Proceedings of the Town Commissioners of Centerville,
Queen Anne's County, Maryland,

The Maryland State Archives holdings of public records include the proceedings of the town commissioners of Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, 1797-1914.  The volume for 1876-1914 was in the custody of the Town Commissioners in 1957 when a security microfilm copy was made by the State Archives.   In 1958, John Emory had possession of  the volume for 1797-1876,  and returned it to public custody  at the State Archives where it has remained in a temperature and humidity controlled environment to ensure its preservation.  A security microfilm copy of that volume was also made at the time of receipt.  An additional microfilm copy was made in 1983 of the first volume that was used for a paper copy provided the Commissioners.  That microfilm (MSA CR 42,854) does not fully duplicate the contents of the original volume. Both volumes as originally filmed and accessioned are now available on line at as electronic books and as a CD. The CD can be ordered through the Archives (410-260-6400) by asking for publication number 7028. Checks should be made payable to the Maryland State Archives Endowment Fund.

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Electronic Books of the Proceedings:

John Emory Collection of Centreville Town Records
MSA SC 509
Proceedings, Commissioners of the Town of Centreville, Queen Anne's County, 2 March 1797-30 March 1876.
Includes annual tax assessment including lot numbers, whether improved or unimproved, and value.

Medium: Original, microfilm, electronic book derived from MSA M 403

Centreville Town Commissioners (Proceedings)
Refilming (1983) of M403. Does not include loose pages found in original volume and filmed on M403.

Centreville Town Commissioners Collection
MSA SC 2804
Centreville Town Commissioners: Proceedings.
Medium: Microfilm, electronic book derived from MSA M 310


Centreville, County Seat of Queen Anne's County, was incorporated in 1794 (Chapter 23, Acts of 1794).  Its population in 1990 was 2,097 and in 2000, 1,970.  For further information see the Maryland Manual On Line published by the Maryland State Archives at:

Town Hall , 101 Lawyers' Row, Centreville,
Maryland, April 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Centreville from Strong's Map of Queen Anne's County, 1866, Queen Anne's County Historical Society Collection, MSA SC 5080-1-1.  Note that you can explore this image in detail here or by clicking on the image.

According to Frederic Emory, Queen Anne's County, Maryland (1981 [1886-1887]), p. 532, "The first map of Queen Anne's County in detail was published in 1866 by John G. Strong from surveys made in 1865.  An appropriation of $250 by the county in aid of the work was authorized by act of the legislature in 1866."  Chapter 143 of the Laws of 1866, passed on January 19, 1866,  empowered the "county Commissioners of Queen Anne's County to levy the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars on the taxable property of the County, to pay J. G. Strong for copies of a map of said County which he is about to publish, on the scale of one inch to the mile, and which said copies are intended to be distributed among the Public Schools of the County" (Laws of Maryland, 1866, p. 231).  The act permitted the County to reject the maps if there were "not gotten up and published in manner and style as set forth in his, said Strong's programme." The County Commissioners  paid the first installment of $125 to Strong by order on James B. Roe, Collector of the District, No. 1, on Tuesday, October 30, 1866.  The second and final installment was authorized on Tuesday, April 16, 1867 (Queen Anne's County Board of County Commissioners, (Proceedings), 1861-1869,  MSA C 1465-1).

Prepared by Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist on September 1, 2005.

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