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Autre - St. Mary’s Plantation

Home of Caleb Polleckefield Litton: 1720-1763

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
1. Autre - St. Mary’s Plantation Marker
Inscription.  

Caleb Litton’s “Plantation”

The Headstones in this cemetery are what remain of a family graveyard begun by Caleb Litton and his descendants on a 472-acre farm. Litton was one of the very first settlers of what today is Rockville. For his service in the Royal Dragoons, he was rewarded with two land patents for his service. A patent was awarded in 1720 for 405 acres, which he named “Autra” or “Autry” after his family ancestral home in Devon, (which was called “Autre St. Marie,” or “Ottery.”) The other was for 67 acres in 1727, called “St. Mary’s,” which today includes the site of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The property was bounded by Rock Creek on the east, what is today Veirs Mill Road on the south, by Baltimore Road on the north and extended to what is now Rockville Pike.

The Caleb Litton home was a two story frame house with log planks, standing between the sites of Meadow Hall Elementary School and the former Broome Junior High building. Caleb Litton was a founder, warden and vestryman of St. Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish in the
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By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
2. Autre - St. Mary’s Plantation Marker
District of Columbia. He was a founder of the Chapel of Ease across Baltimore Road in what is today Rockville Cemetery. He married Grace Burton in 1723 and they had nine children. He died in 1763 and is believed to have been buried in this graveyard.

The cemetery and park, now called Tweed Park, are owned by the City of Rockville. Earlier, the cemetery had other names: Litton Family Cemetery, Summers’ Cemetery and Willow Tree Graveyard. While none of the remaining stones had legible names, a report on tombstones dated in 1917 showed these names: Mary and Charles Crabb, Thomas Linstid, John L. Summers, J. N. Summers and Ann Marie Wilson. Mrs. Crabb, the Summers and Mrs. Wilson were part of the Litton family. The family name is spelled variously in records and wills as Litton, Liton, Lytton, Lutton, and Letton.

Placed here by the City of Rockville with the assistance of Blair Ewing, a Litton descendant, 2004.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Rockville, Department of Recreation and Parks.
 
Location. 39° 4.815′ N, 77° 6.93′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Linthicum Street. Marker is in Tweed Park, now called Autre-St. Mary's Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Linthicum Street, Rockville MD 20851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
3. Autre - St. Mary’s Plantation Map
Close-up of map on marker
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veirs Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Glenview Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away); John C. Brown Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rockville's Pump House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Typhoid in Rockville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Preserving a Community Resource (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rocky Glen Farm/Dawson Farmhouse: Built 1912 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rocky Glen Farm / Dawson Farm: 1840-1980 (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Also see . . .  The Litton Cemetary. Meadow Hall Elementary School. Work Hard, Get Smart. (Submitted on June 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
 
Autre Plantation circa 1720<br>Rockville 2004 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
4. Autre Plantation circa 1720
Rockville 2004
Close-up of map on marker
Modern Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
5. Modern Grave Marker

Caleb Polleckfield
Litton, Sr.

Born
Autre - St. Mary's
England
24 April 1678
Died
Autre - St. Mary's
Rockville, MD
4 August 1763
Modern Grave Marker - Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
6. Modern Grave Marker - Reverse

Original Patente
Of 472 Acres
That Surround
This Marker
Surveyed
Jan 1, 1720
Named
Autre - St. Mary’s
Plantation
Noble Soldier
of the Royal
Dragoons
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By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
7. Modern Grave Marker

Michael
Hartley
Litton

Pvt
Co. 5
29 MD Mil
Rev War
Apr 4 1740
Sep 10 1819

Caleb Litton's son Michael lived at “The Coup de Main” along present day Veirs Mill Road. He served in the 5th Division of Maryland Militia during the Revolution.
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By Allen C. Browne, June 17, 2019
8. The Grave of John L. Summers
Born 12 May 1764
Died 5 June 1802
The broken off gravestone of Caleb Litton's grandson John L. Summers.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 18, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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