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Howard District[1] and Howard County
Registers of Wills

1840-1845Washington Gaither[2]
1846-1847Samuel Brown, Jr.
1847-1851Thomas Jenkins
1851-1863 Thomas Brice Hobbs
1863-1867Eli T. Peddicord
1867-1874 Benjamin H. Dorsey
1874-1881Edwin Warfield
1881-1887Thomas L. Maclin
1887-1899Isaac Scaggs
1899-1905William H. Marlow
1905-1923Richard Davis of W.
1923-1926Martin Burke
1926-1930Charles H. Ridgely
1930-1966Raymond L. Pickett
1966-1982George W. Slack
1982-1986Mary M. Grimes
1986-2010Kay K. Hartleb
2010-presentByron E. Macfarlane

Howard County Register of Wills election results, 1851-present

1. Howard District was created from Anne Arundel County by Chapter 22, Acts of 1838 (confirmed by Chapter 49, Acts of 1839, and further authorized by Chapter 98, Acts of 1839). Although unrepresented in the General Assembly, the District had the status of a county, with its own sheriff, register of wills, and other county officers. It officially was formed as a county in 1851 (Const. 1851, Art. VIII, sec. I). New county officers, including a new register of wills, were chosen in 1851 when Howard became a county.
2. Resigned December, 1845 to become sheriff of Howard District. Brown was appointed his temporary replacement at the next session of the Orphan's Court in February, 1846.

Warfield, J. D. The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. 1905. Reprint, Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1990.
Maryland Manual.
GOVERNOR (Election Returns) 1838-1895 [MSA S108].
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Test Book) 1864-1907 [MSA C1014-3].
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) 1840-1982 [MSA T2743].
HOWARD DISTRICT REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Accounts) 1840-1851 [MSA CM534].

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