Crisp Family Papers, MS 3107, 1831-1856

Finding Aid to the Crisp Family Papers, MS 3107, 1831-1856

H. Furlong Balwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

 Collection summary

 Title                           Crisp Family Papers

Creator                        Crisp Family (Fairfield, MD)

Call number                 MS 3107

Inclusive dates             1831-1992

Bulk dates                   1831-1856

Extent                         10 folders

Abstract                      Various financial documents relating to the Crisp Family Estate including, deeds, letters, licenses, and bills.

 

Administrative summary

 Repository      

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

www.mdhs.org

special_collections@mdhs.org

 

Access restrictions      No restrictions.

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

Provenance                  Gift of Mrs. Ottillie Crisp Habercam (descendant of the Crisp Family); Summer 2012

Accession number       2012 – 067 - LIB

Processing note           The collection was processed and finding aid created in the summer of 2012 by Ben Koshland.

 

Biographical Note

 

In the mid 19th century, the Crisp family owned a large portion of land on what is now Wagner’s Point, just east of Fairfield, Maryland. In 1849, following the death of the family patriarch, Richard O. Crisp (?-1849), the estate was divided amongst his widow, Mary Ann, and their four sons, Richard Owen (1828-1881), Nicholas Ian (1828-?), Frederick Grafton (1836-?), and Robert Owen (1840-?). This property included the family farm outside of Fairfield, three town houses in Baltimore on the southwest corner of Broadway and Lombard St., and twenty-five slaves. According to the 1850 census, the Crisp farm was estimated at $16,000. In 1857, Richard Owen Crisp II was credited with funding and building the ‘Long Bridge’ over the mouth of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.

 

Son of Frederick Grafton Crisp, Rear Admiral Richard Owen Crisp (1861- 1951) served for 40 years in the Coast Guard. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War where he saw action as an ensign aboard the Wisdom. He also received national merit for his actions saving the members of the shipwrecked U.S. Tacoma in 1914.

 

Scope and Content

 

The collection is broken into 3 series based on grouping of similar content. Series 1: Deeds, Leases, Etc. consists of deeds regarding the family property, court petitions, inventories of family assets, and guardian’s accounts (1831 – 1856). Series II: Letters contains letters between the Crisp family members mostly in reference to family business (1852 – 1856). Series III: Licenses, Bills, Etc. contains both official and non official bills and receipts for purchases made by various family members (1848 – 1855). Series IV: Miscellaneous contains all papers added to the collection by subsequent family generations as well as items in need of conservation (1863 – 1992). All items within Series I – III are arranged base upon importance assigned by Rear Admiral Crisp’s personal inventory of the collection. Items within Series IV are arranged chronologically.

 

Series I: Deeds, Leases, Etc

            Folders I-II

 

Series II: Letters

            Folder III

 

Series III: Licenses, Bills, Etc.

            Folders IV-VII

 

Series IV: Miscellaneous and Conservation

            Folders VIII-X

 

Container List

 

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Deeds, Leases, Etc.

 

 

 

Deed to Broadway Houses

1856

1

1

Richard Crisp’s Estate Inventory

No Date

1

1

Richard Crisp’s Debt Inventory

No Date

1

1

Petition to Orphan’s Court for Cutting Wood

1854

1

1

Petition to Orphan’s Court for Education Finances

1854

1

1

Agreement to Build Houses on  Broadway

 

1

1

Division of Slaves Between Family

No Date

1

1

Second Guardian’s Account Papers (F.G. Crisp)

1853

1

1

Second Guardian’s Account Papers (R.F. Crisp)

1853

1

1

Second Inventory of Crisp Estate

1851

1

1

Estate Distribution Papers

1851

1

1

Finance Balance Sheet on Purchase of Fairfield Lands

1836-1838

1

1

Description of Fairfield Lands

1836

1

1

Estate Papers of Margaret Lowry

1831-1834

1

2

Estate Distribution Papers of B. Owens to M. Lowry

1835

1

2

 

 

 

 

Bill Against Richard Crisp

1842

1

2

Bill Signed by William Lowry

1838

1

2

Order for Payment by Thomas Kemp

 

1

2

Receipt from William Lowry

1835

1

2

Receipt from James Phillips

1838

1

2

Receipt from William B. Harrison

1835

1

2

Receipt from Thomas H. Kemp

1836

1

2

Series II: Letters

 

 

 

Letter to Mr. Crisp

No Date

1

3

Letter Regarding Tuition

1852

1

3

Letter from Emilie Statzell to M.A. Crisp

1852

1

3

Letter Regarding Strawberries

1852

1

3

Letter Regarding Peach trees

1846

1

3

Letter from John Mallalieu

1854

1

3

Letter from J.E. Wilson

1856

1

3

Letter from J.B. Valiant

1854

1

3

Series III: Licenses, Bills, Etc.

