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Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection, 1850-1990, PP249
Finding Aid to the Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection, PP249
H. Furlong Balwin Library, Maryland Historical Society
Title The Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection
Creator Juliana Clark Watts
Call number PP249
Inclusive dates 1850s?-1990s
Bulk dates 1850s?-1990s
Extent 3 linear feet (2 oversize boxes)
Abstract The photographs in the Cary-McHenry Family Collection spans over 140 years. The materials consist of tin types, cartes de visite, portraits, group photographs, fashion photographs, and snapshots of members of the family, friends, and residences.
Repository H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Access restrictions Access to the collection is unrestricted
Use restrictions Permission to reproduce must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.
Provenance The Cary-McHenry family was donated to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library on the Maryland Historical Society October 13, 2007, by Juliana Clark Watts.
Accession number 2007-021
Processing note The collection was processed in 2010-11 by Judith Hallfrisch. The finding aid was created by Judith Hallfrisch in 2011.
Members of the Cary-McHenry-Howard Families have played prominent roles in Maryland from Colonial times to the mid-twentieth century. Members of the Cary family are descended from Pocahontas (1595-1617). James McHenry (1753-1816), (for whom Fort McHenry was named), was a physician who studied under Dr. Benjamin Rush, served in the Continental Army, State Senate of Maryland, Constitutional Convention, and was Secretary of War under George Washington and John Adams. James Howard McHenry (1820-1888), grandson of James McHenry, was a prominent Baltimore lawyer educated at Princeton and Harvard Law, grandson of Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard. His cousin James McHenry Boyd served as a diplomat to the Court of St. James. Col. Miles Wilson Cary (1806-1877) was the great-great nephew of Thomas Jefferson and was proud of the resemblance between the shape of his head and Jefferson’s. Cary served in the army of the Confederate States of America and his sister Hetty (1836-1892) and cousins Jennie and Constance (known as the Cary Invincibles) designed the confederate flag known as the Southern Cross. Jennie Cary put the words of the poem ‘Maryland, my Maryland’ to the German folk song ‘Lauriger Hortius’ creating the state song. Miles Wilson Cary’s wife, Jane Margaret Cary (1809-1893) founded the Southern Home School for girls. James Howard McHenry (b. 1892) served in both WWI and WWII in France, India, and China. Pauline Potter de Rothschild (daughter of Gwendolyn Cary) was great-great granddaughter of Francis Scott Key. She had a flamboyant life after her divorce from Charles Carrol Fulton Leser being romantically linked to a number of prominent people including Paul-Henri Spaak (prime minister of Belgium), movie director John Huston, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch Romanov of Russia (one of the murderers of Rasputin), and Isabelle Kemp, heiress to a New York drug-store and real-estate fortune. She became a fashion icon as director of the custom-fashion division of Hattie Carnegie. In 1954 she married Philippe de Rothschild becoming a Baronne. Members of the Cary-McHenry Family have served this country in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II.
Scope and Content
The photographs in the Cary-McHenry collection span over 140 years and consist of tintypes, cartes de visite, portraits, group photographs, and snapshots of family members, friends, and various properties. Also included are fashion photographs of Pauline Potter de Rothschild, daughter of Gwendolyn Cary. A number of the photographs were taken at Sudbrook, the estate of James Howard McHenry which burned in 1904. Photographs from the 1920s were taken at Dieppe, France. Snapshots of the dedication of the James McHenry Elementary School from 1965 and snapshots of Marigold Cottage, Bar Harbor, Maine taken in the 1994 are also included.
See also related Cary-McHenry Family Collection MS 3085.
PP249.01- 4 people in tennis outfits
Top row: unidentified young woman, Mr. James Tyson, Jr.
Bottom row: Mr. James Howard, Miss Ellen McHenry No date
PP249.02- Julia Howard McHenry ½ body in black dress, Quartley, 217 W. Balto. St.
PP249.03- Jane Margaret Carr Cary (Mrs. Wilson Miles Cary) with her first great grandchild, Juliana Brent Keyser., No date
Series II: Group photographs
PP249.04- Multiple portrait sheet – Very Large. Copies of portraits of various Carys.
