Somerset Cemeteries Project

MILES FAMILY CEMETERY

Upper Fairmount, Fairmount District No. 6, Somerset County

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Thanks to Stephen T. DeFreytas for recording this cemetery and sharing it with us!

Directions: Route 13 south into Westover, to right onto Route 413 towards Crisfield. Right onto Route 361 West (towards Fairmount) through Manokin into Upper Fairmount. After passing large Methodist Church on the left, turn right onto Clinton Bozman Road. Cemetery is straight ahead, just at point where road curves around to the left. There is no road to cemetery itself, but hopefully a grass path will be cut, where you can still drive up to the cemetery itself. A black wrought iron fence with a gate in front surrounds the cemetery. The cemetery has been well-cared for over the years, by Betty J. Miles, and her father, Harry B. Miles before her. I am currently working on a project to help restore this final resting place of my ancestors. Much of the brush which had engulfed it has been cleared away, and some of the stones have had restoration work done, or are being replaced altogether. There are 33 known graves here, which are listed below, beginning with those on the left side as you enter the gate.

Since Daniel Miles (1806-1852) is the oldest MILES grave in this cemetery, he is the focal point of reference for others buried here. Text below is as listed on the stones, with parenthesized notations made, of the person's relationship within the MILES family. Special inscriptions also noted with quotations.


Gertrude Miles, 1854-1949
(dau. of Lazarus H. M. & Sarah E. Miles)

Sarah E. Miles, wife of Lazarus Miles, b. March 17, 1824, d. Oct. 1, 1912

L. H. (Lazarus Henry Maddux) Miles, d. Nov. 16, 1917 aged 84 years
(eldest son of Daniel Miles)

Daniel J. Maddox, b. Aug. 26, 1841, d. Jan. 8, 1916
(2nd husband of Amanda W. Maddox, who was first married to Richard T. Miles)

Amanda W. Maddox, b. May 24, 1842, d. July 22, 1910
(original maiden name was Bryding; first married Richard T. Miles, and after his death married Daniel J. Maddox)

Richard T. Miles, He departed this life Oct. 28, 1880 in the 43rd year of his age.
(3rd born child of Daniel Miles)
Sweetly sleeping in Jesus.

"Living he was fit to die, and
dying he will live again.
On marble we engrave thy name,
Thy memory in our hearts."

George A. Cox, 1854-1921
(husband of Susan E. [Miles] Cox)

Susan E. Cox, 1851-1917
(maiden name was Miles, 9th born child of Daniel Miles)

Imogen Miles, Our darling little Ima, Infant dau. Of G. A. & Susie Cox, b. Jan. 11, 1882, d. Sept. 16, 1883

"I take this little lamb said He,
and lay it on my breast,
Protection it shall find in me,
and be forever blest."

Poulson J. Miles, 1846-1919
(7th born child of Daniel Miles)

Sallie E. Miles, 1849-1947
(wife of Poulson; maiden name was Hall)

Zenobia Miles, 1868-1952
(dau. of Poulson & Sallie; unmarried)

Daisy Miles, 1872-1959
(dau. of Poulson & Sallie; unmarried)

Remainder of graves are on the right side as one enters the cemetery:

Mary C. Hall, wife of Samuel L. Hall, b. Dec. 25, 1839, d. Aug. 5, 1913
"Asleep in Jesus".
(maiden name was Miles; 4th born child of Daniel Miles)

Samuel L. Hall, son of Tubman & Sarah Hall, b. Mar. 4, 1835, d. Apr. 15, 1904
"Blessed are they who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors".
(husband of Mary C. [Miles] Hall)

J. Arden Porter, b. Feb. 17, 1862, d. Feb. 18, 1910 "Asleep in Jesus".
(husband of Lorena E. [Miles] Porter)

Lorena E. Porter, 1867-1947
(maiden name was Miles, dau. of Daniel W. Miles, s/o Daniel Miles)

John D. Miles, Our Dear Brother John, b. Dec. 31, 1842, d. Apr. 20, 1863
(5th born child of Daniel Miles).
Inscription below from a hymn written by Sir Isaac Watts.

