Unpublished Primary Sources
Washington College Archives
- Minutes and Proceedings of the Board of Visitors and Governors–Early Records 1782-1853; Minutes and Correspondence, 1854-1902.
- Early Presidents, Boxes 1, 2, 3.
- Board of Visitors of Governors Early Records, 1782-1852, Boxes 1, 2.
- Joseph Wickes Papers, 13 Boxes.
- Ezekiel Chambers Papers, 3 boxes.
- James Alfred Pearce Papers, 1 box.
- Peregrine Wroth Papers, 2 boxes.
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United States Census (accessed through Ancestry.com)
- Kent County – 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880.
- Kent County Slave Schedules 1850, 1860.
- Assessment of 1783, Kent County
- Kent County Court, Chattel Records, 1750-1851
Archives of Maryland Online
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Legacy of Slavery website
Kent County Courthouse
- Land Records
- Kent County Circuit Court Records
Kent County court records accessed online through familysearch.org:
- Maryland Probate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940.
- Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999:
Negroes Free and Slave 1791, 1792, 1794, 1805, 1816, 1820, 1845, 1864.
Administration Accounts, 1789-1792.
Guardianship Accounts 1816-1821.
- Maryland and Delaware, Freedman’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872: Assistant Commissioner – Roll 5 – Narrative Reports, Oct 1866 – June 1867.
Delaware State Archives
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University of Pennsylvania Archives
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Apollo; or, Chestertown Spy (also published as The Chestertown Gazette)
The Planters’ Advocate
New York Spectator
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