Top: Jane Margaret Carr Cary – Wilson Miles Cary (in later years)
Middle: Sidney Cary – John Brune Cary & Wilson Miles Cary (son)
Bottom: Jenny Cary–Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry – Hetty Cary Pegram-Martin
No date 1
PP249.05- Group Picture – Sudbrook Cottage 1860, Oval image.
Top row: W.M. Cary jr, S? Hall, J. Howard McHenry, ? woman
Bottom row: Sophie McHenry, Sally? M.? McHenry, William? McHenry(child), A.E. P? (woman)
PP249.06- Group Picture taken at Sudbrook East side – ivy-covered wall – date unknown
Slip of paper in folder which may identify some:
Top row: Miss Isabel Trier(?), Mr. Jesse Tyson (also on far left unidentified African-American man)
2nd row: Miss Julia McHenry, Willie Beeton & Mrs Beeton, (Florence Reed), unidentified woman
3rd row: unidentified woman, Miss Misa Howard, Miss Sophia McHenry, Miss Mau Harrison, Miss Ellen McHenry, unidentified young man
4th row: Sophie Howard; Marshall (also large dog)
PP249.07- Group Picture perhaps at Sudbrook? Ivy-covered wall
Top row: “Lal” Buchanan, Cary McHenry, John McHenry
Bottom row: unidentified young woman, Kate Kirkpatrick, J.H. McHenry, Julie McHenry, unidentified young man, Ellen C. McHenry – date unknown
PP249.08- Group Picture, Rawley Springs, W. Va. 1875
Top row: Wilson M. Cary, Sr., Mrs. Kelly Pegram, Julia McHenry, Ida Allen
Middle row: Mrs. David L. Yules, Mary Forney, Nannie Yules, Nelly McHenry
Bottom row: Wilson M. Cary, Jr., Mrs. John Davis, Miss Cummings, Mrs. Wilson M. Cary, Edith Davis, Wickliffe Yulee?
PP249.09- Group picture Pontresina – Engadine Valley (?) Switzerland
Left to right: Mrs. Frank Baldwin, Gwendolyn Cary Seated: Juliana Brent Keyser, Ellen McHenry Keyser
PP249.10- Group photograph: Francis Hunter Potter, Westport, Connecticut, 1919 with Clara Knight Colford & Dorothy Knight Colford – daughters of Clara Waterman Knight (M 2, in 1921, Francis Hunter Potter) and her first husband, Sidney Jones Colford Jr. All three sitting on porch steps, girls in white dresses and Mr. Potter in suit/ bow tie holding what appears to be stuffed rabbit.
PP249.11- Group photograph: Francis Hunter Potter with Clara Knight Colford & Dorothy Knight Colford (who would become his step-daughters in 1921, Daytona, Florida, 1919. Girls in white kimonos, Mr. Potter in tweed jacket, white pants, spectator shoes all standing next to white frame cottage.
9. Group photograph: Clara Knight Colford, Pauline Potter, Happy (A German shepherd), Berthe Zinder (The governess). Dieppe, France, 1921. In a hay field, girls in white dresses, governess in straw hat, white waist, and dark skirt.
1919-1921 1 PP249.12
PP249.13- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Clara Knight Colford, Andre, the chauffeur in uniform, holding dog. Seated: Dorothy Knight Colford. Young girls in white dresses with tea cups, Dieppe, France, 1921.
PP249.14- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Clara Knight Colford, Dorothy Knight Colford, Dieppe, France, 1921, as young girls in white dresses and straw hats. White picket fence in background.
PP249.15- Group photograph: Dorothy Knight Colford, Clara Knight Colford, Pauline Potter (on Clara’s shoulders) in the ocean, Dieppe, ca 1922 (Colford girls now listed as Pauline’s step-sisters)
PP249.16- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Barbara Morris, Clara Knight Colford, Timothy Morris, Dorothy Knight Colford, by the sea. Girls in white dresses, Timothy in shorts, tie, hat, Dieppe, France 1922.
