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Edmondson/Jacobs Family papers

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Abstract

Title:
Edmondson/Jacobs Family papers
Author/Creator:
Edmondson/Jacobs Family
Collection number:
2001-36
Size:
1.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1836-1954
Inclusive dates:
1836-1954
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 bulk of the Jacobs Family papers consists of correspondence between Emma Edmondson Jacobs and her brother, William V. E. Jacobs, her mother, and her sisters. Emma Edmondson Jacobs lived in various locations throughout Maryland, including New Market, Easton, and Church Creek. Also included is a diary belonging to Emma Edmondson Jacob's mother, Emma V. E. Jacobs, dated 1854, and describing her life and how her beau asked her father for her hand in marriage. Other items in the collection include receipts, invoices, manuscripts, photographs, financial records, and ephemera.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Edmondson/Jacobs 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 Edmondson family originally settled in Virginia but relocated to Talbot County, Maryland, not long after its arrival in North America in the seventeenth century. John Edmondson was one of the early settlers of Dorchester County, Maryland, moving there from Talbot County around 1665. William V. M. Edmondson (b. ca. 1812), a descendant of John Edmondson, was a landowner and physician in East New Market, Maryland. Edmondson attended medical school at Washington University of Baltimore from 1845 to 1847, receiving his diploma in March 1847. After the death of his wife Elizabeth, about whom little is known, Edmondson married Eugenia S. Manning on December 24, 1855. Eugenia (b. June 27, 1834) was affectionately called "Grannis" by her only stepchild, Emma, and Emma's children. Sometime after William V. M. Edmondson's death in 1872, Eugenia S. M. Edmondson married James H. Thomas (b. ca. 1827), who was also a physician.

Emma V. Edmondson (ca. 1836-1908), the daughter of William and Elizabeth, married James Thomas Jacobs (ca. 1834-1896). James T. Jacobs was a physician in East New Market and Emma was listed as a schoolteacher in the 1880 census. Four of their children survived into adulthood: Linda (ca. 1857-1919); Eugenia [Jean] (ca. 1861-1924); William V. E. (ca. 1862-1934); and Emma E. (ca. 1871-1948).

Linda, also called "Bosie," was a music teacher. She married Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh (ca. 1853-1925), an educator to whom the Jacobs family sometimes referred to as "the professor" in their letters. The Murdaughs had at least one child, James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh (ca. 1886-1939). The correspondence documents the Murdaughs' residence in various places around the state of Maryland. In 1909, Edmund was the principal of the State Normal School in Frostburg, Maryland, now Frostburg State University. Their son, known as Dandridge, received his master's degree from George Washington University in 1922. At least one of his children survived infancy, James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh, Jr. Dandridge Murdaugh, Jr., graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania in 1940; his father may also have been connected with that school.

William V. E. Jacobs, the son of Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs and James T. Jacobs, rose to the rank of Commandant in the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor of the modern-day Coast Guard. His travels throughout the United States included visits to New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; San Francisco, California; Alaska; Washington, D. C.; and Hawaii on vessels including the U. S. R. S. vessels Forward, Seward, Bear, Corwin, Hamilton, and Manning, as well as the U. S. S. Windom. In 1911, William was the superintendent of the U. S. Revenue Cutter School of Instruction in New London, Connecticut. William was later awarded the Navy Cross for his distinguished service as commander of the U. S. S. Niagara during the First World War.

Emma and James Jacobs's daughters Jean and Emma E. Jacobs both had careers as schoolteachers. Jean remained near East New Market, while Emma spent part of her career at Church Creek, also located in Dorchester County. Emma graduated from Easton High School in 1889 and, by 1892, had secured her position in Church Creek. In 1899, when her brother William secured a promotion he offered to support his sister so that she could retire from teaching. However, Emma continued teaching until at least 1902. Later in her life, Emma lived with William on both coasts of the United States near where he was stationed in the Revenue Cutter Service.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of the Edmondson/Jacobs Family span the years 1836 to 1954 with the bulk of the material dating between 1880 and 1900. Correspondence addressed to Emma E. Jacobs comprises the largest portion of the material. The collection also includes correspondence between other members of the Edmondson/Jacobs family, manuscripts, poetry, printed ephemera, passports, a scrapbook, financial records, and photographs.

