Hampton National Historic Site

Introduction

The focus of this document packet is primary source materials available at local historical institutions relating to Hamption National Historic Site. Although few materials are available online, teachers and students can expect to see a rich variety of materials at the Maryland State Archives, the Maryland Historical Society, and Hamption National Historic Site relating to slavery, indentured servitude, farming, and family life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Maryland. Also includes links to architectural plans created by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS).

Resources

Architectural Plans

Ridgely Family Collection Inventories

  • G. Howard White Collection, 1787-1828, MSA SC 1898
    Scope: Ridgely family papers, including ledgers, letterbooks and day books, account books, cord wood book, shoe book, and provisions book. Also includes listing of slaves by name, giving age and record of clothing issued.
    Institution: Maryland State Archives

  • Ridgely Account Books, 1732-1884, MS 691
    Scope: In October 1977 the Ridgely Account Books were reorganized. The categories remain the same as the old organization, but those listed miscellaneous have been integrated into the categories. The cumbersome alpha-numeric system has been dispensed with. The categories under which the collection has been arranged are as follows: Col. Charles Ridgely (1702/3-1772) Records; Northampton Furnace Records; Capt. Charles Ridgely (1733 -1790) Records; Macdonald and Ridgely Records; Eliza E. [Ridgely] Ridgely Records; John Ridgely Records; Charles Ridgely Records; and Samuel Sterett Records.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Charles Ridgely Papers, 1733-1790, MS 692
    Scope: This collection contains papers pertaining to Capt. Charles Ridgely (1733-1790); his nephew and heir Charles [Carnan] Ridgely (1760-1829); Charles [Carnan] Ridgely's son John (1792-1867); John's father-in-law (and distant relative) Nicholas Greenberry Ridgely (1771-1829); and John's son Charles Ridgely (1830-1872). This collection does not contain all the papers of any one mentioned above, but deals largely with their business activities. See collection inventory for full description.
    See also: Patricia Anderson. Abstracts of the Ridgely Papers: Manuscript Number MS 692 (microfilm reels 1-6)... Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1991.
    Institution: Originals located at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. Microfilm located at the Maryland State Archives. See MSA SC 3944 for microfilm inventory.

  • Ridgely Papers, 1733-1817, MS 692.1
    Scope: These papers are an addition to those in MS. 692. The papers in this collection are largely those of Capt. Charles Ridgely and deal with his earlier career as sea captain and merchant. There are a few papers pertaining to Charles [Carnan] Ridgely. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Ridgely-Pue Papers, 1748-1932, MS. 693
    Scope : The collection consists of 2 sets of family papers, and the connection between them has not been determined. There are papers of the Ridgely, Pue, and Penniman families and of the Stricker, Nicholson, and Harris families. Family trees of these two family groups follow. There are a few papers relating to many family members but not the complete papers of any one person. People represented in the papers include Rebecca Ridgely (1740-1812); her niece Rebecca Pue; Thomas Dobbin Penniman (1870-1957); General John Stricker (1758-1825); and his son-in-law Joseph James Nicholson (1791-1838). The papers span the years 1748-1932 and consist of about 500 items. A note concerning the provenance and a calendar of the Ridgely, Pue, Penniman papers are included in the collection. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Ridgely Family Papers, 1757-1949, MS 1127
    Scope: This group of papers is a continuation of the family papers in MS. 692 and MS. 692.1. It contains papers pertaining to Capt. Charles Ridgely (1733-1790); his nephew and heir Charles [Carnan] Ridgely (1760-1829); his son John (1792-1867); John's wife Eliza E. [Ridgely] Ridgely (1803-1867); their son Charles (1830-1872); Charles' wife Margaretta S. [Howard] Ridgely (1824-1904); and their children John (1851-1938), Eliza (1858-1954), and Margaretta (1869-1949). See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Originals located at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. Microfilm located at the Maryland State Archives. See MSA SC 3945 for microfilm inventory.

  • Ridgely-Stewart Papers, 1773-1921, MS. 716
    Scope: The collection consists of scrapbooks and family papers collected by Leonice Josephine [Moulton] Stewart and her daughter Helen West [Stewart] Ridgely. Topics covered include Hampton, the Moulton, Stewart, and Ridgely families, childrearing, the Colonial Dames of America, and William Cullen Bryant. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Ridgely-Dorsey Papers, 1733-1885, MS. 717
    Scope: The collection consists of the bills and receipts (1870-1885) of Margaretta S. [Howard] Ridgely; a log book (1756-1758) of Capt. Charles Ridgely; and an account book (1733-1760) of Caleb Dorsey. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Helen West Stewart Ridgely Family Papers, 1840-1918, MS 175
    Scope and Content Note: This collection consists of papers pertaining to members of Helen Ridgely's family. Included are papers of: her grand-parents Leonice [Sampson] and Joseph White Moulton; her parents Josephine [Moulton] and John Stewart; her husband John Ridgely, and their son Julian White Ridgely. See collection inventory for full description. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

  • Helen Ridgely Family Papers, 1840-1918, MS. 715.1
    Scope: This collection consists of papers pertaining to members of Helen Ridgely's family. Included are papers of: her grand-parents Leonice [Sampson] and Joseph White Moulton; her parents Josephine [Moulton] and John Stewart; her husband John Ridgely, and their son Julian White Ridgely. The papers span the years 1840-1918. See collection inventory for full description.
    Institution: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore

Document packets:

See also:

  • Ridgely Family History & Genealogy
    A listing of primary source materials available at Hampton National Historic Site and the Maryland Historical Society
  • Case studies for Baltimore County slaves compiled by the Maryland State Archive
  • Hampton Libraries. [Catalog of the library at Hampton, Baltimore County (Ridgely Estate)]. [S.l.] : [s.n.], n.d.
    Available at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.
  • Silver Platedware at Hampton, April 30, 1834. Purchased from Joseph Rodgers and Sons by John Ridgely. List to Erskin Eichelberger. 5 pp. Photocopies available at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. Original at Hampton National Historic Site.

Additional Media Resources

Maryland State Archives. The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland

Beneath the Underground Railroad: Flight to Freedom.

Historic Hampton

Additional Instructional Resources

For Teachers. From Hampton National Historic Site.

The Untold Story: The Black Struggle for Freedom during the Revolutionary War in Maryland From the UMBC Center for History Education.

Freedom for All? The Contradictions of Slavery and Freedom in the Maryland Constitution From the UMBC Center for History Education.

Runaway Slaves: From the Revolution to the New Republic From the UMBC Center for History Education.

Secondary Resources

Lancaster, R. Kent.  "Chattel Slavery at Hampton/Northampton, Baltimore County," Maryland Historical Magazine 95 (Winter 2000): 409 - 427.

Lancaster, Kent and Jenny Masur. Interpreting Slavery at Hampton NPS.

Maryland State Archives. A Guide to the History of Slavery in Maryland

Terry, David Taft, "Ridgely Compound of Hampton Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland"

Associated Heritage and Preservation Organizations

Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6400
archives@mdsa.net

Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410- 685-3750

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Credits

Teaching American History in Maryland is a collaborative partnership of the Maryland State Archives and the Center for History Education (CHE), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and the following sponsoring school systems: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore County Public Schools, and Howard County Public Schools.

Other program partners include the Martha Ross Center for Oral History, Maryland Historical Society, State Library Resource Center/Enoch Pratt Free Library, with assistance from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress. The program is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

This document packet was researched and developed by Nancy Bramucci.

 

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