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Hepburn Family papers

Abstract

Title:
Hepburn Family papers
Author/Creator:
Hepburn Family
Collection number:
88-143
Size:
18 items
Bulk dates:
1748-1795
Inclusive dates:
1739-1813
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 Hepburn Family Papers consist of legal documents, public notices, and land records primarily related to Prince George's County, Maryland. Included is a three-party prenuptial agreement between Philip Thomas, John Hepburn, and his soon-to-be wife Mary Chew, regarding the disposition of Mary Chew's property, including 30 named slaves; bonds of credit that John Hepburn extended to named local citizens; and accounting receipts for tobacco deliveries. Also included is a deed of gift for a slave that Samuel Hepburn gave to son John Muir; and a broadside that names Samuel Hepburn as the executor of Samuel Leche's will. The remaining documents include property records for Prince George's County land owned by various Maryland personages; a circular notice by London merchant William Molleson; a circular advocating smallpox vaccination in Baltimore; and a letter of estate administration.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Hepburn Family papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1444
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

John Hepburn [sometimes "Hepbourne"] (circa 1714-circa 1780) was a merchant born in Prince George's County, Maryland, the only child of Dr. Patrick Hepburn (died circa 1726) and an unknown first wife. He married Mary Chew (circa 1714-circa 1770) of Anne Arundel County. John and Mary Hepburn had three children: Samuel Chew Hepburn (circa 1759-circa 1806); Ann Hepburn (birth and death dates unknown); and John Hepburn, Jr. (died circa 1774).

Samuel Chew Hepburn married Jean Muir (1759-circa 1810) of Dorchester County, Maryland sometime before 1780. They had four children: Mary "Polly" Hepburn (circa 1780-circa 1849); John Muir Hepburn (1790-1850); Sarah Hepburn (birth and death unknown); and Patricus Hepburn (birth and death unknown).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hepburn Family Papers span the years 1739 to 1813, with the bulk of the material dating between 1748 and 1795. The collection consists of legal documents, public notices, and land records. Included is a three-party prenuptial agreement between Philip Thomas, John Hepburn, and his soon-to-be wife Mary Chew, regarding the disposition of Mary Chew's property, including 30 named slaves; bonds of credit that John Hepburn extended to named local citizens; and accounting receipts for tobacco deliveries. Also included is a deed of gift for a slave that Samuel Hepburn gave to son John Muir; and a broadside that names Samuel Hepburn as the executor of Samuel Leche's will. The remaining documents include property records for Prince George's County land owned by various Maryland personages; a circular notice by London merchant William Molleson; a circular advocating smallpox vaccination in Baltimore; and a letter of estate administration.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the Hepburn Family Papers from Steve Wunderly in 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jennie A. Levine, October 2007.

Processing note:

The materials were placed in acid-free folders, within an acid-free box. Most of the documents were also placed in Mylar sleeves and include captions.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.

Arrangement of Collection

Organized as one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Hepburn Family, 1739-1813 (18 items)

The series consists primarily of legal documents relating to Hepburn family members' personal and business transactions. Included is a three-party prenuptial agreement between Philip Thomas, John Hepburn, and his soon-to-be wife Mary Chew, regarding the disposition of Mary Chew's property, including 30 named slaves; bonds of credit that John Hepburn extended to named local citizens; and accounting receipts for tobacco deliveries. Also included is a deed of gift for a slave that Samuel Hepburn gave to son John Muir; and a broadside that names Samuel Hepburn as the executor of Samuel Leche's will. The remaining documents include property records for Prince George's County land owned by various Maryland personages; a circular notice by London merchant William Molleson; a circular advocating smallpox vaccination in Baltimore; and a letter of estate administration.

The following additional names appear in this series: James Pickering, Thomas Loomes, Richard Stone, Clement Maudsley, Thomas Collings, Laetitia William Perry(?), Kitty Joseph Mallett, John Brewer, William Baker, John Callahan, William Josephs, James Smith, John and Mary Morton, and Caleb (Lotton?).

Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Pre-Nuptial Agreement -- Mary Chew and John Hepburn, 1739 series 1box 1folder 1
Bond From Richard Stone to John Hepburn, 1743 series 1box 1folder 2
Receipt, 1748 series 1box 1folder 3
Receipt, 1748 series 1box 1folder 4
Bond From James Pickering to John Hepburn, 1757 series 1box 1folder 5
Bond From J. Clement Maudsley to John Hepburn, 1754 series 1box 1folder 6
Receipt, 1760 series 1box 1folder 7
Account of Sale -- Tobacco, 1773 series 1box 1folder 8
Account of Sale -- Tobacco, 1773 series 1box 1folder 9
Circular -- William and Robert Molleson, 1774 series 1box 1folder 10
Copy of 1689 Deed for "Joseph's Parke", 1790 series 1box 1folder 11
Deed of Gift -- Slave "Ben son of Suky", 1794 series 1box 1folder 12
Estate of John Morton of Prince George's County, 1794 series 1box 1folder 13
Copy of 1722 Deed for "Bradford's Rest", 1795 series 1box 1folder 14
Register of Wills Receipt, 1801 series 1box 1folder 15
Plat -- Molly's Dislike, 1811 (Online) series 1box 1folder 16
Copy of 1720 Deed for Calverton Manor (Oatry), 1812 (Online) series 1box 1folder 17
Public Notice re: smallpox vaccination in Baltimore, 1813 series 1box 1folder 18

Related Material

The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore holds two accounts for sale and two land grants to John Hepburn in the collection MS 2018.

The Archives of Maryland publication series, Vol. 198, v.3, and Vol. 201, v. 2-3, contain entries for John Hepburn and Samuel Hepburn. (Maryland State Archives, "Archives of Maryland Online." http://aomol.net/html/index.html , last accessed March 14, 2007.)

The University of Maryland Libraries also contains a small collection of material pertaining to smallpox epidemics in the late nineteenth century: The Baltimore Smallpox Epidemic Collection.

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

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