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Hubert Kelly Waldron papers

Abstract

Title:
Hubert Kelly Waldron papers
Author/Creator:
Waldron Family, Hubert Kelly
Collection number:
71-1
Size:
6.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1815-1860
Inclusive dates:
1815-1962
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The papers of the Hubert Kelly Waldron Family of Drumsna, Ireland, spanning 1815 to 1962, include Hubert Kelly Waldron's papers as well as those of his mother, children and grandchildren. These papers consist primarily of correspondence relating to day-to-day business and family subjects, including Hubert Kelly Waldron's murder in 1848. But the family also witnessed some of the most turbulent times in Ireland's history, including the potato blight and subsequent famines, mass emigration, and the Fenian uprisings.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Hubert Kelly Waldron papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1308
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Hubert Kelly Waldron and his family lived at Ashfort (sometimes spelled Ashford) House in Drumsna, County Leitrim, Ireland. They were Anglo-Irish, King James I having granted Dromellan Castle to Sir Richard Waldron in 1609. This property was later sold by Sir Richard's great-grandson, Henry, who then settled at Catron near Carrick-on-Shannon, Country Leitrim. Another ancestor, Richard Waldron (born 1609), had emigrated to America around 1635, becoming a major in the militia in New Hampshire, dying at the hands of local Native Americans in what became known as the "Cochecho Massacre." Henry's descendent, Elizabeth Barbara inherited Ashfort House and, on September 5, 1816 married her cousin, Hubert Kelly Waldron. They had seven children. The three boys, Francis, Arthur and Hubert all died in infancy. The daughters were Barbara Elizabeth who married John Hamilton, Mary Kelly and Sarah, both of whom married men named Potterson and some of whose descendents emigrated to Australia; and Rebecca Elizabeth, who married William Cullen.

Born September 10, 1795, Hubert Kelly Waldron was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and in 1832 became High Sheriff of County Leitrim, Ireland. His first wife, Elizabeth Barbara Waldron died in 1824, and in December 1831 he married Eleanor ('Ellen') Johnstone. With Eleanor, Hubert Kelly had one more child, a son named Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron, who became a captain in the 31st Regiment of the British Army. Hubert Kelly's half brother, Frank Waldron, chose to emigrate to America.

Hubert Kelly Waldron appears to have had a colorful personality; he had frequent money problems and a talent for alienating people. As a Justice of the Peace, he was responsible for collecting taxes to fund the Poor Laws. The Poor Laws Commission called for parishes to be grouped into unions to spread out the cost of poor relief and for a central authority for each to be established. Hubert Kelly Waldron was involved with administration of the local workhouse at Carrick-on-Shannon.

For Ireland's poor, the potato comprised sixty percent of their diet and so the occurrence of the potato blight from 1845 to 1849, on top of previous economic problems, quickly led to mass starvation and emigration, known in Ireland as "The Great Hunger." The population plummeted by nearly fifty percent from 8 million to 4.4 million by 1911. The Great Hunger led directly to open rebellion in 1848 and the Fenian rebellion in 1867. These issues are discussed in some of the correspondence in this collection. Given their family history and position within Irish society, the Waldron family sympathized with the British, more than the Irish, in political affairs. The collection also contains material concerning Hubert Kelly Waldron's son, Hubert Johnstone Waldron's participation in the suppression of the February, 1867 Fenian uprising in Tipperary, which is generally considered to be the first engagement of the Irish War of Independence.

The issue of Irish Home Rule predominated from the 1870s until the partition of Ireland in 1921, which resulted in a majority Catholic independent Irish Free State and a separate Northern Ireland that remained part of the United Kingdom.

On January 27, 1848, Hubert Kelly Waldron was shot and killed at Ashfort House in an altercation with an official attempting to serve papers resulting from a suit brought by Mr. George Church.

Barbara Elizabeth succeeded her father at Ashfort and married Patrick Hamilton in 1852. Their children were Hubert Francis Waldron-Hamilton; John and Elizabeth, who both died young; and Jane Waldron, who married Robert Patterson.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of the Hubert Kelly Waldron Family cover the years 1815 to 1962. The correspondents in the Waldron Family Papers do not often allude to the problems facing Ireland during the time of the Great Hunger. As relatively wealthy landowners, these problems would not have affected the Waldron family as deeply as they did their tenants. However, family members were aware of these issues as shown in letters dealing with relieving distress, and collecting and distributing clothing and food for the poor. Most of the papers deal with everyday issues of visiting, health, farming, births and deaths in the family, and day-to-day family issues. There are also many letters and other papers having to do with Hubert Kelly's business transactions. Important subjects include: potato famine, Fenian uprising, teachings of the Lord, money for passage to America, use of property for Cholera Hospital, flannel garments sent to Belfast for the needy, murder of Hubert Kelly Waldron and testimony at the subsequent inquest. There are also financial documents, recipes and family histories.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Major P. W. Malins, The White House, Puddletown (Dorchester), Dorset, England, deposited the papers of the Hubert Kelly Waldron family with the University of Maryland Libraries in 1970

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processing date unknown. Revised by Caitlin Wells, July 6, 2011.

