Map courtesy of Wikipedia, Washington county, Maryland in red
Jim Sanders at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets website and blog has created the Genealogy by the States blogging prompt, suggesting each week we blog about an ancestor or one of our families that have a connection to that state. This week's state is Maryland.
My Maryland research has been concentrated in one area of Maryland, Frederick and Washington County. Frederick county was formed in 1748 from parts of Prince George's county and Baltimore county. Washington county was formed from Frederick County on 1 October 1776. These counties are in the western part of Maryland.
My ancestors from Maryland include:
- Thomas Jefferson Begole, the son of William Rivers Begole and Rachel Starr, who was born about 1776, in Maryland. I have seen the Begole name spelled as Begold, too.
- Ann Matelda Nancy Bowles, the daughter of Thomas Bowles and Eleanor Price, who was born about 1783, in Maryland-possibly Hagerstown.
Thomas Jefferson Begole and Ann Matelda Nancy Bowles were married 21 November 1803 in Washington county, Maryland. (Source: Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850," database, Ancestry.com, Thomas Begole. )
Thomas and his wife moved to Steuben county, New York prior to 1814 when he settled land in Wayland, Steuben, New York.
Most of my Maryland research was done at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have a nice selection of Maryland resources. There is a genealogy of the Bowles family by Thomas Farquhar, which I question the accuracy of information in it, so use with caution and verify everything.