Baltimore County Land Papers Manuscript Collection, 1685-1910, MS 2648

Finding Aid to the Baltimore County Land Papers Manuscript Collection, 1685-1910, MS 2648 

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Baltimore County Land Papers Manuscript Collection

Creator

Needham, George

Call number

MS 2648

Inclusive dates

1685-1910

Bulk dates

1716-1853

Extent

1 box, 5 folders

Abstract

Contains plats, surveys, deeds, rental contracts, and court case documents concerning land in the Baltimore County area.

 

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of George F. Needham

Accession number

76343

Processing note

Processed by Delaney Hochrein, April, 2015

Biographical Note

Buck’s Purchase was a land tract in Baltimore County which boundaries were disputed over in the early 1800’s. This land tract intersected with the Selsed and multiple court documents details the dispute. Boundaries of Buck’s purchase were out of the lines of Selsed and ownership of the land was disputed for years.

Rowland Thornburg’s patent for Selsed dates back to June 15, 1694. The land encompasses 900 acres located in Baltimore County on the northeast branch of the Patapsco River near the Jones Falls in the woods. He splits the land between himself and his sons, John and Francis. John Thornburg executes a deed with his attorney to convey 100 acres of Selsed, called Buck’s Purchase, to Nicholas Haile. This is where the controversial boundary issues begin, as there are multiple deeds for Buck’s purchase with different acreage and to different individuals.

Regulation was originally two separate land tracts known as Port Mareen and Hunters Purchase. Owned by Thomas Carr, he obtained a land warrant and combined the two tracts into one to be called the Regulation. Regulation was then conveyed to Benjamin Bowen, who passed it onto family members after death. The Brice family came to own the Regulation, and its boundary lines were also disputed. John Brice owned land in Baltimore County around the northern side of the main falls of the Patapsco River on Diamond Ridge.

Scope and Content

There are land deeds and conveyance papers from the Buck’s Purchase land dispute. There are partition degrees, conveyances, and cemetery lot titles. Multiple sketched maps illustrate the disputed boundaries between Buck’s Purchase, Selsed, and Regulation.

Collection also contains indentures and deeds for land transactions in the Baltimore County area, specifically near the Jones Falls and Patapsco River. There are multiple farming rental contracts in the collection, plats of land areas, and documents of court cases between land owners.

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Baltimore County Land Papers- deeds, plats, Selsed/Buck’s Purchase dispute

1685-1814

1

1

Baltimore County Land Papers- deeds

1815-1842

1

2

Baltimore County Land Papers - Leases & Rents

1853-1910

1

3

Baltimore County Land Papers - Plats and fragments

not dated

1

4

Baltimore County Land Papers

not dated

1

5

Games