The Last Glimpse
What would it take for you to send your 10 year old son or daughter on a small ship captained by a man you had never met across the stormy North Atlantic, which was then a war zone, to a country that made practicing your faith a crime and then on to the continent to attend schools in what was a politically unstable area understanding that you might never see them again? Faith, hope, courage, conviction, devotion are some of the words that come to mind.
These Maryland families sent at least one child to school or to a monastery in Europe: Adams, Brent, Blake, Boarman, Boone (Boon), Brooke, Carroll, Cole, Darnall, Digges, Doyne, Edelen, Falkner, Fenwick, Hagan, Hill, Hoskins, Howe, Gardiner, Jenkins, Knatchbull, Lancaster, Matthews, Mattingly, Milbourn, Millard, Neale, Parnham (Farnham), Pile, Pye, Queen, Semmes, Sewall, Spalding, Thompson, and Warton. Many sent several. William and Ann Neale of Port Tobacco sent five sons and a daughter. Schooling and travel were expensive, so the financial sacrifices were considerable for many of these families.
In this picture a ship is slowly sailing out of view. On the left are the three distinguishing points, Fourth, Deep, and Chapel on the Port Tobacco River’s Eastern shore. On the right the river’s Western shore from Simm’s Landing South. Oil on canvas 24x48 inches