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Friendsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Friend’s Graveyard

 
 
Friend's Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 5, 2006
1. Friend's Graveyard Marker
Inscription. Nearby are the graves of John Friend, Sr. (1732–1808), Kerrenhappuch Hyatt (d. 1798), his wife, and their son Gabriel (1761–1852), John and Gabriel were soldiers in the Revolution. The first permanent settlers in Garrett County, they settled on the Youghiogheny River at "Friends Fortune," now known as Friendsville.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 39.739′ N, 79° 24.77′ W. Marker is in Friendsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is at the intersection of Friendsville Road (Maryland Route 42) and National Freeway (Interstate 68), on the left when traveling south on Friendsville Road. Click for map. Marker is in the shadow of the I-68 bridge, easy to miss when traveling north on Route 42. Marker is in this post office area: Friendsville MD 21531, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Youghiougheny Overlook Welcome Center (approx. 2.2 miles away); The National Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away in West Virginia); Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial Plaza (approx.
Marker is on the Left When Traveling South image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 5, 2006
2. Marker is on the Left When Traveling South
4.4 miles away in West Virginia); Maryland History - Drane House (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Friendsville.
 
Regarding Friend’s Graveyard. The graveyard, which cannot be seen from the road, is just a few steps away down the mowed grass path that begins at the marker and is parallel to the interstate. It can be seen to the left of the marker on Photograph No. 2.
 
Additional comments.
1. Friend’s Graveyard, Friendsville
Based on current research, John Friend, Sr. was probably born about 1728 (1749, petition mentioned in Frederick Co, VA Court Order Book 3:210). John's service was in Capt. Coulson's Company (Skipton Dist), Washington Co, Militia, MD (Clements, p243).
The maiden name of Kerrenhappuch is based on family lore, and is not substantiated by any evidence. It is now disputed by most researchers. The early DAR records can not be considered reliable.

Clements, S. Eugene, "Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War", Silver Spring, MD: Family Line Pub., 1987.
    — Submitted February 4, 2007, by Glen Swartz of Alexandria, Virginia.

 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
John Friend, Sr, Pvt, Washington County, MD, Mil. Rev. War, 1808 image. Click for full size.
By Glen Swartz, November 21, 2006
3. John Friend, Sr, Pvt, Washington County, MD, Mil. Rev. War, 1808
The Leftmost Stone Marks John Friend Sr.'s Grave image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 5, 2006
4. The Leftmost Stone Marks John Friend Sr.'s Grave
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,110 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Glen Swartz of Alexandria, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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