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Samuel Grant Acton

  • Birth 3 Aug 1829 Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
  • Death 21 Sep 1903 Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Plot Section E - 44 - 14
  • Memorial ID 120397076

Mr. Samuel G. Acton, proprietor and owner of Acton's Park, just across the long bridge, died yesterday morning at 3:15 o'clock, at his beautiful residence in Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county, from paralysis. He was in good health and active up until August 15, when he was suddenly stricken with paralysis of the left side. On last Wednesday it affected his brain, and from 12 o'clock, noon, Wednesday, he was unconscious until the end.

Mr. Acton was born August 3, 1820, in Augusta, Me. Early in life he became apprentice to a plumber in Philadelphia. He came to Baltimore from there, and was one of the first to establish the plumbing business, outside of the gas company. He remained in that business four years.

In 1857 he moved to Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county, and there founded Acton's Park. When the war broke out he went South, and was employed in obtaining ordnance stores. He was also constable and deputy sheriff of Anne Arundel county for 15 years. In 1877 he was elected a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Mr Acton had been a Democrat all his life, and had been active in politics for a great number of years. He was a member of General Washington Lodge, Knights of Phythias.

Mr. Acton was in control of his resort from 1857 until about six years ago, when he sold it and retired. Upon his retiremennt he purchased the Walnut Springs Hotel property and converted it into a private residence, where he has been living. He repurchased the property about three months ago, and was in active control up until the day of his illness. Since he has been sick his son, Mr. Clarence Acton, has been conducting his affairs.

Mr. Acton was married twice, his first wife having been a Miss Prentice, by whom he had six children, four of whom are living. These are: Mrs. Charles Fitzpatrick and Mrs. M. Lowry, of Baltimnore; Mrs. Charles Gibson, of Waverly, and Miss Blanche Acton, who lived with her father.

Mr. Acton married the second time, in 1880, Miss Alice May Fitzpatrick, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, of Baltimore. He and two children by this union, Mrs. C. Grieneisen and Mr. Claence J. Acton.

Mr. Acton was known as a generous and kind-hearted man, and did a great deal toward helping the poor in Brooklyn. He was well thought of by all, and his death is mourned by all in the community, and by those who knew hinm personally.

The funeral will take place from his residence in Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county, tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Baltimore American, Baltimore, MD, Tuesday, September 22, 1903, P 16 (
Samuel Grant Acton, ...

Mr. Acton was born in Augusta, Maine, August 3, 1829. He was the son of Nathan and Jane Acton, who came from Ireland in 1828. His childhood was spent in Philadelphia, where his father died in 1859.


During the Civil War Mr. Acton, with a crew of men, was engaged in the hazardous business of furnishing arms and supplies to the Confederate soldiers in Southern cities. He ran the blockade many times during the early part of the war, but later was less fortunate and before the cessation of hostilities was imprisoned three times. He was released at the close of the war by General Wool.


In 1852 Mr. Acton was married to Miss Elizabeth Ann Prentiss, of Massachusetts, who died in 1877. He is survived by four children by his first wife. They are Mrs. Lillian Fitzpatrick, Mrs. May Lowery, Mrs. Charles Gibson and Miss Blanche Acton. He also leaves a widow, Mrs. Alice M. Acton, and two children by her - Mrs. C. E. Grieneisen and Mr. Clarence J. Acton.


The Sun, Baltimore, MD, Tuesday, September 22, 1903, P 6 (
Mr. Samuel G. Acton

The funeral of Mr. Samuel G. Acton, who died last Monday, took place yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late residence in Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county. Rev. Thomas Lowe, pastor of William Street Independent Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Mills, pastor of Brooklyn Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted the burial service. The pallbearers comprised three members of the Big Gun Social and three from the Foresters. The honorary pallbearers were Messrs. Herman Stoll, Joseph M. Marshall, Peter Potee, Louis Grieneisen, William Durham and Mr. Reinecker. Interment was made in Cedar Hill Cemetery, near Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county. The Armstrong-Denny Company, funeral directors, 715 Light street, had charge of the arrangements. The Big Gun Social Club sent a cannon made of roses. Among the other handsome floral designs was a pall of smilax and white roses and a vacant chair of La France and tube roses.

Baltimore American, Baltimore, MD, Thursday, September 24, 1903, P 16

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 120397076
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