Finding Aid to the Barney-Bonnycastle Family Photograph Collection, ca. 1815-ca. 1920, PP310

Finding Aid to the Barney-Bonnycastle Family Photograph Collection, ca. 1815-ca. 1920, PP310

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Barney-Bonnycastle Family Photograph Collection

Creator

Barney and Bonnycastle families

Call number

PP310

Inclusive dates

Ca. 1815-ca. 1920

Bulk dates

1850-1890

Extent

2 boxes

Abstract

Contains photographs, primarily cartes des visites and cabinet cards, of Commodore Joshua Barney’s relatives and descendants, including the Bonnycastle, Yoe, Harrison, and White families.

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

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page.

Provenance

Gift of the grandchildren of Arthur C. Bonnycastle, Descendants of Joshua Barney, December 30, 2014

Accession number

2014-046-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, May 2016

 

Biographical Note

Commodore Joshua Barney, widely regarded as a naval war hero, served in both the American Revolution and War of 1812. His command of the Chesapeake Flotilla during the War of 1812 helped propel the Americans to victory over the British. Barney was born near Baltimore, on Bear Creek off the Patapsco River, on July 6, 1759 to William and Francis Holland Watts Barney. His parents had inherited a significant amount of farmland on the river. He was one of fourteen children, but his family’s fortune allowed him to attend school. Barney left school at ten years old, having decided he had learned all he could, and in 1769, he was apprenticed to a merchant in Alexandria, Virginia.

By 1771, he had decided to pursue a career at sea instead and took a position aboard a pilot-boat schooner that traversed the Chesapeake. He later joined his brother-in-law Captain Drysdale’s crew on the “Sidney.” In 1775, Drysdale fell sick and died leaving the 15-year-old Barney to captain the ship. This led to a dramatic series of events when Barney finally got his ship to port, including his imprisonment and the temporary confiscation of his schooner. By the time he arrived back in Baltimore, the Revolutionary War had broken out at Lexington and Concord. In 1776, he decided the join the Continental Navy. He became renowned for his valor, engaging the British in serval battles. His biggest victory came during the Battle of Delaware Bay when his much smaller, outgunned “Hyder Ally” handily defeated the “HMS General Monk.” After the war, he spent a time with the French Navy, where he was put in charge of a squadron and earned the commodore rank.

During the War of 1812, he returned to the American Navy. He was first a privateer which successfully harassed and took captive several British ships. He then went on to defend the Chesapeake Bay as a captain for the Navy. His “mosquito” fleet and flotilla preoccupied the British along the shores of the Bay. Barney and his sailors also fought at Bladensburg in 1814 to defend the Capitol. The Americans lost and Washington, D.C. was burned, but Barney and his men held out as long as they could, even as the rest of the American force retreated. Barney was shot in the leg, a wound that would eventually prove fatal. After the battle, he returned to Elkridge, Maryland, but eventually decided to move to Kentucky. En route to his new home in 1818, his battle wound flared, as the musket ball was never removed. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 1.

Barney’s life on the high seas often kept him away from his family for long stretches. In 1780, Barney married Anne Bedford (1755-1808), and they had five children. Until Barney could make enough money to support his family, his wife lived with her brother in Philadelphia. She died in 1808, possibly of complications related to a broken hip. Barney shortly remarried to Harriet Coale of Anne Arundel County, and they had three more children together. After Barney’s death in 1818, Harriet and her children lived in Kentucky.

Their daughter, Adele (1813-1849) married Isaac Everett, and started the Kentucky branch of Barney descendants. Everett (1803-1873) was from a family of pioneers. He worked as a dry goods merchant. He then partnered with Avis Throckmorton and ran the Galt House, a Louisville hotel, which hosted meetings of Union generals during the Civil War. They had two children, Joshua Barney and Harriet.

Harriet Everett (1840-1906) married John C. Bonnycastle (1826-1884), the son of Charles and Anne Mason Tutt Bonnycastle, in 1857. Charles Bonnycastle, an Englishman, was invited by Thomas Jefferson to teach mathematics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where John C. was born. After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bonnycastle fought in the Mexican-American War and was later stationed in California and other Western territories. He attained the rank of captain before retiring from the military at the outbreak of the Civil War. With his military career finished, he worked in insurance in Louisville. He and Harriet had nine children.

