Weems-Reynolds Family papers
This collection contains the papers of the Weems Family, one of the oldest families in Maryland, and of the Reynolds and Petherbridge families, which were related to the Weems by marriage. The collection consist of correspondence, maps and monographs, and addresses such subjects as state and local politics; the Republican National Convention in Baltimore (1893); Weems family genealogy; horticulture; religion; and election fraud in Maryland.
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The Weems family is one of the oldest families in Maryland, originally settling in Anne Arundel County in the eighteenth century. The family originated in Scotland, being descended from the noble Wemyss line, although there is disagreement among genealogists concerning how the American and Scottish lines are connected. Family tradition suggests that William Wemyss, killed in 1715 at the Battle of Preston, was the father of the American immigrants. More recently, researchers have suggested that a James Wemyss fathered the American line.
Evidence in the Weems Family Papers, along with material from various primary and secondary sources, suggests that David, James, and Williamina Weems emigrated from Scotland between 1715 and 1720. According to a family history written by John Weems in 1854, David, James, and Williamina Weems immigrated to Maryland at the request of their mother Elizabeth's brother, Dr. William Loch (also spelled "Lock" and, more recently, "Locke"), who did not, at that time, have an heir. Loch apparently made some effort to secure his nephews' and niece's financial security, as he provided his nephew James with a medical education.
It is known that at his death, William Loch bequeathed portions of his lands in Virginia and Maryland to James Weems, who subsequently settled in Carroll County, Maryland. What caused Dr. James Weems to return to Maryland may have been the confused status of the "dwelling-plantation" (Loch Eden) after the death of Dr. Loch's son, William Loch, Jr., in 1750 (See L H. and McH. 463; 1772 Md. William Chew's Lessee against James Weems and others). The Weems family eventually gained possession of this land.
The extent of David Weems's landholdings and whether or not he also inherited land from William Loch remains unclear. Further research is needed to determine not only the amount of land Weems owned, but also whether his various holdings formed a contiguous estate or were scattered throughout Anne Arundel County.
Weems's home plantation was Marshes Seat, which consisted of the original Marshes Seat grant and Pascall Purchase, later known as Barwell Plantation. The estate of Marshes Seat consisted of all the land between Parkers Branch and Selby Cove in southeastern Anne Arundel County. The estate, also referred to as Herring Bay within the family papers, was a portion of Pascall Purchase, an early division of land in the Maryland colony.
The various proprietors of Marshes Seat gradually expanded the plantation during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In October 1651, Lord Baltimore granted Marshes Seat to Thomas Marsh. The estate passed to several owners during the subsequent decades: John Hall (1681); Thomas Knighton (1684); Christopher Vernon (1701); William Vernon (1726); and David Weems (1859). It was William Vernon who, in 1704, purchased Pascall Purchase or Barwell Plantation and consolidated into a single plantation.
David Weems was the patriarch of large, illustrious family. He married twice, first to Elizabeth Lane, the daughter of Samuel Lane and Sarah Harrison, and second to Ester Hill, the daughter of Abel Hill and Susannah Gott. Weems fathered nineteen children, among them five sons bearing his name. He died in 1779.
His youngest child, Parson Mason Loch Weems, was a prominent literary figure in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Best known for a biography of George Washington, which included the famous cherry tree story, Parson Weems died in 1825 and was buried at the ancestral home of his wife, Frances Ewell, near Dumfries, Virginia. In 1777, David Weems's namesake (the fifth son of that name) married Margaret Harrison and inherited the estate of Marshes Seat two years later. Weems and Harrison had seven children. Gustavus Weems, the couple's second son, whose Autobiography is a key piece of the collection, inherited Marshes Seat upon his father's death in 1820. His older brother, David Weems, who might otherwise have inherited the estate, had become a British citizen after being impressed by the Royal Navy.
Gustavus, who married Dorcas Gray, combined his farming operations with a store in Huntingtown. Dorcas and Gustavus had seven children, including David Gustavus, Jane Dorcas, and Rachel Thomason, whose correspondence and family history manuscript are prominent features of the collection. Gustavus died in 1852.
