Thursday, January 17, 2013

Historical Society of Carroll County birthday celebration slated for this Saturday http://tinyurl.com/am8tz5n


Letters Reveal Divided Shriver Family by Kevin E. Dayhoff January 16, 2013 http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5569 http://tinyurl.com/am8tz5n

This Saturday the Historical Society of Carroll County will give a presentation on the letters and documents which shed additional light on the divided loyalties of the Shriver family of Carroll and Frederick counties during the Civil War.

The presentation is part of a long standing tradition of throwing an annual birthday party for the county every January.

From 1659 to 1837, the eastern half of Carroll County was governed by Baltimore County. From 1695, Prince George’s County governed the western portion of Carroll County until 1748 when Frederick County was formed.

As early as 1785, citizens petitioned Maryland Gov. William Paca to form a separate county from parts of Frederick and Baltimore counties.

Finally, a bill was introduced in 1835 and passed the General Assembly on March 25, 1836, to form Carroll County. This act was confirmed on January 19, 1837. It only took about 50 years, but Carroll Countians had finally changed their government.

On Saturday, according to local historian Catherine Baty, curator of the Historical Society, “Helen MacSherry will discuss, in particular, the Union Mills Homestead Foundation's project to transcribe and publish the documents, letters, and diaries written by the Shriver family during the Civil War.”

The Shriver family originally arrived in Philadelphia in 1721. The first member of the family, Andrew Shriver (1712-1797,) came from the Electorate Palatine in Germanyhttp://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5569
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