TOGA - X - 2002.
The O'Neal Genealogy Association Expedition 2002,
Day 5, Rockville Cemetery, Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland


Rockville Union Cemetery,
Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland
GPS Coordinates, N39 05.060 W77 07.580

          Surname Given...................Spouse............................B'date........Death..............Epitath
          O'Neil Ralph E.....................?....................................1906..........1977................N/A
          O'Neal Suzie Purvis ............? ..................................  10/7/1878.1/15/1956 ........N/A
          O'Neal Eugene H................ ?.................................   4/22/1872 .11/7/1958........ N/A
          O'Neal Hester ....................Richard Francis Clagett.  10/1/1902.. 2/5/1953.......... N/A
          Clagett Richard Francis ......Hester E. O'Neal............. 11/3/1896. 12/26/1951...... N/A
          O'Neil Marie Francis .........None .............................  10/14/1939.10/10/1940...... N/A
          O'Neil Daniel Francis .........? ...................................  1865..........  1951..............  N/A
          O'Neil Maria Virginia .........?  ................................... 1865 .......... 1948.............  N/A
          O'Neil Mary Virginia ..........? ...................................  1892 .......... 1973 ............. N/A
          O'Neil Harriette .................Camillus Baker Stokes..... 9/10/1899.... 2/19/1958..... N/A
          Stokes Mary Virginia .........Harriette O'Neil ...............10/27/1894.. 11/7/1973...... N/A
          O'Neale John H.P. ............None.............................   12/25/1812 ...8/16/1817 ....."Erected to the memory of
          my dear son, John H. P. O.Neale by his affectionate mother, Born December 25th, 1812, died Aug. 16th(?), 1817 ""Nothing
          (?) Hand, I Bring Simply (?) (?) Cross I Cling."


Georgetown University

On Day 5 of the TOGA-Xpedition we also visited Georgetown University's Lauinger Library. Therein we found a lot of information on "Rebel" Rose O'Neale. The Library contains about 13 boxes of reference materials on Rose, each box stuffed full of items, including photos, original newspaper articles, letters, correspondences, etc. The only drawback is that we were not able to photocopy or take pictures of anything contained therein. The only way we could remove material from the library was to sit and hand write out the information. Needless to say, we came home with a lot less information than we would have if we had been able to photocopy it or take digital photos.

One of the unexpected highlights of the Expedition was to come to pass on this day. My cell phone rang on the way home from the Library . On the other end was Mrs. Betti Moore. Betti is a TOGA Member and a descendant of Lawrence O'Neale. I had told her we would be in the Montgomery County area for a few days and would like to meet her, so I was excited when she called. We talked on the phone for awhile and she invited our group to stop by her place for dinner that evening. After 5 days of eating dinner in restaurants this sounded VERY inviting to me, so I conferred with the other members of the group and we all agreed that a home cooked meal sounded fabulous.

Betti lives in Middletown and we were in Rockville, so we all jumped into the truck and began the trip "up" north to Middletown. Most of our journeys thus far consisted of freeway driving, so it was rather pleasant to get out onto the backroads and see the beautiful Maryland countryside. It was like going back in time.
We were driving through a really rural area, with lots of old homes. We arrived at The Moores and their home reminded us of an old plantation type house. It sat back about 200 yards off the little country lane surrounded by fence to keep the horses in. We saw some horses lazing around in front of the barn as we drove up the drive. Rob and Betti met us at the door and within 5 minutes we were all carrying on like we had known each other for a lifetime. Living in the area, Betti had lots of information she had gathered locally, information that an outsider would have a hard time collecting in the short time we would be there. Finally it was time to eat and we all sat down to share a meal, and what a meal it was. I'll never forget Betti's Zucchini. It was fabulous! (Betti, if you read this, I sure would like the recipe!)

After dinner Betti began dragging out her genealogy stuff and we discussed our mutual family genealogy until WAY after dark. Finally, we decided that we had better start back to our rooms at the hotel. Someone commented on the way back that this was the perfect example of "Southern Hospitality". How true. Up north, at least where I'm from, we'd really have to think twice before inviting perfect strangers into our homes.
We had a wonderful time. Thanks again, Rob & Betti!