Shriver Collection, c.1784-1944, MS.750

Shriver Collection, c.1784-1944

Maryland Historical Society


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Shriver Collection, c.1784-1944
Maryland Historical Society

Contact Information:
Manuscripts Department
Maryland Historical Society Library
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore MD 21201-4674
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Descriptive Summary


MS. 750

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

Richard J. Cox

Manuscripts Librarian/

Library Coordinator

Maryland Historical Society

11 August 1977


Family History

In 1721 the first of the Shrivers disembarked at Philadelphia. Andrew Shriver (1712-1797) came from the Electorate Palatine in Germany and quickly moved to the Schuylkill River. There he practised as a tanner and shoemaker apprentice; once freed from this apprenticeship, Andrew moved in 1734 to the Conewago region in Pennsylvania where he remained the rest of his life. His son, David Shriver, Sr. (1735-1826) moved to Frederick County, Maryland and eventually became a political, economic, and social leader, especially among the large German populace in that area. David Shriver, Sr. served in the Conventions of Maryland, 1774-76, in the Lower House of the Maryland Legislature from the late 1770s to the early nineteenth century, and in the Senate, 1808-10. It was this Shriver that laid the foundation of the family's prominence, most notably in the political arena.

The collections described here represent the records of the Shriver family at their Homestead in Union Mills, Maryland. Union Mills is located seven miles north of Westminster, Maryland and was founded by David Shriver's son -- David Shriver, Jr. (1769-1852) and Andrew Shriver (1762-1847) -- in 1797. The site of the Homestead was selected because of its strategic location along routes leading into Pennsylvania and further westward. With this area as a foothold, the family exerted considerable influence in Republican and Jacksonian politics and, as a consequence, on the economic development of the whole region. Andrew Shriver operated a general store, post office, and grist and sawmill there for many years; eventually a tannery and the farm itself became important economic components of the family operations.

Many family members left the Homestead and added to the significance of the

family. Abraham Shriver (1771-1848), Jacob Shriver (1779-1841), and Isaac Shriver (1777-1856) all sons of David Shriver, Sr., all variously held significant local political posts. Of these Abraham was the most important, sitting as an Associate Judge on the Fifth Judicial District from 1805 to 1843. David Shriver, Jr., James Shriver (1794-1826), Thomas Shriver (1789-1879), and Joseph Shriver (1806-1886), [UNK] latter three sons of Andrew Shriver, practised as civil engineers. David Shriver, Jr. worked as Superintendent of Construction of the National Road for a number of years and obtained positions for both James and Joseph. James worked on the National Road, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Wabash Canal in Indiana; in 1824 he published An Account of Surveys and Examinations, with Remarks and Documents, Relative to the Projected Chesapeake and Ohio, and Ohio and Lake Erie Canals. Joseph worked on the National Road, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and later became a prominent banker in Cumberland, Maryland, as a founder and President of the Cumberland Bank of Allegany County (later First National Bank of Cumberland). Thomas Shriver had a long and varied career surveying and constructing a number of local roads in Maryland, inventing improvements for wagons, managing a stage company in western Maryland and West Virginia, and serving as Mayor of Cumberland, Maryland from 1843 to 1849.

Family members have continued to play important roles in Frederick County, now Carroll County, until the present. Other prominent individuals included (and represented in these collections) are Samuel S. Shriver (1822-1898), a Presbyteriam minister for the last forty years of his life in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland; John S. Shriver (1788-1855), Baltimore merchant, minor politician, and finally, steamboat company proprietor; and George M. Shriver (1868-1942), leading official of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from 1888 to his death.

The Shrivers early developed an intense interest in the preservation of their

records and their Homestead. The Homestead at Union Mills was lived in by members of the family until the 1950s when it was taken over by three brothers, Frederic Shriver Klein, Philip S. Klein, and Richard H. Klein. These brothers, the former two being professional historians, recognized the historical significance of the house and opened it as a private museum in the early 1950s. This ownership was transferred to a foundation in 1970 and, in 1976, Carroll County took over control.

