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Maryland Parishes and Counties
Posted by: Jackson Day (ID *****7357) Date: October 10, 2008 at 05:27:10
In Reply to: Before it was Sykesville... by Pj Sisseck of 524

Hi, PJ. I suspect that even if Sykesville was not incorporated until 1903, it was still called that before then.

Getting clear on where the parishes and counties were will help you place the people you're researching geographically.

South River Parish was formed in 1692-3 south of present day Annapolis, Maryland in Anne Arundel County, and the name was later changed to All Hallows (not Hollows -- means "Saint") Parish. Also formed at the same time in Anne Arundel County was Broad Neck Parish, name later changed to Westminster Parish. I'm not quite sure where this was, but I think you may find Broad Neck on a map of waterways.

My source, Percy Skirven's "First Parishes of the Province of Maryland" doesn't list a St. Barnabas Church. However, I live in Howard County, and I'm not aware of such a church now. It couldn't have been in Howard County in 1771 since Howard County was not formed (out of Anne Arundel) until 1851. Christ Episcopal Church in Howard County -- now in the middle of the new town of Columbia in which I live, was founded in 1723 as Queen Caroline Parish, and still has the original silver communion set given to it by Queen Caroline of England. It was a "Chapel of Ease" of St. Anne's Church in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, meaning it was a convenience for people who couldn't go all the way to Annapolis on a Sunday morning.

There is a St. Barnabas Road in Prince Georges County, and it looks like these people's migration was southwest from Anne Arundel toward Prince Georges and Washington DC, rather than northwest into Howard County and Sykesville. But then sometimes people surprise me and move farther, and in different directions, than I expect them to!


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