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Meshach FROST

Male 1788 - 1863  (75 years)


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  • Name Meshach FROST 
    Born 10 Mar 1788  Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Meshack FROST 
    Died 9 Oct 1863  Frostburg, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) The compiler is unsure about the correct spelling of Meshach FROST's given name; it is spelled several different ways in the records relating to him. However, he was probably named after Meshach, the biblical character who was thrown into a fiery furnace, along with Shadrach and Abednego. See Daniel 3:8-30.

      Meschach was the person after whom the city of Frostburg, MD was named.

      (2) http://www.ci.frostburg.md.us/history.htm:

      CITY OF FROSTBURG, MARYLAND

      HISTORY

      The history of Frostburg has been marked by several major shifts in the basic economy of the area; yet the vitality of the people of Frostburg, combined with the receptiveness to new ideas, has enabled the community not only to survive these major shifts but to actually profit by them. Today, Frostburg occupies a unique position in Western Maryland: a growing community in the midst of a declining region.

      Three major events have shaped the development of the town; the first of these was the coming of the National Pike. This road was the principal route along which the westward migration took place during the first half of the nineteenth century. It was also the route along which the agricultural products and raw materials of the west moved to eastern markets. After the National Pike was surveyed, in about 1811, Josiah Frost laid off building lots just west of the house which had been built a few years before by George & Mary Clark McCulloh, and called Mt. Pleasant.

      As trade began to flow over the new road, the town began to grow and prosper. Meshach Frost built a house in 1812 which he rented a few years later to the Stockton Stagecoach Company. They named it Highland Hall, and it soon became a famous stopping place for east-west travelers and catered to both celebrities and laborers using the National Pike. Over the years, Highland Hall was joined by the Franklin Hotel, and other hostelries, and Frostburg became a regular stopping point for travelers until the coming of the railroad in the 1840's and 50's. The growth of the town took place in a slow but steady fashion. Since there was already one Mount Pleasant in Maryland, the name of the town was changed to "Frostburg" by the government when a post office was established there in 1820.

      The development of the railroad and the C&O Canal brought a decline in the traffic using the National Pike, but it also brought new opportunity for economic development. Coal was discovered near the town as early as 1782, but difficulties in transportation made mining in Western Maryland seem quite unlikely. The first shipment east from the Maryland coal fields was not made until 1820. The first mined in the Western Maryland region was taken from a location about a mile and one-half from Frostburg. This early coal was taken to Cumberland by wagon for use there in the glass works. Some other mines opened in the area, but mining was still a relatively small operation until the completion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to Cumberland in 1842, and the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad to Frostburg in 1852.

      It was Meshach Frost who took the lead. He and his brother owned 1,355 acres of coal land, and in 1845 they incorporation [sic] as the Frostburg Coal Company, and in 1846, the first shipment of coal began. In 1864, the Frostburg Mining Company was sold to the Consolidated Coal Company, which ultimately became the largest operator in the Maryland coal fields. By 1850, the Borden Mining Company, the Allegany Coal Company, the Maryland Coal Company, and Washington County Coal Company were also active in the area. In 1863, the last stage traveled over the National Road; the economy of Frostburg was now firmly tied to coal mining.

      Another industry to develop during this period was the manufacture of fire bricks from the extremely high grade fire clays which were found in the area. Beginning in 1864, the clay was removed and hauled to town by wagon and there made into bricks. In 1902, the Big Savage Fire Brick Company was formed and is still one of the major manufacturers of fire bricks in the east.

      It was during the height of the coal mining period, between 1870 and 1915, that Frostburg developed most of its major institutions. The newspaper and churches were established during this period as well as the school system (1868), the fraternal organizations, banks and many local businesses. The Fire Department came into being in 1878, the water company began operation in 1884, and by 1895, both gas and electricity were available to the citizens of Frostburg. Public transportation to Cumberland and Westernport was established in 1902 by an electric railway and the Miners' Hospital was built in 1913.

      A major factor in Frostburg's economy was the growth of the State College. Originally legislated as State Normal School #2 in 1898, the facility was intended to train teachers for the public schools of the State. The site for the school was donated to the state by the citizens of Frostburg, since the General Assembly provided no funds for land. The school grew slowly from an original enrollment of 91 students, and the campus was expanded in keeping with the needs of the students. To the original building, erected in 1900, were added a gymnasium and a campus elementary school in 1913, a dormitory in 1915, a new auditorium-gymnasium in 1927, and a new six room elementary practice school in 1930. In 1934, the school became a four year teacher's college. In 1964, the college expanded its general curriculum to four years. The college was named a University in 1988 and had an enrollment of 3,800 students. The university, of course, provides jobs for local citizens and contributes to the welfare of local merchants through the purchasing power of its students and faculty. Thus, the university contributes significantly to the community, economically as well as culturally.

