Pg 521 Suit, S. Taylor -M on Tues 9/4 at the residence of the bride's father, Col ___ of Suitland to Miss Rosa Pelham, daughter of Judge Charles Pelham of AL. Evening Star 9/5/18836095
Suitland History 1976600
There is an article by John Clagett Proctor in the Sunday Star, Sep 5, 1937 "Suit Career was Meteoric" on Col. Suit, Mr. Arthur Suit, Mrs. Catherine Latimer and others. Little Brown Jugs for whiskey from at least 1869 to 1887. Cut a shorter road (Suitland Road) from Suitland to Washington, DC. 1 September 1868 filed to form Company for purpose of building a Turnpike Road (Known as Washington & Prince George County Turnpike Company). Office was in Forrestville, MD. Samuel was President the first year. Incorporated the Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad Company on 24 February 1872 with Peter G. Grimes & others. This company was sold to B&O Railroad in August 1874. Feb 15, 1873, he signed a deed of trust listing he Had 1200 acres and the Union Hotel or Tavern in Upper Marlboro, MD. Owned Spa Spring Hotel in Bladensburg (located on Bladensburg Road) about three lots North of the George Washington house.
State Senate from 1873 - 1877.
In 1876 Served as one of the judges of agriculture at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA (While there, his mansion in Suitland was destroyed by fire. Mansion was never rebuilt.)
In 1878, he filed for Bankruptcy in Baltimore. Acquired the Oxon Hill Manor Estates just before his death (Obituary on Front Page of Evening Star, 1 September 1888.) Died at his East Capital Street Residence.
Large Stockholder in Highlands Club.
Samuel Taylor Suit Will6096,6097
I, Samuel Taylor Suit, of the City of Washington in the District of Columbia, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make and declare this as and to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking any and all Wills by me heretofore made.
To my son, Arthur B. Suit, I give and bequeath the sum of Two Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars.
To my Sister, Marian Suit, I give and bequeath the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
To my Nephew, S. Taylor Grimes, I give and bequeath the sum of Five Hundred Dollars. To my other Nephew and Neices(sic), I give and bequeath the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars each.
I direct my executrix hereinafter named to pay over to the Pastor of Saint Barnabas Church, in Prince George’s County in the State of Maryland, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to be used for the benefit of said Church grounds.
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of which I may die seized, real and personal and wheresoever situate, I give, devise and bequeath unto my wife, Rosa Pelham Suit, and to our children, Lula Kate Suit, Fielder Pelham Suit and Samuel Taylor Suit, their heirs, executors and administrators share and share alike, the above share of my estate to be accepted by my said wife in lieu of Dower. I hereby direct that the shares in my estate above devised and bequeathed unto my said children shall be held in trust for them until they severally arrive at the age of twenty one years at which time one-half thereof shall be turned over to the child arriving at such age and the balance held for the term of five years thereafter, and then be turned over to such child - and I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, Rosa Pelham Suit, to be the Trustee to hold the said estates above devised to our children, should however my said wife die before my youngest child arrive at the age of twenty one years, or should she marry again, then I direct that her Trusteeship shall cease and that William A. Gordan and J. Holdsworth Gordon, or the survivor of them, shall thereupon be Trustees for said estates, and I hereby authorize and empower my Trustee or Trustees above named to sell and convey any part or all of my estate, except “Suitland” and my Berkley Springs property, at her or their discretions, and invest the proceeds and hold the same on the trust above set forth. And I direct my said Trustee or Trustees to apply so much of my estate arising from the shares of my estate devised to my children Lula Kate, Fielder P. and Samuel Taylor, as may be required for the support and education of said children.
I direct that all my debts, including all Mortgages on any of my real estate shall be paid as soon as possible after my death. I also direct that my farm in Prince George’s County, in the State of Maryland known as “Suitland”, comprising the tracts purchased from Thomas E. Berry and Mr. Edward Joy, shall not be sold until my youngest child arrives at the age of twenty one years, and that my grounds and residence at “Berkley Springs” in the State of West Virginia, shall be held for the use of my wife and our children above named until the youngest arrive at the age of twenty one years.
And hereby provide that if any legatee or devisee under this Will shall set up any claim against my estate or attempt to set aside any of the provisions of this Will, then the share given to such legatee or Devisee shall fall back into my estate and become a part of the residue thereof.
I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, Rosa Pelham Suit, to be the executrix of this my last Will and Testament, and direct that she shall not be required to give bond as such Executrix.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of January A. D. 1888.
/s/ Samuel Taylor Suit (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator Samuel Taylor Suit, as and for his Last Will and Testament, in our presence, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our names as Witnesses.
/s/ Wm Dodge, Jas. H. Ritchie, S. Alex. Pumphrey
Supreme Court of the District of columbia Holding a Special Term for Orphans Court Business Oct 11, 1888
District of Columbia to wit:
This day appeared S. Alexander Pumphrey one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Samuel Taylor Suit, late of the District of Columbia, deceased and made oath in the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that he did see the testator therein named sign the will .... /s/ Dorsey Clagett, Register of Wills
District of Columbia to win:
This day appeared William Dodge one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Samuel Taylor Suit late .... /s/ Dorsey Clagett, Register of Wills
In the Supreme Court of the District Court Special Term for Orphans Court Business
District of Columbia to wit:
I Edward F. Bingham, chief justice of the Orphan Court of the district of Columbia do hereby certify that Dorsey Clagett, Esquire who executed the foregoing attestation, in the Register of Wills in and for said District duly commissioned and qualified and ex-officio Clerk of the said special term for orphans court business; and that the said attestation is in due form of law and by the proper officers.
In testimony whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this 18th day of October Anno Domini 1888. /s/ E. F. Bingham, Chief Justice (seal)
District of Columbia to wit:
I Dorsey Clagett Register of Wills in and for the District aforesaid and ex-officio Clerk of the said Special Term for Orphans Court Business do hereby certify that Edward F. Bingham esquire whose genuine signature is attached to the foregoing certificate is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia duly commissioned and qualified.
(seal) In Testimony therein, I herein do subscribe my name and affix the seal of the said Supreme Court, the 18th day of October Anno Domini 1888.
