Uniontown Methodist Cemetery – Uniontown, MD

3 03 2012

The cemetery while starting to show signs of deterioration (signange) is in overall good condition. While researching the Green and Harris Family that resided in Uniontown, Maryland in the 1880’s I decided a trip was in order. While I didn’t find any obvious clues on the Green or Harris lines I did find another line in my family – The Simpson’s.

Cast beneath a shallowly graved stone are Charles F. Simpson (1872-1873) and his two wives Maggie and Nettie. A special thank you to http://www.findagrave.com and all of the volunteers who give so freely of their time to help others.

The photo was taken by my daughter while on a visit to the cemetery.



War hero found beneath a simple grave.

12 09 2010

I found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands yesterday so I reviewed pictures of cemetery graves from last Spring.  I came a cross a series of photographs from a cemetery in

Major General Robert Cumming

Libertytown, Md which is located in Frederick County, MD.  The cemetery named Fairmount is located on Route 26, a main thoroughfare through town.  It is a well kept cemetery and small in size.  I like to randomly photograph stones; one that “speak” to me.  I came across the grave of Robert Cumming, no relation and nothing ornamental or grandiose on his stone.  However at the bottom of the stone is a circular placard with the initial S.A.R.  The Sons of  the American Revolution; a fraternal order formed in 1889 for the descendants of patriots I assumed that he had served in the Revolutionary War based off of his date of death.  I decided to do a little research.

I referenced “History of Western Maryland: being a history of Frederick …, Volume 1”  By John Thomas Scharf, Helen Long and found the following excerpt on page 1047: “1825 – Maj. Gen. Robert Cumming Commander of the Second Division of Maryland Militia.  In his 72nd year of  his age.”

I next performed a patriot search on the Sons of the American Revolution website located at www.sar.org.  Bingo – a match.  The record states that Robert Cumming held the rank of a Captain.  The exact location of his burial and list the name of his wife as “Mary Allen Coats”.  His birth date is listed as 1754 and death of 1825.

Being a member of the DAR, I then checked the online databases from the Daughters of the American Revolution website at www.dar.org it also confirmed the information listing on the SAR site, but also stated that his service description was at the Upper Battle of the Militia in Baltimore, Md.  Another clue was also listed – he had a son named John.

Ancestry lists a non-sourced family tree for the ancestors of Robert Cumming.  His father is listed as William born 1725 in Inverness Scotland and his mother is listed as Sarah Coppage born 1736 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  No sources are listed.

I then found an article that was written about General Cummings in the  The Boston news-letter: and city record, Volume 1 By Abel Bowen, Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith pg. 364. It is titled, “Another Revolutionary Hero gone!”

Who new that this simple grave housed such a hero.  God bless you Major General Robert Cumming.  Thank you for your service and rest in peace.

Random graves at Pine Grove Cemetery – Mt. Airy, MD

12 09 2010

St. John’s Cemetery – Frederick, MD

8 11 2009

St. John’s Cemetery

This charming and historic cemetery located on East 2nd Street in downtown Frederick, MD.  It is protected from the daily hustle and bustle by tall stone walls.  The cemetery  was first used in 1832, but officially established 1845 and is still being used today.  It is the burial ground for St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.  Many of the graves were relocated from the Novitiate Cemetery as well as the old Jesuit Graveyard, when the Jesuits left Frederick.

Among some of the interred are early Jesuit priests, Justice Roger B. Taney, politicians, soldiers and Father John DuBois, founder of Mt. St. Mary’s College.

Genealogist or Ghostbuster?

3 11 2009

It was the day after All Hallows Eve –  the neighborhoods streets still lined with jack-o-lanterns and my paranormal senses still on overload from a ghost tour I had taken the night previous.  I ventured out to the Central Church Cemetery in the countryside of Maryland surrounded by gorgeous autumnal views of the mountains, a spectacular array of colored foliage and the smell of outdoor fires.
I am a frequent visitor to the cemetery that holds the remains of my ancestors. Wrapped in my warm jacket I methodically made my way up and down the rows, taking note of the names on faded stones and lamenting the fact that so many stones have recently fallen over. Today was a little different from my previous trips.  I had the strangest sensation of being watched.

I turned to look at the small and empty white chapel that sits outside the cemetery gates. I thought I saw movement in the window – despite an empty parking lot and locked door.  I snapped two photo’s of the chapel with my blackberry camera phone.  Stared a while at the window – seeing nothing out of the ordinary I decided to call it a day and head home.

After dinner, I started uploading tombstone photo’s when I ran across the photo of the chapel… I got the goosebumps.  The two photo’s of the chapel seem to have a shadowy figure looking out the window.  Is this my imagination gone wild or do you see it too?

Central Church Cemetery

Do you see the figure in the window?

Central Church Cemetery

Barnesville Methodist Cemetery

29 09 2009
William Ezra Linwood Candler Bowlen

William Ezra Linwood Candler Bowlen

William Ezra “Linwood” Candler Bowlen (1859-1865) Little Linwood was the son of Felicia Edmonia Candler and Dr. George W. Bowlen. Dr. Bowlen was a prominent civil war doctor that practiced in Barnesville, MD. Linwood is buried in a remote cemetery in Barnesville located on Barnesville Road. It was once owned and maintained by The Barnesville Methodist Church. From the looks of the site it appears that no one is maintaining the site. At the time of his death, the family were Methodist. His death propelled Dr. Bowlen to study religion and made the decision to switch religions to Catholicism. This would explain why he is not buried with the remainder of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Barnesville. Rest in peace little one.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

13 09 2009

Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located in Frederick, MD.  It is a cemetery rich with history and beauty.  It was chartered in 1852 with the first burial in 1854. The cemetery holds over 34,000 graves.  Some of the famous interments include:

Francis Scott Key – author of the Star Spangled Banner

Barbara Fritchie – American patriot during the civil war

Governor of Maryland Thomas Johnson – the first Governor of Maryland and Supreme Court Justice

General James C. Clarke – Famous Railroader and Frederick resident and benefactor

Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery