Finding Aid to the Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection, 1861-2007, MS 3203

Finding Aid to the Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection, 1861-2007, MS 3203

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection

Creator

Kuzemchak, Del

Call number

MS 3203

Inclusive dates

1861-2007

Bulk dates

1861-1864

Extent

2 boxes

Abstract

Contains the diary of Hester Ann Wilkins Davis during the Civil War years, as well as notes related to the Davis family.

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

Purchase from Del Kuzemchak, January 5, 2017

Accession number

2017-001-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, May 2017


Biographical Note

Hester Ann Wilkins Davis was born on April 14, 1809. Her father, William Wilkins, was a successful dry goods merchant in Baltimore, Maryland. She married Allen Bowie Davis (1809-1889) in 1839. Allen, the son of Thomas (1789-1833) and Elizabeth Bowie Davis (1772-1840), inherited the Greenwood estate in Montgomery County from his father and was a successful businessman and farmer. He also served as a county magistrate and a representative at Maryland’s constitutional convention in 1850. He and Hester had five children, Allen Bowie (d. 1850), Thomas (1840-1849), William Wilkins (1842-1866), Rebecca Dorsey (1843-1921), and Esther Wilkins (1847-1894). She died on October 9, 1887.

 

Related Collections:

Lucy Leigh Bowie Collection, 1795-1959, MS 1755

Allen Bowie Davis Correspondence, 1805-1904, MS 1511

Allen Bowie Davis Papers, 1723-1945, MS 285

Rebecca Dorsey Davis Diary, 1863-1864, MS 2111

Rebecca Dorsey Davis Papers, 1855-1869, MS 2740

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains the diary of Hester Ann Wilkins Davis during the Civil War years, as well as notes related to the Davis family. Davis was an avid diarist, writing near daily entries about her family and friends, local politics, and the Civil War. In her diary, she makes clear her opinions and regularly draws comparison between Bible stories and her environment. She strongly opposed the South’s secession, but did not support the abolition of slavery, and often blamed the Northern states for causing the war. Notes taken about the Davis family by the diary’s previous owner are also included in the collection. The collection is divided into two series: Hester Ann Davis Wilkins Diary and Notes on Davis Family.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Hester Ann Davis Wilkins Diary

 

 

 

Diary

1861, March 4-1864, December 30

1

1

Transcription of diary

No date

1

2

Series II: Notes on Davis Family

 

 

 

Between North and South: A Maryland Journalist Views in the Civil War; The Narrative of William Wilkins Glenn

1976

2

 

Maryland Voices of the Civil War

2007

2

 

Religion and Politics in Maryland on the Eve of the Civil War: The Letters of W. Wilkins Davis

1988

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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