/s/ Dorsey Clagett, Register of Wills for the District of Columbia and ex-officio Clerk of the said Special Term for Orphan Court Business
Berkeley Castle Pamphlet5725
: English-Norman Castle. Built by Col Samuel Taylor Suit in 1885. He was a wealthy businessman from Suitland, MD. Col Suit fought in the Civil War under Gen Robert E. Lee. He was also appointed ambassador to England by Presidents Grant and Hayes during their administrations. He was the owner of a large estate with an English manor house, which he named Suitland, and today the town of Suitland, MD bears it's name. When Col Suit was 46 years old he fell in love with a young debutante from Alabama. Rosa Pelham was the daughter of Congressman Charles Palham of Alabama and was 17 years old at the time. The Colonel proposed marriage but due to the age difference Rosa turned him down. About five years later they were having dinner at one of the hotels downtown when the subject of castles came up. Rosa made the comment that she would love to own a castle overlooking the town of Berkeley Springs. The Colonel took the hint and said, "I will build you a castle if you will marry me." This time she accepted, and that afternoon they marked off the location where they wanted their castle to be built. They then proceeded to by the land. A few days later they were married in Washington, D.C. They had three children two sons and a daughter. The daughter died in her late teens from typhoid fever. The two sons grew up, were educated, and then went out West to live. .... The Castle ... I took about three years to complete and just before it was completed, Colonel Suit died.
St Barnabas Church Pamphlet6098
Another notable parishioner interred at St Barnabas was Samuel Taylor Suit. Colonel S.T.Suit (The Colonel being the honorary Kentucky variety) was one of the colorful figures of the county during the 19th Century. He was a politician, businessman, agriculturist, railroad builder and castle builder. The area - Suit's Land - where this entrepreneur lived and worked is known to us today as Suitland. Also, still in evidence today is the castle he built in Berkeley Springs, WV, for his third wife, Rosa Pelham, daughter of Congressman Charles Pelham of Alabama. Col. Suit made considerable business transactions in the area with his brother-in-law, Peter G. Grimes, who married the Colonel's sister, Kate. Their son was S. Taylor Grimes, who photographed the c. 1902 picture we have in hand of St. Barnabas Church. Kate Suit Grimes is also buried here.
St Barnabas Chapel Oxon Hill (Protest Episcopal) (1830) - St John’s Church Broad Creek 1689-1878 (originally called Broad Creek Church; records 1823-1890 believed destroyed in Baltimore fire 1904) and copy MD State Archives6099
Suit Castle by George F. Kahne6100
Dr Keesecker’s castle was built shortly after the Civil War by Col. Samuel T. Suit as a gift for his wife Rosa. ... Suit died before his dream was completed, leaving his wife a sizable fortune. Aware of her inability to handle money, he stipulated in his will that she must complete the castle to receive his entire fortune. Mrs. Suit obeyed. Then she ran through the money in a whirl of parties which night after night, kept the castle ablaze with lights. ... the widow spent $50,000 in six months.
WV Castle Article6101
Castle built shortly after the Civil War by Col Samuel T. Suit as a gift for his wife, Rosa. Suit died before his dream was completed, leaving his wife a sizable fortune. Aware of her inability to handle money, he stipulated in his will that she must complete the castle to receive his entire fortune. Mrs. Suit obeyed. Then ran through the money in a whirl of parties which, night after night, kept the castle ablaze with lights. A lawyer who handled the estate told Mrs. Sally Horn, an acquaintance of Mrs. Suit's still living in Berkeley Springs, that the widow spent $50,000 in six months. But she was generous as well as frivolous, and much of her money went to local less-fortunates. ... peacocks as pets ... moved to a cabin on nearby Sleepy Creek. There she lived in one room with a half dozen cats and dogs and a host of chickens.
Pg 3 On Sep 4 1883. Suit's age was written on the (marriage) certificate as "between 50 and 60". Samuel Taylor Suit was born in Bladensburgh, Prince George's County, MD in 1830. Pg 3 Young Suit started work as an errand boy in a Washington drygoods store. While still in his teens, the ambitious lad, refused a college education by his father, left home & found employment in Keokuk, IA. Pg 3 Suit worked in a distillery, soon he built his own plant, owned the largest liquor warehouse in Louisville. Pg 3 owned Spa Springs Hotel in Bladensburgh; and was president of the Washington & Chesapeake Railroad and the Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad and served a term as a MD state senator. Pg 5 He (Col Suit) buried in the graveyard of St Barnabas Chapel, Oxon Hill, near beloved Suitland. His gravestone was carved "Aged 58."(Birth=1830) But his death certificate was inscribed "56 years, 1 month, and 18 days old" (Birth = Jul 13, 1832).
Berkeley Castle Museum5727
: (I don’t believe he ever fought in the Civil War!)
Castle built by Col. Samuel Taylor Suit in 1885. Col. Suit, a wealthy businessman, fought in Civil War under Gen. Robert E. Lee and later appointed Ambassador to England by Presidents Grant and Hayes during their administrations. Col. Suit was 46 years old when he fell in love with 17 yr old debutante from Alabama.
"Castle Built to Win a Bride"5728
: He (S.T.Suit) gained social position by marrying into a prominent family (Arelia Wilmarth). This marriage ended in divorce. "Suitland's 'colonel' built 1887 castle for sale in W.VA": $3 million includes antique furnishings.
Suitland’s ‘colonel’ built 1887 castle5729
Pg R33 Suit remarried, and he and his second wife, Aurelia, had a son Arthur, born in 1862. Suit and Aurelia were divorced in 1879. He returned to Prince George's County in 1867, ... in Suitland, and packaged his whiskey in little brown jugs
"Suitland Named After Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit, Pioneer Philantrophist"6102
Money brought to Colonel Suit high ideas and in order to gratify these, he built upon his Suitland farm, just a distance back of what is now Silver Hill Road and Suitland Road, a fine house patterned after an English mansion, such as had fascinated him on his frequent trips to Europe. It was a spacious house, built for the entertainment of guests, and had every convenience in use at that time, including a wine cellar that would have done justice to the barons of Southern MD during Colonial days. The living rooms were decorated with fine paintings, and with art objects brought from abroad.
Although Colonel Suit was famous for his hospitality, he was best-known throughout the nation for his many benevolences. But he did like to entertain prominent people and such notables as Presidents Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes and other high government officials were frequent guests at his mansion. It seems that happiness and sadness are inseparable and Colonel Suit had both. But he was tender-hearted and kind, and loved children, of whom he had several.
Samuel Suit began his business career as errand boy at a dry goods store in downtown Washington, DC. He later migrated to Louisville, KY, where he was employed in a brewery. He married the daughter of the owner and they inherited part of the business, and he became a legendary Kentucky Colonel. His wife died young, without children. He sold his business (Louisville, KY) and went to New York City. There he engaged himself in the stock market and eventually obtained a seat on the exchange. He built a mill, distillery, store, race track, and a mansion comparable to his friends in Washington. His whiskey was marked in little brown jugs and became a popular brand across the county.
Samuel Suit was also active in Republican politics and served in the Maryland Senate. He owned the Spa Springs Hotel in Bladensburg, was president of Anacostia Wharf and Docking Company, Pres. of the Washington &Chesapeake Railroad,&the Washington&Point Lookout RR.
From the Record - Certificate of Marriage, District of Columbia, show the groom, S. Taylor Suit, age between 50 and 60, Residence, Suitland, MD - bride, Martha Rosa Pelham, age 22, Residence, Washington DC, Birthplace, Alabama.
