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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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BETWEEN the years 1629 and 1630, an Anglo-Saxon settlement was planted at Kent Island on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake.  Here it took root and flourished, and so when Lord Baltimore's colonists arrived a few years later to substantiate his claims, they found others ready to dispute his title.  Colonel William Claiborne stands out in local history as the head of the rebels, and as he was defeated, but still declined to acknowledge the supremacy of the new over-lord, he was banished and his lands forfeited.  Some of his followers returned to England, but many settlers remained.  By Gov. Leonard Calvert the island was deemed of sufficient importance have its affairs regulated by a Commissioner, whom he duly appointed.  As early as 1638, we find burgesses from the Isle of Kent attending the General Assembly, held that year at Fort St. Mary's.  This island, therefore, wrangled over as it was, even to the shedding of blood, stands to us as a landmark on the plat of time, to be consulted in the laying out of the new lines of our present interests.  Here there is still a farm going by Claiborne's name, and here are the site and foundations of a church, built in 1650, which serve as a connecting link in the ecclesiastical traditions, originating with the ministrations of the Rev. Richard James the clergyman of the first Anglo-Saxon settlement.  Broad Creek church, erected in 1650, and Christ church at Stevensville, its successor, erected in 1880, represent a long lapse of time in the history of a people, only the old place of worship is now but a memory; bushes and briars have been allowed to take possession of the God's acre, where

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the living once paid honor to their dead, and the venerable monuments have crumbled away.  The only ancient tomb stones reported to us in this locality, are those on the farm of James Bright, near the site of the old church, and those on Walter F. White's place, at Crab-Alley Neck.
     Co-eval with the building of the church on Broad creek, in 1650, the boundaries of Kent county were defined.  They embraced all the territory on the mainland lying between the Sassafras river on the north, and the Choptank on the south, a very large slice of the Eastern shore, and now divided into Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot and a part of Caroline counties.
     The mainland, which can be reached from the island at low tide by a causeway crossing the Narrows, is rich in old places of burial and here tombstones are still to be found, bearing the well-known names of Bennett, Blake, Carroll, Chamberlaine, Decourcy, Earle, Goldsborough, Hall, Lloyd, Neale, Rousby, Rozer and Tilghman.

     Four stones are all that remain of the graveyard at Bennett's Point.  There are bits of what may have been the facing of a vault, or the upright frame of Captain Greene's stone, and broken bricks scattered around.  Here is found the tomb of Dorothy Carroll.  The top of the slab, a perfectly preserved specimen of white marble, is ornamented with the Carroll coat of arms impaled with another, probably that of Blake—chevron between three shocks of wheat—the whole being surmounted by helmet and crest—the Carroll bird—and deeply carved in a lozenge.  The stone lies apart from the rest of the group and bears this inscription:

     Here lyeth Interr'd the Remains
     of Dorothy Carroll Daughter
     of Mr. Charles Blake of
     Wye River in the Province of

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     Maryland, & Wife of Charles Carroll
          son of Charles Carroll Esqr. of
     Clounlisk, in the King's County and
          Kingdom of Ireland.
     She was Meek, Prudent and Virtuous
     wanting no good quality that
     Compose a good Christian and Wise
     tender and loveing Mother and Friend,
     tho' Young in years a Matron
     in Behavior and Conduct.
     She left Issue two sons and
     one Daughter who inherit
     her Beauty, and to be hoped,
     they will her Virtues.
               She departed this life the
          8 day of July Anno Domini 1734,
     Aged Thirty-one Years, Seven Months
               and Twelve Days.

     An almost illegible, broken gray slab, has the following inscription (the brackets indicate portions illegible):

     Here lies Interred ye body [of]
     Thomas Greene Mast[er and Mari]
     ner of ye Towne of Ne[wcastle]
     on Lyne Comma[nder of the ship]
     Loveing Friendship [departed]
     this life at Sea 17 August
     1674 and brought here and [buried]
     February 27 afterwards] ? ? ? ?

     Other inscriptions on the stones of Richard Bennett and his wife are:

Here lieth the body of Richard Bennett Esq., who was born the 16th of September 1667, and died ye 11th of October 1749.  His Father Died Young  His Grandfather, who was also named Richard Bennett, was Governor of Virignia.  No man was more Esteemed in Life In all Ranks of People than He, And this Esteem proceeded from his Benevolent & Charitable Disposition, Added to a Vast Depth of Understanding.  To His Memory this Tombstone is dedicated by his Nephew, The Honourable Edward Lloyd Esq.
     Here Lyes Interr'd the Body of Elizabeth, Wife of Richard Bennett Esq.  She was the Daughter of John Rousby Esq. by Barbara his Wife and Dyed the third day of April Anno Domini 1740 in the 58th Year of her Age very
much lamented. Requiescat in pace.
     On the farm is a stone bearing the name

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     Mrs. C. Augusta Pratt, Born August 28, 1804; Died August 4, 1854.

