Old Kent: the Eastern Shore of Maryland


Author: Hanson, George A.
Publication Date: 1876
Reprint Date: 2002
Pages: 383 pp.
ISBN: 9780806346328


Although a standard history of the area, Old Kent is best known for its genealogies of early Eastern Shore families. The genealogies are based on both public and private records and contain numerous notes on literally hundreds of related families. Old Kent lays claim to being the oldest settlement with an organized government in Maryland, preceding the first settlement at St. Mary’s and before the grant of Maryland was made by Charles I to Lord Baltimore. At one time the Kent settlement embraced all of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, including the present-day counties of Talbot, Somerset, Cecil, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Worcester, and Caroline.

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