Finding Aid to the John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection, 1846-2007, MS 3183

Finding Aid to the John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection, 1846-2007, MS 3183

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection

Creator

Gilman, John Stratton and Eliphalet

Call number

MS 3183

Inclusive dates

1846-2007

Bulk dates

1853-1859

Extent

1 box, 11 folders

Abstract

Contains correspondence from John Stratton Gilman to his brother Eliphalet Gilman. The letters discuss family matters as well as their business in the iron industry.

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 Lisa Gilman Leighton Whittall, September 28, 2007

Accession number

2007-045-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, February 2016

Biographical Note

John Stratton Gilman was a prominent businessman in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Hallowell, Maine on March 19, 1830 to Gideon and Lois White Gilman. He moved to Baltimore in 1850 to work in the iron industry for Gilman, Chadbourne & Company. His father and brother Eliphalet were also involved in the company. Shortly after moving to the city, he met Ellen Abbott, who he married in 1854. She died in 1855 shortly after the birth of their first child, Horace Abbott, named for Ellen’s father. Horace was healthy at his birth but quickly became sickly after the death of his mother and died the following year. Gilman remained close to his in-laws after the death of his wife and eventually went to work for his father-in-law at the Abbott Iron Company, also known as H. Abbott & Son. The rolling mill in the Canton area of Baltimore was one of the largest in the country. The company supplied iron plating for the shipbuilding industry and became famous for its work on the ironclad U.S.S. Monitor.

Gilman remarried in 1860 to Eliza Weyl, the daughter of Reverend Charles G. and Eleanora Weyl. They had two daughters: Charlotte Abbott and Miriam. The family lived at Woodlands on Gorsuch Avenue in the Homestead/Waverly area. Gilman served as director for several of the city’s financial institutions and industrial businesses, including the Canton Company and the Baltimore Copper Company. The Abbott Iron Company ceased operations in 1886, and he went on to act as president to the Second National Bank of Baltimore. He died on November 18, 1889 after suffering for several years from Bright’s disease.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains correspondence from John Stratton Gilman to his brother Eliphalet Gilman. The letters discuss family matters as well as their business in the iron industry. The business correspondence includes information on orders received, the general pace of business, and payments and accounts. Gilman mostly writes of his own family’s health and affairs in Baltimore and seeks information about his family back home in the North. The family also commissioned Adna Tenney to paint portraits which is in detail in the correspondence. A history of the family is also part of the collection which includes oral histories with various family members, memoirs, and copies from published genealogies.

The collection is arranged into series based on content. The series are John Stratton Gilman to Eliphalet Gilman, Letters to Eliphalet Gilman, John Stratton Gilman Correspondence, Gilman Family History, and U.S.S. Monitor Newspaper Clippings. Within each series, the documents are ordered chronologically.

Related Collections:

J. Gilman D’Arcy Paul Manuscript Collection, MS 1920

J. Gilman D’Arcy Paul Photograph Collection, PP78

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Series I: John Stratton Gilman to Eliphalet Gilman

 

 

 

Correspondence

No date; 1846-1853

1

1

Correspondence

1854-1855

1

2

Correspondence

1856-1857

1

3

Correspondence

1858

1

4

Correspondence

1859

1

5

Series II: Letters to Eliphalet Gilman

 

 

 

Ellen Gilman to Eliphalet Gilman

1854-1855

1

6

Nathan Weston to Eliphalet Gilman

1855-1859

1

7

Charlotte E. Abbott to Eliphalet Gilman

1858, August 26

1

8

Series III: John Stratton Gilman correspondence

 

 

 

John Stratton Gilman to Elizabeth Weyl Gilman

1860, December 12

1

9

Series IV: Gilman family history

 

 

 

Gilman family history

No date; ca. 1970-2007

1

10

Series V: U.S.S. Monitor newspaper clippings

 

 

 

U.S.S. Monitor newspaper clippings

2007

1

11

 

 

 

 

 

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