The interest of the family in its own history is reflected in a number of publications which provide an excellent introduction to the family itself. The History of the Shriver Family (Wytheville: D.A. St. Clair, 1869) is one of the earliest attempts at published genealogies in Maryland. This work was superceded by Samuel S. Shriver, comp. and ed., History of the Shriver Family and Their Connections, 1684-1888 (Baltimore: Guggenheimer, Weil and Co., 1888); part of this was updated by Robert C. Shriver in an 1976 edition. Harry C. Shriver, A History of the Shriver Family with Particular Reference to Jacob Shriver (1714-1792), His Son Lewis Shriver (1750-1815), and Their Descendants (N.p.: Privately published, 1962) has only a few references to the Maryland branch, but is, nevertheless, of some interest. The best introduction to the family is Frederic Shriver Klein's Union Mills, The Shriver Homestead, Maryland Historical Magazine 52 (December 1957): 290-306. Robert H. Fowler, The Shriver Homestead at Union Mills, Maryland, American History Illustrated 3 (July 1966): 23-30 is a popular account with some interesting photographs. Dr. Klein's Meade's Pipe Creek Line, Maryland Historical Magazine 57 (June 1962): 133-49 discusses the military activities of the battle of Gettysburg near Union Mills; his Just South of Gettysburg, Carroll County, Maryland in the Civil War: Personal Accounts and Descriptions of A Maryland Border County, 1861-1865

(Westminster, Md.: Newman Press, 1963) also has a considerable number of references to Union Mills and the Shriver family. Frederic Shriver Klein's Jeffersonians in Local Politics Along the Pennsylvania-Maryland Border Pennsylvania History 24 (January 1957): 15-28 is the most helpful description of the family's early political activities; the papers he used for this study are now MS. 2085 at the Maryland Historical Society. A number of the papers have been published in some form. William P. Shriver, Samuel Smith Shriver 1822-1898 (New York: Privately published, 1936) reproduces Shriver's 1897 autobiographical letter. See also William P. Shriver Letters of an Old Homestead (New York: Privately published, 1933) and Thomas W. Kemp, A Trip to Washington in 1811, Maryland Historical Magazine 35 (December 1940): 382-88, both including some early letters of the family; the Kemp article is especially interesting as it shows the political influence and civil engineering interest of the Shrivers. Frederic Shriver Klein has edited also a number of Joseph Shriver's letters in Letters of a Young Surveyor, 1828-29, Missouri Historical Review 23 (October 1928): 61-84. Papers which are not part of the Society's collections but are, nonetheless, significant are published in John Quentin Feller, The Letters of Cardinal James Gibbons to the Shriver Family, Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 75 (June 1964): 79-92, (September 1964): 182-92, and 76 (March 1965): 3-13. Those interested in studying the family in full should also peruse Samuel A. Goldblith, Controversy Over the Autoclave, Food Technology (December 1972): 62-65 which considers Andrew K. Shriver's 1874 development of a pressure cooker, the 1974 interview with George M. Shriver, Jr. (OH 5086-87 at the Society) discussing the Homestead, and the Newsletter of the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc. published since June 1975.


Scope and Content

The Shriver Family Papers represent eleven separate collections totalling 101 boxes and covering a date range of 1659 to 1957. The main collections are MS. 750 and MS. 750.1 donated to the Maryland Historical Society in 1934-35, 1941, and 1943, and MS. 2085 donated to the Society by Dr. Frederic Shriver Klein in 1974.

These collections document the Shriver family primarily at their residence built in Union Mills, Maryland in 1797 and lived in continuously until the 1950s. The majority of the papers concern the Shrivers' economic and political involvement in Frederick County and, later, Carroll County. Many of the records concern flour milling, tannery, banks, post office, politics (primarily from the late eighteenth century until the Civil War), and education and social life at the Homestead. There are many references to the immediate surrounding region including York, Hanover, Gettysburg, all in Pennsylvania, and Frederick, Westminster, Baltimore City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. A number of the family members -- primarily David Shriver, Jr., James Shriver, Joseph Shriver, and Thomas Shriver -- were involved in civil engineering projects in the early nineteenth century; these projects included the National Road, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Of special interest is the involvement of the Shrivers with the German populace in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania and the numerous diaries maintained by family members at Union Mills from 1824 to 1944; principal diarists include Andrew K. Shriver, Henry Wirt Shriver, Frederick Austin Shriver, and Louis E. Shriver.

Overall, the Shriver Family Papers are an essential collection for the political, economic and social history of Maryland in the Middle Period. Moreover, the richness and size of the collections provide an excellent opportunity for the study of family history.


