William Jarboe Grove wrote “‘The History of Carrollton Manor”.  I consider this work an excellent glimpse into the history of early Frederick County, Maryland and it’s development through the years.  He has also provided a glimpse into my ancestors’ lives providing me with never known before facts.  Prior to his book I had little if any knowledge about the development of Manor. Since reading I have become fascinated with the area and have delved into researching it and combing the actual area.

One of my journeys took me to St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor church and cemetery.  While combing the cemetery I ran across several very interesting tombstones.  One such tombstone was a mass grave of Irish Catholics who perished while constructing the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.  Working in the canal  and on the railroad was back breaking and posed my health threats.  In the early 1820′s & 1830′s the area experienced a calamitous outbreak of  Asiatic Cholera which sent many of the Irish workers to their grave.  There is a memorial marker containing over 100 such workers to honor their lives.

Upon the stone the it is engraved ” ” translated it means “Pray for us.”  The Irish and slaves are credited with being the most populous of all the laborers for the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice towards the development of the Industrial Revolution and the development of the canal and the railroad.  Charles Carroll of Carrollton who developed the 12,000 acre estate was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He was also present at the ground breaking of the B&O Railroad on July 4, 1828 and was the only living signer of the Declaration of Independence at that momentous occasion. Two men at the ceremony handed out copies of the Declaration of Independence and the band played the “Carrollton March.” Charles Carrollton only stayed in the Manor for a short stay preferring his home in Ellicott City.  The Church which was rebuilt after the Civil War is in wonderful condition and the cemetery well cared for.  I was delighted to stumble upon the graves of William J. Grove and his family.  Thank you Mr. Grove for preserving and recording the history of the most glorious Carrollton Manor.


Looking for clues on this cemetery monument.  It has bothered me that my grandmother’s (4 generations back) surname name was spelled incorrectly.  The monument is shared with her sister and brother – all three with different surnames.  Carved at the bottom of the stone is the stonemason’s name – H. Baker & Son.  Does anyone is the Western Maryland area have any information on this company?  Hoping to locate records for them.  Please let me know and thanks!

Hope Hill Cemetery is located on Park Mills Road in picturesque Frederick County Maryland.  The cemetery overlooks the Worthington Manor golf course and community.

The cemetery is in bad shape with many fallen stones and uncut grass.  Some of the prevalent surnames in the cemetery are: Ambush, Ayers, Belt, Bowie, Bowins, Bowman, Brown, Carroll, Diggs, Holland, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Offord, Onley, Proctor and Weedon.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was built in 1842 upon land that was donated by the Wirts (Virts) and Duvall families.  The building material was donated by Dr. Lloyd Duvall and was built primarily by slaves. It opened for worship in 1843 and was dedicated by Bishop W. R. Whittingham.  According to sources it was also used to house slaves escaping to freedom via the Underground Railroad.  The nearby “Cooling Springs” farm has a rich history is assisting people making their journey towards freedom.

The church which is Federal in style is remarkably preserved and surrounded by a well-kept cemetery.  It is situated on a lovely crest with commanding views of the Catoctin and Sugarloaf mountains.

During the civil war the church was used as a hospital by the Union Troops.

The region is well know for Calico Rock and there  are several  remarkable tombstone made of the rock.  Calico Rocks is a quartz and limestone conglomerate and also know as Potomac Marble.  Point of Rocks has an abundance of the stone in the area.

If you are traveling in Frederick County, MD it is well worth your time to detour from the main road and travel back into time.

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.


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


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

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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.

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William Ezra Linwood Candler Bowlen

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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.

Chapel at Mt. OlivetMt. 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

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