Have you ever heard of a place called Texas Maryland?


It used to be a village in Baltimore County that was settled by Irish and other immigrants during the 19th century but grew with and then was overtaken by Cockeysville. It was once called Clark’s Switch, and Ellengowan, and there was even a Post Office there until the 1950s. If you ever lived there or had an ancestor who lived there, you know where it is, and can probably still imagine what it used to be. I hope to be able to save and share all of your memories so that others will know about the area and what it meant to those who lived there or came from there.

275 thoughts on “Have you ever heard of a place called Texas Maryland?”

  1. Zip Coded into Another Place:
    After moving back to Maryland, we took visiting fellow church members from Missouri City, Texas to see the National Cathedral. The docent proudly told them the cathedral was made of Texas marble. Yes, but the marble for the cathedral and the Washington Monument came from Texas, Maryland.

    Our first Maryland home was in the Warren part of Cockeysville. Most of Warren was submerged when the Loch Raven Dam backed up the Gunpowder Falls, killing the water flow to mills in Ashland and Phoenix. (Maryland, not Ohio or Arizona). No matter now, it’s all Cockeysville for the convenience of the Post Office.

    The part of Howard County my present house is on was originally called Guilford, home of the Guilford Quarry. The deed says Simpsonville, but the address is in Columbia. Zip Coded again. Guilford Quarry is now just a lake and the railroad bridge that served it is now a historic relic. At l;east, Texas still has a quarry,

    Another local quarry town with two names: Bangor, Harford County is across the street from Delta, Pennsylvania. Google search Rehoboth Welsh Chapel.

    ps: Note my family name below. Scotland and West Virginia. Different pits for different Celts. Once lived close to Thornton Quarry in Illinois. They held off blasting until half an hour after grade school let out, to give the kids a running start home. Then our house shook.

    1. My father told me there was a drought in depression times and the water in Loch Raven was so low you could see the tops of the houses from the old town rising out of the water. Blue Grass owns the quarry now and it is still called the Texas Quarry.

      1. When I was a child (1970’s) there were many times the water level dropped and we could see the top of the town of Warren’s flag pole.

        Local history! Thanks for sharing everyone.

      2. There were only foundations remaining. The only item left standing was the schoolhouse flag pole and it rotted away in the 40’s.

    2. My father Raymond Chaffman was born in Texas Md. His father William H and William’s brother Benjamin F Chaffman were stone cutters in the Texas Quarry. My grandmother Lena Parks Chaffman and my grandfather William Henry Chaffman lived in Texas Md

      1. My Great Great Grandfather Francis Banahan was born in 1861 in Texas MD. He grew up to be a stone cutter at the quarry.

    3. i am the daughter of Raymond Chaffman, his father was William Chaffman who was married to Lena parks Chaffman. William was born in 1849, Lena was born in 1857, and my father was born on 2-19-1898. Raymond had no middle name . The Chaffman family had 7children. William H, Benjiman E, Ira E,George, Walter C, Raymond , and Annie M. There was 3 children who did not live. The Chaffmans was suppose to have lived on Church st. , near the railroad and a tavern called McDermotts. My grand father worked in the Quarry and was supposed to have died in a Quarry accident that killed him and his brother. I am looking for any information on my fathers people. The Chaffmans worked in the quarry but i do not know the name of that quarry, i do know he died between 1901 and 1904. If any one can help me with any information i would be very happy.I have been looking for a long time and time is getting short for me, since i am now 71 yrs. old. My e-mail address is clmbowling@gmail.com

      1. The one quarry was run by Campbells (at least from the 50s on). Their “trademark” was a black camel on their cement trucks, and everybody called them Camels rather than Campbells.

      2. My grand father was Leonard Parks Sr who lived on Padonia Rd. I wonder if he was related to Lena? I grew up in Cockeyville and use to deliver Christmas presents to families in Texas through a youth group.

        1. I would love to find out if my grandmother, Lena parks Chaffman is related. We know nothing about her , Parks Family, i am speaking of. My sister Margaret remembers our grandmother, i do not, but we know she had an Uncle that was Trearure in Texas Md.Lena is buried at St.Marys cemetery, Ilchester Md.She was married to William H Chaffman Sr. and was living in Texas,Md. when her husband William died., she living with a grandaughter when she passed away.Would love to talk to you about the parks family. Peter Parks was lena,s father and i believe John parks was Peters father. This is all i know.

          1. Hello Parks cousins,
            You have that backwards. Lena father was Peter. Peter’s father was John. John Parks and Margaret Lydia Swartz had 12 children. One of them was Adeline Parks Price. She was my 3rd great grandmother. I have been researching the family and might be able to help with specific questions. Please let me know.
            Thanks Laurie

          2. Oh I forgot….
            The county Treasurer you mentioned was Adeline and Peters brother was William Parks. As I mentioned before, there father was John Parks. His father was Peter. This is where things get interesting if you are Maryland natives. Peters father was David Parks and his mother was Elizabeth Towson. Her Mother was Ruth Cromwell. Her Mother was Comfort Dorsey. Her Grandmother was Anne Howard. If you notice, these surnames are the ones we hear every day in the names of Counties and places in Maryland. It’s a regular colonial who’s who to be proud of on this line. I am certainly proud of it!!

            I do not see a Leonard Parks on my research tree. That doesn’t mean he’s not related only that I haven’t come across him yet. I would need more information to see if he was.

            I have lots more info if anyone is interested.

    4. Dearest Philip,
      I grew up in Cockeysville. My mom still lives there and is 93 years old. I now live in California and have for 50 years.
      I learned to swim in the local quarry there. I now have forgotten the name.
      I loved reading your version of this little known history.
      Thank you!
      Karin Lease(probably from the Scottish McLeish?)

      1. Beaver Dam is the quarry you probably went to or Oregon. Both in Cockeysville. Beaver Dam was closest to Church Lane on Beaver Dam Rd. Still open!
        I’ve lived in Cockeysville since 1977. Went to Beaver Dam when I was a teenager.

      2. I moved to Cockeysville, MD in 1977 after my employer in San Carlos, California was bought by Unitote in Hunt Valley. I left in 1979 for another job, later returning to Lutherville MD from Houston, Texas. That my car came from Maryland tagged me in Texas as a Yankee.

    5. Hi Phillip,
      It would be nice to connect with your experiences. I have been studying the quarries at Guilford, and ironically, remember driving past Thornton Quarry when I lived in the Chicago area. Now that is is quarry! There are two filled quarries at Guilford and another apparently crossed over by a pathway. The Guilford quarries are relative small, but they quarry stones are quite prevalent. Please reply if you are interested in sharing more.

      1. Thornton Quarry has now been repurposed as a flood control reservoir.
        I can’t tell whether a part will still be quarried.

  2. Philip, I love your observations! Interestingly, I know the Thornton quarry that you are talking about, too. It’s the one you can see from the Tri-State tollway, isn’t it? Another massive limestone quarry! When I was in 9th grade, we moved from Texas Maryland to St. Louis (for 7 months) and then to Buffalo Grove, IL. I went to Illinois State University, and traveled past the Thornton quarry many times. My parents moved back to Maryland in 1978, my husband (from Elgin, IL) & I moved (back, for me at least) to Maryland in 1983.

    1. Yes. It’s on I-94, about 5 miles west of the Indiana line. Looking at the Satellite view on Google maps, I see two patches of water where parts of the quarry were. But the part next to the school that had to be evacuated daily before the blasting looks dry, as if still part of the quarry.

  3. Hi Cassie,
    My maternal great grandparents, John and Margaret Moore, immigrated to Texas, MD from Ireland. My grandmother was probably born at home in Texas, MD. She never told her age or birth date. I am just beginning research on my family. They attended St. Joseph’s church and are buried in the graveyard. Any suggestions on how I can look up her birth date, baptismal record, marriage? Her married name was Hanson, married Herbert A. Hanson.

      1. I am researching a Buckley family who all arrived on a ship named Scotia. My great great grandfather is a John Buckley who married a Jane Whelan and had three children in Texas. John is said to have died in a quarry accident but I can’t find any records. Am planning a trip to the church grave yard. I cannot find details of him or of an accident. Jane and the family were settled in DC by the 1870 census. My great grandmother was John Buckley’s youngest. I would think that he would have helped build the church.

      1. I know most if not all Catholic parish records prior to 1970 (?) for Baltimore Archdiocesan parishes are in the Maryland Archives on Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, MD.