The Suit Cottage - "The News", of Sep 4, 1885, said "Mr. Suit who purchased a lot from H. H. Boyd, along Warm Springs Ridge, some time ago, is laying the foundation for his cottage." Comment ... summer residences ..were referred to as cottages. Rosa never lived in the Suitland mansion because it burned before they were married. They lived at 228 New Jersey Avenue, in the city of Washington
vol 13 pt 1 pg356 (68MD443)Talbot et al v.Suit Mar14, 1888 Certificate of Discharge in bankruptcy was filed, which showed that on 17 Oct 1878 the defendant was discharged fm all debts & claims which were provable against his estate & which existed 18 Jul 1878
- GeoWTalbot&HenryCMcCanley action against SamuelT.Suit to recover $1951.03 + interest..stating..JamesL.Brown on 12 Aug 1875 ..promised to pay..defendant for valuable consideration assigned; don’t owe.
v. 25 pt 1 pg 980 (76 MD 567) Jackson et al v. Wilson et al Suit v. Same Jan 13, 1893. T. Owen Berry s/o lateThomas E.Berry sold to Samuel T. Suit interest in real estate; rent for $1095 fm tenants by Berry. Mrs. Suit doesn’t owe
v. 33 pt 1 pg 457 (82 MD 155) Richardson v. Simpson; Three Brothers 103 ac conveyed to Milton L. Howser, 4 days later reconveyed by Howser to Suit by way of mortgage to secure the payment of $2,250; subdivided into 6 lots & survey & plat recorded in 1880; The title to the residue (Lot 4-6) of Three Brothers...was again acquired by Suit, who afterwards died.
- Mar 1890, 25ac of this conveyed by Suit’s executrix to one Werck for $875;
- Dec1890 remainder 38 1/2ac conveyed by Suit’s executrix to the appellee,Simpson,for the consideration of $1330
MD Land Records604
-SuitST PG ATB1 0026 Deed FrancisP.&AlexinaStevens of BaltimoreCity to Samuel T. Suit of PG Co for $2800 Levels Enlarged, 107 1/4 ac
-SuitST PG ATB1 0027 Deed mentions Levels Enlarged, 107 1/4 ac was bought by Peter Grimes at public sale 11Jun1877 judgmt agnst S. T. Suit
-SuitST PG ATB1 0062 Certif of Final Discharge of Bankrupt in District Ct of US, MD; Samuel T. Suit discharged from all debts; petition made 18 Jul 1878 /s/ Judge Giles 17 Oct 1878
-SuitST PG ATB1 0153 Deed 22 Mar 1879 by Trustee of PG Co as power of attorney to sell land mortgaged 21 Mar 1876 executed by Samuel T. Suit to Truman Belt & sons(HB11 160); to Peter G. Grimes Three Brothers
-SuitST PG ATB1 0154 Deed 24 Mar 1879 Samuel T. Suit, Peter G. Grimes, Kate Grimes, his wife of PG to Milton L. Howser of DC for $750 & real est in DC; for 3 Brothers, 103 ac
-SuitST PG ATB1 0154 Deed 28 Mar 1879 Milton L. & Annie E. Howser of DC to Samuel T. Suit of PG for promissory note for $2250 due in 3 yrs for 3 Brothers, 103 ac
-SuitST PG FS4 0425 Deed 2 Apr 1867 Thomas E. & Elizabeth Berry to Samuel Taylor Suit for $22,500 tract Thomas & Mary, 300 ac
-SuitST PG FS4 0611 Deed 13 Jun 1867 Stephen E. & Cordelia Smith & Charles W. & Catherine Boteler to Samuel Taylor Suit for $1605 tract Charles & Rebecca in Bladensburg PG formerly owned by Charles P. Calvert, 40 1/8 ac
-SuitST PG HB1 0008 Deed 19 Dec 1867 Samuel T. & Aurelia B. Suit to Peter G. Grimes for $37500 House Place, 400 ac,
-SuitST PG HB1 0008 Mortgage 19 Dec 1867 Peter G. & Catherine Grimes and Samuel T. Suit five promissory notes for $7000 ea + Interest, House Place, 400 ac
-SuitST PG HB1 0122 Deed 2 Mar 1868 S. Taylor & Aurelia B. Suit to Henry T. Scott for $4600 land Suitsville, 2 ac
-SuitST PG HB1 0422 Indenture 23 May 1867 Robert Marshall G.R.W Marshall (sic) & S.A. Marshall, his wife to S. T. Suit for $1260, Headache, 42 ac
-WilmarthA PG HB2 0089 15 Aug 1868 Peter G. & Kate Grimes of PG to Arthur F. Willmarth of NYC NY for $37500 for the Home Place, Samuel T. Suit lately resided, now by P. Grimes, 400 ac & Headache, 50 ac
-WilmarthA PG HB2 0420 Deed 19 Apr 1869 Washington & Mary Beall of PG to Arthur F. Willmarth of NY for $4000 tract of land PG purchased fm WmO.Sprig by Z.Berry in 1820, road Forestville to DC 351ac, S T Suit, agent for A.F.Willmarth, of NY paid $7812.50
-SuitST PG HB3 0374 Deed 2 May 1870 land 15 1/4ac Edward Joy & Rachel Ann Joy, his wife to Samuel T. Suit for $762
-SuitST PG HB4 0747 Deed 10 Jun 1871 William B. Jones to S. Taylor Suit for $481.89 one house & lot in Bladensburg formerly owned by John S. Suit, now in possession of John R. White as a Hotel sold to Jones by sheriff by Deed 2 Nov 1870 (HB4 53)
-SuitG PG HB4 0872 Indenture 14 Jun 1871 Grafton & Martha A. Suit of PG, to S. Taylor Suit, for $4725, 47 1/4 ac land near Marlboro, recd fm Samuel H. & John E. Berry administrators of Albert B. Berry 27 Jun 1867 (HB4 615)
-SuitG PG HB4 0873 Deed 14 Jun 1871 Grafton & Martha A. Suit of PG, to S. Taylor Suit, for $2151, pt of John’s Lot & pt of Magruders Plains Enlarged, in Forestville, 72 1/2 ac
-SuitST PG HB5 0363 Indenture 1 Nov 1871 S. Taylor & Aurelia B. Suit to Michael Durkin for $3265.62 1/2 cents lot on plat of W.J.Latimer as Lot 2 of the Meadow, 26 1/8 ac
-SuitST PG HB5 0364 Indenture 4 Nov 1871 S Taylor & Aurelia B.Suit of PG MD to John Robertson of PG for $2750 on plat of W.J.Latimer Lot 1 of Meadow
-SuitST PG HB5 0429 Mortgage 6 Nov 1871 to John Robertson by Samuel Taylor Suit for $2250, 5 promissory notes ea for $450, land sold to Robertson, 22 ac
