Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection, 1850-1990, PP249

 

Finding Aid to the Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection, PP249

H. Furlong Balwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

 

Collection summary

 

Title The Cary-McHenry Family Photograph Collection

Creator Juliana Clark Watts

Call number PP249

Inclusive dates 1850s?-1990s

Bulk dates 1850s?-1990s

Extent 3 linear feet (2 oversize boxes)

Abstract The photographs in the Cary-McHenry Family Collection spans over 140 years. The materials consist of tin types, cartes de visite, portraits, group photographs, fashion photographs, and snapshots of members of the family, friends, and residences.

 

Administrative summary

Repository H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

www.mdhs.orgspecial_collections@mdhs.org

 

Access restrictions Access to the collection is unrestricted

Use restrictions Permission to reproduce must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

 

Provenance The Cary-McHenry family was donated to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library on the Maryland Historical Society October 13, 2007, by Juliana Clark Watts.

Accession number 2007-021

Processing note The collection was processed in 2010-11 by Judith Hallfrisch. The finding aid was created by Judith Hallfrisch in 2011.

 

Biographical Note

 

Members of the Cary-McHenry-Howard Families have played prominent roles in Maryland from Colonial times to the mid-twentieth century. Members of the Cary family are descended from Pocahontas (1595-1617). James McHenry (1753-1816), (for whom Fort McHenry was named), was a physician who studied under Dr. Benjamin Rush, served in the Continental Army, State Senate of Maryland, Constitutional Convention, and was Secretary of War under George Washington and John Adams. James Howard McHenry (1820-1888), grandson of James McHenry, was a prominent Baltimore lawyer educated at Princeton and Harvard Law, grandson of Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard. His cousin James McHenry Boyd served as a diplomat to the Court of St. James. Col. Miles Wilson Cary (1806-1877) was the great-great nephew of Thomas Jefferson and was proud of the resemblance between the shape of his head and Jefferson’s. Cary served in the army of the Confederate States of America and his sister Hetty (1836-1892) and cousins Jennie and Constance (known as the Cary Invincibles) designed the confederate flag known as the Southern Cross. Jennie Cary put the words of the poem ‘Maryland, my Maryland’ to the German folk song ‘Lauriger Hortius’ creating the state song. Miles Wilson Cary’s wife, Jane Margaret Cary (1809-1893) founded the Southern Home School for girls. James Howard McHenry (b. 1892) served in both WWI and WWII in France, India, and China. Pauline Potter de Rothschild (daughter of Gwendolyn Cary) was great-great granddaughter of Francis Scott Key. She had a flamboyant life after her divorce from Charles Carrol Fulton Leser being romantically linked to a number of prominent people including Paul-Henri Spaak (prime minister of Belgium), movie director John Huston, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch Romanov of Russia (one of the murderers of Rasputin), and Isabelle Kemp, heiress to a New York drug-store and real-estate fortune. She became a fashion icon as director of the custom-fashion division of Hattie Carnegie. In 1954 she married Philippe de Rothschild becoming a Baronne. Members of the Cary-McHenry Family have served this country in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II.

 

 

Scope and Content

 

The photographs in the Cary-McHenry collection span over 140 years and consist of tintypes, cartes de visite, portraits, group photographs, and snapshots of family members, friends, and various properties. Also included are fashion photographs of Pauline Potter de Rothschild, daughter of Gwendolyn Cary. A number of the photographs were taken at Sudbrook, the estate of James Howard McHenry which burned in 1904. Photographs from the 1920s were taken at Dieppe, France. Snapshots of the dedication of the James McHenry Elementary School from 1965 and snapshots of Marigold Cottage, Bar Harbor, Maine taken in the 1994 are also included.

 

See also related Cary-McHenry Family Collection MS 3085.

 

Series I: Tintypes (no date)

Series II: Group photographs (1860-1965)

Series III: Location Pictures (1886-1994)

Series IV: Cartes de visite (1877-1895)

Series V. Portraits

 

Container List

 

Series I; Tintypes No date

PP249.01- 4 people in tennis outfits

Top row: unidentified young woman, Mr. James Tyson, Jr.

Bottom row: Mr. James Howard, Miss Ellen McHenry No date 

PP249.02- Julia Howard McHenry ½ body in black dress, Quartley, 217 W. Balto. St.

