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St. George's (Spesutia) Vestry Parish House, 1766

St. Georges Episcopal Church, also known as Spesutia Church, where our branch of the Pattersons were baptized and buried. Detailed church records exist going back to the 17th century, showing Pattersons as members of the church and vestry.

Harford County, Maryland was first discovered in 1608 by Captain John Smith of the Virginia Colony, when he made a fairly accurate map of the upper country and its islands and shores. About 1649, Colonel Nathaniel Utie came from Virginia to explore the upper bay region and find a place to settle, and was granted an island located a few hundred yards south of Havre de Grace. He named it Spesutie, using the Latin Spes-Utie, meaning Utie's Hope. The spelling was later changed to Spesutia as it is known today. When  the Church of England became the established church of  the Palatinate  of  Maryland, the first Vestry House was  erected  at Spesutie  Parish on the property which belonged by grant to  Col. Nathaniel  Utie. In 1718, Spesutie Parish was divided into St. George's and St. John's Parishes, and the Spesutia Church of St. George's Parish was erected two miles away at Perryman, where it still stands today.

St. George's Parish
Spesutia Road 
Perryman, MD 21130 
Mail Address:  P.O. Box 22, Perryman MD 21130

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Parish Records are available as follows (try Heritage Books for copies):
bulletSt. George’s Parish Register (Harford County, Maryland) 1689-1793 - Bill and Martha Reamy. (Exclusive of records contained in Peden's St. John's and St. George's Registers.) Includes marriages, births, deaths, extracts from vestry proceedings and other. Anglican records cover the northern two-thirds of Harford (originally Baltimore) County. (1988), 2003, 5˝ x 8˝, index, paper, 175 pp.
ISBN: 158549058X
bulletSt. John's and St. George's Parish Registers, 1696-1851 - Henry C. Peden, Jr. Mostly records of St. John's Anglican Parish, in Baltimore and Harford Counties. Births, baptisms, deaths and marriages. (1987), 2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 262 pp.
ISBN: 1585490997
bulletSt. George’s (Old Spesutia) Parish, Harford County, Maryland: Church and Cemetery Records, 1820-1920 - Henry C. Peden Jr.. These records were taken from the microfilm copies of the original records found in the Maryland State Archives Special Collections and from cemetery records maintained by the Harford County Historical Society. 2002, 5˝x8˝, paper, alphabetical, 242 pp.
ISBN: 1585497428

some of these are also available on in the Maryland and Delaware Church Records collection

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