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DeSellum Family Cemetery, Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland


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DeSellum Family Cemetery
Gaithersburg
Montgomery County
Maryland
Graves
The Cemetery
The Property


    Graves

  • DeSellum, James ~~ June 14, 1773 - June 27, 1847   Photo
      "A useful citizen and sincere Christian."

  • DeSellum, Catharine ~~ July 20, 1770 - June 20, 1868   Photo
      "Her Christian virtues were shown in her daily example and deportment."

  • DeSellum, Sarah Ann ~~ September 26, 1812 - September 9, 1885   Photo
      "Her devotion to her aged parents was a living example of filial affection.

      Her patient suffering ended in a calm resignation and faith in her savior."

  • DeSellum, John T. ~~ December 15, 1810 - October 19, 1891   Photo
      He lived a conscientious and exemplary life and died in the faith of the Gospel.

      I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live."

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The Cemetery

James and Catherine (Fulks) DeSellum settled on and expanded the original property of Baltus Fulks, one of the earliest settlers of logtown. Their son and daughter, John T. and Sarah Ann DeSellum, remained on the land, instituting agricultural innovations and becoming philanthropic leaders in the community. The original boundaries of the cemetery remain unknown. Archaeological examination yielded no evidence of fencing other than a line of stones. Tenants and / or slaves are thought to have lived to the rear of the property, however, the location of other grave sites has never been discovered.

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History of The Property

Summit Hall Farm, 1 251-acre ridge-top farm in the heart of Gaithersburg was officially named and patented in 1857 by John T. and Sarah DeSellum. The topography and 500-foot elevation with its panoramic view has attracted settlers since colonial times and probably inspired the name. Today the property encompasses 57 acres of traditional rolling green lawns, reflective ponds, swimming pool, miniature golf course, and activities building. The historic resources include a two-story part-log housewhich may date back to the colonial Logtown era, an 1860s tennant house, a 19th century family cemetery and granary, and a log smokehouse believed to be the oldest standing structure in Gaithersburg.

The history of the property dates back more than two centuries beginning as part of a large tobacco plantation in 1750, as the small community known as Logtown in the 1770s, as the prosperous farm occupied by the Confederate Army briefly in 1864, and as a model of scientific farming, astronomy, and agronomy in the 20th century.

The first local owner was Baltus Fulks, a shoemaker, who owned lots in Logtown in the early 1770s. By 1828, his daughter and son-in-law Catherine and James DeSellum had purchased Fulks' lots and amassed additional lands to total 242 acres. Their children John T. and Sarah DeSellum inherited the farm in 1847 and experienced the Civil War plundering of Jubal Early's Confederate Troops. John DeSellum also parceled off property for a schoolhouse, the Ascension Church, and the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory. The Fulks / DeSellum family ownership of Summit Hall continued when Ignatius T. Fulks purchased the property in 1886. Summit Hall was sold to Frank and Zoe Wilmot in 1936. During the Wilmot's ownership, their son William created one of the first commercila turf farms in the United States at Summit Hall. The City of Gaithersburg purchased this 57-acre historic farm in 1982 and established Summit Hall Farm Park which is the crown jewel of the City of Gaithersburg park system.

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