Gustavus's son, David Gustavus Weems, became the owner of a portion of Marshes Seat following the death of his father. David Gustavus married and had several children, among them Octavus Tennyson, Robert F., J. E., and George Washington. Octavus Tennyson Weems moved west and worked in the laundry and lumber businesses. Robert F. Weems became the editor of the Vincennes, Indiana, Commercial, and J. E. Weems managed the Pure Ice Company in Quincy, Illinois. George Washington Weems married the widow of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's brother. Correspondence between the sons of these brothers and Rachel Thomason Weems Reynolds (daughter of Gustavus) forms an important portion of the collection.
Two important branches of the Weems family originated in the early- to middle-nineteenth century. These branches emanated from two daughters of Gustavus Weems.
Rachel Thomason Weems married Dr. Thomas Reynolds, who was the son Joseph W. Reynolds, an old friend of Gustavus Weems. Thomas and Rachel had two children, Edward and Hattie. Hattie remained unmarried and became an early environmental activist. Her commitment to conservation and preservation culminated in her appointment as Maryland's first female game warden.
Edward, the second child of Rachel and Thomas Reynolds, married and eventually fathered Helen Dunnington Reynolds. Helen married Charles Brewer, establishing the Brewer branch of the family. Helen was the last family owner of Sherwood Forest, the Reynolds family's estate in Upper Falls, Baltimore County. After her death, the Maryland Department of Forests and Parks purchased the estate in 1965.
Jane Dorcas Weems married Dr. John Petherbridge of Annapolis. The couple had several children, among them Wilbur, a planter who became the county's Register of Wills and developed the Petherbridge Index to Maryland Wills. This index was well-received by genealogists of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One of the couple's other children, Coleridge, became a writer.
A third branch of the family was established in the latter half of the nineteenth century when Margaret, daughter of David Gustavus Weems, married William Harris. Margaret and David had at least four children, several of whom married into other local families. One child, Maria Harris Kennard, moved to Pennsylvania after her marriage.
Relatives of the Weems family have remained prominent in Annapolis, in Maryland, and throughout the United States. Physicians, historians, and writers are common with all branches of the family, both historically and currently.
A series of charts detailing the branches of the family related to the collection are attached to this guide as Appendix A.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The bulk of the Weems/Reynolds collection consists of correspondence, and the majority of this material is associated with two women, Rachel Thomason Reynolds and her daughter, Hattie. The correspondence, both to friends and family members, provides considerable insight into the world view of American women of the Victorian era. The importance of family roots, in both a genealogical and spatial sense, is a common theme throughout the correspondence. The correspondence documents the concerns of women of their time and class.
The collection also contains material that illuminates the businesses in which members of the Weems and Reynolds families were involved in the nineteenth century. The shift in the roles they played from slave-holding farmers, to mercantilist store and ship owners, and finally to professionals not directly associated with the land had a profound effect on the Weems and Reynolds family. Nostalgia for the land expressed in the families' correspondence was one of the results of the rise of the American middle class during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Weems/Reynolds family collection covers the period from 1713 to 1971, with the bulk of the material from the period 1880 to 1900. The earliest manuscript material in the collection consists of a land grant from Queen Anne dated 1713, and the latest of these materials are documents related to the estate of Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer dated 1940. Newspaper clippings related to marriages and deaths within the family date from the middle of the nineteenth century through 1971.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
Mrs. Sumner Rowe, nee Margaret Brewer, donated the Weems/Reynolds family papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in May 1980, in memory of her sister, Virginia Wemyss Brewer, a graduate of the University.
Processed July 1980. Addenda incorporated and guide revised by James M. Harmon, 1995. Subsequent revisions by Jennie Levine and Max Grivno, 2001.
The collection was originally processed in 1980. As there is no documentation to explain how the collection was ordered when it was received, it is unclear whether the arrangement of the collection before it was reprocessed in 1995 represented its original order, or if an order was imposed. That arrangement was by family grouping, with several subseries for each branch of the family. A consequence of this order was the division of correspondence exchanged between two people into separate subseries. When the collection was reprocessed in 1995, it was arranged by principal correspondent, rather than family branch. Under each principal correspondent heading, letters to or from minor correspondents have been arranged chronologically.
