|IN the upper part of Montgomery
county, at Beallsville, beneath the shadow of
Sugar-Loaf Mountain, is a secluded and historic
spot, known as the Monocacy cemetery. A
chapel of ease of All Saints parish, Frederick
county, called the Monocacy chapel, stood here as
early as 1747, and
the parish church of St. Peter's followed in 1770,
when this section fell within the borders of a new
parish. Changes took place' here as elsewhere.
New centers sprang up and another St. Peter's was
erected at Poolesville in 1849, after which the old
church fell into ruins. The vestry transferred
the churchyard to an association that had bought
adjoining land. The latter received its
charter in 1872, as "The Monocacy
Cemetery Society of Montgomery County."
During the Revolutionary war, prayers for peace were
offered in the old Monocacy chapel, and the
churchyard became a camping ground for the American
forces during the war of 1812.
The earliest gravestone bears the date 1748, but the
name is lost. Another fragmentary inscription
is to one who departed this life " the 52 year," in
1752. The others follow :
Revd. T. Dade, Obt. 6th F. 1822, AEt. 80 yrs.
Erected to Memory of John Douglass of Castle
Steuard, Wigtonshire Scotland, who died here Nov. 2,
1832, Aged 36 years.
In Memory of Mary, Born January 22nd 1815, adn
of Anastatia, Born March 29th 1831, Daughters of
John and Mary Cross, who together departed this
life August 8th 1855.
|When ardent glowed the Summer skies
Mid burning heat and sultry weather
Death came to them in friendly guise
And smote them in his love together.
In Union thus they lived and died
And here lie buried side by side.
Robert Wilson, Born Sept. 13, 1762; Died March
Solomon Davis, Died July 10, 1822, Aged 48
Mary White, Consort of Capt. James White
of Montgomery County.
Francis B. Austin, Died July 4, 1829, Aged 18
A. M. G. Dd. Mo. 2, 1786.
Miss Mary Hilleary, Died June 20, 1816, Aged 32
Mrs. Sarah Ann Gumaer, Died Oct. 14th 1842, Aged
died Nov. 7, 1830, Aged 23 years.
Mrs. Mary Manly, Died June 18, 1823, Aged 52
John Manly, Died Nov. 25, 1816, Aged 64 years.
Dorcas Hammontree, Died Feb. 21, 1836, Aged 37
years, 11 mon. and 12 days.
Benjamin Pooll, Died Dec. 16, 1843, Aged 71 yrs.
Robert Doyne Dawson, son of Thomas and
Elizabeth Dawson, Born July 10th, 1758, died
August 13th, 1824, Aged 66 yrs. 1 mo. 3 ds.
Douglass Davis is buried between two large maple
trees which measure each about 3½
or 4 feet in diameter. Age of the trees
supposed to be between 100 and 125 years.
Among those of later date are:
Col. Robt. T. Dade, son of Rev. Townsend Dade,
born Oct. 14th, 1786; died Feb. 1873, Aged 86
yrs. 5 mon. He served in the War of 1812.
William T. Johnson, born Feb. 17, 1818; died
July 18, 1861, Aged 43 years, 3 m. and 1 day.
Sarah Ann, his wife, died Aug. 31st 1856, Aged
62 years, 8 mon. and 11 days.
Jane Plater, Widow of Snowden Pleasants,
formerly Mrs. Elisha Williams, born March
17, 1799; died May 9, 1881.
Henry W. Talbot born Nov. 12, 1789; died Feb. 7,
Sarah his wife, died Jan. 25, 1883, Aged 88
years, 7 mo. and 11 ds.
William Spelton Cady, died April 28, 1861, Aged
42 years, 4 days.
Lewis B. Wynne, A minister of the Primitive
Baptist Church, born in Kentucky June 30, 1815;
died at College Hill, D. C., Feb. 3, 1883.
"Accounting that God was able to raise him up from the
Gassaway Sellman, born Feb. 4, 1811, died April
6th, 1857, Aged 46 yr. 2 mon. and 2 da.
William Sellman born Feb. 1st, 1786, died Dec.
