29 July 2016

Find a Grave Mapping

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted anything. I was recently asked if I knew where some cemeteries were located in Frederick county. I believe that every cemetery that I've visited myself has been put on to Find a Grave. Find a Grave has a nice, not well known, option, of showing all the mapped cemeteries by county. Using this link should send you directly to the Frederick county map. It will look like this:

As you can see you can pick any state and any county in the upper left corner. If you know the name of the cemetery, using the top box on the right and selecting the cemetery will change the color of the symbol making it easier to locate.

Zooming in on the map can help if you know the approximate location. Clicking on the symbol will bring up the name of the cemetery with a link to the Find a Grave cemetery page. 

While looking at the main cemetery page it is easy to see if the cemetery has been mapped or not.  There is a tab in the upper left hand corner of the page that says "Map", which will give the GPS coordinates and a map. Do note that some of the smaller cemeteries may be wrong, either because of a typo at some point, because someone is guessing the location, or the information was pulled from another source that was wrong. The USGS maps used information from a variety sources, including Names in Stone, and I have found a couple of cemeteries that were off by a few streets. For the most part though I have found the maps to be very useful and spot on in locating cemeteries. 


18 April 2016

Learning new words.

For the last few months I have been going through both the Valley Register, the Middletown weekly paper, and the Catoctin Clarion, the weekly paper for Mechanicstown, now Thurmont. I've been trying to find out when some of my aunts and uncles died in the late 1800s. Since a lot of people didn't have stones, or the stones have been lost or stolen, the only way to find out when and where someone died is either with church records or in the local newspaper.

This is what the typical top section to the Death Notices looks like in the Catoctin Clarion.  I believe that they were free to print unless the notice exceeded five lines.

While reading though the Death Notices I started to see words that I had never seen before.The first being ultimo. Ultimo means in the month preceding the current one. Somewhat confusing, but I've since gotten used to reading it and understanding what it means.

Here's a typical example, meaning in this case Mrs. Dunlop died December 18, 1872.

The other new word is instant. In this case instant means in the current month. Sometimes there are some inconsistencies where near the beginning of the month the notice states "On the 15th instant", but the newspaper date is before the 15th.

Another typical example that says John O'Toole died November 5th, 1872.

These smaller newspapers can be a great way to find ancestors. The Catoctin Clarion can be found online at the Library of Congress for the years between 1871-1922. The search function doesn't work that well but it is a start. A lot of times one can find children that never made the census records since they tend to give age and parents names in the notices. Marriage notices are also listed in each of the newspapers which many times states the officiant's name and place of marriage. Occasionally the bride's parents are also listed.

There are many issues of the Catoctin Clarion missing, especially the first few years. I have not found an online edition for the Valley Register. Typically the Marriage and Death notices fall on page 3 for both newspapers, though occasionally they fall on the 2nd or 4th. Rarely are there no notices published at all.

Hopefully you can find some of your relatives in these local newspapers and fill in some holes or break some brick walls.

13 April 2016

Detour Methodist Protestant cemetery

I had heard a number of times about the Methodist Protestant church near Detour a few times. Every time the story was the church was mostly gone and hard to find. Having not really explored the western part of the county often I had never gone past the area to know what to expect. Names in Stone lists 50 names meaning the cemetery should be big enough to find, or at least someone should know where to find it.

Driving down MD77 I came to Detour, which is just across Double Pipe Creek at the Frederick/Carroll county line. When I knew I went a bit too far I turned around and turned down Detour Road. Much to my surprise, the church is quite visible from the road.

Remains of the church and part of cemetery
 I stopped at the nearest house to ask who owned the property so that I could get some photos. The woman I talked to told me that no one actually owned the property, and when I later looked I was unable to find a property ID. There was no good place to park the motorcycle and I had to find a flat stone to place under the kickstand to keep the bike upright. After a short walk from the road I was able to see the cemetery and remains of the church. 

The neighbor told me that occasionally they will go and clean up the cemetery and it looks like they occasionally cut down trees. But the area is over grown and many of the stones have fallen over. I was able to find all but 17 stones that Holdcraft listed and in reviewing his work to mine I was only able to find 49 names and not 50.

Behind the church
The cemetery was split in two parts, a few stones near the front of the church and the rest behind. The stones near the front were in better shape then those in the rear, though some were harder to photograph as they were up against the metal fence.

Remains of the church in March 2015
 As you can see, over the years the church has crumbled, though it's far more intact then I was expecting from the stories I had been told. There are now trees in the middle of the church and you can still see where some of the windows belong, but there's no evidence of doorways or walkways.

