Maryland Courts

Historical Land Records

Kent County's Land Records date back to 1636, with the General Indexing starting with 1656. The first 8 Libers are comprised of transcriptions from the original records that can be found in the Hall of Records in Annapolis. The copying was done by Sarah Elizabeth Stuart, beginning July 3, 1928 and ending February 13, 1929. The typing was done by Bernice Chrisfield Scotten, Kathryn M. Nickerson, and Sue Smith Winkler, and checked by Sarah Elisabeth Stuart between January 15, 1934 and February 15, 1934.

The work was started under Robert A. Shallcross, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Kent County. It was discontinued for lack of funds and later taken up under Marion deK. Smith, Jr., Supervisor of the Civil Works Administration, Kent County, Maryland, Project #15, approved January 11, 1934.

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Liber "1" Consists of the Following

  • Liber A - 1636 to 1679
  • Liber B - 1674 to 1692
  • Liber C - 1688 to 1706
  • Liber No. 4 - J.D. (John Dowdall, Clerk) No. 1, 1687 to 1704
  • Liber No. 5 - G.L. (George Lumley, Clerk) No. 1, 1691 to 1707
  • Liber No. 6 - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk) No. N, 1708 to 1708



Other Libers

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  • Liber "2" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1707 - 1720
  • Liber "3" - 1719 - 1726
  • Liber "4" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1730 - 1734
  • Liber "5" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1737 - 1740
  • Liber "6" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1742 - 1744
  • Liber "7" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1747 - 1751
  • Liber "8" - J.S. (James Smith, Clerk), 1754 - 1758

Original Records Consist Of

Book(s) Initial Years Clerk
20-24 D.D. 1761-1780 Dennis Dulany
25-26 E.F. 1781-1790 Ben Chambers
27-28 B.C. 1790-1798 Ben Chambers
29-31 T.W. 1798-1806 Thomas Worrell
32-35 B.C. 1807-1816 Ben Chambers
36-38 W.S. 1816-1822 William Scott
39-40 T.W. 1822-1827 Thomas Worrell
41-52 J.N.G. 1827-1849 Joseph N. Gordon
53-54 J.R. 1849-1852 Joseph Redue
55-59 J.F.G. 1853-1857 James F. Gordon
60-71 J.K.H. Jesse K. Hines
72-76 D.C.B. 1874-1879 D.C. Blackiston
77-91 S.B. 1880-1891 Samuel Beck
92-97 S.G.F. 1892 Samuel G. Fisher
98-129 J.T.D. James T. Dixon
130-138 A.P.R. A. Parks Rasin
139-148 R.R.A. Robert R. Ayres
149-189 R.A.S. Robert A. Shallcross
190-266 W.H.G. W. Henry Gsell
267-351 E.H.P. Earl H. Pinder
1-299 E.H.P. Earl H. Pinder
1-167 M.L.M. Mark L. Mumford

Books 168-M.L.M. (Mark L. Mumford, Clerk) to the present can be accessed by computers.