-SuitST PG HB5 0430 Mortgage 1 Nov 1871 to Michael & Mary E. Durkin by Samuel Taylor Suit for $3265.62 1/2 cents, 5 promissory notes ea for $653.12 1/2, land sold to Durkin, 26 1/8 ac
-SuitST PG HB5 0432 Deed 3 Jan 1872 Arthur F. Willmarth & Lydia F., his wife of NY, NY & Samuel Taylor Suit of PG MD for $1, land Home Place in PG, 450 ac Orig from Peter G. Grimes & Kate dtd 15 Aug 1868
-SuitST PG HB5 0432 Deed 3Jan1872 ArthurF.Willmarth & LydiaF, his wife of NY,NY&SamuelTaylorSuit of PG MD for $1, lots 1 & 2 surveyed by NicholasSnowden,Plat made by ThomasLatimer Surveyor,18 1/4 ac, pt of HeadAche or Freys Friend Goodwill Enlarged
-SuitST PG HB5 0434 Deed 3Jan1872 ArthurF.Willmarth & LydiaF, his wife of NY,NY&SamuelTaylorSuit of PG MD for $1 fm Dower Lettice M. Brown to divide real est of James L. Brown, decd, 101 ac
-SuitST PG HB5 0435 Deed 3Jan1872 ArthurF.Willmarth & LydiaF, his wife of NY,NY&SamuelTaylorSuit of PG MD for $1 Spalding Dist, 3 Brothers, 103 ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0187 Deed 3Jun1872 ArthurF.Willmarth & LydiaF, his wife of NY,NY&SamuelTaylorSuit of PG MD for $1 land purch of Wm O. Sprigg by Z Berry in 1870, 351 ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0224 Deed 29Jun1872 SamuelTSuit & Aurelia B., his wife, of PG MD to Joseph J. Stewart of Balt. City. Suit indebted to Freedman’s Survey & Trust Co $25K; for $1 “Home Place” 450 ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0349 Deed 4 Sep1872 SamuelTSuit & Aurelia B., his wife, of PG MD to E. King for $610, land conveyed by Washington & Mary Beall to Arthur Willmarth, 15 ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0383 Indenture 10 Jul 1873 SamuelTSuit & Aurelia B., his wife, of PG MD to Washington City & Pt Lookout RR Co. for $2K parcel of land in Bladensburg, PG as Branch RR now located, 1.21 ac + 40K sq ft for Depot
-SuitST PG HB6 0475 Deed 12 Oct 1872 Michael & Mary E. Durkin to SamuelTaylorSuit of PG MD for $3465 and 62.5 cents part of plat by Wm J. Latimer, Lot 2 of the Meadow sold to Durkin by Suit 1 Nov 1871, 26 1/8 ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0711 Deed 3 Jan 1873 James L. Brown & Adelaide R., his wife, to SamuelTaylorSuit ofPG MD for $1K,Forrestville, 7 1/2ac
-SuitST PG HB6 0780 Indenture 15 Feb 1873 SamuelTSuit & Aurelia B, his wife, of PG MD & John J. Stewart of Baltimore City MD; Suit indebted unto Geo L. May of Georgetown DC for $75K; HomePlace,450ac +fm JamesBrown 7.5ac +Marlboro Union Hotel +105.5ac +93ac
-SuitST PG HB7 0558 Deed 1 Sep 1873 Minnie Amelia Hain Kesley of PG to Samuel Taylor Suit of PG MD for $1500 Lot 17, 18, 19 Bladensburg Town
-SuitST PG HB10 0402 Indenture 7 Jul 1875 Samuel Taylor Suit of PG MD; Aurelia B. Suit of NY; George T. May of DC; Suit’s separated and divorcing; to Geo May all property listed here; release of Dower
-SuitST PG HB10 0562 Mortgage 5 Aug 1875 James L. Brown & Adelaide B., his wife to Samuel S.(sic) Suit of PG MD for $1951.03 in a sealed note drawn by James Brown in favor? of said Samuel T. Suit near Silver Hill Post Ofc, 30 ac
-SuitST PG HB11 0160 Mortgage 23 Mar 1876 Samuel T. Suit of PG MD to Truman Belt and sons Baltimore City for $7016 promissory note due in 3 yrs; 6 promissary notes for $210.48 each; lot Charles & Rebecca in Bladensburg, 40 1/8 ac + Forrestville 47 1/4 ac
-SuitST PG HB11 0160 Mentions tract adj. to Village of Forrestville, 47 1/4 ac conveyed to Samuel T. Suit by Grafton Suit & Martha A., his wife by Deed dtd 14 Jun 1871 recd HB4 fol 872
-SuitST PG HB11 0160 Mentions tract dtd 14 Jun 1871 conveyed to Samuel T. Suit by Grafton Suit & Martha A., his wife by Deed Pt of John’s Lot, 72 1/2 ac HB4 fol 873
-SuitST PG HB11 0168 Deed 25 Mar 1876 Samuel T. Suit of PG to Geo T. May of Wash City DC indebted Charles K. Bingham on promissary note dtd 1 Jul 1873 for $ 9850 + 10% interest; to be held Trust for Arthur Bingham Suit s/o SamuelT.Suit for $3800, 15 1/4ac
-SuitST PG HB11 0168 mentions 2 May 1870 land 15 1/4ac conveyed to SamuelT.Suit by EdwardJoy&RachelA.Joy, his wife recd HB3 374
-SuitST PG HB11 0168 Mentions House & Lot Bladensburg formerly owned by John Smith Suit as a Hotel and sold by Sheriff to Wm B. Jones 2 Nov 1870 HB4 53 to Samuel T. Suit 10 Apr 1871 HB4 747
-SuitST PG JB3 0465 Deed 29 Aug 1897 mentions 11 Jun 1877 Theodore H. Huntt, then Sheriff sold to Peter G. Grimes for $680. part of parcel of land near Suitland to Peter G. Grimes called “Levels Enlarged” 350 ac
-SuitST PG JB3 0467 Indenture 28 Aug 1897 mentions Francis P. Stevens Mar 7, 1879 (Lib ATB1 Fol 26) sold land near Suitland called “Levels Enlarged” 350 ac to Samuel T. Suit
-SuitST PG JB3 0467 mentions Samuel T. Suit Last Will and Testament dated Jan 23, 1888 and recorded Liber WAJ Jr. 1 Fol 550
-SuitST PG JB3 0469 mentions S. Taylor Suit acquired by Deed fm Wm A. Gordon, Trustee, Jun 11, 1888 (Lib JWB9 Fol 338) piece of land adjoining Town of Bladensburgh, 7 ac
-SuitA PG JB11 0520 18 Aug 1900 George T. May, Trustee to Arthur B. Suit from father, Samuel T. Suit, deceased, did on 25 Mar 1876 conveyed to George T. May as Trustee for Arthur B. Suit Liber AB11 fol 168 dower land of Lettice M. Brown, late; made to secure an indebtedness due by Samuel T. Suit to Charles K. Bingham who had assigned the same to George T. May at his death in trust for ArthurB.Suit. JamesBrown toArthurF.Wilmarth datd 11Apr1871 Liber HB4 folio 601 then to SamuelTSuit on 3Jan1872 LiberHB5 fol 434
-SuitST PG JWB2 0167 Indenture 13 Jul 1883 Samuel T. Suit of PG to Ellen E. Bruce wife of Charles H. Bruce of DC for $671.96 Lots 1,2,3 in M.L.Howsers subdivision called Three Brothers fm Mortgage Howser 28 Mar 1879 (ATB1 156)
-SuitST PG JWB4 0618 30 Aug 1884 Conveyance Elizabeth Berry widow to S. Taylor Suit land Spaldings District, for $300 real estate, 52 ac including lots 5, 7, 8 & 10 of subdivision
-SuitST PG JWB5 0308 Deed 1 Dec 1885 Richard B. Chew, Trustee for Milton L. & Annie Houser; sold 7 Mar 1885 to Samuel T. Suit for $1000; Lots 5 (15.75 ac) & 6 (20.54 ac) in M. L. Houser’s subdivision of tract of land called Three Brothers, Suitland
-SuitST PG JWB5 0309 Deed 1 Dec 1885 R. B. B. Chew, Trustee for Addie & Wm F. Solomon, Jr of DC; sold 9 Apr 1885 to Samuel T. Suit for $400 Lot 4 (29.33 ac) M. L. Howser’s subdivision of Three Brothers Suitland
-SuitA PG JWB5 0360 24 Jun 1885 Deed WmB & Annie H. Bowie; George T. May, Trustee for Arthur B. Suit; to S. Taylor Suit for $6379.72 Suitland, Spaldings District. By agreement dated May 28th, 1877, duly recorded in Liber HB 12 folio 358, the said William B. Bowie obligated himself to convey to the said George T. May, Trustee for Arthur B. Suit, for the sum of $12,579.20, provided the same was paid to him within four year from 28 May 1877 and although the said sum was not paid as stipulated and the agreement forfeited, George T. May, Trustee for Arthur B. Suit, and Arthur B. Suit unite in this deed to convey to Samuel Taylor Suit, any rights they may have in the premises, except a tract of land containing 41 1/6 ac clear of the road conveyed by Wm Bowie & wife and George T. May, Trustee, to Arthur B. Suit by deed of even date with these presents and a tract of land containing 52.83 ac conveyed to Horace Crosier by deed of even date with these presents.... folio 362 Mortgage S. Taylor & Rosa Pelham Suit to Wm B. Bowie $6379.20 (sic); four promissory notes of $1594.80 each with 7.5% interest
-SuitST PG JWB7 0736 Deed 7 Jul 1887 Alpheus E. Bonnell of Montg Co for $2500 to Samuel T. Suit of PG Co tract of land Spaldings Distr called part of 3 Brothers, 63 5/8 ac; also mentions same land sold by Samuel T. Suit & Rosa to Alpheus E. Bonnell of Montg Co 27 Mar 1886 (Lib JWB6 Fol 488)
-SuitST PG JWB8 0017 Deed 25 Jan 1887 Wm B. & Ann R. Bowie of PG to Samuel Taylor Suit of PG for $2662.37 part of Lot 6 of Nonesuch, all Lot 4, 46.12 ac
-SuitST PG JWB8 0237 Deed 25 Mar 1887 Henry W. Clagett, Mortgagee sold to Samuel T. Suit, for $552 of Daniel Parke Peter & Elizabeth S. Peter, public sale at Upper Marlboro, Lot # 3, 102.6 ac
-SuitST PG JWB8 0491 Deed 13 Apr 1887 Joseph Packard Jr., assignee of Mary E. Wilson & Wm L. Roberts Mortgagee of Balt. sold to Samuel T. Suit, for $3955 of Ira S. & Sarah J. Allen, public sale at premises, Lot #8 of Nonesuch, formerly Brothers Joint Interest 125.5 ac
-SuitST PG JWB8 0694 Deed 15 Jun 1887 Wm B. Jackson, John A. Baker, Elias E. White, Trustees of DC to Samuel T. Suit of PGC land of J. Fenwick & Nora E. Young of DC for $600 part of Nonesuch/Brothers Joint Interest, 35 ac
-SuitST PG JWB9 0338 Indenture 10 Apr 1888 Wm A. & Harriette C. Gordon of Dc to Samuel Taylor Suit of DC for $5 in PG called Yanno near Washington & Bladensburg Turnpike
-SuitST PG JWB9 0377 Deed 14 Apr 1888 T. Owen Berry of PG to Samuel Taylor Suit of PG balance of 1/4 interest in real estate for $400 in Oxon Hill District “Oxon Hill Manor” of his father Thos Berry
-SuitST PG JWB9 0457 Deed 17 Apr 1888 Wm Jackson, Elias E. White & John H. Baker, Trustees of DC of Joseph N. Young to Samuel Taylor Suit of PGC part of Lot 6 Nonesuch, 38.65 ac for $1159.50
-SuitR PG JWB11 0137 Deed 7 Dec 1887 T. Owen Berry & Annie C. Berry to Samuel Taylor Suit of PG for $200 “Oxon Hill Manor” his father Thos Berry land, 1/2 interest
-SuitR PG JWB18 0359 Indenture 14 May 1891 mentions 23 May 1888 sell Samuel T. Suit since deceased residue sold
-SuitST PG WAJ2 0140 Indenture 8 Nov 1880 Burns Harlan for his mother Nancy Sargent paid Samuel T. Suit $1000 for deeds to Burns Harlan’s children, 2 lots of land Levels Enlarged, Lot 1, Burns Harlan, Trustee
-SuitST PG WAJ2 0653 Mar-May 1881 Right of Way to Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad Company: S. T. Suit
-SuitST PG WAJ2 0753 Mortgage 7 Jun 1881 Ella & Arthur Tolson of PG indebted to Samuel Taylor Suit for $100, promissory note due in 1 yr, real estate of late Josiah Suit, Grove Hurst, near Brightseat in Kent Distr, Lot 2, 33 ac recently sold to Ella Tolson
-SuitA PG 17 0441 7 Apr 1904 also that house and lot in the village of Bladensburg, formerly owned and occupied by John Smith Suit as a Hotel, and which was sold by Judson F. Richardson, formerly Sheriff of said County, under a certain execution mentioned in a deed for the said House and lot, executed by him as Sheriff to a certain William B. Jones the purchaser thereof, bearing date the 2nd day of Nov 1870 and duly recorded in Liber H. B. No. 4, folio 53, Land Record Books of the said county, and which was conveyed to the said Samuel T. Suit by the said William B. Jones by deed bearing date on the 10th day of April 1871, and duly recorded in Liber HB No.4, folio 747, Land Record Books of the said county.
