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Near Marshallton in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nathan Simms

1851-1934

 

—the Slave Boy at the Assassination of Lincoln —

 
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By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
1. Nathan Simms Marker
Inscription.
The Slave boy who helped Booth escape the night of Lincoln’s assassination, but told the Union soldiers the next day the direction Booth took, thus aiding in his capture.
 
Location. 39° 56.852′ N, 75° 40.709′ W. Marker is near Marshallton, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Northbrook Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is at the far south east corner of the Bradford Cemetery at the tree line. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 Northbrook Road, West Chester PA 19380, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Marshallton Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marshalton Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humphry Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martins Tavern and The Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martin's Tavern or Center House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tavern Fare (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humphrey Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Court of Quarter Sessions (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshallton.
 
Also see . . .  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum - Nathan Simms. (Submitted on March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
Nathan Simms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
2. Nathan Simms Marker

 
Additional comments.
1. Helping to catch a President Killer:
Nathan Simms was a young slave who lived at the home of Mary Surratt near Washington, DC in 1865. He later moved to Marshallton, Pennsylvania. As Nathan tells it he held the reins of actor John Wilkes Booth's horse while Booth was in Ford's Theatre the night Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. At the time Nathan didn't know what had happened, but the next day when he found out he told the Union solders which way Booth had ridden off, thus aiding in Booth's capture. - See the Lincoln Library Web site for more information.
    — Submitted March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Nathan Simms image. Click for full size.
By Walter F. Price - January 9, 1931, January 9, 1931
3. Nathan Simms
This photo was taken by architect Walter F. Price during a visit to Marshalton in 1931. Price talked to Simms that day and on February 3, 1931 he sent a letter to President Herbert Hoover relating the meeting included were copies of the photos he had taken the month before.
Sign at Bradford Cemetery entrance image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
4. Sign at Bradford Cemetery entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on December 22, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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