    1. I am just beginning to research as well and will visit the Church. Best of luck with your family. My great grandmother was born there in about 1864, Glad to have found this group. Am looking for a John Buckley’s grave. Problem is, there were so many with that name. If I visit the church, I will look for Hanson.

    2. I’d contact St JOSEPH’S parish in Cockeysville, MD…. surely, they have records of who is buried there.

      1. Betty and others – many of the older records for St. Joe’s were lost in various rectory fires. The Historical Society of Baltimore County has a couple of transcriptions of the headstones in the cemetery, which of course does not account for those burials where there is no headstone due to loss or never being placed. I also have additional newspaper articles about persons who were said to be buried at St. Joseph’s. I don’t recall John Buckley or a Hanson but will look.

  4. Hi Mimi, what was your grandmother’s name – you gave me her married name but not her first name – I am assuming Moore was her maiden name. I saw Moores mentioned in the 1927 Jubilee Book for St. Joe’s – it showed a John Moore and a Cornelius Moore in Cockeysville (Cornelius was said to have been from Limerick, Ireland, who was married to Mary Buckley), and a Thomas Moore who lived in Glencoe. A mention is also made of a William Moore who was married to Cecilia Connor, daughter of Patrick and Margaret (Finarty) Connor.

    1. I am related to some of the Moores. If I have my facts straight, they were from Cork, Ireland. John Fitzgerald Moore was married to Margaret Mary Buckley who was also from Cork around 1875.. His brother Cornelius Moore was married to Mary Lindsay in 1858.

      1. I’m a photo volunteer for a site called Find-A-Grave. I am in the process of creating memorial pages and photos of headstones in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Cockysville. So far I’ve posted over a 100 and have more to add. You may want to check the site Find-A-Grave (it is free)to see if I have posted any of the names you’re looking for. You may want to check back now and then because I’m not done yet. I accidently got to this page while looking for Texas, Md because one of the graves I posted was for Rev. P.B. Lenaghan, a pastor of the church.

        1. Thank you for posting, this is the grave of my GGgrand uncle Fr. Peter B. Lenaghan, and my uncle Fr. John H Lenaghan, My grand uncle Fr. Patrick Lenaghan is buried in the same grave, I wonder does his name appear on other side of head stone. Many thanks for your great work.

          1. I wish you could take photos of my family’s graves, but they have apparently sunken below the grass. Tried to get cemetery people to locate them but they would not. Family is Kane/Schaefer. Thank you.

    2. My family carry the last name Piercy. I thought I read somewhere that Moores and Piercys are related, Im5not sure though

  5. i grew up in eastern baltimore county, Dundalk. my next door neighbor was from Texas Md. Now my husband goes to the Chatholic church there, St Joseph’s Parrish.

  6. Apparently, a distant cousin of mine married one of the “Cockey” family. I know he had something to do with the Quarry between the area of Cockeysville and Texas Maryland.

    1. My Great Great Grandparents were (Jackson)’s,(hence Jacksonville) on their marriage certificate there was the name Cocky who I suspose was the best man in the wedding! I grew up in Historic Lutherville, the family home built in 1954(?), we sold in 2014, love this history of Md

  7. Anyone have information about the Vanderbilt Quarry? It was located south east of Warren rd. I think. I remember playing there as a kid. We lived on Greentop rd until they started to develop the area around us.

      1. Small world! I remember the names Croft Billingsly and Winters from greentop rd. I think I was eight when we moved. It seems not many people knew of the Vanderbilt quarry I guess because it was no longer an active quarry.

      1. My parents lived on Wake Robin Drive. Mother born and raised in Towson and Father worked at AAI in the 70’s-90’s. Attended St. Joseph’s Parish and played for the rec soccer team “St. Joseph’s- Texas”. Grandparents are buried in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Texas, MD /Cockeysville, MD- 21030

    1. It was directly across from AAI, and be hind what was our “J” Building. I remember there where a bunch of run aways there in 1971. It was filled in in the early 1990’s

      C Hahn

    2. That quarry was filled in around 1980 an now has a office complex on it next to a townhome coumity on York road across from AAI

      1. I have lived in the area since 1976, and live close enough that I cycle, and still walk through Greentop RD. I grew up in the housing development next to Greentop on Charington Road.
        The place has changed.

        1. Yes it sure has changed. It’s one strip mall after another now. I think they call that sprawl. They didn’t have a good general plan! But if you go out Warren Rd far enough, it gets really nice. I’m sure you know that! I went out to Loch Raven and it was so pretty, but the amount of trash in the lake and on the shoreline was completely disheartening!

  8. I started working at Westinghouse, in ‘Hunt Valley’, in 1967. At the end of Texas Ave., in Texas, MD, there was a little dive bar called McDermott’s. Small bar, a pool table, one video game and on Friday’s. . . the best oyster stew to be found in the state. It lasted until the 1980’s. I miss that place.

    1. Tom McDermott, whose family owned/operated the bar was air traffic controller serving with me in An Khe, Vietnam in 66-67

      1. One of the owners Son’s who ran Mcdermott’s lived at the end of Greentop Road. Corner of Greentop, and Warren RD’s. Had a large very friendly dog who I would pat on the head on my way to, and from work (Walking) The house was sold, and has since sold again.
        Maybe this was Tom? I can’t remember. Most of you are a bit older than me.
        I knew somebody that worked at Mcdermott’s. I never went in the place.

      2. Wish I would have known when I went into the bar over the years with Carol Tish, I would have thanked him. I don’t know you, but thanks. I grew up on Brecon Place, off York Ave, off Warren, moved there in 1962. Take care, Bobby Rebuck.

    2. Weren’t they were forced to close when the light rail line was put in , because they closed off Texas Avenue, now called Church Lane, so that traffic couldn’t get across the tracks to the road running past the quarry. McDermott’s also sponsored a very successful, fast pitch, men’s softball team.

    3. Jim McDermott owned the bar when I was growing up. My grandmother (Margaret Marie Schmidt) née Bode lived on Railroad Ave. I lived there at her house for 8 or 9 years.

      1. Frank
        What year was that, that you remember a man selling live crabs outside of McDermott’s?

  9. In the 70s and 80s, if you drove north on York Rd and went through the underpass, just before Valley View Farms (there used to be a furniture/antique dealer there on the overpass), that area, I believe, was Texas.

    (A counselor from City College owned the store and his wife was a member of the MD state legislature – my husband’s memory.)

      1. Yes. Went to that store to look at the antiques many times. Helen and her husband lived in Fox Chapel (on my husband’s newspaper route). She got her paper early so she could read it on the way over to D. C.

      1. The corner stable at church rd i think. Been a long time but if u took cranbrook till it ended at the tracks. Now beaver dam rd runs through there. Grew up there in the 80s, there was mcdermits bar at the end and was genstar across. Ive always known that area as Texas

  10. In high school in the early 80s, I worked part-time for a family owned Manufacturer’s Rep company in
    Texas,MD. They were located behind St. Joseph’s church in the little group of office buildings I think are still there. That area will always be Texas, MD to me.

  11. In the 1960’s and 1970’s I went to an elderly man (whose name I simply cannot remember now) in Texas, Md. for all my upholstery needs. After he died his daughter tried to continue his business, but lacked his talent. 31 years ago I moved to Kent Island from Baltimore County– where I grew up. So, yes indeed, I know TEXAS, MD..

    1. Remember him and his daughter well, (actually not that well I can’t remember his name either), my mother used him and I would go with her to see him. The house was on the right-hand side and as I remember very small with short ceilings. He was a master upholsterer.

      1. The upholstery guys last name was Parks. His son Jack worked with my Dad at Cockeysville furniture. Richard Barrett upholstery is right across from where the Park’s upholstery was. ( green house)

        1. Emory Standiford, my uncle worked for Cockeysville Furniture for most of his adult life, as a furniture refinisher. Lived right along York Rd. just north of Warren Rd. He had 10 children, many of them still in the area, and Emory is still alive to this day.

