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In Memoriam

The Ridgely Family Cemetery

 

—Egyptian Revival Vault, 1815 —

 
In Memoriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
1. In Memoriam Marker
Inscription. This gated cemetery, where generations of Ridgleys are buried, is still in use by the family. Feel free to enter and walk among the tombstones and monuments, but show proper respect. Notice the family vault at center, the names and inscriptions on the graves, and the various sculptures that mark them. One grave has a little stone lamb, the resting place of a young son of Charles Ridgely , fourth master of Hampton. Large families and limited medical knowledge meant early death was a sad aspect of everyday life, one the Ridgelys shared with their slaves and servants. To your left, in the oval stand of trees, is the pet cemetery, where several of the Ridgelys' treasured Chesapeake Bay retrievers and other animals rest. A slave cemetery is believed to have been in the general area, location uncertain.
 
Location. 39° 25.133′ N, 76° 35.21′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hampton Lane. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane. Marker is in this post office area: Towson MD 21286, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corn Culture (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Slave Village (about 700 feet away); The Lower House
In Memoriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
2. In Memoriam Marker
(about 700 feet away); The View from Below (about 700 feet away); Quarters #2 & 3 (about 700 feet away); Ice Cream in July-Icehouse, ca.1790 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hampton: An American Story (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ridgely's Pride (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Eliza Ridgely's Funeral image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
3. Eliza Ridgely's Funeral
On a cold day in December 1867 as service for Hampton Mistress Eliza Ridgely was held in the mansion's Great Hall. Mr. Hoff, the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, delivered the eulogy. Afterwards, mourners followed her casket to this site.
Close-up of Richard Schlecht painting on marker
Arriving at the Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
4. Arriving at the Cemetery.
Eliza Ridgely's casket arrives at the Ridgely family cemetery.
Close-up of Richard Schlecht painting on marker
The Ridgely Family Vault image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
5. The Ridgely Family Vault
Eliza Ridgely at 15<br>The Lady with the Harp image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2014
6. Eliza Ridgely at 15
The Lady with the Harp
This painting of Eliza Ridgely in 1817 by Thomas Sully hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. It was sold to the gallery in 1945 by John Ridgely Jr. as part of a complex deal in the course of which he gave Hampton to the NPS in 1948.
Eliza Ridgely at 59. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
7. Eliza Ridgely at 59.
Carte de visite of Eliza Ridgely (1803-1867), third mistress of Hampton, circa 1862.
Close-up of photo on display in the visitors center.
John Ridgely image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
8. John Ridgely
Infant son of J.C. & E.R. White
Born
March 16th 1852
Died
May 7th 1852
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He shall gather the lambs
with his arm and carry
them in his bosom.
Isaiah XL, 11.
John Ridgely Jr.<br>of Hampton<br>September 28, 1881<br>March 6, 1959. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
9. John Ridgely Jr.
of Hampton
September 28, 1881
March 6, 1959.
John Ridgely Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
10. John Ridgely Jr.
This 1959 painting of John Ridgely Jr. by Stanislaw Rembski hangs in Hampton House. John Ridgely was the 6th and last master of Hampton.
Louise Roman Humrichouse<br>Wife of<br>John Ridgely Jr. <br>Nov. 19 1883<br>May 6, 1934 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
11. Louise Roman Humrichouse
Wife of
John Ridgely Jr.
Nov. 19 1883
May 6, 1934
Jane Rodney Ridgely<br>September 10, 1902<br>July 1, 1978 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
12. Jane Rodney Ridgely
September 10, 1902
July 1, 1978
(John Ridgely's Second Wife)
Leaving Hampton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
13. Leaving Hampton
John and Jane Ridgely leaving Hampton House in 1948 when they moved to the lower house after giving Hampton to the NPS.
Close-up of A. Aubrey Bodine photo on display in the visitors center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on May 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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