Morts from Frederick/Carroll Co, Md & Related Families
Ancestors of John Raymond Mort Sr
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Mathas Morts, the first identified Mort to the US, entrance to Monocacy is best presented by the following excerpt.
Long before there were any settlements in Washington County, parties of Germans passed through it from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to seek homes in Virginia. The principal route was over a pack horse or Indian road that crossed the present Pennsylvania counties of York and Adams to the Monocacy where it passed into Maryland. Once in Maryland, the road passed through Crampton's Gap and crossed the Potomac at several fords.
The Maryland officials early appreciated the value of the German settlers to the province and did all they could to encourage the movement, as the Germans were looked upon as a thrifty, industrious and God-fearing people who were a benefit to the community. In March of 1732 the proprietor of the Province of Maryland desired to attract settlers to the Northern and the Western areas of his territory, so he made a proclamation declaring special land prices and taxes for settlers.
The first German settlement in the area near Washington County was as early as 1729 in the village of Monocacy in Frederick County, which was the first village beyond the lower part of Montgomery County in Western Maryland. Monocacy was situated at or near the present village of Creagerstown. Here around 1732 the first German church, which was known as the Log Church, was built in Maryland. The Log Church later became the church of Creagerstown and then was replaced by a brick church a few rods north of the old site in 1834. There were several taverns there to accommodate travelers on the Monocacy Road, which was constructed by the governments of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Monocacy Road was an improvement upon the old Indian trail which was formerly used. The road went from Wright's Ferry in Pennsylvania to the Maryland line, then to the Potomac, and then on to the uplands of Virginia.
While Mathas Mort had acquired a considerable amount of land in his lifetime, it was converted to cash to settle his estate. Money is not as lasting as land, and descendents of the Mort line either became tenant farmers or migrated to areas where land was more available. Virginia; Franklyn Co, Pa; Ohio; Illinois & Iowa became later homes for many of the descendents. Those remaining in Carroll & Frederick Co, Md are the prime targets f this research.
In Carrroll & Frederick Cos, the Morts enjoined with the Weltys, Bentzs, Grimes, Sharrers, Marshalls, Fogles and many other prominent names for that section of Maryland. From Mathas's home, Terra Reba section of Carroll Co, the family moved across the Creek into the Emmitsburg section. Then spreading out toward Gettysburg, Pa and reaching into the "big citys' of Baltimore, Md and York, Pa. as the requirements for work deemed necessary.
The Seal family Immigrated to Hunterdon Co, NJ in 1752. They also migrated west with the availability of land in that area. The family of Peter & Robert Seal intermarried in Ogle Co. with the Morts. In Illinois, the Seals and Morts intermarried with the Paynes and Mitchels.
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Ancestors and related families of John Raymond Mort (1907-1989)