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Preston Family papers

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Abstract

Title:
Preston Family papers
Author/Creator:
Preston Family
Collection number:
72-10
Size:
4.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1828-1894
Inclusive dates:
1799-1916
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 Prestons were an upper-middle-class family in nineteenth-century Baltimore and Baltimore County, Maryland. William P. Preston, a lawyer who dabbled in state and local politics, his wife Margaret "Madge" Smith Preston, and their daughter May Preston McNeal recorded, through their correspondence, diaries, and other documents, observations on entertainment; domestic life; the Catholic Church; local politics; theater and the arts; court cases; business; travel; fashions; weather and natural disasters; food; slavery; domestic abuse; health; boarding school; and life in Maryland during the Civil War.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

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

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

The Preston Family Papers document three generations of a family who lived in Baltimore and Baltimore County from the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The Preston and McNeal families enjoyed the privileges of the upper middle class: education at private schools, travel to Europe, and the social connections of prominent citizens of the city. For both families, the Catholic faith was an important part of their daily lives.

William P. Preston (1811-1880) was born in Virginia. In his late teens he lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and by 1839 was an attorney in Baltimore. On August 12, 1846, at St. John's Catholic Church in Philadelphia, he married Margaret "Madge" Wickham Smith (1815-1895), daughter of Andrew Smith and Anne Wickham of Frederick County, Maryland. In her youth, Madge attended St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and spent time with her older sister, Louisa, who lived in Mountain View, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. Once married, Madge spent much of her time managing the farm at Pleasant Plains and their residence in Baltimore, raising her daughter, and writing about her daily life.

William Preston's law practice required him to travel frequently to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. The Prestons maintained a residence and law office in Baltimore and a farm, Pleasant Plains, near Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Among their family friends were the philanthropist Johns Hopkins and A.S. Abell, founder of the Baltimore Sun. Active in the politics of his day, William Preston ran for Congress in 1859. Shortly before the 1859 election, Preston was attacked and hit over the head, possibly by the Baltimore street gang, the Plug Uglies. He was seriously injured and for the rest of his life may have suffered physical and mental difficulties as a result. The incident is remembered in a line from the song "Plug Uglies!!": "There's their Billy Preston, they beat him out of sight." The injury may have precipitated his spousal abuse of Madge Preston and also the initiation of her diary writing in 1860. In her diaries, Madge wrote of a personality change that is displayed in his angry outbursts towards her. William was also an ardent supporter of Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy. In 1863 he visited Gettysburg shortly after the battle and described the scene in detail to his wife. The Prestons expressed strong Confederate sentiments throughout their diaries and correspondence.

The Prestons had one daughter, May Preston McNeal (1849-1913), who, like her mother, attended St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, a Catholic boarding school for girls. May and Madge often corresponded while May was away at school during the Civil War. They frequently discuss daily life at school and at home, including the slaves and free black and white servants that lived at Pleasant Plains and at their Baltimore residence. May Preston had a personal slave, Kitty Mason, whom she left at home while attending school. Other slaves and free blacks at Pleasant Plains mentioned in family diaries and letters include Elizabeth "Lizzie" Johnson, Jim, Uncle Isaac Woodlands, and Aunt Nancy Woodlands. Following May's graduation in 1867, May and Madge toured Europe for several months. They visited France, Germany, England, and Italy.

May married Joshua "Van" Vansant McNeal (1846-1917) on May 19, 1873. He was the son of a Baltimore Catholic family. Van spent his early career in insurance and the remainder working for the railroad. He retired in 1916 as a vice president and treasurer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. From 1880 to 1893, the McNeals lived in Indianapolis and then returned to Baltimore for the remainder of their lives.

The McNeals had eight children. Mark (1874-1934), Stella (1877-1965), James Preston Wickham (1878-1954), and Marie (1885-19?) survived to adulthood; four others died in childhood. Mark was a Jesuit priest and taught in Japan. Stella never married and lived with her parents until their deaths; she resided with a nephew in Connecticut at her death. James was a lawyer who married and had one son and two grandchildren; he resided in New Haven at his death. Marie married Renato Tittoni (1882-1943), a U.S. Marine Corps officer, in 1909; they had one son, Tommaso Preston (1912-1937).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Preston Family Papers cover the period from 1799-1916 with most of the material dated between 1828 and 1894. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, writings, legal documents, case files related to William Preston's law practice, photographs, and memorabilia.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers were purchased by the University of Maryland prior to 1972. A November 3, 1847, letter from Madge Preston to William P. Preston was purchased in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Originally processed September 19, 1972. Reprocessed by Terry Ann Saylor, March 2011, and Elizabeth A. Novara, November 2012.

