Darnestown Presbyterian Church

Darnestown Presbyterian Church, founded in 1855, in Montgomery County, Maryland, is where I reckon Lemuel Offutt (great grandfather) met Sarah Dukes (great grandmother.) Their names are only a few pages apart in the church records; he was baptized…

Darnestown Presbyterian Church, founded in 1855, in Montgomery County, Maryland, is where I reckon Lemuel Offutt (great grandfather) met Sarah Dukes (great grandmother.) Their names are only a few pages apart in the church records; he was baptized as an adult on January 1, 1871 and she joined the church on June 7, 1873.(1)

In the cemetery are many Offutts, as well as J. T. Kelley,  guardian to Sarah and her siblings after their father’s death, and Andrew Small,  a Scottish immigrant, who founded an academy that Lemuel attended and where he may have taught school for a while before studying medicine.

I’ve posted a few of the photos I took – the markers for Lemuel’s mother Mary, and his sisters Ella and Rose, one of the old church building and “Offutt Row.”  Rose died at the age of 19 in 1870; she was Lemuel’s older sister by only a year.  It may have been right after her death that that he took up his medical studies.  And of course he named his first daughter Mary Ella. Big name recyclers – those Offutts.

Here’s a link to the church website.  Click on About, then Our History to learn more:

http://www.darnestownpc.org/

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(1) Darnestown Presbyterian Church (Darnestown, Maryland). Register of Pastors, Members, Baptisms and Marriages, Book 1. Montgomery County Historical Society (Rockville, Maryland) Manuscript Collection, Folder 1. Photocopy.

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Getting Started

Getting started is important. In the very short time – just over a year – that I have been researching family history, I’ve learned a great deal about many ancestral lines, and become acquainted with some fascinating individuals. I’ve been mildly …

Getting started is important. In the very short time – just over a year – that I have been researching family history, I’ve learned a great deal about many ancestral lines, and become acquainted with some fascinating individuals. I’ve been mildly surprised and pleased; on the other hand, I’ve also been shocked. And, always, I couldn’t wait to share the big news. It’s just more fun that way.

But the news is piling up now. This venue welcomes interested family members  (and maybe others someday) to follow the story lines as the research unfolds. And, hopefully, as my skills expand, each installment will merit at least one sequel. If we have to wait until I am “finished”, you might never learn a thing. No promises about a publication schedule but I’ll do the best I can. Nothing exposes holes in your knowledge or flaws in your thinking more quickly than trying to write a narrative and properly cite your sources. That’s another motivation. 

Dedicated to my sisters, who saw me dipping my toe into the genealogy pool, and pushed me into the deep end. That’s what sisters do.

And to Mom and Dad — sorry I’m a late bloomer.