  12. I bet you don’t know how Texas, Maryland got its name?

    A group of Irish families from a town called Balykilklien, County Roscommon were evicted from their lands for failure to pay rent to the crown. These peasants had lived rent free since the Act of the Union (circa 1697) on lands which the noble family (the last name escapes me) had been granted by crown under a 150 year lease. In the 1840’s the lease expired and the land reverted to the crown upon which they attempted to collect rents. Needless to say, they were unsuccessful and approximately 30 families emigrated to America through Belfast with the hope of settling in Texas. The group, however, only got as far as Maryland and had to settle for the worst possible land available in what we now know as Cockeysville. (Note that the Alms House was in this vicinity.) In grand Irish tradition they named the area Texas. Fortunately or unfortunately the ground was so unsatisfactory for farming that even potatoes couldn’t grow so the families and the descendants became lawyers, tradesmen etc. Today most of what was then called Texas, Maryland lies about 500 feet down because it sat atop one of the largest silica deposits in the world. The Harry Campbell family of Scottish descent made a kings fortune mining the quarries there and White Marsh. I guess the original families never quite had the luck of the Irish but ended up doing alright. Many of their graves can be found at St Joseph’s church and earlier graves at Mt Mariah cemetery adjacent to the Immaculate Conception in Towson

    1. My husband’s great grandfather, William Rafferty and wife, Mary Ellen Connor emigrated from County Roscommon @ 1862 and settled in Texas. He was the overseer of the Captain Lee Estate (later called the Miss Anne Nesbit property).

    2. Steven, that story is actually not true. It has been repeated many times, but there is no factual basis for that being why the area was called Texas. And the story about the Ballykilcline immigrants is a little off, too. They did not go through Belfast – most of them went to Liverpool as they were paid for by the British crown to sail for America (New York). Some emigrants from the Strokestown Estate (Lord Hartland, the Mahon family) went through Canada/Grosse Isle. See http://www.ballykilcline.com)

    3. Does anyone know if there is a publish book written with the information. I am enjoying all of your stories to. I was born and raised and still live in Jarrettsville, MD. I am always I interested in things like this.

  13. I lived close texas I remember lindsys quarry we use to ride our motor cycles down the rr traks to mcdermida dose any one remember the white star hotel.

    1. Just came across this post and brought back a few memories. I also used to ride my motorcycle along the railroad tracks to Lindsay’s quarry and McDermott’s tavern. It was back in the seventies. We had a group that would meet up every now and then and go riding and stop off at the quarry to do some swimming. We would also stop off at McDermott’s and get a couple of beers even though we were underage . The people there were always very nice and didn’t seem to mind us stopping in.
      So many memories

  14. I remember my mother telling me that her father, Henry Palmer Frankenfield grew up in Texas, Md. on the right hand side of York Rd. I remember going under the overpass and she pointed out his home before or after the overpass. He is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetary across from Immaculate Conception Cemetary

  15. I wen to St. Jo’s from 1st to 6th grade in the 60’s and 70’s. Does anybody remember the blast warnings from the quarry or the 1 o’clock whistle? Those sounds are forever engraved in my memory. I also remember my mom telling me that McDermott’s tavern had sawdust floors.

    1. I Worked at McDermott’s in the 80’s. The floors were tiled but the blasting dust made it hard to keep clean. I just came across an old picture of Jim McDermott the other day. I know Texas very well. My family has owned a house there for over 50 years.

    2. Barbara, I do remember the 1:00 whistle and the blasts, of course. I attended St. Josephs from 1956 to 1963. Great memories.

    3. I know this is a very old post but just discovered it. You may remember me…Joan Karst…your Joan and I went to school together. I loved your family and wondering where they all are now?

      1. looking for anyone who might have any information on an quarry accident that happened around 1902, which 2 chaffman brothers were killed. The one Chaffman was William and i think the other was Benjiman chaffman. I had a news paper clipping about it, but lost it .I called the Alms House and they could not find it. The volunteer at the Alms House found it for me while i was visiting it, so i called and asked and the lady did not want to help me. I offered to join and send them money to copy and mail it to me. At that time i did not use a computer or have a printer. I am hoping some one has read this and would share it with me. I really want to find my grandfathers grave before i pass. I am 71 years old and have a lot of medical going on, i can not walk far so i need to try to reach out to the families of Texas Md .Any ideas would be appreciated.I live in West Virginia in a little Historical town called Shepherdtown.

    4. I was born in Texas. Went to St Joes and my Dad owned Al’s Tavern. He sold it to McDermotts. We moved to Warren Rd after that.

    5. Hi: I came across a Baltimore Sun Paper article, dated Oct. 15th 2007, about those blast. Google Lafarge Texas Quarry / Boom! Rumble!/Yawn – tribunedigital /

      1. I use to have double face tape holding mirrors on my walls, several times the blast would knock them off, it was just something you lived with!

  16. My family the Piercys originated from Ireland too. I dont have a lot of info about them but I heard my ggrandmother talk about Texas MD but not top much

  17. My 2nd Great Grandmother Kiziah Tracey lived in Texas, MD with her sister Sarah, her husband William Cox and their children Clara and Charles Cox. They were together on the 1870 census. Kiziah or “KIzzie” as she was called, met David Price in Texas. They were Married September 21,1874. They lived in Texas for their whole lives. Her sister Sarah was either in the same house or next door for all their lives. Sisters!! David was a blacksmith at the quarry. Kiziah and David had 8 children while living in Texas according to the 1910 census. Since the 1890 census burned, I have only been able to find the names of 6 of the children. Although the Price line is said to be Irish, I have no information on where they came from. Kiziah was buried at Jessops in 1917. I have no idea where David was buried. He lived until 1943.

    In spite of my best efforts, I have been able to find very little information on them or their descendants. I know the most about their youngest daughter Maude Ella Price. She was my Great Grandmother. She died when my Grandfather, Robert, was little. He lost track of her family and our family knows more from research than he knew when he passed away in 1989.

    I have lots of questions still to be answered. If anyone is related and/or has any information to share, I would love to hear from you. I was told that there was a picture of Kiziah with her Grandchildren on her porch in Texas. I would love to see that or any other pictures!!! I have never seen a single one!

    Please email me directly:

    1. Hi Laurie,
      I’ve been researching my dad’s side of the family (Price and Cougle) knowing that somewhere there was a link in my genealogy to join the DAR. (David Parks-Elizabeth Towson) Seems that we share the same great-great grandparents, Kiziah Tracey and David Price. I branch off with the oldest son George W Price who married Lottie Cougle and you branch off with the Maude Ella, the youngest daughter of the eight children in their family. So, we’re cousins, however many times removed, I’m not sure!

      1. Hello Laura,
        Yes we are cousins. I have been in contact with other people on George William Price’s line, Ann and her mother, Pat. Very nice to gear from you. How is your DAR going? I have thought about applying but haven’t gotten around to it. I would love to hear what you have discovered in your research and share anything I have as well. I did know that David and Keziah had 8 children but I am missing the name of the 4th child. Do you know? I have some interesting articles on what happened to David’s father, Robert Frank Price. He was killed by a train and it was a grim story. Please email me directly if you would like to share further. lauriepatoska@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you. Laurie

    1. My maiden name is Noppenberger.
      I have always been told my grandfather (Charles) was born in Texas Md. Are you related to the Noppenbergers?

      1. Hi Karen,
        I came across this site and some other information on Texas while I was researching a family tree for one of my nephews. I am related to the Noppenberger and Cook families through marriage only. I believe I have some information on Charles. If you have an e-mail address that you would be willing to share, I’ll send you what I have found.

      2. Hi Karen,
        Do you have a sister named Sue Noppenberger? I was at St Joseph’s from 1969-’73. She was so energetic!
        Rob Jacobson

  18. My grandmother was a McDermott and my grandfather a Caslin. They are both buried in St Joseph’s Church graveyard.

  19. My ex father-in-law, Lawrence Bode, was born and raised in Texas on Church Lane until he and his family moved to York Ave (block away from Warren and York Rds) in the early 60’s, and worked for Harry T. Campbell’s.

  20. My grandfather, Raymond Poe was the quarry boss at Campbell’s. He married Margret Combs and my mother Audrey Poe was born in their house on Church Lane. In the early 60’s Pop was nearly killed when the explosives he handled detonated unexpectedly killing his coworker. I have many found memories of that dusty little town.

    1. Robert, I remember a Carrie Poe and a Pauley Poe. My parents rented an apartment from them. I have heard of Raymondville also. I lived in Texas for many years as a young girl.

  21. Texas lives on in the name of the Baltimore County Fire Station 17 located just south of Church Lane (formerly Texas Lane and the entrance to the former Campbell’s quarry.) It sits on York Road below the former Alms House.

  22. My great uncle and aunt Lloyd Parks and Irene Parks operated a small grocery market at 152 Church Lane. I have been searching my family tree and many of my family lived in Texas, MD and are buried in nearby cemeteries. I would love to see a photo of that grocery store.

    1. Penny candy from Park’s Store! I was born in Texas, MD in 1958 and lived there until 1976. My parents lived there until 2008.

      1. The Balto. Cnty Historical Society has a folder on the Parks family to which my father and I have contributed. There were many Parks’s in the area, starting with Peter Parks, 1764-1854, who had property on Chestnut Ridge.

    2. Tina,
      Lloyd and Irene were my great-grandparents! How are you related? This is very fascinating!


      1. Lena Parks Chaffman , she was married to William H Chaffman Sr. and lived in Texas , Md. I am looking for any information o n her family,and her husband William, on where he might be buried at. The great Baltimore fire might have destroyed records that we are looking for. Can not find a Death certificate for William Chaffman, But we know he died 8-1901 for sure.Would like any information on the familys of Parks and Chaffmans

        On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:16 AM, Community Engagement in Texas Maryland wrote:

        > Brittany Yarger commented: “Tina, Lloyd and Irene were my > great-grandparents! How are you related? This is very fascinating! Thanks! > Brittany” >

  23. McDermott’s Bar, the Star Hotel and Harry T. Campbell’s (Camels). For a while my dad managed an Atlantic gas station at Texas La. and York Rd. and I worked there for a while.

  24. I went to Saint Joseph from 1958 to 1964 and grew up in Lutherville many memories there is a little graveyard across the street at the County home very old don’t know anything about the people there

        1. thank you, this will save me time. I know that Lena Parks Chaffman is buried in Ilchester , Md in St. Marys Cemetery, but William Chaffman is a complete blank. My father never told me much about his father .

  25. My mom, 9 sisters and a brother grew up there. She often spoke of roller skating on a Pastors’ porch, sneaking into the fair grounds and taking the Ma & Pa train to visit her Grandparents in street Maryland. She is now 82

  26. My great-great grandfather, James O’Conor was a quarryman and lived in Ellengowan. Actually, he and most of his family is still there in St. Joe’s cemetery. He emigrated from Ireland in 1852 and was dirt poor, as most of his shipmates were. He took whatever work he could get – Irish immigrants weren’t the most sought after employees – which led him to the quarries there. His hard work paid off. His grandson went on to become the Governor of Maryland and a US Senator.

      1. Hi Alice, Aunt Helen was my grandmother’s (Mary Elenor) younger sister. When my family was moving house in north Baltimore in 1963, all the kids got farmed out to different relatives to keep us out of the way for a few days. My brother and I were the lucky ones and got to stay with Aunt Helen and Uncle Ed on Putney Way. I still remember having been fed more food there every meal than I would normally get in a day. I also loved Uncle Ed’s woodwork and I have fond memories of lots of Christmas visits with them too.

      1. thanks for sharing.

        On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Texas Maryland wrote:

        > Mark commented: “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_O%27Conor > Interesting.” >

      2. My GGrand father also came in from Ireland 1888 and he also worked in the quarry as a lime burner and also resides in St Joes

    1. Your grandfather was also a member of the fabled class of 1917 at Loyola College. My grandfather, Jim Lindsay went to Loyola with Herb and later was President of the Maryland Senate while O’Conor while was governor. My great uncle on my grandmothers side, James St. Laurence O’Toole was also in that class and went on to be a founder of the OSS and a world class art dealer. Much of his collection was left to Loyola while Father Selinger was head of the college.

  27. I wonder if the buildings next to the train tracks, shown in the picture, are still standing, and are the tracks still there? What else is there in Texas that has been (or still can be) photographed to document its history.

  28. I knew two brothers Hajek….that worked for the baltimore sun and lived there!
    one brother was named Emil if recallect!

  29. I have so enjoyed reading about this town of Texas, which seems to be rich in history….
    My husband occasionally goes to Texas, in his dump truck, I assume to the quarry…and it is thru him I learned of this town.
    We are Irish by decent, my husband comes from the “kee” or “Key” lineage….. , we are McKee now, and his middle name is Noteworthy, which we were told was a town somewhere in Ireland…..
    We don’t know any more than that, I don’t know if any of his family ever lived in Texas…..
    But this is fascinating history….. And if anyone has photos, please please post, and any more history info would be awesome….
    Thank you all … Gil and Nancy Mckee

  30. I have great memories driving through Texas in the Fifties… on our way to Lindsay’s quarry for Skinny dipping on hot summer days. The guys that lived in Texas were no match for anyone when they were drinking…God forbid if your car broke down on the tracks by the Star. Those guys loved to fight! Thanks for the memories. Robert Gavin

  31. Parks Shipley, in a 1980 family history, “We Shipleys” , writes “… if you cross the railroad tracks on Church Lane ….before the quarries were expanded…you could continue along.. a road which led to land once owned by the Parks family…”Sunny Side” the … house of William and Charcillea Parks. Further on….. was the home of Vincent and Charlotte Shipley The two houses….may have been built around the time the two couples were married in the early1860’s…
    All along the line of the railroad tracks were the lime kilns of both families, as well as those of the Bosleys, Nesbits, Cockeys, and others.

      1. Parks Shipley, my fathers first cousin, donated a copy of this book to the Balto. Cnty.Hist. Soc.,library. It makes good reading, particularly if you know any of the individuals or area.

    1. I have traced a direct unbroken line in my family ancestry to William and Charcillea Parks. Thanks for posting this Donald. Are you directly related to this line as well? My great grandparents were Anna Mae (nee Wilhelm) Parks (1884-1927) and John Edward Parks (1876-?) They are buried in Mays Chapel in Timonium. I have hit a brickwall with my great grandmother Anna Mae and am desperately trying to find out her background. I know they lived on Texas Lane on the 1920 and 1930 census and he worked in the Lime Kilns. I can’t seem to find out much about any Wilhelm’s. Anna’s father was Manly Wilhelm. Does that ring a bell?

      1. I can’t place a John Edward Parks. Wm. and Chessie, nee Shipley, buried at Jessops Methodist Cemetery were my great grand parents. They had 6 children including a son, John Linwood, also buried at Jessops, who married Emily Jane Lee. William was the son of John and Margaret (nee Swartz), buried at Ashland Presbyterian and had five brothers. Peter, Elisha, John, David and Charles. I haven’t tracked any of these except Elisha who is also a forebearer

    2. Pretty sure a Cockey stood up for my relatives the Jacksons, they owned a bit of property that is named after them “Jacksonville Md” have their marriage certificate!!! Grew up in historic Lutherville, sold my parents house a few years ago, they bought it in the fiftys before it was built, I remember Texas Md

  32. Lowe’s and Sam’s Club are located on Texas Station Court, across from the quarry which is considered Texas. The zip code there is Lutherville-Timonium 21093, even though everything around it seems to be considered Cockeysville, 21030.

  33. My father, grandfather and great grandfather were born in Texas, Md and were altar boys at St Joe’s also. I believe we even go back a few more generations nearby. My great grandfather was the blacksmith for the Cockey family and had a shop at the corner of Padonia and York Rd.
    The last name is Anderson

  34. My grandparents Mary and dick sheeler lived in Texas md for 25 years my grandfather dick sheeler worked for Harry t Campbell for 25 yrs and retired from there many fond childhood memories are from there …. my grandparents lived at 9905 railroad ave I have pictures of the house and they lived across from Helen and sonny peacock other families I remember are the Barretts who owned the upholstery shop ms Poe who lived a couple houses down from McDermott tavern and of course the selbys and Mr whitey long .. I would go to sleep at night listening to the sounds of the quarry …. my grandparents and my parents where married at st Joseph church what a wonderful little town to grow up in and I will always call it home ….

  35. Hello There, I came across this site while researching my ancestry, and wondering where Texas, MD was or is. The ancestor in question is Thomas Eaton Thompson Sr. who appears to have arrived in Texas, MD between the 1870 & 1880 census, moving southwestward from his previous home in Hopewell Township, York County, PA. I am wondering if the Cassie Kilroy Thompson here (or spouse) also descends through this family. If so, I would like to communicate with you. Best regards, Chris Vaught redbeardrelics@aol.com

  36. Hi Chris – although neither I nor my husband is related to the Thompsons in Texas Maryland (his family is originally from Scotland to Canada to Norh Dakota to Illinois), there are a number of other Thompson relatives who have posted either here or on the Facebook group.

