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by Jack Lynch, Editor


Once Upon a Stream, Tom's Creek, Pennsylvania

A Tale of Two Walmarts

Commentary from Frederick News Post, March 31, 2013: "Voting for a Different Approach to Planning"

Grave of Jacob Pfauw, Birth of the Faw Brethren Churches

Commentary from Frederick News Post, July 15, 2012: "Unconvinced by optimism of (Downtown Frederick, MD) hotel report" Link

Commentary from Frederick News Post, May 27, 2012: "Charter rule (Frederick County, MD) will be no better than today's government" Link

Birely Tannery 1760 - 1960, Carroll Creek in Frederick

City Limits

Discovering the Descendants of Abraham Faw

Finding a Two Hundred and Eighty Year Old House Ruin Admidst Suburban Sprawl?

To Save a Stream - Abraham Faw Run

Adolphus Fearhake of Frederick, Maryland

Plan Maryland

Bulldozer Blaine Young

Remembering my Revolutionary Ancestor - Abraham Faw

Why Not the Best?

A Tree Grows in Frederick for Anne Frank

The Tragedy of Kai Hagen

Frederick County's Gunslinger Slate, Fire from the Lip, shoot from the Hip!

A Visit to Tangier Island

Historic Snowfall, Road Salt, Watershed Protection and the Chesapeake Bay

Will It be Progress or Retrenchment in Frederick County?

Is This the End of Frederick Smart Growth?

A Series of Links Follows from the Air It Out with George political commentary website:

Chesapeake Blues on Tangier Island

July 4, 2008

Mass Burn

Appalachian Blues on Hillbilly Highway

Buying a Congressional Seat in Maryland's First District - Coming to the Sixth District?

Democratic Candidates on American Foreign Policy

All the King's Horses!

Campaign in Song: Bushie Head Out the Mixing Bowl

Democratic Campaign's Vertical Treadmill on Space Mission

A Bit of Olympic Political History

Obama for the Chesapeake Bay?

Politics is Personal: Repeat Three Times

Prediction: Bad News for Obama, The End of Post-Racial Politics

American Exceptionalism on the World Stage

Obama Speaking on March 18th - Political Equinox

Yee Haw! On to Pennsyltuckey!

American Blackface: Tragic Octoroon

Key to Success - Lesson for Frederick:

Republicrats Yes, Middlecrats No

Too Many Promises ...Loaves and Fishes

Identity Black and White in Frederick

Mashup 1968 - 2008: On to Texas, Out with Clinton?

Fat Tuesday!

Symbol, Sense and Substance

Eight More Years

The Dollar Bubble

Judging a Candidate By Their Website

Baby, We Were Born to Bun!

The subsequent links are again from older dates of The Frederick Citizen:

A Rememebrance: Beijing Spring, Interrupted

County Officials and Public Communications

The Snallygaster in Frederick County

Fourth Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Frederick City Growth

American Promised Land - American All

Black Frederick and Matters of Race and Politics

Dumping on the Chesapeake Bay

Common Sense Writ Large

The Next Mayor of Frederick

Democracy in Action!

Ottawa: About a Greenbelt, Transit Oriented Development and Government FiatCountering Alderman Imhoff's Growth Beliefs

An Alternate View of Frederick CityGrowth Policy

An Acorn in the Bucket

Monocacy River Part II

Monocacy River Part I

New Market Regional Plan Affirmation

43 More!

Fish and Life

Talking Trash

Strike Three, Smoking Out!

A Green Fund Too Far, Or Not Far Enough?

Growth Back to the Future

Revisiting an Iraq War Opinion Four Years Later

Second Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Unrepentant Cady

Sour Grapes and Fine Wine

There's Hope for Good Government

The Democratic Fifth

The County of Feel Good

Hypocrisy Indeed

The Alliance

The Growth Machine Slate

"The Issues are Bipartisan" - David Gray

The Importance of Jan Gardner's Campaign

Form Follows Function

Route 15 Scenic Walmart

Frederick Blue

The Curtain Rises

Housing Growth, Not Smart Growth, Not Progressive Planning

Understanding Lennie Thompson

Frederick's Tale of Two Rabbi's

Wellhead Protection

Make Believe, or Desperate Duncan?

A Progressive Concept Approved...then Defeated!

Hog Wild

Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

We're No Gwinnett County

"An Election, Not a Selection...!"  Indeed!

A Potpourri of Thoughts and Issues...

Now That the Smoke Has Cleared


How am I to Decide on Mayor of Frederick?

Doomed To Repeat It

Frantic Orthodoxy

Stealth Candidate

Another Perfect Day for Bananafish

This Summer Election

Building Issues

Just Powers

Death Defying Election?

In the Heat

Horse Sense for Frederick County?

Kudzu and Million Dollar Homes

Bartlett's Ozone Trip

Let the Games Begin

Blood in the Water

Coffee Klatch

Archaeology in Frederick

Bizarro World

Mr. O'Malley's March

Playing All the Cards

Who are Your Friends New Market?