Series Description

MS. 750

Boxes 1-36

Business, legal papers, and correspondence, 1659-1913




Boxes 37-38

Undated and miscellaneous




Boxes 39-45

Account books, 1792-1865




Boxes 46-47

J. Alexis Shriver's notes on trips of George Washington in Maryland, 1771-99




Box 48

Business and family correspondence of Andrew Shriver, A. K. Shriver, J. Alexis Shriver and others (1742-1937)




Box 49

Business and family correspondence of Andrew Shriver, A. K. Shriver, Elizabeth Shriver and others (1753-1863)




Boxes 50-52

Receipts (1770-1859, n.d.)




MS 750.1

Boxes 1-26

Business, legal papers, and correspondence, 1784-1847




Box 17

Carroll Academy records and miscellaneous, 1838-1944




MS 2085

Boxes 1-10B

Business, legal papers, and correspondence, 1774-1957




Boxes 11-19

Diaries and accounts, 1824-1940's




Boxes 20-23

Union Mills farm records, 1840-1945




Boxes 24-25

Union Mills tannery records, 1859-1894




Box 26





MS 2085.1

Box 1

Correspondence, 1794-1951




Box 2

Scrapbooks, c. 1803-1890




MS 2085.2

Boxes 1-2





MS 2085.3

Box 1

1760-1770, 1793-1800




MS 2085.4

Boxes 1-3





MS 2085.5

Box 1





MS 2085.6

Box 1





MS 2085.7

Box 1





MS 2085.8

Box 1





MS 2085.9

A. K. Shriver and Sons Tannery Records (c.1820-1889)

2 boxes


Container List

MS. 750


1659-1786. Business and legal papers. Earliest documents relate to John Shultz, mostly records of estates for which he served as executor. Some business papers of David Shriver, Sr., the most important chronicling a dispute with Daniel Lammott, 1785-86. Most relate to Andrew Shriver's merchant career in Baltimore Town, showing the sales and purchases of liquor, cloth, coffee, sugar, nails, oil, shoes, cheese, and flour. Letters to Andrew Shriver from John Fischer of Frederick, Maryland and Adam Forney of Hanover, Pennsylvania.





1787-90. Mostly business papers of Andrew Shriver while a merchant in Baltimore Town, 1787-89, and then Frederick County. Most of his business conducted with George Grundy and May and Payson, Baltimore Town merchants. Interesting items include an 1789 legal opinion by Thomas Johnson about the estate of Jacob Bankert; 1789 memorandum book of Andrew Shriver with personal and business expenses and some rough drafts of letters; a 1790 letter from Daniel Kurtz of Baltimore Town describing the collecting of insects. Also a few items concerning the business affairs of David Shriver, Sr.





1791-92. Business records of Andrew Shriver. Correspondence from John Shultz of Baltimore Town and from other merchants in York, Hanover, and Frederick. Andrew Shriver was residing at Littlestown, Pennsylvania by this time.





1793-94. Business records of Andrew Shriver. Correspondence includes a series of letters from John Shultz of Baltimore Town, one in 1794 discussing rumors of a yellow fever epidemic; from Abraham Shriver of Pipe Creek discussing the price of hides; a 1794 letter notifying Andrew Shriver of his appointment as postmaster general for Petersburg in York County, Pennsylvania and his letter of acceptance; several letters from Ludwig Frank of Hanover about an electric machine for his illness; and letters between Andrew Shriver, Daniel Lehr of Frederick, and David Shriver, Jr. about the estate of Jacob Bankert. Also includes a 1794 memorandum book of Andrew Shriver.





1795-97. Business records of Andrew Shriver while merchant at Petersburg, Pennsylvania and, later in 1797, at Big Pipe Creek in Maryland. Most of these are Bankert estate records, 1795-97; records of the Petersburg Post Office, 1795-97; and papers of the Samuel Young vs. Peter Michael case in the Frederick County Court, 1795-1810. Business letters from John Shultz and E. Finley of Baltimore Town. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver for 1795-96 and 1797-1800. Interesting letters include two from David Shriver, Jr. while on a trip in Kentucky, 1795-96, and one from Andrew Shriver to David Shriver, Jr. about the possibility of their living together, 1797.





1798-99. Largely business papers. Letters from Abraham Shriver, John Shultz, Isaac Shriver, Finley and Taylor of Baltimore City, and a few from Andrew Shriver, 1798. Letters from Arthur Shaff of Annapolis about the Jacob Bankert estate. Accounts of Petersburg post office, 1798-99. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, May 1798 and October 1799. Miscellaneous deeds and legal papers.