All materials have been placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Letters with associated envelopes or multiple pages have grouped with padded, non-reactive fasteners. Photographs have been transferred to the photograph collection, and memorabilia has been placed in the memorabilia collection. A book that was originally part of the collection, Parson Weems: A Biographical and Critical Study, has been transferred to the Marylandia and Rare Books Department. Due to their size and fragile condition, the Certificates of Indentured Servitude, the 1713 Land Grant, and the complete newspaper issues have been placed in oversize storage. In June 2011, photographs that had been previously removed to the Biographical Print Files were reintegrated into the collection.
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Arrangement of Collection
Organized as five series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Correspondence, 1793-1923 (1.25 linear feet)
This series comprises the bulk of the collection and is arranged by principal correspondents. Correspondence is largely between family members. Rachel Thomason Weems Reynolds, her husband, Dr. Thomas Reynolds, and their daughter Hattie are the main correspondents, and the majority of their letters are to and from family members discussed in the family history above. Other prominent correspondents include Martin W. Barr, William Snode, Henry Hobart Bellas, Rosa Gray, Millie Scott, and Mary Wharton Weems.
Several dichotomies between the content of the correspondence of men and women are evident in the collection. The correspondence between males is often related to agriculture or business. A secondary theme in the antebellum correspondence between males is racial theory and race relations. Correspondence from males to females often contains fond reminiscence concerning family and place and description of more or less exotic places from which the letters are being written. Female to female correspondence is often concerned with family relationships, including health, birth and death, and marriage. These letters also often contain expressions of regret for loss of times and places past.
The correspondence of Hattie Reynolds (fl. 1870-1920s) is the largest single component of this series. The bulk of correspondence is with cousins, although letters to and from family friends are also present. Hattie corresponded intensively with her cousin Wilbur Petherbridge over an approximately thirty-year period. Hattie's correspondence includes a folder of drafts and incomplete letters, which may never have been sent.
Rachel Thomason Reynolds, Hattie's mother, was the sender or recipient of the second-largest grouping of correspondence. As with Hattie, her correspondence is also largely with family members, principally several nephews in the Midwest and Florida. Rachel's correspondence also includes a series of letters to her husband, Dr. Thomas Reynolds. Rachel's correspondence covers the longest period of any in the collection, spanning approximately fifty years between 1854 and 1902.
The correspondence of Dr. Thomas Reynolds, Rachel's husband and Hattie's father, is also a major component of the collection. However, his correspondence differs markedly from that of his female relatives. Several of his letters are written from Louisiana and contain descriptions of the land and race relations in the area. Letters to Thomas are largely related to either business transactions or medical problems. In general, his correspondence is related more to resolution of or description of matters at hand rather than recounting of events past or present.
The correspondence of others in the collection largely follows the general patterns of the collection as a whole. Of note among this material is a valentine from Edward Harries and a series of letters to and from William Harris and his children. Gustavus Weems's correspondence in this series consists of a single letter to "Madam" requesting payment of a debt past due and several letters to his son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Reynolds.
A single folder of unidentified correspondence forms the final part of this series. This folder contains parts of letters, unsigned letters, or letters without salutations from people outside the family.
Correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by family member or major correspondent and alphabetically by sender or recipient under these headings. Letters between major correspondents have been placed under the sender's grouping. Letters are arranged in chronological order. The term "miscellaneous" has been used to denote letters addressed with or signed by names indicating family relationships such as "Dear Cousin," first names, or diminutives, whose actual identity could not be easily ascertained.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Edward Harris -- Correspondence, 1838-1854||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Edward Harris -- Valentine, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Margaret Harris -- Correspondence, 1832 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|William Harris -- Correspondence to Margaret Harris, 1821-1839||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|William Harris -- Correspondence from William Harris, Jr., 1826||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|William Harris -- Correspondence from John and Maria Kennard, 1826||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|William Harris -- Correspondence from Ann H. Smyth, 1826||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|John Petherbridge -- Correspondence from Alexander Campbell, 1884||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Martin Barr, 1897-1898 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 9|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from H. H. Bellas, 1903||series 1||box 1||folder 10|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from E. A. Harris, 1900-1901||series 1||box 1||folder 