Project Updates

Hello all,

A short note about some recent changes to Finding the Maryland 400.

We have exhausted all of our project funding, which means that we have unfortunately had say good bye to Emily, although she has been able to move to another project at the Maryland State Archives.

This is by no means the end of the project, however. For the time being, there will be no new research on the men of the First Maryland Regiment, but there will still be periodic blog updates, and we will work to respond to inquiries for our readers as we have time.

We are actively pursuing new sources of funding for additional research, and would be happy to hear from any of our readers who might have any suggestions.

If you would like to donate for the future support of the project, you may do so by clicking on the Support the Project button at the top of the page, or by going here:, and list the Maryland 400 under “Additional Comments.” We are very grateful for any donations!

Thank you again to Gen. James Adkins and the Maryland Military Department, the Moss Family Foundation, and Washington College for their generous support, and many thanks to all of our readers.

Owen Lourie
Finding the Maryland 400 project director

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5 Responses to Project Updates

  1. Joseph Doyle says:

    Hello Owen,
    I read about your research on the “Maryland 400” in the latest Baltimore Co. Genealogical Society Newsletter. You opened the door for me to locate more information about my ancestor, Alexander Naylor, who fought with the First Maryland Regiment, Ninth Company.
    I will be happy to send you my own little bit of research. If you have any additional information about Sgt. Naylor, I would appreciate hearing from you.


    Joseph Doyle


  2. Susan Riedy says:

    I don’t know the status of your project, but my direct ancestor, Gassaway Watkins, was one of the Maryland 400 and was president Maryland Chapter of the Society of Cincinnati at his death in 1840. There is a diary he wrote that I believe is in the archives. And there is a biographical sketch available in the archives.

    Susan Riedy


    • Thank you for your note. I have not come across a diary of his before, but would love to know more about it!

      Watkins (online biography here: had a remarkable military career. He started the war as a non-commissioned officer and eventually rose to the rank of captain, an unusual and impressive transition. He also served for the entire war, and saw combat at a number of battles where the Maryland troops took heavy losses, ranging from Brooklyn in 1776 to Camden in 1780.

      He was also involved in an unusual incident that we featured on the blog earlier:

      We will have a researcher working on the project this summer, and have some grant applications pending that would sustain our work for another year if successful.

      Thanks for checking out the blog, and stay tuned!


      • Susan Riedy says:

        One of the Warfields had it I have his grandson’s diary, Albert Clark Kenly, my great grandfather. I have AC Clark’s brother’s scrapbook that is in fragile condition and I believe it has a pamphlet about Gassaway Wakins published at the centennial of the Revolution. I’ll pull that stuff out again and take another look.

        Yes, I have seen that section from JD Warfield. But I thought, somewhere, I had seen more.


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