Found here are articles and documents that may be of interest for those researching various aspects of the history of African Americans in Frederick County.
From Slavery to College Graduation Joseph Daniel Smothers was one of the first two African Americans to graduate from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). His family line stretches back four generations into the history of Frederick County Maryland to Lucy Smothers, a free Negro who lived in Petersville, in the southern portion of the County. This article traces that remarkable history. His family tree can be found at the Genealogy link to the left, and a listing of all Maryland Smothers in the Maryland Census (1790-1850) is found under the Documents link.