 

 

 

Licenses for Center Market & Fells Point Market Stalls

1853

1

4

Bill Against William Crisp

1849

1

4

Gas Bills

1854-1855

1

4

State Taxes

1847

1

4

State Taxes

1846

1

4

City Taxes

1848

1

4

County and Primary School Taxes

1848-1853

1

4

Receipted Bill for Baltimore Sun

1849

1

4

19 Freight Receipts

1854-1855

1

4

Band Book, Fells Point Savings

1855

1

5

Promissory Note from Richard Crisp

1838

1

5

Blank Check from Farmers’ and Planters’ Bank

No Date

1

5

Fells Point Savings Institution Checks

1855

1

5

Promissory Note from Charles Ashley

1851

1

5

Paper Signed by Jos. Harrison about Broadway Houses

1853

1

5

Paper Regarding Payment for Broadway Houses

1853

1

5

Bill Rendered With Signature of M.A. Crisp

1850-1851

1

6

Bill Rendered Against Nicholas Crisp

1848

1

6

Bill Against Estate of R.O. Crisp

1848-1849

1

6

Bill Against W.B. Crisp

1848

1

6

Bill Against Sloop Lowe

 

1

6

Bill Against Sloop & Owners

1846

1

6

Bill Against Estate of Richard Crisp

1850

1

6

Bill Against F. Grafton Crisp

1854

1

6

Inventory of Property Division

No Date

1

6

Bill Against Richard Crisp for Summoning Witnesses

1848

1

6

Bill for Shingles

 

1

6

Debtor & Creditor Account for Crisp Estate

No Date

1

6

Bill for Groceries

1843

1

6

Bill for Groceries

1843

1

6

Bill for Slaves

1834

1

6

Bill for Funeral Expenses

1849

1

6

Bill for Medical Services

1854

1

6

Bill for Board & Tuition,

1854

1

6

Bill for Board & Tuition

1854

1

6

Bill for Carting Chests

1854

1

6

Bill Against Richard Crisp

1846-1847

1

6

Bill for Pump Repairs

No Date

1

6

Bill for Work On Broadway Houses

1849

1

6

Bill for Supplies

1855

1

6

Bill for Boots

1846

1

6

Account of Wheat Sale

1849

1

6

Bill for Carpentry

1851

1

6

Bill for Dry Goods

1843

1

6

Bill for Dry Goods

1845

1

6

Bill for Cart, Etc.

1855

1

7

Bill for Lumber

 

1

7

Bill for Paints, Etc.

1855

1

7

Bill for Slave Stephen Pack

1846

1

7

Bill for Bricks

1844

1

7

Bill for Boots & Shoes

1853

1

7

Bill for Manure

1845

1

7

Bill for Manure

1842

1

7

Bill for Medicine & Medical Attention

1849

1

7

Bill for Family Carriage

1852

1

7

Bill for Marble Door Sills, Etc.

1847

1

7

Bill for Harpers Magazine Subscription

1854

1

7

Bill for Groceries

1842

1

7

Bill for Manure Forks, Etc.

1844

1

7

Bill for Plow Shares

1845

1

7

Bill for Bricks

1848

1

7

Bill for Manure

1849

1

7

Bill Against Primary School Tax

1853

1

7

Bill for Boots & Shoes

 

1

7

Bill for Hat

1853

1

7

Bill Ascertaining Property Lines

1848

1

7

Bill for Door Bells & Knobs

1848

1

7

Bill for Fro Fees & Postings

1854-1855

1

7

Bill for Paint, Etc.

1852

1

7

Bill Against R.O. Crisp

1852

1

7

Bill for Medicine & Attendance

1852

1

7

Bill for Hats & Shoes

1851-1852

1

7

Bill for Stockings

1852

1

7

Bill for Pants & Vests

1852

1

7

Bill for Board, Tuition, Books, Etc.

1852

1

7

Bill for Medicines

1855

1

7

City Taxes

1848

1

7

Bill for Muslin Shirts

1855

1

7

Bill for Granite Bases

1847

1

7

Bill for Fancy Vest

1855

1

7

Bill for Horse, Carriage, & Travelling

1853

1

7

Series IV: Miscellaneous & Conservation 

 

 

 

Local Matters

1863

1

8

Lineage of Crisps

 

1

8

Letter from Adm. Crisp to Will

No Date

1

8

Letter Confirming Bond Purchase

1925

1

8

Letter from Adm. Crisp to Will

1927

1

8

Crisp Papers Inventory

No Date

1

8

What’s In Your Name

1967

1

8

Adm. Crisp Obituary

1951

1

8

Letter from Marge

1992

1

8

Unknown Damaged Item

 

1

9