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Whitehaven in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Whitehaven

 
 
Whitehaven Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
1. Whitehaven Marker
Inscription. Chartered by Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore, c. 1685. Town Incorporated c. 1702.

Ferry operated here as early as 1692. Settlers were led by Col. George Gale of Whitehaven in the North of England. His first wife, Mildred Warner Washington who by previous marriage was George Washington's grandmother, lived nearby before her death in 1701. "Whitehaven Company" of Somerset County Militia fought with the Maryland Line in Revolutionary War.
 
Erected by Society of Colonial Wars, Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 16.221′ N, 75° 47.474′ W. Marker is in Whitehaven, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Whitehaven Road (Maryland Route 352), on the right when traveling south on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico MD 21856, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Green Hill Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Col. George Gale (approx. 4.3 miles away); Asbury United Methodist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); "Bloomsbury" (approx. 5.8 miles away); Friendship United Methodist Church and Allen African American School
Whitehaven Schoolhouse and the Whitehaven Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
2. Whitehaven Schoolhouse and the Whitehaven Marker
Built in 1886.
(approx. 5.8 miles away); Birthplace of Samuel Chase (approx. 6.3 miles away); Roaring Point Park (approx. 6.6 miles away); a different marker also named Roaring Point Park (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Mildred Gale (1671-1701). aka Mildred Warner, Mildred Washington (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Mildred Warner Washington and George Gale
Part of the inscription reads, "Mildred Warner Washington who by previous marriage was George Washington's grandmother, lived nearby before her death in 1701."

After Mildred married her second husband, George Gale in 1699, she came to Whitehaven, Cumberland, England. This was George's home town. He had met Mildred while on business in Virginia.

She died in Whitehaven England c.1701 and is buried in the grounds of St Nicholas's Church in the centre of Whitehaven.

Her widower, George Gale returned to Whitehaven, Maryland about 1703 after a custody battle with the Washington family over Mildred's three children by her first husband, Lawrence Washington.

I believe that George Gale had founded the town/ village of Whitehaven, Maryland
Whitehaven Ferry image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
3. Whitehaven Ferry
The modern ferry crossing, looking at the town of Whitehaven from across the Wicomico River. Two to three cars can cross at a time at no charge.
and named it after his home town of Whitehaven, Cumberland, England.
    — Submitted October 19, 2008, by Angela Walls of Whitehaven, Cumbria, England.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PersonsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Whitehaven Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
4. Whitehaven Methodist Episcopal Church
Built in 1892.
Upper Ferry image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
5. Upper Ferry
About 8 miles up river, there is another free two-car ferry crossing at Upper Ferry.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,817 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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