11|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Edward Harris, 1897-1898||series 1||box 1||folder 12|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Coleridge Petherbridge, 1915||series 1||box 1||folder 13|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Wilbur Petherbridge, 1893-1923||series 1||box 1||folder 14|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Wilbur Petherbridge, 1893-1923||series 1||box 1||folder 15|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Annie G. Petherbridge, 1898||series 1||box 1||folder 15|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Wilbur Petherbridge, 1893-1923||series 1||box 1||folder 16|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence to Edward Reynolds, 1897||series 1||box 1||folder 16|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Wilbur Petherbridge, 1893-1923||series 1||box 1||folder 17|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Dr. Thomas Reynolds, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 17|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Millie Scott, 1896||series 1||box 1||folder 18|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Mattie Weems, 1880||series 1||box 1||folder 19|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from R. F. Weems, 1898||series 1||box 1||folder 20|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from D. C., 1897-1903||series 1||box 1||folder 21|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Miscellaneous, 1870-1898 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 22|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Correspondence from Miscellaneous, 1870-1898 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 23|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Draft Correspondence to Miscellaneous, 1895-1899 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 24|
|Joseph W. Reynolds -- Correspondence from William Snode, 1836-1841||series 1||box 1||folder 25|
|Joseph W. Reynolds -- Correspondence from Miscellaneous, 1830-1841||series 1||box 1||folder 26|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from H. H. Bellas, 1897-1898, 1902, and undated||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence to Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer, 1903||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence to Rosa Gray, 1895 and undated||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Mary Petherbridge, 1854||series 1||box 2||folder 4|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Wilbur Petherbridge, 1854||series 1||box 2||folder 5|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Harriet Reynolds, 1845||series 1||box 2||folder 6|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence to Dr. Thomas Reynolds, 1850||series 1||box 2||folder 7|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Millie Scott, 1883-1896||series 1||box 2||folder 8|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from J. E. Weems, 1894-1895||series 1||box 2||folder 9|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Corresopndence to Mary Wharton Weems, 1898-1900||series 1||box 2||folder 10|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Octavus Tennyson Weems, 1884-1894||series 1||box 2||folder 11|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence to Rachel Weems, 1882-1885||series 1||box 2||folder 12|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Robert F. Weems, 1896-1898||series 1||box 2||folder 13|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Edwin (nephew), 1866||series 1||box 2||folder 14|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Correspondence from Miscellaneous, 1860-1902 and undated||series 1||box 2||folder 15|
|Gustavus Weems -- Correspondence to Miscellaneous, undated||series 1||box 2||folder 16|
|Unidentified Correspondence, 1793-1888 and undated||series 1||box 2||folder 17|
Series 2: Family Manuscripts and Legal and Financial Records, 1818-1940 (0.125 linear feet)
Series II contains documents other than correspondence related to specific Weems and Reynolds family members. This series contains business and legal documents, as well as several handwritten manuscripts on a variety of subjects.
Prominent among the handwritten manuscripts is the Autobiography of Gustavus Weems. This two-volume work, dating to approximately 1851-1852, contains Gustavus's version of the history of the family in both Scotland and Maryland and discussions of the family farm, slaves, and other property. This document is discussed in later correspondence between Rachel Thomason Weems and her daughter, Hattie.
Other manuscripts in this portion of the collection are related to the genealogy of various branches of the family, religion, and astronomy. This material appears to have both copied or authored by various family members.
Legal documents include wills and contracts. Much of this material consists of court petitions related to a land trust held jointly by Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer and her brother William Augustus Reynolds. This portion of the collection also contains an inventory of Weems family records held by Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer in 1929.
An important document in this series is the "Old Maids Contract" signed by Hattie Reynolds and witnessed by several friends. This document consists of a pledge, in contract form, that Hattie and other named parties would forswear the company of men and society and remain "Old Maids" for life. As discussed in the family history section above, Hattie, indeed, never married.
Financial records in the collection consist largely of two types, account books and receipts. The account books are associated with Joseph W. Reynolds, Gustavus Weems, and Rachel Thomason Reynolds respectively, and are concerned with a variety of family expenses and enterprises. Receipts in the collection typically detail transactions involving agricultural products. This class of material also includes several documents listing or accounting for slaves.