No date

PP249.03- Jane Margaret Carr Cary (Mrs. Wilson Miles Cary) with her first great grandchild, Juliana Brent Keyser., No date

Series II: Group photographs

1860-1965

PP249.04- Multiple portrait sheet – Very Large. Copies of portraits of various Carys.

Top: Jane Margaret Carr Cary – Wilson Miles Cary (in later years)

Middle: Sidney Cary – John Brune Cary & Wilson Miles Cary (son)

Bottom: Jenny Cary–Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry – Hetty Cary Pegram-Martin

 

No date 1

PP249.05- Group Picture – Sudbrook Cottage 1860, Oval image.

Top row: W.M. Cary jr, S? Hall, J. Howard McHenry, ? woman

Bottom row: Sophie McHenry, Sally? M.? McHenry, William? McHenry(child), A.E. P? (woman)

1860 1

PP249.06- Group Picture taken at Sudbrook East side – ivy-covered wall – date unknown

Slip of paper in folder which may identify some:

Top row: Miss Isabel Trier(?), Mr. Jesse Tyson (also on far left unidentified African-American man)

2nd row: Miss Julia McHenry, Willie Beeton & Mrs Beeton, (Florence Reed), unidentified woman

3rd row: unidentified woman, Miss Misa Howard, Miss Sophia McHenry, Miss Mau Harrison, Miss Ellen McHenry, unidentified young man

4th row: Sophie Howard; Marshall (also large dog)

No date

PP249.07- Group Picture perhaps at Sudbrook? Ivy-covered wall

Top row: “Lal” Buchanan, Cary McHenry, John McHenry

Bottom row: unidentified young woman, Kate Kirkpatrick, J.H. McHenry, Julie McHenry, unidentified young man, Ellen C. McHenry – date unknown

No date

PP249.08- Group Picture, Rawley Springs, W. Va. 1875

Top row: Wilson M. Cary, Sr., Mrs. Kelly Pegram, Julia McHenry, Ida Allen

Middle row: Mrs. David L. Yules, Mary Forney, Nannie Yules, Nelly McHenry

Bottom row: Wilson M. Cary, Jr., Mrs. John Davis, Miss Cummings, Mrs. Wilson M. Cary, Edith Davis, Wickliffe Yulee?

1875 

PP249.09- Group picture Pontresina – Engadine Valley (?) Switzerland

Left to right: Mrs. Frank Baldwin, Gwendolyn Cary Seated: Juliana Brent Keyser, Ellen McHenry Keyser

1905 1

 

PP249.10- Group photograph: Francis Hunter Potter, Westport, Connecticut, 1919 with Clara Knight Colford & Dorothy Knight Colford – daughters of Clara Waterman Knight (M 2, in 1921, Francis Hunter Potter) and her first husband, Sidney Jones Colford Jr. All three sitting on porch steps, girls in white dresses and Mr. Potter in suit/ bow tie holding what appears to be stuffed rabbit.

1919-1921

 

PP249.11- Group photograph: Francis Hunter Potter with Clara Knight Colford & Dorothy Knight Colford (who would become his step-daughters in 1921, Daytona, Florida, 1919. Girls in white kimonos, Mr. Potter in tweed jacket, white pants, spectator shoes all standing next to white frame cottage.

1919-1921

9. Group photograph: Clara Knight Colford, Pauline Potter, Happy (A German shepherd), Berthe Zinder (The governess). Dieppe, France, 1921. In a hay field, girls in white dresses, governess in straw hat, white waist, and dark skirt.

1919-1921 1 PP249.12

PP249.13- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Clara Knight Colford, Andre, the chauffeur in uniform, holding dog. Seated: Dorothy Knight Colford. Young girls in white dresses with tea cups, Dieppe, France, 1921.

1921

PP249.14- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Clara Knight Colford, Dorothy Knight Colford, Dieppe, France, 1921, as young girls in white dresses and straw hats. White picket fence in background.

1921 

PP249.15- Group photograph: Dorothy Knight Colford, Clara Knight Colford, Pauline Potter (on Clara’s shoulders) in the ocean, Dieppe, ca 1922 (Colford girls now listed as Pauline’s step-sisters)

1922

PP249.16- Group photograph: Left to right: Pauline Potter, Barbara Morris, Clara Knight Colford, Timothy Morris, Dorothy Knight Colford, by the sea. Girls in white dresses, Timothy in shorts, tie, hat, Dieppe, France 1922.

1922 

PP249.17- Group photograph: Left to right: Clara Knight Colford holding Happy (dog), Pauline Potter, Dorothy Knight Colford, girls in coats standing in front of bluff. France 1922.

1922

PP249.18- Group photograph: Pauline Potter standing, Dorothy Knight Colford, Clara Knight Colford, girls in coats and hats with 2 dogs. Buildings in background, Biarritz, France ca 1923.

1923

 

PP249.19- Group photograph: Left to right: Berthe Zinder (the governess) and Pauline Potter in coats and hats sitting in front of villa with two dogs. Biarritz, France 1922.

1922

PP249.20- Snapshot (b&w) of James McHenry Elementary School, Lanham, MD, January, 1965.

1965 

PP249.21- Snapshot (color) at James McHenry Elementary School of : l-r. J. Howard McHenry, Miss Thelma Smith (principal), and Juliana Keyser Clark with mural of Fort McHenry. May 4, 1965.

1965 

PP249.22-Snapshot (color) Miss Thelma Smith with Fort McHenry mural at James McHenry Elementary School, May 4, 1965.

1965 1

PP249.23- Snapshot (b&w) of Miss Thelma Smith, Ray Palmeri—6th grade, Miss Karen McClaine, Artist Miss Margaret Hall. Presentation of Mural – May 4, 1965.

1965 

PP249.24- Snapshot (b&w) at James McHenry Elementary School of l-r: J. Howard McHenry, Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator (?) (President PTA), Juliana Keyser Clark with mural of Fort McHenry, May 4, 1965.

1965 

PP249.25- Snapshot (b&w) at James McHenry Elementary School of Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator (?), Juliana Keyser Clark, and J. Howard McHenry with mural of Fort McHenry. May 4, 1965.

1965 

PP249.26- Snapshot (b&w) J. Howard McHenry, Mr. O’Neill-Wishgator(?), Juliana Keyser Clark, with mural of Fort McHenry at James McHenry Elementary School, May 4, 1965.

1965 

PP249.27- Program of dedication of James McHenry Elementary School.

1965

PP249.28- Letter to Mrs. Gaylord Clark, Stevens, Maryland from Joseph C. Smith, Jr. thanking her for participating in the presentation of the school mural at James McHenry Elementary School. Enclosure with above listed snapshots.

1965 

Series III. Location Pictures 1886-1994

PP249.29- Snapshot of grave stone of John McHenry, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

No date 

PP249.30- Picture of Sudbrook, October 24, 1886. (2 copies) Sudbrook burned August 16th, 1904. 2a & b

No date 

PP249.31- Picture of Sudbrook Cottage, built before the Revolution & left standing after the big house was destroyed by fire 1904.

No date

PP249.32- Picture of Sudbrook Cottage, built before the Revolution & left standing after the big house was destroyed by fire 1904. Different view from #3.

No date 

PP249.33- Haddon Hall – Dorothy Vernon’s walk, Derbyshire, Monday, June 6, 1982 signed Sophie McHenry (Mrs. C.M. Stewart)

1982

PP249.34 Picture of Southern Home School for Girls, 915-917 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

No date 

PP249.35- Snapshot of sailboat in Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994.

1994

PP249.36- Snapshot of Marigold Cottage, Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994 two unidentified men and one unidentified boy standing in front 2 copies labeled 8 a & b.

1994

PP249.37- Snapshot of Marigold Cottage (closeup), Bar Harbor, Maine dated July 16, 1994, one unidentified man in front of cottage.

1994 

Series IV. Cartes de visite

PP249.38- Carte de visite of Colonel Wilson Miles Cary of Ceelys 1733-1817 photo of portrait with genealogy of Carys on back from Col. Miles Cary of Warwick, Va 1620-1667 to Col. Wilson Miles Cary of Carysbrooke (1806-1877), Blessing & Kuhn, Baltimore

No date 

 

PP249.39- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Cary (Aunt Jennie) in velvet with feathered hat, Rockwood, 17 Union Square, (West), N.Y.

No date 

PP249.40- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Cary, Knowlton, Photo artist, 335 Fourth Avenue, New York

No date

PP249.41- Carte de visite of Jane Margaret Carr Cary. J. Ludovici New York and Newport

No date 

PP249.42- Cartes de visite of Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) b. 1836 d. 1892. Le Jeune – L. Joliot, Succ r. 350, Rue St. Honore, 350 pres la Place Vendome, Paris, 1877

1877 

PP249.43- Cartes de visite (2nd copy) of Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) b. 1836 d. 1892. Le Jeune – L. Joliot, Succ r. 350, Rue St. Honore, 350 pres la Place Vendome, Paris, 1877

1877 

PP249.44- Carte de visite of portrait of Hetty Cary Harrison (Mrs. Fairfax Harrison) holding Constance Cary Harrison II aged 4 mo., September 9, 1895, E. Almstaedt, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, Tompkinsville, Staten Island

1895

PP249.45- Carte de visite of Hettie Cary Pegram, Rockwood, 17 Union Square (West), N.Y.

No date 

PP249.46- Carte de visite of Sophia McHenry Stewart, head & shoulders in white dress with velvet band around neck, for ‘Aunt Hut’ (Aunt Hetty Pegram), Jas. S. Cummins, Photographic Studio, 5 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. (Date unknown)

No date 

PP249.47- Carte de visite of portrait of Wilson Miles Cary, Kuhn & Cummins No date 

PP249.48- Carte de visite Juliana Howard McHenry ¾ body in white dress, Mora, 707 Broadway, NY

No date

PP249.49- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry, light dress, head & shoulders, 707 Broadway, NY

No date

PP249.50- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry ½ body in black dress, Davis & Sanford, 246 Fifth Avenue, New York

No date 

PP249.51- Carte de visite Julia Howard McHenry ¾ body in black dress, Davis & Sanford, 246 Fifth Avenue, New York

No date 

PP249.52- Carte de visite of Sidney Carr Cary, Jas. S. Cummins, Photographic Studio, No. 7 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

No date 

PP249.53- Small carte of Julia Howard McHenry as young girl, seated in dark dress.

Series V. Portraits

PP249.54- Photocopy of sketch of James Howard McHenry, Geneve 1837, b. 1820 d. 1888

1837 

PP249.55- Portrait of James Howard McHenry, oval image, in later life

No date 

PP249.56- Portrait of Jane Margaret Carr Cary, black dress, white cap, in later life, reverse of carte de visite 1809-1903

No date 

PP249.57- Snapshot of Jane Margaret Cary, feathered hat, dark dress, seated, same as carte de visite b. 1843 d. 1925. Note attached to sleeve.

No date

PP249.58- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary, in black, Davis & Sanford, Artist = Photographers, 246 Fifth Ave, New York

No date 

PP249.59- Portrait of Jane Margaret Carr Cary (Mrs. Wilson Miles Cary) Portrait is crumbling. Photographer name partially lost ? & Fuchs, Baltimore, Md.

No date 

PP249.60- Portrait of Miss Jennie Cary (Aunt Jennie Cary) some handwritten information on back was cut off. Brooklandville, Miss Jane Margaret Cary

No date

PP249.61- Miss Jennie Cary with her Irish Setter “Elco” in Bar Harbor, Maine. No date 

PP249.62- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary at home pouring tea by the fireplace (Date unknown)

No date

PP249.63- Portrait of Jane Margaret Cary (Aunt Jennie) in veiled feathered hat and fur, (Daughter of Jane Margaret Carr and Wilson Miles Cary) (Date unknown)

PP249.64- Portrait – Oval raised Wilson Miles Cary, Kuhn & Cummins Photographic Studio, 48 & 50 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Cary family crest is attached to back of photograph in a Crosse & Blackwell envelope. Small copy of this photo also in envelope (11B).

No date

PP249.65 Portrait of Capt. Wilson Miles Cary, C.S.A. in uniform No date 2

PP249.66- Snapshot of portrait of Wilson Miles Cary perhaps of painting, 1806-1877

No date 

PP249.67- Portrait of James Howard McHenry – date unknown. Blowup of same portrait taken from book?

No date 

PP249.68- Portrait of Hetty Cary Harrison (Mrs. Fairfax Harrison) holding baby (4

months)Constance Cary Harrison II (September 9, 1895)

1895 

PP249.69- Portrait of Mrs. Pegram – later Mrs. Harry Marten, wife of Dr. Harry Marten, biologist at Johns Hopkins University

No date 

PP249.70- Snapshot of portrait of Hetty Cary in puffed sleeve, laced bodice dress with embroidered or brocade skirt. Snapshot very wrinkled. Hetty Cary (1. Mrs. John Pegram, 2. Mrs. Harry Martin) 1836-1892. (Date unknown, #23 written in pencil on back)

No date 

PP249.71- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Carbon Studio, 5 West 16th Street, New York. Oval image, torso with dark dress, lace collar, large cameo, dark lace hair net. Date unknown.

