Ridgely Account Books, 1732-1884, MS 691

Ridgely Account Books, 1732-1884


Maryland Historical Society
 

  

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Ridgely Account Books, 1732-1884
Maryland Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary

Ridgely Account Books, 1732-1884

MS 691

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Scope and Content Note

In October 1977 the Ridgely Account Books were reorganized. The categories remain the same as the old organization, but those listed miscellaneous have been integrated into the categories. The cumbersome alpha-numeric system has been dispensed with. The categories under which the collection has been arranged are as follows: Col. Charles Ridgely (1702/3-1772) Records; Northampton Furnace Records; Capt. Charles Ridgely (1733 -1790) Records; Macdonald and Ridgely Records; Eliza E. [Ridgely] Ridgely Records; John Ridgely Records; Charles Ridgely Records; and Samuel Sterett Records.

 


Preface

The Maryland Historical Society has 9 major collections

Ridgely Account Books MS. 691; Ridgely Papers MS. 692 and MS. 692.1; Ridgely-Pue Papers MS. 693; Ridgely Family Papers MS. 1127; Helen West Stewart Ridgely Collection MS. 715; Helen Ridgely Family Papers MS. 715.1; Ridgely-Stewart Papers MS. 716; Ridgely-Dorsey Papers MS: 717.

with papers pertaining to Ridgely family members. The papers in these 9 collections have been brought together because the people represented were all descendents of Robert Ridgely and, after 1789, all lived part of their lives at the family estate Hampton in Baltimore County. The papers were given to the Maryland Historical Society in small groups from 1935 until 1966, and each group was then given a separate manuscript number. The papers, however, appear to have all come from Hampton (with the exception of the Ridgely-Pue Papers). Therefore, these papers are most understandable if studied as a whole.

The purpose of this register is to do just that. By discussing all 9 collections together it is hoped the original order of the papers will become clear. Because much research has been done on the collections as 9 separate entities, these artificial collections have been retained. This register will attempt to relatedeach collection to the others so that researchers can more easily find pertinent materials.

The Introduction will give a brief biographical sketch of each Ridgely family member represented. These sketches will also direct researchers to materials in all 9 collections that deal with each individual. Following the Introduction will be a separate register for each of the 9 collections. Each register has a scope and content note, a description of each family member's papers in that collection, and a container list. There is also a name index to the Introduction and nine registers.

 

Col. Charles Ridgely Records

 

Col. Charles Ridgely (1702/3-1772) was a merchant in [Patapsco, Md.]. His records (1732-1755), 10 volumes, are the ledgers and daybooks from his store.

 

 

 

Northampton [UNK] Records

 

These records (1772-1827) are ledgers, journals, daybooks, time books, and ironware record books recording output. There is one ledger (1782-1785) labelled Ridgely's Forge and possibly refers to Northampton Furnace. It is in Box 2.

Most records deal with the furnace's management, but some reveal information about the workers. The time books (1775-1827) are monthly records of amounts of time worked. There is also a description of white servants which was written in 1772 to aid identification of runaways. An account (1772-1775) records clothing alotted workers. There are also 3 account books (1784-1788) for a blacksmith and carpenter.

The workers' accounts for food and liquor [at a company store?] might be the accounts in 7 ledgers (1785-1821) in Boxes 25 and 26. A similar ledger of groceries and liquor (1780-1782) is in MS. 1127 Box 5, and 2 other ledgers (1787-1791) are in

MS. 716, Box 6. Account books in Capt. Charles Ridgely's hand were separated from the Northampton Furnace Records, but some of these ledgers (Boxes 19-24) might belong with the grocery ledgers mentioned above.

 

 

 

Capt. Charles Ridgely Records

 

In addition Ridgely's partnership in Northampton he imported large quantities of English goods to Maryland. He bought the goods from English merchants through various agents especially James Russell, William Molleson, and Mildred and Roberts. He repaid the agents with cargoes of pig iron, tobacco, and lumber.

While the records of Ridgely's Northampton furnace activities are in the Northampton Furnace Record books (Boxes 3-15), the account books listed in his name (Boxes 16-24) appear to refer solely to his mercantile activities and his personal accounts. (There is a chance, however, some of the Charles Ridgely ledgers, Boxes 19-24 do deal with furnace accounts.) The mercantile records consist of daybooks, journals, ledgers, and cashbooks. He formed several partnerships over the years, and there are records of his final partnership Ridgely and Lux. These account books seem to record Ridgely's business transactions, but some ledgers list the number of hogs slaughtered annually and others list personal transactions.

