Finding Aid to the Dunlop Family Papers, 1756-1929, MS 316

Finding Aid to the Dunlop Family Papers, 1756-1929, MS 316

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

 

Title

Dunlop Family Papers

Creator

Dunlop family

Call number

MS 316

Inclusive dates

1756-1929

Bulk dates

1792-1900

Extent

5 boxes, 2 oversized folders

Abstract

Contains papers related to the Dunlop family. The bulk of the collection is made up of financial and legal documents, but some personal correspondence is included. The paperwork related to the purchase and transfers of “Hayes,” the family’s Montgomery County home also represent a significant portion of the documents.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

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

Provenance

Gift of G. Thomas Dunlop, 1950; Gift of G. Thomas Dunlop IV, 2003; Gift of Tom Dunlop, June 23, 2014

Accession number

52450; 6901; 2014-016-LIB

Processing note

Additional material processed by Lara Westwood, November, 2016

Biographical Note

The Dunlop family originated in Scotland and came to America from Garnkirk in the 1770’s. James Dunlop (ca. 1755-1823) worked as a merchant and settled in Georgetown, Maryland (now Washington, D. C.). He married Elizabeth Peter (1771-1837) in 1787 and had several children. In 1792, James purchased Hayes Manor in Montgomery County from the estate of Reverend Alexander Williamson, which stayed in the family until the 1960’s. After the death of his mother Elizabeth, Robert Peter Dunlop (d. 1869) purchased Hayes from his family. His sister Helen (1805-1832) and his brother James (1793-1872) married into the Laird family, another Scottish family who made its fortune in the tobacco industry. Helen married William Laird (1800-1874) in 1822 and had three children. Their son William (1828-1891) purchased Hayes after the death his uncle Robert Peter Dunlop. James married Barbara Laird (1795-1892) in 1818. He served as a judge from the United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia and was a law partner of Francis Scott Key. Their brother Henry (1799-1877) married Catherine Louis Ann Thomas (1806-1872) and was a colonel in the army. In 1824, he accompanied Marquis de Lafayette on his visit to Washington, D. C. Their son George Thomas Dunlop (1845-1920) was quite successful in the railroad/streetcar business and served as director of the Washington & Georgetown Railroad Company, which was the first streetcar company to operate in the city. He married Emily Redin Kirk (1845-1920) and had eleven children. Their eldest son George Thomas (1870-1960) was the last owner of Hayes and served as the president of the Capital Transit Company.

Related Collections:

George T. Dunlop Papers, 1929-1932, MS 2069            

Scope and Content

The collection contains papers related to the Dunlop family. The bulk of the collection is made up of financial and legal documents, but some personal correspondence is included. The paperwork related to the purchase and transfers of “Hayes,” the family’s Montgomery County home also represent a significant portion of the documents.

The collection was created from several donations made by the Dunlop family. The contents of the first three boxes and the 1808 indenture were given in 1950. The fourth box contains the 2003 gift, and the documents in the fifth box were received in 2014. The collection is then is divided into sixteen series based on the family member represented. Some of the series were divided into subseries reflecting the type of document, such as legal and financial papers, and then arranged chronologically.

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Series I: Dunlop Family

 

 

 

Dunlop genealogy

No date

1

1

Bill book

1792-1812

1

2

Series II: James Dunlop, Sr.

 

 

 

Subseries I: Legal Papers

 

 

 

Re: Robert Peter estate

No date

1

3

Re: Robert Peter estate

1807-1808

1

4

Re: Robert Peter estate

Ca. 1808

1

5

Robert Peter Will

1809

1

6

Re: Robert Peter estate

1810-1812

1

7

Legal papers

1798-1838

1

8

Subseries II: Financial Papers

 

 

 

Financial papers

1815-1821

1

9

Estate receipts

1832-1868

1

10

Subseries III: Business Papers

 

 

 

Farm record book

1809-1819

1

11

Business correspondence

1811-1817

1

12

Business correspondence

1817-1818, June

1

13

Business correspondence

1818, July-1822

1

14

Series III: Robert Peter Dunlop

 

 

 

Business correspondence

1851

1

15

Family correspondence

1812-1818

1

16

Series IV: Henry Dunlop

 

 

 

Papers

1853-1874

1

17

Series V: Helen Dunlop

 

 

 

Family correspondence

1817-1818

1

18

Series VI: William Laird, Jr.