31st, 1857, Aged 71 yr. 11 mon.
Ruth, wife of William Sellman born Dec.
9th, 1786, died Mar. 19, 1862, Aged 75 years,
and 3 months.
Sacred to the
Memory of our mother Prudence wife of
Maj. Greenberry Griffith, Died Dec. 7th,
1881, Aged 75 years and 3 months.
Rockville cemetery has the following:
In Memory of Miss Mary Bowie who departed this
life the 2nd of June 1800, in the 26th year of
In Memory of Richard Bowie who departed this
life the 27th day of Marcy, 1801, in the 18th year
of his Age.
Allen Bowie 1803, and Ruth Bowie, 1812.
Mrs. Sarah Johns, wife of Mr. Thomas Johns
died July 2nd 1782, Aged 32 years.
Mary Ann Grimes, Departed this life on the 18th
of August 1815, Aged 9 Years, 7 Months and 27 Days.
Gassaway Perry, Born July 24th 1787, died July
Addison Belt Born Nov. 11th 1789, died March
John Harden, Born 1683, died 1732.
In Memory of McHenry Hilleary who departed the
life July 19th, 1792, in the 54th year of his Age.
Upton Beall, died Jan. 25th 1827, in his 57th
Jane Neal, Wife of Upton Beall, died Aug.
2nd 1849, Aged 56 years. "God giveth His
Harriet Ann, daughter of Upton and Jane Neal
Beall, died Jan. 17, 1824, Aged 4 years.
Upton, only son of Upton and Jane Neal Beall,
died July 1st 1820, Aged 1 day. "Of such is
the Kingdom of Heaven."
Elizabeth A. O. Young, died 1842, Aged 31 years.
In Memory of our Mother Rebecca M. Young, who
died in 1822, Aged 45.
Sacred to the Memory of our Father, Henry H. Young,
Born September 17, 1776; Died March 9, 1854.
Anna Miller Died Mar. 16, 1850, Aged 7 Years, 5
Mos. and 23 days.
John O. Miller, Died July 7, 1848, Aged 1 year,
8 mos. and 23 days.
William Braddock, Died Sept. 11th 1830, Aged 41
Years, and 19 Days.
There are numerous very old and sunken graves in the
cemetery without anything to identify them.
Allen Bowie lived, at the time of his death, in
the fifth election district of Montgomery county; it
is now the thirteenth election district. A
great number of Bowies appear in the
Montgomery county necrology. A sketch of the
is to be found in the Baltimore Sunday
Sun, January 28 and February 4, 1906.
Four miles from Rockville is what was once known as the
"Willow Tree" graveyard. The tree that
formerly stood there and gave it its name, has long
since disappeared. This graveyard is on the
west side of Rock creek, amidst briars and thorns
that make it a difficult task to copy the
inscriptions. The following have been obtained
for us, through the kindness of a gentleman living
in the neighborhood:
John L. Summers, Born May the 12th,
1764, Died June 15th, 1802.
In Memory of Anne Maria Wilson, Born January the
11th, 1767, Died December the 18th, 1813.
Thomas Linstid, Born September the 27, 1761,
Died April the 28, 1816.
Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. Mary Lyton Crabb,
consort of Charles Henry Crabb, who departed
this life August the 7th 1812, in the 17th year of
her age. "Life how short; Eternity how long."
St. John's Catholic church at Forest Glen, is a
successor to the one known as " Nancy Carroll "
chapel, where the Rock Creek Mission was established
many years ago. This chapel was built by
Anne Carroll, sister of Bishop Carroll,
and wife of Robert Brent. The
inscription on the memorial erected to her, heads
To the Memory of
Mrs Ann Brent relict of Robert Brent Esq
of Stafford Co. Va.
Daughter of Daniel Carroll Esq.
She was born on the 13th July A. D. 1733
Departed this life Nov. 1804
In the 72nd year of her age
This stone is placed over her grave
by her surviving children,
In testimony of their ardent and devout attachment
which they cherished for so good and examplary a
as a tribute of their profound respect
to the virtue and piety
which adorned her life and character.
Requiescat in pace.