     At " Bolingly," Queenstown, now occupied by a hotel, are found several graves. Some of the inscriptions are:
     Here lyeth the Body of Edward Neale Esq., who departed this life the
28th day of December 1760, Aged Sixty years.
     Here lies the Body of Mrs. Martha Hall, who departed this Life the 31st Day of May 1789, Aged fifty-one years and five months.  May she rest in Peace.
     Here lies Thomas Whetenhall Rozer Esqr. who died Octr. 22nd, 1785, Aged 27. May he rest in Peace.
     Sacred to the memory of Clarina Underbill, wife of Anthony Underbill Esq., of the City of New York, who departed this life on the 6th of June 1835, at Queens Town E. Shore Maryland, aged 66 years. This tomb is erected by those who most valued her while living and lamented her when lost forever.

     At the " Hermitage," Queen Anne county, lie the remains
of Dr. Richard Tilghman, the progenitor of the Tilghman
family, also those of his wife Mary Foxley. He died in 1675;
she survived him twenty years. The graveyard is kept in
good order and the names of those buried there furnish an
interesting list of Tilghmans who distinguished themselves in
their day and generation.

              "Always remember
             the 5th of November
              But Doe not forgett
             Death will have no lett
                  Consider thy end
             and thy time well spend
             and soe shalt thou have
             a crown in thy grave."
       Ita dixit Richardus tilghmanus

               In artique chirugi
              qui sub hoc tumulo
                   Sepultus est
             Obiit Janu 7mo Anno

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& wife) and wife Isabella, daughter of Col. Pearce, with their issue: Rachel, Catherine, Isabella, Edward & William.
     Rachel Blay & Peregrine Brown of England, her husband, and their son Peregrine; her second husband Aquilla Pearce & their daughter Martha.
     Catherine & John Tilden and their children: Isabella & Richard Wethered
of London, her husband, and their children William, John, Samuel & John
[William excepted].
     This inscription and the enclosure done by the direction of John Wethered,
who died on the 21st. of February 1822, in the 77th year of his age.

     There are no stones with inscriptions in the graveyard.
     Another worthy, associated for many years with Shrewsbury parish, was Gen. John Cadwalader, a native of Philadelphia and a soldier of the Revolution.  Until the end of the last century a fine marble altar tomb stood in the churchyard to his memory, "placed there," according to the inscription, "by his affectionate children" to mark the spot where his remains were deposited.  His Philadelphia descendants, however, have since had it removed to Laurel Hill cemetery on the banks of the Schuylkill, and in this monument Kent county has lost a valued legacy.  Gen. John Cadwalader departed this life February 11, 1786, aged 44 years, 1 month and 1 day.  The epitaph on his tomb written by his violent political enemy, Thos. Paine, speaks of his character as a soldier and statesman, of his inflexible patriotism, his heart "incapable of deceiving," his nice sense of honor, his qualities as a friend and his domestic virtues.

     These inscriptions are found at " Spencer Place," on Grey's
Inn creek:
     Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Martha (Wickes) Spencer, consort of Richard Spencer, who departed this life, March 13, 1818, in the 69th year of her age, after living happily together 47 years.
     Sacred to the memory of Richard Spencer, who departed this life April 25, 1825, in the 93rd. year of his age, after living a happy and exemplary life.
     Richard Spencer, the son of Richard and Martha (Wickes) Spencer,
departed this life February 19th, 1836, in the 56th year of his age.
     Sophia Spencer, consort of Richard Spencer, departed this life June 11, 1826.


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     Martha Sophia Spencer, the daughter of the second Richard Spencer of Kent County, Maryland, died at Columbus, Geo. June 1838, in the 19th year of her age.

     St. Paul's churchyard, St. John's parish, Hillsborough, in Caroline county, contains these two stones:

     James H. Barton born March 15th, 1819; died April 21st 1845.
     Mary E. Seth Holt, wife of Dr. John H. Holt, born March 3rd, 1811; died June 27th, 1843.

     In a field back of the main business streets are some well preserved memorials to members of the Tillotson family.
     John Tillotson died 5th day of August 1853, aged 29 years.  He was
a kind husband, an honest man; to love him was only to know him.
     William Tillotson Esq., born Nov. 14th, 1748; died Sept. 17th, 1810.

     In the cemetery of Denton lies the body of a centenarian, Nathan Trifett, who died October 15, 1873, aged 104 years.
     The oldest inscription in the Methodist churchyard is to the memory of Hannah M. Numbers, wife of Thomas Numbers, who died May 26, 1850, aged 36 years.
     The Catholic cemetery is also of comparatively recent date, the earliest tombstones being inscribed to the memory of Elizabeth G. Collins, daughter of Gen. William Potter, who died June 15, 1850, aged 57 years; Joseph Richardson, born June 14, 1770, died January 16, 1848; Elizabeth G. Richardson died July 29, 1842, aged 52 years, 4 months and 4 days and Elizabeth Turner, daughter of John Griffith in
Dorchester county, Md., born March 3, 1770, died September 29, 1841.  Her first husband was James Ewing of Caroline county, Md., after whose death she married Jesse Turner of Kent county, Delaware, whom she also survived. Monument erected by her son Robert Ewing of Philadelphia, Pa.; Elizabeth Whitney, wife of Frank Whitney, born December, 1747; died October 28, 1828, ends the list.



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