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and the
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

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     THE early history of Maryland is so closely interwoven with that of the county which provided it with its final seat of government, that there is hardly an old graveyard in Anne Arundel but yields a record of important names.
     A survey of the city of Annapolis in 1718, gives to the Church Circle an area of 94,025 feet.  At that time all the citizens were nominally parishioners of St. Anne's, and the churchyard was their common burial ground.  It was more than twice as large as it is now, extending as far as the present Court House, and into the grounds of the Executive Mansion.  By the year 1786, every inch of the space was full, and much of it had been used over and over again.  A piece of land, given to the parish by Elizabeth Bordley about the year 1790, supplied the pressing need for a larger graveyard, and this, until within recent years, was always known as St. Anne's cemetery.
     Most of the bodies around the church were removed to the new place of burial; and in course of time the churchyard itself became confined within its present limits. Some of the broken gravestones have found their way into the street crossings near St. Anne's; others have been utilized in various ways.  In one case fragments have been made to serve the purpose of steps to the wing of the Brice House.  These,

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through the courtesy of Mr. Martin, owner of that historic mansion, were removed from their position and turned over for the purpose of investigation.  On the under side of one of them were discovered the words: "died July 14th, 1765."  The rest of the inscription had become obliterated, but by searching among the obituaries of the Maryland Gazette, a probable clew was found by which to reconstruct the whole.  "Sunday last died here of smallpox at the house of her brother, Mr. Chief Justice Brice, Mrs. Anne Denton, widow, a gentlewoman of pious and exemplary life and conversation."  The date of the Gazette where this extract appears is Thursday, July 18, 1765.
     John Brice, the Chief Justice mentioned above, was the son of John Brice of Haversham, England.  He outlived his sister about one year. Besides the position he holds in local family tradition, he is among those to whom complimentary allusions are made by Governor Sharpe in his correspondence with Lord Baltimore preserved in the Maryland archives.  Designated by his Excellency as a man of " Good Abilities and Fortune," he is recommended to the Lord Proprietor as a gentleman fitted to fill the vacancy in the Council left by the death of one of its members.  This position, however, he never held, as he died shortly afterward.
     To return to St. Anne's and its funeral records, one reads in the Register of 1707—the oldest volume preserved—of the burial of such distinguished personages as "His Excellency John Seymour, Capt. Gen., also Governour of the Province and Vice Admiral," August 5, 1709; of " Marylandia, daughter of His Excellency John Hart, Governour," September, 1716; of  "Madam Margaret Lasonby, aunt of His Excellency Charles Calvert, Governour," August 8, 1722.
     Among the interments mentioned is also that of Capt. Ezekiel Gillis, which took place on January 9, 1749, at Mrs. Hill's, South River Neck.  This entry points to the

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existence of an old burial ground which so far has escaped identification by members of the Memorial Committee.
     In the cemetery of St. Anne's are to be found many names familiar to the older residents of the capital, as well as to the kindred families throughout the state; such, for instance, as Calvert, Mackubin, Randall, Steele, Murray, Maynadier, Steuart, Shaw, Nicholson, Mayo, Brewer, Harwood, Grammar and Munroe.  The oldest date is 1763.  It is preserved on a slab inscribed with the initials M. & E.  In point of age that of Fr. de la Landelle, a French officer, comes next.   He was born in Brittany, France, and died in 1800.  A third without dates bears the names of John Kilty and William Kilty, "Brothers, and revolutionary officers" and on the title-page of The Landholders Assistant, printed early in the nineteenth century, and appearing in nearly every gentleman's library of that day, we find the same name perpetuated.  Besides these are other ancient stones of later date:

Osborne Ridgely, born 1742, died 1818.
Thomas Duckett, died in 1806 in his 64th year;
Miss Elizabeth Fulks, died in 1830 in her 73rd. year.
Mrs. Mary Miller, died in 1830 in her 71st. year;
Sarah Ann Terry, died August 29th, 1841 aged 68 years;
John T. Barber, Esq., died April 6th, 1822, in the 51st. year of his age.
Honorable Peter Rich, late a delegate from Caroline County, departed this life on the 30th day of January A. D. 1805.

     It appears that the monument to the above was erected by the "Honourable the General Assembly of Maryland" as a testimonial of respect to the memory of the deceased.
     The Bordleys lie in a family vault.  Thomas, the progenitor of the family in Maryland, was attorney-general of the Province from 1715 to 1726.  He was born in Yorkshire, England, about the year 1682 and came to Annapolis about the year 1694, with an elder brother, the Rev. Stephen Bordley, who in 1697 was duly installed as second rector of St.

