E. A. Williams Collection - PP53

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library

1872-1936 and Not dated

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St. 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, July 1999


The Williams family was from Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Captain Edwin A. (Anderson) Williams (fl. 1828-1873) was an officer in the Confederate Army, treasurer of the Roanoke Valley Railroad, a bank trustee, lawyer, and tobacco grower. He married twice, first to Elizabeth Ann Hamlett, and second to Lucy Page Kennon (fl. 1874-1889), and altogether had six children: Carter N. (fl. 1864-1881), Edwin A. Jr, (b. ca. 1843), Thomas Nelson (fl. 1899), Henry S. (fl. 1864-1865), E. Kennon, and Alice Kennon (?) (fl. 1865-1878).

Carter N. Williams married Rosa Haskins in 1874, and had five children: Haskins Williams, Edwin A. Williams, III, Carter N. Williams, Jr., E.R. Carter (daughter), and Mrs. John Bates. It is not clear from the documentation which of these women is Lucy Page Williams.

Edwin A. Williams, III (1878-1948) was a Baltimore businessman and noted genealogist. Born in Boydton, Va., he came to Baltimore in ca. 1918 and worked with the Aluminum Company of America, serving as company auditor at the time of his retirement. He was also an authority of Virginia geneology. He married Mary Thornhill in 1904. At his death in 1948, he was survived by his wife, daughters Miss Henri Sinclair Williams and Mrs. Robert McDowell of Baltimore, and Misses Mary and Page Williams of New York City, and son Edwin A. Williams of Milwaukee.

Collection Origin

Gift of Edwin A. Williams, 1962 (57956).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 5 folders containing 6 photographs, from 1872-1936 and undated. The photographs depict members of the E. A. Williams family; one is a tintype made at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y.

Note: Related materials are found in MS. 899 in the Maryland Historical Society Manuscripts Department, which is the E.A. Williams Papers, from which this collection was transferred.


The photographs are arranged in chronological order with the undated item at the front.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 5 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
Anna Nelson Williams, n.d. 1 item.

Box 1, Folder 2
Home of Alice Kennon Quin, n.d. (after 1927). 2 items.

Box 1, Folder 3
H.S. Williams, 1872. 1 item.

Box 1, Folder 4
Lucy Page and Edwin A. Williams, 1901. 1 item. Tintype with caption: "This picture was taken at the Buffalo Exposition the day President McKinley was shot there on the grounds. Edwin A. Williams and his sister Lucy Page."

Box 1, Folder 5
Edwin A. Williams, III walking on street in New York City, 1936. 1 item. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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