1800. Mostly miscellaneous accounts and legal papers. Business letters from Finley and Taylor, Andrew Shriver, and John Shultz. One of the epistles from Finley and Taylor discusses Shriver's complaints of inspection of his flour. A letter from Lawrence Brengle of Frederick, Maryland on the Presidential election.





1801. Forty letters and miscellaneous documents about the insolvency trial of Ludwick Sweitzer. Sweitzer was a minor debtor of Andrew Shriver whom Shriver befriended. The majority of these letters are from Shriver to John Shultz and Jacob Medairy, both of Baltimore City. Also documents related to the estate of Christian Bower, 1786-1827. Business letters of John Shultz and Andrew Shriver. One letter from Andrew Shriver discusses the quality of his flour. A letter from Andrew Shriver to David Shriver, Jr. discusses the collection of petitions about a road in Frederick County.




BOXES 9-10

1802-03. Numerous business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Letters from Jacob Medairy and John Schley about the Sweitzer case, 1802. Letter from John Glisar, 1802, addressed to the Frederick County Levy Court asking for a place as overseer of the public roads. 1803 letters from Thomas Shriver of Frederick, some describing school and one describing Abraham Shriver's wedding and the elections; from John S. Shriver in Frederick running Abraham Shriver's store while he attended Levy Court sessions; an invitation from David Shriver, Jr. to Andrew Shriver to attend his wedding; letters from Abraham Shriver about affairs of the Levy Court, legal advice to Andrew Shriver, and his marriage to Miss Peggy Leatherman; a lengthy letter from Daniel Clarke giving legal advice; and a number of letters from Andrew Shriver to his sons Thomas and John S., one describing plans for an addition to the house at Union Mills and one about postal routes in Frederick County. Also some letters from Andrew Shriver to William D. Lepper, Hanover printer and publisher of the Pennsylvania Worhenschrift about subscriptions, printing political broadsides, and essays by Andrew in support of Republical politics.




BOX 11

1804. Numerous business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Papers related to estates including the estate of Melchior Boyer, 1804-10, and Jacob Miller. Series of letters from John Schley of Frederick giving advice on wills, legal suits, estate sales, debts, assault and battery cases, and apprentices. Frederick County Levy Court records including applications for the positions of public roads' supervisor and constable. Letters between Andrew Shriver and William D. Lepper about political essays and subscriptions lists for Lepper's newspaper, 1803-04. A letter from Lawrence Brengle to Andrew Shriver about placing English and German handbills in public places.




BOX 12

1805. Numerous business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Letters from Andrew Shriver, David Shriver, Sr. and Jr., John Johnson (an Annapolis lawyer) and Thomas Shriver about legal concerns. Family letters from Rebecca and Elizabeth Shriver. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver for January, June, and November. Some letters discuss road construction. A petition for construction of a bridge over Carroll's Creek in Frederick County. Subscription lists of William D. Lepper.




BOX 13

1806. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Includes papers of the estate of F. Koontz and the will of John Shultz (composed 1806, proved 1820, copied 1831). Numerous family letters of Susan Shriver, Rebecca Shriver, Thomas Shriver in Baltimore discussing religion, and Abraham Shriver discussing the death of David Ferree Shriver (1804-1806). Most of the correspondence is political and legal in subject: Andrew Shriver to John Johnson about court cases and to David Shriver, Sr. about land sales, a scheme to block the election of Dr. William Tyler, and about road legislation in Frederick County; David Shriver, Sr. to Andrew Shriver about the legislative activities in Annapolis; and one letter apiece from Roger Nelson and John Schley.




BOX 14

1807. Business and legal papers including assignment of vendue notes, 1803-07; records of the Frederick County Levy Court, 1807-10, including petitions for constable appointments, judgments, warrents, etc.; land papers; papers of the estate of Melchor Boyer, 1804-09; and rent receipts of John Shultz, 1788-1807. Letter from Andrew Shriver to Stark and Lange, Hanover printers, about the printing of political broadsides, tickets, and essays. Letter from Andrew Shriver to Patrick Magruder and Roger Nelson about postal roads in Frederick County and the post office at Union Mills. Letters from Andrew Shriver to Arthur Shaaff, Richard Brooke, and from John Johnson to Shriver about the Boyer estate. Letter from John B. Colvin to Andrew Shriver about publishing a paper in Washington [D.C.].




