Maryland's Colonial Eastern Shore; Historical Sketches of Counties and of Some Notable Structures
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...a distance. Among those who received their education there may be mentioned Governor Martin of North Carolina, Governor Henry of Maryland, and Dr. Benjamin Rush, whose renown is in connection with the University of Pennsylvania. The Presbyterians of Cecil County look back to the early days of West Nottingham, about 1724, with pride, for it was at that place and at that time the Scotch-Irish settlers in upper Cecil County laid the foundation of Presbyterianism in the county. Under the date of March 23, 1724, the following record appears in the minutes of the New Castle (Delaware) Presbytery: --Ordered that Mr. Houston supply the people at the Mouth of Octoraro the fifth Sabbath of May, and Mr. Thomas Evans the third Sabbath of April. That congregation was later called Lower Octoraro and was a branch of West Nottingham. To the energy and personal magnetism of the Rev. James Magraw, D.D., born in 1775, more than to any other person is due the present strength of Presbyterianism in Cecil County. His work from 1801 to 1835 was especially effective in the Octoraro Valley and the northern part of the county. St. Francis Xavier's Church near Warwick, one of the very early Roman Catholic places of worship in Cecil County, was erected by the Jesuits. It was in the school connected with this church that the first Roman Catholic bishop in Maryland, John Carroll, was educated. Bishop Carroll was the founder of Georgetown College, in the District of Columbia. One of Cecil's sons who has taken his place among the famous men of America, James Rumsey, the inventor of steam-driven boats, was born near the head of Bohemia River. The county responded early to the help of the struggling confederation of colonies in their war against Great Britain in 1776. While no battles were f..