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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1835
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Mr. David Jones is believed to have been the first actual
settler, having built himself a residence on the North side of
the Falls, in the neighbourhood of the intersection of French
and the late Jones, now Front street, near to where Finn's
bridge now stands. Other additions were soon after made
to this, what may, in fact, be termed the beginning of our
city. Cole's Harbour having, in the mean time, passed into
the hands of Mr. James Todd, the step-son of Jones, he sued
out a resurvey, and obtained a new patent for it in 1696, by
which it was called Todd's Range, and contained 510 acres,
Mountenay's Neck, by Mr. Todd's intermarriage with the
daughter of Mr. Mountenay also passed into his possession,
and he, by the marriage of his mother and self, with two of the
principal landholders, became in turn an important personage,

Other additions were now more freely made, and a spirit
of acquisition gradually diffusing itself, Mr. Todd and wife
disposed of parts of their property to a Mr. John Hurst, who
kept an Inn at or near Jones's, and to Mr. Charles Carroll,
agent of the proprietary.

Immediately after his purchase, Mr. Hurst mortgaged his
property to Mr. Richard Colegate, who, it appears owned
and lived on an estate on Colegate's Creek.

in 1711 Mr. Carroll sold 31 acres, of his part of Cole's Har-
bour, to Jonathan Hanson, a millwright, who erected thereon
the mill, whose remains are yet to be seen near White's dis-
tillery, contiguous to the intersection of Bath and Holliday sts,

In"1726, Edward Fell, a merchant from Lancashire, Eng.
who had settled on the east side of the Falls, took out and
escheat warrant and employed a person by the name of Gist
to survey Cole's Harbour or Todd's Range, but a caveat being
entered by the M. HIS of Mr. Carroll, a new grant was preven-
ted. The whole number of improvements up to this time, as
appeared by Mr. Gist's return of the survey, were 1 mill, 2
dwellings, tobacco houses, orchards &c., and on vacancies
1 other dwelling and tobacco houses &. c.

The first Church in the County, is said to have been located
at the head of Bear Creek in Patapsco Neck, the Quaker
however had previously held meetings at Mr. John Giles's al
Upton Court, near Dugan's Ferry Point.

Having thus "given a birds-eye sketch of what may be es-
teemed the "beginning, " we must in our subsequent notices
of events be still more brief, as pur limits admonish us that
we have no room for amplification. I

In 1705 Baltimore County had become so important by its
interests and population, as to require a Sheriff, which office
was filled by Mr. Aquilla Paca, and in the succeeding year
we find that high dignitary in the person of Mr. Francis Dal-
lahide, so that rotation in office was early engrafted upon out
civil institutions, —and would seem to have meant something
in those days^ we were about to say—but the historical fact
of its lasting but for a year, would seem to require the ack-
knowledgment, that the monopoly of office, the tenacious grasp
of power, and the desire of feeding out of the public crib


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