Greenfield Family Manuscript Collection, 1813-1926, MS 2980

Finding Aid to the Greenfield Family Manuscript Collection, 1813-1926, MS 2980 

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Greenfield Family Manuscript Collection

Creator

Greenfield Family

Call number

MS 2980

Inclusive dates

1813-1926

Bulk dates

1849-1873

Extent

10 folders

Abstract

Contains correspondence between Greenfield family members which discuss religion, health, agriculture and politics. Multiple letters addressed to Samuel from his siblings, and later letters are addressed to Mary Elizabeth from her nieces and nephews.

 

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

Unknown

Accession number

Unknown

Processing note

Processed by Delaney Hochrein, April, 2015

 

Biographical Note

The Greenfield family arrived in Maryland around 1810, and primarily resided in Baltimore and Harford Counties. Samuel Greenfield moved to Ohio in 1853 and lived in Massilon and Greenville. He lived with his uncle, Zachariah Greenfield.  There are multiple love letters from Mary Elizabeth Sanders. Samuel married her in November of 1856. Samuel was a wheelwright. There are records of Samuel leasing a wagon shop from his father-in-law, William Sanders. He had three brothers, Thomas, Isaiah and Amos, and one sister, Ann. Samuel’s brother, Amos, was a preacher. He resided in Kellville, Maryland.

Samuel B. Greenfield, son of Samuel K. J. Greenfield and Mary Elizabeth Greenfield was born on October 2, 1861. Samuel and Mary’s son married Willianna Virginia Black on October 2, 1888. They lived in Wilna, Harford County, Maryland. They had one son, Howard Greenfield. Willianna Greenfield died on February 20, 1926.

Mary remarried twice after Samuel’s death; first to Robert Taylor from Canada, and then to Mr. Welsh. Mary Elizabeth (Welsh) purchased 34 acres of land in Wilna, Harford County on December 10, 1910. This is where she lived with her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Mary Elizabeth (Welsh) died on April 10, 1922.  

Scope and Content

The Greenfield family manuscript collection contains letters of correspondence between family members which discusses religion, health, agriculture and politics. There are also property deeds, marriage licenses, tax documents, and bank loans.

Many of the letters are addressed to Samuel from his sister Ann, and brothers, Thomas and Amos. His letters with Ann often discussed his joining of the church. Later correspondence is to Mary Elizabeth from her nieces and nephews. 

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Greenfield Family Documents

1849-1853

1

1

Greenfield Family Documents

1854

1

2

Greenfield Family Documents

1855-1856

1

3

Greenfield Family Documents

1857-

1

4

Greenfield Family Documents

1864-1873

1

5

Greenfield Family Documents

1885-1889

1

6

Miscellaneous letter typescripts

1853-1892

1

7

Greenfield Family Documents

1900-1926

1

8

Marriage License, Deed, Indenture

1813-1910

1

9

Births and Deaths

no date

1

10

Games