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Our history begins on the Youghiogheny, page 3

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Indian village and cornfield where the town of Friendsville is now built. The Indians treated them kindly and told them they were the first white men that had ever visited the place. The visitors remained! several days and were so well pleased with the locality and its surroundings that they made an offer to buy, which offer the Indians considered favorably. Having agreed to return at a specified time the party went back to their homes and at the appointed time (the following year, 1765) returned to the Youghiogheny.

"This time the party consisted of John Sr., Andrew and Charles Friend (the three being brothers), two women and some children, their number and names not remembered. John Sr. settled at Friendsville, Charles at McHenry, and Andrew at Turkeyfoot (now Confluence) and later moved to Point Pleasant on the Ohio River."

According to White, quoting Pastor Acrelius' "History of New Sweden" the Friends (Frendes) arrived in this country in 1695, settling on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. But like all early families from abroad the new boundless land provided opportunities for settlement in numerous uninhabited places both east and west of the mountains. White documents many deeds which indicate that this family bought and settled on lands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Prince George County (Sweedland County near Emmittsburg, Md.), Virginia, and finally on the Youghiogheny. It is at this latter settlement that the Friend family finally came to an almost complete stop in their migratory policy of the early period—although Charles and Augustine moved to Missouri; Augustine, however, returned.

Thus the founding family of Garrett County was of Swedish ex-


Felix G. Robinson

Joseph Friend, son of John Friend, holding Arthur Chisholm. This picture taken in 1872 Courtesy of Garrett County Historical Society.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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