PP249.17- Group photograph: Left to right: Clara Knight Colford holding Happy (dog), Pauline Potter, Dorothy Knight Colford, girls in coats standing in front of bluff. France 1922.
PP249.18- Group photograph: Pauline Potter standing, Dorothy Knight Colford, Clara Knight Colford, girls in coats and hats with 2 dogs. Buildings in background, Biarritz, France ca 1923.
PP249.19- Group photograph: Left to right: Berthe Zinder (the governess) and Pauline Potter in coats and hats sitting in front of villa with two dogs. Biarritz, France 1922.
PP249.20- Snapshot (b&w) of James McHenry Elementary School, Lanham, MD, January, 1965.
PP249.21- Snapshot (color) at James McHenry Elementary School of : l-r. J. Howard McHenry, Miss Thelma Smith (principal), and Juliana Keyser Clark with mural of Fort McHenry. May 4, 1965.
PP249.22-Snapshot (color) Miss Thelma Smith with Fort McHenry mural at James McHenry Elementary School, May 4, 1965.
PP249.23- Snapshot (b&w) of Miss Thelma Smith, Ray Palmeri—6th grade, Miss Karen McClaine, Artist Miss Margaret Hall. Presentation of Mural – May 4, 1965.
PP249.24- Snapshot (b&w) at James McHenry Elementary School of l-r: J. Howard McHenry, Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator (?) (President PTA), Juliana Keyser Clark with mural of Fort McHenry, May 4, 1965.
PP249.25- Snapshot (b&w) at James McHenry Elementary School of Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator (?), Juliana Keyser Clark, and J. Howard McHenry with mural of Fort McHenry. May 4, 1965.
PP249.26- Snapshot (b&w) J. Howard McHenry, Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator(?), Juliana Keyser Clark, with mural of Fort McHenry at James McHenry Elementary School, May 4, 1965.
PP249.27- Program of dedication of James McHenry Elementary School.
PP249.28- Letter to Mrs. Gaylord Clark, Stevens, Maryland from Joseph C. Smith, Jr. thanking her for participating in the presentation of the school mural at James McHenry Elementary School. Enclosure with above listed snapshots.
PP249.29- Snapshot of grave stone of John McHenry, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
PP249.30- Picture of Sudbrook, October 24, 1886. (2 copies) Sudbrook burned August 16th, 1904. 2a & b
PP249.31- Picture of Sudbrook Cottage, built before the Revolution & left standing after the big house was destroyed by fire 1904.
PP249.32- Picture of Sudbrook Cottage, built before the Revolution & left standing after the big house was destroyed by fire 1904. Different view from #3.
PP249.33- Haddon Hall – Dorothy Vernon’s walk, Derbyshire, Monday, June 6, 1982 signed Sophie McHenry (Mrs. C.M. Stewart)
PP249.34 Picture of Southern Home School for Girls, 915-917 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
PP249.35- Snapshot of sailboat in Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994.
PP249.36- Snapshot of Marigold Cottage, Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994 two unidentified men and one unidentified boy standing in front 2 copies labeled 8 a & b.
PP249.37- Snapshot of Marigold Cottage (closeup), Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994, one unidentified man in front of cottage.
PP249.38- Carte de visite of Colonel Wilson Miles Cary of Ceelys 1733-1817 photo of portrait with genealogy of Carys on back from Col. Miles Cary of Warwick, Va 1620-1667 to Col. Wilson Miles Cary of Carysbrooke (1806-1877), Blessing & Kuhn, Baltimore
PP249.39- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Cary (Aunt Jennie) in velvet with feathered hat, Rockwood, 17 Union Square, (West), N.Y.
