Black Family Papers, 1800-1916, MS 2745

 

Descriptive Summary 

REGISTER OF THE BLACK FAMILY PAPERS

MS. 2745

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674 

by

Jennifer Sharkey

January 1990

 

Genealogical Records of Maryland Vol. 19 

(Genealogical Records Presented to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by the head of Elk Chapter, February 1, 1944).

 

J NELSON BLACK. A large number of farmers of Cecil County lead such quiet and unobtrusive lives that they are seldom heard of outside of their own county. In their own community they are doing excellent work, but do not care to mingle in the more public activities of politics, but devote their entire time to the cultivation of their farms and the development of the resources of their locality. Such men deserve more mention than is always given them, for upon their efforts depends the prosperity of the county. If they are indifferent and idle, the county is injured; but by their activity and industry the progress of every industry and the happiness of every resident is promoted. We are glad to here present one of these capable farmers in the person of J. Nelson Black, of District No. 5. He is prominent in social, agricultural and church circles, and has long been identified with all movements of importance in this part of the county. The farm which he occupies and cultivates is situated in the western part of the district, near Principio Furnace, and is one of the best-improved estates in the neighborhood.

In the village of Charlestown, Cecil County, our subject was born April 15, 1851, being a son of W. W. and Catherine P. (Evans) Black. His father, who was born in the same house as he, was engaged as proprietor of a store in Charlestown for some time, but deciding to become a farmer he purchased a place some miles north-west of the village, moving there two years later. This continued to be his home until his death, which took place January 4, 1888. The property then fell into the possession of our subject and his brother, William W. A Democrat in politics, he always voted that ticket, but took no further interest in public matters. He was deeply interested in church affairs and was a Presbyterian in belief. Of his four children two are living, J. Nelson and William W., the latter being a resident of Middletown, Del. The wife and mother died July 4, 1897.

The education of our subject was begun in the common schools. In 1872 he entered the State Normal School at Millersville, Pa., and later took a business course in Crittenden's Commercial College, Philadelphia. Returning to the home farm in 1873, he has since engaged in cultivating its acres, and is also a dealer in a fertilizer. Politically he advocates Democratic principles, and in 1884-85 served as tax collector of District No. 5. By training and preference he is a Presbyterian, and always takes an interest in the work of that denomination. In 1894 he became a member of Union Lodge No. 41, F. & A. M., at Elkton. His marriage took place June 17, 1891, and united him with Mary G. Barnes, daughter of George W. Barnes, a well-known resident of Carpenter's Point, this district. They are the parents of two daughters, Edith C. and Mary.

 

Scope and Content

John Black

John Black died at White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. His Last Will and Testament, proved 5 January 1807, named his brother-in-law, James Black of West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and his nephew, Dr. Thomas W. Black of Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland, as executors of the estate. Also mentioned in his will were his sisters Rebecca, wife of James Black, and Nancy, wife of Samuel Ferguson.

Other papers relating to John Black include the Letter of Administration granting Dr. Thomas W. Black the right to administer the estate of the deceased, a bill of sale for a negro boy, and a receipt signed by Samuel and Nancy Ferguson acknowledging payment from the estate.

 

James Black

James Black married Rebecca Black (data unknown), and was the father of Dr. Thomas W. Black, Charles G. Black, John N. Black, Rebecca Black who married John Humphrey, and Frances Black who married Thomas Davis. James Black died in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania in July of 1817. By order of the Orphans Court, Rebecca Black was granted the right to administer her deceased husband's estate. She gave power of attorney to her sons, Charles G. Black and John N. Black, thus authorizing them to sell and settle the real estate of her late husband. Rebecca Black died in 1822. In her Last Will and Testament, she appointed her sons Charles G. Black and John N. Black executors of her administration.

The papers of James Black consist of a bond to James Smith, promissory notes, and a receipt acknowledging payment for drawing his Last Will and Testament. However, the bulk of the papers relate to the administration of his estate. These papers include accounts, bills and receipts, claims against the estate, and miscellaneous memoranda regarding arbitration between Rebecca Black and Thomas Davis to recover the purchase money of Gum Tree Tavern Plantation and a five acre meadow lot on Doe Run.

