Early days in Carroll County, Maryland, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this 183-page excerpt from J. Thomas Scharf's History of Western Maryland, originally published in 1882 by Louis H. Everts of Philadelphia. The booklet is printed one-sided on 8 1/2" x 11" 60# opaque paper. The front cover is an 80# card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Although this booklet is new, there were occasional smudge marks in the original book which we were unable to delete in reprinting the material. Among the subjects included are: First Settlers; Land Grants; Erection of Carroll County; Bench and Bar; Distinguished Men; County Officers from 1837 to 1882; Candidates for various offices; Tax Collectors; School Statistics; Marriage Licenses issued 1837-9; Names of Jurors; Physical Description, Minerals, Agriculture, etc.; Railroads and Turnpikes; Addison Reunion Association; County Sabbath-school association; Various churches and ministers; Names of those buried in the German Baptist Cemetery at Pipe Creek, the German Reformed Cemetery at Taneytown, the Church of God Cemetery, and many other cemeteries in the county; Newspapers; Societies; and the Civil War and the GAR post. Our booklet "The Civil War in Western Maryland" goes into additional details of the war as it concerned this region. The booklet also details the history of each of the county's various "districts." These apparently correspond to townships in other states. Numerous church histories are found within the district histories. The Districts are: Taneytown and the village of Taneytown; Uniontown and the communities of Uniontown, Frizzellburg, Tyrone; Myers and the villages of Union Mills, Myersville, Silver Run and Piney Creek Station; Woolery and the communities of Finksburg, Carrollton, Patapsco, Bird Hill, Louisville, Mechanicsville, Shamberger's Station; Freedom and the communities of Defiance, Freedom, Eldersburg, Sykesville, Woodbine and others; Manchester and the communities of Manchester, Bachman's Mills, and Melrose, and Irving College; Hampstead and the communities of Hampstead, Houcksville, Watersville, Franklinville and others; Middleburg (birthplace of Francis Scott Key) and the communities of Middleburg, Keysville and Bruceville; New Windsor and the communities of New Windsor, Linwood, and other towns and New Windsor College and Calvert College; Westminster and the communities of Westminster and Warfieldsburg and others, and Western Maryland College and Westminster Academy; Union Bridge and the community of Union Bridge. Attention Genealogists: This booklet is filled with the names of settlers and early residents. In addition, there are many individual biographies of prominent citizens scattered throughout the booklet. There is no index, but we picked out the following: William Farquhar, Solomon Shepherd, Martin Wolfe, David Rhinehart, Joel Wright, Francis Scott Key, Col. Joshua Gist, Joseph Elgan, Jacob R. Thomas, Col. William Maulsby, Thomas Parkin Scott, Col. James M. Shellman, John E. Smith, Charles Boyle Roberts, William Reinhart (artist), Willie T. Hoppe, Dr. Washington Chew Van Bibber, the Shriver family, the Ritter family, George Patterson, Frank Brown, Nathan Manro, Dr. W. m. Hines, James Sykes, Rev. Dr. Pigot, the Warfield family, Elias Brown, Dr. Jacob Shower, Jacob Warner, Lewis C. Myerly, Thomas Bartholow, Pinkney J. Bennett, David Crawford, John Ross Key, Daniel Turner, Rev. Robert Strawbridge, Judge Louis Philip Slingluff, John Young, Andres Schreiber (Shriver), John Ferree (Verre), Jacob Eltinge, Mordecai Gist, Leigh Master, John C. Frizell, William Crouse, Dr. James L. Billingslea, James Thomas Ward, Joseph M. Parke, James Raymond, Col. John K. Longwell, Judge William Nicholas Hayden, Jacob Marker, William L.W. Seabrook, Henry Vanderford, John L. Reifsnider, Joseph Moore and Thomas T. Shepherd.