PP249.40- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Cary, Knowlton, Photo artist, 335 Fourth Avenue, New York
PP249.41- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Carr Cary. J. Ludovici New York and Newport
PP249.42- Cartes de visite of Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) b. 1836 d. 1892. Le Jeune – L. Joliot, Succ r. 350, Rue St. Honore, 350 pres la Place Vendome, Paris, 1877
PP249.43- Cartes de visite (2nd copy) of Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) b. 1836 d. 1892. Le Jeune – L. Joliot, Succ r. 350, Rue St. Honore, 350 pres la Place Vendome, Paris, 1877
PP249.44- Carte de visite of portrait of Hetty Cary Harrison (Mrs. Fairfax Harrison) holding Constance Cary Harrison II aged 4 mo., September 9, 1895, E. Almstaedt, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, Tompkinsville, Staten Island
PP249.45- Carte de visite of Hettie Cary Pegram, Rockwood, 17 Union Square (West), N.Y.
PP249.46- Carte de visite of Sophia McHenry Stewart, head & shoulders in white dress with velvet band around neck, for ‘Aunt Hut’ (Aunt Hetty Pegram), Jas. S. Cummins, Photographic Studio, 5 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. (Date unknown)
PP249.47- Carte de visite of portrait of Wilson Miles Cary, Kuhn & Cummins No date
PP249.48- Carte de visite Juliana Howard McHenry ¾ body in white dress, Mora, 707 Broadway, NY
PP249.49- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry, light dress, head & shoulders, 707 Broadway, NY
PP249.50- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry ½ body in black dress, Davis & Sanford, 246 Fifth Avenue, New York
PP249.51- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry ¾ body in black dress, Davis & Sanford, 246 Fifth Avenue, New York
PP249.52- Carte de visite of Sidney Carr Cary, Jas. S. Cummins, Photographic Studio, No. 7 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
PP249.53- Small carte of Julia Howard McHenry as young girl, seated in dark dress.
PP249.54- Photocopy of sketch of James Howard McHenry, Geneve 1837, b. 1820 d. 1888
PP249.55- Portrait of James Howard McHenry, oval image, in later life
PP249.56- Portrait of Jane Margaret Carr Cary, black dress, white cap, in later life, reverse of carte de visite 1809-1903
PP249.57- Snapshot of Jane Margaret Cary, feathered hat, dark dress, seated, same as carte de visite b. 1843 d. 1925. Note attached to sleeve.
PP249.58- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary, in black, Davis & Sanford, Artist = Photographers, 246 Fifth Ave, New York
PP249.59- Portrait of Jane Margaret Carr Cary (Mrs. Wilson Miles Cary) Portrait is crumbling. Photographer name partially lost ? & Fuchs, Baltimore, Md.
PP249.60- Portrait of Miss Jennie Cary (Aunt Jennie Cary) some handwritten information on back was cut off. Brooklandville, Miss Jane Margaret Cary
PP249.61- Miss Jennie Cary with her Irish Setter “Elco” in Bar Harbor, Maine. No date
PP249.62- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary at home pouring tea by the fireplace (Date unknown)
PP249.63- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary (Aunt Jennie) in veiled feathered hat and fur, (Daughter of Jane Margaret Carr and Wilson Miles Cary) (Date unknown)
PP249.64- Portrait – Oval raised Wilson Miles Cary, Kuhn & Cummins Photographic Studio, 48 & 50 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Cary family crest is attached to back of photograph in a Crosse & Blackwell envelope. Small copy of this photo also in envelope (11B).
PP249.65 Portrait of Capt. Wilson Miles Cary, C.S.A. in uniform No date 2
PP249.66- Snapshot of portrait of Wilson Miles Cary perhaps of painting, 1806-1877
PP249.67- Portrait of James Howard McHenry – date unknown. Blowup of same portrait taken from book?
PP249.68- Portrait of Hetty Cary Harrison (Mrs. Fairfax Harrison) holding baby (4
months)Constance Cary Harrison II (September 9, 1895)
PP249.69- Portrait of Mrs. Pegram – later Mrs. Harry Marten, wife of Dr. Harry Marten, biologist at Johns Hopkins University
PP249.70- Snapshot of portrait of Hetty Cary in puffed sleeve, laced bodice dress with embroidered or brocade skirt. Snapshot very wrinkled. Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. John Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) 1836-1892. (Date unknown, #23 written in pencil on back)
PP249.71- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Carbon Studio, 5 West 16th Street, New York. Oval image, torso with dark dress, lace collar, large cameo, dark lace hair net. Date unknown.
