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Davidson, Thomas E. "Free Blacks in Old Somerset County, 1745-1755." Maryland Historical Magazine 80 (Summer 1985): 151-156.
Annotation / Notes: County court records of Somerset County, Maryland during the eighteenth century are particularly complete, allowing for detailed studies of the county's population during that period. The author contributes to the scholarship which, up until 1985, focused primarily on the origins of black culture on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the seventeenth century. The author also adds to the growing scholarship on free blacks in this region, which tended to also focus on the seventeenth century. In addition to examining court records to determine the numbers of free Negroes and mulattoes, the author also attempts to determine how members of these populations obtained their free status, that is, through manumission or the as the result of being children of free mothers (free-born).
Klein, Mary O. "'We Shall Be Accountable to God:' Some Inquiries into the Position of Blacks in Somerset Parish, Maryland, 1692-1865." Maryland Historical Magazine 87 (Winter 1992): 399-406.
Annotation / Notes: The author examines the conversion of free blacks and slaves in Somerset Parish. While a 1664 Maryland law stated that baptism had no effect on the status of a slave, the Anglican church worked towards conversion of the enslaved. However, Christian education and baptism varied depending on individual slaveowners. In some cases, the enslaved themselves refused to be baptized. Evidence of African religious practices remained alongside the practice of Christianity.
Russo, Jean Elliott. 'The Interest of the County': Population, Economy, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Somerset County, Maryland. Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 1999.
Carr, Lois Green, and Lorena S. Walsh. "The Standard of Living in the Colonial Chesapeake." William and Mary Quarterly 45 (January 1988): 135-59.
Annotation / Notes: Carr and Walsh make detailed use of probate records from seventeenth and eighteenth century Maryland to argue that the period in Chesapeake area history represented a shift from an early emphasis upon material necessities to an improved standard of living marked by "gentility." The authors contend that this change reached across class lines and helped to fuel, rather than check, the productive economy of the colony. The article includes extensive tables and graphs of evidence regarding consumer items for several Maryland and Virginia counties.
Russo, Jean B. "The Constables' Lists: An Invaluable Resource." Maryland Historical Magazine 85 (Summer 1990): 164-70.
Guest, Geoffrey. "The Boarding of the Dependent Poor in Colonial America." Social Service Review 63 (1989): 92-112.
Russo, J. Elliott. "'Fifty-Four Days Work of Two Negroes': Enslaved Labor in Colonial Somerset County, Maryland." Agricultural History, 78 (Fall 2004): 466-92.
Whitney, Alethea Helen. A History of the Manokin Presbyterian Church: Princess Anne, Maryland, 1672-1980. Denton, MD: Baker Pringing Co., 1981.
Tull, Willis Clayton, Jr. "Militia Appointments, 1794-1817, 23rd Regiment, Somerset County, Md." Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, 23 (Summer 1982): 70-71.
Moser, Jason D. 'The art and mystery of shipbuilding': An archaeological study of shipyards, shipwrights and shipbuilding in Somerset County, Maryland, 1660-1900. Ph.D. diss., Florida State University, 2011.
Dryden, Ruth T. Somerset County, Maryland: Will Book EB14, 1748-1749. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2012.
Esgar, Lyndeth. Somerset County, Maryland: Marriage References and Family Relationships, 1666-1800. Lewes, DE: Colonial Roots, 2013.