Processing note:

The papers were placed in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free boxes. The diaries of Madge Preston and May Preston McNeal have been preserved in individually-made acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1820-1916 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

The bulk of this series consists of letters between Madge, May, and William Preston. The letters between Madge and William begin in 1847, the first year of their marriage, when Madge went for an extended visit to her siblings in Mountain View, Pennsylvania. The correspondence continues between them as William often remained in Baltimore for his law practice leaving Madge and May at Pleasant Plains, through May's years at St. Joseph's Academy, and then her married life. The letters end with Madge writing to her grandchildren in 1894, just prior to her death in 1895.

William P. Preston wrote to and received correspondence from prominent Baltimore gentlemen including A. S. Abell, Zenos Barnum, Louis Kossuth, Judge John Legrand, and Archbishop M. J. Spalding. In his late teens and early twenties, William received letters from other men who wrote him concerning his health and employment. Madge's correspondents included the sisters at St. Joseph's Academy, Sophie Stout, Eliza G. Meigs, and Johns Hopkins. Hopkins was a family friend who wrote to May on her graduation from St. Joseph's Academy in 1867.

Among the many topics covered in the letters between the family members are the news of the day, the ever-present weather conditions, visits to and from friends, illness (all three suffered from frequent headaches), the sewing of clothes by hand and on a sewing machine by Madge for May and the grandchildren, gifts purchased and received, chess and backgammon games played and won or lost, and problems related to the Pleasant Plains management and their Baltimore residence. Madge wrote weekly to May while she attended St. Joseph's; these letters report family news of the day and occasionally political events. In a letter to May dated October 30, 1862, she wrote about "the drafting." and "upholding the tyranny of the present government." On November 29, 1862, her letter mentioned the release of "respected but unfortunate 'fellow citizens'" Baltimore Mayor George Brown and Marshall Kane from prison for their participation in the Baltimore Riot of 1861.

William wrote to Madge of the overnight stay of President Franklin Pierce in Baltimore in a letter dated July 14, 1853. He attended a breakfast with the president and members of his cabinet, including Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War, with whom he was most impressed. A December 1, 1885, letter to Madge from May describes the funeral procession of Vice President Thomas Hendricks in Indianapolis.

