Coalition To Protect Maryland Burial Sites
2005 Periwinkle Award Recipients
Bob and Betty Fowler:
Bob and Betty are unable to be with us today.
They retired and moved to Florida in 1994. However, they visit their
families in Carroll County and continue their
genealogical projects during the summer, so we will be seeing them in
Bob was born in Baltimore, lived n Baltimore
and Calvert Counties as a child, graduated from the University of
Baltimore in 1958 and worked for Ford Motor Co.
for 30 years.
Betty was born in Carroll County, graduated
from Towson with her Bachelor’s degree and Western Maryland with a
Masters. She worked for the State of MD for
They have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
Bob is the genealogy enthusiast and as a result
of working on his wife’s Franklin genealogy found 2 Franklin Family
cemeteries in Carroll County. Together, during
their summer visits they have cleaned up these cemeteries. On Sunday,
May 16, 2004 they had a rededication ceremony at the Gilbert Road
cemetery. This cemetery
sits in a housing development. There is a Thomas Franklin buried at
this cemetery whose stone was removed by a descendant many years ago.
Thomas was born
in 1732 and died 1797. Bob has tried very hard to locate this
missing stone and thus far has been unsuccessful. A new one was put in
at the dedication.
The other cemetery is a few miles away on a
farm off of Franklinville road, just above Taylorsville. The Fowlers
located this cemetery in 1992 and restored it
We have notified this couple of this award and
they were very pleased. We are pleased to accept the certificate and
periwinkle for them and look forward to
presenting it to them when they come up in June.
George and Ann Horvath
Ann Horvath accepted award on behalf of
Dr. Stephen Cluskey Cromwell, Jr.
In 1894, one hundred and fifty years after the
cemetery was established, the newly-formed Rockville Cemetery
Association appointed a group of women to its
Executive Committee. Under the leadership of Rebecca T. Veirs, the
committee cleared grounds, planted trees and beautified the
deteriorated burying ground.
A century later, the cemetery was amidst
another period of neglect. The community was concerned that this
final resting place of many prominent Rockville
citizens was in such a terrible state of disrepair. A group of
interested local citizens from a variety of disciplines (Rockville
Rotary Club, recreation, historic
preservation, family interests) united to restore Rockville’s oldest
burying ground and to formed the Rockville Cemetery Association, Inc.
Its first President is Dr. Stephen Cluskey
Cromwell, Jr., a great-grandson of Rebecca T. Veirs, of the energetic
1894 Executive Committee.
Dr. Cromwell has lived in Rockville all his
life. He attended schools in the area, and after serving his country
and community with distinction in WWII, he entered
into the practice of medicine and remained in Rockville until his
recent retirement. He was among the first to join with the citizens in
the ongoing cemetery
restoration project and agreed to become its president. Under his
leadership, historic district design guidelines were approved by the
Rockville Mayor and Council.
Older and damaged tombstones in the upper section of the cemetery are
being repaired. Fundraising efforts are under way one of which is
the sale of burial lots
that Dr. Cromwell supervises. An old access road into the cemetery has
been improved, a caretaker’s cottage has been restored, and the dumping
of debris has
been reduced with the cooperation of local police. The cemetery has
community clean-up days during the year and hosts tours of the cemetery.
Under Dr. Cromwell’s leadership, much has been
accomplished in a short time.
Records since the 1750s have been computerized,
the old access road into the cemetery has been rebuilt, the caretaker’s
cottage has been restored and leased,
and the dumping of debris has been reduced with the cooperation of
local police. The cemetery has community clean-up days during the
year and hosts tours
of the cemetery. Rockville Cemetery was designated a local
Historic District by the Mayor and Council in 2002, and Design
Guidelines for the cemetery were
approved by the Rockville Mayor and Council in 2004. Leaning and
damaged tombstones in the upper section of the cemetery are currently
being repaired, and
considerable tree work has been accomplished. Fundraising efforts
are currently being organized to continue these and other priorities in
The Board of Directors emphasizes that, in
addition to leading the organization and keeping the burial records,
Dr. Cromwell is the champion salesman of burial
lots in Rockville Cemetery. This activity and source of income
had nearly stopped before the new Association took over.
Thanks to Dr. Cromwell and his active Board of
Directors, this historic area is being restored to its original rural
Dorothy M. Brault
Mrs. Jean Sunday, Anne Arundel County
The Coalition is proud to give one of its Periwinkle Awards this year
to Mrs. Jean Sunday of Anne Arundel County. Mrs. Sunday is a
member of St. Stephen’s
Episcopal Church in Crownsville, MD. Land for St. Stephens Church
was donated by John A. Reigle and his was the first burial there in
1829. To date there
have been 508 burials in the cemetery there.
