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David Stewart Courtenay papers

Abstract

Title:
David Stewart Courtenay papers
Author/Creator:
Courtenay, David Stewart
Collection number:
75-20
Size:
0.25 linear feet (20 items)
Bulk dates:
1787-1871
Inclusive dates:
1787-1900
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 David Stewart Courtenay consist of correspondence, guardians' and executors' financial records, and biographical/genealogical materials pertaining to various family members, including the family of Courtenay's mother, Isabella Purviance. Included are documents created in the course of conducting various business transactions, such as the settlement of the estate of Dr. John Boyd, receipts of debts owed, and receipts pertaining to David Courtenay's guardianship of John Larsh. The latter documents the cost of clothing, board, tuition, and other items around 1830. David Courtenay's account book dating from 1820 to 1824 documents the estate of John H. Purviance as well as the accounts of members of the Courtenay family. Correspondence among David Courtenay and his nephew, David Courtenay, Jr., and three insurance companies discusses the transfer of stock in 1871. Also included is a certificate verifying Sarah M. Courtenay's donation of $1 to the Washington National Monument Society. Zachary Taylor signed the certificate. There is one black and white photograph of twelve unidentified gentlemen (circa 1900) wearing suits with ties and vests. The direct connection of this image to David Courtenay is unclear.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

David Stewart Courtenay papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1323
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

David Stewart Courtenay was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 10, 1799. His parents were Henry Courtenay and Isabella Purviance. He was christened at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore on April 12, 1800.

Courtenay's grandfather, Hercules Courtenay, emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1762. He settled in Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1765. There he rose to prominence as a veteran of the Revolutionary War, as a Judge of the Orphans Court of Baltimore County (1778), a Baltimore County Magistrate, and a successful merchant.

David Courtenay married Elizabeth Dorsey Hawkins on April 19, 1831, in Baltimore, Maryland. According to the 1850 census, Courtenay was employed as a bank teller, and was the father of five children living at home: Isabella 18; David 16; Henry 14; William 12; and Elizabeth, 9. His occupation in the 1860 census is insurance agent. In the 1880 census, Courtenay is listed as a merchant. At that time, his sister, Sarah, age 79, was living with him. David Stewart Courtenay died on February 5, 1880.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of David Stewart Courtenay date from 1787 to circa 1900 and consist of genealogical research, family and business correspondence, account books, a certificate from the Washington National Monument Society, and one photograph.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the papers of David Stewart Courtenay from the Harris Auction Galleries on September 13, 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Martha Hooker, August 2003.

Processing note:

The letters were placed in acid-free folders and stored in an acid-free box.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Sarah Heim, May 2004

Arrangement of Collection

The collection has been arranged in three series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Family History, 1843-1896 (7 items)

This series consists of genealogical material and correspondence relating to the Courtenay family history. The papers also include Purviance family materials. Isabella Purviance was David Stewart Courtenay's mother. Other related families include Selden, Jennings, Cary, and Wilder.

Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Family History, 1843-1896, undated series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Business Documents, 1787-1871 (12 items)

This series consists of documents created in the course of conducting various business transactions, such as the settlement of the estate of Dr. John Boyd, receipts of debts owed, and receipts pertaining to David Courtenay's guardianship of John Larsh. The latter documents the cost of clothing, board, tuition, and other items around 1830. David Courtenay's account book dating from 1820 to 1824 documents the estate of John H. Purviance as well as the accounts of members of the Courtenay family. Correspondence among David Courtenay and his nephew, David Courtenay, Jr., and three insurance companies discusses the transfer of stock in 1871. Also included is a certificate verifying Sarah M. Courtenay's donation of $1 to the Washington National Monument Society. Zachary Taylor signed the certificate.

Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Business Documents, 1781-1871, undated series 2box 1folder 1

Series 3: Photograph, 1900 (1 item)

The twelve unidentified gentlemen in the photograph (circa 1900) are wearing suits with ties and vests. The room is decorated with an ornate wall covering and fancy light fixtures. It could be an office setting as there are ledgers on a table to the left. The direct connection of this image to David Courtenay is unclear. This photograph has been transferred to the photograph collection.

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.

Related Material

Researchers interested in the Courtenay and Purviance families may consult the following related collections:

Courtenay family genealogy, n.d., Accession #5469-e, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Purviance family; Courtney family. Papers, 1757-1932. Manuscript Department of the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Selected Search Terms

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