Finding Aid to the Moss Family Manuscript Collection, 1823-1875, MS 3195

Finding Aid to the Moss Family Manuscript Collection, 1823-1875, MS 3195

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary 

Title

Moss Family Manuscript Collection

Creator

Moss family

Call number

MS 3195

Inclusive dates

1823-1875

Bulk dates

1834-1854

Extent

1 box, 13 folders

Abstract

Contains the correspondence and personal papers of the Moss family. Letters to Hamilton Pike Moss from family and business associates represent the bulk of the collection.

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 Mareen D. Waterman, April 22, 2016

Accession number

2016-020-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, November 2016

 

 Biographical Note

The Moss family was prominent in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. For many years, the family lived on a farm at Hackett Point. Hamilton Pike Moss was born to Monica Greenwell (1759-1825) and James Moss (1747-1828) on December 23, 1800. He had several siblings who married into other Anne Arundel County families, such as the Hanlons and Merrikens. During the 1840s and 1850s, Moss lived first in Illinois and later Missouri. He later returned to the family farm and died in 1871. The Hackett Point homestead remained in the family until it was sold in 1907.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains the correspondence and personal papers of the Moss family. Letters to Hamilton Pike Moss from family and business associates represent the bulk of the collection. The correspondence primarily discusses the health of family members and matters on the family’s farm while Moss was living in first Illinois and later Missouri. Of particular interest are documents related to the sale and transfer of an enslaved woman, Rachel, as well as an 1835 letter describing a clash between the Creek Nation and the United States Army after a series of raids in Alabama.

The collection is divided into two series, Hamilton Pike Moss and Moss and Associated Families. Series II is arranged alphabetically by last name and the documents within both series are organized chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Series I: Hamilton Pike Moss

 

 

 

Correspondence

1835-1840

1

1

Correspondence

1841-1843

1

2

Correspondence

1847-1865

1

3

Land indenture

1835, February 14

1

4

Financial records

No date; 1845-1854

1

5

Documents on the sale of Rachel

1850-1854

1

6

Series II: Moss and Associated Families

 

 

 

Hanlon, Mary correspondence

1841, December 17

1

7

Morse, Robert correspondence

1845, January 19

1

8

Moss, George conveyance of store stock

1875, October 5

1

9

Moss, James will

1823-1828

1

10

Moss, James, Jr. correspondence

1840, September 25

1

11

Row, Mary correspondence

1834?, August 2

1

12

Miscellaneous

No date; 1862-1864

1

13

 

 

 

 

 

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