Place:Caroline, Maryland, United States

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NameCaroline
Alt namesCarolinesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates38.867°N 75.833°W
Located inMaryland, United States     (1773 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Caroline County is a wholly rural county located in the U.S. state of Maryland on its Eastern Shore. It is bordered by Queen Anne's County to the north, Talbot County to the west, Dorchester County to the south, Kent County, Delaware, to the east, and Sussex County, Delaware, to the southeast.[1] As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,066. Its county seat is Denton.[2]

The newspaper of record is The Times-Record. A second local publication, the Caroline Review, circulates monthly and is free of charge.

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History

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Caroline County was created in 1774 from parts of Dorchester and Queen Anne's Counties. The county derives its name from Lady Caroline Eden, wife of Maryland's last colonial governor Robert Eden.[3] At the time of its creation, seven commissioners were appointed: Charles Dickinson, Benson Stainton, Thomas White, William Haskins, Richard Mason, Joshua Clark, and Nathaniel Potter. These men bought of land at Pig Point (now Denton) on which to build a courthouse and jail.[4]

Until the completion of these buildings, court was held at Melvill's Warehouse, approximately above Pig Point. Elections and other business transactions were completed there, and the town became the center of the county. The first court session was held on March 15, 1774, at Melvill's Warehouse. In 1777, court was moved to Bridgetown (now Greensboro), but in the interest of convenience, court was moved back to Melvill's.[4]

Disagreements arose concerning the permanent location of the county seat. The General Assembly reached a compromise in 1785 and ordered that of land at Melvill's Landing should be purchased for a courthouse and jail. In 1790, the county court and its belongings moved to Pig Point. The Caroline County Courthouse was completed in 1797.[4]

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service is considering organizing a site in the southern half of Caroline County dedicated to interpreting the Underground Railroad.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1773 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1774 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1790 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 9,506
1800 9,226
1810 9,453
1820 10,108
1830 9,070
1840 7,806
1850 9,692
1860 11,129
1870 12,101
1880 13,766
1890 13,903
1900 16,248
1910 19,216
1920 18,652
1930 17,387
1940 17,549
1950 18,234
1960 19,462
1970 19,781
1980 23,143
1990 27,035

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Caroline County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.caroline.md.org


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