Henry Maurice Talbott
(Level 4, RefID #18)
Rockville Cemetary (Find a Grave entry)
Commentary from John Darby Bowman (Jessica and Chris' paternal grandfather):
He was known to other adults by
his middle name of 'Maurice', but in the home among family he was
referred to by my mother and my aunt as "Papa" if speaking directly to him;
and frequently referred to as 'Bamby' if talking about him to others. I
guess that that was a corruption of "Grampa'. (as my brother addressed him).
He died the year before I graduated from high school.
When he was young his parents had
a farm near Poolesville, Montg, Co, Md; and that is only a mile or so
from the Potomac River: And the south side of the Potomac was the
Confederacy in the civil war, and the north side was the union side. In
spite of being in the union, the Talbotts had slaves;( a lot of people in
Md. had slaves). I well remember Papa telling me about taking the
horses and the family silver to hide in the woods on the
farm when the southern soldiers raided across the Potomac in search of
food - cattle - horses - anything thay could find. And when Papa died
in 1934, it spoiled for me a party invitation to go to your mothers
house in Gaithersburg for a Halloween party - my Mother wouldn't let me
go because he had just died that week.
Another story about Henry: While he was practicing law in Rockville,
he got into a rolling-on-the-ground-on-the-courthouse-lawn argument with a
fellow and came out second. When he got
up, he went to his office -- which wasn't far-- and got his 32 pistol
and returned to continue the conversation. Fortunately nothing came of
it - but I (John) ended up with the pistol. When we were living in the
woods at Gaithersburg, I gave the pistol to Joe Dobson because I didn't
want to have it in the house.