James E. Steuart Papers, 1785-1955, MS 758

 

 


Descriptive Summary

JAMES E. STEUART PAPERS

MS 758

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


 

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of the George H. Steuart (1790-1867) family. James E. Steuart was the donor. The family members whose papers are in the collection are underlined in the following genealogy.

The papers largely pertain to a trust estate established by George H. Steaurt in 1861. It was maintained by his sons William J., Thomas E., George H., and James H., and James's son James E. Steuart. The trust estate consisted of ground rents, the income from which supported George, Sr.'s 10 children.

The trust estate papers (box 15-23) are legal documents and land deeds concerning the formation of the trust and financial papers (bills, receipts, and account books) concerning the collection of rents, the maintenance of the properties, and the support of the trust beneficiaries.

Information on the trust is also found in the correspondence among the Steuart children and their descendants. This correspondence has been divided by recipient and is found in boxes 6-10, 24, 28, 29, 32, and 33.

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) was the surviving child of George H. Steuart, and the bulk of the trust administration was handled by him. Much of the correspondence after 1867 is between George and the [UNK] trust beneficiaries. A small amount of his papers relate to his career in the U.S. Army (1859-61) and in the Confederate army. After the war his prime concern was managing the trust. In the 1880s there are papers relating to his growing tobacco.

James E. Steuart (1872-1954) succeeded his uncle George H. Steuart and was the last trust administrator. His papers are largely financial records (daybooks, cash books, ledgers, and account books) with a minute accounting of his finances. The trust was broken up after the death of his sister.

A few topics not related to the trust are covered. There is a long letter (1860) by George H. Steuart (1790-1867) deploring Negro suffrage and

the condition of the country. This is in Box 3. Steuart was an ardent Southern sympathizer and at the outbreak of the war moved to the South for the duration. He corresponded with a friend, Sally J. Newman, in Hilton, Va. during the war, and her frequent letters are in boxes 3 and 4. Several slaves owned by Thomas E. Steuart fought in the Civil War, and their military papers are in Box 7.

Two of the Steuart children Isaac E. and Charles D. were in and out of mental institutions, and there is much mention of their condition in the letters of George (1828-1903) and in the trust estate papers. There are 2 volumes of lectures by Samuel Stanhope Smith given in 1806 at Princeton University and copied by George H. Steuart.

 


 

Container List 

 

Box 1

Thomas and Isaac Edmondson papers, 1799-1818

 

 

 

Mary Edmondson Estate papers

 

 

 

Thomas Edmondson (1808-56) memo books, 1824, n.d.

 

 

 

Thomas Edmondson (1808-56) bills and receipts 1832-46

 

 

 

Thomas Edmondson (1808-56) estate papers

 

 

 

A. Jane [Edmondson] Steuart incoming letters 1851, 1854, n.d.

 

 

 

A. Jane [Edmondson] Steuart account book 1847-50

 

 

 

A. Jane [Edmondson] Steuart bills and receipts 1850-54, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 2

A. Jane [Edmondson] Steuart Commonplace book, 1823

 

 

 

A. Jane [Edmondson] Steuart memo books, 1823, 1826

 

 

 

William Steuart (1755-1838) incoming letters 1813-35

 

 

 

William Steuart (1755-1838) bills and receipts 1807-38

 

 

 

Dr. James Steuart (1755-1846) bills and receipts 1831-41

 

 

 

Richard S. Steuart papers

 

 

 

James A. Steuart letters

 

 

 

Charles C. Steuart letters 1845-53

 

 

 

Charles C. Steuart letters 1852-1891

 

 

 

Charles C. Steuart bills and receipts 1866-70

 

 

 

Box 3

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) incoming letters 1814-66

 

 

 

Box 4

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) incoming letters, 1867, n.d.

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) bills and receipts 1816-67, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 5

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) legal papers

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) memoranda

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) estate papers

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1790-1867) almanac, 1831

 

 

 

Samuel Stanhope Smith lectures, 1806

(2 vols)

 

 

 

Box 6

Ann Rebecca Steuart incoming letters 1851-65, n.d.