 

Martha Black

Martha Black was the sister of John Black, James Black, William Black, Jane Black who married William Clingan, Nancy Black who married Samuel Ferguson, and Rebecca Black who married James Black. It is probable that Martha Black was residing in Chester County, Pennsylvania at the time of her death.

The papers of Martha Black consist of copies of the court judgements in the case of Martha Black vs. William Black, Thomas Davis, and William Clingan--administrators of John Black, deceased, and a rough draft of her Last Will and Testament in which she named her sisters, brothers, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Charles G. Black

Charles G. Black was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania,

the son of James and Rebecca Black. On February 25, 1807, he married Sarah Baily of Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland. They had at least one child, Martha Elizabeth.

The papers of Charles G. Black consist of bills and receipts which relate primarily to the expenses incurred during the administration of his father's estate. Other papers, which were co-signed with his brother John N. Black, include a letter to James Bert and a mortgage to Caleb Brinton. Both items appear to regard the family property known as the Gum Tree Tavern Plantation and the meadow lot on Doe Run.

 

John Hasson

John Hasson married (Agness) Nancy Meek on December 7, 1802. They had two, possibly three, children: James, John Jr., and Ann. On 3 April 1808, John Hasson died. The family was residing in Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland.

The papers of John Hasson consist of a promissory note, a bill, and his Last Will and Testament in which he named his wife and three children, James, John Jr., and Ann. Also mentioned were the three children of his brother William and the children of his “accused” sister Elenor. His friends, William Howell and Thomas W. Veazey, were appointed as his executors. John N. Black was one of the three men John Hasson requested to have serve as a witness when he signed his Will.

 

Nancy Hasson

(Agness) Nancy Meek Hasson was born on April 22, 1778. It is probable that she was the daughter of Andrew Meek who died shortly before she was born. Following her own husband's death in 1808, she became manager of the household finances.

Papers consist of miscellaneous household accounts and the guardianship accounts she maintained for her sons, James and John Jr.

 

John N. Black

John N. Black, the son of James and Rebecca Black, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania on February 16, 1787. He moved to Cecil County, Maryland sometime after 1805, settling in Charlestown. In December of 1809 he married James Hasson's widow, Nancy. The Orphans Court named him as James and John Hasson Jr.'s guardian. By this marriage with Nancy Hasson, John N. Black had four children of his own: William Washington Black, Martha Jane Black, John Nelson Black, Jr., and Rebecca Ann Black.

When James and John Hasson Jr. became of age, a dispute developed between them and John N. Black over money due them. The case was submitted to arbitration and the judgement was in favor of James and John Hasson Jr. John N. Black was ordered to pay over the disputed amount. A few years later, on his wards' behalf, John N. Black sued William Howell and Thomas W. Veazy for mismanagement of funds.

John N. Black began his career as an attorney. Later, in 1829, he was elected to serve as a commissioner of Charlestown. His political appointments included customs inspector and judge of the orphans court. John N. Black was also a member of the

Charlestown Presbyterian Church, and eventually became a member of its Board of Trustees.

John N. Black died intestate on April 20, 1847 at the age of 60. William Washington Black, his eldest son, was named the executor of the estate upon his mother's renunciation of her right to become administor.

The bulk of the papers of John N. Black contain items pertaining to his wards, James and John Hasson Jr., and their father's estate. Included are the guardianship accounts and the miscellaneous papers associated with its settlement. Also included are miscellaneous papers concerning the case against William Howell and Thomas W. Veazy.

The remaining papers consist of bills and receipts, construction accounts, and correspondence. Also included are the papers concerning John N. Black's election as commissioner and his appointment as customs inspector, and the settlement of his estate following his death in 1847.

 

John Nelson Black, Jr.

John Nelson Black, Jr. was born in Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland on January 27, 1818, the son of John N. and Nancy Black. He married Elizabeth C. Ewing on January 1, 1856 and became the father of ten children, 9 who survived: Josephine Black, Walter Ewing Black, Isabella Ewing Black, Nelson Montgomery Black, Emma Margaretta Black, Pinckney P. Black, Bayard G. Black, Ressie E. Black, and Edna Maude Black. John N. Black, Jr. died on January 27, 1906.

