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Croom in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bellefields

Formerly Sim's Delight

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
1. Bellefields Marker
Inscription. Built after 1720 by Dr. Patrick Sim, who fled Scotland after the 1715 Rebellion to settle in this country. He married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Barbara Dent Brooke of nearby Brookefield Manor. c. 1728.

Colonel Joseph Sim, their oldest son, born here, died November 27, 1793. He was a member of the Annapolis Assembly which, June 22, 1744(sic) denounced the British closing of Boston Harbor. He represented his county in 1775 at Annapolis Convention which framed the Association of Freemen of Maryland. He Served in the Convention of Maryland which governed the state at the beginning of the revolution, and on the first privy council of the state, 1777. He was also a member of the General Assembly, July 1779 - June 1781.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust -- Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 38° 44.705′ N, 76° 46.601′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bellefields Road when traveling north. Touch for map. The address on the mailbox is 13204 Duley Station Road. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Simon's Episcopal Mission (approx. 0.9 miles
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By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2013
2. Bellefields
This private house can only be glimpsed from a distance.
away); St. Thomas' Parish Church (approx. one mile away); Enemy Bluff (approx. one mile away); St. Simon's Mission, 1896 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Croom (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cheltenham United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Church of the Atonement, 1875 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mount Airy (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
 
More about this marker. 1744 should read 1774.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bellefields (Sims Delight, Bellfield). PG:82A-26 - Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on October 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. $20 reward for Frederick Hall. Blue-eyed Slave Runs Away from Plantation in the Vicinity of Upper Marlboro - May 10 1814. Beyond the Battle of Bladensburg, John Peter Thompson, Friday, May 10, 2013. (Submitted on October 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The War of 1812
Secretary of State James Monroe (later President) and Brigadier General Winder
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By John O. Bostrup, April 6, 1936
3. Bellefields
This view of Bellefields was taken in 1936 for the Historic American Buildings Survey.
used Bellefields to observe the movement of British troops toward Upper Marlboro on August 22, 1814. It was at that time the home of Major Benjamin Oden.

Fair skinned 21-year-old Frederick Hall was enslaved at Bellefields. He escaped in May of 1814, changed his name to William Williams and joined the 38th U.S. Infantry. He was mortally wounded at Fort McHenry when his leg was blown off by a bomb fragment.
    — Submitted October 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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