The series is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
To Zenos Barnum from William P. Preston, February 26, 1864 (Online) series 1box 1folder 1
To Harriet Dame from Theodore A. Dame, May 2, 1832 (Online) series 1box 1folder 2
To Ebbie from May Preston McNeal, October 24, circa 1860s (Online) series 1box 1folder 3
To K. Hoshino from Joshua Vansant McNeal, February 11, 1916 (Online) series 1box 1folder 4
To Mssrs. Keller, Wallis, and Postlethwaite from William P. Preston, May 17, 1869 (Online) series 1box 1folder 5
To Louis Kossuth from William P. Preston [copy], February 15, 1865 (Online) series 1box 1folder 6
To Misses Lawson from May Preston McNeal, February 7, 1872 (Online) series 1box 1folder 7
To McNeal Children from May Preson McNeal (Mama), 1883, 1892, 1904 (Online) series 1box 1folder 8
To McNeal Children from Madge Preston, 1882-1894 (Online) series 1box 1folder 9
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from Brother Daliances [?], February 5, 1916 (Online) series 1box 1folder 10
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from Joseph Hoshino, February 9, 1916 (Online) series 1box 1folder 11
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from William Ivins, March 9, 1916 (Online) series 1box 1folder 12
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from May Preston McNeal, May 7, 1868 (Online) series 1box 1folder 13
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from Madge Preston, 1876 and undated (Online) series 1box 1folder 14
To Joshua Vansant McNeal from Robert Small, February 1, 1880 (Online) series 1box 1folder 15
To Mark McNeal from K. Hoshino, January 6, 1915 (Online) series 1box 1folder 16
To Mark McNeal from Joshua Vansant McNeal (Papa), 1902, 1914-1916 (Online) series 1box 1folder 17
To Mark McNeal from Sister Blanche [Saint Joseph's Academy], 1912 or 1913 (Online) series 1box 1folder 18
To May Preston McNeal from Johns Hopkins, June 24, 1867 (Online) series 1box 1folder 19
To May Preston McNeal from Joshua Vansant McNeal, 1868-1870, 1874, and undated (Online) series 1box 1folder 20
To May Preston McNeal from Mark McNeal, undated (Online) series 1box 1folder 21
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1862-1863 (Online) series 1box 1folder 22
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1864 (Online) series 1box 1folder 23
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1865 (Online) series 1box 1folder 24
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1866 (Online) series 1box 1folder 25
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1867 (Online) series 1box 1folder 26
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1872, 1874, 1876, 1878-1880 (Online) series 1box 1folder 27
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1881-1883 (Online) series 1box 1folder 28
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, January-March, 1884 (Online) series 1box 2folder 1
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, May-October, 1884 (Online) series 1box 2folder 2
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1885 (Online) series 1box 2folder 3
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1886-1887 (Online) series 1box 2folder 4
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, 1888-1890 (Online) series 1box 2folder 5
To May Preston McNeal from Madge Preston, undated (Online) series 1box 2folder 6
To May Preston McNeal from William P. Preston, 1855, 1863, 1865-1866, 1875 (Online) series 1box 2folder 7
To May Preston McNeal from various correspondents, 1855-1869, 1881, 1885 (Online) series 1box 2folder 8
To May Preston McNeal from various correspondents, undated (Online) series 1box 2folder 9
To Madge Preston from McNeal family children, 1878, 1885, 1889-1890, and undated (Online) series 1box 2folder 10
To Madge Preston from Joshua Vansant McNeal, 1869, 1890 (Online) series 1box 2folder 11
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1862-1864 (Online) series 1box 2folder 12
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1865-1866 (Online) series 1box 2folder 13
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1876, 1878, 1882-1883 (Online) series 1box 3folder 1
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1884-1885 (Online) series 1box 3folder 2
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1888-1889 (Online) series 1box 3folder 3
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1890-1891, 1893 (Online) series 1box 3folder 4
To Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, undated (Online) series 1box 3folder 5
To Madge Preston from William P. Preston, 1847, 1852-1855 (Online) series 1box 3folder 6
To Madge Preston from William P. Preston, 1856-1858 (Online) series 1box 3folder 7
To Madge Preston from William P. Preston (Includes Oversize), 1859, 1862-1863, 1865-1886 (Online) series 1box 3folder 8
To Madge Preston from William P. Preston, 1867-1869, 1876 (Online) series 1box 3folder 9
To Madge Preston from William P. Preston, undated (Online) series 1box 3folder 10
To Madge Preston from Sister Mary Raphael and other Sisters [St. Joseph's Academy], 1862-1863, 1867, 1869 (Online) series 1box 3folder 11
To Madge Preston from Louise Smith, 1859 (Online) series 1box 3folder 12
To Madge Preston from Sophie Stout and children, 1863-1865 (Online) series 1box 3folder 13
To Madge Preston from various correspondents, 1848-1893, and undated (Online) series 1box 4folder 1
To William P. Preston from A. S. Abell, 1867-1870 (Online) series 1box 4folder 2
To William P. Preston from John W. Ashton, 1829-1830 (Online) series 1box 4folder 3
To William P. Preston from George W. Bowers, 1829-1830, 1853 (Online) series 1box 4folder 4
To William P. Preston from Charles F. Keener, 1828, 1830, and undated (Online) series 1box 4folder 5
To William P. Preston from John Carroll Legrand, 1857, 1860 (Online) series 1box 4folder 6
To William P. Preston from E. Lindsley, 1828-1829 (Online) series 1box 4folder 7
To Willaim P. Preston from Captain Augustus McLaughlin, 1868-1869 (Online) series 1box 4folder 8
To William P. Preston from L. McMullen, 1830 (Online) series 1box 4folder 9
To William P. Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1855, 1858, 1862-1866 (Online) series 1box 4folder 10
To William P. Preston from Madge Preston , 1847, 1851, 1853 (Online) series 1box 4folder 11
To William P. Preston from Madge Preston , 1855 (Online) series 1box 4folder 12
To William P. Preston from Madge Preston , 1856, 1858 (Online) series 1box 4folder 13
To William P. Preston from Madge Preston , 1859-1865, 1867, 1869, and undated (Online) series 1box 4folder 14
To William P. Preston from F. J. Roving, Jr., 1829-1830 (Online) series 1box 4folder 15
To William P. Preston from R. Ward, 1835 (Online) series 1box 4folder 16
To William P. Preston from various correspondents, 1820, 1829-1830, 1835, 1839 (Online) series 1box 4folder 17
To William P. Preston from various correspondents, 1855-1860, 1869, 1871, 1874-1875, and undated (Online) series 1box 4folder 18
To William P. and Madge Preston from May Preston McNeal, 1862-1867, 1869, 1874 (Online) series 1box 4folder 19
To Mrs. Pierce from May Preston McNeal, April 19, 1889 (Online) series 1box 4folder 20
To Sanders Children from Nettie Roper, December 25, 1862 (Online) series 1box 4folder 21
To "Sister" from Mary E. Stansbury, February 24, 1859 (Online) series 1box 4folder 22
To Archbishop M.J. Spalding from William P. Preston [copy], October 27, 1866 (Online) series 1box 4folder 23
To Mrs. Stansbury from May Preston McNeal, November 11, 1864 (Online) series 1box 4folder 24
To Sophie Stout from Madge Preston [draft], November 27, 1863 (Online) series 1box 4folder 25
To Thomasina H. Gist Thrall from Lewis C. Levin, October 28, 1955 (Online) series 1box 4folder 26

