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Queenstown in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Lord’s Gift”

1050 Acres.

 
 
Lord's Gift 1050 Acres Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 19, 2007
1. Lord's Gift 1050 Acres Marker
Inscription.  
Granted to Henry Coursey 1658
1000 acres by order of Lord Baltimore for “conspicuous faithfulness to him during the late contest” (the Uprising of 1652 by Richard Bennett and William Claiborne). The 50 acres were for transporting himself into the Colony. This is the tract known as the “Thumbgrant” of legendary origin.

 
Erected by State Roads Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1658.
 
Location. 38° 59.103′ N, 76° 9.705′ W. Marker is in Queenstown, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Maryland Route 18 and U.S. 301, on the right when traveling south on State Route 18. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonial Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Queenstown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Surprise at Queenstown (approx. 0.4 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx.
My Lord's Gift early home image. Click for full size.
circa 1800's
2. My Lord's Gift early home
This drawing is from the files in the Centreville Library, Queen Anne's County, MD.
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0.4 miles away); Bowlingly (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Bowlingly (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Slippery Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Peter’s Church (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenstown.
 
Also see . . .  Henry Coursey, the Thumbgrant, and My Lord's Gift. ...In recognition, Charles, third Lord Baltimore, gave to Henry DeCourcy as much shown on a certain map as he could cover with his thumb. Being patented in his Lordship's name, it was known ever afterward as My Lord's Gift. (Submitted on November 2, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
My Lord's Gift early home image. Click for full size.
circa 1800's
3. My Lord's Gift early home
from the files in the Centreville Library, Queen Anne’s County, Md.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,037 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2019, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Jayne Larion of Grand Blanc, Michigan. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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