Early days in Montgomery County, Maryland, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this 153-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 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 many subjects included are: Early history and physical features; First Recorded Patents (with names like "John's Delight", "Turkey Thicket" and "Pork Plenty, if no Thieves"); Census figures; Courts and County Officials, including names of grand jurors and disposition of some cases (such as the pillory, whipping post and servitude); early Wills and Marriage Licenses; Educational Matters, Importance of Tobacco, Agricultural Society, Gold Mines; Revolutionary War Pensioners; Shadrach Nugent, a famous Negro known as "The Moon Man" who lived to be over 119 years old; Necrology (early deaths in the county); the City of Georgetown, a suburb of Washington, D.C.; Georgetown College; the District of Columbia with details concerning the locating of the nation's capital; Public Roads and Bridges, Stage Coaches, Railroads and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal; the Catawba Grape; church histories; Rockville Academy; histories of the various county districts: Cracklin, Clarkesburg, Medley, Rockville, Berry, Bethesda, Mechanicsville, Gaithersburg, and Great Falls; and villages: Unity, Laytonsville, Redland, Claysville, Clarkesburg, Hyattstown, Neelsville, Damascus, Boyd's Station, Barnesville, Poolesville, Beallsville, Dawsonville, Rockville, Spencerville, Colesville, Darnestown, Cabin John and the stone-arch bridge across the Potomac, Sandy Spring, Olney, Brookville, Norbeck, Germantown, Gaithersburg, other interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet is filled with names. In addition, there are individual biographies of notable county residents. These vary greatly in length. Among these bios are: Benjamin Stoddert, Daniel Carroll, Henry Gaither, Ninian Edwards, Jared Williams, John W. Jones, Patrick Magruder, James Dunlap, Philip E. Thomas, Mrs. Ann Poultney, Col. John Berry, Elisha Riggs, Samuel Riggs, John C. Clark, George R. Gaither, Israel H.B.A. and R.R. Griffith, Rev. Thomas McCormick, Thomas L. Reese, Thomas J.S. Perry, Gen. Uriah Forrest, Roger Brooke, Robert Pottinger, Dr. William B. Magruder, Dr. Duvall, Robert Sellman, Thomas F.W. Vinson, James Holland, James Carrant, Isaac Young, William Darne, Samuel C. Viers, Richard Johns Bowie, the Ray family, the Blair family, the Gist family, Rev. James Hunt, Caleb Bentley, Rev. Thomas McCormick, John Thomas, Ephraim Davis, Roger Brooke, William B. Barnsley, Philander Chase Riley, and the Cook family.