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Number of acres 50


50 50 50 50 50


Tax 2


2 2 2 2 2


Name


William Spriggins from John Moore


William Sheppard from John Moore


John Vandever from John Moore


James Spriggins from John Moore


Israel Friend from John Moore


John House from Israel Friend et Uxer


Date


16 Apr. 1741 16 Apr. 1741 16 Apr. 1741 16 Apr 1741 16 Apr. 1741 16 Aug. 1744


Further information concerning what the Monocacy One Hundred comprised is helpful in


determining our Spurgeon’s migration pattern in the area. In 1696, at the time of the establishment of Prince Frederick’s County, there were two geographical divisions within the counties of Maryland—the hundreds and the parishes—which were completely independent from each other. “The parishes were self-governing units for the supervision of the churches, large enough to support a minister, and were laid out under the direction of the General Assembly of the province … The hundreds, however, were laid out by the justices of the county court, and were whatever size these officials seemed proper and convenient … they were not self-governing but were units designed to make political administration within the county more efficient … the origin of the term is lost in antiquity, but it probably received its name from the organization around royal estates of districts rated at a hundred taxable units. Through the centuries the hundreds came to be used not only for tax purposes, but also for the administration of matters of justice, law, police, and military defence.”67


In 1696, the inhabited part of the


county was divided into six hundreds, with a constable, an overseer of highways, and a pressmaster appointed for each hundred. In the November county court of 1728, Monocacy Hundred was erected, including all the land above Seneca Creek. Because the population of this new hundred grew so rapidly, in a few years it was divided into precincts, and in November 1739, Monocacy Hundred was divided into two new hundreds - Antietam and Conococheague - which lay beyond the Shenandoah Mountain. In 1741, Linganore and Seneca Hundreds were carved out of Monocacy Hundred. Therefore, when our Spurgeons first settled in the Monocacy Hundred, it was an immense area, only later cut down by the adding of new hundreds by sub- tracting from its former size and area.


The Catoctin Valley area, one of the locations where our Spurgeons settled in Monocacy


100, stretches from north to south within the hills of western Frederick County. Present day Frederick is the largest county in Maryland and lies in the north central part of the state, covering 664.8 square miles. Pennsylvania borders it on the north, Carroll County on the east, Montgomery County and the Potomac River on the south, and Washington County on the west. The portion of Frederick County where James Spurgeon’s property was located is delineated on the following diagram:


67Louise Joyner Hienton, “Prince George’s Heritage,” (Baltimore, 1972), Garamond & Pridemark Press, p. 37. © 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 24


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