|The names included on the antebellum Maryland maps are men and women who
owned property. They most likely paid a fee to the map-maker to have their names included. Unfortunately,
maps with property owners listed only exist for thirteen of Maryland's counties. These maps allow us to
place thousands of the more well-off members of Antebellum Maryland society. As property owners in
antebellum Maryland, many of those included on the maps were likely to have owned slaves. When possible,
the Maryland State Archives performs research to connect the names of slaves with their owners in order
to locate enslaved as well as free residents of Antebellum Maryland. These maps provide historians and
genealogists with a powerful new tool for research.
Isaac Scaggs, Owner
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- Slaves Biography
Adam and Maria Smith (Source: Baltimore Sun, 8/9/1857, Maryland State Law Library)
Dall, Lem, Bill and Ben (Source: Baltimore Sun, 8/9/1857, Maryland State Law Library)
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