      Frostburg today is a combined residential-academic community with very little industrial employment of its own. The majority of the wage earners commute to jobs in the surrounding region; therefore, the development of the economy of the entire region has direct bearing on the prosperity of Frostburg.

      The City of Frostburg is a full service community with a population of approximately 8,075 year round residents. In addition, 5,400 students attend Frostburg State University, which is the only four year higher education institution west of Baltimore located in the State of Maryland.

      The City has an assessable tax base of $73,000,000, and employs fifty persons to maintain services. The City of Frostburg, over the years, has been a very aggressive and progressive community. It has participated in virtually every State and Federal funding program that has been created. Currently, the City operates a housing rehabilitation program for the low to moderate income person through the Community Development Department. The construction of a new Piney Dam Reservoir has added to the development of the City.

      The outlook for the City of Frostburg is very bright with several annexations taking place in the last year. Frostburg is the only area of Allegany County which has shown growth within the last five years and the progressive policies of the City as well as the almost certain growth of Frostburg State University will provide continuing growth for years to come.

      Frostburg was incorporated as a town in 1870 and has a commission form of government. The 1990 official U.S. Census reported the population at 8,075. The climate is moderate. There are twelve churches representing all principal denomination. There is a daily, Sunday, and weekly newspaper; two radio stations; bus line; airport in Cumberland, Maryland; a hospital; three public schools, senior high and a parochial school, as well as Frostburg State University. Amusements include movie theater's, golf course, Community Center offering a wide variety of programs, recreation parks, swimming pool, and outdoor rifle range.

      The newly completed "Old Depot Train Station and Restaurant" is a popular attraction. It draws people throughout the region to see and ride behind a steam locomotion. The Thrasher Museum, also located at the Depot Station, boasts a variety of carriages well worth seeing.

      Frostburg owes its beginnings to the National Road, authorized by Congress in 1806. Josiah Frost bought a tract of land lying across the route which was decided upon, and laid out a series of "town lots". His son, Meshach, built a house on lot #1 and brought his bride to it in June, 1812. When stagecoach service was inaugurated in 1818, the house became an Inn, known as Highland Hall, and a cluster of taverns, smithies, and houses grew up around it. When mail service began in 1820, the Post Office Department identified the community as Frostburg.

      Railroad superseded the road in the late 1840's making it possible to ship coal in large quantities. There were also large brickyards and lumber mills in the area.

      Frostburg, Maryland, is located on Route 40 West, with exits 33 and 34 off the National Freeway (I-68). Just minutes away from LaVale and Cumberland, Maryland, and just 3 hours from Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., a beautiful scenic one-hour drive from Morgantown, WV, and two and one-half hours from Pittsburgh, PA.

      Frostburg boasts many historic and charming homes, a few dating from the earliest days of the National Road, some contemporaries of the Famed "SOUTHERN MANSIONS", some built in the later 1800's. Many of these homes stand straight and unembellished in their original dignity. A large portion of the city has just recently been declared a National Historic District.

      (3) A household headed by Mesheck FROST is listed in the 1820 census of District 5, Allegany County, MD.

      Listed in Mesheck's household are 2 free white males under 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 16 and 26 years of age; 2 free white males between 26 and 45 years of age; 2 free white females under 10 years of age; and 1 free white female between 26 and 45 years of age.

      Assuming that Mesheck is one of the free white males listed in the 1820 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, he would have been born between 1775 and 1794, according to the 1820 census.

      The compiler is unable to identify the other free white male listed in the 1820 census as then being 26 and 45 years of age.

      Assuming that Mescheck's wife is the free white female listed in the 1820 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, she would have been born between 1775 and 1794, according to the 1820 census.

      The free white male listed in the 1820 census as then being 16 and 26 years of age seems to have then been too old to have been a child of Mescheck and/or his wife.

      Assuming that the other persons in Mescheck's household are children of Mescheck and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of two sons (which sons would have been born between 1810 and 1820, according to the 1820 census) and two daughters (which daughters would have born between 1810 and 1820, according to the 1820 census).

      (4) A household headed by Meshak FROST is listed in the 1830 census of Allegany County, MD.