  37. Hi,

    I am researching the Gunning family. My great grandfather was Michael J Gunning (born in MD ~1870…not sure where…possibly Texas, MD). He married Catherine Ellis around 1890/91 (born in Ireland ~1870…not sure where; came to US ~1890).

    My grandfather, his son, also Michael J (John?) Gunning (Mar 5, 1891 – Aug 23, 1948) was born in Texas, MD and was the oldest of 4 children (Michael, Joseph, Mary, Thomas).

    According to the 1910 census, the entire family had moved to Baltimore City (Ward 9/Ward 12 – approximately Greenmount Ave and 28th St area).

    By the 1920 census, the family lived at 400 Whitridge Ave in Ward 12, Baltimore City.

    My grandfather (Michael J Gunning, the son) married Berthe Pauline Jaunon (1899 – 1970; born in France; came to US ~1921; taught French at Calvert and Gilman schools – “Madame Gunning”).

    My grandfather served in the US Army 1917-1919.

    Michael and Berthe had two children, Rene J Gunning Sr (1922-2006, my uncle) and Jean-Jacques Gunning Sr (1931 – 1993, my father).

    Michael and Berthe are both buried in Baltimore National Cemetery.

    Can anyone add any information to my search? Much appreciated if so!


      1. Hmmm…I’m not sure. My relatives lived at 400 Whitridge Ave in Baltimore City in the first half of the 1900s (near the corner of 28th/Greenmount). Do you have a recollection of where the tavern may have been?

        There was Gunning’s Crab House??? (…not sure yet if there is a family connection – looking for info on Edward Gunning who was the owner of one of the locations – not sure which one).

      2. You may want to check the Polk Baltimore City Directories that are on line. A list of Gunning’s found on page number 867 for 1922 , and on page number 833 of the 1923 directory. Hope this might help.

        1. Thanks, Tom, I will investigate those directories! They will compliment some of the census info that I have from around those years.

      1. My grandfather was Michael John Gunning. My great-grandfather was Michael J Gunning – the “J” could certainly be John making him “Sr”. I don’t recognize Richard. Is there any additional information regarding those two?

        1. No other information – they were included in a listing of names at the end of the Chapter 3: The Laity, which was simply described as “Moreover, as of value to the future historian of the Parish, we subjoin the following list of the earlier parishioners, as preserved in the traditions of the parish:” – John & Richard were listed under Texas (as opposed to Cockeysville or Beaver Dam or Ashland or other listed places). Keep in mind that the names were likely given by other parishioners who may have not gotten the names right.

  38. We sent for a death certificate for William Chaffman, but got bad news they have no death record for him. Thanks to you we as least know he died in 1901. Bothy my sister Margaret and i are not well, so it is difficult for us to travel a lot.I am not going to give up, i feel we are getting close too finding him and that is my wish, that keeps me looking for him. We really prayed that we finally completed the mistery, but the Chaffman family is a strange one. My father , Raymond was the baby , as i am but my parents did not speak much of the family.We know that my fathyer had a brother George Chaffman, but can not find when he died or his brother Ira, and a sister Annie m. We called Annie , May and know she was in Spring Grove Hospital and died there, but these people just vanished. I will keep looking .Thank you again for your help.

    Carole L Bowling

  39. There is a good website about Texas .Check out Laboring in Stone : The Urbanization of Capital in The Quarry Town Of Texas Md.,and its effects, 1840 to 1940. By Adam Fracchia Dated 2014 Tom Long Sept.19 2016

  40. Was raised on Warren Road My grandfather lived in and worked in the town of Warren and was forced out of his home and job when the government and Baltimore City used intoment domain spelling? to steal the ground from these poor hard working people and put in the reservoir. Starr hotel who remembers. Texas United Methodist Church rail road running .

    1. no, i don,t know anyone from Texas MD. , except my father and his family . The Chaffman family, William H Chaffman and his wife was Lena Parks, Chaffman , and thier children. My father was Raymond, no middle name and was born Feb. 19-1898.passed away on March 25th- 1965.

  41. Pat Bosse
    Feb. 17, 2017

    My great Grandparents William and Annie Dooling are buried in St. Joseph’s Cmetery,and so is my Grandmother and her two sisters. My grandmother and her parents were born in Roscommon Ireland.
    There is a marker in the cemetery for Patrick Croghan from Beechwood Parish, Roscommon, Ireland who died in 1887. Does anyone know of a connection between the Croghans and the Doolings? My grandmother’s baptismal certificate from Ireland lists a John Croghan as her Godfather and when Annie Doling was buried in 1931 .one of the pallbearers was a Patrick Croghan. Any information would be appreciated.

    1. Pat, I don’t have anything definitive yet, but I did find a funeral announcement in the Baltimore Sun for Annie Dooling (wife of William Dooling) who lived on Harford Road but was buried at St. Joseph’s in 1911 (not 1931). Reference: The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) · Mon, Apr 10, 1911 · Page 6

  42. The story I was told as a child from my Family that started the Harry T Campbell Son’s Company Texas Quarry was that the town got its name for the Texans that moved to the area and worked in the quarry. Is there any historic truth to this?

    1. No historic truth to the story that it was Texans that gave the town its name. The best documented story is that some residents of the emerging village who served in the Mexican-American war were known as the Texas Greens (as they were largely Irish). They began to refer to the area as Little Texas, and when the US Post Office urged them to settle on a name in 1850, a meeting was held during which it was unanimously agreed to call the village Texas (according to a brief mention in the Baltimore County Advocate), perhaps in their honor, but the minutes of the meeting have yet to be found.

      1. Wow, great detail. I will share this with the Campbell Clan in case anyone else was given the tale I recalled as a kid! Thank you.

  43. My mom’s grandmother’s family emigrated from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, to Texas. The father, Thomas Francis Cadden/Cadin, came over with his brother first, in 1848, mined limestone there, then sent for his wife Margaret [Canavan] Cadden and children, who arrived in Sept 1851. They had 2 more children in MD, then Thomas died it seems before the 1860 census. We’re also related to James and Joe Cadden.

  44. Hi My Great grands Daniel and Julia Kearns moved to Texas from Ireland in 1888 raised there family there I was told my Grand Aun tMary was the Post master and ran it from here kitchen table My Great grand father worked as a Lime burner and was a one man police force .Would like to try and find out more about there life in Texas .

  45. My grandfather Elmer poe worked for Harry t. Campbells. He was married to Alta.their children’s names were Elmer aka dick,Ron Raymond jack and Lillian.they moved to fowblesburg MD after he retired.

  46. Moved to Springdale in late 1971. My children went to St Joseph’s school. Campbell’squarry was still very active. At 1 PM every Monday they blasted. My children told me that everyone at school would hold onto everything on top of their desks to keep anything from falling off. I also could feel the blast at my house miles away. I remember the Lone Star Hotel (now the Corner Stable) and the houses on Church Lane. Love to see the old pictures.

  47. I attended St. Joseph’s School from 1957 to 1961; 5th through 8th grades. I remember the 1PM blasts from the quarry. Also when out on the playground, hearing the Pennsylvania Railroad trains blowing their horns for the Church Lane grade crossing. My mother bowled at Fairlanes Timonium with a lady that lived across from the RR tracks. Can’t remember her name.

  48. I was born in Texas in 1948 , in my Gram and Grand dad Poe’s home across from the Park’s grocery store, who were my Great Aunt and Uncle (Gram Poe was Aunt Irene’s sister) . !

  49. Hi. Does anyone have any information on a family named Krout in Texas, MD. My grandfather Orem George Krout was born there in or about 1909. Unfortunately he died in 1964 the year before I was born. I had heard that he may have been born as the result of an affair so I don’t know if Krout was his mother or father’s last name. I vaguely remember my father taking me to visit my great-grandmother in the early 1970’s was I was a child. At that time she was living at or near Dulaney Valley Cemetery as she and her husband(?) were caretakers there at some point. She would have had to have been in her 80’s by that time. Any info would be great. My email is Thumper357@msn.com

    1. Although they weren’t from Texas, they were from Baltimore my Mother’s Father’s last name was Orem, and my Mother’s Mother’s maiden name was Krout. And one of their son’s was named George Orem. Wild.
      Everybody was from Hampden.


