October 4, 2011

A Sunday Drive to Southern Lancaster County

Location: Chestnut Level, Drumore, PA 17566, USA
The Brown family at Devil's Den, Gettysburg, c. 1930.
My grandmother, Ethel (Brown) Bielmyer, stands second from the left.

On Sunday, I had the fortunate occasion to take a drive with my ninety-one year-old grandmother to southern Lancaster County and visit some of the sites I wrote about few weeks back.  Our mini-tour included William T. Clark's farm, the Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church where he was buried, the Drumore Friends Meeting with its cemetery in Liberty Square (where most of the people in the Shoemaker album are buried), and the Octoraro Creek in Little Britain Township where the fictional events of Ellwood Griest's John and Mary were set.

In exchange, my grandmother recounted stories of her grandparents (Browns from Little Britain Township and Oxford, Chester County) and visiting family there in the 1920s.  Here are a few pictures of what we saw:

Family farm of William T. Clark (according to 1864 Bridgen's Atlas), view from west.

Family farm of William T. Clark (according to 1864 Bridgen's Atlas), view from Silver Spring Road.
Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, Drumore Township
Grave of William T. Clark, Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church
Drumore Friends Meeting, with cemetery in the background.
Grave of Sarah "Sallie" Eva (Bolton) Pyle
Drumore Friends Cemetery
Grave of William L. Lamborn, Co. E, 79th Pennsylvania, Drumore Friends Cemetery
Grave of Thomas B. Hambleton, Co. E, 79th PA
Drumore Friends Cemetery

Also, interestingly and unexpectedly, off to the side of the Drumore Friends Meeting cemetery away from the other graves was the stone of Sgt. William P. Ressberri/Ressberry of Co. A, 25th USCT.  Perhaps I shouldn't have been too surprised given renewed attention given to African-American cemeteries in areas of Lancaster County, such as Conestoga, where we wouldn't normally expect an African-American population. 

Grave of Sgt. William Pressberry [Presbury], Co. A, 25th USCT
Drumore Friends Meeting Cemetery

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