Mrs. Sunday’s husband, Charles was a
volunteer Cemetery Superintendent from 1980 to 2000 – that’s 20 years!.
Jean assisted her husband . In 2000 the vestry
appointed Jean as Cemetery Administrator. She established a new set of
cemetery records, duplicating data from all available parochial records
information with tombstones in the cemetery. Individual tombstones were
photographed and are contained in a separate binder. Here is a very
good idea: When
burial plots are purchased, cemetery easements, assigning the grave
plots and prescribing the instructions for burial and cemetery
maintenance are given to the
purchaser. Copies were also mailed to the known addresses of families
of former burials.
When her husband died in 2001, since he
had been so dedicated to the care of the cemetery, the monetary
memorials received in his name were used to purchase monuments for the
old graves without markers. Other memorials, gifts and contributions
from St. Stephen’s Guild received in the past three years has enabled
purchase of a total of 81 monuments for the unmarked graves!
In addition to the work described, Jean serves
on several other church committees and has been a member of the vestry
since 1982. She is a member of the
committee to write the ”History of Severn Parish, 1838-1988”,
established the parish archives and continues as the archivist. The
Maryland Episcopal Diocese
Archivists invited her to be a member of their group. Besides all of
this she is also active in several civic associations and the Odenton
Jean’s family consists of a daughter,
son-in-law, two granddaughters and their husbands and two
Where does one begin in enumerating the countless ways in which Eileen
McGuckian has contributed to the preservation of cemeteries? As
of Peerless Rockville she has developed, organized, and directed
countless special and ongoing preservation and educational projects in
the Rockville community,
involving historical buildings, parks, and cemeteries. In accomplishing
this she has done research, written numerous articles and books, given
speeches, organized fund-raising, written grants, conducted educational
programs and given tours.
Two years ago Eileen assisted the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial
Sites in forming its first county-based organization under the auspices
of the Coalition.
Their first goal was to begin an inventory of cemeteries in Montgomery
County. Because Peerless Rockville has a non-profit status, Eileen was
able to write and
obtain a grant to fund this project. Anne Brockett was hired to be the
project coordinator. You will hear a report of this project from Anne
in a few minutes.
In gathering information about Eileen’s additional involvement with
cemeteries, I was given the names of five persons who each willingly
told me about their
association with Eileen in their particular cemetery project. Each of
them highly praised her efforts to help and her willingness to work,
often on her own time to
attend meetings, give advice and make cemetery visits.
Beth Rodgers told how Eileen galvanized the community into action to
preserve Rockville Cemetery that we shall hear about and visit this
experience was invaluable”, said Beth,” in the restoration and in the
formation of the board of the Rockville Cemetery”.
Higgins Cemetery had become an illegal dump, reported Mary Ann Barnes.
In about 1980 Eileen obtained grants to restore the old cemetery which,
in addition to
countless other former citizens, contains graves of participants in the
Revolutionary War. She was instrumental in organizing lineal
descendants, local businesses and interested citizens in the
Bulldozers had destroyed many graves in the ¾ acre Haiti
Cemetery in Rockville. Fifty to sixty slaves are known to be buried
here. Warren Crutchfield praised the
efforts of Eileen in giving valuable guidance in the restoration of
this old cemetery.
The Autre St. Mary’s/Lytton Family Cemetery was the only land remaining
from the huge estate of Caleb Lytton who came here in the latter part
of the 17th century.
The city of Rockville eventually developed here and the cemetery became
city property. With Eileen’s help, descendants determined the names of
buried in the 20 by 30 feet burial site. A Boy Scout troop helped to
clear the area and neighbors were informed about the project. In
September of 2004 a dedication ceremony was held by the city of
Rockville naming one-acre The Autre/St. Mary’s Park. The park and
cemetery are maintained by the city. Children are invited to
play there. A teacher from a nearby elementary school brings his class
to the cemetery every Halloween, during the day, to teach them about
the history of the people
who are buried there and the importance of respecting their graves.
Eileen helped to develop the language for the historical park marker.
The Montgomery County Historical Society owned the Baptist Cemetery
after the church had moved and could no longer care for it. Peerless
Rockville took over
ownership in 1983 and has maintained the cemetery for the past 22
years. This has involved the usual cleanups, trimming and removal of
trees, and replacing the
fence twice, according to Suzanne Fisher. The graves of old Rockville
families can be found there, including that of a child who was killed
in a train accident. Eileen
has been successful in obtaining grants and in fundraising to finance
the upkeep of the cemetery.
Recognition of Eileen McGuckian by the Coalition to Protect
Maryland Burial Sites is long overdue. She has been a member, staunch
supporter and willing worker
since the founding of our organization in 1991. Thank you, Eileen.
Jean W. Keenan
McGuckian and President Ed Taylor, Jr.
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