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|The Rev'd Canon Dr. Mark Gatza||Graves at Spesutia|
I saw your request on "findagrave.com" and I think I can be helpful in your search … though perhaps you have discovered this on your own.
The dates of the graves that you are looking for indicate that Elizabeth and William Loftin would have been buried at the site of the original church, which is on Spesutia (Wikipedia calls it by an alternative name, Spesutie) Island. That island is now the property of the Aberdeen Proving Ground (though look up its history for some interesting tidbits!) A generation of armaments were shot at the Island preparing for WWII and subsequent conquests, and a late parishioner of mine was in charge of analyzing and testing captured arms from Germany and the Soviet Union over the years.
Apparently, some care was taken not to do damage to the church site, though the original building of 1671 and its replacement of 1718 were dismantled in the 18th century to recycle the materials. My hunch is that – if the historic markers are correct – an evident rise in the water level of the bay in the 1700's caused the family to begin to look for a new place to settle, on higher ground. At the very least we know that the Vestry of St. George's Church purchased land at "Church Creek" (waterways were the preferred access to Church in those days) and had a Vestry House built there by 1766, and the current St. George's (the fourth building) stands next to it. The Vestry House still stands, newly refurbished. If there are gravestones at the original site, they are probably barely recognizable. With sufficient planning, you can visit the island by contacting the Ecology Office of APG.
The present church building dates from 1851. It is an interesting mix of Romanesque exterior and Ecclesiologist interior, the latter influenced strongly by the theological inclinations of the then Bishop of Maryland, The Rt. Rev'd William Whittingham. Your correspondent, Xrayeyes24, is mostly correct in not being able to identify graves from before the 1850's. There are a few, mostly behind the apse of the church building, which belong to the in-laws of William White, the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, dating to the 1760's. That suggests that the land was in the hands of good Anglicans/Episcopalians for some time.
So … How do I know all this??
I served St. George's from 1983-1985 on a very part-time basis while teaching full time (though I was later named it's 42nd Rector) and have lived in Harford County since 1990. As a history buff, I have enjoyed learning the bits and pieces of the congregation. But also – and in some ways more to the point – I have been appointed by our current bishop to create a plan to resurrect St. George's, where services will be suspended on 31 December 2012. A key component in that project will be to separate the funding of the Cemetery from the funding of the congregation, so that the graves presently there can be maintained in perpetuity.
I welcome any correspondence you might care to share.
The Rev'd Canon Dr. Mark Gatza
303 N. Main Street
PO Box 268
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
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|Micki Carol Freels||RE: Clarence Frizzell|
Not a problem; enjoyed the hunt and glad I could help....I also photoed Mary G. Didlake Frizzell-Cottingham but did not know the relationship and she did not have a site. Do you know her?
I searched for your ancestors (Loftin) today, but given their dates of burial, there was no evidence of them at St. George's Cemetery. It's not uncommon with stones over 300 years old. It's just a matter of weather and time that errodes the face of the stone. I have been to St. George's many times, but the only stones that can be read in any way are those past the 1850's. Most of the others have not survived well at all. You may want to contact the church on premise and obtain their records. They may be able to verify your great grandmother's maiden name through their archives. Good luck!
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