The papers of John N. Black, Jr. consist of a bill of sale for negroes, agreements, household inventories, and incoming correspondence. Several of these items also concern his brother, William W. Black.

 

William Washington Black

William Washington Black was born in Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland on April 13, 1814, the eldest son of John N. and Nancy Black. He married Catharine P. Evans in Baltimore on May 30, 1848 and had four children: William W. Black, J. Nelson Black, “an infant son”, and W.W. Black.

William W. Black was engaged as a proprietor of a store in Charlestown but later decided to become a farmer. He died on January 4, 1887.

The papers of William W. Black consist of letters of recommendation to the Wilmington and Susquehanna Railroad Company regarding an available position, a leather memo book, bills and receipts many of which relate to the settlement of his father's estate, and miscellaneous land records. Also included are incoming and outgoing correspondence. Subjects concern the death of his eldest son, Willy, and other family related news.

 

Catharine Porter Evans

Catharine Porter Evans was the wife of William W. Black. She died on July 4, 1897.

Her papers consist of an autograph album, a cookbook, and incoming correspondence regarding Evans family history.

 

Samuel L. C. Hasson

Samuel L. C. Hasson, attorney, was the son of James Hasson (1803-1878) and Louisa Owens. He was the grandson of John Hasson and Nancy Meek Hasson. Samuel L. C. Hasson married Eva? and had two children: John and Katharine.

His letter written from his home in Kansas City, Missouri to a cousin, possibly J. Nelson Black (1851-?) of Charlestown, relates family news. Subjects include his son who was stationed at the Great Lakes Navy training station and his daughter who was attending Smith College in Massachusetts. Other topics include World War I and an outbreak of Spanish Influenza. Samuel L. C. Hasson mentions Josephine and Walter Ewing Black.

 

John C. Groome

Senator John Charles Groome was born in Elkton, Maryland on June 8, 1800, the son of Dr. John Groome (1769-1830) and Alice L. Edmondson (1763-1817). In 1836 he married Elizabeth Riddle Black, the daughter of Hon. Judge James Black of New Castle, Delaware. They had at least one child, James Black Groome (1838-1893), who eventually became a U.S. senator and Maryland's 36th govenor. John C. Groome died Novemeber 30, 1866.

John C. Groome's papers consist of a mortage to Ann M. Sewall and James M. Sewall.

 

Mary Cameron

Mary Cameron [ca. 1786-?] was the widow of Matthiew Cameron who had served as a soldier in the 49th Regiment of Maryland? commanded by Col. Thomas W. Veazy in the War of 1812.

Mary Cameron's papers consist of an incomplete Widow's Declaration for Bounty Land Claim, dated 1955. The form states that it was filed by William W. Black of Charlestown. Also included among her papers are other incomplete handwritten forms containing statements which grant William W. Black power of attorney.

 

Savilia E. Black, Constantia F. Black, Rebecca J. Ferguson, And Martha Miller

The papers consist of an indenture of mortgage between Savilla E. Black, Constantia F. Black of Delaware, Rebecca J. Ferguson, Martha Miller of Pennsylvania and Levi Tyson of Maryland. The indenture of mortgage, dated 1855, refers to several parcels of land situated in Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland.

 

Charlestown Presbyterian Church

By an Act of the Legislature of the State of Maryland which was passed at the November 1806 Session, the Commissioners of Charlestown were authorized to apply the sum of one thousand dollars of the money received from the rents of public property of Charlestown for the erection of a house of religious worship. This house, when erected, was intended to be for the use of the Presbyterian Church.

On or about the 11th of November 1808 the Commissioners of

Charlestown purchased from Col. Nathaniel Ramsay a brick house and lots in Charlestown. This property ultimately became the Meeting House for the Presbyterian congregation.

Fifteen years later, in 1823, the heads of families belonging to the Charlestown Presbyterian Congregation met at their Meeting House for the purpose of incorporating. The Constitution of its Corporation was established, its board of trustees chosen, and its registry of all members of the congregation prepared. The Revd. James Magnaw was pastor. Among the members of the congregation who later came to serve as members of its Board of Trustees were Charles G. Black, John N. Black, William W. Black, James Hasson, and John Owens.