 

 

 

Receipts

1869-1871

1

19

Series VII: James D. Laird

 

 

 

Receipt

1893

1

20

Series VIII: James Dunlop, Jr.

 

 

 

Family correspondence

1810-1853

1

21

Series IX: George T. Dunlop

 

 

 

Business correspondence

1818

1

22

Family correspondence

1815-1818

1

23

Series X: George T. Dunlop

 

 

 

Legal papers

1880-1893

1

24

Receipts

1885-1907

1

25

Correspondence

1880-1906

1

26

Series XI: George T. Dunlop, Jr.

 

 

 

Essay

1893

1

27

Series XII: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Legal papers

No date; 1830-1859

1

28

Letters

1845-1906

1

29

Printed material

No date; 1872

1

30

Series II: James Dunlop, Sr.

 

 

 

Day book

1793-1811

2

 

Journal

1793-1806

3

 

Series XIII: Elizabeth Dunlop

 

 

 

Indenture between the Bank of the United States and Elizabeth Dunlop

1835

4

31

Series III: Robert Peter Dunlop

 

 

 

Survey of land belonging to Robert Dunlop

No date

4

32

John Mines and others to Robert P. Dunlop

1848

4

33

Series VI: William Laird, Jr.

 

 

 

Deed of land: James Dunlop and others to William Laird, Jr.

1869, June 10

4

34

Description of land conveyed by James Dunlop to William Laird in 1869

1881, September 20

4

35

Indenture of land: William Laird and Anna Key Laird to William J. Stewart

1890, May 22

4

36

Series XI: George Thomas Dunlop, Jr.

 

 

 

Deed of land: G. Thomas Dunlop to the Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland

1926, May 17

4

37

Deed of land: Transfer from Mr. G. Thomas Dunlop to Mr. Alexander McCook Dunlop

1929, May 1

4

38

Series XIV: Alexander Williamson

 

 

 

Clean Drinking

No date

4

39

Land indenture between Arthur Lee and Robert Yates, Jr.

1756, August 4

4

40

Deed of partition between Arthur Lee and Charles Jones

1795, February 13

4

41

Series XII: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Potomac Insurance Company to George Peter, Esq.

1892, May 6

4

42

Series I: Dunlop Family

 

 

 

Tribune Primer

1900

5

43

Series II: James Dunlop, Sr.

 

 

 

Financial papers

1817, May 28

5

44

Series XV: John Laird

 

 

 

Subseries I: Legal Papers

 

 

 

Power of Attorney documents

No date; 1778-1797

5

45

Power of Attorney documents

1798-1811

5

46

Power of Attorney documents

1816-1826

5

47

Subseries II: Financial Papers

 

 

 

Financial papers

1797-1811

5

48

Financial papers

1817-1830

5

49

Series XVI: William Laird

 

 

 

Subseries I: Legal Papers

 

 

 

Related to the estate of Elizabeth Dunlop

1839-1842

5

50

Related to the estate of Elizabeth Dunlop

1844-1845

5

51

Related to the estate of Elizabeth Dunlop

1846-1853

5

52

Subseries II: Essays

 

 

 

Independence Day Oration

No date

5

53

Unpublished essays

No date; 1851-1853

5

54

Series XIV: Alexander Williamson

 

 

 

Estate accounts (typescripts)

No date

5

55

Series XII: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Essays

No date

5

56

Series II: James Dunlop

 

 

 

Indenture

1808

 

OS

Series XVI: William Laird

 

 

 

University of Glasgow certificates

1818-1819

 

OS

Games