|Ivy Lane |
Prince George's County
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
From a note posted on the sign at the cemetery:
THE ORIGINS OF THE GREENBELT CEMETERY
On the 2,623 acres of land purchased in 1935 where President Roosevelts first planned green town was to be constructed, three old family cemeteries were known to exist. These cemeteries belonged to the Hamilton, Turner and Walker Families. Remains from other burials and family cemeteries were uncovered when the land was cleared for construction, and these were relocated to the most accessible cemetery, that of the Turner Family. When a construction worker died whose family was unknown, he was buried there and so were a few residents during Greenbelts early years of existence. These were the origins of the Greenbelt Cemetery.
The Turners came to this site in 1759, when Shadrick Turner purchased a 125 acre farm known as Wild Cat. Most of it lay to the east of this cemetery. Shadrick Turner later acquired additional farms, but he and his wife, Sarah, always lived on Wild Cat, where they raised nine children. At the time of 1776 census, they ranged in age from 1 year to 25 years. Shadrick Turner was a devout Methodist. He and Bishop Francis Asbury are honored today as the principal founders of the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, one of the oldest Methodist churches in America. Bishop Asbury and various circuit riders always stayed with the Turners when they were in this area.
Regarding the Turner Cemetery, the Bible of Sarah Turner records 12 deaths, beginning with Shadrick on October 2, 1799 and ending with young Thomas Parker Turner on September 25, 1855, who died at the age of 15. His is the only legible headstone remaining, and is located next to this document. The Turners occupied the farm until 1935 when it was sold to the Federal Government. The cemetery was deeded to the City of Greenbelt in 1941.