Kent County, Maryland Genealogy

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Kent County

Guide to Kent County, Maryland ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

This article is about a county in the state of Maryland. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).
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County Facts
County seat: Chestertown
Organized: December 30, 1637
Parent County(s): Colonial lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anne Arundel  • Baltimore  • Cecil  • Harford  • Queen Anne's  • Kent (DE)  • New Castle (DE)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Kent County Court House Chestertown, Maryland.jpeg
Location Map
MD Kent map.png
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for the county of Kent in England. The County has Chestertown as its seat and the County was created December 30, 1642. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse
103 N Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-7460
Kent County Website

Clerk of the Circuit Court has marriage records from 1796; divorce records from 1867, land records from 1656, and court records from early 1800's.[3]

Kent County, Maryland Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1796 1898 1648 1668 1790

Record Loss

1720 A courthouse fire in 1720 destroyed some records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • Created 30 December 1637 from colonial lands.
  • County seat: Chestertown[4]
  • 19 February 1661, Talbot County was set off.
  • For a time much of Cecil County was attached to Kent County until 1659 then attached to Baltimore County.
  • For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps" (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[5]

Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


History Timeline

  • By 1631, William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the English County of Kent.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Kent County, Maryland online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Maryland Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

For tips on accessing Kent County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 12,836
1800 11,771 −8.3%
1810 11,450 −2.7%
1820 11,453 0.0%
1830 10,501 −8.3%
1840 10,842 3.2%
1850 11,386 5.0%
1860 13,267 16.5%
1870 17,102 28.9%
1880 17,605 2.9%
1890 17,471 −0.8%
1900 18,786 7.5%
1910 16,957 −9.7%
1920 15,026 −11.4%
1930 14,242 −5.2%
1940 13,465 −5.5%
1950 13,677 1.6%
1960 15,481 13.2%
1970 16,146 4.3%
1980 16,695 3.4%
1990 17,842 6.9%
2000 19,197 7.6%
2010 20,197 5.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.

Church Records

  • 1668-1995 Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995 at FamilySearch — index
  • Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Church of England