BOX 15

1808-09. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Papers related to the Boyer estate, 1805-09. Loose accounts of the Otterbein Church in Baltimore City. Letters on legal matters from Nicholas Brewer, Abraham Shriver, Jacob Shriver, John Shultz, and David Shriver, Sr. Some letters discuss politics in Frederck County and the Baltimore-York Turnpike Company. Letter from Andrew Shriver to Samuel Smith seeking a job for John S. Shriver, 1809. Memorandum book of Andrew Shiver, April 1808.




BOX 16

1810. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Letters on legal matters from William Ritchie, John Wampler, Nicholas Brewer, Samuel Frey, William W. Taylor, David Shriver, Jr., John Shultz, Thomas Shriver, Abraham Shriver, John S. Shriver, and Andrew Shriver. Some significant letters include: letter from Thomas Rutter about the appointment of John S. Shriver as a census taker in Baltimore City; letters from Samuel Frey and William W. Taylor advising Andrew Shriver on bank stock speculation; two letters from David Shriver, Jr. about his candidacy for the superintendancy of the National Road; several letters from John S. Shriver about his prospects of obtaining a business appointment and his desire to enter the legal profession; and a letter from Andrew Shriver about selling the Union Mills property. Also mentioned in correspondence is the Frederick County Levy Court and the Boyer estate.




BOX 17

1811-12. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Receipts for subscription of a German Republican newspaper, signed by M.E. Bartgis, 1807-11. Receipts for Otterbein Church in Balitmore City mostly for taxes and purchases. Two memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, October-November [UNK] and June-July 1812. Letters to Andrew Shriver from John Shultz, John S. Shriver, Alexander McKim, Matilda Shriver, Thomas Shriver, Elizabeth Shriver, Isaac Shriver, Susanna Frey, and David Shriver, Jr.; the letters of McKim, Shultz, and David Shriver, Jr. discuss banking. Four letters from Andrew Shriver about the establishment of a bank in Cumberland, Maryland, 1812. Letter from Samuel Frey about his plans to open an auction house in Frederick and to take Thomas Shriver as a partner, 1812. Letters from Andrew Shriver to his wife Elizabeth about his trip to Baltimore and Washington to obtain positions for David Shriver, Jr. and John S. Shriver on the National Road, 1811. Letter from Andrew Shriver to Albert Gallatin about the National Road.




BOX 18

1813-15. Business and legal papers. Lists of fees due Henry Dorsey, clerk of Harford County Court, 1813-15. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver: December 1812 - January 1813; January - February 1813; April - May 1814; December 1814; July 1815. Numerous family letters from John S. Shriver, Abraham Shriver, Thomas Shriver, Andrew Shriver, and Rebecca Renshaw. Highlights of this correspondence include: Thomas Shriver about his engagement to Miss A.E. Sharpe, 1813; Thomas Shriver about the lumber business in York, Pennsylvania, 1814-15; Thomas Shriver about starting a store with Samuel Frey at York and the possibilities of trade with Baltimore City and Philadelphia, 1815; letter from Samuel Smith about the patent rights of Oliver Evans for his grain elevator, 1813; and a letter from David Shriver, Jr. about the employment of James Shriver on the National Road, 1815.




BOX 19

1816. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Letters from Rebecca F. and James Renshaw (one concerning a runaway slave), William Shriver, Thomas and Ann E. Shriver (Thomas's epistles discuss politics within a bank at Westminister, Maryland), John S. Shriver (about Baltimore City banks, a tannery, and his marriage to Henrietta Myer), Matilda Spangler, Maria Shriver, Andrew Shriver, Abraham Shriver (concerning James Shriver desiring to resign from the National Road project) and Alex Warfield (requesting Andrew Shriver to become the supervisor of the Hanover Road).




BOX 20

1817-18. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, June - July 1817 and October 1818. Family letters of Isaac Shriver, James and Rebecca Renshaw, Abraham Shriver, Andrew Shriver, John Shultz, Thomas Shriver, Matilda Spangler (one to Andrew Shriver asks him to persuade her husband not to run for sheriff), Joseph Shriver (about his going to school in Baltimore, 1817) and John S. Shriver. Also includes a letter to Andrew Shriver about building a bridge over the Big Pipe Creek in Frederick County, 1817, and one from Daniel Philip Lange of Hanover asking Andrew Shriver to write articles supporting Republican politics under the pseudonym, A German Farmer.