The correspondence documents the daily lives of the family and focuses on local events and domestic concerns. Topics frequently discussed in the correspondence include religious services, social events, illness, clothing purchases, teaching, the weather, and vacations. The financial records in this collection include information on the distribution of William V. M. Edmondson's estate upon his death and numerous documents relating to the settlement of debts. These records provide valuable insight into the economic status of the Edmondson/Jacobs family.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased this collection from Charles Apfelbaum, a rare books and manuscripts dealer, in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Tammy Hamilton, February 2004.

Processing note:

When the collection was acquired, the correspondence was divided by recipient and further divided by sender. The remaining materials were received in no discernable order, although the photographs had been separated from the papers. Items other than correspondence were divided into personal and financial papers. The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free boxes. The photographs have been placed in Mylar sleeves.

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 organized into four series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1850-1930 (1 linear foot)

The bulk of the series, dating between 1880 and 1900, consists of correspondence between members of the Jacobs family. Emma E. Jacobs, also called "Pink," was the recipient of the majority of the letters. Her brother, William V. E. Jacobs, was the principle author. Frequent topics in the correspondence include religious services, social events, illness, clothing purchases, teaching, the weather, vacations, and the experiences of William V. E. Jacobs as he traveled the United States as a captain in the Revenue Cutter Service. While the letters of William V. E. Jacobs were written during his military service, his letters focus on his personal life and social engagements. William's letters to his sister Emma are didactic in nature and include instruction on spelling, grammar, and etiquette as well as advice on how to handle her school and on whether or not she should marry.

Also included is correspondence between Emma E. Jacobs and those associated with her professional career such as James L. Bryan, the superintendent of the Church Creek school district, and the parents of pupils. The series also contains correspondence to Helen Emory from her daughters Agnes and May. The link between the Jacobs and Emory families is unclear.

Arrangement of the correspondence is alphabetical by recipient and then alphabetical by sender. Under each recipient the arrangement within each sender group is chronological; undated material appears after all the dated items. Letters addressed to more than one person, such as "children" or "sisters," are filed under the heading of the recipient with the most singly addressed correspondence from that sender. (For example, a letter from Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs, addressed "Dear Children," appears as "To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs with Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs and Murdaughs -- From Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs.") Letters from senders whose full surname name could not be identified appear at the end of all senders for an individual recipient.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
To Josephus Brannoch -- from Emma E. Jacobs, 1893 series 1box 1folder 1
To William V. M. Edmondson -- from Emma [V. Edmondson Jacobs], undated series 1box 1folder 2
To Helen Emory -- from Agnes, 1913-1914 series 1box 1folder 3
To Helen Emory -- from May, 1913 series 1box 1folder 4
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Samuel Bancroft Jr., 1902 series 1box 1folder 5
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from [blank] Baumer, undated series 1box 1folder 6
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from James L. Bryan, 1893 series 1box 1folder 7
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Samuel L. Byrn, 1905 series 1box 1folder 8
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Dukes Downs, 1881 series 1box 1folder 9
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from [blank] Haskins, 1904 series 1box 1folder 10
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from H. Holn, 1893 series 1box 1folder 11
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs, 1888-1899 series 1box 1folder 12
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs, 1888-1899 series 1box 1folder 13
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs, 1890-1899 series 1box 1folder 14
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from James T. Jacobs, 1889 series 1box 1folder 15
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Lily R. Jacobs, 1888 series 1box 1folder 16
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1891-1899 series 1box 1folder 17
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1891-1899 series 1box 1folder 18
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1891-1899 series 1box 1folder 19
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Edmund Murdaugh, 1890 series 1box 2folder 1
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Linda E. Jacobs Murdaugh, 1893 series 1box 2folder 2
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from [blank] Roycroft, 1904 series 1box 2folder 3
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Treasury Department, 1893 series 1box 2folder 4
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Belle [Isabel] Trippe, 1893-1905 series 1box 2folder 5
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Addie H[blank], 1903 series 1box 2folder 6
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Olive R[blank], 1904 series 1box 2folder 7
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from Betty, undated series 1box 2folder 8
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs -- from unidentified, 1893-1901 series 1box 2folder 9
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs with Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1909-1911 series 1box 2folder 10
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs with Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs -- from Linda E. Jacobs Murdaugh, 1909 series 1box 2folder 11
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs with Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs and William V. E. Jacobs -- from Murdaughs, 1922 series 1box 2folder 12
To Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs with Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs and Murdaughs -- from Emma V. Edmonds Jacobs, 1888-1891 series 1box 2folder 13
To Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs -- from Henry H. Goldsborough, 1898 series 1box 2folder 14
To Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1892-1894 series 1box 2folder 15
To Eugenia [Jean] Jacobs -- from Eugenia [Grannis] Edmondson Thomas, 1911 series 1box 2folder 16
To William V. E. Jacobs -- from George Hicks, 1913 series 1box 2folder 17
To William V. E. Jacobs -- from Eugenia [Grannis] Edmondson Thomas, 1911 series 1box 2folder 18
To William V. E. Jacobs -- from Treasury Department, 1894-1898 series 1box 2folder 19
To William V. E. Jacobs -- from Margie, undated series 1box 2folder 20
To [blank] Manning -- from William V. M. Edmonson, 1850 series 1box 2folder 21
To James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh, Jr. -- from Emma [Pink] E. Jacobs, 1930 series 1box 2folder 22
To James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh, Jr. -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1930 series 1box 2folder 23
To Linda [Bosie] E. Jacobs Murdaugh -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1889 series 1box 2folder 24
To Eugenia [Grannis] Edmondson Thomas -- from Emma V. Edmonds Jacobs, 1897 series 1box 2folder 25
To Eugenia [Grannis] Edmondson Thomas -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1895 series 1box 2folder 26
To Treasury Department, Life-Saving Service -- from William V. E. Jacobs, 1897 series 1box 2folder 27
To Belle [Isabel] Trippe -- from Dr. N. L. Dashiell Jr., 1892 series 1box 2folder 28
To [blank] Vane -- from Emma E. Jacobs, 1892 series 1box 2folder 29
To Olive R[blank] -- from Emma E. Jacobs, 1904 series 1box 2folder 30