 

 

 

Nicholas G. Ridgely

 

Nicholas G. Ridgely (1771-1829) was the father of Eliza E. [Ridgely] Ridgely. He was a grocery merchant in the Baltimore firm of Macdonald and Ridgely. The account books of this firm consist only one one ledger (1797) and 3 journals (1797-1801, 1821-23). There are 2 letterbooks (1819-1839) which shed more light on the firm's extensive business especially with customers in Ohio and Tennessee. These letterbooks complement Nicholas G. Ridgely's incoming letters in MS. 692.

 

 

 

Eliza E. Ridgely Records

 

Eliza E. [Ridgely] Ridgely (1803-1867) married her distant relative John Ridgely of Hampton (1792-1867). Her records consist of a clothing record for servants at Hampton and 3 volumes (1838-1848) of personal and household expenses. One of these volumes (travel account book, 1846-1847) has a brief description of her treatment at a water cure establishment in Austria.

 

 

 

John Ridgely Records

 

The records of John Ridgely (1792-1867) are 2 ledgers (1829-1870) of accounts with [Hampton?] workers and 2 memoranda books (1830-1871) listing cash he spent 1830-1867. The second memoranda book appears to have been kept for John by his son Charles and is continued by Charles until 1871.

 

 

 

Charles Ridgely Records

 

Charles Ridgely was the son of Eliza E. and John Ridgely. His records are a memoranda book (1850-1865) and an account of farm [Hampton] expenses (1864-1870).

 

 

 

Samuel Sterett Records

 

Samuel Sterett (1756-1833) was a [nephew?] of Capt. Charles Ridgely and was a notary public. His records are 12 volumes of notarized documents. They deal with protested bank notes for the Bank of Maryland, Bank of Baltimore, the Office of Discount and Deposit, and the Mechanics Bank.

 


Microfilm List

 

Reel 1

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Ledger

1732-1735

 

 

 

Reel 1

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Ledger

1734-36

 

 

 

Reel 1

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1740

 

 

 

Reel 1

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1741

 

 

 

Reel 1

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1742

 

 

 

Reel 2

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1742-43

 

 

 

Reel 2

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1745

 

 

 

Reel 2

(Box 1)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1746-47

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

n.d.

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1746

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1748

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

5/5-10/29/1749

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Col. Charles Ridgely Daybook

1753-55

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 2)

Ridgely Forge Ledger

1782-1785

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 3)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1782-83

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 3)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1783-84

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 3)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1775-78

 

 

 

Reel 3

(Box 4)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1784-85

 

 

 

Reel 4

(Box 4)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1785-87

 

 

 

Reel 4

(Box 4)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1787-88

 

 

 

Reel 4

(Box 4)

Fragments, Account books

1765, 1789, n.d.

 

 

 

Reel 4

(Box 5)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1790-96

 

 

 

Reel 4

(Box 5)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1796-99

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 6)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1810-18

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 6)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1819 (February to April)

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 6)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1824 (March to November)

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 6)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1825 (July to September)

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 6)

Northampton Furnace Journal

1826-27 (January to October)

 

 

 

Reel 5

(Box 7)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1780-82

 

(Much decayed, part not filmed)

 

 

 

Reel 6

(Box 7)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1783

 

 

 

Reel 6

(Box 7)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1783-85,

2 vols.

 

 

 

Reel 7

(Box 8)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1789-90

 

 

 

Reel 7

(Box 9)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1794-96

 

 

 

Reel 8

(Box 10)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1806-08

 

 

 

Reel 8

(Box 10)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1810-15

 

 

 

Reel 8

(Box 11

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1788-89

 

 

 

Reel 9

(Box 11)

Northampton Furnace Ledger

1816-21

 

 

 

Reel 9

(Box 12)

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1789-90

 

 

 

Reel 9

(Box 12)

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1793-95

 

 

 

Reel 10

(Box 13)

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1815-21

 

 

 

Reel 10

(Box 13)

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1821-24

 

 

 

Reel 10

(Box 13)

Northampton Furnace Daybook

1826-27

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1781-82

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1802-19

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1810-18

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1811-18

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1811-15

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Iron Ware Record Book

1819-27

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Description of white servants

1772

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Workers' Clothing Book

1772-75

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Blacksmith's Ledger

1784, 1787-88

(2 vols.)

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Carpenter's Ledger

1787

 

 

 

Reel 11

(Box 14)

Sawmill Ledger

1791-94

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1775-76

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1781

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1782-83

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1784

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1785

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1792-94

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1799

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1802-03

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Time Books

1826-27

 

 

 

Reel 12

(Box 15)

Northampton Furnace Ledger Indices

8 vols.