Court Records

Provincial Court

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Kent County families appear in Vols. 1-3, 7, and 21.]
  • Hanson, George Adolphus. Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland; Notes Illustrative of the Most Ancient Records of Kent County Maryland, and of the Parishes of St. Paul's, Shrewsbury and I. U. and Genealogical Histories of Land and Distinguished Families of Maryland, and Their Connections by Marriage, etc., with an Introduction. Baltimore: J. P. Des Forges, 1876. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive; FHL Film 908691 Item 11; 1967 reprint: FHL Book 975.21 D2h 1967
  • [Asbury] Holtzclaw, B.C. "Asbury of Westmoreland County, Virginia," Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul. 1967):55-65; Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct. 1967):77-87; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1968):10-26. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • [Barry] Bidlack, Russell E. Ann Arbor's First Lady, Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen. Ann Arbor, Mich., n.d.
  • [Boyer] Wallis, Guy. The Boyer Family of Kent & Cecil County, Maryland and Tompkins County, New York. Bristol, Vt.: G. Wallis, 1997. FHL Film 1750868 Item 10
  • [Brooke] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Burchinal] Gans, John Lyons and Frank M. Burchinal. The Burchinal Genealogy: Jeremiah Burchinal of Mt. Harmon, Kent County, Maryland and His Descendants. MSS., Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Microfilmed 1965: FHL Film 410183
  • [Burchinal] Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Martin Luther Burchinal. The Burchinal Genealogy, Thomas Burtchnell of Cecil County, Maryland and His Son, Jeremiah "Jeremy" Burchinal of Mount Harmon, Kent Co. Maryland and Their Descendants. Pittsburgh: B.M. Burchinal, 1984. FHL Book 929.273 B893bb; 1988 supplement: FHL Book 929.273 B893bb supp. 1
  • [Burchinal] Burchinal, Beryl Modest and Donald Lee Robinson. The Burchinal Genealogy: The Descendants of Thomas Burtchnell ca 1670-1709 of Cecil County, Maryland, and His Children Jeremiah Burchinal "Jeremy" and Mary Burchinal, Kent County, Maryland. Apollo, Penn.: Closson Press, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 B893bba
  • [Caulk] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Coleman] Coleman, Richard F. and Caroline Coleman Cofrode. A Coleman Family History: De[s]cendants of Charles Coleman, Born 1763, Kent County, Maryland. North Canton, Ohio: R.F. Coleman, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 C677ccc
  • [Comegys] Moss, Ernestine Parke. Cornelius Comegys of Kent County, Maryland. Memphis, Tenn.: E.P. Moss, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 C734m
  • [Dabb] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [de Hinojosa] Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273.
  • [Elena] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Elena] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60.
  • [Elenor] See Elena.
  • [Elexson] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Forman] Dandridge, Anne Spottswood and Anne Elizabeth Forman Dismukes. The Forman Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Forman of Kent Co., Maryland, Who Died in 1719-1720: Also Descendants of Robert Forman of Long Island, New York, Who Died in 1671; the Forman Family of Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Together with Notices of Other Families of the Name Forman. Salem, Mass.: Higginson, [2001?]. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 F765d; another copy: FHL Film 547060.
  • [Goodhand] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Hanson] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Hanson] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Hanson] Hanson, George A. Old Kent. 1876. 159-168.
  • [Harris] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Holman] Utermohlen, William J. The Holman Family of Kent County, Maryland and Woodford County, Kentucky: A Preliminary Study. Alexandria, Va.: W.J. Utermohlen, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 H731u
  • [Holman] Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," The American Genealogist, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.
  • [Hosier] Henry Hosier of Kent County, Maryland. Typescript. No date. Microfilmed 1983: FHL Fiche 6018871
  • [Ingram] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Jenkins] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [MacKenny] Russell, George Ely. "Anicake (Hanson) (Elena) (MacKenny) Dabb of Kent County, Maryland, 1652-1674," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):159-164. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Pollock] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Rue] Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," The American Genealogist, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.
  • [Strong] Albee, Fredericka Strong (b. 1878). One Branch of the Strong Family of Kent County, Maryland. Typescript, National Library, DAR. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 875394 Item 3
  • [Sweatman] Brayton, John Anderson. "Madam Esther Pollock of Kent Co., Md., and Chowan Co., N.C., and the Lutens," North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):376-392. FHL Book 975.6 B2j.
  • [Usilton] Stuart, Sarah Elisabeth. William Usilton of Kent County, Maryland (? -1729) and Some of His Descendants. Chestertown, Md.: E.V. Tuttle, 1938. FHL Film 1401461
  • [Vansant] See Rue.
  • [Wallis] Wallis, Lucille A. and Guy Wallis. Samuel Wallis of Kent County, Maryland: Some of His Descendants & Allied Families. Multi-volume. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1991-2000. FHL Book 929.273 W158wL
  • [Wolcott] Wolcott, John Benjamin and Charles V. Waid. Wolcott Immigrants and Their Early Descendants (the First Six Generations): Henry and Elizabeth Wolcott of Windsor, Connecticut; John and Winifred Wolcott of Watertown, Massachusetts; William and Alice Wolcott of Salem, Massachusetts; John and Sarah Wolcott of Kent County, Maryland; Samuel Wolcott of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. n.p.: Society of the Descendants of Henry Wolcott, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 W83wj

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Kent County Deed Books (1648-present) have been uploaded to their website: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Kent County men served in the 5th Maryland Regiment.[6]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Digital version at Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Maryland, Kent County on page 127.

War of 1812

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. See Vol. 5, Maryland, Kent County, pp. 151-152. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Kent served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Kent:

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," The Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. Overseas correspondence of residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore. Available at FHL.

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

  • 1678, 1681 1678 and 1681 Kent County tax lists, available online, courtesy MDGenWeb.
  • 1783 Kent County Tax List of 1783: This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the Maryland State Archives include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County,_Maryland."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent County, Maryland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County%2C_Maryland, accessed 4 Aug 2018.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "5th Maryland Regiment," accessed 31 May 2012.