The papers of the Charlestown Presbyterian Church consist of its Constitution and Minutes, both initiated on March 3, 1823. The Minutes detail the election of members to committees and boards, the renting of pews, church accounts, and the suit between the Commissioners of Charlestown and the Trustees of the Church. Also included are memos regarding applications for admission into the communion of the church, correspondence, a summons, a resignation of a Trustee, memoranda, and other miscellaneous papers.

 

Nottingham Church

Papers consist of notes written by John N. Black regarding the questionable manner in which the Session of the Nottingham Church took the testimony on March 22 and 23, 1838. The notes refer to the case between John N. Black and John Shaw in which John Shaw falsely invited a preacher to come to Charlestown to take pastoral charge of the Presbyterian church.

 

The Principio Company

The papers consist of a Bill entitled, “An Act to incorporate The Principio Company of Cecil County.” It states that the object of the corporation was to be the establishment of a cotton factory or other manufacturing works on the Principio Creek. John N. Black is named as an appointed commissioner.

 

Genealogy

The genealogical material for the Alexander family consists of a photocopied typescript family sketch taken from “A Record of the Descendants of John Alexander of Lanarkshire, Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Glasson, who emigrated from County Armagh, Ireland, to Chester County, Pennsylvania A.D. 1736.” It cites the Rev. John E. Alexander as its author. The original family sketch was printed at Philadelphia by Alfred Martien in 1878.

The genealogical material for the Black family consists of two lists of the birth and death dates for the children of William W. and Catharine P. Black. One list notes the date of marriage of William W. Black and Catharine P. Evans.

The genealogical material for the Evans family consists of a photocopied typescript sketch entitled “The Alexander Evans Home,” and two invitations, dated 1 September 1845, from Mrs. Evans of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Miss Catharine Evans and William Evans.

The genealogical material for the Hasson family consists of notes on some of the descendants of John and Agnes (Nancy) Meek Hasson.

The genealogical material for the Moore family consists of notes on the Thomas Moore branch of the family.

The genealogical material for the Patterson and Meek families consist of a list of birth and deaths of some of its family members (1770-1789).

The miscellaneous genealogical material for the Tuft family consists of a list of births (1837-1841), a receipt dated 1839 acknowledging payment from the estate of Catharine Hinchman, a Western Union telegraph message dated 1884 notifying Reuben Hinchman Tuft of his father's death, and a receipt acknowledging the arrival of a check from the U.S. Treasury in payment of Mrs. Ruth N. Tuft's pension claim.

 

Ephemera

Items consist of three locks of hair belonging to members of the Black family and an undated, hand-colored valentine.

 

Miscellaneous Material

Papers consist of miscellaneous bills and receipts, notes, correspondence, a newspaper clipping of marriage and death notices, and two stories written by Edith Jewell Garrells.

 

Marriages

John Hasson and Nancy Meeks on December 7-1802

John N. Black, Sr. and Nancy Hasson on December 14-1809

William W. Black and Catherine P. Evans on May 30-1848, in the First Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Md. by Rev. John Buckess

John Nelson Black, Jr. and Elizabeth C. Ewing on January 1-1856 by Rev. John Squier

John Owens and Margaret J. Black on Nóvember 26-1835

Harry M. Cantwell and Josephine L. Black on April 19-1881

Perry Barnes and Isabella E. Black on December 21-1882

Nelson Montgomery Black and Myrtle E. Richardson on May 11-1892

Walter E. Black and Clara Walker on December 25-1916

Bayard G. Black and Nellie Clark on August 4-1909

Harry Barnes and Ressie E. Black on August 17-1899

Franklin Caulk and Edna M. Black on March 27-1935

 