 

 

 

Ann Rebecca Steuart bills and receipts 1853-66

 

 

 

Ann Rebecca Steuart account book 1861-62

 

 

 

Henrietta E. Steuart (1846-67) papers, 1857-65

 

 

 

Margaret S. Steuart (1843-60) diary

 

 

 

Margaret S. Steuart account book, 1854

 

 

 

Isaac E. Steuart incoming letters 1856-69, n.d.

 

 

 

Isaac E. Steuart bills and receipts 1852-70

 

 

 

Isaac E. Steuart account book, 1867

 

 

 

Box 7

Thomas E. Steuart incoming letters, 1850-64, n.d.

 

 

 

Thomas E. Steuart bills and receipts 1843-65, n.d.

 

 

 

Thomas E. Steuart legal papers

 

 

 

Thomas E. Steuart estate papers

 

 

 

William J. Steuart incoming letters 1852-63, n.d.

 

 

 

William J. Steuart bills and receipts, 1851-60

 

 

 

William J. Steuart legal papers

 

 

 

William J. Steuart papers re: Edgar estate

 

 

 

William J. Steuart legal notes

 

 

 

William J. Steuart estate papers

 

 

 

Box 8

Charles P. Steuart incoming letters 1852-77, n.d.

 

 

 

Charles P. Steuart bills and recepits, 1857-75, n.d.

 

 

 

Charles P. Steuart account books, 1868, 1884-90

 

 

 

Charles P. Steuart memoranda

 

 

 

Box 9

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) incoming letters 1849-69

 

 

 

Box 10

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) incoming letters 1870-94, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 11

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) military papers

 

 

United States Army (1850-1860)

 

 

 

Confederate States Army (1860-65)

 

 

 

Maryland National Guard (1868)

 

 

 

 

Box 12

George H. Steuart (182801903) bills and receipts, 1851-89, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 13

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) memo books 1849-57, 1870-89

13 vols.

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) grocery pass book, n.d.

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) bank book, 1858-61

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) K 1st Cavalry Fund account book, 1857-60, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 14

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) diaries, 1885-89,

4 vols.

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) memoranda

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) insurance policies

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) legal papers

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) memorabilia

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) photographs

 

 

 

Box 15

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) will

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) estate papers

 

 

 

George H. Steuart (1828-1903) estate account books

 

 

 

Steuart Trust Estate legal papers

 

 

 

Box 16

Steuart Trust Estate legal papers

 

 

 

Box 17

Steuart Trust Estate correspondence 1864-1891, n.d.

 

 

 

Steuart Trust Estate financial papers

 

 

 

Box 18

Steuart Trust Estate financial papers

 

 

 

Box 19

Steuart Trust Estate ground rent account book, 1861-69

 

 

 

Box 20

Steuart Trust Estate ground rent account books

 

 

 

Box 21

Steuart Trust Estate ground rent account books, 1869-87

 

 

 

Box 22

Steuart Trust Estate ground rent account books

 

 

 

Steuart Trust Estate bank books, 1861-68, 1876

 

 

 

Steuart Trust Estate farm account books 1882-89

 

 

 

Box 23

Steuart Trust Estate cancelled checks

 

 

 

Box 24

Maria [Kenzie?] Steuart papers 1863-91

 

 

 

Minnie Steuart incoming letters, 1876-80

 

 

 

Daisy Steuart incoming letters, 1877-82

 

 

 

James H. Steuart incoming letters 1853-90, n.d.

 

 

 

James H. Steuart bills and receipts 1852-89, n.d.

 

 

 

James H. Steuart medical school papers, 1855-57

 

 

 

James H. Steuart legal papers

 

 

 

James H. Steuart estate papers

 

 

 

E. Lavinia [Duvall] Steuart incoming letters, 1869-94, n.d.

 

 

 

Box 25

James H. Steuart diary, 1866

 

 

 

James H. Steuart ground rent account books,

3 vols.

 

 

 

James H. Steuart Estate cash books, 1892-1919,

2 vols.

 

 

 

James H. Steuart Estate ledger, 1901-1915

 

 

 

James H. Steuart Estate property book

 

 

 

Box 26

E. Lavinia [Duvall] Steuart diaries 1892-1920,

10 vols.