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Paul's Parish, Kent county.  Thomas studied law and was considered to be the first lawyer of his day.  He married, first, Rachel Beard of Annapolis, who died in 1722.  Four of their children lived to maturity—Stephen, William, Elizabeth and John.  On September 1, 1723, he married, secondly, the Widow Frisby.  Their sons were named respectively Thomas, Matthias and John Beale, the last of whom was born in February, 1726, old style, four months after his father's death, which occurred while on a visit to England for his health.
A portrait painted by Gustavus Hesselius before he sailed, represents him as thin and pallid and dressed in gown and wig.
     Although the gift of land made by Elizabeth Bordley was conveyed to the vestry of St. Anne's parish, its old name of St. Anne's cemetery has been lost through its incorporation of late years with graveyards of other denominations.  It is now more popularly known as the " City Cemetery."
     Clustered about the doorway and sides of St. Anne's church, Annapolis, are to be found several ancient tombs of the tabular kind, placed there in recent years to insure their preservation, also others erected in the year 1826, to replace the original ones that had occupied the same spot at a much earlier period.  To the right is that of Maj. John Hammond, one of the commissioners appointed in 1694 "to survey and lay out the said town into lots, streets and lanes." It stood formerly in a field at the head of " Hammond's Creek," an estuary of the Severn river, about three miles from Annapolis.  Amos Garrett's tomb occupies a corresponding position to the left, while those of Henry Ridgely and Nicholas Gassaway complete the number of the first group.  The inscriptions read as follows:

     Here lieth interred the body of Major General John Hammond who departed this life the twenty-fourth day of November 1707 in the sixty-fourth year of his age.

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     Here lieth interred the body of Mr. Amos Garrett of the City of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County of the Province of Maryland, Merchant.  Son of Mr. James and Mrs. Sarah Garrett late of St. Olives Street, Southwark then in the Kingdom of England now a part of Great Britain who departed this life March 8th 1707. AEtatis 56.
     Here Lyeth the body of Mr. Henry Ridgely who was borne the 3rd of October 1669 and departed this life on ye 19th day of March 1699-1700.
     Here Lyeth Interred The Body of Nicholas Gassaway Son of Coll Nicholas Gassaway who Departed This Life The 10 Day of March Anno Domini, And In The 31 Year of His Age.

     In the second group appear the following:

     Here lies the remains of Rebecca late wife of Daniel Dulany of Annapolis and fourth daughter of Colonel Walter Smith.  She faithfully and diligently discharged her duty in all relations of Daughter and Wife, Mother, Friend and Neighbor.  She was virtuous and charitable.  She lived an
unblemished life and died universally lamented the 18th of March 1737 Aged 40 years. (Coat of Arms.)
     Sacred to the Memory of Margaret Carroll Relict of Charles Carroll and daughter of Matthew Tilghman.  She was born on the 13th day of Jan. 1742 and died on the 14th day of March A. D. 1817.
     In Memory of Benjamin Tasker Jun. Esq late Secretary of Maryland Who died on the 17 Oct 1760 in the 39th year of his age.
     In Memory of William Bladen Esq.  Who died the 9th of August Anno Domini 1718 in the 48th year of his Age.
     Here are deposited the remains of the Honourable Benjamin Tasker who departed this life the 19th of June A. D. 1768 in the 78th year of his Age, which though of a constitution naturally weak and tender, he attained through the efficiency of an exemplary temperance.  At the time of his decease he was President of the Council a station he had occupied for thirty-two years.  The offices of Agent and receiver general and judge of the prerogative Court he successively exercised.  Such were his qualities, his probity, equanimity, candor, benevolence, that no one was more respected more beloved.  So diffusive and pure his humanity, so singular the influence of his deportment that he was no one's enemy nor any one his.
     These tombs are erected in the year 1826 in the place of the original ones, which have decayed, by the liberality and filial affection of Mrs. Ann Dulany of the City of London, still longer to perpetuate the memory of those of her respected ancestors whose remains are deposited beneath them.

