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From: David Teague <>
Subject: Origins of the names of colonial Maryland land tracts (somewhat OT)
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:48:22 +0000
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On 10 October 1695, Edward Tegg (or Teague) of Cecil County, Maryland, patented a 160-acre tract of land in that county, which he (or someone else) named "Pembroke." (See Peter Wilson Coldham’s Settlers of Maryland, 1679 – 1700, p. 170, for more details on that.)



The 100-acre tract Edward patented one month later, on 10 November, which he named "Tegg's (or Teague's) Delight" is much more famous, because it contains the owner's family name in the tract name, and as a result, researchers have tended either to overlook/ignore Pembroke (when they were aware of its existence in the first place) or to mention the tract only in passing, without any consideration of why Edward Teague should have named the first land for which he was granted a patent -- almost 2/3 of his real property at the time of his death, after a town in SW Wales.



My question, therefore, is this: Does anyone know how common it was for colonists in Maryland to name tracts of land after their places of origin?



Edward's surname is spelled at least three different ways in the surviving records (Teague, Teage, and Tegg), and the Pembroke tract name may be an important clue as to Edward's origins: i.e., whether he was actually Welsh rather than Cornish.



Thanks in advance,



David Teague

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