 

 

 

E. Lavinia [Duvall] Steuart account books 1880-1917,

9 vols.

 

 

 

Antoinette J. Duvall album, 1859-62.

 

 

 

Box 27

Henrietta Steuart (b. 1873) diary 1890

 

 

 

Henrietta Steuart (b. 1873) account book, 1894

 

 

 

Henrietta Steuart (b. 1873) notebooks,

2 vols.

 

 

 

Henrietta Steuart (b. 1873) cancelled checks 1898-1901

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) diaries 1888-1903,

17 vols.

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) notebooks,

4 vols.

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) account books 1895-1905,

2 vols

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) birthday book

 

 

 

Box 28

Henrietta Steuart (b. 1873) incoming letters, 1887-98

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) incoming letters, 1887-1902

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) compositions 1882-88

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Steuart (b. 1871) school grade book, 1885-86

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) incoming letters 1887-93

 

 

 

Box 29

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) incoming letters, 1894-1951, n.d.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) bills and receipts, 1894-1902

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) legal papers

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) will

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) Sunday School teacher's record

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) Society of the War of 1812 papers

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) South River Club papers

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) Steuart Foundation papers

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) memorabilia

 

 

 

Box 30

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) diaries 1889-1917,

15 vols.

 

 

 

Box 31

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) diaries 1921-49,

9 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) legal notebooks,

3 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) memo books

 

 

 

Box 32

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) letterbooks, 1896-1905,

3 vols.

 

 

 

Box 33

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) letterbooks, 1905-11

 

 

 

Box 34

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) cashbooks, 1898-1938,

9 vols.

 

 

 

Box 35

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) cash books, 1939-48,

2 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) account books 1923-29,

4 vols.

 

 

 

Box 36

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) account books, 1929-45,

4 vols.

 

 

 

Box 37

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) account books, 1947-51,

3 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) ledger, 1902-5

 

 

 

Box 38

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) ledger 1918-29,

1 vol.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) daybooks 1924-37,

5 vols.

 

 

 

Box 39

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) daybooks, 1940-54,

4 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) bank books,

2 vols.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) house inventory,

1 vol.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) poultry account,

1 vol.

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) Baltimore French Relief Committee ledgers 1939-50,

2 vols.

 

 

 

Box 40

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) farm account books,

5 vols

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) check books, 1908-1911

 

 

 

James Edmondson Steuart (1872-1954) Military Order Foreign Wars account book 1897-99

 

 

 

Box 41

E.L., H., J.E. Steuart ground rent accounts, 1908-23

 

 

 

Box 42

E.L., H., J.E. Steuart ground rent accounts, 1916-34

 

 

 

Alice E. Gorter Estate account books,

5 vols.

 

 

 

Florence A. Shiff Estate cash book, 1927-29

 

 

 

Box 43

Mrs. John B. Montell ground rent accounts, 1910-51

 

 

 

Ann Digges account book, 1785-87

 

 

 

Subscriptions to the Baltimore and Drum Point Railroad, 1871

 

 

 

Theodore G. Lurman journal, 1871

 

 

 

Robert Garrett expense book, 1887

 

 

 

Friendly Inn minute book, 1885-94

 

 

 

Thomas J. Morris expense book, 1869-1910

 

 

 

Unidentified inventory

 

 

 

Scrapbook

 

 

 

Recipe book

 

 

 

Box 44

Notes on John Adams' discussion of U.S. constitution papers of

 

 

 

John S. Gittings, Commissioner of Stamps, 1848

 

 

 

Chesapeake Bank material

 

 

 

Mayo-Waters legal papers

 

 

 

Steuart family tombstone design

 

 

 

Genealogical material

 

 

 

Household inventories

 

 

 

Box 45

John H. Steuart papers, 1851-52

 

 

 

[?]Steuart bills and receipts

 

 

 

Unidentified Steuart letters, 1866

 

 

 

Unidentified letters

 

 

 

Unidentified bills and receipts

 

 

 

Unidentified material

 

 

 

photographs

 

 

 

poems

 

 

 

printed material

 

 

 

 

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