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Frederick, Frederick, MD

Laid out in 1745 as Frederick Town, it was presumably named for Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore, although it may have been for Frederick Louis, prince of Wales. The British Stamp Act received its first repudiation from jurists in the Frederick County Court House on November 23, 1765.

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Frederick, Maryland, USA

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Grave and Monument of Francis Scott Key, Author of our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner"

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  • 1765 - November 23 - People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England's Stamp tax
  • 1854 - Frederick City
    Frederick City, capital of Frederick county, Maryland, is situated 2 miles W. from the Monocacy river, 44 miles N. W. from Washington, and 60 W. from Baltimore. A branch railroad, 3 miles long, connects it with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. It is considered as the second city of the state in wealth and commercial importance, and is the third in population. The houses are generally built of brick or stone; the streets are wide and straight, crossing each other at right angles. The town contains a handsome court house, about 14 churches, 8 or 4 banks, several seminaries, and 5 or G newspaper offices. The religious denominations are Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, German Lutherans, German Calvinists, and Roman Catholics. It has also manufactories of iron, wool, paper, flour, ropes, and earthenware. Pop., in 1850, 6028.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1862 - September 6 - Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland
  • 1864 - Hagerstown and Frederick held for ransom by Confederates webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mdtimeln.htm
  • 1895 - Frederick
    Frederick, a city, the capital of Frederick co., Md., is situated in a fertile valley, 61 miles by rail W. by N. of Baltimore, and about 44 miles N.N.W. of Washington, D.C. It is on the Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad, and is connected with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad by a branch 3 miles long. It has wide, straight streets, which cross one another at right angles. The houses are mostly brick or stone. This city is lighted with gas, and has plenty of good water derived from a reservoir which is supplied by mountain-springs. . It contains a court-house, a fine city hall, 11 churches, the Frederick College, founded in 1797, a female seminary, an establishment of Jesuits, 4 national banks, 2 state banks, and an institution for the deaf and dumb, founded by the state. Two daily, and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. Frederick has 3 tanneries, 2 foundries, 3 steam manufactories of sash, several flouring mills, a palmetto-fibre factory, and manufactures of coaches, bricks,... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Frederick Town - The Garden Spot of Maryland by Sara Andrew Shafer
    Long after the lower counties and the eastern shore of Maryland had been turned from a wilderness into a rich and prosperous country, and after Annapolis had grown to be one of the most brilliant and important cities of the New World, there lay in the western part of the domain granted to the Calverts and their heirs forever a vast and beautiful region, which was not only Terra Maria, but terra incognita as well. Noble mountains, the remains of far older and nobler Alps, guarded the valleys worn by innumerable streams, and rich with the detritus of uncounted ages of erosion. Vegetation flourished under the kindly skies, and green things of every kind, from loftiest oaks to humblest mosses, grew in rank luxuriance over the heritage of the wild creatures of earth and air, and the scarcely less wild Indians. The Susquehannoghs, who chiefly lorded it here, were of the fearless and noble Iroquois stock, and, whatever they lacked, had certainly "a genius for nomenclature." Their
    "Love of...

  • News  1900 - Advice - Cleaning water bottles
    Water bottles and decanters can be easily cleaned by means of a strong bent wire and a soft linen cloth. Half fill the bottle with suds, and let it stand for half an hour; then rub with the cloth soaped well and wrapped about the wire. When thoroughly clean rinse with clean water and drain. Always use lukewarm water on glass, and ivory or castile soap. For the outside of the bottle, if it be deeply cut or fancy glass, a little ammonia in the water is excellent, and gives a fine polish.
    The News
    Frederick, Maryland
    Saturday, August 11, 1900
  • 1916
    Frederick, a city, the capital of Frederick co., Md., is situated in a fertile valley, 61 miles W. of Baltimore, on the Pennsylvania and the Baltimore and Ohio Rs. It contains a court-house, city-hall, the Frederick College, founded in 1797, the Woman's College, the Academy of the Visitation, and a state institution for the deaf and dumb. Frederick has tanneries, canneries, foundries, flouring-mills, and manufactures of coaches, bricks, knitted- goods, tobacco, etc. Pop. in 1890, 6193; "in 1900, 9296. Frederick is the scene of Barbara Frietchie's flag-exploit during the Civil War.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
    Apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, one man was killed and five others injured when a Chevrolet automobile in which they were riding crashed into a telephone pole, on Webster's Hill, on the Old National Pike, a short distance from Braddock Heights, between 12 and 1 o'clock this morning. The body of the dead man was placed in charge of M. R. Etchison and Son, undertakers, and the five injured were rushed to the Frederick City Hospital.

    The victims are:
    Killed, FREDERICK HOLLIS, 23, West John Street, Martinsburg, W. Va., crushed about the face and head.

    A. W. SMITH, 26, Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, W. Va., minor cuts and bruises.
    RUSSELL STONER, 14, 2120 Aiken Avenue, Baltimore, lacerations and bruises.
    RUSSELL LICKEY, 26, Porter Avenue, Martinsburg, W. Va., lacerations and bruises.
    FRANK PIERCEO, 32, Baltimore, reported badly hurt.
    DUDLEY WOLFORD, 17, Martinsburg, not badly hurt.

    The party was returning from Baltimore to Martinsburg, with SMITH at... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - July 10 - 109°F (43°C) Cumberland & Frederick, Maryland (state record)

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male ancestorHenry BOTELER (1695, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA - 18 March 1760, Frederick, Maryland, USA)
male ancestorJacob DUCKETT (11 November 1714, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA - 4 June 1764, Frederick, Maryland, USA)
male ancestorWilliam BOTELER (1738, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 16 January 1836, Morgan, Anderson, Tennessee, USA)
male ancestorDaniel BENTLEY (8 February 1752, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 15 November 1839, Perry, Kentucky, USA)
male ancestorPhillip EARP (1755, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 1810, Caswell, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorJacob FOUTE (2 December 1769, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 19 October 1831, Lenoir, Roane, Tennessee, USA)
male ancestorJohn Jacob SPOHN (8 October 1775, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 5 October 1857, Highland, Clayton, Iowa, USA)
female ancestorNancy GASSOWAY (GASSAWAY) (1780, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 1865, Norwich, Muskingum, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorReuben ELLIS (8 March 1784, Frederick, Maryland, USA - 4 April 1870, Raymond, Black Hawk, Iowa, USA)
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