Unlike the Lynn Cemetery on the 12th High School construction site, this cemetery was never "lost." Once upon a time, it even had an engraved tombstone that definitively named one of those buried therein. The stone read:
Somewhere along the way, the stone was removed and relocated to Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Loudoun County -- presumably by a descendant. The other graves remained behind, marked by simple quartz field stones. No names. No dates. No identities.
Charles Edward Norman, Sr. was a magistrate and a merchant in PWCo. He married Mary Frances Lynn, the daughter of Benson Lynn. Yes, that's right -- yet another cemetery with a Lynn connection. Not too surprising, really. The Lynn clan owned quite a lot of farmland in Independent Hill in the mid-1800's. But are those resting in this cemetery Lynn/Norman kin -- or another family altogether?
Prince William Public Works and the Coles District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station have posted a Notice on the PWCo Government's website seeking the Public's help. Anyone with information about the identity of the cemetery is asked to contact Matthew Corneliussen (703-792-5296) or Lou Ann Dorrier (703-792-6674).
Following is the full text, with a link to the Prince William County Government website: