Shriver Family Papers 1712-1876, MS. 750.1

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Shriver Family Papers, 1712-1876
Maryland Historical Society


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Shriver Family Papers, 1712-1876
Maryland Historical Society

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Shriver Family Papers, 1712-1876

MS 750.1

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674


Container List

BOX 1,

1784-1801. Mostly business papers of Andrew Shriver. These include letters from David Williamson, a Baltimore Town merchant, 1794-95; John Schley of Frederick, 1796-97; John Shultz of Baltimore City, 1800-01; and Finley and Taylor of Baltimore City, 1798-1801. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver (1794 May and October 1796, July 1799, July 1800, March, June and August 1801) with notes on dry goods, hardware, groceries, paints, and miscellaneous accounts. Correspondence about the construction of the mill at Union Mills, 1798, and the Presidential election of 1800. Tallies of votes for the legislative elections in Frederick County for October 1797, October 1799, and October 1801, and for the Congressional Election in April 1801. A few items of interest are the following: a 1794 letter of David Shriver, Jr. to Andrew Shriver, his brother, asking for hat, vest, shoulder belts, shot bag and moccasins to be made for his militia uniform; a 1798 letter from Andrew Shriver to George Bear, member of Congress, asking for a cross post from Littles Town or Hanover thro' Winchester to Balto. (a post office road); a 1798 letter from Andrew Shriver wanting to send his two boys -- 7 and 9 years old -- to school; and a 1800 letter from Andrew Shriver to Jacob Metzger concerning the advantage of roads through Gettysburg and Taneytown, Pennsylvania.

BOX 2,

1802. Andrew Shriver's business papers, mostly his milling work, investments, and farming. Numerous letters from Hanover, Gettysburg, Taneytown, and Littlestown, all in Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Frederick in Maryland. Frequent business correspondents include A.F. Pate of Littlestown, Finley and Taylor of Baltimore, William D. Lepper of Baltimore, Jacob Kurtz of Baltimore, and John Shultz, also of Baltimore. A number of letters discuss Federal-Republican politics in Frederick County. Letters from Abraham Shriver discuss this as well as roads, the Levy Court, and newspapers. Letters from Daniel Heister, Roger Nelson, and Lawrence Brengle (sheriff of Frederick County) on politics. John Schley of Frederick writes frequently to Andrew Shriver on various legal matters. Long series of letters from John S. Shriver, residing in Frederick, to his parents Andrew and Elizabeth Shriver, commenting mostly on domestic news. Also, a tally of the votes for delegates from Frederick County in October 1802.

BOX 3,

1803-1806. Majority of the documents dated 1806. Mostly business correspondence with the following: John Shultz of Baltimore, 1803-06; Jacob Winrott of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, 1803-1806. A number of letters from Thomas Shriver, then in Baltimore, to his father Andrew, mostly on business and family matters, 1805-06. Most of the letters on politics -- again Republican-Federalist politics -- are from 1806. A few discuss the post office and road legislation in this county. Abraham Shriver's correspondence of 1806 discusses politics and the Levy Court. Correspondence from John Schley, 1804-05, giving legal advice on a variety of matters to Andrew Shriver. Several letters comment on Andrew Shriver's attempt to provide education for his children. Two letters from Joseph Scott of Philadelphia to Andrew Shriver, 1806, asking advice and information for his intended A Geographical Description of Maryland and Delaware. Voter statistics for the Congressional, Sheriff, and Assembly elections in Frederick County, October 1803.

BOX 4,

1807-1810. Documents of 1807-08 almost all concern the business affairs of Andrew Shriver. Includes a continuation of John Shultz's correspondence, 1807-10 (mostly 1809-10) and a large number of letters of John S. Shriver, the eldest son of Andrew Shriver, all in 1810; these letters, written from Baltimore, discuss market conditions there of leather and various agricultural products such as wheat, rye, and flour, and various investments such as in land and bank stock. Two letters from Daniel Clarke in 1810 discussing the construction and preparation of a mill for grinding corn and wheat in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County. Many references in the correspondence to politics, most notably in 1809. A number of letters in that year discuss in detail the formation of Tammany Societies in Frederick; correspondents include Peter Little, Abraham Shriver, Alexander McKim, and on other political subjects Thomas Dickson, John Schley, and John Wampler of Westminster. Some letters comment on roads such as an 1810 letter of David Shriver, Jr. to Andrew Shriver about supplying stone for turnpike construction. A number of newspaper clippings with statistics on elections in Frederick County between 1807-1810. Memorandum books of Andrew Shriver of January and July 1810.


1811-1812. Mostly family letters of Thomas Shriver and John S. Shriver to their parents, Andrew and Elizabeth Shriver. John's letters, written from Baltimore, discuss politics there, market conditions of flour and grains, banks, etc.; several letters comment on his study of law. Several letters of Thomas discuss his marriage in 1812. There are also letters from Isaac Shriver, James Shriver, Elizabeth Shriver, and Abraham Shriver to Andrew Shriver. The letters of Isaac and Abraham, along with some from John Schley and Alexander McKim relate to politics in Frederick County. In this box there is also a memorandum book of Andrew Shriver for February 1811 and some newspaper clippings and manuscript notes about the 1811 elections.


1813-1815. Mostly business papers of Andrew Shriver. The main correspondents to him are John Shultz, 1813-15; Thomas Shriver, 1813-15, now in York, Pennsylvania and mainly discussing the marketing of lumber; John S. Shriver, 1813-15, the most prolific of the writers, whose letters discuss general commercial conditions of Baltimore; and James Shriver, 1815, sending news from Union Mills while his father, Andrew, was on a business excursion to Baltimore. A number of items, including several printed circulars and pamphlets, related to a formation of a Westminster branch of the Commercial and Farmers Bank of Baltimore in 1814. A profusion of comments concerning the War of 1812. Scattered throughout John S. Shriver's letters in 1813-14 are descriptions of war conditions in Baltimore and British movements in the Chesapeake Bay. Several letters of Samuel Smith, 1814-15 and Alexander McKim, 1815, comment on such events, notably on the Treaty of Ghent. Some discussions on politics although not as detailed and numerous as in earlier years. The most important of letters on this subject are from Abraham Shriver discussing the establishment of a Republican newspaper in Frederick and the formation of central committees.


1816. A sizeable portion of the subject matter concerns the Shrivers' involvement in the opening of a bank in Westminster, in letters of John S. Shriver, Abraham Shriver and Thomas Shriver. The letters of Thomas are most valuable in this regard as he resided there and was up for appointment as cashier. One of Andrew Shriver's letters to Samuel Smith discusses the significance of Republican factions in the bank and efforts to establish Thomas as cashier. The letters have references to other political matters, especially in Abraham Shriver's epistles. An interesting letter from Starck and Lange, publishers of the Hanover Gazette, commenting on the use of their newspaper to aid the Republican party in Maryland, subscriptions in Maryland, and the printing of handbills and tickets (March 5, 1816). Business letters, such as from John Shultz of Baltimore, and more personal family letters such as from James Renshaw and Matilda H. Spangler. There is also a memorandum book of Andrew Shriver, May - September.


1817-1818. A large portion of the correspondence comments on the affairs of the Westminster Bank. Principal letter writers on this include Abraham Shriver and Isaac Shriver (writing from Westminster). The letters of John S. Shriver of Baltimore, James Renshaw of York, Thomas Shriver of Sandy Mount, and William Shriver of Union Mills all discuss family events and business transactions. Abraham's letters also comment on politics. Some letters of John Shultz. Also includes Andrew Shriver's memorandum books for March - April 1817 and June 1818.


1819-20. Mostly family correspondence with letters principally from Thomas Shriver of Sandy Mount, William Shriver of Union Mills, and John S. Shriver of Baltimore to their father Andrew Shriver, mainly when he was in Baltimore. A large number of letters written by Andrew back to these sons, their commenting on strictly family news, business transactions, and occasionally on events in their neighborhoods. Some of Andrew's letters comment on politics; there are letters from Roger B. Taney, 1819, and Henry R. Warfield, 1820, and letters to Samuel Smith and Warfield. Some mention Andrew's attempts to gain positions for his sons; he writes to Samuel Smith in an effort to have John S. Shriver appointed to the Insolvency Commission created by the new bankruptcy law and for James on the National Road. Also an interesting letter from James Shriver in 1819 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, describing work on the National Road and life in western Pennsylvania. A memorandum book, May 1820, of Andrew Shriver.

BOX 10

1821-1824. Predominant correspondent is John S. Shriver (most of it dated 1823) to his father about legal advice, business news, and especially leather and politics. Other correspondents include Abraham Shriver, James Renshaw and William Schley of Frederick (commenting on legal matters). A few letters from Andrew Shriver in 1821 to Samuel Smith regarding the appointment of John S. Shriver as commissioner of insolvent debtors, to the Baltimore and [UNK] Turnpike Company with suggestions for improvements, and to Upton Bruce a long letter on conditions adversely effecting a justice of the peace. Also some letters from Henry R. Warfield, 1821, 1823-24 about the Bankruptcy Bill and National Road and other internal improvements.

BOX 11

1825-1827. Correspondence mostly of family and business activities, led by the correspondence of John S. Shriver of Baltimore, 1825-27, and Thomas Shriver of Sandy Mount and then Frederick, 1825 and 1827. A few of Thomas's letters refer to his work on the waterworks in Frederick and railroad stock. Some of John S. Shriver's letters also refer to the investments in railroads. A few letters from Joseph Shriver relate to his surveying work, 1825-27. A few letters of Andrew K. Shriver. A July 1825 memorandum book of William Shriver.

BOX 12

1828-31. Largest portion is the correspondence of John S. Shriver, 1828-31, to his father, Andrew, and brother, Andrew K., discussing railroad construction and investment, roads, the anti-masons in Westminster, Isaac Shriver's political affairs and occasionally politics in general, and bookkeeping procedures for the tanyard at Union Mills. John Nelson of the Maryland Senate and Andrew Shriver correspond in 1830 about John S. Shriver's continuance as Insolvent Commissioner in Baltimore. Other letters include some of Joseph Shriver, 1828, 1830-31, about the National Road; Abraham Shriver, 1830-31, about Jacksonian politics in Frederick; Andrew K. Shriver, 1830-31, about the tannery. A memorandum book of Andrew Shriver, August 1830, and some papers relating to Andrew Shriver's claim vs. the estate of John Daugherty, 1828-30.

BOX 13

1832-1833. Mostly correspondence between Andrew Shriver, Andrew K. Shriver, and William Shriver about business and family affairs at Union Mills; main subjects include market conditions in Baltimore, tannery and flour activities. Several letters from John S. Shriver, 1832, discuss the purchases of stock in the Reisterstown turnpike. Also a copy of the letter to William T. Steiger offering him a position in the U.S. Patent Office, 1833.

BOX 14

1834-1835. Letters from Andrew Shriver and Andrew K. Shriver about business and family matters. A few letters from John S. Shriver that comment on the failure of the Bank of Maryland in 1834. Most prolific correspondents are William T. Steiger and his wife Maria (Shriver) Steiger of Washington, D.C. The letters of Steiger comment in detail on the inner affairs of the U.S. Patent Office, his dismissal, and his acquiring a position as a Draughtsman to the U.S. Land Office; several of his letters (August 13-17, 1835) describe an abolitionists' riot in Washington, D.C.

BOX 15

1836-1838. Mostly the family correspondence of William T. and Maria Steiger of Washington, D.C. and Lawrence J. and Elizabeth Brengle of Frederick. Letters of William Steiger discuss his appointment as Principal Clerk of the Surveys in 1836. Nearly all the 1837 manuscripts are the letters of Lawrence J. Brengle which are primarily concerned with the illness of his daughter, Eliza Jane.

BOX 16

1839-1847. A scattered assortment of business and family correspondence of William T. and Maria Steiger of Washington, D.C., 1839, 1841-42, 1844; John S. Shriver of Baltimore, 1839-40, 1842-44; Andrew Shriver, 1839-42; Abraham F. Shriver of Westminster, 1839; Andrew K. Shriver of Union Mills, 1839, 1842, 1844; Lawrence J. Brengle of Frederick, 1839-42, 1844; William Shriver of Union Mills, 1841, 1844; and Matilda Spangler of Union Mills, 1844-45. One of the letters of John S. Shriver, 1839, discusses Thomas Shriver's patent for a spark catcher for locomotives and a letter of Joseph Shriver, 1839, discusses Thomas' patent for coach springs. A letter of William T. Steiger discusses the use of the telegraph in the 1844 election returns.

BOX 17.

Carroll Academy Records, etc. 1838-1944. Records of the Carroll Academy, 1838-1843, consisting of correspondence from Jacob Shower, 1838-41 of the Maryland House of Delegates about State financial support for the school; reports of the Board of Trustees to the Treasurer of the Western Shore of Maryland, 1840-43; and applications for the teacher's job there, August - September 1843. A small group of business correspondence and receipts addressed to A.K. Shriver and Sons, tannery at Union Mills. A folder of miscellaneous newspaper clippings and manuscript notes regarding Frederick County elections. A volume of records of the tannery maintained at Union Mills, 1865-1879. A folder of undated notes for speeches on various political subjects in Andrew Shriver's hand: subjects include embargo, Levy Court, roads, taxes, Germans and Republican party, U.S. Bank, religion, elections, etc. Daybook of personal expenses, 1914-1944, of Louis E. Shriver. Folders of undated correspondence of Andrew Shriver (17 pcs.), William Shriver (5 pcs.), Thomas Shriver (5 pcs.), John S. Shriver (5 pcs.), James Shriver (4 pcs.), Elizabeth Shriver (5 pcs.), James Renshaw (4 pcs.). Also contains a history of the family as compiled by Andrew K. Shriver in 1876, most of which was incorporated in Samuel S. Shriver, History of the Shriver Family and Their Connections 1684-1888 (Baltimore, 1888).