Category Archives: Caroline County Maryland

The Ten Percent:Free People of Color

Last night I was listening to Black ProGen Live, a group of professional genealogists who research and document African-American families, they have round tables setting (Webinar presentations) on YouTube. Black ProGen Live stated “That in 1860, there were more than … Continue reading

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Prince Hall Masons

Prince Hall Masons of Maryland trace their history to Massachusetts and Prince Hall, who is believed to been born the year of 1735 and died on December 4, 1807. I am assuming my gggrandfather German Downes belong to the Seventh … Continue reading

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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African American Research in Maryland

African American Research in Maryland [Info from the Maryland State Archives] The following types of documents are available for African-American Research in the Maryland State Archives: Manumissions  A manumission is the legal document freeing a slave. The earliest manumissions were … Continue reading

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Oliver W. Downes

Denton Journal March 7, 1952                        Ship Name: USS New Jersey Ship Classification                                     … Continue reading

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15 Minutes of Fame of Wilson Downes, Flamer, Cephas

CAROLINE COUNTY MARYLAND, DOWNES 15 MINUTES OF FAME DECEMBER 16, 2013 THESPARKLE84 1 COMMENT EDIT                 Afro  American Newspaper Jan 8,1927 Community section article of Ridgely, Maryland Replanted Zion M.E church, Rev. J. H. Stevenson, pastor. On … Continue reading

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