Officer of the French and Indian War, 1757. Founder of Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Not far inside the main gate to Mountain View Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Maryland there is a simple monument marking the grave of the town's founder Joseph Chapline, his wife and some of their children.
Joseph Chapline was a lawyer, planter, military officer during the French and Indian War, a representative for Frederick County in the Maryland legislature, and a business man. He laid out the town of Sharpsburg in 1763. He and his wife, Ruhama Williams Chapline lived and died near there as did eight of their nine children.
Mountain View Cemetery was not the original resting place for Joseph Chapline and his family. In 1893 Joseph's great-great niece, Maria J. Liggett Dare (1843-1904), had the remains of seven Chapline family members moved to Mountain View Cemetery from a family burial ground on the old Chapline farm overlooking the Potomac River west of Sharpsburg. The graves were moved because the burial ground at the farm was not protected by deed, and the owner desired to use the land for a peach orchard.
At the base of the monument erected at Mountain View are the initials L.C.L. for Louvisa Chapline Liggett (1809-1896), Maria Dare's mother, who paid for the monument. In the preface of her book, Chaplines of Maryland and Virginia(1902), Maria Dare wrote, "My mother and I searched the country from Shepherdstown to Hagerstown; tracked through damp grass knee deep to read inscriptions on tombstones in old cemeteries."
Thanks to the efforts of Louvisa Chapline Liggett and Maria J. Liggett Dare, Sharpsburg's founding family rests peacefully in a place of honor at Mountain View Cemetery.