Archives of Maryland
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Somerset County
Registers of Wills
1777-present

1777-1801Esme Bayly
1801-1820George Handy
1820-1845James Polk
1845-1857Samuel W. Jones
1857-1863Sidney C. Long [1]
1863-1865John J. Dashiell [2]
1865-1879William H. Gale
1879-1891Hampden H. Dashiell
1891-1897 Robert F. Maddox
1897-1903 William F. Langford
1903-1907Thomas Dixon [3]
1907-1915Sidney Waller [4]
1915Robert F. Maddox
1915-1921 Lafayette Ruark
1921-1927Hardy B. Cullan
1927-1950Florence E. Dryden
1950-1966 Edward Lankford Fontaine
1966-1990Littleton Thomas Dryden
1990-2014Gary W. Miller
2014-presentKeith B. Ward

Notes:
1. Long was defeated by Dashiell 834 votes to 818, but protested the result because of the presence of and interference by Union soldiers at the polls throughout the county. The soldiers were accused of widespread intimidation of voters and of harassing and arresting election judges in an effort to secure the election of Unionist candidates. Dashiell was sworn in December 15, but Long did not relinquish the office until December 22. Dashiell then officially assumed authority on January 5, 1865, the next session of the Orphans Court. See GOVERNOR (Election Returns) Contested Election Papers, 1864, MdHR 40,132-1735/1754 [MSA S108-44, 2/50/1/23]

2. Dashiell died in office on November 19, 1865. Gale was appointed to fill the position on November 23.

3. Dixon resigned on November 19, 1907.

4. Waller resigned April 13, 1915. Maddox was appointed to serve the remainder of his term.

Sources:
GOVERNOR (Election Returns) Election Returns, Somerset County, 1864, MdHR 40,132-1780 [MSA S108-44, 2/50/1/23]

SOMERSET COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) MSA C1794 and MSA CM978

SOMERSET COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Accounts) MSA C1768

SOMERSET COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Accounts) MSA C1725

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