Births

Nancy Meek on April 22-1778

James Hasson on September 24-1803

John Hasson on February 2-1806

John N. Black, Sr., on February 16-1787

Wm. Washington Black on April 13-1814

Martha Jane Black on March 22-1816

John Nelson Black on January 27-1818

Rebecca Ann Black on December 29-1820

Elizabeth C. Ewing on May 23-1834

Isabella Polk Ewing on August 5-1798

Patrick Ewing on ____________________ __, 1790

Infant Child on October 11-1856

Josephine L. Black on November 14-1857

Walter Ewing Black on April 2-1860

Isabella Ewing Black on April 21-1862

Nelson Montgomery Black on November 3-1864

Emma Margaretta Black on January 3-1867

Pinkney P. Black on April 19-1869

Bayard G. Black on August 27-1874

Ressie E. Black on September 19-1876

Edna Maude Black on March 5-1879

John Nelson Black, 3d,eon of Bayard & Nellie Black on Oct. 17-1914

 

Deaths

John Hasson on April 3-1808

John N. Black, Sr. on April 20-1847

Patrick Ewing on November 7-1868

Isabella Polk Ewing on March 19-1864

Wm. Washington Black on January 4-1887

Emma Margaretta Black on February 12-1890

Pinkney P. Black on February 20-1902

John N. Black, Jr., on January 27-1906

Infant child on October 11-1856

Elizabeth Ewing Black on July 14-1916

Walter Ewing Black on April 27-1922

John Nelson Black, 3d, on December 23-1923

 

Container List

 

Thing (or series, at this point)

Dates

Box

Folder

JOHN BLACK

 

1

 

Last Will and Testament

1807

1

 

Estate Papers-

 

1

 

Letter of Administration

1807

1

 

Bill of Sale for a negro boy

1807

1

 

Receipt from Samuel and Nancy Ferguson

1813

1

 

JAMES BLACK

 

1

 

Bond to James Smith

1800

1

 

Promissory Notes

1807-1817

1

 

Receipt for drawing James Black's Will

1812

1

 

Estate Papers-

 

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1817-1820

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1821-1824

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1825-1828

1

 

Misc. Bills and Receipts

n.d.

1

 

Receipts from Charles Miner

1820

1

 

Receipt from Rebecca Humphrey

n.d.

1

 

A list of men chosen for references

1819

1

 

Misc. papers re Joseph Jefferies claim against estate

1819-1820

1

 

Statement of Charles G. Black and John N. Black's claim against estate

1820

1

 

John Gillis bond to Rebecca Black

1820

1

 

Accounts

1820-1825

1

 

Misc. papers

1821, 1823

1

 

Promissory Notes

1823, 1825

1

 

Excerpts to the report of the auditors

1825

1

 

Summons for Robert T. Evans

1825

1

 

Memorandum

1825

1

 

MARTHA BLACK

 

1

 

Misc. papers re debts due to Martha Black

1825-1828 (copies)

1

 

Last Will and Testament (rough draft)

n.d.

1

 

CHARLES G. BLACK

 

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1823-1825 and undated

1

 

CHARLES G. BLACK AND JOHN N. BLACK

 

1

 

Letter to James Bert

1824

1

 

Mortgage to Caleb Brinton

1825

1

 

JOHN HASSON

 

1

 

Promissory Note

1803

1

 

Bill

1807

1

 

Last Will and Testament

1808

1

 

Estate Papers-

 

1

 

A list of the household furniture

n.d.

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1808-1810

1

 

Bills and Recipts

1811-1815

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1816-1820

1

 

Bills and Receipts

1821-1828

1

 

Misc. Bills and Receipts

n.d.

1

 

Misc. Papers

1807-1815 and undated

1

 

Accounts with Nancy Hasson

1808-1810

1

 

Accounts with John N. Black

1810-1824

1

 

Box 2

 

 

 

NANCY HASSON

 

2

 

Misc. Accounts

1808-1810

2

 

Guardianship Accounts

1808-1810

2

 

JOHN N. BLACK AND NANCY (HASSON) BLACK

 

2

 

Guardianship Accounts

1810-1825

2

 

JOHN N. BLACK

 

2

 

Accounts with James and John Hasson

1810-1830

2

 

Account with Andrew Ramsey

1815-1816

2

 

Memorandum re Guardianship Accounts

[1819]

2

 

Misc. papers re settlement of Guardianship Accounts

1825-1831

2

 

Misc. receipts from James Hasson

1825-1827

2

 

Statement of rents of the Seneca Fishery from 1808-1826

1826

2

 

Misc. papers re W. Howell and T. Veazy

1808-1831 and undated

2

 

Memorandum re W. Howell and T. Veazy

n.d.