  51. No idea how this might fit in. Emeline and Mary Gowen of Philadelphia owned a piece of land in Ruxton that was once called Ellenham Park. I grew up in the house on Ellenham that was built sometime between 1899 and 1908. Ella Mowell, who grew up in Glencoe, originally bought the large tract of land in 1874 that was called Ellenham Farm, later Ellenham Park. Don’t know if this fits in at all, but the names involved are interesting, given that Texas was once called Ellengowan.

    1. Ellangowan was a name derived from the novel “Guy Mannering” by Sir Walter Scott – Ellangowan was a fictional place in southwest Scotland (Galloway and Dumfries area). The area near Texas Maryland was called that, according to one story, by Judge Alexander Nesbit. In addition, Thomas Ward, a prominent resident of the area in the 1800s (d. 1910), called his estate Ellangowan – it was located near the current intersection of Old Padonia Road and the light rail tracks, probably about where Texas Station Court is right now..

  52. Does any one know if Nancy nee Perry Tracy still lives at 134/136 Church Lane in Texas. Her Mother Margaret E nee Barrett Perry was my late mothers cousin .Evelyn nee Dukes.

  53. My grandparents owned a farm and home on Beaver Dam Road that was between Campbells and Beaver Dam Swim Club. The house was situated back a fairly long lane and was built of marble. Their names were Pearl and Harry Durham and lived there when I was a small child of 8 or so – now 79. I have a rather poor picture of the house and was hoping to find a better one and/or any information regarding the house. The house was demolished to make way for I 83 sometime after my grandparents sold it.

    My parents, Hazel Durham Lymberg and father Bertus Lymberg lived on Beaver Dam Road at the end of the lane leading to my grandparents farm, and I was, in fact born in that house. I believe it was moved down the road a piece on Beaver Dam road where the exit road from I 83 met with Beaver Dam Rd and it too was later demolished. My uncle and aunt – Harrison (Buck) and Elizabeth Durham lived on York Road right at the underpass and that house still stands. Many names mentioned in earlier posts are very familiar like the Cockeys and Poes (I was in 1st grade with a boy with the last name of Poe.) Remember Star Hotel and McDermits and of course, Campbells, and recall the houses across the tracks where my mom would often pick up household help or babysitters.

    1. Thank you for sharing this information, Mary. I will check at the Historical Society of Baltimore County the next time I am there to see if we have any photos of the house. Perhaps some of our friends who read this will know of a source as well.

  54. Fascinating history, I lived in Maryland for 20 years and will always have fond memories of that beautiful state. That being said I have heard of some of the little whistle stops around Maryland that have dried up and blown away, like in Garret County and the Eastern Shore. I lived briefly and worked in Cockeysville and I remember coworkers mentioning Texas Maryland, and me asking where Texas, Md. is -they said ” You’re in Texas, Md. Oppenheimer!” which had us all laughing. They gave me a very brief outline of the history that entailed but I really didn’t do any digging and years later came across this site which goes into great detail and for me is very interesting. History has always fascinated me and Maryland history is layer upon layer of history with so many intriguing stories like this one spread across the state. Very interesting information in these commentaries, Thank You!

  55. I worked for a welding company from Ohio in the 70’s @ Harry T. Campbell. I was welding for a company in Pa. that was contracted to crush aggregates in the second hole. I was only to be there for six months, but was there for over nine years. I welded in almost all there quarries and got to know a lot of people from Texas, Md. I remember the Jim McDermitt’s “Don’t worry about it” tavern with very fond memories, and yes it took a while to be accepted. Because of the quarry, you couldn’t keep it dust free, but I remember the Friday night fish dinners and the good friendship. Great bunch of people!

  56. i found two interesting 1857 maps of baltimore city and county at the library of congress. These maps show the names of land owners as well as several towns . To get these maps I typed the following. Library of congress 1857 maps of the city and county of baltimore, maryland. One map is by Taylor.Robert Surveyor, the code number for his map is 2002624019. Once the map is shown click on the map once or twice to use the enlarge feature.This map shows the towns of Cokeysville, Texas, Timoneum ,and Lutherville. The 2nd map is by Sidney,JC . code 2002624020. It also shows land owners names and the towns of Cokeysville,Quarrysville and Coopersville. Just below the name tavern 10 mile is Timoneum. I have never heard of the names Quarrysville or Coopersvill?

  57. Texas has had a number of names throughout its history – Other names included Quarryville, Clarkes Switch, Clarkesville, Ellengowan, Taylor Hall, Padonia Station. Some of these were nearby post offices and used at the same time as Texas. All of it was eventually subsumed by Cockeysville when, after 100 years, the Texas Post Office closed in 1950.

    1. Hi Cassie, thanks for verifying that Texas, has gone by other names in the past. I want to apologize for my mistake in spelling Cockeysville .

  58. My dad’s family was buried at st. Joseph Texas cemetery but there is no record of burials presumably because of a fire. I know they are buried there because I have been there and seen the graves. I guess the markers have sunk into the ground. I am trying to research my family and am frustrated. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Family name is Schaefer and Kane. Thank you.

    1. My family is also buried at St. Joseph’s. I have had luck confirming they are there in spite of the church records being missing. If you have a library card, you can search news papers for free on the Baltimore county public library web site. I’ve found tons of obituaries and often they say where they are buried. You can join pay ancestry sites but familysearch.org is free and comparable in quality. I hope that helps!! Best of luck!

    2. Also, there are cemetery transcriptions at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, and Find-A-Grave also has listings. I also have a copy of the 1927 Jubilee Book from St. Joseph’s and it included the following mention: “Eaton, Mary Mrs., her daughter Mrs. Catherine Kane and Mrs. Catherine Flavin, widow of Thomas Flavin, carried on dry goods stores in the village of Texas in the early days. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Flavin were John, Mary, Edward, and William T. The older people of the present day remember especially William T., who was always sought out in cases of sickness and death. Mrs. Kane was the daughter of Mrs. Eaton by a first marriage. Mrs. Eaton’s first husband was Bernard McDermott . Mrs. Kane died in the year 1921, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Schaeffer, in Baltimore. Her remains rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery beside her husband John Kane, deceased, July 4, 1900. Six children were born of this marriage of whom four survive.”

        1. Helen W. Ridgely, in her 1908 book Historic Graves of Maryland and The District of Columbia, reprinted by Heritage Books in 2010, writes, “The Parks burying ground is on Chestnut-ridge, on land long owned by Peter Parks and his descendants, lying on the road leading from the York turnpike and passing through Texas to Falls road. Three (?) inscriptions here are:
          In Memory of Peter Parks, departed this life Oct 5, 1854, Aged 90 years.
          In Memory of William parks, Aged 37, died Sep 14,1849.
          Died May 3, 1851, In the 11th year of his age, David, son of John and Margaret Parks
          In Memory of Joseph B. son of William and Mary Ann Parks, aged 16 years 3, 7 died Apr. 28, 1855.

          Parks Shipley, in his 1980 book, We Shipleys, wrote ” While I cannot pinpoint the exact location, the original Parks farms lay in the neighborhood of Mays Chapel………. The old family burying ground is in this area, and one day my father showed it to me, pointing out Peter,s gravestone .

  59. I use to know a gentleman by the name of Jerome Bosley (sp), his wife’s name was Virginia and they had two sons. Does anybody know them, if they’re still living, or how I could get in touch with. Thank you

  60. dear Cassie,
    I think you have found my Schaefer family of Texas. I have a picture with his grandmother Katherine. And yes I do have a copy of Harry and Agnes Marriage. Thank you VERY much. I am excited to follow up.

    1. You’re welcome. Do consider joining familysearch.org. They have original census, marriage and other records. They also have beautifully colored fan and pedigree charts you can print out for display. I don’t have any connection to your line but I have been adding old photographs to the tree. I know others have been doing the same. Maybe you’ll find some there for your line. There is only one tree, unlike the other sites. It’s a collaboration that could benefit your line’s future generations of you add to it. You may find the information you are looking for is already there. Add a few generations and see. Best of luck!!

  61. I have came across a online digital copy of a book The history of Baltimore City and County By J Thomas Scharf and Published by L>H> Everst and dated 1881 . One copy was digitized by Internet Archives from a copy at the Library of Congress, the other was digitized by Google from a copy at the University of Michigan. The book is some 900 + pages. Information about district eight Starts on page 876 to pg. 886. One paragraph about Texas is on page 882. The book also has some Etchings of prominent people of that era .

