Basil Worthington Simpson

11 09 2010

Nighttime shoot in the Central Church Cemetery.  This is the grave of Basil Worthington Simpson.  I like how you can see the details of the little kneeling on the tombstone.  He was born 1864 and died 1865,  Rest in Peace little one.

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Basil Dorsey, Jr.

11 09 2010

A very small and sad stone located in the Central Church Cemetery located in New Market, MD.





St. John’s Cemetery – Frederick, MD

8 11 2009
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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





General James C. Clarke

12 09 2009
 

Photo Courtesy of Bob CarneyClarke Monument at Night 

Close up of Clarke Monument Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Close up of Clarke Monument Mt. Olivet Cemetery

James C. Clarke was a distinguished man and Frederick, Maryland resident. He was one of the most notable railroad men in History.  He was brought into the world by Dr. Gustavus Warfield on March 3, 1824 in Unity, Montgomery County, MD.  Son of Elizabeth (Betsy) Simpson and William Clarke. The Simpsons’ originally came from the South England and his father from Newtownard, County Down, Ireland.  Betsy and William were entered into the estate of matrimony by the Reverend Doctor Jennings on May 4, 1823. William was employed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad when it was extending its line into Frederick County.

Betsy Simpson Clarke was very spoiled and high spirited.  They were aristocratic,descending from Worthington’s and Ridgely’s, and quite wealthy owning many slaves.  Mr. William Clarke was very amiable and endeavored to please her but she would frequently fly into a rage and seeking revenge would set free some of the slaves.  Finally Mr. William Clarke would leave her and the family never to return. 

Betsy in time became poor and at 12 years of age James C. Clarke stopped his schooling at Point of Rocks, MD to seek employment. He called on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal but was refused work due to his young age.  James pressed on telling them he had a mother to support.  They admired his courage and started him as a water boy.  By age 16 he was a  mule driver of a canal boat and held the position for four years eventually rising to the owner of a boat, which was sunk in a collision.

 In 1844,  when he was 20 years of age, he applied for a job on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and was accepted.  His hard work and industrious application soon brought their reward.  For 10 years he labored for the B & O starting in the machine and repair shops advancing to a locomotive fireman and next an engineer.  He was an ambitious young man on the move.  He soon mastered the conductors job, station agent and then  train master. During his term of service he ran the old engine “Arabian.”

December 21, 1852 he married Susan Schaffer (1832-1892), daughter of Peter Schaffer and Elizabeth Brunner.  The Brunner family it should be noted was one of the first families of Frederick. Her great-grandfather, Jacob Bruner, founded a tract of land called “Shiverstadt” now known as Schifferstadt and the home still remains to this day. James and Susan had 5 children.

General James C. ClarkeIn 1854 James C. Clarke was made superintendent of the Central Ohio Railroad where he was when the famous Col. John H. Drone, master of transportation on the B & O ,was selected as General Superintendent of the Illinois Central Railroad.  The only man that he asked to bring with him for the job was James C. Clarke.  James was appointed Assistant Superintendent under Col. Drone.

Col. Drone died in an accident at Hyde Park in 1856 and James Clarke succeeded him as General Superintendent.  While in charge he had the task of safely transporting President Abraham Lincoln from Harrisburg, PA to Washington, DC. A few years before Abraham Lincoln had been an attorney for the Illinois Central Railway and they enjoyed renewing their friendship while traveling together.

 The Clarke family was eager to return to Maryland to engage in farming, milling and merchandising in Frederick County, MD.  He was regularly visited by Federal and Confederate Armies. He once owned the farm that was owned by Governor Frank Thomas.

From 1862-1870 he took charge of the Ashland Iron works in Baltimore County, Maryland at a large salary in the manufacturing of iron.  His success was unparalleled, he soon became an owner of interest in this establishment.

In 1866 after three years residency in Baltimore County, J.C. Clarke was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates.  In 1867 he was elected to the State Senate in Annapolis where he served for two terms at that point he was offered the presidency of the Western Railroad for a handsome salary, but turned it down for his first love the canal.

in 1870 Governor Bowie met with the Board of Public Works in Annapolis and nominated J. C. Clarke as President of the C & O Canal at $10,000.00 dollars per annum.  The highest salary ever paid.

In 1872 General Clarke was made President and General Manager of the Erie Railroad where he remained until 1874.  He was then made an offer to be the General Superintendent of the Illinois Central Railroad, rising to President of the railroad in 1883.  During his 4 year presidency the railroad shared in the general prosperity incidental to the western boom in immigration.Frederick, Md. City Hall

In 1888 Clarke went with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad for a year and a half as its V.P. and General Manager.  He salvaged a flailing railroad and was able to put back the road on a paying basis and when he retired in 1898 left the railroad in a most prosperous condition. Clarke is described as a rough and ready railroader, tall and strong with a can-do attitude. He was a master story teller and loved by all.

James C. Clarke passed away December 9, 1902 of Bright’s Disease.   He is honored in death by a family monument in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Buried beside him are his wife, children and family friend Caroline V. Haller.

Clarke Place, a charming street in Frederick County, Maryland was named for James C. Clarke. The beautiful fountain in front of the old court house (now City Hall) was donated to the City of Frederick in 1862 by the General.  General Clarke had a love affair with the city for which he and his family had resided and he always remained a benefactor.

Photograph of City Hall Courtesy of Bob Carney, all rights reserved.

James C. Clarke Monument