Series 2: Business Correspondence, 1799-1861 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series relates to the law practice of William P. Preston, including correspondence to and from him regarding the various clients he represented. Included are letters from his clients explaining the circumstances that required legal advice. In one 1870 letter, Preston received an anonymous account of the life and work of Father James Dolan of Baltimore. The account begins in 1847 with the arrival of Irish emigrants to Baltimore and their "destitute condition" which aroused Father Dolan and members of the Hibernian Society, a charitable organization for Irish emigrants in the state of Maryland, to provide assistance to them and continues with entries from Father Dolan's diary describing work among the Baltimore poor. The series is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
From William P. Preston, 1843-1858 (Online) series 2box 5folder 1
To Mary A. Carroll from John D. Simms, October 10, 1832 (Online) series 2box 5folder 2
To Owen Dorsey from Thomas Dorsey, April 22, 1824 (Online) series 2box 5folder 3
To Mssrs. Edmondson from Henry Burkett, 1806 (Online) series 2box 5folder 4
To Mssrs. Edmondson from J. Pinkney, 1805 (Online) series 2box 5folder 5
To James B. Kendell from John Stipp, April 4, 1842 (Online) series 2box 5folder 6
To "Mother" from John E. Owens, 1865 (Online) series 2box 5folder 7
To William P. Preston from John Q. Adams, 1842-1843, 1846-1847 (Online) series 2box 5folder 8
To William P. Preston from Anonymous, Account of Father James Dolan, 1870 (Online) series 2box 5folder 9
To William P. Preston from various correspondents, 1830-1843 (Online) series 2box 5folder 10
To William P. Preston from various correspondents, 1844-1861, and undated (Online) series 2box 5folder 11
To Jeremiah H. Storm from I. G. Storm, June 23, 1840 (Online) series 2box 5folder 12
To William Tilghman from Samuel Hughes, March 19, 1799 (Online) series 2box 5folder 13
Various correspondents, 1834-1851, and undated (Online) series 2box 5folder 14

Series 3: Diaries and Other Writings, 1830-1905 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

The bulk of this series consists of the diaries of Madge Preston and a few of May Preston McNeal and William Preston. Many of the entries in Madge's diaries relate to weather conditions; her health or that of others; the management of the farm, including slaves and servants; and visits to and from neighbors. In addition, Madge also writes of fears for her safety in her relationship with her husband. Entries throughout the diaries mention his altered, violent disposition and her worries. In the months following William's assault, Madge wrote on August 27, 1860, that "we had another unpleasant scene this morning, indeed the scenes are becoming so frequent I feel as if I should have to take some steps to put an end to them!" And on February 24, 1865, she wrote that she may "report Mr. Preston as insane and a dangerous person to be living with."

