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The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc.
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For Howard County:                    PROJECT IS COMPLETE.

     Boy Scout Ben Will of Ellicott City is proposing to clean up a small family graveyard off Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City as his Eagle Scout project.  The burial ground belonged to the Gosnell family and dates back to the mid-19th century. Ben would very much appreciate any help CPMBS members might be able to provide, ranging from advice to physical labor. His project is scheduled to last up to two years.  This time allows plenty of opportunity for members to volunteer for the day, or more, depending on their availability.  Please call President Kristin Kraske at (410) 772-8602 for Ben’s contact information.

     Two interesting facts concerning the Gosnell family graveyard:  the land is still owned by a Gosnell descendant;  and at least one burial in the graveyard is that of a Federal Civil War veteran.

For Montgomery County:

     Susan Scofield of Montgomery County is seeking help from anyone regarding her family’s burial ground   Ms. Scofield and many other Shoemaker descendants in Montgomery County discovered that one of their Quaker ancestors started a family graveyard in Chevy Chase and is buried there along with other relatives.  The graveyard has been turned into a small community park including a few benches (the tombstones have been moved to the perimeter).   Ms. Scofield has records showing that this is indeed a burial site, but no ownership records exist for it currently.  Her ancestor’s deed indicates the land containing the burial ground should be conveyed to descendants such as herself.  Anyone who has any information regarding this site, its conversion to a park, or other records  concerning the site is asked to call her at (301) 353-9673.

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