Catherine Digges, Relict of George
Digges, of Warburton and daughter of
Robert and Ann Brent, born in Stafford Co. Va.
Died at Washington City, District of Columbia.
I. H. S. Sacred to the Memory of Mrs Eleanor Carroll,
Relict of Daniel Carroll Esq. She died on the
third day of February in the year 1796, Aged 92.
On the arms of a cross standing near Madam
Carroll's tomb is the following:
Miss Priscilla Neale, Died Jan. 21 1858 (1853 ?).
Relict of Robert Young Brent,
Oct. 10 1863, In the 64th year of her age.
In Memoriam. Robert Young Brent
died . . . 1855, In the 67th year of his age.
Sarah Hayes and Caroline,
daughters of above, died after 1850.
Harriet, a child, Clementina, Emily
and Julia Brent seem to have a stone
in common. "Even in death they were not
Brent, died Sept. 15 1850, In the 36th year
of his age.
Sacred. To the Memory of William Brent,
Born at Aquia, Stafford County, Virginia; Died In
Washington, D. C, Dec. 15 1848, Aged 75 years.
And Elizabeth Brent, Relict of
William Brent, born in Charles Co., Md.,
died In Washington, D. C., March 29th 1855, Aged 63
years. R. I. P.
I. H. S. To the Memory of Martin O'Connor, who
was born in the year A. D. 1750, and died in the
year A. D. 1829. Also Sarah O'Connor,
who was born in the year A. D. 1785 (1745 ?) and
died in the year A. D. 1814.
Mary Ann Fenwick, born March 8,
1779 [1799?]; Died in 1848 (1845?).
Sacred to the Memory of John O'Connor, A. D.
1832, Aged 33.
"Christian pray for his Soul, Who while he Look'd with
joy And hope around Him, was suddenly Attacked and
overcome by Man's Common leveller Death."
1787-1805; Annie Fenwick, 1793-1833;
Teresa Fenwick, 1791-1820; James
Fenwick, 1795-1830; John Fenwick, 1797-1862;
Philip Fenwick, Dec. 12th 1789-1863.
Sacred to the Memory of John Fenwick,
1750-1820. His wife Mary Thompson
Sacred to the Memory of Wm W. Diggs, born 1790; died
Jan 17th 1830.
In Memory of Sarah Sweaney, who departed
this life Jan 6th 1831; aged 80 years.
In Memory of Mary Whelan, who departed
this life Dec 27th 1830, in the 60th year of her
In Memory of Julian Whelan, who departed
this life June 25th 1832, aged 35 years.
Sacred to the Memory of George R. Carroll, who
departed this life in 1858, aged 45 years.
Sacred to the Memory of G. D. Carroll, M. D.,
Died 1844, aged 56 years.
Sacred to the Memory of Ann Carroll, Born April
27th 1777; died July 29th
Sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth Digges
Carroll, born Aug 4th 1752; died Jan. 27th
Sacred to the Memory of Daniel Carroll, Died
June 19th 1790. R. I. P.
Bridget Connelly Died Dec 4th 1829 aged
Those of a later date are:
Charles Edward Brent, 1886. Ann
Maria, Relict of Dr. Ray Livingston,
1863. Theodore Mosher and his
wife Mary, daughter of Robert Young
Brent, 1878 and 1892; their infant son John
Carroll. Henry Goodfellow "Major
and Judge Advocate U. S. A.," 1885. John
Fenwick, 1862. Philip Fenwick,
1863, at the age of 74. Norah, wife of Wm.
W. Diggs, 1863, at the age of 72. Robert
Brown, 1870, at the age of 86.
On a farm in the Laytonsville district are these two
N. Griffith, died Aug 5th 1803, in the 32nd year
of his age.
Charles G. Ridgely, Departed this life 1st of
April 1825, in the 63rd year of his age.
Near Brookeville, Olney district, on a farm owned by
Joseph Janney, are the graves of
Richard Green and wife,
Richard Green (Major) died July 30th 1818, Aged
76 years, 8 mo.
