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Frederick County, Maryland

The Petition of the Freeholders and Freemen
of All Saints Parish in Frederick Co., MD

MSA MSS Archives of Md. Black Book 10 No. 46
Dated 1755/56

contributed by Shirley MOLLER


The Petition of the Freeholders and Freemen of all S:ts Parish in Frederick County Praying a Division of the said Parish after the death of the present Incumbent

PETITIONS OF FREEHOLDERS AND FREEMEN OF ALL SAINTS PARISH IN FREDERICK COUNTY FOR ITS DIVISION INTO TWO PARISHES

There are three of these petitions, each bearing a large number of signatures that were apparently circulated in different parts of All Saints Parish, which may be designated as (1), (2), and (3). All three petitions are practically identical as to their wording so the preamble of only the first one is given; the list of signatures alone being printed for petitions (2) and (3). A number of the names are those of Germans. The signatures in German script of some of them are scarcely decipherable. In such cases the names are either omitted in whole or in part or are queried. (The only changes were for better readability, capitalized surnames and a dash between the names on the same line.)

Petition 1

To His Excellency Hor:o Sharpe Esq.r Governour of Maryland, And the Honour.ble the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, of said Province now Convened. The Petetion of the Freeholders and Freemen of Allsaints Parish in Frederick County humbly Sheweth -- That Whereas the afores.d Parish, from its Vast Extent, and great Number of People residing therein, has rendered it Impracticable, for any one Clergyman, to discharge his Function in such a manner, as to Improve and Edify the People, so Amply and fully, as Christianity and the Nature of the thing requires. We are to Inform your Excellency and Hon., that the Thirty poll of the said Parish, amounts at present to near Eighty Thousand pounds of Tobacco. And that the said Parish includes the whole County, Except a small part between Senecar and Rock-creek; which being abstracted from the other, the Parish Remains then above a hundred and fifty miles in length, beside sits Extent every way, as it is now peopled at present. From this in- convenience, the Word of God, and Christian knowledge, is much Impeded and hindered. Numbers of the Parishioners cannot go to Church at all: and others, (who otherways being well-wishers to the Orthodox reformed Religion of the Church of England) have their Children Baptiz'd, by dissenting Ministers and others again, joyn themselves in Worship with others Sectaries, as Quakers &c. Your Petetioners therefore pray your Excell :cy and Honrs, to take our state and Circumstances into your most serious Consideration; and grant that an Act may Pass, for the Dividing the said Parish, which may be in force, immediately after the Death of the Rev.d Sam.l Hunter, our present Incumbent, that your Petetioners may have the free Exercise of the Word of God preached to us, and the Sacraments duly Admin- ister'd to our Edification and Comfort. We pray for the Dividing line, to begin at the mouth of Manockacy, and to run up with the said Creek, 'til it Intersects the Pensilvanian Line. The lower part of which Division will be a compact Uniform Parish, and wo'd amount by the Number of Taxables at present, to upwards of Twenty Seven Thousand pounds of Tob :o, which we pray maybe a distinct Parish by another name. And your Petetioners as in duty bound will ever pray ----