      Listed in Meshak FROST's household are 1 free white male under 5 year of age; 2 free white males between 5 and 10 years of age; 2 free white males between 10 and 15 years of age; 3 free white males between 20 and 30 years of age; 1 free white male between 40 and 50 years of age; 1 free white male between 50 and 60 years of age; 2 free white females under 5 years of age; 2 free white females between 15 and 20 years of age; 2 free white females between 20 and 30 years of age; and 1 free white female between 30 and 40 years of age.

      The free white male listed in the 1830 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age seems to have then been too old to have been Meshak.

      Assuming that Meshak is the free white male listed in the 1830 census as then being between 40 and 50 years of age, he would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1830 census.

      Assuming that Meshak's wife is the free white female listed in 1830 census as then being between 30 and 40 years of age, she would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1830 census.

      The compiler is unable to identify all of the other persons in Meshak's household in the 1830 census.

      (5) A household headed by Mesheck FROST is listed in the 1840 census of District 5, Allegany County, MD.

      Listed in Mescheck's household are 1 free white male between 5 and 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 10 and 15 years of age; 2 free white males between 15 and 20 years of age; 2 free white males between 20 and 30 years of age; 1 free white male between 30 and 40 years of age; 1 free white male between 50 and 60 years of age; 1 free white female between 10 and 15 years of age; and 1 free white female between 40 and 50 years of age.

      Assuming that Mesheck is the free white male listed in the 1840 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age, he would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1840 census.

      Assuming that Mesheck's wife is the free white female listed in 1840 census as then being between 40 and 50 years of age, she would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1840 census.

      The compiler is unable to identify all of the other persons in Mesheck's household in the 1840 census.

      (6) A household headed by Mesheck FROST is listed in the 1850 census of District 5, Allegany County, MD.

      Mesheck is listed in the 1850 census as then being 62 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1788. According to the 1850 census, he was born in MD.

      Listed with Mesheck is his wife, Catharine, who was then 59 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1791. According to the 1850 census, she was born in MD.

      Also listed with Mesheck is his daughter, Catharine, who was then 20 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1830. The place in which she was born is not listed in the 1850 census.

      Also listed with Mesheck is his son, Mesheck, who was then 23 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1827. The place in which he was born is not listed in the 1850 census.

      Also listed with Mesheck is his son, Orman, who was then 17 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1833. According to the 1850 census, he was born in MD.

      Also listed with Mesheck is his son, Thomas, a depot boss who was then 28 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1822. The place in which he was born is not listed in the 1850 census.

      Also listed with Mesheck is his son, Josiah, who was then 29 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1821. The place in which he was born is not listed in the 1850 census. According to the 1850 census, he was a lunatic.

      Also listed with Mesheck is John McCARTY, who was then 47 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1803. According to the 1850 census, he was born in Ireland. The relationship, if any, between Mescheck and John McCARTY is not listed in the 1850 census.

      [Note by compiler: The compiler does not know why Mesheck's children are listed out of normal age order in the 1850 census.]
    Person ID I7280  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

    Father Josiah FROST,   b. Abt 1744, Essex County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Aug 1819, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth PARSELL,   d. Bef 30 Mar 1813 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Mar 1768  New Providence, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine MAGERS,   b. 12 Oct 1792, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Jun 1812  Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp., Maryland Marriages, 1667-1899 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000-:

      FROST, MESHACK
      Spouse: MAGERS, CATY
      Marriage Date: 15 Jun 1812
      County: Allegany
      State: MD

      (2) http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/md/allegany/vitals/malemar1.txt:

      Allegany County Marriages in Groom Order (1791-1825)

      File transcribed and contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives
      by Harriet Moore hmoore1@mindspring.com
      and the Genealogical Society of Allegany County

      The transcription is based on notes donated to the Society by members, whose collected the data from original Courthouse records.

      USGENWEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be freely used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by other organizations.

      Year: 1812
      Date: 06/14
      Groom: Frost, Meshack
      Bride: Magers, Caty
      Minister:
      Groom Nts:
      Bride Nts: Majors
      Date Nts:
    Children 
     1. Meshach A. FROST,   b. 5 Dec 1826, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Nathan S. FROST,   b. 20 Jun 1823, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Catherine FROST,   b. 4 Apr 1828  [natural]
     4. Mary Martha FROST,   b. 11 Jun 1835  [natural]
     5. Ormand Hammond FROST,   b. 8 Dec 1832, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Mary Ann FROST,   b. 17 Feb 1815  [natural]
     7. Elizabeth FROST,   b. 20 Apr 1813  [natural]
     8. William FROST,   b. 6 Mar 1818, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Thomas H. FROST,   b. 9 Feb 1821, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Josiah FROST,   b. 27 Oct 1819, Allegany County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F3624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart