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Troop family letters

Identifier: MS 2060


This collection consists of xerox copies of letters to and from Mrs. Elizabeth McKerlie Troop, the widow of Captain Andrew Troop who was lost at sea. The letters date 1815 to 1891 and deal primarily with the Troop family estate.


  • 1815-1891


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Biographical Note

In 1815 Elizabeth [McKerlie] married Captain Andrew Troop. Shortly after their marriage, Captain Troop was lost at sea while en route to Jamaica from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They had one child, Helen Troop, who was born circa 1816. The widowed Mrs. Troop and her daughter made their home in Baltimore City, Maryland.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

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Files in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Paul S. Parsons, who allowed MdHS to xerox his collection of Troop papers.

Scope and Contents

The Troop family letters is a collection of family papers which revolve around the relationship which developed between Elizabeth [McKerlie] Troop, a sea captain's widow who made her home in Baltimore City, and the family of her deceased husband, Captain Andrew Troop.

Of the 49 items which make up the collection, 21 of these are letters addressed to Mrs. Elizabeth Troop. These letters, written by various members of the Troop family of Glasgow and Greenock, Scotland are primarily concerned with the financial affairs of the dwindling Troop estate to which Mrs. Troop's daughter, Helen was an heir.

Correspondents which figure prominently in this series include: J. Crawford Troop Lindsay and her husband, George Lindsay (sister and brother-in-law to Elizabeth Troop); Mary Troop Fairrie and her daughter, Jane Fairrie Cameron (sister-in-law and niece of Elizabeth Troop); Helen Troop and her husband, William D. Miller; Andrew Patterson (nephew to Elizabeth Troop); and finally James S.Lindsay. Also included in the collection are letters to: Capt. Andrew Troop, Helen Troop Miller, William D.Miller, Mayhew Miller, and Ruth Miller (Mrs. Mayhew Miller). A funeral notice (1823), an invitation, 1875, and a poem, 1835, are also part of the collection.

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  • 2020-01-09: 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