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Lothian in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Anne and Christopher Birckhead

1665

 
 
Anne and Christopher Birckhead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2015
1. Anne and Christopher Birckhead Marker
Inscription.  
These stones mark the graves
of
Anne and Christopher
Birckhead

They are believed to be the oldest
dated tombstones in Maryland

This registers for her bones,
her fame is more perpetual than these stones
and still her virtues, though her life be gone,
shall live when earthly monuments are none.
Who, reading this, can choose but drop a tear
for such a wife and such a mother dear,
She ran her race and now is laid to rest,
and allaleguis sings among the blest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era.
 
Location. 38° 47.382′ N, 76° 35.889′ W. Marker is in Lothian, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Solomons Island Road 0.3 miles north of Bay Front Road. Marker is between the two tombstones in St. James Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lothian MD 20711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint James’ Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Herrington: Unearthing the Origins of South County

Date on tombstone. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2015
2. Date on tombstone.
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Birds of Prey (approx. 2 miles away); Outnumbered (approx. 2 miles away); Wildlife You May See (approx. 2.1 miles away); Chesapeake Bay Wetlands (approx. 2.2 miles away); Portland Manor (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pvt. Benjamin Welch Owens (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lothian.
 
Anne and Christopher Birckhead Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2015
3. Anne and Christopher Birckhead Gravestones
Verse is on the left hand marker.
St. James Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2015
4. St. James Cemetery
Stocks at St. James Church image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2015
5. Stocks at St. James Church
If parishioners failed to pay their 40 pounds of tobacco, they were placed in the stocks.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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