porter, and He was born across the Potomac in Alexandria, Fairfax Co., VA, I was wondering if Charles Co. MD couldbe the answer. Thanks in advance, Dottie Porter Himes

      • Is John Baptist Cambron listed in this book? He served in the Maryland Militia, 12th Battalion, under Capt. Benjamin Lusby Corry’s Company. He is my GGF. Please advise. I’m working on a bio on him for our local DAR booklet for our chapter’s 125th anniversary. Thank you.

      • Yes. John Baptist Cambron (c1725-1815). Took the Oath of Allegiance in 1778. Private, Militia, 12th Battalion, Captain Alexander mcPherson’s Company, 1777. Resident of Bryan Town Hundred in 1778. He married although wife’s name is not listed and migrated to Kentucky where he died on May 8, 1815. Sources – Bettie Carothers – 9000 Men Who Took the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity to the State of Maryland During the Revolution, 1978. S. Eugene Clements and F. Edward Wright – The Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War, 1987. He is my 5th great-grandfather.

  2. This sounds like a very informational book.I have used other books in a few areas of research, but have not run across this one. It is my understanding the Montgomery’s of my mother’s side also came from Maryland, as of yet I have not verified this.As always, I love your updates on here and plan on ordering from you the other cd’s you have for sale.
    I need to get back down there to Harrodsburg sometimes. I have not been down there in about 15 years! Take care, Peggy Sue Druck

  3. I have the complete series of Revolutionary Patriot books by Peden’s on the various Maryland counties along with his two books covering the Maryland to Kentucky migration. They are excellent sources. Let me know if I can help you with your Charles County questions. I live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which borders Prince Georges and Charles County.

    Keep this in mind when researching Maryland origins. Everyone wants to believe that the families that went to Kentucky all started from St Marys County. Perhaps their ancestors started there but the tobacco crop exhausted the soil within a generation and so they moved up the peninsula to Calvert, Charles and Prince Georges Counties.

    To this day, there are few roads in and around Southern Maryland. The early settlers of Maryland, up through the Revolution, traveled by way of the creeks and rivers.

    You mentioned Westmoreland County, Virginia in an earlier piece. It was just on the opposite shore of the Potomac. Some had land or business in Maryland and Virginia. John Wilkes Booth escaped through Maryland into Virginia by way of Charles County. Much of Southern Maryland is in fact farther south than Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, etc.).

    One last note on Maryland Revolutionary research. The Maryland state government records dating back to the middle of the 17th century are on-line and free. There is a ton of great research potential on the raising of troops in the various counties.

    • Ritchey and I have not been to Maryland for research – that is next on our schedule! I believe most of my relatives are from Charles County, a few from Anne Arundel. My biggest question mark is my Edward Barton who married Anne Green, the daughter of William and Anne Green and step-daughter of Martin Scarlett, all of whom lived in Stafford/Westmoreland County (or in that area). I believe Edward came from Maryland, possibly the son of Richard Barton and Margaret Westhead, but I have no proof at this time. Do you have a web address for the Maryland on-line records? Sounds like a possible gold mine! Thank you!

    • Looking for details of CAPT FRANCIS MASTIN, 26TH BATT, CHARLES CO MILITIA, 1777 to write an article regarding actions of my ancestor who served in this battalion. Do any of Peden’s book cover this battalion?

      • LiSA– I too am looking for details on Captain Francis Mastin Charles County Militia–and also John Maddox, wondering if you discovered any sources?

    This is the DAR website of Ancestors and Descendents who have records on file with DAR. If you know or have a good idea that someone in your line might have been involved, enter the Surname, and voila’, their history appears, or doesn’t if they don’t have a record. Try various spellings as well, my maiden name is Prewitt, and there are at least 20 variations, but DAR recognizes Pruitt as the way they spell it for all descendents. For instance, Edward Willett who married Eleanor Fisher, and his father William are both in this record. Have fun finding your ancestors, there are more than you probably think when you trace back all of the women’s lines as well.

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