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Dorchester County
Registers of Wills
1777-present




1777John Caile Harrison
1777-1803 John Goldsborough
1803-1823Dr. John Cropper
1823-1838 William W. Eccleston
1838-1851 Thomas Holliday Hicks
1851-1852Shadrock Mitchell
1852-1857Thomas Holliday Hicks
1857-1861Levin L. Keene
1861-1885Edward W. LeCompte
1885-1909John W. Fletcher
1909-1949Russell P. Smith, Sr.
1949-1950Charles E. Barnett
1950-1970Agnes Phelps McAllister
1970-1974Maurice Lewis, Jr.
1974-present Doris Keene Lewis


Notes:

*The courthouse in Cambridge and the records within it were destroyed by a fire on May 9, 1852.

William W. Eccleston died March 28, 1838. (Cambridge Chronicle, 31 March 1838.)

Mitchell died April 16, 1852, and Thomas Holliday Hicks was elected his replacement by the judges of the Orphans Court. (DORCHESTER COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) Volume THH 1 pp. 251-253 [MSA CM457-1, CR 394-1]

Hicks resigned November 2, 1857. Edward W. LeCompte was elected his replacement by the judges of the Orphans Court. There were doubts, however, as to whether or not he had the right to perform his official duties. (DORCHESTER COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) Volume THH 2 pp. 184-185 [MSA CM457-2, CR 394-2a]. 

Levin L. Keene presented his commission on November 19, 1857.  (DORCHESTER COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) Volume LLK 1 page 185 [MSA CM457-3, CR 394-2b]

LeCompte won the General Election in 1861 (DORCHESTER COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) Volume EWL page 371 [MSA CM457-4, CR 394-2c] 

Russell P. Smith, Sr. resigned in 1949 to become comptroller of the Port of Baltimore. ("Russell P. Smith, Sr." The Washington Post, 16 September 1955; "Russell P. Smith, Sr." The New York Times, 17 September 1955.)

Sources:
DORCHESTER COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) MSA CM457
GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL (Commission Record) 1726-1837, MSA S1080
SECRETARY OF STATE (Commission Record) MSA S1081
SECRETARY OF STATE (Election Return Abstracts) MSA S1122
Jones, Elias. History of Dorchester County, Maryland. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company Press, 1902.
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