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Montgomery County History

Montgomery, one of Maryland's newer counties, was established in 1776.

The county is named for Richard Montgomery (1738-1775), a Revolutionary War General. He died leading Continental forces in Quebec. Montgomery County was created from Frederick County, which had been created from parts of Baltimore and Prince George's Counties in 1748. Prince George's had been created from Calvert and Charles counties in 1695.

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Books on Montgomery County, Maryland History

Dona Cuttler who has contributed a great deal of information to these pages has written several  books of interest to genealogists researching their roots in Montgomery County. The first is  "The History of Hyattstown ", Maryland. The book was written for the Bicentennial Celebration of Hyattstown. This book contains chapters which encompass the Founding 1780's through 1860, The Civil War Years , Post -War Years, and a house by house pictorial history using old photographs. Also included: directories of postmasters, postal patrons, physicians, two historical poems written about the residents and businesses, charts of the town lots and residents in various years, historical sketches of four churches and their ministers and muster rolls of men who served in various wars. The cover of the book is adorned with a street scene of Hyattstown, an original artwork by artist Louise Ehlers.  

The second of these books is "The Cemeteries of Hyattstown" which covers the cemeteries located in Hyattstown, Maryland. This book also contains a full name index.
Other books attributed to Ms. Cuttler are:
"The History of Dickerson, Mouth of Monacacy, Oakland Mills & Sugarloaf Mountain"
"The History of Comus"
"The Genealogical Companion to Rural Montgomery Cemeteries"
"Montgomery Circuit Records, 1788-1988"
"The History of Poolesville" by Dona L. Cuttler & Dorothy J. Elgin "

These books are available through Heritage Books, of Md.

~Sites of Historical Interest~

Montgomery County Historical Society
This site lists resources and exhibits maintained by the Montgomery County Historical Society including information on their hours of operation. It also contains a link to the Montgomery County Genealogy Club which is a part of the Historical Society.

The Walk to Canada-"Tracing the Underground Railroad"
This site is a work of Anthony Cohen who researched the "Underground Railroad" in the Washington D.C. area and traced it's path from Montgomery County, Maryland to Ontario Canada.

The Unofficial Home Page For The Town Of Damascus, Maryland - History
This site contains a brief history of the Montgomery County Town of Damascus.

The Page For Hyattstown, Maryland - History
This site contains a brief history of the Montgomery County Town of Damascus.

Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd.
This site outlines the function of the Peerless organization in the preservation of Rockville Md. History.

Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers - Duke University
This site catalogs some of Rose Greenhow's papers and letters and outlines her activities during the Civil War.

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This page was last updated. Saturday, 13-May-2006 07:44:10 MDT