     Several years ago it was proposed to have the Greenberry tombs transferred from the Greenberry's Point farm to the

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same shelter, but here an unexpected difficulty arose, and one that had its humorous side.
     The " Farm," having had its ups and downs (like most of the old estates), had finally passed into the hands of a worthy farmer, who provided the " Ancient City " with milk.  Being approached about the removal of the stones, he offered no objection, but his wife opposed it vigorously.  Upon being questioned as to the motive of her refusal, she answered that the stones were bought with the place, and she did not intend to part with them as they were her's and "company" for her!  She then explained that people came from all parts of the United States to visit them and she evidently appreciated the social intercourse thus provided her in her seclusion. As no descendant of the former chancellor and "acting" Governor has appeared to dispute her right, the stones, which are not thought to mark the graves of the departed, have been allowed to remain, though a movement has been set on foot to inclose them where they are, in order to protect their crumbling surfaces from the greed of merciless relic hunters.
     Col. Nicholas Greenberry was also one of the commissioners appointed for the laying out of Anne Arundel Town.  This community, originally designated as the "Town at Procter's," received the name of Annapolis in 1695, when its life as a naval station began.

     The inscriptions on the stones read:
     Here lieth Interred The Body of Colin Nicholas Greenberry Esqr Who departed this Life The 17 Day of December 1697 Aetatis Suae 70.
     Here Lieth Interred The Body of Mrs. Ann Greenberry Wh Departed This Life The 27th Day of April 1698. Aetatis Suae 50.
     . . . Lyes interred the . . . Roger New[man] . . . born at London ... in Talbot County in ... 25 years and . . .
The 14 of ... 1704.

     In Roger Newman's will, dated June 14, 1704, and probated June 28, he appointed his friend, Charles Greenberry,

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his executor.  This trust, for reasons best known to himself, the latter declined, and yet we find Newman's tomb, or at least what remains of it, near those of Greenberry's parents.
     Tradition says that the old meetinghouse of the Puritan settlers stood somewhere hereabouts—on Greenberry's Point, in fact—and was accessible by water to those who lived miles apart by land.  It is possible that a graveyard surrounded this meetinghouse.  However that may be, these tombs, which no longer cover the dust of those whose names they bear, form an interesting group to speculate about.
     At the top of the Newman slab, otherwise much broken, is an elaborate escutcheon still distinct.  Strange to say it combines the Bennett coat-of-arms with that of the Lloyds— the three demi-lions of the one and the lion rampant of the other.  In Heraldry in America, Zieber gives these arms as " on the tomb of Newberry, 1704, near the Greenberry tombs."  This, of course, is a mistake.  It might not be unreasonable to suppose that a fine slab, such as the Newman stone undoubtedly was, had survived the Puritan graveyard of the earlier period, and that it had simply been recut with Roger Newman's name, when a stone was needed to mark his burial place.  Knowing as we do how closely the names of Lloyd and Bennett were associated with the arrival of the Puritans in Maryland, it would not be irrational to infer that this escutcheon pointed to the union of the two families in previous times, and that this stone had covered the remains of some relative of an earlier generation, buried near the old meetinghouse on Greenberry's Point.  In fact, unless it be known to the contrary, it might have been originally devoted to the memory of Richard Bennett, the first husband of Henrietta Maria Neale of revered memory, the commissioner's son who was drowned while quite a young man.  The date of the third Richard's birth is given as September 16,

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     Anthony Stewart lived at " Mt. Stewart," an estate which a century earlier had belonged to the Burgess family.  It is owned at present by the Steuarts.  In the spelling of their name we find a departure from the original, showing French influence.  Afterwards a still further change occurred, when the descendants of the royal house of Scotland mounted the English throne as Stuarts.
     Anthony Stewart married a daughter of James Dick, else where styled "Merchant of London Town."  His wife is buried at All Hallows in her father's lot.  Here lies also Margaret Dick, the wife of James, who died October 23, 1766, aged 65 years.  Her virtues are recorded in Latin and her tomb, with that of her daughter Margaret, who died November 12, 1762, are both in a good state of preservation.
     In the parish records of All Hallows, South River, we find the following account of James Dick given by himself: " Be it known to all whom it may concern, That I the subscriber James Dick, heretofore of Edinburg in Scotland, Merchant, Burgess and Gild Brother, and son of Thomas Dick formerly of said city, Merchant, Bailey and Dean of Gild, Did come into the Province of Maryland on or about the first day of June, in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty-four (1734) and settle in London Town on South River in the Province aforesaid.  That in the year one thousand seven hundred and forty (1740) I made a trip home .... bringing back wife Margaret " &c. &c.
     The name of James Dick also appears on the list of the South River Club members in 1742.  He was a member of the firm of Wm. Lux and Co., in 1767, along with William Lyon of Baltimore county and Charles Graham of Calvert county.
     One of the handsomest tombs in this churchyard is a large one of the tabular order, bearing the simple inscription " My

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     In the old parish churchyard of St. Margaret's, Westminster, on Severn Heights, a few tombstones are still to be seen clustering about the foundations of the church, long since destroyed by fire. Governor Eden is supposed to be buried here.  He was the last of the Provincial governors and was obliged to return to England at the breaking out of the Revolutionary war.  That he should have died here and have found in so inhospitable a soil a final resting place, seems strange, but tradition hath it so.