Processing note:

Photographs that were filed in the Biographical Print Files were returned to the collection in July 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Janna Robinson, May 31, 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Family Correspondence, 1815-1962 and undated (4.50 linear feet)

Series I consists of family correspondence of the Hubert Kelly Waldron family. Letters are arranged alphabetically by recipient

Subseries 1.1: Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1816-1847 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

Correspondence by Hubert Kelly Waldron and correspondence to Mrs. Hubert Kelly Waldron (Elizabeth Barbara Waldron, known as Bess).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1816-1819series 1.1box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1820-1823series 1.1box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1824series 1.1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1824-1825series 1.1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1825-1826series 1.1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1816-1832series 1.1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1827series 1.1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1828series 1.1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1829series 1.1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1830-1831series 1.1box 1folder 10
Correspondence, 1831series 1.1box 1folder 11
Correspondence, 1832series 1.1box 1folder 12
Correspondence, 1832series 1.1box 1folder 13
Correspondence, 1832series 1.1box 1folder 14
Correspondence, 1833series 1.1box 2folder 1
Correspondence, 1833series 1.1box 2folder 2
Correspondence, 1834series 1.1box 2folder 3
Correspondence, 1835-1836series 1.1box 2folder 4
Correspondence, 1838-1839series 1.1box 2folder 5
Correspondence, 1839series 1.1box 2folder 6
Correspondence, 1840series 1.1box 2folder 7
Correspondence, 1840series 1.1box 2folder 8
Correspondence, 1840series 1.1box 2folder 9
Correspondence, 1841series 1.1box 2folder 10
Correspondence, 1841series 1.1box 2folder 11
Correspondence, 1841series 1.1box 2folder 12
Correspondence, 1842series 1.1box 2folder 13
Correspondence, 1833-March 1842series 1.1box 2folder 14
Correspondence, 1842series 1.1box 3folder 1
Correspondence, 1842series 1.1box 3folder 2
Correspondence, 1842series 1.1box 3folder 3
Correspondence, 1843series 1.1box 3folder 4
Correspondence, 1843series 1.1box 3folder 5
Correspondence, 1844-1846series 1.1box 3folder 6
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 3folder 7
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 3folder 8
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 3folder 9
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 3folder 10
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 3folder 11
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous from Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1819-1842series 1.1box 3folder 12
Correspondence, 1815-1819series 1.1box 4folder 1
Correspondence, 1820-1822series 1.1box 4folder 2
Correspondence, 1822-1823series 1.1box 4folder 3
Correspondence, 1823series 1.1box 4folder 4
Correspondence, 1824series 1.1box 4folder 5
Correspondence, 1824series 1.1box 4folder 6
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 7
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 8
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 9
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 10
Correspondence, Undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 11
Correspondence, 1815-undatedseries 1.1box 4folder 12

Subseries 1.2: Children, 1827-1859 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

Correspondence between the children of Hubert Kelly Waldron.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 1
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 2
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 3
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 4
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 5
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 6
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 7
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 8
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 9
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 10
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 11
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, 1827-1848series 1.2box 5folder 12
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 1
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 2
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 3
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 4
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 6
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 7
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 8
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 9
Barbara Waldron -- Correspondence, March 1848-1849series 1.2box 6folder 10
John Hamilton -- Correspondence, March 1853-1870series 1.2box 6folder 11
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 1
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 2
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 3
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 4
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 5
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 6
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 7
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 8
Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron (H.K.J.W.) -- Correspondence, 1854-undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 9
Hubert J. K. Waldron and Margaret (Maggie) -- Correspondence, 1857-1858series 1.2box 7folder 10
Hubert J. K. Waldron and Margaret (Maggie) -- Correspondence, 1857-1858series 1.2box 7folder 11
Hubert J. K. Waldron and familyseries 1.2box 7folder 12
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 1
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 2
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 3
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 4
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 5
Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron -- Correspondence, 1856-1895series 1.2box 8folder 6

Subseries 1.3: Grandchildren and other family members, 1825-1962 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

Correspondence by the grandchildren of Hubert Kelly Waldron.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Margaret Beatrice (Bee) Waldron, 1892-1962series 1.3box 9folder 1
Francis Waldron, February 20, 1819-March 7, 1819series 1.3box 9folder 2
Fanny Waldron, March 13, 1823-April 8, 1823series 1.3box 9folder 3
Fanny Waldron, undatedseries 1.3box 9folder 4
Maria Waldron, January 27, 1824series 1.3box 9folder 5
Michael Waldron, August 19, 1825series 1.3box 9folder 6
Sawrence Waldron, April 1, 1830series 1.3box 9folder 7
Frank Waldron, May 25, 1839series 1.3box 9folder 8
Thomas Waldron, March 28, 1840series 1.3box 9folder 9
Elizabeth Waldron, June 26, 1848series 1.3box 9folder 10
Barbara and Bessy Waldron, August 23, 1848series 1.3box 9folder 11