Mixed Use

Beijing Spring, Interrupted

Passion, People and Politics in Frederick City

Millennium project

A Frederick Leader of Distinction

APFO Under Attack

State Lands Sale

Frederick Water Sourcing

Frederick Water










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Campaign Ad By Authority of

Eric Winnette, Treasurer

May 23, 2013

“Don’t Bury Me Among the Damn Yankees Here!”

Frederick Brothers Meet Twice in Battle During the Civil War

by Jack Lynch



Again, I am no great historian on the Civil War, but rather I want to tell you about a great house site, and a story.

Up along Route 15 just north of the City of Frederick stands the house built on the Richfield property after the home of Thomas Johnson there burned in 1813 as a result of a servant girl’s embers catching fire beneath the stairway.

We only have the vaguest descriptions of a three story, grand house, built of English bricks, and the house design there now replicates the one built after, as the current one was also rebuilt after a tornado in 1929. It was similar to Prospect Hall.

The home was surrounded by a thousand apple trees, to make spirits and supply fruit. George Washington stayed there twice in 1785, and again in 1791. From there he could see the ‘blue hills of Maryland’.

In addition to spirits, the plantation contained a barrel operation, wagon house, blacksmith, sawmill, grist mill, tan yard, and the Tusacarora glasshouse.

It was said that a wagon pulled by four horses could turn around in its central hallway.

After Johnson, it was sold to the Goldsborough family in 1795.

Who were these Goldsboroughs?

The Eastern Shore clan produced a Declaration of Independence approver, and a Governor:

This story hardly leaves out a connection to any of the historically well-known Frederick families, for it starts back with John Thomas Schley, who built the first proper house on Patrick Street and had a daughter, the first white child born in Frederick County.

This Schley family marries into the Shriver family, and into the Goldsborough family.

William and Sarah Worthington Goldsborough:

Their son, Edward Yerbury Goldsborough was a medical doctor, educated at Univ. Of Maryland, and practiced in Walkersville. He married Margaret Schley:

First Son - William a Confederate Major in the Maryland Line

Second Son - Charles a Union man, surgeon with the Fifth Maryland.

They came across each other first in Winchester, when William captured Charles and sent him to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.

A few weeks later at Gettysburg, at Culp’s Hill, William Goldsborough takes command after his Commander is wounded and leads a charge “…nothing less than slaughter…”.

Two thirds of his men are killed.

William has a bullet through his left side and spends nine months in union hospitals in Gettysburg and Baltimore. His brother Charles, released, finds him in Baltimore.

Family history claims the two brothers never spoke again after the war.

Third Son - Edward Yerbury, marries Amy Ralston Auld 1874

Company E, 8th Md Infantry 1862
Elected State’s Attorney Fred County 1863
Volunteer ADC to Brig General E.B. Tyler during battle of Monocacy 1864
Postwar lawyer, led effort to regain ransom paid CSA forces in 1864
Died of a cerebral hemmorage in 1915

Their son, Edward Ralston Goldsborough, gains fame in the Frederick area as an amateur anthropologist and geneaologist, and advocational archeologist. Artifacts collected by him remain at the Hessian Barracks in Frederick, awaiting professional conservation in the near future.

Ralston was a civil engineer by trade, he has been said to have walked the Frederick streets offering to do family geneaologies for a dollar.

He studies, collects and identifies the Rosenstock and Biggs Ford archeological sites, as well as Native American sites on Richfield. He contacts Smithsonian anthropologists and publishes materials on native culture in the Frederick area. His work is followed up in more recent times by Slattery and Woodward.

Richfield as Thomas Johnson knew it burned down in 1813.

It was rebuilt from some of the original materials, and looked therefater as it did in Admiral Schley's day:


Admiral Schley was born at Richfield in 1839. He is named after General Winfield Scott who was visiting the family. As a Naval Officer, he rescues the Greely Artic Expedition. He comes to be called the Hero of Santiago for actions off Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

1824 - The Marquis de Lafayette visits Richfield.

1863 - Kilpatrick's cavalry division camps at Richfield. George Custer receives his commission here.

Richfield suffers a destructive tornado in 1929. The farm buildings are completely destroyed.


But it was rebuilt again.

Richfield was purchased by Bruce and Francis Crum in 1946. Today it remains owned by the Crum family. They also own and protect the Biggs Ford Native American archeological site.

Richfield is a 138 acre stock and crop farm at the very border of Frederick City.

It is a rich archeological site, from Ralston Goldsborough’s exploration on the farm, to the SHA’s findings along Rt 15, a blacksmith, carriage wright, barrel maker, and glass works. Quite possibly Richfield is the richest colonial archeological site in Frederick.

The Crum’s report large earth impressions of missing structures during droughts.

Today it is on the target list for annexation by the City of Frederick.

When William Goldsborough dies, he tells his wife, "Don't bury me among the damn Yankees here!"

He lies with fellow Confederates in Baltimore. Many of his Union kin lie in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick.

Background Sources:

Goldsborough Geneaology

National strife pits brother against brother

More Goldsborough Geneaology