Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Day & Dollarhide & Greer in Early Baltimore

My first "find" at the Archives of Maryland's deeds online* can be found here in an earlier post. This post concerns early Maryland records in Baltimore County. The Archives has a website devoted to assisting patrons in researching and writing about the City of Baltimore.

There's a link to the Annals of Baltimore, which described the who and when of various land purchases and other historical details, i.e., "In 1705 Aquilla Paca, Esq. was sheriff of Baltimore county, and in 1706 he was succeeded by Francis Dollarhide** Esq." This is interesting to me for two reasons; I have a Greer ancestor with Baltimore roots -- Aquilla Greer, b. 1716/9 -- was he named after Aquilla Paca?; and my sister's kids are descendants of said Francis Dollarhide. In fact Aquilla Greer's parents were John & Sarah (Day) Greer and Sarah's father was Nicholas Day. Nicholas Day and Francis Dollarhide were listed on the same deed index page -- the "DA" Index, Page 82 (online*) for Baltimore County, Maryland. Small world, especially considering that my sister was born in Michigan (the Day descendant) and her husband (the Dollarhide descendant) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A deed I found online for Aquilla Greer is extracted below. Many variations of the Greer/Day family histories refer to this deed, including this website and this Rootsweb entry. The deed is also included in this book of Baltimore, Maryland, Deeds. [See James Grier/Arthur Taylor p 121]

Baltimore Co., Maryland Land Index
Index Page 0142
Year 1743
Grantee / Grantor
Greer, Aquilla / Charles Carroll
pt Chilmalira
100 acres
Deed Book Liber "C", Page 460

From The History of the Dollarhide Family online
**Named estates in colonial Maryland were the rule. All land grants in the first 100 years of the colony were done with a requirement that the land be given a name. The first owner named the land, and even if it were sold later, the name of the estate never changed. For this reason, the earliest land grants of Maryland are easier to trace than in other states. With an abundance of maps and documents describing the early named estates, one can determine the original owners of each named estate and any subsequent owners, often up to this very day.

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