Dyer Family Manuscript Collection, 1807-1934, MS 3163

Finding Aid to the

Dyer Family Manuscript Collection, 1807-1934, MS 3163

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Collection summary 

Title

Dyer Family Papers

Creator

Sigler, Jeanne

Call number

MS 3163

Inclusive dates

1807-1934

Extent

1 box, 6 folders

Abstract

The Dyer Family Manuscript Collection, ontains genealogical notes, documents, a journal and postcards of the Dyer Family of Maryland. The collection also contains documents of the Fells Point Rifle Company, commanded by Captain William B. Dyer,  which was involved in the defense of Fort McHenry during the Battle of North Point.

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 Jeanne Sigler, June 2014.

Accession number

2014-027-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Delaney Hochrein, April 2015.

Related Collections

Five photographs have been removed from the collection and  transferred to the Cased Photograph Collection, Box 19: CSPH 567 - 571 

Biographical Note

The Dyer family came to Boston around 1628. The crest of the Dyer family indicates that some ancestors were a part of the Crusades. William and Mary Dyer first came to the New World from England and the first records of them appear in Boston at the Massachusetts Bay Colony. William Dyer helped settle the colony of Rhode Island as well. He signed the Portsmouth Contract, the first official document in history which cut political and religious ties with England. Mary Dyer was banned from Massachusetts for her Quaker beliefs. She tried to return multiple times and was executed upon her return in 1660. Their youngest son, Charles, has many descendants in Rhode Island. Their other son, Samuel, married Anne Hutchinson, the granddaughter of the “celebrated” Puritan adviser, Anne Hutchinson. 

Sarah McKarahen came from Ireland in the late 18th century to live with her brother, Daniel, in Philadelphia. Daniel McKarahen had three children: James, Charles and Elizabeth. Sarah McKarahen married Isaac Cooper in Georgetown, D.C. on November 15, 1802. Isaac Cooper’s parents were Albert Cooper and Phoebe Palmer, they were married on December 20, 1757. 

Travel diaries detail a journey throughout Scotland and England taken during the summer of 1903. Many historical places were visited including Marie Antoinette’s house and Helen McGregor’s hut. Helen was the wife of Rob Roy, a folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century, also known as the Scottish Robin Hood. Stirling Castle is also visited, the castle which Mary Queen of Scots resided and was crowned. There was a stop at  Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. The castle has been home to the Kings and Queens of the Scots since the 16th century. Battlefields and historical landmarks of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 were visited throughout the Scottish Highlands. An entry in the journal in July 1903 detailed a sighting of Woodrow Wilson, then President of Princeton University.

The Fell’s Point Riflemen successfully defended Fort McHenry during the Battle of 1812.  They were led by Captain William B. Dyer.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 1 box of materials related to the Dyer family. These include genealogical notes of the Dyer and Cooper families, a travel journal detailing a historical journey through Scotland and England, correspondence, and a blueprint of Dyer family home. There are postcards addressed to Nellie Dyer in Washington D.C. from all over the United States as well as Jerusalem and Germany, and two copper plate engravings.

A member’s list, records and the constitution of the Fells Point Rifle Company, led by Captain William B. Dyer, are also included in the collection. 

Photographs transferred to Cased Photograph Collection:

            CSPH 567, Unidentified woman/member of Dyer Family?, ca 1854-1860s

            CSPH 568, Unidentified woman/member of Dyer Family?, ca 1854-1860s

            CSPH 569, Unidentified woman/member of Dyer Family?, ca 1854-1860s

            CSPH 570, Unidentified woman/member of Dyer Family?, ca 1854-1860s

            CSPH 571, “Kirkwall” [photograph of a beach, possibly Kirkwall, Scotland], not dated

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 Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

The Constitution of the Fells Point Rifle Company

1807

1

1

Officers and members of the Fells Point Rifle Company engaged in the Battle of North Point, September 12, 1814

1814

1

1

Copy of not congratulating troops for the successful defence of Fort McHenry, including Captain William Dyer of Fell's Point Riflemen, Septmeber 19, 1814

1814

1

1

Correspondence, Cooper to Nixon

May 21, 1810

1

2

Blueprint for porch addition to Washington, DC home of Miss M. Dyer

1934

1

2

Envelope postmarked January 4, 1917 to Mrs. Florence Slater

January 4, 1917

1

2

Envelope, "Letter to Grandfather Cooper, dated 1810

1810

1

2

Silhouette cutout of Elizabeth McKarahen, taken 1830

1830

1

2

Booklet from Hotel ded Flandres, Anvers, France

not dated

1

2

Travel Journal

1903

1

3

17 postcards addressed to Elizabeth "Nellie" Dyer, Washington, DC; Mary Dyer, Yard Beach, Maine and Loudon County, Virginia

1903-1911

1

4

Family Record with seven handrwitten Dyer births from 1840 to 1859

not dated

1

5

Handwritten list of children of John Cooper

not dated

1

5

Family Register: Isaac and Sarah Cooper, 1777-1868

not dated

1

5

Handwritten family register of Isaac Cooper, list of births through 1700s

not dated

1

5

Handwritten note: death of Charles Dyer, 1727

not dated

1

5

Some records of the Dyer family: Marriages, etc

not dated

1

5

Handrwritten record of Albert Cooper and Sarah Ann and Ellen McKarahen, dates throughout 1700s

not dated

1

5

Miss Margaret Dyer, lists of birthdated through 1800s

not dated

1

5

"Some Records of the Dyer family"

not dated

1

5

Personal stationary: Arthur S. Browne, Atty., Washington, DC May 13, 1892 from ___E. Snell

not dated

1

5

List of Births and Deaths: Benjamin Franklin Dyer and Eleanor Eliza Dyer, throughout 1800s

not dated

1

5

"Copy of paper found among the late W.B. Dyer's papers" Mongalia County, August 9, 1791, part of land office warrant re: waters of Sandy Creek

not dated

1

5

Small lined paper re: birth of: Lizzie Slater, dated November 5, 1873

not dated

1

5

Family Register, Isaac Cooper and Sarah Cooper, 1800s [in six pieces]

not dated

1

5

Copper plate engraving of a building and boat

not dated

1

6

Copper plate engraving : "Mrs. Earl Oliver Hurst"

not dated

1

6

Games