The Maryland Colony

By | Mar 25, 2015

The history of the Maryland Colony began with a failed attempt by George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, in Newfoundland. Calvert had been the Secretary of State under King James I and he had requested a chance to build a colony in the New World. The “Province of Avalon” began settlement in 1623 and by […]

Beginning the Mason/Dixon Line

By | Nov 15, 2014

For many when you mention the Mason/Dixon line they think of it as the division between the North and the South and the Civil War. The Mason/Dixon line was nearly 100 years old when the Civil War began and was created due to the dispute between the English Colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania. From the […]

One State Remains in Favor of a Constitutional Amendment to Not Allow Abolishment of Slavery

By | Jan 31, 2014

In the waning days of the 36th Congress and just before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861, congress passed a proposed Constitution Amendment, which would have prevented the United States from abolishing slavery. “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, […]

News Items for December 10, 2012

By | Dec 10, 2012

You may recall that last year Hemy Neuman was convicted of the murder of Rusty Sneiderman outside a day car in Dunwoody Georgia. Neuman reportedly was having an affair with Sneiderman’s wife Andrea. Now Andrea Sneiderman is on trial as a conspirator in the murder. Friday was the last day for the defense to request […]

It Happen Today – December 10th

By | Dec 10, 2012

Today would have been actor Michael Clarke Duncan’s 55th birthday. In 1541 Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham of England were beheaded. Their crimes? Both were accused of having affairs with Catherine Howard, who at the time was the 5th wife of Henry the VIII. Catherine would lose her head on February 13, 1542. In 1817 […]

Somerset County Maryland

By | Aug 22, 2012

Somerset County, Maryland was established on August 22, 1666 by a proclamation of Lord Baltimore through his Governor, Charles Calvert. At the time it was the entire southern Eastern Shore of Maryland south of the Nanticoke River. The name comes from Lady Mary Somerset, the wife of Sir John Somerset. Lady Somerset was the sister […]

The Eleven States of the United States

By | Jul 26, 2012

It was on July 26, 1788 that New York became the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution’s Seventh Article stated that “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.” The ninth to ratify […]

A Witch in Time

By | May 26, 2012

A strange period of history occurred in New England a hundred years before the American Revolution. During much of the last half of the 17th century many, mostly women, were accused of Witchcraft. While the most famous of these witch trials occurred in Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex counties of Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May […]

In Texas

By | Mar 30, 2012

Texas was the next to last state to reenter the union of the United States of American after the end of the War Between the States or the Civil War. That occurred on March 30, 1870. The last was Georgia a few months later on July 15, 1870. Over its history Texas has been part […]

The State of Maine

By | Mar 15, 2012

On March 15, 1820 the State of Maine was admitted to the union of the United States as its 23rd State. The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 by a French party that included Samuel de Champlain. The first English settlement in Maine was established by the Plymouth Company at Popham in 1607. […]

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