HISTORIC GRAVES of MARYLAND
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
with the Inscriptions appearing on the
Tombstones in Most of the Counties of the
State and in Washington and Georgetown
edited under the auspices of the Maryland Society
of the Colonial Dames of America
by Helen W. Ridgely
Author of "The Old Brick Churches of Maryland"
Publishers: The Grafton Press, New York
CHAPTER I. - STARTED
| - Historic St.
- The City cemetery
- Facts and fancies about the tombs at "Greenberry's Point"
- The graveyards at "Whitehall."
- "Brampton," Bellefield," "Mt. Stewart" and "Belvior;" a notable group.
- The Quaker burying ground at West River.
- Anecdote about privateer turned pirate.
- A seventeenth-century worthy buried at "Java" supposed to be of the same
family as the author of the "Junius Letters."
- All Hallows' churchyard.
- The owner of the brig Peggy Stewart and the historic South River Club.
- Herring Creek churchyard and the oldest tomb in Maryland.
- St. Margaret's Westminster and other churchyards.
| - St. Mary's
county and one of the earliest of the Jesuit
- Historic homesteads.
- All Faith churchyard.
- St. Joseph's churchyard, also the graveyards of St. Aloysius, the Sacred
Heart, St. John's, St. Francis and St. Nicholas
where repose the Roman Catholic dead.
- Chaptico churchyard and its traditions.
- The "Three Notched Road," "Trent Hall," and some seventeenth-century
- Charlotte Hall and the Dent Memorial.
- The "Plains," "Cornfield Harbor," "Fresh Pond Neck," "Porto Bello, "Ellenborough,"
' The ancient but now defunct "City of St. Maries."
- The first burial place on record in 1658.
|CHAPTER III. -
| - Calvert county,
a peninsular with historic coves and creeks.
- The refuge of a deposed commander of a county.
- An epitaph from Whitechurch, England, a connecting link with the Old
- A Popish priest tried after death, showing the celebrated act of
Toleration in abeyance.
- Ancestors of the first Governor of the State.
- "Hallowing Point" and something about ferries.
- Christ Church, its early promoters and its monuments.
- Middleham chapel, its ancient bell and its graveyard.
- The lady who married two husbands, but died at the age of 75, having
lived half that time a widow.
- Port Tobacco, Charles county.
- One of the oldest stations of the Jesuits.
- "Rose Hill" and the Gustavus Browns.
- "Paynton Manor" and the Stones.
- "Equality" and the Hansons.
- St. Mary's Roman Catholic church and extracts from the church register
of Upper and Lower Zacaiah and Mattawoman
- Indian arrow heads.
- The Smallwood monument.
- A list of those interested in the repairs of old Durham church in 1792.
- The Piccawaxen churchyard.
- Another Jesuit mission and St. Peter's cemetery.
- "Marshall Hall," "Pamonky."
|CHAPTER IV. -
| - A jaunt through
Prince George's county.
- Old St. Barnabas, its memorial windows and its churchyard.
- "Covington's Fields."
- St. Thomas' church near Croome and the home of Maryland's first bishop.
- The Waring genealogy on an eighteenth-century tomb.
- "Brookfield Manor."
- Tribute to a young wife.
- St. Paul's churchyard.
- The undertaker Joy and his horses "Brightly" and Sprightly."
- Magounskin and the Greenfield tombs.
- Wanton destruction at "White's Landing."
- The "Burnt House" farm.
- Oldfield's chapel.
- The old gentleman with the plaited beard.
- The glebe of Trinity parish and the old graveyard.
- Birmingham," "Montpelier," "Oakland" and other estates of the Snowden
- The Calverts of Riversdale.
|CHAPTER V. -
| - The venerable
age of Baltimore county.
- Harford county an offshoot.
- The site of a defunct town on the Bush river.
- A name on an ancient tomb unlocking some of the local history of the
- How Spesutia church got its name.
- Those buried in its churchyard. "Pretty Betty Martin, tip-toe
- Churchyards of different religious sects.
- :Priest Neal's ass House" and a Jesuit burying ground.
- Aquila Deaver and Lafayette.
- Abingdon and the first Methodist College for higher education in the
- "My Lady's Manor" and the Manor church and churchyard.
- Old St. John's and the defunct town of Joppa.
- Patapsco Hundred and the first St. Paul's churchyard.
- The historic name of Jones perpetuated for more than two hundred
years in "Jones" Falls."
|CHAPTER VI. -
| - The Garrison
Forest church and churchyard.
- A man who "enjoyed the respect and esteem of a select acquaintance"
- "Saters" the oldest baptist meetinghouse and its graveyard.
- Druid Hill Park and the graves of its original owners.
- Family burying grounds of the Hunts, the Howards, the Talbotts, the
Merrymans, the Harrymans, the Nisbets, the Cockeys,
the Jessups, the Roystons, the Peeres, the Ridgelys,
the Taylors, the Stansburys and the Hillens.
- St. John's churchyard, Worthington Valley
- The Worthington tombs and others.
- Howard county: some of the Ellicott and Dorsey graves.
- Historic Christ church.