BOXES 21-22

1819. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Over one hundred letters mostly from Thomas and Ann E. Shriver, John S. Shriver (mostly about legal concerns), James and Rebecca Renshaw of Petersburg, Pennsylvania, Abraham Shriver (numerous references to politics and economic conditions), Michael H. and Matilda Spangler, John Shultz, and James Shriver. Several of the letters from Thomas Shriver, John S. Shriver, and Abraham Shriver discuss a banking crisis in Baltimore City and Frederick.




BOX 23

1820. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Some relate to the Union Mills post office. Letters with some references to politics from John S. Shriver, Thomas Shriver, James Renshaw, Abraham Shriver, William Shriver, and Henrietta Shriver. A letter from John S. Shriver announces the death of John Shultz.




BOX 24

1821. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Some papers related to the estate of John Shultz. Letters and other records of the Frederick County Levy Court, mostly about constable appointments. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, January and April 1821. Small collection of letters from Andrew Shriver, Thomas Shriver, Abraham Shriver, and John S. Shriver. Two letters from Andrew Shriver concern repairs on his mills. An eight-page epistle from Andrew Shriver discusses the libel suit resulting from the attempt to impeach him from the Levy Court.




BOX 25

1822-23. Business and legal papers of Andrew Shriver. Some papers related to Thomas Shriver's financial troubles. Letters from John S. Shriver, Abraham Shriver, and Thomas Shriver discussing politics, Abraham Shriver's impeachment trial, Andrew Shriver's loss of his appointment to the Levy Court, and Samuel Frey's death in 1823.




BOX 26

1824-25. Business and legal papers. Letters from Abraham Shriver, John S. Shriver, and Thomas Shriver. Some letters discuss the appointment of Jacob Shriver to West Point, 1825. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, January - February 1824 and March 1825.




BOX 27

1826-27. Business and legal papers. Numerous letters from John S. Shriver and a few from Jacob S. Shriver, Abraham Shriver, Andrew K. Shriver, Andrew Shriver and [UNK] Shriver. Letters discuss the death of David Shriver, Sr., 1826; Jacob S. Shriver leaving West Point, 1826; some descriptions of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, specifically the employment of Jonathan Knight and Joseph Shriver. Memorandum book of Andrew Shriver, September 1826. Yard book for the Union Mills tannery, 1826.




BOX 28

1828-30. Business and legal papers, many relating to the Frederick and Harford County courts and the Union Mills tannery. Numerous letters from John S. Shriver, James Renshaw, and Joseph Shriver. Correspondence between Andrew Shriver and William Jameson about the rent of Thomas Shriver's former residence at Sandy Mount, 1828. Letters from John S. Shriver discussing Thomas Shriver's supervision of the Franklin turnpike, 1829; increasing railroad construction, 1829-30; advice to Andrew Shriver not to accept a Levy Court position, 1830; and comments about the efforts to regain an appointment to the Board of Commissioners of Insolvents for Baltimore City. Letters from Joseph Shriver about turnpike and railroad construction, 1829-30. Letters from Isaac Shriver about Maryland politics and warnings to Andrew Shriver not to simultaneously hold positions as a magistrate and on the Levy Court.




BOX 29

1831-32. Family letters of Andrew Shriver, William T. Steiger, Thomas Shriver, James Renshaw, William Shriver, and John S. Shriver. Two letters from Joseph Shriver about the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1831-32. Letter of John S. Shriver discussing the work of Joseph and Thomas Shriver on the Port Deposit Railroad, 1832. Inventory of Union Mills tannery, 1832.




BOX 30

1833-34. Family letters of William T. Steiger, discussing the leather business; John S. Shriver, about the economic mileau of Baltimore City; William Shriver; Andrew K. Shriver, leather business; Andrew Shriver; William Schley, legal matters; Abraham Shriver, some discussing his failing eyesight and religious interests; Joseph Shriver; and miscellaneous other letters from Lawrence J. Brengle, George Shriver, Charles Shriver, Maria Steiger, Eliza Shriver, Matilda Spangler, James Renshaw, Ann E. Shriver, Elizabeth Shriver, and Thomas Shriver. Few legal letters of Otho Scott, Harford County lawyer. Valuation of stock of Union Mills tannery, 1833. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver, April and December 1833.