I will probably try and go back and try and find the remaining stones as I'm sure they are just covered and hopefully can be easily found.

17 December 2015

More shared documents

Not only have I been busy finding cemeteries, but I've also been creating spreadsheets of the cemeteries I photograph and of cemeteries I would like to find. This makes it easier for me to find which stones are missing and what typos Holdcraft may have made. Having a list also helps me figure out hard to read stones since it's usually possible to read at least some of the carvings.

Before Holdcraft wrote Names in Stone, he published multiple, smaller books on the cemeteries he visited. Volume 5, which can be found on this webpage, lists many of the family cemeteries. This is one of the easier ways for me to create individual sheets for cemeteries, far easier then trying to go through each page of Names in Stone looking for individual names to fill out each cemetery.

Here is a link to all of the spreadsheets I have made in the past few months. Some are in PDF form while others are in spreadsheet form, though they can be viewed in Google Docs without downloading them. I'm slowly trying to get all of them to look the same so I can have one standard. They should be similar, but there are some minor differences, such as not putting ages and such in the last block.

Dates are all done, month/day/year. Stones I was not able to find are italicized, while stones Holdcraft didn't find are in bold. If I have found the cemetery then I've usually given coordinates and an address. 

16 December 2015

A new list of missing cemeteries

Wow time flies when you're having fun. I've been quite lucky the last couple of months in locating some of the smaller family cemeteries in the county. This past weekend I found the Brown Family Cemetery #1, which is just over the Washington County line. The land owner was quite nice and lead me directly to the cemetery. Since I was in the area, and Holdcraft had documented it, I also photographed the Mount Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.

Following those two cemetery finds I went looking for other cemeteries in the Sabillasville area. I now know where the Harbaugh family cemetery is, but the property owners were not home and I wasn't able to document it. Hopefully the next time I stop by they will be home.

I've also discovered a few cemeteries where the stones have been moved. The Kline family, [9A], was moved to Saint Marks cemetery in Wolfsville, while the Maugans family cemetery, [12A], was moved to the nearby Salem cemetery in Wolfsville. When Holdcraft wrote his book he knew a few cemeteries were being moved and said where they had been moved to. The Kemp family cemetery, [202], stones were moved to Mount Olivet, though either one of the stones wasn't moved or the Mount Olivet database does have it listed as I wasn't able to find it.

Part of the reason I've been doing this project it to see what stones are still around, which ones have been lost, and at times find new stones. Below is a new list of cemeteries I have not yet located. Some I've been given coordinates for but I haven't yet been to. Others I know most likely no longer exist, while others may have been moved to a new cemetery. If you happen to know of any of these cemeteries please let me know.

Toms Family Cemetery3Bwest of Quirauk School Road 1/2 mile north of MD77

Brown Cemetery 34Anorth of MD77 1/2 west of Foxville

Ridenour Family Cemetery4Bsouth of MD77, 1/4 west of Stottlemeyer Road

Wolf Family Cemetery7Asouth of Smithsburg road at Garfield crossroads

Draper Family Cemetery8

Leatherman Family Cemetery20A1.25 miles north of Ellerton

Harshman Family Cemetery20Beast of Harp Hill Road, 3/4 mile from Grossnickle's Church

Harbaugh Family Cemetery29Sabillasville Rd

Friends Creek Church of God34Friends Creek Road39.7156-77.4044
old Mount Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery36
Whitmore Family Cemetery [Dern Farm]45Dern Road39.65569-77.29042possibly moved to Mountain View cemetery
Hoover Family Cemetery46off US 15 north of fish hatchery

Henge (Hankey) Family Cemetery51south of Moser Road

Valentine Family Cemetery55North of 77 west of bridge, near RR

Pittenger Family Cemetery57Hiney Road

Methodist Protestant Cemetery58

Lichlider Family Cemetery63Awest of Hessong Bridge Road south of Blacks Mill Road

Mountaindale Brethren Church66Bethel & Mountaindale Roads39.51971-77.43679
Saint John's Reformed Church71
39.5353-77.3136GPs end up in house
Link-Creager Family Cemetery75south of Daysville Road39.49271-77.32452GPs would be in stream
Shepherd-Webb Family Cemetery110Good Intent Road

