East New Market

Tax Records

1783 Tax Assessment Analysis

East New Market, Maryland

See the 1783 Tax Assessment for the transcription of the 1783 tax records for New Market.

In 1783 the sole properties that comprised present day East New Market were owned by John Anderton and James Sulivane and leased by William Trippe (a small lot from Anderton).

1783 New MarketThe two black lines in the image to the right show the position of the main intersection in East New Market. 

In 1783 on the 344 acres known as "Anderton's Desire", there was 1 brick dwelling, 1 brick kitchen, 1 brick quarter, 1 brick mill house, 2 frame barns, 5 logged houses, and 1 little house.  The Brick Dwelling was likely "Rose Hill" which was known to exist at that time.  The brick mill house was likely next to Secretary Creek and not close to the main intersection.  The little house may be the house known as "Anderton's Desire".  However, I am not sure if the house would have been considered little if it was indeed constructed by 1783.

In 1783 on the 50 acres known as the north part of "Debate Enlarged" and also part of "Buckland" contained one good frame dwelling house, one brick kitchen, 3 logged houses, one logged dwelling house & store house, one granary, and one smith shop.  The parcel encompasses all four quadrants of the main intersection and stretches north to Secretary Creek.  With at least two fires and other events affecting all structures at the main intersection it is unlikely any of the original structures still remain.  However, there are two structures that possibly may date back to 1783.  The Bramble House, which was moved from the southeast corner of Main Street was likely built around 1805.  However, parts of the house could date earlier.  There is also a storage building that is quite old at the northwest corner beside the current deli & market.

In 1780, William Trippe began leasing a 300 square feet lot from John Anderton that ran from a marked cedar post standing at the SE corner of my (Anderton's) Dwelling House erected on the said lot.   In 1783 one small old framed house stood on the lot.  Currently I have not determined what structure Anderton was referring to as "my Dwelling House on the said lot" and thus do not know where Trippe's small house was.  Trippe owned a lot of property in Dorchester and Talbot Counties and may have used this house as a store.  This small old house could be the house now known as "Anderton's Desire".

In 1783 on the 897 1/4 acres known as "New Market", James Sulivane had 1 framed dwelling house, 4 small houses, 1 carriage house, 1 brick house, and 4 logged houses.  This land encompassed a large area including most of the land along both sides of south Main Street and the both sides of the Railroad Avenue.  The land stretched north to Secretary Creek and south well past the current town limits.  The framed dwelling house was likely the house now known as "Buckland", which was standing well before 1783.  The brick house is likely the kitchen wing of "Friendship Hall" or the kitchen wing of the "Brick Hotel".  The 4 small houses on the "New Market" tract may or may not still exist.  Some possibilities in town are...

Note that the manner in which log houses were referred to in the 1783 tax records, they appear to be less consequential than small houses and other structures.  Thus log houses were likely very small primitive structures.  Some may have been housing for the slave population.  It is unlikely any of these log houses still survive.