Following May's graduation from St. Joseph's, Madge's diaries for 1867 and 1868 relate details of her European sojourn with her daughter May, including a visit to the Vatican. For her graduation from St. Joseph's in 1867, May wrote "Farewell to St. Joseph's," a poem saying goodbye to the school, its environs, and people. Sometime after her parents died, May wrote a short piece stating that her parents "rendered aid and assistance all during the war to the confederate cause" and that "I have always done what I was able to preserve the memory of the Southern cause." Further she wrote, "They always taught me and my children to love and revere the memory of the 'Lost Cause.' "

In 1861 William drafted his thoughts on President Abraham Lincoln, whom he disliked. (Madge also expressed a strong dislike for Lincoln in her diaries.) In July 1863, within days of the Battle of Gettysburg, William and a friend visited the battlefield. In a letter he described the visit. They saw wounded soldiers being loaded onto railroad cars and he wrote, "This is our first introduction to the living, actual horrors of war, and look at it as we might, we were unable to eviscerate a single spark of what the poets or the noisy philanthropists of our time call glory!" He also described his visit to "Cemetery Hill," grieving that "It was indeed a sickening sight. The beautiful brow of nature disfigured by the fiendish wrath of man is well calculated to awaken horror and disgust."

The series is arranged alphabetically by document type and then by the name of the writer.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Diary -- May Preston McNeal, 1862-1864 (Online) series 3box 6folder 1
Diary -- May Preston McNeal, 1869 series 3box 6folder 2
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1860 series 3box 6folder 3
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1865 series 3box 6folder 4
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1867 series 3box 6folder 5
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1868 series 3box 6folder 6
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1869 series 3box 6folder 7
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1870 series 3box 6folder 8
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1872 series 3box 6folder 9
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1876 series 3box 6folder 10
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1884 series 3box 7folder 1
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1886 series 3box 7folder 2
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1892 series 3box 7folder 3
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1893 series 3box 7folder 4
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1894 series 3box 7folder 5
Diary -- Madge Preston , 1895 series 3box 7folder 6
Diary -- William P. Preston, 1830, 1859 series 3box 8folder 1
Other Writings -- R. B. Brent, undated (Online) series 3box 8folder 2
Other Writings -- May Preston McNeal, 1867, 1905, and undated (Online) series 3box 8folder 3
Other Writings -- Madge Preston , 1868-1869, and undated (Online) series 3box 8folder 4
Other Writings -- William P. Preston, 1835, 1855, 1857, and undated (Online) series 3box 8folder 5
Other Writings -- William P. Preston -- Draft of denunciation of Abraham Lincoln, 1861 (Online) series 3box 8folder 6
Other Writings -- William P. Preston -- A letter from the Battlefield of Gettysburg, July 7, 1863 (Online) series 3box 8folder 7

Series 4: Legal Documents, 1800-1845 (10 items)

This series consists of bills of sale for two Baltimore schooners, indentures, a mortgage note, a mail route proposal, and a statement before a Justice of the Peace. On November 4, 1859, before a Justice of the Peace, Royston Betts wrote his account of the assault on William Preston, describing how he and Preston left Barnum's hotel and entered Mr. Ruppert's house where two unknown men attacked Preston: "His face was dreadfully crushed and his clothing covered with blood." This document is in Madge's handwriting. The series is arranged alphabetically by document type and then by the first name on the document.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Bills of Sale (Oversize Box 9), 1844 (Online) series 4box 8folder 8
John Carvill and Hezekiah L. Bateman to Alexander L. Fulford and Jacob F. Miller for the Schooner "Artificial" of Baltimore (Oversize), July 1, 1844 series 4box 8folder 8item 1
John Carvill and Hezekiah L. Bateman to Alexander L. Fulford and Jacob F. Miller for the Schooner "Artificial" of Baltimore (Oversize), July 2, 1844 series 4box 8folder 8item 2
John Carvill and Hezekiah L. Bateman to Alexander L. Fulford and Jacob F. Miller for the Schooner "Ceres" of Baltimore (Oversize), July 1, 1844 series 4box 8folder 8item 3
John Carvill and Hezekiah L. Bateman to Alexander L. Fulford and Jacob F. Miller for the Schooner "Ceres" of Baltimore (Oversize), July 2, 1844 series 4box 8folder 8item 4
Indenture -- Catherine Green, Administrator of Joseph Green, and John McKay (Oversize Box 9), 1800 (Online) series 4box 8folder 9
Indenture -- John Bouldini and Joseph Mintz, 1805 (Online) series 4box 8folder 10
Indenture -- William P. Preston and John S. Gittings, 1845 (Online) series 4box 8folder 11
Mortgage Note -- John Boyce Tyler to William P. Preston, 1838 (Online) series 4box 8folder 12
Proposal -- Mail route for Frederick C. Wisotzkey, 1872, 1800-1881 (Online) series 4box 8folder 13
Statement -- Royston Betts Account of Assault on William P. Preston, 1859 (Online) series 4box 8folder 14