German Baptist Church111Houck Road

Saylor Family Cemetery113Bunker Hill Road

Smith Family Cemetery116across road from Roop cemetery

Methodist Episcopal Church119
Grabill Family Cemetery 2121Molasses Road

Baker Family Cemetery122Molasses and Repp Roads

Saum Family Cemetery124McKinstrys Mill Road

Landis Family Cemetery125Sams Creek Road and New Windsor Road

Burgess Family Cemetery128Pine Tree Road

Lover's Rock Cemetery130Green Valley Road MD 75

Simpson Family Cemetery 2132Fountain School Road near New Windsor Road; 9608 B Fountain School Road

Dudderar Family Cemetery134south of New Windsor Road and McKinstrys Mill Road

Ensey Family Cemetery [Rachel Ensey Grave]135Albaigh Road

Baker Family Cemetery136Barnes Road39.482119-77.14826
Lugenbeel-Worman Family Cemetery [Frank Barnes Farm]137Oak Orchard and Covers Corners, off Barnes Road

Devilbiss Family Cemetery138north of Oak Orchard Road

[abandoned] Mount Hope Church of God1421236 Mountain Church Road39.4346-77.62698
Young Family Cemetery144near Marker Road

Ramsburg Family Cemetery145On Beachley Road near Marker Road

Flook Family Cemetery145Anortheast of Biddle and Picnic Woods Roads

Pyke-Coblentz Family Cemetery149south of [Alt] US 40

Smith Family Cemetery150Cherry Lane

House-Phillips Family Cemtery151Old Middletown Road

Schoolhouse Cemetery1522 miles NE of Burkittsville, on Arnoldstown Road

Pleasant Valley Brethren Church1536213 Picnic Woods Road39.4028-77.6089Not sure which cemetery this is.
Slifer Family Cemetery1551/2 of Burkittsville, on Ahalt Distilery Road

Hook-McGill Family Cemetery156west of Catholic Church Road

Shaff Family Cemetery158B1/4 mile west of Catoctin Creek, south of MD550

Lamar Family Cemetery159ACarroll Boyer Road

Cost Family Cemtery159BHaine Road

Boteler Family Cemetery160A

Feaster Family Cemetery161ARoy Remsburg Road

Chunn/Ridgley Family Cemetery161B

Hoffman Family Cemetery162On Elmer Derr Road near Hawker Road

Clagett-Duvall Family Cemetery168

Stephen Ramsburg Family Cemetery178

no stones remain
Cronise Family Cemetery179

Lease Family Cemetery185North of Gas House Pike east of McKaig

Jones Family Cemetery186west of Old Annapolis Road

Nelson Family Cemetery187Central Church Road

Price Family Cemetery188Yeagerstown Road

Hall-Wood Family Cemetery190

cemetery not found in NIS descriptions
[Grace] Trinity Reformed Church193US 40

Keller Family Cemetery195

Crum Family Cemetery196south of Ray Smith Road

Zimmerman Family Cemetery208Ballenger Creek Meadows

[Harriet] Simmons Family Cemetery213off MD 355 north of Urbana

Rine Family Cemetery215near Cracked Claw39.3275-77.35083stones missing
Kramer-Jacobs Family Cemetery217Aat corner of County roads commission borrow pit

Johnson Family Cemetery219ADixon Road

Rollins Family Cemetery225on Slate Quarry Road

McClain Family Cemetery226A

Campbell Family Cemetery231west of Mapleville Road

Dorsey-Mercer Family Cemetery232off Woodville Road south of Unionville

Lugenbeel Family Cemetery 1233on Woodville Road south of Unionville

Lugenbeel Family Cemetery 2234on Liberty Road east of Unionville

Nusbaum Family Cemetery234A150 feet south of MD26, 0.3 east of intersection of Unionville by-pass

Old Hammond Property235

Gosnell-Haines Family Cemetery236on Buffalo Road south of 2639.4933-77.1072no FAG known/partly moved to Bethel United
Douty Family Cemetery241West Falls Road

Carroll County
Harn Family Cemetery242Peddicord Road

Poole Family Cemtery 2245east of Kimmel Road

James-Kimmel Family Cemetery246Old Annapolis Road39.42087-77.2211
Devilbiss-Clary Family Cemetery247Dollyhyde Road south of Unionville

Buckey Family Cemetery249Lime Plant Road

possibly moved to 112
Higgins Family Cemetery249Anorth of Lime Plant Road 1.5 miles east of New London

Dorsey Family Cemetery253Detrick Road39.384718-77.23992
Brashear Family Cemetery257near Old Bohn & Buffalo Roads

Fowler-Rine Family Cemetery262Bill Moxley Road

Fowler-Rine Family Cemetery263Route 80 and Bartholows Road