Brenda,I would enjoy learning how your connection to the Francis Scott Key family goes.FSK's wife was Mary Taylor (Tayloe) Lloyd.His father was John Ross Key and his mother was Anne Phoebe Penn Dagworthy Charlton.They all lived in Frederick Co., MD.Others in this family lived in Calvert Co., Cecil Co., and Charles Co.His great grand father owned much land in MD and likely in VA as well.It will be good to hear from you.Dale Jones
Mount Olivet Cemetery - The end of Market Street, Frederick, MD - Contains the graves of Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie, Thomas Johnson, the first Maryland Governor, as well as over eight hundred Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the battles at Antietam and Monocacy.Francis Scott Key was orginally interred at the Old St. Paul's Church Cemetery, Baltimore, Md and later at Mount Olivet.
Francis Scott Key was born into a wealthy Maryland family on August 1, 1779. After a great deal of education, including St. John's College, Key decided to pursue a law degree. During the British attack on Washington, D.C., in 1814, one of Key's friends was captured. Key sailed out to the British ships to secure his friend's release and was detained at sea while the fleet attacked nearby Fort McHenry,Baltimore's only defense. During the long night of September 13, Key watched silently as the "bombs bursting in air" lit up the sky. When dawn broke, he was amazed to see the tattered American flag still flying above the bombarded fort and composed the words to "The Star Spangled Banner" on a letter he found in his pocket. Francis Scott Key returned to his Georgetown law practice after the War of 1812 ended and was appointed, in 1833, the attorney for the District of Columbia, a position he held for the rest of his life. Key died on January 11, 1843; he was unaware that he had penned the words that, eighty-eight years after Key's death, Congress would declare the national anthem of the United States of America. -Tara E. Lynn-
About 1837, Francis Scott Key signed his name to a book of pledges to contribute to the renovation of Pohick Church in Truro Parish in Fairfax & Loudon Co, VA.