-SuitR Calv JS3 0545-0546 /s/ 19 Oct 1891 Power of attorney to Charles Pelham of Washington DC for S. T. Suit estate
-SuitR Calv JS3 0550 mentions Deed of Samuel Taylor Suit & wife of Aug 2, 1884 Lib SS 6 fol. 295 Chesapeake Beach & subdivisions
-SuitR Calv JS3 0553 Indenture 7 Apr 1892 mentions Deed to S.T.Suit by Julius E. Wilson & wife Feb 7, 1883 Lib SS 5 Fol 398 conveying 438 1/4 ac (438 1/2 ac) mentions Deed 7 Mar 1883 to S.T.Suit by Mary E. Margaretta K. & Lydia C. Barber, 67 3/4 ac Lib SS 5 fol 457; mentions Deed 19 Mar 1883 to S.T.Suit by William W Nichols & wife, 27 ac Lib SS 5 fol 455; mentions Deed 14 Mar 1883 to S.T.Suit by James B. Chew & others, 125 ac Lib SS 5 fol 459; mentions Deed 16 Mar 1883 to S.T.Suit by Charles C. Bird, 60 ac Lib SS 5 fol 458
-SuitS Calv SS5 0398 Deed 7 Feb 1883 Julius E. & Julia Wilson to S. T. Suit for $6500; 32 ac near Wilson & Chew land, same land conveyed by Thomas Chew & others to John F. Wilson 26 Jun 1855 Lib NB fol 605; also land called Major’s Choice, 350 ac; also land called Silver Stone, 56 1/4 ac conveyed by deed 8 Oct 1849 by Thomas S. Alexander to John F. Wilson Lib ARR4 fol 59; all provided to Julius Wilson by his father John F. Wilson per will 15 Aug 1875 recorded Anne Arundel Co Office of Register of Wills
-SuitS Calv SS5 0357 Mortgage 9Feb1883 SamuelT.Suit to JuliusE.Wilson of AACo&RichardP.Jackson of DC(atty) for $4250 fm Suit to Wilson, for land 32ac near Wilson’s per deed dtd 26Jun1855 fm ThomasChew toWilson; &350ac nr MajorsChoice & Silver Stone 56 1/4ac
-SuitS Calv SS5 0438 Indenture 14Mar1883 SamuelTSuit ofDC to RolandHagner&SamuelMaddox ofDC; Suit indebted for$1562.50 to Chew’s & Gantt’s of CalvertCo, for $1, 3rdDistr CalvCo on ChesBay adjoining JTHutchins, 125ac
-SuitS Calv SS5 0455 Deed 9 Mar 1883 WilliamWesly&AnnieM.Nichols ofAA Co to SamuelT.Suit ofDC for$350, land in CalvCo of F.LouisGriffith, HenryW.Margness&late JonathanT.Barber, 27ac onChesapeakeBay, real estate of mother SarahAnnDarnall
-SuitS Calv SS5 0457 Deed 7 Mar 1883 Mary E. Barber, Margaretta R. Barber & Lydia C. Barber of Calvert Co to Samuel T. Suit of DC for $2032.50, 3rd Distr Calv Co on Ches. Bay&FishingCrk, 67 3/4 ac
-SuitS Calv SS5 0458 Deed 16 Mar 1883 Charles C. Bird of Calvert Co to Samuel T. Suit of PG Co for $1350 land on Ches Bay, 3 ED Calvert Co, near James Cox,&EdwardGantt&WmWilburn, 50 ac
-SuitS Calv SS5 0459 Deed 14 Mar 1883 Jane B., Priscilla, Sallie, Jane B., Thomas J., J. Blake, Mary C., Samuel Chew & Edward Gantt & his wife Anna of Calvert Co to Samuel T. Suit of DC for $3125, 3rd Distr CalvCo on ChesBay adjoining J.T.Hutchins, 125ac
-SuitS Calv SS6 0295 Deed 17 Mar 1884 Julius E. Wilson for $4250 to Samuel T. Suit property described in Deed Lib SS5 Folio 357, said mortgage released
-SuitS Calv SS6 0296 Conveyance 2Aug1884 Samuel Taylor Suit & Martha Rosa Suit of Suitland PG to Robert M. Reynolds of DC, for $1,Calvert Co, on Ches Bay & below mouth of Fishing Crk, 3 Distr, 67 3/4 ac +Thomas Chew land 32 ac +Majors Choice 350 ac + Silverstone 56 1/4 ac + Barber land 27 ac
-SuitS Calv SS6 0368 Randall Haynes&Samuel Maddox of DC as trustees under Deed of Trust fm Samuel T. Suit 14 Mar 1884 recded Lib SS 5 fol. 438 CalvCo, for $1, release quit claim & convey real estate, 3ED, Chesapeake Beach & subdivisions
-SuitS Calv SS7 0045 Indenture 7 Nov 1884 Robert M. Reynolds of DC & Samuel Taylor Suit of PG MD, 2 Aug 1884 Deed of Trust - released for $1
-SuitST Chas BGS4 0581 Chas 20 Nov 1880 Mortgage Washington City & Pt Lookout RR Co. & Farmers Loan & Trust Co of NY execute Bond of $1M gold coin at 6% per annum
-SuitST STM MSA CE 60-15 JFF 5 Pg43 15Apr1881 JohnB&EllaDWharton of CulpepperCoVA to STaylorSuit of PGCoMD $3500 Point Lookout,StMary’sCo Lot7, 10, 11, 14 in Blk5 lots fronting on ChesapeakeAve 25’. Also lots 9, 12, 13 in Blk5 fronting Washington Ave, ea lot 25’ W.