  62. Hi,
    Much of my grandmother’s Toolan-Keenan-Otis Families arrived from Ireland to work in the Beaver Dam Quarry. John Toolan passed away in Beaver Dam bet. 1860-1864, and his son, my great-grandfather, Bernard Toolan, was born in 1856 in Beaver Dam MD. After John Toolan’s demise, his wife, Honora (Otis) Toolan married Patrick Keenan in the Cockeysville area and had several children there, including their daughter, Mary C. Keenan, who was born in Jun 1869 in Texas MD.

    I’d love to find any Cockeysville area records of births, marriages and deaths of the aforementioned families, as I only have mentions of where people were born and died. Also, Honora had 10 children between the 2 marriages (Toolan-Keenan) and only 3 survived to adulthood. Therefore, there should be a lot of tombstones in the area with those surnames from the 1850’s & 1860’s.

    Any help would be most appreciated!

    Rick Stoyell

    P.S. All my family were Irish Catholics, so yes they might be buried in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery you all have mentioned.

  63. Hiya, my ex father-in-law, Lawrence Bode, his sisters Betty and Pat, and his folks, lived “down” Texas Lane, pretty close to the grade crossing with the Pennsy – on the left side as you go away from York Rd. He worked his whole career at the Harry T. Campbell’s quarry operating dozers for them. His daughter and my first wife Debbie still lives in Cockeysville, and well as one of Betty’s kids Mark. And if that isn’t cool enough, Debbie’s grand-father was born in the elusive, not around town anymore called Warren. Lot’s of history around here. Thanks for such a great page! My own rendition of homage to Texas is here: http://www.railfanguides.us/md/texas/index.htm

  64. I came across the following on google. Type in , The History of the marble quarries in Baltimore County Maryland, the web link appears to be dated June 27th 2011. The date on the 13 to 15 page pamphlet By William D Purdum is dated 3/5/40. Several pages have some photos of the quarry area. Also by typing on google Texas Quarry Cockeysville Maryland . I came across three Drone Videos. 1, is 1:42 , 1, is 13:47 and ,1 is 9:00 a open house at Lafarge Texas Maryland Quarry date 09/18/10 Hope you enjoy.

  65. Cassie mentioned that my Irish ancestor, John Toolan, most probably hailed from Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland…

    What I do know is that John Toolan sailed out Liverpool, England on the Ship “Tuscan”, was listed onboard as a “mason” and arrived in NYC in January 1848. In the 1860 Federal Census of Cockeysville MD he was working as a stonecutter in the Beaver Dam Quarry, with his wife Honora and 2 children (my great grandfather Bernard “Bernie” and a younger brother Michael). According to oral family folklore, John Toolan died in Beaver Dam during a flu epidemic which had to have occurred sometime between 1860-1864 when his widow remarried another County Roscommon immigrant, Patrick Keenan.

    After reading up on the 1847-1848 Kilglass Civil Parish evictions of Strokestown & Ballykilcline and after reviewing the 1847 Griffith’s Valuation Census, I have been lead to believe that my John Toolan most probably is of the Ballykilcline Families (but only with flimsy evidence).

    Although the Toolans have been repeatedly mentioned as part of the Strokestown-Ballykilcline Familes, I haven’t seen them on any eviction list and even though John Toolan sailed out of Liverpool right smack in the middle of the assisted emigration timeline, I haven’t seen his ship “Tuscan” as part of the list of ships that took part in the assisted emigration of the Ballykilcline emigrants to NYC.

    Nevertheless, the fact remains that my John Toolan (born abt. 1825) and a 10-year younger Edward Toolan of Ireland both had families in the Cockeysville MD area during the 1850-1870’s.

    Can anyone help add any insights or information regarding this Toolan Family, either in the Kilglass Civil Parish or in the Cockeysville MD area? My Toolan Family would much appreciate solving this decades-old family mystery!

    Rick Stoyell

  66. Also note, from the 1927 St. Joseph’s Jubilee book:

    “Toolen, Thomas, and wife, Mary (Dowd) were parishioners of St. Joseph’s. They lived in Texas in which place Mary Toolen was born. The other children, born in Baltimore, were the Rt. Rev. Thomas Toolen, D.D., Bishop of Mobile and Rev. Wm. Toolen, pastor of St. Edward’s Church, Baltimore. Winnie, John, Anna and Mary Toolen are deceased.”

  67. I have a listing of the 1857 leaseholders for the Strokestown estate in County Roscommon that includes the following Toolan/Toulon entries. The ones marked as Kilglass townland were close to Ballykilcline:

    1857 Toolan Daniel Moyglass Kilglass Roscommon
    1857 Toolan Edward Drumman More Kilglass Roscommon
    1857 Toolan Francis Ballymartin Kilglass Roscommon
    1857 Toolan Owen Clooneen (Blakeny) Kilglass Roscommon
    1857 Toolan Patrick Clooneen (Blakeny) Kilglass Roscommon
    1857 Toulon Anthony Toberpatrick Kiltrustan Roscommon
    1857 Toulon Edward Lisduff Kiltrustan Roscommon
    1857 Toulon John Curry Kiltrustan Roscommon
    1857 Toulon Margaret Lisduff Kiltrustan Roscommon
    1857 Toulon Michael Lisduff Kiltrustan Roscommon

  68. Cassie,

    Thank you so much for your response. Yes, I saw Edward & Mary Toolan’s monument in St. Joseph’s Cemetery and I saw the list of leaseholders in County Roscommon but I found very interesting your note on the 1926 Silver Jubilee Book about Thomas Toolen being a parishioner at St. Joseph’s and the fact that you mentioned that the Toolans were connected to you in some way. How are you connected to the Toolans and can you connect Thomas Toolen in any way to the 1860-1870 Toolans of Cockeysville (Beaver Dam or Texas MD)?

  69. I came across a June 2015 digital issue of Pit and Quarry magazine.An article by Megan Wilkinson . Working – class traditions.One family contributes four generations of workers to the Bluegrass Materials Texas Quarry in Maryland. the web site https://www.pitandquarry.com/ past – issues/ Open the web page if the add does not go away X it out. This will take you to the digital issue home page, pan down to June 2015 and open the issue. using the > arrow go to page 22 the article runs to page 26. The article is about the Green Family .

  70. Dear Cassie,
    This site is awesome, thank you.
    My Gr Gr Grandparents were Philip Kennedy and Margaret Tracey. Philip was from Galway. He worked in the quarry and had a lime kiln. My Gr Grandfather Joseph married Sarah Jane Daugherty and moved to Brooklyn, Ny.
    I did notice you clipped Margaret’s obituary from the Baltimore Sun, What I am trying to do is gather as much family history, for my Great Nieces and Nephews as I can, and your information has definitely helped. . Philip may have had a brothers/cousins by the names of Martin and Peter Kennedy, they were both listed as godparents for Philip’s children.

    1. Steve, I think you are right about Martin and Peter Kennedy related to your Phillip. I know more about Martin Kennedy, as we are related by marriage, through his son named Martin who married Mary Ann Kenney. Mary Anne Kenney’s grandmother was Maria Covahey who was Jane Covahey’s (my great great great grandmother) sister. The Kennys and the Covaheys were all from Strokestown, Roscommon. Martin’s descendants, which include my 5th cousin John Kennedy, have compiled an extensive family history. I will try to connect you!

  71. My family story is that the family moved to “East Texas” . Also, my father mentioned there was family in Cockeysville. So, perhaps, someone has heard of a “Miller” family in the area?

  72. Does anyone know the Heilmann? My mother’s father was Hymie Heilmann he was married to Dorothy who drowned in the Texas quarry. I am searching for information regarding the small village. Heilmann has a restaurant bar called Hymie’s Crab Shack.

    1. Anita, we obviously have plenty of information about the village of Texas, but I would like to know more about your Heilmann family. Did they live in Texas? What years are we talking about? Hope to hear back from you.

  73. Nice to see people still posting on this site. I cross York, Padonia, Old Padonia, Broad Ave, Timonium, and Deerco Rd’s every day folks.

    Best -M-


    1. Bob,
      Can you give me a few names so I know who you are looking for? The last time you wrote I mentioned Julia Poe Kearns but I didn’t hear back from you. I know that there are two Kearns buried at St. Joseph’s – you can see a photo of the grave marker at http://www.genealogycenter.info/cemmdvastjosephs/Kearns,%20Frank%20C..JPG
      Name Born Died Marker Notes
      Kearns, Frank C. Mar 13, 1898 Oct 14, 1944 (above) ss/ Mary V.
      Kearns, Mary V. Jun 12, 1907 ss/ Frank C.