Series 5: Case Files, 1840-1876 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series consists of depositions, indictments, and other documents related to cases handled by William P. Preston which included accidental death, forgery, larceny, and murder among others. Some of the cases include:

William Thetford was arrested for stealing from the Farmers and Planters Bank in August 1858. William Preston represented Thetford and the case notes include correspondence with his family.

Peter Corrie shot Robert Rigdon, a Baltimore policeman, in his home in November 1858. William Preston represented Corrie and his case notes provide details of the 1859 trial.

Bartly Tully and Patrick Kane were accused of the murder of William Lehr on December 24, 1869. William Preston represented the accused in the April 1871 trial.

James Carlin, a railroad brakeman, was accidentally run over by a railroad car in 1871. William Preston represented the Carlin family in a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carolan et al vs Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 1871-1873 and undated (Online) series 5box 8folder 15
William H. Carr -- Deposition, 1842 (Online) series 5box 8folder 16
Catherine Kenny -- Deposition, 1856 (Online) series 5box 8folder 17
Lizette Klegle, 1873 (Online) series 5box 8folder 18
Isaac Knight, 1847-1848 (Online) series 5box 8folder 19
Louis McCann vs. Mary E. McCann, 1861 (Online) series 5box 8folder 20
McColgan vs Reddy, 1864 (Online) series 5box 8folder 21
State of Maryland vs. Peter Corrie, 1858-1859 (Online) series 5box 8folder 22
State of Maryland vs. Thomas Hibbitts, 1869 (Online) series 5box 8folder 23
State of Maryland vs. Frederick Konig, 1841 (Online) series 5box 8folder 24
State of Maryland vs. N.E. Leaman, 1845-1846 (Online) series 5box 8folder 25
State of Maryland vs. Elijah Peacock, 1841 (Online) series 5box 8folder 26
State of Maryland vs. John Price, 1849 (Online) series 5box 8folder 27
State of Maryland vs. William Thetford, 1858-1860 (Online) series 5box 8folder 28
State of Maryland vs. Barthy Tully and Patrick Kane, 1869 (Online) series 5box 8folder 29
John Swartz and Casper Eichelman, 1874 (Online) series 5box 8folder 30
United States vs Jason L. Pendleton, 1840, 1844-1846 (Online) series 5box 8folder 31
United States vs. James B. Watson (Includes Oversize), 1844-1847 (Online) series 5box 8folder 32

Series 6: Memorabilia, 1867 (1 item)

This series consists of one calling card announcing that Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Rothpletz will be at home September 26, 1867.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Calling Card -- Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Rothpletz at home -- Memorablia 2374, 1867 (Online) series 6box 8folder 33

Series 7: Photographs, 1908 and undated (5 items)

This series consists of five photographs. Two are identified with the Preston and McNeal families; the other three are unknown. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs (Online) series 7box 8folder 34
Portrait of Father Mark McNeal, 1908 series 7box 8folder 34item 1
Portrait of man, woman, two children [possibly Joshua McNeal, Stella McNeal,and grandsons], undated series 7box 8folder 34item 2
Structure, unidentified house, interior room, undated series 7box 8folder 34item 3
Structure, unidentified house, interior room, undated series 7box 8folder 34item 4
Structure, exterior of house with three children standing at street corner with horse and carriage in front, labeled "Preston home", undated series 7box 8folder 34item 5

Related Material

Researchers may consult the following work in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library, at the University of Maryland Libraries:

Preston, Madge. A Private War: Letters and Diaries of Madge Preston, 1862-1867, edited by Virginia Walcott Beauchamp. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c1987. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks HV6626 .P73 1987)

Additional manuscript materials related to the Preston family are held at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

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

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