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.