-SuitST STM JFF 6 405 4Jun1883 PointLookout, StMary’sCo,MD SamuelT.Suit to Hector McLain of Annapolis, Nova Scotia for $4000 Lots 7, 10, 11 and 14 in Block 5 fronting Chesapeake Ave 25 Feet Also Lots 9, 12 and 13 Block 5 fronting Washington Ave Ea Lot 25 feet wide
MD State Archives, Journal of Proceedings6103
p. 1570 3 Jan 1873 An appeal bond signed by Messrs S. T. Suit, & others & approved by Judge Ford had been filed in the case of the Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad Co vs. County Commissioners of St Mary’s Co MD (Suit, Pres Wash City RR Co)
p. 1570 21 Jan 1873 S.T.Suit, Pres, Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad Co notifying the Treasurer that the Company had directed the dismissal of the appeal in case against County Commissioners of St Mary’s Co MD
Chicago Tribune 1870-77, Allen Co Public Library, IL6104
S. T. Suit, 1872 Mar 4, Pg 5, Vol 25, # 209
Samuel T. 1873 Aug 16 Pg 3, Vol 26 # 361
S. Taylor Suit, 1876 Oct 27, Pg 5, Vol 31 # Blank
S. T. Suit, 1876 Apr 21, Pg 1, Vol 29, # 239
San Francisco Chronicle, Allen Co Public Library, State: CA6105
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1871 Nov 7, Pg 2, Vol 14 # 122
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 15, Pg 2, Vol 14 # 129
S. T. Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 14, Pg 2, Vol 14, # 128
S. T. Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 21, Pg 2, Vol 14, # 134
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 26, Pg 2, Vol 14 # 138
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 27, Pg 2, Vol 14, # 139
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1871 Dec 31, Pg 8, Vol 14, # 143
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1872 Jan 4, Pg 2, Vol 14, # 146
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1872 Jan 5, Pg 2, Vol 14, # 147
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1872 Jan 6, Pg 2, Vol 14 # 148
S. Taylor Suit & Co., 1872 Jan 9, Pg 2, Vol 14 # 150
S. T. Suit & Co., 1872 Jul 27, Pg 2, Vol 16, # 11
The Sunday Star Washington, DC, Sep 5, 1937605
Col. Samuel Taylor Suit, who refused a college education, left Washington and returned a wealthy man. Many years ago he was a successful business man in Washington and Maryland.
Samuel Suit of Suitland started work .. an errand boy in the dry goods store of Darius Clagett & Co on the north side of Market Space between Eighth and Ninth streets, according to the city directory, but more .. on the northeast corner of Pennsylvania avenue and Ninth Street. ... Then came Darius Clagett .. in 1840.
(Samuel) became a distiller himself and built what was for many years the largest liquor warehouse in Louisville.
Money brought to Col. Suit high ideas and in order to gratify these he built upon his farm, a distance back of the Silver Hill road, a fine house patterned after an English mansion, such as had fascinated him on his frequent visits to Europe. It was a spacious house, built for the entertainment of guests, and had every convenience in use at that time. Including a wine cellar that would have done justice to the barons of Southern MD during Colonial days. The living rooms were decorated with fine paintings, and with art objects brought from abroad.
The grounds were elaborately landscaped with exotic shrubbery, statuary and Summer houses, and a greenhouse, attended by a Belgian gardener, furnished the mansion with flowers in Winter. He had thoroughbred horses, carriages and an English coachman, whose quarters over the stable were even supplied with a billiard table. On the estate he built two artificial lakes and stocked them with fish; indeed, there were few things absent from what was built for a country gentleman’s home.
He planted out many acres in fruit trees, and as these grew in size and the quantity of fruit increased, he shipped to other cities what he could not dispose of in Washington.
The colonel was famous for his hospitality, and he was known throughout the county for his many charities. But he did like to entertain prominent people and such notables as Presidents Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes and Mr. Justice Miller of the US Supreme Court were frequent guests at his mansion, and often stopped in to see the colonel when out for a carriage ride.
Some marriages are not always harmonious, and Col. Suit’s second marriage was apparently not a complete success for about this time Col. and Mrs. Suit were legally separated. Subsequently he was married to the daughter of Charles Pelham, Representative from Alabama.
However, his greatest trouble and loss began in 1876 when his costly mansion was completely destroyed by fire. It occurred while he was serving as one of the judges of agriculture at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and the shock was a severe one. Although he never rebuilt the old residence, yet he continued to live at Suitland and engaged in several more or less unsuccessful ventures.
In this connection, he early conceived the idea of running a more direct road from his farm in Washington, and this was a complete success, and one of the best monuments the man could have made for himself. It still bears the name Suitland road. The old route, by way of Silver Hill to Anacostia Bridge, is about three and one-fourth miles, while the one built by Mr. Suit, and presented to the people of his county, shortens the distance considerably.
Col. Suit’s enterprises were varied, and at different times he began the construction of two railroads intended to supply the citizens of Washington with waterside resorts, easy of access to the city. One of these roads was finally completed, and became the Washington & Chesapeake Railroad, while the other-the Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad - was probably never completed and consequently was a great loss.
Col. Suit was active in Prince George’s County politics, and served a term in the State Senate. His title of colonel had no connection with military affairs and was given only as a mark of respect.
... Miss Flora E. Crosier ... Her father, Horace Crosier, came here from Stamford, CT, shortly after the Civil War, at the request of Col. Suit, to look after his saw mills, and later looked after his stock breeding and virtually became manager of the Suit estate. At an early date he bought 50 acres of Col. Suit’s land and later added to this all of which is now owned by Miss Crosier, who lives on the place in the homestead built in 1872, and which is the oldest house in that neighborhood.
From Suitland a short trip was taken to St. Barnabas’ Chapel, near Oxon Hill, in the churchyard of which Col. Suit is buried, his grave being marked with a modest but neat stone and next to him is the grave of his sister, Mrs. Kate Grimes. Nearby is Col. Suit’s father, Fielder Suit, who was born August 30, 1805, and died Nov 8, 1870.
Passport Application 1795-1905, NARA, Samuel T. Suit, Birth Year or Age 26, Vol 147, Date Year Range 1858 (www.Footnote.com, now Fold3.com)
Washington, Mar 25, 1858, Samuel T. Suit, No. 5771, Mar 25, 1858, Age 26, Stature: 5-7 3/4, Medium, Grey, Grecian, Medium, Round, Light, Fair, Ordinary6106
S T Suit Passport Roll 068, 1 Mar 1858-3 Apr 1858 Pg 482-483 (Ancestry.com)
Sunday Star, Sep 5, 1937 "Suit Career was Meteoric" on Col. Suit600
Biographical Name book in reference section of Provinces Library, Anne Arundel Co, MD refers to the origin of Suitland, MD was after Col. Suit in the Star of Sep 1937, no specific date given.
