Frick Family Collection - PP57

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

Not dated and 1860s-1883

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, January 2000



The Frick family were prominent Baltimore citizens: merchants, landowners, lawyers, and physicians. The family’s presence in America goes back to John Conrad Frick, among the founders of Germantown, Penn., who arrived in Philadelphia from Germany in 1688. His fourth son, Peter Frick, came to Baltimore, and married Anna Barbara Breidenhart in 1770. Peter Frick’s three sons were merchant John, lawyer William, and physician George. The Frick family bought, built on, and leased out property in Bolton Street, Park Avenue and McMechen Street, and other Bolton Hill locations.

Lawyer William Frick (1790-1855) published poetry, served as state senator, city court judge, and associate judge of the Court of Appeals, and was elected first judge of the Superior Court of Baltimore city in 1851. He married Mary Sloan Frick (1796-1866), the daughter of Baltimore merchant James Sloan, and their large family included sons Dr. Charles Frick (1823-1860) and George P. Frick (1825-1885).

George P. Frick was a dry goods merchant and railroad executive. He married Katherine (Kate) Turnbull (ca. 1830-1893), and they had 7 children: Elizabeth (Bessie) Powers (d. 1929), Katherine (Rena) Graham, Anne (Nannie) Turnbull (1857-1933), William Turnbull (b. 1855), George, Charles, and Oliver O’Donnell. Of these children, Charles Frick married Mary Carroll Denison and their children included Susan Carroll Poultney Frick (d. 1938) and Robert Denison Frick (1890-1951); Katherine Graham Frick married Ellicott H. Worthington. Robert Denison Frick married Catherine Field Ussher of Buffalo, N.Y.

William Turnbull, Jr. (1800-1857) was a Baltimore native, son of merchant William Turnbull. His wife was Jane Graham Turnbull (1806-1883) of a prominent Virginia family, and the couple made their home in Washington, D.C. William Jr. was an army engineer whose projects included supervising the construction of an aqueduct across the Potomac River at Georgetown. William Jr. and Jane’s children included Jane (Jeannie) Graham Turnbull (1841-1912), William Ramsay Turnbull III (fl. 1839-1913), and Charles Turnbull (1833-1885). Jeannie was active in Washington, D.C. society and was an officer for the Louise Home in New York City, serving as president at the time of her death.

The Poultney family were descendants of Ellen North, said to be the first Anglo-American child born in the area that is now Baltimore. Thomas Poultney, Sr. (1826-1887) was a writer under the name Rabbi Ben Tomi. He married Susan Carroll, daughter of Charles Carroll, and their children included Evan, Thomas Jr., and C. Carroll Poultney. Evan Poultney (d. 1940, age 86) was a founder and the first president of the old Baltimore Club, with an avid interest in amateur theatrics. While attending Harvard University (from which he graduated in 1875), he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, and in Baltimore he supported the Paint and Powder Club.

C. Oliver O’Donnell served as Vice-President of the Baltimore Gas Light Company, following the lead of his father General Columbus O’Donnell (b. 1897) who was the company’s president. C. Oliver was also a director in the Union Bank of Maryland and in the Maryland Insurance Company, a director in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and Vice-Consul of Brazil for the port of Baltimore.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mrs. R. Denison Frick, 1980 (76101).

Scope and Contents

 The collection consists of 1 box with 13 folders containing 58 photoprints which are undated or made in the 1860s-1883, including many tintypes which are numbered as part of the Prints and Photographs Division’s Cased Photograph Collection unless unidentified. The majority of the images are portraits of the Frick, Turnbull, Poultney, and Ramsay families. There are additional portraits of C. Oliver O’Donnell, F.S.S. Ussher, Baron de Stackl, and Kate Spense Washburn. There are a few copy photographs of paintings or miniatures, and some images depict buildings and landscapes.

Note: The collection includes 3 folders of non-photographic materials, including reproductions of Frick and Ramsay family portraits and documents, printed ephemera including tickets, invitations, advertisements, theatrical broadsides and programs ca. 1870s-1890s, and map envelopes.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2703, the Frick Family Papers, 1747-1960.


The photographs are arranged by subject.

Container List

 1 Box

Box 1: 13 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
Frick family, n.d. and 1863. 19 items. Includes Elizabeth P. Frick, Robert M. Denison and Frick family, R.D. Frick, George P. Frick, Katherine Turnbull Frick, daughters of Katherine and George Frick, Bessie Powers Frick, Charles Frick, Anne Turnbull Frick, William Frick, Katherine Graham Frick, and unidentified portraits.

Box 1, Folder 2
Frick sisters and Turnbull sisters, n.d. and 1879. 2 items. Tintypes. Cased photographs #268 and 269. Includes Alice Turnbull, Helen Turnbull, Jeannie Turnbull, Anne T. Frick, and Elizabeth P. Frick.

Box 1, Folder 3
Frick sisters, 1883. Tintype. Cased photograph #270.

Box 1, Folder 4
Frick relatives and other, unidentified individuals, n.d. and 1860s. 7 items. Includes tintypes and cartes de visite. F.S.S. Ussher and unidentified individuals.

Box 1, Folder 5
Unidentified Frick portrait, n.d. Tintype. Cased photograph #271.

Box 1, Folder 6
C. Oliver O’Donnell, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 7
Thomas and Evan Poultney, n.d. and 1878. 3 items. Thomas Poultney, Sr., father of C. Carroll, Evan, and Thomas Poultney.

Box 1, Folder 8
Sloane family, n.d. Copy photograph of Dr. Charles Sloane miniature, possibly in the Frick Collection in New York, N.Y.

Box 1, Folder 9
Ramsay family, n.d. 15 items. Includes Admiral Frank Ramsay, J. Gales Ramsay, William Ramsay, Major General George Douglas Ramsay, Catherine Graham Ramsay, Anne Ritchie Morris ("Daughter of the Regiment"), and unidentified portraits, buildings, and landscapes. Includes copy photographs of paintings and miniatures.

Box 1, Folder 10
Baron de Stackl, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11
F.S.S. Ussher, n.d. Tintype. Cased photograph #272.

Box 1, Folder 12
Kate Spence Washburn, 1866. 2 items. Tintypes. Cased photographs #273 and 274.

Box 1, Folder 13
Jane (Jeannie) and William Turnbull, n.d. and 1860s. 4 items. Includes Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels, Foxboro, Mass., a memorial to Jane Turnbull. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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