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This old family graveyard is located on Maidstone Plantation, near Owings, Maryland. One half acre in size, it is located on private property. Unfortunately, it is very neglected and quite overgrown.
Sarah Patterson (or Pattison) Whittington bequeathed and dedicated the property as a family graveyard in page two of her will dated June 8, 1855:
"I hereby reserve in perpetuity one half acre of the land herby devised as the family burial ground."
The only remaining visibly marked graves are those found within the fenced in family plots of Thomas J.P. Whittington and the John and Mary Jane Whittington Urquhart families surrounded by wrought iron fences. One other remaining headstone, that of Samuel Whittington, is found about 50 feet away in the woods. His broken headstone shows he was buried there in 1816 at the age of 13, nearly 40 years earlier.
This indicates that many other Whittington family members were also buried there long before Sarah Whittington's will was written. No doubt the graves of young Samuel's parents and grandparents, and other family members are close by. Their headstones may have been wood and long since rotted away or the stones that marked their graves have fallen and now lie beneath the soil and overgrowth.
The road where the graveyard is located is only a right-of-way and is not named. The intersection on the main road is Route 260 and Sansbury Rd. You can find the cemetery by continuing west across Route 260 on Sansbury Rd. The graveyard is located on the right side of the road on a hill above the scarp where the road cuts through it. It is difficult to find during the summer because of the thick undergrowth. The land owner told me that care should be taken to watch out for venomous snakes and ticks.
Note that the geographical latitude/longitude location on the map below is only approximate.