- The Rt. Rev. Thomas Claggett again.
- "Doughoregan," and old manor house in Carroll county where lived
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last
surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.
| - All Saints
- A memorial to Thos. Johnson the first governor of the State of
- Linganore cemetery and traditions of Asbury.
- "Pleasant Fields."
- Mt Olivet cemetery and Francis Scott Key.
- The Roman Catholic Cemetery and Chief Justice Taney.
- The priests' cemetery at Emmittsburg. The burying ground of the
Elder family at "Pleasant Valley" mission.
Washington county and the founder of Hagerstown.
- St. John's graveyard and that of the Lutherans.
- Riverview cemetery and more vandalism.
- Mountain View cemetery and the old Lutheran churchyard, Sharpsburg.
- "Fountain Rock."
- The "Vale," Alleghany county, and a "soldier of the Revolution."
CHAPTER VIII. - FINISHED
| - Old traditions
preserved by the Monocacy Cemetery Society of
- The Rock Creek mission, the "Nancy Carroll" chapel and an interesting
- Some of the old family graveyards of Montgomery county in which we find
the names of Crabb, Griffith, Johns, Bowie,
Davis, Dorsey, Magruder, Cooke, Hempstone, Trundle
CHAPTER IX. - STARTED
| - Kent Island and
Col. Wm. Claiborne.
- The first churchyard on Broad creek.
- Bennett's Point and its graves.
- "Bolingly," Queenstown.
- "The Hermitage" and its quaint epitaphs.
- Public cemetery at Centreville.
- Old family servants in the Earle lot.
- St. Luke's, Church HIll.
- A revolutionary worthy and his political creed.
- Meadow and Vale.
- "Ripley." "Cloverfields."
- St. Paul's churchyard and its beautiful oaks.
- Tablet in Emmanuel church to a "good Woman."
- Public cemetery near Chestertown.
- The "Whitehouse" farm.
- Shrewsbury church and church-yard.
- Quaint inscriptions.
- Gap in tombstone records left by the removal to Philadelphia of the
- Graves at Hillsborough, Caroline county.
- Nathan Trifett, a centenarian.
- The Roman Catholic cemetery.
|CHAPTER X. -
| - Ancient
parishes at Talbot county.
- The Whitemarsh church yard.
- Restoration of the Robert Morris tomb.
- A return from the grave, the experience of a rector's wife.
- "Peach Blossom."
- Orem's Delight."
- "Mt. Pleasant."
- "Pleasant Valley."
- An old Edmonndson place.
- "Wye," for more than two and a half centuries, the home of one family.
- The burial ground and quaint inscriptions.
- St. Luke's Wye Mills and its traditions.
- St. Michael's and an early rector.
- Rich Neck" and a fortunate couple described by the husband in an
epitaph: "In love and Friendship all our years were
spent, In Moderate wealth and free from want,
- "Spencer Hall."
- Spring Hill cenetery, Easton.
- The Quakers of Tred Avon and Wenlock Christison.
- A day when there were no old maids and when widows were scarcely allowed
time for mourning.
|CHAPTER XI. -
| - Cecil, a part
of Baltimore county until the year 1674.
- Site of first Baltimore town.
- Parishes of North and South Sassafras.
- Early rectors and vestrymen of St. Stephen's.
- St. Mary Anne's, North Elk.
- Augustine Herman and Bohemia Manor.
- Six generations buried in the Baldwin-Milligan-McLane
- "Success" farm and Cromwellian traditions.
- What an "old Mortality" of Cecil county has to say.
- The churchyards of Somerset county.
- Old Monie churchyard and the Stoughton tomb.
- The cradle of the Presbyterian church in America.
- Burial place of Rev. Francis Mackemie the first pastor.
- Madam Mary Hampton.
- Her father the Irish baronet, her three husbands and her distinguished
- "Cedar Grove."
- "St Bartholomew's or the Green Hill church.
- An interesting page in its history.
- Spring Hill or the Quantico church.
- All Hallows, Snow Hill.
- The Presbyterian churchyard at Cambridge.
- Tribute of a disconsolate husband.
- The "Old Brick Church," Vienna.
- Restoration of the churchyard.
|CHAPTER XII. -
| - The District of
Columbia once a part of Maryland.
- Georgetown a social center long before the Federal city was thought of.
- Some of the notabilities living there early in the nineteenth century.
- The "Holland House of America" and its graveyard, now extinct.
- Oak Hill cemetery.
- A victim of the Baltimore riot of 1812.
- His stately funeral.
- How Arlington passed from the hands of the Lees.
- The grave of the first bishop consecrated in America.
- Something about the first of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.
- The grave of Charles L'Enfant.
- The plan of the city of Washington, no beautifully realized, his only
- The oldest places of burial in the city now no more.
- Partial list of bodies removed.
- The Congregational burying ground.
- Rock Creek cemetery - a churchyard covering fifty acres.
- Worthies who edited the first newspapers published in the Capitol.
- The Broad Creek churchyard.
- Some relatives of Joseph Addison.
- "Oxen Hill" and "Barnaby."
| - The Graveyard
at Wye House, Talbot County - 212a