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Cradock family papers

Identifier: MS 0196


Covering a period of nearly 200 years, this collection consists of material relating primarily to the Cradock and Walker families of Baltimore County, Maryland, circa 1750-1939.


  • 1750 - 1939


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

Clergymen, farmers, and physicians were numbered among the descendents of Maryland's Cradock and Walker families. The first Cradock to settle in Maryland was the Reverend Thomas Cradock (1742). It was he who build the family's Reisterstown estate "Trentham", and he who (as 1st rector of St. Thomas' Parish) began the family's long association with the cultural and religious affairs of the Garrison Forrest community.


2.91 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Arthur Cradock, July 14, 1953.

Scope and Contents

BUSINESS PAPERS (BOXES 1-III): Accounts, inventories, and receipts of various members of the family, especially Dr. thomas Cradock, Mr. Thomas Cradock, John G. Walker, Thomas C. Walker and the estate of Margaret Walker. Also includes receipts for the re-building done at "Trentham". (1760-1899).

LEGAL PAPERS (BOX IV): court orders, deeds, indentures, leases, and surveys relating to the Cradock, Risteau, and Walker families. Also includes the wills of Arthur Cradock, Thomas Cradock (d. 1770), Mary Hampton, robert King, Charles Walker, and John Worrall.

CORRESPONDENCE (BOX V): Group of 119 letters, consist primarily of letters of a business or social nature exchanged between members of the Cradock-Walker family and their friends and/or business associates. Also includes a number of letters which are more "political" in nature, these include those written or received by Anna Ella Carroll, Edwin Davis, L.D. Evans, H. H. Goldsborough, U. S. Grant, Alexander Pope, Joseph G. Tracey, and William H. Seward.

MISCELLANY (BOX VI - VII): Some noteworthy items are: a group of land grants, 2 Cradock sermons (ca. 1750), the "Maryland Eclogues", some manuscripts of Anna ella Carroll, various certificates, and a fairly large amount of biographical and genealogical information (penned by Miss Katie Cradock), commonplace books, Edmund Davis Speech.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-09-30: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States