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The Early Years Continued

There is general agreement among genalogists and among the descendents of William and Dorthy Jarman that they were the common ancestors of the Worshester County family. Although a number have attempted to do so, to my knowledge no one has succeded in authenicating each and every step back to them. The progeny of seven sons were numerous, and the same Christan names ere used over and over again until about 1790, then some different ones came into usage. The early records are incomplete. Land descriptions are by landmarks such as marked trees, branches of streams, the corner of a neighbors land, and tract names, most of which long ago lost their identy. Jesse Jarman is not found in the Worcester County land records prior to 1808 nor on Maryland census record as head of a family. He was born about 1773-4, and married in 1805. The evidence points to William, George, and jesse being brothers. Assuming that George Jarman was the oldest of the three who migrated to Ohio in 1808 and that he was born ca. 1760, as census and other records indicate, and allowing 30 years for a generation, then his father William, was born sometime about 1730. He would have been either a grandson or a great grandson of William 1709 and Dorthy.

After the Revolution, trade with England had ceased and the land west of the Allegenies was being opened. Many planters went broke in the ten years immediately preceding 1800. Although tobacco was transported by wagon to Wheeling, West Varginia, to Ohio, and to points south, this was not adequate. The soil of Maryland's Eastern Shore was not quite so well suited to tobacco as was the lighter soil of Varginia, and the land was leaching out. Many of the planters turned to truck farming, for which the land in still very productive. As did many others, George, William, Jessie Jarman went west.



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