2

 

Receipt book

1811-1838

2

 

Bill

1813

2

 

Commissioners' Accounts

1818-1832

2

 

Memorandum re Commissioners' Accounts

1832

2

 

Construction Accounts

1821-1825

2

 

Depositions re Court Cases

1821

2

 

Jury list for September Court

1821

2

 

Incoming Correspondence

1822-1846

2

 

Outgoing Correspondence

1822, 1846

2

 

Misc. Memoranda

1809-1828, undated

2

 

Results of election of Commissioners for Charlestown

1829

2

 

Misc. papers re his reappointment as customs inspector

1833-1846

2

 

Misc. papers re Cecil Furnace Lands

1835

2

 

Bond of Conveyance from John Owens

1840

2

 

Estate Papers-

 

2

 

Letter of Administration

1847

2

 

A list of property sold at Administration Sale

1847

2

 

Memorandum re Administration

undated

2

 

Accounts

1847-1849

2

 

Misc. papers re accounts

undated

2

 

Receipts

1849-1850

2

 

Box 3

 

 

 

JOHN N. BLACK

JR. AND WILLIAM W. BLACK

3

 

Bill of Sale for negroes

1848

3

 

Agreements

1856 and undated

3

 

Household Inventories

1857 and undated

3

 

JOHN N. BLACK, JR.

 

3

 

Agreement with Mr. [Bonral]

1872

3

 

Incoming Correspondence

1892

3

 

1898

 

3

 

WILLIAM W. BLACK

 

3

 

Letters of Recommendation

1836-1837

3

 

Leather Memo Book

1847-1850

3

 

Bills and Receipts

1847-1873

3

 

Incoming Correspondence

1848-1884 and undated

3

 

n.d.

 

3

 

Outgoing Correspondence

1858

3

 

Misc. papers re construction of a house

1869-1870

3

 

Lease Agreement with James McClintock and George Gorrell

1871

3

 

Bill of Sale to Catharine P. Black

1873

3

 

Deed and Bill of Sale

1873

3

 

CATHARINE P. (EVANS) BLACK

 

3

 

Album

circa 1831-1833

3

 

Cookbook

circa 1848-1860

3

 

Incoming Correspondence

1855-1892

3

 

SAMUEL L. C. HASSON

 

3

 

Letter to “Cousin”

1918

3

 

JOHN C. GROOME

 

3

 

Mortgage to Ann M. Sewall and James M. Sewall

1854

3

 

MARY CAMERON, widow of Matthiew Cameron

 

3

 

Bounty Land Claim

1855 (incomplete)

3

 

SAVILLA E. BLACK, CONSTANTIA F. BLACK, REBECCA J. FERGUSON, AND MARTHA MILLER

 

3

 

Indenture of Mortgage to Levi Tyson

1855

3

 

CHARLESTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

3

 

Constitution and Minutes

1823-1841

3

 

Misc. Papers re church

1832-1839 and undated

3

 

NOTTINGHAM CHURCH

 

3

 

Notes re Session

1838

3

 

Box 4

 

4

 

THE PRINCIPIO COMPANY

 

4

 

Papers re its incorporation

1835

4

 

GENEALOGY

 

4

 

Alexander Family-Genealogical Material

undated

4

 

Black Family-Genealogical Material

1848-1854

4

 

Evans Family-Misc. Genealogical Material

1845 and undated

4

 

Hasson Family-Genealogical Material

undated

4

 

Moore Family-Genealogical Material

undated

4

 

Patterson and Meek Families-Genealogical Material

1770-1789

4

 

Tuft Family-Misc. Genealogical Material

1837-1887

4

 

EPHEMERA

 

4

 

Hair

1847, 1853

4

 

Valentine

undated

4

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL

1808-1916

4

 

 

 

 

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