This material has been arranged alphabetically by family member.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer -- Manuscript: "Family History to 1914,", undated||series 2||box 2||folder 18|
|Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer -- Inventory of Weems Family Records, 1929||series 2||box 2||folder 19|
|Helen Dunnington Reynolds Brewer -- Land Trust Papers, 1940||series 2||box 2||folder 20|
|William Harris -- Debt Paper, 1820||series 2||box 2||folder 21|
|Wilbur Petherbridge -- Pamphlet Re: Index to Wills, 1893||series 2||box 2||folder 22|
|Hattie Reynolds -- "Old Maid's Contract", 1870||series 2||box 2||folder 23|
|Hattie Reynolds -- Diary, 1870-1873||series 2||box 2||folder 24|
|Joseph W. Reynolds -- Copybook: "Family Expenses", undated||series 2||box 2||folder 25|
|Joseph W. Reynolds -- Receipts and Accounts, 1818-1839 and undated||series 2||box 2||folder 26|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Manuscript: "Lineage", undated||series 2||box 3||folder 1|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Manuscripts, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 2|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Partial Manuscript: "The Dead Sea", 1870||series 2||box 3||folder 3|
|Rachel Thomason Reynolds -- Turkey and Chicken Account Books, 1887-1895||series 2||box 3||folder 4|
|Dr. Thomas Reynolds -- Poem: "Mary Deale", 1857||series 2||box 3||folder 5|
|Dr. Thomas Reynolds -- Manuscript: "Treatise on the Heavens", undated||series 2||box 3||folder 6|
|Gustavus Weems -- Autobiography, Part 1, 1851||series 2||box 3||folder 7|
|Gustavus Weems -- Autobiography, Part 2, 1851||series 2||box 3||folder 8|
|Gustavus Weems -- Receipt Book, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 9|
|Gustavus Weems -- Will, 1852||series 2||box 3||folder 10|
Series 3: Miscellaneous Documents, 1713-1971 (0.125 linear feet)
This series contains documents and written or printed matter that could not be associated with a family member. These include certificates of indentured servitude and other legal documents, genealogical research notes and other data, land records, newspaper clippings, published monographs, and a series of handwritten poems and other writings.
There are two certificates of indentured servitude.
Two folders of genealogical information are included within this series. The material includes general genealogical information on the Weems family and its various branches and genealogies of other prominent or related families in Anne Arundel County and Maryland.
Land records consist of several descriptions of land grants copied from books at the Maryland Hall of Records and an original land grant from Queen Anne dating to 1713. An undated map of Jamaica has been placed in this portion of the collection as well
This series also contains newspaper clippings related to the family. This material dates from 1773 to 1971, with the majority post-1900. Two newspaper issues are included under this heading: an undated nineteenth century facsimile of the August 20, 1773, issue of The Maryland and Baltimore Journal/The Advertiser and a copy of the October 15, 1836 issue of The Monument. An anomalous legal document placed in Series III is the will of John Mackall, a prominent figure in Calvert County in the nineteenth century. A single piece of correspondence between Mackall and Dr. Thomas Reynolds is included in Series I.
This series also contains two monographs, George Arents's Early Literature on Tobacco (New York: n. p., 1938) and Ford K. Brown's The Annapolitan Library at St. John's College (Annapolis: n. p. 1931 ?). Fully cataloged copies of these works may be located in the collection of the Marylandia and Rare Books Department of Hornbake Library (Arents: RARE SPCSTK SB273.A7; Brown: MD STACKS Z733.A6B7).
The final folder in the collection contains a series of poems and other writings not associated with any family member. Several of these items appear to have been copied from published sources.
Series III is arranged alphabetically by document type. Documents are arranged chronologically within folders where possible. The certificates of indentured servitude and two newspapers have been placed in oversize flat storage due to their size and condition.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Certificates of Indentured Servitude (oversize), undated||series 3||box 3||folder 11|
|"Essay on Race", undated||series 3||box 3||folder 12|
|Genealogical Information -- Weems and Reynolds Families, undated||series 3||box 3||folder 13|
|Genealogical Information -- Related Families, undated||series 3||box 3||folder 14|
|John Mackall -- Will, 1828||series 3||box 3||folder 15|
|Land Records, undated||series 3||box 3||folder 16|
|Land Records (oversize), 1713, 1736 and undated||series 3||box 3||folder 17|
|Map -- Jamaica (oversize), undated||series 3||box 3||folder 18|
|Monographs -- George Arents -- Early Literature of Tobacco, 1938||series 3||box 3||folder 19|
|Monographs -- Ford K. Brown -- "The Annapolitan Library of St. John's College", undated||series 3||box 3||folder 20|
|Newspaper Clippings (oversize), 1773 and 1836||series 3||box 3||folder 21|
|Newspaper Clippings, 1893-1971||series 3||box 3||folder 22|
|Newspaper Clippings, 1893-1971||series 3||box 3||folder 23|
|Old Manors of the County of Maryland -- pp. 38-41 (copy) (oversize)||series 3||box 3||folder 24|
|Poetry and Writings -- Unidentified Authors, undated||series 3||box 3||folder 25|
Series 4: Memorabilia, ca. 1870-1920s (6 items)
Materials housed in the memorabilia collection consist largely of locks of various Weems descendants' hair but also include a parchment wallet and a card/pamphlet entitled "The Bad Eminence" (Memorabilia #773 through 778).