Series 2: Family Interest, 1810-1884 and undated (2.50 linear feet)

Financial records, legal records, genealogical materials, newspaper clippings, and other documents relating to the Hubert Kelly Waldron family history.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Calling cards, funeral memoriams series 2box 10folder 1
Drawings series 2box 10folder 2
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1810-1820s series 2box 10folder 3
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1820s series 2box 10folder 4
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1820s series 2box 10folder 5
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1820s series 2box 10folder 6
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1930s-1840s series 2box 10folder 7
Financial Records -- Hubert Kelly Waldron series 2box 10folder 8
Financial Records -- Margaret Waldron, 1860s-1880s series 2box 10folder 9
Financial Records -- Miscellaneous series 2box 10folder 10
Financial Records -- Miscellaneous series 2box 10folder 11
Financial Records -- Miscellaneous series 2box 10folder 12
Financial Records -- Miscellaneous series 2box 10folder 13
Land Rent Account -- Anne Johnstone series 2box 11folder 1
Land Rent Account -- Clemera Kettlewell series 2box 11folder 2
Land Rent Account -- Hubert Kelly Waldron series 2box 11folder 3
Land Rent Account -- Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron, 1850s series 2box 11folder 4
Land Rent Account -- Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron, 1855-1862 series 2box 11folder 5
Land Rent Account -- Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron, 1862-1884 series 2box 11folder 6
Land Rent Account -- Hubert Kelly Waldron, 1832 series 2box 11folder 7
Legal Papers -- Hubert Kely Waldron series 2box 12folder 1
Letters -- Miscellaneous series 2box 12folder 2
Lineage -- Waldron Family series 2box 12folder 3
Lineage -- Waldron Family series 2box 12folder 4
Miscellaneous series 2box 12folder 5
Mortgage interest Papers -- Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron series 2box 12folder 6
Newspaper Clipings -- Fenian Uprising series 2box 13folder 1
Newspaper Clipings -- Miscellaneous series 2box 13folder 2
Newspaper Clipings -- Miscellaneous series 2box 13folder 3
Newspaper Clipings -- Miscellaneous series 2box 13folder 4
Newspaper Clipings -- Weddings, Deaths, Legal Announcements series 2box 13folder 5
Pamphlets series 2box 14folder 1
Personal Journals series 2box 14folder 2
Poems series 2box 14folder 3
Poems series 2box 14folder 4
Recipes series 2box 14folder 5
Recipes series 2box 14folder 6
Will -- Mrs. Margaret (Plews) Waldron series 2box 14folder 7

Series 3: Correspondence -- other people, 1859-1859 and undated (1.00 linear feet)

Correspondence by people outside the Hubert Kelly Waldron family.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Mrs. Armstrong series 3box 15folder 1
Lawrence Baske series 3box 15folder 2
Arthur Cranston Boyle series 3box 15folder 3
Thomas Cloffard series 3box 15folder 4
David Cullen series 3box 15folder 5
William Daud series 3box 15folder 6
John Dunn series 3box 15folder 7
Godfrey Hogg series 3box 15folder 8
Ellen Johnstone series 3box 15folder 9
Clemena (Johnstone) Ketlewell series 3box 15folder 10
J. Kidd series 3box 15folder 11
Mary Kidd series 3box 15folder 12
Owen Lloyd series 3box 15folder 13
Reverend Lloyd series 3box 15folder 14
Miss Major series 3box 15folder 15
Henry Martley series 3box 15folder 16
Jane Mager series 3box 15folder 17
Ryan O'Karne series 3box 15folder 18
L. Parke series 3box 15folder 19
Maryanne Plews series 3box 15folder 20
Mrs. Plews series 3box 15folder 21
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 22
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 23
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 24
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 25
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 26
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 27
John Plews -- Corespondence, 1856-undated series 3box 15folder 28
Mr. Shaw series 3box 16folder 1
Sir E. Tugard series 3box 16folder 2
Mr. Walsh series 3box 16folder 3
Miss Watkins series 3box 16folder 4
Wright & Co. series 3box 16folder 5
John Wynne -- Correspondence, 1854-1858 series 3box 16folder 6
John Wynne -- Financial Records, 1854-1859 series 3box 16folder 7
John Wynne -- Land Rental Accounts, 1850-1853 series 3box 16folder 8
John Wynne -- Poems series 3box 16folder 9

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1860 and undated (18 prints (17 black and white, 1 color))

The photographs series consists of 18 prints. Prints depict members of the Waldron family, including Hubert Johnstone Kelly Waldron; his wife Margaret; and the soldiers of the 31st Regiment of the British Army. Many of the subjects are not identified.

Photographs from the Biographical Print Files were returned to the collection in July, 2011.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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