BOX 31

1835-36. Business and legal papers. Numerous family letters from John S. Shriver, 1835; Lawrence J. Brengle; James Renshaw, 1835; David H. Shriver; Andrew Stewart, 1835; Edwin T. Shriver, 1835; Ellen Shriver, 1835; Elizabeth Shriver, 1835; Andrew Shriver; Mary Shriver; George Shriver, 1835; Henry Shriver, 1836; Harriet Shriver, 1836; and Maria Steiger, 1836. Letters from John S. Shriver discuss an operation on Abraham Shriver, visiting Annapolis to lobby for Thomas Shriver's appointment as Superintendent of the National Road, and business in Baltimore City, 1835. Edward Shriver's letters discuss Abraham Shriver's operation. Letters of Joseph Shriver about banking, business, and politics at Cumberland, Maryland, 1836. Bark book of the Union Mills tannery, 1835.




BOX 32

1837-39. Business and legal papers. Family letters of Joseph Shriver, 1837 and 1839; Mary Shriver, 1837-38; Lawrence J. Brengle; William T. Steiger; Elizabeth Brengle, 1837; A. F. Shriver, 1837-38; Maria Steiger, 1837; Harriet Shriver, 1838-39; John A. Shriver, 1838; John S. Shriver, 1838-39; James Renshaw, 1838; Andrew K. Shriver, 1838-39; and Ann E. Shriver, 1838-39. Letters of Joseph Shriver discussing Thomas Shriver's stage business, work on the National Road, and experiments with railroad coaches, 1837. Letter from Joseph Shriver to William Shriver attempting to persuade him to establish a tannery in Alleghany County, Maryland, 1837. Letter of Alexander Shriver and John S. Shriver about a fire in Baltimore City, 1837. Letter of A. F. Shriver about a Methodist camp meeting at Westminster, Maryland, 1838. Letter of Lawrence J. Brengle about scarlet fever outbreak in Frederick, Maryland, 1839.




Box 33,

1840-44. Business and legal papers. Family letters of William Shriver, 1840 and 1844; Lawrence J. Brengle, 1840-42; Maria Steiger, 1840; John S. Shriver, 1840-42; Samuel S. Shriver, 1840; Andrew K. Shriver, 1840 and 1842; Andrew Shriver, 1840; John A. Shriver, 1841; Isabelle Shriver, 1842 and 1844; Augustus Spangler, 1844; and Matilda Spangler, 1840 and 1844. Letter of Isaac Shriver to Andrew Shriver seeking his aid in obtaining the Frederick County clerkship, 1841. Letter of Louis McLane, President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, to Horace Wilson, Chairman of the Committee of Internal Improvement in the Maryland Senate, about the bill before the Senate for increasing railroad rates, 1841. Letters of Lawrence J. Brengle about a religious revival in Frederick and Abraham Shriver's illness, 1842. Letter from Augustus Spangler of Cincinnati, Ohio asking Andrew Shriver to loan him money for the purchase of a steam boat joining company, 1844. Letter of William Shriver about his candidacy for the Maryland legislature, 1844. Also, 72 letters addressed to Otho Scott and Henry D. Fernandis, Bel Air, Maryland lawyers, 1840-44.




BOX 34,

1845-57. Business and legal papers. Letter of Lawrence J. Brengle about the Schley and Goldsborough families conspiring to take control of the Frederick County bank, 1845. Letters of William T. Steiger about selling his western land holdings and patronage jobs in Washington, D.C., 1845-46. Papers of 1847-51 are wholly business and legal. Letters to Daniel Scott and Henry D. Fernandis, Bel Air lawyers, on legal matters, 1852-57. Much of the papers of 1847-57 related to Harford County. Papers of the Union Mills post office, 1854-56. Letter of Jacob Shriver about procuring a direct mail route for Union Mills, 1854. Letter of Andrew K. Shriver declining a position in the American Party, 1855.




BOX 35,

1858-67. Business and legal papers. Papers of the Union Mills post office, 1860-67. Few letters to A.K. Shriver and Sons about the leather business, 1863. Letters to Daniel and Otho Scott, 1858-59 and 1861. Petition to aid the sick and wounded soldiers, 1864.




BOX 36,

1868-1913. Business and legal papers, 1871-72, 1874, 1876, 1878-79, 1884-88, 1895-98, 1902-04, 1907-08, and 1913. Receipt book, 1878-80. Letters to Henry D. Fernandis, 1884 and 1886. Letters to Thomas H. Robinson, Clerk of the Harford County Court, 1886. Visiting List, probably Union Mills, 1889-94.