Sarah, his wife, died March 21st 1815, Aged 77
The above is said to be the second wife of Richard
Green, and the sister of Mr. Joshua
General Anderson who fought in the year
of 1812 is also supposed to be buried on this farm.
Capt. Richard Anderson of the
4th Maryland regiment, who rendered distinguished
service at the battle of Cowpens in the
Revolutionary war, may probably be the same.
On Walter Mobley's farm, about one
mile from Rockville:
General Jeremiah Crabb Died 19th
February 1800, in the 40th year of his age.
Also in Memory of Elizabeth Ridgely
Griffith, His Wife, Born August 10th 1764; died
in 1828, aged 64 years.
Worthington Howard died July 29th 1818.
His Wife Elizabeth Ridgely, Daughter
of Gen. Jeremiah Crabb, died
Nov. 8th 1821.
The old graveyard which is very near the house, is
almost filled with the graves of Jeremiah Crabbs'
family, the place having been owned by his
descendants until a few years ago. His
daughter, Sarah Griffith, is buried there.
On a farm owned by the late Washington
Chicester (Olney district), are several
Richard Johns, son of Thomas
and Sarah Johns, born Oct. 15,
died April 5, 1836.
Washington Bowie, son of Allen
and Ruth Bowie, born 12 August
1776; died 12 April 1826, Aged 49 years and 8
Margaret Crab Bowie, wife of
Washington Bowie, daughter of Thomas
and Sarah Johns, born 19 May
1773, died 22 July 1840.
Sarah Holliday Bowie, daughter of
Washington and Margaret
Bowie, born 28th Feb. 1811 ; died Augt. 1824.
Washington Bowie, son of Washington
and Margaret Bowie, born April
20, 1805; died June 14 1844, Aged 39 years 1 month
and 16 days.
Margaret Dallas Bowie, daughter of
Washington and Margaret
Bowie, born 9th Deer. 1803; died 1st Jany 1851.
Mary Bowie Chichester, born July 2
1802; died July 31st 1872.
Thomas Johns Bowie, Son of Washington and
Margaret Crab Bowie, born Oct 21st, 1800; died
July 26th, 1850, Age 49 years, 9 months and 5 days.
Catherine Worthington, wife of Thomas
J. Bowie, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Bowie
Davis, born June 26, 1803; died June 21, 1898.
Ellen Ruth Bowie, daughter of Thomas and
Catherine Bowie, born Jan 11th 1838; died March
31st 1848, Aged 10 years, 2 months and 20 days.
Sarah Holliday Bowie, Daughter of Thomas and
C. W. Bowie, born 22 Dec 1835; died 10th Augt.
1838, Aged 2 years, 9 months and 18 days.
On the Dorsey farm are the following
stones erected by Mr. J. M. Dermott of
Frederick City, Md.:
Joshua Dorsey, Born March 15th 1768; Died
July 12th 1843.
Henrietta Dorsey, Born March 28th 1770;
Died Sept 5th 1848.
At the Ridge farm, Zadoc Magruder's old
place, are the graves of two Magruders:
Robert Pottinger Magruder was born
March 23rd 1769 and died Aug 10th 1822, Aged 53
Useful in life, lamented in death, an affectionate
husband, a kind friend, a pious christian, who
delighted in doing good.
Elizabeth Perry Magruder,
Consort of Robert Pottinger
Magruder, was born Oct. 13th 1770, and died
April 17th 1835 [1833 ?]. She was useful in
life and happy in death, through faith in Jesus
At Mt. Airy farm of the Ashton tract, Samuel
Richardson and his wife are buried:
Here lies the Body of Mariam Richardson,
who departed this life on the 21st day of November
1767, In the 57 year of her Age.
Remember man as thou Passeth by,
As thou art now, so once was I.
As I am now, so thou shalt be
So prepare to follow me.
" Greenwood," the Davis place, is
about thirty-four miles from Laurel. The
family cemetery on one corner of the lawn is
inclosed by a stone wall. The monument was
erected by Allen Bowie Davis
and inscribed with the names of those who have
passed away. On one side are five names:
Ephraim Davis, Died Aug 13th, 1769; Aged 33
Elizabeth Howard (his wife) Died Jan 4, 1793;
Aged 48 years.