      You can see Frank’s obituary at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/34489171/frank_c_kearns_obituary_14oct1944/
      and https://www.newspapers.com/clip/34489255/frank_c_kearns_died_14oct1944/
      I also know that Joseph Patrick Kearns, Robert Kearns, and William Kearns were members of the Catholic Benevolent Legion.
      Please write back and tell me who else you are looking for?

  75. Hi. Cassie,
    Since your nice reply to me last year I am still researching my family in Texas. You had mentioned a 1927 Jubilee book that mentioned Catherine Kane, Mary Eaton, her mother and Mrs Eaton’s first husband as Bernard McDermott. Do I assume correctly that Bernard Mc Dermott was a member of one of the original Texas families that came from Ireland. Also his family owned the tavern? If you have any information to confirm I am correct I would love to hear it. I am having trouble finding info on Bernard McDermott. Thank you and have a good week!

    1. Jane, Bernard came from Ballykilcline, County Roscommon, Ireland. One story said that he left Mary in Texas Maryland to go west (to Montana) to find his fortune. There is a large Irish born population in Butte, Montana, and during the appropriate time period, it is possible that Bernard was there. According to my tree, Bernard died on 21 Janury 1860. See the newspaper clipping at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/34579927/bernard_mcdermott_died_21_jan_1860/. I have not found a definitive link from the Roscommon McDermotts to the McDermotts that owned the tavern. There was another McDermot family from a different county in Ireland that I believe are the family that eventually owned the tavern.

  76. From Globe newswire April 30th 2018 Martin Marietta inc. Completes acquisition of Bluegrass Materials & the Texas quarry . the largest privately held pure – play aggregate company in the united States.

  77. By accident I came upon your website. Would you have any info on my family with the surname of McGiveny or Magivenney or Magiven or some such since I feel they were illiterate and could not spell the family? Supposedly athey had a farm in Texas, MD in the mid-late 1880’s. I walked the St. Joseph’s Cemetery a few years ago and could not find them.

  78. This post in response to a post by Lauri Potoska dated Aug. 5th 2017 .”My 3rd great grandmother was Adeline Parks Price”In going over notes written by my late mother Evelyn nee Dukes , who was rasised by her grand parents Rosa or Rosie Nee Barrett & George F. Price on Church lane Texas Md . George Prices mother was Annie Parks Price. When I searched the 1860 & 70 Census I found George F age 2.& Robert F Price age 50 and Adeline age 33. The 1870 census shows only Adeline age 38 & George F 12.On the card I also saw Phoebe Price Smith the census does shows a Phebe Price ? So do you think your 3rd great grand mother Adeline and my 3rd great grand mother Annie or Adeline might be one and the same? there was also listed by Dave Price (children Dip and Clara Price Bussey? and a Mollie Price McNicholis also shown on the card.

    1. Hello Thomas,
      I have a lot more information now than I did then. I’d be happy to go over it with you. Some of the names I recognize immediately from memory but I’d have to look for the others. Please email directly at lauriepatoska@gmail.com. I would like to compare notes.


  79. Hello Again Thomas,
    Sorry, I forgot to answer your Question. Yes they are the same person. I have a very large tree for you to see.
    But I have MUCH more!!

    Robert F. Price was hit by a train and killed in Cockeysville. Horrible story short, he was not killed in the accident. They thought he was dead and his “body” was locked in a train depot warehouse. He awoke layer and tried to get out. He died from blood loss over night. Adeline sued. She won and then lost on appeal. It set legal precedents and laws were passed from his terrible end. How’s that for a teaser??? I can send you the articles.
    Email me!! Laurie

  80. I am from the Padian family. My ancestors lived at Taylor’s Hall and anything called Padonia I’ve heard was name after the family. Like many Irish, they loved whiskey and gambling, especially on horse racing! There’s been a tale passed down that some of their Texas property was lost because of a bet placed on a horse race~luck of the Irish, once again…?

  81. Pam,

    You and I are distant cousins. My great, great grandfather was John Padian , the oldest son of Richard and Many Padian who resided at Taylor Hall from the beginning of the Civil War until there deaths in the 1870’s. The property was purchased by John’s brother William who made a fortune in NYC and later inhabited by the youngest son Michael and family. My sister, Lindsay Shea Hardesty has the whole family tree in great detail.

  82. Thanks so much for all the information on Toolans in Ballykilcline, Strokestown — and Cockeysville/Texas. I’m pretty sure Edward and Mary were my great-great grandparents. They had sons named William (dob 1 may 1860) and Thomas (dob 11/1869) — among other offspring. Both of those sons ended up working in iron mines in Ironwood, Michigan, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and they married two Enright sisters. I found a John Toolan, then 25 years old, listed in the 1850 census in Preston, Va., which would now be West Virginia, near Maryland’s western border. I think the B&O railroad went through there. John seemed to be living in a group setting — a boarding house or barracks. Ten years later he’s listed in Cockeysville as John Toolin with his wife, Annie, and boys Burry, 4, and Michael, 2. And Edward and Mary are just two entries (two houses?) away. My guess is that John established himself in the US and sent for his little brother. Not sure who Thomas Toolen was — if he was listed as a one-year-old in 1870, or an adult, in which case he could have been another brother of Edward and John. Finally, could someone point me to the tenant lists from Strokestown/Ballykilcline? I’d love to pin down where all these folks came from. Thanks so much — Tom Tolan (family story: William Toolan changed his name to Tolan because that’s how the iron mine made out his paychecks).

    1. Tom,
      I am a direct descendant of John Toolan and Honora “Nora-Annie” (Oats-Oates-Otis) Toolan through their son, Bernard “Bernie-Burry” Toolan.

      John died sometime between 1860-1864 during a flu epidemic in Texas-Cockeysville MD. I don’t know where John is buried but there is another Toolan buried in the Catholic Cemetery there. Nora was married again to a Michael Keenan. The family then moved to Groton and Summerhill NY.

      I am the family genealogist for the Stoyell-Toolan Family of Summerhill NY and you have quite a lot of cousins who were born in that area (Groton, Cortland, Niles, Summerhill and Moravia NY).

      Please email me directly at rstoyell@gmail.com as the conversation regarding my over 21,000 family members would be a bit too much for the Texas MD website.

      Rick Stoyell

      N.B. My paternal grandmother was Helen (Toolan) Stoyell

      1. Rick and Tom,
        Please consider writing a blog post or a longer form article about the Toolan Families that I could post on this website. I am trying to gather all of my Toolan information as well, and am happy to send on what I find.

  83. Karin Lease,
    The swimming quarry could also have been Beaver Springs. It was right next to Beaver Dam and it was owned by the Cockey’s. It is long gone now, and I don’t remember when they shut down, but I do know it was still there in 1975 when I left for the military. I am pretty sure it was still there by 1979, I believe. Beaver Dam is owned or was by the Hanely’s I believe and it was a deeper quarry than Beaver Springs. I remember swimming to the very bottom of the quarry at Beaver Springs, there was a huge tarp on the bottom. It was probably about 30 feet deep or so. Beaver Dam is 80 or more feet in places. My parents would not let me swim in it, so Beaver Springs is what I have all the memories of. You had to be a member or pay I think $3 to get in. I was not a member but, the Hiser’s were if you know them and they took me quite often. This is Ray Hiser and his family I am talking about; Ray his son, David his son, Barb and Gail are the daughters, with Elanor is Mr. Ray’s wife. These were really great times, this was in the 60’s mostly and Cockeysville was a very unique and easy living place. I moved near the corner of Warren and York behind that medical center in 1962.

  84. I was a member at Beaver springs so I have many fond memories of it. I also remember just hopping the fence walking over to Beaver dam to take a swim also. Back in the ’60s beaver dam was a very dangerous place as there were no rules and they had a 40 ft tower that you could jump off of. I used to love to watch people jumping and diving off of that Tower. Wish there were some pictures of it online somewhere

  85. Hi Cassie. take a visual tour up church lane. courtesy Redfin Home Sales. goto http://www.redfin.com 159 church ln cockeysville md 21030 . Open up 159 church lane md address. A photo of the house appears , on the left open up the street view with your cursor. move mouse around until the arrows point on church lane. A white hand pointing the direction to move is shown. You can stop and move the cursor around to view other houses. Hope you enjoy.

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