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Aspin Church Road

I've located the census records for Aspen Hill in 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and the last two of those years name Aspen Hill Road as 'Aspin Church Road'

Which church would be the most likely?

Should I upload images of those census pages?

Gfc62 23:41, 6 December 2009 (EST)


"Aspin Church Road" might be something entirely different from Aspen Hill Road. Many of the documents from that period refer to Aspen Hill Road as "the Veirs Mill Road" (modern Veirs Mill Road being often referred to as "the City Road" or "New Cut road" in Civil War histories). That being said, any church referred to as being in Aspen, MD (the name of the place at the time) would almost certainly be Saint Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. Thardman 09:33, 7 December 2009 (EST)


I'm pretty sure it's the same road. I located the census records by finding John P and Annie M Gill. The most detailed record locates them near the intersection of Washington - Brookeville Pike and Aspin Church Road. Also on Aspin Church Road is Governor Davis, owner of the parcel of land near present day Arctic Ave and Oriental Street.

I wondered about St. Mary's but thought their history only went back to 1955. Looking more closely, I see that parish was founded then but much prior to that (in 1882) there was a congregation and 'Chapel of Ease' connected to Grace Church in Silver Spring. A short history is contained in a PDF document on the church website:

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalene stands 
today where a young woman, Ellen Abert, first 
gathered neighborhood children for Bible stories 
in the mid-1860’s. A congregation formed – first as 
a Chapel-of-Ease to Grace Church, Silver Spring, in 
1882, and then as a mission of the Diocese of Washington 
in 1949. In 1955, St. Mary’s became a parish. In 1959, 
the current church building was completed and dedicated. A rear wing, housing 
the parish office, classrooms, chapel and basement storage 
area was completed in 1973.

The 1880 Census record has Ellen Abert (from description above) living 3 households away from James Gill. She is the daughter of Charles Abert a lawyer from NJ. Ellen is age 33 and single in 1880, her occupation is listed as 'At home' No street names are listed on the 1870, 1880, or 1900 census pages as was typical for rural areas.

Gfc62 12:12, 7 December 2009 (EST)