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 16)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Journal

1763-65

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 16)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Journal

1765-73

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Daybook

1768-72

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Daybook

1771

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Daybook

1772

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Daybook

1772-73

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Cash Book

1781-82

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Ridgely and Lux Ledger

1781-82

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 17)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Accounts with Ridgely and Lux

1782-85

 

 

 

Reel 13

(Box 18)

Capt. Chas. Ridgely Accounts with Ridgely and Lux

1785-87, 1790

 

 

 

Reel 14

(Box 19)

Capt. Chas Ridgely Ledger A

1763-65

 

 

 

Reel 14

(Box 19)

Unidentified Ledger

1765-66

 

 

 

Reel 14

(Box 20)

Capt. Chas Ridgely Ledger B

1765-69

 

 

 

Reel 15

(Box 21)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger C

1767, 1770-75

 

 

 

Reel 15

(Box 22)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger D

1775-77

 

 

 

Reel 15

(Box 22)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger

1780-81

 

 

 

Reel 15

(Box 22)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger E

1778-84

 

 

 

Reel 16

(Box 23)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger

1784-86

 

 

 

Reel 16

(Box 24)

Capt. Charles Ridgely Ledger H

1790

 

 

 

Reel 16

(Box 25)

Grocery Ledger K

1785-96

 

 

 

Reel 16

(Box 25)

Grocery Ledger K

1786-1809

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Grocery Ledger

1788-89

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Grocery Daybook

1795

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Grocery Daybook

1795-96

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Grocery Ledger

1785-8

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Grocery Ledger

1818-2

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Charles C. Ridgely Ledger

1784-85

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 26)

Charles C. Ridgely Cashbook

1819-27

 

 

 

Reel 17

(Box 27)

Macdonald and Ridgely Letterbook

1829-39,

2 vols.

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 26)

Charles C. Ridgely Cashbook

1819-27

 

 

 

Reel 18

?

Daybook 1741

1774

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Chase Bank Book

1811-13, 14-19

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Eliza E. R. Ridgely servants clothing

1835-54

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Eliza E. R. Ridgely travel account book

1846-47

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Eliza E. R. Ridgely account book

1838-46

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Nicholas G. Ridgely cash book

1811-12

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Rebecca Carnan school book

1797

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Nicholas G. Ridgely account book

1809

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Eliza E. R. Ridgely household accounts

1847-48

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 30)

Charles C. Ridgely grocery pass book

1810-11

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 28)

Macdonald and Ridgely Ledger

1797

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 28)

Macdonald and Ridgely Journal

1797-99

 

 

 

Reel 18

(Box 29)

Macdonald and Ridgely Journal

1800-01

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 29)

Nicholas G. Ridgely Account Book

1798-99

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 29)

Macdonald and Ridgely Account Book

n.d.

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 29)

Sally Ridgely/Macdonald and Ridgely

1815-29

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 29)

Macdonald and Ridgely, Account/Inventory

1811-14, 1821-23

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 31)

John Ridgely? Latin Exercises

[1806]

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 31)

John Ridgely

1829-35

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 31)

John and Eliza Ridgely, Farm Account Book

1850-64

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 32)

John Ridgely Memorandum Book

1830-51

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 32)

John and Charles Ridgely, Ledger of Wages

1836-70

 

 

 

Reel 19

(Box 32)

John Ridgely Account Book

1843-46

 

 

 

Reel 20

(Box 33)

Charles Ridgely Account Book

1864-70

 

 

 

Reel 20

(Box 33)

John Ridgely Memorandum Book

1852-71

 

 

 

Reel 20

(Box 33)

Margaretta S. Ridgely Checkbook

1878-84

 

 

 

Reel 20

(Box 33)

Charles Ridgely Memorandum Book

1850-65

 

 

 

Reel 20

(Box 34)

Samuel Sterett, Notarial, Bank of Md.

1800-03

 

 

 

Reel 21

(Box 34)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Md.

1804-13

 

 

 

Reel 21

(Box 35)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore

1800-02

 

 

 

Reel 22

(Box 35)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore

1804-06

 

 

 

Reel 22

(Box 36)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore

1806-09

 

 

 

Reel 23

(Box 36)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore

1808-13

 

 

 

Reel 24

(Box 37)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore and Office of Discount and Deposit

1799-1800

 

 

 

Reel 24

(Box 37)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore and Office of Discount and Deposit

1813-16

 

 

 

Reel 24

(Box 38)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Bank of Baltimore and Off. Disc.and Deposit

1804-06

 

 

 

Reel 25

(Box 38)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Off. Disc. and Deposit

1808, 1815

 

 

 

Reel 25

(Box 39)

Samuel Sterett Notarial, Mechanics Bank

1813-16

 

 

 

Reel 26

(Box 39)

Samuel Sterett Notarial Book

1807-16

 

 

 

 

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