Mary Shaw Bonnycastle (1860-1930), John C. and Harriet’s daughter, married Richard Tubb Yoe (1860-1943), the son of Rhodeham and Elizabeth Tubb in 1891. Yoe worked as a physician and served in World War I as a contract surgeon. He owned his own medical practice. Yoe also owned a significant amount of land in Oklahoma which he used to sell the oil, mineral, and timber rights. Mary and Richard had two children, Richard Rhodeham and Adele Everett.

Harriet Bonnycastle Harrison Cooper, Ann Mason Bonnycastle White, and Henry Churchill Bonnycastle were Mary Yoe’s younger siblings. Her sister Harriet (1867-1942) married John Stewart Harrison in 1887. They had four children, along with John’s children from a previous marriage. John died in 1901, and Harriet remarried the following year to Harry Lawrence Cooper, whom she met while visiting her brother Henry at his army barracks in New York. Ann (1868-1936) married Charles Thomas White (ca. 1862-1941). Henry Churchill (1872-1933) attended Virginia Military Institute and served in the army. He was stationed for a time in the Philippines. During World War I, he was a quartermaster and eventually achieved the rank of colonel. He married Marie Kennedy in 1905.

Sources:

Kolthammer, Jennifer. "Bonnycastle Genealogy." - Home. Accessed May 20, 2016. http://genealogy.kolthammer.org/Bonnycastle-o/index.htm.

Norton, Louis A. Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolution and 1812. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs, primarily cartes des visites and cabinet cards, of Commodore Joshua Barney’s relatives and descendants, including the Bonnycastle, Yoe, Harrison, and White families. These photographs are arranged into five series: Portraits; Photographs by Richard Rhodeham Yoe; Places; Album; and, Cased Photographs. Within the Portrait series, the images are grouped by family. The majority of the people included are the children and grandchildren of John C. and Harriet Everett Bonnycastle, the granddaughter of Joshua and Harriet Coale Barney. Many of the photographs are unidentified and with some of the identified images, the relationship to Joshua Barney and his relatives could not be determined. An engraving of Joshua Barney as well as a 1977 photograph of his house in Savage, Maryland may be of particular interest.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Image ID #

Box

Series I: Portraits

 

 

 

Joshua Barney

ca. 1815

PP310.001

1

Ann Mason Tutt Bonnycastle; "Great Grandmother Ann Mason Tutt"

no date

PP310.002

1

Harriet Everett Bonnycastle; "Grandmother Bonnycastle"

no date

PP310.003

1

Harriet Everett Bonnycastle (?)

no date

PP310.004

1

Dr. Richard Tubb Yoe; "Dr. Yoe, First World War"

ca. 1917

PP310.005

1

Dr. Richard Tubb Yoe (?)

ca. 1917

PP310.006

1

Dr. Richard Tubb Yoe (?)

ca. 1917

PP310.007

1

Dr. Richard Tubb Yoe (?) with two unidentified men

ca. 1917

PP310.008

1

Richard Rhodeham Yoe

ca. 1895

PP310.009

1

Richard Rhodeham Yoe

ca. 1910

PP310.010

1

Adele Everett Yoe (?)

ca. 1900

PP310.011

1

Adele Everett Yoe; "Adele, 3 years old"

1903

PP310.012

1

Adele Everett Yoe and Annie Matthews; "Sister on left. Annie Matthews on Right, Summer 1903"

1903

PP310.013

1

Harriet Bonnycastle Harrison Cooper; "'Hattie' Cooper"

no date

PP310.014

1

John Harrison (right) and Stewart Harrison (left)

no date

PP310.015

1

"Cousin Emma Harrison"

ca. 1881

PP310.016

1

Ann Mason Bonnycastle White; "Aunt Annie B. White"

no date

PP310.017

1

Charles Thomas White; "Uncle Charlie White"

no date

PP310.018

1

Harriet White

no date

PP310.018a

 

Henry Churchill Bonnycastle (?)

ca. 1895

PP310.019

1

Henry Churchill Bonnycastle; "Uncle Harry Bonnycastle"

no date

PP310.020

1

Henry Churchill Bonnycastle; "Capt. Henry Churchill Bonnycastle, 6th Infantry, U.S.A."

