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Good Hope Cemetery
Mount Victoria, Charles County, Maryland

Lat: 38° 22' 20"N, Lon: 76° 55' 37"W

Contributed by Peter Traggorth, Aug 10, 2007 [traggorth@hotmail.com]. Total records = 42.

In Newburg MD, from Rt. 301 take Rt. 257 Rock Point Road a short distance and turn left onto Mount Victoria Road, follow about 2 miles to site on right corner of Penny Burch Place and Mount Victoria Road. The cemetery is off the road and in the woods, not visible from the road.

Good or Goode Hope Baptist Church dates back to the early 1800s as one of the 1st Baptist churches in Charles County. It is believed the cemetery was established about that time by this same church. I have found no history for this cemetery. I did find one place that suggested the decline of the economy and population in the area at the time caused the church to close it's doors in the 1930s.

Finding the site was very difficult due to a lack of landmarkers and the vegetation overtaking the site. Thanks to my father-in-law's 2nd cousin, near by farmer Buddy Rice, for pointing the site out to us.

This cemetery is far beyond poor condition and appears to be abandoned. If visiting wear boots and long pants. There has not been any maintainance or up keep in what appears to be many years. Many of the the graves have sunken into the ground due to the marshy conditions. Poison ivy, poison oak and other ground coverings have overtaken many of the tombstones. A number of stones have been either broken or trees have fallen on them. The surrounding metal fence has fallen apart, but pieces still remain, some in place some not.

There are at least 2 stones that I could not read due to the inscriptions worn away. There are many small flat ground stones (most children deaths in the S section) that have been over taken by undergrowth. We may have missed a stone or two, of those staggered throughout the woods.

More information might be found available at The Historic Society of Charles County, P.O. Box 2806, La Plata, Maryland 20646.

Julian L. Hayden and I walked and read this cemetery on Jul 21, 2007. This includes all existing and legible stones and markers at that time.

- Peter Traggorth

Charles, Jessamine G., b. 1883, d. 1962
Della, Elizabeth A., b. Jan 25 1855, d. Jun 05 1930
Della, Luther A., b. May 11 1885, d. Apr 15 1964
Della, Luther M., b. Mar 10 1839, d. Sep 04 1917
Dent, Henry Clay, b. Apr 11 1844, d. May 12 1898, CSA Marker, Co. B 2nd MD Inf 1844-1898
Dodd, Lannie G., b. 1890, d. 1945
Dutton, Alice J., b. 1851, d. 1889, Mother, Same grave as Maybelle
Dutton, Edwin C., b. Sep 10 1849, d. Feb 26 1890
Dutton, John T., b. 1841, d. 1920, Father,
Dutton, Lucy Colton, b. Mar 7 1857, d. Aug 26 1933
Dutton, Maybelle, b. 1886, d. 1886, Baby, Same grave as Alice J.
Dutton, Notley Thomas, d. Apr 28 1935, Pvt US Marine Corps
Dutton, Richard, b. Jun 2 1885, d. Jul 12 1911
Graves, Landonia D., d. 1839
Simpson, Arthur G., b. Feb 22 1881, d. Mar 16 1918, s/o George T. & Jane E.L.
Simpson, Charles W., b. Jun 22 1856, d. Jul 30 1925
Simpson, Robert Ollie, d. Dec 11 1877
Simpson, Thomas Nobley Webb, d. Dec 18 1877
Smoot, Clarence R., b. Feb 02 1897, d. Jun 22 1897
Smoot, Elemer W., no dates, Infant, s/o L.R. & L.M.
Smoot, George, no dates
Smoot, Lemuel Randolph, b. May 21 1869, d. May 02 1916
Smoot, Lizzie M., b. Aug 30 1876, d. Mar 29 1954
Steinhouser, Henry, b. 1874, d. 1949
Taylor, Elizabeth, b. Dec 1861, d. 1936 Mar
Warder, Emma A., b. Apr 18 1846, d. Mar 17 1924
Warder, Emma R., b. Aug 17 1883, d. Jun 21 1916
Warder, Mrs. James B., b. Aug 13 1945, d.
Welch, Dyson Henry, b. 1877, d. 1963
Welch, Robert Andrew, Jr. b. Dec 23 1933, d. Sep 22 1991
Welch, Robert Andrew, b. Jul 04 1909, d. Dec 07 1955
Welch, Susie E., b. 1884, d. 1955
Wingate, Alice V., b. Apr 24 1848, d. Oct 26 1924
Wingate, Alice V., b. Aug 09 1841, d. Nov 21 1893
Wingate, Alice, b. Nov 15 1880, d. Aug 12 1881, Baby, d/o J.F. & A Wingate
Wingate, Archie R., b. 1877, d. 1939
Wingate, James T. F., b. May 10 1866, d. Feb 03 1886, s/o John T.S & Francis M.
Wingate, John, no dates, Husband of Alice V.
Wingate, William, d. Sep 18 1914, s/o A.F. & M.F.
Wise, Samuel Jackson, b. 1864, d. 1930
Wise, Samuel Otho, b. 1890, d. 1954
Wise, Susan Adeline, b. 1910, d. 1956

Misc:
S., M., b. 1886, d. 1886
S., T. R., b. 1878, d. 1884
S., W., b. 1883, d. 1884
S., W., no dates

 

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