Suitland. Village near District Heights, Prince George’s County. My pupil at Andrews AFB, D. Cordek, citing Star, Sep 1937, attributes Suitland to Col. Samuel Taylor Suit who lived in the area from 1834 until his death (1888). He was active in local politics and became a state senator. Note: Prince George’s County 1861 Martinct? Charts J. S. Suit, Tavern (Bladensburg)6107
Opened the First National Bank of VA at Richmond & was its president6028,5664
Proceedings of the Court - Reported for the Baltimore Sun; US Circuit Court 27 Dec 18886108
U.S. City Directories 1821-19896109
Pg 154: 1866 Richmond VA: Suit, Samuel T., press National Bank of VA, h s s Franklin ab 3d
He was one of the Judges at the Philadelphia Centennial and took a prominent part in that event5664
Memo from Steph to E.C.P.6110
Subj: Senator Samuel Taylor Suit
Jan 19, 1976
Ms. Darlene Horton, Legislative Aid to Delagate Lorraine Scheehan requested info on Sen. Samuel Taylor Suit. The only thing I found was that he is listed in the Senate Journal for 1874 and 1876 meaning that he was elected in 1873 and term expired in 1878. He was a Senator for Prince George’s County and the town of Suitland was named after him. I checked several Directories and Dictionaries (biographical) and found nothing. (See Articles, Valleys of History by PG Historical Society)
Suitland, PG County MD Mar 7, 1937
Suitland, MD is about 6 mi SE of Capitol from Washington 2 mi from District line in Prince George’s County. Leaving Washington via Pennsylvania Avenue SE crossing the bridge, which gives you a splendid view of the Potomac River and an opportunity of seeing the new improvements of this section made during the past two years. Instead of the old mud flats and low, marsh lands, with their accumulation of rubbish it has been transformed into attractive park-land beautifully landscaped...
One of the largest land-owners in this section was Mr. Suit an old neighbor of Dr. & Norman Sansbury who owned the race track located between here and Forestville. Suitland was named for this Mr. Suit. Suitland is located at the intersection of Silver Hill Road and Rt #4 and has a population of about 2000. Assembled by Kathryne Kimble Berlin, 2802 29th Street, Mt Rainier, MD
Summary Sheet - Samuel Taylor Suit 1832-c18886111
Prince George’s County Wills Series 10 C1326-9 WAJ JR 1 p. 550 rf 1872-91 Loc 01/25/07/010 Md HR 18832
Prince George’s County Probate Index PGGS or 6’s 1988
Biographical Dictionary of the MD Legislature: Suit, S. Taylor, Senate, PG, 1874, 1876; Senate, Sp. Session, PG 1876
The Bankers magazine & Statistical Register, Volume 196112
Pg 1005; 1865 Richmond - The National Bank of Virginia, at Richmond (No 1,125) was organized in May, with a capital of $100,000, limited to $500,000. President, Samuel T. Suit;
Vice President, G.T. May; Cashier, John B. Morton, Cashier for some years of the Bank of the Commonwealth of that city.
The Weekly Statement Vol VII No. 12 Oct 31, 18886113
Pg 48 Death Claims Paid during week ending Wednesday, Oct 24, 1888 (Two policies for Samuel T. Suit)Policy No. 23886
Name of the Assured: Samuel T. Suit
Residence: Washington D.C.
Proofs Received at Home Office: 17 Oct
Date of Payment: 23 Oct
Original Insurance: $10,000
Claim Paid by Company: $10031
Net Premiums Paid: $2891.80
Profits Over Cost: $7139.20Policy No. 37483
Name of the Assured: Samuel T. Suit
Residence: Washington D.C.
Proofs Received at Home Office: 17 Oct
Date of Payment: 23 Oct
Original Insurance: $10,000
Claim Paid by Company: $10028
Net Premiums Paid: $3609.19
Profits Over Cost: $6413.81
Col Suit - Builder of a Castle ... and a Railroad5732
Pg 33-40 of 85 ... estate “Suitland” ... Presidents Grant and Hayes enjoyed the Colonel’s hospitality as did the British Commissioners sent over to settle the Confederate raider Alabama claims against the United States. The English were not only wined and dined, but were treated to a ride to the hounds as well. The estate had extensive orchards whose produce went to the Washington market and a large distillery was located there as well. While serving as a judge of agricultural exhibits at the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876, Suit’s mansion burned to the ground. Although he continued to live on the property, the Colonel did not rebuild the house. He did build a more direct route from “Suitland” to Washington, Suitland Road, and presented it to the County as a gift. ...
Col (S. T. Suit) took as his wife in 1883 Rosa Pelham, age 22 d/o Congressman Charles Pelham of AL. The couple had met at the health spa, Berkeley Springs, and it was here that Samuel Suit built his wife a “cottage” in the form of a castle. ... Constructed from designs made by A. P. Mullett, architect of the old State, War and Navy Building (now the Executive Office Building) in Washington, the castle was begun in 1885 and was still incomplete at the time of his death in Washington in 1888. ...
His wealth was left to the widow and his first son, Arthur, received only $2,500 under terms of the will. The Colonel was buried at St Barnabas’ Church in Oxon Hill.
Pg 38 Mrs. Suit spent about $100,000 to complete the castle at Berkeley Springs and thereafter became known for her extravagant parties. ...
In 1914 the castle was sold to a bank under foreclosure for a mere $3,850. Several persons have occupied the structured since them. Its present owner is Walter M. Bird of McLean, VA who opened it to the public for an admission fee.
Col Samuel Suit maintained an interest in his native Bladensburg over the years and owned the Spa Springs Hotel there which was located on present-day Bladensburg Road about three lots north of the George Washington House. In the tax records of the Town of Bladensburg he had property valued at $5,250. This included the hotel ($2000), a house and lot occupied by William H. Swaim, probably next-door to the hotel; and 35 ac of land (valued at $35/ac) which was most likely the site of the Spa Spring, opposite the hotel. The total town tax at 15¢ per $100 valuation was $7.88. The hotel and house were sold after Col Suit’s death, but the 1890 town tax records show his heirs as still owning the acreage.
Samuel T. Suit’s interest in railroading touched two of the lines in PG County, he was one of the early movers in the organization of the Chesapeake Beach Railroad. Suit was also an incorporator an President of the Washington City and Point Lookout Railroad Company which was to play a role in the struggle between the Baltimore & Ohio and the PA Railroad. ...
National Republican 14 Apr 1881, Image 4, District Commissioner to Col Taylor Suit Pres Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad about relocating a union depot6114
The Evening Critic 28 Mar 1883, Image 4, Washington & Chesapeake Road. Col S. Taylor Suit6115
The Washington Critic 16 Dec 1886, Image 4, What the People Favor. S. Taylor Suit6116
the Washington Critic 21 Jan 1886, Image 3, A Suburban Street Railway. Colonel S. Taylor Suit6117
Samuel Taylor Suit chose the recognizable image of the United State Capitol to adorn this advertisement for his bourbon in 1872. Although he paid homage to Kentucky where he learned the distilling trade, Suit produced most of his product just outside the nation’s capitol in a town now known as Suitland, Maryland and marketed it nationally. Suit used the image of the Capitol to lend a sense of national prominence to the bourbon that matched his ambitions as a politician and entrepreneur. This particular broadside probably circulated in New England since it directs interested parties to an agent in Boston. Broadsides like this were among the earliest forms of outdoor advertising. As printing became faster and cheaper, broadside advertisements proliferated, claiming outdoor spaces as part of the burgeoning marketplace of the late 19th century.6118
Responsibility of Dormant Partners6119