Skip to main content

Mitchell-Stump-Maxwell- Magraw family papers

Identifier: MS 3048


The papers in the Mitchell-Stump-Maxwell-Magraw family papers span 75 years, from 1806 to 1881. The materials consists of correspondence, commonplace books, recipe books and sketches, which have been arranged within the framework of five series by family and chronologically.


  • 1806-1881


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical


Abraham Mitchell – (1733-1817) was a prominent physician practicing around the greater part of Cecil County. In 1772 he married Mary Thompson. In 1781 he purchased 200 acres of land at Fair Hill, Cecil County and resided there with his family.

George E. Mitchell – (1781-1832) was born at Head of Elk (now Elkton), Cecil County, MD, on March 3, 1781. He was the son of Abraham and Mary (Thompson) Mitchell. He completed preparatory studies and graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia on June 5, 1805. He practiced medicine in Elkton, entering into partnership with his father. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1808 and served until 1809. He was a member of the State Executive Council and served as president from 1809 until 1812. In the War of 1812 he served with the Third Maryland Artillery. He was presented with a sword by the MD General Assembly. He married Mary Hooper in 1816. He was elected the U.S. Congress in 1823, serving until 1827. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1829, but was elected as a Jacksonian to the 21st and 22nd Congresses, serving from December 1829 until his death in Washington D.C. on June 28, 1832. He was instrumental in inviting Lafayette to the U.S. as a guest of the government.

Jane E. Mitchell - Was the daughter of Abraham and Mary (Thompson) Mitchell and the caregiver of brother George E. Mitchell’s daughters after his wife died.

Mary Alicia Mitchell Stump – Was the daughter of George Mitchell and Mary (Hooper) Mitchell. She married John Stump in 1834.

George W. Mitchell- (1820-1850) was the son of George E. Mitchell and Mary (Hooper) Mitchell. He served in the Mexican-American War.

Henry H. Mitchell- (1820-1896) Was the son of George E. Mitchell and Mary (Hooper) Mitchell. He was a physician and served as Clerk of Circuit Court. He married Henrietta Getty in 1870.

Alexander R. Mitchell – (1835-1915) Married Henrietta Stump (1842-1900).


Katherine W. Stump (Magraw) – (1846-1936) Was the daughter of John Stump and Mary Alicia (Mitchell) Stump. She married James M. Magraw.


James Magraw D.D. – (1775-1835) Was born in Bart Township, Lancaster County, PA.. He studied languages at a classical school near Strasburg, and completed his classical and literary course at Franklin College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He studied theology under the Rev Nathaniel Sample, pastor of the churches of Leacock and Middle Octorara, and was licensed by the Presbytery of New Castle, December 16th, 1801. After spending some time as supply at New London, Chestnut Level, West Nottingham, Fagg's Manor, Little Britain, Chatham, and Deer Creek, and as a missionary in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, he was ordained and installed pastor of the Church of Lower West Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland, April 4th, 1804. During his pastorate, about 1810, the Upper West Nottingham Church was organized, and he became its pastor, giving it one third of his time, until 1821. In 1822 he became the pastor, for one third of his time, of the recently organized Church of Charlestown and continued to serve it until his death. He was Superintendent of the West Nottingham Academy, which he was instrumental in establishing. In 1825 he received the Degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Trustees of Dickinson College. He was a prominent and influential in Presbyterian Church courts. He was a member of the Convention of Ministers and Elders that met in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the General Assembly. He married Rebecca Cochran (1780-1831).

Jane E. Magraw – (1810-1826) Was the daughter of Rebecca (Cochran) and James Magraw. She was a student in Mrs. Saunders Seminary in Philadelphia.

Ann Isabella Magraw – (1817-1843) Was the daughter of Rebecca (Cochran) and James Magraw.

Samuel M. Magraw – (1809-1871) He was the son of Rebecca (Cochran) and James Magraw. He was a teacher at Nottingham Academy and was elected Principal after his father’s death, continuing until 1840. In 1843 he purchased a school called Baltimore High School. He married Mary Ann Maxwell (1807-1868) of Lancaster County PA.

Henry S. T. Magraw – (1815-1867) Was the son of Rebecca (Cochran) and James Magraw. He was an attorney living in Pittsburgh at the time of much of this correspondence. He married Emily S. Hopkins.

Stephen John Magraw – Was the son of Rebecca (Cochran) and James Magraw.

James M. Magraw – (1841-1889) Was the son of Samuel M. and Mary Anne (Maxwell) Magraw. He married Katherine W. Stump.

Adam R. Magraw – (1842-1907)Was the son of Henry S.T. and Emily (Hopkins) Magraw. He married Annie Harthorne (1849-1890). He died and was buried in Germany.

Rebecca C. Magraw – (1845-1865) Was the daughter of Henry S. T. and Emily (Hopkins) Magraw.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 document boxes and 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katherine Magraw, 1996.

Related Materials

MS 1948 Archer-Mitchell-Stump-Williams family papers, 18th-20th centuries

Scope and Contents

The papers in the Mitchell-Stump-Maxwell-Magraw family papers span 75 years, from 1806 to 1881. The materials consists of correspondence, commonplace books, recipe books and sketches, which have been arranged within the framework of five series by family.

The bulk of the material in the collection focuses on the Mitchell and Magraw families. The Mitchell family correspondence mainly involves George E. Mitchell and the period of time between 1829 and his death in 1832. These are the dates during which Mitchell was a U.S. Representative for Maryland. He was living in Washington D.C at the time of the correspondence. In 1831 Mitchell suffered a neurological event which left him in poor health until his death in 1832. He addresses his poor health at length in his letters to family and friends. The majority of this correspondence is from Mitchell to his sisters who were caring for his daughters and to and from his children. None of the correspondence speaks about his activities in Congress.

The second major component of the collection is the Magraw family correspondence. Earlier correspondence consists of letters from James Magraw to his wife Rebecca. James Magraw traveled extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region because of his Presbyterian Synod and Assembly responsibilities. These letters give information on his travels and requests for family updates. The latter range of correspondence is many letters between his children, which gives news of family and friends.

In addition to the above, there is an exciting account of Alexander Mitchell when he was a blockade-runner for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. There is also two booklets which describe the Court Case which contests the will of Emily Magraw.

The family history preserved in this collection gives a perspective of society and the role of family in it during times that were historically significant. Both George Mitchell and James Magraw were prominent individuals in their fields. Unlike other correspondence, this correspondence focuses on their personal lives rather than their professional lives. It also demonstrates the importance of family and how difficult it was to be away from their homes and loved ones for extended periods of time.

Guide to the Mitchell-Stump-Maxwell-Magraw family papers
Under Revision
Cathy McDermott
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-23: 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