Acosta, Moulton, and Ridgely families papers
Contains correspondence, legal documents, and financial records of the Acosta, Moulton, and Ridgely families, as well as many other associated Maryland families.
- Majority of material found in 1760-1850
- Ryan, Michael (Person)
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4 Linear Feet (3 boxes; 19 oversized items)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged alphabetically by family name, and then by material type and family member when possible. Series XXIV - Series XXVIII contain miscellaneous materials organized by type.
The collection comprises twenty-eight series: Series I. Acosta Family; Series II. Bensley Family; Series III. Brice Family; Series IV. Carroll Family; Series V. Cheston Family; Series VI. Chew Family; Series VII. Chisholm Family; Series VIII. Colston Family; Series IX. Dandridge Family; Series X. Earle Family; Series XI. Fehsenfeld Family; Series XII. Galloway Family; Series XIII. Hanson Family; Series XIV. Howard Family; Series XV. Moulton Family; Series XVI. Murray Family; Series XVII. Ridgely Family; Series XVIII. Robinson Family; Series XIX. Russell Family; Series XX. Smith Family; Series XXI. Smyth Family; Series XXII. Taylor Family; Series XXIII. Tilghman Family; Series XXIV. Legal Documents; Series XXV. Financial Records; Series XXVI. Correspondence; Series XXVII. Miscellaneous Ephemera and Notes; Series XXVIII. Oversized.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Michael Ryan, April 12, 2000
Scope and Contents
The material documents a variety of Maryland families, many of which were tied by marriage or business associations. Other families in the collection include the Bensley, Brice, Carroll, Cheston, Chew, Chisolm, Colston, Dandridge, Earle, Fehsenfeld, Galloway, Hanson, Howard, Murray, Robinson, Russell, Smith, Smyth, Taylor, and Tilghman families. The majority of the correspondence and receipts relate to merchant business conducted in England. Some of the letters do discuss the Revolutionary War’s impact on trade. The collection also holds more personal items, such as the letters between Samuel and Benjamin Galloway, which discuss both business and family matters and an album of photographs taken by John Ridgely of the family’s manor, Hampton. The Acosta papers show Eliseo de Acosta’s illustrious medical career in America and internationally. Acosta, a Spaniard, married into the Carroll family and was friendly with the Archbishop of Westminster.
The collection is broken down into series for each family group, which are ordered alphabetically. The material is then subdivided into six groups, genealogical information, land documents, legal agreements, financial records, correspondence, and ephemera, by family member when possible. Series XXIV-XXVIII contain miscellaneous legal documents, correspondence, and ephemera from individuals.
- Guide to the Acosta, Moulton, and Ridgely families papers
- Under Revision
- Lara Westwood
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- 2019-10-02: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.