Category Archives: Frederick Co., MD

You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Want to learn more about York County and the Underground Railroad?

  The York County History Center has a treasure trove of newspapers going back over two centuries. Most have been microfilmed, making these outstanding historical sources easily accessible. I often use them as sources for blog posts and my York … Continue reading

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York’s Dempwolf architects didn’t just stick to York County

It all started with a small piece in the June 28, 1887 York Gazette that read: A YORK ARCHITECT IN FREDERICK The Frederick City Daily News says: “Mr. J. A. Dempwolf, of York Pa., the architect, arrived in Frederick, Monday … Continue reading

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How Did They Get There from York?

Click here for the Library of Congress zoomable 1751 Fry-Jefferson map. I recently wrote about York County residents being recruited to move to Virginia in the 1870s. Click here to read that post. There were several paths, following very early … Continue reading

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Local Capitalists Wanted to Invest in York and Adams Counties and Maryland Real Estate

Prosperity seems to have come to the York County of 140 years ago, if the ads in the December 31, 1867 issue of the York Gazette are any indication. Entrepreneurs and agents from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Adams County … Continue reading

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