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Caroline County

Maryland, USA



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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.

Caroline County was created in 1773 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.

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

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Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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 In 1739 William bought 140 acres of property in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, called “Ratcliffe”.  William died in December, 1750 at the age of 52 years. William Eubanks’s Last Will was written December 11, 1750, and probated January 10, 1751.  In it he names his wife as Mary.  John the oldest son was to receive the plantation should mother Mary remarry or upon her death.

John eventually inherited “Ratcliffe” after the death of his mother.  In 1773 the area of Queen Anne’s County where “Ratcliffe” was located fell into the newly formed Caroline County.  In a 1778 census John is listed as residing in the Upper Choptank District* of Caroline County along with his sons George and James as well as his brother William Hughbank. That same year he purchased land within the Choptank Hundred and  took  the  Maryland “Oath of Fidelity and Support”. John Eubanks and some his children also show up in the 1790 U.S. Census of Caroline,County.   As per the aforementioned will of his father John eventually inherited Ratcliffe as documented in a 1783 census of property wherein Ratcliffe is listed as being in John's possession. He owns no slaves but has four horses, seven black cattle and a house. The total is valued at 143 pounds for tax purposes.  John is listed in the 1790 census of Caroline County as John Hubancks.  On April 18, 1797 John Hewbanks sold “Ratcliffe” to Henry Council for 535 pounds and 5 shillings.  Soon after John and Sarah along their son Richard and the families of sons John, Jr. and George removed from Caroline County to the part of Mason County, Kentucky that would fall into Fleming County upon its formation in 1798. 

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Choptank Hundred;   Denton;   Ratcliffe;  

Choptank Hundred

LOCATION: Country: United States;  State: Maryland;   County: Caroline;     Coordinates/Map: 39.02428˚N 75.83557˚W

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NAME / DESCRIPTION:   When the Maryland Assembly granted the organization of Caroline County, it also passed an act that the new county be divided into Hundreds.  In accordance with this Act the November Court, 1774 geographically divided the county into five hundreds. The Choptank Hundred is located at the northern top of the county.   The original description of its boundaries is as follows:  “Beginning at Nathaniel Bradley's in Choptank, and runs with the first line to Tuckahoe Hundred, so as to include Francis Orrell's in Choptank Hundred and from thence up Choptank River, and the main branch of the said river to the Dover road and down with the said road to Long Marsh to the head of Tuckahoe Creek and down with the said creek to the said beginning.”  The hundreds continued as subdivisions from 1774 to about 1800 when the County was divided into three election districts the Choptank Hundred then became a part of the Upper Choptank District.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   The Hundred—Election Districts

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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Maryland;     County: Caroline    Coordinates/Map:  38°53′2″N 75°49′36″W



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NAME / DESCRIPTION: Denton is the county seat of Caroline County.  The population was 2,960 at the 2000 census..  The Caroline County Courthouse is located at 109 Market Street in Denton. The courthouse houses the chambers and courtrooms for the judge of the Circuit Court for Caroline County, as well as the clerk's offices, jurors' assembly room, the Office of the State's Attorney for Caroline County, the Register of Wills and the master's office.


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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Maryland;     County: Caroline   Coordinates/Map:

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NAME / DESCRIPTION: In 1739 William Eubanks bought 140 acres of property in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, called “Ratcliffe”.  In 1773 the area of Queen Anne’s County where Ratcliffe was located fell into the newly formed Caroline County.  The approximate location of Ratcliffe is is based upon a 1778 census record wherein John is listed as residing in the Upper Choptank District of Caroline County, and a record that in the same year he purchased land within the Choptank Hundred.  Ratcliffe is documented in a 1783 census of property lists it as being in the possession of John Hughbanks.  This source states that he owns no slaves but has four horses, seven black cattle and a house. The total is valued at 143 pounds for tax purposes.    On April 18, 1797 John Hewbanks sold “Ratcliffe” to Henry Council for 535 pounds and 5 shillings. 


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Assessment of 1783 Caroline County- Maryland State Archives;

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The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.


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Profiles for  109 cities, towns and other populated places in Caroline County, Maryland

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Caroline County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features | Schools

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Caroline County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches


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Caroline County, Maryland, United States

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Links To Populated Places Within This County

This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:

  1. Denton (incorporated 1802)
  2. Federalsburg (incorporated 1823)
  3. Goldsboro (incorporated 1906)
  4. Greensboro (incorporated 1826)
  1. Henderson (incorporated 1949)
  2. Hillsboro (incorporated 1853)
  3. Marydel (incorporated 1929)
  1. Preston (incorporated 1892)
  2. Ridgely (incorporated 1896)
  3. Templeville (incorporated 1865) (This town is partly in Caroline County

and partly in Queen Anne's County.)

The United States Census Bureau recognizes no Census-Designated Places in Caroline County, which is unusual for Maryland counties, which usually have many unincorporated population centers.  Other unincorporated communities include:

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

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1.    15 Mar 1774 - CAROLINE created from DORCHESTER and QUEEN ANNES. (Archives of Md., 64:209)

2.    22 Dec 1792 - Boundary between CAROLINE and DORCHESTER was adjusted [not mapped]. (Md. Laws 1792, Nov. sess., ch. 19)

3.    17 Feb 1826 - Boundary between CAROLINE and DORCHESTER was adjusted to accommodate local property owner [not mapped]. (Md. Laws 1825, ch. 81, sec. 1/p. 61)

4.    01 Apr 1878 - Boundary between CAROLINE and DORCHESTER was adjusted [not mapped]. (Md. Laws 1878, ch. 393, sec. 2/p. 607)

5.    11 Nov 1880 - CAROLINE gained part of town of Federalsburg from DORCHESTER, placing the entire town in CAROLINE. (Md. Laws 1880, ch. 208, sec. 1/pp. 332-334; Md. Gov.)

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This LINK will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


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National Register of Historic Places listings in Caroline County, Maryland

·         A Brief History of Caroline County

·         Caroline County Beginnings

·         Caroline County Bibliography

·         Caroline County Historical Markers

·         Maryland's Colonial Eastern Shore

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

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Maps and Gazetteers

·         1876 Maps of Maryland's Eastern Shore

·         Caroline County 1895 U.S. Atlas

·         Caroline County 1875c Wall Map

·         Caroline County Gazetteer

·         Caroline County Post Offices

·         Caroline County Post Offices 1846

·         Caroline County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·         Maryland Forest Areas by Commercial Type 1915

·         Maryland's Eastern Shore Map

·         Quad List of American Corners, Maryland

·         Quad List of Denton, Maryland

·         Quad List of Federalsburg, Maryland

·         Quad List of Greensboro, Maryland

·         Quad List of Henderson, Maryland

·         Quad List of Hillsboro, Maryland

·         Quad List of Preston, Maryland

·         Quad List of Ridgley, Maryland

·         Tiger Map Server Browser

·         1873 topo atlas of MD of Caroline, Queen Anne & Talbot

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·         Genealogy Links – Caroline County

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

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The Caroline County Historical Society

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