Series 2: Personal Records, 1845-1949 (0.25 linear feet)

Included in this series, the bulk of which dates from 1880 to 1930, are manuscripts, poetry, diaries, and printed ephemera. The series contains the passports of Emma E. Jacobs and William V. E. Jacobs from the late 1920s, which document their travels in Europe. The diary of James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh contains only a few entries each year and does not contain a comprehensive account of his life. The scrapbook, collected by both James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh and his son, includes mostly clippings and articles about literary figures.

The diary of Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs, approximately twenty-five pages in length, covers a short time period. Of particular interest is her description of a beau's asking her father for her hand in marriage.

The materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Admission cards, Washington University of Baltimore, 1845-1847 series 2box 1folder 1
Advertisements, undated series 2box 1folder 2
"The American Navy during the Revolution", undated series 2box 1folder 3
Business cards [humorous], undated series 2box 1folder 4
Certificate of Exemption from Militia, 1867 series 2box 1folder 5
Dance Card, 1886 series 2box 1folder 6
[Diary of Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs], 1854-1855 series 2box 1folder 7
[Diary of James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh], 1919-1922 series 2box 1folder 8
[Essay by Emma E. Jacobs], June 30, 1890 series 2box 1folder 9
[Essay by William V. E. Jacobs], undated series 2box 1folder 10
[Eulogy for Elizabeth], 1837, undated series 2box 1folder 11
Geneological, undated series 2box 1folder 12
Grade Report, undated series 2box 1folder 13
"How She Fired the Burglars" [Emma E. Jacobs], undated series 2box 1folder 14
"The Invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar" [Edmund D. Murdaugh stationary], undated series 2box 1folder 15
Pamphlets and Programs, 1880-1940 series 2box 1folder 16
Passports, 1926-1930 series 2box 1folder 17
Poetry, 1850, undated series 2box 1folder 18
"The Problem of Life; We Solve it for Ourselves" [Isabel Trippe], 1887 series 2box 1folder 19
Railway Ticket, undated series 2box 1folder 20
Religious Material, undated series 2box 1folder 21
Scrapbook, 1924-1949 series 2box 1folder 22
Teaching Certificates, 1883-1902 series 2box 1folder 23