BOX 37,

Undated and miscellandous. Undated letters mostly from James Renshaw, John S. Shriver, and Andrew Shriver. Numerous newspaper clippings about the celebration in Maryland of George Washington's birthday, 1932.




BOX 38,

Undated and miscellaneous. Miscellaneous survey books, c. 1800-30. Miscellaneous land records, 1759-1881 and some undated. Miscellaneous Harford County legal papers, c. 1800-1900.




BOX 39,

Account books. Five volumes of Union Mills daybooks, 1792-1802. Early nineteenth century copybook.




BOX 40,

Account books. Five volumes of Union Mills daybooks, 1795-1807, 1822-39.




BOX 41,

Account books. Five volumes of Union Mills daybooks, 1823-40. Barkbook and salesbook of Union Mills tannery, 1824-30.




BOX 42,

Account books. Ledgers of Union Mills, 1836-60. Daybook of Union Mills tannery, 1835-41.




BOX 43

Account books. Ledgers of Union Mills, 1849-51. Volume of receipts, 1852-67. Union Mills farm diary, 1846-53.




BOX 44

Account books. Daybooks of Union Mills, 1841-66. Union Mills farm memorandum book, 1846-65.




BOX 45

Account books. Ledgers of Union Mills, 1851-53, 1867-79. Union Mills farm memorandum books, 1852-53. Daybooks of Union Mills, 1858-59.




BOXES 46-47.

Typescript notes by J. Alexis Shriver on the 136 trips made by George Washington through Maryland, 1771-99.




BOX 48

Correspondence and business papers of various Shriver family members, 1742-1937. Contains letters of Andrew and Elizabeth Shriver; their children Andrew K., William, Eliza, Catherine, Mathilda, Maria and their respective spouses and other relatives. Also, business papers of Andrew and Andrew K. Shriver; land certificates and plats, and a variety of legal agreements. Also, papers of J. Alexis Shriver concerning affairs of the Harford County Boat Club.



Contents of Box 48:



f. 1


Land certificates and plats




f. 2


Agreements (Papers of David Shriver Jr. and Andrew Shriver)




f. 3


Letters of Andrew Shriver




f. 4


Business Papers of Andrew Shriver




f. 5


Business Papers of Andrew Shriver--Road Construction




f. 6


Letters of Elizabeth Shultz Shriver




f. 7


Letters of Andrew K. Shriver




f. 8


Business Papers of Andrew K. Shriver




f. 9


Letters from Catherine C. and Lawrence Brengle




f. 10


Letters from Eliza and Lawrence Brengle




f. 11


Letters from Maria Shriver Steiger




f. 12


Letter from Olivia Brengle to Jim __________




f. 13


Letter from C. C. Shriver to Aunt




f. 14


J. Alexis Shriver Papers re Harford County Boat Club




f. 15


J. Alexis Shriver Papers - Harford County Boat Club ephemera






Box 49

Contains personal and business letters of Andrew, Andrew K., and Elizabeth S. Shriver and other family members; estate papers of Dr. John Shultz; memorandum books relating to the Shriver's general store; land plats and deeds, and other papers.


Letters contain information on commodities and prices for the general store and tannery, crops, banks, and other topics (see index to box 49). A letter from John S. to Andrew Shriver (1822?) reports that James has yellow fever and that there were 95 deaths from it at the Point. A letter from William Steiger to A. K. Shriver (1833) describes an experiment to draw moisture from hides.




Boxes 50-52

Receipts, bills, account statements (1770-1859, n.d.)




Container List:



Box 49

1790-1849, n.d.

Letters to Andrew Shriver





Copies of outgoing business letters of Andrew Shriver





Letters to A. K. Shriver





Copies of outgoing business letters of A. K. Shriver




1814-1838, n.d.

Letters to Elizabeth S. Shriver





Letter to John Shriver





Letters to Thomas Shriver





Letter to William Shriver





Letter to Wirt (Shriver)





Letter from Eliza (Shriver) Brengle





Letter to Anna Maria (Shriver) Steiger





Estate papers of Dr. John Shultz




1813; 1832

Authorization to use C. Tobey's patented bark mill; leather inspection law (1832)





Land papers




Boxes 50-52

1770-1859, n.d.







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