The Caroline County Historical Society wishes to introduce a hitherto unknown resident of Caroline County: Levin Still (1774 – 1842). 

He was born in southern Caroline County in the area known as Tuckahoe Neck to an enslaved woman.  At the age of eleven, he was taken with his young master, William Wood, to live in northern Caroline County.  There, in the area near Greensboro, as well as in the newly established town, he resided with Wood until both were in their early twenties.  Levin attained his freedom by a deed of manumission from William Wood in November of 1798.  

 About the year 1807, he left Caroline County permanently and established a home in Burlington County, New Jersey, for his wife Charity and their children, the five eldest of whom had been born in Caroline County.  Notable among his children were William Still (1821 – 1902), a nationally known Abolitionist of Philadelphia, and Dr. James Still (1812 – 1882), a prominent figure in Burlington County, New Jersey. 

 This presentation of the life of Levin Still is the digital version of a manuscript titled Levin Still (1774 – 1842) and Charity Still (ca. 1772 – 1857) in Caroline County, Maryland.  Dated 31 May 2020, the original manuscript is the product of an eleven-year search of county, provincial and state records by Patricia C. Guida.  This digital version is mastered by Don Barker, who also maintains this website. 


Based entirely on original records at the Maryland State Archives, the manuscript contains 44 chapters of text, end notes for each, and images of the documents on which the text is based.  This digitized version will reproduce all of the pages of the manuscript by posting a few related chapters at a time, in serial fashion. 

Patricia C. Guida
1 May 2024