No date 

PP249.72- Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry. Copy reverse of above portrait #18 (Date unknown)

No date

PP249.73- Snapshot of above portrait b. 1832 d. 1892 (Mrs. James Howard McHenry). Very wrinkled, bottom right corner missing.

No date 

PP249.74- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Carbon Studio, 5 West 16th Street, New York. Oval image, torso, braids wrapped around head, dangling earring, dark dress, lace tied collar. (later than above portrait, date unknown)

No date 

PP249.75- Portrait of Sarah Nicholas Cary McHenry, Jas. S. Cummins, N. Charles St., Balto., Md. Wider view of above portrait (#20, 21) ¾ body.

No date

PP249.76- Portrait of Sara Cary McHenry torso in dark dress, Norval H. Busey, Photographic Art Gallery, Cor. Charles & Fayette Sts., Baltimore (Date unknown). Very small faded copy of above portrait. #22.

No date 

PP249.77- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as child about 3-4 in hat and banana curls in frame with broken glass (Date unknown).

No date

PP249.78- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as young girl about 8-10 in flowered hat and white eyelet dress with sash leaning on stone, Jeffres & Rogers 112 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.

No date 

PP249.79- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary as young girl 10-12, standing in dress with braid on cuffs and bodice, Jeffres & Rogers, 112 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. (Date unknown)

No date 

PP249.80- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary, head & shoulders in hat/coat, 1900. small oval image.

No date 

PP249.81- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary in brimmed hat, suit, with furs addressed to Ida Aquila from Gwendolyn Cary. ‘Dear Ida with much love G.C. (Date unknown)

No date

PP249.82- Portrait of Gwendolyn Cary Potter and Pauline Potter as toddler. Gwendolyn in long white dress with large feathered hat (Date unknown)

No date

PP249.83- Postcard of Pauline Potter as small girl about 5 in white-collared sailor coat and straw hat (date unknown)

No date

PP249.84- Portrait of Pauline Potter Leser, wedding portrait in dropped-waist satin dress with long satin and tulle train, (Mrs. Fulton Leser) married Emanuel Church, Baltimore, October, 1930. Gown was gold, not white.

1930 

PP249.85- Photocopy of Pauline Potter Leser wedding portrait #31. No date 2

PP249.86- Photograph of Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Leser on shipboard Pauline in checked coat, hat, Fulton in double-breasted suit, tie. Torsos. Glossy.

No date 2

PP249.87- Copy of #33. Matte finish, sepia tone. No date

PP249.88- Photograph of Mr & Mrs C. C. Fulton Leser, 1932 on shipboard, same attire as above, but different view, full body. Glossy.

1932

PP249.89- Photograph of Pauline Potter, circa 1945 copied from photo by George Platt Lynes. Head/shoulders dressed in black with 3 strand gold necklace, standing in front of plant-shaped sculpture.

ca1945

PP249.90- Photocopy of Pauline Potter, ca 1942, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, Pauline dark off-the-shoulder dress with pearls and large brooch standing in front of vanity? Note attached from Mitch to Mrs. Watts.

ca1942

PP249.91- Photograph of Baroness Philippe de Rothschild (nee Pauline Potter, 1908-1976, photo by Horst P. Horst, ca 1964 Baroness in black dress standing next to metal four-poster bed. ca1964 

 PP249.92- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in suit, dotted tie,1917, 2 copies, b copy top right corner torn.

 

PP249.93- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform (WWI?) date unknown

 

PP249.94- Portrait of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform, U.S. Army photograph WWII. Date unknown.

 

PP249.95- Snapshot of J. Howard McHenry in Capt. M.P. uniform on motorcycle in India, 1944

 

PP249.96- Snapshot of J. Howard McHenry in U.S. Army uniform with Chinese man, China, May, 1945.

 

PP249.97- Portrait of Edith McHenry, Bachrach Studios 1919. Seated in filmy dress with long filmy sleeves.

 

PP249.98- Portrait of Edith McHenry, Horton Studio 1926. Small oval image. Head and shoulders, looking down.

 

PP249.99- Portrait of Edith Love McHenry in American Red Cross Uniform, 1944 Hessler Studio. Oval image.

 

PP249.100- Portrait of Edith Love McHenry – at later age – Hessler Studio. Date unknown.