Chapter 6 (Database)
In this chapter, we have organized some of the material presented in the previous two chapters in another way: as a database file. It contains a great deal of information on individuals and families buried in Percy Cemetery in a concise format, providing some data not previously introduced. Use of this information necessitates keeping the following points in mind:
>> Throughout the database, while all information is as accurate as possible, some pieces of data are questionable or unknown and are followed by a “?” (question mark)
>> Each data-file entry shows whether the person was located in one of six Census years: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 [Note: most of the 1890 U.S. Census data was destroyed by a fire and is not therefore included here; also, the 1920 Census data was released in 1990 but we have not systematically examined it]; (1) an “X” indicates the person was not presumed to be alive in that Census year; (2) an “?” indicates the person was presumably alive but was not found in Frostburg or the surrounding area in that year; (3) an “*” in an entry indicates the person was located near Frostburg, perhaps in Cumberland, Lonaconing or Mt. Savage; (4) a “Y” indicates the person was found; and (5) a number in the entry indicates the number of the person’s family as recorded by the Census taker in that year. An examination of the Census manuscripts will reveal information we have not included in this book, such as place of birth, occupation, wealth, etc.
>> The remaining information included in each data entry can be interpreted using the information in the following table:
NAME: The name of the person believed buried in the Percy Cemetery; maiden names of married women are in parentheses, “( )”; military and other titles as well as nicknames are in brackets,“[ ]”.
BIRTH DATE: The birth month, birth day, and birth year, as they were found or calculated.
DEATH DATE: The death month, death day, and death year, as they were found or calculated.
AGE-YEARS, AGE-MONTHS, AGE-DAYS: The age at death in years, months, and days, as they were found or calculated.
FATHER: The biological father of the person; if only a last name is given, that is all the information we have.
MOTHER: The biological mother of the person; if known, her maiden name is supplied in parentheses, “( )”. If the woman was married more than once, that name(s) will appear in brackets “[ ]” .
SPOUSE: If the person had a spouse, that name is given here, along with the date of marriage or marriage license; multiple spouses are numbered consecutively; those persons below marriageable age are labeled CHILD; single adults are labeled UNMARRIED.
CHART: The name of the family chart(s) (see Chapter 5) on which the person is found is shown here; if we have no data on any relatives at all, NO CHART is indicated, showing the person is not included on any chart.
OBIT: This is found on the right side of the data-file; a “Y” indicates that an obituary and/or funeral notice of the person was found in a newspaper; an “NF” indicates that an obituary or funeral notice was not found.
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
28 x 22 cms
Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .
Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972