PP249.72- Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry. Copy reverse of above portrait #18 (Date unknown)
PP249.73- Snapshot of above portrait b. 1832 d. 1892 (Mrs. James Howard McHenry). Very wrinkled, bottom right corner missing.
PP249.74- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Carbon Studio, 5 West 16th Street, New York. Oval image, torso, braids wrapped around head, dangling earring, dark dress, lace tied collar. (later than above portrait, date unknown)
PP249.75- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Jas. S. Cummins, N. Charles St., Balto., Md. Wider view of above portrait (#20, 21) ¾ body.
PP249.76- Portrait of Sara Cary McHenry torso in dark dress, Norval H. Busey, Photographic Art Gallery, Cor. Charles & Fayette Sts., Baltimore (Date unknown). Very small faded copy of above portrait. #22.
PP249.77- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as child about 3-4 in hat and banana curls in frame with broken glass (Date unknown).
PP249.78- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as young girl about 8-10 in flowered hat and white eyelet dress with sash leaning on stone, Jeffres & Rogers 112 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.
PP249.79- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as young girl 10-12, standing in dress with braid on cuffs and bodice, Jeffres & Rogers, 112 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. (Date unknown)
PP249.80- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary, head & shoulders in hat/coat, 1900. small oval image.
PP249.81- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary in brimmed hat, suit, with furs addressed to Ida Aquila from Gwendolyn Cary. ‘Dear Ida with much love G.C. (Date unknown)
PP249.82- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary Potter and Pauline Potter as toddler. Gwendolyn in long white dress with large feathered hat (Date unknown)
PP249.83- Postcard of Pauline Potter as small girl about 5 in white-collared sailor coat and straw hat (date unknown)
PP249.84- Portrait of Pauline Potter Leser, wedding portrait in dropped-waist satin dress with long satin and tulle train, (Mrs. Fulton Leser) married Emanuel Church, Baltimore, October, 1930. Gown was gold, not white.
PP249.85- Photocopy of Pauline Potter Leser wedding portrait #31. No date 2
PP249.86- Photograph of Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Leser on shipboard Pauline in checked coat, hat, Fulton in double-breasted suit, tie. Torsos. Glossy.
No date 2
PP249.87- Copy of #33. Matte finish, sepia tone. No date
PP249.88- Photograph of Mr & Mrs C. C. Fulton Leser, 1932 on shipboard, same attire as above, but different view, full body. Glossy.
PP249.89- Photograph of Pauline Potter, circa 1945 copied from photo by George Platt Lynes. Head/shoulders dressed in black with 3 strand gold necklace, standing in front of plant-shaped sculpture.
PP249.90- Photocopy of Pauline Potter, ca 1942, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, Pauline dark off-the-shoulder dress with pearls and large brooch standing in front of vanity? Note attached from Mitch to Mrs. Watts.
PP249.91- Photograph of Baroness Philippe de Rothschild (nee Pauline Potter, 1908-1976, photo by Horst P. Horst, ca 1964 Baroness in black dress standing next to metal four-poster bed. ca1964
PP249.92- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in suit, dotted tie,1917, 2 copies, b copy top right corner torn.
PP249.93- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform (WWI?) date unknown
PP249.94- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform, U.S. Army photograph WWII. Date unknown.
PP249.95- Snapshot of J. Howard McHenry in Capt. M.P. uniform on motorcycle in India, 1944
PP249.96- Snapshot of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform with Chinese man, China, May, 1945.
PP249.97- Portrait of Edith McHenry, Bachrach Studios 1919. Seated in filmy dress with long filmy sleeves.
PP249.98- Portrait of Edith McHenry, Horton Studio 1926. Small oval image. Head and shoulders, looking down.
PP249.99- Portrait of Edith Love McHenry in American Red Cross Uniform, 1944 Hessler Studio. Oval image.
PP249.100- Portrait of Edith Love McHenry – at later age – Hessler Studio. Date unknown.