Thomas Davis, son of Ephraim and
Elizabeth, Died Feb. 8, 1833; Aged 65 years.
Elizabeth, his wife (dau. of Allen and
Ruth Bowie), Died Nov 23 1840; Aged 69
Dr. Thos. Johns Davis, son of Thos. and
Elizabeth Davis, Died July 11, 1828; Aged 23
On the second side are:
Comfort, wife of Allen Bowie
Davis and daughter of Thos. B. and Milcah
(Goodwin) Dorsey, Died July 8, 1836; Aged 27
Thomas, the beloved son of Allen Bowie
and Hester Ann Wilkins
Davis, Died Feb 3, 1849; Aged 8 years.
Allen Bowie, a lovely infant, son of
Allen Bowie and Hester Ann Davis, Died Sept
20, 1859; Aged 9 months.
On the third side, are commemorated those who have
died since 1875:
Allen Bowie Davis, Hester
Ann Davis, William Wilkins
Davis, Esther Wilkins Davis.
The late Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bowie Davis died,
respectively, on April 17, 1889, and October 9,
1888. All the early inscriptions, if there
ever were any, have disappeared. Stones
bearing the following were erected by the late
Allen Bowie Davis to his grandparents:
In Memory of Thomas Davis, born
December the 10th 1768, and died February 8th 1833,
Aged 64 years.
In Memory of Elizabeth Davis, Relict of
Thomas Davis, born September the 11th
1772, and died November 23rd 1840, Aged 68 years.
Besides the inscriptions on the family monument, the
memory of Thos. Johns Davis, M. D., is
perpetuated on a stone covering his grave and
bearing the following verse:
Thus fade the fragile buds of earth;
Thus fade the lovely and the brave,
Come here ye thoughtless sons of mirth,
And pause a while o'er virtues grave.
Two other graves are:
In memory of Mrs Achsah
Goldsborough, relict of Dr. Richard
Goldsborough of Cambridge, Maryland, who
departed this life on the 7th day of Sept 1835, aged
Sacred to the memory of John Bowie, M. D., Who
died the 17th of February 1825, Aged 55 years.
In the Laytonsville district, the following
Zadoc M. Cooke, Born March 30th 1831; Died
Sept 20th 1849, Aged 18 years.
To the Memory of Rachel Dorsey, Wife of Harry
W. Dorsey, who was born March 25th 1767; Died
January 24th 1844.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
In Memory of Zadoc M. Cooke, born July 1st 1801;
Died August 29th [22nd ?], 1830, Aged 29 years.
Sacred to the memory of Henry Howard of Jno.,
who departed this life Feb 12th 1834, Aged 60 years.
To the Memory of Mrs Marion Nourse, wife of Rev.
C. H. Nourse, and second daughter of Wm
Robertson Esq., who died Nov. 11, 1847, Aged 24
years and 8 months.
Sacred to the Memory of Wm Robertson, who
departed this life 20th day of Feb. 1852, Aged 67
Sacred to the Memory of Nathan Dickerson,
Died April 20th 1860, Aged 79 years, 7 months, 10 d.
In Memory of Margaret Dickerson, consort of
Nathan Dickerson, born May 9th 1778; died
December 22nd 1854. A devoted Wife, Mother and
On a farm, belonging of late years to Wm.
Griffith and before the Revolution to the
Hempstone family, is the old graveyard. William
Hempstone, a soldier of the Revolution, known as
Major Hempstone, is buried here, but there is
no stone to mark the spot. Two stones are:
In Memory of William Hempstone, Born March
30th 1793; Died July 29th 1825, Aged 32 years, 3
months, 29 days.
In Memory of Mary, a daughter of William
and Ann V. Hempstone, Born March 13th 1823; Died
June 24th 1827, aged 4 years, 3 m. 11 da.
At David Trundle's, near Barnesville
district, Dickerson Station, is an old family
burying ground. Among the stones are the
John Trundle, born March 6th 1753; died March
Also Ruth, wife of John Trundle.