[Names on Petition 1]
George NORRIS

Alexr PEARRE - John JACOBS

Jona: WILLSON - Phillip PINDELL

Thos: KIRK - William SAER

Jno: RAWLINGS - Garah DAVIS

Jn: RAWLINGS - Jonathan MARKLAND

John VEATCH - Wadsworth WILSON

Charles BUSSEY 

William HAIES - Jeremiah VEATCH

Joseph HARRIS - Thos. HOWARD

James VEATCH juner - Thomas APPLETON

Benjamin VEATCH - Alex: MAGRUDER

Hendery ALLISON - William MACKAY

William WILSON - James BEALL

Josieas BEENS - Edward NICHOLLS

Jno. TANNEHILL - Gabril HUGHS

Nathan VEATCH - Robt: MITCHELL

Thos. HYNTON Junr - Ezek: GOSLEN

Vachell HINTON - Charles HAYES

Geo. LYNTON Junr - Jeremiah HAYES

Michaell DOWDEN - James VEATCH Senr

John HINTON - Daniel VEATCH

Stephen HAMPTON - Ninnian VEATCH

Thomas HINTON Senr - Jno. NORRIS

Thomas LEOSHEAR - Thomas VEATCH

Jams. COFFEE - John JOHNSON

Jacob TOWNSHEND - A.B. CLK

Robt. CONSTABLE - Thos. JOHNSON Junr

Geo: BUSSEY - Basil HAY

Thos. STEWART - Hugh ROBY

Edward DARNALL - Ephraim DAVIS

Newton CHISWELL - John HARRISS

Thos: BIRDWHISTLE - Samuel LINTON

[Names on Petition 2]

Ninian BEALL Senr - Edwd: WILSON

Thos. WALTON - John PLUMMER

Joseph BEALL son of Ninian 

Gilbert CRUM - Nathll: BEALL

Barnet COLE - Timothy WHITEHEAD

Thos: PLUMMER - Zephaniah WADE

George HINKLE - Wm BREASHAR

Jeremiah PLUMMER - Edwd: BUSEY 

John ALLISON - Arr. LEE

Isaac REN - Garl. FITCHGER 

Abner LEWIS - Jno. VEATCH

Abraham CRUM - Richard BEALL

Gisbert CRUM - Edwd: WILSON

Henry FIELD - Edwd: JONES

Zachariah LOW - Thos. KIRK Jur

Jams: SOPER - Philip COFFEE

Nath WICKHAM - Jno. ARMSTRONG

Danil KENEDY - Jn ESSEX

Pool WOLF - Jno: MADDAN Junr

Joseph JUSTICE - W. NASHON

George TRUCK - George CLARK 

Saml. READS - Jno. GREENUP

George BROWNE - Saml. CASEL 

Richard SIMPSON - Wm. BEALL

Warfield HALL - Wonly BEAN

William WILLIAMS - Philip TURNER

John CARMACK - Nicholas RHOADES

Curnelas CROM - Samuel PLUMER

Dennis HENSEY - Nichos. TRASPAN

John JUSTICE Junr - Wm. McDONALD

Stephen RICHARD Junr - Andrew YOUNG

George SPANGLE - Michel NULL

Thos: LOGSDON - Thos: DURBIN

John DURBIN - James LOGUE

John FOWLER - Samuel DURBIN

Richard WELLS - William DURBIN

George BROWN Junr - John WILLES

Daniel JAMES - Joseph WRITE

George BECRAFT - Amos WRITE

Jacob NICHOLS - Edwd: BELL

Jams: McDONALD - John JUSTICE Senr

Archibald CAMPBELL - George HALL

Names on Petition 3]

Samuell ELLIS - Willm LAYTON

Zacha: ELLIS - James LAYTON

James ELLIS - William HICKMAN

Daniel STEWARD - Stephen HICKMAN

Jas. FYFFE - Isaac ETTINGE

Thos. ELY - Joshu HICKMAN Junr

John TALBERT Senr - James GORE

John TALBERT Junr - James RIMMER

John ALLISON Junr - John BAXTER

Gavin HEWITT - John GROVES

Thomas COUR - Charles HOPKINS

Arthur HICKMAN - George WILLSON

Geo JEWELL - James Mareen GORE

Richd. MEYRICK - Cheany JOYCE

Griffit MEYRICK - James RIGS Sener

John WALTER - James RIGS Juner

Daniel WALTER - Philip RYCURT

Willm GALLFORD - James B___

Joseph LOCKERD - Thos DAWSON

Henery HICKMAN - Robt LAMAR

David HICKMAN - Charles COATS

Solomon HICKMAN - Richard TAYLER

Jno. WILCOXON - Sylas VEATCH

Isa: BAKER - Wm. NORRIS

Jacob BAKER - William WHEAT Junr

John FLETCHALL - Robt. WILSON

Charles NOLL - Wm S___ or L___

Ezek HICKMAN - Charles WATTS

John LATON - Richard KERBY



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