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Memorabilia||series 4||box 1||folder 1|
|Hair. Brother Gibson., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 773|
|Hair. Aunt Betty, undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 774|
|Hair. [Dick] "Cousin Harry", undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 775|
|Hair. Dr. Thomas Reynolds/+ clipping, undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 776|
|Wallet, parchment., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 777|
|Card. The Bad Eminence., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 778|
Series 5: Photographs, 1850-1900 (13 items)
Photographs in the Weems/Reynolds collection consist of several informal portraits, views of family homes, and views of ancestral homes in Scotland. These materials have been transferred to the photograph collection, photos #11237 to 11249. Photographs that were previously removed to the Biographical Print Files have been reintegrated into the 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.
The Maryland Historical Society holds several items relating to the Weems family, including Gustavus Weems's family Bible. The Society has published a summary of the records contained in the Bible.
The Weems and Reynolds families have a long history of association with Anne Arundel County and Annapolis and have left their mark in a series of place names throughout the county. Martenet's 1860 map of Anne Arundel County (#AA41 in the Marylandia Collection) shows the locations of many Weems family homes in the mid-nineteenth century. The St. James Lothian Church off Route 2 in Anne Arundel County is the site of Dr. William Loch's tomb. St. Mark's Parish Church in Anne Arundel County is the site of the Weems family plot. All Hallows Parish Church, a National Register property where Mason Locke Weems served as rector in 1785, is also located off Route 2 in Anne Arundel County.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
The following is a selected bibliography of published historic, literary, and genealogical sources relating to the Weems/Reynolds family.
- "Anne Arundel County Estate Distribution, 1679-1750." Maryland Geneological Society Bulletin 1980, 21: 243-291. (Maryland Stacks F180.M36)
- Bradford, James. Anne Arundel County, Maryland: A Bicentennial History. Annapolis: Anne Arundel County Bicentennial Committee, 1977 (Maryland Stacks F187.A6A56)
- Dryden, Ruth T. "Anne Arundel County Census, 1800." Maryland Geneological Society Bulletin 1979, 19: 243-291 (Maryland Stacks F180.M36)
- Earle, Carville. The Evolution of a Tidewater Settlement System: All Hallows Parish, Maryland, 1650-1783. Chicago: University of Chicago, Department of Geography, Paper No. 170, 1975 (Maryland Stacks HC107.M3E52)
- Leary, Lewis. The Book Peddling Parson: An Account of the Life of Mason Locke Weems. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Press, 1984 (Maryland Stacks PS3157.W83Z75 1984)
- Newman, Harry Wright. Anne Arundel Gentry: A Genealogical History of Some Early Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Annapolis, 1970 (Maryland Stacks) F187.A6N4 1970
- Wroth, Lawrence Counseman. Parson Weems: A Biographical and Critical Study. Baltimore: Eichelberger Book Company (Maryland Stacks E302.6.W4W9)
Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Brewer family -- Archives.
- Harris family -- Archives.
- Maryland -- Social life and customs -- Archival resources.
- Petherbridge family -- Archives.
- Reynolds family -- Archives.
- Weems family -- Archives.
Names (Added Entries)
- Brewer, Helen Dunnington Reynolds.
- Harris, William.
- Petherbridge, Wilbur.
- Reynolds, Harriet, b. 1852.
- Reynolds, Hattie, b. 1852.
- Reynolds, Joseph W.
- Reynolds, Rachel T.
- Reynolds, Thomas.
- Weems, Gustavus, 1779-1852.
- Weems, Octavus Tennyson.