ca. 1917

PP310.021

1

Fannie Barrett

April 1882

PP310.022

1

"Mr. Lewis Goodloe - Virginia Goodloe ? Father"

no date

PP310.023

1

"Aunt Lizzie McGraw"

no date

PP310.024

1

"Alice Y. Nunn, aged 11"

no date

PP310.025

1

"Henry Berryman Sanders, December 1914, 11 years 6 months"

no date

PP310.026

1

Unidentified man (silhouette cutting)

ca. 1825

PP310.027

1

Unidentified man (silhouette cutting)

ca. 1825

PP310.028

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.029

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.030

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.031

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.032

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.033

1

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.034

1

Unidentified man with dog

no date

PP310.035

1

Unidentified man on horseback

no date

PP310.036

1

Unidentified woman

April 19, 1890

PP310.037

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.038

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.039

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.040

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.041

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.042

1

Unidentified woman

no date

PP310.043

1

Unidentified woman with dog

no date

PP310.044

1

Unidentified woman in Japanese kimono (?)

no date

PP310.045-.047

1

Unidentified baby

no date

PP310.048

1

Unidentified baby

no date

PP310.049

1

Unidentified child

no date

PP310.050

1

Unidentified boy

no date

PP310.051

1

Unidentified boy

no date

PP310.052

1

Unidentified girl

no date

PP310.053

1

Two unidentified men

no date

PP310.054

1

Four women seated on porch

no date

PP310.055

1

Group in car

no date

PP310.056

1

Unidentified family (Man, woman, and 10 children)

no date

PP310.057

1

Group of four in woods

no date

PP310.058

1

Unidentified group with dog

no date

PP310.059

1

Series II: Photographs by Richard Rhodeham Yoe

 

 

 

Wisconsin/Oklahoma (?)

no date

PP310.060-.066

1

Series III: Places

 

 

 

Joshua Barney house, Savage, Maryland; "Old home of Commodore Joshua Barney in Maryland, U.S.A. Repaired and owned by Bob Skaggs"

October, 1977

PP310.067

1

“Fredericksburg, Va. Memories”

no date

PP310.068

1

"Burden Bearers of Japan--a street scene in Tokyo"

no date

PP310.069

1

"A picturesque 'toiler of sea' with his curious fishing net, Bay of Matushima, Japan"

no date

PP310.070

1

Auld Brig o' Doon, Scotland

no date

PP310.071

1

Unidentified military camp

no date

PP310.072

1

Painting of unidentified house

no date

PP310.073

1

Unidentified house

no date

PP310.074

1

Interior scene

no date

PP310.075

1

Series IV: Album

 

 

 

Tom Harris

no date

PP310.076

2

John Ray

no date

PP310.077

2

Leo Harris (?)

no date

PP310.078

2

Arthur Chichester Bonnycastle (?); "Cousin Arthur"

no date

PP310.079

2

Paulina (?)

no date

PP310.080

2

Kitty Buchanan

no date

PP310.081

2

Rita Robinson

no date

PP310.082

2

Alex Robinson

no date

PP310.083

2

Everett

no date

PP310.084

2

Chapman

no date

PP310.085

2

Bell Harris

no date

PP310.086

2

Mead (?) Robinson

no date

PP310.087

2

Jack Foster

no date

PP310.088

2

May Chichester

no date

PP310.089

2

"Cousin Mary Chichester"

no date

PP310.090

2

"Mr. Harry Barret"

no date

PP310.091

2

Unidentified man

no date

PP310.092

2

Unidentified boy

no date

PP310.093

2

Mrs. Goldsmith

no date

PP310.094

2

Unidentified baby

no date

PP310.095

2

Unidentified girl

no date

PP310.096

2

Two unidentified girls

no date

PP310.097

2

"Major Parks"

 

PP310.098

2

"Mr. Rogers"

 

PP310.099

2

Joe Harris

 

PP310.100

2

Ken Rendleton (?)

 

PP310.101

2

Ada Carrington; "For Capt. & Mrs. Bonnycastle, my love, Hela G. (?) May 27th 83"

ca. 1883

PP310.102

2

Series V: Cased Photographs

 

 

 

Unidentified woman

 

PP310.103

2

Two unidentified women (Note: Badly faded)

 

PP310.104

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games