     In St. Stephen's churchyard, Millersville, Severn parish, memorials of a later date as follows, are found:
     John A. Reigle born 1786, died Feb. 28th, 1829.
     Eliza, wife of John A. Reigle born 1799, died Nov. 20th 1854.
     William H. Turton bom April 1st. 1778 died Nov. 19th 1864.
     Eleanor, wife of William H. Turton born Dec. 21st. 1783, died June 28th 1856.
     In Memory of Dr. Asa Anderson died Sept 13th 1847 aged 55 years, 9 months, 23 days.
     Genl Osborne Williams died Dec 28th 1819 in the 62nd year of his age.
     Elizabeth wife of Genl Osborne Williams died Mar. 18th 1819, in the 61st year of her age.

     In the Baldwin Memorial Methodist churchyard are found:
     Rachel A. Woodward Born Nov. 19, 1807 Died Oct 6, 1865.
     Eleanor R. Woodward Born May 6th 1810 died July 12, 1840.
     Martha R. Woodward Born May 28 1812 died May 17 1832.
     Henry Woodward, Son of Wm Woodward Jr. Born April 22, 1770 Died Oct 26th 1822. Eleanor wife of Henry, Born Sept 29, 1772. Died Aug 15th, 1850.
     In memory of Henry Wm Woodward, son of Henry, Born July 30th, 1803 died in Stewart, Georgia, Oct 14th, 1841.
     Abraham Woodward son of Wm. Born in London 1690 Died in this Country 1744.
     Wm Woodward Sr. Born 1717 Died 1790.  Wm Woodward Jr. son of W. W. Sr. Born 1742 Died 1807.


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     In memory of Mary Pitts Sewall wife of Francis Baldwin Born June 10, 1791 Died Dec 29 1848.
     In memory of Francis Baldwin Born Nov 27, 1777 Died May 27, 1836.
     In memory of Mrs Sarah Woodward Who Departed this Life Dec 18, 1883 Aged 31 years.
     Maria Gambrill Relict of Augustine Gambrill who died 30th of Nov 1834 in the 67 year of her age.
     Augustine Gambrill who Died 29th of Dec 1830 In the 58 year of his age.
     Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Woodward who departed this life Feb 14, 1847, aged 56 years

               Dear be this grave and blest this sod
               That shields a Christian Mother's clay
               Her spirit's gone to enjoy its Lord
               Where life shall last without decay.

     Near Millersville is an old Hammond graveyard, where several distinguished members of the family are buried.  Philip, son of Charles, Speaker of the Assembly, and also Treasurer of the Western Shore, died 1760; his wife Rachel, daughter of John Brice, born 1710, died 1786; Col. Rezin Hammond, their son, a noted patriot, born 1745, died 1809; Maj. Charles Hammond, another son, died 1777 and lies buried in an unmarked grave; possibly Matthias, a third son, conspicuous in civic affairs, also Mordecai and Isaac, Captains of the 7th and 8th companies in the Maryland troop at Long Island.'

At "Summer Hill," the home of the late Col. Nicholas Worthington, about three miles south of Crownsville, are buried the following members of the Worthington family:
     Brice John Worthington, son of Nicholas and Catherine Worthington, died Nov. 14, 1837, aged 73 years, 9 months and 14 days.
     Anne Lee, consort of Brice John Worthington, died Sept. 27, 1824, aged 34 years and 8 days.
     Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas and Catherine Worthington, died April 29, 1820, aged 53 years, 10 months and 2 days.
     John G., son of Nicholas and Catherine Worthington, died Feb. 14, 1797,
aged 33 years and 4 days.
     Nicholas, son of Nicholas and Catherine Worthington, died Dec. 6, 1782 [1792 ?] aged 25 years, 1 month and 11 days.

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     Col. Nicholas Worthington, died Nov. 1, 1793, aged 59 years, 7 months.
     Mrs. Catherine Worthington relict of Col. Nicholas Worthington, died Dec. 8, 1793, aged 61 years, 6 months and 18 days.
     Mrs. Hester Ann Mackubin, wife of Dr. Richard Mackubin and daughter of Brice John Worthington, Esq., died Feb. 22, 1848, in her 30th year.
     Mary Dulany Worthington, daughter of Brice, John and Anne Lee Worthington, died May 2, 1835, aged 19 years, 5 months and 23 days.



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