John L. Trundle, born Jan 4th 1776; died Aug 24th
In Memory of Mary, wife of John L. Trundle,
who was born July 15th 1776; died Sept 7th 1831.
In Memory of David Trundle, who was born
June 21st 1773; died March 1846, aged 72 years, 8
months and 15 days.
In Memory of Drusilla, wife of David
Trundle, Born Nov 22nd 1775; Died Sept 23rd
1855, Aged 79 years, 10 mo. and 1 day.
Charlotte Trundle, Consort of Alfred Belt,
was born Feb 6th 1787, died
April 13th 1824.
In Memory of Alfred Belt, born Feb 14th
1788, died July 1st 1872, Aged
84 years, 4 mo. 17 days.
In Memory of Otho Trundle, who was born
Feb 14th 1780, died Jan 27th 1823.
Elizabeth Burnes, wife of Otho
Trundle, was born Dec 27th 1784; died Aug 17th
William Trundle was born Dec 1st 1804;
died April 3rd 1838.
Frances N. Hempstone was born Feb 17th 1805,
died Aug 25th 1840.
Lieutenant William Hempstone
Trundle was born Oct 9th 1827; was killed during
the Civil War, March 28th 1864.
In Memory of Benjamin Shreve, born March
15th, 1804; died Sept 25th, 1861.
In Memory of Mary Elizabeth, wife of
Benjamin Shreve, born March 26th 1811;
died Oct 23rd 1855.
The Shreves or Shrieves, descendants of
the Trundles, still live on this farm.
At the home of Beall Gaither is a
cemetery in which repose many of the Gaither
family. Some inscriptions here are :
In Memory of Daniel Gaither, Departed
this life Sept 16th 1818, In the 53rd year of his
In Memory of Henrietta, wife of Daniel
Gaither, Departed this life April 1854, Aged 85
Jane Gaither Departed this life Sept 19th
1844, Aged 64 years.
In Memory of Juliet (Gaither), wife of
Rushrod Gartrell, who departed this life
April 10th 1863, in the 56th year of her age.
Deborah (Gaither), Wife of John F. E.
Magruder, Died 1864, born Aug 1st 1815.
"Blessed are they that die in the Lord."
In Memory of Greenberry Gaither, Born
April 16th 1820; Died Sept 24th 1848.
Perry Gaither, Died 1854. Henrietta,
wife of Perry, Died 1859. Samuel Gaither,
At the home of Henry Chew Gaither,
deceased, three miles from " Greenwood," said to be
over 125 years old, are the
Sacred to the memory of Henry Chew
Gaither, son of Wm. and Elizabeth
Howard Gaither, was born Jan 25th A. D.
1778, Departed this life Feb 12,
A. D. 1845.
Sacred to the memory of Eliza, Wife of Henry
Chew Gaither, and daughter of
William Worthington, was born March 20th
A. D. 1793. Died suddenly at West Point, June 19th
A. D. 1850, Aged 58 years.
Sacred to the memory of Gen. William
Lingan Gaither, only child of Henry
Crew and Eliza Gaither,
was born Feb 21, A. D. 1813; Died at Berkeley
Springs, on the 2nd of Aug, A. D. 1858, Aged 45
years, 5 months and 11 days.
In memory of Ephraim Gaither, Born April
24th, 1780; Died May 2nd, 1857.
In memory of Sarah Elizabeth Gaither,
Born April 19th 1799; Died March 27th 1872.
She was the daughter of Dr. R. and A.
Goldsborough, and relict of Ephraim Gaither,
half-brother of Thomas Davis.
" Clean Drinking " was granted to John
Coats or Courts in 1699, for 700 acres.
Later it was bought by Walter C.
Jones, who established there a mill, and left
his epitaph cut in the stone as follows:
Here lies the body and bones
Of old Walter C. Jones.
By his not thinking,
He lost "Clean Drinking";
And by his shallow pate,
He lost his vast estate.
Here lies the body and bones Of old Walter C.
Jones. By his not thinking, He lost "Clean
Drinking"; And by his shallow pate, He lost his vast