"Unveil thy bosom faithful tomb,
take this new treasure to thy trust,
and give these sacred relics room
to slumber in the silent dust.
Nor pain nor grief nor anxious fear
Invade thy bounds, no mortal woes
Can reach the peaceful sleeper here,
While angels watch the soft repose."

Lizzie Miles, Our Darling Sister Lizzie, An amiable affectionate and loving daughter and sister and devoted Christian., b. Feb. 28, 1848, d. Jan. 20, 1875.
(8th born child of Daniel Miles).
The first portion of inscription below was taken from a poem, "Calm in the Bosom of our God", written by Felicia Dorothea Hemans.

"Dust to its narrow house beneath,
Soul to its place on high;
They that have seen thy look in death,
No more may fear to die.
Lone are the paths and sad the bowers,
Whence thy meek smile is gone,
But O, a brighter home than ours,
In heaven is now thine own."

Daniel W. Miles, b. Oct. 7, 1842, d. Mar. 29, 1915
"our dear father".
(6th born child of Daniel Miles)

Leah E. Miles, b. Jan. 5, 1845, d. Nov. 22, 1909
"our dear mother"
(wife of Daniel W. Miles; maiden name was Hall)

Clyde H. Miles, b. Aug. 19, 1883, d. Dec. 19, 1904
(son of Daniel W. & Leah E. Miles)

Sarah Maddux, consort of Lazarus Maddux, d. July 16, 1856, Aged 86 years.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints".
Note: the original stone crumbled and deteriorated, and a new stone is expected to be installed in the spring of 2004.

Lazarus Maddux, d. July 16, 1845 in the 73d year of his age
(father of Milcah Anne Maddux, who married Daniel Miles).
His stone is the oldest one in the cemetery.

"He was converted to God when 12 years old. In the community, in the Family, and in the Church, he was faithful, affectionate, and devoted. His name and deeds will live for generations to come. He lived to the Glory of God and sleeps in Jesus."

Daniel Miles, d. Dec. 28, 1852, aged 46 years

"He was a bright and shining light. An exhorter in the M. E. Church. His death did cause his friends much pain, But won for him eternal gain. His soul on wrapturous wings did fly, To live with God eternally. Meet for the fellowship above, He heard the cry, 'arise my love'. I come, his dying looks replied, And lamblike as his Lord he died."

Milcah A. Landon, wife of John T. Landon, b. June 9, 1811, d. Aug. 8, 1884
(original maiden name was Maddux; first married Daniel Miles; after his death later married John T. Landon.)

"I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so saith the Spirit for they rest from their labors." (from Rev. 14:13)
I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (from John 11:25,26)

John T. Landon, "to the memory of my beloved father", b. Aug. 6, 1819, d. July 26, 1890, aged 70 yrs., 11 mos. & 1 day.
"Asleep in Jesus"

infant (no name) Miles, b. March 11, 1882
(probable child of Daniel W. & Leah E. Miles)

Edward T. Miles, b. Oct. 13, 1870, d. Jan. 25, 1871
(child of Daniel W. & Leah E. Miles)
"Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God" (from Matthew 19:14)

Sarah E. Miles, b. Sept. 12, 1875, d. June 17, 1876
(child of Daniel W. & Leah E. Miles)
"I take these little lambs said He, and lay them on my breast, Protection they shall find in me, and be forever blest."

Vidella Miles, b. Sept. 3, 1880, d. Sept.2, 1881
(probable child of Daniel W. & Leah E. Miles)

Virginia Miles, b. Apr. 4, 1917, d. Jan. 2, 1922, Aged 4 yrs. 8 mos. 28 days "Jesus said: Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God" (from Matthew 19:14).
Note: this grave has been unmarked, with only a small mound of concrete to mark the location. A new gravestone is expected to be installed near this mound, in the spring of 2004.

Katie Williams, aged 13 years.
This is the grave of a child of Negro servants. Her date of death is unknown. A plaque, in her honor is expected to be installed at her grave site in the spring of 2004.



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