Old Somerset, whose county seat is at Princess Anne, once encompassed a much larger area than the current boundaries. It included the territory shown at right, the areas which now are the counties of Somerset (bordered in red), Worcester and Wicomico in Maryland, and part of Sussex in Delaware. Other close neighbors are Dorchester County, Maryland to the northwest and Accomack County, Virginia to the south. Many early Somerset settlers came up from Accomack. Cecil, Lord Baltimore, Lord Proprietary of the Province of Maryland proclaimed in 1666 that Somerset County would be "bounded south with a line from Watkin's Point (being the north point of tht bay into wch the River Wighco formly called Wighcocomoco afterwards Pocomoke and Wighcocomoco againe, doth fall exclusively) to the Ocean on the east; Nanticoke River on the North & the Sound of Chesipeake Bay on the West." Somerset County was named for Lady Mary Somerset, sister of Cecilius Calvert's wife, Lady Anne Arundell.
We now have the 1877 Lake, Griffing & Stevenson Atlas maps for Somerset online at the 1877 Atlas page. Enjoy!
We also have Stepney Parish Records images for 1703-1890 at the Stepney Parish page. Yay!
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Somerset County, Maryland USGenWeb Project County Coordinator