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Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen Collection, 1889-1924, MS 3144
Finding Aid to the Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen Collection, 1889-1924, MS 3144
H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society
Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen Collection.
Shippen, Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post.
1 box, 4 folders
The collection primarily contains letters written to Rebecca Shippen, as well as ephemera saved by the family, such church sermons.
H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Open to the public without restrictions.
Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.
Gift of William Shippen, September 6, 1991
Processed by Lara Westwood, December, 2013.
Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen was a prominent member of Baltimore society, most known for her participation in the Brown Veil Club. She was born on May 28, 1842 to Arinthea Darby Parker and James Macon Nicholson. The family lived in in the wealthy Mount Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore at 209 West Monument Street.
During the Civil War, she was a Confederate supporter and was a part of the Brown Veil Club, or “Monument Street Girls,” which sewed clothing for rebel soldiers. The group also helped popularize James Ryder Randall’s poem, “Maryland! My Maryland.” The poem was set to the tune of “Tannenbaum-O Tannenbaum,” and Shippen offered to get the work published even though she could have been imprisoned for her actions. Her paternal grandfather Joseph Hopper Nicholson, in a similar manner, had his brother-in-law Francis Scott Key’s poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry,” published.
On April 17, 1866, she married Captain John Eager Howard Post, who was the Adjutant of the 1st Maryland Calvary for the Confederacy. They had six children together, five of which died in childhood. Their son, John Eager Howard Post eventually worked as professor of languages at the Gilman School and died in 1911. Post died in 1876. She married Dr. Edward Shippen, in 1878 and had another son, Lloyd Parker. Shippen was a surgeon for the Union Army. The family traveled throughout Europe, and eventually settled in Florence, Italy.
Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Album, 1855-1856, MS 1099
Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Autograph Album, 1857-1918, MS 1470
Scope and Content
The collection primarily contains letters written to Rebecca Shippen, as well as ephemera saved by the family, such church sermons. The letters discuss daily life, family health, and genealogical research.
The items may have been removed from Shippen’s scrapbook because of its poor condition. The documents are arranged chronologically and kept in the order that they were held in the scrapbook.
Rebecca Shippen correspondence
Rebecca Shippen genealogy
Charles Carroll Shippen genealogy
Shippen family ephemera
No date, 1885-1905