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Harris-Sterett-Winder-Darrell manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3216


The Harris-Sterett-Winder-Darrell manuscript collection consists of correspondence, legal documents, diaries, newspaper clippings, compositions, stock shares and bank notes accumulated by the four interrelated Maryland families


  • 1724 - 1990


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

David Harris, Esq., was Cashier of the Office of Discount and Deposit, a leading banking institution in Baltimore. A prosperous merchant and Revolutionary War veteran, Harris built an estate in northeast Baltimore he called, “Mount Deposit.” He left the estate to his daughter Molly and son-in-law, Joseph Sterett, who changed the name to “Surrey.” During the attack upon Baltimore by the British in September 1814, the house was occupied by a number of British officers, who were so pleased with their stay that they left the dwelling unharmed.

Joseph Sterett (1773-1821) was a Maryland militia officer who served during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. At the Battle of Bladensburg and North Point, he commanded the 5th Maryland Regiment, composed mostly of volunteers from Baltimore. Joseph Sterett married Mary Harris, and together they had eleven children. Two of Joseph and Mary’s daughters (first Maria and then Louisa), married Commodore George N. Hollins, a U.S. naval commander who resigned his commission to join the Confederate navy.

Charles H. Winder was the son of General William H. Winder and his wife Gertrude Polk, as well as the brother of General John H. Winder, Confederate General officer during the Civil War. General William H. Winder gained notoriety for his role in the defense of Baltimore and Washington against the British during the War of 1812. Due to his blunder at the Battle of Bladensburg, the British army were able to enter Washington and burn a number of buildings, including the White House. In 1864 Charles H. Winder and his brother William were arrested on charges of treason to the Union. They were held as political prisoners at Fort Lafayette. Charles H. Winder, Esq., married Mary Sterett, daughter of Joseph Sterett and Mary Harris. They had two daughters: Mary (who died at the age of 18), and Josephine.

Josephine Winder married Stewart Darrell of Bermuda in 1872. Stewart Darrell’s father, John Harvey Darrell, was chief justice of Bermuda. Josephine and Stewart Darrell had two children, Mary Josephine and Harvey Cavendish. The latter was a real estate dealer in Baltimore for fifty years and lived his entire life on North Eutaw Street.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged at the series level by the name of the family. Subsequent files in each series describe the activities of the family in that series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Darrell, January 2017.

Related Materials

MS 918, William Henry Winder letter book, 1814

MS 919, William Henry Winder Papers, 1807-1879

MS 2310, William Henry Winder Papers, 1817-1888

Mount Deposit from the North, painting

Scope and Contents

The Harris-Sterett-Winder-Darrell Manuscript Collection contains correspondence, legal papers, diaries, newspaper clippings, compositions, stock shares and bank notes. Much of the correspondence contains news of family members’ health and activities, as well as reflection on events during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Of particular note is the death of Molly Winder, as well as the political imprisonment of her father, Charles.

Newspaper clippings contain stories of the various families, as well as obituaries listing their individual accomplishments. Compositions include the personal writing and poems of Josephine Winder, as well as that of Aurelia Winder Townsend, her aunt. There are also a good deal of legal papers, mostly having to do with the will of David Harris, the contents of which received much dispute.

Notable signatures in this collection include Jeremiah Townley Chase, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton.

Guide to the Harris-Sterett-Winder-Darrell manuscript collection
Mallory Herberger
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-01-27: 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