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traction although the Anglicanizing of the name would cause one to think they were English. Friendsville, which continues to grow on the original site, which formerly was an Indian village, is one of those American communities where the inhabitants are, with hardly an exception, all related to the original family from which the town derives its name. There is hardly a resident living in Friendsville today who does not trace his ancestry back to these hardy and prolific Swedes.
There has been a great deal written concerning old John Friend, Charles (who entertained Washington in 1784), Augustine, mentioned in several early traveling journals, Andrew, a very prominent personage of the Turkey Foot—and Gabriel. Space does not allow us to relate the numerous incidents in their lives. Yet we feel it necessary to mention something about John Friend Sr. since he was the first white man to establish permanently in Garrett County and also lived longer than any other person who ever lived in our county, and also something concerning Gabriel, his youngest brother.
"According to the story handed down to us (says D. A. Friend) it was on a winter's night, and all others of the family for some cause were absent except the old man (John Friend Sr.) and a granddaughter. He was apparently in his usual health, for he had scarcely ever had a sick day in all his long life of one hundred and seventeen years. In the evening he laid down on a deer skin with his feet toward the fire, as was his usual custom. When bedtime came the girl said to him, 'Grandfather, get up now, and go to bed, for it's getting late.' He replied, 'I believe I'll just lie here awhile yet.' Then he called her to him and said in a gentle tone—'Daughter, if Grandfather should die tonight do you think you would be afraid?' She replied, 'O, no, Grandfather, I don't think I would.' Her suspicions being aroused by this remark she took an easy chair and sat by him for awhile when he seemed to go asleep. Upon his being so very still she investigated and found that Grandfather had gone to the happy country beyond. She gently folded his hands across his breast and then retired to bed and slept as though nothing out of the ordinary had taken place."
White states that Gabriel Friend was appointed postmaster at Friends, Allegany County, Maryland January 7th, 1830 at which time he was seventy-seven years of age. The name of this postoffice was changed to Friendsville on August 7th, 1832 and Gabriel Friend was continued as Postmaster.
Capt. Hoye told the writer a few years back that Nicholas, the father of John Sr., Andrew, Charles, and Augustine came in his last days to live with his sons. Upon his death a chestnut log was hewed
Felix G. Robinson
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963