East New Market



Recommended Reading

"Newspapers of Maryland's Eastern Shore" by Dickson J. Preston 1986
An excellent history of the early newspapers covering every Maryland county on the shore from the origins of the first paper in 1790 to 1985, when Mr. Preston passed away. 

"Maryland Eastern Shore Newspaper Abstracts" by F. Edward Wright
An excellent compilation of items from surviving newspapers from the Maryland Counties on the eastern shore covering the years 1790 to 1834.  Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 are especially important to New Market and Dorchester County.  All eight volumes are available from Mr. Wright at Colonial Roots in Lewes, DE.

"Before the Fire: Genealogical Gleanings from the Cambridge (MD) Chronicle, 1830-1855", Extracted by Walter E. Arps Jr. 1978 and published by Bettie Carothers
A good book of abstracts and well worth the $5 price on Amazon.  However, after a thorough search of the Cambridge Chronicle for this time period, I found several more New Market gleanings in the Cambridge Chronicle during this time frame that Mr. Arps did not list. 

"Marriages & deaths of the lower Delmarva, 1835-1840: From the newspapers of Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester Counties" by F. Edward Wright
Sounds promising, but it is out of print at present.  I have not viewed it.

"Newspaper Abstracts from the American Eagle & Cambridge Chronicle 1846-1857" by Debra S. Moxey
Ms. Moxey states "I am sure there are those that have been missed."  So far I haven't found any mentions of New Market that were missed.  As always Ms. Moxey has done a great job.

"Eastern Shore Genealogical Abstracts from the Cambridge Herald, Cambridge, Maryland, July 20, 1861 - July 1, 1863" by Robert Edward Nichols Jr.
A very thorough transcription of items/articles.  Mr. Nichols work covers all known surviving issues of the Cambridge Herald.  In 1995, Debra Moxey also transcribed the Cambridge Herald for the same time period for the Dorchester County Genealogical Magazine.  Both did a fine job.  Mr. Nichols book provides more detail.

"Abstracts from the Democrat & News, Dorchester County, Maryland 1872 & 1873" compiled by Debra S. Moxey
Good abstracts from the former editor of the Dorchester County Genealogical Magazine.

"The Dorchester County Genealogical Magazine"  Debra S. Moxey, Editor
During its existence from 1982 to 2000, Ms. Moxey and other contributors (myself included) compiled abstracts from various Dorchester County newspapers covering different years.


The "Maryland Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer" was published in Easton, Maryland from 1790 to 1799.  At the end of 1799, the name was changed to "Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer" and continued until 1804.  The most complete collection of these newspapers is housed on microfilm at the Maryland Historical Society.   However, images from a few select issues can only be found at other repositories.  All but one of the issues that mentions New Market can be found at the Maryland Historical Society. 

The "Republican Star" was the second newspaper to make its debut on the Eastern Shore.  It was first published in August of 1799 and continued with various subheadings until June 12, 1832.  From 1799 to 1802 it was the "Republican Star, Eastern Shore Political Luminary", from 1802 to 1814 it was the "Republican Star, Eastern Shore General Advertiser", and from 1814 to 1832 it was the "Republican Star, General Advertiser".  Surviving issues of the "Republican Star" from 1800 to 1832 are available in the America's Historical Newspapers collection created by Readex.  A library or university logon is needed.  Issues of the "Republican Star" from 1802 to 1803 are also available at the Archives of Maryland Online.

The "Cambridge Chronicle" was established in 1822, and immediately became the news source for Dorchester County.  Until then Easton had the shore's only newspapers (with the exception of a short lived newspaper in Chestertown).  Issues of the "Cambridge Chronicle" from 1830 to 1855 are available online at the Archives of Maryland Online.  These same issues are available and at "Paper of Record", a searchable archive of historical newspapers.  Scattered issues from 1824 to 1826 are available at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Issues from the 5 years (1835-1840) of the existence of the "Dorchester Aurora" can be found at the Maryland State Archives.  Scattered issues of the the "Cambridge Democrat" from 1845 to 1864 can be found split among three locations, the Dorchester County Library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Maryland State Archives.  Surviving issues of the "American Eagle" from 1856 and 1857 are online at Paper of Record and on microfilm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Issues of the "Cambridge Herald" from 1859 to 1863 are on microfilm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and from 1861-1863 at the Maryland State Archives.  The "Democrat & News" from 1872-1873 and 1880 to 1913 is located in several Maryland repositories.  Issues from the second incarnation of the "Cambridge Chronicle" covering the years 1870 to 1905 are on microfilm at the Maryland State Archives and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The "Cambridge Era" / "Dorchester Era" covering the period 1878 to 1882 as well as a few later issues are available at the Maryland State Archives and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  A 1902 issue of the "Dorchester Standard" is available at the Dorchester County Library.  The "Daily Banner" from 1902-1904, 1907-1908, 1910-1914, 1916-1958 are on microfilm found at the Maryland State Archives and the Dorchester County Library.

The "Denton Journal" is a Caroline County newspaper, but at times covered items from East New Market.  Images of issues from 1870 through 1965 are available at online at Ancestry and at NewspaperArchive.  Both are subscription databases.

Debra S. Moxey was kind to send Neil Frampton and I photocopies of East New Market columns from the Upper Dorchester News and Daily Banner covering the period 1923-1940.