Series 3: Financial Records, 1836-1954 (0.50 linear feet)

The bulk of this series documents the financial transactions of William V. M. Edmondson prior to his death in 1872. Included are lease agreements; land deeds; documents relating to promissory notes and the judicial settlement of debts; and receipts for household purchases, money received, and taxes paid. After the death of William V. M. Edmondson, Eugenia S. M. Edmondson, Emma V. Edmondson Jacobs, and James T. Jacobs became the administrators of Edmondson's estate and settled outstanding business transactions.

Also included in the series are escrow agreements of Emma E. Jacobs and a single receipt issued to James Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh Jr., in 1954. Items are arranged alphabetically by type of material.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Distribution of Assets, 1872 series 3box 1folder 1
Escrow Agreements, 1933 series 3box 1folder 2
Judicial Documents on Debts, 1858-1866 series 3box 1folder 3
Land Deeds, 1843-1859 series 3box 1folder 4
Lease Agreements, 1867-1870 series 3box 1folder 5
Promissory Notes, 1836-1863 series 3box 1folder 6
Receipts, 1857-1954 series 3box 1folder 7

Series 4: Photographs, 1889-1923 and undated (95 items)

This series consists of portraits, travel photographs, and photographs of various buildings. The travel photographs, which comprise the bulk of the series, were taken on family vacations on the west coast of the United States; the identity of the photographer is unclear. Location descriptions accompany the travel photographs, but the majority of the images depicting people are not identified or dated.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, 1889-1923 and undated series 4box 1folder 1
[Boys on steps] unidentified, Verso: "Grace Church, N.B.", undated series 4box 1folder 1item 1
[Boys with dog] unidentified, Verso: "The boy's home. Shipmates of the good ship Rival.", undated series 4box 1folder 1item 2
[Church, with spires] (two images), undated series 4box 1folder 1item 3
[Church, Mt. Calvary] Verso: "Mt. Calvary", undated series 4box 1folder 1item 4
[Girl with fur collar] unidentified, tintype, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 5
[Girls seated in chair] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 6
[Group] Virginia, Belle, Emma E. Jacobs, Jean, and Dandridge identified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 7
[Group with dog] indecipherable writing at bottom, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 8
[Group of women outdoors] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 9
Anne K. Hathaway, 1923 series 4box 1folder 1item 10
Laurence J. Hathaway, Jr., 1920, 1921 series 4box 1folder 1item 11
[House, front view], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 12
[House, view from far left], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 13
William V. E. Jacobs, 1923 series 4box 1folder 1item 14
[Man] unidentified, Verso: miniature photos, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 15
Mildred [blank], Verso: "In change [indecipherable] changing, + Mildred, Sr. C.S.M., March 1886, March 1896", 1886? 1896? series 4box 1folder 1item 16
[Plant in window], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 17
[Round structure with three people in front], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 18
Travel photograph scrapbook, (65 images), undated series 4box 1folder 1item 19
[White building], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 20
[White house with automobile in front] Verso: "Villa Cyclamens(?), officers home at Annecy(?) leave area Annecy(?)France, May 1919", May 1919 series 4box 1folder 1item 21
[White porch with tree in right foreground], undated series 4box 1folder 1item 22
[Woman feeding chickens] unidentified, Verso: "Caught in the act, Aug., 1896", 1896 series 4box 1folder 1item 23
[Woman in cloak with umbrella] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 24
[Woman with fur stole] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 25
[Woman with ruffled collar] unidentified, 1900 series 4box 1folder 1item 26
[Woman seated near mantel] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 27
[Woman in white blouse seated in chair] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 28
[Woman in white blouse and skirt] unidentified, undated series 4box 1folder 1item 29

Related Material

The essay "East New Market," by Emma E. Jacobs, can be found in New Revised History of Dorchester County Maryland by Elias Jones (Cambridge, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1966) on page ninety. This book is available in the Maryland Room, call number F187.D6J7 1966.

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